R.O. Chanc. Proc.
Series II. Elizabeth. Bundle 5. No. 56. 1 m.
To the Right Honourable
Sir Nicholas Bacon, knight,
Lord Keeper of the Great Seal.
Complaint of John Arnowlde, servant attendant in household
to the Right Honourable the Lord Herberte of Cardiff, that whereas
David Thomas ap Howell, deceased, about three years past was
seised (by virtue of a Lease for years, of the demise of Andrew
Toocke) of a messuage, garden and seven acres of meadow ground
to the same belonging, situate in the town of Cardiff, now in tenure
of John Thomas and William Corre, and bequeathed the same to
Arnold ap Dauid, his son; who thereof died seised, leaving the
same to his son Roger Arnoulde; who assigned his interest
therein to the Complainant: William Corre and John Nicholas
Tyler, of Cardyff, have wrongfully ejected the Complainant; who
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 146. No. 110.
[Two membranes, torn.]
Termino s'c'e Trinitatis Anno Elizabeth primo 4 Junij 1559.
To the right hon'able sr Nich'as Bacon
knight lorde kepr of the great seale
Sheweth to yor lordship the right hon'able Will'm Erle of
Pembroke That where aswell or late sou'eign lorde of famous
memory Kinge Henry theight, Kinge Edward the sixt as others the
Quenes Maiesties noble p'genytors and others their noble subiects
before that at sondrye tymes and by seu'all titles haue byn seased
in their demeane as of fee of and in the Lordship' Royall called the
Lordship' of Glamorgan in the Countie of Glamorgan in Wales
Wherof two other Lordships called Miskyn and Glynrothney are
p'cell, the tenn'ts and inh'itaunts of whiche lordship Royall the
tyme wherof the memory of man dothe not ru?e to the contrary
haue byn charged w[i]th the payment of the some of a thowsand
Marks at eu'y tyme as by death or by any other meanes there
hath byn any alterac'on of the said lordship Royall, that is to saie,
When and as often as the lorde of the said lordship' Royall hath
died or alyened the same to any other p'son or p'sons hath byn
made to be paid to hym or them, that after suche dyinge seased
or alyenac'on haue com[m]e to the possessyon therof for and in the
name of Myses and for the due leveinge of the said som[m]e, the
heires successors and assignes of the Quenes Ma[jes]ties noble p'genytors
and theires and assignes of eu'y of their said noble Subiects comynge
to the said Lordship' royall by due course of inherytaunce or otherwise by all the tyme aforesaid haue vsed by Com[m]yssyon by them in
that p'te addressed to such p'son or p'sons as to them did seme mete,
to demaunde the said some of a thowsande Marks to them to be had
at daies and tymes in the said lordship Royall vsed and accustomed
and that after such demaunde therof made by order betwixt the said
Comyssyon's and the inhabytaunts aforesaid sessors of eu'y of the
said inh'itaunts have byn by them appointed and chosen to rate the
said inh'itaunts, that is to saie eu'y of the Lordships w[i]thin the said
lordship' Royall to like rate, Who at all tymes did well and trulie
rate the same and trulie did answer and paie to the said noble
p'genytors of or said sou'eign Lady and to others their noble
Subiects for the tyme beinge lordes of the said Lordship' the
said som[m]e; So it is pleaseth it yor hon'able Lordship' that or late
sou'eign lorde kinge Edward the Sixt beinge therof seased, by his
l'res patents vnder the great seale of England therof to hym made,
As by the said l'res patents reddie to be shewed more at large it
doth and maye appere, gave and graunted the said lordship' Royall
to the said hon'ble Will'm Erle of Pembroke To haue and to holde
the said Lordship' Royall with all comodyties and p'ffytes therunto
belonginge to the said Erle his heires and assignes foreur By force
wherof the said Erle entred into the same, and by his Lordship'
writings sealed did com[m]aunde and aucthorise sr George Harbert
knight, Edward Lewes, Rowlande Morgan and John Carne, Esquiers,
to repaier to the said Lordship' Royall and there to assemble the
inh'itaunts therof and of them to demaunde the said some of a
thowsand Marks by them to be paid to the said Erle as is aforesaid,
Who at that tyme did condiscend and agree and sessors and
Collectors by the said Comyssion's and inh'itaunts were agreed vpon
for the ratinge and leveynge of the said some accordinge vnto the
auncyent vsage aforesaid; And after that is to saie aboute three
yeres last past, the said sessors did rate the inhabytaunts of the
said Lordships of Miskyn and Glynrothney with the payment of the
som[m]e of threescore six pounds xiijs. iiijd. p'cell of the said som[m]e of a
thowsand Marks. And after that is to saie aboute one yere last past
the Collectors appointed for the gatheringe and leveinge therof,
required the said inh'itaunts to make to them payment therof, the
whiche to doe thies whose names do followe, in the name of the rest
of thinh'itaunts of the said Manors vtterly did refuse, That is to
saie, Morgan Mathewe gentleman, Richarde Harry, John ap Will'm,
Evan Dio & Morgan ap Robert Howell David Tewe, to the disheryson of the said Erle of that p'te of the p'ffyt of the said
Lordship Royall and to the evell example of all other his tenn'ts
and inhabytaunts of the said Lordship if remedy herein be not
p'vided by yor good Lordship And forasmuch as the said Erle
cannot p'scribe in takinge and ympoundinge of any distres to be
taken wthin the said lordship for the said some he is without
remedy to haue and recour the same by order of the com[m]on lawe;
Wherfore he desireth that it maye please yor lordship to awarde
the Quenes Maiesties wryt of Subpena to be directed to the said
Morgan Mathewe, Richarde Harry, John ap Will'm, Evan Dio &
Morgan ap Robert Howell Davide Tewe, comaundinge them and
eu'y of them by the same at a certen daie and vnder a certen paine
therin to be lymyted p'sonallie to appere before yor good Lordship
in the Quenes Maiesties highe corte of Chauncery then and there to
answer to the p'misses, And farder to stand and abide to such order
and direcc'on therin as to yor good lordship shall seme to stande with
right equitie and good conscience &c.
