[from Mills' Statutes, 1821]

Ordinances and Statutes




In this Book ensueth diverse Ordinances, Statutes, and Customes, presented, reputed, and used for Laws in the Land of Mann, that were rattifyed, approved, and confirmed, as well by the honourable Sir John Stanley, Knight, KING and Lord of the same Land, and diverse others his Predecessors, as by all Barrons, Deemsters, Officers, Tennants, Inhabitants, and Commons, of the same Land.

OUR DOUGHTFULL AND GRATIOUS LORD, this is the Constitution of old Time, the which we have given in our Days, how yee should be governed on your Tinwald Day. First, you shall come thither in your Royal Array, as a King ought to do, by the Prerogatives and Royalties of the Land of Mann. And upon the Hill of Tynwald sitt in a Chaire, covered with a Royall Cloath and Cushions, and your Visage into the East, and your Sword before you, holden with the Point upward; your Barrons in the third degree sitting beside you, and your beneficed Men and Deemsters before you sitting; and your Clarke, your Knights, Esquires and Yeomen, about you in the third Degree; and the worthiest Men in your Land to be called in before your Deemsters, if you will ask any Thing of them, and to hear the Government of your Land, and your Will; and the Commons to stand without the Circle of the Hill, with three Clearkes in their Surplisses. And your Deemsters shall make Call in the Coroner of Glanfaba, and he shall call in all the Coroners of Man, and their Yards in their Hands, With their Weapons upon them, either Sword or Axe. And the Moares that is, to Witt of every Sheading. Then the Chief Coroner, that is the Coroner of Glanfaba, shall make Affence, upon Paine of Life and Lyme, that noe Man make any Disturbance or Stirr in the Time of Tinwald, or any Murmur or Rising in the King's Presence, upon Paine of Hanging and Drawing. And then shall let your Barrons and all other know you to be their King and Lord, and what Time, you were here you received the Land as Heyre Apparent in your Father's Days. And all your Barrons of Man, with your worthiest Men and Commons, did you Faith and Fealtie. And in as much as you are, by the Grace of God, now King and Lord of Man, yee will now that your Commons come unto you and shew their Charters how the hould of you. And your Barrons, that made no Faith nor Fealtie unto you, that they make now.

And if any of your Barrons be out of the Land, they shall hav the space of Fourty Days. After that they are called in to come shew whereby the hould and clayme Lands.and Tenements, within your Land of Man; and to make Faith and Fealtie, if Wind and Weather served them, or els to cease their Temporalties into your Hands. And then to proceed in your Matters, whatsoever you have there to doe, in Fellony or Treason, or other Matters that touch the Governance of your Land of Manne. First, that, Watch and Ward be kept through your said Land as it ought, upon Pain of Life and Lyme; for whosoever fails any Night in his Ward, forfeiteth a Wether to the Warden and to the Warden the seacond Night a Cowe; and the third Night, Life and Lyme to the Lord.

And to charge all Manner of Men within your said Land to be ready at your Calling upon Paine of Life and Lyme. And then to ordaine and proclaims, that neither Vessell nor Boat take any Man out of this Land, upon pain of Forfeiture of his Vessell and Goods, and restoring the Man into the Land again he paying the Debts he oweth unto the Lord. But if it be the Shipmen or Merchants that to Day come into the Land and pass again at the next Wind; and noe Man that is resident within the said Land without a special Lycence. Alsoe, when you send your Lieutennant into your land of Man, and cometli thither received as Lieutennant, in setting of Lands Courts, houlding and all other Governances we give for Law, that all his Deeds be firm and stable, and what Man offendeth to him be punished, as they that offend to the Lord.

Alsoe, whosoever is borne and resident within your Land of Man, though he had paid his Debts and Farme, he ought not to goe out of your Land without a speciall Lycense and if he doe, the Law is told you in the Governance Tynwald. But if he goe himself away with any Boat of his own, or if he steale any Mans Boat, he is a Fellone; and if it so may be found, he forfeiteth his Goods, whose Tennant soever he be. Alsoe, whosoever occupieth an Parcell of Land, within your Land of Man, with Cattle or with Manure, (except he be any of your Tennants Inlaynes) he ought to pay the value of that which he occupieth without Quest setting or Farm taking, at your List by your Law.

Alsoe, whosoever is sett by Enquest sworn, whether he be poor or rich, he shall pay it if he have any Goods that occupieth the Land of the Lord, either in Herbage or Manure. And if he have no Goods in time of setting, the Quest shall pay for him, for putting him in the Rowles that hath noe Goods; and then he to be put in service, or else to take v s. in a Farme, and to find Sureties of Payment by our Laws of Manne. Alsoe, whereas it is said, that the Porter of your Castle, your waged Yeomen within your Garrison Dwelling, should beate your Tennants when they be brought to Prisson, and taketh of them more than their Fees, that ought not to be redressed before your Deemsters, but before your Constable within Your Garrison in which the Fault is so committed, by our Law of Manne.

Alsoe we give for Law, that a Castle Maze be paid out of five Maze of Herrings in a Boate taken, and Halfe a Maze out of two Maze and a Halfe in a Boate gotten, as oft as they goe to Sea and gotten soe; and that is our Law by Custome and Usage; and the Lord to pay vj d. for a Maze thereof, provided that the Bringers of the first Maze shall for the same have iij s. iiij d.

Alsoe touching the Carriage of your Turves, all your Tennants of your six Sheadings ought by our Laws, to carry your Turves to your Places, as pleaseth you to have them, with all other Carriages, Suite, and Servises, that are needfull to you within your Land of Man, for it is Use and Custome of longe Time.

Alsoe it is Use and Custome of long Time that the Moars of every Shedding, pay two Marks of Office Silver Yearly to the Lord; for it hath been used in divers Lords Days, and soe we now give for Law to be paid.

Alsoe it is our Law, that, no Coron. arrest a Man for Debt owinge, unless he have a speciall Warrant from the Lord or his Lieutenant; but in Points of Fellony, or delivering of Servants, or for Surety of the Peace, with many other Points that belong unto his Office, he ought to do these by vertue of his Office without Warrant.

Alsoe, whatsoever Enquest the Lord or his Lieutenant taketh to sett his Land by their Oathes, there ought noe Man to falsiefie them, for whosoever doth he forfeits iij . to the Lord, if it may be proved or knowne.

Also it is lawfull to any of the Lord's Councell to stirr or move any Man to doe that may profit the Lord truely.

