London Consistory Court Wills, 1492-1547. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1967.
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41. [f. 22] John Yardley. 1504.
I John Yardley of the parisshe of Sanct Laurence, [Essex], bequeth my soule to God and to Our Lady Sanct Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be buried in the church of Sancte Laurence. I bequeth to the hye aulter for my offerynges and tithes necligently forgoten, 3 shepe, for my fordrove 2 shepe. I bequeith to Agnes, my wiff, Byknaker with 105 shepe also 20 kyne, Cane with 200 shepe or ellis 10 li. I bequeth to John, my eldest sone, Estnewland full storyd. I will that the incresyng therof to fynd my 3 children with the lond of my eldest sone, also I will that John Denby, myne executor, receyve thes 3 children att Michelmes next comyng, also that the said John Denby take possession of Estnewland at Michelmes next to the behof of my eldest sone till he be of 20 winters of age. I bequeth to William my sone, a tenement with thappurtenaunce callid Nocke lying in Layndun if my sorender may stond, and if my sorender may not stond than William have of the said Nock 40 marke. I will that John Denby receyve this 40 marke to delyver the said William at 20 yer of age. I bequeth to Thomas, my sone, 20 marke at the age of 21 yer, to my doughter Jone, 10 marke, to Agnes, my dowghter 10 marke, to my yongest doughter 10 marke. I will that if any of my daughteris dey or they be maried that iche of them be others heyres. I bequeith to the child that my wif gois with, if it be a dowter 10 marke, if it be a sone 10 li. I bequeith to a prist to syng for my fader and moder and for me for a yer 10 marke, also to a prist to sing 5 masses 20d. The residue of all my goodis I gyve to my executours to be disposed for the helth of my soule or ellis to such thynges as is necessary and my executours to have ech one 20s., and my oversear as myche. I ordeyn my executours Agnes, my wif, and John Denby and Sir Henry Crosse to be oversear.
[Proved 24 Sep. 1504 in the presence of John Wyman, official of the Archdeacon of Essex. Note below in the handwriting of T. Gotson that will and probate were exhibited in the Consistory Court of London and registered 24 Jul. 1517.]
42. [f. 22v.] Sir Geoffrey Hancoke. 18 Jul. 1517. [Latin.]
[I Sir Geoffrey Hancoke, priest, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary and to all the celestial company, and my body to be buried in the cemetery of St. John the Baptiste upon Walbroke, London. Secondly I will that 15 masses should be celebrated in the forsaid church and 15 in the house of Friars Minors in Bedford. I bequeath to the college of Plasshey in Essex (fn. 1) where formerly I was a fellow 20s. I bequeath to Alice Frend, my keeper, a pair of stockings, to Agnes Hancoke my lined cloak. The residue of my goods I bequeath to Robert Wilton my sister's husband whom I make my sole executor. Witnesses, Henry Simondes, John Pyne, clerk, and William Beverley.]
[Proved 30 Jul. 1517 by Thomas Hedde in the crypt of St. Paul's Cathedral.]
43. [f. 22v.] Sir William Bowpre. 11 Jul. 1517.
I Sir William Beowpre, prest, of the parishe of Saynt Mary Wollechirche and syngyng in the parisshe of Saynt Petres in Cornehill, bequeith my sowle unto Allmyghti God, my Maker and Redemer, and to the Glorious Virgyne His Moder Saynt Mary and to all the holy company of sayntes in hevyne, my body to be buried in Saynt Mary Wollchirche. I make my suster, Cecely Mordon, myne sole executor to dispose for my soule ther as she tynkis best, my dettes paid and my funerallis done. I be [sic] alle to her soly. Wytnes, William Here and John Thorp.
[Proved 8 Aug. 1517 by Master Richard Wulman, commissary, in the cathedral church of St. Paul.]
44. [f. 23] Sir William Dale. 20 Jul. 1517.
I Ser Willyam Dale, priste, bequeith my soule unto Almyty God and to our Blissid Lady and to all the company of hevyn, my body to be buried within the sayntuary of N. [sic]. I bequeith unto my broder, Edmund Pelton, the best coveryng of my bedd, to my suster, Elisabeth, a bolster of twyll, to my brother Willyam Oghtryche wyffe a cupbord, to William Dale Gowreworthe a coverled, to the wiff of the same William Dale, a throwyn chire. I will ther be spent att my buryall 20s. The residewe of my goodes I gyve to Maister Bell, Sir John Archier, Sir Gabriell Halehed, Sir Andrewe Hylton, which I make myne executores they to dispose for the helth of my soule, and supervisor of this my will I make Edmund Pelton and William Oghtriche. Witnesse, Maister Pacoke, Sir John Archier, Sir Andrew Hilton with other moo.
[Proved 8 Aug. 1517 by Master Richard Wulman, commissary in the cathedral church of St. Paul, and administration granted to Sir John Archier, Gabriel Halehed and Andree Hylton, chaplains, the right of Master Bell being reserved.]
45. [f. 23] Sir Richard Leyskyrt. 12 Aug. 1517.
I Sir Richard Leyskirtt, parson of the parishe of Widford, (fn. 2) bequeith my soule unto God Almyghty, Our Lady Sanct Mary and to all the sanctis of hevyn, my bodye to be burid in the churche yerde of the parishe of Stowe. I make myn executor Sir Robert Jonson and to hyme I bequeith all my goodis and he to bringe me in eirth and pay my dettis and, if ony over plus be, he to bestowe itt for my soule as he shall thynke most necessary. Witnesses, Sir William Cokitt, William Moyr, Thomas Payn et aliis.
[Proved 7 Sep. 1517 by Master Thomas Hedd, vicar-general in the bishop's manor at Wykeham.]
46. [f. 23v.] Sir Robert Buknall. 14 Sep. 1517.
I Master Robert Buknalle, (fn. 3) clerk, bequeith my soule to Almyghty God, to Our Lady Sanct Mary and to all the holy company in hevyn. I bequeith to my Lord Abbot of Goggishalle (fn. 4) and to his brethern to be buried within the church of ther monastery and to be brother of their chapter house and to be praid for perpetually, 6 li. 13s. 4d. I bequeith to the church of Inworth 20s. I bequeith to my nevy, William Tone, 20s., to my nevy, Nicholas Tone, 20s. to every of my sister Johan doughters, Margaret, Elisabeth and Margery, 20s., to every of my sister Margaret children William and Margaret 20s. I bequeith to an honest prist, a student of the Universite of Cambrige to pray for my soule and all Cristen soulis a hol yer 6 li. 13s. 4d. I bequeith to my god doughter, Johan Reiston, 3s. 4d., to my goddoughter, Katerine Stace 3s. 4d., to my godson, Robert Smyth, and to my goddoughter his doughter, 6s. 8d., to my goddouter Maister Danyell dowghter 6s. 8d., to my godson, Maister Harlston sone, 6s. 8d. The residue of all my goodes not bequest I gyve to my nevy, Sir Thomas Tone, whome I make my executor and Sir William Underon and he to have for his labour 20s. I bequeith to Maister Robert Symson 20s., to se this my last will be fulfillid. To this witnessith Sir Robert Barker, Nicholas Crane, John Artour and odir moo.
[Proved 5 Oct. 1517 by Master Thomas Hedd.]
47. [f. 23v.] Sir Robert Pacok. 28 Sep. 1513. [Latin.]
[I Robert Pacoke, clerk, bequeath my soul to God the Father Almighty, to the Blessed Mary and to all the saints of God, and my body to be buried in ecclesiastical sepulture. I bequeath to the house of Saint Thomas of Acon (fn. 5) 3s. 4d. I bequeath to Jesus College, in Cambridge, 3s. 4d. I bequeath to a poor scholar born in Newcastle on Tine or in Northumbria for an exhibition in Cambrige 40s. I bequeath 7 books called Nicholaus de Libra cum Glosa ordinaria (fn. 6) to the library of the church of St. Nicholas (fn. 7) in the forsaid town. I bequeath to the Friars of the Dominican order in the forsaid town for a trentall for the souls of my father and mother 10s. I bequeath to the Friars Observants to pray for my soul 6s. 8d. I bequeath to the church of St. Nicholas in the forsaid town 3s. 4d. I bequeath to Robert Lane, stockfysh monger 6s. 8d. to Geritrudo Barthelmewe 3s. 4d., to Elisabeth Chertsey 3s. 4d. I bequeath to William Stanton, stokfysh monger, 10s. that he should be the supervisor of my testament. I give half of the residue of all my goods to Keterine Norwood and the other part to Isabelle Harman, my kinsman, and to John Pacoke of Newcastle, father of Isabelle, whom I make my executors. I bequeath to the hostelle of St. Bernard in Cantebrige 3s. 4d. I bequeath to a priest to celebrate three trentalls for my soul and those of my benefactors 30s.]
[Proved 16 Oct. 1517 (fn. 8) by Master Thomas Hedd.]
48. [f. 24] Sir Robert Hornbe. 21 Oct. 1517. [Latin.]
[I Sir Robert Hornbe bequeath my soul to Almighty God, my Creator and Redeemer, to the Blessed Mary and to all the company of heaven, and my body to be buried in the church of St. John Baptist on Walbroke, London. I bequeath to the foresaid church a torch. I bequeath to Christofer Hornbe, my brother, my two best cloaks, to Richard Hornbe, my kinsman, a second best cloak. The residue of my goods I bequeath to Katerine Jenyns whom I make my sole executor to dispose in works of charity as it shall seem best to her for my soul and the souls of all the faithful departed. Witnesses, Henry Symondes, rector, (fn. 9) Thomas Pekys, Jasper Dowrick and Edward Bassett.]
[Proved 30 Oct. 1517 by Master Thomas Hedd.]
49. [f. 24v.] Sir Richard Lorchyn. 1514.
I Sir Richard Lorchyn bequeith my soule to God Almyghty, to Our Blissid Lady and to all the holy company of hevyn and my body to be buried within the chauncell of Sancte Margaret within the parishe churche of Berkyng, as ny the sepulcur or grave of myn unkill, Maister Thomas Burr, as I may be laid conveniently. I will that 20 marke shalbe bestowid of a sewte of vestimentes gevyn to the churche of Berkyng. I will that 10 marke be gevyn to a priste to syng for me and my frindis by the space of a yer wher my executours shall thynke most best, tobe begunne within the space of 2 yeris after my departyng att the fardest. I gif to my sister Beatrice, 5 li. and to Richerd Laurence 5 li., and if my sister Beatrice or Richerd Laurence depart afor they be maried or of lawfull age the 5 li. to be devyded in evyne porcions to the children of my unkill, Richerd Burr and Thomas Burr. I gyve to my cussen, Kateryne, and to my cussen, Agnes, myn unkilles dowters iche of them 20s., and to my cussen, John Richerd, and Agnes, the children of my cussyn, Thomas Burr, to everyone of them 20s., if it may be convenyently performyd. The remanyng of my goodis I will shall remayn in the handis of my unkill, Richerd Burr, and hyme I make myne executor and my cussyn, Thomas Burr, iche of them to have 40s. for their labor, and Maister Vicar (fn. 10) my overseer. I will Margery Strettes, my keper, have for hir labor, 6s. 8d.
[Proved 16 Nov. 1517 (fn. 11) by Master Thomas Hedd.]
50. [f. 24v.] Sir John Morys. 7 Nov. 1517.
