Wills
20 Richard II (1396-7)

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R. R. Sharpe (editor)

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1890

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321-328

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'Wills: 20 Richard II (1396-7)', Calendar of wills proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2: 1358-1688 (1890), pp. 321-328. URL: http://www.british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66938 Date accessed: 23 September 2014.


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ANNO 20 RICHARD II.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Katherine, Virgin [25 Nov.].

Stamelden (William), goldsmith.—To be buried in the chancel of S. Dunstan within the church of S. Vedast, under the marble slab where lies Alice his late wife. Bequests to the said church and ministers therein. Desires Sir John Lynton, rector of the said church, and John Broker to convey by deed to certain parties his messuage at Popeler and his other tenements in the parishes of S. Vedast and S. Mary de Colchirch, on condition that the said feoffees provide a chantry priest in the said church of S. Vedast, and pay an annuity of ten marks to Thomasina his wife so long as she shall live; after her decease the aforesaid tenements are to remain to the Wardens of the Goldsmiths' craft, so that they maintain a similar chantry and duly observe his obit as directed. Dated London, 25 June, A.D. 1396. Roll 125 (17).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Andrew, Apostle [30 Nov.].

Hamond (Adam).—To be buried at the entrance to S. Mary's Chapel in the church of S. Andrew upon Cornhull under the same stone where lies Mariona his late wife. Bequests to the said church for books, ornaments, beam light, &c., and to the chaplains and clerks thereof. Katherine his wife to have a life interest in his mansion in the parish of S. Andrew aforesaid; remainder in trust for sale for pious and charitable uses. His wife also to have all ustilments and necessaries of the house, after discharge of debts, by way of dower. Dated London, 4 December, A.D. 1394.

Roll 125 (30).

Barneby (William), baker.—Bequests to the church of S. Audoen within Neugate, to Sir John the chaplain of the Brewers in the said church, to John the chaplain of the Fraternity of S. Anne [therein], &c.; also to Sir Walter Frost, rector of the aforesaid church, Juliana his mother, his servants, apprentices, and others. To Goulda [Gonlda ?] his wife he leaves a certain tenement for life, subject to the conditions under which he and his said wife acquired the same by deed read and enrolled in the Husting of London for Common Pleas held on Monday next before the Purification of B. Mary [2 Feb.], 14 Richard II. [A.D. 1391]; (fn. 1) remainder in trust for sale for the use of the aforesaid church, repair of roads, &c. The residue of his goods and his estate in his dwelling-house he leaves to his wife by way of dower and of her share. Dated London, 15 December, A.D. 1395. Roll 125 (32).

Monday next before the Feast of Conversion of S. Paul [25 Jan.].

Herbury (Henry).—To be buried in the chapel of the Blessed Mary in the Hospital of S. Mary without Bisshopesgate. Bequests to the prior, canons, and sisters of the said hospital, to the poor of the same, and to the Friars Minors of London for their prayers. Thirty trentals of masses to be celebrated immediately after his decease, and a chantry to be maintained in the chapel where he shall lie or elsewhere, for which he leaves one hundred pounds sterling. To the chapel of S. Mary in the church of Herbury (fn. 2) he leaves the vestments of his chapel, together with a missal, chalice, and paten, and two towels appertaining thereto. To the Vicar of Herbury forty shillings to be had in mind, with special collects for the space of three years. To Nicholas his son he leaves a book called "Portoos," (fn. 3) and forty marks for putting him to school. To Elizabeth his wife and Thomas Medilton, rector of the church of Hakeney, his executors, he leaves all his lands, tenements, &c., within le Scaldyng hous (fn. 4) near le Stokkes, London, and all his lands, &c., in Southflete, co. Kent, held for him by trustees, for sale, and the proceeds to be given to his said wife. Bequests to Alice his sister, John Ive de Herbury, William Ive, William Tomkyns, and others. Dated within the aforesaid hospital, 6 September, A.D. 1396. Roll 125 (41).

