Sir Guy de Bryan, Lord Bryan, lived from about 1309 to 1390, and held a number of important posts, including Admiral of the Fleet from the mouth of the Thames westwards, Steward of the King's Household, Papal Ambassador, Chamberlain to King Richard III, as well as a number of roles connected with the pacification of Wales.

From these references, we know that Lord Bryan had three sons, Guy junior, William and Philip, and at least one daughter, Margaret (who married Hugh de Courtenay, grandson of Hugh, Earl of Devon). We also know that Lord Bryan married Elizabeth, who had previously been married to Giles de Badlesmere and Hugh Despenser; from other sources we know that Elizabeth was daughter of William Montagu, Earl of Salisbury. From other sources we also know that Lord Bryan had previously been married to Joan, daughter of Sir John Carew.

Because of the number of references we have found for Lord Bryan, we have divided this page into a number of tables for Lord Bryan's difference positions. Within each table, the entries are in date order. Actual quotes are in italics.

The rererences are divided into the following lists:

Land holdings

# Document Date Text Notes
  Patent Rolls [g]
1343-45 page 48
18 May 1343 Inspeximus and ratification of an indenture, dated at London, 1 May, 17 Edward III, between Guy de Brian, the younger, of the one part and John Gordon, mayor, and Thomas Kyngesmey, Gilbert de Pole, Thomas Swete, John Hauley, John Mather, John Scoce, Henry de Whiteley, William Baeoun, William Hemmyng, John Cotte and Richard Swete, burgesses of the borough of Clifton, Derternuth and Herdenasse, plenipotentiaries of the said commonalty to treat with the said Guy of matters in debate between them, witnessing that whereas the king by charter dated 9 February, in his fifteenth year, granted to the said Guy that that part of the lordship and profit which the king had of the grant of Nicholas de Teukisbury in the said borough and which Joan de Carreu held for life by grant of the king should remain to him and his heirs, and the said Joan on 14 February then next attorned to him in respect of all services due from the borough, and afterwards, by a writing dated 12 July, 16 Edward III, released to him and his heirs all her estate and title in the borough; and whereas the king, by charter dated 14 April, in his fifteenth year, granted to the burgesses and their successors divers liberties; subsequently because Guy asserted that these liberties for the most part would be prejudicial to him and his lordship and were contrary to the charter of the king to him therein, an agreement has been made between Guy and the mayor and burgesses, to wit the latter grant that Guy and his heirs should hold for ever the whole lordship, rent, services and amends of breaches of the assize of bread and ale and all other profits of the borough, except amercements of plea of land by writs or plaints of possession within the borough, which Guy grants shall remain to them: the mayor and burgesses grant that he and his heirs may have a steward at their will within the borough: Guy grants that the commonalty shall in every year elect a mayor and bailiffs to be sworn before him or his steward; the mayor and burgesses grant that the steward for the time being with the mayor shall hear and determine all pleas real or personal emergent there or affecting the liberty of the borough, and the steward and the mayor shall make all executions, and in case they cannot agree it shall be lawful for the steward to proceed as used to be done in the time of Nicholas de Teukesbury, and all amercements of such pleas shall be taxed by the steward and estreats thereof sent by him to the bailiff of the borough to be levied by them for the use of Guy; in case of infraction of this agreement by the mayor and burgesses they shall be held to Guy and his heirs in £20 and the king's charter of liberties to them shall be null and void unless amends be made within three months. From other sources, Joan Carew was Guy's first wife.
 Patent Rolls [g]
1345-48 page 217
3 Jan 1347 Licence for the abbot and convent of Certeseye to enfeoff Guy de Briane, the younger, of the manor of Brettegrave, co. Surrey, held in chief, as appears by inquisition taken by Reginald le Forester, escheator in the said county, to hold by the rent of 8s. 3d. yearly payable at Easter and Michaelmas.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 206
6 Nov 1348 Licence for Guy de Briane ' le fitz ' to enfeoff John Gogh, John Seys, William de Osberton and Martin Moulissh, clerks, of the manors of Bertesgrave and Dertemuth, said to be held in chief.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 9 page 282
17 Jun 1349 Guy de Brian, knight, the elder
Hereford. The barony of Tallagharn – a barony of the March, including a castle, held of the king in chief by homage and service of two knight’s fees, viz. with two barded horses or eight footmen, according to the custom of those parts, for three days at his own costs, at the summons of the king’s bailiffs of Kermerdyn, as often as necessary in time of war, and doing suit at the county of Kermerdyn every month. Flechirhill in Dungledy – a knight’s fee held in service of Philip de Stanton, knight, by homage and suit at the said Philip’s court of Wyston every fifteen days by summons.
He died on 17 June last. Guy de Bryan, knight, his son, aged 30 years and more, is his heir
Death of Guy's father (also called Guy)
Little in the way of property is shown because the bulk had already passed to Guy the son (later Lord Bryan), because of his father's mental incapacity
 Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 120
29 Oct
1349
To Richard Danseye, escheator in co. Hereford and the adjacent march of Wales. Order not to intermeddle further with a march barony called the barony of Tallagharn, restoring the issues thereof, as among other things the king granted to Edward prince of Wales, the principality of Wales and the lordship, castle, town and county of Kermerdyn with the knight’s fees and all appurtenances, and now by inquisition post mortem of Guy de Briane, knight, the elder, it is found that he held the said barony in chief by homage and the service of two knight’s fees, to wit, with two barded horses or eight foot according to the custom of those parts, for three days at his own cost, at the summons of the king’s bailiffs of Kermerdyn, whenever necessary in time of war, and to make suit at the county of Kermerdyn every month, and that Guy de Brian, knight, Guy’s son, is his next heir and of full age, and by inspection of the letters patent of the prince, it appears that Guy the son did homage to him as lord of Kermerdyn for the said barony. Inheritance of lands by Guy Bryan, son of Guy.
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 191
10 Jul
1350
To the chancellor of Ireland for the present or the future, or to him who supplies his place. Order to deliver to Guy de Briane and to Elizabeth his wife, late the wife of Giles de Badelesmere, tenant in chief, Elizabeth’s dower of all the lands which belonged to Giles at his death, in Ireland, according to the law and custom of Ireland, in the presence of the heirs and parceners of that inheritance or of their attorneys, if they choose to attend, certifying the king in chancery of that assignment under the seal used in Ireland, so that it may be enrolled in chancery in England. Grant of lands as dower to Elizabeth, on her marriage to Guy de Briane. Elizabeth was daughter of the earl of Salisbury, and had been married twice before
  Charter Rolls [l]
Vol 5 page 123
10 Oct
1350
[Grant to Guy Bryan of warren rights in Bretegrave, Surrey, in Littelyngton, Middlesex, in Rammesham, Dorset, in Slapton and Torrebriene, Devon, and in Tallagharn and Chastelgaweyn in Wales]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 105
21 Jun 1351 Whereas the king has caused 220 oaks in the wood of Rotherfeld, which Guy de Bryane and Elizabeth his wife, late the wife of Hugh le Despenser, tenant in chief, hold as dower of Elizabeth of the inheritance of the heir of Hugh, the king's ward, to be felled and taken without the wood for some works of his; for their indemnity against impeachment by the heir hereafter of waste done in the wood by pretext of the said felling, the king avouches the felling and taking away as his own deed and done by order of him, and of no other.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 173
28 Oct 1351 Licence, for £100 to be paid to the king, for Thomas de Arundell, 'chivaler,' and Margery, his wife, to enfeoff Robert Flemmyng, clerk, Rees ap Rees and William Wade, of the castle and manor of Chilham, held in chief, and for them to re-grant the same to Thomas and Margery,  in survivorship, with remainder to William de Ros of Hamelak and his heirs. Licence also for Thomas and Margery to grant that the manor of Bourn, held in chief, which Guy de Bryan and Elizabeth, his wife, hold as her dower of the inheritance of Margery, shall remain to the said William de Ros and his heirs.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 283
5 May 1352 Commission to Ralph de Seynt Oweyn, sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, John Waleys, Richard de Herst, William Walssh, John de Beghbury John de Batesford and John de Hodle, to fell in the forest of Retherfeld which Guy de Bryan and Elizabeth, his wife, hold for her life of the inheritance of Edward, kinsman and heir of Hugh le Despenser, tenant in chief, the king's ward, by view and testimony of Reynold de Ferrers and Thomas de Snetesharn, a hundred oaks for some works of the king there, and to cause the same when cut down to be delivered for such works: and writ de intendendo for them, directed to the said Guy and Elizabeth and their ministers.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 351, 379 & 430
&
1354-58 page 26 & 47
1352-4 Licence, for 20s. to be paid to the king by Guy de Briane, 'chivaler’ for the said Guy and Elizabeth, his wife, to grant to Richard Hornyngton and Martin Moulissh, clerks, the manor of Rotherfeld and the hamlet of Ernerugge, co. Sussex, the manors of Shupton and Burford and the town of Burford, co. Oxford, and the manor of Stanford, co. Berks and the advowson of the church of that manor, held in chief, as is said, to hold for the life of Elizabeth with the knights' fees, views of frankpledge and all other appurtenances of the manors, town and hamlet.
[The later entries are licences, also for 20s., for Richard Hornyngton and Martin Moulissh to grant the same properties to John de Briene and John Seys, clerks, and for John de Briene and John Seys then to grant them to David Vaghan and Simon Johan, clerks, and they to Walter de Bryene and Thomas de Bentham, clerks, and they to Guy and Elizabeth de Bryene, still for the life of Elizabeth]
From a Patent Rolls entry (25 May 1371, listed below), John de Briene is Guy's brother. Another Patent Rolls entry (27 July 1368, also listed below) suggests that Walter was another brother.
  Book of Aids [e] 1353 Middlesex. Guy Brian and Roger de Tieheburn hold in the town of Stanewell for half a knight's fee, that was of Erviso Malemeyns, holding of the honor of Richard de Wyndesore.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 10 page 242
6 Jun 1355 Entry for Edmund de Haudio, including the manor of Shuppenhull, Oxfordshire held of Guy Bryan and his wife Elizabeth, of the inheritance of Edward Despenser  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 544
12 May 1357 Whereas Edward de Bohun and Philippa, his wife, lately acquired in tail from John Gogh, John Seys, Guy de Briene,' chivaler,' and John de Bohun of Midhurst, ' chivaler,' three bovates of land and £31 13s. 4d. of rent in Belesby, Hadeclyf, Fenby, Wathe and Waltham, held in chief, which these last acquired in fee from Edmund de Grymesby, clerk, who had the same from John de Bohun, and these all successively entered into the premises without obtaining the king’s licence; the king for £27 paid by Edward and Philippa has pardoned the trespasses in this behalf and granted licence for them to retain the land and rent as acquired.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 10 page 414
1 Jun 1359 Entry for Elizabeth le Despenser, including a reference to a fine concerning the reversion of the manor of Bokeland, co Hereford, the manors of Bourn and Heyhinton and other land in Sussex, and part of the manor of Preston, co Buckingham, currently held by Guy de Brian and Elizabeth his wife in dower.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 244
20 Jul 1359 Licence for Edward le Despenser, lord of Glamorgan and Morgannok, to enfeoff Guy de Bryene, knight, John Seys, clerk, and Thomas Andreu, clerk, of the manors of Marteleye, co. Worcester, Sherston, co. Wilts, and Assheleye, co. Southampton, said to be held in chief.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 296
15 Sep 1359 Whereas Guy de Bryen with the king's licence has acquired to him and his heirs for ever from the abbot of St. Stephen's, Caan, the manor of Northam,co. Devon,extended at £20 yearly, as is said, and parcel of the lands in England belonging to the said abbey which were taken into the king's hands on account of the war with France, whereof the abbot has the keeping by the king's commission for £100 to be rendered at the exchequer yearly; the king has remitted to the abbot as well as to the said Guy the said £20 and granted that he and his heirs shall have the manor according to the form of the acquisition quit of the £20 of rent.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 6
8 Apr 1361 Licence for Hugh de Courteneye, earl of Devon, to grant for life to Margaret daughter of Guy de Bryene the manor of Sutton Courteneye, co. Bucks (the advowson of the church excepted), held in chief.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 261
12 May
1361
Writing indented of Guy de Bryene knight, being the defeasance of a bond to him made by Sir Hugh de Courteney earl of Devenesshire in £500, provided that, if the earl die in the lifetime of Margaret countess of Devenesshire his wife and she recover dower of the manor of Sutton Courteney against Margaret daughter of Guy and wife of Hugh de Courteney son of the earl's son, the executors of the earl or another for them shall within one month after such recovery pay to Guy or to his executors 500 marks, or that the said Margaret daughter of Guy may peaceably hold the said manor (the advowson of the church thereof excepted) for her life without impeachment or action for dower of the said countess, or that the said countess if she survive the earl shall make sufficient release of the said manor (the advowson excepted) to Margaret daughter of Guy barring her action of dower, or that Margaret daughter of Guy shall die before such recovery of dower by the said countess. Evidently part of a marriage settlement for Guy's daughter, Margaret, married to the son of the earl of Devonshire
[17] Feet of Fines [j]

Volume 10, Page 100, Entry 250
1361 At Westminster, in one month from Easter day. Between Guy de Bryene "chivaler", Martin Moulissh clerk, and John Seys clerk, querents, and Nicholas Poyntz clerk, deforciant, of the manor of Sutton Poyntz. Plea of covenant was summoned. Nicholas acknowledged the manor to be the right of Guy, and remised and quit claimed the same for himself and his heirs to Guy, Martin and John, and the heirs of Guy for ever, and will warrant it against all men for ever. For this, Guy Martin and John gave to Nicholas one hundred marcs of silver. Sale of Sutton Poyntz, by Nicholas Poyntz to Guy de Bryene and two others
[18] Feet of Fines [j]

Volume 10, Page 102, Entry 255
1361 At Westminster, in fifteen days from Easter day. Between Guy de Bryene "chivaler", Martin Moulissh clerk, and John Seys clerk, querents, and Nicholas Poyntz "chivaler", deforciant, of the manor of Sutton Poyntz. Plea of covenant was summoned. Nicholas acknowledged the manor to be the right of Guy, and rendered the same to Guy, Martin and John at the court. To have and to hold to them and the heirs of Guy of the chief lords of that fee by the services which belong to the manor for ever. Nicholas and his heirs will warrant the manor to Guy Martin and John and the heirs of Guy against all men for ever. For this, they gave to Nicholas one hundred marcs of silver. Second stage of sale of Sutton Poyntz
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 407
4 Nov 1363 Whereas the king lately granted licence for Guy de Briane to acquire in fee lands and rents or advowsons of churches to the value of £200 yearly, provided that inquisitions were made in due form, Guy has now made petition to him shewing that by virtue of such licence he has acquired from the abbot and convent of Caen the manor of Northam, co. Devon, and entered therein without process by writ of inquisition ad quod damnum and praying pardon for this; and because it has been found by inquisition taken by Thomas Cheyne, escheator in the county, that although the manor extended at £10 yearly, be parcel of the temporalities of the abbey granted to the abbot and convent, to hold in chief, in frank almoin, by King William and the king has been accustomed to have the keeping of it in times of voidance of the abbey, it nevertheless would not be to the prejudice of the king or other but to his advantage and profit to grant licence for Guy to retain the same in fee because he held no other lands of the king in chief beyond that manor and so by pretext of the manor, if he should die leaving his heir under age, the king will have the marriage of the heir and the ward of the lands, the king has pardoned the trespass herein and granted that Guy shall retain the manor in satisfaction of 20 marks of the said £200.   
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 47
4 Mar
1364
Writing of John Bays of Yevele, being a quitclaim to Guy de Bryene knight, John de Sancto Laudo the elder knight, Robert Couele parson of Slymbrugge, John de Mersshton and Walter Laurens and to their heirs of the manors of Westbaggeburgh, Thornesfaucon, Chelvy, Merygge and Beere Craucombe, a moiety of the manor of Wynsford, a messuage and one carucate of land in Hisbere and Seinte Marie Bokelond, and the advowson of Wandestre church.  
[19] Feet of Fines [j]

Volume 10, Page 112, Entry 282
1366 At Westminster, one month after Easter day, 35 Edward III, and afterwards fifteen days after the day of St Hilary, 40 Edward III. Between Guy de Bryene chivaler, Martin Moulissh clerk, and John Seys clerk, querents, and Nicholas Poyntz chivaler, deforciant, of five knights' fees in Sutton Poyntz, Hoyford, Brodeweygh, Rodeweygh, Westchikerel, Poditon, Estchikerel, Staforde, Byngham, Wigred, Langeton, Southbrodeweygh, Cranforde and Wynterburn. Plea of covenant was summoned. Nicholas acknowledged the fees to be the right of Guy and granted them to Guy Martin and John with the homages and services of Geoffrey de Bares, John de Warmwelle, John de Roges, Roger le Walishe, Rose de Poditon, Alice de Poditon, Joan de Poditon, Matilda de Midelneygh, John Mautravers, Robert de Byngham, Robert Nyweman, Raymon Heryng, Michael Criket, John Frelond and William de From and their heirs in respect of all the tenements which they before held of the said Nicholas in the said vills. To have and to hold to Guy Martin and John and the heirs of Guy from the chief lords of that fee by the services which belong to those fees for ever. For this the querents gave to Nicholas two hundred marcs of silver. Final stage of sale of Sutton Poyntz to Guy de Bryene
 Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 375
7 May
1367
Charter of John de Whitefeld knight, giving with warranty to Guy de Briene knight, Thomas Don and William Phissh clerks, and to the heirs of the said Guy, his manor of Wirdesford Belet and 3 acres of meadow in Mourton, with the rents and services of free men and villeins to the said manor belonging, and the bailiwick of keeping the rivers and Stoure (custodiendi ripas aquarum et Stoure) in Dorset.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 472
24 May
1368
Writing of Ralph Boce, cousin and heir of Simon le Deneys, being a quitclaim with warranty to Guy de Bryene knight, his heirs and assigns, of the manor and advowson of Wroxhale co. Dorset.  
 Charter Rolls [l]
Vol 5 page 217
28 Mar
1371
Grant, of special grace, after inquisition ad quod damnum [file 371, No. 16] to Guy de Briene and his heirs of view of frank pledge in their manors of Ramesham and Wroxhale Deneys, co. Dorset, with all appurtenances and the amercements of their men and tenants of the said manors and with amends of the assise of bread and ale broken by their said men and tenants; the said Guy and his heirs rendering therefor yearly 6s. 8d. by the hands of the sheriff, half at Easter and half at Michaelmas.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 193
12 Aug 1372 Licence, for 10 marks paid to the king by Guy de Briene, ‘chivaler,' for Richard Brice of the county of Somerset to enfeoff him of the manor of Somerton Erlegh and the advowson of the chapel of the manor, held in chief, and for Guy to grant the same to Richard for life with reversion to himself and his heirs.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 13 page 157
1 Nov 1372 Entry for Raymond Hering, including: "Langton Heryng. A moiety of the manor, held of Guy Bryan, knight, as of his manor of Sutton Poyntz, in socage"  
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 74
6 May
1374
Charter of Guy de Bryene, giving to Master John de Carreu portioner of the church of Bedyngton, William Tauk, Thomas de Houton, John Oliver of Croydon the younger and David de Carreu, their heirs and assigns, 10 marks of yearly rent in Karsalton co. Surrey with the whole service of Nicholas de Carreu and his heirs whereby the said Nicholas holds of the said Guy the manor of Karsalton Grant by Guy de Bryene of right to rent in Carshalton, Surrey
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 14 page 136
9 Nov 1375 [Entry for Thomas Graunson, knight, including reference to the manor of Oxenhale, co Gloucester, given to Thomas by his uncle Peter with remainder to Elizabeth la Despenser and her heirs, and will now go after Elizabeth’s death to Guy, son of Guy de Briene, knight, son and heir of Elizabeth;
also reference to manors of Asshe, Faukham, Chelisfield, Esthall, Kemesynge and le Sele, co Kent, with remainders to William de Briene and the heirs of his body, then Philip de Briene and the heirs of his body, then to Guy de Briene and his heirs.

A second entry dated 19 Oct 1376, confirming that Guy, son of Guy de Briene, knight, is next heir to Oxenhale.]
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 pages 278 & 186
5 Dec
1375

&

27 Nov 1376
Two entries concerning the manors of Asshe, Faucham, Chellesfeld, Esthalle, Kemsyng and le Sele in Kent, which are now inherited by William de Bryan following the death without issue of Thomas de Grandessone, knight. The enties do not say how William came to be Thomas's heir. The entries are listed in full elsewhere. Lord Bryan is included in one of the entries as a co-holder with his son William
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 14 page 188
26 Jan 1376 Entry for John Meriet, knight, including reference to land in Kyngesdon, co Somerset, held of John by Guy de Bryan, knight  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 14 page 277
11 Aug 1376 Entry for John de Roche, knight, including the manor of Dale, Pembroke, held of Guy de Brien  
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 521
18 Feb
1377
Writing of John de Meryet knight, being a quitclaim with warranty to Guy de Bryan knight, his heirs and assigns, of the manor of Wodmersthorn co. Surrey  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 14 page 305
4 May 1377 [Entry for Hugh de Courtenay, earl of Devon, including several references to properties in Devon held by Guy de Brien: Torre Briane held for two knights’ fees, Slapton held for one knight’s fee, and Kylmyngton held by Guy and the heirs of Richard de Merton and the heirs of Thomas Walsshe]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 15 page 11
20 Sep 1377 [Entry for William Corbet, including a quarter of the town of Dale, Pembroke, held of Guy de Brien]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 167
1 Mar 1378 Commission to Walter de Clopton, John Wykyin and John de Storton to enquire touching the complait of Guy de Bryene, knight, in respect of the manors of Frome and Valeyse in the county of Somerset, Stephen Wydeslade, lord of those manors, having acknowledged, 1 July, 39 Edw III, before Walter Derby, mayor of Bristol, and Thomas Denebaud, clerk, deputed to receive recognisances of debts at Bristol, that he owed to the said Guy £20,000, payable at a time now expired in accordance with the statute of Acton Burnell, and having subsequently demised the premises with the king’s licence to John Payne of London, ‘armurer’, for life, the latter died, and on his death Alice Perrers entered thereon, asserting a grant to her from the late king of the custody thereof during the minority of the heirs of the said John. She granted her interest to Robert de Assheton, knight, whereupon the said Guy sued for execution of the statute aforesaid, and the said Robert, then treasurer of Edward III, sent Robert James, that king’s escheator, to enquire of what lands John was seised when he died. It being found by inquisition that at his death he was seised of the premises, the said Robert James then siesed them into the king’s hands, where they remain. But the said Guy is wholly impeded from the execution of the statute, and petitions the king that, as John had only a life estate therein, as he can prove, a remedy may be provided.  

 

 

Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 15 pages 147 & 205
20 Nov 1380 Entry for Theobald Gorges, knight, including land at Kentecomb, Dorset, held of Guy de Bryane, knight

A second entry dated 15 June 1382 for Theobald's son Ralph
 
  Ancient Deeds [k]
Vol 6 page 338
1381 (1) Grant, dated 1380, by Guy de Briene, knight, the elder, to Philip de Briene his son and the heirs begotten by Philip, of the manor of Shokerwyke and of 121. rent in Batheneston ; remainder to William de Briene, knight, and the heirs male begotten by him ; remainder to his own right heirs.

Dorset. (2) Grant, dated 1380, by Robert . . . and William Plussh, clerks, to Guy de [Briene the elder] of the manor of Pounknoll and of the advowson of the church of the manor for life; remainders in tail male to Philip de Briene and William de Briene, knight, successively; remainder to Guy's right heirs.

(3) Grant by John Braunche, cousin and heir of Nicholas Braunche, knight, to Philip de Briene of his manor of Frome Braunche and Valeyse with the hundred of Frome, except a messuage in which his father lately lived and 3a. land and 1/2a. meadow at 'la Woweforde.'
Three deeds, copied into the Close Rolls. The second concerns the purchase of the manor of Puncknowle, from clerics called William Plush and Robert (name not shown)
  Feet of Fines [j]

Volume 10, Page 173, Entry 144
1385 [Concerning the manors and advowsons of "Rammesham, Wroxale, Childefrome, Wyrdesford, Belet, Swynetolre and Maperton" and land at Netherkentecombe, as well as manors in Somerset and Devon. Grant to Guy de Bryene "chivaler" for life, by John Renaway and John Passour, clerk. Remainder to William de Bryene, "chivaler" and his male heirs, then to Philip de Bryene "chivaler" and his male heirs, then to the heirs of William. The property included Tor Bryan, held for life by John Chandos "chiveler" for the life of his wife Philippa.] This Philippa was Lord Bryan's sister.

