BLAdd.Roll39705, m. 5 (AD1383)
PLEAS AT RAMSEY BEFORE [BROTHER JOHN DE SWAFHAM, JOHN HOLT, WILLIAM THYRNYNG AND ROBERT WARYN], JUSTICES [OF THE BANLIEU OF RAMSEY] ON TUESDAY, THE FEAST OF ST MICHAEL, IN THE SEVENTH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF KING RICHARD II. 
Plea of detinue of chattels against Thomas Wayte by Richard Ferrour, personally, in that Thomas withholds from him chattels valued at #20. Thomas fails to appear. Judgement postponed until Monday before Christmas of this year,  with order that Thomas be attached to appear. 
PLEAS AT RAMSEY BEFORE JOHN HOLT AND HIS ASSOCIATES, JUSTICES OF ABBOT EDMUND FOR THE BANLIEU OF RAMSEY, ON TUESDAY, THE FEAST OF ST MICHAEL, IN THE SEVENTH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF KINGRICHARD II. 
Assize of novel disseisin against Richard Ferrour of Ramsey, Nicholas de Stukele, knight, William de Wassyngle and Thomas othe Seler by Alan Colwyk of Ramsey, who complains that they unjustly disseised him of his free tenement in Ramsey, namely of one messuage with appurtenances.  The said Richard, Nicholas and Thomas come in person, but William is represented by a certain Adam Joie,  acting as his bailiff, who says that the said Alan never had anything in the said messauge except a tenement with Nicholas Capron, who is not named in the writ, whereupon he seeks judgement of the writ. Further, [if his exception is not allowed],  then he says that [the said William] never committed any injury or disseisin against Alan, and concerning which he puts himself on the assize, as does [Alan.] 
The said Richard says that he is the tenant of the said messuage by right of his wife, Agnes, and was on the day of the seeking of the writ, and [shared the property] with Nicholas de Stukele and the others named in the writ, but that Agnes is not named in the writ, whereupon he seeks judgement of the writ. (The said Nicholas de Stukele and Thomas say that they are tenants of the said messuage and were on the day of the seeking of the writ, [sharing the property] with Richard and William. Further, they say that the assize should not be held because Richard Ferrour and his wife, Agnes, brought a writ of formedon against Thomas Wayte and his wife, Alice, then tenants of the said messuage, which writ was returnable before Robert Balknapp and his associates, late justices of the Bench at Westminster, on the morrow of the Ascension, in the forty-ninth year of King Edward III,  claiming that a certain Emma,  who was the wife of Alan Cocus of Ramsey, had given that messuage to a certain Ivette, her daughter, and to the heirs of her body. The writ traced the descent [of the property] from Ivette to her son Alan, and from Alan to his son, Alan, and from him to his daughter, Agnes. Upon that writ, action began in that court until the bailiffs of the abbot of Ramsey's banlieu came and, having sought the abbot's liberty, obtained it. Later, before the said abbot's justices in the banlieu of Ramsey, on Monday in Easter Week, 1 Richard II,  Richard and Agnes, by judgement of the court, recovered the said messuage from Thomas and Alice, and by grant [of Richard and Agnes], Nicholas de Stukele and Thomas othe Seler obtained the status they now have in the messuage, and they say that the status of Alan Colwyk in that messuage was that of an intermediary tenant, whereupon they seek judgement whether he should bring the assize against them. (The said Alan Colwyk says that neither the said Richard Ferrour's request for the quashing of the writ nor Nicholas' and Thomas' claim that they are separate tenants should be admitted, for he says that on the day he sought the writ—6 October, 6Richard II —the said Richard, Nicholas, William and Thomas were tenants of that messuage in common, which he seeks be established by the assize, as do Richard, Nicholas, William and Thomas.
[Verdict of the Jurors], elected by the consent of the parties:  at the time that the disseisin of Alan Colwyk was supposed to have been committed—as alleged in his writ—the said Alan alone was seised of the said messuage as of a free tenement, although the aforesaid Nicholas Caperon also had some [interest] in it. Further, on the day he sought his writ, the said Nicholas de Stukele, William and Thomas were tenants in common of that messuage with appurtenances, and that the said Richard only had anything in it at the will of Nicholas, William and Thomas.
