Plea Rolls for Staffordshire
7 Edward III

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Institute of Historical Research

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Major-General Hon. G. Wrottesley & Rev. F. Parker (editors)

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1890

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40-50

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'Plea Rolls for Staffordshire: 7 Edward III', Staffordshire Historical Collections, vol. 11 (1890), pp. 40-50. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=52483 Date accessed: 25 October 2014.


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De Banco. Hillary, 6–7 E. III.

Wygorn. Walter Fouke sued William Duraunt, and Agnes his wife, and William, son of the said William, for a messuage and sixty acres of land and six acres of meadow, and 6s. of rent in Salewarp and Grafton, near Bremesgrave, as his right and inheritance, and in which they had no entry except by John Cordiwan, who had unjustly disseised Elizabeth Fouke, his mother, of the tenements, who had held them in demesne as of fee, temp. E. II. The defendants stated that the said Elizabeth held the tenements only for term of her life, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of Trinity. A postscript shows repeated adjournments of the suit up to Hillary, 13–14, E. III. m. 40.

Staff. Robert, son of Philip de Stepelton, sued Robert de Stepelton for a messuage, and two carucates of land, etc., in Great Barre, which he claimed as his right against the said Robert, and Isabella his wife, and Robert did not ppear, and both he and Isabella had made default at a month from Easter, and the Sheriff had been ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand and to summon them for three weeks from Michaelmas, on which day the said Robert essoigned himself on the King's service, and a day was given to the parties on the morrow of the Purification, and Isabella now appeared and prayed that she might not lose her right through the default of her husband, and she was admitted to plead, and the said Robert, son of Philip, sued her for the said tenements, as his right andinheritance, in which the said Robert and Isabella had no entry except by William de Frome, junior, to whom Robert, son of John de Stepelton, had demised them, and who had unjustly disseised Philip de Stepleton, his father, and he stated that Philip, his father, was seised of them temp. E. I., and from him the right descended to Robert, son of Philip, who now sues as his son and heir.

Isabella defended her right, and denied that the said Robert, son of John, had disseised the said Philip as stated, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Morrow of St. John the Baptist. m. 194.

Staff. William de Weston sued John de Ipstanes for a debt of 44s. 2d., and he sued Simon de Congreve for £8 16s. 4d., and William, son of John de Perton, and John de Lappele, of Wolvernehampton, for £26, and William Lutfeye, of Asheleye, for £12 13s. 4d. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quindene of Trinity. m. 253.

Staff., Bucks, Bed., Salop, Linc., Lanc, Hunt. In the suit for dower which Elizabeth, formerly wife of Edmund Peverel, claimed against the custodes of the lands of John, son and heir of Edmund Peverel, the Sheriff of Staffordshire returned at Easter, 8 E. III., that Adam Henry, of Stratton, Thomas, Vicar of the Church of Stratton (Stretton), John, son of William de Draycote, and William, son of Adam de Stratton, the custodes of the land of John in that county, held lands and tenements of the inheritance of John to the value of 30s. 2d. annually. (fn. 1) m. 266.

Salop. Fulk, son of Fulk de Penebrugg sued Matilda de Penebrugge for a moiety of the manor of Tonge, which, together with the other moiety, Alan la Zouche had given to William de Harecourt in frank marriage with Alice, his sister, and which after the death of William and Alice, and Orabel, daughter and one of heirs of William and Alice, and of Fulk, a son of Fulk, son of Fulk, should descend to him by the form of gift, and he gave this pedigree:—


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Matilda appeared to her summons, but the said Fulk, being solemnly called, did not appear, and the suit was dismissed. m. 303.

Staff. John, son of Philip de Auste, sued William, son of William le Taverner, of Lichefeld, for six acres of land in Swynefen, which Sibilla de Auste had given to Philip de Auste and heirs of his body, and which after the death of the said Philip should descend to him as his son and heir; and he stated that Philip was seised of the land, temp. Ed. I. William pleaded that the six acres in question were in Lychefeld and not in Swynefen, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of Trinity. m. 368.

