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Close Rolls, Richard II: May 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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May 1379

Membrane 7.
May 14.
Westminster.
To all sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs, ministers and the king's lieges to whom etc. Order to suffer John duke of Brittany and earl of Richemund, his men and tenants of Richemundshire, to be quit of payment of toll upon their goods throughout the realm, as they ought to be and as all other earls of Richemund, their men and tenants there used to be time out of mind, as they say.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 6.
May 14.
Westminster.
To all sheriffs etc. (as the last) within liberties and without. Order not to distrain the men of the king's manor of Bristok co. Norhampton, which is of the ancient demesne of the crown as the king is assured by certificate sent into chancery at his command by the treasurer and chamberlains, to pay toll of their goods contrary to the custom observed and approved of old time that men of the ancient demesne are quit of toll throughout the realm, and order to release any distress made for that cause.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 5.
May 12.
Westminster.
To Elizabeth who was wife of Edward le Despenser knight, farmer of the manor of Wynterton co. Warrewyk. Order to pay to Lesandus de Avene a rent of 6l. 13s. 4d. a year so long as she shall have the wardship of that manor by the king's commission and the said Lesandus shall live, and the arrears since Michaelmas in the first year of the reign, from which date the king granted her the wardship thereof; as upon the finding of an inquisition, taken at the late king's command by Walter Holt late escheator, that long before his death her said husband gave that manor to William Strete, Thomas Mortymer and Robert Perle clerk and to their heirs, that they being thereof seised at request of the said Edward granted the said rent to the said Lesandus for life in reward for 100 marks of land in Wales which the said Edward had of him, that long before the said Edward's death the said Lesandus was seised of that rent, and was in full possession, receiving the same until the said Edward's death, and that he made no release of his estate therein, the said Lesandus petitioned the king for payment thereof with the arrears, shewing that the same was in arrear since the said Edward's death for that the manor is in the king's hand by reason of the nonage of his heir and in the wardship of the said Elizabeth; and the king ordered the then sheriff to give her notice to be in chancery at a day now past to shew cause wherefore the petitioner ought not to have that rent for life, and further to do etc.; and she being so warned process was made between her and the said Lesandus, and continued on set days; and Michael Skillyng who sues for the king and the attorneys of the said Elizabeth appearing in chancery, forasmuch as they could say nought to the purpose wherefore he ought not to have the same, by advice of the justices, the king's serjeants and others of the council it was determined that the said Lesandus should have the said rent for life according to the grant, and the arrears.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 4.
May 23.
Westminster.
To Richard Tembury escheator in Worcestershire. Order to deliver to Walter de Romeseye knight the manor of Kedermustre and a wood called Conyngereshulle within Bourelasshe wood which is parcel of the said manor, and the issues of the manor taken since 24 April 50 Edward III, saving to the king the issues of the said wood if any be due to him; as lately the king ordered the escheator to certify in chancery the cause wherefore he took the said manor into the king's hand, and he certified that he so took the same for that the said Walter, claiming it on 4 February 50 Edward III as his heritage, before doing homage for the same or bringing to the then escheator any writ of livery, intruded therein on Monday after the Annunciation in that year after the death of Dionysia who was wife of Hugh de Cokeseye and tenant thereof for life in chief by knight service, and sold the said wood; and on 24 April the same year the late king took his homage and fealty, and delivered the said manor to the said Walter; and it is certified by the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer that answer was made to the late king for the issues of the manor from 4 February aforesaid, on which day the said Dionysia died, to 24 April on which day livery was given, and for a fine of 40s. to him paid by the said Walter the king has pardoned him the trespass he committed by entering and selling the said wood without the king's licence before livery was given him as the manner is.
May 22.
Westminster.
To the chancellor and proctors of Oxford university, and to their representatives. Order, upon petition of the regent master and all the bachelors and scholars of the order of [friars] preachers in the university, to cease from laying hindrances and grievances upon those friars there studying, admitting them and suffering them to be admitted to their degrees and acts according to the custom and statutes of the university and the custom of their order, the king's former command to the chancellor and proctors addressed notwithstanding; as they have shewn the king that at the instant suit of the said friars in the parliament holden at Gloucestre the king with advice of the council granted by letters patent that they and every of them might do as should seem fit for the governance of their order in things which concern the ordering, jurisdiction, constitutions and rule thereof as used therein to be done, not being hindered, troubled or grieved by colour of any prohibition or command before given to the contrary, and that by colour of a letter of the privy seal obtained by procurement of their enemies, some of them have long been unlawfully hindered from their acts and degrees aforesaid; and it is the king's desire to forward the praiseworthy purpose of scholars studying in the said university.
