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Close Rolls, Richard II: February 1381

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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 1381

1381. Feb. 3.
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 between the king and Henry de Seint Johan to be taken before one of them or one of the justices of the Bench, namely whether a boy within age named John, whom Elizabeth late the wife of John son of Oliver de Seint Johan knight has brought into the king's court averring that he is son and heir of her husband, was begotten of the said Elizabeth in lawful wedlock and born at New Sarum co. Wiltesir or no.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Metham and John Frankys of Hedon, lately appointed with Gerard de Usflete in the Estrithing in Yorkshire, Kyngeston upon Hull and Scardeburgh excepted, surveyors and controllers of the assessment and collection of the subsidy of three groats upon every lay person. Order to execute their commission without awaiting the presence of the said Gerard, whom the king has discharged, as he is too infirm.
Membrane 20.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To William de Skipwyth the younger escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to give William de Kyme livery of the manor of Stalyngburgh, and the issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Gilbert de Umframville earl of Angos died thereof seised in chief by knight service, that in his life time by the king's licence he made a feoffment thereof to John de Pykworth parson of Hovyngeham, John de Haueburgh parson of Iwardeby, Richard de Ovyngham parson of Aswardeby and William Pilet and to their heirs, that after seisin thereof had by the same licence they gave that manor to the earl and the heirs of his body with remainder to the said William and the heirs male of his body, and that the earl died without issue; and the king has taken the said William's homage and fealty. By p.s. [1582.]
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To Richard de Kendale escheator in Devon and Cornwall. Order to give Thomas son of Simon Flemmyng baron of Slane in Ireland seisin of his father's lands; as the king has learned by divers inquisitions, taken by the escheator, that the said baron held divers manors and lands of E. prince of Wales by knight service as of the honour of Lanceneton, and that Thomas is his next heir; and for certain lands in Ireland held of the manor of Dyuelek, which was held in chief of the late king, the said Thomas has proved his age before John fitz Rery escheator in Ireland, as may appear by an exemplification under the seal used in Ireland which is in the chancery of England, and appearing there in person was by view of his body adjudged of full age by the council in England; and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [1583.]
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To Nicholas de Reymes escheator in Cumberland. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the castle and honour of Cokermouth, the manors of Wygton and Popecastre, the soil and herbage of Westwarde in Allerdale, and a messuage etc. in Karlell, delivering to Maud late the wife of Gilbert de Umframville earl of Angos any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that at his death the earl held the premises in her right, and that they are held in chief, the residue by knight service and the said messuage in burgage by the free service of rendering 1d. a year called 'gavilpeny'; and for 1 mark paid in the hanaper the king by advice of the council has respited the homage and fealty of the said Maud until Michaelmas next.
To William Berard escheator in Suffolk. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning a third part of the manor of Thorstanton and a messuage and 18 acres of land in Haukedon, held in right of the said Maud of others than the king.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to command the king's hand to be removed from four messuages and 158 acres of land and meadow of the abbot of Athelneye in Upton in Langesutton, taken into his hand by Thomas de Wellyngton late escheator in Somerset, and the issues thereof taken to be delivered to the abbot; as lately the king commanded them to certify in chancery the cause wherefore the premises were so taken, and they certified that it is before them found that for a while the late escheator rendered account of the issues of the premises, which King Henry gave to their abbot and his church to maintain a chantry in Uppeton of one chaplain celebrating three days a week, and that he took the same for that the chantry was withdrawn; and the certificate being read in chancery in presence of the justices and others of the council, for particular causes there set forth on the abbot's behalf if seemed to them that the cause was insufficient, wherefore it was determined that the king's hand should be removed. Proviso that they cause the abbot to appear before them to answer for withdrawing the said chantry, if that shall be according to the law and custom of the realm and for the king's advantage.
Feb. 16.
Westminster.
