Wills
9 Richard II (1385-6)

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R. R. Sharpe (editor)

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1890

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248-259

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'Wills: 9 Richard II (1385-6)', Calendar of wills proved and enrolled in the Court of Husting, London: Part 2: 1358-1688 (1890), pp. 248-259. URL: http://british-history.ac.uk/report.aspx?compid=66927 Date accessed: 17 April 2014. Add to my bookshelf


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ANNO 9 RICHARD II.

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

Gille (Robert), draper.—To be buried in the church of S. Christopher de Bradestret. Bequests to the said church and its ministers. His tenements in the parish of S. Andrew upon Cornhull, and his leaseholds in the parish of S. Botolph without Algate held under the Prior and Convent of Crichirche, London, to be sold, and two thirds of the proceeds to go to Auncelina his wife, and the remainder to Isabella his daughter. The residue of his goods and chattels, after payment of debts and funeral expenses, to be divided between his said wife and daughter in similar proportion. Dated London, 6 September, A.D. 1385.

Roll 114 (21).

Glemesford (Richard), "felmongere."—To be buried in the church of S. Stephen de Colmanstret. Bequests to the said church, including a book called "Antiphon," (fn. 1) to ministers thereof, and the Fraternity of S. Stephen therein; also to the Fraternity of the Skinners of London, the old work of S. Paul's, divers orders of friars in London, &c. Provision made for tapers at funeral, and for chantries in the aforesaid church for the good of his soul, the souls of Juliana his wife and others. Bequests also to Alice his mother, John, Thomas, and Robert his brothers, Isabella his sister, and others. Certain tenements in the parish of S. Stephen de Colmanstret to be sold immediately after the decease of Juliana his wife, and a portion of the proceeds to be expended in the purchase of two cantelcopes, (fn. 2) a Legend, (fn. 3) and a chalice for the church of S. Stephen aforesaid, a missal for the use of the church of Glemesford, (fn. 4) where his father lies buried, and a chalice for the church of S. Thomas de Acon, the residue of the proceeds being devoted to other pious and charitable uses for the good of his soul in the church of S. Stephen aforesaid. Dated London, 16 January, A.D. 1384. Roll 114 (22).

Monday the Feast of S. Leonard, Abbot [6 Nov.].

Coggeshale (John de), corder, of the parish of S. Margaret de Briggestret.—To be buried before the altar of S. Peter in the said parish church in the tomb which he had caused to be made there. Bequests to the said church, to every anchorite in the City, to every lazar house within two miles of the City, prisoners of Neugate, &c. Provision made for torches and tapers at his funeral, and subsequent disposal of the same. To Juliana his wife he leaves all his lands and tenements in the parishes of S. Margaret de Briggestret, S. Botolph near Billyngesgate, and S. Andrew Huberd near Estchep for life, so that his said wife maintain a chantry in the church of S. Margaret aforesaid for the good of his soul, the souls of Thomas his father, Amicia his mother, Juliana his late wife, and others, and provide two tapers to hang in basins (in duabus pelvis) before the altars of S. Mary and S. Margaret in the same church; remainder to the rector and parishioners of the same and their successors in trust for similar uses; and in default the same lands and tenements are to go to the Mayor and Commonalty of London and the Wardens of London Bridge and their successors for the maintenance of the said bridge and of two chantry priests in the chapel of S. Thomas thereon, and subject also to certain payments to the Prior and Convent of the Charter House, and pittancers (pitanciariis) of London. Dated London, Thursday the Feast of Nativity of V. Mary [8 Sept.], A.D. 1384.—Also to the respective abbeys of Westminster, S. Alban, Stratford, Coggeshale, and Malverne he leaves divers chattels, comprising dorsers, costers, and quysshyns, with figures of peacocks and other animals worked in tapestry thereon, a pair of Trussyng-kofrers, (fn. 5) a halling of Worstede stained with divers beasts, dorsers and bankers ornamented with angels and knights, quysshyns marked with his sign (signo meo), a great chest of Gascony formerly belonging to his father, &c. Roll 114 (39).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Katherine, Virgin [25 Nov.].

