Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society and Field Club

(Cymdeithas efrydu Hynafiaeth a Natur yn Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Reprints from the "Carmarthenshire Antiquities" the Antiquaries Column in the "Welshman"

 

Carmarthenshire Antiquarian Society

No. 555- Oct. 29th 1915

KIDWELLY

St. Nicholas Chantry Lands

A.D. 1641

In 1641 a thorough investigation was made at Kidwelly as to the amount, rent and apportionment of the Crown lands of St. Nicholas Chantry in the parish. A dispute had arisen as to the number of persons who held lands under the Chantry, and as to who ought to pay rent to the Crown for the same. The document relating to this inquiry contains five membranes of various sizes and shapes; each membrane dealing with a certain aspect of the case, although they are not stitched together in quite methodical order.

The first membrane ( second in order ) is a certificate of the justices of Carmarthenshire in reply to the commission of the Duchy of Lancaster, and measures 15 by 11 inches.

The second membrane ( first in order ) is the Commission sent out by the Duchy of Lancaster and the reason for an inquiry about the lands, and measures 16 by 12 inches.

The third membrane are a few interrogations, administered by the justices to the witnesses, and measures 10 by 7 inches.

The fourth membrane is the inquiry held in the Town Hall at Kidwelly, and evidence of fourteen witnesses. This membrane is written on both sides in fairly close handwriting, and measures 22 by 16 inches.

The last membrane contains the apportionment of rents as decided by the justices, among ten holders of the lands, houses and walls, belonging to the Chantry; size 17 by 12 inches.

All the membranes are in good preservation, and the writing clear and distinct.

THE COMMISSION

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Charles by the grace of God, King of England Scotland and France and Ireland, defendír of the faith etc. To oír trusty and well beloved Charles Stepney Esqr., John Vaughan Jenkin (Loyde) and William Davis gent and to every of them greeting. Whereas ytt appeareth by a certificatt undír the hand of Henry Downton, gent. Deputy to Thomas Treavor Esqíer Auditor of the Duchy of Lancastír for the Southe parte that in the Chantry of St. Nicholas in Kidwelly in the com. of Carmarthen was by the late deare Sistír Queene Elizabeth of famous memory late Queene of England deceased granted in fee farme to Francis Bevan Doctor of the Civill lawe under the yearely rent of fortie five shillings who dyeing thereof seized, the same descended to Awberry Bevans, gent. his sonne and heyre who aliened and sould a greate parte of the said lands belonginge to the said Chauntry to diverse persons and yett so longe as hee lived himselfe did still pay the whole rente of fourty five shillings per anní and since his death one Phillipp Markey who married the widowe of the said Awberry Bevans was for diverse yeares allso compelled to pay the said whole rente And afterwards as yt is informed one Jeremye Cherrington that held but a small parcell of the said Chauntry lands was by distresse fourced to pay the said rent totally and for some fower yeares last past Sir Walter Maunsell Barronett now deceased who did also enjoy but parte of the said lands was likewise compelled to pay the whole rente of five and fourty shillings ffor which reason the said Phillipp Markey Jeremye Cherrington and the said Sir Walter Maunsell did humbly petition Edward Lord Newburghe Chauncellor of the said Duchy of Lancaster that a commission should yssue forth of oír said Court of Duchy to inquire and discover what landes did belong to the said Chauntry and who should and ought to pay and contribute to the paymente of the said rent whereby they might bee eased and discharged from the paymente of the said whole rente as formerly they did pay as is aforesaid which desire was held reasonable to a commission accordingly awarded ffor effectinge whereof trustinge in yoír wisdomes fidelities and circumspecons wee have assigned and appoynted you and doe hereby give unto you or any two or more of you full power and authority by vertue hereof att tyme and place times and places covenente by you to be limited and appointed to call before you by vertue hereof the said Phillipp Markey Jeremy Cherrington and Sir Frauncis Maunsell Baroít sonne and heyre of the said Sir Walter Maunsell deceased and all other persons and písons as you shall thinke meete and conveniente to inquire search try find out and discover as well by viewd oath evidence examinacon of wittnesses uppon oathe as by all and every or any other lawfull wayes or meanes whatsoever to you seeminge meete what quantitie of lands did belong to the said Chauntry of St. Nicholas in Kidwelly in the said County of Carmarthen and in whose possession the same lands now are and who hath and taken the issue and proffits thereof and who ought to pay and contribute towards the payment of the said rent and what part and porícon of the said rent every tennít and occupier of the said Chauntry land ought respectively to pay. And theruppon wee do further authorize you or any two or more of you to rate assesse apporícon and appointe what parte and porícon of the said rent every tennínt and occupier thereof shall and ought to respectively pay having respecte to the quality and quantity of the said lands which each of them respectively hols Soe that for the times which they have held the same they contribute towards the payment of the said rente of five and fortie shillings heretofore paid by the said Phillipp Markey Jeremy Cherrington and Sir Walter Maunsell as is aforesaid and that for the future the said Rente may be equally and proportionably devided and pporíconed uppon and amongst the said severall Tenníts of the said Chauntry lands soe that the said yearely rente due to us as is aforesaid may hereafter bee duely and truly paid by those that ought of right to pay and discharge the same and by none other And thereuppon of all yoír facts doinges and proceedinges therein Wee will and require you or any two or more of you by the writinge inclosed under yoír seales with these oír Críte and all Interrí examinaícons and deposiícons hereby taken faire ingrossed into parchment to certifie oír chauncellor and Council of Duchy of Lancastír in oír Duchy Chamber att oír Pallce of Westmí in Croí aiase next cominge or sooner if you may conveniently Nott fayleing hereof as wee trust you, geoven att oír said Pallace of Westmí undír the seale of oír said Duchy of Lancaster the Second day of June in the seaventeenth yeare of oír Raigne.

