Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III, File 223

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A. E. Stamp, J. B. W. Chapman, M. C. B. Dawes, D. B. Wardle, 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III, File 223', in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 13, Edward III( London, 1954), British History Online, accessed July 25, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/inquis-post-mortem/vol13/pp104-115.

A. E. Stamp, J. B. W. Chapman, M. C. B. Dawes, D. B. Wardle. "Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III, File 223". Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 13, Edward III. (London, 1954), , British History Online. Web. 25 July 2024. https://www.british-history.ac.uk/inquis-post-mortem/vol13/pp104-115.

Inquisitions Post Mortem, Edward III, File 223

126. THOMAS PHELLPP of Baldok.
Writ of precipimus, 20 October, 45 Edward III.
ESSEX. Inq. (indented) taken at Stratforde Langthorn, Wednesday before St. Nicholas, 45 Edward III.
La Leebury. The manor, held of the king, as of the honor of Boulogne, by service of a fourth part of a knight’s fee. Thomas held it jointly with Isabel his wife by gift and feoffment of Peter Beauchamp to Thomas and Isabel and the heirs of Thomas. Peter had acquired the manor from Thomas, who acquired it from Ellen late the wife of Henry Trippelowe, who acquired it jointly with her said husband from Robert de Beverlaco, clerk, to hold to her and her husband and their heirs and assigns.
Thomas died on the morrow of St. Margaret, 15 Edward III. Isabel survived him and died on the morrow of the Purification, 45 Edward III. Juliana wife of Robert de Beleknappe, aged 20 years, is kinswoman and next heir of Thomas, to wit, daughter of Elizabeth his daughter.
After the death of Isabel, John Neuport and Isabel his wife had possession of the manor and received the issues thereof.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (1.)
127. JOHN PAYN of Sulgrave.
Writ, 27 January, 45 Edward III.
NORTHAMPTON. Inq. taken at Norhampton, 17 February, 45 Edward III.
Sulgrave. A messuage and 11a. land, held of the prior of St. Andrew’s, Norhampton, an alien, by service of rendering 21d. and a pound of cummin at Michaelmas and the Annunciation. The wardship and marriage of the heir belongs to the king, because the priory is in his hand during the war, and certain fees and advowsons are reserved to him.
The said John died on Monday after St. Hilary last. Thomas his son, aged 14 years and more, is his heir.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (2.)
128. JOHN SON OF WILLIAM TRUMWYN of Cannok.
Writ of mandamus, 1 May, 45 Edward III.
STAFFORD. Inq. taken at Lychfeld, 12 June, 45 Edward III.
He died while a minor in the king’s wardship, and held the following:—
Cannok. Two-thirds of a virgate of land, held of the king in chief by service of keeping the king’s Hay of Chistelyn and the bailiwick of Le Heghecank; a carucate of land, held of the bishop of Chester by fealty and service of doing suit to his court of Cannok every three weeks; two-thirds of two plots of meadow, held of the same bishop by the services aforesaid; and two-thirds of a watermill and 13s. 2d. rent of assise of free tenants, held of the same bishop by the services aforesaid.
Blymenhull. 20s. rent of assise of free tenants, held of Ralph earl of Stafford by knight’s service.
Weston under Luseyord. A messuage, a dovecot, 12a. land, 4 plots of meadow and 25s. rent of assise.
Neuton by Blythefeld. 20a. land, 10a. pasture, 20s. rent of assise and a newly-built watermill.
The premises in Weston and Neuton are held of Richard earl of Arundel by service of petty serjeanty.
He died on 16 October, 43 Edward III. Elizabeth his sister, aged 18 years and more, married to Roger Lansant, is his heir.
William Banastre of Yorton, the escheator, has been in possession of the premises ever since John’s death by virtue of his office, and has to answer for the issues on his account at the Exchequer.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (3.)
129. WILLIAM SON OF JOHN DE TOLTHORP.
Writ of precipimus, 8 March, 45 Edward III.
LINCOLN. Inq. (indented) taken at Louth, Saturday after the feast of Quasi modo geniti, 45 Edward III. (Fourteen jurors.)
Caylesthorp. Two-thirds of the manor, held of the king in chief by knight’s service, with the reversion of the third part after the death of Katharine late the wife of William de Bleseby, who holds it in dower by assignment of the king.
