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Close Rolls, Henry VI: November 1435

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Henry VI: Volume 3, 1435-1441. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1937.

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November 1435

Nov. 1.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer, and to the chamberlains. Order that the treasurer and barons shall account with John Franke keeper of the chancery rolls and warden of the House of Converts London, or with his attorney, concerning his wages and fees, the wages and fees of two chaplains and one clerk serving the house, and the wages of Henry Stratforde, Martin son of Henry Wodestoke, Joan the convert, Alice her daughter and John Durdraugh converts of the said house, as used heretofore to be done, allowing such wages and fees as were heretofore allowed at the exchequer, and that the treasurer and chamberlains shall pay to the warden what they shall find due and in arrear from 28 October 13 Henry VI, reckoning that day, to 28 October last; as trusting in his loyalty and circumspection by letters patent of 28 October 2 Henry VI the king appointed John Franke keeper of the said rolls and warden of the said house with the wages and fees due and accustomed.
Nov. 16.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Wiltesir. Order in presence of the next friends of the heir, or of their attorneys, to assign dower to Maud who was wife of John late earl of Arundell, of whom the king has commanded the abbot of Milton to take an oath that she shall not marry without his licence.
Like writs to the escheator in Sussex, and the escheator in Salop and the march of Wales adjacent.
Membrane 21. (fn. 1)
Nov. 20.
Westminster.
To the escheator in the county of Suthampton. Order to give Henry brother and heir of Thomas son and heir of Francis de Court knight (militis) seisin of the lands of the said Francis, the said Thomas having died within age in ward of the king; as he proved his age before Thomas Bonham late escheator, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [3128.]
Dec. 7.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Cambridgeshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with 120 acres of land, 3 acres of meadow and 3s. of rent in Brunne, delivering to Maud late the wife of Thomas Chaucer any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that at his death Thomas Chaucer held one moiety thereof jointly with her by fine levied in the late king's court, by gift of John Arundell and Margaret his wife to them and the heirs of the said Thomas, and the other moiety of her heritage, and that the same are not held of the king.
Membrane 19. (fn. 2)
Oct. 28.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Oxfordshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the moiety, messuages, toft, land and parts hereinafter mentioned, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition taken by the escheator, that Edmund de la Pole knight and Elizabeth his wife were seised in her right of the manor of Musewelle, twenty messuages, two carucates of land in Hedyngton and the bailiwick of the forestership of Shottore and Stowode, and had issue Elizabeth who was married to Ingram Bruyn and Katherine to Robert James, that Elizabeth wife of Edmund died, and he overlived her, and held the same by the courtesy of England with reversion to her said daughters and heirs, that in the quinzaine of Michaelmas 18 Richard II a fine levied between John James and the said Robert plaintiffs and the said Ingram and Elizabeth his wife deforciants of, among other things, a moiety of the said manor, messuages, land and bailiwick, whereby the deforciants acknowledged the right of the said Robert to that moiety, which Edmund de la Pole held for life of the heritage of Elizabeth wife of Ingram with reversion to them and the heirs of Elizabeth, granting the reversion to the plaintiffs and the heirs of the said Robert, that in the octaves of Trinity 19 Richard II another fine levied between William Brouns and Henry Bonde chaplain plaintiffs and the said Robert James and Katherine deforciants of, among other things, the other moiety of the premises, whereby the deforciants acknowledged the right of the said William, and the plaintiffs granted the reversion of that moiety to the deforciants and to the heirs of their bodies, with remainder to the right heirs of the said Robert, that the said Edmund and John James after died, and the said Robert entered one moiety by virtue of the first fine, and the said Robert and Katherine entered the other moiety by virtue of the second fine, that they held those moieties of King Henry IV as of his castle of Rokyngham by the service of keeper of the said forests, that that king granted to Queen Joan among other things for life in name of dower the castle and forest of Rokyngham and the stewardship between the bridges of Oxford and Stanford, with the knights' fees, wards, marriages, reliefs, heriots, escheats, rents, services, liberties etc. thereto belonging, and the said Robert and Katherine attorned tenants to her, that they had issue Christina who was married to Edmund Rede, that the said Katherine after died, and the said Robert took to wife Maud who was yet living, that in the octaves of St. Martin 6 Henry VI a fine levied between Robert James plaintiff and Reynold Kentwode and John Lynfelde clerks deforciants of, among other things, the said manor, messuages, land and bailiwick, by name of the manors of Musewelle and Hedyngdoun and the bailiwick of the said forests, whereby the plaintiff acknowledged the right of the said Reynold, and the deforciants granted the premises to him for life, with remainder to Edmund Rede and Christina his wife and to the heirs of their bodies, remainder to the heirs of the body of the said Christina, remainder to Thomas Brouns clerk for his life, remainder to John son of Henry Popham, nephew (nepoti) of the said Robert, and to the heirs of his body, remainder to the heirs of the body of