Lincoln Wills: Volume 3, 1530-1532. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1930.
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The testament of Richard Burton [of West Torrington].
4 August, 1531. I Richerde Burton of Westeryngton makes my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the churche yerde of Westeryngton besyde my fyrste wyff, with all suche dewtys as the lawe and custome requiryth. To my curat sir John Isoke for tithys forgottyn xijd. To the churche warkes of Westeryngton ijs. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln vjd. To the high altare of the same churche vjd. To sd Hugh hede iiijd. To the churche warke of Esteryngton iiijd. To the church warke of Westebarkeworthe iiijd. To the iiij orders of frerys in Lincoln xvjd. I will that my goodes all and singler be indifferently praysyd, and then I will that my dettes with other funerall expenses be payd of the hole, and the resydew then remaynyng to be devydyd in thre partes, that is to say one parte to my wyff, the secunde parte to my chyldren, and the thyrde parte to be dysposyd aftyr the myndes of my brethern, that is to say Thomas Burton off Syxill and Jamys Burton of Horncastre whome I make my executors, and my brother sir John Burton to be supervisor, and I will that they dispose the sayd thyrde parte as they thynke beste for my soule, my father and mother soulys, and all crysten soulys. Thes wytnesses, sir John Isoke vicar of Westeryngton; John Skelton; Robert Leyssyng of the same; sir William Stevenson of Lincoln; with other moy.
The testament of William Froste [of Rippingale].
8 August, 1531. I William Froste of Repyngall make and orden my testament and last will. My body to be buryd in the churche yerde of the churche of Repyngall dedicate in the honor off st Andro the postyll. To the parsons of the sayd churche to pray for my soule at high altare iiijd. To the parson of ij partes one stryke corne. To the parson of the thyrde parte one stryke corne. To our Lady warkes off Lincoln xd. To the fatherles chylder at st Catheryns [folio 199] with owt the citie ijd. To my doughter Elizabeth. To the churche of Aslakby ijd. To Thomas my servant. To the prior of Sempyngham viijd. To the ladys of Sempyngham they to pray for my soule ijs. To Agnes my wyffe halffe of all my goodes. The resydue of my goodes above not bequethyd and my dettes fyrste payd and my funerall expenses deductyd I gyff to Agnes my wyffe and to John my sun, whome I make my executors, and they to dispose it for the helthe of my soule. Wytnesses, sir Walter Mawde my gostly father; Richerde Sandall; with other mo.
The testament of Richard Cottes [of Coningsby].
11 August, 1531. I Richerde Cotes of Conesby makes my testament. To be buryd within the churche of st Michel tharchaungel of Conesby. To mr Richerd Sydner parson of the sayd Conesby pro decimis oblitis iiijd. To the ornament of the high altare of the same ijd., and to the bellys of the same iiijd. To the warke of our Lady of Lincoln viijd. To every one of iij gyldes, that is to wyt of the Trinite, of Corpus Christi, and of All Saintes ijd. To dane William Cotes my sonne xs. To Thomas Cotes my sonne xls. To every one of my godchylder ijd. To Agnes Cotes my wyff the house with thappurtenances wich I dwell in duryng the terme of her lyff, and aftyr her decease to remayn unto Thomas Cotes my sayd sonne and to the heyres of hys body; and yff he fortune to dy withowt heyres of hys body, then I will it remayn to the fyndyng of Jhesus preste at Conesby, and yff it may be sufferyd by the lawe. And yff the sayd house cannot be sufferyd be the lawe to be occupyed unto the proffyt of the sayd Jhesus preste I will that it shall be solde aftyr the mynde of suche feoffys as in tyme heraftyr the sayd Thomas Cotes my sonne shall make, and the money takyn for it to be disposyd for the helth of my soule and of all my frendes soulys at the discrestion of the sayd feoffes. The resydue of all my goodes I bequeth to the sayd Agnes Cotes my wyff. I make my executors the sayd Thomas Cotes my sonne and Agnes Cotes my wyff. Witnesses, sir Walter Crofte our Lady prest; and sir William Porter Jhesus prest.
The testament of John Lance [of Market Rasen].
