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Close Rolls, Henry V: October 1413

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry V: Volume 1, 1413-1419. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1929.

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October 1413

Oct. 1.
Westminster.
To the collectors of the petty custom in the port of London for the time being. Order during the nonage of Henry son and heir of John late earl of Somerset to pay two thirds of 500l. a year to Thomas duke of Clarence and earl of Albemarle, steward of England and lieutenant of Ireland, and to Margaret his wife who was wife of the said John, and to pay them the arrears since the said John's death; as by letters patent under the great seal the late king granted to the said Margaret until the lawful age of the heir the ward of two thirds of the castle and lordship of Corffe, and of all other the lands etc. of the said John seized into that king's hands by his death and by reason of the nonage of his heir, the annuities or yearly rents granted by divers letters patent to him and the heirs male of his body excepted, which were to be taken in the exchequer or of the custom aforesaid, rendering 119l. 17s. a year at the exchequer and paying to divers persons annuities to them granted for life by the deceased, which amounted to 108l. 6s. 8d.; and for that the said Thomas and Margaret surrendered to him the estate which they had in that wardship, and gave up those letters patent to be cancelled, upon their petition the late king of his particular knowledge granted them the keeping of all castles and ward of two thirds of the lordships, manors, lands, rents, annuities etc. of the earl of Somerset, with his knights' fees and advowsons of churches, abbeys, priories, chantries and other benefices, one third whereof the said Margaret holds in dower, and of all other castles, lands etc. which after his death pertained or might pertain to that king, and the issues and profits thereof arising since his death, and the marriage of the heir, granting that if that heir should die before he came of age, and his heir should be within age, they should have the ward of the same until the lawful age of such heir, and the marriage of such heir, and so from heir to heir until one should come of age, without rendering aught to the king, and further granted to the said Thomas during the nonage of the said Henry or of his heirs the ward of the reversions of the said manors, lands, rents, annuities, possessions, fees and advowsons which the said Margaret holds in dower, and of all other castles, lordships, lands etc. whatsoever which for whatever cause might fall, remain or descend to the said heir or to any of his heirs within age, and the ward of all other lordships, manors, lands, etc. which might pertain to that king by reason of the nonage of the heir or of his heirs after the death of any other ancestor without rendering aught, and the issues and profits thereof arising in the mean time; and it is found by inquisition, taken before Richard Merlawe mayor of the city of London and the late king's escheator therein, that the deceased earl at his death was seised in his demesne as of fee tail, to him and the heirs male of his body, of 500l. a year to be taken of the custom in that port by the hands of the collectors, farmers or occupiers thereof for the time being, according to the grant of the late king. By K.
Oct. 16.
Westminster.
To Thomas Coton escheator in Staffordshire. Order to take the fealty of Eleanor wife of Nicholas Ruggeley of Little Saredoun deceased, and to give her livery of the messuages, mill, lands etc. hereinafter mentioned, with the exceptions specified, and the issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the said Nicholas was sometime seised of a messuage, a mill, one carucate and a half of land, 12 acres of meadow, 16 acres of wood and 7s. of rent in Benteley, 4 acres of that land at Borewardescrottes excepted, and with licence of the king made a feoffment thereof, with that exception, to John Ayssheby and Richard Loue and to their heirs, that they were thereof seised, that the said John by charter gave the same, with the exception aforesaid, to the said Nicholas and Eleanor and to the heirs of their bodies, that they were thereof seised, that by writing dated Benteley, Monday after St. Luke 14 Henry IV, the said Richard confirmed their estate therein, as by the charters and licence produced in evidence did appear, that so they held the premises with the exception aforesaid as jointly enfeoffed thereof, that the said Nicholas likewise held as jointly enfeoffed with the said Eleanor a messuage, two carucates of land, 12 acres of meadow, 20 acres of wood and 4d. of rent in Little Saredoun, Great Saredoun, Shareshulle, Hatherdoun and Otherton by feoffment of Roger Wasteneys and John Sawier chaplain, to them and the heirs of the body of the said Nicholas, and that the premises in Benteley with the exception aforesaid are held in chief by the service of keeping the king's hay called 'Benteleyhay' in the forest of Cannoke, the other messuage, land etc. of other lords.
Oct. 17.
Westminster.
To Thomas Coton escheator in Staffordshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with one virgate and 16 acres of land, 4 acres of meadow and 2 acres of moor in Cannoke, Whitegreve, Salt, Little Wyrley, Great Wyrley, Norton and Fernyhalgwe, delivering to John Salwey any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Nicholas Ruggeley of Little Saredoun at his death held the premises for life by gift of John Ins, with remainder to John Salwey, his heirs and assigns, and that the same are held of others than the king.
Oct. 22.
Westminster.
To the customers in the port of Cicestre, and to the controller and troner in that port. Order to suffer John Snypston, Thomas Faukener and John Marcheforde merchants of the city of London, after payment of customs, subsidies etc. thereupon due, to take over to the staple of Calais eighty sarplers of wool to be by them shipped in the port of Lewes, and to make their advantage thereof. By bill of the treasurer.
