FREREMAN, Thomas, of Bedford.
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Frereman was probably the son of Richard Frereman†, who was four times returned to Parliament by the burgesses of Bedford between 1362 and 1371, and who, in May 1384, was made coroner of the county. In 1391 he witnessed two deeds in Bedford, and in February of the following year, again as a resident of the borough, he obtained a quitclaim of land in Wootton and Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire, from John Wendover. His name appears on the Bedford burgess roll of 1399, and in 1400 he attended the mayor’s view of frankpledge to offer sureties for Richard Hunt. In February 1411 he and eight other men, including Sir Thomas Skelton*, were defendants in a suit brought against them in Chancery by the Crown for the ownership of two acres of land in Steeple Morden, Cambridgeshire, which they had occupied since the spring of 1405, if not before.
CCR, 1381-5, p. 375; 1389-92, p. 538; 1409-13, p. 182; Beds. RO, DDTW 538; Beds. Hist. Rec. Soc., xvii. 295; Bedford Town Hall, Bedford ct. bk. 1400-1, m. 5.