The testament of Richard Clerke, late of the city of Lincoln, gentleman.
[Various, f. 75.]
1 July, 1528, 20 Henry viii. In the name of the Father and the
Sonne and the Holy Goste, thre persons and on God: I Richerd
Clerke of the parysh of Washyngburgh in the dioc' and countie of
Lincoln, beyng hole in body and mynde, laude, prayse and thankes
unto allmyghtty God, make, orden and declare thys my testament
and last will in forme foloyng: Fyrst, remembryng the moste perfyt
example of our moste blessyd Savior Crist Jhesu, the wich in the
ende of hys most blessyd and paynfull passion sayd, Pater in manus
tuas commendo spiritum meum, so I, synfull creature, gyffys frely and
thankfully commendes and beqwethys my pore soule unto allmyghtty
God and to our Lady saynt Mary and to all the holy compeny of
heven; and my body to be buryed in the parysh church in the qwere
nere to the place where the sepulchre usyth to stande, yf so conveniently soo may, or ellys where in the qwere, as my executrice or
executers shall provyde, in the parysh church where it shall please
God to call me to hys marcy owt of thys transitory worlde, excepte
I departe at Lundon or in the suburbys of the same; ffor then I
bequeth my body to be buryed at the Savoy aftyr [sic] as shall have
substaunce ther to be buryed; or yff I departe at Lincoln, or with
in too myles of Lincoln, then I will that my body be buryed in saynt
Bennet qwere under the place of the sepulcre even an enste where
my mother lyeth of the other syde of the qwere; and my executors
to pay for my buryall aftyr the costome. Also I bequeth for my
mortuary aftyr the custome. And not that my executors or executrice make no pompouse buryall, but bryng my body to the grounde
honestely with owt any solempe rynyng of all the bellys, savyng on
peale afore dirige and on other peale at messe, and ellys but on bell
be rung continually to I be layd in the grounde in my long bedde.
[folio 75d.] I will that the curat or parson beyng present at my
dirige, and sayng messe, shall have vijd. for hys labor; and every
other prieste that shall syng or say dirige overnight, and messe at
the other day, to have vjd.; and ellys suche as shall come in the
mornyng and do messe shall have but iiijd.; and every clerke in
surples, syngyng in the qwere at messe, to have ijd.; and the parysh
clerke to have more, aftyr the costome. To the hygh alter of the
Mynster of Lincoln xld.; and to our Lady warkes other xld. To
the Frerys Observantes of Newarke, where it please them by the
meanys of good frere Barton to get me a letter of brotherhode for
me and my wyff, to bestowe it as the father ther for the tyme beyng
shall thynke moste convenient, to pray for my soule, xxs. To every
of the iiij orders of frerys of Lincoln vjs. viijd. to pray for my soule.
To the high alter of saynt Bennet in Lincoln for my tithes not fully
satisfyed, yff eny suche be, xiijs. iiijd. I will that ther be sent to the
house of Hounslawe xiijs. iiijd. and on sylver spone. And to the
house of saynt Robert off Knarysburgh on sylver spone and xld. I
wyll that ther shall be no peny dole dolte for me at my buryall, nor
none assemble for that cause, to be had at the churche where I shall
be buryed, of pore folkes; and I will that warnyng shall be gyffyn
theroff. And for that I will that oon hundreth grootes be dolte to on
hundreth persons that be in povertie and age, dwellers in the towne
ther as I shall departe; and ther be not so many therin the towne,
then to sende to the next townes to make up the numbre of fyve
score, so that every person may have on grote. Also I will that at
my buryall and as shortely aftyr as conveniently may that my
executrice or executors [the rest is missing].
[The testament of Robert Colteman of Lincoln, fishmonger].
[L.C.C., 1543–56, f. 69.]
1 July, 1528. I Roberte Colteman, fishmonger, of the citie of
Lincoln, with in the parishe of sainte Benett. [folio 69d.] My
bodie to be buried in the chauncell of sainte Bennett churche; also
for my mortuarie my best indumente, after the custome of the citie.
