Close Rolls, Richard II: March 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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March 1384

March 2.
To the bailiffs of Kyngeston upon Thames for the time being. Order of the farm of the town to pay to Robert Spycer 10 marks a year for life; as by letters patent of 6 August last for particular causes therein contained the king granted him 10 marks a year at the exchequer for life or until the king should take other order for his estate; and now at the prayer of the bishop of Landaff, for that he has given up that grant in chancery to be cancelled, the king has granted the said Robert 10 marks a year of the said farm for life or until etc.
Et erat patens.
April 16.
To the keeper or farmer of the king's mills beneath Oxford castle for the time being. Order of the issues or farm thereof to pay to Roger Cheyne the king's esquire 10l. a year for life and the arrears since Michaelmas 5 Richard II, according to the king's letters patent of 6 December in that year, granting him the same from Michaelmas then last for life or until etc.
Et erat patens.
April 24.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order, upon petition of William de Brithelegh late escheator in Devon and Cornwall, to account with him concerning the issues of the escheatorship, and when he has contented the king thereof, not to amerce or trouble him for any contempt for that he came not before them to account at a term by them fixed as they aver, but to discharge him from all levy or demand for amercement; as he has shewn that the treasurer and the barons are minded so to amerce him, although he had no knowledge of the setting of any term. By K.
May 2.
Order to the sheriff of Cantebrigge to cause a coroner within the Isle of Ely to be elected instead of John Ristoft, who is dead.
May 6.
To the mayor and bailiffs of Plymmouth. Order for particular causes laid before the king and council, under pain of the king's wrath and of forfeiture, to suffer no vessel or ship, no merchants, seamen or other person to pass in that port until further order to any foreign parts. By C.
The like to the following:
The mayor and bailiffs of Dertmouth.
The bailiffs of Fallemouth.
The bailiffs of Fowy.
The bailiffs of Melcombe.
The bailiffs of Exmouth.
The bailiffs of Topesham.
Membrane 11.
Jan. 24.
To John Organ and Walter Rauf collectors in the port of London of the subsidy of 6d. in the pound and 2s. upon the tun of wine. Order of the issues of that subsidy to deliver 500 marks to John Philippot and to John Shaddeworth and William Staundon citizens of London, in whom the king trusts, to be spent, according to the king's grant thereof made by advice of the council to certain merchants, in aid of the safe transport of certain wool and other merchandise from London to the staple held at Middelburgh, and of other merchandise from thence to England, without their rendering account to the king or any being of them demanded, notwithstanding that in the last parliament that subsidy was wholly assigned to the king's admirals to be by them spent. By C.
Jan. 26.
To Roger Juyll escheator in Devon. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Clawton, delivering to Eleanor late the wife of William Bryt any issues thereof taken; as the king learned by inquisition, taken by John Aston late escheator, that William Brit was seised thereof in fee and died so seised, and that he was outlawed in the city of London on the feast of St. Barnabas 3 Richard II at suit of John Pyncham citizen of London; and by another inquisition, taken by William Bryghtlegh late escheator, the king after learned that at his death he held no lands in Devon in chief in demesne nor in service, but by fine levied in the late king's court held the said manor of others than the king as jointly enfeoffed with the said Eleanor by gift of John Hulle and others to them and the heirs of their bodies, that the said Roger then being escheator seized the same by reason of his outlawry, and that he died 18 November 6 Richard II.
March 2.
To the mayor and constable of the staple of St. Botolph, the collectors of customs and the controller in that port for the time being. Order, upon petition of merchants of that town and others flocking to the staple there, if their complaint is true, from time to time when need be to amend all weights appointed of old time for weighing of wool therein which by frequent use are worn so light that they agree not with the standard as by the merchants it is found, that the king be not defrauded nor the merchants.
Et erat patens.
Feb. 7.
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to discharge Walter Shoune, one of the collectors in Oxfordshire of the moiety of a tenth and fifteenth granted to the king in the last parliament, of the issues of 20s. adjudged forfeit against him for that he appeared not before the treasurer and the barons with the other collectors when vouched at the day appointed them for payment; as the king has pardoned him in consideration that he appeared at the exchequer the same day as the king has particular information, and of his great travail and expense in collecting the same. By C.
