Document 3/589/15 (Stevenson, Docs., ii, no. 509b)
Clementia and Isabella de Vescy, who was the wife of John de Vescy, the father, came before the Treasurer and Barons of the Exchequer in person on 12 May 1298, and the said Isabella speaking to which lands and tenements which she holds in Sprouston, she said and recognised that she holds the third part of the said manor of Sprouston with pertinents in the name of dower, being from the lands and tenements which were the said John’s, her late husband, and that she claims nothing in that third part except in the name of dower, etc. And thus she performed fealty before the treasurer and barons on that day to the lord king, to whom and to whose heirs she considered a reversion of the said third part after her death, from the gift and concession of William de Vescy, brother and heir of the said John de Vescy [father], Isabella’s late husband, as contained in the script of William concerning this made to the king, which is enrolled in the memoranda [rolls] from the end of Hilary, year 25 in these words:
“William de Vescy has granted and re-given to his lord, Sir Edward, king of England, lord of Ireland and duke of Aquitaine, the castle, manor and earldom of Kildare with all pertinents and liberties which he holds in Ireland; He grants also to his lord, for himself and his heirs, the manor of Sprouston, with pertinents, from Clementia who was the wife of John de Vescy, William’s son, two parts, and from Isabella, who was the wife of John de Vescy, William’s brother, three parts she holds in dower. To have and hold after the deaths of the said Clementia and Isabella together with the said castle, manor and county, knights’ fees, advowsons of churches, etc. [Witnesses given]”
Clementia, also speaking to which lands and tenements she holds in dower in the same manor of Sprouston, she said that she holds two parts of the said manor to the terms which the said William de Vescy, father of John de Vescy, late husband of Clementia, granted and transferred to her to hold for the term of her lifetime, in part of the allocation of £250 of land from which John de Vescy, her late husband, endowed her when they were betrothed with the assent and wish of William, his father. And she claims nothing in the two parts except in the name of dower, etc. And thus she performed fealty before the treasurer and barons on that day to the lord king, to whom and to whose heirs she considered a reversion of the said two parts after her death.