Lincoln Wills: Volume 2, 1505-1530. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1918.
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The testament of Thomas Browne [of Quadring].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 141.]
9 January, 1528. I Thomas Browne of Quadryng. To Margaret my wyff. To William my sone my house wich I dwellyd in, and on acre of lande lying at Hotton Crosse, to hym, hys heyres and assignes, with thys condicion that he shall pay to Helyn my doughter at the age of xvj yeres xiijs. iiijd. To Robert my sone a pece off lande callyd Halyday lande to hym, hys heyres and assignes, so that he pay to Helene my doughter at the age of sextene yeres vjs. viijd.; also a bote with foure elenettys. To Margaret my doughter. To Thomas Browne the yonger. To Symon Chatterys. I will that a honest secculer prest syng for [folio 141d.] my soule the space of a quarter off a yere, yff my goodes will extende. The rest off my goodes to Simon Houlton, prest, wich I make my executor sole, that he may paye my dettes. Wittnes heroff, Syr Gyles Wood, prest; John Browne; with many others.
Proved at Swyneshed, 29 January, 1528. Admin. granted, etc.
The testament of Robert Rydder [of Boston].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 397.]
11 January, 1528. I Robert Rydder of Boston. My body to be buryed in the blak frerys of Boston. To my mortuary aftyr the custome of the towne of Boston. To the high altare of St. Botulphe of Boston xijd. To our lady of Lincoln iiijd. To William my sonne one house in fe symple with all the stuff that is therin, with ij acres of grounde longyng therto, within the parysche of St. Thomas in Waynflete. I will that Jenet my wyff have the [premises] the terme of her lyff, yff sche be disposyd to dwell in it, [etc.]. To the same William vjl. xiijs. iiijd., a bed, that is to say, a materes, a coveringe, a [folio 397d.] pare of schetes, ij pilloys, with bedstokes, [etc.], and the sayd stuffe to remayn in the handes off Richerd Shalloke the yonger to suche tyme as my sonne cum to xxjty yeres of age. Yff he dye withowt heres of hys body, I will that the halff of hys bequethementes remayn to Elizabethe my doughter and the other halff to be disposyd for my soule. To Elizabethe my doughter vjl. xiijs. iiijd., [etc.], when she cumyth to xix yeres of age. And it fortune Jenet my wyff to mary, then I will that she delyver Elizabeth bequethementes to Richerd Shallokes the yonger for the behoyff of Elizabethe. And yff it fortune Elizabeth to dye withowt heyres of hyr body, I will fyve markes off her bequethementes be disposyd in dedes of charite, and the resydue to be devydyd emong my wyffes chyldren. To Robert Orsby a worstyd dooblet, a ledder dooblet and a jerkyn. To Richerd Smythe a stethy and the stok that it standes in, a trough, the belloys, ij tewers, a skowmer, iij pares of tonges, croke, stedy, ij grete hamers and a hand hamer, a vise and the stole that it standes in, a thystell, my fylys and a butter. To Jenet Smyth, yff she lyff to Michelmes, a qwy. Also I will yff the sayd Richerde Smyth do trobill my executors for any thyng, then I will he have none of my bequethmentes. To Beatrix Orsby. I will have ij trentallys done for me at Scala celi in Boston churche. To Alyson my wyffes doughter. The resydue I gyff unto Jenet my wyff, whome I make my executrix to fulfyll my will, by the oversight of Richerde Shallok, [folio 398] whome I make supervisor. To sir Thomas my sonne vs. [sic] viijd. I will that sir Thomas my sonne medyll not with my executors for none of my goodes. Thes beryng wytnes, Sir Thomas Searsy; William Kellet; Bryan Waryner; sir John Jogge; with other mo.
Proved before P., at Lincoln, 22 August, 1531, by the executrix.
The testament of Alice Abraham [of Skirbeck (fn. 1) ].
[L.C.C., 1535–7, f. 97d.]
20 January, 1528. I Alson Abraham. My body to be buryd by my husbande in our Lady qwere in St. Nicholes kyrke, and my mortuary as the lawe will. I will that one prest syng for my husbande soule, my soule and all xp'en soulys for the space of vj monethes at our Lady altare in the sayd kyrke. To the high altare for tithes forgottyn xijd., and to the holly roode light iiijd., and to our Lady light viijd., and to our Lady pety light iiijd., and to St. George light iiijd., and to St. Jamys ijd., and to St. Catheryn ijd. To our Ladys warke of Lincoln xijd., and to the fatherles children of St. Catheryns viijd. I will that Stephyn Abraham, my suns sun, have viijl. that was gyven [folio 98] hym by my husbandes mynde. I will that he have xls. more, [etc.]. I will that my syster doughters ether of them have xiijs. iiijd. of the money that is in ther fathers handes. To Jenet Ressys. To Nell Chapman, my goddoughter. To John Codbodye, my godsun, and Alice Wylson, my goddoughter. All the reste of my good I gyff to Stephyn Abraham, my suns sun, to be delyveryd to have at the ende of hys yeres by the handes of Gylberte Dale, whome I make my executor, with Stephyn Abraham, my sonnys sun. I will that William Murre have vjs. viijd., and he to helpe myn executors and to overse them. Before thes wytnes, William Laueroke; Robert Wylson; Thomas Thyssysworthe; sir Adam Pottes; with other mo.
Proved before P., at Boston, 30 March, 1536. Admin. granted to Stephen Abraham, Gilbert Dale being meanwhile prevented by death.
The testament of Thomas Blysse alias Motho of Scalford, [co. Leicester].
[Lyle, p. 94.]
