R.O. Glamorgan Plea Rolls. 1542–1830.
A series of bundles of long rolls of parchment, written on both sides
and united at the head.
Spring. 33 Hen. VIII. 1542.
[The roll begins with a capital P elaborately texted, within the
circle of which is a cleverly executed pen-and-ink drawing of the
King seated on his throne, crowned and holding the orb and
"Glam. Pl'ita apud Cardyff corā Joh'e pakyngton Armigro
Justic' d'ni Regis Com' Glamorgan' ad magnam Sessionem d'c'i
d'ni Regis Com' p'd'c'i tent' apud Cardyff p'd'c'am die lune videl't
xxiij° die marcij an[n] Regni Regis Henrici octaui post conq'm
Glamorgan. Pleas at Cardyff before John Pakyngton, Esquire,
our lord the King's Justice of the County of Glamorgan at our said
lord the King's Great Session of the County aforesaid holden at
Cardyff aforesaid on Monday, to wit, the 23rd day of March in the
thirty-third year of the reign of King Henry the Eighth after the
Conquest. Lennard [Clerk of the Court.]
Thomas Mathewe of Canton in the lordship of Llandaff, gent.,
was summoned to answer unto George Mathewe of Rader, esq., in
a plea of debt of 3l.
John Wylliams of Cardyff, gent., cousin and heir of Ieuan ap
Thomas ap Griffyth Dee, was summoned to answer unto Edward
Vanne and Joan his wife, executors of the Will of Lewis ap Thomas
ap Llewelyn Vaghan, concerning a plea of debt of 100 marks, arising
out of Testator's lands at Whitechurche, Cardyff, Roth and Landaff.
Morgan ap Mathewe, Matthew ap Mathewe, Thomas ap
Mathewe, William ap Mathewe, Robert ap Morgan, Maurice ap
Jamys, Edward ap Jamys and John ap Jamys, by Roger Williams
their attorney, pray a Writ according to the Statute of Ruthlan,
against Robert Morgan, in respect of messuages and lands in
Pentyrgh and Llantrissent.
Edward Carne, knight, and Ann his wife (late the wife of John
Raglan, knight) against Thomas Raglan, esq., in a plea that he render
to them a reasonable dower of the said Ann out of the freehold which
the said John Raglan, her late husband, had in Seynt ffagans, Seynt
Mighell supr Eley, Seynt Georgis, Lantwytt, Talavan, Llanblethian,
Landaff, Pentirgh and Taleyegarne.
Lewis Robarde, of Kerdiff, tucker, was summoned to answer
unto Henry Morgan, clerk, Canon of the church of Llandaff, in a
plea of 3l 6s. 8d.
Deed Poll by Miles Mathewe of the town of Landaff, esq., son
and heir of Christopher Mathewe, late of Llandaff, esq. Grant to
Lewis Thomas John, of the same town, franklin, of 2¼ acres of
arable, pasture and meadow lands, in Llandaff Fields. Part of the
said lands lies along the high road and land of the said Lewis
Thomas John on one side, and land of the said Lewis on the other
side. One end abuts on land belonging to the Treasurer of Llandaff
Cathedral on one side, and the other end abuts on lands there called
Kay Kenoll on the other side. Other part of the said lands lies
lengthways by land late of John Raglan, knight, on one side, and
lands belonging to the Cathedral on the other. Other part lies along
the lane or highroad called Coppyd Lane on one side, and land
belonging to David Mathewe's Chantry in the said cathedral church
of Llandaff on the other; and lengthways along the road or lane
leading from Landaff to Rader.
Autumn. 33 Hen. VIII. 1542.
[The title of this roll is ornamented in the same way as the
former; and it is to be noted that the title to each succeeding roll
is similarly worded.]
"Glam. ss. Edwardus lewys & matheus ap Rys ychan dant
d'no Regi decem solid' p' licens' concordand' cum Rob'to ffabyan &
Ieneta ux'e eius de pl'ito convenc'onis de duob's mes' & octoginta
acris t're cum p'tin' in Dynaspowys Et h'et Cirr' p' pacem admiss'
coram Iustic' &c."
Glamorgan, to wit. Edward Lewys and Matthew ap Rys
Ychan give unto our lord the King ten shillings for licence of
agreeing with Robert ffabyan and Jenet his wife concerning a plea
of covenant of two messuages and eighty acres of land, with the
appurtenances, in Dynaspowys. And he hath a writing for the
peace, admitted before the Justice, &c.
