MARYOT, John, of Lewes, Suss.
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Pesager of wool, Chichester and Lewes 25 Aug. 1389-26 Mar. 1392.
Probably as an adherent of Richard, earl of Arundel, the lord of Lewes, Maryot joined the forces which, in November 1387, the three original Lords Appellant assembled at Harringay, Middlesex. However, it was not until after the Appellants had relinquished control of the government that he secured royal office as pesager in west Sussex. Following the condemnation of the earl of Arundel as a traitor, at the beginning of Maryot’s second Parliament, in September 1397, he thought it wise to procure a pardon from Richard II with specific reference to his earlier attachment to the Appellants. This he did in May 1398. Meanwhile, in the previous October, during the parliamentary recess, he had served at Lewes on a jury required to testify about the forfeited possessions of Sir Thomas Mortimer, whom the Commons had impeached of treason.1
For nearly 20 years from 1398 Maryot acted as a feoffee of property in Lewes on behalf of William Hore. In February 1412 he and a London coppersmith received at Lewes a deed of gift of all the goods of William Pynde, glazier of London. He himself had for many years traded in wool, and it was perhaps in order to escape prosecution for debts incurred in the course of such dealings that he procured royal letters of protection on the pretext of joining the garrison at Calais under Henry, prince of Wales, only for these to be revoked in February 1413 when he was found to be still at home. While attending Henry’s first Parliament as King, in May following he was bound over to keep the peace towards two London merchants and others. At the same time he stood surety on behalf of his fellow Member for Lewes, Andrew Blake, who was engaged in another suit, Blake reciprocating in like manner for him. Maryot is last recorded in 1424 as serving on a jury at Lewes.2