Post by Jan Wolfe Post by Jan Wolfe
Sept. 20. Westminster. To the sheriff of Cantebrigge. Writ of supersedeas, and order by mainprise of John Lylleston of Middlesex, John Wilteshire of Cambridgeshire, Robert Goderiche of London and Thomas Blakehay of Devon to set free William Bertilmewe of Cantebrigge, if taken at suit of the king and John Penteney for leaving John Penteney's service before the term agreed.
A John Lylleston died in London before 1 July 1397, see https://www.british-history.ac.uk/plea-memoranda-rolls/vol3/pp248-259
The two names at the bottom of the suit are often the names of the
pledges on behalf of the plaintiff to sue the case.
Although any male adult could mainpern, it was a very common and popular
way for Chancery clerks and other King's Clerks to supplement their
incomes, so often the first name is of a King's clerk, and given that
the mainpernors were all of different counties, and not one was from the
home county of the prisoner, it would appear, on the face of it, that
they were all probably king's clerks (but not Chancery clerks).
John Cliderhowe (Clitherhowe, Clitherow) was a Chancery clerk, active
from around 1373 until 1418 when he disappears from the Chancery rolls.
If the John Lylleston who died before 1 Jul 1397 is the same as one of
the pledges in the Chancery suit, then that constrains the date quite a
lot (21 years at least).
Thanks for the interest :)