London Consistory Court Wills, 1492-1547. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1967.
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[f. 1v. Book of the testaments of priests dying in the diocese of London from the year 1514.
And there are other testaments of priests and of certain laymen registered before these in a parchment book of the time of the said reverend father in Christ and Lord Richard FitzJames by divine permission Bishop of London.]
1. [f. 1v.] Thomas Palmer. 20 Sep. 1492. [Latin.] (fn. 1)
[I Thomas Palmer of Stortford, Herts., butcher, bequeath my soul to God the Father Almighty, my Saviour, to the Blessed Virgin Mary His Mother, and to all saints, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Stortford. I bequeath to the high altar there 6s. 8d. I give to William Pratt and Agnes, his wife, the tenement in which I live with the garden adjoining in le Fisshe Rowe, in Stortford, between the messuage of Walter Cristemas on the north and that late in the tenure of William Newman on the south, one end abutting on le Fisshrow on the east and the other on Dedmanelane on the west, to hold from the chief lord of the fee for the accustomed services according to the liberties of the said borough for ever. The rest of my goods I give to William Pratt, whom I make my executor to dispose for the good of my soul and the souls of my parents and all Christian souls. In testimony of which I have fixed my seal to this my testament. Witnesses, Master William London, vicar of Stortford, John Smyth, parish clerk, Robert Berdney and many others.]
[Proved by Richard Roston, commissary of the Bishop of London, 9 Nov. 1492.]
2. [f. 2] Sir John Haigh. 28 Apr. 1514.
I, Sir John Haigh, bequethe my soule to Allmyghty Jeshu, Our Blissyd Lady and all the seynttes off hevyn, and my body to be buryed in the chapell of Seynt John in the parysshe church of Seynt Andres in Holborne. I bequeth to the hygh alter of Seynte Andres 12d., also to the gyldyng of Seynt Andrew my wagis unpaide and my foxfurryd gowne. Also to Sir Robert Gray, curat, my best sarsenett typett, to Sir Thomas Whitakars my nex typett of sarsnet and my wode knyffe. Also to the workes of the paryshe church of Sandall in the Counte of York so moch money as my best gowne and my chamlett jakytt may be sold for. Also to Edwarde Stannfeild 8s. to be receyvyd of a feder bedd lyng in plege to me and 4s. to be recevyd of a bowster and pillow, my bedsteid, and all thynges beyng in my lawe [sic] chambre with on peisse of steyned cloth and an old coverlett. Also to my moder my blake gowne, to William Birkheid of London, my best doblett, to Roger, my broder, my horse beyng in hys kepyng, to Maister Henry West my best bowe, to Sir Robert Dowson my next bowe, to Sir John Hutchynson my best bonett, to Richard Clark my second doblett. Also to Agnes of Haigh my chyst, my best coverlett, my teister with my hangynges, a paier of shettes and a paier of blankkettes. Also to Robert Glew my fustian doblett, my jakett of tawny cloth, my best hossyn, to Ellyn Dalison 3s. 4d., to Marion Thomson 12d., to John Browne wyff, of the Swane, 12d., to John Roo my shortte gowne. Also I wyll the money in the handes off John Fletcher and Christofer Haigh as it aperyth in a bill betwyx theym and me, be fulfyllyd unto thys my last wyll, that is at the syght of myn executours on preest to be founde to syng for me in the parishe churche of Sandall by the space of one yeare. The residew of all my goddes, my funerall expenses and dettes paid, I gyffe to the disposicion of Thomas Dalison and Lewys Passage whom I make executours to disposse for the helth of my soule and pleasur of God. Wytnes, Henry West, Sir Robert Gray, curat, Sir Thomas Whitakars, Laurenc Gyrdler and other moo.
[Proved by Master William Horsey, vicar-general of the Bishop of London, 4 May 1514.]
3. [f. 2v.] Sir Thomas Abbot. 20 Mar. 1514.
I Ser Thomas Abbot in the paryssh of Seynct George in Botulphe Lane, (fn. 2) London, seyng the perell of dethe drawyng nyrgh, bequeth my soole to God, Owr Lady and to all sanctes, and my body to be buryed within the qwer before the ymage of Sent George. I bequeith to the said churche of seynt George a prynted portas, (fn. 3) a pye, (fn. 4) a lytell [sic] with placebo and diryge, (fn. 5) tow surplys and 33s. 4d. to helpyng of the reparacion of the chawntree. I bequeth the day of my buryall 5s. to have 15 messes for my sowle and all Crysten sowles, also the 7 day 5s., the 16 day 5s., the 24 day 5s., the 30 day 5s., and of the morow the residew to the noumbre of 100 messes, also 40 pens to be gyffyng to powr folke the day of my buryall, 30 pens the 20 day and 30 pens the 30 day. I make Margarett Hanby my executryx to have the residew of my goodes to dispose them and to pay my dettes to her discrecion and to the helth of my sowle, also I wyll to overse that my wyll be fulfyllyd Ser John Archer. Witnesse William Syvell, John Poope, etc.
[Proved by Master William Horsey, 26 May 1514.]
4. [f. 2v.] Sir Edward Mowton, rector of Panfeld. 20 Apr. 1514.
I Ser Edward Mowton, parson of Panfeld, commende my sowle to God, to His Moder Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buryed in the chauncell of the parysshe church of Panfeld. I bequeth to the fenyshyng of the roode lofte of the said church 33s. 4d., 10s. for to make a clothe for the roode, 10s. to bye white clothes for the high awter. I bequeth John Acton, my ladde, 3 li. 6s. 8d. I bequeth 10 marke for a prest to syng in Panfeld church for my soule and all Cristen sowllis by the space of a year. I bequeth 4 kene, price the cowe, 8s. for an yearely obette to be kepe in Panfeld churche for evir, that is to wite to the prist, 10d., to the sexton 4d., to the churchewardens 6d. and for breed and ale 2s. 4d. I bequeth to maister John Wentworth the elder my horse. I bequeth to mydle master John Wentworth my best doblet of saten and my chamlet coote. I bequeth to maisteris Joone, my goddowthter, my best gowne, my best bede, the bolster, my sperver and a payr of sheetes. I bequeth to my broder 40s. and to every poore howsseholder within my paryssh of Panfeld, a busshell of whete and a busshell of malt. I bequeth to maisteris Joone Coton, (fn. 6) my goddothter, 3s. 4d. I bequeth to Grayes sone of Gosfeld 3s. 4d., to my godchildern at Parsesse 5s., to Picardes child, my godson, 3s. 4d. Of this my last wyll I make Sir Raffe Dobson and William Harreward to be my executours and my maister, Sir Roger Wentworth knyght, (fn. 7) to be supervisour. The residew of all my gooddes I geve to the disposicion of my supervisour and my executours that they dispose them in the churche and other charitabill dedis as they shall thynke most best for my sowle and all Cristen sowllis. Witnes, John Nassh, John Haine, William Reve, and other moo.
[Proved by Master William Horsey, 20 Jun. 1514.]
5. [f. 3] Sir William Fewaren. 15 Jun. 1514.
I Ser William Fewaren, prest, seke in body, bequeth my sowle to Almyghty God, the Blessyd Virgyn Owr Lady and to all the sanctes in hevyn and my body to be buryed in the quyer or church of Saynt Michell in Crokyd Lane, London. I bequeth to the high awter of the same church for myn oblacions and tithis forgotyn 6s. 8d., to Master Robert Yonge, parson of the same, (fn. 8) my vyolet gowne furrid with fychys. (fn. 9) I bequeth to William Flower in Saynt Clementes Lane, 10s. and my roset (fn. 10) gowne furrid with fockys, to Elysabeth Flower, the wyfe of William, 5 li. sterlyng. I bequeth to Sir Thomas Stratton my best cappe and to Sir Thomas Kent my secund cappe, to the Charterhows of Schene 20s., to Lewys Flower my chamlet cote, to Thomas Hodson the owte syde of my old tawny gowne and to Elisabeth Flower the furr of the same. I bequeth to Sir Thomas Kent 5s. to say 5 masses of requiem at Scale Celi (fn. 11) in Westminster. I bequeth to ether of the 2 maydyns in the howse of William Flower 20d. I make Elisabeth Flower my executrix. The residew of my goodes, my dettes payd and my funerall expenses contentyd I bequeth to Alys my syster. Wittnes etc.
[Proved by Master William Horsey, 21 Jun. 1514. Note in Latin, in the hand of Thomas Gotson, that on 10 Jul. Robertus Yong, rector of St Michael's, and Master Kent each deposed that the above was the true testament of the deceased.]
6. [f. 3v.] Sir Henry Ketylton. 16 Jan. 1514.