Richard son of William Brouns of Sutton co. Berkshire, remainder to Lewis Mewes (Mewys) and the heirs of his body, remainder to the right heirs of Robert James, that Edmund Rede died, and Robert James after died seised of the premises, that after his death it was found by inquisition, taken at Thame co. Oxford 11 March 10 Henry VI before Peter Fetyplace then escheator, that he held the said manors and bailiwick for life by virtue of the fine last recited, that the said manor of Hedyngdoun and bailiwick were held in chief by the service of keeper of the forests of Shottore and Stowode for all services, and that the said Christina was his daughter and next heir, and was of full age, that after the return of that inquisition Christina sued in chancery and obtained livery of the said manors and bailiwick, that she after made an assignment in dower to the said Maud of a third part of the moiety of the premises specified in the fine of 18 Richard II, that she died seised of a moiety and two thirds of the other moiety of the said manors and bailiwick, that the said manor of Hedyngdoun and bailiwick are held of Queen Joan by the service aforesaid, and the manor of Musewelle is not held of the king, that the said Christina held for life a fourth part of the manor of Chakenden and Stokemarmyoun, and two messuages, one toft and one carucate of land in Stokebasset, Ippesdoun and Moungewelle by grant of John Ernesby rector of Chakendoun and William Motte, with remainder to Edmund her son by Edmund Rede and to Agnes daughter of John Cottesmore now his wife and to the heirs of their bodies, remainder to the right heirs of Edmund the son, that the said fourth part, messuages, toft and land are not held of the king, and that Edmund the son is son and next heir of Christina, and of full age.
To the escheator in Bukinghamshire. Like order, mutatis mutandis; as the king has learned that Edmund de la Pole and Elizabeth his wife were seised in her right of the manors of Borstalle, Adyngrave and Ocle, fourteen messuages, two bovates, three carucates and 40 acres of land, 622 acres 3½ roods of pasture and 12l. 5s. 5d. of rent in Ocle, Brehull, Borstall, 'Astclaydoun, Botelclaydoun, Middelclaydoun,' Thomele and Ikforde, and the bailiwick of Bernwode forest, that they had issue etc. (as above), that the said Edmund held the premises by the courtesy of England with reversion to Elizabeth wife of Ingram Bruyn and Katherine wife of Robert James, that in the quinzaine of Michaelmas 18 Richard II a fine levied at Westminster, among other things, of a moiety of the premises, whereby the said Ingram and Elizabeth acknowledged the right of the said Robert etc. (as in the last), that in the octaves of Trinity 19 Richard II another fine there levied, among other things, of the other moiety, whereby the said Robert and Katherine acknowledged the right of William Brouns
Membrane 18.
etc. (as in the last), that Edmund de la Pole and John James died, and Robert James entered one moiety thereof by virtue of the first fine and the said Robert and Katherine entered the other moiety by virtue of the second, holding both moieties in chief of King Henry IV, namely the moieties of one messuage, two bovates of land and the said bailiwick as of Rokyngham castle by the service of keeper of Bernwode forest and a rent of 50s. a year, and of the land and pasture remaining as of the said castle by the service of rendering at the exchequer of Michaelmas 100s. 4¾d. by the sheriff's hands, that that king granted (as above) to Queen Joan among other things all assarts, wastes, rents and purprestures between the bridges of Oxford and Stanforde and in the counties of Oxford, Norhampton, Bedford, Bukingham, Cantebrigge and Huntingdon with the farms, rents, arrentations and portions of the forest there, the castle and forest of Rokyngham with the appurtenances, and the stewardship between the said bridges, that the said Robert and Katherine attorned tenants to her, that they had issue Christina who was married to Edmund Rede, that Katherine died, and the said Robert took to wife Maud yet living, that in the octaves of St. Martin 6 Henry VI a fine levied in the king's court (as in the last) of, among other things, the said manors, twenty messuages, two bovates, eight carucates and 40 acres of land, 50 acres of meadow, 681 acres of pasture, 60 acres of wood and 12l. 5s. 5d. of rent in Ocle, Brehull, Borstall, 'Astclaydoun, Midelclaydoun, Botelclaydoun,' Thomele and Ikforde and the said bailiwick, whereby the premises were granted to the said Robert for life, with remainder in respect of the manor of Borstall and the said messuages, land, wood, rent and bailiwick to the said Edmund and Christina and to the heirs of their bodies, and in respect of the manors of Adyngrave and Ocle to the said Maud for life, remainder to the said Edmund and Christina (as before), remainders over (as in the last), that Edmund Rede died, and Robert James after died seised of the premises, that after his death it was found by inquisition, taken at Borstall 6 March 10 Henry VI before John Hampden then escheator, that at his death he held no lands in that county of the king or of others in his demesne as of fee nor in service, but by virtue of the fine last mentioned he held for life the manors, messuages, land, wood, rent and bailiwick aforesaid, that the manor of Borstall, two messuages, one toft and three carucates of land there excepted, was held in chief by the serjeanty of keeper of Bernwode forest and by payment of a rent of 60s. a year, 81 acres 1½ rood of pasture, parcel of the pasture aforesaid, were held in chief by the service of paying 14s. 4¾d. a year, and that the said Christina was daughter and heir of the said Robert and Katherine and next heir of the said Robert, and of full age, that after the return of that inquisition the said Christina sued in chancery and obtained livery of the manors (sic) of Borstall, twenty messuages, two bovates, eight carucates and 40 acres of land, 50 acres of meadow, 681 acres of pasture, 60 acres of wood, 12l. 5s. 5d. of rent and the said bailiwick, that the said Maud sued in chancery and obtained livery of the manors of Adyngrave and Ocle, that by agreement between her and the said Maud the said Christina after entered the moiety of those manors specified in the fine of 19 Richard II, claiming that moiety by virtue of the entail in that fine, that she after assigned in dower to the said Maud a third part of the moiety of the said manor of Borstall, messuages, land, wood, rent and bailiwick specified in the fine of 18 Richard II, that she died seised of a moiety of the manors of Adyngrave and Ocle, and of one moiety and two thirds of the other moiety of the manor of Borstall, messuages, land, wood, rent and bailiwick aforesaid, that the same are not held of the king, and that Edmund Rede is her son and next heir, and of full age.
