EDWARD HASTYNGES, KNIGHT
Writ for proof of age of Edward Hastynges, knight, brother of Hugh, esquire, son of Hugh, knight, son of Hugh, knight, younger brother of John Hastynges, son of Hugh, knight, and heir of the same Hugh, father of John. 27 May 1403.
YORK. Proof of age. Carleton 9 June
The jurors say that he was born in the manor of Fenwick and baptised in the chapel of St. Mary in the Fields in the parish of Campsall on 21 May 1382, and was aged 21 on 21 May last.
Thomas Seintpoule, aged 46 years and more, has often been told by John abbot of Selby, the child’s godfather and therefore knows.
Thomas Dilcock, 60 and more, has seen the abbot show a book in which this date of the birth was entered.
Nicholas de Brayton, 60 and more, had a son Nicholas born on 6 Dec. next before the birth of Edward. Had he lived he would now have been 21.
William Dawson, 50 and more, was in Pontefract on the day that Edward was born, and there saw a man unknown to him, who had been arrested for casting the evil eye on the horse of his neighbour, John de Hirn, and he then heard that Anne de Hastynges had been delivered of a male child, whom he afterwards heard called Edward.
John Britesvill, 50 and more, remembers because a wood called ‘Wellowpark’ was sold to divers persons by Hugh, Edward’s father, on that 21 May.
Thomas Crull, 56 and more, heard Thomas late prior of Drax tell some bystanders at Drax that he was going to ride to the manor of Fenwick to be a godfather of Edward.
William de Thornton, 70 and more, remembers that John son of Joan Askern, now parish clerk of Campsall and aged 22 years and more, was born in the year preceding the birth of Edward, whose wet nurse Joan was, and John owing to his age expects this year to be ordained priest.
William de Knottyngley, 50 and more, having been summoned by the escheator to attend this proof of age, met a woman called Joan Parker, aged 80 and more and worthy of credence, and she swore that she was present at the birth and stayed with Hugh, the child’s father for 3 years, and has since lived in Norton for 18 years, so that she knows that Edward was born 21 years ago.
Roger Chapman, 50 and more, says that there was an earthquake through all England when Edward was born in May 21 years ago.
John de Belton, 51 and more, says that Edward was born in the year after the rebellion of the commons of England at London, which was in the summer 22 years ago.
Thomas Tubholm, 56 and more, had a daughter Maud born on 3 May next before the birth of Edward, and she is now 21.
William de Belwode, 60 and more, was riding to Doncaster on 21 May 1382 when he fell from his horse and broke two ribs, and he heard that Edward was born on that day at the manor of Fenwick.
RICHARD SON AND HEIR OF THOMAS LATE EARL OF WARWICK
Writ for proof of age, 26 Jan. 1403.
WORCESTER. Proof of age. Worcester 5 Feb
He was born at Salwarpe and baptised there on 25 Jan. 1382, and was therefore 21 on the same day last past. The witnesses having been separately examined say that they know this for the reasons given:
Henry Bruyn, aged 50 years, was at Salwarpe on that day and saw Elizabeth le Despenser, the godmother, present in the church.
Henry Haggeley, 50, was an esquire of Henry Wakfeld, then bishop of Worcester, who baptised Richard.
John Power, 50, was an esquire of Walter prior of Worcester, who having heard of the birth sent a silver goblet with 100s. for the baptism.
Ralph Ardern, 43, says that his father and mother were at the house of Thomas earl of Warwick at Salwarpe and told him of the birth, and that Peter Holt received £10 for taking the news to the earl.
Thomas Throgmarton, 43, had a son John of the same age.
John Wassheburn, 50, saw Roger abbot of Evesham with the bishop at the baptism.
Thomas Lyttelton, 50, saw Alice formerly wife of Richard Stury, knight, at the baptism.
John Braas, 44, saw the bishop holding Richard at the font.
William Folyot, 50, saw Henry Bruyn carrying before Richard after the baptism a sword, which Hugh earl of Stafford gave to Richard on that day.
John Froxmere, 40, saw Thomas abbot of Pershore with the bishop at the baptism.
John Clynton, 50, carried a torch before Richard at the baptism.
William Botiller, 40, saw John Beauchamp of Holt, knight, at the baptism carrying two cloths of gold with the arms ( de exeunte) of King Richard.