He died about the Assumption, 44 Edward III. William son of Peter de Bleseby, aged 10 years as the jurors believe, is his next heir. The said Katharine has had possession of the two-thirds by the king’s letters patent.
C. Edw. III. File. 223. (4.)
130. ALICE LATE THE WIFE OF JOHN WARDEDIEU.
Writ, 31 March, 45 Edward III.
LEICESTER. Inq. taken at Halughton, Thursday after the Assumption, 45 Edward III.
Adloxton. A manor.
Carleton Curly. 5 marks rent issuing from a messuage and a carucate of land held of her and the said John her husband by William de Carleton and Pernell his wife for their lives, with reversion to the said Alice and John and the heirs of John.
The above are held of the prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem and William Bakpus, services not known.
Somurdeby. 20s. rent, held of Roger Belers, services not known.
All the above she held jointly with her said husband, who survives, by virtue of a gift made to them and the heirs and assigns of her husband by Henry Wardedieu and John Courthorp.
She died on Friday before the Annunciation, 45 Edward III. William Haklute, her son, aged 30 years, is her heir.
Writ, 31 March, 45 Edward III.
RUTLAND. Inq. taken at Uppyngham, Wednesday the morrow of St. Botolph, 45 Edward III.
Lye. 1a. 3r. land and 1r. assarted meadow, held of the king in chief by service of rendering 4s. 4d. yearly at the Exchequer by the hands of the sheriff; 14a. uncultivated land called ‘Swynclif,’ worth 3d. a year for grazing and no more because destroyed by the king’s deer, held of the king in chief, services not known; and 29a. uncultivated land called ‘Calkelyes,’ held of the king, services not known.
Roteland. The keepership of the forest, held jointly with John her husband, who survives, by virtue of a gift which Robert Wardedieu of Bodyham and John de la Porte made to them and the heirs and assigns of her said husband with the king’s licence. It is held of the king in chief by service of rendering 40s. yearly at the Exchequer.
Braunston. The manor, held jointly with her said husband by virtue of a fine levied in the king’s court in the octave of the Purification, 44 Edward III, to them and the heirs of their bodies. It is held of the lord of Okham for the time being, services not known.
Date of death and heir as above.
C. Edw. III. File. 223. (5.)
131. JOAN LATE THE WIFE OF JOHN DE WROXHALE, knight.
Writ of mandamus, 5 November, 45 Edward III.
WILTS. Inq. made at Swyndon, 9 November, 45 Edward III.
Cheleworth. A wood called ‘Pevereleswode’ in the forest of Bradene.
Stapele. A moiety of the hundred.
These are held of the king in chief by knight’s service, as of the manor of Cheleworth, and descended to Joan by inheritance after the death of John Peverel, her father.
Joan died more than 30 years ago. Maud de Wroxhale, daughter of the said John and Joan, still living and aged 40 years and more, is Joan’s next heir.
John alienated the premises in fee to Hugh le Despencer, the elder, in Joan’s lifetime; and neither Joan nor Maud ever released their right therein either to Hugh or to any other person. Hugh forfeited all his lands to the king, so that the king and the late queen Philippa have had possession of the premises since the death of Hugh, and have taken the profits by the hands of the bailiffs of the said manor.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (6.)
132. RICHARD SON OF RICHARD WIRHALE, AND LAURENCE HIS SON.
Commission in the form of a writ of mandamus to Adam Fraunceys, citizen of London, John Wroth, the younger, John Whitewell and Thomas Yonge. 14 September, 45 Edward III.
MIDDLESEX. Inq. taken at Totenham, Tuesday after St. Matthew, 45 Edward III.
Edelmeton. A messuage, 60a. land, 16a. meadow, and 24a. wood, held by Richard of Geoffrey Saye, knight, in socage.
Richard died on Christmas Eve, 8 Edward III. John Wyrhale, his brother, was his heir, and entered on the premises as such, because Richard died without heir of himself. He continued his estate therein for 14 years, and then enfeoffed thereof in fee simple Robert Teyburne, chaplain, who re-enfeoffed him and Joan his wife for their lives, with remainder to Richard their son in fee simple. John died in March, 23 Edward III, and afterwards Richard his son died. John son of John Wyrhale, aged 30 years and more, is brother and next heir of the said Richard son of John. Immediately after her husband’s death the said Joan took to husband Simon Bonde; and they granted their estate in the premises in December, 26 Edward III, to John Goldyng, the elder, who still receives the issues.
