Plea Rolls for Staffordshire
28 Edward I

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Institute of Historical Research

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Major-General Hon. George Wrottesley (editor)

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1886

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65-76

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'Plea Rolls for Staffordshire: 28 Edward I', Staffordshire Historical Collections, vol. 7, part 1 (1886), pp. 65-76. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=52455 Date accessed: 21 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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Banco Roll. Easter, 28 E. I.

(Apud Ebor.)

Staff. A concord was made between Robert de Bek and Richard de Draycote respecting the advowson of the Church of Chekkelegh, by which Robert conceded to Richard the presentation hac vice saving his rights, and Richard remitted all claim to damages except as to 40 marks which Robert acknowledged to owe to him, and which are to be paid within a year from Michaelmas next. m. 41.

Staff. Richard de Puis (Puteo) was sued by William de Bereford (fn. 1) for a debt of 13 marks. William stated that one William de Puis had bound himself to him for the debt in 24 E. I., and Richard was his surety. Verdict for William de Bereford, who recovers £4 as damages in addition; and the Sherff is ordered to deliver to him all the goods and chattels of the said Richard and half his lands. m. 80.

Staff. The suit of Alianora formerly wife of John son of Robert de Wytemore versus Elyas de Bromleye of Wytemore, in a plea of land is adjourned to Trinity term. m. 84.

Nott., Staff. Roger de Crophill and Legarda his wife and Ralph their son appeared against Edmund son and heir of Robert de Somervyle in a plea that he should warrant to them the third of seventeen messuages, twenty-six bovates of land, and £4 9s. 8d. of rent in Sheleford, Stokebardel, Godeking, and Byrton in co. Notts., which Isabella formerly wife of Robert de Somervyle claimed as dower. Edmund did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him, now in the hand of the King, into the King's hand, to the value of the dower claimed, and to summon him for the Octaves of Trinity. m. 154, dorso.

Oxon. William the Bishop of Bath and Wells was summoned by Hugh le Blund in a plea that he had caused waste and destruction in lands of his inheritance in Kyngeston, which David de Offinton had held by courtesy of England, and had demised to the said Bishop; and he stated that the Bishop had held the Manor of Kingeston by the demise of David, and had pulled down a certain chapel worth 8 marks, a kitchen worth 100s., and a pistrina worth 100s., and for which he claimed £100 as damages. The Bishop took exception to the writ, because it named no date or term of his or David's tenancy. Hugh replied that David was dead, and he was now seised of the tenements, and that the writ was competent and in good form. A day was given to them at the Quindene of Michaelmas, at which date Hugh withdrew his writ. m. 117, dorso.

Warw. Isabella formerly wife of William Bagod withdrew her writ for dower out of tenements in Solyhull versus Walter de Aylesbury. m. 83, dorso.

Warw. Isabella formerly wife of William Bagot sued Walter de Aylesbury for a third of a messuage, two carucates of land, and 20s. of rent in Wytenhay as her dower. Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon him for the morrow of All Souls. A postscript further adjourns the suit to the Octaves of Hillary. m. 41, dorso.

Staff. Walter de Beysyn sued Stephen de Wolaston and Isabella his wife for two messuages, three nokes of land, an acre of meadow in Schuston, and he sued Ralph de Grenhull and Rose his wife for a mill, an acre of meadow, and 10s. of rent, and the third of a messuage and carucate of land in the same vill of which Adam de Beysin his grandfather, whose heir he is, was seised as of fee when he died. Stephen and Isabella called to warranty Philip de Leygh, and Ralph and Rose his wife called to warranty Hugh de Dudmanston. Adjourned to the Quindene of Michaelmas; Philip to be summoned in Staffordshire, and Hugh in co. Salop. m. 19, dorso.

