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COLLECTIONS 



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STAFFORDSHIRE 



EDITED BY 



Wftillinm Salt rcb^nlarcal jSoctetr 



VOLUME IX. 




1888. - b 



LONDON: 
HARRISON AND SONS, ST. MARTIN'S LANE, 

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HARBISON AND SONS, 

PRINTEBS IN ORDINARY TO HEE MAJESTY, 
ST. MARTIN'S LANE. 



Mllram Sail Jrtjpdogtral Sonctg. 



GENERAL MEETING, IGra OCTOBER, 1888. 



The Tenth Annual Meeting of the Subscribers was held at the 
William Salt Library, Stafford, on Tuesday, the 16th October, 
1888, The Eight Hon. Lord Wrottesley in the Chair. There were 
also present : The Hon. William Littleton, Major-General the 
Hon. G. Wrottesley, the Rev. F. P. Parker, Mr. Fiancis Whit- 
greave, Mr. J. Nayler, Mr. W. Brough, Mr. J. Brindley, Mr. J. 
Tildesley, Mr. J. Fowler Carter, Mr. E. Holden, Mr. W. Jackson, 
Mr. T. de Mazzinghi, Mr. William Morgan and others. 

The following Report of the Editorial Committee was read to 
the Meeting by the Honorary Secretary : 

The Editorial Committee submit to the Council and Subscribers 
a Report of their proceedings during the past year : 

The Eighth Volume of Staffordshire Collections was issued to 
the subscribers in June of this year, the printing of Vol. 
IX. is nearly completed, and this volume should be ready 
for issue before the close of the present year or early in 
1889. Its contents consist of Extracts from the Plea Rolls 
of the reign of Edward II., and the Fine Rolls for the same 
period, which have been taken from the Public Records by 
the Honorary Secretary. These will form Part I. of the 
Volume, Part II. will consist of an account of the Barons of 
Dudley which has been written for the Society by Mr. H. S. 
Grazebrook. 

With a view of completing the abstracts of the chartularies of 
those religious houses which held land within the county, 
it was considered advisable by the Committee to obtain if 
possible the loan of the Lilleshull Chartulary for a short 
period, and with this object the President wrote to the .Duke 
of Sutherland in August last proposing that the chartulary 
which is now at Trentham should be lodged for a limited 



period at the rooms of the Society of Antiquaries at Barling- 
ton Honse, or at the British Mu.se am. The Duke, however, 
whilst willing that gentlemen deputed by this Society 
should have access to his ancient documents at Trentham, 
objects to the removal of any of them from their present 
custody. It will not be possible therefore to make a 
complete abstract of the contents of this chartulary for the 
Society, as such a work would entail daily visits to Trentham 
for three or four weeks : but it is proposed to extract from 
it all the information available respecting Muckleston and 
other Staffordshire manors which were held by the monks 
of Lilleshull, and at the same time to take advantage of the 
kind permission of the Duke to examine the ancient deeds 
at Trentham which relate to the Trentham Priory and his 
other Staffordshire estates. This work will be undertaken 
shortly by the Honorary Secretary with the assistance of the 
Rev. F. Parker, the Rector of Colton. 

During the past year nine subscribers have died, twelve have 
withdrawn, and eleven new subscribers have joined the 
Society : the net loss in the number of annual subscribers 
will be therefore ten. 

The accounts for the past year were laid before the Meeting, by 
which it appeared that the deficit of 70 Is. Id. had been reduced 
to one of 26 8s. Id., although it had not been found possible to 
reduce the size of Vol. VIII. below 350 pages ; and it was shown 
that by the proposed reduction to 300 pages the deficit would be 
entirely removed in future years, if the number of subscribers was 
not further reduced. 

A proposal was laid before the Meeting, originating with Mr. 
W. Phillimore, the Editor of the Index Library, to print an index 
of the wills and marriage licences at Lichfield, in co-operation with 
the Archaeological Societies of Derbyshire and Shropshire, and it 
was shown, that by a subscription of about 26 yearly for each 
Society a full index of the wills and marriage licences at Lichfield 
for the Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries might 
be printed for the use of the subscribers within a very few years. 
After some discussion, a resolution was passed to devote 26 
annually for this object for the next two years. 

Mr. William Morgan having consented to act as Honorary 
Auditor in the place of Captain Congreve who had resigned, it was 
resolved unanimously that he should be appointed to the vacant 
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CONTENTS. 



VOLUME IX. 

PART I. 

PAGE 

1. Extracts from the Assize Rolls and De Banco Rolls of 

the reign of Edward II., A.D. 1307 to A.D. 1327. Trans- 
lated from the original Rolls in the Public Record 
Office, by Major- General the Hon. G. Wrottesley . . 1 

2. Extracts frpm the Pine Rolls of the Reign of Edward II., 

A.D. 1307 to A.D. 1327, taken from the original Rolls in 
the Public Record Office, by Major- General the Hon. G. 
Wrottesley . . 120 

PART II. 

1. An account of the Barons of Dudley, by Henry Sydney 
Grazehrook, Esq. 



ttal j?0cietm 
1888. 



COUNCIL. 

Trustees of the William Salt Library. 
THE RIGHT HON. LORD WROTTESLEY. 
THE HON. AND REV. CANON BRIDGEMAN. 
THE VEN. ARCH DEACON LANE. 
H. SYDNEY GRAZEBROOK. 
CAPTAIN CONGREVE. 

Elected by the Members of the Society. 
MAJOR-GENERAL THE Hox. GEORGE WROTTESLEY. 
THE VER* REV. THE DEAN OF LICHFIELD. 
THE REV. F. P. PARKER. 
FRANCIS WHITGREAVE. 
THOMAS SALT, M.P. 

EDITORIAL COMMITTEE. 

THE HON. AND REV. CANON BRIDGEMAN, The Hall, Wigan. 
MAJOR-GENERAL THE HON. GEORGE WROTTESLEY, 85, Warwick 

Road, South Kensington. 

THE REV F. P. PARKER, The Rectory, Colton, Rugeley. 
FRANCIS WHITGREAVE, Burton Manor, Stafford. 
H. SYDNEY GRAZEBROOK, Middleton Villa, Grove Park, 

Chiswick. 
THE REV. DR. CHARLES J. COX, Barton-le-Street Rectory, Malton, 

Yorkshire. 

TREASURER. 
E. C. SEARGEANT. 

AUDITOR. 
WILLIAM MORGAN. 

HONORARY SECRETARY, 

MAJOR-GENERAL THE HON. GEORGE WROITESLEY. 

ASSISTANT SECRETARY. 
T. J. DE MAZZINGHI, M.A., F.S.A. 

BANKERS. 
LLOYD'S, BARNETT'S, & BOSANQUET'S BANK (LIMITID), STAFFORD. 



RULES OF THE SOCIETY. 



I. That the Society be called the " WILLIAM SALT ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY." 
II. The leading object of the Society shall be the editing and printing of original 
documents relating to the County of Stafford, to which, however, may be 
added papers selected by an Editorial Committee, illustrative of the same, or 
coming under any of the eight following heads : 

(a) Abstracts of the Monastic Chartularies, and of Ancient Family Deeds, with 
the names of witnesses and fac-similies of seals ; Genealogies of Nobility 
and Gentry (accompanied by proofs), Heraldic Visitations, and other 
papers touching the general history and descent of properties and families, 
(i) Printing and editing of the Public Records relating to the County, including 
the Exchequer or Pipe Rolls, the Assize Rolls, Fine Rolls, Inquisitions, 
Perambulations of Forests, Subsidy Rolls, and Assessments, &c., &c. 

(c) History of Parishes and of Manors, and of Manorial Customs and Tenures, 
illustrated by Copies of, or reference to, original grants. 

(d) Church Notes hitherto unpublished, such as Ecclesiastical Surveys, Extracts 
from Episcopal and Parish Registers, Copies of Epitaphs, and Description 
of Monuments and Ecclesiastical Buildings, Abstracts or Copies of Wills, 
&c. 

(e) Notices of British and Roman Remains, and Roads and Buildings, and the 

Antiquities generally of the District. 

(/) Autograph Letters and other Documents relating to the Civil War. 
(ff) Notices of distinguished Worthies, Broadsides, Election Squibs, &c. 
(A) Correspondence, in which enquiries may be made and answered, on any of 

the above subjects, and miscellaneous information, including corrections of 

errors. 

III. The general affairs of the Society shall be managed by a Council of ten, of 
whom five shall be trustees of the William Salt Library, and nominated by 
them, from time to time, and five shall be elected at an Annual Meeting of 
the Subscribers. The Council shall be empowered to delegate, if they see fit, 
the selection of the papers tci be printed, to an Editorial Committee. Of the 
Council, three shall be a quorum, and in case of equality of votes, their 
Chairman shall have a casting vote. 

IV. The Officers of the Society shall be a Treasurer, a Secretary, and an Auditor, 
to be appointed by the Council. These Offices shall be honorary, but the 
Council shall have power to appoint an Assistant Secretary to be paid at the 
discretion of the Council, as the nature of his duties may warrant. 

V. The Subscription shall be One Guinea annually, to be paid in advance, upon the 
first of January in each year, and such annual payment shall entitle each 
Subscriber to the volume issued for the year of such subscription. Any 
Subscriber shall be permitted to withdraw from the Society by giving notice of 
his intention three months before the termination of any year of Subscription. 
N.B. To save trouble, it is recommended that the Members of the Society pay 

their subscriptions to the Society's bankers by revocable order upon their own 

bankers, a printed form for which may be obtained from the Assistant Secretary. 



LIST OF SUBSCRIBERS TO VOLUME IX. 

AMPHLETT, JOHN, Clent, Stourbridge. 

ARLIDGE, JOHN THOMAS, M.D., High Grove, Stoke-on-Trent. 

ALSOPP, The Hon. ARTHUR PERCY, Streethay Lodge, Lichfield. 

BAGOT, Captain JOSCELINE, Levens Hall, Milnthorpe. 

BEATEN, The Rev. FREDERICK HICKS, St. Paul's, Burton-on-Trent. 

BAYLISS, WILLIAM, Ivy House, Walsall. 

BENTHALL, FRANCIS, Hexton, near Ampthill. 

BERESFORD, The Eev. WILLIAM, Vicar of St. Lute's, Leek. 

BICKERSTETH, The Very Kev. E., the Dean of Lichfield, The Peanery, Lichfield. 

BILL, CHARLES, Farley Hall, Cheadle, Stoke-on-Trent. 

BIRCH, THOMAS JOHN, Armitage Lodge, Eugeley. 

BIRKS, ARTHUR, Ivy Cottage, Great Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. 

BIRMINGHAM FREE LIBRARY (F. MULLINS, Librarian), Birmingham. 

BLAKISTON, MATTHEW FREDERICK, Rowley Park, Stafford. 

BOSTON (Massachusetts, U.S.A.) PUBLIC LIBRARY (MELLEN CHAMBERLAIN, 

Librarian) . (Parcels through Messrs. Triibner, 57 # 59, Ludgate Hill, E. C.) 
BOUCHER, Rev. A. F., Kempsey House, near Worcester. 
BOURNE, J., Hilderstone Hall, Stone, Stafford. 
BOURNE, The Rev. JOSEPH GREEN, Broome Rectory, Stourbridge. 
BOYCOTT-WIGHT, CATHCART BOYCOTT, Rudge Hall, Wolverhampton. 
BRADFORD, The Right Hon. the Earl of, Weston Park, Shifnal, Salop. 
BREE, The Rev. Canon, Allesley Rectory, Coventry. 
BRIDGEMAN, The Hon. and Rev. Canon, The Hall, Wigan. 
BRIDGEMAN, The Hon. and Rev. JOHN ROBERT ORLANDO, Weston-under-Lizzard, 

Shifnal. 

BRINDLEY, JOHN B M 4, Brick Court, Temple, London. 
BROUGH, WILLIAM SPOOLER, Leek. 

BROUN, MICH. A. W. SWINFEN, 31, Grosvenor Place, London, S.W. 
BROWNE, The Rev. J. G. COTTON, Walkern Hall, Stevenage, Herts. 
BULLER, Major- General EDMUND MANNINGHAM, Brocton Hall, Stafford. 
BURNE, Miss, Pye Birch, EccleshaU. 
BURSLEM. See Wedgewood. 
BURTON, The Right Hon. Lord, Rangemore, Burton-on-Trent. 

CADDICK, EDWARD, Wellington Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham. 
CARTER, W. FOWLER, 33, Waterloo Street, Birmingham. 
CHARLTON, THO. WILLIAM, Chilwell Grange, near Nottingham. 
CHILD, Sir SMITH, Stallington Hall, Blythe Bridge, Stoke-on-Trent. 
CLARK, GEO. J., Dowlais House, Dowlais. 



CLEGG, JAMES A., Loppington Hall, Wem, Salop. 

COGHILL, HAEEY, Brampton Tree House, Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

COKAYNE, Q-EORGE E., F.S.A., College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.G. 

COLLETT, The Rev. E., the Parsonage, Skinner Street, Bishopsgate Street, London, 

E.G. 

CONGEE VE, Capt. WILLIAM, Burton Hall, Neston, Chester. 
COYNEY, Mrs. F. E., Selwood House, Rugeley. 
CEEWE, The Right Hon. Lord, Crewe Hall, Cheshire. 

DALTEY, The Rev. THOS. W., F.L.S., Madeley Yicarage, Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

DAETMOUTH, The Right Hon. Earl of, Patshull, Wolverhampton. 

DAVENPOET, Rev. G-. HOEATIO, Stanford Hall, Loughborough. 

DAWSON, ARTHTJE FINE, Barrow Street, Uttoxeter. 

DEBEY, Q-., 79, Raglan Street, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent. 

DIMMOCK, JOSIAH, Fradswell Hall, Stafford. 

DOWNING, WILLIAM, Olton, Acock'a G-reen, Birmingham (parcels to Olton Station). 

DUIGNAN, W. H., RushaU Hall, Walsall. 

EAGLETON, S. P., LL.D., Sedgley, Dudley, 

EDGE, JOSEPH, Elder House, Cobridge, Stoke-upon-Trent. 

FAENWOETH, W., Swindon, Dudley. 

FENTON, ROBEET, Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

FITZHEEBEET, BASIL THOMAS, Swynnerton, Stone, co. Stafford. 

FLETCHEE, Col. THOMAS WILLIAM, F.R.S., F.S.A., Lawneswood, Stourbridge . 

FLETCHEE, The Rev. WILLIAM G-EO. DIMOCK, M.A., F.S.A., St. Michael's Yicarage, 

Shrewsbury. 

FOLEY, PAUL HENEY, Prestwood, Stourbridge. 

FOLJAMBE, CECIL G. SAVILE, M.P., F.S.A., Cockglode, Offerton, Newark. 
Fox, G-EOEGE, Elmhurst, Lichfield. 
FEEEE, J. H., Rugeley. 
FOED, JOHN WILLIAM, The Chase, EnSeld, Middlesex. 

G-AEDNEE, JOHN P., Cannock, Stafford. 

G-AENEE, ROBT., F.R.C.S., F.L.S., Stoke-on-Trent. 

G-ATTY, ALFEED SCOTT, York Herald, F.S.A., College of Arms, Queen Yictoria 

Street, London, E.G. 

GOFGH, Mrs., Willenhall, Wolverhampton. 
GOWEE, GEANVILLE LEVESON, F.S.A., Titsey Place, Limpsfield, Surrey (parcels to 

Oxted Station, S. E. Railway). 

GEAZEBEOOK, GEO., F.S.A., Oak Hill Park, Liverpool. 
GRAZEBROOK, H. SYDNEY, Middleton Yilla, Grove Park, Chiswick. 
GEIFFIN, HAECOFET, Pell Wall, Market Drayton. 

GRIFFITHS, GEOEGE, Bradford Estate Office, Weston-under-Lizzard, Shifnal. 
GRIFFITH, JOSEPH, Friar's Wood, Newcastle-under-Lyme. 
GEIFFITHS, R. T. GEEALD, 10, Alexandra Road, Burton-on-Trent. 

HACKWOOD, FE. W., Comberford Cottage, Wednesbury. 
HAEDY, Sir JOHN, Bart., Dunstall Hall, Burton-on-Trent. 
HAEEISON, Lieut.-Col. JOHN, Norton Hall, Canuock. 
HARROWBY, The Right Hon. Earl of, Sandon Hall/Stone, Stafford 
HATHEETON, The Right Hon. Lord, Teddesley, Penkridge 



HEALE, The Rev. W. T., Wombourne Vicarage, Wokorhampton. 
HEWITT, EDWIN, 16, King Street, Hanley. 
HODGSON, The Rev. J., F.S.A., Kinver Vicarage, Stourbridge. 
HOLDEN, EDWARD THOMAS, G-lenelg, Great Barr, Walsall. 
HOLLAND, W. RICHARD, Ashbourne, Derby. 

HOVENDEN, ROBERT, Heathcote Park, Hill Road, Croydon, Surrey. 
HUGHES, W. ESSINGTON, 140, Wardour Street, London, W. 

HUNTER- WESTON, Lieut.-Col. GOULD, F.S.A., Hunterston, West Kilbride, Ayrshire. 
HUTCHINSON, Q-. W. Q-BICB, Chamber's Court, Tewkesbury (parcels to Upton-on- 
Severn Station). 

JACKSON, W. F. MARSH, Bearwood Hill, Smethwick. 

JEFFCOCK, The Rev. J. T., M.A., F.S.A., The Rectory, Wolverhampton. 

JERVIS, The Hon. E. S. PARKER, Aston Hall, Sutton ColdQeld. 

JOBERNS, J., Aldridge Tile Works, Walsall. 

JOYCE, NICHOLAS, Dean's Hill, Stafford. 

KITSON, HENRY, Wolverhampton. 



New member 

LANE, Colonel HENRY, Broadoak, Bexhill, near Hastings. 



MACGREGOR, The Rev. W., The Vicarage, Tamworth. 
MADAN, Mrs. F., Walford, Eccleshall. 

MANCHESTER PUBLIC FKEE LIBRARY (C. W. SUTTON, Chief Librarian), Man- 
chester. 

MANLEY, AUGUSTUS EAST, Manlcy Hall, Lichfield. 
MARSH, EDWARD JOHNSON, 1, Bridge Street, Stafford. 
MAZZINGHI, T. J., F.S.A., William Salt Library, Stafford. 
MOLINEUJ?, GEORGE, 5, Holland Villas Road, Kensington, W. 
MORETON, LOFTUS B., Moselev Court, Wolverhampton. 

MOUNTFORT, W. B. WALTER, Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand. 
MORGAN, JOHN, The Hough, Stafford. 
MORGAN, WILLIAM, Walton Lodge, Walton Hill, Stafford. 
MORT, Lieut.-Col. FREDERICK, Stafford. 
MILNES, ERNEST S., CuUand House, Derby. 

NAYLER, JOSEPH, Victoria Terrace, Walsall. 



CLEGG, JAMES A., Loppington Hall, Wem, Salop. 

COGHILL, HARRY, Brampton Tree House, Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

COKAYNE, GEORGE E., F.S.A., College of Arms, Queen Victoria Street, London, E.G. 

COLLETT, The Rev. E., the Parsonage, Skinner Street, Bishopsgate Street, London, 

E.G. 

CONGREVE, Capt. WILLIAM, Burton Hall, Neston, Chester. 
COYNEY, Mrs. F. E., Selwood House, Rugeley. 
CEEWE, The Eight Hon. Lord, Crewe Hall, Cheshire. 

DALTRY, The Rev. THOS. W., F.L.S., Madeley Yicarage, Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

DARTMOUTH, The Right Hon. Earl of, Patshull, Wolverhampton. 

DAVENPORT, Rev. G-. HORATIO, Stanford Hall, Loughborough. 

DAWSON, ARTHUR FINE, Barrow Street, Uttoxeter. 

DERRY, G., 79, Raglan Street, Fenton, Stoke -on- Trent. 

DIMMOCK, JOSIAH, Fradswell Hall, Stafford. 

DOWNING, WILLIAM, Olton, Acock's Green, Birmingham (parcels to Olton Station). 

DUIGNAN, W. H., RushaU Hall, Walsall. 

EAGLETON, 8. P., LL.D., Sedgley, Dudley. 

EDGE, JOSEPH, Elder House, Cobridge, Stoke-upon-Trent. 



street, Liondon, E.U. 

GOUGH, Mrs., WiUenhall, Wolverhampton 
GOWEE GHANTILLE L^ESOK, P.S.A., Titsey Place, Limpsfield, Surrey (parcels to 

Oxted Station, S. E. Railway}. 
GRAZEBROOK, GEO., F.S.A., Oak Hill Park, Liverpool 
GRAZEBROOK, H. SYDNEY, Middleton Villa, Grove Park, Chiswick 
GRIFFIN, HARCOURT, Pell Wall, Market Dmyton 

GRIFFITHS, GEORGE, Bradford Estate Office, Weston-under-Lizzard, Shifnal 
GRIFFITH, JOSEPH, Friar's Wood, Newcastle-under-Lyme 
GRIFFITHS, R. T. GERALD, 10, Alexandra Road, Burton-on-Trent. 

HACKWOOD, FR. W., Comberford Cottage, Wednesbury 
HARDY, Sir JOHN, Bart., Dunstall Hall, Burton-on-Trent 
HARRISON, Lieut.-Col. JOHN, Norton Hall, Cannock 
HARROWBY, The Right Hon. Earl of, Sandon Hall, Stone, Stafford 
HATHERTON, The Right Hon. Lord, Teddesley, Penkridge 



HEALE, The Rev. W. T., Womboumo Yicarago, Wolverhampton. 
HEWITT, EDWIN, 16, King Street, Hanley. 
HODGSON, The Rev. J., F.S.A., Kinver Vicarage, Stourbridge. 
HOLDEN, EDWAKD THOMAS, Glenelg, Great Barr, Walsall. 
HOLLAND, W. RICHARD, Ashbourne, Derby. 

HOVENDEN, ROBERT, Heatheote Park, Hill Road, Croydon, Surrey. 
HUGHES, W. ESSINGTON, 140, Wardour Street, London, W. 

HUNTER- WESTON, Lieut.-Col. GOULD, F.S.A., Hunterston, West Kilbride, Ayrshire. 
HUTCHINSON, Or. W. GRiCR, Chamber's Court, Tewkesbury (parcels to Upton-on- 
Severn Station). 

JACKSON, W. F. MARSH, Bearwood Hill, Smethwick. 

JEFFCOCK, The Rev. J. T., M.A., F.S.A., The Rectory, Wolverhampton. 

JERVIS, The Hon. E. S. PARKER, Aston Hall, Sutton Coldfield. 

JOBERNS, J., Aldridge Tile Works, Walsall. 

JOYCE, NICHOLAS, Dean's Hill, Stafford. 

KITSON, HENRY, Wolverhampton. 

LANE, The Yenerable Archdeacon ERNALD, Leigh Rectory, Stoke-on-Trent. 
LICHFIELD, The Right Rev. Bishop of (W. D. Maclagan, D.D.), Bishopstowe, 

Lichfield. 

LICHFIELD, The Dean and Chapter of, Cathedral Library, Lichfield. 
LITTLETON, The Hon. and Rev. CECIL. The Vicarage, Penkridge. 
LITTLETON, The Hon. WILLIAM FRANCIS, C.M.G., Teddesley, Penkridge. 
LIVERPOOL, THE FREB PUBLIC LIBRARY (W. COWAN, Librarian), William Brown 

Street, Liverpool. 

LLOYD, WILSON, Myvod House, Wood Green, Wednesbury. 
LODGE, ALFRED, Cooper's Hill, Staines (Parcels to Egham). 
LODGE, RICHARD, Fellow of Brazenose College, Oxford. 
LONDON LIBRARY (RoB. HARRISON, Head Librarian), 12, St. James's Square, 

London. 

LONSDALE, The Rev. Canon, The Close, Lichfield. 
LOXD ALE, J. , Castle Hill, Aberystwith. 

MACGREGOR, The Rev. W., The Vicarage, Tarn worth. 
MAD AN, Mrs. F., Walford, Eccleshall. 

MANCHESTER PUBLIC FREE LIBRARY (C. W. SUTTON, Chief Librarian), Man- 
chester. 

MANLEY, AUGUSTUS EAST, Manley Hall, Lichfield. 
MARSH, EDWARD JOHNSON, 1, Bridge Street, Stafford. 
MAZZINGHI, T. J., F.S.A., William Salt Library, Stafford. 
MOLINEUX, GEORGE, 5, Holland Villas Road, Kensington, W. 
MORETON, LOFTUS B., Moseley Court, Wolverhampton. 

MOUNTFORT, W. B. WALTER, Cathedral Square, Christchurch, New Zealand. 
MORGAN, JOHN, The Hough, Stafford. 
MORGAN, WILLIAM, Walton Lodge, Walton Hill, Stafford. 
MORT, Lieut.-Col. FREDERICK, Stafford. 
MILNES, ERNEST S., CuUand House, Derby. 

NAYLER, JOSEPH, Victoria Terrace, Walsall. 



OKEOVEB, HATJGHTON CHABLES, Okeover, Ashbourne. 

OSBOBNE, a. H., Mayfield Cottage, Perry Barr, Birmingham. 

PABKEB, The Eev. F. P., Colton Eectory, Eugeley. 

PEABSON, J. H., Farcroft, Handsworth, Birmingham. 

PEBBT, FBEDEBICK CHABLES, Dunston Hall, Penkridge. 

PHILIPS, JOHN WILLIAM, Heybridge, Tean, Stoke-on-Trent. 

PLANT, The Eev. Prebendary S., Weston Vicarage, Stafford. 

EATCLIPF, EICHABD, Eadburne Hall, Derby. 

EOBINSON, BBOOKE, Barford Hall, Warwick. 

EOTTON, J. F., 3, The Boltons, West Brompton, London, S.W. 

EOYDS, The Eev. C. TWEMLOW EOYDS, Heysham Eectory, Lancaster. 

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EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS OF THE 
REIGN OF EDWARD II. 

A.D. 1307 TO A.D. 1327. 

Contiimedfrou- Vol. VII. of Ike Collectionsfor Staffordshire. 



DE BANCO ROLL. HILL, 1 E. II. 

PLEAS AT WESTMINSTER BEFORE RALPH DE HENGHAM AND HIS 
ASSOCIATE JUSTICES DE BANCO OF HILLARY TERM, ix THE 

FIRST YEAR OF KlNG EDWARD, SON OF KlNG EDWARD. 1 

Staff, Richard de Admundeston Chaplain, appeared against William son 
of Roger de Bromleye-Bagot, in a j>lea that he should be present in Court to 
warrant to him a messuage and twenty acres of land in Bromleye-Bagot, 
which Agnes formerly wife of Robert de Rydeware claimed against him. 
William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to 
him to the value of the tenements claimed, into the King's hand, and to 
summon him for the Octaves of Trinity, m. 46. 

Staff. The same Richard appeared against the same William in a plea 
that he should be present to warrant to him ten acres in Bromleye-Bagot, 
which Agnes, etc. (as before), the same process as in last suit. m. 46. 

Staff. Geoffrey de Brok of Denston, and Hillaria his wife, sued Robert 
de Bradeheved for a third of three messuages, a carucate, and a virgate of 
land in Bradeheved and Kyngesleye, as the dower of Hillaria. Robert did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's 
hand, and to summon him for three weeks from Easter, m 91. 

Staff. John son of William de Benteleye appeared against Richard Osbem, 
of Esnyngton, in a plea that he should give up to him three deeds which he 
unjustly detained. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain and produce him at the Octaves of St. John the Baptist. His 
sureties, Thomas de Stretton of Esnyngton, and William Phelip of the same, 
are in misericordia. m. 105. 

Salop. John son of Hugh de Weston, Robert de Hampton, John de St. 
George, and Ralph de Hampton, the executors of the will of Hugh de Weston 
under Brewode, sued the Abbot of Bildewas for a debt of 16. The Abbot 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at 
the Quindene of Trinity, m. 116. 

Line. The suit between Wymarca formerly wife of John de Redemare, 
plaintiff, and William Tuchet, whom Isabella formerly wife of Roger de 
Morteyn had called to warranty, and who warranted to him in a plea of 
dower, is respited till a month from Easter, through defect of a jury, unless 
William Howard first (came into those parts), m. 125. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Adam de Otherton sued Robert le Cliampiun 
for a third of twelve acres of land in Otherton, and she sued William Gauleye 
for a third of a messuage and twelve acres of land and an acre of meadow 
in the same vill, and she sued Robert de Elmedon for a third of four acres of 
land, and she sued Adam de Lynhull for a third of three acres, and many 
other lesser tenants for a third of their respective holdings in the same vill, 
as her dower. None of the tenants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them for 
five weeks from Easter. 

N.B. Some of the tenants catted to warranty Johnson of Adam de Otherton, 
who is to be summoned for the same date. m. 159. 

1 The reign of Edward II. commenced on the 8th July, 1307. The first law- 
term of his reign would therefore be that of Michaelmas, 1 E. II., but no proceed- 
ings in Banco of that term are extant. The render must bear in mind that the 
terms of each regnal year in this reign run in the following order, according to their 
dates, viz.: Michaelmas, Hillary, Easter, and Trinity i.e., Hillary term, 1 E. II., 
succeeds Michaelmas term, 1 E. II., and so on for the other terms. 

B 2 



4 EXTRACTS FKOM THE PLEA EOLLS. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to produce Eobert de Chetewynde to 
complete the fine levied in the' Court of the King's father, between Philip de 
Chetewynde and Isabella his wife, complainants, and the said Eobert, defor- 
ciant of the manor of Mutton, and of twelve messuages, a carucate, and five and 
a half virgates of land in Rewel (Rule) and Rugge, as agreed between them, 
and the said Isabella and Robert appeared, but the said Philip did not come 
because he had died, and the said Robert stated he was prepared to complete 
the fine according to the tenor of the note between the said Philip and Isabella 
and the said Robert in the time of the King's father, and the tenor was as 
follows : Here follows the fine by which the tenements in question together with 
the manors of Ingestre and Gratwich were settled upon Philip and Isabella for 
their joint lives, 'and after their death to remain Philip son of Philip and his 
issue by his wife Alice, and if he should die s.p. to remain to the right heirs of 
the said Philip de Chetewynde. m. 157, dor so. 

Staff. Avice formerly wife of Richard le Wryghte of Hondesacre sued 
Richard son of Richard le Wryghte of Hondesacre, for a third of a messuage 
and ten acres of land and three acres of meadow in Hondesacre as her dower. 
Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower 
claimed into the King's hand, and to summon him for three weeks from 
Easter, m. 116, dor so. 

Staff. John de Chetewynde sued Robert de Staundon for causing waste 
and destruction in the houses, woods, and gardens, which he held in custody 
of the inheritance of the said John, in Weston. Robert did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Quindene of 
Trinity, m. 92, dorso. 

Staff. John de Somerville, who had been called to warranty by Roger de 
Somerville, and who warranted to him, appeared against Richard de Puteo 
(de Pu'is), in a plea that he should warrant to him three acres of land in 
Stockton, near Sutham, in co. Warwick, which William son of William 
de Thomenhorn claimed as his right, and Richard did not appear, and the 
Sheriff returned he held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was testified he 
held lands and tenements at Ruggelegh. The Sheriff was therefore ordered 
to re-summon him for the Quindene of Trinity, m. 91, dorso. 

Staff. John Bagot and Lucy his wife give a mark for license of concord 
with John deMontjoye respecting tenements in Bromleye. m. 59, dorso. 1 

Staff. Geoffrey de Bagenhold (Bagnall) sued Nicholas de Bagenhold for 
a messuage and thirty acres of land, six acres of meadow, and ten acres of wood, 
in Longedon, near Trentham. Nicholas did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to summon him, and returned that there were no sureties for the 
prosecution of the suit, and Adam Coyne and John de Cotes of the said 
county now appeared as sureties, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon the 
defendant for the Octaves of Trinity, m. 42, dorso. 

Staff. Adam de Stanneye sued Walter de Strangeford for causing waste 
and destruction in the lands, houses, etc., in Rodbaldeston (Rodbaston) which 
the said Adam had demised to him for his life. Walter did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to summon him for the Quindene of Trinity 2 
m. 35, dorso. 

Staff. William Inge sued Robert de Fileby for a debt of 16, arrears of an 

1 By this fine the manor of Bromley-Bagot was settled on John Bagot and Lucy 
and their issue, and if John should die without issue by Lucy the said manor to 
remain to the right heirs of John Bagot. 

2 Adam de Staneye had married Elizabeth the widow of Richard de Loges, and 
held part of Kodbaston in her right. See the presentment made against him in S4 
E. I., for taking her by force. Vol. VII.,. p. 162. 



DE BANCO. TRIN., 1 E. II. 5 

annual rent of 40s. owing to him. And the Sheriff returned that Robert was 
dead, and it was testified that he was alive, and held lands within his bailiwick ; 
he was therefore ordered to summon him for the Quindeue of Easter. 
m. 22, dorso. 

BANCO ROLL. TRINITY, 1 E. II. 

Staff. Warw. John de Somerville, whom Roger de Somerville had 
elsewhere called to warranty, and who had warranted to him, appeared 
against Richard de Puiz (Puteo) in a plea that he should be present in Court 
to warrant to him three acres of land in Stocton near Suthain, in county 
Warwick, which William son of William de Thomenhorn claimed as his 
right. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to produce him 
at the Quiudene of Hillary, on which day the Sheriff returned he held nothing 
within his bailiwick, and it was shown that he held sufficient at Rugelegh 
in co. Stafford. The Sheriff of Staffordshire was therefore ordered to 
produce him on the morrow of St. Martin, m. 85. 

Staff. Wladusa (Gladys) formerly wife of William de la Pole sued 
Thomas de Kenel worth and A vice his wife for a messuage and eleven and a 
half acres of land in Great Sardon, which she claimed as her right of the gift 
of Emma de Bromfeld, who had enfeoffed her of them, and in which the said 
Thomas and A lice had no entry except by a demise made by the said William 
formerly her husband, and to which she could not object during his lifetime. 
Thomas and Avice defended their right and stated that Emma had always 
been in seisin of the tenements, and had died seised of them. Wladusa 
appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of St. Martin. 
m. 112. 

Staff. Reginald son of Reginald de Charnes withdrew his writ de proavo 
against Roger de Burghton and Juliana his wife respecting tenements in 
Burghton near Charnes. m. 124. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued Philip son 
of Philip de Mutton for a third of a messuage and ten acres of land in Tngestre, 
and she sued Robert de Chetewynde for a third of a messuage and a virgate and 
ti ve acres of land, and an acre of meadow in Ingestre, and Roger de Pynwelesdon 
for a third of a rent of 40s. in Brerdon, and John son of John de Bromschulf 
for a third of thirty-six acres of land in Gretewyk (Gratwich) as her dower. 

Robert and Roger called to warranty Philip son and heir of Philip de 
Chetewynde, who was under age, and whose person and land are in the 
custody of his mother Isabella, by reason of the soccage tenure of his lands 
in county Kent, and they produced the deeds of the said Philip with a clause 
of warranty. The custom is therefore to be summoned for the Quindene of 
Michaelmas, and to produce the heir to warranty at the same date, the 
summons to be made in co. Kent, and the said John called to warranty the 
same Philip. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued Philip son 
of Philip de Mutton for a third of a messuage and ten acres of laud in 
Ingestre, and she sued Robert de Chetewynde, etc. (the claim is the same as in 
the last suit). And the said Robert stated he held only for his life by a demise 
of Philip de Chetewynde, and called to warranty Philip son of Philip de 
Chetewynde, who is under age, and whose person and part of whose land 
is in the custody of Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde, and 
another part of whose land is in the custody of Ralph de Grendon, and 
another part in the custody of Edmund Baron of Stafford, and another part 
in the custody of Peter de Gavaston, another part in the custody of the 
King, and another part in the custody of John de PIsle (tie Insula), and 
another part in the custody of Phivian (sic) de Staundon, and he produced 
the deed of the said Philip with a clause of warranty, and the said Roger 



6 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

stated he held the rent in question only for his life by a demise of Philip de 
Chetewynde, and he called to warranty Philip son and heir of the said 
Philip, and he produced the deed of the said Philip with a clause of 
warranty. The custodes are therefore to be summoned for the Quindene 
of Michaelmas, the said John (de Lisle) to be summoned in co. Kent. 
And the said Philip son of Philip de Mutton stated that Isabella had no 
right to the dower claimed against him because Philip formerly husband of 
Isabella was never in seisin of the tenements in question at the time he 
married her nor after, and he appealed to a jury. And the said John prayed 
a view, and Isabella pleaded he could not claim a view because he only had 
entry into the tenements by the said Philip her husband, which she was 
prepared to prove. John denied this, and appealed to a jury, which is to be 
summoned for the same date. m. 142. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued William 
Trussel for a third of a rent of 4s. 9d. in Cublesdon, and she sued Nicholas 
son of Nicholas de Ingestre for a third of a messuage and a virgate of land 
in Ingestre and she sued Adam de Butterton and Alice his wife for a third 
of a messuage and virgate of land 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 
Michaelmas, m. 154. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain Theobald de Neville and 
Isabella, formerly wife of Ealph de Grendon, and to produce them in Court 
to acknowledge what right they claimed in a third part of the manor of 
Shenstonej which John de Clinton of Coleshull had conceded by a fine to 
Ealph de Grendon and Joan his wife, and they did not appear. The Sheriff 
was ordered to distrain again and produce them at the Quindene of Michael- 
mas. A postcript shows another adjournment to the Quindene of Hillary. 
m. 157. 

Staff. Edward Burnel sued Walter son of Walter de Beauchamp, for 
causing waste and destruction in the lands, houses, woods, and gardens, 
which he held of his inheritance in Kynefare. Walter did not appear, and the 
Sheriff returned he held nothing within his bailiwick by which he could be 
attached ; nevertheless the Sheriff was ordered to attach him according to the 
Statute and produce him on the morrow of St. Martin, m. 184. 

Staff. Eobert le Champioun, William de Gaueley (Gailey), Henry de 
Donestholle, Robert Aleyn, Henry, son of John de Dunestholle, Alice de la 
Buthenie, Eobert de Linhull, Sibilla de Linhull, and Eobert de Elmedon 
appeared against John son of Adam de Otherton in a plea that he should be 
present in Court to warrant to them the third part of their several tenancies in 
Otherton which Alice formerly wife of Adam de Otherton claimed as dower. 
John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to 
him to the value of the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon 
him for a month from Michaelmas. m. 200. 

Staf. Adam de Muckleston and Scholastica his wife appeared by 
attorney against Henry de Wolaston, in a plea that he should carry out a 
covenant made between them respecting the manor of Muckleston and the 
advowson of the chinch of the said manor. Henry did not appear, and the 
bhentf was ordered to attach him for the Quindene of St. Martin, m. 224. 
dorso. 



S0n of Re S inald de Charnes recovers two and a half 
acres m Charnes, against John son of John de Charnes, by the default of the 
latter, m. 62, dorso. 

Staff Joan formerly wife of Philip de Draycotes sued Eichard de 
Draycotes for the manors of Draycotes, Paynesleye, and Coneshale, eighteen 



DE BANCO. MICH., 2 E. II. 7~ 

messuages, twenty-two and a half bovates of land, and twenty-nine acres of 
land in Wystan, Kyngesleye, Werselowe, Butterdon, Swaynesmore, Alstanes- 
feld, Bramcote, Haseles, and the bailiwick of the forest of Mauban, which 
she claimed to hold to herself and heirs of her body, and of the body of the 
said Philip formerly her husband, by a demise which Richard de Draycotes 
had made to the said Philip and Joan, and in which the said Richard had no 
entry except by the said Philip formerly her husband, who had demised 
them to him, and to which she could not object during his lifetime. As 
Richard could not deny this, it is considered that Joan should recover seisin, 
and Richard is in misericordid. m. 36, dorso. 

Staff. It was shown to the Lord the King ex parte William Underhull 
del Hethe, Richard le Rowe, Henry atte Lydeyate, and William son of 
Walter, tenants of John de Heronville of the manor of Wodnesbury, which 
is of ancient demesne of the Crown, that whereas the said John had been 
summoned to appear before the Justices of this Court at the Octaves of 
Hillary to answer the plea of the said William, Richard, and the others, that 
he exacted from them other customs and services than they ought to perform, 
or which their ancestors who were tenants of the same manor, had been 
accustomed to perform, at the time that the said manor was in the hands of 
the King's progenitors, and the said John had been inhibited whilst the suit 
was pending from distraining the said tenants, the said John nevertheless 
had grievously distrained them day after day to the manifest contempt of 
the King, and to the great damage of the said men ; and a precept was 
therefore issued to the Sheriff, that if the said men found security to 
prosecute their claim against the said John, he should produce the said John 
at this term, and in the meantime direct him to deliver back to the said men 
without delay their chattels, to be held by them until the case was fully 
terminated in this Court. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was again 
ordered to distrain and produce him at the Octaves of Michaelmas, and to 
inhibit him in the meantime from causing further damage or molestation to 
the said tenants. m> 32, dorso. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Adam le Loverd of Brocton sued William 
son of Cecily de Brocton for the third of a messuage and half a virgate of 
land in Brocton, as her dower. William prayed a view, and the suit was 
adjourned to the Quindene of Michaelmas, m. 32, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Blithefeld and Richard de Wolseleye sued Robert de 
Whiston and Amabel his wife for a messuage, twenty acres of land, and 
four acres of meadow in Shradycote near Bradeleye. Rol>ert and Amabel 
appeared by attorney, and prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the 
morrow of St. Martin, m. 24, dorso. 



BANCO EOLL. MICHAELMAS, 2 E. II. 

Staff. Richard son of Richard son of Philip de Rugheleye sued Agnes 
formerly wife of Roger de Somery for the manor of Rugheley (Rowley 
Regis), as his right and inheritance, and in which the said Agnes had no entry 
except by a disseisin which John Maunsel had unjustly made of Philip de 
Rugheleye his grandfather. Agnes stated she held the manor for term of 
her life by the demise of King Edward the King's father rendering to the 
Exchequer 10 annually, and she produced the King's Charter. As Richard 
could not deny this, the suit was dismissed, m. 67. 

Staff. The suit of Isabella formerly wife of Philip son of Philip de 
Chetewynde versus Philip son of Philip de Mutton and John son of John 
de Bromschulf, in a plea of dower, is respited till the Quindene of Hillary 
through defect of a jury. m> 172. 



8 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Derb. John de Swynnerton and Anne his wife are in misericord-id for an 
unjust detention, versus William de Neville and Felice his wife, as appears in 
Koll 128 of Trinity Term, 1. E. II. m. 186. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde recovers dower 
in a messuage and a virgate of land in Ingestre against Nicholas son of 
Nicholas de Ingestre, and in a messuage and a virgate of land in the same vill, 
against Adam de Butterton and Alice his wife, by the default of the defendants. 
m. 192. 

Staff. William de Walton sued Mabel formerly wife of Geoffrey de 
Gorsthull for a messuage and seven and a half acres of land in Lychfeld 
and Morghale near Lychfeld, in which she had no entry except by an 
intrusion which she had made after the death of Peter de Barton, to whom the 
said William had demised the tenements for life of the said Peter. 

Mabel stated that the said Peter her father had enfeoffed her in the 
tenements during his lifetime and had put her into seisin of them, and she 
appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter. A 
postscript shows the suit was adjourned through defect of a jury to Michaelmas, 
3 E. II. m. 304. 

Staff. Hugh de Bussey sued Eichard de Eggebaston and Emma his wife 
for a messuage and carucate of land in Horeburne by writ of entry. Eichard 
appeared by attorney and prayed a view. Adjourned to the Quindene of 
Easter, m. 334. 



Eichard son of Eichard Meverel gives 20s. for license of concord 
with Eichard Meverel de la Bolde and Margaret his wife, in a plea of covenant 
respecting tenements in la Bolde and Ambryghton (Bold and Amerton). 
m. 337. ' 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to distrain and produce Philip de 
Somerville and Margaret his wife to complete a line levied at York between 
William de Jarponville and the said Philip and Margaret respecting two 
messuages, four bovates of land, ten and a half acres of meadow, half an acre 
of pasture, and the fourth of a mill in Draycote under Nedwode, as agreed 
between them. They did not appear, and the Sheriff was commanded to 
distrain and produce them at the Quindene of Hillary. A postscript shows a 
further adjournment to Easter term. m. 342. 

Staff. Warw. William son of William de Thomenhorn sued John de 
Somerville, whom Eoger de Somerville called to warranty, for three acres of 
land in Stoctoii near Sutham, in co. Warwick, which he claimed as his right, 
etc. John did not appear on the day given, but afterwards came into Court 
and called to warranty Eichard de Puteo (Puis). The Sheriff was there- 
fore commanded to take the land into the King's hand, and to summon him 
for three weeks from Easter, m. 418. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of William Hewe of London sued Margaret 
formerly wife of Edmund Baron of Stafford, Eoger de Hungerford, and 
Vivian de Chetewynde, the executors of the said Edmund, for a debt of 12. 
The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for 
a month from Easter, m. 439. 

Kent Staff. Eobert de Chetewynde and Eoger de Pywelesdon 
appeared against Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde the custos of 



S n f - R ' cliard Mererel acknowledged the tenements to be the right 
of Margaret, for which acknowledgment Eichard and Margaret granted them to 
Kichard son of Eichard and heirs of his body, and if he should die s.p. then to 
remain to John his brother and his issue, and if John, etc., then to Eoger brother 
pt John and his issue, and if Eoger, etc., then to William brother of Eoger and his 
issue. Ihe fine related to two messuages, six bovates of land, four acres of meadow, 
ten acres of wood, and 20s. of rent. (Pedes Finium, Staffordshire.) 



L)E BANCO. MICH., 2 E. II. 9 

the body and a part of the lands of Philip son of Philip de Chetewynde in Kent, 
and against John de 1'Isle custos of another part of the same lands in the 
same county, and against Ralph de Grendon custos of a part of the lands of 
the said Philip in co. Stafford, and against Edmund Baron of Stafford custos 
of another part of the lands of the said heir in the same county, and against 
Peter Gavaston custos of another part of the lands of the said heir in the 
same county, and against the lord the King cuntos of another part of the said 
lands, against Phivian (sic) de Staundon, custos of another part of the said 
lands in the same county, that they should be present in Court and produce 
the said heir to warrant to the said Robert the third part of a virgate and 
five acres of land and an acre of meadow in Ingestre, and to warrant to the 
said Roger the third of a rent of 40s. in Breredon, which Isabella formerly 
wife of Philip de Chetewynde claimed against them as dower. None of the 
defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon them for the 
morrow of the Purification, m. 442. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to summon Robert son of Henry de 
Colton to complete the chirograph of a line levied in the Court of the King's 
father, between William son of John le Mareschal and the said Robert, 
respecting a messuage and seventy-six acres of land, fifteen acres of meadow, 
forty acres of wood, 7s. of rent, and two parts of a messuage and of a mill in 
Colton, Neweland, and Blythebury, as agreed between them, and likewise 
to summon for the same day Juliana formerly wife of the said Henry de 
Colton, to acknowledge what right she claimed in thirty-eight acres of land, 
five acres of meadow, twenty acres of wood, 3-?. 6d. of rent, and the third part 
of a messuage and a mill in the same vills, which Robert son of Henry de 
Colton had conceded to the said William by a fine levied between them. 
Robert and Juliana did not appear, and the Sheriff was commanded to 
distrain and produce them at the Octaves of Hillary, m. 261, dorso. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of William de Norton appeared against 
Richard Jordan of Alrewich and Matilda his wife, in a plea that they should 
warrant to her half of three acres of land and of three acres of pasture in 
Norton near Cannockbury, which Alice daughter of Thomas de Norton claimed 
as her right and inheritance. Richard and Matilda did not appear after a day 
had been given to them by their essoins. The Sheriff was therefore com- 
manded to take into the King's hand land of the said Richard and Matilda to 
the value of the tenements claimed, and to summon them for the morrow of the 
Purification, m. 237, dorso. 

Staff. John son of William de Ipstanes sued John de Casterne and 
Hugh de Casterne, and William son of William de Stalbrok for a messuage and 
twenty-six acres of land and five acres of meadow in Grendon, as his right and 
inheritance. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was com- 
manded to take two parts of the said tenements into the King's hand and to 
summon them for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 237, dorso. 

Staff. The suit of Alice daughter of Thomas de Norton against William 
son of William de Norton, respecting half of two acres of pasture and an acre 
of moor in Norton near Cannockbury is respited till the morrow of the 
Purification through defect of a jury. m. 228, dorso. 

Staff. Geoffrey de Bagenholt sued Nicholas de Bagenholt for a messuage, 
thirty acres of land, six acres of meadow, and ten acres of wood, in Longedon 
near Trentham, as his right and inheritance. Nicholas prayed a view, and the 
suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Easter, m. 223, dorso. 

Staff. Annabel formerly wife of Edmund de Legh sued Emma formerly 
wife of Philip de Legh and Reginald son of the said Philip for the third of a 
messuage, sixty acres of land, and six acres of meadow, in Newbold Wood- 
huses, which she claimed as dower. The defendants did not appear, and 



10 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

the Sheriff was commanded to take the dower claimed into the King's hand 
and to summon them for the Quindene of Hillary, m. dor so. 

Staff. Serena daughter of Joan de Bromleye, William le Machun and 
Agnes his wife, sued Sibilla formerly wife of Eichard de Grafton for three 
acres of land in Madeleye-under-Lyme, which they claimed as the right and 
inheritance of the said Serena and Agnes, and they sued Adam son of Eobert 
de Grafton for three acres in the same vill as the right, etc., of the said Serena 
and Agnes, and they sued Eichard son of Thomas de Grafton, Walter de 
Peshale and Agnes his wife for three acres in the same vill, and Thomas de 
Wovere and Idonea his wife and Simon son of Ealph de Bosco for five acres in 
the same vill as the right and inheritance of the said Serena and Agnes, etc. 
None of the defendants appeared and they had made default previously, viz., 
at Easter term, when the Sheriff had been commanded to take the tenements 
in question into the King's hand and to summon them for this date ; and 
Eichard son of Thomas now appeared in proprid persona, and he was under 
age, and Eobert sic appeared by his attorney, and Eichar4 stated that as 
regarded the tenements claimed from him, that Eichard de Grafton his 
grandfather, whose heir he is, died seised of them, and that Sibilla held 
nothing in them except as dower, and as regarded the tenements claimed 
against him and the said Walter and Agnes his wife, he stated that Thomas 
de Grafton his father, whose heir he is, died seised of them, and he had 
entered into them after his death as son and heir, and that the said Walter 
and Agnes held nothing in the said tenements except as custodians by reason 
of his minority, and he prayed that he might not lose his inheritance by their 
default, butTfte admitted to defend the action, and this was granted, and as 
the said Serena, William, and Agnes could not deny that the said Eichard the 
grandfather died seised of the tenements, and that the said Thomas the father 
of Eichard likewise died seised of them, nor that Eichard the son of Thomas, 
who is under age, was heir of the said Eichard and Thomas, the suit is to 
remain till the full age of the said Eichard, 

And Eobert de Grafton, as regarded the tenements claimed against him 
and his son Adam, stated that he held the whole tenement and that Adam 
held nothing in it, and he prayed that he might not lose it by the default of 
the said Adam, but be admitted to defend the action and this was conceded. 
And Simon, as regarded the tenement claimed against him and the said 
Thomas de Wovere and Idonia, stated that he held the whole of it, and he 
prayed he might be admitted to defend the action, and this was granted. 

And the said Serena, William, and Agnes sued the said Eobert for the said 
three acres of land, and they sued the said Simon for the said six acres of land, 
and they sued Eichard son of Eichard de Grafton for an acre and a half of 
land, and they sued Adam de Onyleye and Philippa his wife for three acres of 
land in the same vill, and they sued Thomas Cotyn for eight acres in the same 
vill, which Peter Corbyson of Stodleye had given to Joan de Bromleye and 
heirs of her body, and which after her death should descend to the said Serena 
and Agnes by the form of gift. 

And the said Eichard son of Eichard, Adam and Philippa his wife, and 
Thomas Cotyn, as regarded the tenements claimed against them, prayed a 
view, and their suit was adjourned to the morrow of the Purification. 

And Simon as regarded the tenements claimed from him, stated that they 
were formerly in seisin of one Simon Cotyn, who by his deed gave them to 
one Hugh son of Yarrutt de Wylbinburi to be held by him and his heirs and 
assigns, and with a clause of warranty, and the said Hugh gave the same 
tenements to him and his heirs by his deed, and he produced both deeds 
and called to warranty Thomas son of the said Simon Cotyn, who is to be 
summoned for the same term, and the said Eobert as regarded the tenements 
claimed against him, stated that the said Serena and the other plaintiffs 
could have no claim by the form of gift because the tenements had been 



DE BANCO. MICH., 2 E. II. 11 

alienated before the Statute (de donis condition alibus) by the said Joan the 
mother of Serena and Agues, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned 
for the above term. m. 170, dor so. 

Staff. Adam de Muckelestoii and Scolastica his wife give a mark for 
license of concord with Henry de Wolaston respecting the manor of 
Muckeleston and the advowsou of the Church of the same. 1 m. 170, dorso. 

Staff. William de Nevill and Felicia his wife sued John de Swynnerton 
and Anne his wife for a third of the profits of the Stewardship of Caunok 
in Wodnesbury, Dorlaston, Wybenhale, Wodenefeld, Penbryg, Oxleye, 
Mollesleye, Byssebury, Pendeford, Covene, Sharhul, Hulton, Great Sardone, 
Little Sardone, Benteleye, Frethereston,Theddesleye, Pylatenhale, Huntingdon, 
Wilgarston, Pencrych, Alrewas, Ordegrave, Fordeleye, Bromleye Kegis, 
Little Corboruch, Elmhirst, Gaueleye, Kynwaston, Eton, Otherton, Rodbaston 
Hamelet, Haterdon, Oggeleye, Over Stonhale, Netherstonhale, Alrewys, 
Rushale, Pelleshale, Great Bolkeswych (Bloxwich), Little Bolkeswych, 
Hoppewas, Byllenhull, and Chestling, which they claimed as the dower of the 
said Felicia. John and Anne did not appear, and had previously made 
default at Easter, and the Sheriff had been commanded to taKe the said third 
part into the King's hand and to summon them for the Quindene of Trinity, 
on which day John and Anne appeared and offered to wage their law, and a 
day was given to them for that purpose at the Quindene of Michaelmas. It 
was therefore considered that the said William and Felicia should recover 
seisin against them by their default, and as Philip de Monte Gomery formerly 
husband of the said Felicia died seised of the said bailiwick, the Sheriff was 
ordered to inquire into the amount of damage, and to return the inquisition at 
the Quindene of Hillary, m. 1G8, dorso. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Adam le Loverd of Brecton (sic) sued 
William son of Cecilia de Brocton for the third of a messuage and half virgate 
of land in Brecton, which she claimed as 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 Octaves of Hillary, m. 95, dorso* 

Staff. William Hillary sued Robert de Esnyngton and John his brother 
for an illegal distress, and stated that they had taken his cattle out of the fee 
and in the high road at Esnyngton Wode, the said Robert and John not being 
bailiffs of the King. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 86, dorso. 
Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde and John Godbody 
were summoned by Richard son of John de Rugge for illegally taking and 
detaining an ox, for which he claimed 40s. as damages. 

Isabella appeared by her attorney and answered for both, and stated that 
one Vivian son of Robert de Staundon held of her half a virgate of land in 
the said vill of Rugge by fealty, and the service of 4?. annually and perforat- 
ing suit every three weeks at her court at Rugge, and of which service and 
fealty Philip formerly her husband was seised by the hand of Robert de 
Standon the father of the said Vivian, whose heir he is, and as 2*. of the said 
rent was in arrear she had taken the said ox within her fee, as was lawful ; 
and Richard stated that he held the said tenements on which the ox was taken 
for a term of years by the demise of the said Vivian, and lie prayed the help 
of the Court to enforce the appearance of the said Vivian. He is therefore to 
be summoned by the Sheriff for the Octaves of Hillary. A postscript states 
that Vivian did not appear, and Richard then pleaded that the ox was taken 
out of the fee and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow 
of All Souls, m. 54, dorso. 



1 Adam and Scholastica acknowledged the manor and advowson to be the 
of Henry, for which acknowledgment, etc , the said Henry granted them to Adam 
and Scholastica and the heirs of Adam. (Pedes Finium, Staffordshire.) 



12 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. Petroiiilla daughter of Richard de Onyleye recovers seisin of a 
messuage and half an acre of land in Oiiyleye, in a suit against Christiana 
daughter of Thomas le Clerk of Onyleye by the default of the latter, m. 10, 
dorso. 

BANCO KOLL. HILLARY, 2 E. II. 

Staff. John son of "William de Ippestones sued William son of William 
de Stalbrok, John de Casterne, and Hugh de Casterne for a messuage, twenty- 
six acres of land, and four acres of meadow in Grendon (Griiidon), of which 
William de Ippestones his grandfather, whose heir he is, had been seised in 
demesne as of fee when he died. John de Casterne and Hugh denied they 
held any part of the tenements in dispute, and William stated he held the 
whole of them, and denied that the said William de Ippestones the grand- 
father of John had died seised of then), and appealed to a jury, which is to be 
summoned for the Quindene of Trinity, m. 93. 

Staff. Peter de Greseleye appeared ag;ainst John de Clynton of Hennele, 
in a plea that he should acquit him of the service which Edmund Earl of 
Arundel exacted from him for the free tenement which he held of the said 
John in Kyngeston, and by which the said John is medius between them and 
ought to acquit him. John did not appear and is to be attached for the 
Quindene of Trinity, m. 192. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of John sic (Philip) de Chetewynde sued 
Philip son of Philip de Chetewynde for a third part of the manor of Ingestre, 
and of the advowson of the Chapel of the same manor, excepting a messuage, 
a virgate and fifteen acres of land, an acre of meadow and a mill, and the third 
part of the manor of Gretewych and of the advowson of the Church of the 
same manor, excepting a carucate and thirty-six acres of land, and the third 
part of 4s. rent in Lokesleye, and the third part of 4s. rent in Crokesdene 
which she claimed as dower. Philip appeared by attorney and acknowledged 
her claim. She is therefore to have seisin, m. 254. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Roger de Lokene sued Robert le Hunte 
for the third of a messuage and a virgate of land and six acres of meadow in 
Lockesleye, and she sued Ralph de Snitirton and Cecilia his wife for a 
third of a messuage and virgate of land in the same vill, as her dower. The 
defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower 
claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them for three weeks from 
Easter, m. 254, dorso. 

Salop. Alice formerly wife of Hugh son of Hamon de Adbaston sued 
Geoffrey son of William Randold for a messuage and five acres and half a 
virgate of land in Wodecote. Geoffrey did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to take the tenements in question into the King's hand, arid to 
summon him for the Quindene of Trinity, m. 221, dorso. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Roger de Lokne sued Agnes formerly wife 
o e Thomas de Ferars for a third of the third part of a messuage and two 
virgates of land in Lockesleye, and she sued Adam le Feure and other tenants 
in the same vill for a third of their respective holdings, 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 three weeks from 
Easter, m. 217, dorso. 



Robert de Bures was summoned by John de Ferars in a plea that 
he caused waste and destruction in the lands, houses, woods, and gardens 
of Chartley, which had been demised to him for his life only, and John 
complained that he had caused waste by digging up two acres of land and 
selling the marl, and he had pulled down a grange worth 40, and reduced 
to culture forty acres of wood and sold the underwood to the value of 100, 



DE BANCO. HILL., 2 E. II. 13 

and had cut down fifty oak trees in the park each worth 10s., and forty oak 
trees in the foreign wood worth each 10s., and ten apple trees each worth 10s., 
to the disinheritance of the said John. Robert denied having caused any 
injury to the plaintiff, and appealed to a jury. The Sheriff was therefore 
ordered to proceed in his own person to the said tenements, to diligently 
inquire into the matter, and to return an inquisition on oath into the waste 
and destruction alleged to be made by the said Robert, on the Quindene of 
Trinity. A postscript shows repeated adjournments of the case up to Easter, 
3 E. II., no inquisition having been returned by the Sheriff up to that date. 
m. 210, dorso. 

Staff. Reginald son of Reginald de Charnes sued Roger de Burgh ton and 
Juliana his wife for four messuages and a carucate of land and twenty acres 
of wood in Burgh ton near Charnes as his right, by a writ de avo. Roger 
and Juliana prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of 
Trinity, m. 183, dorso. 

Staff. Reginald son of Reginald de Charnes sued Roger de Burghton for 
twenty acres of land in Charnes by writ of entry. Same process as in last 
suit. m. 183, dor so. 

Staff. John Hamelyn appeared against Henry de Erdington in a plea 
that he should acquit him of the service which Edmund de Stafford exacted 
from him for the free tenement he held of the said Henry in Ocle (Oakley), 
and in which Henry was medius between them and ought to acquit him ; and 
lie did not appear, and the Sheriff was commanded to produce hirn to hear 
the record, inasmuch as the suit had been adjourned from Easter term, 
35 E. I., pro morte. And the Sheriff returned that Henry held nothing 
within his bailiwick by which he could be distrained, and it was testified he 
held sufficient in co. Leycester. The Sheriff of Leicestershire was therefore 
ordered to produce him at the Quindene of Trinity, m. 159, dorso. 

Warw. Staff. The suit between Eva de Oswaldestre and William son 
of Robert de Huggeford of Hildulveston, whom the said Eva called to 
warranty, and Joan formerly wife of Robert de Huggeford, in a plea of 
dower, is respited till three weeks from Easter through defect of a jury. 
m. 42, dorso. 

Warw. Mary formerly wife of Robert le Venour sued Ralph son of 
Ralph le Botiller for a messuage, two mills, two carucates of land, six acres 
of meadow, 20 acres of pasture, 90 acres of wood, and 10 marks of rent in 
Middleton near Tamworth, as her dower, of the gift of Philip Marmioun her 
first husband, and in which the said Ralph had no entry except through the 
said Robert her second husband, who had demised the tenements to Ralph le 
Botiller senior, and to the said Ralph, and to which she could not object 
during his lifetime. 

Ralph stated that Mary had no claim, because she had demised the 
tenements to him and to his father during her widowhood, and he produced 
her deed. Mary denied this, and stated the deed was executed at the time 
she was married to the said Robert her second husband, and which she was 
prepared to prove. The Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury for the 
Quindene of Trinity, m. 51, dorso. 

Staff. The suit of William son of Robert de Huggeford, plaintiff, and 
Robert son of Walter de Melewys and Elena his wife and Roger de Brade- 
heved, tenants, in a plea of land, is respited till the Octaves of St. Trinity 
through defect of a jury. m. 42, dorso. 

SECOND EOLL OF THE SAME TERM. 

Staff. Adam le Dun of Cotene sued Henry le Ken of Hambury and 
Henry his son for a messuage and thirty acres of laud and twenty acres of 



14 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

meadow in Cotene, Hambury, and Marchynton, as his right, etc., acd in 
which the said Henry and Henry had no entry except by Laurence de Cotene 
the father of Adam, whose heir he is, who had demised the tenements for a 
term now expired. The defendants pleaded that the said tenements were 
in the vill of Machinton sic, (Marchington), and Cotene and Hambury were 
hamlets of the said vill, so that the said tenements were not in three distinct 
vills as stated, but in one single vill. As Adam could not deny this, the suit 
was dismissed, ra. 10. 

Staff. Ralph de Bysshebury and Agnes his wife give 20s. for license of 
concord with John son of Eobert de Levyngton respecting tenements in 
Bysshebury. 2 

Staff. John son of Robert de Levyngton came before the Justices, and 
acknowledged he owed Henry son of Ralph de Bussebury 100, to be paid to 
him at the next Feast of Easter. 



ASSIZE EOLL OF DIVEES COUNTIES. 2 AND 3 E. II. 

ASSIZES TAKEN AT STAFFORD ON THE FRIDAY AFTER THE FEAST 

OF THE EXALTATION OF THE HOLY CROSS, 2 E. II. (19th 
September, 1308). 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Margaret formerly wife of Edmund Baron of 
Stafford, and Ralph the son of the said Edmund, Ralph Basset of Dray ton, 
and Roger de Clungerford, Vivian de Chetewynd, and four others named, 
had unjustly disseised Philip son of Philip de Chetewynd of the manors of 
Ingestre and Gretewych, excepting a water-mill in Ingestre. Margaret, 
Roger, and Vivian stated that they were the executors of the said Edmund, 
and that Philip de Chetwynd father of the said Philip held the said 
tenements of Edmund the Baron by Knight's service and died seised of them 
in demesne as of fee, and after his death the said Edmund had taken them 
into his hand by reason of the minority of the said Philip, the wardship of 
whom the said Edmund had left at the disposal of the said Margaret and the 
other executors by his will. 

And Philip stated that the tenements were in seisin of one Robert de 
Chetewynd, etc. (Philip here quotes the fine levied in 35 E. I. and 1 E. II.) 
A postscript states that Philip son of Philip afterwards withdrew his suit, 
and he and his sureties were in misericordid. His fine was remitted because 
he was under age. 2 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Henry de Verdun and John son of John de 
Bromleye had unjustly disseised William de Berkeleye of a messuage, thirty- 
four acres of land, two acres of meadow, and two acres of moor in Little 
Onne. 

Henry answered for John as his Bailiff, and stated that John the father 
of John had died seised of the tenements, and after his death John the son 
had assigned the tenements in dower to Sibilla his mother, and after her 
death he had entered into them. 

1 By this fine Ralph acknowledged three messuages, sixty acres of land, two 
acres of meadow, and an acre of moor to be the right of John, and for which 
acknowledgment, etc., John grants them to Ralph and Agnes for their joint lives, 
with remainder to Alice daughter of Ralph and the heirs of her body, and failing 
such, to the right heirs of Ralph. (Pedes Finium, Staffordshire.) 

2 Philip de Chetewynd the father of Philip died before the fine was completed 
(see p. 4). The effect of the fine would be to deprive the chief Lord of the custody 
of the land, as it gave Isabella a life interest in the estates. This she appears to 
have subsequently recovered, for she is described as domina de Ingestre in 17 E. II. 



ASSIZE ROLL OF DIVEKS COUNTIES, 2 AND 3 E. II. 15 

William admitted the above facts, but stated that the said John being of 
full age hud conceded to him the tenements in question for his (William's) 
life, and he produced his deed to that effect, dated 35 E. I., and witnessed by 
John son of Sir Adam de Brinton, John de Ypstanes, Henry son of Stephen 
de Wolastou, Thomas son of William de Eiton, and John Bagod of Little 
Onne. 

The jury stated the said John father of John died seised of the tenements, 
and after his death John the son had entered as son and heir, and had 
assigned them to Sibilla his mother in dower, and that the said William had 
afterwards married Sibilla, and John being of full age had conceded and 
quit claimed the said tenements to the said William for the life of the said 
William, three years before the death of Sibilla, for a sum of 100,?. which he 
had received, and that William had been in full and peaceable seisin of the 
tenements for four weeks and more, until the said Henry and John had 
ejected him. It was therefore considered that William should recover seisin 
and 20s. as damages, m. 19. 

Staf. An assize, etc., if Richard son of Simon de Verney of Great 
Madelegh-under-Lyme, Richard de la More, of Great Madelegh-under-Lyme. 
and Milisent his wife, and Richard de Pesale, and John his brother, had 
unjustly disseised William de Verney of Great Madelegh of a messuage and 
six acres of land in Great Madelegh. The jury found in favour of William, 
who is to recover seisin. 

Staff. William de Mere withdrew his writ of novel disseisin against 
Brother Richard de Hydereston the Prior of St. Thomas the Martyr, near 
Stafford, and his sureties, Adam Coyne and William de Chauledon are in 
misericordia. 

Staff. William de Dymmok and Matilda his wife withdrew their writ 
of novel disseisin against William son of William de Tomenhoru and 
others, respecting tenements in Ruggeleye and Melewych (Milwich). 

Staff. Simon son of Thomas de Mulwych and Alice his wife withdrew 
their writ of novel disseisin against Hugh son of William de Okovere 
respecting tenements in Mulwych (Milwich). 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Nicholas, son of Simon de Appelee (Aspley ) and Alice 
de Charnes had unjustly disseised John de Swynnerton of common of pasture 
in Suggenhull (Sugnall) appurtenant to his freehold in the same vill, viz., thirty 
acres of pasture and heath. Nicholas and Alice stated they were lord of two 
parts of the said vill and had approved their waste, leaving to the said John 
sufficient pasturage for his freehold. The jury stated that Nicholas and Alice 
did not hold more than twelve acres of the pasture and heath in question, 
viz., Nicholas eight acres and Alice four acres, and they said that Nicholas 
and Alice were lord of the two parts of the said vill, and had approved 
their waste and held in severalty the said twelve acres, but that the said 
John would not have sufficient pasture for his freehold if they held the said 
twelve acres in severalty. John is therefore to recover seisin of common 
in the twelve acres, and he is in misericordid for his claim on the remainder. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Alexander de Severlee had unjustly disseised 
Richard son of Alexander de Severle of a messuage and twenty acres of land 
in Severlee (Saverley), and Foleford (Fulford). The jury stated that Richard 
never was in seisin of the said tenements, and he is therefore in misericordid 
for a false claim. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Richard de Dokeseye and Margaret his wife 
and John Mayer had unjustly obstructed a road in Dokeseye to the injury of 
John, Vicar of the Church of Sesteford (Seighford). The jury found that the 
said Vicar had common of pasture in Dokeseye appurtenant to his Vicariate 



16 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

of Sesteford, and he and his predecessors from time out of memory had a 
direct road by which they drove their cattle from the vill of Sesteford to 
their pasture in Dokeseye, and they likewise carried their corn in carts from 
the vil] of Dokeseye as far as Sesteford at will, until the said Eichard and 
the others had obstructed the road in Dokeseye. It is therefore considered 
that the said Eichard should remove the obstruction, and that John the Vicar 
should recover damages, which were taxed at 40s. 

Staff. John son of John de Bromleye was attached for contempt of 
court in pulling down a house and cutting down trees in Little Onne, after 
the tenement had been adjudicated to William de Berkeleye. John denied 
he had committed any contempt and appealed to a jury. The jury stated 
that the said John after the assize, but before the judgment was delivered, 
had pulled down a house worth 25., and cut down an orchard worth 10s. 4d. 
William is therefore to recover 12s. 4d. as damages, and John is committed 
to gaol for the contempt. He was afterwards released for a fine of 20s. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Stephen de Swerkeston of Newcastle-under-Lyme, 
Richard son of Geoffrey de Knotton, Philip son of Vivian de Bydulf, and 
Eoger his brother, and six others named, had unjustly disseised William de 
Swerkeston of a messuage in Newcastle-under-Lyme. 

Stephen answered for all the defendants as tenant, and pleaded that 
William never was in seisin of the tenements, and upon this appeared one 
William Bordelys, on the part of Thomas Earl of Lancaster and the Steward 
of the said Earl, and stated that the tenement in dispute was within the 
circuit of the Earl's manor of Penkhull, which was of ancient demesne of the 
Crown, and where no writ would run but the writ of right. 

William de Swerkeston stated that the vill of Newcastle-under-Lyme was 
a free borough of the King under the common law, and he produced the 
Charter of King Henry III. dated 19 H. III., and the suit was adjourned 
to be heard in Banco at the Quiridene of Michaelmas. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Philip son of Philip de Chetwynde, and Isabella 
formerly wife of Philip de Chetwynde, had unjustly disseised Eoger son of 
Jordan de Pywelesdon of his freehold in Ingestre, and he complained they 
had disseised him of a rent of two suitable robes, trimmed with fur, of the 
value of 32s. annually for the life of the said Eoger, viz., a robe with fur at 
the Feast of All Saints and another at Pentecost, and he produced the deed 
of Philip the father of Philip de Chetwynde granting to him annually for 
his life the robes in question, each to be worth 10s. 

Isabella appeared and answered for both defendants, Philip being under 
age, and the suit was dismissed, m. 28. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Magister Eichard de Teverey and Anne his 
wife, and Eichard son of the said Eichard and Eobert de Colton, had unjustly 
disseised John Collyng of Longrugge and Eose his wife of ten acres of land 
in Longrugge (Longridge). Eichard answered for all the defendants and 
pleaded that the wife of John was called Eoes, and not Eose, and he like- 
wise pleaded that the defendants entered by one John de Burgo, who was not 
named in the writ, and as the plaintiffs could not deny this, they are in 
misericordid for a false claim, m. 28. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if John son of Adam de Otherton and Alice his 
wife had unjustly disseised Adam son of Eoger de Lynhul of a messuage 
and half a virgate of land in Lynhul and Pencrich. 

John and Alice pleaded that Lynhul and Pyncrich were one and the same 
vill, and the suit was dismissed, m. 28, dorso. 

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DE BANCO, MICH., 3 E. II. 17 

common of pasture in Walshale against Roger Hillary the Parson of the 
Church of Walshale, and is in miser icordid. 

Staff. Robert de Mere of Halghton and Alice his wife not prosecuting 
their writ of novel disseisin against Hugh de Wyvereston and Petronilla 
his wife, respecting a tenement in Rowel (Rule), near Gnousale, the suit wad 
dismissed, in. 28, dorso. 

Staff. William Paunton not prosecuting his writ of novel disseisin 
against Richard de Sondbach and Adam de Muccleston respecting common 
of pasture in Leghe (Leigh), the suit was dismissed, m. 28, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. MICHAELMAS, 3 E. II. 

Staff. Roger son of Peter Corbezun sued Simon son of Ralph de Boken- 
hale for six acres of land in Onyleye, near Maddeleye. Simon did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to take the land into the King's hand, and to 
summon him for the Octaves of Hillary, m. \. 

Staff. John de Heronville was summoned to answer William Underhull' 
William de Hethe, and three others, the men of the said John, of the manor 
of Wodenesbury (Wednesbury), which is of ancient demesne of the Crown of 
England, in a plea that he exacted from them other customs and services 
than they or their ancestors, tenants in the same manor, had been accustomed 
to yield at the time the manor was in the hands of the King's progenitors. 
And they stated by their attorney that when the manor was formerly in the 
hands of King Henry, the great grandfather of King Edward the King's father, 
their ancestors held their tenements by certain (i.e., fixed) service, viz., each 
holding a virgate of land by fealty and service of five shillings annually, and 
suit at the Manor Court twice in the year, viz., at the feasts of Michaelmas 
and Easter, and when it should happen a writ of right was in the said Court, 
then suit at the same Court from three weeks to three weeks, so long as the 
writ was pending in the Court, and they were liable to be tallaged when the 
King tallaged his boroughs and demesnes, and those who held more in the 
manor, they rendered more in proportion ; and the tenants had continued in 
this status from the time of the said King Henry until the time of the King's 
father, when the said John distrained the tenants to do suit of Court every 
three weeks for the whole year, and by tallaging them high and low (alto et 
basso}, at his will, exacting from them merchetum for their sons and daughters' 
marriage, and other villain services and customs, which they had not been 
accustomed to perform he had damaged them to the amount of 40, 
and they produced their proofs. And John de Heronville appeared by 
attorney and prayed that the defendants should be required to show that the 
manor was of ancient demesne, and the Book of Domesday having been 
examined, it appeared that it was of ancient demesne of the Crown, and the 
said John then denied having inflicted any injury to his tenants, and he stated 
that two of the plaintiffs held new assarts by fealty and by a fixed rent, and 
not of the ancient demesne of the manor, and as regards William Underhull 
he held half a virgate and the fourth of a noke of land by fealty and service 
of 4s. yearly, and the said William de Hethe held the fourth part of a 
noke of land and by right of his wife three acres, and that besides the said 
service, the said men by reason of their tenure of ancient demesne ought to 
do service of Court every three weeks besides two appearances per annum at 
the view of frankpledge at the Feasts of St. Michael and at Easter, and when 
the King tallaged his demesnes it was lawful for the lord of the manor to 
tallage at his will, and likewise to appoint provosts from year to year and 
tything men (deccnnarios) by election of their peers, and each of them ought 
to plough the lord's land for one day in Lent, and harrow the laud after plough- 
ing, and to mow the meadow of the lord for one day, and to carry the hay, 
and they ought to reap the land of the lord, each of them for three days 

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in the autumn, at their own costs, and on the fourth day they had a repast 
at the cost of the lord, and if any of the said men brewed beer, they gave a 
penny, and if any of them should have five pigs at the Feast of St. Martin, 
the lord then had the best of them, and if they had less than five, then for 
each pig that was of complete age they gave a penny, and for a hogett a 
farthing, and they had besides to give merchetum, viz., each of them for 
marrying a daughter within the manor 2s., and for licence to marry a 
daughter outside the manor 35., and if any of the daughters were carnally 
known, then in the name of Lecherwyc 12c?., and if a tenant died, the lord 
had a heriot and relief and half of his pigs, and his boar, and all the male colts 
(pullanos) and a cart bound with iron, (carettam ferratam,} and the cloth which 
was not cut (pannos non taliatos}, and all the hams which were entire (bacones 
integros\ and that the tenants of the manor had owed all the above services 
and customs since the manor had been in the hands of the King's progenitors, 
he was prepared to prove. 

The tenants appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of 
Hillary, m. 44. 

Salop. Matilda formerly wife of Thomas de Wodecote sued Joan formerly 
wife of Michael de Morton and John son of Michael de Morton for a third of 
thirty acres of land and 25d of rent in Wodecote, as her dower. John stated 
he held all the tenements, and that Thomas the husband of Matilda was never 
seised of them, so that she could be endowed from them, and appealed to a 
jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of St. Martin, m. 81. 

Staff. Giles de Trumpton sued John de Ferars in a plea that he should 
acquit him of the service which Gilbert de Clare Earl of Gloucester exacted 
from him for the freehold he held of the said John in Cavenham, and of which 
the said John is mesne lord between them. John did not appear, and the Sheriff 
returned he held nothing within his bailiwick by which he could be attached, 
except an annual rent of 40 paid in money by Robert de Bures for the farm 
of the manor of Chartley. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to attach him by 
the said rent, and to summon him for the Octaves of Hillary. A postscript 
states that at Hillary Term the Sheriff sent no writ, and he was ordered to 
attach the said John for the Octaves of Holy Trinity, m. 89. 

Staff. Richard de Cavereswalle and Joan his wife give 10 for license of 
concord with William de Ercalewe respecting the manors of Caverswalle and 
Bylynton, and half the manor of Dulverne and Fotesbrok (Forsbrook), and ten 
marks of rent in Fulford, Severleye, Hyldreston, and Hulyn near Weston. 
m. 114. 1 

Staff. William Hillary sued Robert de Esnyngton and John his brother 
for an illegal distress, and stated that on the Monday after Michaelmas, 1 E. II., 
they had taken two horses and a cart with its harness in the high road, and 
for which he claimed .20 as damages. Robert denied that he had levied a 
distress in the high road, and stated that he had found one horse browsing in 
his wood and committing damage, and as regarded the other horse and the cart 
and harness, he denied he had taken them at all, and appealed to a jury, which 
is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. A postscript shows 
repeated adjournments until the Tuesday after the Feast of St. Matthew, when 
a verdict was delivered at Lychefeld before William de Bereford and John de 
Heronvill, Knight, in favour of William Hillary, and 40s. damages. A further 
postscript states that the King sent a writ of privy seal dated from Berwick - 
on-Tweed, 28th May, 4 E. II., which stated the King, on the requisition of 
John de Somery, had pardoned and remitted to the said Robert de Esnyngton 
the fine and impost charged against him for the said transgression, m. 125. 

1 By this fine the above tenements were settled on Richard and Joan for their 
lives and their issue, and if Richard should die without heirs by Joan, to remain to 
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Staf. The Sheriff had been ordered to distrain Isabella daughter of Ralph 
Boterey, of Bruynton, and to produce her in Court to answer to the King and 
Thomas son of Robert de Bruynton in a plea that whereas the said Thomas 
held lands and tenements suthcient to enable him to account to the said Isa- 
bella, she asserting that he was the receiver of her money, and had no lands 
or tenements by which he could be distrained, had caused him to be attached 
by his body, many times maliciously and in deception of the Court, and against 
the Statute. Isabella did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain 
her again, and produce her at the Octaves of Hillary, m. 163. 

Staff. Magister Henry de Bray appeared by attorney against Alan son of 
Robert de Okoure (Okeover), of Broghton, in a plea that he should acquit him 
of the service which the Prior of Tuttebury exacted from him for the freehold 
he held of the said Alan in Boterdon and of which the said Alan is raesne tenant. 
Alan did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Quiii- 
deue of Hillary, m. 189. 

Staff. Amabella formerly wife of Edmund de Legh recovers dower in a 
messuage and sixty acres of land and six acres of meadow in Newebold Wode- 
huses, in a suit against Emma, formerly wife of Philip de Legh and Keginald 
son of the said Philip, by default of the defendants, m. 265. 

Staff. William de Wolaston sued John de Castro, of Stafford, for causing 
waste and destruction in the houses, woods, and gardens in Stafford, which he 
held for his life of the inheritance of the said William. John did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Quindene of Easter, m. 
292. 

Salop. Henry son of Henry de Erdyngton sued Edward Burnel for two 
parts of the manor of Wellynton, and he sued Matilda formerly wife of Philip 
Burnel, for a third part of the same manor, as his right and inheritance, and 
in which they had no entry except by a demise which his father Henry, whose 
heir he is, had made to Roger Spryngehose for a term which had expired. 
Matilda pleaded she held the third part in dower of the inheritance of Edward 
and called him to warranty, and he warranted it to her, and for the two parts 
held by him he called to warranty Roger son of Ralph Springehose, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to summon him for three weeks from Easter, m. 316. 

Warw. Perceval de Somery sued William son of William de Byrmyngham 
for a debt of 10. William did not appear, and had been distrained. The 
Sheriff' was ordered to distrain him again, and produce him at three weeks 
from Easter, m. 328. 

Staff. Roger de Walton gives half a mark for license of concord with 
John de Hynkele and Joan his wife, respecting tenants in Stoke near Stone. 1 
m. 379. 

Staff. John de Hynkele and Joan his wife give half a mark for license of 
concord with Roger son of Jordan de Pywelesdon (Puleston), respecting tene- 
ments in Walton near Stone. 2 m. 379. 

Staff. Reginald son of Reginald de Charnes sued Roger de Burgh ton and 
Juliana his wife for four messuages, a carucate of land, and twenty acres of wood 
in Burghtoii near Charnes, of which Reginald son of William de Charnes, his 

1 By this fine two messuages and three parts of a virgate of land in Stoke \veie 
settled on Koger for life, -with remainder to John and Joan and the heirs of Joan. 
(Pedes Finivm, Staff.) 

2 By this fine John de Hynkole and Joan his wife acknowledged seven messu- 
ages, a mill, a carucate, two virgntes of land, four acres of meadow, thirteen acres 
of wood, and 3.?. \d. of rent, to be the rieht of Eoger, for which Eoger grants the 
tenements to Jolm for his life, with remainder to William de Venables and his heirs. 
(Pede s Finitim, Staff.) Joan was mother to William de Venables, and the object of 
the fine was to give a life interest in the tenements to her husband, John. 

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areat grandfather, whose heir he is, was seised in demesne, etc., in the reign of 
King Henry the King's grandfather, and from Eeginald the right descended 
to John as his son and heir, and from John to Eeginald as son and heir, and 
from Reginald to the plaintiff as son and heir. 

Eoger and Juliana produced a deed by which the said John de Charnes, 
the grandfather of Eeginald, had granted the tenements to them to be held 
by them and the heirs of Juliana. Eeginald denied that the deed was the 
act of his grandfather John, and appealed to a jury. The Sheriff was therefore 
ordered to summon a jury and the witnesses of the deed at three weeks from 
Easter, the witnesses being Geoffrey de Bromlega, Thomas de Pesale, Stephen 
de Espelega (Aspley), Thomas de Whitindon, William de Chatculne, Eobert 
son of Thomas of the same, Eobert de Pessale, and Eobert de Janistou 
(Jonestone). m. 387. 

Derb. Eoger son of William fitz Herbert sued Henry son of Henry de 
Shavinton and Joan his wife in a plea that they should warrant to him 
eighteen acres of pasture in Snelleston, which Eoger son of John de Acoure 
(Okeover) claimed as his right and inheritance. The Sheriff returned the writ 
reached him too late, and he was ordered to summon him (sic} for three weeks 
from Easter, m. 399. 

Staff. Simon son of Eobert le Loverd of Boterhale was summoned by 
Matilda formerly wife of Thomas de Wodecote to give up to her two deeds 
which he unjustly detained. Matilda stated that on the Saturday before the 
Feast of St. Nicholas, 26 E. I., she had given into the charge of the said 
Simon at Boterhale (Butterhill) two deeds, "viz., one in which William de 
Morton and John de Morton enf eoffed her and Thomas formerly her husband 
of twenty acres of land in Wodecote ; and another in which Eobert son of 
Eobert de Wodecote enfeoff'ed the said Thomas and Matilda of a meadow 
called Longmedewe in the said vill ; and the said Simon, notwithstanding 
frequent requisitions, refused to deliver up to her the said charters, and for 
which she claimed 20 as damages. Simon denied he had ever received the 
deeds and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from 
Easter, m. 495. 

Derb. Peter de Gresele and Joan his wife, William de Stafford and 
Isabella his wife sued Eobert Touk and Ermentrude his wife, William de 
Tymmor and Elizabeth his wife, Thomas de Eollestoii and Eeyna his wife, 
James de Ilketa and Ida his wife, and Thomas de Walsingham and Agnes his 
wife, for two parts of seven parts of a messuage, three carucates, two virgates, 
and two acres of land, twenty acres of meadow, ten acres of wood, and of two 
mills in Egynton, Wyvele, Eodburne, and Hurst, as the reasonable purparty 
of the said Joan and Isabella which fell to them of the inheritance of Gun- 

dreda de in the said vills, mother of the said Joan, Isabella, 

Ermentrude, Elizabeth, Eeyna, Ida, and Agnes, whose heirs they are, and 
who had lately died, and the defendants had made default at Trinity Term, 
and the said two parts had been taken into the King's hand. The plaintiffs 
therefore recover seisin, m. 515. 

Staff. Petronilla daughter of Eichard de Onylegh recovers a messuage 
in Onylegh against Thomas son of William Dod of Onylegh and Alice his 
wife, and others, by default of the defendants, m. 492, dorso. 

Salop. Walter de Beysshyn (Beisin) sued Isabella de Beysshyn for causing 
waste and destruction in lands of his inheritance in Silmington, Willingesleye 
and Workynton, which she held in dower. Isabella did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to take an inquisition upon oath respecting the amount 
of waste made by her anl return it into Court at three weeks from Easter. 
m. 398, dorso. 

^Staff. William son of Hugh de Adbaston sued Hugh son of Jordan and 
Alice his wife for a messuage and twelve acres of land in Adbaston, in which 



DE BANCO, MICH., 3 E. II. 21 

they had no entry except by Hamon de Adbaston, to whom the said William 
had demised the tenements for a term now expired. The defendants prayed a 
view, and the suit was adjourned till three weeks from Easter, m. 390, dorso. 

Staff, Richard le Fevre of Farnleye sued John del Ilulle for a carucate of 
land in Ipstones, which Adam Kyryaule had given to Robert le Fevre of 
Ethelaxton and Sibilla his wife and heirs of their bodies, and which after the 
death of the said Robert and Sibil and Sibil daughter and heir of the said 
Robert and Sibil should descend to the said Richard son of the son of the said 
(sic) Thomas cousin and heir of the said Robert and Sibilla. John prayed a 
view and the suit was adjourned to a month from Easter, m. 34G, dorso. 

Staff. Felicia daughter of Hugh de Half hide, by John de Cotes her ciistos, 
sued John son of Simon de Halfhide near Chebbeseye for thirty acres of 
land and six acres of meadow in Halfhyde, of which Simon de Halfhyde 
her grandfather, whose heir she is, was seised in demesne*, as of fee, temp. E. 
I., and from Simon the fee descended to Hugh as his son and heir, and from 
Hugh to Felicia, who now sues. John defended his right and stated that 
Simon the grandfather of Felicia did not die seised of the tenements, and 
appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter. 
m. 335, dorso. 

Staff. Reginald son of Reginald de Charlies sued Roger de Burgh ton for 
twenty acres of land in Charnes as his right and inheritance, and in which 
Roger had no entry except by Roger formerly Bishop of Coventry and Lich- 
n'eld, who had unjustly disseised John de Charnes his grandfather of the 
tenements. Roger called to warranty Walter the Bishop of Coventry and 
Lichfield, who is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter, m. 316, dorso. 

Staff. Margaret formerly wife of William le Clerk of Melewych not 
appearing to prosecute her plea of dower from tenements in Melewych 
(Millwich) against Hugh de Okoure (Okeover) the suit was dismissed, m. 
292, dorso. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Nicholas de Ambrighton (A inert on) sued 
Roes formerly wife of Robert de Pype for an acre of meadow in Le Wai 
(Wall), which she claimed as her right and inheritance, and in which Roes 
had no entry except by a demise which had been made by Nicholas formerly 
her husband and to which she could not object during his lifetime. Roes 
prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned until three weeks from Easter. 
m. 265, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Blythefeld and Richard de Wolseleye recover a mes- 
suage and twenty acres of land, and four acres of meadow in Shradicote, in a 
plea against Robert de Winston and Anabel his wife, through default of the 
defendants, m. 191, dorso. 

Staff. Hugh de Bussey sued Richard de Eggebaston and Emma his wife 
for a messuage and a carucate of land in Horeburn (Harbourne), in which the 
said Richard and Emma had no entry except by John son of Adam de Teshale, 
who had unjustly disseised him of the tenements. Richard and Emma pleaded 
that the said Hugh had remitted and quit claimed all his right in the tene- 
ments to them by a deed which they produced, and as Hugh did not deny 
the deed the suit was dismissed, m. 189, dorso. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued Robert de 
Chetewynde for a third of two messuages, a wara, and five acres of land, and 
an acre of meadow in Ingestre, as her dower. Robert stated he held the 
tenements for term of life only, by the demise of the said Philip, and he pro- 
duced two deeds to that effect, and with a clause of warranty ; and he called 
to warranty Philip son and heir of the said Philip who was under age and in 
ward with a part of his lands to the said Isabella, and another part was in 
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22 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. John and Mary to be summoned 
in co. Kent. m. 180, dor so. 

Staff. Thomas de Engelton was summoned by Eichard le Champyoun in 
a plea that he had unjustly taken and detained his chattels. Eichard stated 
that on the Monday before the Feast of St. Gregory, 1 E. II., Thomas had taken 
in the vill of Engelton in a place called le Sondforlong two horses belonging 
to him, and which he unjustly detained against his surety and pledges (vadium 
et plegios), etc., and for which he claimed 40s. as damages. 

Thomas appeared by attorney and defended his right to take them, and 
stated that one John de Somerford held of him two messuages, and two 
virgates of land in Engelton by fealty and the service of 8s. annually, and of 
which service one William the grandfather of Thomas, whose heir he is, was 
seised by the hand of William the grandfather of John, and because the said 
service of 85. was in arrear ever since the twentieth year of Edward I., he 
had taken the horses within his fee as was lawful. Eichard denied that he 
owed any service at the date that the horses were taken, and appealed to a 
jury. And as it appeared to the Court that Eichard had no locus standi in 
the case (est extramus in hoc casu) it is considered that it should be dismissed, 
and Eichard is in misericordid for a false claim, m. 146, dor so. 

Salop. John de Perton and Margaret his wife sued John de Stircheleye 
in a plea that he should warrant to them a messuage and a carucate and two 
virgates of land, ten acres of meadow, and ten acres of wood, which they held 
and claimed to hold of him. John de Stircheleye did not appear, and the Sheriff 
returned he held nothing within his bailiwick by which he could be attached, 
and it was testified he held sufficient in co. Lincoln. The Sheriff of Lincoln- 
shire was therefore ordered to attach him for the Quiiidene of Hilary, m. 
123, dor so. 

Staff. Almarica formerly wife of Hugh le Heyward of Dulverne recovers 
dower in eight acres of land in Dulverne against William de Whytehurst, 
and in eight acres of land in the same vill against Thomas son of William de 
Whitehurst, through default of the defendants, m. 109, dorso. 

Staff. Adam de Dun of Cotene sued Magister Henry le Keu of Hambury 
and Henry his son for a messuage and thirty acres of land, and twenty acres 
of meadow in Marchynton, which he claimed as his right and inheritance. 
The defendants prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene 
of Hillary, m. 103, dorso. 

Derb. The Sheriff had been ordered to levy 35s. from the lands and 
chattels of John de Swyuerton and Anne his wife, damages adjudicated against 
them for an unjust detention of the dower of Felicia wife of William de Neville 
in Eepyndon ; and he now returned 10s. into Court, and was ordered to raise 
the residue, m. 65, dorso. 

Staff. William de Erdyngton and Petronilla his wife give half a mark for 
license of concord with Thomas de Erdyngton respecting tenements in West 
Bromwich. 1 m. 40, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. HILLARY, 3 E. II. 

Staff. Eoger son of Peter Corbezun not appearing to prosecute his plea 
against John son of John Giffard, for a messuage and two carucates of laud 
in Chilington, the suit was dismissed, m. 18. 

1 By this fine a messuage, ten acres of land, two acres of meadow, and one of 
moor were settled on William and Petronilla and their issue, and if William should 
die without issue by Petronilla, to revert to Thomas and his heirs. (Pedes Finium, 
Staff.} 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 3 E. II. 23 

Staff. The suit for dower of Isabella formerly wife of Hamon de Adbas- 
ton versus William son of Hamon de Hadbaston (sic), Elias de Hadbaston, 
Hugh de la Sale, Hugh son of John de Tunstal, and others, is respited till the 
Quindene of Easter through defect of a jury. m. 30. 

Staff. Henry de Hughcesdon and Juliana his wife give a mark for 
a license of concord with John de Hughcesdon, Chaplain, respecting tenements 
in Hughcesdon (Hixon) and Drengeton (Drineton). 1 m. 60. 

Staff. Felicia formerly wife of Richard son of Henry de Wolaston sued 
John son of Richard de Flossebrok for six and a half acres of laud and the 
fourth of a messuage in Couleye, and she sued William Banastre and Alice 
his wife for twelve acres in the same vill, and Robert de Moele, Chaplain, for 
an acre, and Richard son of Sara de Couleye and Alice his wife for four 
and a half acres of land, an acre of moor, and the fourth part of a messuage 
in the same vill and in Eyton, and she sued William de Chershale for an 
acre and half a rood of land in Eyton, which she claimed as her right and 
inheritance. None of the defendants appeared, and a day had been given to 
them by their essoins for this day after summons. The Sheriff was therefore 
ordered to take the tenements claimed into the King's hand, and to summon 
them for the morrow of St. John the Baptist, m. 96. 

Staff. Henry de Lychefeld, Clemcus, sued William de Camvill and Maurice 
de Camvill, executors of Geoffrey de Camvill for a debt of 120s. Adjourned 
to three weeks from Easter, m. 113. 

Staff. Robert de Keel and Agnes his wife sued Richard son of Ralph de 
Stafford for a third of eight acres of land and an acre of meadow in Bradeleye, 
and they sued Lettice formerly wife of Ralph de Stafford for a third of four 
acres in the same vill, and Robert Selymon for the third of an acre in Salt, 
as the dower of Agnes. Richard called to warranty Adam Gilbard of 
Stafford, and Lettice pleaded she held her tenement in dower of the inheri- 
tance of Richard son of Ralph, and called him to warranty, and Robert 
Selymon called to warranty Robert de Hodynet. The parties called to 
warranty to be summoned for three weeks from Easter, m. 125. 

Staff. Simon son of Thomas de Mulwych sued William le Hore of 
Frodeswall for a messuage and six acres of land in Mulewych, as his right 
and inheritance, and in which William had no entry except by a demise 
which Thomas de Mulewych his father, whose heir he is, had made to Alina 
daughter of Robert de Mulwych, when he was non compos mentis sue. 
William pleaded that he ought not to be required to answer to the writ, 
because one Thomas the son of Alina had granted the tenements to him and 
his wife Agnes conjointly. As Simon could not deny that William and Agnes 
were jointly enfeoifed, he withdrew his writ. m. 175. 

Staff. Thomas de Rolleston and Reyna his wife sued William de Tyd 
for a messuage and fifty acres of land in Neweburgh and Thornyhull, as his 
right by the writ "quare cessavit per biennium" 2 and William did not 
appear, and had previously made default, and the tenement had been taken 
into the King's hand. The plaintiffs are therefore to recover seisin, m. 177. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Richard Cobbok sued Richard, son of 
Roger de Knyghton of Hales for the third of four acres in Knyghton, in Hales, 

1 In this fine Henry is styled Henry le Whyle de Htightesdon. It settles a 
messuage, one and a half virgate of land, five acres of meadow, and five acres of 
moor, on Henry and Juliana for their lives, with remainder to Robert son of Henry 
and his issue, and in default of such, to Alice sister of Robert and her issue, and in 
default of such, to the right heirs of Henry. (Pedes Finium, Staff.) 

2 i.e., on the ground that the service due for the land had not been performed 
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and she sued William son of Stephen de Knyghton for the third of four acres 
in the same, as her dower. The defendants did not appear, and had 
previously made default at Michaelmas Term. The Sheriff was therefore 
ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them 
for three weeks from Easter, m. 195. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to go in his own person to the 
tenements which Walter son of Walter de Beauchamp held in custody of 
the inheritance of Edward Burnel in Kynefare, and on the oaths of twelve of 
the vicinity knights and freemen, to return what waste and destruction the 
said Walter had caused in the said tenements, and to return the inquisition 
into Court at this term. The Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late, 
and he was ordered to return it on the morrow of St. John the Baptist, m. 
203. 



Henry son of Ralph de Busshebury sued Eichard son of 
Richard le Provost of Overpenne in a plea de nativitate. 1 Eichard did not 
appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to summon him, and returned he 
held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was testified he held sufficient in the 
said county. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon him as before 
for the morrow of St. John the Baptist, m. 224. 

Staff. Ealph son of Ealph le Botiller recovers a messuage and thirteen 
of acres land, and ten acres of meadow in Northbury (Norbury), in a suit 
against William le Kyng of Northbury, by default of the latter, m. 236. 

Staff. William son of Stephen de Elmedon and Eose his wife give a 
mark for license of concord with William, son of William de Wrottesleye, in 
a plea of covenant respecting tenements in Pylatenhale. 2 m. 221, dorso. 

Staff. Grymbald Fraunceys appeared by attorney against Eichard de 
Vernon, in a plea that he should appear in Court to warrant to him a 
messuage and 140 acres of land, six acres of meadow, and half a mill in 
Barton, near Melsanby, in county York, which had been valued at 14 14s. Qd. 9 
and which John de Hertford claimed as his right. Eichard did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to summon him for the morrow of St. John the 
Baptist, m. 198, dorso. 

Staff. John de Hinkeleye arid Joan his wife give a mark for license of 
concord with William de Hinkeleye, respecting tenements in Aston and 
Willianescroft, near Stone. 3 m. 123, dorso. 

Staff. John de Hinkeleye and Joan his wife give a mark for license of 
concord with William de Hinkeleye, in a plea of covenant respecting tene- 
ments in Burgheston (Burston), near Stone. 4 m. 133, dorso. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued Ealph de 
Grendon and Joan his wife, Balph de Grendoii of Gay ton, and Robert de 
Gresebrok, for sixty marks owing to her. None of the defendants appeared, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Octaves of Trinity, m. 
110, dorso. 

1 i.e., Henry de Busnbury claimed him as his native and villain. 

2 By this fine a messuage, a mill, a carucate of land, ten acres of meadow, 
and 40s. of rent were settled on William son of Stephen and Eose for their lives, 
with remainder to the heirs of William son of Stephen. Eose was sister to William 
de Wrottesley. (Pedes Finium Staff., and Deed at Wrottesley). 

8 By this fine fifteen messuages, a mill, two carucates, twenty-two bovates, and 
ten acres of land, ten acres of meadow, and sixty acres of wood, in Aston and 
Willanescroft ; seven messuages, fifteen bovates of land, and four acres of meadow 
in Burgheston (Burston) were settled on John and Joan for their lives, with re- 
mainder to William de Yenables. Joan was heiress of Walton, and William de 
Venables was her son by her first husband, and her heir. 

4 This fine is included in the last. (Pedes Finium, Staff.) 



DE BANCO, TRINITY, 3-4 E. II. 25 

Staff. William son of William Trumwyne sued Alesia formerly wife 
of William Tromewyne, William de Colwych arid Joan his wife, for causing 
waste and destruction in the houses, fishponds, and gardens in Lyche- 
feld, which they hold for the life of Alesia, of the inheritance of the said 
William Trumwyne. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain the said William and Joan, and produce them at the 
Octaves of Trinity ; and as regarded the said Alesia, the Sheriff returned she 
held nothing within his bailiwick. He was therefore ordered to distrain her 
by the tenements stated to be wasted, and to produce her at the same term. 
m. 82, dorso. 

Staff. Eoger son of Peter Corbezon recovers six acres of land in 
Onyleye, near Maddeleye, as his right and inheritance in a suit against Simon 
son of Ralph de Bokenhale, the latter making default, m. 51, dorso. 

BANCO BOLL. TRINITY, 3-4 E. II. 

Staff. Roger Hillary, Parson of the Church of Alrewych (Aid ridge), by 
Roger Hillary, his attorney, sued Richard le Wronge of Coleshull for eight 
acres of land in Great Barre, which he claimed as free alms appurtenant to 
his church. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to re-summon 
him for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 23. 

Staff. Richard Bagot not appearing to prosecute his assize of last presen- 
tation to the vicarage of the Church of Coppenhale against Magister Richard 
de Havernigge, the Dublin (sic) Dean elect of the church of St. Michael of 
Pencrich, the suit was dismissed, m. 28. 

Derb. Walter de Stretton and Isabella his wife appeared against Richard 
de Draycote and Roger his son, Robert de Chetelton, and William de Chetelton, 
in a plea that whereas the custody of a messuage and four virgates and a half 
of land in Edenynghale belonged to them till the full age of Richard son and 
heir of Roger de Draycote, inasmuch as the said Roger de Draycote held the 
said tenements of them by military service, and they were in full and peace- 
able seisin of them, the said Richard de Draycote, Roger his son, and the 
other defendants had ejected them from the said custody, met armis, and taken 
their goods and chattels to the value of 100s. which were in the said tene- 
ments. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain 
and produce them at the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 116. 

Staff. Thomas de Styvynton and Agnes his wife sued William Maynard 
of Colton for the third part of a messuage and twenty acres of land, and of 
6s. of rent in Styvynton, which they claimed as dower of Agnes. William 
did not appear, and the Sheriff' was ordered to take the dower claimed into the 
King's hand, and to summon him for three weeks from Michaelmas, m. 116. 

Staff. Thomas son of William Wyther by his custos sued Robert the 
Prior of Tuttebury, for thirty acres of land and eighty acres of wood, in 
Overmaste, Matherfeld, as his right and inheritance, of which the said Prior 
had unjustly disseised William Wyther his father, whose heir he is. The 
Prior denied he had disseised William Wyther of the tenements, and appealed 
to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 133. 

Salop. The Sheriff had been ordered to arrest Edmund de Mortimer and 
keep him in safe custody until he had paid to Theobald de Verdon, junior, 
and Matilda the daughter of the said Edmund, 3000 which he had acknow- 
ledged to owe to the said Theobald and Matilda, and of which he ought to 
have paid 1000 on the day of St. Martin, 30 E. I., and on the following 
Michaelmas 1000, and on tlie Michaelmas following 1000. And the Sheriff 
now returned that the said Edmund was dead. They are therefore to have 
writs according to Statute addressed to the Sheriffs of Salop, Berks, Here- 
ford, and Southampton, m. 



26 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. Felicia formerly wife of Eichard son of Henry de Wolaston sued 
John soil of Eichard de Flossebrok for six and a half acres of land and the 
fourth part of a messuage in Couleye, as her right and inheritance, and in 
which John had no entry except through Eichard her husband, who had de- 
mised the tenements to him, and to which she could not object during his 
lifetime. John denied he held the whole tenement, and stated that Peter 
the son of Eichard de Flosebroke (sic), held two and a half acres of it, and 
held them at the date of the writ. Felicia stated that John held the whole 
tenement at the date of the writ, and appealed to a jury, which is to be sum- 
moned for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 353, dorso. 

BANCO KOLL, MICHAELMAS, 4 E. II. 

Staff. William de Norton and Elizabeth his wife give a mark for license 
of concord with William son of William de Gorstycote respecting tenements 
in Norton near Cannokbury. m. 15. 

Staff. The suit of Eoger son of Peter Corbizun versus John son of John 
Giffard, tenant of a messuage and two carucates of land in Chilington. re- 
manet sine die, because the said John had proceeded to Scotland in the King's 
service, and had letters of protection from the 8th September, 4. E. II., till 
the Feast of the Purification following. 

The same Eoger sued Alditha formerly wife of John Giffard for a messuage 
and a carucate of land in Chilington, by writ "de consanguinitate" Alditha 
prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quiiidene of Hillary, m. 81. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Nicholas de Ambryghton sued Eoes for- 
merly wife of Eobert de Pype for an acre of pasture in Le Wai, as her right 
and inheritance, and in which Eoes had no entry except by a demise made by 
her husband Nicholas to Eobert de Pype, to which she could not object 
during his lifetime. Eoes stated that she held the land in dower of the in- 
heritance of Thomas son of Eobert de Pipe, and called him to warranty. 
Thomas is therefore to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 106. 

Staff. William son of Hamon de Adbaston sued Hugh son of Jordan and 
Alice his wife for a messuage and twelve acres of land in Adbaston, in which 
they had no entry except through Hamon de Adbaston, who had demised 
the tenements to them for a term which had expired. Hugh and Alice stated 
that the tenements had been demised to them in fee simple, and appealed to 
a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 146. 

Staff. Ealph son of John de Grendon, Eobert de Tilynton, and William 
son of Henry de Knyveton, sued Magister Eobert de Brownlegh and Felicia 
his wife for twelve acres of land, 8s. of rent, and the sixth part of a messuage, 
and 200 acres of pasture in Drengeton (Drineton), which they claimed as 
their right and inheritance, and as the right and inheritance also of Isolda de 
Mountjoye and Nicholas de Marchynton, and in which the said Eobert and 
Felicia had no entry except by a demise made to Ealph de Muntjoye by 
Thomas Meverel formerly husband of Agnes the daughter of Nicholas Meverel, 
sister of the said Isolda, and aunt of the said Nicholas, Ealph, and William, 
and cousin of the said Eobert de Tilynton, whose heirs they are, and to which 
the said Agnes could not object during the lifetime of her' husband. Eobert 
and Felicia pleaded they-could not be compelled to answer without the said 
Isolda and Nicholas, the coparceners, who are therefore to be summoned for 
the Quindene of Hillary. 1 m. 157. 

Derb. John de Yerdoun appeared by attorney against Theobald de Ver- 
don in a plea that he should acquit him of the service which Thomas Earl 
of Lancaster exacted from him for the freehold he held of the said Theobald 

1 The coparceners were the coheirs of Gayton, which was held of the fee of 
Chartley, 



DE BANCO, MICH., 4 E. II. 27 

in Fornewerk, and of which the said Theobald was mesne tenant, and ought to 
acquit him. Theobald did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach 
him for the Octaves of the Purification, in. 211. 

Ducks. An assize of last presentation to the church of Pychecote, the 
advowson of which the Prior of Great Malverne claimed against ] lie-hard de 
Vernun, and he stated that his predecessor, William de Ledebury, formerly 
Prior, had presented to the church one John de Teynton, who had been ad- 
mitted and instituted in the reign of King Edward, the King's father, &c. ! 

Richard stated that he was seised of the manor of Pychecote to which the 
advowson of the church was appurtenant, and that one Matilda de Vernun, 
his great-grandmother, (proavia), and whose heir he is, was formerly seised 
of it, and had presented to the church one William de Pychecote, her clerk, 
who had been admitted and instituted in the time of King John, and from 
the said Matilda the right descended to one Richard, as her son and heir, 
and from Richard, who died s.p., to one Robert, as brother and heir, and from 
Robert the right descended to one Hawys, as daughter and heir, and from 
Hawyse to Richard de Vernun, who now sues, as her son and heir, and he 
stated that when the Prior's predecessors made the first two presentations 
which had been detailed, he, the said Richard, was under age, and that at the 
time the Prior's predecessor presented William de la Lade, one Gilbert Fraunceys, 
formerly husband of the said Hawys, the mother of the said Richard, held 
the manor of Pychecote by courtesy of England, and at the time that William 
de Wykkewane was presented to the church, Hawys was under the power (,s-?<6 
potesiatem] of Gilbert her husband, and at the time of the two previous pre- 
sentations the said Richard son of Matilda, the grandfather of the defendant, 
was under age, and all this he was prepared to prove. A jury found in favor 
of Richard de Vernun, and gave him ten marks for damages, the value of the 
half-year of the church, the tempus semestre not having elapsed, m. 21 2. 2 

Staff. A day was given at York to William son of Elias de Stratford, 
plaintiff, and to Richard de Draycote, and to Joan formerly wife of Philip de 
Dray cote, tenants of a messuage and thirteen acres of land, and three acres 
of meadow in Draycote, at three weeks from Easter. " prece partium et sine 
essoniis." m. 367. 

Salop. The Sheriff was ordered to produce at this term Margaret formerly 
wife of Peter de Romeslegh to acknowledge what right she claimed in the 
third part of a messuage, and carucate of laud in Romeslegh, which Leo son of 

1 The Prior here details all the presentations made by his predecessors from the 
accession of Hen. III. 

2 This suit contains important evidence respecting the descent of Vcrnon of 
Harlaston, co. Stafford. Owing to the feodary of 1283 (Kirkby's Quest) speaking of 
Sicardus de Vernun filhis Oillerti Fraunceys as holding Harlaston it has been 
hitherto considered by many genealogists that this Richard was son of a Gilbei-t 
Fraunceys, and had adopted his mother's name of Vernon. It appears, however, 
that Qifbert was his stepfather, and that Hawyse, the heiress of Harla&ton, had 
married a cousin of the name of Vernon, in order to retain the property in the 
male line. The Plea Eolls printed in these Collections show that this hnd also been 
done in the case of the families of Swynnerton and Beek, and it was probably not an 
uncommon custom. 

On the Buckinghamshire Pipe Roll of 6 Eic. T., Simon Basset renders part of a 
fine of 100 marks for the forfeited estate of Kichard de Vermin, which was of the 
inheritance of Simon's wife. On this entry Eyton remarks, p. 40, Vol. II., of these 
Collections, " The magnitude of Simon Basset's fine and its acceptance by the Crown, 
indicate an occasion of much importance, not, so far as I know, yet examined by 
genealogists." The great, inheritance in question was that of Avenel of Haddon in 
Derbyshire and of Adstoke and other manors in Bucks. Isabella and Alice, the t\vo 
daughters of William Avenel having married respectively Simon Basset uud Kichard 
de Vernon. 



28 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Peter de Romeslegh had conceded in Court to Magister Andrew de Evenefeld 
by a fine. Margaret did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain 
and produce her on the morrow of the Purification, m. 472. 

Letters of protection enrolled for John Giffard who had set out for 
Scotland in the retinue of John de Somery. Dated from Newminster 8th 
September, 4 E. II., to last till the Feast of* the Purification next ensuing. 

Salop. Matilda formerly wife of Thomas de Wodecote recovers the third 
of a rent of 2s. in Eo near Salop, which she claimed as dower against Joan 
formerly wife of Michael de Morton, through default of the latter, and her 
suit for dower against John son of Michael de Morton is respited till the 
Octaves of the Purification, through defect of a jury. m. 409, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to arrest Robert de Esnynton and 
produce him in Court to make satisfaction to the King for a trespass com- 
mitted against William Hillary, and of which he had been convicted by a 
jury before William de Bereford at Lichefeld, and the Sheriff returned he 
could not be found. He was therefore ordered to arrest and produce him at 
the Quindene of Hillary, m. 409, dorso. 

Warw. Perceval de Somery sued William son of William de Burmingham 
for .10, and he stated that on the Thursday after the Feast of the Translation 
of the Blessed Thomas the Martyr in 22 E. I., he had sold at Aspleye to 
William de Burmingham the father of William whose heir he is, a " cooper- 
torium" 1 and gorget of iron for 10, to be paid at the Feast of the Nativity 
of the Virgin Mary in 24 E. I., and for which the said William had bound 
himself and his heirs, and neither the said William the father nor William 
the son had paid the said 10 to him, William appeared and could not 
deny the writing of his father, nor that he was his father's heir. It was 
therefore considered that Perseval should receive the 10 with 40s. damages. 
m. 326, dorso. 

Staff. Richard son of Richard de Culeshale recovers a messuage and 
three nokes of land in Boreweston (Burston) from Joan formerly wife of 
Roger de Pulesdon by her default of appearance, m. 278, dorso. 

Staff. Richard Abbot of Crokesdene sued Robert and William, sons of 
Richard Coyne of Gledenhurst for a trespass in coming m et armis, with 
Richard their father and John de Coundeslowe, and depasturing their cattle 
on his several pasture at Dogge Chedle. The defendants did not appear, and 
the Sheriff returned they held nothing within his bailiwick. He was there- 
fore ordered to arrest them and produce them at the Quindene of Hillary. 
m. 191, dorso. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Nicholas de Ambryghton sued Magister 
Robert de Bromlegh, Clerk, and Felice his wife for two acres of land in 
Drenketon (Drineton) as her right and inheritance, and in which they had 
no entry except through Richard le Yek of Kynebanton, to whom Nicholas 
formerly her husband had demised the tenements, and to which during his 
lifetime she could not object. The defendants pleaded they had entered 
through Nicholas de Ambryghton and not through the said Richard, and 
appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. 
m. 106, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff was commanded to take with him four discreet and legal 
knights of his county and in proprid persona to proceed to the Court of Roger 
de Morteyn and Thomas le Rous of Waleshale, and in full Court there to 
record the suit which was before the said Court by the King's lesser writ of 
right between William de Boeles, plaintiff, and Henry son of Hugh de 

1 Probably a suit of mail. A horse protected by armour is called an " equum 
coopertum." 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 4 E. II. 20 

Teddesleye, tenant of seven acres of land and five acres of meadow in 
Blockeswych, and to return the record into Court at this term under his seal, 
&c., and the Sheriff had done nothing, and returned the writ reached him too 
late. He was therefore commanded a.s before to return the record into Court 
at the Octaves of Hillary, m. 4, dorso. 



BANCO KOLL. HILLARY 4 E. II. 



Staff. Roger de Burgh ton appeared by attorney in a plea against Walter 
de Laiigeton Bishop of Coventry and Lychfeld, that he should warrant to him 
twenty acres of land in Charnes which Reginald son of Reginald de Chames 
claimed against him. The Bishop did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to summon him again for the Qumdene of Trinity, m. 53. 

Staff. Henry son of Henry de Lutteleye sued Reginald son of Philip 
de Leye and Roger de la Parkhalle for unjustly detaining an ox. The 
defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the 
Octaves of Trinity, m. 94. 

Staff. Mabel formerly wife of Geoffrey de Gorsthull sued William de 
Walton of Fulfen, near Ly chef eld, Thomas de Walton, and Nicholas de 
Rothewell, in a plea that they should give up to him nineteen deeds which 
they unjustly detained. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of Trinity, in. 134. 

Staff. Robert de Kel and Agnes his wife recover the third of eight acres 
of land and an acre of meadow in Bradeleye from Richard son of Ralph de 
Stafford, and the third of four acres of land in the same vill from Lettice 
formerly wife of Ralph de Stafford, as the dower of Agnes, by default of the 
defendants, m. 169. 

Staff. The suit of Roger Hillary, senior, versus Thomas le Rons, Richard 
Pay ne 1, Simon Lynn, Robert Faukes and four others named, for cutting 
down and carrying away his trees at Walsale to the value of 100.*., remanet 
sine die, because Thomas was in the King's service in Scotland and had letters 
of protection till Easter, m. 214. 

Staff. Richard le Eyr recovers the third part of a messuage and virgate 
of land in Knyghton, near Wonynton (Werrington), from Richard le Brer and 
Cecilia his wife, by default of William son of William de Knyghton, who 
had been called to warranty and did not appear. Richard and Cecilia to be 
compensated by the said William, m. 249. 

Staff. John son of Richard son of Ralph le Carpenter, of Tunstal, 
appeared against John Bagot and Lucy his wife, in a plea that they should 
permit him to take reasonable estovers in their wood in Bromleye-Bagot. 
The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and 
produce them at the Quiudene of Trinity, m. 282. 

Staff. William le Palfreyman of Cans and Isabella his wife sued John 
de Wyrlegh and Sibilla his wife, and William son of the said Sibilla, for 
two and a half acres of land in Hulton. The defendants prayed a view, and 
the suit was adjourned to the Qumdene of Trinity, m. 282. 

Staff. Richard de Flossebrok not appearing to prosecute his writ against 
Cecilia de Befcote for illegally detaining his cattle, the suit was dismissed and 
he and his sureties, Richard de Couleye and John de Straungeford, are in 
misericordia. m. 286. 

Staff. Osbert de Tameworth sued William Attewode, William Robert 
of Eselbergh, Thomas Godhope, and three others, for beating, wounding 



30 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

and ill-treating him at Bromwych, in 2 E. II., so that his life was despaired 

of. 

The defendants denied the assault and appealed to a jury. A postscript 
states that a jury gave a verdict at Trinity Term, 6 E. II., and stated that 
the said Robert, and Richard, and the others, by procurance of the said 
William, and on account of an ancient feud between the said Osbert and 
William, had beaten, and wounded, and ill-treated the said Osbert, so that 
his life was despaired of against the King's peace, and to the damage of the 
said Osbert of 100. It was therefore considered that Osbert should recover 
the said damages and that William and the other defendants should be com- 
mitted to prison, m. 264, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been commanded to summon twelve of the 
vicinage of Fulford, to make recognition if William de Slyndon, the grand- 
father of Richard son of Richard le Clerc of Charteleye, whose heir he is, 
had demised to Robert son of Elias de la Lowe, an acre of land in Fulford, 
which the said Richard claimed against him, for a term which had expired 
as the said Richard stated, or in fee simple as averred by the said Robert ; 
and the Sheriff had done nothing, but returned the writ reached him too 
late. He was therefore commanded to summon a jury for the Quindene of 
Trinity, m, 198, dorso. 

Staff. Ralph son of John de Grendon, Robert de Tylynton, and 
William son of Henry de Knyveton, had sued elsewhere Magister Robert de 
Bromlegh and Felicia his wife for twelve acres of land and 8s. of rent, and 
the sixth part of a messuage and 200 acres of pasture in Drengeton (Drineton) 
as their right, and the right of Isolda de Muntjoye and Nicholas de Marchynton 
and the defendants had pleaded that the plaintiffs could not sue without the said 
Isolda and Nicholas, 1 who had been accordingly summoned for this day and they 
did not appear. It is therefore considered that the suit should proceed without 
the said Isolda, and with regard to Nicholas, the Sheriff returned he held nothing 
within his bailiwick. The suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Trinity. 
m. 157, dorso. 

Staff. Robert de Onyleye sued Christiana formerly wife of Robert de 
Onyleye for causing waste and destruction in the houses, lands, woods, and 
gardens which she held in dower, of his inheritance. Christiana did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce her at the Quin- 
dene of Trinity, m. 117, dorso. 

Staff. The Prior of Ronton, by John de Cotes, his attorney, appeared 
against Richard de Draycote in a plea that he should acquit him of the 
service which Richard de Cavereswell exacted of him for the freehold which 
he held of the said Richard de Draycote in Dulverne, and of which the said 
Richard de Draycote, who is medius between them, ought to acquit him. 
Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce 
him oil the morrow of St. John the Baptist, m. 110, dorso. 

Staff. William son of Robert de Huggeford appeared against Walter 
de Huggeford in a plea that he should acquit him of the service which 
William de Chetewynde exacted from him for the freehold which he held 
of the said Walter in Hiklelveston (Hilderstone), and of which the said 
Walter, who is medius between them, ought to acquit him. Walter did not 
appear and the Sheriff returned he held nothing within his bailiwick, and 
it was shown that he held lands sufficient in co. Salop. The Sheriff of Salop 
was therefore ordered to summon him for the Quindene of Trinity, m. 99, 
dorso. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Henry le Berth er sued Thomas de 
1 See note, ante, p. 26. 



DE BANCO. MICH., 5 E. II. 31 

Halughton, the custos of the land and heir of Richard son of Henry le 
Berther of Mere, for the third part of a messuage and fifteen acres of land in 
Mere which she claimed as dower. Thomas 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 Easter, m. 47, dorso. 



BANCO ROLL. MICHAELMAS, 5 E. II. 

Staff. Roger Basset of Bromwych gives half a mark for license of 
concord with Richard Paynel and Alice his wife in a plea of warranty of 
charter respecting tenements in Wednesbury. 1 m. 2. 

Staff. Richard de Wolseley sued Peter de Valle Multoniuni Prebendary of 
the Prebend of Colwich in the Church of St. Cedde, of Lychefeld, for three 
acres of meadow in Wolseleye. Peter did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to take the meadow into the King's hand and summon him for the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 53. 

Staff. Roger Hillary, senior, by Roger Hillary, his attorney, sued 
Thomas le Rons, Richard Paynel, senior, Simon Lyoun, Robert Faukes, and 
four others for cutting down his trees at Walshall. The defendants did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at Hillary 
Term. m. 131. 

Staff. William Hillary sued Thomas le Rons, Robert de Esnynton, Peter 
le Whyte, Walter de Wombourne, Roger Basset of Burton, Robert de 
Burmyngham, and forty-nine others for coming to his house at Berkmundes- 
cote (Bescot) in a hostile manner and shooting arrows at his windows and 
doors and besieging him in such a way that he could not obtain victuals and 
other necessaries, and for beating and ill-treating his men, whom they found 
outside the house, so that he lost their services for a long time, and for taking 
the goods and chattels of the said William to the value of 20, and for which 
he claimed 100 as damages. None of the defendants appeared, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at Hillary Term. A post- 
script shows repeated adjournments of the suit up to Michaelmas, 6 E. II. 
m. 154. 

Staff. The suit f William son of Robert de Hugeford against Robert 
son of Walter de Melewys and Elena his wife, and Roger de Bradheved is 
dismissed, William not appearing to prosecute it. m. 182. 

Staff. The suit of John Nape and Sarra his wife, and Lettice and Agnes 
sisters of Sarra, against John son of Hugh de Stretehey for two acres of 
land in Stretehey near Lychefeld, was dismissed, the plaintiffs not appearing 
to prosecute it. m. 203. 

Staff. Robert de Beek of Tene appeared against Joan formerly wife 
of Philip son of Richard de Draycote, and John de Bromshulf, senior, in a 
suit that they should give up to him the custody of the land and heir of 
Hugh son of Henry de Knyghton, which belonged to him, inasmuch as the 
said Hugh held his land of him by military service. The defendants did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the 
Quindene of Easter, m. 213. 

Staf. Reginald son of Reginald de Charlies sued Roger de Burghton 
for twenty acres of land in Charlies as his right and inheritance, in which the said 
Roger had no entry except by Roger formerly Bishop of Coventry and Lichtield, 

1 By this fine Richard and Alice acknowledged four acres of meadow in Wednes- 
bury to be the right of Roger Basset, for which Roger gave them 10. (Pedes 
Finium, Staff.) 



32 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA EOLLS. 

who had demised them to him unjustly and had disseised John de Charneg 
his grandfather and he gave this pedigree : 



John de Charnes, temp. Hen. III. 

! 


Henry 
son and heir, 
ob. s.p. 


\ \ 
Thomas Philip 
brother and heir, brother and heir, 
ob. s.p. ob. s.p. 


Reginald 
brother and heir 

Reginald son and 
heir, who sues. 



Eoger appeared by Elias de Burghton his attorney, and called to warranty 
Walter Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, who appeared by attorney, and 
prayed it might be shewn why he should warrant the tenements, and Eoger 
produced a deed by which Roger formerly Bishop granted to the said Roger 
forty acres of land in his manor of Eccleshale and fifteen acres in Wetwode 
to be held of the said Bishop and his successors and with a clause of warranty. 
As the Bishop could not contest the deed, he warranted the tenements to 
Roger, but stated he held them as of the right of his church, and could not 
answer for them without the Dean and Chapter. Adjourned to three weeks 
from Easter when the Dean and Chapter are to be summoned, m. 262. 

Staff. Henry de Erdington was summoned by John Hamelyn in a plea 
that he should acquit him of the service which Edmund de Stafford claimed 
from him for the freehold he held of the said Henry in Acle (Oakley), and 
he stated that he held of the said Henry the Manor of Acle by fealty and the 
service of a pair of gilt spurs, or 6d in lieu of all service, and that the said 
Edmund had distrained him for homage and fealty and scutage of 40s., and suit 
of Court every three weeks, and for which he claimed 100s. as damages from 
the said Henry. Henry appeared by attorney and admitted that John held 
the manor of him as above stated, but denied that he had been distrained by 
any default of his, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for Easter 
Term. m. 277. 

Line., Northampton. William de Milton of Undele sued William son of 
John de Wasteneys in a plea that he should warrant to him a messuage and 
a carucate of land in Undele in co. Northampton, which Henry de Tychemersh 
and Joan his wife claimed as the right of the said Joan. William de 
Wasteneys did not appear and the Sheriff was ordered to re-summon him for 
the Octaves of Hillary, m. 278. 

Notts. Joan formerly wife of Alan de Aldytheleye sued Laurence de 
Acovere and Margaret his wife for the third of a messuage and carucate of 
land and 10 of rent in Skeryngton as her dower. The defendants did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's 
hand and to summon them for Hillary Term. m. 304. 

Staff. In the suit of William Hillary against Robert de Esenington, 
Thomas le Rous, and others for besieging him at Bescot, the defendants 
appeared by attorney and denied having done any injury to him, and 
appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for Hillary Term. m. 308. 

Staff. Alditha formerly wife of John Giffard appeared by attorney 
against John son of John Giffard of Chilyngton, in a plea that he should 
warrant to her a messuage and a carucate of land in Chillington which 
Roger the son of Peter Corbesun claimed as his right etc., and he did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon him ior Easter Term. 
A postscript shews the suit was adjourned again to Michaelmas Term. 
m. 334. 

Staff, Henry de Ly chef eld, Clericus, gives half a mark for license of 



DE BANCO, MICH., 5 E. II. 33 

concord with Ralph Basset of Drayton respecting the manor of Pakynton. 
m 33G. 1 

Staff. Thomas de Byshopeston sued John de Colewyche for a messuage 
and thirty acres of land in Colewyche as his right and inheritance. John 
prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to Easter Term. m. 339. 

Staff. Magister Richard de Northampton sued Isabella de Chetewynde 
for illegally detaining his cattle, viz., three oxen, eight cows, and two steers 
(bovcttos). Isabella stated she had found the cattle in her several pasture 
called Holneypol, in the vill of Ruwel (Rule). After several adjournments a 
postscript states that a jury at Trinity Term, 6 E. II., gave a verdict in favour 
of Richard, on the ground that the cattle were taken in the vill of Bradelugh 
and not in Rule, damages 100s. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued Magister 
- Richard de Northampton for illegally detaining eight oxen, two cows, and a 
horse belonging to her, and which he had taken in the vill of Rewel in a 
place called Holneypol. Isabella produced a fine of 35 E. I., by which a caru- 
cate of land and live and a half virgates of land in Rewel and Rigge were 
settled upon her for her life, with remainder to Philip son of Philip de Chete- 
wynde and his issue by his wife Alice, and she prayed the aid of the Court to 
enforce the attendance of the said Philip. A postscript shews repeated adjourn- 
'ments of the suit up to Michaelmas Term G E. II. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Nicholas de Ambryngton sued Thomas de 
Pipe for two and a half acres of meadow in Little Pipe as her right and in- 
heritance. Thomas did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the 
land into the King's hand and to summon him for Easter Term. m. 434. 

Staff. Robert Selyman of Stafford, appeared against the Abbot of Com- 
bermere in a plea that he should carry out the terms of a covenant between 
them respecting a toft, forty-four and a half acres of land and five acres of 
meadow in Erlede (Yarlet). The Abbot did not appear and the Sheriff returned 
lie held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was testified he held land in 
Drayton in the Hales in co. Salop. The Sheriff of co. Salop was therefore 
ordered to summon him for Easter Term. m. 328, dorso. 

Staff. Thomas de Rideware sued Roger le Foulere of Bagotesbromleye 
to render to him a reasonable account for the time he was his bailiff in 
Ridwarhampstal. Roger did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest 
him and produce him at Easter Term. m. 308, dorso. 

Staff. Edward Burnel sued Walter son of Walter de Beauchamp for causing 
waste and destruction in the lands, houses, gardens, etc., of his inheritance 
in Kynefare, and which he held as custos. Walter did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at Easter Term. m. 294, 
dorso. 

Warw, John Marmyoun appeared by attorney against Alexander de Frivull 
and Joan his wife, Ralph le Botiller and Thomas de Lodelowe and Joan his 
wife, in a suit that they should acquit him of the service which Henry de 
Bellomonte (Beaumont) exacted of him for the freehold which he holds of 
them in Trykyngham, Coldeslowe, Kyrby, and Wyntrvngham, near Humbre, 
and of which the said Alexander and the others were mesne tenants and ought 
to acquit him. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to distrain and produce them at Easter Term. m. 257, dorso. 

