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Close Rolls, Richard II: February 1384

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Calendar of Close Rolls, Richard II: Volume 2, 1381-1385. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1920.

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February 1384

Feb. 8.
Westminster.
Order to the sheriff of Cantebrigge to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Adam Hobeldod, who is dead.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
Like order to the sheriff of York for election of a coroner instead of John de Frekilton, who is dead.
Jan. 22.
Westminster.
Like order to the sheriff of Devon for election of a coroner instead of Henry Tyrell, who is insufficiently qualified.
Like order to the same sheriff for election of a coroner instead of Thomas Dauburne.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
Like order to the sheriff of Warrewyk for election of a coroner instead of William de Geydon.
Feb. 15.
Westminster.
Like order to the sheriff of Berkshire for election of a coroner instead of John Godrych, who is sick and aged.
Jan. 20.
Westminster.
To William de Monte Acuto earl of Salisbury, Robert Tresilian, John de Roches and their fellows, guardians of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer in Wiltesir. Notice that the king's intent is that their commission remain in force, although by other letters patent he has appointed John Lovell and others justices to hear and determine treasons, felonies, murders, manslaughters, robberies, escapes of felons and fugitives, trespasses, conspiracies etc., in that county; and order to execute their office, the appointment of John Lovell and his fellows notwithstanding. By C.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
To John Pokeswelle escheator in Dorset. Order to give William de Wyndesore knight livery of the manors of Lutton and Porestoke, and the issues thereof taken, the king having taken his fealty; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that long before his death Robert de Assheton knight made a feoffment of those manors, among other lands, to John Cary, John Bernes citizen of London, William Mulso clerk, Edward de Chardestoke clerk, John de Freton clerk and Robert Broun of Warrewyk and to their heirs, to the use and profit while sole of Alice de Perrers, whom William de Wyndesore after took to wife, that the said feoffees, being thereof seised, by charter indented made a demise of the said manors to Robert de Assheton and Elizabeth his wife (also deceased) for their lives, saving the reversion to the use aforesaid, and that the manor of Porestoke is held in chief by the service of paying 18l. a year at the exchequer, also 6d. a year or one pair of spurs, the manor of Lutton of others than the king; and for the good service of William de Wyndesore, and for other causes therein specified, by letters patent of 15 March 3 Richard II the king with assent of the council gave to him and his heirs, among other lands etc., the reversion of the said manors, which reversion, among other lands etc. by her acquired or by others to her use, came to the king's hands by forfeiture of the said Alice by virtue of a judgment rendered against her in parliament.
Membrane 16.
Feb. 5.
Westminster.
To all sheriffs, mayors, bailiffs and lieges to whom etc. Order to suffer the men and tenants of Queen Anne of the manor of Haveryng atte Boure, which is of the ancient demesne of the crown, to be quit of payment of toll upon their goods and property within the districts and power of such sheriffs etc., not troubling them in aught contrary to the custom heretofore used in the realm, that men and tenants of the ancient demesne are and ought to be thereof quit throughout the realm.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Sussex and Robert de Loxle the escheator. Order as they will answer it, to cause restitution to be made to Nicholas de Brembre knight, Henry Herbury, William Tonge and other merchants of London or to their attorney of wines salved from a ship called 'la Margarete' of London, John Rede master, which they may prove to be theirs, if the same be not wreck, for a reasonable reward to the salvors regard being had to their travail, not demanding or extorting excessive gain for salvage; and writ de intendendo in their favour to all mayors, bailiffs, ministers and lieges of those parts, within liberties and without; as the king has learned that the said ship was lately driven ashore in a storm and lost, and by complaint of the said merchants that certain tuns of wine of theirs that were therein, cast up at Manwode in Sussex and salved, are held by divers men of those parts, and that although the same ought not to be called wreck for that one man and other animals of the ship escaped alive, and although the merchants are ready to content the salvors for their travail, those men have taken no heed to give up the wine, but are demanding the half or otherwise a great part thereof for salvage, whereat the king marvels.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 16.
Westminster.
