Folios lxxvii - lxxx

Pages 179-187

Calendar of Letter-Books of the City of London: D, 1309-1314. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1902.

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Folio lxxvii.

Be it remembered that on Monday in the octave of the Purification of the Blessed Mary [2 Feb.], anno 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1320-1], a certain writ was found on the files of the Husting for Pleas of Land, anno 1 Edward II., for substituting Robert de Gunthorp in the place of John [sic] de Say, the King's Butler, [as Coroner], which writ was delivered to Nicholas de Farndone, the Mayor, to be handed to the Justices Itinerant at the Tower, anno 14 Edward II., as follows: Edward, &c., to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London greeting. Whereas our beloved servant Henry de Say, our Butler, to whose bailiwick the office of Coroner in our aforesaid City appertains, (fn. 1) on account of our business on which he is at present busily engaged, cannot find leisure to execute personally that office, and by his letters patent has deputed Robert de Gunthorp to execute for him all matters appertaining to that office we command that you admit the said Robert in the place of the said Henry, and obey him in all things appertaining to that office in the City as heretofore hath been accustomed to be done in like case. Witness ourself at Westminster the 28th day of October, the first year of our reign.

Folio lxxvii b.

Monday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 10 Edward II. [A.D. 1316-17], came Laurencia and Agnes, daughters of John le Long, being under age and in the custody of Thomas Lemman by order of the Mayor and Aldermen, and complained before Stephen de Abyndone, the Mayor, and the rest of the Aldermen, of the said Thomas having wasted their goods, &c. Thereupon the said Thomas and Robert de Maryny and William Bernard his mainpernors were summoned to attend to render an account, and William de Leire, Robert de Keleseye, and Elyas de Suffolk, Aldermen, were appointed auditors. The said Thomas is found to be in arrears to the extent of £22 12s. 3d., and he absconds. Afterwards, viz., on Friday the Feast of St. George [23 April], the year aforesaid, came the aforesaid mainpernors, as well as the parents [sic] and friends of the said children, and it was agreed, with permission of the Mayor and Aldermen, that one of the mainpernors should pay one moiety and the other the other moiety Afterwards, viz., on Saturday after the Feast of the Purification [2 Feb.], anno 10 [Edward II.] [sic], came Roger Alnard, uncle of the aforesaid Laurencia, and on his request is appointed her guardian, Andrew Bronne, "ferroun," and William Godyng being his mainpernors.

Folio lxxviii.

Manucapcio pro Regin' le Boleler de redd' filiar' Kat'ine atte cherche.

Saturday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 3 [Edward II. ], [A.D. 1309], Reginald le Bokeler found pledges, viz., Geoffrey de Bradelegh, "bokeler," and William le Foundour, to answer for the property of Massia, Johanna, and Cristina, children of the late Katherine atte Cherche, quo et quando, &c.

Custodia John e et Matild' fil' quond' Thom' Pourte.

Saturday after the Feast of St. Martin [11 Nov.], 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1309], the guardianship of Johanna and Matilda, daughters of Thomas Pourte, deceased, being under age, was committed to Cristina their mother by Thomas Romayn, the Mayor, John de Wengrave, John de Wyndesore, William de Leire, Simon de Paris, Nicholas Pikot, Richard de Gloucestre, and Henry de Dureme, Aldermen, together with the said children's goods, &c., viz., Johanna's goods, a mazer worth 9s., six silver spoons worth 4s., two brass pots, a pocenet, a dish worth 7s. 6d., a feather bed, two carpets (fn. 2) (tapet'), and two sheets worth 10s., also a tenement of the annual value of 12s., Matilda's goods, a cup of silver of Tholouse worth 10s., a mazer with silver stand worth 5s. 5d., a feather bed, a carpet, and two sheets worth 8s., also a tenement of the annual value of 12s. Sureties, viz., Nicholas de Haddele, "chaloner," and Adam Geraud.

Custod' Cristiane et Idonee fil' Martini Shenche.

The same day, Claricia, widow of Martin Shenche, appointed guardian of Cristiana and Idonea, daughters of the same, and of their money [viz., £40 left to each of them by their father] (fn. 3) Sureties, viz., William Trente and John de Wyndesore, Aldermen.

