[The testament of William Williamson of Billinghay.]
[L.C.C., 1538–40, f. 86. Translated from the Latin.]
24 August, 1521. I William Williamson makes my testament.
I bequeath my soul to God the Father Almighty, blessed Mary and
all his saints; and my body to be buried in the church of St.
Andrew of Byllynggay. To the high altar for tithes forgotten xxd.
To the church of Byllynggay one vestment. To the mother church
of Lincoln ijs. To the high altar of the church of Swaton for tithes
forgotten iijs. To the poor of the same xxd. To the church of
Osburneby iijs. iiijd. To the poor of the same xxd. To the church
of Maksaye vs. To the high altar of Makesay xxd. To the four
orders of friars of Lincoln xxs., that is, to each vs. To the nuns of
Catlay xs., and to the reparations of the same xs. To every poor
servant-maid within the town of Billinggay vjd. To every godchild
(confilio) of mine of either sex xijd. To Betrice my sister. To every
servant of my house ijs. I bequeath xs. to find one suitable chaplain
to celebrate for my soul, [etc.], for the two years next following after
my decease. I make Katherine my wife and Anthony my son my
executors, to whom I bequeath the residue of my goods, except that
I bequeath to Mary Standyshe one cow and one calf. These being
witnesses, Thomas Lytster, clerk, vicar of Byllynggay; William
Hycson, chaplain; Thomas Cooke; John Herde, senior; William
Grene; Thomas Herd; and others.
[Proved before Pope, at Lincoln, 14 September, 1538.]
The testament of George Howson [of Boston].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 55d.]
4 February, 1522. I Georg Howson. To Thomas my son the
house that I now dwell in, to hym hys heyres and assignes; and yff
he deceasse withowt heyres off hys body, and he may spare it unsolde, I will it remayn to the gyld off sanct Peter with in the
parysh church of sanct Botulphe in Boston, yff thay may lawfully
take it, or ellys it to be solde, and the mony theroff to be disposed
by hys executors for our saulys, fathers, mothers and other our
benefactors and for all crysten soulys. To Agnes my syster; and at
hyr decease I will that my soon bryng hyr forth and that she have
our mortuary horse, mare or best above the price off vjs. viijd. The
resydue off my goodes I gyff to Thomas my soone, whome I make
my executor. Mr Thomas Robertson, to be my supervysour. Thyes
beyng wyttnes, Sir Thomas Scheyrsse (fn. 1) , parysh prest of the same;
William Moltbe; and William Dymbylton.
Proved before P., at Boston, 27 September, 1527. Admin.
granted to the executor.
The testament of Christophor Tharolde [of Waith].
[L.C.C., 1534, etc., f. 6d.]
1525. I Xp'ofor Tharolde. My body to be buryed in the
churche of Wathe; my mortuary aftyr the custome of the cuntrith.
To our Lady of Lincoln xijd. To the high altare of Wathe for
tithes forgottyn xxd. To the churche of Wathe iijs. iiijd. To the
churche of Asby xijd. Resydue of goodes to Alice my wyff, whome
I orden my executrix, that she may dispose for the well of my soule
as she lykes beste. Thes wytnessys, Sir Henry Herdwyk, vicare of
Wathe; Robert Johnson; Richerde Pynnyng; William Ranȝer;
John Ranȝer; with other mo.
Proved before P., at Lincoln, 16 February, 1534.
The testament of Thomas Bellow [of Boston].
[Var., f. 71d.]
9 May, 1526. I Thomas Bellow of Boston. My body to be
buryd with in sanct Botulphe church in Boston. To my mortuarye
accordyng to the custom. To the hygh alter for tythes forgotten
xxd. To our Lady of Lincoln xxd. To Alice my wyffe the howsse
wych I do dwell in, and also the howses and copy that I have of my
lorde Roosse, duryng her lyffe, [etc.]; [remainder] to Robert my
sone and to the heyres of hys body; [remainder] to my doghters
and to the heyres of ther bodyes; [remainder to] be solde, and
disposyd for my soule, my wyffe soule and all crysten solles. I wyll
that Alice my wyffe have a pasture in Wyberton felde, the wych I
have of George Sybsay by lease for the terme of x yeres, [etc.]. To
my thre chylder xll., that is to say, every of them xxti marke, att
the age of xxjti yeres or els at the day of ther mariages; and every
of them to be other heyres; [remainder to be disposed] [folio 72]
for my soule, my wyffe soule and all crysten soules. To John Newman, my wyffe sone, vjl. xiijs. iiijd. att the age of xxty yeres. To
Elizabet my wyffe syster. To Wylliam my prentys all my schope
gere and knyffes, [etc.]. To my brother, John Bellow, my blakke
furryd gowne and my best doblyt. To John Geffray son my gown
furryd with whytte lam, and to my brother Blakloke my gown lynyd
with satten of sypres. To Thomas Chapman. I will ther be
gyffyn in almos to pore people at the dayes of my buryall, my vijth
day and xxxty day iiijl. I will that a prest do syng for me the space
of a hole yere, and he to have for hys stypende and wages viij
marke. I wyll that Alice my wyffe bere the costes and charges of
my chylder with such goodes as I leffe with her for the same entent
to they cum to the age off xiiij yeres a pece. Resydew of goodes to
Alice my wyffe for to bere the charges of fyndyng and bryngyng up
of my chylder. I make to be myn executors Alice my wyffe and
Robert Lounde; and Robert Poluertoft, gentylman, to be the supervisour. Thyse beyng wyttnes, Syr Thomas Cersy, prest; John
Margery; Wylliam Kynner; John Browne; Thomas Broune;
Stephyn Clark; and John Percy.
Proved before P., in the parish church of Boston, 4 October,
1526. Admin. granted to the executors.
The testament of Sir Thomas Burton, [parson of thenorth part of East Keal].
[L.C.C., 1538–40, f. 157d.]
12 May, 1529. I Thomas Burton, parson of the northe parte
of the paryshe churche of Esterkell. My body to be buryed in the
churche yerde of the Invencyon of the Holly Crosse of Esterkele, at
the end of our Lady quere, at the feyt of my fader and moder.
To the sacrament xijd. To the churche warkes of Esterkell xs. To
the churche warkes of Ouer Toynton xxd. To the churche warkes
of Westerkell xxd. To Thomas Ric'son the juni', my godsone. To
Annas Ric'son, my syster [folio 158]. To Ezabell Ric'son a rede
flecyd cow, and my morlay gowne. To Margaret Ric'son a blake
cowe, the elder of ij that I bought of Johne Taylor. To Alyce
Ryc'son a blake flekyd cowe. To Gylbert Ric'son. To Johne
Ric'son a yong colt stag. To Thomas Ric'son, my broder. To
Annes Voluntyn. I wyll that ther be delte emong my pore
paryshoners ij seme rye. I wyll that Thomas Burton of
Bullyngbroke be on of my executores. Item Mr parson off
Bullyngbroke (fn. 2) be my supervisor. Resydew to Thomas Ryc'son and
Annas his wyfe. Thes beryng wytnes, Sir Thomas Maltby, Mr of
the chauntre of Spyllesby; Sir Wylliam Cole, parson of Parteney;
and Sir Johne Wystowe; with oder.
Proved before Pope, at Spyllesby, 6 May, 1539.