87. THE HOSPITAL OF BOOTHBY PAGNELL
The hospital of St. John Baptist, Boothby
Pagnell, was founded towards the end of the
twelfth century, either by John Paynell (fn. 1) or by
Hugh of Boothby. (fn. 2) The latter, if he was not
the founder, was a considerable benefactor of
the house, which was intended for poor leprous
women. He gave to it 4½ bovates of land in
Morton, which Baldwin Wake had given to his
brothers. Osbert of Boothby and Hugh his
son added lands in Boothby. (fn. 3)
In the chantry certificate it is stated that the
house had had no incumbent for two years;
and it seems at that time to have been used for
some time only as a parochial chapel for the hamlet. Its revenues amounted only to £3 19s. 4d. (fn. 4)
Chaplains of Boothby Pagnell
Giles (fn. 5)
William, (fn. 6) occurs 1309
||Chant. Cert. 33, No. 104.
||The charters given in Lansd. MS. 207 A, fol.
149d.-162, are all granted by Hugh and Osbert of
Boothby. Hugh the son of Osbert was a minor in 1230;
he says the hospital was founded by his ancestors.
||Lansd. MS. 207 A, fol. 149d.-162.
||Ibid. fol. 163 d. The Chant. Cert. 33, No.
104, says: 'The said chantry was builded for a
Spitall house, as doth appear by divers old writings';
showing that it had not been so used within the
memory of any then living.
||Giles belongs to the thirteenth century, being
contemporary with Osbert, son of Hugh de Boothby II.
Lansd. MS. 207 A, 163.
||Ibid. 151. He is only called chaplain of the
chapel; so that perhaps it had already ceased to be a