11 August, 1531. I John Lance of Estrasyn makyth thys my last will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of st Thomas the appostill of Estrasyn. To the high altare of the same for my tithys negligently forgottyn viijd. To our Lady chappell of the same iiijd., and to the gylde iiijd. To our Lady warkes of Lincoln ijd. I will that Jenet my doughter be with my wyff yf that she will; and yff she wylnot then my will is that the parson of Lyssyngton have the kepyng of her with my copy holde that lyethe in Lyssyngton and parte of my goodes accordyng to reason. To my wyff my copy in Estrasyn duryng her lyff, and aftyr her decease to Jenet my doughter dewryng my yeres. All my other goodes I will that my wyff have them, whome I make my executrix, she to dispose part therof for the helthe of my soule. Thes wytnes, syr William Langlay prest; Leonerd Holtby; with other.
John Norfoke [of Santon].
13 August, 1531. I John Norfoke of Santon, hole of mynde, and of good remembraunce, not knowinge the hower of deathe makes my will. My bodye to be buryed in the churche garth of st Bartylmewe of Appulbie. To the hye alter for oblacions and forgotten tythes viijd. To our Ladye of Lincoln' iiijd. To our Ladye of the holie bread awter iiijd. To Roberte Bysshope one amblinge foale. To William Norfoke one foale trottinge. To Margarett Colbye one redye cowe. To Elisabethe Norfoke one cowe and one meare. To Jenett Colbye one quye calfe, also to Roberte Othyll' one colt stagg. The residewe of all my goodes I geue to Margarett my wyfe, whome I make my executrix. Thes men beinge wittnes, sir Roberte Bakster; Aueray Bynlaye; Roberte Bysshoppe; Roberte Othyll; John Nelson.
The testament of Bryand Beych [of Thorganby].
18 August, 1531. I Bryan Beche of Thurganby makes thys my last wyll. My body to be buryed within the kyrke of All Halloys in Thurganby. To the altare of the same xiijs. iiijd. To our Lady of Lincoln xxd., and to our Lady warke viijd. To the kyrk of Thurganby vjs. viijd. To the chappell brygges vjs. viijd. To the priorisse of Irforth viijd., and to every nonne of the same iiijd. To st Mary kyrke of Bynbroke iijs. iiijd. To the kyrke of st Gabryell in the same xxd. To Croxby kyrke xijd. To Swynhope kyrke xijd. To Hatclyff kyrke xijd. To Waldenewton kyrke vjd. Also to a preste to syng for me and all my good frendes for halffe a yere xlvjs. viijd. I gyff all my lande in Bynbroke to Emot my wyff for terme of her lyff, and aftyr her decease to Agnes my doughter and to the heyres of her body, and yff it fortune the sayd Agnes to dye withowt suche issue then I will that William Beche my brother Robert sonne shall have the sayd landes for evermore. To Agnes my doughter xxty markes. To Helene Browne v markes. To Robert Browne. To Robert my brother. To William my servant. To Alyson my servant. The resydue of all my goodes I gyff to Emot my wyff, whome I make my executrix, and Jasper Sheffelde of Croxby to be supervisor, and he to have xs. for hys councell. Thes wytnesses, mr John Gylby; syr Robert Gell; and sir William Kay; wyth other moy.
The testament of John Curtes [of Deeping St James].
20 August, 1531. I John Curtes of Depyng st Jamys makes my will and last testament, [etc.]. My body to the holy cimitery of st Jamys. And my mortuary aftyr the statute of Yngland. To the high altare ijs. To the Trinite gylde xijd. To st Jamys gylde xijd. To the bellys xvjd. To the plough light vjd. To every of the trellys lyghtes iiijd. To the churche warke viijd. To Jhesus gylde viijd. To our Lady of Multon chapell xijd. To st Catheryns chapell in Whaplode xijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iiijd. The resydue of my goodes I gyff to the disposicion of my wyff and Robert my sonne, whome I make my executors [folio 284]. My nyghbors Richerd Smyth and Richerd Edwarde to be my oversears, and they to have for ther labors ich of them vjs. viijd. To John Thaker and to William Thaker his brother. Wytnes, sir Richard Buk vicar; John Bate; Nicholes Francy; William Bee.
The testament of Richard Jefferay [of Boston].
