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Close Rolls, Richard II: November 1337

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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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November 1337

Nov. 18.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs and the keepers of the town and port of Cestre, Lyverpole, Coneweye or Beaumareys. Order to purvey and deliver for prompt payment of his moneys to Nicholas de Dagworth knight, sailing to Ireland on the king's service at his command, a ship in one of those ports for his passage with his men, horses and harness.
Nov. 5.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order not to suffer Nicholas Burnell to be troubled or distrained until Whitsuntide next for his homage due to the king by reason of the coronation, releasing any distress made; as the king has respited the same because of the gout wherewith he is afflicted. By p.s. [131.]
Membrane 25.
Oct. 28.
Westminster.
To the mayor and sheriffs of London. Order with assent of the council, for particular causes laid before the king and council in this parliament, to cause the son of the count de Dene an alien, a hostage dwelling in that city, to come before the king and council in parliament on Tuesday next, bringing this writ.
[Fœdera. Rolls of Parliament, iii. 386.]
Nov. 12.
Westminster.
To the archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, deans, archdeacons, provosts, sacrists, prebendaries in cathedral or collegiate churches, officials, advocates, proctors and other ecclesiastical persons holding any dignity or office, notaries public and others to whom etc. Prohibition against attempting aught or causing aught to be attempted in regard to the late king's collation of Master Thomas Bisshebury to the prebend of Morton Parva in the church of Hereford which may tend to contempt of the king or prejudice of the crown or to impair the effect of such collation, and order at their peril to revoke any attempt made; as on 19 January in the 43rd year of his reign the late king gave to the said Thomas that prebend which was void and his gift by reason of the vacancy of the bishopric of Hereford, and now the king is informed that although the said Thomas was admitted and inducted by the guardian of the spirituality of that bishopric, as appears by an instrument under his seal of office produced in chancery, and has peaceably held the said prebend until now, certain persons striving of malice to disturb him therein, by colour of a papal provision in favour of William de Humberston clerk, made by virtue of an ancient and unknown reservation thereof it is said, are purposing to prosecute many processes in the court Christian touching the annulment of the right of the crown and of the defendant's possession, to cite him to answer in such court touching the possession which he holds in right of the crown, and to make appeals, instruments etc. to the prejudice of the king and crown, whereby the effect of the said presentation may be impaired; and it is the king's will to remedy such expense and prejudice, and to restrain the unlawful attempts of those who impugn the rights of the crown.
Et erat patens.
Oct. 22.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order, upon petition of Alexander archbishop of York, to view a record and process of the justices in eyre in Yorkshire sent by the king to the exchequer, and the rolls and memoranda of the exchequer, and if assured that the archbishop ought to have, and that all his predecessors time out of mind had and used to have two dies for coining for their change of York, to deliver the same to him. By C.
[Fœdera.]
Nov. 2.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Essex. Order to cause Joan who was wife of John de Hevenyngham knight to have seisin of a messuage and 13 acres of land in Little Totham held by John Sokelyng outlawed for felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the sheriff, that a messuage and 16 acres of land there held by the said outlaw have been in his hand a year and a day, that the messuage and 13 acres of that land are held of the said Joan, and that Roger de Wolfreton late escheator had the year and a day and the waste thereof.
Vacated, because otherwise below.
Oct. 4.
Westminster.
To John de Cavendissh and his fellows justices appointed to hold pleas before the king. Order by writ of nisi prius to command an inquisition which remains to be taken between the king and Joan who was wife of John de Hevenygham knight concerning the manor of Little Totham to be taken before one of the king's justices.
Nov. 6.
Westminster.
To John Bygot escheator in Yorkshire. Order to stay until Easter next the distress he is making [upon] Andrew Lutrell for his homage; as the king has respited the same.
The like to William Bussy escheator in Lincolnshire.
Nov. 8.
Westminster.
To John Parker of Olneye escheator in Bedfordshire. Order to cause Walter Walssh and Joan his wife to have seisin of a cottage in Leghton held by John son of Richard Byndyng outlawed for felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that the same has been in his hand a year and a day, that the said John held it of the said Walter and Joan, and that John de Olneye late escheator had the year and a day and the waste thereof.