Assizes taken at Stafford before William Inge and Nicholas Fermband, assigned to take the same in co. Stafford, on the Friday after the Feast of the Holy Trinity, 28 E. I.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Thomas son of William de Overton, William Pycok, and Richard le Clerk of Suyndon, had unjustly disseised John de Eton and Joan his wife of twenty acres of land and three acres of alderwood (alnetum) in Womburne and Overton. William answered as bailiff of Thomas the tenant of the land, and stated William de Overton the father of Thomas died seised of it in demesne as of fee, and after his death Thomas had entered as his son and heir. Richard answered as tenant of the three acres of alder, and stated he had entered through one William de Overton, who was not named in the writ, and that John and Joan never were seised of the tenement. The jury found in favour of the tenants. m. 9.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert de Stepelton and Matilda his wife, James de Asteleye, Walter de Wynterton, Walter Mutun, William de Boweles of Rushale, and Robert his brother, Simon son of Robert de Walesale, Richard de Hatteleye, and four others named, had unjustly disseised Elena formerly wife of Thomas de Arderne of a messuage, and eight acres of land, and two weirs (gurgitibus) in Rydewar Hamstal. Robert stated that he found Matilda seised of the tenements on the day he married her, and Matilda stated she held them in dower of the inheritance of Roger de Rideware by the dotation of William de Ridewar her first husband, and that she entered into them by the assignment of William son and heir of the said Roger de Rideware. Elena pleaded that one Robert son of Robert le Rous was for some time in seisin of the said tenements, and had enfeoffed Thomas de Arderne formerly her husband and herself conjointly in them, and by reason of that feoffment she was in seisin of them during her husband's lifetime, and similarly after his death, until the said Robert and the others, excepting William de Boweles, had unjustly disseised her; and she appealed to the assize, which found in her favour. She is therefore to recover seisin, and her damages are taxed at 40s. m. 9.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William de Hondesacre, Ala formerly wife of William de Hondesacre, Thomas de Tytteleye and Joan his wife, John de Meleburne, Chaplain, Robert le Prestessone, Gilbert le Cupere, William de Norton, Thomas de la Grene, Richard Spaynel, John Deneys, Walter de Swynefen, William Gamel, John in the Hem, Richard Jouot, Ralph Prudfot, Henry Vicar of Ruggeleye, Henry Pewe, and four others, had unjustly disseised Philip de Chetewynde of common of pasture in eighty acres of wood and alder (alnetum) in Hondesacre appurtenant to his freehold in Breredon. Thomas de Tytteleye answered for Ala and for Joan his wife, as their bailiff, and stated they held nothing in the common of pasture claimed; and William de Hondesacre stated he was lord of the vill of Hondesacre, and that the tenement in which Philip claimed common of pasture was part of the waste of the manor, and that he had approved it as was lawful, and he put himself on the assize. The jury stated that the said John de Melburne the Chaplain had newly enclosed twelve acres of the wood to the injury of the freehold of Philip, and that the said William de Hondesacre and John de Melburn had unjustly disseised him of common of pasture in those twelve acres. It is therefore considered that Philip should recover seisin of them, and his damages are taxed at 40d., and he is in misericordiâ for a false claim against the others. m. 9.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William son of Thomas Dadus and Roger le Theyn, had unjustly disseised Emma daughter of Thomas Dadus of Pademor (Podmoor) of a messuage and a bovate of land in Chatculne. The defendants did not appear, but one Thomas Gerveys answered for them as their bailiff, and stated Roger held nothing in the said tenement; and as regards Thomas, sic (William) he stated that one Sibilla formerly wife of Thomas de Chatculne held a third of the messuage, and Matilda formerly wife of Thomas Dadus held a third of the bovate of land, and held them at the date of the writ, viz., on the 21st November of this year; and he stated further that the said Thomas Dadus the father of William had enfeoffed one Isabella his daughter of the said tenements to be held by her and her heirs of body, and as she died leaving no issue, the said William had entered into them as son and heir of Thomas, and he appealed to the assize. Emma stated that Thomas her father had enfeoffed her in them, and she was in seisin of them until ejected by the said William and Roger.

The jury say that the said William son of Thomas Dadus held the whole tenement at the date of the writ, and that the said tenements were formerly in seisin of the said Thomas, who had enfeoffed in them Isabella his daughter, and she was in seisin of them for eight days, and the said Thomas had afterwards enfeoffed the said Emma of the same conjointly with the said Isabella; but they added that Isabella had never relinquished her status in them, and had died seised of them, and after her death the said William had entered into them as son and heir of Thomas. Emma is therefore in misericordiâ for a false claim. m. 9, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William de Hondesacre, John de Melburne, Chaplain, Robert son of John, Chaplain of Colton, Gilbert son of Adam le Cupere, William de Norton, John en le Hemme, and Richard his brother, Hugh de Bromcote, Thomas son of Roger atte Wode, Hugh Gilberd, Henry Pewe of Hondesacre, Richard de Longedon, William son of Robert Skylle, and three others, had unjustly disseised Roger de Aston of common of pasture in eighty acres of wood and moor in Hondesacre appurtenant to his free tenement in Longedon. William de Hondesacre answered for all the defendants, and stated he was lord of the vill, and the land in question formed part of the waste, which he had approved, as was lawful.