Laurence son of Richard Wyrhale had no lands in the county. The jurors do not know the time of his death; nor do they know that he has any heir, because he was born and begotten out of wedlock and has no heir of himself.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (7.)
133. SIMON DE WHITEWELL.
Writ, 11 October, 45 Edward III.
DORSET. Inq. (indented) taken at Biere, 28 October, 45 Edward III. (fn. 1)
Wynterbourn Kynggeston. Two-thirds of the manor, held in fee tail of the king in chief in socage by service of 40s. yearly by the hands of the sheriff, by a fine levied in the king’s court to William Whitewell, his father, and Katharine wife of the said William, and the heirs of their bodies, with remainder to William Wychyngham and his heirs.
He died on 14 September last. Cecily his daughter, aged 12 years and more, is his heir.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (8.)
E. Inq. P.M. File 33. (12.)
134. WILLIAM VAVASOUR.
LINCOLN. Inq. (indented) taken virtute officii at Louth, Saturday after St. Barnabas, 45 Edward III.
Cokerington. The manor, whereof half a knight’s fee is held of the heir of Henry de Bello Monte, a minor in the king’s wardship, by knight’s service, and the remainder of John duke of Lancaster by knight’s service. The following persons held of William, as of the said half fee:—The prior of Alvyngham, divers lands by a rent of half a pound of cummin; Peter de Cokerington, 1/2a. land by service of 1/2d. yearly and by suit to William’s court every three weeks; and William de Cokerington, ‘bastard,’ 1a. land by service of 1d. yearly. William Vavasour alienated the whole manor in fee to William de Ergum, knight, Robert Bernak, Hugh Cressy of Selston, Laurence, rector of the church of Paunton, and John de Herthill, clerk, but the tenants above named never attorned to them for the services whereby they held of William Vavasour, and he of the said heir, nor did they do any services to them. The said bastard has never appeared in the county since long before the above alienation. So William Vavasour died seised of the said services, and the wardship and marriage of his heir belong to the king by reason of wardship within wardship.
William Vavasour died about the feast of the Nativity of St. Mary, 43 Edward III. William his son, aged 13 years and more, is his heir.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (9.)
135. ROBERT DE VEPOUNT.
(Writ missing.)
LIBERTY OF TYNDALE. Inq. taken before Alan del Struther, bailiff of the said liberty, Tuesday before Michaelmas, 45 Edward III.
Aldeston. The manor (extent given). The extent includes 40 dwellings called ‘Schelles’ in the moors of Aldeston, a messuage and 40a. land called ‘le Houses’ in Gerddesgill held freely by John Williamston by fealty and a yearly rent of 12d., a messuage and 100a. land in Raynerholm held jointly and freely by John de Williamston and Richard de Laton by fealty, and a messuage and 3 carucates of land in Kirkhalgh held freely by Walter de Tyndale, who renders 13s. 4d. yearly.
Elleryngton. The manor (extent given). The extent includes 24s. rent payable by John de Elleryngton for his lands &c. there, and a messuage and a husband-land held freely by John Leker by fealty and service of 1 lb. pepper.
Kirkehalgh. The advowson of the church.
All the above are held of the king as lord of the manor of Werk in Tyndale by service of one knight’s fee. Robert de Vepount held them for life by grant of William de Salkeld, parson of a mediety of the church of Ayketon, and Ralph de Kryngildyk, chaplain, with successive remainders in tail male to Nicholas, William and John, his sons. Nicholas and William are dead without heirs male of their bodies, so that the premises ought to remain to John, who is still alive, and the heirs male of his body.
Robert died on Saturday before the feast of St. Mary Magdalene, 45 Edward III. Elizabeth, aged 22 years and more, and Joan, aged 21 years and more, daughters of Nicholas his son, are his heirs; but the reversion of the premises is as above.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (10.)
136. WILLIAM SON AND HEIR OF JOHN BARDOLF.
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said heir, warning Simon Noreys, parson of the church of Castre, and John Repynghale, in whose custody by the king’s commitment are lands of the heir’s inheritance, to appear and shew cause why the said lands should not be restored to him. 2 October, 45 Edward III.
