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Close Rolls, Henry VI: 1437

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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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1437

Feb. 1.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Wiltesir. Order to put Queen Joan again in possession of two thirds of the manor of Kyvele and two thirds of a moiety of the manor of Bulkyngdoun, and the issues and profits thereof since the same were taken into the king's hand; as in a cause which was in chancery without writ of the king between the said queen and the king concerning the said parts, which John earl of Arundell at his death held in fee tail to him and the heirs male of his body, and which are taken into the king's hand by the earl's death and by reason of the nonage of Humphrey his son and heir, by advice of the justices, serjeants at law and others of the council learned in the law it is determined that the king's hand be removed, and the queen be put again in possession thereof, with the issues aforesaid.
Feb. 24.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Essex. Order in presence of the next heirs of Thomas late earl of Arundell, or of their attorneys, to assign to John earl of Huntyngdoun and Beatrice who was wife of the said Thomas her dower of his lands, fees, advowsons etc., and the issues and profits thereof taken; as the late king gave the said Beatrice licence after any inquisition of the lands, knights' fees, advowsons, liberties and other possessions of her husband in any county of the realm, in Wales or the march of Wales whereof she was dowable should be taken and returned, incontinently to sue for and have her dower thereof from time to time as she should please without let or impeachment, and the issues and profits of the same from his death; and after by writ of 28 April 4 Henry V, having taken of her an oath etc., he did order the then escheator in Essex in presence of the said heirs etc. to assign her dower, and the issues and profits aforesaid; and that escheator was removed from office before he had executed the said writ, and by letters patent of 20 January 11 Henry VI by advice and assent of the council the king granted her licence to marry the said John, and granted him licence to take her to wife.
April 14.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Wiltesir for the time being. Order to pay to John Seynlowe 20l. a year, and the arrears for Easter term last; as by letters patent, confirmed by the king 22 February 1 Henry VI, the late king granted to the said John his esquire 20l. a year for life, to be taken of the issues, profits and revenues of the said county and of the ancient farms falling under the sheriff's charge.
Et erat patens.
July 12.
Westminster.
To Alexander Hody escheator in Somerset. Order to take the fealty of William Taverner and John Frampton, and to give them livery of the manor of Brook Yelchestre and 4 acres of land in the manor of Compton Durvyle, and the issues thereof taken, but to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the residue of that manor and other the manors, messuages, lands, wood, rent and advowsons hereinafter mentioned, delivering to the said William and John any issues thereof taken; as it is found by inquisition, taken before the escheator, that Joan who was wife of Thomas Brooke knight was seised of the manor and advowson of 'Westbaggeburgh,' the manors of Compton Durvyle, Brook Yelchestre and Lucton, of two carucates of land and 20s. of rent in Barreys Gosseforde, Odecombe, Mountagu and 'Westcoker,' one carucate of land, 30 acres of meadow, 20 acres of wood and 40 acres of pasture in Durberewes Cantoke, 29 messuages, six tofts, two carucates 380 acres of land, 126 acres of meadow, 220 acres of pasture and 20s. of rent in Cherde, Hercham, Hornesbowe, Lovehille, Aysshilleyate, Redemede, Okynhede, Clyve and 'Crymmilfordmede,' and the advowson of Lucton church, and long before her death gave the same, among other manors and lands, to the said William and John, their heirs and assigns, by name of the manor and advowson of 'Westbaggeburgh' and all other her manors, lands, rents, reversions and services in Somerset with the knights' fees and advowsons which she had or ever held jointly with her said husband in fee simple or fee tail, or which she ever held in fee simple or fee tail, except certain lands in the inquisition excepted, that the said William and John were thereof seised, and suffered her to occupy the premises and take the said rent at their will until her death, and that the 4 acres aforesaid are held in chief by knight service, the manor of Brooke Yelchestre of the king in free burgage, and the residue of the manor of Compton Durvyle and other the manors, lands etc. aforesaid of others than the king; and for 6s. 8d. paid in the hanaper the king has respited the homages of the said William and John until Christmas day next.
