Lincoln Wills: Volume 1, 1271-1526. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1914.
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[John Fox, alderman of the city of Lincoln, a.d. 1522.]
The last day of April, 1522. I John Fox of the citie of Lincoln, Alderman, etc. I witt my soule to Godde allmighty, our laidy St. marie, and to all the holy company of heven. And my Bodie to bee buried with in the churche of St. John the Evaungelist biffor the Trinitie. I bequeth to my mortuarie after the custome of the said citie. To the highe allter of the said churche for tithes forgotten iijs. iiijd. To our lady werke of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the forsaid churche of St. John for the Romthe of my burial vjs. viijd. [folio 57] To the parishe churche of Askeyam vjs. viijd., To everythone of the howses of the Orders of ffreers in Lincoln ijs. viijd., of this condic'on that v freers of every order shalbe at my buriall, and iche oon of thaym to say masse for all cristen soules. To x prestes to syng x masses for my soule at Scala celi iiijs. ijd. To the byyng of vj torches xijs., and they with ij torches that I have boute to burne the day of my buriall. And after the day of my buriall, ij of the said torches to remayn in the said churche of St. John, and ij of theym to be delyvered to the parishe churche of St. Marten in Lincoln, and ij of theym to be delyvered to the parishe church of Askham, and oon of thaym to bee delyvered to the parishe church of Edenstow, and oon of thaym to be delyvered to the parishe church of St. Mare of Lincoln with in Wikford. To the greatt gilde in Lincoln ijs. every yeare duryng the space of xij yeres. To the forsaid churche of St. John ijs. every yere duryng the space of xxxtie yeres to fynde iiijor lampes, oon of thaym biffor the Sacrament to burn at service boith holyday and warke day, The ijde biffore the Trinitie, The iijde biffore our laidy of pitie, And the iiijth biffore St. Erasmus. Theis iij lampes to bee burned in service tyme every holyday. To the upholdyng of the said churche of St. John iijs. every yere duryng the space of xxxtie yeres. It is my will that oon obitt shall yerely bee doyn for me in the said church of St. John according as at the day of my buriall, Att the which obitt shall be distributed the sum of ijs. viijd. at the myndes of my executrice and supervisours. It is my will that the said sum of ijs. witt to the great gillde, and the sum of ijs. for ffynding of the lampes, and the sum of iijs. to the upholdyng of the forsaid churche and the sum of ijs. viijd. for the said obitt shall bee taken of the rents of my close whiche I have taken by Indentur of the Maiour and commalltie of the Citie of Lincoln. It is my will that the churche wardens of the forsaid churche of St. Johns for the time being shall see that the forsaid obitt be kepte. And the sum of iijs. to the upholdyng of the said churche and the said lampes to bee kepte according to my will and thay to have for their labor every yere duryng the space biffor named iiijd. And if it so happen that the forsaid wardons doo faile in seing of the forsaid thyngs to be kepte according to my will, that then the graceman of the gret gillde shall have the forsaid sum of ijs. for the lamps, and iijs. witt to the church with the ijs. viijd. to my obitt, And he to cause oon obitt to be doyn with the oon halfe, and the other hallff to go to the profett of the said gillde. And if it happen the said graceman doo faile in kepyng of the said obitt as it is biffor rehersed, that then my supervisours shall have the forsaid summes to distribute for all cristen soulles. To echoon of my godd childern iiijd. To echoon of my prentices xxd. To my servaunt Margaret Carter iijs. iiijd. To the gilde of St. Anne my scarlett gown. To the commen chamber of Lincoln iijs. every yere duryng the space of xiij yeres, and it to be taken of the Rentes of the forsaid close. To the makyng of the roode loft with in the said church of St. John xiiijs., the which is in the haundes of Maistres Wood, and if the parochanes do not