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Close Rolls, Richard II: February 1379

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 1, 1377-1381. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1914.

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February 1379

Membrane 18.
Feb. 3.
Westminster.
To Nicholas de Audele. Order to bring to the exchequer for delivery to the treasurer and the barons there all his estreats and the estreats of his fellows late guardians of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer in Herefordshire concerning fines, ransoms and amercements in the 49th, 50th and 51st years of the late king, and forfeited issues remaining with the said Nicholas for the time he was one of the justices, that the treasurer and barons may take steps for levying such fines, issues etc.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To John de Beauchamp constable of Gloucester castle and to his lieutenant. Order to deliver Roger Focaut dean of St. Emilion, imprisoned in that castle, to John Orewelle the king's serjeant at arms to be taken to Wyndesore castle and delivered to the custody of the constable thereof until the king shall take other order for his delivery. The king has commanded the constable of Wyndesore and his lieutenant to receive him etc. By C.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To Simon de Beurle constable of Wyndesore castle. Order to receive Roger Focaut dean of St. Emilion from John de Orewelle, and to keep him in custody in Wyndesore castle until etc.; as the king has commanded John de Beauchamp (as above). By C.
Membrane 17.
Feb. 4.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to discharge Robert de Goldyngton then sheriff of Essex and Hertfordshire of 100 marks in his account at the exchequer for the last year, according to a pardon of that sum made to him by the king in the parliament holden at Gloucestre with the assent of parliament.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Bedford to cause a coroner to be elected instead of William Fencotes, who is insufficiently qualified.
Feb. 3.
Westminster.
To Nicholas de Audele. Order to bring to the exchequer all his estreats etc. in Herefordshire (as above, last page).
Jan. 28.
Westminster.
To John de Cavendissh and Robert Tresilian, justices appointed to hold pleas before the king. Order by writ of nisi prius to cause an inquisition whereupon William bishop of Winchester has put himself at the king's suit touching divers articles concerning him presented before the late king in the 51st year of his reign to be taken before them or one of them, one of the justices of the Bench, or the justices of assize in the county of Suthampton.
Feb. 5.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Cantebrigge to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Adam Hobeldod, who is insufficiently qualified.
Jan. 28.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of the county of Suthampton to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John Waryn, who is insufficiently qualified.
Jan. 30.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Berkes to cause a verderer in the forest of Wyndesore to be elected instead of John atte More, who is dead.
Like order upon the death of Thomas Crichefeld.
Like order upon the death of Richard Yeuyngdon.
Like order upon the death of Richard Whaterugge.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Illeston escheator in the county of Suthampton. Order to deliver to John son of John son of John de Retherfeld the manor of Retherfeld and the advowson of Estystede church; as on the finding of an inquisition, taken of his office by John Froille then escheator, that William de Lyndhurst knight died seised of the said manor and advowson, which were held in chief by knight service, that the then king had the wardship and marriage of William his son and heir, that William the son died likewise seised thereof, that John de Retherfeld his son and heir, John son and heir of the said John, and John son and heir of the said John the son (now living) intruded upon and occupied the premises in succession, every one after his father's death, without doing homage or service to the late king or his forefathers, the said escheator took the same into the late king's hand; and now by the record and process of a cause before the late king in chancery, which the king has caused to come before him in chancery, he has learned that the premises are held of Lawrence de Sancto Martino and of the heir of Miles de Stapelton a minor in the king's wardship, by fealty and the service of 1lb. of pepper yearly at Christmas for all services, and not in chief, and the said John son of John son of John has proved his age before the escheator; and lately the age of Miles son and heir of the said Miles was proved, and the king took his homage and fealty, and commanded livery to be given him of his father's lands.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To the executors of John de Moubray, one of the late king's justices for gaol delivery in Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and Salop. Order to bring into chancery all indictments, records, processes, rolls and memoranda of the said John when justice which are not yet determined and are in their hands, with original writs and all other things concerning such matters, that the king may take order for determination thereof.
Feb. 5.
Westminster.
To William de Mirfeld escheator in Yorkshire. Order to take of Isabel who was wife of Robert de Boynton knight an oath that she shall not marry without the king's licence, and in presence of her husband's heir to assign her dower of his lands.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to suffer the cardinal of Albano, being dean of York and prebendary of Suthcave in the cathedral church of York and of Sutton and Bukyngham in the cathedral church of Lincoln, by himself and his proctors to take all fruits etc. arising from these benefices, discharging toward the king the proctors, farmers or occupiers thereof; as on his behalf it is shewn the king that with assent of the prelates, lords etc. in the parliament holden at Gloucestre the king ordered all goods, fruits etc. of benefices in England held by certain cardinals who of malice were in rebellion against Pope Urban VI to be arrested, and seized them into his hand, and that the fruits of his benefices are so seized, although he has stood firm in his allegiance to the said pope and in defence of the Catholic faith, and has ever been true to the king and realm, praying the king's aid; and for that his obedience to the pope and friendship to the king have been sufficiently shewn forth, as appears by credible witness, the king would deal favourably with him.