The jurors seek the discretion  of the Justices, and a day before the said Justices at Ramsey is given to the parties to hear the judgement: Monday after Christmas,  on which day Alan Colwyk came in person, but Richard and the others did not, sending a certain Adam Capron to answer for them as their bailiff. [Because of that], a day was immediately given to the parties at Ramsey to hear the judgement [based on] the said verdict, namely: Thursday before Palm Sunday,  at which day the said [Alan]  did not prosecute his writ. Therefore, he and his pledges for prosecuting are amerced. 
1. MS: prefatis justiciariis.
2. 29 September, 1383.
3. 21 December, 1383.
4. This case is apparently the result of an earlier case concerning one messuage of land in Ramsey claimed by Richard and his wife, Agnes, from Thomas and his wife, Alice, asserting that the disputed messuage has been given by Emma, wife of Alan Cocus, to her daughter Ivette and to the heirs of her body, and which, after her death, was to pass to Ivette's son, Alan, thence to Alan's son, Alan, and thence to Agnes. The writ initiating the earlier action was dated 24 April, 49 Edward III (1375). See BLAdd.Roll39705, m. 1, and infra, no. 3.
5. Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 137: "Gretford."
6. Torn away.
7. This entry is followed by a set of new pleas from the same year, but the roll is torn away.
8. 29 September, 1383.
9. The original complaint by Alan Colwyk, and the original writ, are dated 6 October, 6 Richard II (1382). See BLAdd.Roll39705, m. 1.
10. Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 139: "Ioco."
11. MS: Et si etc.
12. MS: Willelmus.
13. 1 June, 1375.
14. MS: quandam Emmam. Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 140: "qoundam Emma."
15. 19 April, 1378.
16. Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 140: "Othesele."
17. 6 October, 1382.
18. BLAdd.Roll39701. Writ from Abbot Edmund to John Holt and associates, justices of the Banlieu of Ramsey, ordering the assembling of the jurors by Thursday in the fifth week of Lent (1383). The jurors named are: John Somersam, Thomas Rideman, John Draper, Andrew Barkere [Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 142: "Barker"], Thomas atte Cros [Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 142: "Cross"], John Claxton, William Morton, William Claxton, William Bodeseye [Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 142: "Godeseye"], William Putyfer [Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 142: "Putifer"], John Bere, John atte Cros [Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 142: "Cross"], Simon Abbot, John Beverech [Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 142: "Benerech"], William Barbour, John Croulond [Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 142: "Crowland"].
19. MS: discreccionem. Cf. Ault, Court Rolls, p. 141: "districtionem."
20. 29 December, 1382.
21. 12 March, 1383.
22. MS: Nicholaus.
23. Pledges (BLAdd.Roll39705, m. 2d): John Osegod, William Shirwode. The defendants' pledges were: for Richard Ferrour, John Gritford and John Ravele; for Nicholas de Stuckley, John Couper Jr. and John Glover; for William de Washingley, Nicholas Hirst and Walter Whytebred; for Thomas othe Seler, Thomas Pycard and John Wenyngton.
An additional piece of parchment attached to this writ lists the original jury panel: John Barford Sr., John Randolf [deleted], Thomas Caunwyle, Thomas Ridman [sworn], Thomas de Kychene, John Somersam [sworn], John Page of Wistow, John atte Cros [sworn], Thomas Wakyr Sr. [sworn], John Claxton [sworn], Simon Abbot [sworn], Martin Barker, William Bodesey [sworn], John Draper [sworn], John Hobbysson [deleted], John Croulond [sworn], Walter Bocher, Andrew Barker, Roger Wrsale [sic], William Freman, John at Cros [sworn], William Claxton [sworn], William Colyn, John Staunford, Walter Glover, mainperned by John Pope, William Bole and Roger Wayte, and John Barker, mainperned by Nicholas Caperon.