Robert Thomas lloide, with Christopher Chamber and Agnes
his wife, and Gwilym Thomas ap Hoell and Matilda his wife; a
similar proceeding about a house and lands at Llantryssen.
Thomas John Vaughan, of Landaff, tailor, was attached to
answer unto Anne vergh Thomas Gwyn, widow, for a trespass upon
her lands at Cabalua Yessa.
John ap Gryffyth of Coubrige, gent., was summoned to answer
unto Robert ap William Mathew of Castle Moneghe, gent., for a debt
of 10 marks.
Thomas Robenet, burgess of the town of Kerdiff, was summoned
to answer unto John ap Jevan, for a debt of 40 shillings.
Thomas Mathewe of Canton, gent., was summoned to answer
unto George Herberte, esq., in a debt of 40l, under a bond by the said
Thomas Mathewe and his abettors that they would keep the peace
against Gwenllian Howell and John Howell.
David Gos, of Cogan, yeoman, was indicted for that he, together
with John Thomas Willym, William David, Thomas Jones alias
Sayre, all of Kaerdyffe, yeomen, and William James Parker, of
Christchurch in Carlyon, yeomen, at Sully in the county aforesaid
assaulted John Carne, gent., and that the said John Thomas Willym
mortally wounded him with a "gleyve" of the value of 12 pence, by
giving him therewith a mortal blow or wound on the head. The
Jury found the said David Gos guilty of the aforesaid felony and
murder, and that he had no lands, tenements or chattels. The
convict was thereupon sentenced to be hanged.
Spring. 34 Hen. VIII. 1543.
Edward Lewes, esq., and David ap Richard, gent., Final
Concord with Morgan Mathewe of Sweldon, gent., for lands in
Edward Carne, knight, gives unto our lord the King three
pounds for licence of agreement with John Arnold, esquire, and
Isabel his wife, concerning a plea of covenant of the manor of
Llystalbont with the appurtenances, and forty messuages, two
burgages, five hundred acres of land, a hundred acres of meadow,
five hundred acres of pasture, a hundred acres of wood, one water
grist-mill, one water fulling-mill and twenty pence of rent, with the
appurtenances, in Llistalbont, Llanyssen, Llysvayne, Rothe, Kebor
and Cardiff. And he hath writing for the agreement admitted
before the Justice &c.
Autumn. 34 Hen. VIII. 1543.
[The King's picture in the capital P at the head of this roll is
very nicely coloured.]
Enrolment of Deed Poll. Grant by Miles Mathewe of Llandaff,
esq., unto Henry Dyo Rece, of the parish of Llandaff, husbandman,
of All that messuage, barn and garden and six acres of land and
meadow, called Pencysle Yssa, lying in the parish of Llandaff, now
in the hands of Matilda late wife of Dyo Rece, of Canton, between
the common of Landaff on the south, the street called Grenewey on
the north, the lands called Kay Chancelor on the east, and lands of
the Bishop of Llandaff, now in the hands of John Greff, on the west.
Autumn. 36 Hen. VIII. 1545.
Richard Boner, Bishop, Commissioner of our lord the King,
seeks against John Loveday, of the town of Kerdiff, Alderman,
concerning a plea of debt on demand of 20 marks, on a bond
Walter Vaughan was summoned to answer unto William ap
Robert and Maurice ap James Mathewe, concerning a plea that
whereas the said William and Maurice jointly hold the Manor of
Kayre, with the appurtenances, with the same Walter, the latter
refuses to make partition. The said William saith that whereas he
and Maurice jointly hold the aforesaid tenement with the aforesaid
Walter, by the assignment of Stephen Mallyfaunt, who held that
manor with one Thomas Mallyfant his brother; whence they the
said William and Maurice hold one moiety of the said manor in
severalty, and the said Walter holds the other moiety similarly:
The said Walter refuses to make partition according to the form
of the Statute, whereby the said William has suffered damage to
the amount of forty pounds.