1 By this fine Henry de Lichfield acknowledged the manor of Pakynton to be 
the right of Ralph Basset, for which acknowledgment Ralph granted the manor to 
Henry for his life, with remainder to Ralph Basset and his heirs. (Pedes Finium, 
Staff'.) 

D 



34 EXTRACTS FKOM THE PLEA EOLLS. 

Staff. John, Prior of Stone sued the Dean and Chapter of St. Mary of 
Stafford for a carucate of land and four acres of meadow in the vill of Castle 
of Stafford (in villd castri Stafford], in which the said Dean, etc., had no entry 
except by a disseisin which Adam Wymer had made of his predecessor. The 
Dean pleaded he held of the King in capite and could not answer without the 
King. The suit was therefore adjourned for the King's writ. A postscript 
shows repeated adjournments to Hillary term, 10 E. II., when a jury was to 
be summoned, m. 232, dorso. 

Salop. John de Hasting was summoned by Kobert le Bek of Tene and 
Matilda his wife to permit them to present a fit person to the church of 
Munselowe, and they stated that the manor of Munselowe, to which the 
church was appurtenant, was formerly in the seisin of one John de Hertwalle, 
who had presented to the church one William de Weston, his Clerk, who had 
been admitted and instituted in the time of King Henry the King's grand- 
father, and from the said John the right of presentation descended to 
John, as his son and heir, and from the said John to Matilda and Ermentrude, 
as his daughters and heirs, between whom the inheritance was divided, and 
the said manor and advowson was assigned to Ermentrude in purparty ; and 
from Ermentrude the right descended to one Agnes, as daughter and heir ; and 
the said Agnes had enfeoffed in the manor and advowson Nicholas de St. 
Maur and Alice his wife ; and the said Alice had survived Nicholas and had 
enfeoffed the said Robert le Bek and Matilda in the manor and advowson. 

John de Hastings stated the advowson belonged to him and not to the 
plaintiffs, and that Henry de Hastings his grandfather had presented to the 
church one Robert de Shepeye in the reign of King Henry, and that the church 
was now vacant by the death of the said Robert, and not by the death of 
William de Weston ; and the said Henry had also made two other presenta- 
tions to the same church. Robert and Matilda stated that the presentations 
made by the said Henry were made during the minority of Ermentrude and 
Matilda, who were in ward to the said Henry. The suit was adjourned to a 
day in Easter Term, when it was testified that Matilda was dead ; the suit was 
therefore dismissed sine die, the parties to pursue it by another writ if they 
chose, m. 200, dorso. 

Staff. Roger son of Richard Gerveyse appeared in a plea against Henry 
de Wevereston, the custos of part of the lands of Robert son and heir of 
Richard Gerveyse, and Matilda formerly wife of Richard Gerveyse, ciistos of 
another part, that they should be present in Court to warrant to him the third 
of a messuage, and forty acres of land, twenty acres of meadow, ten acres of 
wood, and ten acres of moor in Podemor, which Petronilla formerly wife of 
Robert Gerveyse claimed as dower. The defendants did not appear ; and the 
Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand and to 
summon them for a day in Hillary Term. A postscript shews another adjourn- 
ment to Easter term. m. 196, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain Philip de Somerville and Mar- 
garet his wife, and to produce them in Court to complete the chirograph of a 
fine levied at York between William de Jarpenville, plaintiff, and the said 
Philip and Margaret, deforciants of two messuages, four bovates of land, ten 
and-a-haJf acres of meadow, and half-an-acre of pasture, and the fourth of a 
mill in Draycote-under-Nedewode. They did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to summon them for a day in Hillary. A postscript shows another 
adjournment to Trinity Term. m. 129, dorso. 

Staff. Magister Henry de Harcla and others, the executors of the will of 
Michael de Harcla, sued Richard le Fraunceys for two hundred marks owing 
to them. Adjourned to Easter Term. m. 46, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Admundeston appeared by attorney in a plea against 
William son of Roger de Bromley Bagot that he should be present in Court 



DE BANCO, EASTER, 5 E. II. 35 

to warrant to him a messuage, and twenty-four acres of land, an acre of moor, 
and half-an-acre of pasture in Bromlegh Bagot which Adam le Swon and 
Agnes his wife claimed as the right of Agnes. William did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him to the value of the 
land in question into the King's hand, and to summon him for the Octaves of 
Hillary, m. 35, dorso. 

Staff. John de Cotes sued Richard de Dokeseyefor six robes of the value 
of (j, which he unjustly detained. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Quindene of Hillary, rn. 35, 
dorso. 

Staff. Richard son of Robert de Strongeshull gives a mark for license of 
concord with Robert le Heyr of Strongeshull in a plea of covenant respecting 
tenements in Strongeshull (Stramshall). m. 32, dorso. 

Staff. Thomas de Rideware gives 20s. for license of concord with William 
de Burdelys in a plea of covenant respecting the manor of Rydewareharnstal 
and the advowsou of the church of the said manor. 1 m. 32, dorso. 

Warw. t Staff. John de Hastang and Eva his wife give a mark for license 
of concord with Nicholas de Duncherche, Parson of the church of Lemynton, 
in a plea of covenant respecting the third part of the manor of Est Lemynton 
(Leamington) in co. Warwick, and a mark for license of concord with the 
same, respecting tenements in Slyndon and Hulcote in co. Stafford. 2 m. 23 
dorso. 

BANCO EOLL, EASTER, 5 E. II. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Richard de Waston (sic) (W r eston), sued 
John de Woure for a third of a messuage and six acres of land in Stretton, 
and she sued Adam de Bromhale for a third of thirty acres of land in the 
same vill as dower. John called to warranty Adam de Bromhale, and 
Adam called to warranty William son of Richard de Waston. Adjourned to 
the Octaves of Michaelmas, m. 2. 

Staff. John de Leek, Elect of Dublin, and Thomas de Stretton, were 
summoned by Robert le Champyoun and Agnes his wife, in a plea that they 
should permit them to present a tit person to the Vicarage of the Chapel of 
Stratton (Strettou), and they stated that one Richard de Stratton, the first 
husband of the said Agnes, was seised of the manor of Stratton, to which the 
advowson of the vicarage was appurtenant, and had presented to it in the 
time of King Henry, the grandfather of the King, one William le FitzSweyn, 
and the said Richard gave the said manor to one Richard, son of the said 
Richard de Stratton, to be held by him and his heirs, and after the death of 
the said Richard de Stratton, the said Richard, son of Richard, had assigned 
to Agnes one third part of the manor as her dower, and Richard, son of 
Richard, had presented to the vicarage one William de Bedenhale, in the 
time of King Edward, the King's father, and afterwards on a vacancy by 

1 By this fine the manor of Eydware Hamstel and the advowson of the church 
were settled on Thomas de Rideware for his life, together with the fourth part of the 
manor which Richard de . . . and Agnes his wife held as dower of the said 
Agnes, of the inheritance of William le Burdelys, and which, after the death of 
Agile*, should revert to William, with remainder to Walter the son of Thomas and 
his issue by Joan his wife, and in default of such issue to the right heirs of Thomas 
de Rideware. 

2 By this fine a messuage and two virgates of land in Hulcote (Ililcotc) were 
settled on John de Hastang and Eva, for their lives, with remainder to William son 
of John and his issue, and if William should die s.p., then to Humi'rey brother of 
William and his issue, and if Humfrey, etc., then to Nicholas brother of Humfrey 
and his issue, and if Nicholas, etc., to remain to the right heirs of John Ilastang. 
(Pedes Finium, Staff., from the William Salt transcripts.) 

D 2 



36 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

promotion of the said William, had presented one Eobert Bate, by whose 
death the vicarage is now vacant, and the next presentation belonged to 
them. 

John stated that he was Archbishop of Dublin and Dean of Pencrich, and 
the said Chapel of Stretton is annexed to his deanery ; and he further stated 
that the said John Pate (sic) had been admitted to the vicarage by the 
collation of one John de Saumpford, formerly Archbishop of Dublin, and not 
on the presentation of the said Richard, son of Richard. A postscript states 
that at Trinity Term. 6 Ed. II., a jury elected by consent of the parties, 
stated that the said John Pate had been presented to the vicarage by the said 
Richard, and not by the Archbishop's predecessor. Verdict for Robert and 
Agnes, who recover the next presentation and 10 as damages, m. 20. 

Staff. Ralph de Hampton sued William de Neweton to permit him 
common of pasture in Neweton, near Blythefeld, appurtenant to his freehold 
in the same vill, and of which John le Ladresone father of the said William, 
whose heir he is, had unjustly disseised Ralph de Hampton the grandfather of 
Ralph. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and 
produce him on the Octaves of Michaelmas, m. 57. 

Staf. Robert son of Richard de Tilynton sued Adam de Wetenhale 
of Quikeshull for a messuage and two bovates of land in Quikeshull, as his 
right and inheritance, and in which Adam had no entry except through 
Henry FitzHerbert who had intruded himself into the tenement after the 
death of William de Boteleslowe, to whom William FitzHerbert the great- 
grandfather (proavus) of the said Robert, whose heir he is, had demised it 
for the life of the said William de Boteleslowe, and which after his death 
should have reverted to the same Robert. 

Adam took exception to the writ because he did not hold the whole 
tenement, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Michaelmas. 
m. 74. 

Staff. William de Penne by Roger Hillary his attorney, appeared 
against Robert de Esyngton for unjustly detaining his cattle. Robert did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at Trinity 
Term. m. 83. 

Staff. Matilda formerly wife of William de Alrewych sued Geoffrey 
de Asterhull and Margaret his wife for a third of two acres of land in 
Alrewych (Aldridge), as her dower. Geoffrey called to warranty William 
son and heir of William de Alrewych, who was under age, and in ward to 
John de Benteleye, and whose land was in the custody of Roger de Morteyn and 
Isabella his wife, and he produced two deeds by which the said William the 
father gave him the said tenement, with a clause of warranty. The suit 
was adjourned to Trinity Term, when the custodies were to appear, m. 98. 

Salop. Alice formerly wife of Walter de Beyssyn sued John de Segrave 
and Christiana his wife for a messuage and a mill, and a carucate of land 
in Stottesdon, which had been given to her by Brian de Kingeswode, and 
who had enfeoffed in the tenements Walter and herself, and in which the 
said John and Christiana had no entry except through Walter, who had 
demised the tenements to them, and to which she could not object during his 
lifetime. John and Christiana denied that Walter and Alice had any right 
in the tenements, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Michael- 
mas, m. 115. 

Staff. Edward Burnel sued Walter son of Walter de Beaucharnp for 
causing waste and destruction in houses and lands belonging to his inheritance 
m Kynefare, and which Walter held as custos. Walter did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to distrain him, and returned that he held nothing 
within his bailiwick. The Sheriff was ordered to go in proprid persona, and 



DE BANCO, MICH., 6 E. II. 37 

to return by inquisition the amount of damage at three weeks from Michaelmas. 
m. 151. 

Staff. Philip son of Philip <le Chetewynde, by Adam de Swyneuheved 
his custos, appeared against William de (Jhetewyude, Isabella formerly wife 
of Philip de Chetewynde, Vivian de Chetewynde, and Roger Jurdan, the 
executors of the will of Philip de Chetewynde, in a plea that they should 

five up to him a certain deed of covenant which they unjustly withheld, 
he defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and 
produce them at the Quindene of Michaelmas, m. 202. 

Staff. Thomas de Beysyn sued Isabella formerly wife of Stephen de 
Wolaston for a messuage and a virgate of land in Shuston (Shushions). 
Isabella appeared by Ralph de Grendon, her Attorney, and prayed a view. 
Adjourned to three weeks from Michaelmas, m. 127, dorso. 

Staff. John le Rons and Joan his wife give 20*. for license of concord 
with Philip de Vernay and Florence his wife respecting land in Shelfhull 
and Gorscote. 1 m. 83, dorso. 

Staff. Robert de Tylington sued Felicia wife of Magister Robert de 
Bromlegh for two parts of five parts of twelve acres, and the sixth part of a 
messuage, and 200 acres of pasture, and 8*. of rent in Drengeston (Driuetori). 
Felicia and her husband Robert appeared and prayed a view, and the suit 
was adjourned to Michaelmas Term. A postscript adjourns the suit again to 
the Quindene of Hillary, m. 47, dorso. 

Derb. Petronilla formerly wife of John de la Launde sued Robert Tok 
and Ermentrude his wife, William de Tymmor and Elizabeth his wife, Thomas 
de Rolleston and Reyna his wife, James de Ilketessale and Ida his wife, and 
Thomas de Walsingham and Agnes his wife, for a messuage and two bovates 
of land in Rodburn, as her right and inheritance. The defendants appeared 
by attorney and prayed a view. m. 29, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. MICHAELMAS, 6 E. II. 

Salop. Joan formerly wife of Michael de Morton was summoned by 
Roes daughter of Michael de Moreton, in a plea that she should carry out 
the terms of a covenant made between them respecting a messuage, a carucate 
of land, and four acres of meadow in Eo (sic}. 

The parties appeared in Court and Roes acknowledged the said tenements 
to be the right of Joan, for which recognition, etc., Joan conceded the tene- 
ments to Roes, to be held by her and the heirs of her body. And upon this 
John de Morton appeared in Court, and stated that the said Joan should not 
be admitted to levy the above tine, because she only held the tenements from 
year to year at the will of the said John, and he stated that the said Joan 
whilst a feme sole had enfeoffed him of the tenements to be held by him and 
his heirs for ever, and by that feotfment he had been in seisin of 'the tene- 
ments for three years, and had afterwards conceded them to Joan to hold at 
his will, and he prayed that the fine might not be levied. 

Joan stated that she and Michael, formerly her husband, had conjointly 
acquired the tenements, to be held by them and their heirs, and she had 
survived the said Michael, and had continuously retained her seisin in them, 
and she appealed to a jury. John de Morton afterwards consented that a 
fine should be levied in the above terms, m. 1. 

1 By this fine John le Rous acknowledged two messuages, two cnrucates of land, 
forty acres of meadow, ten acres of wood, one hundred acres of heath, and 5,v. rent in 
the above vills, to be the right of Florence, and for this acknowledgement Philip 
and Florence granted the tenerneiits to John and Joan and their issue, and if John 
should die s.p. to remain to Thomas le Rous and his heirs. (Pedes Finium, 
Staff. William Salt transcripts.) 



38 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. John son of Eoger de Knutton sued Margaret formerly wife of 
Adam, son of Nicholas, of Newcastle-under-Lyme, for four acres in the vill 
of Newcastle-under-Lyme, in which she had no entry except by a demise 
which Roger son of Roger de Knutton, the father of John, whose heir he is, 
had made to Nicholas son of Henry and Agnes his wife, for a term now 
expired. Margaret did not appear, and the tenements had been taken into 
the King's hand, upon which one Eichard son of Adam, son of Nicholas, 
appeared in Court, and stated the tenements were his right and inheritance, 
in which the said Margaret had only a life interest, by the demise of the said 
Eichard, and he prayed he might not lose his inheritance by her default, and 
he was accordingly admitted to defend the action ; and he stated that the 
said Eoger had demised the tenements to his grandfather Nicholas, son 
of Henry, in fee and inheritance, and not for a term, and he produced the 
deed of the said Eoger. John denied that the deed was the act of his grand- 
father and appealed to a jury, and all the witnesses of the deed being dead, 
the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury for the Octaves of Hillary, m. 40. 

Salop. An assize of last presentation to the Church of Mounselowe, the 
advowson of which John de Hastyngs claimed against Eobert le Beke, of 
Tene, and he stated that Henry de Hasty ngges his grandfather had presented 
to the Church one Eobert de Shepeye, his Clerk, who had been admitted and 
instituted temp. Henry III. And before that the said Henry had presented 
to the Church one William de St. Edmund, who had been admitted, etc., 
temp. Henry III., and before that he had presented one Baldwin de Charneles 
who had been admitted, etc., temp. Henry III. 

Eobert stated that the manor of Mounselowe to which the advowson was 
appurtenant was formerly in the seisin of one John de Hertwall, who had 
presented to the Church one William de Weston who had been admitted, etc., 
temp. Henry III., and from the said John the right descended to John his son 
and heir, and from the said John to his daughters Matilda and Ermentrude, 
between whom the inheritance was divided, and the said manor and advowson 
were assigned to Ermentrude as her purparty, and from Ermentrude the 
right descended to Agnes her daughter and heir, and Agnes had enfeoffed 
Nicholas de St. Maur and Alice his wife of the manor and advowson, to be 
held by them their heirs, and Alice had survived her husband and had enf eoffed 
Eobert le Bek and Matilda his wife ; and as regards the presentations made 
by Henry de Hastynges, they were made while Ermentrude and Matilda were 
under age and in ward to the said Henry, and this he was prepared to prove. 
John denied this, and stated that Henry had presented as true patron, and 
appealed to a jury which is to be summoned for the Octaves of Hillary, m. 55. 

Wygorn. Eichard de Evenefeld sued William le Blund for five acres of 
land and two roods of pasture in Purshull, of which Eichard de Evenefeld his 
grandfather was seised temp. Henry III., and from Eichard the right descended 
to Eobert his son and heir, and from Eobert to Eichard the plaintiff. William 
denied that the said Eichard died seised of the tenements and appealed to a 
jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of Hillary, m. 57. 

Warw. Eustachia formerly wife of John de Dunheved sued Henry de 
Bereford and Alianora his wife for two carucates of land in Dunchurche which 
she claimed as the gift of John de Somerville who had enfeoffed her and her 
husband John in the tenements, and in which the said Henry and Alianora 
had no entry except through John her husband, who had demised the tene- 
ments to them, and to which she could not object during his lifetime. Henry 
had made default, and the land had been taken into the King's hand, and 
Alianora now appeared and prayed that the default of her husband might not 
prejudice her, and that she might be admitted to defend the action, which was 
granted, m. 62. 

Staff Thomas de Eideware sued Eoger le Fouelere of Bagodesbromleye 



DE BANCO, MICH., 6 E. II. 39 

in a plea that he should render a reasonable account for the time he acted as 
his bailiff in Rideware Hampstal. Roger did not appear, and the Sheriff 
returned he could not be found and held nothing by which he could be 
attached. He is therefore to be put into the "exigend," 1 and if he appeared 
to be imprisoned, and if he did not appear to be outlawed, m. 140. 

Staff. John son of William de Ipstanes sued William son of William de 
Stalbrok for a messuage and twenty-six acres of laud, and four acres of 
meadow in Grendon (Grindon), of which John de Ipstanes his grandfather, 
whose heir he is, was seised in demesne as of fee when he died in the reign of 
Edward I. William pleaded he did not hold all the land at the date of the 
writ, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury to try this point, at three 
weeks from Easter, m. 209. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Nicholas de Ambrington sued Thomas de 
Pipe for two and a half acres of land in Parva Pipe, and Thomas did not 
appear, and the land had been taken into the King's hand. Thomas now 
appeared and denied the summons, and offered to wage his law ; he is therefore 
to appear with his compurgators at the Octaves of the Purification, m. 215. 

Staff. Matthew de Vilers sued Edmund de Aston in a plea that he 
should warrant to him a messuage and a carucate of land, and 5*. of rent in 
Calangewode, Ruddelowe, and Tunstal, which he held and claimed to hold of 
him and for which he held his deed. Edmund did not appear, and the Sheriff 
returned he held nothing by which he could be attached, and it was testified 
to the Court he held land and tenements sufficient in the county. The Sheriff 
was therefore ordered to attach him for three weeks from Easter, m. 240. 

Staff. Matthew de Vilers sued William Aleyn and Matilda his wife for 
a messuage and twenty acres of land in Calangwode, and the defendants did 
not appear, and had previously made default, and the Sheriff returned he had 
sent the precepts to the Bailiffs of the Liberty of the Earl of Lancaster and 
they had done nothing. He was therefore ordered, notwithstanding the Liberty, 
to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for three 
weeks from Easter, m. 240. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of William de Buggethorp sued William de 
Boueles for a third of two tofts, thirty acres of land, and six acres of meadow 
in Rushale and Waleshale, and she sued Nicholas le Wodeward of Waleshale for 
a third of thirty acres in the same vills ; and she sued Ralph Basset of Drayton 
and Henry de Lychefeld, Clerk, for a third of the manor of Pakyngton, and 
of a carucate of land, twenty acres of wood, twenty acres of moor, and twenty 
acres of pasture in Peleshale near Waleshale as her dower. The defendants 
appeared by attorney and prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned till the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 291. 

Staff. Richard de Calewych and Margaret his wife sued John son of 
Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye for half the manor of Great Lockesleye, as 
the right of the said Margaret. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to take half the manor into the King's hand and to summon him for 
five weeks from Easter, m. 322. 

Staff. Richard de Calewych and Margaret his wife sued Agnes formerly 
wife of Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye for a fourth part of the manor of 
Great Lockesleye, of which Thomas son of Thomas de Ferars of Great 
Lockesleye, the kinsman of the said Margaret, and whose heir she is, was seised 
in demesne as of fee, etc., in the time of King Edward I., and from Thomas 
who died s.p., the right passed to Margaret his aunt, sister of Thomas the 
father of the said Thomas. And Agnes appeared by attorney and did not 
deny that the said Thomas died seised of the tenements, nor that Margaret 

1 Exigi, i.e., to be summoned at four or five consecutive County Courts. 



40 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

was his nearest heir. It was therefore considered that Eichard and Margaret 
should recover seisin against the said Agnes, m. 338. 

Salop. John Boydel and Mabel his wife, Walter de Madeleye and 
Milisent his wife, and Alice and Margaret daughters of Alice de Huntenbach 
(Huntbach) sued Eichard of Newcastle of Onyleye for half a messuage, two 
bovates and sixteen acres of land, and an acre of meadow in Gravenhunger, and 
two parts of a fourth part of the same, as the inheritance of the said Mabel, 
Milisent, Alice, and Margaret, and of Margaret of Newcastle, of Agnes sister 
of the said Alice and Margaret and daughter of Alice de Huntenbach, and in 
which Eichard had no entry except by Margaret formerly wife of Adam son of 
Nicholas of Newcastle, to whom Hugh son of Eichard de Onyleye, brother of 
the said Mabel and Milisent and Margaret of Newcastle, and uncle of the 
said Alice, Agnes and Margaret daughters of Alice of Huntenbach, whose 
heirs they are, had demised it, when he was non compos mentis sue. Eichard 
prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned till three weeks from Easter, and 
the fourth part of the said tenements and likewise the third part of a fourth 
part are to be excepted, because the said Margaret of Newcastle and Agnes 
daughter of the said Alice, coparceners, and who had previously sued, now no 
longer sue for their purparties. m. 353. 

Hereford, Southampton, Berks, Salop. The Sheriffs of the above counties 
were ordered to deliver to Theobald de Verdoun and Matilda his wife, daughter 
of Edmund de Mortimer, all the lands and tenements of the said Edmund 
within their bailiwicks, except such as would descend to any heir who was 
under age, to be held according to the form of the Statute until a debt of 
3000 had been satisfied, which the said Edmund de Mortimer, who was dead, 
had acknowledged to owe to the said Theobald de Verdoun, junior, and 
Matilda daughter of the said Edmund, at Salop, on the Friday after the Feast 
of St. Peter and Paul, 30 E. I. m. 360. 

Warw. Eichard Paynell son and heir of Margaret la Eouse appeared in 
Court and acknowledged a deed by which he granted all his right in the 
manor of Caldecote in co. Warwick, and the advowson of the Church of 
the same, to William de Herle and his heirs and assigns, arid prayed it might 
be enrolled. 

Staff. Alexander de Frivill and Joan his wife and Ealph le Botiller sued 
Eobert Walter of Northbury for a messuage and twenty-four acres of land in 
Northbury (Norbury) near Knyghteleye, 1 as the right and inheritance of the 
said Joan and Ealph, and in which Eobert had no entry except by Eobert Walter 
of Stratton to whom Philip Marmyoun had demised the tenements, whilst he 
was holding them by the courtesy of England after the death of Joan Marmyoun 
(Marmion) his wife, the grandmother of the said Joan wife of Alexander and 
of Ealph ; and the said Alexander and the others stated that Joan the grand- 
mother was seised of the tenements as of fee temp. Henry III., and from her 
and Joan descended to Joan, Mazera, and Matilda, her daughters and heirs, 
the right the eldest daughter died s.p., and from Mazera her right descended 
to Joan, who now sues as daughter and heir, and from Matilda the right of 
her purparty descended to Ealph, who now sues as her son and heir. 

The defendants took exception to the writ on the ground that Philip had 
demised the tenements to a certain Walter de Stretton and Edyth his wife 
and not to Eobert Walter of Stretton as stated, and appealed to a jury, which 
is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter, m. 348, dorso. 

Staff. Geoffrey de Asterhull sued John de Benteleye, the custos of William 
son and heir of William de Allerwych, and Eoger de Morteyn and Isabella his 
wife, custodies of the lands of the said heir, in a plea that they should warrant 

1 At the present day we should say "Kniglitley, near Norbury, the latter being the 
name of the parish, but in ancient days the site of an ancient manor court was 
considered more important than the site of the parish church. 



DE BANCO, MICH., 6 E. II. 41 

to him the third of two acres in Allerwych (Alclridge), which Matilda formerly 
wife of William de Allerwych claimed as dower, and they did not appear, and 
had previously made default at Michaelmas, and the Sheriff' had been ordered 
to take into the King's hand land belonging to the said heir, to the value of 
the dower claimed, and to summon them for this term, and they did not 
appear. Geoffrey is therefore to hold his land in peace and Matilda is to be 
compensated from the land of the heir in the hands of Roger and Isabella. 
m. 328, dorso. 

Staff. William son of Nicholas de Thyknes sued William de Mere in a 
plea that he should render to him an account of the issues from the lands and 
tenements of his inheritance in Thyknes and Newcastle-under-Lyme which 
were held in soccage, and which the said William de Mere had held whilst the 
plaintiff was under age. William de Mere did not appear, and the Sheriff 
returned the writ reached him too late, he was therefore ordered to attach him 
for the Quindene of Easter, m. 305, dorso. 

Staff. Elena formerly wife of Roger de Derplawe sued Robert son of 
Roger de Derplawe for a third of four messuages, a carucate of land, 
forty acres of wood, ten acres of pasture, and 20s. of rent in Bedulf (Biddulph), 
which she claimed as dower. Robert 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. 142, dorso. 

Staff. Robert de Bek of Tene sued Joan formerly wife of Philip son of 
Richard de Draycote and John de Bromshulfe, senior, to give up to him the 
custody of the land and heir of Hugh son of Henry de Knyghton, which 
belonged to him, inasmuch as the said Hugh had held his land of him by 
military service. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been 
ordered to distrain them, but had done nothing, and returned the writ reached 
him too late. He was therefore ordered to distrain and produce the defen- 
dants at the Octaves of Hillary, m. 142, dorso. 

Derb. John son of William de Benteleye sued Nicholas le Whyte of Hatton 
and Agnes his wife for a messuage and three bovates of land in Hatton which 
Ralph Paynel had given to William de Benteleye in frank marriage with 
Petronilla daughter of Robert de Pendeford, and which after the death of 
William and Petronilla should descend to the said John the kinsman and heir 
of the said William and Petronilla, and he stated that the said William and 
Petronilla were seised of the tenements, temp. E. I., and from them the 
right descended to William their son and heir "performam donationis" and from 
William to John, who now sues as son and heir. Nicholas and Agnes called 
to warranty John Alrych of Hatton, Chaplain, who appeared in court by 
attorney and warranted the tenements to them, and pleaded that John could 
not sue by his present writ, because the tenements had been alienated before 
the Statute " de donis conditionalibus" 1 and he appealed to a jury, which is to 
be summoned for the Quiudene of Hillary, m. 101, dorso. 

Staff. John de Harecurt sued John Alot in a plea that he should render 
a reasonable account for the time he was his bailiff in Elnehale. The defen- 
dant did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he could not be found. He was 
therefore ordered to arrest him and produce him in Court at the Octaves of 
Hillary, m. 98, dorso. 

1 This was the Statute of Westminster, the second passed, in 13 E. I., for an 
account of which see the introduction to the Plea Rolls in Purt I., Vol. VI., of 
Staffordshire, p. 43. Before the date of it the tenant of land given to him in frank 
marriage with a woman held it in fee simple, and could alienate it as he pleased. 
This peculiarity of ancient tenure of land has not been taken account of hitherto by 
antiquaries, and has led to much misapprehension ; for they have always assumed 
that the son who inherits such land must be the son of the mother with whom it was 
given. 



42 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. Eobert son of Eichard de Tilynton not appearing to prosecute his 
plea against Adam de Wetenhale of Quykeshull, for a messuage and two 
bovates of land in Quykeshull, the suit was dismissed, m. 93, dorso. 

Staff. Thomas le Eous sued Walter Aust and Anabel his wife and Wakelin 
their son for twelve acres of wood, and six acres of pasture in Walleshale as 
his right by writ of " quare cessavit per biennium" and the defendants had 
made default and the tenements had been taken into King's hand ; they now 
appeared and denied the summons and offered to wage their law. They were 
therefore ordered to appear with their compurgators on the morrow of the 
Purification. A postscript shows they waged their law successfully at Trinity 
Term, 6 E. II., and the suit was dismissed, m. 59, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. EASTER, 6 E. II. 

Staff. John son of William de Ipestanes sued Nicholas son of Walter 
Wyther in a plea that he should render a reasonable account for the time he 
was his bailiff in Blumhull (Blymhill). Nicholas did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to arrest him and produce him at Trinity Term. m. 5. 

Staff. John (sic) son and heir of Philip de Chetewynd, by Henry de Guth- 
mundell his guardian, appeared against Isabella formerly wife of Philip de 
Chetewynde in a plea of ad mensuration of her dower in Ingestre, Gretewych, 
and Brerdon. Isabella did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach 
her for a day in Michaelmas Term. m. 16. 

Staff. Eichard son of William de Puyz of Euggele sued Eichard son of 
John lie Personesone of Melewych and Mary his wife for a virgate of land and 
half a messuage in Melewych ; and she sued Eichard son of Ealph de la Haye of 
Melewych and Alianora his wife for a virgate of land and half a messuage in 
the same vill, as his right by writ of formedon, " de forma donation." Mary 
and Alianora stated they held nothing, and Eichard son of John, and Eichard 
son of Ealph stated they held " singillatim" and called to warranty William 
son of William de Thomenhorn, who is to be summoned for a month from 
Michaelmas, m. 178. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of William de Buggethorp sued William le Keu 
of Peleshale for the third of half a carucate of land in Eusshale near Walshale, 
and she sued several other tenants in the same vill for the third of their hold- 
ings as her dower. The tenants appeared by Eoger Hillary their attorney and 
prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned till the Quindene of St. Michael. 
m. 178. 

Staff. Thomas de Stretton appeared by attorney in a plea against Eoger 
son of Thomas de Draycote, Eobert, John, Thomas, and Nicholas, brothers of 
Eoger, for beating, wounding, and ill-treating him at Stretton, and for which 
he claimed 20 as damages. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff 
returned they could not be found within his bailiwick. The Sheriff was 
ordered as before, to arrest them and produce them at the Octaves of Michael- 
mas, m. 182. 

Staff. Eichard de Calewych and Margaret his wife sued Ealph de 
Suinerton and Cecilia his wife for a fourth of the manor of Great Lockesleye, 
as the right of Margaret. The defendants prayed a view, and the suit was 
adjourned to Michaelmas Term. m. 183. 

Staff. Gladusa formerly wife of William de la Pole sued Henry le Saghere 
for an acre of land in Hatherdon as her right. Henry did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to take the land into the King's hand, and to summon him 
for a day at Michaelmas Term. m. 216. 

Staff. Thomas le Eous not appearing to prosecute his plea against Eobert 



DE BANCO, EASTER, 6 E. II. 43 

cle Esyngton and Margaret his wife for ten acres of land and ten acres of wood 
in Walshale, the suit was dismissed, in. 234, dorso. 

Staff. The suit of Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde against 
Ralph de Grendon and Joan his wife, and R:ilph de Grendon of Gay ton, in a 
plea of debt, is postponed to the Quindene of St. Michael, in. 195, dorso. 

Staff. Robert son of Henry de Heywode and Agnes his wife give half a 
mark for license of concord with Robert Brown, Chaplain, respecting tene- 
ments in Heywode and Charteleye. m. 179, dorso. 

Staff. Richard Paynel, junior, appeared in Court and put in his claim in 
a certain fine levied between John le Rus and Joan his wife, comphiinants, 
and Philip de Verney and Florence his wife, respecting two messuages, two 
carucates of land, forty acres of meadow, ten acres of wood, one hundred acres 
of heath, and 5s. of rent in Shelf hull and Gorscote. m. 118, dorso. 

Staff. Roger de Hexston (Extall) and Idonea his wife give half a mark 
for license of concord with Henry son of Henry de Hexston, respecting tene- 
ments in Arnleye. 1 m. 15, dorso. 

Staff. Magister John de Heugham and the other executors of the will of 
Ralph de Hengharn appeared against John de Swynnerton for taking vi et 
armis goods and chattels belonging to the said Ralph to the value of '45, which 
were in the custody of the said executors at Hulton. John did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Octaves of St. Michael, m. 
170. 

Staff. Robert de Whyston gives 40s. for license of concord with John de 
Whyston, junior, respecting the manor of Whyston. 2 m. 209. 

Staff. Geoffrey de Bilston, William de Wylenhale, Chaplain, executors 
of the will of Henry de Prestwode, sued Simon son of Robert de Waleshale, 
Ralph Basset of Sapcote, Robert de Sewalle, John de Mollesleye, Robert 
de Bokyngham, Roger de Busshebury, and seven others, that they should 
render to him and his co-executors Magister John de Hengham and Hugh, 
Parson of the Church of Bussehebury, a sum of 15. None of the defen- 
dants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them 
at Michaelmas Term. m. 212. 

Staff. Lucy formerly wife of William de Rycher 3 was summoned by 
Nicholas de Aldithelegh for causing waste and destruction in the houses and 
woods which she held in dower of his inheritance in Enedon and Coldenorton, 
and he complained that whereas the said Lucy held two parts of the said 
manors in dower, she had pulled down a grange at Enedon, worth twenty 
marks, a stable worth twenty marks, an oxstall worth twenty marks, and had 
cut and sold two hundred oak trees, each worth 20s., forty ash trees each worth 
2s., and had pulled down at Coldeuorton a high chamber, (,:amcram altam] 
worth ,20, a low chamber worth 10, a grange worth .20, an oxstall worth 
40, a stable worth <!(), to the disinheritance of the said Nicholas, and for which 
he claimed 1000 as damages, and he produced his proofs. Lucy appeared 
by attorney, and stated that Nicholas de Aldithelegh the father of the said 
Nicholas, whose heir he is, in 26 E. I., had granted to her at Enedon by his 
deed for himself and his heirs, that no claim should be made upon the said 
William de Rytlier or herself for any waste or destruction in the wood of 
Dnnnewode, nor in the wood of Harachils nor in the park of Henedou (Endon) 

1 By this fine Henry dc Ilexston acknowledged a messuage and the third part of 
another, five parts of a virgate of land and \'2,d. rent in Arnleye (Arloy) to be the 
right of Koger and his heirs. (Pedes Finium, Staff. William Salt Transcripts.) 

2 By this fine the manor was settled on Kobert for his life, and to revert after 
his death to John de Whyston, junior. (Pedes Finium, Staff\) 

3 Lucy was widow of Henry de Audley, who died 4 E. I. 



44 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

nor in any other place which the said Lucy held in dower, and she produced the 
deed. Nicholas acknowledged the deed but stated that Lucy had caused waste 
and destruction since the date of the deed, and he appealed to a jury. The 
Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury for the morrow of St. Martin, and as it 
was testified that the said Nicholas was of full age, the custos of the said 
Nicholas was directed to cause him to appear in proprid persona at the same 
date. m. 222. 

Staff. Nicholas de Aldithelegh, by James de Podemor his custos, appeared 
against Thomas de Offord and Eva his wife, 1 for causing waste and destruction 
in the woods, lands, and iron mines which they held as dower of Eva in 
Alditheleye, Enedon, and Chesterton. The defendants did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them on the morrow of St. Martin. 
m. 158, dor so. 

Staff. Richard Paynel, senior, and Alice his wife, were summoned by John 
Hillary, Clerk, to carry out a covenant made between them respecting two 
messuages, three acres of meadow and half a carucate of land in Wodnesbury 
and Tybington (Tipton). A concord was made, and they had a chirograph 
(of a fine), m. 132, dorso. 

Staff. John de Tock, William de Cavereswall, and Hugh de Audeleye, the 
executors of the will of Alan de Audeleye, sued Hugh de Audeley, Parson of 
the church of Blore, for two sacks of wool worth twenty marks. Adjourned 
till the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 119. 

Staff. John de Somery, the executor of the will of Agnes de Somery, sued 
Simon le Squyer of Hones worth for .40, which he unjustly detained. Simon 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at 
Michaelmas Term. m. 51, dorso. 

Staff. Adam de Bromhale sued John de Blockeswych and Alice his wife, 
Agnes daughter of Hugh Othegrene of Chilington, and John son of Richard 
de Engelton, and Alice his wife, for a messuage and six acres in Chilington. 
Adjourned to Michaelmas Term. m. 8, dorso. 

Staff. The suit of Margaret formerly wife of William de Cleydon for 
dower in Great Corburgh, near Lychfeld, and in Lychf eld, against William de 
Aston of Elmhurst, and Stephen Heryng, Chaplain, is dismissed, Margaret 
not appearing to prosecute it. m. 8, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. HILLARY, 7 E. II. 

Staff. The writ " de forma donationis " (of formedon), which Thomas le 
Rons brought against Robert de Esington and Margaret his wife, respecting 
tenements in Waleshale, was dismissed, Thomas not appearing to prosecute it. 
m. 72. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Henry de Waleford recovers dower in a 
messuage and ten acres of land in Derlaston, against John son of Henry de 
Waleford, through default of the latter, m. 79. 

Staff. Henry de Yerdon appeared by attorney against John son and heir 
of Henry de Waleford in a plea that he should warrant to him the third part 
of two messuages and twenty-three acres of land in Derlaston, which Alice 
formerly wife of Henry de Waleford claimed as dower against him. John 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him to 
the value of the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon him for 
a day in Easter Term. m. 112. 

Staff. John de Hinkele gives half a mark for license of concord with 

1 Eva was widow of Thomas de Audley, who died during his minority, in 1307. 
She married in the same year Thomas de Ufford. 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 7 E. II. 45 

Gilbert de Aston respecting tenements in Burgheston (Burston), and Williams- 
croft. 1 m. 167. 

Staff. Alexander de Swynnerton appeared against Simon Rondolf of 
Stafford, John le Mareschal, Kobert de Falde, Richard Sabin, William de 
Erlide, Simon de Wileby, Thomas de Mershe, Nicholas de Pickestok, Walter 
de Pickestok, John de Hughcesdon, William his brother, Robert de Filum- 
leye, William Grucok, William Reyner, Simon Trumwyne, John de Shirbum, 
Richard Lam bard, and four others, for insulting, beating, and wounding him 
at Stafford. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to attach them for a day in Trinity Term. m. 230. 

Staff. Henry de Lychefeld, Clericus, appeared against Robert de Pipe in 
a plea that he should carry out the terms of a covenant made between the 
said Henry and Ralph the father of Robert, whose heir he is. respecting an 
acre and a half of land in Great Wirleye. Robert did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to attach him for a day in Trinity Term. m. 190, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon Henry Broun, William 
Orme, Adam Coygne, Roger de Chaundos, Thomas de Rolleston, Robert 
Herny, Ralph de Bromley, Robert son of Robert de Bromley, Reginald de 
Leye, Adam de Bromley, William Anneys, John Abel, and fourteen others, 
to acknowledge by what services they held their tenements of Richard de la 
Laimde in Horecros and Thornhull, and which services the said Richard 
had conceded to William de Frome by a fine levied in this Court. None of 
the tenants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce 
them at a day in Easter Term. in. 162, dorso. 

Staff. Juliana formerly wife of Roger de Burghton sued William de 
Cobynton for a third of sixteen acres of land in Eccleshale, and she sued Wil- 
liam le Parker for a third of twelve acres in Ulsale, and Margaret Meverel 
for a third of six acres, and William de Burgilon and Margaret his wife for 
a third of six acres, and Peter de Burton and Lucy his wife for a third of 
four acres in the same vill, and she sued Matilda de Hakedene for a third 
of six acres in Hakedone, and John Boydel and Mabel his wife for a third of 
twelve acres in Cherleton 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 a day in Easter Term. m. 103, dorso. 

ASSIZE ROLL OF DIVERS COUNTIES. 7 TO 11 E. II. 

ASSIZES TAKEN AT CLIFTON CAMV1LL BEFORE JOHN ClIAYNEL AND 
JOHN DE CAVE, JUSTICES ASSIGNED, ETC., ON THE MONDAY 

THE MORROW OF THE EriHIANY, 7 E. II. 

Staff. An assize, etc. if John de Swynnerton, Richard, Roger, and Nicholas 
his brothers, John de Whethale and Richard his brother, Ralph de Busshebury, 
Hugh, Parson of the church of Bussebury, and Ralph his brother, Roger de 
Bussebury, John de Levynton, Richard de Chelle, John de Charnes, Thomas 
de Stretton of Esnynton, John de Bilynton, William de Sareshull, and twenty- 
four others named, had unjustly disseised Robert de Esnyntan, senior, and 
Margaret his wife, of three messuages, four tofts, four carucates of land, sixty 
acres of meadow, five hundred acres of wood, and 100 acres of waste in 
Esnynton (Essington). 

The defendants with the exception of John de Swynnerton and Margaret 
stated that they claimed nothing in the tenements, and denied the disseisin, 

1 By this fine, Gilbert acknowledged eight messuages, four virgates of land, in 
Burgeston, Stoke, and Willamescroft, and the third part of the manor of Aston by 
Stone, to be the right of John. (Pedes Finium, Staff.) 



46 EXTEACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

and John de Swynnerton in regard to four messuages, two virgates and a 
half of land, and twenty-six acres of land and eight acres of meadow, 
answered as tenants, and stated he entered by a feoffment of one John de 
Eatynden, who was not named in the writ, and as regarded the residue he 
made no claim to it, and held nothing in it on the day the writ was served, 
viz., 20th November, 7 E. II., and that the said Eobert and Margaret were then 
seised of it, and he appealed to a jury. The jury stated that the said four 
messuages, two and a half virgates, and twenty-six acres of land, and eight 
acres of meadow were formerly in seisin of one Ralph de Hyengham, who died 
seised of them in demesne as of fee, and after his death the said John de Ra- 
tyndene entered into them by reason of his wife Beatrice, one of the co-heirs 
of the said Ralph, and had enfeoffed in them John de Swynnerton, and as 
regarded the residue the said Robert and Margaret were seised of it and still 
held it, and that the defendants had done them no injury. The suit was 
therefore dismissed, and Robert and Margaret are in misericordid for a false 
claim, m. 10. 

Staff. An assize, etc., of John de Swynnerton, Richard, Roger, and Nicho- 
las his brothers, John de Whethale and Richard his brother, and the other 
defendants named in the last suit had unjustly disseised Robert de Esnynton, 
junior, of three messuages, four tofts, a carucate and a half of land, and ten 
acres of meadow in Esnynyton, etc. Robert de Esnynton withdrew his plea 
and is in misericordid. m. 10, dor so. 

BANCO EOLL. TRINITY, 7-8 E. II. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde is in misericordia 
for many defaults (of appearance). The Sheriff had been ordered to make an 
admeasurement of the dower which the said Isabella held in Ingestre, Grete- 
wych, and Brerdon, so that she should not have more of the inheritance 
of Philip son of Philip de Chetewynde, than a reasonable dower, the said 
Philip having complained by Henry de Gurmundele, his custos, that whereas 
the said Philip de Chetewynde, formerly husband of Isabella, held in the said 
villa two messuages, three carucates of land, and six marks of rent, and of which 
the said Isabella should not have more than the third part, she held in addi- 
tion thirty acres of land and 13s. 4d. in rent. Isabella appeared and pleaded 
that so long as the said Philip was under age, an action for the admeasurement 
of dower pertained to the capital lord of which the tenements were held, as 
the custos of the said Philip son of Philip, whilst under age, and not to the 
said Philip. The suit was adjourned to the morrow of All Soul's, m. 28. 

Staff. John Burgoillon was summoned by the Prior of Trentham in a plea 
that he should acquit him of the service which Thomas Earl of Lancaster 
exacted from him for the free tenement which he held of the said John in 
Clayton Griffin, and of which the said John, who was mesne lord " medius" 
ought to acquit him, and the Prior stated that whereas he held of the said 
John the manor of Clayton Griffin by fealty and the service of 13s. 4c. for all 
service, and for which the said John should acquit him against everyone (quos- 
cunque}, the said Earl claimed from him fealty and the service of 135. 4d. an- 
nually, and he produced a deed of the said John by which he acquitted the 
Prior of the said service. John appeared, and as he could not deny the deed, 
it is considered that he should acquit the Prior of the said service, and the 
Prior should receive damages, which were taxed by the Justices at 100s. 
The Prior afterwards remitted the damages, m. 33. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to raise 15 from the lands and chattels of 
John de Leek, the Bishop Elect of Dublin, at La More near Pencrich, at the 
Quindeue of Trinity, 6, E, II., damages adjudicated to Robert le Champion 
and Agnes his wife on the occasion that the said John had unjustly impeded 
them from presenting to the vicarage of the Chapel of Stretton. The Sheriff 



DE BANCO, TRINITY, 7-8 E. II. 47 

had done nothing and returned the writ reached him too late. He was there- 
fore ordered a.s before, and to return the money into Court on a day in Michael- 
mas Term. m. 81. 

Staff. Geoffrey Ganiel, by Roger Hillary his attorney, sued Robert de 
Pipe of Alrewych and Ralph de Thykbrom for a debt of thirty marks. The 
defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce 
them at a day in Michaelmas Term. m. 81. 

Staff. Margaret formerly wife of Robert son of John, son of Gilbert of 
Netherpenne, sued John sou of John Fitz-Gilbert of Netherpenne for a third 
of forty acres of land and three acres of meadow in Netherpenne, and she sued 
Thomas ButFrey for a third of four acres of land and of an acre of meadow in 
the same vill. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned the 
writ reached him too late. He was therefore ordered to summon them for the 
Quindeiie of St. Michael, m. 87. 

Staff. Thomas le Rons sued Walter Aust and Amabel his wife and Wal- 
kelin their son for twelve acres of wood and six acres of pasture in Waleshale. 
The defendants did not appear, and had previously made default at Hillary 
term. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to take the land into the King's 
hand, and to summon them for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 87. 

Derb. Robert de Wylughby and John son of Richard de Harecurt, were 
summoned by William de Hereford to warrant to him the manor of Meysham, 
which he claimed to hold of them as the kinsmen and heirs of Antony de 
Bek, formerly Bishop of Durham, and he produced a line levied 3 E. II., by 
which the said Bishop acknowledged the said manor to be the right of the 
said William and with a clause of warranty. Robert and John appeared, 
and as heirs of the Bishop warranted the said manor to him against Robert 
de Monhaut who had arraigned against him an assize of novel disseisin 
respecting the same. m. 97. 

Northampt. Thomas de Bermingeham and Agnes his wife sued Magister 
Richard Trybbay of Middleton for a third of the manor of Chirdie Myddleton, 
which they claimed as dower of the said Agnes of the dotation of William de 
Oddyngseles her first husband. Magister Richard allied to warranty William 
son and heir of the said William, who was under age and in ward to the said 
Thomas and Agnes, m. 108. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain William de Stalbrok and pro- 
duce him in Court to acknowledge by what service he held his tenements in 
Dodynton of Roger son of Thomas de Pynlesdon, and which services the said 
Roger had conceded in Court by a fine to Hugh son of John de Beaumeys. 
m. 167. 

Staff. John de Dunchirche, custos of the Hospital of St. Leonard of 
Freford, sued Robert Heryng for half a messuage in Lychefeld, as the right of 
the Hospital, and in which the said Robert had no entry except by William 
Heryng, to whom Robert de Suthwode, formerly custos of the Hospital, had 
demised the tenement for a term now expired, and he stated that his prede- 
cessor, Robert de Suthwode, held the tenement in question in the reign of 
Henry III. Robert Heryng denied the seisin of the Hospital, temp. Henry 
III, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of St. 
Martin, m. 174. 

Staf. The same custos sued Stephen Heryng for half a messuage in 
Lychefeld. The proceedings are the same as the above, m. 227. 

Staff. Mathew de Vylers appeared in a plea against Robert Godefrey, 
that he should render a reasonable account for the time the said Robert was 
his bailiff in Chalengwode and Glascote. Robert did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Quindene of St. 
Martin, m. 250. 



48 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Writ of protection enrolled for Adam de Staneye who was about to 
proceed to Scotland in the retinue of Edmund de Malo-Lacu (Maulac), the 
Steward of the King's household, dated Torkeseye, 23rd April, 7 E. II. 

Similar letters for Hugh le Despencer, junior, and Theobald de Verdun, 
dated as above. 

Similar letters for James de Audele, dated Durham, 21st May, 7 E. II. 

Staff. Juliana formerly wife of Eoger de Burghton sued William de 
Cobynton for the third of sixteen acres in Eccleshale, which she claimed as 
dower. William appeared by Eichard de Peshale, his attorney, and called to 
warranty Magister Eobert de Bromleye who is to be summoned for a day in 
Michaelmas Term. m. 252, dorso. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of John le Straunge gives six marks for license 
of concord with Hugh de Audele of Blore respecting the manors of Blore 
and Grendon (Grindon), together with the advowsons of the churches of the 
same. 1 

Staff. Henry son of Ealph de Bolunhull gives half a mark for license of 
concord with Ealph de Caverugge and Isabella his wife respecting tenements 
in Drayton and Tamworth. 2 m. 229, dorso. 

Staff. Matilda formerly wife of Eichard de Leghes sued Eichard de 
Blythef eld and Cecilia his wife, and Henry their son, for the third of a messuage 
and a noke of land in Bertherton, which she claimed as dower. The defendants 
did not appear and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late ; 
he was therefore to summon them for the Quindene of Michaelmas, m. 151, 
dorso. 

Staff. Eichard Prior of St. Thomas near Stafford sued Walter Vicar of 
Berkeswych for waste and destruction in the lands, houses, etc., in Stokken, 
which he held of his house for a term of years. Walter did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 145, 
dorso. 

Staff. William son of John de Bromshulf gives half a mark for license of 
concord with William de Neuton respecting tenements in Bromlegh Bagot and 
Neuton near Blithefeld. 3 m. 128, dorso. 

Staff. Henry de Busshebury and Amice his wife give half a mark for 
license of concord with William, Vicar of Seggesleye respecting tenements in 
Overpenne. 4 m. 112, dorso. 

Staff. John son of Eoger de Knotton sued Eichard son of Eichard de 
Stubbileye of Newcastle-under-Lyme, for a messuage in the said vill, as his 
right and inheritance, and in which Eichard had no entry except by Eichard 
de Stubbyleye, to whom Eichard de Knotton, kinsman of John, and whose heir 

1 By this fine Hugh de Audeley of Blore acknowledged the above manors and 
advowsous to be the right of Joan, and remitted and quit-claimed them to her, 
saving a third of two parts of the manor, and for which acknowledgment, etc., Joan 
gave him 100. The fine has on it " Laurence de Okovere and Margery his wife 
put in their claim." See suit at Trinity Term, 8 E. II., p. 51. 

2 By this fine Ralph and Isabella acknowledged two messuages, fourteen acres of 
land, an acre of meadow, and 5s. of rent in the above places to be the right of Henry, 
and for which he gave them 100 marks. 

3 By this fine two messuages, thirty-four acres of land, two acres of meadow, and 
an acre of moor in the above vills were settled on William de Neuton for life, with 
remainder to Richard son of William and his wife Margaret, and, if they died s.p., to 
revert to right heirs of William. 

4 By this fine, a messuage, sixty acres of land, four acres of meadow, four acres 
of moor, and 24s. of rent in Overpenne were settled on Henry and Amice and their 
issue. (Pedes Finium, Staff.) 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 8 E. II. 49 

he is, had demised it for a term now expired. Richard stated the tenement 
had been demised to him in fee simple, and appealed to a jury, which is to be 
summoned for the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 110, dorso. 



BANCO ROLL. HILLARY, 8 E. II. 

Staff. William son of John de Neuton appeared by attorney against John 
de Weston in a plea that he should warrant to him ten acres of land in Neuton 
for which lie held the deed of Hugh de Weston father of the said John, whose 
heir he is. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and 
produce him on the Octaves of Trinity, m. 5. 

Salop. William son of Richard de Peulesdon appeared by attorney in a 
plea against Richard de Peulesdon that he should warrant to him a messuage, 
a carucate of land, and 4?. of rent in Morton Say," which Amabella formerly 
wife of Richard sou of Richard de Peulesdon claimed as dower. Richard did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take into the King's hand land 
belonging to him to the value of the dower claimed, and to summon him for 
three weeks from Easter, m. 39. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of William le Mareschal of Upton sued Robert 
Bataille for one third of a messuage and virgate of land, and four acres of 
meadow in Stanton near Whevere (Wever), which she claimed as 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 a day in Easter Term. 
m. 137. 

Staff. Sarra formerly wife of Richard de Togeford recovers the third of six 
acres of land and six acres of meadow in Ovrepenne, which she claimed as 
dower against Roger son of Alexander through default of the latter, m. 178, 
dorso. 

Staff. John Hastang sued Theobald de Verdun for a debt of 100 owing 
to him. Theobald did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him 
for a day in Trinity Term. m. 160, dorso. 

Staff. Thomas de Rolleston gives half a mark for license of concord with 
William son of William de Egynton respecting tenements in Rolleston and 
Tuttebury. 1 

Staff. William de Ropele Parson of the Church of Bereford, gives 20s. for 
license of concord with John de Northburgh respecting the manor of Calde- 
well. m. 41, dorso. 

Staff. William de Mere not appearing to prosecute his suit against 
William de Verney to render him an account for the time he was his bailiff, 
in Mere, Nortonothemores (Norton on the Moors) and Hanchirche, the suit 
was dismissed, m. 24 dorso. 

BANCO. TRINITY, 8 E. II. 

Staff. Isolda formerly wife of Thomas de la Hyde sued Thomas son of 
Thomas de la Hyde, for a third of five messuages, six carucates of land, forty 
acres of meadow, eight acres of wood, a mill, a " columbarium " 5, and a Ib. of 

1 By this fine William acknowledged three messuages, forty-six acres of land, 
four acres of meadow, and 10.?. of rent in the above places, which Nicholas de 
Rolleston held for his life, of the inheritance of Thomas de Rolleston, and which, 
after the death of Nicholas, should revert to William, should after the death of 
Nicholas revert to Thomas, and for which Thomas gave him 10 marks. (Pedes 
Staff.) 





50 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

pepper of rent in Blumenhull, Gunston, Codeshale, Pendeford, Brewode and la 
Hyde near Brewode, which she claimed as dower. Thomas appeared by 
attorney and pleaded she had no claim, because she had received the manor 
of Meneden in co. Cornwall in allocation of her whole dower. Isolda denied 
this and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for a day in Michaelmas 
Term. A postscript shews an adjournment to the Quindene of Hillary. m. 
14. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to distrain Nicholas de Eolleston and pro- 
duce him at Trinity Term to acknowledge what right he claimed in three 
messuages, forty-six acres of land, four acres of meadow, and 10s. of rent in 
Kolleston and Tuttebury, which William son of William de Egynton had 
conceded by fine to Thomas de Eolleston. m. 22. 

Staff. Ealph le Botiller was summoned by Joan formerly wife of Thomas 
de Lodelowe in a plea that he should permit her to present a fit person to the 
Deanery of the Church of Tarn worth which was vacant, and she pleaded that 
the right of presentation descended from Philip Marmion to Joan, Mazera, 
Matilda, and to herself (the second Joan) as his daughters and heirs, and after 
the death of Philip, Joan the eldest daughter had presented to the Deanery 
one Eoget le Wyne temp. E. I, and from Mazera the right of presentation 
descended to Joan, now the wife of Alexander de Frivill, who after the death of 
the said Eoger had presented Walter de Bedewyn. And on his resignation 
the said Ealph, as son and heir of Matilda, had presented to the Deanery one 
Hugh de Babyngton, upon whose resignation the Deanery was now vacant and 
appertained to her as the fourth daughter and heir. Ealph appeared and 
admitted the claim of Joan, and Joan remitted her claim for damages, m. 43. 

Staff, A jury, etc., whether a mill and four acres of land in Codeshale 
were free alms appurtenant to the Church of St. Peter of Wolvernehampton, 
of which the Dean and Chapter of St. Peter of Wolvernehampton are the 
parson, or the lay fee of Eichard son of Eichard Burdun of Tettenhale. The 
Dean and Chapter stated that one Giles de Erdington formerly Dean and 
parson of the said Church was seised of it temp. Henry III. Eichard pleaded 
that the tenements claimed by the said Dean and Chapter were in Oken and 
not in Codeshale, and if this point was decided against him, he stated they were 
a lay fee, and appealed to a jury, which was to be summoned for the morrow 
of St. Martin. A postscript states that a jury came on the morrow of St. Martin 
in HE. II, and stated that the tenements were in Oken and not in Codeshale. 
The Dean and Chapter are therefore in misericordid for a false claim, m. 60. 
Salop. Amabel formerly wife of Eichard son of Eichard de Peulesdone sued 
William son of Eichard de Peulesdone for a messuage, a carucate of land, and 
4s. of rent in Morton-Say, of which Eichard son and heir of Eichard de 
Peulesdone formerly her husband had endowed her at the door of the Church, 
with the assent of Eichard de Peulesdone his father, and she stated that the 
said Eichard her husband on the Monday next after the Feast of St. Andrew, 
21 EL, at the door of the Church of Weston-under-Luseyord in co. Stafford 
had endowed her as above-stated, in the presence of Hugh de Weston, Philip 
de Chetewynde, John de Bromleye, Michael de Morton, Adam le Porter of 
Weston, and others. 

William called to warranty Eichard de Peulesdon who appeared and war- 
ranted the tenements to him, and prayed it might be shewn if the said Amabel 
had any special deed or evidence that her husband had endowed her as stated, 
and Amabel thereupon produced a deed of Eichard de Peulesdon the father 
by which the said Eichard assigned to her in marriage with Eichard his son 
and heir, the capital messuage and all his land of Warrennehalle to be held by 
her after the death of the said Eichard his son, together with William de 
Holdefeud and his service, in lieu of a third part of the lands of the said 
Eichard, and she stated the tenements she now claimed were those specified in 
the above deed, and she appealed to a jury, and to the said John de Bromleye 



DE BANCO, TRINITY, 8 E. II. 51 

and Adam le Porter, who were present at her marriage, the said Hugh and 
the other witnesses being dead. 

Richard admitted the deed, but denied that Amabel had been endowed at 
the door of the Church as .she stated, and he appealed to a jury. The 
Sheriff of Staffordshire was therefore commanded to summon a jury for the 
Quindene of St. Michael, and to summon for the same date John de Bromleye 
and Adam le Porter, m. 75. 

Staff. Hugh son of John de Audele sued Laurence de Okovere and 
Margaret his wife for sixteen acres of land in Grendon, of which Alan son of 
William de Audele of Blore his kinsman, whose heir he is, was seised as of 
fee, etc., when he died, and he stated that the said Alan was seised of the 
tenements, temp. E. I., and died .., and the right reverted to him as 
uncle and heir, being the brother of the said William, father of the said Alan. 
Laurence and Margaret admitted that the said Alan died seised of the tene- 
ments as of fee, and stated that after his death Margaret entered unto 
them as sister and heir of Alan. And Hugh stated that the tenements were 
formerly in seisin of one John de Audeleye to whom William the father of 
Alan succeeded as son and heir, and William married two wives, viz., one 
Constance by whom he had issue the said Alan, and another Alianora who 
had issue the said Margaret, and he claimed the tenements as full heir of blood 
of the said Alan, the said Margaret being of the half blood only ; a day was 
given to the parties to hear judgment at three weeks from Michaelmas. A 
postscript shows adjournments of the judgment up to Michaelmas 10 E. II. 
m. 117. 

Staff. Walter de Strangelford sued John son of Ivo de Clinton for eight 
oxen, worth 8 marks which he unjustly detained, and he stated that on the 
Sunday next after Holy Trinity 29 E. I., he had handed over to him the said 
eight oxen to be taken care of, and to be returned to him on requisition. John 
denied this and stated that the oxen had been given to him when he married 
one Agnes a cousin of the said Walter, and he appealed to a jury. The jury 
stated that Walter had not given the oxen to him as pleaded, and they assessed 
the value of them at 8 marks. Walter is therefore to recover this sum and 
20 marks as damages, m. 121. 

Staff. Vivian de Staimdon sued Roger de Swynnerton for eighty marks 
owing to him. Roger did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach 
him for the morrow of All Souls, m. 123. 

Salop. Isolda formerly wife of Thomas de la Hyde sued Thomas son of 
Thomas de la Hyde for a third of 24s. of rent in Deukerhull, which she claimed 
as dower. Thomas stated that Thomas the husband of Isolda was not seised 
of the rent in fee at the time he married her, nor ever afterwards, and 
appealed to a jury which is to be summoned for a month from Michaelmas. 
m. 263. 

Staff. John Pecche sued Roger de Swynnerton and John de Swynnerton, 
senior, for a debt of .20. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to attach them for a day in Michaelmas Term. m. 2G8, dorso. 

Derb. Thomas de Rolleston and Reyna his wife sued Walter de London, 
Chaplain, for waste and destruction in houses in Derby which Robert de Stafford 
the father of Reyna, whose heir she is, had demised to him for a term. 
Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce 
him at the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 222, dorso. 

Derb. Henry Poutrel (called to warranty by Robert son of Richard de 
Okoure, who called to warranty Henry Poutrel of Waterfal and Lettice his 

1 The suit is not continued at Michaelmas, 10 E. II., and the subsequent history 
of the manors of Blore and Qrindon is very obscure. 

E 2 



52 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA. ROLLS. 

wife) appeared in a plea against Nicholas son of John de Lungeford (Long- 
ford) that he should be present in Court to warrant to him the third part of a 
messuage and two bovates of land in Waterfal in co. Stafford, which Joan 
formerly wife of John de Lungeford claimed as dower. Nicholas did not 
appear, and the Sheriff of Derbyshire was ordered to take into the King's hand 
land belonging to him to the value of the dower claimed, and the Sheriff of 
Staffordshire was ordered to appraise the value of it and return the valuation 
into Court on the Octaves of St. Michael, m. 164, dor so. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon Eva formerly wife of 
Thomas de Audeleye to acknowledge what rights she claimed in the vill of 
Newcastle- under-Lyme, and in the manors of Chesterton and Audeleye, and in 
the third part of the manors of Endon, Overlongesdon, Coldenorton, and 
Balterdeleye, which John de Kynardesle had conceded in Court by a fine to 
Nicholas de Audeleye and Joan his wife. Eva did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to distrain and produce her at the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 
148, dor so. 

Leye. Eobert de Gresebrok sued William Saucheverel and Agnes his 
wife for nine acres of land in Neubold. The Sheriff had done nothing, and 
returned the writ reached him too late. He was therefore ordered to summon 
them for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 143, dor so. 

Staff. William son of William de Halys sued Ealph le Burginon, and 
Joan his wife for a messuage and a carucate of land, one hundred acres of 
pasture, four acres of wood, and 4s. lOd. of rent in Longelton, near Newcastle- 
under-Lyme. Ealph prayed a view, and the case was adjourned to the morrow 
of St. Martin, m. 143, dor so. 

Warw. Henry de Erdynton and Joan his wife, and John de Cave and 
Matilda his wife sued Alice formerly wife of Giles de Asteleye and Thomas 
her son for five messuages, two virgates and a half of land in Wythybrok, as 
the right of the said Joan, Matilda, and of one Alice daughter of Thomas de 
Wolfneye, and Thomas son of the said Alice. 

Alice formerly wife of Giles appeared by attorney, and also the said 
Thomas by the said Henry, his custos, and pleaded they should not be called 
upon to answer, unless the said Alice, the coparcener of the said Joan and 
Matilda, was included in the plea. She is therefore to be summoned for the 
morrow of St. Martin, m. 133, dorso. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of William le Mareschal sued Theobald de 
Verdun for the third of the manor of Stanton and Suth Wevere as her dower. 
Theobald prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of St. 
Michael, m. 71, dorso. 

Staff. John son of Thomas de Ferrars of Lockesleye, by Eichard de Salle 
his custos, sued Eichard de Calewych and Margaret his wife for a messuage, 
three bovates, and thirteen acres of land in Great Lockesleye, by a writ " de 
avo." The defendants prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned till the mor- 
row of St. Martin, m. 60, dorso. 

Staff. John Hastang and Eva his wife and John son of John Hastang 
give half a mark for license of concord with Eichard de Flossebrok and Povia 
his wife respecting tenements in Befcote. 1 m. 27, dorso. 

Derb. The Sheriff had been ordered to distrain all the suitors 2 of the 

1 By this fine John Hastang acknowledged a messuage, a carucate of land, sixty 
acres of wood, and 5s. of rent in Befcote, to be the right of Povia, and for this 
acknowledgment, etc., Richard and Povia granted the tenements to John Hastang 
and Eva for their lives, with remainder to John son of John. (Pedes Finium y 
Staff. From the William Salt Transcripts.) 

1 The suitors " sectatores" are all the tenants who owed suit and service at the 
Lord's Court. 



DE BANCO MICH., 9 E. II. 

Wapentach of Thomas Earl of Lancaster in Wyrkesworth, and to produce 
them at this term to record the plea which was in the said Wapentach with- 
out the King's writ, between Ralph son of Ralph de Alsope and the Abbot of 
Burton-upon-Trent respecting a certain trespass committed by the said Abbot 
against the said Ralph, and respecting which the Abbot complained a false 
judgment had been delivered in the said Wapentach, and none of the suitors 
appeared, and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late. He was 
therefore ordered as before to distrain and produce them on the morrow of 
All Souls, and to distrain the said Ralph to appear at the same date. m. 22, 
dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. MICHAELMAS, 9 E. II. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to appraise by a jury the value of a 
messuage and two bovates of land in Waterfal which Joan formerly wife of 
John de Longeford claimed as her dower against Henry Poutrel, called to 
warranty by Robert sou of Richard de Okoure (Okeover) called to warranty 
by Henry Poutrel and Lettice his wife and who warranted the tenements to 
them ; and Henry Poutrel called to warranty Nicholas son of Johnde Lunge- 
ford who held no land in the county of Stafford, and the Sheriff had done 
nothing, and returned the writ reached him too late. He was therefore ordered 
to send the valuation on the morrow of St. Martin, m. 25. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of John de Heronville sued William de Littel- 
hay for a third of a messuage and two acres of laud in Wodnesbury as her 
dower. William appeared by Clement de Wolvernehampton his attorney and 
called to warranty Henry de Heronville, who is to be summoned for the Quin- 
deue of St. Martin, m. 100. 

Staff. Roger de Acoure (Okeover) sued Walter Wyther and Joan his 
wife for a messuage, a mill, and three hundred acres of pasture in Hum, 
as his right and inheritance. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand and summon them 
again for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 171. 

Staff. John de Rossington and Isabella his wife sued Ralph Basset of 
Chedle, senior, for causing waste and destruction in the lands, houses, etc., 
which he held by courtesy of England in Dulverne after the death of Sibilla 
de Cressewalle formerly his wife, and which were held of the said John and 
Isabella, by an assignment of Richard de Cressewalle son and heir of the said 
Sibilla. Ralph did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for 
the Quindene of Hillary, m. 183. 

Staff. A writ of certiorari bringing into Court all the former proceedings 
relating to the advowson of the Church of Penne, by which it appears that at 
Hillary Term, 20 E. I., Theodosius de Camilla, the Dean, and Chapter of 
Wolvernehampton, sued Roger the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield for the 
advowson of the Church of la Penne near Wolverhampton, and stated (hat 
Nicholas, formerly Dean of the Church of St. Peter and Paul of Wolverhampton, 
his predecessor, had been seised of the advowson of the Church, temp. King 
John, and had presented to it one John le Clerk, who had been instituted. The 
Bishop pleaded that on the date of his creation as Bishop he had found Ids 
Church of Lichefield seised of the said advowson, and the cause was adjourned 
to the following Trinity Term, and for two terms afterwards. The record next 
recounts the proceedings before the Justices Itinerant in Staffordshire of 21 
E. I., when the Bishop called to warranty Ralph de Byssebury, and the suit w;is 
again adjourned to be heard at Westminster. At Michaelmas Term, 21 E. I., 
Ralph de Bissebury appeared by his attorney Hugh de Humberfeld, who on 
being asked if he would warrant the advowson to the Bishop said he would 
not, upon which the Bishop stated that a certain Hugh de Possebury (sic) 



54 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

(Bissebury), the ancestor of the said Ralph, whose heir he is, had granted the 
advowson to Alexander formerly Bishop of Coventry and Lichfeld, and that 
the said Ralph de Byssebury had confirmed the grant with a clause of 
warranty, and he produced the deed of the said Ralph. It was therefore con- 
sidered that Ralph should warrant the said advowson to the Bishop. The 
suit was continued on the morrow of All Souls against the said Ralph de 
Byssebury who did not appear, and the advowson was taken into the King's 
hand, and Ralph was summoned for a day in Hillary Term, when he again 
made default, and was summoned for another day, when he again made default, 
and as the Sheriff had returned he had taken the advowson into the King's 
hand, it was considered that the Dean should recover the advowson, and 
that the Bishop should be compensated from the lands of the said Ralph, but 
the execution of the decree was to remain over according to the Statute of 
Mortmain 1 etc., and a jury to be summoned for a day in Easter Term, 22 E. 
I. On which day William de Burmyngham, the capital lord of la Penne 
appeared and stated that the said plea had been moved by collusion between 
the parties, and he prayed he might be admitted to defend his right, and a 
day was given to him in Banco at Trinity Term, 23 E. L, when William de 
Burmyngham stated that the Dean and Chapter had no right to the advowson, 
and that the said Ralph de Bussebury had made default in collusion with them, 
and appealed to a jury ; and a jury having been elected by consent of the 
parties, stated that the advowson of the Church was formerly the right and 
inheritance of one Hugh fitz Peter, the ancestor of the said Ralph, whose heir 
he is, and who had presented to the church, temp. King John, a certain John, 
his clerk, whom the Dean and Chapter now stated had been presented by 
Nicholas the predecessor of the Dean, and it was afterwards represented to 
the Bishop that the said Hugh had contracted matrimony with one of his 
relations within the prohibited degrees, " in gradu illicito" and the Bishop 
caused the said Hugh and his wife to be summoned before his court, and 
the question of a divorce between him and his wife was agitated for some 
time before the Bishop, and the said Hugh had then granted the said Church 
to the Bishop and his Church in perpetuity, so that he arid his wife might no 
longer be vexed by the above proceedings, " pro sic quod ipsum vel uxorem suam 
super premissis amplius non vexaret " and they say that the said Bishop died 
seised of the said advowson in the time of King Henry III., who had taken 
the temporalities of the See into his hand on a vacancy, and during this time, 
" sede vacante," the King had presented to the Church one Adam Rogus who 
had been instituted and had held the Church for nearly fifty years, and who 
lately died, and after his death the Dean and Chapter had presented to the 
Church, and likewise Ralph de Bissebury had presented another Clerk, and the 
present Bishop had conferred the Church on a certain Clerk who now holds it. 
And they say that the Bishop afterwards procured from the said Ralph a 
confirmation of the gifts made to his predecessor, and for which the Bishop 
gave to Ralph 20 marks, and a prebend in the Church of Salop to one of 
his sons, and he retained another son of the said Ralph in his household, " de 
familia sud." And the jury being asked if the said Bishop had obtained the 
confirmation from Ralph after the plea moved against him or before, replied 
before, and being asked if they considered that there was any collusion 
between the said Bishop and Ralph, they replied they did not, and that the 
Bishop obtained the confirmation of the grant from Ralph in order to confirm 
and strengthen the right of his Church to the advowson, and not from any 
other cause. And being asked respecting the claim of the Dean and Chapter, 
they stated they had no right to the advowson and that there was formerly 
some question on the subject between them and an ancestor of the said Ralph, 
and the Dean and Chapter had then remitted all claim, and for which remis- 

1 In order that a jury might say whether there was collusion or not between the 
parties. 



DE BANCO, MICH., 9 E. II 55 

eion the ancestor of Ralph had granted to them 14*. of annual rent to find 
bread and wine for the Chaplains celebrating mass in the Church of Wolver- 
hampton, and of which annual rent of 14s. the Dean and Chapter were 
never seised, not receiving more than 5s. annually, and they say that no 
predecessor of the Dean had ever presented to the Church, and that they 
believe there was collusion between the Dean and Chapter and the said Ralph 
so that the said Ralph should make default and they say that the Dean and 
Chapter had agreed to hold Ralph harmless so that he should suffer no loss 
by his default, and the case was adjourned to the Quiudene of St. Martin 
for judgment, when it was testified that the said Dean was dead. 

A postscript adjourns the further hearing of the case to a day in Easter 
term, 10 E. II. m. 291. 

Staff. Margaret formerly wife of John de Ardena sued John Burguylon 
for a third of the manor of Knotton excepting two messuages, nineteen acres 
and a half of land, and excepting the third part of a water mill and of an iron 
mine in the said manor, as her dower, and John stated that she had no claim, 
because her husband was not seised of the manor at the time he married her 
nor ever afterwards, and he appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for 
the Quindene of Hillary, m. 303. 

Staff. Thomas de Beysin sued Reginald de Legh (called to warranty by 
Isabella formerly wife of Stephen de Wolaston, and who warranted the tene- 
ment to her) for a messuage and a vinrate of land in Schuston by open writ of 
right (per breve de recto patente) and he stated that one Adam his ancestor was 
seised of the tenements as of fee in the time of King Henry, the King's grand- 
father, 1 and from Adam the right descended to Adam, his son and heir, and from 
the said Adam to one Robert, his son and heir, and from Robert to one Walter, 
as son and heir, and from Walter to Thomas, as son and heir, who now sues. 

Reginald appeared by attorney and admitted the seisin of the said Adam, 
but stated that he had given the tenements in question to one Warine his son 
to hold to him and his heirs, and Warine had given the tenements to one 
Alice de Wyneley to hold in the same manner, and Alice had given them to 
one Reginald de Legh the uncle of Reginald the defendant, and whose heir he 
is, to be held by him and his heirs ; and he appealed to a Great Assize which 
is to be summoned for a day in Easter Term. m. 322. 

Sta/. Amice Hervey recovers dower in a messuage, a toft, and land in 
Rydeware Mauveysin against Christiana Hervey, Alice Knole, and Agnes 
formerly wife of Henry de Colton, by default of the defendants, m. 399. 

Staff. William Hillary by Robert Hillary his attorney sued Geoffrey 
Henries, Dulcia Underbill, Thomas de Erbury, and eighteen others in a plea 
that they should do suit to his mill of Fynchspade, in Fynchspade, as they 
formerly used to do. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff' was 
ordered to distrain and produce them at a day in Easter Term. A postscript 
adjourns the suit to Michaelmas, 10 E. II. 

Staff. Magister John de Everdon, Dean of the King's Free Chapel of 
Wolverenhampton, was summoned by the King in a plea that he should permit 
him to present a fit person to the Church of La Feline ; the pleadings give the 
same story as before, and the suit was adjourned to a day in Hillary Term. 
A postscript shows repeated adjournments to Easter, 10 E. II., when a day was 
given to the parties Coram liege, m. 453. 

Staff. Juliana formerly wife of John de Heronville recovers dower 

1 This date is given to bring the suit within the limits of a writ of right, but, 
judging from the number of the generations cited, the first Adam must have been 
cotemporary with Honry II., and was probably identical with the Adam de Eton 
named in the Liber Niger of A.D. 1166, and who held Water-Eaton under Hervey 
de Stretton. 



56 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

against William de Derbyshire and another tenant in Wodnesbury by default 
of the latter, m. 457. 

Staff. The essoignor of William son of William de Wrottesleye, executor 
of the will of William de Wrottesleye, sued John de Coveley in a plea that 
he should render to him and to Henry Basset, the co-executor of the said 
William son of William, a sum of 60s. John did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to attach him for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 477. 

Staff. Anna formerly wife of Adam de Whethales, by Eichard de 
Whethale her attorney, sued Juliana formerly wife of Eoger de Bourghton 
for the third of a messuage and a carucate of laud in Podemore as her 
dower. 

Juliana pleaded she held the tenements in dower of the inheritance of 
Elias de Bourghton and Margaret his wife, and she called them to warranty, 
and they are to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 359, dorso. 

Staff. The same Anna sued Vivian de Chetewynde and Joan his wife 
for a third of a messuage and carucate of land in Bylynton as her dower. 
The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower 
claimed into the King's hand and to summon them for the same day. m. 
359, dorso. 

Staff. Anna formerly wife of Adam de Whethales, by Bichard de Peshale 1 
her attorney, sued Elias de Burgh ton and Margaret his wife for the third of a 
messuage and carucate of land in Podemore, and she sued William Bagot, the 
custos of the land and heir of Simon le Goldsmyth of Stafford, for the third of 
a rent of 6d. in Borton (Burton) as her dower, m. 279, dorso. 

Staff. Eichard son of William de Neuton sued John Pecok of Canokbury 
for waste and destruction in houses and lands he had demised to him for a term 
only ; and the Sheriff having returned an inquisition into Court, by which it had 
appeared that the said John had pulled down a hall (unam aulam] and five 
chambers, and done other damage to the amount altogether of 60s., and the 
said John not appearing to his summons, it is considered that Eichard should 
recover the said tenements and threefold damages, viz., 9. m. 271, dorso. 

Staff. The Abbot of St. Ebrulph sued Henry, Abbot of Byldewas for a 
carucate of land in Great Onne as the right of his Church. The Abbot of 
Byldewas appeared by Philip de la Lee his attorney and prayed a view. 
Adjourned to the Quindene of Hillary, m. 147, dorao. 

Staff. Anna formerly wife of Adam de Whethales sued Eichard de Whe- 
thales for a third of ten acres of land and three acres of meadow in Ulsale and 
Eccleshale, and she sued Lucy formerly wife of William le Parkere of Ulshales 
for a third of five acres of land and two of meadow in the same vills and in 
Sogenhull ; and she sued William le Parkere of Borton (Burton) and William le 
Chapeleyn of Borton, the custodes of the land and heir of Simon le Goldsmyth 
of Stafford, for a third of a messuage and a virgate of land in Borton ; and she 
sued Petronilla formerly wife of Eobert de Hexstan, the custos of the land 
and heir of Eobert de Hexstan (Extall), for a third of a messuage in Stafford ; 
and she sued Clement son of Eobert de Hexstan for a third of a messuage in 
the same vill as 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 morrow of St. Martin, upon which the Bailiff of the town of 
Stafford appeared, and as regarded the tenements in Stafford pleaded the 
franchise of the town. m. 124, dor so. 

Staff. John son of William Gilbert of Colton who, it is said was of full age, 
sued Eichard de Holehurst and Alice his wife for a messuage and fifteen acres 

1 See previous suit, where herattorney is named Eichard de Whethales. Canon 
Bridgeman is of opinion that the Peshales and Whethales were the same family.' 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 9 E. II. 57 

of land and an acre of meadow in Colton. The defendants did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand and to 
summon them for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 69, dorso. 



BANCO EOLL. HILLARY, 9 E. II. 

Salop. Geoffrey de Wasteneys sued Margaret formerly wife of John de 
Pycheford for a debt of .60. Margaret did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to attach her for the Octaves of Trinity, m. 18. 

Staff. An assize had been taken at Ly chef eld before Henry Spigurnel 
and his fellow justice assigned, etc., in 9 E. II., to make recognition of John 
sou of Thomas de Ferrars of Lockesleye, Roger de Tyssington and Silvester 
de Lockesleye, Chaplain, had unjustly disseised Richard de Calewych and 
Margaret his wife of the fourth part of the manor of Great Lockesleye. 
Roger answered for himself and as bailiff for Silvester, and stated he only 
claimed the custody of the tenements by a demise of Thomas Earl of Lancaster 
by reason of the minority of John son of Thomas de Ferars who was in ward 
to the said Earl, and John son of Thomas stated that one Agnes formerly wife 
of Thomas de Ferars, the grandfather of the said John, and whose heir he is, 
formerly held the said fourth part of the manor of Great Lockesleye in dower 
of the inheritance of the said John, and the said Agnes had alienated it in fee 
to the said Richard and Margaret, and he had entered into the tenements to 
prevent their alienation, and his disinheritance, and he appealed to a jury. 

Richard and Margaret acknowledged the seisin of the said Agnes, but 
stated they had lately recovered the tenements before the justices de Banco 
at Michaelmas Term, 6 E. II., by writ of "de consanguinitate" (Here the 
proceedings of the above term are detailed.) And they were in seisin of them 
by virtue of the said judgment and livery of seisin until the said John and 
the other defendants had unjustly disseised them. And John sou of Thomas 
stated he was prepared to prove that the said Agnes held nothing in the said 
fourth part of the manor except as dower, and that the plaintiffs had obtained 
seisin by fraud and collusion between them and the said Agnes. The parties 
now appeared in court and a day was given to them to hear judgment at 
three weeks from Easter. 

A postscript states, that as on inspection of the Roll of Michaelmas, 6 E. II., 
it appeared that the said Richard and Margaret had recovered seisin of the 
fourth part of the manor against Agnes by judgment of the Court, and as the 
said John who is under age could not plead against a record of this kind, nor 
was it consonant to right that by reason of the minority of the said John an 
assize of this nature should be prorogued, it was considered that an assize 
should be taken before the said justices assigned to take assizes in the county, 
and the record together with the original writ was remitted to the said justices 
accordingly, m, 60. 

Staff. Anna formerly wife of Adam de Wheth ales recovers dower against 
Richard de Whethales from tenements in Ulshale and Eccleshale, and against 
Lucy formerly wife of William le Parkere of Ulshale from tenements in Ulshalr 
and against I\\QCU Modes ol Simon le Goldsmith from tenements in Bortou (Bur- 
ton), and against Christiana de Tyxhale and Clement son of Robert de Hexstan 
from two messuages in the town of Stafford by default of the defendants. 
TO. 104. 

Staff. William de Weston-Jones sued Elizabeth formerly wife of Roger 
de la Sale of Neuport, William de Eyton, an i two others for violently eject- 
ing him from a messuage and half a virgate of land in Kemeseye, the 
custody of which belonged to him till the full age of Roger de la Sale of 



58 EXTRACTS FKOM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Newport, inasmuch as his father Eoger had held the tenements of him by 
military service. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to attach them for the Quindene of Trinity, m. 109. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Ealph de Bysshebury sued Henry son of 
Ealph de Bysshebury for a third of the manor of Byshebury as her dower. 
Henry appeared by attorney and prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned 
to a month from Easter, m. 140. 

Staff. Keginald de Leghton and Alice his wife, John son of Henry de 
Boketon and Isabella his wife, and Emma daughter of Robert de Derby sued 
Philip de Somerville for a messuage and forty -five acres of land in Tunstal 
near Tadenhull (Tattenhill) as the right of the said Alice, Isabella, and Emma. 
Philip prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the morrow of St. John 
the Baptist, m. 150. 

Salop. Geoffrey de Gatacre not appearing to prosecute his suit against 
William de Gatacre for a messuage and half a virgate of land in Gatacre, the 
plea was dismissed, m. 178. 

Staff. Thomas Frere of Hinkele sued John de Hinkele in a plea that he 
should warrant to him a third of two messuages and two virgates of land in 
Sutton in co. Leycester which Alice formerly wife of Hamon de Sutton 
^imed as dower. John did not appear and the Sheriff was ordered to take 
and belonging to him to the value of the dower claimed into the King's hand 
and to summon him for the Quindene of Trinity, and the Sheriff of Leicester- 
shire was ordered to appraise the value of the dower by a jury, and to return 
the valuation into court at three weeks from Easter, m. 189. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon Hugh, Parson of the 
Church of Bysshebury, Agnes formerly wife of Ealph de Bysshebury, and 
Eobert the Chaplain, the executors of the will of Ealph de Bysshebury, to show 
cause why they should not deliver 400 from the goods and chattels of the 
said Ealph to Henry de Bysshebury, which sum the said Ealph had acknow- 
ledged in Court on the Thursday after the Octaves of Hillary, 2 E. II.. to owe 
to the said Henry, and which should have been paid at the following Feast of 
Easter, and which had not yet been rendered, and as regarded 100 of the debt, 
the Sheriff had been ordered by writ of fieri facias to raise the sum from the 
goods and chattels in the possession of the executors. And the Sheriff had 
returned at Michaelmas that he had found by inquisition that the executors 
held goods and chattels of the deceased to the value of 17 6s. 5|c of which 
he had collected a sum of 12 8s. 1 Jc?., and had delivered it to the said Henry 
and the rest of the goods had been removed, and he was ordered to collect 
the residue and bring it into Court to pay it to the said Henry at this term. 
And the Sheriff now returned that he could not certify into whose hands the 
residue of the goods and chattels had fallen, but he had discovered by an inquisi- 
tion made by virtue of another writ, that certain goods and chattels, viz., four 
oxen worth 30s., and nine steers worth 27s., were in the hands of one Eoger 
de Levynton and Juliana formerly wife of Hugh de Wrottesle, and these were 
some of the goods named in the above writ, and these goods had been removed 
so that he could not obtain a view of them, nor answer for them ; and as the 
Sheriff had returned by inquisition that the executors held goods and chattels 
of the said Ealph to the above value, and that they had afterwards removed a 
portion of them, he was ordered to raise the residue, viz., 4 15s. 4c?., from the 
goods and chattels of the executors, and to bring the money into Court at a 
month from Easter, m. 214. 

Salop. Isolda formerly wife of Thomas de la Hyde sued Thomas son of 
Thomas de la Hyde and Margaret his wife for a third of six messuages, a 
carucate of land, two acres of meadow, and 11s. of rent ill Ideshale and Mid- 
delton near Glaseleye, as her dower. 



DE BANCO, EASTER, 9 E. II. 59 

Thomas and Margaret appeared by attorney and stated that Isolda had 
accepted the manor of Bromhale in co. Stafford in allocation of the whole of 
dower, .and which they were prepared to prove. Isolda denied she had done 
so and appealed to a jury. The Sheriff of Staffordshire was ordered to summon 
a jury for three weeks from Easter, m. 189, dor so. 

Corn. Isolda formerly wife of Thomas de la Hyde sued Thomas son of 
Thomas de la Hyde for a third of the manor of Trelewya, and of two water- 
mills, a fuller-mill, sixteen messuages, sixteen acres of land (Cornish) forty 
acres of meadow, sixty acres of wood, six acres of alder, three hundred acres 
of pasture and 100s. of rent in Treskelly, Trenuch, Penquit-Menedu, and 
Appeldereford, as her dower. 

Thomas pleaded as in the last case and the Court made the same order, m. 
139, dorso. 



BANCO EOLL. EASTER, 9 E. II. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon a jury of the vicinage of 
Eccleshale to make recognition whether four acres of meadow in Eccleshale 
were the free alms pertaining to the Church of Eccleshale of which John de 
Kynardesle was parson, or the lay fee of John son of Peter de Hakedene. 
Adjourned to the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 83. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon a similar jury to make a 
recognition whether a messuage, two virgates of land, eight acres of meadow 
and six acres of wood in Eccleshale were free alms, etc. (as before), or the lay 
fee of Robert de Horselegh. Adjourned as above, m. 83. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon a similar jury to make 
recognition whether a messuage, a virgate and half of land, three acres of 
meadow, and six acres of wood in Eccleshale were free alms, etc. (as before) 
or the lay fee of Peter de Jonestone. Adjourned as above, m. 83. 

Staff. Magister Eobert de Bromleye sued Dionisia formerly wife of John 
de Morhay for unjustly detaining his cattle, etc. Adjourned to the Octaves 
of Michaelmas, m. 114. 

Staff. William Gryffyn sued William de Wasteneys to permit him to 
grind his demesne corn at the said William's mill inColton, quit of "multura" 
as he used formerly to do. Adjourned to the above date. m. 114. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon a jury from the vicinage 
of Eccleshale to make recognition if a messuage, a mill, a virgate and a half of 
land, ten acres of meadow, and ten acres of wood were the free alms appur- 
tenant to the Church of Eccleshale, or the lay fee of William de Cobynton. 
Adjourned to the Quindene of Michaelmas, m. 115. 

Staff. William de Bermyngham was summoned to show cause why he 
impeded the King ; s presentation to the Church of La Penne, near Wolverne- 
hampton, and John de Eure who sued for the King stated that Roger, formerly 
Bishop of Coventry and Lychfield, was seised of the advowson of the said 
Church, and had presented to it Magister Richard Walrand, after whose death 
the Church had become vacant, upon which there had arisen a plea in Banco 
between one Theodosiusde Camilla the Dean, andChapterof Wolvernehampton, 
and the said Bishop, respecting the advowson, and the Bishop called to warranty 
one Ralph de Bissebury, who warranted the advowson to them, but had after- 
wards made default, so that the advowson had been taken into the King's hand, 
and a verdict had been given by which the said Dean and Chapter had recov- 
ered seisin of the advowson, and the Bishop was to be compensated out of the 
land of the said Ralph, but the execution of the judgment was deferred until an 
inquisition had been taken under the statute of Mortmain, during which time 



60 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

the advowson remained in the King's hand, and an inquisition had been taken, 
by which it appeared that the said Ralph had made default in collusion 
with the said Dean and Chapter, and the advowson therefore remained in 
the hands of the King. William admitted the facts as above stated, but pleaded 
the presentation belonged to him as capital lord and not to the King, andhe stated 
that the prosecution for the fraud and collusion was made at the instigation 
of William de Birmingham, his father, whose heir he is. The case was 
adjourned to the Octaves of Trinity. A postscript shows repeated adjournments 
up to Easter, 10 E. II., when a day was given to the parties (Coram Rege). m. 
187. 

Staff. Walter Bishop of Coventry and Lychfield was summoned by the 
King to show cause why he impeded the King's presentation to the Church of 
La Penne, etc. (here the case for the King is stated as before). The Bishop 
admitted the facts as stated, but claimed the advowson which he stated had 
belonged to his predecessor since the reign of King John, and long before the 
statute of Mortmain had been passed. The case was adjourned as before to 
be heard Coram Rege, at Easter, 10 E. II. m. 190. 

Warw. William son of John Coyne of Weston Coyne appeared by his 
attorney in a plea against Theobald de Verdoun that he should acquit him of 
the service which John de Hastang exacted of him for the free tenement he 
held of the said Theobald in little Flekenho, and in which the said Theobald is 
mesne lord between them, and ought to acquit him. Adjourned to the 
Octaves of St. Michael, m. 198. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Ralph de Busshebury is in misericordia 
for several defaults (of appearance). Henry de Bisshebury sued Agnes 
formerly wife of Ralph de Bisshebury, John son of Robert de Levynton, and 
two others for cutting down his trees at Bisshebury, m et armis, and carrying 
them away, and for which he claimed 100s. as damages, and the Sheriff had been 
ordered to produce the defendants in Court, and returned they could not 
be found within his bailiwick. The Sheriff was commanded to produce them 
at a month from Michaelmas, m. 237, dorso. 

Staff. Anna formerly wife of Adam de Whethales, by Richard de 
Whethales her attorney, sued Juliana formerly wife of Roger de Bourghton for 
one third of one third of a messuage and carucate of land in Podemore as 
dower. Juliana stated that she held the third part in question in dower of the 
inheritance of Elias de Bourghton and Margaret his wife and she called them 
to warranty, and Elias and Margaret appeared by attorney and stated that 
Anna had no claim to dower in the tenements, because Adam her husband had 
not been seised of them when he married her nor at any time afterwards, and 
they appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Trinity. 
m. 152, dorso. 

Staff. The suit for dower of Anna formerly wife of Adam de Whetales 
against Elias de Bourghton and Margaret his wife was respited to the same 
date through defect of a jury. m. 152, dorso. 

Staff. Geoffrey de Bilston and William de Wylenhale, Chaplain, executors 
of the will of Henry de Prestwode, recover seventeen marks from Ralph Basset 
of Sapecote which he had borrowed from the said Henry at Prestwode on the 
Sunday after the I east of St. Peter and Paul, 32 E. I. m. 142, dorso. 

Staff. John son of Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye by Richard de Pole 
his guardian sued Richard de Calewich and Margaret his wife for a messuage, 
and three bovates and thirteen acres of land in great Lockesleye of which 
Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye his grandfather, whose heir he is, was seised 
as of fee, temp. E. I. The defendants denied the seisin of Thomas the grand- 
father and appealed to a jury which is to be summoned for the Quindene of 
St. Michael, m. 98, dorso. 



DE BANCO, TRINITY, 9 E. II. 61 

Derb. Kichard de Calewych and Margaret his wife sued John son of 
Thomas de Ferars of Lockesle for two parts of half the manor of Lee near 
Wyrkesworthas the right of the said Margaret. John appeared by his guardian 
and prayed a view. Adjourned to the above date. m. 98, dorso. 

Staff. Ralph de Grendon gives a mark for license of concord with 
Nicholas Meverel of Gayton and Sarra his wife respecting tenements in 
Gay ton and Sondon (Sandon). 1 m. 84, dorso. 

Staff. John sou of Thonuis de Wliitington gives half a mark for license of 
concord with Ralph son of Richard de Wliitington and Amice his wife respecting 
tenements in Wliitington. 2 m. 44, dorso. 

ASSIZE EOLL OF DIVERS COUNTIES. 

ASSIZES TAKEN BEFORE JOHN ClIAYNEL AND WlLLIAM DE STAFFORD, 
AT T AM WORTH, ON THE FRIDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF ST. 

AUGUSTINE, 9 E. II. (7th May, 1316.) 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Richard son of William de Bentele, William de 
Beveresford (Beresford), Thomas son of Elias de Nedhani and seven others 
named, had unjustly disseised Hugh de Preslwold of half the manor of Shene. 
Richard son of William answered as tenant and denied the disseisin and 
appealed to a jury, and William de Beveresford stated he claimed nothing in 
the tenements, and had done the plaintiff no injury, and appealed to a jury, 
the other defendants did not appear, and the assize was taken in their 
absence. The jury stated that the said Richard son of William and the 
other defendants had unjustly disseised the said Hugh vi et armis. Hugh 
is therefore to recover seisin and his damages were taxed at 60s., and the 
said Richard son of William and William de Beveresford were committed 
to gaol, and the other defendants were to be apprehended. Richard son of 
William was afterwards released for a fine of half a mark, for which William 
Shirard and Adam de Beveresford were his sureties, and William de 
Beveresford was released for a fine of the same amount for which the same 
were sureties, m. 12. 

BANCO EOLL. TRINITY, 9 E. II. 

Staff. Amice formerly wife of Roger de Legh sued John de Houton for a 
third of twenty acres in Halfhide, and she sued Thomas son of William Wyther 
for a third of half the Manor of Calton and she sued Ralph le Clerk of Lokwode 
for a third of six virgates of land and 40s. of rent in Whyston 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 (date omitted). 
m. 93. 

Staff. Matilda daughter of Roger le Clerk of Brerlegh sued Juliana 
formerly wife of John de Heronville for a messuage and four acres of land in 
Brerlegh. Juliana stated she held the tenements of the gift of John 
Dymmok and Felicia his wife, and called them to warranty. The Sheriff of 
Oxfordshire was ordered to summon them for the morrow of St. Martin. 
m. 125. 

1 By this fine Nicholas and Sarra acknowledged a messuage, four bovates, and 
four acres of land in Gay ton and Sandon_to be the right of Ralph, and for which 
he gave them 1(K) marks. 

* By this fine Ralph and Amice acknowledged a messuage, an acre of meadow, 
half a virgate of land, and half an acre of moor in Whitintou, to be the right 
of John, and for which he gave them 100*. (Pedes Finium, Staff". From the 
William Salt Transcripts.) 



62 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA EOLLS. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Ealph de Bisshebury sued Eoger le 
Personessone of Bisshebury for a third of twenty-four acres in Bisshebury as 
her dower. Eoger stated that Ealph the husband of Agnes was not in 
seisin of the tenements on the day he married Agnes, nor ever afterwards, 
and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of St. 
Michael, m. 209. 

Staff. A writ of elegit was issued against Thomas de Eous at the suit of 
William Hillary, to recover 10, the arrears of an annual rent of 40s. owing 
to him. m. 225. 

Staff. Thomas son of William Lovotsone (Levesoii) of Derlaston gives half 
a mark for licence of concord with William de Waure and Joan his wife 
respecting tenements in Derlaston. m. 248, dorso. 

Staff. Magister William de Codeshalle sued Nicolas le Barker of 
Codeshale, Adam le Freman of Oken, Eoger atte Blakeleye near Wrottesleye, 
Thomas de Cressewelle of Bilrebrok, Nicolas Paulin of Bilrebrok and three 
others in a suit that each of them should pay him forty-six marks which they 
unjustly detained. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of Michaelmas, m. 223, 
dorso. 

Warw. William de Wrottesleye sued Ealph de Wythyleye for a messuage 
and forty acres of laud, five acres of meadow, and 20s. of rent in Cokton 
(Coughton) as his right and inheritance. Ealph prayed a view, and the suit 
was adjourned to the morrow of St. Martin, m. 103, dorso. 

Staff. William son of William de Wrottesleye, by Clement de Hampton 
his attorney, sued Eoger de Lemynton, for the manor of Lemynton (sic} 
(Loynton) as his right and inheritance, and in which Eoger had no entry 
except by a demise which William de Yerdon, the great grandfather of the said 
William, whose heir he is, had made to Eoger Dunkan for a term which had 
expired, aud which after the said term should revert to the said William son 
of William ; and he stated by hia attorney the said William de Verdon his great 
grandfather was seised of the manor in his demesne as of fee and right in the 
time of peace, viz., in the time of King Henry the grandfather of the present 
King, and taking all issues from it (capiendo inde expletiasf and from the 
said William de Verdon the right descended to one Hugh as son and heir, 
and from Hugh to William as son and heir, and from William to William 
who now sues as son and heir, and he produced his proofs ; and Eoger 
appeared by Eoger de Podmore his attorney, and defended his right, and 
denied that the said William the proavus was ever seised of the manor, 
in such a way that he could demise it to anybody, and on this, he put 
himself on the country (i.e. appealed to a jury) and William son of William 
likewise. The Sheriff was therefore commanded to summon a jury of twelve 
for the morrow of St. Martin, per quos, etc. 3 m. 88, dorso. 

1 By this fine William and Joan acknowledged four acres of land in Derlaston 
to be the right of Thomas, for which the latter gave them 10. 

2 Expletiaft, French, exploiter, meaning, taking everything possible out of the 
tenement. These words are formal, being used in all writs of right or ad terminum. 

3 Shaw, in the appendix to the second volume of his history of Staffordshire, 
was the first to suggest a descent of the Wrottesleys from the Verduns, on the 
ground of a deed preserved at Wrottesley, in which Richard de Verdun, of the 
Wyke, in Coughton, temp. E. I., styles William de Wrottesley his kinsman 
" consanguineus," and grants to him all the land which may fall to him by the 
death of Symon de Verdun, his ancestor, and also from the fact of the earliest 
armorial bearings of the Wrottesleys, being " fretty " like those of the Verduns. 
To these reasons he might have added the presence of Bertram de Verdun, the head 
of the house, and several others of the same name, as witnesses to the Abbot's deed 
of gift of Wrottesley and Loynton to Symon son of William de Cocton, the ancestor 



DE BANCO, MICH., 10 E. II. 63 



BANCO EOLL. MICHAELMAS, 10 E. II. 

Staff. Ralph son of Robert le Bedel of Alrewych ( Aldridge) not prosecut- 
ing his writ against William de Laiigeleye and Margaret his wife, resecting 
a messuage and twenty-four acres of land, and an acre and a half of meadow 
in Shelfhull, the suit is dismissed, and he and his sureties, viz., Hugh de 
Aston and Richard Bagot, are in misericordid. m. 30. 

Bucks. Otewell Purcel and Thomas his son, Walter Purcel, Walter son 
of John Purcel, Hugh Knight of Stratton, and seventeen others, were attached 
to answer the plea of the Abbot of St. Katherine of Rouen, that they had 
come vi et armis and cut down his trees in his wood of Tyrigewyke, for which 
he claimed 100s. as damages. Otewell admitted he had cut down the trees, 
and stated that he and his wife Beatrice held a messuage, a toft, and half a 
carucate of land in the vill of Tyngewyk for term of their lives by the grant of 
Eustace de Tyngewyk, and by a tine levied in the King's Court, and after their 
death the said tenements remained to one Diouisia (Denise) the daughter of 
the said Otewell and heirs of their body, and if Denise should die s.p. then 
to revert to the right heirs of the said Otewell ; and he pleaded that they 
had a right to take reasonable estovers in the said wood ; and that one 
Thomas de Giberville who had enfeoffed the said Eustace had taken the said 
estovers ; and likewise Robert de Giberville the father of Thomas, likewise 
Robert de Giberville the grandfather of Thomas had taken them as appur- 
tenant to the said tenements. The Abbot denied that Otewell had any right 
to estovers, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Hillary. A 
postscript shows repeated adjournments up to Michaelmas, 12 E. II. m. 50. 

Line., Staff., Warw. The suit between John son of William Marmyoun, 
plaintiff, and Joan formerly wife of Thomas de Lodelowe, tenant, respecting 
the manor of Thornton near Horncastle in co. Lincoln, remanet sine die, 
because Ralph de Botiller who was called to warranty together with Alexander 
de Fryville and Joan his wife, and Joan the daughter of Philip Marmyoun, 
was in the King's service in Scotland in the retinue of Fulk le Strange. 
m. 61. 

Staff. Henry de Bisshebury was sued by William de Birmyngham to 
permit him to present a tit person to the church of la Penne. The proceedings 
repeat the same story of the former suits in which Ralph de Bisshebury had 
made default in a collusive action, and by which default the said William 
pleaded that the advowson devolved on his father William de Birmyngeham, 
and he claimed it as heir of the said William. The suit was adjourned to the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 76. 

Leyc. Ralph Basset of Drayton sued Hugh le Despencer, senior, for a 
debt of 200 marks. Hugh did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
attach him for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 78. 

Bucks. John de Somery was summoned by William de Cantilupe for an 
illegal distress. John admitted he had taken eight oxen of the said William, 

of the Wrottesleys (see Vol. II., p. 187, "Staff. Coll."). The same Bertram and 
other Verduns attest Coughton Charters in the Evesham and Kenilworth Registers. 
There is proof that William de Wrottesley, living between A.D. 1199 and 1242, was 
eon of Symon, and it now becomes evident from the above suit that the family 
styled de Coeton, the lords of Coughton, in Warwickshire, were a junior branch of the 
great house of Verdun, Barons of Alton. The family of Coeton became extinct in 
the male line as early as the reign of Henry III., but are represented m the female 
line by the present Sir William Throckmorton of Coughton. A younger branch of the 
family which wei*c settled at the Wyke, in Coughton, retained the name of Verdun, 
and even as late as the Tudor era this land is named in the deeds at Coughton as 
Verdon's land. 



64 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

and stated that William held of him a messuage and two carucates of land in 
the vill of Esselbergh by homage and fealty and service of a knight's fee, 
and of which service Roger de Somery his father was seised by the hand of 
one Nicholas de Cantilupe the grandfather of William and whose heir he is, 
in the time of King Henry the King's grandfather, and because the said 
homage and fealty was in arrear he had taken the oxen as was lawful. 
William stated that the oxen were taken " extra feodum" and appealed to a 
jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Easter, m. 390. 

Staff. Roger de Acoure (Okeover) sued Walter Wyther and Joan his wife 
for a mill and three hundred acres of pasture in Hum, of which Hugh de 
Aucoure his great grandfather whose heir he is was seised, etc., and he stated 
that the said Hugh was seised of the tenements, temp. Henry III., and from 
Hugh the right descended to Robert his son and heir, and from Robert to one 
John as his son and heir, and from John to Roger who now sues. Walter and 
Joan took exception to the writ because at the date of it they were not seised 
of all the tenements, the Abbot of Burton holding eight acres of them ; and 
they appealed to a jury whieh is to be summoned for a day at Easter, m. 366, 
dorso. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Robert de Bagenholt sued William son of 
Richard de Chetulton for a messuage and two bovates of land in Chetulton 
(Cheddleton) as her right and inheritance. William did not appear and had 
previously made default ; and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements 
into the King's hand and to summon him for a day at Easter, m. 325, dorso. 

Leyc. Richard son of Richard de Marneham 1 appeared by attorney in a 
plea against Geva daughter of William Aurey that she should permit him to 
pull down a house in Reresby which William Aurey had unjustly erected to 
the injury of the free tenement held by Richard de Marneham his father, 
and whose heir he is. Geva did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain and produce her at a month from Easter, m. 324, dorso. 

Staff. Roger de Podemore appeared against Thomas Gerveyse, senior, in 
a plea that he should carry out a covenant made between them respecting two 
messuages, sixty-six acres of land, four acres of meadow, four acres of moor, and 
I2d. of rent in Podmore and Mere near Stauiidon. Thomas did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Octaves of Hillary, m. 303, 
dorso. 

Staff. William de Roppele, parson of the church of St. Michael of Beref ord, 
appeared in a plea against John de Cave of Northburgh that he should warrant 
to him the manor of Caldewell in Rushale, which he claimed to hold of him. 
John did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing within his 
bailiwick by which he could be attached, and it was testified he held suffi- 
cient. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to distrain and produce him at the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 284, dorso. 

Salop., Staff. The Warden of the Schools of Balliol at Oxford (Custos 
Scholarum de Balliolo Oxonie] appeared by attorney against John de Handlo 
and Matilda his wife, sister and heir of Edward Burnel, in a plea that they 
should warrant to him the third part of two messuages and ten shops in 
Oxford which Alina formerly wife of Edward Burnel claimed as dower. 
John and Matilda did not appear, and the Sheriffs were ordered to take land 
belonging to them of the same value into the King's hand, and to summon 
them for a day at Easter ; and the Sheriff of Oxfordshire was ordered to return 
the value of the dower claimed. A postscript states that at the Quindene of 
Hillary the Sheriff returned the value of the messuages and shops at 12 per 
annum, of which the third part was 4. m. 275, dorso. 

1 Eichard de Marnham held half of West Bromwich under the Barons of 
Dudley. 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 10 E. II. 65 

Staff. Roger son of Roger de Bidolf not appearing to prosecute his pleas 
gainst William son of Thomas de Baddeleye and William son of William de 
Baddeleye for land in Northon-on-the-Moors, the suits were dismissed, m. 
238, dorso. 

Staff. The suit of William de Birmingham against the Bishop of Coventry 
and Lichfeld for the advowson of the Church of Penne was adjourned to the 
Quiiidene of Hillary. A postscript states that on that day the King sent 
his writ to the Justices to transmit the record and process to be heard Coram 
liege at a month from Easter, m. 231, dorso. 

Staff. James de Perers and Ela his wife give 20s. for license of concord 
with Nicholas de Audeleye and Joan his wife respecting a rent of 20$. in 
Bettileye and two parts of the manor of Coldenorton. 1 m. 46, dorso. 

Staff. Simon de Dumbleton and Alianora his wife give 2 marks for license 
of concord with William de Hodenet, Chaplain, respecting the manor of Con- 
greve. 2 m. 46, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Benteleye and Matilda his wife give half a mark for 
license of concord with Walter the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield respect- 
ing tenements in Norton-under-Cannock. 3 in. 46, dorso. 

Staff. Thomas son of Henry Russel sued Philip de Rydeware in a plea 
that he should warrant to him three acres of land in Bisshebury, which Agnes 
formerly wife of Ralph de Bisshebury claimed to hold for her life by a demise 
of John de Lemynton (sic Levynton). Philip did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to take into the King's hand land belonging to him of the value 
of the tenements in question, and to summon him for the Octaves of Hillary. 
m. 30, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. HILLARY, 10 E. II. 

Staff. John de Somery was summoned by Ralph Basset of Drayton in 
a plea that he should warrant to him half the manor of Walshale which he 
holds of him and for which he has his deed. And the said John and Ralph 
both appeared in Court, and Ralph offered to the Lord the King a mark for 
license of concord, and he produced the King's Letters Patent by which the 
King granted and conceded that the said John might enfeoff the said Ralph 
of half the manor of Walshale which was held of the King in capite, to be 
held by the said Ralph and his heirs for the accustomed services. He also 
produced the King's close writ directed to the Justices in Banco, by which 
the King gave licence for a fine to be levied between the said parties respect- 
ing the said half manor according to the law and custom of the Kingdom. 4 
m. 56. 

1 By this fine the tenements in question were settled on James and Ela and their 
issue, and if they died s.p. to revert, to Nicholas and Joan. 

2 By this fine Simon acknowledged the manor to be the right of William, for which 
acknowledgment William granted it to Simon and Alianora and their heirs. 

Simon de Dumbleton appears to have acquired the manor by purchase from 
Matthew de Hales and Idonea his wife, for in 8 E. II. a fine was levied by which 
Matthew and Idonea acknowledged the manor to be the right of Simon de Dumble- 
ton, Clerk for which Simon gave them 100 marks. 

3 By this fine Richard and Matilda acknowledged forty acres of pasture, twenty 
acres of moor, and twenty acres of underwood in Norton to he the right of the 
Bishop and his Church of St. Chad of Lichfield, and for which the Bishop gave 
them 100 marks. 

4 By this fine Ealph Basset acquired the interest of John de Somery in half of 
Walshall as capital lord for 10. (Pedes Finium, Staff. From the William Salt 
Transcripts.) 

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66 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Salop., Staff., Wygorn., etc. John de Handle and Matilda his wife were 
summoned by Hugh le Despencer, senior, and William de Handle, Clerk, in a 
plea that they should carry out a covenant respecting the manor and honor 
of Holygode, etc. Here follows a full detail of the estate in ten counties 
(the inheritance of the said Matilda) including the manor of la Horewode, 
a messuage, two tofts, three carucates of land, 13s. of rent in Brunnesford, 
(Brinsford) Covene, and Tybynton (Tipton) and half the manor of Wolveren- 
hampton, in co. Stafford. The parties appeared in Court and produced the 
King's Letters Patent conceding permission for a fine to be levied between 
them, by which fine all the honor, manors, etc., named, were settled on John 
and Matilda and the heirs male of their bodies, and failing such on the right 
heirs of Matilda, m. 78. 

Staff. Thomas son of John de Eyton was summoned by Thomas de 
Beyssyn in a plea that he should carry out a covenant made between them 
respecting the third part of the manor of Asshele (Ashley) and advowson of 
the church of Asshele, and the parties appeared in Court, and Thomas de 
Beyssyn gave a mark for license of concord, and Thomas produced the King's 
Letters Patent by which the King conceded to the said Thomas that he might 
retain the said advowson, to be held of the King and his heirs by the said 
Thomas and his heirs, and likewise that the said Thomas son of John might 
grant that the third part of the said third part which Henry de Bereford and 
Alianora his wife held as dower of Alianora of the inheritance of the said 
Thomas, and which should revert to him, should remain to the said Thomas 
son of John for his life, but so that after the death of the said Alianora and 
Thomas son of John, it should revert to the said Thomas de Beyssyn and his 
heirs. He produced also the King's close writ directed to the Justices giving 
permission for a fine to be levied between the parties according to the law 
and custom of the Kingdom. 1 m. 89. 

Derb. Isabella formerly wife of Walter de Stretton sued Richard de 
Draycote and Roger his son, Agnes formerly wife of Roger de Draycote, and 
William son of Robert de Chetelton for violently ejecting her from the 
custody of a messuage, four virgates and a half of land, and six acres of 
meadow in Edenynghale which belonged to her until the full age of the heir 
of Roger de Draycote, inasmuch as the said Roger had held the tenements 
of her by military service. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to distrain again and to produce them on the morrow of St. John 
the Baptist, m. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Ralph de Bisshebury not appearing to 
prosecute her suit for dower in Bysshebury against Henry son of Philip de 
Oldef ailing, the suit was dismissed, m. 124, dor so. 

Staff. Edith formerly wife of Adam atte Lowe sued John atte holte for 
a third of a messuage, six acres of land and six acres of meadow, and 6s. of 
rent in Hulton (Hilton), and she sued eight other tenants of the same vill, 
respectively, for a third of a messuage, six acres of land, six of meadow, and 
6s. of rent, which she claimed as dower. None of the defendants appeared, 
and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late. They are therefore 
to be summoned for the Quindene of Easter, m. 47, dorso. 

Staff. In the suit of Agnes formerly wife of Ralph de Bisshebury against 
Thomas son of Henry Russell for three acres of land in Bisshebury, and in 
which Thomas had called to warranty Philip de Rydeware ; Philip had not 

1 By this fine, which was levied at Easter, 11 E. II., Thomas son of John granted 
to Thomas Beyssin two parts of the third part of the manor of Ashley, and the 
advowson of the church, and covenanted as above respecting the other part of the 
third part. A note on the fine states that Henry de Bereford was dead. (Pedes 
Finium, Staff.) It will be noted that the words in italics are omitted in the record 
of the transactions given above. 



DE BANCO, EASTER, 10 E. II. 07 

appeared to his summons, and the Sheriff had l>een ordered to tike land 
belonging to him to the value of the land claimed into the King's hand, after 
which Philip having again made default, it was ordered that Agnes should 
recover seisin against the said Thomas, and Thomas should recover the value 
of the land from the said Philip, m. 31, dorso. 

BANCO KOLL. EASTER, 10 E. II. 

Warw. William de Wrottesleye, by Clement de Hampton his attorney, 
sued Ralph de Wytheleye for a messuage arid forty acres of land, five acres 
of meadow, and 20.?. of rent in Cokton (Coughton), as his right, etc. Ralph stilted 
he held the tenements for term of his life by the demise of John de Wythe- 
leye and Christine his wife and called them to warranty. The Sheriff was 
ordered to summon them for the Quindene of Michaelmas, m. 34. 

Staff. Richard son of John Smalrys gives a mark for license of concord 
with Roger Trumwyne and Joan his wife respecting tenements in Smalrys 
and Sondon (Sandon). 1 m. 38. 

Staff. Avice formerly wife of Reginald de Leye recovers the third part 
of half the manor of Calton against Thomas son of William Wyther, as her 
dower, by default of the defendant, m. 150. 

Staff. John le Brabazoim, Parson of the church of Wolstanton, sued 
Richard de Delves and two others for a debt of 16 marks. Adjourned to a 
day in Michaelmas Term. 

Staff. Margaret formerly wife of Henry de Egebaston sued William de 
Bereford for the third of six messuages, four cottages, two and a half virgates 
of land, sixty acres of land, and half of three acres of meadow, eight acres of 
pasture, six of wood, a water-mill, a Fuller mill, and 5s. Id. of rent, half a 
messuage, a water-mill, and the fourth of a virgate of land in Humele (Him- 
ley) as her dower. William called to warranty John the son and heir of 
Henry de Egebaston who was under age, and whose land and person were in 
the custody of Thomas de Hynkele and Walter de Clodeshall, and he produced 
the deed of Henry de Egebaston granting to him the said tenements and 
with a clause of warranty. The cmtodes are therefore to be summoned for a 
day in Trinity Term, and to produce the heir at the same date. in. 230. 

Letters of Protection enrolled for Thomas de Hastang who was about to 
proceed to Scotland in the retinue of Edmund Earl of Arundel. m. 2, dorso. 

Staff. In the suit in which John de Kynardesle the Prebendary of 
Eccleshale, claimed twenty-six messuages, a mill, eight virgates of land, etc., 
in Eccleshale as the right of the Church of St. Chad at Lichfield, and which 
tenements were in the occupation of William Parent, Elias de Brochurst, 
John son of Peter de Haketon, Roger son of Henry de Brochurst, Stephen 
de Okeleye, William de Cobynton, Peter de Joneston, Robert de Horseleye, 
William* de Joneston, and eight others ; John stated that Hugh Noel his 
predecessor held the tenements temp. King John, and the tenants pleaded that 
John could claim nothing in the tenements except the fealty of the tenants, 
and if this was given against them, they pleaded that the tenements were not 

1 By this fine Bicliard acknowledged six messuages, three carucates of land, 
twenty acres of meadow, ten acres of pasture, and 1 6d. of rent in the above villa to 
be the right of Koger and Joan, and delivered to them two parts of tne s&ici tene- 
ments, and further granted that the third part, now held by Margaret formerly wife 
of John de Smalrys and which, after the death of Margaret, should revert to Richard 
should remain to the said Roger and Joan, and for this acknowledgment Roger 
and Joan gave him 100 marks. (Pedes Finium, Staff. From the William Salt 
Transcripts.) 

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68 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

the free alms of the church, but were a lay fee belonging to them. The suit 
was adjourned to a month from Michaelmas, m. 219, dorso. 

Staff. John de Hastang sued Kichard de Cavereswell for a debt of 100, 
and produced the bond of the said Eichard dated from Alveton on the feast 
of St. Lawrence, 6 E. II. Eichard pleaded that at the date of the deed he 
was under age, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned at the 
Quindene of Trinity, m. 170, dorso. 

Staff. The same John sued Eobert le Mareschal for a debt of 100. 
Eobert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce 
him at the same date. m. 170, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to distrain Eichard son of Henry (sic 
Hervey) de Strettou and produce him in Court to complete the chirograph of 
a fine levied at York temp. E. I. between Walter de Langeton, the Bishop of 
Coventry and Lichfield, and the said Eichard, respecting a messuage one 
hundred acres of land, fifteen acres of meadow, sixty acres of pasture, and a 
rent of 10 4s. in Stretton, as agreed between them ; and Eichard did not 
appear, and the Sheriff returned he held nothing within his bailiwick by 
which he could be attached, and it was testified that he held sufficient for the 
purpose. The Sheriff was therefore ordered as before, and to produce him at 
the Quindene of Trinity, m. 132, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to produce at three weeks from 
Easter William de Mere and the rest of the jury which had been summoned 
between William son of William de Wrottesle, plaintiff, and Eoger de 
Levinton, tenant of the manor of Levynton (Loynton), and he had returned 
certain sums, the issues of the lands of the said jury without warrant. The 
Sheriff, Eoger de Tromwyne, is therefore in misericordid. 1 m. 85, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff was ordered to produce Henry de Bereford and 
Alianora his wife to acknowledge what right they claimed in the third part 
of the third part of the manor of Asshele (Ashley) which Thomas son of John 
de Eyton had conceded by fine to Thomas de Beysyn. Henry and Alianora 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at 
the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 43, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. TRINITY, 10 E. II. 

Staff. Eichard le Neveu gives half a mark for license of concord with 
Geoffrey son of Hugh de Aston and Margery his wife respecting tenements 
in Hopton. 2 m. 6. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to produce Margery formerly wife of 
John Smalrys to acknowledge what right she claimed in the third part of six 
messuages, three carucates of land, twenty acres of meadow, ten acres of pasture, 
and I6d. of rent in Smalrys and Sondon which Eichard son of John de 
Smalrys had conceded to Eoger Trumwyne and Joan his wife by a fine levied 
between them ; and she did not appear, and the Sheriff returned he had 
attached her by Adam Wolrich and Eobert Wolrich. They are therefore in 

1 The suit had been adjourned at the commencement of the term to the Q.uindene 
of Michaelmas through 'defect of a jury, and the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain 
the jury by their lands and chattels, and he now returned some of the issues into 
Court, and in doing so was guilty apparently of some informality, perhaps because he 
should not have made the return before the Quindene of Michaelmas. At Michael- 
mas Term, 11 E. II., the suit was again adjourned through defect of a jury to 
the Hillary Term following. 

2 By this fine Geoffrey and Margery acknowledged a messuage, fourteen acres 
of land, and half an acre of meadow to be the right of Eichard, for which Richard 
gave them 10 marks. (Pedes Finium, Staff".) 



DE BANCO, MICH., 11 E. II. 69 

misericordid, and he was ordered to distrain and produce her at the Octaves 
of Michaelmas, m. 104. 

Staff. John de Wymundham of London, by John Paries his attorney, 
sued William de Walton for a messuage and twenty-two and a half acres of 
land in Fill feu near Lychefeld, as his right, etc. William did not appear, and 
the Sheriff returned he had summoned him by a precipe to the Bailiffs of the 
Bishop of Chester who had done nothing. The Sheriff was therefore 
commanded by writ of "non omittat propter libertatem" to summon him for 
the Quindene of St. Martin, m. 268, dorso. 

Staff. Henry de Lekeboume sued John de Somery, Hugh de Audele, 
Peter de Lymesey, Geoffrey de Wolsele, Robert de Warrewyk, and Giles de 
Audele, the executors of the will of Nicholas de Audele for a debt of 30. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them 
for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 262, dorso. 

St(ff. Hugh, Prior of Great Malverne, sued Richard son of William 
de la Lee of Bei luston and Alina his wife for the manor of Foleford (Fulford), 
as the right of his church, and in which the said Richard and Alina had no 
entry except by a demise made to llobert de Berluston, Clerk, by his pre- 
decessor Walter, temp. King John, without the assent of the Chapter. 

Richard and Aliua appeared and defended their right, and appealed to a 
jury, which is to be summoned for the morrow of All Souls. A postscript 
states that the jury at that term found a verdict in favor of the Prior, who 
is to recover seisin, m. 192, dorso. 

BANCO ROLL. MICHAELMAS, HE. II. 

Staff. Richard Wych of Asshmerebrok gives half a mark for license of 
concord with Robert Coynterel of Lychefeld and Edith his wife respecting 
tenements in Lougedon. 1 m. 1. 

Staff. Mary de Brymton not prosecuting her writ against Magister 
Philip Torvile, she and her sureties, viz., Richard de Pycheford and William 
le Tai'lour of Bloumhill are in misericordid. m. 3. 

Staff. Richard de Bourton and Agnes his wife not prosecuting their suit 
against John de Bromleye and Joan formerly wife of Robert de Bromleye, 
for thirty acres of land, two of meadow, six of wood, and two parts of a 
messuage in Gravenhunger, they and their sureties, viz., Richard de Hopton 
and John de Wovere are in misericordid. m. 16. 

Staff. Robert de Dudynton and Agnes his wife give 20,?. for license of 
concord with Robert son of John de Sugenhull respecting half the manor of 
Dudynton (Derriugton) near Stafford. 2 m. 64. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Thomas de Abyndon and Roger de Wynde- 
sore, executors of the will of Thomas de Abyndon, sued Robert de Stepelton 
to render to them and to Richard de Anesty their co-executor, ,55 10s. which 
he unjustly detained. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to attach him for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 67. 

Staff. John de Cave of Northburgh sued John de Perton for the wardship 
of Robert son and heir of Robert de Esyngton, which belonged to him, inas- 
much as the said Robert held his lands of him by knight's service. John de 
Perton did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 111. 

1 By this fine Kobert and Edith acknowledged ten acres of land in Longdon to 
be the right of Richard, for which Richard gave them 100?. 

2 By this fine half tbe manor of Dudynton (Derrington) was settled on Robert 
and Agnes for their lives, with remainder to William le Botillcr and Philippa his 
wife and their issue, and in default of such issue to the right heirs of Robert. 
(Pedes Finium, Sfaff 1 .) 



70 EXTRACTS EROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. In the suit of the Prior of Dieulacresse against Ralph de 
Eodeyord for an acre of pasture in Lek, the Prior appeared and claimed it by 
default of Ealph who had not appeared to his summons, and the tenement had 
been taken into the King's hand. Ealph now appeared, and stated that his 
default should not prejudice him, because he had been in prison, the said 
Abbot having brought a writ de rescusso against him in the county, and 
obtained a verdict against him, and for which cause he had been detained in 
prison for ten days. The Abbot denied he was in prison at the date he ought 
to have appeared in Court, viz., at five weeks from Easter, and appealed to a 
jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of the Purification, m. 176. 

Staff. The Dean and Chapter of St. Peter of Wolverhampton are in 
misericordid for a false claim against Eichard son of Eichard Burdoun of 
Tettenhale in a plea of " utrum " as appears from Term of Trinity, 8 E. II., 
Eoll 66. m. 261. 

Staff. In the suit of the Abbot of St. Ebrulph against the Abbot of 
Buldewas for a carucate of land in Great Oniie, the Abbot of Buldewas 
took exception to the writ, because the tenements were in Walton and 
not in Great Onne. The Abbot of St. Ebrulph denied this and appealed to a 

J UI 7- 

The Abbot of Buldwas then pleaded that at the assize of 21 E. I. a jury 
had found that the tenements in question were in Walton, and appealed to the 
records of that iter. The Abbot of St. Ebrulph denied that the tenements 
in dispute in 21 E I. were the same as those he now claimed and appealed to 
a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Easter, m. 288. 

Staff. Eichard de Flosbrok sued Eoger le Freman of Leventon for a debt 
of 12 marks 12s. 8d. Eoger did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
attach him for three weeks from Easter, m. 303. 

Derby. Eoger son of Eichard de Stafford, senior, sued Isabella daughter 
of Eichard de Eyum for a messuage and the third part of two parts of six 
bovates of land in Eyum as his right and inheritance, and in which she had no 
entry except by Eoger son of Eichard de Stafford, junior, who had demised 
the tenements to her, and of which he had unjustly disseised John de Stafford 
the brother of the said Eoger (the plaintiff), whose heir he is. Isabella called 
to warranty Eoger son of Eichard de Stafford, junior, who is to be summoned 
for three weeks from Easter, m. 328. 

Derb. Eoger de Morteyn sued William son of Eobert Sancheverel for an 
acre of land and eighty acres of wood in Eyseley, as his right and inheritance, 
and he stated that Eustace his grandfather 'was seised of the tenements 
temp. Hen. III., and from Eustace the right descended to Eustace his son 
and heir, and from Eustace to William his son and heir, and from William, 
who died s.p., to Eoger his brother and heir who now sues. William denied 
the seisin of Eustace temp. Hen. III., and appealed to a great assize, and a 
day was given to the parties at three weeks from Easter, m. 328. 

Staff. Adam Coygne and Elena his wife recover twelve acres of land in 
Marchinton under Nedwode in a suit against Henry Broun and Aline his 
wife, through default of the defendants, m. 410. 

Staff. Cecilia daughter of John de Byston sued John de Colewych for six- 
teen acres of land in Colewych and Byston (Bishton) and she sued John son of 
John de Colewych for a messuage and twelve acres of land in Colewych, as 
her right and inheritance. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for a 
month from Easter, m. 411. 



Eoger de Aquore (sic) (Okeover) sued William de Sutton and 
Margaret his wife to render to him an account of the issues of the lands, etc., 
in Aquore (Okeover), whilst they were in their custody; the said lands 
being held in soccage, and of which they had the custody whilst he was a minor. 



DE BANCO, MICH., 11 E. II. 71 

The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned they held nothing 
within his bailiw : ck, and it was testified they held sufficient in co. Warwick, 
the Sheriff of Warwickshire was therefore commanded to summon them for 
the Octaves of the Purification, m. 446, dorso. 

Staff. Henry de Bisshebury sued Hugh de Bisshebury, Parson of the 
Church of Bisshebury (Bushbury), for 6 the arrears of an annual rent of 60x. 
owing to him. Hugh did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach 
him and returned he held no lay fee. A mandate was therefore sent to the 
Bishop of Coventry and Lychfeld to produce him at five weeka from Easter. 
m. 362, dorso. 

Staff. Mary formerly wife of Adam de Brympton sued Magister Philip 
de Turvill and Erueburga, Abbess of Pollisworth, for holding a plea in Court 
Christian against her respecting the advowson of a fourth part of the Church 
of Eyton against the prohibition of the King. The defendants did not 
appear, and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late. He was 
therefore ordered to attach them for a month from Easter. 1 m. 333, dorso. 

Staff. William son of Robert de Depedale, by Richard de Whetales his 
attorney, had sued Thomas son of Philip de Barynton for a messuage and 
thirty acres of land in Chedle as his right etc., and Thomas had made 
default at Trinity Term and the land had been taken into the King's hand. 
William now appeared and claimed the tenements by default of the defendant. 
Thomas appeared by attorney and denied the summons, and offered to wa^e 
his law. He was therefore to appear with his conjpurgators at three weeks 
from Easter. 77?. 330, dorso. 

Staff. Edith formerly wife of Alexander de Whitwyk sued Thomas son 
of William Gerveyse for the third of an acre of land in Netherpenne as dower. 
Thomas called to warranty John son of Alexander de Whytwyk, who is to be 
summoned for the morrow of the Purification, m, 303, dorso. 

Derby. Roger de Swynnerton, by Richard de Peshale his attomey, sued 
Walter de Monte Gomery for a debt of 40 which he unjustly detained. 
Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the 
morrow of the Purification, m. 242, dorso. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued Alice formerly 
wife of Richard son of Gilbert de Gretewych for two acres of meadow in 
Gretewych (Gratwick) which she claimed to hold for her life by a demise 
which Ivo de Mutton had made to the said Isabella and Philip her husband. 
Alice did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into 
the King's hand, and to summon her for the Quiudene of Hillary, m. 152, 
dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to deliver all the goods and chattels 
of Ralph Basset of Sapecote excepting oxen and horses of the plough, and 
likewise half the lands and tenements of the said Ralph, to Geoffrey de 
Billeston and William de Wyllenhale, the. executors of the will of Henry de 
Preatewode, according to the statute, until a sum of 17 marks had been levied 
and likewise 100s. for their damages on account of the detention of the said 
debt, and which they had recovered against him at Easter Term, 10 E. II. 
And the Sheriff now returned that he had delivered to Clement de Wolverne- 
hampton, the attorney of the said executors, the goods and chattels of the said 
Ralph, which had been appraised at 4, and half of his lauds and tenements 
which had been valued at 10 marks, m. 139, dorso. 