To William de Rysseby keeper of the king's forest of Sappele. Order, upon petition of John parson of Kyngesripton, to pay him tithes of woodfalls, of the king's deer, and of the profits of agistment and pannage of the forest within the bounds of his parish, and the arrears thereof, and if there be any cause wherefore he ought not so to do, to be in person before the council at Westminster in the quinzaine of Easter next to shew the same; as the said petition shews that the parson ought to have those tithes, but is hindered by the king's ministers. By letter of the signet.
March 1.
Westminster.
To William de Latymer of Danby keeper of the king's forest beyond Trent, or to his representative in the forest of Galtres. Order to deliver to bail until the coming of the next justices in eyre for pleas of the forest in Yorkshire Robert de Stillyngton vicar of Sutton, who is imprisoned in York prison for a trespass of vert and venison in the said forest, if replevisable according to the assize of the forest.
Feb. 27.
Westminster.
To Nicholas de Reymes escheator in Northumberland. Order to give Thomas de Umframville, brother of Robert de Umframville knight, livery of Herbotill castle and the manor of Oterburne; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Gilbert de Umframville earl of Angos at his death held the premises by feoffment of John de Haburgh and John Pykworth clerks made with the king's licence to the earl and the heirs of his body, with remainder to the said Robert his brother and the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said Thomas and the heirs male of his body, that the earl and Robert are dead without issue, (fn. 1) and that the premises are held in chief by knight service; and the king has taken the homage and fealty of the said Thomas. By p.s. [1627.]
Feb. 16.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Salop to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Thomas Boterell, who is insufficiently qualified.
Feb. 15.
Westminster.
Like order to the sheriff of York concerning William de Estfeld coroner.
Feb. 27.
Westminster.
To Nicholas de Baukewelle escheator in Notynghamshire and Derbyshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manors of Wydmerpole and Gonalston and the advowson of Wydmerpole co. Notyngham, the manors of Wynfeld and Tybshelf co. Derby, and a rent payable by Robert de Swylyngton knight and Margaret his wife, delivering to the said Robert and Margaret any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by divers inquisitions, taken by the escheator, that by divers fines levied in the late king's court Roger Belers knight and Margaret his first wife, daughter of Richard de la Ryvere the elder knight, held the said manors and advowson by gift of Thomas de la Furthe and Robert de Cauland to them and the heirs of their bodies, that Margaret died sixteen years ago, that about seven years ago and more the said Roger gave the premises to the said Robert and Margaret for life and to the heirs of Margaret wife of Robert, being daughter of Roger and Margaret, for a set rent which should cease at the grantor's death, and that the manor and advowson of Wydmerpole, the manors of Gonalston and Tybshelf are held in chief as of the honour of Peverel by knight service, the manor of Wynfeld of others than the king.
Feb. 22.
Westminster.
To Richard Treweman of Southam, lately appointed with others in Warwickshire, the town of Coventre excepted, to assess and collect the subsidy of three groats upon every lay person. Order with all speed to busy himself in assessing and levying the same with those others and Edmund de Compton, Robert le Vernay, William de Cotes, Thomas Ruwyton, John Warner, Roger de Harwelle, William de Wode and John Huwet after joined with them by writ of 29 January last, notwithstanding that on the same date the king discharged him. The king has commanded the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer to proceed against him as against the others, that discharge notwithstanding.
Membrane 19.
Feb. 17.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Somerset for the time being. Order during the life of William la Zouche monk of Glastonbury to pay to the abbot of Glastonbury and his successors 10 marks a year, according to letters patent of the late king, confirmed by the king on 11 February last.
Et erat patens.
Jan. 29.
Westminster.
To John Forster of Corbrigge, John de Musgrave, William Hydewyn, Alexander de Cressewelle, Robert de Horsle, William Matfen, John Muschance, William Sampson, Thomas Galoun, Richard de Redesdale of Bamburgh, William Proctour, John Ellerton, Adam de Faloufeld and William de Redeshawe, lately appointed with William de Heselrigge in Northumberland, the town of Newcastle upon Tyne excepted, to assess and collect the subsidy of three groats upon every lay person. Order to execute their commission without awaiting the presence of William de Heselrigge, whom the king has discharged.