INTERROGATORIES

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Interrogatories ministered by Sr Frances Mansell Barronett and of the Chantry lands of Saint Nicholas of Kydwelly in the Countie of Carmarthen.

Doe you know any lands wíthin the Towne of Kidwelly or wíthin the píish of Kydwelly or else where wíh doth belonge, or is píte or pícell of the Chantry of St. Nicholas of Kidwelly, what be the píticular pícells, in whose occupaícon what quantity is every pícell, and what is it worth by the yeare. What lands have you hard by, Report or other wise to be Chantry landes, Declare your knowledge at lardge by the oath you have taken.

THE CERTIFICATE

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Right Honíble

According to our bounden dutie and Tenor of his Maíts comission heerin inclosed Directed Charles Stepney Esquier John Vaughan gent; and to us whose names are subscribed for the examininge of witnesses or by any other waies or means to try and find out the Chantry lands of St. Nicholas of Kydwelly we have mett at the Towne hall of the Towne of Kidwelly in the County of Carmíthen uppon the sixt Day of this instant October And have called before us and sworne and examined fowrteene Witnesses in that matter uppon such Interrog as Sr Francis Mansell, Barrí Jerom Cherinton two of the pílies greeved in this comission named, did exhibit and gave laid Downe their Depoícons in Writtinge, And gave rated assessed and proportioned the Rent of the said lands in future accordinge to the said Witnesses evidence, And in Regard we hadd noe proffe what portions or sumes the said Sr Walter Mansell his lief time and Jerom Cherinton hath payed of the said Rent due uppon the said Chantry heretofore. Wee have not apportioned nor ordered the same betweene the said Tenants and landhoulders, but are ready at your further comíand to effect the same Wíth Deposiícons and the said Interrí wíth the said tres of Comission our said Assements and all other our Doeings therein; closed in this our Certificate, we send unto your Laíppe for further therein to be Donne, as to your grane Wisdome shall seeme Convenient. And soe we humbly take our leave and remaine, Dated at Kidwelly the sixt day of October Anío Regím Dui míi Caroli Dei grací Anglie, etc., Decimo Septimo, 1641.

At your Loíps further Command

Jenkin Loyde,

Will. Davis

 

THE EXAMINATION

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(Front side)

The saieings and deposiícons of Witnesses taken the six day of October in the seaventeenth yeare of the Rayne of our Soveraigne Lord Charles by the grace of God Kinge of England, Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the faith etc. Before Jenkin Loyd William Davis gent by virtue of his maíts Commission from his highness Court of the Duchie of Lancaster, for the examinícon of Wittnesses concerninge the Chantry lands of St. Nicholas in Kydwelly and for the Ďpportionage of the Rente thereof accordinge to the quantitie and qualitie of the said lands.