Membrane 17.
Nov. 29.
Westminster.
To all sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs, constables, ministers and other lieges of the king. Order to suffer the tenants of the hundred or manor of Mutforde co. Suffolk, which is of the ancient demesne of the crown as appears by certificate sent into chancery at the king's command by the treasurer and chamberlains, to be quit of payment of toll throughout the realm, and of contributing to the expenses of knights of the shire coming to parliament, releasing any distress upon them made; as according to the custom hitherto kept and approved in England men and tenants of the ancient demesne ought to be thereof quit.
Et erat patens.
Nov. 6.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Somerset. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor and advowson of 'Estcantokeshede,' delivering to Thomas Stawell, Giles Daubeney knights, James Lutrell son of John Lutrell knight (militis), John Warre esquire and Walter Portman any issues thereof taken; as it is found by inquisition, taken before the escheator, that John Loterell was thereof seised, and gave the same to Maurice Russell knight, John Poulet son and heir of John Poulet knight (militis), John Venables, John Serle clerk, John Grove all now deceased, and William Poulet the younger yet living, their heirs and assigns, that after his death Hugh Loterell entered upon their possession, unlawfully thrusting them out, that the other feoffees died, and William Poulet entered upon the possession of the said Hugh, and made him a demise thereof as tenant at will, that the said Hugh died so seised, without that that he claimed or had other estate therein after the demise, that after his death John Gregory then escheator by virtue of his office assigned the said manor among other things in name of dower to Katherine Lutrell now deceased, that William Poulet entered again upon her possession, and made a lease thereof to her for life, with remainder to Thomas Stawell and the others yet living and Hugh Carry now deceased and to the heirs of James Lutrell, that the said Katherine died thereof so seised, and that the manor is not held of the king.
Nov. 21.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Northumberland. Order to give Henry Bourghchier count of Ewe and lord Burghchier and Isabel his wife livery of a third part of the lordship of Tyndale and Werke, and the issues thereof taken; as it is found by inquisition taken before Edward Bertram late escheator, that Joan who was wife of Henry Brounflete knight, late duchess of York, held that third part as dower by endowment of Edmund duke of York her husband, with reversion to the said Henry and Isabel in right of the said Isabel, for that King Henry IV by letters patent, dated Westminster 18 February 13 Henry IV, reciting that Edward then duke of York held to him and the heirs of his body two thirds of the said lordship and the reversion of the third part, held in dower by the said Joan, with divers royalties, lordships, castles, peels (pilis), forts, manors, towns, lands, rents, services, annuities, knights' fees, advowsons, forests, woods, parks, stanks, mills, fisheries, fairs, markets, warrens, tolls, escheats, forfeitures, courts, fines, ransoms, deodands, vert, venison, rights, liberties, jurisdictions etc. in demesne and in reversion thereto belonging, with reversion of the whole and the members thereof for lack of issue of the said duke and Richard his brother to the said king, of his particular knowledge made a quitclaim thereof to the said Edward, his heirs and assigns, to hold the same in chief by the ancient services due and accustomed, further granting him licence to give the same to John Pellam, Robert Umfravyle, William Whitchestre knights, John Fenwyk and Richard de Strother esquires and their heirs, so that peaceable possession had they might give the premises to Thomas Gray of Werke knight, now deceased, for his life with remainder to Thomas the elder son of the said Thomas Grey and to Isabel daughter of the said Richard his wife and to the heirs of their bodies, remainder to the said Edward and the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said Richard and the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said Thomas Gray of Werke, his heirs and assigns, and with licence of the king the said Edward did give the same to John Pellam and the others, their heirs and assigns, and the said Joan attorned tenant to them, and they did give the same to Thomas Gray of Werke for life with remainders (as aforesaid), and the said Joan attorned tenant to him, and Thomas Gray died seised of the said two thirds and the reversion of one third thereof, and after his death the said Thomas Gray the son and the said Isabel entered those two thirds as in their remainder, and Thomas Gray the son died thereof seised without issue by the said Isabel, and she is thereof yet seised by survivorship, and has taken the said count to her husband, the reversion of the said third part after the death of the said Joan belonging to them in her right by virtue of the said remainder; and the king has taken the homage and fealty of the said count due by reason of issue between them begotten.