Nov. 16.
Westminster.
To Edmund earl of Cantebrigge constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports. Order to survey the defects in the said castle as well in houses, walls, towers, the church, belfry and other buildings and the glazed windows therein as in vestments, ornaments and fittings of the church, arms, armour, bows, arrows, crossbows, quarrels, artillery and other things needful for furnishing the same, and by view and testimony of the master of the Domus Dei Dovorre and the prior of St. Martin there or one of them to cause the same to be repaired from time to time as need shall be. By K. and C.
Nov. 18.
Westminster.
Mandate to the said master and prior or one of them to survey and control the costs and works of such repairs, and to bear witness thereof at the exchequer upon the said earl's account.
Et erat patens.
Nov. 12.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Bedford. Order to cause Nicholas Ragoun, Robert de Wodhull, John Clerk of Herdwyk in the parish of Felmersham and Robert parson of Felmersham to have seisin of a cottage, 5 acres 1 rood of land and half an acre of meadow in Felmersham held by John le Hunt who abjured the realm for a felony; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by John Parker of Olneye the escheator, that the premises have been in his hand a year and a day, that the said felon held them of the said Nicholas and the others, and that William Otford late escheator had the year and a day and the waste thereof.
Sept. 1.
Westminster.
To Robert James escheator in Dorset. Order in presence of the heirs or their attorneys to make a partition of the third part of the manors of Bere by Caneford and Neweton by Sturmynstre Marshall, and to deliver to Edmund fitz Herberd knight and John Brocas their respective purparties, together with the issues thereof taken since the death of Katherine who was wife of Andrew Peverell knight, sending the partition to be enrolled in chancery; as the king has learned by inquisition, by the escheator taken at the late king's command, that the said Katherine held in dower a third part of those manors [of] others than the king of the heritage of the said Edmund, being son of Reynold son of Lucy one of the said Andrew's sisters, and of the said John being son of Margaret daughter of Alice his other sister, who are his cousins and heirs; and on 30 March in the 49th year of his reign the late king took the homage and fealty of the said Edmund and John, and commanded livery to be given them of the said Andrew's lands.
Nov. 28.
Westminster.
To Aubrey de Veer steward of the honour of Walyngford or his representative. Order not to distrain or trouble William Ellesfeld for his homage for the third part of one knight's fee in the town of Chalgrave by him held as of that honour, releasing any distress made; as the king has taken his homage. By p.s. [160.]
Dec. 11.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Wiltesir to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Nicholas de Bonham, who is occupied with the king's business as the king is informed, wherefore he has removed him.
Dec. 13.
Westminster.
To John de Sleford keeper of the late king's great wardrobe. Order to deliver to the king's clerk Alan de Stokes keeper of his great wardrobe, for a lodging for the same, the inn in the parish of St. Andrew Baynardescastell in the city of London, wherein the said John and the wardrobe were lodged in the late king's time. By bill of p.s.
Membrane 24.
Oct. 31.
Westminster.
To the collectors of the great custom in the port of London for the time being. Order to pay to Richard Baret such wages, fees and rewards as others took who had the office of keeper of the house pertaining to the great custom upon the 'Wollekeye' London, which for his good service the king has granted him during pleasure.
Et erat patens.
Nov. 21.
Westminster.
To Ralph Waleys escheator in Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and the march of Wales adjacent. Order in name of the king's lordship to take a simple seisin within the gates of the abbey of St. Peter Gloucester wherein the body of King Edward II lies, now void by cession of Thomas de Horton the last abbot, and not to meddle by reason of this vacancy with the abbey or the priories, cells, manors, goods or property thereto or to the priories and cells belonging, restoring any levy thereof made, saving to the king the knights' fees held of the abbey, the advowsons of churches and the escheats falling in during the vacancy, and the keeping of any lands by the abbey acquired after 28 February 2 Edward III; as on that day the late king by letters patent, confirmed by the king, granted to the then abbot and convent and to their successors that at every vacancy the prior and convent should have the keeping of the said abbey and cells and of the temporalities etc. thereto belonging as fully as had any abbot in time past, and the administration and disposal of the property thereof, saving the knights' fees etc., so that at the end of every vacancy after the fealty of the abbot elect and confirmed or appointed escheats should be delivered to the abbot, prior and convent and to their successors, rendering to the king for every vacancy if it should endure one year 100 marks, and for a shorter time less in proportion; and that no sheriff, escheator, bailiff or minister of the king should by reason of a vacancy meddle with the abbey, cells etc., except that the escheator or sheriff of Gloucester for the time being should at the beginning of every vacancy take a simple seisin as aforesaid and forthwith depart taking or taking away nought, so that he should not make his abode there longer than one day nor leave any substitute in his room.