24 January, 1528. I Thomas Blysse alias Mothow off Scalford. My body too be buried with in the church off Scalford, and my best gode for my principall. To our lady off Lincoln ijd. To the hy alter off Scalford ijs. To the lyght off sanct Pulcare xijd. To the image off our Lady in Scalford halff a pund waxe; and to the image off our Lady in the church porch halff a pund off waxe; and to the reparacion off Scalford church iijs. iiijd.; and to the church off Clauston iiijs. To my cosyne, William Mason, xxiiijs. that my brother, Henry Moth', ought unto me off dewty for vj sylver spones and a fetherbed. Residew [page 95] to my cosyne, William Mason, ande to Agnes my wyffe, whom I make my executoures; and I do make Robert Wourthington supervisor. Wytnes, Sir Thomas Smyth, vicare off the same towne; William Frysby; and Thomas Nyke; with other moo.
[No probate act.]
The testament of Jo. Gell [of Halton Holegate].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 77.]
28 January, 1528. I John Gell of Halton makes my last will. I wite my soule, [etc.]. My body to be buried in the churchyerd of St. Androw in Halton, and my best thyng to be my mortuary according to the costume. I wyt to our lady of Lincoln werke xijd. I wit to the high awter in Halton to the reparacion viijd. I wit to oure oder (fn. 2) in the same churche iiijd. I wit to the belles in the same churche xvjd. To John my son a blak arke of oke and a throne chayre, a maser, [etc.]. To Agnes my doughter a hernest gyrdil with a blew corps, [etc.]. To John my son my best gyrdill, my best bedes, after the decease of his moder. I wit to Agnes my doughter a payre of corall beades and ij kye when she is xxty yeres of age, [folio 77d.] and [remainder] to John my son, when he is xxti yeres of age, and thus the other of theym to be oder heyres; and if they both dye with in the age aforsaid, then I will all the goodes shalbe selled by myne executours, and the half of the money to be disposed to a prest to syng for me and all my good frendes in Halton churche; and the other half I gyf to Alice my wif. I will that my wif have the house in Waynflet St. Maryes the terme of her lif; [remainder] to John my sone; and if he dye with out heyres, then I will that it remayne to Agnes my doughter; and if that bothe die with out heyres, then I will the howse be selled and the money to be gyven to poore men for to pray for my sole and all criston soules. I will that a prest sing for me a quarter of a yere in Halton churche. The residue of my goodes not wit I gif to Alice my wif to bryng me to the gronde, [etc.]. And I ordeyne to be myne executours Alice my wif and William Herd; and I will William Drop be supervisour. This witnes, sir John Syke, parishe prest; William Bough; John Bullok, the yong'; John Sampy; with other.
Proved before P., at Spillesby, 14 April, 1529.
The testament of Agatha Flemyng [of Horncastle].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 145d.]
10 February, 1528. I Agatha Flemmyng makyth thys my testa ment and last will. To be buryed in the church of our Lady of Horncastre; and my best to my mortuary as law and custome ther requiryth. I bequeth all my moveable goodes to Henry Chambers off Horncastre off the gylde of saynt Katherine with in the church of our Lady of Horncastre, alderman, John Barcar of the same, and Oliver Lovell off the same, and off the sayd gylde chamberlainys, to sell my goodes, and to dispose them in good warkes off pitie, namely, to the hygh alter off our Lady off Horncastre, for tithes forgotten, and to every saynt off lyght in Horncastre church, to our Lady of Lincoln, and into other good dedys as far as my goodes will extende. I will the alderman and chamberlanys cause placebo with dirige to be song in the church aforesayd thys same day afore wrytt toward nyght, and messe of requiem to be song with note tomorowe the next day insuyng the makyng heroff, for my soule, whose soule God parden, wich sayd alderman and chamberleyns I orden my executors to fulfyll thys my last will and mynde nexte herto adiuned, with my very propre hand assealed.
Also I the forsayd Agatha, the day and yere above wrytt, willyth and gyffyth to the gylde off saynt Katheryne aforesayd my house that I dwell in wyth all the appurtenaunces therto belongyng, and they be buyldyd and lying with in the towne and feldes of Horncastre aforesayd, [folio 146] so that the alderman and chamberlayns and ther successors for ever fynde on yerly obbit of sex shellynges eyght pennys to be song ever more in the church aforesayd, the vary same day of the moneth that it shall please God to make my departyng, for my soule and the soule of sir John Eston, my godfather, wich bought thys my sayd house and dyd gyff it to my father and mother the terme of ther lyffys, and aftyr ther deseases to me and the heyres of my body. Because I have none heyres of my body I gyff to Henry Chambers of Horncastre, alderman of the gylde of saynt Katheryne, John Barcar of the same and Olyver Lovell of the same, of the forsayd gylde chamberlanys, my forsayd house, [etc.], as frely as my godfather dyd gyff it to me: to hold to them to the behuff of the said gylde, kepyng yerly my sayd obbit, and doyng the service to the cheffe lordes off that ffee theroff dew; into more strenth and performance of thys my gyffte includyng the verey forme off my dede of gyfft accordyng to a former gyffte mayd by me to the forsayd gylde, as more playnly apperyth in certen wrytyng indentyd, yff they may be forth cumyng, mayd and sealyd byfore my lady Margaret Copledyke, latly of Horncastre, now dede, Phylip Stevenson off the same, [folio 146d.] now ded, Rayff Barowys of the same, yit on lyff, Robert Halgarth off the same, yit on lyff, with divers other of the same, yit on lyff:—Almen shall know that I Agatha Flemyng, in my veray propre person, in the day off the makyng heroff, abowt aleven of the clokke of the same day, to have gyffyn to Henry Chambres, alderman, John Barcar and Olyuer Lovell, chamberlanes of the gylde off saynt Katheryne, and to ther successors for ever full possession and seasine off and in the sayd house with all and singler thappurtenaunces to the use of thys my last will. Witnesses, Syr Peter Lyllum, my gostly father, and of Horncastre parysh priest; Robert Halgarth of the same; Robert Lovell of the same; Robert Sperlyng of the same; and John Maydenwell of the same; wyth other moy.
Proved before P., at Lincoln, 5 April, 1529. Admin. granted to the executors.
The testament of W. Gleppys [of Gedney].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 82.]