[Fœdera.]
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To the proctors, farmers or occupiers of the deanery of York and the prebend of Southcave. Order to answer to the cardinal of Albano or his proctors for all fruits etc. of those benefices arising; as on his behalf etc. (as above).
[Ibid.]
To the proctors etc. of the prebend of Sutton and Bukyngham. Like order.
[Fœdera.]
Like writs in favour of the cardinal of Milan, being archdeacon of Wells and prebendary of Yatemynstre in the cathedral church of Salisbury.
[Ibid.]
Membrane 16.
Feb. 3.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Bukyngham. Order to cause John Prynce and Alice his wife to have seisin of a messuage and one virgate of land in Loughton held by John Neweman outlawed for felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the sheriff, that the premises were in the late king's hand a year and a day, that the said outlaw held them of John Prynce and Alice in right of the said Alice, and that William de Otteford late escheator had the year and a day and the waste thereof.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To the keeper of Rokyngham forest for the time being. Order to deliver to Richard Stury for his abode at his house of Bernewelle one wainload of fuel in the bailiwick of Clyve a week for life and the arrears since 24 January last, according to letters patent of the late king confirmed by the king on the date aforesaid, as John de Ravenesholm knight lord of Bernewelle had in his life time.
Feb. 1.
Westminster.
To brother John de Tymworth monk of Bury St. Edmunds and [abbot] elect. Prohibition upon his allegiance and under pain of forfeiture against leaving England without the king's special licence, in consideration of the perils of the journey, especially by reason of the war, and the hurt and peril which may happen going and returning by capture of his person, to the prejudice of the realm if he should be put to ransom, and especially to the impoverishment of his said house; and order to send his proctors to the court of Rome to sue for confirmation of his election, and not to depart in person from the realm without such licence under the pain aforesaid; as the king has given his assent to the election with his licence made by the prior and convent of that church, founded by the king's forefathers and of his patronage, and the said John in person and the prior and convent have petitioned him for licence to pass towards the court of Rome, and he is purposing to pass out of the realm for the business aforesaid; and the king has written praying the pope in consideration of the perils aforesaid to appoint commissaries within the realm for execution of his confirmation. By p.s. [618.]
Jan. 28.
Westminster.
To John de Cavendissh and Robert Tresylian justices appointed to hold pleas before the king. Order by writ of nisi prius to cause an inquisition whereupon Philip Denemede, John Trokkemare, John Dale of the soke of Winchester, Roger Porter of the said soke and Walter Hunte of Winchester have put themselves, being indicted at Winchester in 51 Edward III concerning an intrusion made upon the king's soil without the walls of that city, to be taken before the said justices or one of them, one of the justices of the Bench or the justices of assize in the county of Suthampton.
Feb. 15.
Westminster.
To Henry de Percehay and Walter de Clopton justices of assize in Dorset. Order not to proceed without advising the king to take an assize of novel disseisin concerning tenements in Langeton in Purbyk, Stokke Coylard, Lychet and Estchikerell arraigned by John Fillioll and others against Joan daughter and heir of John le Walsh and others; as on 25 December 50 Edward III the late king committed to Henry Yevele of London the wardship of two thirds of the manor of Langeton in Purbyk which was in his hand by the death of John le Walsh and by reason of the said Joan's nonage; and now on behalf of the said Henry the king is informed that an assize is arraigned as aforesaid, and that the premises are put in view, and prayer is made for remedy, that the said Joan being within age lose not her heritage.
Jan. 18.
Westminster.