The said Walter answers that long before the said Stephen and
Thomas anything had in the aforesaid manor, one Henry Mallifunt
was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee; at whose death the
same descended to the aforesaid Thomas Mallyfaunt as his son and
heir; at whose death the said manor descended to the said Walter
Vaghan as cousin and heir of the aforesaid Thomas, to wit, as son
of Ann the daughter of John the son of Thomas the son of John
the son of John the son of John the son of Isabel the sister of
John the father of Margaret the mother of the aforesaid Henry
the father of the aforesaid Thomas.
When this action came on for trial at Cardiff, the Defendant
Walter Vaghan challenged the Jury on the ground of their having
been impanelled by George Mathewe, esq., Sheriff; he being a cousin
of the aforesaid William, one of the Plaintiffs, to wit, a son of
William the son of Thomas the son of David the brother of Robert
the father of William the father of Robert the brother of the said
William, one of the Plaintiffs.
Gaol Delivery at the
William James alias Pope, of Kerdyff, brewer, was indicted for
that he, at Kerdyff aforesaid, publicly uttered these English words:—
"The kyng's grace longe tyme here before made the Scotts [King]
that last died heyer apparant to the Crowne & Realme of England
and he was an Enheritor to the Crowne and Realme of England by
Just & trewe title of Enheritaunce. The Kyng's grace dyd make
the Marques of Exeter & Erle of Devonshere heyer apparant to the
Realme & crowne of England after the Kynge of Scotts & the Duke
"of Bokynham and he contynued heyer apparant tyl a prynce was
borne that nowe is. The seid Marques by reason of hys mother
hadd as good right to the crowne of England to be kynge as the
kyng hath hym selfe thereto savyng only the possessyon that he
kepith by strenght." The accused was acquitted.
Fines and Amerciaments, as also
Chattels forfeit to the Session abovesaid.
Of John Louedaye, of Cardyff, for a fine by reason that he keeps
unlawful houses wherein unlawful vagabonds do frequent, against
the form of the statute &c, as by a certain inquisition of the town of
Cardyff. And he thereof has put himself in the grace of our lord
the King, by the pourparler of Thomas White. 2s.
Of William Yoman, of the same place, for the like, 2s.
Of Matilda vergh David, of Landaff, spinster, for certain
trespasses and affray whereof she is indicted, 3s.
Of Morgan Mathewe, for certain trespasses and contempts
against the form of the Statute concerning the tanning of horsehides, 2s.
Of Nicholas Hawkyn, for the like, 2s.
Spring. 37 Hen. VIII. 1546.
John Lovedaye, of Cardyff, alderman, was summoned to answer
unto John Scory and William Pryce, executors of the Will of
Richard late Bishop of Dover, otherwise called "Maister John
Scory one of the Kyng's Prechers in Canterbury and William
Pryce my servaunte," in a plea of debt of 20 marks, under a
William Dawkyn, clerk, perpetual vicar of the church of Saint
Mary in Cardif, was summoned to answer unto Thomas Madocke,
in a plea of debt of 10l, under a bond.
Autumn. 37 Hen. VIII. 1546.
Fine on Roger Ver, of Cardiff, for making woollen cloth of
flax, against the form of the statute. 2s.
Autumn. I Ed. VI. 1547.
Thomas Mathewe of Llandaff, gent., and John ap John Mathewe,
of Saynt Bride's, yeoman, were summoned to answer unto John
Nicholas, Samuell ap John and Dorothy vergh Rychard, in a plea of
trespass concerning Plaintiffs' lands at Canton.
Spring. 5 Ed. VI. 1552.
John Pollard, esq., Justice.
Roberte Danyell, vicar of Pennarthe, was summoned to answer
unto John Roo in a plea of debt of 40l under a bond, according to
an award made by the Bishop of Saint David's concerning the tithes
called "thaltbreche" belonging to the said parish of Pennarthe and
demanded by the said John Roo in the name of the Warden and
Fellows of All Souls' College in Oxforde, proprietaries there, and
in the right of their parsonage of Pennarth aforesaid.
Hoell Dio Melyn, of Cayre, yeoman, was indicted for that he by
force and with arms, at the "cawsey" of Eley in the parish of
Llandaff, on the highroad there, assaulted Thomas Mathewe, gent.,
by stabbing him in the belly with a dagger, giving him thereby a
mortal wound whereof he died, and so feloniously did kill and
murder the said Thomas Mathewe, against the peace of our lord
the King, his Crown and dignity. The accused was found guilty,
and sentenced to be hanged.