12 February, 1528. I William Gleppys of Gedney in Holland. To Helene my wyff all my landes, mesuages, [etc.], as well frehold as coppy holde, with in the towne and felde of Gedney, of all the third, costom and lordshyp holdyn with in the sayd towne, aftyr the maner and custom, to hyr and hyr assygnes the terme of lyff; and, aftyr her deth owt of thys transitory worlde, to William, Robert, John, Richard and Thomas, my sonnys, in maner foloyng—to William my sone and to [folio 82d.] the heyr of hys body iij acre and di. off ffreholde, and on acre of copyholde ner adionyd to the sayd iij acre and di., when he cummys to xxty yeres; to Robert Gleppys, my sone, my principall messuage, lying in Chapell Gate streyt, and too acre pasture wherupon the sayd messuage standes off, to hym and to the heyres of hys body; to John my sone a tenement, lying in Chappell Gate streyt, nere unto Chapell Bryg, with on acre and di. wherof the sayd tenement stands upon, other ways callyd Carter Grene, and on acre and di. lying in Riffeld, to him and to the heyres of hys body; to Richard Gleppys, my sone, on tenement lying in Sedyke Gate, sumtyme the tenement of Alice Dobbyt, late of Gedney, with iij acre and on roode, part wherof the sayd tenementes stand uppon, to hym and to thers of hys body; to Thomas my sone and to thers of hys body too acre pastur lying in Claypolle; [remainder in each case] to the eldyst off them that ys then lyffyng, [etc.]; [remainder in default of issue to be] [folio 83] solde by the church warden of Gedney, and all such moneys as is imployed to be disposyd with in the church of Gedney for my soule and all my good frende soulys. Resydue to Helene my wyff, whome I make my executrix. Thyes wytnes, sir Robert Sampson, prest; William Bokkew; Robert Clarkson; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Spald', 19 April, 1529. Admin. granted to the executrix.
The testament of Richard Osse [of Gosberton].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 84.]
17 February, 1528. I Richerd Osse of Gosberkyrke. I will that Agnes my wyff have my house aftyr the mynd of my fathers will; [remainder to] Thomas my sone, to hym, hys heyres [folio 84d.] and hys assignes, under thys condicion that he pay to Margaret and Agnes hys systers and to John hys brother the elder to every on of them xiijs. iiijd. Yff it fortune that John, Margaret and Agnes or anny of them decease before ther mother, (as God defende), then I will that the partes of them beyng departyd owt off thys worlde do remayn alone to Thomas my sone or to hys heyres or hys assignes, [etc.]. I will that Agnes my wyff have all my houshold stuff unto her fyndyng. Resydue of my goodes to Thomas my sonne, the wich I orden to be my executor to pay my dettes, and to dispose them into good warkes for the helth of my soule. Thyes beyng wytnesses, sir Thomas Aannes; Thomas Stybberd; Thomes Wassell; Thomas Hogbody; and Robert Osse; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Swyneshed, 20 April, 1529.
The testament of Thomas Burrell [of Bardney].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 132d.]
23 February, 1528. I Thomas Burrell of Bardeney. To my brother, John Burrell, the halffe of my bote and xxs.; he to be good to my mother; and my doughter Elizabeth shall have the other halffe of my bote. To the prior and convent of Nocton vjs. viijd. Resydue of housholde stuff to my doughter. I will that Thomas Sybbryan have kepyng of her with her parte to she be of laufull age; wich Thomas I make my executor and John Burrell; with oversyght of sir Edmund Watson, vicare. These witnesses, Brianne Maver et Xp'ofero Rawlynson cum aliis.
Proved at Lincoln, 7 May, 1529. Admin. granted to the executors.
The testament of Roger Perche [of Swineshead].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 86.]
25 February, 1528. I Roger Perche of Swyneshed. I will that Ame my doughter have my messe with the appurtenaunces duryng the terme of x yeres, that she pay my dettes therwith, so that she kepe my messe well reparyd wyth wyndthyght and waterthyght; [remainder in succession] to William and John my sonnes and to the [folio 86d.] heyres of ther bodies; [remainder] to Johan and Ame my doughters and to the heyres of ther bodyes; [remainder to] be solde be my feoffes, [etc.], and the mony therfore to be receyvyd they to dispose it uppon the most necesseries of the church of Swyneshed by the advice of the vicar and the church wardens for the tyme beyng. I will that my feoffes off and in my sayd messe shall stand seassyd therof, ther heyres and assignes, to the use of thys my will. I will that the sayd Johane and Ame my doughters have on acre off hempe lande, the wich I hold be copy unto Michelmes next cumyng; and then they to pay the yeres rent therof to the lord. I will that William Bennet of Swyneshed be supervisor of thes premesses. Resydue to Amee my doughter, who I do make my executrice. Thyes wytnesses, sir Thomas Garton, vicar of Swyneshed; Thomas Wolmer of Wigtofte, gent'; William Bennet of the same; Ric' Wryght of Swyneshed; Ric' Benacle of the same, the elder; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Swyneshed, 21 April, 1529.
The testament of T. Knope [of Spalding].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 145.]
1 March, 1528. I Thomas Knope of Spaldyng. To Margaret Knope, my wyff, iiijl. in mony or mony worthe, and my house on Westlade syde duryng hyr lyff, kepyng it wyth sufficient reparill; and yff she dye of hyr sykenes, then I will the money be dysposyd in prestes syngyng in the church of Spaldyng for our soulys and all crysten soulys. To Robert Knope and Thomas Knope, my sones; and to Katheryne and Elysabeth Knope, my doughters; and yff any off them dye with in the age of mariage, then I will that every on off them be others heyres; and yff so fortune that they all dye or they be maryed, then I will [that their portions] be solde by the handes of my executors, and to be dysposyd for the helth of our soulys. I will be brought furth with placebo and dirige and messe of requiem. The resydue of my goodes I will they remayn in the handes of Robert Rydysdalle and John Halcoke to the behoyff of my chyldren; wich Robert and John I ordeyn my executors; and Thomas Talyngtone to be supervysor. Wyttnes, sir Robert Gee; William Payne; John Clerke; Robert Bocher; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Lincoln, 2 April, 1529. Admin. granted to the executors.