May 30.
Westminster.
To Edmund earl of Cantebrigge constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports, or to his lieutenant. Order, upon petition of John Utenbrok burgess of Bruges in Flanders, if he shall find mainpernors to answer to Thomas Loveryk and his fellows for the price of twelve pipes of wine by them spent according to the price of his other wines in case between this and Easter next it shall be adjudged by proof and lawful information that at the time of capture the same were enemies' goods and lawful prize of the said Thomas and his fellows, to cause him to be contented by them for those twelve pipes as aforesaid, first paying 16l. for freight; as it is shewn the king that eighty pipes of his wine were lately taken in a ship at sea by the said Thomas, Simon Panys, Hugh Otewell and Thomas Penyot, whereof twelve were spent as they confessed before the council, and 68 were by command of the council delivered to John Panys of Sandewich for safe keeping until further order of the king for their delivery, which 68 pipes are appraised at 125l.; and on 2 April last the king ordered the said earl, if the said John should find mainpernors to answer to Thomas Loveryk for 125l. in case between that and Easter a year later it should be adjudged (as above), to deliver that wine to John Utenbrok.
May 10.
Westminster.
To John Brode of Smethe escheator in Kent. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manors, lands and advowson following, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that John Brokas at his death held no lands in Kent in chief in demesne nor in service, but held the manor and advowson of Ifeld by Shyngledwelle of others than the king, the manor of Hevere and a toft, 80 acres of land, 15 acres of wood, 3s. of rent and a rent of six hens in Hallestede in 'gavelkynd' of others than the king, that Edward de Sancto Johanne knight and Elizabeth wife of Edmund Herneys are his cousins and heirs in regard to the manor etc. of Ifeld and of full age, and that the said Edward and Elizabeth, John de Chyvenyng, William his brother, Robert brother of William, and John son of Walter de Chyvenyng are his cousins and heirs in 'gavelkynd' and of full age.
June 1.
Westminster.
To William Berard escheator in Norffolk. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manors of Aldeby and Folsham and appurtenances, the advowsons of Folsham and Byntre and a moiety of the advowson of Hadescothorp excepted, delivering to Cicely late wife of William de Morle knight any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that by gift of Ancelin de Mareschal knight and others the said William held those manors with the exceptions aforesaid as jointly enfeoffed with the said Cicely, and that the manor of Aldeby is held in chief by homage and fealty, the manor of Folsham by knight service; and the king has taken the fealty of the said Cicely.
June 1.
Westminster.
To William Berard escheator in Norffolk and Suffolk. Order in presence of Thomas de Morle knight, son and heir of William de Morley knight, to assign dower of the said William's lands to Cicely who was his wife; as the king has taken of her an oath that she shall not marry without his licence.
The like to Roger Keterich escheator in Essex and Hertfordshire.
May 28.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Lincoln. Order to set free Thomas de Sleford, John de Bourne the younger, Edmund his brother, William Auncell, Thomas Arderne of Horblyng, John Baily of Scredyngton, Thomas Pyndere of Repynghale, William Vynt, Thomas Bakere and Thomas Cartewright of Edenham, if taken and imprisoned by reason of any words in a statute published in the parliament holden at Gloucestre against those who commit disseisins, rapes and other evildoings and now revoked, and if there be no other cause for their imprisonment; as the king has learned that they being indicted for certain evildoings contrary to that statute were taken by virtue of the king's commission addressed to John king of Castille and Leon and duke of Lancastre, Thomas de Wodestoke earl of Bukingham and others, and delivered to the sheriff's custody to be punished according to the pain therein limited; and the same is revoked by advice and assent of the prelates, lords and great men in the parliament last holden at Westminster, the statute long since published at Norhampton remaining in force.
May 10.
Westminster.
To William Berard escheator in Norffolk. Order to cause Robert de Rollesby to have seisin of a messuage and 3 acres of land in Rollesby held by Robert Haverlond of Rollesby outlawed for felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the sheriff, that the premises have been in his hand a year and a day, that they were held of Robert de Rollesby, and that John Hethe late escheator had the year and a day and the waste thereof.