As both William and Philip died without children, this land all came eventually to the two daughters of Lord Bryan's oldest son, Guy.
[27] Calendar of Chancery Miscellanea

National Archive C260/100 no 9
1385/6  Placita de Banco, 9 Ric II. Dorset. Recognisance of a settlement of the manor of Sutton Poyntz and the hundred of Culfordestre by Guy Brienne and Alice de Brienne on themselves for their lives with remainder in tail male to Guy son of the said Guy and his heirs, remainder to the heirs of the said Guy the elder. Grant of Sutton Poyntz, to be held jointly by Lord Bryan and his daughter-in-law Alice for their lives, and then by the heirs of Guy the younger.
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 page 530
27 Feb
1385
[Order to justices in Somerset to delay judgement of a case, concerning property at Shepton Malet, Welweton, Norton, Wydecombe, Brademerston and Dundene, between William Beauchamp knight and Guy de Brian knight the elder and others, as William is captain of Calais, and cannot answer the case]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 80
16 May 1386 [The Inquisition Post Mortem for Lord Bryan's oldest son, Sir Guy de Bryan. It shows that Guy and his wife Alice jointly held the manor of Oxenhale in Gloucestershire, which had been granted to them by Lord Bryan, Robert Whytyndon and Morgan Gogh. The full entry is given elsewhere]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 162
8 Jun 1386 Whereas Guy Brien enfeoffed Hugh Yonge, clerk, Walter Trote, clerk, and Richard Muchildevir of the castle and manor of Tallagharn, South Wales, and John Passour, clerk, John Renawey, the said Walter, John Passour and Morgan Gogh of the towns of Dertemuth, Clyfton and Hardenasse and the manor of Northam, co. Devon, and granted the reversion of the manor of Somerton Erle, co. Somerset, after the death of Richard Brice and Margaret his wife, tenants for life by demise of the said Guy, to Robert Fitz Payn, knight, William Plussh, clerk, John Erle and the said Richard Muchildevir, John Passour and John Renawey, the premises being held in chief, and both the said feoffees and grantees, after seisin and attornment had, regranted the premises, without licence, to the said Guy for life with successive remainders, in tail male, to William [de] Brien, knight, his son, and Philip de Brien the younger son of the said Guy, and final remainder to the right heirs of the said William, the king pardons all these trespasses and confirms the premises to the said Guy as granted.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 98
20 Jun 1386 Entry for John Mautravers, knight, entry including Kyngesdon and Hieghbrouk, co Somerset, 3 messuages, a carucate of land, 24a meadow and 10a pasture, held of Guy de Briene by knight’s service, and also Yerde, co Dorset, the manor held of Guy de Briene, knight, by knight’s service  
  Charter Rolls [l]
Vol 5 pages 304, 306
16 Aug
1386
[Two entries, granting relief of Guy de Briene from legal process in connection with Tallaghan, Wales. Guy holds for life, with remainder to his sons William and Philip in turn]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 190
12 Oct
1386
[An order to the escheator for Gloucestershire, to release the manor of Oxenhale to Alice de Briene, which had been granted by Lord Bryan jointly to his son Guy de Bryan and Alice. The full entry is listed elsewhere]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 128
14 Feb 1387 [The death of Philip de Bryan, Lord Bryan's youngest son. The manor of Shokerwyke and land at Batheneston had been gifted by Lord Bryan to Philip and any sons of his, with remainder to William de Bryan and any sons of his. The full entry is listed elsewhere]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 pages 372, 445, 475
1387/8 [Three entries relating to the transfer of the manor of Shokerwyke and land in Batheneston to William Briene, formerly held by his brother Philip Briene, now deceased. One entry is a note of the original deed by which the land was passed to Philip by Lord Bryan. The third entry contains evidence that William had given false evidence concerning the remainders created by this origial deed. The full entries are given elsewhere]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 604
20 Apr
1388
Writing of Guy de Briene knight, reciting a feoffment by him made to Sir Robert Fitz Payn, John Erie, Richard Micheldevere, Sir William Plusshe of [sic] Martyn Ferrers, John Ferers of Churcheton, William Tray parson of Slapton and John Prestecote of the manors of Rammesham, Wroxhale, Childefrome, Maperton and Werde Forde Belet co. Dorset, Kyngesdoun, Somerton Erie and Somerton Randolf co. Somerset, Slapton, Dertemouth, Clifton and Herdenesse and the reversion of the manor of Torrebrien co. Devon, upon condition that those feoffees should again enfeoff the said Guy of the premises for life with remainder to Guy de Bryne knight his son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to William de Bryne another son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to Philip another son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the right heirs of Guy the father, and reciting that some of the feoffees stirred up by William his son made a deed, granting an estate for life to him and remainders in tail male as aforesaid, with remainder to the said William's right heirs, contrary to the said Guy's will and to the condition aforesaid and without his knowledge, and that further by counsel of the said William a fine was levied, whereby certain strangers, being no parties to the first feoffment, rendered the premises to Guy the father for life with remainder to Guy the son and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said William and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said Philip and to the heirs male of his body, remainder to the said William's right heirs, hereby repudiating these deeds as contrary to his intent and the condition of the first feoffment, declaring the same null and void, and requiring his other feoffees so far as in them lies to repudiate and resist what was done by their joint feoffees contrary to the said conditions. Dated 20 June 12 Richard II. Note that the said Sir Robert, John Erie, Richard and William Plusshe were feoffees of the manors in Dorset and Somerset, the said Martyn, John Ferers, William Tray and John Prestecote of those in Devon. Evidence by Guy Bryan of plotting by his son William to change the line of inheritance for Guy's property. The change was subtle; it would have meant that William's daughters, if any, would inherit ahead of the daughters of his older brother Guy. As it turned out, William died without children.
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 593
2 Jul
1388
Declaration of Guy de Bryene knight, that whereas John Grede sued against him a writ of scire facias concerning the manor of Haselbere co. Dorset, returnable at the octaves of St. John Baptist last, and for defence thereof the said Guy caused search to be made for his muniments concerning that manor in his treasury in his manor of Rammesham in that county and many other places, which could not be found, having a suspicion that they were taken thence by William his son and put in a chest at his inn in London, on coming to London the said Guy in person, counselled and abetted by no man, on Thursday after St. John Baptist last broke open the chest, and found therein fines, charters etc. concerning the said manor and many other his manors and lands, and took them with him, leaving there all other muniments which concerned the said William's lands; and he prays that all other persons shall be excused. Evidence by Guy Bryan of the theft of documents by his son William. Further reason why William seems to have been cut out of his natural inheritance at the death of Guy, in 1390.

This seems to suggest that Rampisham in Dorset was at this time Guy's principal abode; it was subsequently the home of Robert Lovell and his wife Elizabeth, Guy's grand-daughter.
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 628
8 Nov
1388
Declaration of William de Bryene knight that, whereas certain untrue matters to his dishonour are declared in a letter patent of Guy de Briene knight produced in chancery, the reenfeoffments made by Sir Robert Fitz Payn, Richard Mucheldevere, Sir William Plussh, Martin de Ferrers, John de Ferrers of Churcheton, William Tray parson of Slapton and John Prestecote of the manors of Rammesham, Wroxhale, Childefrome, Maperton, Wyrdesforde Belet, Kyngesdoun, Somerton Erie, Somerton Randolf, Slapton, Dertemuth, Clifton and Herdenasse and the reversion of the manor of Torrebriene cos. Dorset, Somerset and Devon were made by their good will without threat or duress of him or any on his part, granting the same to Sir Guy de Briene his father for life, with remainder to the said William and the heirs male of his body, remainder to Sir Philip de Briene his brother and to the issue male of his body, remainder to the said William's right heirs, that the fines levied of the premises between the said Sir Guy, John Passour clerk and John Renawey containing the like entail were likewise recorded and engrossed with their good will by appointment of his said father without fraud, duress or covin of the said William etc., and that he is ready to prove it in the court of chivalry and all other courts, humbly desiring to be held excused of such untruth and dishonour, considering that at the date of those fines his father appointed the last remainder to the said William's right heirs in fee because he was then his eldest son, and because Sir Guy was aware that by divers entails his own right heirs, the daughters of Sir Guy brother of Sir William, would inherit the fee simple of great number of other manors and lands of his and of Sir Guy the son, Sir Philip and Sir William to the yearly value of 700 marks or more, and by their mother's side the heritage of Bures to the yearly value of 700 marks or more, of which 1,400 marks and of other the manors aforesaid Sir William's female issue would inherit nought so long as those daughters his nieces live, or other the right heirs of Sir Guy the father, unless in default of heirs male to bear his arms and name he had appointed the remainder in fee of a portion of such manors to the right heirs of Sir William for support of his female issue ; and protest that this declaration of his own honour is to preserve the honour and estate of his father and himself, and his own right in the said manors, considering that the errors above mentioned were due to ignorance, his father's great age, evil counsel and untrue information of others, avowing his readiness as an obedient son to perform his father's commands, saving his own honour and estate. William Bryan's response to charges brought against him of having, effectively, changed his father's inheritance. William claims that the tenants have changed the remainders without any duress by him.

This shows the huge value of the property that the two daughters of Guy Bryan the younger would inherit, from the grandfather and also from their mother. With the inheritance standing as it does, any daughters of William would inherit nothing. So far as we know, William had no children.

William hints at "evil counsel" and untrue information being given to his father. We can only guess, but the people who had most to gain from the status quo were Guy the younger's daughters (both children) and his widow, Alice.
[20] Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 380
23 Aug 1390 Guy de Brienne 'chivaler'.
Devon. Inq take and Honyton, Fri after the Nativity of the V. Mary, 14 Ric II. He held on the day of his death the undermentioned manor of Northam, island of Londay, and toft etc. in Dertemuth etc. Long before his death he enfeoffed by charter Martin de Ferers, John Ferers of Churcheon, William Tray rector of the chantry of Slapton, and John Prestecote of the undermentioned manor of Slaptone and reversion of the manor of Torrebrian, to hold to them, their heirs and assigns. The said feoffees ere seised of the said manor and reversion accordingly for three years and more, and afterwards enfeoffed thereof Sir John Deveros of Maoun, knight, Peter de Courtenay and John Lovell, knights, Richard Mucheldevere, Walter Trote, clerk, Morgan Gough, Nicholas Wake and John Combe, clerks, to hold for the life of the said
Guy, with successive remainders to Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of Guy de Briene his son, and the heirs of their bodies, and to his own right heirs.
Northam. The manor,held of the king in chief as the king’s ancient demesne. Londay. The island so called, held of the king in chief by knight’s service. Dertemuth. A toft, and a rent from divers tenements in Dertemuth, Clyfton and Hardenesse, held of the king in chief as the king’s ancient demesne.
Slaptone. The manor, held of the earl of Devon by knight’s service, as of his castle of Plympton.
Torrebrian. The manor, held of the same earl by knight’s service, as of his castle of Okhampton.
He died on Wednesday after the Assumption 14 Ric II.
Philippa wife of John Deveros, son of John Deveros, knight, aged 12 years and more, and Elizabeth wife of Robert son of John Lovell, knight, aged 9 years, are his next heirs, to wit, daughter of Guy his son.

Commission to Edward earl of Devon, William Rikhill, John Wadham and William Brenchesle, and to William Dounebrigg and Willaim Horbury, king’s clerks, with reference to the above inquisition, to enqure (1) what estate the said
Guy had in the manor of Northam, island called Londay and toft etc. in Dertemuth etc. And (2) what other lands etc. the said Guy held in the county beyond those mentioned in the said inquisition. 7 Jun 14 Ric II.

Writ to the sheriff of Devon to cause a jury to appear before the said commission at such places and times as they shall appoint. 12 Jul 15 Ric II.

Precept to the sheriff by the said commissioners to cause the jury to appear at Exeter on Thu after St James. Wed before St Margaret 15 Ric II.
Panel of persons summoned by the sheriff, of whom twelve are marked for service as jurors.

Devon. Inq taken at Exeter Thu after St James 15 Ric II, in the presence of William Hankeford, serjeant-at-law, acting for the king. The jurors say they have no knowledge concerning the two points mentioned in the above commission.
Writ to enquire what estate the said
Guy had in the undermentioned manor, island, toft and rent. 18 May 19 Ric II.

Devon. Inq taken at Exeter, 16 Jun 19 Ric II. He held the undermentioned manor and island for life, the reversion belonging to
Philippa wife of John Deveros, kight, and Elizabeth wife of Robert son of John Lovell, knight. He was seised of the undermentioned toft and rent in his demesne as of fee.
Northam. The manor, held of the king in socage. Londey. The island, held of the king in chief by knight’s service. Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardynys. A toft and a rent from divers tenements, held of the king as ancient demesne.

Writ to enquire how the above reversion belongs to
Philippa and Elizabeth and how much the rent in Dertemouth, Clyfton and Hardynys is. 19 Nov 22 Ric II.

Devon. Inq take at Exeter ?? Jan 22 Ric II. He was seised in his demesne as of fee of the undermentioned toft and rent. He held the undermentioned manor and island for life by the grant of John Passeware and John ?? with successive remainders to
William de Briene, knight, son of the said Guy, and the heirs male of his body, to Philip Briene, knight, and the heirs male of his body, and to the right heirs of the said William. The said William and Philip are dead witout heirs male of their bodies.
Dertemouth. A toft. Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardene. A yearly rent of 100s 1 1/2d from divers tenements. Northam. The manor, and the island called Londey.
The premises ought to descend to
Philippa, wife of Henry Lescrop, knight, aged 19 years and more, and Elizabeth wife of Robert son of John Lovell, knight, aged 16 years and more, daughters of Guy de Briene, knight, the younger, brother of the said William. The premises were seized into the king’s hands after the said Guy’s death.

Writ 23 Aug 14 Ric II. Somerset. Inq taken at Ivelcestre 13 Sept 14 Ric II. He held no lands etc. in the county. Date of death and heirs as above.
Dorset. Inq taken at Dorcestre Sat after the Nativity of the V Mary 14 Ric II. He held the undermentioned manor in his demesne as of fee. Pomeknoll. The manor, held of the earl of Salisbury by knight’s service. Date of death and heirs as above.

Writ de feodis etc. 23 Nov 22 Ric II. Devon. Inq taken at Exeter 8 Jan 22 Ric II. He was not seised of any knight’s fees or advowsons in the county.
The death of Guy Bryan the older. His death led to a series of Inquisitions to sort out what property he held at his death, and who his heirs were. In the case of Devon, these inquiries went on until 1399, more than 8 years after his death. By this time, William Bryan was dead, without children, so the later entries here are correct in naming Philippa and Elizabeth as Guy's heirs. It is not clear, however, why the earlier entries ignore William's legitimate claim.

Sutton Poyntz is not listed among his holdings, because he had already gifted it to Alice, the widow of Guy the younger.
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 16 page 400
1390/1 [Entry for John Frampton, including property at Childe Frome [Chilfrome], held of the heirs of Guy de Briene, knight]  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 356
19 Apr
1391
[Appointment of John Devereux, steward of the king's household, as guardian of Lord Bryan's granddaughters, with provision for the manors of Puncknowle and Northam, the Isle of Lundy, and various properties in and around Dartmouth. The full entry is given elsewhere]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1389-91 page 266
1 Jun 1391 [Entry, listed in full elsewhere, concerning land at Radeweye, held by John Roges (now deceased), previously of Guy de Bryan of his manor of Sutton Poyntz, and now of Alice de Bryan]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 445
7 Jun 1391 Commission to Edward, earl of Devon, William Rikhill, John Wadham, William Brenchesle, William Douuebrigg and William Horbury to enquire and certify what estate Guy de Briene, knight, deceased, had in tbe manor of Northam, the isle of Londay, and a rent issuing from divers tenements in Dertemouth, Clifton and Hardnesse, co. Devon, and what other lands and tenements he held in that county of the king in demesne and in service, and of others, and by what service, their value, who is his heir and what is his age; upon an insufficient inquisition before John Keynes, late escheator, being returned into Chancery.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1389-92 page 361
9 Jun
1391
To John Hauley escheator in Devon. Writ of supersedeas omnino in respect of the execution of the writs hereinafter mentioned; as upon the finding of an inquisition, taken before John Keynes late escheator, that Guy de Brien knight at his death held the manor of Northam as the king's ancient demesne and the island called Londay in chief by knight service, a toft in Dertemouth, and a rent issuing from divers tenements in Dertemouth, Clyfton and Hardenesse in chief as the king's ancient demesne, and it was not therein contained what estate he had in the premises, and upon information that he held more Lands etc. than therein contained, by divers writs the king commanded John Hauley to make inquisition concerning his estate therein, and what other lands he held in chief and of others in demesne and in service, by what service, the yearly value thereof, who is his next heir, and of what age; but the king has appointed John Wadham, William Rikhille and his clerks William Dounebrigge and William Horbury to take an inquisition touching the premises. Writ of supersedeas reversing previous orders, while more is established about what lands Lord Bryan held.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 447 & 1392-96 page 14
3 Jul 1391 Presentation of Thomas Bere, chaplain, to the church of Pomknolle in the diocese of Salisbury, in the king's gift by reason of his custody of the land and heir of Guy de Bryene, knight, tenant in chief.
[The second entry, dated 28 Dec 1391, is similar, but presents Auger Dodde as chaplain]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 467
7 Aug 1391 Presentation of.William Keche, chaplain, to the church of Wrokeshale in the diocese of Salisbury, in the king's gift by reason of the minority of the daughters and heirs of Guy de Brian, knight, son of Guy de Brian, knight, deceased, tenant in chief.  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 359
23 Aug
1391
[Order to escheators of Somerset and Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Gloucester, Hereford and the Marches, to take into the king’s hand the lands of the late Guy de Briene, chivaler, and to make inquisition] More work to unravel exactly what lands Lord Bryan had owned
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 82
4 Feb 1392 [Commission to the sheriff of Devon and others to enquire into a case of trespass and poaching on the isle of Londay, in the king's hand after the death of Guy de Bryene, knight]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 218
24 Feb 1393 Grant to the king's brother John de Holand, earl of Huntingdon, of the custody, without rent, of the manor of Northam, isle of Lunday and town of Dertemuth Clifton Hardenasse, co. Devon, so long as they are in the king's hand by reason of the minority of Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters and heirs of Guy de Bryene, son of Guy de Briene, the premises having been held to farm by John Devereux, knight, deceased, by virtue of letters patent granted to him by the king; on condition that he maintain the buildings, woods and gardens without waste, and support the real services and other charges thereon.  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 11 page 69
28 Feb
1393
[Appointment of Robert Cary as guardian of Lord Bryan's granddaughters, in place of the now dead John Devereux. The full entry is given elsewhere]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 17 page 295, & Vol 18 pages 144 & 307
19 Aug 1396 [Entries for three members of the Gorges family, dated 1396, 1400 and 1404, relating to land at Kentecombe held of the heirs of Guy Bryen, knight]  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 11 page 214
14 Jun
1397
[Order to divide the lands formerly belonging to Lord Bryan between his granddaughters, now that Philippa has reached majority. The full entry is given elsewhere]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1396-99 page 376
13 Feb
1399
[Orders giving Batheneston and Shokerwyke in Somerset, Pompknolle in Dorset, and Northam in Devon to Philippa and her husband Henry Lescrope, her share of lands inherited from Lord Bryan and William de Bryan. The full entry is given elsewhere]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1399-1402 page 155

Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 12 page 60

Close Rolls [f]
1399-1402 page 302
15 Jun
1399

28 May
1400

1400
[Orders sharing land at Netherkentcombe and Toller Porcorum between Philippa and Elizabeth (and their husbands), now that Elizabeth has proved her age. The land had been granted for life by Lord Bryan to Christina and John Kentcombe. The full entries are given elsewhere. And also see the Inquisition Post Mortem entry for Christina Kentcombe]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1399-1402 page 77

Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 12 page 60
17 Mar
1400

28 May
1400
[Orders to grant the manor of Donhede in Somerset, a share of the advowson of Pompknolle church in Dorset, and the isle of Lundy and the lordship of Dartmouth in Devon, formerly held by Lord Bryan and William de Bryan, to Elizabeth and her husband Robert Lovell, now that Elizabeth has proved her age. The order is later rescinded. The full entries are listed elsewhere]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
1-5 Hen V page 21
15 Oct 1413 [Entry for Elizabeth Stafford, the mother of Richard Stafford, including land at Higher Kingcombe and Yard, held of the heirs of Lord Bryan.]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
6-10 Hen V pages 101 & 334, and 1-5 Hen VI page 210
1419 and 1422 [Entries for Edward Courtenay, earl of Devon, including the manor of Slapton which the heirs of Lord Bryan held of Edward's late son Hugh, who held of the bishop of Exeter, and also a fee in Battleford, Devon, formerly held by the heirs of Lord Bryan]  
  Book of Aids [e] 1428 [References to Slapton and Calsyngton in Devon, part of Rampesham in Dorset, part of 'Gumbrewe' in Wiltshire, and Polerbache in Shropshire, all formerly held by Lord Bryan. The full references are listed elsewhere]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
11-25 Hen VI page 248
11 Jan 1435 [The death of Alice, the widow of Lord Bryan's oldest son Guy; among other properties she held Oxenhall in Gloucestershire, a messuage in the parish of Holy Trinity the less in London, Hazelbury Bryan, Crockern Stoke, Turberville Stoke and Sutton Poyntz in Dorset, all formerly held by Lord Bryan. The full reference is listed elsewhere]  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 16 page 236
14 Mar
1435
[Transfer of the manor of Sutton Poyntz to Elizabeth Lovell, after the death of her mother Alice, with ultimate remainder to the right heirs of Lord Bryan. The full reference is listed elsewhere]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
16-20 Hen VI page 39
3 Jul 1437 [Death of Elizabeth Lovell, holding among other lands the manors of Acton, 'Moreves', and Bures Overhall in Suffolk as a result of a grant in 1383 to Guy de Bryan and his wife Alice by Lord Bryan, William de Bryan and John Rokwode. The full entry is listed elsewhere]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1476-85 page 134
26 Jan 1479 [Grant for life to Thomas Seyntleger of lands formerly belonging to George, duke of Clarence, in the king's hands by his forfeiture; the lands were previously held by Guy Debryan, knight, and then by James, earl of Wiltshire, after which they were taken into the king's hands by the earl's forfeiture]  

Guardianships & Trusteeships

# Document Date Text Notes
  Close Rolls [f]
1341-1343 page 675
6 Oct 1342 [Assignment of dower to Hawisia, widow of Ralph le Botiller, part of whose land has been committed to the custody of Guy de Briane; John Gogh is named as Guy's attorney] Not clear whether this is Guy senior or junior
  Close Rolls [f]
1346-1349 page 614
10 Jan
1349
Guy de Briane, the younger, knight, acknowledges that he owes to Thomas de Clopton, keeper of the king’s wardrobe, £1600; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Mddlesex.
Cancelled according to the form of a schedule annexed hereto, acknowledged by William de Retford, keeper of the wardrobe.

