Inquisitions
1593-4

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E. A. Fry (editor)

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1908

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171-219

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'Inquisitions: 1593-4', Abstracts of Inquisitiones Post Mortem for the City of London: Part 3 (1908), pp. 171-219. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=65901 Date accessed: 21 October 2014.


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Richard Crofte, Idiot.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 20 March, 35 Eliz. [1593], before William Necton, gent., feodary of the said City, and David Lewes, deputy of William Rowe, Mayor and escheator, commissioners, by virtue of a commission to them and to Richard Yonge, esq., William Danyell, esq., and Thomas Redman, gent., directed to enquire into the idiotcy of Richard Crofte, by the oath of Thomas Sawill, William Harvie, William Crouche, James Robinson, John Thompson, Hugh Ingram, Edward Pillesworthe, Nicholas Hawkisforthe, Thomas Wigges, Christopher Dickenson, Cuthbert Lee, Robert Saunders, Robert Durrant, John Palmer, Andrew Feild, Robert Gomersall and Richard Kirbie, who say that

Richard Crofte is an ediot and incapable of managing himself or his lands and goods: he has been an idiot since his birth and still is so by the visitation of God, but enjoys lucid intervals.

The said Richard has not alienated any lands to the knowledge of the jurors: he is seised of divers lands and tenements in the vills, parishes or hamlets of Reading and Braye in co. Berks, now or late in the several tenures of Nicholas Gunter, Robert Bennett, Arnold Champion and others [not named] but of whom or by what services they are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, £20.

Who is the next heir of the said Richard the jurors know not.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 236, No. 35.

Christopher Webbe, Gentleman.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 20 June, 35 Eliz. [1593], before William Rowe, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Christopher Webbe, gent., by the oath of Thomas Sawill, William Harvic, William Crowche, Edward Osbourne, James Robinson, Hugh Lea, John Langley, Edward Pillesworthe, Hugh Ingram, Thomas Wigges, Robert Saunders, John Jenninges, Robert Durrant, Andrew Feild, and Henry Best, who say that

Christopher Webbe on the day of his death was not seised of any messuages, lands or tenements in the City of London in demesne reversion or service, but long before his death he was seised of the 3rd part of 1 capital messuage with le wharfe thereto belonging, in 3 parts to be divided called le Ashling wharfe and formerly called Puckman's wharfe and afterwards called Crechurchewharfe and lately called Gybson's Key alias Draper's Keye, formerly in the tenure of Christopher Draper, knight, in the parish of St. Dunstan in the East, London; and the 3rd part, in three parts to be divided, of all those messuages to the said capital messuage annexed, now or late in the several tenures of William Wyggin, John Bryckett and Robert Nunne.

So seised, the said Christopher Webbe, the licence of the Queen being first obtained, by charter dated 8 January, 34 Eliz. [1592], acknowledged, according to the custom of the City of London, before William Fleetewode, recorder, and Wolstan Dixie, knight, alderman, and afterwards enrolled in the Hustings, in consideration of a competent sum of money to him paid by William Webbe his father, then Mayor of the said City, now Knight, granted all the said premises to the said William Webbe and his heirs for ever.

The said sum of money mentioned in the said charter was £200 and the said premises were not worth more than that.

Before the making of the said charter, viz., on the 6th day of January, 34 Eliz. [1592], the said Christopher made his will and made his said father executor.

Afterwards the said William administered the goods and chattels of the said Christopher and paid to his wife and children their due portions, and also his debts.

The said charter and bargain were made by the said Christopher to the said William in good faith and not to the intent to defraud the Queen of her prerogatives, primer, seisin or relief.

The said premises are held of the Queen in chief by the 3rd part of the 20th part of a knight's fee, and are worth per ann., clear, £6 13s. 3¾d.

Christopher Webbe died 11 January, 34 Eliz.; William Webb, junior, is his son and next heir, and is now aged 2 years, 5 months and 5 days.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 236, No. 63.

Ralph Porter, Citizen and Grocer.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 16 May, 35 Eliz. [1593], before William Rowe, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Ralph Porter, citizen and grocer of London, by the oath of Thomas Saywell, William Harvie, William Feake, William Crooch, James Robinson, John Tompson, Hugh Lea, Edward Pillesworthe, John Adlen, Hugh Ingram, Thomas Wigges, Christopher Dickenson, Robert Saunders, Robert Durrant, John Langley, Richard Rogers, Andrew Feild, John Jennynges, John Palmer and Henry Best who say that

Ralph Porter long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of 6 messuages lying within the parish of St. Augustine near Paul's Gate, London, now or late in the several tenures of John Porter, Thomas Wilkyns, Margery Rydeo, widow, Edward Buries, William Laurence and Ralph Gueste.

So seised, the said Ralph Porter made his will the last day of October, 1592, and thereby gave all his lands and tenements to John Porter his son and his heirs for ever.

The said messuages are held of the Queen in free and common socage by fealty only, and are worth per ann., clear, £10.

Ralph Porter died 5 April last past; John Porter is his only son and next heir, and is now aged 20 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 236, No. 68.

Edward Osborne, Knight.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 19 May, 35 Eliz. [1593], before William Rowe, knight, Mayor and escheator, as well after the death of Edward Osborne, knight, as of Dame Anne, his wife, daughter and heir of William Hewett, knight, by the oath of Thomas Sawill, William Harvye, William Crouch, James Robinson, Hugh Lea, Edward Pillsworth, Hugh Ingram, Thomas Wigges, Christopher Dickenson, Cuthbert Lea, Robert Saunders, Robert Durraunt, John Langley, Andrew Feild, John Jennynges, John Palmer, Henry Beost and Thomas Hyde, who say that

Edward Osborne, knight, long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of divers tenements in the said City, and a certain William Hewett, knight, was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 tenement called le Crowne and 2 small tenements in the parish of St. Dionisius Backchurche in the said City.

After the death of the said William Hewett the said tenements descended to the said Dame Anne Osborne, late the wife of the said Edward Osborne, knight (named in the writ), and the said Edward and Anne in right of the said Anne were thereof seised in their demesne as of fee.

The said Edward had several sons and daughters by the said Anne and after her death held the said premises solely.

The said Edward was also seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 mansion house wherein he lately dwelt in the parish of St. Dionisius Backchurch, 1 tenement thereto adjoining in the tenure of Robert Bringborne together with a hayloft and stable, and 1 tenement called le Rose and le Pomgranate in Fishstrete alias Newfishstreete, London, now or late in the tenure of James Stapers, and 5 cottages in the parish of St. Margaret Patentes, London.

So seised, the said Edward Osborne made his will 18 January, 34 Eliz. [1592], and thereby devised the said mansion house with the tenement and hayloft, the said messuage in Fish Street and 1 tenement in the said parish of St. Margaret Patentes to Dame Margaret Osborne the relict of the said Edward for the term of her life.

The tenement called le Crowne and the 2 tenements in the parish of St. Dionisius Backchurch are held of the Queen in chief by the service of the 20th part of a knight's fee, and are worth per ann., clear, £6. The mansion house with the tenement and hayloft are held of the Queen in free burgage and are worth per ann., clear, £6 13s 4d. The tenement called le Rose and le pomgranate in Fish street is held of the Queen in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, 40s. The 5 cottages in the parish of St. Margaret Patentes are held of the Queen in free burgage; 4 of them are worth per ann., clear, 4 marks, and the 5th devised to the said Dame Margaret, 13s. 4d.

Edward Osborne died 4 February, 34 Eliz.; Hewett Osborne is his son and heir by the said Dame Anne, the first wife of the said Sir Edward, and was then aged 25 years.

The said Hewett took the profits of the said tenement called le Crowne, and the said Dame Margaret took the issues and rents of the residue of the said premises.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 236, No. 73.

Blanche Skinner.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 26 June, 35 Eliz. [1593] before William Rowe, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Blanche Skinner, late the wife of Thomas Skinner, alderman of the said City, formerly the wife of John Lambert and sometime the wife of Dunstan Walton, citizen and mercer of London, by the oath of Thomas Sawill, William Harvie, William Crowche, James Robinson, John Thompson, Hugh Lee, John Jennings, Robert Saunders, Christopher Dickenson, Robert Durraunt, Cuthbert Lee, Andrew Field, John Palmer, Henry Beste and Christopher Askwithe, who say that

Long before the death of the said Blanche Skinner a certain Dame Blanche Forman was seised in her demesne as of fee of 1 messuage, 3 tenements, and 1 garden in the parish of St. Christopher, London, in the ward of Brodestreete.

So seised, the said Dame Blanche enfeoffed thereof John Graffam and William Person and their heirs for ever to the uses specified in certain indentures, the tenor whereof is as follows [here given in Engglish]: this indenture quadripartite made 3 May, 5 Eliz. [1563], between Dame Blanche Forman, widow, late the wife of Sir William Forman, knight, late alderman of London, deceased, and John Watson son and heir of William Watson, late of said City, mercer, deceased, and Jane his wife of the first part, Dunstan Walton of the said City, mercer, and Blanche his wife one of the daughters of the said William Watson deceased, of the 2nd part, Anne Watson another of the daughters of the said William Watson of the 3rd part, and John Graffham, citizen and grocer of London, and William Pierson, citizen and scrivener of the said City, of the 4th part, witnesses that the said Dame Blanche Forman in her pure widowhood by deed dated 18 May, 35 Hen. 8 [1543], granted to Sir John Gressham, knight, and Guy Crayford, esq., all that her messuage and the 3 tenements thereof adjoining lying near the Stockes in the parish of St. Christopher and all the gardens and backsides thereto belonging: to hold to them and their heirs for ever to the use of the said Blanche and of Robert Palmer, deceased, whom the said Blanche then intended to marry, and the heirs of their bodies; for default, to the use of the said William Watson and Jane his wife and the heirs of their bodies; and for default, to the use of the right heirs of the said William Watson for ever, by force whereof the said Sir John Gressham and Guy Crayford were seised of the said premises in their demesne as of fee to the said use: Now the said Dame Blanche Forman and John Watson minding to convey the said premises after the death of the said Dame Blanche and of the said John Watson without heir of his body to the said Dunstan Walton and Blanche his wife and the heirs of their bodies; for default, to remain to the said Anne Watson and the heirs of her body; for default, to remain to the right heirs of the said Dame Blanche Forman for ever—agree that they before the feast of Pentecost next following shall assure and convey at their own costs to the said John Graffham and William Pierson and their heirs a good and sufficient estate in fee simple of the said messuage and garden in the said parish of St. Christopher by deed, fine or otherwise, to the use of the said Dame Blanche Forman for the term of her life, and after her decease to the use of the said John Watson and the heirs of his body, for default, to the use of the said Dunstan Walton and Blanche his wife and the heirs of their bodies; for default, to the use of the said Anne Watson daughter of the said William and the heirs of her body; and for default, to the use of the right heirs of the said Dame Blanche Forman for ever.

Afterwards, to wit, on Monday next before the feast of St. Barnabas the Apostle, 5 Eliz. [1563], the said John Graffam and William Peirson recovered the said premises against the said Dame Blanche Forman, by reason whereof and by force of the Statute of Uses the said Dame Blanche was thereof seized in her desmesne as of freehold, with remainders as abovesaid.

Dame Blanche Forman died 8 August in the said 5th year; after her death, the said John Watson entered into the said premises and was thereof seized in his demesne as of fee-tail.

In the lifetime of the said John Watson to wit, on the 19th day of March, 1571, the said Dunstan Walton died without issue of his body by Blanche his wife. Afterwards, to wit, on the 18th day of October, 1574, the said Anne Watson who married Thomas Duck, citizen and clothworker of London, likewise died, having issue Dunstan Duck who still survives.

John Watson died 19 December, 1574, without issue of his body, after whose death the said Blanche wife of the said Dunstan Walton entered into the said premises.

Afterwards the said Blanche married Thomas Skynner, alderman of London, and died seised of the said premises 24 April, 35 Eliz. [1593], without issue by the said Dunstan Walton.

The premises in the said ward of Broodestreete are held of the Queen in chief by the service of the 20th part of a knight's fee, and are worth per ann., clear, £24 13s. 6d. Dunstan Ducke is the son and heir of the said Anne Ducke and was aged 21 years, 2 months and more at the time of the death of the said Blanche Skynner.

John Stanney of Oswaldestrie in co. Salop, draper, is the kinsman and heir of the said Dame Blanche Forman, viz., son of John Stanney son of Thomas Stanney, brother of the said Dame Blanche, and is aged 40 years.

Chan. Inq. p. m., vol. 237, No. 117.

Peter Baker, Citizen and Scrivener of London.

Inquisition taken at Guildhall, 20 September, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Richard Martyn, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Peter Baker, citizen and scrivener of London, by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Harvy, William Crowche, Oliver Skynner, James Robynson, Robert Saunders, Robert Durrante, Clement Buck, Nicholas Madox, Andrew Felde, Stephen Porter, Cuthbert Lee, Richard Rogers, Richard Mylles, Richard Kirby, Henry Best, James Taylor and Micheal Crowche who say that

Peter Baker and Elizabeth his wife long before the death of the said Peter, were seised to them and to the heirs of the said Peter, viz., the said Elizabeth in her demesne as of free tenement and the said Peter in his demesne as of fee of 2 messuages now or late in the several tenures of Robert Cobbe, and Thomas Revington lying in Hosier Lane alias Bowelane in the Parish of St. Mary at Bowe in the said City of London; 1 messuage now used for 2 tenements now or late in the occupation of Thomas Madoxe, "Iremonnger," lying in the parish of St. Stephen in Colemanstreet, London; divers messuages called the Blacke Swanne and 4 gardens now or late in the several tenures of the said Peter Baker, Marie Goldinge, widow, Robert Lee, merchant-tailor, Henry Dove, . . . Symple, widow and . . . Knight, situate in, at or near London Wall, in the said parish of St. Stephen.