ffynyshe the said roode loft within the space of a yere after the day of my buriall that then my executrice shall dispose the said sum of xiiijs. for my soule. I will that oon prest syng for my soulle in the churche of St. John bifforsaid the space of oon yere, and he to have for his salarie iiijl. xiijs. iiijd. It is my will that Agnes ffox my wife [folio 57d.] shall have the indentures of the close so long as she be not maried, and after hir mariage to remayn to my ij children Thomas ffox and Robert fox; and yf it happyn that my wiffe be maried or els that other of my children departe, the childe that liveth the longer shall have the indentures; remainder to Elizabeth my doughter and the heres of hir body; remainder to the next of my kinne duryng the terme of the said Indenturs. To my dought' Elizabeth ffox to hir parte xl. in money and goodes and it is to bee taken of the hoill. It is my will that my goodes shall be parted in iij partes, oon parte for me to bee disposed, the ijde to my wife Agnes ffox, and the iijde to my ij children Thomas and Robert; and if it happen either of the said childern to departe biffor that they come to the age of xviij yeres, that then the child that liffeth the longer shall have both thayr partes, saving that ther shall bee doyn for his soule to the sume of xxvjs. viijd. If it happen that both the children departe biffor the said age of xviij yeres, that then ther partes shall be songe fore with a prest in the churche of St. John biffor named. My will is that Agnes ffox my wiffe shall be my executrice, and John Halton of Lincoln Alderman, Sir Thomas Leche of the same vic' of St. Maris, William ffox of the same, John ffox of Askham, and Hughe ffox of the same, to be my supervisors, and ichon of they to have for ther labor vjs. viijd. Witnes wherof, Robert Smyth mercer, Edward Dawson, John punderson, Robert skyner, with many moo.
[John Kirke of Helpringham, a.d. 1522.]
4 May, 1522. I John kirke off helpringham, etc. My body to be buryed in the churche yard off helpringham, with my best gud to my mortuare. To the hye awter ther iiijd. To our lady warke off lincoln iiijd. To our lady gild off helpringham iiijd. I will that Margarett my wiffe have both my tenementes in helpringham and hooll with all landes medows pastures with all the appurtenaunce to them belongynge to hyr and to hyr heres and assignes. The Residew off all my goodes I giffe to margarete my wiffe, whom I make my sole executrice. I will that my fader Robert saygrave and my fader Robert gibson be supervisors. Thies wytnes, sir Robert wyam, sir Edward Thomas, sir thomas buxtons, Robert wingud, and henry Rodes, with other moo.
[George Hopkynson of Kirmington, a.d., 1522.]
16 May, 1522. I George Hopkynson, etc. My body to be buryed where it shall please almyghty god, with my best beast named my mortuary. To the high aulter of kyrnyngton for forgoten tythes iijs. iiijd. To the reparacions of the same churche xxs. To the high awlter of our mother church of lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the reparacions of the same churche iijs. iiijd. I will that William Matens syng ij yereȝ for me immediately after that he be prest, and he to have for his sawde for the said ij yereȝ xl. To Edward my son viij marke out of my landeȝ unto the tyme that he be xxiiij yer hold, and owt of his mother landeȝ, and then he shall never after nor non other for hyme ley no claime nor title in my said landeȝ and his mothers landeȝ. To Laurence Wentworth xxs. To Robert Wentworth my gowne furred with calaber. To John hopkynson the elder my tawny gowne furred with blake lambe. To Robert my son all my landeȝ and his mother landeȝ for ever payng out yerly in maner aforesaid unto his brother Edward viij markes by the yere. The resydeue of my goodeȝ I put to the handeȝ of Robert and Edward my sonneȝ, whom I make my executors to dispose as they thinke best for my sowle helth. Thes parsons witnesse, Syr Robert bolton vicare of kirnyngton, John hopkynson of the same, thomas Mattens of the same, and others.
[John Smythe of Tupholme, a.d. 1522.]