To the same. Like order in favour of John de Touecestre, one of the collectors in Norhamptonshire, in respect of 10s.; as he was so long in pursuit of a thief who robbed him at Barnet by night of a sum of money collected for the king's use that he might not appear at the day appointed. By C.
March 3.
To the keeper of Coventre park for the time being. Order to pay to William de Norton 13s. 4d. a year for life, which on 2 March last the king granted him in recompense for six loads of underwood a year in that park for fuel which on 23 October 2 Richard II for good service to his father the king granted him for life; the said William having now become blind.
Et erat patens.
April 19.
To Thomas earl of Bukingham, John Sutton, Richard Sutton, William Rikhille and Clement Spice, justices appointed to make inquisition concerning treasons, felonies etc. by whomsoever committed in Colcestre and in the hundreds of Tendryng and Lexden co. Essex, and to hear and determine the same. Writ of supersedeas, and order to continue until the morrow of St. George next in the state wherein they now are any processes before them begun concerning any presentments made against Thomas Hardyng, Robert Leynham and others, who lately gave the king and council information concerning the king's right in the manor of Bradwelle. By letter of the signet.
April 17.
To the sheriffs of London. Order upon sight etc. in name of reprisal to arrest and safe keep until further order a barge of Deepe in Normandy and a barge of Crotay laded with divers goods of them of France now in the port of London, and all manner of goods therein found, the masters and seamen thereof wherever found, men and goods of the duke of Berry excepted if any such be found therein; as the king has learned by credible witness that a certain ship, laded at York with goods of Master Walter de Skirlawe the king's clerk keeper of the privy seal, William Fissh, John Swanne, John de Gisburgh, William Holme, William Burton, William Tykylle, John Appulton, John de Smeton, John Rudstan, Thomas Lokyngton, John Qweldrike, Richard de Aune, William Belle, Henry de Burton, John Arnald of Hulle and Roger de Gouton of London of the price or value of 1,000l. was on the voyage to London in time of the present truce with them of France taken off Great Jernemuth by a barge of Deepe with the goods and seamen thereof, brought to Deepe, and is there wrongfully detained; and it is the king's will that the said barges in the port of London etc., with the exception aforesaid, be put under safe custody for better security of the said clerk and the other owners.
The like to the mayor and bailiffs of Suthampton.
April 22.
To the sheriffs of London. Order to take of Robert Parys, John Ryder and Abraham Seintefey security for which the sheriffs will answer that they shall answer for the price or value thereof to those to whom the same shall be by the council adjudged, and by indenture containing the quantity of the same to deliver to the said Robert, John and Abraham all the wine arrested in a ship or barge of Deepe in the port of London which the king lately ordered the sheriffs to take in name of reprisal with the goods therein, the master and seamen, and to safe keep until further order, saving of such wine sustenance for the master and seamen; and order to certify in chancery the quantity of wine.
May 3.
To John Bache one of the king's hired soldiers of Chirburgh. Order at his peril under pain of the king's wrath to set free Peter le Prevost and Michael Bertyn, if he took them while under safe conduct of Henry Rither lieutenant of Hugh de Calvylegh keeper of Jeresey, Gernesey, Serke and Aurney, so behaving that no second complaint of their unlawful detention by him come to the king's ears; as by letters patent of 15 March 5 Richard II the king gave the said keeper, his lieutenants or deputies, power during the king's pleasure to give letters of safe conduct to any who would come with victuals to those islands or the castles therein for furnishing the same and sustenance of the king's lieges there; and the king has learned that the said John in violation of the said Henry's special safe conduct, before Cornet castle in Gernesey lately took the said Peter and Michael coming thither with victuals, and is unlawfully keeping them at Chirburgh as his prisoners.
Membrane 10.
Feb. 1.
To William de Skipwyth escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with sixteen messuages, 44 acres of land and 40 acres of meadow in Cadnay and Housome of the prior of Newstead upon Ankholme, delivering to the prior any issues thereof taken; as lately the king ordered the escheator to certify in chancery the cause wherefore he took the premises into the king's hand and the yearly value thereof, and he certified that he so took the same for that the prior's predecessors without licence of the king acquired them to their own use; and after deliberation with the justices, the king's serjeants and others of the council learned in the law the king reckons that seizure undue and insufficient.
Feb. 1.