I Sir John Morrys, (fn. 12) parson of Wodham Water, bequeith my soule to God Almyghty, my Creatour, and to Our Lady Sanct Mary and to all the company of hevyn, my body to be berid in the cloister of All Halowes the Mor in Temystret. I will 6s. 8d. be distribute to powr people at my buriall in bred and drynke. I bequeith to Walter Walopp a blake gowne, to John Walopp my secund gowne, to John Draper, my tawny cote. The residue of all my goodis movable and immovable, I gif to Maister John Heton, prist, to dispose for my soule helth after his discressyon., the which John Heton I make my sole executor. Witnesse, Sir Thomas Chanon and Water Walopp.
[Proved 16 Nov. 1517 by the vicar-general.]
51. [f. 25] Sir Robert Tyde. 18 Oct. 1517. [Latin and English.]
[I Robert Tyde, chaplain, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Virgin Mary and to all saints, and my body to be buried in the chapel of the Blessed Mary within the church of St. John the Baptist of Halywell. (fn. 13) I leave to the high altar in the foresaid church 20d. The residue of all my goods I bequeath to Sir Robert Male, priest, whom I make my executor to dispose for the health of my soul as seems best to him. Witnesses, Robert Cristian, Nicholas Genkynson with others.]
Item I gif to my broder, John Tyde, a gowne of medley tawny, to my sister, Isabell, a blake gowne and a sylver spone, to my broder, Thomas Tyd, a violett gowne with a hood, a fetherbedd with all that long and perteyne therto, 2 sylver sponis, a small girdill harnest with silver, all my laten and my pewter, that is to say 3 kandilstykkes, 2 pewter disshes, 2 pewter sawcers, 2 pewter pottis, one of a pynt and a nother of half a pynt, a chaffer of brasse and 2 small bassons of pewter.
[Proved 15 Nov. 1517 (fn. 14) in the presence of Master Thomas Hedd.]
52. [f. 25] Sir Robert Dowse. 27 Dec. 1517.
I Robert Dowse, prest, bequeith my sowle unto Allmyghty God, to that Blissid Lady Sanct Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be buried in the cherchyard of Sanct Antonyne (fn. 15) in London. I bequeith to the parson of the forseid churche for my mortuary my best gowne. I bequeith to the curate of the same churche 20d., to Thomas Spicer, the clerke, 12d. I bequeith to Annes Mores, 3s. 4d., to Johan Axe, 12d. I make myne executours Sir John Atkynson and Sir Robert Thorpe, prestes, and I gyve to thaem 6s. 8d. to se that my will be fulfillid, my body honestly burid and my dettis paid. The residewe of my goodis I put to thair disposicion. Wytnesse, Maister Lancaster, the parson of the same churche, and Thomas Spycer, clerke of the same.
[Proved 22 Jan. 1518 (fn. 16) in the presence of Master Thomas Hedd.]
53. [f. 25v.] Sir Henry Lucas. 6 Aug. 1517. (fn. 17) [Latin and English.]
[I Henry Lucas, priest, bequeath my soul to God the Father Almighty, to Blessed Mary and all His saints, and my body to be buried in the cemetery of St. Olave in Old Jewry, London, next the cross on the south side between the cross and the processional way. I entreat my brothers of the Fraternity of the Trinity that they of their charity should come to pay their respects warmly clad, and I will that at my obsequies the curate should have 4d., and please to keep silence, and the clerk 2d., and for burying me 8d. Also I wish that the small bell which rings at first mass should be rung quietly for an hour and he that rings it to have 2d. in reward. Further I wish 4 torches from the Fraternity of Mary in that place and I will pay for them. And that others may copy me I do not wish for either candles or tolling of bells. (fn. 18) Also I bequeath 10s. to the poor for coals for wintertime. I bequeath to Leonard Swetyng, son of Thomas Swetyng, founder, (fn. 19) twenty pounds sterling to continue at school and if he should not frequent school but should be absent for a week or 12 days in a quarter, except he is ill, then I will that the said twenty pounds should be given in alms to the poor, to prisoners and the sick at the discretion of my executors; and he should continue at school for seven years after my death and afterwards at writing school for one year until he can write well. I bequeath to the wife Bakon formerly living in the parish of St. Margaret, Lothbery, 12d. Of their charity I ask William Mathew and Thomas Swetyng to see my will faithfully performed and my will also is that William Mathew should have power and custody of the said twenty pounds to the use abovesaid. The residue of all my goods wherever they may be found I will that the said executors should have and dispose at their pleasure and to the profit of my soul. Witnesses, John Mocley, grocer, and Alisawnder Spakman, smith. I have placed my seal here under.]
Bequestes made by Sir Herry Lucas after that his will was insealid in the presence of Sir Roger Wentworth, (fn. 20) vicar of Sanct Oluffes in the Olde Jury, [blank] Yorke, wydowe, Alisaunder Spakman, smyth, and Joane Mocley, the wif of John Mokley, grocer. First I gif to the wif of Cristofer Jakson my best gowne with the hodde, to my cosyn, Cecely Hamond, my secund best gowne with the hodde, to the wif of Thomas Swetyng my third best gowne with the hodde, to John Hamand, my fetherbed with the bolster, to Johanne Hendry 13s. 4d., to William Byfeld 6s. 8d., to John Chamber 6s. 8d.
[Proved 12 Feb. 1518 by Master Hedde. Marginal note signed by the registrar, T. Gotson, that the will had been collated with the original and agreed.]
54. [f. 26] Sir Stephan Guyshard, rector of Stifford. 13 Dec. 1517.
I Syr Stephyn Guyshard (fn. 21) of the paroch of Styfford, Essex, bequeith my soule to God Allmighty, Our Lady Sainct Mary and to all sainctes in hevyn, my body to be buried in the chauncell of Our Lady of Styfford. I bequeith to Poules pardon, 5s. I bequeith to every prest that cometh to my beriall 6d. I will that 4 prestys ber me to the church and they to have for their labour in money a pece 12d. beside their mass. I will that Edward Johannes bye 2 braunches of latton of 3 tapers a pece shortely after my departing, one to be set before Our Lady and the other before Sainct Tebote and I forgyff hym all dewties betwyn hym and me. I bequeith 3 tapers of a li. a pece, oon to burne before Oure Lady and the other before Sainct Tebot and the third before Sainct Katheryn, and in money to kepe them yerly burnyng of the holy days at mess and other divine service 24s. I bequeith a taper of 4 li. waxe to be sett before the sepulcre and in money to kiepe it yerly, 6s. 8d. I bequeith to Johan Bere in money 20s., and my best gown and a litle brasse pott, a pair of sheetes, a spruse cheste, a trowgh and a litle hogge. I bequeith to Stephen Tye in money 6s. 8d., and my other gowne. I bequeith to Esabell Symson 20d., to Stephyn, the son of John Stephyn, 13s. 4d., to Marget Stephyn, 6s. 8d., to Mary Browne, 3s. 4d., to Stephyn Wayt, 6d., to Thomas Wye, 20d., to Herry Maior, 6d., to John Ranold, 6d. I bequeith to Sir John Hermon a tabyll clothe, a towell, a pair of sheetes and 2 pewtyr dysshes, to Sir Robert Dodson, parson of Litell Thorroke, 2 brasse pottes and 3 candelstickes and my fetherbed with the bolster, to Sir William Wood, the parson of North Wokendon, (fn. 22) my spruse tabyll and my cobord. I will thatt the wyndows of Our Ladye chapell be lettest (fn. 23) and the weste wyndowe be glased. The residewe of all my goodes I put in the disposition of Sir William Wood, parson of North Wokendon, and Sir Robert Dodson of Litill Thorroke, the which William and Robert I make myn executours. [Witnesses] Sir John Hermon, Sir William Lennalles, Robert Maior and Thomas Dykar with others.
[Note that this testament was not proved because both the executors therein named on 11 Feb. 1518 in the presence of Master Hedde refused to act. Their renunciation was accepted and it was decreed in the presence of Thomas Gotson that the said Guisshard should be treated as intestate.]
55. [f. 26v.] Sir John Hormon. 1 Apr. 1518. [Latin.]
[I John Hormon, chaplain of the church of St. Magnus, London, sick in body but sane in mind, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Mary and to all saints and my body to be buried in the cloister of the said church. I bequeath to the mother church of St. Paul, 8d., to the Confraternity of Blessed Mary in the said church of St. Magnus, 3s. 4d. I bequeath to Sir Herrison 4s., and to Sir Richard 4s., and as much to Sir Henry, priest, celebrating in the said church, that they should pray for my soul and the souls of all the faithful departed. The residue of all my goods I bequeath to Master William Clayton whom I make my executor that he should dispose as seems best to him to please God and to profit my soul. Witnesses, Sir Henry Knyghtley, Robert Skynner, layman, Thomas Lansum, William Dyksoner and others.]
[Proved 17 Apr. 1518 in the presence of Master Thomas Hedd.]
56. [f. 26v.] Sir George Barlowe. 28 Mar. 1518.
I Sir George Barlowe, clerke, bequeith my soule to Allmighty God my Maker and Redemer, to the moost Glorious Virgyn Hys Modre, Our Lady Seinct Mary and to all the holy and blessyd company of heven, my body to be buried in the churchyard of the parysshe church of Sainct Donstone in the West in London by the grave of William Fynch, late of London, pasteler. I bequeithe to the highe awter of the same church 12d., to the Freres Observauntes of Rychmonde to pray for my soule, my fadre and my modre and all Cristen soules 10s. I will that ther be seid in the paryssh church of Northwich in the Countie of Chester wher I was borne a trentall of masses by some honest prest to be admytted by my frindes ther, I bequeith for the same 10s. I bequeith to Sir Richard Woode, parysshe prest of Sainct Donstones aforeseid, my saten typpett to thentent that he may pray for my soule, my fader and my moder and all Cristen soules. I bequeith to Johan Barlowe, my sister, yf she wilbe of good and honest lyvyng, 40s., and my gowne that ys lyned with purple saten of cipers, and yf she be the contrarie I will that the gowne be solde and the money therof comyng and the 40s. be bestowed by the discretion of myn executours for my soule, my fadre and moder and all Cristen soules. I bequeith to my sister Elsabeth 20s. and my gowne of russet furred with blake lambe, to my syster Margaret, 40s., and my gowne of sadd blewe furred white and gray yf she wilbe from hensfourth of good and honest lyvinge, and yf she wilbe of the contrarie that then the gowne be solde and the money, with the 40s., be bestowed aboute werkes of mercy and charitie. I bequeith to Henry Bostoke, my brother in lawe, my shorte gowne of died tawny lyned with blake, a bowe with two bondes and a quiver of blake lether. I bequeith to Geffrey Acson, my uncle, my olde tawny gowne unlyned and an olde furr of white lambe, to John Barlowe, my uncle, my shorte violett gowne lyned with saten of Cypres in the fore quarters. I bequeith to Sir John Acson, my cosyn, my medley tawny gowne furred with blak lambe, a fetherbedd, a bolster, two pair of my best blankettes, a covering of imagery of tappestarie werke, a hanging of grene say and 13s. 4d., so that he leve by the space of 12 monethes, and yf it fortune hym to deceesse within the same 12 monethes then all the premisses shall remayne to Henry Bostoke and his wyff. I bequeith to Sir Richard Doff, prest, half my bookes such as he shall thynk convenient except my 3 portyses and masse boke, my two best cappys [sic] I bequeith the other half of my bookes to the next of my kyne that wilbe preste, the seid 3 portyses, a masse boke and a surplesse. I bequeith to Maister Doctor Throgmorton a dosen of my best shaftes, to Richard Pykemer, a bowe with a bond, and the residue of my shaftes to be devided betwyn the seid Richard Pykemer and John Holte. I bequeith to William Heyland alle my broken saten that lyeth in my cheste in my chamber. I bequeithe to Robert Gylbert 3s. 4d., to Agnes Tomson, 20d., to Agnes Fraunces, 3s. 4d., to Gregory Corall, 20d., to Margarete Harvey, 2s. 8d., to John Fox, 20d., yf my goodes will therto extend. To the Bretherhode of Sainct Donstones, 3s. 4d. I bequeith to Sir Richard Doffe, two deskes, a longe and a shorte, to lay bookes on, my best typpett of tawny cloth, a chair of lether with 3 feet of woode and 13s. 4d. I bequeith to Margarett Fynch, wedowe, 6s. 8d., and yf my goodes will extend farther I will that she have 20s. The residewe of my goodes I will that it shalbe disposed by myne executours, the seid Margaret Fynch and the said Sir Richard Doffe. Witnesse, Christofer Bywell, William Corneforth, John Mason, Owen Bromefeld and William Kene.