Staff. Margery, formerly wife of Geoffrey de Greseleye, executor of the will of Geoffrey de Greseleye, sued Robert de Touk, Chivaler, for a debt of 100 marks. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for a day at Easter term. A postscript states that on that day the Sheriff made no return, and he was ordered to attach him to be at York at the Quindene of St. Michael. m. 210, dorso.

Warw. Thomas de Halughton sued Simon Anketel, William de Barre, Walter de Cnylly, and four others named, for cutting down his trees at Herleye, vi et armis, to the value of 100s. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quindene of Trinity. m. 159, dorso.

Derb. William, son of William Saucheverel, of Hoppewell, sued Richard de Verdon, of Aston, in a plea that he should acquit him of the service which Henry, Earl of Lancaster, exacted from him for the freehold he held of the said Richard in Ashton. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Quindene of Trinity. m. 111, dorso.

Staff. William, son of Richard de Pirye, sued John, son of Richard de Pirye, for a messuage and thirty acres of land, ten acres of meadow, and eight acres of moor in Pirye, and he sued John, son of Robert de Wyrleye, and Robert, son of the said John, for a messuage, a toft, a virgate of land, two acres of meadow, fifty acres of pasture, and 100 acres of wood in the same vill, and he sued fifteen other tenants for their respective tenancies in the vill by a writ of right, William de Byrmyngham, the capital lord of the fee having remitted the case to be heard before the King's Court. (fn. 2) The defendants appeared by attorney, and prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Trinity. m. 96, dorso.

De Banco. Easter, 7 E. III.

Salop. Roger Tromwyne and Matilda, his wife, sued Petronella, formerly wife of Thomas de Lee, for the third part of the manors of Stanton-upon Hynebeth and Preston-on-the-Were, which they claimed as the dower of Matilda. Petronella did not appear, and had previously made default, and the dower had been taken into the King's hand. It was therefore considered they should recover seisin. m. 26.

Staff. Roger, the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, sued Thomas Hastang, Chivaler, to give up to him the custody of the land and heir of John, son of John Hastang, which belonged to him, because the said John held his land of him by Knight's service. Thomas did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him to be at York on the Quindene of St. Michael. m. 46, dorso.

Warw. William de Harecourt, of Boseworth, was sued by John Trussel, of Acton, in a plea that he should acquit him of the service which Thomas de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, exacted from him for the freehold he held of the said William in Gyldemorton, and he stated he held of the said William thirty-five messuages and sixteen virgates of land in Gyldemorton by homage and fealty, and 16s. for scutage when it fell due, and the said Earl had distrained him for a relief after the death of John de Harecourt, the father of the said William. William denied that the said John was distrained through any default by him, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Michaelmas. A postscript states that after several adjournments from defect of a jury, a verdict was given in favor of John with £20 damages. m. 181.

Staff. John Rodeyerd and Alice, his wife, sued William Curzoun, Parson of the church of Kettleston, and James, son of Ralph Coterel, in a plea that they should warrant to them two parts of half the manor of Derley, in co. Derby, which the Lord, the King, claimed against them. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to take into the King's hand, land belonging to them to the value of the land in dispute, and which had been appraised by a jury at 64s. 6d., and to summon them for the morrow of St. Martin. m. 213.

Staff. Derb. John de Beaufey sued Robert Tochet in a plea that he should warrant to him seven acres of land and an acre of meadow which Hawise, formerly wife of Walter le Ledebeter, of Derby, claimed against him. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff of co. Derby was ordered to summon him to be at York on the Quindene of St. Michael. m. 252.