JOHN SON AND HEIR OF JOHN DE LEVYNGTON
Writ for proof of age, stating that he is in the ward of Mary widow of William de Stapulton, who should be warned. 7 Feb. 1403.
[Endorsed] Mary de Stapulton was summoned by John Brodsell and William Ryott and was present.
CUMBERLAND. Proof of age. Carlisle 10 March (or 1 Sept
The jurors say that he is aged 21 years and 4 months and more, having been born at Carlisle on 26 March 1380 [Monday after Lady Day 3 Richard II] and baptised in the church of St. Mary there. Duly examined, they say that they remember this for the following reasons:
John de Dalston, aged 50 years and more, heard mass at St. Mary’s that day and saw the baptism.
William de Hoton, 46 and more, because that day the house(?) of Thomas Boteler, chaplain, was burnt down, and he came by the church to extinguish the fire and several men told him of the baptism.
Richard de Louthyre, 44 and more, bought a horse from Roger Cosour for 40s. at the church on that day and saw the baptism.
Thomas de Raghton, 52 and more, had a son Richard baptised after John de Levyngton.
Adam de Melle, 47 and more, came to the church to bury Margery his sister on that day and saw the baptism.
Adam de Denton, 48 and more, was coming to mass on that day when his arm was severely injured by a horse, and several men told him of the baptism.
John Cotyngham, 60 and more, going to mass on that day broke his right shin in a fall, and common talk was then of the birth.
Robert de Heymour, 43 years and more, was in the church for the marriage of John Roys and Maud daughter of Richard Orfare, and saw the baptism.
John Dalemour, 49 and more, because on that day at Carlisle John Williamson was killed by Thomas Dissed(?), who fled to the church after the felony, and he went in pursuit and was told of the baptism.
William de Britby, 50 and more, because on that day the cathedral bell-tower was blown down by a great wind, and he came there and saw the baptism.
William Bewcham, 50(?) and more, because his brother heard mass in the church on that day and the baptism was common talk there.
John Egglisfeld,, 60 and more, because John his brother was drowned that day in the river Eden, and he came to the church and saw the baptism.
JOHN DEYNCOURT, KNIGHT
Writ for proof of age of John Deyncourt, knight, brother and heir of Ralph Deyncourt, son and heir of William Deyncourt, deceased. 16 July 1403.
[Endorsed] Ralph earl of Westmorland, who held two parts of the lands, was summoned to attend the proof by John Laxston and William Pillay.
YORK. Proof of age. Stillingfleet 13 Dec
William Coupland, aged 56 years and more, John Waghen, 55 and more, and William Carter, 50 and more, remember that John Deyncourt, knight, was born at Middleham on 28 Feb, 1382 and baptised on 1 March in the church there, because on that 28 Feb. 21 years ago John son of William Coupland was promoted to priest’s orders at York as appears by his letters shown to them.
William Hertesheved, 53 and more, William Baxster, 58 and more, Robert Magson, 58 and more, William Kampsall, 50 and more, and William Broun, 53 and more, were witnesses to livery of seisin of a messuage and 2 a. in Middleham to John Bryce on that day, and they then heard of the birth of John.
William de Morton, 56 and more, William Gayle, 54 and more, William Wryght, 50 and more, and William Smyth, 58 and more, remember because they were present on 1 March that year at the burial of Isabel late wife of John Perot at Middleham, saw John baptised and asked the bystanders about the birth.
NICHOLAS SON AND HEIR OF JOHN MOLYNS
Writ for proof of age; by the grant of John Frank he was in the ward of John Bernard, who should be warned of the inquisition. 27 Nov. 1402.
SOMERSET. Proof of age. Ilchester 15 March 1403
The jurors say that Nicholas is aged 21 years and more, having been born at South Petherton on 24 June 1380, and baptised in the church of St. Peter there.
Robert Lambrouk, 64, knows because he was present in the church when John Hayward, chaplain, baptised Nicholas and wrote the day and year in a missal in the church.
John Mucheldever, 54, came with Nicholas, then prior of Muchelney abbey, to the church, where the prior was godfather, and he saw the date written in the missal.
John Mede, 60, was present and had a son William born in the same year.
John Peny, 48, came to the church on that day, and on the Sunday before he had married Alice daughter of Robert Lambrouk.
