Wills
7 Richard II (1383-4)

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R. R. Sharpe (editor)

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1890

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236-241

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'Wills: 7 Richard II (1383-4)', Calendar of wills proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2: 1358-1688 (1890), pp. 236-241. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66925 Date accessed: 16 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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ANNO 7 RICHARD II.

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

Thame (Nicholas de), butcher.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Nicholas at the Shambles. To William his servant he leaves a basin and ewer of the value of three shillings, and all the knives and cleavers of his shop, except one broad cleaver, which is to be sold and the money devoted to the good of the soul of Hykemanny Kyng. One half of his personal linen and bed linen to go to his wife [not named], and the other half to be devoted to the good of his soul. Tenements in the parish of S. Sepulchre in Holbourne and the parish of S. Giles to be sold for like purpose. Dated 4 October, A.D. 1382.

Roll 112 (1).

Atte Launde (Robert), Knt.—To Cristina his wife all his tenements in the parishes of S. Mary de Stanynglane and S. Michael de Wodestret in Ingenlane and Stanynglane for life; remainder in trust for sale by the rector and certain parishioners of the church of S. Michael aforesaid, with the assistance of the Mayor and Recorder of the City for the time being, and the proceeds to be disposed of by his executors. To the Prior and Convent of Charterhous he leaves the reversion of a shop in Chepe with solars in the parish of S. Vedast. Also to his aforesaid wife his estate in a tenement in Mugwelstrete in the parish of S. Olave de Selverstrete. To the Abbot and Convent of Lesnes in the diocese of Rochester he leaves a tenement in Wodestret in the parish of S. Alphege within Crepulgate in frankalmoign. To Adam his brother ten pounds, and to the Prior and Convent of Charterhous a like sum. To Robert Wateville, goldsmith, a tenement in Aldirgastrete. Dated 1 February, 5 Richard II. [A.D. 1381-2].

Roll 112 (6).

Knyghtcote (William), mercer.—To be buried in the church of S. Laurence in the Jewry. One half of his movable goods and chattels he leaves to his children, reserving the other to himself. Bequests to the said church and ministers therein. Instructions as to his funeral and observance of his month's mind, &c. Bequests also to divers orders of friars in London, to every anchorite in the City and suburbs of London, the old and new work of S. Paul's; also for the maintenance of chantry priests to celebrate in the churches of S. Mildred in Bredestrete and S. Martin Pomers for the good of his soul, the souls of Thomas de Cornerthe and Elena, wife of the same, and others; and of three other priests to celebrate in the churches of S. Laurence and S. Martin aforesaid, and also at Oxford if one of the priests should wish to study there. Numerous bequests to his friends, executors, servants, and others. John Otteley appointed guardian of his children during their minority, he giving surety at the Guildhall for safe-guarding their property. To his son and heir he leaves tenements in Colemanstrete, and a garden and dovecot in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate, in tail; remainder to his other sons in successive tail; remainder to his daughters in similar succession; remainder in trust for sale for the good of his soul. Dated London, 23 August, A.D. 1382. Roll 112 (8).

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

Sporier (Nicholas) de Fletestrete.—Having already made his testament concerning his goods movable and immovable, he proceeds to publish his testament or last will concerning a certain rent of a tenement in Fletestrete, which he leaves for the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Brigid for the souls of Thomas Bryx, Elena, wife of the same, Thomas de Banham, a former husband of the said Elena, and others. Dated at Fletestrete, 20 June, A.D. 1370. Roll 112 (15).

Cogenho (Nicholas de).—To be buried in the conventual church of S. Mary de Suthwerk. To Johanna his wife he leaves a sum of money and divers household chattels, also a certain annual rent of a tenement in Grobbestrete without Crepulgate. Dated London, Monday next before the Feast of S. Barnabas, Apostle [11 June], A.D. 1383. Roll 112 (30).

Stiward (John), girdler.—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Laurence, Jewry. To Friar John de Jude de Houndeslawe forty pence. His tenement in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate to be sold by Cecilia his wife, to whom he leaves the residue of all his goods and chattels, movable and immovable. Dated at Houndeslawe, Sunday, IV. Nones August [10 Aug.], the first moon, A.D. 1383. Roll 112 (31).