To John Odam of Napton, John Swyneshede of Coventre, John Percy of Coventre, James de Bedyngton of Coventre, William Bridesen, Ralph Hopas, Richard Waldereve and John Croweleyf, lately appointed assessors and collectors in Warwickshire, the city of Canterbury (sic) excepted. Like order, mutatis mutandis, concerning Richard Treweman of Southam.
Feb. 14.
Westminster.
To the justices of the Bench. Order by writ of nisi prius to cause an inquisition between the king and William late abbot of Colcestre and John de Bernewelle clerk, whether the church of Hamerton co. Huntingdon was void while the temporalities of the abbey of St. John Colcestre were in the king's hand by the death of John late abbot as by the king alleged, or was not then void as by the said abbot and clerk alleged, to be taken before the justices of assize in Huntingdonshire or one of them or before one of the justices of the Bench.
Feb. 7.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Stafford. Order to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John Galpyn, whom the king has removed; as in a cause pending before the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer between the king and the abbot of Delencresse concerning certain chattels of felons and fugitives which are come to the abbot's hands, he is appearing as attorney of the abbot and maintaining his cause against the king, as the barons have witnessed in chancery.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To William de Skipwyth the younger escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Burwell and advowson of Burwell priory, the manors of Kyme, Aswardeby and Croft, the manor of Thorp, 3½ knights' fees, 80 messuages, six bovates of land, 100 acres of meadow, 200 acres of marsh, 50l. of rent and a rent of 50 quarters of salt in Calceby, Friskenay, Waynflete, Irby and Braytoft, a fourth part of the site of the manor of Calorby (sic), the manor of Calceby (except 3½ knights' fees etc. therein and the fourth part of the site), a wood in Calthorp containing 10 acres called Crakesnabbe, 10 acres of meadow in Carleton, a third part of the manors of Skirbek, Beausolace, Kirketon and Multon, 25 marks of rent issuing from a third part of the manor of Flethergate, and the advowson of the church of St. Mary of Staynton Wadyngham, delivering to Maud the wife of Gilbert de Umframville earl of Angos any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that by gift of Henry de Asty and others made with the late king's licence, the earl at his death held jointly with her the said manor of Burwell and advowson in chief by knight service, the manors of Kyme etc. of John de Bello Monte a minor in the king's wardship, the manor of Thorpe, knights' fees, lands, rents etc. aforesaid and the manor of Calceby with the aforesaid exceptions of others than the king by divers fines levied in the king's court, and the said wood and meadow by the gift of John de Haburgh parson of Iwardby and others of others than the king, and held the residue of the premises of her right and heritage of others than the king; and the king has commanded the said Maud's fealty to be taken by Richard de Ravenser his clerk.
To the same. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Immyngham, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that Gilbert de Umframville earl of Angos in his life time with the king's licence gave the same, being held of others than the king, to the prior and convent of Kyme, who received and held it, that they after granted and demised the manor to the earl and the heirs of his body, and that he died without issue, wherefore it ought to revert to the prior and convent.
Feb. 6.
Westminster.
To Nicholas de Reymes escheator in Cumberland. Order to give Christopher de Moriceby, son and heir of Christopher de Moriceby, livery of a moiety of the town of Distyngton, which Christopher the father held in chief of the late king and gave to Margaret de Moriceby his mother for life, who entered without the late king's licence, saving to the king his relief if it be due; as the same was taken into the late king's hand by reason of that trespass, and is yet in the king's hand, and for a fine paid by Christopher the son the king has pardoned the said trespass, and has respited his homage and fealty until Michaelmas next, for that it is witnessed in chancery that he is abiding on the king's service in the garrison of Rokesburgh castle in Scotland, and for half a mark by him paid.
Feb. 11.
Westminster.
To William de Skipwyth the younger escheator in Lincolnshire. Order in presence of William de Happele the king's esquire, to whom the king has granted for life the manor of Hellewelle her dower excepted, to assign dower thereof to Mary who was wife of Roger de Belers knight, tenant thereof of the king as of the honour of Albemarle to him and the heirs male of his body by grant of King Edward II to Roger Belers knight his father and to the heirs male of his body; as Roger the son is dead without issue male, wherefore the manor is come to the king's hands, and the king has taken of the said Mary an oath etc.
