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1313, Richard de Swynnerton, … with others unknown has beaten
and wounded James de Stafford at Lychefeld … (S) CPRs.
James 1st married to Margaret. (S) Manduessedum
Romanorum, Bartlet, 1791, P56.
1317, William Stafford, grandfather of James, gave him the
manor of Amelcote.
1318, Feoffment by William de Stafford, knight, to James son of
William his son, in tail, of the manor of Hamelcote and a mill … (S) A
Descriptive Catalogue of Ancient Deeds, 1902, P392.
6/1319 at Ecceshale, John and his brother James beat, wounded,
and ill-treated Richard de Swynnerton.
5/6/1320, Commission of oyer and terminer to John de Somery,
Ralph Basset, … on complaint by Roger de Swynnerton that … James de Stafford …
with others, entered him manor of Acton, co. Stafford, with the intention of
killing him and his servants, broke the houses of the manor, took and carried
away his goods … (S) CPRs.
1321, James de Stafford and other made fine for William de
Chetilton, accused as a malefactor that had threatened the Abbot of Deulacres.
3/10/1322, John and his brother James supported the earl of
Lancaster at the battle of Burton Bridge. [They lost and retreated to Tutbury
3/16/1322, John’s grandfather was captured at the battle of
Boroughbridge. [Also a loss for the earl of Lancaster.]
3/1322, John and his brother James “put fire against the gates”
in an attempt to free their grandfather.
3/22/1322, “Arlegh, the dwelling place of James de Stafford in
Stafford”. (S) CPRs.
5/19/1322, Grant for life to John de Somery of the manor of
Amelcote, co. Stafford, late of James de Stafford, a rebel, in the king’s hands
by forfeiture. (S) CPRs.
1322, Alexander de Swynnerton slain by James de Stafford.
10/27/1322, Pardon … to James son of William de Stafford the
younger, for the death of Alexander de Swynnerton … (S) CPRs.
3/18/1326, William de Stafford, the elder, … William de
Stafford, the younger, John Bagod, … James de Stafford, … acknowledge that they
owe to Roger de Swynnerton, knight, 80 marks. (S) CCRs.
7/18/1327, Protection, with clause volumus, for … John de
Stafford, staying with Roger de Mortuo Mari in the marches of Scotland in the
king’s service … the like for William de Stafford, Walter de Stafford, James de
Stafford. (S) CPRs.
2/28/1328, Commission to … James de Stafford, … to enquire
touching what lands … were the property of Hugh le Despenser, late earl of
Winchester, Hugh le Despenser, the younger, Edmund, late earl of Arundell, …
1328, “Feoffment by William de Stafford the elder to John de
Stafford his son and Margaret John’s wife, in tail, of the manor of Amelcote
and lands, &c. in Bettecote and the mill of Bettecote, with remainder in
default to James de Stafford and his heirs.” (S) A Descriptive Catalogue of
Ancient Deeds, Public Record Office. [William ousted his son James from the
inheritance of Amelcote, which had been given to James by William’s father
6/24/1329, James de Stafford accused of hunting trespasses in
co. Stafford. (S) CPRs.
1329, William de Stafford, Chevaler, sued James, son of William
de Stafford, for a debt of £40. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, V11, 1890.
9/30/1334, Appointment of John de Stafford and Richard de
Peshale, sheriff of the county of Stafford, to arrest where found, and lodge in
Stafford gaol, … James de Stafford, knight, … (S) CPRs.
3/29/1335, “Debtor: James de Stafford, knight. Creditor: John
de Stafford. Amount: 12m. 6s. 8d.” (S) UKNA, Staffordshire.
1336, William de Stafford, senior, sued James de Stafford,
Chivaler, for the manor of London (Sandon), as his right and inheritance, and
of which the said James had unjustly disseised William de Stafford, his father,
whose heir he is. James appeared by attorney and stated that the said William
could make no claim to the manor by the seisin of his father, William, because
the said William, his father, had granted the manor by deed to him and to
Margaret, formerly his wife, to be held by them and the heirs of their bodies,
and he produced the deed which contained a clause of warranty, and he pleaded
that the said William being bound to warrant the manor to him, could not
maintain the present action. (S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire.
8/28/1336, Appointment of John Trussel … and James de Stafford,
… to arrest Humphrey de Hastang, … trespasses at Stafford, … (S) CPRs.
James married 2nd Isabella ?.
3/13/1337, Licence for Philip de Somervill to enfeoff John de
Warrewik … the manor of Allerwas … James de Stafford and Isabella, his wife, …
and for them to regrant … (S) CPRs.
5/10/1339, Appoitment, … for the arrest of … Thomas de
Goushull, James de Stafford and Adam de Peshale … (S) CPRs.
5/8/1347, Commission of oyer and terminer to James de Stafford,
… in the county Stafford … (S) CPRs.
1/21/1354, Appointment … to arrest and bring before the council
James de Stafford, ‘chivaler,’ … lately appointed to collect the last tenth and
fifteenth in the county of Stafford, … so that the king should be answered …
(S) Plea Rolls for Staffordshire, V10, 1889.
·“William de Stafford and James de Stafford
surrenedered, and did not deny that they were of the maintenance of Thomas de
Brumpton, their kinsman, but denied that they armed to the terror of the people
or to the King’s detriment.” (S) Collections for a History of Staffordshire,
V4, 1883, P31.
·James de Stafford named as a gang leader in The
Coterel Gang, an Anatomy of a Band of Fourteenth-century Criminals, Bellamy,
Child of James and Margaret:
i. Margaret Stafford (625027), born ~1330 in