To H. bishop of Worcester. Order, as he loves the king and his honour and desires the safety of the church and realm, to appoint other trusty men of the clergy of his diocese, for whom he will answer, in certain deaneries of the archdeaconry of Gloucester to collect the moiety of a tenth upon benefices last granted to the king by the clergy of the province of Canterbury, so that answer be made for the whole of the money on 1 March next, certifying their names as speedily as may be to the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer; as the church of St. Oswald Gloucester founded by the alms of former kings was of old time those kings' free chapel exempt from all ordinary jurisdiction, and King William [II] by charter gave the same exempt from all diocesan and metropolitan jurisdiction save the archbishop's to Thomas then archbishop of York and his successors for remission of certain claims and demands of the archbishop against Robert then bishop of Lincoln concerning certain churches and possessions, which gift the popes after confirmed, and the same has hitherto been exempt as aforesaid; and now the king is informed that, considering not that exemption, the bishop has appointed the now prior and convent in the said deaneries to collect the said moiety, and it is the king's will that this time they be excused.
Feb. 8.
To Robert Tresilian and David Haunemere 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 Richard Luffe, John Botoner and William Palmer of Coventre, whether Alice who was wife of Geoffrey Whiteleye and held in dower a third part of the manor of Whiteleye and Agnes le Clerc who was wife of Richard Freberne and held in dower a third part of two thirds thereof or either of them attorned tenant to Thomas de Whiteleye, to whom Thomas Freberne of Coventre gave the manor of Whitleye and the reversion of all lands so held in dower, and whether Thomas Freberne died seised of the residue of the manor or no, to be taken before one of the justices.
To the same. Like order in respect of an inquisition between the king and William Palmer concerning six messuages, four shops, six cottages and two crofts in Coventre where are eight tenters, one quarry, and one garden, 24 acres of land in Radeford called Chilterneleys, and the reversion of a messuage in Coventre held for life by Robert Mympe and Isabel his wife.
Feb. 6.
To the collectors of customs in the port of London. Order, if assured by oath of Bartholomew de Mezano, James de Granago and Bartholomew Palestrelli merchants of Plesancia or otherwise that they were minded to take to Middelburgh and nowhere else goods and merchandise of no small value laded at Lusshebon in Portugal in a ship of Genoa (Janua), and not to offer them for sale within the realm, to suffer those merchants to put the same in any ship they please and, without payment of custom or subsidy, to take them over thither; as at their petition, shewing that on the voyage straight to Middelburgh along the coast of England the said ship and goods were off la Rye taken at sea by Gilbert Manfelde, Robert de Parys and other their fellows, servants or deputies, averring that they were enemies' goods, which they are not, and shewing that the said goods were after put out of the ship and taken away, and praying restitution, for that the owners brought before the king and council letters under the common seal of the town of Middelburgh witnessing that they and the goods are of the king's friendship, by divers writs the king ordered the said Gilbert etc. to deliver the same to them.
Feb. 13.
Order to the sheriff of Salop to cause a coroner to be elected instead of William del Lee, who is insufficiently qualified.
March 6.
To the sheriff of Norffolk and Suffolk. Order of the lands and chattels of William de Elinham knight to levy 3,400 francs of gold and cause answer to be made for it at the exchequer in the quinzaine of Easter at latest, and nevertheless to cause the said William, if found within the sheriff's bailiwick, to be taken and brought before the king and council at that date for committal to prison until he shall make fine and ransom with the king; as at the instance of the commons in the last parliament it was laid against him that, while over sea in the king's army with Henry bishop of Norwich at the king's wages, by colour of certain treaties with the king's enemies of France without licence and command of the king or his lieutenant there made by him and other lieges upon their own authority, and by other dishonourable means, he received of those enemies the aforesaid sum, committing and procuring other misprisions to the ruin of the army; and in the king's presence he gave certain arguments in his own excuse, which in that parliament were adjudged insufficient and of no force, wherefore with assent of the lords and great men of the realm and others of the council it was there determined that he should content the king of the money as to him pertaining of right, and should be committed to prison, and ransomed at the king's will, having regard to the nature and extent of his misdeed.
The like to the following:
The sheriffs of London regarding William de Farndon knight, for 1,400 francs of gold.
The sheriff of Somerset and Dorset regarding Thomas Tryvet knight, for 1,400 francs of gold.
The sheriffs of London regarding Henry de Ferrers knight, for 6,400 francs of gold.
The sheriff of Essex regarding Robert fitz Rauf, for 400 francs of gold.
