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1370 - Richard de Lye of Albrighton

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Date 1370
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, 2018-11-11.

Record

[15 feb. 1370:]
Commission of oyer and terminer to Ralph Basset of Drayton, Richard de Staflord, John Moubray, Thomas de Ingelby, William de Fyncheden, John de Gryseleye and Simon de Lichefeld, on complaint by Henry de Morewode, parson of the church of Hounesworth, that Roger de Wyrlegh, William de Albryghton, Richard de Wyrlegh of [p. 423:] Hounesworth, the elder, Richard de Grymvill of Hounesworth, 'parker,' Adam Carter of Northfeld, Richard de Lye, and others, broke his close at Hounesworth, co. Stafford, assaulted and wounded him, killed 12 swine, worth 60s., impounded 10 oxen, 10 cows and 11 calves, kept them without nourishment so long that 6 oxen, 3 cows and 6 calves, worth 20 marks, died, and the remainder were greatly deteriorated, broke his stank there so that fish to the value of 40 marks escaped, took away his goods, and assaulted and imprisoned his men and servants.
  Changed, because at another time he gave a mark in another writ.

 The like to the same on complaint by Henry de Morewode, parson of the church of Hounesworth, that Roger de Wyrlegh, John Dymmok of Wennesbury, John Neuman of Barre and others, by a conspiracy made beforehand at Stafford, procured him to be indicted before William de Shareshull and his fellows, late justices of oyer and terminer in the county of Stafford, of having received Adam de Stone, indicted of the theft of 8 marks and 10s. from John atte Lake, chaplain,and of other trespasses, and to be detained in Stafford prison until Adam was acquitted before the said justices and he was acquitted of the said receiving and of the other trespasses. Changed, as above.[1]

Source notes

Membrane 24d of the Patent Roll for 44 Edward III - Part I. Marginal note: "Feb. 15. Westminster". Italic type as in printed source. IRHB's brackets.

IRHB comments

It is known from a 1368 Patent Roll entry relating to the same affair that Richard de Lye came from a place named Albrighton. See 1368 - Richard de Lye of 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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