The audit of the escheator's accounts for the county of Lincoln proves that the distress was very real.
The county offices were: sheriff, coroner, escheator, and constable or bailiff.
But the land could not be granted again until the lapse of title was officially declared in the office of the escheator.
Sometimes several such writs are addressed at one time to the escheator to inquire into many deaths in the same place.
King Edward accordingly commanded the mayor of London, his escheator in that city, to take inquisition concerning the premises.