The said Peter was also seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 messuage called the Cock, lying near London Wall, in the parish of All Saints, now or late in the tenure of Richard Peter; divers (?) messuages with 3 shops now or late in the several tenures of William Norton, "virginall" maker, Benedict Barwick and John Norton, butcher, situate in Bisshopesgate street in the parish of St. Ethelborough, London; 1 messuage now or late in the tenure of Margaret Silvester, widow, lying in Hownsditch in the parish of St. Botolph without Algate, London; 1 messuage now or late in the tenure of Peter Lupo, situate in the said parish of St. Botolph; divers messuages now or late in the several tenures of Michael Watson, Nicholas Baylye, Godfrey and Thomas Bickerton lying in Penthecoste Lane in the parish of Christ Church near St. Nicholas Fleshshambles; 1 messuage now or late in the tenure of James Warre situate in the parish of St. Clement Danes without Temple Bar in co. Middlesex, divers messuages with gardens in the tenure of Robert Harvie, lying together in the parish of St. Sepulchres without Newgate, London; and 2 messuages lying near the Church grene in Dunstable in co. Bedford.

So seised the said Peter Baker made his will 18 August, 33 Eliz. [1591] whereby he bequeathed as follows: I give my 2 messuages with gardens in Coleman street in the parish of St. Stephens, now or late in the tenures of Thomas Madox and Thomas Sadd to Elizabeth Lloyd my daughter and her heirs for ever; I give after the decease of the longest liver of me and Elizabeth my wife, the reversion and inheritance of all my said lands, tenements, yards and gardens now or late called the Swane near Moregate in the parish of St. Stephens in Coleman street to the said Elizabeth Lloyd my daughter and her heirs for ever, on condition that neither she nor David Lloyd her husband claim any more of my goods and chattels; but if they make such clam, the said demise shall be void and the said premises shall go to the said Elizabeth my wife and her heirs for ever.

Immediately after the death of the said Elizabeth my wife my said 2 tenements in Hosier lane, alias Bowe lane, and the reversions, rents and profits thereof shall revert to Judith Bennett my daughter and her heirs for ever.

I give to the said Elizabeth my wife and her heirs for ever my 2 messuages with their yards and gardens lying in the ward of Portsoken in the parish of St. Botoph without Aldgate, now in the several tenures of Peter Lopo, one of the Queen's musicians, and Margaret Silvester, widow of William Silvester, carpenter, deceased.

I also give to the said Elizabeth for her life my 4 tenements lying in Pintottes alias Penticotes Lane near St. Nicholas Fleshshambles [in the parish of] Christ's Church in London, now in the several tenures of William Bickerton, yeoman, Mighell Watson, poulter, Nicholas Baylie, yeoman, and John Godfrey, also my 2 messuages and 3 shops set in Bisshopsgate street in the parish of St. Ethelborowe in London, now or late in the several tenures of Benedict Barwick, ironmonger, William Norton, virginalmaker, and John Norton, butcher, and my tenement with a yard and garden called the Cocke lying at London Wall in the parish of Alhollowes in the Wall . . . merchant tailor by indenture dated 22 March, 3 Eliz. [1561] for the term of 80 years for certain several yearly rents . . . my said 4 tenements and gardens at or near Cow Crosse in the parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, by me leased to the said Robert Harvy . . . my messuage with garden set in the parish of St. Clements Danes without the Barres . . . late in the occupation of Tyball Duhamell, combmaker, and now in the occupation of James Warre, and all those my tenements lying near [the Church green in Dunstable] in co. Bedford.

I will that after my decease and that of my said wife my said 2 tenements and 3 shops . . . my said messuage called ye Cocke at London Wall, my said 4 tenements with gardens at Cowcrosse and my said messuage . . . Danes shall wholly remain to my right heirs for ever, charged as before.

I give . . . of me and the said Elizabeth to the Mayor, commonalty and citizens of London, Masters and Governors of the house of the poor, commonly called Christ's Hospital . . . all those my said 4 tenements lying in Penticotes Lane for the use . . . children and other poor people in the same Hospital for ever, on condition that the said . . . of the said Hospital do yearly after the said tenements shall come to them pay yearly to my right heirs . . . the reversion and inheritance of my said tenements near Cowcross 26s. 8d. at such days and times as are mentioned in the will of Ambrose Crowlyer, late of St. John's street in co. Middlesex, deceased . . . 19 Eliz. and during all the years then to come of the term of 40 years mentioned in the said will for discharge of the like sum . . . to be paid out of the rents and profits of my said tenements and gardens at Cowcross to certain poor persons therein mentioned. And as for my said messuages . . . Dunstable aforesaid, I devise the reversion of them to my cousin William Knyght (?) . . . and his heirs for ever.

The said Elizabeth wife of the said Peter Baker, being seised of the said premises by virtue of the said will of the said Peter, made her will on the 19th day of July, 36 Eliz. [1594], and thereby bequeathed as follows: As to my 2 tenements lying in the ward of Portsoken in the parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate I give one of them to Elizabeth Bennett daughter of Judith Bennett, my late daughter deceased, and to her heirs for ever, and the other of them to Judith Bennett, another of the daughters of my said dau. Judith, and her heirs for ever.

The said 2 messuages in Hosyer alias Bow Lane are held of the Queen in free burgage and common socage . . . and are worth perann., clear, 26s. 8d. The messuage (now used for 2 messuages) in the parish of St. Stephen in Colemanstreet is held of the Queen in free burgage by fealty only and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, 13s. 4d. The divers messuages called the Black Swanne lying in or near London Wall are held in free burgage, and are well worth per ann., clear, 30s. The messuage called the Cock situate near . . . Wall is held of the Queen in free socage by fealty only and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, . . . The messuage and shops in Bishopsgate street in the parish of St. Ethelborough are held of the Queen in free socage by fealty only and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, 20s. The messuages in Hounsditch in the parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate are held of the Queen in free burgage, and are worth per ann., clear, 6s. 8d. The messuages in the tenure of Peter Lopo situate in the parish of St. Botolph are held in free burgage and are worth per ann., clear, 10s. The tenements in Penthecost Lane are held in free burgage and are worth per ann., clear, . . . The messuage in the parish of St. Clement Danes is held of the Queen as of her manor of . . . Kenwell in . . . and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, 20s. The messuages in the parish of St. Sepulchre are held of the Queen in free burgage and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, 26s. 8d. The 2 messuages in the Church Grene in Dunstable in co. Bedford are held of the Queen in free socage by fealty only and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, 10s.

Peter Baker died . . . May, 34 Eliz. [1592]; Elizabeth Flud wife of David Flud, citizen and cordwainer of London, daughter of the said Peter, and Elizabeth Bennett, Judith Bennett, Mary Bennett, . . . and Sara Bennett, daughters and heirs of Judith Bennett, deceased, another daughter of the said Peter are his next heirs; the said Elizabeth Flud was then aged . . . years and more, the said Elizabeth Bennett 10 years and more; the said Judith Bennett, the daughter of the said Judith, 7 years and more, the said Mary Bennett . . . years and more, the said . . . 4 years and more, and the said Sara Bennett 2 years and more.

The said Elizabeth wife of the said Peter Baker died 22 July, 36 Eliz. [1594].

The said Elizabeth and Judith daughters of the said Judith Bennett still survive.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 238, No. 92.

[This Inquisition is quite illegible in places and unfortunately there is no duplicate.]

Wolstan Dixie Knight.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 12 November, 36 Eliz. [1594], before John Spencer, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Wolstan Dixie, late of the City of London, knight, by the oath of Thomas Sawell, . . . Crouche, James Robynson, John Jennynges, Robert Durham, Robert Saunders, Richard Rogers, Andrew Feild, Robert Lee, Nicholas Maddockes, Richard Mylles, Michael Crouche and Edward Katcher, who say that

Long before the death of the said Wolstan Dixie, viz., on the 22 day of January, 2 and 3 Philip and Mary [1556], a certain John Owyn of Wotton, co. Surrey, esq., was seised in his demesne as of fee of the manor of Southwyck and of divers other lands, tenements and hereditaments lying in the parishes, vills or hamlets of Northbradley, Trowbridge, Kevyll, Roode and Tyllesford in co. Wilts, and so seised, by charter of feoffment dated the said day and year enfeoffed thereof a certain Christopher Baylye: to hold to him and his heirs for ever, paying therefor yearly an annuity or yearly rent of £42, to be paid at Lady Day and Michaelmas.

So seised, the said John died at the said manor of Southwyck, after whose death the said annuity descended to Henry Owyn as son and heir of the said John, by virtue whereof the said Henry was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee.

Afterwards, viz., on the 2nd day of February, 15 Eliz., the said Henry being so seised, by indenture made between himself of the 1 part and the said Wolstan Dixie of the other part, granted to the said Wolstan and his heirs the said annuity of £42 to the use of the said Wolstan and his heirs for ever, by virtue whereof he was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee.

Long before the death of the said Wolstan Dixie a certain Samuel Backhowse, gent., was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 messuage or mansion house situate in the parish of St. Michael Bassie Shaw, late in the tenure of John Spencer, citizen and alderman of London, and of 5 messuages in the said parish formerly in the several tenures of . . . (fn. 1) Willett, George Swann, Thomas Marten and Margaret his wife and John Harlowe, and divers shops, cellars and easements.

So seised, the said Samuel on the 8th . . . 26 Eliz., by indenture of even date made between himself of the 1 part and the said Wolstan Dixie and Dame Agnes his wife of the other part for a certain sum of money sold the said messuages, lands, &c., to the said Wolstan and Agnes and the heirs of the said Wolstan for ever, by virtue whereof they were thereof seised, to wit, the said Wolstan in his demesne as of fee, and the said Agnes in her demesne as of free tenement, for the term of her life.

Long before the death of the said Wolstan, Henry Earl of Huntingdon was seised in his demesne as of fee of the manor of Bosworth alias Markett Bosworth in co. Leicester, the advowson of the Church of Bosworth and view of frank pledge of the said manor situate in . . . Carleton, Usbaston, Gylmerton and Northkylworth in the said county; and so seised, by indenture dated 10 May, 31 Eliz. [1589], made between himself and Francis Hastings, esq., and Matilda his wife of the 1 part and the said Wolstan Dixie and Dame Agnes his wife, sold the said premises to the said Wolstan and Dame Agnes and the heirs of the said Wolstan for ever.

The said Wolstan and Dame Agnes were seised to them and the heirs of the said Wolstan of the gift and grant of Andrew Brigges and other persons of 8 a. of land and pasture lying in Yelling alias Sellyng in co. Middlesex.

The said Wolstan was likewise seised in his demesne as of fee of 2 messuages lying in Chepeside in the parish of St. Mary le Bowe within the said City, called the Cowface, now or late in the tenure of Henry Page and Edward Ryve; also of 10 messuages being in the parish of St. Margaret in Lothburye within the said City, now or late in the several tenures of Michael Warner, Thomas Turnor, Nicholas Coxe, Nathaniel Wythers, John Devons, . . . Carpenter, . . . John Defrancovill, William Sherlocke and Leonard Henchpoole.

Also in his demesne as of fee of all that tenement lying in Thames Streete in the parish of St. Laurence Pountney, late in the tenure of Marmaduke Servant, formerly parcel of the lands of a chantry founded in the church of St. Peter in West Chepe, and all the houses, halls, shops, waste lands, &c., thereto belonging, granted to a certain Thomas Burte by Letters Patent dated 26 January, 19 Eliz., for the term of 40 years for the yearly rent of 50s., also the reversion of the said tenement, as fully as the said Queen by Letters Patent dated 16 May next before the date of a certain indenture whereby the said premises were given to John Raunte and Thomas Hutton and their heirs: to hold of the Queen as of her manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent by fealty only in free and common socage and not in chief or by knight's service.

Also of 1 messuage called the Redd Lyon and 1 tenement thereto adjacent, lying in the parish of St. Alphage in Little Wood streete, London, late in the tenure of Thomas Turpyn and Anne Ringe, widow, and now in the tenure of Gregory Newland, and all the houses, &c., thereto belonging.

Also of 29 messuages, then or late divided or made into 23 messuages, situate in the parish of St. Gabriel in Fanchurch Street, then or late in the several tenures of Richard Sturman, John Daye, John Whitehand, Roger Jenkinson, Richard Bennett, John Cooke, Henry Lambertson, Thomas Eaton, George Allen, Robert Sale, James Bull, Dominic Freman, Margaret Feild, widow, Thomas Bruerton, John Escoe, Leonard Browne, Margery Wright, widow, Isabell Wallace, widow, Nicholas Pricklove, Thomas Starkey, John Hylls, Alice Pyper, widow, Alice Traherne and William Buckley, and all the houses, buildings, entries, &c., thereto belonging.

