Coram Rege Roll, Easter, 17 E. I.
Staff. Henry de Bukyngham appeared against John son of Robert de
Somerford, William son of John de Semplingham, William son of Agatha de
Somerford, Peter son of Adam de Hengleton (Engleton), and ten others named,
for wounding and illtreating him at Somerford on the Sunday after the
Feast of St. John the Baptist, 16 E. I., and taking his goods, viz., 40s. in
money, some gold rings, and other goods to the value of 50s., and for which
he claimed £10 for damages. The defendants appeared and denied the
trespass and robbery, and appealed to a jury. The Sheriff is commanded to
summon a jury for the Quindene of Michaelmas, nisi Justiciarii prius, etc.
Staff. Philip de Montgomery, Seneschall of the King's Forest of Canoc,
appeared against Adam Balle, Chaplain, William Balle, Chaplain, William de
Draycote, Chaplain, John de Wyrleye, Henry de Laungedon (Longdon),
William Grym, Richard de Colton, Hugh de Barre, and one hundred and
eighty-two others named, for coming vi et armis to Lichefeld on Wednesday
the Feast of St. Bodulph 16 E. I., and beating and illtreating and imprisoning
the officers of the Forest, viz., Madoc le Waleys and Alan le Forester, and
for insulting him at Alrewas where he was holding Forest Pleas, and taking
by force from the custody of Alexander his clerk at Lichefeld the record of
the Pleas, and for which he claimed £20 for damages. Adam and the other
defendants appeared by attorney and appealed to a jury, and Philip likewise.
The Sheriff is ordered to summon a jury for a month from Michaelmas,
nisi Justiciarü prius, etc., at which day Philip appeared and obtained permission to withdraw his plea, because the trespass was in contempt of the King,
and he was told to prosecute by another writ for the contempt. m. 21
Banco Roll, Easter, 17 E. I.
Staff. William de Cavereswelle gives 40s. for license of concord with
Robert son of William de Cavereswelle. m. 11.
Staff. John the Abbot of Salop sued Bertram son of Bertram de Burgo
for a messuage and half a virgate of land in Wylbrithon as the right of his
Church of St. Peter of Salop. Bertram did not appear, and had previously
made default, and the tenement had been taken into the King's hands, and
had been adjudged to the Abbot by the default of Bertram, but the execution
of the writ had been respited under the provisions of the Statute of Mortmain;
and the Sheriff had been ordered to summon a jury to make recognition, etc.
A jury came on the Octaves of St. John the Baptist, 17 E. I., and stated that
the tenement in question was the right of the Abbot, and that Thomas his
predecessor had been in seisin of it, and after his death Henry his successor
had alienated it without the assent of the Convent, and they say that there
was no collusion between the said Abbot and Bertram. The Abbot is therefore to have seisin. m. 26.
Staff. Peter de Arderne sued Roger the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfeld
for forty acres of meadow in Elford, and he sued eight of the Canons of the
Church of St. Cedde of Lichfield each for two and a half acres of meadow, and
four other tenants for an acre each of pasture in the same vill, of which
Roger his ancestor had been seised, etc., in the time of King Richard, and from
Roger the right descended to Leuca his daughter and heir, and from Leuca to
Agnes her daughter and heir, and from Agnes to Peter the plaintiff, as her
son and heir. Two of the Canons (one of them the Dean John de Derby)
are dismissed from the suit, owing to an informality in the description of
them in the writ, and the other Canons pleaded they could not answer
without their Dean and Chapter. A day is given to them to produce the
Chapter at three weeks from Michaelmas. The Bishop and the rest of the
tenants defended their right and put themselves on a Great Assize, and the
Bishop gave half a mark for a mention of the date pleaded by Peter. And
William de Stafford, Simon de Jarcumvile, William Bagod, and John de
Herunvile, four Knights, came and elected the following Knights (to
form a jury), viz., William Wyther, William de Mere, Philip de Draycote,
John fitz Philip of Bolynton (sic), Ralph de Moungoye, Roger de Marchinton,
Hugh de Weston, Adam de Brunton, Richard de Draycote, Thomas de Fereres,
Henry de Crassewelle, Ralph Basset of Sapecote, William de Stafford, Simon
de Jarcumvile, William Bagod, and John de Herunvile. Adjourned to the
morrow of St. Martin. m. 73, dorso.