[Proved 17 Apr. 1518 in the presence of Master Thomas Hedd.]
57. [f. 27v.] Sir William Hopkynson. 25 Mar. 1518.
I William Hopkynson, preest, bequeith my sowle unto Almighty God my Maker, Redemer and Saviour, to His Blissid Moder, the Holy Virgine Our Blissed Lady Sanct Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be berid in the churche of Sanct Benittes le Fynke in the chapell wher I was wont to sing, or ellis in the middill pase of the said churche. I bequeith to reparacions of the said altar 20d., and to every pore howse holder after the discrecion of myne executours, 4d., within the said parisshe. I bequeith to every one of the comyns (fn. 24) that will cum unto my berieng 6d. a pece for every preste, to the coke and the butler of the same commyns 4d. a pece. I will a trentall to be said for my sowle with all Cristen sowlis att Scala Celi after the discrecion of myne executours. I bequeith to Thomas, my child, a tawny jaket of clothe. I ordein myne executours Nicholas Cooper, preest, and Master Parson Richard de la Se, parson of Sanct Bartholomew the Litill, (fn. 25) and the seid Nicholas Cowper to have for his labours 20s., and Richard de la See, 23s. 4d.
[Proved 24 Apr. 1518 in the presence of Master Thomas Hedde.]
58. [f. 27v.] Master James Breton, rector of Bulffan. 11 Nov. 1517.
I Jamus Breton, clerke, parson of the parissh chirche of Bulfann, Essex, (fn. 26) bequeithe my sowle to Allmyghty God my Maker and Saviour, to the Glorious Virgin Our Lady Sancte Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the Chapell of Our Lady and Sancte Thomas the Martir in the Chirche of Sancte Nicholas of Layndon. I bequeith to the highe awter for my tithes and oblacions forgotyn, 3s. 4d., to the sustentacion of the said churche and for my burieng ther 6s. 8d. I gif to the Chapell of Our Lady and Sancte Thomas to the admendment of suche thingis as shalbe necessary abowte the altar 13s. 4d. I bequeith to the parisshe churche of Bulphan, a vestement price 20s. I gif to the werkes of Powlys 3s. 4d. I will that myne executours bye a marbill stone, the price 20s., to lye upon my grave. I bequeith to the Freres of Chelmisford for to sing a trantall of masses for me, 10 shilinges, to the Fraternite of Sancte Thomas in Rome, 20d., to the Fraternite of Sancte Lasery of Burton, 20d., to the Fraternyte of the Holy Trynyte of Muttendon, 20d., (fn. 27) to the entent that the seid fraternities pray for me as they be accustumed to pray for brethern and sustren having letters of them. I bequeith to every of my god children 12d. I bequeith for 5 masses to be said at Scala Celi, 3s. 4d. I gif to John Ellys all such dettes and duties whiche [he] dothe owe me except the ferme and rent of my parsonage of Bulfan and of my tenement callid Curteys and of a parcell of lond callid Fancroftes. I gyve unto John Ellys 5 of my bokes at his election and choyse excepte the Parties of Abbot. (fn. 28) To the seid John Ellys 20s. and my best hosen. I gif to Sir Thomas Crake other fyve of my bokes at his choyse withowte any exception. To the seid Sir Thomas a plater, a disshe and a sawcer of my best peawter, and a plater, a disshe and a sawcer of my worst peawter and two hennys and a coke, my best gowne and the whode therto and my tepat furryd with conys. I gif to Sir William Browne, parson of Pytsey, 3 of my other bokes at his choyse, my best short gowne and my sarsenett tipett. I bequeith to Kateryne, the wif of John Yan of Layndon, 3s. 4d., to William, hir sone, 3s. 4d. I bequeith Margarete Pake, 3s. 4d., and my bedys of ivery, and to Mathewe Pake, her sone, 3s. 4d. I bequeith to the Chapell of Sancte Margarete in Letill Bursted, 3s. 4d. I bequeith to my broder, John Breton, my best silver spone and my girdill harnessid with sylver. *I bequeith to Jamus Breton of Dunton my secund spone of silver and my secund wood knyf, to Robert Pake my third spone of silver and my dragg, to the seid Sir William Browne my 4th spone of sylver.* I bequeith to the seid Sir Thomas Crake my 5th spone of sylver, to my broder, Richard Breton of Dunton, my best wode knyf, to Jamys Breton of Pytsey, my crossebowe, to the parson of North Wokendon my best capp and my chamlett whode. I bequeith to Dame [sic] Rychard Stekerd, monke, 20s., to the parson of Litill Thurroke the Sermons of Sancte Vincent in two volyms. (fn. 29) I bequeith to the wif of Thomas Whytyng my worst gowne, to the wif of Thomas Knynotte a gowne, to Agnes Chapman, wydowe, my freese cote, to the wif of Andrewe Parson of Muche Bursted my best kerchif, to the wif of William Weston my second kerchif, I bequeith to William Malbroke of Hornden 3 lode of billete upon the condicion that [he] shall make a just reconyng and accompt of all my billet made within and withowte my grownd callid Dykers. I bequeith to vicar of West Thurroke the bibill. The residewe of all my goodes I gif to myne executours to dispose in dedis of charite for the helth of my sowle and my frendes sowlys as they shall thynke most convenient and I make myne executours the seid Sir William Browne, Robert Pake and Jamys Breton of Dunton, and I bequeith to every of them for their labour 20s. And their overseer I make the seid Sir Thomas Crake and I bequeith to hym for his labour 6s. 8d., and I will the seid Sir Thomas Crake shall syng for the helth of my sowle by the space of oone hole yer and shall enter in to the service of my chauntery anone after the terme of the seid yer as in the wyll of the londes (fn. 30) of me the seid Sir Jamys Breton and the seid Sir William Browne more playnly apperith, if it shall please Sir William Browne. Witnesse, John Breton of Nevyndon, Richerd Breton of Dunton, John Yan of Layndon and other.
[Proved 29 Apr. 1518 in the presence of Master Hedd.]
The clauses between the asterisks occur at the bottom of the page, having been omitted from the entry.
59. [f. 28v.] Sir William Lankton. 20 Apr. 1518.
I Sir William Lankton, preste in the parisshe of Sanct John Zakary, London, bequeith my sowle to Allmyghty God etc., and my body to be buried in the churche aforeseid. I will to have 4 tapers of wex, every taper 2 li. weight, the seide tapers to be borne and held with 4 poor men. I will to have the 3d. [third] bell to be rong for my sowle an after none knylle, my corse to be borne to the churche and humate with 4 preestis of the same churche. I will that the parson and the preestes with the clerke and childern shall syng dirige and bury my corse with note, singyng the suffrages therto according, and on the moro commendacionis and masse of requiem with note, every prest to have for his labour 12d., the clerke 6d., and 6 children 12d., by equall porcions. I gif to my sister Elisabeth dwelling in Gysbrough, (fn. 31) 10s. I gif to John Cowper in Kyry Lane, one gowne of violett not furred, [and] my best hosen. I gif to Maister Parson (fn. 32) for his labour 3s. 4d., whome with Roger Yong, my oste, I will to be my executours to order for the wele of my sowle. Wittness, John Cowper, Richard Smyth, Roger Yong and other moo.
[Proved 18 May 1518 (fn. 33) in the presence of the vicar-general and by the oath of the executors, the rector of St. John Zacarie and Roger Yong.]
60. [f. 29] Sir Edward Thornton. 10 May 1518.
I Sir Edward Thorneton, prest of the parich of Inworth, Essex, bequeith my soule unto Allmighty God my Maker and Redemer and to the Glorious Virgin His Moder Sainct Marie and to all the holy company of sainctes in hevin, my body to be buried in Cristin buriall. I bequeith unto my moder 40s., to Sir Richard of Peldon to the buylding of Sainct Elyn 20s., to Elyn Lay 13s. 4d., to the said Elyn my longe gowne and my shorte, to Sir John Parke, parson of Litill Wigbarowe, (fn. 34) my best gowne and my best typett, to Sir William Thornton my best dowblett, to oon prest singinge for me half yer 5 marke, to Sir John Longe, chanon, 40d. I make Sir John Parte [sic], parson of Litill Wigbarowe, and Sir Richard Sharpeles of Peldon myn executours to ordre for my soule as they thinkes best. Witnesse, Syr John Longe, chanon, and Elyn Lay.
[Proved 20 May 1518 by Thomas Hedd. The executors, Sir John Parke and Richard Sharpeles, to administer, saving the right of Sir John, the other executor named in the said testament, if he should wish to accept the burden of so doing.] (fn. 35)
61. [f. 29] Christofer Hawkyns. 1518. [Latin.]
[I Christopher Hawkkynges, chaplain, sick in body, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to Blessed Mary and to all saints, and my body to be buried in the chapel of Blessed Mary in the church of Enfeld. I give to the high altar 12d. I give 12d. on the day of my sepulture to each priest of the church and to the parish clerk; to John Redynglyngton, sacrist, 2s. 8d. I bequeath to the church of Enfield 18s., to buy two cows to found an annual dirige for my soul. I bequeath to Margaret, my kinswoman, 10s., to Master Doctor the vicar of Enfeld (fn. 36) 3s. 4d. I bequeath to Hugh Gervys, my spiritual father, my best cloak, to the church of Enfeld for my grave 6s. 8d., to my executors for their labours 10s., to John Alcoke a tunic. I make Thomas Grevys and William Ramme my executors and John Alcok, my supervisor, to dispose all my other goods for the health of my soul as they would wish to answer on the Day of Judgment before the face of our Lord Jesu Christ.]
[Proved 15 Jun. 1518 before the vicar-general.]
62. [f. 29v.] Sir Thomas Cartar. 21 Jun. 1513.
