Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II, File 68

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M. C. B. Dawes. M. R. Devine. H. E. Jones. M. J. Post, 'Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II, File 68', Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 16, Richard II, (London, 1974), pp. 425-433. British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/inquis-post-mortem/vol16/pp425-433 [accessed 14 June 2024].

M. C. B. Dawes. M. R. Devine. H. E. Jones. M. J. Post. "Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II, File 68", in Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 16, Richard II, (London, 1974) 425-433. British History Online, accessed June 14, 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/inquis-post-mortem/vol16/pp425-433.

Dawes, M. C. B.. Devine, M. R.. Jones, H. E.. Post, M. J. . "Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II, File 68", Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem: Volume 16, Richard II, (London, 1974). 425-433. British History Online. Web. 14 June 2024, https://www.british-history.ac.uk/inquis-post-mortem/vol16/pp425-433.

Inquisitions Post Mortem, Richard II, File 68

1048. Alan Berley
Writ to the mayor and escheator of London to enquire touching an information that the reversion of a tenement and cellar in Smythefeld, held of the king in chief, which Elizabeth late the wife of the said Alan holds for life in consequence of a gift and grant thereof made by Henry Godchep to her and the said Alan and the heirs of Alan, ought to pertain to the king after her death by way of escheat, because Alan died without heir. 8 February, 14 Richard II.
LONDON. Inq. taken before the mayor, 25 February, 14 Richard II.
Findings as given in the above writ. The premises were purchased from the said Henry by Alan and Elizabeth.
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1049. David Strabolgi, earl of Athol
Writ of certiorari super vero valore feodorum &c., 18 April, 14 Richard II
KENT. Inq. taken at Henxhell, Tuesday before Whitsunday, 14 Richard II.
He died seised of the under-mentioned advowson, but not of any knight’s fees.
Henxhell. The advowson of the church, to present alternately with John Brode, lord of the manor of Henxhell.
1050.
Similar writ, 18 February, 14 Richard II
Similar writ concerning the fees and advowsons which Mary de Sancto Paulo, late countess of Pembroke, held in dower of the inheritance of the said earl of Athol. 18 February, 14 Richard II.
ESSEX. Inq. (indented) taken at Hengham ad Castrum, Tuesday before the Annunciation, 14 Richard II.
The said earl held 5 knight’s fees in the county which Osbert Fitz Roberd formerly held. He held no advowsons in the county.
Mary de Sancto Paulo, late countess of Pembroke, held the following fees and advowsons of his inheritance.
Braghynge. A moiety of a knight’s fee, formerly held by John Pevereel.
Aspeden. A moiety of a knight’s fee, lately held by William Fitz Raaf and Robert de Kendale.
Renho. A moiety of a knight’s fee, formerly held by Martin le Chaumberleyn.
Brokle. One knight’s fee, formerly held by Cecily Talmache.
Fordham. A sixth part of a knight’s fee, formerly held by Mabel Cole.
Fordham. The advowson of the church.
Fanges. The advowson of the church.
Stanford. The advowson of the church.
HERTFORD. Inq. (indented) taken at Storteforth, Thursday before St. George, 14 Richard II.
The said earl held the under-mentioned fee, but no advowsons.
Tewynge. A moiety of a knight’s fee, formerly held by the prior of Wylmundesleie.
Mary de Sancto Paulo, late countess of Pembroke, held the under-mentioned fee of the inheritance of the said earl, but no advowsons.
Welowes. A fourth part of a knight’s fee, formerly held by Adam Maundevill.
1051.
Similar writ, 18 February, 14 Richard II
BUCKINGHAM. Inq. taken at Bukyngham, Monday after St. George, 14 Richard II.
The said earl held the under-mentioned fee, but no advowsons.
Caveresfeld. One knight’s fee, now held by the prior of Burcetre.
1052.
Writ of plura, on information that the said earl held more fees and advowsons than are contained in the inquisition taken after his death. 20 March, 14 Richard II.
Similar writ with regard to the fees and advowsons held by Mary de Sancto Paulo, late countess of Pembroke, of the inheritance of the said earl. 22 February, 14 Richard II.
NORFOLK. Inq. taken at Dysse, Saturday before St. George, 14 Richard II.
The said earl held the under-mentioned knight’s fees of the king in chief.
Westcolvyle and Carleton. One knight’s fee, held of him by John de Colvyle; and a fourth part of a knight’s fee, held of him by Roger de Wolterton.
Ewysham. Two knight’s fees, held by the earl of Arundel and his tenants.
Rougham. Two knight’s fees, similarly held.