21 August, 1531. I Richerd Jeffray of Boston makyth thys my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the churche of st Botulphe in Boston, and that the churche requiryth of right to be payd. To the high altare in Boston church xijd. To our Lady in Lincoln xijd. To the fatherles chyldren at st Catheryns withowt Lincoln iiijd. I will that Agnes my wyff have all my landes and tenementes lying and standyng in Frampton for terme of her lyff. I will that my wyff have all suche my landes as lyeth in Wyberton duryng her lyff, and also the house that I bought of mr Hough duryng her lyff, and aftyr her decesse it to remayn to Richerd Jefferay my sonne. I will that Richerd Tonnerde surrendre the landes aforesayd beyng in copy holde in Frampton and Wyberton to the use of [folio 66d.] my wyffe duryng her lyff accordyng to thys my will. I will that Richerd Jefferay my sonne have the house that William Beel of Frampton dwellyth in with the appurtenances. Also I will yff it shall please allmyghtty God to send my wyff yssue, and good delyveraunce of that chylde that she is with, to the plesure of allmyghtty God, and yff it be a man chylde that then I will it have the house that one Walker of Frampton dwellyth in with all the grounde therto belongyng, and also a nother house that I bought of John Richerdson my brother in lawe with viij acres of pasture therto belongyng callyd Torman and Leke grenys, and also I will that it have a nother halff acre lying betwene mr Arleker. I will that Richerd my sone have the house that I bought off mr Hough aftyr the decesse of my wyff yff he come to laufull age, to have it in fee symple, and yff it fortune hym to dye afore he cum to laufull age, then I will that it remayn accordyng as all other thynges do before wryttyn. Also I will that the sayd Richerd have xl. I will that yff it please God that the other that my wyff is withall yff it be a man chylde that it have other xl. I will that yff the one of them dye afore that he comme to laufull age that then the other to be hys heyr, and yff fortune them bothe to dye then I will that the on halff of ther bequest remayn to my wyff and the other halff to remayn to my other chylder. To Agnes my eldest doughter vjl. xiijs. iiijd. I will that Jenet my doughter have so myche money in lyke maner. To Alson my yongest doughter as moche money in lyke maner. And yff it fortune yt please God that it be a woman chylde that my wyff is withall, then I will that she have as moche money to her parte as my other thre doughters have. I will that every of them be other heyre of the doughters, and if it be a woman chylde that my wyff is with, I will that the mother have fyve markes of the chyldes parte to bryng it up with all. To Richerd my sone a cople of kye and every one of my chylder a cople of kye. And yff it happen other of thes ij chylder to dy, that is to say Richerd my sonne and that at she is withall, that then I will that the one halff of the proffyt of the kye remayn unto my wyff. [folio 67] To William Richerdson my brother in lawe a yong qwye and ij schepe. I will that Agnes my wyff do cause to be song for me and my father and mother and all my good frendes with all the soulys that I am bounde to pray for every Fryday duryng the space of a yere aftyr foloyng by a frere a messe of Scala celi. I will the day of my buryall that my wyff do cause to be sung for me xiij messys of Scala celi by xiij frerys. I will that they have to Frampton churche and to that thyng that moste nede requiryth xxs. I wyll yff it be a woman chylde that my wyff is withall I will that the lande afore rehersyd remayne to Richerde my sone, and yff he dye I will that it remayn to my other chylder, and yff it fortune all my chylder to dye then I will that the house that was John Richerdsons remayn to William Richerdson with the appurtenances, and the house that Walker of Frampton dwellyth in remane to John Jeffray sone of Roger Jeffray of Frampton, and the house that I bought of mr Hough be at my wyff disposicion to sell and to dispose it for the helthe of my soule and hers and all crysten soulys as she thynkes moste necessary. Also I will that the money that I have bequethyd unto my doughters afore rehersyd that it remane in the handes of Thomas Wormeslay within the space of iij yeres aftyr my decesse, and yff fortune them all to departe thys worlde wythin age that then I will that it be disposyd be my wyff and Thomas Wormesley as they thynke moste necessary for the helthe of my soule and thers and all xp'en soules. The resydue of all my goodes I gyff them unto Agnes my wyff, whome I do make my executrix. I make my cosyn Thomas Wormeslay of Frampton to be supervisor, and he to have for hys pane takyng xs. Beryng wytnes, Richerd Tonerd; Thomas Walthew; John Stevenson; and other mo.
The testament of Hugh Gull [of Burton Pedwardine].