Jur. coram Jo: Orphin Strange
omnes quatuor. (fn. 1)
Thanswere of Morgan Mathew, John ap Willyam, Even
Dio and Morgan ap Robert Defendants To the byll of Compleynt of the ryght honorable Will'm Erle of Pembroke
The said Defendants by protestac'on not confessing any thinge
materiall in the said Bill to be true for plee & answer thervnto saith
that the same is incerten & insufficient in the lawe to be answered
vnto And the matter therin conteyned ys of mere malice devised
only to put the said Defend. beyng poore men to trouble cost and
vexac'on. And for further answer they say that trew it is that aswell
the Quenes Ma[jes]ties moste noble p'genitors as other noble men their
subiects at svndry tymes and by seu'all tytles haue byn seased in thar
demesn as of fee of and in the Lordshipp Roiall of Glamorgan &
Morgonnocke in Southwales beyng a Lordshipp Marcher eur sythens
the Conquest therof owt of the welshmens hands. And nowe beyng
in the Cowntie of Glamorgan aforsaid wherof the said twoo Lordshipps of Myskyne and Glynrothney were members And when so eur
the Lorde of the said Lordshipp Roiall of Glamorgan and Morgonnocke
dyd dye and his heire entred into the same by discent of enheritance
thinhabitants therof were accustomed to paye in the name of Myses
to their newe Lord one Thowsand m'ks to the which som[m]e the inhabitants of the said two Lordshipps of Myskyn and Glynrothney were
contributory according to their p'porc'ons. By reason that the said
two Lordshipps were members of the said Lordshipp Royall of
Glamorgan and morgonnocke for the which som[m]e of a Thowsand m'ks
by the name of Myses all the Tennants and inhabitants of the said
Lordshipp Roiall and of all the Lordshipps members of the same the
whiche were twelue in all had by their newe Lorde white books
graunted vnto them that is to witt a remission of all ma?r detts
remayning due on the said Tenants and inhabitants to their olde
Lorde at the tyme of his death whether it were in rents or detts
vppon obligac'ons or Com[m]yn maynpryce suertyshipp recognysaunc's
forffeted or amrcyaments or otherwise And also a gen'all p'don for
all Murders Rapes ffelonies and other offenc's and Trespasses by
them or any of them comyted. And moreour aswell the Quenes
Ma[jes]ties most noble p'genitors as other noble men their Subiects
sometyme Lords of the forsaid Lordshipp Roiall before thalterac'on
of the Lawes in wales made by Statute A° xxvij° of the Reigne of or
Late Sou'aigne Lord of famous memorye the Quenes Maiesties moste
noble ffather kynge Henry the viijth, were wonte to directe their
Com[m]yssion of Oyer & Determyner eu'y seven yeres vnto the said
Lordshipp Royall for the keping of ther Sessions of the same, at the
which Sessions all the Lords Tenants inhabitants & Resyants from
thage of xvj yeres to three score as well of the said Lordshipp Roiall
as of all the meane Lordshipps members of the same, were bound to
make their p'sonall apparance before the said Lords Com[m]yssioners
appoynted by the said Commyssion, the w[hi]ch Com[m]yssion semyng to
haue the face of an ernest Admynistrac'on of Justice was in effect to
none other purpose but vngodly to exacte greate som[m]es of moneye on
the said Inhabitants as thus, The said Com[m]yssioners had Rolles
Delyured to them conteyning the names & surnames of eu'ye of the
said Inhabitants bound to appere before them And then should
eu'y of them be called one after an other and who so eu'r would not
answere at his first calling should be amrced in vli and some in xli
and some in more and thus would they kepe before them the whole
noomber of the said inhabitants three or four Daies or longer to their
greate charges trouble and vexac'on callyng eu'y of them twyse eu'y
day amrcyeng alwaies all those that did not answere at their first
calle. The w[hi]ch were a wonderfull nomber amongest so great an
apparance that could not be so attentiff to here and vnderstand there
names called at the ffirst calle so many of them beyng also almoste
of lyke name. By reason wherof the amrcyaments and fynes vpon
them assessed would often tymes draw to twoo or three Thowsand
m'ks the which the said Com[m]yssioners would threaten to levye by
Distresses vppon the said Inhabitants wherby they would dryve the
said poore inhabitants to treate w[i]th them for the redempcion of the
same. The which Redempc'on cam ordinarily alwaies to one
Thowsand m'ks by the name of myses. And the same was Devided
amongest the whole nomber of the said Inhabitants and paid in fyve
yeres by equall porcyons in the which redempc'on white books were
also granted as is aforsaid w[i]th remission of all detts amrcyaments
paines and forfaitures w[i]th a genrall p'don of all murders Rapes
felonyes Trespasses and other offenc's. The which Sessions and
Redemp'con of the same beyng p'ceyved by that noble kyng to be
no admynistrac'on of Justice at all, but only a comfort and mayntenn'ce of wicked and evell disposed p'sons and greate Charges
trouble and vexac'on to all his trew and quyet Subiects Inhabitants
there, of his moste godly and Charitable mynde Dyd by the forsaid
Statute clerely adnull and putt awaye for eur all such Sessions of
oyer and determiner and the redempc'ons of the same and the myses