I Sir Thomas Cartar bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God my Maker and Redemer and to Our Lady His Moder and to all the sanctes in hevyn, my body to be buried in the church yerd underneth the pictour of Our Lord of the north sid of the revestre of Sanct Cristofer and I will that ther be gravyn in the marbilstone my name and the date of my deth. I give to the hygh altar of Sanct Cristoferus for my tithes forgotton 8d. I give to Elisabeth Warner my silver spone with a mayden hedde weing 2 unces and more. I gif to Robert Clerke, my child, all my bookes and my clavicordis. The residewe of all other my goodes I bequeith to Elyn Clerke, prentis with William Galtroppys whiff, whome I make my sole executrix of this my last will, and if she dye then I will that Robert Clerke, hir brother, shall enjoye all suche goodes as be then left to fynd hyme to scole, and if the seid Robert deceasse then I gyve all suche goodes to William Galtrope and to Felice his wiff, to dispose for my soule and all Cristen sowlis, the which William I make overseer of this my will. In witnes wherof I have subscribed my name.
[Proved 15 Jun. in the presence of the vicar-general.]
63. [f. 29v.] Sir William Pontifex. 9 Jun. 1518.
I Syr William Pontifex bequeith my soule to Allmighty God and to our Blessyd Lady and to all the seinctes in hevyn, and my body to be buried within the churchyard of Mary Magdalyn of Est Ham. I bequeith a trentall to be don for my sowle at Sainct Cristofers in London, amonges my brothers and they to have for doyng it 10s. I will that a prest sing for my soule and the sowlys of my fryndes and for all Cristyn soulys, in the church of Mary Magdalyn Est Ham a hoole yer. I geve to Thomas Guge and William Guge, my god childerne 9 li. 6s. 8d., by like porcions, to William Guge, a silver spone that is in my chambre att London, to every godchild that I have 4d. a pece. I bequeith to my nyce Agnes Guge, all my rayment and all the apparell of my chambre as well beddyng as hangynges and all other stuff. I bequeith to Sir William Dykonson for wryting this my will 20d. I bequeith all the residue of my goodes to Thomas Guge and Agnes, his wyff whom I make myn executours. I will that Master Jamys Gylbert be supervisour and to have for his labour 10s. Witnes Sir William Dykonson, Thomas Pawlyn of London, William Collam, Arthur Jakson and many other.
[Proved 10 Jul. 1518 by Master Thomas Hedd, vicar-general.]
64. [f. 30] Sir Geffray Warburton. 7 Aug. 1517.
I Geffray Warburton, prist of the parissh of Abchurch and curate of the same, bequeith my soule to Almyghty God, to our Lady Sancte Mary and to all the company of hevyn, and my body to be buryde in Cristen buriall. It is so that I am gretly in dett and daunger and alby the meanys of untrue peple as my por kynnesman Richard Beerd knowes welle to whatt persons that I am dettour unto. Thus I protest her and afor God that and I wer of power and of habilite every man that I am indettid to shuld be weele content and paid. But thus it is that God has visite me with sekenes that I am not hable but to putt me in the mercy of God. And if that I may be sparyde 1 yer to continue her in this wrechid world I shall have competent to satisfye every mane. The forseid Richard Beerd I make my executor of my pore wille and after his discrecion to order that pore stuff that I have as ny as he canne for dischargyng of conscience. Written and sealid in the presence of thes witnes, John Butree, Rychard Clerke and [blank] Kechyman.
[Proved 12 Jul. 1518 (fn. 37) in the presence of Master Thomas Hedde, vicargeneral.]
65. [f. 30v.] Sir Thomas Awsten. 10 Jul. 1518.
I Sir Thomas Awsten, parson of Nevyndon, (fn. 38) bequeith my soule unto Almyghty God my Creatur and Saviour, to the most Glorious Virgin His Moder Our Lady Sanct Mary and to all sanctes, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Nevyndon a letill fro the northe durr of the church. I bequeith unto the old worke of Powlles 12d. I bequeithe a tache of sylver and gilt for to make a howke for the pyx over the hygh alter ther. I bequeith unto Thomas Tendryng a tache of sylver and gilt and a blake gyrdell of sylke. I bequeith 6s. 8d. for massis to be seid att the Scala Cely for my soule and all Cristen sowlys. The residewe of all my goodis I gif holy unto my broder, Rychard Awstyn for the fyndyng and kepyng of my moder and I make the seid Richard Awstyn my executor. Wytnes, Thomas Browne and other moo.
[Proved 19 Jul. 1518 (fn. 39) by Master Thomas Hedde, vicar-general.]
66. [f. 30v.] Sir William Wolstoncrofte. 2 Jul. 1518.
I William Wolstoncroft of London, preest beyng sike in body, bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God my Maker and Redemer and to the Gloriouse Virgine Our Lady Sancte Mary and to all the holy company of sanctes in hevyn, and my body to be buried within the cloister of Sancte Thomas of Acres of London, and for my burying their I bequeith all mye bokes. I gyve to my fader and moder my best gowne, to my moder my best short gowne, unto my suster my long blewe gowne, to my fader a jakett, unto my fader and moder a pair of shetys and a pair of blankettes. I gyve unto Barthilmewe Ody, vicar of Powlles, a bason of pewter and my best surples. I gyve to Christofer Boryng my hanger or woodknyf. I gife to the porter of Sancte Thomas Gate my best dublett. The residue of all my goodes after my dettis paid, my funerall expences doone, I gyve to myne executours to do with itt their pleasur and to do for my soule as they shall thynke best. I make myne executors John Chamberleyne, brother of the forseid howse of Sancte Thomas, and to hym I gyve for his labour my sarcenett tepett and my botell, and with hyme I make executour the forseid Barthilmew Ody. In witnes wherof to this my present testament and last will I have sett my seale. Witnesse, Thomas Trayford, servaunt to the maister of the same place, and Margery Lynne, wydow, and Elisabeth Thaunclott, wydow also.
[Proved 15 Jul. 1518 (fn. 40) by the vicar-general and administration granted to Bartholomew, saving the rights of the other executor.]
67. [f. 31] Sir John Gyffresone. 16 Sep. 1518. [Latin.]
[I John Gyffresone, priest, bequeath my soul to God the Father Almighty, to the merits of the Passion of Jesus Christ, to the Blessed Mary and to all saints, and my body to be buried in the cemetery of St. Paul's, London. I give to the high altar of St. Thomas the Apostle 12d., to the high altar of St. John Walbroke 12d. I give to each priest 15 marks to pray and celebrate for my soul and the souls of my parents, of William and John and of William Warman and of Alice, his wife, and for the souls of those for whom I am obliged to pray in the parish church of Thurysbye in the County of Comerland by the space of three years, so that, except when they fall on solemn festivals, he should say each Wednesday mass for the dead and requiem, and each Friday mass of the five wounds of Jesus Christ, and he may have the 15 marks even if he is overcome by infirmity but not if he is detected in open sin, then another should receive it in his place. I bequeath to the parish church of Thurysbye a chalice to the value of 4 marks. I give to the Community of Jesus next Douegate, (fn. 41) London, 8s. I bequeath to Master Hylton, rector of St. Mildrede in Bredstrete, London, 5s. I bequeath to Sir Roger Copyn, curate of the same church, 12d., to Sir Cuthbert Barne of the same church 2s., to Sir John Comberbache, chaplain of the same church 20d. I give to Robert, my brother, four marks, to Joan, my sister, 6s. 8d. I give to Robert Symson 6s. 8d. whom I make supervisor of this my last will and testament with Robert Barne, fuller. The residue of my goods I give to William Gyffreson whom I make my executor to dispose for the health of my soul as he thinks best. Witness, Sir John Comberbache.]
[Proved 25 Sep. 1518 (fn. 42) by the vicar-general.]
68. [f. 31v.] Sir Thomas Belamy. 11 Aug. 1518.
I Sir Thomas Belamy, syke in body, bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God, to Our Blissid Lady Sancte Mary and to all the sainctes in hevyn, my body to be burid in the chauncell of Our Lady of Hadley. I bequeith to the makyng of the stepull 6s. 8d. I bequeith to Sir Robert Hill, my best gowne, my tippett of sarsenett with my tache of silver and my namelyng geldid colte. I bequeith to Roger Belamy, my brother, a flekkid cowe, a dune horse, my fetherbed with the coverlett, blankettes and shetes as I lye, a sylver spone, and a quarte pott of pewter, all my hangyns abowte my chamber, also 2 beestes to kepe my yer day. I bequeith to Jayn Bewdley, my suster, a bulloke, a grete mer and a letill meer with their coltes and all the hay in Gannoke lefte unsold and gevyn and my tawny gowne. I bequeith to George, my clerke, my short gowne, and a cote, a dublett of worsted and a pynt pott of pewter. I bequeith to Thomas Parker, my child, my fusten dublett, my chamlett jakett, 2 pewter disshes and a grisseld meer. I bequeith to Mother Jayn 2 stadelles of hay in Gannoke. I bequeith to Elyn Belamy a grete candelstyke and a sawcer. The residewe of all my goodes I gif to William Belamy and to Roger Belamy, my brother, whiche I ordeyne myne executours, and if William Belamy will not be one, then I will Roger Belamy to be my sole executour and he to receive and gather up all my dettes in the parissh and other places and to dispose them in almes dedis as to hyme shalbe thought most meritorius and helth for my soule and all Cristen sowlis. Witnes, Sir Robert Hill, George Walkar, Richard Tallan and other mo. Written att Hadley.
[Proved 2 Oct. 1518 by the vicar-general and administration granted to Roger, saving the rights of the other executor.]
69. [f. 32] Sir Thomas Grey. 19 Sep. 1518.
I Thomas Grey, preste, bequeith my soule to God my Maker and Savyour and to Our Blissed Lady and to all the hole company of hevyn, and my body to be burid in the chauncell of Sancte Georges Church in Buttolfe Lane, to the high alter for tithes forgoten 20s., to the reparacions of the same churche 20s., to the clerke of the same a gowne. The residewe of all my goodis I gyf to Sir Gregory Metcalf, whome I make my sole executour, and Maister Greeve supervisor therof, and he to have for his labor a ryng of gold. Witnessis, Jamys Momeforth and Symon Skydmore. Item the 20 day of this moneth afferesaide I will that this will hold notwithstondyng eny thyng spoken befor Maister Adams. Witnes herof, [Sir] Robert Reede, [Sir] John Peerson, Roger Greve, Symon Skydmore.
[Proved 27 Sep. by the vicar-general.]
70. [f. 32] Sir Thomas Symson. 3 Sep. 1518.
I Sir Thomas Symson, vicar of Arkysden, (fn. 43) bequeith my soule to Allmighty God my Redemer and Maker, to His Moder Our Lady Sancte Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be berid in the churchyard of the parisshe church of Arkysden. I gif unto Sancte Margarettes Yeld 20d., unto Sancte John Yeld and Sancte Kateryne Yeld 3s. 4d. I gif unto Elisabeth, my doughter, a cow, a materys, a pair of shetes, one coverlett and my gretest ketill. The residew of all my goodes I putt in to the disposicion of my Lord Abbott of the Monastery of Walden and John Dan whome I make my executours. Witnessing therof Thomas Stell, Symond Hid and John Yong.
[Proved 4 Oct. 1518 (fn. 44) by Master Hedde, vicar-general, and administration granted to Sir John, Abbot of the Monastery of Walden, by his proctor, James Vawdy.]
At the bottom of this page [f. 32] the beginning of the will of Sir Thomas Cartar (62) has been entered and crossed through.
71. [f. 32v.] Sir John Lond. 21 Jul. 1518. [Latin.]
