Supersedeas br'is predicti.
Writ of supersedeas touching the above, the Mayor having
satisfactorily explained his conduct. Witness the King at
Canterbury, 26 Aug., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416.]
Folio clxxi b.
Writ to the Justices notifying that proceedings against the
Mayor had been stayed. Witness the King at Canterbury,
24 Aug., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416.]
Br'e pro Joh'e Russell.
Another writ to the Justices to similar effect, and bidding
them refer the above John Russell to the King and his Council
if he wished to proceed further with the matter Witness the
King at Canterbury, 26 Aug., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416.]
Retraccio et recessus Will'i Bolecley apprenticii nuper Rob'ti Arnold.
4 July, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], came Robert Arnold before
the Mayor and Aldermen and publicly repudiated anything
that might be done in his name by William, son of John
Bolecley of "Delbury," (fn. 1) co. Salop, his runaway apprentice. (fn. 2)
Exoneracio Thome Wode seathe civis et Couper London'.
17 Aug., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], Thomas Wodeseathe of
Camerwell, co. Surrey, "coupere," discharged by Nicholas
Wottone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving on
juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
Ordinacio mistere de Strengers.
2 Aug., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], petition by good men of the
Mistery of "Strengers" (fn. 3) to the Mayor and Aldermen that they
may elect Wardens, and have power of search, &c. Their
petition granted. (fn. 4)
Folio clxxii b.
Exon'acio Johannis filii Siwardi le Blake Coci.
2 Oct., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], John, son of Siward le Blake
cook (Black cook ?), citizen and "pyebaker," discharged by
Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, and the Aldermen from serving
on juries, &c., owing to increasing old age.
Exon'acio Joh'is Westone civis et Irmonger London'.
12 Oct., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], John Westone, "irmonger,"
similarly discharged for like cause.
Exoneracio Nich'i Losey civis et allutar' London'.
14 Oct., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], Nicholas Losey, cordwainer,
similarly discharged for like cause.
Br'e pro parliamento apud Westm' a° Henr' quinti quarto et returnum sup' eodem.
Writ to the Sheriffs for the election of four citizens to attend
a Parliament to be held at Westminster on the 19th October
next. No Sheriff to be returned Witness the King at Sandwich, 3 Sept., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416.]
Pursuant to the above, there were elected Richard Whityngtone and Thomas Knolles, Aldermen; John Perneys and Robert
Ordinacio zonar' irrotulat' in parliament' miss' huc sub magno sigillo Reg' etc.
Letters patent confirming ordinances of the Mistery of
Girdlers originally granted by Edward III. in 1327, and recently
confirmed in the Parliament of 1415. (fn. 5) Witness the King at
Westminster, 29 June, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416.]
Folio clxxiii b.
Writ to the Sheriffs to cause the above letters patent to be
publicly proclaimed. Witness Thomas, Duke of Clarence,
Warden of England, (fn. 6) at Westminster, 5 Oct., 4 Henry V.
Letter of attorney by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, to John
Mychell, John Reinwell, William Mychell, John Perneys, John
Coventre, and Nicholas James, to receive the subsidy on wool
in the Port of London granted by the King as security for the
repayment of a City loan of 10,000 marks [ends abruptly.]
L're Impera toris de dominio concesso.
Letters of the Emperor Sigismund restoring John de Montemagno to his estates. Dated at Westminster, near the City of
London, 5 June, A D 1416.
Folio clxxiv-clxxiv b.
L're de officio tabellionatus per Impera torem concess' Joh'i Chesham.
Letters of the same appointing John Chesham, citizen of
London, to be a notary public and tabellion throughout the
Roman Empire. (fn. 7) Dated at Eltham, in the diocese of London,
in the realm of England, 8 Aug., A.D. 1416.
Statute passed in the Parliament held at Westminster the
16th March, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415-16.] (fn. 8)
Thursday, 24 Sept., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], an ordinance
made by Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor, Aldermen, and Common
Council, forbidding those who were likely to be nominated for
the office of Mayor or Sheriff to conspire, with noisy
clamour of their partisans, to obtain their discharge from
serving, and so prevent a free election, under penalty of
imprisonment and a fine, &c.
Folio clxxvi b.
Consuetudo de hust' non tenend' post festum Sancti Both'i adnul latur etc.