Schedule: Whereas Guy de Briane made an acknowledgement to Thomas de Clapton, keeper of the king’s wardrobe, in £1600, for the safe payment of a sum of money which he was bound to pay to Thomas and the keepers of the king’s wardrobe for the ferm of certain manors and lands in co. Leicester which belonged to Laurence de Hastyng, earl of Pembroke, tenant in chief, in the king’s hand by reason of the minority of the earl’s heir, demised to him by Thomas, to hold until that heir should come of age, William de Retford, now keeper of the wardrobe, came into chancery on 1 February in the 26th year of the reign and said that it had been shown before the council that Guy had never had possession of the said manors and lands, but that certain other fermors still hold them of Thomas’s demise, who all, except one who holds the manor of Naileston which belonge to the earl, of Thomas’s demise, came before the treasurer and barons of the exchequer at Guy’s suit and acknowledged that they had those ferms of Thomas and ought to answer therefor, wherefor the council declared that the said recognisance for £1600 is annulled, and that Guy will make another recognisance to William for £100 as security for the payment to him of the ferm of the manor of Naileston, if he find no other fermor who ought to be charged therewith and if he does the recognisance shall be annulled, which recognisance Guy made on the said 1 February.
Guy de Bryan appointed as guardian for some of the earl of Pembroke's property while he is underage
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 6 page 255
20 Feb
1350
[Grants to Guy de Briene of wardship over lands of the late earl of Pembroke and others, during minority of heirs]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 510
1 Jun 1350 Grant to Guy de Bryane, in return for 10 marks paid by him for the freight of ships going to Calais, by advice of the council, on the king's service, of the keeping of a messuage, a carucate of land, 7 acres of meadow and 15s. of rent in Lyford, co. Berks, late of Thomas Bisshop of Lyford, who held by knight service of lands late of Thomas de Coudray, deceased, tenant in chief, lately in the king's hands, to hold, with the issues from the death of the said Thomas Bisshop, during the nonage of Alice and Elizabeth, his daughters and heirs, and with the marriage of such heirs.
Mandate in pursuance to John de Laundelles, eseheator in the county of Berks.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 541
   
  
  
    
 
&
   
  
  
    
 
Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 45
30 Jun 1350
   
  
  
  
 
&
   
  
  
  
 
26 Feb 1351
Grant to Walter de Mauny and Guy de Brian of the goods of John de Segrave and Margaret his wife, forfeited to the king by reason of their outlawry in the county of Essex for non-appearance before Richard de Wylughaby and his fellows, justices appointed to take the assizes in that county, to satisfy the king of what pertains to him on account of a forcible disseisin by them against Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex, of tenements in Heyden, whereof they were convicted on Tuesday before St. Philip and St. James last. Grant to them also of all issues of the lands of the same John and Margaret likewise forfeited to the king from the said date to hold with the goods aforesaid as a gift from the king, until John and Margaret be restored to their common law.
 
Pardon to John de Segrave and Margaret, his wife, of their outlawry in the county of Essex for non-appearance before Richard de Wylughby and his fellows, justices appointed to take assizes in that county, to satisfy the king of that which pertains to him on account of a disseisin by them of Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex, of a tenement in Hayden, whereof they were convicted, they having now satisfied the king of their ransom in that behalf and the earl of the damages adjudged to him, as appears by a certificate of the same Richard; and revocation of letters patent lately made to Walter de Mauny and Guy de Bryane to have all the issues of their lands, and their goods, forfeited to the king on that account, as a gift from him.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 559
4 Jul 1350 Whereas the temporalities of the bishopric of Exeter, by judgement of the court of the Bench, were taken into the king's hands on account of a contempt against the king committed by John, bishop of that place, and are still in his hands; in consideration of 200 marks whereby Guy de Bryan, Otto de Grandissono, Roger de Bello Campo and Master Adam de Lichefeld, clerk, have made fine with him for the contempt, to be paid at the receipt of the exchequer, he has granted to the said Guy, Otto, Roger and Adam the custody of the said temporalities, to hold for such time as these remain in his hands, with all knights' fees and advowsons pertaining to the same and with the issues thereof from the time of the taking of them into his hands, without any account to be rendered therefor, willing that they shall have the disposal of the temporalities and take the issues and profits thereof as well of the time past as of the future and make their profit of these as shall be expedient for them. (And see next entry)
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 6 page 251
4 Jul
1350
[Order to Guy de Bryan and others to take into the king's hand the possessions of the Bishop of Exeter] Also see related entry in Patent Rolls, dated 1 December 1351.
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 6 page 257
20 Oct
1350
[Commissions to hold various lands during minority of heirs]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 328
18 Oct
1351
[Order to Guy de Briane and another to allow the heir of John Pulteneye to inherit]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 188 & 190
1 Dec 1351 Although the king for certain causes lately took into his hands the temporalities of the bishopric of Exeter, and committed the keeping of these to Guy de Bryan, Otto de Grandissono, Roger de Bello Campo and Adam de Lichefeld, clerk, as in his letters patent is more fully contained, nevertheless calling to mind the many benefits done to him and his by John, bishop of Exeter, he has made full restitution of the same to him.
Mandate in pursuance to the said Guy, Otto, Roger and Adam.
 
Restitution of the king's mere will to John, bishop of Exeter, of the temporalities of the bishopric of Exeter, which for a contempt done by the bishop had been taken into the king's hands by judgement of the court of Common Bench and had been committed by him to the keeping of Guy de Bryan and others, as above, together with all knights' fees and advowsons pertaining to the same.
And see related Close Rolls entry dated 8 May 1352
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 6 pages 322 & 326
26 Feb
1352

&

28 Apr
1352
[Orders to Guy de Bryan and others for keeping of priory lands after the death of the prior]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 423
8 May 1352 To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to receive from Guy de Bryan, Otto de Granissono, Roger de Bello Campo and Master Adam de Lichefield, clerk, 200 marks for a fine, and to supersede the demand made upon John bishop of Exeter for other 200 marks for a fine pretended to be made by him for a contempt, and to cause the fine to be annulled in the extracts of chancery, as the temporalities of the bishopric of Exeter were taken into the king’s hand for a contempt said to have been made by the bishop, by a judgement rendered against him in the king’s court before the justices of the Bench; and for 200 marks by which Guy and the others made fine with the king for that contempt, to be paid at the receipt of the exchequer on 4 July in the 24th year of the reign, the king granted to them the custody of the said temporalities to hold so long as they should remain in the king’s hand, together with the issues thereof from the time of their being taken into the king’s hand, and with all the other profits arising therefrom without rendering any account thereof to the king; and now the bishop has shown the king that 200 marks for a fine which he is pretended to have made before William de Thorp and his fellows, late justices appointed to hold pleas before the king, for a contempt made by the bishop in not admitting a clerk presented by the king to Suthill church, as appears in the extracts of the justices sent to the exchequer and by the certificate of the treasurer and barons sent into chancery, although the bishop made no fine for that contempt, are exacted of him by summons of the exchequer, and has besought the king to provide a remedy; and it is established that the fine made by Otto and the others and the pretended fine made by the bishop are one and the same. This is part of a sequence of entries relating to a contempt by the Bishop of Exeter, for which his personal assets were taken into the king's hands and given for keeping to Guy de Bryan and others. See also the Patent Rolls entry dated 21 August 1352. This particular entry concerns fines which had been paid by Guy from the bishop's assets, so there is no second fine due from the bishop.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 312
21 Aug 1352 Whereas the temporalities of the bishopric of Exeter by judgement of the court of the Bench had been taken into the king's hands on account of a contempt done by John, bishop of that place, and the king, for a fine of 200 marks to be paid at the receipt of the exchequer made by Guy de Bryan, Otto de Grandissono, Roger de Bello Campo and Master Adam de Lichefeld, clerk, on 4 July in his twenty-fourth year granted to them the keeping of such temporalities so long as they should remain in his hands; supplication has now been made to the king on behalf of the bishop that whereas another sum of 200 marks is required of him by summons of the exchequer of a fine which it is pretended that he made before William de Thorpe and his fellows, late justices of the King's Bench, for a contempt in the non-admission of a king's clerk presented by the king to the church of Suthill, as shewn in the estreats of the said justices sent before the treasurer and barons of the exchequer and a certificate by these last sent into the chancery by the king's mandate, the king will remedy this, and, as it is plain that these two fines are one and the same fine, the king acquits him of the fine pretended to be made before the said justices. See also the Patent Rolls entry dated 16 Feb 1359
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 6 pages 365 & 381
10 Jul
1353

&

22 Oct 1353
[Commissions to Guy de Bryene for wardship over lands of deceased landholders]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 481
24 Jul 1353 Protection with clause nolumus, during pleasure, for the abbey of Wynchecombe, in the diocese of Worcester, founded of the alms of the kings of England, which by misrule is now heavily burdened with debt; and appointment, with the consent of Reynold, bishop of Worcester, the diocesan of the house, and at the request of the abbot and convent, of Guy Bryan, Master John Leech, William de Chiltenham and Robert Palet to the keeping of the abbey and all its possessions, to maintain the pious works of the house, to find reasonable sustenance for the abbot and convent and the ministers of the abbey, and to apply the balance of the issues of the house in discharge of the debts and relief of the estate thereof.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 10 page 133
1353/4 Entry for William Crocheman, who holds land at Great Sampford in Essex of Joan de Welle. Joan is a minor; her guardian is Guy de Bryen.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 39
8 May 1354 Protection for the abbey of Bruerne of the Cistercian order, which is of the king's patronage, now by misrule and accidental adversities threatened with ruin by debt and otherwise, and appointment of Guy de Briane and William de Shareshull to have the keeping thereof to apply all issues, rents and produce of the abbey and its lands in discharge of the debts and relief of the estate of the house, saving reasonable sustenance for the abbot and convent and their necessary household servants; during the king's pleasure.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 244 & 266
3 May 1355 Protection with clause nolumus, during pleasure, for the priory of Horslegh, co. Gloucester, of royal foundation, a cell of the priory of Bruton, co. Somerset, the prior of which cell as a fellow-canon and minister of the prior of Bruton ought to answer to him in respect of all issues and profits of the lands and possessions of the cell, saving reasonable sustenance for himself and his household, and has hitherto done so, until now that Henry de Lyle, the present prior or warden has so wasted the goods thereof that the prior of Bruton has not for a great time been answered of any issues and profits of the cell and appointment of Guy de Bryan, Master John de Carleton, dean of Wells, and Richard de Acton to have the keeping thereof, to answer for all issues and profits of the lands and possessions as above.
[Revoked on 10 July after the appearance of Henry de Lile before the king]
 
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 10 page 207
16 Oct 1355 Entry for John Strech, including land at Otryngton, Yartecomb and Sydemuth, Devon, held of the abbot of Mont St Michel but in the hands of the prior of Otryngton and Guy Brian by demise of the king because the abbot is French.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 10 page 233
24 Nov 1355 Coming of age of John, son and heir of John Dane, currently in the wardship of Guy de Bryan  
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 page 340
25 Feb
1357
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer and to the chamberlains. Order to cause the king's hand to be amoved from the manor of Kyngesdon in Somerset, and Guy de Briene to be discharged of the ferm thereof, making him payment or allowance for what he has paid for his ferm for the keeping of the manor until the feast of St. George, beyond what he is bound to pay, as it is found by inquisition taken by John de Palton, late escheator in Somerset, that Robert Gyen lately held the said manor as executor of the will of Roger Tertle, to whom Brian de Gouiz demised it for a term of twelve years, whereof eight years had elapsed at the feast of St George in the 27th year of the reign, and so Robert’s estate in that manor was for a term of four years from that feast, and it has been certified in chancery by the treasurer and barons that Guy (to whom the king on 10 July in the 27th year of the reign committed the keeping of that manor, which for certain causes was taken into the king’s hand among the other lands which belonged to Robert, for £10 15s 7d, to be yearly rendered thereof, to hold together with the issues thereof so long as the manor should remain in the king’s hand) satisfied the king for the said ferm from the last day of February in the 26th year of the reign (on which day the manor was taken into the king’s hand) until Michaelmas last, and further paid £10 15s 7d of the said ferm, which he has of surplus, and now Brian has petitioned the king to order the manor to be restored to him, as the aforesaid term of twelve years will be complete on the feast of St George which is in the quinzaine of Easter next, and Guy has satisfied the king for the said ferm until Easter and 107s 9d over, as clearly appears by the inquisition and certificate aforesaid.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 page 368
30 Jun
1357
To Richard Hody, escheator in Devon. Order to deliver to Guy de Bryan the manors of Hemyok, Hydon and Morlegh and the hundred of Hemyok together with the issues thereof from 15 May last, saving to the king the advowsons of the churches of those manors if they become void during the minority of the heirs, as on 22 October in the 27th year of the reign the king committed to Guy the wardship of all the lands which belonged to Oliver de Dynham, tenant in chief, in the king's hand by reason of the minority of Roger's heirs, to hold until the heirs should come of age, with the reversions of the lands which Margaret de Dynham and Alice de Dynham held for their lives of the inheritance of the said heirs, for a certain yearly ferm, and it is found by inquisition taken by the escheator that on 15 May last Margaret died, and that she held the said manors, hundred and advowsons for her life of the said inheritance  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 7 pages 83 & 97
23 Nov
1358

&

4 Jul
1359
[Orders to Guy de Bryan and others for keeping of priory lands during war with France]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 10 pages 438 & 449
1359 Two entries relating to the le Botiller family, whose land is currently in the wardship of Guy de Bryen  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 219
16 Feb 1359 Commission to John Dabernoun, John Spicer and Robert Houton to arrest and bring before the council all persons prosecuting appeals in derogation of the judgement of the court of Common Bench whereby the king recovered against Guy de Bryan, Otto de Grandissono, Roger de Bello Campo, Adam de Lichefeld, clerk, and Robert de Middelond, his presentation to the prebend which Master John de Reynham had in the church of St. Peter, Exeter, by reason of the temporalities of the bishopric of Exeter being lately in his hands  
  Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 110
28 Apr
1360
To the treasurer and the barons of the exchequer. Order to cause Guy de Bryane, who is with the king on his service over seas, to have the respite which the king of his favour has given him until Michaelmas next for 10 marks which he is bound to render to the king for the farm of the manor of Westcote, and for 20s. running in demand against him for the tenth and fifteenth of his goods and chattels in that manor, also for 50s. likewise in demand for a messuage and 300 acres of land and pasture in the marsh of Pevenese called Godeleysond, releasing any distraint made.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 372
10 Jun 1360 Grant to Guy de Bryen of the keeping of a messuage and 40s. of rent in Neuton Plescy and of the bailiwicks of the forests of Northpederton, Nerecchiccheand Menedepp, co. Somerset, and Exemor, in the same county and the county of Devon, as well as of the warren of Somerton, co. Somerset, during the nonage of Edmund son and heir of Roger de Mortuo Mari, earl of March, who held of the king in chief, to hold with the issues from the time of the earl's death without rendering anything to the king.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 10 page 455
8 Jul 1360 Entry putting lands of the late Christina Fleming into Guy Bryan's wardship  
  Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 180
20 Apr
1361
[Orders relating to two estates which Guy Bryan knight has been warden to since the deaths of the previous owners]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 345 
1 Jun 1363 [Assignment of various lands which had been in wardship to John, son and heir of Laurence de Hastynges, late earl of Pembroke, in lieu of a retainer of 400 marks that had been awarded to him. The lands include the manor of Westcote in Surrey, which had been in the wardship of Guy de Bryene]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1364-67 page 198 & 237
23 Jan
&
12 Apr 
1366
[Two entries relating to a licence granted to Richard earl of Arundel and Surrey, to enfeoff trustees including John duke of Lancaster, Humphrey earl of Hereford and Guy de Brien with a list of lands and manors in Surrey, Sussex and Wales, for the trustees to grant back to Richard and his wife for life, with remainder to their son Richard]  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 7 page 382
14 May
1368
[Grant to Guy de Bryene of wardship over lands of the late John de Bohun, due to the minority of the heir]

[A slightly later entry relating to this, Close Rolls [f] 1364-68 page 436, records the awarding of this land to John de Bohun's daughter-in-law, and gives an extended history of the lands]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 107
20 May 1368 Licence, for 5 marks paid to the king by William Bonevill, for him to enfeoff Guy de Brian, knight, William Botriaux, knight, John Reynaud, clerk, and William de Metton of a messuage, 80 acres of land and 23 acres of meadow in Stapelton by Mertok, co. Somerset, held in chief, and for the said feoffees to grant the same to the said William Bonevill and Margaret, his wife, and the heirs of William.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 145
27 Jul 1368 Licence, for 1 mark paid to the king by Guy de Bryene, for Joan, late the wife of Oliver de Dynham, to grant the manors of Sampford Peverel and Alre Peverel, held in chief, which she holds for life with reversion to the heirs of the said Oliver, to the said Guy, Master John Bryene and Walter Bryene, her brothers, John de Erle, William de Bonevill, Thomas Don, clerk, Robert Dedewyth, clerk, and William Plussh, clerk, for the term of her life. We know, from a May 1368 Patent Rolls entry (listed below), that John de Bryan was Guy's brother. This entry therefore seems to indicate that Walter and Joan were also siblings of Lord Bryan. They are not listed in genealogies I have seen.
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 436
28 Jul
1368
[Grant of land in Lincolnshire to the daughter-in-law of John de Bohun, deceased. The land has a complex history, recited, but part is shown to have been in the wardship of Guy de Bryene, and part has been held by John Gogh, clerk, and John Seys]  
 Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 13 page 130
17 Jan 1373 Entry for Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex, including reference that he had granted the reversion of the manors of Helmesete and Offeton, co Suffolk, to Richard earl of Arundel, Simon de Sutbery bishop of London, Guy Bryan, John de Bapton and another  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 264
16 Mar 1373 Pardon to Simon, Sudbery, bishop of London, Richard, earl of Arundel, Guy de Bryene, Richard Pembrugge, John Knyvet and Thomas Maundevill, knights, Adam Fraunceys, John Bampton, Philip Melreth and Ivo Sandhurst, for acquiring in fee from Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford, who died last, the manor of Westpekham, co. Kent, held in chief, as is said, and entering therein without licence, and licence for them to retain the same. Licence also for them to enfeoff Nicholas Carue, John Chichestre, James de Pekham, Roger Digge, Nicholas Brember and Geoffrey Neuton of the same manor.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 279 & 1377-81 page 262
11 May 1373 [Grant to the king's son John, duke of Lancaster, concerning the keeping of his lands after his death, and the setttling of his debts; a group of executors are appointed, including the bishops of Winchester and London, the earls of Arundel and Hereford,and a number of others including Guy de Brian]
[The later entry, dated 26 July 1378, is a re-issue of this grant, with a revised list of executors, still including Guy de Brian]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 111
8 May 1375 On information that the late abbess of the abbey of Tarente, co. Dorset, which is of the foundation of the king's progenitors and in the king's patronage, has bound the abbey in such great sums to creditors in divers counties that the possessions thereof, if the sums be paid at the fixed terms, will not suffice for the sustenance of the nuns and other necessary charges incumbent on the abbey, and so divine worship and other works of piety must needs cease, and there is fear of the dispersal of the nuns; the king has taken the abbey into his hand and has committed the keeping thereof and of the manors, lands, rents and faculties thereof to Guy Brian and Robert Fitz Payn, knights, and Walter de Perle and Walter de Clopton, to rule and dispose of the same for the best advantage of the abbey, converting the issues thereof, beyond the necessary sustenance of the abbess and nuns, and their servants to a moderate number, towards the succour of the house. He has also taken the abbey and its lands, rents and possessions into his protection, with clause nolumus, for three years.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 324
16 Feb
1376
[Order hastening a court hearing relating to the manor of Bykenhill, between John Worth and a group of people including the archbishop of Canterbury and Guy de Briene]  
  Ancient Deeds [k]
Vol 2 page 298
1376 [Grant to Guy Brian and others, of property in London belonging to Thomas Kyng of Tottenham]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 31 & 186
10 Oct 1377 Grant to Guy Bryan the elder, knight, of the custody of the body of Thomasia, daughter and heir of John de Rale of Devon, together with the marriage of the said lady; rendering £40 to the king if he in the king’s right recover the custody and marriage. (Vacated and cancelled, because the custody had been granted by the late king)
[The later entry, dated 14 April 1378, re-grants this wardship to Richard White]
 
 Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 page 178
15 Mar
1379
[Order appointing a group including the archbishop of York, bishops of Salisbury and London, and Guy de Bryene to hold a number of manors in Yorkshire, formerly held for life by Isabel, the king's aunt, and her husband Ingelram de Coucy, because of Ingelram's "adhesion to France"]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 pages 340, 342, 344
18 Nov
1379
[Three entries dealing with the lease and release of manors of Mereworth, Westpekham, Oldehay and Mapelescampe in Kent, which the lessors had by the gift of the bishop of London, earl of Arundel, Guy de Bryen and others]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 15 page 77
&
Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 488
&
Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 page 316
20 Feb 1380
&
10 Mar 1380
&
10 May 1380
[Entry for John de Arundel, knight, including the manor of Poslynge, co Kent, held by grant of Guy de Bryan and others]
&
[Pardon for unlicenced trespass by John de Arundell, knight, in acquiring the manor of Postlynge, co. Kent, from the tenants in chief including Guy de Brien]
&
[Grant of manor of Postlynge in Kent to Eleanor (name not given but presumably de Arundell), who with her husband had been granted the manor by Guy de Brien and others without the king's licence]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 63
10 Nov 1381 [Reference in passing to a previous grant of the manor of Hampstede Mareschall to trustees including Guy de Briene, for the life of the king's aunt Isabella]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 105
22 Mar 1382 [Licence for trustees including Guy de Bryene to grant the manor of Benham, Berkshire, and other land, currently held in trust for the countess of Bedford, to Isabella de Peye (damsel to the countess) for life, should she outlive the countess]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 175
12 Oct 1382 The like, in favour of John Parker, of a yearly rent of 10 marks from the manor of Cosham, co. Wilts, granted to him for the same term by Alexander, archbishop of York, William, late bishop of London, Ralph, bishop of Salisbury, and Guy de Briene and Hugh de Segrave, knights, to whom with Roger Beauchamp and Thomas Tyrell, knights, deceased, the king granted the said manor inter alia for the life of his aunt Isabella, now deceased, by letters patent 27 November, 1 Richard II.
Mandate in pursuance to the keeper of the manor.
 
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 9 page 371
18 Jun
1383
[Grant to Guy de Brien of wardship over manor of Meshwode Vaal and hundred of Whitechurche, of the late earl of March, during minority of heir]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 15 page 345
7 Jul 1383 Entry for Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford and Essex, referring to a charter granting lands in Essex Simon Sudbury bishop of London, Richard earl of Arundel, Guy Brian knight and others  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 pages 269
3 Nov 1386 [Memorandum that Guy de Brien and John Devereux have vouched to keep Elizabeth, one of the daughters and heirs of Sir John Mautravers, and to keep her unmarried] John Devereux was father-in-law to Lord Bryan's grand-daughter Philippa
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 10 page 192
22 Jul 1387 [Appointment of Guy Briene knight and Alice Briene to hold Frome and Valeys, formerly held by the late Philip de Briene, during the minority of Lord Bryan's granddaughters Philippa and Elizabeth]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 pages 425, 427
July
1387
[Two entries concerning lands held by the bishop of London and others including Guy de Bryan]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 370
18 Feb
1388
[Order to the escheator for Dorset to restore lands at Kentecombe to Thomas Swele, held of Theobald Gorges (deceased) of Carrisbrook Castle, whose heir is in the wardship of Guy Briene]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 210
11 Jan 1393 [Grant of the reversion of two manors which had previously been granted to John de Nevyll and his wife Alice for their lives, with reversion at one time to a group of people including Guy de Brian]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1392-96 page 350, 441
1395 [Two entries relating to manors in Essex, now the property of the countess of Hereford, which had been held by a group including Guy de Brian, with reversion to the archbishop of York, Richard Waldegrave, and William de Brian (now deceased)] Richard Waldegrave was Alice de Bryan's step-father
  Patent Rolls [g]
1401-05 page 210
14 Mar 1404 [Long entry concerning the bequest of the manor of Margaret Roding, co. Essex,to the University of Oxford; the manor had formerly been granted by Humphrey de Bohun, earl of Hereford, Essex and Northampton, to trustees including Guy de Bryan; whose role had benn taken over by William Bryan]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1405-08 page 267
1 Nov 1406 [Entry concerning land at Clyst Gerred in Devon, which had at one time been granted to John Grey of Exeter and Guy de Bryane]  

Moneys owed and owing

# Document Date Text Notes
  Close Rolls [f]
1343-1346 page 662
26 Nov
1345
Guy de Briane the younger acknowledges that he owes to Robert de Ellerton and Hugh de Writele, parson of Walkern church, £1,581 6s. ; to be levied etc. in co. Devon.
Cancelled on payment.
Enrolment of indenture made at London on the last day of November, 19 Edward III, between Robert de Ellerton and Hugh de Writyle, parson of Walkern church, of the one part, and Guy de Briane the younger of the other part, testifying that whereas Guy is bound to Robert and Hugh in £1,581 6s. by the preceding recognisance, they grant that if he deliver to them or to Sir Walter de Mauny between now and Christmas the following jewels which they have delivered to him, to wit: [list of jewels follows] that then the recognisance shall be void. They also grant that if any jewels are returned before Christmas to them or to Walter, double the sum at which they are here appraised shall be rebated to Guy from the indenture. Dated as aforesaid. French.
Memorandum that Robert, Hugh and Guy came into chancery at London on 2 December and acknowledged the preceding indenture.
Here, "Guy the younger" refers to the person who later became Lord Bryan

 
Close Rolls [f]
1346-1349 page 150
7 Sep
1346
Guy de Briane ‘le fitz’, knight, acknowledges that he owes to Elizabeth de Burgo, lady of Clare, £1000; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Middlesex.
Cancelled on payment.
Guy, although his father is still alive and he has not inherited the family estates, is dealing in astonishing sums of money
  Close Rolls [f]
1346-1349 pages 239, 295, 292, 485, 517
1347/8 [Various notes on sums owed to and by Guy de Briane the younger, subsequently paid. Debts owed by Guy were secured on property in Middlesex] Some of these entries mention John Gogh, clerk, who was later involved, often with another clerk called John Seys, in many of the transactions carried out by Lord Bryan. References in 1341 and later show that John Gogh had also assisted Guy Bryan the older.
  Close Rolls [f]
1346-1349 page 614
10 Jan
1349
Guy de Briane, the younger, knight, acknowledges that he owes to Thomas de Clopton, keeper of the king’s wardrobe, £1600; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Mddlesex.
Cancelled according to the form of a schedule annexed hereto, acknowledged by William de Retford, keeper of the wardrobe.

