Wills
25 Edward III (1351-2)

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R. R. Sharpe (editor)

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1889

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645-656

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'Wills: 25 Edward III (1351-2)', Calendar of wills proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 1: 1258-1358 (1889), pp. 645-656. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66888 Date accessed: 28 November 2014.


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ANNO 25 EDWARD III.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Gregory, Pope [12 March].

Hatfeld (John de), draper.—To be buried in the church of the Canons of S. Thomas the Martyr of Liesnes, (fn. 1) at the entrance of their cloister. Bequests for pious and charitable uses for the good of his soul and the souls of Margaret his wife, his father and mother, Ralph and Robert (sic), and others, including gifts to the poor prisoners in the gaol of Newgate. Specific sums of money bequeathed to Simon de Hatfeld his brother, Peter de Wendlyngburgh, called "atte Cokk," John, Matilda, Margaret, and Katherine, children of his late brother Robert, William his brother, Thomas de Upton, John de Kyrkeby his godson, Henry de Hardyngham, and others. The sum of two hundred pounds of silver to be devoted to the maintenance of chantries in the churches of S. Margaret de Lothebury and S. John the Baptist of Erhethe (fn. 2) in the diocese of Rochester, as well as in the Abbey of Liesnes. To the prior of the church of Liesnes for the time being an annual quitrent of one mark, charged on a certain house situate in the parish of S. Nicholas in the rear of the Shambles; to the Lord Abbot of Liesnes a silver cup with covercle called "Biker" (fn. 3) ; and to the convent of the same one hundred shillings for their prayers. Dated London, Wednesday, 22 April, A.D. 1349.
Roll 79 (5).

Greylond (William), fishmonger.—To the fabric of the church of S. Dunstan near the Tower and to the rector and clerks of the same pecuniary bequests. To Thomas Kyng, his apprentice, he releases the residue of term of service, so that the said Thomas may, with the aid of his executors, enjoy the franchises of the City; the term of Gregory de Fordham, another apprentice, being left to his executors. To Isabella atte Grene, his servant, a shop in Breggestrete for life. To Richard Greylond two chalons and a feather bed. Simon Chamberleyn, his brother, appointed one of his executors, who are to administer the goods of Thomas Fraunceys and Henry Cros, not yet administered by the testator. Dated London, 15 May, A.D. 1349.


Whereupon came Richard Sterre, fishmonger, and put his claim upon the aforesaid shop in Breggestrete.

Roll 79 (6)

Bret (Johanna, relict of John, late goldsmith).—Bequests to the new work of the church of S. Mary without Aldresgate in the suburb, and to the chaplain and clerks of the parish church of S. Michael de Hoggenlane in Wodestrete. To Sir Robert de Veer, Knt., of co. Devon, an annual rent of two shillings issuing from a messuage in the said parish of S. Michael for life, with reversion of the same messuage after the decease of Willelma, late wife of John de Watton; charged with the payment to Thomas de Wyngefeld and William Mauduyt, Rector of Herthull, at the hostel of the Earl of Oxford near Bisshopesgate, of the sum of 37l. 6s. 8d. on the Feast of Apostles Philip and James [1 May] next ensuing. The residue of his goods to be disposed of for the good of his soul. Dated London, Saturday next before the Feast of Nativity of our Lord [25 Dec.], 24 Edward III. [A.D. 1350].
Roll 79 (7).

Ikelyngham (John de), tailor.—TO be buried in S. Mary's Chapel in the church of All Hallows at Graschirch, to the fabric and ministers of which church he bequeaths certain sums of money. Provision also made for the maintenance of a chantry in the said church. To Alan de Norffolk the large chest standing in his shop, and one of his robes which he has of the livery of the Tailors (fn. 4) (de secta Cissorum) of London. To each of his executors forty shillings for his trouble. Dated London, Wednesday, 22 April, A.D. 1349.
Roll 79 (15).

