Litera dn'i Joh'is de Drokenesford pro deliberandis et allocand' in xva
Letter from John de Drokenesford, Keeper of the King's
Wardrobe, to the Mayor and Aldermen of London, desiring
them to become surety for the payment of divers harness
bespoken by Philip de Leghtone for the King's service in
Scotland, or to persuade the owners of the harness to lend the
same to the King on the security of certain fifteenths, so that
the said Philip might be at Berewyk with the harness at the
octave of St. John at the latest. Dated at "Pokeriche," (fn. 1)
17 June [29 Edward I., A.D. 1301].
By reason of the above letter there were delivered to the
said Philip de Leghtone for the King's use, 28 June, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], horses' bridles and other necessaries taken
of Thomas de Gloucestre, saddler, for which the Commonalty
of London owes the said Thomas 108s.
(Whereof he received 40s., and 28s., and 40s., and therefore
Also it owes Nicholas le Ropere, for traces and other necessaries taken of him and delivered to the said Philip, 60s.
(Whereof he received 20s., and 13s. 4d., and 26s. 8d., and
therefore is quit.)
Also to Dyonisia la Rowere, for wheels, &c., £6 17s. 4d.
(Received 40s., and 37s. 4d., and 20s., and 40s., and therefore
Also to Henry le Haltrehere, for halters for horses, &c., 62s.
(Received 22s., and 13s. 4d. and 26s. 8d., and therefore is quit.)
Also to William le Smyth, for iron for carts, &c., 33s. 10d.
(Received 13s. 10d. and 20s., and therefore is quit.)
Also to Robert le Haltrehere, for halters, &c., 42s.
(Received 22s. and 20s., and therefore is quit.)
Also to Robert de Teye, for cords, &c., delivered to the said
Philip, 2 July, 56s. 6d.
(Received 56s. 6d., and therefore is quit.)
Also to Luke de Haveryngge, for money given for freight by
the ship of Geoffrey Brun of the above articles, 3 July, 13s. 4d.
Also to Richard de Campes, for money given the same day
for like purpose, 24s.
(Received 20s. in tallages allowed, and 4s. by the hands of
Hugh de Wautham, clerk.)
Total, £26 17s.
Folio lx b.
Proteccio domini Reg' promercatoribus de societate Mozorum.
The King's letters of protection in favour of Cambin Falconar'
and Philip Borgy and their fellows, merchants of the company
of Mozi of Florence, travelling in England on the business of
Henry de Lacy, Earl of Lincoln. Dated at Kenylleworth,
2 June, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Litera R' patens quod mercatores de societate Mozorum sint quieti a talliag', etc.
Letters patent granting the above merchants immunity from
contribution to aids in return for services rendered to the King
by the above Earl of Lincoln. Dated at Kenilleworth, 1 June,
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Breve R' pro Comitissa Cornubie.
Edward, by the grace, &c., to the Sheriffs of London greeting.
Whereas among the lands and tenements which belonged to
Edmund, late Earl of Cornwall, deceased, who held them of us in
capite, and which at his death came to our hands, we assigned to
Margaret his wife 21 librates (fn. 2) of annual rent with appurtenances
in the City aforesaid, to be derived from the Queenhithe there
by way of dower, and therefore we commanded our beloved
and trusty Walter de Gloucester, our escheator beyond the
Trent, to deliver the said rent to the said Margaret in form
aforesaid, and the said escheator signified to us that the rent
was in your hands so that he could not execute our aforesaid
command; we, wishing to give effect to the assignment of
dower aforesaid, command you to pay the said rent to the said
Margaret, to hold as dower according to the assignment aforesaid And this by no means omit. Witness ourself at Tynemuth, 22 June, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Commissio Regin' de Thunderle de assisa pannorum.
Letters patent appointing Reinald (or Reginald) de Thunderlee Keeper of the Assize of foreign cloth (fn. 3) put to sale throughout the realm, to hold during the King's pleasure, he answering
to the Exchequer for the same in manner prescribed. Dated at
Morpath, 28 June, 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Writ to all Sheriffs, bailiffs, &c., notifying the above appointment. Same date.
Folio lxi b.
Commissio Hugonis Pourte et aliorum in Nundinis S. Botulphi.