accustomed to be paid by the Coolor therof in all p'ts of wales
and the m'ches of the same. By force wherof no Lord m'cher or
Lord of Lordshipp Royall at this daye may direct out his Com[m]yssion
for the levieng of any myses vpon ther tenn'ts but only at their first
entrye into their lands after the death of their auncesters as it hath
byn vsed before as it is beforsaid. And that was by a speciall p'viso
at the humble suite of the Lords m'chers in the said acte made for the
same. wthout that That ther is any such Lordshipp named the Lordshipp of Glamorgan only to these Defendants knowlege as is in the said Byll surmysed. And wthout that That or late Sou'aigne lord kyng Edward the vjth by his letters patents vnder the greate seale of
England gave and graunted the said Lordshipp Royall of Glamorgan
and Morgannocke to the said honorable Will'm Erle of Pembroke To
haue and to holde the said Lordshipp Roiall w[i]th all com[m]odities and
p'fitts thervnto belongynge to the said Erle his heires & assigns
for eur, as in the said Byll is surmysed. ffor the trewth ys that the
Segniorye of the said Lordshipp Roiall remayned contynually in or
said late sou'aigne Lord kyng Edward the vjth And from hym
descended to or late Sou'aigne Quene Marye, and is sythens
descended to the Quenes Maiestie or moste dread Sou'aigne Lady
that now ys And yet dothe remayne in her highnes vngyven or
granted as these Defendants suppose. By reason wherof the said
Defend. and all other the tenants and Resiants of the said Lordshipp
Roiall of Glamorgan and Morgannocke are contrybutory to the
payment of myses to her grace now after the death of the Queene
her syster. And wthout that That the said Myses by any Custome
there were eur paiable or due vpon the alienac'on or other alterac'on
of the said Segniory other then by descent as is aforsaid in this
answer alleged. And wthout that That the Inhabitants of the said
Lordshipp Roiall dyd eur agree or condiscend to paye myses to the
said Erle to these Defendants knowlege, for they know not why
they should so doo. And wthout that That Sessors and Collectors
for the rating and levieng of the same was agreed vppon by the said
Inhabitants as it ys surmysed, or that if it were that the same is
materiall to these Defendants or can bynd them. And w[i]thout that
That any other thinge conteyned in the sayd Byll materiall to be
answered vnto and not in this answere confessed and avoyded
trau'sed or denyed is true All w[hi]ch matters the said Defend. are redy
to averre and prove as this honorable Court will awarde, And
prayeth to be dismissed the same w[i]th their reasonable costs by
them susteyned in and aboute their said wrongfull vexac'on. And
yor said Orators shall pray &c.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 18. No. 80. circa 1560.
Complaint of Thomas Button of Worleton in the county of
Glamorgan, gentleman. Hugh Johns, clerk, was prebendary of a
prebend called Saint Andrew alias Bassetchurche, in the cathedral
church of Landaphe; and being thereof seised, by deed dated
9 January 1 E. 6, in consideration of a certain sum of money to
him paid by James Button of Worleton, esquire, Complainant's
father, granted all his said prebend, and all his manor and lordship
then in tenure of David ap Hoell, being in the parish of Landaph,
and all commodities to the said prebend, manor or lordship belonging (except and reserved to the said Hugh Johns and his successors
the capital house and garden and stable, nigh to the cathedral
church), at a rent of 3l 6s. 8d. a year. After the which, Anthony,
Bishop of Landaphe, being rightful patron of the said prebend, the
Dean and Chapter with one assent, by deed dated 12 January 1 E. 6,
whereunto the seals of the said Bishop and Chapter were annexed,
did ratify and confirm the grant aforesaid. By force whereof the
said James Button was lawfully seised of the premises; and so
being seised, by Will demised the premises unto the Complainant,
being his son. Divers charters, writings and muniments concerning
the premises are casually happened into the hands of Elizabeth Ryce,
of Fayer Water in the parish of Llandaff, widow; who by force
thereof has unlawfully conveyed unto herself sundry secret and
unknown estates of the premises. Whereof Complainant prays
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 49. No. 22.
Complaint of John Dauis, of Kardyffe, surgeon. About 20 years
past he was bounden prentice to one Robert Strong, otherwise called
Gloudsmythe, of Carmarthyn, goldsmith, Complainant being then
seised of 10 acres of land in the parish of Llandaf, known by the
name of Tyere Penellyne. "The Evidencs Charters and wryttyng
wherof being diures in number your sayed orator brought then wyth
hym to the howshe of his sayed master and beinge so mysvsed in the
sarvic of the sayed Robert Strong bothe by hym and by his wyffe in
such Cruell sorte that he was for saffegarde of his lyffe and lymes
dryven to forsake his sayed occupac'on and levinge his sayed
Evidences and Charters in the sayed howse." The said Robert
Strong, and another, have ousted Complainant from the said
premises by means of the said documents. Complainant prays
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 70. No. 31. 1562. 1 m.