Crede (Roger), draper.—To be buried in the church of S. Katherine within the churchyard of the Priory of Christchurch, London, so that his body lie before the altar of S. Michael there to be erected. Bequest to each convent of the four orders of mendicant friars in London; to the hospitals of Hakeneye, S. Giles, and le loke; to the work of S. Michael's Chapel about to be erected near the church of S. Katherine aforesaid, &c. Also if he happen not to go to Rome before he dies he leaves ten marks for some honest man to go there on his behalf and there remain, visiting the stations (staciones ituro) and praying for his soul, throughout Lent (per totam quadragesimam). To Agnes his sister and to her husband he leaves money and clothes. To Katherine his wife all his lands and tenements at the corner of Belyetereslane (fn. 6) in the parish of S. Katherine aforesaid for life; remainder in trust for sale, and the proceeds devoted to the poor in the hospitals and streets, and to the maintenance of chantries. Dated London, 12 January, A.D. 1383. Roll 114 (56).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Hilary [13 Jan.].

Walleworth (fn. 7) (William de), Knt.—To Margaret his wife all his lands, tenements, &c., in the City of London for life, for the maintenance of chantries in the church of S. Michael in le Crokedlane for the good of his soul, the souls of John Lovekyn, late his master, and for the good estate of the said Margaret during lifetime. After her decease certain tenements opposite le ledenhall in the parish of S. Peter de Cornehull and elsewhere, and rents in the parish of S. Andrew in the Ward of Baynardescastel, are to remain to the rector and churchwardens of the church of S. Michael aforesaid for the maintenance of chantries; remainder in case of default to the Prior and Convent of the Carthusian House of the Salutation of the B.V. Mary near London for similar uses, with power to his right heirs to enter in case of default. Also to the said prior and convent he leaves the reversion of tenements in the parish of S. Christopher in Bradestrete, in return for their prayers. Dated 20 December, 9 Richard II. [A.D. 1385].

Roll 114 (70).


Note.—The above will was produced in Chancery on behalf of the defendant in Attorney-General v. Fishmongers' Company.

Monday next before the Feast of Conversion of S. Paul [25 Jan.].

Harengeye (Edmund), leather merchant of the parish of S. Alphege within Crepulgate.—To be buried in the said parish church. Bequests to the said church, its ministers, the rood light upon the beam, and the light of S. Katherine therein; to the five orders of friars in London, and the three houses for lepers near London; to the fabric of the church of Stoknewenton, the Prior and Canons of Elsyngspitel, &c. His tenement in the parish of S. Botolph without Aldrichesgate, situate in the street called "Barbican," and another tenement called "le Pye on the hop," situate also in Barbican in the parish of S. Giles without Crepulgate, and other tenements, together with the great gate (cum magno portu) called "le Brodegate" in the same street and parish, he devises to be sold for payment of debts and legacies. To Isabella his wife he leaves a certain tenement in the parish of S. Alphege aforesaid absolutely, and another tenement in the street called "Babeloyne" beyond the City wall (per murum civitatis London) for life; remainder in trust for sale for the maintenance of chantries in the said church of S. Alphege for the good of his soul, the souls of Agnes, Alice, and Isabella his wives, and others. Bequests also to Agnes his kinswoman, wife of Geoffrey Grigge, Robert atte Grove, Alice Callestere, wife of William atte Broom, his servants, and others, comprising various sums of money, his best slop (fn. 8) (sloppam) with hood, and his cloak (colobium (fn. 9) ) of Faldyng. (fn. 10) Dated London, 26 September, A.D. 1385.—Also to the old work of S. Paul's and the Fraternity of S. Mary le Bow he leaves six shillings and eightpence respectively.

Roll 114 (76).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Valentine, Martyr [14 Feb.].

Godefrey (Thomas), called "Cartere," "whittawyere."—To be buried before the entrance of the church of All Hallows, London Wall. Bequests to the said church, the church of S. Stephen in Colmanstrete, and to each order of friars in London for two trentals of masses for the good of his soul and the souls of others. Provision also made for a chantry in the church of All Hallows aforesaid. To Juliana his wife, Simon his wife's son, Walter his wife's brother, his two sisters [not named], and others, he leaves sums of money and chattels. Also to his said wife his dwellinghouse for life; remainder to his infant en ventre sa mère in tail; remainder in trust for sale for the maintenance of chantries in the church of S. Stephen de Colmanstrete. Dated London, Monday next before the Feast of S. Laurence, Martyr [10 Aug.], A.D. 1358. Roll 114 (96).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Peter in Cathedrâ [22 Feb.].