To Robert Bealknap, William de Skipwyth, Roger de Kirketon, Roger de Fulthorp, Henry Percehay, Richard Sidenham and Clement Spice. Order to proceed to final debate in a plea before them begun between Richard de Weston of London 'goldsmyth' and Roese his wife and Thomas de Farndon concerning seven shops and a garden in the suburb of London, the allegation hereinafter mentioned notwithstanding; as at the suit of the plaintiffs learning that there was error in the record and process and in rendering of a judgment in a cause between the parties in the husting of London before the mayor and sheriffs by writ of the late king, the king appointed the said Robert, William, Roger, Roger, Richard and Clement, five, four, three and two of them of whom the said Robert, William, Roger or Roger should be one, at the church of St. Martin le Grand London in presence of the mayor and sheriffs of London, if being warned they would attend, to survey and examine the said record and process, to correct any error found therein or in the rendering of judgment aforesaid, and to do full and speedy justice to the parties, and after joined the said Henry with them; and they so did, and by reason of error therein found it was by them determined that the said judgment be annulled and revoked, and that the parties and the record and plea be in all other articles and circumstances as they were in the husting aforesaid on Monday before St. Petronilla 43 Edward III, before further adjournment and before rendering of the said judgment; and thereupon the said Richard and Roese craved judgment upon the principal plea aforetime pleaded and an assize concerning their damages; and the mayor and commonalty of London appearing before the king alleged that King Henry III by charter granted to the then mayor and sheriffs of London that they or their heirs (fn. 1) should not appoint justices within the city for aught arising in the city or suburbs other than justices in eyre at the Tower of London appointed for such eyres and justices for delivering of Neugate gaol and for correction of errors at St. Martin le Grand, craving an adjournment to the husting of London before the mayor and aldermen of the city, and that the cause should be sent back there to do justice to the parties, by colour whereof the said Robert and the others have deferred and do yet defer to proceed, wherefore by petition presented before the king and council in the parliament holden at Gloucestre on behalf of the plaintiffs prayer was made that the king should direct them to proceed; and the matter of the claim made by the mayor and sheriffs being treated and fully declared in parliament, it was agreed that they should so proceed that allegation notwithstanding, unless the mayor and sheriffs should have sufficient matter to allege other than was alleged in support of their claim to the liberty aforesaid.
March 15.
Westminster.
To all and singular the tenants of the lordship and liberty of Holdernesse co. York, free men and neifs. Writ de intendendo in favour of Alexander archbishop of York, William bishop of London, Ralph bishop of Salisbury, Guy de Bryene, Roger de Beauchamp, Hugh de Segrave and Thomas Tyrell knights, their deputies and assigns; as with assent of the prelates and nobles in parliament the king has given them during the life of Isabel the king's aunt, in consideration that she is of royal birth, and desiring that she and her estate shall be honourably maintained so long as she shall be in England, the manors and hamlets of Brustwyk, Bondbrustwyk, Skekkelyng, Little Humbre, Kayngham, Cleton, Skipsee, Outhorn, Wythornsee, Lelle Dyke, Elstanwyke, Burton Pydsee, Preston, Sprotlee, Hedoun, Pauleflete, Skeftelyng, Kilnesey, Esyngton and Ravenser and all other manors, honours, lands etc. lately held for life by Ingelram de Coucy and the said Isabel his wife, with the stock etc. thereupon, which were seized as forfeit into the king's hand by reason of the surrender of the said Ingelram's homage to the king and his adhesion to France, except certain manors etc. specially reserved to the king.
Et erat patens.
[Fœdera.]
March 20.
Westminster.
To the keeper of Coventre park for the time being. Order to suffer William de Norton by oversight and delivery of the said keeper to have for life six wainloads of underwood a year in that park for fuel by reason of his good service to the king's father, according to the king's letters patent of 23 October last.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 15.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To John Derwentwater escheator in Northumberland. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with a mill, three tofts, 90 acres of land, 50 acres of meadow, nine husband lands and a moiety of the manor of South Milneburne; as it is found by divers inquisitions, taken by John Scoterskelf late escheator by command of the late king, that William de Felton knight at his death held in fee tail the manor of Matfen West and certain lands in Naffirton and Lourdbotill thereto belonging which were held of the king by knight service, the manor of Edelyngham and lands in Lemotton, Neuton and Wythyngham not held of the king, and held in his demesne as of fee the mill etc. and moiety above mentioned of others than the king, that John de Felton knight his brother is his next heir in regard to the manors etc. held in fee tail, and William son of Robert de Hilton, being son of Eleanor de Felton one of the said William's sisters, and Thomas son of Agnes late wife of Robert de Swynborne his other sister are his cousins and heirs in regard to the mill etc. held as aforesaid, and were within age at the date of that inquisition, as appears by the inquisition and by the record and process of a cause in chancery between the late king and John de Felton, sent for debate before the late king.