26 May, 1522. I John Smythe of Tupholm, etc. My body to be buryed in our lady churche of Tupholm afore Jhesu Altyr, and for my mortuary I bequethe my best beste as affter costom and maner is of holy churche. To the hye alter in Tupholm for all forgotten tithes iijs. iiijd. To our lady wark of Lincoln ijs.; also to the iiij orders of freyrs in Lyncoln xijd. a pece. To the hye altar of stanton xxd. To my lord abbott of tupholm xiijs. iiijd. for to lay my body in the churche afore Jhesu altar. To Robert my son vl. To Jenett my wyff my hows in Wyspyngton with the purtynance duryng hir lyff, and after her desses I will Robert my son have out of hit iijl. vjs. viijd., and gyff oft com att hym in the mean tyme I wyll my dowghter Agnes hawe hit for hir and hir ayres, and yf hit fortune hir do dy without yssue male or female I wyll the sayd howse with the purtenance be sold by my executores and done for my sowll and my father and mother and all crystyne sowlles. Also I wyll that Betteris my dowghter hawe vl. and ij bedes. To Agnes my dowghter vl. To every goodbarn that I hawe alywe iiijd. apece. I wyll that the body of the churche att markett stanton hawe vjs. viijd. to the reparacion theroff. The resydewe of my goodes not wytt nor gyffyn I put to the dyssposicion of Jenett my wyff and Joon bowys of mavisenderson, whom I ordane my executores, and Sir Thomas Thornton, parson of Mukton, to be supervisor, and John bowys to hawe for hys labowr iijs. iiijd., and Sir Thomas Thornton a foresayd for hys labowrs vjs. viijd. Wyttnes, Joon bland, Nycoles westow, with others.
[John Wykham of Kirkby-cum-Osgodby, a.d. 1522.]
6 July, 1522. I John Wykham of kyrkby, etc. To be buried in the churche of saynt andrew the appostell, with me lefull mortuary. To the high awter of the same for tithes and oblacions forgoten xxd. To fynnyng of a light in the same churche for tyme of ever more vjs. viijd. To the werke of our moder the churche of lincoln xxd. To the high awter of the same xxd. I will that Robert Wykham my son have my heedd house leyng in kyrkby with the appurtenaunces to hym and his heires of his body, and if he decease without such heires I will it be sold and disposed for my soule and all our good frendes, and if any of my children bye it I wil they have it better shep than any other. To Elsebeth my wif my house which John Speyght wones in duryng her lif; remainder to Agnes my doughter to her, her heyres and assignes. To Robert Wykham my son. To every godchild that I have iiijd. To the gilde of the blessed trinitie of the said kyrkby a yowe. The residue of my goodes I gif to my executors, that is to say, Elizabeth my wif and Robert Wykham my son, they to dispose for the welle of my soule, etc. Thies beyng wittness, syr John doughtie vicar of kyrkby, John martyn of osgodby, William martyn of the same, with other mor.
[Agnes Awmbler of Barrowby, a.d. 1522.]
8 July, 1522. I Agnes Awmbler of Beroughby, late the wiff of Richard Wright off the same, etc. To be buried within the churche yard of All Saynts of Beroughby next unto my friendes, and for my mortuarye that the law will. To the hye awter for my forgotton tythes iiijd. To owr moder churche of Lincoln viijd. To the Image off our Lady within the quere off Beroughby a kerchyffe. To the maynteining off the light off All Hallows ijd. To the churche off Beroughby a diaper towell for goddes borde in Ester tyme. To Edmund Wright, son of Richard Wright, a pott off pewter; also accordinge to the last will of the said Richard Wright, laite my husband, I will that Will' Awmbler, now my husband, and oder his cooffeffors off the messuage in Beroughby make sale off the said messuage, and the money taken ffor the same to be disposed in gud warke off charyte for the helth off the soull off the said Richard Wright, myne own frends and all criston sawles. All the residew off my guddes to William Awmbler, my husband, whom I make myne executor. Wytnes, Syr Denys Owndell parish prest and curat off Beroughby, Thomas preston of the same, John Arnold of the same, and many moo.
[Thomas Alys, ll.b., clerk of the chapter of the cathedral church of Lincoln, a.d. 1522.]