Staff. Philip de Somerville sued Edmund de Somerville in a plea that he 
should warrant to him a messuage and forty-five acres of land in Tuustal 
near Tatenhull which Reginald de Leghtou and Alice his wife, John son of 

1 At this date Mary did not appear and the suit was dismissed. 



72 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Henry de Coketon and Isolda his wife, and Emma daughter of Eobert 
de Derby claimed as the right of the said Alice, Isolda, and Emma ; Edmund 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him to 
the value of the tenements claimed into the King's hand and to summon 
him for the morrow of the Purification, m. 123, dorso. 

Staff. William Gryffyn of Colton sued Eoger Hobet of Colton for two 
and a half acres of land in Colton, and he sued the same Eoger and William 
his brother for an acre of meadow in the same vill. The defendants did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's 
hand and to summon them for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 106, dorso. 

Salop. Geoffrey de Wasteneys sued Margaret formerly wife of John de 
Pycheford for a debt of 60. Margaret did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain and produce her at the Octaves of Hillary, m. 36, dorso. 



Eoger de Bedulf not appearing to prosecute his suit against 
William de Mere for an illegal distress, the suit was dismissed, and he 
and his sureties, William de Bydulf and Eichard de Bydulf, are in misericordid. 
m. 16, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. EASTER, HE. II. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to produce Nicholas Meverel and 
Sarra his wife to acknowledge in Court what right they claimed in a messuage 
in Gayton which Ealph de Grendon had conceded by a fine to Henry de Swan- 
bache (Sandbach). Nicholas and Sarra did not appear, and had been attached 
by William Meverel and William his brother (fratrem ejus). They are there- 
fore in misericordid and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them 
at the Quindene of Michaelmas. 1 m. 213. 

Salop . John de Handlo sued Edmund Earl of Arundeli, Eoger de Cheygne, 
Thomas de Wynnesbury, and Thomas le Jay, for taking him prisoner, m et 
armis, at Clove, and taking him by night to Wynesbury, and from thence to 
the Castle of Osewaldestre, and from thence by night to the Castle of Shrew- 
ardyn, and from thence to the Castle of Clove, and from thence to the vill of 
Bruggenorth, and retaining him a prisoner at Bruggenorth, until by means of 
his friends he had paid a fine of <4,000 for his release. None of the defen- 
dants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at 
the Quindene of St. Michael. A postscript states that the Sheriff made no return 
at that date, and he was ordered to produce them at the Quindene of Hillary, 
m. 270, dorso. 

Staff. Cecily daughter of John de Biston (Bishton) sued John de Cole- 
wych, senior, for sixteen acres of land in Colewich and Biston, and she sued 
John son of John de Colewich for a messuage and twelve acres of land in 
Colewich, which Lettice de Colewich and Alice her sister had given to Eichard 
son of John de Biston and heirs of his body, and which by the form of gift 
should remain to the said Cecilia. The defendants appeared and denied that 
the said Eichard was ever seised of the tenements by the gift of Lettice and 
Alice, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from 
Michaelmas, m. 267, dorso. 

Staff. Elena formerly the wife of Eobert le Clerk of Bradeleye sued Hugh 
de Peshale for a third of twenty-four acres of land in Chedle as her dower. 
Hugh called to warranty Eobert son of Eobert le Clerk of Bradeleye who is 
to be summoned for the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 249, dorso. 

1 By this fine Ralph acknowledged a messuage, six bovates and four acres of land 
in Gayton and Sandon to be the right of Henry, for which the said Henry granted 
them to Kalph and Isabella and their issue, and if they should die s.p. to remain 
to the right heirs of Ralph. (Pedes Finium, Staff 1 .) 



DE BANCO, M1CIL, 12 E. II. 73 

Staff. Clement de Hampton and Richard de Hampton, executors of the 
will of William de Hampton, sued John de Perton for a debt of 57*. 4c/., and 
they sued Ralph son of Ralph de Bisshebury and two others for a debt of 40*. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them 
for the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 197, dorso. 

Staff. John de Cave of Northburgh sued William Luterel and Simon 
Luterel of Ireland, for the manor of Thorpe Costantyn, excepting two mes- 
suages, a virgate and eighteen acres. The defendants did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to 
summon them for the Octaves of St. Michael, m. 197, dorso. 

Staff. Roger Corbet of Hadleye gives 20s. for license of concord with 
Hugh de Styvynton respecting the manor of Berlaston. 1 m. 190, dorso. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of William de Jarpenville recovers a third of 
two parts of the manor of Draycote under Nedwode as dower, against Philip 
de Somerville, through default of the latter, m. 171, dorso. 

Derb. The Sheriff had been ordered to deliver all the goods and chattels, 
excepting oxen and horses of the plough, and half the lands of Richard de 
Draycote, Roger his son, and of Agnes formerly wife of Roger de Draycote, and 
William brother of Robert de Chetelton to Isabella formerly wife of Walter 
de Stretton until a sum of 71 10*. '3d. had been levied, damages adjudicated 
against them for violently ejecting the said Isabella from the custody of a 
messuage and lands in Edenynhale, and he returned that they held no lands 
or chattels within his bailiwick, and it was testified they held sufficient in co. 
Stafford. A similar writ was therefore sent to the Sheriff of Staffordshire. 
m. 155, dorso. 

Staff. Anselm le Mareschall gives half a mark for license of concord with 
William Gerard of Styvynton and Dionisia his wife respecting land in Colton. 1 
m. 87, dorso. 

BANCO BOLL. MICHAELMAS, 12 E. II. 

Staff. John, Prior of Stone, sued the Dean of the Church of St. Mary of 
Stafford for a carucate of land and four acres of meadow in the vill of Castle 
Stafford ("in villa castri Stafford?} as the right of the Church of St. Wolfad 
of Stone. The Dean did not appear, and had previously made default. The 
Sheriff was therefore ordered to take the tenement into the King's hand and 
to summon him for the Quindene of Hillary to hear judgment, m. 78. 

Staff. William Griffyn of Colton sued Robert Griffin of Colton for a 
messuage in Colton, and he sued Henry Coleman for eight acres of land and an 
acre of meadow in the same vill, in which they had no entry except by a 
demise which William Gryffyn his great grandfather, whose heir he is, had 
made to Roger Bonel fora term which had expired ; and he stated that the 
said William his great grandfather was seised of the tenements in demesne as 
of fee in the time of King Henry the King's grandfather, and from William 
the right descended to William his son and heir, and from the said William 
to John, as his son and heir, and from John to William the plaintiff, as son and 
heir. Henry called to warranty Robert Griffyn, who is to be summoned for 
the Quindene of Hillary, and Robert stated that the messuage claimed against 
him was at one time in the seisin of one Roger de Huctesdon (Hi son) whom 
the said William Griffyn had styled Roger Bonel, and the said William 
Griffyn had remitted and quit-claimed all his right to it to the said Roger and 
his heirs, and he produced the deed. William Griffyn denied that the deed 
had been executed by the said William his ancestor and appealed to a jury, 
which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary, and the deed is to 

1 This fine is missing. 



74 EXTEACTS FKOM THE PLEA EOLLS. 

remain in the meantime in the custody of Adam de Herewynton, the King's 
Clerk, m. 117. 

Staff. Thomas de Engelton and Joan his wife recover eleven acres of land 
in Bromleye Bagot from various tenants in the said vill, which he claimed as 
the right of Joan, the tenants making default, m. 251. 

Ebor. Thomas de Furnivalle sued Edmund de Wasteneys in a plea that 
he should permit him to present to the Church of Treton, and he stated that 
one Eichard de Bernak was formerly seised of the manor of Treton, called 
the Netherhalle, to which the advowson of the Church was appurtenant and 
had presented to the church temp. E. I., and the said Eichard had 
afterwards given the said manor to him. Edmund denied that the advowson 
of the Church belonged entirely to the manor of Netherhalle, and stated there 
were other hamlets in the same vill, viz., Brampton, Ullay, Aghton, and 
Waleswode, which were formerly in the seisin of one John de Horbury, and 
that the said John and Eichard de Bernak had presented conjointly to the 
Church in the reign of Edward I, and an arrangement had been afterwards 
made between them by which they should present alternately, Eichard de 
Bernak making the next presentation ; and that the said Eichard had presented 
under the terms of this composition, and that the said John de Horbury had 
afterwards enfeoffed him in the said hamlets, and for which reason the next 
presentation had devolved on him, and he appealed to a jury. A jury was 
ordered to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. A postscript states that 
the process was continued at York at the Octaves of Hillary, 13 E. II, when 
the said Edmund made default, and Thomas recovered the advowson. m. 331. 

Staff. Whereas Eichard de Calewych and Margaret his wife at 
Michaelmas Term, 6 E. II., had sued Agnes formerly wife of Thomas de 
Ferrars of Lockesleye, for a fourth part of the manor of Great Lockesleye, of 
which Thomas son of Thomas de Ferars of Lockesle, the cousin of the said 
Margaret and whose heir she is, was seised in demesne, etc., when he died, 
and the said Agnes had appeared in Court and had surrendered to the said 
Eichard and Margaret the said fourth part, but before the said Margaret had 
been put into seisin of it, she had died, as the King had been informed by 
John son and heir of the said Margaret, and the said fourth part had fallen 
to the seisin of John son of Thomas de Ferrars of Lockesleye ; the Sheriff 
had been commanded by writ of scire facias addressed to the said John son of 
Thomas, to produce him at this date in Court to shew cause why the said John 
son and heir of Margaret should not have seisin of the said fourth part 
according to the judgment pronounced by the Court ; and the Sheriff now 
returned that he had delivered the writ of scire facias to the said John son of 
Thomas, by William de Eyton and Thomas de Eyton, and John son and heir 
of the said Margaret now appeared in Court together with John son of Thomas 
de Ferars of Lockesleye ; and John son of Thomas prayed to have the record 
of the suit above named produced, by which it appeared that there was 
mention in it that the said Agnes had surrendered to the said Margaret the 
fourth part of the manor as stated in the writ to the present action. The suit 
was therefore dismissed, but the said John son and heir of Margaret was not 
amerced because he was under age. m. 391. 

Staff. Eobert le Eotour of Stafford sued Cecilia formerly wife of Philip 
Nowel of Cesteford (Seighford) executrix of the will of Philip Nowel (Noel) 
and Thomas, Parson of the Church of Weston near Losyerd, her co-executor, 
for three sacks and four stone of wool of the value of 30, which they 
unjustly detained. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain and produce them at three weeks from Easter, m. 403. 

Staff. William Gerard of Styvyton and Dionisia his wife sued Adam le 
Smith of Colton for four acres of land in Colton, which they claimed to hold for 
the life of Dionisia by a demise which Henry son of Hugh de Colton had 



DE BANCO, MICH., 12 E. II. 75 

made to the said Dionisia and to John de Morhay her first husband, and in 
which the said Adam had no entry except by Thomas le Ridere of Ruggeleye, 
to whom John formerly husband of Dionisia had demised it, and to which 
during his lifetime she could not object. Adam prayed a view, and the suit 
was adjourned to a month from Easter, in. 434. 

Staff. John de Kynardesle, Prebendary of Eccleshale, not appearing to 
prosecute his suits against William son of Robert de Hotseleye fora messuage 
and seven and a half acres of land, and against William de Cobinton for a 
messuage and eight acres of land in Eccleshale, the suits are dismissed, m. 
437. 

Staff. Reginald de Leghton and Alice his wife, John son of Henry de 
Boketon and Isabella his wife, and Emma daughter of Robert de Derby sued 
Philip de Somerville for a messuage and forty-five acres of land in Tunstall 
near Tatenhull, as the right and inheritance of the said Alice, Isabella and 
Emma, and in which he had no entry except by a demise which Robert de Derby 
their father had made to Roger de Somerville for a term which had expired, 
and he stated that Robert de Derby had held the said tenements in demesne 
as of fee, temp. Henry III., and from Robert the right descended to the said 
Alice, Isabella, and Emma as his daughters and heirs. Philip called to 
warranty Edmund de Somerville who appeared and warranted the tenements 
to him, and denied that Robert had demised them as stated, and he appealed 
to a jury which is to be summoned for five weeks from Easter, m. 439. 

Staff. John de Kynardesle, Prebendary of Eccleshale, not appearing to 
prosecute his suit against William Parent and the other defendants named in 
the former plea for twenty-six messuages, a mill, eight virgates of land, 
twenty-eight acres of meadow, and twenty-four acres of wood in Eccleshale, 
the suit was dismissed, m. 454. 

Staff. Simon son of Richard de Waterfal sued Ralph de Grendon, Clerk, 
John de Grendon, Nicholas Up-in-the-ton of Waterfal, Henry Poutrel, and 
Ralph Rock of Waterfal for a debt of 4 marks. None of the defendants 
appeared and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for a month from Easter. 
m. 472. 

Staff. William de Willenhale, Chaplain, and the other executors of the will 
of Henry de Prestwode, sued Robert le Champion and Emma formerly wife of 
William Trumwyne, executrix of the will of William Trumwyne, for a debt of 
22 marks. The Sheriff had been ordered to attach them for this term, but 
returned the writ reached him too late, and he was now ordered to attach 
them for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 4 ( )3. 

Staff. Richard de Dray cote sued Joan formerly wife of Philip de Draycote, 
in a plea of last presentation to the Church of Draycote. Joan did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to re-summon her for the Quindene of Hillary. 
m. 434, dorso. 

Staff. Robert son of Robert de Esyngton sued John de Benteleye for a 
debt of 10. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him 
for the Octaves of Hillary, m. 238, dorso. 

Staff. Roger son of Henry de Carswell sued Richard Albeyn for coming 
vi et armis to Dulverne, cutting down his trees to the value of lOOs. and beating 
and iJltreating his servants. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain and produce him at the Quindene of Hillary, m. 165, 
dorso. 

Staff. Adam del Knol of Colton recovers a messuage in Colton against 
Roger le Counteur of Colton and Agnes his wife, and William the son of the 
said Roger and Agnes, through default of the defendants, m. 75, dorso. 

Staff. Emma de Gresebrok sued Richard de Blecheleye, Parson of the 



76 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Church of Tilston, for a sum of 40 marks ; and he did not appear, and the 
Sheriff had been ordered to attach Walter the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfeld, 
in order that he might produce the said Richard in Court, and he did not appear. 
The Sheriff was therefore ordered to distrain the Bishop to produce in Court 
the said Richard his Clerk, m. 44, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. EASTER, 12 E. II. 

Staff. Alice formerly wife of Richard de Stretton sued Walter the Bishop 
of Coventry and Lychfeld for a third of a messuage and carucate of land, ten 
acres of meadow, ten acres of wood, and 1 5s. of rent in Stretton as her dower. 
The Bishop appeared by attorney and denied that Alice had any right to 
dower, her husband Richard not having been seised of the tenements when 
he married her, nor at any time afterwards ; and he appealed to a jury, which 
is to be summoned for the Octaves of St. John the Baptist, m. 25, dorso. 

Staff. Hugh, Parson of the Church of Bisshebury, sued Simon de 
Dumbelton, Clerk, John de Weston, Geoffrey de Wasteneys of Tyxhale, 
Robert de Ovioteshay, and John de Perton to render to him 6 marks which 
were in arrear of an annual rent of 8 marks, which they owed to him. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them 
for a day in Trinity Term. m. 160. 

Warw. William de Wrottesleye sued Ralph de Wytheleye for a messuage 
and forty acres of land, five acres of meadow, and 20s. of rent in Cokton as 
his right and inheritance. Ralph did not appear on the day given to him, but 
afterwards came into Court and called to warranty John de Wytheleye and 
Christina his wife. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to take the tenements 
into the King's hand, and to summon him for the Quindene of Michaelmas 
to hear judgment, m. 174, dorso. 

Staff. William son of Hamon de Adbaston sued Richard de Chipknol for 
two messuages and three nokes of land in Adbaston, which William son of 
Hugh son of Walter held of Hamon his father, whose heir he is, and which 
should fall to him as an escheat, the said William son of Hugh having abjured 
the realm for a felony. 

Richard took exception to the writ, because at the date of it he did not 
hold the whole of the tenement, Walter, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfeld, 
holding two and a half acres of it. William son of Hamon denied this and 
appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for three weeks from Michaelmas. 
m 160, dorso. 

ktaff. The suit of William son of William de Wrottesleye against Roger 
de Lemynton (sic) is respited till the Quindene of St. Michael through defect 
of a jury, unless W. de Beref ord should first come to Lychfeld on the Saturday 
next after the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. 1 m. 160, dorso. 

Staff. William de Sutton of Warrewyk and Margaret his wife sued 
Christina wife of Roger de Acovere for the manor of Acovere as the right of 
the said Margaret, and they sued the said Roger and Christina for the same. 
Christina did not appear and the Sheriff was ordered to take the manor into 
the King's hand, and to summon her for the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 147, 
dorso. 

Staff. William de Sutton and Margaret his wife sued John de Wytheleye 
for a toft in Cocton as the right of Margaret, and John had made default, 
and the toft had been taken into the King's hand. William and Margaret 
now appeared and claimed it by the default of John, and John denied the 

1 This is the latest notice of the suit, which was either decided before W. de 
Bereford at Lichfield at the date named, viz., in September, 1320, or was stopped 
by the death of William de Wrottesley, which took place about the same period. 



DE BANCO, MICH., 13 E. II. 77 

summons and offered to wage his law. He is therefore to come with his 
compurgators at three weeks from St. Michael, m. 127, dorso. 

Staff. William de Podemor recovers two parts of a messuage and a 
virgate of land and three acres of meadow in Knotton in a suit against Alice 
daughter of Nicholas de Holedich and Felicia her sister, and one part of a 
messuage and of a virgate of land, and of three acres of pasture in the same 
vill, in a suit against Alexander de Congelton and Matilda his wife, all the 
defendants having made default, m. 107, dorso. 

BANCO ROLL. MICHAELMAS, 13 E. II. 
PLACITA APUD EBOR CORAM W. DE BEREFORD ET socns suis, ETC. 

Sta/. John de Somery gives 20s. for license of concord with Robert de 
Bayouse and Agnes his wife, Ha wise de Retford, Elena de Hepham, and John 
Peeke respecting the manor of Bobintoue for which Henry de Bisshebury of 
the same county is his surety. 1 m. 42. 

Sta/. Roger de Bromleye and Alice his wife sued J uliana formerly wife 
of Reginald son of John de Charnes for thirty acres of land and three acres of 
pasture in Charnes which they claimed to hold for the life of Alice by a demise 
which Reginald son of John de Charnes had made to the said Alice and to 
Reginald son of Reginald de Charnes formerly her husband, and to the heirs 
of the said Reginald son of Reginald, and in which the said Juliana had no 
entry except by the said Reginald son of Reginald formerly husband of Alice, 
who had demised the tenements to her, and to which Alice could not object 
during the lifetime of her husband. Juliana stated she held the tenements 
together with other lands in dower of the inheritance of William son and heir 
of the said Reginald son of Reginald de Charnes, and she called him to warranty. 
He is therefore to be summoned for the Quindene of Easter by the Sheriff of 
Salop, m. 84. 

Staff. John son of Robert de Bykeford, by William de Shareshulf 2 his 
attorney, appeared against Richard son of Robert de Whyston in a plea that 
he should acquit him of the service which the Abbot of St. Remige of Remis 
(Rheims) exacted from him for the free tenement he held of the said Richard 
in Whyston, and of which the said Richard who is " medius " between them 
ought to acquit him. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain and produce him at the Quindene of Easter, and to make proclamation 
publicly in two full County Courts that the said Richard should be present in 
Court at the above date to answer the plea of the said John. m. 87. 

Staff. Magister Peter de Askarne, Parson of the Church of Chekeleye, 
sued Thomas de Wotton, Peter de Maddeleye, William de Chetelton, John 
son of John le Gossib, Henry Rondulf of Tene, William Buffardy, and sixteen 
others named for breaking open his house at Chekeleye vi et armis and carrying 

1 By this fine Robert de Bayouse and Agnes and the others named acknowledged 
the manor of Bobbington to be the right of John de Somery, for which John gave 
them 100. I conclude Robert and the other tenants named in the fine were the re- 
presentatives of Hugh de Hepham the late owner of Bobbington. Hugh de Hepham 
was one of the English knights taken prisoner at Bannockburn and probably paid a 
heavy ransom for his release. He was subsequently murdered, for in 13 E. II. 
Joan his widow was indicted before the King at York for sending men unknown 
who had killed her husband near Aldborough in Yorkshire. She was acquitted. 
(Coram Rege Roll. Hillary, 13 E. II.} 

2 This is the first appearance in the Law Courts of William de Shareshull, who 
was subsequently Chief Justice of England. In 13 E. III. he purchased the manors 
of Shareshull and Coven from Robert Parcel. (Deeds in Huntbach MS.) 



78 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

off his goods and chattels to the value of 20. None of the defendants 
appeared and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce those who had 
found sureties at three weeks from Easter, and to apprehend the others, m. 
120. 

Staff. Philippa formerly wife of Kobert Travers of Hughcesdon (Hixon) 
sued Ealph de Hampton for a third of ten acres of land in Le Bolde as her 
dower. Ralph called to warranty Magister Robert de Bromleye and Felicia 
his wife who now appeared by attorney and called to warranty Roger de 
Aston. The Sheriff was ordered to summon the said Roger for the morrow 
of the Purification, m. 197. 

Verb. Peter Giffard and Ela his wife 1 sued Walter de Grendon in a plea 
that he should render to them a reasonable account for the time he was the 
bailiff of the said Ela in Tyssyngton. Walter did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to produce him at five weeks from Easter, m 214, dor so. 

Staff. The Abbess of Pollesworthe sued Thomas de Brympton the Parson 
of the Church of Eyton for 40 marks the arrears of an annual rent of 20 marks 
owing to her, and he did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered vo 
distrain Walter the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield to produce his Clerk, 
and the Sheriff now returned that he had distrained on chattels of the 
Bishop to the amount of 100s. He was therefore ordered to distrain as 
before and to produce the said Thomas on the morrow of the Purification. 
m. 173, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been commanded to produce Eva formerly wife of 
Thomas de Audele to acknowledge what right she claimed in a messuage in 
Newcastle-under-Lyme, and in the manors of Chesterton and Audeleye, and in 
the third part of the manors of Endon, Ovre Longedon, Coldenorton, and 
Balterdeleye, which John de Kynardesleye had conceded by fine to William 
de Audeley, who is now dead, and to Joan his wife ; and the Sheriff had done 
nothing, and returned the writ reached him too late. He was therefore 
ordered as before to distrain and produce her at the Quindene of Easter, m. 
100, dorso. 



Roger de Podemore sued Ralph de Grendon and Henry de Wolaston, 
the executors of Scholastica formerly wife of Adam de Mokeleston, for a debt 
of 46s. 8d. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
attach them for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 69, dorso. 

Staff. Robert de Chelle gives half a mark for license of concord with 
Philip del Fyneye and Alice his wife respecting tenements in Chetelton. 2 m. 
44, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. EASTER 13 E. II. 

Staff. The Abbot of Evesham by his attorney appeared against Joan 
formerly wife of William de Wrottesleye in a plea that she should give up to 
him Hugh 3 the son and heir of William de Wrottesleye, whose wardship 
belonged to him, inasmuch as the said William held his land of him by 

1 Sir Peter Giffard, a younger brother of Sir John Giffard of Chillington, 
married as her third husband, Ela daughter of Nicholas Lord Audley. She was 
married first to Griffin de la Pole, Lord of Powis, and after his death in 1309 to 
James de Perers. She died in 1325. (Inquis. p.m.) 

2 By this fine Philip and Alice acknowledged a messuage, twenty acres of land, 
five acres of meadow, and five acres of wood to be the right of Eobert, and for which 
he gave them 20 marks. (Pedes Finium, Staff".) 

3 This is Hugh de Wrottesley who was afterwards one of the original Knights 
of the Garter, at this date he was six years of age, having been born in 1314. 
(Deeds at Wrottesley.) 



ASSIZE ROLL OF DIVERS COUNTIES. 13 AND 14, E. II. 79 

knight's service. Joan did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach 
her for three weeks from Michaelmas. 1 m. 68. 

Sta/. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued Vivian de 
Staundon for a third of a rent of 4s. in Rugge, which she claims as dower. 
Vivian did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed 
into the King's hand and to summon him for the Octaves of St. John the 
Baptist, m. 78, dorso. 

Staff. Robert Hillary, Parson of the Church of Sutton, was summoned by 
Roger Hillary and Katherine his wife in a plea that he should cany out a 
covenant made between them respecting two messuages, two carucates of land, 
thirty acres of meadow, ten acres of wood, ten acres of pasture, and 20c/. of 
rent in West Bromwych and Shelfel. Robert appeared and a tine was levied 
between the parties.* m. 45, dorso. 

ASSIZE ROLL OF DIVERS COUNTIES. 

PLEAS TAKEN AT STAFFORD BEFORE J. CHAYNEL, W. DE STAFFORD 
AND R. DE HAMBURY, ON THK SATURDAY THE MORROW OF 
ST. MATTHEW, 13 E. II. (22nd September, 1319.) 

Staff. The Abbot of Burton appeared against Walter Wyther and Joan his 
wife, Philip, Hugh, William, and John sons of Walter, Richard de Hope, Robert 
son of Philip Maucorneys, John de Farneleye, Henry de Narewedale, Nicholas 
Wyther of Thorp, and twelve others named, for coming by night in a hostile 
manner to his manor of Ylum (Ham), breaking open the doors, and taking 
away certain cattle which had been adjudicated to the said Abbot in Banco in 
a suit between him and the said Walter, taking his goods and chattels to the 
value of 40, and insulting, beating, and illtreatiug his men, viz., John de 
Rolleston, Nicholas le Cartere, and Thomas le Mouner (the miller), so that he 
lost their services for the next ten days, etc., and for which he claimed 
,100 as damages ; Walter appeared and denied the injury and trespass, and 
appealed to a jury ; and the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury of twenty- 
four for the Octaves of St. Michael, each juryman to possess 40s. of land or 
rent at the least. The proceedings at the Octaves of Michaelmas shew that 
the suit was adjourned to the Wednesday after St. Martin, but no verdict was 
delivered, the Justices having been summoned to London by the King's writ. 

ASSIZES TAKEN AT LlCHEFELD BEFORE HENRY SPIGURNEL AND 
ADAM DE HERWYNTON, JUSTICES, ETC., ASSIGNED, ON THE 
FRIDAY THE OCTAVES OF THE ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED 
MARY. 14 E. II. (22nd August, 1320.) 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Richard son of Adam de Whetales, John and Adam, 
brothers of Richard, Roger de Swennerton, and Peter de Ulsale had unjustly 
disseised John son of William le Parker of Ulsale of a messuage, thirty-one acres 
and half a virgate of land in Ecceshale, Croxton, and Great Suggenhull. None 
of the defendants appeared, but William de Strangeford answered for them 
as bailiff, and stated that as regarded the said John and Adam brothers of 

1 No further notice of this suit occurs. Before it could come into Court again 
Joan had conceded the pcint in dispute and given up the heir. (Deed at Wrottesley.) 
She seems in the first instance to have resisted by force the entry of the Abbot's 
bailiff at Wrottesley, for the Abbot sued her for a trespass, Coram Rege, at Trinity 
Term of this year. 

2 By this fine two messuages, two carucates of land, thirty acres of meadow, ten 
acres of wood, ten acres of pasture, and 20d. of rent were settled on Roger Hillary 
and Katherine and their heirs male, with remainder to the right heirs of fioger. 
(Pedes Finium, Staff.) 



80 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Eichard son of Adam de Whethales they held nothing in the tenements and 
had done the plaintiff no injury, and as regarded Eichard son of Adam the 
tenant, he took exception to the writ, as Croxton and Great Suggenhull were 
hamlets of Eccleshale and not separate vills, and if that was given against him 
he stated that Eichard had entered through Eoger de Swennerton, who had 
entered through the said Peter de Ulsale, and for the said Peter he stated 
that one William le Parker the father of Peter and whose heir he is, died 
seised of the tenements as of fee, etc., and he had entered as his son and 
heir. 

John sen of William acknowledged that the tenements were formerly in 
the seisin of William le Parker the father of Peter, but stated that long 
before his death he had enfeoffed in them the said John by his deed which 
he produced, and had put him into seisin of them, and he appealed to a jury. 

The jury found a verdict that Croxton and Great Sugenhull were separate 
vills and not hamlets of Eccleshale, and that the defendants had unjustly 
disseised the plaintiff of the tenements in question, and they assessed his 
damages at 100s. m. 19. 

Staff. An assize etc., if Eobert de Leye, junior, Eichard Shyrard, William 
his son, and Eichard brother of William had unjustly disseised Eobert de 
Leye, senior, of a carucate of land in Leye (Leigh;. 

'Eichard Shirard answered for himself, and Eobert de Leye, junior, as bailiff, 
and the others made default, and the assize was taken in their absence ; and 
as regarded himself he stated he claimed nothing in the tenements, and for 
Eobert de Leye, junior, he stated that one Eobert de Leye the father of the 
said Eobert had enfeoffed the said Eobert de Leye, junior, of the tenements 
by his deed which he produced, and he appealed to a jury. The assize was 
respited till the Tuesday after St. Matthew at Tamworth, through the defect 
of Eobert de Ditton (button), Eichard de Cavereswall, Ealph de Grendon 
of Gayton, Eobert de Combrugge, John de Prestwode, Eobert de Brade- 
heved, Eichard son of John de Mulewych, Hugh de Peshale, Thomas 
Phelip of Tene, and Eichard son of John de Bromschulf, who never appeared, 
and likewise through the default of Ealph de Locwode, William de Bagenolt 
of Onecote, William de Blakeleye, William de Fouwall, and Henry de Wynleye, 
recognitors of the same assize, who had afterwards come to the town on 
account of the assize, and had maliciously absented themselves in order to put 
off the assize. They are therefore in misericordid. A postscript states that the 
parties appeared before the Justices at Tamworth, when the suit was respited 
again to the Wednesday after the Feast of St. Peter ad Vincula at Stafford, 
through the default of Eobert de Combrugge, Eichard de Kyngeston, Hugh 
de Peshale, Eobert son of Philip de Strongeshull, Eichard son of John de 
Bromshulf, William de Knypesleye, William de Stalbrok, John de Ok ore 
(Okeover), John de Hodynet, Henry Youel, and Thomas de Stalynton, 
recognitors, who never appeared. They are therefore in misericordid, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at Stafford on the above 
date. m. 19. 



Eichard de Calewych not prosecuting his assize against John son 
of Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye and others, respecting tenements in Great 
Lockesleye is in misericordid. m. 19, dor so. 

Staff. Anna formerly wife of Adam de Wethales not prosecuting her suit 
against Joan formerly wife of Nicholas de Audeleye and others, respecting 
tenements in Great Chelle, she and her sureties, viz., John de Wethales and 
Eichard de Whethales are in misericordid. m. 19, dor so. 

Staff. Magister Peter de Askarne, Parson of the Church of Checkele, not 
prosecuting his suit against Thomas de Wotton and others respecting tene- 
ments in Checkele, near Tene, he and his sureties are in misericordid. m. 19, 
dorso. 



DE BANCO, MICH., 14 E. II. 81 

ASSIZES TAKEN AT TAMWOHTII BEFORE THE SAME JUSTICES ON THE 

TUESDAY AFTER ST. MATTHEW, 14 E. II. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Vivian cle Aston father of Adam was seised in 
his demesne as of fee of an acre of land and half an acre of meadow in Aston 
in the Males when he died, and which Adam Knotte and Milisent his wife 
now hold. 

Adam and Milisent called to warranty William de Mere who is to be 
summoned to be at Stafford on the Wednesday after the Feast of St. Peter 
ad Vincula. m. 34. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Henry le Rowe of Blythebury, William son of 
Ralph de Newelond, Reginald de Wasteneys of Colton, Robert son of John 
Fit/ Walter, and Henry de Caldewalle had unjustly disseised Thomas le Rowe 
of Blythebury of an acre of land in Colton. 

Reginald de Wasteneys answered for all the defendants as tenant, and 
stated nothing against the assize, and the jury found in favour of Thomas, and 
assessed his damages at 40c/. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if John le Yonge of Weford and Isabella his wife, 
and Felicia daughter of John had unjustly disseised Richard son of Richard 
le Wodeward of Weford of a messuage and an acre and a half of meadow in 
Weford. 

Felicia answered as tenant and stated she entered by the said John and 
Isabella, and John stated he found his wife Isabella seised of the tenements 
when he married her ; and Isabella stated she entered by Isabella the daughtei 
of Hugh de Menyel (Meynill) who was not named in the writ. The jury 
found in favour of Richard who is to recover seisin, and his damages were 
taxed at 40d. m. 34. 

Staff. Thomas de Leghe, not prosecuting his suit against Richard son of 
Philip de Dray cote of Leghe (Leigh) and Henry son of John de Leghe re- 
specting tenements in Overleghe, is in misericordid. m. 34. 

BANCO ROLL. MICHAELMAS, 14 E. II. 

Staff. John de Somery sued Emma foimerly wife of William Tmmwyre 
for a debt of 10 marks. Emma did not appear, and the Sheriff was oideitd 
to distrain and produce her at the Octaves of Hillary, m. 14. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Philip de Draycote sued Richard de Di ay- 
cote in a plea that he had caused waste and destruction in the lands, houses, 
woods, etc., in Draycote and Coneshale which the paid Joan had demised to 
him for his life. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain and produce him at the Quindene of Hillary, m. 69. 

Staff. Roger de Bromleye and Alice his wife sued Juliana foimerly wife 
of Reginald sou of John de C'harnes for thirty acres of land and three acres of 
meadow in Charnes, as the right of the said Alice. Juliana stated she held 
the tenements in dower of the inheritance of William son of Reginald de 
Charnes, and called him to warranty. The Sheriff was therefore oulen d lo 
summon him for the Quindene of Hillary, the summons to be made in co. 
Salop, m. 96. 

$taf. Ralph son of Ralph de Bit-sebury sued Ral] h de Oovine. Jc-lm H n 
of Ralph de Covene, and Ralph son of Ralph de Covene, for a debt of 13 
marks. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
attach them for the morrow of the Purification, in. 17(5. 

Staff. Hugh de Bungeye, armurer, of London, sued Robert de Beek and 
Elizabeth his wife fcr a debt of Jib 7*. cf. Ihe ckfti dai.ts did not api tar, 



82 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Octaves of 
Hillary, m. 213. 

Ebor. Eobert Hastang and Emma his wife sued Richard de Berningham 
for the manor of Parva Hoton near Gyrlington as the right and inheritance 
of Emma, and in which the said Richard had no entry except by a demise 
made to Felicia de Bereford by John de Bereford formerly husband of Emma 
the grandmother of Emma, the wife of the said Robert, and whose heir she is, 
and to which the said Emma could not object during the lifetime of her hus- 
band. Richard appeared to his summons, and a day was given to the parties at 
three weeks from Easter, prece partium sine essoniis. m. 213. 

Staff. William le Ferour sued Swane de Snoxton for nine acres of land 
in Mefford (Meaford), and he sued William son of Robert de Stalington for 
seven acres, and Adam de Barneville for three acres, and Robert Uiiderthetre 
and Henry his brother for a messuage and ten acres, and William Jankyn for 
an acre of meadow in the same vill, which William Pyrcy of Derlaston had 
given to Roger le Ferour of Mefford with Agnes his daughter, and which 
should descend to the said William the son and heir of Roger and Agnes. 
The defendants appeared and Adam called William Trussel to warrant the 
tenements claimed from him, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon the said 
William for three weeks from Easter. Swane took exception to the writ 
because he did not hold the whole of the tenement claimed from him, one 
Roger de Verdoun holding seven acres, and John Ladde and Agnes his wife 
two parts of an acre, and Petronilla Lutemay the third part of an acre ; and 
the other defendants denied lhat the said William Pircy of Derlaston had 
given the said land to Roger de Mefford with Agnes his daughter as supposed 
by the plaintiff, and they appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the 
same day. m. 258. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Robert de Knotton sued Hugh Doncesone 
for a third of ten acres of land and four acres of meadow in Knotton, and she 
sued William Baly for a third of three acres, and James de Audelegh for a 
third of two acres and 2s. of rent, and William de Mere for a third of 105. 
of rent, and she sued John le Burgoynon and John son of John de Swonnerton 
for a third of an iron mine in the same vill which she claimed as 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. 314, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Peshale sued John son of Adam de Whethales and 
Adarn brother of John, William de Stretton, and Thomas le Parent of 
Horseleye for breaking open, m et armis, a coffer (cofrum) of the said Richard 
at Eccleshale and taking his goods and chattels to the value of 20, and 
for abstracting certain deeds and bonds (scripta obligatoria) to the great 
damage of the said Richard and against the King's peace. None of the 
defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce the 
said John and William on the morrow of the Purification ; and respecting 
Adam and Thomas, the Sheriff returned they held nothing within his bailiwick 
by which they could be attached. He was therefore ordered to arrest them 
and produce them at the same date. m. 279, dorso. 

Staff. Robert le Rotour of Stafford sued Thomas, the Parson of the 
Church of Weston near Loseyerd, and Cecilia formerly wife of Philip Nowel 
of Cesteford, the executors of the will of Philip Nowel of Cesteford (Seighford), 
for three sacks and four stone of wool of the value of 30. Thomas did not 
appear, and a mandate had been sent to the Bishop to produce him, and the 
Bishop now returned he had been cited and arcatus by the sequestration cf 
his goods. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to attach the Bishop in order 
that he might produce Thomas his Clerk at three weeks from Easter, m. 279, 
dorso. 



DE BANCO, MICH., 14 E. II. 83 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Robert de Knotton sued Thomas Baban 
and Margaret his wife for a third of a messuage and two bovates of land and 
two acres of meadow in Knotton, and she sued Richard Lagon for a third of 
six acres of land, and William de Snede for a third of three acres, and Wil- 
liam son of Nicholas de Thiknes for a third of 22</. of rent, and John son of 
John de Swoimerton (Swynnerton) for a third of two parts of a mill in the 
same vill, which she claimed as 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. 158, dorso. 

Staff. Henry son of Felice of ( 'lifton and Alice his wife, and Albreda, Edith, 
and Sarra, sisters of Alice, sued William de Stretton of Clifton fur twenty-one 
acres of laud and half an acre of meadow in Clifton Cam vile, which Henry 
son of Thomas de Neutoii had given to Milisent daughter of Michael de la 
Warde and heirs of her body, and which after the death of Milisent and 
Geoffrey her son and heir, should descend to the said Alice, Albreda, Edith, 
and Sarra the sisters and heirs of Geoffrey. William appeared by his attorney 
and stilted that the plaintiffs had no right to the tenements, and that the said 
Milisent formerly wife of Henry son of Thomas held nothing in the tenements 
except as wife of the said Henry. Henry and the other plaintifi's appealed 
to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 140, 
dorso. 

Staff. Roger, Parson of the Church of Honesworth, and John de Wirle, 
executors of the will of Thomas de Attelberge, sued Richard son of Richard 
le Vernuu (sic) for a debt of 12 marks. Richard did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Octaves of Hillary. 
m. 144, dorso. 

Wi/gorn. John de Tresel sued William de Sodynton for 12 marks, part 
of a sum of 20 owing to him for forty oxen which the said William had 
bought of him at Ambreslee in 11 E. II. William denied the debt and ap- 
pealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of Hillary, in. 137, 
dorso. 

Salop. A writ of degit to deliver to Constantine de Mortemer half the 
lands and tenements formerly belonging to Thomas de Beysyn, and now in 
seisin of Walter de Beysin brother and heir of Thomas, until a debt of 20 
marks had been satisfied which the said Thomas had acknowleged in Couit 
in 8 E. II., to be due to the said Constantine. m. lol, dorso. 

Dcrb. Walter de Monte Gomery and Joan his wife, who was executrix 
of the will of Peter de Greseleye, and Geoffrey de Greseleye her co-executor, 
sued John son of John de Stapenhull for a debt of 20 marks. John did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 88, dorso. 

Derb. The same Walter and Joan sued Matilda formerly wife of William 
de Hondesacre for a debt of 10, and William de Tymmore for a debt of 40 
marks. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach 
them for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 88, dorso. 

Staff. Ralph son of John de Grendon of Gayton gives 20s. for license of 
concord with Thomas son of Ralph de Grendon and Alice his wife respecting 
tenements in Gayton and Sondon (Sandon). 1 m. 22, dorso. 

Staff. Roger son of Henry de Carswell sued Richard Albeyn for cutting 
down his trees at Dulverne, vi et armis, and taking away his goods and chatttls 

1 By this fine Eal| h granted to Thon as and Alice and tlieir issue a ines-nape, 
two carucates of land, and ten acres of meadow, to be held of him for 9 ir.aiks 
yearly and a rose, and if Thomas thould die s.j). to revert to Kalph and his heirs. 
(Peties Finium, &taj}'.) 

G 2 



84 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

to the value of 100s., and for beating and ill-treating his men. Richard did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the 
Octaves of Hillary, m. 14, dor so. 

BANCO KOLL. EASTER, 14 E. II. 

Staff. Walter Bygod sued Eobert de Cungreve for a debt of 10, and he 
also sued him in a plea that he should render a reasonable account for the time 
he was the Bailiff of the said Walter in Pencrich. Eobert did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 64. 

Staff. Richard de Pessale appeared against Thomas Parent and Robert his 
brother, Adam son of Adam de Whethales, John son of Roger de Peshale, and 
Richard son of Roger de Pessale, and two others, for breaking, m et armis, into 
his house at Pessale, and taking his goods and chattels to the value of 20. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain those 
who had been attached, and to arrest the others and produce them at the 
Octaves of St. Michael, m. 137. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Robert de Knotton recovers dower out of 
tenements in Knotton in her suit against Hugh Doncesone, William Baly, and 
others, by default of the defendants, m. 225. 

Staff. The same Agnes recovers dower out of tenements occupied by 
Thomas Baban and Margaret his wife, William de Snede, William son of 
Nicholas de Thyknes, John son of John de Swonnerton, and others in Knotton 
by default of the defendants, m. 225. 

Staff. William de Venables and Alice his wife, by Richard de Whethales 
their attorney, appeared against Philip de Wodehouses and William de Ernefen 
in a plea that they should carry out a covenant made between them respecting 
twenty-nine messuages, two mills, three carucates, two virgates, thirty-seven 
bovates, and twelve acres of land, eighteen acres of meadow, seventy-three 
acres of wood, and 4d. rent in Aston, Willanescroft, Borgheston (Burston), and 
Walton near Stone. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned 
the writ reached him too late. He was therefore ordered to attach them for 
three weeks from Michaelmas, m. 212, dorso. 

Staff. Richard Paynel not appearing to prosecute his suit against John le 
Rous and Margaret his wife respecting a messuage, a carucate of land, forty 
acres of meadow, six acres of wood, and 20s. of rent in Waleshale, the plea 
was dismissed, m. 170, dorso. 

Staff. William de Rocheford gives half a mark for license of concord with 
John de Hothum, Bishop of Ely, respecting the fourth part of the manor of 
Thorp Costantyn and of the advowson of the Church. 1 m. 77, dorso. 



BANCO EOLL. MICHAELMAS, 15 E. II. 

Staff. Robert Papejay and Sarra his wife, and Clement de Wolverhampton 
appeared in Court and levied a fine respecting a messuage, four acres of 
meadow and half a virgate of land in Horsebrok (Horsebrook in Brewood). 
m. 2. 2 

1 By this fine William de Rochfort acknowledged the fourth part of the manor 
and the advowson of the Church to be the right of the Bishop of Ely, for which the 
Bishop gave him 20. (Pedes Finium, Staff*.) 

2 By this fine a messuage, half a virgate of land, and four acres of meadow 
were settled on Robert and Sarra for the life of Sarra, to revert after her death to 
Clement and his heira. (Pedes Finivm, Staff.) 



DE BANCO, MICH., 15 E. II. 85 

Staff. William son of Reginald fie Morughale appeared against Richard 
de Elmhurst, Chaplain, in a plea that he should render a full account for the 
time he had held the lands of the said William in Elmhurst during the 
minority of the said William, the land being held in soccage. Richard did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon him fur the Octaves of 
Hillary, m. 9. 

Sta/. John de Weston appeared in Court and produced the King's 
Letters Patent granting him permission to John de Sandrested and Elizabeth 
his wife to enfeoff the said John de Weston of the manor of Rodbaldeston 
which was held in capite, and that the said John de Weston being in full and 
peaceful seisin of the same manor might grant it to the said John de 
Sandrested and Elizabeth his wife for their joint lives, and after the death of 
the said John and Elizabeth, the manor to remain to John son of John de 
Weston and his heirs, and he produced the King's close writ directed to the 
Justices directing that a fine might be levied between the parties according to 
the tenor of the Letters Patent, m. 24. 

Staff. Idonia formerly wife of Matthew de Congreve sued John son of 
Adam de Whethales for 27 acres of land in Penchrich by a writ of 
entry. John prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Octaves of 
Hillary, m. 30. 

Staff. Richard de Thorp and Margaret his wife sued William de Hereford 
for a third of six messuages, two and a half virgates and thirty-five acres of 
land, three acres of meadow, and two acres of wood, three acres of heath, 
three acres of waste, a water mill, 12s. of rent, and half a messuage, and of a 
water mill, and a weaving mill, "unius nwlendini tactricii" in Humeleye 
(Himley), Swyneford, Seggesley, and Doddeleye, as the dower of the said 
Margaret, of the dotation of Henry de Eggebaston her husband. William 
appeared and stated he had been enfeoffedof the tenements by the said Henry 
with a clause of warranty and he called to warranty John son and heir of 
Henry who was under age and in ward with a part of his lands to Thomas de 
Hynkeleye, and another part of his lands were in the custody of Walter de 
Clodeshale, and another part in the custody of the said Richard de Thorp and 
Margaret. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon the said "custodes" 
for the Quindene of Hillary, and the said Thomas was to produce the heir at 
the same date. m. 63. 

Derb. Peter Giffard appeared against Thomas son of Richard de Benteleye 
and Henry Parfey for coming, vietarmis, and cutting down his growing trees 
at Tissinton and doing damage to the amount of JL20. The defendants did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the 
Octaves of Hillary, m. 107. 

Staff. Roger son of Roger de Bydulf sued Bertreia formerly wife of Roger 
de Bydulf for causing waste and destruction in the houses and gardens which 
she held in dower of his inheritance in Whytemor. Bertreia did not appear 
and the Sheriff was ordered to attach her for the Quindene of Hillary, in. 
120. 

Staff. William son of Robert de Colton sued Anselm le Mareschal 
for the eighth part of the manor of Colton, by writ of forinedon (<l<- f<>nna 
donationis). Anselm appeared by Richard de Bermyngham his attorney and 
prayed a view. A day was given to the parties at the Octaves of Hillary, a 
view to be made in the interim, m. 142. 

Staff. Robert de Knyghteleye sued Robert de Dodyngton for a debt < f 
60 marks and produced his bond for the debt, dated 4 E. II. Rol>ert de 
Dodyngton pleaded he was under age at the time he gave the bond and 
appealed to a jury. After several adjournments " ///v> defect u jnmtoruin" 
a postscript states that a verdict was delivered at Liehtield in IS E. 11., bet'oie 



86 EXTEACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

W. de Herle and his fellow Justices in favour of Eobert de Knyghteleye with 
10 marks damages for the detention of the debt, and Robert obtained a writ 
of elegit against the goods and chattels of the defendant, ra. 170. 

Staff. William Valeys appeared against Eobert de Naseby of Lychefield 
and Margaret his wife and Nicholas Dolfyn in a plea that by a conspiracy 
between them they had caused him to be indicted on a charge of robbery and 
taken as a prisoner to the gaol of Stafford, where he was detained until 
released by Kalph de Rolleston and John de Bromfield the King's Justices of 
gaol delivery. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to attach them for the morrow of the Purification, m. 228. 

Staff. Sarra formerly wife of John Basset of Maddeleye executrix of the 
will of John Basset sued Andrew de Bernhurst, Chaplain, and Henry son of 
Edwyne de Holynton, for a debt of 40s. The defendants did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Octaves of the Purification. 
m. 286. 

Staff. Sibella formerly wife of Reginald de Morughale sued Roger son of 
Robert le Mareschal for a third of eight acres in Longedon and she sued 
William de Leycestre, Prebendary of Holughton of the Church of St. Cedde 
of Li chef eld, for a third of three acres in the same vill, which she claimed as 
dower. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take 
the dower claimed into the King's hand and to summon them for the morrow 
of the Purification, m. 327. 

Staf. Agnes formerly wife of Miles son of Geoffrey del Hethe, by Hugh 
de Hughcesdon her attorney, sued Robert son of John de Hughcesdon, Chaplain, 
for thirteen acres of land and an acre of meadow in Hughcesdon (Hixon) as 
her right and inheritance, and in which the said Robert bad no entry except 
by a demise which Miles her husband had made to John de Hughcesdon, 
and to which she could not object during the lifetime of Miles. 

Robert son of John stated that Agnes had remitted all her claim to the 
tenements to him and his heirs by a deed which he produced. Agnes denied 
that the deed was her act and the Sheriff was ordered to summon the 
witnesses to it, viz. : Henry le Whyte of Hughcesdon, Walter Clerk of the 
same, Richard le Wasteneys and two others, for five weeks from Easter. 
m. 344. 

Staff. Ralph de Grendon and Joan his wife, tenants of a messuage and a 
virgate and twenty-six acres of land, six acres of meadow and twenty acres 
of moor in Chesterfeld, were summoned to show cause why the tenements 
should not revert to Henry de Teddesleye of Chesterfeld according to the 
terms of a fine levied between the said Henry and Gilbert le Hunte of 
Chesterfeld by which the said tenements should remain to Henry and his 
heirs after the death of Gilbert, it having been testified that Gilbert was 
dead. Ralph and Joan did not appear, and the summons being proved, the 
Sheriff was ordered to "fiat inde executio." m. 350. 

Staff. Robert de Bek sued Richard de Draycate in a plea that he should 
permit him to present a fit person to the Church of Chekkeleye which was 
vacant. Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to, attach him 
for the Octaves of Hillary, m. 380. 

Staff. Robert de Bek sued Richard de Dray cote for causing waste and 
destruction in the lands, houses, gardens, etc., which he held for the term of 
his life by the courtesy of England of the inheritance of Robert in Tene. 
Richard did not appear, and the Sheriff" was ordered to attach him for a 
month from Easter, m. 380. 

A deed enrolled of Walter de Beysyn by which he conceded to Robert 
de Staunton the custody of the lands of John son of Peter de Salso Marisco 



DE BANCO, MICH., 15 E. II. 87 

(Saltmar.Hli) in Morton Folet and Chadesleye in co. Wygorn, together with the 
marriage of the said John and which were in the hands of Walter by reason 
of the minority of the said John, for which the said Robert is to acquit him 
for all liability to the heir for any waste aud destruction by reason of his 
tenure of the said lands, and for which concession the said Robert had acknow- 
ledged in Court he owed to Walter the sum of 133 G*. 8'/., to be paid by 
instalments at certain dates specified, m. 1, of Protections, etc. 

St<tff. Roger son of John de Pipe sued Nicholas Durdent of Fyssherwyk 
and William his son, Roger and Nicholas brothers of William, John Durdent, 
William son of Richard de Sherle, and twenty others named, for beating, 
wounding, and illtreating him at Fissherwyk. None of the defendants 
appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain those who had found 
security and to apprehend the others and produce them at five week.-* from 
Easter. >n. 350, dorso. 

Staff. Ralph Basset of Drayton and Joan his wife sued the Prior of 
Kenilworth in a plea that he should carry out a covenant made between them 
respecting the manor of Pateshull. The Prior did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to distrain and produce him at three weeks from Easter, m. 
252, dorso. 

Stff. In the suit of William Griffin of Colton against Henry Colcinnii, 
and in which Henry had called to warranty Robert Griftin of Colton, Robert 
now appeared and warranted the tenements to Henry and stated that William 
Griffin the grandfather of William had demised them to Roger Bonel in fee 
and not for a term of years, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned 
for three weeks from Easter, m.. 236, dorso. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Nicholas de Audeley sued Peter Giffard 
and Ela his wife for ten marks of rent in Legh Underbrokhurst which she 
claimed to hold for her life by a demise which John de Kynardesloye had 
made to her and to Nicholas her husband, and heirs of Nicholas, and in which 
the said Ela had no entry except by the said Nicholas formerly husband of 
Joan who had demised it to her and James de Perers formerly husband of 
Ela, and to which she could not object during the lifetime of her husband. 

Peter and Ela' appeared by attorney and stated that John de Knynardes- 
leye was never seised of the said rent so that he could demise it to any one 
and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Hillary. 1 
m. 228, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to summon a jury to make recog- 
nition if Swane de Snoxtou on the 13th March, 13 E. IT, had held integrc nine 
acres of land in Mefford (Meaford), and if William de Percy of Derlaston had 
given to Roger le Ferour of Mefford a messuage and eighteen acres of land 
in the same vill, with Agnes his daughter, and which William le Ferour 
claimed as his right and inheritance against Swane de Snoxton, William son 
of Robert de Staiington, and others, and the Sheriff had done nothing, 
returning the writ reached him too late. He was therefore ordered to 
summon a jury for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 213, dorso. 

Staff. William de Hampton of Lichefeld not prosecuting his plea against 
John de la Lynde of Alreshawe for a messuage and a virgate of land in 
Alreshawe, the suit was dismissed, m. 205, dorso. 

Staff. William Davy and Alice his wife, Walter de Ingebarewe and 
Margaret his wife, and Christiana atte Cross of Kingesbromlegh, sued Thomas 

1 Ela was formerly wife of Griffin de la Pole, Lord of Powis, who died in his 
minority, and she married shortly afterwards James de Perers. (Inqu's. p.m. on 
Griffin cle la Pole, 3 E. II.) ISlie was probably a daughter of Ni-holas de Audley. 
See inquis. /> in. on her death in 18 E. II. Sir Peter (Jiffard was her third husband. 



88 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

de Hulton of Morenghale for a messuage and three parts of two virgates of 
land and four acres of marsh in Homerwich (Hammerwich) as the right of 
the said Alice, Margaret, and Christiana ; Thomas did not appear, and the 
Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late. He was therefore ordered to 
summon him for the Quindene of Hillary, m. 156, dorso. 

Staff. William le Eider of Buterdon sued Nicholas son of Adam the 
Provost of Grendon and Emma his wife, Thomas, John, and William brothers 
of Nicholas, Roger son of John de Boterdon, and two others, for taking vi et 
armis, goods and chattels belonging to him at Buterdon to the value 10. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest and 
produce them at the Octaves of Hillary, m. 151, dorso. 

Salop. Stephen de Haccombe sued William son of Reginald de Charnes 
in a plea that he should warrant to him the third part of three messuages 
and two carucates of land in Dymiandank in co. Cornwall which Roger de 
Bromley e and Alice his wife claimed as the dower of Alice. William did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take land belonging to him to the value 
of the dower claimed into the King's hand, and a writ was sent to the Sheriff 
of Cornwall to appraise the value, and return the valuation into Court at the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 134, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. TRINITY, 15 E. II. 

Placita apud Jfbor, coram W. de Hereford et sociis suis, etc. 

Staff. John de S wynnerton, Sheriff of the county, was fined a mark for not 
returning his writs of the morrow of St. John the Baptist before the fourth 
day. m. 31. 

Staff. John de Pyrie and William his brother sued Robert Fullon of 
Pyrie for a messuage, a mill, and four acres of pasture in Pyrie, which they 
claimed as their right, etc. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to take the tenements into the King's hand and to summon him for the Octaves 
of St. Martin, 

Staff. John de Somery sued Nicholas son of Robert de Somery, and five 
others for coming by night to his Castle of Duddeley and carrying away 
goods and chattels to the value 200 and 1000 in money. None of the 
defendants appeared, and the Sheriff returned they held nothing by which 
they could be attached. He was therefore ordered to arrest them and to 
produce them in Court at the Octaves of Michaelmas, m. 72. 

Staff. John Hamelyn sued Robert Hervy and Lecia his wife for causing 
waste and destruction in his houses and gardens at Okie which he had demised 
to them for their joint jives. The defendants did not appear and the Sheriff 
was ordered to attach them for a day at Easter. A postscript states that on 
that day the Sheriff sent no writ, and he was ordered to attach them for five 
weeks from Easter, m, 55, dorso, 

Staff. William de Freford sued Petronilla formerly wife of Nicholas 
Durdent, executrix of the will of Nicholas for a debt of 40. Petronilla did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce her at the 
Quindene of St. Michael, m. 55, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. MICHAELMAS, 16 E. II. 
Placita apud Elor coram W. de Hereford et sociis suis. 

Staff. Henry de Lichefeld sued Robert de Pipe in a plea that he should 
carry out the terms of a covenant made by Ralph de Pipe the father of 
Robert, whose heir he is, respecting an acre and a half of meadow in Great 



DE BANCO, MICH., 16 E. II. 89 

Wyrlcye. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him 
for a day in Hillary Term. m. 65. 

Staff. John son of Isolda Bagot and William le Broun of Mershton and 
Emma his wife sued Robeit son of Richard de Pycheford of Ovyoteshay for a 
messuage and a carucate of land in Ovyoteshay, as the right of the said John 
and Emma, by writ of " formtl donationis" Robert prayed a view, and the 
suit was adjourned to three weeks from Easter, m. 98. 

Staff. John de Birmyngeham, Clerir,us, sued William son of Reginald de 
Morughale for a messuage and twenty-four aeres of land, two acres of meadow, 
and 5.*. of rent in Elmhurst near Lichfeld. William did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand and to summon 
him for the Octaves of the Purification, m. 102. 

Staff. William son of Robert de Weston sued Robert de Pixstoke for a 
messuage and half a virgate of land in Warton, and Robert had made default, 
anil the tenements had been taken into the King's hand. He now appeared 
and denied the summons and ottered to wage his law. He is therefore to 
come with his compurgators at a month from Easter, m. 147. 

Staff. Ralph Basset of Drayton and Joan his wife sued the Prior of 
Kenilworth in a plea that he should carry out a covenant made between them 
respecting the manor of Patishull. The Prior did not appear, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to attach him for three weeks from Easter, m. 159, dorso. 

Staff. William atte Nassche and Robert Nicholes, homagers and tenants 
" homines et tenetites " of John de Perton in the manor of Tetenhale which is 
of the ancient demesne of the King, sued the said John in a plea that he 
exacted from them and from Thomas atte Nasche, John Alayn, Richard le 
Coupere and John Nicholes, homagers and tenants of the said John in the 
same manor, other customs and services, than they or their ancestors, tenants 
in the manor, had been used to render in the times when the said manor was 
in the hands of the King's progenitors. John de Perton did not appear and 
the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at three weeks from 
Easter. A postscript states, that at Easter the Sheriff sent no return and he 
was ordered to produce John at the Octaves of Trinity, upon which the said 
William and Robert appeared in Court and complained that whereas they had 
delivered to the said John the King's writ " de prohibit ione" to the effect that 
"pendente placito" he should not distrain his tenants, etc., he had distrained 
them as before, and detained in prison the said John Aleyn, Richard le Cou- 
pere, John Nicholes, and Thomas atte Nasche so that they could not prosecute 
their suit against him, to the grave contempt of the King and damage of the 
said tenants. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon the said John de 
Perton to answer for his trespass and contempt at the above date and if the 
said tenants were detained in prison, to set them free without delay. 1 m. 130, 
dorso. 

1 Amongst the petitions to King and Council there is one s.d. from the tenants 
of Perton and Treseot, complaining of the exactions and extortions of their lord, 
John de Perton. It states that Perton was part of the ancient demesne of the 
Crown and had been given bv King John to one Ralph de Perton : t " le ml John 
dona a tin Rauf de Perton certaigns tenements en les difes nlles de Perton et 
Triscote feiu'r aujri come Us liendront du dit Roi John tantou if ft furent en sa nini)i." 
This petition, doubtless, dates from tliis period, but the petitioners were wrong in 
their history of the manor, for Ralph w?is son of John de Perton, who was Lord of 
Perton hi 13 IE. IF., as appears from the Pipe Roll of that year, printed in Vol. 1. 
of these "Collections." King John, however, exacted a fine from Ralph dt % Perton 
for a confirmation of the grant to his father John, and the tenants iiiuy have con- 
founded this with the origin d grant. 



90 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

BANCO EOLL. EASTER, 16 E. IT. 
Apud Elor. 

Staff. "William de Freford gives 20s. for license of concord with Thomas 
de Eccleshale, Chaplain, respecting the Manor of Freford and tenements in 
Longedon, Lichefeld, Whytynton, Tymmore, Wygynton, Alrewas, Shenstone, 
and Swynefen. 1 m. 81. 

Staff. Lucy formerly wife of John de Somery sued Sarra formerly wife 
of John Fitz Philip for a third of a rent of 20 in Bobinton as her dower. 
Sarra appeared by attorney and called to warranty John de Button and 
Margaret his wife, and Joan formerly wife of Thomas de Botetourte, sisters 
and heirs of John de Somery who are to be summoned for the Quindene of 
Trinity, m. 117. 

Staff. William de "Venables sued John de Hastang, senior, for a debt of 
50. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon him for a 
month from Michaelmas, m. 122, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Holond of Barton, John Vernay, "William Mauveysyn 
Bastard, Richard de Dulverne, Robert de Mere, and seventeen others were 
summoned to answer the plea of Ralph de Shepeye, that on the Monday before 
the Annunciation 14 E. II., they had come with swords, bows and arrows, to 
Draycote and had insulted, beaten, and wounded him, for which he claimed 
100 as damages. Richard, John, and William appeared by attorney and 
denied the trespass, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for a 
month from Michaelmas, m. 117, dorso. 



BANCO EOLL. TRINITY, 16 E. II. 

Derb. John Giffard of Chilinton sued Nicholas Othehull, John de Mur- 
caston, Robert de Sheldeford, John de Longeleye, Henry de Weston, Robert 
de Longeleye, and twenty-seven others, for coming m et armis to his houses 
at Murcaston and cutting down his trees and breaking into his houses, and 
carrying away timber and other goods and chattels to the value of 20. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain 
Robert de Sheldeford and his sureties, and to arrest the others who had found 
no bail, and produce them on the morrow of St. Martin, m. 39. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Richard de Warylowe sued William 
Galpyn, for a third of ten acres of land in Chedele (Cheadle) as her dower. 
William called to warranty Thomas le Fitz Ithel le Warner (sic) who is to be 
summoned for the Quindene of Michaelmas, m. 50. 

Staff. James son of Hugh de Audele sued Philip de Wenlok for 46 
marks. Philip did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for 
the morrow of St. Martin, m. 69. 

1 By this fine the manor of Freford and three messuages, a virgate and eighty 
acres of land, thirteen acres of meadow, twenty acres of pasture, and 15*. of rent in 
the vills above-named, were settled on William de Freford for his life, and after his 
death the capital messuage and seventy acres of land in Whitinton and Longedon 
were to remain to Eobert son of William, and his issue, and if he should die s.p. to 
John brother of Eobert and his issue, and if John should die s.p. the said capital 
messuage, etc., shall remain to the right heirs of William. The residue of the said 
premises, viz , the manor of Freford, etc., to remain to the said John and his issue, 
and if he should die ft.p. to the said Eobert, and if Eobert should d ; e s.p. to remain 
to the right heirs of William. It will be noted that by this fine the inheritance is 
divided between two brothers, not at all an uncommon proceeding in former days. 



DE BANCO, TUIXITY, 1C E. II. 91 

Staff. Roger Corbet of Tasseleye sued Roger de Aston for thirty .acres of 
pasture, and one hundred acres of wood in Kyngesbromleye. The defendant 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the 
King's hand and summon him for the morrow of St. Martin, m. Q ( .). 

Staff. John Banastre of Betherton and William de Kendale, the ex- 
ecutors of Adam de Waleton, and Magiater Adam de Waleton, the Parson of 
the Church of Mitton, 1 sued William de Waleton for a debt of 10. William 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Octaves of 
Michaelmas. 

Staff. John son of Adam de Whethales sued William de Jonestone for 
ten acres of land in Ronton. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to summon him for three weeks from Michaelmas, m. 196. 

Staff. Philip de Sonierville sued Walter de Monte Gomery, and Joan 
his wife, Nicholas Everard, Vincent de Greseleye and fifteen others for coming 
m et armis to Alrewas and forcibly removing cattle which he had lawfully 
impounded there, and for beating and illtreating his servants. None of the 
defendants appeared, and the Sheriff returned they could not be found. He 
was therefore ordered to arrest and produce them at three weeks from 
Michaelmas, tn. 1!>6, dorso. 

Staff. William Davy of Tuttebury, Clerk, gives a mark for license of con- 
cord with Robert de Meleborne and Alina his wife respecting the manor of 
Horecros. 2 m. 189, dorso. 

Staff. Roger de Morteyn sued Lncy formerly wife of John de Sumery 
and William de Burgo, the executors of the will of John de Sumery, for a debt 
of 200. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach 
them for the Octaves of St. Michael, m. 181, dorso. 

Staff. Hugh le Despencer, junior, sued Roger de Northburgh, Bishop of 
Lychfeld and Coventry, for a debt of 1620 marks. The Bishop did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for the Octaves of St. 
Michael, m. 169, dorso. 

Staff. John son of Walter de Leominstre sued Thomas de Hastang of 
Chebeseye, William de Hastang of Chebeseye, Stephen de Felton, and two 
others for taking by force from Swynescou, a horse, four mares, eight oxen, 
and two cows belonging to him of the value of 20. The defendants did 
not appear, and the Sheriff returned they held nothing by which they could 
be attached ; he was therefore ordered to arrest and produce them at the 
Quindene of St. Martin, m. 169, dorso. 

Staff. Thomas de Oyli and Margaret his wife give 40s. for license of con- 
cord withHuiufrey Hastang respecting the Manor of Ronton. 2 m. 160, dorso. 

Staff. Robert de Combrugge and Agnes his wife give a mark for license 
of concord with Robert Pegre of Roucestre respecting tenements in Com- 
brugge. 3 m. 160, dorso. 

Staff. Geoffery son of Geoffery de Aston sued Roger son of Roger de 
Borghton, co-executor of the will of Juliana formerly wife of Roger de Borghton, 
for a debt of 10 marks. Roger did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
attach him for the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 139, dorso. 

1 There is no church at present at "Mitton, but it must hare been a much more 
important place in former days. 

2 Neither of these fines are at present in existence. 

3 By this fine a messuage and a carui-ate of land in CombriHge w;.r settled on 
TCobert and Agnes for their lives, with remainder to Richard son of "Robert and Joan 

iis wife and their issue, and foiling such to the right heirs of Robert. 



92 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. William Hillary sued Richard de Tugford, William de Womburne, 
Roger Basset of Burton, Richard son of Philip de Auddele and Alan his 
brother, Walter son of Walter de Whitemor, Robert le Flecchere, Richard 
Ordrich, Richard de Penne and Thomas his brother, Richard Coletes, and thirty- 
three others named, for coming to his house at Bermundescote (Bescot) in a 
hostile manner, discharging arrows at the doors and windows of it and retain- 
ing him in a state of siege for a length of time, so that neither the said William 
nor any of his household could go out to obtain victuals and other necessaries, 
and for ill-treating and wounding his servants so that he lost their services 
for a long time, and taking goods and chattels belonging to him to the value 
of ,20. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain and produce them at the Octaves of Michaelmas, m. 131, dor so. 

Staff. Vivian son of Robert de Staundon sued Richard de Delves and 
William de Levercote for a debt of ,100. The defendants did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the morrow of St. Martin. 
m. 87, dorso. 

Staff. Richard son of Richard de Clynt of Chedle, Richard de Lychwode, 
William Galpyn of Chedle, William son of Thomas de Thene, and five others 
were attached to answer the plea of the Abbot of Crokesdene, that they had 
illegally taken and impounded the cattle of his plough at Doggechedle, on the 
Tuesday before the Feast of St. John the Baptist, 15 E. II. 

The defendants with the exception of the first two named denied the 
trespass altogether and the said Richard and Richard stated that the King 
had sent his writ to Ralph de Grendon to supply from each vill of the county 
a man on foot to be armed and maintained by the vill for forty days, and to be 
sent to Newcastle-upon-Tyne for the King's war, and in pursuance of this 
mandate, the said Rialph had caused all the men of the county between two 
ages named to come before him at Stafford on the Wednesday in the week of 
Pentecost, 15 E. TL, in order to select a man from each vill, 1 and amongst these 
he had selected from the vill of Chedle, one named John de Bannebury and 
had assigned the said Richard son of Richard and Richard de Lychwode to 
levy the cost of the arms and stipend of the said John from the said vill, and 
for this purpose the said Abbot for the tenements he held in Doggechedle had 
been assessed at 15s. Qd. and refused to pay the money, in consequence of which 
they had distrained him as stated because they could not find anything else 
on which a distress could be levied, and they appealed to a jury, which is to 
be summoned for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 49, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Peshale sued John son of Roger de Peshale, Thomas 
Parent and Robert his brother, Adam son of Adam de Whethales, Richard son 
of Roger de Peshale and three others for forcibly breaking into his house at 
Peshale, and taking his goods and chattels to the value of 20. None of the 
defendants appeared, and the Sheriff returned they held nothing by which they 
could be attached. He was therefore ordered to arrest and produce them at 
three weeks from Michaelmas, m. 4, dorso. 

Staff. John de Hastang sued William de Yenables and Alice his wife for 
causing waste and destruction in his lands, woods, etc., at Beffecote, which they 
held for the life of Alice. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to attach them for the morrow of St. Martin, m. 4, dorso. 



1 For an account of this levy see Yol. VIII., p. 35, of "Staffordshire Collections." 

The return to the King's writs is known as the " Nomina Villarum " and has been 

printed by the Record Commissioners. The return omits most of the manors held 

by the Bishop and religious houses, and without doubt the ecclesiastical bodies 

claimed to be exempt from the impost. 



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PRESENTMENTS MADE AT TUTTEHURY IN co. STAFFORD ON THE 
WEDNESDAY THE MORROW OF ST. NICHOLAS, 17 E. II. (7th 
December, 1323), BEFORE JOHN DE STONOUE AND HIS FELLOW 
JUSTICES. 

Staff. The juries of clivers Hundreds presented that Thomas de Pipe, Kt, 
and Philip de Lutteleye, lately principal Taxers and Collectors of the 10th 
and 6th in co. Stafford, under color of their office had taken a great sum of 
money from various vills, to their own use. They were summoned to appear 
before the Justices, and being questioned did not deny the f;ict, and prayed that 
they might be admitted to make a fi ne with the King for their transgression, and 
the said Thomas was fined 40, for which John de Aston, Roger de Soraerford, 
Henry de Heywode, Adam Henri of Stretton, John de Ipstanes and William 
de Wolseleye were his sureties. And the said* Philip was fined 50 marks for 
which John de Ipstanes, John de Benteleye, William de Perton, and Robert 
de Wyndoppe were his sureties. And at the same time Richard de Podemore 
and William de Thicknesse, Subtaxers of the 10th in the vill of Audeley, 
and all the other Subtaxers of the 10th and 6th in the county appeared 
and with one voi^e prayed that they might be admitted to make fine with the 
King for their transgressions in levying the said taxation and the said Richard 
and William were fined 405. 

The other Subtaxers were fined as follows : 
Peter de Thicknesse and David de Thicknesse, Subtaxers of Balterdeleye, 

13,9. 4d. 
William Cotyn and Richard de Stonylowe, Subtaxers of Maddeleye, 1 

mark. 

Robert de Buckenhale, Subtaxer of the vill of Onyleve, half a mark. 
Alan Cocus and Henry Chodde, Subtaxers of the 10th in the vill of Keel, 

10s. 
Roger de Bradhode and John de Eyndon, Subtaxers in Mere and Aston, 

20s. 

Ralph Burgillion and Robert Balle, Subtaxers of Knotton, 20s. 
GeotiVy Byron and Thomas de Overtoil, Subtaxers of Bydulf, 2 marks. 
Henry son of Simon and John de Snede, Subtaxers of Norton, 20s. 
Nicholas de Tunstal and Thomas de Tunstal, Subtaxers of Tunstal, 20s. 
William de Stalynton and John de Aston, Subtaxers of Stone, 1 mark. 
William de Huggeford and William Jordan, Subtaxers of Hilderston, 10s. 
William del Halle and William de Chetelton, Subtaxers of Draycote, 20s. 
Robert son of Walter and Henry de Caldwall, Subtaxers of Colton, 

marks. 
Richard de Neuton and William Bagot, Subtaxers of Neuton and Blithe- 

feld, 20s. 

Richard de Smalrys and William Bolt, Subtaxers of Salt, 10s. 
Simon Randolf, John le Mareschal, Robert le Rot our, Roger le Wride, 
William de Erlide, and Richard le Potter, Subtaxers of the vill of 
Stafford, 6. 

Thomas Basset and William son of Cecil, Subtaxers of Pakinton, 13s. 4d. 
Henry le Reve, Subtaxer of Herton and Thomenhorn, 5s. 
John de Clodeshale and John Gregori, Subtaxers of Horbourne and 

Smethewick, 1 mark. 

John de Beskelond anil Adam son of John, Subtaxers of Ruggeleye, one 
mark, for which William Phelipp and William de Arderne were 
sureties. 
William Richards and William Hawys, Subtaxers of Netherpenne, 10. 

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Walter Welus and William le Eeve, Subtaxers of Perton, 10s. 

William Gamel and William le Wright, Subtaxers of Okene, half a mark. 

Simon Ailewyn and Henry Benignen, Subtaxers of Wrotesleye, 1 mark, 

for which Roger Stevenes and Adam le Bonde were sureties. 
Richard de Becceburi and John atte Nore, Subtaxers of Pateshull, 1 mark. 
John Richars and William de Bradeleye, Subtaxers 6i Pendeford, 10s. 
Geoffrey Levesone and William le Newemon, Subtaxers of Wolverne- 

hampton, 6. 

Thomas Crey and Henry Godewyn, Subtaxers of Tetenhale, 2 marks. 
William de Cavereswall and John Adam, Subtaxers of Bylinton, 10s. 
William de Rule and Adam Faber, Subtaxers of Mutton, 10s. 
Robert del Mere and Thomas Parker, Subtaxers of Halghton, 1 mark. 
Robert de Lynhyll, William de Eiigelton, Walter del Park, and William 

de Longrugh, Subtaxers of Penkrych, 40s., for which Robert de 

Congreve, Robert de Elmedon, Richard Sket, and William Thorstaii 

are sureties. 

William Walter and Robert de Elmedon, Subtaxers of Pylatenhale, 1 mark. 
William de Parys and Richard de Gauleye, Subtaxers of Otherton, half a 

mark, 

Roger de Wyverestone and William Bayn, Subtaxers of Covene, 10s. 
Adam de Bereford and William Maycok, Subtaxers of Alstonefeld, 2 

marks. 
Richard de Blacwode, Adam le Harpur, and Richard de Esyng, Subtaxers 

of Leek, 30s. 
John le Smyth and Adam Polesone, Subtaxers of Chetulton, 1 mark, for 

which Robert de Hemerusley (Hammersley) and William del Wode 

are sureties. 
William Elot and William son of William de Weston, Subtaxers of 

Kavereswall, 2 marks, for which Hugh de Peshale and Henry del 

Wall are sureties. 
Hugh de Peshale and Henry del Wall, Subtaxers of Dulverne, 2 marks, 

for which William Elot and William Wille are sureties. 
William Wodegryme and William Bagonald, Subtaxers of Grendon, 30s. 
Robert de Okeovere and Roger le Heyward, Subtaxers of Schene, 5s. 
Nicholas le Reve and Richard Wily mot, Subtaxers of Boterdon, 2 marks. 
Thomas Philip and John de Dalelond, Subtaxers of Tene, 1 mark. 
Robert de Stepelton and Peter de Daddesley, Subtaxers of Leye, 1 mark. 
William Mauveysin and Hugh le Yunge, Subtaxers of Rideware 

Mauveysin, 8s. 
William atte Forde and Henry de Banecroft, Subtaxers of Rideware 

Hamstal, 10s. 

etc. etc. etc. 

In the same way the Subtaxers of every mil in the county were fined, their 
names filling up both sides of the membrane. They all found sureties, but as for 
the most part they were sureties for one another, 1 have not thought it necessary 
to give the names of the latter. 

Richard de Ovyeteshaye, the Clerk of Thomas de Pipe and Philip de 
Lytteleye (Lutley), the principal Taxers and Collectors, being summoned could 
not deny he had been badly conducted in his office (male se gerebat in oflicio 
suo) and was fined 20 marks. 

And as regarded the principal Taxers and Collectors of the 20th, 18th, and 
16th lately granted to the King, the juries presented that they misconducted 
themselves by taking a great sum of money by extortion from the various vills 
so that the vills might be spared in the taxation, and not be taxed according 
to the true value of their chattels. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to 
summon all the principal Taxers to be at Tuttebury on the Monday before the 
Feast of St. Lucy the Virgin, on which day the Sheriff returned that William 



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de Stafford and John de Perton were the Chief Taxers of the 20th, and William 
de Mere aiulJohu de Perton were the Chief Taxers of the 18th, and that John 
Gitfard and John de Perton were the Chief Taxers of the 16th, and that William 
de Mere was dead. 

And John de Perton appeared for himself and the other Chief Taxers and 
Simon Fraunceis for the Subtaxers and stated as regards the presentment that 
they did not tax the men of the vills in the county according to the true 
value of their chattels, that they always trusted to the general interest of the 
whole county, "omnino fiebant ad communam utilitatem totiits communitatis 
Comitattis" 1 that many of the Subtaxers were dead, and those now surviving 
were of less importance, "minm poteiites? and they prayed they might be allowed 
to make fine with the King for all transgressions in the said taxation, respect 
being had to their status, and the late unproductive years, " habito renpertu ad 
statum corum et ad annos steriles preteritos" And upon this appeared Philip 
de Barynton, Kt., Robert de Beek, William Cony of Weston, Robert le 
Venour, Adam de Beresford, Richard de Okovere, John de Brumshelf, Adam 
Cony, Ralph de Lockewode, William de Tene, Robert de Cares wall, Ralph de 
Grendon del Mores (Grindon on the Moors), William de Casterne, Robert de 
Bradeheved, William le Charetter of Toxather (Uttoxeter), William de Fowall, 
Robert de Verney, Hugh de Pessale, William Moycok, Henry de Wyndele, 
Robert de Combrigge, Henry Owayn, William de Beresford, and Richard de 
Farleye of the hundred of Tatmpneslowe, Thomas de Pipe, Kt., James de 
Stafford, Ralph de Grendon, Philip de Chetewynde, Richard de Blythefeld, 
William Grifh'n, Ralph de Hampton, Richard le Parker, Richard de Verney, 
Robert de Onilegh, Robert de Tilington, Ralph Burgillion, William de 
Chaweldon, Vivian de Verdon, William de Kympresleye (Knippersley), 
Thomas de Overtoil, John Bagot, Jordan de Lavendene, Ralph Tolous, 
William de Podemor, Richard del Delves, Ralph le Porter, John de Pickestok, 
and Simon Rondolf of the hundred of Pirehull, Philip de Lutteleye, John de 
Perton, Robert Butfrey, John de Mollesleye, Richard de Oldington, John 
Gerard, William atte Horewode, William de Perton, William atte Lowe, 
Richard de Ovioteshay, William de Fynchenefeld, William Bateriion, Thomas 
de Overtoil, Thomas de Bradeleye, John the Clerk of Bobynton, and William 
Cocus of Pelshale of the hundred of Seisdon, and Robert Touk, Ralph de 
Rolleston, Philip de Sumervile, William de Freford, William de Tommenhorn, 
Henry de Hounehill, William de Neuton, Stephen Curzon, William le 
Taverner of Lichefeld, Nicholas de Rolleston, Ralph de Barton, Philip de 
Augst, William de Bocles, Mathew de Vilers. Robert Bole and William de 
Eyton of the hundred of Offelowe, Robert de Knighteleye, William de 
Weston, John de Morton, Adam de Morton, Henry de Wolestan, William de 
Pilatehale, Robert de Ovyoteshay, Richard de Picheford, John de Wyston, 
Richard de Bilynton, William de Cavereswall, Adam Henris, John de Otherton, 
and Robert de Congreve of the hundred of Cutheleston, and for the whole com- 
munity offered to be considered as the principal debtors of the lord the King 
for the said fine, and they were admitted for a fine of 340 marks, for which 
they are all, conjointly and individually, debtors to the lord the King. 

PRESENTMENTS MADE AT TUTTEBURI IN co. STAFFORD BEFORE JOHN 
DE STONORE, ETC., JUSTICES TO ENQUIRE INTO CERTAIN ARTICLES 
NAMED IN THEIR COMMISSIONS, ETC., ON THE WEDNESDAY AFTER 
THE FEAST OF ST. NICHOLAS, 17 E. II. (12th December 1323). 

Staff. The jury presented that John de Kynardesle and William Davy 
and Nicholas de Shepeye in 15 E. II. caused to "be conveyed from the castle 

1 Tho moaning of this seems to be, that the Chief Taxers had assewed each rill 
at a certain sum aud had trusted to the tenants and Subtaxers to see tlmt it was 
fairly apportioned. 



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of Tuttebury of the goods of Thomas late Earl of Lancaster, an insurgent 
against the King, to the Priory of Tuttebury 1500 in three barrels bound 
with iron, after the Earl had left the castle and before the arrival of the 
King, and which 1500 had been forfeited to the King ; and that the same 
John de Kynardesle holds the tenements formerly belonging to John de 
Myners, the King's enemy, at Blakenhale and Myners, which were also the 
King's by forfeiture, and that William le Taverner holds a messuage, a caru- 
cate of land, and 20s. of rent in Lichefeld which formerly belonged to John de 
Cholmersford, the Clerk of Bartholomew de Badlesmere, convicted of felony, 
and which should be the King's escheat. The Sheriff was therefore ordered 
to summon them, and William le Taverner stated that the tenements in ques- 
tion were spiritualities appurtenant to the prebend of the said John in the 
Church of Lichefeld, and he claimed no right in them, and he held them only 
for a year by the assignment, and in the absence of the Bailiff. And John 
de Kynardesle stated that he held the tenements of John de Myners by the 
demise of Walter Waldeshef and Roger de Waltham, who had been deputed 
by the King to demise the forfeited lands to farm, and he produced the demise 
of the said deputies dated 4th August, 16 E. II., by which it 'appeared he held 
the said tenements rendering to the King yearly ,11 4s. 9d. William Davy 
afterwards appeared and stated that he together with John de Kynardeseye 
after the conflict with the Earl of Lancaster at the Bridge of Burton, perceiving 
that many of the King's army and of the vill of Tutbury had entered the 
castle and had taken divers goods from it, and observing three barrels bound 
with iron full of money in the castle and wishing to deposit them for better 
security in the Priory, had caused them to be carried there, but whether the 
barrels contained 1500 or not he was ignorant, and he understood that the 
said barrels on the morrow of the King's arrival were given up to the King ; 
and John de Kynardeseye stated he was a party to the conveyance of the said 
barrels to the Priory, and he knew that they contained 1500, and immedi- 
ately after the arrival of the King, he was attached by the King's marshal 
and was in his custody, and whether the barrels were carried to the King's 
use or not, he was ignorant, but he was prepared to prove that he had none of 
the money. Nicholas de Schepeye stated he knew nothing about the matter. 

And because it was not clear to the Court whether there were not three 
other barrels full of money besides those spoken of above, a jury was sum- 
moned, viz. : Thomas de Pipe, Philip de Barynton, Philip de Somervill, 
Philip de Chetewynde, Ralph de Grendon, Richard de Vernay, John de 
Okovere, Richard de Calangewode, Thomas Chaumberleyne, John de Mele- 
bourne, Mathew de Vilers, and Robert le Hunt, who stated on oath that 
there were 110 other barrels than the three in question, and that the said 
William Davy and John de Kynardeseye caused them to be carried (cariare 
fecerunt) from the castle to the Priory for their safety, for the use of the King 
or of the Earl, whichever of them might happen to take possession of them, 
and that none of the money was appropriated by them ; and as regards 
Nicholas de Shepeye, he was not present and he knew nothing of the matter. 

The same jury presented that Henry Saundre at the same date had taken 
robes and jewels to the value of twenty marks which belonged to the King's 
enemies at Tuttebury, and that Nicholas the miller of Tuttebury, had 
taken twenty yards of white and scarlet cloth, of which each yard was worth 
40d, and other goods to the value of 20 of the King's enemies ; and that 
Robert Mauveisyn had taken a mare worth 8s. of the same, and William 
son of Roger de Aston, the Parson of the Church of Rideware-Mauveysin, 
and John son of Roger de Aston, on the llth March 15 E. II., had broken 
into the park of Rughleye, and taken from it seventeen mares, each worth 10 
marks, nine colts (pullanos) each worth 5 marks, which belonged to the 
said Earl, and they had taken nine pigs belonging to Robert de Holand, each 
worth 2s., and all which were taken to the house of Robert Mauveisyn, lord of 
Rydeware, and they belonged to the King's enemies, and were foifeited to the 



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King. They are therefore to be summoned. And William, the Parson of 
liydeware, acknowledged that he had a colt worth 5s. for which he was prepared 
to answer to the King. And Robert Mauveisin denied that the said mares, 
etc., had been brought to his house. A jury is therefore to be summoned. 

And on the Friday after the Feast of St. Lucy the Virgin there came 
Philip de Chetewynde, James de Stafford, Richard de Verney, Ralph de 
Grendon, Geoffrey de Wasteneys, William de Chauldon, John de Okovere, 
Nicholas de Rolleston, John de Brusecote, Henry de Cressewalle, Robert de 
Tilington, and Vivian de Verdon, who stated on oatli that the said Richard 
de Delves had taken of the forfeited goods of the King's enemies to the value 
of 20 but not more. The said Richard is therefore to be charged with the 
same. And they stated that Robert Mauveisin had taken five mares each worth 
10 marks, out of the mares which had belonged to the Earl, and were 
forfeited to the King. The said Robert is therefore to be charged with 50 
marks, for which Roger de Aston, Hugh de Meignill, Henry Mauveysin, 
William de Freford, Simon de Ruggeleye, and Robert, son of Thomas de 
Pipe, of co. Stafford, are sureties, etc. And they said that William son of 
Roger de Aston, the Parson of the Church of Rideway, is guilty of breaking 
into the park of Rughleye, and that he drove from it the said mares, and the 
same William had a filly (pullam} worth a mark and not more, he is therefore 
to be charged with the same ; and thay said that Henry Saundre took no 
chattels belonging to the King's enemies. 

The jury of Offlow and Tatemanlowe presented that seven cart-loads of 
gold cloth, and silver vessels, and the ornaments of the chapel worth 300 were 
taken away from the castle of Helegh by the order of Peter de Lymesy to the 
Priory of Tutteburi, and which were forfeited to the King. The Sheriff was 
therefore ordered to produce the Prior of the said Priory. The Prior after- 
wards appeared, and stated that the carts in question never came inside 
the Priory, and that the Countess of Lincoln 1 had come to the Priory on the 
Vigil of the Epiphany 15 E. II. (5th January, 1322), with her household for 
shelter and hospitality, and remained there for two days, and on the third 
day she departed with all her household and with all her chattels complete 
as she came, and that the carts in question were taken to the Castle of 
Tutteburi, and not to the Priory, and he appealed to a jury, which found in 
his favour, stating that the seven carts never came to the Priory, but were 
sheltered within the Castle, and that none of the goods of the Countess 
remained at the Priory. 

The same jury presented that the Abbot of Burton after the departure of 
the Earl of Lancaster from the bridge of Burton had of the goods of the said 
Earl, gold and silver utensils, and in money and goods of the Earl, to the value 
of 200, and he had likewise of the goods of Roger Damory and of the Earl 
of Hereford and of John de Moubray, the King's rebels, in gold and silver 
cups and other jewels to the value of 200, and which should havebeen forfeited 
to the King. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon the Abbot, and 
the Abbot being questioned stated he had none of the said goods, except one 
silver cup which he had delivered to the King and "marpas ct manittergia" 
to the value of 10s. for which he was ready to answer to the King ; and lie 
appealed to a jury. And a jury elected ad hoc, viz : Thomas de Pipe, Hugh de 
Meignill, Philip de Barynton, Roger de Aston, John de Miners, William de 
Freford, Robert le Hnnte, Geoffrey le Wasteneys, John de Perton, Henry de 
Hounhull, John de Benteleye, and William de Tomonhorn, stated that the 
Abbot had no goods or chattels belonging to the said Roger Damory, because 
the said Roger on the Tuesday before the battle of the Earl of Lancaster at 
Burton Brigg, had left the Abbey for the Castle of Tutteburi, but they said 
that the Abbot had goods and chattels of the Earl of Lancaster, the Earl of 

1 Joan the Countess of Lincoln was widow of Nicholas Baron Audley, who died 
27 E. I. 

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98 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Hereford, Roger de Clifford, and John de Moubray, and other enemies and 
rebels of the King at Burton besides the cup which he had delivered to the 
King, and besides the marparia worth 1 Os. above named, to the value of 300. 
The Abbot is therefore to be charged with the said sum, and is in misericordiA 
for concealing the goods. 1 

The jury of the Hundred of Pirhull presented that the Prior of Tuttebury 
had goods and jewels of the King's enemies to the value of 40, which had 
been taken from the Castle to the Priory and that he had a barrel of sturgeon 
worth 60s. which had been carried from the Castle to the Priory, and which 
should have been forfeited to the King. The Sheriff was therefore ordered 
to summon the Prior, and the Prior being questioned stated as regards the 
goods and jewels, the King after the battle with the Earl had sent orders to 
him that all jewels and other goods which were in the. Priory and belonged to 
his enemies, were to be delivered up to John de Sturmy and Giles de Ispannia, 
and that he had done so, and he appealed to a jury ; and as regards the barrel 
of sturgeon, he stated that on the arrival of the King at Tutteburi, after the 
battle with the Earl of Lancaster who had fled from the Bridge of Burton, he 
shewed the barrel of sturgeon to the King, and the King out of kindness, " de 
curialitate sud," and in the presence of Hugh le Despencer, junior, had given 
it to him, and the jury, viz. : Thomas de Pipe, Hugh de Meignill, Philip de 
Barinton, Philip de Chetewynde, James de Stafford, Richard de Vernay, 
Ralph de Grendon, John de Okovere, Nicholas de Rolleston, Mathew de 
Vilers, John de Hodynet, and Robert de Melburne, stated on oath that 
the Prior had goods and jewels belonging to the King's enemies over and above 
what he had delivered to the said John Sturmey and Giles of Spain to the 
value of 40. The Prior is therefore to be charged with the said sum of 40, 
and he is to answer to the King for the barrel of sturgeon which had been 
appraised by the jury at 60s., if he should not be exonerated by the King. 
*#***#*-** 

The same jury presented that Hervey de Caumbes for three days before 
the retreat of the Countess of Lincoln from the Castle of Heley to Tutteburi 
had caused to be carried towards Tutteburi, gold cups, silver goblets, spoons 
and other vessels, both of gold and silver, to the value of 500, and he had 
likewise carted away clothes, robes, plumes, carpets, " marpas" and ornaments 
of the Church and other things from the wardrobe of the Church to the value 
of ,20, and he had taken away other goods from the wardrobe of the Countess 
to the value of 40, all of which ought to have been forfeited to the King, 
because the said Hervey was of the King's enemies and abetting the Countess 
against the King. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to summon him, and 
on being questioned he stated he belonged to the household of the Countess 
and was deputed by her to remove the goods from Helegh to the Castle of 
Tutteburi and to deliver them to Philip de Barriugton at that time the Consta- 
ble of the said Castle, and this he was prepared to prove, and as it was not known 
to the Court whether the said Countess was to be adjudged as one of the 
King's enemies or not, the said Hervey was dismissed on the surety of Robert 
de Touk, Kt., and Robert de Beck, of co. Stafford, who were pledged to pro- 
duce him before the King or his Justices. 

The jury of Offelowe presented that a certain Chamberlain of Roger Damory 
after the battle of the Earl of Lancaster at the Bridge of Burton, was flying 
towards Roucestre, taking with him a horse " destrier" of his lord, laden with 
armour and jewels to the value of 100 which should have been forfeited to 
the King, and that the Abbot of Roucestre had retained the destrier so laden, 
and the same Abbot had stopped other animals which were being driven from 
co. Derby towards Stafford, and which belonged to the King's enemies, and 
had appropriated them. The Abbot appeared and denied he had stopped the 

1 See the Abbot's account of this transaction in the Burton Chartulary, Vol. V., 
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"destrier" and as regarded the other animals he stated that on the arrival of 
the King with all his array from Tuttebury toward Derby, many men of 
the co. of Derby, through fear of the army had driven the animals beyond the 
bridge of Roucestre in order the better to .secure them, and after the tumult 
had ceased, they had collected their animals again, and that no animals 
belonging to the King's enemies had remained with him, and lie appealed to a 
jury. The jury stated that a certain groom had with him a destrier loaded 
with armour and jewels to the value of 100 as described, and had taken 
shelter in the vill of lloucestre, and one William Stouche of co. Salop had 
taken possession of it, and the groom had fled through fear, and it had not 
been appropriated by the Abbot, and that the other animals did not belong to 
the King's enemies. 

The jury of Pirehull Hundred presented that William de Freford had 
taken of the goods of the Earl, six mares in the park of Kouleye each worth 
10 marks, and which ought to have been forfeited to the King, and that Henry 
Mauveisin had taken one colt worth 10 marks. They were therefore 
summoned before the Justices, and being questioned, the said William denied 
lie had taken the mares and appealed to a jury. And the jury stated he had 
taken them, he is therefore to be charged with GO marks for which William 
de Curzon, Robert Mauveisyn, John de Benteleye, and William de Tomenhorn 
are his sureties. And the said Henry acknowledged he had taken the colt 
and was charged with the sum of 10 marks. 

The same hundred presented that Roger de Swynnerton and Adam the 
Despencer of Roger, .assisted in the flight beyond sea of William Trussel of 
Notehurst, the King's enemy and rebel. 

The hundreds of OllVlowe and Totraonslowe presented that Stephen de 
Segrave, Knight, after the battle in 15 K. II., took at Bretteby sixteen horses 
worth '300, of which three were destriers belonging to Robert de Holand, the 
King's enemy, and had taken them away with him, and the same Stephen 
had taken at the same time armour, victuals, and silver vessels and jewels to 
the value of 100 marks, which belonged to the said Robert, and had taken 
them away with him and they should have been forfeited to the King. 

And Ralph Basset had taken from the Priory of Tutteburi silver vessels 
left there by the King's enemies, and other goods to the value of .500, and 
which should have been forfeited to the King. 

And John de Swynnerton in March, 15 E. II., had taken at Roucestre two 
hor-es worth 40 marks which belonged to Roger Damori the King's enemy 
and rebel, and which should have been forfeited to the King. 

And Richard de Delves had at the same date at Henleye of the goods and 
chattels of the King's enemies, mares and cows and other goods to the value 
of 40, and which should have been forfeited to the King. 

And they presented that Robert de Holand, Kt., was at Dalburi on the 
day that the Jiarl of Lancaster was defeated at Burton-upon-Trent, and sent 
on the same day three pairs of letters, tria paria litterarum suanim to the 
Earl by three messengers, and they are ignorant of the tenor of the letters, 
but they believe they were the cause of drawing his lord away (Query dis- 
tracting his lord) quod causa fuit detrahendi dominion suwn .predictuni 1 , and 
that on the same day when the Earl was flying, the said Robert with his men 
pillaged at Wynleye, Henry Treys, Hugh de Audele, the Countess of Lincoln 
and many other adherents of the Earl of their goods to the value of 1000, 
which goods should belong to the King. 

And they presented that Roger Corbet had destroyed the King's venison 
in the park of Heleye, viz., as many as eighty beasts to the value of 10. 

And John de Swynnerton lately Sheriff of Stafford, under color of his 

1 Robert de Holland was a tenant of the Earl of Lancaster, and sivnis to 
have pliiyed a double part. The text slio\vs that the system of sending important 
military letters in duplicate is of very old date. 



100 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

office had taken and imprisoned "Nicholas de Picheford of Brugge until he 
had made a fine with him of 20 and he had taken 15 marks from Simon Pare 
of Fotesbrok who had been indicted, and who paid them to him, and he had 
afterwards taken from the said John under color of his office all his goods and 
cha.ttels, and had detained him in prison until he died of a natural complaint. 

And the said John de Swynnerton had harboured Thomas Parcel who was 
an adherent of Roger Damory the King's rebel, arid who still remains with 
him. 

And they presented that Geoffrey le Bedel of Eccleshale and Adam de 
Pessale had plundered Thomas le Wawer, and had broken into his house 
and taken and carried away 10 in money, and jewels, viz., a cup, and 
vestments and girdles of silk to the value of 100s., and the said Adam had 
extorted from Hugh de Knytton and Thomas his brother 205. 

And that Nicholas de Swynnerton, the Parson of Mueleston, whilst the 
manor of Eccleshale was in the King's hand owing to the death of the Bishop, 
had committed waste and destruction there to the amount of 20. 

And that John de Swynnerton, Seneschall of Canok, and John de Whetales, 
his rider, " equitator" had destroyed the King's hayes which they had in their 
custody to the value of .300. 

And that John de Swynnerton, John de Whetales, Eichard de Chelle, 
Henry de Chelle, John de Charnes, and Ithel le Poker, with many others 
who were unknown, had plundered the cart of Reginald Perle of Salop and 
had taken and carried away a horn worth 20s,, and coloured and striped 
cloth to the value of 40, and 100 in money. 

The same jury presented that William de Mere, Knight, had given the 
manor of Mere to Hugh de Audele, senior, by a fine levied in the King's 
Court, so that the said Hugh granted the manor to the said William de Mere 
for his life, reserving to himself the reversion of the said manor, and Nicholas 
Colt, the Clerk of the Escheator had entered into the manor ex parte regis after 
the death of the said William and had constituted bailiff of the manor one 
William le Toter, and that the arable lands of the manor lie uncultivated, 
friscce et incultce, by the default of the said Escheator and bailiff to the damage 
to the King of 40s. per annum. 

And they presented that the vill of Kinfare had been charged before the 
Coroners, after the death of Thomas Murdak, who had been killed, 1 with the 
goods and chattels found within the manor of Sturton, which belonged to 
John de Vaus and Juliana formerly wife of the said Thomas, who were in- 
dicted for the death of Thomas, to the amount of 11. The Sheriff was 
therefore ordered to levy the said money, etc. 

N.B. There are many other presentments (over a hundred} relating to 
persons who had been found in possession of goods and chattels belonging to the 
Earl of Lancaster, Reger Damory, John de Miners, and other rebels but they 
contain little of interest ; amongst the jurors summoned was Robert de Gresebrok. 

BANCO EOLL. EASTER, 17 E. II. 

Staff. Richard de Mefford, John Hastang, senior, Henry de Wyverston, 
and John de Cotes, the executors of the will of John son of John Hastang, 
sued William Wodegreve in a plea that he should render a reasonable account 
for the time he was bailiff of the said John son of John, in Blore and 
Grendon. The defendant did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
attach him for the Octaves of Michaelmas, m. 10. 

Staff. William de North wyk who sued for the King appeared in a plea 
against Roger the Bishop of Coventry and Lichefeld that he should permit 

1 John de Yaux of Sturton Castle, and Juliana formerly wife of Thomas Murdak 
of Compton-Murdac in Warwickshire had been prosecuted Coram Rege for the 
murder of Thomas, and were in prison at this date. They were eyentually acquitted. 



DE BANCO, EASTER, 17 E. II. 10 1 

him to present a fit person to the prebend of Colewyk of the Church of 
Lichefekl which was vacant, and of which the donation belonged to the King 
by reason of the late vacancy in the See, and during which it was in the King's 
hand. The Bishop did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him 
for the morrow of the Ascension, m. 17. 

Salop. Hugh de Beaumeys and Elena his wife give a mark for license 
of concord with Roger de Pywelesdon respecting tenements in (Julsale and 
Donynton near Albrigton. m. 21. 

Staff. Clement de Wolvernehampton, Clerk, sued Alice, Prioress of the 
Black Nuns of Brewode, Hubert de Stafford, and Robert atte Hyrst, for taking 
by force two oxen belonging to him at Horsebrok worth 40.*. The defendants 
did not appear, and the Prioress was attached by Ralph le Message r and 
another, and the others could not be found. The Sheriff was therefore 
ordered to distrain the Prioress and to arrest the others and produce them at 
the Octaves of St. John the Baptist, m 38. 

Sta/. Clemence formerly wife of Richard de Marnham sued John 
Aylwyne, Chaplain, for a third of two acres of land in West Bromwich, and 
John le llore for a third of messuage and three acres of land in the same vill, 
as her dower. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them for the 
Quindeue of Trinity. ?n. 50. 

Staff. Geoffrey Lylie of Asheburne of Chesterfeld and Isolda his wife 
sued Henry de Tiddesleye for a third of a messuage, a virgate and twenty- 
four acres of land, twenty-four acres of moor, ten acres of meadow, and ](). 
of rent in Shenstone, which they claimed as the dower of Isolda. Henry 
did not appear, and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late and 
he was ordered to summon him for the Quindeue of Trinity, m. 114. 

Staff. John de Say, executor of the will of Gilbert de Aston, sued Roger 
son of Roger de Burgh ton (Broughton), executor of the will of Juliana 
formerly wife of Roger de Burghton for a sum of 10 marks. Roger did not 
appear, and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late. He was 
therefore ordered to summon him for the Quiudene of Trinity, m. 114. 

Staff. Roger son of William Hillary sued William de Alvereston, Parson 
of the Church of Kynge's Swyneford, in a plea that he should carry out the 
terms of a covenant made bet ween them respecting a messuage, acarucate of land, 
and I2d. of rent in Kynges Swyneford. William did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Octaves of Michaelmas. 
m. 185. 

Staff. Ralph son of Nicholas de March inton and Elizabeth his wife gave a 
mark for license of concord with John de Reddesleye of Stafford respecting half 
the manor of Gay ton, excepting a fifth part of the same manor. 1 m. 191, aorto. 

Staff. James son of Hugh de Audeleye sued Thomas de Pixstok, Ralph 
de Grendon, John de Stiveton, Robert By the Water of Salt, and Philip de 
Wenlok for a debt of 46 marks. The defendant did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quiudene of Michael- 
mas, m. 184, dor so. 

Staff. Walter de Kynefare, Clerirvs, sued Edmund Fitz Warine of Penne 
and Alice his wife in a plea that they should warrant to him a messuage, a 
mill, a carucate of land, and Is. of "rent in Seggesleye which he held ai.d 
claims to hold of them, and for which he held their (feeds. The defendants 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was oidered to attach them for the Quindene 
of Trinity, m. 118, dorw. 

1 By this fine the tenements in question were settled on Ivulph and Elizabeth and 
their issue, and if they should die s.2>. to retrain to the right heirs ot Ralph. 
(J'ede.f Finiuin, Stujf'.) 



EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. Nicholas de Denston was summoned by Ralph de Mount joye and 
Margaret his wife in a plea that he should carry out the terms of a covenant 
made between them respecting a messuage, two carucates and five bovates 
of land in Gayton. The parties appeared in Court, and as regarded the 
messuage, one carucate and five bovates of land, Ralph gave a mark for license 
of concord, and they had a chirograph 1 (of a fine), in. 63, dorso. 

Staff. William son of Reginald de Charnes sued Roger de Bromleye and 
Alice his wife for causing waste and destruction in the lands, houses etc., of 
his inheritance which they held in Charnes of the dower of Alice. The 
defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the 
Octaves of Michaelmas, m. 17, dorso. 

Staff. William de Burgh and Joan his wife give 20s. for license of concord 
with Clement of Wolvernehampton respecting tenements in Burgh, Couleye, 
and Alvereston. 2 m. 14, dorso. 

BANCO EOLL. TRINITY, 17 E. II. 

Salop. Robert de Bek not appearing to prosecute his plea against John 
de Hastinges respecting the advowson of Mounselowe, the suit was dismissed. 
m. 9. 

Staff. Roger de Bodenham gives half a mark for license of concord with 
John de Coulond respecting tenements in Tunstal near Drayton Basset. 
m. 98. 

Oxon. William de Sharshull sued Philip de Aylesbury and John Mau- 
coriieys for an illegal distress, and stated that they had taken a horse and four 
oxen in the vill of Barton and unjustly detained them. Philip stated that 
one William le Younge and Agnes his wife held, as of the right of the said 
William, of Walter de Aylesbury the father of Philip, whose heir he is, a 
messuage and a carucate of land in the vill of Barton by homage and fealty, 
and the service of 30s. annually, and by the service of one third of a knight's 
fee, viz., for the King's scutage of 40s. when it fell due, 13s. 4o?., and per- 
forming suit at his Court of Roulesham every three weeks, and for the service 
of finding two men to reap for a day in the autumn, and the tenant of the same 
tenements on the same day should ride superintending the reapers ; and of 
which service the said Walter was seised by the hands of the said William le 
Younge ; and in the same way the said Philip was seised of them by the 
hands of the said Agnes after the death of William, with the exception of 
homage and the men to reap, and the superintendence of the reapers, and 
because the said annual rent was in arrear for four years, he had taken the 
cattle as was lawful. 

William stated that the place where the cattle were taken was not within 
the fee, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Octaves of 
St. Martin, m. 125. 

.Staff. John de Kynardesle sued Adam de Peshale and Adam Swetekynes 
of Coldines for taking by force a horse belonging to him of the value of 20 
from Joneston, and other goods and chattels belonging to him of the value of 
100s. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest and 
produce them at the Octaves of St. Michael, m. 132. 

1 By this fine the tenements in question were settled on Ralph and Margaret and 
their male issue, and if they should die without leaving male issue, to remain to the 
right heirs of Ralph. 

2 By this fine the above tenements were settled on William and Joan and their 
issue, and if they should die s.p. to remain to the right heirs of William. (Pedes 
Finitim, Staff. From the William Salt Transcripts.) 



DE BANCO, TRINITY, 17 E. II. 103 

Staff. Ralph Basset of Dray ton sued John de Sutton and Margaret his 
wife, sister and one of the heirs of .John de Soniery, in a plea that they, 
together vvitli Joan formerly wife of Thomas de Botetourte, the sister and the 
other heir of the said John de Soniery, should warrant to him the third part 
of half the manor of Waleshale which Lucy formerly wife of John de Souiery 
claimed as dower. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to take into the King's hand, land belonging to the said .John and 
Margaret to the value of half the dower claimed, and to summon them 
for the Quindene of St. Michael, in. 133. 

Staff. William de Venables sued John de Hastang, senior, for a debt of 
50. John did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce 
him at the Quindene of St. Martin, m. 137. 

Staff. The same William sued Roger le Mareshal for causing waste and des- 
truction in houses, woods and gardens at Walton, which he had demised to 
him for his life. Roger did not appear and the Sheriff, was ordered to attach 
him for the Quindene of St. Martin, m. 137. 

Skiff. Joan formerly wife of John son of John le (sic) Has tang sued William 
de Venables and Alice his wife for the third of two messuages, a carucate of 
laud, forty acres of wood, and 10 marks of rent in Eccleshale and Penkrich as 
her dower. William and Alice pleaded that Joaa had no right to the dower 
claimed, because John de Hastang was not seised of the tenements at the time 
lie married her, nor at any t me afterwards, and they appealed to a jury, 
which is to be summoned for the Octaves of St. Michael, m. 149. 

Staff. William le Keu of Pelshale gives half a mark for license of concord 
with Roger Hillary, the Parson of the Church of Alrewych (Aldridge), respect- 
ing tenements in Shelfel and Pelshale. 1 m. 149. 

Staff. Walter de Kynefare, Clerk, gives a mark for licence of concord 
with Edmund Fitz-Wariu of Penne and Alice his wife respecting tenements 
in Seggesleye. m. 150. 

Staff. John Harnelyn sued Robert Herny and Lettice his wife for causing 
waste and destruction in the lands, houses, woods, etc., which he had demised 
to them for their lives in Okie (Oakley), and the Sheriff was ordered to go 
in person and on the oath of twelve jurymen to make inquisition into the 
alleged waste, and to return the inquisition into Court at the Quindene of 
Michaelmas. A postscript states on that day the Sheriff sent the inquisition 
by which it appeared that the said Robert and Lettice had pulled down a 
chamber worth a mark, and a portion of a presshouse worth half a mark, and 
a pigeon house worth 40;/. It was therefore considered that the said John 
should recover the tenements wasted, by view of the jury of the inquisition, 
and his damages in triplicate, viz., 67s. m. 165. 

Stuff. Laurence Trussel sued William Trussel of Mershton and Isabella 
his wife in a plea, that they should carry out a covenant made between them 
and the said Laurence, respecting half the man >r of Hales under Lousyerd. 
William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him f<>r the 
Octaves of St. Michael, m. 165. 

Staff. John de Pyrye recovers a messuage in Hamstede from Hugh de 
Attelberewe by a writ of " qiiare cessavtt per biennium" ILugk not appearing 
to defend it. m. 170. 

Staff. John le Say, executor of the will of Gilbert de Aston, sued Thomas 
de Elenhale, Clerk, in a plea that he should render a reasonable account for 

1 By this fine a mill, four acres of land, and ten acres of meadow were settled on 
William tor his life, with remainder to Roger son of William Hillary and Kathenno 
his wife and their male issue, and it Roger should die without male issue by Katheriue, 
to remain to the right heirs of Roger. (/Wt'.y Fiiiium, Stojf.) 



104 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

the time he was the receiver of the money of the said Gilbert. Thomas did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to arrest and produce him at the 
Quindene of St. Martin, m. 178. 

Staff. Clement of Wolvernehampton, Clerk, sued Alice, the Prioress of the 
Black Nuns of Brewode, and Robert atte Hurst and another for forcibly 
breaking into his house at Horsbrok, and taking his goods and chattels to the 
value of 100*. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been 
ordered to distrain, and he now returned 10s. distrained from the chattels of 
Alice. He was therefore ordered as before to distrain, and produce the 
defendants at the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 188. 

Staff. John Say, executor of the will of Gilbert de Aston, sued Robert 
de Cotes, near Swynnerton, Elias de Burghton, and Roger son of Roger de 
Burghton, executor of Juliana formerly wife of Roger de Burghton, for 
a debt of 10 marks. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff 
was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quindene of St. Martin. 
m. 190. 

Staff. Clemence formerly wife of Richard de Marnham sued Roger Golde 
for the third of six acres of land in West Bromwych, and she sued John de 
Saltleye for the third of six acres of land, and two acres of meadow, and Roger 
atte Hurst for the third of three acres of land and two acres of meadow 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 St. Michael, m. 190. 

Staff. Richard de Delves and Robert de Holynes, executors of the will 
of William de Mere, sued William son of Robert Jorce, John de Hinkeleye, 
William de Chetewynde, John Bagot, and Ralph de Mungoye, to render to 
them and to their co-executors, Richard de Mere and Ralph de Mere, 8 ; 
and they sued Thomas de Fernhalgh, William del Mos, and two others, for 
a debt of 20 marks, and they sued Nicholas, the Parson of Mukelesdon, 
Adam de Muckelesdon, William de Chaveldon, and Hugh son of William de 
Chaveldon, for 10 marks ; and Adam son of Adam de Muckeleston for .46. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain 
and produce them at a month from Michaelmas, m. 189, dor so. 

Staff. William de Walton sued Robert son of William de Fulfen in a plea 
that he should warrant to him fourteen acres of land, etc., in Fulfen near 
Morghale which he claimed to hold of him, and for which he held his deed. 
Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to summon him for the 
Octaves of St. Michael, m. 178, dor so. 

Staff. William de Weston sued John de Perton, William son of John de 
Perton, and John de Lappeleye for a debt of 26, and he sued William de 
Leversete for a debt of 293 5s. lOd. None of the defendants appeared, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 70, 
dorso. 

Staff. John son of Richard de Calewych, by Richard de Calewych his 
custos, sued John son of Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye for half the manor of 
Great Lockesleye. The defendant did not appear [and he had previously made 
default, viz., at the Quindene of Hillary, 1 and the Sheriff had been ordered to 
take the tenements into the King's hand and to return the day he had done 
so]. The Sheriff now returned that the writ reached him too late and he 
was ordered as before, and to make the return on the morrow of St. Martin. 
m. 32, dorso. 

1 In cases of default, the tenements in dispute were not taken into the King's 
hand until the defendant had failed to appear a second time ; but as the words 
shewn within brackets are formal only, they have always been omitted in these 
abstracts. 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 18 E. II. 105 

BANCO ROLL HILLARY, 18 E. II. 

Warw. (sic.) Richard fie Mefford, executor of the will of John son of John 
llastang, sued William Wodegrym in a plea that he should render a rea.sonable 
account for the time he was the bailiff of the said John son of John in Blore 
and Grendon. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain and produce him at three weeks from Easter, m. 7. 

Staff. The Abbot of St. Ebrulph sued the Abbot of Buldewas in a plea 
that he should make a reasonable division between the land of St. Ebrulph in 
Great Onne and the land of Buldewas in Walton as it ought to be, and used 
to be " sicut esse debet ct solet." The Abbot of Buldewas did not appear, and 
the Sheriff' was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Octaves of Trinity. 
m. 35. 

Staff. Eobert Tochet sued Roger Corbet, Chivaler, 1 Peter de Eyton, and 
Roger Carles of Albrighton for a debt of 100. None of the defendants 
appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the 
Quindene of Trinity, m. 59. 

Staff. John Giffard of Chylynton sued Nicholas de Swynnerton, Parson 
of the Church of Mukleston, for a debt of 33 marks. Nicholas did not 
appear and the Sheriff' returned he was a Clerk and beneficiatu* in the See of 
Coventry and Lychfeld. A mandate was therefore sent to the Bishop to 
produce him at three weeks from Easter, m. 78. 

Staff. Elizabeth formerly wife of Ralph de Rolleston sued Thomas son of 
Ralph de Rolleston for a third of four messuages, six tofts, one hundred and 
sixty acres of land, thirty-one acres of meadow, and ~2Qs. of rent in Rolleston and 
Tatenhull as her dower. Thomas admitted her right to dower in one messuage, 
thirty acres of land, and three acres of meadow, but as regarded the residue he 
stated that Ralph her husband had never been seised of it at the date he married 
her, nor at any time subsequently, and appealed to a jury, which is to be sum- 
moned for a month from Easter, m. 133. 

Staff. Adam de Muckleston sued Robert de Leghe, junior, and Lettice his 
wife for two messuages and seventeen acres of land in Leghe, and they did not 
appear. The Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand 
and summon them for the Quindeneof Trinity, m. 134. 

Staff. Magister William de Barneby and Richard de Wolaston, the 
executors of the will of Magister Peter de Askerne, sued Peter de Wodhulle 
and William Curtays in a plea that whereas when Thomas late Earl of 
Lancastre had demised to the said Peter the manor of Sandon near Stafford 
for a term unexpired, and Peter had demised the manor to his executors for 
the unexpired term, the defendants had entered the manor and detained it, 
so that the will of the said Peter could not be carried out. The defendants 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the morrow 
of St. John the Baptist, m. 154. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Elias son of John de Flamstede sued 
Thomas son of Alice de Crakemersh for a third of two messuages, two virgates 
of land, fifteen acres of meadow, and 20s. of rent in Crakemersh as her dower. 
Elias did not appear, and had previously made default, and the Sheriff had 
been ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and he had 
done nothing. He was therefore ordered as before and to summon the parties 
to be in Court at three weeks from Easter, m. 183. 

Staff. Roger de Knyghteleye and Sibil his wife appeared against William 
son of William de Knyghteleye in a plea that he should carry out the 
covenant made between them respecting a messuage and three virgates of 

1 French, Chevalier. The custom of designating knights in this way, beean in 
tue latter part of this reign ; but was not general till the reign of Edward HI. 



106 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

land in Enkerdon. William did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain and produce him at the Octaves of Trinity, m. 203. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to distrain Eoger de Morteyn and 
Isabella his wife and produce them at this term to complete a fine between 
them and .Robert de Stepelton respecting the manor of Barre and the 
advowson of the Church of Alrewych, as agreed between them, and the Sheriff 
had done nothing, but returned the writ reached him too late. He was there 
fore ordered to produce them at the Quindene of Easter. 1 m. 203. 

Staff. William son of Eeginald de Charnes sued Eoger de Bromleye and 
Alice his wife for causing waste and destruction in the woods, houses, and 
gardens which they held as dower of Alice of his inheritance in Charnes. 
The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and 
produce them at the Octaves of Trinity, m. 203. 

Staff. Eoger the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfeld appeared by attorney 
against Magister Nicholas de Guthmundle in a plea that whereas the Bishop 
by reason of his view of frankpledge in Lichfield from time out of memory 
had been accustomed to take assize of all measures used by his men and the other 
residents within the fee, the said Nicholas, together with Eobert Bernard and 
other residents within the Bishop's liberty, when summoned to shew and assay 
their measures by the Bishop's bailiff had forcibly resisted him in contempt of 
the King and to the grave damage of the Bishop. Nicholas did not appear, 
and the Sheriff had been ordered to arrest him, and returned he could not be 
found and held nothing within his bailiwick. He was therefore ordered as 
before to arrest him and produce him at the Quindene of Trinity, m. 218. 

Staff. James son of Hugh de Audeley sued Thomas de Pikestoke, Ealph 
de Grendon, John de Stivinton, Eobert By the water of Salt, and Philip de 
Wenlok for a debt of 46 marks. None of the defendants appeared, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quindene of 
Trinity, m. 248. 

Staff. Sarra formerly wife of John fitz Philip sued John de Sutton and 
Margaret his wife, one of the heirs of John de Somery, in a plea that they 
should be present in Court together with Joan formerly wife of Thomas de 
Botetourt, the sister and the other heir of the said John, to warrant to her 
half of the third part of a rent of ,20 in Bobinton which Lucy formerly wife 
of John de Somery claimed as dower. The defendants did not appear, and 
the Sheriff had been ordered to take into the King's hand, lands and tene- 
ments belonging to the said John and Margaret to the value of half the 
dower claimed, and the Sheriff had returned they held nothing within his 
bailiwick, and it was testified at Easter Term, 16 E. II., they held lands and 
tenements sufficient, and the Sheriff was ordered as before, and he now 
returned the writ reached him too late. He was therefore ordered as before 
and to summon the defendants for three weeks from Easter, m. 235, dorso. 

Staff. Hugh le Despencer, junior, sued John de Sutton and Margaret his 
wife in a plea that they should carry out the covenant made between them 
respecting the manor of Eouleye Somery, Prestwode, the manor of the Castle 
of Duddeleye, and the manors of Seggesleye and New Swynford. John and 
Margaret did not appear, and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too 
late. He was therefore ordered to summon them for the Quindene of Easter. 
m. 162, dorso. 

1 This fine was never levied, apparently, but at Michaelmas Terra, 19 E. II., a 
fine was levied respecting the same tenements, between Kobert de Stepelton and 
Isabella his wife (complainants), and William de Frome (deforciant),by which they 
were settled on Robert and Isabella and their issue, and if they should die s.p., to 
remain to the right heirs of Robert ; and Fulk de Pembruggeaud Itobert de Stepel- 
ton son of Philip de Stepelton, and John de Pjrie put in their claims. (Pedes Finium, 
Staff.) 



ASSIZE ROLL OF DIVERS COUNTIES. 18 E. II. 107 



ASSIZE ROLL OF DIVERS COUNTIES. 18 E. II. 

ASSIZES TAKEN AT STAFFORD liEFOHE JOHN INGE AND THOMAS 
DE LUTIIE, JUSTICES ASSIGNED, ETC., ON THE FRIDAY AFTER 
THE OCTAVES OF TRINITY, 18 E. II. 

Staff, An assize, etc., if Robert cle Leye, junior, Richard Shyrard and 
William his son, and Robert brother of William, had unjustly disseised 
Robert de Leye, senior, of a carucate of land in Leye (Leigh). 

Robert de Leye, junior, appeared, and Richard Smalris appeared for the 
other defendants as their bailiff, and stated they claimed nothing in the land 
and denied having done any injury to the plaintiff, and Robert de Leye, 
junior, stated he entered through one Robert de Leye the father of the said 
Robert de Leye, senior, the plaintiff', and not by a disseisin, and appealed to a 
jury. The jury stated that Robert de Leye the father of the plaintiff' died 
seised of the tenements, and after his death Robert de Leye, senior, entered 
into them as son and nearest heir and was in seisin of them until Robert de 
Leye, junior, had disseised him. The plaintiff is therefore to recover seisin 
and his damages were taxed at 60s., and he is in misericord id for a false 
claim against the other defendants. 

Staff. William de la Sale of Newport recovers seisin of four messuages, 
a windmill, nine bovatesand forty acres of land, two acres of meadow, twelve 
acres of wood, and twenty acres of pasture in Bradewalle near Newcastle- 
under-Lyme, in a suit against Michael de Meledon, William Russel, Richard 
de Dymesdale, Thomas de Dunham, ami others, and his damages were taxed 
at 30. A postscript states that afterwards on the 10th August in 18 E. III., 
the King sent a writ to the said John Inge to transmit a record of the said 
assize and process into his Chancery. 

Staff. An assize, etc., if Robert de Bek, senior, Thomas le Mareschal of 
Erberton, Robert son of Robert de Bek, Ralph de Haneyate, Chaplain, and 
Geoffrey his brother, and thirteen others named, had unjustly disseised Philip 
son of Philip de Chetewynd of his common of pasture in Hopton near Stafford, 
appurtenant to his freehold in Ingestre, viz., in common of pasture in eighty 
acres of wood, every year between the Feast of St. Martin and the Feast of 
St. Michael, and in sixty acres of pasture for the whole year, with all manner 
of cattle. Robert de Bek, senior, appeared and Robert Bek son of Robert Bek 
appeared and answered for all the other defendants, and stated they claimed 
nothing in the tenements and had done the plaintiff no injury, and for himself 
as tenant, he stated, that lie held the manor of Hopton by the feoti'ment of 
Robert de Bek, senior, who w r as present and warranted it to him and stated 
he was formerly lord of the manor of Hopton, and had approved the wood 
and pasture as waste of the manor, according to the Statute, saving to the 
said Philip sufficient for his freehold and free ingress and egress, as was law- 
ful, and he appealed to a jury. The jury found in favour of Robert as 
regarded the pasture, but as regarded the wood they stated that Robert de 
Bek, senior, and the other defendants excepting Robert de Bek, junior, had 
unjustly disseised the said Philip of his common of pasture in it. He is 
therefore to recover seisin of it and his damages were taxed at 2 marks. 

Staff. Roger de Peulesdon and distance (sic) his wife not prosecuting 
their writ of novel disseisin against Joan formerly wife of John le Estrange 
and William Wodegrym respecting tenements in Blore are in misericordid. 

Staff. John son of Nicholas Durdent not prosecuting his writ of novel 
disseisin against Magister Stephen de Segrave and others respecting tene- 
ii'ents in Fissherwyke is in misericordid. 



108 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

Staff. David de Pynlesdon and Isabella his wife not prosecuting their 
writ of novel disseisin against Gilbert de . . . . respecting tenements 
in Bradelegh, they and their sureties, viz., Eichard Wolrich and William de 
Salt, are in misericordid. 

Staff. Ealph son of Hugh de Pendeford not prosecuting his writ of 
mord'ancestor against William son of Ralph de Coven and others respecting 
tenements in Coven, is in misericordid. 

Staff. An assize if William son of Reginald de Charnes had unjustly dis- 
seised Roger de Bromleye and Alice his wife of six acres of land, twelve 
acres of wood and an acre of pasture in Charnes. William pleaded he held the 
tenements conjointly with his wife Alice who was not named in the writ, and 
as the plaintiffs could not deny this, the suit was dismissed. 

Staff. Adam son of Vivian de Aston not prosecuting his writ of mord'- 
ancestor against Adam Knotte and Milisent his wife respecting tenements in 
Aston in le Hales, is in misericordid. 

Staff. Nicholas son of William de Pikestok not prosecuting his writ of 
novel di'jseisin against Nicholas son of Richard de Neuport of Stafford and 
others respecting tenements in Dunston, is in misericordid. 



BANCO ROLL. TRINITY, 18 E. II. 

Staff. Richard son of Adam de Whethales sued Humfrey Hastang for a 
messuage and half a virgate of land in Eccleshale by a writ of entry. 
Humfrey prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the morrow of St. 
Martin, m. 91. 

Staff. Roger le Whyte of Cestre and Agnes his wife sued Richard 
Salwyn of Stafford and William de Bisshopeston, Clerk, the custodies of the land 
and heir of John Carbonel for the third of a messuage and carucate of land, 
thirty acres of meadow, and 40s. of rent in Brocton-o'-the-Cank which they 
claimed as dower of Agnes. The defendants did not appear and had previously 
made default, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the 
King's hand and summon them for the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 125. 

Staff. Roger de Bromleye and Alice his wife were summoned to answer 
the plea of William son of Reginald de Charnes that they caused waste and 
destruction in the lands, woods, houses, and gardens, which they held as dower 
of Alice, of his inheritance in Charnes ; and he stated that they had dug pits 
in the land and sold the marl to the value of 20s., and had pulled down four 
houses, each worth 20s., a chamber worth 13s. 4d., a sheep-fold worth 40s., 
two granges, each worth 20s., a porcheria worth 6s. 8d., and had cut down and 
sold ten apple trees, each worth 12d, four pear trees, each worth 2s., ten ash 
trees each worth 18d, and for which he claimed 20 as damages. 

Roger and Alice denied having inflicted any injury to William or caused 
any waste or destruction, and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned 
for the morrow of All Souls, m. 223. 

Leyc. Edmund de Appelby was summoned to answer the Prior of Lythum 
in a plea that he should permit him to present a fit person to the Church of 
Appelby, and the Prior stated that one Margaret Banastre was seised of the 
manor of Appelby to which the advowson was appurtenant, and had presented 
to the Church, temp. Hen. III., one Richard de Mydde, and had afterwards 
by her deed given the advowson to William formerly Prior of Lythum, to be 
held by him and his Church of St. Mary in free and perpetual alms, and on 
the death of the said Richard a certain William son of William Yernoun had 
opposed the presentation of the Prior, who had brought against him an action 
of quare impedit in Banco in 50 Hen. III., and had recovered the advowson 



DE BANCO, TRINITY, 18 E. II. 109 

against him, but owing to the lapse of time the Bishop of Lincoln had con- 
veyed the church to one Thomas de Mamleville, and on the death of the said 
Thomas one Richard Vernoun the cousin and heir of William son of William 
opposed the presentation of Ambrose, formerly Prior of Lvthum, and the Prior 
had produced before Ralph de Hengham, the Justice, the record of the suit 
between his predecessor and William son of William the ancestor of Richard, 
and Richard was summoned Coram Iteya in 16 E. I., to show cause wherefore 
he impeded the presentation of the Prior to the said church, and on the 
Octaves of St. John the Baptist 16 E. I., the Prior obtained a writ from the 
Court to the Bishop to admit a fit person to the church on his presentation, 
but owing to the lapse of time the Bishop again conveyed the church to one 
John de Arayns, by whose death the church was again vacant, and the said 
Edmund now unjustly impeded the presentation, for which he claimed .200 
as damages. 

Edmund stated that one Henry de Appelby his grandfather had presented 
to the church as true patron, but afterwards withdrew his plea. 1 m. 255. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to arrest William de Colton, Lord of 
Luttellehay, if he was a layman, and keep him in safe custody until he had 
paid to Robert de Hampton a debt of 20, which he had acknowledged to 
owe to Magister Robert de Bromleye, who was dead, and to the said Robert 
de Hampton, and the Sheriff returned that William was dead. Robert is 
therefore to have a writ of " scire facias" according to the Statute, m. 281. 

Staff. Henry son of Robert son of Hugh de Colton sued William de 
Chetewynde for a messuage and four acres of land and two acres of waste in 
Colton, and he sued Richard Lyne and Margaret his wife for seven acres of 
land, and William sou of Adam le Smyth for four acres of land, and Nicholaa 
daughter of Hugh le Bole of Colton for ten acres, and William Maynard for 
one acre, and William son of Ralph del Newelond for one acre, and Geoffrey 
atte Asshe for one acre, and Stephen son of William Eddesone for one acre and 
a half in the same vill, which he claimed as his right and inheritance. 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 Octaves of St. Martin. 
m. 186, dor so. 

Staff. William Gerveyse and Thomas his son appeared by their essoigns 
in a suit against Roger son of Robert de Haggeleye and Alice his wife for 
causing waste and destruction in lands, houses, woods, etc., which they had 
demised to them for the lives of Roger and Alice in Netherpenne. The 
defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the 
Octaves of St. Michael, m. 177, dorso. 

