Cases of Interest

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H1315 A: Relevant to scienter: Robert Pilat & Cristina his wife v. Benedict le Chapman de Buntingford. Without vi et armis: why he near the plaintiff's house on the royal highway untied a certain dog known to bite men and customarily tied up, so that the dog attacked Cristina. Note that this was a positive doing (he untied) instead of an inadvertent escape, but also that it did not have vi et armis. [1]

T1315 A: Robert de Swalclyve v. Joan Marmyon & Manswer Marmyon together with Thomas le Tanour of Lincoln and John de Morby. Trespass breach of close and taking of grain. Joan pleaded that Robert de Chame son of Thomas de Chame citizen of Lincoln had held a messuage and a contiguous piece of land. He granted the messuage to Master Robert Marmyon rector of Falstow together with the buildings thereon with clear lights entering without obstruction through the windows (evidenced by charter). That Robert Marmyon by custom of Lincoln devised to Joan. Robert de Chame seven years later granted the contiguous piece of land to Robert de Swalcliff. He built a wall in front of Joan's windows; Joan destroyed that wall as she was entitled to do. The plaintiff argued his right to build walls on his own land. Issue of law adjourned then repleatedly. [2]

M1317 A:Order to the justices to do justice regardless of any writs under the great or privy seal. [3]

T1318 A: William de Thorpe clerk of court v. Thomas Makerel chandler and John his brother: trespass for assault and throwing urine on the plaintiff at Fleetstreet on his way to court. Thomas convicted at damages of 100s. [4]

E1318 A: Ship was loaded at Little Yarmouth with goods worth 100 marks bound for London; defendants at Erith took some of the goods and sank the rest. William Lambyn of London merchant and Richard de Hodeston of London merchant v. Alan atte Forde of Faversham and Henry Aleynescosyn atte Ford. [5]. Verdict: William and Richard delivered herring to Alan to be carried to London at their peril. Alan put the herring in his ship, but the sailors were less wise. They went toward the Thames near Erith and there by negligence wrecked the ship. Some sailors in boats who were there then took six last of herrings, and those herrings afterwards went to the profit of William and Richard. The remainder (four and a half lasts) the ship's sailors took and sold for their own profit. Alan thereafter accepted what his sailors had done. The damages of William and Richard came to 70 marks. Plaintiffs recover. Enrollment indicates that the the wrong was not against the king's peace. [6]


  • M1346 A: Related to Humber Ferryman case. Nottinghamshire. Richard son of Gerard de Lanum v. William son of Roger Botild de Lanum. Why, whereas the same William (took Richard with his horse loaded with merchandise into a certain boat at Lanam to be carried over the River Trent), (William with force and arms ejected the horse into the river) ... [7] rcp

M1348 A: Humber Ferryman Case. [8]

M1348 B: Yorkshire. Prior of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem v. Ralph de Bulmer chivaler and Alice his wife, and Adam de Horthewyke. Novel disseisin. A common law feoffment by a tenant in villeinage constitutes a disseisin to the lord committed even by the feoffees and all who were present at the feoffment. [9]

M1348 C: Rutland. John son of Hasculph de Whitewell (qui tam) v. Robert Fraunceys. The king ordered execution of the judgment lately rendered in the county court in the case by writ (John son of Hasculph v. Simon de Shepay cleric, Simon de Bekyngam cleric, Robert Fraunceys, Hugh de Medebourne, and Robert de Beverley executors of Robert de Wodehouse cleric) for 180 p.s. The sheriff arrested goods and chattels to that value at Keton and Exton, but Fraunceys took those goods. [10] rcp

M1349 A: London. habeas corpus cum causa. [11]


M1350 A: Lincolnshire. Very early scienter (first?). Robert de Ormesby and Joan his wife v. Alan prior of Ormesby. [12] rcp

H1351 A: London. Habeas corpus cum causa. [13]

H1352 A: London. Habeas corpus cum causa. [14]

M1353 A: Surrey. Presentment jury retails grant of fee simple subject to a condition subsequent; enforcement of pregogative wardship. [15] rcp

M1353 B: Middlesex. Confession of trespass brought by bill of Middlesex by Thomas de Thorp, clerk, against Miles de Stodham, who is committed to the Marshalsea prison [16] SJ

H1354 A:Hunt'. Seal ripped off writ of right in open court [17]SJ

P1354 A: Surrey. Approver told to withdraw his appeal and given help to escape by officials, but he fell to his death while trying to escape and the coroner recorded a natural death [18] SJ

P1354 B: Norffolk. Tearful pleas (ex lacrimosa querimonia) were made by many lawful men before the king 'in presenci consilio suo' in Westminster in regard to Richard de la Illeye, who had provided surety of good behaviour but had subsequently broken the peace frequently [19] SJ

T1354 A: Kent. Trespass vi et armis. Richard Stone of Dartford v. William de Hatfeld of London goldsmith Alleged taking vi et armis of gold and silver buckles and rings. Plea that he is a goldsmith and the buckles and rings were weak and delivered to him to repair according to his art, with special traverse he vi et armis took any buckles or rings, so that he asked judgment if he could be sued as an artisan for goods thus delivered. Without any recorded ruling, plaintiff and defendant joined issue on the taking of buckles and rings vi et armis and contra pacem. [20] rcp

T1354 B: Lincoln. Appeal brought by widow of victim is found insufficient because she initiated it before the coroner rather than the sheriff [21] SJ

T1354 C: London. Appeal of mayhem brought by Robert de Yakesle v Thomas de Ribbeford who asked the judges to decide by inspecting the alleged wounds whether it is mayhem or not. The justices summon two London doctors to do this for them. [22] SJ

M 1354 A: Sussex. John de Raynford v. Robert de Grykedene et al, felonious mayhem, £551 in damages awarded [23] SJ

H1355 A: Wiltshire. Trespass (although tongue was cut off during the assault). John Talbot v. Walter brother of William son of Walter Attemulle de Tronbrigge et al. [24] SJ

H1355 B: London. Henry de Lede and Emma, his wife v. William Omery. Felonious mayhem of Emma. Writ quashed because plaintiffs had brought a writ for the same mayhem in an earlier term and had abandoned that plea [25] SJ

  • M1357 A: Norfolk. Roger atte Cros v. Thomas Gibbes de Saxlingham. Trespass; breach of close. Plea allowed that a swarm of bees had flown from defendant's land onto plaintiff's and landed on some bark. Defendant took the bark with the swarm of bees. [26] rcp
  • H1358 A: Warwickshire. Indenture between William de Shareshull knight and William de Peyto. The indenture attests that, whereas Shareshull was held by an obligatory writing to pay Peyto 100 marks, Peyto granted that if Shareshull paid 40 marks within two years, the obligation would be null and void. [27]. Substance of a penal bond involving Shareshull. rcp
  • E1358 A: Hertfordshire. Nicholas Blithewyne jr late constable of Stortford castle and warden of the prison there v. Robet Luffe. Why, whereas plaintiff hired defendant to guard, defendant allowed three clerical convicted felons delivered to the bishop of London to escape. No vi et armis. [28] rcp









  • H1530 A: John Turner of London stationer renounced any advantage from a judgment in his favor concerning a broken obligation in which Thomas Adyngton was obliged to Turner and one Joan Herte in a sum of 200 marks until he is so licensed by the court of chancery. [29] rcp
  • T1530 A: Premunire. Middlesex. The Premunire of Thomas Wolsey, archbishop of York. [30] rcp