Complaint of Mathew Griffithe, of Landaf, yeoman. Anno
1 Marie, Henry Morgan, then Bishop of Saint Dauis, in Wales,
was appointed High Collector for the gathering and true answering
of all the tenths and first fruits rising within the bishopric of
Landaf. Whereupon the said Bishop appointed John Griffithe,
clerk, Treasurer of the Cathedral church of Landaf, his under
collector. Complainant became bounden for the said John Griffithe's
due performance of the said office, in 500l. John Griffithe died,
and left John Lloied, bachelor of the law, and Principal of White
Haule in Oxforde, his sole executor. On the death of the said
Henry Morgan, his executor, John Wilkinson, commenced an action
against Complainant in the Hustings of London, notwithstanding that
the estate of the said John Griffithe was sufficient to answer the
debt. Whereof the Complainant prays redress.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 101. No. 12. 2 m.
Complaint of John James, son of James Harry, late of Rothe,
deceased. The said James Harry was seised of certain copyhold
in the Lordship of Roth Dogvile; the nature and custom of which
lordship is, and time out of mind hath been, that all such copyhold
lands as any are or were seised of within the said manor at the time
of his decease should and ought to descend unto his younger son
or younger daughter, that shall die so seised, and not unto the
eldest. The said James Harry, being as aforesaid seised of
customary lands holden of the said Lordship of Roth Dougvild,
callde Alyce Hill, containing 20 acres, died of that estate seised;
after whose death, and by force of the custom of the said Lordship
of Roth Dokvill, the said lands descended unto the Complainant,
as youngest son. The Copies of Court Roll have come into
possession of James ap Jenkyn and Luce his wife, who have
expulsed Complainant from the said lands. He prays redress.
Answer of James App Jenkyn. Walter James, elder brother
of the Complainant, last Easter granted the said Defendant, by the
mediation and award of certain friends, that said Defendant should
occupy the said customary lands for a certain time. By force
whereof he entered into the same. He has not received the
promised assurance of the said Walter James, and now disclaims
to have any right or title to the premises.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 102. No. 23. 1560. 1 m.
Complaint of Hugh Jones, clerk, bachelor at the Civil Law.
Anno 2 Eliz. he was admitted to the Prebend called Base Churche,
in the cathedral church of Landaff, by the collation of the Reverend
Father in God, Antonye, Bishop of Llandaff, patron and ordinary
thereof. Complainant was accordingly freeholder of 140 acres, in
right of the said prebend. He is disturbed by Elizabeth Rees,
and prays redress.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 107. No. 39. 4 m.
Answer of Alson, wife of Thomas Lewis, to the Complaint of
William Kemys, concerning 5 acres of land in the parish of Rompney
in the county of Mon?mothe. Complainant was thereof seised, and
by deed dated 6 E. 6 granted same to Thomas Collyns, of Rompney,
now deceased, for 99 years, at the death of John Gybon, then tenant
thereof. After whose death the said Thomas Collyns entered upon
the premises accordingly, and thereof died seised. After his death
Defendant was thereof seised, and did then intermarry with her said
husband. David Morgan Kemys, Complainant's father, was never
seised of the premises in his demesne as of fee tail.
Copy Bill of Complaint, engrossed in Chancery text.
Writ or Commission of Dedimus potestatem, directed to William
Morgan and Roland Morgan, esquires.
Return by the said Commissioners.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 108. No. 23.
1 small m., torn.
Complaint of Rynald Kemis, of the parish of Lanissen in the
county of Glamorgan. Edward Kemis of Kevenmably was seised
of certain lands in the parish of Lanissen, and assured same to
Complainant. He is disturbed by Edward Phellipp alias Taylour,
of Lanissen, and prays redress.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 119. No. 61.
Complaint of John ap Morgan. He held for a term of years, by
demise of Sir George Mathew, knight, deceased, a capital messuage
and 30 acres of land in the parish of Llandaff. He has been disturbed
by Malte Dio, widow, and prays redress.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 120. No. 31.
Complaint of Katheryn Mathewe, widow of Myles Mathewe, of
Castell Menygh, gent. Her late husband was seised of divers lands
in the county of Glamorgan, and devised all his lands to his daughter
Katheryn, then an infant aged two years, if Complainant (being great
with child) were not with child of a son. After her said husband's
decease, Complainant was delivered of a man child. But Myles
Morgan, Robert Phillipp, Jenkyn Gryffith alias Gough, and Henry
Henry, who were tenants of parcels of the said lands, refuse to
pay their rents or to deliver up possession of the lands.
Answer of Jenkin Gryffyth Alyce (fn. 2) Goughe. Demurs that
the said Will is not said to have been in writing. Confesses that
Myles Mathew devised his lands as stated by Complainant. The
said Will directed that Thomas Mathew of Llantwyd, gent., and
Morgan Mathew of St.-y-nyll, gent., should take the profits of
said lands during the nonage of Testator's said daughter or his
son; and that they should account to Mr William Mathew and
Thomas Carne, esquire, the overseers of said Will, who accordingly
desired the tenants to pay rent only to them.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 127. No. 8.
5 m. and 1 paper.
Complaint of William Mathewe, esquire. Sir George Mathewe,
knight, deceased, his late father, was seised in fee tail of the Manor
or Lordship of Landaff; after whose death the said manor descended
unto Complainant as son and heir. Hoell Rice, of Bedwelltie in the
county of Monmouth, has made wrongful entry into two tenements
and 21 acres of land and meadow, parcel of said manor. Complainant prays redress.
Writ directed to William Harbert and Edward Lewys, esquires.
Copy Complaint, engrossed in Chancery Text.