The jury say that the said William de Hondesacre and John de Melburn had newly enclosed twelve acres of the wood, Richard de Longedon three acres, and William son of Robert Skyl two acres, to the injury of the said Roger, and had unjustly disseised him of common of pasture in the same. Roger is therefore to recover seisin of common of pasture in the said tenements, and his damages are taxed at 5s., and he is in misericordiâ for a false claim against the other defendants. John de Essemeresbrok, one of the recognitors, never appeared, and is in misericordiâ. m. 9 dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John Bagod of Bromeleye, and Hugh his brother, and Nicholas son of Edith de la Bolde, had unjustly disseised Hugh de Weston of two acres of land in Bagodesbromeleye. John answered for all, and stated the other defendants held nothing in the said tenements, and he only claimed them for a term by a demise of one Matilda, daughter of Adam de Lutteley. The jury found in favour of John. m. 9, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Philip son of Philip de Draycote, Adam de Mucleston, Philip de Legh, and Richard le Hunte, had unjustly disseised Nicholas son of Henry de Wetton of his reasonable estovers in Legh, viz., husbote and heybote in three hundred acres of wood by view of the foresters. Philip and Adam appeared, and Adam answered for the others as bailiff, and denied any disseisin on their parts; and Philip and Adam stated that the said Nicholas never was in seisin of the estovers claimed; and the jury found in their favour. Thomas de Ferers of Lockesleygh, one of the recognitors, never appeared, and is in misericordiâ. m. 10.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Geoffrey de Camvylle, John de Milbourne, Hugh le Rotour and William de Stratton had unjustly disseised John de la Bache of a messuage and a virgate of land in Haunton.

Geoffrey stated he claimed nothing in the tenements but the lordship of them (nisi dominicum). John denied the disseisin, and Hugh never appeared, and William pleaded that one Roger de Stratton held the messuage with the exception of a grange, and that the whole messuage was formerly in the seisin of one Geoffrey de Stratton, who gave it to Robert his son, and heirs of his body, and if he should die s. p., then to remain to him (William) and his heirs; and as Robert died s. p., he had entered into the tenements according to the form of gift, and he appealed to the assize. John de la Bache stated that the said Robert son of Geoffrey held the tenements of him (John) by the feoffment of Geoffrey his father, and was a bastard, and died, leaving no issue, and after his death he had entered into the tenements as his eschaet, and was in seisin of them until ejected by the defendants.

William prayed for judgment whether inasmuch as John acknowledged that the said Robert held the tenements by the feoffment of his father Geoffrey, and that he died s.p., and that he, William, claimed by an act of the said Geoffrey, which act John did not contradict, so that it manifestly appeared that the said Robert held nothing in the tenements except in fee tail (per feodum talleatum), viz., to him and heirs of his body lawfully begotten, and as he, William, entered after the death of Robert (per formam donationis), whether the assize would lie. Adjourned till the Monday after the Conversion of St. Paul. m. 10.

Staff. William son of Hugh de Badenhale not appearing to prosecute his writ against William son of Robert de Badenhale, respecting common of pasture in Badenhale, the suit is dismissed, and his sureties are in misericordiâ, viz., Jordan de Flossebrok and William le Parent, of Horselegh. m. 10.

Staff. Roger son of Roger de Swynnerton (infra etatem) not appearing to prosecute his writ of novel disseisin versus Thomas de Titnesovere, respecting a freehold in Tittenesovere (Tittensor), it is dismissed, and his sureties are in misericordiâ, viz., Adam son of Henry de Swynnerton and John son of Adam of the same. m. 10.

Staff. John de Grostcote not appearing to prosecute his writ of novel disseisin versus Richard de Grostcote, it is dismissed. m. 10.

Staff. Jordan son of Nicholas Coli not appearing to prosecute his writ of novel disseisin versus Thomas Coli, it is dismissed, and his sureties are in misericordiâ, viz., Henry de Verdon and William de Knyperley. m. 10.

Staff. Thomas son of Alianora de Colton and Mabel his wife not appearing to prosecute their writ of novel disseisin versus Robert son of Henry de Colton and others, it is dismissed and their sureties are in misericordiâ, viz., Robert de Hampton and John de Hampton. m. 10.

Staff. Richard son of Robert Coli of Fulford not appearing to prosecute his writ of novel disseisin versus Richard de Lee and others, it is dismissed, and his sureties are in misericordiâ, viz., William de Chetewynde and John son of Adam de Berherton. m. 10.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Roger son of Roger Bagod of Brinton, Alice formerly wife of Roger Bagod, Roger Bagod, senior, John de Stoke, Reginald son of William de la Ford, and John de Chatwell had unjustly disseised John son of Richard Bagod of a messuage, fifty acres of land, and ten acres of meadow in Blumenhulle (Blymhill). Roger son of Roger appeared, and William Kyng answered for the others as bailiff, and stated that as regards the last three defendants named they held nothing in the tenements; and as regards Roger Bagod he stated that he was dead; and for the said Alice he stated she held a third of the tenements in dower of the inheritance of the said Roger son of Roger, and had entered into them by the assignment of the said Roger son of Roger; and he appealed to the assize. Roger son of Roger stated that as regards two parts of the tenements he had entered into them after the death of his father as son and heir, and he put himself on the assize.

