1325 - Mariner John Petit released from the Tower
|Topic||John Petit, mariner, released from the Tower of London|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-03-04. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2019-04-27.
[1325. Dec. 31:]
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to cause John Petit, mariner, Catour, mariner, and Cok' atte Wose, mariner, who are imprisoned in the Tower of London, to be released, upon their finding mainpernors that they will not eloign themselves and that they will be always ready at the king's pleasure when summoned in this behalf, so that by this mainprise they may go at large and sue to recover their debts for their discharge. The king has ordered the constable to bring them before the treasurer and barons, and to release them from prison at the order of the treasurer and barons.
By p.s. [7277.]
Brackets as in printed source, except date which was added by IRHB.
The passage quoted is a calendar entry, not a translation, of the record.
The trio here released from prison were accused of "confiscating" a Flemish ship laden with £600 worth of goods on the Tyne in 1323 (see link in section "Also see" below). For the career of this John Little and for the name "atte Wose" see Little John the mariner (record texts).
- Not included in Sussex, Lucy, compil. 'References to Robin Hood up to 1600', in: Knight, Stephen. Robin Hood: A Complete Study of the English Outlaw (Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Massachusetts: Blackwell, 1994), pp. 262-88.
- [Stevenson, W.H., ed.; Woodruff, C.H., index.; Maxwell-Lyte, Henry Churchill, introd.] Calendar of the Close Rolls Preserved in the Public Record Office: Edward II. A.D. 1323–1327 (London, 1898), p. 437.