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M1297:bailiffs interference with merchant under royal protection. [1]

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M1300 A: Workings and detailed customs of the market court under the law merchant. [2]

T1302 A: Ship out of Boston bound for Gascony wrecked in Kent. [3]

M1303 A: Attack on sheriff's agent taking provisions for the king by sheriff's letter patent and after sealing receipt for the goods taken. William de Wurmeleye v. Ranulph de Freskeneye, Roger Gernun of Boston, and Nicholas Belle. [4]

M1304 A: Thomas de Sutton of Boston v. William de Billesworth & Geoffrey de Snayth. Accusation of false imprisonment. Justified as part of provisioning of King for the war in Scotland, since they had appreciated goods and offered money that was refused; he was then tried for the contempt and found guilty so that he was imprisoned. [5]

T1306 A: Gilbert de Cestreton v. Richard de Bermyngham late Boston bailiff of John de Britannia sr. Gilbert had suggested to the king that he had sued before Richard de Bermyngham John de Messing according to law merchant without writ for 60 p.s. and that he had proved the debt judicially, but execution of the judgment was delayed because Richard de Bermyngham had exceeded the mandate of the king to seize goods of the merchants of Flanders to the value of 200 p.s. for a wrong done to Ralph Duram, Walter de Bradefeld, William de Cankewel, Phillip de Hedon, Adam Warner of Cottingham, Hugh de Athelwyk, Matthew de Thorne, Robert de Ma, and Richard Goderyk, English merchants. Bermyngham had in fact seized goods worth 1,000 p.s., so that execution could not be had of Gilbert's judicially determined debt. [6]

T1312 A: Presentment to the church of Boston. [7]

H1313 A: John Walrane, Henry Karrekeu, Henry de Welton, Henry Kare, Walter Mais, & John le Chaundeler merchants of John duke of Brabant v. Clement de Melton late bailiff of John de Warenne earl of Surrey of the fair of Stamford (Melton denies he was bailiff). Allegation that Melton disregarded royal protections and distrained plaintiffs for debts for which they were neither. Melton justified that he was not the bailiff of the Stamford fair, but of the Boston fair. In 2 Edward II Melton had sold Henry Kare 10 sacks of wool worth for 65 p.s. to be paid to him at the next Winchester fair. Because the debt was not then paid, Melton attached Kare at the Stamford fair to prosecute him before the bailiffs of the Stamford fiar for the debt according to the law merchant; Kare was convicted of a debt of 19 p.s. 9 s. with 20 marks damages. Certain cloths belonging to Kare were appreciated at that value and delivered to Melton. No verdict. [8]

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  • T1347 A: John Lovekyn de London v. Geoffrey Smyth of Boston, John de Themelby of Boston, Richard Noricesone of Boston, and John de Spayne of Boston portour together with Thomas Hemery of Boston cornmonger, Geoffrey son of William de Sutton of Boston, Richard de Hereford of Boston skinner, Thomas Ward of Boston, John Reynald of Boston, Roger de Crouland of Boston sherman, Robert de Wenham of Boston, Nicholas Smyth of Boston, Henry de Roughton of Boston, John Short of Boston, William Bayard of Boston, James de Tylneye of Boston, Geoffrey Jamesservaunt de Tylneye of Boston. Trespass: the taking of Lovekyn's goods worth 100 p.s. at Boston, assault on John Waryn his servant. [9] rcp
  • T1347 B: Adam atte Pole de London v. Geoffrey Smyth of Boston, John de Themelby of Boston, Richard Noricesone of Boston, and John de Spayne of Boston portour together with Thomas Hemery of Boston cornmonger, Geoffrey son of William de Sutton of Boston, Richard de Hereford of Boston skinner, Thomas Ward of Boston, John Reynald of Boston, Roger de Crouland of Boston sherman, Robert de Wenham of Boston, Nicholas Smyth of Boston, Henry de Roughton of Boston, John Short of Boston, William Bayard of Boston, James de Tylneye of Boston, Geoffrey Jamesservaunt de Tylneye of Boston. Trespass: the taking of Pole's goods worth 100 p.s. at Boston, assault on John de Gapton his servant. [10] rcp Further case against same defendants by Walter de Morden of London. [11] rcp and then also by Richard Sprot of London. [12] rcp
  • M1347 A: John Sprot of London v. Alan son of Geoffrey Coteller, Robert Matyn, and Geoffrey Coteller together with John Birth, John Waynflet, Thomas de Coupeland, Thomas Ray, John Lymnour, Richard Skirme, John Nose tailor, Walter Lytel mercer, John Maykyn, John Smyth de Bargate, and Alan his brother, Stephen Maieson, Roger Baker atte Forthe, John Adecoke, Geoffrey son of Henry de Sutton, Reginald Smyth, and William Berebowe. Trespass breach of his house at Boston, taking of goods worth 20 p.s. and 12 p.s. in money. [13] rcp