Staff. Vivian son of Robert de Staundon sued Geoffrey de Wolselegh, 
Parson of the Church of Chetelton, and William de Weston of Haukeston 
for a debt of ,100. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned 
they held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was testified that they held 
lands in the county of Salop. The Sheriff' of co. Salop was therefore ordered 
to summon them for the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 154. 

Coniub. Roger de Bromleye and Alice his wife sued Stephen de Hacke- 
cumbe for the third of two messuages and two carucates of land in Dymmerdayk 
as the dower of Alice. Stephen called to warranty William son of Reginald 
de Charnes, who is to be summoned by the Sheriffs of cos. Salop and Stafford 
to appear at the Quindene of St. Michael, m. 150, dorso. 

1 It appears from the pleadings, which are very lengthy, that neither William 
de Vernon nor Richard de Vernon descended from Margaret Banastre. The Prior 
stated they held merely a small fee within the manor, of which th^y had been 
enfeoffed after the death of Margaret. The latter gave the Church to the Priory in 
her widowhood. 



110 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA EOLLS. 

Staff. Walter Waldeschef recovers seven and a half acres of land from 
each of sixteen tenants in Neuburgh by writs of " quare cessavit" 1 m. 125, 
dorso. 

Staff. Adam de Mukleston recovers two messuages and seventeen acres 
of land in Leghe (Leigh) from Eobert de Legh aud Lettice his wife through 
default of the defendants, m. 85, dor so. 

Staff. Stephen the Archbishop of Armach sued John son of Nicholas 
Durdent, William and Eoger his brothers, Petronilla formerly wife of Nicholas 
Durdent, Hugh de Timmor, Eoger son of Simon of Fissherwyk, and Eobert 
son of John Durdent, for forcibly taking three horses, eight oxen, and six 
cows worth 30, and other goods and chattels at Fissherwyk belonging to him 
to the value of 60. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain Petronilla and produce her at the Octaves of St. Michael, 
and as regarded the others the Sheriff returned they held nothing within his 
bailiwick by which they could be attached ; he was therefore ordered to arrest 
and produce them at the same date. m. 63, dorso. 

Staff. Hugh Gamel of Lockesleye gives half a mark for license of concord 
with William Lok respecting tenements in Kyngeston and Lockesleye. 2 m. 33, 
dorso. 

Staff. John de Pykstoke gives half a mark for license of concord with 
Adam son of Eeginald atte Markedeok of Longedon respecting tenements in 
Boterhale (Butterhill). 3 m. 32, dorso. 

BANCO ROLL. MICHAELMAS, 19 E. II. 

Staff. Peter son of Peter de Arderne not appearing to prosecute his claim 
against John son of John Burgyloun for the manor of Knutton, the plea was 
dismissed, m. 75. 

Staff. Eoger Hillary sued William Blaun chard and Clemence his wife, 
John de Ipstones, Hugh de Beumays, and William de Titteleye, for a debt of 
200 marks. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned that 
William and Clemence and John were attached for the Octaves of St. Martin, 
and that the others held nothing within his bailiwick, and it was testified they 
held sufRcient in co. Salop. The Sheriff of co. Salop was therefore ordered to 
attach them for the same date. m. 99. 

Staff. Eoger le White of Chester and Agnes his wife recover the third 
part of a messuage, a carucate of laud, thirty acres of meadow, and 40s. of rent, 
in Brocton-o'-the-Cank, against the custodes of the land and heir of John 
Carbonel, as the dower of Agnes, through default of the defendants, m. 125. 

Staff. Elizabeth formerly wife of Ealph de Eollestone recovers the dower 
she claimed against Thomas son of Ealph de Eolleston by default of the 
defendant, m. 125. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde sued John son of 
John de Bromshulf for the third of a messuage, three carucates of land, sixty 
acres of meadow, eighty acres of wood, and 100s. of rent, in Gretewych (Grat- 

1 The virgate of thirty acres had probably been divided into four parts. 

2 By this fine, a messuage, twenty acres of land, and one acre of meadow in the 
above vills were settled on Hugh Gamel for his life, with remainder to William son 
of Hugh and his issue, and in default of such, to Margary de Warilowe and her 
heirs. 

3 By this fine Adam son of Eeginald and Alice his wife acknowledged a messuage, 
twenty acres of land, one acre of meadow, and two acres of waste in Boterhale to be 
the right of John, for which he gave them 10. (Pedes JFinium, Staff. From 
the William Salt Transcripts.) 



DE BANCO, MICH., 19 E. II. Ill 

wicli) as her dower. John appeared by Nicholas de Rossynton his cuxtos and 
prayed a view, and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Hillary, m. 
131), dor so. 

Staff. John de Pyrye sued William de Hanwoton for a messuage and 
eight acres of land in Pyrye (Perry Barr), and he sued Williamson of Nicholas 
de Wyrleye for a messuage and nine acres in the same vill as his right by writ 
of"(ju,are cessavit per biennium." The defendants did not appear, and the 
Sheriff was ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon 
them for the morrow of the Purification, m. 176. 

St<tff. Felicia formerly wife of Thomas atte Hall of Elmhurste sued Thomas 
le "Rons of Longedon and Agnes his wife for fifteen acres of land in Longedon 
in which the said Thomas le Rons had no entry except by a demise which 
Thomas her husband had made, and to which she could not object during his 
lifetime, and she stated she was seised of the tenements in demesne as of fee, 
temp. E. I. 

Thomas and Agnes called to warranty Richard le Qwilter of Lychefeld who 
appeared and warranted the tenements to them, and stated that Felicia never 
held the land by gift of the said Thomas de Hulton, 1 and appealed to a jury, 
which is to be summoned for the Octaves of the Purification, m. 231, dorso. 

Staff. Agatha formerly wife of John son of John de Bromleye who 
brought a writ against Robert de Knyghteleye, Chyvaler, Richard son of 
Petronilla de Abetou, Robert de Dunstou, Henry de Waleford, Robert de 
Beghterton, Henry de Wolaston, Robert de Eyton, Stephen de Wolaston, 
Roger de Beghterton, Sarra formerly wife of Simon de Dime, Alan de Glase- 
leye, and thirteen others, for dower in Abeton and Little Onne, did not appear 
to prosecute it, and the suit was dismissed, in. 236, dorso. 

Staff. Nicholas de Swynnerton, Parson of the Church of Mukleston, was 
sued by John Gitf'ard of Chilinton for a debt of 33 marks which he had 
acknowledged to owe to him by a bond dated from Chiliutou in 17 E. II., on 
the morrow of the Feast of St. Fides the Virgin. Nicholas acknowledged the 
bond, but stated he was under age at the date of it, and appealed to a jury, 
which is to be summoned for the Octaves of Hillary, m. 242. 

Staff. William le Say of Dunston sued Nicholas de Picstoke for six acres 
of land in Dunston by writ of entry. Nicholas called to warranty Richard 
sou of John de Wenlok who is to be summoned for the Octaves of the Puri- 
fication, m. 332, dorso. 

Staff. William, Abbot of Burton, sued Hugh son of Walter Wither of 
Hum and Elena his wife for eight acres of wood and sixty acres of pasture in 
Hum as the right of his church. Hugh and Elena called to warranty Walter 
Wy ther and Joan his wife, who are to be summoned for five weeks from Easter. 
m. 359. 

Staff. The Abbess of Polesworth sued Thomas de Brumpton, Parson of 
the Church of Eyton, for 100 marks, the arrears of an annual rent of 20 marks 
owing to her. Thomas did not appear, and the Sheriff retuined he was a 
Clerk having a benefice in the See of Coventry and Lichfield. A mandate 
was therefore sent to the Bishop to produce him at the Quindene of Hillary. 
m. 396. 

Staff. In the suit of the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield against tenants 
in Lichfield for resisting by force the assay of their measures, Mngister 
Robert Bernard appeared and denied the fact, and appealed to a jury, which 
is to be summoned for the Octaves of the Purification, m. 396, dorso. 

1 Thomas de Hulton had not been previously mentioned in the pleading* us 
recorded. 



112 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 



BANCO EOLL. HILLARY, 19 E. II. 

Staff. Adam de Kuggelegh appeared against William Gryffyn of Colton, 
Robert fitz Walter, Nicholas de Caldewell, Stephen de Colton, John son of 
Stephen de Colton and three others named, in a plea that they had taken his 
goods and chattels by force from Ruggelegh and had beaten and wounded his 
tenants and servants, viz., William Phelip and Adam atte Goter ; and he 
stated they had come to Ruggelegh with swords and bows and arrows, and 
had taken by force from him nets and other machines for taking fish to the 
value of 1005. William and Robert appeared and denied the trespass, and 
appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Easter. 
And the Sheriff was ordered to distrain the other defendants and produce 
them at the same date. m. 19. 

Staff. Clement de Wolvernehampton sued Robert de Gresbrok for a debt 
of 60*. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and 
produce him at the Quindene of Easter, m. 83. 

Staff. Joan formerly wife of Thomas Butetourt sued William son of 
Geoffrey de Gatacre and another for entering her wood at Bobynton vi et armis 
and taking from it six young sparrowhawks " pullos espervariorum " of the 
value of 100s. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned they 
could not be found and held nothing within his bailiwick ; he was therefore 
ordered to arrest and produce them at three weeks from Easter, m. 120. 

Staff. Roger de Mere appeared by Richard de Mere his attorney against 
Robert Dyngel of Stafford in a plea that he should render a reasonable account 
for the time he was receiver of the money of the said Roger. Robert did not 
appear, and the Sheriff returned he could not be found and held nothing by 
which he could be attached ; he was therefore ordered to arrest and produce 
him at the Quindene of Trinity, m. 120. 

Staff. Petronilla formerly wife of Nicholas Durdent appeared against 
Roger son of N icholas Durdent, and Alexander, Nicholas, and John, brothers of 
Roger, for breaking open by force her chest (cistar/i) at Fissherwyk and 
taking from it three deeds and a writing of quit-claim and other muniments 
belonging to her. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff returned 
they held nothing within his bailiwick ; he was therefore ordered to arrest 
and produce them at the Quindene of Trinity, m. 154. 

Staff. Richard de la Chaumbre, Parson of the Church of Legh, sued John 
de Hungerford, Parson of the Church of Outtokeshather, for breaking vi et armis 
into his honses at Flitteleye and taking from'them goods and chattels to the 
value of 20. 

John did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to distrain the 
Bishop to produce him, and he returned that he had distrained the said Bishop 
to the value of 10s. He was therefore ordered as before to distrain so that 
the Bishop might produce him at the Quindene of Trinity, m. 180. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of William Trussel of Cublesdon sued John 
son of William son of William Trussel of Cublesdon and Alianora his wife 
for a third part of the Manor of Cublesdon (Kibblestone in Stone) which she 
claimed as dower. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been 
ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and to summon them 
for this day, viz., the Quindene of Hillary, and the Sheriff now returned the 
day he had taken the dower and that he had summoned them. Isabella is 
therefore to recover seisin against them by their default, m. 194. 

Staff. John de Ruycroft appeared against Robert de Esenyngton, John 
de Hugeford, Adam son of Richard de Ruycroft and Emma his wife, Thomas 
de Benham, William de Bokyngham, Walter son of William de Perton, and 
two others for entering by force his house at Hulton and breaking open a 



DE BANCO, HILLARY, 19 E. II. 113 

chest and taking from it six deeds and two quit claims and other muniments. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and 
produce them at three weeks from Easter, m. 205. 

Wi/yorn. Aline formerly wife of Edward Burnel sued Robert deStaund on 
in a plea that he had taken and abducted from Morton, John son and heir of 
Peter de Saltmarsh, who was under age and whose marriage belonged to her. 
Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce 
him at the Quindene of Trinity, and to enquire where the heir was to be 
found, and to produce him at the same date. A postscript states that on that 
day the Sheriff' made no return, and he was ordered to produce them on the 
morrow of St. Martin, m. 245. 

Salop. Henry de Bisshebury appeared against Richard de Dulverne and 
John de Whethales in a plea that they should each of them render to him a 
reasonable account for the time they were the receivers of the money of the 
said Henry. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
distrain the said Richard, and to arrest the said John, and produce them at 
the Quindene of Trinity, m. 277. 

Staff. John de Kynardesleye sued John le Tipper, the Parson of the 
Church of Swyndverton (Swynuerton), Laurence Priket, and six others for 
forcibly taking his goods and chattels to the value of '10 from Shortelyme. 
None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff had been ordered to arrest 
them, and he now returned that John the Parson was dead, and he could not 
find the others. He was therefore ordered as before to arrest the others, and 
produce them at the Quindene of Trinity, m. 234, dorso. 

Deri). John de Tbbestones (Ipstones) Chivaler, and Guy de Mancester, 
Chivaler, were attached to answer the plea of William de Bereford, that they, 
together with John Olneye, Chivaler, and Thomas de Cheswardyn, had forcibly 
broken the doors and fences of the said William at Sutton, on the Thurs- 
day before the Feast of St. Gregory, 15 E. II., and had taken thirteen horses, 
thirty-six mares, eight oxen, and ten cows, worth 60, and other goods and 
chattels to the value of 40. John and Guy appeared and denied the trespass, 
and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of Easter. 

The same William appeared against John de Olneye and Thomas for the 
same trespass, and they did not appear ; and the Sheriff' returned they could 
not be found. He was therefore ordered to arrest them and produce them at 
the same date. 1 m. 195, dorso. 

Staff. Laurence Trussell and two others, executors of the will of William 
Trussel of Kyblesdon, sued Henry de Wolaston in a plea that he should 
render to them and to Isabella formerly wife of William Trussel, and to John 
Trussel and Thomas Trussel, their co-executors, a sum of 6 6,. 8t/., which he 
unjustly detained. Henry did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to 
attach him for the Quindene of Trinity, m. 178, dorso. 

Staff. John de Bromley e was attached to answer the plea of Walter de 
Beysyn that he should permit him to present a fit person to the Church of 
Assheleye, and he stated that one Philip de Burghardeslegh was seised of the 
manor of Assheleye, to which the advowson was appurtenant, and presented 
to the church one Philip de Bromleye, who was admitted and instituted in 
the time of Henry, the King's grandfather; and from Philip the said manor 
descended to Mabel, Alice, and Margaret, his daughters and heirs, amongst 
whom the manor was divided, and the right of presentation to the church 
remained amongst them in common, and he gave this descent from the three 
co-heiresses. 



1 From the date named, viz., Mnreli, ]322, William de Bereford's house was 
evidently plundered during the rebellion of the Earl of Lancaster. 

I 



114 



EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 



Philip. 


Mabel. 

Robert. 
1 
Walter. 

1 


Ali 
Roj 
Pet 


1 
3e. Margaret. 

jer. Geoffrey, 
er. Robert. 

1 


Thomas, 
ob. s.p. 


Walter de Joan, daughter John de I 
Beysyn, and heir. the defer 
the plaintiff. | 



Thomas. 

And he stated that the said Thomas son of Joan had enfeoffed Thomas de 
Beysyn his brother of his purparty of the manor and advowson, and which 
purparty descended to him as his brother and heir, and on the death of the 
said Philip de Bromley e, the said Walter son of Robert, as eldest co-heir, pre- 
sented one John de Bromleye, who was admitted and instituted temp. E. I., 
and who was now dead, and he pleaded that as he was seised of the purparty of 
the said Alice, it was his turn to present to the said church, and that the said 
John impeded the presentation, for which he claimed 100 marks as damages. 

John appeared by Eichard de Mere his attorney a,nd admitted the right 
of Walter to present hac vice, for which Walter remitted his claim for damages, 
and his misericordia was remitted because he appeared on the first day. m. 
160, dor so. 

Staff. Eoger Trumwyne, Chivaler, sued Thomas de Pype, Chivaler, and 
James son of William de Stafford for a debt of 60. The defendants did 
not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach them for the Quindene of 
Trinity, m. Ill, dor so. 

BANCO EOLL. EASTER, 19 E. II. 

Staff. Margaret formerly wife of Eobert le Bret of Drengeton sued 
John son of Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye for a third of a messuage and 
eight acres of land and three acres of pasture in Little Lockesleye, and she 
sued Ealph de Snytterton and Cecilia his wife for a third of four acres of 
land and an acre of pasture in the same vill as her dower. The defendants 
did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into 
the King's hand, and to summon them for the Octaves of Trinity, m. 3, dorso. 

Staff. William le Deyghester, the Parson of Evenefeld (Enville), not 
appearing to prosecute his suit against Philip de Lutteleye for an illegal dis- 
tress, the plea was dismissed, m. 133. 

Warw. Isabella formerly wife of William Trussel of Cublesdon, sued 
John son of William son of William Trussel of Cublesdon and Alianora his 
wife for a third of two parts of the manor of Billesleye and of three messuages, 
three carucates of land, and 30 of rent in Milverton and Merton, and she sued 
Oliver de Burdegalle and Matilda his wife for a third of a third part of the 
manor of Billesleye, and of three messuages, three carucates of land, and 30 
of rent in the same vills as her dower. The defendants did not appear, and 
the Sheriff was ordered to take the dower claimed into the King's hand, and 
to summon them for the Quindene of Trinity, m. 171, dorso. 

Staff. Eobert de Knyghteleye sued Eobert de Tok for forty acres of 
land in Eolleston \\ r hich he claimed by writ of quare cessavit ; and Eobert de 
Tok did not appear, and had previously made default, viz., at the Octaves of 
St. Martin, on which day the Sheriff was ordered to take the tenement into 
the King's hand and to return the day when he had done so, and he now 
returned he had taken the tenement on the Saturday, the Vigil of St. Ambrose, 



DE BANCO, EASTER, 10 E. II. 115 

whereas the Vigil of St. Ambrose was on a Thursday, and not on a Saturday. 
The Sheriff therefore, William de Ercalewe, was in misericordid, and was 
fined by the Justices 2(>s., and he was now commanded as before, and to make 
the return at three weeks from Michaelmas, m. 198, dorso. 

Staff. William de Burgo sued Henry de Burgo for causing waste and 
destruction in lands, houses, etc., of his inheritance in Cowelegh which he "had 
demised to him for his life. Henry did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain, and produce him on the morrow of St. John the Baptist. 
m. 199, dorso. 

Staff. William de Venables sued Roger le Mareschal for causing waste 
and destruction in the manor of Walton near Stone, which he had demised to 
the said Roger for his life ; and he stilted that Roger had dug pita in an acre of 
land and sold the marl and clay from them to the value of 40*., and had 
pulled down a hall (unam anlam} worth 40, three chambers worth 10, a, 
kitchen worth 100,s\, six granges each worth 60s., a sheep-fold worth loo*., 
had cut down and sold thirty oaks each worth 3x., thirty ash trees worth each 
2s., and twenty pear trees worth each 2#., for which he claimed 100 as 
damages. Roger appeared and defended the action, and pleaded that at the 
date of the writ William was in possession of the manor. William denied 
this and appealed to a jury, which is to be summoned for the Quindene of 
Trinity, m. 228, dorso. 

Staff. William, Abbot of Burton-upon-Trent. sued Adam, 1 Abbot of Cum- 
bermere, in a plea that he should carry out a covenant made between Richard, 
Abbot of Cumbermere, the predecessor of Adam, and John, formerly Abbot 
of Burton-upon-Trent, respecting the grange of Cotes. Adam did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the Octaves of 
St. John the Baptist, m. 234, dorso. 

Staff. John Gitfard sued William de la Barre of Albrighton for breaking 
into his close at Chilington and cutting down his trees to the value of 40s., 
and carrying away five young sparrowhawks from a nest. William did not 
appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain and produce him at the 
Quindene of Trinity, m. 249. 

BANCO ROLL. MICHAELMAS, 20 E. II. 

(Placita apud W estmonastcrium cor am H. dc Stanton et sociis suis.) 

Staff. John de Stalbrok sued John de Cotes in a plea that lie should 
permit him to throw down a dam (stagnum] in Dodynton and Cotes, which 
the said John had unjustly raised to the injury of the freehold of William de 
Stalbrok the father of John, whose heir he is, in Dodynton (Derrington). 
John de Cotes did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered to attach him for 
the Octaves of Hillary, m. 42. 

Staff. Robert de Knyghteleye recovers forty acres of land in Rolleston in 
a suit against Robert de Tok, the latter making default, m. 128. 

Staff. John son of John de Bromshulf by his custos appeared against 
Hugh de Roucestre in a plea that he should warrant to him the third of 
thirty acres in Gretewyk, which Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chete- 
wynde claimed as dower. Hugh did not appear, and had previously made 
default. The Sheriff was therefore ordered to take land belonging to* him to 
the value of the dower claimed, into the King's hand, and to summon him for 
the Octaves of St. Martin, m. 128. 

Staff. Agnes formerly wife of Nicholas le Valeys of Longedon sued Roger 
de Aston for a third of a messuage and eighteen acres of land, and of three 
acres of meadow in Longedon as her dower. Roger prayed a view a second 

1 In other suits of this term the Abbot of Combcrmere is called Nicholas. 

i 2 



116 EXTRACTS FROM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

time because the Sheriff returned that Simon de Euggeleye, the Bailiff of 
the Bishop's Liberty, had done nothing, and the suit was adjourned to the 
Quindeiie of Hillary, m. 216. 

Staff. William de Weston Jones sued Eoger de Levynton and Eoger his 
son for an illegal distress in taking his horse and unjustly detaining it, " contra 
vadium et plegios" The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff had been 
ordered to distrain the said Roger and to apprehend Eoger his son ; and he now 
returned 20J. as proceeds. He was therefore ordered to distrain again, and 
to produce the said Eoger at the Quindene of Easter, and as regarded Eoger 
son of Eoger he returned he could not be found. He was therefore ordered 
as before to apprehend him. and produce him at the same term. m. 216. 

Staff. Henry de Burgh, Carpenter, sued John son of John de Uselwall for 
two messuages and two acres of meadow in Eccleshale. John prayed a view, 
and the suit was adjourned to the Quindene of Easter, m. 216. 

Staff. Eichard de Delves and Eobert de Holynes, executors of the will of 
William de Mere, sued Thomas de Fernihalgh, Adam de Fernihalgh, William 
del Mos, and two others, for a debt of 20 marks, and they sued Adam de 
Mukeleston, William de Chaveldon, and Hugh son of William de Chaveldon 
for a debt of 16 marks, and they sued Adam son of Adam de Mukeleston for 
a debt of 46 13s. 4c?. None of the defendants appeared, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to distrain and produce them at the Quindene of Hillary, m. 252. 

Staff. Eichard de la Chaumbre, Parson of the Church of Legh, sued John 
de Hungerford, Parson of the Church of Hungerford, for breaking open his 
house at Flitteleye, m et armis, and taking his goods and chattels to the value 
of 20. John did not appear, and the Sheriff had been commanded to distrain 
Eoger, the Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, so that he might produce him 
at this term, and the Sheriff had done nothing and sent no writ. He was 
therefore ordered as before to distrain the Bishop, so that he might produce 
John his Clerk at the Quindene of Hillary, and to be present himself, etc. (to 
answer for his default), m. 252. 

Staff. The suit of John son of Eichard de Calewych against John son of 
Thomas de Ferars of Lockesleye is respited till three weeks from Easter, 
through defect of a jury. m. 252, dorso. 

Staff. Eichard de Cresswalle sued Eichard de Draycote, Chivaler, and 
Eoger his son for a messuage and ten acres of land in Draycote by writ of 
" quare cessavit." The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was ordered 
to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for the 
Quindene of Hillary, m. 255. 

Line. John son of John Marmyun sued Henry Hillary and Joan his wife 
for the manor of Thornton near Horncastre. Henry and Joan appeared 
by attorney and stated that the said manor was a member of the manor of 
Scryvelby, which was formerly in seisin of Philip Marmyoun, who had given 
it to one Dunger de Pelville to hold to him and his heirs, and with a clause of 
warranty, and the said Dunger had afterwards given the said manor of 
Scryvelby to the said Philip and Mary his wife, and the heirs of the bodies of 
the said Philip and Mary, and that they, in the right of the said Joan, the 
heir of the said Philip and Mary, had entered, by the form of gift, after the 
death of the said Philip and Mary, and they called to warranty Alexander de 
Fryville and Joan his wife, Ealph le Botiller, and Henry son of William 
Hillary and Joan his wife, who are to be summoned for three weeks from 
Easter, m. 276. 1 

1 This suit explains the cause of Henry Hillary baring acted as champion at he 
Coronation of Edward III. He had married Joan the fourth daughter and heir of 
Philip Marmion, and this daughter had inherited Scrivelby under a special re- 



DE BANCO, MICH., 20 E. II. 117 

Staff. Nicholas, the Abbot of Cumhermere, sued William, the Abbot of 
Burton-upou-Trent, to carry out the terms of a covenant mide between 
Richard de Rodeyerd, formerly Abbot of (Jurubermere, ami John de Stapen- 
hulle, formerly Abbot of Burton, under which the said Abbot should acquit 
the Abbot of (Jumberrnere against the Lord the King or any others in a sum 
of ,804 18^. 8t, due under a recognizance made in the King's Exchequer by 
the said Richard to Peter de tYiscobald and his Companion Merchants of 
the firm " Societute " of Friscobald of Florence, and Geoffrey de Conduit (de 
conducts}, Citizen of London. William the Abbot did not appear, and had 
been attached by Richard de Bromley and Robert de J3romley. They are 
therefore in misericordid, and the Sheriff was ordered to distrain the Abbot 
William and produce him at the Octaves of the Purification, m. 305. 

Staff. William son of Richard de Pirye recovers two acres of land in Pi rye 
in a suit against Henry son of Henry Austyn and Edith formerly wife of 
Henry Austyn, and three acres in the same vill in a suit against John son of 
John de Billyngton and Sibilla formerly wife of John de Billyngton, and four 
acres of land in the same vill in a suit against Richard son of Richard Berther 
of Pirye and Edith formerly wife of Richard le Berther, by the default of the 
defendants, m. 346. 

Staff. William son of Richard de Pyrie sued Robert son of Guy de 
Wyrleye and Alice formerly wife of Guy de Wyrleye for eight acres of land 
in Pirye as his right, etc. The defendants did not appear, and the Sheriff was 
ordered to take the tenements into the King's hand, and to summon them for 
a month from Easter, m. 346, dorso. 

Staff. Hugh son of Walter Wyther of Hum and Elena his wife sued 
Walter Wyther and Joan his wife to warrant to them eight acres of land and 
sixty acres of pasture in Hum which William, the Abbot of Burton-upon- 
Trent, claimed against them as the right of his church. Walter did not appear, 
and the Sheriff was ordered to take into the King's hand land belonging to 
him to the value of the land in question, and to summon him for the Octaves 
of the Purification, m. 381, dorso. 

Staff. The Sheriff had been ordered to proceed in person to the houses 
and gardens in Coulegh, which William de Burgo had demised to Henry de 
Burgo for his life, and to return by inquisition on oath what damage and 
destruction had been caused by the said Henry, and he had done nothing. 
He was therefore ordered as before, and to return the Inquisition into Court 
at the Octaves of Hillary, and to be present himself to answer, etc. m. 334, 
dorso. 

Staff. Roger de la Mare and Agnes his wife sued Robert de Stepelton 
and Isabella his wife for a third of a messuage, two carucates of laud, six acres 
of meadow, thirty acres of wood, twenty acres of pasture, and 18</. of rent in 
Great Barre, near Waleshale, as the dower of the said Agnes, of the dotation 
of Philip de Stepelton formerly her husband. Robert and Isabella appeared 
by attorney, and prayed a view, and the suit w;u* adjourned to the Octaves of 
Hillary, m. 238, dorso. 

Staff. Richard de Leghes sued Robert de Caumpedene, the Vicar of the 
Church of Delverne (Dilhorn), for taking vi ct armis two oxen belonging to 
him at Delveine of the value of 40s., and other goods and chattels to the value 
of 20 marks. Robert did not appear, and the Sheriff had been ordered to 
arrest him and produce him at this term, and he now returned he could n.t 
be found, and held nothing by which he could be attached. The Sherill' was 

maindcr. Philip had had daughters only by his first wife, and perhaps was under 
the impression his second wife was about to present hiui with a sou when he made 
the above settlement. 



118 EXTRACTS FKOM THE PLEA ROLLS. 

therefore ordered to put him into the exigend, and if he did not appear to out- 
law him, and if he appeared, to arrest and produce him at the Quiiidene of 
Trinity, m. 224, dorso. 

Staff. William de Lewes, Clericus, sued John de Swenererton (sic Swynner- 
ton), Chyvaler, for a messuage, a carucate and a half of land, ten acres of 
meadow, ten acres of pasture, and 4s. of rent in Hulton, Esnyngton, Great 
Wyrleye, and Little Sardon, which he claimed as his right, etc. John did not 
appear, and the Sheriff returned the writ reached him too late ; he was there- 
fore ordered to summon him for the Octaves of the Purification, m. 218, 



Leyc. Eobert son of Eobert de Knyghteleye sued Eobert de Overton of 
Gaddesby and Agnes his wife for a messuage and a virgate of land in Sharne- 
ford, and he sued William Edward for a messuage and a virgate of land, and 
Nicholaa de Harecurt for a messuage and a virgate of land, and Eichard son 
of William Eondulf for two parts of half a virgate of land, and five other 
tenants in the same vill for other land which Ivo de Paunton had given to 
Eobert de Knyghteleye in frank marriage with Aline the daughter of the said 
Ivo, and which after the death of the said Eobert and Aline should descend 
to him, as their son and heir, by the form of gift. Most of the tenants prayed 
the help of the Court to enforce the attendance of their warrantors, and the 
suit was adjourned to the Octaves of the Purification, m. 179, dorso. 



EXTRACTS FROM THE FINE ROLLS OF THE 
REIGN OF EDWARD II. 



IN the Report of the Editorial Committee which was laid before 
the subscribers at the General Meeting of IGth October, 1882, and 
which is printed in " Staffordshire Collections," Vol. III., a complete 
list was given of the Public Records which had been copied for the 
late William Salt, Esq., and which, having been bound and indexed, 
are now lodged in the William Salt Library at Stafford. This list 
contains the Fine Rolls of Henry III., Edward I., and Edward III., 
but for some unexplained reason the Fine Rolls of Edward II. had 
been overlooked by the transcribers who were employed by Mr. 
Salt, and with a view of filling up this gap in the splendid collec- 
tion of Records given to the County by the late Mrs. William Salt, 
it has been decided to print in these Collections the following 
extracts from the Fine Rolls of Edward II. which refer to Stafford- 
shire, or to Staffordshire tenants. 



120 EXTRACTS FROM THE FINE ROLLS. 



THE FINE EOLLS. 

TEMP. E. II. A.D. 1307 TO 1327. 

FINE EOLL. 1 E. II. 

Staff. William son of Benedict de Buterdon gives half a mark for a writ 
of trespass, " de transgressione" m. 1. 

For Robert de Hastang. Whereas King Edward formerly King of 
England had granted to his beloved and faithful Robert de Hastang 300 
marks of rent from lands formerly belonging to our enemies in Scotland and it 
is said that no more than 20 librates of land at present remains to the said 
Robert. The King grants to him his demesne lands in Bachket and Ratheu 
in Scotland, with the proviso that if they exceed 100 per annum, the said 
Robert shall account for the surplus at the Exchequer at Berewic. Dated 
from Langeley 5th June. m. 2. 

The King commits to his beloved and faithful Hugh le Despencer the 
castle of Struggoil (Strygull) with the chases and parks appurtenant to it, 
together with the custody of the vill of Chepestowe, so that he answers for 
the issues thereof to the Exchequer, and receiving for the custody of them as 
much as other custodians have hitherto received. Dated from Westminster 
12th March, m. 6. 

Staff. Robert son of Henry le Why te gives half a mark for a writ " ad 
terminum" 

Memorandum, that on the Wednesday next after the Feast of the Purifi- 
cation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in the first year of the reign of King 
Edward son of King Edward, the said King returning from parts beyond 
seas, viz., from Bononia supra Mare (Boulogne-sur-Mer) where he had 
married the Lady Isabella the daughter of the King of France, reached 
Dovor in his barge 1 about the ninth hour. The Lord Hugh le Despencer and 
the Lord of Castellione of Gascony being in his suite in the said barge and 
the Lady Isabella shortly after the ninth hour reached the same place with 
two ladies in her suite, and because the King's Great Seal which had been 
taken beyond the sea with the King, and was in the custody of the " custos " 
of the wardrobe, who could not reach the port of Dovor on that day, remained 
behind, no writ was sealed until the following Friday, but on that day 
(Friday) the Lord Bishop of Chichester the King's Chancellor, about the 
ninth hour delivered to the King in the Castle of Dovor, the seal which had 
been used in England whilst the King was abroad, and the King delivered it 
to the Lord William de Melton, the Comptroller of his wardrobe, and with 
his own hand delivered at the same time his Great Seal, under the seal of the 
Lord J. de Benstede the custos of his wardrobe, and of Magister John 
Fraunceis, to the said Chancellor, in the presence of the Lord Thomas Earl of 
Lancaster and Peter Earl of Cornwall, and the Lords Hugh le Despencer, 
William Martyn and William Inge, Knights, and Adam de Osgodby, Clerk, 
and the said Chancellor immediately after dinner in his Hospice of the 
Domus Dei 2 at Dovor attached the Great Seal to writs, m. 8. 

1 The barge was a large boat propelled by oars, and in which the accommodation 
was probably very limited. It is frequently mentioned in the pages of Froissart, but 
the word is now extinct in France. 

2 The Maison Dieu at Dover still exists. There was another at Winchester 
which is supposed by many people to have given the name of Domesday to the 
famous Survey of A.D. 1086. 



FINE ROLLS, 2 AND 3 E. II. 121 

Staff. The King accepts the homage of John de Bromlegh son and heir 
of Robert de Bromlegh, deceased, for all the lands and tenements which the 
said Robert held in chief of the King on the day he tlied ; Walter de 
Gloucester, the Eschaetor citra Trent, is therefore commanded, after taking 
security for the reasonable relief of the said John to be paid into the 
Exchequer, to give him full seisin of all the lands and tenements of which his 
father died seised, saving the rights of others. Dated from Patrikesburu 
13th January, m. 9. 

FINE ROLL. 2 E. II. 

For Ralph Basset of Drayton. The King to all, etc. Know ye that for a 
fine of 100 marks which our beloved and faithful Ralph Basset of Dray ton 
has made with us, we have conceded to him all that appertains to ns of the 
marriage of Margaret formerly wife of Edmund Baron Stafford, deceased, 
who held of us in capite, or the fine which the said Margaret will make for 
the said marriage, or the forfeiture which belongs to us if it should happen 
that the said Margaret should marry without our license. Dated from 
Windsor 12th June. m. 15. 

Writ of "diem clausit extremum" directing Walter de Gloucester, the 
Eschaetor citra Trent, to take into the King's hand the lands and tenements 
of Geoffrey de Camvill, deceased, who held of the King in capite. m. 13. 

The King accepts the homage of William de Caumvill son and heir of 
Geoffrey de Caumvill ; and Roger de Mortimer, the Justice of Wales is 
commanded, after taking security from him for his relief, to deliver to him 
all the lands, etc., of which the said Geoffrey died seised within his bailiwick. 
Dated from Wyndesore, 3rd January. 

Staff. The same command was sent to Walter de Gloucester, the Escheator 
citra Trent, m. 9. 

Staff. William de Huggeford and Philippa his wife give half a mark for 
a writ " ad termiimm." m. 8. 

The King accepts the homage of John de Somery son and heir of Agnes 
de Somery, deceased, for all the lands, etc., which the said Agnes held of the 
King in capite on the day she died, etc. Dated from Westminster 3rd March. 

FINE EOLL. 3 E. II. 

Whereas Theobald de Verdun, Senior, who held of the King in capite, 
"diem clausit extremum" Walter de Gloucester, the Eschaetor citra Trent, is 
ordered to take into the King's hand all the lands and tenements of which 
the said Theobald was seised as of demesne, saving, etc. Dated from West- 
minster 28th August, m. 13. 

The King accepts the homage of Theobald de Verdun son and heir of 
Theobald ae Verdun, deceaseu, and the Eschaetor is ordered to give him 
seisin of all the lands, etc., of which his father died seised. Dated from 
Westminster 12th September. 

A similar writ to the King's Eschaetor in Ireland, the relief of Theobald 
for his lands in Ireland, to be paid to the Exchequer in Dublin, m. 12. 

Staff. Geoffrey de Bagenholt gives half a mark for a writ " ad terminum" 

1 Margaret, who was sister of Ralph Basset, ha:l probably already married 
Thomas de Pipe, and the object of the luiie was to save the forfeiture of her dower. 



122 EXTRACTS FROM THE FINE ROLLS. 

FINE EOLL. 4 E. II. 

Staff. Isabella formerly wife of Philip de Chetewynde gives half a mark 
for a writ of " pone" 1 

Staff. Peter son of Peter de Arderne gives half a mark for a writ of " ad 
terminum." 

Staff. Eoger de Morteyn, Eichard atte Holt of Waleshale, William de 
Shareshulf, and three other tenants of Walshale give half a mark for a writ 
of "pone" m. 19. 

Writ of " diem clausit extremum " on the death of Urian de St. Pierre. 
Dated from Berwick-on-Tweed 28th April. 

The King at the requisition of his beloved Clerk, Ingelard de Warle, 
custos of the wardrobe, commits to his beloved Valet, William de Perton, the 
manor of Tetenhale in co. Stafford, rendering to the Exchequer the same 
sum annually as John de Perton the father of William now renders. Dated 
from Berwick-on-Tweed 15th April. 

FINE EOLL. 5 E. II. 

The King commits to Robert de Hastang, the custody of his manor and 
vill of Kyngeston-upon-Hulle. Eobert to render to the Exchequer the full 
value of it annually, from which is to be allocated to him 100 per annum of 
the King's gift in lieu of the lands of Bachket and Eatheu in Scotland which 
the King had resumed. Dated from Nottingham 8th August. 

Staff. Edith formerly wife of Thomas de la Lowe gives half a mark for 
a writ of false judgment, m. 16. 

The King commits to Hugh de Croft the counties of Salop and Stafford, 
and the castles of Salop and Brugge (Bridgenorth). Dated from Windsor 
25th October. Mandate to Hugh de Audele to hand over to him the said 
custody, together with all rolls, writs, memoranda and other things touching 
the same and the equipment, " armatura" of the said castles. 

The King commits the same to Hugh de Audeleye by writ dated from 
York 28th January. 

Staff. William son of Nicholas de Thycnes gives half a mark for a writ 
of trespass. 

FINE EOLL. 6 E. II. 

Staff. Eichard de Cressewalle, Eoger de Mere, Eichard del Grene of 
Hildreston, and two others named give half a mark for a writ of "pone" 

Staff. Philip son of Philip de Chetewynde and Isabella formerly wife of 
Philip de Chetewynde, William de Chetewynde, Vivian de Chetewynde, and 
Eoger son of Jordan de Pyvelsdon, the executors of the will of Philip de 
Chetewynde, give half a mark for a writ of "pone" 

FINE EOLL. 7 E. II. 

Salop. The King accepts the homage of William Burnel son and heir of 
Eichard Burnel, and John Abel, Eschaetor citra Trent, is ordered to give him 
seisin of all lands, etc., of which his father died seised in demesne. Dated 
from Westminster 15th November. 

Staff. Hervey de Stonylow gives half a mark for a writ of trespass. 

1 The writ of "pone" removes a suit from the County Court into the Courts at 
Westminster, and the suits so removed will be usually found on the Banco Rolls. 



FINE ROLLS, 8 AND 9 E. II. 123 



FINE ROLL. 8 E. II. 

The King for 800 sells to Richard de Grey the custody of the lands and 
tenements formerly belonging to Richard Basset, deceased, and which are in his 
hands by reason of the minority of Ralph the son and heir of Richard Basset, 
together with the marriage of the said heir, and if Ralph should die before he 
reaches his full age and is married by the said Richard, then the said Richard 
shall have the custody of the said lands till the lawful age of Richard, brother 
and heir of Ralph, together with the marriage of the said Richard, and if 
Richard should die before he reaches his full age and is married by the said 
Richard de Urey, the said Richard to have the custody of the said lands, etc., 
till the lawful age of Roger brother of the said Ralph and Richard together with 
the marriage of the said Roger. Dated from York 8th October. On a 
cedula. m. 20. 

Writ of " diem clausit extremum " on the death of Thomas de La Hyde. 
Dated 24th October. 

Roger de Astone and William de Westone appointed to collect the scutage 
for the Scotch war of 34 E. I., in cos. Salop and Stafford, viz., 40s. on each 
knight's fee. Dated 3rd November. 

By another writ dated 21st November, William de Lodelawe and John de 
Perton were appointed to make enquiry in the same counties into the 
military fiefs liable to the said scutage. 

William de Mere appointed Gustos of cos. Salop and Stafford and of the 
castles of Salop and Bridgenorth from Michaelmas day last past. Dated 
4th December. 

Staff. The Burgesses of Stafford give 100 marks for the confirmation of 
their charters and for certain new liberties granted to them. On a cedula, 
amongst the " Grossi fines" m. 14. 

The King accepts the homage of Thomas son and heir of Thomas de la 
Hyde, who held of the King in capite the hamlet of Manede as of the Castle 
Tyntagel by the service of 8s. And John Abel the Eschaetor is ordered to give 
him full seisin of the lands, etc., of which his father died seised. Dated 21st 
January, m. II. 

The King commits the custody of cos. Salop and Stafford and the castles 
of Salop and Bridgenorth to Roger Cheigny from Easter Day next ensuing. 
Dated 2nd March. 

Staff. Nicholas de Audele and Joan his wife give 20$. for a writ of " ad 
terminum." 

Salop., Staff. The King accepts the homage of John de Brimpton son and 
heir of Adam de Brimpton, deceased, for all the lands, etc., which the said Adam 
held of the King in capite, and John Wai way n, the Eschaetor citra Trent, is 
commanded to give him full seisin of them. Dated from Saltwode 18th 
June. 

FINE EOLL. 9 E. II. 

The King at the instance of Isabella Queen of England, his consort, grants 
to Richard de Wyford, the bailiwick of the hundred of Offelowe in co. 
Stafford, rendering to the Sheriff of Staffordshire as much as the said Richard 
or any of his predecessors had been accustomed to pay. Dated from West- 
minster llth July. 

Writ of "diem clausit extremum " on the death of Edward Burnel. Dated 
from Lincoln 1st September. 



124 EXTRACTS FROM THE FINE ROLLS. 

Custody of the counties of Salop and Stafford and castles of Salop and 
Bridgenorth committed to Ralph de Crophull from the Feast of St. Michael 
next ensuing. Dated from Lincoln 1st September. 

Staff. The Abbot of Deulacres fines with the King for 60s. for his trans- 
gression in acquiring for his house in fee a tenement in Lek, after the statute 
(of Mortmain). 

Staff. The Prior of the Hospital of St. John of Lichefeld fines with the 
King 20 marks for license to enter a lay fee in Lichefeld and Pipe, m. 13. 

Staff. John de Hoghton gives half a mark for a writ " de attinctu" m. 9. 

The King accepts the homage of John de Handlo who had taken in 
marriage Matilda the sister and heir of Edward Burnel, deceased, for all the 
lands, etc., of which the said Edward died seised ; the Eschaetor to give him 
full seisin. Dated from Lincoln 16th February. 

The King for a fine of ,100 forgives John de Handlo his transgression in 
marrying without the King's license Matilda formerly wife of John Love! of 
Tichemersh, deceased, who held of the King in capite. Dated from Lincoln 
20th February. 

Staff. Hugh de Harieygate, William Eeyner of Stafford, and John de 
Pikstok give a mark for a writ of "pone." 

FINE EOLL. 10 E. II. 

Staff. James de Perers and Ela his wife give 10s. for a writ of "ad 
terminum," and they give half a mark for another writ of " ad terminum" 

Writ of " diem clausit extremum " on the death of Theobald de Neville. 
Dated from York 18th August. 

William Trussel, John Giffard of Chelynton, and William Trumwyn as- 
signed to select one armed man from all the vills, cities, boroughs, and demesnes 
in co. Stafford for service in Scotland for sixty days, the said rills, etc., to find 
the men so selected their expenses until they reach the appointed place of 
rendezvous, each man to receive 4d. daily. Dated from Lincoln 5th August. 

Custody of cos. Salop and Stafford and of the castles of Salop and Bridge- 
north committed to Eoger Tromewyn. 

The King grants the custody of all the lands, etc., of Theobald de Verdun, 
deceased, in Ireland in his hands, by reason of the minority of the heir of 
Theobald, to Nicholas de Verdon and Milo his brother, deducting from them 
reasonable dower for Elizabeth formerly wife of Theobald, and one hundred 
librates of land or annual rent which he had conceded Richard Tuyt, and 
twenty librates of land or yearly rent he had conceded to Walter de la Pulle. 
Dated from York 7th October. 

Mandate to Edmund le Botiller, Earl of Karryk, Justice of Ireland, to 
carry out the above. 

The King commits to Fivian (sic Vivian), de Staunuon, the constablewick 
of the castle of Hardelagh, and the vill of Balaa, rendering to his treasury at 
Kaernarvon the extent (i.e., value) of the said vill. Dated from Newburgh 
8th November. 

The King for a fine of 30 grants to Roger le Brabanzon the marriage of 
Thomas brother and heir of Edmund de Multon, deceased, who held of the 
King as of the honor of Albermarle. Dated from York 18th November. 

Writ of ' k diem clausit extremum" on the death of Nicholas de Audele. 
Dated from Scroby 7th December. 

Staff. William de Tymmore and Elizabeth his wife give a mark for a writ 
of " ad terminum." 



FINE ROLLS, 11 AND 12 E. II. 125 

The King grants to John de Somery the custody of the manor of Sutton in 
Colefeld, in co. Warrick, formerly belonging to Guy de Beauchanip Earl of 
Warrewyk, deceased, and which is in the King's hand by reason of the minority 
of the heir of the said Earl, to be held until the full age of the said heir, and 
rendering to the Exchequer 24 Os. 3jc/. Dated from Westminster 10th 
June. 

Writ of " diem clamit extremum " on Hugh de Croft, who held of the heir of 
Nicholas D'Audele, deceased, who held of the King in capite&ud is under age. 
Dated 15th June. 

Writ of " diem clausit extremum " on the death of Roger le Brabanzon who 
held of the King in capita. Dated 16th June. 

FINE EOLL. 11 E. II. 

The King commits the custody of the cos. of Oxon and Berks to Otewell 
Purcel, Dated 8th October. 

The King for the good service rendered to him by John de Werleye com- 
mits to him the bailiwick of the hundred of Offelowe in co. Stafford, rendering 
the same as other bailiffs. Dated 30th October. 

The King commits the custody of the castle of Somerton to William de 
Ferrars and Robert de Staundon, and the custody of the castle of Stafford to 
Ralph Basset. Dated from Westminster 1st November. 

The King having learned that certain malefactors and disturbers of the 
peace had taken possession of the castle of Alveton which was in his hands 
by reason of the minority of the heir of Theobald de Verdun, and which 
malefactors had acted in the name of his faithful cousin Thomas Earl of 
Lancaster, ordered Roger Tromwyne, the Sheriff of Staffordshire to take 
possession of the said castle, etc., answering for the proceeds to the Exchequer. 
Dated 30th November. 

Writ of " diem clausit extremum " on the death of William Trumwyne. 
Dated 13th January. 

The King commits the custody of the cos. of Salop and Stafford and the 
castles of Salop and Bridgenorth to Peter de Lymesy. Dated 1st March. 

The King accepts the homage of William son and heir of William 
Trumwyn, deceased, for all the lauds, etc., which the said William held in 
capite. Dated 2nd March. 

FINE ROLL. 12 E. II. 

Staff. Richard le Yunge of Whitegreve gives half a mark for a writ of 
trespass. 

For Hugh de Audele^jun. The King restores to Hugh de Auclele, junior, 
and to Margaret his wife, the King's niece, formerly wife of Peter de Gavaston, 
Earl of Cornwall, the manor of Kirketon in co. Lincoln, the grant of which 
he had revoked. Dated from Clipstoii 1 Oth September. 

Staff. The King commits to Henry de Bisshebury the custody of the 
King's manor of Tettenhale, in co. Stafford, from Michaelmas day last past, 
Henry to render the usual ferm. Dated from York 4th October. Mandate 
to William son of John de Perton to deliver the manor to the said Henry 
together with the issues from it, from Michaelmas last. 

The King commits to Robert de Grendon the counties of Salop and 
Stafford, together with the castles of Salop and Bridgenorth. Dated from 
York 29th November. 



126 EXTRACTS FKOM THE FINE ROLLS. 

The King commits to John de Brumpton the counties of Oxon and 
Berks. Dated from York 8th February. 

Salop., Staff. The King accepts the homage of Walter de Bessyn, 
brother and heir of Thomas de Bessyn, deceased, for all the lands, etc., held 
in capite by the said Thomas. Dated from York 26th February. 

The King grants to John de Somery the custody of the lands, etc., in 
Stodleye, co. Warwick, formerly held by Guy de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick. 
Dated from York 28th May. 



FINE EOLL. 13 E. II. 

William de Mere and John de Perton assigned to collect the scutage for 
the Scotch war of 4 E. II. in Staffordshire, at the rate of 2 marks " de scuto" 
Dated from York 6th November. The scutage to be collected from all knight's 
fees held in capite or of escheats and honors in the King's hands, and from all 
knight's fees held of Archbishops, Bishops, Priors, and other dignities what- 
ever in the King's custody. 

Staff. Vivian son of Robert de Staundon gives half a mark for a writ 
of " ad terminum." 



FINE EOLL. 14 E. II. 

The King commits to Robert de Sapy for his good service the hundred of 
Pirhull in co. Stafford, to be held by him as John de Knokyn, deceased, held 
it, and rendering for it the usual ferm. Dated from Westminster 12th July. 
Memorandum. The said John had the bailiwick of the said hundred from the 
month of April in the first year of the King's reign, rendering to the Ex- 
chequer as much as Geoffrey Griffith formerly rendered for the same. m. 16. 

Staff. Thomas son of Ralph de Grendon and Alice his wife give half a 
mark for a writ of " ad terminum." 

Staff. William Tuchet gives 10s. for a writ of " ad terminum." 

Staff. William de Yenables and Alice his wife give 20s. for a writ of " ad 
terminum" 

Staff. John de Whetales made fine of 10s. for a pardon for acquiring 
for himself and heirs in fee certain tenements in Pencrich, which were held 
of the King in capite, and entering into them without the King's license. 

The King commits to Roger de Swynnerton the bailiwick of the hundred 
of Tatemundeslawe in co. Stafford, rendering to the Exchequer the usual 
ferm. Dated from Gloucester 10th April. 

The King for the good service rendered to him by John de Somery 
grants to him for his life the custody of the manor and forest of Kynefare, 
with the assarts and all appurtenances as Alan de Cherleton lately held them, 
rendering to the Exchequer as much as the said Alan rendered for the same. 
Dated from Gloucester 10th April. 

Writ to the Sheriffs of Stafford and fifteen other counties to take into the 
King's hand the lands, etc., of Hugh de Audele, junior, who had not carried 
out his obligation and oaths to the King, and contumaciously kept aloof 
from him when summoned. Dated from Gloucester 9th April. 

The King commits to Roger de Swynnerton the custody of the castle of 
Hardelagh ; and Vivian de Staundon is commanded to hand it over to him 
with its equipment and victuals. Dated from Bristol 19th April. 



FINE ROLL, 15 E. IT. 127 

The King commits to Ralph Basset of Draylon the custody of his castle 
of Northampton. Dated from Devizes 25th April. 

The King commits to John de Swennerton the custody of the castle 
of Crukett ; and Oylade de Welles is commanded to hand it over to him 
with all its equipment, "armatura" and victuals, etc. Dated from Walling 
ford 3rd May. 

FINE ROLL. 15 E. IT. 

Writ to the Sheriffs of cos. York, Lincoln, Leycestre, Huntingdon, 
Cambridge, Cheshire, and Stafford to take into the King's hand all the lands, 
etc.. of Hugh le Despencer, senior. Dated from Westminster 16th August. 
m. 23. 

Writ to the Mayor and Sheriffs of London to take into the King's hand 
all the houses and tenements of Bartholomew de Baddelesmere within the 
city, together with all his goods and chattels, by the view of his faithful and 
beloved Roger de Swynnerton, the custos of the King's Tower of London. 
Dated from Ledes 2nd November. 

Writ of " diem clausit extremum" on the death of Walter de Langeton, 
Bishop of Coventry and Lychefeld. Dated from Westminster 1 Oth November 

The King commits to his beloved and faithful Roger de Swynnerton the 
custody of the castle and manor of Eccleshale held of the See of Coventry and 
Lychefeld, which is vacant, and to answer for the issues thereof to the Ex- 
chequer. Dated from Westminster 16th November. Writ to the Eschaetor 
citra Trent Magister John Walewayn to deliver the same to the said 
Roger or to the person deputed by him to receive it. m. 20. 

Writ to Roger Corbet of Tassele to take into the King's hand for certain 
causes the castle of Heghle and manors of Endon and Horton in co. Stafford, 
and the manors of Bettele, Tunstal, Newehal, Smalwode, Wysmaubank, 
Chekkeleye, and Wyrswall, in co. Chester, and also the manors of Egemundon 
and Neuport in co. Salop, and to answer for the issues thereof to the King's 
" camera." Dated from Cirencestre 28th December. 1 

The King commits to John de Swynnerton the cos. of Salop and Stafford 
and the castles of Salop and Bridgenorth. Dated from Worcester 1st 
January. 

Writ to the Sheriffs of Salop and Stafford to take into the King's hand all 
the lands and tenements, goods and chattels of William de Stafford, Kt., 
Vivian de Staundon, William de Chetelton, Robert de Tilyngton, Henry de 
Cressewall, James son of William de Stafford, junior, John de Hynkeleye, 
John de Cherleton, Robert de Harleye, Roger de Cheyne, Roger Corbet of 
Cans, Philip de Cheyne, Adam Darras, Malculine de Harleye, Roger de Pode- 
more, Richard de Smalris and John Godard, and to answer for the proceeds 
thereof in the King's " camera." Dated from Salop 22nd January. 2 

1 Joan Countess of Lincoln, the widow of Nicholas de Audeley, had joined the 
King's enemies. (See ante, pp 97 and 98.) 

* Similar writs had been issued to the Sheriffs of other counties. The persons 
named were in arms against the King with Thomas Earl of Lancaster. The princi- 
pal Earls and Barons and Knights named are Humfrey de Boluin Karl of Hereford, 
Roger de Mortimer of Wygemore, Roger de Mortimer of Chirk, Roi-er Damorey, 
Hugh D'Audele, Bartholomew de Badlesmere, John GifFarcl of Brimsfield, Maurice 
de Berkeley, Roger de Clillbrd, John Maltrnvers, William Corbet, Richard Talbot, 
Baldwin de Fryvill, Thomas de Gornay, Bartholomew de Burgliersh Nigel de 
Kiugseote, Maurice and Thomas pons of Maurice de Berkeley, Peter de Lymesey, 
Rea ap Howel^ and John de Mowbray. 



128 EXTEACTS FROM THE FINE EOLLS. 

The King commits to his faithful and beloved Peter Giffard, the custody 
of the castle of Chirk, the said Peter to answer for the issues thereof to 
the Camera Regis. Dated from Salop 22nd January. 

Writ to the Sheriff of Staffordshire to take into the King's hand all the 
castles, lands, and goods and chattels of Thomas Earl of Lancaster within his 
bailiwick. Dated from the Abbey of Mire vail 3rd March. 

Writ to the Sheriff of Leycestreshire to arrest William Trussel, Kt., and 
Edmund his brother, William son of William Trussel, Nicholas de Lucy, and 
twenty-one others named, and to take all their lands, goods, and chattels into 
the King's hand. Dated from Coventry 28th February. 

Writ appointing Ralph Basset of Dray ton to be Seneschal of the castles 
of Tuttebury, Donyngton, and Melbourne, and all other castles formerly 
belonging to Thomas Earl of Lancaster in cos. Leycestre, Derby, and Stafford, 
which were in the King's hand by reason of the forfeiture of the said Earl. 
Dated from Tuttebury 12th March. 

Writ to the Sheriff of Derbyshire stating that the King having heard that 
jewels and other goods and chattels belonging to Thomas Ear] of Lancaster 
and other rebels exist within the Priory of Tuttebury, he had assigned John 
Sturmy and Giles de Ispannia to make a scrutiny into the matter. Dated 
from Tuttebury llth March. 

Writ appointing John de Somery and Ealph Basset of Drayton, to take 
into the King's hand the castle of Kenil worth formerly belonging to the Earl 
of Lancaster, Dated from Tuttebury 12th March. 

Writ appointing Eoger Beler custodian of the castle and honor of Tutte- 
bury, and of all the castles and lands and tenements formerly belonging to 
Thomas Earl of Lancaster and others of the King's enemies, in the counties 
of Stafford, Derby, and Leycester. Mandate to Ealph Basset of Drayton to 
deliver up to the said Roger the castle and honor of Tuttebury. Dated 
from Pontefract 24th March. 

Staf. John de Weston fines with the King 5 marks for license to receive 
from John de Saundrestede and Elizabeth his wife the manor of Rodbaldeston, 
which is held of the King in capite. 

The King for a fine of .200 pardons Thomas de Furnyvall, senior, for 
marrying Elizabeth formerly wife of William de Montagu, deceased, who held 
of the King in capite ; and also the transgression of the said Elizabeth in 
marrying the said Thomas without the King's license. Dated from 
Hathelsay 8th June. 



FINE EOLL. 16 E. II. 

The King accepts the fealty of Thomas Corbet son and heir of Thomas 
Corbet, deceased, for all the lands, etc., held in capite by the said Thomas. 
Dated from York 13th July. 

The King commits to his beloved Yalet, John Wrothe, the custody of the 
manors of Dylewe and, Monynton in co. Hereford, formerly belonging to 
Nicholas de Audele, deceased, who held them of the King in capite, and which 
Peter de Lymesye held for his life, and which by the forfeiture of the said 
Peter had fallen into the King's hand, to be held till the full age of the heir 
of the said Nicholas, rendering 30 yearly to the Camera Regis. Dated from 
York 16th July. Mandate to Roger Carles, the existing custodian, to deliver 
them to the said John. 

Writ of "diem clausit extremum" on the death of William Fitz Alan. Dated 
from York 16th July. 



FINE ROLL, 16 E II. 129 

Writ of "diem clausit extremum" on the death of John de Someiy. Dated 
from York 2nd July. 

Thomas Wyther of co. Stafford, who was taken prisoner, made fine with 
the King for 300 marks, 1 and found the following manucaptors, viz., William 
de Chetelton, Henry de Cresswell, John de Ipstones, John de Staundon, 
Nicholas de Kossynton, and Thomas de Peulesdon of co. Stafford. A.M. 
This entry is scored out. 

Nicholas de Langeford of co. Lancaster and elsewhere, who was taken 
prisoner, made fine with the King for 200 marks, and found the following 
manucaptors, viz., Edward de Chaundos, Thomas de Baggele, Alexander de 
Hyde, Henry Gilybrond, Henry de Atherton, and Richard de Hulton. 

John de Meigners of co. Stafford, who was taken prisoner, made fine with 
the King for 500 marks, and found the following manucaptors, viz., Hugh 
Meiguel, Robert de Touk and Ralph de Rolleston, Knights, Walter de 
Waldechef, Henry de Hamburg, Roger de Aston, Robert Maveysin, Robert 
le Hunte, Henry de Hounhull and Henry Maveysin. 2?.B. This entry is 
scored out. 

N.B. The general writ states " subscripti finem fecerunt cum Reye pro ritis 
suis salvandis et terris et tenement is suis habendis. 

A memorandum, on a cedula, states that in the first Parliament of King 
Edward III., it was ordained by the said King and Parliament that all the 
fines, redemptions, and recognizances made by those who were of the 
" querela " of Thomas Earl of Lancaster for the purpose of saving their lives 
and lands at the prosecution of Hugh le Despencer, senior, and Hugh le 
Despencer, junior, should be annulled and cancelled. 

Thomas Meverel of co. Derby made fine with the King for 20 marks, and 
found the following manucaptors, viz., Andrew Foljaumbe of co. Derby, 
John de Munkennie, Thomas Deveroys, and Thomas de Dilwe of co. 
Hereford. 

Thomas Wyther, Kt., was bail for the good behaviour of William Wyther 
his brother under a penalty of .10. m. 22, dorso. 

John de Swynnerton of co. Stafford made fine with the King for ,40, and 
made oath and found bail for his good behaviour, m. 20. 

William de Stafford, Kt, of co. Stafford made fine with the King for 
300 marks, of which 50 marks were to be paid at Michaelmas, and 50 at 
Easter, and so on for year to year at the same terms, 100 marks, until the said 
300 marks was paid. m. 19. 

The King commits to Thomas de Pype the custody of the Forest of 
Kynefare to be held at pleasure, as other custodians had held it. Dated from 
Felton 7th August. 

The King at the instance of his beloved cousin Adomar de Valence Earl 
of Pembroke remits to Thomas Wyther, formerly his enemy and rebel, 100 
marks of the fine of 300 marks which he had made to save his life and lands, 
and concedes that of the remaining 200 marks, 15 marks was to be paid at 
Easter and Michaelmas of each year until the fine was defrayed. Dated f rum 
York 3rd November. 

The King commits the counties of Salop and Stafford to Henry de 
JBysshebury, together with castles of Salop and Bridgenorth. Dated from 
York 26th November. 

Staff. Elizabeth Meverel gives half a mark for a writ of " ad terminum" 

The King commits to William Martyn the custody of the castle and 
manors of Helegh, Timstall, Horton, and Endon, formerly belonging to 
Nicholas de Audeleye, deceased, who held of him in capite, and which were in 
his hands by reason" of the minority of the heir of Niche las, rendering to the 

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130 EXTRACTS FROM THE FINE ROLLS. 

Exchequer ,100 yearly, viz., .75 6s. l%d., at which the castle and manors had 
been valued, and 24 13s. lO^d. of increment. Dated from Hathelsey 10th 
December. 

Writ to the Eschaetor, stating that of the lands and tenements formerly 
belonging to John de S ornery, and which were taken into the King's hand 
by reason of the death of the said John, with the assent of John de Sutton 
and Margaret his wife, the eldest sister and heir of the said John de Somery, 
the King had assigned to Joan formerly wife of Thomas Botetourt, the second 
sister and heir of the said John de Somery, the following lands and tenements, 
viz., the castle and manor of Weleye in Northfield in co. Wygorn, valued at 
38 45. %\d. ; the manor of Cradeleye in the same co., valued at 7 18s. 6^d. 
and a quadrant ; the manor of Bordershale in co. Warwick, valued at 
25 13. 8d. ; the manor of Clent in co. Stafford, valued at 67s. Sd. ; the 
manor of Bobynton in the same co., valued at 6 13s. 4d. ; the manor of 
Hondesworth in the same co., valued at .24 11s. 4d. and a quadrant; the 
manor of Mere in the same co., valued at ,24 15s. 8d. ; to be held as the 
purparty of the said Joan according to the law and custom of the kingdom. 
He had assigned also with the assent of the said John de Sutton and 
Margaret, to the aforesaid Joan of the lands and tenements which Lucy 
formerly wife of the said John de Somery held in dower, the following lands 
and tenements, viz., the manor of Neuport Paynel in co. Bucks, valued at 
.56 18s. 4^d. ; and the manor of Old Swynford in co. Wygorn, valued at 
9 18s. 8d. He had assigned also with the assent of the said John de Sutton 
and Margaret to the said Joan certain lands and tenements in Bobyngton in 
co. Stafford, which Sarra formerly wife of John fitzPhilip held for her life, 
and which should revert at the death of the said Sarra to the said Margaret 
and Joan, and which were valued 'at 13 10s. 

The said Eschaetor is therefore ordered, after taking security from the said 
Joan for her reasonable relief, to give her full seisin of the said castles and 
lands, etc. Dated from Hathelseye 17th December. 

Writ of " diem clausit extremum " on the death of Eichard son of Eichard 
de Vernoun. Dated from Newerk 3rd February. 

Writ to the Eschaetor stating that the King having been informed that 
Magister John de Everesdon, lately Dean of the King's Free Chapel of 
Wolverhampton, had alienated certain lands and tenements of the said chapel 
which was held in capite, without the King's license, he is without delay 
to take into the King's hand all the lands and tenements which he can 
legitimately prove to have been alienated as aforesaid. Dated from Knares- 
burgh 16th March. 

Writ to the Sheriff of Salop and Stafford ordering him to take into the 
King's hand all the goods and chattels of Peter Giffard, lately custos of the 
castle of Chirk, who was dead, and who was indebted at the date of his death 
in divers sums to the King. Dated from Langeley 22nd April. 

Similar writs sent to Edmund Earl of Arondell, Lord of Chirk in Wales, 
or his locum tenens, and to the Sheriffs of Lincoln and Hereford, m. 5. 

A writ to Hugh de Meignill, Eobert de Touk, Ealph de Mountjoye, and 
Edmund de Asscheby empowers them to assess and demise to farm all the 
King's lands and assarts in the counties of Stafford and Derby. Dated from 
York 7th May. 

A commission to Eoger de Somervill to have the custody of the county and 
castle of York. Dated from Cowyk 15th June. 

The King commits to John de Leke the custody of all the lands in cos. 
Derbv and Stafford formerly belonging to his rebels and enemies, and which 
were in his hand by reason of their forfeiture, together with the custody of 
the castle and Honor of Tuttebury. Dated from York 3rd July. Mandate 
to Eoger Beler to deliver the same to him. 



FINE ROLLS, 17 AND 18 E. II. 131 

FINE EOLL. 17 E. II. 

John de Hampton appointed Eschaetor for cos. of Hereford, Gloucester, 
Wygorn, Salop, Stafford, and marches of Wales, adjacent to the same 
counties and to receive whilst holding the office 10 per annum. Dated from 
Ravenesdalc 8th December. 

Writ to Philip de Somerville stating that whereas the men-at-arms of co. 
Stafford who ought to have appeared at the King's summons in the expedition 
lately made against the King's enemies and rebels, did not answer the 
summons, and that certain of them for themselves and the others had made 
fine with the King for 200 for pardon for the same. The King had assigned 
his faithful and beloved John de Ipstanes, John de Benteleye, and Philip de 
Lutteleye, or any two of them, to levy the 200 in question from those men- 
at-arms who should have come to the King's summons and never appeared, 
and to pay the same into the wardrobe without delay. Dated from Gloucester 
23rd January. 1 

The King accepts the homage of John de Wynesbury son and heir of 
William de Wynesbury, deceased, for all the lands and tenements held in 
capite by the said William. Dated from Westminster 16th March. 

Staff. Eichard Wolrych of Sandon gives half a mark for a writ of "pone" 
Dated from Westminster 3rd May. 

Staff. Laurence Trussel gives half a mark for a writ of " ad terminum." 
Dated from Westminster 8th May. 

Northampton. Nicholas le Archer gives half a mark for a writ of "ad 
termmum." Dated from Westminster 26th May. 

The King having accepted the homage of Henry of Lancaster the son and 
heir of Edmund son of King Henry, to whom King Henry his grandfather 
had granted the eschaeted honour of Leicester and all the castles, vills, and 
knight's fees, etc., formerly belonging to Simon de Moutfort Earl of 
Leicester, writs were issued to all the custodians of the lauds, etc., of the said 
honour to give him full seisin of them. Dated from Westminster 4th J une. 
The writ states that Thomas Earl of Lancaster to whom the honour had 
descended after the death of Edmund, had died without leaving any 
issue. 

FINE EOLL. 18 E. II. 

Ela formerly wife of James de Perers indicted for adhering to the enemies 
of the King found security and made oath for her good behaviour. Her 
sureties were Richard de Mountchesy and Richard de Perers, Knights, of co. 
Essex, John de Thorp, Kt., of co. Norfolk, Oliver Plukenet, Richard de Ven- 
ables, of co. Stafford, and Nicholas Traylly of co. Bedford, who became security 
for her good behaviour in the sum of 300. m. 24, dorso. 

Staff. John Hamelyn, Chivaler, gives half a mark for a writ " ad ter- 
minum." Dated from Westminster 10th November, m. 16. 

Philip de Somerville and Philip de Luttele appointed Commissioners to 
establish uniform measures of wine, of beer, and of wheat in co. Stafford. 
Similar writs were issued for all the other counties of England, the London 
measures only to be used throughout the Kingdom. Dated from Mortilak 
3rd November. 

The Commissioners for co. Derby were Hughde Megnill and Robert Touk, 
Knights. Those for co. Salop were Walter de Hugeford and John de la Lee, 
and for co. Wygorn John de Hampton and Richard de Haukeslowe. 

1 The return of Knights and men-at-arms printed at p. 44, Vol. VIII., of these 
Collections is, without doubt, the list of those who should have appeared on this 
occasion in answer to the King's summons. 

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132 EXTRACTS FROM THE FINE ROLLS. 

Staff. John de Swynneton gives 10s. for a writ of trespass. Dated from 
Tuttebury 8th January. 

Staff. William de la Lowe made fine with the King for 5 marks for a 
pardon for acquiring in fee certain tenements in Whityngton, Kynfar, and 
Dunneslegh which were held in capite, and for entering into them without the 
King's license. Dated from the Tower of London 28th October. 

The King accepts the fealty of John de Sutton son of Eichard son of Elias 
de Sutton for all the lands, etc., which the said Eichard his father held in 
capite when he died. Dated from Westminster llth February. 

The King commits to John de Myners the custody of the King's castle 
of Briavel and of his Forest of Dene. Dated from Westminster 16th February. 

FINE EOLL. 19 E. II. 

Staff. The Abbess of Pollesworth gives half a mark for a writ of " ad 

terminum." 

The King commits to William de Ercalowe the counties of Salop and 
Stafford and the King's castles of Salop and Stafford (sic). Mandate to 
Henry de Bisshebury to hand the counties over to him with all rolls, writs, 
etc., touching the same and to deliver the castles with all their equipment 
(armaturis), victuals, and other things existing within them, and which are in 
his custody according to his Indenture. Dated from Suthelmham 13th 
January. 

Staff. The Abbot of Eoucestre in Douvedale made fine with the King 
for 20s. for license to remove the Chapel of Haliwelle and the chauntry in 
the same chapel to the Abbey Church and for demising at farm the lands 
which the said Abbot holds for the sustenance of the said chauntry. Dated 
from St. Edmund 27th December. 

Staff. John son of William de Cumpton made fine with the King for 10s. 
for license to enfeoff Eoger son of Nicholas de Trescote of certain tenements 
in Cumpton which are held of the King in capite, as of the manor of Tetteiihale. 
Dated from Tame worth 13th March. 

Isolda formerly wife of Hugh de Audele, senior, made fine with the King 
of .10 for a trespass which she and Walter Baloun formerly her husband had 
made, by acquiring for her life from Edmund de Mortimer the manor of Arle 
in co. Stafford, which is held of the King in capite, and for entering into it 
without the King ; s license. Dated from Kenilworth 12th April. 

FINE EOLL. 20 E. II. 

The King commits to Eoger de Swynnerton the custody of all the manors, 
lands, and tenements formerly belonging to Hugh le Despencer lately Earl of 
Wynton, in cos. Stafford and Chester, and which are in the King's hand by 
reason of the forfeiture of the said Earl, answering for the issues to the Ex- 
chequer. Dated from Kenilworth 20th December. 1 

1 At this date the King was not a free agent, being in the custody of the Earl of 
Lancaster at Kenilworth ; his latest writ is dated Kenilworth 13th January. 



INDEX. 



VOL. IX., PAKT I. 



Abeton, Petronilla de, 111. 

- Ric., s. of, 111. 
Abynton, Thos. de, C9. 

Alice, for. w. of, 69. 
Acle, see Oakley. 



Adbaston, 20, 26, 76. 

- Hanion de, 12, 21, 23, 26. 
Hugh, s. of, 12 



76. 



Alice, for. w. of Hugh, 12. 
Wm., s. of Hugh de, 20. 
Isa for. w. of Hanion de, 23. 
Wni., s. of Hanion de, 23, 26, 

Elias de, 23. 



Admundeston, Ric. de, 34. 
Adstoke, 27. 



Aldridge, 36, 41, 63. 

- Church of, 103, 106. 

Rog. Hillary, Pars, of, 



103. 



Wm. de, 36, 40. 

Mat. for. w. of, 36. 
Wm. s. and h. of, 36, 40. 



Aldytheleye, see Audley. 
Aleyn, Win., 39. 

- Mat. w. of, 39. 
Allcrwych, see Aldridge. 
Alreshawe, 87. 

Alrewas, 90, 91. 
Alrewych, see Aldridge. 
Alsope, Ralph de, 53. 

- Ralph, s. of, 53. 
Alstonesfield, 7, 94, 
Alvereston, 102. 

Alveton, Castle of, 125. 

Ambryghton Ue Amerton. 
Ambryngton J 

Amerton, 8. 

- Nic. de, 21, 26, 28, 33, 39. 

Joan, for. w. of, 21, 26, 
28, 33, 39. 
Anosty, Ric. de, 69. 
Appelby, Edm. de, 108. 
-'Hy. de, 109. 



Appelby, Church of, 108. 
Aquore, see Okeover. 
Archer, Nic. le, 131. 
Ardena, John de, 55. 

Marg., w. of, 55. 
Arderne, Peter de, 110, 122. 

Peter, s. of, 110, 122. 

Arley, 43, 132. 

Armach, Step. Archbis. of, 110. 
Arnleye, see Arley. 
Arundell, Edm. Earl of, 72. 
Askerne, pars, of Ch. of Chekeleye, 
Peter de, 77, 80. 

Peter de, 105. 
Aspley, Step, de, 20. 
Asscheby, Edmund de, 130. 
Asshole (Ashley), 66, 68. 
Asslieleye, Church of, 113. 
Asteleye, Giles de, 52. 

Alice, W. of, 52. 

- Thos., s. of Alice, 52. 
Asterhull, Geof. de, 36, 40. 

Marg., w. of, 36. 
Aston, 84, 93. 

in the Hales, 81. 
Edm. de, 39. 

Gilbert de, 45, 101, 103, 104. 

Hugh de, 63, 68. 

Geof., s. of, 68. 

- Marg., w. of Geof., e. 



of, 68, 



129. 



Rog. de, 78, 91, 97, 115, 123, 



John, s. of, 96. 



Viv. de ; 81, 108. 

Adam, s. of, 108. 



Geof. de, 91. 

Geof., s. of, 91. 



John de, 93. 

Win., s. of Roger de, Pars, of 

Ch. of Mauv. Ride ware, 96, 97. 
Attelberewe, Hugh de, 103. 
Attelberge, Thos. de, 83. 
Ancoure, see Okeover. 
Auddele ~| 

Audele > see Audley. 
Audeleye J 

Audley, 44, 52, 78, 93. 
Nic. de, 43, 44, 52, 65, 69, 80, 

87, 123, 124, 128, 129. 



IV. 



INDEX. 



Audley, Ni:;. de, Joan, w. of, 52, 65, 
80, 87, 123. 

Baron, 97. 

Hugh de, 44, 90, 99, 101, 106, 



Jas., s. of, 90, 101, 106. 
Senr., 100, 132. 
Isolda for. w. of, 



122. 



132. 



125. 



Junr., 125, 126. 

Marg., w. of, 



Alan de (of Blore), 44. 

Joan for. w. of, 32. 



Pars, of Ch. of Blore, Hugh 

de, 44. 

Jas. de, 48, 82. 

of Blore, Hugh de, 48. 

Alan, s. of Win. 

de, 51. 

John de, 51. 

Hugh, s. of, 51. 



Constance, 51. 
Alianora, 51. 
Thos. de, 52, 78. 

Eva, w. of, 52, 78. 



Wm. de, 78. 

Joan, w. of, 78. 



Giles de, 69. 
Phil, de, 91. 

Eic., s. of, 91. 
Alan, b. of Eic., s. of, 



91. 

Aurey, Wm. de, 64. 

G-eva, d. of, 64. 

Aust, Walt., 42, 47. 

Anabel, w. of, 42, 47. 

Wakelin, s. of, 42, 47. 

Avenel, Wm., 27. 

Isab., d. of, 27. 

Alice, d. of, 27. 

Aylesbury, Phil, de., 102. 
Walt., f, of, 102. 



B. 

Baddeleye, Thos. de, 65. 

Wm., s. of, 65. 



Wm. de, 65. 

Wm., s. of, 65. 



Bagenhold 1 

Bagenholt > see Bagnall. 

Bagenolt J 

Bagnall, Geof. de, 4, 9, 121. 

Nic. de, 4, 9. 

Eobt. de, 64. 

= Agnes, w. of. 64. 

Wm. de, 80. 

Bagod, see Bagot. 

Bagot, John, 4, 29, 95, 104. 



Bagot, John, Lucy, w. of, 4, 29. 

Wm., 56/93. 

Eic., 25, 63. 

Isolda, 89. 

John, s. of, 89. 

of Little Onne, Jolm, 15. 

Balliol at Oxford, Warden of, 64. 
Baloun, Walt., 132. 
Balterdeleye, 78, 93. 

Man. of, 52. 

Banastre, Wm., 23. 

Alice, w. of, 23. 

Marg., 108. 

of Bretherton, John, 91. 

Banecroft, Hy. de, 94. 

Barington, Phil, de, 71, 95, 96, 97, 98. 

Thos., s. of, 71. 

Barinton, see Barington. 

Barker of Codeshale, Me. le, 62. 

Barr, see Perry Barr. 

Barre, near Waleshale, G-t., 117. 

Barton, Peter de, 8. 

Barjnton, see Ba.rington. 

Basset of Drayton, Ealph, 14, 33, 39, 

63, 65, 87, 89, 103, 121, 127, 128. 
Joan, w. of, 87, 



89. 



86. 



of Bromwych, Eoger, 31. 
of Burton, Eoger, 31, 91. 
of Sapecote, Ealph, 43, 60, 71. 
of Chedle, Ealph, 53. 
of Madeleye, John, 86. 
Sara, for. w. of, 



123. 



Simon, 27. 
Hy., 56. 
Thos., 93. 
Ealph, 99, 125. 
Eic., 123. 

Ealph, s. of, 123. 

Eic., b. of Ealph, s. of, 



Eog. b. Ealph, s.of, 123. 
Bataille, Eobt., 49. 
Bayouse, Eobt. de, 77. 

Agnes, w. of, 77. 

Beauchamp, Walt, de, 6, 24, 33, 36. 

Walt., s. of, 6, 24, 33, 

36. 
Beaumeys, Hugh de, 101, 110. 

Elena, w. of, 101. 

s. of John de, 47. 

Becciburi, Eic. de, 94. 
Bedewyn, Walt, de, 50. 
Bedulf, see Biddulph. 
Beek, see Bek. 
Befcote, 52, 92. 

Cecilia de, 29. 

Beffecote, see Befcote. 

Beghterton, Eobt. de, 111. 

Bek of Tene, Eobt. de, 31, 34, 38, 41. 



INDEX. 



V. 



Bek of Tene, Robt. do, Mat., w. of, 34. 

Robt. de, 81, 82, 86, 95, 102. 

Eliz., w. of, 82. 
- Senr., Robt. do, 107. 

. Robt., s. of, 

107. 

Belor, Rog., 128, 130. 
Bellomonte (Beaumont), Hy. de, 33. 
Bentele, see Benteleye. 
Benti-leye, John de, 3(3, 40, 75, 93, 97, 
99, 131. 

Win. de, 3, 16, 41, 61. 

John, s. of, 3, 16, 41. 
Ric.. 8. of, 61. 



Ric. de, 65, 85. 

Mat., w. of, 65. 
Tlios. s. of, 85. 



Bereford, Hy. de, 38, 66, 08. 
--- Allan., w. of, 38, 66, 68. 

- Wm. de, 47, 61, 67, 85, 95, 
113. 

- John de, 82. 

- Felicia de, 82. 
Beresford, Adam de, 94, 95. 
Berkeley e, Win. de, 14, 16. 
Berkeswych, Walt., Vicar of, 48. 
Berkmundescote, see Bescot. 
Berlaaton, 73. 

Berminghara, see Birmingham. 
Berimmdescote, see Bescot. 
Bermyngham, see Birmingham. 
Bernak, Ric. de, 74. 
Bertherton, 48. 

Bescot, 31, 32, 92. 
Bessyn, see Beysyu. 
Bettele, 127. 
Bettileye, 65. 
Beumays, see Beaumeys. 
Beveresford, see Beresford. 



Beysyn, Walt, de, 20, 83, 86, 113, 114, 
126. 

Alice, for. w. of, 36. 



Isab, de, 20. 



Thos. de, 37, 55, 66, 68, 83, 

114, 126. 

Adam de, 55. 

Adam, s. and h. of, 55. 

Robt., s. of Adam, s. of, 



55. 



Warine, s. of, 55, 

Robt, de, 55. 

Walt., s. of, 55. 



Biddulph, 41, 93. 

- Viv. de, 16. 
Phil. s. of, 16. 



Rog. de, 65, 72, 85. 

Bertria, for. w. of, 85. 

Rog., s. of, 65, 85. 



Biddulph, Ric. de, 72. 
Bidolph, see Biddulph. 
Billesleye, 114. 
Billeston, see Bilston. 
Billington, see Bylynton. 
Bilston, Geof. de, 43, 60, 71. 
Birmingham, Win. de, 19, 28, 63, 65. 
- Win., B. of, 19, 28, 63. 
- Robt. de, 31. 
- Thos. de, 47. 

--- Agnes, w. of, 47. 

Lord of Penne, Wm. de, 54. 
Bishton, 70, 72. 

John de, 70, 72. 

Cecilia, d. of, 70, 72. 
Ric., s. of, 72. 



Wm. de, 72. 



Black Xuns of Brewode, Alice Prioress 

of, 101, 104. 
Blukeleye, near Wrottesleye, Rog., atte, 

62. 

Blakenhale, 96. 
Blaunchard, Wm., 110. 

Clem., w. of, 113. 
Blecheleye, Ric. de, 75. 
Blitheburv, 9. 
Blithe-field, 93. 

Ric. de, 7, 21, 48, 95. 
-- Cecilia, w. of, 48. 

- Neweton, near, 36, 48. 

- Hy., s. of Ric. de, 48. 
Blockeswych, 29. 

Blore, 48, 100, 105, 107. 
Blurnenhulll -p, ,.,, 
Blumhull }"Blymbill. 

Blund, Wm. le, 38. 
Blymhill, 42, 50. 
Blythebury, see Blithebury. 
Blythefeld, see Blithe-field. 
Bobintone, see Bobinton. 
Bobinton, 77, 90, 106, 112, 130. 
Bobyngton ^ B b . 
Bobynton ; 
Boeles, Wm. d-, 28, 39. 
Bokenhale, Ralph de, 17, 25. 
-- Sim., s. of, 17, 25. 
Boketon, Ily. de, 58. 
-- John, s. of, 58. 
-- Isa., w. of John, a. of, 

58. 

Bokvngham, Wm. de, 112. 
Bolde, 8, 78. 
Bolunhu.ll, Ralph de, 48. 

- Hy., s. of, 48, 
Bonel, Rog., 73, 87. 
Bordershale, 130. 
Boreweston, see Burston. 
Borghestonl BuMto 
Borghton J 
Boteleslowe, Wm. de, 36. 



VI. 



INDEX. 



Boterdon, see Butterton. 
Boterhale, see Butterbill. 
Botetourte, Thos. de, 90, 103, 106, 112, 

130. 
Joan, for. w. of, 90, 

103, 106, 112, 130. 
BotiUer, Ealph le, 13, 24, 33, 40, 50, 

63, 116. 

Ealph, s. of, 13, 24. 

Earl of Karryk, Edm. le, 124. 

Boueles, see Boeles. 

Bourdon of Tettenhale, Eic., 50, 70. 

Eic., s. of, 50, 

70. 
Bourghton, Eog. de, 56, 60. 

Julia, for. w. of, 56, 60. 

Elias de, 56, 60. 

Marg., w. of, 56, 60. 



Bourton, Eic. de, 69. 

Agnes, w. of, 69. 

Bovdel, John, 40, 45. 

Mat., w. of, 40, 45. 

Brabazon, Pars, of Ch. of Wolverhamp- 

ton, John le, 67. 

Eog. le, 124, 125. 

Bradeheved, 3. 

Eobt. de, 3, 80, 95. 

Eog. de, 13. 

Bradelegh, see Bradeleye. 
Bradeleye, 23, 29, 108. 

Shradycote, near, 7. 

Thos. de, 95. 

Bramcote, 7. 

Bramshali, see Bromschulf. 

Bray, Hy. de, 19. 

Brecton, see Brocton. 

Brerdon, 5, 6, 42, 46. 

Breredon, see Brerdon. 

Brerlegh, 61. 

Bret of Drengeton, Eobt. le, 134. 

Marg., for. w. 

of, 114. 
Brewode, 50. 

tiyde, near, 50. 

Bridgenorth Castle, 122, 123. 
Brimpton, pars, of Ch. of Eyton, Thos. 

de, 78, 111. 

Mary de, 69. 

Adam, de, 123. 

Mary, for. w. of, 71. 

John, s. and h. of, 123. 

. John de, 126. 

Brinsford, 66. 

Brinton, Sir Adam de, 15. 

John, s. of, 15. 

Brochurst, Elias de, 67. 
Brocton, 7, 11. 

Cecilia de, 11. 

Wra., s. of, 11. 

s on the Cank, 108, 110. 

Broghton, 18. 



Brok of Denston, Geof. de, 3. 

Hill., w. of 3. 



Bromfeld, Emma de, 5. 
Bromhale, Adam de, 35, 44. 
- Manor of, 59. 
Bromley, 4. 

- Bagot, 3, 29, 35, 48, 74. 
-- Eog. de, 3, 34. 

-- Wm., s. of, 3, 



34. 



Zings, 91. 
Joan de, 10. 

Serina, d. of, 10. 



John de, 14, 16, 50, 69, 111, 

113, 114. 

John, s. of, 14, 16, 111. 

Agatha, for. w. of John, 



s. of, 111. 

Geof. de, 20. 

Clerk, Robt. de, 28, 30, 37. 

Eelic., w. of, 28, 

30, 37. 

Adam de, 45. 

Eobt. de, 48, 59, 78, 109, 117, 



121. 



Joan, for. w. of, 69. 
Felice, w. of, 78. 
John, s. of, 121. 



Eog. de, 77, 81, 88, 102, 106, 

108, 109. 

Alice, w. of, 77, 81, 88, 



102, 106, 108, 109. 

Phil, de, 113. 

Mab. de, 113. 

Alice de, 113. 

Marg. de, 113, 

Eic. de, 117. 



Bromschulf, John de, 5, 7, 48, 80, 95, 
110, 115. 

John, s. of, 5, 7, 110, 



115. 



Wm., s. of, 48. 

Senr., John de, 31, 41. 
Eic., s. of John de, 80. 



Bromshulf , see Bromschulf. 
Bromwich, 30. 

West, 22, 64, 79, 101, 104. 

Bromwych, see Bromwich. 
Broughton, near Charnes, 5, 13, 19. 

Eog. de, 5, 13, 19, 21, 29, 31, 

45, 48, 101, 104. 

Julia, w. of, 5, 13, 19, 



45, 48, 101, 104. 

Eog., s. of, 104. 



Elias de, 32, 104, and see 

Bourghton. 

Brugge, see Bridgenorth. 
Brumpton, see Brimpton. 
Brumshulf, see Bromschulf. 



INDEX. 



V1L 



Brunnesforcl, see Brinsford. 
Brusecote, John do, 97. 
Bruynton, Kobt. de, 19. 

- Thos., s. of, 19. 



Bures, Kobt. do, 12, 18. 
Buffery, Thos., 47. 

- Robt., 95. 
Buggcsthorpe, Win. de, 39, 42. 

- Alice, for. w. of, 39, 
42. 

Burdelys, Win. de, 35. 
Burdun of Tettenhale, Ric., 50. 

- Ric. s. of, 50. 
Burgeston, see Burston. 
Burgh, 102. 

- Wm. do, 102. 

Joan, w. of, 102. 
Burghardeslegh, Phil, de, 113. 
Burgheston, see Burston. 
Burghton, see Broughton. 
Burgillion, see Burgilon. 
Burgilon, Wm. de, 45. 

Marg., w. of, 45. 



John de, 55, 110. 

John, s. of, 110. 



Ralph de, 93, 95. 



Burginon, Ralph de, 52. 

Joan, w. of, 52. 
Burgo, Wm. de, 91, 115, 117. 

Hy. de, 115, 117. 

Burguynou, John le, 82. 
Burguylon \ see Burgilon and Bur- 
Burgyloun J ginon. 
Burmyngham, see Birmingham. 
Burnel, Edw., 6, 19, 24, 33, 36, 64, 
113, 123, 124. 

Alina. w. of, 64, 113. 
Phil, 19. 

Mat., for. w. of, 19. 



MatiL, sis. of Edw., 64, 124. 
Ric., 122. 

Wm., s. of, 122. 



Burston, 28, 45, 84. 

- Rog. de, 91. 

- Rog., s. of, 91. 

Julia, for. w. of, 91. 
Burton, 56. 

on Trent, Abbot of, 53. 
Win., the Chap, of, 56. 

- Brigg, 97. 

- Wm.. Abbot of, 114, 115, 117. 
Bushbury, 14, 60, 65, 66. 

- Ralph de, 14, 24, 45, 53, 54, 
59, 60, 62, 05, 06, 73, 81. 

Hugh Fitz Peter, an- 



cestor of, 54. 
62, 65, 66. 



Agnes, w. of, 14, 58, 60, 
Ralph, s. of, 73, 81. 



Bushbury, Ralph de, Hy., s. of, 14,24, 
58. 

- Rog. do, 43. 

- Hy. de, 48, 58, 60, 63, 71, 77, 
113, 125, 129, 132. 

A mice, w. of, 48. 



Church of, 45, 58, 71. 

Hugh, Pars, of, 45, 58, 



71, 76. 
Bussebury, see Bushbury. 
Uussey, Hugh de, 21. 
Busshebury, see Bushbury. 
Buterdon, see Butterton. 
Butterdon, 7, 19, 88, 94. 
Butterhill, 20, 110. 
Butterton, Adam de, 6, 8. 

Alice, w. of, 6, 8. 

John de, 88. 

Rog., s. of, 88. 

- Bene. de, 120. 

Wm., s. of, 120. 
and see Butterdon. 



Bydulf, see Biddulph. 
By god, Walt., 8i. 
Bykeford, Robt. de, 77. 

-- John, s. of, 77. 
Byldewas, Hy., Abbot of, 56. 
Bylynton, 18, 50, 94. 

- Ric. de, 95. 

- John de, 117. 
-- John, s. of, 117. 
-- Sib., for. w. of, 117. 
Byshopeston, Thos. de, 33. 



Byston, see Bishton. 



C. 

Calangewode, 39, 47. 

Ric. de, 96. 

Cahlewell, 49. 

in Rushall, manor of, 64. 
Calewych, Ric. de, 39, 42, 52, 57, 62, 

61, 74, 80, 104, 116. 

John, s. of, 104, 116. 

Marg., w. of, 39, 42, 52, 

57, 60, 61, 74. 

Marg. de, 74. 

John, s. and h. of, 74. 



Calton, manor of, 61, 67. 
Camilla, the Dean, Theod. de, 53. 
Camville, Wm. de, 23. 

Maurice de, 23. 

Geof. de. 23, 131. 

Wm., s. and h. of, 121. 

Cannock, Stewardship of, 11. . 
Cannockbury, Norton near, 9, 26. 
Cantilupe, Wm. de, 63. 

Nic., grandfather of, 64. 



Vlll. 



INDEX. 



Carbonel, John, 108, 110. 
Carles of Albrighton, Rog., 105. 

Roger, 128. 

Carswell, see Caverswalle. 
Casterne, John de, 9, 12. 

Hugh de, 9, 12. 

Wm. de, 95. 

Castro, of Stafford, John de, 19. 
Caumbes, Hervey de, 98. 
Caumpedene, vicar of Ch. of Dilhorne, 

Robt. de, 117. 
Cave, John de, 52. 

Mat., w. of, 52. 
of Northburgh, John de, 64, 

69, 73. 

Cavenham, 18. 

Cavereswalle, see Caverswalle. 
Caverswalle, 18, 64. 

Ric. de, 18, 30, 68, 80. 

Joan, w. of, 18. 



Wm. de, 44, 91, 95. 
Hy. de, 75, 83. 

Rog., s. of, 75, 83. 



Caverugge, Ralph de, 48. 
Chalengwode, see Calangewode. 
Champion, see Champiun. 
Champiun, Robt. le, 3, 6, 35, 46, 75. 

Anes, w. of, 35, 46. 

Emma, w. of, 75. 



Ric. le, 22. 



Champyoun, see Champiun. 
Charnes, 6, 21, 29, 31, 77, 81, 102, 106, 
108. 

Burghton, near, 5, 13, 19. 

Reg. de, 5, 6, 13, 19, 21, 29, 31, 

32. 

Reg., s. of, 5, 6, 13, 19, 

21, 29, 31, 32. 

John de, 6, 20, 32, 45, 100. 

John, s. of, 6. 
Hy, s. of, 32. 
Reg., s. of, 19, 32, 77, 
81. 

Thos., s. of, 32. 

- Phil., s of, 32. 

- Julia, for. w. of Reg., s. 

Reg., s. of Reg., s. of, 77. 
Wm., . of Reg., s. of 

Reg., s. of, 77, 81. 

Wm. de, 19, 88, 102, 106, 108, 



of, 77, 81. 



109. 



Reg., s. of, 19, 88, 102, 



106, 108, 109. 
Chartley, 12, 18, 43. 
Chatculne, Wm. de, 20. 
Chauldon, Wm. de, 15, 95, 97, 104, 

116. 

Hugh, s. of, 104, 116. 

Chaumbre, pars, of Ch. of Legh, Ric. 

de la, 112, 116. 



Chaumberleyne, Thos., 96. 
Chaundos, Rog. de, 45. 



Chebbeseye, 21. 

Checkele, near Tene, 80. 

Cheddleton, 64, and see Chetelton. 

Chedele, see Chedle. 

Chedle (Cheadle), 71, 72, 90. 

Cheigny, see Cheyne. 

Chekeleye, 77. 

- Church of, 77, 80, 86. 
Chekkeleye, see Chekeleye. 
Chelle, G-reat, 80. 
Cherleton, 45. 

Alan de, 126. 

- John de, 127. 
Chesterfield, 86. 
Chesterton, 44, 52, 78. 
Cheswardyn, Thos. de, 113. 
Chetelton, 78, 94. 

- Robt. de, 25, 66, 73. 
-- Wm., s. of, 66. 
Wm., br. of, 73. 



Wm. de, 25, 77, 93, 127, 129. 
Ric. de, 54. 

Wm., s. of, 64. 



Parson of the Church of, 109, 

and see Cheddleton. 
Chetewynde, Robt. de, 4, 5, 8, 21. 
Phil, de, 4, 5, 6, 16, 21, 24, 33, 

37, 42, 43, 46, 71, 79, 95, 96, 97, 98, 

107, 110, 122. 
Isa., for. w. of, 4, 5, 6, 

16, 21, 24, 33, 37, 42, 43, 46, 71, 79, 

110, 115, 122. 

Phil., s. of, 4, 5, 9, 14, 



16, 37, 46, 107, 122. 

Alice, w. of Phil., s. of, 4. 

Isa., for. w. of Phil., s. 



of, 7, 8, 9, 11. 

John de, 4. 

Yiv. de, 8, 14, 37, 56, 122. 

Joan, w. of, 56. 



Wm. de, 30, 37, 104, 109, 122. 

Isa. de, 33. 

Cheygne, see Cheyne. 
Cheyne, Rog. de, 72, 123, 127. 

Phil, de, 127. 

Chilington, 22, 26, 32, 44, 115. 

Chirdie, Mvddleton, 47. 

Chirk, Castle of, 130. 

Clare, Earl of Gloucester, Gilbert de, 

18. 
Clayton Griffin, 46. 

manor of, 46. 

Clent, 130. 
Clerk, John le, 53. 

of Lokwode. Ralph le, 61. 

Clifton Camville, 83. 

Clinton, of ColeshuJl, John de, 6. 



INDEX. 



IX. 



Clinton of Hennele, John do, 12. 

- Ivo. de, 51. 

- -- John, s. of, 51. 
Clodeshale, John do, 03. 
Clynt of Chcdlc, Rir., s. of Ric, 92. 
Cobinton, Wm, de, 75. 
Cocton, see Coketon and Coughton. 
Codeshalo, 50. 

- Walt, de, G7, 85. 
Wm. de, G2. 

Coketon, Uy. de, 72. 
-- - Isolda, w. of, 72. 
Cokton, 7(3. 

Coldenorton, 43, 52, 65, 78. 
Coloman, Ily., 73. 



Colton. 9, 25, 57, 72, 73, 74,75, 81, 85, 
93, 109. 

- mill in, 59. 

- Ily. de, 9, 55. 
-- - Robt., s. of, 9. 

Julia, for. w. of, 9. 
-- Agues, lor. w. of, 55. 

- Hugh do, 74. 

Hy. s. of, 74. 

- Robt., s. of, 109. 
Ily., a. of, Robt., s. of, 



109. 



Robt. de, 85. 

Wm., s. of, 85. 



Step, de, 112. 

John, s. of, 112. 



Roger le Counteur, of, 75. 



75. 



Agnes, w. of, 

- Wm., s. of, 75. 
Lord of Luttellehay, Wm. de, 



109. 
Colwych, 33, 70, 72. 

Wm. de, 25. 

Joan, w. of, 25. 



John de, 33, 70, 72. 

John, s. of, 70, 72. 



Prebend of, 101, and see Cale- 

wych. 
Combrugge (Combridge), 91. 

Robt. de, 80, 91. 

Agnes w. of, 91. 

Conduit, Oeof. de, 117. 

Coneshale, 6, 81. 

Congreve, Robt. de, 84, 94, 95. 

Idonia, for. w. of, Matt, de, 

85. 

Cony of West on, Wm., 95. 
Coppenhale, 25. 
Corbet of Hadleye, Rog., 73. 

of Tasseleye, Rog., 91, 127. 

of Cans, Rog., 127. 

Rog., 99, 105. 

Corbezun, Peter, 17, 22, 25, 2f>, 32. 



Corbezun, Peter, Rog., s. of, 17, 22, 25, 
26, 32. 

Corburgh. near Lychfeld, Gt., 44. 
Corbyson of Stodleye, Peter, 9. 
Cotene, 14. 
Cotes, 115. 

John de, 4, 21, 30, 35, 100, 
115. 

- Robt. de, 104. 
Cotyn, Thos, 10. 

Simon, 10. 

- Win., 93. 

Coughton (Co. Warwick), 62, 67. 
Coulegh, see Couleve. 
Couleve, 23, 26, 102, 115, 117. 

- Ric. de. 29. 
Coveley, John de, 56. 
Coven, see Covene. 
Covene, 60, 94, 108. 
Ralph de, 81. 

John, s. of, 81. 



- Ralph, s. of, 81. 
Win., s. of, 108. 



Coventry and Lichfield, Walt., Bis. of, 
32, 65, 106. 

- Rog., Bis. of, 53. 

Alex., for. Bis. of, 54. 

Rog. Northburgh, Bis. 



of, 91. 



of, 127. 



Walt, de Langeton, Bis. 
the Bis. of, 111. 



Cowelegh, see Couleye. 

Covgne, see Coyne. 

Coyne, Adam, 4, 15, 45, 70. 

Elena, w. of, 70. 



of Gledenhurst, Ric., 28. 

Robt., s. of, 28. 

Wm., s. of, 28. 

of West on Coyne, John, 60. 

Wm.,8. 



of 60, and see Cony. 
Cradeley, 130. 
Crakemersh, 105. 
Cressewalle, Sib. de, 53. 

Ric., s. and h. of, 53. 

- Hy. de, 97, 127, 129. 

Ric. de, 116, 122. 

of Bilrebrok, Thos. de, 62. 

Crey, Thos., 94. 

Croft, Hugh de, 122, 125. 

Crokesdene, 12. 

Ric., Abbot of, 28. 

Abbot of, 92. 

Crophull, Ralph de, 124. 

Crown, Ancient, demesne of the, 17. 

Croxdon, see Crokesdene. 

Croxton, 79. 

Cubblesdon, 6. 

(Kibblestone in Stone), 112. 

Cumbermere, Adam, Abbot of, 115. 



X. 



INDEX. 



Cumbermere, Nic., Abbot of, 117. 
Cumpton, 132. 

Wm. de, 132. 

John, s. of, 132. 

Cungreve, see Congreve. 
Cunsall, see Coneshale. 
Curzon, Step, de, 95. 

Wm. de, 99. 

Customs and Sendees, 17. 



D. 



Damori, see Damory. 

Damory, Eog., 97, 98, 99, 100. 

Darras, Adam, 127. 

Davy of Tuttebury, Wm., 91, 92, 96. 

Delverne, see Dulverne. 

Delves, Eic. de, 67, 92, 95, 99, 104, 

116. 

Denston, Nic. de, 102. 
Derby, Eobt. de, 58, 75. 

Emma, d. of, 58. 

Derlaston, 44, 62. 
Derplawe, Eog. de, 41. 

Elena, for. w. of, 41. 

Eobt., s. of, 41. 

Derrington, near Stafford, 69. 

Eobt. de, 69. 

Agnes, w. of, 69. 

and see Dodynton. 

Despencer, Sen., Hugh le, 63, 66, 127, 

129. 
Jim., Hugh le, 48, 91, 98, 106, 

129. 

Hugh le, 120. 

Earl of Wynton, Hugh le, 

132. 

Deveroys (Devereux), Thos., 129. 
Deyghester, pars, of Enville, Wm. le, 

114. 

Dilhorn, see Dulverne. 
Dilhorn, Church of, 117. 
Ditton, see Dutton. 
Doddeleye, 85. 
Dodyngton, see Dodynton. 
Dodynton, 47, 115. 

Eobt. de, 85. 

Dogge Chedle, 28, 92. 
Dokeseje, 15, 16. 

Eic. de, 15, 35. 

Marg., w. of, 15. 

Domesday Book, 17. 
Dovor ; Domus Dei at, 120. 
Doxey, see Dokeseye. 
Draycote, 6, 27, 81, 90, 93, 116. 
Eic. de, 6, 25, 27, 30, 31, 66, 

73, 75, 81, 86, 116. 

Eog., s. of, 25, 66, 73, 



116. 



Phil. s. of, 31, 41. 



Draycote, Eic. de. Joan, for. w. of Phil. 

s. of, 31, 41. 

Phil, de, 6, 27, 75, 81. 

Joan, for. w. of, 6, 27, 

75, 81. 

Thos. de, 42. 

Eog., s. of, 42. 



73. 



Eog. de, 66, 73. 

Agnes, for. w. of, 66, 



of Leigh, Phil, de, 81. 

Eic. s. of, 81. 



Drayton, 48. 



under Nedwode, 8, 34, 73. 
Church of, 75. 



Drenketon, see Drineton. 
Drineton, 23, 26, 28, 30, 37. 
Duddele, Castle of, 88. 
Duddeleye, Manor of Castle of, 106. 
Dudley, see Doddeleye. 
Dudynton, see Derrington. 
Dulverne, 18, 22, 30, 53, 75, 83, 94. 

- Eic. de, 90, 113. 
Dumbleton, Clerk, Simon de, 76. 
Dun of Cotene, Adam, 22. 
Dunchurche, 38. 

Dunham, Thos., 107. 
Dunheved, John., 38. 

- - Eustachia, for. w. of j 
38. 

Dunston, 108, 111. 

- Eobt. de, 111. 
Durdent of Fyssherwyk, Nic., 87. 

- -- Wm., s. of, 87. 

- Eog.,b. ofWm. 



s. of, 87. 



Nic., b. of Wm. 



s. of. 87. 

Nio. de, 88, 107, 112. 

Petron., w. of, 88, 110, 



112. 



of, 110. 



110. 



John, s. of, 107, 110. 
Wm., b. of John, s. 

Eog., b. of John, s. of, 



John, 110. 

Eobt., s. of, 110. 



Eog., s. of Nie., 112. 

Alex., b. of, 112. 

Nio., b. of, 112. 

John, b. of, 112. 



Dutton, Eobt. de, 80. 
Dymesdale, Eic., 107. 
Dymmerdayk, 109. 
Dymmok, Wra. de, 15. 

Mat., w. of, 15. 

John, 61. 

Felicia, w. of, 61 . 



INDEX. 



XI. 



E. 



Eccleshale, 32, 45, 48, 56, 57, 59, 75, 
79, 80, 82, 103, 108, 116, 127. 

manor of, 100. 

Church of, 59. 

- John do Kynardewle, 
parson of, 50. 

Edenyngale, 25, 66. 

Egebaston, see Kggebaston. 

iSggebaston, Ri \ de. 8, 21. 

Emma, w. of, 8, 21. 

- Hy. do, (37, 85. 
Marg., for. w. of, 67. 

John, s. and h. of, 67. 
Egynton, 20. 

Wm. do, 40, 50. 

- Wm., s. of, 40, 50. 
Eiton, see Eyton. 
Elinedon, Robt, do, 3, 6, 04. 

Step, de, 24. 

Wni.. s. of, 24. 

Rose, w. of Wm., s. of, 
24. 

Elmhurst, 85, 89, 
Elnehale, 41. 

Endon, manor of, 52, 78, 127, 120. 
Enedon, 43, 44. 
Engelton, 22. 

- Thos. de, 22, 74. 

Joan, w. of, 74. 

- Wm. de, 94. 
Enkerdon, 100. 
Erberton, 107. 

Ercalcwe, Wm. de, 18, 115, 132. 
Erdington, Hy. de, 13, 10, 32, 52. 
Hy., s. of, 19. 

Joan, w. of, 52. 
Wm. de, 22. 

Petron., w. of, 22. 



Thos. de, 22. 

formerly dean, Giles de, 50. 



Erdyngton 1 -^ , . 
Erdynton } ** Erdington. 

Erlede, see Yarlefc. 
Esenington ] ^ . 
Esington } Essington. 

Esnyngton "I -,-, . 
Esnynton }^ Essington. 

Esselbergh, vill of, 63. 
Essington, 3, 45, 118. 

- Robt. de, 11, 18, 28, 31, 32, 36, 
43, 44, 45, 60, 112. 

John, b. of, 11, 18. 

Marg., w. of, 43, 44, 

45. 

Junr., 46. 

Robt., s. and h. of, 60, 

75. 

Estrange, John le, 107. 
Joan, for. w. of, 107. 



Evenefeld, Mag. Andrew de, 28. 

Ric. de, 38. 

Robt., B. of, 38. 

Robt. de, 38. 

Ric., s. of, 38. 

Evcrard, Nic., 91. 
Evcsham, Abbot of, 78. 
Extall, Rog. de, 43. 

Idonia, w. of, 43. 

Ily. de, 43. 

Hy., s. of, 43. 



Extall, Robt. de, 56. 

Petron., w. of, 56. 

Clem., s. of, 56. 

Eyr, Ric. le, 29. 

Eyton, 23. 

Eyton, Wm. de, 15, 57, 74. 

Tbos., s. of, J5. 

John de, 66, 68. 

Thos., s. of, 66, 63. 



Thos. de, 74. 

Peterde, 105. 

Robt. de, 111. 

Church of, 71, 78. 

Eyum, 70. 



Faukes, Robt., 20, 31. 
Ferers, see Ferrars. 
Fernhalgh, Thos. de, 104, 116. 
Fernihalgh, Adam de, 116. 
Ferrars, Thos. de, 12, 57. 

John, s. of, 57. 

Thos., grandfather of 

John, s. of, 57. 
Agnes, for. w. of Thos., 

grandfather of John 9. of, 57. 

John de, 12, 18. 

Wm. de, 125. 

of Loekesleve, John, s. of Thos. 



de, 39, 52, 57, 60, 74, 80, 104, 114, 
116. 

Agnes, for. w. of Thos. 



de, 30, 74. 



Thos., s. of Thos. de, 



30, 74. 
Filehy, Robt. de, 4. 
Fitz Alan, Wm., 128. 

Gilbert of Xetherpenne, John, 

s. of, 47. 

Herbert, Hy., 36. 

Win., 20, 36. 

Rog., s. of, 

20. 

Peter, Ancestor of Ralph de 

Byssebury, Hugh, 54. 
Philip John, 90, 106. 



Xll. 



INDEX. 



Fitz Alan, Philip John, Sara., for. w. 

of, 90, 106. 

Warine of Penne, Edm., 101. 

. Alice, 

w. of, 101. 
Flamstede, John de, 105. 

Elias, s. of, 105. 

Agnes, for. w. of Elias, 

s. of, 105. 

Flashbrook, see Flossebrok. 
Flekenha, Little, 60. 
Flitteleye, 112, 116. 
Flosbrok, see Flossebrok. 
Flossebrok, Eic. de, 23, 26, 29, 52, 70. 

John, s. of, 23. 26. 

Povia, w. of, 52. 

Foleford, see Fulford. 
Foljaumbe, Andrew, 129. 
Fornewerk, 27. 
Forsbrook, 18. 
Fotesbrok, see Forsbrook. 
Fraunceys Grymbald, 24. 

Gilbert, 27. 

Eic. le, 34. 

Freford, 47, 90. 

Wm. de, 88, 90, 95, 97, 99. 

Freman of Oken, Adam le, 62. 

of Leventon, Eog. le, 70. 

Frere of Hinkele, Thos. le, 58. 
Friscobald, Peter de, 117. 
Frivill, Alex, de, 33, 40, 50, 63, 116. 
Joan, w. of, 40, 50, 63, 

116. 

Erodes walle, 23. 
Fryville, see Frivill. 
Fulfen, Wm. de, 104. 

Kobt., s. of, 104. 

Fulford, 15, 18, 30, 69. 
Furnivalle, Thos. de, 74, 128. 
Furnyvall, see Furnivalle. 
Fynchenefeld, Wm. de, 95. 
Fynchspade, Mill of, 55. 
Fyneye, Phil, de, 78. 

Alice, w. of, 78. 

Fyssherwyk, 87, 107, 110, 112. 



G. 

Gailey, Wm., 3, 6. 
G-alpyn, Wm., 90. 

of Cheadle, Wm., 92. 

G-amel, Geof., 47. 

of Lockesleye, Hugh, 110. 

Gatacre, Geof. de, 58, 112. 

Wm., s. of, 112. 



Wm. de, 58. 



Gauleye, see Gailey. 
Gavaston, Peter de, 5, 9. 
Gayton, 61, 72, 83, 101, 102. 
Gerard of Styvynton, Wm., 73, 74. 



Gerard of Styvynton, Wm., Dion., w. 

of, 74. 
Gerveyse, Eic., 34. 

Eog. s. of, 34. 

Eobt., s. and h. of, 34. 

Mat., for. w. of, 34. 

Wm., 109. 

Thos., s. of, 109. 

Thos., senr., 64. 



Giffard of Chilington, John, 32, 90, 

105, 111, 124. 
John, s. of, 

32. 

John, 22, 26, 28, 115. 

John, s. of, 22, 26. 

Alditha, for. w. of, 26, 

32. 

Peter, 78, 85, 87, 128, 130. 

Ela, w. of, 78, 87. 

Gilbard, Adam, 23. 
Gilbert of Colton, Wm., 56. 

John, s. of, 



56. 



47. 

47. 



of Netherpenne, John, s. of, 
Eobt. s. of. 
Mary, for. w. of Eobt., 



s. of, 47. 
Gilberville, Thos. de, 63. 
Glascote, 47. 
Glaseleye, Middleton, near, 58. 

Alan de, 111. 

Gnousale, Eule, near, 17. 

Godard, John, 127. 

Goldsmith of Stafford, Simon le, 56. 

Gorscote, 37, 43. 

Gorsthull, Geof. de, 8, 29. 

Mab., for. w. of, 8, 29. 

Grafton, Eic. de, 10. 

Sib., for. w. of, 10. 

Eic., s. of, 10. 



Eobt. de, 10. 

Adam, s. of, 10. 



Gratwich, 4, 5, 12, 14, 42, 46, 71, 110, 

115. 

Grazebrook, see Gresebrok. 
Gravenhunger, 40, 69. 
Grendon, 9, 12, 39, 48, 51, 94, 100, 

105. 
Ealph de, 5, 6, 9, 24, 37, 43, 

61, 72, 78, 83, 86, 92, 95, 96, 97, 98, 

101, 106, 126. 

Joan, w. of, 6, 24, 43, 



86. 



126. 



John de, 75. 



Isa., for. w. of, 6. 

Thos., s. of, 83, 126. 
Alice, w. of Thos., s. of 

John, s. of, 26, 30. 



INDEX. 



XIII. 



Grcndon, Kobt. de, 125. 

of Gay ton, Ralph de, 24, 43, 



80. 



John de, 83. 

- Ralph, s. of, 



83. 

Gresebrok, Robt. de, 24, 52, 112. 
-- Einnm de, 75. 
Gresele, see Greseloyo. 
Greseleye, Peter de, 12, 20, 83. 
-- Joan, w. of, 20. 
- Geof. de, 83. 

- Vincent de, 91. 



Grey, Ric. de, 122. 
Griffith, Geof., 126. 
Gryffyn, Win., 59. 

- of Cotton, Wm., 72, 73, 87, 



112. 



Gunston, 50. 



Robt., 73, 87. 



11. 



Hackecumbe, Step, de, 109. 
Hadbaston, see Adbaston. 
Haddon, Avenel de, 27. 
Hagguleyc, Robt. de. 109. 

- Rog., s. of, 109. 

Alice, w. of Rog., 8. of, 

109. 
Hakedene, Peter de, 59. 

John, s. of, 59. 

Haketon, Peter de, 67. 

John, s. of, 67. 
Hales, Matt, de, G5. 

Idotiea, w. of, 65. 

-under- Lousy erd, manor 
103. 
Halfhide, 21, 61. 

- Hugh de, 21. 

Felicia, d. of, 21. 
Simon de, 21. 

John, s. of, 21. 



of, 



Halghton, 94. 

Thos. de, 31. 

Halughton, see Halghton. 
Halys, Wm. de, 52. 

Wm., s. of, 52. 

Hamburg, Hy. de, 129. 

Hambury, 4. 

Hamelyn, John, 13, 32, 88, 103, 131. 

Hammersley, Robt. de, 94. 

Hammer \vieh, 8S. 

Hampton, Ralph de, 3, 36. 

- Robt, de, 3, 109. 

John de, 131. 

Hamstede, 103. 
Hanchirche, 49. 



Handlo, John de, 64, 66, 72, 124. 

Mat., w. of, 64, 6 . 

Handsacre, 4. 
Wm. de, 83. 

Mat., for. w. of, 83. 

Hundsworth, 130. 

- Rog., pars, of Ch. of, 83. 
Haneyate, see Haneygate. 
Haneygate, Hugh de, 124. 
Chaplain, Ralph de, 107. 

107. 

Hanwoton, Wm. de, 111. 
Harbourne, 8, 21. 
Harela, Mie. de, 34. 
Harecurt, John de, 41. 

Ric. de, 47. 

Harleye, Robt. de, 127. 

Mat. de, 127. 

Haseles, 7. 

Hastang, John de, 35, 38, 49, 52, 60, 

68, 90, 102, 105. 

Eva, w. of, 35, 52. 

Wm. s. of, 35. 

John, s. of, 52, 105. 

- Hump., 39, 91, 108. 
Nic., 35. 

Sc-nr., John de, 100, 103. 

John, s. of, 100. 

Joan, for. w. of, 



103. 



Thos., 67. 

Robert de, 82, 120. 

Emma, w. of, 82. 



of Chebescye, Thos. de, 91. 
Win. de, 91. 



Hastings, John de, 34. 
Henry de, 34. 
Hatherdon, 42. 
Hatton, 41. 

Haughton, see Halghton. 
Haukeslowe, Ric. de, 131. 
Heghle, 127, 129. 
Helegh, see Heghle. 
Hemerusley, see Uammersley. 
Hengham, Ralph de, 43. 
Hepham, Elena de, 77. 
Hereford, Earl of, 97. 
Herle, Wm. de, 40. 
Horny, Robt., 103. 
Heronville, John de, 7, 17, 18, 53, 55, C,l . 

Joan, for. w. of, 53. 

-Juliana, for. w. of, 55, 61 . 



II v. de, 53. 



Herton, 93. 

Hertwalle, John de, 34, 38. 

John, s. of, 34, 38. 

Mat., d. of John, s. of, 



34, 38. 



of, 34, 38. 



Ernien., d. of John, s. 



XIV. 



INDEX. 



Hervey, Amice, 55. 

Christiana, 55. 

Eobt., 88. 

Lecia, w. of, 88. 
Herjng, Eobt., 47. 

Step., 47. 

Hexston, see Exstall. 
Heywode, 43. 

Hy. de, 43. 

Eobt., s. of, 43. 

Hildelveston, see Hilderstone. 

Hilderstone, 18, 30, 93. 

Hillary, Wm., 11, 18, 28, 31, 32, 55, 

62, 91, 101, 116. 
Eoger, 25, 29, 31, 79, 110. 

Attorney, 31. 
Kath., w. of, 79. 

s. of Wm., 101. 

Hy., s. of Wm., 116. 

Joan, w. of, 116. 



Hy., 116. 

Joan, w. of, 116. 



Pars, of Ch. of Aldridge, Kog., 

25, 103. 
Sutton, Eobt., 

79. 

Hilton, 29, 43, 66, U2, 118. 
Himley, 67, 85. 
Hinkele, John de, 19, 24, 58, 104, 127. 

Joan, w. of, 19, 24. 

Thos. de, 67, 85. 

Hinkeleye, see Hinkele. 
Hixon, 23, 73, 86. 

Hy. de, 23. 

Julia, w. of, 23. 

John de, 45, 86. 

Eobt., s. of, 86. 
Hodynet, Eobt. de, 23. 

John de, 80, 98. 

Hoghton, John de, 124. 
Holand of Barton, Eic. de, 90. 

Eobt. de, 96, 99. 

Holeditch, Me. de, 77. 

Alice, d. of, 77. 

Felicia, d. of, 77. 

Holehurst, Eic. de, 56. 

Alice, w. of, 56. 

Holygode, Honor of, 66. 
Holynes, Eobt. de, 116. 
Homer wich, see Hammer wich. 
Hondesacre, see Haiidsacre. 
Honesworth, see Handsworth. 
Hopton, 68, 107. 
Horbury, John de, 74. 
Hore, Wm. le, 23. 
Horeburne, see Harbourne. 
Horecros, 45, 91. 
Horewode, 66. 
Horncastle, iu co. Lincoln, 63. 

Thornton, near, 63, 116. 
Horncastre, see Horncastle. 



Horsbrok, see Horsebrook. 
Horsebrook, 84, 101, 104. 
Horselegh, Eobt. de, 59, 67, 75. 

Wm., s. of, 75. 

Horton, 127, 129. 
Hoton Par TCI, 82. 
Houiiehill, see Hounhull. 
Hounhull, Hy. de, 95, 97, 129. 
Houton, John de, 61, 
Huctesdon, see Hixon. 
Hugeford, see Huggeford. 
Huggeford, Eobt. de, 13, 30, 31. 

- Wm., s. of, 13, 30, 31. 

Walt, de, 30, 131. 

Wrn. de, 93, 121. 

John de, 112. 

Phil., w. of Wm. de, 121. 

of Hildelveston, Eobt. de, 13. 

Joan, for. w. of, 



13. 

Hughcesdon, see Hixon. 
Hulcote, 35. 
Hulton, see Hilton. 
Hulyn, near Weston, 18. 

g ume ! e \see Himley. 
Humeleye J J 

Hungerford, Eog. de, 8. 

pars, of Ch. of Hungerford, 



John de, 116. 



Outtokeshather, 



John de, 112. 
Hunt, Eobt. le, 96, 129. 

Wm. le, 97. 

Huntenbach, Alice de, 40. 

Agnes, d. of, 40. 

Marg., d. of, 40. 

Hyde, Thos. de la, 49, 51, 58, 59, 123. 

Isol., w. of, 49, 51, 58, 59. 

Thos., s. of, 49, 51, 123. 

Hyengham (Hengham), Ealph de, 46. 
Hyldreston, see Hilderstone. 
Hynkele, see Hinkeley. 



Ibbestones, Ipstones, 21. 
Ideshale, 58. 
Ilketa, Jas. de, 20. 

Ida, w. of, 20. 
Ilketessale, Jas. de, 37. 

Ida, w. of, 37. 

Hum, 53, 64, 79, 111, 117. 

Inge, Wm., 4, 120. 

Ingestre, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 12, 14, 21, 42, 

46, 107. 

Insula, John de, 5. 
Ippestones (Ipstones), 21. 
Ipstones, Wm. de, 12. 
John, s. of, 9, 12, 39, 

42, 93, 110. 



INDEX. 



XV. 



Ipstones, John de, 15, 39, 113, 129, 

131. 
Isle, see Insula. 



Janiston, Kobt. de, 20. 
Jarpenville, Wm. de, 8, 34, 73. 

Alice, \v. of, 73. 

Jarponvillc, see Jarpenvillo. 
Jonestone, Peter de, 59, 07. 

Wm. de, 07, 91, and see Janis- 
ton. 
Jordan of Alrewicli, Kic., 9. 

Mat., w. of, 



Hugh, s. of, 26. 



Jurdan, Bog., 37. 



K. 



Kavereswall, see Caverswall. 
Keel, 93. 

- Kobt., 23, 29. 

Agnes, w. of, 23, 29. 

Kel, see Keel. 
Kemeseye, 57. 
Kenelwortli, Thos. de, 5. 

Avice, w. of, 5. 

Keu of Hambury, Hy. le, 13, 22. 

Hy., s. of, 13, 
22. 

of Peleshale, Wm. le, 42, 103. 

Kinfar, see Kynefare. 
Kingston, see Kyngestone. 
King of France, 120. 

- Lady Isa., d. of, 120. 
Kingeswode, Brian de, 36. 
Knigbt of Stratton, Hugh, 63. 
Knighton, see Knyghton. 
Knightley, see Knyghteleye. 
Knippersley, Wm.'de, 80, 95. 
Knotte, Adam le, 81, 108. 

Millicent, 81, 108. 

Knotton, 77, 82, 83, 84, 93. 

Manor of, 55. 

Geof. de, 10. 

Kic., s. of, 16. 

Ric. de, 48. 

Kobt. de, 82, 83, 84. 

Agnes, for. w. of, 82, 



83, 84. 
Knutton, 110. 

Rog. de, 38, 48. 

John, s. of, 3S, 48. 

Rog., s. of, 38, and see 

Knotton. 
Knyghteleye, Robt. de, 85, 95, 111, 

115, 118. 

Robt., s. of, 1 18. 



Knyghteleye, Rog. de, 105, 114. 
- Sib., w. of, 105. 

Wm. de, 105. 

Wm., B. of, 105. 

Knyghton in Hales, 23. 
R og . d c> 23. 

Kic., s of, 23. 

Wm. de, 29. 

Wm., s. of, 29. 



ny.de, 31, 41. 

Hugh, s. of, 31, 41. 



Knype^sleye, .see Knippersley. 
Knytton, Hugh de, 100. 

Thos , b. of, 100. 
Knyveton, Ify. de, 20. 

Wm., s. of, 20. 

Kympresle, see Knippersley. 
Kynardesle, John de, 52, 75, 87, 95, 

90, 102, 113. 

- Prebend of Eccleshale, John 

de, 07. 
Kynefare, 0, 24, 33, 36, 132. 

Forest of, 120. 

Kynfar, see Kynefare. 
Kyngesleye, 3, 7. 
Kyngeston, 12, 110. 
Kyryaule, Adam, 21. 



L. 



Ladresone, John le, 36. 

Lancaster, Thos., Earl of, 26, 96, 125, 

128, 129, 131. 

Hy., of, 131. 

Battle of the Earl of, 97. 

Langeford, Nic. de, 129. 
Langeleye, Wm. de, 63. 

Marg., w. of, 63. 

Launde,Petron.,for. w. of John de la, 37. 

Ric. de la, 45. 

Lee, see Leigh. 

Leek, Bis. Elect of Dublin, John de, 

35, 46. 



Leghes, Rich, de, 48, 117. 
Leghton, Reg. de, 58, 71, 75. 

Alice, w. of, 58, 71, 75. 

Leigh, 17, 80, 94, 105, 107, 110. 

Manor of, 61. 

Edm. de, 9, 19. 

Amabel, for. w. of, 9, 19. 

Phil, de, 9.. 19. 

Emma, for. w. of, 9, 19. 

Reg., s. of, 9, 19, 29. 



Reg. de, 45, 54, 07. 

Beg., nude of, 55. 

Avice, lor. w. of, 67. 



Rog. de, 61 . 

Amice, lor. vr. of, 61. 
L2 



XVI. 



INDEX. 



Leigh, Senr., Robt., 80, 107. 

Robt, f. of, 107. 

Junr., Robt., 80, 105, 107, 110. 
Lettice, w. of, 



105, 110. 

Thos. de, 81. 

John de, 81, 131. 

Hy., s. of, 81. 

of Berluston, Win. de, 



69. 



Ric., s. of, 69. 
Alina, w. of 



Ric., s. of, 69. 
Lek, 70, 94, 124. 
Leke, John, 130. 
Lekebourne, Hy. de, 69. 
Lemynton (Loynton), Rog. de, 62, 68, 

76. 

Manor of, 62, 68. 

Levercote, Wm. de, 92. 
Levesone of Derlaston, Wm., 62. 

Thos., s. of, 62. 

Levesone, G-eof., 94. 
Levyngton, see Levynton. 
Levynton, Robt. de, 14, 60. 

- John, s. of, 14, 60. 

Rog. de, 58, 116. 

Rog., s. of, 116. 



John de, 45, 65. 



Leye, see Leigh. 
Lichefeld, see Lichfield. 
Lichfield, 8, 90, 96, 106, 111. 

Morghale, near, 8. 

Stretehey, near, 31. 

Fulfen, near, 69. 

Clericus, Hy de, 45. 

Lincoln, Countess of, 97, 99. 

Joan, Countess of, 97. 

Linhull, 16. 

Adam de, 3. 

Robt. de, 6, 94. 

Roger de, 16. 

Adam, s. of, 16. 

L'Isle, see Insula. 
Littelhaye, Wm. de, 53. 
Lockesleye, 12, 110. 

Grreat, 39, 42, 52, 57, 60, 74, 

80, 104. 

- Little, 114. 

Silvester de, 57. 

Locwode, Ralph de, 80. 
Lodelowe, Thos. de, 33, 50, 63. 

Joan, w. of, 33, 50, 63. 



Wm. de, 123. 



Lok, Wm., 110. 

Lokene, Agnes, for. w. of Rog. de, 12. 

Lokesleye, see Lockesleye. 

London, Wall;, de, 51. 

Longedon, 4U, 69, 86, 90, 111, 115. 

Ovre, 78. 

Longfo)d, John de, 52, 53. 



Longford, John de, Nic., s. of, 52. 

Joan, for. w. of, 52, 53. 

Longridge, 16. 

Longrugge, see Longridge. 

Lovel of Tichemersh, Mat., for. w. of 

John de, 124. 
Loverd of Broctcn, Adam le, 7, 11. 

Alice, for. w. of, 



7,11. 



of Boterhale, Robt. le, 20. 

Simon, s. of, 20. 



Lovotsone, see Leveson. 
Lowe, Thos. de la, 122. 

- Edith, for. w. of, 122. 

- Wm. de la, 132. 

Loynton, see Lemynton and Levynton. 
Lucy, Nic. de, 128. 
Lutley, Hy. de, 29. 
-- Hy., s. of, 29. 

- Phil, de, 93, 94, 95, 114, 131. 
Lutteleye, see Lutley. 

Lychfeld, see Lichfield. 

Lymesey, Peter de, 69, 97, 125, 128. 



Lynn, Simon, 29. 
Lyoun, Simon, 31. 
Lythum, Prior of> 108. 
Lytteleye, see Lutley. 



M. 

Maer, see Mere. 
Maddeleye 
Madelegh 
Madeleye, 93. 

Great, 15. 

under-Lyme, 10. 

Onyleye, near, 17, 25. 

Malverne, Great, Priory of, 27. 

Hugh, Prior of, 69. 

69. 

Mancester, Guy de, 113. 
Marchinton, 14, 22. 

Nic. de, 26, 30, 101. 

Ralph, s. of, 101. 

Eliz., w. of Ralph, s. of, 



101. 



under-Nedwode, 70. 



Marchynton, see Marchinton. 
Mare, Rog. de la, 117. 

Agnes, w. of, 117. 

Mareschal, John le, 9. 

Wm., s. of, 9. 

- Wm. le, 52. 

Alice, w. of, 52. 



Robt. le, 68, 86. 

Rog., s. of, 86. 



Anselm le, 73, 84. 
Rog. le, 103, 115. 



INDEX. 



XV11. 



Mareschal, Thos. le, 107. 

of Upton, Wm. le, 49. 

Alice, w. of, 49. 
Marmion, Phil., 13, 40, 50, 116. 
Mary, vv. of, 110. 

Joan, d. of, 50. 

: Mazera, d. of, 50. 

- Mat., d. of, 50. 

Joan, II., d. of, 50. 
- John, 33, 110. 

John, s. of, 116. 

Wm.de, 03. 

John, s. of, 63. 

Marmioun 1 

Marm^oun * see Marmion. 

