Lincoln Wills: Volume 3, 1530-1532. Originally published by British Record Society, London, 1930.
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The testament of John Nelson [of Claythorpe].
2 October, 1531. I John Nelson of Clathorpe in the parysh of Helloy makes my testament and last will. My body to be buryed in the churchyerde of Helloy. To the high altare of the churche of Helloy for forgottyn tithys viijd. To our Lady of Lincoln viijd. To the reparacion of the bellys of Helloy iijs. iiijd. To the church of Aby viijd. To the church of Awthorpe iiijd. To every one of my yong chylder, that is to say John, Thomas, and Margaret, xiijs. iiijd. each [folio 380]. I will that every one of thes chylder be others heyr, and yff it fortune that thes chylder dye before that they be of laufull age, I will that the forsayd goodes remayn to the church of Helloy. To Isabell my doughter. To my mother. To st Peter chapell iiijd. The resydue of my goodes not wit nor gyffen I gyff them to Thomas Nelson and Isabell my wyff, whome I make my executors. Thes wytnes, William Hope; Richerd Taler; and other moy.
The testament of Robert Derby [of Thurlby].
3 October, 1531. I Robert Derbye makes my testament and last will, [etc.]. My body to be buryed within the church yerde of st Fyrmyne within the parysh of Thurlby. To the high altare iiijd. To our Lady of Lincoln ijd. To the bellys iiijd. To John Geste and Nicholes my sonne. To Mathew my sonne. To Margaret and Elizabeth my doughters. The resydue of my goodes I gyff to Alice my wyff, who I make my executrix to dispose my goodes for the helthe of my soule. I constitute William Harby my supervisor. In wytnes herof, Nicholes Watson; John Elsy; William Elred; and Robert Bate. I will that my wyff shall have my house to Michelmes cum ij yeres, and then to John Geste.
The testament of W. Ledys [of Nettleton].
3 October, 1531. I William Ledys makes my wyll. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of st John of Netylton. To my curet to pray for me iijs. iiijd. I gyff a cow to the parysh churche of saynt John of Netylton, and another to the parysh churche of Feryby. And I will that with thes ij kye be ij lyghttes founde afore the image of our Lady of Piety in other of the forsayd churchys on. I will that sir Thomas Alynby say a trentall of messys for me within the parysh church of Netylton. To my godsun Thomas Clerke, and to every on of hys brether and systers. To John Webster son. To every godchylde that I have within my parysh wher I wone iiijd. To the parysh churchys of Northkelsay, Sowthkelsay, Howton, Claxby, Normanby, Thuresway, Rothwell, Caborne, Castre, iiijd. each. I make my wyff and Alice my doughter my hole executors, and I wyll that Robert Clerke be supervisor and helpe them in ther besynes. To our Lady of Lincoln warkes xijd. To every on of John Cowtes chyldren. To Thomas Pawtener. To the high altare off st John of Netylton viijd. Thes wytness, John Stowper; Thomas Frankes; and John Sotheby; with other.
The testament of T. Foster [of Lincoln].
4 October, 1531. I Thomas Foster of the citie of Lincoln, tileburner, seke in body, ordens my last will and mynde. My body to be buryed within the churche yerde of st Botulphe besyde my sonnys. To the churche warkes for my forgottyn tithis m tylys. To the warke off our Lady of Lincoln iijs. iiijd. To John Watson one stokkyd dooblyt, [etc.]. To Richerde Wellys iijs. iiijd. To Thomas Johnson my servant a M breke tile. The resydue of all my goodes I gyff to Cecile my wyff, whome I do make my executrix, and I will that sir John Shakyllton prest be my supervisor, and to have for hys labor xxs. Wytnes, John Watson; Richerd Wellys; with other mo.
Testamentum Roberti Wardon [de Long Bennington].