Jenkyn Dio, of Cardyff, labourer, was sentenced to be hanged for
stealing 18 cheeses, of the value of 26s. 8d., and one jarful of honey,
of the value of 20d., the goods and chattels of Howell ap Morgan,
from the house of the said Howell at Saint George's.
Autumn. 6 Ed. VI. 1553.
Gwenllian vergh Griffith was summoned to answer unto Amabill
vergh Llewelyn concerning a plea why she took one horse of the said
Amabill and wrongfully detained it. The Plaintiff, by Lleison
Yeuans, her attorney, avers that the Defendant took the said horse
at Llantrissent, in a certain place there called Tyre Gitto ap Eynon.
The aforesaid Gwenllian, by Michael Nasshe, her attorney, justifies
the taking of the said horse. It was grazing on part of her lands.
She is seised of one messuage and eight acres of land, with the
appurtenances, in Llantrissent, in her demesne as of fee. The
Plaintiff says that, long before the Defendant anything had in the
premises, one Eynon Tellett was seised of the said tenements, and
of other four acres of land in Llantrissent, and of six acres in
Pentirghe, in his demesne as of fee, and thereof died seised. The
said lands were from time immemorial of the tenure and nature of
gavelkind; and all the lands and tenements in the county of
Glamorgan are of that tenure and nature, and have always been
portionable among heirs males. The said lands descended to Griffith
ap Eynon and Jenkyn ap Eynon, as sons and heirs of the aforesaid
Eynon Tellett, and the said Gwenllian is a daughter of the said
Griffith ap Eynon. The said Jenkyn ap Eynon demised all his
part of those tenements unto the said Amabill, for a term of
The Assise came to acknowledge whether John William Gwyn,
Hoell ap Rees and George Edmonde wrongfully disseised Anthony,
Bishop of Llandaff, of his freehold in Llandaff and Canton, within
thirty years now last past &c. And whence the said Bishop, by
Lleison Yeuans, his attorney, complains that they have disseised
him of two messuages, twenty acres of land, ten acres of meadow,
thirty acres of pasture and ten acres of wood, with the appurtenances. And be it known that the original Writ of the aforesaid
Assise was returned here on Thursday in that same Session &c.
[Fictitious suit, to effect a conveyance of the premises by the
Spring. 1 & 2 Philip and Mary. 1554.
George Mathew of Radier in the lordship of Miskyn, esquire,
was summoned to answer unto Edward Lewes ap Richard, esquire,
in a plea of debt of 200l under a bond, concerning all those houses,
grange, pasture and meadow, and twenty kine, with the appurtenances, set, lying and being between the water of Tofe on the east
party and the water of Eleye on the south party.
Rice Mericke of Saynt ffagans, gent., administrator of the goods
and chattels which were of John Williams late of Lysdelabon, gent.,
deceased, was summoned to answer unto Thomas Harbo of Aradier,
yeoman, in a plea of debt of 40l under a bond. The Defendant
replies that he has fully administered the goods of the said
David fflemyng and Jane his wife, Hoskin Thomas and Margery
his wife, and Jenet Manxell, widow, by Edward Brogden, their
attorney, pray a Writ of our lady the Queen, of the form of a gift
in le descendere at the Common Law, according to the Statute of
Ruthlan, and seek against Jacket Maunxell, widow, two messuages,
100 acres of land, 10 acres of meadow, 20 acres of pasture and 20
acres of wood, with the appurtenances, in Pennarth, as the heritage
of the said Jane, Margery and Jenet, and whereof the said Jacket
has deforced them, &c; and which Jenkyn Turbyll and William ap
Rees Lloid gave unto David Maunxell and Elionore his wife, and to
the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten; and which, after the
death of the aforesaid David and Elionore, ought to descend unto
them the said Jane, Margery and Jenet, as daughters and coheirs of
the said David Maunxell and Elionore, by the form of the gift
"Our lord the King and lady the Queen sent unto the Mayor
and Bailiffs of their Town of Cardiff their close Writ in these words:
Philip and Mary, by the grace of God King and Queen of England,
France, Naples, Jerusalem and Ireland; Defenders of the Faith;
Princes of the Spains and Sicily; Archdukes of Austria; Dukes of
Milan, Burgundy and Brabant; Counts of Haspurg, Flanders and
the Tyrol, unto the Mayor and Bailiffs of Our Town of Cardiff,
greeting. Whereas in record and process and also in a return of