Marmyun J 

Marneham, Ric. de, 64, 101, 104. 

- Ric., s. of, 04. 

Clem., for. w. of, 101, 
104. 

Marnham, see Marneham. 
Marshall, see Mareschal. 
Marty n, Wm., 130. 
Maubane, Forest of, 7. 
Maucorneys, John, 102. 
Maunsel, John, 7. 
Mauveisin, see Mauveysin. 
Mauveysin, Wm., 90, 94. 

- Robt,, 90, 97, 99. 

- lly., 97, 129. 
Mauveysyn| 
Maveysin J * 
Meaford, 82, 87. 

- Ric. de, 100, 105. 
Measures, Assize of, 100. 
Mefford, see Meaford. 
Meignel, see Meynill. 

Meigners of Stafford, John de, 129. 
Meignill, see Meynill. 
Melburne, see Meleborne. 
Meleborne, Robt. de, 91, 98. 

Alesia, w. of, 91. 
John de, 90. 
Melebourne, see Meleborne. 
Meledon, Mic. de, 107. 



Melsanby, co. York, Barton near, 24. 
Meneden in Cornwall, Manor of, 50. 
Menyel, see Meynill. 
Merchetum (a manorial custom), 17. 
Mere, 31, 49,93. 

Manor of, 100. 

- Win. de, 15, 41, 49, 08, 72, 81, 
82, 95, 100, 104, 116, 123, 126. 

- Robt, de, 90, 9k 

- Rie. de, 104, 112. 
-- Ralph de, 10k 
-Rog. de, 112, 122. 

of Halghton, Robt. de, 17. 

Alice, w. of, 17. 



Meverel, Ric., 8. 

Ric., B. of, 8. 

le la Hulde, Rie., 8. 

Marg., w. of, 8. 
Marg., 45. 
\Vm., 72. 

h. of, 72. 



Eliz., 

of Canton, Nic., 01, 7-. 

Sara, \v. of, (51, 



of Derby, Thos., 129. 



Meji.ill, llugh de,8l,97, 98, 129, 130, 
131. 

-Isa., d. of, 81. 
Middelton near Crlaseleye, 58. 
Millwich, 15, 21, 42. 

- Walt, de, 13, 31. 

- Robt., 9. of, 13, 31. 

Elena, w. of Robt., s. 

of, 13. 31. 

- Thos. de, 23. 

Sim., s. of, 23. 



Miners, see Myncrs and .Meigners. 
Mokeleston, see Mukleston. 
Mollesleye, John de. 95. 
Monhaut, Robt. de, 47. 
Monte-Qomery, Phil, de, 11. 

- Walt, de, 71, 83,91. 

Joan, w. of, 83, 
91. 
Morghale near Liehfield, 8. 

Fulfen near, 104, and see 
Morughale. 
Morhay, John de, 59. 

Dion.,w. of, 59. 

Mortemer, see Mortimer. 
Morteyn, Roger de, 3, 28, 36, 40, 70, 
91, 106, 122. 

Isa., for. w. of, 3, 36, 

40, 106. 
Mortimer, Edm. de, 25, 40, 132, 

Mat., d. of, 25 40. 

Mortimer, Constantino de, .S3. 

Rog. de, 121. 

Morton S.iy, 49, 50. 

Mic. de, 18, 28, 37. 

Joan, for. w. of, 18, 28, 



John, s. of, 18, 28. 
Hoes, d. of, 37. 



Win. de, 20. 

John de, 20, 37, 95. 

Mat. de, 50. 



Morughale, Reg. de, 85, 89. 

- Win., s. of, 85, 89. 

Sib., for. \v. of, 86. 
Mos, Win. del, 10 1. 
Moubray, John de, 97. 
Mount joye, John de, 4. 
Isolda de, 20, 30. 



XV111. 



INDEX. 



Mountj :tye, Ealph de, 102, 04, 130. 

Marg., w. of, 102. 

Muccleston, see Muckleston. 

Muckleston, 6, 11. 

Adam de, 6, 11, 17, 78, 104, 



105, 116. 



Schol., w. of, 6, 11, 78, 



104, 116. 

Nic., pars, of, 104, 105. 



Mukelesdon, see Muckleston. 
Mulwych, see Millwich. 
Mungoye, see Mount joye. 
Munselowe, co. Salop, 34, 38. 
Muntjoye, see Mount joye. 
Murcaston, 90. 
Murdak, Thos., 100. 

Julia, w. of, 100. 
Mutton, 94. 
Mutton, manor of, 4. 
Phil, de, 5, 6, 7. 

- Phil., s. of, 5, 6, 7. 

Ivo. de, 71. 

Myners, 96. 

John de, 96, 97, 132. 

Mytton, see Mutton. 



N. 

Nedham, Elias de, 61. 

Thos., s., 61. 
Nedwode, Draycote under, 8. 

Marchinton under, 70. 

Netherpenne, see Penne. 
Neubold, see Newbold. 
Neville, Theob. de, 6. 
Wm. de, 8, 11, 22. 

Felice, w. of, 8, 11, 22. 

Newbold, 52. 

Woodhuses, 9. 
Newburgh, 23, 110. 
Newcastle-under-Lyrne, 16, 41, 52. 

Longton, near, 



52. 



Bradewalle, near, 



107. 
Neweland, 9. 
Newport Paynel in co. Bucks, 130. 

of Stafford, Eic. de, 108. 

Nic., s. of, 108. 

Newton, 49, 93. 

Wm. de, 33, 48, 95. 

Eic., s. of, 56. 

John de, 49. 

Wm., s. of, 49. 



Thos. de, 83. 

Noel, see Nowel. 
Norbury, 24, 40. 
Northampton, Undele, in co., 32. 

Eic. de, 33. 

Northburgh, John de, 49. 



Northbury, see Norbury. 

Norton, 93. 

Norton, near Cannockbury, 9, 65. 

Wm. de, 9, 26. 

Alice, for. w. of, 9. 

Thos. de, 9. 

Alice, d. of, 9. 

Eliz., w. of Wm. de, 26. 
Nortononthemores (Norton-on-the- 

Moors), 49, 65. 

Nowel of Cesteford, Phil., 74, 82. 
Cecil., for. w 



of, 74, 82. 



O. 



Oaken, see Oken. 
Oakley, 13, 88, 103. 

Hy. de, 32. 

Ocle, see Oakley. 
Oddyngseles, Wm. de, 47. 
Offord, Thos. de, 44. 

Eva, w. of, 44. 

Oken, 50, 94. 
Okeover, 70, 76. 

Wm. de, 15. 

Hugh, s. of, 15. 

Eobt. de, 19, 94. 

Alan, s. of, 19. 



John de, 20, 80, 96, 97, 98. 
Eog., s. of, 20. 



Hugh de, 21. 
Laurence de, 32, 51. 

Marg., w. of, 32, 51. 



Eic. de, 51, 53, 95. 

Eobt., s. of, 51, 53. 



Eog. de, 53, 64, 70. 

Hugh de, great grand- 



father of, 64. 

Eobt., s. and h. of 

Hugh, great grandfather of, 64. 

John, s. of Eobt., s. of 



Hugh, great grandfather of, 64. 
Okeovere, see Okeover. 
Okie, see Oakley. 
Okore "I 

Okoure > see Okeover. 
OkovereJ 
Oldefalling, Phil, de, 66. 

Hy. s. of, 66. 

Olneye, John de, 113. 
Onecote, 80. 
Onilegh, see Onyleye. 
Onne, Little, 16. 

Great, 56, 70, 105. 
Onylegh, see Onyleye. 
Onyleye, 12, 20, 93. 

Adam de, 10. 

Philippa de, 10. 

Eic. de, 20, 40. 



INDEX. 



XIX. 



Onleye, Ric. do, Petron., d. of, 20. 
Hugh, s. of, 40. 



Robt. de, 30, 05. 

Christa., for. w. of, 30. 

and see Madeleye. 

Orine, VVm., 45. 
Osberne of Kssnynton, Ric., 3. 
Osgodby, Adam do, 1*0. 
Osvvaldestre, Eva do, 13. 
Otherton, 3, G, 94. 

Adam de, 3, 1C. 

Alice, for. w. of, 3. 

John, s. of, 3, 6, 16. 

Alice, for. w. of, John, 



s. of, 16. 

John de, 95. 



Overleghe, 81. 
Overlongesdon, 52. 
Ovennaste, Matherfeld, 25. 
Overpenne, nee Penne. 
Overtoil, Thos. tie, 93, 95. 
Ovioteshay, Robt. de, 76, 89, 95. 

Ric. de, 94, 95. 

Ovrepenne, see Penne. 
Ovyotcshay, see Ovioteshay. 
Oxford, 64. 
Oyli, Thos. de, 91. 

Marg., w. of, 91. 
Oyyeteshaye, see Ovioteshay. 



P. 

Pakynton, 33, 39, 93. 
Pantolf, see Paunton. 
Papejay, Robt., 8i. 

Surra, w. of, 84. 

Parent, Wm., 67, 75. 
Parkere of Burton, Wm. le, 56. 
Parkhalle, Rog. de la, 29. 
Paries, John, 69. 
Parva, Pipe, 39. 
Patcshull, 87, 89, 94. 
Patishull, see Pateshull. 
Paunton, Wtn., 17. 

Ivo, 118. 

Aline, d. of, 118. 

Paynel, Ric., 29, 3 i, 44, 84. 

Alice, w. of, 31, 44. 

Jun., 43. 

Ralph, 41. 

Paynesleye, 6. 

Pecche, John, 51. 

Pecok of Cannokbury, John, 56. 

Pelshale, 103. 

Penchrich, see Pencrich. 

Pent-rich, 16, 84, 85, 94, 103. 

- La More, near, 46. 
Pendeford, 50, 94. 

- Robt. de, 41. 

Petron., d. of, 41. 



Pendeford, Hugh de, 108. 

Ralph, s. of, 108. 
Pcnkhull, 16. 
Penkrich 1 -,-> , 



Penne, Over, 24, 48, 49. 

- Nether, 17, 71, 93, 109. 
- Church of, 50, 53, 55, .",9, 60, 



Adv. of, 50, 53. 
Penne, Win. de, 36. 
Percy of Derlaston, Wm. de, 87. 
Perera, Jas. de, 87, 12 1, 131. 

Kla, w. of, 124, 131. 



Ric. de, 131. 



Perry Barr,88, 111, 116. 

John de, 88, 103, 111. 

Win., b. of, S8. 

- Hie. ,le, 117. 

Wm., s. of, 117. 



Personessone of Bissebury, Rog. le, 62. 
Perton, 9k 

Perton, John de, 22, 69, 73, 76, 89, 95, 
97, 101,122, 123, 126. 

Wm., s. of, 101. 

Man,'., w. of, 22. 



Wm. de, 93, 95, 122. 

Walt., s. of, 112. 

Pesale, sec Peshalo. 
Peshale, 84. 

Agnes de, 10. 

Walt. de. 10. 

- Ric. de, 15, 48, 56, 71, 82, 81, 



92. 



John, b. of, 15. 



Thos. dc, 20. 

Kobt. de, 20. 

Hugh de, 72, 80, 94, 95. 

Roger de, 84, 92. 

John, ?. of, 84, 92. 

Ric., s. of, 84. 



Adam de, 100, 102. 

Pessale, see Peshale. 
Peters, Jas., 65. 

Ela, w. of, G5. 

Peulesdon, see Pules!on. 
Phelip of Ksnyngton, Wm., 3. 

of Tene, Tho?., 80. 

Phelipp, Wm., 93, 112. 
Philip, Thos., 94. 
Picheford, John de, S* 7 , 72. 

Marg., w. of, 57, 72. 

Ric. de, 69, 95. 

Nic. de, 100. 

of Ovyotcshay, Robt., s. of Ric. 
de, 89. 
Pickcstok, Nic. de, 45, 111. 

Robt. do, 89. 

John de, 95, 110. 

Thos. de, KM, 106. 

Wm. de, 108. 



XX. 



INDEX. 



Pickestok, Wm. de, Nic., s. of, 108. 
Picstoke, see Pickestok. 
Pilatenliale, 24, 94. 

Wm. de, 95. 

Pipe, Little, 33. 

Robt. de, 21, 26, 45, 88. 
Roes, for. w. of, 21, 



26. 



Thos., s. of, 26. 
Thos. de, 33, 38, 93, 94, 95, 96, 



97, 98, 114, 129. 

Robt., s. of, 97. 



Ralph de, 88. 

Roger, s. of John de, 87. 

of Alrewych, Robt. de, 47. 

Pirye, see Perry Barr. 
Pixstoke, see Pickestoke. 
Podemore, 34, 56, 60, 64. 

Wm. de, 77. 

Rog. de, 78, 127. 

Ric. de, 93. 
Pole, Wm.de la, 5,42. 

Wladusa (Gladys), for. 

w. of, 5, 42. 

Ric. de, 60. 



Possebury (Bishbury), Hugh de, 53. 
Poterey of Bruynton, Ralph, 19. 

Isa., d. of, 19. 

Poutrel, Hy., 51, 53, 75. 

of Waterfal, Hy., 51. 

Lettiee, w. of, 

51, 53. 
Prestwode, 106. 

Hy. de, 43, 60, 71. 

John de, 80. 

Prestwold, Hugh de, 61. 
Prior of Stone, John, 34. 
Puleston, Rog. de, 5, 8, 28, 101, 107. 
Const., w. of, 107. 

Jordan de, 16, 19, 122. 

Rog., s. of, 16, 19, 122. 

Thos. de, 47, 129. 

Rog., s. of, 47. 

Ric, de, 49, 50. 

Wm., s. of, 49, 50. 

Ric., s. of, 49, 50. 

- Ama., w. of, Ric., s. of, 



49, 50. 

David de, 108. 

Isa., w. of, 108. 



Purcel, Otewell, 63, 125. 

Denise, d. of, 63. 

Thos., s. of, 63. 

Walt., 63. 

John, 63. 

Walt., s. of, 63. 



Thos., 100. 



Purshull, 38. 
Puteo (Puis), Ric. de, 4, 5, 8. 
Puyz of Euggele, Wm. de, 42. 
Ric., s. of, 42. 



Pychecote, 27. 

Manor of, 27. 

Pycheford, see Picheford. 
Pykstoke, see Pickestok. 
Pylatenhale, see Pilatenliale. 

T> i , \-see Puleston. 
Pynwelesdon j 

Pyrcy of Derlaston, Wm., 82. 
and see Percy. 

Perry Barr. 



Quikeshull, 36. 



R. 



Randolf, Simon, 93. 
Ratyndon, John de, 46. 

Beat., w. of, 46. 
Redemare, John de, 3. 

Wymarca, w. of, 3. 

Repyndon, 22. 

Reresby, 64. 

Retford, Hawise de, 71. 

Reuvel, see Rule. 

Rewel, see Rule. 

Reyner of Stafford, Wm., 124. 

Rider of Butterdon, Wm. le, 88. 

Rideware, Hamstal, 33, 35, 39, 94. 

Mauveysin, 55, 94. . 

Robt. de, 3. 

Agnes de, 3. 

Thos. de, 33, 35, 38. 

Walt., s. of, 35. 
Joan, w. of, 35. 



Phil, de, 65, 67. 
Wm., pars, of, 97. 



Ridwarhampstal, see Hamstal Ride- 
ware. 
Rigge, 33. 

Rocheford, Wm. de, 84. 
Rodbaston, 4, 85, 128. 
Rodbaldeston, see Rodbaston. 
Rodburne, 20, 37. 
Rodeyard, Ralph de, 70. 
Rolleston, 49, 50, 105, 114, 115. 
Thos. de, 20, 23, 37, 45, 49, 50, 



51. 



51. 



Reyna, w. of, 20, 23, 37, 



110. 



Nic. de, 50, 97, 98. 
Ralph de, 95, 129. 
Eliza., for. w. of, 105, 



Thos., s, of, 105, 110. 



INDEX. 



XXI. 



Romeslegh, 27. 

- Peter dc, 27. 

Alarg., for, w. of, 27. 



Leo, 8. of, 27. 



Roriton, 91. 

- lund in, 01. 
Ropele, pars, of Ch. of Hereford, Wm. 

de, 49. 
Rossington, John de, 53. 

Isa., w. of, 53. 

Nic. de, 129. 

Rossynton, see Rossington. 
Roucestre, Hugh do, 115. 

in Douvedale, Abbot of, 132. 
Roulcye Soinery, 10(5. 

Rons of Waleshale, Thos. le, 28. 

Thos. le, 29, 31, 32, 42, 41, 47, 

62. 

John le, 37, 43, 84. 

- Marg., w. of, 84. 
Joan, w. of, 37, 43. 

of Longedon, Thos. le, 111. 

' Agnes, w. of, 111. 

Rowley Regis, 7, 

- Phil, de, 7. 
Ric., s. of, 7. 

Ric., s. of Ric., 
s. of, 7. 

Ruddelowe, 39 
Rugelegh, see Ruggelegh. 
Rugge, 4, 11, 79. 
Ruggelegh, 4, 5, 15, 93, 112. 

Sim. de, 97, 116. 

Adam de, 112. 

Ruggeleye, see Ruggelegh. 
Rule, 4, 33. 
Rus, see Rons. 
Kushalo, 39. 
Russel, Hy., 65. 

Thos., s. of, 65. 

Ruycroft, John de, 112. 
Rycher, Win. de, 43. 

Lucy, for. w. of, 43. 

Rydevvare, see Rideware. 
Rydewiiy, pars, of the Ch. of, 97. 
Ryseley, 70. 



Saint Chad, Lichfleld, Ch. of, 67. 

Ebrulph, Abbot of, 56. 
George, John de, 3. 

John of Lichfield, Prior of 
Hosp. of, 124. 

Leonard, ITosp. of, 47. 

- Michael of Bereford, Ch. of, 64. 

"Win. Roppele, 

pars, of, 64. 

Peter of Wolverhampton, Ch. 
of, 50. 



Saint Pierre, Urian de, 122. 

Thomas, near Stafford, Ric., 

Prior of, 48. 
Sale of Newport, Rog., 57. 

Eliza., w. of, 07. 
Wm. dela, 107. 
Salop, Ko, near, 2S. 

- Castle of, 122, 123, 131. 
Sulso Marisco, see Salt Marsh. 
Salt, Wm de, 108. 
Salt-marsh, Peter de, 86, 113. 

John, s. of, 86, 113. 
Sandba.-h, Ric. de, 17. 

lly. de, 72. 
Saudon, 01, 67, 68, 83. 

Manor of, 105. 

Sand rested, John de, 85, 128. 

- Eliza., w. of, 85, 128. 
Sapy, Robt., 126. 
Sardon, Great, 5, 
Sareshull, see Shareshull. 
Saucheverel, Wm., 52. 

Agnes, w. of, 52. 

Robt,, 70. 

Wm., s. of, 70. 



Saundrested see Sandrested. 
Saverley, 15, 18. 

Alex, de, 15. 

- Ric., s. of, 15. 
Say of Dunslon, Wm. le, 111. 
Schene, see Shene. 
Schuston, see Shushions. 
Scryvelby, 116. 
Seggesley, 85, 101, 103. 
Manor of, 106. 
Segrave, John de, 36. 

Christ., w. of, 36. 

Step, de, 97. 

Seighford, see Sesteford. 
Sclynian, of Stafford, Robt., 33. 
Selymon, Robt,, 23. 
Services, Customs and, 17. 
Sesteford, 16. 



Severlee "I 
Severleye j 



see Savevley. 

Shareshulf, see Shareshull. 
Shareshull, Wm. de, 48, 77, 102, 122. 
Shavington, Hy. de, 20. 

Hy., s. of, 20. 

Joan, w.of llv.,8. of, 20. 

She! fel, see Shelf hull. 
Shelfhull, 37, 43, 63, 79, 103. 
Shene, 94. 

Manor of, 61. 
Shenstone, 6, 90. 101. 
Shepeye, R:ilph de, 90. 
Shradieote, 21. 
Shushions, 37, 55. 
Shuston, see Shushions. 
Shyrard, Ric., 80, 107. 
Wm. s. of, 80, 107. 



XX11. 



INDEX. 



Shyrard, Kic., Eic., s. of, 80. 

Eobt., b. of Wm., s. of, 

107. 

Skeryngton, 32. 
Slyndon, 35. 

Wm. de, 30. 

Smalrys, 67, 68. 

John de, 67, 68. 

Eic., s. of, 67. 

Marg., for. w. of, 67, 68. 

Eic. de, 93, 127. 

Smethwick, 93. 
Snede, Wm. de, 83, 84 

John de, 93. 

Snelleston, 20. 
Snytterton, Ealph de, 114. 

: Cecilia, w. of, 114. 

Sogenhull, see Sugnall. 
Somerford, John de, 22. 
Somerville, John de, 4, 5, 8, 38. 

Eog., de, 4, 5, 8, 75, 130. 

Phil, de, 8, 34, 58, 71, 73, 75, 91, 



95, 96, 131. 



Edm. de, 71. 



Marg., w. of, 8, 34. 



Somery, Eog. de, 7, 64. 

Agnes, for. w. of, 7. 

John de, 18, 28, 44, 63, 65, 69, 

77, 81, 88, 90, 91, 106, 125, 126, 128, 

129. 

Lucy, for. w. of, 90, 91. 



Pervical de, 19, 28. 
Agnes de, 44, 121. 

John, s. of, 121. 



Eobt. de, 88. 

Nic. s. of, 88. 



Sondbach, see Sandbach. 
Sondon, see Sandon. 
Spryngeshose, Eog., 19. 

Ealph, 19. 

Eog., s. of, 19. 

Stafford, 19, 23, 56, 93. 

Castle of, 34, 73, 132. 

town of, 57. 

Dudynton, near, 69. 

Stafford, Edm.,Baron of, 5, 8, 9, 14, 121. 
Marg., for. w. of, 



8, 14, 121. 



Ealph, s. of, 14. 



Edm, de, 13, 32. 

Wm. de, 20, 114, 127, 128. 

Isa., w. of, 20. 

Jas., s. of, 114, 127. 



Ealph de, 23, 2D. 

Eic., s. of, 23, 29. 

Lettice, for. w. of, 29. 



Senr., Eic. de, 70. 

Eog., s. of, 70. 

Junr., Eic. de, 70. 

Eog. s. of, 70. 



Jas. de, 95, 97, 98. 



Stafford, Eobt. de, 101. 

Charters of Burgesses of, 123. 

Stalbrok, Wm. de, 9, 12, 39. 47, 80, 

115. 

Wm., s. of, 9, 12, 39. 

John de, 115. 

Standon, see Staundon. 

Staneye, see Stanneye. 

Stanneye, Adam de, 4, 18. 

Stan ton, Manor of, 52. 

Stapleton, see Stepelton. 

Stuundon, Mere, near, 64. 

Staundon, Eobt, de, 4, 11, 86, 92, 109, 

113, 125, 126. 
Viv., s. of, 11, 92, 109, 



326. 
127. 



Vivian de, 5, 9, 51, 79, 124, 126, 
John de, 129. 



Stepelton, Eobt. de, 69, 94, 106, 117. 

Isa., w. of, 117. 

Phil, de, 117. 

Stircheleye, John de, 22. 
Stivinton, see Styvynton. 
Stocton, 8. 
Stodleye, 126. 
Stokken, 48. 
Stone, 93. 

Aston, near, 24, 25. 

Stoke, near, 19. 

Walton, near, 19, 84, 115. 

Burston, near, 24. 

Willianescroft, near, 24. 

John, Prior of, 34, 73. 

Stonylow, Hervey de, 122. 
Stottesdon. 36. 
Stramshall, 35. 

Eobt. de, 35. 

Eic., s. of, 35. 

Phil, de, 80. 

Eobt., s. of, 80. 



Strange, Fulk le, 63. 

John le, 48. 

Joan, for. w. of, 48. 

Strangeford, Walt, de, 4, 51. 

John de, 29. 

Wm. de, 79. 

Strangelford, see Strangeford. 
Stratton, 35, 42, 46, 68, 76. 

Walt, de, 25, 66. 

: Isa., w. of, 25, 6<>. 

Thos. de, 35, 42. 

Eic. de, 35, 76. 

Alice, for. w. of, 76. 

Hervey de, 68. 

Eic., s. of, 68. 



Wm. de, 82. 

of Esnynton, Thos. 3, 45. 

of Clifton, Wm. de, 83. 



Straunge, see Strange. 
Straungeford, see Strangeford. 



INDEX. 



XXlll. 



Stretton, see Stratton. 
Strongeshull, see Stramshall. 
Stubbiloye, Ric. do, 4S. 

Ric., s. of, 48. 

Styvynton, 25. 

1 hos. de, 25. 

Agnes, w. of, 25. 



Hugh de, 73. 
John de, 101, 106. 



Sugenhull, see Sugnall. 
Suggenhull, see. Sugnall. 
Sugnall, 15, 56. 
Great, 79. 

John de, 69. 

Robt., s. of, 69. 

Suinerton, see Swynnorton. 
Sumerville, see Somerville. 
Sutluim, Stocton near, 5. 
Suth-weverc, Manor of, 52. 
Sutton, in co. Ley coster, 58. 

in Colefield, 125. 

Church of, 79. 

Robt. Hillary, pars, of, 

79. 

Hamon de, 58. 

Alice, w. of, 58. 



130. 



Wm. de, 70, 76. 

- Marg., w. of, 70, 76. 
John de, 90, 103, 106, 130. 

Marg., w. of, 103, 106, 

Elias de, 132. 

Ric., s. of. 322. 

John, s. of Ric., s. of, 



132. 

Swanbache, see Sandbach. 
Swaynesmore, 7. 
Swinscoe, see Swynescou. 
Swenerertone, see Swynnerton. 
Swerkeston, \Vm. de, 16. 
Swonnerton, see Swynnerton. 
Swyndverton, see Swynnerton. 
Swynefen, 90. 
Swyneford, see Swynford. 
Swynescou, 91. 
Swynford, 85. 

Kynges, 101. 

in co. Wygorn, Old, 130. 

New, 106. 

Swynnerton, Church of, 1J3. 

John de, 8, 11, 15, 22, 43, 45, 

46, 51, 82, 83, 84, 88, 99, 100, 118, 

127, 128, 132. 

John, s. of, 82, 83, 84. 

Anne, w. of, 8, 11, 22. 



Ralph de, 42. 

Cecilia, w. of, 42. 



Alex de, 45. 



Ric. 

Rog. } b. of John de, 45, 46. 

Nic. 



Swynnerton, Roger de, 51, 71, 79, 80, 

99, 126, 127, 132. 

pars, of Muclcston, Nic. de, 

100, 10t, 105, 111. 

Seneachall of Canuok, John de, 

100. 



T. 

Tadenhull, see Tatcnhull. 
Tamhorn, see Thomenhorn. 
Taineworth, see Tamworth. 
Tarn worth, 48. 

Osbert de, 29. 

Deanery of Ch. of, 50. 

Tattenhull, 105. 

Tunstal, near, 58, 71, 75. 

Tean, see Tone and Thene. 
Teddesleyo, Hugh de, 28. 

. ify., 8. of, 28. 

Tene, 86, 9 1. 
Teshale, Adam de, 21. 

John, s. of, 21. 

Tetenhale, see Tettenhale. 
Tettenhale, 89, 94, 122, 125, 132. 
Thene, Thos. de, 92. 

Win., s. of, 92. 

Thickness, 41. 

Nic. de, 41, 83, 84, 122. 
Win., s. of, 41, 83, 84, 



122. 



Wm. de, 93. 
Peter de, 93. 



Thicknesse. see Thicknes. 
Thoraenhorn, Wm. de, 4, 5, 8, 95, 97, 

99. 

Wm., s. of, 4, 5, 8, 9, 

95, 97, 99. 
93. 



Tkornhull, 45. 

Thornton, near Horncastle (Lincoln), 

Manor of, 63. 

Thornton, near Horncastre, 116. 
Thornyhull, 23. 
Thorpe, Costantyn, 73, 84. 
- Ric. de, 85. 
-- - Marg., w. of, 85. 
Thycness, see Thickness. 
Thykbrom, Ralph de, 47. 
Thykness, see Thickness. 
Tiddesleye, Hv. de, 101. 
Tillington, Robt. de, 26, 30, 37, 97, 



127. 



Ric. de, 36, 12. 

Robt., s. of, 36, 42. 



Tilynton, see Tillington. 
Timmor, 90. 
- Wm. de, 20, 37, 83. 124. 
-- _ Kliz., w. of, 20, 37, 1 24. 
- Hugh de, 110. 



XXIV. 



INDEX. 



Tipper, pars, of Ch. of Swynnerton, 

John le, 113. 
Tipton, 44, 66. 
Tissington, 78, 85. 

Rog. de, 57. 

Titteleye, Wm. de, 110. 
Tochet, Eobt., 105. 
Tock, John de, 44. 
Togeford, Eic. de, 49. 

Sara, w. of, 49. 
Toke, see Touk and Tock. 
Tomonhorn 1 Thomenhorn 
Torumenhorn J 

Touk, Robt. de, 20, 37, 95, 114, 115, 
129, 130, 131. 

Ermen., w of, 20, 37. 

Trelewya, Manor of, 59. 
Trenth'am, Prior of, 46. 
Trescote, Nic. de, 132. 

Kog., s. of, 132. 
Tresel, John de, 83. 

Treton, 74. 

Treys, Hy., 99. 

Tromewyn 1 Trumwyne . 

Tromewyne J * 

Trumpton, Giles de, 18. 

Trumwyne, Wm., 25, 81, 124, 125. 

- Wm., s. of, 25. 
Alesia, for. w. of, 25. 

Emma, for. w. of, 81. 
- Simon, 45. 

Kog., 67, 68, 114, 124, 125. 

Joan, w. of, 67, 68. 



Trussel, Wm., 6, 82, 124, 128. 

Edm., b. of, 128. 

Wm., s . of, 128. 



Lawrence, 103, 113, 131. 

John, 113. 

Thos., 113. 

of Cubleston, Wm., 112, 113, 



114. 



112, 113, 114. 



114. 



s. of, 112, 114. 



- Isa., for. w. of, 

- Wm., s. of, 112, 
John, s. ofWm., 
Alian., 



w. of, 112, 114. 

of Notehurst, Wm., 99. 



Trysull, see Tresel. 
Tuchet, Wm., 3, 126. 
Tugford, Ric. de, 91. 
Tunstal, 39, 93, 102, 127, 129. 
Tuttebury, 49, 50, 128. 

- Robt., Prior of, 25. 

- Prior of, 96, 128. 
Tybington, see Tipton. 
Tybynton, see Tipton. 
Tychemersh, Hy. de, 32. 

Joan, w. of, 32. 



Tylynton, see Tillington. 
Tymmor 1 ^. 
Tyrnmore}- ?eeTimmor - 
Tyrigewyka, 63. 
Tyssington " 



Ty thing man (decennarius), 17. 



U. 

TJlsale, 45, 56, 57. 
- Peter de, 79, 80. 
Ulshale, see Ulsale. 
Underbrokhurst, Legh, 87. 
Underhull, Wm., 17. 
Uselwall, John de, 116. 
-- John, s. of, 116. 



Y. 

Yaleys, Wm., 86. 
Yaus, John de, 100. 

Juliana, w. of, 100. 
Yenables, Wm. de, 19, 24, 84, 90, 92, 
103, 115, 126. 

Alice, w. of, 84, 92, 103, 



126. 



Ric. de, 131. 



Yenour, Robt. le, 13, 95. 

Marg., for. w. of, 13. 
Yerdon, Hy. de, 14, 44. 

Theob. de, 25, 26, 40, 48, 49, 52, 

60, 121, 124, 125. 

Mat., w. of, 40. 

Tbeob., s. of, 121. 

Eliz., for w. of, 124. 



John de, 26. 

Wm. de, temp. Hen. III., an- 
cestor of the Wrottesleys, 62. 

Hugh, s. and h. of, 62. 

Wm., s. and h. of 

Hugh, s. of, 62. 

Wm., s. andh. of Win., 



s. of Hugh, s. of, 62. 
Yerdon, Rog. de, 82. 

- Yiv. de, 95, 97. 

- Nic. de, 124. 
--- Milo, b. of, 124. 



Yernay, see Yerney. 
Yerney, Sim. de, 15. 
-- Ric., s. of, 15. 
--- Wm. de, 15, 49. 

- Phil, de, 37, 43. 

Flor., w. of, 37, 43 
----- John de, 90. 

- Robt. de, 95. 

- Ric. de, 96, 97, 98. 



INDEX. 



XXV. 



Vernon, Kic. do, 24, 27, 130. 
Kic., s. of, 83, 130. 



of, 27. 



Mat. do, 27. 

- Rio., s. of, 27. 

Rubt., s. of, 27. 

Hawyse, d. of, 27. 

Kic., s. of llawyse, d. 



- Gilbert Franceys, for. 

bus. of llawyse, d. of, 27. 

_ vVm. do, 108. 

Win., s. of, 108. 

Ric., cousin and h. of 

Win., s. of, 108. 
Vernounj y 
Vermin J 

Vilers, Mat. do, 39, 47, 95, 96, 9S. 
Vylers, see Vilors. 



W. 

Waldchof, Walt, do, 110, 129. 
Wuldeschef, see Waldchef. 
Waleford, Hy. do, 41, 111. 

Alice, for. w. of, 44. 

John, s. of, 44. 

Walesale, see Walsall. 
Waloshalo, see Walsall. 
Waloton, see Walton. 
Wall, Le, 21, 26. 
Walleshale, see Walsall. 
Walrand, Ric., 59. 

^ a ! S ; lle n \see Walsall. 
Walshall J 

Walsall, 29, 31, 39, 42, 43, 44, 47, 84. 

Peleshale, near, 39. 

Russhall, near, 42. 

Manor of, 103. 

Walsingham, Tlios. de, 20, 37. 

Agnes, w. of, 20, 37. 
Walter of Stretton, Robt., 40. 
Walton, 103, 105. 

near Stone, 84, 115. 

Wm. de, 8, 69, 91, 104. 

Rog. de, 19. 

Adam de, 91. 

pars, of Ch. of Mitton, Adam 
de, 91. 

of Fulfon, Wm. de, 29. 



Warde, Mich, de la, 83. 
Warrennehalle, 50. 
Warrewyk, Robt. de, 69. 
Warton,* 89. 
Warylowe, Ric. de, 90. 

Joan, for. w. of., 

Wasteneys, John do, 32. 

Wm., s. of, 32. 

- Goof, de, 57, 72, 76, 97. 
Win. de, 59. 

Edm. cle, 74. 



90. 



Wasteneys, Keg. de, 81. 

Kic. dc, 86. 
Wast on, see Wcston. 
Water of Salt, Robt., by the, 101, 106. 
Waterfall, f.3. 

Kic. de, 75. 

Simon, s. of, 75. 

Waure, Win. de, 62. 

Joan, w. of, 62. 

Wednosbury, 7, 17, 31, 44, 53. 

Weford, 81. 

Weloyo, 130. 

Wellyntori, 19. 

Wenlok, Phil, de, 90, 101, 106. 

Johnde, 111. 

- Ric., s. of, 111. 
Werloyc, see Wyrley. 
Werrington, Knyghton, near, 29. 
Werselowo, 7. 
Weston, 4, 7, 43, 61, 77. 

- Hugh do, 3. 49, 50. 

John, s. of, 3. 

Ric. de, 35. 

Jo:>n, for. w. of, 35. 

Win., s. of, 35. 



Junr., John do, 43. 
John do, 49, 76, 85, 95, 128. 
John, s. of, 85. 



Robt. dc, 89. 

Win., s. of, 89. 
Wm. de, 104, 123. 
-Jones, Wm. de, 37, 116. 
of Hankoston, Wm. de, 109. 



Hulyn, near, 18. 

under Luseyord, Ch. of, 50, 82. 

near Loscvard, Thos., pars, of, 

82. 

Wetonhale, Adam de, 36, 42. 
Wethales, see Whethales. 
Wevereston, see Wyverston. 
Whetules, see Whethales. 
Whethales, John de, 45, 46. 

- Ric., b. of, 45, 46. 
Adam de, 56, 57, 60, 79, 80, 82, 



85, 91. 



Anna., w. of, 56, 57, 60. 

Ric., s. of, 79. 

John "1 b. of Ric., s. of, 

Adam J 79. 

Anna, for. w. of, 80. 
John, s. of, 82, 85, 91. 
Adam, b. John, s. of, 



82, 84, 92. 

Ric. de, 71, SO. 

John de, SO, 113, 126. 

Forest rider. John do, 100. 



Whevero, Stanlow, near, -19. 
Winston, Robt. do, 7, 21, -13, 77, 89. 

Amabel, w. of, 7, 21. 

Ric., s. of, 77. 
Whitemor, Walt, de, 92. 



XXVI. 



INDEX. 



"VHiiteinor, Walt., Walt., s. of, 92. 

and see Whytmor. 

Whitindon, see Whitington. 
Whitington, 61, 90, 132. 

Thos. de, 20, 61. 

John, s. of, 61. 

Kic. de, 61. 

Ealph, B. of, 61. 

Amice, w. of Ealph, s. 

of, 61. 

Whityngton, see Whitington. 
Whyston, see Whiston. 
Whyte, of Cestre, Eog. le, 108, 110, 
Agnes, w. of, 

108, 110. 

Eobt, s. of Hy. le, 120. 



Whytehurst, Wm. de, 22. 
Whytmor, 85. 
Whytynton, see Whitington. 
Willingesleye, 20. 



Wither, see Wyther. 
Wodecote, 12, 18, 20. 
- Thos. de, 18, 20, 28. 

Mat., for. w. of, 18, 20, 



28. 



Eobt. de, 20, 

Eobt., s. of, 20. 



Wolaston, Hy. de, 6, 11, 23, 36, 78, 

111, 113. 

Eic., s. of, 23, 36. 

Felicia, for. w. of Eic. 

s. of, 23, 36. 

Step, de, 15, 37, 55, 111. 

Hy., s. of, 15. 

Isa., for. w. of, 37, 55. 



Wm. de, 19. 
Eic. de, 105. 



Woleston, Hy. de, 95. 
Wolfneye, Thos. de, 52. 

Alice, d. of, 52. 

Thos., s. of Alice, d. of, 

52. 
Wolrich, Adam, 68. 

Eobt., 68. 

Eic., 108. 

of Sandon, Eic., 131. 

Wolrych, see Wolrich. 
Wolseleye, 31. 

Eic. de, 7, 21, 31. 

Geof . de, 69. 

Wm. de, 93. 

pars, of Ch. of Chetelton, Geof. 

de, 109. 

Wolstanton, Ch. of, 67. 
John le Brabazon, pars. 

of, 67. 
Wolverhampton, 66, 94. 



Wolrerhampton, Chap, of, 52. 
Theod. Camilla, dean of, 53, 

59. 

Nic., for. Dean of, 53. 

Free, Chap, of, 55. 

John Everdon, 

Dean of, 55. 

Clem, de, 84, 112. 



King's Free Chap, of, 130, 

Ereresdon, dean of, 130. 

Wolvernehampton, see Wolverhamp- 
ton. 

Wonyton, see Werrington. 

Workynton, 20. 

Worston, see Wyverston. 

Wotton, Thos. de, 77, 80. 

Woure, John de, 35. 

Wrottesle, see Wrottesleye. 

Wrottesleye, 94. 

Wm. de, 24, 56, 62, 67, 68, 76, 78. 

Wm., s. of, 24, 56, 62 



68, 76. 



Joan, for. w. of, 78. 

Hugh, s. and h. of, 78. 

Hugh de, 58. 

Juliana, for. w. of, 58. 



and see Verdon. 



Wyford, Eic. de, 123. 
Wygynton, 90. 
Wylughby, Eobt. de, 47. 
Wymer, Adam, 34. 
Wyndele, see Wyneiey. 
Wyne, Eog. le, 50. 
Wyneiey, Alice de, 55. 

Hy. de, 80, 95. 

Wynesbury, Thorn, de, 72. 

John de, 131. 

Wm. de, 131. 

Wynleye, see Wyneiey. 
Wynnesbury, see Wynesbury. 
Wyrkesworth, 53. 

Lee, near, 61. 

Wyrlegh, see Wyrley. 
Wyrley, Great, 45, 89. 

John de, 29, 83. 125. 

Sib., w.'of, 29. 

Wyrleye, see Wyrley. 

NIC. de, 111. 

Wm., s. of, 111. 

Wystan, see Whiston. 
Wyther, Wm., 25,61,67. 

Thos., s. of, 25, 61, 67. 

Walt., 42, 53, 64, 79, 111, 117. 

Nic., s. of, 42. 

Joan, w. of, 53, 64, 79, 



111, 117. 



Phil, s. of, 79. 
~ Hugh, s. of, 79. 

Wm., s. of, 79. 

John, s. of, 79. 



INDEX. 



XXVll 



Wyther, Thos., 129. 

Wm., b. of, 129. 

of Hum, Walt., Ill, 117. 

Hugh, s. of, 



111, 117. 



Elena, w. of 



Hugh, 8. of, 111, 117. 
Wythybrok, 52. 
W.ythyleye, Kalph dc, G2, G6, 76. 

John de, G7, 7G. 

Christ., w. of, G7, 76. 

Wjvereston, see Wy version. 



Wyverston, Hugh de, 17. 

Petron., w. of, 17. 



~ Hy. de, 34, 100. 
Bog. de, 91. 



Y. 

Yarlet, 33. 

Ylum, see Hum. 

Ypstanes, see Ipstones. 

Yunge of Wliitegreve, Ric. le, 125. 



HARBISON AND SONS, PEINTEBS IN OEDINARY TO HEfi MAJESTY, ST. MARTIN'S LANE. 



THE 



BAKONS OF DUDLEY, 



BY H. SYDNEY GEAZEBEOOK. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 



DUDLEY CASTLE, the ancient feudal fortress from which the Barons 
of Dudley derived their title, " stands mounted " (says Erdeswick, 
the old historian of Staffordshire) "loftily on a very high mountain, 
and hath a large prospect into Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Warwick- 
shire, Worcestershire, and Shropshire, and a great part of Wales; 
and is itself in Staffordshire, over all of which it looketh. It is a 
goodly built house of an ancient building, and large, with great 
trenches about it, hewn out of a hard rock, and a fair chief tower 
within it on the south side." " The Castle," he continues, " stands 
within the manor of Sedgley, on the very confines of Staffordshire, 
and so near Worcestershire that the town of Dudley (whereof the 
Castle is called, standing within a stone's cast of the Castle) is in 
Worcestershire." 

When one gazes from this " fair chief tower " upon the 
surrounding country, one can easily conceive how imposing an 
appearance it must have presented in days of yore, when most of 
the adjacent hills and dales were clad with forest trees ; and even 
now-a-days, when the character of the scenery has entirely changed, 
and the huge volumes of smoke engendered by the numerous fires of 
the " black country " obscure this " large prospect," the view from 
the ruined keep of the Castle on a clear day is one perhaps 
unparalleled in this country. Columns of fire and smoke, collieries, 
iron furnaces, railways, canals, towns, villages, churches, mansions, 
and parks extend, says a local topographer, as far as the eye can 
reach, and form such a scene of mining, manufacturing, and 
commercial activity as can only be found in Great Britain. The 
old historian's " very high mountain," however, is but a steep 
lime-stone hill, presenting many interesting features to the geologist, 

B 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

and pierced through by the far-famed caverns. In it will be found 
embedded innumerable fossils, chiefly Crustacea, among which 
stands conspicuous that interesting extinct animal known in the 
neighbourhood as the Dudley locust. 

"I shall leave it," says Habingdon, the Worcestershire Antiquary, 
speaking of this Castle : 

" I shall leave it to some other to show ho we great Dodo, that famous 
Saxon, raysed here above nyne hundred yeares agoe thys stronge fortification, 
and how Fitz Asculphi, in the Conqueror's rayiie, possessed the same ; and 
after the Someries whose armes heere and elsewheare publishe theyre large 
revenues, and theyre Barony, enoblished with the most honourable Order of 
the Garter, theyre singular eminency ; then ho we Sir Richard Sutton 
marrying with theyre coheyre, leafte it to his posterity, from whom the 
no we Lord Dudley injoyeth it." 

The task here sketched out I propose to attempt in the following 
pages ; but I dare not venture beyond the Conquest, and must 
therefore ignore " great Dodo," whom (though he is referred to in 
connection with Dudley by Camden 1 and others) I regard as a 
mythical personage, of whose existence there appears to be no 
satisfactory evidence. 

The Barony of Dudley has been successively held by the 
families of Fitz Ansculph, Somery, Sutton, Ward, and Lea. The 
last Baron by writ was Ferdinando Dudley Lea, of Halesowen 
Grange, Worcestershire, who was summoned to Parliament in 
1740 as <( Baron Dudley of Dudley Castle." He died unmarried 
in 1757, when the title fell into abeyance among his five sisters 
and coheirs, in which state it still continues. 

Mr. Lea enjoyed the title only. The Castle and the old 
Dudley lands passed to the male heir of the Ward family, whose 
descendants have been ennobled under the titles of Viscounts, and 
more recently Earls of Dudley. 

It is remarkable that although the above named families have 
been genealogically dealt with by several county historians, and 
by numerous genealogists and Peerage writers from Glover and 
Dugdale to Banks and Burke, scarcely two of these accounts agree. 

The oldest pedigree I have seen, in which the descent of the 
dignity, and the ancestry of the several families who have held it, 

1 Camden ("Britannia") asserts that one Doddo or Dodo, a Mercian Duke erected 
a Castle at Dudley about the year 700, and Shaw (" Staffordshire," Vol. II., 138) says 
the place " certainly takes its name from Dud, or Dudo, or Dodo, the famons Saxon 
general." Two Mercian Dukes, brothers, by name Oddo and Doddo, are said to 
have founded the Abbey of Tewkesbury in Gloucestershire. 



THE BAltONS OF DUDLEY. 3 

are shown, is that in the Harl. MS. 6182, compiled by the famous 
Robert Glover, Somerset Herald, 1 in the year 1581.' Another 
manuscript pedigree, beautifully illuminated, and illustrated with 
finely executed portraits of the various persona*, is in the possession 
of Ferdinando Dudley Lea Smith, Esq., of Halesowen Grange (the 
senior co-representative of Ferdinando last Lord Dudley), and was 
drawn up, as appears from internal evidence, between the years 
1643 and 1647. 

The earlier descents in this pedigree are entirely fictitious. It 
is entitled : 

" The Genealogy, Antiquity, Arms, Succession, and Creation of the 
ancient Lords and Barons of Dudley Castle, their princely alliances and 
honorable posterities : Shewing how the Barony of Dudley descends to the 
heirs general by letters Patent granted long before 'the Conquest, and since 
confirmed by divers Parliaments, when by women the said Honor and Title 
was brought into three several families : First to Earl Dodo's house by an 
heir female, and from it by an heir female to the noble family of the 
Beaumonts, ancient Earls of Lester, surnamed Paganell, from whence it came 
to the Suttons by the marriage of Margaret, daughter and heir of John 
Paganell, Lord Dudley and Earl of Sommery, with Sir John Sutton, in whose 
family and surname it continued till 1643, when the said Barony devolved 
upon Frances wife to Sir Humble Ward, Lord Ward, descended of the 
ancient family of the Wards of Norfolk, and to their honourable issue for 
ever ; in whose family and surname it hath continued to the present year. 
The aforesaid Frances was Daughter and Sole Heiress of Sir Ferdinando 
Dudley, Son and Sole Heir of the Right Honorable Edward Sutton, Lord 
Dudley, Baron of Dudley Castle, in the county of Stafford." 

The mythical Dodo is here in all his glory. He is depicted in 
armour, studded with gold, over which he wears a scarlet robe edged 
with ermine, and with an ermine tippet. On his head is a ducal 
crown of gold, and in the background is represented a castle, no 
doubt that which his son is said to have erected at Dudley. Over 
him in a scroll is " Dudd Earle of Coventry, Sommerie, and Arden, 
had by his wife, the daughter of Edmund Ironside, King of England, 
Athelstan, who built the Castell of Dudley." 3 

1 " Dudleici generis ut nobilissimi ita at antiquissimi origines et propngationes, 
longe aliter quam a quoquam hactenus scripts) aunt; labore et industria Roberti 
Gloveri, al's Somerset, fecialis regii, anno Salutis a Christo 1581." 

2 Among the manuscripts of the Marquis of Bath at Longleat is a Dudley 
pedigree by Robert Cooke, Clareneeux King of Arms, dated 1580. It is described 
as being " on vellum, large long folio, and very beautiful." See the 3rd Report of 
the Hist. MSS. Com., p. 198. 

3 Nash in the supplement to his ( * History of Worcestershire" (published 1799) 
mentions that the then Viscount Dudley and Ward possessed a portrait, copied from 

B 2 



THE B AEONS OF DUDLEY. 

The pedigree is in the form of a tree springing from, the 
aforesaid Dudd, whose wife was " Effriethe," daughter of King 
Edmund. They had issue " Athelstan de Dudley, Lord Dudley," 
who had issue " Phillis, daughter and sole heire," married to 
" Gervase Paganell or de Beaumont, Lord Dudley in right of his 
wife." Gervase is made father of " Roger Paganell, Lord and 
Baron Dudley and Earle of Somerie," who married " Nichola 
daughter of William de Albaney, Earle of Arundell," and had 
a son " Roger, Earle of Somerie and Lord Dudley," who, by his 
wife " Constance, daughter to the Lord Mortimer," was father of 
John, grandfather of Roger, and great grandfather of " John Lord 
Dudley and Earle of Somerie and Arden ;" which John married 
Beatrix Malpas, and was father by her of a " daughter and sole 
heire, Margaret, married to Sir John Sutton." Their son Sir John 
Sutton, Lord Dudley, it is stated, "married the Ladie Marie 
daught* of Richard Mortimer de Somerie," and had issue John, 
who "married the daughter of Thomas Beauchamp Earle of 
Warwick." Thence it is continued, with more or less accuracy, 
until it reaches " Frances sole and undoubted inheritrix of the 
Antient Barony of Dudley, daughter and heire of S r Ferdinando 
Dudley, and the ladie Honor Seymour," who married Humble 
Ward. Over this is a beautiful miniature of the young couple, 
hand in hand. The pedigree also gives the Duke of Northumber- 
land's branch, concluding with Robert Sidney, who, it is stated, 
was Earl of Leicester " in right of the Dudleys," It also includes 
the descent of King Charles the First, and Honora (Seymour), 
wife of Sir Ferdinando Dudley, from King Henry VII. 

Glover's pedigree of 1581 gives first the paternal descent of 
Sutton from one Hugh de Sutton, who, he says, married "Miz : fiT et 
hseres Will : Patrike," and was father of Richard de Sutton, who 
by his wife Isabella, daughter and heiress of Roderic son of Griffin, 
had issue Thomas, who married Margaret, " soror et una hseredum 
Johannis de Somery, Baronis de Dudley." 

an antique seal, of " Dudd Earl of Coventry, Summerie, and Arden, who had by his 
wife, the daughter of Edmund Ironside, King of England, Athelstan who built the 
Castle of Dudley" (p. 26). It is perfectly clear, from the language used by Nash, 
that the portrait to which he refers and that depicted on this old pedigree were 
copied from one original. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 5 

Then follow pedigrees of Patrick and Malpas, and next Somery, 
which he deduces as follows : 

Willm's filius Ansculfi Dfis Castri de Dudley =f= 
in Com' Wigorn', et de Newport in Com' 
Bucks, t' p' e W. Conquestoris. 



Filius Will'mi Ansculfi filii, et pater Rogeri^ 
de Somery. 

Rogerus de Somery, Dns Castri de Dudley. =p 

Johannis filius Rogeri de Somery. =T= Hawisia filia Radulnhi Pajjanelli, 
| soror Gervasii Paganelli. 

I 



Radulplms de Somery, Dus de Dudley. =F 
Sup'stes 6 Regis Joh'is. 



Glover, it will be seen, entirely ignores the Paganel tenure of 
Dudley, and deduces the Someries paternally from Fitz Ansculph, 
the Domesday holder. In this he is followed by Erdeswick, who 
" thinks " that Fitz Ansculph was " either father or paternal grand- 
father to Roger de Somerye," and does not even mention the 
marriage of John de Somery to Hawyse Paganel, though it was 
really in right of that marriage that the Someries acquired the 
lordship and Castle of Dudley. 

Of printed genealogies the first in point of date as well as im- 
portance is of course that given by Sir William Dugdale in his 
" Baronage/' a stupendous monument of laborious research, to 
which, notwithstanding the facilities afforded to inquirers in these 
days, all genealogical writers are more or less indebted. Sometimes, 
indeed, the " good Homer nods," but he never omits to indicate 
the source of his information ; and there are writers who occa- 
sionally quote his authorities as their own, and when he does 
" nod," perpetuate his errors. 

Of other printed accounts I may mention "The Sutton-Dudleys 
of England, and the Dudleys of Massachusetts," by George Adlard, 
published in England in 1862; a work written with the object of 
proving that Thomas Dudley, Governor of Massachusetts, U.S.A., 
who died 1653, was descended from a younger son of Edward Lord 
Dudley and Cicely, nde Willoughby, his wife 1 ; and a " History of 
Dudley Castle and Priory, including a genealogical account of the 

1 There is now in course of publication, in parts, at "SVakefield, Mass., " The 
History of the Dudley Family, with genealogical tabled, pedigrees, etc.," by Dean 



6 THE BAKONS OF DUDLEY. 

families of Sutton and Ward, by Charles Twamley." 12mo. 1867. 
This little book of some 130 pages, though confessedly but a com- 
pilation from the writings of Dugdale and various county historians, 
has been put together with considerable pains, and the writer has 
certainly succeeded in producing an interesting and on the whole 
not untrustworthy historical account of the old feudal castle and 
its several owners. 

It was noticed (in connection with Mr. Adlard's book) by the 
present writer at length in the " Herald and Genealogist/' edited 
by the late J. G. Nichols, F.S.A., Vol. V., pp 97, 207, and the 
following narrative may be regarded as a revised and corrected 
expansion of that article. 



ANSCULPH AND PAGANEL. 

At the date of the General Survey, the lordship of Dudley was 
held by William Fitz Ansculph, and, says Domesday, " ibi est 
Castellum ejus." Of this great landowner, who besides possessing 
25 manors in Staffordshire, 14 in Worcestershire, and 7 in 
Warwickshire, all lying within a few miles of his Castle, held 45 
in other counties, absolutely nothing is known except that his 
entire Barony subsequently came into the possession of Fulke 
Paganel, but whether by inheritance or by grant from the Crown 
there is no evidence to show. It has, however, been suggested, 
and I think with great probability, that Paganel acquired his 
interest by marriage with Fitz Ansculph's heiress. 

Dudley, Author of " Dudley Q-enealogies, etc." Two parts of the publication hare 
appeared, 1886-7, but it contains little or nothing new concerning the Barons of 
Dudley, the Sutton-Dudley pedigree being derived exclusively from published 
sources) and in no instance are any authorities cited. The writer is one of the 
descendants of Governor Thomas Dudley ; but he is unable to show in what way (if 
at all) the G-overnor was related to the Baronial house. All that is known about the 
ancestors of this Thomas Dudley is that he was the son of one Captain Roger 
Dudley, who was " slain in the wars," that he was born in the vicinity of North- 
ampton circa 1576, and that " Judge Nichols " was his kinsman by the mother's 
side. 

His will, dated 26th April 1652, is sealed with a lion rampant, in the dexter chief 
a crescent ; but the seal of his son Joseph Dudley, also Governor of Massachusets, 
exhibits the double tailed lion rampant of Sutton (without the crescent) with a lion's 
head erased for crest, and the motto " Nee gladio nee arcu." The crescent in the 
first named seal is made much of by the American writers, who take it to be a 
positive proof of descent from a second son of the Sutton Dudley family. But "there 
is nothing to show that this was G-overnor Dudley's own seal ; the lion is single 
tailed, and it is noteworthy that no crescent appears on the shield of his son Joseph. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 7 

Dugdale (" Baronage," Vol. I., p., 431) infonns us that in some 
places in Domesday Fitz Ansculf is called Ansculf de Pinchengi," 
and his marginal reference is to Bucks, where we read that Ansculf 
de Pinchengi 1 held " Essenberge " temp. Harold ; but Baker, in his 
" History of Northamptonshire," Vol. II., p. 107, considers that 
William fil' Ansculfi was son of Ansculf de Pinchengi, and he 
deduces the family of Pinkeney from one Gilo, a brother of Ansculf, 
who is mentioned in Domesday as Lord of \Vedon, Morton, &c, 

Dugdale commences his account of the Paganel family with 
Ralph Paganel, who, he says, held temp. Domesday ten lordships in 
Devonshire, five in Somersetshire, fifteen in Lincolnshire, and 
fifteen in Yorkshire. His chief seat was at Drax, co. York, and in 
1089 he founded the Priory of Holy Trinity at York. " To him," 
Dugdale adds, " succeeded Fulke Paganel, who, possessing a great 
part of the lands of William Fitz Ansculf, founded that Priory 
near Newport, in com. Buck (since called Tikford), as a cell to 
that great Abbey of Marmoustier in France ; which lordship of 
Newport was part of the possessions of the said William Fitz 
Ansculf." 

(Hover also makes Fulke, of Dudley, a son of Ralph of Drax, 
and adds that his wife's name was Beatrice who by some genea- 
logists is made the daughter and heiress of Fitz Ansculph. 

Now there can be little doubt that Fulke Paganel, the 
feudal Baron of Dudley, was really a younger son of William 
Paganel, Lord of Moutiers Hubert in Normandy, who is mentioned 
by Ordericus Vitalis as having died about the same time as 
William the Conqueror ; which William was the eldest brother 
of Ralph, the Domesday tenant in capite of Drax and other 
places in Yorkshire. This is the opinion of M. Auguste le 
Prevost, as expressed in a note to his edition of " Ordericus," pub- 
lished by the Historical Society of France, and also noted in 
Bohn's edition Vol. II., p. 426, where, however, William is mis- 
printed Hugh. 

Fulke Paganel 2 had issue Ralph his heir, and, it seems, a 

1 Probably Pecquigny on the Somme near Amiens, famous as the place where 
the treaty of peace between Edward IV. and Louis of France was made in 1475. 
In a list of the companions of the Conqueror compiled by M. Leopold de Lisl, we 
find the names of " Anscoul de Picquigni " and " Guillaunie de Picquigui/' intended 
by the writer for the two Domesday tenants. 

2 On the Staffordshire Pipe Roll of 32 II. I. (1129-30), Fulke Paynel renders 
ten marks, part of a fine for a plea between him and Roger Paries. (" Staffordshire 
Historical Collections," Vol. I., pp. 3, 10.) 



8 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

younger son William, who by his marriage with Juliana, daughter 
of Eobert de Bahanton or Bampton, was father of two sons, Fulke 
and William, the former of whom was ancestor of the Paganels or 
Paynels of Bampton and Bridgewater. 

Ealph Paganel succeeded his father in the lordship of Dudley, 
and married a daughter of the Earl Ferrars. 1 In 1138 Ealph 
Paganel held his castle of Dudley for the Empress Maud, and in 
5 Stephen (1140), writes Dugdale, "was by her made Governor of 
the Castle of Nottingham ; William Peverell, then lord thereof, 
being taken prisoner in the battle of Lincoln fighting for King 
Stephen. Whereupon he instigated Eobert Earl of Gloucester to 
enter Nottingham, the inhabitants being destitute of any defensive 
arms, which he accordingly did ; so that the town was miserably 
plundered, and then burnt by the soldiers." He afterwards in- 
tended, for the good of his soul, to found a monastery at Dudley, 
but did not live to accomplish this. 

" Touching his issue," says Dugdale, " I find that he had divers 
sons, viz., Gervase, William, Hugh, Adam, Jordan, and Alexander." 
Now here Dugdale is certainly wrong, for Gervase was his only 
surviving son, the others being sons of Ealph of Drax. 

Gervase Paganel succeeded. About the year 1160, in pur- 
suance of the pious intent of his father, he founded the Priory of 
Dudley ; the charter (which is printed in the " Monasticon ") being 
attested (inter alios) by " Isabella Comitiss& uxore me&, et Eoberto 
Painel filio meo," and by " Eadulpho de Sumeri." In 12 H. II., 1166, 
he certified his knights' fees (de veteri feoffamento) to be fifty in num- 
ber, and those "de novo " six and a third. 2 In 20 H. II, 1173-4 he 
took the part of Prince Henry in the rebellion against his father, 
for which offence his Castle of Dudley was demolished, and in 
22 H. II., 1176, he was fined 500 marks for that transgression. 3 

1 See Stapleton's " Eot. Norm.," Vol. I., p. 79. She was probably daughter of 
Eobert Ferrars, son of the founder of Tutbury. 

2 "Liber Niger." Dugdale writes : " Upon the assessment of the aid for marrying 
the King's daughter, etc." The older generation of antiquaries supposed this 
record to have been a return of knights' fees made for levying the aid on the 
marriage of Henry the Second's eldest daughter, " but " (writes General Hon. G. 
Wrottesley) " there is no evidence to support this view, and it is far more probable 
that the returns were drawn up for general fiscal purposes connected with the 
levy of scutage, which had been substituted in this reign for personal service in time 
of war." (" Staffordshire Historical Collections," Yol. I., p. 145.) These fees and 
their localities, with the names of the several tenants, are fully set out in " Stafford- 
shire Historical Collections," Vol. I., p. 189, et seq. 

3 See the Staffordshire Pipe Eoll of 21 H. II. (J 174-5), where it is stated that 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 9 

In 1187,33 H. II, he by deed confirmed to the Priory of Tick- 
ford certain grants of Fulke his grandfather and Ralph his father 
(" Fulcodius avus meus et Radulphus pater meus"), the charter 
being attested (among others) by " Simone Cornite Northamptoniae, 
Isabella Comitissa matre ejus, Fulcone Paganello, Wilielmo fratre 
ejus, et Wilielmo Paganello et Bernardo filio ejus." The seal, 
represented in the " Monasticon," is circular, and exhibits an 
equestrian figure bearing a shield charged with two lions passant 
in pale, 1 and circumscribed " Sigillurn Gervasii Paganell." 

In 1189, writes Dugdale, "he was one of the Barons who 
attended King Richard at his first solemn coronation ;" and he 
died early in the year 1194. 

Gervase Paganel married Isabel Countess of Northampton, 
widow of Simon St. Liz Earl of Northampton, and daughter of 
Robert de Bellamont, or Beaumont (called " Bossu"), Earl of 
Leicester. By her he had issue an only child Robert, who having 
predeceased him without issue, Hawyse his only sister became 
his heir. She married John de Somery, and was mother by him of 
Ralph de Somery, who inherited the large possessions of his uncle 
Gervase, and was ancestor of the subsequent Barons of Dudley. 

Several modern genealogists assert that this Hawyse was the 
daughter and not the sister of Gervase Paganel. Dugdale's 
language is ambiguous ; and as the question has, I believe, never 
been satisfactorily disposed of, I propose to discuss it here. Even 
Courthope in his edition of Sir N. H. Nicolas's Synopsis, " The 
Historic Peerage," a work generally regarded as an authority, 
contradicts himself : for under " Paganel " he calls her sister, and 
under " Dudley " daughter of Gervase. In so stating Mr. Court- 

Gervase owed 500 marks " pro habenda benevolencia Domini Kogis." It appears 
from subsequent entries in the Pipe Bolls that at Michaelmas, 1177, he had paid 350 
marks on account, and in 25 H. II. (1178-9) he had paid the balance, "et quietus est." 
The next year (26 H. II.) lie had got into another money scrape : "He had stood 
security for some Jew debt of his brother-in-law and late ally in the rebellion, the 
Earl of Leicester, and now he gives the King 100 marks to be quit of the obligation." 
" So much money, therefore," writes Mr. Eyton ("Staffordshire Historical Collec- 
tions," Vol. I., p. 97), '' went to the Crown, and Aaron the renowned Jt-w of Lincoln 
held a security which was worthless." This last debt was not fully paid till 
5H. III., 1118-19. 

1 This coat, with the field or and the lions azure, may be regarded as the feudal 
coat of the Barons of Dudley, it having been borne by the Someries and the Suttons, 
either singly or in the first quarter of their escutcheons. The arms quartered for 
Paganel by the later Barons, however, are Gules, a ciuquefoil ermine, which is really 
the coat of Beaumont. 



10 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

hope follows Dugdale, whose ipsissima verba it is here necessary to 
give. 

Under "Paganell" ("Baronage," Vol. I., p. 432) he says (speak- 
ing of Gervase), " But leaving no issue surviving, Hawise his 
daughter became his heir;" while under "Somerie" (ibid., p. 612) 
he writes : " John de Somerie took to wife Hawyse the sister and 
heir to Gervase Paganell, Baron of Dudley. ... To whom 
succeeded Ealph his son and heir, who in 6 R. I. 1 accounted ccc 
marks for livery of the Barony of Gervase Painell, his mother's 
father, until the King's return out of Almaine." 

In this last quoted passage Dugdale directly contradicts him- 
self, and in the first he writes nonsense : for if Gervase left no siir- 
mving issue, how could he leave a daughter ? 

Nash ("Worcestershire") and Shaw ("Staffordshire"), who in their 
respective accounts of the lords of Dudley follow Dugdale almost 
word for word, thus amend the first passage : " but leaving no sur- 
viving male issue," etc. Townsend, Windsor Herald, in his 
additions to Dugdale's " Baronage," published in the " Col. Top. 
et Gen. " (Vol. V, p. 79), considers the word " daughter " a misprint 
for "sister ;" and in a subsequent note on the same passage (ibid., 
Vol. VII., p. 266) lie says : " It is clear that Hawyse was sister and 
not daughter of Gervase, from her deed, which Dugdale refers to, in 
' Mon. Anglic.,' Vol. II., p. 912, wherein she gives lands to the 
monks of Tickford Priory to pray for her own soul and that of her 
brother Gervase, and those of her ancestors." The exact words of 
the deed here referred to, as printed in the " Monasticon," are " pro 
salute animse meae et Gervasii fratris mei." Dugdale's marginal 
reference being to this very charter as printed in his own book, it is 
quite clear that we should substitute sister for daughter in the 
passage quoted. 

Baker, the historian of Northamptonshire, under " Boddington " 
(Vol. I., p. 479), contends that Hawyse was the daughter of Gervase, 
" for " (says he) " as Gervase had one or more brothers who left 
issue, she must have been his daughter and heiress ; " and, he adds, 
"it is so stated by Dugdale under Paganell, and though in another 
place he inadvertently' styles her sister, yet a few lines after, 
speaking of her son Ealph de Somery, he describes Gervase 
Paganel as his mother's father." The existence of the Tickford 
charter was not unknown to Mr. Baker, and inasmuch as it proves 

1 The King was set at liberty on 4th February, 1194, and landed in England 20th 
March following, i.e., 5 R. I. 



THE KAKONS OF DUDLEY. 11 

that Hawyse really had a brother named Gervase, he inserts him 
in liis tabular pedigree as another son of Gervase who (like 
Robert) died s.p. and v.p. 

Baker's contention is that Hawyse must have been the daughter 
and heir of Gervase, because the latter had at least one brother, 
William of Bampton, who left issue. He does not seem to have 
questioned Dugdale's assertion that this William was Gervase's 
brother. But Townsend arrives at a different conclusion from the 
same premises. As Hawyse, he argues, is known to have been 
sister and heiress of Gervase, it necessarily follows that Dugdale is 
wrong in making William of Bampton his brother, or, he adds, 
"he would have been his heir ;" and he states, correctly no doubt, 
that William was really a younger brother of the first Ralph of 
Dudley. 

It will not do to assume witli Baker that Dugdale " inad- 
vertently " (under Somerie) wrote " sister," his inadvertence may 
have been in fact really was in writing "mother 1 a father" instead 
of " mother's brother." 

The only authority cited by Dugdale for the " mother's father " 
passage is the Northamptonshire Pipe Roll of 6 R. I., 1194, to the 
original of which I have referred, but it does not mention in what 
degree Ralph de Somery was related to Gervase, It runs verb, et 
lit. as follows : 

" Had de Sumeri ccc marc' pro habendd, saisinft Baronize quoe f uit Gervasii 
Painell usque ad adventum Kegia ab Alemannia. Sed requirendus est in 
Staifordscire." 

But whatever Dugdale's real meaning may have been, the 
following entries on the Staffordshire Pipe Roll of 10 R. I. 
(1198-9) clearly establish the fact that Ralph de Somery was 
the nephew and not the grandson of Gervase Paganel : 

"Radulphus de Sumeri c marc' pro habendfi saisinti Baronia? qure fuit 
Gervasii Painell usque ad adventum Regis ab Alemannia. Idem Radulphus 
cccc marc' pro habendd terra quae fuit Gervasii Painell, aeunculi sui, p*-r 
finem factum cum Rege in Alemannifi." 1 

1 Rot. Pip., 10 R. I. (" Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. IT., p. 73.) 



12 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 



SOMEEY. 

Of John de Somery, the husband of Hawyse Paganel, very 
little is known. The very name of his father was unknown to 
Dugdale, and the records are so confusing that I shall not here 
attempt to trace the pedigree further back. 1 

Dugdale's narrative is as follows : 

"In 5 Stephen, 1140, Eoger de Someri gave ten marks for livery of the 
lands of his wife's mother, 2 about which time also King Stephen confirmed 
those grants which Christian de Somerie and her sons had made to the monks 
of Stratford (commonly called Stratford le Bow in Com. Midd.) of their lands 
at Haselingfield in Com. Cantabr., in which county of Cambridge Stephen de 
Someri had anciently a Barony. 3 After this was John de Somery, who took 
to wife Hawise the sister and heir to Gervase Pagaiiell Baron of Dudley, in 
Com. Staff, and gave to the monks of Tykford, in Com. Buck, (of the found- 
ation of the Paganells, his wife's ancestors) two yard-lands in Tykford. 
Which Hawise was afterwards married to Eoger de Berkeley." 4 

It is clear that John de Somery predeceased Gervase Paganel, 
and that immediately after the death of the latter, Ralph de 
Somery, his son and heir by Hawyse, hurried to Germany, saw the 
King whilst he was still detained in that country, and made a fine 
with him to be invested in his uncle's barony. The Staffordshire 
Pipe EoU of 6 E. I., 1194, records that Ealph then owed 43 19s. 2d. 
scutage for King Eichard's redemption, " feodi Gervasii Painell." 5 

It would appear therefore that Ealph de Somery was in full 
possession of the Barony, although his mother Hawyse, the heiress 
of Paganel, was still living. 

As Dugdale states, Hawyse was re-married to Eoger de Berkeley 

1 A Ealph de Sumeri attests the foundation Charter of Dudley Priory. A 
pedigree of the Hertfordshire Someries, who bore for arms : Quarterly or and azure 
a bend gules (Armorial Eoll 1308-14), will be found in Clutterbuck's history of that 
county, and also in the recently published work of Mr. Cussans. The latter, heed- 
less of dates, identifies John de Somery of Dudley with the " John son of Adam de 
Somery" who was in arms with Simon de Montfort, and is referred to in an 
inquisition of 4 E. I. He omits Kalph, and makes John and Hawyse the parents of 
Eoger who died 1 E. I. Mr. Cussans also gives sundry " schemes " of Somery. 
" Being unable " (he says) " to satisfactorily prove the connection between the several 
branches, I simply give the disjointed facts as I have found them." 

2 " Eot. Pip., 5 St., Kent." Dugdale here refers to the Pipe Eoll which has 
been edited for the Eecord Commissioners by Joseph Hunter, and by him assigned 
to 31 H. I., 1130-31, but which Sir Symonds D'Ewes supposed to be of 5 Stephen. 

3 " Testa de Nevill, Camb. and Hunts." 

4 " Baronage," Yol. I., p. 612. 

5 Pipe Eoll of 6 E. I. (Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. II., p. 33.) 
He paid off all arrears in 1168-9. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 13 

of Dursle.y, who, as we learn from Smythe's " Lives of the Berkeleys," 
" in the viijtli yeare of King Richard the first, pay'd three score 
markes for tlie Kinge's licence to marry Hawisia, mother of Ralph 
de Somery, then a widowe and endowed of lands holden of that 
king in capite" (See also Dugdale, under " Berkeley," who cites the 
Shropshire Pipe Roll of 8 R. I.) The extent of the lands of which 
she was thus " endowed " does not appear, but that she really held 
a considerable portion of the Paganel estate is patent from the 
large fine 100 and two palfreys paid by her son Ralph de 
Somery on her death in 10 John. 

In 1199 Ralph de Somery was in the King's service beyond sea, 1 
and in 6 John, 1204-5, he gave to the King his manor of Wolver- 
hampton in exchange for a grant in fee farm of the royal manors of 
Mere, Clent, and Swinford, and in consideration of 100 marks paid 
into the Exchequer had livery of these manors according to the 
tenor of the grant. 2 In 10 John, 1207-8, he had livery of the vill of 
Newport Pagnell and other lands which his mother formerly held, 
on payment of the heavy fine mentioned above, and thereupon did 
homage for the same. 3 He married a lady named Margaret, and 
died early in the year 1210, 12 John, when his widow fined 200 
marks for her dower. 4 She re-married Maurice de Gant, alias 
Berkeley, who died s.p. at Portsmouth, 20th April, 1230, 14 H. III., 
leaving Margaret for the second time a widow. 5 

Dugdale informs us that Ralph de Somery had issue two sons, 6 

1 Curia Kegis Kolls, in " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. III., p. 31. 

2 Dugdale, Vol. I., p. 612 ; Shaw, Vol. II., p. 16G, and Kot. Pip. 6 John, " Stafford- 
shire Historical Collections," Vol. JL, p. 121. See also the printed " Rotuli do 
Oblatis et Finibus of 6 John," where however Swinford is miscalled Sumerford. 

3 Kot. Pip., Bucks, 10 John, in "Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. II., 
p. 150. 

4 Rot. Pip., 12 John, Bucks, in "Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol., II., 
p. 156. One moiety of her fine was returnable on 25th June, 1210, aud the other on 
the 29th of September following. 

5 See Smythe's " Lives of the Berkeleys." Maurice de Gant came of age in 
1207, and an immense inheritance fell to him through his mother, who was the 
daughter of Robert de Gant, and heiress of her mother Alice Paganel of the Drax 
line. Dugdale, under " Gaunt" ("Baronage," Vol. II., p. 402), states that after the 
death of Maurice, the Lordships of Cantokesheved and Hywis, co. Somerset, " were 
assigned for the maintenance of Margaret de Somery his widow, until such time as 
her dowry was set forth." He cites the Pipe Roll of 15 II. III., m 10. 

6 Query, had Ralph also a daughter named Joan, married to Thomas de Berke- 
ley ? Smythe in his "Lives of the Berkeleys," speaking of Thomas de Berkeley, 
writes : 

"This Lord about the first yeare of Kin go Henry the third (1217) tooke to 



14 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

William and Koger, and that he was succeeded by the former, who 
" by reason of his minority at his father's death was in ward for 
his Barony, which then consisted of ten knights' fees and three 
parts." 1 

"This William in 5 H. III., 1221, upon collection of the acutage of Withara, 
was acquitted thereof, having been personally in the King's army there as 'tis 
like [Rot. Pip., 5 H. III., Staff.]. He was called William Peroival de Sonieri 
[Glaus. 13 H. III., m. 7], and died in 6 H. III. [Glaus. 6 H. III., w. 9], where- 
upon the wardship of Nicholas de Somerie, his heir, with all his lands, was 
committed to Eanulph Earl of Chester, which Nicholas, dying s.p. in 13 H. 
III., 1229, the inheritance of his Barony and lands came to Roger de Somerie 
his uncle, who, performing his homage, had livery of them the same year 
[Glaus. 13 H. III., m. 7]." 

" Perceval " would seem to be an alias of Somery. The com- 
piler of the " House of Yvery " argues that the Someries and the 
Percevals were the same family ; and Jacob in his " Peerage," sub 
"Egmont" (Vol.II.,p.643), asserts that Eobert de Yvery was ancestor, 
" as there is great reason to believe, though no regular proof," of 
the " Barons Perceval de Somery, who held in 3 John, 1203, no 
less than fifty knights' fee in capite of the Crown." 

On the Staffordshire Pipe Eoll of 15 and 16 John (1212-14) 
we read that the Earl of Salisbury was assessed for the Poitou 

wife Jone daughter of S r Ralph de Somery, lord of Campden in Gloucestershire 
(called S r Ealph G-omer in many old pedigrees, butfalslj), niece to WilVm Marshall 
JEarle of PemlrooJce, whose marriage portion was 210 markes and the King's favor 
as hath bene sayd. This Jone long survived her husband and dy'd not till the raigne 
of Kinge Edward the first ; for an office in the second year of that King's raigne 
showeth her to bee then livinge." 

This Thomas de Berkeley was the brother and heir of Robert de Berkeley, who 
died 13th May, 4 H. III., 1220, and who, according to Dugdale, married "Julian, 
daughter of William de Pontearch, niece to William Marshal Earl of Pembroke" 
But further on in speaking of Thomas de Berkeley he also asserts that his wife "Joan 
daughter of Ealph de Somery, Lord of Campden in Com. Grloc.," was niece to the 
Earl of Pembroke. That Campden belonged to the Someries before the marriage 
of Eoger de Somery with Nichola d'Albini is not, I think, asserted by any other 
writer save Eudcler, who in his " History of Gloucestershire," p. 320 (deriving his 
information probably from Smythe's MS.) states that " Kalph de Somery, a great 
Baron, whose daughter Joan was married to Thomas Lord Berkeley, died seised 
of Campden in 1 H. III., 1217." The Dudley Ealph certainly died in 1210 ; but 
Eudder's date would seem to have been suggested by Smythe's statement, as above, 
that Thomas and Joan were married about 1 H. III. 

If this were the Dudley Ealph, and Joan really a niece of William Marshal Earl 
of Pembroke, it follows that Ealph's wife Margaret was a sister of that nobleman, 
but it seems more probable that Julian Pontearch was the niece. 

" Testa de Nevill, Staffordshire." The fees here named would be those held 
in demesne only, and exclusive of those " in servitio." 



TIIK BAItONS OF DUDLEY. 15 

scutage on fifty knights' fees, from the payment of which he was 
exempted by writ, being probably with the King in Poitou. He 
was assessed in Staffordshire as having the custody of the barony 
and heir of Ralph de Somery. 1 And on the Roll of 17 John (Easter, 
1215) we read, " lucres Radulphi de Someri, Is. de cremento de 
Swinford, et de Clent, et Mere, de hoc dimidio anno." 2 

The Testa de Nevill for Staffordshire enumerates among those 
who held " donatione Domini Regis," the Earl of Salisbury, who, it 
is stated, holds the manors of Swinford, Clent, and Mere, with the 
son and heir of Ralph de Somery in custodia, by the will of the 
King. Also among those who held by military service was the 
Earl of Salisbury, who has in custody fifty knights' fees and one 
third " de honore Rad'i de Summery," with the custody of the heir 
of the said Ralph, "p preceptu d'ni Regis." The same Earl also held 
"Frankeleg', Werr>esleg',Belne, Pedemore, Haggeleg', and Cradeleg'," 
in Worcestershire, " terras qua3 fuerunt Rad'i de Sum'i p servic' 
triu' milit' et triu' partiu' uriius militV 

On the Fine Roll of 5 H. III. (m. 3) we read that Eustace Ruff', 
and Sabina his wife, Oliva de Wigorn', and Joan who was the wife 
of Philip de Witheleg', fined 40s. with the King for a writ of pone 
before the Justices of the Bench in the Octave of All Saints, against 
William de Someri, concerning half a knight's fee in Ettingshall 
(in Sedgley). And the Sheriff of Staffordshire is commanded to 
take security. Dated at Gloucester, 26th August, 122 1. 3 

In 1222, on 17th April, a William de Somery was deforciant 
in a fine of sixteen acres of land in Bradley, near Bilston, by 
which Walter de Bradley acquired eight acres to be holden of 
the said William and his heirs, and quit-claimed his right to the 
remainder. 4 

Nash,s^"01dswinford" ("Hist. Wore.," Vol.II.,p.207), mentions 
a deed " among Lord Lyttelton's evidences at Hagley," which Bishop 
Lyttelton supposed to be of the age of Henry III. by the witnesses 
(whose names he does not give), whereby William de Somery leases, 
for the annual rent of 3s. Qd., to Ranulph Langde all that tenement 
in the manor of Swinford which he held in the reign of King John, 
from the death of the father of the said William de Somery. " The 
seal appendent" (adds Nash) "represents a man on horseback ; in his 

1 "Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. II., pp. 162, 165. 

2 Ibid., Vol. II., p. 1G7. 

3 " Ex. e Rot. Fin.," Vol. I., p. 70. 

4 " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. IV., p. 223. 



16 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

right hand a sword, and on the left a shield, on which is obscurely 
represented (one or) two lions." As Old Swinford was a member 
of the Barony of Dudley, and was held by the Paganels and 
Someries, I suppose this William to be the " William, called 
Perceval," of Dugdale. 

In 12 H. Ill, 1228, 1 we read : " Nicholas de Sornery is in ward to 
the Earl of Chester by gift of the King. His land in this (Seisdon) 
Hundred is worth 15." And on the Fine Eoll of 13 H. Ill (m. 6) 
is a mandate, dated 4th July, 1229, to the Sheriff of Worcester- 
shire, to seize, on behalf of the King, all the lands of Nicholas son 
of Perceval de Somery, who had died in his county, and retain them 
until further orders, saving to the King and the Earl of Chester 
and Lincoln their goods and chattels found upon the same lands. 

These records one and all corroborate Dugdale's statement ; but 
Glover ignores " William called Perceval " and his son Nicholas, 
and gives, as the only son of Ealph, "Kogerus de Somery, dns de 
Dudley, " who," he says, " died 1235, 20 H. III., and was succeeded 
by another Eoger who died in 1 E. I." 

Glover cites no authority for the date of the death of Eoger 
son of Ealph, and no trace of the death of a Eoger de Somery is to 
be found on the Close Eolls of that period, where one would 
naturally expect to find the enrolment of the writ to take his 
lands into the King's hands, he being a tenant in capite. Glover 
is, however, corroborated by the inquisition taken in 1 E. I., 1278, 
after the death of Eoger de Somery, where it is distinctly stated 
that Ealph de Somery was the grandfather of the deceased. 
Whilst fully admitting the danger of removing a difficulty by 
suggesting the inaccuracy of some particular statement in an old 
record, I must take leave to observe that in this instance I cannot 
but think that the inquisition is wrong, and that for grandfather 
we should read father ; for it is difficult to believe that a man who 
must have been born at least as late as the year 1200, could have 
been the father of a son who was married and had issue six 
children before the year 1247, at which date, as will presently 
appear, Nichola (who was certainly the first wife of the Eoger who 
died in 1 E. I) was dead. Moreover, John le Strange, son and 
heir of Nichola's second daughter, is stated in the inq. p. m. of his 
father to have been aged twenty-three in 1276, therefore born in 
or about 1253. In 1 E. I. Ealph de Somery had been dead sixty- 

1 Assize Eoll, Lichfield, in " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Yol. IT., 
p. 68. 



THE BAUONS OF DUDLEY. 17 

three years, and as Eoger succeeded his brother (or rather his 
young nephew), the mistake on the part of the jurors (who, it must 
be remembered, were " no scholars ") is excusable. 

Eoger de Soniery succeeded his nephew Nicholas in 1220. In 
14 II. III. he was abroad on the King's service, and had letters 
of protection during his absence, dated 20th April, 1230, at 
Portsmouth, where Henry had assembled a large army for the 
invasion of France. In 1233, by writ tested at Wenlock on the 
7th of June, the Sheriff of Worcestershire was commanded to 
seize his lands, because he came not to the King at the feast of 
Pentecost then last past to be girt with the belt of Knighthood. 1 
In the same year he summoned certain tenants of Mere to show 
by what right they claimed to fish in Aqualate Mere ; 2 and in 1 8 
H. III., 1223-4, there is a close writ commanding Roger de 
Somery and others to remain at Shrewsbury for the defence of 
those parts. 3 

I do not find any notice of a Eoger de Somery between the 
18th and the 27th of Henry III., and it is between these dates 
(viz., in 20 H. III.) that, according to Glover, he died, and was 
succeeded by his son, a second Eoger. 

In 27 H. III., 1243, the " Lord Eoger de Somery " was witness 
to a convention made between Eoger de Monte Alto and his 
wife and others respecting the partition of the Albini inheritance ;* 
and in 28 H. III., April, 1244, Eoger de Somery was sued by 
Eoesia de Verdon to hold to a convention made between them 
respecting two carucates of land in Sedgley. 5 

The first wife of Eoger de Somery was Nichola D'Albini, 
third daughter of William D'Albini, and sister and one of the 

1 " Quia Kogerus de Sumery ad hoc festum Pentecostes proximo praterituin 
non venit ad Regem ut eum cingulo militise cingeret; luandalum est Vicecomiti 
Wigornioo, quod Honorem de Duddeleg, et alias terras ipsius Roger! in balln a sua 
sine dilatione capiat in manum Regis et eas salvo custodiat cum omnibus catallis in 
eis inventis ; ita quod nichil inde amoveatur donee Rex aliud inde prseeeperit. 
Teste Rege apud Wenlak vii u die Junii." Rot. Fin. 17 H. III., m. 5 ; quoted_by 
Madox, " Hist. Excheq.," p. 354. 

2 Plea Rolls, 17 H. III., " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. IV., p. 86. 

3 Ex inf. Gen. Hon. G-. Wrottesley, who adds that Shrewsbury was taken and 
burnt by Richard Marshal Earl of Pembroke in January, 1234. He was at this 
time in rebellion with Hubert de Burgh and others against the influence of the 
Poitevin friends and relations of Henry III. 

4 " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. IV., p. 101. 

5 Ibid., Vol. IV., p. 102. 

6 By Mabel his wife, sister and coheiress of Ranulph (Blondevile) Earl of 
Chester. 

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18 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

heirs of William and Hugh, successively Earls of Arundel and 
Surrey. With her he acquired the manor of Campden, co. 
Gloucester; and in 28 H. III., 1244, upon partition of the lands 
appertaining to these coheirs, he had also assigned to him the manor 
of Barrow-upon-Soar, co. Leicester. In 29 H. III., 1245, he 
paid 51 for 51 knights' fees which he then held; and in 31 
H. Ill,, 1247, he had a grant of free warren, and a market 
and fair in Campden, and also a grant of free warren in his manor 
of Sedgley, co. Stafford. 1 

Nichola his first wife was dead at this date, for on the Plea 
Bolls 31 H. III. (assizes at Leicester, 20th of January, 1247) 
is a suit respecting hunting at Bradgate, in which Ealph de 
Somery, Nichola's son, is one of the plaintiffs. This suit is given 
in extenso in "Staffordshire Historical Collections," W. Salt 
Society, Vol. IV., p. 103, as follows : 

"Robert de Tateshale, junior, John FitzAlan, Ralph son of Roger de 
Somery, and Roger de Monhaut and Cecilia his wife, sue Roger de Quincy 
Earl of Wyiiton, to hold to a fine levied in the Court of the King between 
Hugh de Albini formerly Earl of Surrey (the uncle of the said Robert, John, 
and Ralph, and brother of Cecilia), whose heirs they are, and the said Roger, 
respecting the ingress and egress of the said Earl of Arundel (sic) in the wood 
called le Chaleng, and concerning estovers in the same wood, and the running 
of their dogs in it. And the said Ralph complained that whereas when Roger 
de Somery his grandfather (sic) held the manor of Barewe, by the courtesy of 
England, after the death of his mother Nichola, whose heir he is, he used to 
hunt in the forest of the said Earl at Groby with nine bows and with six 
huntsmen, the said Earl had now enclosed a part of the said forest within 
his park at Bradgate, by which he had been damaged to the value of 100s., etc. 

" The Earl appeared, and a concord was made by which the said Roger (sic) 
de Somery conceded for himself and heirs that the said Earl and his heirs 
should retain his park of Bradgate as now enclosed, with the saltatoribus 2 now 
made in it, and that it should be lawful for the said Roger de Somery and his 
heirs to come into the forest of the said Earl to hunt in it, with nine bows and 
six huntsmen, according to the fine originally levied between the Earls of 
Wynton and Arundel ; and that when wounded game entered the park, it 
shall be lawful for the said Roger and his heirs to send a man, or two men, 
of those who pursued the said game, with their dogs, into the said park, with- 
out bow or arrow, and to take the animal on the same day it was wounded, 
but without injury to any other animal within the said park ; and they may 
enter 011 foot or on horseback, according as the ground admits ; and before 
they enter they shall blow a horn for the parker to come up if he chooses. 
And the Earl likewise concedes for himself and heirs that they will cause to be 
taken each year two fat bucks and two does at the time of the doe season, 
and shall deliver them at the gates of the said park to any man of the said 

1 Cal. Rot. Chart. 2 Deer leaps. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 19 

Roger de Somery and his heirs liaving a warrant to receive the same. And 
the said Earl further concedes for himself and heirs that the said park shall 
not be further augmented ; and the said Roger concedes that he and his heirs 
shall not hunt except with nine bows and six huntsmen, and that his foresters 
shall not carry in the wood of the said Roger barbed arrows, but with piles 
only." 

The full text in Latin of tlijs curious concord is printed by 
Blount in his "Fragmenta Antiquitatis." It is dated at Leicester 
"die Sancti Vincenti, Marty ris," 31 H. III., 22nd January, 1247. 

In 37 H. III. Roger de Somery accompanied the King in 
his expedition to suppress an insurrection in Gascony, his letters 
of protection while absent being dated 20th May, 1253. In the 
same year, by grant made in Gascony, he had free warren in all 
his demesne lands in England, and a grant of a fair in his manor 
of Clent, 1 and in 38 H. III., 1254, he was assessed to the aid for 
knighting the King's son. 2 By writ dated at Coventry, 24th July, 
1257, he was directed by the King to proceed to Glamorgan, 
" cum toto servitio suo," for the defence of those parts against 
the Welsh. 3 Dugdale states that in 41 H. III., 1257 

" Roger de Somery had summons to attend the King at Bristol upon the 
feast day of St. Peter ad Vincula (August), well fitted with horse and arms, 
to restrain the incursions of the Welsh ; and the year following received the 
like command to be at Chester on Monday after the feast of St. John the 
Baptist. After which, viz., in 46 H. III., 1262, he began to make a castle of 
his manor house at Dudley, but was prohibited by the King to proceed 
therein without his special licence. And in 47 H. III., 1262, again had 
summons to be at Hereford on the third day after the Epiphany, to march 
against the Welsh. The next year, 48 H. III., 1263-4, when the Barons' 
War broke out, he adhered to the King, and was taken prisoner at the battle 
of Lewes." 

In 48 H. III. also he procured from the King the requisite 
licence to enable him to " crenellate," 4 i.e., to convert into castles 

1 Cal. Hot. Chart., p. 81. 

2 Rog's de Sum'y obligavit se R. per literas suns patentes ad reddendum in 
garderoba Regine die lune p'x" post instantem ascensionem D'ni, quat' viginti et duas 
libr' et x sol' quae ab eo exigunf pro sum scc'rii Regis de auxilio ad p'mogenitum 
fil' Regis militem faciend', de feodo unius militis quod tenet de hereditate propria, 
et de aliis food' militum que tenet in pptem de feodis que fuerunt Hug' de 
Albiniaco, quondain Com' Arundell'. Et niand' est Bar' de Sccrio quod licet p'dcs 
Rogerus affidaverit coram eis reddere ad p'dem seem p'dcas quaf viginti et duns librae 
et x. sol' hac instanti Dominica px a ante ascensio'm D'ni ip'm tfi inde resp c tum 
usque ad p'dcm diem lune habere permittant. Teste apud Windsor xvj. die Maij. 
(Ex. e Rot. Fin., Vol. II., p.187 ; 38 H. III. m. 6.) 

3 " Staffordshire Historical Collections." 

4 Rot. Pat. 48 H. III., m. 7. There is a valuable list of licences to crenellato 



20 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

his manor houses of Dudley and Weoley. In 1265 he was 
present at the decisive battle of Evesham, and in the year 
following he was one of the eight " persons of the most potent 
nobility " who with four Prelates were chosen to draw up the 
famous " Dictum de Kenil worth." 1 

In 54 H. III., 1270, he had a grant of a market and fair in 
his manor of Newport Pagnell. 2 In 56 H. III. he appeared at 
Woodstock, 3 26th June, 1272, against Isabella, widow of Hugh 
Earl of Arundel, to complete the chirograph of a fine made in 
the Curia Eegis between him, complainant, Ealph de Cromwell 
and Margaret his wife, John le Strange and Joan his wife, Walter 
de Sulleye and Mabel his wife, Henry de Erdington and Matilda 
his wife, coparceners of Nichola who had been the wife of the 
said Eoger, and the said Countess, deforciant, of the advowson 
of the Church of Holney (Olney, Bucks). The Countess did not 
appear, and as she had previously made default, the Sheriff of 
Bucks was ordered to distrain her and to produce her coram Eege 
at three weeks from Michaelmas. An agreement was afterwards 
made by which the advowson remained to Eoger. 4 

The second wife of Eoger de Soinery was Amabel daughter 
and coheiress 5 of Eobert de Chacomb, of Chacomb, in Northamp- 

granted by H. III., E. I., E. II., etc., extracted from the Patent Rolls, in the " Gentle- 
man's Magazine" for August, 1856, p. 208. 

1 Dugdale's " Warwickshire," Ed. Thomas, Vol. I., p. 246. 

2 Cal. Eot. Chart., p. 102. 

3 Coram Rege Roll, in " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. IV., p. 190. 

4 On the Patent Roll of 1 E. I. is a notification to the Pope, dated from West- 
minster, 23rd October, 1273, that the patronage of the church of Olney, in the diocese 
of Lincoln (a suit concerning which was commenced in the King's Court temp. H. III. 
between Roger de Somery and Isabella de Albiniaco, Countess of Arundel) has 
remained to the said Roger by an agreement entered into between him and the said 
Isabella in the same court. (See the 42nd Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public 
Records, p. 626.) In 12 E. I., 1284, there was a partition of the Manor of Olney 
among the coheirs of Nichola, viz., Matilda de Erdington, Ralph de Cromwell, 
Walter de Sulley, and John le Strange. The record, however, is of doubtful date. 
(See " Calendarium Grenealogicum," p. 349.) The partition was probably made after 
the death (in 1282) of the Countess Isabella, who, it seems, held Olney in dower. 
Lipscomb (" Hist. Bucks,'' Vol. IV., p. 300) in his account of this manor calls 
Nichola the second wife of Roger de Somery, and states the date of her death as 
1284. He evidently supposed that Nichola survived the Countess, and that the 
partition was made on the death of the former. 

5 The other daughter and coheir of Robert de Chacomb was Milisent, who was 
married (before 20th September, 1231) to Ralph Basset of Sapcote. (See Fine in 
" Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. VI., p. 228 ; Dugdale, Vol. I., p. 382, 
etc.) 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 21 

tonshire, and widow of Gilbert de Segrave. 1 She survived him, 
and in 1 E. I. she had assigned to her for dower the manor of 
Bradfield, worth (30 ; the manor of Swyneforcl, valued at 
16 18s. 4|d. ; the manor of Clent, valued at 8 17s. ojrf. ; the 
manor of Bordesle, valued at 18 15s. ; the manor of Cradele, 
valued at 8 6s., and the park of Seggele. 2 

The issue of Eoger by his first wife were Ralph, who died 
v.p. and s.p. t and four daughters, who became coheirs to their 
mother, viz. : (1) Margaret, who was first married to Ralph Basset 
of Drayton, and secondly to Ralph Cromwell of Tatteshall ; 
(2) Joan, wife of John le Strange of Knockyn ; 8 (3) Mabel, wife 
of Walter de Suley or Sulley ; 4 and (4) Matilda, first married to 
Henry de Erdington, 5 and secondly to William By field. 6 

The son Ralph was dead in 55 H. III., 1271, for in that year 
a writ was issued to inquire whether the lands and tenements 
which were of dementia formerly Countess of Chester, and 
which had been taken into the King's hands by reason of the 
minority of Ralph de Somery, the heir of the said dementia, 
had come to Margaret Cromwell and her sisters as his next 
heirs. These lands were divided among the coheirs in 1 E. I., 
after Roger's death. (See Esch., 1 E. I, No. 48, Cal. Gen., p. 203.) 

1 Gilbert de Segrave died in 1254, 38 H. III., and the marriage of bis widow to 
Roger de Somery must bave taken place very soon after. 

2 Close Roll, 1 E. I., ex inf., Hon. G. Wrottesley. 

3 His Inq. p. m. was taken in 4 E. I., 1276, wben it was found that he held 
(jure uxoris) a portion of Campden, co. Gloucester, and that John le Strange was 
his son and heir, and set. 23. All the genealogists agree in stating that John le 
Strange the heir was the son of Joan Somery; but if he was, as stated, aged 23 in 
1276, i.e., born circa 1253, he was two years older than Roger de Somery, his uncle 
of the half blood, and nearly twenty years the senior of his two cousins gernmn, 
Raymond de Suley and Giles de Erdington. 

4 The inquest on the death of Mabel de Sullye was taken in 5 E. II., when the 
jury found that she held one-fourth of the manor of Barrow-on-Soar, co. Leicester, of 
the King in capite, as of the honour of Chester, and also a fourth part of the manor 
of Olney, Bucks, as of the same honour, by the service of one-quarter of a knight's 
fee in each case. Raymond de Sullye her son and heir was then aged 40 and more. 

5 Henry de Erdingtou's inquest was taken in 10 E. I., 12S2, when it was found 
that his son and heir was <j!iles de Erdington, who was then aged 10. In the same 
year his widow sued for dower. (See " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. 
VI., p. 123. Plea Roll, 10 E. I.) 

6 See Dugdale's "Warwickshire," edition 1765, p. 624. She married By field 
without a licence from the King, " whereupon she gave c 11 . for her pardon." 
By field held her lands by the courtesy of England, and died circa 1302 (Esc-h.30, 
E. I., No. 45), when it was found that the next heir to the said lands was Henry de 
Erdington, son of the said Henry and Matilda, who was then aged 24 and more. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

dementia, it may be added, was the second wife of Eanulph 
Earl of Chester, and sister of Geoffrey de Fougieres. 1 

In reference to the above named issue of Eoger by his first 
wife, it should be noted that Dugdale and all subsequent Peerage 
writers make Margaret the wife of Kalph Basset, Eoger's . daughter 
by his second wife Amabel, and state that she was first married 
to Urian de St. Pierre. In his " Baronage/' under " Basset," Dug- 
dale further states that Margaret's husband Ealph Basset was an 
adherent of Simon de Montfort, and was slain at the battle of 
Evesham in 1265, " fighting stoutly on the part of that desperate 
crew/' 

" But " (he continues) " though he died thus in arms against his Sovereign, 
Margaret his wife found no small favour ; for the King, soon after, tendering 
her condition, assigned the lordship of Pattingham in Staffordshire, and all 
other the lands of her husband lying in Watton, co. Leicester, and Exton, co. 
Rutland, for her support during pleasure ; and at the special instance of Prince 
Edward, as also for the laudable services of Eoger de Sornery Baron of 
Dudley, her father, confirmed them to her for term of life.''' 2 

Now inasmuch as Gilbert de Segrave, the first husband of 
Roger's second wife Amabel, died in 1254, it is obviously 
impossible that Somery could have been father by her of a 
daughter whose second husband was slain in 1265. But that 
Basset's wife was Margaret, and that she was the daughter of 
Eoger de Somery, is, I take it, proven. Therefore she must have 
been the Margaret who was afterwards the wife of Ealph 
Cromwell ; and that this was actually the fact is clear from a 
contemporary roll of the heirs of Chester preserved at Wrottesley, 
and also from a suit relating to the next presentation to the 
Church of Attleburgh, on the Banco Eoll of 3 and 4 E. II., 3 in 
both of which documents Margaret, afterwards the wife of Ealph 
de Cromwell, is stated to have married Ealph Basset. 

The origin of this curious blunder on the part of Dugdale 
may be found in the fact that a Ealph Basset actually did 
marry Margaret, widow of Urian de St. Pierre, but which Ealph 

1 See Duchy of Lancaster Eecords, in the 35th Report of Deputy Keeper of 
Public Records, No. 76, p. 81. 

2 His authority for this is the Patent Roll of 50 H. III., m. 46. Dugdale adds 
that Margaret sometime after the death of Ralph Basset her husband " passed her 
title in these lands to Ralph her son, and then took the habit of Religion" 

3 "Pedigrees from the Plea Rolls," by General Hon. Q. Wrottesley, in "The 
Reliquary," N.S., Yol. I., p. 162. 



THE BAKONS OF DUDLEY. 23 

Basset this was I cannot precisely say : certainly not the Ralph 
who was slain at Evesham, for this Ralph and Margaret his wife 
were both living in 23 E. L, 1295, when a writ of seisin of the 
Manor of la Hyde, co. Stafford, was issued to Margaret " uxor 
Radulphi Basset, et quondam uxor Uriani de Sancto Petro," in 
which manor, it is stated, Margaret had been enfeoffed three years 
before her marriage to Urian. (See " Cal. Gen.," p. 76!)). 1 

By his second wife Roger de Somery had issue (according to 
Dugdale) two sons, Roger (his successor) and John. The latter 
I identify with John Pcrscval de Somery, against whom (we 
learn from the Coram Rege Roll of 28 and 29 E. I.) Agnes de 
Somery, widow of the next Roger, had brought an action, but 
which was dismissed because she did not appear to prosecute 
it. A deed of circa 1278, or later, whereby " Roger son of the 
Lord Roger de Somery" concedes to the monks of St. Thomas 
juxta Stafford free ingress into the manor of Pendeford, is attested 
(inter alios) by " Persevallo de Somery, fratre meo." 2 See the 

1 Urian de St. Pierre married first Idonea daughter and coheir of David Mulpoa, 
and sister of Beatrice wife of William Patrick, whose daughter Isabella married 
Richard de Sutton, ancestor of the Button-Dudleys. His post-mortem inquest was 
taken 23 E. L, 1295 (Each. No. 56), when it was found that his heir was his grand- 
son Urian, son of his deceased son John (which son John was by Idonea his first 
wife), and that the said heir was then set. 16. That jointly with Ids second wife 
Margaret, who survived him, the said defunct held the manor of la Hide, co. 
Stafford, with which Eoger, Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield, had enfeoffed the 
said Margaret three years and more before her marriage to Urian. This Margaret 
was Urian's wife at least as early as 3 E. L, 1275, for on 22nd July in that year (Plea 
Rolls, "Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. VI., Part 1, p. G8) there was an 
assize to inquire if Roger (de Molend, alias Longespee) Bishop of Coventry and 
Lichfield, and Urian de St. Pierre and Margaret his wife had unjustly disseised 
Wm. le Poure. Urian and Margaret called the Bishop to warranty, and remitted 
their claim on the adverse verdict of the jury ; whereupon the Bishop granted to 
them 20 librates of land in la Hide. In 21 E. I., 1293, Urian and Margaret were 
sued for rent in la Hide, when they again called the Bishop to warranty. Who 
this Margaret was I have not ascertained. It is sufficient for my purpose to show 
that she was not the daughter of Roger de Somery. I may add that the Visitation 
Pedigrees of Wynter of Hodington, co. Worcester, show a descent, through Hoding- 
ton, from Margaret Somery ; it being alleged (and notably in Harl. MS. 1011, ff. 7 
and 49) that " Roger Lord Somery of Barrow" (? Barrow-on-Soar) had by Kichula 
d'Albini the four daughters named in the text; that Margaret the eldest was first 
married to Ralph Lord Basset, and secondly to " Richardus Crommelyn, miles," 
and that by the latter she was mother of a coheiress Lucy, the wife of Sir Richard 

Hodington. This is a remarkable instance of the untrustworthiuess of some of the 
pedigrees compiled by Elizabethan Heralds. 

2 In a Roll of arms of temp. E. I., " Percevall d' Someri" bears Azure, two lions 

pi.ssant or, and in the roll of 1308-14, published in 1823 by Sir N. Harris Nicolas, 



24 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Chartulary of St. Thomas, in " Staffordshire Historical Collections," 
Vol. VIII., p. 177. 

Eoger probably had further issue, for there was a Eobert de 
Somery, stated in the Lyttelton pedigree to have been " a younger 
brother of the Baron of Dudley," who was M.P. for Worcestershire 
temp. E. II. and III., and whose daughter (and, it is said, heiress) 
Juliana was married to Thomas de Luttelton, ancestor of the Lords 
Lyttelton. 1 

There was also a Simon de Somery, who occurs as parson of 
Clent, and who, we learn from Shaw (Vol. II., p. 250) had licence 
from the Bishop on the Kalends of September, 1274, to go and 
study in foreign parts for three years. Possibly he was then under 
age ; indeed, if he were really a son of Koger he could not have 
been of full age in 1274. 

Roger de Somery died in 1 E. I., 2 and was buried in the 
Priory of Dudley. Several inquisitions were taken on his death. 

" Sire Perceval de Someri," a Warwickshire knight, bears the same arms. In the 
latter Roll, but among the Barons, " Sire Johan de Someri " bears Or, two lions 
passant azure, and in the former . . . . er de Someri bears the same coat. It 
would seem that Perceval reversed the tinctures of the coat for distinction. 

1 See the account of the Lyttelton family (compiled by Bishop Lyttelton) in 
Collins's Peerage, ed. 1779, Yol. Till., p. 424. Robert de Somery is there identified 
with the Robert who served with Thomas de Luttelton in Parliament for Worcester- 
shire temp. E. II. I find from the official return of members of Parliament that 
Robert de Somery first sat for Worcestershire in the Parliament which met on 27th 
April, 1309, 2 E. II., and his last appearance in that capacity is in 6 E. III., when he 
was elected to the parliament which met on 9th September, 1332. Whether he was, 
as stated, "a brother of the Baron of Dudley," I have no evidence, but I take it he was 
the Robert de Somery who, according to Nash ("Hist. Wore.," Vol. I., p. 88 (was 
patron of the Church of Bishampton as early as 1286, and who was seised of lands 
there in 27 E. I., 1299, and later. If so he appears to have had male issue, for a 
Thomas le Somery presented to the Church in 1339. By charter dated at Bishamp- 
ton the Sunday next before the feast of St. George the Martyr, 17 E. II., 1324, Robert 
de Somery of Bishampton, "patronus ecclesise de Bishampton," grants certain lands to 
endow a chantry in the church there, licence for which was granted by the King on 3rd 
June, 1321, after the usual inquiry. In the printed calendar of Inquisitiones ad quod 
damnum he is called Roger de Somery. It is probable that his (presumed) son Thomas 
died s.p., for I find no further notice of the name in connection with Bishampton. 

2 Dugdale says that " divers years after his death, viz., in ann. 1290, 19 E. I., 
Roger Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield granted a special indulgence of 40 days of 
their enjoined penance to all such, as being truly confessed and contrite, should 
devoutly say a Pater Noster and an Ave for his soul. The like indulgence, about ten 
years after tha,t, was granted by Basil of Jerusalem, and divers other foreign Arch- 
bishops and Bishops." If 1290 is the correct date, Dugdale is right, but as the next 
Roger de Somery died in 1291, it seems probable that this Indulgence was really 
granted in the latter year. The 19th of Edward I. ran from 20th November, 1290, 
to 20th November, 1291. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 25 

A Berkshire jury found that Roger his son was his next heir, 
and aged 18 at the nativity of St. John the Baptist, 24th June, 
1273; but the Staffordshire jury say that he was 18 at the feast 
of St. Margaret the Virgin, i.e., 20th July, 1273. 

An inquisition was also taken in Leicestershire concerning 
the lauds which he held as part of the Barony of Chester in 
right of Nichola his first wife, " one of the heirs of Hugh de 
Albini Earl of Arundel, who was one of the heirs of Ranulph 
formerly Earl of Chester," when it was found that the next 
heirs of the said Nichola were her daughters by the said Roger, 
viz., Margaret Cromwell, Joan le Strange, Mabel de Sulleye, and 
Matilda de Erdington, all of whom were of full age. 

The extents of his several manors of Clent, Dudley borough, 
Weoley, Cradley, Sedgley, etc., as set forth in the Inquisition 
of 1 E. L, No. 15, are so interesting that I here give them in 
extenso from a translation in the William Salt Library, collated 
with the original in the Public Record Office. 

An EXTENT of the manor of Clent, made on Tuesday next after the feast 
of the exaltation of the Holy Cross, 1 in the first year of the reign of King 
Edward, by Walter son of Stephen, Henry le Morice, John Maynard, Henry 
Loud, Henry in the Wike, Richard Maynard, Robert de Fontes, William de 
Walton, Hugh de Monte, Richard son of Agnes, Richard in le Hull, and 
Richard Sparry, who say that there is there a chief messuage with a garden 
worth yearly 2s. There are also two virgates of land (containing 16 acres of 
land), worth yearly 10s. and 8d. on account of the poverty of the land, worth 
of each acre 8cl. ; on each acre it is possible to sow one quarter of barley, or 
two quarters of oats. Also the meadow there contains . . . half an acre 
and it is worth yearly 4s. Also the pasture in the Moor of ... alemore 
and Hodehull is worth yearly 3s. Also the rent of Assize in the manor is 
worth 6 17s. 9%d. Also the pleas and perquisites of Court, with heriots and 
reliefs and the markets of daughters (markettis Jiliarum] are worth yearly 20*. 
Also the manor ought to be tallaged w r henever the King tallages his manors 
by the year, and not estimated. Total of this Extent 8 17s. 5|c/. Also the 
advowson of the Church of Clent pertains to the lord of this manor, and the 
said church is worth yearly ten marks. 

EXTENT of the manor of Duddeleg borough made on Saturday next after 
the feast of St. Matthew 2 the Apostle in the first year of the reign of King 
Edward, by Nicholas son of Hugh, Anketinus Matthew, goldsmith, John de 
Celario, Richard Purcar, Walter son of Thomas, Robert de Celario, Alan son 
of Philip, Richard son of Alured, John de la Hale, and Adam le Vynetur, 
who say that from the yearly rent of the burgesses there are 5 15*. bd. 
From rent of the tenants of Lodynton 2s. 4d. Certain burgesses owe pannage 
for their hogs yearly, whether or not there be mast, and it is worth yearly 5s. 

1 The feast of the exaltntion of the Holy Cross is 14th September. (A.D. 1273.) 

3 St. Matthew's Day is 21st September. 



26 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Also the pleas and perquisites of the Hundred are worth yearly 30s., because 
they are certain. Also the tolls of the markets of Duddeley are worth yearly 
405. Also there is there a wood called Penniak, one mile in length, by the bounds 
of the manors of Seggesley and Swyneford, in the county of Stafford, and half 
a mile in breadth ; and the pannage in the said wood is worth yearly 20s., 
because it rarely happens. The pasture of the said wood cannot be valued 
because it is common. The profits arising from the sale of dead wood and 
underwood in the said wood are worth yearly 135. 4c, and there is one enclosed 
park the pasture of which is worth 13s. 4d. 

EXTENT of the manor of Woley (Weoley) made on Friday in the Octaves 
of St. Michael in the first year of the reign of King Edward, by the oath of 
Eichard de Costen, Adam de Coshale, John de Woley, John de Middletone, 
Gregory de Goston, Eobert de Blakehale, Nicholas son of Hugh, Matthew the 
goldsmith, Ealph the baker, and Ely the smith, who say upon their oath that 
there are in the said manor 300 acres of arable land in demesne 25^ feet to 
the perch and each acre is worth 80?. Total 10. 

Also they say that the meadow pertaining to the said manor is worth 
yearly 30s. Also they say that the profits of the fishpond are worth yearly, 
without waste, 2 marks. Also they say that there are in the said manor 
two water mills worth yearly 5 marks. Also they say that the customary 
pannage is worth yearly 3s. Also they say that the pannage of the park is 
worth yearly two marks. Also they say that the herbage of the park is worth 
(if no beasts are placed therein) 100s. Also they say that the rents of the 
free tenants are worth yearly 77s. 9^d. Also they say that the rent of assize 
of villeins is worth yearly 19 Os. Id. Also they say that the tallage of the 
same is worth yearly 7 marks. Also they say that the wood which can be 
sold in the park for underwood, without waste, is worth 20s. Also they say 
that the fines, reliefs, pleas, and perquisites are worth yearly 40s. Also that 
the fines of the frankpledge, after the feast of St. Michael, are worth 15s. 
And they say that the said Lord Eoger held the said manor of the Lord the 
King in capite by military service, as a member pertaining to the Barony of 
Dudeley. And they say that Eoger son of the aforesaid Lord Eoger is his 
next heir, and that he was 18 years of age at the feast of St. Margaret the 
Virgin last past. 1 

In dorso. 

EXTENT of the manor of Cradeley made by the above-mentioned jurors, 
who say upon their oath that there are in demesne 14 acres of impoverished land 
25| feet to the perch and they are worth yearly 1 mark. There are also 
there eighteen villeins, each of whom holds 1 half a virgate, and they give and 
render 50s. 10|d, and one windmill is worth 4c. Also Eoger the miller 
renders for one mill .... From the rent of the mill of Eoleye xiis. per 
annum. From a certain rent .... called Averingtrimer (?) there are 
3s. 6d. From the rent of Sallimor (?) there are 3s. 4d. Also the pannage of 
hogs, whether or not there be mast, I6d. The works of the customary tenants 
are worth yearly 25s. 4< ; the tallage of the same is worth yearly 33s. 4d. 

1 20th July, 1273. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 27 

Also the meadow pertaining to the aforesaid manor is worth yearly 6t/. Also 
the pasture in the park is worth yearly 6s. 8c/. 
Total of the Extent, 8 marks Gjc/. 

EXTENT of the manor of Mere, which belonged to the Lord Roger de 
Somery, made on Sunday next before the feast of St. Denis 1 in the first year 
of the reign of King Edward, by Augustine de Sutton, Robert the smith of 
Suttou, Richard de Waverton, Thomas Griffyu, William de Waverton, Thomas 
de Burstoke, Robert son of Ives, William Tramel, Ely de Sutton, Robert 
Cromp, Griffin ate Leghe, John Jordan, Richard Bond, William le Palmere, 
junior, Griffin Godich, and Griffin de Acuilote, who say upon their oath that 
there are in demesne there 60 acres of arable land, each acre of which is worth 
6d. They also say that the meadow pertaining to the said manor is worth 
yearly 165. Also they say that a several pasture there is worth yearly half a 
mark. Also they say that the Court is worth, with the herbage and curtilage, 
3s. yearly. Also they say that the rent of assize is worth yearly 10 12s. Id. 
Also they say that there is a certain watermill there worth, with the fishery 
in the mill-pond, 10 marks yearly. Also they say that the profits of the 
fishery of Mere are worth yearly, without waste, 40s. Also they say that the 
sale of the underwood, without waste, is worth 2s. yearly. Also they say 
that the pannage of the agistment of the woods is worth 3s. yearly. Also 
they say that the pannage of the tenants of the manor, whether there be mast 
or not, is worth yearly half a mark. Also they say that the fines, reliefs, 
heriots, pleas, and perquisites, and other small profits belonging to the lord, 
are worth yearly 2 marks. And they say that the said manor was at one 
time the demesne of the lord the King, and that King John the father of King 
Henry, lately deceased, did enfeoff Ralph de Soniery grandfather (sic) of the 
said Roger de Somery therewith at an annual rent of 10, by the hands of the 
Sheriff of Staffordshire. And they say that Roger son of the aforesaid Lord 
Roger is his next heir, and was 18 years old on the day of St. Margaret last 
past. 

EXTENT of the manor of Swyneford made on Tuesday next after the 
exaltation of the Holy Cross in the first year of the reign of King Edward. 
The jurors say that the chief manse there, with the curtilage, is worth yearly 
3s. There are there two carucates of land containing 56 acres and one 
quarter, and they are worth yearly 36s. 8c/., and each acre is worth 8c/., and 2;H 
feet to the perch. Also there are there 4 acres of meadow, worth 30s. yearly. 
The rent of assize of the manor is 20 9s. lOf c/. Also the customary tenants 
of the manor ought to mow the meadow of Asford, and lift (i.e., load) and 
carry the hay, which is worth yearly 5s. 

The pannage of seven customary tenants is worth yearly 12(7. There 
is one wood called Pennak, extending one mile in length, and in one 
place half a mile in breadth ; and in all other places it extends to the fourth 
part of a mile in breadth ; and it is worth in the sale of dead wood and 
underwood 1 mark. Also the pannage of the wood (because it rarely 
happens) is worth half a mark. Also the pasture of the same wood is not 
valued because it is in common. Also the pasture in the manor near to, and 

1 Feast of St. Denis or Dionysius is 9th October. 



28 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

in the field towards Aswode is worth yearly I2d. Also in the common 
pasture may be kept 100 sheep (but no other animal except draught oxen), 
and it is worth yearly 2s. Also the pleas and perquisites of the Court, with 
the fines, heriots, and reliefs, with the markets of daughters (cum market- 
tis filiarum) are worth yearly 30s. And the whole manor ought to be 
tallaged whenever the King tallages his manors throughout England. Total 
16 18s. 



EXTENT of the manor of Seggesley made on Monday next after the 
exaltation of the Holy Cross, in the first of the reign of King Edward, by 
Maurice de Tottenhall and others, who say that there is there one castle 
newly commenced at Duddele, which cannot be valued because it is un- 
finished ; but the garden there, and the pasture of the close of the castle, are 
worth yearly 4s. Also the rent of the freeholders is worth yearly 9 2s. 9|o?. 
Also the rent of the freeholders of Cotes, Penrre, and Pendeford is worth 
yearly 23s. *7d. Also the rent of Moysi the Forester is two pounds of pepper 
and two pounds of cumin ; the rent of Roger de Brierley is two pounds of 
pepper ; the rent of Humeleye is one pound of cumin ; and they are worth 
yearly 2s. lid. The price of the pound of pepper 80?., the price of the pound 
of cumin Id. Also the rent of John le Cachepol is four barbed arrows 
uiifeathered, worth yearly 2d. 

Also the rent of John de Messag is one pair of gloves, worth Id. Also 
the rent of the assarted tenements is worth yearly 5 10s. 9d. Also the 
rent of the customary tenements is worth yearly 13 Os. 9d. Also the 
tallage of the customary and assart tenements is worth yearly 12, unless 
they are grievously assessed. Also the pannage of the hogs of the customary 
and assart tenants is worth yearly 10s, whether or not there be mast. Also 
the works of John de Terhull, who ploughs the " Monendays herthe " between 
the Purification and Easter, whenever the plough can be used (festivals and 
weather permitting) ; and a day's ploughing is worth 1\d. He ought also 
to reap the lord's corn (serclare blada domini), and it is worth Id. He ought 
to mow the meadow which is ancient demesne, and it is worth 2d. ; and to 
make the hay, which is worth one halfpenny ; and to carry the hay from the 
meadow from Overton in the county of Warwick to the castle of Dudley, 
and the carriage is worth 3d. He ought to reap the lord's corn (metere blada 
domini) when he has any to be reaped, and it is worth 80?. He ought to 
gather the nuts, and every year give one rase of nuts (unum rasum denucibus) 
at Lent, or 3d. instead, and it is worth 4c?. He ought also to carry wood 
from the park of Duddeley towards Christmas, and it is worth yearly 3d. Also 
23 customary tenants, do all the services of the same tenure, and they are 
worth 67s. Id. 

Also "William the Miller ought to " serclare " and to mow and to make 
and carry the hay with the aforesaid, and also to reap the corn, and to give 
one rase of nuts, and his service is worth l&^d. 

Also seven customary tenants of the same tenure ought to do all the 
aforesaid services, and they are worth 10s. 9%d. Also William Hamond 
ought to " serclare," to mow, and to make hay, and to carry and reap the 
corn (blada metere}, to give nuts and carry wood ; and his service is worth 
yearly. Also 22 customary tenants ought to do all the aforesaid 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 29 

services that the said William does, and these services are worth yearly 
36*. 8d. 

Also John de la More ought to "serclare," to mow and reap, and his 
services are worth yearly tyd. Also five customary tenants ought to do the 
like services, and they are worth yearly 3s. ll^d. 

Also Richard le Ster, Augustine Ordrich, and Roger Topenel ought to 
" serclare," and mow and make and carry hay as the aforementioned do ; 
and their services are worth yearly tyd. Also Richard le Ster ought to take 
charge of the oxen, and drive one plough at his own expense. Also John 
Leonyz (?). William Walrand, John Ordrich, John Booc, and Richard le Kyng 
ought to do the like ; so that two of them shall take charge of the oxen, 
while the other two take rest, and his service is worth 26s. 8d. Also Richard 
de Flaxhale ought to find a horse three times in the year to go and return where 
required in one day, and that service is worth 12d. Richard de Aldecote and 
William de Braleshulle ought to do the like service, and it is worth 2s. yearly. 
Also Richard the Miller ought to bring up a whelp for half a year, and its 
keep is worth yearly 60?. Also John de Gosepon and Richard in le Haye owe 
the same service, and each keep is worth 60?. Also 49 customary tenants of the 
assarted lands ought to reap for one day, and each reaping is worth 6s. l^d. 
Also the customary tenants of Bordei ought to assist the customary tenants 
of Seggesle to reap the lord's corn, and the same is worth 13.*. 4d. Also 
Aldrich de Parco ought to " serclare," and mow, to make and carry hay, and 
to reap as aforesaid, and these works are worth I4^d. 

Also there are four carucates of sterile land containing 96| acres, and 
they are worth yearly 4. Also the meadow of Seggesley and Overtoil 
contains 14 acres, and they are worth yearly 16*., each acre of which is 
worth .... Also there are two enclosed meadows, and the pasturage of 
the same is worth 40s., if cattle be not put therein. Also there is a certain 
wood extending in length two miles, and in one place half a mile in breadth, 
and in another place a quarter of a mile in breadth, and the mast of the said 
wood is worth yearly 10s. whenever it occurs ; and the pasture of the said 
wood is not valued because it is in common ; and it is kept as a Haye, when 
the lord can keep it in defence, between the feast of St. Michael and the 
feast of St. Martin, and the imparkment is worth 2s., and the profit arising 
from the sale of wood in the said wood and park without committing destruc- 
tion is worth yearly 20s. Also the mast in Hurstemore, and in the moor of 
Ellenvale is worth yearly 3s. Also there are two water-mills, which are worth 
yearly 53s. 4d. Also the mill of Penyval is worth yearly 13s. 4d. Also 
there are there five large shops, each of which pays yearly 40s., and they are 
not fixed nor certain, because they are only at the will of the workman, but 
by estimation they are worth yearly 6. 

Also four coal-pits of seacoal (quatuor putei de carbone maris) are worth 
yearly 4. 

Also the pleas and perquisites of Court are worth yearly, with heriots, 
reliefs, fines, and the markets of daughters, 4. Also the house and garden 
of Ellenvale are worth yearly 2s. Also there are sixteen small shops, each of 
which pays yearly 4s. ; and they are all worth yearly 64s. (Remainder 
illegible.) 



30 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Koger de Somery was succeeded by Eoger his son, who being 
aged 18 in 1273, was born circa 1255. By writ dated 25th 
March, 1282 (10 E. I.), he was directed (with others) to take the 
field against the Welsh at once, " cum toto posse suo," 1 From a 
presentment made at the Forest Court 2 in 1286, it appears that on 
the Monday in the feast of Pentecost in the same year (1282), 
while hunting in his chase of Baggeridge, he put up a stag with 
his dogs, which fled towards the forest of Kinver, and Thomas son 
of Walter of Womborne came up with bows and arrows, and shot 
the stag in front of the dogs, and it fell dead within the forest ; 
and the said Thomas, and one Hugh de Sapy, of the household of 
the said Eoger, followed the stag and drew it out of the forest into 
the aforesaid chase, and carried the venison to Eoger's house at 
Swinford, Eoger being then at Sedgley, and the said Hugh (who 
had since died) knowingly received the venison there. Eoger 
appeared, and in consequence of the said unlawful reception of the 
venison, was attorned to appear personally before the King at the 
next parliament. It appears that he did not give any satisfactory 
explanation of what in those days was a serious offence, and was 
therefore find 200 marks, " if it should so please the King." 

In 15 E. I. Eoger de Somery was again engaged in the Welsh 
war, having been personally summoned by writ dated 14th June, 
1287, to attend at Gloucester at three weeks from the feast of St. 
John the Baptist, 15th July. He died in 1291, having made a 
will of which his widow Agnes (whose parentage has not been 
ascertained), Theobald de Nevill, Walter de Aylesbury, Eobert 
Arthur, parson of the Church of Bright walton (Berks), William, 
parson of Forton, Eoger the chaplain, and William de Bereford, 
were executors. 3 

His inquisitio post mortem was taken in 19 E. I. (Esch. No. 
14). Like that of his father, it contains so much valuable 
information, that I here give in extenso that portion of it relating 

1 On the Coram Kege Koll of 10 E. I. we read that a suit at Easter between 
William de Bermingham and Eoger de Somery was respited till a month from 
Michaelmas, because Koger was in the King's service in Wales. (" Staffordshire His- 
torical Collections," Vol. VI., p. 123.) 

2 " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol., V., p. 160. 

3 This appears from a suit which took place at Michaelmas, 33 E. I., 1295, in 
which these persons were sued as such executors by Ealph Basset of Sapcote, to 
give up to him Amabel the daughter and heiress of Ealph de Kugby, whose ward- 
ship they claimed. In the following year Agnes de Somery appeared in Court and 
gave up the said Amabel. (" Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. VII., p. 32.) 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 31 

to Staffordshire, with the list of his knights' fees and the names of 
their several tenants. 

EXTENT of the manor of Honesworth, marie on Friday, in the feast of St, 
Andrew the Apostle, 1 in the twentieth year of the reign of King Edward, by 
Thomas de Attelberge, Simon le Skynnere, John de Barre, Henry de Oy liter, 
Ely de Machelan, William le Freman, Adam del Ree, Robert son of Walter, 
Simon de Aula, John Turnpeny Wido, " ad capud (sic) pontem," and John de 
Monte, who say upon their oath that the chief edifice with all issues is 
worth yearly 12c, and there is there one carucate of land worth yearly 30*. 
The meadow there is worth yearly 6s. The sale of underwood in the park of 
Honesworth, without waste being committed, is worth yearly 20.?. The 
herbage in the said park is worth yearly 20s. The herbage in severalty is 
worth yearly 10s. The fishery there is worth yearly I2d. The rents of 
the assize there are worth yearly .11 18s. 6d. The pleas and perquisities of 
court are worth yearly 13s. 4d. Also they say that the said manor of 
Honesworth is holden for the fourth part of one knight's fee, and it is worth 
in all issues 23 19s. 1(W. Also they say that John de Somery is son and 
next heir of the said Roger de Somery, and he will be 12 years old on the 
Monday next before the feast of St. Chad, 2 in the twentieth year of the 
King's reign. 

EXTENT of the manor of Roweleye, made on Friday, in the feast of St. 
Andrew the Apostle, in the twentieth year of the reign of King Edward, by 
Richard de Derybate . . . . de Broth, Roger de Derybate, Thomas de Wynes- 
thnrst, Philip ate Toun, John le Fevre, Philip de Brodehurst, John Martyn, 
Philip de . . . . , Henry de Muryhurst, Stephen ate Hade, and Richard 
Hewet, who say upon their oath that the chief edifice of Rowleye is worth in 
all issue? yearly 2s. There is there one carucate of land worth in all issues 30s. 

The meadow there is worth yearly 15s is worth 7s. The 

sale of underwood there is worth, without waste being committed, 6s. 8d. 
The pleas and perquisities of the court there are worth yearly .... 
The rents of assize yearly are 7 16s. Sd. Also they say that John de Somery 
is son and heir of the Lord Roger de Somery, and he will be 12 years old on 
Monday next before the feast of St. Chad, in the twentieth year of the 
reign of King Edward. They also say that the aforesaid manor of Roweleye, 
with the rents of assize and all issues, is worth yearly 22 7x. 4M. 

EXTENT of the manor of Mere, made on Friday, in the feast of St. 
Andrew the Apostle, in the twentieth year of the reign of King Edward, by 
Henry de Wyvereston, Jordan de Flexley, John Barre, Richard de Sustone, 
John de Gnoushall, William de Wottone. Richard de Coley, Hamon de Bosco, 
Henry de Wolastone, Adam de Cotene, Richard Martyn, and Thomas 
. . . . , who say upon their oath that Roger de Somery held the manor of 
Mere in the county of Stafford of the Lord the King in. capite, with all 
the members of the same manor ; and there is there one carucate of land, 
worth yearly 40s. The meadow there is worth 20s. There is there a certain 

1 St. Andrew the Apostle is 30th November (1291). 

2 St. Chad's feast is 2nd March (1292). 



o2 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

water-mill with a weir, worth yearly 8 marks. The herbage there is worth 
yearly 5s. The pannage there and the sale of underwood are worth yearly, 
without waste, 305. The pleas and perquisities of court are worth yearly 
60s. The fishery there is worth 2 marks yearly. The rents of the assize 
there are 21 2s. 3%d. Also they say that John de Somery is son and 
heir of the Lord Roger de Somery, and he will be 12 years of age on 
Monday next before 'the feast of St. Chad, in the twentieth year of the 
King's reign. Also they say that the said manor is worth yearly in all 
issues 40 15s. 3jc?., of which 10 105. are paid yearly at the King's 
Exchequer. 

