The Records of St. Bartholomew's Priory and St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield: Volume 1. Originally published by Oxford University Press, Oxford, 1921.
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ABSTRACT OF WILLS (fn. 1)
In the Court of Husting, London.
Thomas de Brauncestre.—To the p. & c. of St. Bartholomew de West Smethefeud, rents for keeping his anniversary. A.D. 1312. (Cal. i. 234.) (fn. 2)
John de Hounesdone, chaplain.—To the p. & c., six shops in the parish of St. Sepulchre. A.D. 1314. (Cal. i. 245.) (Without licence: pardon granted 14 Edw. II.) (fn. 3)
Richard de Ewelle, clerk.—To the p. & c., two shops for the maintenance of the work of the church. A.D. 1314. (Cal. i. 249.) (fn. 4)
James de Mohun.—To the p. & c., houses for providing one chantry in St. Mary's chapel, St. Sepulchre without Newgate, and another chantry in the church of St. Bartholomew. A.D. 1322. (Cal. i. 301.) (fn. 5)
Peter de Newcastle, surgeon.—To the p. & c., all his shops, messuages and gardens, and certain rents in the parish of St. Botolph without Aldersgate in the street called Brettonestrete (fn. 6) and elsewhere. Dated at the Priory. A.D. 1329. (Cal. i. 350.)
Stephen de Clopton, janitor of the priory.—To the priory, his shops in the parish of St. Mary Aldermannebury for the maintenance of the work of the chapel of St. Mary newly constructed in the priory. Dated at the Priory. A.D. 1336. (Cal. i. 427.)
John de Oxenford, vintner.—Bequests of measures of red wine for the celebration of masses and money for the convents of St. Mary de Suthewerk, St. Bartholomew de Smethefeld (and many others) in return for their prayers. A.D. 1340. (Cal. i. 460.)
John de Bredstrete.—To the p. & c., the reversion of eight shops for the maintenance of a chantry. A.D. 1341. (Cal. i. 451.) (fn. 7)
William de Erthyngton.—To be buried in the church of St. Bartholomew, London, at Smethefeld, if so be the p. & c. will undertake to provide a chantry there for the good of his soul, in which case he leaves them certain rents. A. D. 1342. (Cal. i. 466.) (fn. 8)
Henry Frere de Iseldon.—To the p. & c., certain houses in the street and parish of All Hallows de Bredestrete. A.D. 1346. (Cal. i. 494.) (fn. 9)
Sir Nicholas Hosebonde, minor canon in the church of St. Paul.—To the dean and chapter of St. Paul's, an annual quit rent of eight marks and two doves, for the most part white, and enclosed in a box, which the p. &c. of St. Bartholomew's were bound to pay him annually on account of certain lands and tenements in the church of St. Sepulchre on Holy Thursday, after the Maunday supper in the church of St. Paul, for lighting the Easter taper on Easter Eve; on condition that the dean and chapter appoint a minor canon to celebrate for the good of the soul of himself (and others named). A.D. 1347. (Cal. i. 496.) (fn. 10)
Roesia, widow of John de Knopwede, late mercer.—To the p. & c., shops and a garden to keep her soul and the souls of her father, mother and others in remembrance. A.D. 1348. (Cal. i. 508.) (fn. 11)
Roger de Creton, chaplain, brother of Robert de Creton, chaplain.—To the p. & c., houses, etc. (in the city), that he may partake of all the spiritual good things done by the p. & c. and their successors. A.D. 1348. (Cal. i. 531.) (fn. 12)
William, son of Martin de Isyldon.—To be buried in the priory of St. Bartholomew de Smithfeld. To the p. & c., houses for pious uses for the good of the souls of (various named). A.D. 1349. (Cal. i. 578.) (fn. 13)
Robert de Watford, carpenter.—To be buried in the churchyard of the priory of St. Bartholomew de Smethefeld called 'le Pardon chirchehawe'. Bequests to the priory of rents. A taper to stand before the crucifix in the new work at St. Paul's; the sacristan of St. Bartholomew's to cause the taper to be brought and to have the remains unconsumed. Should the crucifix be removed, the taper to be transferred to the church of the priory. A.D. 1368. (Cal. ii. 115.)
Henry de Yerdelee, 'fellmongere'.—Provision made for chantries in the church of the priory of St. Bartholomew and elsewhere. A.D. 1368. (Cal. ii. 131.) (fn. 16)
James Andreu, draper.—To the p. & c., remainder, respecting certain tenements, so that they provide two chaplains to celebrate for the souls of his father, mother and others. A.D. 1374. (Cal. ii. 166.) (fn. 17)
John de Guldeford, 'paneter'.—To be buried, if he happen to die in London, in the priory of St. Bartholomew, at the feet of the prior last deceased. To the priory, remainder, respecting his fee simple rents in London. A.D. 1382. (Cal. ii. 234.) (fn. 18)
John Bathe.—To William Gedeneye, prior of the church of St. Bartholomew de Westsmythefeld and convent of the same, all his lands and tenements in various streets. A.D. 1390. (Cal. ii. 284.) (fn. 19)
Idonia Rote, widow of John, late citizen and sheriff of London. (fn. 20) —To be buried in All Saints chapel in the church of St. Bartholomew, near Westsmythfeld. To the p. & c., a tenement in the parish to maintain a chantry in the same chapel for the good of the souls of Roger Walden, John Rote and John Walden esquire, her former husbands. A.D. 1420. (Cal. ii. 442.) (fn. 21)
William Estfeld, knt., citizen and mercer, and alderman of the city of London.—Reversion of certain quit rents to the prior of St. Mary de Overy, whensoever the p. & c. of St. Bartholomew's shall make default in maintaining a chantry for the soul of Reginald Colyer, prior of St. Bartholomew's, for himself, his late wives and others. A.D. 1445. (Cal. ii. 511.) (fn. 22)
John Don, senior, mercer.—To the rector and churchwardens of St. Mary le Bow, a certain remainder charged with the maintenance of a beam light, a chaplain, etc., with further remainder in case of default to the p. & c. of St. Bartholomew in Westsmythfeld. A.D. 1472. (Cal. ii. 583.)
Peter Hille, cordwainer.—To Master Smyth, clerk and the vicar of St. Sepulchre, land and houses, so that they permit the wardens of the Fraternity of St. Mary, St. Stephen and St. Gabriel within the church to observe the obit of Robert and Alice Guybon; remainder in case of default to the p. & c. of St. Bartholomew's for like purposes. A.D. 1503. (Cal. ii. 616.)
In the Commissary Court of London.
Henry Bosele.—To be buried in the church of the priory, before the great cross. (fn. 23) He desires one mass before the image of St. Bartholomew. (fn. 24) Leaves two escutcheons of arms to be hung before the said cross and bequeaths to the vicar of the church 6s. 8d. and to each chaplain 40d. A. D. 1371. (82 b, Courtenay.)
Roger de Barneburgh.—To be buried in the chapel of St. Katherine in the nave of the church, at the south end of the altar. (fn. 25) Bequeaths 20 marks to the p. & c. in case they will include his soul in masses for William de Merfeld in chance he is buried there. A.D. 1375. (18 b, Courtenay.)
John Chishull, priest.—To be buried in the conventual church of St. Bartholomew before the altar of St. Stephen, on the south side of the quire. Bequeaths to the high altar £10 which John Randisch, canon, owed him; (fn. 26) to the altar of St. Stephen, £10 for painting two pictures, one above and the other in front of the altar; (fn. 27) to the prior, the 18s. he owes him of his predecessor's debt; to Walter Faireford, priest, and John Muryfeld, clerk, his executors, 40s. each; and 100s. for necessaries for John Bataille, canon of the church. His will was dated in his lodging within the Close. (fn. 28) A. D. 1382. (95 b, Courtenay.)
John Royston.—To be buried in the church before the high altar. Leaves to the prior, 26s. 8d.; to the building of the cloister, £10 (fn. 29); to John Rankedych, canon, £20, to be expended round about the high altar; to the prior, his best cloth with the 'tun'; (fn. 30) to the master of the hospital, his second cloth with the tun; to Richard Wedon, one furred cloak from the vestments of the prior of the church; and to the master, brethren and sisters of the hospital, small sums each. A.D. 1387. (152 b, Courtenay.) (fn. 31)
John Wrighte, janitor of the priory.—To be buried before the high altar. Bequeaths to the work of the church money owed him by the p. &c. for making a vestment for the celebration of masses for the souls of himself and parents, 12 marks; of the same money for the making of a dorsal for the high altar, 26s. 8d. to be paid to John Rankdich; for the service of the altar of St. Katherine in the church, a chalice of silver gilt weighing 30s. A. D. 1393. (288, Courtenay.) (fn. 32)
John Newport, esquire.—To be buried in the chapel of the Venerable Lord Roger Walden, treasurer of England, in St. Bartholomew's; thirty masses to be celebrated in one day immediately after his death for his soul, and thirty in one day for the soul of William Gedeney (the late prior). (fn. 33) (Roger Walden and John his brother were supervisors and also witnesses to the will.) A. D. 1396. (370, Courtenay.)
Johanna Lovetoft, widow of Robert Lovetoft of Conyngton.—To be buried in the chapel of St. Bartholomew lately founded. (fn. 34) Willed a hundred masses be said for her soul on the day of her death; bequeathed for the support of the said chapel 40s., a cloth and a towel; and the same to the high altar; (fn. 35) to the p. & c., 40s.; to John Walden, her best silver bowl and cover; to his daughter Idonea, her best beaker or her best chalice, two best mazers and a pair of gold paternosters (beads); (fn. 36) other bequests to Isabella Walden, to Richard Lovetoft, to her maid Alice, to her sister Marjory, and to other maids. A.D. 1397. (401 b, Courtenay.)
John Walden, clerk.—To be buried within the chapel of the Lord Roger Walden founded on the north side of the church of the priory. Bequests to Catherine Hunt, his mother, and William Hunt, his brother, and others. A. D. 1404. (54 a, Brown.) (fn. 37)
Agnes Tredehey.—To be buried in the church beneath the image of the Blessed Mary Magdalene which is on the wall on the north side. (fn. 38) A. D. 1409. (148 b, Brown.)
