Lincoln Wills: Volume 3, 1530-1532. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1930.
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The testament of W. Goodwyn [of Theddlethorpe All Saints].
2 July, 1530. I William Goodwyn of Thedylthorp make this my last will. My body to be buryd in the church yerde of All Halloys of Thedylthorp. To the high alter iiijd. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln iiijd. To the crosse of Thedylthorp ijd. To the warkes of Thedilthorp viijd. To st Helene of Thedylthorp iiijd. To st Augustyn Freres of Grymesby xxd. for v massys. To Thomas my sonne. To Margaret Fowler. To Agnes my doughter. The resydue of my goodes to Margaret my wyff and William Genyll, her fader, that they may dispose it for the helth of my soule and all my frendes soulys, [etc.]. Thes wytnes, William Lyestrop; Robert Goodwyn; George Wouer; and other mo.
The testament of T. Lafelde [of Spilsby].
4 July, 1530. I Thomas Lafelde of Spyllesby make my testament My body to be buryed in the church of st Jamys of Spyllesby. To my mortuary that the law will require for to do. To our Lady of Lincoln xxd. To the sacrament xijd. To the communne light xijd., and to the yongmens light xijd., and to the maydes light xijd. To Thomas my sonne v marke, [etc.]. To Isabell my doughter v marke, [etc.]. To Robert Bawdyng, Alyson Haldon, Auys Bawldyng, John Haldon Thomas Pynson the yonger, Thomas Carver, Thomas Whetley, and Auys Schepey. To Avys my wyff my house in Spyllesby her lyff [remainder] to Richard my sonne; [remainder] to the next heyres foloyng To the enamelyng vjs. viijd. To John Lafelde of Parteney vj yerdes of violet of yerde brode. To the helpyng of the church off Spyllesby vjs. viijd. I make sir William Haldon my supervisor, and he to have for hys labor iiij yerdes of muster-devillys. The resydew of my goodes I gyff to Auys my wyff, whome I make my executrix for to dispose for my soule and all crysten soulys. Thes men beryng wytnes, sir Thomas Peper; Robert Bawldyng; Thomas Carvar; with other moy.
The testament of Thomas Wylkynson [of Ulceby near Spilsby].
4 July, 1530. I Thomas Wylkynson off Vlceby makes my testament. My body to be buryd in the churchyerde of All Haloys in Vlceby. I gyff in the sted of my mortuary xxd. I gyff for my forgottyn tithys viijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iiijd. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln ijd. To our Lady off Walsyngham iiijd. To the good roode in Boston iiijd. To st Fryday in Boston ijd. To Jenet my wyff. To John my sone my wayns and ploughys with all their attyrementes that longes to them, [etc.], and the coppy of my house aftyre hys mother be maryed; and then I will that John my brother have my sonne and hys wytworde; and he to make reparacions and pay the lorde hys rente; and when my sone is xvj yeres of age I will that my brother shall deliver him hys coppy and hys wytworde. To Thomas my sone xxs., [etc.]; and Robert my brother to have the kepyng of hym and hys bequestes; and when he is xvj yeres of age then to delyver the sayd wytworde to the sayd Thomas. To Richerd my sonne xxs., [etc.]; and hys mother to have hym and hys wytworde to he be vij yeres of age. To George my sonne xxs. owt off hys mother wytworde, and to be delyveryd when he is x yeres olde. To Agnes my doughter xiijs. iiijd.; Henry Margyson to have her and it to she be xvj yeres of age. To Isabell my doughter xxs., [etc.]. To the gyldyng under the roode lofte iijs. iiijd. To every on of my godchylder iiijd. I will have ij trentallys done for my soule and all my benefactors soulys; and the prest to have for hys labor xxs. To Laurence Smyth and Robert Wylkynson, whome I make my executors that they may dispose my goodes for the helth of my soule and to haue for ther labors ether off them vjs. viijd. Thes wytnes, John Gybbon prest; Michel Smyth; William Smyth; John Dandy; with other moy.
[The testament of Richard Harrys of [R]yffham (fn. 1)].
5 July, 1530. I Rychard Harris, seke of body, makes my will. My body to be beried in that pariche quear as death takes me. I bequest to owr Ladi warke of Lincoln ijs. To the church of Refam xijd. I will that my wife have the iij part of all maner of goodes which is myn and heres by the way of mariage. I will that she be my executor of the resydue of my goodes for to order and dispose to the honar of God and the health of my saule; and to certify the treweth thes men folowyng be witnes, sir Robart Wilkinson, vicar of Refam; Jhon Hopkin of the same town; Jhon Biscope; and Thomas Dene of the same.
Proved before L., in the church of Netilham, 20 March, 1530–1. [Administration granted to the executrix. (fn. 1)]
The testament of John Gaunte of Pynchbek.
6 July, 1530. I John Gaunte of Pynchbek makes my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of Pynchbek. To the high alter ther iiijd. To every alter in the sayd church ijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iiijd. To the orphans of st Catheryns ijd. To Johanne my doughter a chamber in the yerde wher I dwell, to sett in her stuff to tyme she be maryed; also on ambre, all the payntyd clothys in the hall, a chafyng dyshe, my wyff best beades, [etc.]. To Robert my sone the cotage that I dwell in, and to the heyre male off hys body; [remainder] to my ij doughters and to ther heyres; [remainder] to the heyres generall of Robert my sonne; and yff my sonne and my doughters dye withowt heyres, I will it be solde by the churche graues of Pynchbek then beyng. The resydue of goodes I will they be evenly devydyd emong my iij chyldren. All other thynges I putto the discrestion of Robert Gaunte and John Yong, whome I make my executors. Thies wytnes, William Bewyk, prest; Geffrey Robynson; and Alexander Proytte.
The testament of Sir Richard Gray [of South Elkington].
6 July, 1530. I sir Richard Gray, vicar of Southelkyngton makes my testament. My body to be buryed in the chyrch of All Halloys of Sowthelkynton. I wyt to the chyrch aforesayd xijd. I wyt to our Lady of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. I wyt to Kesaunder Dowse, Agnes Dawsson, and John Lylborne on lamme and on qwye each. To Gregory Gray. I wyt to sir John Gray, sir Henry Gray, and William Gray, whome I make my executors to dispose for the helthe of my soule, ich on of them xxs. Resydewe of my goodes to Walter Gray. Thes beryng wytnes, John Wyndyll; William More; and Thomas Hawyll.
