martin de pateshull, archdeacon of norfolk, dean of st paul’s


  • A judge who was ordered to go as itinerant with him in Yorkshire begged to be excused, on the ground that Pateshull was strong and so sedulous and practised in labour as to
    exhaust the strength of all his fellows, and especially that of the writer and of William de Ralegh [q. v.] (Royal Letters, Henry III, i.

  • He appears as one of the clerks of King John in 1209 (Rotuli Chartarum, p. 108), and in June 1215 received a safe-conduct to go to the king at Windsor (Rotuli Literarum Patentium,
    p. 142).

  • One of his clerks wrote that: The said M. is energetic, and so conscientious and thorough in his work that he has overwhelmed all his fellows, especially W. of Ralege and
    myself, with the most exacting labour … Everyday he starts work at sunrise and does not stop till night[1] In 1217 he was made Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, a position his former master Simon de Pattishall had held and indeed one that
    his own clerk, William de Raley, later held.

  • In 1217 he sat as a justice at Westminster, and was a justice itinerant for Yorkshire and Northumberland, after which date he was constantly employed as a judge, his name
    appearing first in the commissions for seven shires in 1224 (DUGDALE).

  • After the end of the First Barons’ War Pattishall became the leader of Henry III’s professional legal servants, and was instrumental in reestablishing the courts.

  • Martin of Pattishall (died 14 November 1229) was an English judge.

  • PATESHULL, MARTIN DE (d. 1229), judge and dean of London, was probably a native either of Pattishall, Northamptonshire (FULLER) or Patshull, Staffordshire (FOSS).

  • Previously the Court had been held coram rege, that is, in the presence of the king, meaning that court could not be held while the King was separate from the Chief Justice.

  • Grants of forty marks were made to him for the expenses of an iter in October 1221, and of fifteen and twenty-one marks for like expenses in July 1222, and he also had license
    from the king to keep fifty hogs in Windsor forest (Rotuli Literarum Clausarum, i.


Works Cited

[“Oxford DNB; Pattishall, Martin of
2. Foss’s Judges, ii. 438; Dugdale’s Chron. Ser. pp. 7, 8; Fuller’s Worthies, ii. 166, ed. Nichols; Wendover, iv. 94 (Engl. Hist. Soc.); Ann. Monast. i. 73, iii. 66, 87, iv. 416, 421, Royal Letters Hen. III, i. 328,
342 (both Rolls Ser.); Rot. Chart., p. 108, Rot. Litt. Pat. p. 142, Rot. Litt. Claus. i. 471, 504, 515, ii. 203 (all Record publ.); Madox’s Hist. of Excheq. ii. 43, 257; Le Neve’s Fasti, ii. 371, 482, ed. Hardy.
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