Endorsements: (1) The said Simon and John were warned. (2) They appeared in the Chancery, but had nothing to say against the delivery of the lands to the heir.
NORFOLK. Proof of age (indented) made at Wyrmegeye, Wednesday after St. Faith, 45 Edward III.
Richard de Rysyng, aged 60 years and more, says that the heir was born at Wyrmegeye on Monday the feast of the Eleven Thousand Virgins, 23 Edward III, and was baptized the same day in the parish church there, so that he will be 22 years of age on Tuesday the same feast next. This the deponent knows because in that year he was chamberlain to John, the heir’s father, and as he was riding to fetch the heir’s godfather he fell into a pit and broke his right leg.
Henry Wace, aged 64 years and more, agrees and says that he had a son named Richard who was made a canon at the priory of Westa[c]re at the feast of All Saints after the Monday aforesaid, as is entered in a book in the priory.
John Henk, aged 58 years and more, agrees and says that the heir’s birthday was entered for full evidence in the calendar of a book belonging to the church of Wyrmegeye called ‘le Porthors,’ and he has often read the writing.
John Malbrok, aged 65 years and more, agrees and says that on the day of the birth he acquired a messuage in Wyrmegeye by a charter of feoffment dated at Wyrmegeye on the said Monday.
Thomas atte Heth, aged 57 years and more, and John Wolmer, aged 56 years and more, agree and say that on the same day they sold 40a. land in Wyrmegeye, which they formerly held jointly, to John Aunterous by a charter of feoffment dated on the said Monday.
John Prudle, aged 52 years and more, and Simon Flour, aged 54 years and more, agree and say that [on that day] they jointly acquired the manor of Foston from Robert Braunche by a charter of feoffment dated on the said Monday.
Andrew atte Hyrne, aged 69 years and more, Andrew Crakesheld, aged 55 years and more, Thomas de Upgate, aged 61 years and more, and Andrew Bakere, aged 65 years and more, [agree] and say that on the day of the baptism the church of Wyrmegeye was suspended from the celebration of all divine offices except baptisms on account of a violent shedding of blood therein about vespers, and was [afterwards] reconciled (reformata) by the bishop of Norwich in the presence of themselves and others, and the day of reconciliation and reconsecration is written as evidence ……
Writ to the sheriff of Lincoln to warn Richard de Ravensere, king’s clerk, in whose custody by the king’s commitment are certain lands of the said William’s inheritance, to be before the king in the Chancery in the quinzaine of Michaelmas next to shew cause why the said lands should not be restored to William if he proves to be of full age. 6 October, 45 Edward III.
Endorsements: (1) Richard was warned by John Warde and John West of Carleton. (2) He appeared personally in the Chancery, but shewed no cause why the lands should not be delivered.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (11.)
137. JOHN SON AND HEIR OF JOHN LENVEISY.
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said heir, warning Hugh de Segrave, in whose custody by the king’s commitment are the lands of the heir’s inheritance, to appear and shew cause why the said lands should not be restored to him. 1 December, 45 Edward III.
Endorsement: The said Hugh was warned by John Clerk and John Ernyz, but did not appear.
HERTFORD. Proof of age (indented) made at Hemelhamstede, 3 January, 45 Edward III.
William Bonde, aged 50 years and more, says that the said heir was 21 years of age and more (sic) on 6 November last, and was born at Hemelhamsted on 6 November, 24 Edward III, and baptized in the church there; and at the request of John the father the witness was his godfather and named him, and caused his name and the date of his birth to be written in a missal belonging to the church.
John Besouthe, aged 42 years and more, agrees and says that on that day he was married to his wife.
John Halt, aged 44 years and more, agrees and says that on the day after the birth his own son John was buried in the churchyard of that church, and he caused the day of the burial to be written in a psalter (salterio) belonging to the church.
John Cook, aged 60 years and more, agrees and says that on the day of the birth and baptism he bought a carucate of land in Hemelhamstede by a charter dated on the said 6 November.
John atte Felde, aged 48 years and more, agrees and says that on the day of the birth he hurt his leg in running to the church.
Thomas Newman, aged 51 years and more, agrees and says that on that day a robber abjured the realm there, and the vicar wrote down the day of the abjuration.