To John de Bulkham mayor of Newcastle upon Tyne, Robert Olyver, William Bisshopdale and Nicholas Cooke, and to the bailiffs and true men of the town. Writ of aid at their peril in favour of John Orewelle serjeant at arms in regard to execution of a commission given by the king to him and to the said mayor and the others named, to receive of John bishop of Durham or his deputies 300 keels of sea coal of his mine of Gayteshevede by the bishop granted to the king, to sell the same to the king's advantage, and to answer for the money in the king's chamber.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To Philip Courtenay the king's lieutenant in Ireland, or to his representative there. Order, upon petition of William Spaynell, if assured that 27 marks in possession of John Wyke of Gilclif co. Holstre in Ireland were arrested by Hugh Cheyny knight by reason of a breach of the last truce between the king and his cousin of Scotland, to command the same to be delivered to the petitioner, or if the money is yet in the said John's hands, by imprisonment and sale of his goods to compel him to pay it to the petitioner, such arrest notwithstanding; as upon notice received by letters patent of his said cousin in 5 Richard II that twenty tuns of wine of his in the port of Inchegalle were taken by certain the king's subjects of Cheshire etc. contrary to the truce, the king commanded the justice of Cestre and his representative to make inquisition concerning the names of those who took it, and by their arrest and sale of their goods to compel those of his bailiwick to pay the attorneys of the king's said cousin 10 marks for every tun taken, which sum was by the council adjudged to him; and divers men of the parts of Cestre contented the attorneys for the wine, except four tuns thereof taken by the said William and others of the parts of Bristol; and by complaint of the said William, who has likewise contented the attorneys for those four tuns, the king has learned that the four tuns were sold to the said John for 27 marks, which sum is arrested as aforesaid.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To Henry Helioun escheator in Essex. Order to take again into the king's hand 19½ acres of land in Estilbury which were of Robert Eston chaplain of Estillebury chantry, and to give him livery thereof with the issues thereof taken; as lately the king ordered John Bredeford late escheator to certify in chancery the cause wherefore he took the same into the king's hand, and he certified that he so did for that he found by inquisition that without licence of the king Thomas Gobyoun knight deceased gave the premises to Simon Hervy chaplain and to his successors in aid of their maintenance, to celebrate every day at the altar of St. Katherine in Estillebury church for his soul and the souls of his ancestors etc.; and the king by letters patent gave the same for life to his serjeant John Ormesby clerk of the poultry of his household; and the said Robert after shewed the king that by letters patent, produced in chancery, the late king gave the said Thomas licence to give a messuage, 20 acres of land and 30 acres of marsh in Estillebury to a chaplain and his successors, to celebrate for his soul and the souls of his ancestors and heirs, and that he is unlawfully put out of the premises, although parcel of the lands in that licence contained, praying restitution; and the king ordered the sheriff to give the said John notice to be in chancery in the quinzaine of St. Martin last to shew cause wherefore the gift to him ought not to be revoked etc., and he came not, wherefore by advice of the justices and others of the council learned in the law it was determined that the same should be revoked, and livery given as aforesaid.
March 2.
Westminster.
To the lieutenant or justice of Ireland or to their representatives, the chancellor of Ireland, and to the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer there for the time being. Order to suffer Robert archbishop of Dublin by his bailiffs and ministers to take all his issues, rents and profits in Ireland, so that in his absence he be bound to bear with other lieges there dwelling the charges needful for defence of Ireland according to his estate and means; and order to the chancellor from time to time when required to issue writs under the seal used in Ireland commanding ministers of the king whatsoever and others concerned to suffer this to be done; as the archbishop is with the king's licence coming to him and the council in England to give information touching matters which concern the king's advantage, and to prosecute business nearly affecting his own person and his archbishopric, and the king has granted him that for one quarter of a year from the time of his landing no such rents etc. shall by reason of his absence be seized by the king's lieutenant or other officers or ministers, any ordinance to the contrary notwithstanding, so that he be bound etc. as aforesaid.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To John de Mitford escheator in Cumberland. Order to take the fealty of Roger de Leyburne, and to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with a third part of a moiety of the manor of Ulnesby, 60 feet in length and 40 feet in breadth thereof excepted, and an eighth part of that manor, delivering to the said Roger and Joan his wife any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by John Derwentwater late escheator, that by fine levied in the late king's court with his licence Roger de Salkeld at his death held that third part, with the exception aforesaid, as jointly enfeoffed with the said Joan late his wife, by gift of Clement de Crofton and Joan his wife to them and the heirs of their bodies, and that the same is held in chief by the service of rendering 6s. 2¾d. at the exchequer of Karliol to cornage and 8s. 9d. to the socage of Karliol, and that he held that eighth part jointly with her by gift of John de Raghton to them and the heirs of the husband, which is held in chief by the service of rendering likewise 2s. 8d. to cornage and 3s. 9d. to the said socage; and on 22 October 34 Edward III the late king pardoned the trespass of Roger de Salkeld and Joan in acquiring the said eighth part without his licence.