10 July, 1522. I Thomas Alys, clerke of the chapiter of the Cathedrall churche of Lincoln, maketh my testament, etc. To be buried with in the churche of sancte martine in Lincoln, and for my buriall there I witt vjs. viijd., and my mortuarie to be geven after the custome of the Citie. To our ladie warke of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the hie alter of St. martine churche in lincoln for tiethes forgotten xs. To Sir Thomas Carter xxd. To the churche warke of Belton xxs. To every godchild that I have in Belton or in enne other place a yewe shepe. To the churche warke of londonthorp xxd. To the churche warke of Gunwerbie xijd. To the churchewarke of Siston xijd. To the churche warke of Barkeston xxd. To the hie alter of Grauntham churche vjd. I will that the churchewardens of Belton have ij kye and a calfe to find alight before our ladie in the said churche as it hath bine found before by me. To the churche warke of St. Martine in Lincoln xxd. To William Clarke my servaunte vj sylver spones, a maser, ij Coverlyddes, x paire of Lynen shetes. To William Clarke thelder vj sylver spones to be disposed for the soule of Sir John Drakes. To mekyll marcam churche warke xxd. To the parson of Belton xijd. To William Clarke my servaunte aforenamed x yowes and x lambes, a que of iij yeres old, also iiij quarters of malte and a gowne of myne furred with blacke lambe. To William Caister my shepparde iij yowes and iij lambes. To John Stoyle my servaunte iiij yowes and iiij lambes. To Thomas Stoyle as muche clothe as shall make him a syde cotte, a paire of hosse and a dublet. I witte to every one of my servauntes a yewe and a lambe. To Margaret Mooncke my servaunt iijs. iiijd. To Sir William Ceyll xijd. I will that my wiffe have all my land in Belton duringe her lif to be good unto my children. I will that an obytt be keppyd in Belton churche for evermore of my land there, and the expenses of the obytt to be the some of iijs. iiijd. yerelie. To blind Jennet in Belton as muche clothe as shall make to her a kirtill, and xijd. in money. I will that the said blind woman shall dwell in the howse that she is in duringe her lif to praie for my soule and all christian soules. I will that every one of my children have xxl. apece for their childes porcion, and half of my howshold stuffe that I brought with me when I came to Lincoln, and also all suche thinges as was bequethed to them by their grandame. To ole Jennet Adslocke a stricke of Rye. To old alison in Belton a stricke of malte. To alison Daie a stricke of malte. To every pooreman and woman in Belton ijd. The residue of my goodes I put to the disposicion of Dorothie my wiffe, whom I make my sole executrix, with the supervision of Austyn Porter, gentilman. Thes beinge witnes, Sir Nicolas kendall vicare of St. martine churche, Sir Thomas Carter, Edward Smyth, and William Edwardes, with other mo.
The will of Master Thomas Alys, ll.b., late proctor general of the consistory court of the bishop of Lincoln, with a codicil (fn. 1) to the same annexed, was proved before R., in the cathedral church of the blessed Mary of Lincoln, 3 August, 1522. Adm. granted to the executrix.
[Thomas Warner of Kirton in Holland, a.d. 1522.]