Noket (Thomas), draper.—Bequest in aid of the chantry founded by Alice, wife of Gregory de Norton, called "atte Shire," in the church of S. Mary Wolnoth in Lumbardstrete. (fn. 5) To William Cachemayde, rector of the said church, he leaves a further sum of money for the maintenance of a perpetual chantry for the good of his soul, the souls of Margery his wife and others. To his aforesaid wife all his lands and tenements in the City of London and suburbs for life. To Cecilia, wife of John Sotherye, the reversion of a tenement in the parish of S. Michael upon Cornhull in tail; remainder to John Kyngeston, Prior of the Priory of S. Mary Overey, co. Surrey, for pious uses. To William Weston and Johanna, wife of the same, the reversion of a tenement near "Mullyngesshoppe," in the parish of S. Michael aforesaid, in tail, with similar remainder. Also after the decease of his aforesaid wife he leaves his tenements and rents in Shiteburuelane and Abchirchelane in the parish of S. Mary de Abchirche to John Gentyl his servant, Agnes, wife of the same, and to Richard Lye his servant, in tail. To Robert Bryan and Katherine, wife of the same, a like reversion of a tenement in the parish of S. Michael aforesaid. His manor of Rislepe to be sold by his feoffees for pious uses. His lands and tenements in Whatyndon in the parish of Colesdon (fn. 6) to be conveyed by his feoffees to William Loveday. Dated London, 18 September, A.D. 1396.

Roll 125 (44).

Elys (Roger), "waxchaundeller."—To be buried in the chancel of the church of S. Leonard in Fasterlane. His feoffees, by deed enrolled (fn. 7) in the Husting for Common Pleas held on Monday next before the Feast of S. Dunstan, Bishop [19 May], 17 Richard II. [A.D. 1394], of lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Leonard de Fasterlane, S. John Zakarie, S. Alban Wodestrete, S. Botolph without Aldrichesgate, and elsewhere, being feoffees in trust for the testator, although not so expressed in the deed, and having lately reconveyed the aforesaid property to the testator, he now devises the same to be sold immediately after the decease of Johanna his wife for pious and charitable uses for the good of his soul, the souls of Alice his late wife, Sir Martin Elys, and others. Thomas Exton, goldsmith, his brother, appointed one of his executors. Dated London, 13 August, A.D. 1396.

Roll 125 (46).

Monday next before the Feast of Purification of V. Mary [2 Feb.].

Olyver (William), skinner.—To be buried in the church of S. Stephen in Walbrook. Bequests to the rector and other ministers of the same for their prayers, to the Convent of Preaching Friars at "Trurw" (fn. 8) in Cornwall, as well as to the work of the church of S. Clement near the same place; to divers orders of friars in London, to every anchorite within the City, to the prisoners of Newegate and Ludgate, to the sick that are bedridden, and for repair of public roads around London, &c. Two chantries to be maintained in the churches of S. John upon Walbrook and S. Stephen aforesaid. To John his kinsman he leaves the reversion of a tenement in the parish of S. Stephen aforesaid after the decease of Agnes his wife. Also after the decease of his wife all his lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Andrew near Cricherche and S. Benedict de Grascherche and elsewhere are to be sold, and the proceeds devoted to chantries, &c. Dated London, 24 July, A.D. 1396.—Further bequests to his Fraternity of Corpus Christi for the purchase of a missal, to the children of his brother Laurence Polwhile, his apprentices, servants, and others. Roll 125 (52).

Monday the Feast of S. Agatha, Virgin [5 Feb.].

