Lincoln Wills: Volume 1, 1271-1526. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1914.
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[Robert Denys of Great Hale, a.d. 1508.]
In the name of gode, Amen, the xxvjth day of the monyth of may, In the yere of our lorde a thousand fyve hundrith and viijth, I Robert Denys of mekill hale, being in hole mynde and of good remembraunce, make my last will under this fourme: In the first, I wyt my saull to allmyghty god, to our lady seint mary, and to all holy seyntes of heven, and my body to be buried in the church yerd of seint John of mekill hale, with my best beste to my principall. Also I giff to the high Alter for all forgoten tithes to the church of Mekill Hale xxd. It' I giff to our lady werkes of Lincoln xijd. Item I giff to the howse of seint Kateryns of Lincoln iiijd. Item I giff to the alter of our lady of hale kirke ijd. Item I gyff to seint katerin awter in the same kirk ijd. The residue of my goods to John Denys and to William Babull and to my moder Agnes, whom I ordeyn executours, that they fulfill this my last will, and dispose my seid goodes to the pleasur of god and for the wele of my saull. Witnesses, Thomas palmar of mekill Hale, Thomas Benyt of the same town, John Benyt of the same town, with many othir moo.
[Henry del See of Great Grimsby, gentleman, a.d. 1508.]
In the name of God, Amen, the second day of July, one thousand, five hundred and eight, and in the twenty-third year of the reign of King Henry VII., I Henry del See of Great Grymesby, gentleman, make my testament, etc. My body to be buried in the church of the friars minors of Grymesby aforesaid, with my second best beast in the name of my mortuary to the church of St. James. I bequeath for my burial in the church of the friars minors on the day of my death (obitus) vjs. viijd. To the house of the said friars six chaldrons of coal. And I will that William Doweson, a friar of the said house, pray for me and for the souls of all my parents and benefactors for one whole year in the said church of St. James; and that he or another friar of the said house pray for me and for the souls of all my parents and all the faithful departed in the church of the said house for four whole years and more, if my goods will extend [so far.] To the work of the church of Lincoln xld. To the high altar of St. James of Grymesby xld. To the church of St. Mary of Grymesby xxd. To the abbey of St. Augustine of Welhow xls. To the nuns of St. Leonard near Grymesby one chaldron of coal. To the brethren of St. Augustine of Grymesby one chaldron of coal. To Isabel Sheryff my sister two oxen, two cows, and six silver spoons (cocliaria) and all other my goods being within my house. I leave all the goods late belonging to my wife to Thomas Kydger and Elizabeth his sister the daughter of my said wife, and I give them twelve silver spoons. Thomas Sheriff, one of my executors, shall have all the lands and tenements, meadows, feedings, pastures, rents and farms belonging to the said Thomas Kydger, late (nuper) son and heir of Martin Kydger, until he shall come to full age. And if Thomas Kydger die before he come to full age, Thomas Sheriff shall have the guardianship of Elizabeth Kydger, sister of the said Thomas, until she come to full age, with all the lands, etc. I bequeath to Thomas Sheriff and his heirs and assigns, one messuage in Grymesby opposite the common Hall, in which Robert Geryng now dwells, with one 'le Shope' belonging to the said messuage, and another 'le Shope' near it in the tenure of John Williamson; and I bequeath to the said Thomas and his assigns all those my lands and tenements, meadows, feedings, pastures, rents, reversions and services within the town and territories of Grymesby, which I lately acquired of John del See of Waythe my kinsman. To John Sheriff the younger of Grymesby xxs., etc. To John Enderby the younger two young beasts called 'steres.' To Elizabeth Saynton my sister. I make the said Thomas Sheriff, (fn. 1) Anthony del See and William Enderby my executors, and Bernard del See, 'gentilman,' my supervisor. I will that the said Anthony, William and Bernard have xxs. each, etc. I will that the said Thomas Sheriff my executor dispose all my goods in fulfilment of my above-written will by the advice of the said Bernard. I will that my executors sell one ship called 'le Germayn' of Grymesby, and that Thomas Sheriff have the said ship for xl. if he pleases. I will that my executors shall sell all my other lands, etc., in the town and fields of Grymesby and Skerthow, or elsewhere in co. Lincoln, and the rest of my animals for the fulfilment of my will. Witnesses, William Doweson aforesaid, Bernard del See, 'Gentilman,' Robert Cattelyn, John Enderby, John Sheriff and Alan Sotheby, with many others. Dated at Grymesby, as above.
