Manors of the Abbey of Bec, A.D. 1249
Ogbourne [Wiltshire]. Thursday in Whitsun week.
William Blackbeard in mercy for not coming with his law as he was bound to do.
Pledges, Geoffrey of Wick and Geoffrey Payn. Fine, 6 d.
It was presented that Stephen Shepherd by night struck his sister with a knife
and grievously wounded her. Therefore let him be committed to prison.
Afterwards he made fine with 2 s. Pledge, Geoffrey of wick.
It was presented that Robert Carter's son by night invaded the house of Peter
Burgess and in felony threw stones at his door so that the said Peter raised
the hue. Therefore let the said Robert be committed to prison. Afterwards he
made fine with 2 s.
Nicholas Drye, Henry le Notte (fine, 12 d.) and Thomas Hogue (fine, 12 d.) were
convicted for that they by night invaded the house of Sir Thomas the Chaplain
and forcibly expelled thence a man and woman who had been taken in there as
guests. Therefore they are in mercy. Pledges of the said Thomas, richard of
Lortemere and Jordan of Paris. Pledges of the said Henry, Richard Pen... and
Adam Moses gives half a sextary of wine to have an inquest as to whether Henry
Ayulf accused him of the crime of larceny and used opprobrious and contumelious
words of him. Afterwards they made accord and Henry finds security for an
amercement. Fine, 12 d.
Isabella Sywards in mercy for having sold to Richard Bodenham land that she
could not warrant him.
All the ploughmen of great Ogbourne are convicted by the oath of twelve
men...because by reason of their default [the land] of the lord was ill
ploughed whereby the lord is damaged to the amount of 9 s.... And Walter Reaper
is in mercy for concealing [i.e. not giving information as to] the said bad
ploughing. Afterwards he made fine with the lord with 1 mark.
From Ralph Joce 6 s. 8 d. for his son, because he [the son] unlawfully carried
off corn from the lord's court. Pledge, Geoffrey Joce.
From Henry Pink 12 d. for a trespass by waylaying.
From Eve Corner 6 d. for a trespass of her pigs.
From Ralph Scales 6 d. for timber carried off.
From William Cooper 12 d. for ploughing his own land with the lord's plough
From Hugh Newman 12 d. for trespass in the wood.
From Richard Penant 12 d. for the same.
From Helen widow of Little Ogbourne 6 d. for the same.
From Nicholas Siward 6 d. for a false complaint against William Pafey.
From William Pafey 12 d. for fighting with the said Nicholas.
From the widow of Ralph Shepherd 6 d. for a trespass in Pencombe.
Bledlow [Buckinghamshire]. Friday after S. Peter at Chains.
Richard Blund gives a half-mark and if he recovers will give two marks and a
half to have a jury of the whole court, to inquire whether he has the greater
right in a virgate of land which Hugh Frith holds in wardship with Cristiana
daughter of Simon White, or the said Cristiana. Pledges for the fine, Richard
Dene, William Hulle, John of Senholt, Hugh Smith, and William Ketelburn. And
the whole court say upon their oath that the said Richard has greater right in
the said land than anyone else. Therefore let him recover his seisin.
Peter Coterel gives two marks to have seisin of the land which was his
father's, saving to Roise his mother a third part of the same land. Pledges,
William Ketelburn, Simon Francis, William Costard and John of Senholt.
...Miller gives 2 d. [the Latin translates as 4 s.] for a trespass against the
assize of beer and because the lord's corn has been ill kept at teh mill.
Pledges, John Orped and Joce Serjeant.
Weedon Beck [Northamptonshire]. Monday after the feast of S. Leonard.
Simon Wimbold gives 1 mark to have seisin of a fourth part of one virgate of
land which Geoffrey his brother held. Pledges, William Askil and Ralph
Agatha daughter of Robert son of Maud gives 20 s. to have seisin of a third
part of that virgate of land which John of Bledlow held, for that it belongs to
her as her reasonable share. Pledges, Hugh Bussel, William Askil and Gilbert
Roger Smith complains of robert of brockhole about an acre of land which the
said Roger had hired from Maud daughter of the said Robert for a term of four
years and says that the said Robert undertook to guarantee him his said term,
and gives 2 s. to have an inquest.
Gilbert Priest's son complains of the said Robert in the same manner as to
three acres of land and gives 2 s. to have an inquest.
Noah gives 2 s. in the same way for an inquest as to one acre. Afterwards they
submit themselves to arbitrators, who adjudge that the said Robert shall pay 3
s. to the said Roger and 6 s. to the said Gilbert and 7 s. to the said Noah,
and that he will do so [Robert] finds pledges.
Cottisford [Oxfordshire]. Vigil of S. Martin.
Ralph Bar in mercy for having beaten one of the lord's men. Pledges, Herbert
Rede and Ralph Brunild.
For the common fine of the township, a half-mark.
John Boneffiant found pledges, to wit, William Smith and William of Bledlow,
that he will not eloign himself from the lord's land and that he will be prompt
to obey the lord's summons.
This text was taken from:
Maitland, F. W., ed. Select Pleas in Manorial and Other Seignorial
Courts: Volume 1--Reigns of Henry III and Edward I. London: Bernard