Patent Roll 11 Edward II

20 Oct. 1317

Warrant: Henry Thrapeston, arraigned at the suit of William Logan, who prosecuted for the K., that he as K.’s guide (proditor) ought to have brought Thomas Dun, a Scot and enemy of the K., to the castle of Cragfergus and delivered to him, at the instance of Edward le Bruys, three prisoners, namely Roger Gyffyn, Duncan Carreg and John Carreg, Scots, detained in the said castle, and also to have given refreshment to the said Thomas in the castle and coloured (stragulatum) cloth on his leaving it.

Also the said Henry, arraigned because that he, when he was T. of Ulster, and the castle of Cragfergus was in his custody, having no necessity for leaving the castle, yet went to the town of Coul to Edward le Bruys and there did fealty to him and became his man, asserting that he wished to serve him and to be his T. in Ire., just as he was the T. of the Earl in Ulster.

The said Henry, arraigned because that he, when the castle of Cragfergus was replenished [instauratum] with corn which came from the rent of Rensemyn and with other victuals, on the arrival of the Scots in Ulster, he, contrary to the faith in which he was bound to the K., sold the said corn and victuals, after the arrival of the said Scots, whereby the castle was denuded so that it could not be held for any time on account of the want of the victuals as it ought to have been held.

The said Henry arraigned because that, whereas Bindo le Lumbard seized a certain prey of animals belonging to those of the name of Byset and his men, felons of the K., and drove that prey to the castle of Cragfergus for the sustenance of the castle, Henry delivered the prey to the said felons, not allowing anything to be taken therefrom for the sustenance of the castle except only five animals.

And Peter le Flemeng, Robert Osebern, John Jolyf, Thomas le Taillour, Richard le Taillour […] his son, John Burel, David le Swynesheved, William Russel of Dun, Adam Albenagh and William his […] jurors, say that a truce was made between Edward le Bruys and those of the garrison of the castle of Cragfergus to last for one month, so that they could communicate with one another at Cragfergus and elsewhere, within which time Henry brought Thomas Dun into the said castle and delivered to him, by a writ directed to the constable, two prisoners, namely Roger Gyffyn and a certain Scot and gave him refreshment and also cloth for a mantle. They also say that Henry did not do fealty to Edward le Bruys nor did he sell any victuals and that the prey taken by Bindo Lumbard belonged to the beasts of men who were at peace and not beasts of felons and that Henry and others of the garrison took part of these beasts for their own sustenance and gave satisfaction therefore to those men, and the rest of the beasts they returned to the men. Being asked if there was anything contained in the deed made of the truce whereby the Scots might enter into the castle during the truce and hold conversation there with those of the garrison, they say that there was not. And because it is ascertained by that inquisition that Henry conducted Thomas Dun into the castle and caused the two prisoners to be delivered to him as by writ directed to the constable and gave him refreshment and also cloth for a mantle, therefore it is considered that Henry be committed to prison. Being asked whether Henry did as aforesaid for good or for ill, they say that he did it for the good and safety of the county and the men of Ulster.

Afterwards at Dublin in the three weeks from St Michael's Day, in the presence of the Jcr, C., T. and others of the council, the said Lt on hearing the praiseworthy and good testimony of the said Henry and having regard to Henry's service in the said castle, pardoned Henry the said trespass. Therefore ORDER to the C. to cause letters patent to be made out in due form.


NAI, KB 2/12, p. 3.

The following abbreviations are used within in the text of CIRCLE

  • abp = archbishop [of]
  • BMV = beate Marie Virginis [of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
  • C. = chancellor [plural: chancellors]
  • co. = county (i.e. medieval shire: lower case ‘c’) [plural. cos.]
  • dcd = deceased
  • e. = earl of
  • Edw. = Edward (used when giving dates by regnal year)
  • Eng. = England
  • esq. = esquire [plural: esquires]
  • Ex. = exchequer
  • g.s. = great seal
  • Hen. = Henry
  • Ire. = Ireland
  • Jcr = justiciar [plural: justiciars]
  • JP = justice of the peace
  • K. = king
  • kt = knight
  • Lt = lieutenant
  • O.Carm. = Order of Carmelites
  • O.F.M. =  Order of Friars Minor (Franciscans)
  • O.P. = Order of Preachers (Dominicans)
  • Ric. = Richard (used when giving dates by regnal year)
  • s. = son
  • sen. = seneschal of
  • T. = treasurer [plural: treasurers]
  • w. = wife

This glossary is by no means comprehensive. Readers may also wish to consult standard references books such as Joseph Byrne, Byrne’s dictionary of local Irish History from the earliest times to c.1900 (Cork, 2004); P. G. Osborn, Osborn’s concise law dictionary, ed. Sheila Bone (London, 2001).


  • AN = Anglo-Norman
  • Ir. = Irish
  • Lat. = Latin
  • ME = Middle English
  • OED = Oxford English Dictionary





The right of patronage or presentation to a church benefice.

allocate, writ of

A writ authorizing allowance to be made by the officers of the Ex. of a specified amount: often this amount is to be off-set against the debts owed to the K. by the beneficiary.


A form of affinity proscribed in late medieval Ireland between the Irish and the English, whereby a man stood sponsor for a child at baptism; (also) gossipred.


Technical term for legal proceedings or various kinds. See mort d’ancestor, novel disseisin.

avener [Lat. avarius]

provider of oats, esp. for the household of the K. or his chief governor


Miscellaneous merchandise sold by weight.

bonnaght [Ir. buannacht]

The billeting of mercenaries or servants.


