By 1290, Richard born in England.
By 1297, Juliana born in England, d/o 7604742. Stephen Asshewy & 7604743. Isabella ?.
1311, Richard, a goldsmith [see 5/15/1355], bought his London citizenship for £1 6s 8d.
~1323, Ricard married Juliana.
1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
1329, Richard, Sheriff of London.
1/28/1333, Acknowledgement of the king’s indebtedness to Richard le Lacer, citizen and mercer of London, in £200 sterling … (S) CPRs.
2/1333 at Bromley, Release by Conan son of Henry, knight, to Richard Lacer, citizen of London, and Juliana his wife, of his right in the manors of Biomlegh and Blakebrok [Kent] in exchange for the manor of Liverton, … Witnesses: Maurice de Brune, …, knights, … CCRs.
1334, Sir Thomas Latymer conveyed the estate of Blackbrook to Richard and Juliana his wife. (S) Archaeologia Cantiana, 1880, P148.
1334-57, Richard an Alderman of Farrington Ward.
11/14/1334, “the said Mayor caused the Aldermen to be convened there, and the more powerful and better citizens of the same city; to which meeting came … and Richard Lacer, Aldermen, and an immense number of citizens …” [To collect 1200 marks for sending soldiers to Scotland.]
5/1335, Richard attended the York parliament representing London.
12/17/1336, Order to the mayor, aldermen and the whole commonalty of London to be intendant to Richard Lacer and Richard de Berkyng, whom the king has appointed to levy in London the 10th and 15th. (S) CFRs
1/28/1337, Order to the mayor and sheriffs of London and the collectors of the ancient and new custom in London to take security from Richard Lacer, citizen of London, and Ferand Manyoun merchant of Spain, that they will not take elsewhere than to Middelburgh in Seland. (S) CFRs.
10/19/1338, “Creditor: Richard Lacer, citizen and merchant of London. Amount: £24. Before whom: Henry Darcy, Mayor of London.” (S) UKNA.
10/12/1339 at Merton, Grant by brother Philip de Thame, prior of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem … to Richard Lacer, citizen of London, and to Juliana his wife for life, for a certain sum paid down by them, of a yearly rent or pension of £50 for life to be paid to them … they have granted to Richard for life, half a cloth of the suit of their clerks with fur lining, and to Juliana half a cloth of the same suit with skin lining, or 100s. in lieu of the said cloth, fur and skin against Christmas. (S) CCRs.
12/20/1340 at the Tower of London, Confirmation of a grant … to Richard Lacer, citizen of London, and Juliana his wife, … (S) CCRs.
7/6/1341, Pardon to John Braye of Coventre, merchant, … for non-appearance before the justices … to answer a plea of Richard Lacer of London, ‘mercer,’ … (S) CPRs.
10/1/1341, Release by Thomas de Houton, … to Richard Lacer, citizen of London, and Juliana his wife, of all his right and claim in all those lands, with houses, gardens and all other appurtenances which the said Richard and Juliana lately held of the gift and enfeoffment of the said Sir John in the parishes and fields of Westgrenewiz [West Greenwich], Rotherhethe, Depeford and Pecktham. (S) CCRs. [Like release of properties from Richard to Thomas.]
12/16/1343, “Indenture between Margaret (Juliana’s sister-in-law), late the wife of Stephen de Asshewy, knight, of the one part, and Richard Lacer, citizen of London, and Juliana his wife, of the other part, witnessing the conditions on which the said Margaret has granted to the said Richard and Juliana, during her own life, the third part of 3 messuages, 4 shops, and a garden &c. in London, in the parishes of St. Lawrence, Jewry, and St. Mary, Aldermanbury, which she had recovered from them by writ of dower in the Guildhall, London, after the death of the said Stephen.” (S) UKNA.
1/20/1345, Order to the mayor, aldermen and the whole commonalty of London to be intendant to Richard Lacer and William de Causton, whom the king has appointed to levy in London for the first year the 10th and 15th. (S) CFRs.
2/7/1345, Richard Lacer and Juliana his wife, citizens of London received an indult to choose confessors, who shall give them, being penitent, plenary remission at the hour of death, with the usual safeguards. (S) Cal. of Papal Reg.’s, V3, 1897, Regesta 164.
1345, John Whyte of Hertford, chaplain, granted tenements with other London properties, to Richard Lacer and his wife Juliana for life, with remainder to their son John and his legitimate heirs. [See Isabella’s will.]
11/28/1345, … Richard Lacer, mayor of the city of London and escheator there. (S) CPRs.
7/20/1346, … before Richard Lacer, the Mayor, the Aldermen, and the Chamberlain, … (S) CCRs.
3/28/1355, Simon de Worstede, mercer, and Alice his wife demand an Assize of Nuisance against Richard Lacer, goldsmith, touching their free tenement in the parish of St Alban, Wood Street. (S) Cal. of the Plea, City of London, V1, 1926, Roll A 7.
1/23/1345, “Creditor: Richard de Willoughby, knight … Before whom: Richard Lacer, Mayor of London; …” (S) UKNA.
10/29/1345, Writ to Richard Lacer, Mayor, appointing him on a Commission of gaol delivery for Newgate.
11/28/1345, Richard, mayor of the city of London and escheator there. (S) CPRs.
3/22/1346, “… Amount: £13. Before whom: Richard Lacer, Mayor of London …” (S) UKNA.
10/15/1346, The impoverished priory and order of St. Mary of Bethlehem, later to become Bethlehem Hospital (‘Bedlam’), was taken under the patronage and protection of Richard Lacer, mayor of London, and the citizens of London. The act brought to an end a century of “disaster, poverty, and failure.”