Frowyk (Henry), of co. Middlesex.—To be buried in the churchyard of Southmymes near his father. His goods and chattels, after payment of debts, to be divided into two parts, one part to go to his executors for the good of his soul and the souls of Henry Frowyk his grandfather and others, and the other part to Alice (fn. 11) his wife for the maintenance of herself and children. Out of his own share (de parte mea) he leaves sums of money to the Vicar of Mymmes, the work of Munkeschurche, (fn. 12) Sir John the priest of Haddeley, and others. Also to his said wife he leaves all his rents in the parishes of Mylkestrete and Honylane for life, for the maintenance of a priest for ten years next after his decease to pray for him and others; after her decease the same to remain to Henry and Robert his sons in successive tail. Also to the said Henry he leaves his rents in the parish of "Seynt Gilys" called "le Barbican," and others at the corner of Goderlane, in tail; remainder to the aforesaid Robert. Also to the said Henry a rent issuing from a tenement called "le Chage" in the parish of Bassigeshawe. To John Lax, John Muscham, and others, various sums of money. Dated at Southmymes, Tuesday next after the Feast of S. Michael [29 Sept.], 8 Richard II. [A.D. 1384].

Roll 114 (102).

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

Merk (John), blader.—To be buried in the church of S. Giles without Crepulgate. To the new fabric on the south side of the said church he leaves a fother of lead. Margaret his wife to maintain a chantry in the said church for life. To his said wife he leaves all his lands and tenements in the City of London and suburbs for life, except a garden in Goldynglane in the parish of S. Giles aforesaid, which he leaves to Alice his daughter; remainder in trust for sale for pious uses. Dated London, in the parish aforesaid, 5 March, A.D. 1383. Roll 114 (105).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Benedict, Abbot [21 March].

Bury (Adam de), formerly Mayor of the City of London. (fn. 13) —To be buried in a chapel lately erected near the north door of S. Paul's, behind the cross before the altar of the Blessed Mary Magdalen about to be erected there. Chantries to be provided in the said chapel. If the Dean and Chapter of the Church of London (sic) will undertake to provide three chaplains for the purpose, he leaves to them all his lands, tenements, and certain rents in the parishes of S. Stephen upon Walbrok and S. Mary de Wolchirchehawe, and in case of their refusal the same are to go to his executors for the like purpose. The sum of one hundred pounds sterling left for funeral expenses. Bequests to each of the four orders of mendicant friars in the City and to each hospital for lepers. Dated at Combe in the diocese of Rochester, 5 November, A.D. 1385.—Also to Sir Roger Holm, (fn. 14) Canon of S. Paul's, he leaves all his lands, tenements, &c., in the vill of Calais.


Whereupon came Andrew Cavendyssh, Knt., and Roesia, wife of the same, daughter of the testator, and put their claim upon certain rents, as appears at the Husting for Pleas of Land held on Monday next before the Feast of S. Edmund the King [20 Nov.], 10 Richard II. [1386], where the said claim is entered. (fn. 15)

Roll 114 (114).

Monday next after F. of Annunciation of V. Mary [25 March].

Atte Naps (Thomas), "frutour."—To be buried in the churchyard of S. Katherine Colman in Fanchirchestrete, near the tomb of Johanna his late wife. Bequests to the said church, to the Order of Friars Preachers for chanting a trental of masses called "S. Gregory's trental," and other orders of friars in London. His lands, tenements, and rents in the parish of S. Katherine aforesaid to be sold immediately after his decease for pious uses. To Alice his wife, Simon White, "frutour," William atte Naps his brother, Walter Skynner, Alice his daughter, and others, he leaves sums of money and chattels, including silver plate, mazer cups, scales, paniers, &c. Also to Alice his wife and to Thomas Hamond his kinsman he leaves tenements in "Cyvyndonelane" (fn. 16) in the parish of All Hallows de Berkyngchirche, to hold absolutely. Dated London, 12 September, A.D. 1385. Roll 114 (120).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Ambrose [4 April].

