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History of the Church and Manor of Wigan.

the part of the nobles, orders him to proceed with his colleagues in this business.[1]

In the same year he had a charter for making a sheep-fold, or enclosure for sheep, namely, the bercaria of Sneydall, in the forest of Pickeringe,[2] in Yorkshire; and also a licence to crenellate or embattle his mansion at Sedgewyck, in the county of Sussex.[3]

At the close of that year or early in 1259, he was sent over to St. Omer with the Bishop of Worcester and others to meet Richard, Earl of Cornwall, the King's brother and titular King of the Romans, to require from him an oath that he would observe the Provisions of Oxford before he landed in England, lest he should bring back with him his half-brothers and other foreigners who had been exiled by the said Provisions.[4]

On the 10th March, 1259, he was one of those sent to the King of France as an arbitrator on Henry's side, concerning the amount of money which ought to be paid to the English King for the maintenance of 500 knights for two years.[5]

On the l0th of May, 1259, Richard de Clare and John Maunsell were sent to arrange for a marriage between John, eldest son of John, Duke of Brittany, and Beatrice, the King's daughter.[6] In the same month, as one of the great council of 24 who practically ruled the country at that time, he attached his signature to the deed of confirmation of peace between the English and the French, by which Henry resigned to the French King the Duchy of Normandy and other French provinces, which had

  1. Royal Letters, temp. Hen. III. p. 127. At the great council which met at Oxford on the 11th of June, 1258, were passed the enactments known as the Provisions of Oxford. The chief objects sought to be obtained by the barons by these Provisions were, first, the exclusion of aliens from the command of the royal castles or of the fortified ports; and secondly, a control over the administration of justice and, what was then a branch of that administration, the assessment and collection of the revenue, by the appointment of the Chief Justiciar in Parliament, and by the substitution of officers chosen by the several counties for the Sheriffs named by the Crown.
  2. Cal. Rot. Pat. 43 Hen. III. m. 1. No. 1.
  3. Ibid. m. 15. No. 42.
  4. Chronicon Thomæ Wykes; Blaauw's Barons' War, p. 84.
  5. Royal Letters, temp. Hen. III. p. 138.
  6. Rymer's Fœdera, vol. i. p. 382.