3 August, 1522. I Thomas Warner off kyrton in holand make my testament concludyng therwyth my last will, etc. Thys is the last wyll off me Thomas Warner off kyrton mayd ther the day and yere beforenamyd. To Elizabeth my wyff my hede mancyon that I wone in so longe as she is sole and unmaryed, and she mary then I will my doughters enter into the mansion with the grownde under it acordyng to my ffather will. To my ij doughters iiij acr' lande lyeng at the olde see dyke at the day off my dethe. To my wyff ij acr' lande and on stonge, the wych I bought off Thomas stalworth, hyr lyff, and affter hyr decease I will it remane to my doughters, and yff they dye before my wyff I will it remayn to my wyff in fee sympill. To my wyff on acr' lande di' lyeng att cotegren hyr lyff, and di' on acr' lande, the wych I had off John Warner my broder, and halffe on acr' lande, the wych I have with John my brother, descendyng to bukeholegate, and on acr' lying att the mylne. To my wyff iij acr' lande lying in long grene so longe as she is sole and unmaryed; and yff she fortune to mary I will it remane to my doughters att the day off hyr mariage. To my wyff on acr' lande lying in new dyke hyr lyff, and on acr' lande lying at grene garthe, and on acr' lande lying at snartte house, And on halffe acr' lying at the snert house, hyr lyff. And yff that John Warner lay any tytyll in snertt house, then I will that my wyff have ij acr' lande lying att skeldyke crosse. To my doughters on acr' lande save on stonge lying in smalle dyke, and iij stonges lying in newdyke, and on stonge lying att the mylne, and halffe on acr' in long lande, and fyve stonges callyd fydeler land, and iij stonges pastur at the grene garthe; and all the landes that I have I schyfte with John Warner and William erle, and on acr' lande lying att Ric' osborne that holdes off the culȝer, and on stong lying in alderchyrche. To my wyff iij stonges lying att buttes grene. To my doughters x shepe att the day off my dethe, ij mylke kye, etc., to be solde be the handes off mychell perre to the use off my doughters, and I will that mychell perre receyve the rente off my landes that I have gyven to my doughters to their use and delyver to them the mony att the age of xiiij yeres. The resydue off my goodes to Elizabeth my wyff, whome I make my executrix. Thyes beyng wyttnesses, sir John Brewster off kyrton, Robert Stevynson off the same, Michell perre off the same, with other mooy.
[Thomas Chapman of Withcall, a.d. 1522.]
29 October, 1522. I Thomas Chapman of Withcall, etc. To be buried in the church of St. Martyn of Withcall, giving for my burial vjs. viijd., and that thyng to be my mortuary that is my beste accordyng to the costume of the towne that I do wanne in. I charge my executors that my faders wille be fulfilled, etc. To the work of the minster of our lady of lincoln xxd. To the high awtar of the same minster viijd. To the high awtar of my parish church of Withcall for my tithes forgotten iijs. iiijd. To the church of Withcall to the buying of a new chalice xiijs. iiijd. To the church of Halyngton vjd. To the church of Donyngton vjd. To Katheryn Chapman my daughter v marks beside her childe parte. I will the third part of my goods be divided to my iij children; if any depart before they come to lawful age then the part to remain to the others. I will that none of my household stuff be broken, but it shall to remain to John Chapman my son if he come to lawful age. I will that Eleyne my wife have all my howses and lands which I have within the town and feldes of Withcall, and also within the feldes of Malteby, for to keep my children honestly to the time that John Chapman my son be at lawful age. Also I will that she have my copyhold of the lordship of Withcall during my years, and I will that there be one trentall song for my soul. I will that John Chapman my son have all my aforesaid howses and landys the which I have had bi the gifte of my fader Robert Chapman, late of Withcall, in the towne and feldes of Withcall and in the feldes of malteby as it apperes by my faders wille, which time that he cometh at lawful age to him and his heirs and assigns; remainder to Jenet my daughter when she shall come to lawful age, to her and her assigns; remainder to Catherine Chapman my daughter when she cometh to lawful age, and to her assigns; remainder to my executors, to sell the forsaid howses and landes, and to find a prest with the money therof, as long as it will endure, to syng for my soule and for the soules of my fader and moder and for all other our good frendes soules; I will that Helyne my wife have my pasture in the lordship of Gret Carleton to the time that John Chapman my son be of lawful age. The residue of my goods to Helyne my wife and to Syr Robert Chapman my brother, whom I make my executors. I will that Sir Thomas Thornton parson of Mukton be supervisor. Thies men beyng witnes, Robert ouerton, Thomas Jentill, Richard Dixson, Syr Robert Fen parishe prest, with oder more, etc.
[John Howson of Whaplode, a.d. 1522.]
3 November, 1522. I John Howson of Whaplod make my testament with my last will, etc. My body to be buried in the churchyard of St. Mary of Whaplod, with my mortuary according to the custom of the town. To the high altar there for tithes forgotten viijd. To every altar in the aforesaid church iiijd. To the fabric of the same iiijd. To the mother church of Lincoln iiijd. To the orphans of St. Catherine without the walls of the city of Lincoln iiijd.