At the same Common Council it was ordained that the
Husting should be held thenceforth on the Feast of St. Botolph
[17 June], now that St. Botolph's Fair (on account on which the
Husting was formerly adjourned) had ceased for many years
past to be held at Boston on that day. (fn. 10)
Proclamacio q'd quisquis voluerit appro pinquet versus "Hareflieu."
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all knights,
esquires, and valets desirous of crossing over to Normandy
to go to the King's uncle, Henry [Beaufort], Bishop of
Winchester, Chancellor and Treasurer, and receive their
wages, and further, for all merchants, victuallers, and artificers
who were willing to reside in the town of "Harefleu" (fn. 11) to go
there with all speed with their goods and harness (hernesiis
suis), and the Captain of the town (fn. 12) would provide them
with houses, and when settled there the King would grant
them a charter of liberties Witness John, Duke of Bedford,
Warden of England, at Westminster, 5 Oct., 3 Henry V.
Proclamac' q'd nullus accedat ad partes insulares Dacie et Norwegie per unum annum etc.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation forbidding the
King's subjects for one year to visit the islands belonging to
the realms of Denmark and Norway, and more especially the
island of "Island," (fn. 13) for fishing or other purpose to the prejudice
of the King of those realms, (fn. 14) otherwise than they have been
accustomed to do Witness the King at Westminster, 28 Nov.,
3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415.] (fn. 15)
Proclamac' q'd universi milites et armigeri se trahant etc. cum omni festinac' versus personam regiam.
Writ to the Sheriffs notifying an approaching visit to be paid
to England by Sigismund, King of the Romans, and bidding
them make proclamation for all knights and esquires to meet
King Henry on the 16th April at the latest. Witness the King
at Westminster, 7 April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416.] (fn. 16)
Proclam' q'd null' eat armat' infra civitatem nisi etc.
Another writ to the same to the effect that whereas the King
of the Romans was now approaching the City with a noble
retinue, and it was King Henry's wish that his lords and other
of his lieges from divers parts of the realm should come and
reside in London during the Emperor's stay, the Sheriffs should
make public proclamation restricting the carrying of swords or
other weapons in the City to knights and esquires under penalty
of forfeiture. Witness the King at Westminster, 6 May,
4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416.]
Folio clxxvii b.
Proclama cioun faite pur la peas et bone reule de la Citee.
Proclamation for safeguarding the City and preservation of
the peace, also forbidding the enhancement of victuals, &c.
Proclam' pur attendaunce faire entour le Roy.
Proclamation for lords, knights, and esquires to attend the
King at Lambhithe on horseback on the morrow between
8 and 9 in the morning. (fn. 17) [No date.]
Proclamation forbidding the practice of "hokkyng" on
Monday and Tuesday, known as "les Hokkedayes," under
penalty of imprisonment and fine.
A crye made for comune passage toward Hareflieu.
Proclamation inviting merchants and others to speed to the
lord the King, "beyng atte Harflewe," with all manner of victual
clothing, armour, and artillery, and to be ready "between this
and to-day sevenyght," and in the meanwhile to go to the Mayor,
who would assign them shipping and passage. (fn. 18) [No date.]
Proclamac'on pur non departir hors lattendaunce du Roy.
Proclamation to be made forbidding any lord, knight, or
esquire to cease his attendance upon the King before the close
of the solemn Feast of St. George [23 April] (fn. 19) or afterwards
without special permission. [No date.]
Proclamac' qe les mefs etc. se trahent devers Gravesende.
Proclamation to be made for all ships about to sail on the
coming expedition (fn. 20) to assemble at Gravesende with the view of
setting sail on Wednesday next if the wind permits. [No date.]
Proclamac' purprest parail affair pur passage des ditz niefs.
Proclamation to be made for all captains and leaders of men
who have vessels assigned to them in the Port of London for
sailing with the lord the King to make all possible haste to
victual the said ships, as they ought, please God, to leave for
Suthampton on Friday next. Also for all purveyors assigned
for the purpose of victualling the King's ships to do so with all
speed, in order that they may be ready by the same day. Also
for all captains and leaders of men for the present expedition
who are in London to attend the King's Council on the Tuesday
afterwards named (apres nomee) [30 June ?] at the Preaching
Friars at 3 o'clock to receive instructions. [No date.]
