Lincoln Wills: Volume 1, 1271-1526. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1914.
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[Richard Ording of Fosdyke in Algarkirk, a.d. 1514.]
29 March, 1514. I Richard Ording of Fosdike in Algerkerk, makes my testament and last wille, etc. To be bered in the cherche yarde of all hallows of ffosdyke with my mortuary due as the custume is ther. To the high auter of the said cherche for forgotten tithes and offeringes xijd. To our Lades awter ther iiijd. To Seynt nycholas awter ther iiijd. To our Lades gylde of ffosdyke iijs. iiijd. To the holly rode gylde of bostone iijs. iiijd., so that the porters do ther duttes at my beryng or elles not. To our moder cherche of Lyncoln iiijd. To seynt Katheryns of Lyncolne iiijd. Morover I will that viijd. be takyne yerly of and uppone my grene callyd Boysto' Grene by the cherche grevys of ffosdyke for to fynd and kepe ther with a candell of a ponde wax to be made twyse in the yere for to be lightyd and burne before our lady of Pite in the cherche of ffosdyke at the highe messe every hallyday for evermore. I will that iiijd. be taken yerly of and upone my said grene callyd bosto' grene by the said cherche wardens for to fynd and kepe a candell of halfe ponde of wex to be made twyse in the yere for to lyghte and burne afore seynt sunday in the said cherche of ffosdyke at the highe messe every hallowdy for evermore. I woll that Janet my wyff have my capitalle Mese and thre acres and a halffe of pasture thereto be longyng withall their appurtenances for the term of hyr life, and after hir decease to remain to Hughe my sone his heres and to his assignes everlastyng. I will that every one of my said god chelderne have a lame to be delyvered to them at the feste of the nativite of Saynte John of Baptiste next comyng. I wolle that Richard Rayson have a hoge with a lame. To Thomas Bryan of Swynflete vj shepe, my motely cote, and my knyfe. To Janet Morfote a yowe and a lame of the beste. To John Garroke of Weberton the pastur that I sold to hym so that he paye mine executors as is specifyed in my dete boke. The resydew of all my goodes I give unto the said Janett my wyff and to Hughe my sone whome I make mine executors that they dispose to the pleasure and helth of my soule and the soulles of my parentes, benefactors, etc. Thies wytenys, Sir Robert Hayward . . . . . (fn. 1) preste, William of the same, and Jamys Shepperd of the same, with other mo. Dated the day and yere abovesaid.
[John Randall of Whaplode, bastard, a.d. 1514.]
The last day of March, 1514. I John Randall of Whaplod, Bastard, make my testament, etc. I bequeath my soul to almighty God, Blessed Mary, and All Saints, and my body to be buried in the parish churchyard of Whaplod, with my mortuary as is due. To the high altar there iijs. iiijd. To the lantern light iiijd. To every altar there ijd. To the work of the same church vjd. To the light of 'le dauncers' xijd. To the cathedral church of St. Mary of Lincoln, for the high altar iiijd., and for the fabric of the same church iiijd. To the orphans of St. Katherine ijd. To the chapel of St. Katherine in Whaplod xvjd. To Sir nicholas norton for one trental xs. The residue of my goods to nicholas purley, gentleman, and William Hell, to dispose for the health of my soul; and I make them my executors, with the supervision of John lytilbery, esquire. These being witnesses, Sir Nicholas norton, chaplain, Christopher hope and William Coker, and others.