Walworth (John), vintner.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Brigid in Fletestrete near le Elme opposite his ancient tavern. Bequests to the chaplains of the church of S. Brigid, and to the lights of S. Mary and S. Brigid therein; also to various orders of friars, to the nuns of Kylbourne, the rectors of the churches of All Hallows the Great, S. Botolph, and S. Sepulchre without Neugate; also to John Croydon, late taverner, John Clyff, John Adyngton, his servants, and others. Chantries to be provided in the churches of S. Brigid and S. Margaret in Suthwerk, the church of Lynfeld, co. Sussex, and the church of Newenton, for the good of his soul, the souls of Agatha his late wife, Geoffrey his father, Matilda his mother, and others. To Cristina his sister a tenement in Brydelane for life; and to Matilda, daughter of Agatha his late wife, a tenement in the parish of S. Brigid, also for life. To Richard Jancok his leasehold tavern in Fletestrete called "Fourdelys," (fn. 9) charged with the maintenance of a conduit which the testator had erected in Fletestrete, and also with the observance of his obit, &c. To the Fraternity of Tailors, London, for their alms, he leaves four marks, and to the Fraternity of Fishmongers a cask of wine, viz., a pipe in Oldefisshstrete and another in Briggestrete. To Alice his wife he leaves her reasonable part and her dower of his goods and tenements as the law of God and good conscience demand. Dated London, 10 August, A.D. 1396. Roll 125 (55).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Peter in Cathedrâ [22 Feb.].

Chapman (Thomas), "curreour."—To be buried in the church of S. Olave in Old Jewry. Margery his wife to have one half of his movables by way of her share, and out of the remainder he makes divers bequests for chantries, and also to the four orders of mendicant friars in London, to various hospitals, including those of S. Giles, la loke, (fn. 10) and at Hakeneye, prisoners in Neugate and Ludgate, &c. His armour to be sold for pious uses. Further bequests to the old fabric of S. Paul's and for repair of highway between Kilbourn and Eggeswere; also to Thomas Fissh, girdler, William Mullere, "hornere de Fletestrete," and others. To Margery his wife he also leaves certain rents in the parish of S. Stephen in Colmanstrete, a tenement in the parish of S. Margaret de Lothbery, and a tenement in Grubstrete in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate for life; remainder in trust for sale for the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Olave aforesaid and other pious and charitable uses. Dated London, 21 January, A.D. 1394.—Also to the fabric of the church of Henele upon Thames forty shillings. Roll 125 (67).

Organ (William), clerk.—To be buried in the church of S. Olave in Old Jewry. His funeral expenses not to exceed four marks. Twelve hundred masses to be said for his soul by secular priests, and a sum of ten pounds due from William Bonham, rector of the church of Assheton Clynton, co. Bucks, to be expended on trentals for the good of his soul. To Thomas his brother he leaves two gardens in the parish of S. Margaret de Lothebury. To Richard his brother a brewery called "le herteshorne" in the parish of S. Peter upon Cornhull. To Richard Fryssyngfeld and Agnes, wife of the same, the testator's sister, an annual rent in the parish of S. Martin at Ludgate. His portion of his father's goods is to be divided into three parts: one part to go to Alice his sister, a nun of Aumesbury, (fn. 11) a second part to be divided equally between Thomas his brother and Agnes his sister, and the third part to be devoted to pious uses. Dated 23 November, A.D. 1394. Roll 125 (70).

Thorp (William de), Knt.—To be buried in the Cathedral Church of Ely near the tomb of S. Etheldreda the Virgin. His best beast he leaves to the parish church of Caster (fn. 12) by way of principal. (fn. 13) To the aforesaid church of Ely he leaves the advowson of the church of Lolleworth. (fn. 14) Bequests to each order of friars in Staunford, and to chantries at Overton, (fn. 15) Histon, (fn. 16) and Makesey. (fn. 17) A chantry to be also maintained in the hermitage of S. Guthlac at Marrham. (fn. 18) John Wittelbury his kinsman to have Thorp, (fn. 19) Milton, (fn. 20) and Marrham to the value of one hundred marks, provided the said John shall bear his arms and maintain two chantry priests, one at Marrham and the other at Thorp and Milton. Bequests also to Master Richard Wittelberie his kinsman, rector of the church of Depyng, (fn. 21) Master Stephen Wodell, vicar of the church of Makesey, Sir Philip Tilney, and many others. To Sir John Pechell he leaves twenty marks and a book called 'Pollicronikon.' (fn. 22) To Henry Hamond, chaplain, his Bible, the porteos which a former Bishop of Ely gave to him, a book composed by Richard the hermit, and Egidius De Regimine Principum. His bows and arrows to be given to his servants (valettos) and others as Henry his chaplain may think fit. To Margery his sister, a nun of Grenefeld, (fn. 23) ten marks and a psalter. To the nuns of Staunford (fn. 24) and the convent of Burgh (fn. 25) sums of money. Sir Laurence to have his manumission, and John Baker to be free and have also his manumission. To John Tendale one of his best horses and a sword or baselard. Tithe of wood to be paid to the Rector of Marrham if it can be shown to have been paid by his ancestors, otherwise not. Dated at Milton, 9 April, A.D. 1391.—His tenements in Pilketon and Stoke to be sold to John Mulsho before all others, except the advowson of the church of Pilton.