Folio clxxviii b.
Proclamation for seamen and soldiers to be on board their
ships that night ready to sail for Southampton, under penalty
of imprisonment. (fn. 21) [No date.]
Proclam' q'd o'es qui cap' feod' de R' etc. festinent usq' Sutht'.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all knights,
esquires, and valets in the King's pay to assemble at Southampton on the 20th June, (fn. 22) arrayed and furnished with victuals
for a quarter of a year. Witness the King at Westminster,
28 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Proclam' q'd o'es qui ven' per brevia sint coram consilio R' apud Westm'.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all the King's
lieges who, by virtue of former writs, (fn. 23) had come to the City,
to remain there and not depart, but attend the King's Council
at Westminster on Monday next [6 May], and await its answer
on a matter which the King had laid before it. Witness the
King at Westminster, 3 May, 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415]. (fn. 24)
Proclamacio per breve.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all those
aggrieved by infringement of provisions concluded between
the King's ambassadors and the commissioners of John, Duke
of Burgundy, and Count of Flanders, to lay their grievances
before the commissioners and ambassadors of the several
parties, who were about to meet at Calais on the 1st day of
August next, (fn. 25) in order that justice might be done. Witness the
King at Westminster, 28 May, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Proclamacio de treugis.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation that the truce
entered into between the King's late father and John, Duke of
Burgundy, Count of Flanders, had been prolonged for two
years. Witness the King at Westminster, 28 May, 4 Henry V.
[A.D. 1416]. (fn. 26)
Proclamacio q'd ho'ies ar mati et sagit tarii se fes tinent versus Plymmouth.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all men-at-arms
and archers who were to set out in the King's service under
John Typtoft, Steward of Aquitaine, (fn. 27) to hasten to Plymmouth by
Monday the Feast of St. John Bapt. [24 June] at the latest
Witness the King at Westminster, 10 June, 3 Henry V.
Folio clxxix b.
Br'e d'ni Regis direct' Vic' London' q'd singuli ligei sui se arraient versus Joh'em ducem Bedford etc.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all capable
men of the City and suburbs to array themselves and proceed
to join the Duke of Bedford in defending the realm against
attack by the Scots and others. Witness the King at
Southamptone, 2 Aug., 3 Henry V. [A.D. 1415]. (fn. 28)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of the truce
between England and Castile having been prolonged for one
year from the Feast of Purification [2 Feb.]. Witness the
King at Westminster, 24 Feb., 2 Henry V. [A.D. 1414-15]. (fn. 29)
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation of a truce having
been concluded between the King of England and his allies
on the one part, and [Sigismund] King of the Romans and his
allies on the other, to continue from the Feast of St. Dionisius
[9 Oct.] last past until the Feast of the Purification B. Mary
[2 Feb.] next ensuing. (fn. 30) Witness Thomas, Duke of Clarence,
Warden of England at Westminster, 13 Oct., 4 Henry V.
[A.D. 1416]. (fn. 31)
Proclamac'on made that all manere of men of what degree that þei ben of to be redy wt þe Kynge atte Dover.
A proclamation for all men bound for service to apparel
themselves and meet the King at Dover on Sunday next, and
join the expedition he was about to make, under penalty. (fn. 32)
Br'e d'ni Regis q'd universi ligei sui properent ver sus Thomam duc' Clarencie in defensionem regni sui Anglie.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all able-bodied
men of the City and suburbs to array themselves and assist
Thomas, Duke of Clarence, the King's Warden, in the defence
of the realm. Witness the said Warden at Westminster,
10 Sept., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Br'e d'ni Reg' direct' q'd omnes ligei sui milites armi geri et alii qui sunt de retin encia sua sint in propriis personis suis apud Dover'.
Writ to the Sheriffs to make proclamation for all knights and
esquires of the King's retinue, and all others who were lately
charged to cross the sea with the King, to be at Dover by the
19th August at the latest, duly arrayed both as to arms and
equipment, (fn. 33) in order to proceed to the town of Calais, where a
convention was to be held between the King and certain of
his enemies. Witness the King at Westminster, 7 Aug.,
4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Letters patent appointing Nicholas Wottone, the Mayor,
Robert Hylle, John Cokayn, William Cheyne, John Bartone,
senior, and John Martyn, or any five, four, three, or two (the
Mayor being one), to be commissioners to try cases of treason,
rebellion, &c., arising in the City. Witness the King at Calais,
16 Sept., 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416].
Folio clxxx b-clxxxi b.