Ware (Johanna, daughter of Thomas de, "stokefysshmongere").—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Martin Orgar in Candelwykestrete. Bequests to the fabric and to the ministers of the said church. Her clothes to be given to the poor. To Juliana Strange her chest. To Thomas atte Wych a tenement in Tamysestrete at Ebbegate, near the tenement called la Brodegate, and the residue of her goods not otherwise disposed of, after payment of her debts and legacies. Dated London, Thursday the Feast of S. Gregory, Pope [12 March], A.D. 1348.
Roll 79 (16)

Monday next after the Feast of S. Gregory, Pope [12 March].

Totunham (Mariota, relict of John de).—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Giles without Crepulgate. Bequests to the chaplain and clerks of the fraternity in the said parish church, and for the maintenance of tapers, &c. To John Chelchehiche (fn. 5) a robe of cendrine (fn. 6) with doublet (cloga dupplicata) belonging to her husband; and to William Hecpol all instruments appertaining to her husband's craft. Her tenements in the parish of S. Giles to be sold, and the proceeds divided among her children. To Isabella and Muriel her daughters each a robe. Dated London, Thursday next after the Feast of Epiphany [6 Jan.], A.D. 1348.
Roll 79 (19).

Fynch (John), vintner.—To be buried in the church of S. Martin in the Vintry, to the fabric and ministers of which he makes bequests. Provision made for funeral expenses, chantries, &c. To Matilda his wife his dwelling-house in the parish of S. Martin for life; remainder to his children as she may appoint. One third of the residue of his goods, after payment of debts, to go to his said wife in lieu of dower (loco et nomine dotis), and the other two parts to his children. Dated London, 4 March, A.D. 1048 [for 1348].
Roll 79 (23).

Monday next before F. of Annunciation of V. Mary [25 March].

Grantham (William de), pepperer.—To be buried in the chapel of S. Anne and S. John Baptist, near the church of S. Antonin. Bequest of forty pounds of wax wherewith to make round tapers to burn around his corpse in the churches of S. Antonin and S. Mary de Vaucherche and elsewhere; also of sums of money for the maintenance of chantries and funeral expenses. Divers bequests of money to the various religious orders in London; to the work of the church of S. Thomas de Acon near the Conduit; the poor of the hospitals of S. Mary without Bisshopesgate, S. Bartholomew de Smethefeld, S. Thomas de Suthwerk, S. Giles near Holbourne, and S. James near Westminster; to the poor prisoners in Neugate and lepers residing around London; to every anchorite and hermit of London; and to the hospitals of S. Mary within Crepulgate and S. Katherine near the Tower. Also to Thomas, son of John de Grantham his brother; Margery and Idonia, daughters of the said John; and Idonia, daughter of John de Goneworby. Bequests of one hundred shillings in maintenance and aid of the Fraternity of Pepperers of Sopereslane, (fn. 7) so that they keep his obit, and to the Fraternity of S. Anne. To the chaplains of the said fraternities six shillings and eightpence and forty pence respectively. To John de Gonewardby tenements in the parish of S. Mary de Vaucherche which the testator received from his brother Robert, and in the vill of S. Orner which he received from his brother John; also to the same his best aketon, (fn. 8) a pair of plates, (fn. 9) a pair of musekyns (fn. 10) and a pair of Bracers, (fn. 11) one aventail, (fn. 12) a bacinet (fn. 13) with timbrer, (fn. 14) a pisan, (fn. 15) a pair of jambers, (fn. 16) a pair of quissers (fn. 17) covered with linen-cloth (cum panno de camaca), and a pair of iron gauntlets; also to the said John two cups of silver for common use (in communi deservientes) in his hall, a goblet of silver called "Peregryn," his covercle, two chests, a small forcer of cipres, (fn. 18) and his share of all general utensils of his hall, chamber, kitchen, and shop. Bequests for the good of his soul and the souls of John his father, Matilda his mother, John, Robert, Thomas, and Alan his brothers, Cecilia his late wife, Johanna Darmentiers, and others; to the Prior and Convent of Chikesand, (fn. 19) and for chantries in the said church of S. Antonin. Other bequests to Johanna daughter of Thomas de Gonewardby de Oxeneford, Johanna daughter of William de Brokesbourne, and Isolda her sister. Dated London, Saturday next before the Feast of S. Thomas the Apostle [21 Dec.], A.D. 1350.
Roll 79 (33).

