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Details of SC 8/344/E1269
John Neuton (Newton).
Neuton (Newton), John
Council of Prince Edward.
Nature of request:
Neuton states that Calwod and his deputy delivered a warrant to Boturnall, Leonard and others to arrest the petitioner, and with the assent and conspiracy of the under-steward they came the Friday next before St George's day last to Berriowbridge and searched for him from house to house, but Neuton was constable of the parish at that time and was occupied in the king's business elsewhere, so that they pursued him to Trewody Downe and arrested him by virtue of the warrant and carried him away, refusing to accept his offer of surety by two people to keep the peace according to the custom of the Stannary. Afterwards they took him to a pretended franchise called Blisland 14 miles from his home and there arrested him by 'acrye', and there he was delivered by surety paying 5s. for his fees, and by this undue means is vexed from court to court and has lost 100s., and is denied delivery against the custom that pertains to tinners in the prince's court of the Stannary to the petitioner's great harm and loss, and he is likely to be destroyed without the prince's remedy. He requests that Calwod be called 'now being here present' before them, and to see, ordain and provide for a remedy in the premises so that the petitioner can peaceably live in rest and peace hereafter without any such wrongs being done to him by Calwod or his deputies or any of the evildoers.
Nature of endorsement:
Byryowe (Berriowbridge), [Cornwall]; North Hill, [Cornwall]; Trewody Downe (Trewithey), [Cornwall]; St Neot, [Cornwall]; Blisland, Cornwall.
Edward [Plantagenet], prince of Wales and duke of Cornwall; Richard Boturnall; Thomas Lenard (Leonard); Thomas Calwod, under-steward of the Stannary.
A cover note preceding this file of petitions indicates that the petitions SC 8/344/E1262-E1316B mostly date to the period 1481-1483, and nearly all appear to belong to the period 1471-1483, this latter date being the dates that Edward Plantagenet, Edward IV's eldest son, held the principality of Wales and the county of Chester. This petition is dated to the latter range, 1471-1483 because there is no evidence that would allow a narrower dating.