EXTENT of the manor of Seggesley, made on the day of . . . . , in the 
twentieth year of the reign of King Edward, by Ealph de Bissebury, Philip 
de Seggesley, Warine de Pyme, William de Evertone, Eobert Buffar, Hervey 
de Hampton, Eichard Gerveyse, John de Mere, Hamoii de Fundemesle, 
Eichard le Wavere, John Hamonde, and John le Daye, who say upon their 
oath that the Lord Eoger de Somery held the manor of Seggesley in barony 
of the Lord the King in capite ; and the castle of Dudley is the chief 
edifice of the aforesaid barony ; and it is holden of the Lord the King in 
capite by the service of three knights in the time of war in Wales at his 
own cost, viz., for the term of forty days. They also say that the said castle 
with the edifices and rabbit warren, together with the vegetable garden, 
and the grange of Byarespol, is worth yearly 26s. 80?. There are there two 
carucates of land, which are worth by the year 4. The meadows there are 
worth by the year 20s. There are two* parks, the herbage of which is worth 
5, viz., the park of Duddeleye, and the herbage of the park of Olyngh (?) is 
worth yearly 40s. The mast of the parks and foreign woods is worth yearly 
60s. There are there two water-mills, which are worth yearly 29s. 4d. The 
fish-pond and the fishery .... are worth yearly 13s. 4d There is in the 
said manor of Seggesley of rent of assize 31 14s. There are there iron 
mines worth yearly 8. The ploughing of rushes is worth yearly 26s. 7d, 
The mines of sea coal are worth yearly 26s. 80?. The rustics give for 
collecting nuts there 13s. 4c?. The tallage of the rustics is worth 6. The 
small receipts from mowers, reapers, &c., are worth yearly 40s. The pannage 
of the same rustics is worth yearly 11s. The reliefs, fines, and heriots are 
worth yearly 20s. The pleas and perquisities of court are worth yearly 5. 
The customary tenants of Seggesley give yearly ten quarters of oats, worth 
yearly 10s. They owe also for carriage of wood, which is worth yearly 4s. 
They owe also for seeking for cranes, which is worth yearly I8d. They also 
ought to keep the Lord's whelps, which is worth yearly 3s. The saplings 
and underwood in the parks and foreign wood are worth yearly, without 
waste, 40s. They ought also to give hens at Christmas, worth yearly 5s. 

Of knights' fees they say that the Earl of Ferrers holds one fee, William 
de Burmingham holds nine fees and a half of a fourth part of one fee. 
Bernard de ....,, (illegible), one fee ; William de Overtone, two 
fees ; Sarah de Pebmore, one fee ; Henry de Haggel, one fee ; William de 
Berefort, John de Etone, William de Baylott, one fee ; Ealph de Basset of 
Drayton, one fee ; William Walrand, one fee and a half ; Thomas de Bradefe, 
half a fee : Eobert Buffery, one fee ; Eobert de Wystone, one fee ; John de 
Bradewall, Henry de Castell, Thomas de Bromwych, half a fee ; Eichard de 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 33 

Mar-ham, Walter Deveros, one fee ; Anseylim 4e Bromwych, half a fee ; 
William de Castel, half a fee ; Felicia de Barre, one fee. The pleas arid 
perquisites of the court and knights' fees, with wardships and reliefs, are 
worth yearly 40s. Also they say that John de Somery is son and next heir 
of the Lord Roger de Somery, and he will be twelve years old on Monday 
next before the Feast of St. Chad, in the twentieth year of the King's reign. 
Sum total of all the issues 89 4s. Gfc/. 

The aforesaid jurors say upon their oath, that Roger de Somery held the 
manors of Kyngeswynford and Clent of the Lard the King in capite at 
fee farm ; rendering therefor annually twenty-five marks at the King's 
Exchequer, and doing the service of two knights to the Lord the King in the 
time of war in Wales for the space of forty days at his own cost. There is at 
Swynford a chief edifice which is worth in all issues 6*. 8d. yearly, and one 
carucate of land worth yearly 40s. The meadow there is worth 26s. 8d. 
There is a wood there, the pasture of which is worth yearly 2s. The mast of 
the wood there is worth 10s. The sale of the underwood and saplings is worth 
yearly 20s. The mines of sea coal there are worth yearly 20s. There are there 
two churches with the advowsons. The rents of assize of the manors of 
Swynesford and Clent are worth 19 Os. ll^d. There are in the said manor 
of Swynesford besides Clent seven villeins who owe for pannage for their hogs 
every year 3s. ; and they ought to accommodate the cart horses at Seggesley 
and Wolleye, which is worth yearly 12c?. The pleas and perquisites of the 
court of Svvynefqrd and Clent are worth yearly 40s. The heriots and reliefs 
are worth yearly .... All the customary tenants of Swyneford ought 
to mow a certain meadow called Assort (sic), and carry the hay .... and 
that work is worth yearly 3s. The total of this extent of the aforesaid manors 
of Kyngge Swyneford and Clent in all issues is 28 3s. 4$d. yearly ; of which 
25 marks are paid yearly to the Lord the King at his Exchequer. Total 
that remains clear, 11 9s. ll^d. 

The extent of the advowsons of the churches which belonged to Roger de 
Somery, deceased, who held of the King in capite: 

The advowson of the Church of Bradefeld (Berks) is valued at 30 marks. 
The advowson of the Church of Kinggeswynford is valued at 30 marks. 

The advowson of the Church of Clent, with the Chapel of Rouleye, is valued 
at 30 marks. 

The advowson of the Church of Honesworth is valued at 30 marks. 

The advowson of the Church of Forton is valued at 30 marks. 

Sum total 150 marks, and so the lady's dower ought to be 50 marks. 

An inquisition made at Duddeley on Saturday next before the feast of St. 
Thomas the Apostle, 1 in the twentieth year of King Edward, by John de 
Herewalle (Heronville), Ralph de Bissebury,William de (Wrottesley), William 
le Sweyn, John de Mollesleye, Robert de Weston, Robert le Champion, Simon 
le Bedell, Robert de Bukingham, Roger de Asseleye, Henry Lambert, and 
John de Tackenhale, who say upon their oath that Andrew de Evenefeld held 
of William de Burmingham on the day of the death of Roger de Somery the 
manor of Evenefeld, together with the advowson of the church of the same 
manor by the service of one knight's fee ; and it is worth yearly in all issues 

1 St. Thongs the Apostlp is 21st December (1291). 



34 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

10 ; and the said William de Burmingham held of Roger de Someri that 
manor by the same service. Also they say that the said William de Bur- 
mingham held of the same Roger the moiety of the vill of Morf, by the 
service of the fourth part of one knight's fee, and it is worth by the year in 
all issues 100s. 

Also they say that Henry de Morf held of William de Burmingham on 
the day of the death of Roger de Someri the other moiety of the vill of Morf, 
by the service of the fourth part of one knight's fee, and it is worth yearly 
100s. ; and the said William de Burmingham on the day of the death of the 
said Roger held that moiety of the said Roger. Also they say that William 
de Overtone held of the same Roger on the day of the death of the said Roger 
the vills of Wombourne, Overtone, Oxeleye, and Bradeleye, by the service of 
two knights' fees, and they are worth yearly 20. 

And they say that Ralph de Biscebury held of William de Burmingham 
the manor of Byschebury, with the advowson of the church of the same manor, 
with the vills of Overpeime and Russhale, by the service of one knight's fee 
and a half, and they are worth yearly 20 ; and William de Burmingham held 
all the above of the said Roger de Somery on the day of his death. 

Also they say that John of Little Barre held of William de Burmingham 
the vill of Little Barre by the service of half a knight's fee, and it is 
worth yearly 100s. ; and William de Burmingham held of the said Roger 
on the day he died. Also they say that the lord of Pyrie held of the said 
William de Burmingham the vill of Pyrie by the service of one knight's 
fee, and it is worth yearly 10 ; and the said William de Burmingham held 
the said vill of the said Roger on the day that he died. Also they say that 
Wm. de Stafford held of Wm. de Burmingham the vill of Amelecote by the 
service of half a knight's fee, and it is worth yearly 100s. ; and Wm. de 
Burmingham held the said vill of the said Roger de Somery on the day that 
he died. Also they say that John de Tresel held of William the heir of 
Robert Walraund the vill of Tresel and the moiety of the vill of Seysdone, 
by the service of one knight's fee, and they are worth yearly 10 ; and the 
said William, the heir of Robert Walraund, held the same of the said Roger 
de Someri on the day that he died. Also they say that Thomas de Bradeleye 
held of Roger de Somery the other moiety of the vill of Seysdone on the day 
of the death of the said Roger by the service of half a knight's fee, and it is 
worth yearly 100s. And they say that Robert BufFery held of Roger de 
Somery on the day of his death the vill of Netherpenne by the service of one 
knight's fee, and it is worth yearly 10. Also they say that Wm. de Bere- 
ford and John de Etone held of Roger de Someri on the day of his death the 
Manor of Humeleye by the service of one knight's fee, and it is worth yearly 
10. Also they say that John de Cave and Hugh de Cave held of Robert de 
Swyston the vill of Essington by the service of one knight's fee, and it is 
worth yearly 10 ; and Robert de Swyston held the same of Roger de Someri 
on the day that he died. Also they say that Felicia de Barre held of Hugh 
de Plecy the manor of Barre by the service of one knight's fee, and it is 
worth yearly 20 ; and the said Hugh held the said manor of Roger de 
Someri on the day of his death. Also they say that Walter de Everos held 
of the said Roger on the day of his death the moiety of the manor of Brom- 
wiz by the service of half a knight's fee, and it is worth yearly 10. Also they 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 35 

say that Richard de Marham held of the said Roger de Soineri on the day 
that he died the other moiety of the Manor of Broiuwiz by the service of half 
a knight's fee, and it is worth yearly 10. Also they say that Italph Basset 
held of the said Roger on the day of his deatli the manor of Pattingham by 
the service of one knight's fee, and it is worth yearly '20. Also they nay 
that the advowson of the Church of Fortone pertained to Roger de Someri on 
the day of his death, and it is worth yearly 30 marks. Also they say that 
the advowson of the Church of Kinges Swyneford pertained to the said Roger 
de Someri on the day of his death, and it is worth yearly 130 marks ; and they 
say that the advowson of the Church of Clent with the Chapel of Rowleye 
pertained to Roger de Someri on the day of his death, and it is worth yearly 
30 marks. Also they say that the advowson of the Church of Honesworthe 
pertained to the said Roger on the day of his death, and it is worth yearly 30 
marks ; and they say that Philip de Lutteleye held of Henry de Haggeleye the 
vill of Lutteley by the service of the fourth part of one knight's fee, and it is 
worth yearly 20 ; and the said Henry de Haggeleye held the said vill of 
Roger de Someri on the day of the death of the said Roger. Total of all the 
aforesaid fees .205. 

EXTENT of the knights' fees which belonged to Roger de Somery, who held 
of the King in capite : 

. . . of a knight's fee which John de Middleton holds in Middleton 
(Surrey), is valued at 105*. 4d. 

Half a knight's fee which John de Selleye holds in Selleye, is valued at 
10 5*'. 

Half a knight's fee which John de Whetehamstede holds in Frankeley 
(co. Worcester), is extended to 7 85. Bd. 

One knight's fee which Wm. de Beauchamp Earl of Warwick holds in 
Belrie (Belbroughton, co. Worcester), is extended to 10 2s. 

One knight's fee which Henry de Haggeley holds in Haggeley (co. Wor- 
cester), is extended to 10. 

One knight's fee which the Lady of Pebbemore holds in Pebbeniore (co. 
Worcester), is extended to 6 13s. 4d. 

One knight's fee which Bernard de Bruys 1 holds izi Swyneford, is extended 
to 9. 

One knight's fee which Wm. Fokerham holds in Wernele, 2 is extended to 
6 175. Sd. 

1 Nash (" Hist. Wore.," Vol. II., p. 207) mentions a deed dated at Old Swmford 
14 E.H., (1320-21), whereby Bernard son of Bernard de Bruys quit-claims to John cle 
Soiuery Lord of Dudley all his right and interest in the manor of Oldswinford, together 
with the advowson of the Church ; and it appears that Bernard de Bruvs presented to 
the Rectory in 1285. The deed, Nash adds, is amo'ng Lord Lyttelton's evidences 
at Hagley, and is sealed with a plain cross with a chief. For '' cross " we should 
probably read saltire, for in a Roll of Arms of circa 2-7 E. II., 130S-15, "Sire 
Bernard de Brus " of co. Huntingdon, bears " De azure, a un sautoir de or, od 
le chef dc or." They were lords of Conington in Huntingdonshire, and a portion 
of the pedigree is given in Camden's Visitation of that shire made in 1013. 

2 This was Warley-Wigorn in Halesowen. See Nash, Vol. II., p. 523, where the 
family of Fokerharn is mcntione'l in connection with that place. 

D 2 



36 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

One fourth of a knight's fee which the Prior of Duddeley holds in Chirche- 
hull (co. Worcester), is extended to 405. 

One knight's fee which Koger de Tyringham holds in Tyringham (Bucks), 
is extended to 30. 

. . . of a knight's fee which Roger de Tyringham and Philip de Mont- 
gomery, the heirs of Roger de Furneys, hold in Embreton (Bucks), is extended 
to 8. 

One knight's fee which Win. Mordant holds in .... is extended to 
24s. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which Eobert de Egene holds in 
Egeney (? Bucks), is extended to 100s. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which the heir of Robert de la . . 
holds in Estwode, is extended to 100s r 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which Simon de Patileshull holds in 
Craule (Crawley, Bucks), is extended to 10. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which John de Lee holds in Caldecote 
(Bucks), is extended to 40s. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which John de Neuport holds in 
Wlston (Wolston, Bucks), is extended to 4, 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which Edmund de . . . . holds in 
. , . . is extended to 100s. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which holds in 

.... is extended to 30. 

(N.B. The seven next entries are illegible.) 

One knight's fee which John Fitz Richard and Reginald de Punchardun 
hold in Standford (Berks), is extended to 20. 

Two knights' fees which Walter de la Poyle holds in Ildeleye and 
Haddecote (Berks), are extended to 30. 

One knight's fee which William de Fokerham holds in Kyngeston (Berks), 
is extended to 20. 

One knight's fee which Roger de Englefeld holds in Englefeld, Humbye, 
and Cran,ford (Berks), is extended to 30. 

Half a knight's fee which Roger de Inkepenne holds in Inkepenne 
(Berks), is extended to 10. 

Half a knight's fee which Walter Deveros holds in Uffynton, is extended 
to 100s. 

One knight's fee which William de Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, holds 
in Cumpton (Berks), is extended to 30. 

One knight's fee which Hugh de Braunteston and Ralph de Kingeston 
hold in Yatingdon (Berks), is extended to X30. 

One knight's fee which David de Jarkenville holds in Abbiggeworth 
(? now Abinger) and Patynden (Surrey), is extended to 30. 

Half a knight's fee which the Prioress of Keleburn holds in Middleton, is 
extended to 100s. 

One knight's fee which William de Byrmingham holds in Byrmingham, 
is extended to (illegible). 

Half a knight's fee which the same William holds in Egebaston, is 
extended to 10. 



THE B A RONS OF DUDLEY. 37 

The fifth part of one knight's fee which Mabel daughter of Ranulph cle 
Rokeby (Rugby), (whose heir she is) holds in Salegl (/), is extended to 100. 

The thirty-third part of one knight's fee which William de Castro holds 
in Echeles (co. Warwick), is extended to 20* 

One-sixth part of one knight's fee which Anselm de Bromwych holds in 
Wode Bromwych, is extended to 10. 

The eighth part of one knight's fee which Henry Fitz Robert holds in 
Erdinton, is extended to 40s. 

The thirtieth part of one knight's fee which Henry de Cassello holds in 
Bromwych, is extended to 20s, 

The thirty-second part of one knight's fee which Thomas de Bromwyx 
holds in Brouiwyz, is extended to 20*. 

The twentieth part of one knight's fee which John de Bradewell holds in 
Bromwych, is extended to 60s. 

The thirty-second part of one knight's fee which Ralph de Arderne holds 
in Duddiston (co. Warwick), is extended to 20s. 

One knight's fee which Henry son of Henry de Erdinton, Henry dv 
Harecurt, Richard Russel, and Henry Rate hold in Erdinton, is extended 
to .15. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which John son of William de Ayxle 
holds in Wytton, is extended to 40s. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which Henry son of Henry de 
Erdinton holds in Aston and L>uddeston, is extended to 60s. 

One knight's fee which William de Byrniingham holds in Evenefekl 
(Eiiville), is extended to 10. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which the same William holds in 
Morf, is extended to 100s. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which the same William holds in the 
same vill, is extended to 100s. 

Two knights' fees which William de Overtone holds in Womburn, 
Overtou, Oxeley, and Bradeley, are extended to 20, 

One knight's fee and a half which William de Byrmicgham holds in 
Overpenne and Russhale, are extended to 20. 

Half a knight's fee which the same William holds in Little Baire, is 
extended to 100s. 

One knight's fee which the same W T illiam holds in Pyrie, is extended to 10. 

Half a knight's fee which the same William holds in Anielecote, is 
extended to 100s. 

One knight's fee which Robert Waleraund holds in Tresel and Seisdon, is 
extended to 10. 

Half a knight's fee which Thomas de Bradeley e holds in Seysdon, is 
extended to 100s. 

One knight's fee which Robert Boffry holds in Netherpenue, is extended 
to 10. 

One knight's fee which William de Burford and John de Eton hold in 
Humeleye, is extended to 10. 

One knight's fee which Robert de Swyston holds in Essiugton, is ex- 
tended to 10. 

1 No doubt Saltley, co. Warwick. See Dugdale's " Warwickshire," under Ssiltley. 



38 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

One knight's fee which Hugh de Plesey holds in Barre, is extended to 20. 

Half a knight's fee which Walter de Deveroys holds in Bruniwyz, is 
extended to 10. 

Half a knight's fee which Eichard de Marham holds in Brumwyz, is 
extended to 10. 

One knight's fee which Ealph Basset holds in Patyngham, is extended 
to 20. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee which Henry de Haggeleye holds in 
Lutteleye, is extended to .... 

Total of all fees, 777 165. 

Further inquisitions were taken in Worcestershire, 1 Warwick- 
shire, Berks, Bucks, etc.; and in 19 E. I. (Esch. No. 28) the King 
directed an inquest to be taken to inquire respecting the terms 
upon which Eoger held the manor of Eowley. Whereupon it was 
found that the said Eoger held the said manor of William de 
Ettlynges for the term of his life, but if the said Eoger died within 
the term of twenty years, his heirs and executors should hold the 
manor to the end of the term of twenty years. 

At Hilary, 20 E. I., 1292, Matilda widow of William Declinge " 
had sued Eoger de Somery (who was then dead) and other tenants, 
for dower in Eowley Eegis, and on the Banco Eoll of Easter, 24 E. 
I., 1296, we read that Matilda's suit is respited till the Octaves of 
St. Michael, reference not having yet been made to the King 
concerning it. 2 

Besides John his son and successor, 3 Roger de Somery had 
issue by Agnes a second son Eoger, and two daughters, Margaret 
and Joan, of whom hereafter as coheirs to their brother John. 

J The Worcestershire jury say that John, the son and heir, will be thirteen on 
the Monday before St. Chad's day ; and the Warwickshire jury state his age at 
thirteen on the purification of the Virgin next, i.e., 2nd February, 1292. 

2 " Staffordshire Historical Collections " Vol. VII, p, 33. 

2 It is very remarkable that Dugdale, although he refers to the "Esch. 19 E. I., 
No. 14, " as his authority, asserts that Roger de Somery died " leaving Roger his son 
and heir twelve years old." He adds that the wardship of this Roger was com- 
mitted to John de St. John, but " he died without issue, as it seems, for it appears 
that John bis brother became his heir and had not accomplished his full age in 28 
E. I., 1300." Almost every subsequent writer has repeated this erroneous statement, 
and Mr. Twamley actually asserts that this Roger "died in the year 1300 (28 E. I.), 
and was buried in the Priory Church." Mr. Cussans in his recently published 
History of Herts, sub " Bigrave," states correctly that John was the eldest son of Roger 
and Agnes, but he absurdly adds that this John " died s.p. before 1306, as Roger 
his brother was then heir," his authority being " Inq. ad quod damnuni 35 E. I., No. 
75," a document which certainly does not in any way support his assertion. See 
an abstract of it hereafter. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 39 

The widow Agnes liad assigned to her for dower (inter alia) the 
manors of Bradfield, Berks, Weoley, co. Worcester, and Handsworth, 
co. Stafford. She also held the manor of Eowley Eegis for the 
unexpired term therein, under her husband's will, and in 31 E. I., 
1303, had a grant of free warren therein. 1 

In 21 E. I., 1293, 2 Agnes de Somery was summoned to show her 
right to hold pleas of the Crown, and to have free warren, market, 
gallows, and waif in her manors of Handsworth and Eowley. She 
stated as regards the former manor that she held it in dower of 
the inheritance of John son and heir of Eoger de Somery, who 
was under age and in ward to the King; and as to the latter, that 
the said Eoger her husband had held the manor of Eowley by a 
demise made to him for a term of sixteen (sic) years by one 
William de Eclingge, and Eoger had left his interest in it to her 
by will. 

At the same assize the jury presented that Roger de Somery 
held of the King in capite 100 of land in Sedgley, Swinford, and 
Clent, and that John his son was under age, and in ward, by the con- 
cession of the King, to John de St. John, and that he, the baid St. 
John, then held the said vills. In 20 E. I., 1292, there was an 
inquisition as to the damage done in the parks and woods of Eoger 
de Somery, deceased, especially in the new park of Weoley, the 
chase of Pennyoke, and Dudley, as well during the time when 
the custody of such lands was in the King's hands, as when they 
were in the hands of John de St. John by concession of the King. 3 

At the Assizes at Wolverhampton, Michaelmas, 21 E. I., 1293, 
Agnes de Somery and others were sued by John de Paries for 
unjustly disseising him of the manor of Handsworth. Agnes, as 
tenant of the manor, answered that Eoger de Somery her deceased 
husband, and father of John de Somery, died seised of the tenement, 
and after his death the King had taken it into his hands by his 
Escheator, and it had been assigned to her as part of her dower 
out of the lands of Eoger which are in the King's hands by reason 
of the minority of John de Somery. In July, 29 E. I., 1301, this 
claim was renewed, John de Somery being included, and Agnes 
again answered (as tenant) to the same effect. Ultimately John 
de Paries withdrew his suit. 

Afterwards Walter Devereux was in suit with Agnes respecting 

1 Cal. Kot. Chart., p. 134. 

2 Assize Boll 21 E. I., "Staffordshire Historical Collection?," Vol. VI., p. 242. 

3 Inq. 20 E I., No. 121, Cal. Gen., p. 448. 



40 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

certain tenements in West Bromwich, but in 32 E. I., 1304, he with- 
drew. 

The name of Agnes de Somery appears among those summoned 
to attend the coronation of King Edward II., in February, 1308, 
and she died soon after. Her Inq. p.m. was taken in 2 E. II., 
1-308-9 (Esch. No. 58), when the jury found that she held lands 
in Berks, Beds, etc., and that John de Somery was her son and heir, 
and then aged 28. 

With regard to Koger the younger son of Eoger de Somery and 
Agnes, it appears from the Plea Rolls (Gaol Delivery at Stafford), 
Michaelmas, 34 E. I, 1306, that Walter de Wynterton had feloni- 
ously slain Eoger son of Eoger Somery in the wood of Wolver- 
hampton. In May following (feast of St. Nicholas, 34 E. I.) Walter 
de Wynterton appeared before the King's Justices and produced 
his charter of pardon by which the outlawry promulgated against 
him was superseded. In July, 1306, we read, among the fines 
made at Stafford : " For the chattels of Walter de Wynterton, con- 
fiscated for his flight, 12s. 8^.; J> and at the Gaol Delivery at Stafford 
on Friday before the feast of St. Margaret the Virgin (July), 34 
E. I., it is stated that Walter de Wynterton, taken for the death 
of John son of John de Somery, produced the King's letters of 
pardon. 

I take it that " John son of John "is an error-. For John (the 
next Baron) was at that date only about twenty-seven years of age. 
But notwithstanding the very clear assertion of the murder, it is 
'eertain-^or appears so that Eoger son of Agnes de Somery was 
living in November, 1306. Among the Inquisitiones post mortem 
x)f 35 E. I., is an inquisition ad quod damnuni (No. 75). The writ 
is dated 22nd November, 35 E. 1, 1306, and is addressed to the King's 
Escheator " ultra Trentam," to inquire if it would be to the King's 
loss if he conceded to Agnes " quee fuit uxor Eog'i de Somery, et 
Eog'o fir ejus " the manor of Prestwood " quod est juxta metas 
forestse nostrse de Kynfare, una cum ballia custodiendi Hayam 
nostram de Ashewode in eadem forest^," which William son of 
Adam de Chetwynd 1 had given by his charter to the said Agnes 



1 In 22 and 27 E. I. William son of Adam de Chetwynd sued Richard de Prest- 
wood for causing waste in Prestwood, and it appears that in 20 E I. Eichard de 
Prestwood had granted (with the King's consent) to Chetwynd the tenement of 
Prestwood within the forest of Kinver, and that Chetwynd had subsequently ad- 
mitted Eichard de Prestwood as a life tenant. (See " Staffordshire Historical Col- 
lections," Vol. VII., pp. 9 and 53. Also Charter Eoll 20 E. I., No. 11.) 



THE KARONS OF DUDLEY. 41 

and Eoger. The inquisition was taken at Kingswinford on Monday 
next before the Feast of St. Chad the Bishop (March), 35 E. I., 
1307, when the jury found that it would not be "ad dampnum Regis." 

As this Roger, though called son of Afjnes de Somery, is not 
expressly stated to have been son of Itoyer, Lipscomb (Bucks) asks, 
" Might not this Roger be a son of Agnes by a second husband ?" 

If so he must have been a child in 1307, seeing that Roger 
husband of Agnes died in 1291, and it does not appear that Agnes 
was ever re-married. 1 For niy part I must leave the matter as I find it. 

John de Somery succeeded his father. Dugdale states that in 
29 E. I., 1301, " whether then of age I cannot say,"* he was " in that 
expedition then made into Scotland," for which he cites the Scotch 
Roll of that year m. 1, but his name does not appear among the 
Staffordshire tenants summoned on that occasion given in " Staf- 
fordshire Historical Collections, Vol. VII I., p. 22 d seq. In 1303, 
however, he had letters of protection, dated 21st March, and in the 
same year he wns exempted by writ from the payment of the 
scutage of 31 E. I., " the said John having found his full service 
with the King's army in that year. (Ibid., p. 26.) In 34 E. I., 
1306, writes Dugdale, he received the honour of Knighthood by 
bathing, etc., with Prince Edward and many others." Those who were 
knighted on this solemn occasion received suitable apparel from the 
royal wardrobe, and were ordered to meet the King at Carlisle with 
horses and arms to repress the rebellion of the Scots. In 4 E. II., 
1310, he was employed again in the Scotch wars, and in 8 E. II., 
just after the disaster at Bannockburn, he was one of those who 
were summoned by an urgent writ, dated 30th June from Berwick, 
whither the King had retired or rather fled to assemble at New- 
castle on the 15th of August for the defence of the North of 
England. In 7 E. II., 1313-14, he had licence to alienate a moiety 
of the manor of Walsall to Ralph Basset of Drayton. (Inq_. ad q. 
d. 7 E. II., No. 64.) 

In 1319 John de Sutton, his brother-in-law, described as being 
in his retinue, had letters of protection, and in the following year 



1 It should be mentioned that Lipscomb follows Dugdale in making Roger the 
eldest son of Roger and Agnes, and is therefore puzzled to account for his beiug 
alive 1307, at which date, according to Dugdale, he was dead s.p. and succeeded by 
his brother John. Hence he suggests that the Roger son of Agnes of the inquisition 
was not a Somery at all, but a son of Agnes by a second husband. 

2 As he, was aged 12 or 13 in 1291, he must bave been of age in 1301 ; but, as 
before stated, Dugdale supposed that he had succeeded his elder broth* r. 



42 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

he himself had similar letters to last till Christmas, dated from 
York, 20th July, John de Sutton being again in his retinue. From 
this date he was in constant military employment, and a few 
months before his death, upon the execution at Pontefract of 
Thomas Earl of Lancaster, he was employed with Ealph Basset of 
Dray ton, by special precept of the King, to seize the Castle of 
Ken il worth. John de Somery was summoned to Parliament from 
the 1st to the 15th E. II. ; he died s.p. 29th December, 1321, 
leaving a widow Lucy and two sisters his coheirs. 

John de Somery was a gallant warrior, and served his King 
and country with zealous fidelity, but he appears to have had an 
evil reputation in his own country if we are to believe a com- 
plaint made against him to the King by William de Bereford and 
others in 4 E. II., 1310-11. It was alleged that " he had taken upon 
him so great authority in Staffordshire that no man could have law 
or reason by means thereof, and that he domineered there more 
than a king ; as also that it was no abiding for any man in those 
parts except he well bribed the said John de Somery for protection, 
or yielded him much assistance towards the building of his castle, 1 
and that the said John did use to beset men's houses in that 
county for to murther them, as also extorted large sums of money 
from them." 2 The King appointed William de Trussell and Alan 
la Zouche to inquire into the truth of these allegations, but un- 
fortunately the result of their inquiries is not on record. 

The- writ of " diem clausit extrernum " on the death of John 
de Somery for his Staffordshire lands is dated at Leigh, 24th 
August, 16 E. II., 1322, and one inquest was made at Stafford on 
6th December, 16 E. II., 1322, and another at Wolverhampton on 

Sunday next after the feast of (illegible), 16 E. II 

The jury found that his two sisters, Margaret the wife of John 
de Sutton, then aged 32, and Joan widow of John de Botetort, aged 
30, were his next heirs. 3 Margaret the elder sister, as was then 
the custom, took the castle of Dudley, the " caput Baronia3," and was 
ancestress of the Suttons, subsequent Barons of Dudley. The 

1 The castle of Dudley, was unfinished at the death of Bogerde Somery, John's 
grandfather, in 1 E. I., 1273 ; indeed the inquisition states it as heing then only 
"newly commenced," although the King's licence had been obtained nine years pre- 
viously, viz., in 1264. Nothing is said as to its state in the inq. of 19 E. I., but it 
seems that, in 1210 it was still in an unfinished state. Probably however John de 
Somery merely enlarged it by additions to the works commenced by his grandfather. 

2 Dugdale, "Warwickshire," sub Billesley, edition of 1765, p. 501. 

3 Esch. 16 E. II., No. 72. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 43 

following extract from the Close Roll of 16 E. II., shows how 
the several estates were disposed of between the two coheirs, and 
the dower assigned out of them to the widow Lucy. 

M. 20. 

Mandate to Master John "Walewyn, Escheator beyond the Trent, stating 
that out of the lands and tenements which belonged to John de Sornery, 
deceased, who held of the King in capite on the day of his death, and which 
at his death were taken into the King's hands, and with the assent of John 
de Sutton and Margaret his wife (the eldest sister of the said John de 
Somery), and Joan who was the wife of John Botetourt (another of the 
sisters and heirs of the said John de Somery), the King lias assigned to Lucy, 
who was the wife of the said John de Somery, the undermentioned lands 
and tenements, viz. : The manor of Newport Paynel in Bucks, which is 
valued at 56 18s. 4c/. per annum. The manor of Bradeh'eld in Berkshire, 
valued at 40 10s. 10]rf. per annum. The manor of Soleham in the said 
county, valued at 4 9s. G\d. per annum. Lands in Bastenden in the same 
county, valued at G lO.s. O'/. The manor of Old Swyneford in Worcester- 
shire, valued at 9 10s. ScL per annum. Certain lands and tenements in 
Eouley-Somery in co. Stafford, valued at 75s. 6d. per annum. Certain lands 
and tenements in Prestwode, in the forest of Kynefare, in the said county, 
valued at 31s. 6d. per annum. To hold to her, the said Lucy, in dower 
according to the law and custom of the Realm. Dated at York, 22nd Nov- 
ember (1322). 

M. 16. 

Mandate to Peter Corbet, Warden of the forest of Kynefare, or his deputy, 
stating that on 22nd November last past, the King, inter alia y assigned to Lucy 
widow of John de Somery certain lands and tenements in Prestwode in the 
forest of Kynefare, to hold in dower, and if the bailiwick of the Haye of 
Ashwode in the said forest be appurtenant to the said lands and tenements 
of Prestwode, then the said bailiwick is also to be assigned to her. Dated at 
Stowe Park, 20th January (1323). 

Mandate to Master John Walewayn, Escheator beyond the Trent, to 
cause Lucy widow of John de Somery to have the advowson of the Churches 
of Clent and Rouley, co. Stafford, valued at fifty marks, to hold in dower 
according to the custom of the Realm. Dated at Cowick, 15th January (1323). 

M. 13. 

Mandate to John Walewayn, Escheator beyond the Trent, stating th.it 
the King has assigned (with the assent of Joan who was the wife of Thomas 
Botetourt, the second sister and one of the heirs of John de Somery, deceased) 
to John de Sutton and Margaret his wife (eldest of the sisters and heirs of 
the said John de Somery) the undermentioned knights' fees, viz.: 

One knight's fee in Evernefeld, co. Stafford, which William de Birmingham 
holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

The moiety of one knight's fee in Morf in the same county, which the 
same William holds, and which is valued at 20s. per annum. 



44 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

One knight's fee and a half in Overpenne, Rushale, and Bisshebury in the 
said county, which the same William holds, and which is valued at 60s. per 
annum. 

The moiety of one knight's fee in Little Barre in the same county, which 
the said William holds, and which is valued at 20s. per annum. 

One knight's fee in Pyrye in the same county, which the same William 
holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

The moiety of one knight's fee in Amelecote in the same county, which 
the said William holds, and which is valued at 20s. per annum. 

The third part of one knight's fee in Wovere in the same county, which 
William de Wovere holds, and which is valued at 13s. 4d. per annum. 

One knight's fee in Tresel, in the said county, which the heirs of Eobert 
Walraund hold, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

The moiety of one knight's fee in Seysedon, in the same county, which 
Thomas de Bradeleye holds, and which is valued at 20s. per annum. 

One knight's fee in Netherpenne, in the same county, which Robert 
Buffri holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

One knight's fee in Esyngton, in the same county, which Robert de 
Esyngton holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

One knight's fee in Humelye, in the same county, which William de 
Bereford holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

One knight's fee in Great Barre, in the same county, which Hugh de 
Plecy holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

One knight's fee in Patyngham, in the same county, which Ralph Basset 
holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

The fourth part of one knight's fee in Lutteley, in the same county, which 
Edmund de Haggeley holds, and which is valued at 10s. per annum. 

Two knights' fees in Overeton and Worn burn, in the same county, which 
Thomas de Overeton holds, and which are valued at <4 per annum. 

One knight's fee in Birmyngham, in the county of Warwick, which William 
de Birmingham holds, together with the marriage of the heir of the said 
William, when it shall happen, which is valued at 40s. 

One knight's fee in Kyngeston, in the county of Oxford, which the same 
William holds, and which is valued at 40s. per annum. 

To have in purparty of the same Margaret of the fees aforesaid, according 
to the law and custom of the Realm. 

The King has also assigned, with the assent of the aforesaid Joan, to the 
aforesaid John and Margaret, out of the knights' fees which Lucy (who was 
the wife of the aforesaid John de Somery) holds in dower of the inheritance 
aforesaid, and which after the death of the aforesaid Lucy ought to revert 
to the aforesaid Margaret and Joan, the undermentioned fees. [Here certain 
fees are set out as above in the counties of Surrey and Berks.] 

The Escheator is therefore commanded to give seisin of the said fees to 
the said John and Margaret, and which were taken into the King's hands on 
account of the death of John de Somery, the brother of the said Margaret 
and Joan. Dated at Aberford, 20th February (1323). 

Mandate to the same Escheator that, out of the advowsons of churches 
which belonged to the said John de Somery on his death, and which on that 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 45 

account were taken into the King's hands, with the assent of Joan who was 
the wife of Thomas Botetourt, second sister, and one of the heirs of the 
aforesaid John de Soniery, he is to assign to John de Sutton and Margaret 
his wife, the eldest of the sisters and heirs of the said John de Soniery, the 
undermentioned advowsons, viz. : 

The advowson of the Priory of Duddeley in the county of Stafford, which 
is valued at 40 marks per annum. The advowson of the Free Chapel of 
the Castle of Duddeleye in the same county, which is valued at 6*. Sd. per 
annum ; and the advowson of the Church of Kynggeswinford in the same 
county, which is valued at 20 per annum. To have to the same Margaret 
as her purparty, and also to assign to the aforesaid John and Margaret, 
with the assent of the said Joan, the advowson of the Church of Bradefield 
in the county of Berks, which Lucy who was the wife of the said John de 
Somery holds in dower of the aforesaid inheritance, and which after the 
death of the aforesaid Lucy ought to revert to the aforesaid John and 
Margaret and Joan, and the heirs of the said Joan and Margaret, and which 
is valued at 25 marks per annum. 

Dated at Aberford, 26th February (1323). 

Mandate to the same escheator to assign to Joan who was the wife of 
Thomas Botetourt, the second sister and heir of John de Somery, the 
undermentioned fees, viz. : 

The moiety of one knight's fee in West Bromwych in the county of 
Stafford, which Richard de Marham holds, and which is valued at 20.?. per 
annum. The moiety of one knight's fee in the same vill which Stephen 
Deveros holds, and which is valued at 20s. per annum ; and also various 
knights' fees in Egbaston, Saltleye, Netheles, Bromwych, Castel Bromwych, 
Erdington, Dodyston, Wytton, Aston in the county of Warwick ; in Haggele, 
Pebmore, Fraunkeleye, Chirchehill, Belnebrocton, Selley, Northfield, in co. 
Wore. ; in Bernak in co. North ton. ; in Teryngham, Filgrave, Astwode, 
Hoggeston, Dorton, Eselberewe, and Wersleye in co, Bucks ; and in 
Tholthorpe in co. Rutland. 

Dated at Aberford, 26th February. 

Mandate to the same escheator to assign to Joan who was the wife of 
Thomas Botetonrt, second sister and heir of John de Somery, the advowson of 
the Church of Mere in Forton, co. Stafford, valued at 20 per annum ; 
and the advowson of the Church of Honesworth, in same county (at every other 
presentation), worth 40 marks per annum ; the advowson of the Church of 
Old Swynford in the county of Worcester, valued at 10 per annum ; and the 
advowson of the Church of Clent, in county Stafford, which Lucy widow of 
the said John de Somery holds in dower. 

Dated at Aberford, 26th February. 



46 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 



SUTTON ALIAS DUDLEY. 

"In the time of Queen Elizabeth "(says Dugdale 1 )," when Ambrose 
Dudley Earl of Warwick, and Eobert, his brother, Earl of Leicester 
(sons to John Dudley, sometime Viscount L'Isle, Earl of Warwick, 
and lastly, Duke of Northumberland), powerful men in their day, 
did nourish, the most learned and expertest genealogists of that age 
spared not their endeavours to magnify this family whence those 
great men did, by a younger son, derive their descent. Some 
deducing it from Sutton of Button in Holderness 2 (not far from 
Kingston-upon-Hull in Yorkshire); some from the Buttons of 
Sutton Madoc 3 in Shropshire ; but others from Sutton of Sutton 
upon Trent, near Newark in com. Notts, whence the Suttons of 
Aram, near at hand, are descended. Of which opinion was the 
right learned and judicious Eobert Glover, then Somerset Herald, 
and Henry Eerrers, of Baddesley Clinton, in com. War., Esquire 
(a person likewise much versed in these studies); all of them 
giving probable reasons for those their various conjectures. 

" But that these Suttons of Dudley did spring from Hugh de 
Sutton, who married Elizabeth the daughter and heir to William 
Patric, lord of the moiety of the Barony of Malpas, in com. Cestr., 
most of them do agree ; and that the same Hugh had issue 
Eichard, who took to wife Isabel 4 the sole daughter and heir of 
Eotheric the son of Gryffin, and he Sir John Sutton, Knight, who 
by his deed bearing date in 16 E. II. (1322-3), and sealed with a 
cross fleure' upon his shield, calls himself Dominus de Shokelache 
et de Malo Passu, and married Margaret, one of the sisters and 
coheirs to John de Somerie, Baron of Dudley. 

" Among these different opinions, therefore, to put it out of doubt, 
I shall here exhibit an extract from an original deed, 5 bearing date 
at Dudley on Monday preceding the feast of the Annunciation of 
the Blessed Virgin, in 12 E. III. (March, 1338) : ' Sciant presentes 
et futuri quod Ego Johannes, nlius Johannis de Sutton super Trent, 
Dominus de Dudleye, dedi, concessi, et hac presenti carta mea, 

1 "Baronage," Vol. L, p. 214. 

2 "Sampson Erdeswick, Esq." 

a " "Will. Harvey and Eobert Cooke, Clarencieulx Kings of Armes." 

4 " Ex. Coll. E. Gl[over], S[omerset]." 

5 " Autogr. in Bibl. Cotton." 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 47 

confirniavi Will, filio Petri, Constabularies castri inei de Dudley, 
pro bono servicio suo, unam placeam, longitudine sexdecem pedes, 
et in latitudine tantum, ad superaedificandum ; et jacet inter 
shopam Thomas Astlyn, et crucem vilhe pnedictee, ex utriique 
parte, etc. Hiis Testibus : Fratre Thoma de Londuniis (qui hanc 
scripsit) priore de Dudley, Ricardo Frebody, Will. Fisher, ete.' 

" Wliich deed is sealed with his seal of arms, viz., two lions 
passant, he bearing that coat in honour of his mother the coheir 
of Someri." 

Now Dugdale is quite correct in deducing these Buttons from 
those of Sutton upon Trent, but he is wrong in giving one Ihiyh 
de Sutton as their ancestor. It was Richard de Button (son of 
Robert) who married Isabella (not Elizabeth) daughter and heiress 
of William Patrick; and Roderic son of Griffin was the second 
husband of Beatrice (ne Malpas) the mother of the said Isabella. 

In this, however, he simply follows Glover, whose collections he 
indeed cites as his authority. With reference to what he says 
respecting the disputed origin of this family, it is well to quote 
what Erdeswick writes on that subject : " It is well known," he 
says (edition 1844, p. 331 et seq.), " that Sir John Sutton who married 
Somery's daughter and heir was the son of Sir Richard Sutton 
Knight, and Isabel his wife, daughter and sole heir of William 
Patrick and Beatrice his wife, elder and one of the two daughters 
and heirs of David, the bastard son of Sir William Malpas, Knight, 
Baron of Malpas. . . . Which David intruded himself into 
the lands and Barony of Malpas, and left the same to his two 
daughters, whereby a moiety of the same came to the possession of 
Sir Richard Sutton. 

" Sir Richard Sutton was the son of one Huyh Sutton, but from 
whom, or of what house, the said Hugh Sutton should descend, 
or what arms he should bear, hath been a great question amongst 
the antiquaries and heralds of this age. 

"Alleyne Sutton, 1 Harvye, Clarencieulx, and, after them, Cooke, 
Clarencieux (a follower of Leicester), would first have him to be 
descended from Sutton of Sutton in Cheshire (being near unto 
Macclesh'eld), and, after from one Saherus de Sutton, a great and 
ancient family in Holderness in Yorkshire. 2 

1 Of Over Ilacldon, co. Derby, claiming descent from the Suttons of Sutton, co. 
Chester. He is referred to in some lines prefixed to Boswell's " Works of Armorie," 
published in 1572. Conf. " The Herald and Genealogist," Vol. II., pp 92, <k89. 

2 Sec a pedigree in Harl. MS. 1355 (printed in Hurl. Soc., Vol. IV., p 1S6) which U 



48 THE BARONS QF DUDLEY, 

Eobert Glover (late Somerset) thought he came from Wir-kern 
sope, vulg. y Worsope, in Nottinghamshire, and so would have it 
seem that Sutton of Averam in the same shire, and this Hugh, 
should be both of one family. That Sutton of Averam descended 
from Worsope, I have seen a matter that might induce a man so 
to think; but I never saw likely matter for proof, or but for 
conjecture, to cause a man once to think that this Hugh should 
come from thence, 

" And now, lastly, Mr, Henry Ferrers thinketh that he took his 
name of a manor called Sutton super Trentam, for which he 
sheweth some proof that Sir John Sutton, son of Sir John, writeth 
himself de Sutton super Trentam/' 

Erdeswick agrees with none of these " Antiquaries aud Heralds," 
but contends that the Sutton Dudleys sprang from a family of the 
name seated at Sutton-Madoc in Shropshire, but he has nothing 
to offer in support of his contention, save conjecture-^indeed he 
admits as much, only he conceives that his are " more probable 
conjectures and likelier guesses than any that hath been yet 
made." 

All these old writers agree that Biohard Sutton was the son of 
one Hugh Sutton, and even Ormerod and his editor Mr. Helsby 
retain him. 1 That Hugh existed, and that he had a son Eichard, 
appears to be proven from a deed cited by Ormerod, whereby 
" Kichard son of Hugh de Sutton " gives lands (it is not stated 
where) to John de Hole and Matilda his wife in the time of Eobert 
de Holand, Justice of Chester. But there is no proof whatever of 

stated to have been " taken out of an old Booke of Evidences kept in the Abbey of 
Meux." In this pedigree Sir Richard Sutton (who married, it is stated, " Isabell d. 
and sole heire of John Paganell, Baron Dudlye and Earle of Somery," and was father 
by her of " Sir John Sutton, .Knight, Baron Dudley ") is made a son of " Serius Lord 
Sutton of Sutton in Holderness," by Anne daughter of William Lord Eosse. Thomas 
Sutton, " of whome is descended Sutton of Averham," is made another son of the same 
" Serius," and a third son, by name Amandus, is made ancestor of Sutton of 
Worksop. An account of the Suttons of Holderness is given by Banks, " Barones 
Pretermissi," p. 139. 

1 " Of the origin of the Suttons" (says Dr. Ormerod) " nothing can be spoken with 
certainty. It is, however, the opinion of two very cqmpetent judges, Erdeswick and 
Dugdale, that they sprang from the Shropshire family of that name." This is a 
remarkable statement ; for though he is right as regards Erdeswick, Dugdale 
nowhere claims for the Suttons a Salopian origin. On the contrary (see his 
ipsissima verba ante) he flourishes in the faces of the disputants a deed which 
establishes the connection with Sutton upon Trent. The Sutton pedigree as put 
forth by Ormerod is inaccurate, and it has been by no means improved by Mr. 
Helsby. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 49 

the identity of Richard son of Hugh de Sutton with Richard 
ancestor of Lord Dudley ; and in fact it is quite clear that the 
latter was the son of Robert Sutton of Worksop, Notts, descended 
from the Suttons of Aram, as Glover contended. 

The true pedigree is as follows : 

Hervey de Sutton, of Sutton-on-Trent, had issue three sons, 1, 
Robert, who died s.p.-, 2, Richard, who had five daughters only; 
and 3, Rowland Sutton of Averam, or Aram, Notts. 

Rowland Sutton married Alice, the younger of the two daughters 
of Richard de Lexington, and sister and coheiress of John de 
Lexington, Chief Justice of the Forests north of Trent, and of 
Henry de Lexington, Bishop of Lincoln. 

The post mortem inquisition on John de Lexington was taken 
in 41 H. III., 1257, when it was found that Henry Bishop of Lin- 
coln was his brother and next heir. (Esch. 41 H. III., No. 12.) He 
left a widow, afterwards married to Roger de Merley, who died 20 
E. L, 1292, when it was found by inquisition that she held lands 
in dower in the manor of Worksop of Richard son and heir of 
Robert de Sutton. (Esch. 20 E. I., No. 13.) The Bishop's inquest 
was taken in 42 H. III., 1258, and the jury found that his next 
heirs were Richard de Marcham (son and heir of William de 
Marcham, by Cicely Lexington, sister and coheir of the defunct), 
and William de Sutton, son of Alice the other coheir, and that 
Marcham was aged fifty and Sutton forty. 

By the said Alice his wife Rowland Sutton had issue William 
his heir, and Robert, to whom Robert Suttou his nephew (son of 
William) granted the manor of Aram by the service of two 
knights' fees. He was ancestor of the Suttons of Aram, Lords 
Lexington, etc. 

William Sutton, son and heir of Rowland, and one of the heirs 
of Bishop Lexington, was twice married. His first wife was named 
Matilda, and in 34 H. Ill, 1250, William de Sutton and Matilda 
his wife, and Alice, sister of the said Matilda fine half a mark for a 
writ of pone to Lincoln. 1 His second wife was Eva, who survived 
him and re-married one Robert Paynel. 2 His post mortem inquest 

1 Ex. e Kot. Fin., Vol. IT., p. 75. 

2 This is proved by an inquisition taken in 4 E. L, 1270 (Esch. No. 65), of which 
the following abstract is given in the " Calendarium Gen -alogicum," p. 243 : 
" Robert Pajnel et Eva uxor ejus. De servitiis, consuetudinibus, etc., qua? iidem 
Robertus et Eva a tenentibus suis exigunt. Quondam quidam Hugo Bardolf 
tenementa sua in Honnlegh et Horton [Oxon] una cum servitiis, etc., vendidit Roberto 



50 THE BAEONS OF DUDLEY. 

was taken in 52 H. III., 1268 (Esch. No. 33) when it was found 
that he died seised of the manor of Worksop, Notts, and that 
Bobert was his son and heir, and of full age, viz., aged twenty-seven 
years. 

Eobert de Sutton of Worksop and Aston de Walls (the latter 
inherited from Lexington) gave the manor of Aram as above stated 
to his uncle Eobert. He died 2 E. I., 1273-4, seised (inter alia) of 
the manor and advowson of Worksop, the manor of Sutton, Notts, 
and Aston le Walls and Byfield in Northamptonshire. Eichard de 
Sutton was his son and heir, and was aged eight at the feast of St. 
Michael in 2 E. I., 1274. Margaret, widow of John de Lexington, 
was then living, and had dower in the Nottinghamshire lands. The 
dower of Johanna, the widow of the said defunct, " adhuc restat 
assignanda." 1 

Eichard de Sutton of Worksop and Aston le Walls, son and 
heir of Eobert, brought considerable estates at Malpas, Shocklach, 
and elsewhere in Cheshire, to his descendants by his marriage with 
Isabella daughter and sole heiress of William Patrick, lord of a 
moiety of Malpas, by Beatrice his wife, daughter and coheiress of 
David Malpas (natural son of William de Malpas), who, as Erdes- 
wick puts it, had " intruded himself into the lands and Barony of 
Malpas;" which Beatrice was re-married to Eoderick ap Griffin, 
but died s.p. by him. 

de Lexinton, et postea idem Robertus dicta tenementa Johanni de Lexington dedit, 
tempore Henrici Regis, qui dicta servitia, etc., recepit toto tempore vitse suse ; et post 
decessum dicti Johannis, Henricus de Lexinton haeres ejus, Episcopus Lincoln', dicta 
servitia, etc., per totam vitam suam recepit ; et post decessum dicti Henrici, quidam 
Willielmus de Sutton, alias Sottori, nepos suus et hseres, dicta servitia, etc., per totam 
vita in suam recepit ; et post decessum dicti Willielmi, Robertus de Sotton, films et 
hseres suus, dotavit Kvam, quondam uxorem dicti Willielmi de Sotton patris sui, quae 
nunc est uxor Roberli Payniel, de prsedictis tenementis, etc." 

1 (Esch. No. 17, 2 E. I.) In a pedigree of Sutton in the Harl. MS. 1555, the wife 
of this Robert is given as " Lucia d. and heire of S r Rowland Bartram, Knt., 19 E. 
I.," whose arms were Or, a lion rampant vert. This is supported by a copy of a 
charter dated at Lincoln "19 Regis Edwardi" (A.D. 1291), whereby Rolandus 
Bartram, miles, gives to his daughter Lucy, the wife of Robert de Sutton, all his 
manors and tenements in tne counties of Lincoln and Notts, " et bared' suis, et in 
reversione Isabellas sororis suae et haeredibus Isabellas." This is sealed with a lion 
rampant on a shield, with the legend, " Sigillum Rolandi de Bertram." As Robert 
de Sutton had at this date been dead at least sixteen yeai-s, this charter must neces- 
sarily refer to another Robert; yet Mr. Adlard in his "Sutton Dudleys," p. 4, not 
only adopts this statement, but asserts that the Suttons adopted the green lion as their 
arms in consequence of this match, " the only alteration afterwards made being that 
of the double or forked tail." 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 51 

Isabella had been previously married to Philip Burnel, 1 but by 
him had no issue. On the death of her mother Beatrice (then the 
widow of Roderic) in 1290, she was found by inquisition to be her 
next heir, and then aged thirty. (Esch. 18 E. I., No. 6.) 

Richard 2 and Isabella were the parents of John de Sutton the 
husband of Margaret de Somery, heiress of Dudley. 

In 1 E. II., 1307, Sir Richard Sutton was permitted to settle 
the manor and advowson of Worksop, held of the King in capite, 
upon his son John de Sutton and Margaret de Somery, wife of the 
said John, it appearing that there would remain to him the manor 
of Aston le Walls, worth about 20 yearly, and other lands of 
sufficient value and extent to guarantee his ability to render, when 
required, the feudal service due to the Crown. 3 

From 10 to 13 E. II. John de Sutton was constantly engaged 
in the Scotch wars. In 12 E. II., 1318, we find him in the retinue 
of his brother-in-law John de Somery, and in the same year he was 
one of those to whom the King's writ was addressed to call out all 
men between the ages of twenty and sixty against the Scots, who 
had invaded Yorkshire. 4 

In 13 E. II., 1319, he is again found in the retinue of John de 
Somery ; and in the same regnal year (as " John son and heir of 
Richard de Sutton ") he enfeofled for life John de Somery, " Seig- 
neur de Duddeleigh," with all his lands in Cheshire, but so that 
the provisions of an indenture for levying a fine between them 
should not be disturbed. 5 In 17 E. II., '1323-4, John son of 
Richard de Sutton, lord of Malpas and Shocklach, grants certain 
lands to David de Egerton. This deed, which is dated at Malpas 
the 17th of Edward son of King Edward, is sealed with his arms, 
a cross patonce or flory. 6 

1 Ormerod cites from Harl. MS. 1965 a charter of 9 E. I., 1281, whereby Philip 
Burnel and Isabel his wife, the daughter and heiress of William Patrik, quitclaim 
the manors of Salghton, etc., to the Abbot of St. Werburgh ; and another of the 
same date whereby Koderic son of Griffin and Beatrice his wife confirm this and other 
grants of Philip and Isabel. 

2 Richard de Sutton is said by Baker (" Hist. North.," Vol. I., p. 470) to hare had 
a second wife Margaret, who occurs 1 E. II., 1307-8, and he himself was living 
at the same date. 

3 Baker's " Northamptonshire," Vol. I., p. 469 ; and Inq. ad. quod dam. 1 E. 
II., No. 112. 

4 See the paper on " Military Services performed by Staffordshire Tenants/' by 
Gen. Hon. G. Wrottesley, in "Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. VIII., to 
which, I need scarcely say, I am largely indebted. 

5 Cheshire Plea Bolls, cited in Helsby's " Ormered." 

6 A cut of fchis seal is given in Helsby's " Ormerod," Vol. II., p. 684. It is cir- 
cumscribed " Sigill. Johannis de Suttone." A similar seal of the same arms is 

E 2 



52 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

John and Margaret did not long enjoy the Dudley lands, for the 
former being accused (rightly or wrongly) 1 by the younger Dis- 
penser of complicity in the rebellion of Thomas Earl of Lancaster, 
was thrown into prison, where that wily and rapacious minion 
of the King so wrought upon his fears by threats of death, that he 
succeeded in extorting from him a grant (dated at Westminster, 
12th October, 19 E. II., 1325), whereby he passed away to the said 
Dispenser all his right and interest in the castle and town of 
Dudley, and the manors of Sedgley, Swinford, Eowley-Somery, 
etc. Hugh Earl of Winchester appears to have had a share of the 
spoil ; and even on the execution and attainder of the Dispensers, 
the castle and lands were not fully restored, their custody being 
committed to William de Birmingham, who held them as custos 
until the accession of Edward III., when the rightful owner ob- 
tained restitution of them. 2 

In 20 E. II, 1326-7 (as appears from the Close Eolls), "John 
son of Eichard de Sutton, Lord of Malpas," acknowledged that he 
owed John de Charlton, Lord of Powys, the then large sum of 
3,000, which on failure of payment was to be levied on the lands 
of the said John de Sutton in Staffordshire. In 3 E. III., 1329, 
" John son of Eichard de Sutton " had licence to enfeoff John de 
Hildeslegh, Clerk, and others with the Castle of Malpas, the manor 
of Shocklach, and other his Cheshire lands in trust to grant the 
same to John de Charlton for life, with remainder to John son 
of [the said] John son of Eichard de Sutton and Isabel his wife, 
daughter of the said John de Charlton; 3 and in the same year the 
same John de Charlton was grantee for life of the manor of Aston 
le Walls, co. Northampton, from Johnde Sutton. Baker ("Northamp- 
tonshire ") states that Sutton died in 1 E. III., 1327, but cites no 
authority. 

I have not discovered the exact date of his death, there being 
no inquisition on record, but, as has been seen, he was certainly 

represented in Howard's " Mis. Gren. et Her," second series, Vol. I. p. 54. It is 
attached to a charter of John de Sutton, "dims de Aston" (le Walls), dated 6 E. 
III., 1332, among the evidences of the Chetwode family. The legend is, "Sig. 
Joannis de Sotton." 

1 By a close writ of 15 E. II. the Sheriff of Staffordshire was ordered to arrest 
John de Sutton wheresoever he might be found in his bailiwick. Dated at Ponte- 
fract 16th March, 1322, the very day, it may be mentioned, of the skirmish at Borough- 
bridge, when the Earl of Lancaster was taken by Harcla. 

2 See Dugdale's "Warwickshire," ed. 1765, p. 631, and "Baronage," Vol. II., 
p. 215 ; also Blore's " Eutland," and Inq. ad quod. dam. 1 E. III., No. 26. 

3 " Ormerod," Vol. II., pp. 601, 685, and Baker, Vol. I., p. 469. 



THE BAKONS OF DUDLEY. 53 

alive in 1329. He had issue a son John, his successor, and a 
daughter Margaret, married to Sir Roger Hillary, Kiit. 1 

A John de Sutton was summoned to Parliament from 20th 
December, 17 E. II., 1323, to 30th December, 18 E. II., 1324, the 
writ being addressed, " Johanni de Sutton," without any addition ; 
and Sir Harris Nicolas ("Synopsis of the Peerage") was of opinion 
that he was the husband of Margaret de Somery, and summoned 
jure uxoris. But as there was a contemporary John de Sutton (of 
Sutton in Holderness, co. York) who was summoned in E. III. 
and subsequently, with the addition of " de Holderness," it is a 
matter of doubt as to which John the writ of 17 E. II. was 
addressed. Banks (Baronia Anglica, p. 425) thinks the surmise of 
Sir Harris well founded, inasmuch as in 19 E. II. John de Sutton 
of Dudley passed away the castle of Dudley to Hugh le Dispenser, 
" so that, being then dispossessed of the barony, he was not sum- 
moned after; but in 1 E. III. he had restitution of it, and his 
successors had summons accordingly." 

I cannot decide this question, but if it were really the Dudley 
John who was summoned, it appears to me that Banks gives a good 
and substantial reason for the non-issue of a further summons. If 
however it be a fact that John de Sutton was implicated in Lan- 
caster's rebellion, it seems improbable that he should have been thus 
summoned the year following that nobleman's execution to " consult 
and treat with the King concerning the affairs of the nation." 

John de Sutton II., son and heir of John and Margaret, was 
engaged in the Scotch war in 7 E. III., and had letters of protection 
dated 8th April, 1333, being then in the retinue of Ralph Basset 
of Drayton (" Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. VIIL, p. 
49). On llth April in the same year a John de Sutton was 
appointed one of the commissioners to raise men in Yorkshire 
possibly however this was John of Holderness. In 12 E. III., 1338, 
John de Sutton, Knt., obtained the King's licence to assart and to 
demise to his tenants the wastes lying within his manors of Dudley, 
Sedgley, Swinibrd, Rowley-Somery, and Bradfield. 2 In 1342 we 

1 Maud " daughter of Sir John Sutton, alias Dudley " is stated by Lodge ("Peerage 
of Ireland," Vol. IV., p. 274) to have been married to Ralph Jocelyn of Hide Hall, by 
whom she was mother of Geoffrey Jocelyn, who was of Hide Hall in 5 E. II., 1312. 
The "Visitations of Essex," published by the Harleian Society (Jocelyn pedigree, 
p. 227) style this lady " Matildis filia Joh'is Sutton, Militis," and add that she re- 
married Roger de Berners, by whom she had a son Roger, and that she died 28 E. III., 
1354. 

2 Patent Roll, 12 E. III., m. 21. See printed Calendar, p. 133. These wastes must 



54 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

find a John de Sutton in the retinue of Walter de Mauney who was 
sent to the relief of Hannebon; and in 21 E. III., 1347, "John de 
Sutton, Lord of Duddeleye," who was abroad in the King's service, 
had letters of protection. In 1350 "John de Sutton, Baron of 
Dudley," was one of the relieving force sent from England to St. Jean 
d'Angely ; and in the same year he was one of those summoned by 
urgent writ to attend at Westminster to advise the King as to the 
safety and defence of the Kingdom. Next, in 26 E. III., 1352, John 
de Sutton of Dudley was one of the Commissioners then appointed 
to array archers in Staffordshire. In 33 E. III., 1359, " John de 
Sutton, Chivaler," in the retinue of William de Bohun Earl 
of Northampton, then proceeding to France, had letters of 
protection dated from Sandwich on the 12th of October, and he 
died in November of that year. 

John de Sutton was summoned to Parliament by writ dated 
25th February, 16 E. III., and addressed to him as " Johanni de 
Sutton de Duddeley." This writ of 16 E. III., writes Courthope, 
in his edition of Sir N. Harris Nicolas's " Synopsis of the Peerage," 
" was the only one ever issued to this John de Sutton, although he 
lived about nineteen (seventeen) years afterwards : nor was his 
son, or grandson, though each of them died of full age, ever sum- 
moned to Parliament." 

He adds that no further writ was issued to this family till 18 
H. VI., 1440, whence, he says, " it is manifest that the tenure of 
the Castle of Dudley was not at that time considered to constitute 
a right to a writ of summons." 

Surely the urgent writ mentioned above, by which John de 
Sutton was summoned to Westminster to advise with the King, is in 
the nature of a summons to Parliament, and I cannot agree in 
its being " manifest " (from the facts stated) that the tenure of the 
Castle of Dudley did not render the tenant liable to serve in 
Parliament, if the King thought proper to issue his writ of 
summons. For as a matter of fact the Castle of Dudley was not 
in the tenure of John's son and grandson, but in the hands of his 
widow Isabella, who, as will presently appear, survived to 1397. 

From 18 H. VI. writs of summons were continuously issued 
to the Lords of Dudley, until John de Sutton (temp. H. VIII.) was, 
as Dugdale expresses it, "jostled" out of the castle and lands by 
John, Duke of Northumberland, when they cease, but were 

have been within the limits of a Koyal Forest, otherwise he could have enclosed them 
under the provisions of the Satute of Merton. (Ex. inf. Hon. G. Wrottesley.) 



THE BAKONS OF DUDLEY. 55 

renewed when the estates were restored in 1 and 2 Philip and 
Mary. 

I venture to think, therefore, that the possession of the Castle 
had a great deal to do with the issue or non-issue of a writ. I 
regard the Barony of Dudley at this date as a territorial dignity, 
and I do not think that in the earlier days of our monarchy the 
mere issue of a writ of summons to Parliament to an individual 
was intended to create in him an hereditary dignity. I hold (with 
Banks) that the attendance in Parliament was then regarded by 
those to whom writs were addressed rather as a burden incident to 
the tenure of their lands than as a privilege or an honour. Indeed 
it was not till 1673, in the case of the Barony of Clifton, that the 
principle of the descendible nature of the dignity created by writ 
was solemnly established by decision of the House of Lords. 1 
Reverting to the writ of 16 E. III., Courthope is of opinion that 
" as a single writ of summons without a proof of sitting under it 
has been held not to constitute an hereditary dignity, it seems 
most probable that in the event of the abeyance of this Barony 
being terminated, it will be considered to have originated in the 
writ of 18 H. VL, which, it may be added, is the date assigned by 
Dugdale 2 to the Barony (now in abeyance) inherited by the Wards 
and Leas. 

To resume the thread of my narrative. Three inquisitions 
were taken on the death of John de Sutton. The writs of diem 
clausit extremum addressed to the Escheators of the counties of 
Stafford and Worcester are dated 1st December, 33 E. III., 1359, 
and that to the Escheator of Northamptonshire 20th April, 34 E. 
III., 1360. The Worcestershire inquisition was taken at Broms- 
grove 14th January, 33 E. III., 1360, that for Staffordshire at 
Sedgley on 10th January, 33 E. III., and that for Northampton- 
shire at Patishull on 10th May, 34 E. III. All three juries found 
that he died on Friday before the feast of St. Clement (23rd 
November) then last past, and that his next heir was John his 
son, who was then of full age. It was also found that he held 
nothing of the King in capite on the day he died, but that jointly 
with Isabella his wife he held the vill of Dudley, the Castle of 
Dudley, and the manors of Sedgley, King-Swinford, Ixowley- 

1 See " Observations on dignities," prefixed to Courthope's work, p. xxix. 

2 In his "Warwickshire," too, Dugdule speaks of John Sutton, the man who was 
summoned to Parliament in 18 H. VI., as " the first of that name that had the title 
of Lord Dudley." 



56 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Somery, Penn, etc., of the King in capite per baroniam, and by 
fine, "ex dono et feoffmento Steph' de Duddeley, et Johis de 
Coleshull, capell'." In Northamptonshire the jury say that he 
held in demesne the manor of Aston of the Earl of Hereford by 
the service of one knight's fee. 1 

By the said Isabella his wife he had issue two sons, John his 
successor, and Thomas Sutton, who in 1369 was with the Black 
Prince in France, and on 6th February, 43 E. III., by the name of 
"Thomas son of John de Sutton of Duddeley," had letters of 
attorney for a year. What subsequently became of this Thomas, 
and whether he left issue, I do not know, but a Sir Thomas Sutton 
occurs as bearing Or, two lions passant in pale azure, in a roll of 
arms of circa temp. E. III., " ex libro antique in Omcio Armorum," 
inserted by Glover in his Visitation of Staffordshire a 1583. 2 

Isabella wife of John de Sutton II. was the daughter of John 
de Charlton Lord of Powys, by Hawyse his wife, sister and heiress 
of Griffin ap Owen, surnamed de la Pole, Lord of Powys. She was 
married to John de Sutton before 1329, and after his death 
re-married one Sir Richard Dudley, Knight. She held the castle 
and lands of Dudley; and Sir Eichard Dudley her second husband, 
in her right, and by the courtesy of England, styles himself 
" Richard de Dudleye, Seigneur de Dudley," in a charter " don a 
Duddley le Samady p'chain apres lea utaves de Sente Michel 
I'Archangell, Tan de regne le Roy Edward tierce, puis la conq'st 
trente quartre" (1360), whereby he and " Issabelle sa femme" 
grant and confirm to Thomas de Alleford, for the term of the life 
of Isabella, certain lands in Kingswinford which she had by the 
grant and feoffment of " Mons r de Sutton." 

To this deed are appended two seals, one of whicli exhibits the 
two lions passant of Dudley with a lion's head in a ducal coronet 

for crest, and is circumscribed, " S. Johannis " 

and the other (non-arrnorial) shows the figure of an angel. 3 

It appears from the inquisition taken after the death of Sir 
John Swynnerton, in 3 R. II., 1379, that the deceased held the 
manor of Essington, co. Stafford, " of Richard Dudley and Elizabeth 

1 Esch. 33 E. III., No. 36, in Public Record Office. 

2 Printed in " Staffordshire Historical Collections," Vol. III., part 2, p. 21, et seq. 
In the same roll " le Baron de Dudley " bears the two passant lions quarterly with 
the cross patonce of Malpas. 

3 Philpot's Collections, in Lands. MS. '269, folio 172, taken " out of Sr. Thomas 
Coton's Book of Evidences." The seals are of course in trick. The armorial one 
is no doubt that of John de Sutton, Isabella's first husband. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 57 

his wile as of the Barony of Dudley." 1 No doubt this is the same 
Bichard, notwithstanding that his wife is here called Elizabeth, for 
that name is frequently written for Isabella (and vice versd) in old 
documents. 

On 30th June, 35 E. III., 1361, Richard de Stafford, parson of 
the church of Worthyn, Nicholas de Lichh'eld, and another clerk, 
obtained a pardon from Edward Prince of Wales (as Earl of 
Chester) for acquiring from Richard de Duddelegh and Isabella his 
wife their manors of Shocklach and Malpas ; and at the same time 
had a licence to grant the same to John de Sutton, Knight, and 
Catherine his wife, to hold to the said John and Catherine and 
the heirs of their bodies, and failing such heirs to the right heirs 
of the said John de Sutton. 2 

Isabella lived to an advanced age. Three inquisitions were 
taken after her death. That for Worcestershire was taken at 
Worcester on the Sabbath next before the feast of St. Mathias 
the Apostle (24th February) 2 H. IV., 1401, before Henry de 
Haggeley, the King's Escheator, on the oaths of (inter alios) 
William Frebody, William Spechesley, and Hugh Bartelot, who 
say that Isabella de Sutton, in the writ named, held on the day 
she died, to her and the heirs male of her body, the vill of Dudley 
in the said county, and its appurtenances, of Richard II., lately 
King, as parcel and member of the Castle of Dudley, in the county 
of Stafford ; which said castle, with its members, was holden of the 
King in capite by the concession of Stephen Swetemon and 
John Colleshull, clerks, to the said Isabella and John de Sutton 
formerly her husband, deceased, and to the heirs male of the 
bodies of the said John and Isabella by fine levied in the Court of 
King Edward III. And they say that the said vill of Dudley is 
worth per annum beyond reprises 22. And they say that the 
said Isabella died on the 10th April, in the 20th year of the said 
King Richard, 1397. " Et dicunt q d Joh'es de Sutton est con- 
sanguineus et heres propinquior p'dic' Isabella? ; videlicet, fil' Joh'is, 
fil' Joh'is, filii p'dicae Isabella et Joh'is de Sutton nuper vir' suiu 
in p'dict' fine no'inate, et est setatis viginti et unius annor' et 
quatuor septimana, et amplius." 

The Staffordshire inquest was taken at Wolverhampton, on 

1 " Account of the family of Swynnerton," in " Staffordshire Historical Collec- 
tions," Vol. VII., part 2, p. 100. 

2 Recognizance Bolls of Chester, 36th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public 
Records, p. 441. Ormerod (Heslby's edition, Vol. II., p. 600) cites a similar docu- 
ment, but dates it 1st, November, 35 E. III. 



58 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Thursday next after the feast of St. Valentine (14th February), 
2 H. IV., 1401, when the jury, which comprised (inter alios) John 
Mollesley and John Buffrey, found to the same effect, viz., that the 
Castle of Dudley was holden by her and the heirs male of her 
body, and that she also held the manors of Sedgley, Himley, 
Swinford, etc., and certain lands in Tybington. 

The third inquisition was taken at " Kaerdiff " (Cardiff), co. 
Glamorgan, on the same day as the Staffordshire inquest, under a 
writ of diem clausit addressed to the Escheator of Gloucestershire 
and the Welsh Marches, and tested at Westminster 6th February, 
2 H. IV. The jury say she held nothing of the King in capite in 
that bailiwick, but that she held of Thomas le Dispenser, etc., 
" ex concessione Joh'is de Sutton, chevaler, et Johannae ux' ejus," 
by a fine levied in the court of Edward lately Lord le Dispenser 
at Cardiff, on the Monday next after the feast of St. Michael, 39 
E. III., 1365, certain lands to the said Isabella and Eichard de 
Duddeley, chivaler, lately husband of the said Isabella, and 
Eichard son of the said Eichard and Isabella ; which lands, after 
the death of the said Eichard and Isabella and Eichard, were to 
revert to the said John and Joan, and the heirs of the said John." 
" Et dicunt quod dicta Isabella obiit decimo die Aprilis anno regni 
Eegis E., secundi post conquestum, vicessimo, et quod Joh'es de 
Sutton est propinquior haeres dictae Isabellas ; videlicet fir Joh'is, 
fil' Joh'is, fil' praedictae Isabellas, ac propinquior haeres praedicti 
Joh'is de Sutton ; videlicet fil' Joh'is, fil' prsedicti Joh'is de Sutton 
in praedicta fine nominat', et est aetatis viginti et unius annorum 
et trium septimana, et amplius. 1 

I have been particular in giving the ipsissima verba of the 
finding of these juries, because it very clearly shows that Isabella's 
heir, John de Sutton, was not her grandson as usually stated, but 
her $7w-grandson. 

Sir Eichard Dudley, Isabella's second husband, occurs as one 
of the collectors of the Staffordshire subsidy of 15 E. III., 1377; 
but when he died or who was his father I have as yet been unable 
to discover. Among the deeds preserved at Wrotfcesley is a grant 
dated 6 E. II., 1382-3, whereby Thomas Cook of Trysull grants 
to John son of Eichard de Duddeley, Knt., and his heirs certain 
lands in Orton. 2 . This John was the undoubted ancestor of the 

1 Esch. 2 H IV., No. 41, in Public Eecord Office. 

2 Ex. inf. Hon. GK "Wrottesley. Possibly this John was son of Sir Richard by 
a previous wife, for if a son of Isabella, and junior to the Eichard named in her 
inquisition, he would be barely of age in 6 R. II. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 59 

Dudleys of Sedgley, and I think also of the Dudleys of Clapton in 
Northamptonshire, both which families bore for their arms Azure, 
a chevron between three lions' heads erased or (sometimes argent). 
John de Sutton III. was of full age at the death of his father, 
in November, 1359. In 34 E. III., 1360, by the designation of 
"John de Sutton, son and heir of John de Sutton, Knt., sometime 
Lord of Dudley," he grants to William Corbyn the reversion of a 
meadow in Kingswinford called Stour Meadow, between the Stour 
and the land of John de Stafford, which meadow Philip de Lutteley 
now holdeth by the grant of Isabella mother of the said John de 
Sutton ; and also the grassing of a meadow called Over Ashford 
meadow, after the hay is carried off. 1 In 41 E. III., 1367, John 
Sutton " of Duddelegh " had a pardon for alienations of three parts of 
the Barony of Malpas and other lands in Cheshire, on payment of 
a fine of 200. 2 In 43 E. III., as appears from the French Roll of 
that year, John de Sutton, of Dudley, Knt., was in the French war, 
and had protection for a year dated 12th June, 1369 ; but he died 
soon after, 3 for in 44 E. III., 1370, Henry ap Griffith and Joan his 
wife, formerly wife of John de Sutton of Dudley, Knt., sue Thomas 
de Budenhale, parson of the Church of Routhesthorn, for dower in 
a moiety of a fourth part of the manor of Malpas. He appears, 
from the document cited ante p. 57, to have had a wife named 
Catherine* in 1361, and if so she must have been the mother of his 
heir. But the wife who survived him was named Joan. She was 

1 Shaw, Vol. II., p. 228, from Huntbach MSS. This William Corbyn married, 
says Shaw, Felicia, a kinswoman of John de Sutton Lord Dudley. 

2 Helsby's "Ormerod," Vol. II., p. 601. 

3 I have not found any inquisition on his death. Baker (" History of North- 
amptonshire," Vol. I., p. 470) states that he died in 50 E. II., 137G, and cites "Each. 
50 E. III.," but the inquisition to which he refers (No. 60) was taken after the death 
of John de Sutton of Aram, who (it was found; died in 41 E. Ill, 1370, seised of 
Aram, Tuxford, etc., and the jury say that Bowland was his son and heir, and then 
aged twenty-one. This is a strange blunder for so careful a writer ! Baker also assigns 
John de Sutton III. a second son Thomas, "said to be ancestor of Dudley of 
Clopton." 

4 Baker says that his wife was Margaret daughter of Thomas Beaucliamp Earl 
of Warwick. I cannot conceive on what authority this rests, but Beltz, a most 
respectable authority, in his " Memorials of the Garter," p. 105, speaking of Thomas 
4th Earl of Warwick, K.GK, who died in 1401, states that he had issue Richard, 
K.GK, 5th Earl, born in 5 R. II., 1381-2," and two daughters, Catherine who died un- 
married in 1378 [before the birth of her brother], and Margaret the tcife of John 
Lord Dudley" Dugdale (" Baronnge," Vol. I., p. 226) states the issue of Thomas 4th 
Earl of Warwick as Richard his successor, Elizabeth, Catherine, who died in her 
childhood, and Catherine and Margaret, who were nuns at Shouldham. Tested by 



60 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

the daughter and heiress of John de Clinton, of Coleshill, co. 
Warwick, and Dugdale in his "Warwickshire " (ed. 1765, p. 717) 
states that she was under age at the death of her father in 27 E. 
III., 1353; that she first became the wife of Sir John Mountfort, 
by which means the lordship of Coleshill devolved to that family ; 
secondly, of Sir John Sutton, Knt., Lord of Dudley ; and thirdly, of 
Sir Henry Griffith of Wichnor, co. Stafford. Joan (continues 
Dugdale) held this lordship of Coleshill during her life, and in 45 
E. III., 1371, being then Sir Henry Griffith's wife, entailed it upon 
his issue by her, and for lack of such issue upon John the son of 
Sir John de Sutton and the heirs of his body ; and for lack of such 
issue upon Baldwin the son of Sir .John de Montfort, her first 
husband, with divers other remainders. " Whence " (he adds) " I 
observe that her husband Griffith, though he was the last, became 
the first in her respects, and Montfort, the first, set in the last 
place." He does not tell us how, in spite of this strict entail, the 
manor " devolved to Montfort," nor how, having only a life interest 
in the manor, she had the power thus to entail it. 

John de Sutton IV., the only known issue of John III., was, 
we learn from Dugdale (who cites Glover's Collections), under age 
at his father's death, and his " wardship and marriage being granted 
to Eichard Earl of Arundel, was sold in 5 E. II., 1381-2, for 350 
marks to Philip le Dispenser, Lord of Carlington. 1 Dugdale does 
not give the name of his wife indeed he confounds him with his 
son of the same name but he is generally stated to have married 
Alice le Dispenser, the daughter of his guardian, though, as will 
presently appear, the wife who survived him was named Joan. 3 

dates the assertion that Margaret Beauchamp was wife of John de Sutton III. is 
shown to be impossible. If Margaret Beauchamp really did marry a John Lord 
Dudley, the only John available was John V. (born 1380, died 1406), but he left a 
widow Constance, and she was mother of his son, born in 1401. 

1 " Ex. CoH. E. Gl. S." 

2 According to Adlard, Alice le Dispenser was his first wife, and Joan the second, 
and he states that Alice died in 16 R. II., 1392. From what source he acquired this 
information does not appear, for he carefully abstains from citing authorities ; but if 
it be a fact that Alice wife of a John de Sutton Baron of Dudley died in the year 
named, he must needs be correct. Blore (Rutland) and Baker (Northamptonshire) 
say that John IV. first married one Joan (who was the mother of his heir), and 
secondly Margaret daughter of Roger Mortimer of Wigmore. And they assign 
Alice le Dispenser to his son for a first wife, and Constance Blount for a second. I 
have no idea upon what authority Margaret Mortimer is assigned to him for a wife, 
but on turning to Dugdale's " Baronage," I find it stated that Roger Mortimer (b. 1328, 
d, 1359), who was restored to the Earldom of March, had two daughters, Margaret, 



THE RAHONS OF DUDLEY. 61 

His probatio cetatis 1 was taken on the feast of St. Chad the 
Bishop, 6 K. II., (2nd March, 1383) when the jury found that he 
was born at Coleshill in Arden, in the county of Warwick, and 
baptized in the church there, and was twenty-one years of age at 
the feast of St. Nicholas then last past (6th December, 1382) ; and 
Philip de Egerton, one of the jurors, says the said John son of 
John was aged one and a half years at the feast of the Nativity 
of St. John the Baptist, 36 Kill. (24th June, 1362) ; and Robert 
de Belew, another of the jurors, states that he well knows that the 
said John was born at Coleshill on the feast of St. Nicholas next 
after the middle plague (mediam pestilentiam) 2 which was in the 
34th year of Edward III., 1360, at which time Edward the late 
King, and Edward Prince of Wales, his eldest son, returned with 
their army from France. On 13th May, 1383, is an enrollment on 
the Recognizance Rolls of Cheshire, 3 of a mandate to the Escheator 
to deliver to John son of John de Sutton of Dudley, all his 
father's lands which had been taken into the King's hands after 
his said father's death, he being now of full age. He was not 
however long in possession, for an inquisition after his death (on 
a writ of diem clausit extrcmum addressed to the Escheator of 
Northamptonshire, and dated 21st September, 20 R. II., 1396) was 
taken at Warden on 12th April, 20 R. II., 1397, and the jury say 
that John de Sutton, chivaler, in the writ named held nothing in 
capite of the King or of any other in that bailiwick on the day he 
died, but that some time before his death he, by deed, had granted 
and confirmed to John Rochford, John Nevyll, and others, the 
manors of Aston and Appeltre in the county of Northampton, with 
their appurtenances, together with the advowson of the Church of 



wife of Robert de Vere Earl of Oxford, and Margery, the wife of John Lord Audley. 
This may have originated the error. But who was John Lord Audley ? James 
Lord Audley, the hero of Poictiers, who died in 1386, is recorded to have married 
for his first wife Joan daughter of Roger Mortimer Earl of March, the notorious 
paramour of Queen Isabel, and grandfather of the above Roger. 

1 Abstracted in Helsby s " Ormerod," Vol. II., p. C85. 

2 The second great plague is stated to have occurred between August, 13G1, and 
May, 1362. See Selby's " Jubilee Date Book," and " Gentleman's Magazine," July, 
1832, p. 5. 

3 " Recognizance Rolls, Chester," 5, 6, and 7 R. II., m. 3. Report 36 of the Deputy 
Keeper of the Public Records. On the same Rolls, but dated 21st September, 138O 
(according to the Calendar, p. 159), is a writ de tetate probandd on the petition of 
Jolm son of John de Dudley for liviry of his inheiitance out of the custody of Sir 
Walter Paul, Knt., and a like writ for livery, etc., out of the custody of Sir Philip Ic 
Dispenser, Knt. 



62 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Aston; and that the said Bochf or d, Nevill, etc., still hold them; 
and they say that the said John de Sutton in the writ named 
died on the 10th day of March last past, and that John son of the 
said John is his next heir, and is aged seventeen years and three 
weeks, " et amplius." 1 As the writ of diem clausit is dated Sep- 
tember, 1396, by the 10th March last past the jury must have 
meant 10th March, 1396. He therefore pre-deceased his grand- 
mother Isabella by thirteen months. Ormerod (Vol. II., p. 601) 
also quotes a Cheshire inquisition taken in 2 EL IV., 1401, after 
the death of the same John de Sutton, when the jury found that he 
held the castle of Malpas, and half the castle of Shocklach, a moiety 
of the whole barony of Malpas, and a fourth part of another moiety 
from the lord Earl of Chester, per baroniam, according to the 
quantity. Val. per annum, beyond reprises, 20 marks ; and also a 
moiety and a fourth of a moiety of the advowson of the Church of 
the same. Val. nihil, being now vacant. 

" Joan who was the wife of John de Sutton " had a writ of 
livery for dower 23rd May, 1402, 2 and her post mortem inquest was 
taken at Wich Malbank on Monday next before the feast of All 
Saints (1st November), 10 H. IV., 1408, when it was found that she 
held in dower a third part of a moiety and a fourth part of a moiety 
of the entire barony and advowson of Malpas from the Earl of 
Chester, with other Cheshire lands, and that she died on the Monday 
of the fourth week in Lent last past, and that John de Sutton was 
her next heir, and was aged seven years at the feast of the Nativity 
of our Lord, 9 H. IV., 1407. 3 

John de Sutton V., son and heir of John IV., was aged seventeen 
at his father's inquest in 1397, and aged twenty-one at that of his 
great-grandmother Isabella in 1401, therefore born in or about the 
year 1380. Dugdale and other genealogists have confused him with 
his father, having evidently overlooked the inquisition of 20 R II. 

1 Each. 29 E. II,, No. 50, in Public Eecord Office. 

2 Recognizance Kolls of Chester, 2 and 3 H. IV., m. 7. Thirty-sixth Report of the 
Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, p. 459. 

3 "Welsh. Records. Inquisitiones post mortem 10 H. IV., No. 15, in the Public 
Record Office. This inquisition is also quoted in Helsby's *' Ormerod," Vol. II., p. 601, 
and it is there stated that according to the record John de Sutton the heir was "son 
of the said Joan by her husband John." This may be so, but the original is so faded 
as to be illegible in the place where the parentage of the heir would be stated. It 
runs " obiit die lune in quarta septimana quadragessimi p'x p'ter', et [dicunt] quod 
Joh'es .... predicte Joh'ne propinquior, et fuit etatis septem annor' ad 
festum Nat' D'ni annonono." It is certain however that the heir John, then aged 
seven, was son of John V., and grandson of John IV. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 63 

In 2 H. IV., 1401, being then of age, he did homage for the lands, 
including Dudley Castle, which descended to him on the death of 
Isabella, his great-grandmother, and had livery of them in the same 
year, but he did not long enjoy them, for he died in 140G, in his 
twenty-sixth year. 

The writ of diem clausit on his death, addressed to the Es- 
cheator of Worcestershire, is dated llth November, 8 H. IV. 
1406, and that to the Escheator of Staffordshire 12th September, 
7 H. IV., 1406. 

The inquisition for Worcestershire was taken at Worcester on 
16th November, 8 H, IV., 1406, before William Botiler the 
Escheator; and the jury (which included Nicholas Russell and 
William Frebody) say that John de Sutton, in the writ named, 
held in his demesne, as of fee, on the day he died, one messuage, two 
curtilages, and one hundred shillings rent in the borough of Dudley, 
and one field called . . . tordeffeld, and also Yorke Park, le 
Parkfield etc., etc., all which are parcels and members of the .Castle 
of Dudley, in the county of Stafford, which is held of the King 
in capite " p' duos mediet' unius baroime." And also they say that 
the said John died on the Friday next after the feast of the decol- 
lation of John the Baptist (29th August) last past, and that John 
son of the said John is his next heir, and was five years old at the 
feast of the Epiphany of our Lord last past (6th January, 1406). 

The Staffordshire inquisition was taken at Wolverhampton on 
18th September, 7 H. IV., 1406. The jury say that he held the 
Castle of Dudley and the manors of Sedgley, Kingswinford, and 
Rowley-Somery in Staffordshire, and also Himley and Over Penn, 
in the same county as parcels and members of the Castle of Dudley, 
held of the King in capite per baroniam. He also held lands in 
Tibington (Tipton), and the manor of Prestwood in the forest of 
Kinver, by the seargeanty of the custody of the King's Hay at 
Ashwood. And they say that the said John died on Friday, etc. 
(as in the Worcester inquisition). 1 The inquisition taken for his 
Cheshire lands in 8 H. IV., is abstracted in Helsby's " Ormerod." 2 
The jury say that he died on Friday next after the feast of the 

1 Escheat 8 H. IV., No. 46, in Public Record Office. 

2 He held a moiety o ! the Castle of Malpas, and a moiety and a fourth part of a 
moiety of the barony and advowson of the Church of the same, except one-third of 
the same moiety and fourth which Jonn widow of John de Sutton Knt., father of the 
aforesaid John, held in dower, the reversion of which belonged to John son of the 
aforesaid John. (Helsby, Vol. IT., p. 601.) 



64 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Nativity of the Blessed Virgin, 7 H. IV. (September, 1406), and that 
John de Sutton his son and heir was aged five at the feast of the 
Nativity of our Lord in 7 H. IV., i.e., Christmas, 1405. 

John de Sutton V. married Constance daughter of Sir Walter 
Blount. 1 of Barton, co. Derby, who was slain at the battle of 
Shrewsbury in 1402, and is immortalized by Shakespeare. She 
survived him, and on 27th April, 1407, had a writ of livery for 
dower, being described as " Constance who was the wife of Sir John 
Sutton, Knt.;' and on 10th January, 10 H. IV., 1409, she had a 
grant of the custody of her late husband's lands during the minority 
of John his son and heir. 2 She presented to the rectory of Aston 
le Walls as widow of " John de Sutton Lord de Duddeley " 8th 
October, 1419 ; but Baker, miscalling her Christiana, makes her his 
third wife, Alice Dispenser being the first, and Constance Blount 
the second. The inquisition on the death of Constance " who was 
the wife of John de Sutton, Knt., Lord Dudley was taken at Wolver- 
hampton before Eobert Whitegreve, Escheator," on 15th October, 
11 H. VI., 1432, on a writ of diem clausit, dated 5th October, 11 
H. VI., when the jury (among whom were Eichard Scharesmyth and 
William Cook) found that she held in dower in Staffordshire (inter 
alia) the manors of Himley, Swinford, and Rowley-Somery, Sedgley 
Park, etc., and sundry knights' fees in Barr, Aldridge, Orton, Worn- 
borne, Bradley, and Nether Penn ; that she died on Tuesday 
next before the feast of St. Michael the Archangel in 11 H. VI., 
1432, and that her heir John son of John de Sutton was aged 
thirty-seven and more. 3 Besides John his heir, John de Sutton 
V. is said to have had issue two other sons, Thomas Sutton, alias 
Dudley, 4 and Humphrey Dudley, who married Eleanor daughter 

1 By Donna Sanchia de Ayala his wife. He mentions his daughter " Constance 
Baroness Dudley" in his will, dated 16th December, 1401. See Croke's "History of 
the Family of Croke," chapter iii. 

2 " Ormerod," Vol. II., p. 601, and Recognizance Roll of Cheshire in 39 Eeport 
of Deputy Keeper of Public Records. 

3 Esch. 11 H. VI., Public Record Office. 

4 According to Blore's " History of Rutland " this Thomas had issue another 
Thomas, who married Elizabeth daughter and coheir of Robert Goddard, and was 
father by her of a daughter and heir Elizabeth, married to Sir Andrew Billesley, Knt. 
This information seems to be derived from a copy of the Visitation of Lincolnshire, 
1562-4, since printed in the " Genealogist " (Vol. III., p. 351), where it is stated that 
Thomas Sutton of Sutton, co. Lincoln, younger brother of " John Sutton Lo. Dudley," 
had issue a son Thomas, whose son, also named Thomas, married Elizabeth Goddard 
and had issue Thomas, father of Elizabeth his only child, wife of Sir Andrew 

Billesby (sic). 



THE KARONS OF DUDLEY. 65 

and coheiress of Sir Kobert Koos, fourth son of Thomas Lord Roos 
of Ham lake. 1 

John de Sutton VI. carried the standard (as Dugdale informs 
us) " at the solemn funeral of that victorious Prince King Henry 
the Fifth/' 2 and was a Knight in 2 II. VI. Ilia probatio cetatis 
was taken at Chester on the Tuesday next after the feast of Holy 
Trinity, 1 H. VI., 1423, in the presence of Henry de Cornwall, 
attorney of Constance his mother, who, it is stated, had custody of 
him during his minority. The document is printed, from the 
Chester Rolls, in Helsby's " Ormerod," VoL II., p. G85. From the 
evidence adduced it appears that he was baptized in the church 
of Barton under N eedwood, and was aged twenty-one at the feast 
of the Nativity of our Lord 1 H. VI., 1422, though one witness 
states him to have been twenty-one on the same feast day in 9 H. 
V., 1421. He married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir John Berkeley, 
of Beverstone, co. Gloucester, Knt. (son of Thomas Lord Berkeley by 
his second wife Catherine, daughter of Sir John Cliveden), and 
widow of Edward Charton Lord Powys. 3 In September, 10 H. VI., 
1431, he had a licence to grant his manors of Malpas, Shocklatch, 
etc., to trustees in fee in trust to reconvcy the same to him and 
Elizabeth his wife, Thomas Bishop of Worcester, John Earl of 
Arundel, Sir Maurice Berkeley, and others, with remainder to the 
heirs of the bodies of the said John and Elizabeth, with remainder 
to the right heirs of the said John. 4 

This John de Sutton was a prominent figure in the reigns of 
Henry VI. and Edward IV. He was summoned to Parliament, as 
" Johanni Sutton de Dudley, Militi," from 15th February, 18 H. 
VI., 1440, to 1st September, 3 H. VII., 1487, and was elected a 

1 See Dugdale, "Baronage," Vol. I., p. 553, under Roos of Hamlake; and Baker's 
pedigree of Roos, Vol. I., p. 269; but the latter in his pedigree of Sutton-Dudley 
erroneously styles her daughter of Robert Lord Roos. Sir Robert Roos died ante 
27 H. VI., 1418-9, bis other daughter Margery married John Wittilbury. (Dug- 
dale, ut supra.) 

2 Sir Philip Sydney, in his reply to " Leycester's Commonwealth," states that 
" in Harry the Fifth's time the Lord Dudley was his lord steward, and did that 
pitiful office in bringing home, as chief mourner, his victorious master's dead body." 
The phrase " bringing home " simply means following to the grave. 

3 Elizabeth Berkeley was the second wife of this Edward Lord Powys, and he 
died s.p. by her in 1421. Mr. Morris Jones, in his "Feudal Barous of Powys," 
(p. 43), states that she was dead in 19 E. IV., 1479, and that it was then found by 
inquest that she died seised of the vill of Pole and other Charlton lands. Her sister 
Eleanor was married to John Fitzalan Earl of Arundel, and in her will, dated 20th 
July, 1455, gives to " Lady Dudley, my sister, a row of pearls." (" Test. Vet.," p. 279.) 

4 Report 37 of Deputy Keeper of the Public Records, p. 696, and Helsby's 
" Ormerod," Vol. II., p. 601. 

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66 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Knight of the Garter before 23rd April, 1459. 1 Dugdale gives a 
long account of him, which I here copy : 

" In the 2nd of Henry VI., 1423-4, he bore the title of Baron of Dudley, at 
which time he was of the retinue with Humphrey Duke of Gloucester, 2 Gov- 
ernor of the Castle of Ghisnes, and in 6 H. VI., 1428, was constituted Lord 
Lieutenant of Ireland 3 from the last day of April for the space of two years. 
In which employment and other his services, he merited so well, that in 
18 H. VI., 1440, he had summons to that Parliament then held at Beading, 
and in the same year was appointed one of the Commissioners to treat with 
the Duke of Burgundy, or his Ambassadors, upon a truce. Shortly after 
which, in 22 H. VI., 1444, in consideration of his merits in the wars of France 
and Normandy, as also in Ireland, and other his services as well in the time 
of Henry V. as that King, he obtained a grant of 100 per annum, to be 
received out of the petty customs of the port of London. And in 25 H. VI., 
1447, being then one of the Lords of the King's Council, was employed as an 
Ambassador (with the Bishop of Chichester) unto the Duke of Brittany to treat 
and conclude a truce betwixt King Henry and him. So likewise in 27 H. 
VI., 4 1449 (with others), to the Duke of Burgundy, to treat with him and 
certain Commissioners from the Flemings, touching a freedom of trade betwixt 
the English and them. And in 29 H. VI., 1451, as a firm adherent to the 
Lancastrian interest, being surprised at Gloucester by Kichard Duke of York 
(upon his return at that time out of Ireland), was sent prisoner to the Castle 
of Ludlow." 

How long he remained in Ludlow Castle does not appear, but 
we learn from Hume that on 6th November, 1451, the Commons, 
where the York faction then predominated, without any previous 
inquiry or examination, without alleging any other ground of com- 
plaint than common fame, " ventured to present a petition against 
the Duke of Somerset, the Duchess of Suffolk, the Bishop of 
Chester, Sir John Button Lord Dudley, and several others of inferior 
rank, and they prayed the King to remove them for ever from his 

1 Beltz, " Memorials of the G-arter," CLXII. 

2 See French Eoll, 1 and 2 H. VI., tn. 9. Protection to John Sutton, Baron of 
Dudley, Knt. in the retinue of the Duke of Gloucester. (Report 48 of Deputy Keeper 
of Public Eecords. p. 228. Calendar of French Eolls.) 

3 Pat. Koll, 6 H. VI., 2, m. 20 ; and 1 H. VI., m. 13. Among the Welsh Records is 
a commission, dated 28th April, 1428, to Robert Pasmer, Esq., and Richard Bedford, 
Clerk, to provide vessels for the passage of John de Sutton, Knt., to Ireland, he 
having been appointed Lieutenant of that country ; and on 21th May same year is a 
power to Nicholas Wetton, Clerk, and John Sheldon, to act as his attorneys during his 
absence in Ireland. (Eeport 37 of Deputy Keeper of Public Records, p. 579.) 

4 27 H. VI., 28th July : Commission to John Lord de Duddeley, Thomas Kent (Clerk 
of the King's Council), and several others, to treat with the Commissioners of the 
Duke of Burgundy and the four members of Flanders. Same date : Commission to 
Lord Duddeley and Thomas Kent to redress infractions of the truce with Burgundy. 
(French Roll, 48th Eeport of Deputy Keeper of Public Records, p. 380.) 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. f>7 

person and councils and to prohibit them from ever approaching 
within twelve miles of the court." This, adds Hume, " was a violent 
attack somewhat arbitrary and supported by few precedents, against 
the ministry ; yet the King durst not openly oppose it. lie replied 
that, except the lords, he would banish all the others from court 
during a year, unless he should have occasion for their services 
in suppressing any rebellion." 1 

On 23rd May, 1455, Lord Dudley was present at the battle of 
St. Alban's, where he shared the fate of his royal master, having 
been taken prisoner and lodged in the Tower. In the following 
year, though he had hitherto been a stanch Lancastrian, he was 
employed in an important mission by the Duke of York ; for among 
the MSS. collected by Mr. Morrison of Fonthill, Wilts, and 
reported upon by the Historical MSS. Commissioners, 2 is a letter 
dated from London, 22nd December, 1456, written by Richard 
Duke of York to the King of France, with letters of credence to 
the writer's ambassadors " le seigneur de Dudcley et Jehan Erneys, 
escuier," who are charged "dire et exposer a votre haultesse, 
certaines choses de par moy sur la matiere du mariage de Madame 
Magdalene avecques mon aisnd filz Edward Comte de la Marche,"- 
afterwards King Edward IV. 

Under what circumstances he was employed by the Duke of 
York in this delicate mission it is difficult to say, but he soon 
returned to his loyalty to Henry VI. ; and having been wounded at 
Blore Heath on 23rd September, 1459, he obtained from the King, 
says Dugdale, as a reward for his services 

" A grant of the stewardship of the lordships of Montgomery, the hundred 
of Chirbury, Halcestre, etc., to be executed by himself, or his sufficient deputy, 
for life ; as also another grant of <40 per annum during his life out of the 
manors of Tyknell, Bewdley, etc., and Marches of Wales, with 30 per annum 
out of the manors of Bromsgrove and Norton ; and by reason of his constant 
and faithful endeavours, and large expenses in the King's service, 40 per 
annum more during his life, to be received out of the issues and profits of these 
lordships." 

In 1460 we find " John Duddeley, Knt,, alias John Button, 
Lord de Duddeley, Knt.," in the retinue of the Earl of Warwick, then 
about to set out for France, his letters of protection bearing date 
26th November in that year. 3 

1 Hume's " History of England," Henry VI., chapter xii. 

2 Report IX, part 2, p. 410A. 

3 French Koll of 39 H. VI., in 48th Report of .Deputy Keeper of Public Records, 
p. 444. 

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68 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

"Though" (says Dugdale) "he was thus faithful to King Henry VI. (of whose 
household he had also been Treasurer), yet he did so comply with King 
Edward IV. when he obtained the crown, that in the first year of his reign he 
obtained pardon for all such debts upon accorapt as were due from him by 
reason of his exercise of that office. And afterwards, in consideration of his 
integrity to him, as also for his diligence and great expenses in his service, 
had a further grant of 100 marks per annum more, to be received out of the 
revenues of the Duchy of Cornwall. Likewise in 5 E. IV., 1465, another of 
,100 sterling per annum for life out of the great and petty customs in the 
port of Southampton." 

In 6 E. IV., by letters patent dated 10th December, (1466,) the 
King granted to him and his heirs male the reversion of the manor of 
Bordesley, and certain lands there called Heybarnes, alias Mikelhey, 
and Littlehey, by the service of one knight's fee, which lands had 
escheated to the Crown by the attainder of James Earl of Wilts, 
and which had been granted by the King to Sir Thomas Erdington 
and Joice his wife for their lives. 1 In 1473 Lord Dudley was 
constable of the Tower of London, 2 and in 1477 (17 E. IV.) he was 
employed as a commissioner with William Earl of Arundel and 
others to treat touching a prorogation of the truce between Edward 
and the King of France. 3 In 1 E. III., 1483-4, he obtained a 
grant to himself and the heirs male of his body of the manors of 
Darlaston, Bentley, Tittensor, Hartwell, Packington, Xewton in the 
Willows, Bridgnorth, and Eugby. About the same date too he 
had a grant of the stewardship of the forest of Kinver, and of the 
manors of Stourton and Kinver, with other offices ; also an annuity 
of 100, and a further annuity of 60 during the life of Thomas 
Lord Stanley. 4 He also obtained from Henry VII. a grant to him 
and his heirs of the manors of Northfield and Weoley, co. Wor- 
cester, which were then vested in the Crown by the attainder of 
Sir William Berkeley, Knt. 5 

The will of " John Dudley, Knt., Lord Dudley " (so he describes 
himself) is dated 17th August, 1487, and is registered in the P.C.C. 

1 Pat. 6 E. IV., m. 12, Dugdale, Warwickshire, sul Bordesley. "Whether," says 
Dugdale, " the said Lord Dudley survived them and became actually possessed I 
cannot tell." 

2 Cal. Rot. Pat. 13 E. IV. Grant of the reversion of the office of constable of the 
Tower to Richard Fiennes Lord Dacre for life, " post mortem Johannis domini 
Dudley." 

3 Dugdale. 

4 Harl. MS. 433. Henry VII., by an act passed in the first year of his reign, 
resumed all grants made by the Crown since 34 H. VI. 

5 Stat. 2 H. VII., c. 47, cited by Twamley, p. 18. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 69 

8 Miles. He directs his body to be buried in the Priory of St. 
James at Dudley, by his wife, " and I desire that a tomb be made 
over us which shall cost 20 ; l also I will that twenty-four new 
torches be lighted during the performance of divine service at my 
funeral, and that every priest or religious person coming thereto 
shall receive 15d., and every clerk singing 3d. I will that twenty 
marks in money be disposed in alms on that day and on the 
morrow to poor people to pray for my soul, and for the soul of my 
wife, and all our friends. Also I desire that one thousand masses 
be said for me so soon as possible after my burial, which masses to 
cost 16 13s. 4d." Mentions "Edward Dudley mine heir," and 
John Dudley, brother of the said Edward ; " and I appoint Sir 
William Hussey, Knt., Chief Justice of England, and Sir Reginald 
Bray, Knt., my executors." 

An inquisition after his death was taken at Higham Ferrars, 
Northamptonshire, on 23rd November, 3 H. VII., 1487, under 
a writ of " diem clausit," dated 1 2th October in the same year. 
The jury say that John de Sutton de Dudley, Knt., in the writ 
named, was seised in his demesne as of fee of the manors of Aston 
in the Walls and Appultre, and that he gave the said manors to 
Edmund Dudley his son, and Joice his wife, to hold to him and the 
heirs of the body of the said Edmond and Joice lawfully begotten, 
by which means the said Edmund and Joice were thereof seised in 
their demesne as of fee. And they say that the aforesaid manors 
are holden of John Longvile, Knight, but by what service they are 
ignorant. And they say that Edward Dudley 2 is cousin and heir 

1 In one of the churches at Dudley, says Erdeswick, " is removed out of the 
Priory a goodly monument of one of the Buttons Lord Dudley, which I take 
to be for him that was first created Lord Dudley of that house in Henry the Sixth's 
time, for that the picture lyeth in the Order of the Garter, and so was the first Sut- 
ton that was created Lord Dudley." This monument was in St. Edmund's Church 
in Dudley, and is thus described by Nash, from the Habingdon MSS. : " On the 
north side of the chancel is a monument with the figure of a knight all armed 
except his head; over his armour a robe of the Garter; St. George's shield within a 
Garter ; round his neck a rich collar of SS, and on the left side of his mantle under 
his head his helmet, with a coronet ; the rest defaced. On his left hand his lady." 
(" History of Worcestershire," Vol. I., p. 361.) 

2 According to Dugdale the John de Sutton who was summoned toParliament in 18 
H. YL, and wasaK.G.,died about 22 E. IV., 1482, and was succeeded by his grandson 
John son of his son Edmund. He supposes that it was this last named .lolin who 
died in 1487, and he gives as his wife Cicely Willoughby, who was really the wife of 
Edward son of Edmund. As John Lord Dudley reached the unusual (for that 
time) age of 86, and as Dugdale had missed the inquisition of 3 H. VII., the mistake 
is perhaps excusable; but the records of the Order of the Garter clearly show that 



70 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

of the said John Sutton, viz., son of Edmund, son of the said John, 
and is aged thirty and more. And they say that the said John 
Sutton died on the last day of September last past. 1 Among the 
Welsh Eecords is a writ of livery dated 9th November, 1487, to 
Edward son of Edmund Sutton, setting forth the finding of an 
inquisition, viz., that Sir John Sutton, Knt., died seised in his 
demesne as of fee of the castle of Malpas and sundry other Cheshire 
lands holden of the Earl of Chester by barony, that the said John 
died on Monday next after the feast of St. Dennis the Martyr last 
past, and that Edward son of Edmund Sutton, Knt., was his next 
heir, and aged twenty-eight. 2 

The seal of this John Lord Dudley is tricked in several copies 
of Glover's Visitation of Staffordshire, made in 1583. It is attached 
to a deed of 22 H. VI., 1444, whereby " Johannes Dns Dudley con- 
stuitur arbiter inter Sampsonum Meverell, Mil', et Eadul' Basset, 
Mil'," and exhibits a heater-shaped shield couche" charged with the 
feudal coat of Dudley, two lions passant, 3 and on a helmet, with 
mantling, a lion's head couped placed on a wreath. On either side 
are two smaller shields, that on the dexter side charged with the 
cross patonce or flory of Malpas, and that on the sinister with a 
lion rampant. Legend, " Sigillum Johls Dni de Dudley." Although 
the colours would not of course be shown on the seal, Glover has 
noted them by initial letters in the usual manner, the lion rampant 
on the sinister shield being azure on a gold field. 

What alliance or connection this indicates I am unable to say, 
but am inclined to think that it may have been intended for 
the paternal coat of Sutton, and if so the lion should be green. In 

the John de Sutton who was elected in 1459, and the John Lord Dudley Knight of 
that Order in whose room George Earl of Shrewsbury was elected in 1488, were the 
same person. Dugdale's cited authority is Glover, in whose dicta he seems to have 
placed implicit faith. 

1 Esch. 3 H. VII., No. 49, in Public Kecord Office. The Inq. 3 H. VIL, No. 44, is 
also calendared as that of John Sutton of Dudley. It is a lengthy document, but 
so discoloured as to be almost entirely illegible. 

2 Eeport 37 of the Deputy Keeper of Public Eecords, p. 698, and Helsby's 
" Ormerod," Vol. II., p. 601. The feast day of St. Dionjsius or Dennis is 9th October, 
which in the year 1487 fell on a Tuesday, consequently, according to this inquisition, 
John de Sutton died on 15th October, whereas the writ of diem clausit to the 
Escheator of Northamptonshire is dated 12th October. 

3 The two lions passant impaling Berkeley were represented in one of the windows 
in St. Edmund's Church, Dudley, and also (surrounded with the Garter) in Deritend 
Chapel near Birmingham. An engraving of the latter is given in Dugdale's "War- 
wickshire." 



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a Roll of Arms of temp. E. II., Sire "Richard de Sottone bears " de 
or, a un lyon rampaund de vert," and a Sir John " de Soittone " of 
Lincolnshire the same coat differenced by a label gules. In after 
years, as is well known, the Sutton Dudleys bore a green double- 
tailed lion on a golden shield for their arms. Erdeswick speaks of 
this as a " new toy of my Lord Dudley's," and contends that 
" Button's coat, proper to his name," was the blue cross. He says 
that Mr. Henry Ferrers and others " finding a Sutton to bear a 
shield gold with a green furche' lion, they would needs invest my 
Lord Dudley therewith. But Glover, Somerset, supposing him to 
descend from Worsope, and that Sutton of Worsope bore the lion, 
but with one tail, did also cut off one of the Dudley's lion's tails." 
But (he says) " before the time of Henry VIII. never did any of 
the Suttons of Dudley Castle bear it either way, but either Somery's 
two lions or else Argent, a cross patee [patonce] blue." Dugdale 
insinuates that the green lion was first assumed by John Dudley 
Duke of Northumberland. 1 He states ("Warwickshire," 2nd edition, 
p. 423) that during his tenure of Dudley Castle the Duke 
" adorned the gate house tower with the arms of Malpas, Someri, 
and the lyon rampant by him assumed for Sutton' s coat" 
By Elizabeth his wife John Lord Dudley had issue : 

1. Edmund, of whom next. 

2. John Dudley, of Hatherington, Sussex, " from whom the 

Earls of Warwick and Leicester " (says Dugdale) " did 
derive their descent." 

3. William Dudley, Bishop of Durham. 

4. Oliver Dudley. 

i. Margaret, married to Sir George Longueville, of Little 

Billing, co. Northampton. 2 

ii. Jane, wife of Thomas Mainwaring, of Ightfield, co. Chester, 
iii. Eleanor, first married to Henry Beaumont of Wednesbury, 

who died 16th November, 1472, and secondly to George 

Stanley of West Bromwich. 3 

1 The arms set up in Gray's Inn for Edmund Dudley the Duke's father were 
the two passant lions and the Malpas cross quarterly, quartering Bramshot and 
quarterings. See engraving in Dugdale's " Origines Juridiciales," p. 309. 

2 She was his second wife, and he died 36 H. VI., 1457. See Longueville pedigree 
in Baker's " Northamptonshire," Vol. I., p. 27. 

3 Adlard adds a fourth daughter Katherine, married to one " Lionel Loud," but 
cites no authority. Thomas Gower, of co. Worcester, living 7 H. VI., father of 
Thomas Gower of Woodhall, Worcestershire, is also stated to have married 
" Katherine daughter to the Baron of Dudley." (Harl. MS., 1566.) 



72 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Before proceeding with the main stem I will dispose of the 
younger sons of John and Elizabeth. John, the second son, as 
ancestor of the Duke of Northumberland and of the Earls of War- 
wick and Leicester, demands a somewhat lengthy notice, more 
especially as grave doubts have been thrown upon his parentage. 
He was the father of Edmund Dudley, the rapacious minister of 
King Henry VII., and the grandfather of the equally notorious 
John Duke of Northumberland. 

Erdeswick (ed. 1844, p. 338) states that Edmund Dudley was 

" The son of one John Dudley, which the Duke [of Northumberland] would 
needs have (for so I have heard Somerset [i.e., Glover, Somerset Herald] say 
that he saw a descent wherein the Duke with his own hand had put it down, 
and that he was the second son of John Sutton, fifth 1 Baron of Dudley of 
the Suttons' race, and brother of the first Edward ; but whether he was so or 
not I will not take upon me to dispute, being myself ignorant except by 
hearsay and report ; for I have heard it by one who took upon him to be of 
good credit (while he lived) that the said John father of Edmund was a 
carpenter, and indeed born in the town of Dudley, but not of the name, other 
than travelling for his living, and happening to be entertained at work in the 
Abbey of Lewes, in Sussex, where (growing into favour with the Abbot) he 
was appointed carpenter to that house, and there married ; and (after the 
manner as the monks used) was called " John of Dudley," not because his 
name was so, but because he was born in Dudley town ; and having by his 
wife this Edmund, who was taken into the house and there brought up at 
school, and proving a towardly child and apt to learn, the Abbot, having 
scholars' rooms in the university, this Edmund was placed into one of them. 
And after, the Abbot having suits at law, and finding this young scholar 
ingenious and wise, took him from the university, and placed him at the Inns 
of Court, where he maintained him, and used him as a solicitor to follow the 
suits of the house ; which he not only did sufficiently and well, but also so 
studied the laws of this land, that he became very well learned in them, and 
so was brought into the favour of King Henry the Seventh." 

Dugdale in his " Antiquities of Warwickshire " (ed. 1765, p. 
301) repeats this story, but doubts its entire accuracy. That 
John Duke of Northumberland (he says) was son of Edmund 
Dudley, and he the son of one John Dudley, is plain enough ; but 
he adds, " I am not sufficiently satisfied that the said John his 
grandfather was a younger branch of the Barons of Dudley." He 
however thinks it most improbable that the said John was, as 
stated, a carpenter, " in regard he married so eminently, viz., 
Elizabeth, one of the daughters and coheirs of John Bramshot, 

1 The usual confusion ! There were really six Johns in lineal descent, and 
Erdeswick should have said " uncle of the first Edward." 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 73 

Esquire, seised of the manors of Gatton, Calbourne, and Whitwell, 
in the Isle of Wight. . . Whence I conclude that he was a 
gentleman, as some others of the name of Dudley in several parts 
of England are, though perhaps not of the Baron of Dudley's line ; 
therefore how this formal story of the carpenter should rise, I 
cannot well imagine, unless the grandfather, or great-grandfather, 
of Edmund had been of that trade." 

Notwithstanding Dugdale's doubts, as thus set forth in his 
" Warwickshire," he, in his " Baronage," unhesitatingly asserts 
that John father of Edmund Dudley was the second son of John 
Lord Dudley, K.G. ; and to my mind there is really no doubt that 
John Dudley of Atherington was (as asserted on the monument 
of Ambrose Earl of Warwick at Warwick) " second sonne to John 
Lord Dudley, Knight of the Garter." 

Besides the evidence afforded by the wills of John and Oliver 
Dudley (presently to be noticed), the reply of Sir Philip Sydney 
(circa 1584) to the virulent and scurrilous pamphlet called 
" Leycester's Commonwealth," is, considering the unblemished 
character of the writer, worthy of all credit. "Now as to the 
Dudleys," writes Sir Philip, " he saith they are no gentlemen, 
affirming that the then Duke of Northumberland was not born so ; 
in truth, if I should have studied with myself of all points of false 
invectives which a poisonous tongue could have spit out against 
that Duke, yet would it never have come into my head, of all 
other things, that any man would have objected want of gentry 
unto him. I am a Dudley in blood, that Duke's daughter's son, 
and do acknowledge though in all truth I may justly affirm that 
I am, by my father's side of, ancient, and well esteemed, and well- 
matched gentry yet I do acknowledge, I say, that my chiefest 
honour is to be a Dudley, and truly am glad to have cause to set 
forth the nobility of that blood whereof I am descended." Sir 
Philip then goes on to state that the House of Dudley " was of 
ancient, undoubted, and untouched nobility," and that its then 
representative was " a Peer, as we term it, of the Realm, a Baron, 
and, as all Englishmen know, a Lord of the Parliament ; and so a 
companion, both in marriage, parliament, and trial, to the greatest 
Duke that England can bear." Edmund Dudley, he tells us, was 
" no further off than son to a younger brother " of that house ; 
such younger brother being John Dudley who married the heir of 
Bramshot, and " was buried at Arundel Castle," and whose tomb 
" any man at Arundel Castle may see." This, he says, " was the 



74 THE BAKOXS OF DUDLEY. 

only descent between him (Edmund) and the Lord Dudley, who 
was his grandfather." 1 

John Dudley's will is dated 1st October, 16 H. VII., 1500. It 
was proved 26th June, 1501, and two copies of it are on record at 
Somerset House in register Moone ff. 19 and 23. It commences : 
" I John Dudeley, of Hatheryngton 2 in Sussex, Esquyer," and the 
testator desires to be buried " in the College Church of Arundel, 
in my tombe of marbill there, where Elizabeth, late my wife, lyeth 
buried." Gives vestments, etc., to numerous priests, churches, and 
monasteries, and (inter alia) a vestment " with a scocheon of myn 
armys and my wiff's on the same." " I will that myn executors 
doo fournyshe my tombe w* myn armys and my wiff's, and w* a 
convenye't scription for her and me thereuppon to be sett." His 
executors to make " a cheyne of fyne gold of the value of xli., and to 
deliver it to Anne 3 Dudeley, my doughter-in-lawe, to thentent she 
shall pray for me ;" such chain, after Anne's death, to " remayne to 
litell Elizabeth 4 Dudeley, doughter to my sone Edmond." To his 
said son Edmund Dudley " my cheyne of gold which wayeth 
xxxiij^." Legacies to his servants George Dyngle, John Sharpe, 
and others. 

Desires his executors to cause two honest priests, being 
bachelors of divinity, or "well spedde towards being bachelors 
in the Universitie of Oxenforde," to sing masses for the space of 
seven years for the souls of " William late Bishop of Dunelme, 
my fader and moder's soules, my wife's soule, myne owne and 
all Cristen soules," and for the prosperity of Sir Eeynold 
Braye, 5 Knt., and for the prosperity, etc., of my son Edmund 
Dudley, Anne his wife and their children. " And if my 
nevew Thomas 6 Dudeley will take upon hym, I will he be oon 
of the ij. preestes ; and that evry of the said preestes shall have 
yerely during the said vij. yeres, and doying the charge above 

1 From the original in Sir P. Sydney's own handwriting, preserved at Penshurst ; 
printed in the Sydney Papers by Arthur Collins, and quoted in extenso therefrom 
by GK Adlard in " Amye Eobsart," 1870, p. 65 et seq. 

2 Atherington, a manor in the parish of Climping, Sussex ; it is now a small 
hamlet on the sea shore. 

3 First wife of Edmund Dudley, and daughter of Thomas Windsor, Esq., of 
Stanwell, sister to Sir Andrews Windsor, K.B. 

4 Afterwards wife of William Lord Stourton. 

5 Sir Reginald Braye was one of the executors of John Lord Dudley, testator's 
father; he died 5th August, 1503. 

6 I cannot identify this " nevew." The only nephew of that name, so far as I can 
discover, was Thomas Dudley of Yanwath. 



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rehearsed, vj7i. xiijs. iiije?. by the yere." He also desires prayers 
for the soul of William 1 (sic) Bremshot, my wife's father, the soul 
of my brother Oliver Dudley, 2 the soul of John Draper, late of 
London, skinner, the soul of John of the Avery, 3 and the priest of 
the Wrekin. " I freely and hooly give and bequeath to my saide 
sonne Ednmnde Dudeley towards his costs and charges with his 4 
(sic) too yonger sonnes John and Peris ; the disposicion of my (sic) 
which ij. sonnes I oonly remytte to the discrecon of my said sonne 
Ednmnde." He appoints as Executors " my well beloved friends 
the Pry or of Tortington, my son Edmond Dudley, and my kynde 
neybor John Amys." 

John Dudley was Sheriff of Surrey and Sussex in 2 R. III., 
14845, and about the same date he had a grant from the King of 
the stewardship of all the manors, lands, and tenements of the 
Duchy of Lancaster within the counties of Berks and Hants. 

I do not propose to give a detailed pedigree of this branch of 
the Dudleys ; their acts and deeds, fortunes and misfortunes, are 
too well known to need repetition. But I may here appropriately 
introduce a letter, 6 hitherto unpublished, addressed by (it is 
presumed) John Dudley, afterwards Duke of Northumberland, to 
Walter Wrottesley, and preserved at Wrottesley. It is endorsed 
in a later hand, " A Lett r of my Lord Duddeleye." 

" To my cosen Walter Wrotisley, Esquier, this be geven. 

" Cosen Wrotisley, 

" I hartelly recomende me unto you, and whereas I do p'cey ve 
by my s'vant Henerye Cresset that you can be content to take 
some paynes for me in the surveying of my landes, I wyll deserve 
the same your paynes that ye shall therein take if it lye in me. 

" Mr. Willoughby that ys of my consaill ys appoynted to mete 
with you at Dudeley the fyrst Sondaye of .... Lente 
where I praye you not to faile to mete hym, and ye shall nowe 
receyve a patent of iiijV'i. a yere growyng out of my lordship of 
Seggisley in recompence of yo r olde patent of v marks a yere, and 

1 It is William in both copies. 

2 As will be seen presently, Oliver Dudley describes himself in his will as son of 
John Lord Dudley, and refers to Mr. William Dudley, afterwards Bishop of Durham, 
as his brother. 

3 " Of the Ewry" on folio 23. 

4 In the copy on folio 19 this reads, " Hy ij. yonger sonnes John and Perys, the 
disposicion of the which sonnes I onely remytt," etc. No doubt they were sons of 
the testator. 

5 From a copy made by Gen. Hon. GK Wrottesley. 



76 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

thus I commytt you to God. Att the Courte, this xviijth daye of 
Februarye. 

" Y r loving kinsman assuredly, 

" JOHN DUDDELEY." 

This letter is written by a secretary, and " y r loving kinsman," 
etc., and the signature are in another hand. 

William, the third son of John VI., was of University College, 
Oxford, B.A., 1456-7, and was presented to the rectory of Malpas, 
Cheshire, 27th February, 1456-7, within a month after taking his 
M.A. degree. 1 He was afterwards rector of Hendon, Middlesex, 
Archdeacon of Middlesex, Dean of the King's Chapel, Chancellor of 
the University of Oxford, and finally (1476-83) Bishop of Durham. 
He died 29th November, 1483, and has a monument in West- 
minster Abbey. 2 

Oliver Dudley, the fourth son, married Katherine, daughter of 
George Nevill, Lord Latimer, by Elizabeth his wife, daughter and 
coheiress of Richard Beauchamp Earl of Warwick, K.G. (half 
sister of Anne wife of the celebrated Richard Nevill, Earl of War- 
wick, the " King maker "), but had no issue by her, having been 
slain at the battle of Edgecote, near Banbury, on 25th July, 146 9. 3 
His will, 4 in which he is described as " Oliver de Dudley, son of the 
most noble Lord Sir John Dudley, Knt," is dated 22nd July, 
1469 (just three days before the conflict at Edgecote), and was 
proved by Katherine his relict and William Dudley (afterwards 
Bishop of Durham, whom he calls "Mr. William Dudley, my 
brother"), the executors, on the 29th November in the same year. 
His widow Katherine is stated to have been secondly married to 
Sir Jarnes Eatcliffe, Knt. 5 She had Stowe t in Northamptonshire 
by the devise of her mother. The will of " Katherine of Dudley 

1 Ormerod. 

2 On his monument was a quarterly shield, 1st the double-tailed lion ; 2 and 3 
the Malpas cross ; and 4 the two blue passant lions ; but his seal, engraved in Surtees's 
" Durham," displays 1 and 4 the two lions, 2 and 3 the Malpas cross. 

3 See an interesting account of those slain on this occasion, from the pen of the 
late J. G-. Nichols, in the " Gentleman's Magazine" for June, 1845, p. 598. Among 
those of the Northern Army who fell at this battle, William of Wyrcestre enumer- 
ates the sons of the Lords Latimer and Dudley. The former was Oliver Dudley's 
brother-in-law, Henry Nevill, son and heir of Lord Latimer. Both were buried in 
the Beauchamp Chapel at Warwick. 

4 "Testamenta Vetusta," p. 309. 

5 See " Pedigrees of noble families related to the blood royal, temp. Henry 
VII.," from a MS. (Harl. 1074) compiled about the year 1505, printed in Nichols's 
" Collectanea Top. et Gen.," Yol. I., p. 301. Sir James Eatcliffe was a younger son of 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 77 

(sic) of the diocese of Lincoln," is dated 1st March, 1492-3, and 
was proved in the P.C.C. (6 Vox.) 4th March, 1493-4. 1 She desires 
to be buried in the parish church of Stowe, and gives all her goods 
" to be disposed to the pleasure of God after the discretion and 
wisdom of Richard. Lord Latimer'' (whom she appoints sole 
executor), to dispose of the said goods for the " use of her soul." The 
will of her mother, Elizabeth Lady Latimer, is dated 28th Septem- 
ber, 1480. She desires to be buried in the chapel of our Lady in 
the Collegiate Church at Warwick 2 which " the right famous, re- 
nowned, honourable and Christian Prince of noble memory, my Lord 
and father Sir Richard Beauchamp, late Earl of Warwick, caused 
and ordained to be made, and that my said body be laid over both 
the head of my said lord and father, between my natural born son 
Harrie Latimer and Oliver Dudley, late my son-in-law." 

" And forasmuch as my daughter dame Katherine hath no 
livelode nor other sustenance to find her meat, drink, and clothes 
nor other necessaries during my life, I will succour, help, and find her 
as I may, and as I am naturally bound to do, and will that after 
my decease she have the lordships and manors of Stowe in North- 
amptonshire, the manor of Tetcote, with Puke, Holywell, and 
Larkbere in the county of Devonshire, the lands and tenements 
in Bruggewart (Bridgwater), in the county of Somerset; and will 
and charge that in anywise and without delay, or as hastily and 
soon as it is goodly, that there be made a sufficient and lawful 
estate thereof by my feoffees, so that I may see and know that 
she be surely purveyed (sic) for in my life, if may conveniently 
so soon be done, or else that such estate be made to niy said 
daughter, or to her use, immediately after my decease. Also I 
bequeath to my said daughter towards her finding, d. of the lawful 
money of England." The aforesaid Elizabeth came to the King's 
chancery at Westminster, 22nd September in the said year, and 
acknowledged the said will. 3 

Sir Edmund Dudley, alias Sutton, son and heir of John, died 

Sir John Katcliffe, K.G., of Attleborough, co. Norfolk. He was Sheriff of Worcester- 
shire 20, 21, and 22 E. IV., and 1 R. III., and died s.p. (Cow/. Foster's " Yorkshire 
Pedigrees.") The Shrievalty of Worcestershire had been hereditary in the Nevill 
family, but as Nash (" Hist. Wore.") remarks, it seems to have passed from them on 
the attainder of Richard Earl of Warwick, the " King maker." 

1 Baker, Northamptonshire, states that Katherine' s Inq. p.m. was taken 9 H. VII. 
(Esch. No. 37), and that she died s.p. 15th April, 8 H. VII., 1 193. 

2 Now known as the " Beauchamp Chapel." 

3 " Testamenta Vetusta," p. 359. 



(0 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

shortly before his father. I have not been able to ascertain the 
exact date of his death, but he appears to have been living in 
1483, for I find a " S r Ed. Dudley " present at the coronation of 
King Eichard III., on the 6th July in that year. 1 On 1st June, 
1456, as " Edmund Duddeley, son and heir of John Lord Duddeley," 
he presented a rector to Aston le Walls, which manor, as has been 
seen, he had of the gift of his father. Dugdale informs us that in 
7 E. IV., 1467, " being then a knight," he accompanied his wife's 
brother, John Tiptoft, Earl of Worcester, then deputy to George 
Duke of Clarence, Lieutenant of Ireland, to that country. The 
Earl of Worcester was himself made Lieutenant of Ireland in 10 
E. IV., 1370, when Edmund became his deputy, and as Blore 
(Eutland) states (citing Glaus 10 E. IV, m. 7 d.") was on that 
occasion styled by the King " Edmund Dudley, Esquier, Deputy 
Lieftenant to our cousin John Erie of Worcester, Lieftenant of 
our lond of Irelond." In 13 E. IV., 1473, Sir Edmund obtained, 
in recompense for his services in Ireland and elsewhere, the 
stewardship of the manor of Aberbury, which was in the King's 
hands by reason of the minority of George, son and heir of John 
Earl of Shrewsbury. 2 He was twice married : first to Joice, 
daughter of John Lord Tiptoft, and sister and eventually coheiress 
of the above-named John Earl of Worcester, K.G, who was be- 
headed in 1470 ; 3 and secondly to Maud, widow of Sir John 
Harington, of Hornby, Knt., 4 and daughter of Thomas Lord 

1 See a list of Peers and others present on that occasion in " Excerpta Historica," 
Vol. I., p. 384. 

2 Dugdale. 

3 John Tiptoft Earl of Worcester was beheaded under an act passed in 1470, 
enacting that extreme punishment should be done without delay upoii such of 
Edward's adherents as should be apprehended. No account either of his attainder 
or its reversal is to be found in the rolls of Parliament. He had issue a son Edward, 
who died s.p. and under age in 1485, when the Earldom became extinct ; but his aunt 
Joice Dudley and her sisters became coheirs of the Barony of Tiptoft, which is still in 
abeyance between her descendants. Joice's mother was Joice second daughter and 
coheiress of Edward Charlton Lord Powys, K.Gk, by the Lady Alinor Holland (who 
died at the birth of Joice her daughter, 23rd October, 1405), widow of Eoger Mortimer 
Earl of March, and daughter and eventually coheiress of Thomas Holland Earl of Kent, 
Baron Wake, etc. ; which Thomas Holland was son of Thomas Lord Holland, K.G-., 
and Earl of Kent (jure uxoris), by the Lady Joan Plantagenet, the " Fair maid of 
Kent," daughter and eventually sole heiress of Prince Edmund Plantagenet, called 
of " Woodstock," son of King Edward I. This marriage brought the quarterings 
(inter alia) of Tiptoft, Charlton, Holland, Plantagenet, and Wake into the Dudley 
shield. (Conf. Courthope ; N. and Q,., 4th. S. Vol. VI., p. 101 ; Dugdale, etc.) 