To William Walshale escheator in Salop and the march of Wales adjacent. Order not to meddle with the temporalities of the said abbey, now void as aforesaid.
The like to the following:
William Flamvyle escheator in Warwickshire.
Nicholas Somerton escheator in Wiltesir, the county of Suthampton and Berkshire.
Dec. 1.
Westminster.
To the collectors of customs in the port of Suthampton. Order, upon petition of William Malton merchant of London, if assured that 40 sacks 1 stone of wool by him bought and purveyed and brought to Suthampton are the same which were weighed and cocketed in the staple of Kermerdyn and for which the custom and subsidy was there fully paid, and are of the growth of Wales, to suffer him and his attorneys to open the same, to put and pack them in small pockets at their pleasure, to lade them in tarits or other ships, and to take them over to the staple of Calais without payment of custom or subsidy thereupon; as in the ordinances concerning staples of wool in England it is contained that it shall be lawful for men of Ireland and Wales, who may not there deliver wool, woolfells and hides to foreign merchants, after the same shall there be cocketed and customed to come therewith to any staple in England bringing letters of cocket witnessing that so it is done, and that neither they nor the merchants buying of them shall a second time pay customs or subsidies thereupon.
Oct. 1.
Westminster.
To the prioress of Ambresbyre for the time being. Order during the life of Roger de Bello Campo warden of Devises castle to pay to the sheriff of Wiltesir for the time being the 10l. 4s. 11½d. of rent of assarts of the forest of Chipenham, Peuesham and Melkesham whereof she is collector; as on 1 June last order was made that the said rent, amounting to 18l. 14s. whereof the prioress was collector it was understood, should by her be paid year by year during the said Roger's life to the janitor of the said castle, and should be by him laid out upon the repair of walls, towers and buildings and the enclosures of the park; and now it is appointed that 18l. 11½d. of that rent, whereof she is collector of the sum above named and the sheriff of 7l. 16s., shall be so laid out by the sheriff.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 23.
Sept. 18.
Westminster.
To the collectors of customs and subsidies in the port of St. Botolph. Order to suffer Frederick de Tilney, William de Spaigne, William Tolymond, William Themelby, James de Skirbek, William de Dalderby, John Harsik, Thomas Lacchebery, Thomas de Chesill, John Aldeley, William Hauleye, Richard Stevenson, Henry de Coyne, Thomas Adreusson, John atte Grene, Gilbert Messager, John Slory, Robert Leaute, Adam Botener, John Chaumberleyne, William Godeneye and Claverius Dasa of Venice, merchants of St. Botolph, without payment of other custom or subsidy to lade in ships and take over to the staple of Calais from time to time before the Purification next at their pleasure 1,030 sacks of wool, and John Sutton, William de Snelleston, John Chestrefeld, William Bileye, John Norman, John Carberton, Robert Ledes, William Dalby, Henry Overbery and Hugh Carewelle merchants of Lincoln likewise 584 sacks, every man as many as shall be certified by Nicholas Brembre, William Walleworth, John Philipot and John Hadley merchants of London or by one of them, and order to deliver to John Norman and James Skirbek deputies of the said Nicholas and his fellows one part of the cocket seal in that port, wherewith and with the other part all wool shall be cocketed before it pass out of the port, forbidding under pain of forfeiture thereof any wool, hides or woolfells to be taken out of the port during that time save those before mentioned; as for security of a great sum of money to the king lent in his need by the said merchants of London and other merchants of England at their procurement, the king granted that they should take the whole custom and subsidy upon wool, hides and woolfells in certain ports until the same should be fully paid, all merchants who would ship any before the Purification paying to them or their deputies on this date a moiety of the custom and subsidy thereupon and the other moiety to the collectors at the time of shipment, no merchant privy or foreign shipping any within that time save only those who shall pay such moiety, and that by indenture between the customers and the said merchants of London or their deputies, and granted that one part of the cocket in those ports should remain with the said merchants or one of them or with their deputy until thereof contented, no wool, hides or woolfells passing out until cocketed with both parts; and the said merchants of St. Botolph have contented them of a moiety of the custom and subsidy for 1,030 sacks of wool, and the said merchants of Lincoln for 584 sacks, finding security for payment of the residue in the quinzaine of Michaelmas, as John Philipot appearing in chancery has acknowledged.