Hykyngham and Hales. One knight’s fee, held by the abbot of Langeley.
He held no other fees or advowsons beyond those mentioned in divers inquisitions taken after his death.
Mary de Sancto Paulo, late countess of Pembroke, held the under-mentioned knight’s fee and advowson in dower of the inheritance of the said earl.
Rougham and Fransham. One knight’s fee, held by John de Cressyngham and his parceners.
Baldeswell. The advowson of the church.
She held no other fees or advowsons of the said earl’s inheritance beyond those mentioned in divers inquisitions taken after her death.
SUFFOLK. Inq. taken at Botesdale, Friday before St. George, 14 Richard II.
The said earl held the under-mentioned knight’s fees.
Kenteford, Kenet, Banham, Herengewell and Twynham. Four knight’s fees, held of him by Margaret Marchall and her tenants.
Radewynter. Two knight’s fees and a fourth part of a fee, held by William Chamberleyn and his tenants.
Preston. A moiety of a knight’s fee, held by the prior of the hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England and his tenants.
Brokley. A fourth part of a knight’s fee, held by John Laweney; and one fee, held by John Talmage.
Mary de Sancto Paulo, late countess of Pembroke, held the under-mentioned knight’s fees in dower of the inheritance of the said earl.
Wrydlyngton. One knight’s fee, held by John Pabenham and the heirs of Robert de Scales.
Tudenham. One knight’s fee, held by John de Thelyngham; and a moiety of a fee, held by John Frevyll.
Wrentham and Covehith. Two knight’s fees, held by the lady de Perpount and her tenants.
Buxhale. A moiety of a knight’s fee, held by William de Tendryng.
Halstede. One knight’s fee, held by John Botetourt.
Wrentham and Cove. Two knight’s fees, formerly held by the lord de Ponnyngges.
Theydon. One knight’s fee, held by the lord of Theydon.
The said earl held no other fees beyond those mentioned in divers inquisitions taken after his death; and the said Mary held no other fees of his inheritance beyond those mentioned in the inquisitions after her death.
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1053. Margaret kinswoman and heir of Thomas de Saxlyngham
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said Margaret daughter of Henry de Saxlyngham and kinswoman and heir of the said Thomas his brother; on the petition of Robert de Plumleye, her husband. 24 February, 13 Richard II.
NORFOLK. Proof of age made at Holt, 13 July, 14 Richard II.
Roger atte Cros, aged 60 years and more, says that the said Margaret was 16 years of age and more on the feast of the Annunciation last. Asked how he remembers this after so long a lapse of time, he says that on the day of St. Firmin the Bishop … Henry de Saxlyngham, Margaret’s father, … psalter in the church of Saxlyngham, and so, by inspection of the said writing, he knows Margaret’s age. And, moreover, it is commonly reported throughout the whole parish of Saxlyngham, in which she was born and baptised, that she is of that age.
Thomas Estker, aged 46 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because on the day of Margaret’s birth he took at farm for 10 years the meadows of William Daubeney in Leryngsete, and by the date of the indenture made between him and the said William he is sure of Margaret’s age.
… Pereres, aged 46 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because at the time of the birth and baptism of Margaret he was in the church of Saxlyngham, where she was baptised and at the same time Master William …, archdeacon of Norwich, visited the church and caused to be enrolled there in his register all the ornaments of the church, which enrolment was noted in the processional (precessionario) of the church, by inspection of which the deponent is sure of Margaret’s age.
John Betys, aged 52 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because Henry, Margaret’s father, sent a servant of his to Norwich for Hugh de Dunston, her godfather, whose horse broke his leg and he bought another one from the deponent.
John Kensale, aged 48 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because he was present at Margaret’s baptism, when Hugh de Dunston and Emma de Brune were her godparents; and he had a son named William who died on the day of Margaret’s birth, and whose death was in the death-register (martilogio) of Holt.
Henry Gybbes, aged 40 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because at Michaelmas before Margaret’s birth, to wit, in 46 Edward III, he was bound apprentice at Holt to Bartholomew Bysshop in the art of a butcher.
John … elles, aged 40 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because at the time of the baptism and birth of the said Margaret [there was] a marriage between Stephen son of Thomas Fastolf and Joan daughter of the said Henry de Saxlyngham.
…, aged 50 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because on the day the said Margaret was baptised in the church of Saxlyngham he held a lighted candle …
…, agrees, and says that he remembers because on the day of Margaret’s baptism he was at Saxlyngham with Henry her father for the purpose of building a barn …
… aged 50 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because he was sent to Norwich for Hugh de Dunston and Margaret his wife, to be Margaret’s godparents.