Staff. Robert, Abbot of Burton-upon-Trent, sued Hugh, son of Walter Wyther, of Ilum, and Elena, his wife, for eight acres of wood, and sixty acres of pasture in Ilum, as the right of his church, and they did not appear, and had previously made default, and it was considered that the Abbot should recover seisin of the tenements, but as there might have been collusion and fraud between the parties against the Statute of Mortmain, the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury to be at York at a month from Michaelmas to make recognition as to the right of the Abbot, and who was the superior lord, and in the meantime the tenements were taken into the King's hand. A postscript states that the process was continued at York and moved by writ of nisi prius to Tamworth, where it was heard on the Vigil of St. Bartholomew. 8 E. III, before W. de Herle, with whom was associated Philip de Somerville, Knight, before whom the parties appeared, and also Joan, formerly wife of Walter Wither, the immediate capital lady, and Roger de Okoure, the mesne lord, and the jury stated that the tenements in question were formerly in seisin of Thomas, Abbot of Burton, as of the right of his church, in the reign of Kings Edward, the King's grandfather, and that there had been no fraud or collusion between the parties, and the Sheriff returned that there were no other lords either mediate or immediate. The Abbot therefore recovers seisin. m. 284, dorso.

Staff. John de Ipstanes, Chivaler, was summoned to answer the plea of John de Weston under Brewode, Chyvaler, and William, son of Peter de Joneston, that he should permit them to present a fit person to the Church of Blemunhulle (Blymhill), and they stated that one John Bagod was seized of the Manor of Blemunhull, to which the Church was appurtenant, and had presented to it one Herbert de Blakenhale, who was instituted temp. Hen. III., and from the said John the right descended to Sarra, Margaret, Joan, and Philippa, his daughters and heirs, between whom the Manor was divided and the right of presentation remained in common between them, and the said Sarra married one William de Ipstanes, and Margaret married one Ralph de Coven, and Joan married Richard de Pycheford, and Philippa married Geoffrey de Bromleye, and after the death of the said Herbert, the said William de Ipstanes, Sarra, Ralph, Margaret, Joan, Geoffrey, and Philippa in right of the four sisters and co-heirs, presented one Thomas Personessone, who was instituted temp. Hen. III., and after his death the same patrons presented one Walter de Lega who was admitted and instituted temp. E. I.; and from Sarra her right descended to one John de Ipstanes, as son and heir, and from the said John to one William de Ipstanes. And from the said Margaret her right descended to Alice, Margaret, and Phillippa as her daughters and heirs, between whom her purparty of the Manor was divided, and her right to present remained in common between them, and the said Alice married Thomas de la Hyde, and the said Margaret, daughter of Margaret, married Robert Strech, and from the said Margaret, daughter of Margaret, her right descended to one Ralph Streche as son and heir, and from the said Joan her right descended to one Roger de Pycheford as son and heir, and from the said Philippa her right descended to one Robert de Bromleye as son and heir, and the Church being vacant after the death of the said Walter, a contention arose respecting the right of presentation between the said William de Ipstanes, son of John de Ipstanes, Thomas de la Hyde, Ralph Strech, son of Alice (sic), Henry de Wyvereston, Roger de Pycheford, and Robert de Bromleye, and a concord was made between them by which the said William de Ipstanes should present at that vacancy, and the said Thomas de la Hyde, and Ralph Streche, and Henry de Wyvereston, and the heirs of the said Alice, wife of the said Thomas, and of Ralph Streche, and Philippa, the wife of the said Henry, at the second vacancy, and at the third vacancy, when it should fall due, the said Roger de Pycheford and his heirs should have the presentation, and at the fourth vacancy the said Robert de Bromley and his heirs should present, and so in turn, they should present in the above form in perpetuity. And the said William de Ipstanes then presented one Roger de Staundon, who was instituted temp. E. I., and the Church was now vacant by his death. And from the said Alice, wife of Thomas de la Hyde, the right of her purparty descended to one Thomas, as son and heir, who had enfeoffed the said John de Weston, the plaintiff, of his purparty, to be held by him and his heirs for ever. And from the said Ralphe Streche, the right of his purparty descended to one Robert Streche, as son and heir, who had enfeoffed the said John de Weston of it, in the same way. And from the said Philippa, daughter of Margaret the right of her purparty had descended to a certain Rose and Pavia as daughters and heirs, between whom it was divided, their right of presentation remaining in common, and the said Rose and Pavia had severally enfeoffed the said William, son of Peter de Joneston, the other plaintiff, of their purparty, and right of presentation, to be held by him and his heirs for ever. And because this is the second vacancy after the above concord it appertained to the heirs of the said Alice, Margaret, daughter of Margaret, and Philippa, daughter of Margaret, whose status in the said manor, John and William, the two plaintiffs, now hold, to present the second turn to the said Church; and the said John de Ipstanes unjustly impeded them, for which they claimed £200 damages. John de Ipstanes admitted the descent of the manor as above described, but stated that the advowson had been wholly assigned to the purparty of the said Sarra, and that she had presented Thomas Personessone after the death of the said Herbert in her own right, and he had been instituted on the presentation of the said William de Ipstanes and Sarra, and that her right had descended to one John de Ipstanes, as son and heir, and from the said John to one William de Ipstanes, who was under age and in the custody of Adam de Chetwynde, who also held the custody of his purparty of the manor, and that Adam, on a vacancy occurring by the death of Thomas Personessone had presented the said Walter de Lega, and after the death of the said Walter, the said William de Ipstanes, being of full age, in his own right, had presented the said Roger de Staundon, and from the said William de Ipstanes, the right of his purparty descended to John de Ipstanes, who now sues, and for that reason it now pertained to the said John to present to the Church. A day was given to the parties to hear judgment at the Octaves of Holy Trinity, on which day the suit was adjourned to the Octaves of St. Michael. m. 304.