Thorneye (William de), pepperer.—He makes his testament concerning his goods and chattels movable (fn. 20) in manner following: To be buried in the church of the house of S. Elena, London, near the tomb of Johanna his late wife, if he should happen to die in London; should he die elsewhere he is to be buried where God shall ordain. Bequests to Sir William de Buckely, rector of the church of S. Mary de Aldermaricherch, and to five perpetual chantries therein for the good of his soul and the souls of Johanna his wife and of Thomas Romayn; also for the maintenance of wax, funeral expenses, and for divers pious charitable purposes. His executors to provide from out of his goods ten thousand masses to be celebrated by various religious houses within the City of London. Bequests also for the maintenance of chantries for the good of his soul and the souls of Ivo his father, Cristina his mother, Leticia his sister, his brothers, and his children, William Walran and Juliana wife of the same, John de Grantham and Cecilia wife of the same, William brother of the said John, and others in the aforesaid church of S. Elena; and for tolling of bells in S. Paul's and all the parish churches of London, according to custom. Bequests to the old and new work of S. Paul's; the poor of various hospitals; the Prior and Convent of H. Trinity; the Prior and Canons of S. Bartholomew de Smythefeld; the Prioress and Nuns of S. Elena, Clerkenwell, Tybourne, and Chesthunt, as well as other religious houses within the City of London and suburbs, for pittances and the maintenance of chantries; also to the Abbot of Thorneye, (fn. 21) and to the poor called "Bedemen" in the said abbey, and to other poor and maim living on the waste ground (apud vaccarias) around the same. Provision made for a chantry in the chapel of S. John the Baptist in the street called "Brodedrou[v]e" in Whappelode in Holand, (fn. 22) where the testator was born, for the service of which he leaves the portifory which he bought of Sir John, the Vicar of Claveryng. Bequests also to the Prior and Convent of Tanrigge; (fn. 23) to the Prior and Convent of Newerk, (fn. 24) near Rippele, co. Surrey, for building a chapel in honour of the Blessed Virgin; and to the Prioress and Nuns of S. Elena, London, for repairing their church, dormitory, cloister, and houses appertaining thereto. To the last named he also leaves a cup with silver-gilt covercle to hang by his silver seal-chain (catena sigilli mei) behind the high altar of their church, wherein to keep the Host; his portifory and psalter, his silver-gilt chalice, together with vestments, towels, &c., for service in the said church. Special directions are given for the investment of the sum of four hundred pounds in lands and tenements, the issues whereof are to be devoted to the maintenance of chantries and supply of chalices, lights, books, bread, and necessary ornaments in the same church. The Chamberlain and Recorder of the Guildhall, London, for the time being are to see to the proper observance of the testator's directions as to the said chantries, and to receive for their pains ten shillings out of the rents annually; and security is to be given by the said prioress and nuns before the Mayor, Aldermen, and Chamberlain at the Guildhall, and also before the Justices of the King's Bench, or in the Common Bench, or in the King's Chancery, and (sic) in an Ecclesiastical Court, or in any other manner his executors may think fit. To John his son he leaves divers household chattels, comprising cups of mazer, silver spoons, pewter salt-cellars, and a pair of great andirons (andenarum), (fn. 25) &c.; mortars and pestles, weights, balances, Bemes, and other utensils of his shop; also his book called the Proverbs of Solomon (Parabola Salamonis). To Alice, Johanna, and Matilda, daughters of Letia his sister, the wife of Stephen de Bageneye, a parcel of land situate in a place called "Personbroderou[v]e" in Leverton (fn. 26) near Wysebech. Pecuniary legacies to the aforesaid Alice, wife of Richard Saleman, and to Margery her daughter; Johanna, wife of Nicholas Rolle; Margery, daughter of the aforesaid Johanna and the testator's niece; and to the aforesaid Matilda, late wife of Stephen Bageys, and others. He leaves also sums of money to be distributed among his poor kinsfolk living at Crouland (fn. 27) and Whapple-drove (fn. 28) and elsewhere, and among the lepers in and around London. Bequests to apprentices, servants, and others. Lastly he leaves a sum of money to the church of S. Mary de Aldermariecherche for a lamp, tapers, &c.; and also a chalice and other ornaments for service in S. Thomas's Chapel, built by Thomas Romayn in the said church. The residue of his goods after payment of debts and legacies is to go in aid of the purchase of the aforesaid rents and tenements to the use of the aforesaid Prioress and Nuns of the house of S. Elena, London, for purposes above set out. Dated London, 20 June, A.D. 1349.
Roll 79 (34).