DAVID MANSELL of the Towne of Kidwelly in the county of Carmarthen, yeoman, aged sixty yeares or there abouts, sworen and examined saith That Sr Walter Mansell of Mudlescombe in the Countie of Carmarthen Barronett did in his lief time, hould one pícell of Chantry lands being in Pengwerne, arrable and meadow, betweene the lands late of the said Sr Walter Mansell on the East and North pítes, the lands of Hugh ap Hugh on the West píte, and the March, beinge Commons above the bridge called Spowder bridge on the south píte containeing (blank) acres or there abouts. Item he said that he knoweth one messuage being house and gardaine in Causey stret in the Towne of Kydwelly and two pícells of lands in West hill containeing in this Deponents estimaícon Fowre Kyvers or thereabouts, whiche Messuage and lands are taken and reputed to be the chantery lands and were late in the tenure and land of John Griffith of Carmarthen Deceased and now in the said occupaícon and possíon of Nicholas Pownsard; Item he saith that he knoweth one pícell of arrable lands at a place called the sanctuary wíthin the Towne of Kidwelly containeinge by estimaícon Fowre kyvers or there abouts, and an house uppon the same wherein late dwelled Joan John Rowe and is reputed and taken to be píte and pícell of the said chantry lands and now in the hands and occupaícon of Nicholas Rowe; Item he saith that he knoweth one pícell of lands late in the hands of Nicholas France lyeing at a place called Burchy lands Wíthin the said Towne of Kidwelly containeing by estimaícon Three kyvers, or thereabouts, and now the lands of Jenkin Loyd, gent., as tenant to Sr Francis Mansell Barronett, wích pícell is reputed to be Chantry lands. Item this Deponent saith That he knoweth that Maurice Dyer in his lief time held two pícells of landes called Broome hill wíthin the said Towne of Kidwelly as Tenant to Sr Francis Mansell, Barronett, and Sr Walter Mansell Barronett for the space of Forty yeares and more containeing by estimaícon xiiij kyvers or there aboutes; Item he saith that he knoweth one pícell of Arable lands at a place called Almanredin containeing by estimaícon three kyvers or there abouts, neere to a place called the Verem now in the hands of William Thomas Walter as Tenant to Sr Francis Mansell and is taken to be píte of the said Chantery lands; Item he saith that he knoweth one pícell of lands wíthin the Towne of Kidwelly called and knowen by the name of Kingsland, containeing by estimaícon six kyvers or there abouts, late in the hands and posíion of Awbrey Bevans and now in the the hands & occupaícon of Robert Dyer as Tenant to Phillip Marky gent. but whether the same be Chantry this Deponent knoweth not; Item he saith that he knoweth one pícell of arrable lands and pasture lyeing in the syde of the hill now neere the way leading from the Towne of Kidwelly towards Llarsainte, haveinge a place or pícell of land called Nicholls pitt towards the south containeing by estimaícon aboute one kyver, being late the lande of Awbrey Bevans Esquier, and now in the hands of Harry Owen Jevan, as tenant to Anthony Mansell gent., and is taken for Chantry lands; Item he saith that he knoweth one pícell of arrable landes and pasture lyeing at a place called the Husted containeing by estimaícon three kyvers; Betweene the lands there, of John Thomas on the east and north pítes, the lands late of the Priory of Kydwelly on the south, and on the way called the port way on the west, and where late the lands of Awbrey Bevans Esqr. and now in the hands of Harry Owen Jevan, as Tenant to the said Anthony Mansell and is taken to be píte of the Chantry lands. And further saith that he very well remembere, That the said Awbrey Bevans sould certaine pícells of lands, at the Husted to one Howell Thomas now Deceased, wích pícells are now in the tenure of John Thomas Griffith the said Howells brother, but the certaine quantitie of kyvers the said pícells Doe containe, this Deponít knoweth not, And that the said Awbrey Bevans sould one pícell of land to one David Collyn at the Husted aforesaid, containeinge two kyvers or there abouts, but whether these pícells are Chantry lands this Deponent knoweth not; Item he saith that he knoweth two pícells of arrable lands and pasture, the one beinge neere the barne uppon the tenement called the Parregg wíthin the píish of Kydwelly by estimaícon one kyver and an halfe or there abouts, now in the tenure of Sr Francis Mansell, Barronett the other pícell lieth in the lands late of William Thomas Lewis containeing by estimaícon neere two kyvers or there abouts both wích pícells are píts of the chantry lands now in question and are in the hands of the said Sr Francis Mansell and his under tenants; Item this Deponent saith that he knoweth one pícell of arrable lands called Parke y porth Gwyn, alias parke y Chantry lyinge wíthin the Towne of Kydwelly containeinge by estimaícon Fowre kyvers or there abouts, now in the hands of Jerom Cherington, and called and known to be chantry lands.