Schedule: Whereas Guy de Briane made an acknowledgement to Thomas de Clapton, keeper of the king’s wardrobe, in £1600, for the safe payment of a sum of money which he was bound to pay to Thomas and the keepers of the king’s wardrobe for the ferm of certain manors and lands in co. Leicester which belonged to Laurence de Hastyng, earl of Pembroke, tenant in chief, in the king’s hand by reason of the minority of the earl’s heir, demised to him by Thomas, to hold until that heir should come of age, William de Retford, now keeper of the wardrobe, came into chancery on 1 February in the 26th year of the reign and said that it had been shown before the council that Guy had never had possession of the said manors and lands, but that certain other fermors still hold them of Thomas’s demise, who all, except one who holds the manor of Naileston which belonge to the earl, of Thomas’s demise, came before the treasurer and barons of the exchequer at Guy’s suit and acknowledged that they had those ferms of Thomas and ought to answer therefor, wherefor the council declared that the said recognisance for £1600 is annulled, and that Guy will make another recognisance to William for £100 as security for the payment to him of the ferm of the manor of Naileston, if he find no other fermor who ought to be charged therewith and if he does the recognisance shall be annulled, which recognisance Guy made on the said 1 February.
Guy de Bryan appointed as guardian for some of the earl of Pembroke's property while he is underage
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 234
23 Jun
1350
John de Inkepenne acknowledges that he owes to Guy de Briane, knight, and to John Gogh, clerk, £80; to be levied, in default of payment, of his lands and chattels in co. Southampton.
Cancelled on payment, acknowledged by John Gogh
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 pages 465, 467, 510, 512, 590, 592
1352/3 [Records of debts owed by and to Guy de Bryan, some involving John Gogh and John Seys. Debts owed by Guy were secured on property in Hereford]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 page 73, 181, 204, 416, 432, 491, 508, 516, 522, 608, 610, 640, 641
1354 [Records of debts owed to Guy de Bryan] Two of these entries name John Gogh as archdeacon of St Davids
  Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 124, 141, 285, 287, 398, 430, 431, 543
1360-1362 [Records of debts owed to Guy de Bryan]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 pages 64, 393, 461, 473
1364-1368 [Records of debts owed to Guy de Bryan]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 page 84
1369 [Records of debts owed to and by Guy de Bryan, secured on property in Somerset]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 74
1374 [Two entries relating to a debt owed to Guy de Briene]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 34
14 Dec 1374 Acknowledgement that the king is bound to Guy de Bryene and Laurence Janyn in £948 5s. 6d., lent by them to him, to be taken out of the customs and subsidies of wools, hides and woolfells in the port of Melcombe co,. Dorset; and for their greater security the king wills that they shall have the ' coket ' seal in that port until the said sum be levied by indenture between them and the collectors of customs and subsidies there.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 pages 229, 365, 462
1375/6 [Records of debts owed by and to Guy de Briene. Guy's debt is secured on property in Devon]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 22 
10 Sep 1377 [Grant to William bishop of London, Guy de Briene, Roger de Bello Campo, and Robert Tresulian, during pleasure and without rent, of the lands, advowsons etc. granted by the late king to Ingelram de Coucy, earl of Bedford and his wife Isabella the late king’s daughter]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 635
6 Mar 1379 [Record of loans,including £100 by Guy de Bryene]  
 Close Rolls [f]
1392-96 page 153
18 May
1393
[Entry concerning Walter Trote, clerk parson of Ipelpenne in the diocese of Exeter, and Richard Mucheldever, executors of Guy de Briene knight the elder, concerning a sum of £500 owed by them or by Guy’s estate (to be determined)]  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 18 page 389
1 Apr 1405 [Entry for Stephen Winslade, including a history of the manor and hundred of Frome. Stephen, a Bristol merchant, lord of Frome Braunche, had borrowed 220 marks from Guy de Bryan, knight, on the security of the manor and hundred, and seems to have owed £20,000 [sic] for the 200 marks. As a result of the default, the property came into Guy’s hand on 2 Feb 1366. Guy granted and assigned it to Philip until he, Guy, was paid the money owed. Philip died in possession, but Guy’s and Philip’s interest was only dependent on exectution of the bond, so it was judged that Stephen had died holding the manor and hundred]  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 13 page 59
18 Nov
1406
[This is a very long entry, concerning the manor and hundred of Frome. An inquisition had shown that: (1) Robert son of Pain had been seised of the manor and hundred; (2) by fine levied 7 Edward II, Robert son of Pain granted the manor and hundred to Nicholas and Roberga Braunche and the heirs of their bodies; (3) Andrew, son of Nicholas and Roberga had taken possession after the deaths of Nicholas and Roberga; (4) by fine levied 9 Edward III, Andrew, and his wife Joan, had granted a parcel of the land (7 messuages, 162 acres of land, 18 acres of meadow, 80 acres of pasture, 51 acres of wood, 58s 6½d of rent and a third share of a mill) to Eleanor his sister and Richard de Wyneslade her husband, and the heirs of their body; (5) on Andrew’s death in 23 Edward III, his son Thomas was a minor and Andrew’s part was taken into the king’s administration; (6) when Richard and Eleanor died (29 Edward III), their son Stephen took possession of their portion; (7) Thomas then died in 34 Edward III, still a minor, and Stephen took possession of the whole manor and hundred as next heir of Nicholas and Roberga; (8) in 39 Edward III, Stephen acknowledged a debt of £20,000 owed to Guy de Bryane, knight; (9) Guy de Bryane took possession of the whole manor and hundred, until the debt could be paid, and assigned it to his son Philip Bryane the younger; (10) Philip Bryane died (it is not stated who then took possession); (11) Stephen died 6 Henry IV. The inquisition found that the Bryane interest was only a possession pending repayment, and that therefore Stephen had died ‘seised’ of the manor and hundred; his heir was found to be Elizabeth, Stephen’s daughter, married to Edmund de Lyversege]  

Military service

# Document Date Text Notes
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 444
15 Jan 1350 Grant to Guy de Bryan, for many services rendered to the king for a long time, and for his good behaviour now in the last conflict between the king and his enemies of France at Calais in bearing the king's standard against them prudently and keeping it uplifted strenuously and powerfully, of an annuity of 200 marks at the exchequer for life, or until he have an equivalent of land or rent.
And be it remembered that on 22 October, in the twenty-fourth year, he had other letters patent of the 200 marks out of the farms of the alien priories of Otynton and Newynton Longevil.
Award of annuity for military service at Calais, where he carried the king's standard.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 5
22 Oct 1350 Grant to Guy de Brian, in lieu of the annuity of 200 marks at the exchequer lately granted to him by letters patent, of £110 of the farm which the prior of Otrynton, and £23 6s. 8d., of the farm which the prior of Newynton Longevile, pay for their priories now in the king's hands on account of the war with France.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 257
12 Nov
1350
To the prior of Otryngton. Order to pay to Guy de Brian £110 yearly so long as the priory is in the prior’s hand, beginning at Easter term next, as for Guy’s good service, especially in the last conflict between the king and his adversaries of France at Calais, in carrying the standard against those enemies and boldly maintaining it erect, the king granted to him 200 marks to be received yearly at the exchequer, for life, and afterwards on 22 October last the king granted that he should receive 110 marks and £23 6s 8d of the ferms which the said prior and the prior of Newynton Longevile are bound respectively to render yearly for their priories, in the king’s hand by reason of the war with France, and that the payment of the 200 marks at the exchequer should cease while those priories remained in the king’s hand. The like to the prior of Newynton Longevile to pay to Guy £23 6s 8d of the ferm of his priory.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 pages 156, 223, 225
1350 [Various assorted orders to Guy Bryan, on ransoms and releases of prisoners of war]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 196
22 Jan 1352 Licence for William Smale of Dertmuth to buy 1000 quarters of wheat and 1000 quarters of oats in Ireland and bring the same to England or Gascony for the use of Guy de Bryan, notwithstanding any prohibition of bringing corn from Ireland.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 100
18 Jul 1354 Grant to Guy de Brian, for the security of payment of 200 marks lately assigned to him by the king's letters patent out of the farms due from the priors of Otryngton and Neuton Longevill during the war with France, that if the priories be restored to the priors or otherwise put out of the king's hands, he shall have for life 150 marks of the annuity out of the issues of the counties of Somerset and Dorset and the remaining 50 marks out of the issues of the county of Gloucester.
Vacated because surrendered and he has other letters patent of the annuity out of the issues of the county of Dorset, enrolled on the Patent Roll of the thirty-fifth year. 
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 113
16 Sep 1354 Protection with clause volumus, until Easter next, for Guy de Bryene, going beyond seas by the king's order.
Guy de Briene, going beyond seas on the king's service, has letters nominating John Gogh, clerk, and John Seys, clerk, as his attorneys in England until Easter next.
David de Wollore received the attorneys.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 104
20 Sep 1354 Protection with clause volumus, until Easter next, for John Tryvet of Otherhampton, ‘chivaler,' going beyond seas on the king's service in the company of Guy de Brian.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 page 51
20 Dec
1354
[Order to restore lands to Robert le Grey, currently serving abroad with Guy de Bryan]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 273 & 287
15 Jul 1355 Licence for Guy de Bryane, because at the king's mandate he has undertaken to raise his banner in the king's present passage and from henceforth to maintain the state of a banneret, to acquire in fee from alien religious or others £200 of lands, rents or fees yearly, or of advowson of churches the yearly value whereof amounts to £200 which are held of the king in chief, even though such lands were given to the houses of such religious of the foundation of the king's progenitors and of his patronage in frank almoin or otherwise; provided that inquisitions be first taken in due form.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 546
28 Jan 1357 Commission to Richard,earl of Arundel, Guy de Bryan, admiral of the king's fleet towards the west, Andrew Peverel, Robert de Halsham and Philip Wychard,reciting that, whereas it was lately ordained, by the king, prelates, magnates and commonalty of the realm that in the case of ships driven ashore by storm or other mischance, goods in such ships which could not be called ' wrek ' cast on shore shall be restored to the merchants proving their ownership by the signs put on them or the charter of freight, the merchants paying those who salved the goods for their labour, the king has learned by the complaint of John de Sancto Johanne, master of a ship called la Seinte Marie de Port Valet of Spain, that the said ship, freighted with wine for England, was driven by a storm on a rock off the island of Seleseye, and partially broken and 71 tuns of wine, chests, plates of iron, swords, and other goods, were taken as wreck by men of the island and from other parts, cutting the ship into small parts, although he and his fellows came to land alive and sued diligently with the bishop of Chichester, as lord of the liberty of the island, and the men aforesaid, for restitution of the same goods as well as of the value of the ship and the gear of the same, worth £95 when the bishop and some of the men delivered to them 33 tuns of the said wine and divers other goods, but he and the men detain the residue, to the petitioner’s great loss and contrary to the said statute; and appointing them to make inquisition touching the whole truth of the matter and do full justice therein. The sheriff of the county of Sussex has been commanded to furnish jurors.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 pages 442 & 654
1358-1359 [Orders to Guy Bryan, admiral of the fleet of the west, concerning Flanders ships] From these sources, the Navy at this time was divided into two fleets, one operating in the North Sea to the north of the Thames, and the other operating in the English Channel and Irish Sea, to the west of the Thames.
  Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 4
8 Feb
1360
[Order to William Smale, lieutenant to Guy de Bryan, king’s admiral towards the west, for the delivery of wine impounded from a Spanish ship]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 98
2 Mar
1360
[Orders “to apply all possible diligence that all and singular the ships by him arrested may be equipped as strongly as possible, and drawn far up on land for safety, ready to sail upon notice, certifying the king in chancery of the number and equipment thereof”. Sent to lieutenants of the admiral of the fleet from the mouth of the Thames northward (Robert de Morle) and of the admiral of the fleet from the mouth of the Thames westward (Guy de Brian)]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 384 & 521
1360/1 [Pardons to various people for killings or thefts, on account of their service during the king's last voyage in France; including John Forest of Great Been, John Walray, John Tayltrewe, Walter Balle of Newelond, Gilbert Jeyne of Longehope, John Clerc of London, Thomas Craas, William Duches, John Wade of Nayleseye, Edward Troke and Richard de Stapeldon, knight, all of whom had served with Guy de Briene, steward of the king's household]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 564
1 Mar 1361 Grant to Guy de Bryan that he shall take the 200 marks yearly lately granted to him for life out of the farm of certain alien priories now put out of the king's hand by the peace made with his brother of France, out of the issues of the counties of Somerset and Dorset for his life, unless in the meantime he be provided for in an equivalent of land and rent.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 290
&
1364-67 page 290
24 Nov 1362
&
16 May 1366
Commission to Guy de Bryen and John Chidyok to make inquisition in the county of Dorset touching the carrying away of goods of the king's clerk Master John de Stretle, chancellor of the king's son Edward, prince of Aquitaine and Wales, in a ship of Richard de Preston called la Michel of London, bound for Aquitaine, which was driven ashore by a storm near Waymouth.

&

Commission to Guy de Briane and John Chideok, reciting that whereas the king lately appointed them to make inquisition in the county of Dorset touching malefactors who entered a ship of Richard de Preston, called la Michel of London, which was driven ashore by the violence of the sea near Weymouth on its passage to the parts of Aquitaine, and took away therefrom goods of the king's clerk, Master John de Stretleye, then chancellor of Edward, prince of Aquitaine and Wales, and they returned in such inquisition that the ship was broken on a ' rok ' and sunk, the king has now learned on behalf of the said John, that, after the sinking of the ship, many of his goods on the ship came to land and were carried away by men of those parts and are still detained from him, and he has appointed them to make inquisition in the county of Dorset what goods came to land, and when and by whom they were carried away.
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 pages 61, 158
1369 & 1370 [Orders to various lords, including Guy de Bryene, for the defence of castles, fortresses and towns in Wales]  
 Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 page 65
22 Jan
1370
To Edward prince of Aquitaine and Wales, his stewards and representatives, and to the mayor and bailiffs of Kermerdyn in Wales. Order, as they love the king and his honour and desire the salvation of the realm, to cause all ships of 100 tuns burden and upwards with sufficient gear which are in the port of that town to be arrested without delay, furnished with seamen, men at arms, armed men and archers, and brought to the port of Plymmuth, so that they be there at latest within four days after the Purification next, ready each ship with a double equipment of seamen to sail on the king's service in the company of Guy de Bryene as he shall give them notice on the king's behalf; as the king has charged the said Guy to sail with certain ships of the realm to resist the malice of the king's enemies of France, who are now at sea and with God's help to destroy them.
The like to the said prince, his stewards etc. and to the mayor and bailiffs of Tynby.
Preparation for war with France
  Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 447
6 Jul 1370 The like [commission to take as many armed men and archers in the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, as shall be necessary for the safe return of the ships which the king wishes to send for the passage of Robert de Knolles and others, bring them to La Rye and Wynchelse and put them in the ships to stay there at the king's wages, so that they be there on Friday next at latest, and arrest and commit to prison, there to stay until further order, all who are contrariant in the matter] to the following: Guy de Bryene, admiral of the king's fleet of ships from the mouth of the water of Thames towards the western parts, or his lieutenant.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 34
28 Nov 1370 [Entry, listed in full below, referring to Guy de Brienne, knight, king's admiral]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 pages 216, 217
1371 [Orders to admirals John de Neville and Guy de Bryan for the restoration of goods impounded from a Genoese ship]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 104
4 Mar 1371 Commission to Guy de Bryene, admiral of the king's fleet of ships from the mouth of the water of Thames towards the west, John de Chidiok and William Bonevill to make inquisition in the counties of Devon and Dorset touching an information that a ship called Seint Thomas of Portyngale, laden with divers goods and merchandise of Reynold de Spelta, merchant of Splesauntyne, was broken by tempest and the goods cast ashore on the coast of those counties and seized and detained by divers men of the same.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 page 222
24 Mar
1371
[Order to release a consignment of bows, arrested at Southampton by the deputy of Guy de Briene, admiral towards the west]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 61 & 76
1371 [Two entries relating to two Genoese ships that had been taken at sea and brought to England. The ships and goods are now in the care of the king's admirals, Guy de Briene and John de Nevill, but are now to be delivered to Pascolotus Usus Maris, representative of the doge of Genoa, who is given licence to take them wherever he wishes]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 88, 89, 96
May 1371 Appointment, in order to the despatch of the ships appointed to go to sea with Guy de Briene against the king's enemies of France, of the said Guy and Walter de Hanlegh and Walter de Wodeburgh, serjeants at arms, to take in the counties of Somerset, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall, Gloucester and Southampton men-at-arms, armed men, archers and mariners, as well those arrayed by-arrayers in the said counties as others, except such as are of the retinue of lords, for the defence of the said ships, put them in the ships to go therein at the king's wages, arrest all who are contrariant, seize their lands and goods into the king's hand,and commit their bodies toprison until the king give further order touching their punishment.
[Also various entries granting protection with clause volumus to a number of people going to sea with Guy de Briene. king's admiral from the mouth of the water of Thames towards the west]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 109
20 May 1371 Association of Guy de Briene, admiral of the fleet of ships from the mouth of the Thames towards the west, in the commissions of array to Hugh de Courteneye,  earl of Devon, and his fellows, in the county of Devon, John de Monte Acuto and his fellows, in the county of Southampton, Robert Fitz Payn and his fellows, in the county of Dorset, and Richard Sergeaux and his fellows, in the county of Cornwall.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 page 226
26 May
1371
[Order to Guy de Briene, admiral of the fleet from the mouth of the Thames westwards, to hear a complaint by merchants of Bruges, whose ship has been arrested]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 page 229
12 Jun
1371
[Order to Guy de Brien and to Walter de Hanlegh and Walter de Wodebergh, king’s serjeants at arms, cancelling a previous order "issued in error" for a press-gang of men living within 6 leagues of the sea in coastal counties from Hampshire to Gloucestershire, to serve on the king’s ships]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 141
21 Oct 1371 Grant to Guy de Brien, lord of a ship called la Michel of Dertemuth, that the said ship, and the two masters and other mariners appointed by him to stay upon the governance thereof, shall not be taken or arrested to go to sea or to foreign parts on the king's service against his will.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 146
4 Nov 1371 Grant to Guy de Briene of John, lord of Neuvill, the king's French prisoner, and transference to him of all the king’s right in the said prisoner’s person and fealty.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 62 & 65
20 Dec 1374 [Two entries concerning a complaint by merchants of the kingdom of Aragon that their ships had been arrested by English ships, with one ship taken to Rye and its goods removed, while another ship was set fire to. A commission of inquiry is set up, with the bishop of Bangor, the earl of Salisbury, John de Nevill, steward of the household, Philip de Courtenay and William de Nevill, the two admirals, Guy de Brien and others]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 153
24 May 1375 The like [commission to guard all ports and sea-shores in the said county where ships can put in, resist and destroy all persons wishing to invade the realm by land or sea, array all defensible men, furnish them with arms suitable to their estate, lead them against any enemies presuming to enter the realm, make some common sign by beacons [ignem] on the hills or otherwise to warn the men of the country, and depute others under them to fulfil all and singular the premises; with power to arrest and commit to prison all who are contrariant; the king being informed that his enemies of France are assembled in great numbers at sea and are hastening towards the shores of the realm] to the following: Hugh de Courtenay, earl of Devon, Guy de Briene, John Welyngton, John de la Pomeray, William Bonevill, Martin Ferers, William Gary and John Gary; in the county of Devon.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 410
19 Nov 1376 Commission to Thomas de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, Henry de Percy, Guy de Briene, Nicholas Carreu and Thomas Hoton, reciting that, whereas the king lately took into his special protection and safe conduct divers merchants, mariners and others in coming within his realm and power with tarits, ships, goods and merchandise, staying there and returning to their own parts, the said merchants, relying on such protection and safe conduct and coming with tarits and ships laden with their goods and merchandise along the coast within his lordship and power, were taken and killed by some of the king's subjects who paid no heed to the king's letters patent of protection and safe conduct when shewn to them, their goods and merchandise eloigned and their ships and tarits burned; and appointing them to hear and determine the premises according to law and the custom of the realm and maritime law.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 499
29 Apr 1377 The like [commission of array as the king has heard that his enemies and their adherents are arraying themselves from all parts with a great number of people and a great multitude of ships and boats to assail and destroy the king,his realm and navy by land and sea] to the following in the countes named: Guy de Bryen, Philip de Courtenaye, Peter de Courtenaye, John Pomeray, William Aysthorp, Martin Ferers, John Prestecote and the sheriff; Devon.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 40
1 Jul 1377 Commission to Guy de Brien, Philip de Courtenay, Peter de Courtenaye, John Pomeray, William Asthorp, Martin Ferrers, John Prestecote and the sheriff of Devon to array and equip all the men of that county and to keep ever arrayed the men-at-arms and archers to resist foreign invasion, according to the form of the like commission of the late king, causing beacons to be set up in the usual places to give notice of the arrival of the enemy.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 359
18 Feb 1379 Commission to Edward de Courteney earl of Devon, James Daudele, Guy de Bryen, Philip de Courteney, Richard Seymor, John de la Pomeray, John Bealmount, William Bonevyle, John Prydeux, Martin de Ferers and the sheriff of Devon, to guard all the ports and shores of the sea against attack, and to array and equp with arms all the men in that county.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 471
20 Mar 1380 Commission to Edward Courtenay earl of Devon, Guy de Brien, Philip Courtenay, John Pomeray, William Bonevil, Richard Stapilton and William Asthorp, knights, Martin Ferrers, James Chuddele and the sheriff of Devon, to array and equp all the men of that county between the ages of 16 and 60, and to keep them, the men-at-arms, hobelers and archers, in readiness to resist foreign invasion; with power to arrest and imprison the disobedient.  
 Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 page 482
17 Dec
1380
[Entries concerning a ransom expected to be paid for a prisoner of war, the count of Dene (whose son is standing as hostage for his father). Guy de Briene stands as guarantor for the share of the ransom due to the king. A complex agreement is reached between the king and John Shakel, who evidently captured the count of Dene. The next volume of Close Rolls (1381-1385) contains a related entry on page 487, dated 28 October 1384, cancelling the surety]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 page 269
8 May
1383
[Orders to a number of people, including Guy de Briene in Devon, to prepare and man coastal defences against a threatened invasion]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 339
3 Dec 1383 [Exemplification of an indenture dated 15 December, 4 Richard II, between the king and Guy de Bryene and John Shakel, concerning the ransom of the count of Dene and his son, hostage with the said John; and of a petition to the king and council, on behalf of Florymond, lord of Lesparre]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 589
28 Feb 1385 The like [commission, in view of imminent invasion by the French, to array all men-at-arms, armed men and archers who live in that county, and arm all able-bodied men, both those who have the wherewithal to arm themselves and those who have not, each according to his estate, and to assess, apportion and distrain all who in lands and goods are capable but by feebleness of body incapable of labour, to find armour in proportion to their lands and goods, and to contribute to the expenses those who will thus labour in defence of the realm, those staying at their houses for the purpose of defending them are not to take wages nor expense therefor. These men-at-arms they are to keep arrayed and to lead to the sea coast and other places where danger threatens, and if any resist they are to arrest and imprison them until further order. Moreover the signs called ' Bekyns' are to be placed in the accustomed spots to warn the people of the coming of the enemy] to the following in the places named:
Guy de Bryan, Guy his son, Robert Fytz Payn, John Chydyok the elder, Stephen Derby, John Mautravers, Roger Bettesthorn, Roger Manyngford, John Seward and the sheriff, in Dorset.
Guy de Bryen, Thomas Tryvet, Ivo Fitz Waryn, Robert Turburvyll, Slephen Derby, John Hamelyn, John de Moyn, Walter Clopton, John Mautravers, John Frome, John Plecy, Philip Walweyn, William Payn, John Fitelton, Robert Scarclyf, clerk, and the sheriff, in Dorset.
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 page 610
6 Mar
1385
[Cancellation of an order, sent to all admirals, keepers of seaports etc., including Guy de Briene, for the arrest of Henry Ilecombe knight and others, accused of rebelliousness on a king’s ship]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 80
28 Jul 1385 Appointment, for the safety of the south of England in case of hostile attacks during the king's absence with the army in the north, of W. archbishop of Canterbury, R. bishop of London, W. bishop of Winchester, Thomas, bishop of Exeter, R. bishop of Salisbury, John de Badyngton, prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem in England, Guy de Brian, John de Cobham of Kent, Nicholas de Brembre, mayor of London, Robert de Knolles, William de Walleworth, Robert de Swynbourn, Maurice Bruyn, John de Sutton, Richard de Sutton, Richard Sergeaux and John de Kentwode as principal captains and leaders of men-at-arms, armed men, hobelers and archers in the south of England, with power to assemble their whole posse to resist the enemy should they land.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 60
15 Mar
1386
[Orders for preparation of defences against invasion, to a number of people including Guy de Bryan for Dorset]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 293
28 Jul 1390 Grant to the king's uncle Thomas, duke of Gloucester, in tail male, of the reversion, after the death of Guy de Briene, of 200 marks a year from the issues of the counties of Somerset and Dorset granted to the said Guy for life by letters patent dated 1 May, 35 Edward III, but when the duke or his heirs male have been provided with lands or rents of the yearly value of £1,000 the sum hereby granted is to cease. This seems to relate to the Patent Rolls entry listed above for 1 March [not 1 May] 1361.