To John Carnelles escheator in Roteland. Like order concerning the manor of Stretton.
Feb. 26.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Warrewyk for the time being. Order to pay to Thomas de Hasteleye 100s. a year and the arrears since Easter last, according to a grant made to him by letters patent of 8 September last for good service to the late king and to the king for life or until the king shall take other order for his estate.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Aston, appointed with certain others on 16 June last to arrest and bring straightway to the marshalsea prison Henry de Bradeshawe of Leek, Thomas Page, Robert le Wryght of Leek the younger, Richard del Kechene of Leek, Richard de Bradeshawe, Richard de Fernyhalgh of Leek, Thomas le Coke of Leek, Nicholas le Hunte of Leek, William Balle of Leek and Robert Tupheved of Leek indicted for manslaughter of John de Warton of Leek at Leek, also William de Lichefeld abbot of St. Mary Dieulencrees, Edmund de Draycote canon and cellarer (sellarium) thereof Robert de Berford, William Dyke of Leek and William del Bregge vicar of Leek indicted for knowingly harbouring the said Henry and the others. Writ of supersedeas for particular causes laid before the council; and order to deliver any of those named, whom by virtue of that commission they have taken, to John de Verdoun late sheriff of Stafford, therein appointed with them, to be brought before the king.
The like to Richard de Thornebury and Henry de Sutton.
March 8.
Westminster.
To the keepers of the passage in the port of London, Dovorre or Sandewich. Passport in favour of brother Giles de Writle canon of Bylegh journeying to the court of Rome by the king's licence with one groom, taking 40s. for his expenses, provided he carry with him nought to the prejudice of the king or crown.
Membrane 18.
Feb. 1.
Westminster.
To Thomas de Illeston escheator in the county of Suthampton. (fn. 2) Order to give William Pershute, son and heir of Nicholas Pershute, 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. [1554.]
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To William Stile escheator in Somerset. Order to take the fealty of John Culleye, and to give him livery of his purparty of a moiety of the manor of Thorne Coffyn and the advowson of the church, keeping the purparties of Agnes, Christina and Juliana Verlegh in the king's hand, and certifying that purparty for enrolment in chancery; as it is found by inquisition, taken by Robert James the late king's escheator, that Emma Coffyn and Isabel Coffyn at their deaths held no lands in Somerset in chief, but held the same moiety and the advowson by knight service of the heir of Edmund de Clyvedon knight, a minor in the king's wardship, and the said Edmund of the heir of Edward le Despenser a minor in the king's wardship and that Thomas Rotherden son of Alice one of the sisters of Richard Coffyn their father, Elizabeth Heghne daughter of Thomasia one of the daughters of Maud another sister, the said John of Elizabeth Culleye the said Maud's other daughter, Agnes, Christina and Juliana Verlegh, daughters of Alice Verlegh one of the daughters of Emma Verlegh a third sister, Joan wife of Matthew White the other daughter of Emma Verlegh and Richard Burdene son of Christina Burdene the fourth sister are cousins and heirs of Emma Coffyn and Isabel, the said Thomas, Elizabeth Heghne, Joan and Richard Burdene being of full age and the others then within age; and on 4 June 51 Edward III the late king ordered the late escheator to take the fealties of those who were of age, to take of them security for payment of their reliefs, to make a partition of the premises into four parts, and to give the said Thomas, Elizabeth, Matthew and Joan and Richard Burdene livery of their purparties, keeping the others in that king's hands until further order; and John Culleye has now proved his age before Richard de Kendale escheator in Devon.
Feb. 22.
Westminster.
To Humphrey Passour the king's searcher in the port of Plymmuth. Order, upon petition made on behalf of brother Hugh Leye of the order of friars preachers of the city of London, of the king's alms to restore to him certain books and 5 marks 11s. in money although forfeit, if arrested for the cause stated and for none other; as it is shewn the king that with licence of his provincial he was minded to pass in that port on pilgrimage to Santiago, and that the searcher arrested the said books and money as forfeit for that he had not with him the king's passport. By p.s. [1613.]