JOHN PHILLIP of the Towne of Kidwelly in the Countie of Carmarthen glover aged sixty yeares or there abouts sworne and examined saith that he knoweth one pícel of lands and a little house uppon píte of the same at or neere a place called Sancturry wíthin the Towne of Kydwelly in the countie of Carmarthen containeinge by estimaícon Fowre kyvers or there abouts now in the hands and occupaícon of Nicholas Rowe, which pícell is píte and pícell of arrable lands comonly called parke port gwyn, alias parke y chantry containing by estimaícon Fowre kyvers or there abouts and now in the Tenure and handes of Jerom Cherinton, wích pícell is píte and pícell of the said Chantry lands, and lyeth wíthin the said Towne of Kidwelly and two pícells of lands at a place called the West Hill containeinge by estimaícon 4 kyvers or there abouts and now in the hands of Nicholas Pownsard wích house and two pícells are píte of the Chantry lande aforesaid.

JOHN ROBERT of the Towne of Kidwelly in the countie of Carmarthen Aldermí, aged Forty yeares or thereabouts sworne and examined saith, Imprimus this Deponít saith, that he knoweth one pícell of lande called píke y Mane Lloyd containeinge by estimaícon Fowre kyvers or there abouts, heretofore the lands of Awbrey Bevans, and now in the hands of Anthony Mansell gent. situated uppon the confines of the píshes of Kydwelly and St. Ismells neere the way leadinge from the said Towne of Kydwelly towards the ferry of llanstuphan, wích pícell is reported and taken to be píte of the said Chantry lands, Item he knoweth that one close called píke y Chantry now in the hands of Jerom Cherington to be Chantry lands situated and beinge wíthin the Towne of Kydwelly containeinge by estimaícon Fyve kyvers or there abouts; Item he further saith that he knoweth one house and a gardaine to the same adjoyneinge lyeing in Causey Street, wíthin the towne of Kydwelly and one pícell of landes containeinge by estimaícon three kyvers or there abouts, and lyinge and beinge at a place called the West hill, wíthin the said Towne; both house and lands are now in the hands of Nicholas Pownsard who purchased the same from the said Awbrey Bevans, wích house and pícell of landes are reported by some to be Chantry lands by others to be Towne lands; Item he saith that the pícell of arrable lands neeere a place called the Sanctuary wíthin the Towne of Kydwelly containeinge Fowre kyvers or there abouts and now in the hands of Nicholas Rowe wích pícell is reported to be píte of the said Chantry lands; Item he saith That he hard it reported that a smale pícell of the said Chantry lands lyeth neere to a pull called St. Davis well, otherwise called fynnon ddewy wíthin the píish of Kidwelly now in the hands of Thomas Griffith.

RICHARD HERBERT of the Towne of Kydwelly in the countie of Carmíthen gent., aged lvj yeares or there abouts, sworne, and examined saith, That he hard it reported that one pícell of lands called Kingsland situated wíthin the Towne Kydwelly, and now in the handes of Robert Dyer as Tenant to Phillip Marky containeinge by estimaícon six kyvers, to be píte of the said Chantry lands.

DAVID MORRIS MORTON of the Towne of Kydwelly in the countie of Carmarthen, Aldermaí aged lx yeares or there abouts sworne and examíed saith that he had hard it credibly reported that Robert John ap howell had certaine lands in Gwenleians fiield, vizt one close called parke Maine Lloyd, containeinge by estimaícon viij kyvers, or thereabouts, now in the handes of Owen Bowen worth pí annuí xxiiijs. rent. Item one other pícell in the same field now in the handes of Nicholas David Owen as tenant to John David John, containeinge two kyvers or there abouts worth xs. p Anní; Item one pícell in the same field neere to the sanctuary in the hands of Robert Dyer as tenant to Walker Payne containeinge by estimaícon one kyver and an half worth iiijs. pí Annuí; Item two closes or píts in the same fild now in the tenure of this Deponent whereof the one containeth iiij kyvers worth viiijs. pí Annuí and the other containeth five kyvers worth xs. pí Annuí or there abouts.

