Lincoln Wills: Volume 3, 1530-1532. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1930.
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The testament of Robert Baythe [of Pinchbeck].
2 July, 1531. I Robert Bathe of Pynchbek makes my last testament and will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of Pynchbek. To the high altare for tithes forgottyn vjd. To the church warke of Lincoln iiijd. To the chyldren of st Catheryns ijd. The reste of all my goodes I gyff them to Jenet my wyff, whome I make my executrix, with Richerd Bathe and John Coke to be supervisors.
Also I make my will in the same day and date abovenamyd. To Jenet my wyff my house that I woone in with the appurtenances longying therto the terme of her lyff, and aftyr her decesse I will it remayn to Susan my doughter to her and to her heres of her body. And yff it fortune Susan my doughter to dye withowt heres of her body, I will the sayd house be solde be my supervisors yff they then be a lyff and the money to be dysposyd of a prest to syng for me and all my good frende soulys within the church of Pynchbek. And yff fortune bothe my supervisors to dye before my wyff or daughter, then I will the sayd house with the appurtenance be solde be the churchwardens and the vicare of the towne of Pynchbek then beyng, and the money to be disposyd as above is namyd. Thes beyng wytnes, sir Thomas Hill prest; Edward Wytney; with other moy.
John Tyll [of Nether Burnham].
4 July, 1531. I John Tyll of Netherburham in the parish of Haxaye, of hole mynde makes my testamente. My bodye to be buryed in the church yeard of st Nicholas in Haxaye. To the hye awter in the said churche xijd. To our Ladyes workes in Lincoln' iiijd. Moreouer I will that my goodes shalbe deuyded in iij partes, one of the partes to my wyfe and myne eldest sonne, the second parte to my selfe, the thirde to my other childer, and the residewe of my parte vndisposed at my buryall I geue yt to my wyfe and to myne eldist sonne, whome I make executors to dispose my goodes as they thinke best. Thes bearinge wittnes, sir William Baynes; Roberte Nayler; John Kelsaye; and Thomas Pettinger; wth other mooe.
The testament of John Aly [of West Allington].
6 July, 1531. I John Aly of Alyngton make my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the churche of the Holy Trinite in Alyngton. To our Lady warke of Lincoln xijd. To the church of Alyngton for my buryall vjs. viijd. [folio 373d.] To the chapell of st Jamys xijd. To Thorne church ijs. To Brodholme abbay xijd. To Hougham churche xijd. To Newbo abbay xijd. To the conuent ther xijd. To the frerys of Grantham xijd. To the iiij orders of frerys in Lincoln to euery one of them xijd. To the frerys of Newarke xijd. To the church of Alyngton for forgottyn tithes iijs. iiijd. To sir Gabryell ijs. viijd. To my fowre doughters to euery one of them vjl. To the high altare of Alyngton iijs. iiijd. The resydue of my goodes my dettes payd and I brought to the erthe, I bequeth them to sir Robert Ryscall to dispose them for the helthe of my soule and all crysten soulys, whome I make my full executor. I gyff frely to the sayd sir Robert Ryscall my house lying in Foston wt my hole tytyll and right theroff. Thes beyng wytnes, Richerd Kellam the elder; Richerde Kellam the yonger; John Parnell; Henry Baysby; William Richeman; wt other.
The testament of Thomas Knowlys [of Barton on Humber].
6 July, 1531. I Thomas Knowlys of Barton vppon Humber, marchaunt, makyth my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the church of st Mary within the hyle of st Thomas. To the vicare of the sayd churche for my forgottyn tithys vjs. viijd. To a honest preste to syng for my soule one hole yere. I will that ther be dealte for me at the day of my buryall money to pore people, my prentys, and every one of my god sonnys iiijd. To the roode of Welhome iiijd. To st Savior of Newborgh iiijd. To st Anne of Bukstone iiijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iijs. To George Knowllys sonne of Robert Knowllys xxl. sterlyng money. The resydewe of all my goodes I gyff unto Jane my wyff, and yff it please god that she be with chylde at the day of my departyng owt of thys transitory lyff, I will that the sayd chylde have halffe off the sayd goodes with my wyff, accordyng to the porcion, and to be executor or executrix with my sayd wyff, when it please god to send it into thys worlde, to dispose for my soule as they thynk best to the pleas' of allmyghtty god and the helth of my soule, and I make Robert Knowllys my brother supervisor, and for hys labor and besynes takyng xviijl. Thes wytnessys, Thomas Smyth of Berton plummer; William Braydlay of the same towne yoman; and other.