I Sir Henry Ketylton, preest, being in full memory albeit syk in my body, commyt my soule to Almyghty God and my body to be buryed in the church yerde of Saynt Dunstan in the West of London. I bequeth to the auter of Saynt Kateryne within the said church a whight vestyment with the albe and other therto perteynyng. I bequeth to the church of Lakforde within the countie of Suffolk, werof I am now parson, a chalesse of sylver percell gylt weyng 13 unces, and a olde portose wryten and noted. (fn. 12) I bequeth to Cristofer Chiborn my best gowne and a sylver spone which was sumtyme Maister Edwardys, (fn. 13) late vicar of Saynt Dunstans afore saide, to Marione, wyfe of the said Christofer, 5 payer of shetys lying in my countre, to Alyce and Alexander, childern of the said Cristofer, to eche of them, a sylver spone, to Margaret, servand and kynneswoman to the said Cristofer, my russet gowne furred with blake lame, to Richard Kendall my doublett of ledder, to my cosyn, John Harlowe, my tawney gowne furred with shankes, (fn. 14) to Annes Harlowe a platre and a pewtre desshe. I bequeth every of my brythern preestes, syngyng now at this tyme within the said church of Saynt Dunstans, a boke, so that Sir Thomas Harberd have the best and first choyse. The residue of my goodys not bequethed I wyll be at the disposicion of Cristofer Chiborne and Sir John Myre, priest, whom I make myne executours. Witnes, Thomas Neuman, prest, Thomas Herberd, prest, Hugh Baker and James Anderson.
[Proved by Master William Horsey, 4 Jul. 1514.]
7. [f. 4] Sir Richard Stokley. 27 May 1513.
I Richard Stokley, chauntrey preest founden in the parissh church of Seynt Swithuns in Candylwykstrete of London, bequeth my soule to Almyghty God, my Maker, to the moost Blissid Lady, His Moder, and to all the accompany of seyntes in hevyn, and my body to be buried within the southe dore of the church aforesayd. I bequeth to the high awter 3s. 4d. I bequeth to the parissh church of Yexsale in Staffordshier wheras I was cristened, to thentent that the parson, curate and parisshons of the same and their successours shuld pray for my soule, my fader and moder soules and for Elisabeth, my suster, soule and all Crysten soules, 10 mark, therwith to bye a booke called an antiphanar, (fn. 15) notid and complete, to be written in parchyment or velome by manys hand, to serve within the queer of the same church providit that if it fortune me herafter to fall in dekey by age or otherwyse that I may not perfourme my biquest of 10 mark than I wyll that my bequest shal be voyde. I bequeth 40s. to the same church to thentent that my executours shall bye a fayre stremer of cloth of silk to be garnysshed with gold letters and scripture and frynged with silk. I bequeth to Sir Roger Stokley, preest, my broder son, my booke of Sarmoney of Rypplyngton (fn. 16) with other addicions in the same, also a booke of Seynt Gregorys Diologes (fn. 17) with the omelys and other addicions, and all my bed as I now occupie it with the fetherbed, bolster, a payer of blankyttes, two payre of shetes, two coverlyttes and the steyned clothys hangyng aboute my chambre. I bequeth to John Stokley, gentilman, his brother, my book called Legenda Awria. (fn. 18) I will that the said Sir Roger shall have all myn other bookes. I bequeth to my cosyn, Kateryn Bowryng, 20s., and my best gowne with the hoode, to my cosyn, John Stokley, apprentice with William Bowryng, to pray for my soule 40s., and to everych of my god childern, William Bowrn, Richard Waltham, Richard Spicer and Richard Whitpayne, to pray for my soule, 6s. 8d. I bequeth to my cosyn, Elisabeth Naneothyn, widow, to pray for my sou[l]e, two gold rynges wich I have in plegge of hirs, also to Margaret Topnar, servant with William Bowrn, to pray for my soule 3s. 4d. The residew of all my goodes after the dettes I owe paid, my buriall honestley mayde, I geve to John Stokley, gentilman, and William Bowryng, sherman, to thentent that they shall dispose of them for my soule and the soules aforesaid yn werkes of mercy and charitie, and I make my executours the fore named John Stokley and William Bowryng and I bequeth to every of the said John and William for ther labour in the premisses 20s. In witnesse wherof to this present testament I have sett my seale and subscribed it with myn own hand. Wytnesses Thomas Langrage, draper, Richard Ungley, mercer, Symon Lorymer, scrivener and other.
[Proved 20 Oct. 1514 by Master William Horsey in his own house.]
8. [f. 4v.] William Moke of Orset. 20 Aug. 1514.
I William Moke of the parysshe of Saynt Gilles of Orshed (fn. 19) bequeth my soule to owr Lorde Jeshu Crist and to Owre Lady Saynt Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the churche yerade of Saynt Gilles aforeseid. I gyff to the high awter 8d., for my fordrove (fn. 20) a schepe. I wyll that an onest preest shall syng a trentall for me and my frendes in the churche aforeseid and have for hys labour 10s. I gyff to Marget, my wyffe, 2 qwarter of wheete, 2 qwarter of barley malt. I gyff to the castyng of the grete bell of Orshed 3s. 4d. I wyll that Henry my sun, shall be my executor to qwhom I gyff all my guddes not beqwethytt and to pay my dettes and resave my dettes. I wyll that William Hoppekyn shall be my overseer the which I gyff for is labour 5s. Wytnesses, Sir William Baylay, parich preest of Orshed, John Wythowse, and John Swayne with other.
9. [f. 5] Henri Moke of Orset. 7 Sep. 1514.
I Henri Moke of Orshed bequethe my soule to God Almyghty and His Moder Our Lady Seynt Mary and to all the company of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the churchyearde of Orshed. I bequeth to the high awter 4d. I bequeth to a preest to syng for my soule, my fader and moder and all Crystyn soules in Orshed church for halff a yeare, 5 marke, to the reparacion of the sayd church 40s., to the greate bell changyng 3s. 4d. I bequeth to the makying of a fowelle slowe above Grayes Pondes, 8s., to the makyng of another fowell slowe in Balles Lane, 10s., to my moder, Clowe, a kowe and 10 schepe, to Nicholas Lanlys a qwarter wheet, to William Servis and to Esabell Creppes, Robert Borne, Alys Reddes, Thomas Edden, Kateryn Bregman, Margaret Hasard, eych of them a boschell of wheette. The residew of my guddes, after my dettes payd, I bequeth to John Nicoll and John Wythouse the which I make my executours that they dispose for me as maybe to the pleasur of God and proffytt for my soule and eych of theyme to have for ther labour 10s. I make supervisor of this my testament William Hoppkyn and he to have 5s. Witnesses, Sir William Baylay, prest, William Radley, John Skynner, William Rand, John Lanlys with other moo.
[Proved 20 Oct. 1514 by William Horsey, and administration granted to John Nicoll and John Whithouse of the goods of Henry Moke and also of the goods of William Moke, since his executor, Henry Moke, was prevented by death from acting.]
10. [f. 5v.] Sir John Cokker. 5 Sep. 1514.
I Sir John Cokker, preest, bequeth my soule unto Almyghty God, mi Maker and Redemer, to the moost glorious Virgyn, His Moder, Our Lady Saynt Mary, and to all the holy company of heven, and my body to be buried in the Pardone churcheyerd (fn. 21) of the Cathedrall Churche of Seynt Paule. I bequeth to the brotherede founded in the paryssh church of Seynt Alphege within Crepulgate of London, 12d., to the Fraternite of Saynt Ursula founded in the paryssh church of Seynt Laurence in the Old Jurie, 12d., to the Bretherin of Pappaye (fn. 22) for a trentall of masses to be songe for my soule, 10s. I bequeth to everyche of John Cokker, my brothers sone and of his two susters, 6s. 8d. summ 20s., to the said John Cokker, my brothers sone, a gowne, to Alis Cokker, my brothers doughter, a fetherbede, to Elisabeth Cokker, two keverlettes, a payr of sheetes and a blankett. I bequeth to Mylys Cokker, my kynnesman, a gowne and a dublett of worsted, to Elyn Cokker a coverlett and a blankett furred. I bequeth to the church of Pappaye a manuell prynted, (fn. 23) to the auter where I have use to syng in Elsyng Spitell (fn. 24) a masse booke and a peyr of vestmentes. I bequeth to thabbot and covent of Varyall (fn. 25) for a general absolucion there 6s. 8d., to Thomas Osborn 12d., and to William Hawardyn 12d. I bequeth to the prestes that shall bere my body to my sepulture, 2s. I bequeth to my brother, William Cokker, my best gowne. I will that myne executour shall cause an honest preest to syng for my soule in the paryssh church where I was borne by the space of a hooll yere and to compound with the same preest for his salary in that be halff as he conveniently can. The residue of my goodes, after my dettes payd, my funerall expenses perfourmed, I give to William Cokker, my brother, to dispose in deedes and werkes of mercy, pitee and charite to the pleasure of Almyghty God and mooste profite and comforte to my soule, the which William Cokker I name my executour. Witnesse, Sir John Knyght and Sir William Robynson, prestes, with many other. And overseer I name Maister Humfret Hawar dyv[inity] doctor.
[Proved 26 Oct. 1514 by Master William Horsey.]