Membrane 15.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To Robert Tresilian and David Haunemere justices appointed to hold pleas before the king. Order to proceed to rendering of judgment in a cause lately before the king in chancery upon a writ of scire facias between the prior of the hospital of St. Mary Rounsyvale and Nicholas Slake the king's clerk, to whom the king granted for life the keeping of the hospital by the name of Rounsyvale chapel, notwithstanding the said clerk's allegation that he had the hospital or chapel of the king's collation, craving the king's aid, and notwithstanding the king's late command by writ of privy seal to Michael de la Pole the chancellor, who by reason of that allegation deferred to proceed, to summon those who should be summoned and proceed in the said plea, so that he should not proceed to rendering of judgment without advising the king; as the process was continued, and for that the parties pleaded to the country, the record and process was sent for debate before the king, and at the morrow of All Souls last the said Nicholas made default; and the proof set up by him being after set up for the king, an inquisition was that day taken, but the justices deferred to proceed to rendering of judgment by reason of the said command; and the king's serjeants being summoned can give no reason wherefore they ought not so to proceed.
Feb. 12.
Westminster.
To Thomas Morreux constable of the Tower of London, or to his lieutenant. Order by mainprise of Walter Mereston and John Mereston of Devon, Henry Banastre of Lancashire, Robert Alder of Yorkshire, John Leycetre and Peter Poumfreit of London to set free Peter de Cressyngham, at the king's command imprisoned in the Tower until further order; as the said Walter and the others have mainperned in chancery body for body and under a pain of 1,000l. to have him before the king and council at the king's pleasure to answer touching what shall be laid against him.
Memorandum that on 2 December 8 Richard II and the three following days proclamation was made in chancery for any man who could say aught or give the king and council information wherefore the said Peter, lately imprisoned in the Tower for certain misprisions laid against him and now under a mainprise, ought not to be acquitted and delivered; and no man appearing so to do, it was determined that he should go quit without a day, his mainpernors being discharged.
Feb. 14.
Westminster.
To A. archbishop of York. Order to appoint a fit person for whom he will answer, not of the order of Sempyngham, to levy and collect a moiety of the tenth lately granted to the king by the clergy of the province of York, certifying his name to the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer; as the prior of Malton and all other priors of that order in England ought to be and are used to be appointed and removed by the master of the order at the will of the master and of his chapter; and the king considers the prior of Malton, whom the archbishop has appointed, not to be a fit person to collect the same or any part thereof for the king's advantage, being removable from the office of prior as aforesaid, and that hurt and loss might easily arise if he were removed before such levy.
Feb. 28.
Westminster.
To William de Monte Acuto earl of Salisbury keeper of Caresbroke castle in the Isle of Wight, or to his lieutenant there. Order, upon petition of Lawrence de Sancto Martino, esquire of Dom John master of Avys brother of the king of Portugal deceased, if by inquisition, due information or otherwise assured that the merchants, seamen and goods by him arrested are of Portugal and of the king's friendship, to dearrest the same and give them up if they exist, or otherwise the value thereof, to the petitioner or his attorney, and to set free the said merchants and seamen; as his petition has shewn that a ship of Dom John's, laded at Lussebon in Portugal with goods and merchandise of no small value, was on the voyage to Middelburgh in Seland driven ashore on the Isle of Wight and lost, ship and goods being cast up on land, and that the earl caused the goods to be arrested as enemies' goods, and the merchants and seamen to be imprisoned as the king's enemies, which they are not; and the king reckons them of Portugal to be of his friendship. Proviso that the petitioner shall content the salvors of the said goods for their travail.
Feb. 18.
Westminster.
To R. bishop of London. Order, upon petition of the prior of Priterwell, to appoint in his room a collector of the moiety of a tenth granted to the king by the prelates and clergy of the province of Canterbury at the last convocation for defence of the realm and church of England, certifying his name (as above), so that the money be paid at the exchequer on 1 March next, so behaving that the king's business remain not undone by his default; as the king commanded the bishop, as other prelates of the realm, to appoint of the clergy of his diocese trusty men for whom he would answer to collect the said moiety of all parsons etc. of the diocese, and pay it on the day named; and now the king is informed that the priory of Priterwell is a cell of the priory of Lewes of the Cluniac order in England, exempt from the jurisdiction of the bishop or of any other ordinary, that the priors of Priterwell ought and are used to be appointed and removed by the prior of Lewes at his will and the will of his chapter, and that the bishop has appointed the petitioner a collector in the archdeaconry of Essex in breach of the privileges of the order; and the king has discharged him, willing that the collection be not delayed by disputes which may arise between him and the bishop. By C.