E1348 A: Rex v. Thomas Homery, William Prentiz ferour and others. Homery and Prentiz and others at Boston confederated together for fifteen days and assumed royal power. They elefted Thomas de Okam, tailor, as their captain and mayor. They boarded the ships of John Child of Salthouse and John Dortour of Wrangle and feloniously took grain worth 36p.s. belonging to Walter de Mordon, John Lovekyn, Adam de la Pole, and Richard Sprot, all of London. They ordained a common bell to be run and recruited and coerced various others to join them. Homery and Prentiz here are pardoned. Followed by the same for John Reynald. [14], [15]. [16], [17]. For more, see under "Warlike Conduct" theme. Related?? [18]. rcp

M1348 A: John Mareys v. Gerkyn Wangford, Fretheric Stowe, and Rotergus Grulle, merchants of Estland. The king appointed Mareys Ulnager, and Ulnager properly appointed Thomas Goldyng of Lynn as his deputy in Boston. The defendants impeded him from doing his duty. [19] rcp

H1349 A: Lincolnshire. Prior of Spalding v. William Wayard, Geoffrey de Sutton sr, Geoffrey son of William de Sutton, Matilda who was the wife of Alan son of Katherine, Margaret de Cotes, William Ledbeter atte Fishestathe, William de Candishe, Robert Davy, John de Stepynge, Richard de Freston, Roger Barfote, Thomas son of Simon Smyth, Robert the brother of the same Thomas, Walter Bliklyng tailor, Roger Purser, Richard Skirmel, John Smyth de Bargate, Roger Baker atte Forthe, John Hardy, Nicholas Smyth, John Davy shipman, Reginald Smyth, John Nose tailer, and William Berbewe together with Simon Gisors, Thomas Warde, John son of William de Sutton, John Stoke, Richard Norissone, John Short, John Shelle porter, Peter Tharald, Peter de York skinner, John de Waynflete, John Maykyn, Alan brother of John Smyth de Bargate, Alan son of Geoffrey Coteller, Stephen Malesont, and John Adecoke. They broke into the prior's house in Boston and broke into little pieces the windows and doors and took away provisions stored for the abbot, the monks and their men to the value of 100 p.s. on the Sunday befo4re the feast of the nativity of St John the Baptist 21 Edward III. They pleaded not guilty. [20], [21],[22] rcp

E1349 A: Lincolnshire. Roger de Cobeldyk v. William Norman de Cottingham. Trespass: taking of a ship worth 20 p.s. at Boton. exigent order. [23] rcp

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H1350 A: Lincolnshire. Presented that John Horn of Boston in 1346 exported wool without paying customs and engaged in price fixing with Richard Schayll de Faldyngworth and Lawrence Stage de Donham and other buyers of wool in Holland, Lincolnshire, who banded together by oath. [24] rcp

E1350 A: Lincolnshire. John Sprot v. Thomas Coupland tailor and Margery who was the wife of Thomas Smith together with John Davy shipman and John Shelle porter. Trespass at Boston Monday after the feast of St Botulf 1347, taking of goods worth 40 p.s. [25] rcp

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