To Roberte my son, iij silver spones, one paire newe wheeles,
iij boyttes; and William Smyth, marsher, to have xiijs. iiijd., and to
have him and order him as he thinckes best. To Alice my wief, a
red ambrie, [etc.], or the third parte of my goodes when my
witword is fulfilled. To my mother xxs. and Jenett late my wief best
gowne, [etc.]. To oure Ladie warke of Lincoln xijd. To the Clarke
gilde xijd. To oure Ladie gilde of sainte Benettes vjs. viijd. to buy
a banner clothe. To the labores of sainte Katherines xxd. To
Thomas Tebbott my best jackett for his liveraie. To my daughters
their mothers raymente divided amonge theim three to make theim
raymente with. The residue of my goodes not witt, I bequeathe
to Christofer Holtbie and to William Burtonne, whome I make my
exequutors; thei to give to a priest vij markes to singe for me and
for my wief one yere, if it maie be fulfilled; if not, as far [folio 70]
as it will extend, and the residue as thei thincke best; and the said
Christofer Holtbie to give to William Burton vjs. viijd., and he to
have my meyre, and William Smythe, mercer, to be supervisor.
Witnes hereof, Sir Johnne Shakelton; Sir William Ben; William
Smyth; Henrie Horne; with other mo.
[No probate act.]
The testament of John Hiche [of Birstall, co. Leicester].
[Lyle, p. 92].
3 July, 1528. I John Hiche, seke in body. My body to be
buryed wythin the church ȝarde of sanct John Evangelist of the
chapell of Bristall. I bequieth for my mortuary my best good, after
the use and custome of the town. To our lady of Lincoln.
[page 93] To the church of Belgrave. To the chapell of
Thurmastun. To the chapell of Brystall half a quartar maltt to
mak them ale to the behowfe of the chapell; yf they wyll nott,
I will that my sone Richett schall haife the maltt, and gife them as
the markett required. To the same chapell a towell. To my
brother in lawe, John Gudȝere. To Wiliam Hews. To my cosing
Katheren, my syster daghter, a long coffer and a calfe to mak a cow
therof. To my gostly father sir John Helystun iiijd. Residew of my
goodes to my sone Ric' and to John Hoppys [sic], wich I mak my
lefull executors; but I will that the saide John haife no interest of
the goodes [page 94] bott for the profett of my sone Richertt. I will
that the said John Hopkyns haife for his labur iiijd. Witnes hereof,
sir John Helystun, John Heb'son; Wiliam Huys; withe other moo.
[No probate act.]
The testament of Roger Tonnerde [of Kirton
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 122d.]
8 July, 1528. I Roger Tonnerde of Kyrton make my testament, concludyng therwyth my last will. To Alice my wyff my
house with the grounde under it so long as she kepys hyr sole; and
yff she mary, I will she have it xiiij yerys; [remainder] to Humfray
my sone and to hys heyres off hys body; [remainder] to my
doughters equally to be devyded emonges them. To Rose, Agnes,
Maryon and Jenet, my doughters. I will that my cownter in my
house be os harelome. Resydue of my goodes to Alice my wyff and
Humfrey my sone, whome I make my executors. I will that Thomas
Tonnerde be supervisor. Thyes wyttnenssyth, sir John Brewster
of Kyrton; William Tonnerde of the same; with other moy.
Proved before P., at Kyrton in Holand, 29 July, 1528.
Admin. granted to the executors.
The testament of Henry Bushe [of Wainfleet St. Mary].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 125.]
18 July, 1528. I Henry Bushe off the parysh off our Lady in
Waynflet. To Ric', [folio 125d.] Thomas, John and Henry my sones.
To Elizabeth and Agnes my doughters. The resydue off all my
hosselment I will be devydyd betwyx my [said] doughters. Resydue
off goodes I putt them to the discrestion off my executors, whome I
ordeyne Ric' Bushe, my sone, and John Hopkynson.
