Close Rolls, Richard II: July 1381

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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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July 1381

July 1.
To the collectors in the port of Sandewich. Order, upon petition of William Bedelewe and others, merchants of Ireland, to view divers letters of cocket by them produced in chancery, and if thereby assured that the goods and merchandise by them cocketed in Ireland are those now newly put in six small vessels called 'hakebotes' of Flanders to be taken thither, and were not exposed for sale at Sandewich, order to dearrest the said vessels and goods and deliver them to the said merchants, suffering them without a second payment of custom or subsidy to pass to Flanders in order to make their advantage thereof; as they have shewn that they laded those goods in a ship of Wynchelse called 'le Plenteth,' Adam Ossemonde master, to be taken thither, and paid in Ireland the custom due thereupon, as by the said letters appears, that they put the same in the six small vessels, for that the said ship on the voyage was by a storm and contrary winds driven to Sandewich and there lost, and that by colour thereof the collectors have arrested and are detaining vessels and goods.
July 29.
To all sheriffs, mayors, constables, bailiffs, ministers etc. to whom etc. Writ de intendendo in favour of the president of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England for the time being appointed or his deputy, and order, as they would avoid the king's wrath, upon the suit, certificate or information of the president to arrest and deliver to him all brethren of the Hospital whom they shall find wandering to and fro about the country, to be chastised according to the discipline and rule of their order; as the king has learned that certain of the brethren, despising their profession and casting off their habit, some also persisting in their habit but abandoning themselves by reason of this vacancy and for lack of a pastor to insolence and folly, are wandering from country to country in rebellion against the said president, squandering the goods of the Hospital, and doing daily many things to the scandal of their order and the peril of their souls. By K.
Et erat patens.
July 16.
St. Albans.
To William Walshale escheator in Salop. Order to give Thomas son of Philip Tope, which Philip was brother of Roger Tope father of William Tope deceased tenant by knight service of Edmund de Mortuo Mari earl of March son and heir of Roger the late earl and late a minor in the late king's wardship, the said Thomas being cousin and heir of the said William, livery of his said cousin's lands; as he has proved his age before the escheator, and on proof of the said Edmund's age the late king took his homage and fealty and commanded livery to be given him of his father's lands.
July 23.
To William de Skipwith the younger, escheator in Lincolnshire. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Kirketon in Lyndesey, the knights' fees, advowsons, wards, marriages etc. thereto belonging excepted, saving to Joan princess of Wales the king's mother her dower, and delivering up any issues thereof taken since the death of Thomas de Felton; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that by the late king's licence Edward prince of Wales his father granted that manor, which is held in chief by homage and fealty for all services, to the said Thomas and Joan his wife (yet living) for their lives, reserving the knights' fees etc.; and the king has taken the homage of Joan late the wife of Thomas.
To the same. Order to remove the king's hand and meddle no further with the manor of Aslakby, delivering any issues thereof taken since the death of Thomas de Felton knight to Joan late his wife and Sibyl their daughter; as the king has learned by inquisition, taken by the escheator, that by gift of Hugh Fastolf and William de Rudham clerk, made with the late king's licence, the said Thomas at his death held the same jointly with the said Joan and Sibyl, and that it is held in chief except certain parcels therein which are held of others than the king; and he has taken the fealty of Joan and Sibyl.
July 12.
St. Albans.
To the bailiffs of Scardeburgh. Order to put Alice de Wakefeld, sister of Henry bishop of Worcester, in full possession of certain lands and rents in that town as before the insurrection, maintaining and defending her therein, and on the king's behalf telling any who claim right or title to the same to sue according to law after she has obtained possession, if they shall think fit: as by her complaint the king has learned that great number of evildoers caused and procured her to be thrust out of the same, whereof she was in peaceable possession until disseised by unlawful violence and insurrection of the people of the town contrary to their allegiance, the premises being yet unlawfully occupied by those who so disseised her. By K.