[I Sir John Lond, chaplain, bequeath my soul to my Almighty Creator, to the Blessed Virgin Mary His Mother and to all the saints of heaven, and my body to be buried in the cemetery of the parish church of Blessed Margaret, Virgin and Martyr, of Berkyng in Essex. I bequeath 12d. to the high altar. I bequeath a doublet to Thomas Wright, another doublet to Richard Wylkynson, my bow and arrows to William Nelson. The residue of my goods I leave to Master John Long (fn. 45) whom I make my executor to dispose in works of charity for the good of my soul, at his discretion. Witnesses, Richard Wylkynson, William Waller and others.]
[Proved 13 Sep. 1518 by the vicar-general.]
72. [f. 32v.] Sir John Denton. 16 Aug. 1518.
I Sir John Denton, vicar of Stanstede Abbot, bequeith my soll to Allmighty God and to Our Blessyd Lady Sainct Marye and to all the curt of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the chauncery of Stanstede Church Abbot. I bequeith to the high awter 3s. 4d. I will Thomas Mancell, curreer of London, to be my executour and Thomas Wallpoll to be overseer and [he] to have for his labour 3s. 4d. I will that Thomas Mancell shalhave the hows called Chandelers with all my goodes moveable and unmoveable, with 2 acres of land and the close longyng to Chandelers holdyn be copy of my Lord Abbot of Waltham (fn. 46) curt, paying therfor to my lord afforsaid for the cotege, the close that the cotege standes in and 2 acres of lond 2s. be yer. I will that Thomas Mancell for the space of 7 yeris to have dirige and masse. All the residew of my goodes I giff unto Thomas Mancell he for to dispose for the helth of my soll and all Cristyn solles. Witnesse, Thomas Wallpoll, John Chapman, William Hottrigh with other moo.
[Proved 5 Oct. 1518 by the vicar-general.]
73. [f. 32v.] Sir John Lacy. 1518.
I John Lacy, clerk, bequeith my soll to Allmighty God, to Our Lady His Mothyr and to all the cumpany of hevyn, my body to be buried in the churchyerd of Sainct Olavs. I bequeith to the high awter 4d. The residew of all my goodes I will that John Chappell have them and dispose them for the well of my soll and all Cristyn solles which John I make myn executour.
[Proved 6 Oct. 1518 by the vicar-general.]
74. [f. 33] Sir William Gale, chaplain. 24 Nov. 1518.
I Sir William Gale, chapleine of Stanys, (fn. 47) chauntry prist, bequeith my soule to Allmighty Jeshu and to His Mooder Our Lady and to all the hooly company of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the chaple of the Hooly Rode within the church of Stanys. I bequeith to the church of Powlys 3s. 4d., to the Rode Chaple in Powlys 3s. 4d., to Our Lady light in Stanys 4d., to the high hawter of Stanys 3s. 4d. I bequeith to Richard Bokes my bote with all the gynnys belonging therto., to Agnes Notte 6s. 8d., to Margaret Simound 6s. 8d. I will that the residew of my goodys be att the disposicion of myn executours to bring me honestly to the erthe as they think best whome I make Sir Roger Smyth, chapleine, and Sir Robert Harvy, chapleine. Witnesse, Simond Dorsett, Edmond Thornton, Richard Bokes, Thomas Redyth with other.
[Proved 15 Dec. 1518 by the vicar-general.]
75. [f. 33] Sir William Browne. 4 Dec. 1518.
I William Browne, parson of Pytsey, (fn. 48) Essex, giff my soule to Allmyghty God, to Our Lady Sancte Mary and all the sayntes of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of sanct Michaell Archangell of Pittsay. I gif to the reparacion of the sayde church 20s. I bequeith to the moder churche of Powles 3s. 4d. I bequeith to the reparacion of the parisshe churche of Myche Bursted 20s. and if itt may be conveniently spared I will the seid churche shall have 40s. I bequeith to the reparacion of the parisshe church of Downum 6s. 8d., of the parisshe churche of Bowres 6s. 8d. I bequeith to my brother, Thomas Browne, 20s. I gif to my brother, John Browne, all such dettes as the seid John dothe ow to me att the tyme off the writing of this my last will. I bequeith to my sister, Margaret, 6s. 8d., to my sister, Johane, 6s. 8d., to my sister, Elsabeth, my best bedde with all maner of thyng therto belonging, that is to say, bowlster, coverled, blankettes and shetes. I bequeith 13s. 4d. to have a trentall of masses said att Scala Celi in London, for the helth of my soule, my frendes soules and all Cristen sowlis shortly after my departing. I bequeith to the Freares of Chemsforth to say a trentall of masses for my soule 10s. I bequeith iche of my godchildren 8d. I bequeith to the amending of the hyeway betwyn the parsonage of Pitsey and James Bretons howse 6s. 8d., if the parissh will make a brige ther, if nott they shall have but 3s. 4d. therto. I bequeith to John Scouse, my godson, 6s. 8d., to iche of my brotheris and sisteris children 3s. 4d. I will that my executores shall dispende the day of my beriall 26s. 8d. I geve all my londes and tenementes to my brother, Thomas Browne, except my tenement with the appurtenaunces callid Grymsbeys lieng in the parisshe of Newyndon, whiche tenement I have gevyn toward the fynding of a prest to syng in the parisshe of Layndon as more playnly apperith in the will of londes of Maister James Breton and me, etc. (fn. 49) The residew of all goodes not bequest I give to Sir Robert Hudson, the parsone of Litill Thurroke, and to William Iyone of Belerica (fn. 50) whome I make my executours to dispose for the helth of my soule, my frendes soules and all Cristen sowlis as they shall thynke most meritory; and to the said Sir Robert I bequeith for his labour 13s. 4d., and to William Iyone I bequeith for his labour my bay horse. Witness, Sir Thomas Crake of Layndon and James Breton of Pitsey with other.
[Sewn to the margin is a piece of paper with a notary's mark, the signature, T. Gotson, and the note:
|'Item I will and bequeith to Thomas Browne, my broder||6s. 8d.|
|Item to John Browne, my broder,||6s. 8d.|
|Item to my 2 sustres, Margarete and Johan, betwix them||6s. 8d.|
|Item to Scause wyf||10s.|
|Item to my suster Elisabeth||4 markes'|
[Proved 9 Dec. 1518 by the vicar-general and administration granted to Robert Hudson and William Iyone. Note that the bequests in the additional schedule added to the testament were approved on the oath of William Yon, 18 Jan. 'Sic est T. Gotson'.]
76. [f. 34] Sir Laurence Waren. 9 Nov. 1518.
I Sir Laurence Waren, prest, being febill of body, biqueth my soule unto Allemyghty God my Creatour and Saviour, to His most glorious Moder Our Blissed Lady Saynt Mary the Virgyn and to all the holy companye of hevyn, and my body to be buried in the parisshe chirche of Saint Mary Wolnoth in Lombard Strete of London bifore the ymage of Saint John Evangelist, next the tombe of Sir John Percivall knyght. (fn. 51) I bequeth unto the high altar of the same parissh churche for my oblacions necligently forgotyn 20d. I bequeith unto the felishipp of Merchaunt Taillours of London my grete knyves wherof the sheth is hernessid and garnysshed with silver. The residewe of all my goodes, catalles and dettis I gif unto Maister Richard Rawlyns, doctour of holy divinyte, parsone of the churche of Saint Mary Wolnoth, (fn. 52) Richard Barton and Thomas Neleson, wardeins or kepers of the goodes, workes, rentis and ornamentes of the same, to be expent in thuse of the same churche. And of this my present testament and last will I make Nicholas Warley and Gerard Hughs, citizeins and goldesmythes of London of the same parisshe, my executours, and I biqueth to either of them for his labour 20s., and overseer of the same I ordeyne Maister Doctour Rawlyns and I biqueth unto hyme for his labour 10s. I will that I have a monethes mynde and yeris mynde in the same churche by note after the maner accustumed with placebo, dirige and masse of requiem by note. Thes being present Maister John Pyne and Sir William Hilton, chauntry prestes of the same churche, and John Devereux, notary.
[Proved 16 Dec. 1518 by the vicar-general.]
77. [f. 34] Sir John Barnaby. 16 Dec. 1517.
I John Barnabye, (fn. 53) clerke, sike in body, bequest my soule to Allmyghty God, Our Lady Sanct Mary with all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be buried in the chauncell of Sancte Mathews in London afor the high altar in the myddis of the quer, as nygh the high altar as may be conveniently. Allso to be disposed att the day of my buriall to poore folkis 20s. I bequest to bye 2 coopes to the sewte of the best cope of cloth of gold 26 li. 13s. 4d., for an able chaplen to pray for my soule the space of 3 yeris in the seid churche 20 li., binding hyme to all the service within the forseid churche and ons a weke to say dirige and masse of requiem for my soule. I will for keping of my dirige yerly by the space of 20 yeris every yer 6s. 8d., to be orderid after the maner of Robert Vicary dirige kepte in the same churche to the som of 6 li. 13s. 4d. I bequest to William Milis and to the good wif Collman and to Moder Frende and John Taylour to eche of them 20s. I bequest for a trigintall to be kepte in the same churche by the space of a moneth, with placebo and dirige be noitt to every prest of the seid churche being present 10s., to the clerke 10s., to the sexten 5s., to 2 children singing of the versacles 5s. I bequest to the Maister of the Universitie Colege in Oxinford 20 li., that they make suche provision as shalbe advised by myne executours and their councels for a dirige, and masse of requyem in the day folowing, with dekyn and subdekyn, and the maister being present to have for his labour 2s., and every felowe being present 12d., the bibill clerke 4d., the spenced 2d., the cooke 2d. Att the day of the annyversary I wold shulde be kepte within the octavus of Trinite Sonday and they to have that day to their pittance 2s. And if itt fortewne the master and the felowes be nott contentid to perfourme this my last will that then myne executours shall offer itt to Lincoln Colege, and [if] they refewse itt to Baily Colege, and for the defaught of these to be att libertie of myne executours to eny colege in Oxinford so thatt it be done within the universite of Oxinford. I bequest to the parisshe church of Sheryrborn in Elmett 20 li., so that the vicar and churchewardens then being and their successours stablisse an annyversary for evermor to be kepid yerely in the seid churche with placebo and dirige and masse be noytt, disposing to 80 poore men and women of the seid parisshe a peny a pece to the some of 6s. 8d., for the charge of the quer to the vicary 8d., and to every preste of the parisshe being present 4d., the clerke 8d., and to 4 children to syng versacles 4d., to the churche wardens for the tyme being for their labours 6d. a pece, to be spent in brede and ale at the dirige 3s. 4d. and the rest of this charge of 20s. yerly to go to the commyng box of the churche, And if thei refewse this same itt shalbe att liberties of myne executours to dispose in eny parissh churche nye unto Sherborn. I bequest to an honest preste to pray for my fathers sowle, Thomas and Alice and my soule and for to say ons in a weke, dirige and masse of requiem and he to have for his stipent 6 li. 13s. 4d. I will that all the billis that bene betwene me and my cosyn Alizaunder Barnabye, be cancellid. I bequeith to the Bretherhed of Parisshe Clerkes in London 10s. I bequeith to Richard Barnaby coriar 40s. I bequeith to the cherche of Sherborne a chales parcell gilt weing 12 unces writtyne in the fote 'Jhu have mercy one the soule of John Barnaby,' and a convenient vestiment price 40s., makyng mensione of my name in the bake therof, and these to be usid by the seide priste the space of one yer and then to remayne to the church for evermore. I bequeith to every godson and goddoughter of myne in Sancte Mathewse parisshe 20s. I will that for the space of 3 yeris ther be disposed to 5 scolers studenttes in Oxinford, being borne ny to the towne of Sherborne in Diocese Eboracum, by the space of 3 yeris every one of them 40s. to pray for my soule, so that be prestis or within the holy orders at the lest subdiacon. I will that my bokes be distributed to scolers in Oxford of the seid diocese so that att their departing frome the universite thayme remayne to other scolers of the seid diocese and so frome scoler to scoler and tyme to tyme. I will that the Abbey of Tame (fn. 54) have the 6 li. that is owne me for to pray for my sowle. I will that they have other 6 li. to kepe a soleme dirige for 6 yer, the abbott to have att every dirige for his labour 12d., and every chanon 6d. I will that the prestes of Jeshus Colege in London have to syng a trigintall for my soule 10s. I bequeith to Sir John Cooke a gowne furrid with course bugge, a fetherbed and 6s. 8d., to Moder Frende a tawny gowne, to Petir Comyns 6s. 8d., to Bartilmewe 3s. 4d., to the good wif Pynchard 6s. 8d. I will that myne executours shall kepe sufficient goodes in their handes to the intent to discharge John Donyngton and Alexaunder Plomeley and John Twisilton of a yerly pensione, the whiche they stonde bownde for me to Maister Thomas Bramley, one of the prestis of Petir Colege, to be discharged above all other thynges to be done. I will that if my goodes will nott extende to the full perfourmaunce of my last will then I remitt it to their discrecion to ordre it as they shall thynke best. The residewe of my goodes, I will that my executours, Maister John Surdivall, clerke, and John Twisilton, goldsmyth, dispose for my soule, and iche of them to have for their labour 4 li. a pece. In witnesse I John Barnaby hath scribed this present will settyng to my hand.
