Close Rolls, Richard II: March 1378

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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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March 1378

March 23.
To Thomas le Despenser. Order to pay to John Fissher during his life and the nonage of the heir of Edward le Despenser the 76s. 8d. a year which he was bound to pay at the exchequer during the said heir's nonage for a piece of ground and a portion of land called Parlesthorp co. Notyngham, which are in the wardship of the said Thomas by letters patent under the great seal of the late king; as the said king by letters patent of 29 March in the 51st year of his reign gave that yearly sum to the said John for good service, and the king has confirmed that grant, and retained the said John with him.
Et erat patens.
Membrane 5.
June 3.
To the sheriff of Wiltesir. Order to pay to John de Wydeford 4d. a day and the arrears since Michaelmas last; as by letters patent of 4 December in the 41st year of his reign the late king granted to the said John for life the keeping of his manor of Claryndon, taking 4d. a day for his wages, which grant the king has confirmed, and retained the said John with him. By C. on inf. of Thomas Orgrave.
Et erat patens.
June 2.
To the sheriff of Norhampton. Order to pay to Richard la Zouche 40l. a year for life and the arrears since the late king's death, according to letters patent of the late king, granting him for good service 40l. a year for life or until etc. By p.s. [398.]
Et erat patens.
May 20.
To the collectors of customs in the port of Great Jernemuth. Order, upon petition of the merchants in the Hanse of Almain, to take of them pledges of the men of that town [for payment of] the customs, contributions and duties by the collectors newly demanded of them in case the council shall not restore to them a charter of liberties granted to them by former kings and newly confirmed by the king, and the liberties therein contained, and to suffer the said merchants to bring and take away their merchandise, paying such customs etc. as they used to pay; as they have shewn the king that although from time to time they bring merchandise to that port for sale and purvey other merchandise to take thence, the collectors are demanding of them customs etc. other than they used to pay, for that the said charter is by advice of the council taken from them and detained, pretending that they ought no longer to enjoy the liberties therein contained. By C.
The like to the bailiffs of the said town, and to the collectors of the petty custom in the city of London. By C.
March 29.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Notification that Alexander archbishop of York has appointed the abbot of St. Mary York his deputy in the city of York and in the archdeaconries of York, Richemund, Clyveland and the 'Estriding,' and the prior of Thurgarton his deputy in Notynghamshire, to collect two tenths granted to the king by the clergy of that province, payable at the feast of St. Philip and St. James and at the feast of the Virgin Mary (sic) next by even portions.
May 4.
To Thomas de Illeston escheator in Wiltesir. Order to deliver to Thomas Costard a messuage, 4 acres of land and 3 acres of meadow in Cheleworth, saving his relief if it be due; as Margery daughter of Richard son of Richard atte Hulle brother of Hugh Coyter, being cousin and heir of William atte Yate son of Anabel daughter of the said Hugh, lately without livery of the king's court intruded upon the premises after the death of the said William, who held the same of the late king as of the manor of Cheleworth by the service of 18d. a year and suit of the court of the said manor twice a year, and Thomas Costard after acquired the premises, and entered without the late king's licence, by reason of which trespasses the same were taken into the late king's hand, as was found by inquisition taken by Nicholas de Somerton late escheator; and by fine with him made by the said Thomas the late king pardoned those trespasses, granting that the said Thomas should have the premises again and hold them to him and his heirs, and on 17 April in the 50th year of his reign took the fealty of the said Thomas, and ordered the late escheator to give him livery thereof, saving his relief if due; and the said king died before livery was so given.
June 5.
To the sheriff of Sussex. Order to hold his county courts at the city of Cicestre, as used to be done, notwithstanding the king's late order to hold them at Lewes until examination and debate be had and until further order by reason of certain trespasses and grievances committed by the mayor, bailiffs and commonalty of the said city against the sheriff and his ministers while holding his county court there; as it is witnessed before the council that the sheriff and the other parties have agreed together. By bill of C.
