MILDENALE, Richard, of Sandwich, Kent.
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Cinque Ports’ bailiff at Yarmouth Sept.-Nov. 1413.1
Jurat, Sandwich Dec. 1413-14, 1416-17, 1424-5.2
Between 1398 and 1403 Mildenale occasionally exported from Sandwich cloth, other items of haberdashery and miscellaneous goods. Subsequently, he took to piracy. In 1406 he was among those accused of seizing and plundering off Sandwich a Prussian ship owned by Gottschalk van Brok. The commissioners for redressing breaches of the truce with the Hanseatic towns awarded van Brok £36 (or perhaps £46) in compensation. Mildenale had paid his share at London by 6 Nov., when van Brok gave him an acquittance, and the warden of the Cinque Ports was ordered five days later to extract contribution from the other Portsmen involved in the affair and bring any recalcitrants before the King’s Council. Mildenale had already received his own personal summons in mid October to answer certain accusations made by Flemish merchants in a related incident, and had been bound over to attend until the case was decided.3