Staff. Alice the widow of John Gerbode was summoned by William
Gerbode in a plea that she should give up to him a deed which she unjustly
detained; and he stated John her husband had bought a messuage in Stafford
from one John Rose to hold to himself and heirs, and had obtained his deed
for it, and he (William) is brother and heir of John Gerbode, and that
the deed belonged to him. Alice stated that her husband had left the
messuage to her by will to hold for her life, and to revert after her death to
Ralph his brother, and that such was the custom in the town of Stafford.
William denied that such a custom existed, and appealed to a jury. A jury
is to be summoned for three weeks from Michaelmas, nisi Justiciarii prius,
etc. m. 54, dorso.
Staff. Henry de Verdun appeared against Felicia the widow of Thomas
de Overbedolf (Biddulph) in a plea that she should give up to him the custody
of the land and heir of Thomas, inasmuch as Thomas had held his land of
him by Knight's service. Felicia did not appear, and is to be attached for
the Octaves of Michaelmas. m. 41, dorso.
Staff. John de Cave gave half a mark for license of concord with
Richard de Benteleye and Matilda his wife. (fn. 1) m. 34, dorso.
Staff. The great assize between Thomas de Waterfal and Margaret his
wife, Alianora, Hawise, sisters of Margaret, Simon de Clifton and Elena his
wife, and Simon Basset, plaintiffs, and Geoffrey son of Geoffrey Griffyn, called
to warranty by the Prior of Trentham, and who warranted to him land in
Over Elkesdon, remanet sine die because Elena one of the coparceners had
died. m. 25, dorso.
Assize Roll Of Divers Counties, 17 E. I. Extracts
Assizes taken at Wolfernehampton on the day of St. Margaret the
Virgin, 17 E. I., before Thomas de Sodington and his companions, assigned, etc., 20th July, 1289.
Staff. An assize, etc., if William Trumwyne, William his son, Henry de
Horselegh, and Alan de la Sale had unjustly disseised Adam del Molyn of
Great Standon (Sandon) of three acres of moor. William appeared and
answered as tenant, and stated he holds in common (in comuni) with William
de Stafford, Nicholas le Botyler, and Thomas de Seggleton and Joan his wife,
and took exception to the writ. The suit is dismissed. m. 3.
Staff. An assize, etc., if William de la Chirchehusse had unjustly
disseised Peter son of Peter de Walweley of two acres of land in Chylynton.
Robert (sic) appeared and stated he entered by Peter father of the said Peter,
and appealed to a jury. And Peter admitted the tenement had belonged to
his father Peter, and stated his father had enfeoffed him of it and put him
into seisin of it, and a fine was afterwards levied, 1 E. I., in Banco, by the
terms of which he was in good seisin until Robert had disseised him, and he
produced the fine. (fn. 2)
Robert stated that Peter the father had enfeoffed him of the land long
before the fine was levied, but the jury find in favour of Peter. m. 3.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Henry Oweyn of Huttokeshater, Robert de
Kyngeston, Chaplain, Thomas Oweyn, and twenty-two others named, had
unjustly disseised Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye of one hundred acres of
wood in Lockesleye. The defendants took exception to the writ because the
wood was not in Lockesleye but in Huttokeshater (Uttoxeter). Thomas
afterwards withdrew his writ. m. 3, dorso.