Feb. 11.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Illeston escheator in Wiltesir. Order to cause John Seintmanifuy to have seisin of his purparty of the lands of Walter Dansey; as on 9 February 44 Edward III the late king took the homage and fealty of Ralph de Norton knight, who took to wife Margaret sister and one of the heirs of the said Walter, by reason of issue between them begotten, and ordered John Froille then escheator to take security for payment of their relief, to make partition of the said lands into two parts, and cause the said Ralph and Margaret to have seisin of her purparty, saving her dower to Maud who was the said Walter's wife, and keeping in the king's hand the purparty of the said John, being son of Joan Seintmanifuy the other sister of the deceased and his cousin and other heir, and being then within age and in the late king's wardship, so that each parcener should have a share of the lands held in chief; and now he has proved his age before Robert de Loxle escheator in Surrey, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [630.]
To Thomas Laurence escheator in Herefordshire. Like order, reciting a partition made by William Auncell late escheator, and the late king's order to John Froille. By p.s. (the same writ).
March 16.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Wiltesir for the time being. Order to receive yearly of the prioress of Ambresbire 10l. 4s. 11½d. of the rent of assarts of the forest of Chepenham, Peuesham and Melkesham whereof she is collector, and during the life of Roger de Bello Campo keeper of Devises castle by his advice and appointment and by oversight of the parson and mayor of the Devises for the time being to lay out that sum and 7l. 16s. whereof the sheriff is collector upon repair of the walls, towers and buildings of that castle and the enclosure of the king's park there, according to letters patent of the late king, who made order that the said rents, amounting to 18l. 14s., whereof she was collector as he understood, should during the said Roger's life be paid by the prioress to the janitor of the castle for the time being, and be by him laid out upon the repair thereof by oversight of the said parson and mayor; and after on 1 October in the first year of his reign, upon information received that the rent amounted to 18l. 11½d. only, and that the prioress was collector of but 10l. 4s. 11½d. and the sheriff of 7l. 16s., order was made that during the said Roger's life the whole sum should year by year be by the sheriff laid out as aforesaid by advice and appointment of the said Roger and by oversight of the said parson and mayor, and the king commanded the prioress to pay to the sheriff the sum whereof she is collector. By bill of the treasurer.
Et erat patens.
Vacated, because under date of 1 October last year by bill of the treasurer.
March 18.
Westminster.
To the collectors of the subsidy in the port of London. Order to pay by indenture to the mayor and commonalty of the city of London, or to their deputies appointed under their common seal, the money arising from the whole subsidy upon wool, woolfells and hides in that port from Midsummer next until the residue of 5,000l. be paid over and above that which shall be granted by the city to the king at the next parliament, and order straightway after Midsummer to deliver to them, their successors or attorneys, one part of the cocket seal to keep until contented of that residue, with prohibition under pain of forfeiture against the passage of any wool, woolfells or hides until cocketed with both parts of the said seal; as the king is by letters patent bound to the said mayor etc. in 5,000l. received as a loan to be paid on or before the feast of All Saints next, deducting as part payment that which shall be granted as aforesaid, and the said collectors or other collectors there for the time being shall pay them the whole subsidy as aforesaid until they be thereof contented, with covenant that one foil of the said seal shall be delivered and remain with them until the money be fully paid, and that no wool etc. shall pass out of the port after Midsummer until one foil be so delivered, and until the same be sealed with both foils, and the subsidy thereupon be fully paid.
March 22.
Westminster.
To the king's searcher in the port of London and the river Thames. Order to dearrest a ship called 'la Cristoffre' of Hamburgh laded with salt, Henry Swartcope master, arrested by the searcher for that without search by him made the same was unladed in that port, suffering the master and seamen to pass over sea whither they will; as John Horne of London 'fisshemongere' has mainperned in chancery to answer for what pertains to the king for that cause.
March 22.
Westminster.
To the king's searcher (as the last). Like order in regard to a ship called 'la Goddesknyght,' Sibrand Spore 'Holander' master, arrested by the searcher for that without search by him made it sailed out of that port with two packets of woollen cloth; as John Horne etc. (as above).
Feb. 6.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Cornwall to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Henry Treualuard, who is sick and aged.
Feb. 5.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Warrewyk to cause four coroners to be elected instead of Thomas de Compton, John de Crowele, William Bridefen and John Bray of Stretton, who are infirm.
Membrane 14.
Jan. 28.
Westminster.