To the collectors of customs and subsidies in the port of Kyngeston upon Hull. Like order in favour of Robert de Howom, Thomas de Howom, Robert Ledes, John de Otteby, Robert Syce, Alan de Sandholm, Robert de Harom, William de Carleton, Thomas Tirwhit, John Dymelton, Simon de Whixlay, Roger de Moreton, Robert Selby, Robert Warde, Robert de Bernaby, John de Hedon, John Arnald and Robert Savage of Hull for 640 sacks of wool, and order to deliver one part of the cocket seal in that port to Robert de Selby deputy etc.
To the collectors in the port of Lenne. Like order in favour of Walter Cisterne of Lenne for 24 sacks, and order to deliver one part of the cocket seal to John Dockyng.
To the collectors in the port of Gippewich. Like order in favour of Gilbert Boulge of Gippewich for 32 sacks, and order to deliver one part of the cocket seal to Robert Waleis.
To the collectors in the port of Great Jernemuth. Like order in favour of Herman Wake and Arnald van Horne for 100 sacks of wool and 1,000 woolfells, and order to deliver one part of the cocket seal to William Elys.
To the collectors in the port of Cicestre. Like order in favour of Henry Werkeman for 50 sacks of wool or woolfells, and order to deliver one part of the cocket seal to Richard Halle.
Oct. 6.
Westminster.
To the collectors in the port of London. Order, so soon as Nicholas Brembre, William Walworth, John Philipot and John Haddeley shall of the customs and subsidies in that and other ports be contented of 10,000l., to suffer the mayor and commonalty of the city of London or their deputies to levy and take all customs and subsidies upon wool, woolfells and hides in that port, and to deliver one part of the cocket seal to be kept with them until by the Annunciation next they be contented of 5,000l., forbidding under pain of forfeiture thereof any wool, woolfells or hides to pass out of the port without being cocketed with both parts of the seal; as the king is bound to the mayor and commonalty in 5,000l. of them received on loan to be paid by the said feast, namely that the said collectors or other collectors for the time being shall deliver to them, their successors, attorneys or deputies under their common seal the whole of the said custom and subsidy until that sum be fully paid within the time aforesaid, saving always that the said Nicholas and his fellows for themselves and the other merchants who lent the king 10,000l. shall before all others have that sum of the said customs and subsidies there and elsewhere in England, and that when that shall be paid one leaf of the said seal shall remain with the mayor etc. until the said 5,000l. be paid.
Oct. 26.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs of the city of Lincoln for the time being. Writ de intendendo, directing them of the farm of the city to pay to the dean and chapter of the cathedral church of St. Mary Lincoln 47l. and 13l. a year to them given, and the arrears if any; as the late king gave to Bartholomew de Burgherssh deceased and to his heirs 60l. a year of the said farm, and after on 14 January in the 18th year of his reign gave the said Bartholomew licence in mortmain of that sum to give 47l. in frank almoin to the said dean and chapter, and on 1 July in the 20th year licence to give them the 13l. thereof remaining, to be taken by the hands of the bailiffs, or of the keeper or keepers of the city in case the city and the liberties thereof should be taken into the king's hand, for maintenance of certain chantries, charges and works of piety, and by virtue of those licences the said Bartholomew by divers charters gave those several sums as aforesaid. By pet. of parl. [Ancient Petitions 4237.]