Thomas de Stanlo de London.—To be buried in the church before the altar of St. Bartholomew where the 'Apostilmasse' is sung on the north part of the church. A marble stone to be placed over his grave. (fn. 39) A. D. 1409. (141 b, Brown.)
Margaret Goodcheepe.—To be buried in the cemetery of the priory called 'Pardon chirchehawe' there. (fn. 40) Bequests to each chaplain to celebrate for her soul, 2d.; to two clerks, 6d. each; to brother John Yonge, canon and sub-prior, and executor of her will, the residue of all her goods. A.D. 1413. (302 b, Brown.)
John Baldwyn, citizen and goldsmith.—Will made within the great south gate of the hospital called Tanhousgate towards 'Dokelane' and next the common cemetery of the hospital. A.D. 1414. (281 a, Brown.)
Richard Brygg, alias Lancaster rex armorum.—To be buried in the conventual church. Bequests for masses to be said for his soul here and in two other churches. Witnessed by John Walden. A.D. 1415. (25 d, Moore.) (See also Lambeth Wills, 331 d, Chichele.) (fn. 41)
Margaret Deyster, late wife of John Deyster, citizen and drover.—To be buried in the church next to the sepulchre of her husband. She leaves to the prior 13s. 4d., and to the convent, to be equally divided between them, 40s. (fn. 42) A. D. 1419. (37, Moore.)
Alice Mendica, living within the precinct of the conventual church.—To be buried in the nave of the church. Bequests to the fabric of the church 20s., to the convent 9s., to the sub-prior and to John Hall, one of the canons, 6s. 8d. each. (152, Moore.)
John Lughtburgh, citizen, 'dwelling within the priory of St. Bartholomew in smoothfield (plano campo) of the city of London.'—To be buried in the conventual church of the priory. Bequests to the fabric of the church 6s. 8d., and to the p. & c. a wood called Cheny Grove, for his funeral and to pray for his soul. A.D. 1429. (222 d, Moore.)
Richard Gray.—'My body to be beryed afore ye trinite autre in chirche of seynt bertylmew.' (fn. 43) Executor 'Sir William Coventrie, prior'. A.D. 1432. (340 d, Moore.)
Alice, widow of John Mores, late citizen.—To be buried in the church of the priory before the altar of the cross there. (fn. 44) A. D. 1435. (459, Moore.)
— Loughborough, who had lately died intestate within the Close of the priory of St. Bartholomew in Smithfield, a commission of intestacy issued to Stephen Grove, clerk of Lewisham. A. D. 1441. (74 b, Prowett.)
Randulph Say.—Bequeaths to Reginald (Collier) the prior a yearly rent of a pound of pepper in all his lands and tenements for a certain grant of an easement of a water course by the p. & c. over their lands lately made and granted to Thomas Knolles for the use of the prisoners of Ludgate and Newgate. A. D. 1447. (264, Prowett.) (fn. 45)
John Goldyng, citizen and carpenter, dwelling in the close of the priory.—To be buried in the church before the font under a stone of marble, as he had ordained. A. D. 1450. (39 d, Sharp.) (fn. 46)
Thomas Felmysham.—To be buried next the chapel of the lord the prior if agreeable to him. (fn. 47) A. D. 1451. (43 d, Sharp.)
Walter Whytefeld.—To be buried in the cemetery of the priory 'before the entrance of the charnelhous outside the processional path in Westsmythfeld'. A. D. 1451. (52, Sharp.) (fn. 48)
Walter Shelley, clerk.—Bequeaths 20d. to the high altar for oblations and 10s. for his obsequies at the end (pede) of the church or in the cemetery called 'Pardonchurche'. A. D. 1453. (130 d, Sharp.) (fn. 49)
Richard Ryder.—To be 'buryed behynde the funte within the church of the priory of St. Barthelmews'. (fn. 50) Bequeaths 12d. to the high altar. A. D. 1455. (183 d, Sharp.)
Thomas Toralde of London, gentleman.—To be buried in the church under the marble stone where his first wife Joan lies interred; twelve torches and four tapers at his funeral; two of the torches to remain to the service of St. Bartholomew's. A. D. 1480. (286 b.)
In the Lambeth Palace Library.
Roger Walden, Bishop of London (the preamble has already been given in full). (fn. 51) To be buried either in St. Paul's or in his new chapel at St. Bartholomew's according to the choice of Archbishop Arundel. (fn. 52) He bequeathed to the archbishop a book of pastorals of St. Gregory; to Christchurch, Canterbury, a quire cope of red cloth of gold with embroideries of pearls, in which were representations of Archbishops of Canterbury, on the back that of the martyrdom of St. Thomas of Canterbury; to St. Paul's, his best frontal for the high altar; to St. Bartholomew's, two vestments. To his brother John Walden, the manors of Tottenham, Dedham and Bonhunte (or Elmeden), and the advowson of the churches of Ravenhale and Bulmer (both in Essex), on payment of £1,000. If John died without male issue the feoffees to enfeoff the p. & c. of St. Bartholomew's on condition that they found three canons to celebrate for his soul. (fn. 53) The residue of goods for the health of the souls of himself, King Richard II, Queen Anne, John de Waltham, Bishop of Salisbury, and of his parents. The consent of his brother John in every act of his executors to be sought by them. Dated at Hadham (Herts), December 31, 1405. Proved January 20, 1405/6. (227 d, Arundel, pt. i.)
Richard Banks.—To be buried in the church next to the body of Margaret his wife. He bequeathed to the Prior of St. Bartholomew's for oblations, 100s. Dated within the priory. A. D. 1415. (285 d, Chichele.)
Richard Brigge, alias Lancaster king at arms.—To be buried in the church. He bequeaths to the prior, 20s.; to each canon, a chaplain 3s. 4d., to other canons 20d. Witnesses: John Walden, Richard Banks, John Feld, and others. Dated within the priory, A. D. 1415. (331, Chichele.) (fn. 54)
John Walden. (fn. 55) —To be buried in the new chapel of the church of St. Bar tholomew, West Smithfield, on the north side of the church lately built. (fn. 56) On the day of his funeral one hundred and forty masses to be celebrated; seven priests to celebrate, for a whole year after his death, each a trental of St. Gregory, Bequests to John (fn. 57) Coventry the prior, 40s.; to each canon, a priest 20s.; to each canon called a novice 6s. 8d., and to the convent his largest silver cup and cover with his arms on the knob, for their use in the refectory in his memory. To his executors the residue of his goods to make provision for the souls of himself, of King Richard II, of his brother Roger, (fn. 58) and his parents. His wife Idonea to be one of the executors. Dated at Tottenham, A.D. 1417. (310 d, Chichele.) (fn. 59)
Walter Shirington, 'preest unworthy.'—To be buried in 'Waldons chappelle' on the north side of the altar in a marble tomb adjoining the wall 'of the length of two paulesfete' for men 'to kneel and lene upon the tombe for to here masse'. (fn. 60) Bequeaths to the prior, 20d.; to the sub-prior, 10d.; to each canon, 8d.; to each chantry priest, 6d.; and to the clerks among them, 10d. To the high altar on each of three days, 7s.; (fn. 61) among poor men at his obit, £7; to the cathedral churches of Salisbury, Wells, Lincoln, Chichester, Lichfield, and St. Patrick's, Dublin, 7 marks each, for chalices, books, vestments, or other ornaments. His household at St. Bartholomew's to be kept together for a year and a day. His executors: Master Thomas Lisieux, Dean of St. Paul's, and two residentiary canons. Dated at the Manor of 'Bernes' (Barnes) A. D. 1447/8. (170 a, b, 171 a, b, Stafford and Kemp.)
In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
Idonia (Eden) Walden.—To be buried in the new chapel of the church of St. Bartholomew lately built on the north side of the church where John Walden, her late husband, was buried. Masses as in her husband's will. (fn. 62) Bequests to John Coventry, (fn. 63) 20s.; to each canon, a novice, 40d.; to Isabella Beyr, her kinswoman, articles of apparel; to her executors, the residue of her goods to make provision for the souls of herself, of John Walden and John Rote, (fn. 64) her late husbands. Dated at London, A. D. 1424/5. (6, Luffeman.)
Katherine Lancaster.—To be buried before the high altar beneath her husband's (fn. 65) stone. Bequests to decoration of high altar, 20s.; (fn. 66) to each priest of the convent, 3s. 4d.; to each canon not a priest, 20d.; to each clerk who serves there, 12d.; to the prior, 20s.; (fn. 67) to pray for the souls of her husband, herself (and others marked in a list); to the p. & c. of the Carthusians, 6s. 8d.; to the prioress (& c.) of the Minories, Aldgate, 6s. 8d.; to the p. & c. of the Dominican brethren, 3s. 4d.; to the m. & b. of the hospital, 6s. 8d.; to each sister, 4d.; to each of the poor there, 2d.; for the brotherhood of the Holy Trinity in St. Botolph's, Aldersgate, 3s. 4d.; to each of two clergy there, 4d.; to each anchorite in London, 8d.; to the prisoners of Ludgate, 2s.; of Newgate, 3s. 4d.; of the commonalty of Westminster, 2s.; of the Fleet, 3s. 4d.; of the Marshalsea, 20d.; of the King's Bench, 2s.; to the poor entertained at Bethlehem, 2s.; for the fabric and treasury of St. Paul's, 6s. 8d.; to the church of Langton, Lincolnshire, a chasuble ornamented with the king's arms, altar cloths, a missal, and a chalice. A chaplain to be appointed at 13s. 4d. each quarter day, and a good coat or instead 6s. 8d. The occupier of her house and ground in St. Bartholomew's and those named in the list to be commemorated by another chaplain. John Fray, a Baron of the Exchequer, to be overseer, to whom she leaves her gold tablet with a design in pearls; and to his wife Agnes, her small gold ring with the diamond. To each executor, 4 gold nobles; to the high altar of St. Bartholomew's, two torches; to the Lady altar, one torch; (fn. 68) to the altars of St. Michael (fn. 69) and of St. John (fn. 70) and to the altar selected by the executors, one torch each. A. D. 1426. (24, Luffeman.) (fn. 71)
William Thirwall, esquire.—To be buried in the church before the image of the Mother of God by the high altar on the south side. (fn. 72) Bequests to the p. & c. for his burial, for offerings omitted, and to pray for his soul, 33s. 4d.; to Richard Thirwall, his kinsman, a book and other things. Dated within the close of the priory, A. D. 1432. (15, Luffeman.) (fn. 73)
Thomas Russel.—A bequest to the high altar of the priory church and to the fabric of the church for the soul of himself and his wife Alice, 20s. (fn. 74) A. D. 1434. (19, Luffeman.)