Answer of Hoell ap Rees. Long before the said Sir George
Mathew anything had in said Manor of Landafe, one Thomas Gwyn
was seised of said two tenements and 21 acres, as parcel of the said
manor; after whose decease the same came of right unto one William
Gwin as son and heir; who about 35 years past took to wife one
Margett vergh David, now wife unto said Defendant, and assured
the premises to her in the name of her jointure. And afterwards
the said William Gwin died, leaving issue one John William now
living. His said widow then married this Defendant, who is seised
of the said premises in right of his said wife.
Return by the Commissioners, on one sheet of paper.
Replication of William Mathewe, esquire, in the form of a
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 128. No. 61.
Complaint of Harry Mathewe, of Gray's Inn in the county of
Mydilsex, student. He is seised in his demesne as of fee of and in
certain lands called the Farme, lying in Fayrewater within the county
of Glamorgan. Harry Jenkin and John ap Ieuan alias Myller have
entered into two acres of lands called the Werne, parcel of the said
Farme, and hewed down the wood there growing, and cut turves
there, to the damage of 40l. Complainant doth continue always at
Gray's Inn aforesaid, far distant from the said county of Glamorgan,
and therefore is without all hope of any remedy to be had by the due
order of the Common Law. He prays a Writ of Subpoena to the
said Harry Jenkin &c.
Answer of the said Defendants.
They are poor labourers, and deny having committed the acts
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 130. No. 16.
Complaint of William Mathewe, esquire. Sir George Mathewe,
knight, deceased, father of Complainant, was seised in his demesne
as of fee tail of and in (inter alia) the Manor or Lordship of Landaff,
with the appurtenances, in the county of Glamorgan; after whose
death the premises descended unto Complainant as son and heir.
John William Gwyn, of Saynghenyth in the county of Glamorgan,
hath entered into two tenements and 21 acres of land and meadow,
parcel of the said manor, and therefrom hath ousted Complainant,
who craves redress.
Answer of the said John
A long time before the Complainant or his late father had
anything in the premises, one Thomas Gwyn, deceased, grandfather
to Defendant, was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee; and after
his death, William Gwyn, his son, father to the Defendant, who
occupied the same until fulfilment of certain estates and covenants
thereof by him made for the jointure of Margaret, wife of David
Morgan, mother to Defendant. And after his said father's death,
Defendant hath been in lawful possession of the same and, like his
said father and grandfather, has always paid rent to the lord of the
said manor for the time being.
Replication of Complainant.
Traverses the statements contained in the Answer.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 130. No. 31.
Complaint of Henry Mathewe, of Grayes Inne in the county of
Mydilsex, prentice. The Archdeacon and Chapter of the Cathedral
Church of Landaphe were seised in their demesne as of fee, in the
right of their said Chapter, of and in one acre of lands lying within
the parish of Landaphe, called Goose Acre, and demised the same
unto Complainant, amongst other lands, for a term of years. Harry
Henrye, of Landaphe, hath entered into the said acre, and with his
cattle hath eaten and consumed the grass thereupon growing, and
expulsed the Complainant, who craves redress.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 140. No. 43.
Complaint of John Price, servant to Hugh Griffithe, esquire,
one of the Six Clerks of the High Court of Chancery. The late
King Henry VII. was seised in his demesne as of fee, as in the
right of his Crown, of and in divers manors, lands and tenements
within the county of Glamorgan in South Wales; and did, about the
14th year of his reign, grant his Commission under his Great Seal
of England, directed to Charles Somersett, Mathew Cradocke and
Morgan Kydwelly, knights, and others, authorising them or any
two of them to let all his manors, lands, tenements and hereditaments within the said county to such persons as would take the
same for term of lives or years; such Leases to be made under the
seal of the King's Chancery within the said county, then holden at
Cardiff, as by the Inrolment of the said Commission more plainly
doth appear. By force of which Commission the said Commissioners
did amongst other things, about the 18th year of the said late King's
reign, demise and to farm let, under the said seal of the Chancery
of Cardiff, one farm of pasture, with the appurtenances, commonly
called the West Moore, containing 2,000 acres of ground, lying and
being in the Lordship of Rothe Dogvill in the said county of
Glamorgan, unto one Robert Jons, esquire, for a term of years;
yielding and paying unto the said late King, his heirs and
successors, the annual rent of twenty marks. After which, the
said Robert Jons assigned over the whole premises unto one John
Bowcher alias Wastell, who devised and bequeathed the same unto
one John Jons alias Westall, and Nicholas Jones, his sons. By a
Partition between the two lastnamed parties, the lands here ensuing,
being parcel of the said farm or pasture, were allotted unto the said
Nicholas Jones; that is to wit, the New Ground, lately enclosed, the
New Close, the Lytle Medowe adjoining to the same new close,
9 acres of meadow lying in the north-west side of the Furlongs, 12
acres of meadow in the Tenaunts' Mead, 2 acres and three quarters
in Porteman's Moore, and the two Barbour's Closes, and certain
other lands and pasture not enclosed, being parcel of the said farm.
And the residue of the said farm or pasture was allotted to the said
John Jones, as by the said Partition in writing may appear. John
Bowcher alias Wastell, Miles Westell and William Westell now
hold the original Lease, and refuse Complainant access thereto or a
copy thereof. He craves redress.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 140. No. 44.