Membrane 10.
May 10.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Kent for the time being. Order every year to pay Thomas Derlyng 12d. a day, and to pay him the arrears since 27 March last, on which day for good service the king appointed him one of the serjeants at arms, with wages of 12d. a day for life to be taken yearly of the farms, issues and profits of that county.
Et erat patens.
May 1.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to take the fealties of Thomas Repynghale of Repynghale, William Saxy citizen and fishmonger of London, Robert Robynson, John Florthes clerks, and Roger Bay, and to give them livery of the manor of Hacunby, one acre of land excepted, and the issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that William Rothewelle at his death held no lands of the king or of any other in his demesne as of fee nor in service, but that Ralph Oudeby and Elizabeth his wife were seised of the said manor, he in his demesne as of fee and she as of freehold, holding the same in chief by knight service, and with licence of the king gave that manor to the said William Rothewelle and Elizabeth his wife and to the heirs of their bodies, with reversion to the grantors and the heirs of the said Ralph, that Elizabeth wife of William died without issue by him, and after her death he held the said manor for life with reversion as aforesaid, and that with licence of the king the said Ralph and Elizabeth after granted the reversion thereof, one acre excepted, to Thomas Repynghale and the others and to their heirs, and William Rothewelle attorned tenant to them; and for 6s. 8d. paid in the hanaper the king has respited their homages until Michaelmas day next.
Membrane 8. (fn. 1)
April 20.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Wiltesir for election of a verderer of the forest of Braden instead of Walter Everarde lately elected, who has no lands within the bounds of that forest, and dwells not within the forest or county.
May 8.
Westminster.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Notyngham for election of a coroner instead of Ralph Byngham, who is too sick and aged to travail for exercise of that office.
May 11.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Salop and the march of Wales adjacent. Order to take the fealties of Thomas Bromwiche, Thomas de la Hay, Thomas Burghope and Walter Mibbe, and to give them livery of the manor of Boulwas and Isembrugge, and the issues thereof taken; as it is found by inquisition, taken before William Boerley late escheator, that Richard de la Mare at his death held that manor jointly with them by grant of Master John Prophete late dean of the cathedral church of Hereford and others made with licence of the king to them and to Isabel late the wife of the said Richard and to William Harper, both now deceased, and to their heirs, and that the same is held in chief by the service of keeper of the forest of Morffe; and for 6s. 8d. paid in the hanaper the king has respited their homages until the feast of Allhallows next.
May 15.
Westminster.
To the customers in the port of London and the keepers of the passage therein. Order at their peril, for particular causes specially moving the king and council, to suffer no man of whatsoever degree or condition by colour of any letters or commands of the king heretofore made to ship in that port or other the places adjacent any wheat for foreign parts without special licence under the great seal. By C.
Like writs to the customers and keepers of the passage in the following ports:
Suthampton.
Pole.
Weymouth.
Dertemouth.
Plymmouth.
Fowy.
Bristol.
Lenne.
Great Jernemuth.
Gippewich.
St. Botolphs.
Kyngeston upon Hull.
Sandewich.
Melcombe.
June 16.
Westminster.
To the receivers, farmers or other the occupiers for the time being of the lordship of Kendale. Order every year during his life to pay to Walter Striklande the king's esquire the usual wages in the office of keeper of Calgarth park co. Westmerland, and to pay him the arrears since 18 May last, on which date the king granted him that office for life, to be occupied by himself or his deputy, with the wages accustomed and other the rights, fees, profits etc. thereto due of old time.
Et erat patens.
July 15.
Westminster.
