Roger son of Ralph, William of Scremerston, Robert Malenfant, Robert of Cresswell, Patrick of Goswick, and Gilbert of ‘Behulle’, knights of the kingdom of England; and Ranulf of Bunkle, Robert son of the earl (of Dunbar), Robert of Bernham, Robert of Durham, William of Mordington and Simon of Grubbit, knights of the kingdom of Scotland; notify that the sheriff of Northumberland has received on the day of St Edmund the martyr, at the border of England and Scotland, letters patent from the king of England, dated 10 September previous, whereby the king reported that he had heard from the king of Scotland’s envoys, that the laws and customs of the marches were now less well observed than they had been in the time of his predecessors, and as Nicholas de Soules had suffered due to this, the king commanded the sheriff to give redress to Nicholas if found due. Meeting at the Tweed on the day of St Edmund the Martyr, they duly corrected those matters that required redress. It was proposed that Nicholas de Soules had been injured by being impleaded before the king of England for transgressions by his men dwelling in Scotland, perpetrated in England. The said knights say that Nicholas has been injured in this way elsewhere than at the border, although he holds land in England, for no one of either kingdom, although he holds land in both kingdoms, is liable to be impleaded elsewhere than at the march, for any deed done in England by his men in living in Scotland, or vice versa.
circa 20 November 1248
Day of St Edmund the Martyr (not the archbishop), regnal year 32 of Henry III