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Wills: James I (1603-25)

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Calendar of Wills Proved and Enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2, 1358-1688. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1890.

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ANNO 3 JAMES I.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Luke, Evangelist [18 Oct.].

Newman (John), grocer.—To the Mayor and Commonalty and citizens of London and their successors a parcel of ground and buildings thereon, known as the "tellinge house," situate within the structure and square of the Royal Exchange, with metes and bounds as set out, together with shops, sheds, walks, standings, "pawnes," lights, &c., to have and to hold the same to their own proper use and behoof for ever. (fn. 1) Dated 1 October, 3 James I. [A.D. 1605].
Roll 283 (22).

Wheateley (Margaret, wife of Robert, salter), widow of John Bonner, haberdasher.—By virtue of a power of appointment leaves to her husband a life interest in a certain tenement called "the Starr" in Colemanstreet in the parish of S. Stephen; remainder to such child or children of the body of the said husband as should be living, for an unexpired term of seventeen years from the date of her decease; remainders over to Thomas Bye, son of her late brother Robert Bye, Sarah Atkinson, daughter of her brother-in-law Gregory Atkinson, and others, in successive tail, subject to certain charges to divers friends and relations. Dated 19 September, A.D. 1605.
Roll 283 (23).

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

Newman (John), grocer.—Having revoked his former will by deed enrolled immediately before this present will, he leaves one moiety of a certain parcel of ground with buildings erected thereon, situate within the square of the Royal Exchange, together with shops, walks, standings, "pawnes," lights, &c. (devised in his previous will), to the Mayor, Commonalty, and citizens of London and their successors for ever, and the other moiety to the Wardens and Commonalty of the Mistery of the Mercers of the City of London and their successors, to have and to hold A.D. the same to them and their successors respectively for ever. Dated 19 November, 3 James I. [A.D. 1605].
Roll 283 (31).

Monday next after F. of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March].

Bonner (John), haberdasher.—To his sisters Margery Stampe and Margaret Bonner, and to his sister-in-law, the wife of Michael his brother, he leaves a gilt tankard respectively. The residue of his goods, after payment of specific legacies to various relations and others, to go to Margaret his wife, as also his messuage called "the Starre" and his other property in the parish of S. Stephen in Colemanstreet. Dated 21 August, A.D. 1601.
Roll 283 (45).

ANNO 4 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.].

Powell (Richard), waxchandler.—To Ellen his wife one third of his goods and chattels, and to his children another third, according to the ancient and laudable custom of the City of London. Also to his said wife a life interest in his tenement wherein he dwelt, called "the Whiteharte," in the parish of S. Thomas the Apostle, in satisfaction of dower, and to Mary his daughter a similar estate in another tenement in the same pariah; remainder to Owen his son in tail; remainder to the Master, Wardens, and Commonalty of the Art or Mistery of Waxchaundlers, London, and their successors for ever, on condition they yearly pay to the parson and churchwardens of the parish of S. Thomas the Apostle the sum of four pounds towards the relief of the poor. The tenant in tail not to cut off the entail on pain of forfeiture of estate. Dated 10 October, A.D. 1603.
Roll 284 (20).

ANNO 5 JAMES I.

[No enrolment of willa under this year].

ANNO 6 JAMES. I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Michael 29 Sept.]

Ward (John), of the parish of Christchurch, London, butcher.— A nuncupative testament, whereby he gives to Alice Dolphin his daughter, wife of George Dolphin, his dwelling-house in the parish of Christchurch, she paying forty pounds, which sum he leaves to Margarett Hamond, alias ward, his daughter. To the poor of the parish of Christchurch forty shillings. Declaration of will made "on or about" 8 September, A.D. 1608.
Roll 285 (28).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Leonard, Abbot [6 Nov.].

Dewes (Peter), of London, "Singleman."—To his father-in-law (fn. 2) William Lyttell and his mother Helena Lyttell his freehold lands and houses at Bashingshall and in Fanchurchstreet, London, for their respective lives; remainders over to Richard Fyshe his brother, John Harrice, his sister Susan, wife of the said John, and others. Dated 8 August, A.D. 1603.
Roll 285 (31).

Monday next before F. of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March].

Berry (Thomas), fishmonger.—A will nuncupative, whereby he leaves to his sister Mistress Ann Roupe and her heirs a certain house in the parish of S. Mary Magdalen near Oldfishstreete, instead of a house at Little Hadhame, which he had given her in a former will, and sold away again from her since the making of the said former will. Declaration of will made 27 April, A.D. 1608.
Roll 285 (44).

ANNO 7 JAMES I.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Luke, Evangelist [18 Oct.].

Hall (John), a notary public, citizen and saddler.—To Elizabeth his wife a portion of his great messuage in Bowechurchyarde for life; remainder to John his son in tail; remainders over. Also to his said wife another portion of the same great messuage and a room in Goose Lane for life, subject to the payment of certain annuities; remainder to his heirs begotten on the body of his said wife, and in default of such heirs, to his son John Hall aforesaid for life; remainders over. Also to Mary his daughter a portion of the said messuage in tail; remainder over. Also to the aforesaid John and Mary his children he leaves certain lands and a "Copperas howse" (fn. 3) built thereon, with furnaces, implements, &c., at Whitstable, co. Kent, subject to certain provisions during their minority. The above great messuage is charged under certain conditions with the several payments of five pounds and fifty shillings to the Wardens or Keepers and Commonalty of the Mistery or Art of "Sadlers" and their successors, a portion of such sums to be employed on repair of the almshouses of Richard Shepham, (fn. 4) deceased, at Stowe on the Wolde, co. Gloucester, and the chapel belonging to the almshouses, and the residue to belong to the stock of the said mistery. In default of issue of particular devisees, the premises in London are to remain to the wardens and commonalty, &c., aforesaid, so that one third of the issues and profits be paid to his right heir, so long as there be such heir; one other third be bestowed on the advancement of poor maidens, viz., one moiety to poor maidens of the testator's kin, where possible, and the other to daughters of freemen of the Company of "Sadlers"; the remaining third to be bestowed in specified sums among the wardens, clerk, beadle, &c., of the company, and upon gowns and cassocks of frieze for the almsfolk at Stowe on the Wolde. Dated 9 January, A.D. 1605.
Roll 286 (18).