To the same. Order to cause William de Manteston to have seisin of a cottage and 2 acres of land in Hardyngham held by Robert Russe hanged for felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the sheriff, that the premises have been in his hand a year and a day, that they were held of the said William, and that John de Weston escheator of the late king had the year and a day and the waste thereof.
Membrane 3.
June 10.
Westminster.
To the collectors of customs in the port of London for the time being. Order to suffer no aliens henceforward to ship wool or any other merchandise to be taken to the staple of Calais in any ships save ships with the goods of English merchants, and nevertheless to take of such aliens security by mainprise or bond of Englishmen that they shall under pain of forfeiture take their goods to Calais and nowhere else over sea, causing all letters of cocket touching such shipments and securities to be brought every year to the exchequer in the octaves of Michaelmas at latest according to the ordinance; as the king has learned that divers wools, woolfells and hides and much other merchandise of England is without the king's licence daily taken over by alien merchants and others to divers places over sea other than the said staple; and by assent of the prelates, lords and princes of the realm in the parliament last holden at Westminster the king has made order that any aliens willing to take goods over shall ship them as aforesaid and not in ships by themselves, and shall give security in the port of shipment, and that all the letters called 'cokettes' in every port of the realm touching shipments of goods to Calais by natives or aliens, as well those which shall remain with the customers in such ports as those which shall remain with the treasurer of Calais and the searcher of the king's forfeitures there, shall with the said securities be brought to the exchequer every year, so that the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer may view the same and deal as they shall see fit to the king's advantage. By K. in parl.
The like to the collectors in the following ports:
Sandewich.
Cicestre.
Suthampton.
Exeter.
Bristol.
Great Jernemuth.
Lenne.
The town of St. Botolph.
Kyngeston upon Hull.
Newcastle upon Tyne.
Gippewich.
Melcombe.
To the treasurer of the town of Calais and the searcher of the king's forfeitures there for the time being. Order to send to the exchequer (as above) all letters of cocket touching shipments to Calais.
Membrane 2.
May 8.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of Maydestone of the archbishop of Canterbury. Order, upon petition of William Spryg citizen and woolmonger of London, by mainprise of William Daue 'felmonger,' Simon Wyntre 'goldsmyth,' John Goldeburgh 'glover' and Simon Warle 'glover' of the city of London to suffer him to lade 2½ sarplers of wool in ships in the river of Maydestone and bring them by the sea coast to the staple of Westminster, any command to them addressed to the contrary notwithstanding; as the said William Daue and the others have mainperned to content the king for the forfeiture of the wool if it shall go to sea or be taken to foreign parts, and for the custom and subsidy if any be sunk in the sea, also that when the same shall be unladed there the mayor of the staple shall send into chancery letters witnessing the quantity brought thither.
May 8.
Westminster.
To William de Walshale escheator in Staffordshire. Notification that Agnes de Grethurst, being indicted for felony before Richard de Stafford and his fellows guardians of the late king's peace and justices of oyer and terminer in that county, was put in exigents to be waived for that she came not before them to answer, and was after waived, in order that the escheator shall do his office touching the taking of her lands, goods and chattels into the king's hand and answering at the exchequer for the same, and shall certify in chancery the yearly value of her lands, the description, price and value of her goods, sending again this writ.
May 27.
Westminster.
To the collectors of the subsidy of 6d. in the pound in the port of London. Writ of supersedeas; as with the assent of the prelates, lords and great men in the present parliament the king has granted that payment of the said subsidy upon imports and exports granted to the king by the commons and merchants of England in the parliament holden at Gloucestre shall for a set time cease.
The like to the collectors in singular the ports throughout England.
Memorandum that the writ addressed to the collectors in the port of Wynchelse was delivered to them on 4 October in the third year of the reign.
May 26.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of the town of Herewich. Order at their peril, upon petition of Alardus de Useden, John Boukes and certain other merchants of Hamburgh in Ostland of the lordship and power of Duke Albert the king's cousin and friend, out of consideration for the duke, to deliver up to them a ship and merchandise lately taken at sea by a balinger of William de Foxton and John Newerk of Calais, brought to Herewich and there detained, certifying in chancery if there be any cause wherefore they ought not so to do; as the petitioners have shewn the king that the said ship was laded with sixteen rolls of linen cloth, 6 'pakkes' of leather, 7 lasts of 'hamberber,' one great tun of skins of 'eremyns' and 'graywerk,' one last of barrels of honey, half a last of butter, one last of barrels of nuts, 4 lasts of beans and one sack of gold and silver 'bolion' weighing 12lb.; and it is witnessed by letters patent of William de Monte Acuto earl of Salisbury captain of Calais, and acknowledged by William de Foxton before certain great men of the realm and the chancellor, that the premises are true.