Thys is the last will off me Henry Bushy. To Ric' my sone the
house that I wone in in the parysh of saynt Mary of Waynflet with all
land pertenyng to the same, and iiij acres callyd Cootlande, and iij
acres and a halffe off tyle lande lying in Leverton felde callyd Bust
lande. I will that Thomas my sone have my capitall messuage lying
in Leuerton, with v acres lying abowt the house, also iij acres in the
sayd felde off Leuerton, callyd Cootlande. To John my sone on
acre and a halffe lying at Pykyll grene end; also iij stonges lying
in the felde of Leuerton, callyd Mattgwyll. To Henry my sone on
acre and a halffe at Brushe in the sayd felde [folio 126] of Leuerton;
also iij roodes off the west syde of the kylnehouse in Leuerton; also
on acre lying att Towne gayt in the felde of Leuerton. To Thomas
my sone iij acres lying in Benyngton felde. To Agnes my doughter
ij acres at Sand gayt in the felde of Leuerton. To Elizabeth my
doughter ij acres lying in the ynges in the sayd felde of Leuerton.
Also I wyll yff Thomas decease with owt heyres of hys body, I wyll
that John have the forsayd house and landes; [remainder in succession] to Henry and Thomas; and yff Thomas, John and Henry dye
with owt heyres of ther bodys, I will that Richerd my sone have all
the landes gyvyn to them. Thyes beyng wyttness', sir Ric' Tyrwhyte, vicar and curate off the same parysh; sir John Gryndhall;
sir William Hagger; Thomas Kyttloke; John Atwere; John
Proved before P., at Waynflete, 30 July, 1528. Admin. granted
to the executors, that is, to Richard Bushye in the person of John
Watkynson, his proctor, and to John Hopkinson.
The testament of William Harcastre of Boston, [mercer].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 179.]
18 July, 1528. I William Hartcastell of Boston, marser. My body
to be buryed wher it shall please God that I shall departe; and my
mortuary aftyr the custome of the churche. To the high alter of
Boston for tithes forgotten xxd. To our Lady of Lincoln xijd. To
the fatherles chyldren att saynt Catheryns with owt Lincoln xxd.
To the churches of Bullyngbroke and Hawneby xxd. [apiece]. To
Elizabeth my wyff the house that I dwell in for terme of lyff with
the stable and the garden. To my wyff, to John my sone cum to
lawfull age, my house that Pawson dwellys in; [then] she shall
delyver it to him; [remainder] to hys brother Thomas Hartcastell
at the same tyme. I will that my wyff have all my plate duryng
hyr lyff; and aftyr her decease to be devydyd betwyxte my ij chyldren; that is to say, a salte with a cover, weyng xj unces, sex sponys,
weyng xij uncis, a Nutte, and a goblytt with owt cover. I will that
so long as my wyff will occupy the occupacion of mercery wythin
the towne of Boston she to have all the necessaryes of my shoppe.
To Thomas my sone xl. at laufull age; and the house that I dwell
in with the stable and the garden lying in Keale lane, aftyr the
decease of hys mother. To John my sone xl. [folio 179d.] when he
shall cum to lawfull age. Yff that other of them departe afore they
cum to laufull age, than I will that the parte of hym so deceasyd
remane to the over lyffer; and yff they bothe dye or that they cum
to lawfull age, then I will bothe the howsys and ther legaces in
money, etc., remane to John Hartcastell, my brother, and hys chylder
for ever; and yff they dye with owt heyres of ther bodyes, I will the
sayd houses be solde be my executors and feoffys and be dysposyd
in warkes of charite as they shall thynk best for well of my soule
and all crysten soulys. I will the house that I bought of the executors of John Leeke be solde be my executors. To John Hartcastell,
my brother, my best gowne, a dooblet off satten and a gyrkyn of
dammaske. To John Percy my gowne ffurryd with ffox. To my
syster Alice Percy xxs., and to every on of her chylder xxd. To John
Bryan of Bullyngbroke xxs. Resydewe of my goodes to be devydyd
betwyxte my chylder by the dyscrestion of John Bryan aforesayd,
John Hartcastell, my brother, and Elizabeth my wyff, whome I
make my executors, with the oversyght off John Browne of Lynne,
my father in law, whome I make supervisor, and I bequeth hym for
hys labor and besynes vjs. viijd. Thes beryng wytnes, John Richmond; Robert Skamond; John Percy; with other moy.