This is the last will of me John Randall of Whaplod, made last day of March, 1514. I will that my feoffees beyng infeoffed to myne use in all my landes lying in Whaplod and Holbech, delyver astate of any parcell thereof when ever thei shalbe required to the performacion of my last will by the advyse of myne executors and supervisor. I will that Ele Baston my moder have my place wich she dwellys in, and all my londys and pasture about it from the pastur of John Cortans towardes the north unto the landes of Nicholas Purley, gentleman, on the south, and iiij acre at auereys dore callyd parsons ij acre, betwyxt maister purley and auyeres, and xiij acre pasture in ferther obligate, to have and to hold to hyr and hyr assignes the terme of hyr lyff, and aftyr her decease to be sold by my executors, and the money to be disposyd as followith, xxl. to Ric' Randoll, Helene and Margaret. And the residew to be disposyd for my sole and the soulys of my fader and moder and all our progeyny of a priest able to minister dyvine service in the parich church of Whaplod as long as the money may extend unto. To Richard Randoll iiij acre pasture lying at kyesse drove agayn John chevelyn dore, to hym and hys assignes. To Helene Randall vjl. xiijs. iiijd. to hyr mariage of the aforesaid xxl. To the said Richard after the decesse of Ele Baston, when he cummys to the age of xx yeres, vjl. xiijs. iiijd. of the forsaid xxl. To Margaret Randall to hyr mariage the residew wich is vjl. xiijs. iiijd. Provydyd yf yt fortune the said Richard, Helene or Marget to dye before the tyme assynyd, I will the money assyned to the persone dying be disposyd on a priest in the church of Whaplod. To Caterne Peirson to hyr mariage v marks of the first sale, and to Emmott Peirson hyr moder vjs. viijd. To Sir Nicholas Norton, priest, vjs. viijd., John Bukley iijs. iiijd., Reynold spensor iijs. iiijd., Robert Thaker vjs. viijd. and a fole, and to William Coker all my rement; to Master John Litelbery xls., for his labur and councel; to Nicholas Purley for hys labur xls.; and to Will' Hell for hys labur xxd. The residew of all my londys I will myne executors sell to bring me forth honestly and to pay my dettes and bequestes; and the residew to dispose for the well of my soule in the church of Whaplode; and the residew of my guddes to Nicholas Purley, gentleman, and William Hell of multon, yoman, whom I make executors. Witnesses, Sir Nicholas Norton, priest, Christopher Hope and Will' Coker, and other moo.
[Alexander Pinchbeke of Whaplode, a.d. 1514.]
5 April, 1514. I Alexander Pi . . . . . (fn. 2) of Waplod, make my testament and last will, etc. My body to be buried in the churchyard of St. Mary of Waplod, with my chief [chattel] in the name of my mortuary. To the high altar there vjd. To every altar there ijd. To the fabric of the same church xijd. To St. Mary of Lincoln iijd. To the fabric of the same church iijd. To the orphans of St. Katherine ijd.
This is the last will of me the said Alexander. To John my sonn my hows and x acre land with the appurtenances to hym and to hys herys of his body acording to the last will of John Pynchbeke my fader; and for defawt of yssew of the said John, to remayn to Thomas my son after the same forme, and so lynialy to descend to all my chylder and ther heres according to the said last will. To Katerine my wyff howsold stuff of that condition that she gyve to ether of my doughters j pere of shetes at ther mariage. To John my son my cart, j grey mare, j burnyng reed dowed, etc. To Thomas my son j mare blake ballyd, j yong gray mare, j burnyng Ruggyd, etc. To Richard my son j burnyng of red colour with a red laske, etc. To William my son. To Luce my daughter and to Joan my daughter. I will that the burnyng assigned to Richard my son be in the keping of my executors iij yerys, and iff he dye within the said yeres hit to be at their disposition. To William Howson. I will that John my son and his eyreys gyff yerly to my wyff j quarter wheytt and j quarter malt for the fynding of my chylder to the cum to lawfull age. Also I will that my executors sell j quart' wheyt to my bringyng forth. The residew of my guddes I gyff to Katherine my wyff, to John my sonn, to Joh' Howson and William Stowe, whome I ordeyn and make exec'. John Howson and Will' Stow to have for their labur iijs. iiijd. each. Thes beyng wytnes, William Whyt, William Whyt [sic], Ric' spye, and Robert Grome, and oder mo, etc., xxvj May, at Multon.
[Thomas West of Holton by Beckering, a.d. 1514.]
16 April, 1514. I Thomas West of Howton by Beckering, make my testament, etc. I bequeath my soul to God, Blessed Mary, and all His Saints; and my body to be buried in the church of All Saints of Howton with my lawful mortuary. To the fabric of the aforesaid church for my burial vjs. viijd. To the high altar there for tithes forgotten iijs. iiijd. To the fabric of the said church one and a half quarters of malt. To the fabric of the cathedral church of the Blessed Mary of Lincoln vjd., and to the high altar of the same vjd. To each dominus of the friars of the city of Lincoln xijd. To the fabrics of the churches of Lissington, Westerington, and Rand, two pecks (modios) of malt apiece. I will that I may have one trental celebrated for the health of my soul. To Valentine my son. To John Edrington. To Alice my wife all lands and tenements in the town and fields of Howton aforesaid until the lawful age of my son James West, and then I will that they shall remain to James my son, except one house which is called 'petylpytt hows' which shall remain to the said Alice for the term of her life, and after her decease to the said James. I will that all my goods be divided into three parts: the first part shall be disposed for the health of my soul, the second shall remain to Alice my wife, the third to be distributed between my children (pueros). The residue of my goods I give to Alice my wife, whom I make my executrix, and William Chylderley and John Edryngton supervisors, etc. At Howton, these being witnesses, John Reuys, Thomas Reuys, Thomas blawe, with many others.