To all stewards, bailiffs, and officials of the Fair of St. Botolph
and all other faithful in Christ to whom the present letters shall
come, Elyas Russel, Mayor of the City of London, as well as the
whole Commonalty of the said City, greeting. Know ye that we
have ordained, made, and constituted our beloved in Christ
Hugh Pourte, John de Armenters, John de Lincoln, and John de
Burreford, citizens, our wardens and attorneys at the present
Fair of St. Botolph jointly and severally to demand, challenge,
and claim all our citizens attached for any cause whatsoever or
impleaded in any of our courts, (fn. 4) and to execute plenary justice
to all complaining of them according to the law merchant;
ratifying and confirming whatever the said Hugh, John, John,
and John, or any of them may have done in the premises and in
all other things which they or any of them may think fit to do
appertaining in any way to the liberty of the aforesaid City and
our citizens. In testimony whereof we have affixed our common
seal to these presents. Dated London, Thursday after the Feast
of St. Mary Magdalen [22 July], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Commissio Elye Russel et alior' in Nundinis Sc'i Botulphi.
Thursday (fn. 5) the eve of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1302], a similar commission to Elyas Russel,
John de Armenters, Hugh Pourte, and John de Burreford was
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.],
31 Edward I. [A.D. 1303], a similar commission to John de
Burreford, William Cosin, Richard de Meldeburne, and Stephen
de Abyndone was sealed.
Communis litera facta Ricai do Swerre.
Promissory note under the Common Seal of the City of
London for payment to Richard Swerre, merchant of Almaine,
of the sum of £23 3s. 9d. at Christmas next, that sum being due
for wax bought by Elyas Russel for the King's use. Dated
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula [1 Aug.],
30 Edward I. [A.D. 1302].
Commissio pio Nundinis S. Botulphi Anno xxxij.
Saturday the Feast of St. James, Ap. [25 July], 32 Edward I. [A.D. 1304], a commission to William de Bettoyne,
Hugh Pourte, William de Coumbemartin, William Cosin,
Richard de Meldebourne, and Robert Persone for St. Botolph's
Commissio pro Nundinis S. Botulphi a° regni Regis E. xxxiij°.
Friday after the Feast of St. Mary Magdalen [22 July],
33 Edward I. [A.D. 1305], a commission to William de Coumbemartin, John de Burreforth, William Cosyn, and Reginald de
Thunderlee for St. Botolph's Fair, sealed.
Writ to the stewards and bailiffs of the Duke of Brittany
confirmatory of the privileges of the citizens of London at
St. Botolph's Fair. Dated at "Wymelingweld," (fn. 6) 13 July,
33 Edward I. [A.D. 1305]. (fn. 7)
Commissio pro Nundinis S. Botulphi ao regni Regis E. xxxiiij°.
Saturday after the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.],
34 Edward I. [A.D. 1306], a commission to John de Burreford, Stephen de Abyndone, Richard de Meldebourne, John
le Mire, and William de Bydik for St. Botolph's Fair,
Commissio pro Nundinis S. Botulphi a° regni Regis E. xxxv°.
Sunday before the Feast of St. Margaret [20 July], 35 Edward I. (fn. 8) [A.D. 1307], a commission to William Cosyn, John de
Burreford, Stephen de Abyndone, Richard de Meldebourne,
and William de Hedersete for St. Botolph's Fair, sealed.
Friday after the Feast of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], a day was given to the Mayor of Bristol,
who prosecutes on behalf of his Commonalty for custom and
toll taken from men of Bristol unjustly, as he declares, until the
octave of St. Michael next. In the meantime he is to treat
with the Sheriffs and other officers of the City [to see] if they
ought to be quit, or whether his men had paid custom or toll
from time immemorial, &c.
Commissio pro Nundinis S. Botulphi de a° regni Regis E. fil' E. primo.
Wednesday after the Feast of SS. Peter and Paul [29 June],
1 Edward II. [A.D. 1308], a commission to Richard Wylehale,
John de Burreford, Richard de Meldebourne, William de
Bydik, William de Hanigtone, and Simon de Corp for St. Botolph's Fair, sealed.
Writ to the bailiffs of John of Brittany, Earl of Richemund,
confirmatory of the privileges of the citizens of London at
St. Botolph's Fair. Dated at Stanleye, 22 June, 1 Edward II.