JEROMY CHERINTON of the Towne of Kydwelly, in the countie of Carmarthen, gent, aged lviij yeares or there abouts sworne and examined saith, That one close called parke y porth gwyn, alias píke y Chantry is in this Deponentís hands and is píte of the Chantry lands of St. Nicholas in Kidwelly, containeinge 4 kyvers or there abouts, And further saith that he this Deponent askeinge to Awbrey Bevans why he sould that pícell of lands to Howell Thomas, beinge in quantitie as it was reported five kyvers or there abouts, lyeing at a place called the Husted worth pí anní xvs. and then the said Awbrey Bevans told this Deponent that it was Chantry lands and by selling the same, he should be Discharged and case of some charge or rent due uppon the said lands, And further saith that this Deponít bought one pícell of arrable lands neere to St. Davis Well wíthin the písh of Kidwelly containeinge one kyver and a half and at the sale thereof the said Bevans tould this Depoít that the same was Chantry lands, and this Deponít sould the same to Sr Walter Mansell Barronett, in whose hand the same is now with us worth pí annuí xviijd. And further saith that he bought a pícell of lands of the said Awbrey Bevans containeinge seven kyvers, or there abouts lyeing in the syde of the hill wíthin the said píish of Kidwelly and the said Deponent sould the same to John Robert of the said Towne of Kidwelly in whose hands the same is at this time, worth pí Anní xxs. And further saith that he this Depoít beinge in company wíth Mary Bevans widow, and Edward Lloyd, hard the said Lloyde aske the said Bevans why she sould that pícell of land lyeinge in the Husted neere the quarry to David Collin, for good cheape, she the said Mary Bevans answered that it was Chantry lands which caused her to sell it so cheape, the wích pícell containeth two kyvers or there abouts worth pí anní vs. And further saith That he hard Awbrey Bevans report that one pícell of lands lyeing neere the Port way containeing by estimaícon Fowre kyvers was and is Chantry lands the wích was sould to Anthony Mansell, gent., in whose hands the same is at present, worth of rent xs. And further saith that one close called Kingsland was heirtofore the lands of Awbrey Bevans and cam to the hands of Phillip Markby gent by intermarriage with the Relict of the said Awbrey Bevans, containe by estimaícon and by Report to be viij kyvers, And further saith an old walle and two kyvers of lands to the same walle adjoyneinge to be late the lande of Awbrey Bevans and now in the hands of Jenkin Lloyd as tenant to Edward Lloyd wích walle and lands lieth neere Sundayes Well, And further saith that he hard Awbrey Bevans who sould one pícell of lands in the Sanctuary containeinge by estimaícon five kyvers, to Richard Paine, report the same to be píte of the Chantry lands, and now in the possíon of Walter Paine, or Walter Thomas, and in the occupaícon of Nicholas Rowe their Tenant worth pí annuí xxvs. Item saith that he knoweth one old walle in Bower street and a smale pícell of lande containeinge half a kyver in the shill, heretofore the lands of Awbrey Bevans, and now in the handes of Phillip Marky or his Undertenant David Donne, Item he saith that Awbrey Bevans sould one pícell of lands in Arles containeinge one kiver and an half to one Nicholas Powsard, And that the said Awbrey had one old wale and a pícell of lands arrable and meadowe in the Arles containeinge by estimation one kyver, and more, and now in the hands of Moris Richard by lease from the said Awbrey Bevans beinge yet in force.