Complaint of John Price, servant to Hugh Griffith, esquire, one
of the Six Clerks of the High Court of Chancery. John Nicholas,
late of the town of Cardiff in the county of Glamorgan, yeoman, was
about seven years past lawfully possessed for term of divers years
of and in the moiety of a certain pasture lying in the Lordship of
Roth Dogvill within the county of Glamorgan, parcel of the farm of
Westmore; and demised unto one John Robert ap Ieuan, of the town
of Cardiff, all and singular his right in and to the common of pasture
belonging to the said farm of Westmore, then in the occupation of
one James Harrys, of Rothe in the county aforesaid, for the pasturing
of ninescore sheep and 32 rotherd cattle. Except, nevertheless, and
always reserved unto the said John Nicholas, his executors and
assigns, his moiety of the feeding and pasturing on the said land.
The said moiety now belongs to Complainant, but the said John
Robert ap Ieuan refuses to allow him to depasture sheep and cattle
on the said land according to his right and title therein. He craves
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 145. No. 22.
Complaint of John Pryce, servant to Hugh Gryffith, esquire, one
of the Six Clerks of the Chancery. Our late sovereign lord King
Henry VIII., of famous memory, was seised in his demesne as of fee,
as in the right of his Crown, of and in one farm or pasture called the
West More, containing 2,000 acres of ground, lying in the Lordship
of Rothe Dogvyll in the county of Glamorgan; and about the 18th
year of his reign demised the same unto Robert Jones, esquire, for a
term of years, who assigned it unto John Bocher. The last named
person devised the premises unto John Jones alias Wastell, and
Nicholas Jones, his sonnes. (Recital of partition between them, as
ante, Bundle 140, No. 43). The said Nicholas afterwards devised his
moiety unto his eldest son, John Nicholas, who conveyed the same
unto Edward Nevedd, who parted therewith unto Complainant. He
is now ousted from the premises by John White the younger and
[blank] Nicholas, who substitute their cattle for his on the said
pasture. Complainant being a clerk of this honourable Court, and
here always attendant, and thereby by ancient use and custom of the
same Court privileged to sue for his lawful remedy, craves redress.
Answer of Defendant John White.
Complainant being an underclerk or minister of this honourable
Court, has commenced this suit by the procurement, maintenance and
setting on of others. The said Nicholas Jones devised the premises
to his sons Philip Nicholas, Howell Nicholas and Nicholas ap
Nicholas, infants; who, with the consent of John Nicholas, the
executor, assigned over the premises unto this Defendant. One
William Herbert, gent., having gotten the said Plaintiff's supposed
pretended title in and to the premises, expulsed this Defendant
Replication of John Price.
The said Defendant, being a busy fellow and given to suits and
troubles, hath procured the tenants and occupiers of the premises
to be served with processes to appear before the Council of the
Marches, without any just cause.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 146. No. 108.
Complaint of William, Earl of Pembrok. The late King Edward
VI. was seised in his demesne as of fee, in the right of his Crown,
of and in the Manor or Lordship of Rothe in the county of Glamorgayn, with all rights, members and appurtenances to the same
belonging; of which said manor a certain pasture called the Iland
and Grene Word alias Wood, and divers parcels of meadow in
Portemannor, and a close called Barbor's Close, a meadow called
Este Forlonge and West Forlonge, containing 43 acres; and divers
parcels of meadow, that is to say, Ryve's Acre, Waterleder's Mede,
Cutler's Acre, one acre of meadow by Newe Wall, two acres and a
half lying by Robert's Crofte, two acres and a half appertaining to
a tenement called Falldaie's, one acre of meadow late John Sadler,
and one acre and three roods of meadow by Water Diche, with all
and singular their appurtenances, set, lying and being within the
said Manor or Lordship of Rothe, now in the tenure and occupation
of William Harberte of Cardif, John Wastell, William Wastell and
Miles Wastell, are and time whereunto the memory of man doth not
extend always have been parcel. And the said late King so being of
the said manor or premises seised, by his Grace's Letters Patents
under the Great Seal of England did grant the said manor and
premises unto Complainant and to his heirs for ever; by force of
which he was thereof lawfully seised in his demesne as of fee. The
said William Herbart of Cardif, John Wastell, William Wastell and
Miles Wastell have, without any good right or title unto the said
premises, wrongfully entered, and expulsed and put out Complainant
from the same. And forasmuch as, if the said Earl should attempt
his suit at the Common Law in the said county of Glamorgan for
the recovery of the premises, he should be in a manner without all
remedy, for the challenge which the said William Harberte &c.
might and would take to the Jurors that should pass in and upon
the same matter (for that they and every of them, or the more part
of the freeholders of the said shire, are either within the distress of
the said Earl, or akin, or allied to him, his servants or kinsfolk) he
prays a Writ of Subpoena in Chancery.
Answer of John Wastell and
Miles Wastell, Defendants.
They claim the premises under a prior Lease from King Henry
VII., by Letters Patent under the Great Seal of his Chancery of
Kayerdyffe, dated 18 August a° 18 regni sui; which said Letters
demised the premises unto Robert Johns for 99 years at an annual
rent of 13l 6s. 4d. The remainder of the Lease is lawfully conveyed
to the Defendants and to William Wastell their brother.
Answer of the Defendant
He disclaims any interest in the premises, except as regards the
Newe Grownde late enclosed, the New Close, the Little Meade
adjoining to the same close, 9 acres of meadow in the north-west
side of the Furlongs, 12 acres in Tenaunts' Meade, 2¾ acres of
mead in Portmansmore, and the one Barbor's Close; which he
holds by devolution of the Lease thereof from King Henry VII. to
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 146. No. 125.