Feb. 21.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to discharge the prior of Priterwell, whom R. bishop of London appointed to collect a moiety of the tenth (as above); as the priory is a cell etc., and the priors ought etc. (as above); and willing etc., the king has commanded the bishop to appoint another collector in his room. Proviso that answer be made at the exchequer for the said moiety by those who ought to be therewith charged. By C.
Feb. 28.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs and coroner of London. Order, upon petition of John Woderove perpetual chaplain of the free chapel of St. Mary Watton atte Stone, to proceed with what speed they may in an assize of fresh force arraigned by him in the court of London without the king's writ against Thomas de Sancto Edmundo and Isabel his wife concerning his freehold in the parish of St. Swithun London in London, namely 5 marks of rent there, notwithstanding the allegation of the said Thomas that he is sole tenant of a garden, parcel of the tenements put in view whereof plaintiff avers the rent to arise, that by process in chancery the late king recovered against the said Thomas and Idonea his wife deceased a tenter ground in the said parish, sometime of Robert Aguyloun knight and now a garden, for that it was put to mortmain without his licence, that by letters patent the said king gave the same for life to the said Thomas and Idonea, rendering 10s. a year at the exchequer, and that without the king he might not answer, craving the king's aid, provided the sheriffs and coroner proceed not to rendering of judgment without advising the king.
Feb. 8.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of York. Order to take of John de Holthorp an oath to deal faithfully therein, and to put him in office as coroner as before, although upon information that he was insufficiently qualified the king lately ordered the sheriff to remove him and to cause another coroner to be elected; as it is particularly witnessed in chancery that the said John is sufficiently qualified.
Membrane 14.
May 20.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Gloucester. Writ of supersedeas in respect of the king's order, upon an averment made in chancery that he was insufficiently qualified, to cause a coroner to be elected instead of John Chaumpeneys, and order to restore him to office, suffering him to exercise the same; as for particular causes laid before the council the king reckons that averment untrue.
May 29.
Salisbury.
To Simon de Burley constable of Wyndesore castle, and to his lieutenant. Order to receive John Cavendissh of London 'fisshmongere,' and to keep him in safe custody in that castle until further order. By C.
June 16.
Westminster.
To the constable of Corfe castle and to his lieutenant. Order to take William Hugyn of Corfe, and deliver him to Thomas Hore serjeant at arms, to be brought to the Tower of London and delivered to the custody of the constable until further order for his deliverance. By K.
Membrane 13.
Jan. 15.
Westminster.
To the warden of the Flete prison and to his lieutenant. Order by mainprise of Thomas Rollynge vicar of St. Mary Sandewich and Thomas Cristemasse of Sandewich to set free Roger Coupere of Sandewich there imprisoned at the king's command for spoiling a ship of certain merchants of Portugal of the king's friendship; as they have mainperned body for body and under a pain of 100 marks to have him day by day in the king's court before the king in chancery ready to answer what shall be laid before him, until with leave of the court he be dismissed. By C.
Jan. 26.
Westminster.
To the same. Like order, by mainprise of Adam Stone of Staffordshire, John Bedyk of Kent, William Rypoun of Yorkshire, John Any of Hertfordshire, John Norton of Middlesex and Walter Payn of Somerset body for body and under a pain of 20l., in favour of Richard Hert, Thomas Haldene 'taillour,' John Rous 'smyth' and William Olyver 'coke.' By C.
Feb. 7.
Westminster.
To Robert Tresilyan 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 William Wynslowe suing for him and John Trace and John Claver, whether William Childeston the younger, John son of Bartholomew de Childeston and Robert le Soutere were before Monday after St. Gregory the Pope 6 Richard II enfeoffed of two messuages, two cottages, 69 acres of land, 9 acres of meadow and 16 acres of pasture in Mildenhale or no, to be taken before one of the king's justices.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to receive of John bishop of Durham the ancient dies which Thomas his predecessor had for making money of sterlings in his royal liberty of Durham, and to deliver to him new dies, namely three standards and six trussels, as his predecessors had. By C.
Jan. 30.
Westminster.