Friday after the Feast of the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1309-10], came Thomas Lemman, moneyer, to whom the custody of Laurencia and Agnes, daughters of John le Long, carter (carectarius), had been devised, before Thomas Romayn, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, J[ohn] de Wengrave, Richer de Refham, R[ichard] de Gloucestre, William de Leire, William Trente, William Cosyn, William de Coumbemartyn, and Simon Bolet, and he was ordered to find sureties. Thereupon came William Bernard, dyer, and Robert de Marni, who became his sureties.

Folio lxxviii b.

Custodia Cristiane fil' et hered' Galfr't de Hundes diche

Saturday before the Purification B. M. [2 Feb.], 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1309-10], the guardianship of Cristiana, daughter and heiress of Geoffrey de Hundesdiche, aged seven years, was committed to William Hardel and Reginald de Thundrele by Thomas Romain, the Mayor, J[ohn] de Wengrave, John de Windesore, William de Leire, Henry de Durham, Geoffrey de Conduit, William Cosyn, and Nicholas Picot, Aldermen, and Richard Potrel, the Chamberlain, to answer for the same quo et quando, &c.

Afterwards, viz., on Friday before the Translation of St. Thomas the Martyr [7 July], the same year, the said guardians came and surrendered the body of the said Cristiana here in the Chamber of the Guildhall, by precept of the Mayor and Aldermen, and asked that their expenses hitherto might be returned, &c. The said Cristiana was delivered to Cristina de Evre until provision be made for her guardianship, &c. Afterwards William de Pountfreit and Elena his wife, mother of the said Cristiana, came and demanded the guardianship.


Manucapcio pro cxx libr' quos Petrus de Sperham legavit Waltero filio suo.

Monday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1309-10], in the presence of Sirs Thomas Romayn, Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Wengrave, William de Leire, Richer de Refham, Walter de Rokesle, William Trente, John de Wyndesore, Richard de Gloucestre, Henry de Durham, and John de Lincoln, Aldermen, came William de "Hacford," John le Botoner, Geoffrey de Brandone, Elyas le Callere, John de "Pampesword," John de Caustone, William de Gartone, and Laurence le Botoner, mercers, and John de Camera, clerk, and bound themselves jointly and severally to deliver to the Mayor and Aldermen for the time being, on the eve of Christmas next, the sum of £120 to the use of Walter, son and heir of Peter de Sperham, &c.

Afterwards, viz., on Saturday after the Ascension [28 May], the same year, John Est, apprentice of the above Peter, whose term had been devised to the above Walter, came and, with the assent of Avice, widow of the said Peter, and of John Brian, Rector of St. Stephen's de Colmanstrete, and John de Sperham, executors of the said Peter, redeemed his term for 6 marks, to be paid to the use of the said Walter by surety of Elyas le Callere, mercer, and J[ohn] de Sperham, taverner, &c.

Folio lxxix.

Deliberacio denar' legator' Rob'o fil' Juliane de Knapton' per Hugonem de Hengham.

Monday before Carmprivium, 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1309-10], came Master William de Oteswyche, surgeon, and Thomas de Kardoil, executors of Sir Hugh de Hengham, and brought into the Chamber the sum of 25 marks out of the 50 marks bequeathed by the said Hugh to Juliana de Knaptone and Robert her son, (fn. 4) in order that the money belonging to the said Robert might be delivered to trusty men to trade withal for the benefit of the said Robert. The said Robert died before the money was so delivered. And note that the money was, by the assent of the Mayor and Aldermen, given to Sir John de Cendale, the Treasurer, for the business of the City, temp. Thomas Romain, Mayor.

Execucio facta super recogn' Will'i de Hackeford.

Qualiter J le Botoner dedixit recognicionem predictam.

Precept to the Sheriffs to levy the sum of £120 on the goods, &c., of William de "Hackeford," John le Botoner, Geoffrey de Brandone, Elyas le Callere, John de "Pampesworth," John [de] Caustone, William de Gartone, and Laurence le Botoner, mercers, and John de Camera, clerk (who had failed to bring the money into the Chamber on Christmas Eve, as bound), and to have the money ready by Friday after the Epiphany. On which day they made return that they had seized goods, &c., belonging to the above-named to the value of £120, but had not yet sold them. Thereupon came John le Botoner, mercer, aforesaid, and denied before the Mayor that he owed the money or had entered into recognizance. The Mayor then caused his predecessor in office to appear, and also the Aldermen before whom the recognizance was made, and they having unanimously declared that John le Botoner had, with others, made a recognizance, it was adjudged by R[icher] de Refham, the Mayor, and the Aldermen present, viz., T[homas] Romayn, J[ohn] de Wengrave, William de Leire, W[illiam] Trente, W[illiam] de Combemartyn, Simon de Paris, Simon Bolet, and Henry de Durham, that he should be committed to prison for having accused the Mayor and Aldermen of making a false record. By the Mayor's favour he is committed to Robert de Kelleseye, who undertook to produce him on a day named.