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To Hugh de Bysle escheator in Herefordshire and the march of Wales adjacent. Order in presence of Thomas earl of Bukingham, of the next friends of Henry earl of Derby who has taken to wife Mary daughter and one of the heirs of Humphrey de Bohun earl of Hereford and Essex, and of the said Mary, or of their several attorneys, to make a partition into two parts of the castle and town of Brenlez, and the whole lordship of Cantrefselif with the members, namely Langoyd, Bryn and Lake, to give the earl of Bukyngham and Eleanor his wife livery of the purparty of the said Eleanor, the other daughter and heir, to leave the purparty of Mary until further order in the wardship of the earl of Bukingham, according to the king's late letters patent granting him the wardship of all her castles, lands etc. in England and Wales until her lawful age without rendering aught to the king, and to send the partition for enrolment in chancery; as it was found by inquisition, taken by Thomas Laurence late escheator, that the said Humphrey at his death was seised of the premises in the said march, which were not contained in the inquisition taken after his death, that they are held in chief, and are worth 80l. a year, that the said Eleanor being of full age, and the said Mary being within age are his next heirs, and that after the death of Humphrey the late king occupied the premises, for what time is unknown, and at the date of the inquisition Humphrey de Bohun knight had occupied them for four years, how and by what title was unknown; and at the petition of the earl of Bukingham and Eleanor for livery of her purparty, the king ordered the sheriff to give the said knight notice to be in chancery in the quinzaine of St. Hilary last to shew cause wherefore the premises should not be seized into the king's hand and livery so given, at which day he came not, wherefore by advice of the council it was determined that livery should be given of Eleanor's purparty, saving her dower to Joan who was wife of the said earl of Hereford; and on 22 June last Eleanor's age was proved, and the king took the fealty of her said husband.
Feb. 11.
Westminster.
To the same. Order in presence of Thomas earl of Bukingham and of the next friends of Henry earl of Derby and Mary his wife, or of their attorneys, to assign to Joan who was wife of Humphrey de Bohun earl of Hereford and Essex, of whom the late king commanded an oath to be taken etc., dower of the castle and town of Brenlez and the whole lordship of Cantrefselif with the members (as above).
Feb. 14.
Westminster.
To William de Skipwyth the younger, escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Weston in Holand, delivering to Mary late the wife of Roger Belers knight any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that at his death her husband held the same in her right, and that it is held of others than the king.
To Cornelius de Wirley escheator in Leycestershire. Like order concerning the manor of Frytheby, held of the heir of Edward le Despenser a minor in the king's wardship; as the king has taken the said Mary's fealty.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To William Stile escheator in Somerset and Dorset. Order to take of Agnes who was wife of Theobald Gorges knight an oath that she shall not marry without the king's licence, and to assign her dower of her husband's lands.
To Richard de Kendale escheator in Devon. Order to assign dower to the said Agnes, of whom the king has commanded an oath to be taken by William Stile (as above).
The like to Thomas de Morton escheator in the Isle of Wight.
Feb. 6.
Westminster.
To the collectors of customs in the port of Great Jernemuth. Order to suffer Henry de Percy earl of Northumberland or his attorneys without payment of custom and subsidy to take over sea 34 sarplers 4 sacks of wool, 7 sarplers 2 sacks of woolfells, 24 woolfells and 29 dakers of oxhides and cowhides; as he being warden of the marches towards Scotland took those goods into the king's safe conduct, and they were under his safe conduct taken in a ship at sea by certain lieges, and were arrested in the said port and are there detained in contempt of the king and to the hurt of the merchants; and the earl has witnessed before the king and council that at the next march day he is bound to make restitution thereof to the owners, or of their value at the time of capture, and that by reason of long detention they are much damaged, wherefore he now purposes to send them over sea to sell at the best price he may. By C.

Footnotes

  • 1. In the warrant, without issue male.
  • 2. In the warrant Suffolk.