The jury say that the tenements were formerly in the seisin of Roger Bagod the father of Roger son of Roger, who whilst suffering under great infirmity had demised them to the said John son of Richard Bagod to be held by him and his heirs, upon condition that if it should happen that he recovered from his illness, it should be lawful for him to re-enter into the said tenements, and they said that Roger recovered from his infirmity and re-entered into the tenements by the license and with the will of the said John, and held them for the remainder of his life, and died seised of them; and after his death Roger son of Roger had entered into them as his son and heir. Verdict for the defendants. m. 11.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert Poun and Joan his wife, Robert de Pipe and Rose his wife, Peter de Colcestre and Alice his wife, John de Ashmeresbrok, Richard le Cuteler of Lichesfeld, Richard de Wolaston, Robert le Tannere of Pipe, Robert de Eynesham, Louis de Lenton and William de Shepeye had unjustly disseised Ralph Poun of a messuage and thirty-two and a-half acres of land, three acres of meadow, four acres of moor, and a watermill in Lichesfeld. All the defendants appeared except Joan, Rose, and Alice, and Robert de Pipe answered as tenant of the mill by a demise of Robert Poun, and Peter stated he held of the tenements claimed, a messuage, four acres of land, and two of moor by the demise of the said Robert for term of his life; and John stated he held two acres by the demise of the said Robert; and Richard le Cutiler stated he was called Richard le Quylter and not Richard le Cutiler, and prayed judgment on the writ; but if it was given against him, he answered as tenant of an acre of moor by the demise of the said Robert; and Richard de Wolaston stated he held eight acres of land for term of his life by the demise of the said Robert; and Robert le Tannere stated he held two acres of land by the demise of the said Robert; and Robert de Eynesham stated he was called Robert de Ellesham, and prayed judgment on the writ; and if it was given against him, he and Louis de Lenton stated they held two acres and a half of land and an acre of meadow by the demise of the said Robert; and William de Schepe stated he held an acre of land by the demise of the said Robert; and they called Robert to warranty, who was present and warranted the above holdings to them, and stated that as regards the said tenements and the residue, he had entered into them by the feoffment of the said Ralph Poun, and appealed to the assize, which was respited till the Monday after the Conversion of St. Paul through defect of recognitors. m. 11.

Staff. Robert Galpyn not appearing to prosecute his writ of novel disseisin versus Hugh son of Adam Galpyn and Adam Galpyn, respecting a freehold in Dulverne (Dilhorn), the suit is dismissed. m. 11.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John son of William de Picstoke had unjustly disseised William son of William de Picstok of the third of one hundred and eighty acres of heath and pasture in Dunston near Pencrich.

John took exception to the assize because Nicholas de Pickestok held ten acres of the land, William de Cavereswell ten acres, John de Wenlok seven acres, Richard Teveray three acres, William de Coppenhale two acres, the Master of the House of St. John of Stafford eleven acres, John de Say six acres, and Roger de Stratton the third part of the residue, and they held the land at the date of the writ, viz., 13th January of this year; but if it was given against him, he stated that one Thomas de Pikestok died seised of the tenements in his demesne as of fee, and after his death he had entered as his cousin and heir, and he put himself on the assize. William son of William stated that John held the whole tenement at the date of the writ, and that he was seised of it until the said John had enclosed the land and so appropriated to himself the tenement, and he appealed to the assize.

The jury say that the said John son of William holds the whole third of the one hundred and eighty acres of heath and pasture claimed, and held it at the date of the writ, and had disseised the said William son of William of it. William is therefore to recover seisin, and his damages are taxed at half a mark. m. 11.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William son of John Griffyn of Colton, John son of John Griffyn, and Robert son of John Griffyn of Colton had unjustly disseised John son of William Gilbert of Colton of a messuage, ten acres of land, and an acre of meadow in Colton. William son of John Griffyn answered as tenant and stated he entered into the tenements by one Margaret Stoninges, and that the said William (sic) had never been seised of them, and he appealed to the assize.