Stephen Grove.—To be buried in the church. Bequests to the high altar for its decoration, 20d.; (fn. 75) to the canons, to pray for his soul, 6s. 8d.; to each prisoner of Newgate, Ludgate, the Fleet, and Westminster, 7d. A. D. 1450. (12, Rous.)
Alice Bysshop, alias Derby, widow.—To be buried in the church between the high altar and the quire. (fn. 76) Bequests to the prior for her burial, to the work of the belfry (ad opus Campanarii) of the church, 40s.; to each canon chaplain present at her funeral, 12d.; to each canon outside priesthood, 6d.; to each clerk, 4d.; three torches where her body rests and three to be distributed; six poor men to hold a torch each and to receive 10d.; four tapers not exceeding 3 lb. each, one to remain in the chapel of the Holy Trinity, one in the chapel of St. Mary, one before St. Bartholomew, and one (elsewhere). One thousand masses to be said for the souls of herself, her father and mother. A. D. 1458. (26 d, Stockton.)
John Louthe de Louth, gentleman.—To be buried, if he dies within or near London, in the chapel of the Blessed Mary within the church of the priory near and beside the wall of the chapel on the north side by the licence of the p. & c. by the right formerly had and held. A. D. 1459. (19, Stockton.) (fn. 77)
John Durem, a late Baron of the Exchequer.—To be buried in the church before the chapel of St. John the Evangelist. Bequests to the high altar for tithes and oblations omitted, (fn. 78) 3s. 4d.; to each canon priest present at funeral, 8d.; to each clerk, 6d.; and for tolling the great bell, 6s. 8d.; provision for torches and torch-bearers. A. D. 1473. (14, Wattys.) (fn. 79)
Elizabeth Durem, widow, late wife of John Durem, late a Baron of the king's Exchequer.—To be buried in the church before the chapel of St. John Evangelist beside her husband. Bequests to the prior for her sepulchre, 13s. 4d. A. D. 1476. (28, Wattys.) (fn. 80)
Hugh Atte Fenne.—To be buried in the chancel of the church of Havyngby, Norfolk, next the sepulchre of his mother. He bequeathed to the prior of St. Bartholomew's £15 out of £18 13s. 4d. owed him by the prior for lead. (fn. 81) He willed that every priest secular and religious in London and Southwark should have one penny to pray for his soul on the day of his death or the day following, and that masses be sung in the churches of the priories of St. John, St. Bartholomew and hospital of the same, of the Charterhouse, and in the parish churches of St. Sepulchre, of St. Andrew, Holborn, and of St. Botolph, Aldersgate. He left 100s. for the poor of the hospital and a further sum to the poor as they passed through the doors after the service to be held in the priory church. He left to Eleanor his wife all the plate, jewels, and household stuff in London and Hackney, provided she released her dower that she could claim in all his manors and lands. If she would not release her dower and so break his will, then she was to have of his lands and goods as the law willed, but no more. He made provision for his daughter Margaret if the dower were released, and that his wife should have the profits of his place in West Smithfield, called 'the White Bulle', and of his two closes in Kentish Town, as long as she remained unmarried, and he willed that she should have 'a gode sadde preest that it might be convenient for her to say her divine service as well at home as at church at her ease in her age'. For how long Eleanor survived her husband, and whether the matter of the dower had anything to do with her being buried here (fn. 82) instead of by her husband at Havyngby, we do not know. A. D. 1476. (32, Wattys.) (The first part of this will is in Latin, the rest in English.)
Thomas Peerson.—To be buried in the church before St. Christopher 'at the longe stall'. Bequests for breaking up the ground, 10s.; for lights to burn before images of (fn. 83) St. Christopher, St. Bartholomew, St. Anthony, the Trinity, in the Lady Chapel and before the image of St. Katherine; tapers in the worship (fn. 84) of St. Thomas the Apostle and St. Thomas the Martyr, (fn. 85) St. John the Evangelist, (fn. 86) St. Peter and St. Paul, St. Michael and All Saints. To every canon a priest to sing mass for him for seven days, 2d. every day, and to every novice, 4d., beside their duty to say placebo and dirige for him. To a priest to say mass for him daily at 'Our Lady of the pewe' at Westminster, within St. Stephen's, every day, 4d. for a month. Bequests were also made for a trental of masses at the Charterhouse; for the church at Howtey where he was born, at Ebwell and at St. Sepulchre's, London. A. D. 1485. (Prob. 28 January, 1492/3.) (21, Doggett.) (fn. 87)
Alice Hoole, widow, of the parish of St. Bartholomew, West Smithfield.—To be buried within the church under the image of St. Bartholomew standing at the cloister door. (fn. 88) A bequest to the p. & c. of a chalice parcel gilt and a corporax cloth of crimson velvet, bordered with two branches of gold, upon the condition that the p. & c. should pray for her and bury her in the place above mentioned. A. D. 1494. (14, Vox.)
John Fitzherbert, Remembrancer to the king in his Exchequer. To be buried in the parish chapel where his first wife was buried. (fn. 89) His wife Joan to occupy all his house 'within Seynt Bartholomew's Close' which he then inhabited which he had on lease. A. D. 1502. (18, Blamyr.)
John Brampton, of St. Mary, Macfelon, Brecknockshire. Bequeaths to the Charterhouse, ten thousand bricks, and to 'St. Barthilmew's priore four thousand bricks', to be delivered at his cost that the p. & c. might pray for his soul. (fn. 90) A. D. 1504. (17, Holgrave.)
Edward Hungerford, esquire.—To be buried in his chapel of St. Anne where the body of his wife Anne rested. (fn. 91) A bequest of 12 marks 6s. 8d. to the p. & c. for a thousand masses for the souls of his wife and himself, all the ornaments that appertain to the chapel; his 'psalter booke glosed'; his 'book of vi parts of the bibill' and his book 'speculum exemplore (sic); the said books to be teyd wt cheynes on an yron bolt betwene the doore of Saynt Barthilmew chapell and the Est side of his said chapell. (fn. 92) It. I will that ther be said xx masses for my soule and for the soule of my wife Anne at Westminster in the chapell of Scala celi with as convenyent hast as can be after my deth.' 'It. I bequeth to Dyonyse Spark, widow, whom with Godd's grace if it please hym to send me lyff I shall mary and take to my wiff all and every suche goods as she brought to my house as I have of hers freely without interrupcion or lett.' A. D. 1504. (17, Holgrave.) (A duplicate of this will occurs in Reg. 27, Adeane, but date of probate is given 14 October, 1507.)
John Longe (Sir) of London, priest.—To be buried in the church 'without the chappell dore of saint Edmunde there (fn. 93) if I dye in London'. Bequests to the prior for his sepulchre, 13s. 4d.; for being at his 'dirige and masse of Requiem', 6s. 8d.; to the sub-prior (to the same intent), 3s. 4d.; to any canon being a priest helping at the mass, 12d.; to every canon not a priest so helping, 8d., to be 'a daily and wekely' mass at the altar within the chapel of St. Edmund for three years for the souls of himself, John, Agnes, Margeret, Mawde, Margery and (another) John, each canon taking a week, at a stipend of 12d. a week. Further bequests among others 'to the fraternity of the lx preests in London xxs'; 'to the fraternity of the clerks of London vis viiid'; 'to the fellowship of the yomanry of Taillours of London, xxs'; to 'the poor prisoners in Ludgate, Newgate, the Flete, the Kynge Benche and the Marcelsye 33s' among them; to the p. & c. of the Charterhouse, 6s. 8d. (etc.). Dated 26 June, 1499. Prob. 12 November, 1507. (28, Adeane.)
John Clerke of London, gentleman.—To be buried, if he dies at seynt Barthilmewes, 'in the pisshe chapell afore seynt Ursula', his 'avowerie', (fn. 94) for which sepulture he bequeathed to the prior 20s. His ' grave to be covered and made playne of marble, the same to have a remembrance of his auctorities passed'. If he died at 'Walcompstone' (Walthamstow) ' to be buried against the image of Our Lady in the channcell on the north side against the high aulter'. Executors, Robert Blagge the Kynges Remembrancer, (fn. 95) John Burgoyne and others. A. D. 1508. (12, Bennett.)
John Agmondesham, gentleman.—To be buried within the priory. A bequest to the high altar of the chapel of Allhallows towards an altar cloth to be bought, 20s. Witness: 'Master William Bolton, priour.' A. D. 1509. (15, Bennett.) (fn. 96)
Walter Martyn.—To be buried in the 'pisshe chapell of greate seynt bartylmews priory', where his first wife was buried. A bequest to the said chapel for tithes negligently withholden or forgotten, 12d.; to the reparation of the church or priory, £10. (fn. 97) A. D. 1513. (23, Fetiplace.)
John Alexander.—To be buried in the church before the altar of St. John the Evangelist. A bequest to the high altar for tithes forgotten, 5s. (fn. 98) To the convent for carrying his body to the church, 30s. Witnesses: the chaplain, Sir Richard Burton, and Robert Blagge, Baron of the Exchequer. A. D. 1514. (2, Holder.)
John Webbes of 'Sandewych', co. Kent.—To be buried within the church of the monastery before the parish chapel. A bequest to the high altar for tithes negligently withholden, 10s. (fn. 99) A. D. 1514. (6, Holder.)
Barthm (Bartholomew) Westby, 'dwelling within the precinct of Saint Barthii in Westsmythfeld.' To be buried in the church of the Charterhouse (where his wife was buried). A bequest to the high altar for tithes and offerings forgotten, £6 13s. 4d. (fn. 100) A. D. 1521. (11, Maynwaring.)