[William Holden of Darby in the parish of Burton Stather.]
6 July, 1530. I William Holden of Darby within the parich of Burton, seke in body, orden and make this my last will and testament. My body to be buried within the church of Burton. To the vicar in restitucion of tithes for getton, if any be, in discharge of my conscience, and four my mortuar' oon kowe, the statute to the contrary made not withstanding. To the church warke of Burton xxvjs., excepte and reserued oute of the same the costes of my sepultur, which xxvjs. the said church [folio 280d.] of Burton owgh me. To the werkes of our mother church of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. To either howse of the Freres of Grymsby xijd. To the prior and convent of Goykwell iijs. iiijd. To Agnes Walkar, Jane Clowsse and Agnes Anderson. To Alice my wiff and to Robert my son my ferme in Derby duryng my yeres. To Alice my wiff my landes and tenementes in Wynterton, Halton, Burton, and Byrton Stat', to have and holde for terme of her lyff; and after her decesse, I giff [the premises] in Wynterton and Halton to Thomas my son, to have and to holde to hym and to his heires for ever mor. Residue of goodes to Alice my wiff, and Robert and Thomas my children, which I ordeyn my full executours. Also I will that Petur Anderson and John Closse be supervisours. Theys men beyng wittenes, John Closse; John Colynson of Flexburgh; William Anderson of the same; with other mo.
[Robert Seltorn of Alkborough. (fn. 2)]
6 July, 1530. I Robert Seltorn of Alkbarow makes my testament. My body to be beryed in the paryche churche off Awkebarrowe in the qwere before the ymage of sanct John the Baptyst, wythe my mortuary accordyng to the new statute ther of mayd. I wyll that for my beryyng in the qwere and for my forgoten thythes vjs. viijd. I wyl that my executours make a peny dole at the day of my beryall, and the preste that synges the hyght masse xijd., and the deken and subdeken to eyther of them viijd., and to every preste besyde vjd. To ower Lady warke of Lincoln, xld. I wyl that xiij pore men have xiij gownes blake (fn. 3) frese, and every pore man to have iij yerdes off iiij or vd. a yerde, and they to pray for my sawlle the day off my beryal, and they to have ther gownes mayd yff it may be possyble. To the chyrche of Awkebarrow two thorches. I bequethe to the hyght awter off Wynterton for forgoten thythes xld. To the sayd Wynterton churche a vestment sortteable to the cope of blewe velvet, and my marke to be sette in ytt. To my brother Roger my best gowne wyth my best dublett and jaket and my best hoyse and bonet, wyth myn best rynges off golde and my best standyn salt wyth the coveryng off sylver and di' gyltt; also a fether bede wyth the second coveryng and althynges belongyng unt' yt as yt standes. To my brother Daltre my fox furryd gowne, wyth a satten dublett and a chamlet jakett. To my syster Esabell Daltre two mylke kyee. To George Daltre a hundreth fellys by the dyscrecion off my executours. To my brother Roger the resydewe of my yers that I have in the parsonage off Awkbarow [folio 1d.] as apperyth by the indenturs there off mayd betwyxt the prior off Spaldyng and me. To our Lady churche off Beuerley, where I was borne, a howse in the mareer (fn. 4) rawe that gyffes vijs. by the yere, laytt in the holdyng of John Wardore, glover; and I wyl that the church masters of the same church cause yerely a dirige with a messe of requiem to be song for my soull and for my faders saull and for all criston saulles, and a peny to be offerd at the messe bi the Trinite prest. Also I will that all my dettes be paid within a yere and a day after my departyng, and also my faders dettes that cane be provyd dettable. I will that every godbarne that I have, both man and woman, where so ever the be, if the be on liff, and will come for it, to have xijd. or elles a yow lame. To the churche and parichoners of Alkbarow a melke cow, and she to be letten to the most profytt frome yere to yere, and the increse to go to saynt John the Baptiste gilde and saynt Petur gilde, so that the church masters and the brethern cause a dirige and messe to be done with the prest and clarke every yere ons vppon the day of my departinge, and to ringe ouer the nyght. To every order of freers in Beuerley iijs. iiijd. to sey messe and dirige for me. I will that my broder Roger have all such landes that I bought of hym in Beuerley to hym and to his heres, and he to enyoe the same accordinge to his first tityll and gifte of his fader. Also all such landes as I bought of my broder William to the said Roger for terme of his liff; and after his decesse the said landes to remayn accordinge to the will of my fader, that is to sey, to John Silsterne (fn. 5) my broder and his heres. And the residew of my guddes I giffe and bequethe them [folio 2] unto Thomas Portyngton and Roger Sylstern, whome I orden my trew and faithfull executors, and the to dispose the same accordinge to there gud discretions. And the disposicion of all my landes in Wynterton and Resby in the countie of Lincoln wherin I enffeoffed Thomas Portyngton, Walter Grymmeston, Edward Forman, Thomas Grymmeston, and Henry Portington, as bi a dede to them theroff maide, wich berys date the first day of Aprile, the xxj yere of kinge Henry the eight, as in the same dede more playnly doth appere, I will that the said Thomas Portyngton and other his coeffeoffers, there heres and assignes shall stand and be feoffes in trust of and in the said landes and other the premisses comprised in the said dede of feoffment to the intent that there be an honest prest founde withe the issues and profyttes of the same landes bi the space of xxtl yeres; and the said prest to syng in the church of Alkbarow, and to have durynge the said xxt1 yeres vjl. bi yere, parcell of the same; and the said prest to sey dirige dalye for my saull, Elizab[eth] my wiffes saull, my fader and moder saulles, and all my frendes saulles, duringe the said terme. And the residew of the said landes in Wynterton and Reesby (fn. 6) duringe the said xxti yeres to go to reparacions and upholdinge of the said landes and tenementes, and iff eny (fn. 7) thinge remayn that it be disposyd bi myne executors bi there gud discretion for the helth of my saull, Elizab[eth] my wiffes saull, and all criston saulles; and after the ende of the said xxti yeres, then I will that the land in Wynterton and Reesby remayn to [folio 2d.] Roger Sylsterne, my broder, his heres and assignes for evermore. Thies men berynge witnesse, syr Robert Pynder, his confessor; syr John Mell, preste; Edward Forman, esquyer; George Forman, gent; Edward Edryngton, yoman; Robert Abbot, gent'; Thomas Vty, yoman; withe other moo.
