John Wyard had taken part in the rebellion of 1322 and had lost his lands but these were restored under the new government of Edward III. However Staunton Wyard was granted, in fee simple, to John by Roger Mortimer in 1327. A trusted friend of the young king granted many privileges in the first years of his reign. In 1327 he was passing secret messages for the king although in 1330 he told the regent Mortimer of the plot by Montague to overthrow the regent. The complexities of the politics of this licence are intriguing. Was Mortimer allowing the young king to give relatively meaningless rewards to his friend both appeasing the boy king and rewarding his own double agent? Was Wyard getting an additional confirmation of ownership of a manor recently obtained (possibly with some question - A Geoffrey l'Archer sued a latter John Wyard for the manor. (Cokayne, 2000, Vol. 2 p. 10))? Despite the treachery Wyard was pardoned by the king in 1331 (CPR 1330-34 p. 53) and, although little mentioned in the rolls after this date, was still described as king's yeoman in 1337 when he was exempted for knighthood (CPR 1334-38 p. 405)
John Wyard married Joan Corbet c. 1329. His father was dead before 1299. He himself was dead before 1354.
Biographical source include;
- Cokayne, G. E., 2000, Complete Peerage of England Scotland Ireland Great Britain and the United Kingdom (Sutton Publishing Ltd)