The Court Rolls of Ramsey, Hepmangrove, and Bury, 1268–1600

PLEAS CONCERNING PLAINTS AND TRESPASSES BEFORE WILLIAM DEWASSINGLE AND IVO DE HURST, JUSTICES [ASSIGNED TO THE BANLIEU OF RAMSEY], ON MONDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF ST DUNSTAN THE ARCHBISHOP, IN THE THIRTY-FOURTH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF KING EDWARD. [1]

1

[Trespass.] (Fine excused, Damages.) Simon le Messer was attached to respond to Katherine, daughter of Benedict Frore of Ramsey in a plea of trespass, whereof she complains that, with force and arms and against the peace, on Friday in Pentecost Week, in the thirty-second year of King Edward, [2] he unjustly assaulted her in the marsh of the Cellarer of Ramsey and beat and mistreated her, whereof she says she was injured and has damages to the value of a half-mark, and whereupon she produces suit. Simon comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does Katherine. Verdict of the Jurors: Guilty. Simon is committed to prison, and Katherine shall recover damages assessed at 12 d. Pledges [for Simon:] Alan Noreman and William Hauteyn. Simon's fine excused at the request of Brother S. de Deneford.

2

[Trespass.] Alexander de Styvekle [3] and John, his son, were attached to respond to Ralph Molendinarius and Matilda, his wife, in a plea of trespass, whereof they complain that on Tuesday after the feast of the Purification of Blessed Mary, in the thirty-fourth year of King Edward, [4] they broke down the door of their house and, against their will, entered and beat, mistreated and drew blood from the said Matilda, to her damage of a half-mark. Alexander and John, denying force and injury and saying they are not guilty, put themselves on the country, as do Ralph and Matilda. Verdict of the Jurors: Guilty. Alexander and John are committed to prison, and Ralph and Matilda recover damages assessed at 2 s. Later, Alexander and John made a fine of 20 d. Pledges: Alan Noreman and Robert le Wodeward. Damages: 112d.

3

[Trespass.] Simon le Messer was attached to respond to Katherine, daughter of Nicholas Bole, in a plea of trespass, whereof she complains that on Friday in Pentecost Week, in the thirty-second year of King Edward, [5] he unjustly, with force and arms and against the peace, in the marsh of the Cellarer of Ramsey, assaulted, beat and mistreated her, to her damages of a half-mark. Simon comes and, saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does Katherine.Verdict of the Jurors: Guilty. Simon is committed to prison, and Katherine recovers damages assessed at 12 d. Pledges: Alan Norman and William Hauteyn. Fine excused at the request of Brother S. de Deneford.

4

[Trespass.] [Robert, son of] [6] Peter Fesaunt of Ramsey was attached to respond to Agnes de Eboraco for unjustly and against the peace beating and mistreating her on Thursday after the Octave of Easter, in the thirty-fourth year of King Edward, [7] in the vill of Ramsey, to her damages of 5 s. Robert comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does Agnes. Verdict of the Jurors: Guilty. Agnes recovers damages assessed at 6 d., and Robert is committed to prison. Pledges: John Clerevaus and William Wrau. Later, he made a fine of 20 d. Pledges: the same.

5

[Trespass.] (Amercement excused by the abbot.) William Mouwyn was attached to respond to Roger de Pistrino of Ramsey in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on Thursday before the feast of the [?Purification] [8] of Blessed Mary, in the thirty-fourth year of King Edward, [9] in a certain place called Romer, by the procuring and abetment of a certain John[...], [10] he assaulted Roger and struck him maliciously in his right side with a certain trillopum and broke two of his bones, so that he languished in bed for a long time, whereupon Roger says he was injured and has damages to the value of #60. William comes and says that, as Warden of the Lord Abbot's beasts, he went by the said place of Romer and saw William Wrau and the said Roger in a boat belonging to the abbot, and that he ordered William Wrau to come to shore. William refused, on account of which he advanced towards him with histrillopum and, by accident, struck the said Roger. And that he did not do this maliciously he seeks be determined, as does Roger. Verdict of the Jurors: William Mowyn, on the said day, came to the said place with his bow and, seeing William Wrau and Roger in a boat, ordered William to come to shore. William refused, whereupon William [Mowyn] immediately used his bow and wanted to strike him, but, by accident, he struck Roger, who was sitting in the stern of the boat, to his damages of one mark. Later, they came to an agreement, so that William shall pay Roger 4 s. Further, he is amerced for trespass. Amercement excused by the abbot. Pledges: Thomas de Elyngton and Thomas de Warewyk.

6

[Trespass.] (Fine elsewhere, [11] Damages.) Robert Fesaunt of Ramsey was attached to respond to Agnes, daughter of Robert de Houcton, in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on Sunday, the feast of the Apostles Philip and James, in the thirty-fourth year of King Edward, [12] in the vill of Ramsey, he beat, mistreated and committed other outrages upon her, to her damages of one mark. Robert comes and admits he struck Agnes once. Therefore, Agnes shall recover damages assessed at 2 d., and Robert is committed to prison. Pledges: John Clerevaus and William Wrau. [Later,] Robert made a fine, recorded above. [13]

7

[Trespass.] (Amercement: 10 d.) John de Wynpol was attached to respond to Geoffrey de Weston and Joan, his wife, in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on Ascension Day, in the thirty-fourth year of King Edward, [14] he struck Joan with his fist, held her by the throat and did other outrageous things to her, to her damages of 20 s. John comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as do Geoffrey and Joan.Verdict of the Jurors: Joan, at the doorway of Andrew de Weston, maliciously seized John by the hairs of his head, and John, defending himself, drove Joan away from him, without inflicting any damage upon her as claimed. Therefore, Geoffrey and Joan are amerced for a false claim, and John goes without a day. Pledges: William le Mayster and Thomas de Elyngton.