Assizes taken at Stafford before William de Shareshulle and John de Peyto, senior, Justices assigned, etc., on the Saturday after the Feast of the Close of Easter. 7 E. III.

Staff. The assize between John, son of William de Draycote, of Stretton, Chaplain, plaintiff, and William, son of William le Champioun, of Little Sardon, and others, repecting tenements in Stretton, near Brewode, is respited till the Monday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula, through the defect of Roger de Picheford, Adam be Morton, John de Cohton, John de Covene, Robert de Congreve, Robert de Elmedon, Robert de Lynhull, John de Brougton, Richard on the hulle of Bradeley, William de Shradicote, Richard Kery, of Ricardescote, Roger de Ovyoteshay, and Adam Henry of Shradicote, who never appeared. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to arrest them. m. 15.

Staff. The assize between Joan, daughter of Adam de Acton, and John de Parva Barre respecting tenements in Little Barre, was respited to the same date through the default of William de Boweles, Geoffrey Leveson, and other recognitors, who never appeared. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to arrest them. m. 15.

Staff. An assize, etc., of Henry, son of William de Tettesworth, had unjustly disseised Ralph de Tesseworth of two messuages and two bovates of land in Waturfal. Henry did not appear, and the assize was taken in his absence. The jury found in favour of Ralph and assessed his damages at 2s. And as they stated that the disseisin was made vi et armis, the Sheriff was ordered to arrest the said Henry. A postscript says that Henry afterwards appeared and made fine with the King at 3s. 4d. m. 15.

Staff. An assize, etc., of Thomas le Hunte of Wolvesbrugge, and Edmund, his brother, Robert Coyne, Robert Dun, of Draycote Wodehouses, and two others named, had unjustly disseised Ralph de Shepeye, and Alice his wife, of an acre of land and an acre of pasture in Draycote-under-Nedwode. None of the defendants appeared and the assize was taken in their absence. The jury found in favour of Ralph and Alice, and assessed their damages at 13s. 4d. m. 15.