Proved before L., 8 February, 1530–1, in the cathedral church of Lincoln. Administration granted to the executors, to Thomas Portyngton personally, and to Roger Sylstern, in the person of sir John Bateman, priest, his proctor.
The testament of Richard Coke [of Cowbit].
9 July, 1530. I Richard Coke of Cowbyt within the parysh of Spaldyng make my testament and last will. My body to be buryd in the church yerde of the privilege place of Cowbyt. To the high alter of Cowyt [sic] iiijd. To Cowbyt churche xijd. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln iiijd. To the pore chylder of st Catheryns ijd. To Grace my wyff ij pecys of grounde lying in Mylne Gate, to her and her heyres, to gyff and sell. I will on preste syng a trentall in Cowbyt chyrche for my soule and all crysten soulys, and that he have for hys labor xs. To John my sonne on skere, on tramyll, and on fylly. To John Mason. To William Mason. Resydue of goodes to the disposicion of Grace my wyff, which I orden executrix, with the discret oversyght of sir Thomas Sheryff. Thes beyng wytnes, sir Thomas Sheryff; William Mason; and John Mason.
The testament of W. Burton [of Waddington].
11 July, 1530. I William Burton of the parysh of Wadyngton makyth my wyll. My body to be buryed in the church yerde. To the high alter for my tithys necgligently forgottyn xijd. To my chyldren ichon of them a cawffe. To Elizabeth my wyff my house with the purtenaunces to the terme of her lyff; [remainder to] John my sonne; and yff they fortune all to departe owt of this worlde then I will that it shall remane to the church of Wadyngton, doyng yerly iijs. iiijd. for [folio 362d.] my soule, my father soule, and all crysten soulys. Also I will that the sayd churche shall have my yeres in Mere felde. The reste of my godes I gyff to Elizabeth my wyff, whome I make my executrix; and my uncle, William Alan, to be oversear. Wytnes, John Sower; and sir Robert Johnson, curat; with other.
The testament of John Leueley of West Loughton.
1530. I John Leueley of Westloughton makes my testament. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of Loughton. I wyt to the high alter of Loughton iiijd. I wyt to our Lady warkes of Lincoln iiijd. I wyt to the fatherles chylder at saynt Catheryns ijd. I wyt to Marget Herde. I wyt to my chylder William, Richerd, John, Robert and Margaret, ychon of them on kowe, [etc.]. I wyt to the vicar of Loughton xs. for to pray for me. I wyt ichon of my servandes Robert and Robert, Ame Holand, and Jenet. To my brother Richerd. I charge my wyff that she delyver my chylder thys that I gyff them or ever she be mayd suer with any man. I wyt to my wyff Alice Leueley on acre of land lying in Ewarby felde. The resydew of my goodes not wyt I gyff to Alice my wyff, whome I make my executrice, to dyspose as she thynkes most expedyent for the helth of my soule. Wytnes heroff, William vicar of Loughton; Richard Leueley; John Turner; and Thomas Pratte; and others.
The testament of Will' Parker of Boston, smyth.
15 July, 1530. I William Parker, smyth, of Boston, makyth thys my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of st Botulphe of Boston. To the high alter of st Botulphe for my tithes, oblacions, and offerynges negligently forgotten iijs. iiijd. To our Lady of Lincoln, and the warkes of the same iiijd. To the fatherles chyldren at st Catheryns wythout the barres of Lincoln iiijd. To my mortuary aftyr the laudable custome and maner of Godys lawys and the kynges lawes to be accustomyd. To Agathe my wyff my mesuage and house that I dwell in, lying in Bargate, duryng her lyff; and the sayd Agathe my wyff to kepe a yerly obbyt and yere day in the chaple and gylde of our blessyd Lady of Boston, situat and founded wythin the chaple of our forsayd blessyd Lady wyth vjs. viijd. rent of the sayd mesuage; wherupon I will that the forsayd Agathe and her assignes shall gyff vs. to the prestes and clerkes accordyng to the order of the church, and xxd. to be gyffyn in almose emonges the pore people. And aftyr the decease of my wyff I will that the alderman of our Lady gylde with hys successors and hys cobrethern be putte in possession, and be seasyd of the mesuage to them, ther heyres and assignes for ever; and they to kepe a yerly obyt, aniversarye, and yer day for evermore; that is to say, that the alderman and hys cobrethern wyth ther successors do dyspose the forsayd vjs. viijd. in maner as is afore rehersyd. And yff they will not kepe the sayd obbyt, than I wyll that my executors take upon them to sell the mesuage, and to dispose it for the well of my soule. [folio 193d.] To Alice Ryveley, my madyn, v sylver sponys, on mazer sylver and gylte, a sylver pece, on dosyn pewter vessyll, iiij brasse pottes, the on pott bullan metell, on spruse cobard, on brasyn morter with pestyll, on chafyng dyshe, ij pewter pottes, on laketh a lide, on coarse quylte, on grene chyste, on cofer, ij threne chares on of the more a nother of the lesse, vj candylstykes ij of the best and ij of the secund best and ij of the myddell sorte, vj potagers, and on table. To Isabell Shalok and to Catheryne Doodycke. To sir Richard Parker, my broder. To sir William Atkynson, prest. To William Parker of Donyngton. I will that Alice Revelay, my mayden, be at the rewle of my executors to she cum to the age of xxjty yeres, [etc.] The resydew of my goodes I gyff to the disposicion of sir Richerd Parker, prest, and William Wardnall of Boston, whome I orden my executors; and Richer Kelleyt to be survior, they for to dispose my forsaid goodes to the pleasure of God and proffyt of my soule. Thes beyng wytnes, sir John Markeby, sir John Bayly, prestes; Richerd Kelleyt; Richerd Marshall; Robert Botree; with other moy. I will that my stabyll that is in the abbot of Louthe Parke lane be solde be my executors with the advise and counsell of Richard Ogle, and he to have for hys advise in the sale off the same for hys paynes xs.