Pecche (John).—To be buried in the parish church of Lullynggustone. (fn. 17) To Sir William, his son and heir, Knt., he leaves all his lands, tenements, &c., within the City of London and without, to hold in tail; remainder in trust for sale for the good of his soul. To Mary his wife all her apparel appertaining to her chamber. Dated London, Sunday next after the Feast of H. Trinity [20 May], 3 Richard II. [A.D. 1380]. Roll 114 (121).

Harengeye (Isabella, relict of Edmund).—To be buried in the church of S. Alphege within Crepulgate. Bequests to the said church, its ministers, rood light, and light of S. Katherine therein; to the old work of S. Paul's, to each of the five orders of mendicant friars in London, to Elsyngspitel and other hospitals and lazar-houses around London, &c. A certain tenement situate in Babeloyne in the parish of S. Alphege to be sold, and the proceeds devoted to the maintenance of a chantry priest in the said parish church for the good of her soul, the souls of her husband, John her father, and others. To William Ockle her kinsman, Alice Callesterre, Isabella, daughter of William Profot, her goddaughter, Isabella, daughter of William Placydacy, Johanna Pouleshunte, and others, she leaves sums of money, silver plate, and clothes, comprising a gown of blue with black fur, and a tunic with fur and hood. Dated London, 18 January, A.D. 1385.—Also she wills that she have two wax tapers, one at her head, the other at her feet, and that her corpse or coffin lie above ground. To her mother she leaves three pairs of sheets; and to Margery, daughter of Richard Harengeye, a sum of money and a tunic of russet, &c. Roll 114 (125).

Monday next before the Feast of S. Dunstan, Bishop [19 May].

Phippe (John), "curreour."—To be buried in the church of S. Giles without Crepulgate. Bequests to the said church, ministers, lights, &c., thereof; also to Friar William his son, of the Order of Friars Minors, Margery atte Stone, Leticia Fysshe, and others. To Beatrix his wife he leaves a certain tenement in le Morestrete in the parish of S. Giles aforesaid for life; remainder to Thomas and Stephen his sons. Also to his aforesaid wife he leaves a certain other tenement in the same street for life, the same to be sold after her decease and a portion of the proceeds delivered to Thomas, Stephen, and John his sons, and the residue given to the poor. A tenement called "le horn on the hope" in Fletestrete, parish of S. Dunstan, to be sold after his decease, and certain sums out of the proceeds to go to his aforesaid wife, Elizabeth his daughter, Agnes Clay de Enefeld, and others. Directions as to tapers to burn on the day of his funeral and his month's mind. Bequests to the five orders of friars in London, to Stephen Mody, Robert de Huntyngton, scrivener, and others. Dated London, 16 January, A.D. 1385. Roll 114 (126).

Lemman (Nicholaa, relict of John, late butcher).—To be buried in the church of S. Leonard de Estchepe. Bequests to ministers of the said church and others, to divers orders of friars, to the house of S. Mary de Bedlem without Bisshopesgate, and to the Prior and Convent of the Hospital of S. Mary without Bisshopesgate, for pious uses for the good of her soul, the souls of John her father, Alice her mother, John her husband, Richard and Cecilia his father and mother, and others. A tenement in the parish of S. Andrew Huberd to be sold; a portion of the proceeds to be disposed of as directed, the residue going to the Fraternity of the Blessed Mary in the church of S. Leonard aforesaid. To Coletta, daughter of Thomas Ricard and of Alice his wife, she leaves a certain shop in the parish of S. Leonard; and to Alice, daughter of William Maldon, a shop adjoining "le Cok on the hop" in Estchep in the same parish. Also to Thomas Ricard, John Wodelee, William Benhale, and others, she leaves sums of money and household goods. Dated London, 10 February, A.D. 1383.—Also to the rood light in the church of S. Leonard she leaves ten shillings, and to the light of S. Katherine and S. Nicholas therein five shillings. Roll 114 (127).

