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

BLAdd.Roll39562r (AD1297 [1])

[BURY.] VIEW [OF FRANKPLEDGE HELD] AT BURY, THURSDAY AFTER THE FEAST OF THE CONCEPTION OF BLESSED MARY, IN THE TWENTY-SIXTH YEAR OF THE REIGN OF KING EDWARD AND THE TWELFTH YEAR OF THE LORD ABBOT JOHN. [1]

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[JURORS:] John de Broucton, Stephen de Ravele, Ralph Arnold, Simon Hervy, Alexander de Kyngesdelf, Philip de Kyngesdelf.

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[CAPITAGE:] 2 s.

[PRESENTMENTS BY THE ALE-TASTER]

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Presentments by Thomas de Wystowe, ale-taster of Bury:

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[No amercement recorded] from Alice le Wodeward for regularly brewing ale and selling it for 1 d. Pledge: her husband. Gallon, pottle, quart.

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[No amercement recorded] from the wife of Roger Tarteryn for the same. Pledge: her husband. Gallon, pottle, quart.

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Complaint against Geoffrey de Byri and Emma, his wife, by Mariot Randolf. Pledges for prosecuting: Simon de Elysworth and Simon Hervy. Order to distrain Geoffrey and Emma.

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Acquittal of William Faber, who brought his warrant [proving] that he is in tithing in Alconbury.

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Concerning the pledge remitted in the last view regarding the attachment of wood, two axes, one bill, and one knife valued at 4d.

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Concerning the pledge remitted regarding the attachment of wood, two axes, one bill, this year, valued at 7 d.

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6 d. from John Cuperius for having a decision by the court concerning one cote. Pledge: Geoffrey Tolbe.

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[No amercement recorded] from William de Ripton for damage committed in the lord's woods.

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[No amercement recorded] from Geoffrey de Byri for the same.

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[No amercement recorded] from Alan de Kyngesdelf for the same. Pledge: his father.

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[No amercement recorded] from Robert Martyn of Raveley for the same. Pledge: Thomas ad Capud Ville.

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[No amercement recorded] from Geoffrey Faber for damage committed in the lord's meadow at Bykerescroft. Pledge: Roger Tannator.

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[No amercement recorded] from John de Paris for the same in the lord's grain.

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[No amercement recorded] from Ralph Arnaud for the same. Pledge: Thomas ad Capud Ville.

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Order to distrain Robert Russel and Robert Warewyk for default.

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Order to arrest Thomas Tannator, if he comes upon the fee, who withdrew because of iniquity.

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[No amercement recorded] from John Gilbe for exercising the office of tanner and rendering nothing to the lord. Pledge: William Faber. Later, he agreed to render one capon annually to the lord, at Easter, by the same pledge.

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Order to Roger Tarterin to [show] [2] his charter before the next court concerning his purchase of one curtilage from Luke le Bonde. Pledge: William le Rydeman. Amercement [3] of the jurors for concealing this. Pledges: the one for the other.

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Order to distrain Agnes le Coupere, convicted of fornication, to pay the fine for leyrwite. Amercement [4] of the jurors for concealing this. Pledges: the one for the other.

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Complaint of debt against Alexander de Kyngesdelf by John de Caldekote Senior and John de Caldekote Junior, who seeks 45 s. that they gave Alexander seven years before, to be returned at the expiration of the agreement, which money Alexander unjustly detains and does not pay, to their serious damage. Alexander comes and denies the whole debt and puts himself on an inquest, [claiming that] he owes them nothing. Verdict of the inquest, under oath: Alexander owes 15 s. and no more. Decision that Alexander shall pay the money: half at Easter, the other half at Michaelmas. Amercement for unjust detention. [5] Pledges for both [obligations:] Stephen de Ravele and Roger Tannator. Amercement [6] of John Senior and John Junior for a false claim, because they claimed 30 s. more than they were owed. Pledge: Roger Tannator.

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The customaries of Bury withdraw and do not render, nor for along time have they bothered to render, the customary ploughing services owed to the lord, namely: that in each week, on either Wednesday or Friday, they owe one ploughing service when they plough the tenements on their own land or on the land of another, for which ploughing of another's land they indeed take money. They expressly state that they are not obligated to render any ploughing service to the lord after their own land has been completely ploughed. Therefore, a day is set for discussing this matter with them before the lord and his stewards, namely: Sunday after the feast of St Lucia the Virgin, [7] at Ramsey, to which [meeting] each is to come under penalty of a half-mark.

Notes

1. 12 December, 1297.

2. MS: emendare.

3. Unrecorded.

4. Unrecorded.

5. Unrecorded.

6. Unrecorded.

7. 15 December, 1297.