Lincoln Wills: Volume 1, 1271-1526. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1914.
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[John Walbutt of Sutton in Holland, servant, a.d. 1525.]
27 March, 1525. I John Walbutt, beyng now in servis with thomas Willson of sutton in holand, etc. My body for to be beryd with in the church yard of sutton. I will my mortuary be paid after the custome of the same town. I will unto master vicar of sutton iiijd. To every stondyng lyght with in the same church jd. To the church wark of lyncoln ijd. To the power childer att santt Kateryns ijd. To John hakhard, the son of John hakhard of march, with in the dioc' of hely viij accares of freland unto hym and unto his hares of his body lawfully cumyng under the condischon foloing. To Thomas Hakhard son of the forsaid John hakhard vj accarres of fre lond unto hym and unto his hares of his bode lawfully cumyng under the condischon foloyng. I will that ether of them be other harres. I will that if the forsaid John hakhard and thomas hakhard dye withowt harres of ther bodys, then I will thatt all the lond be sold by the hondes of my executors here under namyd, And for to be dissposid with in the churches of sutton and march in prest song by ewyn porchons for my sawill and for the sawlles of my father and mother and all my gud frendes sawlles. I will that my hows in march with all my copyhold lond, with all my other guddes and catalles movabull and unmovabull, I will they be sold be my executors and the money for them takyn be dissposid in prest song with in the churchis of suttun and march by ewyn porchons for the said sawlles, provided allway that if the surrender the wich I have mayd into the handes of harry lambartt, tenantt of the same hold, may nott stond in strenght unto the performacion of my will, then I wyll that the forsaid vj accares of fre lond, the qwich I have gyffyn before unto thomas hakhard, be sold bi the hondes of my executors unto the performacion of my wyll. To my sister the wyff of the forsaid John hakhard my bast beydes. To Annas Willson my tren' bedes. To Thomas Willson son of the forsaid thomas willson my best coveryng of a bed. The residew of all my guddes nott gyffyn nor beqweth I will them unto thomas willson my master and unto John hakhard my brother in lawe, the wich thomas and John I do ordan my executors. Theis beyng wittenes, sir John mosselay parich prest, Sir Thomas Johnson parich prest, Harry Lambart, John Sowter, Jhon Bogge, John Carter, with other.
[Richard Thomas of Barton on Humber, a.d. 1525.]
5 April, 1525. I Richard Thomas of Barton upon Humber, etc. My bodye to be buryed within the chapell of our laydy in Barton, with that that right is to be my mortuary. To the highe alter of the church of St. Peter in Barton for tithes forgotten xijd. To the reparacion of the said church xxs. To the gillde of our laydy in the said church xijd. To the roode loft within the chapell of our laydy in Barton xxs. To the highe allter of our mother church of Lincoln vjd. To our laydy werke of Lincoln vjd. To the churches of Barow, Goxill, ferybe, Horkstow, Saxby, Bonby and Worlybe xijd. apiece. I will that oon preest shall syng for my soule and all cristen soules oon hole yere within the chapell of our laydy in Barton. To William Thomas my brother xls. To James Thomas my brother xij dykker of lether. To v childer of James my brother, to be divided emonges theym, xvjs. viijd. To v chillder of William Thomas to be devided emonges them xvjs. viijd. To Isabell Skellton oon qwy. To William Skellton and Roger Skellton ij pewter dublers apiece. To William Wynpeny and Thomas Strong, my servants. To Jenett Thomas my wiffe all my landes and tenements with their appurtenances within the lorship of Barton for terme of hire liff. To our laydes gyllde in Barton the house that I dwell in after the decesse of my wiffe for evermore. All the rest of my landes after the decesse of my wiffe I bequeath to Thomas Thomas and Robert Thomas sons of my brother James and to their heirs. The rest of my gooddes I bequeth to Jennett Thomas my wiffe and James Thomas my brother, whome I ordeyne my executors. Thies beyng wittnes, Sir Thomas Ferybe vic' of Barton, Sir Richerd Michell preest, John Strong, Henry Patryke, William Wynpeny, Thomas Strong, Thomas Kyrke, and John Hukam of Barton, with other moo.
[Roger Styltone of Lutton in Sutton, a.d. 1525.]
14 April, 1525. I Roger Styltone of Lutton in Suttone in holland, etc. My bodey to be bereyd in the Church yerde of seynt Nichol' in lutton. I bequeth in name of my mortuare that thyng that the lawe and costome will requere. To the hey altar in lutton for tythys forgoton iiijd. To the chirch warke of lutton vjs. viijd. to be dysposyd be myn executor upone that thyng that ys moste nessare for the chirch. To the lyght of seynt John a pownd wax rede made and sett upe agayn Myssomer. To the lygth of owr lade a pownd and a halfe wax clerly of my cost. To the lygths of Seynt Nicholl, Seynt Petur, the trenete and Seynt Kateryn ijd. apiece. To the mother Chirch of lincoln iiijd. To the pore chylder at seynt kateryns with owt the walles at lincoln ijd.
This is the last wyll of me Roger Stylton: To Johanna my wyfe iij acre and a Rode of herrabull lond of the kynges holde the terme of heyr lyfe, and aftur hyr decese to remayn to Wylliam my sone and to the heyeres of his bodey laufully comyng. To Wylliam my sone and to Johanna my wyff iij acres lande of Mayster Clementes ffe, leeyng be for Wylliam derlenses howse, jonteley to geder Indueryng the lyfe of my wyffe, and aftyr to remayen holly to Wylliam my sone and to the heyeres of his bodey; remainder to matyld' my dowtur and to hir heyeres. I gyfe to Wylliam my sone to hym and to his asignes ij acr' pastur of the Abbotes fee; also A nacre and a Rod harrabull lond lyeyng in gonnes gate of the Abbotes fee, henrey masone on the sowth and matyld' stylton on the north, to hym and to his asignes. Also I gyfe to mawde my dowter one flekeyd cowe, etc. The resedewe of my goodes I presente and gyfe thaeme to the dysposicione of Wylliam styltone my sone, whome I do orden my executor, he to dyspose them to the plesur of god for the well and helth of my sowle and all crysten sowlles. Also I wyll that Roger Coney of lutton be supervysor. Also I have gyfene my lond into Rychard mall handdes to the fulfyllyng of thys my laste wyll. This wittnenes, sir John Gowxill, Richard mall, and Wylliam Bakehows, with other mo. Wretton the daye and the yer' above seid.
