Coram Rege. Mich., 11 E. II.
Derb. John Giffard, of Chelinton, appeared against William son of
Richard de Chaddesdene, in a plea of trespass. William did not appear, and
the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain, and returned the writ reached him
too late. He was therefore ordered as before to distrain and produce him at
the Quindene of Hillary. m. 71.
Staff. The Abbot of Roucestre was attached at the suit of the King as
well as at the suit of Robert de Beston in a plea that whereas the King had
commanded that he should find necessaries to the said Robert who had
faithfully served the King's father, formerly King of England, in his wars in
Scotland and Gascony, and in garrison in the town of Berewic-upon-Tweed,
for the life of the said Robert, or shew cause why he should not supply them,
the said Abbot despising the commands of the King, had neither provided
necessaries for the said Robert, nor had signified to the King any reason for
not supplying them. And the Abbot appeared and stated that his House from
a time out of memory had been founded by one Richard Bacun, and endowed
with certain lands in pure alms, and Ralph, Earl of Chester, had ratified and
confirmed his grants, (fn. 1) and likewise King Henry, then King of England, and
King Henry, the grandfather of the present King, had confirmed all the said
grants to the Abbot and his successors in pure and perpetual alms, and he
produced the Charters and confirmations of the said Richard Bacun, the Earl
of Chester, and of the King's progenitors. He stated also that his house was
burdened with divers debts, and in consequence of a great mortality amongst
their animals, defect of corn, and other misfortunes, his house was so
pauperized that it could not find necessaries for the canons serving God
within the house, and they had been forced to send them out to solicit
sustenance from their friends, almost as mendicants—"quasi mendicantes."
And the Abbot being asked who now held the advowson of the Abbey, replied
the King. A day was given to the parties to hear judgment at the Quindene
A postscript states that the suit was adjourned again to three weeks from
Easter, on which day the said Robert never appeared co prosecute it. m. 89,
Coram Rege. Hillary, 11 E. II.
Staff. Ada Giffard (fn. 2) appeared by attorney against Richard le Barker of
Eccleshale, Roger le Mareschal and Swetkynn, his brother, Henry de
Sogenhull, Phillip de Fraunkeville, Robert Gilbert and thirteen others named
in a plea of trespass. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was
ordered to distrain those who had found bail and to arrest Robert Gilbert
who could not be found and produce them at three weeks from Easter.
m. 50, dorso.
Staff. Robert Gilberd and John and Richard his sons and Alice his wife
and Richard de Luttelmor were attached to answer the plea of Richard son of
Richard de Hatherdon that they had insulted, beaten, and ill-treated him on
the Saturday before the Feast of St. Bartholomew, 10 E. II.
The defendants appeared and denied the trespass and injury and appealed to
a jury which is to be summoned for three weeks before Easter. m. 50, dorso.
Staff. The Prior of Trentham was attached at the suit of the King in
a plea that whereas Richard de Whitchurch Balistar, had faithfully
served the King and the King's father of good memory in their wars in Gascony
and Scotland and in garrison at Berwick-on-Tweed, and the King had commanded that he should be supplied with necessaries from the convent for
his life; the Prior had refused to carry out the King's precept to the manifest
contempt of the King, etc.
And the said Prior appeared by his attorney and denied the contempt, etc.,
and stated that Ralph, formerly Earl of Chester, had founded the House of
Trentham with 100s., of land annually for the support of the whole convent,
and that one Adam le Ferour, formerly the King's servant, at the request of
the King was supported for his life, in meat, drink and clothing in the said
house, and the King had never intended that any other should have been
supported in the same house, and he added that when Richard de Whitchurch
the Balistar had brought the King's letters, "de sustentatione habenda" in his
house the Prior had taken the letters to the King himself and had made
excuses to the King, and the King had remitted his command to the Prior
by writ of privy seal in these words.
Edward par la Grace de Deu Roy Dengleterre Seigneur Dirlaunde et Ducs
D'aquitanie, à nos chers en dieu Priour et covent de Trentham saluz. Nous
avons bien entenduz la requeste que vous nos avez fait endroit de estre descharges de la sustenance Richard de Whitchurche 9s., nos vous priasmes nadgaires
par nos autres lettres, et vos feisons saver que à votre priere nos vous en soeffronis
bonement à ceste fois. Done sous notre prive seal à Wyndesore le XVI., jour de
Janevour l'an de notre regne unzisme. The suit against the Prior was therefore
dismissed. m. 36, dorso.