11. [f. 6] Sir William Townysend. 27 Sep. 1514.
I Sir William Townysend, (fn. 26) vicar of Uggley, bequeth my soule unto Almyghty God, my Maker, Our Lady Seynt Mary and to all the holy seyntes of heven, my body to be buried in the mydyll of the chauncell of the parysshe church of Ugley. I bequeth to the same church a vestment of whyte damask, with an albe and other ornamentes therto, the pryce thre poundes 6s. 8d. I bequeth for a yeerly obyte to be doon in the church for my soule and all Cristen soules, 3 mylche kene, the price 24s., which kene I wyll be in the handes or at the disposicion of the church wardeyns for the tyme beyng, and they to dispose yerly at the day of my obite 3s. I bequeth unto a well disposed and honest prest for to syng for the welthe of my soule, my faders and my moders soules by the space of oon yeer 4 li. I bequeth unto the 4 orders of Fryers in Cambrige 4s. I bequeth to an hygh wey in the lane betwen the vicarage of Ugley and the church 5s. I bequeth to the church of Ryklyng 3s. 4d., to the church of Quendon 3s. 4d. I bequeth to Sir Thomas Rowlyn, prest, to prey for my soule my best gowne and my hoode. I bequeth to my nevue, Henry Townysend, my servaunt, 20 quarters of barley with the increase to be the disposicion of Sir Petyr Ryghton, prest, and John Barker, my executours. I bequeth to every oon of brederne and sistr' chyldern 20s., also to every oon of the childerne of my nevue, Herry Townysend of Rothewell, 6s. 8d., and to my cosyn, Thomas Townysend, parysshe clerk of the same towne, 3s. 4d. I bequeth to John Barker wyff 3s. 4d., also to Katerne Savell 3s. 4d. The residew of my goodes I bequeth unto the handes of Sir Petyr Ryghton and John Barker whom I make myn executours. Witnesse, Sir Thomas Rowlyn, parysshe prest of Ugley, John Crowne, John Bukk and Robert Barker and other.
[Proved 16 Nov. 1514 by Master William Horsey.]
12. [f. 6v.] Sir Robert Steyll. 1 Aug. 1510. [Latin.]
[I Master Robert Steyll, chaplain of St. Mary Wolcherch, London, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all saints, and my body to be buried wherever it shall please God and my executors. I bequeath to the high altar of the church of Wolcherch 3s. 4d., to the Fraternity of St. Christofer le Stokkes 10s., and to each brother and sister of the fraternity present at my burial 4d. I bequeath 8 li. to an honest chaplain to say weekly for two years placebo and dirige with a requiem mass in the church of All Saints, Northalvarton, Yorkshire, for my soul and the souls of my father and mother, my friends and all the faithful departed, and to the same chaplain for wine, bread and wax 6s. 8d. I bequeath to Master Robert Clerkson 4 li. 3s. 4d. on condition that he pray for me and for the souls of my father and mother and of all the faithful departed in the University of Oxford for a whole year, saying each week placebo and dirige with a requiem mass. I bequeath to William Steyll, my brother, 40s. and to each of his sons and daughters 20s., to be paid to them when they come of age and if any die before he receives his share it is to be divided between the others. I give to Thomas Steyll, my kinsman, my bed with its furnishings and the hangings of my chamber. I bequeath to John Hall 3s. 4d., to his wife 6s. 8d., to Edithe Brown 6s. 8d., to the monastery of Erden (fn. 27) 6s. 8d. I bequeath to William Steyll, my brother, my cloak trimmed with fox, my best jacket and waistcoat and a cap, to his wife a cloak trimmed with coney. I bequeath to the wife of William Smith 3s. 4d., to John Hall 20d., to Agnes Preste two pair of stockings, to Margaret Atkynson a cloak and 40s. I bequeath to James Fynard, citizen and goldsmith of London, one of my executors, 3 li. 6s. 8d., to James Crosse 3s. 4d., to Simon Fowlar, clerk, my kinsman and my other executor, my best cloak and a tippet and two clasps of silver and a breviary. I bequeath to Richard Atkynson a silver spoon and a primer (fn. 28) of parchment, to Ralph Bransby 4d., to the Lady Esabelle Bransby 'manoli' 12d. I bequeath to the church of Northalverton a great breviary of parchment and it should be chained in the north side of the choir. I bequeath to James Fynard my best cap, to John Upton, chaplain, a silver clasp with a crucifix, to Master Richard, chaplain of Master Butler, my surplice. I bequeath to Thomas Whitwood 6s. 8d., to Elisabeth his wife 6s. 8d., to Richard Preste 6s. 8d., to Elisabeth Preste 20s., to Thomas Elyston, a poor scholar, annually until he shall be a priest, 6s. 8d., to Elisabeth Fetiplace 6s. 8d. I bequeath to 13 poor people in the hospital of Northalverton, 6s. 8d. I bequeath to the Fraternities of the Blessed Mary and of St. Anne in Wolchurch 6s. 8d. each, to Robert Fenrother, citizen and goldsmith of London, 6s. 8d., to his wife 6s. 8d., to the wife of Robert Whitchirch 6s. 8d., to the Friars Minor in Northalverton 20s., to the Fraternities of Holy Trinity and of the Blessed Mary of Northalverton 6s. 8d. each. I bequeath to Robert Whitchirch 4 li., to Elisabeth Awdley 6s. 8d., to Robert Fowler 10s., to Thomas Fowler 10s., to John Fowler 10s., to the wife of Alexander Hamond 3s. 4d. The residue of my goods I leave to Simon Fowlar, clerk, and James Fynard, my executors, to dispose of in good works for the health of my soul and I give them each 20s. for their trouble. Witnesses, John Upton and Richard Belcheham, chaplains, Thomas Whitwood and Robert Atkynson.]
[Proved 11 Dec. 1514 by Master William Horsey.]
13. [f. 7v.] Sir James Pyncoke. 14 Nov. 1514. [Latin.]
[I James Pyncoke of the parish of Hillyngdon bequeath my soul to Almighty God and to His Mother the Virgin Mary, and to all saints, and my body to be buried in the cemetery of St. John the Baptist of Hyllyndon. I bequeath to the mother church of St. Paul 4d., to the light of the high cross of Hyllyndon 4d., to the light of souls 4d., to the light of St. Thomas Lancaster (fn. 29) 8d., to the light of St. Mary 4d. I give to my mother 26s. 8d., to each of my brothers 6s. 8d., to my uncles 6s. 8d., that is to each uncle 3s. 4d. I will that 7 poor people of the neighbourhood should have 2s. 4d. between them and each of my little sons 4d. The rest of my goods I give to my brothers, Richard and Ralph Pyncoke, whom I make my executors. I will that John Rich should be overseer of this my testament and have for his labour 6s. 8d. I will that they should dispose of my goods for the health of my soul and should find a priest to celebrate in the church of St. John the Baptist, Hyllyndon. Witnesses Master Richard Wattes, (fn. 30) Sir Walter Redgrave, Richard Harris, Robert Middelton, with many others.]
[Proved 22 Dec. 1514 by William Horsey. Note in the hand of Thomas Gotson, the registrar, that Ralph Pyncoke, to whom administration was granted, was authorised to arrange for a service to be celebrated in the church of Lenlan (fn. 31) in Coventry and Lichfield Diocese instead of at Hillingdon.]
14. [f. 8] Sir Thomas Chapman. 2 Jan. 1515.
I Thomas Chapman, clerke and curat of Paswyke Essex, (fn. 32) bequeth my soule to Almyghty God, to Our Blyssid Lady Seynt Mary and to all the holy cumpany of hevyn and my body to be buryed in the chauncell of Mary Magdalene of Paswyke. I bequeth to Poulys pardon 3s. 4d., to the parisshe chirch of Paswyke 2 kyne and 4 sheppe to have myn obitte keppe ther yerly for evermore, and the churchwardens to have for ther labor 4d., the residew of the mony to be disposid to pore peple. I bequeth to the church of Bradwell 2 kyne for my obitte to be keppte for evermore, to the church of Cressyng (fn. 33) 2 kyne for my obitte to be kept for evermore, to the church of Stysted 2 kyne for my obitte to be kept for evermore. I bequeth to William Harre 2 kyne, 20 sheppe, 2 seme of malte, a seme of mystelyn, (fn. 34) a seme of barly, to Margaret Chapman my housse callyd Bertons with the lond therto belongyng and 6 bullokes, 5 seme of malte, 20 shepe. I bequeth to a prist to syng a yer for me in the church of Wygton 6 marke, and to the church of Wygton a vestement with all therto belongyng. I bequeth to the church of Paswyke 5 seme of malte and to every pore housseholder a bochell of malte. I bequeth to every of my godd children 2 sheppe, to the Freers of Colcester 6s., to the payntyng of Mary Magdalene in the church of Patiswik 6s. 8d. I bequeth to Richard Chapman whan he commyth to lafull age 20s., and yf he dye to remayne to Margaret Chapman. The residew of all my goodes I put to the disposicion of Ser John Walkeden, (fn. 35) parson of Bradwell, and Margaret Chapman whom I make executors of this my present testament to dysposse to the plesure of God and helth of my soule.