Membrane 16.
July 5.
Westminster.
To the justices of assize in Warwickshire. Order, upon petition of the plaintiffs, to proceed to rendering of judgment in an assize of novel disseisin concerning a messuage and two carucates of land in Oxshelve arraigned by Lewis Cardigan and Alice his wife against William Brantyngham knight, John Cressy, Henry Michell and John Broke, the late king's writ notwithstanding; as upon their petition, shewing that the said Henry appeared in person, and the other defendants appeared not, but Ralph Forster answered for them as their bailiff, averring that they did the plaintiffs no wrong or disseisin, and putting himself upon the assize, that the said Henry averred that before Henry bishop of Winchester the said Lewis was sentenced to major excommunication for manifold contumacies and notorious offences at the instance of John Parys in a suit for defamation, and was by authority of the bishop publicly denounced as excommunicate, producing letters patent under the bishop's seal, and craving judgment whether answer ought to be made to the plaintiffs, and shewing that those letters were viewed, and the defendants were told that for the time they should go without a day, that the plaintiffs in person after produced letters patent under the bishop's seal whereby it was clear that the bishop gave the said Lewis absolution, craving a writ again to summon the assize, and again to attach the defendants or their bailiffs, that those letters were viewed, and order was given to the sheriff again to summon recognitors at a set day before the late justices at Warrewyke, and again to attach the defendants etc., that at that day the plaintiffs appeared by William Hathewyke their attorney and William Brantyngham by John de Brantyngham, and that the other defendants came not, but Ralph Forster answered for them as their bailiff, saying that they did the plaintiffs no wrong etc., and putting himself upon the assize, that William Brantyngham answered as tenant of the lands put in view, alleging that long ago John Cressy was thereof seised, and demised the same, by name of the manor of Oxshelve, to that defendant for life at a yearly rent of 1d. at Michaelmas, with reversion to the grantor and his heirs, that John Cressy had issue a son named John, who is within age, and died seised of the said rent and of divers other lands in Norhamptonshire, namely the manor of Dodeforde, which descended to John the son as his son and heir, that he held that manor etc. of the late king in chief by knight service, wherefore it was found before the escheator, by virtue of a writ of diem clausit extremum, that he so held the same and died thereof seised, his said son being within age, so that that manor etc. and the aforesaid rent were seized into the late king's hand, wherefore he took it that the justices would not proceed without advising that king, and shewing that the justices did defer to proceed, and at suit of the plaintiffs, commandment was given the justices by writ of the late king to proceed to take the assize that allegation notwithstanding, so that they should not proceed to rendering of judgment without advising him; and now their petition shews that in the late king's life time they did proceed to judgment, that he called before him in chancery the then justices and others learned in the law, and by their advice a writ was granted addressed to the then justices of assize directing them to proceed to rendering of judgment, the former writ notwithstanding, and that that writ issued out of chancery in the late king's life time, praying for remedy for that by reason of that king's death judgment yet remains to be rendered.
June 26.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of Robert Manfelde, provost of the collegiate church of St. John Beverley, of the court of his provostship of Beverley. Order by mainprise of Nicholas Ryse of Beverley, John Elton, William Skyreve and Thomas Wilton, all of Yorkshire, to set free John Dalton of 'Southdalton'; as on his behalf it is shewn that upon a slight suspicion of larceny he was taken at Beverley and has been there imprisoned a great while, and that although he has many times offered sufficient mainpernors according to the statute long ago published at Westminster, wherein it is contained that those taken upon such suspicion are replevisable provided they be of good fame and not previously indicted for other larcenies, the bailiffs have deferred to accept those mainpernors and to set him free; and Nicholas Ryse and the others have mainperned in chancery body for body and under a pain of 40l. to have him before the justices of gaol delivery at their next coming for delivery of York gaol.
July 14.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer in Ireland. Order to audit the accounts of all sheriffs, escheators, customers, farmers, bailiffs and other the king's accountable officers in Ireland, and to pay to Richard Rede and Henry Strangwys, in name of Thomas duke of Clarence lieutenant of Ireland, all arrears thereupon found from the late king's death until by the coming thither of John Stanley the king's knight the duke shall be discharged of the governance of Ireland. By K.
Oct. 12.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order not to trouble John Blount, brother of William Blount father of Isabel Blount and cousin and heir of the said Isabel, for his homage; as the late king took the said John's fealty for the lands of the said William, which came to that king's hands by his death and by reason of the nonage of Isabel, who died within age in ward of that king, for a fine paid in the hanaper respited his homage to a day now past, and commanded livery to be given him of the said lands; and the king has taken his homage. By p.s. [101.]
Sept. 10.
Westminster.