Coram Rege. Easter, 11 E. II.
Hugh le Blount, knight, appeared in court and acknowledged a deed by which
he was bound for himself and heirs to pay to John de Stonore and his heirs a
rent of £100 to be received from his manors of Kyngestone in co. Oxon,
Pencriz, in co. Stafford, and Gyngejeyberd Laundry in co. Essex. Dated from
Kyngeston, 11 E. II., and witnessed by John de la Pole, Richard Doyly,
Robert de Stoke and others.
John de Stonore also appeared and acknowledged his deed of the same
date by which he conceded that if the said Hugh during his lifetime should
not implead him or his heirs for the manor of Duddecote the reversion of
which belonged to John after the death of the said Hugh and Nicholace his
wife, no claim would be made by him and his heirs for the said rent of £100,
but if after the death of the said Hugh, any plea should be moved against
the said Dame Nicholace by his heirs or by any of the heirs of Hugh, son of
the said Sir Hugh, then the heirs of the said Hugh should be bound to pay
the said rent to him and to his heirs for ever. m. 5.
Derb. Roger de Okoure and Roger de Rossington were attached at the
suit of Laurence de Okoure of Assheburn for insulting him at Assheburne and
taking him by force to Okoure (Okeover) in co. Stafford on the Monday before the
Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Mary, 11 E. II., and imprisoning him at
Okeover for 8 days and ill-treating him until he had made a fine with him for
£40; and for taking his goods and chattels, viz., gold, silver, linen and woollen
cloth to the value of £100, and for which he claimed £500 as damages.
Roger de Okoure appeared in person, and Roger de Rossington by attorney
and the latter denied the trespass, and appealed to a jury, and Roger de Okoure
stated that the said Laurence was his villein and from time out of memory
he and his ancestors had been seised of him and of his ancestors, as their
villeins. And the said Laurence stated he was a freeman and living at
Assheburne, in co. Derby, within the fee of the Earl of Lancaster and outside
the fee of the said Roger when the defendants took him by force and imprisoned him at Okoure in co. Stafford, and as the said Laurence asserted
that the trespass took place at Assheburne, in co. Derby, and the said
Roger declared it took place at Okoure, it appeared to the Court expedient that
a mixed jury from co. Stafford and co. Derby, should be summoned for the
Octaves of St. John the Baptist. A postscript states that at Easter term 12
E II., a jury came and found that the said Laurence de Okoure was a freeman and that he and his ancestors from time out of memory had been freemen and they stated that the said Roger de Okoure sent to the said Laurence
to come and speak to him at Okoure, and when he came he claimed him as his
villein, and Laurence said he was a freeman and if he would come with him
to Assheburne he could prove it by his muniments, and the said Roger de
Okoure came to him at Assheburne and having seen the muniments said to
Laurence that they were insufficient and that he must return with him to
Okoure, "vel de corpore suo luet," so that the said Laurence out of fear of the
said Roger and Roger, and against his will, set out for Okoure where he was
kept in prison for eight days and the said Laurence had made a fine with
Roger de Okoure of £10 of which he had paid 13 marks, and he had further
entered into a bond with the said Roger for the payment of £40 sterling with
two sureties for security, and that the defendants detained this bond to the
damage of the said Laurence of £70. It was therefore considered that the
said Laurence should recover damages of £70 against the two defendants and
the Sheriff was ordered to arrest them. And the said Laurence obtained a
writ of "elegit" against them according to the statute. A further postscript
states that the defendants afterwards made fine with the King as appears on
the roll of fines of Michaelmas term, 13 E. II. m. 28.
Warw. The Sheriff had been ordered to arrest John son of William
Murdak and keep him in safe custody till he had made fine with the King for
not prosecuting his appeal against Juliana formerly wife of Thomas Murdak,
Alice la Chaumberere and Adam le Someter for the death of Thomas Murdak
the kinsman of the said John son of William Murdak, and the Sheriff returned
he could not be found and held nothing within his bailiwick; he was therefore
ordered as before to produce the said John at the Octaves of Michaelmas.