[John Lawes, the elder, of Wigtoft, a.d. 1525.]
THE TESTAMENT OF JOHN LAWES (fn. 1) OF WIGTOFT.
9 June, 1525. I John Lawes (fn. 2) of Wigtoft, the elder, etc. To be buryd in the parishe church of the appostels peter and paule in Wigtoft in the highe aley nyghe the Image of the trinitie ther, and for my mortuarie as the custom is ther. To the highe alter in the said church for tithes and oblacions forgotten xijd. To the alter of our lady ther iiijd. To the alter of St. Nich' ther iiijd. To our mother church in lincoln viijd. To the pupilles and orphanes of the house of St. Kateryn nyghe lincoln iiijd. To the church of Wigtoft iijs. iiijd. To Agnes my wife. To John Lawes my sonn the mesuage in the which he duellith with thappurtenances, and an acre of land called Barnabes acre, to hym his heyres and assigneis, of this condicion that he shall give yerely to the said Agnes his mother duryng hir liffe xs. To Alen my son. To Lambert my son the messuage in the which he dwelleth to hym his heirs and assignes forever, of this condicion that he shall give to the said Agnes my wife yerly vjs. viijd. To John Lawes, son of Robert Lawes my son, xxxiijs. iiijd., and my executors shall keape the said John sonn of Robert Lawes lait my sonn at such scoles and lernyng as he may have profitably the exercise of writyng and redyng so that he may therby be more mete to be putto a Craft, etc. To Richard Lawes, son to the said John Lawes my son. To Agnes Lawes, my god daughter, doughter to the said John my son. To Christopher Lawes, my goddson, son to the forsaid Alen my son. To Thomas Lawes, sonn to the forsaid Alen my son. To the doughter of John pallmer. To Elizabeth Richerdson. To Henry my servaunt. To Jenet my maid. To John son of Henry wife doughter my godson. To every godchild that I have not biffor naymed. I will that there bee oon beest delt to pover people for my saule and all cristen saules at cristenmas next cumyng, and every pece to be in valew jd., and bread therwith to the valew of oon q' to every pece. I will that Thomas Robertson and Thomas Haughe, gentlemen, be supervisors. The residew of my goodes to John, Alen and Lambert my sonnes, whom I make my executors. Thies beyng wittnes, Sir Robert kirgath of Wigtoft preest, Sir Ric' Ottywell of the same preest, and Thomas Diconson of the same, with other moo.
[Thomas Josson of Butterwick in Holland, a.d. 1525.]
13 June, 1525. I Thom' Josson of butterwick. I will that Ales my wiffe have her feoffament and ij acres of land and di' lyeing in ffreston, called hewett green, for term of hir liffe, and after hir decesse I will that they remain to Richerd my son, to hym and to his heires of his body; and if he dey with out such heires, I will that hewet gren be sold by myn executors. The residew of my goods to Ales my wiffe and Richerd Robyn of ffreston, whom I make my ex[ecutors]. Theis wittnes, Sir robert kyrbe preest, Robert gibson, Thom' roper, georg Willson.
[Alice Odlyn of Cuxwold, widow, a.d. 1525.]
16 June, 1525. I Alice Odlyn of Cokold, maketh my testament, etc. To Thomas my sonn and Helyn my doughter my house the term of my yeres; and if my sonn Thom' be preest, then I will that Helen my doughter have it hoill by hireselff to socour my yongest doughter with. The residewe of my goodes I gyve to Thom' my sonn and Helen my doughter, whom I maik my executors.
[John Jobson of Lincoln, fishmonger, a.d. 1525.]
28 June, 1525. I John Jobson of the city of Lincoln, fishmonger, seyk in body, etc. I wytt my saule, etc. To be buryed within the churche of St. Marys in Wikford within the suburbes of the citie of Lincoln biffore the Crucifyx. And my mortuarie to be yeven after the custome of the said Citie. To the highe alter of the said church for tithes forgotten iijs. iiijd. To the same churche for the romthe of my buryall and the stone 10s. To the warkes of the said church vjs. viijd. To the light of St. Rooke [sic] in the same church xijd. To our lady gillde founded in the said church iijs. iiijd. I bequeth xs. to by a crosse cloth to the same church. To the highe alter of the churche of St. John evangelist in Wykford iijs. iiijd. To the churche werkes of the same iijs. iiijd. To the church werk of St. Laurence vjs. viijd. To the highe alter of the Cathedrall church of lincoln iijs. iiijd. To our lady werke in the same iijs. iiijd. To every hon of the iiij ordres of freers in Lincoln vjs. viijd. To the mendyng of the highe way bitwix lincoln and the black monks xiijs. iiijd., to be done by the oversight of my executors. To our lady gillde called the gret gillde in lincoln vjs. viijd. To the gillde of St. Ann vjs. viijd. To the highe alter of Slefforth iijs. iiijd. To the gilldes of the Trinitie and St. X'pofer in the same church iijs. iiijd. each. To the same ij gildes a grete pott of brasse. To the light of St. Sonday in the same xijd. To the light of the xij Apostelles in the same church iijs. iiijd. To the lights of St. Sithe and St. John in the same xijd. each. To the light of St. Gregory in the same xxd. To the roode light in the same xxd. To the gillde of St. George in the same xijd. To the church werke of olde Slefforth iijs. iiijd. To the parishe church of newe Slefforth oon house which buttes of the markett place of Slefforth, under this condicion that the churche wardens of the said church for tyme beyng shall cause yerely oon obitt to be doyn in the said church to the sum of vs. And if it so fortune the said obitt not to be doyn yerely by the said churchwardons that then it shall be levefull for my executours and ffeoffars or their assignes to sell the said house, and the mony therof yerly be distribute to oon preest to syng for my saule in the same church so long as the mony shall endure. The which ffeoffars of the said house be James Clifton and Robert Buller of the same town of Slefforth. To the clerk gillde of lincoln vjs. viijd., under this condicion that every yere at the day of their feest at the rehersyng of my name shall be said oon pater noster and oon