See tun.

certiorari, writ of

Letters close issued by the K. to his officers commanding them to supply information to him concerning a specified matter, normally by searching the records.


Property, goods, money: as opposed to real property (land).

dicker [Lat. dacra]

A measure of 10 hides.


Portion (one third) of a deceased husband’s estate which the law allows to his widow for her life.


The reversion of land to the lord of the fee to the crown on failure of heirs of the owner or on his outlawry.


A survey and valuation of property, esp. one made by royal inquisition.

falding [Ir. fallaing]

A kind of coarse woollen cloth produced in Ireland; the mantle or cloak made from the same.


A fixed annual rent payable to the K. by chartered boroughs.

fotmel [Lat. fotmellum]

A measure of lead.


Technical term: the action of writing out, for instance patent letters and charters; (also) the documents thus written out.


Technical term: the action of recording in the records of the K., esp. the registering of a deed, memorandum, recognizance; (also) the specific item or record thus enrolled.


A repository for the keeping of money. The ‘clerk of the hanaper in chancery’ was the chancery official responsible for the receipt of fines for the issue, engrossment and ensealing of writs, patents and charters issued by the chancery.

herberger [Lat. herbergerius, hospitator]

One sent on before to purvey lodgings for an army, a royal train (OED).

galangal [AN galyngale]

The aromatic rhizome of certain Asian plants of the genera Alpinia and Kaempferia, of the ginger family, used in cookery and herbal medicine; (also) any of these plants (OED).

generosus [Lat.]

Term designating social status: translated as ‘gentleman’.

king's widow [Lat. vidua regis]

The widow of a tenant in chief: so called because whe was not allowed to marry a second time without royal licence.

knights’ fees

Units of assessment of estates in land. Originally a single knight’s fee was the amount of land for which the military service of one knight (=knight service) was required by the crown. ‘Fee’ derives from the Latin feudum, which in other contexts translated as ‘fief’. In practice the descent of landed estates meant that many knights’ fees came to be subdivided and, in the later Middle Ages, personal service was frequently commuted to money payments (=scutage).

liberate, writ of

A chancery writ issued to the treasurer and chamberlains of the Ex. authorizing them to make payment of a specified amount, often the annual fees, wages and rewards of the K.’s officers.

linch [Lat. lincia]

A measure of tin.


The delivery of seisin, or possession, of an estate hitherto held in the K.’s hand, for instance when a minor reaches the age of majority.


Legal term: the action of undertaking to stand surety (=‘mainpernor’) for another person; the action of making oneself legally responsible for the fulfilment of a contract or undertaking by another person (OED).

mass [Lat. messa]

A standard measure of metal.


A portion of land occupied, or intended to be occupied, as the site for a dwelling house; (also) a dwelling house together with outbuildings and the adjacent land assigned to its use (OED).

mort d’ancestor, assize of [Lat. assisa mortis antecessoris]

A legal process to recover land of which the plaintiff’s ancestor (father, mother, uncle, aunt, brother sister, nephew or niece) died seised (=in possession), possession of which was since taken by another person.

nolumus, clause of [Lat. cum clausula nolumus]

A standard clause inserted especially in letters of protection by which pleas and suits are delayed for a specified period of time.

novel disseisin, assize of [Lat. assisa nove disseisine]

A legal process to recover land from which the plaintiff claims to have been dispossessed (=disseised).

pensa See wey.
piece [L. pecia] A standard quantity of merchandise.
pendent seal Seal hanging from engrossed letters patent attached to a tongue or tag of parchment.
perpresture An illegal encroachment upon royal property.
plica A fold along the foot of engrossed letters patent and charters to create a double thickness of parchment, used for attaching the ‘great seal pendent’ to the letters. An incision was made in the plica and through which a tag of parchment was attached. A wax impression of a seal was then affixed to the tag.
protection An act of grace by the K., granted by chancery letters, by which the recipient is to be free from suits at law for a specified term; granted especially to persons crossing overseas or otherwise out of reach of the courts in the K.’s service.
quare impedit, writ of An action brought to recover the advowson of a benefice, brought by the patron against the bishop or other person hindering the presentation.
scutage The commutation of personal military service to the crown for a money payment. Normally called ‘royal service’ in Ireland.
seisin Formal legal possession of land.
sendal [Lat. cendallum; ME cendal] A thin rich silken material (OED).
stallage [Lat. stallagium, estallagium] Payment for a market stall.
tun [Latdolium] A large cask or barrel, esp. of wine.
valettus A term designating social status: translated ‘yeoman’.
Vidua Regis [Lat.] See King's widow.
volumus, clause of [Lat. cum clausula volumus] A standard clause inserted esp. in letters of protection by which pleas and suits are delayed for a specified period of time. In full the clause runs: volumus quod interim sit quietus de omnibus placitis et querelis (=we wish that meanwhile he be quit of all pleas and plaints).
waif A piece of property which is found ownerless and which, if unclaimed within a fixed period after due notice given, falls to the lord.
waivery [AN weiverie] The technical term for proceedings of outlawry in the case of women.
wey [Lat. pensa, peisa, pisa] A standard of dry-goods weight.
worsted [ME wyrstede] A woollen fabric or stuff made from well-twisted yarn spun of long-staple wool combed to lay the fibres parallel (OED).
writ [Lat. brevis] Letters close containing commands by the K. to certain specified persons, esp. royal officers. Returnable writs, which were not normally enrolled in the chancery rolls, were to be returned by the officer to chancery with details of the actions taken by the officer in response to the contents. See also allocate, certiorari, liberate.