[Note in the hand of Thomas Gotson, the registrar, that this testament was not proved because neither executor would accept its execution, therefore the vicar-general granted administration of the goods of Thomas Chapman as if he were intestate to John Walkenden and Margaret Chapman.]
15. [f. 8v.] Agnes Coke. 4 Oct. 1514.
I, Agnes Coke of Chepyng Walden, bequeth my soule to Allmyghti God my Maker and Saviour, to His Glorious Moder Our Lady Seynt Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buryed in the chapell of Seynt Nicholas within the parissh chirche of Walden next to my howsbond. I bequeth to the high alter of the same churche 6s. 8d., to the new werkes of the chirche 10 marke and I will the 10 marke be payd within 30 days after my decesse, and as for my funeralles I remytt the orderyng of them to the discrecion of Joan Smyth my dowghter. I geve to Joan Smyth suche power and strength as I have in all my londes bothe copy and free whatsoever place thei be. The residew of my goodes and dettes I geve holly to John [sic] Smyth, my dowghter, she to doo therwith hyr pleasur as hyr own propre goodes. I make Joan Smyth my dowghter my executryce. Witnesse, Master Edward Burgh, clerke, Sir Richard Wherth, clerke, with mony oder.
[Proved 9 Mar. 1515 in St. Paul's Cathedral by Master Thomas Heede, who was specially commissioned by the Bishop of London for that purpose.]
16. [f. 9] Sir John Walkerlyne. 1513.
I Ser John Walkerlyne (fn. 36) bequeth my soule to God Almyghty, to owr Lady Saynt Mary and to all the sayntes in hewyn and my body to be buried in the church of Saynt Michaell in Wodstrete. I bequeth to the hy auter of the same church 3s. 4d. I bequeth to Thomas Palmer 40s. The residew of my goddys I gyve to the saide church of Saynt Michaell and I mak the churchwardens, that is to say Thomas Dyker and Philipp Wynyslond, my executours and they to have ych for ther labours 3s. 4d. and I make Maister Robert Knyght, (fn. 37) parson of the said church, my supervisor and he to have 6s. 8d. The residew of my gooddes I gyve to the church of Saynt Michaell. Witnesse, Master Basford, alderman, (fn. 38) Master Mathew, bacar, John Wattes, grocer, William Jakson.
[Proved 5 Jun. 1515 by Master Thomas Sewell, (fn. 39) who was commissioned by the Bishop of London. Marginal note in a different hand by Thomas Gotson that he was not present when probate was granted and therefore Master Sewell afterwards sent the executors to him to be sworn.]
17. [f. 9] Sir William Alchure. 10 Jun. 1515. [Latin.]
[I Master William Alchure bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all saints and my body to be buried in the house of the Friars Preachers (fn. 40) in London. I bequeath to John Mathew of Northamreton 10s., to the church of Whestram in Kent 6s. 8d., to the church of Chyvenyng in Kent 6s. 8d., to Merton College, Oxford, 13s. 4d., to the College of Why (fn. 41) in Kent 6s. 8d., to the repair of the church of Ria (fn. 42) 10s., to the high altar of that church 10s., to the church of St. Paul 20d., to the poor in memory of Christ's Passion 6s. 8d., to scholars of the University of Oxford 20s., 3 li. for indefinite restitution 'restitucione incerta'. I will that a priest should celebrate for me for a year. The residue of my goods I give to Master John Davys whom I make my executor and I give him for his labour 40s. Witnesses Doctor Thomas Sewell, Sir Robert Tylor and Sir William Amys, clerks.]
[Proved 10 Oct. 1515 by Master Thomas Heede, special commissary of the Bishop of London.]
18. [f. 9v.] Sir William Atkynnys. 10 Oct. 1515.
I Sir William Atkynnys, (fn. 43) parson, of Lytyll Okley, bequeth my soule to Allmyghty God and to Our Blissid Lady Hys Moder and Virgine and to all the holy company in hevene, my body to be buryed in the chauncell of Lytyll Okley by the lavatory. I bequeth unto the reparacion of Powlys in London 20d. I will have 2 trentalles, on for me and another for Agnes Isaack for whom I am so endettyd. I will myn executors do make a wyndowe in the church of Okley upon the sothe side all at my proper costes by the avyse of a wyse werkeman. I will have a stone of marbyll to lye upon me. I bequeth 40s. in money evenely to be divydid amonges my kynnysfolkes in the west contre. I bequeth to John, my broder, my howsse callyd Kemsters duryng his lyfe, and after his deceasse I will it remayne to the said cherch of Okley and 20s. in money for a stocke to kepe myn obite yerly for evermore, and tyll the said howsse come to the cherch I will myn executores kepe yerly the said obite and after the deceasse of John, I wyll that the cherchewardeynis have in ther kepyng the said stoocke of 20s., and the said howsse to kepe myn obite. I bequeth to Alice, my brotheres doughter, my howse at the Mylle, with Aywelles, and Trumpers frely, and yf William Horlelock and the said Alice, his wyfe, paye unto myn executors 40s., than I will that the said William and Alice have my land in Ramsey or elles myn executours to selle the said land and to dispose the money for me in dedes of pite. And as for my lande callid Sonde I wyll the parson that shall succede me have it payng the lorde the yerly rent, which is 3s. And as tochyng all the fructes of my churche and benefice both receyvyd and not receyvyd I will myn executours have to dyspose for me as to them shall be sene best and most pleasur to God. All the residew of my goodes I gyve to myn executours, Richard Strought, vicar of Dovercorte, and John Felyx of Lytyll Okley and I gyve iche of them 40s. Theys witnessith, Sir Andrewe Colby, priest, John Atkynnys, William Horlelock and Robert Deryng with other.
[Proved 22 Oct. 1515 by Thomas Hedde, official commissary of the Bishop of London. Administration granted to Richard Strowght and John Felyx by their proctor, Andrew Colby, chaplain, they to produce a true inventory of the goods of the deceased before the feast of St. Andrew next following. Marginal note that the will had been collated and agreed.]
19. [f. 10] Sir John Swetyng. 4 Oct. 1515.
I Sir John Swetyng, preest and parson of Haddley, (fn. 44) bequeth my soule to God and to Ower Lady and all sayntis of hewyn, and my body to be buried afore Saynte Jamys in the chauncell of the said church. I make William Swetyng, my broder, and John Neyle myn executoures. [I] bequeth to the gyldyng of the taburnacull of the ymage of Saynt James 53s. 4d. I bequeth to a honeste preest for halffe a yere to syng in the same church for me and my fryndes 3 li. 6s. 8d., for a stone to lye ower me 13s. 4d. I bequeth to Wylliam Swetyng, my broder, 8 li., to Thomas Swetyng, my broder, 5 li., to John Neylys wyff 40s., to John Swetyng, my neyve, 20s. and my clarysimballes, to Robert Neyle 20s., to Margaret Neyle 20s. I bequeth all my howsholde stowfe egally to be devydid betwene William Swetynges chylderyn and John Neylys, to theym that I have nott bequethed to before. I will my deyttes egally to be dewydid betwene William Swetynges childeryn. I geve to Trayfordes wyff 20s., to Candisch wyff 6s. 8d., I wyll that all my dettes and bequestes shall be payd after my dyscesse so sone as it may be convenyently. Wytnesse Sir William Warryn, Sir Thomas Bradocke, preestes, and Master Edward Trayford and Richard Alyn.
[Proved 9 Nov. 1515 by Thomas Hedde, official commissary-general of the Bishop of London in the absence of Master Horsey. (fn. 45) Marginal note initialled T.G. (i.e. Thomas Gotson) that he had collated the copy with the signed testament and they agreed.]
20. [f. 10v.] Sir John Whitehede. 16 Oct. 1515.
I Sir John Whithedde, vicar of Maylond, bequeth my sowle to Almyghti God, to Our Blessyd Lady Seynt Mary and all the holy compeny of hewyn, and my body to be buryed in the chauncell of the parisshe church of Saynt Barnabe of Maylond. I bequeth to the same church toward the biyng of a crosse 40s. I wyll myn executours shall bestowe to preestes and clekes and in almys dedys at my buryng and monythis mynd for my soule and all Cristyn soulles 4 li., and myn yeres mynde 13s. 4d. I bequeth to Letice Whithede, the doughter of Jamys Whythed, my broder, 40s., to my bredern, Christofer Whithede and Jamys Whithed to eche of them 40s. I bequeth to my sister Letice, the wyff of Thomas Duckeworthe 40s. I bequeth to an honest preest to syng for my soull and all Cristyn soulles in the parisshe church aforesaid the space of one quarter of a yere 33s. 4d. I bequeth to John Carver and Cristabell, hys wyff, my bedde, and all thynges that long to hyt, and my horse, to Cecely, the servaunt of John Carver 6s. 8d. The residew of my goodes I geve to Sir Richard Sharpullys, preest, and John Carver whome I make myn executours to dispose for my soull as they shall thynk best to the plesure of God and profett to my soull. These wytnessith, Sir Geffrey Selyman and Sir Edward Savage, preestes, William Slyng, William Sone, John Goote and many other.