Salop. An assize, etc., if Theobald de Verdun, Magister Richard de
Pilesdon and Agnes his wife, and Richard son of Richard had unjustly
disseised Henry de Savynton of common of pasture in twenty acres of wood
The jury stated that the manor of Morton-Say to which the wood in
dispute was appurtenant formerly belonged to one Elias de Say, who had two
sons, viz., Hugh the eldest, and Walter the youngest, and Elias had died in
Ireland seised of the manor, and Walter after the death of his father entered
into the manor as the nearest heir, and held it for more than forty years,
during all which time Hugh remained in Ireland and made no claim to it;
and Walter after he had held the manor for about twelve years had executed
the deed by which Henry had held the common of pasture for thirty years,
and after the death of Hugh de Say, who died in Ireland, Hugh his son and
heir had come into these parts and claimed seisin of the manor from his
uncle Walter, and Walter refused to give it up to him until he had brought a
writ against him in the King's Courts, after which Walter had remitted all
his claim to it; after which release the said Hugh had entered into the
capital messuage of the manor, and had stayed there with his friends for
three days in order to affirm his seisin of it, Walter living during the same
time in the small house within the precincts of the manor; and after the three
days had expired Hugh had at the instance of friends granted the manor to
his uncle Walter for his life, and a part of it, and the small house to Alice
the wife of Walter to be held by her after the death of Walter. And they
say that Walter had entered as heir to his father, and had held the manor
for more than forty years, during which time he had executed the deed in
favour of Henry, and Henry had been in possession under the deed for more
than thirty years during the lifetime of Walter, and for two years after the
death of Walter, and also after the manor had come to John de Verdun by
exchange, and until the manor two years ago had been demised by Theobald
de Verdun to Magister Richard, upon which the said Magister Richard had
disseised him of the common of pasture in question; and as the said Richard
could not be in a better position than the person by whose demise he had
obtained the manor, it is considered that Henry should recover seisin, and
Theobald and the others are in misericordiâ. m. 3, dorso.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Warine son of William of Nether Penne had
unjustly disseised Matilda formerly wife of Robert de Haggele of two acres in
Netherpenne. Warine stated she had never been in seisin of the land, and
Matilda stated that William son of William Waryn had enfeoffed her in it,
and had put her into full seisin of it, and she had held it until disseised by
Waryne, and she appealed to a jury; and William son of Elias of Tettenhale,
Hervey de Hampton (Wolverhampton), Richard Gerveys of the same, John
in la Lone of the same, and nine others named, are in misericordiâ for
contempt. m. 9.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert le Champyun of Sardon, William Baroun
of Shareshulf (Shareshill), and two others named, had unjustly disseised
Robert de Esnyngton of four acres of wood in Esnyngton (Essington).
Robert answered for all as tenant of the wood, and stated that Robert the
father of Robert de Esnyngton had sold half of it to William his father, and
as regards the other half, it had belonged to one Robert de Whyston, who
had enfeoffed the said William his brother of it (fn. 3) (fratrum suum), and William
had died seised of it in demesne as of fee; and after his death he had succeeded
to it as son and heir of William, and not by any disseisin, and he appealed to
Robert de Essington denied his father had ever sold half the wood, and
stated he had died seised of it, and as regards the other half, that Robert de
Whyston after the death of Robert de Whyston (fn. 4) his father had taken the
other half into his custody owing to his minority, and had afterwards demised
the custody of it to William the father of Robert le Champyun; and Robert
after the death of his father had taken possession and would not permit him
(Robert de Essington) to perform any work within the wood (in predicto bosco
manuoperari), so that he had been disseised of it, and he appealed to a jury.
The assize was adjourned to Tamworth, owing to defect of a jury, to the
Tuesday after Michaelmas, on which day a jury stated that as regards the
first two acres, Robert de Erlynton (sic) the father of Robert had enfeoffed
William the father of Robert Campion, and that Robert Campion had entered
as heir of his father. And as regards the other half, that William Barun,
Nicholas le Colyer, and Adam le Bonde, the defendants named, had disseised
Robert de Essyngton of one acre out of the two, but he had not been disseised
of the other acre by anybody. Robert de Essyngton is therefore in misericordiâ for a false claim against Robert Campyun, but his fine is remitted
because he is under age. m. 9.