The said Wolstan Dixie being so seised by an indenture dated 29 June, 34 Eliz. [1592], made between himself by the name of Wolstan Dixie, knight, Alderman of London, of the one part, and Henry Billingsley, citizen and Alderman of London, Cornelius Fyshe, citizen and skinner of London, and Thomas Lane, citizen and scrivener of London of the other part, it is witnessed that whereas the said Sir Wolstan and Dame Agnes his wife are at this present seised of an estate to them and to the heirs of the said Sir Wolstan, of and in the manor and lordship of Bosworth alias Markett Bosworth in co. Leicester, and the adowson and patronage of the Church of Bosworth, and all the lands, tenements, rents, &c., to the said manor belonging; and all manors, messuages, lands, tenements, rents, &c., in Bosworth, Coton, Carleton, Osbaston, Cadebeye, Gylmerton and Northkylworth or elsewhere in the said county, which late were the inheritance of the . . . Earl of Huntingdon; and whereas also the said Sir Wolstan having a natural desire to prefer any child or children of his own body begotten (if it shall please God to bless him with any); and for default of such issue being desirous to establish and continue the inheritance of the said premises in the name and blood of such of them as shall be of his kindred and sanguinity, in form hereafter expressed as a testimony of his zeal and kindness towards them: now therefore this indenture further witnesses that the said Sir Wolstan for the considerations above named and also for the love he bears towards Wolstan Dixie son of John Dixie of Catworth cousin of the said Sir Wolstan and to others of his name and kindred hereafter named, and to the intent that the said premises in case the said Sir Wolstan shall die without issue, may be vested and continued in the surname of the Dixies, being of the kindred of the said Sir Wolstan and in the heirs male of their bodies— promises the said Henry Billingsley, Cornelius Fyshe and Thomas Lane, that he and his heirs and all others who at any time shall be seised of any of the said premises shall stand thereof seised to the use of the said Sir Wolstan Dixie and Dame Agnes his wife for the term of their lives, without impeachment of waste; and after their decease, to the use of the heirs of the body of the said Sir Wolstan lawfully to be begotten; for default, to the use of the said Wolstan Dixie son of the said John Dixie . . . the second son of Richard Dixie of Barnewell and of the heirs male of the body of the same Wolstan; and for default, to the use of Richard Dixie second son of the said John Dixie and of the heirs male of his body; and for default, to the use of John Dixie third son of the said John Dixie and of the heirs male of his body; and for default, to the use of the said John Dixie of Catworth and of the heirs male of his body; for default, to the use of Anthony Dixie another of the sons of the said Richard Dixie of Barnewell and of the heirs male of his body; and for default, then, to the use of the said Sir Wolstan Dixie and his heirs for ever, provided always that if any of the above named or their heirs shall bargain or sell or alien or in any way incumber the said premises that then the use and estate of any of them shall cease and be utterly void and of no effect, to all intents and purposes as if the persons so offending had been or were naturally dead without any male issue of their bodies, and yet nevertheless the residue of the said uses to remain to the residue of the said persons before-named not offending. Provided also that if the said Sir Wolstan at any time hereafter be resolved or disposed to alter or frustrate all or any of the said uses, estates, or remainders, and shall by his writing or last will declare his resolution in that behalf, that then and from thenceforth all or any of the said uses and estates shall utterly cease and be void, and that then all the said premises shall remain to the use of the said Sir Wolstan Dixie and Dame Agnes his wife and of the heirs of the said Sir Wolstan for ever.

The said Sir Wolstan being so seised, made his will as follows [beginning of will not given]: Item I give to the said Mayor, commonalty and citizens of the City of London, governors of the possessions and revenues of the Hospital aforesaid of King Edward the 6th and to their successors for ever, towards the relief of the poor children in Christ's Hospital in London all that my lordship and manor of South wicke in co. Wilts which I purchased of Henry Owyn, and all other my lands and tenements in Southwycke, North Bradley, Trowbridge, Kevillwood and Tytlesford in the said county: which said manor and premises are of the clear yearly value of £42. As for all other my lands, tenements, &c., in England, as well freehold as copyhold, I make my will concerning them as follows:

Whereas John Raunte and Thomas Hutton by their deed dated 7 November, 32 Eliz. [1590], have sold to me and my heirs all that their tenement lying in Thames Street in the parish of St. Laurence Pountney in the City of London, then or late in the tenure of Marmaduke Servante, sometime parcel of the lands and possessions of a chantry founded in the Church of St. Peter in Westchepe within the said City, and parcel of the lands come to King Edward the 6th by virtue of an act of Parliament in such case provided, and also all the houses, buildings, halls, yards, shops, waste grounds, entries, &c., to the said tenement belonging, to one Thomas Burte by Letters Patent dated 26 January, 19 Eliz. [1577], demised for 40 years, for the yearly rent of 50s., as fully as the said Queen Eliz. by Letters Patent dated 16 May, then last past had given the said tenement and all other the premises to the said John Rante and Thomas Hutton and their heirs: to hold of the Queen as of her manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent by fealty only in free and common socage and not in chief or by knight's service.

And whereas William Cocking, John Harbye and Thomas Thomlinson, citizens and skinners of London, by deed dated 11 March, 34 Eliz. [1592], have given and confirmed to me and my heirs for ever all that their messuage called the Redd Lyon and 1 tenement thereto adjoining, lying in the parish of St. Alphege in Little Wood street, London, late in the tenure of Thomas Turpyn and Anne Rynge, widow, and now in the occupation of Gregory Newland, and all the houses, edifices, cellars, yards, &c., thereto belonging; and also all those 29 messuages, then divided into 23 messuages, situate in the parish of St. Gabriel in Fanchurch street in the said City, then or late in the several tenures of Richard Sturman, &c. [given above], and all the houses, shops, yards, &c., thereto belonging: To hold all the said premises to the sole use of me the said Sir Wolstan Dixie and my heirs for ever: Now I by this my will do give to the Master, wardens and commonalty of the mystery of Skinners of London and to their successors for ever all the said premises to their only and proper use.

And concerning all other my manors, messuages, lands, &c., &c., wheresoever and whatsoever, not before by me devised, I give the same to the heirs of my body lawfully to be begotten and for want of such issue, to the said Wolstan Dixie son of the said John Dixie of Cat worth and to the heirs male of his body; for default, then successively in tail male, to the said Richard Dixie, John Dixie, John Dixie of Catworth, my nephew Anthony Dixie another of the sons of my brother Richard Dixie of Barnewell, and to my right heirs for ever.

The said 2 messuages in Cheapside in the parish of St. Mary le Bowe called the Cowface are held of the Queen in free burgage, and are worth per ann., clear, £5. The said 10 messuages in the parish of St. Margaret in Lothbury are held of the Queen in free burgage, and are worth per ann., clear, £10. The capital messuage or mansion house late in the tenure of the said John Spencer in the said parish of St. Michael Bassishawe is held in free burgage of the City of London, and is worth per ann., clear, £7. The 5 messuages lying in the said parish of St. Michael are held in free burgage of the City of London and are worth per ann., clear, 5 marks. The said annuity of £42 is worth per ann. £42. The manor of Bosworth together with the advowson of the Church of Bosworth and other the premises in Bosworth, Gylmerton, Coton, Carleton, Osbaston, Bradlye, and Northkylworth in co. Leicester are held of the Queen in chief, by knight's service, but by what part of a knight's fee the jurors know not, and are worth per ann., clear, £20. The said 8 a. of land and pasture in Yelling alias Selling are held of Richard Awnsham, gent., as of his manor of Colehall by fealty, suit at court and the rent of 10d. per ann., and are worth per ann., clear, 10s. The tenement in Thames Street in the parish of St. Lawrence Pountney late in the tenure of Marmaduke Servant is held of the Queen as of her manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent by fealty only in fee and common socage and not in chief or by knight's service, and is worth per ann., clear, 20s. The messuage called Redd Lyon and the tenement thereto adjoining lying in the parish of St. Alphege in Little Wood street are held of the Queen in free burgage of the City of London, and are worth per ann., clear, 20s. The said 29 messuages lying in the parish of St. Gabriel in Fanchurch street are held of the Queen in free burgage by fealty only and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £5.

Sir Wolstan Dixie died 8 January last past; Richard Dixie of Barnewell in co. Northampton, yeoman, is his brother and next heir, and was then aged 60 years and more.

The said Dame Agnes Dixie still survives.

The said Master, wardens and commonalty of the mystery of Skinners, by virtue of the gift to them made by the said will entered into the said premises to them thereby bequeathed and were and still are thereof seised in their demesne as of fee.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 239, No. 125.

William Gyn, Gentleman.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 26 July, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Richard Martyn, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of William Gyn, gent., by the oath of Thomas Sawell, William Crowche, James Robinson, Hugh Lee, Hugh Ingram, Edward Pillesworth, Robert Durrant, John Jenninges, Nicholas Maddoxe, Richard Milles, Cuthbert Lee, Christopher Dickinson, Robert Saunders, Andrew Feilde, Richard Kirby, Christopher Askwith, James Tailor and William Baynham, who say that William Gyn was seised in his demesne as of fee of 2 gardens and 3 tenements newly built in the same gardens, now or late in the several tenures of John Johnson, Edward Wheatley and . . . Allison, lying in Colemanstreat in the parish of St. Stephen, London, abutting upon a certain tenement in Swan Alley towards the north, and upon the alley there leading to the garden called Horsey alley upon the south, upon the garden now or formerly in the tenure of Christopher Dawbney on the east, and upon the garden now or formerly in the tenure of Richard Jackman on the west.

All the said premises are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, but by what part of a knight's fee the jurors know not, and are worth per ann., clear, . . .

William Gyn died in the said parish of St. Stephen, 11 September, last past, Richard Gyn, brother of the said William is his next heir, and was then aged 28 years.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 11.

Robert Medley, Goldsmith.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 24 April, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Cuthbert Buckle, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Robert Medley, goldsmith, by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Harvie, William Crowche, James Robinson, Hugh Ingraham, Robert Durrani, John Jenninges, Robert Saunders, Cuthbert Lea, Christopher Dickinson, Richard Kyrbie, Richard Rogers, Andre Feilde, James Tailor and Richard Milles, who say that

Robert Medley on the 2nd day of March, 35 Eliz. [1593] was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 messuage situate in Le oulde chaunge in the parish of St. Vedast alias St. "Faister" in the ward of Faringdon in London, and held the same of the Queen in chief by knight's service.

The said Robert being so seised, on the said day and year, the Queen by her letters patent granted licence to the said Robert to sell and alienate the said messuage to Roger Hebbe and Elizabeth his wife: to hold to them and their heirs for ever of the Queen and her heirs by the services therefor due and of right accustomed, by virtue whereof the said Robert afterwards, viz. on the 28th May, in the said 35th year, in the said parish and ward, enfeoffed the said Roger and Elizabeth and their heirs for ever of the said tenement.

Robert Medley died in the said parish of St. Vedast, 10 January, 36 Eliz. [1594], John Medley is his son and next heir and was aged 13 years on the 1st day of August last past.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 21.

William Gyn, Gentleman.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 17 August, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Richard Martyn, knight, Mayor and escheator by virtue of a writ de "Que plura," after the death of William Gyn, gentleman, by the oath of Thomas Sawell, William Harvie, William Crowche, James Robinson, Hugh Ingram, Edward Pillesworth, Robert Durant, John Jenninges, Cuthbert Lee, Nicholas Maddoxe, Richard Rogers, Andrew Feilde, Richard Kirbie, Henry Beste, James Tailor and Richard Milles, who say that

Long before the death of the said William Gyn a certain William Lambe, gentleman, was seised in his demesne as of fee of 2 gardens in the parish of St. Stephen in Coleman strete, and so seised, by indenture dated 4 Nov., 8 Eliz. [1566], made between himself of the one part and George Gyn, father of the said William, of the other part, granted the said 2 gardens, inter alia, to the said George Gyn and his heirs by the name of the 2 gardens then or late in the several tenures of the said George Gyn and Anselm Beckett, lying together, abutting upon the tenements in Swan Alley towards the north, and upon the alley leading to the garden there called Horsey Alley towards the south, upon the garden in the tenure of Christopher Dawbney towards the east, and upon the garden in the tenure of Richard Jackman towards the west, by virtue whereof and by force of the Statute of Uses the said George Gyn was seised in his demesne as of fee of the said 2 gardens. After his death the same descended to the said William Gyn as son and next heir of the said George, by virtue whereof he was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee.

There are 2 other tenements and 1 "le Bowling Alley" lately built upon parcel of the said 2 gardens more than the said 3 tenements mentioned as having been built thereupon in the Inquisition taken here 26 July last past after the death of the said William Gyn, and the said William was thereof seised in his demesne as of fee, and afterwards by indenture dated 11 September, 35 Eliz. [1593], made between himself by the name of William Gyn of the parish of Whitechappell in co. Midd., gent., of the one part, and William Lee and Christopher Arundell, gent., of the other part, in consideration of the great love which he bore towards Elizabeth then his wife and for the support of the said Elizabeth and her issue, the said William Gyn agreed that he would stand seised of the said 2 gardens in as ample manner as the said George Gyn bought them of the said William Lambe, to the sole use of the said William Gyn and Elizabeth his wife and the issue of the said Elizabeth; and for default, of the right heirs of the said William and Elizabeth for ever.

William Gyn died 11 Sept., 35 Eliz. [1593].

Afterwards the said Elizabeth married a certain Thomas Rosewarne, and on the 12th day of July, 36 Eliz. [1594], by indenture made between themselves of the one part and Ranulphus Bellyn of London, gent., one of the gentlemen of "Le Sewers" of the Queen's chamber (unum generosorum de Le Sewers Camere dicte dne rne) and Anne his wife of the other part, the said Thomas and Elizabeth sold to the said Randulph and Anne all the said premises by the name of all those 5 tenements, 1 garden and 1 le Bowling Alley situate in the said parish of St. Stephen.

The said Thomas Rosewarne still survives.

All the said premises are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, but by what part of a knight's fee the jurors know not. The said 2 tenements and le Bowling Alley besides the said 3 tenements are worth per ann., clear, 10s.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 37.

Margaret Mullins, Widow.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 25 January, 1593, before Cuthbert Buckill, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Margaret Mullins, late of London, widow, by the oath of Thomas Sewall, William Crowche, James Robinson, Thomas Jenninges, Thomas Adlin, Richard Milles, Thomas Wigges, Cuthbert Lee, Christopher Dickinson, Robert Saunders, Nicholas Maddoxe, Andrew Feilde, Richard Kerbie, Henry Beste, Christopher Askwith and James Tailor, who say that

Margaret Mullins long before her death was seised in her demesne as of fee of 2 messuages, the one now or late in the tenure of Henry Eire, and the other in that of George Ellis, situate in the parish of St. Katherine Christchurch, London.

