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Richard de Morley

circa 1250 - after 1310

Father Hugh de Morley
Mother unknown
Wife Joan de la Launde
Children Lucy


Richard was probably born around 1250, or a little before (1), the son of Hugh de Morley (9)(22)(23)(25)(50). Had an older brother Hugh (4), and a younger brother Walter (9)(22)(23).

His father died about 1260, and his elder brother Hugh inherited the family estate (4).

He married Joan, the widow of Michael de Hockley (12)(13)(14)(15), and daughter of William de la Launde (51)(52), sometime before 1275 (13), and they had a daughter Lucy (50).

Following the death of his older brother Hugh in about 1276 (and the subesquent death of his niece?) (4), he inherited the family estate, becoming lord of the manor of Morley (11 etc). He increased the amount of property in the estate beyond the core lands in Morley, Smalley and Kidsley. He had interests in Alsop (8)(16)(17)(18)(19)(20) (where he granted land to his brother in law (31)), Taddington (which came via his wife (12)(13)(14)(15))(26), Kirk Hallam (22) (where his brother Walter settled), Cowlsey (3)(11), and Derby (9)(10)(23)(48). He may also have been the same Richard de Morley who held land in Sutton Bonnington a few years later (27).

In 1281, he was sued for a debt of 38s to Eudes de Henovere which he didn't dispute (24).

He was the guardian of the dower of Amice (21), his brother's widow (7), by then remarried to William de Adderdeleye, no doubt because it would revert to him & his heirs after her death.

He appears to have been involved in some sort of trading for last twenty years of his life (28), and died sometime (probably not too long) after 1310 (49).


Brief details of his children:



Sources:

  1. Richards date of birth is estimated, based upon :
  2. See his father's page
  3. Wolley Manuscripts, i.19. British Library catalogue entry reads:
    Type of document   Lease for life
    Language   Latin
    Modern date   1215-1272
    Measurements   108 x 167 mm; indented
    Medium   Vellum
    Contents   Lease for his life, for 20s. by William de Exsovere, living in Derby, to William Caym of Derby, of 2 acres of arable land in the territory of Derby, of which half an acre lies 'super Collisleye' [Cowsley] between the land which Cecily de la Croys held on the one part, and land which was Peter, son of Margerie, on the other, and abutting onto the fields of Chaddesden; and one acre lying below the same fields between the land which Richard de Cherlebure had by feoffment of the said William de Exsovere on the one part, and land of the prebend of the church of All Saints, Derby, on the other, extending onto the fields of Little Chester; and two selions lying in the same fields and containing half an acre, of which one small selion lies between the land of Richard, son of Hugh de Morleg, on the one part, and land of Peter de Exsovere on the other, and one great selion lies between the land of the said Peter on the one part, and the land of Henry, son of Lucy, on the other, and extending towards the forest of the said Henry; annual rent, 1 silver penny.
    Bibliography   I. H. Jeayes, Derbyshire Charters, no. 971
    Witnesses   William Olear'
      Robert de Notingham then bailiff of Derby
      Hugh de Cestrefeld
      Thomas Kaym
      Oliver Tanatore [tanner]
      William le Yercere
      Robert the clerk
      with others (not named)
    Grantors   William de Exsovere of Derby
    Grantees   William Caym of Derby
    Seals   Pendent Tag and seal missing
    Full list of places   Parva Cestre [Little Chester, co. Derby]
      Collisleye [Cowsley, in Derby]
      Chadd' [Chaddesden, co. Derby]
      Cestrefeld [Chesterfield, co. Derby]
      [Derby]
  4. Various sources tell us that Richard was the son of Hugh (50)(22)(23)(25)(9), however Morley was held by three consecutive Hughs (6). Richard cannot have been the son of the youngest Hugh, who died about 1276, because that Hugh left a sole, underage, daughter Joan as heir (7). The fact that Richard eventually came into the manor of Morley, must mean that Hugh's daughter Joan did not survive for too long afterwards, or have an heir of her own, although she may have lived for a while beyond her father's death as Richard is not found named as lord of Morley until 1294 (29).
  5. "The Cartulary of Darley Abbey", Volume 1, p221, E.29, the extract reads :
    Grant by Hugh, son of Hugh de Morley to the canons, with the body of H. his brother, of an annual rent of 3 shillings from the stall which Roger the palmer held of him in Derby in the saddlery to be paid by the said Roger and his heirs and assignes. c1240.
  6. "The Cartulary of Darley Abbey", Volume 1, p222, E.29a, the extract reads :
    Memorandum that Hugh son of the above (5) Hugh son of Hugh of Morley gave to the canons in alms one acre in the fields of Derby distributed in 3 strips lying next to the road from Derby to Darley, on the west side, c1260.
  7. "The Chartulary or Register of The Abbey of St Werburgh, Chester", published by the Chetham Society in Volume 79 (New Series). Entry 246 (abstract) reads:
    Agreement in a suit begun between abbot S[imon] and Sir Ralph de Cromwell and Amice, formerly wife of Hugh de Morley the younger, that the wardship of Hugh's lands and the marriage of Joan his daughter and heir shall remain to Amice and her present husband William de Adderley (?) [The Latin is transcribed as "Willelmo de Adredelega"], whom she had married during the suit; they for this peace bound themselves to the abbot in forty marks of silver. 1276-91.
    The suit seems to have begun in 1276 (Harl MS. 2149, f 133 (123)).
  8. "Descriptive catalogue of Derbyshire charters", Jeayes, no 31 reads:
    Grant from Henry fil Thome de Alsop to Dom Walter de Lich', chaplain, "et duabus nutritis suis scilicet Avicie et Margarie jniori de filiabus suis," of a toft with buildings in Alsop, which toft extends from the King's highway to the croft of his own house; with other land at Le Rexestones, etc , in Alsop. Witn: Ranulph de Alsop, Richard de Morleye, Herbert fil Herberti, Ralph Scherecroft, etc. [? late thirteenth century.] (Holland)
    In "Alsop and other charters", published in the Derbyshire Archaeological Society Journal Volume 8, charter no 4 on pp106-109, is a complete transcription and translation of the same document. It goes into a lot more detail about the land in question, naming adjacent landholders. It appears that practically all the remaining land thereabouts was held by either Ranulph, lord of the vill, or Richard de Morley.
  9. "The Cartulary of Darley Abbey", Volume 1, p235, E.53, the extract reads :
    Agreement by which abbot H[enry] and the canons granted to Richard son of Hugh de Morely one plot of land in Derby in the street leading to [?] the great bridge, lying between the land which Peter son of Luye held of the canons and the land of Walter of Morley, Richard's brother, at an annual farm of 5 shillings and 6 pence. 1275-87.
  10. "The Cartulary of Darley Abbey", Volume 1, p217, E.21, the extract reads :
    Grant by abbot Henry and the canons to Henry Lomb, son of William Lomb the elder of Derby, of a messuage in Bridge Gate, Derby, between the toft which his father held and the toft which Richard de Morley held of the canons, to hold at an annual rent of 6 pence. 1275-87.
  11. Wolley Manuscripts, i.18. British Library catalogue entry reads:
    Type of document   Grant
    Language   Latin
    Modern date   1272-1307
    Measurements   194 x 180 mm
    Medium   Vellum
    Contents   Grant by Henry, son of Thomas de Derbe, living in Little Chester, to Ralph de Smallege, living in Derby, of one rood of arable land in the territory of Derby lying 'subtus Collysleg', between the territory onetime Richard lord of Morleg' on the one part, and land which Isolda Swift held on the other, extending to a headland under the forest, onetime of Paga, son of William, son of Stephen, and which the said Henry had purchased of Juliana, his sister.
    Bibliography I. H. Jeayes, Derbyshire Charters, no. 972