John Warmwell, 44, was with Robert Lambrouk in the church and contracted marriage with Margery his daughter.
Henry Humerford, 60, John Holme, 64, Robert Boton, 68, and Philip Batte, 55, were at a fair at South Petherton on that feast [Midsummer day], they were called from it to bear witness and were present when John Hayward wrote the date.
John Bryce, 50, John Wodehous, 56, John Bokerell, 60, were present in the church at the baptism and were called to bear witness; and on that day John Molyns granted to John Spore and Edith his wife 3 a. in South Petherton for their lives by a charter so dated.
ELIZABETH WIDOW OF ROBERT SCALES, KNIGHT
Writ to assign dower, 5 March 1403.
CAMBRIDGE. Assignment of dower, in the presence of Lawrence Trussebut and William Lampet, next friends of Robert son and heir of Robert Scales. Haslingfield 7 May
One chamber with 1 chimney called ‘le Squyerschambre’ next to a chamber called ‘le Knyghteschambre’ inside the moat with all the rooms from the ‘Knyghteschambre’ to the end of the bridge, with free ingress and egress within the moat; a garden also within, to the west end of the hall, called the ‘Kychengarden’ with fruit and pasture; a third part of a dovecot in the same garden; 1 house called ‘le Stots…’ situated between the ‘couhous …stable’ under one roof; half a barn called ‘le Oteberne’ in the west, with a house called ‘le Chauffhouse’ by the barn on the south; a third part of the large barn; a third part of a barton by the ‘Aldefelde’; and a third part of a barn there; all with free ingress and egress.
Farm of free tenants: Walter Phelip for a tenement bought from Thomas Bradfeld, formerly of John Hied(?), 6 1/4d. and half a farthing; John Stacy, 22d.; Margery Asshby, 11 1/2d.; John Jake, 47 1/2d.; John Knyght, chaplain, 9d.; Agnes Bysshop, 15s.; Thomas Robat, 3s.4d.; … and 1 capon; Thomas Pappeworth, 17 1/2.; …; William Amys, 3s.10d.; John Ey, senior, 17d. and half a farthing; Thomas Rown, 3s.8 1/4d.; Henry Masoun, 23d. and half a farthing; John Shymmyng, 9 1/2d.; Agnes Scot of Barrington, 1d.; Thomas Serie 1 capon.
Farm of servile tenants …
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OSBERT SON AND HEIR OF OSBERT DE MUNDEFORD
Writ for proof of age, 22 Oct. 1402.
NORFOLK. Proof of age. Hockwold 21 Nov
The jurors say that he was aged 21 on 25 Sept. last, having been born at Hockwold and baptised there on 25 Sept. 1381.
[The statements by the following jurors are illegible] Thomas Moncheney and William Eyre, each aged 50 years and more, Stephen Bate and Robert Kavell, each 40 and more, John Phelipp, senior, and John Stede, each 45 and more, William Mountford and John Waterman, each 60 and more, John Freman and William Ferers, each 48 and more.
John Cheseman and John Norman, each 43 and more, remember the date because Thomas Norman, brother of John, died on that day after 9 and before 3 o’clock.
JOAN WIDOW OF EDMUND DUKE OF YORK
£96. 8s.10 1/2d., being a third part of £289 6s.8d. payable from the custom of wools and woolfells since 28 Nov. 1402 by the collectors.
Edward now duke of York was warned to be present by Hugh Battesford and Walter Staunton.
Writ to assign dower, 22 May 1403.
From Grantham, where his rents and services, with soc, lands and tenements, tolls and perquisites of court extended at £100 12s.3d.:
Great Ponton, with its appurtenances in Denton, Belton, Harlaxton and Harrowby, with lands, tenements, rents, services, wards, marriages, reliefs, escheats and all other appurtenances, annual value £21 1s.10d.
Harlaxton, £4 8s.1/2d. from various lands and tenements called the fee of ‘Brewes’ so let to farm to John Grene of Grantham.
Grantham, a third part of the tolls of markets and fairs, and of forfeitures, escheats, and other profits and commodities arising from perquisites of courts with soc of the same.