[The testament of Edward Watson of Liddington, co. Rutland.]
15 July, 22 Henry VIII, 1530. I Edward Watson of Lidington, co. Rut', mak my testament and last will. My body to be buried in the chauncell off the parishe churche of Lidington if . . . . . (fn. 8) me to dye nygh unto Lidington; and if yt fortune me to dye far . . . . . (fn. 8) I will my body be buried in the parishe churche wher yt happ me to depart . . . . . (fn. 8) wordle, [etc.]. I will my best horse to the curate where I shall departe. I . . . . . (fn. 8) off Lidington in recompence of my duety undoen and to pray for my s . . . . . (fn. 8) the body off the same churche off Lidington for reparacion therof xls. . . . . . (fn. 8) ther vjs. viijd.; and to the torches ther vjs. viijd.; and to the sepulcre . . . . . (fn. 8) viijd. To the cath. churche off Lincoln in recompence of my duety undoen . . . . . (fn. 8) the churche or chauncell where yt shall happen me to be buried for my burial . . . . (fn. 8) as the custome is honestly to be paid. I will that myn executores cause an hole trigintall off masses to be said in the churche where I shalbe buried upon the daye off my buriall if that so may be, orels the next daye or days folowing. And lykwise as many at the monythes mynd, and as many at my yeres day. And I will ther be spente at the day of my buriall and gyven to prestes, clarkes, and poer people xxl.; and at my monethes mynd xl.; and at my yere day xl. And I will that immediately after my buriyng myn executoures fynd an honest secular preist to pray for my sawlle in the churche where I shalbe buried, and all the sowles of all them that I have faren better for, by the space off oon hole yere, having for his salary vjl.; and he to say daily that yere placebo and dirige, and dayly masse if he can be so disposed at the lest v or vj tymes every wek to say masse.
To my sister, Janett Peerson, vl., and to my sister, dame Sibbell, at sainct Katerens iiijl.; and I will that my wiff owt of suche landes as I haue willed to hyr doo pay to my said sister Sibbell xiijs. iiijd. yerely during there two lives. To Richard Brian, my cosyn, iiijl. To Johan Smyth, hys sister, xxs.; and to his sister, maried, at Kyrkham in Yorkshire xxs. To Mylys Parkinson at London vjl. xiijs. iiijd.; and to my cosy, Agnes Smyth, in London xxs.; and to hyr sister my cosyn Isabell in London xxs. To Margaret Erington and Helen Fox, my sister dowghters. To sir John Williamson the yongar to pray for my sowll xxs.; and to sir John Williamson thelder xxs. To John Panter, my seruaunte xx shepe oon of my hakney horses and in mony liijs. iiijd. To John Winterbourn oon of my gude furred gownnes, oon of my dowblettes of sylk, oon of my riding cotes, oon of my hakney horsis, xxx gude shepe, the bed I lye in my self beyng in my chambre at London, and in redy money vjl., in full recompense of all thinges bitwixt hym and me if he will so accept yt, els this bequest mad to hym to be void; and under the same maner I forgyve hym all suche money as he aweth me. To Thomas Webster, my seruaunte, oon of my furred gownnes, on of my dowbletes of sylk, [etc.]. [folio 33] To John Lee, and John Fowler my seruauntes. To euery of my other seruantes, men and woman, besides all ther dueties xs. and to every of my god children that will come for them ij shepe, and to euery pore howshold in Lidington after the discrecion off myn executores xijd.
I will that sone after my deth myn executoures distribute emonges the pore people at Sledmare, where I was born, iijl. vjs. viijd., and to the brethern and sistern at Kingwoldgraves emong them xxs. To every hows off freers in Stamford, Leicester, and Northampton xs. To the priour and convent of Laund, the priour and chanons of Brok', the priour and chanons of Laund, the abbot and convent of Oselueston, and the priour and convent of Fynneshed xxs. apiece. To the nunnes of Rowell vjs. viijd., the priour of Bradley xs., the priour and convent of Sempingham xxs. To the nunes of Sempingham xxs. To the abbasse and convent of de Lapray besides Northampton xxs., and to the nunes at Stamford, xs., and to the priour and convent of Newested besides Stamford, xs., and to the priour and convent of Newested vpon Ancolme xxs. I pray that in every of thies howses may be song a dirigye and masse for my sawll, my ffather, my mother, my lord Smyth, my lord Atwater, and Master William Smyth, and Master Robert Toneys sowles, all my children sowles, and for my brother Simon and William Watson sawles. To the churches of Vppingham, Bisbrok, Seyton, Thorp by the Water, Calcot, and Stok, every of them vjs. viijd.
To Henry Watson, my soon, at Newested, xxl., and will that he haue no moer of my guddes and landes. To Edward my soon cl. To Kenelme my soon cl. To Barbara, Mary, Brigyt, and Susan my dowghters cl. each. To the child in my wives belly cl. Besides that I bequeth to Edward my soon my basen and ewer off silver, my best chayn of gold, my best bed of down, with best coueryng, best fustians, ij best shaving clothes, myn iern bond cofer at London, my bag with sylver ringes, my sperver of sylk, my signet of gold, and j of my best gownnes, [etc.]. To Kenelm my soon my greet standing cup with couer gylt at London, my joyned table of waynscot, my best iren bond chest at Lidington, [etc.]. To my gude wiff, Em Watson, ccl., and all my corn, my mylche bestes, all cart, plows and cart horses, all my wood in the parsonage and all my howshold stuff, [etc.], and my leaces off Brok close and the parsonage of Lidington. And I will that all my other plate be deuyded evenly bitwixt my wiff and Edward and Kenelme my sonys. I will that Edward my soon have my leaces of the parsonage of Gidding and of the close at Baggrave; and Kenelme my soon my leace of the parsonage off Multon; and Edward the leace of Tatersall landes in Lutton; and John Wynterbourn the leace off the parsonage of Stonysby; John Panter the leace of the lordship of Lindon. And if enny of my children departe owt off this wourdle bifour they haue receyved their said bequestes into their awen kepinges, then I will the on halff off their said bequestes of moveables be deuyded emonges myn other children then lyving, the thyrd parte ther of I will my wiff haue, and the iiijth parte therof to be disposed in gude warkes for the sowles above written. And if enny of my children [folio 34] entre into religion, I will the on halff off all moveables bequethed to them be deuyded emonges myn other children the third part theroff to the hows they shall so entre into religion in and the iiijth to be disposed as biforsaid for the sowlles bifour rehersed. I will that myn executoures owt of suche rentes as I have apoynted and willed them to receyve pay yerely to John Winterbourn xls., to John Panter xxvjs. viijd., to Brian Barker xxvjs. viijd., to John Fowler xxs., and to Thomas Webster xls., my seruauntes during the space of ten yeres next after my departure. To the churche of Lidington all my stok of ledder and bark beyng in my tan hows, and also the use off all my said tan hows so long as the same stok shall contynewe in yt. And I will that with the rentes theroff be found a preist to pray for my sawll and the sowles above wrytten, and to teche poer mens children, having yerely for his stipend vjl.; that preist to be put in and owt alway at my wifes pleasur during hir liff; and afterward by myn heires and the viccar and churchewardons off Lidington; so that myn heires be alway of counsaill theroff. And the overplus off the yerely rentes off that tan hows, the preist found, the stok mayntened, and reparacions made, I wilbe disposed yerely in mending highe ways and other gud warkes abowt Lidington for the sowles above written, as my wiff in hir liff and afterward myn heires shall think best. And this to contynewe so long as enny parte of the said stok will endure. And when the prest can no longer be found, nether of the rentes nor of the stok, then I will the tan yard retourn and go with my fre hold therunto next adioyning, for owt of that I tok yt. And the copi holdes to be sold and disposed for the sawles above wrytten by thadvise of my wif and heires.