    Witnesses   Roger le Hostiler in Little Chester
      Roger son of Ralph, of Little Chester
      Hugh Rypim of Little Chester
      Thomas de Breydishale smith
      Richard le Parminter
      William de Borlege in Derby
      Robert Scriptore [scribe]
      with others (not named)
    Grantors   Henry son of Thomas de Derbe [Derby]
    Grantees   Radulph de Smallege smith
    Seals   Pendent Tag and seal missing
    Full list of places   Parva Cestria [Little Chester, co. Derby]
      Derbe [Derby, co. Derby]
      Morleg' [Morley, co. Derby]
      Breydishale [perhaps Bradshaw Street, in Derby]
  12. "Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem and other analogous documents preserved in the Public Record Office, Vol II, Edward I", entry no. 318, includes, amongst other details :
    MICHAEL DE HOCKELE.
    Writ to Thomas de Normanville, the king's steward, 16 Feb 7 Edw I.
    [DERBY; bailiwick of the PEAK (PECK)]. Extent, Saturday before St Gregory, 7 Edw I.
          Tadinton and Prestclive. 38 a land with two small tofts, and 2d rent.
    Writ on the complaint of Joan, late wife of the said Michael, that a messuage and land in Tatindon and Presteclyve in which she was jointly enfeoffed with him had been taken into the king's hand, 16 Feb. 7 Edw I.
    [DERBY]. Inq. The eve of St Gregory.
          Tadinton and Prestclive. The said Joan was jointly enfeoffed with the said Michael of a messuage and 2 bovates land there by Nicholas Herigaut and Margery his wife, and continued seizin until the death of the said Michael, and they pertain to her.
  13. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 695 reads:
    It was presented by the 12 of High Peak that Richard de Morleye and Joan his wife hold 2 bovates of land in Tatindon and Prestclyve which Michael de Ockele formerly used to hold of the king, paying 10s. yearly. This was withdrawn nine years ago.
    Richard and Joan have come and readily acknowledge that they hold that land of the king, nor can they deny the arrears. So it is adjudged that the king is to recover the rent as well as the arrears, namely 4 10s. Richard and Joan are in mercy.
    The Ragman inquiry stated that Michael de Hockeleye holds the entire land that was Wiliam de Horsindene's in the Peak and the land of Henry de Calvore in Taddington and Priestcliffe and one forest that was Ranulph Talebot's in Hope, escheat to the king and that he renders 6 barbed arrows and has it of the gift of king Edward. The jurors and Thomas de Leukenovere, inquisitor for the king, attest that Richard de Morley and Joan, widow of Michael, hold the land in Taddington and Priestcliffe of the king (Rot. Hun. ii, 287b)
    The Hundred Roll entry cited in the above note is also given in Yeatman's "Feudal History of Derbyshire", Voll II, Section III, p39, which dates it as "Wednesday next after the Epiphany" in 3 Edw I [9th January 1275]. It differs slightly in the spelling of names, but otherwise agrees:
    And they say that Michael de Hochleye holds the whole land which was William de Horsendons in Peak, and the land of Henry de Calnore in Tadington and Prestclive, and one forest which was Ranulf Talbots in Hope, an escheat of the King, and pays six barbed arrows, and he had it of the gift of King Edward, and Richard de Morleye and Johanna, the widow of the said Michael, now hold the land of Tadington and Prestclive.
  14. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 168 from the pleas of Juries and Assizes dated 21 April 1281, reads:
    Nicholas Herigaud and Margery his wife claim against Richard de Morley and Joan his wife a messuage and 30 acres of land in Taddington and Prestclive as their right by writ of entry.
    Richard and Joan come and they are agreed. Nicholas and Margery give half a mark for leave to concord by surety of Richard and Joan and they have a chirograph. Nicholas and Margery acknowledge that they owe Richard and Joan 16 mark of which they will pay 4 marks down, half of the remainder at the Nativity of St John the Baptist next and the other half at the Annunciation
    [24 June 1281, 25 March 1282]. If they do not, they grant that the sheriff may levy it of their lands and chattels. Moreover they found this surety, William de Ryther of the county of York, who grants that if Nicholas and Margery do not pay at the aforesaid terms, then the sheriff of that county may levy it of his lands and chattels.
    Joan widow of Michael de Hockele was jointly enfeoffed with him of a messuage and 2 bovates in Taddington and Priestcliffe by Nicholas Herigaud and Margery his wife and continued her seisin until the death of Michael and they pertain to her (Cal. Inq. P.M., ii, no 318, 1279)
    At Derby, within three weeks of Easter 1281. Grant etc by tenants and heirs of Joan to the plaintiffs and heirs of Margery for ever etc. (DAJ, xii. 36)
  15. "Calendar of the fines for the county of Derby" published in the Derbyshire Archaeological Society Journal Volume 12, a fine on p36 reads:
    April 13-May 4. Derby. Within 3 weeks of Easter, 9 Edward I
    Between Nicholas Herygo and Margaret, his wife, Plaintiffs, and Richard de Morleye and Joan his wife, Tenants.
    Grant, in consideration of 16 marls of silver, by the Tenants and the heirs of the same Joan to Plaintiffs and the heirs of the same Margery, for ever, of one messuage and 30 acres of land, with appurtenances in Tadington and Prestclyve.
  16. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 169 from the pleas of Juries and Assizes dated 21 April 1281, reads:
    Letitia wife of Alexander le Mercer of Esseburn claims against Richard de Morleye and Joan his wife a messuage, 50 acres of land and an acre of meadow in Alsop as her right and marriage portion by writ of entry.
    Richard and Joan come and concerning one half, vouch Alan de Waldechef and Lucy his wife to warranty. Concerning the other they vouch John de la Plaunche and Ellen his wife. They are to have them at Lincoln at the quindene of Trinity [
    22 June 1281]. Alan and Lucy are to be summoned in this county and John and Ellen in the county of Lincoln.
  17. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 303 from the roll of attorneys and pledges, reads:
    Letitia widow of Alexander le Mercer attorns Robert son of Alexander or Hugh Payn against Sewall le Foun in a plea of land; and against Richard de Morley and Joan his wife in a plea of land.