[John Haull of Boston, a.d. 1514.]
20 April, 1514. I John Haull of Boston, make my testament, etc. To be buried where God pleases. I bequeath for my mortuary what right requires. To the fabric of the cathedral church of Lincoln xijd. To the high altar of St. Botolph of Boston vjd. To the church of St. Peter of Thursthorpe and for the work (operationem) of the said church vjs. viijd. To the sepulchre light in the same vjs. viijd. To the gild of St. Mary in the same church vjs. viijd. To the abbot and his convent of Hawnby to pray for me xxs. I bequeath to one priest for the celebration of one quarter (quarterii) of a year in the church of Boston at the altar of St. George for the health of my soul and the souls of all my benefactors xxvjs. viijd. To Margaret of Ingolmelles one vessel of malt, with one quilt (qwylto). To Isabel Haull one sound (sanum) bed. To the three sons of William Scorteryth of Thursthorpe xxd. each. To Joan Raws' of Thursthorpe one vessel of malt, with one 'payn.' To Nicholas Temper of Ingolmelles vjs. viijd. To the gild of the apostles in the said church of St. Botolph viijd. To the gild of the holy cross in the church [sic] iijs. iiijd. To all my godchildren (otheophilis) iiijd. apiece. I will that one house with seven acres of arable and pasture land lying in Thursthorpe, called' John Houllows,' be sold by the sight of my executors to pay all my debts, etc. I wish to have one year-day in the church of St. Peter of Thursthorpe during the space of twenty years after my death, for every year during the said term iijs. iiijd., etc. To John Reyd of Boston, gentleman, my supervisor, vjs. viijd. for his labour. To Sir Robert Jolyff, priest, of Thursthorpe, my executor, vjs. viijd. for his labour. To William Temper of Boston, my other executor, xs. for his labour. The residue of my goods I bequeath to Sir Robert Jolyff and William Temper, whom I make my executors, and John Reyd supervisor. These being witnesses, Robert Temper of Boston, William Webster, Robert Sateryll of the same, and Richard smyth of the same, with others. 15 May. (fn. 3)
Proved before C2., at Lincoln, 15 May, 1514. Adm. granted to William Temper, the executor, reserving power to make a similar grant to Sir Robert Jolyff, the executor, when he shall come to take it up, etc.
[Alice Snell of Wigtoft, a.d. 1514.]
6 May, 1514. I Alice Snell of Wigtofte, mak my testament and last will, etc. To be beryed in the parich church yard of thappostilles petur and pall of Wigtoft. I bequeth in the name of my mortuary as custum ys. To the high awter ther xijd. for thythes forgotten. To the most high crucifix in the said church viijd. To the awter of our lady there viijd. To the awter of saynt nicolas in the same church vjd. To the church wark ther xxd. To owr moder church of Lincoln vjd. To the orphans at saynt Katerins iiijd. I bequeth xs. for a trentall to be song for my soule and all my gud doers. To every order of the freers of Boston iiijd. I will that placebo, dirige and messe of Requiem bedone with note at iij days for me, that ys to sey, at my beryng day, vijth day and xxxti day. I will that v stong of pasture with the appurtenance lying at Fismeregate, betwyn the landys of Sir Henry Willughby knyght, as well of the south parte as of the west parte, shall remayn imediately after my decesse unto Margaret Ingram my doughter, to hyr herys and hir assignes for ever. I will that the same Margaret have on chist, on posnet, and on coverlytt. To Margaret Browne on shipe. To Alice Sheperd. To Alice Peirson. To John Sheperd. To Thomas Thirke. To William Peirson, To Ric' Peirson. To William Sheperd. To Agnes Snell. The residue of my guddes to Thomas Snell of Wigtoft and to Nicolas Thirke of the same, whom I ordane executors. I make William Sheperd of Algarkirke supervisor. Witnesses, Sir Richard Waterworthe of Wigtofte, chaplain, Lambert Toly, Thomas Garner, with others.