Staff. An assize, etc., if William le Knyght, of Eyton, John, son of John de Bromleye, of Little Onne, and Alice his wife, and William, son of the said John and Alice, William de Fynchenefelde and Henry le Prestemon, of Eyton, had unjustly disseised William, son of William le Knyght, of Eyton, of a moiety of 18 acres in Little Onne. John, son of John, answered for all the defendants, and as tenant, and stated he had entered by the said William, son of William, and had done him no injury. The jury stated that the said William le Knyght, John, and Henry, had unjustly disseised the said William, son of William, but that Alice and the others had done him no injury. He is therefore to recover seisin, and his damages were taxed at 6s. 8d. m. 15.

Staff. An assize, etc., if Roger, the Bishop of Coventry and Lychfeld, Richard le Neveu, junior, John Mounyng, and William le Rydere, had unjustly disseised Robert, son of Ralph de Huntyndon of his common of pasture in Canokbury and Ruggele appurtenant to his freehold in Huntyndon, viz., in common of pasture in 1,000 acres of wood, and 1,000 acres of pasture, with all manner of animals. Adam le Arblaster appeared for the defendants and for the Bishop as tenant, and stated that the vill was called Cannokbury, and that the wood and pasture in question was in Cannokbury, and not in Canokbury, and as the said Robert could not deny that the vill was called Cannokbury, the suit was dismissed. (fn. 3) m. 15, dorso.

Staff. Philip de Ipstanes, who had arraigned an assize of novel disseisin against William de Chetelton, Chivaler, and others respecting tenements in Chetelton did not appear to prosecute it, and he and his sureties are in misericordiâ. m. 15, dorso.

Staff. Thomas de Furnivalle, junior, and Joan, his wife, put in their place Ralph de Grendon in a plea of novel disseisin against Richard le Smyth, of Farleye. m. 15, dorso.

De Banco. Mich., 7 E. III. Apud Ebor.

Staff. John Giffard, of Chylynton, sued John de la Novere, of Chylynton, John de Penynton, and another, in a suit that they should carry out a covenant respecting ten pigs of the said John de la Novere, which John Giffard had taken in his wood at Chylynton and had impounded, and which the said John Giffard had given up to the said John de la Novere on certain conditions. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned that John de la Novere was dead, and it was testified that he was alive. The Sheriff was therefore ordered as before, to distrain, and produce the defendants on the Octaves of Hillary. m. 34, dorso.

Cumb. The suit of Isabella, formerly wife of Richard de Vernoun, against Clemence, the wife of John de Mulineux (admitted to sue through the default of her husband) in a plea of dower, was respited till the morrow of St. Martin, through defect of a jury. m. 52.

Staff. Roger de Verdon, and Henry, son of Henry de Verdon, of Derlaston, executors of the will of Henry de Verdon, of Derlaston, sued William, son of John Gryffyn, of Colton, for a debt of 14 marks. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him on the Morrow of St. Martin. m. 68.

Staff. Adam de Shareshull and Rose, his wife, sued William le Frankelyn, of Whyston, and Alice, his wife, and John, the son of the said William, for the third of a messuage and 30 acres of land, and of 3 acres of pasture in Whiston, as the dower of Rose, of the dotation of John de Whiston, her former husband. The defendants appeared, and William answered as sole tenant, and stated that the said John de Whiston had released to the said William and his heirs all his right and claim to the said tenements, with a clause of warranty, and he called to warranty John, son of John de Whiston, who was under age and in the custody of John de Whetehale, and his lands were in the custody of Adam de Shareshull and Rose, his wife. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon the said custodes for the Octaves of Hillary, and the custos of the person of the heir was ordered to produce him at the same date. A postscript states the Sheriff sent no writ at Hillary term and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Easter. m. 177, dorso.

Staff. Joan de Greseleie sued John de Swynnerton, Chivaler, William, son and heir of Robert Champioun, Robert le Mareschal, and Roger de Tydenesore for a debt of £200. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quindene of Hillary. m. 184, dorso.