I will that every of my sonys have ij of my best bows and all my shaftes, and the residew of my bows to be devyded emonges my servauntes. To my brother in lawe, Henry Sapcot, my chamlet cott, oon of my gownnes furred with foynes, oon of my best voisions; and to every of his children vjs. viijd. My wife to have the custody and guyding of my children and all their gudes and landys so long as she lyveth sole; and if she will mary ageyn, or will not kepe their bequestes, then I will that other myn executoures deliuer all my children bequestes of guddys into subtanciall religiouse howses or colledges by wrytinges mad by lerned counsell ther to be savely kept till they come to full ages; and myne other executors to have the guydinge of my childer and ther landes to the cume to lawfull age of xxj yeres.
I will that all my euidences and a true copy of this my testament be put into a suer cofer under ij or iij kays, and set into Fodringay Collidge or some other suer place, their to be kept till my children come to full age, and then iche of them to haue the euidences of the landes willed unto them, and euery of them a copi of this my last will. I mak myn executoures my wiff Em Watson, my cosyn Mylis Parkyn' of London, Henri Sapcot and sir Laurance Hodgeson vicar of Lidington; and Mr Doctour Raynes and Thomas Waldram gent. to be supervisoures; and to euery of myn executoures taken upon them thexecucion of my will I gyve xxl. for their laboures and their costes, and eyther of my supervisoures for their costes xls., [etc.]. [folio 35] I will that my wif Em Watson haue all my maners, landes and tenements in Muche Gidding and Lutton in Huntingdon and Northampton shires; and all my maner, landes and tenements, in Garthorp in Leic'shier; and all my landes and tenements in Lidington, Seyton, and Thorp in the countie of Rutland, both frehold and copi hold, for terme of hir lif; so that she hold hyr therwith contented without enny further clayme to enny other parte of my landes, either be title of inioyntour and dowrye. I will that myn executoures shall receyve the rentes of all my maners, landes and tenements in Bloneham parishe, Rothersthrop, Rokingham, and Dingley; and of all my landes in Buckland whiche I bowght of Mr Dormer, called the Horn, towardes the perfourmance of my will vnto suche tyme as my childre and other to whom the said landes be willed be of full age of xxj yeres; and lykwise my executoures to have the revenues to the same use of all suche landes as I have willed to my wiff in case she departe bifour my said children and other to whome the same landes awght by this my will to discend be of their full ages. And in case myn executoures receyve enny moer then will perfourme my testament, I will they dispose yt for the helth of my sawll in charitable warkes.
I will that Edward Watson, my soon, when he cummys to lawfull age haue the lordship off Buckland that I bought of my lord of Rutland, and the maner of Knypton that I bought of Mr Stonysby, and after deth of his mother and my will perfourmed, all my maners, landes and ten'tes in Lutton, Muche Gidding, Garthropp, Rokingham, Dingley, and Rothersthrop, to hym and the heires of his body for euer; [remainder] to Kenelme my soon and to the heires of his body; [remainder] to Em Watson, my wif, for terme of hir liff; [remainder] to the child nowe that she goth with, if he be a boy, and to his heirs of his body; els to my dowghters and the heires of their bodies; and for defaute of suche issue, the remayndour of my landes in Buckland to my cosyn Mylis Parkyns in London and his heires in ffee; and the remayndour off my maners and landes in Muche Gidding and Lutton to my cosyn Richard Brian and his heires in fee; and the remayndour off all my maner and landes in Garthrop to my cosyn William Brian and his heires for ever in fee; and the remayndor of all my landes in Rokingham to John Wynterbourn and Thomas Webster, my clarkes, for terme of their lyves and after to be sold and disposed for my soull; and the remayndour of my landes in Dingley to John Panter for terme of his lyff, and after to be sold and disposed for me and the sawles above written; and the remayndour off all my landes in Roderthorp to Brian Barker, my seruunte, for terme of his lyff, and after to be lykwise sold and disposed; and the remayndour of my landes in Knypton to my brother in lawe, Henry Sapcottes, to the intent he shall ther with found a chauntre in the churche of Lidington for my sowll perpetually to endure. I will that my soon, Kenelme Watson, when he cummys to lawfull age of xxj yeres, haue all my maners, [etc.], in Bollebrykill, Calcot, and Lytle Walton, and the maner off Mantels and, after my will be fulfilled, all my landes in the parishe of Bloneham, [folio 36] to hym and to the heires of his body; the remayndour to Edward Watson, my son, and to the heires of his body; the remayndour to the child in my wiffes belly, if yt be a boy, and theires of his body; the remayndour of the maner of Mantels to the colledge of Brasen Nose in Oxford for ever, so that ouer and besides ther former noumbre of fellows ther be euermore oon prest fellowe secular of Yorkshire bourn to pray for my sawlle and the sawlles above wrytten. And for defaute of issue of all my said sonys, I will the lordship off Bollebrykhill and all my landes in Calcot and Walton and in Silso be sold, and with the money therof a chauntre perpetuall to be founden in Lidington churche, and the residewe of the money therof cummyng to be disposed for the sawles above written and in defaute of issue of my said sonys, I will that the prior and convent of Newested super Ancolme haue all my landes in Bloneham, and they for the same to say daily a masse for all the sawles bifour rehersed. And after the deth of my . . . . (fn. 9) and Thorp frehold . . . . (fn. 9) son and to the heires of his . . . . (fn. 9); and for defaulte of suche issue to Edward my soon and his heires of hys body; and for defaulte of suche issue to . . . . (fn. 9) And if the child in my wyves body be not a boy or doo not lyve, then I will that after the deth of my wyff John Wynterbourn have my hows and yard land in Thorp, John Panter my hows and yard land in Lidington called Colstons, Brian Barker my hows and yard land that I bowght of Jerves, Thomas Webster my hows that Parr dwellith in, and John Fowler my cotage that Ete dwelleth in for ever.