[John Ancell, burgess of Grimsby, a.d. 1514.]
1 September, 1514. I John Ancell, burgess of Grymesby, make my testament, etc. My body to be buried in the church of St. James of Grymesby, with my best garment in the name of my mortuary. To the fabric of the cathedral church of Lincoln viijd. To Joan my wife all my lands and tenements in North Somercotes for the term of three years after my decease. To John my son one blue (blodiam) tunic called a 'Jakytt,' and one shirt. Also I will that all the debts that he owes to me and my wife shall be forgiven him. I will that my wife shall pay to Robert Bell for John my son vjs. viijd. To William and Thomas my sons, each of them one tunic, one shirt, and vjs. viijd. To Joan, wife of my son John, 'a bond lyne.' The residue of my goods I bequeath to Joan my wife, whom I make my executrix, to dispose for the health of my soul, etc. I will that Robert Vicars shall be supervisor. Witnesses, Robert Vicars, Richard Day, and others.
[Robert Alphyn of Pinchbeck, a.d. 1514.]
5 September, 1514. I Robert Alphyn of Pynchbeke, make my last testament, etc. My body to be buried in the churchyard of the blessed Mary of Pynckbeke, and as the law requireth in the name of a mortuary. To the high altar there for tithes forgotten 20d. To every altar of the same church 3d. To the cathedral church 4d. To the orphans of St. Katherine's 2d. To the fabric of the church of Pynchbeke 6d. To the gild of the blessed Mary of Pynchbeke 6s. 8d.
This is the last will of me Robert Alphyn of Pynchbeke aforsaid. I will that mine executors within xxx days of my sepultur dispose among pore pepull within the town of Pynchbeke ij beystes, ij shepe and a calf with a quarter of wheytt bakyn in breid when as most ned ys. I will that an honest priest have xxs. to sing ij trentalles in the church of Pynchbeke. I will that Elizabeth my wife have the place that I dwell in with all the appurtynens to such tyme as Thomas my son cum to the age of xvj years and that [sic] I will that Thomas my son have hyt to hym and hys herys and assignes, provyded that my said wyfe shall make no wilfull wast nor be bond to any reparacion savyng to keep hyt wyndthyght and waterthyght. If Thomas die before he cum to the age of xvj yeres, than I will that it remayn to Robert my son and hys yeres and assignes; [if] Robert dye with owt issue, than I will that it remayn to Agnes my doughter her heyres and assigns. I will that my wyff have ij pastores, the on at bekkes Crosse and the other in Egate, to fynd my chylder unto the cum to lawful age. And I will that the pastur at Bekkes crosse remayn to Robert my sonn his herys and assign, and the pastur in Egate to returne to Agnes my doughter hir herys or assignes; and yff hyt happon that she or he dy or ever the cum to the age of xxjti yeres, then I will that Thom' my son have both the said pastur to hym his heres or assign. And if all happon to dye, as god defend, or the cum to the age of xxj years, then I will my said place and the said pastur at bekke crosse and Eygate be sold by myne executours with the councell and ascent of the church greves of Pynchbeke, and the money to be disposed in the church werke as it shall be best seyn by the holl councell of the towne of pynchbeke. I will that Robert my son have immediately after my decesse the howse that John Coll dwellyth in dischargyng an obligacion wherin I stand bownd to hym his heres and assign for ever. Also I will that the myln, the swyncott, the brewgent leddes and the folden tabull in the hall remayn still uppon the ground where the stand to the use of Thom' my son hys heres and assignes. To Sir John Dawson my goystly fader my best gown to pray for me. To Elizabeth my wyff my bey geldyng to occupy the myln with. To Elizabeth my servant a kertyll and a blankyd. The residew of my guddes I will the be divyded in ij partes; the on hallf I gyff to Elizabeth my wyff, and the other hallf to be devydyd among my childer, and yf any of them dye I will that the survivours be the herys, and yf all dye I will that my wyff have on hallf, and the other half be disposed in the church of pynchbeke. And I make myn executors John Gamlyn and John Cooll, and my supervisor Mr. Rich' Robertson, vicar of Pynchbeke, etc. Witnesses, Robert Hill, Water Renoldson, John Haryson, Thom' Barett, Thom' Dey, Will' Alphyn, and Petur Welles, with other moo, etc.
