Published in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1386-1421, ed. J.S. Roskell, L. Clark, C. Rawcliffe., 1993
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At the assizes held at Launceston in 1425 Richard, son of John Langedon, alleged that he had been unjustly disseised of his property at Grimescote, Cornwall. The proceedings state that, in 1383, John had leased it to Stephen Polsaghe and his heirs for 30 years for a rent of a grain of corn and thereafter for 20s. a year, and that subsequently, by name of John ‘Overelangedon’, he had made a quitclaim of all his right. The John Langedon referred to here may just possibly have been the one who sat for Truro in 1419, but if so he must by then have been an old man and have died soon after the Parliament.1 A more certain identification is with the John Langedon who in 1410 had been brought to the King’s bench to answer the allegations of Lucy Clay that some seven years previously he had broken into her property at ‘Langdon’, assaulted her, kept her prisoner and stolen goods worth £40. In 1411 the feudal services of a John Langedon were mentioned in a settlement on John Colyn* of Helland of lands situated for the most part in central Cornwall. And it was very likely the John Langedon who had sat for Truro who attended the shire elections to Parliament held at Lostwithiel in 1426, when he also provided sureties for the parliamentary attendance of one of the Lostwithiel representatives, Thomas Cokayn*.2

Ref Volumes: 1386-1421

Author: L. S. Woodger


  • 1. JUST 1/1540 m. 75.
  • 2. KB27/595 m. 21d; Cornw. Feet of Fines (Devon and Cornw. Rec. Soc. 1950), 891; C219/13/4.