[A.D. 1308]. (fn. 9)
Wednesday after the Feast of Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], came Nicholas, the baker of Cornhulle, before the Mayor and Aldermen and delivered to Thomas
de Kent, serjeant of the Mayor and of the Chamber of the
Guildhall, a pipe of wine of the value of 20s. for a trespass he
had done the said Thomas, as appeared by verdict of an
inquest upon which he put himself. The said pipe or its value
is put in respite, so that if the said Nicholas be found a
delinquent at another time towards the said Thomas, or any
other of the King's serjeants in the City, in a matter which can
be supported by the testimony of two trustworthy men, he shall
then pay the said 20s. to the fabric of London Bridge; for the
faithful payment of which the said Nicholas binds himself and
all his goods, &c. (fn. 10)
Friday the morrow of the Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.]
came Walter Swan before Sir Elyas Russel, the Mayor,
and the rest of the Aldermen, and delivered a cask of wine
of the value of 40s., to be paid on demand to William de
Leyre, Alderman, for a despite done to him And therefore found pledges, viz., Walter de Wanlok and Robert de
Kelleseye, &c. (fn. 11)
Commissio Johannis de Boreford et alior' in Nundinis S. Botulphi.
Appointment of John de Boreford, William Bidyk, Richard
de Meldeburne, and Stephen Pencrich as commissioners at
St. Botolph's Fair. Dated Monday the morrow of St. Laurence
[10 Aug.], 3 Edward II. [A.D. 1309].
Folio lxii b.
Eleccio Vic' et admissio eorundem.
Monday after the Feast of St. Matthew, Ap. [21 Sept.],
29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], by Elyas Russel, the Mayor, John le
Blund, Geoffrey de Nortone, William de Betoyne, William de
Leyre, William le Mazerer, Walter de Finchingfeld, Thomas
Romeyn, John de Canterbury, John de Vintry, Richard de
Gloucestre, Nicholas de Farndone, Simon de Paris, John de
Dunstaple, Henry de Gloucestre, Ralph de Honilane, [and]
Nicholas Pycot, Aldermen, [and] Luke de Haveringe and
Richard de Caumpes, the Sheriffs, in the presence of twelve
men of each Ward summoned to receive their Sheriffs, Peter
de Bosenho, skinner, and Robert le Callere, mercer, were
elected Sheriffs of London and sworn, &c.
And on Saturday the morrow of St. Michael next the said
Peter and Robert were presented by the aforesaid Mayor,
Aldermen, and Commonalty of the City to Sir Ralph de Sandwych, Constable of the Tower of London, who admitted
and received them without the outer gate of the aforesaid
Tower, according to the terms of the charter of liberties of
the City, &c.
Temp. J[ohn] le Blund, Mayor.
Eleccio domini Joh'is le Blund in Maiorem et admissio ejusdem, etc.
Saturday the Feast of SS. Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], Sir John le Blund was elected Mayor of the
City of London by the common counsel of Sirs Elyas Russel, the
Mayor of London, William de Leyre, Walter de Finchingfeld,
William le Mazerer, John de Canterbury, Adam de Fulham,
Hugh Pourte, Salamon le Coteler, Simon de Paris, Nicholas de
Farndone, Richard de Gloucestre, Henry de Gloucestre, Ralph
de Honilane, John de Dunstaple, and Nicholas Pycot, Aldermen,
Peter de "Boseho" and Robert le Callere, the Sheriffs of
London, and by the assent of twelve good men of each Ward
of the City, and was sworn, &c.
And on Sunday the morrow of the above Feast the aforesaid
Sir John le Blund was presented for the office of the Mayoralty
by the Aldermen aforesaid and the Commonalty of the aforesaid
City to the Constable of the Tower without the outer gate of the
Tower aforesaid, and was there admitted by him and sworn, &c.,
Concessio et particularis solucio facta Elye Russel de £xx.
Friday the morrow of the Ascension [31 May], 30 Edward I.
[A.D. 1302], by Sirs John le Blund, the Mayor, Geoffrey de
Nortone, Adam de Fulham, Richard de Gloucestre, Walter de
Finchingfeld, Nicholas de Farndone, Thomas Romeyn, Richer
de Refham, John de Armenters, Simon de Paris, Henry de
Gloucestre, Salamon le Coteler, William de Leyre, Hugh Pourte,
John de Donestaple, [and] Nicholas Pycot, it was agreed that
Elyas Russel should be quit as well of the tallage of 2,000 marks
as of the fifteenth granted to Sir Edward, the illustrious King of
England, in the Parliament held at Lincoln the twenty-ninth
year of his reign, for £10; which sum of £10 was allowed to
the Commonalty of London in part payment of £20 in which
they were bound to the said Elyas for payment made on their
behalf to Sir Walter de Langetone, Bishop of Chester and
Treasurer of the lord the King. And he (the said Elyas)
received of William Servat £6 of the said William's portion of
the 2,000 marks in part payment of the £20 aforesaid; and so
the Commonalty owe him £4.