[Proved 22 Dec. 1518 (fn. 55) by the vicar-general.]
78. [f. 35v.] Sir Thomas Magges. 18 Mar. 1518.
I Sir Thomas Magges, curate and fermer, of the parissh churche of Myche Stambridge, Essex, bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God, to Our Lady Sancte Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, my body to be buried in the churche yarde of All Halowes of Myche Stambrige one the sowthe side of Our Lady Chapell 7 fote frome the wall. I bequeith to the reparacion of Our Lady Chapell 10s., to the churche of Myche Stambrige 10s., to Asshynden Church 10s., to every preest att my burieng 12d., and att my monthis mynde and buriall penny dole. To every god child that I have 4d., to a preste to syng for my soule and all Cristen sowles for one yer 7 li., to Sir Rauff, my preest, 12 li. and my bedde with all that longith therto and all my rayment, to John Denys my hors. All the residew of my goodes I bequeith to the seid John Denys whome I make my executor to dispose for the helth of my soule, and Sir Rauff to be supervisor of this my last will. Witnesse Sir John Swan and William Broman.
[Proved 17 Jan. 1519 by the vicar-general.]
79. [f. 35v.] Sir Thomas Warde. 7 Mar. 1517. [Latin and English.]
[I Thomas Warde, chaplain, bequeath my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Mary and to all saints and my body to be buried in the cemetery of St. Clementes Church in Estchepe next the tomb of Elene More, my sister, lately deceased. I bequeath to the high altar of the said church 12d., for my oblacions forgotten. The residue of my goods I give to Thomas Browne whom I make my executor and I make William Denys and William Meesse, chaplains, supervisors of my last will to see that my goods are distributed for the health of my soul.] Forthermore I will that [if] after my funerall expensis byn doon and so moch remayne I will that the comyns in Crokyed Lane (fn. 56) have 6s. 8d., to pray for me, also that Jone wyf of Thomas Browne myn executour, have my blewe gowne lyned, also that Thomas Browne have my bed as it stand.
[Proved 6 Apr. 1519 by the vicar-general.]
80. [f. 36] Sir Henry Thorpe. 16 Aug. 1514.
I Sir Henry Thorpe, the parson of Hanworth, (fn. 57) bequeith my soll to Allmighty God my Maker, to His Blessyd Modre Our Lady Sainct Mary and to all the holy cumpany of hevyn, my body to be beried in the chauncell of the parisch church of Sainct George, Hanworth. I bequeith to the reparacion of the same church 6s. 8d., to the moder church of Sainct Paule 20d., to the chyrche of Sainct Leonarde at Stratforth of the Bowe 20d. The residue of all my goodys I gyve to John Thorpe and John Williams whome I make my full executours they to dispose for the helth of my soule. Witnes, Sir Thomas Barwell, William Cowper and John Combe with other moo.
[Proved 11 Jun. 1519 by Master Thomas Hedd, vicar-general.]
81. [f. 36v.] Sir William Mawdesley. 7 Jun. 1519.
I Syr William Mawdesley, parson of Lamborne in Essex, (fn. 58) seke in body, bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God and to Our Lady and all the seinctes in hevyn, and my body to be layed and beried in the chauncell of the cherch aforeseid. I bequeith 4 kyene for an obitt to be kept in the seid cherch for evermore, and every yer 2s. for to see that it be kept, also 10 markes to a prest to syng for my soule by the space of oon yer, and for all my gude fryndes soulys. I bequeith oon cow for to kepe the lampe in the seid cherche. I bequeith to Herry Sellerer of the seid towne 4 calvys to 4 of his children. I bequeith my best gowne to Sir Gilbert Standyssh and to Sir Robert of Theydon Boyce (fn. 59) the next best, to John Hold my violet gowne for his grete besines, to Luke Bernard a gowne, to every one of my god children a lamme, to Elyn, my servaunte a gowne, to Luke Bernard a dowblett, a jakett and a sherte, to Robertes wyff my bedd that I lye apon, to John my servaunt a boloke, to John Seller my mare with the foole, to my cosyn Seth, a bolloke, to Luke wyff 2 sheepe, to every one of Gilbert chylder a shepe, to Sir Gilberd Standysshe a pair of hoosen and 7s. for his labour. I make myn executours Sir Gilbert Standysshe and my neyburghe John Gylberd and Sir Robert of Theydon Boice to be overseer. All the residew of my goodes to remaine to myn executours for to dispose for the helth of my soule.
[Proved 6 Jul. 1519 by Master Thomas Hedd, vicar-general.]
82. [f. 37] Sir William Hemyngton. 20 Jun. 1519.
I Sir William Hemyngton, preest of the parish of Sancte Annes within Aldersgate, bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God, Our Blissid Lady Saint Mary and to all sayntis in hevyn, my body to be berid in the quer in Aldermary Church wher my chauntre shalbe. I bequeth to the high awter 6s. I bequeith to my mother my best gowne and 13s. 4d. I bequeith betwix my brother and their children 13s. 4d. I bequeth to 2 preestes, the clerke and the sexten, for doing of my dirige in the parissh of Sanct Annes 20d., to 20 poore people, widowes and other havyng nede 3s. 4d., to the parish preest of Aldermary and other 4 being in the same church for their dirige 4s., to 4 berers that be preestes 2s., to 5 children for bering of 5 tapers and for the tapers 4s. The residewe of all my goodis I give to Sir Richard Synkynson, John Robertes whome I make my executours and Sir John Reder, the parisshe preest, my supervisour that they may dispose them to the pleasur of God and the helth of my soule and that they se this my last will fulfillid I have setto my seale. Witnesseth Sir John Wortley, parisshe preste of Sanct Anne, Sir Richard Synkynson, Sir John Reder, parissh preste of Aldermary, John Robertes.
[Proved 5 Jul. 1519 by Master Hedde, vicar-general.]
83. [f. 37] Sir Thomas Everade. 23 May 1518.
I Thomas Everad, (fn. 60) clerke, bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God, my Maker and my Redemer, to the Moste Glorius Virgyne His Moder Our Ladye Sancte Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buriede in such place as hit shall please Allmyghty God to ordeyne for me. I bequeith to the Priour and Covent of the Cherterhouse of Shene besidis Richemonde 20s., to Thomas Cartar, citezein and draper of London, 20s., to the Abbes and Covent of Berkyng to thentent that they kepe oone obite solempnely by note in their covent churche for my soule and the soules of all my benefactours and all Cristen soules aftir my deceese 40s. I queith to every of the preestes of the seid abbes and covent being, helpyng singyng and prayng att the seide obite 10d. I bequeith to the vicair of Barkyng (fn. 61) and Maister Origill and Sir John, parisshe preest of Berkyng, being, helping and praynge att the seid obite 8d. I bequeith to the reparacions of the parisshe churche of Yelyng besydes Braynford 10s., for an obite solempnely to be kepte in the same church of Yelyng, that is to say, placebo and dirige by noyte in the evenyng, and masse of requiem by note in the morne folowing for my soule and the soulis aboveseid, and disposed amongist the pore people of the parisshe after the discrecion of the vicar 10s. I bequeith to William Coppynger of London, fishmonger, 6s. 8d. I will that all my londis conteynyng 21 acres and 3 roodes in the towne and fildys of Lyveryngton besides Wossebiche shalbe solde by myne executors or by my feoffes and the money applied by myne executours in paing my legacies and in werkes of mercye and charite, and I will that such persone or persons as be infeoffid in my seid londes shall make a sufficient and lawful estate in fee symple of my same londis to suche persone or persons as shall bye the same, and that Rawff Symondes, nowe one of the shyreffs of London, (fn. 62) citezein and fisshmonger, shall have the preferment of the byeing of the same londis and shall pay as mych money as he of his owne pleasur and conscience will pay and no more. Of the execucion of this my testament and last will I make the seid Rawff Symondes and John Harman, citezein and gurdeler of London, myne executours and I bequeith to either of the same for his labour 3 li. 6s. 8d. And the residewe of all my goodis I will shalbe disposed by myne executours in charitable dedis for the wele of my soule and all Cristen sowles, in witnesse wherof to this my testament I have sett my seale. I bequeith to Maistres Thomesyn, the wif of the seid Maister Rauff, 20s.
[Proved 2 Jul. 1519 (fn. 63) by Master Thomas Hedde, vicar-general.]
84. [f. 38] Sir John Hardyng, rector of Norton. 13 May 1519.
I John Hardyng, parson of Calde Norton, (fn. 64) bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God, to His Blissid Moder Our Lady Sancte Mary and to all the holy sanctes in hevyn, and my body to be burid in the chauncell of Sayncte Stevyn in Cold Norton. I bequeith to the chauncell my secunde surples and my boke callid Sermones Parati, (fn. 65) with an other boke callid Manipulus Curatorum (fn. 66) and 12d. to bye a cheyne to hange them by. I bequeithe to the makyng of a tabernacle for Sancte John of Baptist in the chauncell 40s. to be receivid of Richarde Twytte, the which he owys me. I bequeith to an honest priste to sing for me and my frindes by the space of half a yer in Norton Churche, 3 li. 6s. 8d. I bequeith to Stowe Churche a boke namid Sermones Discipuli and 12d. for a cheyn to hang itt by. I bequeith to Sir William Cokkett 3 pewter platters, 2 pewter disshes and 2 sawcers of pewter, with a salt, a fetherbed and all that belongith therto, a chafer, a braspott, a spytte and a long gowne. I bequeith John Clerke my blewe gowne, a cappe, a hatt, and to his wiff my fetherbed that I lye in with all that belonges therto, my pewter basyn and my newe cheir and my grete chaffir and my grette cawdryne, 3 pewter platters, 2 disshes and 2 sawcers. I bequeith to John Achinson a mattras with all that belonges to itt and my letill ketill, to Halis wiff my litill bras pott, to Cartars wiff a pewter platter and a sawcer. I bequeith to every howseholder in my parisshe a busshell of whete. I bequeith 16s. for a stone to lye on my grave. I bequeith to Thomas Strangman, my godson, 6s. 8d. I bequeith to the mendyng of my chauncell 4s. The residewe of my goodes I will shalbe disposid by Sir William Cokkett, prieste, and Maister John Strangman, jentilman, whome I ordeyn myne executours to dispose to the pleasur of God and for the helth of my soule and all Cristen sowlis. Witnes William Hale, Fraunces Squyer, John Buerley, John Wales, John Clerke, John Achynson with other moo.