…, aged 50 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because on the day of Margaret’s birth and baptism Thomas parson of the church of Saxlyngham sold to John Kensale of Blakeney divers crops housed in his rectory, and granted to him easement of the house where the crops were housed until Whitsunday following.
…, aged 42 years and more, agrees, and says that he remembers because he was present when Margaret was baptised in the church of Saxlyngham, and moreover, within a fortnight after the baptism, he went with her nurse to Thornegge, where the baptism was confirmed by the bishop of Norwich.
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1054. Joan and Margaret, daughters and heirs of John de Awre
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said Joan and Margaret; as David ap Yvor and Richard de Awre, their respective husbands, allege that they are of full age and pray restitution of the lands of their inheritance, which by the king’s commitment are in the custody of John Brian, one of the yeomen of the king’s chamber, until their lawful age. 4 November, 14 Richard II.
GLOUCESTER. Proof of age of the said Joan taken at Newenham, Friday, 18 November, 14 Richard II.
John Yaweyn, Nicholas Boughton, Richard Foxeley and John Wheolar, aged 60 years and more, say that the said Joan was born at Aure on 31 March, 46 Edward III, and was baptised in the church there. This they remember because on the same day they were in the company of the said John de Awre at Gloucestre before the justices of assize when the news of the birth was given to him.
William Heed, John Yate, Richard de Staur and John Felde, aged 50 years and more, agree, and say that they remember because on the same day they started on a pilgrimage to the sepulchre of St. James.
James Gayner, Richard Bray, John Bray and Thomas Smyth, aged 40 years and more, agree, and say that they remember because on the same day the bakehouse of the said John de Aure was burned.
GLOUCESTER. Proof of age of the said Margaret taken as above.
The first of the above groups of jurors say that the said Margaret was born at Aure on Sunday the feast of St. Mary Magdalen, 48 Edward III, and was baptised in the church there. This they remember because on the same day the son of John Seysell fell into a well of water opposite the house of the said John de Awre.
The second group of jurors agree, and say that they remember because on the morrow of the said feast John de Awre began to rebuild his bakehouse.
The third group of jurors agree, and say that they remember because on the same day John Yaweyn’s ship called Seint Mary Cook sailed for Burdeus.
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1055. Thomas Tounelonde, son and heir of John Tounelonde
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said Thomas, who is said to have been born at Wodecherche and baptised in the church of that town. 15 July, 14 Richard II.
KENT. Proof of age … Thursday after St. Matthew, 14 Richard II.
Thomas …, says that the said Thomas [was born at] Wodecherche on Thursday the feast of St. Alban, 42 Edward III, …, and is now of the age of 21 years, 13 weeks and 1 day. [This he remembers because] he was in the church at the time of the baptism.
[The greater part of the remainder of the document is illegible.]
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1056. Robert son of James son of Robert de Notyngham
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said Robert son of James, kinsman and heir of the said Robert de Notyngham, his grandfather, who held by knight’s service of the archbishopric of Canterbury, lately void and in the late king’s hand; and to warn James de Bourne, in whose custody are the lands of the inheritance of the said Robert son of James by demise of William Tauk, to whom the late king committed the same, to be present at the proof. 8 November, 14 Richard II.
KENT. Proof of age taken at Sydyngbourne, … November, 14 Richard II.
The jurors collectively say that the said heir was born at Dodyngton and baptised in the church there on 20 September, 43 Edward III, and is now of the age of 21 years, 7 weeks and 3 days. Individually they say as follows:
John atte Hacche, aged 60 years and more, says he knows the date because on the same day he was in the church and saw Sir Richard …, vicar of the church, baptise the said heir.
John …, aged 50 years and more, says he knows because on the same day he was reaping at Tenham(?) and met …, who told him that he had been at Dodyngton and was godfather of the said heir.
Thomas Okynfeld, …, says he knows because he has a son John who was born in Whitsun week next after the birth of the said heir, and his said son was 21 years old in Whitsun week last.
Roger de Grenstrete, aged 55 years and more, says he knows because in the month of September in that year he was a household servant of the aforesaid Sir Richard, vicar of the church, and in the same month the said heir was born.
John Grenestrete, aged 60 years and more, says he knows because he has a son Stephen who was born in the same month as the said heir, and his said son was 21 years old in September last.
William Sentynge, aged 59 years and more, says he knows because on the same day he was with Sir Richard Sothewelle, the heir’s godfather, at Dodyngton, when the heir was baptised.
