of him hereditarily, absolutely and without condition, and to the warranty of  which he binds himself and his heirs.1 If one holds a grand serjeanty of the lord  king, the king shall have wardship just as if it were held of him by military service.  It may be called grand, according to some, if it is worth a hundred shillings;  if it amounts to that much the king will have the wardship [of the land] of all the  others, even if that is worth a thousand marks. When the fees of others are in  the hand of the lord king for that reason, the other chief lords of such fees may  exact nothing from those lands and tenements, neither in services specified, nor  in aids for marrying a daughter or for making an eldest son a knight, nor even  in suits, as long as the lands are in the wardship of the lord king; indeed the sheriff  will be instructed not to permit distraint for such.2 Petty serjeanties are those that  are worth half a mark or five shillings, as where one is bound to find for the lord  king a horse, sack and buckle for service in Wales with the army and the like,3  as [in the roll] of Hilary term in the seventeenth year of king Henry in the county  of Kent, [the case] of Warin de Monchensey and Robert de Hucham.4 Also by the  service of riding with lords or ladies, or of holding court, or carrying letters, or the  like.>5
Of the heir of a sokeman, in whose wardship he ought to be.
 6On the death of his ancestors the heir of a sokeman will not be in the wardship of  his chief lords but in that of his nearer kinsmen, [that is, of those related by right  of blood not by right of succession,7 that is, [not] in the wardships of nearer heirs to  whom any right could descend,][whether they are nearer, near or remote,]8from  whose side the inheritance does not descend:9 if it descends from the father's side the  wardship belongs to the mother, since she is the nearer relative because of proximity  of blood; failing her, her father or mother is called, and failing these, her brother or  sister, and failing these, her uncle or aunt. And let the converse be done if the inheritance  descends from the mother's side. It is regularly true that 10no one shall ever  remain in the wardship of a person who may be suspected of wishing to claim a right  in that inheritance.11 Thus if there are several daughters and heirs and they ought to  hold in socage, no one ought to be in the wardship of the other but let them [all]  be in that of their relatives, in the manner described above. If they ought to hold by  military service, 12they all will be in the wardship of the chief lord and none of them  in the wardship of another because of the aforesaid suspicion until they reach full  age. And as each of them comes of age, their lord is bound
6. Glanvill, vii, 11: Heredes vero sokemannorum mortuis antecessoribus suis in custodia consanguineorum suorum propinquiorum erunt, ita tamen quod si hereditas ipsa ex parte patris descenderit, ad consanguineos ex parte matris descendentes custodia ipsa referatur. Sin autem ex parte matris hereditas ipsa descenderit, tunc ad consanguineos paternos custodia pertinet.