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Cely Papers: Richard Cely, junior

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Surnames/tags: Cely pre-1500 calais_staple
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Father: Cely, Richard
Mother: Andrew, Agnes

Cely, Robert
Cely, George

Rawson, Anne - c. Feb 1483[1]

Maryon, William


Inherited the principal properties of his father and was chief executor of his will[1].


  • 1476 Partnership: Begins genuine partnership with brother, George[1][2].
  • 1476 Sep 27 Cely Letter: Recipient; from brother George; at Calais staying with Thomas Kesten; description of a wool dispute involving Kesten; admonition to protect father's reputation[3]
  • 1476 Sep 28 Cely Letter: William Maryon recommends himself in a letter to George his brother, and says that Hary Seysell does the same, and heartily prays that Richard will purchase for him 2 vernicles; as your/we brodere Rechard[4]
  • 1480 May 03 Cely Letter: Has been in the Cotswolds packing wool: 26 sarplers from William Medewynter at Northleach, and 3 sarplers at Westwell, Oxfordshire[5]
  • 1480 May 22 Cely Letter: by father, Rychard; 'Thys same day youre broder Rychard Cely ys rede to Norlay for to se and caste a sorte of fell for me and anoder sorte of fell for you and Rychard Cely. ... for I fere me Rychard Cely wyll scharege me wyt fell in Cottyswolde and he lyke the passell wyll, werefore I haue send hym for ys leryng'; in the company of [[Space:Cely_Papers:_William_Cely|Wylliam Cely[6]
  • 1480 Jun 02 Cely Letter: by father, Rychard; Rychard Cely hath be in Cottyswolde and hath bogwyt xvc fellys for you and him seve and xvc for me of Wylliam Medewynter the weche cam to London thys same day[7]
  • 1480 Jun 02 Cely Letter: Author; to brother, George; at London; I have bene in Cottyssowlde and bohut for hus xxv c pelles pryse le c of xv^c iij li and of a m^l hevery c iij li iij s iiij d and I have payd and a mwster pay wt in thys v days in parte of payment of thes felles and for caryayge xl li and above and I mwste pay to Wylliam Mydwynter at Bartyllmewys tyd xx li. and at Hallowtyd xx li. for the sayd felles; I pwrpos to be the gras of God to be at Lontelays Woddyng on Sonday next; I do send [Thomas Grayngar] a letter and ther in the schypys namys and the whette of howr fathers and nwmbyr that he schawlle ressave[8]
  • 1482 May 13 Cely Letter: Author; to brother, George; at London; the same day that I departtyd into Cottesowlde I ressayvyd a letter frome yow wryte at Calles the xiiij day of Aprell wher in I fynde the inuiatory of syche godes that whos howr fathers and mony on that syd of the see; I hawhe beyn in Cottysowllde thys iij whekys and packyd wt Wylliam Mydwyntter xxij sarplers and a poke where of be iiij mydyll ... and I packyd iiij sarplers at Camden of the same bargeyn wher ar ij good ij mydyll ... I cannot hawhe Wylliam Mydwynttyrs fellys undyr iijli xld the c. and I schaull [hawhe them I] go to that pryse ... I hawhe bohyt in Cottyswolde apon the poynt vijMl resenabyll good fellz and I pay iijli; A tale about initial meetings at Northleach, arranged by Wylliam Mydwyntter, of a 'ȝeunge genttyllwhoman hos father ys name ys Lemryke', and to meetb with Lemaryle in London within 3 weeks; other news of family and business; I pray yow remembyr howyr bowys. No mor. Whryt at London the xiij day of May[9]
  • 1482 Sep 20 Cely Letter: Recipient; from Wylliam Mydwynter; at Marte Lane, London; woolprice have risen and requesting the £200 pounds that wasn't to be paid until November to be paid 14 days after Michaelma (29 September)[10]
  • 1482 Oct 03 Cely Letter: Author: to brother, George; at London; in good health; lately been to Raylay (Rayleigh); encloses a letter from Wylliam Mydwynter regarding the rising price of wool; not sure what to do what with their father's tomb in progress, their uncle there for money and duty due on wool sarplers; leaving the same day for the Cotswolds[11]
  • 1482 Oct 17 Cely Letter: Author; to brother George; at London; Has been to Chipping Norton with uncle John and set 'all things in a good way'. Hasn't yet spoken to Wylliam Mydwynter who has come to London, but may need to depart from the Cely's original deal with him (wool prices have risen); Complains their debtors are slow payers; Longs for George's return home[12]
  • 1498 Jun 03 Letter Close: merchant of the staple of Caleys, deceased; concerning lands and tenements in Marklane London and in Alvithley, Upmynster, Reynham or elsewhere in Essex[13]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Cely Letters 1472-1488, edited by Alison Hanham, Early English Text Society, 1975; Introduction - The Cely Family
  2. The National Archives, Kew, London; C 47/37/10/10: 'Fro the begynnyng of their occupyng in comvne in anno domini Ml iiijc lxxvj', File 10 f.10v.
  3. SC 1/59/17; The National Archives, Kew, London
  4. SC 1/53/4; The National Archives, Kew, London
  5. SC 1/53/40; The National Archives, Kew, London
  6. SC 1/53/42; The National Archives, Kew, London
  7. SC 1/53/45; The National Archives, Kew, London
  8. SC 1/53/46; The National Archives, Kew, London
  9. SC 1/53/119; The National Archives, Kew, London
  10. SC 1/53/145; The National Archives, Kew, London
  11. SC 1/53/149; The National Archives, Kew, London
  12. SC 1/53/153; The National Archives, Kew, London
  13. Calendar of the Close Rolls preserved in the Public Record Office; Henry VII. Vol. II. 1500-1509; 1963; 883



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