HEREWARD, John, of Arundel, Suss.
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m. by 1358, Joan, ?2s. inc. Nicholas*.
Members of the Hereward family are recorded as living in Arundel from 1296 onwards, and as representing the borough in five of the Parliaments of the early 14th century. John was perhaps the son of Simon Hereward, who was nominated as mayor of the town in October 1361, only to be defeated at the election. He himself had witnessed a deed at Arundel in 1356, and two years later he and his wife had settled a messuage there on John Cosham† and his wife, Alice, to hold for their lives with remainder to himself and his heirs. In 1362 the lord of the borough, Richard, earl of Arundel, sued Hereward for trespass. He obtained a royal pardon of outlawry in June that year, after surrendering to the Fleet prison. The dispute had no doubt arisen from Hereward’s position among the earl’s tenantry. He was later a suitor to the hundred court of Avisford for land at Binsted and Madehurst, and farmed four acres of land at Tortington, all as a tenant of Earl Richard’s successor.