  18. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 308 from the roll of attorneys and pledges, reads:
    Joan wife of Richard de Morley attorns Richard her husband or Walter de Morley or John de Oulgreve against Letitia de Esseburn in a plea of land; and against Nicholas de Herigaud and Margery his wife in a plea of land and a plea of trespass.
  19. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 366 from the roll of attorneys and pledges, reads:
    Lucy wife of Alan de Wadteshef attorns Richard de Morley or Richard Rohole against Letitia widow of Alexander le Mercer in a plea of warranty.
  20. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry A10 from the Lincolshire Eyre of 1281, reads:
    Quindene of Trinity. Alan de Waldschef and Lucy, warrantors of Richard de Morley and Joan, defaulted. Sheriff had done nothing nor sent the writ. Ordered to summon them for quindene of Michaelmas and be present to hear judgement on himself. John de la Plaunche and Elena did not come. Same day given to all parties.
    Essoins for Richard de Morley and Joan's attorneys against Letitia and for John de la Plaunche and Elena. Alan de Waldeschelf and Lucy, John and Elena, warrantors, to be exacted. To quindene of Michaelmas. It did not lie because no summons was attested.
    Essoins for attorneys of Letitia against Alan and Lucy.
    Octave of St John the Baptist. Essoins for Richard de Morley and Joan against Letitia in a plea of dower.
  21. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 737 from the rolls of Ragman and Quo Warranto reads:
    It was presented by the 12 of Derby that William de Adderdeleye and Amice his wife hold as her dower a certain house in Derby near the king's highway, and that Henry le Gaunter holds another house too near the king's highway so that they take up part of it. A certain Richard de Morley, guardian of the dower, and Henry and others offered the king 40d for the trespass. On account of the small size of the tenements, the assessment was 2s from Richard de Morley and 16d from Henry, by surety of John de Ulegreve and Henry le Gaunter of Sallauwe.
  22. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 133 from the pleas of Juries and Assizes dated 21 April 1281, reads:
    Richard son of Hugh de Morley and Walter his brother claim against Richard de Grey a messuage, a mill, 10 tofts, 13 bovates and 45 acres of land and 40 acres of wood in Kirkehalum in which Richard de Grey has no entry except by William de Grey to whom Hugh de Morley demised them and who unjustly disseised Richard son of Hugh and Walter
    Richard comes, denies their right and strongly maintains that Richard son of Hugh and Walter his brother were never seised so that they could be disseised. Concerning this he puts himself on the country, Richard and Walter likewise. So let there be a jury.
    [3 May 1281]
    The jurors elected by consent of the parties say that Richard and Walter his brother were never in seisin so that they could be disseised, so it was adjudged that Richard de Grey is without day and Richard and Walter are to take nothing but are to be in mercy for a false claim.
  23. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 259 from the pleas of Juries and Assizes dated 21 April 1281, reads:
    Richard de Morley and Walter his brother were summoned to answer Robert de Nottingham and Simon his brother in a plea that they allow them common of pasture in 3 acres of moor in Derby belonging to their free tenement there and of which Hugh de Morley, father of Richard and Walter, unjustly disseised Walter de Nottingham, father of Robert and Simon.
    Richard and Walter have come and claim a view. They are to come to Lincoln at the octave of St John the Baptist
    [1 July 1281]. Meanwhile etc.
  24. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 177 reads:
    Richard son of Hugh de Morley was summoned to answer Eudes de Henovere in a plea that he restore 38s 11d which he owes them
    Richard comes and readily acknowledges that he owes the said debt which he will pay at the feast of St John the Baptist next [
    24 June 1281]. If he does not, he grants that the sheriff may levy it of his lands and chattels.
  25. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 213 from the pleas of Juries and Assizes dated 21 April 1281, reads:
    Roger son of Ralpf de Weston, who brought a writ of trespass against Richard son of Hugh de Morlegh, has not prosecuted, so he and his sureties are in mercy, Richard de Weston and Walter atte Grene, both of Alewaxton.
  26. "The Rolls of the 1281 Derbyshire Eyre" published by the Derbyshire Record Society. Entry 9 from the pleas of Juries and Assizes dated 21 April 1281, reads:
    John de Taenton and Petronilla his wife who brought a writ of aiel against Richard de Morley and others concerning a tenement in Toftes have not prosecuted, so they and their sureties for proseuting are in mercy, William son of Wiliam son of Walter de Tonenstides and John Smith of Tokeston.
  27. "Calendar of Inquisitions Post Mortem, Volume 2. Entry 661 dated 1288 concerns Jordan de Sutton's lands in Derbyshire & Nottinghamshire, including
    Sutton upon Sore and Bonyngton. 34s yearly held of Richard de Morley for scutage when it happens.
  28. As shown by a number of certificates of statute merchant/staple in chancery records (29)(30)(32)(33)(34)(35)(36)(37)(38)(39)(40)(41)(42)(43)(44)(45)(46)(47)(49)
  29. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/21/51, reads :
    Item details C 241/21/51
    Scope and content
    Debtor: Richard de Morley [lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake,] Derbys.], William de Alderwasley [of Heage, Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys] Robert del Bowe, and John de Oulgreave (Houlgreue).
    Creditor: Sir John de Langton [Chancellor]
    Amount: 35m.
    Before whom: ...... ......., ...... of Nottingham; John ........., Clerk.
    First term: 01/08/1294
    Last term: 01/08/1294
    Writ to: Sheriff of .....
    Sent by: Ralph de Ufton, Mayor of Nottingham; John .........., Clerk. |
    Covering dates 1294
  30. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/21/54, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, [lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys] William de Alderwasley [of Heage, Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys], Robert del Bowe, William de ......