4 See Benolte's Visitation of Lancashire, anno 1553, printed by the Chetham 
Society, Vol. II., p. 167, and pedigree of Harington in Mis. Gen. et. Hw., J&T.S., Vol. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 79 

Clifford, by Joice his wife, daughter of Thomas Lord Dacre of 
Gillesland. By his first wife he had issue 

1. Edward, successor to his grandfather 

2. John Dudley, who had Aston le Walls by the gift of his 
brother. Among the MSS. of Mr. Plowden, of Plowden, 1 is an 
agreement between Edward Sutton, Knt., Lord Dudley, and Sir 
John Sutton (otherwise called Sir John Dudley) of the one part, 
and John Butler, Gent., of the other part, concerning the reversion 
of the manors of " Aston in the Walles " and " Appyltre," in the 
county of Northampton, after the decease of John Dudley, Esq., 
brother of the said Lord Dudley. Dated 29th August, 21 H. VIII., 
1529, and signed by Edward Lord Dudley, and by " John Dudley." 
Mr. Baker (Hist. Northampton) mentions a fine levied in 22 H. 
VIII. by Edward Lord Dudley and " his brother Sir John Sutton, 
otherwise Sir John Dudley," of the manor of Aston, etc., and the 
advowson of the Church of St. Leonard of Aston, to John Hyde 
and others ; " but I apprehend " (he adds) " they were merely 
feoffees in trust for effecting a family arrangement between the 
two brothers, by which the manor and estate passed to the said Sir 
John Dudley." Mr. Baker is clearly mistaken in calling Sir John 
my Lord's brother. He was undoubtedly his son and heir, whose 
consent to this settlement of the estate on the issue of Mr. John 
Dudley my Lord's brother and Sir John's uncle was no doubt 
necessary. 

Baker (Vol. I., p. 469) citing the Patent Ptoll 26th March, 32 H. 
VIII., 1541, states that John Dudley, of Aston, had a grant from 
the Crown of (inter alia) the manor of Apeltre, parcel of the late 
Priory of Chacomb, the manor of West Warden, comprising lands 
in Aston, West Warden, Chipping Warden, Hinton, Eydon and 
Cul worth, parcel of the late Abbey of Warden in Bedfordshire, and 
lands in Boddington, parcel of the late Priories of Catesby and 
Chacornb. He married " . . . filia . . Charroll," 2 and had 
issue (with a son Eichard 3 who died s.p.) two daughters his coheirs, 
viz., Margery, married to John Butler (party to the above-named 

III., p. 274. Sir John Harington was slain at the battle of Wakefield, 29th December, 
1460, leaving by the said Maud his wife two daughters his coheirs. 

1 See Hist. MSS. Commissioners' Report 10, App. IV., p. 409. Mention is made 
in this document of the chapel of St. Alban in the Priory of Dudley. 

2 My only authority for this is a pedigree of circa 1628, in the Chetwynd MSS., 
penes Lord Shrewsbury, for a copy of which I am indebted to T. J. de Mazzinghi, Esq. 

3 This son Richard is referred to in the post mortem inquest of Richard Dudley, 
Clerk, 28 H. VIII. 



80 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

agreement) and Jane, wife of Francis Snell, 1 of Hampsted Marshall, 
co. Berks. John Butler had the manor of Aston with his wife. His 
great grandson, Alban Butler, Esq., who died in 1617, left issue an 
only daughter and heiress who carried the estate in marriage to the 
Plowden family. 

i. Joice Button, alias Dudley, married to Sir Edward Benstead, 

Knt., of Bennington, Herts. 

By his second wife, Maud, Sir Edmund Dudley had the 
following further issue : 

3 and 4. Oliver Dudley and John Dudley, who both died 

s.p. 

5. Eobert Dudley, of Shrewsbury. He was born circa 1471, 
and (say Owen and Blakeway, " History of Shrewsbury," 
Vol. L, p. 298), " being appointed steward of the lordship 
of Powys, to which office he had some kind of family 
claim, came to reside at Shrewsbury, and was admitted a 
burgess, by the name of ' Robert Dudley of Dudley, co. 
Stafford, Esq.' He served the office of Bailiff in 1515, 
1524, and 1526, and represented the town in Parliament 
in 1530. In the 9th volume of the Stafford MSS. 
are some depositions by this Eobert, taken in 30 H. VIII. 
(1538), in which he calls himself of the town of 
Shrewsbury, and of the age of 66 years. He states that 
he ' dwelleth in Shrewsbury, and has dwelled there twenty 
years and more, and also was brother to the late Lord 
Dudley, grandfather to the Lord Powys [Edward Grey] 
that now is.'" 

He married first Elizabeth daughter of ... and 
secondly Katherine, widow of David Ireland, and daughter 
and co-heir of Eobert Knight of Shrewsbury, but died s.p. 
The will of Eobert Dudley, " of Shrowesbury, esquier," is 
dated 20th May, 1538, 30 H. VIII., and was proved in the 
P. C. C. 28th May, 1539. 2 He desires to be buried by 
his wife Elizabeth in the church of St. Alkmund in 
Shrewsbury, and gives elaborate instructions for his 
funeral. To the Mercers' fellowship of the town of Salop 

1 See the Visitation of Berkshire, anno 1566 (printed in the " Genealogist," 
N.S., Vol. II., p. 77), Snell pedigree. Jane is there called "dau. and one of the 
heirs of John Dudley of Aston in the Walles, co. Northamp., Esq., second brother to 
Edward Lord Dudley." She had issue an only daughter Sybbell. 

2 Registered 27 Dingley. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 81 

a sum of money on condition that they find " an honnest 
priest " to sing mass daily for ever at the altar of St. 
Michael in St. Chad's church. " Furthermore I will, and 
by this my testament graunte, that George Dudley, clerke, 
Walter Wrottesley, esquier, Thomas Burton, and Richard 
Atk's, w th others, the w ch stand and be seised of all such 
lands that were my late wife's and mine, etc., according 
to my late wife's will," 1 etc. Mentions his cousin Richard 
Trentham, 2 his cousin Edward Onyslow, Thomas Ireland, 
Robert Ireland, William Ireland, Edward Hosier, and John 
Watts. To Thomas Bromley all such lands the which I 
have of my Lord Dudley, my brother, w th in the town and 
franches of Salop and Rodington, to have to him and his 
assigns until the some of cc marks be to him content and 
paid. To the reparacon of Monford Bridge, over and above 

the bequest of David Ireland, in money 3. 6s. Sd 

I will that inyne executrice, by the advise of myne over- 
seers, shall prepare one stone of marble w th the pictures of 
me and my said wife on hit, w th the schochine of our Armes, 
and the scripture of our names accordinglie, to lay over 
my said wife Elizabeth and me in the parrishe church e of 
Sainte Alkmonde." To Robert Ireland, son of David 
Ireland, my godson, 5, the which I did lend him. My 
wife to be executrix. " Given at Yerniston besides 
Oxford the daie and yere ibresaid." 

6. Richard Dudley, a priest. He was of Oriel College, Oxford, 
M.A., and sometime proctor of the University, and was 
usually styled " Doctor," but Wood " does not find that 
he took any degree in divinity," though, it appear, lie 
"supplicated" for the degree of D.D. in 1508. He was also 
chancellor of the Cathedral church of Salisbury, and 
founder in 1529 of two Fellowships at Oriel. He held 
much church preferment, inter alia the incumbencies of 
Brington, Northamptonshire, and St. Martin's, Bir- 
mingham, to the latter of which he was presented as 
"Richard Sutton, M.A.," on 8th May, 1504, by his half- 

1 I have not been able to find her will, nor have I discovered her maiden name. 

" In the Staffordshire Visitation of 1583, Richard Tronthain, " de villa Salopitt," 
is recorded to have married Mary daughter of David Ireland ; and a Shropshire 
Visitation (Harl. MS. 1241, fo. 80) shows that she was the daughter of David 
Ireland by Katherine, nie Knight, " renupta Kob'to Dudley." 

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82 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

brother Edward Lord Dudley, who then had custody of 
the lands and heir of the lord of Birmingham. 1 His inq. 
p. mortem was taken at Bridgwater 20th October, 28 
H. VIII., 1536, 2 when it was found that he held sundry 
lands in Somersetshire and the advowson of the church of 
Swainswick in that county, etc., acquired by a certain 
deed dated 22 H. VIII., 1529, with remainder to Kichard 
Dudley, gent., son of John Dudley of Asseton (Aston le 
Walls) in co. Northampton, Esq. The jury say that he 
died on 5th June, 28 H. VIII., 153G, and that his next heir 
was his " consanguineus " John Dudley " fir Baronis de 
Dudley ult'i d'fncti, fratris diet' Kic'i." 3 His will, 
registered 36 Hogan, at Somerset House, is so curiously 
interesting, that I make no apology for here printing it 
in extenso : 

In Dei nomine Amen, vicessimo primo die Maij anno Salvatoris Millmo 
quingeii mo xxxvj, et anno regni regis Henrici Octavi vicessimo octavo, Ego 
Ricus Dudley, Sacre Theologie Proffessor, compos et sane mentis, licet eger 
corpore, coudo testamentum meum, sive meam ultimam voluntatem, in hunc 
qui sequitur modum. In primis lego animam meam Omipotenti Deo et beate 
Marie Virgini, et omnibus Sanctis ; corpusque meu sepeliendum fore in ecclia 
beate Marie Sar'. In die cujus obitus mei sepulture lego cuiiit [cuilibet] 
canonico residenciario in predica ecc'lia, interessenti obsequijs ac misse predci 
obitus, sex solidos et octo denarios, et cuilit canonico non residenciar 3 ut 
predicitur iijs. iiijd. Et lego cuilit vicario chorali, subdecano, et sucrentori, 
interessentibus obsequiis ac misse predict' obit', ijs. Item lego cuiiit capellano 
perpetuo sive cantoriste in predica ecciia et iiiteressentibz obsequiis ac misse, 
ut predicitur, xxd Item lego ceteris ministris et choristis interessentibus 
ut supra, ac bidello, janitorique, ac garcionibus setm [secundum] con- 
suetudinem predict' ecctie, in hujusmodi obsequiis consereiidis. Item lego in 
distributor panis inter paupes in die obitus predict', quinque libras. Preterea 
lego in die trigintali obitus mei cuifit cananico residenciario interessenti ut 
supra iijs. iiijo?. ; et cuiiit cananico non residenciario interessenti ut supra xxe. ; 
et cuiiit vicario chorali, subdecano, et sucrentori, interessentibus ut supra xijc ; 
et cuilit capellano perpetuo, sive cantuaristi, interessentibus ut supra xijc?. 

1 See list of Incumbents of St. Martin's in Dugdale's " Warwickshire," under Bir- 
mingham. Kichard Dudley was succeeded in 1536 by Eobert Middlemore, who was 
inducted 7th July in that year. To Brington he was presented, as " Mag r Eichard 
Duddeley," in 1513, by John Spenser, Esq. (See " Bridges," by Whalley, Yol. I., 
p. 474.) 

2 Esch. 28 H. VIII. , No. 80, in Public Eecord Office. The document is much 
faded and not very legible. 

3 He was buried in Salisbury Cathedral, and his sister Dame Alice Eatcliffe in 
her will (4 More) desires to be buried in the same Cathedral " near her brother, Mr. 
Eichard Dudley's tombe." 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 83 

Item lego ceteris ministris, choristis, bidello, janitori, et garcionibua inter- 
essentibus in predict' die trigintali obitus mei, ut supra, scdm consuetudineui 
ecctie. Item lego in distributee, in predica die trigintali obitus rnei, quinq' 
libras inonete in pane distribuendo. Preterea lego die aniversarij mei obitus 
canonicis residenciarijs interessentibus obsequii.s ac misse, ac canonicis non 
residenciarijs iuteressentibus ut supra. Item cuitet vicario choral i, sulnliacono, 
et succentori, interessentibus ut supra ; et cuitit capellano perpetuo sive 
cantoristi, ceterisque ministris ut choristis, ac bidello, janitori, et garcionibus 
interess', cuitet eorum ut predicitur in die' trigintali obitus mei. Item lego in 
die anniversario obitus mei inter pauperes vli. monete in pane distribuendas. 
Preterea lego repacoi eccte cath' Sar^l suinaiu monete michi debitum a magistris 
fabrice ecctie predict', viz., suinam circiter xijli. Item lego predict' ecctie duas 
p'tes ex tribus omS lignorum grossor'm jacent' infra mansionem vocatum 
*' Symborowe Place," et aliorum lignorum jacen' inter mansionem predict' et 
. . . . Item lego terciam partem onl lignorum predictorum fabrice coitatis 
[communitatisl vicarioruru ecctie Cath' Sari predict'. Item lego altari Sancti 
Osmundi Sari duos panniculos argenteos ad ornacoem j)redict' altaris. 
Preterea lego repacoe ecctie p'och' de Westbury in com' Wilts, vj^'. xiija. iiijc/. 

Item lego predict' ecctie duos pannos argenteos ad ornacionem suine altaris 
ifom. Item lego predict' ecctie unu vas argenteum ad portand' aquam bndcam, 
[benedictani] una cum virga argeutea ad aspergend' predic'ta' aquam bene- 
dictam. 

Preterea lego ecctie prebendali de Durneforde, vjVi. xiij. iiijc?., pro 
reparacione ejusdem ecctie. 

Item lego ecctie hospitalis Sancti Johannis Bape juxta Witton [Williton] 
iijli. vjs. viijd. pro reparacione ejusdem ecctie. Preterea lego ecctie beate 
Marie de Massam [Masham] in com' Ebor' quinque libras pro reparacione 
ejusdem. Preterea lego ecctie p'och' de Walton in com' Lancastrie v)li. xiijs. 
iiijo?., pro reparacione ejusdem ecctie. Item lego ecctie prebendali et p'ochiali 
sancte Margarete, Leicestrie, iiijft. pro repacioue ejusdem ecctie. Item lego 
ecctie de Knyghton, porconi predict' ecctie Sancte Margarete, liijs. iiij^- 
pro reparacione ejusdem ecctie. 

Item lego ecctie de Brington vjli. xiiijs. iiijrf. ad reparacionem ejusdem 
ecctie. Item lego capelle de Longforde, porcoui prebendi de Masham et 
Kirkebye iijli. Item lego ecctie p'ochiali de Brymycham [Birmingham] ijli. 
xiijs. iiijo?. ad repacoem ejusdem ecctie. Item lego ecctie poch' de Sutton 
juxta Brayles, in com' Gloucest', iijfo'. ad repacoem ejusdem ecctie. 

Item lego duabus capellis, viz., Bratton et Dilton annexis ecctie poch' de 
Westbury, cuitet earum, xfo., viz., sumam iiij/i. ad reparcoem earumden. 

Preterea lego Collegio regali 1 Oxouicensie pro defeucione terrarum a me 
dat' contra adversaries litigantes pro illis terris, quadraginta libras. 

Preterea lego uuumciphum 2 argenteum deauratum cu jus cop'tura [coper- 
tura] predco collegio ad usum duorom socior' ex mea fundacione. Item lego 



1 This was Oriel College. 

2 Ciphus = a cup, apparently a corruption of cyathus (KvaOo^), a drinking Teasel. 
In the will of John Hampden of Harapden is mentioned, " unura ciphura argeuteam, 
and also " unu' stante' ciphu' argenteum deauratum," i.e., silver gilt. 

G 2 



84 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

predco collegio, ad usum pdcorum sociorum, unum ciphum vulgariter noncupat' 
" a Nutte ' 3l cum optura [opertura]. 

Preterea lego executoribus sorori et ejus famule et uxori Henrici Wrottesley 
cum suis filijs et filiabus et ceteris famulis meis, unoc'mque eor', et Joanni 
Welshe, cuiiet eorum, x.ls. Deinde lego Joanni Wrottesley senior! fratri 
Henrici Wrottesley vli. 

Preterea lego fratri meo Roberto Dudley vli. Item lego Thome Dudley, 
fratri meo, vli. Item lego domine Alicie Eatcliffe vli. Item lego Georgio 
Dudley, fri meo, meum carpetum meliorem cum uno lecto in camera turris. 
Item lego Henrico Wrottesley carpetum meum secundum meliorem cum uno 
lecto in camera supra p'lum [parlarium]. 

Deinde lego Ric'o Wrottesley, filio predict' Henrici, et filio meo sp'uali, 
[spirituali] viginti libras. Item lego Anne Wrottesley, et cuiiet fratri ejus, 
xxs. Preterea lego dno Henrici Longe, armigero, quadraginta libras quas michi 
debet ; ac etiam lego Ricardo Longe 2 filio meo spuali [spirituali], ac Thomasine 
Longe, filie mee sp'uali, cuiiet eoru, decem libras, quos dcus dns Henricus 
michi debet, quia predict' Dns Henricus mutuo [as a loan] a me recepit, Ixfo*. 
Item lego domine Eleonori, uxori diet' d'ni Henrici, vli., quas ilia etiam mutuo 
a me recepit. Item lego Petro Middleton, nepoti meo, quadraginta solid'. 

Super quo quidem testamento, sive ultima voluntate, ordino, sive facio, 
Georgium Dudley, clericum, et Henricum Wrottesley, meos veros et litimos 
[legitimos] executores testamenti mei sive mee ultime voluntatis. Resid'm 
verum omn) bonorum meoru non legatoru relinquo disposicione meorum 
executorum ad disponend' pro salute anime mee in piis causis. 

Et lego cuitet eorum meorum executorum, pro laboribus eorum, [sic, no 
sum named]. Et super hunc (sic) testamentum meum, sive ultiman volun- 
tatem coustituo d'nam Aliciam Ratcliff, sororem meam, sup' visorem. Lectum 
fuit hoc j)ius meum testamentum, sive hec mea ultima voluntas, coram me 
hoc audiente, et approbat' primo die Junij anno Salutoris antedict', et anno 
regni regis eciam antedict.' 

In p'sncia horum testium subscriptorum sp'cial'er rogat'. Per me Robertum 
Pole, clericum. Per me Johannem Barrowe. P me Ricum Dunstall. Per me 
Thomam Fletcheru. Per me Ricardum Dudley cl'icum. Probatum, etc., apud 
London', 12 June, 1536. 

7. Thomas Dudley, who acquired the manor of Yanwith, or 
Yanwath, in Westmoreland, in marriage with Grace, 
daughter and coheir of Lancelot Thirkeld of that place, 

1 A Nut, says Halliwell ("Archaic Dictionary"), is "a kind of small urn." 
He cites the will of Sir Thomas Lyttelton in Test. Vet., dated 1481, in which is 
mentioned a " standyng gilt Nut." I find in the inventory of the goods of Hugh 
Eeynolds, of Stratford-on-Avon, 1556, in the Buttery, " a Nutte p'cell gilte with 
a cover of sylver." 

2 Sir Henry Long, of Wraxall and Draycot, Wilts, married for his second wife 
Eleanor daughter of Eichard Wrottesley of Wrottesley, and widow of Edmund Lever- 
sage, by whom he had a large family, including a daughter Thomasine and a fifth son 
Richard of Lineham, Wilts. Eleanor lady Long died in 1543. See pedigree of the 
Long family in Howard's " Mis. Gen. et Her.," N.S., Vol. III., p. 59 ; and also in 
the Visitation of Wilts, anno 1623. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 85 

and was ancestor of the Dudleys of Yanwath, for whom 
see post, " Junior branches of the family of Button alias 
Dudley." 

8. George Dudley, LL.D., a priest, Hector of Aston le Walls, to 
which he was presented by John Butler on 14th May, 
1539, and where he was buried (according to Baker 1 ) on 
6th January, 5 Elizabeth (A.D. 1563). The will of 
" George Dudley, priest, Doctor of Lawes, and parson of 
Aston in the Walles in the countie of Northampton," is 
dated 28th July, 1561, and was proved intheP.C.C., 27th 
December, 1572. 2 He desires to be buried in the chancel 
of Aston Church, " to the reparation whereof I bequeath 
40s., with the tymber which they have alreadie." To my 
cousin Mr. Alban Butler, 3 the money which he oweth me. 
To my cousin and godson Master George Butler 4 towards 
his bringing up in learning 20 nobles, and to my cousin 
George Marret 20 nobles towards his schooling. To my 
cousin Chamberlen 5 30 which he oweth me. To John 
Marret my cart and team, six kyne, sixty of my sheep, 
and 20 in money. To Henry Adlam my furniture, and 
twenty sheep, four kyne, and twenty marks in money. 
To Sir John Freman, my chaplain, 40s. and my new 
morning gown. To Mr. Rushe all my divinity books, etc. 
To my cousin Mr. William Butler 4. And of this my 
last Will and Testament I make and ordain John Marret 
M ris Susan his wife, and Henry Adlam my whole execu- 
tors ; to whose discretion I leave the rest of my goods 
unbequeathed, moveable and unmoveable, to bestow them 
as they shall think best for my soul's health. And of this 
my last Will I make Mr. Rushe my supervisor. " By 
me George Dudley, Clarke, parson of Aston in the 
Walles. These being present, Mr. Anthony Rushe, John 
Freman, preest, Harry Adlam." 

1 Bridges (by Whallcy, Yol. I., p. 102) in his list of Rectors of Aston, styles 
him "Magr. Gerrard Duddeley, LL.D." Baker gives Gerrard and George as two 
different persons, but does not give the date of the induction of the latter. There 
is really no doubt that they were the same person. 

2 Registered 33 Street. 

* Son and heir of John, by Margaret Dudley, testator's niece. 

Eldest son of Alban Butler. 

5 Dorothy, one of the daughters of John and Margaret Butler, was married to 
George Chamberlain of Boddington, co. Northampton. See Baker, and Vis. North, 
ampton, A.D. 1564. 



86 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

9. Walter Dudley, ob. s.p. 

ii. Jane Dudley, the first wife of Sir William Middleton of 
Stockeld, co. York, sou and heir of Sir Piers Middleton. 
She died in 15 H. VIL, 1500. 1 

iii. Alice Dudley, married to Sir John Ratcliffe of the Derwent- 
water family. He died 2nd February, 1527, and was 
buried at Crosthwaite, Cumberland. She survived him, 
her will being dated 31st March, 1554, and proved in the 
P.C.C. in July following. (See an article, " Who was the 
Sir John Batcliffe buried at Crosthwaite ? " in " Gentle- 
man's Magazine," May, 1849, p. 471.) 

iv. Dorothy Dudley, married to Eichard Wrottesley of Wrot- 
tesley, co. Stafford. She died in 1517, and was buried at 
Tettenhall, where there is a rhyming epitaph to her and 
her husband, in which it is stated that they "lived 
togedder all their lif," and that Eichard was " lay'd in 
this place w th in a short space " after her death. 

v. Margaret Dudley, the second wife of Sir John Musgrave of 
Hartley, Knt. 2 

1 Visitation of Yorkshire, 1563-4, Harl. Soc., p. 210. 

2 See Visitation of Westmoreland, A.D. 1615. It is stated in all the Musgrave 
pedigrees that Sir John Musgrave married " Margaret sister to the Lord Dudley," 
but Dugdale asserts in his Baronage that Margaret married "Edward Lord 
Powys," and that Dorothy was Musgrave's wife. In the so-called Visitation of 
Cumberland, anno 1615, published by the Harleian Society (p. 36) there is a 
pedigree of Dudley of " Yean with in com' Cumberland" (sic), in which "Edmond 
Lord Dudley" has two daughters both named Dorothy, one the wife of "Kichard 
Wortley " (sic) and the other of "... Musgrave of Hartley," whilst Margaret is 
stated, as in the Baronage, to have espoused " Edward Lord Powys." I have styled 
this a " so-called Visitation," because, as a matter of fact, it is printed from a manu- 
script of Eichard Mundy, the Herald painter, and not from any original indeed 
there is no such Visitation remaining in the College of Arms. Moreover I think 
it highly improbable that a family the head of which was a resident landowner in 
Westmoreland should have recorded his descent at a Visitation of Cumberland; 
but Mundy, believing "Yean with" to be as indeed he states in Cumberland, has 
added this pedigree (from what source obtained does not appear) to the collection 
of pedigrees which he has thought proper to designate the "Visitation" of that 
county. No doubt much of Mundy's information was derived from a genuine 
Visitation made by St. G-eorge, unfortunately now lost, and his work is therefore of 
considerable value, but I do not think the MS. should be cited, as it frequently 
has been, as " The Visitation of Cumberland," nor should this Dudley pedigree be 
regarded as one officially recorded and certified by the then head of the family of 
Dudley of Yanwath. 

It is quite certain, from the contemporary epitaph at Tettenhall, that the name 
of Eichard Wrottesley's wife was Dorothy, and equally certain that Margaret 
daughter of Edmund Dudley did_not marry Edward Lord Powys. For the only 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 87 

Edward Button, who succeeded John his grandfather as Baron 
Dudley in 1487, and was then aged 28 or 30, was found in 1 H. VII., 
1485, by inquisition, 1 to be cousin and one of the coheirs of 
Edward Tiptoft Earl of Worcester, and then aged 26. 1 Among 
the " Knightes made at the coronation of Queen Elizabeth, wyf to 
Kinge Henry the Seventh, and eldest daughter to Kinge Edwarde 
the Fourthe, which was the xxvth of Novembre Anno D'ni. 1485," 
given in Mr. Metcalfe's Kniyhts from a MS. by Glover, we find " S r . 
Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley" whose arms are thus blazoned: 
Quarterly, 1 and 4, Or, a lion rampant double queued vert; 2, Or, 
two lions passant azure, quartering Argent, a cross patonce azure ; 
3, Argent, a saltire [should be engrailed} gules, quartering Or, a 
lion rampant gules. Crest Out of a ducal coronet or, a lion's head 
azure langued gules." 2 

It may be added that Sir Edward was not " Lord Dudley " at 
that date, but Glover probably so styles him for the purpose of 
identification. 

Shaw, under Himley (Vol. II., p. 223) states that "in 1 H. VII. 
Edward Sutton, of Dudley Knt., cousin and heir of John Sutton of 
Dudley, Knt., viz., son of Edward (sic, for Edmund), son of the 
said John, acknowledges himself to hold of the King in capite the 
castle of Dudley, and manors of Seggesley, Ilowley-Somery, Kinge- 
swnynford, Hymley, Oxley, Over-Penne, Nether-Penne, with the 
advowson of the church of Kingeswynford, co. Stafford, and half 
the town or manor of Dudley, co. Worcester, as parcel of the afore- 
said castle, for his services, of the moiety of the barony of Dudley. 

Edward Lord Powys of the Charlton family was the first husband of this Margaret's 
grandmother, and the only Edward Lord Powys of the Grey family was the son of 
John Grey, by Margaret daughter of the above Margaret's half brother Edward 
Lord Dudley, and lie certainly did not marry his grandfather's sister ! Some genea- 
logists (notably Betham, "Baronetage," Vol. I., p. 482) have got rid of the difficulty 
of the two Dorothys, by making Dorothy Wrottesley the widow of Sir John Mus- 
grave, but apart from the reasons to the contrary here stated, the rhyiiiing epitaph 
at Tettenhall distinctly states that Richard and Dorothy lived together all their life. 
General Wrottesley informs me that Richard Wrottesley was a minor at his father's 
death ; and, as his father was a tenant in capite, must have been in ward to the King, 
who probably sold his marriage to Sir Edmund Sutton, and the latter is not likely 
to have purchased it for a daughter who was already a widow, and therefore with 
an endowment. The epitaph is applicable to the marriage of a minor, but hardly to 
that of a widow, who must have lived a portion of her life with her first husband. 

1 Courthorpe, " Historic Peerage." 

2 The first and fourth quarters are Sutton alias Dudley ; the second is Somery 
and Mai pas, or Sutton, qxiarterly ; and the third Tiptoft quartering Charlton, a 
somewhat odd arrangement, and rather favouring Erdeswick's idea of the green lion 
being a " new toy of my Lord Dudley's." 



88 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Also the manor of Northfield, co. Worcester, held of the King in 
capite by service of one-fourth of a knight's fee ; and the manor of 
Weoley in the said county, held of the King in capite by the same 
service ; and one messuage, one ploughland, and twelve acres of 
meadow in the King's forest of Kynfare, co. Stafford, called Prest- 
wood, for service of keeping the King's Hay of Ashwood beneath 
the said forest." For this he cites " Book of Tenures, Mus. Brit. 
Bibl. Harl. 240, etc." The date of this must needs be wrong, for 
in 1 H. VII., Edward's grandfather was still living, and the Harl. 
MS. 240 contains no such entry, and is not in fact a " book of 
tenures." 

Edward was summoned to Parliament from 12th August, 7 H. 
VII., 1492, to 3rd November, 21 H. VIII., 1529, and was elected 
a Knight of the Garter in 1509. He married Cicely daughter 
(and I think eventually heiress) 1 of Sir William Willoughby, Knt., 
by Joan his wife, daughter and coheiress of Thomas Strangeways ; 
which Sir William was son of Sir Thomas Willoughby, Knt., of 
Parham, by Joan daughter and coheiress of Sir Richard Arundel, 
Knt., third son of Sir John FitzAlan, otherwise Arundel, by Eleanor 
daughter of Henry of Lancaster, and great granddaughter of King 
Henry III. 

The post mortem inquisition 2 of Edward Lord Dudley was 
taken at Kidderminster on 20th September, 24 H. VIII., 1532, 
before William Newport, escheator for Worcestershire, when the 
jury say that he died on the" last day of January, 23 H. VIII., 1532, 
seised of Dudley, etc., holden of the King in capite per baroniam, 
and that John Sutton, Knt., now Lord Dudley, is his son and heir, 
and was aged 36 and more at the time of the death of the said 
Edward his father. 3 By the aforesaid Cicely his wife he had the 
following issue. 4 

1 She had one brother Edmund, who married Isabel daughter of Thomas Berkeley, 
and had issue a son Yincent, who, it is believed, died unmarried. See "Col. Top. et 
Q-en.," Vol. I., p. 300; and Vis. York, 1563-4. 

2 Esch. 24 H. VIII., No. 83, in Public Kecord Office. 

3 The Badge of this Lord Dudley, as depicted in a MS. compiled by Barker, 
Garter King of Arms, between the years 1522 and 1534, was A grating formed by 
four perpendicular and three transverse bars or ("Col. Top. et Gen.," Vol. III., p. 
49.) This badge is also painted on the old Dudley pedigree in the possession of Mr. 
P. D. Lea Smith, referred to ante p. 3. 

4 The Strangewaye's pedigree entered in the Visitation of Yorkshire anno 1563-4 
(I quote that printed by the Harleian Society, p. 302), gives the following as the 
issue of " Cyssely Willoby" by her husband "Lord Dudley": John Dudley; 
Edward, obiit ; Margaret lady Powes ; Elenor lady Herbert; Thomas; Arthur; 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 89 

1. John, who succeeded. 

2. Edward, ob. s.p. 

3. Thomas. 

4. Arthur Dudley, a priest. According to Harwood ("History 

of Lichh'eld"), Arthur Dudley was appointed a prebendary 
of Lichh'eld on 29th November, 1531 j 1 and I find an 
Arthur Dudley mentioned as incumbent of St. Michael's, 
Coventry, in 1537 ; and somewhere about the same time 
as parson of Malpas ; but whether he was the same person 
is somewhat doubtful. 2 In a letter to Secretary Cecil, 
dated 20th October 1552, John Dudley Duke of North- 
umberland asks that his Majesty Edward VI. may be 
pleased to bestow a prebend at Worcester upon his kins- 
man Arthur Dudley, " a younger brother to the Lord 
Dudley," who, he adds, " hath no living but his chauntor- 
ship of Lichfield." And on 2nd December in the same 
year he sends certain papers for signature, one being 
" for the prebend in Worcestershire which Mr. Harley 
had of the King's Majesty's gift, for my cousin Arthur 
Dudley of Lichfield." 3 Arthur Dudley succeeded 
" Mr. Harley " at Worcester, who in 1553 was 
elevated to the see of Hereford, and was himself succeeded 
in 1576 by Dr. Carrington. 4 Between the years 1534 
and 1538 Arthur Dudley was accused by his brother (as 
will presently appear) of seizing his deeds and charters 
and unjustly detaining them. In the " Journal of the 
Royal Archaeological Institute," 1876 (Vol. XXIIL, No. 

Jane ; Kateren ; Elisabeth ; Joyce ; and Doraty." Glover gives (Harl MS. G182) : 
John; Arthur; Jeffrey; Thomas; and George ; while Erdeswick (ed. 184-1, p. 231) 
writes : " Sir Edward (meaning 'Edmund) had issue Edward Lord Dudley, Knight 
of the Garter, Arthur, Geffrey, Thomas, George, another Thomas, and Richard, 
besides five daughters." Erdeswick has evidently confounded Edmund with 
Edward. As " doctors disagree," I have done the best I can, but I find no trace of 
Thomas and George, unless the latter is the " Mr. George Dudley " who was buried at 
St. Edmund's, Dudley, 24th May, 1577. 

1 He occurs thus (in Harwood) in the list of prebendaries of Colwich : "1521, 
Nov. 29, Arthur Dudley, prebendary of Worcester." His successor, John Bullock, 
was appointed 8th October, 1577. 

2 Orinerod mentions an Arthur Dudley as parson of Malpas in 1533 and 1542, 
and again in 1573 and 1576. 

3 State Papers (Domestic), Ed. VI., XV., quoted by Adlard, p. xv. 

4 See List of Prebendaries in Green's " History of Worcester," Vol. I., p. 232, 
but Mr. Green erroneously gives the date of the appointment of " Arthur Dudley, 
alias Sutton," as 1575. 



90 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

129), there is an interesting paper by the late Mr. 
John Hewitt, on the relics of St. Chad, formerly preserved 
in Lichfield Cathedral. It appears from an old document 
in Latin quoted by Mr. Hewitt, that these relics were 
removed from the Cathedral by a certain prebendary 
" cognatus Domini Dudley," and by him confided to the 
care of two ladies, his kinswomen, of the same noble house, 
" habitaiites apud Eussel Hall, domum prope villam de 
Dudley." There is no doubt that this prebendary was 
Arthur Dudley, and his two kinswomen the daughters of 
his brother Geoffrey. 

5. George Dudley (Glover). 

6. Geoffrey Dudley of Kussell's Hall, Dudley, called in the 

Staffordshire Visitation of 1614 (Dickenson pedigree), 

" youngest sonne to the Lo. Dudley," of whom next. 
i. Eleanor, the third wife of Charles Somerset Lord Herbert, 

afterwards Earl of Worcester, K.G. He died 15th April, 

1526, and by his will, dated 1524, left six hundred marks 

in plate to Eleanor his wife, 
ii. Margaret, married to John Grey Lord Powys, who died in 

1504, aged 19, leaving by her a son Edward, then aged 

one year. 1 
iii. Jane, married to Thomas Fiennes (who died v.p.), son and 

heir of Thomas Lord Dacre. 
iv. Katherine, the second wife of Sir George Gresley of 

Colton. (See Vis. Staff., 1583.) 
v. Elizabeth, 2 first married to Sir John Huddleston of Sawston 

1 See " The Feudal Barons of Powys," by Morris C. Jones, p. 87. It is to this 
marriage that Leland in his " Itinerary " makes this somewhat enigmatical allusion : 
" The Lord Powis' grauntfather that now is, being in a contraversy for assawte 
made upon hym goying to London by the lord Dudeley and by Dudeley Castelle, 
condescendid, by entreaty, that his son and heire should marry the olde lorde of 
Dudeleis daughter, mother to the lord Powis that is now." The meaning of which 
we presume to be that Lord Dudley purchased exemption, by the hand of his 
daughter, from the charge of damages wherewith he was threatened for something 
like highway robbery. (J. Q-. Nichols' review of Mr. Jones's book in the " Herald 
and Genealogist.") 

2 Burke (Commoners under " Huddlestone ") and others call her Dorothy, but 
that her true name was Elizabeth is clear from the contemporary evidence of Benolte's 
Visitation of Lancashire in 1533, printed by the Chetham Society (p. 96), where 
it is stated that Thomas Butler, of " Beausea," had "to hys second wyffe, Elizabeth 
dowghter to Syr Edward Sutton, Baron of Dudley, and late the wyffe of John 
Hudleston above wrytten," i,e., John Huddleston of Sawston, whose daughter 
Eleanor married Thomas Butler, jun., son of the above Thomas by his first wife. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 91 

Knt, and secondly to Thomas Butler of Bewsey, co. 

Lancaster, 
vi. Joice, married to John Leighton, esquire of the body to 

King Henry VITL, who died in 1532. 
vii. Dorothy ? (Vis. York, 1563-4 ; see note, ante, p. 88.) 
There were also two children who died young, as appears from 
an inscription formerly in Himley Church, thus noted by Captain 
Symonds in his Diary, published by the Camden Society : " In the 
church of Hombley (sic) this is circumscribed on a flat stone, with 
the pictures of two women (sic). ' Hie jacet Willelmus Suttonn et 
Constantia soror ejusdem, filia p'nobilissimi duinini Edwardi 
Sutoon, militis, domini Dudley et Powes, qui quidem Wilhelmus 
obijt 22 Dec., 1504. Constancia v 15 Marcii, 1501.' Quorum 
A. etc. ; and this coate." Here is tricked a shield Quarterly 1 and 
4 Somery and Sutton (the Malpas cross) quarterly; 2 and 3 Charlton 
quartering Tiptoft. This inscription is interesting as showing that 
Edward Lord Dudley had assumed the title of Lord Powys 1 in 
right of his maternal descent from the second daughter and co- 
heiress of Edward Charlton Baron of Powys. 

Geoffrey Dudley was the ancestor of the Dudleys of Russell's 
Hall, Dudley. He married Eleanor, one of the natural daughters 
of Sir Gilbert Talbot, Knt., of Grafton, co. Worcester, in whose 
will, dated 19th October, 1542, and proved 15th June, 1543, she is 
thus referred to, " To Eleanor Dudley, wife unto Jeffry Dudley, 
Esquier, oon of my daughters, over and besides those londes and 
rentes w fc in the lordship of Feckenham, which I have geven unto 
the said Jeffrey and Eleanor, all the stuffe of her chamber which 
she lyeth in, and a gown of unwatered chamlet, and six poundes 
xiijs. iiij^. ; and to my son Dudley a gowne of black velvet." 2 

1 In the Harl. MS. 1970, art. 35, there^is a document in which Edward is also 
styled Lord Powys. It is thus described in the Catalogue: " Covenants made between 
Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley and Powys, and Kafe Bureton, ' squire, stewards of the 
lordshippof Oswastree; Edward Turner, constable of the same lordshipp; and John 
Turner Lieftenant there ; touching the better government of the lordships of Powys 
and Oswaldestre." Lord Dudley had succeeded to the outer ward of Pool Castle 
which had belonged to the Lord Tiptoft. This is mentioned by Leland, who says 
" Castel Gough, in Englisch Redde Castel, standeth on a rokke of darke redde- 
colorid stone. It hath ii seperated wardes, whereof the one was the Lord Dudde- 
lay's." (" Itinerary," Vol. V., p. 80, quoted in " Herald and Genealogist," Vol. VI., 
p. 117.) 

2 This will is printed in extenso in the Shrewsbury Peerage proceedings. One 
of the attesting witnesses is " Gefferey Dudley." 



92 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Geoffrey Dudley was buried at St. Edmunds, Dudley, 26th June, 
1571. His will is dated . . . June, 13 Eliz., 1571, and was proved 
at Worcester, 21st June, 1572. The original, preserved in the 
District Eegistry at Worcester, is much decayed, and in several 
places illegible. He describes himself as " Jeffery Dudley, Esquyer," 
and desires to be buried in the nether church of Dudley (i.e. St. 
Edmunds) " so neare to my daughter as may be." To " Elynare " 
my wife the house called " Eussells " wherein I now dwell, for her 
life. " And also I do gyve unto my said wyff . . stuffe w ch I 

have w th in my mancon howse, w th the one halff of do 

gyve and bequeth unto my said wyff all that my lease of the tythes 
of Kyngswynford, for and during the terme therein specy- 
fyed J yf sne fortune y* fortune my said wyff to decease 

w tb in the said terme, then I .... my sonne to have and possess 

the same. It'm I do gyve and bequeth unto Thomas 

that my lease of Nethertowne 1 for and during the terme therein 
specyfyed .... said Thomas shall content and pay my two 

daughters, Brygett tenne poundes yerely next after 

my decease, at the our Lady and S* Mychell tharch- 

angell by even porcons untyll suche .... two hundred markes 

be rune up. P'vyded allway yf my sayd sonne do refuse 

the said sufne of two hundred markes in manner and forme above 

specyfyed, then dowghters to have y e lease of Nethertowne 

. . . and make Thomas Dudley, my sonne, full executor to p'forme 

this my will. I do owe to Thomas Allen of Sedgley 33s 

of Eowley 31. , to Humfrey Meare, 10/., to John Cartwright .... 
and Eobert Smythe, of Wolv'rhampton, as aperith by theyr bookes, 
'61., which debtes to my knowledge be all the debtes I do owe . . . 

Whereas I have by patent for the Eydershyppe of all 

my lord's chases and p'kes w th in the county of 

vjli. xiijs. iiijd yerely wch fee I am unp . . . xij yeres last past 
before the date hereof, saving that I have .... Yokes Parke w ch 
ys iijli. by the yere, and also xls. w ch my lorde ..... sonne 
Thomas Dudley when he went for a phycycon for my wyff, the 

do humbly request my lorde to pay the same to my 

executour towards the, p . . . . my wyll for the relief of my wyff 

and chyldren. It'm I do geve and Thomas Dudley, my 

sonne, my cheyne of golde. It'm I will that after my decease 

1 In an Exchequer suit in 1616 relating to the then Lord Dudley's estates, a 
witness deposed that Netherton was in lease for lives long before the year 1593, 
" and is yet in lease." 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 93 

.... in bredcle two quarters ? of rye to be dystrybutyed to the 

poore of Dudley of my executour and ov'seers. 

It'm I do ordeyn and make William and John Hodgetts 

my ov'seers to see thys rny last wyll and testament 

resydew of all my goodes unbequeathed, my debts and funerall 

to my sonne Thomas Dudley." 

The burial of " Elinore Dudley, gent'woman," Geoffrey's widow, 
appears in both the Dudley church registers, but in St. Thomas's 
register it is given as 29th May, 1583, and in St. Edmund's as Gth 
July, 1583. The following is a copy of her will, which was proved 
at Worcester, llth July, 1583 : 

" In the name of God, Amen, this eleventh daie of September, one thousand 
fyve hundred, fower score and twoe, I Elenor Duddeley, of Duddeley in the 
countie and diocese of Worcester, late wife of one Gefferie Duddeley, Esquier, 
deceased, beinge sicke in bodie, but of good and p'fect remembraunce (thanks 
be to God therefore) do make this my last will in manner and forme 
followinge. Firste I bequethe my sowle to Allmightie God whom only I 
confesse to be my Redeemer, and my bodie to be buried in the church of S* 
Edmod in Duddeley aforesaid when it shall please God to doe His holly 
will therupon. Item I geaveand bequeath to Thomas Dudley, my sonne, the 
fetherbed over the halle, the best brasse pott, and one of the twoe little brasse 
potts, one dyaper table cloth, w th all the tables, formes, and stooles in the 
halle p'lor and upper chambers, and twoe blewe carpetts in the parlor, w th all 
the brewinge vessells, and all my corne and hey. Item I geve and bequeth to 
my dawghter Bridgett two fetherbedds, one grete brasse pott, one ly tie brasse 
potte, one chafferne (being of iron), item twoe kyne, and halfe my pewter, 
twoe table clothes, ij dossen of napkins, and one cubbord cloth. Item I geve 
and bequeth to Geffery Duddeley, my godsonne, one cowe. Item I geve and 
bequeth to Elinor Duddeley, my goddaughter, one cowe. Item I geve and 
bequeth to Elinor Wynne, my goddaughter, one cowe. Item I geve and 
bequeth to my cosin Frauncs Carew one wenelinge calfe. Item I geve and 
bequeth to William Duddeley twoe yereold heyfers. Item I geve and bequeth 
to my cossine Maragaret Duddely one weynling calfe. Item all the rest of my 
goods and chattells, moveable and unmoveable, herein not bequethed and 
geven, I give and bequeth to Katherin Duddeley my dowghter, whome I 
do make and ordeyne to be the only executrix of this my laste Will and 
Testament. And also I do ordeyne and make Thomas Duddeley, my sone, to 
be the Overseer that this my will be in all things p'formed accordinge to my 
trewe intent and meaninge of the bequests herin speci'ed. In the p'sence of 
Thomas Dudeley and others. John Hymlocke." 

The known issue of Geoffrey and Eleanor Dudley were 
1. Thomas, of Eussells. 

i. Elizabeth, buried at St. Edmund's, Dudley, 13th January, 
1570-1, as daughter of Jeffrey Dudley. She was no doubt 
the deceased daughter referred to in her father's will. 



94 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

ii. Bridget, baptized at St. Thomas's, Dudley, 4th December, 
1545, as daughter of Jeffrey Dudley, Esq. She was 
married to Thomas son of Humphrey Wynne of Garth, 
co. Montgomery. 1 

iii. Katherine, baptized at St. Thomas's, Dudley, 10th June, 1548, 
as daughter of Jeffrey Dudley, Esq. ; sole executrix of her 
mother's will, 1582, and then unmarried. She was sub- 
sequently married to Simon Dickenson of Bradley, near 
Stafford, and was mother of Edward Dickenson, living 
1614, whose son and heir, Walter was then " set. 4 annor'." 
(See Vis. Staff. 1614.) 

For the further genealogy of the Dudleys of Eussells, see 
" Junior branches," post. 

John Sutton, 2 or Dudley, VII., was never summoned to Parlia- 
ment. He succeeded his father in 1532, but was no sooner in 
possession than he commenced to sell his patrimony. In 1533 he 
sold his manor of Oxley (in Bushbury) to James Leveson of 
Wolverhampton, 3 and in a few years he had stripped himself of 
all his vast possessions. How this state of things was brought 
about will, I suppose, never be clearly ascertained. The story 
told by Dugdale is as follows : 

"It is reported by credible tradition of this John Lord Dudley, that 
being a weak man of understanding, whereby he had exposed himself to some 
wants, and so became entangled in the usurers' bonds, John Dudley, then 
Viscount Lisle and Earl of Warwick (afterwards Duke of Northumberland), 
thirsting after Dudley Castle (the chief seat of the family), made those money- 
merchants his instruments to work him out of it ; which by some mortgage 
being at length effected, this poor lord became exposed to the charity of his 

1 See " An Account of Wales, from a MS. dated 1602, by G-. Owen," printed in 
the " Gentleman's Magazine" for December, 1823, p. 514. This MS. contains (inter 
alia) a list of the Welsh gentry, with the names of their wives and the mansions in 
which they resided. 

Under Montgomeryshire we read : 

GENEEOSI. MANSIONES. UXOEES. 

Thos. Wynn ap I Gilfield. I Fil. Galfridi Dudley. 
Humphrey. 

The Wynnes of Garth al*e now represented by the family of Mytton. 

2 It appears from Metcalfe's "Knights" (p. 53), that "S r . . . Sutton, 
sonne and heire o the Lorde Dudley," was knighted in France in 1513. If the date 
and place are correct (which appears doubtful), it would seem that John VII. was 
with Henry VIII. in his invasion of France in that year, when he would be about 
17 years of age. 

3 Shaw, Vol. II., p. 185. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 95 

friends for a subsistence, and spending the remainder of his life in visits 
amongst them, was commonly called the Lord Quondam" 

It must have been before John Dudley was created Viscount 
Lisle that the estates were alienated, for there is a letter signed 
"John Dudley" (afterwards Duke of Northumberland) between 
the years 1536 and 1539 1 and evidently written from Dudley 
Castle, in which the writer speaks of his having "come home to 
Dudley." And as the Duke (then Sir John Dudley) had a grant of 
the dissolved Priory of Dudley in 1540, it is almost certain that he 
was at that date in possession of the castle. It was certainly in 
his possession in February, 1538, and he was not created Viscount 
Lisle till 1543. 

Between the years 1534 and 1538, 2 John Sutton alias Dudley 
exhibited a bill in Chancery against Arthur Dudley his brother 
in after years a protfyd of Northumberland. "Your Orator," 
describing himself as " Sir John Dudley, Knt.," complains as 
follows : That whereas George Earl of Shrewsbury, Thomas West, 
Knt., Lord Lawarre, Sir Thomas Fitzalan, Lord M[altravers ?], and 
others were and yet stand and be jointly seised in the lands and 
castle of Dudley, and the manors of Sedgley, Himley, etc., to the 
use of the said John Dudley and his heirs : so it is, my good lord, that 
one Arthur Dudley, clerk, minding utterly to disherit, and wrong- 
fully to put your said orator from the premises for ever, of late 
wrongfully entered into the said castle of Dudley, and thereupon 
brake up certain chests and coffers, then being in the said castle, 
wherein remained divers evidences, charters, writings, court rolls, 
rentals, terriers, etc., of the said Sir John Dudley, and took them 
away with him, and keepeth them in his possession and custody 
and hath at all times denied and utterly refused to return them. 
Therefore pray the King's writ, &c. 3 Arthur's answer has not been 
found, nor have I learnt the result of the suit, but it evidently had 
something to do with the alienation of the castle. 

1 Printed in Adlard's " Amye Robsart," from the original in the Record Office 
and dated " 21st March, 153 ..." It is addressed to " My Lord Cromwell, Lord 
Keeper of the Privy Seal." Cromwell was made Lord Privy Seal 3rd July, 1530, 
and created Baron Cromwell on the 9th of the same month. He was advanced to 
the Earldom of Essex on 17th April, 1539. This gives the approximate date of the 
letter. 

3 The bill is undated, but as it is addressed to " Sir Thomas Audley, Lord Chan- 
cellor," who was made Lord Chancellor on 6th January, 1533-4, and was created 
Lord Audley in 1538, it must have been filed before 1538, and after January, 1534, 
N.S. 

:1 Ex orig. in the Public Record Office. 



96 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Lord Dudley married Lady Cicely Grey, daughter of Thomas 
Marquis of Dorset, son of John Lord Grey of Groby, by Elizabeth 
Widville, afterwards the Queen of Edward IV. This marriage 
appears to have been solemnized when both were of an early age ; 
for in his will, dated 30th October, 1501, the Marquis of Dorset 
desires that " the agreement made between my Lord Dudley and 
me for the marriage made betwixt his son and heir apparent and 
my daughter Cicely be in all things performed." 1 

Cicely, Marchioness of Dorset, in her will, dated 6th May, 1527, 
and proved 5th November, 1530, mentions "Cicely, my daughter, 
wife of Sir John Dudley, Knt., son and heir to the Baron Dudley," 
and remarks that she (Lady Dudley) and her sisters Dorothy (then 
Lady Mountjoy), Elizabeth (Countess of Kildare), and Margaret had 
each " 1,000 to be raised out of divers manors of my inheritance." 
She also mentions Edward Sutton, Esquire, son and heir apparent 
of the said Sir John Sutton, Knt., Thomas Sutton, another son 
of th.e said Sir John Sutton, and Henry Sutton, another of the 
sons of the said Sir John Sutton." 2 

It appears from the inquest taken after the death of Thomas 
Grey, second Marquis of Dorset, in 24 H. VIII., 1532, that, in 
satisfaction of a legacy of 1,000 given to his sister Cicely Dudley 
by her father, he had conveyed the manor of Glen Magna in 
Leicestershire, then worth 25 per annum clear, to trustees for 
the use of the said Cicely for her life, with remainder to him and 
his heirs. 3 From the following letter addressed by Cicely Lady 
Dudley to the Lord Privy Seal on 24th February, 1538, it would 
seem that she had no more than this small pittance of 25 a year 
for her maintenance : " The cause of my writing unto you is 
desiring you to be good lord unto me ; it is so, as you know very 
well, that by the means of my lord, my husband, I and all mine 
are utterly undone, unless it be the better provided by the grace 
of God, and likewise that it may please the King's highness to take 
pity of me and mine. . . . The truth is, I have little above 
20 a year (which I have by my lady my mother) to find me 
and one of my daughters with a woman and a man to wait upon 
me ; and surely, unless the good prioress of Nuneaton did give me 
meat and drink of free cost, to me and all mine that here remains 
with me, I could not tell what shift to make. Over and besides 

1 "Test. Yet.," p. 441. John Dudley was at that date a child of five years old. 

2 Ibid., p. 631. 

3 See Nichols's "Leicestershire," Vol. III., and "Twamley," p. 27. 



THE BAUOXS OF DUDLEY. 07 

that, whensoever any of my children comes hither to see me, they 
be welcome unto the prioress as long as they list to tarry, 
horse-meat and man's-meat, and cost them nothing, with a piece 
of gold or two in their purses at their departure." 1 

Lord "Quondam" died at Westminster, and was buried at 
St. Margaret's 18th September, 1553. His widow Cicely was also 
buried there 28th April, 1554, being styled (oddly enough) in the 
parish register by her maiden name, " the Lady Cysslye Gray." 
Notwithstanding his poverty, my lord's funeral was celebrated in 
a manner befitting his rank and with heraldic honours. 2 The 
ceremony is thus described by Strype : " Sir John Dudley, Baron 
of Dudley, happening to die in Westminster, his obsequies were 
celebrated on 21st (sic) September honourably, but with the old 
popish ceremonies ; that is to say, priests and clerks going before 
and singing in Latin. Then a priest wearing a cope, then a clerk 
having the holy-water sprinkle in his hand. After, a mourner 
bearing this lord's standard. After him, another bearing his great 
banner of arms gold and silver, another bearing his helmet, 
mantle, and crest a blue lion's head standing upon a crown of 
gold. After, another mourner bearing his target, and another his 
sword. Next came Mr. Somerset, the Herald, with his coat- 
armour of gold and silver. And then the corse, covered with 
cloth of gold to the ground, and four of his men bearing him, his 
arms hanging upon the cloth of gold ; and twelve men of his 
servants carrying twelve staff torches burning to the Church. 
In the Quire was a herse made of timber covered with black, and 
arms upon the black. And after, came the mourners, making a 
great company. After the dirge began the Herald came to the 
choir door and prayed for his soul by his style. And so the dirge 
song began, in Latin, and all the lessons. And then the Herald 
prayed for a soul mass. And so the mass was sung in Latin. 
And after, this nobleman's helmet, coat, and target were offered. 
And after all ended, the standard and banner of arms were offered, 
and so the company repaired to the house whence they set out. 
Then followed ringing O f bells and a great dole." 

John Lord " Quondam " had issue four sons : Edward, who 

1 Adlard's " Sutton-Dudleys," p. 48, from the original in the State Paper 
Office. 

2 Although the ceremony appears to have been conducted under the supervision 
of the officers of arms, there is no funeral certificate on record in the Heralds* 
College. 

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98 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

succeeded ; Henry and Thomas, both mentioned in the will of their 
grandmother Lady Dorset, dated 1527 ; and George. 1 He had 
also more than one daughter, as appears from their mother's letter 
of 1538, and the printed pedigrees give their names as Margaret, 
Dorothy, and Elizabeth. Of these I have only traced Margaret ; 
she (" Margareta filia Dn'i Dudley") is stated, in the Visitation of 
Warwickshire taken in 1619, 2 to have been the wife of William 
" Guibon " of Little Sutton, co. Warwick, and to have been mother 
by him of Thomas Guibon of " Dutchley " in Oxfordshire. This 
family of Gibbons was seated for several generations at Little 
Sutton in the parish of Sutton Coldfield, and also at Ditchley in 
Oxfordshire, at the Visitation of which last named county in 1574 
they likewise recorded a pedigree, being there styled " Gibbons alias 
Payne." 3 The William who in the Warwickshire Visitation is 
stated to have married Margaret Dudley, is here stated to have 
espoused " Anne dau'r to W". Harman, of Morehall in the parish 
of Sutton Coldfield in. co, Warr," and to have had issue by her Thomas 
of Ditchley, and others. And this is corroborated by an inscription 
in Sutton Coldfield church to the memory of Agnes, " filia junior 
WilUelmi Harman de Morehall, nupta Willielmo Gibbons, per 
quam habuit duos filios, Johannem, clericum, et Thomam," etc. 
This Agnes died "5 die Februar An. M.D.X.X." Lord Dudley's 
daughter Margaret must therefore have been Gibbons's second 
wife. 

Of the younger sons of Lord (" Quondam ") Dudley, Henry is 
supposed to have been the Henry Dudley who was concerned in 

1 Query had he also a son Robert ? The following undated letter, endorsed 
in a contemporary hand : "My Lord Duddeleyes Ire to thank you for Mr. Mob* 
Dudley," is preserved at Wrottesley, and must, I think, have been written by Lord 
" Quondam," though it is difficult to explain what he means by the statement that 
his father was " a Rotesley man." 

(< My Honorable cosyn, 

" I thank you for y r great Kyndnes to my sunn and daughter ; my father was 
a Eotesley man, and I must ever remember to do you and yo" any servis I can, and 
yo r wyfe I must honour as much as any La. in the Kingedom, and will rest at 

" Y r com and e, 

' J. Duddeley. 
The letter is addressed " To my Honorable Cosseyn 

" Mr. Water Wroteley." 

If we are to believe the evidence of the contemporary endorsement the writer 
was Lord Dudley, and I know of no other John Lord D. who could have written it. 

2 I quote the printed visitation published by the Harleian Society, p. 160. 

3 Harleian Society's edition, p, 161. 



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1555-6, with Christopher Ash ton and others, in a plot for deposing 
Queen Mary and placing Elizabeth on the throne. Tbere is an 
account of this affair in the " Verney Papers," but the learned 
editor (Mr. John Bruce) was not satisfied that the conspirator was 
Lord Dudley's son, though I do not think that, on the whole, there 
is much doubt about it. 1 Mr. Adlard asserts that after Mary's 
death he returned from exile in France, married the daughter 
(Christian name not given) of Christopher Ashton, 8 his fellow con- 
spirator, and was patronized by the Earl of Leicester. I have learnt 
nothing further concerning him. 

Of Thomas Dudley I have been able to learn nothing, except 
that he existed and was born before 1527. 3 

As to George Dudley, Mr. Twamley, in a note to his " History 
of Dudley Castle," has collected so much information concerning him 
from the state papers of Henry VIII., that I take the liberty of 
transferring his note bodily to my pages, or at least such portion of 
it as suits my purpose : 

1 Lady Dudley (wife of Edward), being asked by the Queen where her brother 
Henry was, replied, " in France, her as I her save, for I knew not of his going ;" and 
she added, "she thought he went over for debt ; and that he was so afeard of his 
creditors, that he dared not stay here any longer." (Twamley, from State papers* 
Domestic, Mary.) This was from the confession of one Thomas White, and surely 
it must refer to Henry Dudley. 

On 26th November, 1561, this, or another Henry Dudley, was still in France and 
in difficulties ; for on that date Throckmorton, in a letter to Cecil, " perceives that 
Mr. Henry Dudley's state in this King's Privy Chamber is no privilege to keep him 
forth of the Ch^telet where he is now a prisoner for debt." (State Papers, Foreign, 
Elizab.) It should be mentioned that John Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, had 
two sons named Henry, but the elder, Dugdale says, died at the siege of Boulogne, 
and the younger was killed at that of St. Quintin on 4th May, 1557. Boulogne was 
taken 14th September, 1544, and it is clear that Henry, the elder, survived it, since 
we rend that he was " dubbed Knight by the Kinge at Boleyn the xxth'of January, 
anno 36" (1545 N.S.), and he appears to have been living in February, 1546-7. 
(See Knights made at Boulogne, in Metcalfe's " Knights," p. 79-) 

2 I cannot find any authority for this marriage except the ipse dixif of Adlard. 

3 Mr. Adlard in his tabular pedigree A asserts that he was born in 1539, twelve 
years after the date of his grandmother's will in which he is mentioned ! and died 
in 1574, leaving a daughter Elizabeth. The fact is, Mr. Adlard found an administra- 
tion of the effects of a Thomas Dudley of Westminster granted 20th October, 1574, 
to his daughter Elizabeth Dudley, and, regardless of dates, jumps to the conclusion 
that he was Thomas son of Lord Dudley. In his note of this administration he 
adds : " He was baptised at St. Margaret's, Westminster, 10th August, 1539." This 
is true so far as a Thomas Dudley is concerned ; but the parentage of that Thomas 
is not given, as Adlard's remark would lead us to suppose. Here is a verb, et lit- 
copy of the entry, under Baptisms in the month of August, 1531) :- 

" The xth day. Thomas Dudley." 

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100 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY, 

In a letter from Sir William Paget to Henry VIII., dated Paris, 
4th February, 1543, the writer says: "It may like your Majesty 
to be further advertised, that there is arrived lately here, one Dudley, 
one of the sonnes of the late 1 lord Dudley, who hath been lately in 
six pens a day at Calais, and now hath determyned to have gone 
to Eome to Pole, to have dwelled with him, and going about to 
persuade one of my servants, an old company on of his, to go with 
him ; the same hath disclosed the matier into me very honestly 
hitherto. 

" This matier cumming to my knowledge doth trouble me sum- 
what, now in this troublous brunt. Neverthless, thinking myself 
bounde to do what I canne for his apprehension, and the sending 
of him to Englande, I spake to this king (i.e., of France) yesterday 
in it, saying generally, and without namyng any man, or any cace, 
that there was a young man, which had offended your majesties 
Jawes, in a cape of treason in Englande, and was cum hither. I 
prayed to him of letters of authority to take him, and sende him 
safely home. ' It is reason,' quoth he, ' you shall have with all 
myn hart, for it is our treaty es ;' and gave ordre therefore by and 
by to Mons. Bayard, who hath promised I shall have the writing 
this morning, with a blanc to put in the name at my pleasure, 
because the matier might be secret. 

" If I have such writing, I will send him over savely ; if not I 
will kepe him here, by such means as I can, until I cum home 
myself ; which (it was told me here at the courte) should be 
shortly. .... Beseeching your Majestic also to know your 
pleasure touching this Dudley." 

In another letter to the same dated 6th February, Paget says : 
"As touching the miserable foole George Dudley, I have obteyned a 
save conduct for to sende him in to Englande ; and have him in 
my keping, sending to your Majestic herewith all the discourse of 
the thing, as it is cum to my knowledge, and his confession of the 
same written with his own. hand, wherein at the first examination 
he made a little staye ; and after that I had sum what moved him 
with an exhortation, fell down on his knees, and asked your 
highnes mercy, confessing the hole matier plainly, with such 

1 Lord " Quondam " was then living. Is this a mistake on the part of Sir 
William, or is he so stjled because he was no longer in possession of his " Caput 
Baronise ?" This Q-eorge, as will be seen, was a very young man when these letters 
were written, and is described later on as "son of the Lord Dudley that sold his 
lands." 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 101 

abundance of tears, as I never sawe distille out of any creature's 
eyes in alJ my lief. And on my trouth, Sir, that I beare to your 
Majestic, for any thing that I canne perceyve by examination, I 
think this his ungracious purpose to have proceeded furst for lack 
of grace, and after, by a dispare for a want of socour. By what 
means lie wanted I knowe not, for I knowe not his lyving, nor his 
conditions, but he was dryven to worke at Calais with a mattock 
and a shovel." Sir William then strongly recommends the culprit 
to mercy, and adds that he retains him in custody until he comes 
himself over to England, "unless your majesties pleasure be to have 
hym sent over before." A further letter from Sir William, dated 15th 
February, 1543, informs the King that there has happened to him 
"by foolish pity and the negligence of his servants" a misfortune, for 
which he implores his Majesty's pardon. He then proceeds to 
state that whilst at supper and some strangers with him, " that 
false traiterous boy Dudley " managed to escape from the custody 
of his keeper, whilst the latter, whom he styles a " beastely foole," 
was " looking upon a booke." Before he could be followed he was 
" clene out of sight," and though search was made for him, he 
could not be found. " All," adds Sir William, " would not helpe, 
for in Paris (as they know that have bene in it) a thousaude false 
sherews may hyde themselves and not be founde." 

Young Dudley having thus escaped from the hands of Sir 
William, proceeded to Italy, where fresh troubles awaited him. 
Bonner, bishop of London, in a letter from Vogera, dated llth June, 
1543, refers to information given to him by certain Englishmen 
touching Dudley, " wherein they said they had written to your 
Majesties counseill, and daily looked for answer of your Majesties 
pleasure therein." In the Public Record Otlice there is a letter from 
Edward Raligh and John Brande to the Privy Council, dated from 
Milan on the 5th of May, which is probably the one here alluded 
to. They state that " on 29th April, ther came thither one George 
Dudley, the sonne of the Lord Dudley that sold his laudes, acconi- 
panyed with foure Frenchmen. And for because he seemed sus- 
picious unto us, as well as by reason of them, as for that he 
eschewed our company, and wold not declare whither he went, we 
were desyrous to know of him ; and in serening, understoode by one 
of his company, that he was going to Bolonia. Whiche thinges 
knowen, we did work by suclie meanes that at the last, we knewe 
that he was fled out of Englande, that he was going towards Poole 
(Cardinal Pole), that he was taken in France, that he escaped from 



102 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Mr. Pachett, that postes were sent for his cause, letters written by 
the Kynge's Majestie for his taking, that he named hymself the 
Kinge's kinsman 1 and cosen of Cardynal Poole, that he was sent 
from the Courte of Fraunce to the Bushopp of Kome's Legate, and 
from hym with horse appayraill and money sent to the Legate of 
Avignon, whiche was some tyme a Bushop in Englande, of hym 
rewarded with a goodly mule, company appoynted unto hym, and 
men bounde for his sauf conduction hither and from hens to Trent ; 
knowyng besides that he had divers letters subscrybed unto Poole, 
we judged the matter of some moment, and worthy to be looked 
into. In the consideracion of which matter was founde but two 
thinges, either to kylle Jiym, or cause hym to be detayned." The 
latter course was deemed the most prudent, but Dudley, having 
some suspicion, again managed to escape. Eventually he was 
taken " at a town called Cassane," and was committed to the castle 
of Milan to await the coming of Bonner with the Emperor. 
Strange to say he was again fortunate enough to effect his escape, 
having, as we learn from a letter written by Bonner to the King on 
the 19th June, escaped " with a certain fachino that carieth hey, of 
whom he had boroed his coote," and " whither he was goon " 
Bonner's informant ' coulde not tell.' And here, says Mr. Twamley, 
" ends this strange eventful history. I cannot learn anything 
more of George Dudley." 

These events occurred in the year 1543. Two years later, viz., 
in 1545, a George Dudley was received into the order of St. John 
of Jerusalem at Malta. The following details concerning him are 
copied from " Notes and Queries," 1st. S., X., p. 200 : 2 

" On the 12th day of October, 1557, George Dudley, an English 
Knight, who some years before (1545) had been received into the 
Venerable Language of England as a military brother, and who in 
the schism and division stirred up by Henry VIII., King of Eng- 
land, against the Catholic Church, had followed that error, had 
taken a wife, had adhered to the said schism, and had abandoned 
his habit, being penitent, came in the convent, and having asked 

1 This assertion is quite true, King Henry VIII. and G-eorge Dudley's mother 
were first cousins, both being grandchildren of Elizabeth Woodville. Cardinal Pole, 
however, was not a (near) blood relation, his mother being Margaret daughter of 
George Duke of Clarence, who was yoiinger brother of King Edward IV., husband 
of Elizabeth Woodville, widow of John Lord Q-rey of Groby. 

2 A most interesting list of British Knights of Malta, with biographical notes, 
extracted from the records of that Island, and contributed to " Notes and Queries," 
1st. S., Vols. IX. ai,d X., by Mr. W. Winthrop. 



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pardon of the Order for his previous conduct, the same was granted 
by the Right Rev. Lord the Grand Master, and his venerable 
council. But the great favour, it was to be understood, had not 
been granted without it having been first satisfactorily proved that 
the said George Dudley had become, through his humiliation and 
prayers, absolved from his apostacy and other crimes by him 
committed, and reconciled and restored to the bosom of the holy 
mother church. He was therefore pardoned, and readmitted into 
the fellowship of the order and of the brothers thereof. 

" On the 11 th of May, 1558, it was decided by the Right Rev. 
Lord the Grand Master, and the Venerable Council, that on 
account of the poverty of the brother George Dudley, at present 
the only English brother of the Venerable Language of England, 
permission should be granted for him to sue for, exact, and recover 
all the revenues and rents of houses belonging to the said Language, 
existing in the new town of Valetta, from any and all of the 
tenants, and to give receipts for the same so long as the Venerable 
Language be congregated and exist in the convent. Vide Latin 
Manuscripts of the Order, 1557, 1558." 

There seems no reasonable doubt but that the Knight of 
Malta and the adherent of Cardinal Pole were one and the same, 
but all that we learn concerning him between 1545 and 1557 is 
that he turned protestant and married a wife, contrary to his vows. 
I have no hesitation therefore, in identifying him with the George 
Sutton, alias Dudley, who obtained a licence from the Bishop of 
London on 28th November, 1554, to marry Ellen Barnyshe at St. 
Augustine at the Gate, London ; l but whether he began to remem- 
ber his holy vow of celibacy when his love began to cool, and so 
deserted his wife for " conscience sake," or whether the lady died, 
must remain a question. 

We have a further trace of the Knight of Malta in the Foreign 
series of State papers of Queen Elizabeth. On 5th November, 1560, 
Throckmorton writes to the council from Orleans, enclosing a 
letter from Sir Francis Englefield. "The bearer" (he writes) "George 
Dudley (elder, (sic) brother of Henry Dudley) came (as he says) 
from Malta, of which order he is a knight, and he prefers being in 
this country (as he says) before his devotion to the cross. On his 
way he came by Rome, and brought a letter from Sir Francis 
Englerield, a copy whereof is sent." On the following day (6th 

1 Col. Chester's " Marriage licences granted by the Bishop of London," Hurl. 
Soc. p. 15. 



104 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

November, 1560) Throckmorton writes to Englefield that lie had 
on the 4th instant received his letter, dated Eome, 19th September, 
by George Dudley, who (he says) " came hither in very poor state 
for a Knight of the Order of Ehodes, and seemed rather to have 
broken out of the galleys than come from such an honourable 
religion as Ehodes is reported to be." In a further letter to the 
council dated 31st December, 1560, Throckmorton writes that on 
6th November, " there passed George Dudley, a Knight of Ehodes 
(brother to Henry Dudley), coming from Malta," by whom the 
writer had forwarded a letter to the council, and also a copy of 
a letter from Sir Francis Englefield ; but had not yet heard of 
his arrival. Englefield's letter is preserved among the State 
Papers, and is endorsed, " Eec d 5 Nov. by G. Dudley." It seems 
strange that George Dudley, if he were really the son of the Lord 
"Quondam," should be here spoken of only as the brother of Henry 
Dudley, and in one instance elder brother; whereas " Quondam's" 
eldest son Edward Lord Dudley was at that date in full possession 
of his estates, and had been summoned to Parliament. Henry 
Dudley was still in France, and is referred to in other letters of 
Throckmorton, which may perhaps account for his description of 
George. But it must be admitted that the paternity of these two 
brothers is not satisfactorily proven, 

Edward Lord Dudley, son and successor of John, Was in the 
Scotch War in 1547, Waged by the Protector Somerset for the 
purpose of forcing the Scottish nation to consent to a marriage 
between young Edward and Mary of Scotland ; and after the sur- 
render of Hume Castle to the English, was made Governor thereof. 
On the accession of Mary, writes Dugdale, he found such favour 
from that Queen, "that by her letters patent bearing date 4th Novem- 
ber, 1 and 2 Philip and Mary (1554), she restored to him, and to 
the heirs male of his body, all those manors of Harborne and Smeth- 
wick, with the advowson of the church of Harborne ; as also the 
whole priory of Dudley, and the tithes of Northfield and Sedgley 
with divers messuages and lands lying in Dudley, Trysiill, and 
Cradley, then in the crown by the attainder of John Dudley Duke 
of Northumberland. And by other letters patent dated 31st 
December, 2 and 3 Philip and Mary, 1555, gave to him and to 
Catherine Brydges, daughter of Sir John Brydges, Knt, Lord 
Chandos of Sudeley (who was one of the gentlewomen in ordinary 
attending on the said queen), and to the heirs of their two bodies 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 105 

lawfully begotten, and, for default of such issue, to the right heirs 
of the said Edward, all those lordships of Sedgley, Himley, the 
hayes, forests, and chases of Ashwood and Chaspell, and all the 
land called Willingsworth in Sedgley, with divers lands and tene- 
ments in Himley, Womborne, and Swindon, co. Stafford. As also 
by other letters patent the whole castle of Dudley, the park called 
the Conigre, the park called the Old Park of Dudley, Kowley, and 
Sedgley, all which came to the crown by the forfeiture of the said 
Duke of Northumberland." 

In or about the month of August, 1575, Lord Dudley was 
honoured by a visit from Queen Elizabeth. She was due at Dudley 
Castle on the 20th of August, and on the 7th of that month Lord 
Burghley writes to Secretary Sir Francis Walsingham that he is 
very sorry he cannot wait on Her Majesty on her arrival at 
Dudley, being prevented by illness. This letter is dated from 
Buxton where he had been sent by his physicians. 1 Ten years 
later, viz., in 1585, Dudley Castle was suggested as a prison for 
Mary Queen of Scots, 2 but it escaped that " honour." 

Edward was summoned to Parliament, the writ being addressed 
"Edwardo domino Dudley," from 12th November, 1 and 2 Philip 
andMary,1554,to 15th October,28 Elizabeth, 1586. He married first 
the aforesaid Katherine Brydges, daughter of John, first Lord 
Chandos, and a great favourite of Queen Mary, and by her, who was 
buried at St. Edmund's Dudley, 28th April, 1566, had issue an only 
child Anne, first married to Francis Throckmorton, of Feckenham, 
co. Worcester (son of Sir John Throckmorton, Justice of Chester), 
who was attainted and executed in 1584, and secondly (settle- 
ment before marriage dated 22nd January, 1597) to Thomas Wiliner, 

1 State Papers (Domestic), temp. Eliz., Calendar p. 502. The waters of Buxton 
were at that time held in great repute for their medicinal properties. In 1573 
Mary Queen of Scots, whose health was impaired by her close confinement in 
Sheffield Castle, obtained permission to spend a short time there in charge of Lord 
Shrewsbury, her then gaolor ; and we are told that all strangers were ordered to 
leave the place prior to her removal there, and none were suffered to come during 
her stay. 

2 In 1571, Edward Lord Dudley seems to have been suspected of participation 
in the plot formed by the two sons of Lord Derby, Hall, Rolleston, and others, to 
release Mary Queen of Scots, then confined at Chatsworth. This appears from the 
answer given by Sir Edward Stanley, in his examination before the Privy Council, 
to a question which is not recorded, viz., "denies that lie had ever hoard in any way 
that Dudley Castle was victualled, and that his brother and he should come thither 
with Lord Dudley, and that no walls should hold them out; which report, their 
Lordships said, was made by a man of Lord Dudley's." (Hist. MSS. Commission, 
Report on Lord Salisbury's papers. 



106 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Esq., of Budbrooke, 1 co. Warwick, and of Lincoln's Inn, Barrister-at- 
Law (son of Thomas Wilmer, Esq., of Staverton, in Northampton- 
shire), by whom she had issue two sons, Thomas 2 and John, and one 
surviving daughter Mary. 

Edward Lord Dudley married secondly the Lady Jane Stanley 
daughter of Edward third Earl of Derby, and had by her, who was 
likewise buried at St. Edmund's, Dudley, on the 4th of December, 
1569, two sons, Edward, baptized at St. Edmund's, 17th September, 
1567, who succeeded, and John, baptized there 30th November, 
1569, of whom presently. Lord Dudley thirdly married Mary, 3 
daughter of William Lord Howard of Effingham, who survived 
him, and re-married Eichard Mompesson, Esq. She died 21st 
August, 1600, and was buried in St. Margaret's Church, West- 
minster, where her second husband erected a stately monument to 
her memory, still in a fine state of preservation, whereon her 
recumbent figure with closed hands in the attitude of prayer is 
represented life-size, and upon which is the following inscription : 

"Here lyeth entombed Mary Lady Dudley, daughter of William Lord 
Howard of Effingham, in his time Lord High Admirall of England, Lord 
Chamberlain, and Lord Privy Scale. She was grand childe to Thomas Duke 
of Norfolke, the second of that sirname, and sister to Charles Howard, Earle 
of Nottingham, Lord High Admirall of England, by whose prosperous 
direction, through the goodnesse of God in defending his hand-maid Queen 
Elizabeth, the whole fleet of Spaine was defeated and discomfited. Shee was 
first married to Edward Sutton Lord Dudley, and after to Richard Mount- 
pesson, Equire, who, in memory of her vertues, and last testimony of his \o\ e, 
erected this monument. Shee slept in Christ Jesus in the yeare of our Lord 
1600, the 21st of August, attending the joyfull day of her resurrection." 

1 By indenture dated 8th May, 31st Elizabeth, 1589, Thomas Wilmer of Lincoln's 
Inn, Esq., acquired from Edward Lord Dudley, in consideration of 2,300, the 
manors of Budbrooke and Hampton Curli, in the county of Warwick. Close Eoll, 
31 Eliz., No. 1326. (Ex inf. C. Wilmer Foster.) Budbrooke had been granted by 
Edward VI. in the first year of his reign to John Dudley, then Earl of Warwick. 
Upon his attainder it escheated to the Crown, and was included in Queen Mary's 
grant to Edward Lord Dudley. Dugdale says that it was sold by Lord Dudley in 
31 Elizabeth to John Puckering, Serjeant-at-Law. But Puckering must have 
acquired it from Wilmer. 

2 This Thomas, who was " of Dudley, Esq.," married Martha, one of the natural 
daughters of Edward Lord Dudley (vide post), and died in 1680. His brother John 
appears to have been a clergyman at Dudley. 

3 Mary was sister of Miss Douglas Howard, who was first married to Jobn Lord 
Sheffield ; 2ndly, in 1 573, to Eobert Dudley Earl of Leicester ; and 3rdly (during the 
Earl of Leicester's life-time, in 1578) to Sir Edward Stafford, Knt. The Earl of 
Leicester was father by her of a son, Sir Robert Dudley, born two days after the 
alleged marriage, to whom tbe Earl refers in his will as his " base son." 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 107 

The will of Edward Lord Dudley was proved in the P.C.C. on 
19th July, 1586, by the Lady Mary his relict. The following 
abstract of it is extracted from Reg. Windsor, fo. 38 : 

" The last Wyll and Testament of me, Edward Sutton, Knighte, 
Lorde Dudley, beinge in perfecte memory this daye bcinge the eighte 
daye of Julie in the yeare of oure Lorde one thousande, fyve 
hundrethe, fower score, and fyve. In the name of God, Amen. 
I Edward Sutton, Knighte, beinge of perfecte and of sound rnemorye, 
but sycke and weake in bodye, doe make this my laste Wyll and 
Testament the daye and yeare above written. . . ." 

" Item I will that my body shall be buried where my father and 
mother were buried at the discretion of ' Marie ladie Dudley/ my 
wife. To my said wife all my goods, chattells, etc. Item I wyll 
and bequeathe my hoole yron workes, with all my owre (ore) fytt for 
to manteyne the same, and alsoe all my woddes and underwoodes 
for the thoroughe mainteyninge of the same, whiche I doe gyve 
and bequeathe unto Mary ladie Dudley my wyfe, and to the lorde 
Charles Howarde, Highe Admirall of Englande, and to the lorde 
Henry Carye of Hundsedon, Lorde Chamberlayne toe the Queene's 
Majestic, and S r John Lyttelton, for the time of twentie one yeares 
for the payment of my debtes ; at the time of my debtes beinge 
payde, I gyve my wyfe one thousande poundes, and to my seconde 
sonne John Dudley, al's Sutton, three hundrethe poundes, and to 
my daughter Anne Tlirockmorton twoe hundreth poundes : all thys 
is to be payde otrte of the saide lease after my debtes be payde, and 
then the sayde lease to return to my heyre. To John, my youngest 
son, my 'cheefest apparell;' the rest of my apparel to be divided 
amonge my 'poore servantes.' To Anne, my daughter, twenty 
pounds worth of plate. To Doctor Lopiis, for his painstaking in 
my sickness, one piece of plate of the value of 10. To the poor 
of Dudley town, 5. To the poor of the parish of S*. Margaret, 
Westminster, 5. Mary ladie Dudley to be ' my hole and onelie 
Executrix.' 

" Item I charge and comaunde upon my blessinge Edward, my 
oldeste sonne, that he doe, noe manner of waye, moleste or troble 
the due performance of this my laste Wyll and Testament." 
(Signed) " Edwarde Dudley," in the presence of C. Howarde, Gabryell 
Goodman, Roger Lopper, George Hopton. 

" Item I the sayd testator doetlie wyll that the Lorde Ambrose, 
Earle of Warwicke, Lorde Charles Howarde Heighe Admirall of 
Englande, Lorde Carye of Hunsdon, Lorde Chamberlayne to the 



108 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Queene's Majestie, shall be overseers to this my laste Wyll and 
Testament. Edwarde Dudley." 

"Ex a . et cocordat' cum original! testamento tradit' Robert May- 

larde et Henrico Dudley, 1 pro Dna Maria relict'. E. 

Underwodde." 

Edward died soon after the date of his will, and was buried at 
S*. Margaret's, Westminster, 12th August, 1586. 

John Dudley, aliens Sutton, the younger son of Edward (who 
died in February, and was buried at Sedgley 3rd March, 1644-5, 
as " Mr. John Dudley,") acquired from Lord Dudley > his brother, 
a lease of Sedgley Park, for the three lives of himself, Elizabeth 
his wife, and Edward their son, which was afterwards sold to Sir 
William Leveson, and was the subject of some litigation temp. Jas. 
I. Elizabeth his wife was the only daughter of Sir Thomas Whor- 
wood of Stourton Castle, and Compton, in the parish of Kinver, co. 
Stafford ; and it appears from a Bill in Chancery filed by her on 
17th May, 1647, in which she is described as Elizabeth "Dudley, 
widow, late wife of John Dudley, Esq., deceased^ the sole and only 
daughter of Sir Thomas Whorwood, late of Stourton," against Edward 
Gibson of the city of York, Esq., that she had married without her 
father's consent, and had no jointure. She mentions in the course 
of her complaint that she had by the said Dudley one son and four 
daughters. 

I have only recovered the names of four of these children, 2 viz., 
Edward, Elizabeth, Jane, and Anne, but all her children except 
Anne were issueless, and all were dead in 1660. Anne was married 
to Edward Gibson of York, Esq. (third son of Sir John Gibson, 
Knt., LL.D., of We] borne; co. York), by whom she had issue Edward 
Gibson, aged 18 in 1639, John Gibson, and Dudley Gibson (see the 

1 A Stephen Maylard, who died 1622, was a proctor at Worcester, and Registrar 
of the Dean and Chapter. It is probable that this Eobert was his father, and also a 
proctor. Henry Dudley may have been the brother of the testator, but there was 
a Henry Dudley of Sedgley, Gent., at this date, who had a wife Margaret and a son 
Edward, who, in 1586, were plaintiffs in an Exchequer suit v. George Lyddiat as to 
certain lands in Hirnley called Penny Ridges or Penny Lands, which Edward Lord 
Dudley had, it is stated, " granted to your orators for their lives." In the Sedgley 
parish registers are the baptisms of three children of " Henry Dudley, Gent," viz., 
Henry, on 29th August, 1590, a daughter (name illegible), on 19th December, 1591, 
and Ambrose, on 10th March, 1592-3, but this could hardly be the Henry of the suit. 

2 The old pedigree in the Chetwynd MSS. referred to ante, p. 79, gives as the issue 
of " John Dudley, 1608," by " fil Tho. Whorwood de Sturton Castle," Edward, Jane, 
and Anne. Adlard, Blore, and others give the son's name as Whorwood Dudley, but 
there was no son so named. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 109 

Visitations of Yorkshire, edited by Foster, p. 520 1 ). In the year 
16 GO, Edward Gibson put forth a claim to the Barony and Castle 
of Dudley, as " grandchild and heir to John Lord .Dudley." His 
petition to the House of Lords is dated 26th June, 1660, just after 
the restoration, and he sets forth as follows : 

The Barony of Dudley came into the name and family of the 
Suttons in the reign of Edward II. John Sutton, Knt., of Malpas, 
married Margaret, sister of John Somery, Baron of Dudley, who 
had no issue, and the Barony continued in the family of the Suttons, 
In the reign of Queen Mary, Dudley Castle, with all its honours, 
manors, and appurtenances, was entailed upon the heirs male of the 
body of Edward Sutton, he having two sons, Edward and John. 
Edward died in the late King's reign, leaving no male issue, and the 
Barony then Game to his brother John, who died leaving two daughters, 
Elizabeth who had no issue, and Anne, to whom petitioner is son 
and heir lawfully begotten by Edward Gibson, third son of Sir 
John Gibson, of Welburn, Yorkshire. 

Petitioner, who has been in the service of the States of Holland 
these fifteen years, has been kept from the possession of Dudley 
Castle and premises, to which he is the undoubted lawful heir, by 
Sir William Bruarton [Brereton]. He prays to be invested and 
settled in the Castle and Barony. 

This petitioruwas referred to the Committee for Privileges, but 
no further proceedings are mentioned. (See L,J. XL, 75.) 

Edward, the eldest son of Edward Lord Dudley, succeeded his 
father, and was summoned to Parliament from 19th February, 35 
Elizabeth, 1593, to 3rd November, 15 Charles L, 1639. He died on 
the 23rd June, 1643, and was buried at St. Edmund's, in Dudley, 
on the following day. His wife was Theodosia, daughter of Sir 
James Harington, Knt., of Exton, co. Rutland, by Lucy his wife, 
daughter of Sir William Sydney of Penshurst, and sister of Sir 
Henry Sydney, K.G. 

Of this the last Baron Dudley of the Sutton line, Dugdale 
writes that he " betook himself wholly to a concubine, on whom he 
begot divers children, and so far wasted his estate in the support 
of her and them, that he left not much of that fair inheritance 
which descended to him, and it so clogged with debts that for the 
disengaging thereof, he married Frances, his grand-daughter and 

1 Her parentage is not given in the Visitation ; she is simply noted as " Anne, 
dau. to ... Dudley, 2nd bro. to the Lord Dudley." 



110 THE BAEONS OF DUDLEY. 

heiress, to Humble Ward, the only son of William Ward, a wealthy 
goldsmith in London, jeweller to the late Queen." 1 

The " fair inheritance " to which Dugdale refers, appears to 
have been heavily " dipped " when he succeeded ; and at least as 
early as 1593 the estates were in the hands of receivers under a 
commission of sequestration. In 14 James I., 1616, certain 
depositions were taken at Walsall on 12th September in an Ex- 
chequer suit Cornwallis v. Thomas Wilmer, as to the manors and 
lands of Dudley, Netherton, Rowley, Harborne, Smethwick, etc., to 
ascertain (inter alia) what amount of rent had been received by 
Thomas Wilmer (the husband of my lord's half sister Anne) since 
the 35th Elizabeth by virtue of a commission of sequestration, and 
whether there had been any agreement between the said Thomas 
Wilmer and Samuel Wilmer his brother, or either of them, and 
Edward Lord Dudley concerning the said order of sequestration. 

Eobert Stanford of Birmingham, gent., aged 50 or thereabouts, 
deposes that he holds by assignment from Eichard Hamnet, deceased, 
and others, part of the park called the " Conygree Park " of Dudley 
for lives yet in being, and doth pay Mr. Thomas " Willmore " 17 
rent for the same. Also holds the " tyme worke " in the Castle hill 
and Conygree on lease for three lives from the now Lord Dudley, at 
the yearly rent of " twoe shillings," and paid a fine of 200 for the 
said lease. 

Symon Eyder of West Bromwich, yeoman, aged 58 or there- 
abouts, deposes that he witnessed a lease made between Lord 
Dudley on the one part, and Eobert Dudley, gent, George Guest, 
and John Bagley on the other part. By the said lease Lord 
Dudley demised to the said Eobert Dudley, George Guest, 2 and John 
Bagley the " Guide Park and the Counigree " for twenty-one years, 
in consideration of the sum of 100 yearly. 

Edward Baker, of Harborne, yeoman, deposes (inter alia) that 
the said Samuel Wilmer hath not received any rent for one and a 
half years, but that one William Bradley, servant to the defendant, 
hath received the said rents. 

William Bradley, of Dudley, yeoman, aged 35 or thereabouts, 
corroborates the previous witness, deposing that Samuel Wilmer 
had not received the rents of the lands in sequestration for " over 
a year," but that they had been paid to this deponent. 

1 " Baronage," Yol. IT., p. 217. 

2 Robert Dudley was one of the natural sons of Edward Lord Dudley, and 
George Guest was the husband of Alice, one of his natural daughters. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. Ill 

Richard Foley 1 , of Dudley, yeoman, " aged thirtye sixe yeares or 
thereabouts," deposes as to the value of the Dudley lands. 

Samuel Wilmer of Boothorpe, co. Leicester, gent, (brother of 
Thomas Wilmer, Esquire, the defendant), aged 56 or thereabouts, 
knows the manorof Dudley, the borough of Dudley, the late priory of 
Dudley, the new and old parks of Dudley, the Coneygree of Dudley, 
etc., and deposes that he and his bailiffs have for many years past 
received the sum of 70 yearly rent for the manor of Dudley, the 
borough and the new park, and there are also some small chief 
rents. For many years also he and his bailiffs have received the 
rents of the Priory grounds, and for divers years have received 
from Sir William Leighton, Knt., 80 a year for the Conygree ; 
and he receives the said rent under a commission of sequestration 
directed to this deponent, and dated at Westminster 18th June, 35 
Elizabeth, 1593. The rents of Yardley, co. Worcester, are received 
under a similar commission directed to one Sampson Erdeswicke 
and others. Knows the manor or farm of Netherton, of which 
Yoake Park is parcel, and the same hath long before the seques- 
tration been in lease for lives, and is yet in lease. 

Reference is also made to a " colemyne w th in the chase of 
Pensnet whereunto one Addenbrooke was farmer," and it is 
mentioned that the defendant Thomas Wilmer had purchased of 
the Lord Dudley the manors of Hampton, Budbrooke, and Grove 
in the county of Warwick. 

Edward Lord Dudley was by no means an estimable character. 
On 12th October, 1592, accompanied by upwards of 140 persons, all 
armed, he made a raid in the night time upon the domains of 
Prestwood and Ashwood, which had been sold by his father to the 
Lyttelton family, under the pretence that the estate had been 
improperly alienated, and drove away from the enclosed grounds 
of Prestwood " fourteen kyne, one bull, and eight fat oxen," and took 
them to Dudley Castle, where he kept them by force within the 
walls. For this and other offences Gilbert Lyttelton exhibited a 
bill 2 in the court of the Star Chamber against him, in which he is 
charged with being a most unscrupulous man ; that, among other 
things, he got the subsidy money into his hands, counterfeited the 

1 This was the founder of the noble family of Foley. He was the son of Richard 
Foley, a nailer, at Dudley, whore he was baptized 2Sth March, 1580. He died at 
Stourbridge, co. Worcester, IGth July, 1657, aged 77. 

2 A copy of this Bill will be found in Xaah's "Worcestershire," Mr. Xoake's 
"Worcestershire Relics" (from the original MS. at Haglcy), and Uarwood's 
" Erdesvvick," ed. 1844, p. 374. 



112 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

names of some of the Justices on the commission, and without 
their knowledge returned the bonds taken to the Exchequer ; that 
he suffered his father's old servant Thomas Homes to die in 
Worcester Gaol for his lordship's debts, and that " he left that 
virtuous lady his wife in London without provision of sustenance, 
and took to his home a lewd and infamous woman, a base collier's 
daughter." 

I do not here propose to enter into further details of his 
misdemeanours, but the curious reader will find much concerning 
his acts and deeds among the State Papers of the period. 
His " concubine " was Elizabeth Tomlinson, the daughter of one 
William Tomlinson of Dudley, and by her he was the father of the 
famous Dud Dudley, and of three other sons and seven daughters, 
of whom an account will be given hereafter. I need only here 
mention that " M ris Elyzabeth Tumlinsone," the mother of these 
children, was buried at St. Edmund's, Dudley, on the 4th of July, 
1629. 

In 1639, having been invited with other Peers to join the King 
in his expedition to the north against the Scotch Covenanters, he 
writes on 28th February to Windibank, acknowledging the receipt 
of his Majesty's letter, and desires his correspondent to represent 
to the King that he " would attend his most royal person at the time 
and place assigned," and " though I have passed over" (he adds) "my 
estate to Mr. Warde, who married my grandchild, for the payment 
of debts, and their present maintenance, yet if I can either horse 
or foot it, I will attend, though unable to serve his Majesty ac* 
cording to my desires, and in such sort as is required." 1 

Mr. Twamley notes that in 1626 Lord Dudley's neglected wife 
was obliged to sell her jewels, and he cites an entry of 25th May, 
1626, in the Pell records, of a payment of 500 to Theodosia lady 
Dudley, in part payment of 1,700 " due unto her for a rich 
diamond sold and delivered for his Majesty's use." 

In February, 1638-9, as appears from a letter addressed by Lord 
Arundel of Wardour to Secretary Windibank, Lady Dudley was 
" living about the Court," and my Lord Arundel owed her (he states) 
3,000. In October, 1648, she was residing in London with her 
grand-daughter Anne Countess of Lauderdale, wife of the celebrated 
John Earl (afterwards Duke) of Lauderdale, who was then suffering 
imprisonment in the Tower for his loyalty. There is a petition 
dated 9th October, 1648, addressed to the Upper House by Lady 

1 State Papers, domestic, Charles I., ccccxni, 108. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 113 

Lauderdale and " Lady Theodocia Dudley," praying that certain 
goods seized for the delinquency of Lord Lauderdale might not be 
removed from their house in London until petitioners have been 
heard with respect to their right in the same. Their Lordships 
made the necessary order ; but a few days later the same ladies 
complain that one Itichard Cole refused to see or give obedience to 
the order. 1 

Edward Lord Dudley and the Lady Theodosia had the following 
issue : 

1. Ferdinando (no doubt so named after his father's first 

cousin Ferdinando Earl of Derby), of whom next, 
i. Mary, bom 2nd October, 158G, married to Alexander Cth 
Lord Home, afterwards created Earl of Home, by whom 
she was mother of James 2nd Earl of Home, who died s.p., 
and of two daughters co-heirs to their brother, viz., 
Margaret wife of James Earl of Moray, and Anne wife of 
John Duke of Lauderdale. 

ii. Anne, married in 1615 to John Minhardt, Comte de 
Schomberg, and died in December of the same year in 
childbed of the famous General Frederic Armand, Duke of 
Schomberg, K.G. 2 

iii. Margaret, born, it is stated, in 1597, married to Sir Miles 
Hobart, K.B. (so created at the coronation of King 
Charles I.), son of Sir Thomas Hobart, and grandson of 
Miles Hobart of Plumstead, who was elder brother of 
Sir Henry Hobart, Chief Justice of the Common Pleas. 
Sir Miles acted a conspicuous part in preventing the 
dissolution of the third Parliament of Charles L, until the 
House had passed the resolution, or " protestation," of the 
2nd of March, 1628-9. He was living in 1644, when he 
was one of the Parliamentary captains in the rout by 
Prince Rupert before Newark. 3 He had issue by 
Margaret a son James, and appears to have been dead in 
1646. 4 

1 House of Lords MSS. Hist. MSS. Com. Rep. VII., pp. 55-6. 

2 Agnew's " Foreign Protestant Refugees," Index Volume, p. 132. 

3 See an article, " Sir Miles Hobart identified," in the " Gentleman's Magazine " 
for April, 1849, p. 372. 

4 In 1609 depositions were taken at Dudley, and also at Ipswich, under a 
commission from the Court of Exchequer, in the suit of Samuel Whvle r. Le Grosse. 
The suit had reference to certain lands in Norfolk and Suffolk settled by Sir Miles 
upon Margaret his wife, " daughter of Edward Lord Dudley," for her jointure ; and 

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114 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

iv. Theodosia. 1 

Ferdinando Dudley, otherwise Sutton, the only son of Edward, 
was born 4th September, 1588, and was made a Knight of the Bath 
4th June, 1610, on the occasion of the creation of Henry Prince of 
Wales. He married, in July, 2 1610, Honora Seymour, only daughter 
of Edward Seymour Lord Beauchamp, son and heir (ob. v.p) of 
Edward Earl of Hertford, by the Lady Katherine (sister of Lady 
Jane) Grey, daughter of Henry Duke of Suffolk, and grand-daughter 
of the Princess Mary, wife of Charles Brandon Duke of Suffolk, and 
daughter of King Henry VII. 

The burial of Lady Dudley is thus recorded in the registers of 

also lands in the counties of Stafford and Worcester belonging to Sir Miles, Also 
touching the purchase by the plaintiff from Margaret Lady Hobart, relict of Sir Miles, 
and James Hobart their son of (inter alia) the rectory and tithes of Rowley Regis. 
(See 40th Report of the Deputy Keeper of Public Records, pp. 182, 184.) 

1 A daughter (name illegible) of Edward Lord Dudley was buried at St. Edmund's 
in Dudley, 19th November, 1601. "Martha daughter to Lord Dudley" was also 
baptized there 12th March, 1603-4, but I am inclined to think she may have been 
the daughter so named of Elizabeth Tomlinson, my lord's " concubine." 

2 Of this marriage Mr. Porry writes, in a letter to Sir Ralph Winwood, dated 
London, 17th July, 1610 : " Sir Ferdinando Dudley, heir to the Lord Dudley, was 
yesterday married to my Lord Beauchamp's only daughter, who hath 5,000 in 
present to her marriage, and shall have 5,000." In a pedigree of circa 1628, 
presumed to have been compiled by Burton the antiquary, in the 5th volume 
of the Chetwynd MSS., penes the Earl of Shrewsbury and Talbot, Sir Ferdinando 
is assigned a previous wife, "Alicia fil' Rob. Dudley, mil., nothus Rob' Com' 
Leic', nupta infra annos nubiles ; denegavit maritum." I take this to mean 
that Alice when a child was contracted, or betrothed, to Ferdinando, but that a 
legal marriage was never actually solemnized. This Alice was one of the daughters 
of Sir Robert Dudley (son of the Earl of Leicester by Douglas daughter of Lord 
Howard of Effingham) by Alice (created Duchess Dudley in May, 1644), daughter of 
Sir Thomas Leigh of Stoneleigh. Sir Robert Dudley was born in 1573, and after 
vainly endeavouring to establish his legitimacy, retired to Italy, deserting his wife 
and children, and taking with him Elizabeth Southwell (with whom he afterwards 
contracted a bigamous marriage) disguised as a page. The Emperor Ferdinand 
bestowed upon him in 1620 the title of a Duke of the Holy Roman Empire, 
whereupon he assumed his grandfather's title of Northumberland. Sir Robert 
Dudley had issue by the aforesaid Alice Leigh five surviving daughters : 1, Alice ; 
2, Douglas, who was married to William Dansey of Brinsop, co. Hereford, and was 
buried in August, 1649, at Brinsop, where in the churchyard is a flat stone inscribed, 
" The Right Honorable ladie Douglas Dudley" (see Robinson's " Manors of Hereford- 
shire," p. 44) ; 3, Katherine, wife of Sir Richard Leveson, K.B., of Trentham ; 
4, Frances, wife of Sir Gilbert Kniveton, Bart., of Bradley, co. Derby; and 5, Anne, 
married to Sir Robert Holborne. The will of Alice Dudley, in which she is styled 
" daughter of Sir Robert Dudley, Knt., now living with my honourable mother the 
lady Alice Dudley, in the parish of St. Giles's in the Fields," is dated 7th October, 
1619, and was proved in the P.C.C. 7th November, 1621, registered 100 Dale. 



THE BAUONS OF DUDLKY. 115 

St. Edmund's Church in Dudley : " Honor ladie Duddclcy, wife to 
the Honorable Sir Ferdinando Dudley, Knight, was buried in tlie 
P'ish Churche of St. Edmonde in Duddeley, w'thin the Chancoll, 
upon Friday night the 23 th of March, 1620, about eleven of the 
clocke, in the p'sence of diverse gentlemen and others inhabiting 
neighbours w'thin the towne shipp of Duddeley." 

The baptism of her only child is thus recorded in the registers 
of St. Thomas in the same town: "Frances dau. of the Hon blc 
Ferdinando Dudley and Honora his wyfe was born at Dudley 
Castell 23rd July, 1611, andbapt: at the same Castell 18th Aug : 
1611." She was married, as has been already stated, to Humble 
Ward where I have not discovered, but their marriage settle- 
ment 1 is dated 17th February, 1628. 

Sir Ferdinando Dudley died (v.p.} on the 22nd of November, 1621, 
and was buried next day at St. Margaret's Westminster. On the day 
preceding his decease, being ihen " dangcrousley sicke," he declared 
his last will in the presence of " Theo. Dudley, Marie Wingfield, 
Humfrey x Partinn, Anne x Wilkinson, and William Dudley." 
" After many prayers, for his father especially, and for his mother 
and sisters and childe, from his own mouth I [IT. Crooke] wrote as 
followeth : I doe bequeath all that I have to my dear sister 
Margaret Dudley, aswell my personall estate as allso that hundred 
pounds a yeare I have had of my father, as allso Dudley ould 
parke, and all the profits, etc." But desires that his said sister do 
assist Mr. Gravenor 2 to pay a hundred a year for eleven years out of 

1 Ex inf., the late C. II. Bayley, Solicitor, of West Brormvicli, who had either 
seen the original settlement or met with a recital of it in some deed. 

a This should probably be M Gravenor, but I scarcely understand the passage, 
for by a decree of the Court of Exchequer on 10th February, 1(520-1, Sir 
Ferdinando was directed to pay to Mrs. Gravenor the sum of 1,100. It appears 
from a petition to the House of Lords circa 1640, by one Martha Harper, niece of 
Richard Grosvenor, or Gravenor, and executrix of the will of Martha Gravenor his 
widow, that in the month of April, 27 Elizabeth, 1585, Edward (II.) Lord Dudley 
had leased to the said Richard Gravenor a messuage or farm called the old Park in 
Sedgley, for the three lives of Richard, Martha his wife, and Walter Gruvenor 
their son. After Lord Dudley's death his sou and successor Edward (III.) wrongfully 
evicted the said Gravenor, who, with his son Walter, died. There was much 
litigation about this matter. It seems that Martha Gravenor, the widow, was a 
recusant, and had rendered herself liable, by absenting herself from church, to a 
fine of 20 per month, which fine, the statue enacted, was leviable by distress upon 
the property of the offender to the extent of the whole of the personalty and two- 
thirds of the lands. It seems that Lord Dudley, anxious to regain the estate, took a 
mean advantage of this oppressive statute, and the widow was accordingly mulcted 
to tne extent of two-thirds of the lands in lease, which were thereupon granted by 

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116 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

the profits of the said park. His said sister to pay his debts with 
his jewels, plate, etc., which jewels " are in the hands of Mr. Byng, 
to whom I do owe three times thirty pounds " . . "I commend 
my daughter to the Duchess of Lenox, and to my lord of Hertford, 
and to my dear father. I commend my servant William Dudley 
to my mother. P r me Helkiahe Crooke." 1 The will was proved in 
the P.C.C. (107 Dale) on 13th December, 1621, by Margaret Dudley, 
the natural and lawful sister of the deceased. It is noted in the 
probate grant that the testator died in the parish of St. Katherine 
Creechurch, London. 

On the death in 1643 of Edward Lord Dudley, the Barony was 
inherited by Frances, only child of Sir Ferdinando, and wife of Mr. 
Humble Ward, and so ended the senior male line of the Sutton- 
Dudleys. 



THE WAKDS, BAKONS DUDLEY, 1697-1740. 

Edward Ward, of Poswyke, co. Norfolk, and afterwards of 
Bexley, in the same county, the descendant, it is stated, of an ancient 
Norfolk family of that surname, received from Dethick, Garter 
King of Arms, on 29th October, 1575, a grant of the following 
bearings Cheeky or and azure a bend ermine. Crest. An Indian goat 
passant proper, horned, collared, and lined or. 2 He had a large 

King James I. to Sir Ferdinando Dudley. She thereupon sold her interest in the 
remaining third to him in consideration of 1,200; but as he paid 100 only of this 
sum, she was obliged to sue him in the Exchequer for the remainder, and on 10th 
February, 1621, obtained a decree for the balance of 1,100. On the 14th May, 
following, Sir Ferdinando having disregarded the decree, an order was issued 
commanding him to jield up the old park to Martha Gravenor. After the deaths of 
the widow and Sir Ferdinando, the litigation was continued by Martha Harper, as 
executrix of her aunt, against Edward Lord Dudley ; and in her petition she bitterly 
complains of the conduct of my Lord and his deceased son, and prays relief of her 
" great wrongs and abuses. (See State Papers, Domestic, James I. and Charles I., and 
Twamley's "Dudley Castle," p. 41.) This Richard Gravenor appears to have lived 
at Hagley, Worcestershire, for in the registers of that parish I find, on the 21st 
November, 1566, the marriage of " Eychfird Gravenar" to Martha Blount ; 
and on 26th January, 1563-4, that of Walter Harper to Mary Blount, daughters 
probably of "Francis Blount, Gent.," who was buried at Hagley 20th August, 1563. 

1 He was no doubt the physician in attendance on Sir Ferdinando. I gather 
this from an entry in the registers of St. Helen's, Bishopgate, London, of the 
baptism on 6th January, 1621-2, of " Hilkiah, son of Hilkiah Crooke, Dr. in Physic, 
and Anne his wife." 

2 Dethick's Grants, Harleian MS., 5847. 



TABLE SHEWING THE 



Edward Sutton, Lord Dudley, 

KG. ; ob. 31 Jan., 1532. 

Ih 



Cicely, dau. of Sir WiUiam 
Willoughby, Knt. 



Thomas Grey, first Marquis 
of Dorset, son of John Lord 
Grey by Elizabeth Widville, 
afterwards Queen of Edward 
IV. j ob. 1501. 

Cicely, dau. and heir of 
William, Lord Bonvile and 
Harrington. 



John Sutton, Lord 
Dudley ; ob. 1553. 



Lady Cicily Grey j 
ob. 1554. 



Thomas Stanley, second Earl 
of Derby ; ob. 1522. 



Anne, dau. of Edward, Lord 
Hastings of Hungerford. 



Thomas Howard, second Duke 
of Norfolk, KG. ; ob. 1524. 



Edward Stanley, KG., 
third Earl of Derby j 
ob. 1574. 



Edward Lord Dud 
ob. 1586. 



Lady Jane Stan 
(second wife) j 
ob. 1569. 



Lady Dorothy Howard. 



Agnes, dau. of Hugh Tilney j 
sister of Sir Philip Tilney, 
Knt. 



John Harington, of Exton, co. 
Eutland ; ob. 1524. 



Alice, dau. of Henry Southill, 
of co. Lincoln. 

Robert Moton, of Peckleton, 
co. Leicester ; ob. 1499. 
II 


Sir John Harington, of 
Exton, Knt. 

jf 


Elarringtc 
Knt.; 


Elizabeth Moton, dau. 
and heir. 


Philippa, dau. and heir of 
.... Willoughby, of Band, 
co. Lincoln. Remarried to 
Thomas Harvey, and died 
6 Jan., 1517. 

Nicholas Sydney, of Pens- 
hurst. Will dated 1 Feb., 

1512. 

|| 


Sir James 
of Exton 
1591. 

.._ .. | 


Anne, dau. of Sir William 
Brandon, and one of the 
co-heiresses of Charles Bran- 
don, Duke of Suffolk. 

Hugh Pagenham. 


Sir William Sydney, of Lucy Sydney, sister 
Penshurst, Knt. j ob. Sir Henry Sydne 
7 Edward VI. KO-. -j- 


1 

Anne, dau. of Hugh 
Pagenham j ob. 2 
Oct., 1544. 
j 




Anne, dau. and co-heir of 
William Clement, of Moat, 
co. Kent. 





THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 117 

family, of whom Thomas, the eldest son, inherited the paternal 
estate, and was grandfather of Edward Ward, of Bexley, created a 
baronet in 1660, a title now extinct ; and William Ward, the 
sixth and youngest son, was a goldsmith in Cheapside, London. 

This William Ward married Elizabeth daughter of Kichard 
Humble, of South wark, Vintner, and of Goosehays in Essex, and by 
her, who died 23rd April, 1616, and was buried on the same day as 
her father, had issue an only son, Humble Ward, aged two, in HUG, 
who married in 1628, being then in his loth or IGth year, Frances 
afterwards Baroness Dudley, who was about three years his senior. 

Kichard Humble, the maternal grandfather of Humble Ward, 
was (according to a pedigree in theHarleian MS., GOG5 1 ) the son of 
" Peter Humbell of Surrey, gent.," and was " buryed the 30th of 
Aprell in St. Mary Overey's Church, under a fayre monument, A 
1616, served by Mr. Camden, Clarenceux, and Mr. Guillyams, 
Pursevant at arms." He was an " Escpiier " in Essex, though a 
Vintner in London, and was buried with heraldic honours. His 
funeral certificate is on record in the Heralds' College, and lie bore 
for arms Sable, a buck trippant or, a chief indented of tlw last. Mr. 
Humble was twice married, but had no issue by his second wife 
Isabel Kitchenman, who married secondly, Hall, a scrivener of 
Battersea. His first wife was Margaret daughter and coheir of 
John Pierson 2 of Waltham Abbey, and sometime of Xazing, Essex. 
By her he had issue (with four other children who all died young 
or unmarried) a son, Peter, of whom next, and a daughter Elizabeth, 
wife, as before mentioned, of William Ward. Peter Humble, the 
son, was of Goosehays, in the parish of Hornchurch, Essex, where 
he died 5th August, 1623, and was buried at St. Saviour's Southwark. 3 
This Peter married Elizabeth only daughter of John Webster of 
Komford, and by her had issue an only surviving child, Martha 
Humble, aged three and a half years at her father's death, who 
inherited the manor of Goosehays, and died 6th June, 1634. She 
married (before 3rd May, 1633) Reginald Bray, eldest son of Sir Giles 
Bray, of Barrington in Gloucestershire. He died in 1631) leaving 
issue an only child, Edmund Bray, who was twenty-two days old 
at the death of his mother in 1634, and who died s.p. t after 16 iO. 4 

1 Printed in the Ilarlcian Society's " Visitations of Essex," p. 220. 

2 Arms, Per fesse embattled azure and gules, three suns in splendour or. 

3 Fun. Cert, in Coll. Arm., Mis. On. et II., 2 S., I, 02. 

4 This aceount of the llumble family is derived from a pedigree in Howard's 
Mis. Gen. et Her., 2 S., I, 62, compiled from the records of the College of Ann* ; 
Vis. London, 1033-4 ; and the Harl. Soe. Vis. Essex. 



118 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

The representation of the Humble family, or rather of this branch 
of it, then devolved upon Humble Ward, who, in a deed dated 1654, 1 
relating to lands at Havering Green in Hornchurch parish, is 
described as " son and heir of Elizabeth Ward, aunt and heir of 
Martha Bray, daughter and heyre of Peter Humble, son and heir 
of Eichard Humble of the parish of St. Saviour's Southwark, Esq." 
Banks ("Baronia Anglica Concentrata," p. 426) states that 
Edward Lord Dudley " being much embarrassed in his fortune, 
made application to a Mr. William Ward, a rich citizen of London 
who by a peculiar fortuitous circumstance in trade, had become 
extremely wealthy, to advance him a sum of money, which the 
crafty and aspiring citizen consented to do, on condition of the 
marriage of the lord's granddaughter, and baronial heiress, with his 
(Mr. Ward's) eldest son, Mr. Humble Ward." This " fortuitous 
circumstance " is narrated, it is stated in a foot-note, in the writer's 
" Grandeur of Trade and Commerce, or History of Mercantile 
Nobility." I have never met with a copy of the work here referred 
to, 2 but I extract the following from an old paper preserved at 
Halesowen Grange, the seat of F. D. Lea Smith, Esq. 

"The good fortune which this gentleman [William Ward] raised was 
owing to a lucky accident soon after his setting forth in trade. 

" Mr. Ward, standing one day by his shop in Lombard Street, a man in a 
sailor's habit passed by, whom he asked the usual question, whether he wanted 
anything in his way? Whose answer was, he would not till he knew whether 
he had occasion for something he had to dispose of, which he would show him 
if he pleased to go into the back shop, where Mr. Ward was surprised with a 
great number of rough diamonds poured out from a bag upon the counter by 
the sailor, who at the same time asked him if he had occasion for, or would 
buy any such things, and if so what would he give for them ? Mr. Ward 
answered he had, and would buy if they could agree ; which they soon did, 
so much to Mr. Ward's liking that he invited the sailor and all the ship's 
crew to supper at a neighbouring tavern, where he treated them so generously 
that the sailor whispered to him at parting that he had such another parcel 
for him in the morning if he pleased to buy, which Mr. Ward gladly accepted 
of, and bought them, and gave the like treat and parted merrily with mutual 
joy, the sailor for his ready cash, and the jeweller for the great advantage 
which he saw in this purchase. 

1 This deed was in 1885 in the possession of Mr. James Coleman, bookseller, of 
Tottenham, from whom I tried to purchase it, but was too late. It was advertized 
in his catalogue, No. CLVI, Yol. 19, as also the following : " Deed between the Kt. 
Hon. Frances Baroness Duddeley and Humble Ward of Himley Hall, co. Stafford, 
and John Hawkeridge of Cranham, co. Essex, Esq. ; relates to land, &c., near 
Havering G-reen in the parish of Hornchurch, Essex. Very fine signature of the 
Baroness Frances Duddeley and her husband Humble Ward. Dated 1654." 

2 Query Was any such book ever published ? 



THE BAltONS OF DUDLEY. 119 

"He soon fell to work upon the stones, which fully answered hin 
expectations, and so much added to his fortune that he soon raised his 
reputation, and became one of the most eminent bankers in London. 

" It after chanced that Edward Lord Dudley, having much impaired his 
fortune by irregular living, was advised by his friends to apply to Mr. Ward as 
an honest substantial banker, which he did for 20,(X)0, who told his lordnhip 
that the money was ready on producing satisfactory security, which his lord.ship 
soon did ; upon which Mr. Ward told his lordship he might be supplied better 
and more honourably than by borrowing ; and being asked how, Mr. Ward 
said he had an only son, and his lordship a grand-daughter mimed France*:, the 
only issue of his son Sir Ferdiuando, deceased, and if they might be married 
together, he would supply more than the present want. My lord listened to 
it, the match was soon concluded, and so the two families and estates became 
united. 

"When Sutton Lord Dudley died the couple were not equal in honour she 
Lady Baroness Dudley, her husband only Mr. Humble Ward, but he meriting 
so much for seasonable supplies brought to his Majesty, \v;is in consideration 
thereof, first knighted at Oxford in 1643, and shortly afterwards advanced to 
the dignity of a Baron by the title of Lord Ward, of Birmingham, Wai wick- 
shire." 

Such is the story, and se non b vcro d Icn tromto. It appears 
from a Bill in Chancery, filed by Lord Dudley some years after 
the marriage, to compel Ward to pay the money, that Ward had 
arranged to find 10,000 to pay of!' my Lord's mortgages. 

Humble Ward received the honour of knighthood on 24th June, 
1643, and was created by patent dated 23rd March, 1643-4, Baron 
Ward of Birmingham, with limitation " to the heirs male of his 
body by the Lady Frances Dudley his wife." 1 He died on the 14th 
and was buried at Himley on the 17th of October, 1670. Lady 
Dudley survived him nearly seven and twenty years, having been 
buried at Himley llth August, 1697, aged 86. She was raised to 
the rank of a Baron's daughter during the lifetime of her grand- 
father in 1635. 2 Their issue were : 

1. Edward Ward, born in 1631 ; of whom next. 

2. John Ward, died in his infancy. 

1 Patent Boll. See 47th Bep. of D.K. of P.B. 123. 

2 On 24th June, 1635, the King writes to Thomas Earl of Arunclel and Surrey, 
that Frances wife of Humble Ward, being sole daughter and heir of Sir Ferdinando 
Dudley, who was son and heir apparent of Edward Lord Dudley, and died in the 
lifetime of his father, some question may arise touching the precedency of the said 
Frances. At the special request of the Duchess of Richmond and Lennox, his 
Majesty signified that notwithstanding the father of the said Fram-es died in the 
lifetime of her grandfather, the said Frances shall have the same place as if her 
father had been actually Lord Dudley, and that the Earl Marshal shall cause tlu-w 
presents to be registered in the Office of Arms. (Cal. State Papers, Domestic, Ch. I, 
141.) 



120 THE B AEONS OF DUDLEY. 

3. William Ward, who married at Himley 30th December, 1672, 
Anna (aged 17 in 1663) daughter of Thomas Parkes, of 
Willingsworth Hall, Sedgley, co. Stafford, and sister and 
sole heiress of John Parkes of the same place. He was 
ancestor of the present Earl of Dudley. 

i. Anne Ward, born at Dudley Castle on 12th February, and 
baptized at St. Edmund's, Dudley, on 2nd March, 1629- 
30 ; died unmarried. 

ii. Honor Ward, 1 born 1636, the second wife of William Dilke, 
of Maxstoke Castle, co. Warwick, Esq., by whom she had 
(with other issue) a daughter Frances, aged 18 in 1682, 
married to her cousin the Hon. William Ward, 
iii. Frances Ward, married at Himley 9th July, 1672, to Sir 
William Noel, Bart., 2 of Kirkby Mallory, co. Leicester, by 
whom (who died 23rd April, 1675, aged 3 3) 3 she left issue 
at her decease, on 13th March, 1698, an only surviving 
child, Frances, baptised at Hirnley 14th April, 1673. 
iv. Theodosia Ward, born (say the registers of St. Edmund's 
Dudley) at the Wren's Nest House, Dudley, and baptised 
15th May, 1642 ; married first to Sir Thomas Brereton, 
of Honf ord, co. Chester, Bart., by whom, she had no issue, 

1 She was buried at Sliustoke, Warwickshire, where is the following inscription 
to her memory "Here lyeth the body of the Hon. Honour Dilke, relict of William 
Dilke, late of Maxstock Castle, in the county of Warwick, Esq., and daughter of the 
Rt. Hon. Humble Lord Ward, by Frances daughter of Ferdinando Sutton, Esq., and 
grand-daughter and heir of Edward Lord Dudley, and niece to the illustrious Wil- 
liam Seymour Duke of Somerset, and cozen german to the most noble Frederick late 
Duke of Schonberg. This hon. lady had issue by her said husband five sons and 
two daughters, viz., Ward, Frances, William, Elizabeth, Thomas, Seymour, and 
William ; William the second son dyed young, and Seymour in the late wars in 
Ireland. Obiit 18 Julii, 1699, setatis suoe 63." (Thomas's Dugdale, p. 1046.) Wil- 
liam Dilke, her- husband, died 31st August, 1669. Honor entered the Dilke 
pedigree at the Visitation of Warwickshire in 1682, and signed it "in behalf of her 
son Warde Dilke, Esq.," 28th March, 1682. 

2 The following entry occurs in the parish register of Pedmore, co. Wore. : " Sir 
William Noell, Baronet, of Kirkby, in the county of Leicester, and Madam Frances 
Ward, daughter to ye Eight Honorable Baronesse of Dudley, were married by mee 
at Himley church on the ninth day of July, 1672. Greo. Southall." Mr. Southall 
was the then rector of Pedmore." 

3 M. 1. at Kirkby Mallory, Nichols's "Leicestershire," IY., 772. " His second 
wife was Frances 3rd daughter of Humble Lord Ward, Baron of Birmingham ; her 
mother Frances Baronesse Dudley, and only neice to the Duke of Somerset. Hee 
was married to her almost three yeares, and had by her three children, Frances, 
Elizabeth, and William, William being born after his father's death, and now only 
Frances survives." Frances Noel was first married to Sir Charles Skrymshire and 
secondly to Sir John Chester, Bait. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEV. 121 

and secondly to the Hou Charles Brereton by whom she 
had issue Charles Brereton, baptised at Brereton 23rd 
February, 1077-8. She was buried at Cheadle, co. 
Chester, 18th January, 1677-8. 

The eldest son, Edward Ward, succeeded his father in the 
barony of Ward in 1670, and his mother in that of Dudley in 
1697. He took his seat in the House of Lords as " Baron Ward of 
Birmingham "on the 5th December, 1670, and as "Baron Dudley of 
Dudley Castle" on 28th January, 1697-8. 2 He married Frances 
daughter of Sir William Brereton, Bart., of Honford, co. Chester, 
the celebrated Parliamentary General, and sister and sole heiress 
of Sir Thomas Brereton (the husband of his sister Theodosia) ; and 
dying on 3rd August, 1701, was buried on the 8th August at 
Himley. 3 His wife predeceased him, having been buried at Himley 
21st November, 1676. They had issue : 

1. John Ward, born at the Wren's Nest House, Dudley, 16th 

October, 1656, and baptised " 10th November next after, 
at y e same house " (Dudley Registers) ; died unmarried, 
and was buried at Himley, 5th July, 1675. 

2. Humble Ward, who also died young and unmarried. 

3. William, twin with Elizabeth, born 5th January, 1659-60 ; 4 

of whom next. 

4. Ferdinando Dudley Ward, of Dudley Castle, who died 

unmarried, and was buried at Himley, 2nd November, 

1717. 
i. Elizabeth Ward, twin with William, born 5th January, 

1659-60. 
ii. Catherine Ward, married at Dudley, 5th November, 1683, 

being then aged about 20, to the Hon. John Grey, by 

whom she was mother of Harry third Earl of Stamford. 5 

1 See Brereton pedigree in Earwaker's "East Cheshire," 1, 2GO. 

2 Banks, " Baronia Anglica." 

3 In the parish register of Dudley, under 1701, is the following entry " The 
Rt. Hon. Edward Lord Dudley and Ward, Baron Ward of B m . departed this life 
about four of the clock on Sunday the 3rd of August in the morning, aged seventy 
yeares, and buryed at Himley on Friday then next following, being the 8th inst." 

4 "Elizabeth and William, twins of Hon. Edward Warde, Esq., and Dame 
Francis his wife," born 5th January, 1G50 (Dudley Reg.). 

5 According to Mr. Wadley's extracts from the Marriage Licences in the Dio- 
cesan Registry at Worcester, the licence for the marriage of " The honourable 
John Gray Esq., of Oldswinford, about 40, a widower, and Catherine daughter to 
ye Lord Ward, of Dudley Castle, about 20, and a virgin," is dated 21*1 November, 
1683. There must therefore be a mistake either in the date of the licence or of the 



122 THE BAKONS OF DUDLEY. 

iii. Humbletta Ward, married to Thomas Porter, " a nieane 

person." 1 
iv. Lettice Ward, died unmarried. 

The Hon. William Ward, the eldest surviving son, died in the 
lifetime of his father, on the 16th of May, 1692. He married his 
cousin Frances, daughter of William Dilke, of Maxstoke Castle, 
Warwickshire, and by her, who survived him, and was buried at 
Himley, 19th January, 1724, had the following issue : 

1. Edward Ward, baptised at Himley, 20th December, 1683 

who succeeded his grandfather as Lord Dudley and Ward 

2. John Ward, who died young, and was buried at Himley, 

29th July, 1696. 

3. William Ward, baptised at Himley, 16th October, 168-, of 

whom hereafter as successor to his nephew. 
i. Frances Ward, baptised at Himley, oth December, 1687, only 
daughter, and (in her issue) sole heiress of the Barony 
of Dudley ; married at Himley, 9th November, 1709, to 
William Lea of Halesowen Grange, and was mother of 
an only son, Ferdinando Dudley Lea, who succeeded as 
Lord Dudley. 

Edward Ward, the eldest son, succeeded his grandfather as 
Lord Dudley and Ward. He married in 1703, 2 being then aged 
20, Diana only daughter and heiress of Thomas Howard of Ashtead, 
Surrey, Teller of the Exchequer, by the Lady Diana, his wife, 
daughter of Francis Earl of Bradford. He died 28th March, 1704, 3 
and was buried at Himley, on 5th April, 1704, leaving by his said 

entry in Dudley Kegisters. " Harry sonn to the Hon. John Grey and Maddam 
Katherin his wife (say the Dudley Registers) was baptized at Dudley Castle, 8th 
July, 1685, being born 10th June." 

1 See Dugdale's manuscript additions to his Baronage printed in Col. Top. et 
Gen. II., 338, but he says that Catherine married Porter "a meane person," and 
Humbletta John Grey, younger son of Henry Lord Stamford. 

2 " 1703, April 17th. The Hon. Edward Lord Dudley and Ward, bach'., about 
20 (with consent of his mother the Rt. Hon. the Lady Frances Ward (" Dudley " 
erased), his father dead, and the Lady Diana Howard, sp r ., aged 18, dau. of Dame 
Diana Howard, of St. Margaret's, Westminster, widow, who consents, at St. Mar- 
garet's Westminster, or (blank)" (Col. Chester's Marriage Licenses. Faculty Office.; 
In Le Neve's Diary (Top. and Gen. III., 45), under 1703 is this entry : " Edward 
Lord Dudley and Ward married to Diana, d r . of Thomas Howard, Esq., auditor of 
the Exchequer, William Ward, his brother, under age. William, his father, dyed 
before his father Edward, so was not Lord." 

3 "Dudley and Ward, Lord, dyed at Whitehall, March 28th, 1704, without 
issue, of the small pox." (Le Neve, ut supra, 149.) 



THE BAllONS OF DUDLEY. 123 

wife (who died 17th March, 1700) an only and posthumous son 
Edward, born 16th June, 1704, who succeeded his father as Lord 
Dudley and Ward, hut died unmarried 6th September, 1731, and 
was buried at Ashtead. He was succeeded in the two Baronies by 
his uncle William, who took his seat in Parliament as Lord Dudley 
and Ward, on 2nd May, 1735, but dying unmarried on the 20th 
May, 1740, the two Baronies were separated ; that of Ward going 
to John Ward of Willingsworth Hall, Sedgley, the heir male of 
the body of Humble, the first Lord Ward, whilst that of Dudley 
devolved upon the heir general, viz., Ferdinando Dudley Lea, of 
Halesowen Grange, co. Worcester. 



LEA, BARON DUDLEY, 1740-1757. 

This was an old yeoman family possesed of considerable landed 
property at Kingsnorton, Northfield, Halesowen, and Solihull, in 
the counties of Worcester, Salop and Warwick. 

The immediate ancestor of Ferdinando Lord Dudley was 
William Lea, of Lea Green, in the parish of Kingsnorton, who 
acquired the Grange, in the parish of Halesowen, and its surround- 
ing lands, in marriage with Joice daughter and heiress of John Ive 
of Kingsnorton, who had purchased the lease (for 1000 years) of 
Thomas Blount and George Tuckey, Esquires, devisees of John 
Dudley, Duke of Northumberland, grantee of the lands belonging 
to the dissolved Abbey of Halesowen. 

