Pleas of the Crown at Tamworth before John de Stonore
etc. (as before), on the Friday before the Feast of St.
Margaret, 20 E. II.
John de Boulewas, William son of William de Caynton, Henry de Sogedon,
and Richard son of Robert de Onyleye taken for the death of John de Couleye,
being asked, etc., stated they were not guilty, and the said Henry put himself
on the country, and the others stated they were Clerks and were claimed by
the Bishop's deputy as Clerks. A jury found they were not guilty.
John brother of James de Stafford and William his brother, taken for the
death of John de Picheford, pleaded they were Clerks and were claimed as
such by the Bishop's deputy. They were acquitted by a jury.
William son of Robert de Hatton, taken for the death of Roger de Hatton,
stated he was not guilty, and put himself on the country, and was acquitted
by a jury. m. 6.
William, son of William le Champioun of Little Sardon, William, son of
Adam de Stratton, Roger de Stretton and Robert, son of Simon le Wrughte,
of Apeton, taken for the death of Robert, son of William de Draycote,
feloniously killed at Stretton about the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the
Baptist, 18 E. II., being asked, etc., the said Robert, son of Simon, stated he
was not guilty and put himself on the country, and the said William, William,
and Roger stated they were Clerks, and could not answer without their
Ordinaries, and Ralph, the Bishop's deputy, claimed them as Clerks, and in
order that it might be known, etc., the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury
to be at Tamworth on the Saturday before the Feast of St. Margaret. And
the prisoners were committed to the custody of William de Erkalewe, the
Sheriff. A postscript states that the jury acquitted them all.
Roger, son of Roger de Swynnerton, taken for the death of William Wolf
of Herlaston, killed at Hopewas about the Feast of the Apostles Peter and
Paul, 18 E. II., being asked, etc., stated that the King had pardoned him for
all homicides committed before Christmas Day, 18 E. II., on condition he found
sureties for serving him in the Duchy of Aquitaine, before Richard Damory
the Steward of the King's Household, and he produced the King's Letters
Patent to that effect, dated from Beaulieu, 16th April, 18 E. II. The said
Roger also produced the King's close writ addressed to the Justices, stating
that the King had heard from the testimony of his beloved and faithful Ralph
Basset, of Drayton, that the said Roger, son of Roger, had served in his retinue
in the Duchy of Aquitaine from the time that John de Warren, Earl of Surrey,
had arrived in those parts until the return of the said Earl. (Dated from
Westminster, 30th June, 19 E. II.). And the said Letters and the indictment
having been inspected by the Justices, it appeared from the indictment that
the said felony had been committed after the Christmas Day named in the
King's writ, so that the King's letters of pardon would not avail him, and the
said Roger pleaded that notwithstanding the indictment stated that the said
felony had been committed about the Feast of St. Peter and Paul, 18 E. II.,
the said William, for whose death he had been arraigned, was not alive
at the date of Christmas named in the King's letters of pardon, and he
appealed to a jury on this point, and Philip de Somerville, Hugh de Meynil,
Ralph de Grendon, Vivian de Chetewynde, William de Wolseleye, Thomas de
Rolleston, William de Boweles, Hugh de Aston, Richard de Delves, John de
Okovere, William de Piletenhale, and Robert Flemyng, jurors, stated on their
oath that the said William Wolf, for whose death the said Roger had been
arraigned, was not alive at the date of the Feast of Christmas named, but
died about the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula, before the Christmas Day
named. The said Roger son of Roger was therefore acquitted by the King's
grace. m. 6, dorso.
Thomas de Haulton, Knight, taken for sending and abetting the said Roger
son of Roger in the commission of the same felony, appeared, etc., and because
the said Roger son of Roger has been acquitted as appears above, the said
Thomas was released. m. 6, dorso.
William, son of Richard de Burton, and Richard his brother who had been
indicted for wounding and beating Nicholas le Barbour the Bailiff of Stafford,
pleaded guilty, and were committed to the custody of the Sheriff. They
afterwards prayed they might make fine with the King for the said transgression, and they were each fined half a mark, for which Richard de Bylyndon
and Vivian de Chetewynde were their sureties. m. 7.
The Sheriff had been ordered to produce on this day Thomas de Pipe and
Margaret his wife, John son of Thomas de Stafford, William de Hastang,
Roger de Pipe of Lichefeld, and Robert le Slyndon, to answer for various
transgressions of which they had been indicted, and the Sheriff had done
nothing; he was therefore commanded to produce them at Tamworth on the
Feast of Pentecost. m. 7.
William le Champioun, William son of Walter de Stafford, John son of
Henry de Heywode and Richard his brother, and John brother of James de
Stafford who had been indicted by the juries of Cutheleston and Pyrhull for
riding armed in co. Stafford at various times to the terror of the people and
against the King's peace, did not deny that they rode armed as stated, but denied
they had done so to the terror of the people, and put themselves on the King's
grace, and they were committed to the custody of the Sheriff. They were afterwards admitted to bail, Roger Corbet, Hugh de Meignil, Ralph de Grendon,
John de Draycote, James de Stafford and Richard de Falde being sureties for
John brother of James de Stafford; and William son of Walter de Stafford,
and John de Draycote, Henry de Heywode, James de Stafford, Richard
de Falde, Roger de Levyngton and Richard de Smalrys being sureties for
John son of Henry de Heywode and Richard his brother; and Vivian de
Chetewynde, Robert Flemyng, Roger de Somerford, Richard del Bourgh of
Halghton, Richard de Bylynton, and Robert de Dodyngton being sureties for
William le Champioun, to produce them before the King and Council, on the
Monday the Octaves of St. Michael. m. 7.
William de Ipstanes, William de Chetelton, Thomas de Brumpton, William
le Waleis of Lichefeld, Thomas de Barynton, Knight, Geoffrey Byroun,
Thomas de Grenewaye and William le Smyth of Brumpton did not appear, and
the Sheriff returned they could not be found. He was therefore commanded
to produce them before the Justices at Tamworth on the Thursday in the
week of Pentecost.