    Creditor: ........ ......., Rector of the Church of Breadsall, {Breydesile} [Derbys.].
    Amount: ?35m.
    Before whom: Adam le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John de Rempstone, Clerk.
    Sent by: ......... ......... , of Nottingham; [John de Rempstone], Clerk
    Covering dates c1292-1296
  31. "Calendar of the fines for the county of Derby" published in the Derbyshire Archaeological Society Journal Volume 13, a fine on p31 reads:
    Nov 3. Westminster. On the morrow of All Souls, 24 Edward I.
    Between John de la Launde and Ellen, his wife, Plaintiffs, and Richard de Morleye and Joan, his wife, Defendants.
    Acknowledgment, on a plea of warranty of charter and in consideration of 100 marks of silver, by the Defendants, that one messuage and one caracute of land in Alsope are the right of the said John, as that which the Plaintiffs have of the gift of the Defendants. To hold to the Plaintiffs and the heirs of the same John of the chief lords of that fee.
  32. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/34/176, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, lord of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Creditor: Ralph de Cropwell {Crophill'} [merchant] of Nottingham.
    Amount: 3 sacks of wool, worth 12m. each.
    Before whom: William de Normanton, Mayor of Nottingham; John de Rempstone, Clerk.
    First term: 29/05/1300
    Last term: 29/05/1300
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: William de Normanton, Mayor of Nottingham; John de Rempstone, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1300 Jun 9
  33. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/35/460, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley,[lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys], Geoffrey, the son of Henry de Kidsley [Derbys.] Henry the son of Hugh de Kidsley, William, the son of William de Kidsley, William, the son of Ralph de Kidsley, and Thomas, the son of Robert de Kidsley.
    Creditor: Walter de Thornton [merchant of Nottingham] and Richard de Lincoln.
    Amount: 31 qrs of wheat, and 31 qrs of barley.
    Before whom: William de Normanton, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 11/11/1300
    Last term: 11/11/1300
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Fleming, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1300 Nov 28
  34. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/35/298, reads :
    Debtor: Reginald Mallory {Mallore}, lord of Wauton [?Walton-on-the Wolds, Goscote Hundred, Leics.].
    Creditor: Richard de Morley [lord of Morley].
    Amount: 20.
    Before whom: Michael the Goldsmith, Mayor of Nottingham; John de Rempston, Clerk.
    First term: 06/04/1298
    Last term: 29/09/1298
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Fleming, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1300 Dec 8
  35. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/35/320, reads :
    Debtor: Walter, the brother of Richard de Morley, Geoffrey, the son of Hugh de Kidsleypark {Kiddisleye} [ Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.], Henry, the son of Hugh de Kidsleypark, William, the son of William de Kidsleypark, William, the son of Ralph de Kidsleypark, Thomas, the son of Robert de Kidsleypark.
    Creditor: William de Thornton [merchant] of Nottingham, and Richard de Lincoln.
    Amount: 31 qrs of wheat, and 31 qrs of barley.
    Before whom: William de Normanton, Mayor of Nottingham; John de Rempstone, Clerk.
    First term: 11/11/1300
    Last term: 11/11/1300
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Fleming, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1301 Jan 8
  36. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/33/87, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, lord of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys].
    Creditor: Ralph de Cropwell, [merchant] of Nottingham [Notts].
    Amount: 60 qrs of wheat, at 5s a qr.
    Before whom: Richard le Cupper, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 01/04/1302
    Last term: 29/09/1302
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1302 Oct 12
  37. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/36/284, reads :
    Debtor: Richard ....,]de Morley?] Walter de Worthington in Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.], William, son of William de Morley, William de Wodeborhg of Morley, Adam de ....., Thomas ......., Bristmer le Saumener of Smalley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.]. Roger, the son of Nicholas de Smalley, Henry, the son of Hugh.... ..... .........., William son of William de Kidsleypark [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Creditor: ......., the Rector of the Church of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Amount: 21.
    Before whom: John le Fleming, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 02/02/1302
    Last term: 02/02/1302
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: Richard le Copper, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1302
  38. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/43/71, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley [lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake] Derbys.], Geoffrey, the son of Hugh de Kidsleypark {Kyddisleye},[Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys] Henry ...., and William, the son of William de Kidsley.
    Creditor: John Goffyn, Rector of the Church of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Amount: 16 6s. 8d.
    Before whom: John le Fleming, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 25/07/1302
    Last term: 25/07/1302
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1304 Jan 30
  39. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/43/30, reads :
    Debtor: Geoffrey de Youlgreave {Oulgreve} of Derbys., and Agnes de Youlgreave, his mother.
    Creditor: Richard de Morley [lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys]
    Amount: 20.
    Before whom: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 08/03/1304
    Last term: 08/03/1304
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1304 Mar 12