Robert Blagge, one of the Barons of the Exchequer.—To be buried ' in the monasty of Seint Barthus', where his wife Katherine was buried. Bequests to the prior 'for his payne and labor to be done in his owne p[er]sonn' at his burial and for breaking the ground, 66s. 8d.; to every canon, 20d.; to the high altar for tithes and 'for furnyshing of eight images to be newe painted and there residue be viii. marcs'. (fn. 101) To each of the four orders of friars to pray for him, 10s.; 'an honest preest of good conversation' to sing for his soul and for those of his father and mother, of King Henry VII (etc.) in the chapel 'of Witton at the Northwich' where he was born, for three years, for a salary of eight marks. Two trentals of masses to be sung for his soul at St. Bartholomew's and £10 to be distributed to poore people, 'peny mele' or otherwise; to the marriage of poor damsels, 20 marks (and other provisions and bequests). Another will disposes of his manor lands in the shires of Somerset, Wilts, Kent, Middlesex, and the town of Bristol. (fn. 102) A. D. 1522. (15, Maynwaryng.)
Heugh Grannger, 'marchaunt of the staple at Cales.'—'A bequest to the high altar' 'within the abbey of saint Bartilmewe's fast by West Smythfelde', 10s. sterling. (fn. 103) After masse a priest to say the de profundis and to cast holy water upon his grave. A bequest to the prior, sub-prior, and canons to pray for his soul, 20s. The residue of his estate to Elizabeth Westby, his mother. He made additional legacies on his deathbed 'in the presence of Sir Thomas Truplande, curate of Saynt Barthms' (and others). (fn. 104) Dated 20 March, 1530 (for 1520). Prob. 16 December, 1521. (19, Maynwaryng.).
Elizabeth Westby of London, widow, late the wife of Thomas Grannger, late merchant of the staple of Calais, deceased.—To be buried in the church of the priory where her son Hugh was buried (see preceding will). Bequests to the 'prior and brethren' for a solemn dirige and mass by note £5 sterling; amongst the brethren, 20s.; for the maintenance of the vestments and ornaments of the parish chapel, 10s.; (fn. 105) to the hospitals of St. Bartholomew, of St. Mary Spital, Elsing Spital, to each 100 ells of canvas. A. D. 1524. (31, Bodefelde.)
Nicholas Burgh, of London, gentleman.—To be buried where ' my lord of Saint Barthilmewe's may counsel and advise'. A bequest 'to the convent of the monastery', where he trusted to be buried, to pray for his soul and bring his body to the earth, 20s. 'Lord prior of Saint Bartilmews' to be an overseer of his will; William Bolton, prior, was a witness. A. D. 1527. (31, Porch.)
Nicholas Mynne 'of the parishe of Saint Barthilmews Close'.—A bequest to the high altar of the parish church for tithes forgotten, 3s. 4d. (fn. 106) A. D. 1528. (35, Porch.)
William Martyn, 'dwelling within the close of the monastery of the glorious apostle Seynt Barthilmewe'. (fn. 107) 'To be buried in the monastery before the Image of Seynt Christopher nigh where Alice' his late wife was buried. One trental of masses to be sung for his soul in the Charterhouse of Shene where he was brought up. His patent of brotherhood of the chapel of the monastery of St. Bartholomew (fn. 108) and that of the brotherhood of the Charterhouse, nigh London, to be presented 'unto the chapter house there' (probably St. Bartholomew), to pray for his soul, and to give them better courage so to do he bequeaths to either of the convents 10s. He bequeathed to a young canon called Glasier, whom he had taken for his son adoptive, 6s. 8d. to pray for his soul, and to the Prior of St. Bartholomew for tithes, 6s. 8d. A. D. 1531. (Prob. 1537.) (A long will of over five folios.) (4, Dyngeley.)
Richard Bellamy, within the precinct of the Close, gentleman. (fn. 109) —To be buried without pomp or pride in the body of the church between the font and the image of our Lord near the place where his children were laid. Bequests to the high altar for tithes forgotten, 3s. 4d. (fn. 110) A. D. 1538/9. (24, Dyngeley.)
Robert Fuller, priest, 'late abbot of Waltham and prior commendatory of Saint Bartilmewes in West Smythefeld suppressed'.—'To be buried in Corpus Christi chapel within St. Sepulchre's church without Newgate.' (fn. 111) A. D. 1540. (12, Alenger.)
ABSTRACT OF WILL OF KING HENRY VII
King Henry VII. 'The finishing of the King's chapel images, grating and enclosure. (fn. 112)
And if our said chapell and towmbe and our and oure said wyf's ymages grate and closure be not fully accomplisshed perficely finisshed according to the premisses by us in our lif tyme we then wil that not only the same chapell tombe ymages grate and closure and every of them and al other thinges to them belonging with al spede and assone after our decease as goodly may be doon best by our executors hooly and perfitely finished in our behalve after the manner and somme before rehersed and sutingly to that that is begonne and doon of them. But also that the said chapell be desked and the windowes of our said chapell be glased with stores ymages armes bagies and cognoisaunces as is by us redily divised and in picture delivered to the Priour of Sainct Bartilmews beside Smythfeld maistre of the work of our said chapell. (fn. 113) And that the walles doores windows archies and vaults and imags of the same our chapell within and without be painted and garnisshed and adorned with our armes bagies cognisaunce and other convenient painteng in as goodly and riche maner as suche a werk requireth and as to a king's work apperteigneth. And for the more sure perfourmance and finisshing of the premisses and for the more redye payment of the money necessary in that behalf we have delived in redy money before the hande the sum of £vmli to the Abbott Priour and convent of our said monastery of Westm. as by writing indented betwixt us and them testifieng the same payment and receipte and beinge date at Richemount the thretene daie of the moneth of Aprill the xxiiii yere of our reigne it dooth more plainlie appiere the same five thousand pounds every parcel thereof to be truly emploied . . . about upon the finisshing . . . of the premisses.' (If not enough the Executors to give the Abbot what may be sufficient for perfectly finishing the work.) Dated at Richmond, 31 March, 1509. (The King died April 21, 1509.)
WILLS. (POST-SUPPRESSION) In the Prerogative Court of Canterbury.
John Burgoyne, gentleman.—'To be buryed in the church of Great Saint Barthilmewes.' Bequests of his lands, leases, etc., to his son Thomas Burgoyne, also to the same son his lease of a messuage and a garden adjoining in 'Great St. Barthilmewe's', wherein he then dwelt, which he had of the lease of the late p. & c. His son Bartylmewe Burgoyne, clerk, to pray for his soul for three years. (Many bequests to churches and people.) His sons Thomas and Robert were executors and his brother Thomas Burgoyne 'clercke parson of Sundaye' (to whom he bequeathed 40s. for his pains) and his son Barthilmew supervisors. Witnesses: 'Sir John Deane, clerc, perishe priest of Great Saint Bartilmewe, John Dodyngton of the same gentleman, John Mantell gentleman, Thomas Adams, of the same,' with others. A. D. 1540. (10, Alenger.) (fn. 114)
John Bochard, clerk.—To be buried within the church. Bequests towards the building of the church, £6 13s. 4d., to the poor dwelling in the parish, 6s. 8d., and to the building of the steple and church of Armeskyrke (Ormskirk), Lancashire, £60; to Lady Rich, £10; to Sir Hugh Huxley, priest, his 'best gown Furryd with Foynes'; to the brotherhood of Saint Giles, Cripplegate, £5; to Thomas Hytchyn his cousin, £5, and a new livery; to Mathew White, 'three advowsons in a box in the cupborde to his own use whereof' he gave 'the first that fallith of them thre to Sir Hugh Hill preest and 20s.;' to Sir Awden priest, 40s. Witnesses: Edmunde Goodwyn, Mathew White, Thomas Hytchyn, (fn. 115) the curate of the parishe, and Sir Awden priest, with others. A. D. 1542. (20, Spert.)
Robert Adams, 'yeoman.'—To be buried within the church or churchyard. Bequests among others to the high altar, 3s. 4d.; (fn. 116) to the four prisons, 4s. In the presence of Richard Longstone and 'Sir John Deane, parson of saint Bartilmewes'. (fn. 117) A. D. 1545/6. (13, Allen.)
Richarde Aleyn, gentleman, dwelling within the parish.—To be buried in the church. Witnesses: Edward Fapylby, gentleman, and John Deane, clerk. (fn. 118) A. D. 1545. (10, Alen.)
Robert Burgoyne, esquire.—Bequests for tithes and oblations forgotten to the high altar, St. Barthilmewes, 13s. 4d.; (fn. 119) at Hackney, 5s. 8d.; at Watton at Stone, 10s.; 'for dirige, mass of requiem and trental of masses of the v wounds' to be sung at St. Bartilmewes (etc.), 25s. 8d.; to the poor of the parish, 13s. 4d.; legacies to his son Robert (who was to be brought up by his uncle Thomas), to his daughters Dorothy, Elizabeth, and an unborn child. Bequests also 'to the right worshipfull Sir Richard Riche, Knyghte' his 'speciall good maister to be good Mr. to' 'his wife and children £20', and to his especiall 'good ladye Elizabeth his wife for a remembrannce £5 13s. 4d.' Legacies to his sister Anne Burgoyne (probably sister-in-law, wife of Thomas); to his nephew and godson Robert Burgoyne; to his nephew John Burgoyne his (Robert's) elder brother; to his cousin John Doddington; to several late abbots and many others. He further bequeathed to the church of Hackney, one cope; to St. Bartholomew's one cope and one vestment with the apparel; to Watton at Stone two copes; to Sutton (where he was born) one cope; to four other churches one cope each. Witnesses: John Pamraye, D.D., vicar of St. Michael, Coventry, George Gifforde, esquire, Thomas Catlyn, gentleman, and others. A. D. 1545. (fn. 120) (14, Allen.)
