EDWARD, John, of Sandwich, Kent.
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Jurat, Sandwich Dec. 1391-2.1
Edward was perhaps related to a namesake who as lieutenant of Dover castle had held an inquest at Sandwich in 1357, and who was commissioned in 1369 to take punitive action with regard to thefts from certain Spanish ships detained in the port.2 He himself held land in the hundreds of Ringslow and Eastry, near Sandwich, for which, as a Portsman, he claimed exemption from taxation between 1373 and 1388.3 He was dead by 1395, when his relict (unnamed) was mentioned in the tax return.4
Ref Volumes: 1386-1421
Author: A. P.M. Wright
There is no evidence to identify him with another namesake who served on a number of commissions of sewers in and near Romney Marsh between 1370 and 1390. That John Edward was evidently an official on the estates of the abp. of Canterbury, for in 1381-2 he shared with others a grant of the temporalities of the see vacated by Abp. Sudbury’s murder during the Peasants’ Revolt, and was appointed to various royal commissions for the restoration of order on the archiepiscopal manors.