HARRY OWEN Jevan of the píshe of Kydwelly in the countie of Carmarthen yeomaí aged xltie yeares or there abouts sworne and examined saith, as followeth, That he knoweth one pícell of land called Kingsland and lyeth wíthin the libertie of the said Towne of Kidwelly, and was heretofore the lande of Awbrey Bevans, and the said pícell is esteemed to be six kyvers, he knoweth one other pícell lyeing wíthin the said Towne, called Nicholls Pitt, and is accounted to be two kyvers, or there abouts heereto fore the land sof the said Awbrey. And further saith that Anthony Mansell gent. bought of Mary Bevans late wief of the said Awbrey three pícells of lands beinge wíthin the libertie of the said Towne of Kidwelly of the quantitie of six kyvers, And the said Anthony bought one other pícell of lande lyeing wíthin the písh of Kidwelly containeinge by estimaícon Fowre kyvers of the said Mary Bevans and Edward Arlblaster her brother wích pícell was heertofore the landes of Awbrey Bevans Esqr., And he further saith that one pícell of the three pícells before mentioned to be bought by Anthony Mansell lyeing uppon the husted, containeth three kyvers and is now in the handes of this Deponít worth pí Annuí xs. and it is reported to be píte or pícell of the said Chantry lands, and the Deputie sheeriffe the last May destrained uppon the said pícell the goods of this Deponent for the Chantry lands.

ROBERT DYER of the Town of Kidwelly in the countie of Carmíthen Alderí aged xl tie yeares or there abouts, sworne and examined, saith That he hard it reported that the close called Mane Lloyd neere the Barslacke late in the hands of William Owen smith, and now in the hands of Richard Thomas smith, to be píte of the chantry lands of St. Nicholas of Kydwelly in this Deponents estimaícon Fower kyvers, And he hard it reported that there is a pícell of the said Chantry lands at a place called West Hill containeinge (blank) kyvers and is now in the hands of Nicholas Pownsard, Item this Deponít saith that he knoweth one pícell of Arrable lands neere a place called Sanctuary wích hath beene heeretofore in this Deponents handes, and was and is called by the name of píke y Chantry containeinge by estimaícon Five kyvers or thereabouts.

JENKIN JOHN HARRY of the Towne of Kidwelly in the countie of Carmarthen yeoman, aged lx yeares or thereabouts, sworen and examined saith, That he knoweth one pícell of meadow ground neere Spouders bridge wíthin the písh of Kidwelly containeinge by estimaícon two kyvers, or there abouts, to be reputed and taken píte of the said Chantry lands, and alwayes called by the name of Chantrys meade, and to be of the yearly value of xxs. or xxjs. and now in the hands of Harry Lewis, And also he saith that one house and 5 kyvers of arrable lands at a place called the sanctuary now in the hands of Nicholas Rowe, was and is Reported to be pícell of the said Chantry lands, and believeth it to be worth yearly at this present, xxs. And he knoweth one pícell of Arable landes called the Kings land containeinge by estimaícon 3 kyvers and were late the lands of Awbrey Bevans deceased and are now in the hands of Robert Dyer as tenant to Phillip Marky but whether it be píte of the said Chantry lands he knoweth not, and is worth pí annuí xvs., Item he saith that he knoweth one pícell of lands called Nicholls Pitt adjoineinge to the lands called Kingsland containeinge 2 kyvers or there abouts, to be píte and pícell of the said Chantry lands; and is now in the occupaícon of Robert Dyer, Tenant to Phillip Marky, and is of the yearly rent of vs., Item he said, that one old walle and a pícell of lands to the same adjoineinge of half a kyver neere sundaies well was reputed and reported to be píte of the said Chantry lands and worth pí annuí two shillings.

NICHOLAS POWNSARD of the Towne of Kidwelly in the countie of Carmarthen, yeomaí aged xltie yeares or there abouts sworne and examined saith, That he hard it reported that the pícells undermeícoíed are píte and pícells of the said Chantry lands, vidzt., One pícell containeinge 5 kyvers, and an house at the sanctuary worth by the yeare xxvs., or there abouts; now in the occupaícon of Nicholas Rowe, One other pícell called píke y Chantry containeinge by estimaícon 5 kyvers, and is worth píAnnuí xxs. and now in the occupaícon of Jerom Cherington; one other pícell called Kingsland now in the occupaícon of Robert Dyer of the quantity of five kyvers or more worth pí annuí xvs., one other little pícell called Nicholls Pitt, containeinge by estimation two kyvers or there abouts, and is worth by the yeare vs. Two pícells of arrable lands uppon the West Hill now in the occupaícon of this Deponent, containeinge by estimaícon 4 kyvers and worth pí anní xxs., One house and gardaine in Causey Street in the Towne of Kidwelly in the hands and possíon of this Deponít and worth pí anní vjs., One pícell or arrable lands at a place called the Burch land now in the hands of Jenkin Lloyd, gent., as tenant to Sr Francis Mansell Barronett, and worth pí Annuí xxs., One half of a pícell of lands neere barnslake called Píke y Mane Lloyd containeinge by estimaícon Fowre kyvers or more now in the hands of Richard Thomas and is worth pí annuí xs., One other pícell of arable lands of Harry Owen Jevan.