Folio lxxix b.

Comp' Rob'i de Cherteseye de redd' Egidii fil' Is' Brun.

6 April, 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1310], Robert de Cherteseye, "esporoner," of Fletestrete, executor of Isabella, late wife of Nicholas Brun, goldsmith, renders account before R[ichard] Potrel, the Chamberlain, of rents of a brewhouse and shops in Fletestrete devised by the said Isabella to Giles her son, (fn. 5) also of disbursements on repairs, &c. The balance of the money to be answered for by Thomas de Flete, "chapeler," brother of the said Isabella and guardian of the said Giles.

Custodia redd' Egidii fil' Is' Brun etatis xvj annor' tradita Thom' le Chapeler de Flete.

The same day, the custody of the above rents was committed to the above. Thomas to the use of the said Giles by the Mayor and Aldermen. Sureties for the said Thomas, viz., William atte Ramme, residing in Fletestrete, and Robert le Treyer.

Cogn' Rob'i de Assheborne, cotiller.

7 April, Robert de Asseborne, "cotiller," came before the Chamberlain and found sureties, viz., John le Meneter (fn. 6) de Fletestrete, William atte Peke, Roger le Cotiller, and John Bogays, baker, for the payment to Thomas le Chapeler de Flete of rent of a brewhouse in Fletestrete. For enrolment 7d.

cedula (1).

Writ to the Mayor and Aldermen. -Nicholas de "Halgheford" and Robert de Dittone had complained that whereas Robert le Convers (fn. 7) had bequeathed to his daughter Katherine, a minor, the sum of £40, and that sum, together with a further sum of £10, had, by order of the Mayor and Aldermen, been delivered to David de Cottesbroke and Roesia his wife, mother of the said Katherine, in trust, to render account thereof; and whereas, after the decease of the said David, they, viz., the said Nicholas and Robert, had become sureties for the said Katherine for the premises, and whereas the said Roesia, after marrying Nicholas de "Strastede," had absconded, the complainants could not obtain an acquittance. The Mayor and Aldermen are to summon the parties and to do what is just therein, according to the custom of the City. Dated Westminster, 28 June, 14 Edward II. [A.D. 1321].

cedula (2).

By virtue of the above writ, precept was issued to Joce, the Serjeant of the Chamber, by Hamo de Chigewelle, the Mayor, to cause Nicholas de "Stratstede" and Roysia his wife to appear on a certain day to render an account of the £50 received on behalf of the said Katherine; and the above Nicholas and Robert obtain an acquittance on giving security. Thereupon they say that Richard de Schordiche has in his custody, of the goods of the said Katherine for which they were sureties, a cup and ewer of silver gilt and enamel, and Robert Langar, goldsmith, a cup and ewer of silver gilt and enamel with covercle to match, and they ask that the said Richard and Robert may be compelled to produce the said cups on the day named, and not to part with them in the meanwhile. On the appointed day all the parties appear except Nicholas de Stratstede; and Roysia pleads that she cannot be called upon to render an account in the absence of her husband. The said Nicholas de "Halghford" and Robert de Dittone ask that the silver cups, &c., may be appraised and remain in the custody of the Court, and the said Roysia assents. The cups, &c., thereupon appraised by Nicholas de Farndone and Elias de Suffolk at £50, and the said Nicholas and Robert ask to be released from their surety. The Mayor and Aldermen wish for further consultation, and issue their precept for the appearance of Nicholas de Stratstede, who in due course appears and appoints John de Arundel his attorney. Judgment: That, inasmuch as the said cups, &c., were bequeathed to the said Katherine by way of (nomine) the said sum of £50, and that no profit accrued therefrom, the sureties be discharged, and that the said "Roisia" find other sureties if she wished to recover possession of the cups. In the meantime the cups committed to the custody of Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, &c.