Roll 125 (71).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Benedict, Abbot [21 March].

Atte Vyne (Philip), capper.—To be buried near the south porch of the church of S. Botolph without Aldrichesgate near Agnes his late wife. Bequests to the said church and ministers thereof. To Johanna his wife all his lands and tenements in the parish of S. Botolph aforesaid for life; remainders to Margaret his daughter and his infant en ventre sa mère in successive tail; remainder in trust for sale, and a portion of the proceeds to be devoted to the maintenance of the fabric of the aforesaid church, the maintenance of a chaplain for the several fraternities of SS. Fabian and Sebastian and of the H. Trinity in the said church, and other pious and charitable uses. The residue of his goods and chattels, movable and immovable, he leaves to his aforesaid wife by way of dower and of her reasonable part. Dated London, 4 October, A.D. 1396. Roll 125 (85).

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

Atte Merssh (Gilbert), "chaundeller."—To be buried in the church of S. Martin in the Vintry. Bequest of ten marks to the work of the said church, on condition that a vacant space near the belfry be built upon (? componatur et constructa fuerit) within a year after his decease. Bequests also to the lepers of S. Giles in Holbourne, at le loke, and at Hakeney; to prisoners in Newgate, Ludgate, and Flete, &c.; to Richard Merssh his brother, Thomasina his sister, his apprentices, and others. To Sir Philip Kays, parson of the church of S. Martin aforesaid, and parishioners of the same, he leaves a messuage and houses in the parish of S. Michael upon Cornhull in aid of a chantry in the said church for the good of his soul, the souls of Katherine his late wife, William de Stokesby, late vintner, Juliana, wife of the same, and others. To Richard Hoo his godson the reversion of a tenement in the parish of S. Martin aforesaid after the decease of Margery his wife. Dated London, 28 March, A.D. 1396.

Roll 125 (105).

Footnotes

1 1 Roll 119 (67). From the deed it appears that the tenement here devised was situate in the parish of S. Margaret Pattens.
2 2 Harbury, co. Warwick.
3 3 Or Portifory, a breviary for carrying about with one.
4 4 West of the church of S. Christopher le Stocks, says Stow ('Survey,' Thoms's ed., 1876, p. 71), "have ye Scalding alley, of old time called Scalding house or Scalding wike, because that ground for the most part was then employed by poulterers that dwelt in the high street from the Stocks' market to the great conduit. Their poultry, which they sold at their Stalls, were scalded there."
5 1 See her will, Part I. p. 549.
6 2 Coulsdon (?), co. Surrey.
7 3 Roll 122 (96).
8 1 Truro.
9 1 For "Flourdelys."
10 2 At Southwark.
11 1 Ambrosebury or Amesbury, co. Wilts. A monastery of the Benedictine Order.
12 2 Caistor, co. Lincoln.
13 3 Another name for mortuary or corse-present.
14 4 Co. Dorset.
15 5 Co. Salop (?).
16 6 Co. Cambridge.
17 7 Maxey, co. Northampton.
18 8 Co. Norfolk.
19 9 Co. Lincoln.
20 10 Co. Dorset.
21 11 Deeping, co. Lincoln.
22 12 Perhaps a copy of the MS. by Ralph Higden. (See Rolls Series.)
23 13 Greenfield, co. Lincoln. A priory for nuns of the Cistercian Order.
24 1 Stanford, co. Lincoln.
25 2 Or "Burugh." Probably the Priory of Bliburgh or Blythburrow, co. Suffolk.