Memorials: 1289

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Memorials of London and London Life in the 13th, 14th and 15th Centuries. Originally published by Longmans, Green, London, 1868.

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Theft of silver dishes belonging to Baroncin. (fn. 1)

17 Edward I. A.D. 1289. Letter-Book A. fol. 1. (Latin.)

On Friday the Feast of St. George [23 April], in the 17th year of King Edward, Walter Bacun, who alleged that he was a chaplain, (fn. 2) fled to the Church of St. Paul in London; on which day came there William le Mazeliner, Coroner of our Lord the King in London, together with John le Breton, then Warden (fn. 3) of the City of London, Baroncin, John de Banquelle, and other trustworthy persons. And the said Coroner, in presence of the persons aforesaid, demanded of Walter for what reason he so kept himself in the church; whereupon he acknowledged that he was a thief, and had stolen sixteen silver dishes that belonged to Sir Baroncin; and upon acknowledgment so made, the said dishes were delivered by the Coroner before-mentioned to William de Betoyne, then Sheriff of the said City, to be kept by him under seal of Sir Baroncin.

And on the Wednesday next after the Feast of St. Mark the Evangelist [25 April], the said dishes, by command of our Lord the King, were opened out in the Guildhall, and delivered by the said Sheriff to the Coroner before-named; whereupon, the said William le Mazeliner, the Coroner, delivered the aforesaid sixteen dishes to the said Baroncin, in presence of the said Warden, John de Banquelle, and other trustworthy persons there present. (fn. 4)


  • 1. A wealthy merchant of Lucca, whose name frequently occurs as a moneylender on usury, in those days. Edward II., when Prince of Wales, borrowed money of him. See Dr. Doran's Princes of Wales, p. 84.
  • 2. A parish-priest, or a curate.
  • 3. Appointed by Edward I., for certain offences by the authorities committed, in place of a Mayor.
  • 4. The prisoner himself would either obtain Benefit of Clergy, or, having escaped to sanctuary, be allowed to abjure the realm.