William Badecok, aged 46 years and more, agrees and says that his wife died in that year, and he caused the day of her death to be written down and has it in his possession.
Thomas Astrilde, aged 62 years and more, agrees and says that his own father died on the second day after the birth.
John Erchebaud, aged 70 years and more, agrees and says that in that year, at the request of the said John the father, he became his bailiff in his manor there, and receiver of his moneys, as appears by his account.
John Holmherst, the elder, aged 54 years and more, agrees and says that on that day John the father gave him a whole suit of clothes (unam robam integram) because he was the first to tell him that his wife had a son.
John atte Dene, aged 43 years and more, agrees and says that on that day John the father, by a writing indented, gave a yearly rent of 10s. for life to Alice, the deponent’s wife, because she was with his wife during her pregnancy, and so he knows by the date of that writing.
William Somenour, aged 49 years and more, agrees and says that about vespers on that day, after the baptism, John the father sold him 40 oaks and 20 ashes by an indenture of sale between them, and so he knows by the date on the part of the indenture remaining in his possession.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (12.)
138. JOHN SON AND HEIR OF HENRY DE PENBRUGGE.
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the said heir’s age, warning the executors of Roger Esbache (in whose custody are the lands of the heir’s inheritance by demise of Edmund de Brugge, to whom they were demised by Thomas Styward, who held them by the king’s commitment), to appear and shew cause why the said lands should not be restored to the heir. Winchester, 14 June, 45 Edward III.
HEREFORD. Proof of age (indented) taken at Hereford, 24 June, 45 Edward III.
Richard Gernoun, aged 50 years and more, says that the said heir was born at Leghe on 20 August, 23 Edward III, and was baptized the same day in the church of Burley, so that he was 21 years of age on 21 August last; and John Sharnesfeld and Thomas Sharnesfeld, together with Alice Hakeluyt, lifted him from the sacred font. This the deponent knows because on that day he acquired certain tenements at Webbeleye from Walter Borughope, and the date of the charter of feoffment is at Webbeleye, 2 August, 23 Edward III.
Roger Warde, aged 57 years and more, agrees and says that on the feast of St. James before the birth he had a son named William made a canon at the priory of Wormesleye, and it is so enrolled in a psalter at Burley.
John Asket, aged 60 years and more, agrees and says that his mother Alice departed this life on 4 August before the birth.
John Whitlock, aged 47 years and more, agrees and says that he had a son named Peter born on the morrow of St. Laurence before the birth of the heir, and it is so enrolled in a missal in the church of Burley.
Roger Jones, aged 40 years, John Preston, aged 52 years, Thomas Pychard, aged 57 years, and Henry Cockes, aged 53 years and more, agree and say that there was a dispute between them and Ralph Sharnesfeld, the heir’s uncle, which was settled on the second day after the birth of the heir.
Hugh de Brugg, aged 49 years, John Smyth, aged 44 years, William Mangeaunt, aged 57 years, and Nicholas Holewey, aged 50 years and more, agree and say that at the time of the birth the church of Burley was interdicted on account of the shedding of blood therein from all celebration of divine services except baptisms of children, and was reconciled (reformata et reconsulta) by the bishop of Hereford on 28 August after the birth of the heir.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (13.)
139. JOHN, SON AND HEIR OF WALTER BASKERVILL AND ELIZABETH HIS WIFE, LATE THE WIFE OF JOHN DE DELVES.
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said heir, warning David Hannemere, in whose keeping by the king’s commitment are lands of the heir’s inheritance, to appear and show cause why the said lands should not be restored to him. 2 February, 45 Edward III.
Endorsement: The said David was warned, but did not trouble to be present.
SALOP. Proof of age taken at Shrewsbury, 13 February, 45 Edward III.
John de Mersshton, aged 50 years and more, says that the said heir was born at Lauton and baptized in the church of Dudlisbury on 10 February, 24 Edward III, and that John Cheyne, rector of Conede, Roger Baskervill and Sibyl late the wife of Walter Stormy lifted him from the sacred font. This the deponent knows because in the same year he purchased 12a. land at Lauton from Hugh de Pykethorn, and recollects by the date of the charter.