To Simon de Burleye constable of Dovorre castle and warden of the Cinque Ports. Order to survey defects as well in the houses, walls, towers, church, belfry, glass windows and buildings within that castle as in the vestments, books and ornaments of the church there, and in arms, armour, bows, arrows, crossbows, quarrels and other artillery, and by view and witness of the master of the Domus Dei Dovorre and of the prior of St. Martin or one of them to repair the same as need shall be; as the king has learned that such defects are many. By C. at the instance of the constable.
To the master of the Domus Dei and the prior of St. Martin Dovorre. Order to oversee and control the costs of the repairs (above mentioned), witnessing the same upon the said Simon's account at the exchequer; as the king has commanded him etc. By C. as above.
Feb. 2.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London. Order by mainprise of John Payn of Wircestre, William Yonge of Haston of Cambridgeshire, Richard Gouly of Kyngeston upon Thames of Surrey, William Soys of London and John Golston of Gaywode co. Norffolk to set free Simon Stacy 'shipman' imprisoned in Neugate prison; as lately the king commanded the sheriffs to certify in chancery the cause of his imprisonment, and they, returned that he was taken at the suit of Hugh de Bryncheley 'squyer' in a plea of detenue and by virtue of a writ of privy seal to the sheriffs addressed; and John Payn and the others have mainperned under a pain of 200l. and body for body to have him day by day before the sheriffs ready to answer touching the premises.
Feb. 9.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Leycester. Order to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Thomas de Assheby of Quensby, who has done and ceases not daily to do hurt, grievance and oppression against the people of the county, as the king has learned by credible witness, wherefore the king has thought fit to remove him.
Jan. 28.
Westminster.
To the sheriff of Essex and Hertford. Order to cause a verderer in the forest of Hatfeld Regis to be elected in his own room; as he is too much occupied with the office of sheriff to busy himself with that of verderer.
Feb. 26.
Westminster.
To William de Skipwyth and his fellows, justices appointed to hear and determine an alleged trespass by force of arms committed at Brodeholme by William Wauterson and others against the prioress of Brodeholme. Order to proceed to the execution of their commission, notwithstanding the king's late writ of supersedeas in favour of the defendants, commanding them to continue the process in the state wherein it then was until the quinzaine of Easter next.
Feb. 10.
Westminster.
To Robert Tresilian 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 William de Belesby knight and Elizabeth his wife, being daughter of William Swynford son of Thomas brother of John father of John father of John Swynford and cousin and heir of the last named John, Ivo fitz Waryn knight and Maud his wife daughter of John Argentem, Baldwin Seint George son of Elizabeth a second daughter of John Argentem, John Bokenham and Margaret his wife daughter of Joan the third daughter of John Argentem, and Simon Warde, whether John Swynford ancestor of Elizabeth wife of William, whose heir she is, died seised of the manor of Little Cheshell co. Essex and of a manor in Steeple Bumpstede called Gernons or no, to be taken before one of the king's justices.
Jan. 22.
Westminster.
To the justices of the Bench. Order to proceed to rendering of judgment in a cause between Bernard Brocas knight plaintiff and William Wynford concerning a messuage, two tofts, 200 acres of land, 8 acres of meadow and 7s. 7d. of rent in Bray, Clyware and New Wyndesore given by Ambrose de Novo Burgo to John Brocas and Margaret his wife and to the heirs male of their bodies, which ought by the form of the gift to descend to the said Bernard being their son and heir, notwithstanding the defendant's allegation that he holds the premises for life at a set yearly rent by grant of the late king and without advising the king ought not to answer, craving the king's aid, and notwithstanding the king's command to the justices to proceed in that cause so that they should not proceed to rendering of judgment without advising him; as on behalf of the plaintiff it is shewn the king that the parties have pleaded to judgment therein.
Feb. 5.
Westminster.
To the same. Like order, mutatis mutandis, in regard to a cause between Henry Popham plaintiff and William Wyghtman concerning a messuage, a toft, 13 acres of land, 6 acres of meadow and 1 acre of wood in Aulton held of the plaintiff by Eleanor Trenchaunt, which ought to revert to him as an escheat for that she died without issue, notwithstanding the defendant's allegation that he holds the premises for life by grant of the late king etc.
Jan. 30.
Westminster.