Staff. Roger, the Bishop of Coventry and Lychefeld, sued Richard de Burton and Alice, his wife, for 6 acres of land, and 80 acres of pasture, and 40 acres of wood in Ecclishale, as the right of his Church, and in which the said Richard and Alice had no entry except by a disseisin which Reginald, son of Reginald de Charnes had unjustly made of Walter, formerly Bishop, his predecessor, who had held the tenements temp. E. I.

Richard and Alice pleaded they were not in possession of the whole of the tenements in dispute, for Roger de Bromleye and Alice, his wife, held one-third of them as dower of the said Alice, and held it at the date of the writ. The Bishop denied this, and appealed to a jury on the issue, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury for Hillary term. A postscript states that the process was continued till Michaelmas term, 11 E. III., when it was transferred by writ of nisi prius to be heard at Lichfield, before Roger Hillary, with whom was associated John de Aston. And the said Richard and Alice did not appear, and the tenements were taken into the King's hand. m. 222, dorso.

Staff. Adam de Shareshulle and Rose, his wife, sued John, son of John de Whiston, for a third of a messuage, 60 acres of land, 6 acres of meadow, and 5 marks, 10s. 8d. of rent in Whiston, Bykeford, and Little Sardon, as the dower of Rose, of the dotation of John de Whiston, her former husband. John did not appear, and a day had been given to him by his essoin. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon him for the Quindene of St. Hillary. m. 240.

Staff. Roger de Trescote, Richard Levesone, and Warin de Trescote, executors of the will of Clement de Hampton, sued John, son of John de Kynewaston, and Alan atte Holt for a debt of 50s. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of St. Hillary. m. 240.

Staff. Henry, son of William, son of Henry de Cavereswelle, sued Richard, son of John de Melewyche, for a messuage, 30 acres of land, and 6 acres of meadow in Mulewyche, which William de Cavereswalle had given to Henry de Cavereswalle and heirs of his body, and which, after the deaths of the said Henry and of William, his son and heir, should descend to the said Henry, son of William, son and heir of the said William, son of Henry, according to the form of gift.

Richard pleaded that he was not sole tenant of the tenements, because he held them with one, Mariota, his wife, who was not named in the writ. As Henry could not deny this, the suit was dismissed. m. 263.

Staff. William, son of Richard de Pirye, sued John, son of Richard de Pirye, for a messuage, and 30 acres of land, 100 acres of meadow, 8 acres of pasture, and 8 acres of moor in Pirye (Perry Barr); and he sued Gilbert de Oscote for a messuage and 8 acres of land, and half a virgate of land in the same vill, and Robert, son of Guy de Wyrleye, for a messuage and a virgate of land, and Henry Burgyloun and two others for half a virgate of land, and Richard de Piryle for 15 acres of land, and Robert Burgyloun for 5 acres of land and 3 acres of wood, and William, son of William de Piryle, for a messuage and half a virgate, and seven other tenants in Pirye, for land in the same vill, which Henry de Pirye, his ancestor, had held in demesne as of fee in the reign of King Henry III., and from Henry the right descended to William, his son and heir, and from William, who died without issue, to one, Henry, his brother and heir, and from Henry, to one, Richard, as son and heir, and from Richard to William, who now sues as his son and heir. The defendants appeared by attorney and denied the seisin of Henry, the ancestor, and put themselves on a great assize, and a day was given to them at three weeks from Easter, when four Knights were to come, etc. (to elect a jury). A postscript states that on that date none of the defendants appeared, and William, son of Richard de Pirye therefore recovered seisin against them. m. 367.

Staff. Richard le Parker, of Charteleye, sued Robert de Ferrars, Chivaler, for the bailiwick of keeping the park of Charteleye as his right and inheritance, and in which the said Robert had no entry except by John de Ferrars, to whom Alianora, formerly wife of Robert de Ferrars, had demised it, and who had unjustly disseised Richard le Parker, of Charteleye, his father, of it, and he stated his father was seized of the bailiwick, temp. Ed. I., and the right descended to him as his son and heir.

Robert (sic) appeared and asked permission to withdraw his writ, and it was granted. Richard (sic) is therefore quit of the suit.

