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MOYLE, Sir WALTER (d. 1470?), judge, was third son of Thomas Moyle of Bodmin. In 1454 he was resident at Eastwell in Kent, and was commissioner for Kent to raise money for the defence of Calais ( Proceedings of the Privy Council, vi. 239). When he was called to the bar does not appear, but he was reader at Gray's Inn, in 1443 became a serjeant-at-law, and a king's Serjeant in 1454 (Wynne, Serjeants-at-Law, pp. 35, 36). In the same year he was the bearer of a message from the lords to the commons, refusing to interfere on behalf of the speaker, Thorpe, imprisoned by process of law, and on 9 July he was appointed a judge of the king's bench (Cal. Pat. Rolls, p. 296). This office he held till his death. In 1459, 1460, and 1461 he was appointed by parliament a trier of petitions from Gascony and parts abroad. He was one of those knighted in 1465 on the occasion of the coronation of Edward IV's queen, Elizabeth. He died about 1470, seised of numerous lands in Devonshire and Somerset, and his will was proved on 31 July 1480. Through his wife Margaret he acquired the manor of Stevenston in Devonshire. His son John was father of Sir Thomas Moyle [q. v.]

[Foss's Lives of the Judges; Stevenson's Letters and Papers temp. Hen. VI (Rolls Ser.), vol. ii. pt. ii. p. [284] , Rot. Parl. v. 240; Dugdale's Origines, p. 46; Hasted's Kent, vii. 392; Collins's Peerage, iii. 379, viii. 510.]

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