The jury say that the said Margaret Stoninges was formerly wife of William Gilbert the father of John the complainant, and who held the tenement in frank marriage, and had left issue, viz., the said John; and after the death of William Gilbert, Margaret married one William Skil, and they lived together for some time as man and wife, but that Margaret left (se elongavit de) her husband, the said William, and gave the tenements to the said William son of John Griffyn by a deed to hold to the said William son of John and his heirs, finding food and raiment for the said Margaret for her life; and Margaret had lived after the said deed of gift for a year and a half, and after her death the said John son of William Gilbert entered into the tenements and held them for a day, and until ejected by the said William son of John and the other defendants. The suit was adjourned, but John son of William afterwards withdrew his writ. m. 11.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Adam de Bresenhul the father of Alice, daughter of Adam de Bresenhulle, was seised as of fee, etc., when he died, of four acres of land in Hegh Offelye (High Offley), which Robert de Halgton holds. Robert admitted that the said Adam died seised of the tenements, but stated that after his death one Roger his son and heir had entered into them as son and heir, and prayed judgment on the writ. Alice stated that Roger never held anything in the tenements, because he had died in the lifetime of his father. The assize is therefore to proceed. The jury found that Roger had entered into the tenements after the death of Adam as his nearest heir. Verdict for Robert. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert le Loverd of Buterhale, and Simon his son, Richard son of Richard, William le Clerk of Bradelegh, Henry Cobyn, William Muriel of Levedale, John de Norton, William atte Chirchestile, of Copnale, William Brusel, Nigel de Copnale, John de Bertherton, and William de Huntingdon, had unjustly disseised Henry de Harecourt and Alianora his wife of common of pasture in four acres of pasture in Buterhale, appurnant to their freehold in Bylinton and Luttiwode. The defendants denied any injury or disseisin, but the jury found in favour of Henry and Alianora. Damages 10s. William le Lord (sic) and all the others are in misericordiâ. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. A jury of twenty-four came to convict twelve recognitors in a plea, if Ralph le Butiler had unjustly disseised Jordan de Flossebrok of his freehold in Northbury (Norbury), and respecting which the said Ralph complained that the jurors of an assize of novel disseisin which had been summoned between the said Jordan (sic) and Matilda formerly his wife, and Richard Body, and which had been taken before Adam de Cuckdayk and William Inge at Tamworth, had delivered a false verdict; Jordan appeared and likewise the twelve recognitors; and as it appeared that the beginning of the writ named Ralph le Butiler, and afterwards in the middle of the writ he was called Richard, the suit was dismissed, and the said Ralph is in misericordiâ for a false claim. The penalty of imprisonment is remitted, because it was the fault of the writers. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. An assize, etc., if John de Baskerville the father of John son of John de Baskerville was seised as of fee, etc., of ten acres of land in Mere and Aston when he died, which William le (sic) Mere holds. William denied that John the father died seised of the land, and John son of John afterwards withdrew his writ. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. Roger de Berleye and Isolda his wife not appearing to prosecute their writ of novel disseisin versus Robert le Blund of Hughcesdon and others named respecting common of pasture in Hughcesdon (Hixon), the suit was dismissed. Their sureties, Henry de Heywode and Robert Amicell are in misericordiâ. (The sureties were not fined, Isolda having died.)

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Robert de Somerville not appearing to prosecute her writ of novel disseisin versus Edmund de Somerville and Henry de Sumeville respecting tenements in Whichenore, the suit was dismissed. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. Henry le Parker and Margaret his wife, and Laurence de Erbury and Felicia his wife, not appearing to prosecute their writ of novel disseisin versus Osbert de Tamworth and Margaret his wife, respecting tenements in West Bromwich, the suit was dismissed, and they and their sureties, viz., Adam de Morf of Barre and Nicholas son of Thomas de Barre, are in misericordiâ. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. John son of Geoffrey de Cokenage not appearing to prosecute his writ against the Prior of Trentham and others, he and his sureties, viz., Thomas de Titnesovere and William de Talk, are in misericordiâ.

Staff. Agnes daughter of Robert de Thornes not appearing to prosecute her writ of novel disseisin versus Ralph de Grendon and others respecting tenements in Schenestone, she and her sureties, viz., Walter del Thornes and William del Thornes, are in misericordiâ. m. 11, dorso.

Staff. Amice formerly wife of Hugh de Hildreston not appearing to prosecute her suit versus Richard son of Robert le Despencer of Hildreston, she and her sureties, viz., Gilbert de Aston and Robert de Hugeford, are in misericordiâ. m. 11, dorso.

Banco Roll. Michaelmas, 28 E. I.

Warw. Isabella formerly wife of William Bagot sued Robert de Grendon for a third of a rent of £10 in Derdon, and she sued Isabella de Grendon for a third of a rent of £10 in the same vill, as her dower. Robert stated he only held a rent £6 8s. 9¼d., for his life by the demise of Ralph de Grendon, and he called Ralph to warranty, who is to be summoned for the morrow of All Souls, the summons to be served in Staffordshire; and Isabella stated she held in dower of the inheritance of Ralph de Grendon, and called him and his wife Joan to warranty, who are to be summoned for the same date. A postscript adjourns the suit to the Octaves of Hillary. m. 16.

Staff. Mabel formerly wife of Geoffrey de Gorsthill sued Gilbert le Hunte for a third of three acres in Shenestone as her dower. Gilbert admitted her claim. m. 39.