Alsoe, for as much as the Riseing was made at Kirk Michaell upon the Lieutenant that represents the King's Person, his Officers, and his Men, those that the Lieutenant saw rise over him there Without Craveing of Law, is this, that they be first drawne, and hanged, and quartered, and their Heads stricken off, and sett upon the Castle Tower over the Burne another Quarter at Halland Towne, and the Third Quarter to be sett up at Ramsey, and the fourth at Douglas.


The Court of all the Tennants and Commons of Man, holden at Kirk Michaell, upon the Aill of Reneurling, before our doughtfull Lord Sir John Stanley, by the Grace of God, King of Mann and Th'isles, the Tuesday next after the Feast of St. Bartholomew, in the Year of our Lord God 1422.

IN the which Court the Bishop of Mann was called to come to doe his Faith and Fealtie unto the Lord, as the Law asketh, and to shew by what Claime he houldeth his Lands and Tenements within the Lordship of Mann, the which came and did his Faith and Fealtie to the Lord. The Abbott alsoe of Rushen, and Priors of Douglas were called to doe their Fealtie, and to shew their Claimes of their Houldings, Lands and Tenements, within the Lordship of Man; the which came and did their Fealtie to the Lord. The Prior of Withorne, in Galloway, the Abbott of Furnace, the Abbott of Bangor, the Abbott of Saball, and the Prior of St. Beade, in Copeland, were called in and came not; therefore they were deemed by the Deemsters, that they should come in their proper Persons within xl days, and if they came not, then to loose all their Temporalties, to be ceised into the Lords Hands in, the same Court.

It is ordained and proclaimed that all the Watches, and Wardes upon the Ports and Coasts of the Sea be well and duely kept, and whosoever failes he forfeits all his Goods to the Lord and his Body to the Lords Will.

Alsoe it is ordained and proclaimed in the same Court, that noe Man, of what Condition soever he be, goe out of the Land, without speciall Lycense of the Lord or his Lieutenant, with Vessell, upon Paine of Forfeiting the Vessell and all the Goods therein.

In the same Court all these Laws of Mann are confirmed by Sir John Stanley, by the Grace of God, King of Mann and the Isles, and by the best of the Commons of the Isle of Mann, that is to say, William Scarff, Raynold Stevenson, and others.

In the same Court Hawley McIssacke was arraigned for that he felloniously rose upon John Walton, Lieutenant of Mann, sitting in the Court of Kirk Michaell, upon Tuesday next after the Feast of Corpus Christi, in the Yeare of our Lord God 1422, and Men there being with him, did beate and misuse the Lieutennant's Men in the Church and Church-yard. And there Hawley McIssacke came and utterly withsaid all his Deeds, and put him to the Country and to the Deemsters. And the Deemsters answered and said, For as much as it was done trayterously to rise upon the said Lieutennant, and he seeing it, the Law of the Land deems that he should not be received to Quest; for he rose with strong Hand, and therefore the Law deems that the said Hawley ought to be drawne with Horses, and after hanged and headed; and after the Sentence given, he put himself to the King's Grace.

And in the same Court Finloe McCowley, Mould McOwen, Willm. McCurghey, Lawrence Banestor, and Finlow McCaighen, were arraigned; that the felloniously and treyterously rose upon John WaIton, Lieutennant of Man, sitting in the Court the Day and Year above said, to kill him; the which appeared and withsaid the Treason, and therefore put them to Inquest; and to this the Deemsters answered and said, for as much as they rose against the Lieutennant to kill him; therefore the Law is, that the said Finlow McCowley, Mould McOwen, W. C., L. B., and, F. McC. to be drawne with Horses, and their Heads smitten off; and after Judgment given they asked Grace of the King.

And in the same Court Gilbert McCarrayne, Donold McKisslag, Peter McGilconill, Donald Waterforth, and Gubon-John Norres, and Gubbon McCrowton, were arrainged for traiterously riseing against John Walton, Lieutenant, him to kill, sitting in the Court at Kirk Michaell the Day and year abovesaid, and his Men there with him being beaten in the Church and Church-yard, the which Gubbon with all his Fellows put themselves to the Lord's Grace.

And in the same Court Donald McCraine, Son of Patrick McCraine, was arraigned as others above, and appeared and acknowledged the Treason, and put himself unto the Lord, and the Lord of his speciall Grace forgave him the Treason.

In the same Court Mould McChristine and John McHawe were arraigned of Treason, for rising against John Walton, Lieutenant of Man, at the Tynwald, and acknowledging that they would have putt him down and the Laws of the Land, and constrained the Lieutenant there; and upon this they answered and said not Guilty, and that they would be tryed by God and the Country. The Deemsters answered and said, insomuch as they have committed Treason to constraine the King, his Lieutenant, he seeing it, the Law is the said Mould and John to be drawn with wild Horses, and after that, their Heads to be cutt off, as it is above addjudged in the like Case.

In the same Court was Symon Kynyne arraigned as others above said, and put himself to the Lord his Grace.

Hoec Indentura fact' inter Thurstan de Tyldesley & Regin' Hassprinte, Comission' Dni Johis de Stanley Dni Mann' & Insulam' ex una parte, & Johem Clarke, Judicem Mann' Willm. Scarffe, Reginald' Stevenson, Willm. de Yveneo, Gilbte Reade, Gilbt. McQuaile, Patricke McJohn, Andrew McJohn, John McNene, Gilbt. McCallan, Patricke McCrayne, Willm. McAlexander, Patricke McTomlinson, Gilbt. McIsacke, Gilbt. McAndreas, Donold McCrayne, Donold McCrowen, Willm. McChristin, Willm. Abelson, John McFergus, Huan McNakell, John McScally, Patrick McHeley, & Andrew McRainson, xxiiij Claves Mann' ex altera pte, Testatur qd pdict' xxiiij Claves legis cum Judice Mann' dicunt, & p lege coi judicant qd qu' cunq; ligeus tenens vel ligei tenentes Dni Mann' forisfecert seu foresfecerint in aliqua causa feloniae, & pdicois, fugans retrahens vel removens a tra Dni Mann' in Libtates Baronu, & inde requisit', fuerit seu fuerint requisiti p Dnm Mann' & ejus Ministros ad revtend' ad tram, & ad justificacoem legis suae & si inde se excusat, vel se excusant non consensiend' revenim, & aliqu' illom Baronu infra Dnm Mann' eum vel eos, eam vel eas, retineat, seu retineant ptext, libertu suam, vel libertatis suae, seu aliqua alia causa emergent', quod tunc forisfaciet' Dno p quolibet delicto retencois causa supdicta xls & de corpe pdict' transgressoris causis supdcis delinquent', respondeat vl respondeant Gaolu vel prison' Dni Mann' & hoc sub pena forisfec omium Libtatu suam in Mann' seisct, &c.


