In the 14th century it passed to the Courtenays, and in 1698 Sir William Courtenay was confirmed in the right of holding court leet, view of frankpledge and the nomination of a portreeve, these privileges having been surrendered to James II.
A court leet and view of frankpledge have been held here from time immemorial.
yearly for every toft, granting them the same privileges as the burgesses of Grimsby, and that their reeve should be chosen annually by the lord of the manor at his court leet, preference being given to the burgesses if they would pay as much as others for the office.
It was governed by a portreeve and bailiff, elected annually at the court leet held by the lord of the manor.
date the chief officer in the town had been the chief constable, who was appointed annually at the court leet of the manor.
No charter granting self-government to Wiveliscombe has been found, and the only evidence for the traditional existence of a borough is that part of the town is called "the borough," and that until the middle of the 19th century a bailiff and a portreeve were annually chosen by the court leet.
Bishop Waynflete is said to have confirmed the original charter in 1452, and in 1566 Bishop Horne granted a new charter by which the burgesses elected 2 bailiffs and 12 burgesses annually and did service at their own courts every three weeks, the court leet being held twice a year.
This arrangement lasted until 1565, when the burgesses put in a claim to their right of election, and it was decided that out of four burgesses nominated by the lord of the manor the jury of the court leet should select the mayor.
exchanged it with Roger de Newburgh, earl of Warwick, whose descendant, William de Beauchamp, in the reign of Edward I., claimed by prescription a court leet with assize of bread and ale and other liberties here, which were allowed him, as it was found that his ancestors had held the same.
incorporated Corfe Castle in 1663, the mayor being elected at a court leet from three nominees of the lord of the manor.
The town government during this period was by the bishop's bailiff, and the holders of the burgages composed the juries of the bishop's courts leet and baron.
The borough was governed by two bailiffs, both elected at the court leet of the lord of the manor, one by his steward, the other by a borough.
As such, the beadle goes back to early Teutonic times; he was probably attached to the moot as its messenger or summoner, being under the direction of the reeve or constable of the leet.
COURT LEET, an English petty criminal court for the punishment of small offences.
It has been usual to make a distinction between court baron and court leet 1 as being separate courts, but in the early history of the court leet no such distinction 1 The history of the word "leet" is very obscure.
Skeat has connected it with Old English lcietan, to let, which is very doubtful, though this is the origin of the use of the word in such expressions as "two-" "three-way leet," a place where cross-roads melt.
"Leet" is also used, chiefly in Scotland, for a list of persons nominated for election to an office.
Some time in the later middle ages the court baron when exercising these powers gained the name of leet, and, later, of "court leet."
established a sharp distinction between the court baron, exercising strictly manorial rights, and the court leet, depending for its jurisdiction upon royal franchise.
The court leet was a court of record, and its duty was not only to view the pledges but to present by jury all crimes that might happen within the jurisdiction, and punish the same.
The court leet began to decline in the 14th century, being superseded by the more modern courts of the justices, but in many cases courts leet were kept up until nearly the middle of the 19th century.
It was governed by a bailiff elected by the burgesses at the court leet of the lord of the manor, and never received a charter of incorporation.
From the Extenta manerii of the 12th century we get to the Manorial Rolls of the 13th, when also we have Hundred Rolls, records of forest courts, of courts leet and of coroners courts, and ii variety of municipal documents, for which the reader is referred to Dr C. Grosss Bibliography of British Municipal History and to Mrs J.
On the English side the region is watered by the Till, Bowmont, Coquet, Rede and North Tyne; on the Scottish by the Tweed, Whiteadder, Leet, Kale, Jed, Kershope, Liddel, Esk and Sark.
At the end of the same century the court for the view of frankpledge was generally known as the court leet, and was usually a manorial court in private hands.
In a formal fashion courts leet for the view of frankpledge were held in the time of the jurist Selden, and a few of these have survived until the present day.
The lord of the manor holds a court leet half-yearly, in April and October, for the recovery of debts under 40s.
At a meeting on 3 May, David will come with 3 or 4 names for the Board's consideration for the short leet.
leet jurisdiction within his holdings (see Franchise Courts above ).
leet records of the boro or town and royal manor of Salford, vol.ii (ed.
The business of the court baron or court leet is normally divided into different sections.
Kingsbridge was never represented in parliament or incorporated by charter, the government being by a portreeve, and down to the present day the steward of the manor holds a court leet and court baron and appoints a portreeve and constables.
The corporation was replaced by two constables chosen annually in the court leet of the manor until 1894, when an urban district council was appointed.
The MS. records of the Portmote or Court Leet, 1597-1669, were edited by J.
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