In Dei nomine Amen iiijo die mensis Octobris anno domini Mo quingentesimo xxxi Ego Robertus Wardon de Benyngton husbandman compos mentis et sane memorie condo testamentum meum in hunc modum; In primis do et lego animam meam Deo Patri omnipotenti beate Marie ac omnibus sanctis; corpus que meum sepeliendum in cimiterio sancti Swythini de Benyngton predicta Item lego altari beate Marie vjd. Item altari sancti Thome vjd. Item reparacionibus ecclesie de Benyngton iijs. iiijd. Item cawsy xviijd. Item to the fen brig ijd. Item reparacionibus ecclesie de Lincolnia xijd. Item lego v gildis de Benyngton xxd. Item lego ecclesiis de Cottam, Freston, Staynton, Westburgh', Dodyngton, Alyngton, Valdenewton, Normanton, cuilibet earum ecclesiarum ijd. Item lego idoneo presbitero xxiijs. iiijd. ad celebrandum pro anima mea. Item lego Obseruantibus de Newarke vnum modium frumenti. Item lego Johanni Panne vnam vaccam. Item cuilibet puero de Pannys vnam ouem. Item Johannis Hunt cuilibet puero vnam ouem. Item Thome Hunt vnam ouem. Residuum vero bonorum meorum non legatorum do et lego Agneti vxori mee Johanni Gamill Michaeli Gylberde quos constituo et ordino meos veros et legitimos executores et Ricardum Ysac meum supervisorem. Hiis testibus Ricardo Smyth vicario Johanne Hunt et aliis etc.
John Stampe [of Scunthorpe].
8 October, 1531. I John Stampe of Saunthorpe [sic] wth in parochinge of our Ladye of Frothingham hole of mynd seeke of bodye makes my testament and last will. My body to be buryed wth in the church of Frothingham. To our Ladye worke of Lincoln' ijs. To the hye alter of our Ladye of Frothingham ijs. To the gray fryers of Grimsby iijs. iiijd. To the Augustine fryers iijs. iiijd. To Katheryne my daughter a cowe wth calfe. To William Stampe the sonne of Roberte vj sheringes and tow quarters barlye. To William Wightman children v shepe. To a prest to singe for the space of a quarter of a yeare xxs. To William Wightman wyfe a vyolett gowne. To Roberte Stampe a gowne of russett. Vnto Thomas Stampe a spitt a cownter a payre of quernes a chist and a lead. Vnto John Stampe my sonne a crofte called Cobb crofte for the space of xxxixtie yeres. Vnto William Stampe, John Stampe, Wm Wightman, and Roberte Stampe, whome I make superuisors vjs. viijd. Vnto Roberte Stampe xxvjs. viijd. that restes in Thomas Kelkes handes. The residewe of my goodes I geue vnto Ellen Stampe my wyfe and Thomas Stampe, whome I make my executores that they order and dispose for the health of my sowle as it may please God. Thes beinge wittnes, Thomas Crofte; William Ruston; John White; John Patricke.
The testament of Thomas Vyncent [of Waltham].
8 October, 1531. I Thomas Vincent of Waltham makes my testament and laste will. My body to be buryed within the churche of All Halloys of Waltham, with that at be due to the churche at the lawe will requyre. To the high altare within our mother churche of Lincoln iiijd. To our Ladys warke in the sayd churche viijd. To the high altare within the churche of Waltham for forgottyn tithys xxd. To the bellys iiijd. To iij lighttes in the sayd churche, one afore the roode, one afore our Lady, and one afore st Catheryne, everychon of them ijd. To our Ladys light in the high qwere iiijd. To John my sun a house callyd Bawkocc thyng with lande and medoys therto belongyng lying within the towne and the feldes of Waltham, and fyve acres of lande to sawe be yere callyd Abbot lande with the medoys and the purtenaunce, and iiij landes arable callyd Horton lande, and too acres of lande arable of the oder syde of the felde on acre late John Stepyn lande to hym and to hys heyres for ever. To Richerde my sun x acres of lande sawn, a shod wayn, a bewyll, a plugh, [etc.]. [folio 14d.] To Ane my doughter. To William my sun. To George my sun. To Robert my sun my housses landes medoys that I have within the towne and felde of Scarthaw, to hym and to hys heyres for ever. To Agnes my wyff the thyrdes of all my landes for the terme of her lyff, and the sayd Agnes to helpe to bere the thyrde of the costes and chargeys of reparacions. To Edmunde my sun a mete borde, a bynke borde, a blake oke forme, a chare, a blake arke, the grettiste, a dysh bynke, a basyn, a laver, [etc.]. I wyll that yff any of my chyldren shulde fortune to stande nede to sell any porcion of ther houses or landes that they shulde sell on to another yff any of them will by and that they shulde have it before any other. To John Lamme my servant. To Catheryne Wylson. The resydue of my goodes not wyt I bequethe to Agnes my wyff, whome I make my executor at she may dispose it for the helthe of my soule. I make mr Richerd Waterton the elder the supervisor, desyeryng hym to be good to my wyff and to my chyldern for to helpe theym in ther right. Wytnes herof, sir William Yeff; sir John Clerke; Simon Howson; Richerde Asbye; with other mo.
The testament of John Carter [of Yarborough].