Monday next after F. of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March]

Goddard (fn. 5) (William), fishmonger.—To the Wardens and Commonalty of the Mistery of Fishmongers of the City of London and their successors certain messuages in Blacke Raven Alley in the parish of S. Martin Orgar for ever, upon special trust and confidence that they will yearly pay the sum of forty shillings out of the issues and profits of the same to the poor prisoners in the Poultry Compter, and bestow the residue in manner limited, declared, and appointed by the will of Peter Blundell. Dated 23 March, A.D. 1606.
Roll 286 (40)

[Roll 287 contains no enrolment of wills..

ANNO 9 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Edmund, King [20 Nov.].

Savadge (Thomas), goldsmith.—His goods, chattels, chains, rings, bracelets, &c., to be divided into three parts, one third of which he gives to Alice his wife, another to such of his children as were not already advanced, and the other part, commonly called "the deade mans parte," (fn. 6) he leaves to his executors for discharge of legacies, &c. To Richard his son a certain messuage in the parish of S. Olave in Silverstreete in tail; remainders to Thomas, George, and John his other sons in successive tail. Also to Alice his wife his dwelling-house in Woodstreete in the parish of S. Alban for life without waste; remainder to Thomas and George his aforesaid sons in several tail. Also to John his youngest son a messuage in Adlestreete in the parish of S. Mary in Aldermanbury in tail; remainders to his other sons. To the parson and churchwardens of the church of S. Alban aforesaid and their successors he leaves a messuage called "the George," with shops, &c., in the parish of S. Sepulchre, for repairing the fabric and the goods and ornaments of the said church. Bequests to the children of Christ's Hospital, the poor of the parish of S. Alban aforesaid, the poor of the town of Rufforth in the parish of Croston, co. Lancaster, where he was born, the Worshipful Company of Groldsmiths, &c.; also to Jenet Savadge his mother, Cicelie Peacocke, Sarah Flinte, and Katherine Palmer his sisters, and other friends and relations. To his fellows the "sea-colemeators" of the City of London the sum of three pounds for a dinner. Dated 3 October, A.D. 1611.
Roll 288 (20).

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

Trioen (Peter), born at Wulvergem in Flanders, and now dwelling in the parish of S. Christopher near the Stocks, being a free denizen of England.—To Moses his son all his lands and tenements in Flanders, and the sum of five thousand pounds. To Samuel and John his sons five thousand pounds respectively. To Mary his daughter, wife of Mr. Sebastian Harvey, four thousand pounds; and to Hester his daughter, wife of Mr. William Curten, a like sum. Bequests also of money to the children of David Le Maire by Sarah his daughter, as well as to the poor of the Dutch and French churches in London, the poor of the Dutch churches at Norwich, Colchester, and Sandwich, the poor of the parish of Rickmansworth, co. Herts, the inmates of various prisons and compters, the children of Christ's Hospital, &c. His dwelling-house and other tenements in the parishes of S. Christopher and S. Bartholomew near the Royal Exchange he leaves to Samuel and John his sons equally, saving a life interest therein to Mary his wife. Dated 20 January, A.D. 1608.
Roll 288 (21).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Valentine [14 Feb.]

Tomlinson (Thomas), skinner.—To Margaret his wife one half of his goods, the remaining half being devoted to payment of legacies, &c. Bequests of sums of money and rings to John his brother, his cousin Susan, wife of John Wardell, and many others; also to the Worshipful Company of Skinners of the City of London, the Governors of Christ's Hospital, the poor inmates of prisons, &c., Also to Margaret his wife he leaves a messuage in Bredstreete, in the parishes of All Hallows in Breadstreete and S. Mary Magdalen in Milkstreete, in fee. To Elizabeth his mother an annuity of ten pounds issuing from his tenement called "the Castle," in Westcheape alias Cheapside, in the parish of S. Peter in Westcheape, which tenement he leaves to his aforesaid wife for life; remainder to his nephew John, son of John his aforesaid brother. His mortgage interest in the Rectory of Stansteed, alias Stansteed Mountfichett, co. Essex, and in the manor or place called "Donnyngton Place," alias. Dennyngton Place," in Donnyngton or Dennington, co. Suffolk, (fn. 7) he limits and appoints to trustees to execute the terms of the will of Myles Hubberd, late citizen and clothworker. Dated 25 November, A.D. 1603.
Roll 288 (30).

ANNO 10 JAMES I.

Monday next before the Feast of S. James, Apostle [25 July].

Clarke (Richard), citizen and "Grlasyer."—A will nuncupative, whereby he leaves to Elizabeth his wife his dwelling-house in Fetterlane for life, and all his goods and chattels, "saying to whome else should I give any thinge unto but unto my wief let her take all and pay all." Declared 3 August, A.D. 1607.
Roll 289 (20).