judgment on an allegation of deceipt which is in the Court of Our
Town aforesaid, between David ap Griffith Ichan, Plaintiff, and
Thomas ap Jankyn, of Llantrissent in the county of Glamorgan,
husbandman, Defendant, without Our Writ according to the custom
of the aforesaid Town, a manifest error has crept in, to the grave
damage of him the said Thomas, as We have learned by his
complaint: We, willing now duly to correct the error (if there was
one), and that full and speedy justice be done unto the parties aforesaid in this behalf, command you that, if judgment be given therein,
then record and process of the speech aforesaid, with all things them
concerning, to Our Justice of Our county of Glamorgan under
your seals be sent clearly and openly, and this Writ; so that you
may have them (ea) before Our aforesaid Justice on Thursday in Our
next Great Session to be holden in Our county aforesaid, wheresoever
it may happen to be holden in the county aforesaid; that, the aforesaid record and process having been inspected by Our aforesaid
Justice, you may lastly cause to be therein done that which shall
be fitting concerning the matter and according to the law and
custom of Our Kingdom of England. And lastly We command
you, if the said Thomas shall find you a sufficient security of
satisfaction as well unto Us concerning that which to Us in that
behalf pertains, as to the aforesaid David of arrears and damages
to him in that behalf adjudged if the first judgment shall be affirmed,
to do further and to receive what Our Court has considered in that
behalf, then to do execution of the prior judgment pending in Our
Court [&c.] . . . . . . Witness Ourselves at Brecon, the 27th
day of March in the first and second years of Our reign. And the
second tenour of the record and process whence the aforesaid Writ
issued follows in these words: Cardiff town, to wit. Plaint raised
the 8th day of February in the first and second year of the reign of
Philip and Mary [&c], before John Roberts and William Colchester,
Bailiffs. To wit, David ap Grono Ychan seeks against Thomas ap
Jenkyn in a plea of deceit of pledge by the suit of John Do, Richard
Ro. And whence he the said Plaintiff, by Thomas Spencer, his
attorney, cometh and saith that whereas the aforesaid Defendant on
the 20th day of May in the 6th year of the reign of Edward the
Sixth, late King of England, for the consideration of a certain
sum of money unto him by John Tanner, of the town of Cardiff
aforesaid, Alderman, in hand paid, had sold unto the said John 4,000
'plooks' and 702 'waterseamys' of 'waterwoodfore,' to be
delivered by the aforesaid Defendant unto him the said John Tanner
on the banks of the mill-pond of Kerdif aforesaid, by that mill, within
the space of three years thence next ensuing; And further he saith
that the aforesaid Defendant, here at Kerdiffe within the jurisdiction
of this Court, on the 10th day of November in the first and second
years of the reigns of Philip and Mary, the now King and Queen,
took upon himself and faithfully promised to the aforesaid Plaintiff
that he the Defendant would, within the space of three days thence
next ensuing, deliver unto the aforesaid Plaintiff, at the place called
Glan Rodne, 2740 'plocks' as aforesaid and 44 of the aforesaid
'watersemys of waterwood,' and further that he the said Defendant
would save harmless the aforesaid Griffith against the aforesaid John
Tanner while the aforesaid Griffith would exonerate and fully acquit
the aforesaid Defendant against the aforesaid John Tanner concerning
the aforesaid 4000" &c. Failure to hold harmless, consequent loss.
Trial by Jury: Lewis Robert, William Joys, Walter Capper, John
Long, Thomas Pyres and John Lewis; who say upon their oath
that the Defendant deceived the aforesaid Plaintiff in manner and
form as the aforesaid Plaintiff has above narrated, and assess the
damages at 54s. 8d.
Autumn. 2 Philip and Mary. 1555.
Thomas Raglan of Lysworney, gent., was summoned to answer
unto Thomas Kemes of Cardyff, gent., for a debt of 100 marks under
a bond. The said Thomas Kemes held for a term of years, by the
demise of Francis Wrenche, a burgage in Cardyff aforesaid, called
the Great Hostry, with twelve acres of meadow thereto adjoining, in
Robertscrofte, within the franchise of the town of Cardyff, which
premises were theretofore in the occupation of David Thomas ap
Anthony, Bishop of Llandaff, and Henry Morgan, Canon of
Llandaff, sue each other for debt.
