Wills: 9 Edward IV (1469-70)

Pages 564-566

Calendar of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2, 1358-1688. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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Monday next after the Feast of S. Chad, Bishop [2 March].

Style (John), vintner.—To be buried in the parish church of S. Gregory near S. Paul's, to the rector, churchwardens, and parishioners of which he leaves a tenement in Graschirchestrete in the parish of All Hallows, so that they maintain an honest chaplain to serve in a perpetual chantry, to be called "Rosamondeschauntrie," in the aforesaid church for the souls of Master Robert Rosamond (a bachelor in laws and public notary by Apostolical and Imperial authority, (fn. 1) Procurator General of the Court of Canterbury, who died 29 June, A.D. 1431), Alice, wife of the same, Walter and Edith, father and mother of the said Robert, the testator, and others in manner prescribed. The residue of the issues and profits, after payment of all charges, to be kept in a box with two locks. Dated 28 June, A.D. 1440.
Roll 199 (1).

Monday next after Feast of S. Bartholomew, Apostle [24 Aug.].

Godyn (John), grocer.—To be buried according to directions contained in his testament touching his movables. To the Prioress of the nuns of Sopwelle an annual rent of twenty-six shillings and eightpence, charged on tenements in the parishes of S. Mary Wolnoth and S. Swithun, to the use of Amy his daughter, a nun there. To John Savage, the rector, and churchwardens of the church of S. Andrew upon Cornhull, an annual rent of ten shillings, issuing from the same tenements, for keeping his obit as directed; remainder in case of default to the rector and churchwardens of the church of S. Mary Wolnoth aforesaid, for like purposes. To George, son of Thomas Godyn his bastard son, he leaves certain of the above tenements in tail, after the death of Cristina his wife; remainders to John, brother of the said George, and Johanna, sister of the same, in successive tail; and similarly to the aforesaid John he leaves other tenements with cross remainders; ultimate remainder, in case of failure of heirs, to the Wardens of the Mistery of Grocery of London and commonalty of the same, for relief of their poor almsfolk. If the said wardens fail to execute his wishes the property is to be sold by four good parishioners of S. Mary Wolnoth, and the proceeds devoted to pious and charitable uses. A certain tenement in the parish of S. Dunstan near the Tower to be sold by his executors for like purposes. Dated London, 4 November, A.D. 1465.
Roll 199 (13).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Valentine [14 Feb.].

Heworth (Robeht), gentleman.—To be buried in the parish church of S. James at Clerkenwell. To Johane his wife his tenements in the parish of S. Sepulchre for life. Also to hia said wife and to Robert his son his tenement in the parish of S. Andrew in Holbourne called the "Christofur and the hand," and all his lands, tenements, &c., in the towns of Neucastele upon tyne, Berwyk, Kynton, co. Northumberland, and in Gateshede in the Bishopric of Durham, to hold to them two and to the heirs male of the body of the said Robert; remainder to Rose his daughter in tail. Also to his said wife and daughter his interest in "the Cowhede" in Chepe. To the Masters and Wardens of the Fraternity or Guild of S. Giles in the church of S. Giles without Crepulgate he leaves lands and tenements called "the Swan" and nine cottages in Redecrouchstrete in the parish of S. Giles aforesaid, so that they pray for his soul, the souls of Robert Marshall, grocer, Richard Grome, and others. Also to his son and daughter aforesaid the reversion of his lands and tenements in the county of Essex. Dated London, 14 August, 1 Edward IV. [A.D. 1461].
Roll 199 (30).


  • 1. 3 A notion at one time prevailed that the creation of notaries was a privilege attaching to emperors and not to kings (Kerr's 'Blackstone's Commentaries,' 1876, vol. i. p. 214).