Complaint of William, Earl of Pembroocke. The late King
Edward VI. was lawfully seised in his demesne as of fee, as in
right of his Crown, of and in the Manor or Lordship of Rothe in
the county of Glomorgan, including 3 parcels of arable and pasture
land called [blank], containing 5 acres in tenure of John Tanner, of
Cardyf; and, by his Grace's Letters Patent under the Great Seal of
England, granted the said manor and premises unto Complainant in
fee. The said John Tanner has ousted Complainant therefrom, who
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 127. No. 65. 1565.
Complaint of Harry Mathewe, of Barnardes Inn, gent. The
Dean and Chapter of Landaf, by deed dated 30 December 5 Eliz.,
demised to Complainant a mansion house then late in the occupation
of John Gryffythe Goghe, of Landaf, gent., being in the said city,
for a term of years. The said John Gryffythe has wrongfully kept
Complainant out of possession of the premises, and he prays redress.
Answer of John Griffith Groh, Defendant. The Complainant
has alleged no title in the Dean and Chapter. They made a prior
demise unto one Thomas ap Morgan, now deceased, under whom
Replication of Complainant. Thomas ap Morgan surrendered
the said Lease in consideration of an annuity, and delivered it
to the Reverend Father in God, Anthony, at that time Bishop of
Landaf, being head of the said Chapter; who presently having
occasion to ride to London, took with him the said Lease, and at
his returning back left same at his house at Westminster, with other
writings; and after sent to Londen for the old Lease again, which
could not be found. And the said Bishop in his death bed declared
to divers persons that Defendant was but his tenant at will of the
Rejoinder of John Gryffith Goch. Thomas ap Morgan did not
surrender his Lease. The late Bishop did not take said Lease with
him to Londen, and made no such request on his death bed
concerning the same.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 101. No. 60. 1568.
Complaint of Margaret Johannes, widow of Edward Wylliams
deceased. William Wylliams, late of Aberdeire in the county of
Glamorgan, deceased, father of the said Edward Williams, was
seised in his demesne as of fee of and in certain lands called Lloynyole, in the parishes of Saint ffagans and Pentirche. Anno 1 E. 6
he settled same on Complainant, as her jointure. She has been
ousted by Llewelyn William, Lewes ap Llewelyn and David Thomas
Dyo. Complainant dwells in the county of Wiltis, far distant from
therehence, and she prays redress.
Answer of Llewelyn Williams. Complainant's late father-in-law
duly enfeoffed Lewys ap Llewelyn and John Robert, gentlemen, of
the said premises called Lloyn Ioly; who afterwards re-enfeoffed
said William ap William, and Edward ap William, his son, for
the life of said William ap William; with remainder to Edward ap
William, and remainder over to this Defendant.
Answer of Lewys ap Lle'n, to the same effect.
Copy Bill, engrossed in Chancery text.
Writ directed to William Bassett, esquire, and Miles Button,
Return of the said Commissioners Bassett and Button.
Replication of Complainant, on the general issue.
Replication of Complainant, on the pleadings.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 55. No. 69. 7 m.
Complaint of Reynold Dauid, servant unto the Right Honourable Harry, Earl of Penbrooke. Anthony, late Bishop of Landaphe,
by deed under the seal of his bishopric, about 4 E. 6, granted, for
himself and his successors, unto John Griffithe and John Lloyd the
office of the Registry of his Acts, and the Registryship of his
successors and of the Bishop's Chancellor and his Vicar in the
Spirituality General or Principal; and also of every general or
particular commissary in the office of the said Bishop or his
successors, or of any the King's ecclesiastical power, which shall
be appointed for the government of the same, using the same
in the Consistory of Landaphe or in any other place within his
diocese; together with the custody of his records. The said
John Lloyd held the above offices and emoluments by survivorship, and conveyed the same unto William Powell. The deeds
and records of those offices have come into possession of William
Evans, clerk, bachelor at law, John Powell, clerk, and William
Powell, of the counties of Monmouth and Glamorgan; who the
Complainant prays may be ordered to restore them.
Writ directed to Thomas Lewis and Miles Button, esquires, and
William Herbertt of Cardyff, gentleman.
Copy Complaint engrossed in Chancery text.
Answer of John Powell and William Powell. The said John
Powell claims no right nor title to the three Deaneries of Landaff,
Gronneth and Newporte, parcel of the said office mentioned.
William Powell lawfully conveyed the said offices unto Complainant, for an annual rent of 4l 12s. 6d., to be paid "at or in
ye place cawled ye Hawle of ye doctors com[m]ynes in ye cytie of
London," and has re-entered in default of payment of the said
Answer of William Evans. He makes no claim to the Registrarship of the said three Deaneries. Last January, being Chancellor
of the diocese, he was obliged to send for the said book (Complainant being then from home), without which he could not proceed
to the administration of justice; which book one Jenett Griffethe,
concubine to the Complainant, delivered to Defendant's servant.
He keeps the book because it is necessary to the performance of
his office of Chancellor.