Breve R' pro monetariis.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London touching the privileges and exemptions from tallage, &c., enjoyed by the Wardens,
moneyers, and officers of the King's Exchange. Dated at
"Donypas," (fn. 12) 14 Oct., 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
Return to the effect that the moneyers and others were not
taxed as such, but as enjoying the privileges of the freedom of
Aliud breve pro monetariis.
Another writ to the same, insisting upon the officers of the
King's Exchange being held exempt from tallage, &c. Dated
at "Lynliscu," (fn. 13) 21 Nov., 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301]. (fn. 14)
Wednesday after the Feast of Circumcision [1 Jan.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301-2], in the presence of Sirs John le Blund, the
Mayor, William de Leyre, Walter de Finchingfeld, Richard de
Gloucestre, John de Armenters, Salamon le Coteler, Simon de
Paris, John de Dunstaple, Nicholas Pycot, and the rest of the
Aldermen [not named], came Sir Ralph de Sandwych, Constable
of the Tower, and undertook that neither John de Kingestone,
Ranulph de Cheleham, John atte Doune, William de Chigewelle,
Henry de Chigewelle, nor Richard de Gloucestre, moneyers,
nor any of their fellow moneyers of the King's Exchange,
would prosecute the writ they had obtained against the Mayor
and Sheriffs to answer for having distrained the said moneyers
in aid of the fifteenth granted to the King; and thereupon
the said John de Kyngestone, the Provost (prepositus) of the
moneyers, destroyed the writ; and the distresses so taken were
restored to them on the understanding that they would of their
own goods give to the Mayor, Sheriffs, and citizens aforesaid to
the value of £40, on account of the claim made upon the said
moneyers at Carniprivium next ensuing, &c., unless, &c.
(Afterwards they came and paid their shares, as appears in
the Rolls of the Assize aforesaid. (fn. 15) )
[Folios lxiii b blank.]
Preceptum super statutum mercator'.
Thursday before the Nativity of St. John the Baptist
[24 June], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], precept issued to Richard
de Caumpes, the Sheriff, to take the body of Henry de
Wavendone, called "le Coupere," baker, and keep him in
custody until he had paid William Everard, goldsmith, the
sum of 43 marks due under a recognizance in form of a statute
merchant. And because Peter de "Boseho," the Sheriff of
London, came on Monday after the Feast of St. Andrew
[30 Nov.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], and testified that the
debtor had been in prison a quarter of a year and more and
had not satisfied the debt, an extent of his property was ordered.
The jurors, viz., John Heyron, senior, Hugh le Taverner,
John Trentemars, Gilbert de Lesnes, William de Sarum,
Henry de Baumbiry, Robert de Wircestre, John de Staundone,
Richard le Barber, Stephen de Harewe, Robert de Crokesle,
and Richard le Chaundeler, say that the debtor has no goods or
chattels in the City, but he has, by inheritance of his wife, a
tenement of the clear yearly value of 26s. 8d. when let. Precept for the delivery of the tenement to the creditor until the
debt be satisfied, &c.
De uno pari platarum liberatarum Willelmo de Sko Vasconi.
Friday before Palm Sunday [15 April], 30 Edward I.
[A.D. 1302]-in the presence of Sirs Elyas Russel, William de
Bettoyne, and Salamon le Coteler-Nicholas Pycot, the Chamberlain, delivered to William de Sko, of Gascony, a pair of
plates which had been delivered by Stephen le Potter to John
de Dunstaple, then Chamberlain, for delivery to the said
Folio lxiv b.
Preceptum super statutum mercator'.