Proved before P., in the cathedral church of Lincoln, 18 August,
1529. Admin. granted to Elizabeth the relict, in the presence of
John Hartcastle, who renounced; reserving power to grant to John
[The testament of Richard Coldok of Earl Shilton, co.
[Lyle, p. 111.]
20 July, 1528. I Richett Coldok of the towne of Schulton, sek
in body. My body to be buryed in the churchyard of sancte [page
112] Peter of Schowlton. My best good to my mortuary, aftur the
custome of the town. To the mother church of Lincoln ijd. To ye
church of Scholton one ȝowe and a lame, ye best that can be schowsyn in ye floke. To Roberte my sonne my hows with the apurtenauns longing therto, aftur ye maner and custom of the town, in
recompensing of certaine money that I owd to hym. To my sonne
Corneles. I bequeth xxd. to hayf massys said for the helth of my
soull, the wich I will be att the dysposing of my gostly father. To
Cesele my wife all the residew or and [sic] dispose as sche thynkes
best; and thes I mak my executors, Ric' Birchelay and Cecessele
my wyfe, to order and dyspose my small substans as they shall
think best to plesure of God and hele of my soull. Thes witnes, sir
Richett Budworth, prest; John Leche; Henry Furfoke (fn. 1) ; John
[No probate act.]
[The testament of Henry Columbell of Blyton].
[Stow, 1530–52, f. 9.]
20 July, 20 Henry VIII, [a.d. 1528]. I Henry Columbell of
Blyton. My body to be buryed in the church of Bliton before saynt
Anne, and I there depart. To Margaret my wiffe my purchesyd
lande in Marschapell for the terme of hyr liffe to brynge up
my childern with; and after her decesse it to be sold, and the
guddes and money that [folio 9d.] shalbe taken therfore to be
devyded emonges my childern; and the most porest of Robert
Knyghtes kyn, wich I bough the said land of, to have xxvjs. viijd.
therof, so that the take it bi the way of charyte, elles not one peny.
To Margaret my wiffe my purchesyd lande in Bliton for xxviij
yeres; and if she departe fro this worlde within the yeres of xxviijth,
after her decesse I will that George Columbell have all the lande,
yeldinge for the same for six yere purchesse; and the money taken
for the same to be devyded emonges my childern. I will that the
proufittes and rentes of the landes be devyded emonge my
said childern unto the somme of money amowntynge to six yeres be
fully paide bi the said George, except and reservyd of the said landes
in Blyton on howse now in the tenure of John Westwod, which I
will the feoffeȝ therin feoffed shall suffer my wiffe for the terme of
her liffe to take the rent theroff to make an anniversarye yerly for me
and my wiffe and ower benefactors duryng hyr liffe, all nedfull reparacions at all tymes deducte; and after her decesse, I will my nevew
George Columbell and his heres for ever to take and receve
the rent therof, to the intent that yerely a dirige and messe of
requiem to be done for me and my said wiffe for ever of parcell of
the rent; and the residew thereoff to be gyffyn to the moste porest
and nedfull in the same parish after there discretions. And if
George and his heres do not bestowe the said rent yerely accordinge
to this my will, then I will my said feoffȝ do enter into the [folio 10]
howse and take the rent theroff, and delyver it to the church masters
to the use abovesaid. Also I will that foure poundes sterlinge, wich
my broder Roger doth owe me for my childes parte of my faders
guddes, that my broder John have xxs. therof, and Henry Columbell,
my nevew, other xxs. and my godson, Henry Nedam, have xs., and
xs. for on trentall to be done at the church of Darley for the soullys
of my fader and of my moder, and xxs. to buy a vestment or a cope
to be delyveryd to the church of Blyton. I will that my doughter
Dorothe have as gud part of my guddys as eny of myne other
doughters, and she have not her feoffment in Clauerynge. To my
cosyn George. To Gunthorp my servant. To George my servant.
