Edmond de Cheyny

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Edmond (Edmund) de Cheyny, Warden of the Isles 1359-1366

This warden was almost certainly of the same family as his predecessors Guillaume de Cheyny and Sir Nicholas de Cheny, but there is no record of anyone of his name in family trees until early in the 15th century. The family name is variously spelt Cheney, Cheyne, Cheyney and Cheyny. Another Edmund de Cheney was Bailiff of Guernsey from 1480-1481.

Edmond received the wardenship of the islands in the 32nd year of Edward III's reign, probably around January 1359, and is believed to have been reappointed in 1362 and 1367. He appears in most lists of wardens for Guernsey, but not for Jersey. In Jersey lists there is a large gap between 1357 and 1376, but there seems little doubt that the appointees known about for that period served in all the Channel Islands.

In his first three years in office de Cheyny had to pay an annual farm of 300 livres, reduced to 230 marks (115 livres) for the remaining five years. This reduction was undoubtedly because the sums due from churches on the French mainland could not be collected during the Hundred Years War.

Letters written by the warden are held in the archives of the départment of Manche. They are in French and signed "Edmund de Chaeney, gardein dez isles our nom et pour nostre sire le Roy d'Engleterre... fetes et signeys souz nostre propre seel eu Chastel Cornet à Guernesey, le mardi 4 mars 1365.

There are also letters from the King to Edmond of 24 November 1364 in the French national library.

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