1347, Richard and alderman at the First Common Council of the city of London. (S) Memorials of London, 1868, Letter-Book F, fol. cxxxvi.
6/10/1347, Richard Lacer of London on a commission to collect wool for the king in London and its suburbs. (S) CFRs.
1/16/1348, Richard Lacer on a London assize of nuisance. (S) London Assize of Nuisance, 1973, Roll DD.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
6/1349, The Plague reached Dorset, and had spread across England by the end of 1349.
Richard married 2nd widow Isabella [Randolph].
10/1350 at Plegeden, Charter of Richard Lacer, citizen of London, grants to John his son, … all his manor of Plegeden, … which he has by gift and enfeoffment of Sir Robert de Morlee, knight. (S) CPRs, 2/24/1390.
3/2/1352, Richard Lacer on a London assize of nuisance. (S) London Assize of Nuisance, 1973, Roll DD.
12/11/1353, Richard Lacer alderman of the ward of Fletstrete, London. (S) CCRs.
5/15/1355, Simon de Worstede, mercer, and Alice his wife complain that Richard Lacier, goldsmith, has 5 open windows in his tenement in the par. of St. Alban de Wodestrete, on the east side, overlooking their garden, through which he and his servants can see their private affairs. (S) London Assize of Nuisance, 1973, Roll DD.
1356, Richard Lac(er) paying quit rent in London.
11/1/1357, Richard, alderman of London, on the council hearing a case of Adam de Wroxham of London. (S) CCRs.
1361, There was an outbreak of the plague in London.
7/25/1361 at Bromlegh, Richard wrote his will. ‘To be buried in the church of S. Peter de Bromlegh. To Isabella his wife his tenement near Eldefisshstret for life, with remainder to Richard his son in tail ; also an adjoining tenement and a shop in the parish of S. Mary de Aldermannebury and a seld in Soperlane for life ; remainder to his aforesaid son in tail. His tenements in the parish of S. Michael de Paternostercherch to be sold for pious and charitable uses. To his aforesaid son he leaves all his tenements in the parishes of S. Laurence, Old Jewry, and S. Nicholas at the Shambles.’ … Addendum: ‘Also to Isabella his wife he leaves the wardship and marriage of Richard his son, together with all rents, tenenments, &c., belonging to the said son, during minority.’ (S) Cal. of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Hustings, 1890, P59.
7/27/1361, Richard, of Bromley, Kent, alderman and Lord Mayor of London died owning tenements in 6 London parishes. (S) UKNA.
7/29/1361, Will of Isabella, relect of Richard, late mercer. ‘To be buried in the churchyard of the parish church of Bromlegh in the diocese of Rochester. To Agnes, late the wife of John, son of Richard, her late husband, she leaves her tenement in the parish of S. Peter near Oldefishstret for life ; remainder to William Randolph her son for life, remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Houses in the parish of S. Michael le Quern to be also sold for similar purposes. (S) Cal. of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Hustings, 1890, P60.
By 11/1361, Isabella died. (S) Both wills recorded in London. [A brass plate to Isabella, wife of Richard Lacer, Mayor of London, was found during renovations of the Bromley Church in Kent.]
(S) A Genealogical and Heraldic History …, 1835, Burke, P205. (S) Magna Carta Ancestry, P413. (S) The Mendicant Houses of Medieval London, Rohrkasten, 2004, P125. (S) Hist. Gaz. of London Before the Great Fire, 1987, St. Pancras Soper Lane 145/1. (S) Black Death in London, Sloane, 2011.
Child of Richard and Juliana: [5 children]
i. Alice Lacer (1901185), born ~1325 in London, England.
ii. John Lacer, born ? in England.
1345, John named in a record of his parents.
John married Agnes ?. (S) Will of Isabella.
Bef. 1361, John died.
ii. Katherine Lacer, born ? in London, England.
Katherine married John atte Pole of Shordich.
7/25/1361, Will of John atte Pole. ‘To be buried in the church of S. Mary de Clerkenewell. … To Katherine his daughter, various religious orders, &c., To Katherine his wife his leaves his tenements in the City of London for life ; … (S) Cal. of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Hustings, 1890, P47.
11/1361, Richard Lacer’s daughters, Katharine, widow of John atte Pole, and Alice, with Alice's husband, Walter Brun, knight, made a claim on the property when Richard’s wills were enrolled.
10/8/1365 at London, Robert Marny, kt., and Alice his wife, daughter and one of the heirs of Richard Lacer senior, her father, late citizen, and sister and heir of Richard Lacer junior, … of the one part and Katherine, who was the wife of John atte Pole of Shordich, the other daughter and heir of Richard Lacer senior and sister and heir of Richard Lacer junior, of the other part, witnesseth that, since Katherine sued out a writ in the Husting against Robert and Alice to secure a sharing out of all the tenements held by the late Richard and his father … Katherine has for her purparty all the tenements held by Domengo with the stable and one solar over it extending to the north 13½ ells in length and in breadth on the west 7¼ ells and on the east 7 1/8 ells which tenements extend along Walbrok and adjoin the tenements of Nicholas Bremble on the east and along the king's highway called la Roial on the west and between the aforementioned tenements assigned to the other purparty on the south and the tenement of Nicholas Bremble on the north with the gutters and water courses descending from the roof of the said solar on the south side towards the said stable; … the purparty of the first party [Alice] should be charged at 7 marks a year and the purparty of Katherine at 4 marks a year … (S) Cartulary of Holy Trinity, Aldgate, 1971, St. Michael Paternoster.
iii. Richard Lacer Jr., born ? in London, England.
By 1365, Richard died, his sisters his heirs.