To Henry Blande and Henry Rughton, my godchilder. To Wenefride my servant. I will that Henry Columbell, sonne of George
Columbell, have on silver salt with the coverynge to be an herelome
at this howse. To Margaret Columbell, sister to the said Henry.
To Syr George Smarwhytt vjs. viijd. of the xxs. wich I lent hym.
Residew of goods to Margaret my wiffe, whom I make my executrice. Thies beynge wytnesse, George Columbell; and Syr George
Smartwith, parson of Pilham; and other.
[folio 10d.] Proved before L., at Lincoln, 27 October, 1531.
Admin. granted to Margaret the relict in the person of George
Columbell, gentleman, her proctor.
The testament of John Shorys [of Bourne].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 125.]
8 August, 1528. I John Shorys of Burne. To William, John,
Robert and Richard my sonys. To Alice and Elizabeth my doughters. Resydue off my goodes to Johanne my wyff, whome I make
my executrix. Wytnes herof, John Gyrlyng; George Hobson; and
John Wilshyer; with other mooy.
Proved before P., at Burne, 23 September, 1528. Admin.
granted to the executrix.
[The testament of William Lamyng of Hackthorn].
[Stow, 1530–52, f. 229d.]
12 August, 1528. I William Lamyng of Hakethorn. First, I
witte my saule to almighty God to our Lady sainct Mary and to all
the hooly company of heven; and my body to be bureid in the
church yerde of Hakthorn. Also my best for my mortuary. Also
for for getten tithes half quart' barley. Also for the dischargyng of
my conscience anendes the mylne half a quarter of corne. To our
Lady of Lincoln xxd. To sainct Hugh heed iiijd., and to sainct
Revina iiijd. To every howse of the Freres in Lincoln xijd. To the
Mawndy on Shere Thursdaie on quart' of barly. To the fyndyng of
a lampe afore our Lady vjs. viijd. To the church of Hakthorn a
quart' barly. I will that Jenet my wyff have all the goodes that she
brought with her, [etc.]. To my son Robert ij greate oxon, ij
stottes, a kowe, a qwye and a horse. To Laurence, William and
Edmunde my sons. To Jenett, Elizabeth and Agnes my doghters.
To Henry Baxter, Jenett my servant, John Hedon, Jennett Hedon
and every on of my godde childer. I make Robert, Lauryns and
John my sons myn executours, and I will that they occupie my
fermeholde and all that ther to belongith duryng my yeres. The
residue of my goodes I giff unto myn executours and my children.
I make Thomas Kyrman supervisour. Also Thomas Maynman
of Lincoln aughes to me vs.; also Nicholas Williamson of West
Raysyn aughes to me vs., and that I giff the church of West Raysyn, and vjs. viijd. to praye for my fader saule, my moder saule and
my saule with all cristen saules. Wittenes herof, sir John Gybson,
vicar; Thomas Kyrman; John Lammyng; and Thomas Lamyng;
[No probate act.]
The testament of Wiliam Terre of Asforby, [co. Leicester].
[Lyle, p. 107.]