Ave. To the orphanes of St. Kateryn xxd. To the Cordyner gillde of lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the churches of boltham, Hoell, Hekyngton, Howell and Evedon iijs. iiijd. each. To the church of Helpryngham vjs. viijd. To the ij churches in long Kirkby iijs. iiijd. To the prior and convent of Hauerholme xxd. To the nunes of the same xxd. To the prior and convent of Cattley xxs. To every of the churches of Durryng [sic], Brauncewell, Bloxholme, Dunnesby, Cranwell, grete Rokesby and litle Rokesby, xxd. To the churches of Quaryngton, and Willoughby iijs. iiijd. apiece. To the church of Anwyke vjs. viijd. To the parishe church of longcaster xxs. To the churches of Burton next Slefforth, Ruskyngton and Scredyngton iijs. iiijd. apiece. To the church of Folkyngham j grete ston troughe. [folio 17] To William Jobson my brother xls., oon galberdyne of tawny unlyned, etc. To echon of the childern of Thomas [sic] vjs. viijd., except Margery the doughter of the said Thomas, to whom I bequeth xls. To Margret Crossefeld [sic] xxs. To Edward Crosseley [sic] my secunde gown furred with fox. To Isabell Burn' xxs. To William Robynson my servaunt. To every chon of my servaunts besides their wages xxd. To Richerd Hooker of Clifton vjs. viijd. To the freers of Lancaster vjs. viijd. To William Fayn' xxs. To Isabell Jobson my wiffe my house in lincoln with the signe of the george in the parishe of St. Marys duryng her liff, and after her decesse to remayn to the church of St. Mary biffor said, after this condicion, that the churche wardens of the said church for tyme beyng shall cause a prest to syng every yere, duryng so long as it shall please godd the said house to be upholdyn, ij quarters of the yere, and if ther remayn any overplus of the Rent of the said house, the preest paid and the house reparelled, then the said overplus to remayn unto the forsaid church. And if it so fortune that the said house stond empty for defaulte of a tenaunt, then the said ij quarters salarie to stand void for tyme; moreover if the said house fall in decay by any Casualtie, then the ij quarters salarie to stand as void to such tyme as the reparacion be maid. And if it hapen the said churchwardens lett the said house willfully dekay, etc., then it shall be levefull for my executors or their assignes to sell it, and the mony therof shall be distributed yerly to a preest to syng in the said church of St. Marys so long as the mony will endure. To Sir Edward Callgarth xxs. To Sir Thomas Lappage xxs. To Elene ponde so muche money as to by hir a coot maid. To Sir Nicholas, a preest of Slefforth, xs. to syng a trentall for me at St. Johns alter within the church of Slefforth. To William Euott. To William Stuell of anwyke. To Alison my servaunt dwellyng at grauntham xxs. To Isabell Roughton xijd. To Agnes Raley xijd. It is my will that the other ij houses I have in Slefforth shalbe solde to performe my will. I make my executors Isabell Jobson my wiffe (to whome I bequeythe all my housollde stuff hoill as it standis except woll wax Iron hony, etc., also xxl.), John Huchenson of lincoln, and William Palfrayman of the same. I will that Sir Thomas leche my curate be my supervisor. Wittnesses, Thomas Emonson, John Wellcum, William lee, with many moo.
[Michael Clerc' of Saltfleetby St. Peter, a.d. 1525.]
6 July, 1525. I Mich' Clerc' of Saltefletby peter, etc. To be buryd in the church yerd of St. peter. I will that Agnes my wiffe have my house that I dwell in as long as she liffeth if she keape hir a widow, and aftre hir decesse I will it reman to John my son and to the heirs of his body. And if Agnes my wiffe taike a housbond, then I will that John my son have the said house to hym and his heires, and for default of issue I will that it shall goo to an obytt yerely to be doyn in the church of St. Peter of Salteflet by. I will that the said Agnes, and after hir the said John and his heirs, that occupieth the said howse shall give yerly in almos to power people ijs. viijd. to the pover people of the same parishe in the tyme of Lenten, and so from yere to yere for ever, etc. Witnesses, Tho' Brugh, John Thomson, with others.
[William Samesbery of Cadney, a.d. 1525.]
20 July, 1525. I William Samesbery makys my last will, etc. I will that all my landes and tenementes wych is in my deed off feoffment beryng date the xixth day of July, xvij Henry viii, go to the use off thys my will as the forsayd deyd playnly doyth expresse. To Elizabeth my wyff for the terme off hyr lyff the house that I dwell in in Cadney wyth iij stayng off yng' lying in too placys in weste karre; also a messe and a tofft with all the appurtenance within the town and feld off owsome to such tyme as my chylder cum to full age off xv yeres. And after my sayd wyff decease I will that my said feoffys stande styll seasyd of all the landes and tenementes as in my ded off feoffment more playnly doyth appere, that is to say, I will that my doughters Margaret and Isabell have my cheyff messe in owsome wyth the landes and medows therto belongyng to them and there heyres for ever. I will that Jenet my doughter have a tofft buyldyd in owsome, with a close off woode and common therto belongyng to hyr and hyr heyres for ever. To Agnes my doughter a tofft in Cadney, with iij stayng off medow lying in weste carre, to hyr and hyr heires for ever. I will that Elizabeth my wyff have all the rentes of all the landes and tenementes in Glamfordbryges wych I have for terme off yeres, off thys condycyon that she cause to be paid to an honest prest xs. for on trentall every seconde yere, the oon halff to be sayd in the church off Bygby and the other halffe in the chapell off glamford bryg callyd saynt John chapell, yff so be it may be forborne for the reparacions, for the soulys off me the sayd William, margaret and John Medley. Residue of goodes to my wyff, whome I make my executrix. Thies beyng wytnes, John Spenythorn vicar of Cadney, William pyvill, John madynwell, Thomas wryght, with other moy.
