1/24/1327, Edward III, age 14, succeeded Edward II as King of England.
~1332, James born in East Riding, Yorkshire, England, s/o 2955136. Robert de Pykering & 2955137. Maud ?.
~1335, Agnes born in England. (S) See 11/3/1391.
1348, The Black Death entered the west countryside of England [likely entering through Bristol].
Aft. 1350, James’ father died.
1354, A royal commission of oyer and terminer was set up to investigate charges of poaching levelled against James and Sir John Haryngton (2954964) of Farleton. (S) Barony of Kendal, V2, 1924, Farleton.
1360, James de Pykering, knt., demanded against Robert son of Adam Warde 4 bovates and 80 a. land in Helsyngton [Westmorland] ... which Thomas de Pykeryng gave to John his son and Margaret wife of the said John and their issue with remainder to Robert de Pykeryng and his heirs; he states that John and Margaret died without issue and that Robert had a son and heir James, the demandant. (S) Barony of Kendal, Kendal, 1924, Witherslack, Meathop and Ulpha.
7/1360, James responsible for the abduction of the widow of Sir Thomas Harrington.
8/1/1360, The death of Sir John Haryngton [and soon after his 2 eldest sons] would leave the wardship of the Haryngton estates to Sir James as feudal overlord.
By 3/1361, James knighted.
Aft. 1361, James requested and received from Edward III the custody of the next heir, Nicholas Haryngton, previously in the custody of John of Gaunt.
10/1362, James de Pykeryng, knight, MP for Westmorland. (S) UKNA.
11/7/1362, The king by letters patent granted for 100 marks the custody of the lands &c. in Wynmerley late of Thomas de Haveryngton, knight. (S) CFRs.
11/17/1362, Order for the payment to James de Pykeryng and John de Preston of £19 12s. for their expenses for 49 days at the Parliament summoned at Westminster a fortnight after Michaelmas last. (S) CCRs.
7/1363, Sir John Haryngton died 8/1/1360, Katherine died a week later, … Robert, their son and heir, of full age, entered the premises and had possession … After his death in parts beyond seas in 1362, without heirs of his body, Henry late duke of Lancaster and James de Pikering, knight, had possession until the death of the duke of Lancaster ; on whose death … and James de Pykering had and still has possession of the bailiwick. (S) CIsPM.
11/1364, James received custody of the Haryington lands in Winmarleigh, Lancashire, for which he had offered £200 as security.
2/27/1365, Order for the payment to James de Pykeryng and John de Burgh of £17 4s. for their expenses for 43 days at the Parliament summoned at Westminster representing Westmoreland. (S) CCRs.
9/1365, James de Pykering, knt., sheriff of Westmorland. (S) Lists & Indexes, V9, 1898, P150.
3/1366, Thomas de Stirkland, knt., grants … Witnesses: Ralph de Bethum and James de Pikeryng, knights; … (S) Barony of Kendale, V2, Wilson, 1924.
5/21/1368, Order for the payment to James de Pykeryng and John de Denton of £14 16s. for their expenses for 36 days at the Parliament summoned at Westminster representing Cumberland. (S) CCRs.
6/1369, Sir James and his former ward Nicholas Harrington arrived at Dublin, Ireland, under the command of Sir William Windsor., Lt. of Ireland.
4/29/1370, James de Pickering, D. L. of Ireland. (S) Handbook of British Chronology, Pryde, 1996, P165.
1370, Respite to James de Pykeryngge, knt., of the payment of £20 fine in which he was lately amerced when under sheriff of Westmorland.
By 6/1371, Sir James returned from Ireland.
6/1371, James appointed assessor of taxes in Westmorland.
10/1371, James de Pykering, knt., sheriff of Westmorland. (S) Lists & Indexes, V9, 1898, P150.
1373, Sir James the chief justice of Ireland charged by the Irish parliament with extortion, bribey, and illegal confiscation of property.
1374 at Kirkby Lonesdale, Grant by James de Pykeryng, knt., to Richard de Wysbeche, vicar of the church of Kirkby in Lonesdale, and Thomas de Whynfell, chaplain, of his lands and tenements in Siggeswyk in the vill of Heversham. (S) Barony of Kendal, V2, Wilson, 1924.
7/2/1376, To Alan Buxhill constable of the Tower of London. Order by mainprise of Henry Lescrope, Richard Lescrope, James de Pykeryng and John de Derwentwaatre to set free Hugh de Dacre knight from the Tower prison where he is detained on suspicion of causing the death of Randolph de Dacre his brother. (S) CCRs.
6/21/1377, Richard II succeeded Edward III as King of England.
1377-79, James de Pykeryng, knight, MP for Westmorland. (S) UKNA.
1378, James, Speaker of the House of Commons. James responsible for the first recorded ‘protestation’ or apology by a medieval Speaker, lest any of his remarks should cause offence to either the King or the Lords and put him personally at risk. [He had to present multiple reports to present that would not sit well with the nobility.]
1378, James de Pykeryng (Pickering), knight. James de Pykeryng, who was one of the knights for Westmorland in the last parliament at Westminster, states that while he was there, Thomas de Roos of Kendal and his four sons, with 300 armed men laid in wait for James' men and tenants of the high road in the town of Helsington, and on the Saturday before St Nicholas last attacked them, killing two and wounding 6. He requests a remedy. (S) UKNA.
4/1378, A royal commission of inquiry, which included James’ former ward, Sir Nicholas Haryngton, and his friend, Lord Clifford, to investigate these attempts on his life.
1379-80, James de Pykering escheator of Yorkshire. (S) UKNA.
