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Details of SC 8/29/1446
Thomas de la More, esquire, former Sheriff of Cumberland
de la More, Thomas
Sheriff of Cumberland
Nature of request:
Thomas de la More, formerly Sheriff of Cumberland, makes two petitions:1) He complains of threats towards him, and of beatings of his under-sheriff and bailiffs, by Lord Egremont and his followers, and says that he has sent word of this to the Earl of Salisbury, for him to show to the king.2) He asks for a writ under the privy seal, addressed to the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer, to discharge him in his account with certain sums which he claims are impossible to levy; and also that he might not be charged with any annuity which he cannot pay.
Nature of endorsement:
This bill is granted as is desired, provided that he account on oath in due fashion, and that it is not taken as a precedent in future.
Cumberland; [Scotland]; River Eden, [Cumberland]
[Thomas Percy], Lord Egremont; [Richard Neville], Earl of Salisbury
According to the List of Sheriffs, a Thomas de la More was sheriff of Cumberland between 10 February and 5 November 1430, between 4 November 1443 and 6 November 1444, between 9 November 1447 and 9 November 1448 and between 8 November 1452 and Michaelmas 1453. A note on the guard identifies this petition with the last of these dates: this seems most likely, especially as there is no sheriff the following year, and clearly some difficulty in collecting the county farm: the List of Sheriffs says 'Hugh Lowther afterwards collected what he could for the King. See Pipe Roll.' This date is justified by the references to Lord Egremont: Thomas Percy was Lord Egremont between 1449 and 1460.