Assizes taken before Thomas de Sodington, Walter de Hoptone, and
Hugh de Cave, Justices, assigned, etc., at Tamworth, on the
Tuesday after the Feast of St. Michael, 17 E. I. m. 46.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Roger de Somery, Walter de Ilmundon, John
Harald of Sutton, Ralph le Provost of Roule, and four others named, had
unjustly disseised Edith de Tockenhale of a messuage, six acres of land, two
acres of meadow, and an acre of pasture in Roule (Rowley Regis). Roger and
the other defendants appeared by Walter the Bailiff of Roger, who took exception to the writ, because Roule was of the ancient demesne of the King, where
no writ would run except the small writ of right. Edith acknowledged that
Roule was formerly of ancient demesne, but stated that the manor had
afterwards come into the hands of one William de Eclingh, and whilst he
was lord of it he had enfeoffed her of the tenements in question, to hold in
fee and inheritance for 16d. annually; and at that time Mabel de Tockehale
held a third of the tenements in dower, and Mabel had attorned herself to
her (Edith) for her dower in consequence of the said feoffment, and after the
death of Mabel she had entered into the third part, and was in seisin of it
until ejected by William de Echlinge, and she had arraigned an assize of
novel disseisin against him in consequence before Ralph de Hengham and
his associates at Stafford in 55 H. III., on which occasion William had taken
exception to the writ because Roule was of the ancient demesne of the King;
and afterwards before the same Ralph and his associates a verdict had been
given against the said William and the said tenements fell to her by right of the
feoffment and charter of William, which she had produced in Court, and which
had been enrolled, and she appealed to the records of the Court. A day was
given to the parties at Wolverhampton on the Wednesday after the Epiphany,
and a mandate was sent to Ralph and his associates to make scrutiny of his
roll, and to send the record under his seal to the Justices. m. 46.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Roger the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield and
Richard son of Walter of Brewode had unjustly disseised Robert de Somerford
of half an acre of meadow and a piece of land containing five perches in
Somerford and Brewode. The Bishop appeared by the said Richard his
Bailiff, who stated that Robert was in seisin of the meadow both now and at
the time the writ was sued out, and as regards the small piece of land there
had been formerly a dispute between the Bishop's predecessors and the said
Robert concerning it, and his predecessors had granted the meadow to him in
exchange for it. Robert stated that the Bishop dug up and carried away
earth from his meadow, so that he was disseised of it. The Bishop's bailiff
replied that the meadow adjoined the Bishop's mill-pool, and Robert had
conceded for himself and his heirs that the Bishop and his successors might
take earth from it for its repair. A day is given to the parties at Wolfrenhampton on the Wednesday after the Epiphany. m. 46, dorso.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Richard de Hulton the father of Robert son of
Richard de Hulton was seised as of fee, etc., of a messuage, a toft, and eight
acres of land in Lychefeld, which Robert de Freford and Isolda his wife hold.
Robert and Isolda took exception to the writ because the eight acres were in
Morwhall and not in Lichfield; and if it should be decided otherwise, they
stated the tenements formerly belonged to one Henry Kyng, who gave them
to the said Richard and to Isolda formerly his wife, to be held by them and
by their issue; and as Richard had died during the lifetime of Isolda leaving
no issue, the tenements remained to the said Isolda according to the deed of
The jury stated that the tenements are in Lychefeld, and formerly
belonged to Robert the grandfather of Richard le Hulton, who gave them to
Richard his son; and the said Richard wishing to marry Isolda, spoke to the
relations (parentibus) and friends of the said Isolda, who refused their
consent unless he enfeoffed the said Isolda of the tenements; and Richard
then enfeoffed one Reginald le Chapelyn of them, who was in seisin of them
by this feoffment for a quarter of a year, and had taken the fealty of the
tenants and the profits, and afterwards had enfeoffed one Henry le Kyng,
who was in good seisin of them for six weeks, and had taken the fealty of the
tenants and the profits, and Henry had afterwards enfeoffed the said Richard
and Isolda to hold to them and their issue; and Richard had died without
issue, and he only held a fee tail in the said tenements. Verdict for Robert
and Isolda. m. 46, dorso.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Osbert son of Ralph de Norton and William his
son had unjustly disseised Richard de Norton (fn. 5) and Matilda his wife of an
acre of pasture in Norton-super-le-Canok. William appeared and answered
as tenant, and stated that the plaintiffs had remitted all claim to the
tenement by a deed which he produced. Richard and Matilda acknowledged
the deed, but stated it did not apply to the land in question; and the jury
find in their favour. They are therefore to recover seisin. Damages 3s.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Roger Illary father of William son of Roger
Illary was seised as of fee, etc., of a mill, five acres of land, and two of
meadow in Wodnesburi, which Thomas son of Roger Illary holds. Thomas
stated that Roger did not die seised as of fee of the tenements, because he
had enfeoffed him of them before he died, and he appealed to a jury. The
jury stated that Roger died seised of the tenements, and that William is his
nearest heir. He is therefore to recover seisin. m. 47.