Friday the Feast of St. Scolastica, V., in the month of
February [10 Feb.], 29 Edward I. [A.D. 1300-1], precept by
Sir Elyas Russel, the Mayor, to Luke de Haveryngge, the
Sheriff of London, to take the body of John de Nortone and
keep him in custody until he had paid Roger le Blund, woodmonger, the sum of 14 marks due under a recognizance in form
of a statute merchant. And because Robert le Callere and
Peter de "Boseho," Sheriffs of London, came on Thursday the
morrow of St. Nicholas [6 Dec.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], and
testified that the debtor had been in prison a quarter of a year
and more and had not satisfied the debt, an extent of his
property was ordered. The jurors, viz., Richard Poterel,
Walter de Hakeneye, Adam Apsolon, Nicholas de Cantebrige,
Robert "Boliner," Richard de Bernes, Thomas de Hales, Geoffrey
de Hales, Henry le Parcheminer, William le Feyner, Simon
Wastel, and Richard de Totingge, say that the debtor has no
goods or chattels except 2s. 5¼d. due to him from Thomas de
Hales, but he has on the part of his wife certain rents of
tenements held by Thomas de Hales and Thomas de Brauncestre in the Ward of Castle Baynard, and of a house, wharf,
&c., amounting in all to 44s. 3¾d. yearly. Precept for the
delivery of the said rents to the said Roger until the debt be
Judicium de W. Amiz.
Friday the morrow of St. Thomas, Ap [21 Dec.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], came William Amiz before Sirs John
le Blund, the Mayor, Elyas Russel, William de Leyre, Adam
de Fulham, Salamon le Coteler, Nicholas Pycot, and the rest
of the citizens, and was convicted of having received of the
tallage of the fifteenth granted to the King last year in his
Parliament at Lincoln from divers persons of the Ward of Langebourne, of which he was collector, 21s. 8d., which formerly he
denied having received Therefore he is committed to prison,
&c. And it was adjudged that he should no longer be in the
assize of law (in assisa jur'), &c.
Afterwards came Gilbert le Mareschal, Richard de Hormede,
Clement le Pestour, and Richard le Convers, and mainprised the
said William to produce him before the Mayor and Aldermen
at the next Husting after the Feast of St. Hillary next, &c., to
satisfy the lord the King of contempt, &c.
Obligacio Thome Bat.
Friday before the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 30 Edward I.
[A.D. 1301-2], came Thomas Bat before John le Blund, the
Mayor, and the Aldermen, and bound himself and all his rents,
lands, and tenements to save the City of London harmless from
perils of fire and other losses arising from his houses being
covered with straw in the parish of St. Laurence de Candelwykstrete, &c.; and that he would cover the said houses with tiles (fn. 16)
before the Feast of Pentecost next ensuing, &c.; and unless he
did so he allows the Mayor, Sheriffs, and bailiffs of London to
cause the said houses to be covered with tiles out of the issues
of his rents aforesaid, &c. (fn. 17)
Breve Reg' pro Burgens' Oxon'.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London to restore the distresses taken from John de Beverley, William de Burencestre,
Robert de Wormenhall, and William de Burencestre [sic],
burgesses of Oxford, for toll on merchandise coming to London,
and to cease to demand such toll in future, inasmuch as burgesses of Oxford were by charter quit of all toll throughout the
realm. Dated at "Linliscu," 5 Dec., 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301].
[Return not entered.]
Folio lxv b.
Writ to similar effect addressed to the Coroners of the City of
London. Dated at Balsham, (fn. 18) 5 April, 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1302].
[Folio lxvi blank.]
Folio lxvi b.
Abrocar' jur' pro vinis.
Brokers of wine elected by vintners and taverners and sworn
before John le Blund, the Mayor, Elyas Russel, William de
Leyre, Walter de Finchingfeld, Salamon le Coteler, John de
Dunstaple, Richer de Refham, and Nicholas Pycot, Aldermen,
on Saturday after the Feast of St. Valentine [14 Feb.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301-2], viz., Andrew Pavely, John le Murager,
William de Portesmuwe, Godfrey le Gaugeour, Bernard de la
Rochele, Peter Drynkewater, John de Winchester, Roger
Belyn, Cristian le Taverner.
[Folio lxvii blank.]
Folio xvii b.
Monday after the Feast of St. Matthias, Ap. [24 Feb.],
30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301-2], ordinance that the Sheriffs for the
time being shall provide clerks for the due enrolment of pleas
in the Husting. (fn. 19)
Agreement between John de Pateshulle, taverner, and Thomas
de Kent, serjeant of the Chamber, concerning a trespass, by
permission of the Mayor, viz., the said Thomas pardons all
trespasses, &c.; and the said John pledges a pipe of wine of the
value of 20s., to be paid on demand Edmund le Taillour
becomes surety. The pipe of wine or the money is placed in
respite until the said John should commit another trespass either
against the said Thomas or some other serjeant of the Commonalty, &c.