  40. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/43/73, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley [lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.], Walter de Worthington, William, the son of William de Morley, William de Wed..., Thomas de Brough {Borugh}, Adam le Bercher of Morley, Geoffrey the son of R.. de Smalley, Thomas atte Style, Henry the son of Hugh de Kidsleypark, William, the son of William de Kidsleypark.
    Creditor: John Goffyn, parson of the Church of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys]
    Amount: 24 15s.
    Before whom: Richard le Copper, Mayor of Nottingham; Robert Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 07/04/1303
    Last term: 25/07/1303
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1304 Jan 30
  41. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/46/317, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, [lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake] of Derbys.
    Creditor: Ralph de Cropwell {Crophill} [merchant of Nottingham, Notts].
    Amount: 18.
    Before whom: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 06/06/1305
    Last term: 06/06/1305
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Bere, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1305 Jul 1
  42. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/49/295, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley,[lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake] of Derbys.
    Creditor: Ralph de Cropwell {Crophill} [merchant of Nottingham, Notts].
    Amount: 32.
    Before whom: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 25/07/1305
    Last term: 11/11/1305
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: Adam le Fleming, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1306 Jan 8
  43. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/49/296, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, lord of Morley, of Derbys.
    Creditor: Ralph de Cropwell {Crophill} [of Nottingham].
    Amount: 18.
    Before whom: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 06/06/1305
    Last term: 06/06/1305
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: Adam le Fleming, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1306 Jan 10
  44. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/50/123, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, lord of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Creditor: John le Palmer {Paumer} [merchant] of Nottingham, the Younger, and John Ingram [merchant] of Nottingham.
    Amount: 40s.
    Before whom: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 24/06/1304
    Last term: 29/09/1304
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1306 Oct 12
  45. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/50/132, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley,[lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake] of Derbys.
    Creditor: John Goffyn, the Parson of the Church of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Amount: 9 5s. 3d.
    Before whom: John le Bere, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 02/02/1306
    Last term: 02/02/1306
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: Adam le Fleming , Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    Covering dates 1306 Aug 30
  46. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/61/122, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley [lord of Morley, Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys]
    Creditor: John Goffyn, parson of the church of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Amount: 18 10s. 6d.
    Before whom: John le Bere, Mayor of Nottingham; John, the son of Lawrence Ingram, Clerk.
    First term: 24/06/1306
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John Kytte, Mayor of Nottingham; William Bycke, Clerk.
    Endorsement: Derb'.
    Covering dates 1308 Aug 7
  47. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/62/31, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, lord of Morley [Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Creditor: Gilbert de Casterton [merchant of Grantham, Winnibriggs Wapentake, Lincs].
    Amount: 15 sacks and 30 stones of wool, at 12m. a sack.
    Before whom: John le Palmer, Mayor of Nottingham; William Bycke, Clerk.
    First term: 24/06/1307
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John Kytte, Mayor of Nottingham; William Bycke, Clerk.
    Endorsement: Derb'.
    Covering dates 1308 Oct 20
  48. "Calendar of the fines for the county of Derby" published in the Derbyshire Archaeological Society Journal Volume 15, a fine on p10 reads:
    1309. Westminster. Within the Octave of St Michael, 2 Edward II.
    Between Henry de Athelardestre, Clerk, Plaintiff, and Richard de Morleye, Deforciant.
    Acknowledgement by Deforciant, on the plea of covenant, and in consideration of 10 marks of silver, that a fee of 20s rent in Derby is the right of the Plaintiff.
  49. The National Archives, Chancery records (Certificates of Statute Merchant and Statute Staple), Catalogue entry C 241/69/222, reads :
    Debtor: Richard de Morley, lord of Morley [ Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.], William de Alderwasley, Robert del Bowe, William de Stanley, and John de Houlgreve [all of Derbys].
    Creditor: Sir John de Langton, formerly Rector of the Church of Breadsall {Breydesale} [ Morleyston Wapentake, Derbys.].
    Amount: 35m.
    Before whom: Ralph de Ufton, Mayor of Nottingham; John de Rempstone, Clerk.
    First term: 01/08/1294
    Last term: 29/09/1294
    Writ to: Sheriff of Derbys
    Sent by: John Kytte, Mayor of Nottingham; William Bycke, Clerk.
    Endorsement: Derb'.
    Covering dates 1310 Aug 8
  50. "Pedigrees from the plea rolls collected from the pleadings in the various courts of law AD 1200 to 1500", Wrottesley, p268, reads :
    De Banco. Easter, 11 Hen 4 [1410], m 337
    Derb:- Goditha, late wife of Ralph de Stathum, sued Henry Coton, Clerk, to give up to her a pyx containing deeds which she claimed as heir of Hugh de Morley.
          Hugh de Morley of Morley
                     |
                  Richard
                     |
                   Lucy
                     |
                   Lucy
                     |
                  Goditha
    
