STAC 5/P4/7 - B - 39 Eliz - Flint - Henry Pirs, William Jones v Vrion Brereton, Robert Salesbury, George Manly, John Pirs et al see STAC Piers
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To the Queens most excellent Majesty
In most humble wise complaining showen and inform to your most excellent majesty your true and faithful subject Henry Pirs of Grays Inn in the County of Middlesex gentleman, and William Jones of Skeiviocke [Ysceifiog] in the county of Flint gentlemen. That whereas there is nothing that tendeth more to the trouble and disturbance of the quiet and peaceable possessions of your highness subjects in this your highness realm of England, than maintenance, embracery, champerty, subornation of witnesses, buying of titles, and pretended rights of persons not being in possession, whereby great . . . trouble, oppression, and disherisons of sundry your Highness loving subjects have ensued, and are daily more and more like to ensue, And whereas your most excellent Majesty, and your Highness most noble progenitors have made and ordained sundry good and profitable laws statutes and ordinances against the said of offences, and for the due punishment and correction of such as should perpetrate and commit any of them, all which laws, statutes and ordinances notwithstanding, so it is most dread and gracious sovereign, That one Vrion Brereton of Hanford [Handforth] in your highness County of Chester pretending title and interest into ten messuages three hundred acres of land, forty acres of meadow one hundreth acres of pasture, and forty acres of wood with the appurtenances in the several parishes of and in your highness County of Flint being worth one thousand pounds in the occupation of your subject and sundry other persons, did about the last day of August last past in the 38th year of your highness reign, Convey and grant the premises, and his pretended title of in and to the same to one Robert Salesburye of Flint in the county of Flint gentlemen, George Manley gentleman, and John Pirs of Flint gentlemen, and their heirs or executors. Of which messuages, lands and tenements, the said Vrion Brereton, or any of his ancestors, or they from whom he claimeth have not been in possession or the reversion or remainder of them, or taken the rents or profits of them, by the space of one whole year before that conveyance, whereof they the said Roberts Salesburie, George Manley and John Pirs had full and perfect notice at the time of the taking of the said conveyance, And they the said Robert Salesburie, George Manley and John Pirs or any of them, their or any of their ancestors, or they by whom they or any of them claim the same, having not being in possession of the same, or of the reversion or remainder thereof, or take in the rents or profits thereof by the space of one whole year before the twentieth day of October in the eight and thirtieth year of your highness most happy and gracious reign, Have the said twentieth day of October in the same 38th year at Nanerch [Nannerch] in the said county of Flint demised to one Hugh Kenricke one of the attorneys of your Highness courts called the Common Pleas in Westminster the premises, To have and to hold to him this said Hugh Kenricke his executors and administrators from the feast of St Michael the Archangel then last past to the end and term of twelve years, By virtue whereof, the said Hugh Kenricke into the premises entered and was possessed, until he was lawfully ejected and put out by your said subjects, and the said Hugh Kenricke hath of late in your Highness courts of the Common Pleas in the Exchequer commenced suit of Ejection [ . . . ] and meaneth to bring the cause to trial in the county of Salop, where your said subjects are mere estrangers, and where the said Robert Salesbury, George Manley, and John Pirs are of great alliance friends and kindred, And your subjects further say that the said Hugh Kenricke at the making of the said lease to him did well know that the said Roberts Salesburie, George Manley and John Piers, or any of them, their or any of their ancestors, or they by whom they or any of them do claim the same, had not been in possession of the same, or of the reversion or remainder thereof, or taken the rents or profits thereof, by the space of one whole year, before this said twentieth day of October in the said 38th year of your highness reign, whereupon he the said Hugh Kenricke hath forfeited the value of the said lands, All which offences are and were committed sithence your highness last general and free pardon, and are contrary to your Highness laws and statutes. In tender consideration whereof it may please your most excellent majesty to grant your highness most gracious writ of Subpoena to be directed to the said Vrion Brereton, Robert Salesburie, George Manley, John Pirs and Hugh Kenricke, commanding them and every of them thereby at a certain day and under a certain pain therein to be limited personally to be and appear before your majesty and your highness most honourable privy councilin your highness high court of Star Chamber, then and there to answer the premises, and to abide such further order and direction therein as to your majesty and your highness said council shall be thought meet, And your said subjects shall according to their bounden duty daily pray for your highness in health and prosperity long to reign.