Memorandum. 10 October, 22 Henry VIII, A.D. 1530. I Edward Watson addinge to my testament this scedall annexed, will that all such landys lyinge in the town and feldys of Knypton with there commodities, as I lately severally purchesyd of John Blake of Knypton, gent., and Thomas Wodford, gent., after my deth that Edward my son when he cummys to his age of xxj yeres shall haue to hym and to his heres of his body; [remainder] in like forme as I haue before bequethed the maner of Knypton. I will that myn executors shall take the proufyttes and issues of all my maners, landes, [etc.], unto the tyme appoynted by this my will that my said sonnes shall haue my said landys and wt the issues to pay my dettes and legacies and to performe this my will to this scedall annexed. They beynge witnesse, sir Laurenc Hogeson, vicar of Lidington; Henry Sapcott; George Swillington, gent'; William Smyth of Thorp Langton; John Wynterbourne; and Thomas Webster.
Proved with the codicil, 20 October, 1530, by the oath of Henry Sapcot and Miles Parkyn personally, and by the relict and sir Laurence Hogeson, clerk, in the person of John Wright, literate, their proctor. Administration granted, etc.
The testament of William Grave [of Cowbit].
18 July, 1530. I William Grave of Cowbyt within the parysh of Spaldyng orden and make my testament and last will. My body to be buryied in the church yerde of the privelege church off Cowbyt. To the high alter of Cowbyt vjd. To Cowbyt church xijd. To the parysh church of Spaldyng vjd. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln iiijd. To the pore chyldren of st Catheryns ijd. I wyll Catheryne my wyff have a pece of grounde that I bought of John Wryght lying in Stonegate to her and her heyr [sic] assignes. I will Simon Grave, my brother have [my] keyndall cote. To Robert Lyke. To Alice my syster iijs. iiijd. I will that a prest syng for my soule, my father soule, my mother soule, and all crysten soulys in Cowbyt church the space of on quater of a yere. Resydwe off goodes to the dysposicion of Catheryne my wyff, wich I make my executrix, and Simon Grave, my brother, to be oversear. Thes beyng wytnes, sir Thomas Sheryff; Robert Ringholde; and George Alanson.
The testament of John Hawburgh [of Croft].
18 July, 1530. I John Hawborough of Crofte makes my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the church of All Haloys of Crofte. To our Lady of Lincoln viijd. To her warkes xijd. To the high alter in Crofte for tithys forgotten xijd. [folio 204] To the church for my buryall vjs. viijd. To the thre gyldes xijd. To the church warkes xijd. To the bellys xijd. To the iiij orders of frerys in Boston ijs. viijd. To William Johnson of Waynflet on chyste bun with yren in the chamber. To John Cokson on cheyst in the house. To William Croxston. To every on of my godchylder xijd. To Alice Whytyng, my goddaughter. To Jenet Croxston, my doughter. To William Hawborough. I will that on prest do syng for my soule on halffe yere; and yff it may be borne off my goodes, I wyll that it shall be a hole yere. I will that Margaret my doughter and wyff of the sayd William Johnson of Waynflet, and Alice my doughter and wyff of the sayd John Cokson of Burgh, have all my housys and landes lying in Burgh and Sutton, and it to be devydyd in too partes by the sight of William Stevenson after the manar and custome of the lordschyp that it holdys uppon. To the churche of Sutton to the fyndyng of on lampe afore our Lady iijs. iiijd., upon thys condicion, that it remayn in the churchwardens handes so long as the said money doth indure, and they to se it founde. To on obbyt in the churche of Crofte ijs., and it to be spent in thys forme, that is to say, to the curat for messe and dirige vd., for the beade rolle iiijd., to the clerke ijd., to the sepulcre light iiijd., to the bellys iiijd., to the ryngers in brede and ale iiijd., and in waxe jd., yerly for the xij yeres next foloyng; and it to be takyn of my lande wich before I have bequethyd to my ij doughters Alice and Margaret. The reste of all my housholde stuff I gyff to Agnes my wyff. The resydewe of my goodes [folio 204d.] to the disposicion of the forsayd William Johnson and John Cokson, whome I make my executors, they to dispose them for my soule and all crysten soulys. To Wylliam Stevenson the elder xs. to be supervisor. Thes wytnes, sir Thomas Rysyll, curat; Richerd Hubbard; William Croxston; with other.
The testament of William Torney [of Kingerby].
19 July, 1530. I William Torney of Kynyerby makes my will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of Kynyerby. To the hy alter for tithys forgotten xxd. To our Lady alter of Lincoln iiijd. To the iiij orders of frerys in Lincoln xvjd. The resydewe of my goodes to be devydyd in thre partes, on parte to my chyldren an other parte to Helene my wyff, and the thyrde to myselffe. To Thomas my sone and Jenet and Secyll my doughters. Helene my wyff and Thomas my sone I make my executors for to dispose my parte for the well off my soule as they thynke best. Wytnes heroff, sir William Doughtye, vicar; Thomas Wylson; Robert Robson; John Wellys; with other moy.
The testament of William Malteby of Boston.