Friday after the Feast of St. Gregory, Pope [12 March],
30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301-2], public proclamation made that all
who had pledges in the Chamber of the Guildhall as well for
the tallage of a fifteenth as the tallage of 2,000 marks for
obtaining the City's franchise, as also for any other debt, should
redeem them within the next fortnight, otherwise the said
pledges would be sold.
Jur' pro muragio collig'.
Monday after the Nativity B. M. [8 Sept.], 30 Edward I.
[A.D. 1302]-before Sirs John le Blunt, Mayor, Geoffrey de Nortone, William de Leyre, Thomas Romeyn, Richard de Gloucestre,
John de Dunstaple, Salamon le Coteler, and Nicholas Pycot,
Aldermen, &c.-Ralph Pecok, Walter le Hechereve, Michael le
Waterwantere (Waterwautere ?), and Ralph Ratespray were
sworn to collect well and faithfully the murage (fn. 20) and deliver it
to the Chamberlain of the Guildhall, &c.
De Receptore muragii jur'.
Saturday the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 30 Edward I.
[A.D. 1302], before John le Blunt, Mayor, and the Aldermen,
John de Lincoln was elected and sworn to receive the murage
money, and to spend it and render a true account where and
De murag' Receptore.
Afterwards, in an assembly held on Saturday after the Feast
of St. Bartholomew [24 Aug.], 33 Edward I. [A.D. 1305], it was
agreed, and by common assent ordained, that Richer de Refham,
mercer and Alderman, should for the future have charge of the
murage granted to the City of London, receiving all the issues
arising therefrom to the use of the City, and rendering true
account thereof where and when, &c. And the said Richer
received it in form aforesaid, &c. And John de Lincoln was
absolved thereof, &c. On 2 Sept. the aforesaid Richer received
Ordinacio de Judicio reddendo in Hustengo et de testamentis admittendis.
Ordinances made on Wednesday after the Annunciation
B. M. [25 March], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1302], as to judgment in
the Court of Husting being given in the presence of the Mayor
and Aldermen, and as to probate of wills. (fn. 21)
Pleas of land held in the Husting, London, Monday after the Feast
of St. Edmund, K., viz., 22 Nov., 6 Edward I. [A.D. 1277].
Ordinance touching plaintiffs making default in appearance. (fn. 22)
Ordinacio de Rotulis Vic' de intrusionibus.
Friday next after the Feast of St. Martin in Yeme [11 Nov.],
32 Edward I. [A.D. 1304], ordinance that Sheriffs should present
their Rolls of Pleas of Novel Disseisin and Mort d'Ancestor on
leaving office. (fn. 23)
Common Pleas held on Monday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 43 Henry III. [A.D. 1258-9].
By common consideration it was provided and orders were
given to the Sheriffs that when at any time they were about
to levy a distress, and were prevented from so doing by
obstruction or lock, they might by virtue of their office open
the lock in the presence of good men and execute their office. (fn. 24)
Also it was considered that in probates of testaments, if any
one challenge any testament in its probate, probate shall be
admitted of every testament, provided witnesses depose as to it
being the last will of the testator, saving nevertheless to the
claimant his right of challenge in respect of such testament. (fn. 25)
In a congregation held on Saturday next after the Feast of
St. Bartholomew, Ap. [24 Aug.], 33 Edward I. [A.D. 1305], it
was ordained and by common consent agreed-by Sirs John le
Blound, the Mayor of London, John de Wengrav e, William de
Leyre, Richer de Refham, Richard de Gloucestre, John of the
Vintry, Coroner, Nicholas de Farndone, Nicholas Pycot, Hugh
Pourte, and John de Dunstaple, Aldermen, and Roger de Paris,
Sheriff, and four men of each Ward, &c.-that when a sequestration has been made by a bailiff of the City upon any citizen
of London by closure of his doors or any other way for a City
debt, and such citizen allows the sequestration, but remains in
contempt as to making satisfaction and declines to be amenable
to justice, such sequestration and obstruction may be removed
by view of the neighbours and the lock opened and removed
by the bailiff, and he may execute his office and make due
execution thereof, &c.
Also that no one shall enjoy free summons to plead according
to the usage of the City who is seen and proved to have removed
and withdrawn his goods in deceit of the demandant and to the
delaying and nullification of the debt due from him, &c.
Also that all men who have appraised pledges in the Court of
the Mayor [or] Sheriffs or before the Chamberlain, shall have
the goods appraised for the price assessed unless the demandant
shall be willing to take them at the same price. (fn. 26)
Folio lxviii b.