[Isabel Wright of Whaplode, widow, a.d. 1525.]
8 November, 1525. I Isabel Wright of Whaplod, widow, etc. To be buried in the churchyard of St. Mary of Whaplod. To the high altar there for tithes forgotten iiijd. To every altar in the said church ijd. To the Lantern light ijd. To the fabric of the same church iijs. iiijd. To the mother church of Lincoln iijd. To the orphans of St. Katherine without the walls of Lincoln iijd.
This is the last wyll of me above named, maid the day and yere abovewritten. I will that my house which I dwell in the day of my departyng be sold accordyng to my husbandes will, and it to be proclamed in Whaplod church and, proclamacion so maid, then I will if John my sone may be able to by itt or any frende for hym that he have it better chepe than any other shold have. To Margett my doughter. To eche of my childer. To Johan my doughter. To Henry my sonn vjs. viijd. whiche was to hyme bequest by his graund dames will. The Residew of all my goodes I will they be evenly departed betwixt my childern, etc., and I make Gilbert Androw executor, havyng for his gret labour and busynes vjs. viijd., etc. Wittnesses, sir John Wymer preest, Gilbert Androw, William Grymelby, and other moo.
[Joan Kay of Stixwould, widow, a.d. 1525.]
30 November, 1525, 17 Henry VIII. I Johan Kay of stixwold widow, late wiffe of William Kay late of Lincoln gent. make my present testament and last will. My body to be humate and buryed in the chauncell of our lady within the monastery of Nonnes of Stixwold nygh the grave of Robert Kay late my sonn if it fortune or happen me ther to decesse And if it fortune me to dissease att lincoln then I will my said body to be humate and buryed in the parish church ther called St. Peter at the Arches under the thrugh or grave ston of my husband. In the name of my mortuary or principall as it is accustomed, etc. To our lades warke of lincoln a payr of beades of awmbre gawded with sylver. To every house or place of the iij ordres of ffreeres in lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the great gild in lincoln ijs. To the roode light of St. peters church att tharches xxs. To v prestes to say v messes of the v principall wondes of our lord Jhesu Christ the day of my buryall xxd. I will that a preest syng for my soule immediatly after my disseasse within the said monastery of Stixwold by the space of oon hole yere and he to have for his stipend and salarie vl. and he to say every day duryng the said hole yere for my soule the soules of my late husband my childern my present benefactors and all crysten soules Placebo dirige and comendac'on with ix lessons [folio 29] (if he be in helth that he so may convenyently doo). I will that ther be an obitt kept and holden for the soule of my late husband and my childern the day off his Anniverserie at lincoln in the said church called St. peters at the Arches by the space of xxti yeres immediatly folowyng my dissease with Placebo and dirige and commendacion with ix lessons, at which said obitt I will ther be vj preestes and the parishe Clerk and Messe of Requiem, and every preest to have for the same iiijd., And the said parishe clerk iiijd. I will that at the said obitt ther be an hersse sett and iiij serges of wax about the said hersse to burn all the tyme of the service and the parson to fynd thaym and he to have for them iiijd. and jd. for the hede messe penny. Also I will that ther be spent and disposed in bread and ale at the same xijd. and in Chese iiijd. And in breade over that to be distributed emonges pore peple ther beyng ixd., the said money to be delyvered by the priores off the said monastery of Stixwold for the tyme beyng or hir depute duryng the said term of xxti yeres to the haundes of the Churchwardons off the said church called St. Peters church afforsaid, the said church wardens to distribute the said money in manner and forme above rehersed, And they to have for their labors and busynes aboute the same iiijd. And for the performance of the said obitt I will that ther be delyvered to the priores and convent of the said monastery of Stixwold vl. And they to send every yere to the said church wardons att the day of the said Anniversarie so to be holden and kept duryng the said term of xx yeres the said money above expressed and particulerly lymyted to be expended att the said obitt. And if the said church wardons willnot keape and holde the said obitt as in distributyng vs. ijd. in forme afforsaid then I will the vs. ijd. be delyvered to the wardon of the house of the gray ffreers in lincoln he to distribute it emonges his brethern of the same house and aftre the forme afforsaid. I will that Dame Helen Kay my doughter now priores off the said monastery of Stixwold and hir Successours ther Prioresses after hir kepe and holde or cause to be kepte and holden yerly after my disseasse for the term of lxxxxvj yeres Imediatly folowyng and fully to be fynyshed and ended an obitt for my soule and all my frendes and all crysten soules in the said monastery of Stixwold in manner and forme folowyng, that is to say at myn obitt day that the priores and Convent ther for the tyme beyng shall [folio 29d.] syng Placebo and dirige with ix lessons, And they to have for the same, the priores viijd. and every Nonne iiijd. And also a messe of Requiem to be songen. And the ij Convent preestes ther to have every of them iiijd. And the vicar of Stixwold and all such other preestes as bee than belongyng to the said monastery to have to every of tham iiijd., they to say for the same placebo and dirige with ix lessons and oon messe of the v pryncipall woundes of our lord Jhesu Criste. Also I will that ther be founden a Lawmpe burnyng in the tyme of Messe biffor the Image of our lady of pittie thrughe out all the yere. And for the performance and doyng of the said Obitt and lawmpe I will that my ffeoffes which now stand and be seased of and in all my Landes and tenementes medowes fedyng groundes pasturs Rents and services in Hemyngbie doo permytt and suffre the said Dame Helen Kay my doughter priores of the said monastery of Stixwold to perceyve and take the yerly Issues and profettes of all my said Landes and other the