[Proved 9 Nov. 1515 by Thomas Hedde, official and commissary-general in the consistory of the Bishop of London. Marginal note initialled T.G. that the copy had been collated with the sealed testament.]
21. [f. 10v.] Richard Drabulles of Shenfeld. 16 Oct. 1515.
I Richard Drabulles of Shenfeld, Essex, bequeth my soule unto Almyghty God and to His Blissid Moder Our Lady Saynt Mary, that Holy Virgin, and to all the sayntes in hevyn, and my body to be buried in the parisshe churche yerde of Our Blessyd Lady of Shenfelde. I bequeth to the hygh auter 20s., to an honest preste to synge for my soule oon yere in the churche aforeseid 7 li., the which Sir John Cout hath bylles in hys handes to receyve of a man callid Spicer. The residew of all my goodes I geve to Johan, my wyff, the which Johan I make my executrix and Sir John Cout ionyed executur with her. Thesse witnessith, Master Thomas Wilson, parson of the foreseid church, (fn. 46) John Rutland the elder, William Diche the yonger, Water Thred, Sir John Asshewell and many other.
[Proved 30 Oct. 1515 in St. Paul's Cathedral by Master Thomas Hedde, official and commissary-general during the absence and 'impedimento' of Master William Horsey, vicar-general. (fn. 47) Administration granted to John Cutt, knight, reserving the right of the widow Joan to act if she wished, and he to exhibit an inventory of the goods of the deceased before the feast of the Conception of the Blessed Mary next following. Note signed by T. Gotson, registrar, that he had collated the copy with the will as proved.]
22. [f. 11] Sir Richard Dode. 28 Nov. 1515.
I Sir Richarde Dode, preest, bequeth my soule unto Allmyghty Gode, Owr Blyssed Lady and to all the holy cumpany of hevyn and my body to be buryed in the porche of the cherche of Seyntt Laurence in the olde Jury be the chyldern of John Colyns. I bequeth to the high auter of the same cherche 20d., to the Morow masse Bretherhede and to the Penybrederhed to eche of them 12d., to the Brotherhed of Clerkys (fn. 48) a boke callid Bonaventura de Vita Christi (fn. 49) and 6s. 8d., to the Trinitie Brotherhede (fn. 50) 3 of my best bokys and in money 6s. 8d., to Margery Lynne in money 5s., to my cosyn Robert Saylys and to Sir Robert Tenett eche of them in money 3s. 4d. whom I orden myn executores. The residew of my goodes I wyll my executours shall do with them as they will I shall do for them in case lyke. Wytnesse, Dominus Willelmns Rynggolde curat, Dominus Johannes Buttler, Thomas Alyn, etc.
[Proved by Thomas Hedde, commissary-general, on 13 Dec. 1515 by the oath of Robert Saylys in the long chapel of St. Paul's Cathedral and on 14 Dec. 1515 by the oath of Robert Tenett in the consistory of the cathedral.]
23. [f. 11v.] Sir William Broke. 1 Jan. 1515. (fn. 51)
I Sir William Broke, chauntery priste of Our Lady of the parisshe of Saynt Margarettes Patens in London, bequethe my soule unto Almyghty God, my Creatour and Redemer and to His Blyssed Moder Saynt Marye Virgyn and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buried within the chauncell of Saynt Margarettes aforesaide. I bequeth to the hight auter there 20d., to the hight auter of Saynt Bridis 8d., to the high auter of Saynt Denys 8d., to the Fraternitie of Pappey, wherof I am brother, towarde the sustentacion of the same to be prayd for amonges the brethern of this same fraternite 3s. 4d., to the Brotherhedd of the Clarkys 3s. 4d. I bequeth to Maister Rowland Jokes the text of the sentence 2o. fo. pūitr. (fn. 52) to William Balarde my seconde fetherbedde. I will that myn executours immediatly after my decesse do cause to be made a corporas case of my purse of cloth of gold, which case and a corporas cloth yet unhalowide, I gyff to the auter of the said chaunterye of Our Lady where I now serve, ther to remayne to the honour of God and his sayntes as long as hit will endure. I bequeth to my synguler goode maister Master Rowlande Philippis (fn. 53) my best fetherbedde wyth the bolster and 20s. of money to his owne propur use. The residew of my goodes I gyve to the said Maister Rolande Philippis whom I make my soole executor he to dispose them in charitable warkes after his best mynde. In wittnesse of all these premissis I have subscribide my name with my owne hande and put therto my seale in the presence of John Wryght, Robert Sale, Richarde Sthytilworth, William Eroke.
[Proved 24 Dec. 1515 by Master Hedde, commissary-general, in the cathedral church of St. Paul.]
24. [f. 12] Sir Thomas Ower. 3 Aug. 1515.
I Ser Thomas Ower, priest, vicar of Wethirsfeld, (fn. 54) bequeth my soule to Almyghty God, etc. my body to be buried in the chauncell of the parisshe chirch of Wethirsfeld. I bequeth to the reparacion of the same church aboute the high auter 20s., towardes the makyng of the tabernacle of Mary Magdalene ther 20s., to the high auter of the parisshe church of Gosfeld for my tithis forgoten, etc. 10s. I will that an honest prest secular syng for my soule and all Cristen soules in the church of Wethirsfeld by the space of a hole yere 9 marc for his salary. I will that William Byknor of Shalford have my tenement called Hodgekyng set in Shalford with all my londes in the same towne both free and copye, to hold to hym his heires and assignes for ever under this condicion that he pay or do to be payd to the makyng of the sepulcre in the said church of Shalford 20s. I bequeth to Joone Ower, my moder, all my movable goodes, fulfyllyng this my last will, payng my charges to the College of Stoke, and all other my dettes. I will that Johne Ower, my broder, have Kypseyz and Potters or the money I leyd owt therfore, as it appereth in wrytyng bitwixt Thomas Smyth, my godfader, and me, under this condicion that he pay to the garnysshyng of the guylde hall of Mary Magdalene in Wethirsfeld 20s., and also he delyver a surrender of all my copyhold in Shalford to the behof of the said William Bykner and his assignes or els to have nothyng. I bequeth to the Fryers of Clare (fn. 55) ther to have a trentall of masses for my soule, etc., 20s., to the White Freres in Cambrige ther to have halff a trentall for my soule etc. 5s. I will ther by delyvered 2 beestes to kepe yerely myne obite in the church of Wethersfeld after the custome of all othir obites ther kept. I bequeth to every godchilde that I have 20d., to Thomas Smyth, the yonger, my godson, a cowe, to Thomas Wryght, the son of Richard Wryght, a cowe. The residewe of all my goodes I commytte to the disposicion of myne executours whome I make my welbelovyd in Crist, Johane Ower, my moder, and William Bykner of Shalford. I make Thomas Smyth of Wethersfeld, thelder, supervisor and every of the saide William and Thomas to have for his labour 10s. Thesse Witnessh, Fryer John Bury of Clare Freer, Thomas Pollet, White Freer of Cambryge, Thomas Smyth, Robert Rolson, Thomas Barbour, William Thompson, Thomas Breson with other.
[Proved 18 Oct. 1515 by the commissary in the parts of Essex in the parish church of Wethersfield. Marginal note that T.G. had collated the transcript with the copy for the register.]
25. [f. 12v.] Sir John Rumpayne. 13 Mar. 1514. [Latin.]
[I John Rumpayne, clerk, bequeth my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all saints and my body to be buried where it shall please God. I bequeth to Agnes Belynger 6s. 8d., to Richard Colle, my kinsman, 6s. 8d. I bequeth 10s. for a trentall of masses to be said for my soul. I bequeth to John Storax 6s. 8d. The residue of my goods, chattels and debts I give to be distributed in works of piety and charity according to the discretion of my executors. I make Master John Rumpayne and Thomas Lenard, citizen and haberdasher of London, my executors and give to each for his labour 20s. In witness of which I have applied my seal to my testament. Witnesses, Johanne Jenynson, rector of the church of St. John Zacarie, (fn. 56) Richard Ferys and Richard Ronacre and me the notary, I. Wylford.]
[Proved 12 Mar. of the year aforesaid (fn. 57) by Master Thomas Hedde. Marginal note that it had been collated and agreed.]
26. [f. 13] Richard Wytston. 15 Feb. 1516.