So seised, the said Margaret made her will 6 May last past as follows [here given in English]:

I give to Anne Lee my daughter and to her heirs for ever all that my messuage wherein Henry Eire now dwells lying in the parish of St. Katherine Creechurch; and to Helin Lacock my daughter and to her heirs for ever my messuage wherein George Ellis dwells. I will that my said 2 daughters out of the rents of the said 2 messuages shall pay to William Davy my son every year during his natural life 20s., and to Joan Gasker, daughter of Edmond Gasker 20s. yearly until she accomplish the age of 20 years, and to Elizabeth Gasker her sister 20s. yearly until her age of 20 years, and to Margaret Gasker their sister 20s. yearly for the like period, and to Joane Darrill daughter of John Darrill 10s. yearly for the like period, and to Sara Feaste daughter of Jeremy Feaste 10s. yearly for the like period. As soon as any of the said children attain their respective ages of 20 years, the said payments to them shall cease.

The said 2 messuages are held of the Queen in socage by fealty only, and are worth per ann., clear, 53s. 4d.

Margaret Mullins died 23 August last part, William Davie is her son and next heir, and was then aged 47 years and more.

The said Anna Lee and Helena Lacock, took all the rents and profits of the said 2 messuages from the death of the said Margaret up to the taking of this inquisition.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 53.

William Walker, Gentleman.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 15 April, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Cuthbert Buckle, Mayor and escheator, George Wryghtington, esq., Leonard Robertson, esq., and William Necton, gent., feodary of the said City, by virtue of a commission to them directed, to enquire whether William Walker, gentleman, is a lunatic or enjoys lucid intervals, by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Harvie, James Robinson, Hugh Ingraham, Hugh Lea, Robert Durrant, John Jeninges, John Adlyn, Stephen Porter, Robert Sawnders, Cuthbert Lea, Christopher Dickinson, Clement Bucke, Richard Rogers, Christopher Askewithe, James Tailor, Richard Mylles and Michael Crowche, who say that

The said William Walker is a lunatic and therefore not fit to govern himself or his manors, messuages, good and chattels, and he has been a lunatic from the 16th day of June last past up to the taking of this inquisition, by the visitation of God.

The said William Walker then was and still is seised in his demesne as of fee of the 3rd part of 1 capital messuage lying in the parish of St. Martin Orgar, London, and the 3rd part of 1 messuage lying in a certain street called St. Martin's Lane in the said parish, and the 3rd part of 1 capital messuage situate in the street called Bottolphe Lane next Eastcheape in the parish of St. George the Less in the said City of London, and of the 3rd part of all those messuages, lands, &c., late of William Slywright lying in the parish of the Blessed Mary Magdalene in Barmonsey in cos. Surrey and Kent, and all that messuage and 1 orchard and 1 garden thereto adjoining, and 1 orchard late in the occupation of Richard Holte lying in Battersey in co. Surrey.

The said William Walker is likewise seised in his demesne as of fee tail, viz., to him and the heirs male of his body, the remainder thereof to a certain Thomas Walker and the heirs male of his body, the remainderthereof to Elizabeth, Cicilia and Grace daughters of Anthony Walker, father of the said William and Thomas, and to their heirs for ever of 1 mansion house or messuage being within the close of St. Bartholomew the Great, London; and 13 messuages lying in the lane called Bylleter Lane in the parish of St. Katherine Christchurch alias Chrychurche; and 2 parts (in 3 parts to be divided) of the said capital messuage in the said parish of St. Martin Orgar; and 2 parts (in 3 parts to be divided) of 1 messuage lying in St. Martyns lane in the said parish; and of 2 parts (in 3 parts to be divided) of the said capital messuage in Bottolphe lane next Eastcheape in the parish of St. George the Less; 5 messuages situate in the parish of St. George in the ward of Castell Baynarde, London; and of 2 parts (in 3 parts to be divided) of all the said messuages, lands and tenements late of William Slywright lying in the said parish of the Blessed Mary Magdalene in Burmondsey.

Of whom the said mansion house lying within the close of St. Bartholomew the Great and the said 13 messuages in Bylleter lane are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, 33s. 4d. The capital messuage in the parish of St. Martin Orgar, the messuage in St. Martin's lane, and the capital messuage in Bottolphe lane are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, but by what part of a knight's fee the jurors know not, and are worth per ann., clear, £4 1s. 8d. The 5 tenements in the said parish of George in the ward of Castle Baynard are held of the Queen in free burgage and are worth per ann., clear, £8. The premises late of William Slywright lying in the said parish of the Blessed Mary Magdalene in Barmonsey are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, but by what part of a knight's fee they know not; and are worth per ann., clear, 30s. The capital messuage with an orchard and garden, and the other orchard late in the occupation of Richard Holte lying in Battersey are held of the Queen as of her manor of Battersey in socage, by the yearly rent of 7s. 3½d., and are worth per ann., clear, £3.

The said Thomas Walker, gent., is the brother and next heir of the said William and is now aged 35 years.

The said William Walker being in this state of lunacy has not alienated any lands or tenements to the knowledge of the jurors.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 55.

John Baker, citizen and merchant-tailor.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 1 February, 1593, before Cuthbert Buckle, Mayor and escheator, after the death of John Baker, citizen and merchant-tailor, by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Crowche, James Robynson, John Langley, Hugh Ingram, Hugh Lee, Robert Durant, John Jenynges, John Dixon, Richard Mylles, Thomas Wigges, Cuthbert Lee, Robert Saunders, Andrew Feilde, Stephen Porter, Richard Kirby, Henry Best, Christopher Askwith and James Taylor, who say that

John Baker was seised in his demesne as of fee to him and his heirs of 1 messuage in the parish of St. Laurence in Old Jewry, London, called le sign of the White Bell; 2 messuages in the parish of St. Margaret Moyses in Fridaie street, London; 2 other messuages and 9 cottages in the parish of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, London; and 2 other messuages in the parish of St. Mary, Somerset, London.

The messuage in the said parish of St. Laurence is held of the Queen as of her manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent by fealty only, in free and common socage, and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, 40s. The 2 messuages in the said parish of St. Margaret Moyses are held of the Queen by fealty only in free burgage of the City of London and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, 53s. 4d. The 2 messuages and 9 cottages in the said parish of St. Sepulchre are held of the Queen by fealty only in free burgage and not in chief and are worth per ann., clear, £6 13s. 4d. The 2 messuages in the parish of St. Mary Somerset are held of the Queen by fealty only in free burgage and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £3 6s. 8d.

John Baker died so seised 20 June, 34 Eliz. [1592]. All the said premises descended to William Baker as son and heir of the said John: the said William at the time of the death of the said John his father was aged 38 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 61.

William Horne, Citizen and Grocer.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 16 August, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Richard Martynn, knight, Mayor and excheator, after the death of William Horne, citizen and grocer of London, by the oath of Thomas Sawell, William Harvie, William Crowche, James Robinson, Hugh Ingram, Edward Pillesworth, Robert Durant, John Jenninges, Cuthbert Lee, Nicholas Maddoxe, Richard Rogers, Andrew Feilde, Richard Kirbie, Henry Beste, James Tailor, and Richard Milles, who say that

William Horne long before his death was seised in his demesne as of fee of divers messuages, tenements, stables and other hereditaments lying within a certain place called le Wrestlers in the parish of St. Ethelburgh in Bishoppesgate street, London, which the said William purchased to him and his heirs of Matthew Piggott; of 3 messuages situate in Knight Rider street, London, which the said William lately purchased to him and his heirs of Henry Westerfeild, late citizen and vintner of London, deceased, of 4 gardens now divided into 5 gardens, and in which are now built 3 tenements and 2 sheds, lying in the parish of St. Bartholomew without Bisshopsgate, London, now or late in the several tenures of Isabella Horne, widow, [blank] Syoll, widow, Alice Barneham, widow, [blank] Howe and [blank] Couradus: which the said William Horne lately purchased to him and his heirs of William Abraham, late citizen and vintner of London; 1 messuage being in Lumbard street in the parish of All Saints the Less within the City of London, now or late in the tenure of William Albert; and 1 other messuage situate in Gratious street, London, now or late in the tenure of John Fynche.

So seised, the said William Horne made his will as follows:

I will that Isabell my wife shall have and enjoy during her natural life all those my messuages, tenements, stables, hay-lofts and yards set within the Wrestlers in the parish of St. Ethelburge in Bishoppesgate street, London, which I bought of Matthew Pigott, on condition that she pay half yearly before hand to the Churchwardens of the parish of Writtle in co. Essex 53s. 4d., to be laid out by them in wheaten bread, and every week on the Sunday 2s. to be given to 24 of the "porest impotent and neediest persons" of the parish of Writtle, every one a penny wheaten loaf, and the rest of the money after the poor are so "answered and paied," to be given to the said Churchwardens for their pains therein to be taken; also my messuages in Knight Rider street which I late purchased of Henry Westerfeild; also all those my houses, tenements and gardens in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, which I purchased of William Abraham.

I give to Margaret Albert my daughter, wife of William Albert, citizen and draper of London, my messuage wherein they now dwell being in Lumbard street, London, to hold to the said Margaret and the heirs of her body for ever; for default of such heirs I give the said messuage to my daughter Mary Dickenson and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, I give the same to my daughter Alice Spratt and the heirs of her body for ever; and for default, to the next and right heirs of me the said William Horne for ever.

I give to Mary my daughter my messuage now in the tenure of John Finche, carpenter, lying in Gratious street, London: to hold to her and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, to the heirs of the body of my daughter Margaret for ever; for default, to my daughter Alice and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, to my right and next heirs for ever.

I give to my said daughter Alice after the death of Isabell now my wife my said messuages and gardens which I bought of the said William Abraham: to her and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, to my daughter Margaret and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, to my daughter Mary and the heirs of her body for ever; and for default, then to my right and next heirs for ever.

I give to my son Thomas Horne and the heirs of his body for ever after the death of Isabel my wife, all those my messuages, stables, haylofts and yards which I bought of the said Matthewe Pigott; for default, to my daughter Margaret and the heirs of her body for ever; for default to my daughter Mary and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, to my daughter Alice and the heirs of her body for ever; and for default, then to my right and next heirs for ever: on like condition as the said premises are given to the said Isabell my wife.

I give after the death of my said wife my messuages in Knight Rider street to my daughter Mary and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, to my dau. Alice and the heirs of her body for ever; for default, then to my dau. Margaret and the heirs of her body for ever; and for default, then to my right and next heirs for ever, as by the said will, dated 1 July, 1591, more fully appears.

The premises in the said parish of St. Ethelburg in Bishoppesgate are held of the Queen in free burgage of the City of London, and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £4. The said 3 messuages in Knight Rider street are held in free burgage of the said City, and are worth per ann., clear, £3. The gardens, tenements and sheds in the said parish of St. Botolph without Bishoppesgate are held in free burgage of the said City, and are worth per ann., clear, 20s. The messuage in Lumbard street is held in free burgage of the City of London and not in chief and is worth per ann., clear, 40s. The messuage in Gratious street, London, is held in free burgage of the said City, and is worth per ann., clear, 50s.

The said William Horne died 4 May, 1592, Thomas Horne is his son and next heir, and was then aged 30 years and more.

The said Isabella relict of the said William Horne still survives.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 65.

Robert Wythens, citizen and vintner.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 13 December, 1593, before Cuthbert Buckill, Mayor and escheator of the City of London, after the death of Robert Wythens, late citizen and vintner of London, by the oath of Thomas Sewall, William Harvie, William Crouche, James Robinson, Hugh Ley, John Langley, John Adlinge, Hugh Ingram, Thomas Wigges, Christopher Dickingstone, Richard Milles, Robert Durrant, Cuthbert Lee, Andrew Feild, Stephen Porter, James Tailor and Richard Rogers, who say that

Robert Wythens was seised in his demesne as of fee of all that messuage lying on the south part of the Royal Exchange (regalis camptionis) of London, formerly in the tenure of James Crowcheley, citizen and girdler of London, and now in that of William Hamonde, citizen and vintner of London, also of all that messuage lying on the south part of the said Royal Exchange formerly in the tenure of Thomas Bilton, late in that of Thomas Burdit and now in that of William Clerck, haberdasher, next adjoining the steps at the south gate leading into "le Pawne" of the said Royal Exchange, and abutting upon the house formerly in the occupation of Humphrey Huberdasher, and now in that of William Chapman in the east part and upon the said steps ascending into "le Pawlne" of the said Royal Exchange on the west part and upon the high way there called Cornehill on the south part and upon the said Royal Exchange on the north part; and all the cellars, "lez vaultes," sollars, entries, "lez romes," yards, windows, lights, &c., and to the said 2 messuages belonging, which said 2 messuages are situate in the parish of St. Michael in Cornhill within the City of London: also all that messuage called le Maydenhed alias le Maydenhed alley situate in the street near Thamesstreet in the parish of St. Martin Orgar within the said City formerly in the tenure of John Johnson alias Jenkins, and all the messuages, houses, buildings, shops, cottages, cellars, warehouses, lofts, kitchens, gardens, lands, &c., to the said messuage belonging, lying in the said parish of St. Martin Orgar, now or late in the several tenures of Richard Ellis, Thomas Turner, John Ellis, John Flap, George Buck, George Lawson, Andrew Hillary, John Pulliver, Edward Richardson, William Hake, Elizabeth Hillar and Andrew Dancaster, and formerly in the possession and seisin of Thomas White, knight, deceased, late citizen and Alderman of London, and founder of the College of St. John the Baptist in the University of Oxford; also of all those 3 messuages lying together in Gracious street in the parish of St. Benedict, Gracechurch, London, between the messuage there now or formerly belonging to the Society of the Clothworkers, and now or sometime in the occupation of Thomas Goodron, shoemaker, on the north part, and the messuage there now or formerly belonging to the Bridgehowse and now in the occupation of Robert Offeley, haberdasher, on the south part, and abutting towards the west in part upon the large messuage now or formerly of the Society of the Merchants Strangers called "le Cavelcantes," in part upon the large tenement in the lane called St. Clements Lane, formerly in the tenure of Joan Sutton, widow: which said 3 messuages now are or late were in the several tenures of George Middleton, salter, John Chambers, bowyer, and William Drowte, brownebaker; also of all the houses, buildings, lights, soil and ground, water courses, gutters, sewers, cellars, warehouses, ways, entries, &c., &c.