A Court of all the Commons of Mann, holden at Tinwald, before Henry Byron, Lieutenant of Mann, upon Thursday next after the Feast of St. Mary, in the Year of our Lord God 1429: In the which Willm. Scarffe, Wilmm. Yvens, John Reade, Jenkin McQualtrough, John Nelson, Gubon Quanty, Finlo McKey, Jenkin Lucas for Jenkin McNyne, Patrick McJohn, Andrew McJohn, Gubon McKissage, Willm. McAlexander, Richard McCowen, Donald McCorrane, Peter McQuiggin, Gubon Gillander, Germott McMartin, Gubon McCunneree, with the rest of his Fellows.

IN the first Court of Tynwald, holden twise in the Yeare, for the Amending of the Countrey, and the Lord his Profit, and that Prowese be put down, saving in the Lord's Causes, as they were asked in the last Tynwald, holden at Killabane, before John Walton, Lieutennant of Mann, and that Matters be determined by God and the Countrey instead of Prowesse.

Also that all Measures of our Land of Mann be made all after one, that is to say, Firlett and Quart be justly and truly ordained and made.

Also that Servants be free onc't in the Year, that is to say, at Allhollowtide, to serve at what Place they will upon our Lord's several Grounds.

Also that noe Scottishman, Irishman, or any other Aliens, be resident in your Land of Mann, but if he be sworn to you and your Land of Mann. And if any Ground be taken out of any Man's Possession, that a true Enquest be made of Men that were present when he ceised his Goods, that it should not be removed out of his Possession but as the Law will. And so the said Enquest shall get him Restorance of all his Goods again; and then the said Man that took it against the Fence may sue it as the Law will if he sue an Action.

And if a Man wedd a Wife that is in a Farme, that her Debts be paid by her Husband.


At a Court of all the Commons of Mann, holden at the Castle of Rushen betwixt the Gates, by Henry Byron, Lieutenant of Mann, upon Tuesday next after the xxth day of Christmas, Anno Domini 1430.

IN the which Court vj Men of every Shedding of Mann were chosen by the whole Commons of Mann, that is to say, Willm. Scarffe, Willm. Yveno, John Reade, John Nelson, Jenkin McQualtrough, and Jenkin McKillip for Rushen; Finlo McKay, Gubon McQuantie, Patr. McJoughin, Andrew McToughen, Simon Quirk, Yven McQuirk, for Glanfaba; Cubbon McIsacke, William McAlexander, and Richard McGawen, Donold McGawn, and Gilchrist McComish for Kirk Michaell; Gubbon McIsacke, Gubon McGillander, with the rest of their Fellows.

The which asketh and beseecheth Henry Byron, Lieutenant of Mann, the Points asked in the Tinwald next before houlden, to be granted and confirmed as Law, if our gratious Lord will be contented. In the which Court the said Henry Byron, Lieutennant of Mann, sitting in the said Court, granteth and confirmeth in our Lord his Name all the said Askings to be houlden as Law from henceforth, as the are here of Record written.

In the which Court Willm. McCawley was called to answer for as much as he smote Donald McCubbon in the Presence of the Lieutennant of Man, being one of the twelve sworn Men of the Enquest, in the head Court of Abbott of Rushen, for as much as the said Donold with his Fellows indicted the said Willm. of Fellony; and the said Donold being sore wounded with a Staffe and fell him downe to the Ground, in presence of the said Henry Byron, Lieutennant; answered and acknowledged himself Guilty, and put himself to the Lord his Grace. And the Lieutennant asked the Deemsters what the Law would of him that soe did? And the Deemsters, by the Councell of the eldest and worthiest Men of all the Land of Mann, that is to say, Willm. Scarffe, Willm. Yveno, John Reade, John Qualtrough, Gubbon Quanly, Gubbon McIsacke, Willm. McAlexander. &c., say, for as much as the said Willm., within the space of xxiiij paces of the Lieutennant, without the Court, smote the said Donold, as it is known by the said Willm. : That the said Willm. for soe doing forfeiteth his Body and Goods, and toucheth Treason for as much as he offendeth, as it is said before in the Time of the Visitation of the King of Man, which he granteth to his Barrons to be executed twice in the Yeare, within their Franchises, by his Deemsters to be houlden.

Alsoe the said Lieutennant asketh the said Deemsters what the Law will if any Man smite another not sworne by the Deemsters upon an Enquest, that toucheth the Corone within the Space aforesaid, in Presence of the Lieutennant, without the Court? The Deemsters say, by the Councell and Advice aforesaid, that if any soe doe, he forfeiteth his Body and Goods.

Alsoe the said Lieutennant asketh the said Deemsters, if any smite another in Presence of the Lieutennant without the Space aforesaid, what the Law will? The Deemsters say, that such Matters bee punished at the Lieutennant's will, and to make Fine and Ransome to the Party as the Law of the Land will.

Alsoe the said Lieutennant asketh what the Law will if any Man make a Fray or reare Weapons in the Lieutennant's Presence? The Deemsters saith, to punish him at the Lieutennant's will.

In the same Court Fenlo McKey. with the rest of his Fellows, were called to answer upon diverse Articles touching the said King of Mann, the which they presented by their Oaths before Gubon McCubon Clearke, Commissary to Richard Pulley, Bishop of Soder, in his Visitation, holden at Hallandtowne, in the Yeare, of our Lord God 1429, as appeareth, by the Writeing of the said Gubon Clearke. Among other, the Particles were ordained to the Reliefe of Poor Schollers, and now are dealt into other Uses by the Fault of the Bopp. And the said Finlo, and Jenkin Lucason, with their Fellows aforesaid, say that they will not pay the Debts of holy Church untill this be corrected as the Law will, and the old Constitutions, as by the said Presentment annexed to this. And upon that the Lieutennant asketh the Deemster what the Law of Man will of the said Enquest; for as much as they attempted the King's Right and Inheritance of his Land of Man, and his Prerogatives, without his Leave or his Lieutennant's; the Deemster, upon that, made Gubon Clearke, and the said Enquest, to answer to the said Articles, and shewed Gubon Clearke his own Writing of the articles above written, and he acknowledged that it was his own Hand Writing, and put him to the Lord's Grace for the Writing of the Articles, and the takeing. And then Jenkin Lucason was asked of the Deemsters what Answer he would give; and he said not Guilty, and that he would put himself to God and the Countrey; that he never was sworne, nor knew of the said, Presentment. Finlo McKey, with his Fellows, made the same Answer, and put themselves likewise to the Countrey. Patrick McKermott and his Fellows answered severally, and acknowledged their Faults, and put themselves to the Lord's Grace. And upon the Answer of the said Finlo McKey, &c. an Enquest of xxiiij were called and sworne, that is to say, Willm. Yveno, with the rest of his Fellows, to the Number of xxiiij sworn Men, by their Oathes say, that the said Finlo McKey, with his Fellows, are not guilty, of the Verdict given in by the said Gubon Isaacke, and so the Law acquitted them.