ANNO 11 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Mark, Evangelist [25 April].

Pickeringe (Margaret, widow of John, haberdasher), of the parish of S. Mary Wolnoth.—To Bartholomew her son her messuage called "the Shipp" and other premises in Lumbard Street in the parish of S. Mary aforesaid, and all her goods and chattels after discharge of debts, &c. Dated 24 February, A.D. 1603.
Roll 290 (5).

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

Kelsick (William), grocer.—To Richard Judson, parson of the parish church of S. Peter in Westcheape, and to his kinsman John Kelsick, carpenter, to whom he owes certain sums of money, he leaves messuages in Petty Wales in the parish of All Hallows Barking, to hold to them and their heirs by equal moieties in satisfaction of the testator's debts. Dated 10 March, A.D. 1595.
Roll 290 (37).

Monday the Feast of S. Lucia, Virgin [13 Dec.].

Paris (Mathewe), girdler, son of Katherine Paris, dwelling in Aldermanbury, widow.—To Mary Debanck his mother's servant, to whom he owed the sum of twenty-one pounds five shillings, borrowed money, he leaves a certain parcel of silk lying in his mother's house, worth twenty-three pounds six shillings and eightpence, heartily desiring her to accept thereof in full payment of his debt. Bequests of small sums of money to various relations and friends, as well as to the poor of the parish of S. Alban in Wood Streete, and for two sermons. Also to his aforesaid mother he leaves a messuage called "Worcester house" or "Worcester place," in or near Thames Street, formerly belonging to Edmond his brother. To his good friend George Bell, gentleman, he leaves twenty shillings for a ring and also a little "birding peece." Dated 11 October, A.D. 1603.
Roll 290 (40).

ANNO 12 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Dunstan, Archbishop [19 May].

Pemberton (fn. 8) (Sir James), Knt., Alderman.—To John his brother, Martha Prescott his niece, and others he leaves divers sums of money, as also to the poor harboured in Christ's Hospital, the poor of other hospitals and prisons, the poor of the parish of S. John Zacharies and of the Company of Grouldsmithes in London, (fn. 9) &c. To Anne his wife the residue of his goods after discharge of liabilities; also all his freehold lands and tenements whatsoever, charged with the yearly payment of fifty pounds towards the maintenance of the free school founded by him in the parish of Eglestone, (fn. 10) co. Lancaster. Dated 8 September, A.D. 1613.
Roll 291 (11).

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

Floud or Fludd (David), cordwainer.—His customary lands and tenements at Stratford Langthorne, co. Essex, to be sold for raising his daughters' portions) the deficit to be made up out of the issues and profits of his messuages in the parish of S. Stephen in Colmanstreete, which he leaves to Elizabeth his wife for life. To James his son an annual rent-charge of twenty pounds and the reversion of certain of the above messuages. To Peter his son the reversion of his messuages in Bell Alley, alias Gough Alley, in the parish of S. Stephen aforesaid. Dated 5 July, A.D. 1600.
Roll 291 (30).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Michael [29 Sept.].

Seintper (Owen), cook.—To be buried near Ann his sister, late wife of Henry Convers, "Merchaunte taylor," in the church of S. Antholin. Margery his wife to have one full third part of his goods, and his sons Owen and Nathaniel another third; the residue he reserves to himself. Bequests to the poor of the parish of S. Alphedge and the poor prisoners in the Poultry and Wood Street Compters. Also to Owen his son his leaseholds in the parish of S. Mary Bow, his apparel, and "sealed ring" of gold engraved with his arms. Also to his aforesaid wife his dwelling-house in the parish of S. Alphedge aforesaid for life; remainder to his son Owen. Bequests of money and rings to numerous friends and relations. Touching his freeholds, he leaves to his aforesaid wife an annual rent-charge of fifty-two pounds on his lands and tenements in the parish of S. Christopher near the Stockes called "Three Nunnes Alley," which lands and tenements he leaves to his son Owen for life, with remainder to Nathaniel his other son; remainders over. Also to Nathaniel aforesaid he leaves lands and tenements at Asterley and Farley in the parish of Pontesburye, co. Salop, and in Danburye, co. Essex, for life; remainders over. Dated 3 September, A.D. 1613.
Roll 291 (38).

Morris (Isbrand), the elder, citizen and "dier."—To Elizabeth his wife all his lands, tenements, &c., whatsoever for life. To Humfrey and Isbrand his sons the reversion of his messuages in the parish of All Saints the Less in Thamestreete in several tail by equal moieties. To Judith his daughter the reversion of messuages in the parish of All Saints the Great in Thamestreete in tail; remainder to "Luce" his daughter. Also to his aforesaid wife lands and tenements in the town of Hartford, co. Herts. The portion of Elizabeth his daughter, wife of John Heather, salter, to be made equal to the portions of his other children. Bequests to the poor of the parishes of S. Laurence Pountney, All Saints the Great, and All Saints the Less. Dated 5 August, A.D. 1614.
Roll 291 (39).