Royal service

# Document Date Text Notes
  Close Rolls [f]
1330-1333 page 216 & 1339-1341 page 141
1331 & 1339 [These entries, listed in full below, refer to Guy de Bryan, the son, as king's yeoman]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 505
10 Apr 1350 [An undertaking by the king to his wool tax and customs officers, concerning a loan of 20,000 marks. The undertaking is underwritten by Simon, archbishop of Canterbury, John, bishop of Worcester, the chancellor, William, bishop of Winchester, the treasurer, Richard, earl of Arundel, 'William, earl of Huntingdon, Bartholomew de Burgherssh, Guy de Bryan and William de Thorpe]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 571
3 Oct 1350 Whereas the king lately granted to Guy de Briane the office of the tronage and pesage of wool in the port of London, during pleasure; and afterwards granted the same to him for life, with licence to discharge the same by deputy: with the assent of the same Guy, he has granted the office, which Guy has surrendered, to John Malewayn for life, with the wages and fees pertaining to the same, and with licence for him to have a deputy therein.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 580
7 Oct 1350 Licence, at the request of Guy de Briane, for the king's clerk John Gogh, one of chief clerks in the chancery for the king's robes, to freely absent himself from the chancery when and for such time as he will, and return at his pleasure, retaining always his estate therein, and receiving as he now receives, notwithstanding his absence.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 4
20 Oct 1350 Guy de Bryene, going on pilgrimage to the court of Rome, has letters nominating John Gogh, archdeacon of St. Davids, and John Seys, parson of the church of Henneye, as his attorneys in England for one year.
He has like letters nominating Roger de Bello Campo, ' chivaler,' and John de Wynkefeld, 'chivaler.' Th. de Brayton received the attorneys.
It is not stated explicitly here, but this trip to Rome was probably as part of a diplomatic mission.
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 490
24 Jun
1352
[Foreign currency agreement between king and Italian merchants, with papers lodged for safe keeping with Sir Guy de Bryan and others]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 618
28 Nov
1353
[A grant of land for a cemetery in East Smithfield. Sir Guy de Bryan is one of the witnesses, and is named as "knight of the king's chamber"]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 47
22 May 1358 Appointment of Richard, earl of Arundel, Guy de Briane, lord of Chastel Guyon, and William de Thorpe, 'chivalers,' as the king's plenipotentiaries to treat of alliances between the king and Wenceslau, duke of Luxemburgh, Lorraine, Brabant and Lemburgh and marquess of the Holy Empire, the lady Joan, his wife, and their countries of Brabant and Lorraine. Chastel Guyon is a place in the Auvergne, in central France. I have not seen this title given to Lord Bryan anywhere else - it could possibly have been granted for the purposes of this mission.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 pages 285, 384, 517, 521, 582
1359-61 [Several entries, listed in full elsewhere on this page, refer to Guy de Bryen, steward of the king's household]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 page 656
5 Nov
1359
[Record that the Great Seal was delivered to the king, in the presence of Guy de Bryan, steward of the king's household, and others]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 18 
10 May 1361 Promise to Guy de Bryan who by the king's mandate is about to go to the court of Rome for business affecting the king and the advantage of the realm that in case he or his men and those who eat at his table on their way to or from that court be taken and imprisoned, the king will preserve them harmless.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1364-67 page 177
28 Oct 1365 Pardon, for long service, to Guy de Bryene of all debts, accounts and mainprises wherein he is bound to the king, sole or with others (accounts by reason of the keeping of the forest of Dene which he holds for life of the king's grant excepted), and acquittance to him, his heirs and executors of these. Exemption of him also for life from being put on assizes, juries or recognitions and from appointment as mayor, sheriff, escheator, coroner, bailiff, minister or other officer of the king, against his will; from being named in any commission or being sent without the realm on any embassage.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 34
28 Nov 1370 Powers to John, lord of Neville, Guy de Brienne, knights, the king's admirals, Peter de Lascy, canon of Dublin, keeper of the privy seal, and Master Thomas Young, king's clerks learned in the law, to treat with the doge, commonalty and distrettuali of Genoa.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 197
&
1374-77 page 6
1372-4 [Certain people, with John Pyel as their mediator, have paid 5000 marks (8780 marks in the later entry) to the Bardi on behalf of the king, which sum has been receipted. These people have also lent 10000 marks to the king, and the king has undertaken to repay the sum by a customs tax of 20s (25s in the later entry) per sack of wool exported, with precautions taken to ensure that all exports are taxed and the proceeds are directed to John Pyel on behalf of the group. A number of senior counsellors to the king, including Guy de Bryan, have agreed to act as guarantors]  
 Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 page 22
4 Aug
1377
[Order to the dean of Westminster to deliver certain pieces of silver to the Keeper of the Great Wardrobe, in the presence of Richard Lescrope, Steward of the Household, or Guy de Brien, Chamberlain. The items were needed until the new king and council order for the administration of the late king’s property.]
[A second similar order to the steward of the Keeper of the Great Wardrobe]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 30
23 Sep 1377 [Indemnity for Simon archbishop of Canterbury, William bishop of Winchester, Adam bishop of St Davids, Thomas bishop of Exeter, Edmund earl of March, Richard earl of Arundel and Surrey, Thomas earl of Warwick, Guy de Briene the elder , knight, Roger de Bello Campo, knight, and Richard le Scrope, knight, in respect of the bond of £1000 entered by each of them to John Philpot for the repayment of £10,000 lent to the king by John Philpot and other merchants – subsequently vacated and cancelled]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 459
2 Mar 1380 [Commission to the Archbishop of York, the bishops of Hereford and Rochester, the earls of Arundel, Warwick and Stafford, Guy de Briene, baneret, and a number of others, as a result of complaints in parliament "that the commons of the realm have fallen into utter destitution by reason of the multiplied payments of thenths, fifteenths, and other subsidies and from other causes". The commissioners are to "enquire into the condition of the realm, the conduct of the king’s officers and ministers, the state of his revenues, the fees paid to the king’s officers at the beginning of the late reign, the annuities granted, the expenses of the household etc. and report  to the king and council thereon"]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 82
6 Feb 1381 [Commission to the bishops of Winchester, Exeter and Rochester, the earls of Arundel and Warwick, and others including Guy de Brien, to investigate the payment of tronage and pesage of wool at the port of London, which has already been investigated without conclusion]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 129
18 Jun 1382 Appointment of Guy de Brien, John de Roches, admiral of the fleet in the West, and John Philipot to provide shipping in Southampton or Dertmouth for the passage of the king's sister Joan, duchess of Brittany.  

Warden of St Briavel's castle and the Forest of Dene

# Document Date Text Notes
  Close Rolls [f]
1333-1337 page 577
2 May 1336 [Order to "Guy Bryan, keeper of the forest of Dene, or to him who supplies his place there", concerning historical timber rights there] This probably still refers to Guy senior
  Close Rolls [f]
1341-1343 page 153
25 May 1341 To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Whereas lately at the suit of Guy Brian, the king's yeoman, constable of the castle of St. Briavels and keeper of the forest of Dene, beseeching the king to discharge him of the custody of the castle and forest or to cause the ferm for the same to be diminished in accordance with what the profits and emoluments pertaining to the castle and forest, without making waste in the forest, can now be worth, as the king committed that custody to him for rendering £160 yearly at the exchequer and because divers commodities and profits anciently pertaining to the castle and forest have been withdrawn by grants made by the king and his progenitors to divers men, so that he cannot answer for the entire ferm without suffering great damage or by the excessive destruction and waste of the forest, the king appointed by letters patent Gilbert Talbot and John Gogh, clerk, to extend the castle and forest, and to take an inquisition by lawful men of co. Gloucester concerning the true value of the same and of the profits and commodities pertaining thereto, and concerning those which have been withdrawn and in what manner; and by the inquisition it is found that all the profits pertaining to the castle and forest are extended at £117 4s. 5¾d., and that in the time of Robert Walran, a former fermor of the same by whom the castle and forest were first assessed at £160 and in the time of other fermors, certain great forges with other smaller roval forges in the forest, which rendered £26 19s. 3d. to the fermor of the forest, were destroyed by Robert at the king's order, to avoid the destruction of the forest and that Henry sometime king of England gave a fishery of the River Severn near Rodele, to Edmund his son, which fishery used to be worth £18 yearly to the fermor of the forest, and that Edward, the late king gave to the abbot of Tynterne in frank almoin, without rendering any rent, the moiety of a weir in the Weya, which formerly paid 25s. to the fermor of the forest, and that the late king, Edward I, and the present king by their charters gave certain lands of the forest to divers men, which render £33 yearly to the king, and that a perambulation was made in the forest by the late king's writ, whereby the forest is diminished by a fourth and the issues and profits of the forest are diminished owing to the causes aforesaid; the king preferring that the ferm shall be diminished rather than allow waste and destruction in the forest by the levying of the ferm has granted that Guy shall hold the said castle and forest during good conduct, rendering £120 yearly at the exchequer for Michaelmas term last and henceforth so long as he holds the custody, and that he shall be discharged of the residue of the ferm; and now the king has learned from Guy's complaint that although a rent of 9s. yearly which the abbot paid for 36 acres of land and the king's demesne lauds in Neulond demised to him at ferm, are contained in the said sum of £117 4s. 5¾d. at which the castle and forest are newly extended, yet the treasurer and barons cause the said 9s. to be exacted of Guy for the king beyond the said £120 yearly, and unjustly distrain him for the same; the king therefore orders the treasurer and barons to view the transcript of the extent of the castle and forest, lately sent to the exchequer under the half-seal [sub pede sigilli] and if they find that the said 9s. are contained in the said sum of £117 4s. 5¾d. then they shall cause the demand made upon Guy for 9s. yearly beyond the £120 yearly to be superseded. The earliest entry we have found to mention John Gogh, who was involved in a number of Lord Bryan's transactions. This entry certainly refers to Guy junior, "king's yeoman".
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 428
20 Nov 1349 Remission, for life, to Guy de Briane, in consideration of the great diminution of the issues and profits of the castle of St. Briavels and the forest of Dene, on account of the present pestilence and divers other causes, of £30 of the farm of £120 reserved to the king in the letters patent, whereby he lately granted to him the keeping of the castle and forest. Vacated because on the Fine Roll [see below]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 116
20 Nov
1349
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to discharge Guy de Briane of £100 as the king lately granted to him the custody of St Briavels castle and of the forest of Dene, to hold for life together with the issues thereof, for rendering £120 yearly to the king, and because the issues and profits of the castle and forest, by reason of the present plague and for divers other causes, are so enfeebled that they cannot suffice for the said ferm, as the king is informed, the king has remitted to Guy £100 of that ferm, to wit, £50 for the past year and £50 for the present year.  
 Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 6 page 201
20 Nov
1349
[Relief of £40 of annual rent due from Guy de Briane on St Briavel castle and the forest of Dene, which are not able to stand the agreed rent due to the plague]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 5
12 Oct 1350 Licence, for the like considerations, for Guy de Bryan, who holds of the king the castle of St. Briavels and the forest of Dene for life at the rent of £80 to fell the underwood within the forest, by parcels, from seven years to seven years, during his term, and make charcoal or profit for himself therefrom by other ways as shall be expedient, without rendering any account thereof, towards payment of his said farm and the wages of four foresters whom the king has newly ordered to be found for the keeping and preserving of the venison and vert of the forest to stay there at the king's wages.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 4 
23 Oct 1350 Grant to Guy de Bryane that, whereas the king by divers letters patent has granted to him for life £80 at the exchequer yearly, and the same Guy is held to the king in £80 for the farm of the castle of St. Briavels and the forest of Dene, £60 of the said farm shall be allowed him every year in the £80 granted to him by the king.  
  Charter Rolls [l]
Vol 5 page 125
29 Jan
1352
[Royal relief from taxes for the citizens of St Briavel, at the request of Guy de Bryane]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 255
29 Jan 1352 Grant to Guy de Bryane, keeper of the king's castle of St. Briavels and forest of Dene, of all profits arising from the king's market and fairs of the town of St. Briavels, to be taken towards the farm which he has to render yearly to the king for the keeping of the said castle and forest.  
  Fine Rolls [h]
Vol 6 page 321
10 Feb
1352
[Orders to Guy de Bryan, as keeper of the forests of Bere near Winchester and of Dene, to fell underwood for sale]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 pages 124 & 454
1355 & 1358 [Orders to Guy de Bryene, keeper of the forest of la Bere near Winchester, to cut down oaks for the maintenance of the great bridge at Winchester castle and of buildings in Southampton]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 529
26 Jan 1361 Pardon to Guy de Bryene, keeper of the king's forest of Dene, for all trespasses of vert and venison and all other trespasses done in the forest by him or his servants [familiares], substitutes or ministers or any other with his knowledge and procurement or in his name; and of any consequent outlawries.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 18
8 Jun
1364
[Order to restore lands at St Briavels to the heir of the previous owner, which had been held by Guy de Bryen, keeper of the castle of St Briavel, believing they were held of the king]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1369-74 page 258
8 Oct
1371
[Order to the Treasury, that toll moneys collected by Guy de Briene in connection with mines in the forest of Dene belong to Guy, and not to the king]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 155
30 May 1375 Commission to Guy de Brien, warden of the forest of Dene, Robert Cole, John Joce and Thomas Athewy to make inquisition in the county of Gloucester touching an information that, by occasion of certain debates and dissensions which have arisen between the miners of the said forest and the ironworkers there, the ironworkers, to vent their malice against the miners, have taken away the mine [mina] of the forest,and daily do so.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 194 & Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 221
13 Dec
1375
[Order to Guy de Brian, constable of the castle of St. Briavel, to bring certain prisoners to the Tower of London]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 248
27 Jan 1378 [Inspeximus and confirmation,in favour of Guy de Bryan, yeoman of the late king, of the following letters patent: (1) 6 Dec, 13 Edw III, grant of £40 per annum for life; (2) 30 April, 19 Edw III, granting 100s per annum towards upkeep of St Briavels Castle; (3) 26 August, 20 Edw III, granting £40 per annum for life; (4) 20 November, 23 Edw III, remitting £40 of the £120 rent on St Briavels; (5) 23 October, 24 Edw III, remitting a further £60; (6) 1 Mar, 35 Edw III, granting 200 marks per annum for life]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 565 & 579
&
1389-92 page 297 & 406
&
1396-99 page 224
17 May 1385 [Grant of the castle of St Briavels and the forest of Dene to Thomas, earl of Essex and Buckingham, constable of England, on the death of Guy de Briene. Rescinded on 10 June 1385, and replaced with a grant that comes into effect after Guy's death. The third entry, dated 26 July 1390, clarifies that Guy de Briene has the castle and forest for life, and that during his life the yearly rent will be paid to Thomas, uncle to king Richard II (earl of Buckingham and duke of Gloucester), who is granted the castle and forest after Guy's death. The fourth entry, dated 30 July 1391, again confirms the grant to Thomas duke of Gloucester, subject to Guy's life interest.
The last entry, dated 28 September 1397, awards the castle and forest to Thomas le Despenser, the new earl of Gloucester, following a judgement against Thomas duke of Gloucester, now deceased]
Thomas Woodstock, earl of Essex and Buckingham and Duke of Gloucester, was a son of Edward III, and so uncle to Richard II. He was murdered in 1397 while awaiting trial for treason.

Thomas le Despenser was created Earl of Gloucester in 1397 for his support to Richard III against Thomas Woodstock and the other Lords Appellant.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 52
8 Nov 1385 Inspeximus and confirmation, with enlargement, of letters patent (in French) of Guy de Briene the elder, dated 13 November, 8 Richard II, appointing John Greindour to be his constable of St. Briavels and the forest of Dene for the term of his (the said Guy's) life, which the king hereby extends to the term of the said John's life.
By fine of 1 mark paid in the hanaper and by signet letter.
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 343
13 Aug
1387
[Order to Guy de Briene, constable of the castle of St. Briavel, to release Robert Waryn and Robert Walshe, or to come to court to show just cause for their arrest]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 555
23 Nov 1388 Commission to William Castellacre and William Heyberere to enquire whether the sums allowed to Guy de Briene, knight, for the repair of St. Briavels castle, co. Gloucester, have been expended thereon, as it appears by certificate of the treasurer and barons of the Exchequer, upon examination of his accounts and other evidences, that the late king granted to him, as farmer of the castle aforesaid and forest of Dene, 100s. a year for repairs, that he had 50s. allowed for the last half of the year, 19 Edward III, and 100s. a year thereafter until
the year 51 Edward III, 63s, 8d. in the year 4 Richard II, and 100s. a year thereafter until 11 Richard II, making £190. 13s.. 8d. for the whole time.
 

Warden of Walwyn's castle and other Welsh property

# Document Date Text Notes
  Miscellaneous Inquisitions, Vol 2, page 298 16 Dec 1330 Writ to the keeper of the county of Pembroke. Westminster. 16 December 4 Edward III. [1330.] By petition of the Council.
Inquisition before Richard Symond, steward of the county of Pembroke. Monday after St. Mark 5 Edward III. [1331.]
The king sent his writ of privy seal dated Northampton, 29 July 4 Edward III, to Roger de Mortuo Mari, late earl of March, keeper of the county of Pembroke, ordering him to seize into the king's hand the barony of Walewayn Castle which belonged to Guy de Bryan, and to deliver it to Guy de Bryan his son, to hold according to the terms of a settlement made in the king's presence with the assent of Welthiana wife of the said Guy the father, and the friends of the parties, viz. that the barony should belong to Guy the son, who was bound to marry and advance his two sisters with the profits thereof, that £200 in which Dame Joan de Carreu was bound to Guy the father for the marriage of Guy the son should belong to him in aid of marrying his sisters; and, whereas the said Guy the father was not of sound memory or capable of making a feoffment, it was agreed by the said Welthiana and the friends of the parties that the barony should be seized into the king's hand and afterwards delivered to Guy the son to perform the settlement.
The said late earl sent the writ to Robert de Malleye, then his steward of Pembroke, and the bedel of Pembroke seized the barony into the king's hand on Tuesday after St. Bartholomew 4 Edward III and afterwards delivered it to Guy the son.
The father of Guy Bryan the older was also called Guy, and died in 1349. This is the earliest reference we have found to the Guy Bryan who later became Lord Bryan and was owner of Sutton Poyntz.Guy the father was losing his mental faculties, leading to the transfer of Walwyn's Castle to the son.
  Close Rolls [f]
1330-1333 page 213
21 Mar 1331 To Richard Symond, steward of the earldom of Pembroke, or to him who supplies his place. Order to cause Thomas de Wougan, son and heir of John de Wougan, tenant in chief of the late king, to have seisin of his father's lands, as the king has taken his homage and he has proved his age before Guy Brian, steward of Haverford, according to the custom of those parts. This entry and the next do not explicitly refer to Guy Bryan the younger, but certainly mean him, as the 1339 reference below shows that Guy the younger had become steward of Haverford in 1330.
  Close Rolls [f]
1330-1333 page 216
26 Mar 1331 To Richard Simound. Order not to intermeddle further with the purparty of Haverford, notwithstanding his late appointment by the king as steward of the county of Pembroke and keeper of the castles, manors, and lands in that county and of the purparty aforesaid, and to permit Guy de Briane, the king's yeoman, to have the purparty, as the king had previously granted to Guy during pleasure the stewardship and custody of the castle and town of Haverford and of the king's lands pertaining thereto.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1330-1333 page 253
18 Jul 1331 [Entry concerning the theft of some jewels belonging to the former king, which had been taken to Swansea. A number of people, including Guy de Brian of South Wales, have mainperned for Robert de Penres, knight, who has been indicted of the theft] It is not clear which Guy Bryan this refers to
  Close Rolls [f]
1339-1341 page 141
12 Jun
1339
To the treasurer and barons of the exchequer. Order to supersede the demand made on Guy de Briane, by the sheriff of Devon, for rendering his account for the stewardship and custody of the castle and town of Haverford and of the king's lands pertaining thereto, which on 4 January in the 4th year of the reign the king committed Guy de Bryan his son, the king's yeoman, to hold during pleasure answering for the issues thereof and receiving the customary wages and fees, as Guy the father has now shown the king, that although the stewardship and custody were committed to the son, yet the sheriff distrains the father to render the account, by reason of the identity of name, and by inspection of the chancery rolls it appears that the stewardship and custody were committed to the son, and the king has learned from trustworthy testimony that the father, who is now distrained, was in the order of knighthood 20 years ago and that he never intermeddled with the aforesaid stewardship and custody.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 578
15 Oct 1350 Grant to Guy de Bryane that he and his heirs shall have within the lordship of Castle Gaweyn in Wales, late parcel of the inheritance of the earl Marshal, as is said, and held of the king by reason of the nonage of the heir of Hugh le Despenser, tenant in chief, the king's ward, all the liberties and free customs which Guy and his ancestors have had there in the past, and shall have there cognisance of pleas of land and of the crown, with plenary execution of these, until the full age of the said heir.
Writ de intendendo to the tenants of the lordship of Castle Gaweyn in Wales in favour of Guy de Briane and his heirs, to whom the king by letters patent has granted, during the nonage of the heir of Hugh le Despenser, tenant in chief, all liberties and free customs which Guy and his ancestors have had in the lordship.
 