Our most Gratious and excellent Lord, Sir John Stanley, King of Man and the Isles. In the Vigill of your Lady Sct. Mary, Anno Domini 1422, att his Castle of Rushen, asked his Deemsters and the xxiiij the Laws of Mann in these Points under written. To the which the said Deemsters, with the xxiiij gave for Law, that these be Points of your Prerogatives.

IF any manner of Person be outlawed within your Land of Mann, he shall not be inlawed without your spetiail Grace and Pardon, proclaimed and cryed throughout your six Sheadings, and at the Tinwald the Seaventh Court, to be called with the Moare of Glanfaba. And if any such Person soe called, answer not, then, upon the Record of the six Moars then present, having with them two Witnesses that they were called in the six Sheadings, and appeared not there by open Proclamation, to be outlawed.

If any Man within your Land of Man be of Record foreigned in your Court, or any of your Barrons Courts, for Stealth, or otherwise to forsweare the Land, he shall never come into your Land again without your speciall Grace and Pardon. And whosoever within your said Land relieves or receipts any Person, after that he is outlawed and forreigned as it is recited before, he forfeiteth his Body and his Goods to the Lord's Pleasure.

Alsoe, if the Bopp. or Abbott, or any other Barron within your Land of Man, receipts any Outlaw after that he is outlawed, without your spetiall Grace and Pardon, he forfeiteth his Temporalty unto your Grace.

If any Vessell or Ship or any other Goods be imbayed within the Heads of Mann above Water or under Water, it is the Lord's by his Prerogative. Alsoe if any Porpus, Sturgeon, or Whale, be taken within the Heads of Man, they be the Lord's by his Prerogatives.

Alsoe if any Hawke or Hyron, Hart or Hind, be by any manner of Person taken within your Land of Man, he forfeiteth for every Time iij . to your Lopp.

Alsoe whosoever foresetts the King's Highway for any Man, either to beate him or slay him, by Night or by Day, he forfeits his Body and his Goods to the Lord his Pleasure.

Alsoe if any Alien, resident within your Land of Man, which maketh no Faith nor Fealty to the Lord, when he dyeth, (whose Tennant soever he be) the Lord shall have his Goods. And if any such Person or Persons maketh any Testament, that standeth of no effect or Value in the Law; but after Fealty made this Prerogative ceaseth.

Alsoe if any Manner of Person within your Land of Man be outlawed, he shall not be inlawed without your speciall Grace and Pardon, proclaimed throughout your six Sheadings. The Forme and Process of outlawing is this: First, it ought to be made in your six Courts of your six Sheadings, and at the Tinwald the viith Court to be made and called with the Moare of Glanfaba; and if such Person soe called answer not, then upon the Record of the six Moars there present, having with them two Witnesses that they were called in the six Sheadings, and appeared not, such Persons shall, upon Proclamation, be outlawed.

Alsoe if any Alien, that noe Faith nor Fealty hath made to the King, forfeit in any Case Life or Lymne, and before judged in it, though it be Theft in Hand, or out of Hand found, though he put him to the Lord's Grace before the Verdict be given, or Knowledge made, the Lord needs not to receive him to Grace, except he list by the Laws of Man. But if he be his Borne Man, or els hath made Faith and Fealty, and put him in Grace, if he be indicted, and no manner on his hand, or the Verdict be given, he ought, by the Law of Man, to have his Life, but he must forfeit his Goods, and then shall he have his Choice of three Things by the Deemsters Judgement. First, he shall choose whether hie will rest in Prison a Yeare and a Day, with Sustenance, of the Prison, viz. he shall have Bread, one Part Meale, and another Part Chaffe of the same Meale, and the third Part Ashes, and to drink of the Water next the Prisson Doore; the second is to forswear the King and all his Land, or els for the third to pay the King iij .

Alsoe if any Man have done any Point of Treason, and taketh Sanctuary for Dread of Punishment, the Sanctuary shall not avayle him by the Law of Man.

Alsoe if any Manslayer have taken Sanctuary, and within three Days after the Sanctuary taken, the Coroner cometh to him, and he acknowledges not what he hath done, the Coroner shall, by the Law of the Land, take him out of the Sanctuary, and if he will not acknowledge his Fault, the Coroner ought to make three Proffers : First, whether he will forswear the King and his Kingdome, or he will put himself under the Coroner's Yard, viz. obey and come to Jayle and abide the Law or Grace, or he will abide within Sarctuary during the Space afforesaid. And if he choose to forswear the King and his Kingdome, and takes unto a Harbour, the Coroner ought to sett him in the King's Highway, and cutt him across. And if he houlds not the King's Highway, and if the Coroner find him without it, he may arrest him by the King's Yard and bring him to the King's Jayle, whether he will or not; and whosoever disturbs the Coroner in executing his Office forfeits Life and Lymme. And if his Enemie say he took him before the Coroner, he ought to prove that by two Witnesses.

Alsoe we give for Law, that our Lord or his Lieutennant may take any Enquest at his own Will and Pleasure.

Alsoe whosoever robbs or spoils the Lieutennant of his Horse, or any Weapon of his in Court, and Fence made, he is a Treaytor by our Law.

Alsoe whosoever beats the Lieutennant's Men in his own Presence, and robbs them of their Goods, he is a Traytor; or whosoever beats his waged Men in his Presence, beates himselfe, saving the more Feare of his Person.

Alsoe whosoever breakes Church or House upon the Lieutennant or any of the King's Councell in his Presence, although there be no Harme done, but murmur and open rising in his Presence, he is a Traytor by the Law of Man.

And whosoever constrayneth the Lieutennant by any Means to hould a Tinwald, or any manner of Thing els by Constraint, he breaks the King's Royalty, and that is high Treason.

Alsoe whosoever constrayneth the Lieutennant to put down the Lord's Customes or his Prerogatives at the Tinwald, he is a Traytor for the Constraint making by our Law.

