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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.

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Roger De Hoveden
The Annals vol.2., From A.D. 1180 To A.D. 1201.
page 337



and no sheriff is to he justice in his shrievalty, nor yet in any county which he has held since the first coronation of our lord the king. Also, an inventory is to be made of all the Cities, and Boroughs, and Demesne Lands of our lord the king. Also, the said justices, together with the bailiffs of WBliain of the Church of Saint Mary, Geoffrey Fitz-Peter, William de ChimelB, William Bruere, Hugh Bardolph, and the sheriff of each place, are to cause the knights mentioned on the roll to be summoned in their respective counties, to appear at a time and place which they shall signify to them, and to make them swear in their presence that they will use aB their lawful endeavours to restore the Lands and Escheats belonging to pur lord the king, and to value the same to the advantage of our lord the king, and not through hatred, favour, or regard for any person, to omit so to do. And the said knights before-named shaB, upon their oath, make choice of twelve lawful knights, or free and lawful men, if knights shaB not be found for the purpose, in the different parts of each county on the circuit of the said justices itinerant, as shaB seem expedient ; who shall, in like manner, make oath that they will use all their lawful endeavours to restore, and to value and establish the rights of Wardship and Escheat in those parts, and will give their counsel and assistance to advantage the king therein, as before-mentioned. The said jurors shall also, upon oath, choose from free men as many and such as they shall think necessary for the performance of the aforesaid business of our lord the king as to Escheats and Wardships, in such manner as may be best done for the advantage of our lord the king. It is also to be known, that the said Wardships and Escheats shall be made good out of the revenues arising therefrom up to the feast of Michaelmas, as also from the revenues at that time due ; and, if they shall not suffice, then the deficiency shaB be suppUed by a toll of our lord the king : it being understood that those who hold the said Wardships and Escheats to farm, shall, after the feast of Saint Michael, answer for the same thenceforward as for farms in husbandry. And as for those who shall hold the said Wardships and Escheats to farm, our lord the king shall give them warranty for the same from year to year until the termination thereof; so that, although our lord the king should give any of them to any person, the farmer shall still hold his farm, to hold the same by farm till the end of the year, by paying to


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