  Close Rolls [f]
1354-60 page 438
24 Feb
1358
To Guy de Briane, lord of Walwyn's castle [Castri Gawini], and to all tenants of that lordship, and those residing therein. Order to be attendant upon making suit at the county of Pembroke, and to be attendant upon the lordship of Pembroke, and obedient to Agnes late the wife of Laurence de Hastynges earl of Pembroke, to whom the king has committed the custody of the lordship and county of Pembroke to hold until the earl's heir come of age, and to her ministers, in all pleas as well of freehold as of trespasses pleaded by writ, and in pleas of the crown concerning that lordship, the tenants and residents therein, for the time that she has that custody, as they used to be to the earl, and to attempt nothing to the prejudice of the heir during his minority; as the king is informed that although in the earl's time Guy used to make suit at the county of Pembroke, and all such pleas arising within that lordship were pleaded, and all the tenants and residents therein were attendant upon the earl and his ministers of the county of Pembroke at his summons and order, of which suit etc. the said earl died seised in fee, but Guy has refused to make that suit from the time when the county of Pembroke came into the king's hand by the death of the earl and the minority of his heir, and has not permitted any such plea of freehold or trespass or plea of the crown to be pleaded or determined at Pembroke, nor the said tenants or residents to be attendant upon the ministers of the king or others to whom the wardship of the lordship and county is committed, and the king wishes to provide for the indemnity of the heir who is a minor in his wardship, especially as he is bound to preserve the rights of such heirs as fully as their ancestors died seised thereof.  
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 14 page 214
18 Nov 1375 Entry for Edward le Despenser including the Castle of Malwayn [sic], co. Pembroke held for 4 knights’ fees by Guy de Brian  
  Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 page 121
16 Feb
1378
Adam Houton bishop of St. Davids to Sir Guy de Bryene knight, his heirs and assigns. Charter with warranty of the manor or town and mill of Haroldyston by the sea in Ros, the patronage of the church excepted.

Adam Houton bishop of St. Davids to John Whitelof and Simon David. Letter of attorney, appointing them to deliver to Guy de Briene knight seisin of the manor or town and mill of Haroldiston by the sea in Ros, the patronage of the church excepted.

Guy de Briane knight lord of Walwan's Castle in Wales to Master Adam Houton bishop of St. Davids, his heirs and assigns. Charter with warranty of the advowson of Malros church in the lordship of Walwan's Castle with the glebe, manse etc. to the rectory pertaining.

Guy de Briane knight to Master Adam Hoton bishop of St. Davids. Licence to give the advowson of Haroldeston church, which is held of the said Guy, and the glebes and manse of the rectory within his lordship of Walwan's Castle in Ros, to the master and chaplains of the chantry of St. Mary by the church of St. Davids founded by John king of Castille and Leon and duke of Lancastre and by the said bishop, and to the said master and chaplains and their successors to appropriate that church and the church of Malros within the said lordship.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 500
19 Aug 1388 Whereas Guy de Briene, the elder, enfeoffed John de Lovel, knight, John Devereux, knight, steward of the household, John Erle and Morgan Gowe of the castle and lordship of Tallaughan in South Wales, held in chief, and the feoffees, after seisin had, granted the premises to the said Guy, for life, with remainder in fee tail, to Philippa and Elizabeth, daughters of Guy de Briene the younger, with remainder to the right heirs of Guy de Briene the elder, without licence had, the king hereby pardons the trespasses so committed and grants the premises as aforesaid. John Lovel and John Devereux were later to be fathers-in-law of Elizabeth and Philippa respectively.
  Charter Rolls [l]
Vol 5 page 315
15 Dec
1389
[Further entry granting relief of Guy de Briene from legal process in connection with the manor and castle of Tallaghan, Wales. Guy still holds for life, but now with remainder to his granddaughters Philippa and Elizabeth]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1422-29 page 459
25 Feb 1428 [Inspection, on behalf of Philippa and Elizabeth, granddaughters of Guy de Bryene, of a chain of letters patent ultimately derived from a charter dated 15 December 1389, granting them and their tenants at Tallagharn immunity against conviction or judgement by Welshmen]  

Justice

See below for Commissions of the Peace and of the Ordnance of Labourers, Commissions of "oyer and terminer".

# Document Date Text Notes
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 195
16 Oct 1348 Pardon to Guy de Bryane ‘le piere, chivaler’, of the suit of the king peace for all manner of trespasses in England and Wales whereof he indicted or appealed, and of any consequent outlawries.
The like to Guy de Bryane ‘le fitz, chivaler’.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 524
3 Mar 1350 The like [commission to make inquisition into all the circumstances of such alienation] to the following to enquire touching like alienation of the manors and lands specified: Guy de Bryane, Leo de Perton and Walter de Lench touching lands in Intebergh, co. Worcester.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 584
20 May 1350 Commission to J. bishop of Worcester, the chancellor, W. bishop of Winchester, the treasurer, Bartholomew de Burgherssh, Guy de Bryan, William de Thorpe, John de Stonore, Richard de Wylughby, Roger Hillary and William de Shareshull setting forth that, as the king has heard, the abbot of St. Mary's, York, claims of Bouthom all that is without the city of York from Bouthom Barre towards the north on both sides of the king's highway, as his free borough, and the mayor, bailiffs, citizens and commonalty of the city assert that part of Bouthom pertains to them as a suburb of the city, and great dissensions have arisen between them over this, and that as a precaution the king has taken into his hands the place in dispute, reserving the dissensions to the decision of himself and his council, and has commanded the parties to be before them at Westminster on the quinzaine of Trinity, forbidding them on pain of forfeiture of all that they can forfeit from intermeddling themselves in the said place while in his hands, and the mayor, bailiffs, citizens and commonalty from injuring the abbot and convent or their men and ministers, whom he has taken under his special protection, while passing with victuals or other things to and from the city, by land or water, or while in the city; and appointing them to survey all charters, writings, records and other evidences herein produced by either party, to hear their arguments, the causes of the dissensions, complaints of any contempts committed herein, and all other matters relating to the business, to inform themselves of the ancient bounds of Bouthom, to mark out the bounds and devises thereof, and to finally determine the whole business.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 162
5 Sep 1351 Appointment of Guy de Bryan, John de Haulegh and John le Forest to arrest John Wodeward, appointed by the king to have the keeping the park of Slyndon, which is of the temporalities of the archbishopric Canterbury, in the time of the late voidance of the archbishopric, who has committed divers wastes as well of vert and venison as otherwise and is now a fugitive from justice.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 469
11 Feb
1352
[Long memorandum, the gist of which is that John Gogh, clerk of chancery, has refused to accept an appointment of a prebendary at Lincoln, and appointed someone else; John was imprisoned at the Tower of London, but released on the recognisance of Guy de Bryan, pending formal hearing; at which the matter was sorted out]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 340
18 Aug 1352 Commission to Guy de Bryan, John Haklut, guardian of the county of Pembroke, David Wynter, Walter Vaghan, Reynold de Ferrers, Philip Roger, John de Waltham, Thomas Fort and Reynold Dedewyth, to make inquisition in the said county touching the persons who, after the king lately presented John Seys, king's clerk, to the church of St. Mary, Tenby, in his gift by reason of the alien priory of Pembroke being in his hands on account of the war with France, and commanded Reynold, bishop of St. Davids, to institute him, entered the church with armed force and hold themselves therein and have hitherto prevented the bishop from doing what pertains to his office in this behalf, and daily make inhibitions, appeals, citations and other things prejudicial to the king and crown, and touching the same trespasses, inhibitions, appeals, &c., and to take and bring before the council all persons indicted by the inquisitions, with such inquisitions.  
 Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 441
1 Sep
1352
[Order to collectors in co. Oxford to collect fines etc. adjudged by Guy de Bryan and his fellow justices]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1349-1354 page 443
8 Sep
1352
[Order to restore manor to heir of Roger de Berkeroles, after inquisition by Guy de Bryane and others]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 322
24 Sep 1352 Joan de Bars, countess of Warenne, staying in parts beyond the seas, has letters nominating William, bishop of Winchester, and William, earl of Huntingdon, as her attorneys in England, until Midsummer.
David de Wollore received the attorneys.
She also has letters nominating Bartholomew de Burgherssh and Guy de Bryan, and letters nominating Hugh, prior of Lewes, and John de Wyngefeld, as her attorneys for the same time.
The same David received the attorneys.
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 533
5 May 1354 [Licence for Joan de Bar, countess de Warenne, to remain abroad on business. A number of peope have been nominated as her attorneys, including Guy de Brian, 'chivaler']  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 256
26 Jun 1355 [Pardon for William Voul of Longedon, county Worcester, 'drivar', for non-appearance before justices including Guy de Bryan on charges of taking excess pay of 12d from various people, contrary to the Statute of Labourers]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 394
10 Mar 1356 [Commission to Guy de Bryene, and others to arrest six people who had refused a summons to serve as archers, having been selected as part of the array by Guy, Walter Vaghan and David Vaghan]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 468
8 Nov 1356 Whereas the king lately appointed Guy de Bryan and others, his fellows, to enquire touching those who broke up and sank a boat of a ship called la Isabell of Bristol, which ship the king has now given to his yeoman Richard des Armes, and to hear and determine the whole matter; he has granted to the said Richard all manner of fines, amercements and damages adjudged to the king before the said justices on account of the breaking up and sinking of the boat.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 55
9 Jun 1358 [Pardon to Richard de Perham for non-appearance before Guy de Briene and John Gogh, clerk, justices of the Bench in Wiltshire, to answer a charge of trespass, as he has now surrendered to the Flete prison]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 392
8 Mar
1362
To Guy de Briene and John de Sees. Prohibition, under pain of forfeiture, of any attempt derogatory to the king's right or tending to impair a judgment rendered in the king's court by his justices of the Bench, commanding them to stay altogether the processes begun at the papal court by reason of a papal provision to Thomas David of the archdeaconry of Cornwall at the time William de Cusancia then the king's clerk held the same by the king's collation, and the levying of £400 for that cause, and to cause the sums paid by Nicholas de Neuton to the proctors of the said Thomas, and all issues and profits of the said archdeaconry by the said Guy and John or their men levied and received, to be restored to the said Nicholas, and all other attempts made by virtue of the said processes to be revoked; as lately while the temporalities of the bishopric of Exeter were in the king's hand, the said archdeaconry being void and for that reason in the king's gift, the king collated the said William thereto, and although the king by the judgment aforesaid recovered the presentation to that archdeaconry against the said Thomas, and William was canonically admitted by the diocesan and instituted, and was in peaceable possession until he exchanged the same for the church of Marteleye thereof the said Nicholas was parson, the said Guy, by pretence of a provision by him obtained when sent to the papal see on the king's message, when the king's said clerk was in possession in the king's right, (a fact not unknown to Guy, as the temporalities were in the king's hand and in Guy's keeping by the king's commission, knowing also that a papal provision might not take place in benefices belonging to the king's collation,) and by colour of proceedings in the court of Rome at the suit of Thomas by Guy maintained against William and sent to Guy for execution, thrust out Nicholas (who at his coming had the cause of William in the archdeaconry by reason of the exchange) and in the name of Thomas occupied the same, caused the issues and profits thereof to be levied, and is striving by censures of the court of Rome to levy £400 adjudged to Thomas in that court, though Thomas was outlawed and put out of the king's protection by reason of that suit against the king and his right, and has caused Nicholas to pay many sums of money in the court of Rome to the said proctors for their pains at the time when Guy was last the king's messenger there, and otherwise has stirred up Thomas against the king to the prejudice of the crown and contrary to his allegiance, whereat the king is moved to anger. This concerns a dispute about the archdeaconry of Cornwall, probably related to the dispute in 1352 with the bishop of Exeter. The king had made a temporary appointment (William de Cusancia) as archdeacon, but Guy de Bryan appears to have obtained a contrary appointment (Thomas David) from the pope when he (Guy) was on an ambassadorial mission to the pope. "The king is moved to anger"
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 114
28 May
1365
[Very long article, containing a count of 24 accusations of fraud laid against Richard de Chestrefeld, clerk. A number of inquisitors including Guy Bryan investigated the accusations, and found Richard innocent]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 205
1 Dec
1365
[Note on accusations laid against William de Dalton, clerk. Date set for hearing, with Guy de Brian and Michael de Ravendale, clerk, appointed as attorneys for William de Dalton]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1364-68 page 264
12 Feb
1366
[Note concerning an investigation into an alleged riot in Exeter instigated by the mayor against the dean and chapter of the cathedral. Two of the appointed judges, plus Guy de Bryan, have investigated, and concluded the allegations were false]  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 263
14 Feb 1369 Commission to Guy Bryan, John de Ferrers, William de Wychingham and Edmund de Chellerey , to make inquisition in the county of Devon touching all trespasses, conspiracies, confederacies, oppressions, extortions, falsities, deceptions, champerties, ambidextries, maintenances, damages, grievances and excesses done to Katherine late the wife of Reynold de Ferreres and others of the king's people by Richard de Whitelee and others of his confederacy.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 422
12 Nov 1373 Commission to Guy de Briene, 'chivaler,' Robert Fitz Payn, 'chivaler,' and Walter Perle, to make inquisition in the county of Dorset touching those who, contrary to the provision of the statute of Westminster the First that none shall come to eat, drink or lodge in a religious house of the advowson of anyone except himself, at the charges of the house, if he have not been invited by the governor of the house, and that none at his own charges shall enter or come to lodge against the will of those to whom the house belongs, are often delinquents in that county in regard to the said statute to the manifest impoverishment of the poor religious houses there.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 486
6 Jul 1374 Commission to Guy de Brien, William Botriaux, William Bonevill and Walter Perlee to make inquisition in the county of Somerset touching a complaint by the men of the hundred of La Stone in that county that John Andrewe, farmer of the hundred, has long committed very many extortions, excesses, injuries and grievances to them by colour of his office, whereby many of them have left their land and houses, and the rest are much depressed.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 54, 57, 58
10 Oct 1374 [Commitment to Guy de Brien and Richard de Stafford of the duties of the constable of England to hear two complaints that people have had prisoners unjustly removed from their custody]  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 160 & 219
1375 Commission to Guy de Briene,' le piere,' Guy de Briene,' le fitz,' William Latymere, sheriff of Dorset, and Walter Cifrewast, escheator in the same county, to make inquisition in the county of Dorset touching an information that Walter Frampton of Bokelond, who holds for life at a yearly farm of £20 the manor of Biencomme, co. Dorset, which is parcel of the temporalities of the alien abbey of Caen and in the king's hand by occasion of the war with France, has perpetrated divers trespasses, oppressions, extortions, threats, damages, grievances and excesses on the king's liege tenants of the said manor by colour of his estate therein.
 [The later entry is a commission to Guy de Brien senior and others to investigate the traditional rights of the tenants in Bincombe in the time of previous priors of Frompton]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 219
10 Oct 1375 Commission to Edward le Despenser, Guy de Brian, Thomas de Berkele and Peter de Veel to make inquisition in the county of Gloucester touching a complaint by men of those parts that very many evildoers, arrayed in manner of war and confederate together, have made divers unlawful conventicles in the county, and have perpetrated divers depredations, robberies, rapines, homicides, trespasses and other innumerable mischiefs against the form of the statutes of Northampton and Westminster; and to arrest all who shall be indicted of the premises, taking for this a posse of the county if need be, commit them to the nearest gaol for safe keeping until further order, and certify the king in the Chancery of all that they shall do in the matter.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 415 & 
1377-81 page 44
14 Nov 1376 Commission to Richard, earl of Arundel, Thomas de Bello Campo, earl of Warwick, Hugh, earl of Stafford, and Guy de Briene, reciting that, whereas Richard Chamberleyn, immediately upon delivery of the judgment rendered in a cause lately before the constable and the marshal of England between him and Peter Clerk upon his ability or inability, appealed therefrom to the king and the great council, which appeal he intends to sue in form of right with effect, as the king has learned, and the king cannot at present attend in person about the examination of the business, but would not that for that cause justice for the parties be deferred in any manner, he commits to them his powers to inspect, examine, hear and in due form determine the business of the appeal and do all other things necessary or opportune for the expedition of the business, in his name. Also he gives in command to all dukes, earls, barons, justices, knights and others that they be intending, counselling, answering and aiding to them when executing the premises in his name.
[The later entry, dated 1 July 1377, is an abbreviated commission for the same people to hear the appeal]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 332
23 Jul 1376 The like [commission to make inquisition in the said county, touching a complaint made by the commonalty of the realm in the last Parliament that Richard Lyons of London, to whom the king has demised the subsidy of 2s. of the tun of wine and 6d. of the pound on merchandise granted to him by the prelates, magnates and merchants of England, has committed many extortions, oppressions, duresses and grievances, by colour of the letters patent to him, against divers persons, as well denizens as aliens, the king's friends: and touching all who have taken out of the county to Scotland or other foreign parts wheat, flour, malt, barley or other corn, contrary to the king's prohibition] to the following: Guy de Briene, John Beaumond, William de Bonevill, Henry Percehay, William Cray and John Cary, in the county of Devon.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1374-77 page 551
5 Jun
1377
[Order to the Constable of the Tower of London to release Edmund de Arundell, bailed and vouched for by Guy de Briene and others]  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 509
20 Apr 1380 Commission to Guy de Briene, John Joce, knight, Walter Mille, Matthew Wogan, John Hoton, Henry Sturmyn, William Malenfaunt, Richard Huskard, Richard Wyryot, Peter Jurdan, John Wydlok, Philip Sutton, John Laurence, Thomas Jaffe, Richard Howell, John Howell, Griffin ap Eynon, Richard Gourda, the mayor and commonalty of Pembroke and Tynby, and the sheriff, mayor and commonalty of Kermerdyn, to arrest and bring to Pembroke Castle, William Wyriot, who maintains a band of malefactors, and to imprison him unless he find mainpernors in £500.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 583 & 1381-85 page 7
1380/1 [Protection for a time from the king's officers for Richard Wyriot of Pembrokeshire, one of whos mainpernors is Guy de Bryen]  
 Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 page 524
26 May
1381
[One of a number of entries with writs of supersedeas, suspending judgements in cases being appealed. This entry is a writ in favour of Guy de Bryene] The context of these writs may relate to unrest caused by the Poll Tax of 1381.
A second similar writ follows in the next volume of Close Rolls.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 70
24 Jun 1381 The like to the following [mandate to issue a proclamation concerning the recent murder under pretext of the royal authority of Simon, archbishop of Canterbury, Robert de Hales, prior of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem, John de Cavendissh, chief justice, and others by the rebels, and forbidding unlawful assemblies, and empowering them to resist and punish the insurgents]: [list, including] William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Peter de Courteneye, Guy de Brien, Thomas Tryvet, Ivo Fitz Waryn, John Burgherssh, William Latymer and the sheriffs, in the counties of Somerset and Dorset.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 140
8 Mar 1382 The like [Commission, reciting the treasonable hostile rising of divers evildoers in congregations and conventicles throughout the realm and their perpetration of treasons, homicides, arsons, etc., and appointing the aforesaid commissioners, with the advice of the nobles and magnates of the late Parliament, for the establishment of quiet, to keep the peace, empowering them to arrest, imprison and punish such rebels and any who incite to rebellion, to suppress their meetings, arrest their goods, or take security as they think fit. If the meetings are suspicious or excessive in number they are to take the posse comitatus, both knights and esquires, lead them against the rebels, seize any found committing the offences aforesaid, and do justice upon them without delay. They are also appointed commissioners of oyer and terminer in respect of the premises, with power to arrest, imprison and punish any who refuse to assist them] to the following persons in the counties named:
John, bishop of Bath, the abbot of Glastynbury, William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Briene, Peter de Courteney, Richard Seymour, Robert Tresilian, Thomas Hungerford, Peter de Veel, knight, William Bonevill, John Beauchamp of Lillesdon, John de la Mare, Thomas de Wellyngton, Walter Clopton, Richard Sydenham, John Cary, William Gary, James Fitz James and John Manyford, in the county of Somerset.
Thomas, bishop of Exeter, Edward de Courtenay, earl of Devon, James Daudele, Guy de Bryan, Philip de Courtenay, knights, the prior of Plympton, the abbot of Torre, Richard Seymour, John de la Pomeray, John Dynham the elder, William Bonevyll, William Asthorp, John Daunmarle, knights, James de Chuddele, Martm de Ferers, John Cary, William Gary, John Hulle, John de Prustecote, Robert Wylford, Roger Wasewyns of Plymmouth, John Haule of Dertemuth and Thomas Lylye of Barnestaple, in the county of Devon.
William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Briene, Robert Fitz Payn, Robert Rous, Stephen Derby, Walter Clopton, John Mautravers, John Frome, Roger Manyngford and William Payn, in the county of Dorset.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 144
23 May 1382 Commission to Robert de Asshton, constable of Dover castle and warden of the Cinque Ports, or such person as supplies his place, Guy de Brian, Edward Dalyngregge, William Haldenne, William Horne and William Gildeford upon the petition of Peter Rede, John atte Halle, Simon Colred, Walter Elys and John Monyn of Dover alleging that divers goods of the kings enemies in ships, some belonging to the king's friends and some to his enemies captured by them in war in the year 46 Edward III and taken to Dover, Rye and Apoldre, were unjustly taken from them by Richard Lyons, now deceased, and that no restitution has been made by him or his executors, to enquire by jury of Kent and Sussex touching the premises.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 256
24 Nov 1382 The like commissions [commission to arrest and bring before the king and council Henry Ilecombe, knight, Richard Cressy, John Bolton, Stephen Cardon, John Farwey le Fitz, John Dunmowe, William Felton, John Fawy, William Ilecombe, Baldwin Ilecombe, Robert Neel, Richard Glyne, William Wyther, Henry del Peutrie, John Lylie, Thomas Northbury and John Lancelagon, who rebelled against the king's uncle Edmund, earl of Cambridge, his lieutenant beyond seas, when going with him on the king's service on a voyage] for the same purpose to the following: Edward de Courtenay, earl of Devon, Guy de Briene, Bernard Brocas, John de Kentwode, steward of Cornwall.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 246
21 Dec 1382 The like to the following persons in the counties named [commission reciting the treasonable insurrection of divers evil-doers in congregations and conventicles, and their perpetration of treasons, homicides, arsons, etc., and appointing the aforesaid commissioners, with the advice of the nobles and magnates of the late Parliament, for the establishment of quiet, to keep the peace, empowering them to arrest, imprison and punish such rebels, and any who incite to rebellion, to suppress their meetings, arrest their goods, or take security as they think fit. If the meetings are suspicious or in excessive number they are to take the posse comitatus, both knights and esquires, lead them against the rebels, seize any found committing the offences aforesaid and do justice upon them without delay. They are also appointed commissioners of oyer and terminer in respect of the premises, with power to arrest, imprison, and punish any who refuse to assist them]:
William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Bryene, Robert Fitz Payn, Robert Rous, Stephen Derby, Walter Clopton, John Mautravers, John Frome, Roger Manyngford and William Payn, in the county of Dorset.
John, bishop of Bath and Wells, the abbot of Glastyngbury, William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Briene, Peter de Courteneye, Richard Seymour, Robert Tresylyan, Thomas Hungerford, Peter de Veel, William de Bonevill, John Beauchamp of Liilesdon, John de la Mare, Walter Clopton, Richard Sydenham, John Cary, William Gary, James Fits James and John Manyford, in the county of Somerset.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 258
13 Feb 1383 Commission to Edward de Courtenay, earl of Devon, Guy de Briene, Philip de Courtenay, James Chuddelegh, John Hulle and John Daumarle to examine and determine the appeal of Michael Croude of Dertemuth from the judgment in a suit brought against him before John de Roches, admiral of the fleet in the West, by John Mantell, of Barnestaple, touching a debt of £52.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 pages 254, 284
18 Mar
1383
[Orders to Guy de Briene and others to continue hearing an appeal by Michael Croude of Dartmouth in a case of alleged debt]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 pages 430, 460, 561
2 Feb
1384
[Orders for release from arrest of John Wawe of Oxfordshire, so that he can prepare his appeal, to be heard by Guy de Bryan knight, Richard Lescrope knight, and others]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 427
8 May 1384 Appointment of Edward Courtenay, earl of Devon, Guy de Briene, Robert Tresilian, William Boneville, John Daumarle, James de Chudele, John Cary, Martin Ferrers, John Hill, John Orwell, serjeant-at-arms, and the sheriff of Devon, upon information that divers disturbers of the peace came armed in routs and unlawful assemblies to Crydyton, co. Devon, entered the church, seized John Cade, the bishop of Exeter's servant, to kill and compel him under threat of death to eat the point of a shoe, flourished the wool thereof with knives in his face, chased him and other servants of the bishop through the town with knives, bows and arrows to the bishop's manor, which they threatened to burn, tore off his body the habergeon (loricam) which for keeping the peace in the said towns in the time of the fair he was then wearing, lay in wait (which they still do) day and night by bridges and roads to kill and maim the king's lieges, entered Exeter, took Master William Calwe from his chamber, brought him into the High Street, compelled him and Henry Aston there to eat the seals, and John Duffeld to eat a copy of certain mandates of the said bishop, burned rolls, certificates, and other evidences of the office of his consistory [court], assaulted the said Henry, and robbed him of his scrip and 40s. in money therein, besides committing other breaches of the statute of the late king against bearing arms, to the great disturbance of the king and the nobles and magnates of the realm in the present Parliament—to make proclamation throughout Devon against the commission of such offences or the harbouring of the offenders, under pain of forfeiting life, limbs and possessions, and against any breach of the said statute, and to arrest and imprison any who on good testimony are found guilty.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 510 & 1385-89 page 84
29 Nov 1384 Commission to [justices including the earls of Oxford, Stafford and Northumberland] to examine Guy Briene the elder, Brian de Stapelton the elder and Thomas de Hungerford, knights, and Richard Sparry, chaplain, as witnesses necessary to William, earl of Salisbury, in his appeal in the cause before the constable and marshal of England between him and John de Monte Acuto, knight, they being old men, and as he fears unable to be produced in sufficient time at the hearing of the same, as he has sworn.
[Repeated 5 October 1385 with different examiners]
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 88, 166, 240, 385
6 Dec 1385 [Appointment of Guy Bryene the elder, Peter Courtenay, Guy Bryene the younger, Matthew Gourney, Thomas Trivet, Ivo Fitz Waryn and John Mautravers, knights, Morgan Coeth, John Barry and Elias de la Lynde, to arrest all persons forcibly entering the priory of Montacute, and attempting to expel Francis, the prior, bringing offenders before the king and council. The prior is alien born, but priors have been given dispensation by king and Parliament from the law requiring aliens to depart the realm]
[This is cancelled by a later entry, dated 21 Jan 1386]
[The third entry date 20 November 1386 places the priory in the care of a number of trustees including the bishops of Bath & Wells and of Salisbury, the earl of Salisbury, and Guy de Briene, while a dispute is determined about who is the legitimate prior]
[The last entry dated 13 July 1387 more or less repeats the first, Francis's tenure having been confirmed]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 317
12 Feb 1387 Appointment of William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Briene, Matthew de Gourney, Thomas Tryvet, knights, Thomas Gourney, Morgan Gogh, Thomas Sampson, John Wodehous, John Donne, John Janet, Richard Grene, John Blench and John Cook to arrest and deliver to the prior of Montacute for punishment Thomas Samme, an apostate vagabond monk of that priory.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 333
2 Jul 1387 Pardons of outlawry to the following: Richard Pychard, for not appearing to answer Guy Briene, knight, touching a debt of £54. Co. Gloucester.  