9 October, 1531. I John Carter of the parysh of Yarburgh ordens and makes this my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the churche yerde of my parysh churche. To the high altare xxd. To our mother church warke of Lincoln iiijd. To our Lady of Lincoln iiijd. To my parysh churche xvjd. To Johan my wyff. To William and Thomas my sonnes; to Jenet and Cecile my doughters; I will that they have other of them vjs. viijd. The resydue of my goodes I gyff to William my sonne, whome I orden my executor. In wytnes herof, William Mawer; Percevell Holland; and Thomas Paiteson; with other moy.
John Blackborne [of Stainton Wadingham].
12 October, 1531. I John Blackborne, hole of mynd, seeke in bodye, makes my will after this manner. My bodye to be buryed in the church yeard of st Peters of Staynton Waddingham. For my mortuary as the lawe will requier. To the hye alter of st Peters of Waddingham ijd. To our Ladye in the same church ijd. To our Ladye worke of Lincoln' iiijd. To our Ladye light in the church of Busshoppnorton' ijd., and ijd. to the light afore Alhalowes in the same church. I will that Thomas Bennett haue my tawnay jackett after my death. I will that Jelian my [page 277] daughter haue one read calfe, and Ellyn my daughter haue one read calfe wth a sterne in the head, and the same Ellen shall haue a nombre after the death of her mother. The rest of my goodes not geuen I will that Agnes my wyffe haue, whome I make myne executrix to dispose my goodes as she thinkes best for the health of my sowle and all christian sowles. I will that Thomas Kyrke and Barnard Pekeringe be the superuisors to see that my wyffe haue no wronge. Be it remembrid that Roberte Blackborne dwellinge in Berkwth in Ellmett dothe owe me a gowne the price xxs. and iij syluer sponnes. Thes beringe wittnes, Rycherd Phillippe; William Wilkinson; wth other mooe.
The testament of T. Swane [of Metheringham].
15 October, 1531. I Thomas Swanne of Metryngham make and orden thys my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the church yerde of st Wylfryde in Mettryngham. To the high altare of Mettryngham, iijs. iiijd. To Welton churche viijd. To Dunham churche iijs. iiijd. To Scothorne churche xijd. To our Lady warke of Lincoln iijs iiijd. To Edwarde Swanne. To Elizabeth Swanne a dowyd qwe. To Jenet, John, Isabell, Helene, and Alice Swanne xjs. iijd. To William Hill. To Richerd Storre. To Helene Rygyll. To John Skyllyngthorpe. To Edward Swanne a house in Dunham and xlty acres lande and medoy aftyr the decesse of hys father and mother, and then he to have it yff he will be orderyd by them or ellys they to gyff it where it shall please them. I will that a trentall of messes be done for my soule and all crysten soulys. The resydue of my goodes I gyff them to Robert Swanne my sonne, whome I make my executor. Thes beryng whytnes, Jamys Lendesay; Thomas Jakson; John Thomson; with other moy.
The testament of John Carter [of Theddlethorpe All Saints].
18 October, 1531. I John Carter of Thedilthorpe, husbandman, mak this my testament and last wyll. My body to be beryd within the parriche churche of Alhawlos in Thedylthorpe. To the hethe awlter of the sade churche of Thedylthorpe xxd. I gyf towardes the reparacions of the cathedrall churche of our blessyd Lady of Lincoln xvjd. To the reparacions of the churche of Alhawlos in Thedylthorpe xxs. I geue towardes the reparacions of the stepyll of the parache churche of sant Elyn in Thedylthorpe ixs. vjd. To Margaret my wyff [folio 270]. To Robert Cartar my sowne in monye. To Thomas my sone, John my sone, and Margaret my dowther in monye xiijl. vjs. viijd. apiece. I geue to on ownyst and wyll dysposyd prest to syng for my sowle and all my frendes sowles duryng the space of j ȝere next after my decesse vl. vjs. viijd. To Elyn my dowther xxxvs. xd. To Jenet Carter my broders dowther. To iiij chelderen of Elyn my dowtheres evere on off thame vjs. viijd. To every one of my godchelder vjd. I wyll that my sayd wyffe have and in joye for therme of hyr lyfe all and synguler suche londes wyche of late tyme I have purchessyd, geuyng to Robert my sone owt of the sad landes ȝerely xxvjs. viijd., he beyng ordared be my sayd wyffe, Thomas Skypwythe off Outerby swyre, and my executores, and after her decese I wyll they remane to Robert my sowne and to hys ares, geuyng to John his broder owt off the sayd landes ȝerely xxs. towardes his fendyng, he beyng ordared and rowlyd by his moder and the executures dowryng the lyffe of the sayd John; and yff itt hawpyng the sayd John to decesse with owtyng ares, than I wyll that xxs. ȝerely of the sayd landes geuyn to the sayd John remane to Thomas my sowne and his ares, and yff it hawpyng the sayd Thomas my sawne to decesse and dy with owtyng ewchow, than I wyll that all my sayd purched landes remane to my next ares for ever. I wyll and dessyer all my feores sesyd of and in my sayd landes make a state acordyng to this my last wyll. The ressydu of all my gudes I geue to Robert my sowne and John Wythe, whome I make my executures to dyspose thame as tha schall thinke best, by my supervisure Thomas Skepwithe swere to the plesur of God performance off this my testament and last wyll and profyt of my sowle. Wyttnessys, Arthur Ormesbe gentylman; Wylliam White; John Rowdyll; Martyn Harpam; with other.