Dorothy Paver (or Paner), widow.—In the name (etc.) 'the twentie day of September . . . a thousand fyve hundred and fourtie and eight I Dorothe Paver widdowe being of hole mynde (etc.) . . . my body to be buried within the churche or chauncell of Greate Saint Barthilmewe's in West Smythfeld of London. Item I bequeth to the highe aulter of the parrishe churche of Great Saint Barthilmews for my tithes and oblatons nechyently forgotten xxd. (fn. 121) Also to the high Altar of our blessed lady of Watford for like cause xxd. Also I will that there be certyne mony to be given for my lying in extremis or ymmediatily after it shall please Our Lorde God to take me to his mercye. Also I bequeth to the pore prysonners of Saint Albons iiis. iiijd. Also I bequeath to the pore folks of little Saint Bartilmewes vis. viiid. Also I will to the pore prysoners of Newgate iijs. iiiid. Also I bequeth to the pore prysoners in the King's benche iijs. iiiid. Also I bequeth to the pore prysonners of the Marsheielsea iiis. iiijd. Also I will that there shall be distributed to pore maydens marriages and to my God children and to highe wayes five pounds by the discretion of myn executours. Also I bequeth to Sir John Deane parson of Greate Saint Barthilmewes a gilte pece. (fn. 122) Also I bequeth to Anne Deane a silver bowle. Also I bequeth to Richard Loggesden a silver pece plaine. Also I bequeth to John Deane a silver pece, also I bequeth to Richarde Adams a mazer with knoppes of silver. Also I bequeth to Robert Adams a little mazer. Also I bequeth to Joan Adams a mazer with John uppon the topp. Also to Margaret Bradford a little mazer. Also I bequeth to Sir John Deane parson of Greate Saint Barthilmewes my lease of my house aftre my deceese. The residue of my gooddes movable and unmovable my debts paide with my funerall expenses and my legacies duly perfourmed. I will that the saide gooddes shal be soulde by myn executours. And that the mony thereof comyng withe suche parte and porcyon of the saide gooddes as they doo not sell shal be by myn executours disposed in dedes of charytie where most nede is, by their discretion for the helthe of our soules as by their charitable discretions shal be thought convenyent. And of this my p[rese]nt testament and last will I the saide Dorothe Paver widdowe doo ordeyne and make myne executours Sir John Deane parson of Greate Saint Barthilmewes and Agnes Deane my sarvaunt and Richard Loggisden overseer of this my p[rese]nt will. And every of them thereof Sir John Deane, Agnes Deane, Richard Loggesden to have xxs. to see this my p[rese]nt testament p[er]fourmed. In witness whereof I the saide Dorothe Paver widdowe unto this my p[rese]nt testament and last will have putte my seale in the presence of Sir John Deane my ghostly Father and Thomas Hone, Barbor and surgeon, William Bell yeoman, and dyvers other the day and yere above written. Also I will that Thomas Hone and William Bell and either of theme for their paines to have twentie pence.' A. D. 1548. (14, Populwell.)
Edwarde Corbett, gentleman.—To be buried in the church. He disposes of his apparel in his 'chamber where (he lived) in Great Saynt Barthilmewes'. A bequest to Sir John Deane parson of Great St. Bartholomew's, 13s. 4d; to the same £10 which he owed him, who was also a witness to the will. (fn. 123) A. D. 1548/9. Letter of administration 2 May, 1549. (29, Populwell.)
Dorothy Martyn of the parish of Stepney.—To be buried if convenient in St. Bartholomew's the Great beside her husband William Martyn (fn. 124) deceased, otherwise within the church door of Stepney. A. D. 1549. (44 Populwell.)
Thomas Bill, physician unto the King's Majestie.—A bequest to the poor people of 'Great St. Bartilmewes Close', 6s. 8d.; to Agnes his wife his house and garden within the parish of 'Great St. Bartilmews Close', for her life and after to 'Margeret' his daughter and her heirs. (fn. 125) Dated 1 June, 1551. Prob. 23 February, 1551/2. (7, Powell.)
John Garatt, citizen and salter.—To be buried within the church between the steps going up to the high altar and the chancel. (fn. 126) Bequests: to the high altar for tithes, 1s.; 'to the Order of Blacke Friers' then 'being within the house of Greate Seynt Barthilmewes' to keep his yearly obit and praying for the souls of his two wives Agnes and Joan, 12s. yearly; and in addition two tapers weighing 2 lb. each; to the poor of the parish coming to his dirige and mass, 4s. in bread and money, that is 'a peny loofe and a peny in Redie money apece'; to the clerk for ringing, 12d.; to the three prisons, King's Bench, the Marshalsea and Newgate, 6s. 8d. a year each; to his wife Ursula, a house in Red Cross St.; to Philip his son and Ralph Brooke his son-in-law, certain land, and after their decease to the Salters' Company, to keep his yearly obit with two tapers within the priory. His wife Ursula sole executrix; his brother Henry, and Ralph Broke son-in-law, goldsmith, to be overseers. A bequest to St. Giles, Cripplegate, towards making and hanging two new bells, £6 135. 4d. Witnessed by 'Sir John Deane parson of Great St. Barthilmewes' (fn. 127) and others. A. D. 1556. (23, Ketchyn.)
Richard Bartlett, 'Doctor of Physic'.—To be buried in the church of 'Gt. St. Barthilmews' if he die in or within six miles of London. Bequests to Sir Walter Mildmay one flat hoop of gold graven within 'ab occultis meis Christe'; to 'my lady his wief one Rynge with a small Emerade sparke in it'. Executors: 'Mr. William Cooke, Docter of the law and Mr. Thomas Argall.' He divided the residue of his property into three parts, one for his kinsfolk, the other two parts for the relief and comfort of the poor. (fn. 128) Further bequests, to William Hayes 6s. 8d. and a black coat to make his grave in the church; to 'the Fryers of St. Bartilmewes', £6; to Sir John Deane, his worsted gown, furred conditionally that he takes no money for breaking the ground and to see his stone laid over him; to making of the church wall, 20s.; towards making a 'Soller' in the parish church at the discretion of his executors. (fn. 129) Signed by Richard Bartlett and John Deane, pastor of 'Magm. Barthi'. Later he bequeaths to the Warden and Fellows of All Souls College, Oxford, by declaration to his executors, his basin and ewer of silver. In a previous will, 18 November, 1555, he bequeathed to his nephews Thomas, Richard, and John Bartlett, sons of his brother Edmund, his land, messuages, and tenements in the Close which he was then inhabiting. A. D. 1556/7. (25, Noodes.)
John Williams of St. Bartholomew the Great, 'Taillour.'—A bequest to Mary his wife of his 'tenement in Great Saint Barthilmewes which he then inhabited' 'with all waynscott portall and one press of waynscott now remayning in and about the same'; to his children two other tenements in the parish. A. D. 1558. (33, Noodes.) (fn. 130)
Christopher Dodgson, 's. & h. of John Dodgson, late alderman of the city of York and now servant to the Rt. Hon. Ld. Wm. Paget Ld. Privy Seale.'—A bequest, if he died in London at Great St. Bartilmewes, to the parish church, 6s. 8d., and to the poor of the parish, 20s. A. D. 1557. (37, Noodes.)
Robert Urmestone.—To be buried in the church of the 'blake Frayers in Smythefilde' if he dies within the city. A bequest to the church where he is buried, if in the 'blak Fryers', £3 6s. 8d.; if elsewhere, to the church, 20s. A stone to be laid on his grave with his arms thereon. (fn. 131) A. D. 1558. (40, Noodes.)
William Hayes, of the parish of 'Great St. Barthelmew'.—To be buried in the parish churchyard. Witnesses: 'Sir John Deane, parson and his gostly farther,' (fn. 132) and others. A. D. 1558. Proved 1561. (28, Loftes.)
Percyvall Smallpace, of the city of London, one of the clerks of the Board of Green Cloth.—(No mention of St. Bartholomew's, although his monument is there.) (fn. 133) A. D. 1559. (12, Chayney.)
John Deane, 'clerke person of the parishe churche of Greate St. Bartillmews nighe West Smithfeilde.'—'I give and bequeathe my soul to Almightie God Christe Jesu my maker my savioure and my most mercifull Redemer and to the blissed Virgin St. Marye his mother and to all the holye Saintees and company in heaven and my bodye to be buried by the righte side of the chappell late Mr. Blage's Chappell and now Sir Walter Mildmaye's chappell within the Quire of Greate Saynte Bartillmews where I have allredie made my grave.' (His will has already been epitomized in the text.) (fn. 134) A. D. 1563. (36, Chayre.)
Margaret Burgoyne (daughter of Thomas Burgoyne and stepdaughter of Sir Robert Catelyn).—This will is quoted in the text. (fn. 135) A. D. 1556. (Proved 5 February, 1567/8.) (5, Babington.)
Richard Rich, knight, Lord Rich.—To be buried at Felsted, Essex. (The provisions which refer to St. Bartholomew's have already been quoted; (fn. 136) the rest consists of bequests to his family and others, and of instructions concerning his manors. His heir was his son Sir Robert Rich.) A. D. 1567. (12, Babington.)
Robert Catelyn, 'Knighte cheife Justice of the Pleaz.'—To be buried at Sutton, Bedfordshire. Directions that on the day of his burial there be given to thirteen poor men thirteen gownes of black freise and amongst the poor of Great St. Bartholomew's, 26s. 8d. His wife Anne to have the occupation of his house at St. Bartholomew's and the rich hangings, etc., there (already fully described). (fn. 137) A. D. 1574. (5, Pychering.)
Thomas Bullman, citizen and draper of St. Olave's, Southwark.—A bequest to the free school, then lately erected by the Queen in the parish of St. Olave, of his four houses in the parish of 'St. Barthlmuse' in West Smithfield. A.D. 1574. (12, Martyn.)
Robert 'Bynckes', clerk parson of the parish church of Great St. Bartholomew's. (As already stated, he left everything to his nephew Robert Bynckes.) (fn. 138) A. D. August 15, 1579. (250, Bullock.)
Thomas Bartlett of Seynbury, Gloucestershire, gentleman.—A devise to Thomas Bartlett, younger son of his brother Richard Bartlett deceased, of his manor of Pendock, if his cousin Richard Bartlett (son of Henry Bartlett) when of age should confirm and agree to such bargains and sales as his said brother Richard and he 'had made to one Sir Walter Mildmay, knight, and to one Vincent Randall of London, mercer, of certain lands and tenements in the close of Great Saint Bartilmews'. (fn. 139) A.D. 1583. (20, Rowe.)
Robert Burgoyne, of the parish of St. Giles in the Fields, gentleman.—To be buried 'within the parish church of Greate Saint Bartholomew' at the discreation of his executors. Bequests: to Lady Anne Catelyn, a gold ring value of 5 marks; (fn. 140) to his cousin Robert Burgoyne, a gold ring; to John Burgoyne his brother, £30 or thereabout; to the poor of the parish, 40s. A. D. 1584. (44, Watson.)