From Stamford, where all lands and tenements extend at £80:2 watermills £4 6s.8d.; houses and shops of various tenants, £4 17s.6d., viz Roger Fraunceys 16s., William Dobyn 14s., John Draper 9s., Robert Massthorp 3s., William Tyerd 13s.4d., John Spillesby 12d., William Fletcher 10s., John Algode 5s., John Cadeney 14d., John Chaloner, senior, 8s., John Barker 2s., John Forster 2s., John Pitt 6s., Nicholas Tabard 6s. and Robert Asshborne 12d.; from various demesne lands let to farm 55s.11d., viz John Longe 17s., Henry Cok 5s.4d., Gilbert Apethorp 6s.3d., William Stacy 6s.8d., John Apethorp 4s., Richard Bonde 4s., John Gervays 3s., John Cobto of Ryhall 2s.8d., John Carter 2s., Richard Benefeld 3s. and Robert Grafton 2s.; and a third part of all wastes, tolls of markets and fairs, forfeitures, escheats and perquisites of courts there.
Writ to assign dower, 22 May 1403.
Fotheringhay: from all the lands etc. of the duke in Fotheringhay where the castle and manor extend at £80:
From various free tenants, 20s.1 1/2d.: viz abbot of Sawtry 10s.; John Knyvet 8d.; Henry Bracy 6s.8d.; William Webster 2s.3d.; and rent of ‘Swanneholme’ 6d.
Rents of cottagers, 9s.6 1/2d.: James Sumpter 7s.; John So… 12d.; Robert Derby 6d.; and William Hauseman 12d.
Rents of servile tenants, £13 8s.: viz Thomas Austyn 36s.8d.; William Taillour 36s.8d.; John Horne 36s.8d.; Walter Holand 18s.4d.; John Hoghton 18s.; John Olneye and William Lessy 13s.4d.; William Taunt 26s.8d.; Hugh Grovelane 15s.; John Hoghton 26s.8d.; Robert de Vye 26s.8d.; and John del Chambre 13s.4d.
Farm of bakery and mills, 31s.1 1/4d.; farm of fisheries from William Hunne and Nicholas Petit, 8s.9 1/4d.; and from Robert Wyrtrynham, clerk, farmer of the castle land there, 4s.2d.
A third part of all the demesne lands: ‘Parkewong’, ‘Darnwellwong’ and ‘Langethornewellwong’; 1/2 a. under ‘Chalkehill’; 12 a. in ‘Toftewong’ by ‘Tofteshall’; ‘Littilburymorewong’; 4 a. called ‘Leys’ in ‘Westondewong’; 12 a. in ‘Risshcroft’ by the mill; ‘Curtellwong’, le Conynghere’, ‘Cunnlynshade’, 7 selions on the ‘Curtellwong’; 38 a. meadow in the meadow called ‘Wyldeholme’ to the north; 7 a. meadow in ‘Horsecroft’ to the west; 10 a. in ‘Westmedowe’ to the west; and 60 a. in the meadow called ‘Arneweys’ to the south with the meadows called ‘Fremannesmedowe’ and ‘Warmyngtonmedowe’.
A third part of the moor and pasture, namely ‘Estmore’ and ‘Oxmore’; a third of the park on the east, with a third of the … and of the woods belonging to the lordship, with a third of the profits from the perquisites of court, and a third of all casual profits whatsoever.
Nassington and Yarwell, a third part of the lordship extending at £68 yearly, comprising £12 18s.8d. from assize rents at Yarwell; 13s.9d. from rents of tofts there; 39s.9d. small rents; 12d. from Wansford; £7 6s.2d. from various tenants of the fee called ‘Doddisfee’ in Nassington, viz Thomas Chaddelerove 14s., Robert Levyng 8s., Robert Bilby 9s., Henry Chaddelrode 9s.6d., Henry Bracy 16s., William Wryght 26s., John Welden 6s., William Kay 3s.6d., John Cole 8s., John Brown 20s.2d., Agnes Norman 8s., William Brown 8s., John Mounteyn 8s. and John Taillour 12d.; with one third of the profits of courts and of all casual revenues.
Writ to assign dower, 22 May 1403.
Firstly, Conisbrough, Braithwell, and Clifton, the manors and vills, with all their members, lands and tenements, rents, services, wards, marriages, reliefs, escheats, knight’s fees, advowsons, mills, suits of court of free tenants and villeins with their offspring, with hall of pleas at Conisbrough, the pond called ‘Casteldame’, the park of Conisbrough with game, agistment and pannage, ‘housebot’, ‘haibot’, ‘feirebot’ in the park, with all other profits of the offices of the bailiwick of Conisbrough, as of the offices of reeves of Conisbrough, Braithwell and Clifton.
