b'of Beverley and they sent a petition to Parliament tokilled a third of the population. Archbishop Alexander build town wall fortifications. Neville was an unpopular Archbishop of York (1373-Pocklington was a likely muster point for the wars1387) and generated much hatred, which manifested with the Scots. The Portable Antiquities Scheme 6haveitself in many examples of damage to his property and many examples of items such as coins and harnesspossessions. But from the following accounts, even studs which date from this time, found in Pocklington.the earlier Archbishops were affected.The following parishes in our area all had1309 11& 1311 12 Carrying away of goods from valuations which were reduced by over 50% inWylton1327: 7Rillington, Thorpe Bassett, Settrington, Kirby1313 13 Trespass at WyltonGrindalythe, Westow, Burythorpe, Kirby Underdale1327 14Assault at Wiltonand Skirpenbeck. 1341 15 Case against Persons hunting in the free In 1321, Eleanor de Percy 8petitioned the kingwarren and causing damage and removing wood, that she took the lands of her sons inheritance indeer and fishYorkshire, in the Kings hand in the name of wardship,1343 16Complaint by Archbishop William that on lease, but that all these lands, with the exceptionsome disturbers of the peace had broken the parks of of the vill of Pocklington, have been so ruined by twothe See of York, hunted there, cut down trees, fished attacks by the Scots that she cannot raise the moneythe stews and carried away fish and wood. Wilton is from them to pay the farm [or rent]. She asks thatmentioned along with many other of the Archbishops certain people of the King and Councils choosingpossessionsmight be assigned to inquire into these damages,July 17 th1347 17 Commission of Oyer and and that her farm might be reduced according toTerminer on persons who broke the houses of Francis what they find. In a subsequent petition 9 , Eleanor dede Filiis Ursi, Treasurer of the church of St. Peter, York, Percy asks for a reduction of the farm of the lease ofthe issues of whose lands and rents in the County her sons inheritance in Yorkshire that she owes forof York, ought to be answered to the king for the the time that she held it because of the destructionexpedition of the war with France. At Wilton they felled wrought by the Scots. She held the farm renderinghis trees, at York, Tollerton and Alne, they carried away 400 a year, but after only 2 years of the term thethe trees along with other goods and at Newthorpe Scots entered the county and pillaged her lands,and Acomb.robbing her tenants, and taking their goods away, andJuly 8 th1353 18 Commission touching the on one occasion they killed nearly all the tenants of 7evildoers who broke the closes and houses of the of the best vills. manors and places and the parks of the Archbishopric This suggests that the Scots were damagingof York, at many places including Wilton, when the immediate area round Bishop Wilton, and wethe same were in the kings hands during the late know that a relic 10 , directly associated with the Scotsvoidance of the archbishopric, and entered the free from this time, was found in Bishop Wilton, a seal ofchaces [sic] and warrens, hunted in these parks, felled Michael of Aberdeen. trees, fished the stews, carried away the fish, the trees and timber from the houses, and other goods Lawlessness in the kings keeping there. They took deer from the The Kings Patent Rolls clearly show the 14 th parks and chaces and hares, conies, pheasants and Century as a time of unrest and lawlessness and givepartridges from the warren.examples of actual destruction within the parish. ByNov 8 th1375 19 Commission of Oyer and Terminer 1350 the Black Death had reached Yorkshire and- complaint by Alexander Neville, Archbishop of York, 6See http://www.findsdatabase.org.uk7The Wars of the Bruces, Scotland, England and Ireland 13061328 by Colm McNamee. TuckwellPress. 1997.8The National Archives SC 8/87/43039 Ibid. SC 8/2/9210 Bulletin 16An Ancient Seal found in Bishop Wilton by Andrew Sefton.11 Edward IIVol.1 P.17112 Edward II Vol.1 P.42113 Edward II Vol.2 P.6014 Edward III Vol.1 P. 7115 Edward III Vol.5 P.20716 Edward III Vol.6 P.7617 Edward III Vol.7 P.39118 Edward III Vol.9 P.51119 Edward III Vol.16 P.227BULLETIN 18 355'