1368 - Richard de Lye of Albrighton

From International Robin Hood Bibliography
Date 1368
Topic Richard de Lye among men who broke the close of the parson of Handsworth [Staffs] and stole his livestock
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North to south: Albrighton, Shrewsbury; Albrighton, Wolverhampton; St Mary's Church, Handsworth

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-11-11. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2021-01-08.


[18 May 1368:]
Commission of oyer and terminer to Richard de Stafford, John Moubray, Thomas de Ingelby, William de Fyncheden, Robert de Grendon, Philip de Grendon, Thomas de Arderne, knights, and Simon de Lychefeld, on complaint by Henry de Morewode, parson of the church of Hounesworth, that Roger de Wirlegh, John de Allerwas, John Dymmok of Wennesbyry, Richard de Wirlegh, Henry de Wirlegh, clerk, Richard Grymvill of Hounesworth, 'parker,' Adam le Charetter of Norton, Richard de Lye of Albrighton, Roger Spaynel, and others, broke his close at Hounesworth, co. Stafford, killed 12 swine worth 60s., took and impounded 10 oxen, 10 cows and 11 calves, kept them so long without nourishment that 6 oxen, 3 cows and 6 calves, worth 20 marks, died, and the remainder were deteriorated to his damage of 10 marks, broke his stank there whereby the fish therein were let out, took and carried away goods and chattels, assaulted and wounded his men and servants, did other enormities, and by conspiracy procured that he should be indicted of certain felonies and trespasses, of which by judgement of the king’s court he afterwards went quit.
  Renewed because sealed at another time by fine of a mark.[1]

Source notes

Membrane 7d of the Patent Roll for 42 Edward III - Part I. Marginal note: "May 18. Westminster". Italic type as in printed source.

IRHB comments

Richard de Lye came from a place named Albrighton. There were at least two towns of that name, one northwest of Wolverhampton, c. 27 km NW of Handsworth, the other NW of Shrewsbury, about twice as far from Handsworth. Given the distances, the former would seem the more likely.




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