[Adam Dowson alias Baker, alderman of Lincoln, a.d. 1508.]
xxiiij November, 1508. I Adam Dowson alias Baker, alderman of the city of Lincoln, make this my last will, etc. To be buried in the church of St. Peter at Arches, Lincoln. I bequeath my best beast in the name of my mortuary, as the usage and custom of the said city demand. To the rector of the said church for tithes forgotten or negligently rendered xxd. To the fabric of the said church iijs. iiijd. To the four orders of friars mendicant of the said city viijs., to be divided amongst them. To the fabric of the church of St. Mary of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the belfry of St. Martin the bishop and confessor of the city of Lincoln if within the two years immediately following it shall have been rebuilt afresh xxs., but otherwise to be disposed in works of charity for the health of my soul. To Edward and John my sons xxl. equally between them if Joan my wife take to herself a husband. And if she do not take a husband, but remain in her widowhood, she shall give to the said Edward and John according to her discretion, and according to their merits and demerits. To the said Edward and John between them twelve silver spoons, and to each of them a bed with its appurtenances. To a certain honest chaplain, to be chosen at the discretion of my executors or supervisors, ixl. vjs. viijd. to celebrate in the church of St. Peter aforesaid for my soul and the souls of my benefactors and of all the faithful dead for two whole years immediately after my death. To John laine, priest, xxs. to pray for my soul. To the gild of St. Anne within the city of Lincoln ijs. I bequeath on the day of my burial of my goods to dispose for the health of my soul according to the laudable custom of the said city and the discretion of my executors and supervisors. The residue of my goods I bequeath to Joan my wife and Edward and John my sons, whom I make my executors, to dispose for the health of my soul, together with the oversight of William Yrchenet, alderman of the city of Lincoln, and Sir Richard Louth, rector of the church of St. Peter at Arches aforesaid, to whom I assign for their labour, viz., to William Yrchenet xls., and to Sir Richard Louth xxvjs. viijd. Dated at Lincoln, etc. These being witnesses, Thomas Burton of the same city, draper, William Robson of the same city, 'skynner,' John Hogenson of the same city, 'shomaker,' Richard Horsley of the same city, 'bowr,' with others.
[Richard Leyfley, chaplain, rector of Evedon, a.d. 1508.]
10 January, 1508. I Richard Leyfley, chaplain, and rector of Evedon, of hole mind and good memory, but sick in body, fearing that the day of death hangs over me, make my testament, etc. First, I bequeath my soul to Almighty God, blessed Mary the Glorious Virgin, and all the Holy Ones of the Court of Heaven; and my body to be buried in the churchyard of St. Andrew the Apostle of Iwarbie, with that which is right in the name of my mortuary. I bequeath for the maintenance of the bells of the same church xd. To the fabric of the cathedral church of Lincoln iiijd. To the choir (choro) of Evedon xijd. To Hugh my son my houses being in ousthrop with their appurtenances, and to the heirs of his body; and if it happen that he die without children, which Heaven avert, then I bequeath them to Margery my daughter and to the heirs of her body; and if she shall die without children, then I will that the aforesaid houses revert to the heirs of my brother John for ever. To the same Hugh my best chest, a great brass pot, a dish (scutram) or chafing-dish, and a table or counter (tabulam). Also I bequeath to Margery my daughter two heifers, two sheets, two towels, one mattress, one coverlet, one cushion (culcitram), two couches (pulvinaria), two brass pots of the second kind (forme), one basin (pelvim), with one laver (lavatorio), one candlestick and two platters. To Agnes Leyfley one great chest. To Alice Leyfley 'le hutche.' To William Lyefley [sic] John Leyfley, Hugh Leyfley, Richard Leyfley and Margaret Baker xiijs. iiijd. The residue of my goods I give to Hugh my son, whom I make my executor, to dispose for the health of my soul to the best that he knows. These being witnesses, William Cooke, vicar of Iwarbie, W. Goodegham of Oustrop, Ric' Gryff of the same, Ric' Goodegham of Iwardbie, William Gluuer of Iwardbie, with many others.
[John Blaunchard of Grainthorpe, a.d. 1508.]
15 January, 1508. I, John Blaunchard of Garnthorp, make my testament, etc. To be buried in the church of St. Clement of Garnthorp, with my best beast in the name of my mortuary. To the fabric of the cathedral church of St. Mary of Lincoln xxd. To the fabric of the church of Garnthorp one dish (patellam) for a little bell (stile). To the fabrics of the following churches—Marschapell xxd., Northcotes xxd., Foulstow xijd., Cawthorpe xijd., Covenham xijd., Yerburgh viijd., Conengesholme viijd. To the nuns of Alvyngham iijs. To the prior and convent of Watton vs. To the friars of the order of St. Augustine of Grymmesby xxd. To the friars of the order of St. Francis of Grymmesby xxd. I bequeath iiijl. xiijs. iiijd. for one priest to celebrate for me for one whole year. To each of my four daughters vjl. xiijs. iiijd., if it can be done. To Richard my son one wind-mill; also one plot (placeam) of land of six acres called ' le Acars'; also one plot of land of two acres called 'le Kelingrigs'; also one acre lying in Hodcroft. The residue of my goods I give to Thomas my son, whom I make my executor to dispose for the health of my soul, by the supervision of Mr. John Skipwith, knight; and I bequeath to him xxs., and to Thomas Blancherd for his labour vjs. viijd. Witnesses, Sir Gilbert Rathby, Sir William Wod, Waltar Johnson, Thomas Blancherd, John Johnsone, with many others.