To John Langley escheator in Gloucestershire and the march of Wales adjacent. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Tormerton, delivering to Maurice de la Ryver any issues thereof taken; as it is found by inquisition, taken before the escheator, that in the octaves of the Purification 13 Henry IV a fine thereof levied at Westminster between Maurice Russell knight, Thomas Elwell and William White clerks plaintiffs and John Drayton and Isabel then his wife deforciants, whereby the deforciants acknowledged the right of Maurice Russell, and the plaintiffs granted the same to the deforciants, to hold of the plaintiffs and the heirs of Maurice Russell during the life of the said Isabel, with reversion to the plaintiffs and the heirs of Maurice Russell, that the plaintiffs after granted that reversion, among other things, to Maurice de la Ryver, son and heir of Thomas de la Ryver knight, and to the heirs of his body, that the said John Drayton and Isabel and all other tenants thereof attorned tenants to him, and that the said manor is not held of the king.
Membrane 6. (fn. 2)
July 6.
Westminster.
To the seneschal of Aquitaine or his representative there, the judges of the court of the king's suzerainty of Gascony, his procurator fiscal and all other his officers and ministers of that duchy. Order to put Berard de Mountferrant, his attorney or proctor, in corporal possession of all lands, houses, rents and revenues which were held by Amaniou Beguey knight or his children (infantes) in their life time, and were granted during pleasure to John de Radclyfe seneschal of the duchy of Aquitaine, according to former commands of the king to the seneschal etc. addressed, notwithstanding any letters or commands of the king to delay or impair the possession of the said Berard of those lands etc. which he ought to have in the king's right; and if after possession had by the said Berard any man shall appose or claim right and title therein, and will before the seneschal etc. make suit for justice, order to summon the parties before them, to hear arguments on either side and do speedy justice, as by law and the customs of those parts ought to be done, saving to the king the reversion of the premises after the death of the said Berard and of his heirs male; as in consideration of his good and unpaid service to King Henry IV, the late king and the king, with advice and assent of the council the king by letters patent gave the said lands etc. to the said Berard and to the heirs male of his body in recompense for the same, and although many times he has given command to the seneschal etc. to put the grantee in possession thereof, they have deferred so to do, whereat the king is amazed; and his will is that the said Berard shall enjoy the benefit of that gift.
Vacated, because upon the Gascon Roll for this year.
[Fœdera.]
Membrane 4. (fn. 3)
June 12.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Cornwall. Order to assign to Richard Wydevyll knight and Jaquetta de Luxembourg duchess of Bedforde dower of all castles, lordships, towns, manors, lands, liberties etc. which John duke of Bedforde held in fee simple or fee tail in his bailiwick, and the issues and profits thereof since 23 March last; as by advice and assent of the council on 6 February 14 Henry VI the king granted that the said Jaquetta, who was wife of the said duke, might sue for and have specially in detail or otherwise her dower of all such castles etc. in England, Jeresey, Garnesey and Calais whereof she is dowable, when taken into the king's hands by virtue of writs of diem clausit extremum or other commands, and all issues and profits thereof arising from the Purification then last; and for a fine to be taken to his use, by letters patent of 23 March last the king pardoned the offence and trespass of the said Richard in taking her to wife, and her offence and trespass in marrying him without licence of the king.
Like writs to the escheators in the following counties:
Berkshire.
Wiltesir.
Somerset and Dorset.
Bukingham.
Kent and Middlesex.
Essex.
Gloucester and the march of Wales adjacent.
Also to the mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, and John Michell mayor of London, being escheators respectively in the said town and city.