20 July, 1530. I William Maltby of Boston makes my wyll and last testament. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of saynt Botulphe of Boston. To the high alter xijd. To our Lady of Lincoln vjd. To our Lady warkes vjd. To saynt Catheryne at Lincoln ijd. To the vij martyrs gylde in Boston vjd. To the whyte frerys in Boston viijd. To the gray frerys in Boston vjd. To Richard Bowster my warkday dooblyt and my grene jaket. Resydewe of my goodes to Colette my wyff, whome I make my executrix. Thes beryng wytnes, sir Thomas Cersy; Thomas Marre; Peter Herryson; with other moy.
The testament of John Browne [of Horbling].
20 July, 1530. I John Browne of Horblyng, seke of body, makes my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the churchyerde of st Androy in Horblyng. To my mortuary accordyng to the acte and custome that now is. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln vjd. To our Lady alter of Lincoln in oblacion vjd. To the pore chylder of st Catheryns with owt the barre at Lincoln vjd. To the hygh alter of st Androy in Horblyng for tithys forgottyn xijd. To mr prior of Sempyngham iijs. iiijd. to be prayd for; and to the canons of Sempyngham iijs. iiijd.; and to the nonnys off Sempyngham iijs. iiijd. To John Browne, my sonne, a draught of habyll beasse, [etc.] and iijl. vjs. viijd., also my house withall my lande that I bought after the decease of Marion my wyff; and the sayd John to kepe for the house and lande for euermore or cause to be kepyd on yerly obbyt for my soule and all crysten soulys, and to gyff yerly to the vicar of Horblyng for hys dewtys xijd., and to dispose emong pore people after as hys power may performe. To Xp'ofor my sone too kye, iijl. vjs. viijd. To William Dayllys. To Maryon Dayllys. To everychon of my doughter chylder on lamme hogge. I will on habyll prest do syng for my soule and all my good frendes soulys for the space of on quarter of on yere. The resydewe of my goodes I gyff to Marion my wyff, whome I make my executrix to dispose for the well of my soule. Wytnes herof, sir Richard Baynton, the vicar; Herry Atwyk; William Somerbye; and Robert Sygraff of Horblyng; with moy.
The testament of W. Home [of Waddington].
23 July, 1530. I William Home of the parysh of Wadyngton makes my last will. My body to be buryd in the church yerde of Waddyngton. To the altare of the same churche for my tithys negligently forgottyn viijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iiijd. To Beatrix my wyff my house that I dwell in with the appurtenaunces therto the terme of her lyff; [remainder] to Thomas and Robert my sonnys betwyxte them. The reste of my goodes to Beatrix my wyff, whome I make my executrix to dispose for my soule. Wytnes Thomas Brone; John Fowes, etc.
The testament of Richard Dobleday [of Normanton].
25 July, 1530. I Richerd Dobleday makes my testament and my last will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of st Nicholes off Normanton. To the high alter xijd. To Normanton churche iijs. iiijd. and a quarter malte. To the churches of Carleton, st Margaret of Sudbroke, Ancastr', Hough, and Cathorp xijd. apiece. To the gylde of Cathorp xijd. To the iiij orders of frerys of Lincoln every on of them xijd. To the frerys of Newark a quarter of malte. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln viijd. To the frerys of Grantham xijd. To my godchylder. To John Pechyll chylde. To Johanne my syster. To Thomas my sonne. To the frerys of Boston a trentall of messys at Scala celi. I will that my goodes be devydyd in thre partes, on to my selffe, another to my wyff, and the thyrde to my chylder. I will that Agnes my wyff and William my sonne be my executors for to dispose for the helthe of my soule. Thes beyng wytnes, sir Edwarde Rodes; William Roke; Richard Roke; with other moy.
The testament of John Jakson [of Frieston].
25 July, 1530. I John Jakson of Freston makes thys my last will and testament. My body to be buryid in the church yerd of st Jamys in Freston. I bequeth for tithys and oblacions forgotten iiijd. To the church warkes of Freston iiijd. To our Lady of Lincoln vjd. To the ornamentes off the high alter in Freston church iiijd. To our Lady alter in the abbay church (fn. 10) ijd. To Thomas my sonne. Resydew off goodes to Helene my wyff, whome I orden my executrix. Thes wytnes, William Bowdy; Peter Clay; John Cokson; and other moy.
[The testament of Robert Bette of Alkborough].
26 July, 1530. I Robert Bette of Aucbarowe, seke of body, holl of mynd, and goode of remembrans, makes thys my laste wyll and testymente in forme foloyng; fyrst I beqwyethe my sawll to Gode allmyghtey, and to hys mother ower Lady Sanct Mary, and to all the holy compyny of hevyn; and my body to be beryd within the paryssh chyrche of Sanct John the Bapteste of Aucbarow. For a trentyll of messes xs. To the hey aulter xijd. To ower Lady warke of Lyncowne xijd. To Mary my wyffe the hows that I dwell in, and a nother hows callyd Tallyor hows, wyth all that be longes to thaym, hyre lyffe; and efter hyr dyesesse to John my sone. To Thomas my son on hows callyd Robyneson hows, and a nother callyd Westeredall hows, and a nother hows at the town hend, and a hows at Qwytune, with all the land that longes to thamme. To George my son on hows that Henry Westeredall dwelles in, with all the land and profettes that longes to it. To Esabell my dogther the hows that Esabell Monge dwelles in, with all the land that longes to it. To Thomas Monge, my seruand, a blake qwy holl heyrd, and a yow scheype. To Alyce Waukere. To Agnes Withyson on rede qwy stryke. To Wylliam Nycolson, my scheype herd, on ewe lame. To George Clarke, my seruand. To John Bette, Lennard Bette, Dauyd Bette, and George Bette, my sonna[s], and Esabell Bett, my doyghter, to every on of thamme viijl. in steyd of ther chyldes parte and porson, and they to challyans no mor of no manere of goodes. Resydew of my goodes to Marye my wyffe and Thomas my son, qwom I make my executoures. I make my supervysores of my wyll, John Andersonne and Nycoles Sanfeld. Thes beynge wyttnes, syr John Bateman, preste; Wylliam Dekyn; John Anderson; Nycollys Sanfeld; with other moy.
The testament of Thomas Bryan [of Swineshead].