premises in Hemmyngby afforsaid duryng the liffe of the said Dame Helen Kay my doughter She with the same to keape the said Obitt, etc. After the decease of the same Dame Helen Kay my doughter I will that the said feoffes suffer the priores of the said monastery then next Succedyng and hir successours prioresses oon after another for the said terme off lxxxxvj yeres to perceyve and take the yerly Issues off all my forsaid landes, etc., to kepe and holde the said Obitt in the said monastery, etc. And the residew of the same to be distributed by the discreccion of the said prioresses and every oon of thaym for tyme beyng in deides of charitie and pittie in and [folio 30] about suche ornaments and other thynges as shall be thought by thaym for the said monastery most requisite and nedefull, etc. And the said term of lxxxxvj yeres fully determyned and ended I will the said landes, etc., in Hemmyngby be sollde to the best price by my ffeoffes or the heire of the Survivour of them then lyvyng by the discression advise and counsale of the Abbott of the monastery of Bardenay and the priores of the said monastery of Stixwold then beyng, And the money to be distributed in kepyng and holdyng of the said obitt yerly in the said monastery. And if it fortune the said obitt to be omitted and nott keptt then I will my ffeoffes suffre the abbot and convent of bardeney for the tyme beyng to receyve and take the yerly Issues, The said Abbott and convent to kepe and holde the said Obitt in theyr said Monastery of Bardenay expendyng ther at as is above rehersed, And the Residew of the said Issues to goo to the welth of theyr said monastery. I will that my said ffeoffes which be now seased of and in a certayn orcherd in the parishe of St. Austyn within the Citie of lincoln, late of William Brown golde smyth, suffre the church wardons of the said church called St. Peters church at the Arches in lincoln for the tyme beyng from my deceasse to thend and term of lxxxxvj yeres do take the yerely Issues of the said orcherd with the which I will that the said Churchwardons fynde and keep yerly a light biff or the Image of St. Andrew within the said church called St. Peters att the Arches for my soule and all crysten soules. And the said term of yeres fully determyned I will my said ffeoffes sell the said Orcherd to the best price by the advice and counsale of the churchwardons of St. Peters att the Arches for the tyme beyng, And of the money taken for the same I will the said light bee founden by the said church wardons in fourme aforsaid [folio 30d.] so farr as the money will streche, etc. Residue of goods to Dame Helen Kay my daughter now priores of Stixwold whom I make executrice. Geven at Stixwold the day and yere above written. Thies wittnesses, Sir John Robynson vicar of Stixwold afforsaid, Sir John Cooke, and other
[Richard Wryght of Trusthorpe, a.d. 1525.]
8 December, 1525. I Rycherd wryght off Trusthorpe, etc. I wyll that Anne my wyff have xxj acres lande leyng in Sutton, that I boghte, so long as she doo kepe hyr on maryed; remainder to my sonne William Wryght and hys heyres of hys body; remainder to my sone James wryght yff he doo mary, to hym and hys heyres off hys body for evermore. And yff my sone James be preste, then I will that Thomas wryght and James wryght my sones do sell the londe and the [sic] that come theroff to be devyded by even porcyons to all my chyldren and my sone Thomas wryght and to all hys chyldren. Also I will that vjl. be taken out off the sayd lande, that is to say, every yere yerly next ensuyng thys present date xxs. to the forsayd vjl. be fully ended, and so be the money that was lent to the kyng be not payd ageyne to the performance off thys my last will. To my son James xl. to make hym a preste, and a sylver spone. To my sone Wylliam and my doughters Jenet, Jane, Alyson, Isabell and katheryne, each xxl. and a silver spone. I will that yff so be that ony off my forsayd chyldren decease afore they come to the age off xxix yeres, that then ther partyes that so deceasyth be devydyd to them all that lyved, by syde that is spent on theme att ther buryng, and eche off them for to be others heyres, etc. Yff so be that any of my forsayde chyldren decease I will that Thomas my sone be one at the shyfte of the forsayd goodes off them that soo deceased. And off thys my present testament and last will I make my sone Thomas wryght and my sone James wryght to be myne executores, and Anne my wyffe to be supervysour, and cheffe ruler and governer of my chyldren and ther goodes with my forsayd executores so long as she kepeth hyr unmaryed, etc. And as for the hoole somme off my chyldren goodes by me to them bequest, I will that they rest with my sone Thomas wryght one off myne executours, to the performance off thys my will and not to be spertled without consent off my sone James wryght and Anne my wyffe to the tyme come that it shalbe delyvered to them abovenamed. In wyttnes wheroff I the forsayd Rycherd wryght hayth sett to my seale the day and yere abovesayd. In the presence of John bust, John Robertson, William Cooke, and John Wig public notary, wyth other moy, John stuard.
[John Sleford of Grantham, a.d. 1525.]
THE TESTAMENT OF JOHN SLEFORD OF GRANTHAM. (fn. 3)
12 December, 1525. I John Sleford beyng seke, etc. I will that Ales my wyffe have all my landes purchesed and all my leases duryng hyr lyffe, she kepyng hyr sole; remainder to Raulffe my sonne and Anne hys wyffe and to the heyres off ther ij bodyes; remainder to the sayd Anne duryng hyr lyffe; remainder to the next heyers for ever. Provyded that yf Alice my wyffe and my sayd sune Raulffe cannot agre then I will that he enter to all my landes in great paunton and theym to have in maner and forme byfore expressyd. Also I wyll that my feoffes stand fefft and be seasyd off all my said landes and tenementes to the use off thys my will. The Resydew off my goodes to Ales my wyffe and to Rauff my sonn, whome I ordeyne and make my executours; they to dyspose for the helth of my soule, etc. Thyes wyttnes, sir Thomas brygher parysh prest, sir Robert Robynson, Robert Wastell, Ric' Rey, Olyuer more, wyth other.
[John Waykfeld of Barrow, a.d. 1525.]