May 26.
Westminster.
To John Derwentwater escheator in Cumberland and Westmorland. Order to give Christopher son and heir of Christopher de Moriceby seisin of his father's lands; as he has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [766.]
June 18.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Essex to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Richard Suarry, who is dead.
June 6.
Westminster.
To the collectors of the petty and great custom in the port of London. Order to bring to the knowledge of all merchants in that port an ordinance made at the petition of the commons of the realm in the parliament last holden at Westminster for enlarging the supply of gold and silver money within the realm, namely that of every pound's worth of cloths of gold, silk, women's veilings, precious stones, jewels, and furs whatsoever imported after Midsummer next, and of every pound by tale of gold or silver arising from the last sale within the realm of wool, hides and woolfells for export after that feast, they shall be bound to bring to the Tower of London to deliver to the master and warden of the mint bullion of gold or silver to the value of 12[d.], merchants of cloths etc. within half a year after their coming into the realm and of wool etc. within a year after export thereof, and the king's money shall be delivered to them for the same, and that for observance of the premises merchants shall find security before the customers at the ports of import or export, merchants of wool etc. before export thereof and other merchants at their coming; and order to cause that ordinance to be observed, receiving security of every such merchant from time to time; as it is the king's will that the ordinance shall endure until the next parliament, in order that the advantage thereof may be proved. By K. in parl.
[Fœdera.]
The like to the collectors in the port of Exeter and in eleven other ports.
[Ibid.]
June 18.
Westminster.
To all sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs, ministers and the king's lieges to whom etc. Order, if John duke of Brittany and earl of Richemund and his men and tenants of Richemundshire ought to be quit, and if he and all other earls time out of mind used to be quit of toll, pontage, murage, pavage, passage, lastage, stallage, quayage and picage upon their goods throughout the realm, to desist henceforth from distraining them for payment of the same, suffering them to be thereof quit; as the king has received the duke's complaint that he, his men and tenants aforesaid have ofttimes been and are daily so distrained, although they ought to be and used to be quit as aforesaid, praying for remedy.
Et erat patens.
[Ibid.]
Membrane 1.
April 28.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of York to cause a verderer in the forest of Galtres to be elected instead of Robert de Rouclif, who is too infirm.
May 4.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Surrey to cause a coroner to be elected instead of William de Redeston, who is insufficiently qualified.
May 11.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Suthampton to cause a verderer in the forest of Chet to be elected instead of Ralph Clatford, who is dead.
April 20.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Sussex for election of a coroner instead of John Apsele, who is insufficiently qualified.
May 5.
Westminster.
To Richard de Kendale escheator in Devon. Order to take of Isabel who was wife of William Dupe an oath that she shall not marry without the king's licence, and to assign her dower of her said husband's lands.
May 22.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Illeston escheator in the county of Suthampton and in Wiltesir. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manors of Upwallop and Netherwallop, a messuage and one carucate of land in Burghton co. Suthampton, the manor of Radelynch, and 60 acres of land and 6 acres of meadow in Beaupers co. Wiltesir, delivering to Maud who was wife of Thomas de Boklond knight any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by divers inquisitions, taken by the escheator, that by fine levied in the king's court the said Thomas held the premises jointly with the said Maud of others than the king.
May 5.
Westminster.
To Alan de Buxhull constable of the Tower of London and to his lieutenant. Order to receive Theobald Pillewhan of him who shall deliver him on the king's behalf, and to keep him in custody in the Tower prison until further order for his deliverance. By C.
June 5.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Northumberland to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Hugh Galoun, who is insufficiently qualified.
May 24.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Suthampton to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John Waryn, who is insufficiently qualified.
May 2.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Suthampton to cause two verderers in the forest of la Beere Porchestre to be elected instead of John Romyn and Simon atte Grene, who are dead.
May 12.
Westminster.
To John de Beverley of Jernemuth. Order under pain of forfeiture to pay to William Fauconer and William Adamson merchants of Scotland 10l. of the goods and merchandise of merchants of Scotland by the said John and certain others arrested, and nevertheless to be in person before the king and council at Westminster on the morrow of Trinity next to give information concerning matters which shall then be laid before him. By C.