So seised, the said Robert Wythens made his will as follows: I give all my messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments to my son William Wythens and the heirs of his body for ever; for default of such heirs, the same to remain to my son Francis Wythens and the heirs of his body for ever; for default, to my son Thomas Wythens and the heirs of his body for ever; and for default, the same to remain to my right heirs for ever, as by the said will dated 25 September last past more fully appears.

The 2 messuages in the said parish of St. Michael in Cornhill are held of the Queen in free burgage as the whole City of London is held, and are worth per ann., clear, £6 13s. 4d. The messuage called le Maidenhed alias Maydenhed alley and other the premises in the said parish of St. Martin Orgar are held of the Queen in free socage by fealty only and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £6. The messuages and other the premises in the said parish of St. Benedict Gracechurch, London, are held of the Queen in free burgage, and are worth per ann., clear, £5.

Robert Wythens died the 9th day of October last past; William Wythens is his eldest son and next heir, and was then aged 26 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 68.

John Ritche.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 5 September, 36 Eliz. [1594], A before Richard Martyn, knight, Mayor and escheator, after the death of John Ritche of Deptforde alias West Grenewiche in co. Kent, esq., by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Harvye, William Croche, James Robinson, Edward Osborne, Edward Pilsworth, Robert Durham, Clement Buck, Cuthbert Lee, Robert Saunders, Richard Milles, Richard Kerbye, Henry Best, James Taylor, Edward Catcher and Michael Crowche, who say that

John Ritch was seised in his demesne as of fee of 2 messuages lying within the parish of the Blessed Mary of Wolchurch, London, now in the occupation of John Stokley, citizen and grocer of London; 1 messuage situate within the parish of St. Bartholomew the Less, London, near le Royall Exchaunge, now in the tenure of James Colymer, citizen and haberdasher of London; 1 messuage lying in the parish of St. Margaret in Lothberrye, London, now in the tenure of Thomas Middleton, grocer; about 30 a. of land lying in the parish of Lewsham in co. Kent; 5 messuages, 1 water-mill, and 50 a. of land in the parish of Upper Deptford alias West Grenewiche in the said county; 1 yearly rent charge of £20 issuing out of the manor of Eastmalling; and divers other lands or tenements in Eastmalling, Westmalling, Dytton, and D . . . ng in the said county.

So seised, the said John Ritch made his will 23 January, 35 Eliz. [1593] as follows: I give all my messuages, houses, lands, gardens, rents, &c., which I have in the City of London and the suburbs thereof, and all other my messuages, lands, tenements, mills, pastures, meadows, feedings, rivers, ponds, &c. &c., which I have as well in Deptford alias West Grenewich and in the parish of Deptford and in the parish of Lewysham in co. Kent as elsewhere within this realm of England and the dominions thereof to my daughter Judith now the wife of Henry Becker, esq., and her heirs for ever, without any manner of condition.

The 2 messuages lying within the parish of the Blessed Mary of Wolchurch are held of the Queen by fealty only in free socage and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, 20s. The messuage situate within the parish of St. Bartholomew the Less is held of the Queen in free burgage and common socage by fealty only and not in chief, and is worth per ann., clear, 10s. The messuage in the parish of St. Margaret in Lothburrye is held in free burgage according to the custom of the City of London, and is worth per ann., clear, 10s. The 30 a. of land lying in the parish of Lewisham are held of the Queen as of her manor of Lewisham by fealty only and not in chief and are worth per ann., clear, 13s. 4d. The 5 tenements and 1 water mill and 50 a. of land in Upper Deptford alias West Grenewich are held of the Queen as of her manor of Deptford by fealty only and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, 20s.

John Ritch died 7 September last past; William Ritch is his son and next heir, and was then aged 40 years and more.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 240, No. 73.

Henry Sutton, Citizen and Goldsmith.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 13 December, 36 Eliz. [1593], before Cuthbert Buckle, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Henry Sutton, late citizen and goldsmith of London, by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Harvie, William Crouche, Edward Osbourne, James Robinson, Hugh Ley, John Langley, John Allen, Hugh Ingram, Thomas Wigges, Christopher Dickinson, Richard Milles, Robert Durrant, Cuthbert Ley, Andrew Feilde, Stephen Porter, James Tailor and Richard Rogers, who say that

Henry Sutton was seised in his demesne as of fee of 1 messuage called by the sign of the "Dogge and the Beare" situate in Norton Folgate in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, in co. Middlesex, late in the tenure of Noster (Nostri) Barnard; 1 other messuage there called by the sign of the "Bores Heade," late in the tenure of John Kirkland; 1 other messuage there called by the sign of the Barber Surgion; 1 other messuage there called the Brewers Armes; 1 other messuage there called the Fawcon; 4 other messuages with orchards, gardens and yards to the same severally belonging, lying in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, now or late in the several tenures of John Godgame, William Dunne and John Godman; 1 other messuage lying in the parish of St. Andrew Undershaft, in the City of London, commonly called by the sign of the Pewter Pott, now or late in the tenure of Henry Lodge; 1 other tenement in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, now or late in the tenure of Anne Wood, widow, 1 other messuage in the parish of St. Andrew Undershaft, now or late in the tenure of Margery Sutton, widow, formerly the wife of Isaac Sutton, deceased; 1 other messuage in the said parish, now or late in the occupation of William Close; and 1 other messuage in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, now or late in the tenure of Reginald Buss.

So seised, the said Henry Sutton made his will 6 September, 34 Eliz. [1592], and thereby bequeathed as follows [here given in English]:

First I give to Nicholas Sutton my eldest son and heir apparent all that my messuage called the sign of the "Dogge and the Beare" lying in Norton Folgate in co. Midd., now or late in the tenure of Noster Barnard; my messuage there called the "Bores head," in the occupation of John Kirkland; my messuage there called the sign of the Barber surgion; my messuage there called the Brewers Arms; my tenement called the Fawcon; my several messuages, gardens, orchards and backsides in the City of London and the suburbs thereof or within the liberties thereof now or late in the several tenures of John Goodgame, William Dunne, John Goodman and John Wood, and all edifices, buildings, yards, orchards, lands, &c., to the said messuages belonging: To hold to the said Nicholas during his natural life, the remainder thereof after his decease to Johan Lee my daughter, wife of Robert Lee, citizen and merchant tailor of London for her natural life; the remainder thereof after her decease to Henry Lee, son of the said Robert and Johan, and to the heirs of his body; for default, to Robert Lee, younger brother of the said Henry Lee, and to the heirs of his body; for default, to John Lee, another brother of the said Henry, and to the heirs of his body; for default, to Hugh Lee, another brother of the said Henry, and to the heirs of his body; for default, to the heirs of the said John Lee; and for default, to my right heirs and their heirs for ever.

I give to Elizabeth my wife my messuage called the sign of the Pewter Pott, situate in the parish of St. Andrew Undershaft, in the tenure of Henry Lodge, also my tenement in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, in the occupation of Anne Wood, widow, late the wife of Roger Wood, deceased; also my messuage in the tenure of Margery Sutton, widow, in the said parish of St. Andrews Undershaft; also my messuage in the said parish late in the occupation of William Closse; and my tenement in the said parish of St. Botolph in the tenure of Reynould Buss, with all the buildings, gardens, orchards, &c., thereto belonging: To hold to the said Elizabeth for her natural life, if she so long remain unmarried; after her decease, the remainder thereor to the said Henry Lee and to the heirs of his body; for default, to Robert Lee younger brother of the said Henry and to the heirs of his body; for default, to the said John Lee and the heirs of his body; for default, to the said Hugh Lee and the heirs of his body; for default, to the heirs of the body of the said Johan Lee my daughter; and for default, the remainder thereof to my right heirs for ever.

All the said premises in Norton Folgate in the said parish of St. Botolph are held of the Queen by fealty only in free and common socage, and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £6. All the messuages, &c., in the said parish of St. Andrew Undershaft, London, are held of the Queen in free burgage, to wit, by fealty only, and not in chief, and are worth per ann., clear, £4.

Henry Sutton died 9 December, 35 Eliz. [1592]; the said Nicholas is his son and heir and was then aged 52 years.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2. vol. 241, No. 99.

William Dodworthe, citizen and merchant-tailor.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 1 February, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Cuthbert Buckle, Mayor and escheator, after the death of William Dodworthe, citizen and merchant-tailor of London, by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Crowche, James Robinson, John Langley, Hugh Ingram, Hugh Lee, Robert Durant, John Jenninges, John Dixon, Richard Milles, Thomas Wigges, Robert Saunders, Andrew Feild, Richard Kerbie, Henry Best, Cuthbert Lee, Christopher Aswith, and James . . ., who say that

William Dodworth long before his death was seised in all those messuages now or late in the several tenures of . . . Marbeck, Griffin Joanes, Simon Stafford, Lancelot Clincarte, Adam Wharf and Margaret Dodworthe, situate in the parish of St. Giles without Creplegate, London; all those 4 messuages lying in the parish of St. Martin Orgar in the City of London, in the south part of the lane called St. Martin's lane near Thamestreete, now or late in the occupation Robert Thurlowe, John Peryn and Richard Butler; also all those 2 tenements lying together, formerly called 7 tenements situate in the parish of St. John in Walbrook, now or late in the tenures of Edward Lilly, Robert Pigeon, and George Nixson.

So seised, the said William Dodworth made his will 23 June last past as follows [here given in English]: Whereas I am seised of an estate of inheritance in fee simple of certain messuages lying in the parish of St. Giles without Creplegate which I lately purchased of Richard Theckestone and Henry Best: I hereby give the same to Margaret Dodworth my wife during her natural life; and after her death, the remainder thereof to Margaret Dodworth my daughter and to the heirs of her body; for default, to the heirs of my body; for default, to the heirs of the body of the said Margaret my wife; and for default, I give the said messuages as follows: viz., so many as are within the alley called Ship Alley to Richard Morehowse, my late servant, and to the heirs of his body; and for default, the remainder thereof to my right heirs for ever: and those 2 of the said messuages which are in the "streete side," I give to William Boroughes son of Ralph Boroughes, citizen and merchant tailor of London, and to William Latham, son of Richard Latham, citizen and merchant tailor of London, and to the several heirs of their bodies; and for default, to my right heirs for ever.

And whereas I am also seised in like manner of 4 messuages in the parish of St. Marten Orgar, in the south part of the lane there called St. Marten's Lane near Thamestreate which I lately bought of Roger Rante and Peter Whetcombe, and likewise have a "meane" estate for years of the said 4 messuages derived out of a demise for years thereof, which is not "drowned extincte nor determyned " in my said estate of inheritance in the said premises: I now give those 2 of the said messuages which are next to Thames street to the said Margaret my wife during her natural life; and after her death the remainder there to the said Margaret Dodworth my daughter and to the heirs of her body; for default, to the heirs of my body; for default, to Mark Morehowse my late servant and to the heirs of his body; for default, to William Latham son of Richard Latham, citizen and merchant tailor of London, and to the heirs of his body; for default, to Thomas Lathom another of the sons of the said Richard and to the heirs of his body; and for default, the remainder thereof to my right heirs for ever.

And I give the other 2 of the said 4 messuages to the said Margaret my wife during her natural life; and after her death, the remainder thereof to the said Margaret my daughter and to the heirs of her body; for default, to the heirs of my body; for default, to the said William Latham son of the said Richard and to the heirs of his body; and for default, to the said Thomas Latham brother of the said William and to his heirs; and for default, the remainder thereof to my right heirs for ever.

Whereas I am likewise seised of 2 messuages "adjoyninge togeather," sometime called 7 tenements, lying in the parish of St. John in Walbrook, and likewise have a "meane" estate for years in the same: I now devise that one of the said 2 messuages which now is in the occupation of Robert Piggyn and George Nixson and is the "westermoste" of the said 2 tenements to the said Margaret my wife and the heirs of her body; for default, to the heirs of my body; and for default, to my right heirs for ever. And I give the other messuage, now in the occupation of Richard Morehous and Edward Lylly, the "estermoste" of the said 2 tenements, to the said Margaret Dodworth my daughter and to the heirs of her body; for default, the remainder thereof to the heirs of my body; for default, to the said Margaret my wife and to the heirs of her body; for default, to the said Richard Morehous and Mark Morehous and to the several heirs of their bodies; for default, to the said William Boroughes son of the said Raphe Boroughes and to the heirs of his body; for default, to the heirs of the body of the said Raphe Boroughes; and for default, the remainder thereof to my right heirs for ever.

The messuages in the parish of St. Giles without Creplegate are held of the Queen as of her manor of East Greenwich in co. Kent, by fealty only in free and common socage, and not in chief or by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, 40s. The tenements in the parish of St. Martin Orgar are held of the Queen as of her said manor of East Greenwich by fealty only, in free and common socage and not in chief or by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, 53s. 4d. The messuages in the parish of St. John in Walbrook are held of the Queen as of her said manor by fealty only, in free and common socage, and not in chief or by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, 54s.

William Dodworthe died 5 September last past leaving Margaret his only daughter and sole heir, who was then aged 5 years, 6 weeks and 6 days.

The said Margaret late the wife of the said William still survives.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 241, No. 118.