The testament of John Ollay [of Bucknall].
6 July, 1531. I John Otlay of Buknall makes my last will or testament. My body to be buryed within the church of Buknall, with my mortuary as the lawe will. To the high altare viijd. To the church warkes too beane landes. To our Lady warke of Lincoln viijd. To st Catheryns of Lincoln viijd. To every one of the iiij orders of frerys in Lincoln iiijd. I bequeth fowre trentallys to be done for me and my father and mother. To William my brother chylder and to hym selffe. To Thomas Idyll. To every one of my godchylder. To Agnes Idyll. To Beatrix Woode. To sir Mathew Dawson. To Richerd Wytton viijd. To Elizabeth Wytton and her syster iijs. iiijd. To mother Idyll viijd. To Alice Idyll viijd. The resydew of my goodes I bequeth to Syluester Bonwell, whome I make my executor to dispose for the helthe of my soule, and I make sir Mathew Dawson supervisor. Thes beyng wytnes, William Otlay; John Woode; with other moy.
The testament of W. Eyre [of Saleby].
11 July, 1531. I William Eyre makes here my last will. My body to be buryed within the church of st Margaret of Saleby. To our Lady warke of Lincoln iijs. To our Lady high altare of Lincoln xijd. To iiij orders of frerys wych visyttes the towne of Saleby for ther lyffyng, to eche order singler be it selffe xijd. for to have at every house sayd or song messe and dirige for helthe of my soule. I will and strately do charge that my mother shall have her lyffyng with my wyff as long as her lyff shall contynew, so she beyng contente therwyth, yff not then she to have money and stuff in penyworthys to the valewe of xls. and one cowe, wich she will choys, to fynde her with. To the high altare of Saleby for tithys forgottyn xxd. To William Metforthe my godsun a plugh, a wayn, with the anormentes therto pertenyng, [etc.]. To Thomas Cowper one pece of clothe and xxvjs. viijd. for stuff wich was hys fathers. To Gilbert Colton my servant. To Helene my mayd. To echon of my servantes not namyd before beyng within my garthe. To William Ewan my godsun one portas wich was my uncles. To Alan Ewan xls. or ellys my blak furryd gowne as my wyff and he can agre, and for this money he for to be supervisor. [folio 305d.]. The resydew of my goodes I gyff to Beatrix my wyff, whome I make my executrix, for to dispose parte therof for helthe of my soule, [etc.]. Thes beyng wytnes, mr Thomas Kyrkman parson of Mabilthorpe northe parysh; John Lee preste; Mathew Richardson; with diverse other moy.
The testament of John Symson [of Burgh le Marsh].
13 July, 1531. I John Symson the elder of Burgh dothe make my will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of st Peter in Burgh. To the high altare for tithys forgottyn xijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iijd. To the fatherles chylder of st Catheryns iijd. To the church warke of Burgh iijs. To the nonnys of Bullyngton iiijd. To Elizabeth my cosyn a cowe, [etc.], to be delyveryd at Candylmes next commyng, and sche and her wytwoorde to be at the gydyng or puttyng forthe of them whome I make my executors, and they to delyver her wytwoorde to her agane at the tyme of mariage as good as they had it. To Elizabeth Thomson my goddoughter. To Mawd Russyll. Also at my buryall to have an honest dirige, and to be brought honestly to the ground. The resydew of my goodes I wyll that it be disposyd for the helthe of my soule and all my good frendes soulys by the handes of John Thomson and Elizabeth my wyff, whome I make my executors. Thes men to wytnes, sir John Peychyll parysh prest; William Rysyll; and Robert; Mathew Smyth; John Thomson; with other moy.
The testament of Simon South [of Nun Ormsby].