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

Westwood (Simon), "dier."—To Susan his wife the sum of two thousand pounds and all his lands, tenements, &c., in co. Essex, as well as a tenement in the parish of Little All Hallows, London, held under the Company of Dyers. To William his brother all his lands, tenements, &c., in the parish of Harborne, alias Horborne, in the county of [blank], (fn. 11) Subject to a charge for life; remainder to John, son of the said William, in tail male; remainders over. Numerous bequests of sums of money to friends and relations. To Roger Taverner, his Wife's son, and Simon Walsham, his daughter Margery's son, the reversion of his lands and tenements in London and Essex. For the repair of the church of Little All Hallows in Thames Street he leaves forty pounds. Dated 14 October, A.D. 1614.
Roll 291 (44).

Ileback (Susan, widow of John).—To Thomas Ileback and Mary Hogges the sums of fifty pounds and one hundred pounds respectively, which sums are to be paid into the Chamber of London at five per cent. interest until they come of age or marry. Bequests of money also to John Hogges her brother, Johan and Elizabeth, daughters of Robert Ileback her brother-in-law, and others. To the parson and churchwardens of S. Mary Stayning she leaves the sum of six pounds thirteen shillings and fourpence, to be bestowed upon a "bearing clothe" for Christian burial, having her name embroidered thereon, for the use of the parish. Bequests of sums of money to the poor of the parishes of S. Mary Stayning, S. Bride, S. Sepulchre, and others. Among other bequests she leaves to Cicily Popley her saddle and all its furniture and her best "Tafata" apron. To Mary Hogges divers household goods, comprising apostle spoons, a girdle of silver and key hangers of silver, and a purse and knives hanging at the same girdle, sheets of Holland, six pairs of fine "pillowbeeres," tablecloths of diaper and damask, one "feild bedsted" with curtains, vallance, and covering of green "saie," two feather beds upon the said "bedsted" and two "boulsters" and two pillows, a pair of "nedleworke vallance" and a border for a "cupbord," a "courte cupbord cloth of Tissewe," (fn. 12) all her wearing linen, two black aprons, two pairs of "Crepers," (fn. 13) a pair of and-irons, a fire shovel, and "tonges" tipped with copper. Dated 6 October, A.D. 1603.
Roll 291 (45).

ANNO 13 JAMES I.

Monday next after Feast of SS. Perpetua and Felicitas [7 March]

Taylior (Richard), doctor of physic.—To Elizabeth, Rebecca, and Jane his daughters the sum of three hundred pounds respectively. To Margaret his daughter the sum of one hundred pounds, to be paid to her on the day of her marriage, provided she marry with the consent of her mother (if alive), or (if dead) with the consent of any two of her sisters. By such bequest the testator would not have it thought that he made her thus inferior to her other sisters in portion of his goods, or that he had any "mislike" or "mishope" of her; but because she was yet young, and "thear be many wayes of beinge misledde," he thought it best to leave her to the absolute government of her mother, who doubtless would deal as kindly by her as by the rest of his children. To Elizabeth his wife a messuage in Westham, (fn. 14) his house in Fanchurch Street, and his manor or farm in Yorkshire called "Shelloe." To Richard Vaale his son-in-law he leaves his freedom of the "Moscovia cumpany." (fn. 15) Dated 1 October, A.D. 1610.
Roll 292 (43).

ANNO 14 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Ambrose, Bishop [4 April].

Springe (Edward), yeoman.—To Robert and Thomas his brothers his messuage in the parish of S. Ellen in Bisshoppsgate streete. To John his brother five pounds; and to Cicely his sister, wife of Thomas Pounsett, ten pounds. Dated 24 February, A.D. 1609.
Roll 293 (3).

ANNO 15 JAMES I.

Monday next before the Feast of S. Ambrose, Bishop [4 April].

Pilsworthe (Margery, widow of Edward, clothworker).—To be buried near her late husband in the church of S. Michael in Crooked Lane. To Rowland Aynsworthe houses in Bunting Allye in the parish of S. Alphege. To John and Rowland, sons of her cousin John Grawen, fourteen tenements in Little Wood Street in the parish of S. Alphege aforesaid in several tail; remainders over to George, William, and Thomas, other sons of the said John Grawen. Numerous bequests of sums of money, household goods, and money wherewith to make rings. Bequests also to Little S. Bartholomew's Hospital, the poor children of Christ's Hospital, and the prisoners in the compters; and to the Company of Clothworkers for a dinner. To her "gossopp man" and his wife four pounds to make each of them a ring. Dated 4 September, A.D. 1615.
Roll 294 (1).

Monday next before the Feast of S. James, Apostle [25 July].

Hollinshed (John), draper.—To his "cozen" William Hollinshed, son of his late brother William, a tavern called "the Grayhound" in Holbourne, in the parish of S. Androwes in Holbourne, in tail. To Timothy, another son of the aforesaid William, a messuage called "the Katherine Wheele," near Holbourne Conduit, in the parish of S. Sepulchre, in fee. To Mary Pountis alias Husbandes, wife of Richard Husbandes, citizen and draper, his interest in an inn called "the Bushe" at Bagshott, (fn. 16) and lands and tenements at Finchamsted, (fn. 17) "in the countey of Surrey and Berkeshire." Bequests to Christ's Hospital and S. Thomas's Hospital; the poor prisoners in the compters and prisons, including the Gatehouse at Westminster, the Clincke, (fn. 18) the White Lyon, and the Compter in Southwarke; to the poor of the parish of S. Leonard in Eatecheape, and to divers relations and friends. Also to the aforesaid Timothy he leaves messuages in Black Raven Alley within Algate. Among chattels bequeathed are mentioned his diamond ring, a "spout pott," and a chafing dish of silver. To Raphe Baily his man his leaseholds in Rosemary Lane and his interest in a certain little tenement in Talbutt Alley in White Chappell. Dated 21 November, A.D. 1616.
Roll 294 (12).