Dupplicatur. Et erat patens.
Oct. 3.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order of the farm of the city of Lincoln to allow the mayor and bailiffs thereof so much as they shall be assured that the mayor and bailiffs or the bailiffs according to the king's command have paid or shall pay to the dean and chapter of the 47l. a year and the 13l. a year remaining given to the dean and chapter by Bartholomew de Burgherssh by licence of the late king, and the arrears thereof. By pet. of parl. (as above).
Nov. 25.
Westminster.
To William Bussy escheator in Lincolnshire. Order not to distrain Robert Bate of Hacumby and Hugh Bridde of Hacumby tenants in chief for their homage, releasing any distress made; as they have severally done homage to the king. [See p.s. 156.]
Membrane 22.
Nov. 30.
Westminster.
To the mayor and bailiffs and the true men of the city of York. Order at the cost of the best, most able and richest men of the city only, not charging other middling people of lower estate as they will answer it, to cause one small barge called a 'balingere' with from 50 to 40 oars with all speed to be built before March 1 next, so that the same shall be ready on that day at latest at a place to be by the admiral appointed to sail with the king's navy on his service for defence of the realm, knowing assuredly that if by their lukewarmness the voyage be hindered or delayed the king will deservedly punish them; as order is made in this parliament that by the aforesaid day such barges up to a set number shall be built and made ready by them and other cities and good towns of the realm. It is the king's intent, after that voyage shall be ended and the navy shall return, to deliver the said barge to them who have built it in this time of need to dispose of to their advantage as of their own chattels without further challenge. By K. and C. in parl.
Et erat patens.
[Fœdera.]
The like order for building one barge by the mayor and bailiffs and the true men of Hull and Beverley (jointly), and for building 24 other barges, one each by Lincoln and eight other cities and towns, twelve distributed among 28 cities and towns, two by certain citizens of London (named), and one by the mayor and 19 citizens of Winchester (likewise named).
[Ibid.]
Nov. 30.
Westminster.
To Edmund earl of Cantebrigge the king's uncle, constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports. Order to cause the mayor, the bailiffs and two of the best and most sufficient men of every town among the said ports to come before him, and to command them with all possible speed to cause five small barges called 'balyngers' to be built by March 1 at the cost of the most able and richest men only of the said ports and the members thereof, not charging etc. (as above); as in consideration of the present need the king takes note that the barons of the said ports are as much bound as other men of the realm to matters which specially concern the safety and defence thereof, although by charters of his forefathers they ought to be quit of such contribution to foreign charges with others of the realm, and although they were not present at the ordinance for building those barges. It is not the king's will because of the building thereof to derogate in aught from liberties granted by the said charters. By K. and C. in parl.
[Ibid.]
Dec. 22.
Westminster.
To the mayor of the staple of Calais and the merchants of the fellowship of that staple. Order by March 1 next to build at their cost with all possible speed one small barge called a 'balingere' with fifty oars, so that it be ready etc. (as above), as the mayor and many of the said merchants have before the council charged themselves to do.
[Ibid.]
Membrane 21.
Nov. 16.
Westminster.
To Robert de Kendale escheator in Devon. Order to deliver in dower to Margaret who was wife of Hugh de Courtenay earl of Devon the advowsons of Ken church extended at 40 marks a year, of Chalvelegh church at 30 marks, of six prebends in the church of Chelmelegh at 40 marks, of a chantry within the manor of Ken at 100s., of a chantry within the manor of Colecombe at 40s., and of Forde abbey and the priory of St. James by Exeter, all which, and the advowson of Westcoker church co. Somerset, with the assent of Edward cousin and heir of the said earl and William de Latymer to whom (quibus) the late king committed the wardship of the earl's lands, the king has assigned to her, having commanded Henry Percehay to take of her an oath that she shall not marry without the king's licence.
Nov. 30.
Westminster.
To John de Stourton escheator in Somerset. Order to deliver in dower to the said Margaret the advowson of Westcoker church extended at 20l. a year.