20 July, 1531. I Simonde Sowthe of Nunormesby make thys my testament and last will. My body to be buryed within the chauncell of the churche of st Helene of Nunormesby. I bequethe for brekyng of the grounde within the sayd chauncell vs. To the high altare of the sayd churche viijd. To the reparacions of the cathedrall churche of our blessyd Lady of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. To the hed of st Hugh of Lincoln ijs. To the parysh church of st Helene of Ormesby vjs. viijd. To Clement Slak my godsun. To the chanons and nunnes of Ormesby vjs. viijd. To Thomas my sonne xls. at the age of xxty yeres. To Elizabeth my doughter xls. at the age of xxty yeres. I will that my executor shall receyve at the handes of mr prior of Catley xxxij schepe, one oxe, and a cowe, to the vse of Jenet my doughter yf the sayd Jenet be myndyd to be a religiouse woman, then I will that my sayd executor shall pay and delyver to suche a house as she shall be professyd the sayd xxxij schepe, the oxe, and the cowe, togeder with xls. And yff it happen the sayd Jenet my doughter to decease before the day off her profession then I will the hole legacy remayn to my executor. Yff it happen the sayd Thomas my sone to decease before the sayd Elizabeth my doughter or the sayd Elizabeth before the sayd Thomas the sayd legaces then not payd, I will that he or she so over lyffyng other to be other heyre and have the hole legacy to eyther of them before bequethyd. To Alane my brother. To Jone doughter of the sayd Alan. The resydue of my goodes I gyff to John my sone, whome I orden my executor to dyspose for the helthe of my soule, [etc.]. I will that William Skypwyth esqwyer be supervisor, besechyng hym to be speciall good master to my pore chyldren, and will to hym for hys payn xxs. Thes wytnesses, John Bynkes; Thomas Humbleton; and William Bratley; with other.
The testament of John Melner [of South Somercotes].
21 July, 1531. I John Melner of Southe Somercotes makes thys my present testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the churche of st Peter in Sowthsomercotes. I bequeth for my mortuary xs. To the churche to a pare of organs xxijs. vjd. To our Lady altare xijd. To st Thomas altare vjd. To our Lady of Lincoln vjd. To Marget my wyff xx marke. To Henry my sone vl. To Margaret my doughter vl. To Margaret my wyff xs. rent be yere duryng her lyff, and aftyr her decease to remayn to Henry my sonne. To Walter and Roger my ij sonnys my landes aftyr the custome of the cuntryth. To Walter and Roger my sonnes, and Allyson my doughter vl. apiece. To William Helvys. To sir John xxs. To Allyson Helvys, Helene, and Agnes. To the churche of st Nicholes of Northcotes iijs. iiijd. I will that the church masters have one cowe delyveryd to them, and the rent of her to be delte off Goodfryday for the soule of John Berre. I wyll that I be brought to the churche honestly the day of my buryng, with penny dole; my vijth day and my thyrty day, I putto to the discrestion of my executors. To Allyson my doughter ij brasse pottes, [etc.], and yff she dye or she cum to mariage it to remayn to Margaret. To Thomas Parnell and Jenkyn Parnell ether of them vjs. viijd. To every one of my godchylder. To [folio 276d.] st Botulphe churche of Skydbroke iiijd. To st Edithe churche of Grymolby xijd. To st Clement churche of Garnthorpe vjd. To our Lady churche of Northsomercotes vjd. To st Clement church of Saltfletby iiijd. To the crosse of the sandes iiijd. To Alyson Garbray, John Melner. To Robert Mylner, to William his sone, to George, to ether of hys chylder, to Jenet Mylner, to Isabell Mylner. To the wyff of William Wylkynson. To John Way wyff. To Robert Helvys. To Margaret my wyff my cowcroft and vij acre myddoy so long as sche bydes within the towne. All my porchyst lande in defawt of heyres of Walter and Roger laufully begottyn to remayn to Henry, and in defawt of hys heyres to Margaret. To Margaret my wyff all the housholde that she brought with her Garnthorp. The resydue of all my goodes I will that all my chyldren from have it emonges them by the oversyght of my executors, excepte my hayrlomys. To Walter my sonne my contre and pare of malte quernys, [etc.]. To Roger my sone a payr of new wayn shethes, [etc.]. To Margaret my wyff the gylde house of Garnethorp with the appurtenances. To Walter and Roger my sonnys my house in the northe rawe in Sowthesomercotes, that I have in take of our Lady gylde of Northe Somercotes, with the appurtenances. To Walter my sonne Wolner crofte and iij acre and di. land in Sonderholm. To Roger my sonne Pane crofte. To Henry my sone. I will that John Haven of Saltflethavyn and Walter Melner my sone be my executors, and John Haven to have for hys labor xs. I will that Robert Brasbryg of Marchchapell and John Snary of Sowthe Somercotes be the oversear of my will, and to have for ther labor vjs. viijd. Thes wytnes, William Godryk of Skydbrok; Walter Graunt of Sowthsomercotes; Robert Thomson of the same; Thomas Parnell of Salflethaven; Robert Melner of Southsomercotes; and Robert Watson of the same.
Thomas Rider [of Epworth].
