JOHN MOUBRAY, EARL MARSHAL
Writ for proof of age, ordering that the queen who has the wardship of his lands be warned, 10 Nov. 1412.
John Bermycham, alderman of Calais and formerly mayor, aged 55 years and more, says that John Moubray, Earl Marshal, brother and heir of Thomas, was 21 on 9 Aug., having been born at Calais on 3 Aug. 1390 and baptised in St. Mary’s church there on 9 Aug. At that time he, Bermycham, was under-marshal of the town and warned all the knights, esquires and other gentry to accompany John to the church for his baptism.
The other jurors say the same and give their reasons for remembering:
John Mulso, esquire and burgess, 45 and more, because he was usher of the household of Thomas Earl Marshal, the father, and carried a torch to the church for the baptism.
Richard Wade, esquire and soldier of Calais, 51 and more, saw John Lord Say, lieutenant of Calais and godfather, give John a gilded sword and harness after the baptism.
William Heveryng, esquire, burgess and soldier, 55 and more, saw Robert Goussell, esquire, carrying a sword erect to the house.
Robert Steynton, esquire, 50 and more, was a soldier of Calais and carried an unlit torch to the church and carried it back lighted.
John Kendale, soldier, 54 and more, was sent to the Earl Marshal in England immediately after the birth to enquire what name should be given, was told John and returned to Calais for the baptism.
John Laurens, soldier, 48 and more, was sent to England by Elizabeth the mother to enquire about the status of the baptism and was given a new suit costing £10(?) by her.
Robert Mite, burgess of Calais, 56 and more, was summoned with others by John Bermycham, the under-marshal, to escort John to the church and saw the baptism.
Ralph Pamer, 44 and more, was a servant in the house of the earl, the father, and served in the pantry.
William Noke, burgess of Calais, 55 and more, ordered and prepared all the dinner in the house of the earl and carried it to the church.
William Gate, soldier, 50 and more, had a son Thomas born at that time, and John’s nurse was godmother to Thomas.
John Dene, burgess, 60 and more, saw four honourable men, knights and esquires, carrying a golden awning above John from the church after the baptism.
ANASTASIA WIFE OF THOMAS SEMELEYE
Writ 20 Aug. 1407.
HAMPSHIRE. Inquisition. Andover 1 Oct
She held in her demesne as of fee a third part of 6 a. meadow and of 71s.11d. rent in Swaythling and Wimpson of the king in chief at fee farm, rendering one third of 20s. at the exchequer at Michaelmas, annual value 20s.; and half the manor of Snoddington of Thomas West by suit of court at his manor of Newton Valence twice yearly, annual value 20s.
Thomas Semeleye, who survives her, had a son called Robert by her after the marriage ( sponsalia) between them was celebrated.
John Bodenham, who was married to Margery daughter of Thomas Semeleye by the said Anastasia in the life of Anastasia, mother of John himself, is her son and next heir, aged 15 years and more [ sic].
She died on 28 July last.
Writ 20 Aug. 1407.
WILTSHIRE. Inquisition. Hindon 29 Sept
She held in her demesne as of fee:
Ebbesborne Wake, two parts of the manor, of the king in chief by the service of two parts of a knight’s fee, annual value 10 marks.
Kingston Deverill, 1 messuage, 2 carucates and 1 virgate, of the abbot of Netley by a rent of 39s. and suit of court at Kingston Deverill twice yearly, annual value 40s.
Maiden Bradley, 1 messuage, 6 1/2 a. arable, 6 a. meadow and 27 a. pasture, of the prior of Maiden Bradley by suit at his court twice yearly, annual value 13s.4d.
Ridge, 12 a., of the abbess of Wilton by a rent of 2s.6d., annual value 2s.
Son by Thomas Semeleye, heir and date of death, as above.
BERNARD SON AND HEIR OF EDMOND MUSSENDEN
Writ for proof of age. John Boys who had custody of the lands, and Juliana his wife, widow of Edmund Mussenden, should be warned, 28 Jan. 1407.
[ Endorsed] They were warned.