Staff. An assize, etc., if Hugh de Neuton the father of Alice daughter of
Hugh de Neuton was seised as of fee, etc., of a messuage and a bovate of land
and an acre and an half of land in Newton when he died, and of which Hugh
de Weston and Hugh le Messer (the reaper) hold the messuage and bovate
of land, and Adam de Lutteleye the acre and a half. The defendants
appeared, and Adam took exception to the writ so far as regarded his tenure,
because he held it in villenage of Hugh de Weston; and as Alice could not
deny this, she withdrew her claim against him; and Hugh le Messer as
regarded the other tenement claimed against him and Hugh de Weston in
common, stated he only held at the will of Hugh de Weston; and as Hugh
admitted this, the claim against him was also dismissed; and Hugh de
Weston pleaded that Hugh de Neuton did not die seised of the tenement as
of fee and in demesne, because he held it in villenage of Hugh de Weston his
father, and he appealed to a jury, which found in his favour. And Richard
de Blitefeld, Henry de Colton, John de Styvinton, Richard le Parker of
Chertele, John Gryffyn of Colton, John son of Geoffrey de Aston, Adam
Jambre of Ambryton (Amerton), Nicholas son of Stephen de Bromleye, and
Ralph de Hampton, recognitors, never appeared, and are in misericordiâ.
Staff. An assize, etc., if William Dymmoce the father of Cecilia Dymmoce
of Alveton was seised as of fee, etc., of a toft and two acres of land in
Alveton when he died, etc., and of which Robert son of Nicholas Gaunsel and
John de Stone hold the toft, and Richard de Kyngeston and Agnes his wife
one acre, and Geoffrey son of Geoffrey le Chapman another acre. The jury
say that as regards the acre held by Richard and Agnes, that William the
father of Cecilia died seised of it, but had a son named Geoffrey, brother to
Cecilia and nearer heir, who had entered into the tenement as heir of his
father, and had afterwards given it away to maintain a lamp at the Church
of Alveton. Cecilia afterwards withdrew her writ. m. 47.
Assizes taken at Boswurth on the Octaces of Michaelmas.
Leyc. An assize, etc., if William de Wasteneys the father of John de
Wasteneys was seised as of fee, etc., of seven virgates of land in Burton sur le
Wauz when he died, etc., and which Ralph de Turvill holds. Ralph appeared
and called to warranty Hugh le Despencer, who is to be summoned to be at
Leycester on the Thursday after Hillary. m. 51.
Coram Rege Roll, Michaelmas, 17 E. I.
Warw. The Sheriff was ordered to return whether Henry de St. Maur
had been outlawed for the death of Brother John de Stanlegh, of which he
had been indicted before J. de Vaux and his fellow Justices Itinerant in
Warwickshire; and he returned that on referring to the Exigent Rolls of
those Justices he found that Henry de St. Maur senior had not been
outlawed, because at the fourth County Court before the promulgation of
outlawry, a King's writ of supersedeas, dated 16th August, 17 E. I., had arrived,
stating that the said Henry had died beyond seas. And the Sheriff further
stated that according to the King's commands he had summoned the capital
lords under whom the said Henry had held his lands to be in Court, together
with Henry son of Henry de St. Maur, to hear the ordinance of the King's
council upon the matter. And it was afterwards testified by Edmund the
King's brother, and by others worthy of credit, and by the letters of the
official of the Court of Paris, and of the official of St. Denis in France, that
the said Henry de St. Maur died at St. Denis in the Maison Dieu (apud
Sanctum Dionisium in Domo Dei) about the Feast of Holy Trinity, A.D. 1287.
The Sheriff is therefore commanded to supersede the outlawry altogether,
and to take no further steps in the matter. m. 14, dorso.
Staff. and Salop. Walter de Hopton was sued by the King's attorney for
causing waste and destruction in the houses and lands which he holds for his
life of the inheritance of Gaweyn, brother and heir of John le Botiler of
Wemme, deceased, who holds of the King in capite, and is under age and in
ward to the King. Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff is ordered to
attach him for the Octaves of St. Martin. m. 1, dorso.