Monday the Feast of S. Wulstan, Bishop [19 Jan.].

Parker (William), "Marchaunttaylor,"—To the Master and Wardens of the "Marchauntaylors" of the Fraternity of S. John Baptist in the City of London and their successors a capital messuage or mansion house in the parish of S. Michael in Bassieshawe, which formerly was in the possession of the Company of the Mercers of London. Also to the said master, wardens, &c., certain messuages in the parish of S. Mary Magdalen in Milkstreete, to hold to their own proper use and behoof for ever. Dated 18 November, A.D. 1612.
Roll 294 (37).

ANNO 16 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of SS. Philip and James [1 May]

Burnett (John), of Lewsham, co. Kent, gentleman.—To John his son meadow land called "East Downes" in the parish of Lewsham aforesaid, a field called "Brackley feild," alias. "Levendayell feild," and tenements in or near "Rush greene" in the same parish. To William his son tenements at Deptford and Lewsham; and to Thomas his son certain other messuages in the same parishes. Raphe his brother appointed one of his executors. His tenements in S. Clement's Lane and elsewhere in the City of London to be sold for the maintenance of his unmarried daughters. A.D. Bequests to his daughters Elizabeth Burnett, Mary, wife of William Farrant, and Anne, wife of William Eaton; and to Judith Moyle, his late wife's daughter. Dated 22 January, A.D. 1615.

By an indorsement on his will he directs that certain tenements in Lewsham aforesaid shall be sold, and the proceeds devoted to the speedier raising and advancement of his daughters' portions. Dated 29 January, A.D. 1615.
Roll 295 (3).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Edmund, King [20 Nov.].

Pease (George), draper.—A will nuncupative to the following effect:—Memorandum that on 12 October, 1618, about eight o'clock in the evening, George Dowson, clothworker, called at the house of the testator, where he found divers other neighbours. The testator, being asked by Dowson how he had ordered his estate, replied that he had made it to his friends. Upon being further asked what he had done for his wife, he replied she was one of his friends. Then the said Dowson demanded what he had done with his dwelling-house in Burchen Lane, and whether he was willing his wife should enjoy it so long as she lived; he thereunto answered, "My will is shee shall have yt for her life or as long as shee liveth." This last question touching the said house was asked him three times over, and he answered every time as before.
Roll 295 (26*).

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

Goddard (Richard), Alderman (fn. 19) and draper.—To the Master and Wardens, Brethren and Sisters of the Gruild or Fraternity in the honour of the Blessed Mary the Virgin of the men of the Mistery of Drapers within the City of London and others and to their successors he leaves a certain messuage in the parish of S. Margaret in Lothbury, to hold to their own proper use and behoof for ever for the performance of the will of Peter Blundell, (fn. 20) late of Tiverton, co. Devon, dated 9 June, 41 Elizabeth [A.D. 1599], whereby the said Peter left to the master, wardens, &c., aforesaid the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds for the purchase of lands, tenements, or rents, of which sum forty shillings was to be yearly paid by them to poor prisoners in the Poultry Compter; the residue to go to the master and wardens for their pains. (fn. 21) Dated 3 August, A.D. 1601.
Roll 295 (33).

Goddard (Richard), Alderman and draper.—To the Master and Wardens and Brethren and Sisters of the Guild or Fraternity in the honour of the Blessed Mary the Virgin of the men of the Mistery of Drapers within the City of London and others and to their successors a certain messuage in Sherborne Lane in the parish of Abchurch, to hold the same to their own proper use and behoof for ever. This devise not to be set aside by any subsequent will without special mention. Dated 7 June, 44 Elizabeth [A.D. 1602].
Roll 295 (34).

[Roll 296 contains no enrolment of wills..

ANNO 18 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Mildred, Virgin [20 Feb].

Stawton (Philip), joiner.—To Joseph his son the fee simple of his dwelling-house in Lymestreete in the parish of S. Andrew Undershaft, possession to be taken thereof after the decease of Bridgett his wife. To Elizabeth his daughter a house adjoining the above on similar terms. To his daughter Joyce, wife of Stephen Gould, the reversion of a share in the above houses in case the devisees die before coming into possession. Dated 8 January, A.D. 1617.
Roll 297 (19).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Mathias, Apostle [24 Feb.].

Wilkenson (John), waxchandler.—To Susan his wife his freehold dwelling-house for life so long as she remain unmarried; remainder to Christopher his son, charged with the payment of eighty pounds to George his son in manner as directed. Also to his said sons fifty pounds apiece as children's portions according to the custom of the City, and a seal ring. Dated 18 June, A.D. 1613.
Roll 297 (36).

ANNO 19 JAMES I.

Monday next after F. of SS. Tiburcius and Valerian [14 April].

