Folios xxxi - xl
Afterwards the King sent another writ to the effect that
wine that was then in the City and wine imported after the
date of the writ might be sold wholesale or by retail at a
reasonable price. Dated at Walsingham, 6 Oct., 9 Edward II.
De Trona concessa Will'o Diri.
Saturday after the Feast of St. Leo the Pope [28 June],
8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315], a certain tron for weighing cheese,
butter, tallow, wool, and such like, between citizens and other
merchants buying and selling in the City, was delivered to
William Diri by the Mayor and Aldermen, he having been
elected for the purpose by good men of the City to weigh
justly between buyers and sellers, &c.
Scriptum Rob'i de Pipeherst.
A bond of indemnity entered into by Roger de Frouwyk,
goldsmith, in favour of Robert de Pyphurst, goldbeater (aurimelleator), for the delivery of a statute merchant for 500 marks
in which Ralph de Honylane, late citizen and vintner, was
bound to the said Roger. Witnesses, Nicholas de Farendone,
Henry de Gloucestre, Elyas de Suffolk, Roger de Arcubus,
William de Caustone, Roger de Lyntone, Ralph the Clerk, and
others [not named]. Dated at London, Monday after the Feast
of St. Mark [25 April], 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
[Folios. xxxi b blank.]
Breve pro mercatoribus Vascon'.
Writ alias to the Sheriffs, bidding them to restore the wine
belonging to Gascon merchants which had been unlawfully
seized, and not to molest them pending the settlement of certain
disputes that had arisen. Dated at Wyndesore, 26 March,
8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
Return to the effect that whereas according to the franchise
and custom of the City it was not permissible for a merchant
stranger to sell wine or other victuals or other goods to another
merchant stranger for resale except to magnates and others,
and whereas a certain Gerard Dorgoil, a merchant stranger,
sold a cask of wine to William de Eltham, a foreign retail
dealer, to be sold again, contrary to the franchise and custom
of the City, they had seized the cask as forfeited, and that was
the reason why they could not surrender the cask to the said
Gerard without prejudicing the franchise of the City. (fn. 1)
Breve pro civibus Lond' Sen' et Mar' d'ni R' directum.
Writ to the Steward and Marshal of the King's Household
that they draw not any citizen out of the City to plead, but
observe the terms of the charter granted to the citizens by the
King's predecessors in this respect. Dated at Westminster,
9 March, 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1314-15]. (fn. 2)
Aliud breve pro Vascon'.
Afterwards the said Gascons brought another writ to the
Sheriffs to similar effect as the former. Dated at Wyndesore,
4 April, 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315]. (fn. 3)
Folio. xxxii b.
4 April, 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315], Stephen de Abyndone and
Hamo de Chiggewelle, the Sheriffs, caused the fish trussed in
dossers belonging to divers fishmongers to be brought to the
Guildhall, the said dossers being reported to hold less than a
bushel of oats. The dossers were measured in the presence of
John de Gysors, the Mayor, Nicholas de Farendone, John de
Wengrave, William de Leire, John de la Chaumbre, Elyas de
Suffolk, Simon Corp, Anketyn de Gysors, and Roger de Paris,
Aldermen, viz., those belonging to Richard Pynnefowel, Hamo
de Hakeneye, Roger de Bernes, Stephen Horne, Godfrey
Burgoys, Adam de Ely, William Sorweles, Godwyn Tourke,
John de Mokkynge de Somersete, Simon Fitz Robert, Andrew
Horn, William de Braybroke, Richard le Taillour, Robert
Baudri, Walter de Merefeld, Robert de Ely, John Saleman,
Richard de Farenberwe, and Richard Flynthard; and those
that were found of wrong measure were ordered to be burnt in
Chepe and the fish to be confiscated. (fn. 4)
Breve R' ad admittend' test'm Ed'i fil' Nich'i Horn ad probacionem.