[15 Jul. 1519, (fn. 67) both executors refused to act and administration of the testator's goods was granted to them as though he were intestate.]
85. [f. 38v.] John Hudson. 20 Aug. 1513.
I John Hudson, citizen and iermonger of London bequeith my soule unto Allmyghty God, my Creatour and Redemer, and to all the holl company of hevyn, my body to be buried in the parissh churche of Sancte Helyns in London within the chapell of Sancte Kateryne and Sancte Margarete, next to Elisabeth, my wiff, or ellis wher it please Allmyghty God to ordeyn. I give to the high altar of Sancte Alborough 3s. 4d., to every prieste and clerke for dirige and masse having service in the seid church in the tyme of my departing 6d., the parisshe preest 12d., 13 poore folke of the seid parishe 13d., the day of my departing for my soule 5 massis of the 5 woundes in the seid church [no sum stated], to the Freeres of Grenewiche for a trentall 11s., to 4 poor children 4d. a pece for holdyng of 4 tapers of a li. a pece, and no torchis I will have. Item 6s. 8d. to the reparacions of the stepill of Sancte Alborough, 6s. 8d. to the tabernacle of the sayncte that the freers fyndis the light afor in Sancte Alboroughis. To every prest and clerke of Sancte Elynges for dirige and masse 6d. and the parissh preest 8d., the same day 5 massis of the 5 wondes for the soule of Jane Cokyng in the parish church of Sancte Hellynges, 13d. to be gyven to 13 poor folkes in the seid parissh, on the morrow 4 messis to be said at Sanct Hellyns for the soule of John, a mase of the Trinite for the soule of Elsabeth, a masse of Our Lady for the soule of Robert, a masse of Jesu for John soule and all the soulis that he is baunde to pray for, a masse of requiem. In likewies in the church of Sancte Alborough 4 massis for the soule of John, a masse of Jesu for Laurence soule, a masse of Trinite for the soule of Thomas, a masse of Our Lady for John soule and all Cristen soulles, a masse of requiem. Item for my layston 6s. 8d. I bequeith to Elsabeth, my sister, 20s., to Maryon, my sester, 20s., and if one of them dye the other to have her porcion, if they bothe be ded than I will the 40s. be gevyn to the Freers of Grenewich for to pray for my soule and the sowlles I ame most bounde to pray for. I forgive Robert Mannyng all dett and dewties he owis me. I bequeith to the seid Robert Mannyng [blank] I bequeth to Sir John Larke, the parsone of Sancte Alborough, (fn. 68) a fetherbed and a bolster, to Sir Jamys Wall 20s. and a fetherbed with all the pertinences to a bede, to Sir Nicholas Wall 20s. and a fetherbed with all the pertenaunce, to Herry Spencer 3 platters, 3 disshes, 3 sawcers and one silver spone, to Richard Hudson 3 platters, 3 disshes, 3 sawcers, sadler [sic], to John Hudson, servyngman, a platter, a disshe, a sawcer. I bequeith for hankyng of the pascall 10s. in Sanct Alborough Church, to Fader Edon 20d., to Roger Smyth 12d. praying yow to remembir my soule and the soulles and that I am bounde to pray for. I bequeith the residew of all my goodes to the reparacion of the est ende of Our Lady Chapell in the church of Sanct Albourgh. I besech Robert Mannyng to performe this poor will, the wich Robert I make my holl executour, and for his labour 13s. 4d.
[This testament was allowed to be registered on 27 Jul. 1519, (fn. 69) though it was not proved because the executor named in the will refused to act. Administration of the goods of the deceased was granted as if he were intestate. Marginal note: 'collaceonatur'.]
86. [f. 39] Sir John Hudson. (fn. 70) 19 Jun. 1519.
I Syr John Hudson bequeith my soule to Allmighty God, to Our Lady Sanct Mari and to all the holy cumpany of hevyn, and my body to be buried within the west doore of the cloister of Sainct Laurence Powntney or elles wherer it shall please Allmighty God. I bequeith to the high altare of Lincoln 6s. 8d. chargyng myn executours that the dewty of the Brotherhedd of Boston be paid yf the yeris be not royn. I will that myn executours shall fynd an honest prest to syng for me within the parish church of Sainct Helenys at the altar of Sainct Katerine and Sainct Margaret and he to pray for the soulys of Jane, John and John and John and the seid prest to be att all maner of divine service and he to have for his stipend 10 marke. I bequeith to Marion Hudson, my syster, 10 marke, half a garnysh of pewter vessell, a plaine table clothe and a diaper tablecloth, 6 diaper napkyns and 6 plaine, 2 pair of sheetes and 2 silver sponys. I bequeith to every godchild a sylver spone. Item the day of my departyng to have 5 masses of the 5 wondes and so immediatly a trentall of massys; a noble to be distributed the same day to the poor people of the parysshe, to every prest of the college being at masse and dirige 20d., to the Fraternitie of Jesus and Our Lady 12d. I bequeith to my maister of this place a crosse of gold, a litell cofer of sylver and gold to my Lady Molox, a nowch of gold to Sir Gielis, my master chapleine, a howpe of gold with a saffers face to Sir John Larke, a ryng of gold with a rubye to Sir Henry Clerkson, a ring of gold with a saffiewr to Jamys Wilkynson wyff, a hoope of gold to Thomas Parker wyff, a ring of gold with subscription on the inside with a federbedd and bolster to Robert Mannyng wyff, to Henry Spenser 10s., to Hudson wyff of Sainct Alborough parysh a rynge of gold with a rubie, to William Percevall wyff of the Peyhen a ryng of gold with 2 stonys in itt, the ton a rubye and the other an emerodd, to Thomas Parker son standyng maser and all sych thinges as he hasse of myne. I bequeith to the altar of Sainct Laurence Powntney 10s., to Sir John Davy a sylver spone, to Sir Richard Rose a sylver spone. I make Sir Henry Clerkson and Thomas Parker myn executours and Sir William Gyles et Robert Mannyng my supervisours of this my present testament.
[This testament was allowed to be registered, but was not proved, as the executors refused to act, but administration of the goods of the deceased as an intestate was granted to Sir Henry Clarkson, chaplain, and Robert Mannyng on 27 Jul. 1519. (fn. 71) Marginal note: 'collacionatur'.]
87. [f. 39v.] Sir Richard Sewyer. 22 Jul. 1519.
I Sir Richard Sewer, vicar of the parissh churche of Standon (fn. 72) within the countie of Hertforth, bequeith my soule to Almyghty God and to Our Lady Sancte Mary and to all the holy sanctes of hevyn and my body to be buried within the chauncell of the Assumpcion of Our Blissid Ladye. I will that my house be sowld for as moch money as it may. I bequeith to the ledinge of the church of Standon 3 li. 6s. 8d. I bequeith to be done at my burieng 40s., at my month mynde 40s., at my yer day 10s. I bequeith to my brother, Thomas Sever 40s., my fetherbed being at William Philippe [and] my blake cote. I bequeith to my Aunte Skynner 20s., and my blewe gowne. I bequeith to Margery Adam 20s. and my shorte tawny gowne, to Thomas Sadler 12d., to Thomas Adam 10s., to Philipp Adam 10s., to Kateryne Grene, the doughter of William Grene, 6s. 8d. and my lest fetherbedd that lieth in my chamber, to Nicholas Croxston 13s. 4d., to Johane Lathbury of Stondon 40s., and the hanging of my chamber. I ordeyne my executours William Lathbury and William Grene of Standon to bring my body in erthe and to pay my dettes as ferfoth as my goodis will extend. Witnesseth, Sir William Shoter, priste of the Brotherhed of Stondon of Our Ladye and Thomas Seuer of Ware and Thomas Adam of Bouttyngforth with many other moo.
[This testament was not proved, as the executors refused to act, but letters of administration were granted. Marginal note: 'collacionatur'.]
88. [f. 40] Sir Roger Hatclyff. 4 Oct. 1519.
I Sir Roger Hattcliff, prest of the parissh of Saincte Sepulchre withowte Newgate, bequeith my soule unto Allmyghty God, my body to be berid wher it please my brother, Doctor Hatcliff. (fn. 73) Item to the high altar 8d. I will that Margarete Coke have 20s. which I owght hir, a bassyn, a fier shovell, a pair of tonges. I bequeith unto Maistres Barkele a cloth of the passion of Criste. I bequeith unto the Gylde of Corpus Christi of Boston and of Our Lady 6s. 8d., to Maistres Erlegh of Cambrige of debt which I owhte hir 9s. 8d., to Penbroke Hall in Cambrige 20d. I bequeith unto Sir Thomas my dublett of tawny satenn, to Sir Nicholas my lattes of my wyndewe, to Sir Richard Wylkynson halff a portas. (fn. 74) All the residewe of my goodes I bequeith unto Mr. Doctor Hattclyff, he to be my soole executour to dispose my goodes for my soule helth. Witnese, Sir Thomas Benson et aliis.
[Proved by the oath of Master William Hatcliff in the presence of Master Thomas Hedd.]
89. [f. 40] Sir Miles Hodgeson. 13 Aug. 1519.
I Myles Hodehsone, clerke, the vicar of Thaxstede, bequeth my soull to Almyghty God my Maker, to Our Blyssid Lady the Mother of Mercy and Pety and to all seyntes, my body to be buryd in the chawnsell of the parysh church of Thaxsted. I bequeth to the gyltyng of the tabernacle and the ymage of Our Lady at the awter of Seynt Lawrenc 20s. I bequeth to William my servand 6s. 8d., to Jeferay my servaunt 6s. 8d., to Herry my servaunt 6s. 8d., to Agnes 6s. 8d. I bequethe to Sir Richard Wheittes my long gown of blew colour, to Sir Cristofer Johnson my gown lynyd with sarsenet of Sypures. I forgyve to the seide Sir Cristofer the on halff of all dewtes and dettys in the which he is dettor to me. I forgyve to Roberd Warde 20s. I geve to the seide Robert Warde my house in the which he dwellith for the terme of his lyff and after the deth of the seide Robert the seide house with the apperttenenc to remayn to Myles Warde my godessone and his heires for evermore, gyvyng to the lorde dew service and custome. I forgyve to Robert Alman of such dettes as owth to me 3s. 4d. I gyve to Sir John Greyn, knyght, 3 of my best sponys of sylver. I bequeth to my god dowghtter, the dowghtyr of Master Edward Greyne, 3 of my best sylver sponys. The residew of all my goodys I wyll to be at the disposicion off my executours, Sir John Greyn, knight, of Sanforth and Nicholas Gaace and I gyve eyther of them for ther laboores 6s. 8d. Witnese, Sir Richard Wheittes, curat, Cristofer Johnson, chawntre prest, John Aburforth the elder, Robart Warde, with other. Gyven at Thaxstede.