Rowland Hayward, Knight.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 21 February, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Cuthbert Buckle, Mayor and escheator, after the death of Rowland Hayward, late citizen and Alderman of London, by the oath of Thomas Saywel, William Harvy, William Crowche, James Robinson, Robert Durrante, John Jennynges, John Dyxon, Richard Rogers, Cuthbert Lee, Christopher Dickin . . ., Richard Mylles, Andrew Feild, Richard Kyrby, Henry Beste, James Taylor, and Michael Crouche, who say that

Rowland Hayward, knight, was seised in his demesne as of fee of the manor, mansion house and capital messuage called Kynges place lying in Hackney in co. Midd., late in the tenure of the said Sir Rowland, and all the houses, orchards, gardens, woods, &c., thereto belonging; and divers lands and tenements in Hackney.

So seised, the said Sir Rowland by indenture dated 18 September, 35 Eliz. [1593], made between himself of the one part and Anthony Ratcliffe and Nicholas Mosseley, Alderman of the City of London, Richard Warren of London, esq., Alexander Kynge of London, esq., Edward Pillesworthe, citizen and clothworker of London, and William Cotton, citizen and draper of London, of the other part, conveyed the said manor, lands, &c., and the reversion thereof to the said Anthony Ratcliffe and others to the sole and proper use of them and their heirs for ever, upon trust nevertheless that they shall suffer the said Sir Rowland Hayward during his natural life to have and hold the said premises and to take the rents thereof, and also that they shall within convenient time after the death of the said Sir Rowland convey, bargain and sell the same for the largest amount possible, and employ the money arising from such sale for the performance of the will of the said Sir Rowland [indenture here given in English].

The said Sir Rowland Hayward was likewise long before his death seised in his demesne as of fee of all that manor or lordship of Conde or Cownde in co. Salop, and the manor or lordship of Cardington, and of all those messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments in Cardington in co. Salop, lately purchased by the said Rowland Hayward, knight, of the free and customary tenants of the said manor of Cardington; and of the farm or manor of Hudwicke in the said county of Salop; and .all that farm and all the lands, tenements and hereditaments called Brierly adjoining Walcam Woode in or near the parish of Stotesdon alias Stoterton in the said county; and all the lands, tenements and hereditaments in the manor or lordship of Stretton in the said county; also the manor or lordship of Teremeneth alias Stretmarcell in co. Montgomery; and divers lands, &c., in the parish of le Poole, Buttington and Gilfeilde in the said county of Montgomery; also of that large messuage wherein the said Sir Rowland lately dwelt in the parish of St. Alphage or St. Mary Aldermanburie, formerly called Elsinge or Isinge spittell; and all the messuages, houses, gardens, orchards, &c., to the said messuage adjoining and belonging; and divers messuages, houses, lands, &c., in Phillipp Lane in the said City of London, late parcel of Elsinge Spittell, now or late in the tenure of Dame Katharine Hayward . . . Lord Norrys of Ricot, Richard Ley, Hugh Whitebrooke and Richard Langley; divers messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments called Garlande Alley, lying without Bishopsgate in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate, now or late in the tenures of Henry Jackson, John Gares, John Rayner, Joyce Sheres, Edmund Hunt, John Newton, John Hampson, Henry Stacie, Brock (Broci) Whitney, William Carter, Anne Ackerlande, Thomas Thorneton and Daniel Bewporte; divers messuages, lands and tenements lying in or near Milkestrete in the parish of St. Mary Magdalene, London, now or late in the several tenures of John Lacye, Richard Boothe, Thomas Hide and Robert Herne; all that meadow or pasture lying near Temple Mille in Stratford Langthorne in co. Essex; and divers lands and tenements in the vills, hamlets and parishes of Conde, Cardington, Hudwicke, Burley, Stretton, Teremeneth alias Stretmercell, Poole, Gilfeilde, Phillip Lane, St. Botolph, St. Marie Magdalen and Stratford Langthorne.

So seised, the said Sir Rowland by indenture dated 5 September, 34 Eliz. [1592], [here given in English,] made between himself of the one part and Richard Warren, esq., Edward Pillesworthe, citizen and clothworker of London, and William Cotton, citizen and draper of London, of the other part, demised all the said premises to said Richard, Edward, and William: to hold immediately after the decease of the survivor of the said Sir Rowland Hayward and Dame Katharine his wife for the term of 12 years, paying therefor yearly 1 red rose at the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist if it be lawfully demanded, upon special confidence nevertheless that the said Richard Warren and others shall employ all the rents and profits of the said premises to such persons and uses as the said Sir Rowland by his last will shall appoint, provided always that if any heir male of the body of the said Sir Rowland shall before the expiration of the said term accomplish the full age of 21 years, or if the said Sir Rowland shall any time make void this said indenture, or shall deliver to the said Richard Warren, Edward Pillesworthe and William Cotton and to any other persons to their use a ring of gold of the value of 5s. or more, that then and from thenceforth this indenture shall be utterly void and of no effect.

The said Sir Rowland was long before his death likewise seised in his demesne as of fee of the manor or lordship of Doddington alias Ditton alias Earles Dytton in the parish of Mortimer Cleoburie or elsewhere in co. Salop; the manor or lordship of Rounde Acton in the parishes of Wenlocke and Rounde Acton; the manor or lordship of Parva Wenlocke in the said county; the manors or lordships of Magna Dawley and Stircheley in the said county; the manor or lordship of Tiberton alias Tibrighton in the parish of Tiberton or elsewhere in the said county; the demesne lands and other lands and tenements called Lydlowes Hayes alias Lydleyes Hayes in the parish of Cardington in the said county, and now or late in the tenure of Rowland Whitebroke; the manor or lordship of Edgdon in the said county; the manor or lordship of Tugford Burley and Longstaunton in the parishes of Tugford and Staunton in the said county; the manor or lordship of Heathe and Heathe parke, adjoining the manor of Tugford in the parishes of Milborne, Stoke, Tugford and Heathe, and in all that soil, waste or ground and all those houses, lands, and tenements formerly called Jhesus Steeple adjoining or lying near St. Paul's Church in London, now or late in the several tenures of John Browne, Robert Cogon and Hugh Faycrcloughe; and all the houses, buildings, orchards, gardens, lands, &c., in Woodstreet and Bountinge Alley parcel of Woodstreete in the parish of St. Alphage, London, now or late in the tenure of Margaret Selbie, John Preston, Richard Hawkesford, John Gardiner, Philip Traherne, William Hawe, James Dagger, Bridget Birham, Roger Pepper, Thomas Rosamonde, William Midleton, William Snellinge, Margaret Carter, Robert Greenenopp, Thomas Tomkins, Simon Muse, John Dowdinge, Elizabeth Gisse, Henry Ince and Margaret Marten; and all the messuages, granges, houses, lands, &c. &c., to the last recited manors and premises belonging; and divers other lands, tenements and hereditaments in the vills, fields, hamlets and parishes of Dodington, Ditton, Rounde Acton, Wenlocke, Magna Dawley, Stirchley, Tiberton, Lydlowes Hayes, Edgdon, Tugford, Burley, Longe Staunton, Heathe, Heathe Parke, Jhesus Steeple, Woodstreete and Bountinge Alley. So seised, the said Sir Rowland by indenture dated 5 Sept., 34 Eliz. [1592], made between himself of the one part and the said Richard Warren, Edward Pillesworthe and William Cotton of the other part granted to the said Richard, Edward and William all the said premises last recited: to hold immediately after the death of the said Sir Rowland for the term of 17 years, paying therefor yearly 1 red rose at Midsummer if it be lawfully demanded, on condition that they shall bestow all the rents and profits of the said premises to such persons and uses as the said Sir Rowland by his last will shall appoint, provided always that if the said Sir Rowland shall at any time determine to frustrate this Indenture and shall tender to the said Richard Warren, Edward Pillesworth and William Cotton a gold ring of the value of 5s. or more, that then this indenture shall be void.

The said Sir Rowland was likewise seised in his demesne as of fee and right of the advowson of the vicarage or Church of Conde in the said county of Salop, viz., in his demesne as of fee; also of the manor or lordship of Parva Dawley in the said county; and all the tithes growing or renewing in the vills, fields, hamlets and parishes of Dudleston, Northwoode, Trenche, Elleston and Greeneyall in the said county and in co. Flint; and the manor or lordship of Lavenden alias Landen in cos. Bucks and Bedford; the manors or lordships of Bemerton and Quidhampton in co. Wilts, divers other lands, tenements and hereditaments in Parva Dawley, Dudleston, Northwoode, Trenche, Elleston, Greneyall, Lavenden, Bemerton and Quidhampton, also of the reversion of the messuage called Walcainwoode and of all the lands and tenements to the same belonging in co. Salop as of fee and right, depending upon the death of—who holds the same for the term of her life.

So seised, the said Sir Rowland by another indenture dated the said 5th day of September in the said 34th year of Eliz., made between himself of the one part, and Thomas Fanshawe, esq., the Queen's Remembrancer of the Court of Exchequer and John Smythe of Sturrey, in co. Kent, esq., and John Lacye, citizen and clothworker of London, of the other part, in consideration of the entire goodwill and affection which he bore towards Dame Katherine Hayward his wife and to his children as well of Dame Johan Hayward, deceased, sometime his wife as of the said Dame Katherine his now wife and for the preferment of his said children and for the more certain order and disposition of the said manors and other the premises—promised and agreed that he and his heirs should stand seised of the manor of Doddington alias Dytton in the parish of Mortimer Cleobury in co. Salop, the manor of Conde, the advowson, free disposition and right of patronage of the Church of Conde, the manor of Rounde Acton with a tenement and lands in Brocton in the parishes of Rounde Acton, Wenlock and Brocton in co. Salop, the manors of Little Wenlocke and Little Dawley; the manors of Great Dawley and Stirchley in the parishes of Great Dawley and Strichley in the said county; the manor of Tiberton in the said county, the manor of Cardington in the said county; all the messuages, lands, &c., which the said Sir Rowland purchased of the free and copy holders of the said manor of Cardington, the demesne and other lands and tenements called Lydlowes Haies, in the parish of Cardington; all the lands and tenements of the said Sir Rowland in the manor of Stretton, the manor of Tugford Burley and Longstaunton in the parish of Tugford; the manor of Heathe and Heathe Parke, adjoining the said manor of Tugford, the manor of Edgdon in co. Salop, the tithes of sheaves, corn, grain and hay and all other the tithes of the said Sir Rowland in Dudleston, Northwoode, Trenche, Elleston and Greneyall in cos. Salop and Flint, the farm of Hudwicke, the farm called Walcainwoode in the parish of Stotesdon, the farm and lands called Bryerley in the said parish of Stotesden, the manor of Teremeneth in co. Montgomery, and all other the lands and tenements of the said Sir Rowland in the parishes of le Poole . . . in the said county of Montgomery, the manor of Lavenden in cos. Bucks and Bedford, and all other the lands in the said counties of Bucks and Bedford; the manors of Bemerton and Quidhampton in co. Wilts and all the lands, &c., in co. Wilts, the great messuage lying in the parishes of St. Alphage and St. Mary in Aldermanbury, called Elsinge spittell, and all the houses, &c., thereto belonging, the messuages, houses, &c., in Phillip Lane and in the parish of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate and in Milk street in the parish of St. Mary Magdalen, the waste ground, soil, houses, lands, &c., called Jhesus Steeple, and the houses, buildings, &c., in Little Woodstreet, the meadow ground or pasture in Stratford Langthorne in co. Essex, and all the messuages, gardens, tenements, woods, waters, fishings, mills, tithes, advowsons, courts leet, views of frank pledge to the said premises belonging to the uses following, viz., as to the said manor of Conde and the advowson and right of patronage of the Church there, the manor of and lands in Cardington, the farm of Hudwicke, the farm called Brierley, the premises in Stretton, the manor of Teremeneth alias Stretmercell and all the said lands in co. Montgomery, the great messuage wherein the said Sir Rowland Hawyard now dwells called Elsinge Spittell and the houses, &c., thereto belonging, the premises in Phillip Lane sometime parcel of the said Elsing spittle, the messuages, houses, &c., called Garlande Alley, the said premises in the said parish of St. Botolphs and in or near Milke street, the meadow ground near Temple Mill in Stratford Langthorne in co. Essex, and all messuages, lands, &c., to the said premises belonging—to the use of the said Sir Rowland Hayward and Dame Katherine his wife and the heirs male of the body of the said Sir Rowland begotten and to be begotten; for default, to the use of the heirs female of the body of the said Sir Rowland as well by the said Dame Johan his late wife as by the said Dame Katherine his now wife; and for default, to the use of his right heirs for ever.

As to the manor of Doddington alias Dytton alias Earles Dytton, the manors of Rounde Acton, Lytle Wenlocke, Great Dawley, Stircheley and Tiberton, the demesne and other lands called Lydlowes Heyes, the manor of Edgdon, the manor of Tugford Burley and Longstaunton, the manor of Heathe and Heathe Parke, the waste ground, &c., called Jesus Steeple, the houses, orchards, lands, &c., in Little Woodstreet, and the messuages, lands, &c., to the said manors, &c., belonging to the use of the said Sir Rowland and the heirs male of his body begotten and to be begotten; for default, to the use of the heirs female of the body of the said Sir Rowland as well by the said Dame Johan as the said Dame Katharine; and for default, to the use of his right heirs for ever: which said premises last mentioned the said Sir Rowland had assured for divers years yet enduring for payment of his debts and legacies and the performance of his will. And whereas the Queen ought by the laws of this realm to have after the death of the said Sir Rowland for wardship or primer seisin a full 3rd part of all his manors, lands, &c., by these presents conveyed for the preferment of his said wife and children or whereof the fee simple is or shall be left to any of his children or to his right heirs, and so that she may not be prejudiced therein the said Sir Rowland hereby limits the said manor of Little Dawley and all the said tithes issuing and happening in the towns, fields, &c., of Dudleston, Northwoode, Trenche, Elleston and Greeneyall, the said manor of Lavenden, the said lands and tenements in cos. Bucks and Bedford, the manor or site of Bemerton and Quidhampton and all other the lands, &c., in co. Wilts, the manor, farm or messuage in Walcam Woode, and all the messuages, lands, &c., to the last recited premises belonging—to remain to the Queen and her heirs and successors for her full 3rd part, provided always and it is agreed between the said parties to these presents and the said Sir Rowland grants to the said Thomas Fanshawe, John Smythe and John Lacie that he will be seised immediately after such time as the said title which shall grow to the Queen after the death of the said Sir Rowland shall be ended or removed from the Queen by reason of livery sued thereon or any other means of all the said manors, lands, &c., so limited to the Queen to the uses following: viz. as to the manor of Lavenden and the lands in cos. Bucks and Bedford to the use of John Hayward second son of the said Sir Rowland and the heirs of his body; for default, to the use of the heirs male of the body of the said Sir Rowland; for default, to the use of the heirs female of his body as well by the said Dame Joan as by the said Dame Katharine; and for default, to the use of his right heirs for ever. As to all other the premises before limited to the Queen, to the use of the heirs male of the body of the said Sir Rowland; for default, to the use of his heirs female; and for default, to the use of his right heirs for ever.

