Ecclesiastical inquisition, 1460.
Ecclesiastical inquisition, 1460.


In the Name of God. Amen. By the present public instrument may it appear evident to all that in the year from the incarnation of our Lord according to the computation of the Church of England 1460, in the third year of eighth indiction of the pontificate of the most holy father in Christ and our Lord the lord Pius the Second, by divine providence Pope, on the 18th day of the month of October in the chapel of St. Andrew of Skegby in the diocese of York, in the personal presence of me the underwritten notary and of the underwritten witnesses—John Machon, Nicholas Scharp, Ralph Stanyhurst, William Capron, John Pecok, John Scharp, and Robert Clerk, inhabitants dwelling in the town of Skegby aforesaid, interrogated concerning the ordering and disposition of the lands and tenements of Roger Bryde formerly of Skegby above said, now for a long time dead, answering said that the aforesaid Roger Bryde was seized as of fee to himself his heirs and assigns according to the custom of the manor in two messuages in the town of Skegby aforesaid with certain lands and tenements pertaining to the same, and had three sons, namely John, John and Robert and thus seized alone of the lands & tenements aforesaid, came into the full court held at Skegby 5 April 13 Hen. VI. [1435] and surrendered into the hand of the lord all the said lands and tenements with their appurtenances except one rood of land lying next the cross in the eastern field there to the use of Robert Atkynson and John Atkynson to have and to hold to the same Robert and John their heirs and assigns according to the custom of the manor. And after this the said Robert & John came to the court held at Skegby 8 Oct. 14 Hen. VI. [1435] and surrendered into the hand of the said lord two messuages, lands and tenements with all their appurtenances in the town and lands of Skegby to the use of John Bryde senior, John Bryde junior, and Robert Bryde, sons of the aforesaid Roger Bryde, to have and to hold to the same John, John & Robert, their heirs and assigns according to the custom of the manor, as in the rolls of the same court fully appears. And afterwards the said John Bryde senior (so seized jointly with John Bryde junior and Robert Bryde, his brothers) died at Skegby 13 Feb. 38 Hen. VI. [1460], after whose death the said John Bryde junior and Robert his brother were alone seized and are alone seized in the said two messuages and all the land and tenements aforesaid, with their appurtenances. Moreover, whereas Roger Bryde, scholar, son of the said John Bryde, senior, because he is not able, as he says, to induce by fair means the said John Bryde, junior, Archdeacon of Derby, to be well-wishing to him in recompensing him for injuries and damage inflicted jointly upon himself his father and mother and others, purposes to bring divers complaints against him in Parliament, charging him with being an oppressor and causer of the death of the said John Bryde the elder his father—having been questioned upon this they say expressly that he was his special helper and supporter and never oppressor nor the causer of his death, for the said John Bryde senior was an old man and decrepit and held down by various infirmities for many years before his death, and John Bryde, junior, the aforesaid Archdeacon was, before and after the death of the said John Bryde senior, for a long time in the house of the Cistercian Order at Beauvale in the County of Nottingham, and never did he inflict any injury or detriment on the said John his brother, his wife, or his sons, but before all others was a special helper to them in all matters and incurred great expense on account of their affairs, without any repayment. And Roger Bryde, the aforesaid scholar, son of the said John Bryde senior his brother, threatening as above, he maintained at the grammar school for five or six years at his cost and expense and caused to be sufficiently supplied to the said Roger all things necessary in food and clothing and never inflicted other injuries on him. Moreover I John, the underwritten notary, have seen and touched certain testimonial letters of venerable fathers, Abbots, Priors, and other gentlemen worthy of credence, obtained on the occasion of the said iniquitous and unjust malignancy of Roger Bryde, scholar aforesaid, and sealed with their seals, in faith and testimony to the good faith and honest conversation of John Bryde, Archdeacon, for thirty years and more, labouring in his benefice all the year through the archidiaconate of Derby without any injuries or unjust exactions, always well known.

And that from before the death of the Bishop of good memory, formerly Bishop of Coventry and Lichfield from this time now the fifth bishop, he was not adhering to any lord, but always laboured in his benefice as above and relieved his neighbours, friends and others as much as he could, and especially John Bryde his elder brother; and Roger son of that John senior he sent to the schools and caused him to be supplied with all necessary food and clothing as above; and neither to him, his father or mother or any of his brothers, did he inflict any injuries in any way, or ever in his life did he do anything imagined or intended to cause his death or that of any other creature by Christianity [sic.].

Upon all which things Master John Bryde, Archdeacon of Derby abovesaid, required me the underwritten notary to draw up for him one or more public instruments. All these things were done as written and recited above in the year of the Lord, Indiction, Pontificate, Month, Day, and Place above-written, being present the discreet and honourable men, Dominus William Foliam, priest, and George Barry "beatus" of the diocese of Lichfield, Coventry, and York, witnesses to the premisses specially summoned and interrogated.

And I, John Altoftes, clerk, etc.




Percival Lynley, Esq., 21 Aug., 1499


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John Bryde, 19 June, 1505


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John Bryde, 4 Aug., 1506


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Thomas Lyndeley of Lyndeley, Esq., 14June, 1524


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William Lyndeley, 18 May, 1527


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