Arms of Lady Margaret Beaufort

Rotuli Parliamentorum
A.D. 1483 1 Richard III

A Parliament holden at Westm’ on Fryday the XXIIIth day January, in the 1st Yeare of King Richard the third.

[ An act for the Attaynder of Margaret Countesse of Richmond ]

ITEM, quedam alia Billa, cum quadam Cedula eidem annexa, coram ipso Dño Rege in Parliamento predc̃o exhibita fuit sub eo qui sequitur tenore.

¶ FORASMOCH as Margaret Countesse of Richmond, Mother to the Kyngs greate Rebel and Traytour, Herry Erle of Richemond, hath of late conspired, confedered, and comitted high Treason ayenst oure Soveraigne Lorde the King Richard the Third, in dyvers and sundry wyses, and in especiall in sendyng messages, writyngs and tokens to the said Henry, desiryng, procuryng and stirryng hym by the same, to come into this Roialme, and make Werre ayenst oure said Soveraigne Lorde; to the whiche desyre, procuryng and stirrynge, the said Henry applied hym, as it appereth by experience by hym late shewed in that behalf.

Also the said Countesse made chevisancez of greate somes of Money, as well within the Citee of London, as in other places of this Roialme, to be emplyed to the execution of the said Treason and malicious purpose; and also the said Countesse conspired, confedered, and imagyned the destruction of oure said Soveraign Lorde, and was assenting, knowyng and assistyng Henry late Duke of Bukyngham and his adherents, in compassyng and doyng Treason, wherof he and certayn his adherents by an Act in this present Parlement been atteynted.

Yet neverthelesse, oure said Soveraigne Lorde, of his grace especiall, remembryng the good and feithfull service that Thomas Lord Stanley hath doon, and entendeth to doo to oure said Soveraigne Lorde, and for the good love and trust that the Kyng hath in hym, and for his sake, remitteth and woll forbere the greate punysshement of atteynder of the said Countesse, that she or any other so doeyng hath deserved; and in consideration of the premisses, oure said Soveraigne Lorde woll, that it be enacted, ordeigned and established, by the assent of the Lordes Sp̃uellx and Temporelx, and the Comens of this present Parlement, and by auctorite of the same, that the said Countesse be dishabled in the lawe from hensforth to have, enherite or enjoye any Manours, Londs or Tenements, or other Hereditaments or Possessions whatsoever, and also unhabled to bere or have any name or estate or dignite from hensforth; and that the said Countesse forfeit to oure said Soveraigne Lorde the Kyng and his heires, all Castelles, Manners, Lordspps, Londs, Tenements, Rentes, Services, Reversions and other Hereditaments and Possessions whatsoever they be, wherof the said Countesse, or any other to hyr use, is nowe seased or possessed of Estate of Fee simple, Fee taill, terme of Lyff, in Dower, or otherwise.

And that be the said auctorite it be ordeigned, that all the said Castelles, Mannors, Lordships, Londs, Tenements, Rentes, Services, Reversions and other Hereditaments, with th'appurtenaunces, whiche the said Countesse, or any other to hyr use, is nowe seased of Estate, of Fee symple or Fee taill, be to the said Thomas terme of his lyff, and after his decesse, to oure said Soveraigne Lorde the Kyng and his heires.

And over that, that all Lordships, Manners, Londes, Tenements, Rentes, Services and Reversions, whiche the said Countesse, or any other psone to hyr use, is nowe seased of, of Estate terme of hyr Lyff or in Dower, be to the said Thomas duryng hyr liff.

And if the said Thomas dye, levyng the said Countesse, it be to the Kyng: Savyng to every persone and persones, other than the said Countesse and her heires, their right, title and interesse in the said Londs and Tenements.

¶ CUI quidem Bille C͠oibus dc̃i Parliamenti transportate iidem Cões assensum prebuerunt in forma sequenti.
A cest Bille les Cõens sont assentuz.
Tenor vero Cedule predce sequitur in hec verba.

¶ AND be it ordeigned, stablisshed and enacted, that all suche Estatys as the said Margarete, or eny hath to hyr use, of th'enheritance of the said Lorde Stanley, or that any other hath had to hyr use therof, be voyde and of noon effecte.

¶ CUI quidem Cedule iidem Cões suum similiter dederunt assensum sub hiis verbis.
A cest Cedule les Cõenz sont assentus.
Quibus quidem Billa & Cedula coram dc̃o Dño Rege in Parliamento predc̃o lectis, auditis & plenius intellectis, de assensu Dñor' Sp̃ualium & Temporalium in dc̃o Parliamento existen', ac C͠oitatum predict', necnon auctoritate ejusdem, respondebatur eisdem in forma sequenti.
Le Roy le voet.
Seal of Richard III