Judicium et indictamen tum diversor' proditor'.
Inquisition thereupon taken at Neugate on Monday before the
Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.] before the aforesaid Justices,
by oath of Robert Queldryk, (fn. 34) John Godeman, John Bekke,
John Bealamy, Gilbert Page, Thomas Nortone, John Trumme,
John Hurlok, William Walsale, Geoffrey Banham, John Lecche,
Richard Stanes, John Trumpyngtone, and Richard Hatfeld,
who find that Benedict Wolman of London, hosteler, late
under-marshal of the Marshalsea of the King's Household, and
John Bekeryng of Bekeryng, (fn. 35) co. Lincoln, gentleman, did, on the
18th April, 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416], in the parish of St. Dunstan
West in Fletestrete, in the Ward of Farndone, conspire to bring
Thomas Warde, otherwise called Trumpyngtone, whom they
declared to be the late King Richard II., from Scotland into
England, with the view of placing him on the throne, and did
petition the Emperor Sigismund to assist them in the undertaking; but the said Emperor had made known their design to
King Henry, &c.
The said jurors further find that William Cratfeld, late rector
of the church of Wortham, co. Norf., and Thomas Tepyrtone,
late of London, "hosyer," did, on the 28th May, 4 Henry V.
[A.D. 1416], rob William Boton[er] of London, "goldsmyth," of
a sum of money, and that they are notorious highway robbers
The aforesaid Benedict and John Bekeryng, being arrested
and brought before the Justices upon the aforesaid presentment, claimed a jury. Precept was accordingly issued to the
Sheriffs to summon 24 good men to attend before the Justices
at Neugate Gaol on the Feast of St. Michael next [29 Sept.].
A special day was given to John Bekeryng, namely, the morrow
of St. Martin [11 Nov.], but before that day arrived he had
died a natural death in prison.
On the aforesaid day of St. Michael came the said Benedict
and likewise a jury, viz., John Fulthorpe, John Wrytelle,
William Balle, John Haddone, Bartholomew Wynter, William
Gynore, Robert Athelard, Richard Surby, John Blakey, Richard
Walworth, John Wykes, and Richard Straugham, who find
the prisoner guilty. He is thereupon adjudged to be hanged at
Tyburne, and his head to be set up on London Bridge called
A further precept to the Sheriffs to take the aforesaid
William Cratfeld and Thomas Tepyrtone if found within their
bailiwick. They disappear, however, and after being called at
five separate Hustings are outlawed according to custom. (fn. 36)
Folio clxxxi b.
Pleas of the Crown held at the aforesaid gaol before Nicholas
Wottone, John Cokayn, William Cheyne, and John Bartone,
senior, Justices assigned by the lord the King, on Monday after
the Feast of St. Michael [29 Sept.], 4 Henry V. [A.D. 1416]:—
Indictamentum et judicium Will'i Parchemyner pro Joh'e Olde castelle etc.
Inquisition taken by the oath of Robert Queldryk and other
jurors aforesaid, who find that on the 19th October, 1 Henry V.
[A.D. 1413], William Parchemyner, otherwise called William
Fyssher of London, "parchemyner," together with others
whose names are unknown, did break into the Tower and carry
off John Oldecastell to his own dwelling house, and there
harbour him until Wednesday after the Feast of Epiphany
[6 Jan.] next ensuing; that thence they proceeded to a certain
great field in the parish of St. Giles without the Bar of the Old
Temple to carry out their nefarious design against the King. (fn. 37)
Upon this presentment the said William Parchemyner was
arrested and brought before the aforesaid Justices He
declared himself not guilty and claimed a jury Thereupon
precept was issued to the Sheriffs to summon a jury of twentyfour to appear on Thursday [sic] the 7th [Oct.]. (fn. 38) On that day a
jury, viz., Richard Straugham, Richard Rowdone, Simon
Mayhewe, Richard Walworth, John Shirlok, John Westyerd,
John Parker, John Russell, Peter Torarld, Robert Halle, Robert
Athelard, and John Fulthorne, find the said William to be guilty
of the treason aforesaid. He was therefore adjudged to be
hanged at Tybourn, &c. (fn. 39)