[William Jonson of Sutton in Holland, a.d. 1514.]
2 October, 1514. I William Jonson of Sutton make my testament, etc. I bequeath my body to be buried in the church of St. Edmund of Sutton, with my mortuary that is due. To the cathedral church of Lincoln iiijd. To the orphanes of sainte Katerine ther iiijd. To the prior of Castillacr' for tythes forgotten xijd. To the vicar of Sutton xijd. To every gyld in Sutton xijd. To Agnes my wyff viij kye and iiij marys. To Isabell my doughter iij kye. To Agnes my doughter ij kye and on heckford. I will that my executors by a candilstike of latyn to stand a fore the said rood in the church of saynt Edmundes. I gyff ij acr' land lying in gannegatt to my wyff to fynd a candill before the Rod, and after hyr decesse to be in the hands of the churchwardyns to fynd the said candill. I will that my wyff have my hows and xij acr' land lying on the est syd on ganngate hill to the terme and end of hyr lyff. I will that she have viij acr' land lieng in iij parcelles of the west syd of ganngate the terme of hyr lyff, and after her decesse the said xx acr' to remayn to Agnes my doughter yf she lyffe after her moder to make hyr will off, and yff she dye afore my wyff I will that my landes be sold by the church wardyns after the decesse of my wiffe and dispose for the helth of owr soulys. I be queth to my wyff xxi acr' land lieng of the west syde of gangate hill so long as my moder lyvys, and after the decesse of my moder I will that xj acr' of the south syd to be kept on obyt day, and after the decesse of my wyff, she to assigne the xj acr' to whom she will for the obyt to be kept. To my wiff x acr' land with the mancion lieng of the west syd of genngatt hill, and iiij acr' lieng of the est syde of brodgate at the end of the said x acr', the terme of hyr lyff, and after hyr decesse I will that Isabel my doughter have the said acr' with the mancion, and the iiij acr' yf she lyve after her moder to make hyr will of yt; and yf the said Isabell die befor her moder the sayd xiiij acr' to remeyn to the obyt day. To Isabell my doughter iij acr' and a half land with a messuage lieng of the west syd of gangate the terme of the lyff of my wyff, and at the decesse of my wyff she to make heyr will ther off. The residew of my guddes I putto the dispocision of Agnes Jonson my wiff, whom I ordyn executrice. Theis wyttnes, John Henryson, John Hey, with other.
[William Scott of Moulton, a.d. 1514.]
13 October, 1514. I William Scott of Multon, mak' my testament, etc. My body to be buryd in the church of Multon with my dew morture. To the hy awter of Multon church for tythes forgotten xijd. To the sacrament light iiijd. To the thre lightes vjd. To the deskyng of the church iiijs. To the moder church of Lincoln iiijd. To the chylder at saynt Katerins ijd. To the hy awter of Holbech xijd. To the prior of Spaldyng xxd. To John my son my house and land in Multon, Whaplod and Holbech, to hym and hys assignys reservyng to Collet hys moder all the terme of hyr lyff hyr chambr wher she lith, space necessary in the kechyne for hir occupacion, and in the neythouse for hir catall, and halff the occupying of the milne, beryng half reparacion of the said myln. Provydyd that yf the said John dye before Collet his moder then the said house and land in Multon, Whaplod and Holbech shall remayn holly to the said Collett hyr herys and assignes for evermore. The resydew of all my guddes I gyff to Collett my wyff and John my son, whom I mak myn executors, the guddes to be devydyd by the oversight of Thomas Sargyant gen'. Theis beyng wittnes, Sir Xp'ofer Gyger parich priest, Thom' Sargant gen', and John blank, with other moo.
[Thomas Corwysar of Londonthorpe, a.d. 1514.]