Monday next after F. of Annunciation of V. Mary [25 March].

Colcestre (Johanna, late wife of John de, fishmonger).—To be buried in the new churchyard of H. Trinity near the Tower. Bequests to the rector and church of S. Botolph near Billyngesgate of half a mark, two "Truwetes," (fn. 29) . [and] silver pix. (fn. 30) To Katherine, daughter of William Greyland, two feather beds and two best chalons. To Richard and William her sons, Johanna Pykeman, Johanna daughter of Richard de Evere, William Greyland, and Henry her servant divers household goods and chattels, including feather beds, chalons, washing basins, towels, mazer cups, brooches, &c. To Katherine, daughter of William Greyland, her shop in Breggestrete for life; remainder to the said William. To the aforesaid Richard her son her brew-house and shops in Tamestret for life; remainder to her son William for life; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Dated London, 22 April, A.D. 1349.


Whereupon came Richard Sterre, citizen and fishmonger, and put hia claim upon all the tenements in the said testament contained, &c.

Roll 79 (35)

Monday next before the Feast of S. Dunstan [19 May].

Blith. (William de), saddler.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Paul's Church called "Pardonchirchehawe," (fn. 31) above the tomb of Ralph de Blith, his father. Bequests to the old work of S. Paul's Church and to the church and ministers of S. Vedast. He leaves specific sums of money to Simon de Midelsham, Thomas de Dagenham, Henry atte Wode, and Robert de Herlawe. To Johanna his wife all his tenements in the parish of S. Vedast in Chepe and Gotherlane (fn. 32) for life; remainder over. His said wife appointed guardian to John, Robert, and Johanna, the children of his brother Robert, during minority. The residue of all his goods, after payment of debts and legacies, he leaves also to his wife and to Agnes his daughter. Dated London, Thursday next after Easter [12 April], A.D. 1349.
Roll 79 (52).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Petronilla, Virgin [31 May].

Evesham (William de).—To be buried in the church of S. Brigid, to which he leaves all his tenements in the parishes of S. Brigid and S. Clement Danes without the Bar of the New Temple for the maintenance of a chantry; also an iron-bound chest, a missal, vestments, and a chalice. Bequests of sums of money to ministers of the church of S. Clement, to the fabric of S. Paul's Church, to the Holy Land, and various monastic orders. To Sir William de Newenham he leaves certain tenements in Holeborne, ten pounds of silver charged on the demesne lands of Dorneye, a bed with a tester woven with stars and a moon, together with two green curtains. To Sir William Shiltewode, William Grylot de Nethton, Emma Shepherd, John de Bernes, and others pecuniary legacies and bequests of household goods, including a bed with two Whitles, (fn. 33) two sheets, a coloured quilt, one canevas, surcoats, mantles, and pieces of cloth, &c. To Sir John, the Vicar of Hillindon, a brass pot and a pan which are at Hillindon. To Alice Eote a pair of Bedes of amber and a diamond ring. Dated Friday the Feast of Annunciation of V. Mary [25 March], A.D. 1351.
Roll 79 (69).

Mymmes (Roger de), "chandeler."—To be buried in the church of S. Alphege near Crepelgate, to which church and ministers thereof he leaves certain legacies, and provides for chantries therein for the good of his soul, the souls of Johanna and Matilda his wives, and others. Bequest of thirty shillings and fourpence for the distribution of one pennyworth of bread on each day of the year following his decease; and of other sums of money to various religious fraternities. To Juliana his wife for life his dwelling-house; remainder in trust for sale for pious and charitable uses. He appoints as his executors his said wife, his kinsman, John le Chandeler in Juwerielane, William Payn, and Thomas de Leddrede, formerly his apprentice, giving each of them for his trouble half a mark. Dated Sunday, 14 March, A.D. 1348.
Roll 79 (70).