BUCKINGHAM. Proof of age, before John Boys, escheator. Buckingham 4 Feb 1407
The jurors say that Bernard was born at Great Missenden and baptised in the church there on 6 Jan. 1384, and so was aged 21 on 6 Jan. last [ sic] and they remember this for the reasons stated:
Andrew Boneton, aged 50 years and more, was in the church and saw William abbot of Missenden, the godfather, at the baptism. He had an illness called ‘le collyk’ and could hardly act.
Robert Irtlyngburgh, 50 and more, was an esquire of the abbot and was in the church with the abbot at the baptism.
Richard Toures, 60 and more, had a son born and baptised there that day.
John Comyn, 40 and more, after the baptism that day took to wife Joan daughter of Thomas Nernyte.
Roger Dawes, 60 and more, had a daughter Joan who died that night.
Simon Herryes, 60 and more: his father died that day.
Philip Wolf, 50 and more: his daughter Joan broke her shin that day.
Thomas Turnour, 60 and more: on that day the house of John Crauford was suddenly burnt down.
William Wodeward, 50 and more, that day married Alice his wife.
Ralph Deystere, 50 and more, was present at the baptism and saw Lady Margery Molyns acting as godmother.
Geoffrey Huchenden, 40 and more: his mother died at Quainton on that day.
Edmund atte Hull, 40 and more: that day … his neighbour at Weston Turville killed one William Deye, a felon.
NICHOLAS SON AND HEIR OF THOMAS HERON
Writ for proof of age. John de Mitford, knight, and William de Mitford, who had the custody of his lands, should be warned, 6 Feb. 1407.
[ Endorsed] They were so warned.
The jurors say that Nicholas Heron was born on 25 Jan. at Meldon and baptised there, and was aged 21 on 25 Jan. last. [ The reasons given by the jurors are almost totally illegible.]
Nicholas Turpyn, aged 42 and more, heard mass in the church.
John Walton, 41: his mother was godmother and raised Nicholas from the font.
John de Lee, 45, …
Thomas Schelahowe, 35 …
John Wotewod(?) …
Robert Holde …
William Hydwyn, 60 …
John Camborne, 56 …
John Doune, 38 … white canon of Blanchland …
Nicholas Raynes, esquire, was godfather …
Robert de Lee …
Robert Peche …
ROBERT SON AND HEIR OF WILLIAM BARDE
Writ for proof of age. Roger Stapilton of Scarborough, who had the custody of the lands, should be warned, 23 April 1407.
YORK. Proof of age, in the presence of Roger Stapilton. Kilham on the Wold near Bridlington 14 May
The jurors say that Robert Barde of West Lutton was born at West Lutton on 25 April 1384 and baptised in the chapel there on the same day, and therefore he was aged 21 years and more on 5 May last. This they remember for the reasons given:
Robert Vavesour of Rudston was retained that day by Sir Henry Percy to serve with Richard II in Scotland.
William Paulyn of Hunmanby: on that day his wife Margaret had a son, who died three days later.
William de Pokethorppe: about Easter of that year, 1384, the patron of the church of Weaverthorpe and of the chapel of West Lutton gave a whole vestment of green silk for the souls of his late father and mother.
Thomas Clerke that day paid John Carpenter of Malton at the house of William Barde the father £13 6s.8d. for the building of a hall and chamber.
John Paulyn was disseised of his free tenement and 4 a. arable and meadow in Hunmanby by Robert del Spence on the Sunday before that day.
Thomas Westby of Lowthorpe was arrested immediately after the baptism at the suit of Robert Sledmer, godfather of Robert Barde, on a plea of trespass by a servant of Gerard Husflete, then sheriff of Yorkshire.
John Spoford: on the following Monday Robert Warde, father of his wife Joan, enfeoffed William Barde and others in a messuage and garden in Lowthorpe for a settlement on John and Joan Spoford and their heirs and assigns.
Thomas de Mapylton: on 1 May next after that 25 April Robert Rede, prebendary of York, who was rector of Weaverthorpe, resigned for an exchange, and Thomas Garton was inducted and instituted.