On the 17th day of November, 1592, the said Sir Rowland Hayward, knight, made his will reciting the demises and grants before set out, and giving sums of money to his sons and daughters [particulars and names not given].

Of whom or by what service the manor and mansion house called King's Place are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, £13 6s. 8d. The manor of Conde, the advowson of the Church and other the premises there are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service and are worth per ann., clear, £4 12s. 2d.; of whom or by what service the manor of Cardington and other the premises there are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, £6 13s. 4d. The manor or farm of Hudwicke and other the premises there are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, 40s. The premises called Brierly in or near Stotesden and other the premises there are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service and are worth per ann., clear, 53s. 4d. Of whom or by what service the premises in the lordship of Stretton are held is not known: they are worth per ann., clear, 13s. 4d. The manor of Teremeneth alias Stretmercell and other the premises in le Poole, Buttington and Gilfeilde are held of [blank] in free socage by fealty and the rent of [blank] and are worth per ann., clear, £20. The large messuage called Elsinge Spettell and all the premises in Philip Lane are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service and are worth per ann., clear, £9. The premises called Garlande Alley are held of the Queen in free burgage and are worth per ann., clear, £4. Of whom or by what service the premises in Milkstreet are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, 30s. Of whom or by what service the manor of Doddington in the parish of Mortimer Cleobury and other the lands there are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, £4 2s. 0d. Of whom or by what service the manor of Rounde Acton and other the premises there are held is not known: they are worth per ann., clear, £3 6s. 8d. The manor of Parva Wenlocke and other the premises there are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, £3 6s. 8d. Of whom or by what service the manor of Magna Dawley and other the premises there are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, £3. Of whom or by what service the manor of Stirchley and other the premises there are held is not known: they are worth per ann., clear, 20s. Of whom the manor of Tiberton and other the premises there are held is not known: they are worth per ann., clear, 50s. Of whom the premises called Lydlowes Hayes are held is not known: they are worth per ann., clear, 50s. Of whom the manor of Edgdon and other the premises there are held the jurors know not: they are worth per ann., clear, £3. The manors of Tugford Burley and Longestaunton and other the premises in Tugford and Staunton are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service and are worth per ann., clear, £6 13s. 4d. Of whom the manor of Heathe and Heathe Parke and other the premises in Milborne, Stoke, Tugford and Heathe are held is not known: they are worth per ann., clear, 20s. The waste ground and premises called Jhesus Steeple are held of the Queen in free burgage and are worth per ann., clear, 50s. The premises in Wood street and Bountinge Alley are held of the Queen in free burgage and are worth per ann., clear, £9. The manor of Parva Dawley and other the premises there are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service and are worth per ann., clear, 20s. Of whom or by what service the tithes in Dudleston, Northwood, Trenche, Elleston and Greeneyall are held is not known: they are worth per ann., clear, £7. The manor of Lavenden and other the premises there are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, £19. The manor or site of Bemerton and Quidhampton and other the premises there are held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, and are worth per ann., clear, £7. The manor or farm called Walcam Wood is held of the Queen as next above, and is worth per ann., clear, 20s.

Sir Rowland Hayward died 5 December last past; George Hayward is his son and next heir and is now aged 7 years except 17 days.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 241, No. 125.

John Russell, knight.

Inquisition taken at the Guildhall, 6 March, 36 Eliz. [1594], before Cuthbert Buckell, Mayor and escheator, Drogo Drury, knight, and William Daniell, esq., and William Necton, gent., feodary of the said City, by virtue of a commission to them and to John Luson, knight, and Richard Younge, esq., directed after the death of John Russell, knight, by the oath of Thomas Sewell, William Hardye, William Crowche, James Robenson, Hugh Ingram, Robert Durrani, Thomas Wigge, Robert Saunders, Richard Milles, Christopher Dickenson, Clement Buck, Richard Rogers, Andrew Feelde, Richard Kirbye, James Taylor, Cuthbert Lee, and Michael Crowche, who say that

John Russell, knight, was seised in his demesne as of fee tail, to wit, to him and the heirs of his body of the manor of Hall in co. Worcester, and 20 messuages, 10 tofts, 1 water mill, 20 orchards, 20 gardens, 500 a. of land, 150 a. of meadow, 300 a. of pasture, 20 a. of wood, 100 a. of furze and heath, and £4 rent in Hanley Castell, Upton on Severne, and Welland in the said county; also of the moiety of divers lands, tenements and hereditaments lying in Wallworthe within the parish of Newington or elsewhere in co. Surrey: the moiety of 1 tenement or farm lying at Shutt up Hill within the parish of Hamsted in co. Middlesex, now or late in the tenure of Robert Northe; the moieties of the manors of Esthame Burnells, Westhame Burnells, Eastwest Hame and Plays in co. Essex; the moiety of divers acres of marsh in the said county now or late in the tenure of Clement Sesley, esq.; the moiety of 1 messuage or tenement, lying in the parish of St. Martin near Ludgate, London, now or late in the occupation of Richard Grandiche, haberdasher; the moiety of 1 messuage situate in the same parish of St. Martin, now or late in the tenure of Robert Hodgson, gent.; the moiety of 1 messuage lying in the parish of St. Martin Orgar next Crooked Lane, in the City of London, now or late in the tenure of Edmund Burton; the moiety of 2 messuages being in the parish of St. Peter in Cornhill; now or late in the several tenures of Thomas Dalton, "alebruer" and John Maskall, armourer, divers lands and tenements situate in Netherholoway in the parish of Isuldon in co. Middlesex, now or late in the tenure of Thomas Hubbett and Clement Rigges; the manor of Holme Hall in Stowquie in co. Cambridge and divers other lands and tenements Stowquye, Ditton, Fenne Ditton, Falbome or elsewhere in co. Cambridge; divers lands and tenements in the parish of Wolwiche in co. Kent now or late in the tenure of Robert Stepnethe, gent.; and divers lands and tenements in Rayley, Thundersley and Hockley, in co. Essex.

Thomas Russell, knight, now deceased, father of the said John Russell, was in the lifetime of the said Thomas seised in his demesne as of fee of the manors of Magna Wittley, Parva Wittley and Sutton Sturmye in the said county of Worcester, and the advowson of the churches of Magna and Parva Wittley to the said manors belonging; also 15 houses of salt water (bullar) or salt pans in Droytwiche in the said county.

And he being so seised, a fine was levied at Westminster from the day of St. Michael in one month, 10 Eliz. [1568], between Francis Folliott, gent., and Richard Butler, plts, and the said Thomas Russell, deforciant, of the said manors, salt houses and advowsons, viz., the said Thomas acknowledged the said premises to be the right of the said Francis as those which the said Francis and Richard had of his gift, and the same remised and quitclaimed to them and to the heirs of the said Francis for ever: for this acknowledgment and agreement the said Francis and Richard granted the said premises to the said Thomas for the term of 1 week, and afterwards the said manors, &c, to remain to Margaret wife of the said Thomas for her life; after her decease, to the said Thomas and the heirs male of his body for ever; for default of such issue, then the said premises after the deaths of the said Thomas and Margaret to remain wholly to John Russell son and heir of John Russell of Wittley and the heirs male of his body; for default, then to the right heirs of the said Thomas Russell for ever.

The said Thomas Russell was likewise seised in his demesne as of fee of 3 burgages in Tewkesbury in co. Gloucester, and of the moiety of 2 closes or pastures in Upton on Severne in co. Worcester called Fistelie Moore and Drake lande; and 10s. rent in Upton on Severne; the manor of Brode Campden in co. Gloucester, and 12 messuages, 12 cottages, 12 gardens, 6 orchards, 40 a. of land, 100 a. of meadow, 300 a. of pasture, 40 a. of furze and heath and 30s. 2½d. of rent in Brode Campden.

So seised, a fine was levied at Westminster from the day of Easter in 1 month, 14 Eliz. [1572], between Philip Brace and Richard Cholmeley, gentlemen, plts., and the said Thomas Russell, deforciant, of the said manor, rent and tenements, viz., the said Thomas acknowledged the said premises to be the right of the said Richard as those which the said Richard and Philip had of his gift, and the same remised and quitclaimed to them and the heirs of the said Richard for ever: for which acknowledgment the said Richard and Philip granted to the said Thomas the said manor, tenements and rent for his whole life without impeachment of waste; after his death, the same to remain wholly to Thomas Russell, gent., son of the said Thomas Russell, knight, and the heirs male of his body, paying therefore yearly to the said Richard and Philip and the heirs of the said Richard £7; for default of such issue, the said premises to revert wholly to the said Richard and Philip and the heirs of the said Richard for ever. By the said fine the said Richard and Philip also granted to the said Thomas Russell the father, the reversion of the said manor, tenements and rent, and the said rent of £7 above reserved: to hold to him and his heirs for ever.

Francis Brace, esq., was seised in his demesne as of fee of the 3rd part of the manor of Ridmerley Adams and of the 3rd part of 200 a. of land, 60 a. of meadow, 100 a. of pasture, 10 a. of wood, and 5s. rent in Wittley Magna in co. Worcester.

So seised, a fine was levied at Westminster 12 Eliz. [1569–70], between the said Thomas Russell, knight, and Margaret his wife, plts., and the said Francis Brace and Mary his wife, deforciants, of the said 3rd parts of the said manor, tenements and rent, whereupon a plea of covenant was summoned between them in the same court, to wit, the said Francis and Mary acknowledged the said premises to be the right of the said Thomas as those which the said Thomas and Margaret had of the gift of the said Francis and Mary and the same remised and quitclaimed to them and the heirs of the said Thomas for ever: which said fine was levied to the use of the said Thomas Russell and Margaret and the heirs of the said Thomas for ever.

The said Thomas Russell was likewise seised in his demesne as of fee of the manors of Streynshame, Pepleton, Dormeston, Thorne, Cookhill, Clodeshall and Fleforde Flavell, with the advowsons of the churches of Strenshame and Pepleton to the said manors belonging; and 200 messuages, 300 gardens, 4 water-mills, 4,000 a. of meadow, 2,000 a. of pasture and 500 a. of wood in Streynshame, Pepleton, Dormeston, Eckington, Cookhill, Cloddeshall and Fleeford Flavell in the said county of Worcester.

So seised, in consideration of a marriage between the said John Russell, named in the said commission, and Elizabeth Sheldon, daughter of Ralph Sheldon of Beoley in the said county, esq., and in performance of a certain covenant to be fulfilled on behalf of the said Thomas Russell, specified in certain indentures tripartite dated 26 May, 15 Eliz. [1573], by his deed dated the 27th day of the same May in the said year delivered and confirmed to Francis Welche and Edmund Harewell, esquires, and the said Francis Brace all the said manors, advowsons and premises last recited and the reversions thereof: to hold to them and their heirs for ever, to the use of the said Thomas Russell and his heirs until the said marriage shall be solemnized, and afterwards to the use of the said Thomas for his natural life, after his decease, to the use of the said John Russell and the heirs male of his body; for default, to the use of the said Thomas Russell and the heirs male of his body; and for default, the remainder thereof to the right heirs of the said Thomas for ever.

The said Thomas died seised of all the said manors, &c., and the said Margaret survived him, and held herself sole in the said manors of Magna and Parva Whitley, &c., and is still thereof seised in her demesne as of free tenant for the term of her life. After the death of the said Thomas Russell the remainder of the said manors of Magna and Parva Wittley, &c., descended to the said John Russell as son and heir male of the body of the said Thomas.

The said John Russell was also seised in his demesne as of fee of a certain other messuage in the parish of St. Martin within Ludgate in the suburbs of London, late in the tenure of Thomas Bromley, the Queen's Solicitor General; 1 other tenement thereto next adjoining towards the south, late in the tenure of Edward Griffyn; 1 other messuage called the Shipp situate in the same parish and late in the tenure of Thomas Taylor; the manor of Eckington in co. Worcester; and the manors of Birlingham and Copinscourte in the said county.

