1307 - Robert Hod of Alverthorpe

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Date 1307
Topic Robert Hod member of a grand jury at Alverthorpe.
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Alverthorpe, now a Wakefield suburb.

By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2015-09-07. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2022-05-17.


Adam Gerbot sues Alice da. of Alice for an acre of land, which he claims because Gerbot, his father, bought the land and took it in open Court, and never surrendered it. Alice says that Gerbot, [? his or her] father, bought the land to her use with her own goods. An attaint is taken by 24, viz.:—Philip de Mora, Robert de Lupesheved, William s. of Thomas, John Malyn, Thomas Lyleman, Richard Pegere, Richard s. of Broun, Robert Hod, Richard Bunny, Henry del Bothom, Walter del Hill, Robert Pille, Philip le Syur, Richard del Bothom, John Bullok, Robert Gunne, Walter Bateman, William Albray, Simon de Monte, John de Chykenley, Adam del Dene, William Child, John s. of Eva, and Adam de Chykenley, who find that Gerbot de Alverthorpe bought the land with Alice's chattels and for her use. She may hold in peace. Adam is fined 4d.[1]

Source notes

Wakefield Manor court rolls; court held at Wakefield (West Riding of Yorkshire), 12 March 1307. MS heading: 'Alvirthorpe'.[2]

IRHB comments

According to OED2, s.n. 'attaint', n., this noun means "[t]he conviction of a jury for giving a false verdict; a legal process instituted for reversing a false verdict and convicting the jurors. This was done by a grand jury of twenty-four; 'for the law wills not that the oath of one jury of twelve men should be attainted or set aside by an equal number, or by less indeed than double the number.'"[3] Adam Gerbot had paid to have this "attaint" in order to have the decision of a previous jury overturned, but the grand jury also found against him.[4]




Also see


  1. Baildon, William Paley, ed. Court Rolls of the Manor of Wakefield, vol. II: 1297 to 1309 (The Yorkshire Archæological Society, Record Series, vol. XXXVI) (Leeds, 1906), p. 74.
  2. Baildon (1906), p. 74, and for court location see p. 56.
  3. OED2 cites "Bracton in Tomlins".
  4. Baildon (1906), pp. 69, 71.