Close Rolls, Henry IV: January 1407

Pages 157-158

Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry IV: Volume 3, 1405-1409. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1931.

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January 1407

Jan. 30.
To the sheriffs of London. Order to deliver to the executors of John late duke of Aquitaine and Lancastre, or to their attorneys, all chattels of William de Beauchamp knight, brother of the earl of Warrewyk, to the value of 40 marks of the 2,000 francs payable at another day, by appraisement thereof to be made in presence of the said William, his oxen and plough horses excepted, and if the chattels be of less value, order to give the executors livery of a moiety of his land in the sheriffs' bailiwick, by extent likewise to be made in his presence, to hold as their freehold until the 40 marks be thereof levied, certifying in chancery in the quinzaine of Easter next what they shall do; as on 9 June 14 Richard II William de Beauchamp and Henry Grene knight now deceased made a recognisance in chancery to the said duke for 2,000 marks, payable 1,000 in the octaves of Trinity then next, and 1,000 in the octaves of Trinity following, and paid them not it is said; and Richard bishop of Salisbury, Richard (sic) earl of Westmerland son of John son of the king of England the late duke, John Dabruggecourt, Hugh Waterton, Thomas Skelton knights, John Cokayn late chief stewards of the duke's lands, Robert Whitby late his receiver general, Peter Melburne, William Keterynge, Robert Haytfelde late controller of his household, John Legburne late his receiver general and Thomas Longley clerk, executors of the duke otherwise called John son of the king of England late duke of Lancastre, have chosen according to the statute to have livery of all the chattels and a moiety of the lands of William de Beauchamp for the sum aforesaid, and the king ordered the sheriffs to give him notice to be in chancery at a set day in order to shew cause wherefore livery thereof ought not to be given them, and the sheriffs returned that they gave him notice by Thomas Sergeaunt and William Traynelle; and at that day appeared the said William by John Pygot his attorney, and the executors in person, and the said William averred that the executors ought not to have execution against him because the duke, by name of John son of the king of England late duke of Lancastre and Aquitaine, did by writing indented, which he produced, dated 19 June 14 Richard II, make a defeasance of the said recognisance, upon condition that William de Beauchamp or another in his name should pay 2,000 francs at a day therein contained, and other 2,000 francs at another day specified, saying that at the first day he paid 2,000 francs and the duke gave him an aquittance thereof, likewise produced, and craving judgment whether the executors ought to have execution against him for that sum, and as to the other 2,000 francs saying that he paid it not to the duke and it is payable to the executors, and the executors did acknowledge the first payment, craving execution of the other sum, wherefore it was determined that livery should be given them as aforesaid; the king has commanded the sheriffs of Warrewyk, Stafford and Kent to seize all the chattles and a moiety of the land of the said William in their bailiwicks for payment of the residue.
Like writs to the following:
The sheriff of Warrewyk for 100l.
The sheriff of Stafford for 100l.
The sheriff of Kent for 160 marks.