Spring. 2 & 3 Philip and Mary. 1555.
Glamorgan, to wit. Leonard Lambert, of Cardyff, yeoman, was
attached by his body to answer unto Jane, widow of Thomas Avanne,
alias Thomas de Anne, together with Griffin James, of Llangrallo,
yeoman; Hugh Williams, of Cardiff, tailor, and Ieuan ap John, of
Cardyff, tailor, concerning the death and murder of the aforesaid
Thomas Avanne, (fn. 1) and concerning the peace of our lord the King
and lady the Queen now broken, wherefore she calls them, &c.
And there are pledges for the aforesaid, to wit, John Ben and
Richard Fen. Wherefore she the said Jane, by Michael Nasshe,
her attorney, instantly calls the aforesaid Leonard Lambert for that,
whereas the aforesaid Thomas Avanne was in the peace of God and
of our lord the King and lady the Queen, on the 29th day of July
last past, about the hour of three after noon on that day, at Cardyff
in the county of Glamorgan aforesaid, then and there came as well
the aforesaid Leonard Lambert, who now appears, as the aforesaid
Griffin James, Hugh Williams and Ieuan ap John, who do not now
appear, and feloniously waylaid the said Thomas Avanne, with malice
aforethought; and the aforesaid Hugh Williams with a sword struck
the said Thomas on the right thigh, giving him a wound whereof he
instantly died. And the said Leonard Lambert, Griffin James and
Ieuan ap John feloniously aided and abetted that murder, by
instigating, helping and comforting the said Hugh.
The said Leonard answers that he is erroneously styled Lambert
in the Indictment, his surname being Lambard; and that he is not
guilty of the charge.
Thomas Ragland of Llesvron, gent.; John Llewelyn of Pendylloin; John Thomas David ap Hoell junior, and William Jenkyn
of Avan, gentlemen, bail the said Leonard.
At the trial the Jury found Leonard not guilty.
Morgan Taylor, of Llysdelabon, husbandman, charged before
William Herbert and James Button, esquires, Justices of the Peace, at
Cardyff, for that he, at Landaff and Cardyff, on the bank of the river
Tof, stole 200 blocks, of the goods and chattels of Thomas ap Jenkyn,
was acquitted by the Jury.
William Ffloyd, of "Cardythe," shoemaker, was indicted for
that he, together with John Roke, of Cardyff, shoemaker, broke into
the house of William Hughes at Rothe, and stole three measures of
corn, two of barley and one of rye. They were acquitted.
Thomas Baghe, of Pentirghe, labourer, was indicted for stealing
from William Corre, at Cardyff, in a place there called the Longe
Crosse, an ox of the value of twenty six shillings and eight pence, a
cow valued at 20s., and a calf worth 20s. He was acquitted.
Autumn. 4 & 5 Philip and Mary. 1557.
Richard Hullyn, of Canton, was indicted for that he entered a
boat of Robert Belfownder, at Cardiff, and stole therefrom a coffer,
12 pewter pots and two tin plates. He was acquitted.
Spring. 2 Eliz. July 1560.
John Gybon, esq., Doctor of Law, gives unto our lady the
Queen ten shillings for licence of agreeing with Thomas Morgan
and Ann his wife, and John ap Morgan and Joan his wife, concerning
a plea of covenant of a fourth part of the manors of St. ffagans and
Lleysvronith, with the appurtenances; as also of a fourth part of the
advowson of the church of Saynt ffagans.
Barbara Mathewe, widow of George Mathewe, knight, by Roger
Williams, her attorney, seeks against Hoell ap Jankyn a third part of
one messuage and lands in Llantrissent, as her dower.
Autumn. 2 Eliz. 1560.