This is the last will of me John Howson, made the day and yere above written. I will that Margaret my wif have my house the which I dowell in the terme of her lif if she do not wast the gronde, and aftyr her deceasse I will that Richard my sone have it if he will pay therfore the payment whiche I am bonde to pay bi obligacion, to hym and to his heyres of his body, and ij acre of gresgronde; and if he die without heyres of his body then I will it remayne to Richard my son and his heyres of his body. If they die both without heyres of ther bodies, then I will the house and lande be sold, and the money therof taken evenlye to be devided betwyxt Joane and Heleyn my doughters. I will that Robert my son have an acre of grond with wood therin lyeng in whaplod to hym and his assignes. To eche of my doughters a calf brent, at may day. The residue of my goodes I put theym to the disposicion of Margaret my wif and Richard my sone, whome I ordeyne my executours; and Thomas Wright smyth supervisour, and he to have for his labour iijs. iiijd. Thies beyng witnes, sir John wymer, Thomas Wright, and William belle, with other more.
[William Beesby of Wispington, a.d. 1522.]
The last day of November, 1422 [sic]. I William Beesby of Wispyngton, etc. To be buried in the churche of saynt Margaret in the forsaid towne in the space afore the quere anenst the sacrament, with my best mortuary as the law requireth. To the high awter of the same for tithes and offrynges negligently forgoten xijd. To the sepulchre light ther xijd. To the light before the sacrament burnyng in the sacryng tyme there xijd. To the high awter of the Cathedrall churche of Lincoln vjd. To every ordre of freres within Lincoln iiijd. To the red arke ther xijd. To the churche of Bucknall xijd. To the reparacions of the parishe churche of Wispington iijs. iiijd. The residue of my goods to be equally and indifferently departed in thre parties except my house with all the appurtenaunces called milner howse in Wispington, whiche I will John my sone have when he cometh to lawfull age; remainder to Joane my daughter for ever when she cometh to lawfull age; remainder to my wife the terme of her lif; and aftyr her deth it shall be sold and disposed in dides of charitie for my soule and my wif and our frendes. The first part of my goods I wilbe disposed for my soule, the second parte I gyve to my wif, and the iijth parte to be indifferently parted betwixt John my sone and Joane my daughter. I ordain myne executours Beatrix my wif, John Glaston, and John Pigote of Moreby. Witnes, Wheyllay [sic] the parson, Water Marshall, Robert Poy, with other mor'.
[John Tempest of Gosberton, esquire, a.d. 1522.]
16 December, 1522. I John Tempest of gosberkirke, esquyer a keth my testament and my last will, etc. To be buryed in the churche, of the holy appostoles peter and paule in the southsyde of our ladyes qwere in gosberkyrke, and for my mortuary aftyr the costume of the towne. To our moder churche of lincoln, xijd. To the faderles children of saynt Catheryns without lincoln yates iiijd. To the high awter of gosberkyrke for tithes forgoten xxd. To the reparacion of every awter in the same churche iiijd. To every gilde in the same churche iiijd. The residue of all my goodes I gif to Agnes my wif, whome I make my executrix, etc. I make Thomas Tempest, esquyer, sone and heyre of [folio 63d.] Richard Tempest, knyght, supervisor of this my last will, beseching hym to be speciall good frende to my wif and my executrix.