4 November, 1514. I Thomas Corwysar of lunderthorpe, make my testament, etc. To be buried in the churchyard of the parish church of lunderthorpe. I bequeath in the name of my mortuary as the custom is. To the fabric of the said church vjs. viijd. To the high altar of the same church for tithes forgotten xijd. To the fabric of the cathedral church of Lincoln xijd. To the fabrics of the churches of belton and Welby iijs. iiijd. each. To the friars minors of Grauntham iijs. iiijd. I will that my wife have my messuage with its appurtenances as it lies in the town and in the fields of lunderthorpe and thowthorpe for the term of her life to pay therefrom yearly in expenses for an obit for the health of my soul and for the souls of my parents iijs. And I will that a priest shall celebrate for one whole year with two trentals for me and my benefactors. The rest of my goods I bequeath to Alice my wife, Thomas Weston and John Dale, my executors, to dispose for the health of my soul, etc. These being witnesses, Thomas Dale of lunderthorpe, chaplain, John Hopkynson and Robert Herberd of the same, with others.
Proved before Ci., in the parish church of Seiston, the penultimate day of January, 1514. Adm. granted to Alice the relict, an executor, Thomas Weston and John Dale refusing the burden of execution, etc.
[Thomas Both of Helpringham, a.d. 1514.]
5 November, 1514. I Thomas Both of Helpringham make my testament, etc. To be buried in the parish churchyard of Helpringham. I bequeath in the name of my mortuary according to the custom of the town, etc. To the high altar of Benyngton vjd. To the high altar of Sleford vjd. To the work of the cathedral church of Lincoln vjs. To Burne abbey iijs. iiijd.
To the orphans of St. Katherine iiijd. To Grace Buth a howse with the pertinances in the west end of Screkyngton in tail, remainder to John Both the elder and his heirs. I also will that John Both have a hows in lytyll Hale in tail, with remainder to Richard Both and the herys of his body. The Residew of my guddys to Richard my son to dispose for my sole; and he to be executor. Witnesses, Robert Kirke, Richard Robertson, William Both of Helpringham, and others.
[John Thorpe alias Haryson or Henryson of Moulton, a.d. 1514.]
8 January, 1514. I John Thorpe alias Haryson of Multon. My body to be buried in the church of All Saints of Multon, with my mortuary that is due. To the high altar of Multon vjs. viijd. To the light of the crucifix in the same church xxd. To the light of the lantern iiijd. To the three lights there iijd. To the church work of Multon xiijs. iiijd. To the work of the cathedral church of Lincoln viijd. To the work (fabric') of the high altar of the same church xijd. To the orphans of St. Katherine xijd. To the high altar of Waplod iijs. iijd. [sic] for tithes forgotten. To the chapel of St. Caterine of Waplod one ' le crosse cloth.' To the chapter (capit'lo (fn. 4) ) of the gild of St. Mary of Multon xjs., that he may every day within the thirtieth day say one mass of the trental of St. Gregory with placebo and direge. And after the mass every day for xxx days shall say at my grave for my soul and the souls off all the faithful dead de profundis, with the prayer Inclina. And also upon every feast day within xxx days for xiij poor people xiij pence. The residue of my goods I bequeath to Emmota my wife, whom I make my executor, to dispose for the health of my soul, etc. Witnesses, Sir Nicholas Norton, Christopher Guger, (fn. 5) chaplain, and others.