Commissions of the Peace and of the Statute of Labourers

Commissioners of the Peace derived their powers from two Statutes, of Winchester (1285) and of Northampton (1328); the role later came to be known as Justice of the Peace.

The Statute of Labourers (1351) was introduced after the Black Death as an attempt to prevent a free market for labour, which has suddenly become a short supply item. It attempted to peg wage levels at pre-plague levels, with sanctions for both employers and employed.

# Document Date Text Notes
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 394
7 Dec 1352 Commission of the peace, pursuant to the statutes of Winchester and Northampton, to Guy de Brian, William de Shareshull, John de Stouford, Thomas de Langele, Richard de Birton, Edmund de Malyns and John Laundels, in the county of Oxford.
In like manner Guy de Brian, William de Shareshull, John de Stouford, Ralph de Grey, Richard de Birton, John de Laundels, John Loveday and Thomas de Pentelowe are appointed, in the county of Berks.
And there is added in this commission the word champerties.
The Statutes of Winchester (1285) and Northampton (1328) among other things created a role that later came to be known as Justice of the Peace.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 394 & 452
1 Jan 1353

&

13 Feb 1353   
Commission to Guy de Bryan, Thomas de Langele, Edmund de Malyns and John de Laundels, appointing them to be justices to keep the ordinance and statute of labourers, in the county of Oxford, to punish delinquents against the same, to inquire of sheriffs, stewards, bailiffs, ministers and others who by colour of the ordinance and statute have taken such labourers and delivered them by fines and ransoms to be applied to their own use, on their own authority, without observing the conditions contained in the ordinance and statute, and to hear and determine all things attempted contrary to the form thereof, as well at the suit of the king as of any others; appointing them also to determine indictments and processes touching such labourers made before the justices last appointed in the county and not yet determined.

In like manner Guy de Bryan, Ralph de Grey, John de Laundels, John Loveday and Thomas de Pentelowe are appointed, in the county of Berks.


[The later entry added Adam de Shareshull to the list of Commissioners]
The Statute of Labourers 1351 was an attempt by government to prevent a free market in labour following the Black Death. Pay rates were pegged at pre-plague rates, with both labourers and employers liable to be fined.
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 508
&
1354-58 page 387
&
1358-61 page 69
1353-8 [Commissions of the peace for the county of Worcester, pursuant to the statutes of Winchester and Northampton, to various people including Guy de Bryan]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 508
&
1354-58 page 125
3 Aug 1353

&

13 Feb 1355
The like [to keep the ordinance and statute of workers, artificers and servants made in the late Parliament at Westminster] to the following: Guy de Brian, Thomas de Bradeston, Thomas de Berkele of Coberle and William de Chiltenham, in the county of Gloucester.
[The later entry adds Simon Basset, Richard de Lye and Thomas de Sloghtre as a Commissioner for Gloucester]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 508
&
1354-58 pages 60, 125, 296, 392
1353-6 Commission to Guy de Brian, Hugh de Cokeseye, Hugh de Aston and Walter de Shakenhirst, to keep the ordinance and statute of workers, artificers and servants made in the late Parliament at Westminster, in the county of Worcester and cause the same to be kept, and to hear and determine trespasses against the same.
[The later entries make other appointments, but always including Guy de Bryan]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 pages 63, 208, 285
20 Mar 1361
&
8 Mar 1362
The like [commission of the peace, pursuant to the statutes of Winchester, Northampton and Westminster] to the following:
Guy de Bryene, Gilbert Talbot, Maurice de Bercle, son of the lord of Bercle, Simon Basset, John Tracy, John Serjaunt, the younger, William Yonge and John Hathewy,' conestable,' in the county of Gloucester.
William, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Bryan, Nicholas de Semore, John de Clyvedon, Walter de Pavely, John de Palton, Henry de Persay and Thomas Fitz James, in the county of
Somerset.
The said earl and Guy, John de Chydiok, Thomas de Blont, Robert Latymer, John Mundene and John Brunyng, in the county of Dorset.

[The second entry replaces William Yonge and John Hethewy, now deceased, with William de Cheltenham and Robert Palet for Gloucester. The third replaces Robert Latymer and John Mundene, deceased, with Robert de Hadham for Dorset]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 293, 528, 531
30 Nov 1362
&
1364
The like [commission to keep the peace and the statutes of Winchester, Northampton and Westminster, and to hear and determine trespasses against the statutes and ordinances of labourers and the accounts of collectors and receivers of fines, amercements and other profits of labourers which the king lately granted to the commonalty of the realm for three years in aid of the tenth and fifteenth granted to him for that term and compel them to the full distribution thereof, to correct abuses of weights and measures, and to inspect indictments made before any justices of oyer and terminer not yet determined and determine these; and mandate to them to hold their sessions four times a year, to wit the first in the octaves of the Epiphany, the second in the second week of Midlent, the third in the feasts of Whitsuntide and Midsummer and the fourth in the octaves of Michaelmas] to the following: Guy de Bryan, John de Clyvedon and John Frisel, in the county of Somerset.
[The two 1364 entries have the effect of adding Matthew de Clyvedon and Walter de Clopton]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1364-67 page 285
10 May 1366 Association of Guy Bryane and William Bonevyle in the commission of the peace in the county of Devon to Hugh de Courteneye, earl of Devon, James de Audeleye of Helegh, John de Monte Acuto, John de Dynham, William Luscote and Nicholas Whityng.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 192 & 346
10 Jul 1368
&
20 Jun 1369
The like [commission of the peace] to the following in the counties named, and to hear and determine all processes and indictments not yet determined before the persons named (after the counties) and their fellows, late keepers of the peace in the said counties: Guy de Bryan, John de Clyvedon, William de Wichyngham, Matthew de Clyvedon, Edmund de Chelreye and Walter de Clopton; Somerset.
[The later entry adds four more names]
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 422
10 Feb 1370 [Addition of Guy de Brian to the list of commissioners of the peace, of oyer and terminer, and of array, for Dorset, Devon, Gloucester and Cornwall]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 478 
10 Jul 1374 The like [commission to keep the peace and the statutes of Winchester, Northampton and Westminster; and to hear and determine all trespasses, forestalleries and regrateries, all abuses of measures and weights and in the sale of victuals by innkeepers and others, and all trespasses against the ordinance of labourers; and to inspect and determine all processes and indictments begun before the said Nicholas and his fellows, late keepers of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer, and not yet determined] to the following in the places named: Guy de Bryan, William Tauk, William Botreaux, John de Seintloo, Richard de Acton, Thomas Hungerford, Henry Percehay, Walter de Clopton, Henry Forde and Richard de Sydenham; Somerset.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 135
4 Feb 1375 [Commission of the peace, in terms as before, to Guy de Bryan and others in the counties of Gloucester, Somerset and Devon]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 313
25 May 1376 [Commission of the peace, in similar terms to before, to Guy de Briene and others for Somerset]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 46, 48 & 126
2 Jul 1377 [Commissions of the peace to Guy de Bryene and others, for the counties of Somerset and Devon. The lists of Commissioners are re-issued with variations in February and March 1378]  
 Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 page 293
20 Feb
1380
[Reference to Guy de Briene as justice of the peace in Somerset]  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 513
26 May 1380 [Commissions of the peace to Guy de Bryene and others, for the counties of Somerset and Devon]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 572
20 Feb 1381 [Commissions of the peace to Guy de Bryene and others, for the counties of Somerset, Dorset and Devon]   
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 85
14 Dec 1381 [Commissions of the peace to Guy de Briene and others, for the counties of Somerset and Dorset]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1381-85 page 165
20 Nov
1382
[Order to Guy de Brien and fellow justices of the peace in Somerset not to prosecute certain people from Yeovil who have been found innocent by Parliament of involvement in insurrections in 1381 and 1382]  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 251 & 350 & 1385-89 page 88
20 Dec 1382 [Commissions of the peace to Guy de Briene and others for the counties of Dorset, Somerset and Devon]
[The list for Devon is varied on 5 February 1384, and the list for Dorset on 8 February 1386]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 502
28 Nov 1384 [Commission of the peace, and of oyer and terminer, to Guy de Bryene and others, for the counties of Devon and Somerset]  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 80
26 Jun 1385 [Commission of the peace to Guy de Bryen and others, for the county of Somerset]  

Commissions of Oyer and Terminer

Oyer and Terminer are French words, literally meaning "Hear and Determine". A Commission of Oyer and Terminer was an appointment to judge a particular case.

Some of these case descriptions make fascinating reading.

# Document Date Text Notes
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 68
18 Feb 1348 Commission of oyer and terminer to William de Shareshull, John de Stouford, Hamo de Derworthy and William Chaumbernoun, on complaint by Guy de Briane the younger, that John Lercedekne, 'chivaler,' Andrew Tregos, archpriest of Haccombe, John de Tyntagel, parson of the church of Botflemyng, Philip de Lostwythiel, 'clerc,' Walter Grove, chaplain, Andrew Hamelyn, Michael Spichewyk, John Marreys, chaumberleyn, Thomas Tyrel, Robert Baker, John Chynhales, Richard Chynhales, Henry Tolammans, William Fulleslo, John Trethenel, John Sturjoun, John Mar, Robert Sherwynd, John Bokkeyate and others drove away 4 horses, 12 oxen, 16 cows and 300 sheep of his, worth £40 at Legham, Haccombe and Hoo, co. Devon, carried away other of his goods and assaulted his men and servants, whereby he lost their service for a great time.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 583
1 Jun 1350 Commission of oyer and terminer to Bartholomew de Burgherssh, Guy de Brian, Richard de Wylughby, Richard de Kelleshull, John de Wyngfeld, Robert de Thorpe and John de Pelham, on complaint by Thomas, bishop of Ely, that whereas the king lately took him and his into his special protection, and he by royal charters, confirmed by the present king, ought to have return of writs and execution of these within his liberty of the Isle of Ely, and the sheriff of Cambridge made return of a writ of judgement under the testimony of John de Stonore, chief justice of the Bench, to take John son of Reginald de Wilton and others, contained in the writ directed to him to the bishop's bailiffs of that liberty for execution thereof to be made, and the same bailiffs accordingly attached the said John son of Reginald at Wysbech, the same John son of Reginald, [and list of others], confederate together, broke the attachment, assaulted his bailiffs in the execution of the king's mandate and his men and servants so under protection, whereby he lost their service for a great time, besieged his castle of Wysbech and what is worse daily threaten the constable of that castle and his other ministers and servants within the said liberty with loss of life and mutilation of their limbs, so that these are unable to make stay there without a great multitude of armed men, and dare not go out from the castle to execute the king's mandates or keep the peace within the liberty; also that they in many ways prevent the constable, bailiffs and ministers from levying farms, toll and other profits pertaining to him there and holding his courts.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 532
12 Jun 1350 Commission of oyer and terminer to Bartholomew de Burgherssh, Guy de Bryan, Richard de Wylughby, Richard de Kelleshull, John de Wyngefeld, Robert de Thorpe and John de Pelham, touching an indictment found by inquisition taken by the sheriff of the county of Cambridge, now sent for their inspection under the half seal, against [list of people] of trespasses and rebellions against the king and his ministers in that county, for which they are not yet brought to justice.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1350-54 page 285
3 May 1352 Substitution, for causes propounded before the council, of Guy Brian and Gilbert Chasteleyn for John de Grey of Retherfeld and John Golafre in the late commission of oyer and terminer to them and William de Shareshull, John de Stouford, Richard de Birton, Thomas de Langele, John de Alveton, Edmund Malyns and John de Herdewyk, in the county of Oxford, touching trespasses contrary to the form of the ordinances of workmen, artificers and servants made at Westminster by the king and council.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 68
20 May 1354 Commission of oyer and terminer to William de Shareshull, Richard de Wylughby, John Laundels and Robert Wyghthill, on complaint by Guy de Bryene, ' chivaler,' that Robert Bracy, 'chivaler,' Thomas Newenton, John Oge of Wenlond, Adam Moyses, Adam Tippare, John Tippare and others, entered his free chace at Malvern, co. Worcester, hunted therein and took and carried away deer therefrom.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 449
18 Jul 1356 The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to Thomas de Bradestan, Simon Basset, William de Chiltenham, Thomas de Sloghtre and John de Lassels, in the county of Gloucester, touching the following trespasses; whereas the king lately appointed Guy de Brien to arrest John Gayner of Aylberton and Thomas, his brother, for trespasses in the king's forest of Dene, and the said Guy, warden of the said forest, would have arrested them at Lydeneye by Walter Vaghan, constable of the castle of St. Briavels and his lieutenant in the forest, and John Billyng, the king's bailiff there, they resisted arrest and with very many others assaulted the said Walter and John and other men and servants of the king and of the said Guy of the said forest and others there and at Aylberton, Piryton and Aure, killed very many from their horses whereon they rode, and chased them as far as the forest and would not surrender to the king's peace.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 616
11 Sep 1357 The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to Guy de Briene, Roger de Beauchamp, William de Shareshull and Robert de Wyghthull, on complaint by Richard de Acton, knight, that Walter Deverous, Adam le Deyer, Thomas le Tournour, John Cuppeheye, ' cossour’, John le Bruere, Thomas Hobel, Peter Vocle, Thomas Vocle, Robert Seintcler, Philip Hamelyn, Richard Bruere, bailiff of Swelle, Thomas Badecok, Simon Michel, Matthew Michel, Geoffrey Wasoun, Henry Wasoun, Roger Gillot, Ralph ate Berue, William Testard, William Barel, Roger Barel, John Cole, John Hugyn, John Hanam, Thomas de Lye, Peter Aubury, John de Hydon, Richard de Hidon, Walter Iveray, John Hastynges, Simon Grange, Richard Joye, the younger, William Sholle, ' provost,' John Strode, Thomas Strode, William Gardyner and others, broke his park at Aily, co. Somerset, hunted therein, took and carried away great part of the deer there, and chased the residue from the park, and killed a steer, a foal, 4 oxen and 2 cows of his there, worth 10 marks.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 150
2 Aug 1358 The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to Guy de Bryane, William de Shareshull, William de Chiltenham and Robert de Wyghthull, on complaint by Thomas de Hunderhulle that Robert de la Grene, Walter de la Grene and others, at Trinleye, co. Gloucester, broke his house, carried away his goods and assaulted his men and servants.
The like on complaint by Thomas de Underhulle and Clemence, his wife, that the said Robert and Walter with others assaulted the latter at Cors, co. Gloucester.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 285, 517
1359-60 The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to Guy de Bryen, steward of the household, John de Trillowe, W illiam de Catesby, William Croyser and John de Knyghton, touching oppressions by the king's ministers by colour of their offices, as well as by other felons and evildoers in divers parts of the realm.
[The second entry has different people, but still including Guy de Brien, and makes clear that the commission covers all counties of the realm]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 582
&
1361-64 page 70
18 Feb 1361
&
30 May 1361
Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Bryan, steward of the household, William de Notton, Simon de Cudyngton and Nicholas de Carreu, touching an appeal which Gilbert Chetmete of Bedington, king's approver detained in the Marshalsea of the household, brings as well before the coroners of the household as before the coroners of the county of Surrey, against John Costantyn the younger, John Thorpe,'bocher’, and Thomas atte Court, of the death of Isabel atte Lanehend of Cressalton, killed at Cressalton.
[The later entry gives the commission to William de Notton, Simon de Cudyngton and Nicholas de Carreu. It states that when the case was first heard] the said John, John and Thomas ... pleaded not guilty and obtained the right to defend them selves against the approver by their hands and challenged him to a duel and although on a duel made between him and John Thorpe it was found by the confession of the approver that the appeals were false, whereby he was adjudged to be hanged, they, nevertheless, because the approver when he made the appeals appealed them likewise of carrying away with him goods of the said Isabel and because in the king's commission to them of determining the appeal of the said death there was no mention of the carrying away of the goods, have not yet been able to proceed to the deliverance of the said appealed.
 
 Close Rolls [f]
1360-64 page 285
2 Sep
1361
To William Yonge. Order not to intermeddle henceforward, with the other lieges herein named, in the execution of the king's commission appointing him and Guy Bryene, Gilbert Talbot, Maurice de Bercle, Simon Tracy, Wilham Basset, John Serjaunt the younger and John Hathewy constable guardians of the peace and justices of oyer and terminer in Gloucestershire; as for sure causes laid before him the king has thought fit to remove the said William from the said offices.
The like to the following: Thomas de Berkele, Richard Talbot of Goderichcastel, Guy de Brian, Thomas de Bradestan, Roger Hillary, Thomas de Berkele of Coberle, Hugh de Aston, William de Chiltenham and John Sergeant, in the county of Gloucester.
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 281
10 Jun 1362 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Bryene, Gilbert Talbot, Maurice de Berkele, Simon Basset, Thomas Moigne, John Tracy, William de Chiltenham, Robert Palet and John Serjaunt, touching forestalleries and regrateries in the county of Gloucester.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 369
8 May 1363 Commission of oyer and terminer to John de Mountagu, ' chivaler,' John Moubray, Edmund Chelreyand John Ferrers,' chivaler’, on complaint by Guy Bryene that John, abbot of Torre, and George de Grymeston, William de Norton and Geoffrey Baroun, his fellow-canons, Walter Smyth, chaplain, Robert Hirlond, chaplain, John Busshel, William Cras, William Henry of Dertemouth, Walter Cordon, John Wheton of Dertemouth, Thomas Knolle, John Knolle,William Orchet, John Clerk of Chedelyngton and others, took away a ship of his, worth £500 at Clifton Dertemuth, co. Devon, and carried away his goods there.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 448
1 Nov 1363 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy Brian, Robert Fitz Payn, John Brunyng and Roger Manyngford, touching all felonies, trespasses extortions, maintenances of quarrels, grievances and falsities done in the counties of Wilts and Dorset by Robert Hadham, John ate Wode, 'parker', and Robert atte Wode, 'renger'.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1364-67 page 148
15 May 1365 Commission of oyer and terminer to Hugh de Courtenay, earl of Devon, Guy de Bryene, John de Moubray and Henry Percehay, on complaint by Roger Plente that, whereas the king by letters patent lately appointed him to make the scrutiny of gold and silver and other things to be taken without the realm, in the county of Devon Henry Par, Henry Austyn, chaplain, Richard Austyn, Geoffrey Brace and others, to prevent his executing the office, assaulted him at Sidemuthe, uttering such threats that he has not dared and dares not to be intendant about the office.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1364-67 page 201
12 Jun 1365 Commission of oyer and terminer to Henry Grene, John atte Lee and Nicholas de Carreu, in the counties of Somerset, Dorset and Wilts, touching all wards, reliefs, escheats, lands and other profits pertaining to the king and concealed from him; and all treasons, felonies, trespasses, conspiracies, confederacies, extortions, oppressions, champerties, ambidextries, forestalleries, regrateries, falsities, damages and excesses.
And, on 26 August, Guy de Brian, Walter de Haywode and William Tauk are associated in the foregoing commission.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 422
10 Feb 1370 [Addition of Guy de Brian to the list of commissioners of the peace, of oyer and terminer, and of array, for Dorset, Devon, Gloucester and Cornwall]  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 482
12 May 1374 Commission of oyer and terminer to William, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Bryen, Robert Fitz Payn, Walter de Perle and Walter de Clopton, on information that certain evildoers entered the abbey of Tarente, founded and endowed by Eleanor, sometime queen of England, and the manors of Wodeyate, Hampford, Notford, Bire, Hyde, Hone, Wynterbourn, Stodlond, Cherleton, Manyngton, Stoure Payn, Gussich All Saints and Gussich St. Andrews, co. Dorset, pertaining to the abbey, with the assent of the abbess, as is said, burned divers houses in the abbey and manors, sold divers goods of the abbey, many persons supposing they had authority so to do, and applied the proceeds to their own use, broke a chest in the abbey containing the common seal of the abbey under divers locks, sealed divers deeds and writings forged by them to the disherison of the abbey, took away 6 horses, 8 foals, 20 oxen, 20 cows, 20 bullocks, 6 heifers, 1000 sheep and 200 swine, worth £1000, from the abbey and manors, felled trees and underwood there and took them away with other goods, prevented certain clerks and religious, sent by the superiors of the abbey to visit and correct the abbey and abbess, from doing their office according to the rule of the order, assaulted Maud de Crukern, nun of the abbey, and Robert Maskell, chaplain ministering divine service there, when they resisted and upbraided them, perpetrating so many and so great injuries, trespasses and misdeeds by night and day that the nuns fled from the abbey and dare not stay there to exercise divine offices, so that divine worship is withdrawn, the estates and possessions of the abbey are wasted and those lately dwelling under a rule of unity are dispersed.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 483
2 Jun 1374 Commission of oyer and terminer to William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Bryan, Walter de Clopton and William Filliol, on information that, whereas the king lately appointed John de la Hale, ' chivaler,' and others to make inquisition touching those who intruded themselves upon the king's possession into a messuage in Corf late of John Hayte which John Elmrugge, constable of Corf castle, took into the king's hand for certain causes, and the said commissioners sent one John Shoil to Corf to do certain matters affecting the said appointment, certain evildoers assaulted him, and also John Elmrugge and Gilbert Martyn who came to his rescue, and laid such strait ambush for John Elmrugge that he dared not come to the castle until brought thither by a posse of the country.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 485
15 Jun 1374 Commission of oyer and terminer to William de Monte Acuto, earl of Salisbury, Guy de Bryan, Walter de Clopton, and William Filiol touching those who killed John Maheu and Thomas Skynner of Corf at Corf, and those who rescued John Shoyl, whom John Canoun, mayor of Corf, and John Loter, bailiff of that town, would have attached to answer Richard Cok touching a trespass, led him away lest he should be brought to justice over the trespass, and assaulted the said mayor, bailiff and Richard, and William Lenard and others who came to the aid of the mayor and bailiff.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 486
6 Jul 1374 Commission of oyer and terminer to Philip de Courtenay, admiral of the fleet of ships from the mouth of the water of Thames towards the west, William de Nevyll, admiral of the fleet of ships towards the north, Guy de Bryan and Ralph de Ferrers touching those who burned at sea a taret of certain men of Cateloign of the king's amity, laden with divers goods and merchandise, as has been shewn to the king and council by complaint of the said men of Cateloign, brought the goods and merchandise within the realm and perpetrated other mischiefs; the inquisition to be taken in the county of Southampton and other counties. Guy de Bryan's term as admiral of the west has ended by this date
 Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 327 & 408
20 Jul 1376 The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to Guy de Brian, Robert Bealknap, Robert Fitz Payn, Hugh Tyrel, Henry de Percehay, William de Lucy and Walter de Clopton, on complaint by Robert Knolles that, whereas he freighted a ship called la Welfare of Dertmuth in the port of Plymmouthe with goods for London, and on the voyage the ship was driven by the violence of the sea to Kymerych in Purbik, co. Dorset, Thomas Coupe, William Colle of Luton, William Bouche and others entered the ship at Kymerych, carried away the goods and assaulted his men and servants.
[The later entry, dated 5 September 1376, is identical but has a much longer list of those accused]
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 328 & 333
6 Jul 1376 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Brien, John de Mountagu, Robert Bealknap, Hugh de Segrave, Henry Percehay and Walter de Clopton, touching a complaint by the magnates and commonalty of the county of Devon in the present Parliament that the stannary men and the officers, bailiffs and ministers of the stannary in the said county, perverting the liberties granted to them by a charter of Edward I, and many others asserting that they are stannary men when they are not, by conspiracy among them, daily commit many extortions, oppressions, falsities, deceptions, champerties, ambidextries, maintenances, trespasses, damages, grievances and excesses against the king's subjects in that county; saving always to the stannary men their liberties and privileges.
Commission to the same to inform themselves by inquisition and by view of the books, evidences and memoranda of the stannary, if the stannary men will shew them, what liberties and privileges have been allowed to the stannary men by pretext of the charter aforesaid and what uses and customs they have.