Hawkins (Dame Margaret), widow.—To be buried in the middle chancel of the church of S. Dunstan in the East near the monument erected to Sir John Hawkins (fn. 22) her late husband. Bequest of the sum of eight hundred pounds to be laid out on the purchase of lands or tenements towards the maintenance of a free school in Keinton, (fn. 23) co. Hereford. Bequests also of divers sums of money to the poor of the parishes of Keinton and Amelly, co. Hereford, Debtford, Woodford and Chigwell, co. Essex, and S. Dunstan in the East. To Charles Vaughan her dwelling-house in Minsingelane for life; remainder to his two daughters. Other tenements in the same lane, her lease of the Crane Meade and Broomefield lying in Debtford or elsewhere in the counties of Kent and Surrey, to be sold for the purposes of her will. Her nephew Stephen Price of Grayes Inne, esquire, to have a house called "the Dolphin" in Tower Street and the rectory and parsonage of Northshobery, (fn. 24) co. Essex, upon payment of six hundred pounds to her executors. To Mary Davies, widow, an annuity of ten pounds, charged on her lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Pancras and S. Andrew, Holborn, which lands and tenements are to go to Anthony Lewes her servant upon payment of seven hundred pounds to her executors. Among specific bequests of chattels are the following:—To her niece Mawde Leonard her best pair of "Spanish borders," enamelled black and trimmed with pearls, the upper border containing nineteen pieces and the nether border seven pieces; to James, son of her nephew John Vaughan of Hergest, (fn. 25) all the furniture of her red chamber at Luxborowe; (fn. 26) to the Countess of Leicester a pointed diamond ring which the Countess of Warwick gave her; to her goddaughter Margaret, daughter of Sir Richard Hawkins, Knt., a "Carcanett" (fn. 27) enamelled black and blue, containing eleven pieces set with sixty-six pearls, having a "Tortis" (fn. 28) pendant set with a blue sapphire; to her goddaughter Margaret Ireland two "Carcanettes" of gold, the one weighing two ounces and a half "lacke penny waight," containing twenty-three pieces set with pearl, with a jewel pendant of five diamonds, the other containing eleven buttons, being massy Spanish work enamelled and set with pearls, with a jewel pendant having in it three diamonds, three rubies, and one very fair pearl; to her loving friend Sir William Killigrewe, Knt., a gilded bowl; and to Lady Killigrewe her Persian carpet. Numerous pecuniary legacies to her nephews, nieces, cousins, friends, and servants. Dated 23 April, A.D. 1619.
Roll 298 (5).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Edmund, King [20 Nov.]

Castelyn (John), mercer.—To Martha his wife one half of his goods and chattels, according to the laudable custom of the City of London, and also the residue of the same, saving small sums of money which he leaves to the poor of S. Thomas's Hospital, to his cousin William Hamerton, and his sister Anne Gotobedd. Also to his said wife certain houses. Dated 12 September, A.D. 1608.
Roll 298 (27).

ANNO 20 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Michael [29 Sept.].

Midleton (Francis), the elder, "upholster."—Certain fee-farm rents issuing out of tithes of Bolton (fn. 29) and Carethorpe, (fn. 30) co. York, and, if necessary, his houses in Rutland Court in the parish of S. Andrew by the Wardrobe, to be devoted to payment of his debts. Bequests to the poor of the parishes of S. Michael in Corahill and of Midlam, (fn. 31) co. York, and to divers individuals. To John, son of Nicholas Midleton, his great capital messuage in Rutland Court aforesaid, together with the advowson of the parish church of S. Andrew aforesaid, in tail male; remainder to Edward, brother of the said John. His tenements called "Copthall" or "Beggerhall" in the aforesaid parish of S. Andrew are to go to his heir at common law. Dated 1 May, A.D. 1622.
Roll 299 (27).

Beale (George).—A will nuncupative, whereby he leaves all his real estate and chattels to Katherine his wife absolutely, saving the sum of three pounds, which he gave to his brother Alexander; his best "peece" and "bandeleeres," (fn. 32) which he gave to Mr. George Bingley; and his best "sadle," which he gave to William Jones. Declared on Saturday morning, 2 September, A.D. 1620.
Roll 299 (28).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Wulstan, Bishop [19 Jan.].

Jeston (Roger), haberdasher, dwelling in the parish of Lambeth, co. Surrey.—To the Master and Wardens of the Fraternity of the Art or Mistery of Haberdashers in the City of London and their successors certain lands and tenements in or near Grubstreete in the parish of S. Giles without Cripplegate, (fn. 33) charged with the yearly payment of various sums of money, amounting to one hundred and two pounds twelve shillings, as follows:—To each of six poor members of the fraternity that have been sellers or trimmers of hats or caps twelve pence weekly; to the clerk of the said company forty shillings, and to the two beadles and porter of the same forty shillings between them yearly; to Sarah Feild his sister-in-law an annuity of twenty pounds; to the poor of Lambeth and the parish of Kinver, co. Staff., the sums of three pounds and five pounds respectively; to three poor students of divinity at Trinity College, Cambridge, six pounds thirteen shillings and fourpence, members of the company or Stafford shire men being preferred; and other sums for the maintenance of a divinity lecture in the parish church of Lambeth every Sabbath day, to preachers at Paul's Cross, to hospitals, &c. The surplus of the issues and profits of the aforesaid property to be kept in stock, for the repair and maintenance of the same whenever necessary, and for loans without interest to trimmers of hats and caps free of the company. (fn. 34) Also to the master, wardens, &c., aforesaid a brewhouse in Barmondseystreet, lands and tenements in Deptford and Peckham, co. Kent, and messuages called "the bores head" near Moregate in the parish of S. Stephen in Colmanstreet, charged with pecuniary legacies to numerous friends and relations, gifts to the poor of Lambeth and Kinver aforesaid, &c., for payment of which the said master and wardens are to enter into a deed of covenant with the Mayor and Commonalty, &c., of London. Dated 2 April, A.D. 1622.
Roll 299 (41).

