[From Manx Soc vol IV,VII & IX]




THE King to his beloved Thomas de Drayton, William de Gaysele of Great Yarmouth, John Tuteler, and Robert de Ryveshale of Leystof [Lowestoft] Greeting. The venerable father, the Bishop of Man, has supplicated us, that whereas he and all other men of the land of Man, are in allegiance to us, and under our faith and peace, and whereas the said Bishop when journeying from the said land of Man, in a certain vessel towards the Court of Rome, respecting certain matters touching himself and his church, to be there determined, was, by a storm at sea, driven to the port of Lowystof; nigh Kirkell, and there by you arrested, together with his goods and chattels still detained under such arrest. We will you to command, that the said, his goods and chattels, which remain consigned under the seal of the aforesaid Bishop be delivered up. We, having consideration to this circumstance, [namely] that the said Bishop and other men of the said land of Man, are in allegiance to us, and under our faith and peace, as has been said. And willing on that account, that the said Bishop should be more liberally treated* in this particular, we command you to release without delay, all the goods and chattels of the aforesaid Bishop, con- signed under his seal, as is premised, and by you seized, which shall appear to you to be the real goods and chattels of the said Bishop, and to cause them to be delivered to the said Bishop or his attorney, notwithstanding your assertion that ye ought to have the half of the goods of strangers so seized, according to the custom there used, or for other unreasonable costs made, and in nowise omit to do this, upon the peril involved. Provided also that the goods of others not belonging to the said Bishop, so seized by you be kept in arrest, and that they be accounted for to us, as is becoming: Witness the King at the Tower of London, xvii day of December.

By Writ of Privy Seal.


14 ED. III.

[note the given latin script kept the abbreviated hand and used characters not representable within the HTML latin alphabet - as the resulting scan is not usable I have decided to omit it ]

Generosius prosequi.


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