John Hope, aged 40 years and more, agrees and says that within a month after the day of the baptism a son of his named John died and was buried at Dudlisbury, and the date of the death is written in a missal there.
William Lovel, aged 48 years, agrees and says that in the year of the birth he was bailiff of Walter Baskervill, knight, of his manor of Lauton, and recollects by the date of his letters of acquittance.
Roger Maylard, aged 60 years and more, agrees and says that he had a house burnt in his tenement at Lauton at Whitsun in that year.
John le Spencer, aged 58 years and more, agrees and says that in the year of the birth he new-built his house at Pykethorn.
Thomas de Borton, aged 45 years and more, agrees and says that Joan his daughter was married in that year to Hugh de Lauton.
John Balynger, Roger de Calughton and John Onewyn, aged 50 years and more, agree and say that they were at Lauton on an inquisition taken before John de Upton, then coroner in the county, concerning the death of a man who was killed there in that year.
John de Donynton, Adam Onewyn and William le Gardiner, aged 44 years and more, agree and say that they were present in the church of Dudlisbury on the day of the baptism at the burial of Robert de Donyngton, whose death is written in a psalter there.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (14.)
140. WALTER SON AND HEIR OF HENRY TAILBOYS.
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said heir. 14 February, 45 Edward III.
NORTHUMBERLAND. Proof of age taken at Newcastle upon Tyne. Thursday in Easter week, 45 Edward III.
Robert de Louthre says that the said heir was born at Hephale and baptized in the church of Routhbury, and was 21 years of age at the Purification last. This the deponent knows because he lifted him from the sacred font.
Gilbert Vaus agrees and says that he had a [son ?] married there on the same day.
John de Walington agrees and says that he had a son baptized there on the same day.
John Lawson agrees and says that he had a son buried there on the same day.
William de Hydewyn agrees and says that he had a daughter baptized there on the same day.
William Dyryk agrees and says that he had a daughter married there on the same day.
Thomas de Yong (?) agrees and says that he was in the church of Routhbury at the baptism.
William de Shafton agrees and says that he had a sister buried in the churchyard on the same day.
William de Rodom agrees and says that he had a brother married there on the same day.
John de Farnylawe agrees and says that his mother was married there on the same day.
Roger de Horslay agrees and says that his father was buried in the said church on the same day.
John de Merlay agrees and says that he heard mass in the church on the same day, and saw the child when he was baptized.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (15.)
141. AGNES DAUGHTER OF EUSTACE SON OF NICHOLAS DE BURNEBY.
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said Agnes, kinswoman and heir of the said Nicholas, on the petition of her and John de Estbury, the younger, her husband. 4 May, 45 Edward III.
NORTHAMPTON. Proof of age (indented) taken at Watford, 12 May, 45 Edward III, in the presence of Thomas Tyrell, steward of the lands of Isabel the king’s daughter, to whom the king committed the custody of all the lands of Agnes during her minority.
Richard Alisaundre, aged 50 years and more, says that the said Agnes is of full age, to wit, 15 years and more, and was so on 6 May last. This the deponent knows because she was born at Watford and baptized in the church there, and he was present at the baptism and was asked by Eustace her father to be her godfather, which he utterly refused because it was possible for him to survive Eustace and afterwards marry the said Agnes.
John Knyght, aged 44 years and more, agrees and says that in the month when Agnes was born he acquired 2 messuages and 3a. land and meadow in Watford to himself and his heirs, and so he knows by the date of the deed.
Thomas Bervill, aged 40 years, Henry Clifton, aged 38 years, Thomas de la Huse, aged 46 years, and Henry Peek, aged 36 years and more, agree and say that the prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England granted them his manor of Gyldesburgh for a year by his writing dated 6 May, 30 Edward III, the day of the birth and baptism of Agnes, at whose baptism they were present and caused the writing to be read in testimony of the covenant aforesaid.
Robert Baxtere, aged 41 years, and John Baxtere, his brother, aged 39 years and more, agree and say that in the month of the birth and baptism of Agnes, to wit, on 10 May, 30 Edward III, Henry Baxtere, their brother, took the habit of religion in the priory of Chacombe.