By p.s. [3127.]
Membrane 16.
Nov. 9.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Bukinghamshire. Order to give John Neville, son and heir of Robert Neville knight and of Joan his wife daughter of John Nowers knight, being cousin and heir of John Nowers, seisin of the lands of his father and mother, and of those held in dower by Alice who was wife of John Nowers; as he proved his age before John Burton late escheator, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [3124.]
To the escheator in Notynghamshire. Like order, as John Neville proved his age before the late escheator in Bukinghamshire.
Oct. 20.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Derbyshire. Order to take the fealty of Hugh Wylughby, brother and heir of John Wylughby son and heir of Hugh Wylughby, the said John having died within age in ward of the king, and to give him seisin of the lands held by his father in fee and in fee tail; as he has proved his age before the escheator, and for half a mark paid in the hanaper the king has respited his homage until Christmas day next.
Oct. 26.
Westminster.
To the escheator in the county of Suthampton. Order to take of Agnes (sic) who was wife of Walter Sondes knight an oath etc., and in presence of Thomas Sondes, son and heir of the said Walter, or of his attorneys, to assign her dower.
To the same. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manors, messuages, land, pasture, meadow, rent and advowson hereinafter mentioned, delivering to Margaret (sic) late the wife of Walter Sondes knight any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that at his death the said Walter held the manors of Andevere, Ayllefes, Langestoke and Chelwarton, jointly with her by demise of John Fauntleroy and others to them and the heirs and assigns of the said Walter, that he held likewise the manor and advowson of Elsefelde, to present every other turn, four messuages, 20 acres of land, 5 acres of pasture, 1 acre of meadow and a rent service of 5s. a year in Appulshawe, three messuages, 18 acres of land, 4 acres of pasture, 2 acres of meadow and a rent service of 8s. a year in Radenham, two messuages, 22 acres of land, 3 acres of pasture, 7 acres of meadow and a rent service of 12s. a year of divers tenants in Fyfede, and three messuages, 40 acres of land, 8 acres of pasture and a rent service of 15s. a year of divers freeholders in Snodyngton by gift of John Harryes and others, and that the same are not held of the king.
To the escheator in Sussex. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning the manors of Shermanbiry, Kyngeston and Berkham, and the advowsons of the churches of Shermanbury and Kyngeston, held jointly by gift of John Harryes and others to the said Walter and Margaret (sic) for their lives and the life of the longest liver, and not held of the king.
Oct. 24.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Kent for election of a coroner instead of Stephen Wynday, who is too sick and aged to travail in exercise of that office.
Nov. 29.
Westminster.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Northumberland in regard to Nicholas Turpyn.
Nov. 5.
Westminster.
Like order, mutatis mutandis to the sheriff of Cantebrigge in regard to Richard Forster, who is too much occupied with divers business of the king in that county and elsewhere to exercise that office, wherefore the king has removed him.
Oct. 20.
Westminster.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Devon in regard to Nicholas Coterell, who is too much occupied etc. in that county.
Nov. 10.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Yorkshire. Order to take the fealty of Thomas son and heir of John late lord Clyfford, son of Thomas de Clyfforde knight and Elizabeth his wife, being cousin and heir of his grandfather and grandmother, and to give him seisin of the lands held by his father in fee and fee tail, and those of his heritage held by the said Elizabeth in fee and fee tail or for life; as he has proved his age before the escheator, and for 5 marks paid in the hanaper the king has respited his homage until Midsummer day next.
To the escheator in Cumberland and Westmerland. Order to give the said Thomas seisin etc.; as he has proved his age before the escheator in Yorkshire, and for a fine paid in the hanaper the king has respited his homage until a day yet to come, and has commanded the said escheator to take his fealty.
Like writs to the escheators in the following counties:
Northumberland.
Hereforde.
Worcester.
Surrey.

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