This ys the last wyll of me John Thempast, made the [y]ere and day aforesaid. I wyll that my feofes seaseid of and in all suche landes and tenementes as I have purchased in the townis of Gosberkyrke and surflett stand seaside of all suche landes and tenementes to the use of Agnes my wyff for the terme of hyr lyfe, And after hyr desease to thuse of Robert humpe and to the eyrys of hys body, and for defawte of such isue to margarett humpe hys suster and to the eyrys of hyr body, and for defawt of suche eyres I wyll that all the landes and tenementes be sold by myn executrix and be dysposyd within the towne of Gosberkyrke amonge pore peple and fyndyng of a laufull prest os longe as the money prefore receyvyd wyll indur' to praye for my saule, my father and motheris saulis, and all trwe criston saules: I wyll that my wyfe duryng hyr lyfe and also Roberte humpe and hys eyres after hyr disease shall [y]erely after my dysease cause a [y]erly obitt to be done with placebo and dirige ovyr nyght and mase of Requiem on the morow, with ringgyng of the belles, for the terme of lxxxx ix [y]erys after my decease. And I wyll therbe expendyd at the seid obit day among prestes and clarkes, pore folkes, and for other seremonys to be don at the said obit day, vijs., the wiche I wyll shalbe taken of the [y]erely rentes and profites cummyng of my landes and tenementes aforeseyd. I wyll that Thomas Tempast, son and eyre of my nevy sir Richard tempast, knyght, have a standyng cope of sylver and gylt, beseching hym to be good and lovynge to my wyff in execucion of this my last wyll and testament. To Margarett humpe ij kye and ij calfes. To Robert humpe iiij kye and x shepe. Thies being wyttnesse, Thomas Denton, Antonye Ireby, Thomas Annes my confessor, John Shawe, and George Elythorpe, with other moo the [y]ere and day aforeseyd.
[Richard Herberd of Waddington, a.d. 1522.]
The last day of December, 1522. I Richard Herberd, etc. To be buryed in the churche yard of Wadington. For my mortuarye as the lawe off holy churche doyth require. To our lady warke off lincoln vjd. To Margaret my wiffe the coppy off my house duryng the tyme off hyr liffe, and after hyr decesse I giffe it to John my son, and he shall giffe to Thomas my sonne xiijs. iiijd. and to Robert my sonne xiijs. iiijd. within the space of iiij yeres after the decesse off my wiffe. To Alys lee my doughter xiijs. iiijd., and my wiffe to have the space off ij yeres to pay it, to stande for hir childys part. Also I giffe to my five childer as to John, thomas, Robert, Elizabeth, and to margerye, the thyrd parte off my guddes to be devyded amonge theme for ther childern part. The residew of my guddes I giffe to Margaret my wiffe and to John Herbert my son, whome I order my executors, that they maye dispose it for the helth off my soul, my frendes soulles, and all criston soulles. Thies beinge wytnes, Thomas salamond, John Coke, Thomas Sherp, John clare, and moo.
[James Clerke of Gedney, a.d. 1522.]
1522. I James Clerke of Gedney, etc. To be buried in the churchyerd of Gedney. In the name of my mortuarie after the costume of the towne. To the high altar for forgotten tithes iiijd. To the church work iijs. iiijd. To every gret light within the said church jd. To our lady of Lincoln iiijd. To the orpheyns of St. Katherines ijd. I surrender my acre and a half of Sir Richard Wentworth fee into the hands of Thomas Byrd; also I surrender my house, iij acres and iij roodes of Mr. Clementes fee into the hands of Robert pertre to the performing of my will. I will that Margaret my wife have all my lands aforenamed to the time that Laurens my sonne come to the age of xxij years, then to him and his assigns. I surrender xvij acres land of my lord of Croyland fee into the hands of John Nicolson to the performance of my will. I will that Margret my wife have the forsaid xvij acres till Thomas my son come to the age of xxij years; then to him and his assigns. And if ought come to one of them, the one of them to be the other heir. And if ought come to them both within the xxij years, then I will that Margret have all during her life, and after her decease the land to be sold by the hands of the churchwardens, and they to pay to my iiij daughters xxs. each, and the residue to be disposed for the health of my soul in the church of Gedney. To Jenet, Margret, Catherine, and Emme my daughters. The residue of my goods to Margret my wife, whom I make my executrix, and Symon Clerke my brother to be supervisor. Thies wytnes, Syr Androw Marchand, Thomas Byrd, and Robert Peretre, with other more.
[Robert Goodrike of Spilsby, draper, a.d. 1522.]