June 22.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Oxfordshire. Order to give John Hampden, Thomas Bretton, William Borde, Thomas Ramsey, William Rasshe and John Seynesbury clerk, whose fealties the king has at another time ordered to be taken, livery of the manors of Hoggenorton and Cudlyngton, and the issues thereof taken, but to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with other the manors, lands etc. hereinafter mentioned, delivering to them any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by divers inquisitions, taken by the escheator, that Maud who was wife of Thomas Chaucer at her death held jointly with John Hampden and the others the manors of Hoggenorton and Cudlyngton, the manor of Garsyngton called 'Louchesmaner,' the manor called 'Hauylesmaner' otherwise the manor of Garsyngton, the manor of Ewelme called 'Wacescourt,' the manors and advowsons of Swynecombe and Hanewelle, ten messuages, five tofts, six carucates 100 acres of land, 60 acres of meadow, 100 acres of wood and 20l. of rent in Hoggenorton, Cudlyngton, Garsyngton, Ewelme, Swynecombe, Tuffelde, Bensyngton, Mungewelle, Nywenham Moryun, Takeley and Nethercote, and six messuages, four tofts, 100 acres of land and 6 acres of meadow in Coteswotton (sic) and Bekebrooke by gift of Henry Somer and others to them and to the said Thomas Chaucer, Maud and William Hervy now deceased and to their heirs, and that the manors of Hoggenorton and Cudlyngton are held in chief by knight service, the other manors, messuages, lands etc. of others than the king; and for a fine paid in the hanaper the king did at another time respite the homages of John Hampden and the others until a day now past.
July 19.
Dunstable priory.
To the keeper of the great wardrobe for the time being. Order every year to pay and deliver to William Cotom clerk of the wardrobe the wages and profits due and accustomed to the office of porter (portitoris) thereof, and two gowns, one in winter and one in summer; as the king has granted the said William the office of porter for life, (fn. 4) to be occupied by himself or by deputy, with the fees, wages and profits and the gowns aforesaid, as allowed him heretofore. By p.s. [3808.]
Et erat patens.
Membrane 3.
May 10.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Wiltesir for the time being. Order to pay to John Merston 100s. a year and the arrears for Easter term last; as the late king by letters patent, confirmed by the king 19 December 1 Henry VI, granted to the said John his serjeant for life a pension of 100s. a year of the church of 'Westkyngton' co. Wiltesir by the hands of the parson thereof or of the sheriff.
Et erat patens.
June 22.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Berkshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Hawteforde by Boklonde, delivering to William earl of Suffolk and Alice his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Maud who was wife of Thomas Chaucer at her death occupied that manor as their tenant at will by demise of the said Alice when sole to the said Thomas and Maud, and that it is not held of the king.
To the escheator in the county of Suthampton. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning the manor of 'Westworldham,' two carucates of land, 20 acres of meadow and 20 acres of wood in 'Estworldham, Westworldham,' Aulton and Herteley, held by the said Maud jointly with her husband, now deceased, John Hampden Thomas Bretton, William Borde, Thomas Ramsey, William Rasshe and John Seynesbury clerk yet living, by gift of Henry Somer and others to them and William Hervy now deceased and to their heirs.
To the escheator in Bukinghamshire. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning 100 acres of land, 6 acres of meadow and 10s. of rent in Hamulden, held (as the last).
June 8.
Westminster.
To the collectors in the port of London of the subsidy of 3s. the tun and 12d. the pound. Order without taking any subsidy to deliver to Richard Neville earl of Salisbury, or to his deputy, 26 tuns of wine lately bought and purveyed in France for consumption of his household and not for traffic or any other use, as Thomas Stokdale the earl's servant has made oath in chancery.
July 17.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Worcester for election of a coroner instead of Robert Swalshale, who is dead.
June 8.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Notyngham for election of a coroner instead of Ralph Byngham, who is too sick and aged to travail in that office.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, in regard to John Leek, who is insufficiently qualified.
Aug. 1.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Suthampton. Order for election of a verderer in the forest of 'Westbeer' instead of John Gervays esquire, who is appointed lieutenant of that forest.
Membrane 2.
Aug. 1.
Westminster.
To John Langley escheator in Gloucestershire and the march of Wales adjacent. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Dounhatherley and the moiety, messuages, wood, land etc. hereinafter mentioned, delivering to Thomas Cheddre any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Joan who was wife of Thomas Brooke knight at her death held the said manor by gift of Edmund Pyne and others, and a moiety of the manor of Auste, two messuages, two carucates and one virgate of land, 46 acres of meadow, 20 acres of wood and 20 acres of pasture in Cotis by Auste, Ailberton, Rengeworth and Irenacton by gift of Ralph Personall and Edmund Pyne to the said Thomas and Joan and to the heirs of her body by Robert Cheddre late her husband, with remainder to the right heirs of the said Robert, that by the said Robert Joan had issue Richard Cheddre now deceased without issue, and Thomas Cheddre yet living, and the premises pertain to him as brother and heir of Richard, and that the same are not held of the king.