    The pyx had com into Henry Coton's hands after the death of one Katrine Verdon, 20 Rich 2.
  51. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 13, 1892. p184 (Extracts from the pleas rolls):
    DE BANCO. MICH, 7 Ric II
    Derb. The record of an assize was returned into Court which had been taken at Derby on the Monday after the Feast of St. James the Apostle, 7 Ric. II [July 1383], in which Philip de Okoiire (Okeover), Chivaler, claimed the manor of Caldelowe against Goditha, formerly wife of Ralph de Stathum, and others. Goditha answered as tenant, and stated that one Elizabeth, daughter and heir of John de la Launde, "was formerly seised of the tenements and had married one Richard, son of Richard Foljaumpe, and afterwards a Fine was levied in 3 E. III between Joan, formerly wife of John de la Launde, complainant, and the said Richard, son of Richard Foljaumpe, and Elizabeth, deforciants of the manor of Caldelowe and of other lands and tenements, by which Joan acknowledged the said tenements to be the right of Elizabeth, for which the said Richard and Elizabeth granted them to Joan for her life, with reversion to the said Richard and Elizabeth and to the heirs of Elizabeth. And she produced the Fine in Court, and she stated that the said Richard and Elizabeth continued in seisin of the tenements for a long time after the date of the Fine, and at length Richard died, and after his death Elizabeth continued in seisin of them, and died leaving no issue, and after her death the said Goditha and one Peter Peyntour entered as cousins and heirs of Elizabeth, viz., Goditha as daughter of Lucy, daughter of Lucy, daughter of Joan, sister of John, father of the said Elizabeth, and Peter as son of Joan, son of Matilda, another sister of the said John, father of Elizabeth, and she stated that Philip was kinsman of the said Elizabeth more remotely, viz., as son of Thomas, son of Roger, son of John, son of Hugh, father of Lucy, the mother of John, father of the said Elizabeth. And the said Philip, without admitting that such a Fine had been levied, stated that long before Elizabeth held anything in the manor, one Hugh de Okoure, his ancestor, and whose heir he was, viz., father of John, father of Roger, father of Thomas, father of the said Philip, was seised of the manor in demesne as of fee, and gave it to one William de la Launde, Knight, and to Lucy, his wife, and to the heirs male of their bodies, and from the said William and Lucy the manor descended to one William as son and heir, and from this William, who died leaving no male issue, the manor descended to one John as brother and heir, and from this John, who died leaving no male issue, the right reverted to the said Philip, as kinsman and heir of the said Hugh, and after the death of John, Elizabeth had intruded herself into the manor, and Philip being under age had then entered, and was seised of it until the said Goditha and the other defendants had disseised him.
    And Goditha stated she knew nothing of the gift of the manor by the said Hugh, but that the Fine had been levied as above stated, in the third year of King Edward III, and this Fine was a Fine upon surrender,
    "finis super redditionem," and was levied before the Statute by which the non-claim, of such a Fine was restrained, "per quod non clamewm cujuscunque talis finis restringitur." And at the date of the Fine, Roger, the ancestor of Philip, was of full age, and out pf prison, and within the four seas; and the said Roger had not put in his claim to the manor within a year of the levying of the Fine, and therefore Philip was precluded from the present assize. After some further pleadings a day was given to the parties at Westminster on the Wednesday after a month from Michaelmas,* on which day the suit was adjourned to the Morrow of All Souls, and from that date to the Morrow of St. Martin, and from that date to the Octaves of St. Hillary, in statu quo nuno. A postscript states that on that date Philip did not appear and the suit was dismissed. m. 393.
    * As it involved a question of law, the decision was left to the Judges in Bank
  52. "Collections for a History of Staffordshire", Vol 13, 1892. p188 (Extracts from the pleas rolls):
    DE BANCO. EASTER, 7 Ric II
    Derb. William de Skypwyth and William de Burgh, Justices of Assize in co Derby, tra=nsmitted the record and process of an assize of novel disseisin taken before them on the Monday the feast of St James the Apostle, 8 Ric II, in these words:-
    An assize, etc, if Goditha, formerly wife of Ralph de Stathum, and others named, had unjustly disseised Philip de Okore (Okeover), Chivali, of the manor of Caldelowe, and a messuage and an acre of land in Caldelowe and Snellesron.
    In this suit Goditha repeated her plea as in the former assize, claiming by virtue of a Fine levied on the Quindene of St Michael, 3 E III, between Joan, formerly wife of John de Launde, complainant, and Richard, son of Richard Foljambe, and Elizabeth, his wife, daughter and heir of John de la Launde, and claiming to be nearer of blood to the said Elizabeth than Philip, and she gave these pedigrees:-
                                      Lucy = William de la Launde
           ________________________________|_______________________________
          |                                |                               |
    John de la Launde                     Joan                          Matilda
          |                                |                               |
      Elizabeth = Richard Foljambe        Lucy                            Joan
                                           |                               |
                                          Lucy                       Peter Peyntour
                                           |
                                        Goditha
    