The testament of Robert Clony [of Spalding].
18 October, 1531. I Robert Clony of Spaldyng makes my last will and testament. [folio 8d.] My body to be buryed in the churche yerde of our blessyd Lady and st Nicholes agenst the weste dore in Spaldyng. To the high altare in oblacion to the holy sacrament for tithys forgottyn xxd. To our Lady warke of Lincoln viijd. To the roode light in the paryshe churche of Spaldyng ijd. To st Thomas light off the same churche ijd. To the Holy Goste light ijd. To st Sythe light ijd. To the paryshe churche warkes of Spaldyng iijs. iiijd. To my lorde the prior of Spaldyng vjs. viijd., and to the conuent of the same place vjs. viijd. To Richerde my sun. To Richerde my brother. To Thomas Jeze. To Thomas Preste my medlay cote. To Robert Warde my servant xxs. to be payd at the age off xxty yeres. To sir John Poynton a boke callyd the Byble. To Agnes my wyff all my landes that be intalyd the terme of her lyff, and also a house that I bought whiche was Swannys nexte vnto my house that I dwell in, the terme of her lyff, also v acres of lande ij garthynges stedes and a grene that I bought whiche was sumtyme Ranson landes, the space of her lyff, and aftyr her decesse I will that the thre acres that lyethe together remayn in my feoffys handes to the vse and proffyt of the Trinitie gylde in Spaldyng foreuer, and the deanys of thys gylde at that tyme beyng shall with the rent of thys landes cause one obyt to be kepyd euer of the day aftyr all saulys day with dirige ouernyght and messe of the nexte morow for my soule and Agnes my wyff soule, my graunsyr and grandom soulys William and Alice, my father and mother soulys Thomas and Catheryne, my wyff father and mother soulys Watkyn and Cecily, the chargeys of thys shall be iijs. iiijd., of the whiche xijd. of it shall be bestowyd in ferthyng bred and gyffyn to pore people in the churche when dirige is done. The resydue of thes v acres ij gartyn stedes and a grene my wyff to gyff or to sell as she shall please. And aftyr the decesse of Agnes my wyff I will that Richerd my sun haue all my landes that be intalyd to hym and hys heyres, and a house that I bought nexte unto my wonnyng house to gyff or to sell, he payng xls. that I do awe for the same house when it shall be axyd. The resydue of my goodes [folio 9] I gyff them to Agnes my wyff, whome I make my executrix to pay my dettes and to fulfyll thys my present testament as it shall be moste pleassyng vnto God and helthe vnto my soule; and Peter Butler to be my supervisor, and he to haue for hys labor and besynes iijs. iiijd. Thes men to wytnes, sir John Poynton; Thomas Keydbe; Thomas Jere; Robert Wellys; with other mo.
The testament of John Johnson [parson of Beesby].
18 October, 23 Henry viii, 1531. I John Johnson, parson of Beysby, do make my last will and testament. My body to be buryed in the high quere of the churche of st Androy of Beysby. To our Lady warke of Lincoln ijs. To the doctor of the Gray frerys of Lincoln a mazer. To the Augustyn frerys of Grymesby ijs. vjd. To Robert Fen and Alyson his wyff. To pore folkes of my oown paryshon. To the sayd Robert and Alyson his wyff vj sylver sponys, my hawmbry, my leade, [etc.]. To the sayd Robert Fen and Alyson his wyff my lyttyll crofte duryng the terme off my yeres, and all my hay. To John Prentofte, To sir Androy Billesby knyght one dunned mare with a foole and one stagge and one soverayng of golde. The resydue of my goodes I gyff to the sayd sir Androy Billesby knyght, whome I make my executor to dispose for the helth of my soule and all crysten soulys, by the oversight of Walter Malteby and John Bell, whome I make my supervisores, and they to have for ther labors vjs. viijd. each. Wytnes, sir William Hopkynson prest; Thomas Pynder of Beysby; John Ruddyll of the same; and John Pynder of the same; wyth other moy.