The testament of Wiliam Seborne [of Claybrooke, co. Leicester].
[Lyle, p. 83.]
3 March, 1528. I Wiliam Seborn. My body to be buried in the chirch of Clebrowke. I bequieth to my mortuary my best beyste aftur the custome and maner of the contre. To the mother church of Lincoln ijd. To the parich churche of Clebrooke xijd. To sanct Nicolas aulter xld. To the parich church a bord clothe to mak a aulter cloth on. The residew [page 84] I gyfe to Thomas my sonne, my executor, to dispose for the helthe of my soull and all chrystyn solles. Theis bering wytnes, John Rede; John Webstar; John Dafferne; with other moo.
[No probate act.]
The testament of Henry Percy [of Sutterton].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 236.]
5 March, 1528. I Henry Percy of Soterton. My body to be buryd within the church yerde of our blessyd lady in Soterton, and my mortuary aftyr the custome. To the high altare of our lady of Soterton for tithys forgottyn vjd.; and to the anowrmente of every altare in the same churche ijd. To the churche warke ther xijd. To the light callyd the Hogners light iiijd. To the church warke of our mother churche of Lincoln iiijd. To the orphans of St. Catheryns withowt the wallys ther ijd. I will that Margaret Percy, my wyff, have aftyr my decese my mansion at the churche, with the purtenaunces, contenyng iiij acres, to the terme of her lyff, and aftyr her decease to remane to Richerde Percy, my [folio 236d.] sonne, to hym and to hys heyres of hys body; [remainder] to John Percy, my sonne, to hys heyres or assygnes. I will that my mansion that I dwell in remayn to the forsayd John Percy, accordyng aftyr my father will. I will that my horsse mylne continew and stand styll in the house. To John Percy, my sonne, v roode pasture, callyd Cherygarthe, to hym and to hys heyres and assygnes. To Margaret my wyff viij acr' pasture unto the tyme that Richerde Percy, my sone, be xij yeres to the fyndyng of the same Richerde; and then I will the sayd viij acr' remayn to Richerd my sonne, to hym and hys heyres and assygnes; and, yff he dye within lawfull age, to remayn to John Percy, my sonne, to hym, to hys heyres or hys assygnes. To Agnes Percy, my doughter, the space of xxty yeres, one cotage, callyd Dycson house, contenyng halff on acre, she [keeping] the sayd mansion with lawfull reparacion; [remainder] to John Percy, my sonne, to hym and hys heyres and to hys assygnes. To Agnes Bray, my syster. To John Bray, her sonne. Resydue to Margaret Percy, my wyff, whome I make my executrix, to bryng my body to the holy moldes, to dispose for the helthe of my soule, the soulys of my father and my mother, all my good frendes and all crysten soulys, [etc.]. I will that William Booke helpe my wyff and be the supervisor. Thes beyng wytnes, sir John Wryght, parysh prest; John Alleyn, the yonger; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Swyneshed, 22 May, 1531, by the executrix.
The testament of Richard Pery of Kyrton.
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 87.]
5 March, 1528. I Richard Pery of Kyrton in Holand. [folio 87d.] My body to be buried in the churche of the blessed apostelles St. Peter and Paule of Kyrton. And I bequeth in the name of my mortuarie after the custome of the towne. To the high aulter of Kyrton for tithes forgoten vjs. viijd., and to every aulter vjd. And to the churche warke of Kyrton xls. To the Trinitie gilde of Kyrton iijs. iiijd. To our ladies warke of Lincoln xijd. To the orphauns of St. Catherine vjd. To every ordre of freres in Boston iijs. iiijd. Also I wil that my wif have viij kye, viij calves, xl yowes and ther lambes and ij of my best mares, and iiij mares that were her owne, one amblyng [sic] that was Thomas Fowles, and all the houshold stuf that she brought un to me, and vj fen kye and ther calves. Also I will that my wif have her fyndyng of whete and malte and other corne to the fest of St. Michel next coming, and x nete of ij yeres olde and xxti hogges. Also I will that Jenet my doughter have xl marc' in money, and x marc' in money to her chambre. Also I will that iche one of Thomas Fowle children have one qwy with the calf. The residue to William Pery, my sone, and Humfrey Pery, my sone, whome I make my executors, to pey my dettes and to dispose my goodes to the most pleasur of God and helth of my soule. And I wil Thomas Roper be supervisor. Thies beyng witnesses, sir John Bruster of Kyrton; sir George Lincoln of the same towne; John Donyngton of the same towne; with other more.
5 March, 20 Henry viii. This is the last will of me Richard Pery of Kyrton in Holand made ther. To Marget my wif my hed mansion that I owne in, with ix acre landes lyeng under hit, and iij acr' landes and di. leyng in Algate, [folio 88] and v acr' pasture leyng in Lokholm, and iiij acr' arrable landes leyng in Ayres feldes, all the terme of her lif. Also I will she kepe my hed mansion in sufficient reparacion, and that she make no wast in fellyng wode of the grownde. Also I will that she kepe John Pery, my sone, and Jenet Pery, my doughter, to the tyme that they shall be at age of xxti yeres. I gif to William Pery, my sone, all my landes ther I have leyng of the west and south side of the common sewer of Kyrkton in fee simple. I wil that my hed mansion with all the landes that I have [geven to Margarett my wife remayne to William my son in fee symple after her decease. Also I geve unto the forseid William my son the lands that I have (fn. 3) ] in the tenure of Frauncys Browne, esquyer. I gif to Humfrey Pery, my sone, ij mesuages, one cotage, and all my landes, [etc.], in the est and north side of the common sewer of Kyrton in fee symple, excepte thos landes that I have in the tenure of Fraunces Browne, esquyer. Also I will that William and Humfrey Pery, my sones, pay to John Pery, my sone, xll. sterlinge, that is to say, xx poundes of William Pery and xxl. of Humfrey Pery; in this condicion that the forsaid John Pery shal clayme no title in the shifte of Richemond fee, and if he do, he shall forfete the forsaid xll. If John my sone be mynded to be prentyse, then I will that William and Humfrey my sones delyver to Thomas Roper, my supervisour, suche one summe of money that he thynketh shalbe necessary to the forsaid John at his entreng to his prentiship; and I will the residue of the forsaid summe of xll. be delyvered to John my sone by the handes of William and Humfrey my sones or ther executours or assignes at age of xxj yeres. Thies witnes, sir John Bruster of Kyrton; sir George Lincoln of the same towne; John Donyngton of the same towne; with other mor'.