[The later entry, dated 12 August 1376, replaces Guy de Brien and three others on this commission, 'for causes laid before the king and council']
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 467
14 Feb 1380 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Bryene, knight, Henry Percehay, knight, William Cogan, knight, John Prydiax, knight, John Daumarle, knight, and Walter Clopton, on complaint by Edward de Courtenay earl of Devon, that [list of people] entered his free chace at Okhmpton, co. Devon, broke his park there, hunted and took deer, and assaulted his servants.  
 Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 567 & 570
14 Jul 1380 Commission of oyer and terminer to James Dadele, Guy de Bryen, Peter Courtenay, Robert Bealknap, Henry Percehay, Walter de Clopton, John Bluet and Walter Bluet, on complaint by William Cammel, master of the hospital of St John Baptist, Bruggewater, and parson of the church of Bruggewater, that [list of people] broke his close and houses at Bruggewater, co. Somerset, and the doors and windows of the church, at night besieged himself and the brethren in the hospital, took away his goods and certain papal bulls touching the appropriation of the vicarage, closed and fastened the said doors and windows and held them, preventing the ministers and parishioners from entering to celebrate divine service, assaulted his servants, and prevented them by threats and snares on land and water from entering the hospital.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 569
15 Jul 1380 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Brian, Peter Courtenay, Henry Percehay, William Bonevyll, Walter Clopton and William Cogayn on complaint by John Doget of Mountagu, that Francis, prior of Mountagu [and others] assaulted him at Mountagu, co. Somerset, took away his goods, and so threatened him that he feared to go about his business.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 569
24 Oct 1380 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Briene, knight, Robert Bealknap, William Bonevill, Walter de Clopton, John Cary warden of the stannary in the county of Devon, William Cary and John Hulle, on complaint by Thomas Cryde, king’s serjeant-at-arms, that [list of names] broke his arrest of them for breach of the peace on the highway at Chaggeford, co. Devon, wounded him with arrows, carried away his goods at Dogmerssh, assaulted John Smyth his bailiff, of the manor of Chaggeford, in his hands by the demise of William de Brightley, by reason of the minority of the heir of Gilbert de Wilbury, there and at la Sele, and kept him under arrest with horse and saddle, until the complainant made a fine of 40s., so threatened his bailiff and servants that they left him, and assaulted those at Dogmerssh.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 22
28 May 1381 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Briene, John Beauchamp of Lillesdon, William Bonevyle, Walter Clopton and William Cary, touching divers felonies in the county of Somerset, for which Hugh Lavenham has been indicted before them and the bailiffs of Yevelchestre.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 199
12 Nov 1382 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Briene, Robert de Assheton, constable of Dover castle, Philip de Courtenay, Hugh de Calvyle and John Devereux, on an appeal by Michael Croude of Dertemuth from the judgment in a suit brought against him before John de Roches, admiral of the fleet in the West, by John Mantell of Barnestaple, touching a debt of £52.
The like to Guy de Briene, Philip de Courteney and Robert de Assheton, on an appeal by William Tomere from the judgment in a suit brought against him before the said John Bodies by William Taillour of Donsterre, touching a debt of £10 12s.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 202
15 Nov 1382 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Briene, John de Cobham, Hugh de Calvyle, Master John Shepeye, dean of Lincoln, Master John Barnet, official of the court of Canterbury, Brian de Stapulton and John Harleston, touching a suit before council between John Cowe, esquire and soldier (soldarium) of Calais, and Bernard Lippe, merchant of Florence, whom he claims as his prisoner.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 201
16 Nov 1382 The like [commission of oyer and terminer] to John de Monte Acuto, steward of the household, Guy de Briene, John de Cobham, Hugh de Calveley, William de Wyndesore, Philip Courtenay, Master John Appelby, dean of St. Paul's, London, Master John Shepey, dean of Lincoln, Master John Barnet, official of the court of Canterbury, Brian de Stapelton and John Harleston, on complaint by Bernard Lepe of Florence, merchant, to whom the king granted safe conduct by letters patent dated 12 December until Midsummer then following, that when he had come to Calais on his way to England with merchandise, one Janco Dartaisse, ' naverner,' seized him there and kept him prisoner.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 357 & 425
20 Nov 1383 Commission of oyer and terminer to Richard Lescrope and Guy de Bryan, knights, and Masters John Blanuchard and Thomas Stowe, clerks, on complaint by John Wawe, esquire, that whereas John Waldeshef, esquire, lately sued him before the constable and marshal of England as his pledge in 1,000 ' moutouns de Roy,' or £200 sterling, for the delivery from prison of Thomas Hussell, esquire, in exchange for Charles de Chastelon, prisoner of John Waldeshef, etc.
[The list of commissioners is varied on 2 April 1384]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 497
25 Jul 1384 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Briene, Robert Tresilian, James Chedesle, John Daummarle, John Martyn and John Copulston, on complaint by William Asthorp, knight, that when in his fee at Bolham and Bywode for customs and services due to him his servants William Caresford and Richard Carpentere had seized the cattle of Robert, abbot of Dunkeswyll, and according to law impounded them at Kynwordlegh, co. Devon, the said abbot and [long list of people] with others broke his pound, re-took the cattle, and assaulted his servants.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 502
28 Nov 1384 [Commission of the peace, and of oyer and terminer, to Guy de Bryene and others, for the counties of Devon and Somerset]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 169 & 255
14 Feb 1386 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Bryan and Robert Bealknapp, knights, Walter de Clopton and Roger Manyngford, on complaint by Elizabeth late the wife of Roger de Cloune that John Brounyng and Alice his wife and John their son, Thomas Wodam, Robert Gray, Peter de Coryngdon, parson of Melbury Osmund, Thomas Lacy, William Bigge, John Cook, John Kilney, John Boy, John Felippes of Stokebrugge, Robert Hulle of Melbury Osmund, Richard Orpidde, Thomas Pynnere, John Odam, Peter Fitell, John Slike, John Gilmyn, Robert Bawe of Evershit, John Ropere of Evershit, Nicholas Hobell, Peter Nappere and Richard Haiward, both of Evershit, Thomas ' Johannesservant Brounyng' with others entered her manors of Melbury Osmund and Melbury Samford, co. Dorset, broke her closes and houses there, ejected her therefrom, seized and took away four horses, thirty oxen, twelve cows and twenty bullocks, value £60, felled her trees and took them with other goods and chattels, depastured her corn and grass and assaulted her servants.
For 20s. paid in the hanaper.

[Repeated 8 July 1386]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 135 
26 Jul 1389 Commission of oyer and terminer to Guy de Briene, Peter de Courtenay, Walter Clopton, Robert Fitz Payn and John Moigne in respect of arsons and extortions committed in Dorset and Somerset.  

Religious bequests

# Document Date Text Notes
  Patent Rolls [g]
1343-45 page 365
25 Oct 1344 Licence for the alienation in mortmain by William Smale of Dertemuth of a messuage in Suthton Dertemuth and 50s or rent in Clyfton Dertemuth, to a chaplain to celebrate divine service daily in the chapel of St Mary of St Petrox, Clyfron Dertemuth, or elsewhere as the said Wiliam shall ordain, for the good estate of Guy son of Guy de Bryan, knight, the said William and Joan, his wife, John Cotte and Constance, his wife, and Joan Bele, for their souls when they are dead, and for the souls of their ancestors and heirs. By fine of 100s.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1348-50 page 403
27 Sep 1349 Licence, for a fine made by William Smale of Dertemuth, for the alienation in mortmain by him to the abbot and convent of Torre of a messuage and 50s. of rent in Clifton Dertemuth, to find a chaplain to celebrate divine service in a chapel to be built in honour of St. Mary in the messuage, for the good estate of Guy son of Guy de Briane, knight, the said William and Joan his wife, John Cotte and Constance his wife, and Joan Bele, for their souls when they are dead and for the souls of their ancestors and heirs, as the said William shall ordain.
Renewed for 40s. because at another time he paid 100s. And the 40s. have been paid in the hanaper
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1361-64 page 94
&
1364-67 page 246
&
1367-70 page 18
1361-7 [Two licences allowing Richard de Acton, knight, to alienate property in Bristol, Wells, and Barwegorney, in mortmain, to the abbey of Tewkesbury and the convent of Munechenbarwe, to fund chaplains to celbrate divine services for the benefit of the souls of Richard and Guy de Brian, plus a similar licence to Guy to donate property in Tewkesbury to the abbey there]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 299 & 322
26 Jun 1369, 29 Aug 1369 Licence for Guy de Briene to found at Slapton, co. Devon, a chantry of four chaplains to celebrate divine service daily in the chapel of St. Mary within his manor of Slapton as he shall ordain; and to assign to them in mortmain £10 yearly of land and rent, not held in chief, and the advowson of the church of the manor, which advowson is likewise not held in chief; and for the chaplains to appropriate the church.
&
Licence for Guy de Briene and Richard de Acton, knights, Henry Percehay, Martin Moulissh, clerk, John Seys, clerk, and John Ferrers of Churcheston to found at Slapton co. Devon, a chantry of four chaplains to celebrate divine service daily in the chapel of St. Mary within Guy's manor of Slapton as they shall ordain, and to assign to the chaplains in mortmain lands and rents, not held in chief , to the value of £10 yearly, and the advowson of the church of Slapton manor; licence also for the appropriation of the church by the chaplains.
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1367-70 page 415 & 470
May 1370 [Two entries dealing with a licence for Guy de Briene and Richard de Evesham, clerk, to alienate the manor of Streetleye, co. Cambridge, in mortmain, partly to the bishop of Ely, and partly to the hospital of St Bartholomew, Smithfield, London for prayers to be said for the souls of Walter de Mauny and his family.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 419
4 Mar 1374 Licence, for 6 marks paid to the king by the prioress of the White Hall, Ivelchestre, for the alienation in mortmain to the said prioress and the sisters of the house, by Guy de Briene, 'chivaler,' Robert Fitz Payn, 'chivaler,' Richard de Acton ' chivaler,' Roger Pede, parson of the church of Astynton, John Bays and Walter Laurence, of a messuage, 4 tofts, 30 acres of land and 7 acres of meadow in Ivelchestre and Sokdenys, and by William de Melburn of a messuage and 5 acres of land in Ivelchestre, all which premises are held of the king in burgage and are of the yearly value of 20s. 6d. as is found by an inquisition taken by Adam atte More, escheator in the county of Somerset, to find a torch burning daily at high mass before the high altar in their church.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 70
6 Feb 1375 Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Guy de Briene of the manor of Chilterne Vagg, co. Somerset, not held of the king, which is of the yearly value of 6 marks as is found by an inquisition taken by Adam atte More, late escheator in the said county, to four chaplains of the chantry which he had the king's licence, by letters patent dated 29 August in the king's forty-third year, to found in his manor of Slapton, co. Devon,to hold in satisfaction of 100s. of the £10 yearly of lands and rents with which he had the king's licence to endow them.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 324
12 Dec 1378 Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Guy de Briene, knight, Guy his son, and William de Briene, knights, of a messuage in Poundestok and the advowson of the church there, not held in chief, to the rector and chaplains of the chapel of St Mary within the said Guy’s manor of Slapton.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 64 
4 Nov 1381 Pardon to Guy de Briene for acquiring in fee simple the advowson of the church of Lodeswell, co. Devon, held in chief, from William la Zouche of Haryngworth and entering thereon without licence; and licence for him to grant the same in mortmain to the rector and brethren of the chapel of St. Mary, Slapton.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 573 & 1385-89 page 230
28 Apr 1385 Licence in mortmain [as prayed], upon the petition of Guy de Briene, knight, Philip Wayte, master of a chantry of St. Mary near the cathedral church of St. David's and the college thereof, that as the church of Malros is duly and lawfully appropriated to the said chantry, the king would be pleased to allow him to grant to the said master and college, in perpetuity, a yearly rent of 40 marks receivable out of his lands and tenements in Haroldeston in Boos, in case the advowson of the said church of Malros shall by him or his heirs be recovered against them or their successors.
[Repeated in the next volume]
 
 Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 113
2 Feb 1386 Licence for the alienation in mortmain by Guy de Briene of a messuage, a carucate and hall an acre of land and 6s. of rent in Norton, Werledon, Tasselond, Fenne and Slapton, co. Devon, not held in chief, and of the yearly value of 20s. 6d., as found by inquisition of John de Aston, escheator, to four chaplains to celebrate divine service daily in the chapel of St. Mary within the said Guy's manor of Slapton, in part satisfaction, viz. 60s. of lands and rents to the value of £10 yearly, which he and certain others had licence, dated 29 August, 43 Edward III, to alienate in mortmain for the purpose of founding the said chantry.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 462 & 478
10 Jul 1388 Inspeximus and confirmation to the minister and brethren of the house of the order of the Holy Trinity, Hundeslowe, of letters patent doted 17 March, 46 Edward III, being a licence for the alienation to them by Guy Bryene of the advowson of Lytleton by Certeseye for maintaining certain works of charity in their house and church. [Two duplicate entries]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 17
19 Feb 1389 lnspeximus and confirmation of letters patent dated at Rotherhithe, 29 August, 43 Edward III, being a licence for Guy de Briene and Richard de Acton, knights, Henry Percehay, Martin Moulissh, clerk, John Seys, clerk, and John Ferrers of Churcheton to found a chantry of four chaplains in the chapel of St. Mary within the said Guy's manor of Slapton, co. Devon, and to alienate in mortmain lands of the yearly value of £10 together with the advowson of the church of Slapton to the said chaplains.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1402-05 page 142
6 Feb 1403 Joan who was the wife of John Trevatthian knight, daughter and heir of Otho Bodrygan, to Walter Dnyell rector of the chantry or college of St Mary Slapton, the priests and clerks thereof and to their successors. Quitclaim with warranty of a messuage in Poundestoke and the advowson of Poundestoke church, which by fine levied in the king’s court Otho her father gave to Guy de Bryene knight, William de Bryene knight his son and others, and to the said Guy’s heirs, and after the said Guy’s death, at the petition of the said William patron thereof, by authority of pope Boniface IX, with consent of the late king, the said church was appropriated to the said rector, priests and clerks, and they obtained possession of the same.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1408-13 page 17
10 Jun 1412 Licence to Robert and Elizabeth Lovell to grant in mortmain the advowson of the parish church of Lodeswill to the rector, chaplains and clerks of the college or chantry of St. Mary, Slapton, known as the chantry of Guy de Bryene the elder, for divine services to pray for Robert and Elizabeth, and to provide for distributions to the poor]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1436-41 page 500
12 Aug 1441 Licence for the alienation in mortmain by William Neweton, John Cheverell, Peter Derman, clerk, William Combe and William Ketill to Benedict Brent, rector of the college or chantry of St. Mary of Slapton called the chantry of Guy de Briene the elder, and to the chaplains and clerks, his fellows, of 3 acres of land in Tallagharn, alias Laugham in Wales and the advowson of the church of Tallagharn, held of the king as of the principality of Wales, to celebrate daily in the said chantry divine service as above.  

Miscellaneous

# Document Date Text Notes
  Patent Rolls [g]
1354-58 page 535
10 May 1357 Guy de Brien and Elizabeth, his wife, staying in England, have letters nominating John de Pembroke and Thomas Unnak as their attorneys in Ireland for two years.
John Gogh, clerk, received the attorneys.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1358-61 page 582
30 Jan 1361 Commission to the said Guy [i.e. Guy de Bryan], William de Thorpe, Adam Fraunceys, John Malewayn and Adam de Bury, reciting that, whereas it has been agreed between the king and John, king of France, that payment of his ransom shall be made in florins with the shield, whereof two shall be of the value of one florin of ‘noble' of English money, and in every payment of the ransom made by those of France until now the men of France have made great challenge and debate as well in the alloy as in the weight of the king's money, asserting that there is more alloy therein than there ought to be according to the covenant made between the king and the masters of the mint, the king has appointed them to make assay of all money struck in the Tower of London and elsewhere within the king's realm and power.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1364-67 page 444
16 Jun 1367 Commission to Guy de Brian, Ralph Spigurnel, the king's admiral, and William Tauk to make inquisition in the county of Dorset touching the complaint of the king's burgesses of Melcombe that, whereas a moiety of the water of Weye, running between their town on the north and Weymouth on the south, from the thread in the middle of the water, and the soil beneath it, pertain to the king and his crown from the thread thereof as far as the said town, and ships, crayers and boats have come to the said town and put in there freely and without impediment time out of mind, and paid dock-dues [cullagium] and customs on their goods, until they were of late hindered by the men of Weymouth, tenants of Lionel, duke of Clarence, the king's son, the said tenants now claim all the said water and all the soil beneath it, and also all the port of the said water between the two towns, permit no ships, crayers or boats to put in within the lordship of Melcombe, and attract to themselves all the profit which would pertain to the king if the said ships put in to his said lordship.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1370-74 page 92
25 May 1371 Grant, at the supplication of the king's councillor, Guy de Briene, and for long service rendered by him, to Master John de Briene, his brother, prebendary of the prebend of Lusk in the church of Dublin, who, by pretext of the late ordinance by the king and his great council for the defence and safety of Ireland, has been hindered from having, or bringing to England, the fruits, profits and revenues of the said prebend, that he may henceforth have such fruits and bring them to England or Wales and dispose of them at his pleasure, notwithstanding the said ordinance and his absence from Ireland.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1374-77 page 108
8 Jun 1375 Master John Bryene, clerk, staying in England, has letters nominating John Lowemylle as his attorney in Ireland for two years.
Guy de Briene received the attorney by writ.
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1377-81 page 352
12 Jun 1379 Licence to Guy de Bryene to pass, whenever he will, to parts beyond season a pilgrimage to St Nicholas of Bari.  
  Close Rolls [f]
1377-81 pages 298, 361
March
1380
[Two entries relating to Thomas, son and heir of Edward le Despenser, and the manor of Burford in Oxfordshire. Guy de Brien and Richard earl of Arundell have promised to deliver a certain serf, William Hikeboy, to Thomas when he reaches his majority] Very unclear why one serf should be so important!
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 135 & 1385-89 page 384
1 Jun 1382 The like [commission de walliis, fossatis, etc.] in the places named: James de Audeley of Heley, Guy de Briene, William Cogan, John Trevet, John Rodeneye and John de la Mare, knights, John Cary, William Cary, John Tomere and John Barre, in the county of Somerset.
[Repeated with some different names on 28 June 1387]
 
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 259
3 Mar 1383 Commission to Guy de Bryen, Thomas de Hungerford, John de la Mare, knights, and Walter Clopton, as John Clyvedon, knight, Mathew Clyvedon and Henry Percehay, who, on petition to Parliament in the late reign by the commons of Somerset and Wilts alleging that the river Avene between Bath and Bristol was so obstructed by weirs and stakes that the adjacent lands were flooded and boats could not pass, were appointed by the late king, have done nothing, to survey the same, and to compel the removal of the said obstructions, and punish delinquents.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1381-85 page 511
15 Dec 1384 [Exemplification at the request of the abbot of Glastonbury of a record made by justices de walliis including Guy de Briene, of an investigation into the state of a number of watercourses in Somerset. A response by the abbot]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1385-89 page 107
4 Feb 1386 [Exemplification of the record of a perambulation carried out in 1367 between Taunton and Cheristaunton, at the order of a number of people including Guy de Bryane. This very long entry gives an exquisitely detailed description (e.g. "straight between an oak and a hollybush to a withered oak at the eastern head of the mere ...") of the border between Somerset and Devon westward from Buckland St Mary]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 450
27 Sep 1387 [Guarantee of good behaviour between Ivo Fitz Waryn and the bishop of Salisbury; Guy de Briene acts as one of the guarantors for the bishop]  
  Close Rolls [f]
1385-89 page 635 
22 Jan 1389 [Variation of an order originally to Nicholas de Audeley, Guy de Bryen and others to make inquisition into the poor state of sea walls on the Somerset coast]  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1389-92 page 303
Sep 1390 Two entries, granting pardons to William de Briene, knight, and John Fort of Lanstephan, "indicted for scaling the walls of the castle of Tallagharn on Monday after the feast of St. Patrick, 12 Richard II, breaking a chest of Guy de Brien, knight, and taking £25 his gold and silver"  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1392-96 page 400
27 Jan 1394 The like pardon [of outlawry; he having now surrendered to the Flete prison, as is certified by Robert de Cherlton, chief justice] to the following: John Denebawede, for not appearing to render £20 to Robert Fitz Payn, John Chaundos and John Deverose knights, and Alice de Briene, Walter Trote, clerk, and Richard Micheldevere, executors of the will of Guy de Briene, knight.  
  Patent Rolls [g]
1396-99 page 296
3 Jul 1397 The like [i.e. pardon] to the following:
William Gullying of Devon, clerk, for not appearing to render £10 to John Chaundos, knight, Alice de Bryene, Walter Trote and Richard Mucheldevere, executors of the will of Guy Briene, knight, the elder.
 
  Inquisitions post mortem [i]
Vol 18 page 340
6 Feb 1403 Proof of age entry for Robert Ponynges. Two people remember riding from Okeford Fitzpayne to Woodsford to tell Guy de Briene, senior, knight, who was a kinsman of Isabel, Robert’s mother, of the birth. Two others remember that Guy de Briene, junior, knight, rode to Okeford, and was godfather