This is the last will of me Johne Thorpe alias Henryson of Multon, made the viij day of Janyuere, 1514. In the first I will that my dettes be paide and restitution maide where it canne be lawfully provyd that I have done any wrange. I will that Emmot my wyff have after my decesse all my howsys, tenamentes, landes, rentes, medowes and pasturs, both free and copyhold, excepte such as after assynyd, kepyng them with sufficiant reparacion, to have and to hold to hyr and hyr assignes the terme of hyr lyff yf she kepe hyr sole, and yff she mary I will assone as she ys suer to a husband that Isabell baston my dougter or hyr herys enter and have all the forsaid howses, etc., to have and to hold as after shalbe expressed. I will that the said Emmot my wyff kype my yerday yerly yf she have the said landes the terme of hyr lyff in the church of multon with all the qwere as many as cume, and to offer for every soule after rehersyd [folio 30d.], a messe peny, Johne thorpe, Isabell hys wyff, Joh' thorpe, alen Henryson, Emot hys wyff, Joh' thorpe the younger, Isabell baston, Sir John Palmer, and Robert thorpe; thes soulys I will shalbe praid fore as ofte as I have any prest, and all my benefactorus. I will that she gyff every gud fryday xiijd. to xiij poore folke; this to be done the terme of hir lyff, and after I will the said charge go with my hed place as after shalbe expressed. I will that Isabell Baston my dougter have after the decesse of the said Emmott my wyff as is be fore said all the assyignes howsys, landes, etc., to such hyr chyld be off xxiiij yere of age. At wich yeres I will the chyld beyng of age reseve all such landes as by the will shalbe assynyd to hym. I will that William Baston the sone of John after the decese of Emmott my wyff when he cummys to the age of xxiiij yere have my hed place in the churchgate with the hows and lath lat sargayntes, with the pastur underneth it, both fre and copy hold, and a pece of land lying at Henry Culliers sumtyme Swampyges, iiij acr' latt helles callyd millers, and vij acr' late frydays, with the rent off therto longyng [sic] to have and to hold to hym and hys herys of hys body lawfully begotten of that condicion that he and hys herys kepe my yerday for ever to the valor of vjs. viijd., and gyff every gud fryday xiijd. as is beforesaid; and this yerely charge I will have performyd and kepte for ever to whoys handes suever the said landes shall cum as the will answer to god; and for defawt of yssew of the said William, the said place with all the lands therto assyned to remayn to hys next broder in tayll. I will that John Baston the sone of John have as is before said j pasture late lomes, j pastur in the see ynd late waryns, iij acr arr' late sargeant at claptongate, to him and hys herys in tayll; and for defawt of yssew to remayn to hys next broder in taill. I will that Jamys baston have at the tyme before assynyd the hows wich I purchasyd of Simon Cullier with the pastur over agayn wich I purchasyd of Ranold Derby, with a cote theron set, and iiij acr' late hawkes lyinge at layntongate, to hym and to hys herys of hys body; and for defawte of yssew to remayn to his nexte broder or syster in taill as is beforesaid. I will that Emmot Baston have at the tyme assygnyd the hows wich was lighows with [folio 31] all the land that longes therto, iij acr' arr' at layntongate late hawkes, and iiij acr' ther late porters, to hyr and hyr herys of hyr body; and for defawte of yssew, to remayn to hyr eldes broder in taill. I will that all the aforsaid howses, etc., remayn as to the herys that shalbe lawfully begotten of the aforsaid Isabell my dougter in tyme cumyng as thois that before are rehersyd, on to be another here. Provydyd alwey that when ever it shall fortune all the aforsaid chylderne and ther herys to dye, then I will that all the aforsaid howses, etc., remayn to the vicar of multon and the churchmasters for that tyme beyng to have and to hold of the cheyff lordes by due service and custom for the terme of xl yere, and with the profyttes of the rentes and wod to fynd a prest in the said church during the said xl yeres for my soule and the soulys before rehersyd; and after the said yeres be fully endyd I will that all the aforsaid parcelles be sold by the vicar and the churchwardyns by the vyse of iiij mene of the most honest of the said parich, and the money to be exspended in the said church of such an nowrmentes as then shalbe most necessarie in the whurshipe of god and all sayntes. I will that Isabell baston have after my decesse the hows wich she dwelles in, late my moders, and the hows nexte it on the northe, late whrythtes, to have and to hold the terme of hyr lyff, and after to remayn to on of hyr chylder at hyr assigment. And yff she assigne it not, I will it remayn to the next here withe the landes before rehersyd. I will that the said Isabell have after the decesse of Emmot my wyff the house late grangers, and the pastur in the fen end late derbys, the terme of hyr lyff, and after to remayn to one of hyr chylder at hyr assigment as ys aforesaid; also iiij mylke kye and all my shipe except such as I have gyffn, reservyng this yere the woull to my wyff; and I will the said Isabell have my yeres in the marshys acordyng to my copys. Provyd' also that yf Emmott my wyff and Isabell my doughter dye or the chylder cum to the age assygned, then I will that Robert newdike have the rule of the chylder and ther landes to the cume to the age assigned. I will that the prior and convent of spaldyng have iiij acr' of freland late waryns, lying at Clapton gate, and j acr' j rode at powys, to have and to hold to the convent fide to them and ther successors for ever, yeilding therfore [folio 31d.] yerely to me and my heres holdyng my hed hous in the churchgate of multon ijd. of rent. I will that Robert newdike have xxti shepe and ever on of my godchilder a lame. I will that my wyff fynd a prest for me in multon church ij yere. The residew of all my guddes, (excepte my sheipe), and all such landes as here are not assigned, etc., I gyff to Emmott my wyff, whome I make executrice. Witness, William reid, Robert gundby, Robert Anderton, Robert newdike, and John Bygott, with other moo, the day and yere before rehersed.