Breve R' ad castigandum malefactores.
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London for search to be
made for disturbers of the peace in the City and their speedy
punishment. Dated at Canterbury, 16 June, 30 Edward I.
Breve R' liber' Willelmo de Esthalle liber' Justiciar' de Banco pro placitis de utrum.
The King to his Justices of the Bench greeting. Whereas
among the liberties and acquittances granted to the citizens of
London by charters of our progenitors formerly kings of
England, which we have of late of our special favour renewed
by our charter to the said citizens and granted for us and our
heirs that they shall for ever be in force, it has been granted to
the same that none of them shall plead or be impleaded without
the walls of the said City in any plea except pleas of foreign
tenures; (fn. 27) we command you that you permit the citizens aforesaid to use and enjoy the liberty aforesaid before you according
to the terms of our charter aforesaid, not molesting in anything
or aggrieving them or any one of them contrary to the said
terms. Witness ourself at Westminster, 2 July, 30 Edward I.
[A.D. 1302]. (fn. 28)
Manuc' Simonis de Paris.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Matthew, Ap. [21 Sept.],
30 Edward I. [A.D. 1302], came William de Betoyne and
Nicholas Pycot before Thomas Romeyn and Walter de Finchingfeld, deputies of J[ohn] le Blunt, the Mayor, and mainprised
Simon de Paris, who had been elected Sheriff, that he would
appear in the Guildhall on Friday the eve of Michaelmas Day
next before the Mayor and Aldermen to submit to their judgment.
The said mainpernors produced the said Simon on the day
named. Therefore they are quit, &c.
Ordinaciones de Clavibus de Neugate et koketto.
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 33 Edward I. [A.D. 1305], it was ordained and by common consent
established-by John le Blound, the Mayor of London, John de
Wengrave, Walter de Finchingfeld, William de Leyre, Richard
de Gloucestre, Salamon le Cotiller, Adam de Folham, John de
Dunstaple, Thomas Sely, [and] Henry de Gloucestre, Aldermen,
and Reginald de Thunderlee, Sheriff-that the Sheriffs of
London for the time being should from that hour in future on
the eve of St. Michael, on their leaving their bailiwick, place
in the hands of the Mayor for the time being the keys of
Newegate, the cocket, (fn. 29) and all other things appertaining to the
aforesaid Shrievalty; and that the Mayor, with the assent of
the Aldermen, should deliver them to whichever of the [new]
Sheriffs it seemed expedient, &c. (fn. 30)
Pro homimbus de Alemania quiet' apud Bisshopesgate.
The same day it was agreed that the merchants of the Hanse
of Almaine should be quit of payment of 2s. on going in or out
of Bishopesgate with their goods, seeing that they are charged
with the custody and repair of the said gate. (fn. 31)
And they paid 2s. 6d. for the enrolment.
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Edmund, K. [20 Nov.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1301], the underwritten wine - drawers were
summoned before Sirs John le Blunt, the Mayor, William de
Leyre, and the rest of the Aldermen and others, viz., John le
Palmere, Master of "la Newemeyne," Adam Sharp, "Littele
Hobbe," John Bereholt, Hugh Hulle, John Byker, Robert
Wodecok, Hugh de Bamborou, Hugh de Abyndone, William
Geoffrey de Rotherhethe, Master......, and his companions,
viz., John le Clerk, Thomas le Lung, Robert Clermatyn, Alfred......, John de Abyndone, Richard Brid, Joce......, Richard le
Roger de la Roperie, Master of the King's Company, Peter
le Coupere, Philip de Laundone, Geoffrey de Roucestre, John
Wyting, William Delveday, William Etebred, Walter de
Bristoll, Thomas de Herford, William de Ho, Ralph de Leke,
Henry le Clerk.