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

Sloughtre (Thomas), called "Clench," fishmonger.—To be buried in the church of S. Clement near Estchepe, to which church and ministers thereof he makes bequests. To Cristina his wife and to William his son he leaves all his store, vessels, and utensils appertaining to his household in equal portions, except his silver vessels, mazers, and Nuts. Of the last mentioned he leaves to his wife a flatbiker with covercle, spoons and salts of silver, two Nuts with silver stands and covercles, and three cups of mazer. To his aforesaid son a biker of silver, with covercle and super-covercle, charged with a dolfyn, twelve silver spoons, and his second best mazer. To Katherine his daughter a biker of silver with covercle similar to that left to his son, and six silver spoons with leopards' heads; (fn. 1) and to Walter his brother a piece of silver with covercle and a small mazer. Also to his said son he leaves a tenement in the lane and parish of S. Clement near Estchep, and a shop in Bruggestret in the parish of S. Magnus, in tail; remainder to Katherine his daughter in tail; remainder to the maintenance of a chantry in the church of S. Clement aforesaid and other pious uses for the good of his soul, the souls of Goda and Cristina his wives, and others. Releases Geoffrey Scut and Katherine, wife of the same, the testator's daughter, from the terms of a deed of conveyance upon payment of a certain sum of money. Dated London, 5 October, A.D. 1383. Roll 112 (59).

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

Bartyll (John).—To be buried in the church of S. Nicholas Acon near Lumbardstrete before the rood. To Matilda his wife he leaves all his tenements in the parish of S. Nicholas aforesaid for life, charged with the maintenance of a chantry in the said parish church for the good of his soul, the souls of Alexander Watford and Agnes, wife of the same, Bartholomew Changeour (fn. 2) and Sarah, wife of the same, and others; remainder to the rector of the said church and his successors in trust for similar uses. Dated London, 18 November, A.D. 1383.


Whereupon came Alice Busshe, sister of the testator, and put her claim upon the above testament, saying that her brother was seised only of certain lands and tenements in the aforesaid parish which Richard, son of Thomas le Maderman, had formerly given to Cristina de Canefeld for life, with remainder to Alexander de Watford and Agnes his wife in tail, with further remainder to the right heirs of the aforesaid Cristina, as appears by deed enrolled in the Husting for Common Pleas held on Monday next after the Feast of Purification of B. Mary [2 Feb.], 15 Edward II. [A.D. 1321-2]; (fn. 3) and that another parcel of the same lands and tenements were given to the aforesaid Agnes, as wife of Alexander de Watford, and to the aforesaid Bartholomew Castilloun, by the name of Bartholomew Guid' de Florence, and to Sarah his wife and the heirs of the bodies of the said Bartholomew and Sarah, with remainder to the right heirs of the aforesaid Agnes, as appears by deed enrolled in the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday next after the Feast of All Saints [1 Nov.], 19 Edward II. [A.D. 1325]. (fn. 4) She further said that the above Alexander de Watford and Agnes his wife had issue, viz., Sarah, wife of the aforesaid Bartholomew, and mother of John Bartyll and Alice Busshe. And the said Bartholomew and Sarah had issue, viz., John Bartyll and Alice, as is aforesaid. Accordingly after the decease of Bartholomew and Sarah the said John Bartyll entered upon the lands and tenements so entailed, and was seised of them until he conveyed them to William Estby, "Frensshebakere," and Margery his wife, long before the making of the above testament, against whom the said Alice had brought a writ and had recovered the said lands and tenements, as being the daughter and heiress of Bartholomew and Sarah. She now claimed to set aside the above testament as of no force, &c., and to have her claim entered of record, &c.

Roll 112 (74).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Gregory, Pope [12 March].