And whosoever comes with Force and Arms against the Lieutennant's Commandments, especially to the Tynwald, where they should have Right and Reason peaceably, and makes murmur and rising in his Presence, he is a Traytor by our Law.

Alsoe whosoever pleadeth any Deceipt against the Lieutennant, he is a Traytor by our Law.

Or whosoever riseth against the Lieutennant, he is a Traytor by our Law, for that is against the Lord's Prerogatives.

Or whosoever maketh Gathering or Councell in Prejudice of the Councell, he is a Traytor by our Law.

Alsoe whosoever relieves or receipts Rebells, knowing the Rebellion, he is a Traytor by our Law.

Alsoe whosoever falsifyeth an Enquest after they be sworn, he forfeiteth iij . to the Lord.

Alsoe whosoever is sworn, and after their Oaths proved false, they shall make Satisfaction by our Law, and reserve them to the Church for Perjury.

Alsoe whosoever is sworn, and after telleth the Lord's Councell or their own, he forfeiteth 3 . to the Lord.

Alsoe we give for Law, that our honourable Lord be victualled when he is here himself, for as much as shall need to larder or Expences to take, that is to say, a Cow or Beefe, Price iiij s. at two Head Courts in the Yeare, of every Sheading two Martes the Price of every Marte iij s. iiij d. and when the Lieutennant is here, a Marte every Week with other Victuals, that is to say, the Price of a Marte iiij s. a Mutton vj s. a Porke iiij s. a Lamb j d. a Kidd ob. a Pigg j d. a Goose ob. from Easter to Midsomer, and from Midsomer j d. and this is by Use and Custome; and if You need more take more within your Land, and at the two Head Courts as it is rehearsed before, with all other Victuall of the Price aforesaid.

Alsoe we give for Law, that there was never xxiiij Keys in Certainty, since they were first that were called Taxiaxi, those were xxiiij free Houlders, viz. viij in the Out Isles, and xvi in your Land of Mann, and that was in King Orryes Dayes; but since they have not been in Certainty. But if a strange Point had come, the which the Lieutennant will have reserved to the Tinwald twice in the Yeare, and by Leave of the Lieutennant the Deemster there to call of the best to his Councell in that Point as he thinketh to give Judgment by. And without the Lord's Will, none of the 24 Keys to be.

And as to the Writeing of Laws, there was never any written since King Orryes Days, but in the Time of Michaell Blundell, that we have Knowledge of

Alsoe we give for Law, that,the Lord or his Lieutennant may hold a Court or Tinwald wheresoever pleaseth him and doe Execution as oft, and whereas pleaseth him, within his Land of Mann, except the Passion Week, at which Time Execution of Life and Lymne ought not to be done; but as for Courts of Challenge, all Times in the Yeare, and Execution to be done.

Alsoe if any Man of Holy Church, that is to wit, Parson, Viccar, Parish Priest, Secular Priest, or Parish Clarke, make any Offence to the King's Officers, that is to say, if to the Moare Amercirnent of vj s. viij d. And if he do it to the Coroner he shall loose ij . And if the afforesaid Men of Holy Church loose any Amerciment, we give for Law, that if the Distress be within the Stepps of Holy Church, the Lord his Officers shall goe to the High Sumner, and he shall deliver to the Lord his Officers a Sufficient Distress and if the Sumner will not so doe, the Lord his Officers shall goe in and take Distresse, or pawne himself.

And also that every Plea that is between Party and Party pleaded, be written out of the Court Rolls, that it may be of Record against such Time as the like Chance falleth, what Judgement was given in that Matter.

Alsoe that all greate Matters and high Points that are in Doubt, ever as they fall, I will that my Lieutennant, or any of the Councell for the Time being, take Deemsters to them, with the Advice of the Elders of your Land of Mann, to deem the Law truely to the Parties as they will answer to me thereof. And that all doubtfull Points be always registred upp, and laid in my Treasurie, that it may be ready when such a Chance falleth, that one Doome or Judgment be given at one Time, one Way, and another Tyme contrary.

Alsoe that there be Watches all Winter, both in the Castle and in the Peele, and the Watch well searched, as the Time requireth.

Alsoe that every Officer and Soldier have Bowe and Arrows, sufficient Dublett or Habergion, a Sword and a Buckler, Spurrs and Saddle, upon Paine of Forfeiture of their Wages.

Alsoe that Reparations that are to be made, be sufficiently made at once, and not alwayes have new to make, upon Paine of Disallowance of the Cost made upon it.

Alsoe that noe Woman come within either of the said Houses without a speciall Warrant from my Lord.

Alsoe that all Officers governe their Offices as their charge is, that noe Pride nor Presumption make Dissention amongst them, and their Service the worst done, but all draw one Way to that which should be Profitt for the Lord; and all Dissention left from henceforth, upon Paine of Forfeiture of their Fee, and discharging of their Office.

Alsoe that there be in the Castle xi Bowles of Mault Ground, and xi Bowles of Wheat, the Wheat to be put in Pipes, and the Mault laid upon a Floore, and in the Peel likewise.

Alsoe that the Comptroller be every Saturday at the Peele, and take the Household as he will answer unto me; and take the Steward, the Cooke, the Brewer, and Baker, and charge them on their Oathes to give a true Expence for the Week past; and this to be done upon Paine of forfeiting his Fees. And in the same Manner every Sunday at Castle Rushen.

Also that every Monday, and other Days of Payment of the Moares, that the Comptoller sitt by and see the Delivery of the Money, and write it; and when the Payments are done, take the Money and put in a Bagge, and the Lieutennant to seal it, and putt it in the Chest that the Bookes are in, and not to be opened till need be; either to send it to me, or what needful Expences the Lieutennant, the Receiver, and Comptroller, think needful to be done.

Also that the Comptroller all needful Expences forthwith as they are done, wtie them from Time to Time, and to send the Lord Word thereof, how he thinketh them governed well or evill, upon Pain of that belongeth thereto, and so thought by the Lieutennant, or els that they be needful for the Places.

And that the Pinfolds be made as they were wonte to be in old Time, taking noe Keeper to noe new Rule, for I will have my Farme ruled as the Yeare asketh; but if any poor Man be, I will that he be eased for the Time.

