GATE, John atte, of Shoreham, Suss.
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Atte Gate was trading in cloth in the hundred of Steyning (near Shoreham) in 1402. A ship he owned was involved, in 1406, as one of a fleet organized by Richard Mildenale* of Sandwich, Kent, in the capture of a number of Prussian vessels; and as a consequence he was one of those Shoreham men obliged in November that year to pay £10 by way of restitution to the merchants concerned. In March 1407 La Nicholas of Shoreham, of which atte Gate was part owner, was freighted by Richard Whittington*, the London mercer, for shipment of wool from Chichester to Calais. About the same time he and other men from Shoreham, including Simon Benefeld*, received a cargo of salt taken from a Portuguese ship seized in the Channel by men from Dartmouth and Fowey, to sell on the captors’ behalf, but their arrest was ordered on 12 Apr. on the complaint of the Portuguese merchant to whom the cargo belonged.1 This happened just a few months before atte Gate’s return to Parliament.
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: L. S. Woodger
He was presumably not the same as John Gate† (d.1408), a citizen and merchant of Chichester, who held office as pesager there from July 1380, and as constable of the staple 1406-d. CIMisc. v. 322; Suss. N. and Q. v. 164; C267/6/5-7.
- 1. E101/344/22; CCR, 1405-9, p. 178; CPR, 1405-8, pp. 305, 350; C1/16/30.