HAYME (HEYM), Peter, of Redruth, Cornw.
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Family and Education
Peter may have been descended from Stephen Hayme, j.c.p., who in the reign of Edward I had held the manors of Landeke in St. Kea and Restronguet, not far from Truro.1 Certainly, he himself owned property in Restronguet as well as in Truthall near Prospidnick (between Helston and Redruth), Redruth, Enys (near Penryn), ‘Newhamstrete’ (a suburb of Truro) and Truro itself.2
An attorney by profession, in 1403 Hayme appeared as such in the central courts in a suit for detinue regarding a muniment chest. Two years later he stood bail for two Cornishmen when, indicted for a breach of the peace at Redruth, they were awaiting trial before the justices of gaol delivery at Launceston. In 1410 he pleaded as an attorney in the King’s bench. It is possible that when elected to the first Parliament of 1416, he availed himself of the visit to Westminster to expand his legal practice in that and the other courts. In 1418 he was asked to arrange the formal transfer to John Trereise* of land in Tregoose and near his own property at Truthall.3 In the meantime, Hayme had made appearances in the King’s bench on his own account, in 1411 (to bring charges for the theft at Prospidnick of his horse and chattels worth £5), in 1412 (after a burglary at his house at Redruth involving the theft of two pipes of red wine and a mazer) and in 1413 (after a servant of his had been assaulted at Helston). He is last recorded some time early in Henry VI’s reign, when he made a settlement of certain of his landed holdings on his son John, on the occasion of the latter’s marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Truthall.4