And the Bishop, and Abbott, and Auditors, for the Time being, call before them all Manner of Officers, that is to say, Receivers, Comptroller, Clearke of the Rowles, and Stewards; and also all they that have been in Offices before them, and make them all to be sworne upon a Booke, to bring before them all Manner of Bookes, and Rowles of Accompts, and Ordinances, and all Escripts, and other Evidences that, toucheth the Lord his Prerogative or the Land, or any Matter that toucheth the Lord. And when you have them brought before you, that you see what is in the Treasurie, and write all, and lay all in the Treasurie again. And that there be none taken out till need require upon Paine of Forfeiture of their Offices and Fees. And if any Officer neede any Thinge that is within the Treasury, take him a Copy and let that Register lye still in the Treasury till need be. And that the Comptroller see that this be done every Quarter duly, and that to be houlden, upon Paine to forfeit to the Lord according to the Law of the Land to all that breakes it.

Forasmuch, as before this Time, by Misrule and Willfullness of the Lieutennant and Receiver, the Law of Mann hath been misgoverned to them that they hated too rigorous, and to them that they did like over favourable, soe that oft Times, through this Misgovernment the People have been wronged, and Profitt taken to the Lord, otherwise than the Law would. And whereas Profitt should taken not done as the Law would for Favour. Wherefore be it ordained from henceforth, that the Officers be true principally to the Lord and the Laws of the Land, to be governed duely and truly betwixt the Lord and his Commons and betwixt Party and Party, without Rigour, Fraud or Colour. And that the Deemsters may give their Judgment at their Perills, saving ever the Lord's Prerogatives, and to be ruled by Advice of the Councell and the Deemsters.

And that the Clearke of the Rowles may make his Process after the Pleas and Points rehearsed before him at his Perill, so that by the Yeares end they may be seen whether they be lawfully governed or not.

Alsoe forasmuch as the Land Setting hath not been made in due time, nor read to the People, whereby many have lost their Profitt of fouldinge and manuring that Year, and namely, new Tennants, which hath been great Hindrance and casting down of them.

Wherefore be it ordained, that the Setting be made betyme before Midsomer to the People and when it is read to them, the Lieutennant to make four Men of every Parish sworn to deliver to every one his Pennyworth after his houlding, and spetially to new Tennants.

And also to see that every one mannure and occupy to his Power his Lands, and Defence make that, they soe doe; and be resident upon their Land, the which Thing done, the People within the Yeare, if they be cherrished thereto, may be able to beare the Lords Rent of their Corne for the most Part, though there be no Herring Fishing; for by Default of Livery and Partition of Land, every one runneth to another and occupieth it, and then will each one meete other, and so they loose their Goods, which grieveth them worst than their Farmes, and the Lord never the better; and after the Setting be made, that there be noe Encrease or Batement of noe Farme but if it be great need for the Lord, and that Encrease soe given in that it be of sufficient Persons, or els of sufficient Sureties, soe that he may be assured of his Goods.

And for as much as the Officers of Mylenis Leads and Corroners be sett by the Lieutennant and not given by the Clearke of the Rolls, that he might give them out by Times in Straites to the Moares, but holden still unto the Yeare's End. Therefore be it ordained that at the next Court after Midsomer the Coroners be made, and their Names entered into the Rolls of the Court, with the Sume that he taketh for to serve.

Alsoe Milnes at the same Time, and Leades at the setting Time. And for as much as Coroners against the Law stand in Office for two or three Yeares together, and take Enquests of their own Affinity, and be lovers to indite where they ought evill Will for Malice. And also where that Enquest hath indited certain Persons, then the Coroner will defend them that indited, and acquitt them that are soe indited, and indite them that were acquitted. And also where no Presept or Charge is use to send Arreast upon the People and sett Fine upon them, which put them to great Value, to the Hinderance and. Distruction of the Comonalty; wherefore be it ordained, that Coroners stand in Office but one Yeare, nor that he take noe Enquest but twice in the Yeare, by Commandment of the Lieutennant in open Court by Enquest sworne before the Deemster, and there to be recorded, that he arreast noe Man without a Warrent, sealed recoverable, but for Treason and Fellony, or that the Peace be broken, and so governed as the Law of the Land will, in his Presence, or els required at the Suite of the Partie, and the Surities, at the next Court after be required.

Alsoe whereas Shipmen and Chapmen might have noe Lycense to pass the Land with their Goods and Cattle to reare the Lord's Farme as the were accustomed to doe, which hath been great Hinderance to the Land; for better it were for them to thrive upon there Merchandize than other forreigne Merchants and Chapmen.

Therefore be it ordained that every Chapman and Shipman have Lycense as oft as his Profitt servith, for England, Ireland, and Wales, soe that he warne the Lieutennant, and have Lycense, to goe, and knowe if he have any Business and Cause to the Coast the goe unto, or backe again.

Alsoe that they take noe Tennants nor Servants out of the Land without Lycense of the Lieutennant, for noe Offence to them made, upon Paine of Forfeiture of his Vessell, and to pay the Farme of them that he carryeth away, and his Body to Prisson: And also that he find Sureties to come againe if he have no Lycense.

Alsoe every Munday the Chancery to be holden at the Castle, and these who will pursue any Warrant, either for the Lord or himself, for any Manner of Cause, or for any Manner of Arreast, that he may have Process out of the Court reasonable against that day Seven'night at Night, or els at the next Court of the same Sheading, that the Cause should bee tryed in, soe that every Cause have a lawfull Answere and Process as the Law will.

Alsoe be it ordained, that noe Barron have noe Sum of Money above 5. out of this Land, but in Merchandize, in Paine of the Forfeiture of the same Sume which he carryeth out of the Kings Land. Therefore be it ordained, that all Fines and Amerciments, after the Cause considered by the whole Councill, after their Power that offendeth, may be standinge.

Alsoe forasmuch as the Receivers have made Receipts and Reckonings with the Moares, of Payment for Victuall for the Lord, and to both the Places made Assignment; and also reckoning with the Steward for Payment of Repairations and other Things; and with Shipmen for their Fraight and their Hyres, without Knowledge of the Comptroller thereof. Therefore be it ordained from henceforth, that the Benchquire be houlden every Munday, and there all such Receipts, Reconings, and Payments of Money, to be made before the Comptroller, upon Pain of Disallowance of'the Costs and Payments made without Sight of the Comptroller; and also of Beasts taken up for my Lord at Pinfold, and praised of whome, and of what Price.

Be it ordained also, that noe Officer take any Guifts of any Tennant, nor of any Person, upon Pain of forfeiting their Fee; and also that noe Officer nor Freedman be in Fee with noe Barron, upon Pain of the Forfeiture.

Alsoe that noe Man ought to have any Pages within either of the said Houses, without spetiall Warrant, saving those that ought to have them of Right.

Alsoe there shall no Books goe out of the Treasury without Consent of the whole Councell, and in their Presence.

