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M1348 A: Yorkshire. Henry earl of Lancaster seneschal of England and lord of the honor of Pontefract v. William Halyday, Robert Halyday, William de Sutton, and Gilbert Chaumberlayn together with John Halyday jr, Richard Spicer, Adam de Farburn skinner, Henry Halyday, Adam Chaumberlayn, Robert de Chatburn, John de Methelay souter, Walter Tourge, Robert Dune, Adam de Selby souter, William de Plyngton souter, Adam Abbot souter, Stephen Cotheworth souter, Simon Pepercorn souter, Robert Harald, Peter de Wathe, John de Went skinner, William de Carlowe sr, Ralph Waterleder, John de Folby, John de Mothelay de Tanshof, John Sussanson, William Seleson barker, Robert Baxter, Thomas Horn, John Wryght dubber, John Wyles, John Fypp, Gerard le Smyth, Lewis de Ayketon, John Purser sr, John Purser jr, John de Farburn, John Tourge, Stephen Baton, Stephen Tavernur, Thomas de Costolford, Stephen de Cotyngton, Thomas de Wolley, William de Morpath, Thomas Parker glover, William de More skinner, John de Metheley skinner, William Taillour, Gilbert Parchemyner, and John de Perlyngton. The earl let the town of Pontefract at farm for a term of one year (beginning Michaelmas 1344) to Thomas del Grene and other men of the same town for 100 p.s. William Halyday and others, scheming on the feast of the nativity of St John the Baptist 1319 to impede the lease, came the following Friday to Pontefract and chased Thomas and the other farmers into the castle and there detained them until they relinquished the term, so that the earl lost his farm. He claimed 500 marks damages. The defendants confessed, but the earl wanted to continue his suit against those who had not appeared yet (those listed after "together with"). The sheriff was ordered to have the others in court on the Saturday after the feast of St Martin (just a little later in the Michaelmas term), but at that time the sheriff then reported that the other defendants were dead (Black Death?) William Halyday and the other three first defendants then made fine with the king. [1]

H1349 A: Yorkshire. Thomas de Grene of Pontefract was indicted that Between 17 and 22 Edward III he imported false money worh 200 p.s. Thomas de Silkeston was also indicted for importing false money worth 200 p.s. Both acquitted. [2]