24 August, 1531. I Hugh Gull of Burton orden and make my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the churche yerde of the holy apostell st Andro of Burton. To the sacrament for tithys forgottyn xijd. To the chapell of our Lady xijd. To the reparacion of our mother churche of Lincoln xvjd. To the reparacion of the churche of Scredyngton iiijd. To the reparacion of the sayd churche of Burton vjs. viijd. To every one of my chyldren, and to ichon of my doughters. To Alice my wyff my house and lande and medo set or lying in the towne feldes and medoys of Burton, Scredyngton, and Hale the space of xxx yeres next aftyr my decesse. The reste of my goodes I put to the disposicion of Alice my wyff and Robert Buller of Sleforde, whome I make my executors to bryng me honestly furth and bryng up my chyldren, [etc.]. Thes wytnes, sir Robert Peycok; sir Robert Jenkynson vicare of Burton; Simond Robertson; Richerde Hochenson; John Ledeȝerde; and other mo.
The testament of Edward Smyth [of Claythorpe].
25 August, 1531. I Edward Smyth of Clathorpe in the parysh of Helloy makes my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the kyrkyerde of Helloy. To the high altare of Helloy for tithys forgottyn iijs. iiijd. To our Lady of Lincoln xijd. To the kyrke of Helloy xs. To the kyrke of Aby xijd. To the kyrke of Awthorp xijd. To Edwarde Richerdson. To John Smyth my servant xiijs. iiijd. To Agnes Est one calffe of thys yere wich is on shedder calffe. To Thomas Garner my syster sonne xxvjs. viijd. To John Howde my godsone iiijd. To Jenet Yong iiijd. To Edward Skrelby iiijd. To William Kerhus iiijd. To Jenet Hill iiijd. To Peter Pykryng iiijd. To William Tode iiijd. The resydue of my goodes I gyff them to Alysan my wyff and Mathu Richerdson, whome I make my executors that they may dispose them for the helthe of my soule. I will that Mathew Richerdson have for hys labor the value of xls. Thes wytnes, Walter Browne; Thomas Kyrhouse; William Jakson; and other moy.
The testament of Agnes Cakson [of Addlethorpe].
26 August, 1531. I Agnes Cakson of Ardylthorp, videw, makes thys my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the church of Ardylthorp. To our Lady warke of Lincoln viijd. To the [folio 379] high altare of Ardylthorp for forgottyn tithys iiijd. To our Lady altare in the same church iiijd. To the Trinite altare iiijd. To the bellys in the same churche viijd. To the same for the fonte a basyn a laver and a towell to weshe folkes handes with when they crysten chylder. To the rode in the same church iiijd. To the church of Orby for reparacion xiijs. iiijd. To st Peter churche of Ingolmelles a altare clothe. To Alice Goshawke the doughter of John Goshawk a red arke. To Jenet Kygges. The resydue of my goodes I will that my executors dispose them for the helthe of my soule and for all my good frendes soulys as they shall answer at the day of dome. I make Robert Walker and John Kygges my executors, they for to have for ther labors a pece vjs. viijd. Thes wytnes, sir William Williamson my gostly father; John Skalflyd; Thomas More; William Pynder; with other moy.
The testament of T. Wryght [of Hundleby].
26 August, 1531. I Thomas Wryght of Hundylby, yoman, makyth thys my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the churche yerde of Hundylby, with that that the lawe dothe assygne to be my mortuary. To our Lady worke of Lincoln xijd. To the ryngers xijd. To the fyve lighttes in the churche of Hundylby xxd. To Alice my wyff in peny worthe vl. To Thomas my sonne. To Alice and Elizabeth my doughters iijl. apiece, and yff it fortune other of my doughters to dy before they be xviij yeres of age I will that the parte of her that be ded do remayne to her that be a lyve; yff bothe dy before they be xviij yere I will that one of ther partes be disposyd be Alice my wyff for ther soulys and ther frendes soulys, and the other parte to remayne holy to Thomas my sonne. To everyone of my godchyldren iiijd. To Agnes Benne. To John my brother. To Thomas my sonne. To Libeus Smyth for wrytyng xijd. The resydue of my goodes I gyff to Alice my wyff, whome I make my executor.