21 July, 1531. Ego Thomas Rider de Epworthe compos mentis sane et memorie condo testamentum meum in hunc modum: Inprimis do et lego animam meam Deo Patri omnipotenti beate Marie necnon omnibus sanctis eius, corpus que meum sepulture ecclesiastice infra cemiterium sancti Andree in Epworthe. Item do et lego beate Marie Lincolnie iiijd. Item summo altari de Epworthe prefata pro decimis oblitis vjd. Residuum vero bonorum meorum non legatorum do et lego Johanne vxori mee Thome Rider Johanni Rider Lawrentio Rider Johanni Rider filiis meis et Johanne filie meæ quos facio ordino et constituo meos veros et legitimos executores vt disponant pro salute anime meæ. Hiis testibus domino Thoma Thewe Roberto Theker Johanne Mawe de Epworth prefata cum aliis.
The testament of William Collyn [of Leverton].
23 July, 1531. I William Collyn of Leuerton makeith my testament concludyng therin my last will. My body to be beureid in the churche of sainct Helyn in Leuerton. To the sacrament ijd. To the honowrmentes of sainct Helyn ther iiijd. To the honormentes of the highe awter iiijd. for tithes and oblacions forgettyn ijd. To our Lady Fleur ijd. To our Ladie of Pite ijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iiijd. To the orphanes at sainct Kateryne in Lincoln ijd. To the churche warke of Leuerton viijd. To Richard Pykeryng. To Henry Hudson on borlyng. To Isabell Hudson. To Margaret Pykeryng. To William Hudson on colte stagge. The residew of all my gudes I give to Janeitt my wife, whom I make executrix to dispoisse it to the plessour of god and helthe of my saull as sche thynkethe best. Thies beyng witnes, sir John Fendyke the yonger; Richard Fendyke the yonger; John Beneitt; Edmund Trowtyng; with other moo.
The testament of Robert Foster [of Goulceby].
25 July, 1531. I Robert Foster of Golceby make and orden thys my last will and testament. My body to be buryed within the church yerde of All Halloys off Golceby. To the church of Golceby to by a cope wyth xxxjs. viijd. To the fyndyng of ij lyghttes within the church of Golceby, the one light before the crucifix in the body of the churche, the other light before our Lady situat in the northsyde of the same churche xs. To the church warke of Asterby iijs. iiijd. To the church warke of Kynnyngton xxd. To the church warke off our mother church of Lincoln ijd. To Margaret Marcyall my doughtter vs. To Robert Brygge and hys wyff and ij chyldren unmaryed xs. The resydue of all my goodes I gyff them to Thomas Thomson and Robert Thomson, whome I make my executors. Thes ar the wytnesses, sir Robert Irlande vicar; Robert Adlard; Thomas Bray; John Scutte; John Goodhale; John Pratte; with many moy.
The testament of Agnes Howson [of Boston].
25 July, 1531. I Angnes Hovson wyddowe makes thys my last wyll and testament. My body to be buryed in the Whyte freers. To the hyȝhe aulter of saynt Botolphe in Boston iiijd. To the gylde of vij marters iiijd. To ower Lady warke of Lincoln iiijd. To the fatherles chyldren at saynt Katerynes ijd. To the sayd freyrs xs., and the to syng a trentall of massys for hyt. I bequethe more to the sayd freyrs and there [folio 248d.] to remayn whylys it will indure a mazer of sylver and a brasse pot. To the yong frerys of the sayd house a cowe. To William Howson iij sponys of sylver, [etc.]. To Alexander Howson iij sylver sponys. To Elizabeth Howson a gyrdyll harnesyd with sylver, a braspot of bullen mettall, a schete of iij webbys, [etc.]. To Alice Howson a harnesyd gyrdyll, [etc.]. To our Lady of Pietie of the Whyte frerys an altare clothe. To Alice Rose a table clothe of diaper of the best towell, [etc.]. To Charlys Howson. To Margaret Oueray my servant a coverlyd of blewe with grene flowres, [etc.]. To Agnes Wryght a platter and a paynter dyshe. To sir Otuell Cowper. To Fermarye wyff. The rest of my goodes I will they be in the handes of Charlys Howson and Roger Rose whome I make my executors, and they to dispose them for the helthe of my soule, and they to kepe yerly as long as xls. will last one obbyt at the Whyte frerys, and Charlys Howson to have for hys labor a gowne that is in my house redy mayd, and Roger Rose to have for his labor vjs. viijd. Supervisor John Cony of Frampton, and he to have for hys labor iijs. iiijd. Thes to be whytnes, sir Otuel Cowper; George Roo; and Robert Stubbys; with other moy.
