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John de WALDESHEF ( - )

Name: John de WALDESHEF
Sex: Male
Father: Robert de WALDESHEF ( -aft1327)
Mother: Unknown UNKNOWN ( -aft1327)

Individual Events and Attributes

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Civil (1) Oct 1318 attorney for London before Parliament in York 1
Civil (2) 12 Mar 1319 Freeman of the city of London; London, England 2
Civil (3) 13 Jan 1322 surety for several merchants selling old goods; London, England 3
Civil (4) 10 Aug 1322 as serjeant of London, removed from office for resisting aide to king for war in Scotland; London, England 4


1Reginald E. Sharpe (editor), "Calendar of Letter Books - City of London - Letter-Book E - 1314-1337" (City of London, 1903). Introduction, pp. iii-iv.
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Waldershef had only recently become a freeman of the City, the freedom having been conferred upon him, together with 'an annuity of 100l., in recognition of his services at the Parliament held at York in the preceding October (1318),6 as well as his services as a lawyer. On that occasion he promised a faithful continuation of his services to the City.1

6 He does not appear as one of the City members in this or any Parliament, although his name figures in a "commission" of the City for the Parliament that sat at York in the following May (1319). Vide infra, pp. 104-5.

1 Infra, p. 20.
2Ibid. p. 20.
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Wednesday before the Feast of St. Gregory [12 March], 12 Edward II. [A.D. 1318-19], the freedom of the City and an annuity of 100s. granted to John de Waldesshef by John de Wengrave, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and good men from each Ward, for his pains in the late Parliament at York and in divers of the King's courts. And the said John came and pledged himself to serve the City faithfully in the future.
3Ibid. pp. 161-162.
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Thursday after the Feast of St. Hillary [13 Jan.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321-2], Roger de Barwe, Henry Peronele, Peter Burel, "Richard" de Meltone, Roger le Hosiere, Robert Ramage, William Pilard, "oistermonger," Daniel Peleter, Andrew le Lung, Nicholas de Yepeswych, Robert de Stowe, Thomas de Buntyngford, Simon Blake, Robert de Grantle, William ate Whitechapele, William Osbern, John de Bedeford, and Agnes de Canterbury attached for exposing old cloth and other goods for sale at Cornhull, contrary to the orders of Hervey de Stantone and his fellow-justices itinerant at the Tower. Roger de Barwe, Henry Peronele, Peter Burel, "Roger" de Meltone, Roger le Hosiere, and Robert Ramage plead guilty; the rest plead not guilty, and demand a jury of the venue of Walebroke, Bradestret, Chepe, and Cornhull. Sureties for the latter, viz., John Waldechef, Gregory de Nortone, John de Notingham, Edmund Mohaut, Ralph le Chaundeller, Hervey de Bery, Hugh de Wygorn', Ralph de Empingham, John de Bromstede, William de Bery, Richard Uggele, William Mabely, Andrew de Wattone, and Robert de Stowe. The jurors, viz., Elyas de Thorp, Geoffrey de Schrouesbury, Simon de Thorp, Simon le Foundour, William de St. Alban, Roger Priour, Henry de Bramptone, William ate Holte, William de Manhale, Peter le Coffrer, Peter de Pencriche, and Robert Saylebien, find them all guilty except Agnes de Canterbury. A day given to come up for judgment, the following sureties being found, viz., Robert de Foxtone, Simon le Blake, Andrew de Wattone, Robert de Stowe, William ate Whitechapele, William Pilard, Richard de Grande, John Bithewalle, Hugh de Qartone, William de Hakford, Richard de Uggele, John de Bomstede. Judgment given that they be committed to prison. Afterwards they are released on payment of various fines.
4Ibid. pp. 31-32.
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Wednesday before the Feast of St. Laurence [10 Aug.], 16 Edward II. [A.D. 1322], certain good men of the City informed Hamo de Chig[welle], the Mayor, and the Aldermen that John Waldeshef, a sworn serjeant of the City, was opposed to the grant of an aid to the King for the war in Scotland, and was spreading false reports, &c., and asked that he might be attached to answer for his conduct. On a day named he fails to appear before the Mayor, and Nicholas de Farndone, Richard de Gloucestre, Elias de Suffolk, Roger de Frowik, Richard de Betoigne, Edmund Lambyn, John Cotoun, Robert de Swalclyve, Hamo Godchep, R[eginald] de Conduit, John de Prestone, Hugh de Gartone, Robert le Callere, Robert Sely, Roger le Palmere, Henry de Secch[ford], W[illiam] de Hedersete, John Poyntel, and John Priour, Aldermen, and Richard Costantyn, Alderman, and Richard de Hakeneie, the Sheriffs, and a great number of the Commonalty assembled in the Guildhall to hear his defence.

Evidence having been given of his having (inter alia) opposed the raising of the sum of 2,000 marks in aid of the King and of his disseminating discord among great and small, it was adjudged that he should be deprived of the freedom of the City and of his fee of 100s. paid to him by the Chamberlain on behalf of the Commonalty,1 and that he should be removed from the Council of the City and not be allowed to plead for any one in the City.2
1 The freedom of the City and an annuity of 100s. had been granted to him in 1319 for his services in Parliament and elsewhere. Vide supra, p. 20.
2 Printed in ' Memorials,' p. 147.


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