Staff. William Gryffyn, of Colton, sued Roger de Verdon, Parson of the Church of Bydulf, and Henry, his brother, executors of the will of Henry de Verdon, of Derlaston, in a plea that they should render up to him a certain deed which they unjustly detained. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 418.

Staff. Thomas le Rous sued Richard de Stretton in a plea that he should render a reasonable account for the time he was his bailiff in Walshale, and receiver of his money. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing by which, etc. He was therefore ordered to arrest and produce him at the Quindene of Hillary. m. 422.

Staff. Ralph le Boteller sued Alice, formerly wife of Robert de Knyghteleye, for 2 acres of land in Northbury, near Knyghteley, and he sued Robert, son of Robert de Knyghteley, for 10 acres of marsh in the same vill, by a writ of "quare cessavit per biennium." The defendants did not appear, and had previously made default, and the Sheriff had been ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, but made no return to the writ. He was therefore ordered as before, and to summon them for three weeks from Easter. m. 423.

Salop. Petronilla, formerly wife of Thomas de Lee, sued Roger Trumwyne and Matilda, his wife, for a third of the manors of Staunton-upon-Hyneheth and Preston-othe-Were, as her right and inheritance, and in which the said Matilda had no entry except by John de Lee, to whom Thomas de Lee, formerly her husband, had demised the tenements, and to which she could not object during his lifetime. The defendants stated that they had lately recovered the third part of the manors in question, by a suit at Easter term, as the dower of Matilda; as Petronilla could not deny this, the suit was dismissed. m. 319, dorso.

Staff. Hugh de Wrottesleye sued John de Tettebury and Joan, his wife, in a plea that whereas it had been provided by Statute that the custodes of lands and tenements which were held in soccage should render a reasonable account of the issues of the said lands and tenements to the heirs of the same lands when they came of full age, for the time during which they had held the same by reason of the minority of the heir, the said John and Joan refused to give any account for lands and tenements in Pateshull, (fn. 4) which were held in soccage, and of which they held the custody during his minority. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned 20d. as proceeds of a distress levied on their goods and chattels. He was therefore ordered to distrain again and produce them at the Octaves of Hillary. m. 240, dorso.

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to appraise, on the oath of a jury, the value of all the lands and tenements within his bailiwick, which Adam Hervy, of Stratton (Stretton), John, son of William de Draycote, and William, son of Adam de Stratton, held in their custody of the inheritance of John, son and heir of Edmund Peverel, whom John, son of John de Pateshull, and Joan, formerly wife of John de Pateshull, called to warranty against Elizabeth, formerly wife of Edmund Peverel, respecting the third part of the manor of La Grave, etc., in co. Bucks, and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late, and he was ordered to return the valuation into Court on the Octaves of Hillary. m. 233, dorso. (fn. 5)

Staff. Richard, son of Alan del Leghes, of Whiston, and Margaret, his wife, sued William Galpyn, of Chedle, for 14 acres of land in Kyngesleye, and he sued John Galpyn, of Chedle, for 2 acres of land, and William le Taillour of, Chedle, for an acre of land in the same vill, as the right of Margaret. The defendants prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Hillary. m. 124.

Staff. The same Richard and Margaret sued Robert de Chedle Suour for an acre of land in Kyngesleye, and Hugh de Lyghtwode, of Chedle, for an acre, and Richard, son of Henry Ingesone, of Ippestanes, for a messuage and an acre of land in the same vill as the right of Margaret. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 124.

Leyc. The Prior of Canewelle recovers the advowson of the Church of Rakedale in a suit against Ralph Basset of Drayton; the proceedings name Ralph Basset of Weldon as the chief lord of the fee. m. 161.

Staff. Richard, son of Richard le Parker, of Charteleye, sued Robert de Ferars, Chivaler, for four acres of land in Charteleye as his right and inheritance, and in which Robert had no entry except by an intrusion which he had made after the death of Robert de Bures, to whom Richard le Parker, his father, had demised the tenements for the life of Robert de Bures, and he stated that his father, whose heir he was, was seised of the tenements, temp. E. 1.