So seised the said John Russell made another indenture tripartite dated the last day of December, 21 Eliz. [1578] between himself of the one part and Francis Earl of Bedford, Knight of the Garter and one of the Queen's Privy Council, and Gilbert Littleton of Belhall in co. Worcester of the other part [here given in English as follows]:

It is agreed between the said parties to the said indenture that the said John Russell shall before the end of Michaelmas Term next ensuing the date of these presents, by fine convey to the said Earl and Gilbert Littleton and their heirs the manor of Holmehall in Stowquy in co. Cambridge and all other his lands, tenements, &c., in Stowquy, Ditton, Fenn Ditton, Fulbourne or elsewhere in co. Cambridge; the manors or the moieties of the manors of Easte Hamburnels, Weste Hamburnels, Estwesham and Plays in co. Essex; and all other his lands, tenements, &c., in the towns and parishes of Westham, Eastham, Railiegete, Hockley and Thundersley in co. Essex; all those 32 a. of marsh ground lying in the parish of Walwiche in co. Kent, now or late in the tenure of Robert Stepnethe, gent.; the moiety of a farm in . . . in co. Middlesex, in the tenure of Robert Northe; all other his lands and tenements being freehold in the parishes and towns of Hamsted, Willesdon, Islington and Holloway in co. Middlesex; 1 messuage in the par. of St. Martin within Ludgate in the suburbs of the City of London; the tenement next adjoining and the tenement called the Shipp; the moiety of 1 messuage without Ludgate in the said parish of St. Martins in the tenure of Elizabeth Hodgson; the moiety of 1 other tenement within Ludgate in the said parish of St. Martin called the Doggeshedd in the pott in the tenure of Richard Graundiche; the moiety of 2 tenements lying in the parish of St. Peter in Cornhill over against Leaden Haule in the tenure of Thomas Dalton and Richard Lackson; the moiety of 1 other messuage lying in the parish of St. Martin Orgar, in the tenure of — Barton, widow, and all other his lands and tenements within the City of London and the suburbs thereof and in Walworth within the parish of Newington in co. Surrey or elsewhere in the said county: all which premises were sometime the inheritance of Sir Roger Cholemley, knight, late of London, deceased, grandfather of the said John Russell and his heirs male: which said fine shall remain and be to the use of the said John Russell for the term of his life; after his decease to the use of such heirs as he shall have by any wife after the death of Elizabeth his now wife and of the heirs of their bodies; for default, to the use of Richard Ligon of Madresfeld in co. Worcester, esq., for his life; after his decease, to the use of the heirs of the body of Mary Ligon, deceased, late wife of the said Richard Lygon and sister of the said John Russell; and for default, to the use of the right heirs of the said John Russell for ever: Provided always that it may be lawful for the said John Russell at all times to make leases and grants of the said premises for 21 years, 3 lives or otherwise, or by his will to change or determine the said uses.

And whereas the said John Russell stands seised of a "state tayle" of the manor of Streynshame, Berlingham, Defforde, Coppingscourte, Great Wittley, Little Wittley, Pepleton, Spechley, Dormeston Hall in Hanley and Sutton Sturmy in co. Worcester, the 3rd part of the manor of Ridmerley Addams in the said county, the advowsons and patronages of Streynshame, Pepleton and Wittley Magna, and divers messuages, lands tenements, "bullaries" and hereditaments in Streynshame, Overstreynshame, Nether Streynshame, Burlingham, Defford, Coppins Courte, Great and Little Wittley, Pepleton, Specheley, Dormeston, Cookhill, Cloddeshall, Maddersfeud, North Malvern, Fleford Flavell, Hanley, Upton Wellwyn, Sutton Sturmy, Radmerley and Droytewiche in the said county; the reversions or remainder of the manor of Brode Campden in co. Gloucester, the yearly rent of £7 issuing out of the said manor of Brode Campden, and sundry other messuages, lands, rents, &c., in cos. Worcester and Gloucester: of all which premises the said John Russell intends to alter the estate he now has therein and to make other estates: it is therefore now agreed between the said parties and the said John Russell grants that before the end of the said term of St. Michael he will by fine assure to the said Earl of Bedford and Gilbert Littleton and their heirs all the said premises last before recited: which said fine shall be to the use of the said John Russell for term of his life; and after his decease to the use of such heirs male as the said John shall have by any wife after the death of the said Elizabeth and their heirs mate; for default, to the use of the heirs male of the body of Sir Thomas Russell, knight, deceased, father of the said John, by Dame Margaret Russell late his wife; for default, to the use of John Russell, gent., son of John Russell sometime of Great Wittley in co. Worcester, deceased, and his heirs male; and for default, to the use of the right heirs of the said John Russell of Streinsham for ever, with provisoes as above.

The said John Russell being so seised of the said manors, &c., a fine was levied at Westminster [date not given] between the said Francis Earl of Bedford and Gilbert Littleton, esq., plaintiffs, and the said John Russell, deforciant, of all the said premises in the City of London and in the counties of Kent, Middlesex, Surrey, Essex and Cambridge [parcels set out], whereby the said John Russell acknowledged the said premises to be the right of the said Earl as those which he and the said Gilbert had of the gift of the said John, and the same remised and quitclaimed to them and the heirs of the said Earl for ever: which said fine so levied was to the uses specified in the said indenture tripartite last mentioned.

Another fine was levied at Westminster on the Morrow of Holy Trinity, 21 Eliz. [1579] between the same parties, of the said premises in cos. Worcester and Gloucester [parcels set out], whereby the said John acknowledged the same premises to be the right of the said Earl as those which he and the said Gilbert have of his gift, and the same remised to them and the heirs of the said Earl for ever: which said fine was levied to the uses mentioned in the said indenture tripartite last mentioned.

So seised, the said John Russell made another indenture dated 11 July, 27 Eliz. [1585], as follows [here given in English]: Whereas I John Russell of Streynsham in co. Worcester, esq., by an indenture tripartite, made between myself of the one part and Francis Earl of Bedford and Gilbert Littleton of the other part, dated 31 Dec, 21 Eliz., did covenant to convey to the said Earl and Gilbert the manor of Homehall in Stowquye in co. Cambridge, &c., &c. [given above]: and whereas a fine was levied to the uses specified in the said indenture: Now forasmuch as I am resolved to alter the uses limited in the said deed, I hereby determine all the said uses of the said premises in cos. Cambridge and Essex, and appoint them to be to myself for term of my life; after my death to my cousin William Russell, knight, son of the said Earl of Bedford and to the heirs male of his body; and for default, to my right heirs for ever, provided always that it may be lawful for me to make leases of the said premises, &c., &c.

Thomas Hanforde of Wullarshall in co. Worcester, gent., and Margaret his wife were seised in their demesne as of fee of 2 water mills in Nafford in co. Worcester and 1 stable and 1 small house thereto adjoining in Nafforde; and so seised by indenture dated 7 Dec, 26 Eliz. [1583], sold the same to the said John Russell with all passages and water courses, with ingress and egress to and from the said premises with horse and men, saving to the said Thomas and Margaret and their heirs the land and soil of the said water courses and passages and the fish and fishing therein: to hold to the sole use of the said John Russell and his heirs for ever.

By an indenture dated the said day and year the said John Russell granted to the said Thomas Hanforde and Margaret and their heirs a certain annuity of £20 issuing out of the lands in Nether Streynshame.

The said John Russell made his will 24 April, 29 Eliz. [1587] as follows [Here given in English]:

I John Russell of Streynshame, intending shortly to travel into parts beyond the seas, do make my will concerning the manors, lands, &c., which have descended to me from my father Sir Thomas Russell, knight, from my grandfather Sir Roger Cholmeley, knight.

By the power to me given by the said provisoes mentioned in the said indenture, dated 31 Dec, 21 Eliz., I hereby not only determine the uses aforesaid, but I newly limit the uses of all my said manors, lands, &c., as follows: first, I devise the use of the manors of Over and Nether Streynsham, and all other my manors, lands, &c., in cos. Worcester and Gloucester, in the City of London and in cos. Middlesex, Essex, Cambridge and Surrey, except such manors and lands as hereafter by this my will shall be particularly otherwise given, to my eldest son Thomas Russell: to hold the said manors, lands, &c., in cos. Worcester and Gloucester to the said Thomas and the heirs male of his body; for default, to John Russell my younger son and to the heirs male of his body; for default, to Thomas Russell my brother and the heirs male of his body; and for default, the remainder thereof to my right heirs for ever: and to hold the said manors, lands, &c., in the said City of London and in the said counties of Middlesex, Essex, Cambridge and Surrey to my said son Thomas Russell and to the heirs of his body; for default, to my said son John and the heirs of his body; and for default, to Frances Russell my daughter and the heirs of her body; and for default, to the use of my right heirs for ever. I give to the said Frances 2,000 marks, to be taken out of my said lands, and to be paid to her at her age of 18 years or day of marriage.

I give to the poor of Streynsham £6 13s. 4d.; to the poor of Hamerley £6 13s. 4d. and to the poor of Worcester £10.

To my nephew William Lygon a piece of plate of the value of £6 13s. 4d.

I will that the lease of Harrwell Wood and my crystal cup garnished with silver, and all arras, household stuff and furniture, and wainscot and glass at Streynsham House shall remain as "Irdlome" there, and my said son Thomas shall have them to his own use.

I give to my son John £200 in money and 100 marks in plate.

To Ferlie my bailiff £10.

I make my friends Sir William Russell, knight, and Edmond Coles, esq., executors.

I give the use of my said manors of Great and Little Wittley in co. Worcester and of all the bullaries and saltfats in Droitwich; and the reversions and remainders thereof after the death of Dame Margaret now the wife of Sir Henry Burkeley, knight, to Thomas Russell my eldest son: to hold for his natural life.

Codicil made 13 December, 30 Eliz. [1587]:

Whereas I have appointed Jasper Colmeley to be one of my executors [not given above] and willed to him 100 marks, and as he is now dead I ordain in his place my cousin Sir William Russell, knight, to be coexecutor with the said Edmond Colles, esq.

And whereas I have devised to Richard Cholmely £40 [not given above] I now revoke the said legacy as I have given him something of that value.

To Samuel Butler my servant my black gelding; to John Goddington my chamberlain £20, and to my servant John Pratt £10.

The moiety of the messuage within the parish of St. Martin within Ludgate in the tenure of Richard Graundiche is held of the Queen in chief by knight's service, to wit, by the 20th part of 1 knight's fee, and is worth per ann., clear, 30s. Of whom the moiety of the messuage in the said parish in the tenure of Robert Hodgson is held is not known; it is worth per ann., clear, 20s. Of whom the messuage in the said parish in the tenure of Thomas Bromley is held is not known, it is worth per ann. £6. The manor of Holmehall and all the tenements in Stowquye, Ditton, Fenditton and Fulbourne in co. Cambridge are worth per ann. £6 13s. 4d., but of whom they are held the jurors know not. The moiety of the manors of Estham Burnells, Westhall Burnells, Eastwestham and Plays in co. Essex are worth per ann., clear, £3, but of whom they are held the jurors know not. The moiety of the said 10 a. of marsh in Eastham in co. Essex is worth per ann., clear, 20s. but of whom it is held is not known. The moiety of the premises in Walworth and Newington in co. Surrey is worth per ann., 20s., but of whom held is not known. The premises in Rayleighe, Thundersley and Hockley in co. Essex are worth per ann., 5s., but of whom they are held the jurors know not. The manor of Sutton Sturmy and the advowson of the church of Sutton and the 3rd part of the manor of Ridmerley Adams are held of Thomas Cornwall, esq., as of his barony of Barfoorde in co. Salop by fealty and suit at the court of his said barony, and they are worth per ann., clear, after the death of Margaret Barckley, late the wife of the said Thomas Russell, knight, £12. The manor of Wittley Magna and Wittley Parva and the advowson of the Church of Wittley are held of William Savage, esq., as of his barony or manor of Elmely Castell in co. Worcester by the service of half a knight's fee, and are worth per ann., clear, after the death of the said Margaret £20. The manors of Over Streynshame, Nether Streynshame and Pepleton and the advowsons of the churches of Streynshame and Pepleton and the tenements in Streynshame, Pepleton and Defford in co. Worcester are held of the Dean and Chapter of St. Peters, Westminster, as of their [blank] in the said county, by the service of 1 knight's fee and a half, and are worth per ann., clear, £36. The manor of Dormeston and other the premises there are held of Edward Nevell Lord Aburgaveney as of his manor of Nowberie in co. Worcester by fealty only, and are worth per ann., clear, £11 10s. 0d. The premises in Cookhill, Thorne and Flyfoord Flavell, are held of the said Lord Aburgavenney as of his said manor of Nowberie by the service of 1 knight's fee, and are worth per ann., clear, £3 19s. 4d. The manor of Haulle in Hamley and other the premises in Hanley Castle are held of John Hormolde, esq., as of his manor of Hanley Castle by fealty and suit at the court of the barony of his said manor twice in the year for all services, and are worth per ann., clear, £13. 6s. 4d. The said houses of salt water (bullar) and other the premises in Droytwich in co. Worcester are held of the bailiffs and burgesses of the town of Droytwich, as of their Exchequer, by fealty only for all services, and are worth per ann., clear, after the death of the said Margaret £19. The premises in Upton on Severn are held of Henry Bromeley, knight, as of his manor of Upton-on-Severn, by fealty and suit at the court of his said manor, and are worth per ann., clear, £3 6s. 8d. The manor of Eckington and other the premises there are worth per ann., clear, £6 13s. 4d., but of whom they are held the jurors know not. The manor of Byelingham and Coppinscourte in co. Worcester are held of the Queen by knight's service in chief, to wit, by the service of the 40th part of a knight's fee, and are worth per ann., clear, £20. The manor of Brodcampden in co. Gloucester is held of [blank] Smythe, esq., as of his manor of Chippingcampden in the said county by fealty and suit at the court of the barony of his said manor, and is worth per ann., clear, £7. The tenements in Tewkesbury are held of the Queen in burgage by fealty only, and are worth per ann., clear, 10s. The 2 mills and other the premises in Nafford in co. Worcester are worth per ann., clear, 53s. 4d., but of whom they are held is not known.

John Russell died 18 September, 35 Eliz. [1593]: Thomas Russell, esq., is his son and next heir, and was then under age, viz., of the age of 16 years on the 9th day of April last past.

Elizabeth late the wife of the said John Russell still survives.

Chan. Inq. p. m., ser. 2, vol. 241, No. 126.

Footnotes

1 Torn away.


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