Thys is the last will of me Thomas Wryght mayd the day and yere abovesayd. To Thomas my sone all my landes, [etc.], to hym hys heyres and assygnes forever excepte suche landes, [etc.], as Alice my wyff hathe for the terme of her lyff as more playnly dothe appere in a dede feoffement. And aftyr her decease I will that all my landes remayn to the ryght heyres of me the sayd Thomas Wryght for ever. I will that Xp'ofor Benne be supervisor. Whytnesses, sir Robert Dawson vicar off Hundylby; Xp'ofor Benne; John Sadler; Richerd Laueroke; Thomas Doukes of Hundylby; wyth many other.
The testament of Robert Northe [parson of Brinkhill].
29 August, 1531. I sir Robert North, parson of Brynkyll, orders and makes my testament and last will. My body to be buryed within the chauncell off Brynkyll, and that thyng that right is to be my mortuary. To our Lady of Lincoln xijd. and to our Lady warke viijd. To the adornamentes of the high altare of Brynkyll vjs. viijd. I will that xxs. and xxd. be put to the sepulcre light for my mother Jenet Northe. To Northreston churche wher my father dothe ly iijs. iiijd., and vjs. viijd. to be disposyd there, and the vicare to say messe and dirige for my father sole and for all the soulys that he dyd fare better for. To Castell Carlton iijs. iiijd. wherof I will the parson to have iiijd. for sayng placebo and dirige, and the resydew to be disposyd in bred and ayll. I will that the priorisse of Legburne have viijd., and every none in the abbey iiijd. for sayng placebo and dirige for my soule and all crysten soulys. To Haryngton churche xijd. To Ormesby churche xijd. To Bagenderby church vjd. To Soteby churche vjd. To every one of my godchylder iiijd. I will that ther be iij trentalles done for my soule, the soulys of my father and my mother, and for all crysten soulys, within one yere aftyr my departyng, and at my buryall day v messys of the v woundes of our Lorde God to be done, or within viij days aftyr. And at my vijth day and xxxty day in lyke maner done as at my buryall, or within viij days aftyr. To Robert Madder a basyn with a weshyng laver, my best thrawn chare, my bygest cownter, my hutche, a spruce cofer, [etc.]. To Jenet Elwolde my servant my worst syde gowne, vj dooblers, a brandyth, my gret red arke, [etc.]. To John Redenes [folio 378] the long arke that standyth in my chamber, [etc.]. To Helene Cokeryll. I will that the sayd Robert Madder, Jenet Elwolde, and John Redenes eqwally devyde emong them all my candylstykes. I will that all my smale tubbys be devyded emong them the sayd persons. To William Tewyll beyng blynde. To Jenet Madder. To Randall Madder. I will that John Grene of Brynkyll, John Crane, Thomas Grene, and Robert Grene of the same be my executors, and sir Thomas Carden parson of Soterby to be full executor wyth them and supervisor, and the sayd parson to have for hys labor and payn takyng my too best gounys, my best dooblet, my hoode, and my typpyt of taffaytay. The resydue of my goodes I will that they be disposyd for the helthe of my soule and all my good frendes. Wytnes, sir Alan the curet of the sayd towne; Robert Gybson; Robert Madder; with other moy.
The testament of William [sic] Pykkeryng [of Wyberton].
31 August, 1531. I John Pykkeryng of Wyberton make my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of st Leogerd in Wyberton. To our mother church of Lincoln ijd. To the orphans at st Catheryns withowt Lincoln ijd. To the high altare in Wyberton churche viijd. To our lady altare in the same churche iiijd. To st Catheryne altare in the same church iiijd. To st Anne altare in the same churche ijd. To Saundres my wyff one house lying in Halton the terme of her lyff naturall, and aftyr her decease to remayn to John Pykeryng my sonne. I will that ther be disposyd for me at my buryall day, my vijth day, and my xxxty day xxs. To John Pykkeryng my sonne xxxs. to be delyveryd at xxij yeres of age. To Robert, Simond, and Richerd Pykryng my sonnes xxxs. apiece at the same age. And yff any of them dye before that age I will [folio 336d.] the part be equally devydyd emong them which shall fortune to lyve. And yff they all dye before that age then I will the money be disposyd for my soule and all crysten soulys within Wyberton churche by the supervisor of thys my last will. The resydue of my goodes I gyff them to Saunders my wyff, whome I make my executrix. I will that Richerd Jetor of Wyberton and John Clymson of the same be supervisors, and ether of them to have iijs. iiijd. Whytnes, sir Richerd Stevynson pryst; Richerd Dykynson; and Roger Langrake; with other moy.