Robert de Ferars defended his right and stated that Richard le Parker, the father of the plaintiff, had demised the tenements to Robert de Bures, and to his heirs, and not to Robert de Bures for his life only, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 55, dorso.

Norf. Eva, formerly wife of Thomas de Ufford, (fn. 6) sued Peter de Ty, Chivaler and Magister, Richard de Lyng, Parson of the Church of St. Margaret of Burgh, for the Manor of Burgh in Fleg, which Henry de Claveryng, and John Walran, Parson of the Church of Lyng, had given to Alexander de Claveryng and Joan his wife, and the heirs of their bodies, and in default of such heirs, then to the said Alexander and his heirs, and by virtue of which grant the said Alexander and Joan were seised of the manor as of fee, etc., in the reign of Edward I., and from them, as they died s.p., the right passed to her, as cousin and heir, viz., as daughter of John, the brother of the said Alexander. The defendants denied that the said Henry and John had granted the manor to the said Alexander and Joan as stated above, because it had been granted to them and to their heirs for ever, and they appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. m. 52.

Staff. Robert, son of Philip de Stepelton, sued Isabella, formerly wife of Robert de Stepelton, Knight, for a messuage, 2 carucates of land, 3 acres of meadow, 100 acres of pasture, 20 acres of wood, and a rent of 3s. 4d. in Great Barre, as his right and inheritance, and in which she had no entry except by William de Frome, to whom Robert, son of John de Stepelton, had demised the tenements and who had unjustly disseised Philip de Stepelton, his father, who had been seised of them in demesne as of fee temp. E. I.

Isabella denied that the said Robert, son of John had disseised Philip de Stepelton, and appealed to a jury (no date named). m. 276.

Staff. Roger, son of John de Cokenage, sued Ralph de Stafford, Chivaler, and Humfrey de Hastang, Parson of the Church of Bradelegh, for 3 messuages and carucate of land, 6 acres of meadow, 12 acres of pasture, and 14s. of rent in Trentham, as his right. Ralph and Humfrey prayed a view and the suit was adjourned to three weeks from Easter. m. 276.

Footnotes

1 This appears from a postscript to the proceedings of this term, which shews also that Elizabeth recovered her dower at Easter term, 9 E. III.
2 The plaintiff must have brought his action originally in the Lord's Court, and failing to recover the land, had obtained a writ of right to rehear the cause, and the capital lord had remitted it to be heard in Banco. It will be seen from the subsequent proceedings that the ancient form of procedure was followed, and a great Assize of Knights arraigned to hear and determine the case in lieu of an ordinary jury.
3 Such a decision as this could hardly be given bonâ fide, considering the diversity in the spelling of names at this date. William de Shareshull does not bear a high character for integrity, and the Bishop had probably bribed him to dismiss the case on a technical point.
4 The mill of Hawkwell, within the fee of Patshull, had been held of the Lords of Patshull for many generations by the Wrottesley family for a quit rent of 6d. annually. William de Wrottesley, living 1199–1242, gave it to a younger son Henry, who sold it to William Bagot, the lord of the fee, but it was acquired again by Sir William de Wrottesley towards the close of the reign of Edward I. (Deeds at Wrottesley.)
5 See note at pp. 179–180, Vol. III, on the tenure of the Peverels in Staffordshire. Their name does not occur on any Feodary, but they must have held a mesne tenure somewhere in the county, and this suit seems to show it was in Dunston or Stretton.
6 Eva was widow of Thomas, the Baron of Audley, who died whilst a minor in 1 E. II, A. D. 1307. She afterwards married Sir Thomas de Ufford, and on his death she married again Robert de Benhale. She died on the 20th September, 43 E. III, having survived her first husband upwards of 62 years. (Inqn. p. m. 45 E. III.)