And forasmuch as greate Wast hath been made in the Castle and Peele, in Bread, and also in Fuell and Candles; therefore be it ordained, that the Lieutennant have one Loafe of Bread, one Gallon of Ale, two Candles in Somer, and three in Winter, and reasonable of Fuell every Night from Allhollowday till Easter; and iij Men and one Page; iii Horses at Hay, with xx Bowles of Oates at the Lord his Price. And the Receivers to have a Pottle of Ale, Halfe a Loafe Bread, one Candle in Somer, and ij in Winter, and reasonable of Fyre in the same Manner; and one Man a Piece, two Horses at Hay, and xij Bowles Oats. The Clearke of the Rowles one Quarte of Beere, one Candle in Somer, and two in Winter, and vj Bowles Oates. The Comptroller one Quarte Beere, one Candle in Somer and ii in Winter; j Horse at Hay, and six Bowles Oates, with one Page. The Constables of both the Places, either a Quarte of Beere, Halfe a Loafe Bread, ij Candles, Fuell in Winter reasonable, and ij Turves a Night in Somer to search the Watch, and the Water Bayliffe to have as the Receivers aforesaid, and noe more Liveries without spetiall Warrent from the Lord.

Alsoe it is ordained that no Soldier be taken into either Place, or put out, without knowledge of the Lord, but in needfull causes.

Alsoe that no Soldier of the one House be received into the other, upon Paine of Forfeiting his Fee, at Meate or Drink, except he come on the Lord his Business.

Alsoe that noe Soldier hould continually a Lemon within a Mile of either of said Houses upon Paine of Forfeiting of his Fee.

Alsoe that no Feedman or Soldier buy or sell without the Lord his Warrant, upon Paine of Forfeiting of his Service and Wages.

Alsoe that noe Yeoman have Meate or Drink except he have been on the Lord his Business but at the Bell.

Alsoe that your Men goe not forth of the Places without the Knowledge of the Constable.

Alsoe that noe Soldier, nor any other Man, make any Deputy within either of the Places, upon Paine of Forfeiture of their Fee, Imprisonment of their Body, and to make Fine and Ransome to the Lord; this standeth.

Alsoe the Receivers of both the Places is to see them victualled sufficiently at the Beginning of the Year, or els to pay for the Victualling of them theirselves; but if it be not soe done, he to be discharged presently.

Alsoe that Salt be received to neither Place but by Indenture, and the same Indenture to be delivered to the Comptroller without Excuse, upon Pain of Disallowance of the same Salt.

Alsoe forasmuch as the Receivers, before this Time, made Payment to the Lord without Knowledge of any Officer or Comptroller, which if any Vessells that bare such Payments were perished, (as God defend) it might be said it were a greater Sum then peradventure were delivered:

Wherefore be it ordained, that noe Payment be made or delivered, but such as the Lord commands to be brought to him, with Knowledge of the Councell; and that noe Part be left in the Treasury. And alsoe that it be compiled, upon Paine of Disallowance of the same Sume.

Alsoe be it ordained, that noe Coroner standing, Feight or take Quarrell in Hand, nor Party nor Advocate in noe Place during his Office, but in the Lord his Causes

Alsoe be it ordained, that the Water Bayliffe have his Deputy in every Haven, to make Defence in all Causes, and to make the Proffitts thereof, if any Forfeit be lawfully made in the Lords Behalfe, and to write what Goods is taken out of the Countrey, and what is brought in.

Alsoe be it ordained, that if Arreast be made by the Water Bayliffe, that it may be given in the Accompt to the Clearke of the Rolls, soe that the Lord may have an Amerciament.

Alsoe that noe Man be in Prisson at the Suite of the Party for noe Debt nor Trespass betwixt Party and Party, but as the Deemster will order by Process.

Alsoe that noe Man pay the Porter any Fees, that cometh in for my Lord his Debts, but as the Deemster will give in for Law.

Alsoe that no Lieutennant, Receiver, or any other Officer shall have any Liveries to their Chambers; neither Bread, Ale, Candles, nor Fuell, but when they are in proper Person.

Allsoe if any Lieutennant, or any other Officer conceale any Proffit or Revenues from the Comptroller, they shall loose their Fees for concealing or doing it singularly by himself against my Commandment.

Alsoe I will that my Receivers have the Governance of all Manner of Victuall that belongeth to Stores, as Wheat, Mault, and Salt, and to be delivered by him to the Steward, soe that there be noe Waste made, upon Forfeiture of their Fee.

Alsoe that the Lieutennant and Receivers, with too great Multitide of People, shall not ride into the Country for too greedy Costs Making, nor make noe Feast nor Gathering, nor Suiters to have any Answer there of their Suites, and that it be so declared unto them.

Alsoe I charge both Stewards of my two Houses that they be governed by my Receivers, as the will charge them, for the amending of excessive Expences, if there seem any, notwithstanding the old Governance aforesaid.

Alsoe that noe Man sitt at the high Table, but those that have Gentleman's Wages, save the Comptroller.

Alsoe that the Receiver and Comptroller shall take Expences of the Houshold every Weeke, if they see any Wast to commune with the Lieutennant thereof, and to amend the same, or els to pay it themselves. If any of these Orders be broken by any of my Officers or Soldiers, that the Comptroller send me Word so soon as he hath Knowledge of it, and that it be not quenched upon Paine of Forfeiture of his Fee.

Alsoe that the Clearke of the Rowles write all Things Plaine with full Letters, and the Judgment thereof in Parchment, that if any like Cause come another Time, it may be found of Record in the Treasury of all Manner of Questions asked and given in by the Deemsters and 24 Keyes, that it may be of Remembrance in the Treasury, on Paine of Forfeiture of the Clearkes Fee.

Alsoe the Receivers shall ask noe Allowance of noe Parcells paid, and if unpaid, in Paine of their Fee.

Alsoe that there shall neither Bopp. nor Abbott, nor Barron, receipt any Stranger or any other Person within their Houses, without Knowledge of the Lieutennant, what the are, and from whence the came, or whether the shall goe, or what Condition they be of.

Alsoe that the Abbott receive noe Monke to be resident, nor any Priest, without Lycence of the Lord.

Alsoe that the Receivers pay the Soldiers at every Quarters End, soe that noe Complaints, be made thereof, upon Paine of Disallowance of their Fee.

Alsoe that the Comptroller call them forth suddenly to muster, and whosoever will not be sufficiently furnished, to loose his Years Wages.

Alsoe that the Bookes be put into the Treasury and locked with iiii Keyes, the Lieutennant to have one Key, the Receivers either a Key, and the Comptroller a Key.