Ursula Garrett, 'of the Close and parishe of Greate St. Barthilmewes,' widowe. To be buried in the church near the place and between the bodies of her late husbands John Mantell and John Garrett. Bequests to the poor householders within the Close 'a peny white lofe and twoe pence in money soe farre as fyve shillinges will extende'; to Frannch Mantell her son a silver salt with cover all gilt, a goblet all gilt, a gold ring with a blue saphire, another with a 'roche' ruby and diamond joined together and six silver spoons with 'postells' (apostles); to her son Hugh Mantel a silver salt with the name of her late husband John Mantel (and others, many goblets and apostle spoons); to the same Hugh, her lease of her dwelling house within the Close; to the Salters Company, 40s.; on the day of her burial a dinner for her neighbours and friends to the value of £3 and 13s. 4d. in spice bread; money to the poor in the prisons; to the church of St. Bartholomew, 10s.; to 'Mr. Dee preacher', 10s. Witness of the reforming of certain things in the will, 'David Dee minister'. (fn. 141) A. D. 1581. (Proved 10 September, 1584.) (24, Watson.)
Anne Neale, wife of William Neale.—A bequest to her niece Jane Bottes of a Flanders chest of linnen in the house of William Neale her husband in the parish of Gt. St. Bartholomew 'in the Greate chamber there'; (fn. 142) to the poor of St. Martin's in the Vintry and Great St. Bartholomew's, to each parish, 60s. A. D. 1597. (4, Lewyn.)
Sir Walter Mildmay of Apethorpe, Northamptonshire, knight. (fn. 143) —'In Dei nomine. Amen.
'For-as-much as all men livinge are subjecte unto death and that the time of their departure hence is most uncerteyne therefore I Syr Walter Mildmaye of Apethorpe in the countie of Northampton Knighte calling to my remembrance the uncerteyne state of mans life that passeth awaye as a shadowe and fadethe as the flower or grasse of the feilde. And thinkinge it my dutie nott to differr from daye to daye butt to prepare my selfe in a rediness agaynst the time that it shall please the Lorde my God to call mee to him selfe doe this seconde daye of Aprill in the yeare of our Lorde one thousand five hundredthe eightie and nine ordeyne and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme hereafter ensuinge ffirst I bequeathe and com[m]ende my sowle into the handes of my most gratius and mercifull Lord God the Father the sonne and the holye ghoste thre persons and one Almightie eternall and incomprehensible God beinge most certeynly persuaded that my synnes whiche be grevious and heavie are forgiven and myne election sealed upp in the onlye blood and meritte of my Lorde and Saviour Jhesus Christe by whom and by none other meanes my redemption is made suer and certeyne accordinge to the unspeakable love of God towards mankynde in his eternall and unsearcheable counsell and purpose before the foundations of the worlde weare laide and whiche he hathe revealed in the latter age of the worlde for the comforte of his electe by his most holye scriptures the onlye waye to knowe his goode will and pleasure Secondlye this tabernacle of myne earthelye bodye whearin it hath pleased the Almightie Lorde that I should walke here uppon the earthe created for his honor but mysused by me to his greate dishonor I doe committ to the arthe from whence it came. And the same to be buried and laide upp in suche place as it shall seeme good to my executors ther to remayne untill the day of resurrection of all fleshe when my sowle and bodye shall be joined together in everlastinge incorruptiblones and meetinge my most mercifull saviour in the cloudes shall continue with him in endles joye suche as no eye hathe seene nor eare hathe heard nor harte of man conceyved. In whiche my buriall my request is to myne executors so farr as conveniently they may they will avoyde suche vaine funerall pompe as the worlde by custome in the time of darkenes hathe longe used, a thinge most unfit for us Christains that doe professe sincerely the gospell of Jhesus Christe. But rather I do desire that all superfluous coste may be spared and that the same maye rather be bestowed upon pore preachers pore schollers and poore needye people. And touchinge suche worldly goodes as it hathe pleased the Almightie Lorde withe his moste gratius and bountefull hand to bestowe uppon me most unworthie synner to receyve them I have thoughte it convenient to dispose and distribute them by this my last will now whiles it hathe pleased the Lorde to give me perfecte memorie rather than to trouble my selfe with them at my latter time when it shall be most meete for me to forgett the worlde and all things therin and think only upon my salvation in the Lorde Jhesus and uppon that heavenly Jerusalem wheare I am sure to remayne in joye worlde without end. And therefore first I give and bequeathe to my sonne Anthoney Myldmay in readye money twoe hundrethe poundes Lawfull englishe money' (also his armour and munition, household stuff and utensils at Apethorpe) 'And I give unto him all my seelinge of waynscott fixed to any parte of my howse in the suburbs of London. (fn. 144) And the moitie of my stuffe and utensills remayninge ther to be equally devided by myn executors between my two sonnes' (he gives the younger son plate to the value of £400) 'and £600 value of cattell £40 value in horses a standishe of silver and 2 seales of arms silver. And wheare one peece of grounde late parcell of a garden late John Tamworthes lyinge in the parishe of St. Buttolphe without Aldersgate London is leased unto me by Christopher Tamworth for terme of two hundrethe yeares for the yearly rent of fower pence I meaninge and intendinge that the same shall goe and continue in the occupacion of such persons one after another as shall have my dwellinge house in Great St. Bartholomew's from time to time duringe the saide terme doe therefore by this my will give devise and dispose the occupation of the saide peece of grounde to my sonne Anthonye and his assigns for terme of threscore yeares and tenne (if he so long live) he payinge therefore yearlye the saide rent. And after his decease I will and dispose the occupation of the saide peece of grounde and saide terme to suche person and persons as shall have and possesse my sayde house in greate St. Bartholmewes aforesaide. And also I give and bequeathe to my dawghter Grace Myldmaye wife to my saide sonne Anthony £100 of plate 2 coche horses one wagon one coche and a Litter and the horses.' His interest in the manor of Charleton Musgrave in Somerset and the advowson and patronage of the church there, and the land there for which he had given £2,000, he gives to his son Anthony. He gives to his son Humphrey £200 in cash, £300 worth of plate, also his apparel and books, the second half of his stuff and utensils in London, a third of his armour and munition and his 'tente (tenement) first boughte a gold ring with a turquoise a standishe of silver with a cover 2 lesser seales of silver one with arms the other with crest, a pair of silver ballannces and weights in a case', his lease of the hundreds of Stone and Catteshashe, a lease of a wood in Essex near Malden, lease of Shuldhams and Dyers marsh near Barking. He gives to his servant William Swayne his lease of a house and lands in Hackney. He gives his daughter Marie Mildmay, Humphrey's wife, £50 of plate, to Humphrey's son Walter £50 of plate, to his daughter Martha £500 in cash and £520 in plate, to his daughter Winifred £200 in cash and £220 in plate, to his daughter Christian £200 in cash and £300 in plate, also a gold ring with a sable diamond. He gives to Anthony his lease of Apethorpe and Newton in Northamptonshire. 'Also I give and bequeathe unto the Queene's most excellent majestie my most gratius soveraigne Ladye and mistris as a remembrannce of my dutie to her hignes a Jewell to be bought by myne executors of the price of one hundrethe poundes most humbly besecheinge her majestie to accept the same in goode parte whiche ought to have byne farr greater in respect of her favour and goodnes ever showed unto me.' He also makes the following legacies: To Sir Christopher Hatton, Knight, Lord Chancellor of England, a jewel to be bought, £30. To Lord Burghley, Lord High Treasurer, two gilt pots with covers which the late Earl of Sussex had given him. The Earl of Huntungdon, a jewel to be bought, price £30. Sir Francis Knolls, Knight, Treasurer of her majesty's household, in plate £20. Lord Buckhurst and his wife, to each in plate £10. To his sister Lady Pagett, a jewel to be bought, price £10. To his sister Lady Walsingham, a jewel to be bought, price £10. To his brother Sir William Fitzwilliam and his wife, each in plate £10. To Sir Christopher Wraye, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of England, in plate £10. To Sir Edmund Anderson, Knight, Lord Chief Justice of the Common Pleas, in plate £10. To Sir Roger Manwood, Knight, Lord Chief Baron of the Exchequer, in plate £10. To John Popham, Esq., the Queen's Attorney-General, in plate £10. Sir Thomas Mildmaye, Knight, his nephew, in plate £20. Thomas Mildmaye, son of above (his grandnephew), in money £10. Walter Mildmaye, his nephew, in money £20. Henry Mildmaye, his nephew, in money £20. Edward Mildmaye, his nephew, in money £20. Thomas Randolphe, his friend, in plate £10. Frances Randolphe, a goddaughter, in plate £10. Henry Killegrewe, his friend, in plate £10. Dodington, his sister, in money £20 and in plate £20. Wentworthe, his sister, in money £20 and in plate £20. Wymonde Cary, his brother, in plate £10. Thomas Mildmaye, his nephew, son of his brother William M., in money £20. Thomas Mildmaye, his nephew, eldest son of his brother John M., in money £20. Henry Brounker, son of his daughter Martha, in money £40. Mary Brounker, her eldest daughter, in money £100; a little pointed diamond in a ring, valued 30s. Anne Brounker, her younger sister, in money £40. Elizabeth Brounker, another of her sisters, in money £40. Grace Brounker, another of her sisters, in money £40. William Fitzwilliam, his (Sir W. M.'s) godson, in money £40. Winifred Fitzwilliam, his (Sir W. M.'s) daughter, in money £40. Walter Fitzwilliam, her son, in money £40. Anne Fitzwilliam, her daughter, in money £40. Edward Barrett, son to his daughter Christian, in money £20. Walter Barrett, her son, in money £40. Anne Barrett, her daughter, in money £100. John Leveson (son to Sir W. M.'s daughter Christian by her second husband), in money £40. Elizabeth Leveson, daughter to his daughter Christian, in money £40. Marie Mildmaye, daughter to his son Anthonye, in money 1,000 marks; his little chain of gold valued at £15 8s.; his bigger, 'poynted diamond in a ring of gold val. £30'; 'spoone of golde and a large glasse of christall garnished with silver and guilte' which was given him by Thomas, late Duke of Norfolk. Joan Poyton, his sister, in money £40. Mary Howghton, his niece, in money £20. Martha Kirkeham, his niece, in money £20. Thomas Poynton, his nephew, in money £20. Christopher Poynton, his nephew, in money £20. Henry Poynton, his nephew, in money £20. Thomas Fanshawe, his nephew, in plate £10. Walter Fanshawe, his godson, in money £20. Foster Fanshawe, his niece, in money £20. William Bonthier, his nephew, in money £20. Walter Barnard, son of his nephew Richard Barnard, in money £40. William Reade, in money £20. Mr. Peter Osborne, his friend, in plate £10. Doctor Bynge, in money £10. Mr. White, the preacher, in money £20. Mr. Clarke the preacher, in money £10. Marie Noble's three daughters, each in money £10. Parish of his kinsfolk, to be distributed by executors, in money £100. His servants, according to a schedule subscribed by him of the same date as his will. Also a whole year's wages, in money £345. Hospital of Christchurch for relief of the poor children, in money £40. The prisoners of London and the suburbs, in money £40. Christ's College, Cambridge, in plate £20. Master and Scholars of Emmanuel College, Cambridge, money £200; in plate £30. Poor householders at Apethorpe and other places in Northamptonshire, in money £40. Poor householders in Danbury, Essex, in money £20. Poor householders in Chelmsford, Essex, in money £20. Poor householders in London of the parish of Great St. Bartholomew's and St. Botolph's without Aldersgate, in money £20. 'The parish of Apethorpe to four of the substantialest men of the same towards the discharge of their fifteenes whearwithe the saide parishe shall be from time to time charged and burdened to the Queene's Majestie her heirs and successors they puttinge in suerties to the Chauncellor of the eschequire,' in money £40. 'Also I will . . . that myne executors shall make over me and my good wife a decent tombe withe as meane a charge as conveniently may be.'