3/15/1379, James de Pykeryng, knight, plaintiff, and John Fobell and Cristiana, his wife, deforciants of 23 messuages, 30 acres of land, and 2 acres of meadow in Ulverston, for which James gave them 100 marks. (S) Lancashire Fines, Pt3, 1905.
1379, Grant to James de Pykeryng, knt., and John de Yorke, in aid of the bridge of Strangerwaith over the water of Lone, of pontage for 3 years from things saleable coming from the priory of Hornby to the bridge called "Lonesbrig" over Tybay, co. Westmorland.
7/8/1380, James de Pikeryng, escheator of the county of York. (S) CPRs.
6/1381, James visited John of Gaunt at Carlisle.
1381, Roger, Lord Clifford, hereditery Sheriff of Westmorland, guaranteed Sir James’s ability to hand over a farm of £40 at the Exchequer for the wardship and marriage of the young Christopher Moresby.
10/1382, James de Pykeryng, knight, MP for Westmorland. (S) UKNA.
1382, James de Pykering (Pickering). Pykering requests that for his long service to the king that he be granted certain lands and tenements in Thorganby which were Maunby's, held of Dacre by knight's service. (S) UKNA.
2/1383, James, Speaker of the House of Commons, which was against John of Gaunt’s plan for an invasion of Spain.
3/7/1383, General pardon to James de Pykeryng, knight. (S) CPRs.
8/7/1383, Order to James de Pykeryngg, escheator in the county of York … (S) CFRs.
10/12/1384, William de Melton, knight; James Pykeryng (Pickering), knight; Walter Strirkeland (Strickland), knight; executors of William Wyndesore, knight. (S) UKNA.
5/9/1385, Roger de Clifford, Thomas de Roos, William de Skipwith, James de Pykeryng, … commission … Westmorland. (S) CPRs.
5/28/1386, Sir James de Pickering named as a commissioner in the Scrope and Grosvenor controversy. (S) Herald & Gen., V1, Nichols, 1863, P390.
1387, James de Pykerynge, knt., executor of the will of William de Wyndesore, knt. (S) Barony of Kendale, V2, 1924, Heversham and Milnthrope.
1389-90, James de Pickering, Sheriff of Yorks. (S) UKNA.
2/24/1390, Grant for life to the King’s knight, James de Pykeryng, retained to server the king in time of war with 20 men-at-arms and 100 archers, of 40 marks a year from the issues of county York. (S) CPRs.
3/17/1391, James de Pykeryng, knight, and Agnes, his wife, plaintiffs, and Henry Geffray and Joan, his wife, and William de Lyndesay and Alice, his wife, deforciants of 3 messuages, 44 acres of land, and 14 acres of meadow in Lancaster and Assheton, near Lancastre. For which James and Agnes gave them 40 marks. (S) Lancashire Fines, Pt3, 1905.
11/3/1391, Parties: James de Pykeryng', knight, querent, and John Smyth' of Chepyngmerlay the elder and Alice, his wife, deforciants. ... James has given them 20 marks of silver. (S) Feet of Fines, York.
11/27/1391, Grant to James de Pykeryng, ' chivaler,' by mainprise of Thomas de Metham, ' chivaler,' of the county of York, and Peter Tylioll, ' chivaler,' of the county of Cumberland, of the keeping of all the lands in the counties of York, Cumberland and Westmoreland late of Christopher de Moryceby, 'chivaler,' tenant of the king in chief, to hold the same, with the issues thereof, from the time of Christopher's death until the lawful age of Christopher, his son and heir, together with the marriage of the said heir. (S) CFRs.
11/27/1391, Roger, Lord Clifford, hereditery Sheriff of Westmorland, guaranteed Sir James’s ability to hand over a farm of £40 at the Exchequer for the wardship and marriage of the young Christopher Moresby.
2/24/1392, Order to James de Pykeryng, escheator in the county of York,— … (S) CFRs.
11/7/1393, Commitment of the county of York and the castle to James Pykeryng, ' chivaler'; during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff and keeper. (S) CFRs.
4/5/1396, Exemption for life of James de Pykeryng, knight, from being put on assizes … against his will. (S) CPRs.
11/3/1397, Commitment of the county of York and the castle to James Pykeryng, ' chivaler'; during pleasure, so that he answer at the Exchequer as sheriff and keeper. (S) CFRs.
7/13/1398, Special assize: Henry de Percy earl of Northumberland, … Nicholas de Haryngdon knight, James de Pykeryng knight, John Cokayn … (S) CPRs.
9/30/1399, Henry IV succeeded Richard II as King of England.
1/22/1399, Pardon to John Jolby, servant of James de Pykeryng, knight, for the death of John Watson. (S) CPRs.
By 1399, James de Pickering, late eacheator of Yorkshire, died. (S) UKNA. [James’ family held lands around the manor of Killington, and the town of Kendal.]
(S) The Hist. of Parliament, Roskell, 1993. (S) The Pickering Genealogy, Ellery, 1897.
Children of James and Agnes:
i. James de Pykeryng, born ? in England.
11/27/1401, Christopher son and heir of Christopher de Moriceby, Knight. Writ for proof of age, ordering James de Pykeryng, executor of James de Pykeryng, knight, who had the wardship, to be summoned to attend. (S) CIsPM.
2/6/1409, Commission to John Nevill, ' chivaler,' John de Skelton, Westminster. ' chivaler,' James de Haryngton, ' chivaler,' and James de Pikeryng, or to not less than two of them, to take into the king's hand, and cause to be kept safely until further order, all the lands in the counties of York, Cumberland and Westmoreland whereof William Thrylkeld, knight, who held of the king in chief, was seised. (S) Cal, of Fine Rolls.
ii. Thomas de Pickeringe (738784), born ~1355 in Killington, Yorkshire, England.