Alsoe that my Receivers repaire bothe the Places sufficiently, according to the Advice of my Lieutennant his Councell, and my Comptroller, and those that are now to be repaired by the Advice aforesaid, and they to be made privy to the Costs thereof; and this to be done at their Warrant, soe that from henceforth there be noe Decay for want of Reparations in Time, in Paine thereof that faileth.

Alsoe that my Mine be sett forward by my Lieutennant, Receiver, and Comptroller, for my best Profitt, and that they see the Miner doe his Duty and not to fale therein, for noe Manner of Cause, or els to make Writing, for I will not that he have Entertainment without Pains takeing.

Alsoe where before this Time the Comptrollers of this Land have been greatly hurt by Merchandize, by carrying them forth for their own Gaine, such Merchandize as be brought into the Country by Strangers to sell by privy Bargaines, ingrossing all or the greatest Part thereof to their own Proffitt, and then selling the same to the Countrey by their Prices. Therefore be it ordained, that noe Manner of Person bargaine nor buy any such Merchandize before it be seen and allowed by the Lieutennant and Councell; and that they shall appoint six or four discreet Men of the Country to be solemnly sworne to the said Merchants, to endeavour them truely to make Bargaine for the Profitt of the Land, soe that the Buyers of the Countrey shall have the Preferment thereof at the Sight of the Lieutennant and the Councell to be to the Lord his Use, in Consideration of Return and Course of Merchandize, provided notwithstanding that the Lord be served first of such Stuffe to the Use of himselfe or his Houses, and that noe Man do contrary to these Ordinances, upon Paine of Imprisonment and making Fine and Ransome to the Lord.

Alsoe that no Alien coming into any Haven in Man, with Merchandize or other Wares, pass abroad into the Land noe further, but to the next Parish Church, upon pain of Forfeiture of his Goods and his Body to Prison.

Also be it ordained, that no Merchants have any Money out of the Land, and so to be certifyed by the Lieutennant and the Councell.

Also that all Scotts avoid the Land with the next Vessell that goeth into Scotland, upon Paine of Forfeiture of their Goods, and their Bodys to Prison.

Noe Forraigner except he take the Oath of Allegeance.

Alsoe that no Man bring Beggars or Vagabonds into the Countrey, upon Pain of Forfeiture of his Boate.

Also be it ordained, that it is lawfull for every Person to enclose his Farme Land, and keep it severall all Tymes in the Yeare, and if any Man do any Hurt to him, or let him in executing of the same, he to complaine, and he shall have Remedy as the Law will.

Also that every Man bring, in his Setting Corn yearly, after his Ability, betwixt Michaelmas and Christmas to both the Places, or Candlemas at the furthest, at the Receivers perill, and that Officers tooke of every Tennant such Corne as groweth on their Grounds of the best they have, except certaine for Seede.


Jenkin Moore and John Christiane, Deemsters, by the Advice and Councell of xxiiij of the Land, sworne by the said Deemsters the seacond Day of December, Anno Domini, 1419, have given for Law these Points following:

FIRST, that whereas the late Wife of John Moore did perish herself, all such Goods as were belonging to her, is the Lords by his Prerogative, except such Goods as belong to the Coroner, which we say is Corbes, viz. her uttermost Garment, broken haggard, all Beasts under three Years old her Part of the Houses, these Goods being found free. Itm. the Deemsters to have iiij s. and the Moare. iiij s. or els the third Penny. Itm. they say that such Costs as were made upon her Buriall, to be none of her Part of Goodes, for they were forfeited unto the Lord before.

Alsoe they say that the afforesaid Woman that perished herself can pay noe Debts, because the Child that John Moore had by his Wife can have no Part of her Mothers Goodes, except the which was given her at the Font Stone. Also, we say that all the Debts should be paid out of the whole Goods, and after that the Forfeit above said to be my Lords and his Officers to be of the free Goodes.

Sir Willm. Inch, Sir Phillip Skillicorne, Sir Huan Norres, Sir James Clarke, Sir Thomas Stevenson, Sir John Moore, Robt. Norres, John Gawen, Jo. Moore, Robt. Norres, Robt. Matherell, and Willm. Stevenson, doe find by our Oathes, that all Viccars of Pencion shall never pay any Corbes to any Prieste or Corps present, nor noe waged nor hired Priest, noe Clearke, Silver.

All Viccars of Thirds shall pay Corbes, if they have them free, viz. one Pair Bedstocks, a Portasses, his Board and Tressell, a Chaire and a Forme, a Spoone if he have it, a Pott or a Pann, a Broach and a Pair of Goberts of Iron, and a Rackentree, if it be to be had.

Henry McGawn, Willm. Qualtrough, with the rest of their Fellows, do make xxiiij do find that these ought to be Corbes partaining to a Man, as if his Father have a Pann, his Son to have it, or els his best Pott, a Jack and Sallett, Bewe and Arrows, Sword and Buckler, his best Board and best Stoole, his Coulter and Rakentree, his best Cup if it be Wood and bound with Silver and Gilt, his best Chest.

Corbes for a Woman, the best Wheele and Cardes, Rackentree, a Sucke or els a Mank's Spade, the best Beade of Jet or Amber, the best Broach, the best Cross, the best Pott or Pann.

Alsoe we find that the Barrons ought to have noe Title to any Person that is borne out of the Countrey, and that cometh into the Land, he ought to be put into the Lord's Farme before any other.

Alsoe we find that the poor Tennants that disobey the Coroner for my Lord his Business, and be brought to the Castle or Peele, should pay no fine to the Coroner nor to the Porter, because they stand, in my Lord his Grace, of iij . And that my Lord may punish any within the Castle, that will not do his Comandment, paying noe Fee but at my Lord his Pleasure.

Alsoe that noe Moar shall go for any Custome noe further that his Charge sheweth him; and that the Moar shall not take any Stouckes of Corne, except it be given him of free Will, for it is no Custome.

Alsoe we find that the Coroner ought to have noe Custome of any Man but of him that beareth Rent to the Lord; and if it be but a Penny Rent he shall Pay the Coroner his Duty. The Moare to be free of all Manner of Custome, as my Lord maketh him, without paying the Coroner iiij d. for it is noe Duty; the Meaning of this Statute is that iiij d. Fee shall be paid yearly out of every Quarter to the Coroner. And whosoever holdeth noe Lords Land but only Intacks or Cottages, shall pay but a Penny, if he hould but iij s. iiij d. Rent, and above iij s. iiij d. Rent, to pay ij d. and no more.



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