ANNO 21 JAMES I.

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

Bill (Nicholas), of Shenfeild, co. Essex, clerk. —To Anne Horne, daughter of his late wife Jane Bill, and to Em or Emm her daughter his dwelling-house at Shenfeild with its furniture and household chattels, comprising, among other things, a pair of virginals covered with leather and a little "buckingtubb," for their lives; remainder to his nephew John Bill, to whom he leaves his house in Shenfeild called "Palmers," his messuage near or upon Gauntes Key in the parish of S. Botolph, Billingsgate, and tenements in Barbican in the parish of S. Giles without Cripplegate. To Anne Boast, daughter of his brother Doctor Bill, for life, a tenement also in Barbican; and to John Lee a messuage in S. John's Street near Smithfield. Numerous pecuniary legacies to friends and relatives, among them being one of fifty pounds to Ellen Bill, "if her father Doctor Bill doe give unto her brother John Bill the Registershipp of St. Albons freely and mediately after my decease." Dated 5 September, A.D. 1620.
Roll 300 (10).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Edmund, King [20 Nov.].

Saunders (John), draper.—Gifts of money to his cousin Joseph Holbrooke, his cousin Richard Holbrooke of the University of Oxford, and others; and also to the poor of the parish of "All St. Steyninges" (fn. 35) in London. Confirms a lease of a messuage in the parish of All Hallows Staning to Joan Bostock his woman servant. To his cousin Christopher Frederen, "ymbroderer" of London, a messuage in Fanchurchstreete in the aforesaid parish. To his niece Mary, wife of John Hynde, the residue of his lands and tenements in the City of London and elsewhere for life; remainders over. Dated 18 May, A.D. 1614.
Roll 300 (18).

ANNO 22 JAMES I.

Monday next after the Feast of S. Michael [29 Sept.].

Pollard (John), "broderer."—The Keepers or Wardens and Society of the Art or Mistery of the Broderers of the City of London to hold a certain tenement in Silverstreet in the parish of S. Olave (previously conveyed to them by the testator to the uses of his will), in trust to pay to each of four poor men or widows free of the company, or of the testator's kindred by blood, being free or not free of London, twenty-four shillings yearly by quarterly instalments; twenty shillings to be spent yearly towards a dinner on the four general search days; and four shillings to be given yearly to the clerk of the company. (fn. 37) In case of default the property to go over to his next heirs. To Anne his wife lands and tenements in the parish of S. Mary Magdalen, in or near Old Fishstreete, for life; remainders over to Mary Staple (or Staples) his grandchild and others; remainder to the keepers or wardens, &c., aforesaid, charged, among other things, with certain payments to the parish of Merryefeild (or Merefeild), (fn. 38) where he was born, and to the poor of the parish of Christchurch in London, where his aforesaid wife was born, she being daughter of Mr. John Hilton, esquire. Also to his aforesaid wife his lands and tenements in the parish of Great S. Helens, London, charged with an annuity to John Pollard his son, for life, with remainders over to John Staple his grandchild, Alice Staple his daughter, and others; remainder to keepers or wardens, &c., aforesaid, charged with certain legacies to the aforesaid John Pollard his son, and the sons of the said John, as well as to the parishes of Merefeild and Christchurch aforesaid. Divers pecuniary legacies to friends and relatives. Dated 18 February, A.D. 1623.
Roll 301 (25).

Monday next after the Feast of Epiphany [6 Jan.].

Feild (Richard), stationer.—To be buried in the ehurch of S. Michael near Woodstreet. All his goods and chattels to be divided into three equal parts, according to the ancient and laudable custom of the City of London, one third of which he leaves to Jane his wife as her due, another to his children, and the residue he disposes of by various bequests, among which are the following:—Three pounds to the poor of the parish of S. Michael near Woodstreet, and ten pounds to the Company of Stationers for a drinking for the livery of the company. Also to his aforesaid wife his messuage called "the Splayed Eagle" in the parish of S. Michael aforesaid for life; remainder to Richard his son; also certain other messuages during the minority of Samuel his son. Dated 24 November, A.D. 1624.
Roll 301 (36).