Shepeye (Peter) of co. Kent.—Bequests to the ministers of the church of S. Dunstan towards the Tower, the churches of S. Leonard de Estchepe and of Bordon, co. Kent, and ministers of the same. Also for offering an image to the Blessed Mary of Suthwerk near Hampton, and for pilgrimages which he had promised to make thither; for a pilgrim to go on his behalf to S. James (fn. 5) in Galicia, in fulfilment of a vow which he had formerly made; and for celebration of masses within one month after his decease. To Johanna his wife for life all his lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Dunstan and S. Leonard aforesaid; remainder to his heirs male; remainder to Ydonia and Alice his daughters for life; remainder to the use and maintenance of the church of S. Dunstan aforesaid. Dated London, 21 June, A.D. 1380. Roll 112 (92).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Barnabas, Apostle [11 June].

Eyremyn or Ayremyn (Thomas de).—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Brigid. To Isolda his wife all his lands and tenements in Fletestrete in the parish of S. Brigid near Fletebrigge for life; remainder to Sir William de Eyremyn, clerk. Dated London, the Vigil of Pentecost [29 May], A.D. 1384.

Roll 112 (127).

Stokesby (Juliana, relict of William de, late vintner).—To be buried near her aforesaid husband in the church of S. Martin in the Vintry. Bequests to thirty honest chaplains without cures for celebrating a mass in churches named thirty continuous days after her decease, each chaplain receiving for his trental ten shillings; also to the mendicant friars in London, the inmates of various hospitals, the lepers of S. Giles's Hospital without Holbourne, at la loke, and near Hakeneye, the old and new work of S. Paul's Church, the repair of roads around London and in co. Essex, &c. To Richard Jolyf and Johanna his sister, her kinsfolk, William Cornhull, William Broun de Loughton, and many others, she leaves sums of money and household goods, comprising beds, sheets, blankets, a gown furred with Gris, (fn. 6) two hoods, one of silk and the other of paristhred, (fn. 7) silver spoons, &c. Lapsed legacies are to fall into the residue. Provision made for torches and tapers, but other expenses relative to her funeral are not to exceed sixty shillings. The sum of two hundred pounds sterling to be laid out in the purchase of lands, tenements, and rents in the City of London for founding a chantry in the church of S. Martin aforesaid; and a tenement in Bowelane in the parish of S. Michael de Paternosterchirche in the Ryole to be sold in aid of the said chantry and for keeping her obit, &c. Dated London, Saturday next after the Feast of S. Mathias, Apostle [24 Feb.], A.D. 1383.—By codicil attached she notifies the fact that Thomas Cornwaleys has two hundred pounds of her money kept in a strong box under her seal, and John Edrop the sum of two hundred pounds and one hundred marks. She also bequeaths casks of wine lying in her cellar, some of which she bought of Sir Nicholas Brembre, to Roger atte Horn and others; and sums of money to the houses of Berkyng, Haliwell, and Clerkenwell, to the poor sisters in the Hospital of S. Katherine near the Tower, to the work of the church of Southmynstre, (fn. 8) the house of S. Thomas de Acon, &c. Roll 112 (131).

Footnotes

1 1 Cum capitis leopardis (sic).
2 1 His name appears as Bartholomew Guidonis de Castillon and also as Bartholomew Guidonis de Florence; a wellknown money-changer and merchant of London. It also occurs in a letter from the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of London to the governor, bailiffs, and other officers of Count Hainault, respecting an attempt at extortion practised upon the Count de la Marche and Ponthieu by City tradesmen ('Calendar of Letters from the Mayor, &c., A.D. 1350-1370,' privately printed, p. 92). See note supra, p. 23.
3 2 Roll 50 (86).
4 3 Does not appear to be enrolled.
5 1 Santiago of Compostella, Spain.
6 1 See note supra, p. 215.
7 2 This article of haberdashery is mentioned by Lydgate as offered for sale, among others, to the penniless citizen as he wanders through the City:—
Then into Chepe I gan me drawne,
Where I sawe stond moche people;
One bad me come nere and by fine cloth of lawne,
Paris thred, coton, and umple.
Lydgate's 'London Lickpenny.'
8 3 Southminster, co. Essex.