Mourdon (Walter de), "stokfishmongere."—To be buried in the chapel set aside for him (pro me disposita) in the churchyard of S. Michael de la Crokedelane near Candelwikestrete. Bequests to the altar and ministers of the said church of S. Michael; to the five orders of mendicant friars in London; to various hospitals; the poor prisoners of Neugate and in the prison at la Templebarre and the prison of Flete; the poor sisters in the house of S. Katherine near the Tower and in the Hospital of S. Mary within Crepelgate; to every anchorite and every hermit within London and its boundaries; to the work of S. Paul's Church; for the repair of the road leading from Suthwerkbarre towards Croydon where necessary; and to the lazars without Suthwerkbarre and at Hakeneye. Provision made for the celebration of three thousand masses for the good of his soul and the souls of Cristina his wife and of those to whom he is bound as God knows; and also for the maintenance of a chaplain in the aforesaid chapel. To Katherine his daughter tenements and rents in Thames Street, parish of S. Michael de la Crokedelane, and in Steveneslane, parish of S. Magnus de Briggestret e. To Johanna the younger, his daughter, in tail, his bakehouse in the lane and parish of S. Martin Orgar, and a tenement in the parish of S. Michael upon Cornhull; and to Margaret his daughter a tenement in the lane and parish of S. Michael de la Crokedelane; remainder to Walter his son. Bequests also of divers sums of money to his said children and to Andrew Saleman; to each of the children of Robert Oliver; to John, son of Robert de Lincoln and of Johanna his wife, the testator's daughter; to the children of John Oliver; to Walter Child de Croydon, Simon de Mordon, and others; also for the maintenance of chantries in the church of Croydon for the good of his soul and the souls of William his father, Avice his mother, Gilbert de Mordon his former master, and others. To Johanna the elder, his daughter, and to Avice his daughter, sixty pounds respectively. His executors to provide for Matilda Beneyt during her life. To John Skryveyn ten pounds on condition that the said John be willing to swear how much he is indebted to Walter de Mourdon and his wife without any fraud, and will therewith discharge the same to the aforesaid Walter or his executors. Dated London, the eve of Pentecost [31 May], A.D. 1349.
Roll 79 (71)

Monday next after the Feast of S. Barnabas [11 June].

Atte Penne (William).—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Sepulchre without Neugate near the tomb of Cristiana his late wife. He leaves to his executors his tenement in Westsmythefeld for payment of his debts thereout; the same afterwards to remain to Johanna his daughter until such time as John his son shall pay to her twenty pounds sterling in aid of her marriage, when the said tenement is to go to his said son in tail. Dated London, Tuesday after the Feast of Annunciation of V. Mary [25 March], A.D. 1351.
Roll 79 (73).

Kyng (William), tanner.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Sepulchre, London, to which church and ministers thereof he leaves certain sums of money. To Agnes his wife five pounds sterling and two leaden Tantrowes; (fn. 34) after her decease one leaden Tantrow is to go to John his apprentice, and the other is to be sold and the proceeds given to the poor. Also to his said wife his tenement in Secolelane, parish of S. Sepulchre without Neugate. Pecuniary legacies to Dionisia Shepsted, John, son of William Bakere, and others. Dated London, Thursday next after the Feast of Annunciation, A.D. 1348.
Roll 79 (74).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Margaret, Virgin [20 July].

Clenhond (Walter), moneyer.—To be buried where God shall ordain. To John his son in tail a tenement in the parish of All Hallows de Berkyngchirche, together with all his goods and chattels therein, movable and immovable; remainder in trust for sale for the good of his soul and the souls of Matilda his late wife, his father and mother, and others. Dated London, Wednesday the morrow of Exaltation of H. Cross [14 Sept.], A.D. 1350.
Roll 79 (80).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Martin [11 Nov.].