Writ to the Mayor that he admit to probate in the Husting
the will of Edmund Horn (probate of which had hitherto been
refused), inasmuch as the said Edmund had devised to William
de Burgh and Margery his wife certain tenements, of which
Roger Hosebonde and Alice his wife, and William le Clerk
and Alice his wife, had taken possession, contrary to the terms
of the will of the said Edmund. Dated Westminster, 18 April,
8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
Return: The will of the said Edmund Horn was proved in
the Husting of London for Pleas of Land held on Monday
before the Feast of St. George [23 April], the aforesaid year,
but on account of certain ambiguities in the will, and for certain
reasons put forward by the testator's heirs against execution of
the will, execution was postponed. (fn. 5)
Another writ to the Mayor and Aldermen that they grant
immediate execution of the will of Edmund Horn. Dated at
Thunderle, 16 May, 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
Return made to similar effect.
Folio. xxxiii b.
A third writ to similar effect. Dated at Langely, 8 Aug.,
9 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
Return [not recorded].
Breve pro Simone de Burgo et Matill' uxore ejus.
Writ to the Mayor and Aldermen that they grant the
guardianship of Agnes, the daughter of Matilda, late wife of
John Laurence, and now wife of Simon de Burgh, to the said
Simon and Matilda, according to the custom of the City,
whereby the nearest parents (parentes) of children under age,
to whom the property of the said children would not come by
inheritance after their decease, should have the guardianship
of such children. Dated at Westminster, 26 April, 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
Return to the effect that whereas Simon de Burgh and
Matilda his wife were contriving to marry the aforesaid Agnes,
who was eight years of age, and had property to the amount
of 40 marks rent, to Thomas, a son of the aforesaid Simon, who
was not yet eleven years old, and the banns of their marriage
had been published, and the wedding garments and feast had
been prepared, (fn. 6) certain friends of the said Agnes, having discovered the plot, brought her before the Mayor and Aldermen
at the Guildhall, and they having questioned the said Simon
and Matilda on the matter, and receiving no denial, had committed the said Agnes to the care of the Chamberlain.
Folio. xxxiv b.
Breve R' pro Sim' de Burgh et Matill' uxore ejus vel vos ipsi sitis, etc.
Another writ to the same to the effect that the King deemed
the reason given in the above return for the action taken by the
Mayor and Aldermen in removing the above-mentioned Agnes
from the custody of her mother to be insufficient, unless the
mother had suffered disparagement by her second marriage.
The child was therefore to be restored to the said Simon
and Matilda. Dated at Westminster, 4 May, 8 Edward II.
Return: We still answer that the within-written Simon de
Burgh and Matilda ought not to have the custody of the body
of Agnes, the daughter of the said Matilda, and of her goods
and tenements, according to the custom of the City, for the
reason already given and returned before you in Court, and
therefore we shall appear before you as ordered in the writ.
Compot' redd' ad scaccarium.
The account of the Mayor and good men and entire Commonalty of the City of London rendered at the Exchequer of
the lord the King touching a fifteenth, anno 29 Edward I., in
the Great Roll, anno 7 Edward II., in Item, London.
Particule de M l M l D marcis de xv a Regi concessa apud Lyncoln a° xxix.
Be it remembered that on Thursday after the Feast of
St. John ante portam Latinam [6 May], 8 Edward II.
[A.D. 1315], Hugh de Waltham, one of the executors of
Nicholas Pikot, late Chamberlain, delivered to John Dode, then
Chamberlain, a letter patent under the Great Seal to the effect
that the late King in the twenty-ninth year of his reign
received from the Mayor, good men, and Commonalty of the
City the sum of 2,500 marks, for which the King pardoned
them the fifteenth of their movables on account of the
fifteenth granted to the King by the Parliament at Lincoln.
Of this sum the Mayor and Commonalty, at the King's request,
delivered to Elyas Russel £500, &c.
Also he [viz., the above Hugh] delivered to the said John a
letter patent to the effect that the King granted to the Mayor
and citizens the ferm and issues of the City if it should happen
that the King did not get the fifteenth, &c.
Also he delivered to the said John two writs of Privy Seal, a
letter patent under the seal of Sir John de Drokenesford, and
an indenture under the same seal, mentioning the above sum of
£500 to be delivered to Sir Ralph de Stokes and the aforesaid
Elyas Russel, or to one of them.