Membrane 1.
Aug. 15.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Devon. Order to give William Bourgchier and Thomasia his wife, one of the daughters and heirs of Richard Hankeforde knight and Elizabeth his wife, and sister and heir of Elizabeth their other daughter and heir who died within age in ward of the king, seisin of all lands held by the said Richard in fee and fee tail and by the courtesy of England after his said wife's death, and of those of that heritage held for life by James Gascoigne deceased; as the said William has proved the age of Thomasia before the escheator, and the king has taken his fealty.
To the escheator in Gloucestershire and the march of Wales adjacent. Like order, as the age of the said Thomasia has been proved before the escheator in Devon.
Like writs to the escheators in the following counties:
Somerset.
Hereford and the march of Wales adjacent.
Salop and the march of Wales adjacent.
Berkshire.
York.
Stafford.
Wiltesir.
Aug. 25.
Westminster.
To the mayor and sheriffs of London. Order under a pain of 400l. to keep in safe custody a certain goldsmith of Suthwerke, lately delivered to their custody on behalf of the king, not delivering him to bail or other mainprise, as they will answer for him body for body.
Aug. 16.
Westminster.
To the customers and the keepers of the passage in the port of London. Order to suffer John Huchons of London 'vynter' to lade in a ship or ships in that port and, after payment of the customs, subsidies etc., thereupon due, to take over to Bordeaux eight tuns of wheat by him bought and purveyed, any former command of the king to the contrary notwithstanding.
Aug. 16.
Westminster.
To Robert Toppes, whom at another time by advice of the council the king appointed to abide in Bristol until further special order. Notice of the king's will that he shall depart from the said town, and wait in some place by him chosen at ten miles distance from Norwich until the king shall give command for his return to that city. By K.
To the constable of Wyndesore castle or his lieutenant. Order to receive John Savage knight, William Stanley, Randolph Brereton and Urian Brereton from one who shall deliver them on behalf of the king, and to keep them in custody until further special order for their deliverance.
Aug. 15.
Westminster.
To the escheator in Devon and Cornwall. Order in presence of William Bourghchier and Thomasia his wife and of the next friends of Anne one of the daughters and heirs of Richard Hankeforde knight, or of their attorneys, to make a partition into two equal parts of a messuage, a water mill, one carucate of land and 20 acres of wood in Milton Damarle, two messuages and two gardens in Exeter, 2 acres of land in Rowburgh with the advowson of the church thereto pertaining, a messuage and 9 acres of land in 'Northtauton' with the advowson of the church, all in Devon, one English acre of land in Mahenyet with the advowson of the church, to present at the third turn, a messuage, one Cornish acre of land and 5 acres of wood in 'Estknoll,' and a messuage and one Cornish acre of land in Tywadeby Croppynge in Cornwall, and to give the said William and Thomasia seisin of her purparty, keeping the purparty of the said Anne in the king's hand until further order; as it is found by divers inquisitions, taken before John Cokworthy late escheator, that Richard Hankeforde at his death held the premises in his demesne as of fee, that Thomasia, Elizabeth and Anne were his daughters and next heirs, and that the premises in Milton are held in chief, the messuages and gardens in Exeter of the king in free burgage, and the residue of others than the king; and it is found by another inquisition, taken before William Wadham late escheator, that the said Elizabeth died within age in ward of the king, and that Thomasia and Anne are her sisters and next heirs; and William Bourghchier, having taken the said Thomasia to wife, has proved her age before the escheator, and the king has taken his fealty.

Footnotes

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  • 4. Upon his surrender of a former patent granting him the same office during pleasure, as the warrant shews.