To the sheriffs of London and Robert Forde their searcher or serjeant. Order not to trouble the commons of Essex and Suffolk or any of them contrary to the late king's will and declaration made at their suit in the parliament holden in 50 Edward III, and to give up any strait cloths of theirs arrested contrary to the same; as by petition presented in that parliament, shewing that in a former statute it was ordered that all coloured cloths thenceforward made in England for sale ought under pain of forfeiture thereof to be 26 ells in length measured by the back, and five quarters at least in breadth, and the half cloth in proportion, and for their relief praying a declaration that all cloths called 'cogware' and 'kereseys' and other strait cloths there and elsewhere made are not included in that statute, which declaration the late king there made, and by letters patent of 14 December 50 Edward III exemplified their said petition and the endorsement thereof.
[See Rolls of Parliament, ii. p. 347.]
Feb. 24.
Westminster.
To the bailiffs of Colechestre. Order, upon petition of the abbot of Westminster, to take of him or his servants security, for which the bailiffs will answer, that the same shall be brought to Westminster and to no foreign parts under pain of forfeiture thereof, and there unladed, and to suffer them in the port of Colechestre to lade two hunderd quarters of wheat of the abbot's own growth in Essex in vessels, and without payment of subsidy or custom to bring it by water to Westminster for the expenses of his household, any command of the king to the contrary notwithstanding.
Membrane 12.
Jan. 29.
Westminster.
To John de Tyndale escheator in Norhamptonshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Aynho, delivering up any issues thereof taken; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that William de Clynton knight at his death held the same for life by grant of John Darundell knight, with reversion to Thomas bishop of Ely, Richard Lescrope knight, William Beauchamp knight, Lewis de Clifford knight, Nicholas Sharnesfeld knight, John Philipot, John Kyngesfeld, John Chelreye clerk, William Boul clerk, William Renor and to their heirs, to whom long before his death John Darundell granted the reversion; that William de Clynton attorned tenant to them, and that the manor is held by knight service of the earl of Bukingham as parcel of his earldom of Essex.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To John Pokeswell escheator in Somerset. Order to give John son and heir of Adam Sabyne of Bekyngton, tenant by knight service of the heir of Nicholas de Saymour late a minor in the late king's wardship, livery of the lands so held; as he proved his age before Richard Otery late escheator, and on proof of the age of Richard Saymour, son and heir of the said Nicholas, the late king took his homage and fealty, and commanded livery to be given him of his father's lands; and for 1 mark by him paid in the hanaper the king has granted to the said John his marriage and whatever may pertain to the king for the same.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To John de Mitford escheator in Northumberland. Order in presence of William de Skippewyth, to whom the king has committed the wardship of the lands of Alexander Surtays until the lawful age of the heir, to assign to Robert Conestable of Flaynburgh knight and Margaret his wife, late wife of the said Alexander, dower of the said lands; as for a fine by him paid the king has pardoned the trespass of the said Robert in taking her to wife, and of the said Margaret in marrying without his licence.
March 23.
Westminster.
To the guardians of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer in the Estrithing in Yorkshire. Writ of supersedeas until the next parliament, upon petition of the mayor, bailiffs and commonalty of Kyngeston upon Hull, in respect of any process against men of that town whatsoever by reason of indictments before those justices or inquisitions before them to be taken; as by complaint of the mayor etc. it is shewn that, although the greatest part of the fencible men of the town are gone by land and by sea to Scotland on the king's service for war, and the remainder are hardly enough for safe guard of the town, the justices are by distresses and amercements compelling great number as well of those on service as of those who must needs abide continually on guard to appear before them in divers parts of the trithing without the town for determination of indictments and taking of inquisitions, to the peril of losing the town.
Feb. 21.
Westminster.
To John bishop of Hereford. Order to appoint a fit person to collect in his diocese the moiety of a tenth granted to the king by the bishop and the clergy of the diocese in the last convocation of the province of Canterbury holden in the church of St. Paul London, in room of brother John Braye monk of Redynge abbey, certifying the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer of his name; as by complaint of the abbot of Redynge the king has learned that in the bishop's absence his vicar general has appointed the said John collector in the archdeaconry of Hereford under the name of prior of Leonmynstre, as if he were perpetual prior or dative, which he is not nor ever was, but the abbot's proctor there removable at his will; and it is witnessed by credible persons that he is not perpetual prior etc., nor was he or any other monk of Redynge who there abode at any time past, wherefore it seems that he is insufficiently qualified for a collector.
Feb. 20.
Westminster.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to discharge brother John Braye of collecting the moiety etc. (as above), and to compel John bishop of Hereford to certify a fit person in his room, or else to account for the same, that answer may be made for the said moiety within the archdeaconry of Hereford at the terms limited; as by complaint etc. (as the last). The king has commanded the bishop (as above).