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History of the Church and Manor of Wigan.

the liege men of the said Earl, and were therefore bound to serve him in his enterprise against the King, swearing that his cause was a just one, and that of the King unjust, and promising plenary absolution of all their sins to every one who would go to his assistance; and so he had caused many to take part against the King who would not otherwise have done so. The said Robert appeared in court and made answer for himself that he had on a certain holiday, in his preaching, asked his parishioners to pray for the King, the peace and good estate of the realm, and for the Earls and Barons of the kingdom, and that God would so order and dispose between them that the peace and tranquility of the realm might in all things be preserved. He denied that he had sent any men at arms or men on foot to the assistance of the said Earl against the King. And as to this he placed himself upon a jury of his country. The jury elected to try him consisted of Sir Baldwyn de Gynes and Sir John de Kyrkeby, knights, Gilbert de Scaresbrek, William de Coudray, Alan de Rikkeston, Robert de Saunky, William de Standissh, John de Cophull, John de Asshton, John Banestre del Bonk, John de Heskeyth and Adam Nowell, who said upon their oath that the aforesaid Robert de Clyderhou had sent to the said Earl the said two men at arms and four men on foot to the help of the same Earl against the King at the cost of the same Robert, and that he had preached in the church against the King, as had been presented. Therefore Robert was committed to prison. Afterwards Simon de Aluetham, Adam de Clyderhou, Richard, son of Henry de Clyderhou, Henry de Rysshton, Roger de Aspeden, Hugh de Pemberton, Richard de Ins juxta Wigan, John de Boulton, Adam de Pemberton, John de Cruce, John son of Hugh of Wigan, Henry Russell of Wigan and Robert de Huyton became manucaptors for his appearance at the King's Bench, on the Monday next after the Octaves of St. Martin, under a penalty of 1,000 marks, and also for the payment of his fine to the King. On which day the said Robert appeared and proffered a fine of