29 August, 1528. I Wiliam Terre of Asforby, sek' in body, mak
this my last testament. My body to be buryed in the church of
Alhallows of Hasfordby. I bequieth ffor my princypall my best
good aftur custome of the town of Asfordeby. To the hee awlter
iiijd. To owr lady of Lincoln iiijd. To Sir Nicholas Chetham xs.
to singe a trentall for my soull. To Sir Gregory Brystall xs. to say
another trentall for me, with other of my freyndys whome I hayf
faryd the bettur, in Hasfordeby [page 108] church. To my doghter
Margere a cotage howse, callyd Pye howse, during hur lyfe; and
aftur to remane to Wiliam Muston, hur sone, and his hayres; yf he
departt withowtt heyres, I will it remane to Wiliam Terre, my
sonne, and to his assyngnars. To the said Margere ij coffers, my
best presse pott, my secund panne, my laytyn basinge, ij candell
stekes and a cow. To Annes Fouller, my doghter, a nawmbre, a
coffer, a presse pott. To Augnes Terre, dowlther to Robert Terre,
a brass pott and panne, and they to be in custody of my executors
till sche be of lawfull age. I will ij oxe ganges of my landes be
lattyn for x ȝere, and the money that comith clere of ytt to hyre a
honest prest a hole yere to singe for me and all my guudes frendes,
and then the said ij hostgons of londe with all the howsis, landes
and rentes that I have in the town and feldes of Hasfordeby and
Grymston to remane to my sonne, Wiliam Terre, and to hys
assingners ffor ewer more, except afore except. The resydew of my
[sic] not bequieth I will be at the disposicion of my sone, Wiliam
Terre, and Ellanor Muston, whome I mak my executors; [page
109] and Wiliam Gregory supervysor. Theis wytnes, Roger Wodus,
prest; Wiliam Gregory; Thomas Bredon; and Thomas Webstar;
[No probate act.]
The testament of T. Palmer [of Great Hale].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 98.]
4 September, 1528. I Thomas Palmer off Grett Hale, makith
my last will. I will that iij acres lande kepe my obbyt, my wyff, my
father, my mother, my granfather, my granmother, as long as the
law will, gyffyng to the vicar vjd. for messe pennys. The resydue
to be disposyd in almys dedes. I wyll that my wyff have the house
that was Wyrlykan as long as she doth kepe her unmaryd; and
aftyr to remane to Robert my sone and my hare. All the
resydue off my goodes I gyff to Robert my sone and hare, whome
I make my executor to dispose as he thynkes best for the profet off
my soule. Wytnes heroff, William Gerge; William Bowthe; John
Bell; with other.
Proved before P., at Swaton, 19 October, 1529. Admin.
granted to the executor.
The testament of W. Koke [of Partney].
[L.C.C., 1520–31, f. 139.]
20 September, 1528. I William Koke of Parteney makes thys
my last testament. To William Kok, Thomas Koke and John Kok,
my sones. To Jenet Koke, Agnes and Alyson Koke, my doughters.
Yff it so fortune that yff anny of thes my chylderen do departe or
they cum to lefull age, [etc.]. The resydue off [folio 139d.] my goodes
not bequest I gyff them to Margaret my wyff, whome I make my
executrix; and John Koke, my sone, to be the supervisor.
Also I William Koke by thys my last will willys and gyffes to
Margaret my wyff her lyff the house that I now wne in, the wich I
bought late off Rawff Grene off Parteney; the wich house standes
at the north ende of Parteney, and buttes off the est off the hyghe
way, and on the west off the landes off Mr Thorpeth, and off the
north off the landes off the lorde Willughby; with on oder house,
wich off late I bought off Ric' Sutton, wich standes at the north ende
of Parteney, and buttes off the est off the lorde Willughby, and off
the south off the lorde of Hagneby, and off the west off the hyghe
way; with on coppy holde takyn off the lorde Willughby off a
certeyn lande callyd Bawdwynwang; [remainder in succession] to
William Koke, Thomas Kok and John Kok, my sones, and the heyres
of their bodies; [remainder] to Jenet Kok, Agnes Kok and Allyson
Kok, my doughters. Thes beryng wittnes, sir William Kolle;
Thomas Grene; William Kempe; with other moy.
Proved at Spillesby, 21 January, 1528. Admin. granted to the