Thomas Wale, aged 31 years, Nicholas Ockele, aged 51 years, John Stormesworth, aged 40 years, and Nicholas Baillyf, aged 43 years and more, agree and say that on the day of the birth the abbot of St. James without Norhampton sold them a grange at Watford for 20l. down, and for security he made them a writing obligatory sealed with the common seal of his house and dated on that day.
C. Edw. III File 223. (16.)
142. ROBERT SON AND HEIR OF JOHN DE SEYNT GEORGE.
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said Robert, whose father held by knight’s service of the heir of Roger de Mortuo Mari, late earl of March, a minor in the king’s wardship; warning Thomas de Knyghteleye, in whose custody by the king’s commitment are lands of the inheritance of the said Robert during the latter’s minority, to appear and show cause why those lands should not be restored to him. 18 July, 45 Edward III.
Endorsement: The said Thomas was warned, but did not trouble to be present.
SALOP. Proof of age taken at Bruggenorth, 6 August, 25 Edward III.
Walter de Foxcote, aged 50 years and more, says that Robert was born at Stepple and baptized in the church there on 20 March, 24 Edward III, and Robert de Dodyton and William de la Lowe, together with Isolda de Stepple, lifted him from the sacred font. This the deponent knows because he married Alice, Robert’s sister, at the preceding Christmas.
Richard Boterell, aged 48 years and more, agrees and said that the date of Robert’s birth was written in a missal at Stepple.
Henry de Wodecote, aged 60 years and more, agrees and says that he purchased 2a. land at Stepple from Richard Boterell at Whitsun after the birth, and so knows by the [date] of his charter of the said land.
Walter le Newemon, Robert de Hull, and Robert Danveres (?), aged 40 years and more, agree and say that they were witnesses named and present at a livery of seisin made by Roger de Foxcote to William Bastard of a tenement at Stepple in the year of Robert’s birth.
William Hychecokes, William Bastard, and William son of Robert, aged 55 years and more, agree and say that they were present, being specially invited, at the setting up of a house in Stepple newly [built] by Richard Passeman in the same year.
William son of Robert, Richard le Mulneward, and Richard son of Thomas, aged 46 years and more, agree and say that they were present at Stepple at the taking of an inquisition before John de ……, late coroner there, concerning a man killed there at Easter following the birth of Robert.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (17.)
143. GILBERT ATTE HALE of Blakehamme.
Writ to the escheator,—on information that the said Gilbert is an idiot and incapable of managing his lands and goods, and that while an idiot he has alienated a great part of his lands and dissipated a great part of his goods to his own disherison and the king’s prejudice,—to go in person to the said Gilbert and examine him circumspectly, and at the same time to ascertain by inquisition whether he is an idiot or not, and, if so, since when, whether he enjoys lucid intervals, whether he has alienated any lands during his idiotcy, and, if so, to whom they were alienated and in whose hands they now are, what lands still remain to him, of whom and by what services his lands, whether alienated or not, are held, and who is his next heir. 3 March, 45 Edward III.
SUSSEX. Inq. (indented) taken at Hertfeld, 30 May, 45 Edward III.
The said Gilbert is an idiot and has been one since 6 April, 36 Edward III. He does not enjoy lucid intervals. He has not alienated any lands during his idiotcy. The following lands remain to him:—
Blakehamme. A messuage, 114a. land and 6a. meadow so called, in the parish of Wythyhamme, held of the prior of Morteygne, as of his manor of Monkencourt, by service of 27s. 0 3/4d. yearly, and of John de Clynton, as of his manor of Blakehamme, by service of 5s. yearly. The said lands lay untilled from 6 April, 36 Edward III, until 11 November, 39 Edward III, no one occupying them on account of Gilbert’s idiotcy. On the said 11 November John atte Wode, son of Gilbert’s sister Joan, entered thereon in the lifetime of his said mother, and has ever since occupied them and taken the issues, for which he is to answer to the king. The said Joan, aged 50 years and more, is Gilbert’s heir.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (18.)
144. THOMAS ….., knight.
Commission to Thomas Caus, escheator in Norfolk, John Cavendyssh and Henry de Pakenham, to enquire as to the lands and heir of the said Thomas, and whether his heir is married (maritata) or not. 10 November, 45 Edward III.
C. Edw. III. File 223. (19.)

Footnotes

  • 1. Only a fragment of the Chancery inquisition is preserved. The extract given here is taken from the Exchequer copy.