Testament of Richerdson [of Burton Pedwardine].
18 October, 1531. I Richerdson of Burton orden my testament. My body to be buryed in the churche yerde of the holly appostyll st Andro of Burton, and my mortuary as the lawe dothe assygne. To the sacrament in the same churche for tithys forgottyn viijd. To the reparacions of our mother churche of Lincoln vjd., and to the fatherles chyldren of st Catheryne iiijd. To Thomas Stottarde my plough with the tyrementes that belongs to it [etc.], and the said Thomas shall fynde my wyff meate wynter and somer. To the schode frerys in the towne of Boston. The reste of all my goodes I put to the disposicion of Catheryne my wyff and Thomas Stottarde, whome I make my executors. Thes wytnes, sir John Gylden; sir Robert Peycoke; and other mo.
The testament of William Cavall [of Wainfleet].
19 October, 1531. I William Cavall of Waynflet makes my testament. My body to be buryed in the churche of All Halloys of Waynflet. To our Lady of Lincoln xijd. To the high altare in the churche of All Halloys of Waynflet xijd. To the ornamentes of Mary Magdalene in the sayd churche vjd. To the ornamentes of our Lady in our Lady quere in the sayd churche vjd. To the bellys in the sayd churche xvjd. I will that the ixs. that I have in my handes of my prentisse be mayd xxs. To my father vjs. yerly duryng hys lyff to pay hys house rent withall. I will have a prest to syng at Allhalloys churche be the space of hallff a yere for my soule and for the soulys off all my benefactors and all crysten soulys. The resydue of my goodes I gyff to Emme my wyff to dispose for my soule and hers as she thynkes best, whome I make my executrice, and my dere mr Rawff Grene supervisor. Thes beryng wytnes, sir William Gorell; Thomas Mannyng; William Whythode; and other.
Thys is the last will of me William Cavell of Waynflet mayd ther the xix day off October, 23 Henry VIII. I will that my feoffys that be infeoffyd or heraftyr shall be infeoffyd in all my landes and ten'tes, stande infeffyd to the use of thys my last will. I wyll that Emme my wyff have the house that I dwell in, and all the landes therto belongyng or takyn be copyholde or be indentur, to her and her assygnes for ever. To Emme my wyff the house that I bought of Isabell Franke to her and her assygnes for ever. Thes beryng wytnesses, sir William Gorell; Thomas Mannyng; William Whythode; and other.
The testament of Richard Qwyttyngham [of Sutterton].
22 October, 1531. I Richard Qwyttyngham of Sutterton makes my testament. My body to be buryed in the holy churcheyerde of our blessyd Lady of Sutterton by the chauncell dore at the chauntre qwere ende and my mortuary aftyr the statutes nuly orderyd. To our mother churche of Lincoln iiijd. To the orphans of st Catheryns wythowt the wallys off Lincoln ijd. To the high altare of our blessyd Lady of Sutterton for tithys necligently forgottyn xvjd. To the honornamente of euery altare wt in the same churche iiijd. To the churche warke ther xxs. To the sepulcre light in the same churche iiijd. To the light callyd All Saulys light wythin the same churche iiijd. To euery light comptable wt in the same churche ijd. To [folio 343] euery light vncomptable jd. I will my executors do bring me forthe at my buryall day and cause to be done at my vijth day and xxxty day solempe placebo, dirige, and messe with other chargys of almys necessary to the pore people to be at the discrestion of them. I will my executors pay or cause to be payd towarde the stipende and wagys of one seculare preste sayng messe afore our swete Lady of Soterton the space and terme of xij yeres nexte foloyng aftyr my decesse euery yere vs. To the iiij clausters of frerys in Boston to euery clauster ijs. vnder thys condicion that euery order when they have the sayd ijs. payd to them then I will immediatly they do solempe placebo, dirige, and messe in the mornyng praying for my soule and all crysten soulys. To Margery my wyff vj mylke kye of the best, xij yowys, and ther lammys of the best, ij horsys of the best, [etc.], all my housholde stuff not bequethyd nor gyffyn all my croppys throsshyn and vnthrosshyn and all my flax dight and vndight. The residewe of all my other catallys aftyr my dettes