About this time appear further Writs of Error directed by the
Crown to the Bailiffs of Cardiff, respecting judgments given in
the Town Court of Cardiff, which is described under the title of
"Hundred Court of the Lord William, Earl of Pembroke, holden
in the Gildhalle of Cardyff." In this bundle there is such a Writ
on behalf of William Herbert of Cogan Pill, esquire, against Thomas
Bateman, in respect of a broken agreement about "2 sherts of mayle,
a womans Cassag of sage color cloth, frenched aboute w[i]th a frenge
of black silcke, a bed Cowrteynes of blewe sarsenett, 2 fyne sherts,
2 canvas dubletts fyne, a payre of black hosses [hose], 2 peyre of
newe shoues, a fyne white quilted nyght cappe and a cappe case
locke, beying very hevye." The description is in English in the
Another similar action between the same parties relates to "A
fetherbed, a bolster, 2 pilowes, a peyre of Spanyshe blanketts, a bed
testern of grene saten borded w[i]th golde & Curteynes of the same, a
Canapie of grene Dornyx, 2 counterpoynts of tapesserye woorke,
one Carpett of the same woorke, a shorte carpett of Nylde worke,
one other old carpett, a hangynge for a chamber of grene sayes,
hangyngs for a chamber of blewe & yelowe says, a table cloth of
Canvas, a carpett of grene cloth, thre peces of peynted clothes,
a sugr loffe not weyed, 2 paprs of Synomon not weyed, a bagge
of peper not weyed, a bagge of dats not weyed, a paper of Gyngr
not weyed, a papre of Cloes, a papr of macs & a papre of saffron
3 Eliz. July 1561.
William Herbert of Swansey, esquire, son and heir of Matthew
Herbert of Cogan Pyll, esquire, is summoned to answer unto Thomas
Stradlyng, knight, in a plea of debt.
Autumn. 4 Eliz. September 1562.
There is a suit concerning lands called Alltydydwyll, in the
parish of Llanedern, situate between lands of David Kemys,
gentleman, on the west and east, and the river Rompney with the
highroad leading from Llanedern church towards Cardyff, on the
5 Eliz. July 1563.
John Owen, of Llannissen in the county of Glamorgan, labourer,
was sentenced to be hanged for the murder of his wife, Katherine
vergh John, by pushing her off Llandaff bridge into the river Toffe.
William Wedope alias Colchester alias Scott, of Cardiff,
yeoman, was sentenced to be hanged for stealing a grey mare
belonging to Richard Thomas, at Saint Fagan's.
John Thomas and Thomas David, of Cogan, labourers, for
stealing three "kershors," the property of Margaret Thomas, at
Coston, were sentenced to stand for three hours in the pillory
at the next Cardiff market, and afterwards to be whipped.
Autumn. 5 Eliz. October 1563.
The initial letter P of the title is beautifully ornamented in ink,
with oak branches, scroll-work and arabesques.
Richard Wood, of Cardiff, shoemaker, was found guilty of
burglariously stealing money from the house of Howell Thomas
at Llanederne. He claimed benefit of clergy and was handed over
to the representative of the Ordinary.
12 Eliz. September 1570.
David ap John Vachan prays a Writ of Entry upon Disseisin in
le post at the Common Law, according to the form of the Statute
of Ruthlan, against William Herbert of Swansey, esq., and Mary
his wife, for the manors of Newton Nottage, Southe Cornely, Cogan,
Landoghe, Rothe Teuxberye, Kybor and Cardiff, including lands,
messuages and tenements in Cardiff and Landaffe, as also the free
chapel of Rothe and the appropriate tithes in Rothe, as his right
and inheritance. (Apparently a fictitious suit.)
14 Eliz. September 1572.
Action for defamation. Robert Grene versus Thomas Powell,
of Cardiff, tanner. The words complained of were:—"Thowe,
Robert Grene, art a thefe; for thow hast stollen half a dycker of
my hydes, and here are two of them in thy pytts."
15 Eliz. June 1573.
Richard Thomas, of Swansey, tinker, indicted for stealing a bell
from Barry church, claimed benefit of clergy and was delivered to
15 Eliz. September 1573.
Thomas ap Hoell, of St. David's, was arrested at Cardiff and
charged with being a sturdy vagrant having no visible means of
subsistence. After a recital of the recent Act of Parliament in that
behalf, he is accordingly sentenced to be burned with a hot iron
through the gristle of the right ear, and to be afterwards whipped.
16 Eliz. September 1574.
Edmond Morgan of Basseleg, gent.; John Williams of Llystalebont, gent., and Rowland Morgan of Rothe, gent., are sureties that
he said Edmond Morgan will keep the peace towards John Mathewe,
gent.; Rimbron Mathewe, gent.; John Thomas, esq.; Thomas
Bawdrippe, gent., and Henry James, gent.