John Gryme: on 18 Aug. in that year as he was climbing a ladder to his dovecot at Burton Fleming for doves to send to Agnes mother of Robert, long before she was churched, he fell from the ladder, near the top, broke his right arm and was badly crushed.
John Fitzhugh: on the day that Agnes was churched Joan mother of Alice his wife died and he succeeded to all her lands in Burton Fleming in right of Alice.
William Wylkynson: on the Sunday following the birth Robert Sledmer, godfather, and William Barde the father, joint owners of a ship bringing coals from Newcastle upon Tyne, lost her at sea near Whitby in a great storm.
Thomas Martyn: on 23 April 1384 the church of Weaverthorpe, of which the chapel is a member, was polluted by blood shed between John Webbe and William Belle of Weaverthorpe, and was reconsecrated by the suffragan of Alexander Nevyll, archbishop of York, on the day of the birth.
JOAN DE ROTHERFORD AND ELIZABETH JOHNSON
Writ for proof of age. Thomas de Tunstall, knight, and Joan his wife, executrix of Thomas de Grey of Heaton, who had a grant of the custody, should be warned, 25 June 1407.
[ Endorsed] Thomas and Joan Tunstall were ordered to be in chancery to do and receive as required.
NORTHUMBERLAND. Proof of age. Alnwick 25 June 1407
Joan wife of Robert de Rotherford, sister and heir of William, son of Henry de Heton, is aged 18 years and more, having been born in the manor of Chillingham on 1 Aug. 1389 and baptised in the church there. Elizabeth wife of William Johnson, another sister and heir of William de Heton, is aged 15 years and more, having been born and baptised in the same place on 13 Sept. 1391. The jurors say that they remember this for the reasons given:
John del Throp, aged 63, on the day that Joan was born went to the abbot of Alnwick to ask him to be godfather, and on the day that Elizabeth was born he went to ask the prior of Brinkburn to be the same.
Robert de Burnegyll, 60, carried a lighted torch at the baptism of Joan, and when Elizabeth was born he went to the lady of Horton to ask her to be godmother.
William Wryht, 62, was butler to Henry Heton at that time and delivered bread and wine for the baptisms.
Thomas Spofford, 65, was sent by Isabel mother of Joan to Berwick upon Tweed at the time of her birth to enquire of Henry the father; and was present in the house at Chillingham at the time of the birth of Elizabeth.
Robert Paxston, 60, on the day that Joan was born took a husbandland from Henry Heton in Chillingham, and when Elizabeth was baptised he saw her wrapped in a red cloth.
Henry Dunston, 60, when Joan was baptised had a daughter, Katherine, married to William Morton, and on the day that Elizabeth was born rode to Newcastle upon Tyne to buy three casks ( loginas) of wine.
Robert Soppath, 62, was in church at the baptism of Joan, and on the day that Elizabeth was born rode to Thomas Gray at Norham for certain business of Henry Heton.
Henry Chestur, 60, raised a new house in Chillingham on the day that Joan was born, and was chamberlain of Henry when Elizabeth was born.
Alan Hyndmars, 65, was godfather of Joan, and was at Berwick upon Tweed with Henry Heton when Elizabeth was born.
Roger Gybson, 66, when Joan was baptised married Joan daughter of John Holand at Alnwick, and was godfather of Elizabeth.
John Porter, 64, on the day that Joan was born married Isabel daughter of Robert Wellys at Embleton, and on the day that Elizabeth was born sold Henry Heton a grey horse for 20 marks.
John Ryll, 60, carried a bowl to the church for washing at the baptism of Joan, and rode to the lady of Ogle to ask her to be godmother to Elizabeth when she was born.
Writ for proof of age. Joan countess of Hereford, who has custody of the lands, should be warned, 23 Sept. 1407.
[ Endorsed]: She was warned by Robert Waltham and Thomas Berdeney.
ESSEX. Proof of age. Horndon on the Hill by South Ockendon 24 Sept
Maurice son and heir of Ingram Bruyn was born at South Ockendon and baptised in the church there on 14 September 1385, and was therefore aged 21 on 14 Sept. last [ sic]. The jurors say that they remember this for the reasons given:
John Quynton, aged 45 years and more: Maurice was placed to nurse to the wife of John Jann, carpenter, at Aveley by South Ockendon, and John built him a house at Aveley in that year.