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of William Bagot sued Robert son of John de Grendon for a messuage and a virgate of land and 7s. of rent in Chestrefeld (Chesterfield in Shenstone) as her right and inheritance. Robert prayed a view. Adjourned to the Octaves of Hillary. m. 40.

Staff. The suit between the same Isabella and Theobald de Nevill and Cecilia his wife, tenants of two messuages, a virgate of land, and 8s. rent in Chestrefeld, remanet sine die, Theobald having letters of protection whilst in Scotland in the retinue of John de Segrave. m. 40.

Staff. A vice formerly wife of Hugh son of William son of Ralph de Hildreston sued Richard son of Robert le Despencer of Hildreston for a third of a messuage and eight acres of land in Hyldreston (Hilderstone); and she sued Richard le Parker of Fenton for a third of a messuage and three acres, and Thomas Rose of Hildreston for a third of two and a half acres in the same vill as her dower. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 151.

Salop. Ralph de Hengham sued Hugh son of Robert de Mortimer for a debt of 100 marks, and he sued Geoffrey de Walsale for 50 marks, and Ralph de Mounjoyne for 17 marks, and Ralph de Saunford for 60s., and Katrina formerly wife of Nicholas de Aldythelegh, and Geoffrey de Wolsele, and William de Stafford, executors of the will of Nicholas de Aldythelegh, for £32 owing to him. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Quindene of Hillary; and the Sheriff stated that the two Geoffreys were clerics and had no lay fee. A mandate is therefore sent to the Bishop to produce them at the same date. m. 154.

Staff. Margery formerly wife of John de Rowelawe sued William Aileward for a third of three acres of land in Rowelowe and Stafford as her dower. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon him for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 155.

Staff. William de Westwode and Agnes his wife not appearing to prosecute their writ against William son of James de Esing and others, the suit was dismissed. m. 166.

Staff. Stephen de Wolaston and Isabella his wife appeared against Philip de Leygh in a plea that he should warrant to them two messuages and two nokes of land and an acre of meadow in Shuston (Shushions) which Walter Beysin claimed against them. Philip did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held no lands within his bailiwick, and it was testified he held lands sufficient at Legh near Teyne (Tean). The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon him for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 195.

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of William de Ipstanes was sued by Theobald de Verdoun to give up to him the custody of the land and heir of William de Ipstanes, who had held his land of him by military service; and he stated that the said William held of him the Manor of Ipstanes by homage and the service of half a Knight's fee, viz., for a scutage of 40s. when it fell due, 20s., etc., and by the service of 10s. 1d. annually, and suit at his Court at Alveton from three weeks to three weeks, and of which services John de Verdoun father of Theobald was in seisin by the hands of one John the grandfather of the heir; and likewise Theobald was in seisin of them all except scutage by the hands of William the father of the heir; and that the said William died in his homage, and for which reason the said custody pertained to him, and Agnes had unjustly deforced him of it, by which he had been damaged to the amount of £300, and he produced his proofs. Agnes stated that Theobald had no claim to the custody, because William did not hold the said manor by military service, but by soccage, and by the service of 10s. 1d. annually for all service, and she appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. A postscript states that a jury came at the Quindene of Trinity, 29 E. I., and stated that William the father of the heir held the said manor of Theobald by homage and fealty, and the service of 10s. 2d. annually, and suit of Court from three weeks to three weeks for all service, and not by military service. Verdict for Agnes. And as regards the wardship of the heir, Agnes stated after the death of William the father, the King was in seisin of the person of the heir, and had committed the wardship and marriage of the heir to her, and this she was prepared to prove by the record of the rolls of the Exchequer. And afterwards Roger de Hegham the Baron of the Exchequer sent a cedula which showed that the King had conceded to the said Agnes the marriage of the heir without disparagement for 50 marks. A day is therefore given to them at the said term, the King to be consulted in the interim. A postscript adjourns the case to the Quindene of Hillary. (Interim loquendum cum Rege.) m. 230.

Staff. Hugh son of William de Okoure (Okeover) sued Simon son of Thomas de Melwych and Alice his wife, to carry out the terms of a covenant made between them respecting half the manor of Melewych. The defendants did not appear, and are to be attached for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 233.

Staff. Henry de Rudyngge and Agnes his wife sued Roger son of Richard Wysel of Werselowe for a messuage and eighteen acres of land in Nether Elkesdon, as the right and inheritance of Agnes, and in which Roger had no entry except by a demise made to him by Adam de Elkesdon formerly husband of Agnes, and to which she could not object during his lifetime. Roger stated that Agnes and her husband Adam de Elkesdon never held a status in the tenements as of fee, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter. m. 247.