26 July, 1530. I Thomas Bryan of Swyneshed (fn. 11) make my testament concernyng my last will. My body to be buryed in the church of our Lady in Swyneshed. To the parson or the proctor vjs. viijd. To the high alter for tithys forgotten viijd. To every alter in the sayd church iiijd. To the warkman schyp of the Holy Gost in the sayd church iiijs. To our Lady warke of the mother church of Lincoln viijd. To the fatherles chylder of st Catheryne next Lincoln iijd. To every order of frerys with in the towne of Boston iijs. iiijd. To st Crystofer light and the Mayden light in the church of Swyneshed iijs. viijd. I will that my executors bryng me honestly to the grounde, expendyng at my buryall day, vijty day and xxxth day, every on of them, xiijs. iiijd. To the prestes, clerkes, and other pore folkes in the church of Swyneshed. To Agnes my wyff iij acres of pasture grounde lying in the feldes of Kyrkton Holme next sowth fen dyke, now in the tenure of Thomas Marchaunte; other iij acres of pasture grounde lying in the same feldes next the sayd fendyke, now in the tenure of Emot Marchaunt, for terme of her lyff. I wyll that aftyr my departyng Francis Bryan, my sone, haue ij acres of arable lande lying in the feldys of Kyrton Holme, next the hyll callyd Lokester Hyll; also on acre arable lande lying in the same felde, next the lande of Hugh Ordyng and Richerd Kelsey, wich the sayd Hugh and Richerd hathe bothe but on acre agane the forsayd Thomas Bryan now in the tenure of Richerd Cryer. I will that Frauncys my sonne [folio 262d.] haue the thyrd parte of the lande and rente wich I Thomas Bryan, Hugh Ordyng, and Richerd Kelsey deuydyth and partyth, late was the lande of Trowboke of Kyrton Holme, to the fyndyng and bryngyng up of hym in whose custody he is in. I will that Agnes my wyff haue the mansion with the halff acre of hempe lande lying under it, wich I dwell in, unto such tyme that Frauncys my sonne cum to the age of xviij yeres; and [then] I will the [premises] remane to hym, hys heyres, and hys assygnes, holdyng of the chefe lord of the fee. And iff the sayd Frauncys departe or thatt he cum to the age of xxjty yeres, I will that [all the land and rent] remane unto Agnes Bryan, my doughter [at lawful age], her heyres, and assignes, holdyng of the chefe lord of the fee; [remainder] unto Agnes my wyff [for life]; [remainder as to the] iij acres of arable lande and the vj acres of pasture ground, with the thyrde parte of the lande and rente beforesayd, to the next heyres of my blode accordyng to the last willes of my ancestres therof mayd afore tyme; [remainder as to] the mansion with the di. acre of hempe land to the use of the church grevyes and wardens of Swyneshed and ther successors duryng the space of lxxxxixth yeres, yff the lawe will suffer it; and with the proffyt theroff cumyng I will that the kyrke greyves kepe my obbyt solemply yerly in the parysh churche, expendyng theruppon yerly vjs. viijd.; the resydewe of the rente of the mansion to remane to [folio 263] the most necessaryes of the sayd church; and aftyr the forsayd terme be cum and endyd, I will the mansyon be solde by the vice and mynde of the church graves and the most discretyst men of the sayd parysh, and the mony theroff cumyng be disposyd in charytable dedys within the church and towne of Swyneshed. To Isabell Crier, my servant, a stayke calffe the best of all my calvys. To Agnes Bryan, my doughter [under xv years] to her maryage xl. The resydue of goodes I gyff vnto Agnes my wyff. The sayd Agnes, Thomas Hall, and Richerd Cony I orden executors, with the supervision of mr Thomas Elyse, merchaunt of Staple, gyffyng hym for hys good counsell aud helpe my blak gray horsse. Thes beyng wytnes, sir Thomas Garton, vicar ther; William Bennet; Roger Holynder; John Stokes; and other moy.
The testament of William Norton of Estrasen.
1530. I William Norton of Estrasen orden and make my testament and last will. My body to be buryd in the church yerde of st Thomas the appostell in Estrasen. To mr vicar for dyschargyng of my conscience and to pray for my soule xijd. To the hygh alter for tythys negligently forgotten iiijd. To our Lady warkes off Lincoln xxd. I wyll that William Rawlynson, my doughter sonne, have iijl. vjs. viijd. the wich I had delyveryd to me by obligacion of the chylde frendes, therfore I will that Richerd Holdworth have the money in hys custody to the aforesaid William be xviij yeres olde, and then to delyver to him nother mynyshyd nor incressyd. To Xp'ofer Rawlynson a yow and a lamme, and the forsayd Richerd Holdeworth to have kepyng therof to he be xviij yeres olde. Resydewe of goodes to Jennet my wyff and Richard Holdworth, my sone, the wich I orden executors for to dispose for my soule and for to pay my dettes as they thynk most expedyent for the helth of my soule. Thes beyng wytnes sir Xp'ofer Brumbie; John Fordyngton; Richard Clerke; with other moy.
The testament of Thomas Langton [alias Cocke of Haugh].
31 July, 1530. I Thomas Langton otherways callyd Cocke, off Hawe, ordens and makes my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde. To our Lady warke of Lincoln vjd. To the high alter within the sayd monastery vjd. To our Lady of Walsyngham iiijd. To the church warke of Hawe, and to the high alter ther. I will that Alice my wyff haue my house in Hawe that I do dwell in, with all landes, [etc.], to the same belongyng within the townys and feldes of Hawe and Hotofte, to the terme of her lyff; [remainder] to John Langton, my sone, the elder, and to hys heyres of hys body; [remainder] to John Langton, the yonger, and to hys heyres of hys body. To John Langton the yonger, and to Elizabeth and Jenet my doughters [goods, which shall] be in the custody of Alice my wyff unto such tyme as John, Elizabeth, and Jenet come to xxjty yeres, or ellys be maryed. I make Alice Langton, my wyff, my executrix, she to pay my dettes and to minister the resydue of my goodes for the helthe of my soule as she shall thynke moste expedyent. Thes wytnes, sir Robert Wade, parson of Welle; Henry Phylip of Hawe; Alan Wade; William Basse of Welle; and other moy.