John le Botere, Master of the Company of "Skipup," Richard
le Cartere, Henry Squier, John le Pypere, John Wryngetayl,
Robert de Aldewych, James de Canterbury, Richard de Ho,
John Edmond, Henry Fresel, John Stelfot-
All of whom took corporal oath, touching the Holy Bible,
that they would well, faithfully, and peacefully serve the men of
the City and all others of the people and not take more for a
tun full of wine or two pipes of wine than below is written,
viz., for drawing out of vessels on to the wharf and as far
as the cellar on the wharf, 2d.; and from the vessels to a
cellar in any lane towards the Thames, 2½d.; and from the
vessels to a cellar in the high street of Tamysestrate in the
parish of St. Martin (fn. 32) and elsewhere in the neighbourhood
(alibi conjunctim), 3d.; and from the vessels to a cellar in lanes
running into the aforesaid street of Tamysestrate, 4d.; and
from the vessels to a cellar in the Ropery (fn. 33) (Corderia), 6d.; and
from the vessels to a cellar through all streets and lanes within
the City's gates, 8d.; and from the vessels to a cellar through
all streets and lanes without the City walls as far as the Bars of
the suburb, 10d.; and for the carriage of one tun or two pipes
in a strange cart, 4d. And it is forbidden the aforesaid John
le Palmere, Geoffrey de Rotherhethe, Roger de la Roperie,
John le Botere, masters, and their aforesaid associates, to meddle
with or handle any tun unless there be [present] twelve associates instructed and skilled in the business, &c. And that they
should be sworn as above, &c.
[Here follow directions issued by the King, in the thirtieth
year of his reign, as to the extent of the authority in future to
be exercised by the Steward and Marshals of his household,
with memorandum of ratification thereof by the King in Parliament, commencing Ad peticionem civium London', and ending et
inrotulatur in Rotulo domini Gilberti de Robiry, &c. Printed in
'Liber Cust.,' i. 111, 112.]
Folio lxix b.
Litera communi sigillo signata executoribus Henr' le Waleys.
Friday the eve of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 30 Edward I.
[A.D. 1302], a letter sealed with the Common Seal to the effect
that whereas Henry le Waleys, now deceased, and Theobald de
Conygesby, Walter de Leghe, Adam de Hallingesbery, and
Stephen de Schelphangre, his executors, were bound to the
Mayor and Commonalty of London in divers ways, a general
acquittance is hereby granted, the sum of £30 having been
paid by the said executors, saving a right of action, if any
there be, against such executors under a letter obligatory of the
King upon a loan of 6,000 marks by the Mayor and Commonalty. Dated 26 Sept., 30 Edward I.
Wednesday after the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 30 Edward I. [A.D. 1302], before Sirs John le Blunt, the Mayor of
London, Elyas Russel, William de Leyre, Richard de Gloucestre,
and Nicholas Pycot, Aldermen, Richard de Portesmuhe was
elected by Walter le Fullere, William le Fullere, Elyas de
Bristoll, Peter de Blakeneye, John Beauflour, John de Dorking,
Thomas Cros, William de Gillingham, William Buhs, William
de Lutone, Richard Cristesmesse, John de Dene, William atte
Vyne, Richard Buhs, Robert de Low, William de Basinge,
Robert le Fullere, Adam Hunteman, Vincent de Stertford, and
others [not named], as a good and faithful man, and one to do
justice alike to poor and rich as custodian of the Tron, &c.; and
he was sworn, &c., and the Tron, which had been approved good
and true before the aforesaid persons, was delivered to him, &c.
Elyas de Bristoll, Richard Cristesmesse, and Richard de
Portesmuhe were similarly elected to examine trons or aunsers, (fn. 34)
and for marking those that were good and fair with the seal
of the Chamber of the Guildhall, and were sworn to do justice
to all, as appears above, &c.
De Tronis sigill'.
Friday after the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 31 Edward I. [A.D. 1303], three trons were examined by Elyas de
Bristoll, Walter le Fullere, and Thomas the maker of Aunsers
(fn. 35) ) and sealed, one in the possession of John
de Gysors being of five weys (wagis
(fn. 36) ) and a half, another
belonging to the same being of three weys and a half and
three pounds. And he gives for sealing 9d. Also a third
tron belonging to Robert de Blaby, plumber, was of two weys
and twenty pounds. And he gives for sealing 3d.
De Tronis sigillat' pro Rege in Civitate deserviend'.
Saturday before the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 32 Edward I. [A.D. 1304], two trons were sealed in the presence of
Sir John le Blund, the Mayor of London, John de Wangrave,
Nicholas Pycot, the Chamberlain, and Hugh Pourte, and
assayed by Thomas "le Aunsermakere," Walter le Fullere,
Thomas the Apprentice, William atte Vine, [and] William de
Hakeney, woolmen, sworn; one tron being of the weight of two
sacks and twenty-two cloves (clavorum
(fn. 37) ); another of the weight
of one wey and ten cloves. And they were delivered to Sir
Hugh Pourte, Collector of the King's Custom, for the King's
service in the City of London, &c.