Also he delivered an acquittance under the seal of the said
Sir Ralph de Stokes and sixteen acquittances under the seal of
the said Elyas for the sum of £435 19s. 1d., which the said Ralph
and Elyas had received from the Mayor and citizens by the
hands of Nicholas Pikot.
Also he delivered a close letter of the said Sir John de
Drokenesford ordering payment for divers harness for the
Also seven acquittances whereby the said Nicholas paid
£24 19s. 8d.; and a tally whereby the said Nicholas paid the
said Elyas £8 by the hands of Eustace de Donyton, and a
tally whereby the said Nicholas paid John de Lincoln 60s.
Folio. xxxv b.
Allowance of the franchise of London made before the Steward and
Marshal of the lord the King.
Pleas of the Hall of the lord the King at St. Dunstan within
the Bar of the New Temple, Wednesday the eve of the Ascension [1 May], 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315]. Alice Budde prosecutes William le Flemyng, "armurer," for a trespass within
the verge, (fn. 7) &c. And the Sheriffs returned that the said
William was non inventus, but had been attached by his chattels
to the value of 12d. Both parties now appear, &c. Thereupon
came John de Gisors, the Mayor, and claimed the said William
as a fellow-citizen, and said that he ought not to plead without
the City walls, according to the terms of a charter confirmed by
the King's father, and also of a writ dated at Westminster,
9 March, 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1314-15]. (fn. 8) The said charter and
writ having been examined, the franchise was allowed, and the
said Alice was told to prosecute the aforesaid William before
the bailiffs of the City and within its walls. (fn. 9)
Friday before the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June], 8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315], a lease granted by John de Gisors, Mayor,
John de Wengrave, William Trente, Henry de Durham, John
Lambyn, Elyas de Suffolk, and John de la Chaumbre, Aldermen, to Sir Gilbert de Hardyngham, of a certain hermitage
near the King's garden on London Wall. To hold the same
during life and good behaviour, at an annual rent of half a
mark, &c. (fn. 10)
Precept to the Chamberlain and the Serjeant of the Chamber
to levy the sum of 40 marks on the goods and chattels of
Thomas de Meldebourne and Richard de Meldebourne in
discharge of a bond entered into on Monday before the Feast
of SS. Philip and James [1 May], 7 Edward II. [A.D. 1314], in
favour of Richard But.
Pursuant to the above writ, Philip de Merdele, the Serjeant,
took of the goods and chattels of the said Thomas a silkembroidered cope (capam), valued by Nicholas de Cauntebrige,
John Heyroun, "settere," and William le Settere at 18 marks.
A day given to the said Thomas to redeem the cope, and in
default it was delivered to Richard But on Wednesday before
the Feast of St. Barnabas [11 June].
Letter from the Mayor and Sheriffs of the City to G[ilbert
Segrave], Bishop of London, to the effect that whereas Gregory
de Norton and Johanna, daughter of Gilbert Sperlyng, had been
summoned to attend the Justices at Westminster to answer
Aymer de Valence, Earl of Pembroke, in a plea that they
would permit him to present some fit parson to the church of
St. Andrew Huberd, which is vacant......[blank].
[Folios. xxxvi b blank.]
Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs. Whereas Edmund, late
Earl of Cornwall, had granted to Master William de Cippenham an annual rent of 8 marks out of the ferm of Queenhithe,
payable by the Sheriffs for the time being, the same had not
been paid on the ground that a grant of Queenhithe had been
formerly made to the City by Richard, Earl of Cornwall, which
grant had been confirmed by King Henry, grandfather of the
present King. (fn. 11) They are bidden to pay the above rent and
all arrears. Dated at Westminster, 28 Feb., 8 Edward II.
Similar writ for the payment of an annual rent of 10 marks
out of the ferm of Queenhithe to Henry de Braclesham, which
sum had been granted to the said Henry by Edmund, Earl
of Cornwall. Dated at Westminster, 18 Feb., 8 Edward II.
[Folios. xxxvii b, xxxviii blank.]
Folio. xxxviii b.
