Inquisition held at Berwick-on-Tweed, on Monday next after the Feast of St James the Apostle, in the 30th year [30 July 1302], before Sir Walter de Agmondesham, chancellor in Scotland, Sir Edmund of Hastings, warden of Berwick, and John Burdon, sheriff thereof, by Philip of Ridale, John of Badby, William of Orford, Simon of Dirleton, John Baudewyn, Peter le Cras, John of Corbridge, William of Roxburgh, Robert of Helmsley, John of the Hall, Ralph of Bleclings, Hugh of Grendone, John of Hauburne, William of Knapton, Thomas, son of Yvette, and John of Barton, who say on oath that Nicholas of Carlisle, the king’s sergeant in Berwick, holds that burgage which was Ralph Philip’s in Bridgegate Street of Berwick by extent made by the English burgesses of the said town, that is, 4 marks yearly; also a vacant place on the Ness which was the bishop of Moray’s, by the same extent, 3s. yearly; another vacant place on the Ness which was William the Scribe’s, by same extent, 4s. yearly; also a burgage which was Henry of Stirling’s on the Ness, extended ut supra at 2 marks annually; and know of no more held by him. They say that these 40 acres between the town and the fosse were held in the late King Alexander’s time by divers burgesses of Berwick freely without any reddendum as pertinent of their burgages, and when said burgh was founded they were given to the burgesses to build, if any wished to do so, and there are streets in said ground arranged for this. But they are now held by divers burgesses of the king of England for yearly payment of 2s. an acre, under extent made by his bailiff, whereby each acre was extended at 12d. and other services. These are Robert of Holland, William of Thorpe, John of Barton, William of Brune, John of Appleby, Richard of Lenn, Richard of Foxholes, Walter de Agmondesham, Ferminus of Pontefract, Robert Heyrun, John of St Botulph, John of Weston, Thomas del Bed, William Torald, Robert Pulter, Robert of Heacham, Ranulph of Holme, Peter le Cras, William le Clerk, John Sparke, John Baudewyn, Reginald Lenginour, John of Corbridge, Thomas Michael, Hugh of Grendone, Nicholas of Markham, [...] le Orfeure, Alexander the carpenter, John Packer and Robert of Newcastle. That this ground cannot without the greatest injury to the king and the confusion and destruction of the aforesaid town, be held ‘integre’ by Nicholas or any other; for he might build as good or a better town there than the present; and the burgesses have no other place within or without their town where they can have a handful of grass or pasture or any other easement, except these 40 acres, whereon all the burgesses both small and grave have common pasture in the open time by use and wont, and they are divided in small divisions as in the time of King Alexander, among the burgesses. And if the king’s pleasure is that they should not be pertinents to the burgesses and their burgages, he may if he will increase his said town by 160 burgesses. The jurors append their seals.
Monday 30 July 1302
Monday after the Feast of St James the Apostle, in 30th year