Then, Hatfield, the vill and lordship with a third part of the manor, two long chambers, a bakery with other small chambers adjoining, a granary in the site of the manor, with half the long stable, a third of the garden towards the north, next to the bounds there, and of a granary next to the church, that is in the east end; with the park of Hatfield with game, agistment and pannage, with ‘housebot’, ‘haibot’ and ‘fairebot’ in the park.
Dowsthorpe, the vill, with all its members, lands and tenements … villeins with their offspring [as above under Conisbrough], with all the fishery of ‘Countesmer’ with a park in ‘Counteyseng’ lying next to Tudworth with free ingress and egress to the fisheries and with sufficient ground to draw and dry their nets and bow(?) ( ad tractand’ et siccand’ recia arcumquaque), a third part of the warren and the chase of Hatfield, namely the bailiwick of Clownes with all other profits whatever of the offices of reeves of Hatfield and Dowsthorpe.
Similarly Holmfirth, the town and lordship, with all its members, appurtenances and mills, and the wood called ‘Owtwode’ of Wakefield in the west of that wood, with lands, tenements etc. [as above under Conisbrough], and all other profits of the office of reeve of Holmfirth, saving always free ingress and egress to Edward duke of York to the same for cutting, carting and selling the great timber for repairing houses and for large fuel.
Also £133 6s.8d. from the grant of £400 yearly from the customs of wool in Kingston upon Hull, and £33 6s.8d. from the grant of £100 from the same customs.
PETRONILLA WIDOW OF HUGH MORTYMER
1 chamber where the manor formerly was, length 36 feet, width 15 feet; 1 little toft annexed to it, length 14 feet, width 10 feet; 1 close called ‘Home close’, 4 a., annual value 5s.; 1 pasture called ‘Byrches’, 4 a., 4s.; 1 pasture called ‘Westfeldes’, 16 a., 10s.; 1 messuage with garden and 1/2 virgate held by John Hancokes, 3s.; 1 messuage, 1 garden and 1/2 virgate held by Roger Fuller, 3s.; 1 messuage, 1 garden and 1 virgate held by Thomas Piers, 10s.; 1 messuage, 1 garden and 1 virgate held by John Wygan, 5s.; 1 messuage, 1 garden and 1/2 virgate held by John Tandy, 4s.; 1 messuage, 1 garden and 1/2 virgate held by Richard Hulle, 5s.; 1 messuage, 1 garden and 1/2 virgate held by Constance Bacon, 6s.; 1 cottage held by John Webbe, 2s.; 1 cottage and 1/2 virgate held by John Harlewyn … 1 lb. cumin; 1 ruinous cottage and 1 a., nil; 1 cottage and 1/2 virgate held by Walter Tumour, 10d.(?); and 1 fishery opposite the tenement of Hugh Dodmaston and 1 a., nil.
ELEANOR WIDOW OF AMERY DE ST. AMAND
Site of the manor. Firstly assigned within the site of the manor: 1 barn, 1 … called … with garden, with ingress and egress protected by the common way to the spring within the site.
Rents of freemen, villeins and rent-paying cottars: 10s. from William Huntewene senior for his rent and all other services and customs; 16s.11d. from John Oseberne; 13s.8d. from Richard Archer; 13s. from John Martyn; 11s.6 1/2d. from Robert atte Hale; 4s.9 1/2d. from Thomas Boltere beyond 2s.3 1/4d. paid to the king; 14s. from … Cholestre; … 9 1/2d. from Edmund Croy; 12s.6d. from William Longe; 5s.5 1/2d….; 4s.6d. from John Lyncolne; 16 1/4d. from John Buckeby, senior; 19s.10d. from William …; 7 1/4d. from Eleanor Matheu beyond 2s.6 3/4d. paid to the king; and 4s. from various …
Total £7 … 1/4d.
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HUGH DE ANNESLEY KNIGHT
Commission to Hugh de Shirley, Thomas Frisby, John Curson, Peter de la Pole and the escheator to enquire what he held in Nottinghamshire. 3 June 1403 [ CPR 1401–5 p.278].