Coteler (Agnes).—To be buried in the churchyard of the church of S. Brigid in Fletestrete, to which church and ministers thereof he leaves certain sums of money. Bequests of money or goods to Katherine, servant of John de Refham, Alice de Pekham, Margery de Lambheth, and John Webbe, comprising chalons, sheets, her green robe, a courteby (fn. 35) with tunic of bluet, (fn. 36) &c. Certain tenements which she inherited from Ralph Coteler her father, situate in the parish of S. Brigid aforesaid, to be sold for pious uses. Of the residue of her goods she leaves to Alice Hed a curtel (fn. 37) and courteby of murrey; (fn. 38) to Johanna Blount twelve-pence; and to Johanna Osebern two shillings. Dated London, Monday the Feast of S. James [25 July], A.D. 1351.
Roll 79 (107)

Monday next after the Feast of S. Martin [11 Nov.].

Forester (William), senior, tanner.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Sepulchre without Neugate, to which parish he belongs, and to the church and ministers whereof he leaves certain sums of money, as also he does to the fabric of the new chapel of S. Mary in the minster (monasterio) of S. Paul. To Isabella his wife his tenement in Lymbrennerslane in the parish of S. Sepulchre for life; remainder in trust for sale for the good of his soul and the souls of Matilda his first wife and others. His table in Tannerseld in the parish of S. Mary le Bow he leaves to John his apprentice. Bequests for the maintenance of certain trentals to be sung for the good of his soul, the souls of Richard his son, his father and mother, Richard his brother, and others; and to William Forester, junior, and Philip the testator's brother. Dated in the parish of S. Sepulchre, Tuesday next before the Feast of Apostles Simon and Jude [28 Oct.], A.D. 1350.
Roll 79 (121)

Footnotes

1 Westwood in Lesnes in the parish of Erith, co. Kent, where there was an abbey of Black Canons dedicated to S. Mary and S. Thomas the Martyr (Tanner's 'Notit. Monast.,' p. 216).
2 Erith, co. Kent.
3 Beaker, a kind of cup (Way's 'Prompt. Parv.,' s.v., p. 35).
4 Members of the various civic fraternities or companies were usually clothed in a distinctive livery. The testator apparently belonged to the Guild of Merchant Taylors of the Fraternity of S. John the Baptist, since known as the Merchant Taylors' Company, and here bequeaths a suit of the livery which it was the custom to distribute to the guild members once or twice a year.
5 Or Chelchehithe=Chelsea.
6 So called from its colour being that of ashes (see note supra, p, 584), or the word may be a combination of Fr. cendaleand Lat. sindon, both signifying a material of thin silk.
7 From this fraternity is derived the modern Grocers' Company.
8 Or haketon ( = [o Chitoy]); a jacket of quilted leather worn under armour, and sometimes used as armour itself.
9 Probably breastplates.
10 Armour for the back; Fr. musequin, Lat. musachinum(Du Cange).
11 Armour for the arms.
12 See note supra, p. 484.
13 A kind of headpiece.
14 Umbrereor umbril, a projection like the peak of a cap over the front part of a helmet, capable of being put up or down.
15 A breastplate. See note supra, p. 484.
16 Probably armour for the legs.
17 Or "cushes," armour for the thighs. See note supra, p. 191.
18 Strong box made of cypress wood.
19 Co. Beds.
20 1 In the margin also the testament is expressly stated to be de mobilibus.
21 A Benedictine Abbey, co. Camb.
22 Co. Lincoln.
23 Tanridge, co. Surrey, where there was a priory of Canons Regular of the Order of S. Augustine (an account of which has been written by Major Alfred Heales, F.S.A.).
24 See note supra, p. 573.
25 Fire-dogs for the support of logs of wood or other fuel.
26 Leverington near Wisbeach, co. Cambridge.
27 Crowland, or Croyland, co. Lincoln.
28 Whaplode Drove, co. Lincoln.
29 Trivets, if not a clerical error for "cruwetes," concerning which see note supra, p. 644.
30 A small box for holding the consecrated wafer.
31 Pardon Churchyard was situate on the north side of S. Paul's, where also stood Paul's Cross.
32 Gutter Lane.
33 Cf. "Wyltel," supra, p. 642.
34 Troughs used in the tanning trade, called elsewhere alvei(or algei) plumbati.See note supra, p. 163.
35 A kind of short cloak.
36 Blue cloth.
37 Kirtle.
38 A dark red colour.