be payd and my legacy fulfyllyd be evynly devydyd in valor and porcion betwene William Qwyttyngham and Roger Qwyttyngham my sonnys. Also I gyff to William Qwyttyngham my sone one jacke, one pare of splentes, ij of my best gownys, one bed as it standes in the parler with the curtens and coveryng, as porch colys, one ambre, one chaffer, one payntyd hallyng in the hall, one bordyd chare, one thrawne chare, one horse mylne as it standes, and iiijl. laufull money starlyng; also after the decesse of Margery my wyff hys mother the best harnest gyrdyll yt was masterys Norton. To Roger Qwyttyngham my sone one sallyt, one gorgyt, one bill, [etc.], and iiijl. laufull money sterlyng; also aftyr the decesse off Margery my wyff hys mother the secund harnest gyrdyll yt was masteres Norton. To John Qwyttyngham vjs. viijd. To Isabell Goodhale one matteres, [folio 343d.] the lynyn that was her awntes, [etc.]. I will yt William Qwyttyngham and Roger Qwyttyngham my sonys be at the gouernyng and the puttyng forthe of Margery my wyff ther mother by the ouersyght aund good councell of sir Henry Norton, sir John Wright, and sir William Wright, prestes, to the honesty, welthe, and moste proffyt of the forsayd William and Roger vnto they cum to and be the age of xviij yeres, or ellys the day of ther mariage yf it fortune them or other off them to be maryed afore the age of xviij yeres. And I will that all the goodes catallys and money to the forsayd William and Roger in thys my present testament bequethyd be at and in the discrestion and custody of Margery my wyff ther mother to ether of them cum to and be the sayd age of xviij yeres or ellys at the day of ther mariage. Provydyd yt yff it fortune that Margery my wyff at any tyme aftyr my decesse be maryd afore the sayd William and Roger my sonnys cum to xviij yeres, then I will the sayd Margery iij days afore she be maryed delyuer or cause to be delyueryd owte of her handes all suche legacies and money as to them is bequethyd and gyven in thys my testament in to the handes and custody of sir Henry Norton, sir John Wright, and sir William Wright to the welthe of the sayd William and Roger vnto they cum to and be the age or day aforesayd at whiche tyme or day I will William and Roger haue ther bequestes and money delyueryd in to ther owne discrestion. Yff it fortune William Qwyttyngham my son to decesse or he cum to the age of xviij yeres not maryd, then I gyff all the sayd legacies and money to Roger my sone, all costes and chargys of hys exhibicion fyndyng kepyng in the tyme of hys sekones, honest necessary funerall expenses of the sayd William Qwyttyngham my sone accompted and dyscharged. Yff it fortune Roger [folio 344] my sone to decesse or he cum to the age of xviij yeres not maryed then I gyff all the sayd legaces and money to William my sone, all costes and chargys of hys exhibicion, fyndyng, kepyng in the tyme of hys sekenes, honest and necessary funerall expenses discharged. Yff bothe decesse or they cum to the sayd age not maryed, then I will that all the legacies [etc.], be disposyd be the handes of Margery my wyff ther mother or ellys be suche as shall haue the sayd legaces in ther gouernyng and custody in the churche and towne of Sutterton as in celebracion of prystes, or bying any honornamente to the churche, or doyng reparacion of the sayd churche, almys emonge pore people, and in mendyng of high ways where they shall thynke beste to please God and most proffyt for my soule and all crysten soulys. The resydue of all my goodes not bequethyd I put to the disposicion of Margery my wyff and William Qwyttyngham my sone, whome I make my executors to dispose my goodes as they shall thynke best to please God for the moste proffyt and helthe ffor my soule and all crysten soulys, by the ouersight and good discrestion of sir Henry Norton, sir John Wryght, and sir William Wryght to each of whome I gyff vjs. viijd., whome I make supervisors. To Mr Anthony Erby for hys good councell to my executors and supervisors for the performacion of thys my testament foloyng vjs. viijd. And to Mr Roger Hulton for hys good councell vs. Thes wytnes, syr John Eschedale preste off Sutterton; William Hobson of the same; wyth other moy.