[Proved 19 Oct. 1519 by Master Thomas Hedd.]
90. [f. 40v.] Sir Jamys Taylour. 23 Sep. 1519.
I Sir Jamys Taylour, preeste, bequeith my soule unto Allmyghty Gode my Creatour and Saviour and to Our Blissed Lady Virgyne Saynt Mary His Glorious Mother and to all the holy company of hevyn and my body to be beried within the churchyard of the parissh churche of Sancte Kateryne Cristechurche of London. I bequeith unto the Fraternite of Our Ladye within the seide churche 20d., and unto the Bretherhed of Sancte George 12d. I bequeith unto the woman which is my kepar in my sekenes a fetherbed, 6 paynted clothes, 2 platters, 2 disshes, 4 sawcers, 3 pewter pottes, to witt a quarte, a pynte and a half pynt, a sengyll gowne of tawny late of my weeryng. I bequeth unto the wiff of John Edwyn a goune of myne of tawnye syngill, unto Thomas Gollond, my cosyne, a gowne of blake furrid with blake lambe, unto Sir Edward Jamys, preste, all my bokes and 12d. in moneye to pray for my soule, desiring hyme to take itt in worth for my substance is no bettyr. The resydewe of all mye goodis I give unto my right trusty maister and frende, John Atkynson of London, baker, whome I orden executour, humble desiring hyme that he do ordeyne for my soule a lowe dirige and a masse of requiem becawse I have but smalle goodes. Wytnes Sir James, preste.
[Proved 26 Oct. 1519 (fn. 75) by Master Thomas Hedde.]
91. [f. 41] Sir John Mody. 22 Nov. 1519. [Latin.]
[I Sir John Mody, chantry chaplain of St. Ethelburge the Virgin in the monastery of St. Mary the Virgin of Berkyng, London, commend my soul to Almighty God, to the Blessed Mary His Mother, and my body to be buried in the monastery of Berkyng before the altar of St. Anthony and St. James at the pleasure of the lady abbess. I bequeath to the high altar for the repair of the same 3s. 4d. I bequeath to the lady abbess 10s., to the convent 26s. 8d., to the lady Anne Scrope 6s. 8d., to the lady Thomasine Jenney (fn. 76) 6s. 8d., to the lady Helene Aslake 6s. 8d., to Matilde Wyllyhams, maid of the lady Ann Scrope, 3s. 4d., to Margarete Pygotte, maid of the lady Thomasina Jenney, 3s. 4d., to Margarete Gamon a bed with its fittings and a pair of stockings. I bequeath to the poor 100 ells of linen cloth called canvas. The residue of my goods I bequeath to John Coplande of Berkyng whom I make my sole executor. Witnesses Master John Longe, vicar of Berkyng, Master Thomas Ypwswyche, Sir John Suliarde, Sir Robert Baker and many others.
[Proved 12 Jan. 1520 (fn. 77) by Master Thomas Hedde and administration granted to John Coplande and his proctor, Henry Baker, chaplain.]
92. [f. 41] Sir John Saron. 4 Nov. 1519.
I John Saron, preste and parsone of Saynt Nicholas Oluff in Bredstrete, (fn. 78) London, commende my sowle to Allmyghty God, to His Blissid Moder Sancte Mary, that Holy Virgine, and to all the holy companye of sanctes in hevyn, my body to be buried in my churche aforenamed in the qwer of the left side of Maister Harry Wellows, (fn. 79) sometyme parson of the seide church or before Sancte Nicholas with a litill tombe for the resurreccion of Ester day, or elles wher itt shall Allmyghty God that I shall depart frome this transitory world. I bequeith to my mother chirch of Sancte Paule, in London, towarde the olde werkys in discharging of my conscience 6s. 8d., and to the Fraternyte of 3 Skore Prestes 10s., to the Crossid Freyrs 20s., to parissh chirch of Bloxham wher I was borne 20s., to my brother William Saron 20s., to my brother Richard Saron, 20s., to my sister Alice Hall, 20s., to Rychard Taylour, my cosyn, and to Elisabeth his wiff, my cosyn, 20s., and a fethirbed, a bolster, a pair of blankettes, a pair of shetes, a tabill cloth of dyaper, 5 pewter dysshes, to John Saron, my cosyn 20s., to Thomas Goffytt 6s. 8d., and 1 pair of shetes, to Thomas Galaway and his wiff 20s. I will my executours to have an honest preste to sing and pray for my soule, John, Kateryne, Robert, Robert, Johan, Beatrice, Johan and all that I ame specially to pray for and all Cristen sowlys. And if I departe in London frome this world to have for his stypend 7 li. for an hole yer undir this condicion that he goo onys in the weke one the Frydaye to the Crossid Freers and to say masse ther at Scala Celi, except Fryday fall upon holy day. And if I departe owte of London wher my body is berid to have a preste ther to sing and pray for my soule, the sowlys aforenamyd by the space of an hole yer having for his wages 5 li. 6s. 8d., Item to 12 poor howsholders in my parissh of Sancte Nicholas Oluff 12s. The resydewe of my goodes I gyve to Sancte Nicholas church to be praid for and them that I am bound for in maynteyning of Goddis service. John Cotys, salter, and Thomas Lewen, yremonger, churchwardens, I make myne executours, or their successours wardeyns; and overseers of this my last will and testament I make my lady Elisabeth Johns and Maister Robert Morton, gentilman, and that they with their counsell may be present to every thing. Witness Sir John Strete, (fn. 80) parissh preest of Sancte Austens, with other. To the which 4 parson I geve 40s. that is to say my lady Johns, Master Morton and 2 chirchwardens.
[Proved 30 Jan. 1520 (fn. 81) by Master Thomas Hedde.]
93. [f. 42] Agnes Reede. 24 Jun. 1518.
I Agnes Reede, wydowe of the parych of Sainct Romwalde in Colchester, commend my sowle to Allmighty God my Creator, to Our Blessid Lady Sainct Mary and to all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buried within the chirchyerd of Sainct Romwald. I bequeith to the heye awtyr in restitucion of forgetyn tythys and offerynges and to be prayed for 20d. I bequeith to the olde werkes of Sainct Powles chirch in London 12d. I bequeith to John Reede, my son, all such stoff as ys and belongeth to my schopp as moldes, tolys, metall, with other instrumentes that belongeth to the occupacion on condicion that he shall pay all my husbondes dettes and myn that can be lawfully provid at the tyme of my deth. I bequeith to Agnes Webbe 12d. I will that my tenement next adioynyng to my hedd house that I now dwell in be sold by myne executour to this intent that the money received yt to kiepp an obitt within the parisch church of Sainct Marye of Colchester to the sum of 6s. 8d. by the yer duryng the terme of 20 yere for my fader ys soule and my moderes, for my husbond sowle and for myn and for all Cristen sowlys. I will that myn executor shall sell myn hedd howse that I now dwell in to the most avauntage that he can and the money I will it be indifferently devided among all my chyldren. I will that Jone Rede, my son ys doughter, shalhave hir part therin as won of myn owne children and in all my meveable gooddes likwise. The residew of all my goodes that may be sparyed, my body honestly to be buried, I will that they be indifferently devided bitwyn all my childryn as is before rehersed. I ordein myn executours my welbelovyd son Harry Aldyn and he to have for his labour 10s. I ordeyn to be superviser John Wykes my kynnisman and he to have for his labour 6s. 8d. Wytnesses John Reede, John Gull, Clement Abbott, William Mylborne and other.
[Proved 19 Jul. of the year above written in the presence of the official of the Archdeacon of Colchester. It was exhibited in the consistory and registered.]
94. [f. 42v.] Sir John Fletcher. 23 Jun. 1520.
I Sir John Fletcher, (fn. 82) parson of Lityll Lawer, recommend my soule to Allmighty God, to Our Blessyd Lady Sainct Marie and to all seinctes and my body to be beried in the chancell before the image of Oure Blessyd Ladye of Lityll Lawer. I bequeith to the reparacions of the church of Lityll Lawer 10s., to the old warkes of our modir chirch of Pollys 12d., to the parysch church of Our Lady in Elland in the Diocesse of Yorke 20s. I bequeith to Hery, my brodyr, 13s. 4d., to my suster Alis 13s. 4d., to my suster Elisabeth 13s. 4d., to my suster Margerie 13s. 4d., to my suster Annes 13s. 4d. I bequeith to the hight awter of Fyefeld 20d., to the high awter of High Lawer 20d., to the mendyng of the highwayes in Lityll Lawer at Schypcotbrigg and a sloo att the grene a lityll fro the grete asshe 10s. I bequeith to a onest prest to syng a trentall for my soule and for all my good fryndes and benefactours soulys 10s. I bequeith to the mendyng of the bellys of Fiefeld 3s. 4d. I bequeith to the childern of Robert Prestlay in Yorkeshire 4s. The residue of all my goodes I gyff into the handys of myn executours, Maister Edward Westbye, parson of Fyeffeld, (fn. 83) Sir John Graunger, parson of High Lawer, (fn. 84) Sir John Dayle, parson of Abbeys Rowdyng, (fn. 85) John Gyllys, my cosyn, that they see this my present testament fulfylledd and I gyff to ech 10s. And the residue of all my goodes I giff to John Gyllys, my cosen, that he schall fynde a tapour before the image of Our Lady duryng the terme of his lyff. Wittnesse Richard Yong, Artour Adam, John Newell with other moo.
[Not proved, because the executors refused to act, but administration granted as if the deceased died intestate, except that the administrators undertook to pay debts and legacies so far as the goods of the deceased would permit.]
95. [f. 42v.] Sir Thomas Alen. 24 Apr. 1520.
I Sir Thomas Alen, chauntre preeste of Sancte Dunstane and parson of Gunthorpe in the Diocese of Norffolk, bequeith my soule to Allmyghty God, Our Blissed Ladye and all the holy company of hevyn, and my body to be buryde their itt shall plese myne executours. I bequeith to William Peppys and Johane hys wiff all and synguler my goodes and dettes wheresoever they be founde in mye chamber or other place. I will that all such fruttes as be dewe unto me by constitucion of Norwych be delyvered to the seid William and Johan to thentent that they may bery me and pay my dettis. I bequeith to the chirch of Sancte Dunstane for my pytt their I shall lye if they be so content my best sirplyc to thentent it maye be used by the precher of the worde of God suche tyme as sermond is to be maide in the pulpitt and to be in the kepyng of the chirche wardens. I bequeith to the seyde chirche a blake booke of masses in prikson, also 4 quayres of antyms in prikesonge. The residewe of my goodes I gyve to William Peppys and Johanne his wiff they for to pay my dettes, and dispose for me as they thynke moste pleasur to God and profytt to my soule. Wytnesses, Thomas Palmer, curate, Sir John Pecok, Thomas Lambe and other.
[Proved 15 Nov. 1520 by Master Thomas Hedde and administration granted to William Pepys and to Johanne, his wife, since she wished to undertake it jointly with him.]