Proved before P., 2 June, 1529, by the executors.
The testament of Jo. Josson [of Sutterton].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 84d.]
11 March, 1528. I John Josson of Soterton. I will that my executors fynde on seculer annwall preste to syng on trentall afore our swete lady of Soterton, with in the space of iij yeres after my decease, for my soule, the soulys of my father and my mother, and all xp'en soulys. I will that Agnes my wyff pay to William my sone, when he cumys to the age off xxty yeres, xxvjs. [folio 85] viijd. yff he be content and not trobyll hys mother for moveable and unmoveable goodes, or ellys the sayd William to lak the forsayd xxvjs. viijd. To Thomas and John my sones. I will that all my land and pastur, contenyng vj acr' and on roode, remayn to Agnes my wyff for xxty yeres; [remainder] aftyr the sayd space or aftyr her decease, to William, Thomas and John my sonys evenly to be devyded betwyx them thre. The resydue to Agnes my wyff, whome I make my executrix; and I will that William Boke and Roger Bennet be my supervisors. Thes beyng wytnes, Sir John Wryght, parysh prest; William Gebon; Ric' Benecle; with other.
Proved before P., at Swyneshed, 20 April, 1529.
The testament of Agnes Buknall [of Thimbleby].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 78d.]
12 March, 1528. I Agnes Buknall. To Robert, William and Henry my sones. To Robert Buknall, my sone, all my housys and landes lying within the towne and feldes of Thymolby to have and to hold to hym and to hys heyres of hys body, so that he fynde the sayd Henry hys brother at skole to he cum to laufull age off a prest; yff so be Henry will not be a prest, then I will Robert to be dyschargyd of hym, and the sayd Henry to take hys awne chaunce. Provydyd yff Robert dye without heyres of hys body, then I will all the [premises] besolde and the mony thereoff to go to the church of Thymolby to be song and prayd for in the sayd church for my soule and the soule of John Buknall, my husband, and the soulys off all other good frendes. Residue of goodes to the forsayd Robert Buknall, whom I make my executor. Wyttness, Sir Thomas Forloueff the parysh prest of Thymolby; William Jakson of the same; and Henry Yorke of the same; with other moy.
Proved at Horncastle, 15 April, 1529. Admin. granted, etc.
The testament of Richard Quykrell [of Boston, notary].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 247d.]
13 March, 1528. I Richarde Quykrell of Boston, notarye, constytute and orden my testamente in ȝe wheche conteynythe my laste wyll. My body to be buryed nyȝhthe the sepulture place of John Quykrell, some tyme my father, by the crosse callyd Powllhyrd; and my mortuary after the custome of the town of Boston. To the alter of saynt Botulphe of Boston iiijd. To ower lady of Lincoln iiijd. To the fatherles chyldren at saynt [folio 248] Katherenes of Lincoln iiijd. To the appostyll gylde in the churche of Boston for amendyng of areymentes viijd. The resedew of my goodes I quethe them to Margarett my wyll [sic], whom I make my executryx, by the oversyȝht of John Paxton, whom I make surveer of my wyll. Thes beyng wyttnes, Sur Thomas Cersy, curate; Stephyn Wodheuse; William Hawthorne; and William Harbreyd; wyth other moe.
Proved before P., at Boston, 9 April, .
The testament of John Sowthe [of Orby].
[L.C.C., 1532–4, f. 79.]
16 March, 1528. I John Sowthe of Orby. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of all Halloys in Orby; and my mortuary as the lawe requirys. To our Lady of Lincoln vjd. To the high altare of Orby iiijd. To the roode lyght of Orby iiijd. To the kyrk of Orby for all maner thyng xs. To Willobe, Welton, Baro, Candylsby and Gunby kyrkes iiijd. [apiece]. To Alyson my doughter. To every order of frerys in Boston iiijd. To Helene my doughter. To Agnes my doughter ij acres [folio 79d.] fre lande, callyd Gayllard lande, her lyff; and at the decesse of her it to be solde and to be disposyd for the helthe of ther soulys that it cam of. To Margaret Sowthe, dougter to the sayd Agnes. The resydue of my goodes not bequethyd nor wit I put to the discrestion of Agnes my doughter, whome I make my executrix; and Sir Robert Snaith to be supervisor. Wytnes, Thomas Chawmers; Herry Brun; Walter Barre; with other mo.
Proved before P., at Lincoln, 24 October, 1532.
The testament of Laurence Sowter [of Long Sutton].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 338.]
17 March, 1528. I Laurence Sowter of Sutton in the dioc' of Lincoln. My body to be buryd in the churche yerde of our Lady in Sutton. To the high altare for tithys forgottyn iijs. iiijd. To the prior of Castelacre iiijd. To the reparacion of our Lady church in Lincoln ijd. To the pore chyldren at st. Catheryns ijd. To the iiij principal gildes within the churche of Sutton to iche of them iiijd. To the light of st. Anne gilde vjd. To st. Jamys light ijd. To st. Catheryne light ijd. To st. Crystofer light ijd. To the rode light, to the plugh light, to the yomans light, to the maydens light, to the Holy Gost light, to our Lady of grace light, to ich of them ijd. To the reparacions of the churche of our Lady in Sutton xijd.