[Fœdera. Rolls of Parliament, iii. p. 397.]
To the sheriff of Bukingham. Like order for levying 5,000 francs received by Robert de Foulmer clerk, late treasurer of Henry bishop of Norwich, and by him withheld and concealed contrary to the bishop's will and command, which he has with him except a small sum laid out upon the bishop's business as he said; and order to have him before the king and council on the date above mentioned for committal to prison until he shall content the king thereof, and until the king shall take order for his deliverance; as when this was laid against him in the said parliament he excused not himself, and has not yet contented the king.
[Ibid, p. 398.]
June 15.
To the mayor of London. Order to deliver Robert Cumberton, brother of John Norhampton, and John Blyton to Edmund de Tettesworth and Thomas Hore serjeants at arms to be brought to Corfe castle and delivered to the custody of the constable thereof or his lieutenant. By C.
To the constable of Corfe castle and to his lieutenant. Order to receive the said Robert and John Blyton, and to keep them there in safe custody until further order. By C.
Membrane 9.
Feb. 2.
To Robert Loxley escheator in Sussex. Order to give John son and heir of John de Bohun knight of Midhirst and of Cicely his wife seisin of the lands held by his father and mother in their demesne as of fee and in fee tail, and of those held in dower or for life by his mother; as he has proved his age before the escheator, and the king has taken his homage and fealty. By p.s. [3106.]
To John Gawen escheator in the county of Suthampton. Like order, as the said John the son has proved his age before Robert Loxley in Sussex. By p.s. [as the last.]
The like to the following:
Henry Helyon escheator in Essex.
Thomas Couele escheator in Bukinghamshire.
Feb. 9.
To Nicholas Brembre mayor of London. Order, as he will answer it at his peril, suddenly and wisely to arrest John de Norhampton of that city, and cause him to be brought in due course to Corfe castle, and deliver him to the constable, there to be kept under arrest until by advice of the council the king shall take order for his deliverance; as the king is credibly informed that the said John has stirred up such riot and insurrection of the people of the city that great peril may happen to the realm, and it is the king's will that as mayor and his minister the said Nicholas shall have full rule of the city so that the peace be not broken, being hindered by the spite and anger of none of the king's subjects there. By letter of the signet.
To Philip Walweyn constable of Corfe castle, and to his lieutenant. Order to receive the said John and keep him there under arrest until etc. (as above). By K.
To Simon de Burle constable of Wyndesore castle, and other lieutenant. Order if certain lieges, who by the king's command are bringing the said John for custody in a certain place, shall come with him to that castle, to receive them and suffer them to lodge there with the said John two days and two nights, and to depart for execution of the said command.
Feb. 11.
To the mayor, sheriffs, aldermen and commonalty of London. Declaration that it is not the king's intent that aught done in executing the king's late command to arrest John de Norhampton, one of their fellow citizens, and bring him to a certain place without the liberty of the city there to abide under arrest until etc., shall tend to their prejudice, or to impair the liberties of the city, or shall be hereafter treated as a precedent. By K. and C.
March 5.
To the sheriff of Cumberland. Order upon his allegiance to cause Alexander de Fetherstanhalgh, imprisoned in Karliol castle for certain misprisions committed against the king, to be brought to Wyndesore castle and delivered, with the cause of taking him, to the constable thereof or his lieutenant, there to be kept in custody until the king shall take order for his deliverance. By K. and C.
March 6.
Mandate to Richard Lescrope to deliver the said prisoner, who is in his custody in Karliol castle, to the sheriff to be brought to Wyndesore etc. as aforesaid. By K. and C.
March 10.
To the collectors of customs and subsidies in the port of Sandewich. Order, upon petition of John de Birstowe citizen of London, to receive the subsidy of 6d. in the pound upon ten dakers of tanned hides, and to suffer him in that port to lade the same in ships and bring them to Calais; as he has shewn that he there laded the same in a ship to be taken to Calais, and paid that subsidy thereupon, but that the collectors are demanding the great custom and other duties besides, which used not heretofore to be paid; and Robert de Bekerton and William Fourbour of London have mainperned in chancery under a pain of 10l. that he shall pay the same, if hereafter it shall be adjudged that he ought so to do.
March 23.
Order to the sheriff of Lincoln to cause a coroner to be elected instead of Robert fitz Thomas of Pynchebek, who is insufficiently qualified.