Edward III. re-asserted his claim to that kingdom.1
Thus forming one of the retinue of the duke, his assumption
of the collar may be at once accounted for.
2. The next is on the monument of John Gower, in
the church of St. Saviour's, Southwark.2 The poet died
in 1402, 4 Henry IV. It is more than doubtful whether
he was a knight; and the only ground that I can
suggest for his being represented with the collar of SS
is, that he was in some manner, perhaps as the court
poet, attached to the household of the Icing. Of his
transferred devotion to Henry IV. we have sufficient
evidence in the revision of his ' Confessio Amantis;'
from which he excluded all that he had previously said
in praise of his patron, Richard II.
3. Of Sir Thomas Massingberde, who died in 1405,
and on whose monument in Gunby church, in Lincolnshire,
both he and his lady are represented with the collar,3 I have discovered too little to enable me to state
the cause of their wearing it.
4. In Bagington Church, Warwickshire, there is a
similar instance of a knight and his lady being so ornamented.
The monument is that of Sir William and
Lady Bagot, and the date 1407. Boutell says that the
knight was the first who received this collar from the King.4 Be that as it may,
the Patent Rolls contain sufficient
to account for both assuming King Henry's livery
from gratitude for the restoration of the lands which he
had forfeited as an adherent to Richard II.5
5. Sir John Drayton, whose monument, dated in 1411,
is in Dorchester church, - Oxfordshire,6 was not only
Keeper of the Royal Swans under Richard II., but was
also Serjeant of the King's Pavilions and Tents to Henry
IV. Thomas Drayton, who was made Assayer of the
1 New Foedera, vol, iii. p. 870.
2 Boutell, p.
3 Boutell's Mon. Brasses of England.
4 Boutoll's Brasses and
Slabs, p. 56.
5 Cal. Rot. Pat. pp. 236, 243.
6 Boutell, Brasses and Slabs,