DAVID COLLIN of the Towne of Kidwelly in the countie of Carmarthen yeomí aged li yeares or there abouts, sworen and examined saith, That he hard it creditably reported that there is a pícell of land neere St. Davis well in the písh of Kydwelly containeinge One kyver and an half or there abouts now in the hands of Thomas Griffith Rudderch to be píte of the Chantry lands and to be worth pí Annuí xviijd., and that one pícell of landes now in the hands of John Thomas wích was purchased from Awbrey Bevans by Howell Thomas, píte whereof is reported to be Chantry lands, And that he hard men say that one pícell of land called Kingsland is píte of the Chantry lands and is now in the hands of Robert Dyer , and containeth 5 or 6 kyvers and worth pí Annuí xv or xviij shillings.

JOHN COLLIN of the Towne of Kidwelly in the countie of Carmarthen Tucker aged lj yeares or thereabouts, sworne and examined saith, that about 35 yeares ago, he hard Owen Jevan, David Roger Dyer, Roger Pewcocke, and David Nicholas Dyer, all being ancient men at that time, report that one pícell of arrable lands called Kingsland containeinge 5 or 6 kyvers and worth pí annuí xvs., and one other pícell called Nicholas pitt containeinge 2 kyvers or there abouts and worth pí Annuí vjs. both wích pícells are now in the hands of Robert Dyer, to be píte of the Chantry lands aforesaid, And further saith, that he hard it reported by his father being an old man, that one old walle and a pícell of lands to the same adjoyninge containeinge a quarter of a kyver, neere Sundaies Well to be píte of the said Chantry, And further this Deponent saith that he hard Hugh Collard, and Roger Pewcocke two ancient men report that in the west corner of Broome hill towards the Midle Mill there is a pícell of the said Chantry lands being two burgages now in the possíon of William Dyer Aldermí And further said, That he hard it Reported by Diverse honest men that certaine Decayed wales and one house adjoyneinge neere to the West hill of the Church yard of Kidwelly were píte of the said Chantry lands and worth pí Annuí five shillings.

HUGH DYER, of the towne of Kydwelly in the countie of Carmarthen, yeoman aged xxxtie yeares or there abouts sworne and examined saith, that he houldeth certaine old walles and an house adjoyneinge, neere to the Church Hill wích is towards the West of Phillip Marky, and payeth him yearly xs. rent and Rees Taylor holdeth píte of the said walls wích he said Rees now hath new built.

OWEN DYER of the Towne of Kidwelly in the Countie of Carmíthen, weaver, aged lxx yeares or there abouts, sworne and examined saith That he houldeth from Phillip Marky one pícell of lands in Penkidwelly containeinge by estimaícon one kyver payeinge the thirde of the corne there growinge to the said Phillip Marky and lyeth there neere to the dwellinge house of one John David John Lenard in showlane street wíthin the Towne of Kydwelly and is worth by the year iiijs. in this Deponíts estimaícon.

And we the Commissioners subscribed ( by search made ) have found an Ancient presentment of xvj honest and lawfull men of the Borough of Kidwelly aforesaid, bearing Date the xijth Day of October in the seaventh yeare of the Raigne of our late sovíaigne Lord James, late kinge of England. That the pícell of lands, and the walls and house last meníconed are now in the hands of Hugh Dyer and Owen Dyer, the two last Deponents to be Chantry landes and are now in the possíon of Phillip Marky.

 

(Signed at the foot on both sides of the membrane).

Jenkyn Loyde. Will. Davies.

 

THE APPORTIONMENT

( Membrane V. )

The names of those sould and possesse the Chantry landes, what quantitie they hould and what yearly rent they ought to pay for the same heerafter.