Afterwards, viz., on Wednesday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.], anno 16 Edward II. [A.D. 1322], came Reymund de Burdeux, husband of the above Katherine, and in the presence of Hamo de Chig[welle], the Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, Elias de Suffolk, Robert de Swalclyve, Henry de Seccheford, and John de Prestone; Aldermen, and Andrew Horn, the Chamberlain, received the said cups by way of the said £50 and profit if any had accrued, and gave an acquittance for the same, &c.

Folio lxxx.

Custodia Nich' et Henr' fil' Rob'i le Convers tradita Nich'o de Farndon'.

Saturday the Feast of the Decollation of St. John Bapt [29 Aug.], 4 Edward II. [A.D. 1310], judgment given by Thomas Romayn, Mayor, Nicholas de Farndone, John de Wengrave, Richer de Refham, Richard de Gloucestre, William de Leire, Henry de Gloucestre, William Trente, John de Lincoln, and Simon de Paris, Aldermen, in the matter of a dispute between Master Richard de Gloucestre, Robert de Pipeherst, Richard de Schordiche, and Roger de Leicestre, executors of Robert le Convers, goldsmith, on the one part, and David de Cottesbroke and Roysia his wife on the other, as to the guardianship of Nicholas, aged seven, Henry, aged three, and Katherine, aged one year, children of the said Robert le Convers, viz., that Nicholas de Farndone should be guardian of the two boys and of their money (£50 each), by mainprise of Robert Burdeyn, Martin de Aumbr[esberi], and Robert de Berkynge.

Tradicio cus todie Kat'ine fil' dicti Rob'i le Convers.

In like manner it was adjudged that the said David and Roysia should have the guardianship of the girl and her property (£50), by mainprise of Elyas de Suffolk and Peter de Coumbe. For enrolment 5s.

On Wednesday after the Feast of St. George the Martyr [23 April], 6 Edward II. [A.D. 1313], precept was issued for the attachment of the goods and chattels of the above David (who had died before rendering an account of his guardianship) and Roysia to the amount of £50, and for the appearance of the said Roysia on a certain day. The said Roysia appeared and asked a further day, when, upon her failing to appear, precept was sent to the Chamberlain and to Thomas de Kent, Serjeant, to cause a sequestration to be made of her property to the amount of £50. This being done, the above Elyas de Suffolk, Richard de Shorediche [sic], and Peter de Coumbe came before J[ohn] de Gisors, the Mayor, and Nicholas de Farendone, William de Coumbemartyn, John de Wengrave, Nigel Druri, William Servat, Simon Bolet, Simon de Paris, John de Wyndesore, and Anketyn de Gisors, Aldermen, and obtained release from their mainprise. Precept for a further distress to be made on the goods of Roysia until she find sureties.

Folio lxxx b.

Account of John Botoner, junior, of the goods and rents of Adam, son of John de Storteford, in his custody from Wednesday after the Feast of St. Mark [25 April], 29 Edward I [A.D. 1301], until Michaelmas [29 Sept.], 4 Edward II. [A.D. 1310]

[Mention made of property in "Crobbestrate" [sic] in the parish of St. Giles without Creplegate, of Geoffrey de Borham, Isabella Hardel, John de Cornhill, the said Adam's attorney in a certain plea; of Philip de Merdele, Serjeant of the Chamber; David le Fundour, mainpernor of John Botoner; and of William Walram and Ralph de Storteford, executors of John de Storteford.]


  • 1. As to this, see 'Cal. of Letter-Book B,' Introd., pp. vii, viii.
  • 2. Caipets were used in the Middle Ages for covering tables, benches, or beds, not the floor. In the abstract of the will of Thomas Pourte, printed in 'Calendar of Wills, Court of Husting, London' (i. 187), the editor has mistranslated tapetas as "tapestries".
  • 3. See 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Husting, London,' i. 207.
  • 4. See will of Sir Hugh de Hengham, an abstract of which is given in 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Husting, London,' i. 209.
  • 5. See 'Cal. of Wills, Court of Husting, London,' i. 211.
  • 6. Meaning minter or moneyer. A house known as "Menterhous," and situate in Fleet Street, is recorded in Letter-Book C, fo. cxvii b.
  • 7. Known also as Robert le Orfevre. His will enrolled in the Husting in 1310 'Cal. of Wills,' i. 213