4 February, 1522. I Robert goodrike of Spillesby, draper, etc. To be buryed in the churche yerde of saynt James in Spillesby, and my mortuarye as the law shall require. To our lady of lincoln warkes xijd. To the high awter of Spillesby for forgoten tithes xxd. To our ladies light xxd. To the gilde of the vij martires in Boston xijd. I will have a prest to syng for my soule, and my wiffes soules, my daughters, benefactours, and all cristen soules, bi the space of an hole yere, to syng Wendesday, Friday and saterday in our ladyes quere in Spillesby at Scala celi if it may be componed for the offeryng to our ladies gild in Boston; the said prest to have for his labours viij marc'. Also I will that yf fortune my wif to be with child that he shall have vijl. and half the stuff of housewold that I brought to hyr. And if that it fortune to be a manys childe he shall have it at xxj yere of age, and if it be a woman childe at xv yere of age. If it fortune her to have no childe or the childe die I will that Jenet my wif have all. I will that Syr John my broder have my marieng gowne furred with black lambe with my best doublet and Jaket. To my broder Mr. Henry a gowne clothe of the best clothe that he will choese in my shoppe. I will that Thomas lapeche have iiij marc' iijs. iiijd., and William his broder fyve markes, with this condicion that they deliver ther obligacion whiche they have of me. To Richard my broder a doublet of shamlet, a gowne of marble furred with blake lambe. To William goodryke my son xls. To Syr Thomas peper vjs. viijd. To Jenet my wif all my landes that I have bi copyholde of my lord Willughby as longe as she do abyde in spillesby, and if she goo out of Spillesby I will that it go to our ladyes gilde the residue of my yeres. I bequeth to the belles of Spillesby half a hundreth weyght of olde metall. To John Dadsley a cote cloth of my best marble. To the vicar of Stepyng a gowne of medley tawney unlyned. To John couoke of Northorp a tawney gowne lyned. To the mendyng of Ename lane xxs. To the pore folks in Howlton ijs., in Toynton ijs. viijd., in Hundilby xxd., in parteney xxd. The residue of my goodes I gyve to Jenet my wif, whome I make my executrice, bi the good counseyle of syr John goodryke and syr Thomas peper, whome I make supervisours. Witnes, Sir Thomas peper, Robert Bawdwyn, John pedder, Thomas Whityng, John bienoke, with other.
[John Hall of South Kelsey St. Mary, a.d. 1522.]
1522. I John hall of southkelsey mary, etc. My body to be buryed within the churche off the same with my dew mortuarye. To the hye awter off the same churche xijd. To ower lady off lincoln iiijd. To the werke off the same vjd. To the churche off southkelsey marie halff an acre off wheytt. To the gild off our lady off the same hallffe an acre off wheytt. To the sepulcur in the same churche halffe an acre off barley. To the hye awter off saynt nicholas churche xijd., and to the churche iiijd. To the hye awter off northkelsey xvjd., and to the same church iiijd. To Howton churche, netilton churche, and thornton church, iiijd. each. To owr lady freers off lincoln xijd. To every order off freers in lincoln and grymesby iiijd. To every on off my godchilder on strike off barley. I will that on honest priest synge for the sawlys off me, my father and my moder, on trentall and a hallffe off messes. I will that Elizabeth my wiffe have my howse with the lande therto belongynge, with the copy off basse thinge, and also the howse that I bought called davye thing with clausurys, medowys, pasturys and all manner off commodytyes to them belongynge, for terme off liffe, and iff so be that she do marye then I will that xp'ofer my sonne have all the landys with the commodityes paynge yerely to his moder or hyr assignes the terme off hyr liffe xxxiijs. iiijd. I will that my howse called wase thinge be sold yff myn executors staunde neyd to the performance off my will. I will that Margarett my daughter have x marke or the valour off the same somme in guddes to hyr maryage, and to be delyvered at the age off xx yeres; fyve markes to be taken off my landys, and fyve make [sic] off my guddys. And iff she decesse before the yeres above rehersed, then I will that xxxiijs. iiijd. be taken off my landys and xxxiijs. iiijd. off my guddys to be disposed for the helth off my saull and all my benefactors saullys. Thei residew off my guddys I giffe to Elizabeth my wiffe and xp'ofer my sonne, whom I make myn executors, and Mr. John Monson supervisor. Thies beynge wytnes, sir thomas hansard priest, Richard hall, Robert blith, william sawll, with many other moo.