IVE, John I (d.1409), of New Romney, Kent.

Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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Jan. 1390

Family and Education

?s. of John Ive of Romney.1 m. bef. Jan. 1403, Margaret, ?1s.

Offices Held

Common clerk, New Romney by July 1384; jurat 25 Mar. 1397-8, 1400-1, 1404-7, 1408-d.2


From 1380 to 1385 Ive owned land in the Kentish hundreds of Newchurch and St. Martins, on which as a Portsman he claimed exemption from taxes. He stood to inherit a messuage in St. Martin’s parish, Romney, which in 1384 Joan, widow of John Huchoun, conveyed to him for her lifetime. Thereafter until his death he paid maltolts in Sharle ward.3

Ive was often employed on the business of his home town. In November 1381 he was responsible for keeping account of sums spent on the vessel which Romney equipped for Anne of Bohemia’s crossing to England for her marriage to Richard II, and it seems likely that he was already serving as common clerk. In the years 1388-90 he and Simon Clerk supervised work on the town sluice, on which they spent over £64. Ive was among those summoned to Dover in August 1398 to show cause why the Cinque Ports should not contribute with the other communities of Kent and Sussex to the fines exacted by Richard II in retribution for the local support given to the Lords Appellant ten years earlier. In 1406-7 he headed the delegation sent to Dover to seek the condemnation of Thomas Knight, whom Romney was suing in the admiralty court there by an action of account; this was ensured by spending £3 13s.2d. on gifts for counsel and friendship. In the following year he went to London with the bailiff of Romney, William Clitheroe*, to procure writs to excuse Romney’s advocants from serving on county juries.4

In 1403 Ive and his wife had made an enfeoffment of their lands in Lydd, Old Romney, Dymchurch and elsewhere in Romney Marsh, including an interest in the advowson of the chapel at Crauthorne, which last was later to come into the possession of John Adam*. Ive may have been related to Adam, for in 1405 he was associated with him as an executor of the will of Stephen Adam, John’s presumed father.5 Following Ive’s death in office as a jurat in 1409, his own executors gave the town of Romney £2 in alms, as well as providing £11 6s.8d. for the purchase of a corrody in the local hospital on behalf of Joan, daughter of John Rolf.6

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: A. P.M. Wright


  • 1. He was called John Ive ‘junior’ in 1379-80: E179/225/11.
  • 2. Kent AO, NR/JBr/4 no. 29; C47/64/10/304; Romney assmt. bk. 2, ff. 46, 61, 63, 65, 66, 68.
  • 3. Assmt. bk. 2, ff. 6-67; NR/JBr/4 no. 29; E179/225/11, 17.
  • 4. Assmt. bk. 1, f. 10, 2, ff. 12, 18, 47, 65, 66.
  • 5. CP25(1)111/260/159; Lambeth Pal. Lib. Reg. Arundel 1, f. 210.
  • 6. Assmt. bk. 2, ff. 68, 79. He was probably the father of William Ive, who paid maltolts in Sharle ward from 1405 to 1432: ibid. ff. 89-112.