Petition to Parliament by good men of London for a remedy
against dilatory proceedings taken by defendants in suits at
law and the removal of goods to prevent execution being made
on them after judgment of court. (fn. 12)
Nota de execucionibus faciend' per prima judicia.
Answer to the above to the effect that in such cases the goods
of the offenders should be safeguarded, without removal, on
judgment being first pronounced, and writ to the Mayor and
Sheriffs to the same effect. Dated at Westminster, 4 June,
8 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
Custod' Joh'is (fil') Augustum le Gaunter.
Thursday the eve of St. James [25 July], 9 Edward II.
[A.D. 1315], the guardianship of John, son of Augustine le
Gaunter, aged sixteen years, entrusted to Simon de Thorp,
skinner, together with his property, including rents of a tenement in the parish of St. Mary de Bothehawe, left to him by
Petronilla his mother. Sureties, viz., Hugh de Wircestre and
Hervey de Beri.
Afterwards, viz., on Friday the Feast of St. Augustine
[26 May], 11 Edward II. [A.D. 1318], came Laurence de
Hanyngtone, one of the executors of the above Petronilla le
Gaunter, and brought twenty deeds and writings touching the
above tenement, the same to be safe-guarded until the aforesaid
John comes of age.
Solucio £x facta Joh'i fil' Will'i de Kent.
The same day came John, son of William de Kent, late
tailor, before the Mayor and Aldermen, and desired that the
sum of £10 bequeathed to him by his father out of the proceeds
of the sale of a certain tenement to be carried out by his
executors, which money was then deposited with John de
Colkirke, tailor, executor of the said William, should be delivered to him, as he was of sufficient age to have control over
his property. Precept was accordingly issued to the executor
to forthwith deliver the said sum, which he did upon being
indemnified by William Jurdon and Hamo le Chaundeler de
Custod' Will'i fil' Will'i le Fullere.
Tuesday before the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 9 Edward II. [A.D. 1315], the guardianship of William, son of
William le Fullere, aged one year, entrusted to Andrew Horn,
fishmonger, with the assent of the boy's nearest friends and of
the Mayor and Aldermen. Sureties, viz., Reginald de Herlyzon
and Andrew Horn himself. (fn. 13)
Folio. xxxix b.
De compoto custod' pont'.
Be it remembered that Thomas Prentiz and John de
Wymondham, late Wardens of London Bridge, were in arrears
in their account to the extent of £103 3s. 2½d., whereout there
is allowed to them, by assent of the Mayor, Aldermen, and
Commonalty, for extraordinary services the sum of £20. The
said Wardens delivered to John Dode, the Chamberlain, for
the City's use, £20, and to Anketin de Gisors and Henry de
Gloucestre, now Wardens of the said Bridge, £42 16s. 7½d.
There is further allowed to the said Thomas and John, the late
Wardens, the sum of £20 6s. 7d., which John atte Halle, the
renter (redditarius) of the Bridge in their time, had received,
and for which a bond is given for payment to the new Wardens
by Robert de Pyphurst and Juliana, relict of Alan de Brauncestre, on behalf of the said John atte Halle.
Proclamacio facta contra Flandrenses.
Writ to the Sheriffs for proclamation to be made that all
Flemings void the realm, as being enemies to the King of
France, with whom the King of England had formed a treaty.
Dated at "Nichole" (Lincoln), 1 Sept., 9 Edward II. (A.D. 1315). (fn. 14)
Writ to the Mayor, Aldermen, Sheriffs, and the whole
Commonalty of the City, complaining that they had failed to
pay, as directed, the sum of 600 marks (the amount of a fine
exacted for pulling down an earthen wall near the Tower) to
Arnald de Grambail, (fn. 15) William de la Mare, William de Gayreot,
and Peter de Bordeaux, merchants of Gascony, in payment for
wine purchased by Walter Waldeshef, the King's Butler, and
ordering immediate payment. Dated at Lincoln, 30 Aug.,
9 Edward II. [A.D. 1315].
Pursuant to the above writ, payment of the sum of 600 marks
was made to the aforesaid Gascons, and they delivered to the
Mayor and Aldermen a tally of the King's receipt. (fn. 16)
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