Staff. In the suit of Richard le Foun, executor of the will of Joan formerly wife of William de Caverswelle versus Theobald de Verdun, for an intrusion into tenements in Athelaston (Ellaston) which Joan had left to Richard by her will to carry out certain bequests, Richard stated in addition to the former pleadings, that whereas the said Theobald on the day of St. Augustine in summer, 13 E. I., had demised the tenements to the said William for his life or for a term of twenty-four years, and William having died within the term, had left them to Joan, and Joan having bequeathed them to him, Richard, to hold for the residue of the term, the said Theobald on the day of the Invention of the Holy Cross, 25 E. I., immediately after the death of Joan, had intruded himself into them, for which he claimed £40 as damages. Theobald appeared by attorney, and asked that Richard should certify to the Court his executorship; and Richard produced the will of Joan, by which it appeared she had appointed him and John de Bakepuz and William Godefrey her executors. Theobald then took exception to the writ because Richard was stated in it to be sole executor, and the case was adjourned to the Quindene of Hillary. m. 252.

Staff. Robert Bataylle and Peter de Gryseley (Gresley) are in misericordiâ for many defaults.

The said Robert, Peter, Henry de Norton, John Grim of Hadcote, Thomas son of John de Norton, Robert son of Michael de la Warde, Ralph le Fevre of Griseleye, Adam Scate of Neuton, Richard de Ednesoure, John Brydon, Richard Base, Robert Umfrey, John Sweyn, Richard Aleyn, Robert le Bonde, Henry Walter, John Walter, and nine others, were attached to answer the plea of Geoffrey de Camville that whereas on the Monday before the Feast of St. John the Baptist, 27 E. I., he had taken by his servant Hugh le Rotour in a certain place called Le Scarpe upon Houdeneheth in Clifton, seventy pigs, oxen and cows, which were depastured upon his growing corn, and was about to impound them, the said Robert and the others rescued the cattle vi et armis, viz., with swords and bows and arrows, and for which he claimed £40 as damages. Robert, Peter, Henry, John, Thomas, Robert and Ralph denied the trespass altogether, and appealed to a jury; and Adam Scate and the other defendants stated they were tenants of the vill of Kingesneuton, and they and their ancestors performed certain service to the said Geoffrey for which they had common of pasture in the above named place, viz., the service of ploughing the land of Geoffrey in Clifton with twelve ploughs for one day in Lent, and for reaping his corn for one day in autumn, and Geoffrey having attempted to impound their cattle in the said pasture, they had resisted it. Geoffrey appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 293.

Staff. A jury came to make recognition whether a messuage and nine and a half acres of land and half an acre of pasture in Marchynton upon Nedwode was free alms pertaining to the Church of William de Hambery of Hambery, or the lay fee of Robert de Pipe. William stated that one Thomas de Ferars, Parson, and his predecessor, was seised of the tenements as of right of his Church in the time of King Henry the King's father, and after him Gerard de Grandisson, Parson, and his predecessor, was seised of them in the reign of the present King, who had alienated them during his tenancy. Robert appealed to a jury which was to be summoned at a month from Easter. A postscript states that on that day a jury found in favour of Robert de Pipe, stating it was a lay fee for which Robert had paid to the Church 2s. m. 293.

Staff. Cecilia formerly wife of William de Wirleye sued Henry Wymer of Stafford for the third of a messuage, a virgate of land and windmill in Homerwys (Hammerwich) near Lychefeld as her dower. Henry did not appear and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand and to summon him for the Quindene of Hillary. A postscript further adjourns the suit to Trinity term. m. 317, dorso.

Staff. John de Coueleye of Bromleye by his custos, sued Katherine formerly wife of Henry de Bromleye for causing waste and destruction in the houses and woods she held in dower of the inheritance of John in Bagotes Bromley. Katherine did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach her for the Octaves of the Purification. m. 280, dorso.

Derb. An assize, etc., of last presentation to the Vicariate of Langeford (Longford) the advowson of which John de Langeford claimed against John de Cressy, the Parson of the Church of Langeford; and he stated that Oliver de Langeford his father had presented the last Vicar Geoffrey, and who had died Vicar of the Church. John de Cressy stated he was the Parson of the Church by the presentation of John, who was sole patron (advocatus integralis) of the Church, and that he had presented him to the whole Church, and the Vicariate was a part of it; and that John de Langeford could not claim two advowsons in the same Church. John de Langeford stated that Oliver his father had presented his Clerk Geoffrey to the Vicariate, who was Vicar of the Church before John de Cressy was presented, and for six years afterwards, and that Nigel his grandfather had presented to the same Vicariate one John his Clerk, who had been admitted and instituted on his presentation, and he appealed to the assize. The suit was adjourned to the Octaves of Hillary through defect of recognitors. m. 270, dorso.