Footnotes

  • 1. 1 This will was revoked by deed dated 18 November, 3 James I.
  • 2. 1 Meaning stepfather.
  • 3. 1 A house for the making of copperas (sulphate of iron).
  • 4. 2 A grammar school at Stow-on-the-Wold was also founded by him.
  • 5. 3 It was probably the testator who eft to the Fishmongers' Company large property in the City of London and at Bray, co. Berks, for erecting "Jesus Hospital in Bray, of the foundation of William Goddard" (Appendix to Report Livery Companies Com., 1884, vol. iv. p. 225).
  • 6. 1 See Introd., Part I. p. xxxiii.
  • 7. 1 It is probably this manor that is referred to in the will of Juliana, relict of Elyas Russel (Part I. p. 173), where she leaves to Juliana her daughter "her entire Chamber of Doningtone," and her stock within the manor.
  • 8. 1 Born at Wrightington in the parish of Eccleston, co. Lane, in 1545. Alderman of Bishopsgate Ward; Sheriff, 1602; Mayor, 1611-12. The date of his decease is given as 8 September, 1613, the same day as that on which he made his will.
  • 9. 2 The sum left to the poor of the Goldsmiths' Company is 200l., the same to be distributed among them at the discretion of his wife and executrix. The Company charge themselves with the interest of 200l. at live per cent., amounting to 10l. a year, which is carried to the account of the Acton almswomen.
  • 10. 3 Known as the Free School of Heskin, in the parish of Eccleston, co. Lane, founded by the testator in 1597. An account of the school as it existed in 1673-4, and as late as 1877, will be found in 'Local Gleanings relating to Lancashire and Cheshire,' edited by Mr. Earwaker (vol. ii. pp. 105, 109).
  • 11. 1 Co. Worcester.
  • 12. 1 Cloth of tissue was a peculiarly rich stuff, another variety of cloth of gold. The very thin smooth paper which still goes by the name of tissue paper was originally made to put between the folds of this rich material to prevent fraying or tarnish.
  • 13. 2 Probably crisping or curling irons.
  • 14. 3 Co. Sussex.
  • 15. 4 The Russia or Muscovy Company of Merchants, incorporated by letters patent under the Great Seal, anno 1 & 2 Philip and Mary, which were confirmed by Actof Parliament, anno 8 Elizabeth. It had, among other privileges, the exclusive right of trading with Russian ports. The first governor of the company was none other than the illustrious explorer Sebastian Cabot.
  • 16. 1 Co. Surrey.
  • 17. 2 Finchampstead, co. Berks.
  • 18. 1 A prison in Southwark under the jurisdiction of the Bishop of Winchester, in which were chiefly confined women of bad character frequenting the Stews at Bankside. The Clink was also an extensive "liberty" or privileged place belonging to the see of Winchester.
  • 19. 1 Of Dowgate Ward.
  • 20. 2 Not enrolled in the Court of Husting.
  • 21. 1 Concerning this charity Mr. Hare reported in 1861 to the effect that the sum of 40s. was annually paid to the City official who received payments for the prisons; that 1l. 12s. was yearly carried to the account of the master, and 6l. 8s. to that of the wardens of the Company; and that there did not appear to be any reason for fixing this charge upon any especial property. The Drapers' Company appear to charge themselves at the present day with 10l. under Blundell's charity (see their return to the Livery Companies Commission, Appendix to Report, 1884, vol. iv. p. 221). Similar legacies were made by Blundell to several other companies for the relief of poor prisoners, but in some cases the charge has been redeemed or applied to other charitable uses under the direction of the Court of Chancery (Appendix to Report Livery Comp. Com., 1884, vol. iv. p. 340; vol. ii. pp. 390, 418).
  • 22. 1 The famous seaman who fought with so much distinction against the Spanish Armada as Rear-Admiral of the Fleet. For his services on that occasion he received the honour of knighthood. Born at Plymouth. Founded and endowed a hospital for seamen and shipwrights of the Royal Navy at Chatham by letters patent dated 27 August, 1594. In 1595 he accompanied his relative Sir Francis Drake to the West Indies, where he died 12 November of the same year, being sixty-three years of age. Buried at sea; but a monument to his memory was set up on the north side of the chancel of S. Dunstan's in the East, with an inscription in Latin, which is printed in Strype's edition of Stow (1720, bk. ii. p. 44), together with a long eulogy in quaint English verse, setting forth his virtues and those of Katherine his first wife.
  • 23. 2 Kington. The endowment of the school is said to be 380l. per annum.
  • 24. 3 North Shoebury.
  • 25. 1 Co. Salop (?).
  • 26. 2 Luxborough, co. Somerset.
  • 27. 3 Diminutive of Fr. carcans, necklaces. The latter term was also applied to the holes of the pillory for receiving the neck and hands of the victim.
  • 28. 4 Tortoise.
  • 29. 1 Bolton-upon-Swale in the North Riding.
  • 30. 2 Carthorp in the North Riding.
  • 31. 3 Middleham.
  • 32. 4 Broad belts of leather, worn by musketeers over the left shoulder, to which were hung, among other things, ten or twelve cylindrical boxes, each containing a charge of powder. The term was sometimes applied to the powder boxes themselves.
  • 33. 5 The property devised to the Haberdashers by the testator is now represented by eighteen houses in Haberdashers' Square and six houses in Milton Street, let on lease.
  • 34. 1 Touching this surplus, Mr. Hare, in his Report to the Charity Commission in 1864, remarked as follows: "The residue is annually invested...... There is no probability that any occasion for the literal application of the fund will ever arise. There are not any persons of the class referred to likely to require the loans, and unless some useful application of the fund be devised, there is nothing to prevent the accumulation from continuing indefinitely"; and from the Return made by the Haberdashers' Company to the City of London Livery Companies Commission, appointed in 1880, it appears that the accumulations were at that time represented by no less a sum than 7,245l. Is. 6d., invested in 3 per cent. Reduced Annuities (Appendix to Report Livery Comp. Com., 1884, vol. iv. pp. 459, 460, and 494). The Company further reported that the annuity to the testator's sister-in-law, and a bequest to Christ's Hospital, had been purchased, and that the sum of 5l. left to the preachers at Paul's Cross was now paid to a poor clergyman (id., vol. ii. p. 466, where the testator's name is wrongly printed as "Teston"),
  • 35. 1 All Hallows Staining.
  • 36. 1 In the Company's Return to the Livery Companies Commission appointed in 1880 the testator's name appears as John "Pollan." The property devised is now known as No. 27, Silver Street, which brings in 60l. per annum, out of which the sum of 4l. 16s. is yearly bestowed upon the poor of the Company (Appendix to Report Livery Companies Com., 1884, vol. iii. p, 200).
  • 37. 2 Co. Herts (?).
  • 38. 2 Middleham.