The will of this William Lea, who describes himself as of the 
Grange, Halesoweu, yeoman, is dated llth March, 1612. He 
desires to be buried in Halesowen churchyard. " Whereas, together 
with Joyce my wife, we stande and are, by due meanes in the lawe, 
possessed of and in all that messuage or tenement with the appur- 
tenances commonly called ' The Graunge ' wherein I doe nowe 
dwell, in Halesowen aforesaid, and of and in divers crofts, closes, 
leasowes, meadowes, c., thereto belonging, situate within the 
parish of Halesowen, by force and virtue of an Indenture of lease 
granted and made to John Ive, deceased, father of the said Joyce 
my wife, by Thomas Blounte and George Tuckey, Esquires, for the 
terme of tenne hundred, otherwise called a thousand yeares, and by 
other lawful conveyance to us made (one meadow called the ' Over 
Meadow,' now into two parts divided, parcel of the said lands and 



124 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

premises, excepted), my will is that my wife, to whom the said 
Graunge, &c., (except the said Over Meadow) doth of right, by 
vertue of the said conveyance, belong after my decease, shall give, 
lease, &c., the same to William Lea, my second son, for the residue 
of the said term of one thousand years as shall be unexpired at the 
decease of the said Joyce, yf the said Will'm, my sonne, shall and 
doe, in the life-tyme of my said wife, reforme his unthriftie and 
disorderlie course of life, w ch he nowe takethe and follow th , and 
that in such laudable wise and manner contynuynge as shalbe to the 
good likeinge of my said wife and other of his honeste kinsfolke 
and friends, whereby shee and they may thynke him worthie 
thereof. Otherwise I will and desire my said wife to give and 
leave the same messuage, landes, and pres to such of her other 
children as she shall finde worthie and well deservinge the same 
att the tyme of her decease." To my said son William Lea an 
annuity of 6 issuing out of lands called Sidnalls in the parish of 
Solihull, co. Warwick ; and if the said annuity should remain 
unpaid for a certain time specified, the money is to be got from 
testator's lands at Lea Green, Kingsnorton ; and in the event of 
its still remaining unpaid he desires that his " oldest sonne" Thomas 
Lea, " to whom I doe leave the said croft, &c., called Sidnall," shall 
forfeit 6s. Sd. for every three days that it remains unpaid. Also 
gives to the said William a legacy of 30. To John Lea, " my third 
and youngest sonne," a messuage or tenement, and lands at Ylley, 
during the term of 1000 years ; which lands were given by the 
will of Sir John Lyttelton, Knt., to one William Bartlett, alias 
Mannyngton, "whose interest and terme therein I nowe have." 
To John Lea, his son, copyhold lands at Lappall, Halesowen, lands 
called Echells alias Echlesse, and lands called Poynings near Ful- 
ford Heath in Solihull. Also to the said John a legacy of 30, to 
be paid to him when 21. To Thomas Lea, his son, all and every 
of the goods, furniture, household stuff, &c., " whiche I lefte at my 
tenement, &c., at Lea Green in Kingsnorton, (wherein one Eichard 
Hobdaie now dwelleth) at such time as I came from dwelling 
there ;" mentions his daughters Alice wife of William Collyns ; 
Bridget wife of William Field; the three children of the said 
Bridget ; the three children of Thomas Lea " my sonne ;" the five 
children of Thomas Lea, my brother ; John Lea, my brother, and 
his children. Legacies to five servants. " Item I will there shalbe 
dealte att the churche dore on the daie of my funeral to and 
amongst the poore people there beinge, the summe of iijli. in 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 125 

money." Kesidue to Joyce his wife, and she to be sole executrix. 
His well-beloved brother Thomas Lea, his son Thomas Lea, and 
his sons-in-law William Collyns and William Field to be overseers, 
Signed " Wyttm Lea." 1 

The will of Joyce Lea of the parish of Halesowen, widow, " late 
wife of William Lea, deceased," is dated 24th November, 1G31. 
She leaves legacies to her daughters Alice Collins and Bridget 
Field; Alice Lea, my daughter-in-law, wife of Thomas Lea, deceased ; 
the four daughters of William Collins ; the eight children of 
William Field ; five of the children of Thomas Lea, my brother- 
in-law ; six of the children of John Lea, deceased ; six of my god- 
children, viz*., Thomas Littelton, Joyce Wight, liebecca Mather, 
Mary Robertson, Joyce Jervoise, and Agnes Underbill. To 
Thomas the son of Thomas Lea, deceased, 20 ; to Richard Lea, 
when he shall be twenty-one, 20 ; to John Lea when twenty-one, 
20 ; to Alice Lea, the si&ter, when twenty-one, 20 ; to Thomas 
Lea, my grandson, one piece of gold of the late Queen Elizabeth. 
Finally she gives to " John Lea, my sonne," all my lands, tene- 
ments, and hereditaments whatsoever, and " everything not herein- 
before bequeathed," and appoints the said John her sole executor. 
Her sons-in-law William Collins and William Field to be overseers. 

The issue of William and Joyce Lea were : 

1. Thomas Lea, of Lea Green, who by Alice his wife had 

several children. 

2. William Lea who appears to have died s.p. before 1631. 

3. John Lea, of whom next. 

i. Alice, wife of William Collins of Kingsnorton. 
ii. Bridget, wife of William Field, of Kingsnorton. 

John Lea, the third son, succeeded to Halesowen Grange and 
lands under his mother's will. His will is dated 5th November, 
1657. To his son William Lea "Hales Grange, and lands." 
Mentions his eldest daughter Joice Lowe, and his daughters 
Eleanor Lea and Anne Lea. Refers to an indenture made in 1650 
between him, the testator and Anne his wife, and John Tyrer, 
gent., and Edward Field, gent, whereby he had settled certain 
freehold lands in Lappall to the use of himself for life, remainder 
to his wife Anne for life, remainder to John Lea his second son. 
Names his daughters Bridget Lea and Mary Lea, botli under 
eighteen. To his son Thomas Lea his farm at Ylley, and the farm 

1 Ex. orig. penes., F. D. Lea Smith, Esq. 



126 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

called Oaten Fields in Halesowen parish, and to his son John his 
copyhold house and lands at Lappall. Appoints Anne his wife 
sole executrix, and his loving brother Eobert Tibbots, and his lov- 
ing cousin Edward Field overseers. The will of his widow Anne 
Lea " of the Grainge in the parish of Halesowen, widow," is dated 
6th June, 1685, and was proved at Worcester in 1690. Eefers to 
Joice Lea mother of her deceased husband John Lea. To her 
eldest son William Lea (inter alia) the table and form in the 
parlour of the Grange House ; to her son John Lea a chest and 
other things. Mentions her daughters Joice Lowe, Anne Palmer, 
Bridget Benton, Mary Byrch, and Eleanor Lea, to the latter of 
whom she gives the residue of her personal estate and appoints 
her sole executrix. Her sons William and John to be overseers. 
The issue of John and Anne Lea were : 

1. William of Halesowen Grange, of whom next. 

2. John Lea, of whom hereafter. 

3. Thomas Lea, of Halsowen died unmarried, and was 

buried at Halesowen, 1st December, 1705. His will is 
dated 28th November, 1704, and was proved at Worcester, 
24th January, 1705-6. He gives a farm called Shenley 
Field at Northfield for sixty years in trust to pay certain 
annuities to his sisters and others, and then to his nephew 
William Lea, son of his brother John Lea, and his heirs 
for ever. He mentions Anne Benton, daughter of his 
late sister Bridget Benton, Anne Lea eldest daughter of 
his brother John Lea, and Margaret Lea the other 
daughter of his said brother John. In a codicil (undated) 
he mentions his godson Thomas West, and his cousin 
Hugh Lea. 

i. Joice Lea, m. to Humphrey Lowe of Warley-Salop, Hales- 
owen, and had, with other issue, a daughter Elizabeth, 
m. in 1709, to Jacob Smith of Stoke Prior, co. Worcester, 
father by her of William Smith, husband of Anne eldest 
sister and coheir of Ferdinando Lord Dudley. 

ii. Eleanor Lea, died unmarried. By her will dated 30th 
October, 1711, and proved 25th April, 1712, at Worcester, 
she bequeathed a sum of money to the parish of Hales- 
owen for charitable purposes. She mentions in her said 
will (inter alios) her cousins Anne Garway, and Margaret 
Shenstone, daughters of her brother John Lea; her 
cousins Anne Edwards [wife of Eichard Edwards of Bud- 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 127 

brook, co. Warwick. She married secondly .... 
Kennett], Mary Lowe, and Elizabeth Smith, daughters of 
her sister Joice Lowe ; her cousin Grace Cowper, wife of 
Thomas Cowper, of Halesowen, and their children William 
Cowper (eldest son), Thomas Cowper, and Eleanor Cowper ; 
her cousin Frances Lea, wife of her cousin William Lea ; 
her brother-in-law Thomas Palmer of Lappall ; and Samuel 
Ben ton, and Anne Palmer, children of her sister Bridget 
Benton, deceased. 

iii. Anne Lea, m. to Thomas Palmer of Lappall, Halesowen. 

iv. Bridget Lea, m. to Samuel Benton of Kingsuorton. 

v. Mary Lea, m. to Kev. John Byrch. 

The eldest son William Lea, was a physician. He largely 
increased his estate by purchase, and was High Sheriff of 
Worcestershire in 8 Will. III. He died unmarried at the Grange 
on 24th June, and was buried at Halesowen on 26th June, 1704. 
By his will, dated 4th March, 1701, he bequeathed " the messuage, 
farm, and lands called the Grange, wherein I now dwell, and which 
I hold by lease for a long term of years yet to come " to his brother 
John for sixty years, and after sixty years, if his said brother John 
should so long live, to his nephew William Lea, son of the said 
John. He amply provides for his brother Thomas Lea, gent., of 
Halesowen, and for his sisters and their children; and devises 
the major part of his large landed property to his nephew William 
Lea and his heirs for ever. " Provided always, and my mind 
is," he adds, " that if my said nephew William Lea hath marryed 
and taken to wife, or do or shall marry any one of Edward Dyson's 
daughters of Stourbridge, in the county of Worcester, gent., then 
and in such case I do hereby give and bequeath to my kinsmen 
Paul Lowe, Samuel Lowe, and Samuel Benton the reversion of 
all my freehold lands and leasehold lands hereinbefore by me given 
to my said nephew William Lea, to hold to them, their heirs, 
executors, administrators, and assignes, by equall proportions, and 
to be divided amongst them share and share alike." 

Besides his sisters and their children, he mentions his cousin 
Thomas Cowper, to whom he leaves his " best wydecote," and his 
best " satoote ;" his cousin Grace Cowper, wife of the said Thomas, 
and William Cowper their son ; his godson William Lea, son of his 

1 Edward Dyson was an attorney-at-law, a younger brother of Grosvenor Dyson 
of the Hollyes, Envile, who recorded his descent at the Visitation of Staffordshire, 
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128 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

cousin Thomas Lea of Halesowen; his cousin and goddaughter 
Sarah Perrey; his cousin Rebecca Edwards, grandchild of his 
sister Joice Lowe; hin goddaughter Penelope Haden; his god- 
daughter . . . Jewkes, daughter of the Rev. Thomas Jewkes. 
To Elizabeth Shelvock he leaves 40s. ; to John Shen stone and Mary 
Shenstone, children of John Shenstone, deceased, he leaves 50s. 
apiece ; to his nephew William Lea he give his best " wastcoate 
with the gold fringe;" to Edward Hill his "old close coate and 
britches;" to John Ashfield his "old waistcoate and a pair of 
breetches, or else a good shirt;" and George Greene, he says, 
according to my agreement, " shall have one hatt and one paire of 
shoes ;" his servants Sarah Stamps and Elizabeth Hay beard, are not 
forgotten in this distribution of his apparel ; and to the latter and 
to the aforesaid Grace Cowper he gives all his cravats, ruffles, 
handkerchiefs, and shirts, one piece of new holland cloth, and all 
his stockings and hats (except his best hat, which he leaves to his 
brother John) not before disposed of. He leaves 4 a year for five 
years to the poor of the several parishes of Rowley-Regis, Dudley, 
Sedgley, and Kingswinford, and all the rents, issues, and profits of 
his farm at Frankley to his nephew William Lea, his heirs and 
assigns, upon trust that his said nephew and his heirs " shall yearly 
for ever hereafter employ all the rents, issues,and profits of my said 
messuage, lands, and tenements in Frankley aforesaid, in manner 
and form following, viz. : one half thereof in buying of blew cloath 
gowns for such poor old men and women of the town and borough 
of Halesowen aforesaid as my said nephew William Lea shall think 
fit, and the other half thereof in buying of blew cloath gownes for 
old men and women in Romsley quarter, at the discretion likewise 
of my said nephew William Lea his heirs and assigns." And 
finally he appoints his two brothers, -John and Thomas, his execu- 
tors. The will is sealed with a coat of arms, on a heater-shaped 
shield three squirrels two and one. 

John Lea, the second son of John and Anne, married (settle- 
ment dated 24th and 25th October, 1674, he then residing at 
Elmley-Lovett, co. Worcester) Mary daughter of William Deeley of 
Warley-Wigorn, Halesowen, and by her, who diedin 1720, had issue: 
1. William Lea, born in or about 1677, heir to his uncle 

William ; of whom next, 
i. Anne Lea married to Alan Garway, junr. 
it Margaret Lea, married at Belbroughton, co, Worcester, 30th 



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September, 1706, to John Shenstone of Halesowen, son of 
John Shenstone, and first cousin to Thomas Shenstone of 
" The Leasowes," Halesowen, father of the poet William 
Shenstone. 

William Lea, of Halesowen Grange, duly observed the injunc- 
tion contained in his uncle's will. He did not marry one of 
Edward Dyson's fair daughters, but secured his family estate and 
acquired a peerage for his son by his marriage with Frances Ward, 
sole heiress (in her issue) of the Barony of Dudley. They were 
married, as before stated, on 9th November, 1709, and the trustees 
of their marriage settlement (which bears date 28th October, 1709) 
were John Field of the Bells in Kingsnorton, Gent., and Thomas 
Palmer of Lappall, Gent. She died at the Grange 24th January, 
1737, and was buried at Himley on the 28th of January. Mr. Lea 
her husband survived her, and lived to see his son a peer. He 
died on 31st January, 1741, aged 64, and was buried in the family 
vault in Halesowen Church. On the 12th November, 14 George 
II., A.D. 1740, he obtained from John Anstis, Garter, and Knox 
Ward, Clarenccux, a "confirmation" (so-called) of his ancestral 
arms, though it is more than probable that the bearings assigned 
to him were then for the first time devised. However, the 
document recites that " William Lea of the Grange, in the county 
of Salop, Esq., had by petition represented that the said arms 
were borne by his ancestor when High Sheriff of the county 
of Worcester, in the reign of William III., but that the same " not 
being regularly entered with his descent in the College of Arms," 
he desired that the said bearings should be officially confirmed to 
him and his posterity ; whereupon the said Garter and Clarenccux 
granted and confirmed the following : Argent, on a pale between 
two leopards' faces sable, three crescents or. Crest. A unicorn 
argent, gutte* de poix gorged with a double tressure flory and 
counter-flory gules. The motto painted under the arms in the 
margin of the document is " Contcntus paucis" but his son, Lord 
Dudley, adopted "In scipso totus tcrcs" 1 as appears in the margin 
of the grant of supporters made to him, a week afterwards. 

William Lea had by the said Frances his wife the following 
issue : 

1. Ferdinando Dudley Lea, baptised at Halesowen 14th Sep- 
tember, 1710, of whom hereafter, as the last Baron Dudley 
of Dudley Castle. 

1 Horace, Lib. II., Sat. VII., 83. 

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130 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

2. William Lea, baptised at Halesowen 15th May, 1722 ; died 
unmarried 22nd January, and was buried at Halesowen, 
29th January, 1741-2. On his coffin plate in the family 
vault in Halesowen Church is this inscription, "The 
Honourable William Lea, the younger, Esq. Died 
January y e 22nd, 1741, in the 19th year of his age." 

i. Anne Lea, baptised at Halesowen 24th March, 1714; 
married (settlement dated 18th May, 1737) to William 
Smith of Stoke Prior and Eidgacre, co. Worcester. Their 
son Ferdinando succeeded to the Grange and other 
estates under the will of his uncle Lord Dudley, and was 
grandfather of the present F .D. Lea Smith of the Grange. 

ii. Frances Lea, baptized at Halesowen 12th, April, 1717 ; 
married at Quatford, near Bridgnorth, Salop, 8th Decem- 
ber, 1740, to Walter Woodcock, J.P., of Halesowen. 

iii. Mary Lea, married to Joseph Harvey of Stourbridge, co. 
Worcester, Physician, and died in child-bed of a son 
William, baptised at Oldswinford 13th, and buried there 
15th May, 1742. 

iv. Catherine Lea, 1 baptised at Halesowen, 8th February, 
1726 ; married at Oldswinford, 16th November, 1744, to 
Thomas Jordan, jun., of Birmingham, Gunsmith. 

v. Elizabeth Lea, baptised at Halesowen 23rd February, 1728 ; 
married at Kingswinford, co. Stafford,, 14th July, 1759, 
to the Eev. Benjamin Briscoe, then curate of King- 
swinford, and afterwards rector of Staunton, co. Worcester. 
Their marriage settlement is dated 13th, July, 1759, the 
parties being the Eev. Benjamin Briscoe, B.A., the Hon. 
Elizabeth Lea, Eleanor Caddick, widow, mother of the 
said Benjamin, and Jacob Briscoe brother of the said 

1 I had always supposed that Catherine died without issue, but I am informed 
by a correspondent that she had issue by Jordan three daughters, Catherine m. to 
Captain Butter, Frances m. to . . . Edwards, and Anne m. to . . . Smith ; 
that she was married secondly to Henry Turner "of Lyndon, Stonall, &c." (in Shen- 
stone, co. Stafford), and had by him two sons, William who died s.p., and Daniel 
who by Sarah his wife, daughter of Kobert Hanbury, had issue (with three sons 
Daniel, William, and Josiah who all died s.p.,) seven daughters, viz., Catherine, Anne, 
Lucy, Mary, Sarah, Phoebe, and Martha. My corres pendant's information is, he 
writes, derived principally from the papers of the Eev. Thomas Hughes "who speaks 
of Catherine Jordan's issue of three daughters -and two sons, and wherein she is also 
mentioned under the name of Mrs. Turner as lending 200 to the Woodcocks." 

As this information was received only at the eleventh hour, I have not been able 
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Benjamin. They had issue an only child, William Lea 
Briscoe born at Halesovven Grange in 17GO, of Worcester 
College, Oxford 1 ; B.A., 1783, M.A., 1792, B and D.C.L, 
1793. He was vicar of Ashton Keynes, Wilts, and dying 
s.p. 25th August, 1834, was buried at Ilalesowen, 29th 
August, ajt. 74. 

Ferdinando Dudley Lea, the only surviving son of Frances by 
her husband William Lea, Esq., succeeded his maternal uncle in 
the barony of Dudley on 20th May, 1740; and having been duly 
summoned to Parliament, took his seat in the House of Lords as 
Baron Dudley of Dudley Castle on 26th November, 1740. On the 
19th November, 1740, he had a grant from John Anstis, Garter, 
of supporters to his arms. " Whereas " says the document, " the 
antient Barony of Dudley, upon the death of William late Lord 
Dudley and Ward, is descended to the Eight Honourable Ferdinando 
Dudley Lea, son and heir of William Lea of the Grange, in the county 
of Salop, Esquire, by Frances the only sister and heiress of the said 
William late Lord Dudley and Ward. Now know ye that I the said 
Garter, with the consent of the Eight Honourable Francis Earl of 
Effingham, Deputy (with the royal approbation) to the most noble 
Edward Duke of Norfolk, Earl Marshal, and hereditary marshal of 
England, signified to me by warrant under his hand and seal bearing 
date the 27th day of October last; and by virtue of my said 
office, do by these presents grant and assign unto the said Right 
Honourable Ferdinando Dudley Lea, Lord Dudley, the Supporters 
following, viz. : On either side a lion double queue 1 vert, armed 
and langued gules, gorged with a ducal coronet, thereto a cordon 
passing between the forelegs and reflexed over the back or ; as the 
same are in the margin hereof more lively depicted. To le borne 
and used by him, the said Lord Dudley, and by his heirs, having 
and enjoying the said barony and dignity, according to the antient 
usage and custom of arms, without the lett or interruption of any 
person or persons whatsoever." Lord Dudley died unmarried ut 
his seat, Halesoweii Grange, on the 21st of October, and was 
buried in the family vault in Halesowen Church on 26th October, 
1757, whereupon the barony fell into abeyance among his sisters 
and co-heirs in which state it still remains. 

The following copy of Lord Dudley's will is extracted from the 
register of the late Prerogative Court of Canterbury : 

1 Matriculated 14th December 1779, aged 19, as son of Benjamin Brbcoe " of 
Grainge, co. Salop," Clerk. (Foster's " Alunmi Oionienses.") 

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132 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

In the name of God, Amen. I the Eight Honourable Ferdinando Dudley 
Lea, Lord Dudley, Baron Dudley of Dudley Castle, being of sound and 
disposing mind and memory (praised be God for the same) do make and 
declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is 
to say) : I give and devise unto the Eev. Dr. Charles Lyttelton, Dean of 
Exeter, and the Honorable Thomas Smith, Vice- Admiral of the White, all 
that my leasehold mansion house situate near the town or borough of Halesowen, 
in the county of Salop, called the Grange, or Grange Farm, with all barns, 
stables, buildings, meadows, lands, tithes, pools, tenements, and all other 
the premises with their and every of their appurtenances, and all my equitable 
estate, right, title, number of years yet to come, and all other my estate and 
interest therein or thereto. And also all and singular my freehold messuages, 
water corn mills, buildings, meadows, lands, tenements, and hereditaments, 
mines of coal and ironstone, and other mines and minerals whatsoever in the 
several counties of Worcester, Stafford, Salop, and Warwick, or elsewhere in 
the kingdom of England, and all the estate, right, title, and interest what- 
soever I have (or any other person or persons in trust for me hath) therein or 
thereto with their and every of their appurtenances, and the reversion and 
reversions, remainder and remainders, rents, issues, and profits thereof and 
every part thereof in whose possession or occupation soever the same now is 
or at any time heretofore hath been. To have and to hold all the said 
leasehold mansion house, buildings, meadows, lands, tythe, tenements and 
premises with the appurtenances unto the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas 
Smith, their executors, administrators, and assigns, for and during the 
remaining part of a long term of years I have to come therein or am entitled 
in law or equity. And to have and to hold all and singular my freehold 
messuages, water-corn mills, meadow lands, tenements, mines, and minerals 
and other the premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the 
said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, their heirs and assigns ; in trust, 
nevertheless, to and for the several uses, estates, intents, and purposes as by 
and under powers, provisoes, and trusts hereinafter mentioned and expressed 
concerning the same leasehold and freehold premises (that is to say) : as to, for, 
and concerning the said leasehold mansion house, buildings, land, tythe, 
tenements, and premises upon trust that they the said Charles Lyttelton and 
Thomas Smith, their executors, administrators, and assigns, by or out of the 
rents and profits of the said leasehold premises raise money to pay a propor- 
tionable part of the debts I shall owe at my death as well those due on mort- 
gage as those due on bond and simple contract, in case that part of my other 
personal estate not hereinafter particularly disposed of, or given away, shall 
fall short in paying the whole. And subject to the trust aforesaid, they the said 
Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, their executors, administrators, and 
assigns, shall and may stand, and be possessed of and interested in the said 
leasehold premises in trust to permit the rents and profits thereof to be had, 
received, and taken by my sister Elizabeth Lea and her assigns, for and during 
so many years of the remaining part of the term of years therein yet to come 
as she shall happen to live sole and unmarried, or marry with the approbation 
of my said trustees, and immediately after the decease of my said sister, or 
marrying without such approbation, which shall first happen, to my nephew 
Harry Smith and his assigns, for and during so many years of the residue of 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 13., 

the term of years therein to come as lie .shall happen to live. And immediately 
after his decease by the first son of the said Harry Smith lawfully to be- 
begotten, and the executors, administrators, and assigns of such first son, for 
all the residue of the term of years therein then to come. But if such first 
son shall happen to die under the age of 21 years and unmarried, then the 
aforesaid trust declared of the premises for his l>enefit shall ccaweand le void ; 
and then and from thenceforth the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, 
their executors, administrators, and assigns shall and will stand and b 
possessed of the said leasehold premises for and during all the residue of tho 
term of years then to come, in trust for the second, third, fourth, and all and 
every other the son and sons of the said Harry Smith lawfully to be In-gotten, 
severally, successively, and in remainder one after another in order and course 
as they and every of them shall be in priority of birth, and their respective 
executors and administrators, the eldest of such sons and his executors, and 
administrators to be preferred, and to take before the younger of them his 
executors and administrators. But if any of tho said sons which shall IK* 
eldest for the time being shall happen to die under the age of 21 years and 
unmarried, then in trust for such of the said sons as shall be next in age and 
birth to him so dying under the age of 21 years and unmarried. And in case 
there shall at the time of the death of the said Harry Smith be no issue male 
by him living or begotten unborn, or there being such issue male, and such 
issue male shall die under the age of 21 years unmarried, then in trust for 
the daughter or daughters of the said Harry Smith lawfully to be begotten, 
or their executors, administrators, or assigns for all the remainder of the term 
of years then to come. And in case there shall be no issue male or female bv 
him living at the time of his death or not lawfully begotten by him, then the 
said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, their executors, administrators, and 
assigns shall and will stand and be possessed of and interested in the said 
leashold premises for the remainder of the term of years therein then to come, 
in trust for the second son of my sister Ann Smith lawfully begotten or to l>e 
begotten, and the executors, administrators, and assigns of such second son for 
all the residue of the term of years therein to come. But if such second son 
should happen to die under the age of 21 years and unmarried, then the said trust 
declared of the premises for his benefit shall cease and be void. And then and 
from thenceforth the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, their executors, 
administrators, and assigns, shall and will stand and be possessed >f th; 
premises for and during all the residue of the term th"n to come, in trust fur 
the third and all and every the son and sons of my said sister Ann Smith 
lawfully begotten or to be begotten severally, successively, and in remainder 
one after another in order and course as they and every of them shall be in 
priority of birth, and their respective executors and administrators, the elder 
of such sons, and his executors and administrators, to be preferred before a 
younger of them, his executors and administrators. But if any of the said sons 
which shall be eldest for the time shall happen to die under the age of '21 
years and unmarried, then in trust for such of the said sons as .shall IK- next 
in age and birth to him so dying under the age of 21 years and unmarried. 
And in case there shall at the time of the death of said Ann Smith be no issue 
male of her body living, or there being such issue male and such issue male 
shall die under the age of 21 years and unmarried, then in trust f<>r the 



134 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

daughter or daughters of the said Ann Smith lawfully begotten or to be 
begotten, their executors, administrators, and assigns for and during all the 
remainder of the term of years then to come. 

And as for and concerning all my said freehold messuages, water corn 
mills, meadows, lands, tenements, hereditaments, mines and minerals, and 
premises with their and every of their appurtenances, upon trust that they, 
the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, their executors, administrators, 
and assigns, by and out of the rents and profits of the said freehold premises 
raise money to pay other proportionable part of the debts I shall owe at my 
death as well those due on mortgage as those due on bonds and simple 
contracts in case that part of my personal estate not hereinafter particularly 
given shall fall short of paying the whole, and after payment thereof then to 
the use and behoof of my said nephew Harry Smith and his assigns for and 
during the term of his natural life without any impeachment of or for any 
manner of waste except in wilful waste in pulling down and destroying houses, 
unless repairing or better building the same. And from and after the deter- 
mination of that estate and forfeiture or otherwise, to the use and behoof of 
the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith and their heirs for and during 
the natural life of the said Harry Smith, upon trust to support and preserve 
the contingent remainders hereinafter limited from being destroyed, and for 
that purpose to make entries and bring actions as occasion shall require, yet 
nevertheless to permit and suffer the said Harry Smith and his assigns to 
receive and take the rents, issues, and profits thereof during his life, and from 
and after his decease to the use and behoof of the first son of the body of the 
said Harry Smith lawfully to be begotten and the heirs males of the body of 
such first son lawfully issuing, and in default of such issue to the use and 
behalf of the second, third, and all and every the other son and sons of the 
body of the said Harry Smith lawfully to be begotten severally, successively, and 
in remainder one after another in order and course as they and every of them 
shall be in priority of birth, and the several and respective heirs male of the 
body and bodies of all and every such son and sons being always preferred, 
and to take before a younger of them and the heirs male of his body. And 
in default of such issue to the use and behoof of all and every the daughter 
and daughters of the body of the said Harry Smith lawfully to be begotten to 
take as tenants in common and not as joint tenants, and the heirs of the body 
and bodies of all and everv such daughter and daughters lawfully issuing. 
And in default of such issue to the use of the second son of my said sister Ann 
Smith begotten or to be begotten and the heirs male of the body of such 
second son lawfully issuing^ and in default thereof to the use and behoof of 
the third and all and every other son and sons of the body of the said Ann 
Smith begotten or lawfully to be begotten severally, successively, and in 
remainder one after another in order or course as they and every of them shall 
be in priority of birth, and the several and respective heirs male of the body 
and bodies of all and every such son and sons lawfully issuing, every elder of 
such sons being always preferred before a younger of them, and the heirs 
male of his body. And in default of such issue to the use and behoof of all 
and every the daughter and daughters of the body of the said Ann Smith 
lawfully begotten or to be begotten to take as tenants in common and not as 
joint tenants, and the heirs of the body and bodies of all and every such 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 135 

daughter and daughters lawfully issuing. And in default of such issue to 
the use of my own right heirs for ever. 

Which said freehold premises shall be chargeable nevertheless and subject and 

liable to the payment of the several rent charges or annuities hereinafter 
mentioned (that is to say) : one rent charge or annuity of .100 per annum to 
be paid to my sister Ann Smith during her natural life ; another rent charge or 
annuity of .100 per annum to my sister Frances Woodcock during her natural 
life ; and another rent charge or annuity of 100 per annum to be paid to 
my sister Catherine Jordan during her natural life by half yearly payments. 
All which annuities my will is shall be liable to pay taxes. And that the said 
annuities, or any or either of them, shall not be payable until the end of six 
months next after all my debts on mortgage, bond, or otherwi.se shall be fully 
paid off and discharged. And my mind and will further is and so I direct 
that the said rent charges or annuities as each or every of them shall IMJ paid 
into the hands of my said sisters Ann, Frances, and Catherine for their own 
separate use, and that their or either of their present or future husbands shall 
not have anything to do therewith, and that the receipt and receipts of 
my said sisters shall be a good and sufficient discharge for the same notwith- 
standing their or either of their covertures. 

Provided always, and my mind and will is that it shall and may be lawful 
to and for the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith and their heirs, with 
the consent and approbation of the said Harry Smith or any other person or 
persons to whom the said freehold premises for the time being shall belong in 
virtue of this my will, testified by writing under his or their hands and seals, 
to grant, convey, and exchange any one or more close or closes, pieces, or 
parcels of the said freehold premises to the Right Honourable John Lord Ward 
and his heirs for any other close or closes, pieces, or parcels of land which the 
said Harry Smith or any other person or persons to whom the said freehold 
premises shall belong under the limitations of this my will shall approve 
of and judge to be more commodious or convenient, which said lands 
and premises so to be had in exchange shall be granted and conveyed to them 
the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith and their heirs to, for, and u|*>n 
and subject to the several and respective uses, intents, and purposes, trusts, and 
limitations as are hereinbefore limited and declared of and concerning the said 
lands and premises, which shall be so granted and conveyed away by tin-in, 
the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, and their heirs, in exchange as 
aforesaid. 

Provided also, and my mind and will further is, that if my said 
Elizabeth Lea, and my said sisters and their respective husbands, namely Ann 
Smith and William Smith her husband, Frances Woodcock and Walter 
Woodcock her husband, Catherine Jordan and Thomas Jordan the younger 
her husband, or any or either of them, shall neglect or refuse when requested 
by my said trustees and Harry Smith, or any or either of them, to surrenderor 
cause to be surrendered all and every my copyhold or customary lands, tene- 
ments, or hereditaments (if I have any lands or tenements of such tenure) 
situate, lying, and being in Himley, in the county of Stafford to, for, and ui>oi 
and subject to the same and respective uses, intents, and purj>oses, trusts, ai 
limitations as are hereinbefore limited and declared of and concerning my said 
freehold premises, my will that such copyhold premises shall be surrendered 
to such uses and limitations aforesaid), and on such neglect or refusal after 



136 THE BAEONS OF DUDLEY. 

request made as aforesaid, the several rent charges or annuities by me herein- 
before charged on my freehold premises and made payable to my sisters shall 
not be paid or payable to such of them, my said sister or sisters so neglecting 
or refusing, but shall be absolutely void, and not be paid, and my freehold 
premises discharged therefrom, and the said devise to my said sister Elizabeth 
Lea also void, 

Provided likewise, and my will further is that if my said sisters and their 
respective husbands, or any or either of them, or any person or persons for or 
on the behalf of them, or either of them, at any time or times after my death 
shall neglect or refuse on request made by my said trustees and Harry Smith, 
or any or either of them, to execute a release or releases or sue for their or any 
or either of their pretended right to any sum or sums of money by virtue of 
any trust, proviso, clause, or agreement created, mentioned, or expressed 
in the settlement made previous to the marriage of my late father and mother 
both deceased, that then and in either of the cases aforesaid, the said several 
rent charges or annuities shall not be paid or payable to my said sisters or 
such of them so neglecting or refusing or suing, but shall be utterly void, and 
my said freehold premises discharged therefrom, and the said devise to my 
said sister Elizabeth Lea also void. 

Provided also, and my will further is that my said trustees shall from time 
to time be allowed to take to him and themselves out of my personal estate 
and rents and profits of my real estate all their reasonable costs, charges, and 
expenses whatsoever which they, any, or either of them shall expend, lay out, 
or be put to in the management of my said estates, or the execution or defence 
of the trust aforesaid, or trouble of the executorship, and shall be answerable 
for their own acts and deeds, and not the acts and deeds of one another. 
And as, for, and concerning my fire engines, gins, ropes, tools, utensils, and all 
other materials belonging to, and which now are and at my death shall be at, 
my coal work or colliery in the parish of Dudley, in the county of Worcester, 
and all these several parcels of land intended for roads demised to me or any 
person in trust for me lying in Dudley parish aforesaid and in Sedgley parish, 
in the county of Stafford aforesaid, my mind and will is that the same 
shall be enjoyed by my said nephew Harry Smith and such other person or 
persons to whom my said freehold premises are given, devised, and limited. 
Also I give to my said sister Elizabeth Lea the use and wear of all my 
household goods and plate for her life, and after her decease I give the said 
goods and plate to my said sisters Ann Smith, Frances Woodcock, and 
Catherine Jordan, equally to be divided between them share and share alike. 
And as to all the rest of my personal estate of every kind and nature, after 
payment of my said debts and funeral expenses, I give to all my said four 
sisters equally to be divided between them share and share alike. 

And lastly I do hereby make and appoint the said Charles Lyttelton and 
Thomas Smith, and the Right Honorable Sir George Lyttelton, joint executors 
of my said last will and testament. In witness whereof I have set my seal 
to each of the six sheets of paper in which my will is contained, and my hand 
to the seal of the last six sheets, and have in the same manner executed a 
duplicate thereof which is also contained in six sheets of paper the 28th day 
of October in the year of Our Lord 1755. 

DUDLEY [L.S.] 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 137 

Signed, sealed, and published by the above-named Ferdinando Dudley 
Lea, Lord Dudley, as and for his last will and testament in the presence of us 
who at the same time subscribe our names as witnesses in the said testator's 
presence and by his directions, and in the presence of each other who first 
observed several interlineations to be first made. 

WILL. SHENSTONE. THOS. SAUNDERS. JAMES SHAW. 

Be it remembered that I the Right Honourable Ferdinando Dudley Lea, 
Lord Dudley, Baron Dudley of Dudley Castle, do make this codicil to my 
will which bears date the 28th day of October, 1755, and is to be annexed 
thereto and taken as part thereof. Whereas by my said will I have given 
and devised to the Rev. Dr. Charles Lyttelton, and the Honourable Thomas 
Smith all my leasehold and freehold lands, tenements, and hereditaments, mines 
and minerals whatsoever and wheresoever, to hold the same upon such trust, 
and under such powers and provisoes as I have therein expressed. Now my 
will and desire is to make and add the Right Honourable George Lord 
Lyttelton another trustee with the said Charles Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, 
and for that purpose I do hereby give and devise all my said leaseholds and 
freehold lands, tenements, hereditaments, mines and minerals whatsoever 
and wheresoever to hold the same to him, his heirs, executors, and adminis- 
trators in like manner upon the same trusts and under the like powers 
and provisions as I have given and devised the same to the said Charles 
Lyttelton and Thomas Smith, and for no other purpose whatsoever. And 
whereas I have by my said will appointed the said George Lord Lyttelton 
there called the Right Hon. Sir George Lyttelton, the said Charles Lyttelton, 
and Thomas Smith joint executors. And now I am desirous to make and 
add another executor to those before named and for that end I do hereby 
make and appoint the Rev. Mr. Pynson Wilmot the younger, to be a joint 
executor with the said Lord Lyttelton, Charles Lyttelton, and Thomas Smith. 
And I give to my servants Joseph Baker and Mary Rock two annuities or 
yearly rent charges of .10 a piece to be issuing and payable out of my lease- 
hold mansion house and farm called Grange Farm, to hold the said annuities 
or yearly rent charges of <10 a piece to the said Joseph Baker and Mary 
Rock and each of their assigns for and during so many of the remaining part 
of the term of years I have in the said farm now to come as they and each of 
them shall happen to live ; which said annuities shall be paid by half-yearly 
payments, the first payment whereof to be made at the end of six months 
after my decease, clear of all deductions. And my will is that the annuity of 
.10 given to the said Mary Rock shall be for her own use separate and apart 
from her husband's, and that her receipts from time to time shall be a suffi- 
cient discharge notwithstanding her coverture. 

I give to all my servants one year's wages payable to them within three 
months next after my decease. In witness whereof, I have to my codicil set 
my hand and seal, and have in the same manner executed a duplicate thereof 
this llth day of October, 1757. DUDLEY [L.S.J. 

Witnessed by RICHARD SOUTHWELL, WILLIAM SOUTHWELL, and JAMES 
SHAW. 

The Will was proved in the P.C.C. by Charles Lyttelton, LLD. 
and the llev. Pyiison Wilmot, jun., on 10th May, 1758, power being 



138 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

reserved for the Hon. Thomas Smith 1 and George Lord Lyttelton 
when they shall apply &c., " a definite sentence having been first 
pronounced and promulgated for the validity of the said will and 
codicil." 

It will be seen that by this will Lord Dudley strictly entailed 
the whole of his estates upon the heirs male and female of his 
eldest sister Ann Smith. He probably contemplated the early 
termination of the abeyance of the barony in favour of her heir and 
was therefore desirous of endowing the title. But whatever may 
have been his motive in thus depriving the descendants of his 
other sisters of any share in his real property the will naturally 
gave offence to the other co-heirs, who alleged undue influence on 
the part of Mrs. Smith, and disputed the validity of the will in the 
Arches Court, in which however they failed. 

One of the Commissioners appointed by the Court to enquire 
into these allegations was the Kev. Edward Best, M.A., Vicar of 
Wednesbury and Bilston, co. Stafford, and a county magistrate, 
from whose MS. diary in the possession of Colonel T. W. Fletcher 
of Lawneswood, Staffordshire, I extract the following interesting 
details : 

"1758, Feb. 28. On this day I attended (by y e appointment of Mr. 
Thomas Steward of Birmingham) being nominated a Commissioner in y e 
business of proving y e will of y e late Ferdinando Dudley Lea, Lord Dudley 
of Dudley Castle. N.B. The Rev. Thomas Lockyer Foley and Josiah 
Durant, Clerks, attended as Commissioners on behalf of Mr. Smith who 
married a sister of the said Lord Dudley, as did also y e aforesaid Mr. Jordan 
marry another sister, and both y e sisters are dead and left issue several 
children. 2 Lord Dudley left all his estates and personalty (after payment of 
his debts and a few legacies to servants, and two annuities of ,100 each to 
his sisters Frances y e wife of Walter Woodcock and a maiden sister) to the 
eldest son of y e aforesaid Mr. Smith who lives at Ridgacre in y e parish of 
Halesowen. Mr. Jordan, presuming that Lord Dudley was importuned to 
make y e said will contrary to his intentions, occasioned (by an allegation in 
y e Arches) an enquiry into y e matters, and in pursuance thereof we examined 
four witnesses, viz*., Mr. Thomas Saunders, of Stourbridge, Apothecary, an 
evidence to y e will, Mr. James Shaw of Dudley, Attorney, an evidence to and 
maker of y e will, Bichard Southwell and William Southwell, two evidences to y e 
codicil ; and would have examined William Shenstone, Esq r ., but he was so 
greatly indisposed, being not recovered from a nervous fever, that he could not 
bear y e fatigue : therefore we adjourned y e commission to y e 3rd day of April 
next. 

1 Admiral Smith (said to have been a natural brother of Lord Lyttelton) was 
president of the court-martial which tried Admiral Byng. He died in 1762 at hia 
residence, Eockin^ham Hall, Hagley, Worcestershire. 

2 This is not the fact ; both sisters were then living. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 139 

1758, April 3. On this day I again attended y commission at Halesowen 
on y business of proving ye late Lord Dudley's will, when we examined W'. 
Shenatoue, Esq r ., one of y e subscribing witnesses of y said will, and closed y 
commission on Tuesday, y e 4th iust, and signed proj>er certificates of all acts 
done and sped by us in relation to y said commission, which we delivered 
to Mr. Henry Hand of Worcester, Proctor, to be by him returned to Dr. Lee, 
Judge of y c Prerogative Court of y e Arches." 

Harry Grey Smith (in the will called Harry Smith) the 
nephew of the testator, died unmarried in 1760, when the estates 
devolved upon Ferdinando his brother, whose grandson now enjoys 
them. 



THE CO-HEIRS OF THE BAROXY. 

SMITH OF HALESOWEN GRANGE. 

William Smith of the " Breach," otherwise " Brackley Breach," 
Hunnington, in the parish of Halesowen (son of William Smith of 
the same place, and of Stoke Prior in Worcestershire, whose will is 
dated 20th December, 1684), had issue three sons and two daughters, 
viz., William, who married and had issue ; Joseph, who also married 
and had issue ; Jacob, of whom next; Eleanor, in. on 4th Septem- 
ber, 1693, to John Cardale 1 of Dudley, Surgeon ; and Sarah. 

Jacob Smith, the youngest son, succeeded under his grand- 
father's will to the estate in Stoke Prior. He married, as before 
stated (ante p. 126), Elizabeth daughter of Humphrey Lowe, by 
Joice, nie Lea, his wife. Their settlement before marriage is 
dated loth and 16th June, 1709, and is an indenture between the 
said Jacob Smith, Gent., of the first part, Humphrey Lowe and 
Elizabeth Lowe of the second part, Thomas Palmer of the third 
part, and Paul Lowe and Joseph Cardale of the fourth part, the 
lands settled lying in Stoke Prior and liidgacre. By the said 
Elizabeth his wife, Jacob Smith had issue one son, William Smith, 
husband of Anne Lea, eldest sister and co-heir of Ferdinando 

1 Eleanor, one of the daughters of John and Eleanor Cardale (baptised at 
Dudley, 1st August, 1703), was first married to Benjamin Uriscoe of Slcurbridge, 
Surgeon, and secondly at Oldswinford, 5th July, 1752, to Job Caddiek, an iron- 
master. By her first husband she was mother of the Rev. Benjamin Hriseoe 
(baptised at Oldswinford, 2nd October, 1720), the husband of Lord Dudley 'a 
youngest sister Elizabeth. 



140 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

Lord Dudley, and a daughter Mary, married in 1746 to the Rev. 
Richard Chambers, M.A., Rector of Naunfcon Beauchamp, co. Wor- 
cester, and Cradley, co. Hereford, by whom she was mother of 
Richard Chambers of Whitbourne Court (which estate his father 
purchased), High Sheriff of Herefordshire in 1793. William 
Smith died 19th May, 1784, aged 71, and Anne his wife on 29th 
April, 1762, 1 and were buried in the Dudley vault in Halesowen 
Church. They had issue : 

1. Harry Grey Smith who died unmarried, and was buried in 

Halesowen Church, 21st March, 1760. 

2. Ferdinando Smith, successor to his brother ; of whom next, 
i. Frances Smith, married in 1784, to her cousin Walter Wood- 
cock, junior, and died, s.p., in 1821. 

ii. Anne Smith, married in March, 1766, to Edward Baker, Esq., 
of Hill Court, Grafton Flyford, co. Worcester. 

Ferdinando Smith of Halesowen Grange succeeded to the 
estates of his uncle, Lord Dudley, on the death of his elder 
brother. He married at Halesowen, 27th December, 1774, Eliza- 
beth daughter of Humphrey Lyttelton, 2 of Halesowen, and of 
Naunton Court, co. Worcester, and died 16th January, 1794, 
having had issue by the said Elizabeth, who survived him and 
died 17th February, 1801 : 

1. Ferdinando, of whom next. 

2. William Smith, born 24th June, and baptised at Halesowen, 

27th August, 1785, Captain llth Dragoons. He was 
present at the battle of Waterloo, and died, unmarried, of 
the jungle fever in India, 4th May, 1824. 

3. Henry Lyttelton Smith, baptised at Halesowen, llth 

April, 1787, a Lieutenant in the Army, died unmarried 
in Ceylon. His commission as Ensign was purchased 
27th January, 1803, and his Lieutenancy 4th December, 
1804. 

1 I copy the following announcement of her death from the "Gentleman's 
Magazine" for 1762 : "April 29th. The Et. Hon. Anne Smith, Baroness Dudley, 
wife of William Smith of Eidgacre, Shropshire, Esq." She assumed the title on 
the death of her brother, of course without any just right, as the abeyance had not 
been terminated in her fayour by the Crown, and is inserted in some contemporary 
Peerages as "Baroness Dudley." In one of the editions of Collins's Peerage, her 
son Ferdinando, also figures as Lord Dudley in succession to his mother. 

2 See an account of this branch of the Lyttelton family by the present writer, 
in "The G-enealogist " iii., page 97, et seq. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

i. Elizabeth Smith, born in 1776, married in 1805, to Joseph 
Carruthers, 1 a Solicitor at Halesowen, and died 24th May, 
1806, aged 30, having had issue an only child, Joseph 
Ferdinando Carrutliers, who died in his infancy, 
ii. Anne Smith, died 8th March, 1791, aged 14. 

iii. Frances Maria Smith, born 15th May, 1778, died unmarried, 
and was buried at Halesowen, 30th March, 1849. 

iv. Amelia Smith, born llth September, 1780, died unmarried, 
at Leamington, 8th March, 1872, aged 91, and was buried 
at Halesowen. 

v. Harriet Smith, born loth November, 1781, died unmarried, 
12th July, 1830. 

vi. Frances Caroline Smith, born loth April, 1783, married 1st 
October, 1803, to Marcus John Annesley, Captain 44th 
Eegiment, and afterwards of the 5th Dragoon Guards, 
nephew of Francis Charles Earl of Annesley. He died 
15th October, 1853, leaving issue. 

vii. Matilda Smith, born in 1784, died unmarried in December, 
1858 ; and also two other daughters, Louisa and Selina, 
who died in their infancy, the former in 1788, and the 
latter in 1789. 

Ferdinando Smith of Halesowen Grange, J.P., D.L., the eldest 
son, was born 26th March, 1779. He was Lieutenant-Colonel of 
the Worcester Militia, with which legiment he served in Ireland 
during the rebellion. He first married, in July, 1802, Eloisa, 
daughter and co-heir of Major-General St. George Knudson, 
H.E.I.C.S., but by her, who died at Bristol Hot Wells 14th Septem- 
ber, 1805, had no issue. He married secondly, 5th October, 1830, 
Elizabeth fourth daughter of Michael Grazebrook, of Audnam, co. 
Stafford, near Stourbridge. Colonel Smith died 28th July, 1841. 
His second wife, who was born 26th March, 1801, survived him, 
and died at Worcester, 23rd January, 1875, aged 74. Both were 
buried in Halesowen Church. They had issue (with two other 
sons, George Lea Smith and Henry Lea Smith, who died in their 
infancy) two sons, Ferdinando Dudley Lea Smith, born 15th June, 
1834, and William Lea Smith, born 27th February, 1836, late 
Lieutenant 13th Eegiment, who died unmarried, 5th February, 1880. 

1 Mr. Carruthers married secondly Jane daughter of John Crane of Halesowen, 
sister of Mary the wife of Ferclinaudo Woodcock (see post) and had issue a eon, 
John Crane Carruthers. 



142 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

The elder son, F. D. Lea Smith, J.P., D.L., now of Halesowen 
Grange, was educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, called to 
the Bar at the Inner Temple, 26th January, 1858, and was High 
Sheriff of the county of Worcester in 1860. He married at Great 
Budworth, Cheshire, 23rd February, 1865, Amy Sophia second 
daughter of James Heath Leigh of Belmont Hall, Cheshire (by 
Frances his wife, daughter of Sir Oswald Mosley, Bart.), and by 
her (who died 10th June, 1884) has issue two surviving children, 
viz., Ferdinando Dudley William Lea Smith, born 4th April, 1872, 
now at Eton, and Lilian Amy Lea Smith. 



WOODCOCK FAMILY, 

Walter Woodcock, a magistrate for the county of Salop, the 
husband of Frances Lea, second sister and co-heir of Ferdinando 
Lord Dudley, died in March, 1794. 1 By his will, dated 26th 
December, 1788, and proved in the P.C.C., by his son Walter in 
July, 1801, he directed that all his estate, real and personal, 
except what he had given to his wife and his two sons, should be 
sold and divided in equal shares alike among his younger children, 
but that his two daughters, Mary Smart and ' Nancy ' Wilmot 
should only receive the interest of their shares during their lives 
and that after their deaths the principal should be paid, share and 
share alike, to their children when they respectively came of age. 
Frances his wife, and Walter and Ferdinando his sons, were ap- 
pointed executors. She died 9th March, 1800, and her will was 
proved at Worcester by the Eev. Thomas Hughes, the executor, on 
20th August, 1800, before that of her husband. These wills and 
that of the son Walter Woodcock, junior, gave rise to prolonged 
litigation in the Court of Chancery, and it is needless to add that 
the " oyster," as usual, was devoured by the lawyers. From the 
various documents 2 filed in these proceedings, which extended to 
quite a recent date, much of the genealogical information here 

1 His death is thus announced in the " Gentleman's Magazine " for June, 1794, 
p. 576 : " March. At Halesowen, co. Salop, Walter Woodcock, Esq., in the 
commission of the peace for that county." It should be mentioned that Halesowen 
was then a detached portion of the county of Salop, but has since been added to 
Worcestershire by Act of Parliament. 

2 For copies of these documents I am indebted to Mr. W. B. Wilmot of Brixton. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 143 

given has been derived. Walter and Frances Woodcock had 
issue : 

1. Walter Woodcock, born 2Gth December, 1741, of Dovo 

House Fields, and subsequently of llidgacre in Halesowen 
parish, a magistrate for Shropshire, married (settlement 
dated 14th July, 1784) his cousin Frances daughter of 
William Smith, Esq., but had no issue by her. He died 
20th February, 1 and was buried at Halesowen, 1st Mai cli, 
1821, aged 80, and she was buried there, 12th February 
in the same year, aged 86. His will is dated 3rd 
February, 1821, and (with several codicils) was proved 
in the P.C.C., by the liev. William Lea Briscoe, LL.D., 
one of the executors, on 24th December, 1821. 

2. Ferdinando Woodcock, bom 16th June, 1743, of Quarry Hill, 

Halesowen, married Mary daughter of John Crane of 
Halesowen. He died, s.p., 31st May, and was buried 5th 
June, 1813, aged 69. His wife survived him and died 
10th February, 1826, 

i. Frances Woodcock, born 25th July, 1745, eldest sister and 
co-heir of her brothers Walter and Ferdinando, married 
to Joseph Green of Springfield, Dudley, glassmaker. He 
was born 12th October, 1757, died, s.p., liith November, 
and was buried at Halesowen, 19th November, 1823, aged 
66. She died 12th, and was buried at Ualesowen, 20th 
July, 1814, aged 69. 
ii. Catherine Woodcock, born llth June, 1749 ; died unmarried. 

iii. Mary Woodcock, born 29th August, 1751, married in 1783 
to Benjamin Smart, and had issue. 

iv. Anne Woodcock, born 21st November, 1753, married to Wil- 
liam Wilmot, and had issue. 

v. Elizabeth Woodcock, born 12th November, 1755, married 
2(>th August, 1784, to John Green of Dixon's Green, 
Dudley, glassmaker, and had issue. 

vi. Sarah Woodcock, born 30th May, 1763, married to the liev. 
Thomas Hughes, M.A., and had issue. 

1 "February 20th (1821). At his residence at Bidgncre, near Halesowen, 
Walter Woodcock, Esq., one of His Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the county 
of Salop." (Obituary of the " Gentleman's Magazine," March, 1821, p. 2S2.) 



144 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 



SMART FAMILY. 

Benjamin Smart of Halesowen, the husband of Mary Wood- 
cock, the eldest surviving daughter and co-heir of her mother 
Frances Woodcock, n6e Lea, died on the 2nd of October, 1822, aged 
74, leaving issue by his said wife (who died 6th January, 1816, 
aged 65) an only child Joseph. 

This Joseph Smart, who was a butcher at Halesowen, married 
in January, 1812, Susanna Hall, and dying on the 5th September 
was buried on 7th September, 1855, aged 70, having had by the 
said Susanna (who died 14th November, 1865, aged 80) the follow- 
ing issue : 

1. Joseph Smart, born 20th June, 1813 ; of whom next. 

2. Kobert Smart, of Halesowen, butcher and cattle dealer, 

born 30th April, 1815, married 10th February, 1856, Mary 
Hodgetts, and has issue: 

1. Edward Smart, born 6th December, 1856. 
i. Frances Smart, born 1st October, 1858. 
ii. Lucy Smart, born March, 1862. 
i. Jane Smart, died in her infancy, aged 2 years. 

Joseph Smart, the elder son, was a tenant farmer at Oatenfields, 
Halesowen. He married 15th May, 1844, Mary Ann Jones, and 
died in October, 1877, having had issue: 

1. Eobert Smart, born 4th April, 1848, married 10th June, 

1873, Sarah, daughter of William Moseley of Halesowen. 

2. Joseph Smart, born 26th September, 1850. 

3. William Smart, born 18th December, 1852. 

4. John Green. Smart, born llth September, 1855. 

i. Mary Ann Smart, born 12th March, 1845, died an infant, 
ii. Susanna Jane Smart, born 21st March, 1846, married at 

Halesowen, 15th September, 1875, to Thomas Higgins of 

Thornton, Bucks, 
iii. Emily Smart, born 28th July, 1858, married 6th August, 

1879, to Hugh Higgins, only son of Hugh Higgins of 

Horton, Northamptonshire. 

iv. Lizzie Maria Smart, born llth December, 1860. 
v. and vi. Edith Smart and Alice Smart, twins, born 25th 

March, 1866. 



THE KARONS OF DUDLEY. 



WILMOT FAMILY. 

William Wilmot the husband of Anne second surviving co-heir 
of Frances Woodcock, is believed to have been a member of the 
old Worcestershire family of that name, whose pedigree was 
recorded at the visitation of Worcestershire taken in IGS-l-.'i, of 
which family the Rev. Pynson 1 Wilmot, one of the executors of 
Ferdinando Lord Dudley, was a member. He is described in a 
deed of October, 179,"), as "late of Chin, co. Salop, OHicer of 
Excise," but was subsequently a schoolmaster at llalesowen, 
where he was buried on 13th June, 1814, aged 00. His wife 
Anne was buried at Temple Church, Bristol, on 9th September, 
1819. Their issue were : 

1. Pynson Wilmot, sometime of West Spratton, Hants, game- 
keeper, died at Mitcheldever, Hants, Oth May, IH.'W. 
Administration of his personal estate was granted 7th 
June, 1850, to J. K. Wilmot his son. The name of his 
wife does not appear in the Chancery proceedings, but he 
was no doubt the Pynson Wilmot, bachelor, who (as it 
appears from the parish registers) was married at Sedgley 
23rd December, 1799, to Sarah Harris, spinster. He had 
issue : 

1. John King Wilmot, lived at Cleveland Grove, Mile 

End Road, London; was a clerk in the Custom 

House, and died unmarried 5th April, 1S7.*>, aged Oil 

i. Amelia Wilmot, died unmarried at 1'addington, 29th 

November, 1842. 

ii. Harriet Wilmot, died unmarried circa March, 1 *.">(). 
iii. Elizabeth Wilmot, a governess in the family of 
Viscount Hood, died unmarried 25th June, 1S52. 

1 This peculiar Christian name was borne by several members of (his family, 
and was adopted in consequence of the marriage in 1(>54 of John Wilmot of Mitton, 
near Kidderminster, (tvt. 50 in 1682) with Jane daughter of William Pynson, 
Attorney-at-law, of Wolverhampton, bv Kli/.abeth his wife, daughter of Humphrey 
Jorden of Dunsley in the parish of Kinvcr, co. Stafford. Pynson Wilmot, son of 
this John, was father, by his second wife, of the Kev. Pynson Wilmot. Viear of 
llalesowen from 1731 to 17H4. The Rev. Thomas Wilmot, a youngrr brother of 
the above-named John, was Vicar of Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. His son Thomas, 
also Vicar of Bromsgrove, was father of the Rev. Charles Wilmot, Kivtor of 
Oddingley, co. Worcester, from 1741 to 175(5. who is stated to have hreii father 
of William Wilmot, the husband of Anne Woodcock. The arms borne by this 
family are Argent, on a fesse gules between three eagles' heads erased sable, two 
escallops or. Crest, A unicorn sejant or. 

L 



146 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

iv. Jane Catherine Wilmot, eventually sole heiress of her 
father, married at Islington, 12th May, 1838, to 
Alexander Eaitt, baker. He died 20th February, 
1844, aged 5 6, and she on 7th January, 1849, leaving 
a son Alexander Francis William Eaitt, a sailor, 
born at Islington 20th March, 1842, who is married 
and has issue. 

2. George Wilmot, described in 1844, as "aged 66 or there- 

abouts," and then a gamekeeper at Kursling, near 
Southampton, afterwards "a dealer in hay" at Dudley, and 
finally a Toll-gate keeper at Cooper's Bank, near Dudley. 
He married Charlotte Dunn, and dying 25th December, 
1846, was buried at St. James's, Dudley, on the 28th 
December, leaving issue an only child Mary Ann Wilmot, 
to whom administration of his effects was granted 13th 
May, 1858. She was married to Edward Studley of 
West Stratton, near Winchester, and had issue Walter 
Studley, Edward Studley, Charlotte, wife of Edward 
Young of Petersfield, Catherine, married to ... 
Fiford, and Julia married to ... Yard. 

3. Walter Woodcock Wilmot, of Bristol, glass-cutter, died in 

February, 1852, aged 72, and was buried at Carnarvon. 
Administration of his effects was granted on 12th July 
1859, to his son Daniel Sinclair Wilmot. Of him next. 

4. William Wilmot, of Bristol, glass-cutter, married . . . 

daughter of ... Verrier, and died issueless 20th 
September, 1834, at the house of his brother at Bedminster, 
Bristol, and was buried at Bedminster. 

5. -Charles Wilmot, first of Mitcheldever, Hants, gamekeeper 

afterwards of Bishop's Wearmouth, and next of Sunder- 
land. He died at Dalton-le-dale 31st January, and was 
buried there 3rd February, 1847, aged 52. Administra- 
tion granted at Durham 27th June, 1859, to his son 
Charles. His wife's name was Sarah, and by her (who 
survived him) he left issue : 

1. William Winkworth Wilmot, baptised at Mitchel- 

dever, 5th June, 1817. 

2. Charles Wilmot, baptised at Mitcheldever, 18th April, 

1819. A china dealer at Hartlepool in 1859. 

3. Walter Wilmot, baptised at Mitcheldever 1st April, 

1824. 



THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 147 

i. Catherine Woodcock Wilmot,born circa 1779, married 
to Joseph Fereday, an ironmaster at Dudley, where 
she died 2nd January, 1845, leaving issue. 1 
ii. Anne Woodcock Wilniot, married, first to ... 
Davenport by whom she had a son Walter Woodcock 
Davenport, and probably other issue ; and secondly, 
to Thomas Gingell of Great Bridge, Tipton, co. 
Stafford, Oflicer of Excise. Shedied 25th November, 
1839, and was buried 1st December at liilston. P>y 
her second husband (who died 115th March, 1840, 
and was buried at Wombourn, co. Stafford) she had 
issue Thomas Gin^ell of Bilston, Charles Gin<jell,a 
soldier in the 35th Foot, Alexander Unwell of 
Bilston, and a daughter Emma Gingell of Dudley, 
all living in 1840. 

iii. Elizabeth Wilmot, married to William Barton of 
Stanley Grange, co. Derby, farmer, and had, with 
other issue, a son William Barton. 

Walter Woodcock Wilmot, the third son of William Wilmot 
by Anne, nde Woodcock, married Hannah daughter of Daniel 
Sinclair of Bristol (by Eliza, n<!e Wysham, his wife, to whom he was 
married 30th May, 1702), and by her, who was born 12th February, 
and baptised 17th April, 1773, at Temple Church, Bristol (she died 
in 1851, and was buried at Chew Stoke, Somerset), had issue : 

1 "Joseph Fereclay and Catherine his wife, a daughter of the said Ann Wilmot, 
are both dead intestate. The said Joseph Fereday was buried at Knville on the 
29th of December, 1838, and Catherine his wife was buried at the same place on 
the 10th of January, 18-1-5. They left two sons, namely: Thomas Km- 1 ay, their 
eldest son, a surgeon now living at Dudley, and Joseph, a soldier in the 7th Hussars, 
and four daughters, namely : Catherine (Wilmot) married to . . . \\hitehouso 
of the parish of Dudley; Elizabeth, married to the Rev. Thomas TyKvote, of 
Marston Kectory, Bedfordshire; and Ann and Sarah, unmarried and now living at 
Dudley." (Chancery Proceedings in Smart v. Bradstock and Bradley.) 

The above-named Thomas Fereday was a F.R.C.S., and a Magistrate for the 
counties of Worcester and Stafford. He married first Mary Willetts, only child of 
]). Wright, and secondly in 1853, Emily Mary, only daughter of Captain Kdward 
I'ldnall, and niece of Sir William Oldnall-Russell, Knt., Sergeant -at -Law and 
Chief Justice of Bengal. Mr. Fereday died 17th January, 1SSH, in his SL'ml yonr, 
having had issue, by his first wife, an only surviving child, Fanny Wright Fereday, 
who was married to Edward Lloyd Gatacre, junior, of CJatucre, but died s.p. by 
l.im. 

In a pedigree in Burke's "Royal Families" (Vol. ii. Pod. xlviii.). both Mrs. 
Fereday and her daughter Mrs. Tyleco'e, are erroneously represented to bo 
"daughters and co-heirs" of their respective parents, and the latter is stated to be 
'' entitled to quarter the Plant agenet Arms." 

L 2 



148 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 

1. Daniel Sinclair Wilmot, of Bristol, accountant, born in 

August, 1801, and baptised at Temple Church, Bristol, 
9th March, 1802 ; of whom next. 

2. Anne Woodcock Wilmot, baptised at Temple Church, 

Bristol, 8th June, 1803, wife of James Rees, proprietor 
of the " Carnarvon Herald " newspaper. 

Daniel Sinclair Wilmot, the only son, died on the 12th, and 
was buried 18th August, 1862, at Arno's Vale Cemetery, Bristol. 
His will is dated 26th July, 1862, and was proved at Bristol, 8th 
September following, by his son, W. B. Wilmot. He married at 
Bedminster, near Bristol, 17th February, 1825, Jane Matilda 
daughter of Benjamin Blandy of Bedminster, and by her, who 
died at Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.A., 25th April, 1875, had issue : 

1. Walter Benjamin Wilmot, of whom next. 

2. George Lea Wilmot, born in June, and baptised 16th July, 

1833, at Bedminster. He emigrated to Australia, where 
he married and has issue. 

3. William Henry Wilmot, of Zanesville, Ohio, U.S.A., born 

6th September, 1839. 

i. Jane Sinclair Wilmot, born 24th December, 1828, and 
baptised at Bedminster, 31st January, 1829, also of 
Zanesville. 

ii. Emma Woodcock Wilmot, born about May, 1837, of Zanes- 
ville aforesaid. 

Walter Benjamin Wilmot, now living at Brixton, London, was 
born at Bedminster, 1st April, and baptised there 1st May, 1827. 
He married at Bedminster, 14th January, 1860, Elizabeth Eyre 
daughter of Frederick Mole of the Madras Civil Service, and by 
her, who was born at Salem, in the Presidency of Madras, on 2nd 
February, 1838, has had the following issue : 

1. Frederick Lea Wilmot, born at Bristol, 23rd April, 1861. 

2. Jane Elizabeth Wilmot, born at Bristol, 24th May, 1862, 

and died 23rd September, 1868. 

3. Frances Mary Wilmot, born at Bristol, 30th January, 1864. 

4. Walter Woodcock Wilmot, born at Bristol, 10th November, 

1865, and died unmarried, 20th September, 1883. 

5. Caroline Dudley Wilmot, born at Brixton, 5th January, 

1868. 

6. Edward Dudley Lea Wilmot, born at Brixton, 15th February, 

1869. 



THE liAKONS OF DUDLEY. 140 

7. Emma Sinclair Wilmot, horn at Brixton, 20th June, 1870, 

and died llth August, 1871. 

8. Henry Sinclair Wilmot, horn at Brixton, 14th January, 1872. 

9. Charles Wilmot, born at Brixton, 15th December, 1874, and 

died 9th December, 1875. 

10. Lucy Vivian Wilmot, horn at Brixton, 16th May, 1870, and 
died 14th March, 1877. 



GKEEN FAMILY. 

John Green of Dudley, the husband of Elizabeth third (sur- 
viving) daughter and co-heir of Frances Woodcock, was born 5th 
December, 1752, and died 8th December, 18U2. His wife Eliza- 
beth died at Halesowen, 22nd January, 1837, and administration 
of her effects was granted by the P.C.C., on 18th May, 1837, to 
her son John. She had issue : 

1. John Green, of Halesowen, J.P., born 30th December, 1789, 
married 26th March, 1823, at Ashton Keynes, Wiltshire, 
Charlotte daughter of M. M. Bennett, and by her had 
issue an only child, Anne Elizabeth Green, born 17th 
May, 1824, who died unmarried, and was buried at 
Halesowen in April, 1839. Mr. Green died at Halesowen 
30th July, 1869, aged 81. 

i. Elizabeth Green, co-heir to her brother, born 20th July 
1785, married at Halesowen, 23rd October, 1823, to 
Edward Butler Walker of Edgbaston, Birmingham. He 
died at Cradley, 2nd April, 1836, aged 48, and was 
buried 6th April at Halesowen. 
ii. Frances Green, born 1st June, 1791, married at Halesowen, 

26th February, 1836, to Alexander Seymour Wills, 
iii. Maria Green, born 7th November, 1792, married at Al- 
brighton, Salop, 8th April, 1824, to John Meesom of that 
place, " Esquire." He died 3rd July, and was buried at 
Albrighton, 7th July, 1840. She was buried there 29th 
December, 1852, "aged 58," (sic), having made a will 
which was proved by John Green of Halesowen and the 
Eev. Thomas Alfred Wills of Buckland, Somerset, the 
executors, on 3rd March, 1853. 

iv. Anne Green, born 6th July, 1794, died unmarried, 26th 
January, 1824, aged 29, and was buried at Halesowen. 
She made a will dated 10th March, 1821. 



150 THE BARONS OF DUDLEY. 



HUGHES FAMILY. 

The Eev. Thomas Hughes, M.A., of Col wall Green in Hereford- 
shire, husband of Sarah, the youngest co-heir of Woodcock^ died 
before the year 1824. His widow died at Halesowen on 6th, and 
was buried there on llth July, 1831. Administration of her 
effects was granted 20th November, 1860, to her daughter Jane. 
She had issue : 

1. Thomas Hughes, a solicitor at Abergavenny, co. Monmouth, 
married .... daughter of General McKenzie, but 
died s.p., at Marston Moretaine Eectory, Beds., 22nd 
January, 1863, aged 68. He made a will shortly before 
his death whereby he left all he had to Mrs. Catherine 
Wilmot Whitehouse, and Sarah Fereday, Spinster, 
daughters of Mr. Joseph Fereday (who were then living 
together in Monmouthshire) and sisters of Mrs. Elizabeth 
Tylecote. wife of the Eev. Thomas Tylecote, B.D., at 
whose house he died, 
i. Jane Hughes, living unmarried at Cradley, co. Worcester, in 

1860, administratrix of her mother. 

li. Frances Hughes, married to James Tolley, of Dudley, tailor ; 
died 7th February, 1851, aged 60, leaving issue by him 
(who was buried at Dudley, 3rd August, 1845), an only 
child, Elizabeth Tolley, wife of Henry Morgan of Dudley, 
painter, to whom (being then Mrs. Morgan) adminis- 
tration of her mother's effects was granted 4th August, 1858. 



The humble position occupied by some of the descendants of 
Frances Woodcock has been more than once referred to in genea- 
logical works ; and more especially have the Halesowen butcher 
and the Cooper's Bank toll-gate keeper who, as Mr. Long 1 puts 
it, was "taking toll at a turnpike almost under the very walls 
of those feudal towers that gave the name to the barony of which 
he was a co-heir," served to point a moral in Sir Bernard Burke's 
" Vicissitudes of Families." 

I hope to deal with the junior branches of the house of Sutton 
alias Dudley in a future volume of these " Collections." 

1 " Royal Descents, a genealogical list of the several persons entitled to quarter 
the Arms of the Eoyal Houses of England, by C. E. Long," published 1845. 



151 



ADDENDA ET CORRIGENDA. 



P. 24, line 3. Robert de Somery appears also to have had issue a son named 
Nicholas, for in 15 Ed. II., " Nicholas, son of Robert de Somery," was sued 
by John de Somery for coming by night, with five others, to his castle 
of Dudley and carrying away goods and chattels to the value of 200 
and 1,000 in money (See "Staffordshire Collections," ix., pt. 1, p. 88). 

P. 28, line 19 from bottom. "Scrdare blada domini" should be rendered 
"to weed the lord's corn." It is a corruption of sarculure, for which sec 
any Latin dictionary. Sarculum is a hoe, rake, or weeding hook. 

P. 42, line 4 from bottom, and p. 43, line 1(>, for " John Botetort " read 
" Thomas Botetort." 

P. 56, line 2. After " Steph' " read Swctcmon. 

P. 57, line 26. For Thomas Colleshull read John. 

P. 75, line 7. " Peris" Dudley, is styled " my brother Peter," in his brother 
Edmund's will dated on the day of his execution, viz., 18th August, 1510. 

P. 75, line 11 from bottom. This letter must have been written circa 1542, for 
in a volume of old MSS. belonging to Brooke Robinson, Esq., M.P., is a 
survey of the Manor of Sedgley, taken 13th April,33 II. VIII., 1542, before 
Walter Wrottesley and George Willoughby, Esquires, and Thomas Rote- 
sey, gent. And in another MS., in the same collection is a note, that 
at a Leet holden on 10th October, 34 II. VIII., 1542, for " John Viscount 
Lisle, Barren of Malpas, Lord Basset and Tyasse, and Lady Jane his wife," 
the lord granted seizin of one croft of land to Thomas Russell " by 
Walter Wrottesley and George Willoughby, Esquires, and Thomas Rosey 
(sic) gent., their Suri-ey rs and Edmund James their steward." Mr. 
Willoughby was probably George Willoughby, serjeant-at-law, who was 
possessed temp. Ed. VI., of an estate at Netherton (in Cropthorne), co. 
Worcester, and Little Comberton in the same county. The latter being 
conveyed to him by John Dudley when Viscount Lisle. He w;is also 
patron of the church of Comberton in 1550. 

P. 90, line 8 from bottom. Margaret Lady Powys appeal's to have had a 
second husband one Robert Sutton, for she is described in 17 II. VIII., 
1525, as "Margaret Powes, late wife of Robert Sutton, Esq., and mother 
of the said Edward, i.e., Edward Grey Lord Powys (Pat. Roll., 17 11. VIII., 
communicated by Morris C. Jones, Esq.). 

P. 97, line 7. Under 29th April, 1554, Mnchyn (Diary) writes " The same day 
w\is bered my lade Dudley, lat wytFof barne (baron) of Dudley, in Sant 
Margaret in Westmynster, with iiij baners of emagcs, and mony gowens, 
and hong with blake and armes, for my lade was ontt (aunt) unto the 
duke of Suffoke-Dassett, the wycl-e was hedyd InU." 



152 ADDENDA ET CORRIGENDA. 

P. 98, line 2 from bottom. The following, from the Diary of Henry Machyn, 
refers to Henry Dudley : " The iiij day of Aprill, 1556, was in London a 
proclamation thrugh London of serten gentyllmen, the wyche fled over 
the see, as tray tors ;" among them were "Hare (Harry) Dudley, Crystoffer 
Aston the either, and Crystoffer the yonger." 

P. 105, last line. For 1597 read 1587. The " articles cocluded & agreed uppo 
the xxvijth of Januarye Anno Dni 1587, and in the thyrtethe yeare of 
the raigne of o r Sovraigne and Queene Elizabeth," between "Thomas 
Wylmer of Lyncollne's Inne, Esquier, of th'one p'tie, and Anne Throk- 
morton, widdow, late wife of Frauncis Throkmorton, Esquier, deceased, 
cocerning a marriage to be solemnised betwene the saide Thomas and 
Anne," are set out in Mr. Robinson's MS. before referred to. Thomas 
agrees to grant to Anne on the day of their marriage, or within two 
months after, an annuity of 100 " payable out of the Manor of Eton 
(Eaton) within the county of the city of North wiche (Norwich), being 
now the lawful inheritance of the said Thomas." And Anne agrees, in 
the event of her dying in the lifetime of Thomas, to grant him, " by 
will or other process," .100 yearly for his life " issuing out of the rent- 
charge of the Lorde Dudley his landes that now is " ; and if there should 
be issue of the marriage, then the said 100 to remain to the said issue. 
And the said Anne, in her pure widowhood, covenants to grant 100 of 
the said rent-charge to her son and heir John Throkmorton, and his 
heirs for ever. And Thomas and Anne jointly covenant to allow the said 
John Throkmorton 20 a year for his maintenance, &c., "untill he attain 
the age of eighteen years." 

P. 108, line 9. " John Dudley Esquier, his [Edward Lord Dudley's] brother 
dyed 1644 Febr." (Mr. Eobirison's MS.) 

P. 109, line 10 from bottom. By deed dated 30th May, 23 Elizabeth, 1581, 
Edward Lord Dudley and others, " upon the marriage of Edward Sutton, 
Esq., son and heire apparent of the sayd Lo. Dudley, with Theodotia 
daughter of Sir James Harrington, do covenant to convey . . . lands 
in Himly and Sedgley to trustees in trust for the use of the Lo, Dudley 
for life, and after to the use of the lady Mary his wife for life ; and if the 
sayd lady Mary die, liveing the sayd Theodotia, then to the use of the 
said Theodotia immediately after the decease of the sayd Lo. Dudley for 
her life. And after the decease of the said Lo. Dudley, lady Mary, and 
Theodotia, to the use of the heires males of the body of the sayd Lo. 
Dudley, and for default of such issue to remaine to the Queene for ever." 
It elsewhere appears that Theodosia died in the year 1649. (Mr. 
Robinson's MS.) 

P. 127, line 16. For 1704 read 1702. 



INDEX 



VOL. IX., TART II. 



INDEX. 



A. 

Abbiggeworth (Surrey), 3G. 
Aberbury, Manor of, 78. 
Abinger (Surrey), 36. 
Acuilote, see Aqualate. 
Ad. Caput ponteni \\'ido dc, 31. 

Adcleubroke , 111. 

Adlam, Hy., 85. 
Agnes, Kic., s. of, 25. 
Albinico, see Albini. 
Albini, Nic. de, 14, 17, 18, 25. 
Win. de, 17. 

- Mabel de, 20. 

- Hugh de, 25. 
Albrighton (Salop), 149. 
Aldecote, Eic. de, 29. 
Aid rid go, 64. 
Alleford, Thos. de, 56. 
Allen, Thos., 92. 
Alured, Eic., 8. of, 25. 
Amblecote, 37, 44. 

vill of, 34. 

Auieleeote, see Amblecote. 
Auiye, John, 75. 

Annesley, Frances Caroline, 141. 
Marcus John, 141. 



- Earl of, 141. 



Ansculf, Gilo., b. of, 7. 
Anstis, John, 129, 131. 
Appeltre (Northn.), 61, 69, 79. 



Aqualate, Griffin de, 27. 
Aram (Notts), see Averam. 
Arderne, Ealph de, 37. 
Arthur, Eobt., 30. 
Arundel, Win., Earl of, 18, 68. 

- Hugh, Earl of, 18, 20, 25. 

Mabel,wid.of,20. 

- Win. Albini, Earl of, 18. 

- Hugh Albini, Earl of, 18. 

- Eic., Earl of, 60. 
John, Earl of, 65. 

John, Eitz Alan, Earl of, 65. 

Castle, 73. 

Sir Eic., 88. 

Joan, 88. 

- of Wardour, Lord, 112. 



Arundel and Surrey, Thos., Eurl of, 119. 
Ashfirld, John, 1^8. 
Ashtead (Surrey), 122, 123. 
Ahhton, Christ,! 99, 152. 

- Kcyne.H (Wiltn), 131, 149. 
Ash wood, llav of, 4O, 43, 63, 88. 

- 105, l'l I . 
Asseleyo, Hog. de, 33. 
Astlyn, Thos., 47. 
Aston (War.), 37, 15. 

le walls (\orthn.), 50, 51, 52, 
56, 61, 62, 64, 69, 78, 79, 80, 82, 85. 

Christopher, sen., 99, 152. 

jun., 152. 



Astwode, (Bucks), 15. 

Aswode, 28. 

Atherington, see Hatherington. 

Atk's, Hie., 81. 

Attelberge, se^ Attleburgh. 

Attleborough (Norf.), 77. 

Attleburgh, 22. 

- Thos. de, 31. 
Audley, John, Lord, 61. 

Jan., Lord, 61. 

Sir Thos., 95. 

Audnnm (Staffs.), 141. 
Aula, Sim. de, 31. 
Averani (Notts.), 46, 47, 49, 50. 
Averingt rimer (Cradley), 26. 
Avery, John of the, 75. 
Axyle, Win. de, 37. 

John, s. of, 37. 

Ayala, Sanehia de, 64. 
Aylesbury, Walt, de, 30. 



B. 

Baggeridge, Chase of, 30. 
Bagley, John, 110. 
Bahanton, see Bnmpton. 
Baker, Ralph the, 26. 

-Edw., 110. 

Jos., 137. 

Anne, 1-1O. 

Edw., 140. 
Bnmpton, Eobt. de. 8. 
Juliana, d. of, 8. 



and Bridgewater, Paynela of, 8. 



IV. 



INDEX 



Banbury (Oxon.), 76. 
Bardolf, Hugh, 49. 
Bare we, see Barrow. 
Barnyshe, Ellen, 103. 
Barr, see Barre. 
Barre, 38, 64. 

Little, 37, 44. 

Till of, 34. 

Johii of, 34. 



Oreat, 44. 
Parva, 37. 
John de, 31. 
Felic. de, 33, 34. 



Barrington (OHouc.), 117. 
Barrowe, John de, 84. 
Barrow-on-Soar (Leic.), 18, 21. 
Bartelot, Hugh, 57. 
Bartlett, alias Mannyngton, Wm., 124. 
Barton-under-Needwood, 65. 

Wm., 147. 

Eliz., 147. 

Bartram, Eowland, 50. 
his arms, 50. 



Lucy, 50. 



Basset, Ealph, 20, 21, 22, 23, 30, 32, 

35, 38, 41, 42, 44, 53, 70. 

Marg., 21, 22, 23. 

Bastenden (Berks), 43. 
Bayard, Mons., 100. 
Baylott, Wm. de, 32. 
Beauchamp, Marg., 59, 60. 

Cath., 59. 

Eliz., 59, 76. 

Beauchamp, Earl of Warwick, Wm. 

de, 35, 36. 

Thos., 59. 

Kic., 59, 76, 77. 



Edw. Seymour, Lord, 114. 

Beaumont, 'Hy., 71. 

Eleanor, 71. 

Bedel, Simon le, 33. 
Bedford, Eic., 66. 
Bedminster (Bristol), 146, 148. 
Belbroughton (Wore.), 35, 45, 128. 
Belew, Eobt. de, 61. 
Bellamont, Ealph de, 9. 

Isa., d. of, 9. 

Belne (Wore.), 35. 
Belnebrocton, see Belbroughton. 
Bennett, M. M., 149. 

Charlotte, 149. 

Bennington (Herts), 80. 
Benstead, Sir Edw., 80. 

Joice, 80. 

Bentley, man. of, 68. 
Benton, Bridget, 126, 127. 

Anne, 126. 

Sam., 127. 

Bereford, Wm. de, 30, 32, 34, 37, 42, 44. 
Berefort, see Bereford. 
Berkeley of Dursley, Eog. de, 12. 



Berkeley, Sir John, 65. 

- Eliz., 65. 

- Cath., 65. 

- Thos., Lord, 65. 

- Sir Maurice, 65. 

- Sir Wm., 68. 

- Thos., 88. 

- Isa., 88. 
- Vin., 88. 

Bermingham, see Birmingham. 
Bernak (.\orthn.), 45. 
Berners, Eog. de, 53. 

- Maud, 53. 
Best, Eev. Edw., 138. 
Beverstone (G-louc.) , 65. 
Bewdley (Worc.\ 67. 
Bewsey (Lane.), *!. 
Bexley (Norf.), 117. 



Bilston 138, 147. 

Birmingham (War.), 36, 44, 81, 82, 

83, 130. 
- Wm. de, 30, 32, 33, 34, 36, 37, 

43, 44, 52. 

Biscebury, see Bushbury. 
Bishampton (Wore.), 24. 
Bishbury, see Bushbury. 
Bishop's Wearmouth (Durham), 146. 



Blakehale, Eobt. de, 26. 
Blandy, Jane Mat., 148. 

- Benj., 148. 

Blonderille, Earl of Chester, Ramilph 

de, 17. 

Blore-Heath, Battle of, 67. 
Blount, Sir Walt., 64. 

- Const., 64. 

- Martha, 116. 

- Mary, 116. 

- Francis, 116. 

- Thos., 123. 
Boddington (Northn.), 79, 85. 
Boffry, see Buffery. 

Bohun, Earl of Northampton, Wm. de, 

54. 

Bond, Eic., 27. 

Bonner, Bis. of London, 101, 102. 
Booc, John, 29. 
Boothorpe (Leic.), 111. 
Bordesley (Wore.), 21, 68. 
Bosco, Hamon de, 31. 
Botetort, Thos. de, 42, 43, 44, 45, 151. 
-- Joan, wid. of, 42, 43, 

44,45. 

Botetourt, see Botetort. 
Botiler, Wm. le, 63. 
Brackley Breach (Halesowen), 139. 



INDEX. 



v. 



Bradewell, ,Tolm cle, 32, 37. 
Bradfield (Berks), 21, 33, 30, 43, 45, 

53. 

Bradford, Francis, Earl of, 122. 
Bradgate (Leic.), 18. 
Bradley, 34, 64. 

- Thos. de, 32, 34, 37, 44. 

- Win., 110. 
Braleshulle, Win. de, 29. 
Bramshot, Jolm, 72. 

- Eliz., 72. 

- Win., 75. 
Brando, John, 101. 

Brandon, Duke of Suffolk, Chas., 114. 

Duchess of Suffolk, Mary, 

114. 

Bratton, 83. 

Braunteston, Hugh de, 3G. 
Bray, Sir Reg., 69, 74. 
Martha, 117, 118. 

- Keg., 117. 

Sir Giles, 117. 

Kdm., 117. 

Breach (Halcsowen), 130. 
Bremshot, see Bramshot. 
Brereton, Sir Win., 100, 121. 

- Thos., Bart., 120, 121. 

- Theodosia, 121. 

- Hon. Chas., 121. 
Chas., 121. 

Frances, 121. 



Bridgnorth, man. of, 68. 
Bridge water (Somer.), 77, 82. 
Bri.-rley, Rog. de, 28. 
Bright- Walton (Berks), 30. 
Brington (Northn.), 81, 83. 
Briscoe, Eliz., 130, 130. 

- Ben., 130, 139. 

Jacob, 130. 

- Rev. Wm. Lea, 130, 131, 143. 

- Eleanor, 139. 
Bristol, 145, 146, 147, 148. 
Lrixton (London), 148, 149. 
Brodehurst, Phil, de, 31. 
Bromley, Thos. de, 81. 
Bromsgrove (Wore.), 55, 145. 

man. of, 67. 

Bromwich, West, 34, 37, 38, 40, 45, 
110. 

- Wode, 37. 

man. of, 35. 

Castle, 45. 
Thos. de, 32, 37. 

- Anselm de, 33, 37. 
Bromwiz "I 

Bromwych > nee Bromwich. 
Broimvyz J 

Broth "... de, 31. 
Bruarton, see Brereton. 
Bruggewart, sf> Bridgewater. 
Brumwich, see T-romwich. 



Brus, Bernard de, 35. 

BruyH, see Brus. 

Brydge.H, Lord Clmndos.Sir John, IO4. 

- Kuth., 104, 105. 
Biieklund (Sonu'i-Ht't). 149. 
Budbrooke (NVarw.), 106, 111, 126. 
Budonhule, Thos. de, 59. 

Buffiir, Kobt.,32. 

Bullerey, Kobt., 32, 34, 37, 44. 

John, 5S. 

BufTri, are Buft'erey. 
Bukinghain, Ric. de, 33. 
Biirrt>n. Ralith dc, 91. 
Burford, see Hereford. 
Burgh, Hubert de, 17. 
Burghley, Lord, 105. 
Bunningham, see Birmingham. 
Burnel, Phil., 51. 
Burstoke, Thos. dp, 27. 
Burton, Thos., 81. 
Bushbury, man. of, 34, -14. 

- Ralph dc, 32, 33, 34. 
Butler. John, 70, 80, 85. 

- Marg., 70, 85. 
Alban, 80, 85. 

Geo., 85. 

- Win., 85. 
Dorothy, 85. 

- Thos., IK), 91. 

- Eliz., 00. 
Buxton (Derby), 105. 
By field (Xortlin.), 50. 

- Wm., 21. 

- Mat., 21. 
Byng, Mr. 116. 
Byrch, Mary, 126, 127. 

Rev! John, 127. 
Byrmingham, se<> Birmingham. 
Byschebury, set Bushbury. 



C. 

Cachopol, Jolm le, 28. 
Caddick, Kleanor, 130, 139. 

Job, 139. 

Ciilbourne (Isle of Wight), 73. 
Caldecote (Bucks), 36. 
Canip.len (Glou.). 18, 21. 
Cardale, John, 139. 

- Eleanor, 139. 

Joseph, 139. 
Card. IT (Glam.), 58. 
Care\v, Fraunces, 93. 
Carnarvon, 146. 
Carri ngton, Dr., 89. 
C;irruth<"-s, Jos., 141. 

Jane. 1 II. 

- KHz.. 141. 
Jos. Ft- ill.. 141. 



VI. 



INDEX. 



Carruthers, John Crane, 141. 
Cartwright, John, 92. 
Carye of Hunsdon, Hy., Lord, 107. 
Castell, Hy. de, 32, 37. 

Wm. de, 33. 

Castello, see Casteli. 
Castro, Wm. de, 37. 
Catesby, Priory of, 79. 
Cave, John de, 34. 

Hugh de, 34. 

Celario, John de, 25. 

Robt. de, 25. 

Chacomb (Northn.), 20. 

Priory of, 79. 

Ama., 20. 

Robt., 20. 

Mili., 20. 

Chamberlain, Q-eo., 85. 

Dor., 85. 

Chambers, Mary, 140. 

Rev, Ric., 140. 

Ric., 140. 

Champion, Robt. le, 33. 
Chandos, John, Lord, 105. 
Chaplain, Rog., the, 30. 
Charlton, John de, 52, 56. 

Isa. de, 52, 56. 

Lord of Powys, 56. 

Lord Powys, Edw., 65, 78, 

91. 

Eliza., 65. 

Eleanor, 65. 

Joice, 78. 

Charrol, , d. of, 79. 

Chaspell Chase, 105 ; 

Chatsworth ( Derby J, 105. 

Cheadle (Ches.), 121. 

Chester, Ranulph, Earl of, 14, 17, 

22. 

Mab., d. of, 17. 

Clem., Countess of, 21. 

Bis. of, 66. 

Sir John, Bart., 120. 

Frances, 120. 

Chetewynd, Adam de, 40. 

Wm., s. of, 40. 

Chew Stoke (Somerset), 147. 
Chichester, Bis. of, 66. 
Chipping Warden (Northn.), 79. 
Charbury, Hundred of, 67. 
Chirchehull, see Churchill. 
Churchill (Wore.), 36, 45. 
Clarence, G-eof ., Duke of, 78. - 

Q-eorge, Duke of, 102. 

Clent, 19, 21, 24, 34, 35, 39. 

man. of, 13, 15, 25. 

Markets of daughters, in, 25. 

Adv. of Ch. of, 43, 45. 

Hodehall in, 25. 

Clifford, Thomas, Lord, 79. 
Joice, 79. 



Climping (Sussex), 74. 
Clinton, John de, 60. 

Joan de, 59, 60. 

Clivedon, Sir John, 65. 

Clun (Salop), 145. 

Coal Pits, 29. 

Cole, Ric., 113. 

Coleshill in Arden (Warw.), 61. 

Coleshull, John de, 56, 151. 

Coley, Ric. de, 31. 

Colleshull, see Coleshull. 

Collins, Wm., 124, 125. 

Alice, 124, 125. 

Comberton (Wore.), 151. 
Compton, 108. 
Conington (Hunts), 35. 
Cook, Thos., 58. 

Wm., 64. 

Cooke, Clar. King of Arms, Robt., 46, 

47. 

Cooper's Bank (Dudley), 146. 
Corbet, Peter, 43. 
Corbyn, Wm., 59. 

Felicia, 59. 

Cornwall, Hy. de, 65. 

Cornwallis v. Wilmer, suit, 40. 

Coshale, Adam de, 26. 

Costen, Ric. de, 26. 

Cotene, Adam de, 31. 

Cotes, 28. 

Coventry and Lichfield (Rog. de 

Molend), Bis. of, 23. 

Rog., Bis. of, 24. 

Cowper, Grace, 127, 128. 

Thos., 127. 

. Wm., 127. 

Eleanor, 127. 

Cradley (Heref.), 140. 

Cradley (Wore.), 21, 25, 104, 149, 
150. 

Extent of Man. of, 26. 

Crane, John, 141, 143. 
Jane, 141. 

Mary, 143. 

Cranford (Berks), 36. 
Cranham (Essex), 118. 
Craule, see Crawley. 
Crawley (Bucks), 36. 
Cresset, Hy., 75. 
Cromrnelyn, Sir Ric., 23. 

Marg., 23. 

Lucy, 23. 

Cromp, Robt., 27. 

Cromwell, Ralph de, 20, 21, 22. 

Marg. de, 20, 21, 22, 25. 

Lord, 95. 

Crooke, Helkiah, 116. 

Anne, 116. 

Crossthwaite (Cumbd.), 86. 
Culworth, 79. 
Cumpton (Berks), 36. 



INDEX. 



D. 

Dacre, Thos. Lord, 79. 

Joice, 79. 

Dalton-le-l)ale (Durham), 146. 
Dansey, Win., 111. 

Douglas, 114. 

Darlaston, Manor of, OS. 
Davenport, Anne Woodcock, 147. 

- Walt. Woodcock, 147. 
Daye, John le, '32. 
Declingc, Win. d, 38, 39. 

Mat. do, 38. 

Dee-ley, .Mary, 128. 

Wm., 128. 

Derby, Ed\v. Stanley, Earl of, 10G. 
Derybate, Ric. de, 31. 

Kog. tic, 31. 

Despenser, see Dispencev. 

Devereux, nee Deveros. 

Deveros, Walt,, 33, 34, 3G, 38, 39. 

Step, de, 45. 

Deveroys, see Deveros. 
Dickenson, Simon, 94. 
Kath., 94. 

- Kdw., 94. 
Walt., 94. 

Dilke, Wm., 120, 122. 

Honor, 120. 

- Frances, 120, 122. 

AVard, 120. 

- Kliza., 120. 

- Thos. 120. 

Seymour, 120. 
Dilton, 83. 

Dispencer, Hugh le, the younger, 52, 
53. 

Earl of Winchester, Hugh le, 52. 

Thos. le, 58. 



Edw., Lord, 58. 

Phil, le, GO, 01. 

Alice le, GO, 01. 

Ditchleye (Oxon.), 98. 

Dixons' Q-reen (Dudley), 143. 

Dodo, 3. 

Dove House Fields (Ilalesowen), 143. 

Dodyston, see Duddeston. 

Dorset, Lady, 98. 

Dortou (Bucks), 45. 

Draper, John, 75. 

Drax, 7. 

Duddeston (War.), 37,45. 

Duddiston, see I hiddeston. 

Dudley, see also Sutton. 

Dudley Castle, 1, 2, 33, et passim. 

- Demolished, 8. 

Unfinished, 28. 
- Building of, 42. 

Free Chap, of, 45. 

- Adv. of Free Chap, of, 



46. 



Dudley Castle, Win. Petor, . of the 
Constable of, 47. 

Mt must cry at, 8. 

Priory of, 24, 104. 
- Adv. of, 45. 
St. Albun's Chap, in, 79. 
Lands in, 111. 

Borough Kxt. of, 25. 

Manor House, 19. 

Market , 20. 

- Town, M, 104, 110, 128, 130. 

Prior of, 30. 

Conigree Park, 105, 111. 

Oil Park, 105, 111. 

New I'urk, 111. 

of Massachusetts, 5. 

Governor Thou., G. 

Kog.-r, <J. 

- Joseph, G. 

- Thos. de Londonii.i, Prior of, 



47. 



Badge of the Lords, 88. 
of \\YstimiK-tfr, Ihos., 99. 

- Kliz., d. of, 99. 
Eurl of Leicester, Kobt., 4* ; , 



Warwick, Ambrose, 4G, 



Peris, 75, 151. 

- Edmund, 71, 72, 73, 151. 

- Martha, 10G, 114. 
Kobt. Gent., 110. 

alias Tomlinson, Alice, 110. 

John, letters so signed, ad- 
dre.-sed to Walter Wrotte.-ley, 75, 
98, 151. 

John, of Hfttherington, 71, 72, 
73, 74, 75. 

his \\ill. 74. 



of Sedgley, fumih and urms of, 



Henry, 108. 
Margaret, 108. 



Edward, lOS. 
- Ami-rose. 108. 
of Russells, family of. '.! 
of Clapton (Nortfm.), 



- Sir Richard, 5, 57, 58. 

- Isabel, wife of, 5(3. 

Richard and John, sous of, 58 

- Kliz.iheth, 5G, 74. 

- Alice, Duchess, 114. 

- Douglas, lit. 
Sir Kol.ert, 100. 114. 

- and Ward, Kdw. Lord, 121, 
1-2, 123. 

Frances, Lady, 



m.. Lonl. 122, 



23, 131. 



Vlll. 



INDEX. 



Dudley and Ward, Diana, Lady, 122. 
Ferdinando Dudley Lea, Lord, 

122, 123, 126, 129, 131, 132, 138, 140, 

145. 

Grant of Supporters to, 131. 

his will, 131. 

codicil, 137. 

Duke of Northd., &c., John, 46, 

54, 75, 104, 106, 123, 151. 

Monu. at St. Marg., Westr., of 



Lady, 106. 
Inscription on Mon. of Lady, 

106. 
-Barony of, Co-heirs of, 139, 

et seq. 

Dunn, Charlotte, 146. 
Dunsley (Kinver), 145. 
Dunstall, Rie., 84. 
Durant, Rev. Josiah, 138. 
Durham, 146. 
Durneforde, 83 
Dyngle, Gee., 74. 
Dyson, Edw., 127, 129. 
Grosvenor, 127. 



E. 



Eaton, Manor (co. Norfolk), 152. 
Echeles (War.), 37. 
Eclingge, see Declinge. 
Edgbaston (War.), 36, 45, 149. 
Edgecote, battle of, 76. 
Edwards, Anne, 126. 

Ric., 126. 

Reb., 128. 

Frances, 130. 

Effingham, Wm. Howard, Lord of, 

106. 

Egebaston, see Edgbaston. 
Egene, Robert de, 36. 
Egency (Bucks), 36. 
Egerton, David, 51. 

Phil, de, 61. 

Ellen vale (Sedgeley), 29. 
Elmley Lovett (Wore.), 128. 
Embreton (Bucks), 36. 
Enfleld, see Enville. 
Englefeld (Berks), 36. 

Rog. de, 36. 

Sir Francis, 103, 104. 

Enville, 37, 43, 127, 147. 

man. of, 33. 

Andrew de, 33. 

Erdeswick, Sampson, 46, 111. 
Erdington (War.), 37, 45. 

Hy. de, 20, 21, 37. 

Hy., s. of, 137 J 

Mat. de, 20, 21, 25. 

Giles de, 21. 



Erdinton, Sir Thos. de, 68. 

Joice de, 68. 

see Erdington. 

Erneys, Jehan, 67. 
Eselb'erewe (Bucks), 45. 
Esington, see Essington. 
Esnyngton, see Essington. 
Essington, 37, 44. 

man. of, 56. 

vill of, 34. 

Robt. de, 44. 

Estwood, 36. 

Etone, John de, 32, 34, 37. 
Ettlynges, see Declinge. 
Evenefeld ] 

Evenefield \ see Enville. 
Evernfield J 
Everos, see Deveros. 
Evertone, Wm. de, 32. 
Evesham, Battle of, 20, 21. 
Ewry, John of the, 75. 
Exton (Rutland), 22, 109. 
Eydon, 79. 



F. 

Feckenham (Wore.), 91. 
Fereday, Joseph, 147, 150. 

Cath. Woodcock, 147. 

Thos., 147. 

Joseph, jun., 147. 

Eliza., 147. 

Ann, 147. 

Sarah, 147, 150. 

Mary Willetts, 147. 

Emily Mary, 147. 

Fanny Wright, 147. 

Ferrers, Earl, 8, 32. 

Hy., 46, 48, 71. 

Fevre, John le, 31. 
Field, Bridget, 124, 125. 

Wm., 124, 125. 

Edw., 125, 126. 

John, 129. 

Fiennes, Thos., 90. 

Jane, 90. 

Lord Dacre, Thos., 90. 

Fiford, Cath., 146. 

Filgrave (Bucks), 45. 

Fisher, Wm., 47. 

Fitz-Alan, John, 18. 

alias Arundel, Sir John, 88. 

Eleanor, 88. 

Lord Maltravers, Thos., 95. 

Fitz Ansculph, Family 2, 5. 
Wm., 6. 



Richard John, 36. 

Robert Hy., 37. 

Flaxhale, Ric. de, 29. 



INDEX. 



IX. 



Fletcher, Thos., 84. 
Flexley, Jordan do, 31. 
Fokerham, Win., 35, 30. 
Foley, Ric, 111. 

- Kev. T. L., 138. 
Fonte, Robt. de, 25. 
Forton, 30, 33. 

Church of, 35. 

- Win., pars, of, 30. 
Fougieres, Geof. de, 22. 
Frankloy (Wore.), 35, 45, 128. 
Frebody, Ric., 47. 

Win., 57, 03. 

Freman, Win. le, 31. 

John le, 85. 

Fulford Heath (War.), 124. 
Fundemesle, Hainon de, 32. 
Furneya, Rog. de, 36. 



Gant, alias Berkeley, Maur. de, 13. 
Garth (Montg.), 94. 
Garwap, Anne, 12G, 128. 

Alan, 128. 

Gatacre, Edw. Lloyd, 147. 

- Fanny Wright, 147. 
Gatton (Isle of Wight), 73. 
Gerveyse, Ric., 32. 
Ghisnes, Castle of, GG. 
Gibbons, Win., 98. 

Marg., 98. 

Thos., 98. 

Anne, or Agnes, 98. 

John, 98. 
Gibson, Edw., 108, 189. 

Anne, 108. 

- Sir John, 108, 109. 

John, 108. 

Dudley, 108. 

Gilfield (Montg.), 94. 
Gingell, Anne Woodcock, 147. 

- Thos., 147. 

Cbas., 147. 

Alex., 1 17. 

Emma, 147. 
Glen Magna (Leic.), 90. 
Gloucester, lluirp., Duke of, GG . 
Gloucestershire, Campden in, 14. 
Glover, Robt., 3. 

Somerset Herald, Robt., 46, 48, 
71. 

Gnoushall, John de, 31. 
Goddard, Robt,, 64. 

Eliz., 64. 

Godich Griffin, 27. 
Goldsmith, Math, le, 26. 
Goodman, Gabryell, 107. 
Goosehayes (Essex), 117. 
Gosepon, John de, 29. 



Goston, Greg, de, 26. 
Gougli CaMtlu, 91. 
Gower, Thos., 71. 

- Kuth., 71. 

Grange, HaU^owrn, the, 123, 125, 12C, 

127, 129, 131, 1K2. 
Gravenor, sre (Jrosvmor. 
Graze-brook, Eliz., 141. 

Mic., 111. 

Great Bridge (Tipton), 147. 
Green, family of, 149. 
Green, Jos., 143. 
Frances, 113. 

John, 1 13, 1 19. 

- Eli/., 1 13, 1 19. 

(!(<)., iL'S. 

.John, jun., 119. 

Charlotte, 1 19. 

- Anne Kliz., 1 19. 

Eliz., jun., 149. 

Frances, 1 19. 

Mjiri'i, 119. 

Anne, 1 19. 

Gresley, Sir CJeo , 90. 

Jvath., 90. 

Grey, John, 87, 90. 

- Marg., 87, 90, 96, 151. 
Edw., 90. 

Cicely, 96. 

- M;mj. of Dorset, Thos., 90. 

- March, ot Dorset, Cicely, 90. 

Lord Powys, Ed\v., }>0, 151. 
John, 90. 

Lord of Uroby, 90, 102. 

P^liz., Lady, 90. 

Lady Mountjoy, Dorotliy, 96. 

Countess of Kildare, Eliz., 96. 

Cyssleye, Lady, &7. 

of CJrobv, John, Lord, 102. 
Ladv Jane, 114. 

Kath., 114. 



Duke of Suffolk, Hy., 114. 



- Hon. John, 121, 122. 
Cath., 121, 122. 
JIarrv, 122. 



- Earl of Stamford, Harry, 121. 
Grillin, Thos., 27. 

Roth., s. of, 16, -17, 50, 51. 

- Mai)., d. of, 40. 

- Beat., 50, 51. 
Griffith, Hy. p, 59, 60. 

Joan, \v. of, 59, 00. 

GrilTyn, we drillui. 
Grosvenor, Mr., 115. 

Ric., 115, 116. 

- Mar., 115, 110. 

- Walt., 115. 
Grove (War.). 111. 
Guest, Ceo., 1 10. 

Alice, 110. 

Guibbons, see Gibbons. 



INDEX. 



H. 

Haddecote, (Berks), 36. 

Hade, Step, atte, 31. 

Haden, Pene., 128. 

Haggel I 

Haggele > see Hagley. 

Haggeleye J 

Hagley (Wore.), 35, 45, 116. 

- Hy. de, 32, 35, 38, 57. 

Edm. de, 44. 

Hacestre, 67. 

Hale, John de la, 26. 

Halesowen (Wore.), 35, 122, 123, 127, 

128, 129, 130, 142, 143, 144, 145, 

149. 

Abhey, 123. 

Hall, Isa., 117. 

Susanna, 144. 

Hamnet, Kic., 110. 
Hamond, Wm., 28. 

John, 32. 

Hampden, John, 83. 

Hampsted Marshall (Berks), 80. 

Hampton, Hervey de, 32. 

Curli, (War.), 106. 

(War.), 111. 

Hanbury, Eobt., 130. 

Sarah, 130. 

Hand, Hy., 139. 
Handsworth, 33, 39. 

man., ext. of, 31. 

Church, 35. 

Harbourne, 104, 110. 
Harcourt, Hy. de, 37. 
Harecurt, see Harcourt. 
Harington; Sir John, 78, 79. 

Maud, wid. of, 78, 79. 

Sir Jas., 109, 152. 

Theodosia, 109, 152. 

Harman, Wm., 98. 

Agnes, or Anne, 98. 

Harper, Martha, 115, 116. 

Walt., 116. 

Harris, Sarah, 145. 

Hartlepool (Durham), 146. 

Hartwell, man. of, 68. 

Harvey, Clar. King of Arms., Wm., 

46, 47. 

Joseph, 130. 

Wm., 130. 

- Mary, 130. 

Hatherington (Sussex), 71, 73, 74. 
Havering Green (Essex), 118. 
Hawkeridge, John, 118. 
Haybeard, Eliz., 128. 

Haye, Ric., in le, 29. 
Herbert, Eleanor, Lady, 88. 
Hereford, Harley, Bis. of, 89. 

Earl of, 56. 

Herewalle, John de, 33. 



Heronville, John de, 33. 
Hertford, Lord, 116. 

Edw. Seymour, Earl of, 114. 

Hewet, Kic., 31. 

John, paper by, 90. 

Heybarnes, alias Mikelhey (War.), 68. 
Hide, man. of, 23. 

John, 97. 

Higgins, Thos., 144. 

Susanna Jane, 144. 

Hugh, 144. 

Emily, 141 

Hildeslegh, John de, 52. 
Hill, Edw., 128. 
Hillary, Eog., 53. 
- Marg., 53. 
Himley, 28. 44, 58, 63, 87, 91, 95, 105, 

108, 135, 152. 

man. of, 34. 

Penny Eidges or Penny lands 

in, 108. 
Hinton, 79. 
Hobart, Sir Miles, 113, 114. 

Thos., 113. 

Hy., 113. 

Marg., 113, 114. 

Miles, 113. 

Jas., 113, 114. 

Hobdaie, see Hobday. 
Hobday, Ric., 124. 
Hodgetts, John, 93. 

Mary, 144. 

Hodington, Sir Ric., 23. 

Lucy, 23. 

Hoggeston, (Bucks), 45. 
Holand, see Holland. 
Holborne, Sir Robt., 114. 

Anne, 114. 

Holderness (York), 47, 53. 
Hole, John de, 48. 

Mat. de, 48. 

Holland, Robt., 48. 

Lady Alinor, 78. 

Earl of Kent, Thos., 78. 

Holy well (Devon), 77. 

Homes, Thos., 112. 

Home, Mary Countess of, 113. 

Alex., Earl of, 113. 

Jas., Earl of, 113. 

Marg., 113. 

Anne, 113. 

Honesworth, see Handsworth. 
Honford (Ches.), 120, 121. 
Honnlegh (Oxon.), 49. 
Hood, Viscount, 145. 
Hopton, Greo., 107. 
Horn church (Essex), 117, 118. 
Horton (Oxon.), 49. 

. (Northn.), 144. 

Hosier, Edw., 81. 

Howard, Lord of Effingham, Wm., 



INDEX. 



XI. 



Howard, Mary, 10G. 

-Douulas, 106, 114. 

Lord Chos., -107. 

of Effingham, Lord, 114. 

- Duke of Norfolk, Thos., 10G. 

Earl of Northampton, Chas., 
106. 

Diana, 122. 

- Thos., 122. 
Huddleston, Sir John, 90. 

- Eliz., 00. 

Eleanor 90. 
Hugh, Nic., s. of, 25, 26. 
Hughes, family of, 150. 

Hughes, Kev. Thos., 130, 142, 143, 

150. 
Sarah, 143, 150. 

Thos., jun., 150. 
Jane, 150. 

Frances, 150. 
Hull, Ric. in le, 25. 
Humble, Ric., 117, 118. 
Peter, 117, 118. 

Isa., 117. 

- Marg. 117. 

Eli-/.. 117. 

Family arms of, 117. 

Martha, 117. 

Humbye (Berks), 36. 
Hume Castle, 104. 
Humeleye, see Himley. 
Hursteuiore (Sedgley), 29. 
Hussey, Sir Win., 69. 
Hyde, see Hide. 
Hymlocke, John, 93. 



I. 

Ildeleye (Berks), 3G. 
Inglefield, see Engcfield. 
Inkepenne (Berks), 36. 

Rog. de, 36. 

Ireland, David, 80, 81. 

Kath, 80,81. 

- Thos., 81. 

Robt., 81. 

Win., 81. 

Mary, 81. 

Isabella, Comitissa, 8. 
Islington (Middlessex), 146. 
Ive, John, 123. 

Joice, 123. 

Ives, Robt., s. of. 27. 



J. 

James, Edm., 151. 
Jarkenville, David de, 36. 
Jervoise, Joice, 125. 



Jewkes, Rev. Thou., 128. 
Jocelyn, Maud, 53. 
- Ralph, 53. 

Oeof. 53. 

Jones, Mary Ann, 144. 

Jordan, John, 27. 

Thw., 130, 135, 138. 

Cnlli., 130, 1.35, 136. 

Frances, 13<V 

Anno, 130. 

Jorden, Hump., 1 15. 



K. 

Kenihvorth, Dictum de, 20. 

C:istleof, 42. 
Kennett, Anne, 127. 
Kent, Thos., 6(j. 
Kidderminster, 88. 
Kinfure, see Kmver. 
King, Ric. le, 29. 
Kingeston (Herks), 36. 

(Oxon.), 44. 
- Rulph de, :56. 

Kingsnorton (Wore.), 123, 127, 129. 

man. of, 67. 
KiiiL'swinford, 33, 39, 55, 58, 03, 64, 

87, 12S, l:{0. 

Asford, meadow in, 27. 

Church of, 35, 45. 

- Adv. of, 45. 



tithes of, 1<2. 



Kinver Forest, 30, 40, 43, 63, 68, 87. 
Kirk by Mallory (Leic.), 120. 
Kirkeby, 83. 
Kitchenmnn, Isa., 117. 
Knight, Kobt., 80. 

- Kath., 80, 81. 
Kniveton, Sir Gilbert, 114. 

Frances, 1 14. 
Knudson, Eloisa, 141. 

St. Geo., Maj.-Gen., 141. 
Knyghton, 83. 

Kursling (Hants), 146. 
Kynfure, .tee Kinver. 
Kyng, see King. 
Kyngeston, see Kingston. 



Lambert, TTy., 33. 
Lancaster. Earl of, 42. 

- Tho?., Earl of, 52. 
Lappall (Halesowen), 124, 125, 126. 

127, 129. 

Lark here (Devon), 77. 
Latiwer, Geo. Neville, Lord, 7<>. 
Latimcr, Ric., Lord, 77. 

Eliz., Ladv, her will, 77. 

M '2 



Xll. 



IN T DEX. 



Lathner, Harrie, 77. 
Lauderdale, Anne, Countess of, 112. 
Duchess of, 113. 



John, Duke of, 112, 113. 
Earl of, 112. 



Lawarre, Thos. West, Lord, 95. 

Lea Green (Wore.), 123, 124. 

Lord Dudley, Ferdinando Dud- 
ley, 2, 122, 123, 129, 131, 132. 

his 
will, 131. 



codicil 
to will of, 137. 

Wm., 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 



127, 128, 129, 130, 131. 

- will of, 123, 127. 



Frances, 122, 127, 129, 130, 



131, 142, 144. 

Joice, 123, 124, 125, 126. 

will of, 125. 



Thos., 124, 125, 127, 128. 
will of, 126. 



John, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128. 
will of, 125. 



139. 



-Alice, 125. 

Eic., 125. 

Eleanor, 125, 126. 

will of, 126. 

Anne, 125, 126, 128, 130, 



will of, 126. 



Bridget, 124. 

Marg., 126, 128. 

Hugh, 126. 

Mary, 127, 130. 

Oath., 130. 

Eliz., 130, 132, 135, 136, 139. 

family arms of, 129. 

Leasowes (Halesowen) the, 129. 
Lee, Dr., 139. 
Legh 1 T i 
Leghe }^ eLei g h - 
Leicester, 83. 
Leicester, Earl of, 9. 

Eobt. Dudley, Earl of, 46, 

106. 
Leigh, 42. 

G-riffin atte, 27. 
John de, 36. 

Alice, 114. 

Sir Thos., 114. 

Jas. Heath, 142. 

Amy Sophia, 142. - 

Frances, 142. 

Leighton, John, 91. 
Joice, 91. 

Sir Wm., 111. 

Lennox, Duchess of, 116. 
Leonyz, John, 29. 
Leversage, Edm., 84. 
Eleanor, 84. 



Leveson, Jas., 94. 

Sir Wm., 108. 

Sir Eic., 114. 

Kath., 114. 

Lewes, Battle of, 19. 

Abbey of, 72. 

Lexington, Alice, 49. 

- Eic., 49. 

John, 49, 60. 

Hy., Bis. of Lincoln, 49, 50. 

Cicely, 49. 

Barons of, 49. 

Eobt., 49, 50. 

Mary, 50. 
Lichfield, 89. 

Cathedral, 90. 



- Nic, de, 57. 



Lineham (Wilts), 84. 

Lisle, John Dudley, Viscount, 46, 151. 

Littelton, see Lyttelton. 

Littlehay (War.), 68. 

Lodynton (Dudley), 25. 

Lond, Hy., 25. 

Londoniis, Prior of Dudley, Thos. de, 

47. 
Longe, Hy., 84. 

. Eic., 84. 

Thorn., 84. 

Eleanor, 84. 

Longespee, Eog. de, 23. 
Longueville, see Longville. 
Longville, Sir John, 69. 
Sir Greo., 71. 

- Marg., 71. 
Lopiis, Dr., 107. 
Lopper, Eog., 107. 

Lowe, Joice, 125, 126, 127, 128. 

Hump., 126, 139. 

Eliz., 126, 139. 

Mary. 127. 

Paul, 127, 139. 

Samuel, 127. 

Ludlow Castle, 66. 
Lutteleye, see Lutley. 
Luttelton, see Lyttelton. 
Luttley, 38, 44. 

- rill of, 35. 

Phil, de, 35, 59. 

Lyddiat, G-eo., 108. 
Lyndon, 130. 

Lyttelton, Thos. de, 24, 125. 
Sir Thos., 84. 

Sir John, 107, 124. 

Sir Oreo., 136, 137. 

Gilbert, 111. 

Charles, dean of Exeter, 132, 
133, 134, 135, 136, 137. 

Greo., Lord, 137, 138. 

Hump., 140. 

Eliz., 140. 

Juliana, 24. 



INDEX. 



Xlll. 



M. 

Macolesfield (dies.), *7. 
Machelan, Kly de, 31. 
Mainwaring, Thus., 71. 

Jane, 71 . 

Malpas (Ches.), 50, 51, 52, 

05, 70, SO. 
Bur. of, 40. 

Cattle of, 52, 70. 

man. of, f> ( .). 

Idonea de, 23. 

- Heat, do, 17, 50. 

- David do, 23, 17, 50. 

- Win. do, 17, 50. 
March, Edw., Karl of, 07. 
Mannyngton, Win., 124. 
Marcham, Ric., 40. 

- Win., 40. 

- Cicely, 40. 

Marhain, Kir. do, 33, 35, 38, 45. 
Marrct, Gco., 85. 

John, 85. 

Susan, 85. 

Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, Kir.. 17. 
Marston-Moretaine (Bods), 147, 150. 
Martvn, John, 31. 

- Ric., 31. 
Masham (Yorks), 83. 
Massachusetts, Dudleys of, 5. 
Maltlu-w, Ankeiinus, 25. 
Maunoy, Walt, do, 54. 
Maylar'de, Kobt., 108. 

Step., 108. 
Maynard, John, 25. 

- Kic., 25. 

Maxstoke, Castle (War.), 120, 122. 
McKenzie, General, 150. 
Meare, Humph., 02. 
Meeson, Maria, 140. 

John, 140. 
Mere, 17. 

man., of, 13, 1.5. 

ext. of man., 27, 31. 

Aqualato, 17. 
Fishery of, 27. 

- in Forton, Adv. of Ch. of, 45. 

John de, 32. 
Mcrley, Kog. do, 40. 
Messag, John do, 28. 
Mcverell, Sampson, 70. 
Middlemorc, Kohl., 82. 
Middleton (Surrey), 35. 
Middleton, John do, 20, 35. 

- Peter, 84. 
Sir Win., 8(5. 

Sir Piers, 80. 

Jane, 80. 
Miller, Win., the, 28. 

- Kog. the, 20. 

- Ilk-, the, 20. 



Mitcholdover (HanU), 1 41, 1 M>. 
Mnlo. Fred., 14-S. 

- Kli/.. K\ro, 1 IS. 
Moli-iid. Ko-r. dV. 23. 

MollesU-y, *<><> Mo-rlrv. 
Mompes-on, Mary, lOO. 

Kic , lOO. 

.M on ford Bridge (Salop), si. 
Munlmut, Rog. d,-. Is. 

C'erili;i de. IS. 
Monte Alto, Ron. 'If, 17. 

John do, :U. 
Montgomery. I'hil. dr, 30. 

- Lordship of, 07. 
Moray, .las., Karl of. 113. 

- Marg.. Countess of, ll:t. 
Monliint, Win., 3li. 

More. John de la. 20. 
Morehall (War.), 08. 
Morf, 37. 

- vill of. 3k 

- Hy. de, 31. 
Morgnn, 11 v., !.")(. 

- Kli/.., 15<). 
Morico, Ily. le, 25. 
Mortimer, Kotr.. CO. 

- Marg.. 00. 

-Earl of Man-h, Hog., 01, 7S. 



Moseley, Sarah, 1 1 1. 
"Win., 1 II, 

Fohn do, 33, 58. 

Mo>ley. Sir Oswald, Bart., H2. 

Francos, 1 12. 
Mount fort, John, Oo. 
Joan, \v., Oi). 

Baldwin, (10. 
Moy-i. the foivs'er. 2S. 
Mundv, Herald Tainter, Rio., 80. 
Muryfiurst, Hy. do. 31. 
Musgravo, Sir Rio., SO. 

- Mar^., S(J. 

Sir John, s7. 



Xaunton-Beanchainp (Wore.), Ik). 

Court (Wore.), 1 10. 
Naxing (I'Nsex), 117. 
Net holes (War.), 15. 
Nothorponno. :\ !. 37. 1 1-. 01, s7. 
Netliertou (\V-n-.), '.'2. 1 I". 1 1 1. 

- Voako. Park in. 111. 

in C'roptli Tiie ( WonO. 151. 

Neupjrt, w Ne\\ p >rt. 
Neville, Theo. do. 3D. 

- John do. 01. 

- I.or.1 I.atimer. (too.. 70. 

- llv.. 70. 
Ivatl... 70. 



XIV. 



INDEX. 



Neville, Eliz., 76. 

Anne, 76. 

Earl of Warwick, Eic., 76, 77. 
Newport, Priory near, 7. 

Pagnell (Bucks), 20. 

man. of, 43. 

John de, 36. 

Wm., 88. 

Newton in the Willows, man. of, 68. 
.Noel, Sir Wm., 120. 
Frances, 120. 

- Eliz., 120. 

- Wm., 120. 

Norfolk, Thos. Howard, Duke of, 106. 
Northampton, Chas. Howard, Earl of, 

106. 
Northfield (Wore.), 45, 88, 104, 123. 

man. of, 68. 
Northumberland, John Dudley, Duke 

of, 46, 54, 89, 104, 123. 
Norton, King's, man. of, 67. 
Nuneaton, Prioress of, 96. 



O.- 

Oatenfields Farm (Halesowen), 126, 

144. 

Oddingley (Wore.), 145. 
Oldnall, Edw., 147. 

Emily Mary, 147. 

Russell, Sir Wm., 147. 

Oldswinford, 16, 35, 121, 130. 

man. of, 43. 

Olney (Bucks), 20, 21. 
Onyslow, Edw., 81. 
Ordrich, Aug., 29. 

John, 29. 

Orton, see Overton. 
Oswestry (Salop), 91. 
Overetone, see Overton. 
Overpenne, 34, 37, 44, 63, 87. 
Overton, 34, 37, 43, 58, 64. 

(War.), 28. 

meadow of, 29. 

Wm. de, 32, 34, 37. 

Thos. de, 44. 

Owen, Griffin ap, 56. 

Hawyse, sis. of, 56. 
Oxeley, see Oxley. 
Oxford, Oriel College, 83. 

- Eobt. de Vere, Earl of, 61. 
Oxley, 34, 37, 87. 

man. of, 94. 

Oynter, Hy. de, 31. 



Packingtoi;, man. of, 68. 
Paganel, John de, 3, 48. 



Paganel, John de, Marg., d. and h. 
of, 3. 

- Hawyse, 5, 9. 

- Fulk, 6, 7. 

- . Ralph, 7. - 
Wm., 7, 8, 9. 

- Fulk, s. of, 8, 9. 
-- Wm., s. of, 8, 9. 
-- Bernard, s. of, 9. 
- Gervase, 8, 9, 11. 

Isa., w. of, 9. 



Paget, Sir Wm., 100, 101. 
Painel, Eobt., 8, 49, 50. 

Eva, 49, 50. 
Palmer, Anne, 126, 127. 

- Thos., 127, 129, 139. 
Palmere, Wm. le, 27. 
Parco, Aldrich de, 29. 
Parkes, Thos., 120. 

Anna, 120. 

- John, 120. 
Paries, John de, 39. 
Partinn, Hump., 115. 
Pasmer, Eobt., 66. 
Patrick, Wm., 23, 46, 50, 51. 

- - Beat., 23. 

- Isa., 23, 47, 50, 51. 
Patileshull, Sim. de, 36. 
Pattingham, 22, 38, 44. 
--- man. of, 35. 
Pattishull (Northn.), 55. 
Patyndon (Surrey), 36. 
Patyngham, see Pattingham. 
Paul, Sir Walt., 61. 
Paynel, see Painel. 
Pebbemore 1 -n , 
Pebmore }*****> 
Pecquigny, 7. 

Pedmore (Wore.), 35, 45. 

- Sarah de, 32. 

Lady of, 35. 
Pembroke, Eic., Earl of, 17. 
Pendeford, 23, 28. 
Pennak, see Penniak. 
Penne, 56. 

- Over, 34, 37, 44, 63, 87. 
- Nether, 34, 37, 44, 64, 87. 

Penniak Wood, 26, 27. 

Pennyoke Chase, 39. 

Penshurst (Kent), 109. 

Pensnet Chase, 111. 

Penyval Mill (Sedgley), 29. 

Perrey, Sarah, 128. 

Peter, s. of the Cons, of Dudley Cas- 

tle, Wm., 47. 
Petersfield (Hants), 146. 
Philip, Alan, s. of, 25. 
Pierson, Marg., 117. 
-- John, 117. 

- family arms of, 117. 
Pinkeney, family of, 7. 



INDEX. 



XV. 



Planfagenet, Joan, 78. 
Ed in., 78. 

Eleanor, 78. 

Plecy, Hugh do, 34, 38, 4t. 
Plesej, see Plecy. 
Plowden family, 80. 
Plumstead (Kent), 113. 
Pole, vill of, 05. 
Grifliu de la, 50. 

Cardinal, 100, 101, 102, 103. 

Pool Castle, 01. 
Pony, Mr., 114. 
Porter, Thos., 122. 

- Humbletta, 122. 
Poswyke (Norf.), 110. 
Poure, Wm. le, 23. 
Powys, 01. 

- Lordship of, 52. 

- lulw. Grey, Lord, 80. 

- Edw., Lord, 80, 87. 

- Edw. Charlton, Lord, 05, 78, 
91. 

- Marg., Lady, 88, 151. 

John Grey, Lord, DO. 

Poyle, Walt, de la, 30. 
Prestwood, 43, 03, 88, 111. 

num. of, 40. 

Rio. de, 40. 

Puckering, John, 100. 
Puke (Devon), 77. 
Punchardon, Keg. de, 30. 
Purear, Rio., 25. 
Pyine, Warinc de, 32. 
Pynson, Win., 145. 

Jane, 1 15. 

- Eiiz., 115. 
Pyrie, 37, 44. 

vill of, 34. 

Lords of, 34. 



Q. 



Quarry Hill (ITalesowen), 143. 
Quutford (Salop), 130. 
Quiney, Earl of Wynlon, Rog. de, 18. 
"Quondam," Lord John, Nil Lord 
Dudley, 95, 07. 

his obsequies, 



97. 



R. 



Raitt, Alex., 146. 

Jane Cath., 140. 

Alex. Francis Win., 140. 

Ruligh, Edw., 101. 
Rat cliff e, Sir Jus., 70. 



Kath., w. of, 



John, 77, 80. 



Ruteliffo, A lire, 82, 84, SO. 
Rate, Hy., 37. 
Red Caatle, ?>1. 
Ree, Adam del, 31. 
Rees, James, 148. 

Anne Wmxloock, 1 IS. 

Reynolds, Hugh, 84. 

Richmond and Lennox, DuclieM of 

119. 

Ridg-icre (Hale-owen), 138, 13:>, 113. 
Robertson, Marv, 125. 
Koch ford, John, 01, 02. 
Kock. Marv, 137. 
Rockingham Hall, Ha 'ley (Wore.), 

13S. 

Rodington (S.dop). HI. 
Kokehv, sri' Ku^'bv. 
Rolore Mill (Cru Uey), 20. 
Rolleston Hall, K)5.' 
Komford, 117. 
Komsley (Halesowen), 12S. 
Rosey, we Kote^ev. 
Ross, .fee Kosse. 
Ro*se, Win., Lord, 4S. 

- Anne, d. of, 



18. 



Sir Roht., 05. 



Margerv, 05. 

- Thus., Lord, i)5. 

Robt., Lord, 55. 
Rotesey, Thos., 151. 
Rout hest horn (C'hes.), 50. 
Rowley, 33, 13. 

num., extent of, 31. 

Regis, 30, 02, 1<)5, 110, 111, 



128. 



Regis, man. of, 3S. 

Adv. of Church of. I'.'. 
C'.ap., 35. 



Some.rv, 52, 5?i, 55, 03, 01, S7. 



Rugby, man. of, 08. 

- Ralph de, 30. 

- Amabel de, 30. 

- Ran. de. 37. 

- Mab. dc, 37. 
Rushal. 31, 37,41- 
Kusliale, see Rushal. 
Rushe, Win., 85. 

Anthony, 85. 
Rus<el, Ric., 37. 

Nic., <:3. 

Russell, Thos , 151. 
Russells Hall, 00. 
Russhale, see Rushal. 
R utter, Cath., 13i>. 
Ryder, Symon, 110. 



8. 
Saint Albany Battle of, 07. 



XVI. 



INDEX. 



Saint Albans, Chap, in priory of Dud- 
ley, 79. 
John, John de, 38, 39. 

Pierre, Urian de, 22, 23. 
Mar?, de, 22, 23. 

Idonea de, 23. 

John de, 23. 

Margaret's, Westminster, Mon. 

of Lady Dudley at, 106. 
Salege, 37. 

Salghton, man. of, 51. 
Salisbury, 81, 82. 

Cathedral. 82, 83. 

Saltimor (Cradley), 26. 
Saltley (War.), 37, 45. 
Sapy, Hugh de, 30. 
Saunders, Thos., 137, 133. 
Sawston (Camb.), 90. 
Scharesmyth, Sic., 64. 
Schomberg, John, Count of, 113. 

Anne, Countess of, 113 

Fred. Arinand, Duke of, 113. 

Fred., Duke of, 120. 

Scots, Mary, Queen of, 105. 

Sedgley, 17, 18, 25, 26, 30, 33, 39. 52, 

53, 55, 58, 63, 87, 92, 95, 104, 105, 

108, 128, 136, 145. 

man. of, 1, 151. 

extent of, 28, 32. 

Park, 21, 63, 108. 

Coal Pits in, 29. 

Daughters, markets of, in, 29. 
Olyngh Park, 32. 

Lordship of, 75. 
Phil, de, 32. 

, see Sedgley. 



Segrave, Gilbert de, 21, 22. 
Seisdon, vill of, 34, 37, 44. 
Selleye, 35, 45. 

- John de, 35. 
Seymour, Honora, 114. 

- Lord Beauchamp, Edw., 114. 
- Earl of Hertford, Edw., 114. 
Duke of Somerset, Wm., 120. 



Sharpe, John, 74. 
Shaw, Jas., 137, 138. 
Sheffield, John, Lord, 106. 
Sheldon, John, 66. 
Shelvock, Eli, 3, 128. 
Shenstone, 130. 

- Marg., 126. 

John, 128, 129. 

Mary, 128. 

Thos., 129. 

- Wm., 129, 137, 138, 139. 
Shocklach (Ches.), 50, 51, 52, 57, 62, 

65. 

Shrewsbury, 80, 81. 
-- Oreo., Earl of, 70, 95. 



Shrewsbury, John, Earl of, 78. 

Geo., s. and h. 

of, 78. 
Sinclair, Hannah, 147. 

Daniel, 147. 

Eliza, 147. 

Skrymshire, Frances, 120. 

Sir Chas., 120. 

Skynnere, Sim. le, 31. 
Srnarfc, family account of, 144. 

Mary, 142, 144. 

Joseph, 143, 144. 

Benj., 134, 144. 

Emily, 144. 

Susanna, 144. 

Robt., 144. 

Mary, w. of, 144. 

Edw., 144. 

Frances, 144. 

Lucy, 144. 

Jane, 144. 

Mary Anne, 141. 

Eobt., junr., 144. 

Jos., junr., 144. 

Sarah, 144. 

Wm., 144. 

John Green, 144. 

Mary Ann, junr.. 144. 

Susan Jane, 144. 

Eliz. Maria, 144. 

Edith, 144. 

Alice, 144. 

Smethwick, 104, 110. 
Smith, Eli the, 26. 

Ferdinando, 140. 

(Col.), 140, 141. 

Dudley Lea, 3, 118, 



130, 141, 142. 
142. 



William Lea, 



Eliz., 126, 127, 139, 140, 141. 

Jacob, 126, 139. 

Wm., 126, 130, 135, 138, 139, 

140, 143. 
Wm. (Capt.), 140. 

Anne, 126, 130, 133, 134, 135, 



136, 138, 139, 140, 141. 

Admiral, Thos., 132, 133, 134, 



135, 136, 137, 138. 

Harry Grey, 132, 133, 134, 



135, 136, 139, 140. 

Joseph, 139. 

Eleanor, 139. 

Sarah, 139. 

- Mary, 140. 

- Frances, 140, 143. 

Hy. Lyttelton, 140. 

Hy. Lea, 141. 

Frances Maria, 141. 

Frances Caroline, 141. 
Amelia, 141. 



INDEX. 



XV 11 



Smith, Harriet, 141. 

- Matilda, 141. 

- Eloisa, 141. 

Geo. Lea, 141. 

- Hy. Lea, 141. 
Wm. Lea, 141. 

Louisa, 111. 

Selina, 111. 

Amy Sophia, 142. 

Lilian Amy Lea, 112. 

of Halesowen Grange, account 
of, 139, 110. 

Smythe, Robt., 02. 
Snell, Franc-is, 80. 

Jane, 80. 

Sybbell, 8