I Richard Wytston bequeth my sowle to Allmyghty God, to His Blessyd Mother Sant Mary and all the holl cumpany of hevyn and my body to be buryed in the chancell of Saynt Martens off Ryschlyp. I bequeth to the Brotherhede of Our Lady a cowe to be prayed for. I bequeth to my syster a gowe and a lame, to my brother in lawye my therdde gowne, to William Banstyd my secunde gowne, to Robert, the chyld in my howse, my warst gowne, also to my servant woman a gowne. The residewe off all my goodes I bequeth to William Wryght, parson off Ykenam, (fn. 58) whom I make my executor to pay my dettes and to doo for the welth off my sowle. Theys wordes spokyn and not wrytten, recordes beyng present Richard Preston, curat of Herfyld, (fn. 59) Richard Taylyor, prieste of Ryschlyp, Robert Ryngstyd, clerke of the sayd church with other dyvers.
[Proved in the presence of Master Thomas Hedde, 10 Apr. 1516. In the marginal heading 'Domini [Sir] has been crossed through.]
27. [f. 13v.] Sir Henry Deculon. 3 Jan. 1514.
I Sir Harry Deculon, preest, make this my present testament. I byqueth my sowle unto Almyghty God my Saviour, Our Blissed Lady Seint Mary and to all the seyntis of hevyn and I wyll that my body be buryed in the parissh chirch of Seynt Nicholas Colde Abbey nygh the place where my father lieth buried and I biqueth to the parson of the same chirch for my buryall there 10s. I biqueth to Edward Styropp 6s. 8d. The residue of all my goodes I geve to Richard Basden, citezene and fisshmonger of London, whome I make my executour that he may dyspose for my sowle to Almyghty God.
This is the last will of me the said Sir Harry Deculon. First I will that those 2 howses which I have at Crowland in the Countie of Lincoln and all landis and tenementes that I have in the towne of Wikfeld (fn. 60) in Barkeshier, and one other tenement which I have in the towne of Chikney in the Cowntie of Essex be sold by the cherch wardens of the said parisshe chirch of Saynt Nicholas and the money to be disposed for my sowle in the most necessary wyse that canne be devysed by the seid chirchewardeyns. I wyll that Richard Basden, myne executor, delyver unto the sayd chirch wardens all such dedis as bylongith to the forseid landis and tenementes. One other howse which I have in Crowland that I hold by copy I will that the Abbot and Covent of Crowland have it to them and ther successors therwith to performe my fathers will and to pray for my sowle according to my first desire made to the Abbot and Covent. And if [they] will not then I will that the said howse by solde by the forsaid chirch wardens and the money to be disposid be them to the moost proffyt to my soule. Witnesse, Sir Thomas Neyll, William Barde, Robert Barett, church wardens, Edward Stiropp, John Brady, Robert Hulke with other moo.
[Proved 17 Oct. 1514 by Master William Horsey, vicar-general and official commissary.]
28. [f. 14] Sir Thomas Bradford. 28 Mar. 1516.
I Sir Thomas Bradford, (fn. 61) prest, beqweth my sowle to Almyghty God, His Blissed Moder Our Lady Seint Mary and all the holy compeny of hevyn and my body to be bured in the colage chirch of Saynt Martins le Graunt in London. If any residue of my godis remayne over my bringyng forth I gyff to my executors aftir my dettis paied to dispose for the helth of my soule as they thynk best. I make my executors Sir Thomas Jacson, Maurice Asshton and Sir Richard Bradford overseer. Witnesses, Sir Thomas Jacson, Sir Richard Bradford, John Wylcokkys and other mo.
[Proved 19 May 1516 by Master Thomas Heede, vicar-general.]
29. [f. 14] Sir Richard Biworthe. 13 Jul. 1516.
I Richard Biworthe, preest, byqueth my sowle unto Almyghty God, to Our Blissed Lady and to all the holy company of hevyn and my body to be buried by the good discrescion of myne executour. I biquethe unto the hie auter of Seynt Oloffe in Silverstrete 12d., and unto the chirche of Seynt Paule 12d. I biquethe unto Sir John Banyon, preest, a materas. All the residue of my goodis I geve unto Edward Leigtton, myne executour, citezen and salter of London, aftir my buriell and small expencis doon, and he to do therwith for my soule and all Cristen soulis as shall plese God and hyme. Witnesse, Sir Edward Hikkes, (fn. 62) preest, and Sir John Banyon, preest, with other mo.
[Proved 1 Aug. 1516 by Thomas Hedde.]
30. [f. 14v.] Sir Robert Andrewes. 11 Jun. 1516.
I Robert Andrewes, clerke, bequeth my soule to Almyghtie God, my Maker and Redemer, and to His Glorious Moder, Our Lady Seynt Mary and to all the holy company of seyntes in hevyn, and my body to be buryed where as it shall please my executours. I bequeth to Elizabeth Clerke, the wyf of John Clerke, citezein and fownder of London, my tawny gowne with the hode furred with blake lambe, unto Thomas Clerke, sonne of the sayd John Clerke, my blewe gowne furred with cource bowge and the hood therto belongyng. The residue of all my goodis I gyve to the forseyd John Clerke and to Thomas Rocheford, citezein and grocer of London, [whom] I make myn executours and to the sayd John I gyve for his labur a fetherbed with a bolster and to the sayd Thomas Rochford my ryng of gold with a safure abalas, also I gyve to the same Thomas Rocheford my wrathed ryng of gold wyth a balas therin, evermore praying my sayd executours to doo for my soule as they wold I shuld do for them in caase lyke. In witnes wherof to this present testament and last wyll I have set my seall.
[Proved 4 Oct. 1516 by Master Thomas Hedd.] [ff. 15–15v. blank.]
31. [f. 16] Hugh Adam. 8 Dec. 1514. [Latin.]
[I Hugh Adam, chantry chaplain, of the parish church of St. Mary Magdalene, Littlyngton, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to His Mother the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all saints, and my body to be buried in the chancel of the said church of S. Mary Magdalene. I bequeath to the rector of the same church for my burial 6s. 8d. I bequeath to the fabric of the church of St. Paul in London 12d., to the repair of the altar of the Blessed Mary of Litlyngton 3s. 4d. I will that there should be a trentall of thirty priests either on the day of my burial or as soon after as conveniently may be and to each of them who are present at my exequies 6d. I give to each light in the said church 4d. I will that there shall be given on the day of my burial to the poor of Littilton 3s. 4d., at Staines 3s. 4d., at Chertesay 3s. 4d. I will that the warden of the Friars Minor with his friars in London should have 10s. to celebrate a trentall for me and for my father and mother, brothers and sisters. I give to my godson, Hugh Revenar, 12d., and to Florence Ruttor of Stanes 12d. The residue of my goods I give to John Wuldon, rector of the church of Litlyngton, (fn. 63) and to John Gregory of Achylford, (fn. 64) curate, so that they shall dispose for the health of my soul as they think best. I will that all debts which the Abbot of Chechesay owes to me, as appears by a schedule in the custody of the rector of Littilton, should be directed to the repair of the chantry.]
[Proved 6 Oct. 1516 by Master Thomas Hedd. Marginal note that the testament had been collated and agreed.]
32. [f. 16] Sir Christofer Marshall. 1 May 1516. [Latin and English.]
[I Christofer Marshall, clerk, bequeath my soul to Almighty God who created it, to His Only Begotten Son who redeemed it and to the Holy Spirit who gave me and will give me life, to Blessed Mary the Mother of Christ, to Blessed Michael the Archangel and to all angels and to the orders of all angels and other saints so that it should be defended against the evil spirit and should enjoy their fellowship everlastingly. I leave my body, after my soul has left it, to be buried in the earth as it shall be decided. I will that five candles should be burnt about my body on the day of my burial and also at the day of my month's mind and my anniversary, while requiem and mass are being said and on each of the three days beforenamed I will that there should be said for my soul the requiem of the dead and a trentall of masses if conveniently it can be done from my property. I give to each priest saying requiem or celebrating mass 8d. I bequeath to be distributed for my soul in bread and ale and other food on the day of my burial 10s., on the thirtieth day 6s. 8d., and on the day of my anniversary 10s. I bequeath to each of twelve parish churches 3s. 4d., namely to Yolgraff, Wyrkesworth, Kyrkeyreton, Monyashe and Hope in the County of Derbey, and to Rothley, Oleppe, Thiraston, Baro, Sylebe, Cosynton and Swithland in the County of Leicester. I bequeath 12d. to each of the twelve chapels of Elton, Wyndstor, Alderwasloe, Cramforth and Carston in the County of Derbei, and to Austy, Newton, Querndon, Wudhowse, the two chapels of Montsorell and to Temple Chapel near Rotheley in the County of Leicester and 5d. to each curate and chaplain serving the said churches and chapels to say requiem and mass for my soul, and also 4d. a year for three years to those who use bede rolls and will pray for my soul with others named in their bede rolls on Sundays. I bequeath to each son and daughter of my brothers and sisters 12d. I bequeath to the parish church of Yolgraffe, County Derbei, a small chest with the books and other things it contains so that they may be used in the best way possible for the service of God, the good pleasure of the priest serving there and the edification of souls and also to be used for the instruction of those willing to learn at the discretion of the vicar and of other discreet parishioners. I will that Ursula Marshall, my kinswoman, should have 10 li. of my goods.]