Thys is the last will of me Laurence Sowter. To Alice my wyff ij acres lying in Kyngram of mr. Cranwell holde the terme of her lyff; and, aftyr her decease, I will they remayn to John my sonne. I will that the sayd Alice have the cotage with x acres lying in Crosse gate the terme of her lyff; alway provydyd that she have her inhabitaunce and dwellyng in this my house with the sayd John as long as they ij shall agre. The resydew of my lande I will remayn to John my sonne and to hys heyres of hys body; [remainder] to Margaret, Agnes and Alice my doughters equally to be devydyd emong them thre, and iche of them to be others heyres. [folio 338d.] I will that John my sone do exhibite and fynde on honest preste, within thre yeres aftyr I departe, to syng for me, my benefactors and good frendys the space of halff a yere within the churche of our Lady of Sutton. I wyll that my houshold stuff be devyded equally betwyxte my wyff and all my chylder, so that John my sonne have the worst parte, and my wyff have the fether bed that we ij do ly in. The resydue to John my sonne, whome I orden my executor to accomplysh my will at the oversyght of John my brother, whome I make my supervisor. Thes wytnesses, Henry Ogle, prest; John Marke; William Sowter; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Spaldyng, 10 April, 1532.
The testament of Robert Hande [of Loughborough, co. Leicester].
[Lyle, p. 85.]
20 March, 1528. I Robert Hand of the town of Lowghborow. My [page 86] body to be buryed in the churche yarde of sanct Peter and Polle in Lowgborow. I bequieth unto my mortuary my best good, aftur the use and custome and law of holy church. To the mother church of Lyncoln iiijd. To the hee alter of Lowgborow for tethys forgotten iiijd. To John Hobbard, my sone, dwelling in Qwarm, a whort lede and iij smalle ledys, and a grete harke, and ij smale coffers, and a greate tabull in the hall, and the forme to the sayme tabull, [etc.]. To the childe of John Hobbertes. To Esabell my daghter ij smale coffers. To the chelde of John Handwyns. Also the sayd stuffe that I bequieth unto John Hobbard, [page 87] my sone, I will that Jone my wife schall haife the keping of them for the terme of hur lyfe. Resydew unto Jone my wyfe, and I mak hur my executor. Wytnes here upon, Jhon Taylor; Richet Mey; and John Androw; with diwers other moo.
[No probate act.]
The testament of Nicholas Idon [of Spalding].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 83.]
20 March, 1528. I Nicholes Idon of Spaldyng. I will that Jamys my sone, yff it fortune hym to lyff to the age off xviij yere, then that he have the house that was my fathers, next to the house of John Chaters in Pynchbek by the se syde, to hym and hys heyres off hys body; [remainder] to Julyan my wyff and to her assygnes. To Jamys my sone viijl. yff it fortune hym to lyff to the age before namyd; and yff he decease before the sayd age, then I will that the sayd viijl. be waryd, bestowyd and therwith be bought iij copys of blew color to remayn in the parysh church of Spaldyng for the honor of the church and the worshyp of God servys ther done. [folio 83d.] I will that Robert my sone, yff it fortune hym to lyff that he cum to the age of xviij yeres, then that he have my house in Pynchbek standyng in the market sted, to hym and hys heyres of hys body; [remainder] to my doughter in lyke maner; and yff all my chyldren decease with owt heyres of ther bodyes, I will that the house be solde to the best valew and disposyd within the church of Pynchbek, aftyr the discrestion and wysdome of the most honest and discret men of the same towne, for the most [sic] of my soule welth and all the soulys above rehersyd, with other of my good frende soulys and all crysten soulys. To Robert my sone at the age of xviij yeres, and Elizabeth my doughter at the age of xvj yeres, viijl. each, [etc.]. To Agnes my doughter at xvj yeres viijl.; and yff she decease before the sayd age, I will the viijl. be disposyd emonges pore people wher most nede shall require. To Maryan and Johan my doughters viijl. each yff they lyff to the age of xvj yeres, [etc.]. The rest of my goodes I gyff to Julyan my wyff; also I make her, Jamys Dalltone and Jamys my sone my executors. Also I will John Hyll of Pynchbek be supervisor. Thyes wytnesses, Sir William Scotte; Sir Ric' Lawlay; and Ric' Trowth; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Spalding, 19 April, 1529. Admin. granted to Julian the relict and James Dalton, reserving power to grant to James the son when he shall come to age.
The testament of John Dayle of Hynklay [co. Leicester].
[Lyle, p. 106.]
[Query 1528. (fn. 4) ] I John Dale of Hynkley. My body to be buried in the churchȝard of Hynkley. Also to Lincoln iiijd. Also to Hynkley churche vs. Also to the gyld of Hynkley xxd. To Ric' my sonne the howse that he dwelles yn. To John Dale, my other sonne, the howse wich I dwell yn. To the same John ij howsys in Bondend with all o'ther aportens; also both my shoppys with all such stofe thatt longith to them. To Eleseb' [page 107] my doghter to hur marige v mark withe hur repariell. The rysidew I gif to Ellsabeth my wyfe and to John Dale, my sonne, the wich I mak myn executors. Theis witnes, Sir James Portar, wicar of Hynkley; and Thomas Trewluffe; with other moo.
[No probate act.]
The testament of Sir William Derham [perpetual vicar of Osbournby].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 257. Translated from the Latin.]