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of William Bagod sued William de Chetewynde for a third of 12 marks of rent in Hildeleston, and she sued Adam de Eye and Joan his wife for a third of 6 marks of rent in the same vill as her dower. Adam and Joan called to warranty William the son and heir of William, who appeared and warranted the same to them, and called to warranty Edward son of Philip Burnel the cousin and heir of Robert Burnel who was under age, and in ward to Antonine, Bishop of Durham, and part of whose lands are in the custody of the King, and part in the custody of Antonine, the Bishop of Durham, and of Walter, Bishop of Coventry and Lychefeld, and many others named, and William produced a fine levied between Adam de Chetewynde, complainant, and the said Robert Burnel, deforciant, of the said rent, by which Adam acknowledged the said rent to be the right of Robert, and for which the said Robert, at the instance of Adam, conceded it to John the son of the said Adam, to be held by him and the heirs of his body; and if the said John should die s. p., to remain to the said William and heirs of his body. Adjourned to the Quindene of Easter. m. 209, dorso.

Staff. Felicia formerly wife of William de Blakehalgh sued Henry son of William de Blakehalgh for a third of a messuage and 30 acres of land in Dulverne (Dilhorn) as her dower. Henry did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon him for the Octaves of Hillary, and to take the dower claimed into the King's hand. m. 160, dorso.

Staff. Margaret formerly wife of John de Rowelowe sued Henry de Ernefen for a third of sixteen acres of land in Rowelowe and Stafford, and she sued John Wenlok for a third of a messuage in the same vills as her dower. The defendants appeared, and Henry stated he held the tenement for a term of thirty years by a demise of the said John de Rowelowe, and he called to warranty John the son of John de Rowelowe. John Wenlok also called the same John to warranty. Adjourned to the Quindene of Hillary. m. 137, dorso.

Coram Rege Roll. Michaelmas, 28–29 E. I.

(Apud Ebor.)

Staff. Dyonisia formerly wife of William Wlipshyre appealed Nicholas de Bedenhale for the death of William her husband in the County Court, and the appeal was moved by writ of certiorari, to be heard before the King; and she stated in the County Court that Nicholas had killed her husband with a sword at a place called le Lesefeld near Smythesbrok, and having found pledges to prosecute the said plea in the County Court, Nicholas had surrendered and was put into prison in the time of Ralph de Shirle (the Sheriff), and is now in the gaol at Stafford; and the said Dyonisia having appeared against him in Court at this term, the said Nicholas did not appear, being in prison. The Sheriff was therefore commanded to produce him coram Rege at the Octaves of Hillary. m. 4.

Staff., Warr. The proceedings against Margaret la Russe for the death of her husband John Paynel, killed at Walshale, are brought into Court by writ of certiorari owing to an informality, Margaret having been acquitted by a mixed Staffordshire and Warwickshire (fn. 2) jury at the Gaol Delivery at Warwick before Hugh de Brauntiston and John Neyremyt in 26 E. I., and the Staffordshire jury consisted of William de Worleye, William Hillary, William de Boweles, Thomas de Berlaston, Thomas Hillary, William le Freman, Richard de Wolaston, Richard Basset, Reginald de Neuport, Reginald de Pek, Robert de la Bruere, and Ralph de Pype of Alrewych. And Margaret had been summoned by the Sheriff of Staffordshire to be coram Rege at the Octaves of Michaelmas, on which day the Sheriff returned he had summoned her by Robert de Hodenet and William de Mere, and Margaret had refused to appear; and as the felony was committed in co. Stafford, the Sheriff of that county was ordered to arrest her and produce her before the King at the Quindene of Hillary, on which day the Sheriff returned she could not be found within his bailiwick, and he was ordered to put her into the exigend, upon which the said Margaret appeared before the King at York, and was committed to the custody of the Marshal. And a writ of supersedeas was sent to the Sheriff to annul the outlawry. Afterwards at the Quindene of Michaelmas the said Margaret appeared coram Rege, and being asked how she wished to be acquitted of the death of her husband, stated she was not guilty, and put herself on the country. The Sheriff was therefore commanded to send a jury at the Quindene of Hillary, unless R. le Brabanzun first, etc. (came into those parts). A postscript states that afterwards at the Quindene of St. John the Baptist, 30 E. I., a jury came before the King at Westminster, and the said Margaret was brought from the Marshalsea, and the jury stated that she was not guilty of the death of her husband, nor had abetted or assented to it. She is therefore acquitted. m. 28, dorso.

Staff. Agnes de Sumeri the custos of the land and heir of Roger de Sumery not appearing to prosecute her suit against John Perseval of Sumery, John le Brun, Richard de Walcote, and two others, it is dismissed. m. 5, dorso.

Footnotes

1 This is William de Bereford, the Justice. It seems to have been a common practice for the judges of these days to lend money on mortgages of land or notes of hand in this way, and to have made large fortunes by the practice.
2 Walshall is on the confines of the two counties.