                       Hugh de Okeover
        _____________________|____________________
       |                                          |
     John                                       Lucy = Wiliam de la Launde
       |                                  ___________|____________
       |                                 |                        |
     Roger                            William                   John
       |                               ob sp                      |
    Thomas                                                    Elizabeth
       |
    Philip, the plaintiff
    
    Philip repeated his plea as in the former trial, but added that at the time the said Goditha stated that the Fine was levied, and for all the rest of his lifetime, Roger his ancestor was in Scotland, and not within the four seas of Enland, and that he died in Scotland. Goditha replied that at the time the Fine was levied Roger was within the four seas, becuase he wasat Mynsterton in co. Leicester, which she was prepared to prove. Philip repeated that on the date of the Fine and for a year and a day afterwards, the said Roger was in Scotland, and died there, which he was prepared to prove*. A day was therefore given to the parties in Banco on the Tuesday after three weeks from St Michael, on which day both Goditha and Philip appeared in person, and because the plea could not be determined in co. Derby a day was given to the parties on the Thursday at a month from St Michael, on which day Goditha and Philip appeared in person, and stated that they were prepared to maintain their pleas as given above, and prayed that a jury might be summoned from co Leicester; and the Sheriff was ordered to summon a jury for the Octaves of St Hillary. A postscript shows that no jury had been empanelled up to the morrow of the Ascension. m334.
    * Philip was certainly wrong in his date, for Roger had Letters of Protection whilst in Scotland in 9 E III. It may be assumed, however, that he died or was killed in Scotland (Scotch Roll of 9 Ed III)



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