To the keepers of the passage in the port of London and the searchers in that port. Strict order for particular causes to suffer none of the Lumbards or other strangers now within the realm to pass to any foreign parts until further order, any letters, commands or licence heretofore given to the contrary notwithstanding; as the king has information that certain of them are purposing shortly to pass thither. By K.
Oct. 14.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London and Middlesex for the time being. Order, notwithstanding the preference given to the king in the parliament holden at Westminster in 1 Henry V in respect of 10,000l., of the issues, farms and profits of these counties to pay to John Cokayn the uncle 15l. a year for life, and the arrears since 1 September last, on which date the king confirmed letters patent whereby the late king granted thereof 15l. a year to the said John for life.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 16.
Westminster.
To the collectors of the subsidy of 3s. upon every tun of wine in the port of London. Order to deliver to Edward duke of York, without payment of such subsidy, five tuns of wine of Gascony bought and purveyed at Bordeaux for his use and consumption, as William Gobyoun has made oath in chancery, and brought to that port, suffering the duke to carry them out of port for the purpose aforesaid.
Oct. 23.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order not to trouble Philip Boteller, son of Philip son of Ralph brother of John father of Edward Botiller knight and cousin and heir of the said Edward, for his homage; as the late king took his fealty, for a fine paid in the hanaper respited his homage until a day now past, and commanded livery to be given him of the said Edward's lands; and the king has taken his homage. By p.s. [111.]
Membrane 14. (fn. 1)
Oct. 1.
Westminster.
To the collectors, farmers and other the occupiers for the time being of the petty custom in the port of London. Order to pay to Thomas duke of Clarence and earl of Albemarle and to Margaret his wife 166l. 13s. 4d. a year during the said Margaret's life, and the arrears for Michaelmas term last; as by writ of 22 December 12 Henry IV the late king ordered Thomas Knolles, then mayor of the city of London and escheator therein, in presence of the next friends of the heir or of their attorneys to assign to the said Margaret, who was wife of John earl of Somerset, dower of his lands taken into that king's hand by his death and by reason of the nonage of Henry his son and heir, having commanded the abbot of Croylande to take of her an oath etc., and that escheator assigned to her the aforesaid sum as the third part of 500l. a year of the said custom which the earl at his death had in his demesne as of fee tail by grant of the late king to him and the heirs male of his body, as appears by the assignment which is upon the chancery file; and the king has pardoned the said duke and Margaret his suit against them for all manner of chattels of felons and fugitives not of record, and for all trespasses, negligences, misprisions and contempts, all sale of woods within the bounds of his forests, all trespasses of vert and venison within the same and the purlieus (porellias) thereof, all fines for trespasses not adjudged, and all concealments before the first day of the last parliament, namely 15 May last, any concealments by them made while accountable officers of the king and of the late king excepted. By K.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 1.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Somerset for the time being. Order of the issues and profits of that county during the nonage of the heir to pay to Thomas duke of Clarence and earl of Albemarle, steward of England and lieutenant of Ireland, and to Margaret his wife two thirds of 20l. a year, and the arrears for Easter and Michaelmas terms last; as by letters patent under the great seal the late king committed to the said Margaret, who was wife of John earl of Somerset, from his death until the lawful age of his heir the ward of two thirds of the castle and lordship of Corffe and of all other lands and possessions of the deceased, seized into that king's hand by his death and by reason of the nonage of Henry his son and heir, except annuities or yearly rents to be taken in the exchequer and of the petty custom in the port of London granted by divers letters patent of that king to him and to the heirs male of his body, rendering at the exchequer 119l. 17s. a year, and paying annuities amounting to 108l. 6s. 8d. severally granted by the deceased to divers persons for their lives; and for that the said Thomas and Margaret surrendered their estate in that wardship, and gave up those letters patent in chancery to be cancelled, upon their petition and of his particular knowledge the late king granted to them until the lawful age of the said heir without rendering aught the keeping of all castles of the deceased, and the ward of two thirds of all his lordships, manors, lands, rents, annuities and possessions with the knights' fees and the advowsons of all churches, abbeys, priories, chantries and other benefices which came to that king's hands and whereof the said Margaret holds a third part in dower, and of all other castles, lands etc. which by or after the earl's death did or might pertain to that king, with the issues and profits thereof arising, and the marriage of the heir, and if he should die before he came of age and his heir be within age, the ward thereof until such heir should be of age, and the marriage of such heir, and so from heir to heir until one should come of age and be married, and further granted to the said Thomas the ward of the reversions of manors, lands etc. held in dower by the said Margaret, and of all others which may fall, remain or descend to the said heir or any of his heirs within age, and of all other lordships, lands etc. which might pertain to that king by reason of the nonage of the said heir or of his heirs after the death of any of their ancestors, with the issues and profits thereof arising in the mean time; and it is found by inquisition, taken before Matthew Coker the late king's escheator in Somerset, that the said earl died seised of a yearly rent of 20l. to be taken of the issues and profits of that county by the sheriff's hands, by grant of King Richard II to him and the heirs male of his body. By K.

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