18 December, 1525. I John Waykfeld of barrow, etc. To be buryed in the church of our laydy in Barrow. To our lady of lincoln iiijd. To our lady werk in lincoln iiijd. To the highe Alter in barow iiijd. To John my sonn xxvs., etc., and the halffe of my Smythie gere. To Steven my son xls. and the other halffe of my Smythye gere if he lyve and be a smyth, or els I will his parte of the gere remayn to Richerd my sonn if he will be a smyth. And if nother Richerd nor Steven then the hole gere to remain to John my sonn. To Margett my doughter oon silver bucle, etc., for the which bucle the said margett shall give to our lady of lincoln vjd. To Elizabeth and Janet my doughters. To Margett my wife. I will that a prest shall syng within the church of Barow for my soule by the space of halff yere, and to have for his wages xs. I will that if Thomas denys com to the Cuntrey and aske anythyng for his childes parte that he have of my wif vjs. viijd. and of every oon of my childern iijs. iiijd. I will that my wif have ij toftes with the appurtenances within the town and ffeildes of Barow duryng hir liffe, and after hir decesse I will that the house which Thomas Moody dwellith in remayn to Stephen my sonn, and the other house that Robert Nele dwellith in remayn to Richerd my sonn; and if Richard die without Issue of his body remainder to steven, and if Steven die without Issue of his body remainder to John my sonn. The residew of my goodes I gyve to Margett my wif, whom I make my executrix. Thies witnes, Edmund Holm, Steven atkynson, and Robert Hall, with other moo.
[Robert Hall of Burgh in the Marsh, a.d. 1525.]
THE TESTAMENT OF ROBERT HALL OF BRUGH IN LE MARSHE. (fn. 4)
27 December, 1525. I Robert Hall off burgh (fn. 5) in the marche, etc. To be beryd in the chyrcherd of sanct petur in burgh, and my best beyste to be my mortuary. To the hey aultur for forgotyn tythes xijd. To owr lady wark off lincoln xijd. To our lady gylde at burgh xijd. (fn. 6) To the nonnys of bullyngton xijd. To our lady gyld xijd. I wyll that the vicar off burgh that is and his succedors for tym beyng hayv ij acres landes lying in burgh callyd schothorne wang' (fn. 7) [to be in feoffys handes the space of liijxx yeres and xix. (fn. 8)] to the kepyng off a [y]erly obyt so long as the lawys of ynglond wil sufferyt for the helth of my sooll and all my gud frendes soolles. And if the vicar for tym beyng doo not kepe the sayd [y]erly obyt, then I wyll that the chirchwardons of burgh for tym beyng hayve the lond and they to kep the obit [y]erly. [And at the ende of the foresayd yeres the sayd landes to be solde by my feoffers, and the church wardens of burgh, and the money therfore takyn to be spent in mayntenyng of the ornamentes with in the church of burgh. (fn. 9)] Also I wyll that elesabeth my wyffe hayve the hows that I dwelin the terme off hyr lyffe with all the profettys and landes ther to longyng, etc., and then I wyll that the sayd hoole landes be sold by my executors, or soner yf my wyffe wyll, and the money therfor takynn or cummyng ther off be thus dysposyd: fyrst I bequeth to mare cotton iiil. vjs. viijd., also to John Hall xls., also to Agnes cooke my servant xxvjs. viijd., also to Agnes kygges vjs. viijd., also to thomas hall a ȝowe; and the resudewe off the money takyng for the hows and landes to be dysposyd for the most profyt of my sooll and my frendes soolles. And the resudewe off all my gudes not gyffne and bequethyd I put tham to the dysposicion off elesabeth my wyff and thomas Jordan (fn. 10) the vicar off burgh, whom I make executurs, thaey to dyspose tham to most plesur of Almethy god for my sooll and my benefacturs soolles. Wyttnes, Syr thomas pynchbek, Sir William boston, Sir symon Wolby, (fn. 11) and harry (fn. 12) hall, with other moo.
[Stephen Abraham of Skirbeck, a.d. 1525.]
THE TESTAMENT OF STEPHEN ABRAHAM OF SKYRBEK. (fn. 15)
The last day of January, 1525, 17 Henry VIII. I Steven Abraham of Skyrbek, etc. To our lady gilde of Boston ij acres pasture grounde and one acre arrable leyng in Skyrbek feld in a place called the Chekker upon this condicion, that the alderman of the said gild and his successors aldermen for the tyme beyng shall pay or cause to be paied yerly to the churche maisters of Skyrbek for the tyme beyng iijs., and they to kepe an obite yerly for me. And if the alderman do not pay, then I will the lande remayne to the churche of Skyrbek, they to have it and to do as is aforsaid. I will that Alson have duryng her lif my messuage the whiche I dwell yn, a house called Samons house with the appurtenances and xxij acres of pasture gronde and arrable; remainder to Steven Abraham my son sone to hym and to the heyres of his body bigoten; remainder to our ladyes gilde of Boston uppon this condicion, that the alderman and chambrelayns of the gilde shall yerly kepe an obite for me with in the chapell of our lady in Boston to the value of xiijs. iiijd. by yere. I will that after the deceasse of my wif the house called Samons howse be solde and the money therof receyved to be disposed for the helth of my soule, my wiffes soule and all cristen soules; and the said house to be sold at the sight of my supervisour. I will that Steven Abraham my son sone be with Geffrey Wace at the sight of my supervisour unto the tyme he be of xxj yeres of age according to the covenantes comprised in a payre of Indentures. The residue of my goodes and catalles I put them to the discrecion of Alson my wif, whom I make myne executrix. etc. I will that Mr. John (fn. 16) Robynson of Boston Esquyer be supervisour. Witnes to this, Syr Henry Hudson prest, William Jakson, and Thomas Thystelworth, with other moo.
[William Drove of Sutton St. James, a.d. 1525.]