Executors: 'my very good brother Sir ffrancis Walsingham, (fn. 145) Knight, her majestie's principall Secretarie.
'And I give unto my brother Walsingham for his paynes to be taken in the execution of my will and as a remembrance of frendship between us,' in plate £30; in money £30. Edward Carey, his brother, (fn. 146) in money £30; in plate £30. William Dodington, his brother, in money £50. Robert Peeter for aiding his executors, in money £20. Edward Edmond Downinge for aiding his executors, in money £20. His executors to provide rings, ten of 40s. a piece to be distributed to the barons of the court of the 'Eschequirer', Judges and other friends and neighbours at Apethorpe, in money £20. And twenty-one of 30s. to the auditors and other officers of the 'Eschequire' and other friends and neighbours, in money £31 10s. Residue of goods, chattels, and debts to his daughters Martha, Winifred and Christian, Mary Mildmay daughter of his son Anthony.
Overseers: his sons Anthony and Humphrey Mildmay. Lands and tenements called 'Chuldhams Marse and Dyers Marshe' at Barking, Essex, demised by him to Andrew and Thomas Fuller for term of twenty years, the reversion to the Queen, after reserving a rent of £43 6s. 8d. per ann. to his executors.
|To his sister Joan Peyton, widow of Christopher Peyton, Esq.||£10 per ann. of the rent £43 6s. 8d.|
|To William Chaundler, his servant||£3 " " " "|
|To Edward West, his servant||£3 " " " "|
|William Chaundler and Edward West for supervising||£3 " " " "|
Of £200 which he has lent to his son-in-law William Brounker, he leaves £100 to William Brounker's daughter Marie Brounker, 50 marks each to the other daughters Anne, Elizabeth, and Grace at the death of their father.
Having already given his son Anthony £40 in value in horses and geldings, he now bequeaths to his son Humphrey five geldings. The rest of his horses, mares, geldings and colts he gives to his son Anthony. To William Brounker, his son-in-law, in plate £20. To William Fitzwilliam, his son-in-law, in plate £20. To John Lovesonne, his son-in-law, in plate £20.
Witnesses: William Neale, Robert Peter, Edmund Downinge, William Twaine, Lawrence Holmes, Barnard Guilpin, Ralph Proby, Jo. Nowett. 2 April, 1589. The schedule for distribution £345 by the will is given in detail.
Codicil, 24 April, 1589, John Walter, gent., owes him £13 6s. 8d.; he releases the same and gives him £20 besides. To his servant John Newett, in addition, £20. To be distributed among the poor preachers in the county of Northampton at discretion of Mr. Johnson, parson of Luffenham, co. Rutland, £20. To Marie Twaine, his servant, six feather beds and six bolsters in his house at Hackney, in addition.
John Nelson, citizen and leather-seller, 'dwellinge in the parrishe of Greate St. Bartholomewes.'—Bequeaths to the porter of the gate of Great St. Bartholomews (fn. 147) his 'myghte gowne fared (fn. 148) with budge which he last mended' and a black cloak 'layde about with a parchement Lace'. A. D. 1590. (3, Sainberke.)
Elizabeth Manwood, dame, widow of Sir Roger Manwood, Knight.—Bequeathed 'to the poor people of Great St. Bartholomewes, 20s'. (fn. 149) A. D. 1594/5. (14, Scott.)
Richard Holliland of London, gentleman.—Bequeathed to his wife Jeane a messuage of which he was seized in fee simple in reversion expectant upon the determination of the lease of Anne Perry, widow, then in her occupation, 'situate in the precinct or close in Greate St. Bartholomewes.' A. D. 1597. (46, Cobham.)
Evan Meridith. 4 August, 1601.—'I Evan Meridith of the parish of Great Sainte Bartholomews within the suburbs of the cyttie of London . . . my will is that my bodie be buried in the churchyarde betwixte my late wieve's tombe and maister Neale's wall, in the part waye, neare unto my saide tombe. Item I give towards the makinge up of the steple (fn. 150) and a new dore for the churchyarde and a faire wicket therein to be barred withe oken quarters and for gravell to be layed in the two waies within the churchyard, and the stone by the church dore to be raised, the somme of thirtie poundes to be paied when theis workes aforesaid shalbe don and finished and nott before.' (The bequest of gloves to the mourners has already been given in full.) (fn. 151)
'Item I give and bequeath unto everie poore man in the saied parish of greate Sainte Bartholomewes and to their wieves dwellinge in the precincte of padice (paradise) and pettie Wales three shillinges a peece. And to everie widowe there dwelling two shillinges and to everie poore childe within the saied parishe six pence, to be likewise distributed at the discresion of my saide Executrix and overseers' . . .
'Item I give to Robert Remington Clarke of the parishe aforesaide twentie shillinges. . . . Item I give to Henry ffarry Scrivener twentie shillinges to see the worke aboute the church well performed. . . . I give tenne poundes to be bestowed in a banquet at my buriall. . . . Item I give to David Dee clerke, for him and his children, forty shillings (fn. 152) and the residue of all my goodes I give and bequeathe to Thomasine Hollande my trusted servante whom I constitute and appoint my sole executrix of this my last will and testament. . . . I have hereunto sett my seale . . . the marke of Evan Meredith sealed and delivered in the presence of us per me Davidoni (sic) Dee, Rectorem, item.'. . . . (four others). A. D. 1601. (54, Woodhall.)
William Neale, of Warneforde, Esquire.—A bequest to the poor of the parish of Saint Bartholomew the Great, £5: 25s. the quarter, quarterly from the time of his death. (fn. 153) (He held a manor at Cranborne, Dorset, and a lease of the parsonage of Fremington, Devon.) A. D. 1601. (81, Woodhall.)
William Beauchampe of the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great.—To be buried in the parish church there. He bequeaths to the poor of the parish twelve dozen bread to be distributed on the day of his burial. A. D. 1606. (44, Stafforde.)
Stephen Slany, Knight, Alderman of London. Bequests: to the poor children of Christ's Hospital, £100; to St. Thomas's Hospital, £5 13s. 4d.; to St. Bartholomew's Hospital, a like sum. (fn. 154) A. D. 1598. Proved 3 February, 1608.
John Greene, citizen, joiner.—Bequeaths to the Company of Joiners, of which he was free, 40s. 'for a drinking or recreation among them'; to his wife Margaret Greene the lease and occupation of his house in Duck Lane. A. D. 1608. (16, Windlebanck.)
Nicholas Granway of the parish of Great St. Bartholomew's and Lullingston, co. Kent. (fn. 155) —A nuncupative will. Gave to his master, Sir Percival Hart, Knight, and his lady, forty marks to be bestowed in plate; to each of his master's six children, 20s. a piece of gold; to William Knockston, whom he called his son, £20 and all his apparel; to his burial, £10; to three parishes in Kent, St. Mary Cray, Orpington, and Kingsdown, each 20s.; to two of his ancient fellow servants he left 10s. each, to one 5s., and to one 1s. 6d. If Sir Percival would undertake his trusteeship he was to be executor, otherwise William Knockston, who proved the will as executor. A. D. 1611. (105, Wood.)
William Knockston (above mentioned), servant to Sir Percival Hart.—His brother Philip Knockston his executor to perform the will of Nicholas Granway his fellow servant. Signed by 'the mark of William Knockston'. A. D. 1613. (1, Capell.)
Mathew Dale, of St. Bartholomew the Great. To be buried within the church. Bequests to the relief of the poor of the parish, 40s.; to Dr. Westfield, preacher of the parish, for a sermon on the day of his burial, 40s. (fn. 156) A. D. 1614. (97, Lowe.)
John Orme of the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great. (No other reference to St. Bartholomew, where his tombstone gives the date of his death as 10 January, 1616/17.) (fn. 157) A. D. 1617/8. (5, Meade.)
Sir Edward Carye, 'now of Greate Saint Bartholomews, Knight and Master and Treasurer of His Majesties plate and jewells'. Bequeathed to his son Henry Carye all his household stuff, linen, white plate, brass and pewter in his house in Great St. Bartholomew's and in his house at Aldenham, co. Herts. (fn. 160) To the poor dwelling in the Close, £5. A. D. 1618. (75, Meade.)
John Rivers of London, coachman.—A bequest to Dr. Westfield to bestow upon the poor of the parish of Great St. Bartholomew's, 40s. A. D. 1620. (114, Soame.) (fn. 161)
Arthur Bladwell of Great St. Bartholomew's, gentleman.—To be buried in the parish church. Bequeaths to the well-being of the poor of the parish, £5. Refers to a bond of £100 in his trunk in his chamber in St. Bartholomew's. A. D. 1621. (5, Saville.)