8

[Trespass.] (Fine excused, Damages.) Alexander Redfox was attached to respond to Richard Pedefer in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on Saturday after the feast of the Translation of St Benedict, in the thirty-fourth year of King Edward, [15] in the vill of Ramsey, he assaulted him in his courtyard, beat him and wounded him in the middle of his right hand with an iron fork, whereupon he says he was injured and has damages to the value of #50. Alexander comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does Richard. Verdict of the Jurors: Guilty. Richard shall recover damages assessed at 2 s., and Alexander is committed to prison. Pledges: Alan Noreman and William Faber Senior. Fine excused because he is a pauper.

9

[Trespass.] (Fine: 10 d., Damages.) Robert Mokedychs was attached to respond to Robert son of Hugh le Upholder in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on Saturday, the feast of St Edward the King, in the thirty-third year of King Edward, [16] in the meadow of Simon de Ellesworth, he beat him with a cudgel and did other outrageous things to him, to his grave damages of #20. Robert comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is guilty of nothing, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does Robert [son of Hugh.] Verdict of the Jurors: Guilty. Robert son of Hugh shall recover damages assessed at 18 d., and Robert Mokedychs is committed to prison. Pledges: Ivo Altherman and William Wrau.

10

[Trespass.] (Fine: 10 d.) Concord between Geoffrey Osemund, complainant by bill in a plea of trespass against the peace, and Robert Fesaunt, defendant. Pledges for Robert: John de Clerevaus and Edmund le Boteler.

11

[Trespass.] (Fine: 10 d., Damages, Amercement: 10 d.) John de Temesford, William le Fenere Senior, Ivo son of Russel and Alexander Redfox were attached to respond to Hugh Dunch [17] in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, in the night of the most recent feast day of St Mark the Evangelist, [18] in a certain place called Holt Lode [19], they, in premeditated assault, beat and mistreated him, took him to the abbey of Ramsey and imprisoned him there until the hour of Prime the next morning, to his grave damages of #40. John and the others come and, denying force and injury and saying they are guilty of nothing, seek that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does Hugh. Verdict of the jurors: John and the others seized Hugh [...] [20] and, against his will, unjustly took him to the abbey, as he complains. However, they did not imprison him, as he says, but rather he stayed there willingly, because he could have left had he wished. Further, John and the others did not beat or mistreat Hugh, as he claims, although they did seize him and take him away, against his will. Therefore, it is determined that Hugh shall recover damages assessed at a half-mark. Pledges: Alan Tannator [...] [21] and[Thomas de] Elyngton. Further, John and the others are to be imprisoned. And because they did not beat or mistreat Hugh, as he complained, Hugh is amerced for a false claim. Pledges: John Totsentz and William Gerveys.

12

[Trespass.] (Fine: 20 d., Damages.) Hugh Dunch [22] was attached to respond to John de Temesford in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on Sunday before the feast of St Mark the Evangelist, [23] during the night, while John was in his balliwick next to Paddock Weir [24] in Holt Lode, [25] in the time of enclosure, he assaulted, beat, mistreated and drew blood from him, to his damages of 40 s. Hugh comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does John. Verdict of the Jurors:John found Hugh fishing in his balliwick and wanted to attach him, according to the law, whereupon Hugh, with a certain stake, tried to strike John in the head. However, the garcon of John received the blow with his hatchet, slightly touching his hand, so that he drew blood from him. Therefore, Hugh shall be imprisoned, and John shall recover damages assessed at 12 d. Pledges: John Totseyntz and William Gerveys.

13

[Trespass.] (Fine excused, Damages.) Ivo le Turnour was attached to respond to Roger de la Hyde in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on the Vigil of All Saints, in the thirty-third year of King Edward, [26] while he was serving in his office in the hall of the abbot of Ramsey, in Ramsey, he assaulted him, seized him by the throat and dragged him by his hood outside the hall and did other outrageous things to him, to his damages of [...] [27] s. Ivo comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined, as does Roger. Verdict of the Jurors: Guilty. Ivo is committed to prison, and Roger shall recover damages assessed at 6 d. Pledges: William Wrau and Alan Sturdy. Fine excused by the lord.

14

[Trespass.] (Amercement excused.) [28] Roger de la Hyde was attached to respond to Ivo le Turnour in a plea of why, with force and arms and against the peace, on the Vigil of All Saints, [29] he assaulted, struck him and inflicted three wounds on his head, to his damages of [...] [30] s. Roger comes and, denying force and injury and saying he is not guilty, seeks that [the truth of the matter] be determined. Verdict of the Jurors: Roger is the Warden and Usher of the hall [of the abbey of Ramsey], and he found Ivo standing there and ordered him to leave, which he refused to do, and Ivo then seized him by the throat and dragged him outside by his hood, so that Roger, in an attempt to free himself, struck Ivo with his wand. Therefore, Ivo is amerced for a false claim. Pledges: William Wrau and Alan Sturdy. Amercement excused because Ivo is a pauper.

15

[Debt.] [31] (Amercement: 10 d.) Amercement from John Totseyntz, Godfrey Andreu and Thomas de [...], [32] pledges of[...], [33] for failing to have him to respond to Hugh Dunch in a plea of unjust detention [regarding a debt of 100 s. contracted ca. the feast of St Margaret the Virgin, in the twenty-ninth year of King Edward, [34] at Mugg Ditch [35]] Order to seize [the defendant] to be present on Monday after the Octave of the Trinity [36] to respond.