Richard Codyng(?), aged 48 years and more, says he knows because he has a son Thomas who was born on 28 September in the aforesaid year of Edward III, and the said heir was born 8 days before his said son.
Robert E …, …, says he knows because he was in France in the month of August in the aforesaid year of Edward III, with James P …, and on 20 September following the said heir was born.
Henry Stopisdon, aged 55 years and more, says he knows because he has a son John who was born in September in the year before the birth of the said heir, and in September last his said son was 22 years of age.
John Coudenne (age not given) says he knows because in … in the aforesaid year of Edward III James, the heir’s father, was killed in France, and in the following September the heir was born.
James Merchaunt, aged 50 years and more, says he knows because he was in the church … with Alice wife of James de Frogenhale, who was then godmother of the said heir.
John Wynston, …, says he knows because in the month of September in the aforesaid year of Edward III he was staying at …
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1057. Baldwin Fryvill, son and heir of Baldwin Fryvill, knight
Writ to the escheator to take proof of the age of the said heir, the lands &c. of whose inheritance are in the custody of Thomas Grene, knight, by the king’s commitment, until the lawful age of the said heir. 24 July, 14 Richard II.
WORCESTER. Proof of age taken at Bremesgrave, Monday the feast of the Decollation of St. John the Baptist, 14 Richard II.
The jurors collectively (each being aged 50 years and more) say that the said heir was born in the castle of Welegh and baptised in the church of Northfeld, the parish church of the said castle, on 20 November, 42 Edward III, and so was 21 years of age and more on 20 November last. Individually they say as follows:
William Belne, John Leycestre, John Padeston and Richard Alisaunder say that they know the date because they were present in the said church on the said 20 November and saw Baldwin Fryvill, knight, grandfather of the said heir, and Richard Hampton, abbot of Hales, the said heir’s godfathers, lift him from the sacred font.
John Hawkeslowe and Richard Hudyngton say they know because each of them at the time of the heir’s baptism held in his hand a lighted torch on account of the solemnity of the service.
William Doucy of Northfeld, John Untor, Nicholas Playnmor and William Penne say they know because on Sunday after the said 20 November a certain Richard Mary married Joan Katteshull in the church aforesaid, and they (the witnesses), being present at the espousals, heard that the said heir had been born and baptised on 20 November.
John Kemberley and Thomas atte Shute say they know because on Sunday a month after the said 20 November they saw Joyce the heir’s mother purified of her said boy.
Thomas Grene, knight, was warned to be present at the said proof of age and show cause why the lands &c. of the said heir’s inheritance should not be rendered to him, but failed to appear.
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1058. Walter Leuyot
Writ to Robert de Cherlton and John Hill to find by inquisition what estate the said Walter had on the day of his death in a certain messuage in Gloucester, whether he died seised thereof, at what time he died, who is his next heir and of what age, who entered the messuage after his death, and who has occupied it since then and by what title. 16 June, 14 Richard II.
Inq. missing [See Calendar of Close Rolls, 1392–1396, pp. 179, 180].
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1059. William Trenchant, alien
Writ to the escheator—inasmuch as it was found by an inquisition taken ex officio by John Froylle, late escheator, and returned into Chancery, that the said William Trenchant, an alien from the parts of Normandy, acquired in fee a messuage, a carucate of land and 100s. rent in Aulton, which were held of Edward III and are charged with payment of 4l. 8 1/2d. yearly to the lord of Aulton, and also a messuage in the same town called ‘Tatheshall’, which was also held of Edward III, that Edward I gave to the said William a wood called ‘Kyngeswode’ near Aulton, to hold to him and the heirs of his body, that William also acquired in fee a watermill and 4 a. land in Aulton which are held of Henry de Popham by a rent of 14s. 4d. yearly, that William died seised of the premises in his demesne as of fee, that Edward his son and heir entered into the premises after his death and died seised thereof, that Alice, Edward’s daughter and heir, aged 4 years at the time of her father’s death, entered into the premises after his death and died 40 days afterwards, that neither William nor Edward had any other children, so that the premises pertained to Edward III as an escheat, and that Edward III by letters patent of 18 June, 45 Edward III granted them as an escheat to William Wyghtman, his serjeant, for life; and inasmuch as it is now represented to the king on behalf of John Sondes, knight, and Joan his wife, kinswoman and heir of William son of William Fyfhyde, that the aforesaid lands &c. are held of divers other lords, and not of the king, that the said William Trenchant had no estate in them except only in right of Alice his wife, who survived him, that William and Alice had issue a certain Edward, who entered into the lands after the death of Alice as her heir and died seised thereof, that Edward had issue a certain Eleanor, who was seised of the lands after her father’s death, that Eleanor died without heir of herself, that after her death a certain Margery Chavyn, as kinswoman and heir of the said Eleanor, to wit, sister of the aforesaid Alice wife of William, entered into the lands, enfeoffed thereof a certain William Fyfhide, father of the aforesaid William son of William, and afterwards released all her right therein to the said William, that the said William continued his estate therein all his life and died seised thereof, and that after his death the said William son of William entered into the said lands (inter alia) as his son and heir by process made in the Chancery of Edward III, and peacefully held them until he was removed therefrom by the above-mentioned escheator by colour of the aforesaid inquisition, for which they (the said John Sondes and Joan) have prayed the king to provide a remedy—to make inquisition touching the premises, and to enquire whether the said Joan is next heir of the said William son of William, of what age she is, and whether William son of William in his lifetime, or John Sondes and Joan after his death, released their right and claim in the premises to any other person. 22 May, 14 Richard II.
