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Subject: Re: Pedigrees from the Plea Rolls (was: Edmund, Earl of Lancaster's
Date: 13 Aug 2003 09:24:32 GMT
>_Pedigrees from the Plea Rolls_. by George Wrottesley
These pedigrees were collected by George Wrottesley over a period of almost 25
years when he was searching for his materials for a History of Staffordshire.
Many were published in The Genealogist, vols. 7-21. Seven pages of pedigrees
are also taken from Bracton's Note Book, and were published in The Genealogist,
new series, vols. 5-6.
The last 32 pages of this volume includes pedigrees printed in the Reliquary
The bulke of the pedigrees, with brief explanations of the suit and land
involved, run from 1 Edward III (p. 1) through 9 Henry VIII (p. 471). These
are almost all from the de Banco rolls, but there are a few from the Chester
Plea Roll, Coram Rege, etc.
p. 472 begins with a de Banco 14 Edw. IV, then Assize Roll 6 John. Then (p.
473) continues accounts from the reigns of John and Henry III from the Curia
Regis Rolls, and then other sources such as de Banco and Staffordshire assizes.
By page 529 we get down to the reign of Edward I again until 20 Edw. II (p.
559). On the last page (p. 560) we have two accounts, from 11 Edw. III and 7
I'll present one account (pp. 460-1) as an example. This is taken from De
Banco, Michaelmas 22 Edw. IV, m. 615, concerning lands in Wiltshire.
Robert Bohnam sued Robert Baynard for an illegal distress at Charlaweswyke.
Richard Wyke formerly held the manor of William Mareschal, Earl of Pembroke, as
of his manor of Kakham, and had granted it to one William Bluet, Kt., and the
heirs of his body. Two pedigrees are presented:
1. William Bluet, Kt.
9. Robert Baynard, the defendant.
1. Richard Wyke
2. Joan Crok
6. John Crok
7a. one daughter, Anne, who married Robert Bonham, the plaintiff, and
7b. the other daughter, Philippa, married William Floyer.
The verdict was for Robert Baynard.
In another suit on page 449, dated 19 Edward IV, m. 360 dorso (from De Banco)
we have Robert Baynard, Armiger [Esquire], suing Robert Dudley and John
Harfordshere for lands in Charlaweswyke. There he presented the following
1. John Blewet, seised temp. Edw. I
6. Robert Baynard, the plaintiff.
Other suits show cousins, second cousins, etc. - relationships of every
These abstracts are by no means exhaustive of those sources, but the series is
invaluable. (The pedigeres published in The Genealogist which contain three or
more individuals of the same surname should be included in Marshall and
The term "de Banco" refers to the Justices of the King's Bench and the Court of
Common Pleas/Common Bench.