SIR FFRANCIS MANSELL Barronett houldeth one pícell of arrable lands and Meadow neere Spowders bridge wíthin the píish of Kidwelly in the countie of Carmarthen containeinge 2 kyvers or there abouts nowe in the hands of Harry Lewis and ought to pay yearly for the same the sume of iijs. iiijd.

THE same Sr Ffrancis houldeth one pícell of arrable lands in the Burchy lands containeinge 3 kyvers and now in the handes of Jenkin Lloyd gent., and ought to pay yearly for the same iiijs.

THE same Sr Francis houldeth one pícell of arrable lands at a place called Almanredyn containíge 3 kyvers now in the handes of William Thomas Walter and ought to pay yearly iijs. ijd.

THE same Sr Francis houldeth one pícell of arrable lands at a place called the u Garregg containeinge one kyver and a half now in the occupaícon of Dd. Harry and ought to pay yearly xijd.

THE same Sr Francis houldeth one pícell neere Combhead wíthin the the lands of William Thomas Lewis containeinge 2 kyvers or there abouts and is rated yearely the sum of xiijd.

THE same Sr Francis houldeth one small pícell neere St. Davies Well containeinge one kyver and an half and now in the hands of Thomas Griffith and ought yearly to pay iijd.

PHILLIP MARKEY gent houldeth one pícell called Kingsland containeinge 6 kyvers and another pícell adjoyning to the same called Nicholls Pitt containeinge two kyvers both now in the handes of Robert Dyer as Tenant to the said Phillip Markey and ought to pay for the same yearly iiijs. iijd.

THE same Phillip Markey houldeth one pícell of Arrable lands in penkidwelly containeinge 1 kyver now or late in the hands of Owen Dyer and ought to pay for the same yearly of rent xiijd.

THE same Phillip Markey houldeth certaine old Walles and an house therto adjoyninge neer the West Hill of the Church yard of Kidwelly, and now in the handes of Hughe Dyer and ought to pay yearly ijs. ijd.

ANTHONY MANSELL gent holdeth one pícell of arrable lands neere a place called Queretowne containeinge one kyver, And one other pícell of Arrable landes containeinge three kyvers or there abouts at a place called the Husted, both pícells are now in the occupaícon of Harry Owen ought to pay ijs. iijd.

THE same Anthone holdeth one close called píke Mane Lloyd containeinge fowre kyvers and now in the occupaícon of Richard Thomas Smyth and ought to pay yearly

ijs.

EDWARD LLOYD gent holdeth One old Walle, and a quarter of a kyver of pasture ground to the same adjoyninge, neere a place called Sundais Well now in the handes of Jenkin Lloyd and ought to pay yearly iijd.

WALTER PAYNE holdeth one pícell of arrable landes and an house thereuppon, at a place called the Sanctuary now in the occupaícon of Nicholas Rowe and ought to pay vs. iijd.

JEROM CHERINTON holdeth one Close called Porth Gwyn alias parke y Chantry, containeinge 5 kyvers and ought to pay therefore yearly iijs. iijd.

JOHN THOMAS GRIFFITH is possessed and holdeth in his own occupaícon on pícell of arrable landes in the husted containeinge Fyve kyvers and ought to pay yearly ijs. jd.

DAVID COLLIN houldeth in his owne land one pícell of arrable lands neere his Dwellings house containeinge two kyvers and ought to pay yearly therefore xiijd.

NICHOLAS POWNSARD holdeth 3 pícells of arrable lands uppon the West hill containeinge 4 kyvers and a house and gardaine in Causey street wíthin the Towne of Kydwelly wích house is at present in the occupaícon of Roger Collin Tucker, and ought to pay for both house and lands yearly vs. vjd.

WILLIAM DYER holdeth one pícell of arrable lands in the West end of Broome hill neere the Midle Mill containeinge One kyver and ought to pay yearly for the same

xiijd.

All wích pícells and premises are lyinge and situated wíthin the Towne and písh of Kidwelly in the Countie of Carmarthen.

Jenkyn Lloyde.

 

Transcribed from the original document in the Record Office, Rentals and Surveys (Duchy of Lancaster), No. 1198.

A. Wright Matthews.

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