Be it knowen to my speciall frendes, Sir Wyllyam Sore, vicarye of Saynt Martyns nygh the Charyng Crosse, (fn. 65) and to John Thatcher of the parysshe of Kensyngton that all my money wheche I have above my dettes payd lyeth in the pew or sete wheras Maister John Meawtes (fn. 66) custumably knelith or sittith in the churche of Kensyngton under the seconde bord upon the which he knelith, under that end of the bord toward the qwer of the which money I will that the said Sir William and John Thatcher comunelly have the disposicion acording to my last will the which I have wretyn with myn owne hand desiryng thaem to my trew executors.
[Proved 18 Sep. 1516 by Master Thomas Hedd and administration granted to Sir William Sore. John Thatcher on 19 Jan. 1517 renounced his power as executor in the presence of the vicar-general. The monogram 'T.G.' appears at the bottom of the first page, and 'collacionatur' in the margin at the end of the will.]
This will has an unusually long preamble commenting on the shortness of life and the need to make a will lest death should come suddenly.
33. [f. 17v.] Sir Thomas Hoore, vicar of Arkisden. 15 Aug. 1516.
I Sir Thomas Hoore, vicar of Arcusden, (fn. 67) bequethe my sowle to Almyghty God, to Our Lady Saynt Mary and to all the blessed company of hevyn and my body to be buried within the chauncell afore the hygh auter of Saynt Margaret of Arcusden as ner to the tombe that I made as is possible by moder. I bequeth for lyghtes to be set abowth my herse 16d., for torches to bren abowth my herse halff a quarter of malt, toward the mayntenyng of Saynt Thomas Awter in the church of Arcusden 3s. 4d., toward the reparacions of the bellis 12d., to every prest that commyth to my beryng 8d. apece. Also I bequeth to be spent att my dirige att the plesur of myn executours [blank] I bequeth for mendyng of the hyghe wey in the lane of the north sid of the churche 3s. 4d. I bequethe to maynteyn the roode lyght a pownde of wex, to the light of Seynt John Evangelist a pownde of wex, to the reparacion of my chirche 20d. The residue of my goodes I will that my executours bestow them after ther discrecion as I have shewid thaem my mynde in werkes of mercye wher most nede is. I make William Tryge and William Delowe of Arcusden myn executors and to everye of thaem I bequeth for ther labour 6s. 8d. In witnesse of this my testament I have setto myn owne hande in the presens of Sir Henry Barett, preest, and William Preston of London, merchaunt whome I make overseer and Maister Flemyng, clerke of Kechyn with my Lorde of London, bothe overseers of this my testament and to Maister Flemyng I bequeth a pownde of saffrone.
[Note that this testament was not proved, because the executors refused the burden of executing it.]
34. [f. 18] Sir Thomas Lowe, vicar of Branktre. 5 Dec. 1516.
I Thomas Lowe, vicar of Branketre, bequef my sowle to Almyghty God, to His Blessed Moder Saynte Mary Virgyne and to all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be buryed in the chircheyarde of Branktre ayenst the myddis of the hygh awter ther at the est ende. I beqweif toward the reparacions of the cathedrall chirch of Saynt Powle att London 12d. I bequeif toward the glasyng of oone wyndowe in the nywe ylde on the sowth syde of the seid parysshe chirch 40s. I bequeif to eche of the Frater nities of the Names of Jeshu and of Saynt John Baptiste in Branktre 2s., to the exhibicion of a priste to syng for the welth of my sowle and all Christen soules in the seid chirch by the space of on halff yer 5 markes and that to be done as sone after my decesse as myn executours conveniently may performe it. I bequeiff to the nunnes of Swyne Abbey (fn. 68) 10s., to Sir John Cooke, chauntry priste of Branketre 2s., to Sir Petyr Gyrdley, sowle priste, 3s. 4d. I bequeif to Mawde Newton, my sister, 20s., to Margaret Lawe, my sister, 6s. 8d., to John Colmans wiff 20s., to William Chaplayn 20s., to William Clerke, my cosyn, 20s., to Thomas Lowe 5 marke, to Beatrice Lowe 2 yong kyne, to Petur Baron 20d., to George Glascoue 20d., to Agnes Bird 20d. I will that myne executours pay to the vicar of Branktre for the tyme beyng every Sonday in the yer oone peny to pray for my sowle and all Christen sowlis and so to contynywe as many yeris as myn seid executors have wherwith eny of my goodis to performe itt. The resydewe of all my goodis and catall I gyve to John Lowe mye cosyn to do his will therwith whome I make myne executour and with hyme I assigne also Sir Robert Buller of Terlynge sowle preste, co-executour unto whome I bequeif for his labour myn vilett gowne in grayn with the whoode therto belongyng and the chois of all my bokes and also 20s., in redy money. Witnesses, Sir Petir Girdley, William Hall and Richard Smyth. Moreover the same day at nyght the seid Sir Thomas Lowe willed that if the seid John Lowe decease befor his wif, as long as she is wedowe she to have all suche goodys att hir disposicion as the seid John Lowe hath by the bequest of the seyd Sir Thomas Lowe and if she be maried agen that then the forseid goodes to be partyed in 3 partyes, she to have the on parte and her 2 childer, Thomas Lowe and Beatrice, to have the other 2 parties.
[Proved 9 Jan. 1517 by Master Thomas Hedd at Fulham, the executors to produce an inventory of the goods of the deceased on the third day after the feast of St. Matthias the Apostle. Since Robert Buller had none of the goods of the deceased, the other executor, John Lowe, undertook to defend him against all creditors and legatees so far as the goods of the deceased would suffice.]
35. [f. 19] Sir Simon Wryght. 27 Sep. 1515. (fn. 69) [Latin.]
[I Sir Simon Wright, chaplain, bequeath my soul to Almighty God and my body to be buried wherever it may please God. I bequeath to the Fraternity of the Holy and Undivided Trinity of Sixty Priests of London 20s. I bequeath to the altar of the Blessed Mary Mother of God and of St. George within the church of St. Peter in Cornhill a vestment of white damask, price 40s. I bequeath to the church of Blessed Mary of Lincoln 12d. The residue of my goods I bequeath to John Lacy, chaplain, and to Robert Parysche, whom I make my executors so that they should dispose of it for the health of my soul.]
[Proved 29 Jan. 1516 by Master Thomas Hedd.]
36. [f. 19] Sir William Mychell. 7 May 1516. [Latin.]
[I Sir William Mychell of London, chaplain, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, my Creator, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary His mother and to all saints and my body to be buried in the cemetery north of the parish church of St. Mary Abchirch, London. I bequeath to the high altar 12d., and to the Fraternity of the Blessed Mary and St. George of the same church 12d. I bequeath to the light of the Blessed Mary in St. Mary Chapel called Wynchecomb Chapel (fn. 70) 12d. I bequeath to the fabric of the nave of the parish church of Brighthelmeston, Sussex, 6s. 8d. I bequeath to Johane Irland, wife of John Irland of Great Weldon, Northamptone, my sister, 6s. 8d., and my best cloak with the hood. I bequeath to Margerie Hawley, daughter of James Hawley, my god child, 2s. 4d. I bequeath to Elizabeth, daughter of Sebastian Cabot, (fn. 71) my god child, 3s. 4d. The residue of my goods and chattels I bequeath to Master Richard Carleton, clerk, to dispose for the health of my soul as he thinks expedient and I make him executor of this my testament and last will. In witness of these things I have subscribed with my own hand in the presence of William Baker, notary public. I bequeath to Master Richard for his labour 6s. 8d., to the Fraternity of St. John the Evangelist of Pappe, 3s. 4d. with a surplice.]
[Proved 31 Jan. 1517 by Master Thomas Hedd.]
37. [f. 19v.] Sir Robert Knytht. 18 Dec. 1515.
I Robert Knyth, (fn. 72) parson, of Saynt Mihellis in Wodstrete, bequet my sowle unto Almyghty God, Our Lady Saint Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be buried next within the chauncell dore of Seynt Mighelles. I bequeith to Margaret Butler, my maide that kepid me in my sekenes, the fetherbed that she lay upon with the hangyns, testour and selour to the said chamber belongyng. I bequeth to John Hill, my kynsman, my hole bedd that I ly upon, testour, celour, hangyns, coverlettes, shetis, bolsters, chestes, coffers, with all thyngis to the seid chamber belongyng. I will that the said John Hill shall have my cupbord and the cownter in the hall with the hangyns therto belonging pryvided allwey that the pressis of my chamber be not removed but ther to remayn still to the use of the churche and such inhabitantes herafter ther commyng. The residue of all my goodis I gyve to the use of the church workys of Seynt Myghellis to be disposed by myend of John Mathewe, citizene and baker of London, whome I make myn executor and I bequeith the seid John Mathew for his labour 20s. Thes men being present, John Mathew, citizen and baker of London, Sir Thomas Baker, parisch priste of the said Saynt Mighelles, Sir Robert Robynson, chauntry priste of the same, with other mo.
