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Details of SC 8/76/3794
Margery Tany, widow of Thomas Tany and executrix of his testament.
King and lords of parliament.
Nature of request:
Margery, widow of Thomas Tany and executrix of his testament, states that on Corpus Christi during the last insurrection, a proclamation was made that anyone with an action, title or right to recover any debts or inheritances should come to the King at the Tower of London with their evidence, and justice would be done to them: so she and her eldest son went to claim the debts owed to her through her husband's testament; and Walter Almaly, Dean of the College of Windsor was ordered to pay her. However, he had both her sons arrested, and beat the elder so badly that he died, and is now lying in wait for her, so that she has fled to sanctuary. She asks that the parties be ordered to come before the King, and also John Chirch, sergeant of London, who arrested her elder son, to confess the truth of the matter on oath, and that the King might do justice to the parties without delay, on the evidence obtained by this examination.
Thomas Tany, knight of the College of Windsor, husband of petitioner; John Thorp, elder son of petitioner; William Courtenay), Archbishop of Canterbury and former Chancellor of England; William Mugge, Dean of the College of Windsor; Walter Almaly, Dean of the College of Windsor; John de Thorp, younger son of petitioner; Richard Metford; John Chirch, Sergeant of London; William Walleworth (Walworth), former Mayor of London.
Clearly relates to the aftermath of the Peasants' Revolt in London. Walworth, mayor during the revolt, is described as the former mayor, and left office on 9 November 1381. The Archbishop of Canterbury is mentioned as the former Chancellor, but appears still to be alive, and hence must be William Courtenay, successor in both posts of the murdered Simon Sudbury, but who left the chancellorship on 30 November 1381. The petition probably dates from soon after the events described.