LICHFIELD, alias SWINFEN, Roger, of Worcester.
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Escheator, Salop, Staffs. and the adjoining Welsh march 16 Nov. 1397-30 Sept. 1399.
Alnager, Staffs. 17 Oct. 1399-?Apr. 1410.
The family of Taverner adopted the name Lichfield during the lifetime of Roger’s father Thomas, for it was at Lichfield in Staffordshire that the main branch was by then well established. However, Thomas himself settled in Worcester, the borough which he represented in the Parliament of 1369, while serving as town bailiff for the first of four terms. When, at Worcester in November 1387, he was formally handed by his receiver a set of accounts, his son Roger was in attendance. The latter was bequeathed some silver plate and the sum of ten marks in his father’s will, dated March 1394, but the testator’s property in Worcester was to be retained by his widow, Roger’s stepmother, and only following her death was it to be partitioned between him and his sister, Agnes Hibaud. Roger’s share was to include the family home in the High Street. His father’s lands in Staffordshire, comprised for the most part of the inheritance of his second wife, were to pass at her demise to Roger’s half-brother, William†.