This is the last will of me Richerde Qwyttyngham of Sutterton, mayd 22 October, 23 Henry VIII, [A.D. 1531] of all messuages, tenementes, landes pasture and arable, as well freholde as copyholde, lyinge in the townys and feldes of Sutterton, Algarkyrke, and Wygtofte. I will yt all my coffeofetores stande and be seasyd of them [folio 344d.] to the vse and performacion of thys my last will. To Margery my wyff the terme of her lyff one mansion that I purchesyd of sir John Wright, as it lyes now wythin the heggys, and aftyr the decesse of the sayd Margery I gyff it as it lyes wt in the hegges to William Qwyttyngham my sone, to hys heyres and assygnes. To Roger Qwyttyngham my sone hys heyres and assygnes one mancion lying at Lawransse Brygge, and iiij acres pasture and arable therto belongyng which I purchesyd off William Wattys, iij acres lande and pasture lying in Algerkyrke, ij acres lande arable wyth the lytyll holte of wood that I purchesyd of sir William Wattys prest, halff one acre arable that I purchesyd of Roger Dyconson, ij acres and one halff yt I purchesyd of William Hubbert lying in Chetyll felde, one acre and a halff pasture lying in Wigtofte felde, when he shall cum to the age of xviij yeres or ellys the day of hys mariage yff it shall fortune the sayd Roger to be maryed afore he cum to the sayd age of xviij yeres, vnder thys condicion that the sayd Roger pay or cause to be payd to Margery my wyff hys mother at the feste of Philip and Jamys yerly the terme of her lyffe viijs. sterlyng, and in defawt of payment wt in viij days foloyng the sayd feste, I will it shall be laufull for Margery my wyff or hyr assygnes to strene of any parcell of the sayd mansion and landes to the same Roger gyvyn in thys my last will, and the stresse so takyn to dryve away vnto the sayd somme of viijs. be fully and holy payd. And yff it fortune the sayd Roger to decesse owt of thys present lyff wt owt heyres of hys body laufully begottyn, then I will and gyff the sayd mansion lying at Lawransse Bryg and all other landes pasture arable and woode gyffyn to the sayd Roger in thys my last will to William my sone, to hys heyres and assygnes. And yff it fortune bothe William and Roger to decesse owt of thys present lyff wythowt heyres of ther bodyes laufully begottyn, then I will that my feoffeotores stande and be seassyd of and in the forsayd mansion lying at Lawrans Bryg and in all other landes, [etc.], to the sayd [folio 345] Roger afore gyffyn to the vse her aftyr foloyng, that is to say, I will the rentes, commodities, [etc.], cumyng of and vppon the sayd mansion and all the other landes, pasture, and woode, by the handes of my executrix yff she lyff, or any of my supervisors yff they lyff, and in the vacacion of my executrix and supervisors my feoffetores that tyme beyng, be gyvyn towarde the wagys, stypende, and salary of one secular preste sayng messe afore our qwhytte Lady in the churche of Sutterton the terme and space of lxxxxix yeres, and lenger yff the kynges lawe will suffer it. Also I will yt my executrix, supervisors, and feoffetores mayd and to be mayd, and euery one of them in ther tyme and tymys beyng, wyth parcell of the sayd rentes, [etc.], kepe or cause to be kepyd my anniuersary day, prayng for my soule the saulys of Margery and Johanne my wyffes, the soulys of my father and my mother, and all crysten soulys, yerly spendyng in solempne placebo and dirige, messe, and in almys emong pore people wt in the parish of Sutterton the terme of the sayd lxxxxix yeres, vjs. viijd. Providyd alway that yf the kinges lawe will not suffer the sayd mansion and all the other landes, [etc.], to stand and be in the possession off my feoffetors, that the rentes [etc.], may not be gyffyn and dystrybute as is aforesayd, then I will my executrix and supervisors yff they lyff, and yff they be decessyd I will my feoffetores and churchwardens of Sutterton that tyme beyng, by the councell of iiij of the moste substanciall men of the same paryshe do sell the sayd mansion and all the other landes, [etc.], by the best price they canne, and the money therof takyn I will be distributyd in the churche and parysh of Sutterton for the well proffyt and helthe of my soule, the soulys of my wyffes, the soulys off my father and my mother, and all crysten soulys, as in celebracion of prestes, honornamentes wt in the churche, in reparacion of the churche as in stone, woode, glasse, or ledde, almys emong pore people, and mendyng of high ways wher as they shall thynke best to please God and moste helthe and proffyt to my soule and all crysten soulys. To William Qwyttyngham my sonne, to his heyres and assygnes, my mansion [folio 345d.] which I wonne in wt the pertinenses as it lyes and all other mansions, tenementes, landes [etc.], in the towne and feldes of Sutterton, as well freholde as copyholde, not namyd nor gyffyn afore to Roger my sonne, when he shall cum to the age of xviij yeres or ellys the