Francis Anthony, Doctor of Physic.—To be buried in the parish church. He bequeathed to his wife his estate at Barnes, the mansion houses, garden, orchard, stables, and the grove and two closes; also to her £10 a year out of his dwelling-houses in St. Bartholomew's and moneys in the hands of Sir Stephen Le Sure, Knight, and Mr. Richards; to Martha as her dowry, £300; to his son Francis his dwelling in St. Bartholomew's; to his youngest son Charles his copyhold lands in Barnes; (fn. 162) to Francis his eldest son his plate at Barnes; to his sons Francis, John, and Charles, his thirty shares in Virginia; to his wife the silver basin and ewer and other plate in her possession at the time of her marriage; also the arras hangings and the best taffeta bed at Barnes for her life; to his daughter Richards, his daughter Smith and his daughter Martha, £20 each; to his sons John and Charles all his books; to Charles alone his written books and medicines; to his son John his wearing apparel; to the poor of St. Bartholomew's, 40s., and to the same of Barnes. Executors: Sir Stephen Le Sure and his wife; Overseer: Mr. Humphrey Sellwood. A. D. 1623. (60, Swann.)
William Chapman, of the parish of St. Bartholomew.—To be buried in the parish church. He bequeathed to the poor of the parish, £20 to be put into the church chest, to be disposed of by the churchwardens for an increase of the stock for the poor; also to the poor £10 and twenty dozen of bread to be distributed on the day of his burial. He desired Mr. Thomas Westfield, minister, to preach at his burial and to have 20s. for his pains. (fn. 163) He disposes of the leases of three houses in Cloth Fair let to him by Robert Lord Kensington, deceased, and Henry Lord Kensington; one called 'The sign of the Holly Bush', another which he himself inhabited called 'The Eagle and Child', and the third in the back part of the last mentioned. He bequeathed to Thomas Hande sometime beadle of the parish, 20s. A. D. 1623. (106, Swann.)
Stephen Potts, citizen and joiner.—To be buried in the church. He bequeaths to his wife Sarah the lease of the house in which he dwelt and of a messuage in Duck Lane; to the building of the steeple of Great St. Bartholomew's, above what he had formerly given, 20s.; (fn. 164) and to the poor of the parish, £5. A. D. 1629. (14, Ridley.)
John Shields, an inhabitant of the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great.—Bequests to Anne Buckley, widow of the parish, 40s.; to the poor of the parish, 40s.; to be distributed at the discretion of the churchwardens and his overseers. A. D. 1629. (111, Ridley.)
William Carmichell, late of the parish of Leith in Scotland, gentleman.—To be buried in the parish church of Great St. Bartholomew's, where he was then lying. He bequeathed for funeral expenses £5 and to the poor of the parish, 20s. A. D. 1626. (54, Hele.)
Lady Elizabeth Say and Seale. (fn. 165)
'Item I give and bequeathe unto the parish of Great St. Bartholomew's all the three houses tenements that I have built in the Cloth Fair upon grounds I have also bought this year of the Lord of Holland and placed three widow women in them. Item I give likewise, for the maintenance of these three widows, that my desire is shall always dwell in them, and unmarried people, unto the parish church and parish of Great St. Bartholomew one house and tenement that I have also bought this year the corner house as you go by the church and bought of one Perry and now let for £7, to be given to these three widows dwelling in these tenements for their maintenance. But my meaning is that if the benefit of all these four houses and tenements be not hereafter or at any time bestowed and given to those uses aforesaid without any default and fraud that then the said ground, houses, and tenements shall return to the right heirs of Oliver Lord St. John, Earl of Bollingbrooke. Also if this be not made fast and sure to the parish of Great St. Bartholomew in my life time according to my the intention thereof, that then my heirs shall make it sure according to my true intent and meaning thereof. Also I give unto Dr. Westfield five pounds in money and a mourning gown. Item to the Reader of the parish church of Great St. Bartholomew's twenty shillings and a mourning cloak. Item I give to the clerk of the same Parish ten shillings and a mourning cloak. Item I give unto so many women as my years shall attain unto at my burial in Great St. Bartholomew's each of them a mourning gown and twelve pence a piece in money.' A. D. 1632. (51, Laud, or 5, Charity.)
Thomas Westfield, D.D., Bishop of Bristol, Rector of St. Bartholomew the Great. (fn. 166) 'In the name of God Amen. I Thomas Westfield being weake in bodie (yet of perfit memorie and understanding thanks be unto God) do make my last wil and testament in manner following. First I bequeathe my soule into the hands of Almightie God my Heavenly Father and my bodie to ye earth (in hope of a ioefull and a blessed resurrection at the last day) to be decently buried, and that if it shall please God, that I die within Bristol or neere it, in the North-East ysle of ye Cathedral church there, next (or as neare as conveniently may be) to the tomb of Paul, ye first Bishop of that See. And as for my worldly goods (wherwith God hath endowed and blessed me) which (at the time now are) I know not well, where they be, nor what they are, I give and bequeath them all to my deare wife Elizabeth Westfield; in confidence that she will make a loving mother to my children, and a good mistresse to my servants, according to her abilitie, and their deserts. Which my said wife I also do make my sole executrix of this my will and Testament. And for ye better performance thereof I do appoint my overseers to be Edward Meetkerke Doctor of Divinity (my said wife's brother) and Timothie Crusse the Elder, Merchant, together with his nephew John Crusse, Master of Arts. In witness of all which premisses I have unto these pressents sett mine hand and seale; and acknowledged the same to be my last will and testament this seaventeenth day of March, Anno Domini 1643.
John Millett, of Wandsworth, Surrey, mariner. (fn. 167) —To be buried in the parish church of Great St. Bartholomew's as near as may be to the grave of his father, mother, and deceased children, and 'to have a broad stone layed over with an epitaph ingraven thereon'. He bequeaths to his wife Judith Millett for life his messuages, brewhouses, dyehouses, lands (etc.) in Cocke and George Yard or Abbey in the parish of Allhallows the Less, Thames Street; rents about £200 per ann. After her death to his son Nicholas, or if he died before his mother without issue, to his daughters Elizabeth and Judith; to his wife £400 in money and to his son Nicholas £500; to his daughter Elizabeth the lease of two houses in Long Lane ending in West Smithfield then in the occupation of William Ridge, Esq., and William Crossfield, which he held of Mr. Humphry Warne at £20 per ann. and received £55 per ann. Witnesses: John Whiting (and another). Dated 20 October, 1658. Proved 6 January, 1661/2. (8, May.)
John Whiting, of the Tower of London, citizen and draper.—To be buried in the church of Great St. Bartholomew's where his father, mother, and other relations lay buried. He made the following bequest: 'I doe give devise and bequeath unto my well beloved wife Mary all my freeholds copyholds Land houses and estate in the parish of Navestock and Weale in the county of Essex which I purchased of Paine To have and to hold the same and the rents issues and profits thereof for and during the naturall life and from and after her decease I doe give devise and bequeath the said lands, houses, and estates to the minister churchwardens and overseers of the poore of the parish of Great St. Bartholomewe's before-mentioned where I was borne upon condition and to the intent and purpose that the said minister, churchwardens and overseers of the poore do pay out of the same to my niece Sarah Wright wife of Joshua Wright without any accompt of her husband the summe of tenne pounds per annum during her naturall life. And likewise do and shall from time to time for ever pay for the teaching and instructing of twenty poore children borne in the said parish to learne to read English until they can read the English Bible and be instructed in the catechisme and as they or any of them shall be so taught and instructed the said number to be filled up from time to time for ever and the surplus (if any shall be remaining) I give to the use of the Poore of the said Parish for ever for Bread.' (fn. 168) He also devised to his wife his lands, tenements, etc., in East Greenwich for life and after to his nephews John, Francis and William Tomson and William Reede, his wife's son; to the governors and master of Bluecoates Hospital houses in Romford, Essex; to his brother Henry Whiting £5 to buy mourning. His wife Mary was sole executrix. A.D. 1702. (245, Ash.)
Anthony Burgess, 'clerk, parson of the parish of St. Bartholomew the Great.' (Particulars of this will have already been given.) (fn. 169) A.D. 1709. (187, Lane.)
Richard Thomas Bateman, 'clerk, chaplain on board H.M. ship of war at Monmouth.'—Bequeathed to his friends Erasmus Owen of Southwood co. Pem. Esquire and Robert Gosnell of Haverfordwest, gentleman all his goods, chattels, credits pay, prize money and other personal estate and effects in trust, firstly, to buy each a ring in memory of their friendship, and secondly to invest the residue for the benefit of his wife Sarah Bateman during her widowhood afterward to that of his grandson Robert Prust and in certain eventualities to that of his son Thomas Bateman. Dated 11 August, 1756. Proved 20 February, 1761. (47, Cheslyn.) (fn. 170)
The Rev. John Moore (Rector of St. Bartholomew the Great).—He bequeathed to his wife Sarah his goods, plate, and furniture for her life and after to be sold and proceeds divided equally among his three children John, Nathaniel, and Susanna; to his son Nathaniel his books, papers, and MSS. except such books as his wife, John, and Susanna shall choose for their own use, not exceeding twenty volumes each; to his son John the lease of his house in Charterhouse Square and the mortgage of a house in Carter Lane 'In trust that he' (here the will breaks of). On 21st July, 1768, 'appeared Mason Chamberlain of Stewart Stewart in the old artillery ground within the liberty of the Tower of London and Stevens Cotton of St. Botolph's Bishopsgate' who testified on oath that they were well acquainted with the Rev. John Moore, late of the parish of St. Sepulchre, and had seen him write and subscribe his name, etc., so that letters of administration were granted to the widow. A.D. 1768. (291, Secker.) (fn. 171)
Frederick John Withers, of 17 Mornington Row, Bow Road. He bequeathed to his brother Henry Thomas Withers all the property which he possessed. Should his brother predecease him, then two-thirds of his estate he bequeathed for placing a stained-glass window into the church of St. Mary Overy (St. Saviour's), Southwark, to the memory of his father Henry Withers; the remaining third to the restoration fund of the church of St. Bartholomew the Great. (But his brother did not predecease him.) Proved 20 May, 1892.