HORDE, Richard (d.c.1451), of Horde Park, near Bridgnorth, Salop.
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Escheator, Salop and the adjacent march 23 Nov. 1419-16 Nov. 1420.
Commr. of inquiy, Salop Dec. 1419 (disseisin of two manors in Ercall) Oct. 1438 (estates of Joan, wid. of John Botrell) June 1440 (estates of John, late earl of Arundel).
Verderer, Morfe forest bef. May 1451.
During Horde’s first of no fewer than nine annual terms as bailiff of Bridgnorth, the burgesses of the town petitioned Chancery asking that John Wynnesbury*, then a j.p. for Shropshire, together with their bailiffs, should be commissioned to arrest John Bruyn* and members of his affinity for terrorizing the neighbourhood. It was later reported that, on 11 Nov. 1413, when Horde went to Oldbury near Bridgnorth to enforce Wynnesbury’s warrant, their opponents forcibly resisted arrest, Bruyn alleging that Horde and other townspeople had rebelliously been refusing to pay the parliamentary subsidies of which he was a collector.3
It was also while in office as bailiff of Bridgnorth that Horde was returned to the Parliaments of 1414 (Nov.), 1416 (Mar.) and 1420. His activities were not restricted to the confines of the borough, however, for he regularly attended the shire elections at Shrewsbury castle, being present at those for the Parliaments of 1413 (May), 1422, 1423, 1425, 1426, 1429, 1432, 1433, 1437, 1442 and 1447. Moreover, ten days after the dissolution of the fourth Parliament to which he himself was returned (1419), he secured royal appointment as escheator for the county. In 1426, as of Shropshire, gentleman’, he stood bail for the widow of William Latoner of Lichfield, indicted before the King’s bench for theft, and in May 1434 he was included among the Shropshire gentry sworn not to maintain those who broke the peace. In June 1440 Horde received a commission to inquire which estates of the late earl of Arundel had been omitted from the original inquisition post mortem. But he and his fellow commissioners failed to render an account of these holdings, and so the sheriff was instructed to seize certain properties of their own, in Horde’s case a virgate of land and a tenement in Northwood Hall (a hamlet near Wem) and premises in Bridgnorth, which we