day of hys mariage vnder thys condicion that the sayd William pay or cause to be payd to Margery my wyff hys mother at the feste of st Michel the Archangell in the monyth of September yerly the terme of her lyff naturall xijs. sterlyng, and in defawte of payment it shall be laufull to her or her assygnes to strene on the sayd manssyons or of any parcell of landes, [etc.], to the sayd William gyffyn in thys my last will, and the distresse so takyn to dryve away vnto the sayd sum of xijs. be fully and holy payd. And yff it fortune yt William my sone to decesse owt of thys present lyff wt owt heyres of hys body laufully begottyn, then I gyff the sayd mansions tenementes, [etc.], to Roger my sone to hys heyres and assygnes. And yff it fortune bothe William and Roger my sonnys to decesse wt owt heyres of ther bodys laufully begottyn, then I will the forsayd mansions, lande, [etc.], as is to William and Roger my sonnys namyd and gyvyn, to Margery my wyff the terme of her lyff naturall, and aftyr her decesse to John Qwyttyngham my brother sone, to hys heyres and assygnes, on mansion lying at Gararde Hyll excepte, in the which mansion I will my feoffetores stande and be seyssed of and into the intente heraftyr declared, that is to say, to thuse of the paryshoners of Sutterton, which mansion I will shall be ther gylde house the space and terme of lxxxxix yeres, and lenger and the kynges lawe will suffer it; and I will when the sayd paryshoners do make [folio 346] ther gilde, when they haue dynyd, the chambelayns of the same gylde to desyre euery man and woman ther beyng present to say one Pater noster, one Ave Maria, and one Credo, and they that canne to say De profundis for my soule, the soulys of my wyffes, the soulys of my father and my mother, and all crysten soulys. And yff the kynges lawe will not suffer the sayd mansion to stande and be in the handes of my feoffetors to the purpose aforesayd then I will my supervisors yff they lyff, or elles the feoffetors of the sayd mansion that tyme beyng, by the councell of the churchwardons and iiij of the moste substanciall men of the sayd parysche of Sutterton that tyme beyng, do sell the sayd mansion by the best price, and the money therof takyn I will be done in warkes of charite within the churche and parysche of Sutterton wher they shall thynke best to please God to the helthe of my soule and all crysten soulys. I will that William Qwyttyngham and Roger Qwyttyngham my sonnys and all the forsayd mansions, [etc.], be in gouernaunce and orderyng of Margery my wyff. And I will the sayd Margery by the good councell of sir Henry Norton, sir John Wryght, and sir Wylliam Wryght, wt the renttes thereof aray, fynde, and put forthe the sayd William and Roger to ther moste honesty profyte and well to the sayd William and Roger cum to and be the age of xviij yeres or ellys the day of ther mariage, at the which terme of xviij yeres and day off mariage I will the sayd William and Roger haue and possesse in ther owne gouernaunce all the sayd mansions, lands, [etc.]. Provydyd yt yff Margery my wyff at any tyme aftyr my decesse be maryed afore William and Roger cum to the age of xviij yeres or ellys the day of ther mariages, [folio 346d.] then I will that she shall no more take receyve nor haue no maner of rentes, [etc.], of the sayd mansions (her annuite excepte). And I will the sayd Margery iiij days afore she be maryed do seale and delyuer to William and Roger my sonnys a generall releasse of for and in all ryghtes and titles of and in the premises to the sayd William and Roger in thys my last will namyd and gyvyn. And I will the premises be at the lettyng to ferme and gouernaunce of sir Henry Norton, sir John Wryght, and sir William Wryght, prestes, to thusse well and proffyt of the sayd William and Roger to they cum to the age of xviij yeres or ellys the day of ther mariages. Mayd and wryttyn the yere and the day aforesayd. Wytnes, sir John Eschedayll preste; and William Hobson of Sutterton; wyth other moy.
The testament of Robert Gretham [of Normanby le Wold].
28 October, 1531. I Robert Gretham of Normanby, seke of body, ordyns my testament and last will. My body to be buryed within the churche of Normanby, and for my buryall I gyff to the churche aforesayd vjs. viijd. To our Lady warke in Lincoln iiijd. To the high altare of the same iiijd. To the parson off Normanby for tithys and oblacions forgottyn to pray for my soule one gryssylde colte stag. I will that the ij doughters that was Thomas Chapman have ther barne partes, that is to say, xxty nobyls that was assygnyd to them be the parson of Normanby and Robert Chapman of Thorneton. To Margaret my doughter iiijl., and it to be payd be the discrestion of my executors, whome I orden my wyff Isabell, sir Thomas Foster, and John Gretham my father, they to dispose for my soule as it shall please God. Thes beyng wytnes, John Gretham; William Chapman; and Robert Watteryn; with other moy.