20 March, 1528. I William Derham, perpetual vicar of Osburnby. My body to be buried in the church of the blessed apostles Peter and Paul of Osburnby. My mortuary as the law is. To the church of Osburnby vjs. viijd. To the fabric of the church of Lincoln xxd. To the orphans of St. Catherine there iiijd. To a priest for one year to celebrate for my soul and the souls of my parents cs. To the churches of Scredyngton, Spanby, Stowe, Walcot, Newton, Threkyngham, Waterwilloghby, Ounsby and Aswardby. To the church of Gunwarby j 'flawnder chyst.' To George Derham, my brother, one robe (togam), and to Alice his wife one feather bed (plumale). To Henry, Isabel, Margaret and Mary Derham. To John Jackson junior and William his brother. To the four orders of friars of the town of Boston, to each house xijd. To every one of the children whom I have raised from the holy font. To Christopher Sawdry of Aswardby. To the iij gilds of Osburnby within the church there xijd. each. To the bells there xijd. To the light of All Saints there iiijd. To the prior and convent of Nocton Parke vs. The residue of my goods to Humphrey Walcot, esquire, whom I make my executor. Witnesses, Robert Warde; Richard Pew; and others.
Proved before P., at Sleford, 27 September, 1530.
The testament of Edward Haggas of Westerkele.
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 260d.]
21 March, 1528. I Edward Haggas of Westerkele. My body to be buryed in the churche yerde of st. Helene in Westerkele; for my mortuary as the law wyll. To our Lady of Lincoln warke xijd. To the high alter of Westerkele for tithes forgotten vjd. To every alter in the sayd churche iiijd. To every gylde in the churche vjd. To Johanne my wyff. To my mother a house the terme of her lyff, and after her decease to remayn to John my sonne and to the heyres of hys body. I will that yff she be disposyd to go from my wyff to have her awne housholde stuff [sic]. To Elizabeth Haggas. To Margaret Haggas. To Jane Haggas. To my moder iijs. iiijd. in money. To William Whyttyll. To John Haggas. To Agnes Symson. To Robert my sone a gret rygge at Burtofte. To Gylbert a rygge lying in Tofte Felde. To William my sone a rygge lying in Tofte Felde. I will that the lande lying on Dyke Wang, butt' on Welles of the west, and on my owne on the este, go to the kepyng of a obbet for me and all my frendes. To Alice my doughter iij landes to her mariage, on lying on Dyke Wang, buttyng on John Obynson of the este, and another lande lying on Erles Wang, by the londe of Cotes of the south, and another lande lying on the Syke by the lande of the prior of Feryby of the este. And yff she cannot have them in qwyet, then to have the garthe at Cotes. And yff the sayd Alice departe withowt heyres of her body, then the sayd landes and garth to remayn emong my chyldren. To Jane my wyff ij gresse rigges duryng her lyff, [remainder] to my chyldren. The resydewe of my goodes I will that Xp'ofor Haggas and John a Kyrk dispose it emong my chyldren, whome I make executors, and they to have for ther labors iijs. iiijd. Thes wytnes, John Boston; Robert Walche; William Symson; William Whyttyll; Robert Saxton; and William Haggas.
Proved before P., at Lincoln, 20 January, 1530.
The testament of William Putteryll [of Theddlethorpe St. Helen's].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 214d.]
26 March, 1529. I William Puttryll of Thedylthorp of the parysh of st. Helene. My body to be buryed within the church yerde of st. Helene, and in the name of my mortuary the thyng wich the lawe requiryth to have. To the high alter in my parysh churche xijd. To the buyldyng of the stepill xijd. To our mother chyrch of Lincoln iiijd. To Thomas my sone a wane, [etc.], and the legacy shall remane in the hande of Thomas Puttryll, my brother, unto such tyme as the chylde cum to discrestion or age. I will that a prest be hyryd to say a trentall of messys for my soule and all crysten soulys. Resydue to Isabell my wyff and to Thomas my sonne to be devydyd and done at the sight of Isabell my wyff and Thomas Putryll, my brother, whome I orden my executors. Thes beyng wytnes, Sir Thomas Gylbe, parysh prest; Xp'ofer White; William Whyte; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Alford, 6 October, 1530.
The testament of T. Bronde [of Frampton].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 80.]
28 March, 1529. I Thomas Bronde of Frampton. To Xp'ofer and Anthony my sonnys xxl. betwyx them when they shall be at the age off xxty yeres; and yff on of them decease before the age of xxty yeres, the other shall have the hole xxl.; and yff both decease before the age off xx yeres, then I will that it shalbe disposyd in the church of Frampton by the advice of sir Xp'ofer Smyrke, vicar of the church of Frampton, William Erle, Thomas Wormesley, William Ernolde, Thomas Foule and Thomas Bronde, that is to say, on the church warkes and one hable prest to syng in the church of Frampton for my soule, my wyffes soulys and all my good frende soulys. To Xp'ofer my sone my best maser callyd the standing maser, [etc.] To Anthony my sone sex sylver sponys, [etc.] To Xp'ofer and Anthony my sonnys ij harnysyd gyrdyls. To sir Xp'ofer Smyrke, vicar, and to sir Alen Askew, prest. I will that on honest and discrete prest shall syng in Frampton church on quarter of a yere for my soule and all cristen soulys and he to have for hys wages xxvjs. viijd. [To Isabel my wife, (i) for life, my mansion, [folio 80d.] where I do dwell, with remainder in succession to Xp'ofer and Anthony my sons in tail; (ii) for life, one acre of arable land lying in a field called Longlandes, with remainder in succession to Xp'ofer and Anthony my sons and Thomas Foule of Kyrton, my godsun, in tail; (iii) for 20 years, 1½ acres of arable land, lying in Corten Felde, with remainder in succession to Xp'ofer and Anthony my sons and [folio 81] Thomas Bronde, my brother's son, in tail; (iv) for 20 years, 1½ acres of land in Long Lyttell Fenne, with remainder in succession to Xp'ofer my son in fee at 20 years of age, and Anthony my son in tail; (v) for 20 years, a pasture off 5 