May 10.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to view the record and process in the exchequer, the estreats of chancery hereinafter mentioned, and other memoranda of the exchequer concerning the business, and if assured that the matters rehearsed are true, and that there was no other cause wherefore the same should remain in the king's hand, to restore to Roger de Saperton the office of warden of the Flete prison and the issues thereof arising since it was taken into the king's hand, as used to be done in like case, discharging Richard de Claipole and his mainpernors of those issues and of rendering account thereof, notwithstanding discrepancies of names between the process touching the taking of the body of Thomas son of John Horde and the late king's letters patent concerning the marriage of Juliana le Rous and the wardship of her father's lands; as upon information received that the said Thomas son of John had ravished the said Juliana, being sister and heir of John son of Thomas le Rous tenant by knight service as well of the heir of Roger de Mortuo Mari earl of March, a minor in the king's wardship, as of the bishopric of Hereford then void and in the late king's hand, and being herself within age and in the said king's wardship, by letters under the exchequer seal the late king appointed the then sheriffs of London and other lieges to pursue and take him, and to bring him before the barons of the exchequer; and he was taken and brought before them, and acknowledging that he abducted the said heir and without licence of the king took her to wife, was for that trespass committed to the Flete prison until he should make satisfaction; and on 23 May in the 45th year of his reign the late king by letters patent granted to Robert de Kendale knight and Maud his wife the marriage of the said Juliana by name of Juliana daughter and heir of Thomas Rous, and on 25 July following by other letters patent granted to them and their executors for payment of a certain sum the wardship of all the lands of the said Thomas Rous in the king's hand by his death and by reason of the nonage of Juliana, with the forfeiture of her marriage and all profits thereto belonging; and on 22 October in the same year the said office with all things thereto belonging was taken into the king's hand for that the said Richard, being attorney and representative of the said Roger, alleged that he might not bring the body of Thomas son of John Horde before the said barons at their command for that he had escaped from custody, and the said Richard was committed to the Flete, and the same day was by a mainprise found in the exchequer made warden substitute of the said prison, answering to the late king for the issues thereof arising, as may appear by the said record and process and by the estreats of chancery of the said 45th year; and now the said Roger and Richard have petitioned the king for restitution of the said office and to discharge the said Richard of the issues thereof and of his account, shewing that in name of distress and not otherwise the office was taken into the late king's hand by reason of the said escape, and that the said Richard, by whose default the said prisoner escaped, as attorney of the said Robert (sic) contented the said Robert and Maud to whom belonged the forfeiture of the said marriage, as by acquittance of the said Robert and otherwise they are ready to prove; and with the advice of learned men of the council the said Roger has made fine with the king by 40s. for the escape aforesaid, and has paid the same in the hanaper. By C.
Membrane 4.
March 22.
To the Chancellor of Oxford university and the proctors. Order under pain of forfeiture to be before the king and council at Westminster on Monday next with three monks, namely a monk of Gloucestre, a monk of Christ Church Canterbury and a monk of Norwich, all residing in the university, who abetted the evildoings hereinafter mentioned it is said, and to bring the charters and muniments whatsoever which concern the liberties and privileges granted to the university by the king's forefathers, there to answer touching these and other matters which shall be laid against them, forbidding them until further order under the like pain to use or exercise any such liberties or privileges; as in the times of the king's forefathers the peace was wont to be disturbed in the university in the time of Lent, more than at any other time of the year, and desiring to preserve the peace the king sent certain trusty and peaceable men of his household to keep the peace and honour of the university, but though the said messengers spoke them fair, the chancellor and proctors received them irreverently with angry countenance, and sent them empty away void of all answer, and they returned without honour to the king, smarting with divers abuse and wrongs, not without contempt of the king and hurt of the crown. By K. and C.
March 21.
To the chancellor and scholars of the university of Cantebrigge. Order to suffer the collectors in Cambridgeshire to levy to his use of the goods and chattels arising from lands by them or their predecessors acquired since 20 Edward I the tenths and fifteenths granted to the king by the commons of England, notwithstanding his commands hereinafter rehearsed, so behaving that the king shall have no matter of wrath against them; as by reason of certain informations laid before the council and documents agreeing therewith, the king lately by divers writs commanded the said collectors to stay altogether their demand made upon the chancellor and scholars or any of them to pay the said tenth and fifteenth upon their possessions or books in the town and suburbs of Cantebrigge, releasing any distress made for that cause; but the king remembers that they ought to contribute for the goods and chattels aforesaid.
Vacated, because upon the Fine Roll for this year.
March 24.
To the last mayor and the constable of the staple lately holden at Quenesburgh. Order to cause the balances and weights appointed for weighing wool at Quenesburgh while the staple was there holden to be taken to Sandewich and delivered to the mayor and constable of the staple there; as great quantity of wool of divers merchants is now in the staple of Sandewich, and may not be taken to Calais for lack of weighing, for that no balances or weights are yet appointed there. By bill of the treasurer.