Replication of the Complainant, Reginald Dauid. The said
William Evans having confessed that he hath possession of a book
belonging to the said office, Complainant prays that he may be
made to restore it; "and where he hathe declared that he cam
by the same, by Reason of a deliverye to him made by one Jenet
griffithe, concupine of this c?playn?t, This complayn?t saythe, and
will averre and prove, notw'thstandinge that the sayd Evans for
c'taine somes of money by him Receaved do p'mitte and suffer a
greate number w'thin his Jurisdiction abhominably to Lyve and
contynewe in suche vises and crimes," that the said Jenet is his
lawful wedded spouse. Evans came to her, after a crafty and subtle
sort, knowing the said book to contain divers and sundry remembrances of the evil living of the said Evans, and demanded the said
book of Complainant's said wife. And she meaning no hurt therein,
suffered one Thomas ap Richard to deliver the same book to the
servant of said Evans. It contained also notes of where and what
time he had committed divers and sundry papistical offences, in
suffering and conferring with others that were of his disposition;
which sithen the first year of the Queen's Majesty's reign never
came to any church nor once received the holy communion, nor
could not almost abide the same.
Rejoinder of William Yevens, John Powell and William Powell.
Defendant William Evans denies that since the Queen's accession he
has committed any papistical offences or forborne to receive the holy
sacrament of the Lord's Supper. He has, to the best of his cunning,
endeavoured himself to the maintenance of her Majesty's godly acts
and proceedings in that behalf.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 190. No. 41.
Complaint of Henry Watkyn and Katheryn his wife. He is
seised in his demesne as of freehold in the right of his said wife, of
and in one messuage with threescore acres of lands arable and
meadowe, woods and heath, lying-in the parish of Pennarthe in the
county of Glamorgan in Wales, commonly called Widiat. John
Thomas, sadler, Rees ap Owen and John Bider, of the county of
Glamorgan, intend to oust Complainants from their possession of
the premises. They crave redress.
The Answer of Rees ap Owen consists of a disclaimer of any
part of the premises. (It is in Bundle 196, No. 89.)
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 201. No. 17.
Complaint of Juan Yonge, of the parish of Rompneye in the
county of Monemothe, widow. She was lawfully possessed of a
demise for term of years, granted by John Collyns, of Rompney, of
and in one tenement lying in the parish and Lordship of Rompney
aforesaid. The said John Collyns and one Thomas Kemys have
ousted her from the premises, and she craves redress.
Chanc. Proc. Bundle 324. No. 56. 1617–21.
To the right hoble ffrancis Lord
Verulam lord chauncellor of
"Humbly complayneinge sheweth vnto yor good Lordshippe yor
dayly orator Peter Samyn of Cardiffe in the county of Glamorgan
merchant That whereas the right honoble Mary Countesse Dowager of
Pembroke late wife to the right hoble Henry Earle of Pembroke
deceased was seised for terme of her life the remainder vnto the right
honble Will'm now Earle of Pembroke of and in the Parke or Inclosed
ground called or knowne by the name of Coed Marchan parke in the
countie of Glamorgan beinge of the yearely value of ten pounds w[hi]ch
was as much as could then be gott for the said parke and inclosed
grounds, by reason that the said grounds were then over run[n]e w[i]th
breres and thornes, and were full of bogges and myres"; demised
the same to Complainant for 21 years, together with all deer, as well
male as female (but excepting timber, mines and other royalties), with
a condition that Complainant should keep and maintain the deer in
the said park, and that the said Countess should be at liberty to
hunt, kill and take away any of such deer. Complainant afterwards
built a house in the said park, at a cost of 600l, and cleared the
premises from the payment of tith, and from claims in respect of the
highway, and cut down necessary trees for the fencing and repair of
the premises. The said Countess of Pembroke, being incensed
against Complainant by the reports of some malicious persons, and
supposing that Complainant had committed great strip and waste in
the said park, commenced a suit against him in this honourable
Court. Complainant, thinking it to be more fitting to submit
himself unto so honourable a personage, than to contest with her
in suit of law, and assuring himself of the noble disposition of the
Lady, repaired unto the house of the said Countess of Pembroke
and entreated divers of her servants that he might have access
unto her Ladyship—intending to be a suitor unto her in a most
submissive manner for her favour, and offering that she should
command what recompense she would have at his hands. But by
the potency of some enemies which he had in the house about the
said Lady, Complainant was debarred of any access unto her, and it
was attempted to attach him by warrant of the Court. Complainant
thereupon resorted unto the chamber of one Thomas Shepard, of
Lincolne's Inne, esquire, agent for the said Countess, to advise
what he should do to avoid all differences between her Honour
and himself. There he met with one Edward Burrell alias Barwell,
of Houghton Park in the county of Bedford, gent., and Miles
Pritchet, of Houghton Park aforesaid, gent., servants of the said
Countess; who persuaded Complainant to surrender his said Lease
back to the Countess. Although he had greatly enhanced the value
of the premises, Complainant agreed to this course, on a promise
that he should be no further proceeded against. Yet Complainant
has been arrested in the City of London, and further prosecuted in
respect of certain wastes alleged to have been by him committed
upon a tenement called the Fryers, where he has also built a house.
He is threatened with ruinous law-suits in consequence, and craves
The Answers are long, and contain no fresh matter of interest.
Chanc. Proc. ante 1714.
No. 3. Part 3. No. 331. b.r.r.r. 1707.
Wogan v. Mathews.
The Defendant was John Mathews of Cabalva, esquire, son and
heir of Grace, eldest daughter of John Avan, whose other daughter
was Mary Wyndam, widow.
Chanc. Proc. 1714–58. Winter.
No. 592. 1753.
Matthews v. Matthews (Mathew of Llandaff.)
Thomas Matthews gent'
Thomas Matthews esqe & others.
The other parties are Jane Mathews, Ann Mathews, Henrietta
Mathews and Millicent Matthews, infants.
The subject is Llandaff Court, the Manor of Peterston and the
Manor or lordship of Placestourton otherwise Glasspoole.