To John de Cavendissh and Robert Tresilian justices appointed to hold pleas before the king. Order by writ of nisi prius to cause an inquisition whereupon Roger Snell of the soke of Winchester grocer, John Thorner, John Gardyner, William atte Kechen butchers, William Quyns and Thomas Shipiere dyers, John atte Nassh, John Stryvour, John Harlyngton and William Sharp fullers, John Lowys, John Bromlegh, John atte Nassh, John Whytenharpe, William Lauer, John Hendyng, William Andrewe, Thomas Sopere, John Clement, John Bosyngton, Adam Fyssh, John Bouer, Thomas Haselmere, John Barat, William atte Kookes, Richard Barre, John Sombourne, Robert atte Nassh, John Hamond, John Jacob, Thomas Pydel, Richard Syueld, Thomas Lavyngton, John atte Flodestokke, John Gardyner and William atte Kechen have put themselves at suit of the king, being indicted at Winchester in 51 Edward III for divers trespasses and other articles there presented against them, to be taken before the said justices or one of them, one of the justices of the Bench, or the justices of assize in the county of Suthampton.
Feb. 24.
Westminster.
To all justices, sheriffs, stewards, mayors, bailiffs, burgesses etc. in the county of Pembroch. Order to suffer the prior of Pembroke to use and enjoy all the liberties, rights and privileges lawfully pertaining to the priory of old time so long as the same shall be in the king's hand and in the prior's keeping, as did the priors before it came to the late king's hands; as the priory and its possessions are among other alien religious houses now in the king's hand by reason of the war with France, and are committed to the prior for a set yearly farm, and the king is informed that certain of the justices etc. are striving to withdraw divers such liberties, and are unduly troubling the said prior.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To John de Cavendissh and Robert Tresylian justices appointed to hold pleas before the king. Order by writ of nisi prius to cause an inquisition whereupon Hugh Casteloun knight of Bukinghamshire has put himself, being indicted for felonies, to be taken before them or one of them, one of the justices of the Bench or the justices of assize in Oxfordshire.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To John Brode of Smethe escheator in Kent. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with a tenement in Rochester called Hertathop, one marsh and other lands by Rochester, 163 acres of land, meadow and pasture in the manor of Padelesworth, certain lands in Rierssh and Ofham which are parcel of the manor of Adynton, and 2 acres of land which are parcel of the manor of Palstre, delivering to Richard and John sons of Roger Charles any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Richard Charles at his death held the premises in 'gavelkynd' of others than the king, and that the said Richard aged eighteen and John aged ten years, being sons of Roger Charles brother of the deceased, are his next heirs of lands so held.
Jan. 20.
Westminster.
To John Brode (as above). Order to assign to Alice who was wife of Richard Charles dower of her husband's lands; as for a fine with him made by her the king has granted her licence to marry whom she will.
The like to Robert de Loxle escheator in Sussex.
Feb. 26.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs and the citizens and true men of York. Order with assent of the council, as they will answer it at their peril, ceasing every excuse with all speed to make ready and array a barge and a balinger by them lately built for defence of the realm, so that they be at Kirkelerode on Sunday in mid Lent at latest with rigging and gear, ready to sail on the king's service in the fleet (armata) which by advice of the council he has appointed shortly to sail for that purpose, as shall be by the admirals or one of them directed, at the king's wages and reward to be paid down to the masters and seamen as usual; and order to take heed that no default be found in them whereby the fleet be delayed to the peril of the realm. By p.s. [649.]
[Fœdera.]
The like to the following:
The bailiffs and true men of Grymesby and Barton to array one balinger.
The mayor and bailiffs, citizens etc. of Lincoln, one barge.
The mayor and bailiffs etc. of Lenne, one barge and one balinger.
The bailiffs and citizens etc. of Norwich, one barge.
The bailiffs etc. of Gippewich, one barge and one balinger.
The bailiffs etc. of Bury and Thetford, one balinger. Et erat patens.
The bailiffs etc. of Colcestre, Maldon, Manytre and Herwice, one balinger.
The bailiffs etc. of St. Botolph, one barge and one balinger.
[Ibid.]
March 8.
Westminster.
To John Poucher escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to cause William son of William son of William de Deyncourt, being cousin and heir of William the grandfather, to have seisin of his said grandfather's lands; as he has proved his age before Thomas Ralegh escheator in Leycestershire, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [668.]
The like to the following:
Thomas atte Lude escheator in Bedfordshire and Bukinghamshire.
John Foucher escheator in Notynghamshire and Derbyshire.
March 4.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Worcester to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Thomas Whateleye, who is insufficiently qualified.
Feb. 9.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Cornwall to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Henry Treualuargh, who is infirm and aged.
Feb. 5.
Westminster.
Like order, mutatis mutandis, to the sheriff of Cantebrigge concerning Adam Hobeldode, who is insufficiently qualified.
Feb. 6.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of York to cause a verderer in the forest of Galtres to be elected instead of Robert de Rouclif knight, who is sick.

Footnotes

  • 1. Ipsi (rectius Ipse) yel heredes sui.