10 February, 1525. I William Droue of the parishe of St. James in Sutton in Holand, etc. I will that Mawde my wif shal take and receyve yerly duryng hir lif to her owne use all the rentes and revenues of my mesuage and viij acr' and one Rode xiiij pertic' londe of the custum werke leyng under the said messuage at ende of horsmere drove agaynst the crosse, and vj acr' and one Rode lande of the custum werke leyng over upon the oder side of the wey agaynst the said messuage, to have and to holde the said messuage and xiiij acr' and di' and xiiij perches londe leyng devyded as is said bifore to the said mawde the tyme of her lif, and then to remayne as it is made bi a fermour graunte in a certayn copy takyn forth of the courte of the kyng of his manor of Sutton, parcell of the duchy of lancastr', at whiche Courte came William Derelove prest late of Tid Mary now deceassed, Henry Callow and Thomas Degyll of Sutton, and made surrendre in to the handes of the kyng to the behof and profite of me William Droue and Mawde my said wife and to the heyres of the same Mawde lawfully bigoten, etc., which copy beareth date at Sutton the Thursday next afore the fest of the Annunciacion, 3 Henry VIII. To Mawde my wif the tyme of her lif vj acre londe leyng in horsmere, late nicholas wright, and x acre londe leyng in yngley; to remayne if he then be lyveng to Richard my sone to his heyres and assigns, and if he deceasse bifore my wif then to remayne if he be lyveng to John my son to his heyres and assignes. If Richard and John both deceasse bifore my wif, then to be solde immediatly aftyr the deceasse of my wif and the money therof comeng to be disposed in the chapell of St. James in Sutton in charitable werkes as it shall please my said wif to assigne it to the pleasur of god and most profit of our soules, of our benefactours, and all cristen soules. To Mawde my wif the tyme of hir lif ij acre londe fre leyng in horsemere drove aforsaid, and after her deceasse to remayne if he be then lyvyng to John my son, and if he deceasse bifore my wif, then to remayne to Richard my son if he survyve my said wif. If they both deceasse bifore Mawde my wif, then the forsaid ij acr' lande to be sold and the money therof commeng to be disposed in charitable werkes in the chapell of St. James, etc. I will if it happen that Mawde my wif do marye again then I will that the said childern have ther catell delyvered forth to grow to ther owne avantage, and if John or Richard deceasse afore he come to xv yere of age then the survivour to have the hole catell to his owne use. The residue of all my goodes I give to Mawde my wif, whom I make myne executrix. And of the execucion of this my present testament I make laurens goddesman oversyer. Thies witnes, William Bakehouse prist, Richard Callow, and Thomas louthe, with other more.
Proved before P., at Spalding, 14 April, 1526. Adm. granted to the executrix. (fn. 17)
[Robert Chantree of Lissington, a.d. 1525.]
21 February, 1525. I Robert Chantree of Lesyngton, etc. My body to be buryed in the church yerd of St. John Baptiste of Lesyngton, with my best beste for my mortuary as custome requireth. (fn. 18) To the awter of the same viijd., and to the same church on quarter of barle. To our lady warke off lincoln iiijd. To the hye alter of lyncoln iiijd. To our lady frerys of lyncoln, the gray frerys, the frerys of Newportte and the frerys at the grece foytt. To Thomas Chauntre my bast' son ij storrys of iij yere olde, etc., and iij peyce landes lyeng in the est felde of wood wonge, with on lyttyll but off whette and iiij barly landes, ij lyeng above the grene and the other ij of bene landes. To Elysabeth my wyffe all my howsys with all my landes and tenementes in the towne and feldes of Lesyngton for terme of hyr lyffe yff she kepe hyr selffe and mary nott to the fyndyng and up bryngyng of hyr chyldren and myne; remainder to Agnes, Amye, Margaret and Elizabeth my doughters and ther heyrys of ther bodys; remainder to thomas Chauntry my bayst' sone and to hys heyres of hys body laufully begotten; and yff it fortune him to dye with owt such issue, then I wyll the sayd landes and tenementes by the advyce of myne executours to be sold, and the mony therefore takyn to be disposyd for my soull and all crysten soules. And yf my wyffe departe or mary byfore my doughtters cum to laufull age, then I will my executors have the sayd landes, etc., to the uysse of my doughtters unto the tyme they cum to laufull age. I wyll that my goodes be devydyde in thre partes, the fyrst to Elyzabeth my wyffe, the second to my chyldren, the thyrd to my executors to disposse for my soull and all crysten soullys. And my wyffe to have my parte of the houshold stuffe, and I make her, Rycherd Pecaryng (fn. 19) of Colow, (fn. 20) and Thomas Kydder of lesyngton, myn executors to disposse for the helth of my soull, etc., and ether of theme to have for ther pane and labors iijs. iiijd. Thes wyttnes, Wylliam Lamyng, John kyder, John toynton of lesyngton.
Proved before P., at Lincoln, 20 July, 1526. [Adm. granted to the executors. (fn. 21)]
[Richard Gregby of Leake, a.d. 1525.]
THE TESTAMENT OF RICHARD GREGBY OF LEEK. (fn. 22)
6 March, 1525. I Richerd gregby off Leeke, etc. I will that Jenet my wife have my Capitall meesse with iij acres and oon roode undre itt with oon house called Waller house and browngarth, with oon pastur called bugcrofte, (fn. 23) and oon acre of pastur late Simond Crake to the terme of hir liffe; remainder to William my sonn and to his heyres and assignes when he cumyth to lawfull age. I will that William my sonn when he cumyth to laufull age have ij acers of arable laund lyeng in the toftes, iij Roides in fenlaundes neigh the land of John sutton, in fee symple. I will that Thomas my son when he cumyth to laufull age have ij acres of laund lyeng in kelyngworth, with ij pyngles in ffenlandes, the oon called brow pyngle, the other called Corne pyngle, and oon pyngle called gressepyngle, and oon pyngle called Wyloo pyngle, in fe symple. I will that John my son have oon pastur called house croft, and oon pastur nygh the lande of William Larkes in the same felde, in fee symple when he cumyth to laufull age. I will that Raulf my son have oon pasture nygh dymok close conteynyng ij acres and di', with viij acers and di' in halfentoft, ij acres nyghe podayes, j peece in stodehaw, in fee symple when he cumyth to laufull age. Also I will that iij acres land pastur lyeng in fenlandes called Amot (fn. 24) rigge, and an other peace ther Lay iij acres in haytofts be sold by my executors to the payment of the money biffor assigned to my doughters. And I will that if any of my doughters dey biffor they be maryed, then I will that they that lyvith have the parte of them that dey. If all my sonnes dey or they cum to laufull age, I will that all my landes biffor assigned to my sonnes remayn to my doughters in ffee symple. The Residew of all my goodes not yeven nor bequest I gyve to Sir Thomas paynson and John Mayng, whom I make myn executors, etc. Thies wittness, sir Ric' shirman, (fn. 25) Bernard Wright, and John monke, with other.