[Proved 24 Mar. 1517 by Master Thomas Hedd.]
38. [f. 20] Sir John Graunte. 2 Mar. 1517.
I Ser John Graunte, prest, recommende my sowle to the Holy Trinite, Our Lady Saint Mary and to all the holye company of hevyn and my body to be buried in the porche of the churche of Saynt Mighelles in Bassingeshawe as ny the thresshold as may be and I will ther be bornyng abowt my body duryng dirige and masse 4 torches and 9 di quarter tapers holdyn with 9 children and eche of them to have 4d. for his labour. I gyve to the parich churche of Saynt Mihelles, 3 vestmentes, a white, a grene, and a blake and also 2 lynnyn awter clothis which be sanctified and also 3 corporas clothis to the same. I bequeth tot he Bretherhed of Pappey, 20d., and to the Bretherhed of 60 Pristis hother 20d. I will that the seconde bell be rongon oon our for my knyll. I bequeth to Jeshus Chapell at Powlis a missall printid. I bequeth unto Saint Alborowus within Bisshopusgate (fn. 73) an other missall printed. I bequeth unto Saint Mighelles church in Crokid Lane a legend printed with brevis and longis marked. (fn. 74) I gyve to the library at Yeldhall (fn. 75) a boke in parchement callid Medulla Gramatice, (fn. 76) another boke wretyn with sequens, pistilles and gospelles, (fn. 77) bownde in bordis and to be teid with a cheyn in the forseid liberary. I bequeth to the Charterhowse next withowth the wallis of London 20s., and to the ankir (fn. 78) in London Walle 20s., and to the Freres of Grenewich 20s. with this condicion that ech of the 3 places do sey for me 3 dirigis and 3 massis within every utas of the 10 festes by the yere. I will that Sir Edward Swifte sey a tryntall of diriges and massis for me by the yer as the ankir and other doth and to have 20s., and when all my stuff and garmentes is sold I will that the ankir yerely say for me 4 diriges and 3 massis of requiem and one masse of the 5 woundis, first on Saint Markes day dirige and on the morow masse of requiem and on Saynt Frances day the dirige and the morow after masse of requiem, and the day after the concepcion of Our Blissid Lady in like maner and the Tewisday or Thuris day in passion weike dirige and the morow after masse of the 5 whoundis for the sowle of me, Sir John Graunte, Water and Mawd, my fader and moder, Kateryn and Marion, my sistren, and for all Cristen sowlis, and to have for every masse and dirige 4d. And I will that Sir Edward do say for me 4 massis in like maner and to have 4 pens for every masse. I bequeth to Moder Marion that dwellis by Tilers Hall, 4d. quarterly by the discressions of myn executours. I bequeth to the pour people att Bedlem att Cristmas, Ester, Whitsontid and Halownetid att eche of the festes in breed and drynke 6d. I gyve to the wif of John Colyns, mercer, 6s. 8d., to the wif of William Wisman, draper, 6s. 8d., to Margarett Norton my blewe gowne unlyned, my bedis of yelow tree (fn. 79) and 20d. in money. I bequeith to Richard Lawrence my Muster Develys gowne unlyned, to pour people in the alis in Bassinges sawe 2s. 6d. in half pens on Cristmas Evyn and on Good Friday by the discressions of myn executours if they with my goodis may performe the same. I bequieth to Agnes Sele 12d. I gyve to myne executours and oversear to ech 10s. for their labours and I ordein Sir Edward Swift and John Collyns of London, mercer, my executours and William Wisman, draper, oversear, to whome I gyve my medley gowne unlyned and if my goodis will nott performe all thinges comprised in this my present will then as fere as hit will extend and no ferther.
[Proved 6 May 1517 by Master Thomas Hedd.]
39. [f. 20v.] John Kendalle. 6 Jun. 1516. [Latin.]
[I John Kendalle, priest, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Mary and to all saints, and my body to be buried in the chapel of Blessed Mary Magdalene next Guylde Hall or elsewhere as it shall please God. I bequeath to the fabric of the mother church of St. Paul 4d. I bequeath to Master William Craker 6s. 8d., 'with my best dobolet and cote and my woode knyf'. I bequeath to the common college of Guylhall (fn. 80) 6s. 8d. I commit my dead body to my brothers of the Brotherhood of Pappey. I bequeath to each of my executors 6s. 8d., so that they should dispose faithfully for the health of my soul. I bequeath to the church of St. Oswald of Scrubby, Lincoln, where I was baptised, 6s. 8d. I bequeath as alms to poor people to pray for the health of my soul 18s. I bequeath to the high altar of St. Michael, Bassyngsawe 2s. The residue of my goods I give to Richard Cooper, warden of Guyldhall, and Master William Ford whom I make my executors. In witness whereof I have signed with my own hand and set my seal.]
[Proved 29 May 1517 by Thomas Hedd. There is no marginal heading to this will.]
40. [f. 21] Sir Thomas Nelsone. 26 Apr. 1516.
I Ser Thomas Nelsone, parsone of Grete Warley, (fn. 81) Essex, bequeth my soule to Almyghty God, Maker and Fourmer of hevyn and of yerth and all in theim conteynid and Redemer of all man kynde, to Our Blissid Lady Saynt Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be buried in the cimitory within the precincte of the pariche of the monastery of Berkyng Abbey. I bequeth to the hyghe awter of the same monastery 3s. 4d. I bequeith to an honest priste to sing for my soule and my frendes sowlis and all Cristen sowlis at the commandement of Dame Elisabeth Grene (fn. 82) within the monastery aforesaid by the space of an hoole yere 7 li, the seid preste to saye continually thorowoute the hole yere, one daye placebo and dirig with commendacions and an other day Our Blissid Ladies sawter, and every Wedynsday in the yere to saye masse of the blissid 5 woundis of our Lorde, and every Fryday masse of the moste holiest name of God, which is Jesus. Also I bequeth to my lady prioresse and to every principall howsholder of the ladies singulary by themself 3s. 4d. I gyve to all the hole covent for my dirige and masse singyng 40s. I bequeth to the churche reparacions of Grete Warley for my owne bequest 6s. 8d., and for the dete of John Jugge 6s. 8d. I gyve to the reparacions of the pariche churche of Hokeley in Essex 6s. 8d., to the fyndynge of a lighte before Saynt Margaret in Warley churche a cowe, she to be kepte att the assignacion of the churche wardens. I gif to Richard, my broder, a fetherbed and a bolster, a pair of blankittes and a coverlett. The residewe of all my houshold stuff as brasse, pewter, with all maner of bedding, certeyn thinges folowing excepte, I gyve to my broder, Richard, and to my twoo sustres, Margarete and Alys, one of theim to have as moche as an other by equall divisyon. I bequeith to John Skarzoke, my kynesman, a cowe, to my Lady sexteyn a sylver spone, to Dame Jane Henyngham a silver spone, to Dame Jane Fynscham a silver spone, to Dame Mawde Steward a silver spone. I gyf to the parsonage of Warley, if my lady abbesse and the covent of Berkynge gif the parsonage after my dethe to Master Thomas Ypswiche, all the implementes of my hall, hangyng and stonding, as paynted clotes, copberdes, bordis and a triscill and the hangyng yrons in the chymny and a letill brase pott skant of the mesure of a galon and a letill kettell of a galon and a chuffer to sett by the fyre. If the parsonage be not gevyn to Maister Ypswich I will that all theis parcellis be devided among my broder and susters. I gyf to Maister John Tirrell a littile masse bowke to use in tyme of nede in his chamber, to Richard Avery a prymer the price of 16d., to his wiff a Saynt John hedde of alabawstre. I gyf to the presoners of the Kyngis Bynche, of the Marschalsy, of Newgate and Ludgate, 20s., ich of them 5s., to be distributid in brede or mette after the will of my lady abbes. I gyve to Sir William Nelson my tawny gowne that I use to were daily and my worsted jakkett and a bowke called Sermones Discipuli. (fn. 83) I gif toward the exhibicion of George Kyrschaye, broder to Sir William Kyrschay, 6s. 8d., to my lady abbesse, Dame Elisabeth Greene 40s., to Dame Agnes Townshend 10s. and a silver spone. I bequeith to Maister William Wiett, receyvour of Barkyng Abbey, for the grete labour takyn for the behouf of me in discharginge of my will 20s. The residewe of all the goodis I have in possession and all that be oute of my possession, as dewtis and dettes belongyng to my parsonage, and other dettes, I gyve to Dame Elisabeth Grene in whome is my most trust of all mortall creaturs, to Dame Agnes Townsende and maister receyvour the whiche I make executors they to dispose my goodis as they thynke is most expedient for my soule, my frendes sowles and all Cristen soules in meritorius dedis and werkis of mercy as I wold do for any of theim. Witnesse wherof I have subscribed my name.
[Proved 22 May 1517 by Thomas Hedd and administration granted to William Wyet and to William Tothill, procurator of the lady abbess.]