BETTE, Thomas, of Winchelsea, Suss.
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m. bef. Easter 1403, Petronilla.
During the last decade of the 14th century Bette was engaged in importing wine into Winchelsea. In 1399, when certain unspecified allegations were made against him to Sir William Fiennes, the sheriff of Surrey and Sussex, the town authorities paid someone to ride over to speak to Fiennes on his behalf. He established a business association with John Helde*, with whom in 1402 he was prosecuting John Sly of Sarre, their former receiver, to compel him to render account. Bette’s wife, Petronilla, had a reversionary interest in certain lands at Lydd, Broomhill and Icklesham, which Agnes, wife of John Salerne I* of Iden was holding for her lifetime; however, in 1403 the Bettes relinquished these to Salerne’s son-in-law Richard Brenchesle, and kinsman, John Salerne II*.
E122/33/25, 30, 33; Add. Ch. 16432; CPR, 1401-5, p. 145; CP25(1)290/60/66.