[John Herry of Peak Hill in the parish of Spalding, a.d. 1525.]
6 March, 1525. I John herry of picall with in the parishe of spaldyng, etc. My body to be buried with in the chirchyerd of the privilege place of Cowbite; my mortuary to be paied as the costume appereth. To the high auter of Cowbite xvjd.; to Cowbite churche xijd. To the high awter of our lady of lincoln ijd. To our lades werkes of lincoln iiijd. to the pore children of St. Catheryns with oute the wales of lincoln iijd. To the parishe churche of Spaldyng viijd. I will my wif have my place that I dwell in duryng her lif; remainder to gilbert herry my son the terme of his lif; remainder to John herry my son, to hym and to his heyres of his body; and if it happen the said John deceasse with out such heyres, then I will the said place be sold and the sylver theruppon comeng to be evenly devided bitwyne my three doughters, that is to wite, Joane, beatrix and heleyn. Also I will John my son have my house in picall of Copyhold to hym and his assignes, so that he pay xls. in discharge of my dettes or elles the said house of Copyhold be sold to pay my dettes with all. The residue of my goodes I gif to the disposicion of heleyn my wif, whiche I ordeyn my executrix, with the discret oversight of Robert gowmuyll. Thies beyng witnes, sir Tho' Sherif, John markham, John mason, and John mariot, and many more; made and writen the day and yere abovesaid.
[Adam Galthrop of horbling, a.d. 1525.]
13 March, 1525. I Adam Galthrop of horblyn, etc. I doe assign the Copy of this house to kateryn my wiffe the term of my yeres and aftre hir to Thomas or Roger my sonnes or Alice my doughter. These being witnesses, Sir Robert wynde, Sir Richard Baynton priest, Richard hastinall, Thomas Bennett, Richard burn, and others.
[Sir John Beke, vicar of Aby, a.d. 1525.]
14 March, 1525. I sir John beke, vicar off Aby, etc. To be buryed in the churchyerde off St. Wilfride in alford, and that to be my mortuary as the law doyth require. To our lady off lincoln xijd., and to the redde arke vjd. To the hyghe alter in alford church xijd., and to the warke off the same church xxs. [To the high awter in Aby xijd., and to the werke of the same churche xxs. (fn. 26)] To Margaryte Buntyng ij materisse, etc., also iij acr' land leyng with in the parysh of sainct mary in waynflet in the northe parte off Burre gayte. I will that sir Wylliam plates, Thomas keygges and other my feoffes off all my [lands] in the paryshe off alhallouse in waynflet stand seased to the use off Isabell Smyth priorysse off grenefeld and the convent off the same and ther successores for lxxx yeres, to thentent that they shall kepe an obyte for me and all crysten soules every yere duryng the sayd iiijxx yeres; and yff the sayd Isabell Smyth priorysse and convent or ther successors may have licence to make it mortmayne wyth in the sayd yeres, then I will they have the sayd landes for ever, or ellys I will that it be sold by the priorysse and convent then beyng and desposeth for the helth off my soule and all crysten soules. Also I will that William Turtyll off alford have all thoys landes that he dyd morgage to me for xxxti yeres, so that he, hys heyres and assigns do or make to be done every yere ij trentallys duryng the space off xxxvti yeres next ensuyng the dat off thys my testament, at ouersyght off Isabell Smyth priouresse off grenefeld myn executrix or her successors. Provided alwey that yff the sayd William Turtyll, hys heyres or assignes do not make the forsayd ij trentallys to be done, then I will the sayd Isabell Smyth myn executrix or her successors have all the sayd landes and make the sayd ij trentalles to be done duryng the sayd yeres. The resydewe off my goodes I gyve to the forsayd Isabell Smyth, whome I orden to be myn executrix, and she to dispose it at her liberte. Thyes beyng wytnes, Syr John hyll parson off Thuresby, sir Thomas hawherd, (fn. 27) sir John davye, and William Broune.
Proved before P., in the conventual church of grenfeld, 21 April, 1526. [Adm. granted to the prioress there. (fn. 28)]
[Sir John Greves, parish priest of Waddington, a.d., 1525.]
THE TESTAMENT OF SIR JOHN GREVES, CURATE OF WADYNGTON. (fn. 29)
20 March, 1525. I Sir John Greves, parish prest of Wadyngton, etc. My body to be buryed in the qweer of the church of Wadyngton. My mortuary as the law doth requier. To our lady werk of Lincoln xijd. To my fader my sored horsse. To my sister Catheryn the copye of my house with all the landes therto belongyng reddy sawen duryng hir liffe, and then to remayn to the church off Wadyngton for ever. To the said Catheryne all my houshold stuffe with in the dores and the best Cow that she will choose, and to every oon of hir children v sheip. To every of my brethern and systers oon quarter of barley and v shepe. To every oon of my godchilder oon shepe. To Alice Hamond, Robert Hamond and Richerd Newcom ether of theym oon shepe. The Residew of my goodes I committ to the custodye of my father, whom I mayke myne executour to distribute for the helth of my soule. In wittness whearoff, Robert Hamond, and Richard Newcom, with other.
Proved before P., 10 April. [1526. Adm. granted to the executor. (fn. 30)]