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ON BEHALF OF
SIMON THOMAS SCROPE,
OF DANBY ON YORE, IN THE COUNTY OF YORK, ESQUIRE,
CLAIMING THE HONOUR AND DIGNITY
EARL OF WILTES,
King RICHARD the Second by His Charter granted in Parliament, bearing date on the 29th of September in the twenty-first year of His Reign, created Sir William Scrope Knight of the Garter, eldest son of Richard Lord Scrope of Bolton, Earl of Wiltes, TO HOLD TO HIM AND HIS HEIRS MALE FOR EVER.
The following is a translation of the Charter :Concerning an advancement The King to the same (the Archbishops, Bishops, Abbots,
to the Dignity of Earl. Priors, Dukes, Earls, Barons, Justices, Sheriffs, Ministers and all bis Bailiffs and Trusty Subjects) Greeting. Know ye that We, considering the probity, strenuous and provident circumspection, and the twofold illustriousness of manners and of birth of Our beloved and trusty William Le Scrop Chevalier, and willing therefore him the said William deservedly to exalt by the Prerogative of Honour, do advance and create him the said William in this Our Present Parliament to be Earl of Wiltes, and do invest hip with the Style, Title and Name and Honour of the place aforesaid by the girding of the Sword, TO HAVE TO HIM AND HIS HEIRS MALE FOR EVER. And in order that the same Earl and his Heirs aforesaid, for the decency of so great a Name and Honour, may be the better and more honourably able to support the burdens incumbent on the same, of Our Special Grace we have in Our Present Parliament given and granted, and by this Our present Charter do confirm to the same Earl and his Heirs aforesaid £20, to be perceived every year out of the issues of the County of Wiltes by the hands of the Sheriff of that County for the time being at the terms of Easter and Michaelmas by equal portions for ever. These being Witnesses—The Venerable Fathers Robert Archbishop of York Primate of England, R. Bishop of London, W. Bishop of Winchester, J. Bishop of Ely, E. Bishop of Exeter Our Chancellor, John Duke of Aquitaine and Lancaster, Edmund Duke of York, Our most dear Uncles, Aubrey de Veer Earl of Oxford, Henry de Percy Earl of Northumberland, Reginald de Grey, and John de Lovell, Knights, Roger de Walden, Dean of York Our Treasurer, Guy Mone, Keeper of Our Privy Seal, and others. Given under Our Hand at Westminster on the 29th day of September.
By the King himself in Parliament.