[John Marshall of Middle Rasen Tupholme, a.d. 1514.]
2 February, 1514. I John Marshall of medilrasyn Tupholme, make my testament, etc. My body to be beryid in the churchyard of saynt peter and paul aforsaid with my mortuare after the custom of the towne. To the hy awter viijd. To the royd lofte of the same church vjs. viijd. To our lady wark of Lincoln iiijd. To every hows of the freers of lincoln vjd. To John my son. To Annys my doughter. To Thomas Dawson. To Robert Marshall. To the gyld of Rasyn a brasse pott. I will that William Cowper and John Walkar be my feoffors of my hows and my landes and to kepe the possession of my feoffment that I delyver them to the behooff of John my son and his herys of hys body; and yf John my son die without issue the forsaid hows and landes to remayn to on of my doughters, and she that hase the hows and landes shall gyve the oder sister a reward acording to gud consciens. The residew of my guddes I bequieth unto my executors, that is, to William Cowper and John Walkar. Witnesses, Richard Horncastr' vicar of Rasyn Thopholme, Henry vston, Thomas cartwrigh, with oder moo.
[William Hayward of Wyberton, a.d. 1514.]
14 February, 1514. I William Haward of Wyberton, make my testament and last will, etc. My body to be breyed in the parich church of Wyberton with my mortuary after dew custome. To the hye awter of the parich church of Wyberton for tythys forgotton vjd. To every awter of the said church iiijd. To our lady of lincoln vjd. To sent Katerines of Lincoln iiijd. To the torchys lyght xxd. To the church wark of Wyberton vjs. viijd. I will that John my son have to acr' land pastur callyd balys grene lieing in the south feld of Wiberton the terme of hys lyve, and after his decesse I will that the said ij acr' of land remayn to our ladys gyld of Wyberton; and morover I will that the forsaid John and the said gyld fynd and kepe up my obyt ever more paing for the obyt keping yerly ijs. I will that John my son have on pece of land pasture callyd laurens gren conteyning v stong, lying in the south feld of Wiberton the terme of hys lyve, and after his decesse I will the said five stong of land remayn to saynt kateryns gild of Wiberton. To John my sonn iij acr' of land pasture lying in the Roddes, callyd Reding grene, to hym and his assignys in fee symple. To the said John I give half an acr' of land with a mesuag' therupon bylded, sumtyme Joh' hawardes, to hym and to hys assign in fee simple; and iij stong of land arabill, callyd Donyngton land, to hym and to his assign in fee simple; also all my movabill guddes. The residew of all my guddes I put to the disposicion of Sir Robert Haward prest and John Haward my son, whom I mak and ordyn myn executors, that thei may dispose my guddes to the lawd of god, helthe of my soule and to the dischargyng of the consciens. Thes wytnes, Sir Roger bat', John Troboke, John Hogkynson, John Garroke and James Washyngbrugh, with other moo.
[Katherine Hart of Spalding, a.d. 1514.]
22 February, 1514. I Katherine Hart of Spaldyng make my testament, etc. I bequeath my body to be buried in the parish church of spaldyng, with my mortuary according to right. To the high altar there for tithes forgotten xxd. To the fabric of the cathedral church of Lincoln xxd. To the orphans of St. Katherine of Lincoln iiijd. To the gild of the holy Trinity viijd. To the gild of St. Mary viijd. To every gild in which I am a sister vjd. To the iiij orders of friars of Boston vjs. viijd. To the monastery and monks (fn. 6) vjs. viijd. I will that my executor shall find one priest to celebrate one quarter of a year for the health of my soul. I will that William Hert have my house, in which I dwell, immediately after my decease. I will that John Hart son of the said William Hart have one house which I bought of Kyppyng. The residue of my goods I bequeath to William Hart my son, whom I make my executor to dispose for the health of my soul as he will answer before God. Witnesses, Sir John Welles and Robert Isake and others.