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Courts of Westminster.1 In Michaelmas Term, 1 John (1199), Hamo de Pyvelesdon, with Adam de Chetwind, Peter de Eiton, Adam de Alarton, Philip de Buterey (? Bubney), Walter d'Elpole, and Pagan de Charenton, who had been of the jury in an assize of novel disseisin between Walter de Witefeld and Robert de Huntingeland respecting the land of "Chershall", were summoned to show in what manner that assize was taken, etc. (Plac. in domo Cap. West., 1 John, vol. x, p. 25.) In George Morris's pedigrees (Eyton) the name of Robert is mentioned as father of Richard de Pyvelesdon, but no references are given, nor have I met with the name in any of the Welsh MSS.
In 1227, 6th May, William de Pyvelesdon appoints John Swanesmore, Thomas Coli, and John Taylor his attorneys to receive seisin of all lands and tenements in the township of Puleston from the Lord of Chetwynde. (Emral MS.) In 1253 he is witness to a charter. (Ditto.)
Between 1225-40 Richard de Pyvelesdon witnesses two Wombridge charters, in the beginning of the reign of Henry III. Richard de Pewelesdon is one of the attesting witnesses to a grant from Alianor, daughter of Roger Mussone, to the Canons of Wombridge of an acre of land under Wichele; and also to another grant, about the same time, and with nearly the same witnesses, from Richard de Brugg and Sybilla, his wife, to the same Canons of two seilions of land in the field of Upinton. (Worm. Chart., tit. Upinton, Nos. cvi and cciii, and vol. ii, pp. 226, 230.)
Referring to a marriage between a Pyvelesdon and Agnes Warren of Warrenshall, George Morris says "the pedigree of Warren does not notice this; and, if it did take place, it must have been Roger, sheriff in 1241, or (his father) Richard, who married her."
1 Of these esscrigns (enquiries) there are four kinds mentioned in law books This is in respect of a sickness confining to bed.
Waranshall was one of the fifteen members of Stokeupon-Tern, in the Feodaries of 1284-5 (Anderson's Salopia, 152). Roger de Pyvelesdon, who was alive in 1220, is the second person named in the Grand Inquest, 10 May, 37 Henry III (1253), as to whether the King or John FitzAlan were entitled to the custody of the Abbacy of Haghmond during its vacancy by death or otherwise.
In 10 Henry III (1226) Roger de Pyvelesdon, with Roger de Girros, Roger de Weston, etc., attests an agreement between Hymbert, Prior of Wenlock, etc., and Roger, son of William de Corfhull, as to property in Corfhull.
In 1241 Roger de Pyvelesdon, then county clerk for Salop, with Lord John le Strange, then sheriff, witnesses an agreement between Sir Odo de Hodenet, son of Sir Baldwin de Hodenet, and the Abbey of Shrewsbury. (Shrewsbury Chartulary, No. 26, 406, and vol. ii, p. 313.) (1241) the same year, and then sheriff, Roger de Pyvelesdon, with Roger de Girros, Hugh, son of Robert, Will de Hadlega, and others, attests a grant of confirmation made by William Banastr to the Canons of Haghmond, whereby he confirmed the grants made by his father and his predecessors as to lands in Hardewick, Caldenhulle, Shettewall. (Haghmond Chartulary, fo. 104.) He is said to have married a girl (? heiress) of Edge-by-Malpas (Harl. MS. 1971), to whom the Christian name Agnes is given. According to the Salesbury MSS. a Roger Pulesdon living in 1345 marries for his first wife Margaret, daughter of Sir William Monthermer. It is more probable that she was wife (first or second) to this Roger, who was living in 1241. Mr. G. F. Clark writes: "There is, as far as I know, but one family of Monthermer, that represented by Ralph de M., a simple Esquire, who married, in 1296, Joan, widow of the Earl de Clare." It is also said that Roger de Pyvelesdon had a daughter Alice by his wife Margaret Monthermer, and that she married Robert
de Harley. This Robert succeeded his father "Richard, who held a knight's fee in Harle in 1240, and became one of the coroners of Salop, and died in the office" (Anderson's Salopia, p. 220). This is confirmed by the following charter :
A.D. 1255. Roger de Pyvelesdon grants to Robert de Harlegh in frank marriage with Alice his daughter half a mark annual rent which William de Donvill paid for a tenement held under the granter in the vill of Farlawe, co. Salop. (Dugdale's MSS., vol. xxxix, fol. 80.)
There are many charters at this date witnessed by a Roger de Pyvelesdon which, in the uncertainty as to the date of his death, may be assigned to him or to his son Roger. If we assume, on the supposed authority of a Hanmer MS., that he lived till 1272, the following will, no doubt, refer to him.