The testament of John Wytbred [of Wrangle].
30 July, 1531. I John Wytbrede of Wrangle makes thys my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the churche or churchyerde. I bequethe my mortuary as the lawe requiryth. To the reparacion of Wrangle churche vjs. viijd. For tithys forgottyn viijd. To the ornamentes of the high altare iiijd. To the reparacion of our Lady of Lincoln iiijd. To the orphans of st Catheryns of Lincoln vjd. To our Lady gylde in Wrangle xxd. To the Holy Rode gylde in Wrangle xxd. I will one preste syng for my soule the soulys of my parentes and other that I am bounde to pray for with all crysten soulys at st Catheryne altare in Wrangle the space of di. one yere. To Agnes my doughter at the day of her mariage xls. To Richerde my sun one corte, one jak, one sallyt, one pare splentes, one gorgyt, one swerde, one bowe, with the reste of halff a scheyff of haroys, also one pare of mustarde quernys, one tub to dyght meale in, one boltyng tubbe, one table standyng at the benke, one lattyn lauer at the day of hys maryage, and iij sylver sponys and a corse harnest gyrdell. To Agnes my doughter [folio 401d.] iij sylver sponys and one pare of amber beades with sylver gawdys and other jewellys at them aftyr the decesse of Elizabeth my wyff. To John Merylde my godsun. To every one of my godchyldren iiijd. To William Stevenson vjs. viijd. To my syster Grace hys wyff vjs. viijd., and to every one of ther chyldren. To John Stevenson iijs. iiijd. To Stephen Woodhouse, hys wyff, and every one of ther chyldren. To Richerd Merylde, Thomas Hopster, Walter Gote. To our Lady in Wrangle churche vjs. viijd. To the buyldyng of Leeke steple iijs. iiijd. To the gyldyng of the xij appostellys of the roode lofte in Wrangle churche vjs. viijd. To William Pecoke off Borowe my swanne marke and my swannys duryng the tyme of ij yeres, and ij yeres beyng complete I will that Richerde my sun have di. of my swannys and halffe of my swanne marke. To Margaret Maltson. To Athelarde Mawnus. To John Carter ij acre and di. arable lande lying behynde Leke garthe duryng the tyme of my indenturys payng yerely vjs. viijd. I will that one pastur callyd Swetemere, and one pasture at the out Fendyke remayn in the handes of my executors the terme of iiij yeres aftyr my decesse, and the money that comethe of them yerely be expendyd of one obbyt in Wrangle churche for my soule, the soulys of my parentes, and of them that I am bounde to pray for, with all crysten soulys, and iiij yeres beyng complete I will that the ij forsayd pasturys remayn to Richerde my sun in fe symple. To Elizabethe my wyff one pasture callyd Gyldon Grene for the space of ij yeres nexte cumyng aftyr Candylmes accordyng unto the date of thys my wyll, and ij yeres beyng complete I will it remane to Richerde my sun duryng my yeres in it. To Richerde my sonne one pasture callyd Wat Hill unto the tyme that Agnes my doughter be xxty yeres of age, and then I will that Richerde my sun gyff to Agnes my doughter xxvjs. viijd., and so to enioy it in fe symple, and for lak of payment of xxvjs. viijd. I will that Agnes my doughter inioy and have it in fe symple. [folio 402] To Richerde my sun my ferme that I holde of mr Sheffelde duryng my yeres in it as apperyth in indenture. To my wyff iiij acre pasture lying nexte Symunde Gote duryng my yeres payng the rent for it. I will that all my goodes and bequestes to Richerde my sun remayn in the governaunce of sir Thomas Paynson duryng the tyme of ij yeres nexte aftyr my decesse, and aftyr to remayn to Richerd my sun. I bequethe the reste of my implementes pertenyng to the use of my house, [etc.], to Elizabeth my wyff, [etc.]. The reste of my goodes I gyff them to sir Thomas Paynson and sir John Woodhouse, whome I make my executors for to devyde them equally to Elizabethe my wyff, Richerde my sun, and Agnes my doughter. I will that sir Thomas Paynson have for hys labor xxvjs. viijd. and sir John Woodhouse for hys labor xiijs. iiijd. Thes beyng wytnes, sir Thomas Potter; sir John Wayd; William Stevenson; John Mawnus; Walter Gote; and Thomas Hopster; with other mo.