Thomas Turvylle, 54: on the second day after the baptism Maurice was put to nurse at Aveley, and he was sent to the same place by Alice wife of Robert Marny, knight, aunt of Maurice, to see how Maurice was kept and nursed, and he received a gold ring for his trouble.
William Ardale, 49, knows the date by a charter of feoffment of John Smyth by which he bought a croft in Stifford by South Ockendon from John Smyth in that year and had seisin.
John Arundell, 50, was sent on that day by Alice Marny, the aunt, to Robert Marny, then lord of South Ockendon, in London to tell him of the birth, and he was given 20s. for his trouble.
Robert Bolyngton, 50: on that day Alice Wykes(?) granted him 10 a. in Rainham by charter and he had seisin.
John Duddelee, 50, was a servant of Robert Braibrook, then bishop of London, who sent a white palfrey as a gift by him, and Alice Marny gave him 6s.8d. for his trouble.
Edward Caumbre, 60, saw Robert Burton, parson of South Ockendon, the godfather, give Maurice a silver goblet with a gilt cover on the day of the baptism.
Richard Byrle, 49, was at South Ockendon and saw John Broun, goldsmith of London, give Maurice a silver gilt …
John Salman, senior, 60, carried a torch from the manor to the church for the baptism and held it by the font.
William Love, 49, was retained as carpenter on that day by Ingram Bruyn to build a new chamber in the manor of South Ockendon and received 10s. from him.
John Payn, 50, when Maurice was at the church saw Henry Somer driving a cart with a pipe of red wine past the churchyard to the manor and rejoicing and delighting in the birth of Maurice… in such excitement Henry Somer neglected the cart … so that the wine was totally lost.
John Sculle, 48, … was then chief butler of Robert Marny, then lord of South Ockendon, and Robert Est, his clerk of accounts, gave him 10s. for his good services to the godfathers and godmother.
MARGARET WIFE OF ROBERT BERNARD
Writ for proof of age of Margaret wife of Robert Bernard, who was the daughter and heir of John atte Pantrie and Agnes his wife, daughter of Joan, sister of Thomas Dolshill; and cousin and heir of Joan and Alice, daughters and heirs of Simon Worstede, son and heir of Isabel, the other sister of Thomas Dolshill; and cousin and heir of Edward Dolshill, son of Thomas. John Bernard, clerk, who had custody of the lands [
CFR 1399–1405, pp.30–1], should be warned, 11 Nov. 1406.
SURREY. Proof of age. Camberwell 18 Nov
The jurors say that she was born at Camberwell and baptised in St. Giles’s church there on 15 Sept. 1390, and is therefore aged 15 years and more. This they remember for the following reasons:
John Bekewell, aged 42 and more, was in the church and was godfather.
John Drynkewater, 45 and more, in the week that she was born covered with reeds a great house called ‘shepe’ next the church for John Sanderfode and was paid 20s. for his work.
John Gybelot, 48 and more, that month took at farm a tenement of John Sandeforde called ‘Ennus Indelane’ which he now holds.
Thomas Gosselyn, 50 and more, built a new chamber at Peckham on the day that she was born.
William Witte, 50 and more, in that week buried Joan his wife in Camberwell churchyard.
Thomas Langswet, 52 and more, in that month buried John Lorchon, husband of his wife’s sister Mary Lorchon, at Camberwell.
Robert Gonnyld, 48 and more: in that week his son … was born and baptised in that church.
Richard Ode, 46 and more, on that day carried corn in his cart for John Sandeforde from Kennington to his house at Camberwell.
John Horle, 36 and more, on that day met Margaret’s father going to Camberwell on a bay horse to find the vicar to baptise her.
John atte Brugge, 43 and more, that week made a fishpond for the archbishop at Croydon.
Richard Noble, 40 and more, at that time buried his wife’s mother at Camberwell.
John Combere, 50 and more, in that month built a kitchen for John Sandeforde at Camberwell.
John Bernard, clerk, was warned to be at Camberwell on 18 Nov. as required by the writ.