acres, somtime John Donyngton's, lying by Langrake land, and half an acre of land in Tanworthe Felde, with remainder in succession to Anthony and Xp'ofer my sons in tail, and my wyff for life; (vi) for life, 3 acres of copyholde land, whereof 2 acres and a rood lie in Long Landes, and 3 roods in Corten Felde, with remainder in succession to my said sons in tail, and [folio 81d.] Thomas Bronde, my brother, in fee; (vii) for 20 years, 2 acres of pasture, whereof 5 roods lie in Gye Gores, and 3 roods in Sandholm by the lands of Thomas Stalworth in 2 pieces, and she to dispose every yere during the said term 4s. in Frampton church for the health of my soul, with remainder in succession to Anthony my son in tail, and Xp'ofer my son in fee; remainder, as to parcels i-v, to] be solde bi the xij feoffȝ of our lady gylde in Frampton and by the most honest men of the same towne, and the money theroff cumyng to be disposyd in church warkes in Frampton, and a prest to syng ther for my soule and my wyffes soulys. I will that my horse mylne remayn uppon the grounde to the use of my heyres, and the tymber in lyke maner withowt any waste, excepte for reparacions upon the same grounde to be made. I will that vjl. xiijs. iiijd. shalbe disposyd for my soule at my buryall day, my vijth day and yere day. I will my ij sonnys have ther fyndyng of my goodes and landes unto they shalbe at the age of xxty yeres; and who so ever shall fortune to mary my wyff will not kepe my sonnys honestly, then I will that William Erle shall have the kepyng of them at the oversyght of sir Xp'ofer Smyrke, vicar of Frampton, Thomas Wormesley, William Ernolde, Thomas Bronde and Thomas Foule, with all my landes excepte my wyffes jointry, [etc.] Resydue to Isabell my wyff, who I do make my executrix. [folio 82] I will that master Anthony Erby shall be supervisor. I will that William Ernolde and Thomas Bronde, my brother sone, shall helpe my wyff. Thyes beyng wytnesses, sir Xp'ofer Smyrke, vicar; sir Alen Askew, prest; John Cony; Thomas Wormesley; Thomas Carleton; and William Frere; with many other.
Proved before P., at Boston, 17 April, 1529. Admin. granted to the executrix.
The testament of John Tupplyn of Northesomercotes.
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 94.]
29 March, 1529. I John Tupplyn of Northsomercotes. To our Lady gylde of Northsomercotes iiij sylver sponys; also to the kyrke warke of Sowthsomercotes iijs. iiijd. Also I will that every god barne of myne beyng a lyff at thys day have iiijd. To Ric' Tupplyn on qwye of ij yeres olde, a jak, a pare of splentes, and a poule axe. To Edward Tupplyn of Southsomercotes a sallyt. To John Goderyk. I will that Thomas Harde that is with me receyve of John Wyhclyff of Northsomercotes xxxs. for a certen grounde, that he hays bought of me, lying in Northsomercotes. I will that Alice my wyff have my house that I wonnyd in at thys day, beyng in Northsomercotes, as long as she kepys hyr unmaryed, [etc.]; also a yerly annuyte of iijs. iiijd., it to be payd of all my landes in Northsomercotes ons by yere. And aftyr her decease I will the sayd annuite retorne to my executors and feoffers, they to kepe a yerly obbyt in the parysh kyrke [folio 94d.] of our lady of Northsomercotes as it apperyth her aftyr by hys [sic] will. The resydue of my goodes not wytt I bequeth to John Mylnys of Southsomercotes, to John Gooderyk the yonger of Northsomercotes and to Robert Garnam of Garnthorpe, whome I make my executors, by the counsyll of Mr Thomas Skypwyth off Utterby, esquier, whome I make supervysor. Thes wyttnesses, sir William Aylby, vicar; Jamys Rannald; John Jullynd the yonger; with other moy.
Thys is the last will of me, John Tupplyn, of Northsomercotes, mayd the day and yere above wryttyn. I will that my executors togeder with my feoffys have in ther proper use fyve acres of lande pastur lying at the Lee Meale House in the parysh of Southsomercotes, and on acre of land arabyll in the northfelde of the same and di' on acre of medowe in the medowe of the same parysh; and with the valew of the sayd lande I will they fynde on obbyt yerly to be done in the church of Southsomercotes for the soulys of William Tupplyn and Elysabeth, for the soulys of John Tupplyn and Isabelle and all ther good frendes with all crysten soulys, that is to wyt: to the parson ther or to hym beryng cure in hys stede iiijd.; to the chauntry priest ijd.; to men and chyldren moste usuall in the quere upon halydays for syngyng a solempne dirige xd.; in offeryng at hyghe messe iiijd.; for wax candyll ijd.; the resydue of the [premises], all chargys done, to be expendyt in bred and ale on the Munday next aftyr myd lentyn Sonday or anny other day in that weke when it shall be thought most expedyent. [folio 95] I will that my executors togeder with my feoffers haffe in ther propre use, aftyr the forme aforesayd, all the landes wich I have in the parysh of Northsomercotes, and they wyth the valew of them to fynde on obbyt yerly, in the church of our Lady of Northsomercotes, for my soule and my wyffes and all crysten soulys in the weke aforenamyd, that is to wyt, to the vicar ther, or to hym bearyng cure in hys stede, for syngyng a solempne dirige iiijd.; to the gylde prestes ijd.; to men and chyldren most usyng the qwere apon hally days xd.; in offeryng at the messe iiijd.; in wax candyll ijd.; to the vicar or to hym bearyng cure in hys sted for remembryng of my soule and my wyffes in hys beaderoule iiijd.; to be expendyd in brede and ale vs. iiijd.—sum vijs. vjd. The resydue of all the sayd landes to be expendyd in messys syngyng and in other charitable warkes, as they thynke best in tyme to cum, for the well of my soule. It is my will that yff any of John Goderyk chyldren will dwell apon the sayd grounde, thay or any of them to have the sayd landes all togeder under the valew that a nother man will gyff by xxd. by yere. And to thys present will and testament I, John Tupplyn, hase sett to my seale.
Proved before P., at Garnthorpe, 10 June, 1529. Admin. granted to John Milnes and John Goodrick the executors, Robert Garnam at the same time refusing.