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The Local History Society for Purley on Thames

The Malyns Family

In 1312 Henry de Malyns paid a Fine of 100s which entitled him not to take up arms as a knight for two years. There was a covenant for warranty of lands in Little Purley in 1315. John Romayn of Willenhale recognised that he was in bond to Henry de Malyns for £22 in respect of a transfer of land consisting of one messuage with curtilage a croft with 13 acres of arable land and 3 roods of meadow in Purley. Henry de Malyns complained in 1316 that his name had been wrongly returned to Chancery as of one having lands to the yearly value of £50 and hence liable take knighthood. He held lands and rent in Little Purley to the value of £4-15-8.

Henry Malyns died in 1323 and on June 22nd the Escheator was ordered to take all his lands into the King's hands. The Escheator, John Walewayn, was removed from office and replaced by Richard le Wayte who was again ordered to take the lands of Henry Malyns into the King's hands as his predecessor had failed to obey the order of the previous year.

On May 13th Richard le Wayte, was ordered not to meddle with the manor of Little Purley, as it had been determined that Henry Malyns and Cecily his wife held that manor of the King in Chief by Knight Service of 5 shillings yearly at Windsor Castle. All Henry's other lands had been held of other lords Henry Malyns was succeeded as Lord of the manor of Purley Parva by his wife Cecily who held it as her dower for her lifetime. His son Edmund was recorded as being '28 years and more' at the inquest. It was reported that 'he was seized in Purley of a capital messuage with dovecote, worth six shillings and eight pence; 180 acres of land worth 60 shillings; 15 acres of meadow worth 30 shillings; ten and a half acres of pasture worth 5s 3d and rents of assize to the value of 10s'.

Cecily Malyns died in 1331 and the heir to the manor of Purley Parva was her son Edmund, said to be 38 years of age. In 1339 Edmund de Malyns gave notice to all his tenants in Purley that he had enfeoffed his son Reginald and Edmund de Hampden of his manor of Little Purley and that thereafter they were to render all services and pay all dues to them or their attorneys. In 1346 Edmund de Malyns paid a fine of 25s re the manor of Purley Parva which he held by the service of a quarter of a knight's fee. Reginald Malyns returned to England in 1367 from France after his father's death to look after his estates which included Purley Parva.

Reynold (Reginald) Malyns died in 1383 leaving the Manor of Purley Parva to his son Edmund. He had been made a Knight and acquired lands in Oxfordshire. The manor was said at the time to be held of Sir Robert Ferrers who appears to have been the head of the Sifrewast Fee in Berkshire. Reynold's widow was Florence. Edmund Malyns died in 1386 leaving a widow Isabella. The manor of Purley Parva passed to his grandson Edmund, younger son of Sir Edmund Malyns. The estate was settled on the young Edmund for life with reversion to his father's heirs and contingent remainder to Thomas Barentyne and his wife Joan (who was a daughter of Sir Edmund) for her son Reynold.

One third of the Manor of Little Purley was ordered to be given in dower to Isabel, wife of Adam Ramesey and widow of Edmund Malyns in 1388. Isabel had recovered this from Thomas Barentyne, John Harewedaun et al. Edmund Malyns had apparently sold the manor to Thomas Barentyne without licence of the King. Adam and Isobel were pardoned for having married without first getting the King's permission. Thomas Barentyne was pardoned in 1391 for acquiring the manor of Purley from Edmund Malyns, deceased. He was given licence to Quitclaim two thirds of the manor to Edmund, younger son of Edmund Malyns, and one third to Isabel, Edmund's widow. Edmund Malyns died in 1399 and was succeeded as Lord of the Manor of Purley Parva by his eldest brother Reynold.

Reginald Malyns paid 10s re the Manor of Purley Parva in 1402 which he held from the King for half a knight's fee. In 1424 Reynold Malyns conveyed the Manor of Purley Parva to Thomas and Alice Walsh and their son John, but on 5th Sept he appointed William Hynde and Thomas Rothwell as his legal representatives in a lawsuit against the Walshes concerning 3 acres of land and two acres of meadow in Purley Parva.

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