Banco Roll, Michaelmas, 17–18 E. I.
Staff. Matilda the widow of Robert Folejambe sued the Prior of
Tuttebyri for a third of four messuages and six bovates of land and 14s. of
rent in Over Matherfeud (Mayfield) as her dower. The Prior called to
warranty Nicholas son of Robert, who is to be summoned in co. Derby to be
in Court on the morrow of the Purification. m. 184, dorso.
Staff., Norht. On the Sunday next after the Feast of St. Martin, 17 E. I., it
was agreed between Ermegerda the widow of Sir Henry de St. Maur, Knight,
on the one side, and Henry son of the said Henry on the other, that whereas
the said Ermegerda had sued Henry for her reasonable dower in Herdewyk in
co. Northampton, and in Felda near Grotewych (Field in Leigh) in co.
Stafford, the said Henry conceded that Ermegerda should receive annually
for her life 7 marks from the said tenements in Felde, and for this concession
she should remit all her claim to dower in Herdewyk and Felde. m. 135,
Staff. Roger de Aston appeared against Geoffrey de Greselegh in a plea
that he should warrant to him sixteen acres of land and two acres of meadow
in Huyhtesdon (Hixon) which he claimed to hold of him, and for which he
had his deed. Geoffrey did not appear, and is to be attached for the
Quindene of Hillary. m. 107, dorso.
Staff. Amice the widow of Robert son of Hugh de Colton sued William
son of Adam de Chetewynde for a third of a messuage in Colton as her
dower. William appeared and prayed a view. Adjourned to Hillary Term.
The same Amice sued Richard Bagot and Christiana his wife for a third
of an acre of land, and Roger son of William atten Ashe for a third of half
an acre in the same vill as her dower. They did not appear, and the dower
claimed is to be taken into the King's hands, and they are to be summoned
for Hillary Term.
The same Amice sued Roger son of William atten Ashe for four acres of
land in Colton, and Richard le Cok for a messuage in the same vill as her
right. They did not appear, and they are to be summoned for Hillary Term,
and the tenements to be taken into the King's hands. m. 62, dorso.
Staff. The suit of Geoffrey de Caunvill versus Richard de Vernun for
land in Clifton Caunvill, is adjourned to Hillary Term (nisi Justiciarii prius,
etc). m. 53, dorso.
Staff. Sibilla the widow of William de Routhesleye sued Roger de
Routhesleye for a third of four messuages, a curtilage, fifteen acres of land,
two shops, two tofts, and three acres of meadow in Newcastle-under-Lyme
and Stoke; and she sued Thomas le Forester for a third of three acres in
Newcastle-under-Lyme as her dower. Thomas called Roger to warranty for
his tenement, and Roger warranted it to him, and pleaded that William the
husband of Sibilla had never been in seisin of the tenements in question, and
appealed to a jury. The Sheriff is ordered to summon a jury for Hillary
Term (nisi Justiciarii prius, etc.). m. 39, dorso.
Staff. John de Wenlok and Alice his wife sued Thomas de Pykestoke
for a third of a messuage in Bilinton, and they sued John de Pykestok for a
third of two messuages, and four acres of land, and two acres of meadow in
Hopton, and for a third of a messuage and twenty acres of land in Coten near
Stafford, and for a third of twenty-three acres of land in Whethales, and for
a third of a messuage and forty-four acres of land and two acres of meadow
in Burgh; and they sued William son of William de Pykestok for a third of a
messuage and half a carucate of land and four acres in Stafford and Dunston
as the dower of Alice, of which she had been endowed by William de
Pykestok her first husband. The suit against Thomas is adjourned to the
morrow of All Souls, and the said John and William for the dower claimed
against them called to warranty John son of William de Pykestok, who is
under age and in ward to John de Wenlok and Alice his wife, together with
a part of the land, and the other portion of the land is in the custody of
Nicholas son of William Randolf of Newport by deeds which they produced.
John and Alice are to produce the heir at the same date. m. 3, dorso.
N.B.—The suit comes on again at the date named, when the defendants
not appearing, the Sheriff is ordered to take the dower claimed into the
King's hands, and to summon them again for the Octaves of Hillary. m. 155,