39 Henry III, 1254. Roger de Pyvelesdon, custos, of the son and heir of John de Dodyton, which he hath of the gift of John Fitz Alan, held Dodyton, in which is 1 hide, and it does suit at Hundred Court, and pays for the Sheriff 6d. Stretward, and 12 pence Motfeh. (Rot. Hundred., v. ii, p. 81.) He also appears as custos of an ancestor of the present possessors of Hawkestone. "Adam Wele holds 1 hide of land at firm in la Hulle until the age of the heir of Robert de la Hulle, from Roger de Pyvelesdon, for 11th part of a Kt.'s fee, and does suit to the Hundred." (Rot. Hund., v. ii, p. 74.)
C. s. d.-Robert de Wodecote grants to Roger de Pyvelesdon a moiety of land called le Quebbe. Hiis testibus He. de Chetwinde, Jordan de Pyvelesdon, Michal de Morton, James of the same. (Woodcote Evidences.) [This land seems to have come into the possession of his grandson Roger, son of Thomas. The same Robert grants to the same Roger a virgate of land in Linden. Hiis testibus D'no Will'o Pantulf de Hales, D'no H. de Weston, Will'o de Ipestan, Mic. de Morton, James of the same, John de Weston,
Seneschal to Lord Nicholas de Audley. (Woodcote Evidences.) [Afterwards the property of Roger, son of Thomas.] This Roger is probably the one to whom a cross was erected at Newport, mentioned in an undated deed (see Harl. MS. 1985, fol. 244); from which it appears that a Roger de Pyvelesdon witnessed three deeds there transcribed: (1) a grant by Nicholas de Audithley to his burgesses of Newport; (2) a release by the same to the same; (3) a grant by the same Nicholas to the same burgesses of land to build a market cross, which extends in breadth a predicto muro cimeterii usque ad crucem positam pro animâ domini Rogeri de Pyvelesdon". He left four sons besides his daughter Alice, wife of Robert de Harley. All of these seem to have been men of note in their day. Thomas de Pyvelesdon, son and heir, was an eminent London merchant, noticed three times in the Hist. of the Barons' Wars, by Blaauw (London, 1844). He and Stephen Buckerell were elected captains by the citizens. He was chosen Constabularius, and Buckerell Marshal. He was present with Simon Montfort at the battle of Lewes, 14th May 1264. In the list of those who were imprisoned in the Tower are the names of Roger de Pyvelesdon and Richard, his brother; and in 1265 Thomas Pyvelesdon and others kept prisoners at Windsor. A.D. 1272-78, Master Thomas, son and heir of Roger, in the King's prison, attests charters of Shrewsbury Abbey. (Emral. MS.) In 1285, Thomas Pyvelesdon sent into exile.
In the Hist. of North Wales, by William Cathrall, vol. ii, p. 128, we find: "Some Welsh manuscripts assert that Thomas Puleston, Esquire, brother to Sir Roger Puleston, Knight, was buried at Abererch, co. Caernarvon." Pennant has been quoted as making this statement; but I cannot find any passage to this effect, and should be glad to know what Welsh MSS. are referred to.
In the church of Abererch, on the north side of the modern communion-table, and partly beneath the rails,
is an incised stone coffin-lid, which, upon a large cross surrounded by foliations, bears a plain shield, and upon this a sword. It does not appear that any considerable obliteration could have been made; neither is there a trace of inscription upon the edge of the stone. It is known to have rested near the screen in the north aisle, and to have been removed for greater security to the upper part of the south aisle, where it now is (1888). He had a son named Roger.
1288, July.-Roger, son of Master Thomas, sues Roger, son of Jordan, Alice, his wife; Richard, son of Jordan and Adam de Legh. (Emral MS.)
1292 (20 Edward I).-Agreement between Roger, son of Jordan de Pyvelesdon, and Roger, son of Thomas de Pyvelesdon, respecting some waste lands at Pyvelesdon and a wood called Holston. (Emral MS.)
28 Edward I.-Roger, son of Thomas de Pyvelesdon, was one of the Grand Inquest appointed in King Edward's Charter (Feb. 14, 29 Edward I) to inquire into the usurpations made under the Forest Laws. (Shrewsbury Chartulary, 279, v. Appt., vol. i, p. x.)
1306 (34 Edward I).--The same persons enter into a statutory obligation before Thomas Cole, Mayor of Shrewsbury. (Emral MS.)
1311 (4 Edward II).-Grant by Roger, son of Thomas de Pyvelesdon, to John Hynkle of one-third of seven messuages, a water-mill, and fish-pond, one carucate of land, three pieces called le Cwebbe, and 33s. rentcharge in Lyndon at a rent of nine marks a year, for which the said John Hynkle paid a consideration of forty marks.
1311.-Confirmation of the above by the children of Roger, son of Thomas de Pyvelesdon (to whom he . had given the said tenements for their lives), to John Hynckley, he paying them the said rent.
To Richard (the second son of Roger I) the following grant seems to belong, preceding a similar one to his brother Roger:
20 March (12 Edward I).-Rex has literas suas