1060.
SOUTHAMPTON. Inq. taken at Winchester, Wednesday, 26 July, 15 Richard II.
The said William Trenchant, alien, held the under-mentioned messuage, carucate and rent in Aulton and wood called ‘Kyngeswode’ as of the right of Alice his wife, deceased. They descended to her by hereditary right on the death of John Roucestre, her father, who died seised thereof in his demesne as of fee.
The same William held the under-mentioned messuage called ‘Totheshalle’ in joint feoffment with the said Alice, to wit, to them and the heirs of their bodies.
He also held the under-mentioned watermill and 4 a. arable in his demesne as of fee.
Aulton. A messuage, a carucate of land and 100s. rent, held of Elizabeth Julers, countess of Kent, as of her manor of Aulton, by a rent of 4l. yearly.
Kyngeswode. A wood so called, near Aulton, held of the same countess, as of the same manor, by service of 1d. yearly.
Totheshalle. A messuage so called, in Aulton, held of the abbot of Hyde by Winchester, by service of 10s. yearly.
Aulton. A watermill and 4 a. arable, held of Henry Popham by service of 14s. 4d. yearly.
William and Alice had issue a certain Edward, who after the death of Alice entered into the premises (except the watermill and 4 a. arable) as her son and heir, and died in seisin of them. From him the premises (except the said watermill and arable) passed to Eleanor his daughter, from her to Margery Chavyn, her kinswoman and heir, from her to William Fyfhide, the elder, and from him to William Fyfhide, the younger, as set out in the allegation of John Sondes and Joan his wife, in the above writ; and the last-named William held them peacefully until he was removed by John Froille, late escheator, by colour of the ex officio inquisition referred to in the same writ. Joan wife of John Sondes, knight, aged 30 years and more, is kinswoman and heir of the said William Fyfhide, the younger, to wit, daughter of Agnes the sister of William Fyfhide, the elder, his father. Neither William Fyfhide, the younger, nor the said John Sondes and Joan ever released their right and claim in the premises to any other person.
1061.
Writ to the treasurer and barons of the Exchequer to send into Chancery without delay the tenor of the ex officio inquisition mentioned in the above writ and inquisition, which was delivered in the Exchequer. 2 February, 15 Richard II.
Certificate by the treasurer and barons that no such inquisition can be found at present in the rolls and memoranda of the Exchequer; but that in the roll of particulars of the account of John Froyle, late escheator, from 25 December, 43 Edward III, to 11 November, 45 Edward III, there is found the following transcript of an inquisition taken before him:
SOUTHAMPTON. Inq. taken at Winchester, 18 June, 45 Edward III.
[The first part of the inquisition deals with intrusions into the manor of Retherfeld and the advowson of the church of Esttystede.]
The findings of the inquisition with regard to the lands &c. held by the said William Trenchant agree with those set out in the first part of the above writ of 22 May, 14 Richard II, except that the messuage is called ‘Totheshall’ and the jurors allege ignorance of the services due from the lands &c. held of Edward III. William died seised of all the said lands &c. in his demesne as of fee, and Edward his son and heir died similarly seised. Alice, Edward’s daughter and heir, aged 4 years at the time of her father’s death, then entered, and a certain William de Fyfhyde carried her away with him. She died 40 days afterwards. The said William occupied the premises all his life, by what title the jurors know not, and after his death William de Fifhide, his son, who is still living, occupied them, claiming them as his right and inheritance, and committed waste and destruction in the wood called ‘Kyngeswode’. As neither William Trenchant nor Edward had any other children, the premises ought to come to the king’s hands as an escheat.
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