Bury (Blase de), skinner.—To be buried in the church of S. Stephen in Walbrok near his father. Bequests to the said church and ministers therein. To John Berkyng, skinner, he leaves John Musshebroun his apprentice, to bring up in the skinners' craft. To Friar Thomas his brother one hundred shillings. To Robert Broun a tunic and hood, party black cloth and murre, (fn. 18) and his best cloak (collobium). To the aforesaid John Musshebroun a tunic and hood, party russet cloth and Raye, (fn. 19) and a cloak of broun murre and Redmelle. (fn. 20) To William Musshebroun a tunic and hood of la liveree of Walbrok. To Amicia his wife a tenement for life. To Matilda Penne de Wodestrete he leaves Robert Broun his apprentice, she to teach the said Robert her craft. Dated London, 5 May, A.D. 1386.

Roll 114 (134).

Monday next after the Feast of S. Petronilla, Virgin [31 May].

Mordon (Thomas), "chaundeler."—To be buried in the Monastery of S. Saviour of Faversham. To the Fraternity of S. Katherine in the church of S. Botolph near Bilingisgate he leaves forty shillings. To William Mordon his brother ten marks. To the Abbot and Convent of Lesnes a certain tenement in Wodstret in the parish of S. Alphege within Crepelgate. The residue of his goods, movable and immovable, he leaves to Cristina his wife. Dated the morrow of the Feast of S. Mark, Evangelist [25 April], A.D. 1385. Roll 114 (150).

Herkestede (William), grocer (grossar').—To be buried near Agnes his late wife outside the entrance of the church of S. Antonin, London. Bequests to the said church and ministers therein, to each house of the five orders of mendicant friars in London, and to the old work of S. Paul's. The reversion of a certain tenement in Sopereslane in the parish of S. Antonin, after a term of years, he leaves to William, Johanna, and Margaret, his children begotten of Johanna his late wife, subject to certain charges for pious uses. Also to Johanna his daughter, wife of Henry Quyssh, a tenement in the vill of Southwerk. Also to each of his four children, viz., Thomas, William, Johanna, and Margaret, begotten of Johanna his late wife, he leaves twenty pounds sterling, and all jewels and necessaries appertaining to his house in equal portions. Guardian appointed for his children. The residue of his goods to be divided into two parts, whereof one part is to be devoted to the maintenance of chantry priests in the church of S. Antonin, and the other to be distributed among the poor. Dated London, Tuesday the Feast of S. Cuthbert, Bishop and Confessor [20 March], A.D. 1385.—In a schedule annexed there are divers bequests of money and chattels, comprising furred clothing called "Gounes," to Johanna his eldest daughter and others. His son Thomas to have the utensils of his shop if, after coming of age, his said son follow his trade. To William Cheyne, Recorder of London, he leaves his silver water-dish (aquarium).

Roll 114 (157).

Wodestoke (John de), brewer.—To be buried near Rosa his late wife within the south entrance to the parish church of S. Botolph without Bisshopesgate. Bequests to the said church, its high altar, ministers, and lights therein; also to four orders of mendicant friars in London for masses, &c. Agnes his wife to have a life interest in his dwelling-house in the parish of S. Botolph aforesaid, the reversion of which is to be sold within a year after his decease, one moiety of the proceeds going to his said wife for her own use, and the residue being devoted to pious uses. Dated London, 13 October, A.D. 1384. Roll 114 (165).

Footnotes

1 1 Or antiphonar, an anthem book, so called from the alternate repetitions and responses ('Catholicon Angl.').
2 2 Choir copes or copes canonical such as are now used in churches (Rock's Church of our Fathers,' vol. ii. pp. 24-5). Others identify them with dalmatics or maniples (Wright's 'Vocab.,' p. 231).
3 3 Commonly known as Legends of the Saints.
4 4 Co. Suffolk.
5 1 Chests for packing goods.
6 1 Now Billiter Street; formerly the home of the bellzetters or bell-founders.
7 2 First mentioned in the City Records as the successor of John Lovekyn, stockfishmonger, to whom he had been apprenticed, in the Aldermanry of Bridge Ward in 1368; Sheriff, 1370; Mayor in 1374 and again in 1381, when he slew Wat Tyler in Smithfield, for which he was knighted.
8 1 Or smock-frock; the term was also applied to a cloak or mantle (Halliwell). In Chaucer's time sloppis meant a kind of breeches. "Slops" in the present day is the vulgar term for any cheap or ready-made clothing, but more particularly for sailors' working clothes, which are of a very coarse and inexpensive character.
9 2 Collobium is translated in Neckam's vocabulary (ed. by Thomas Wright) both as froge (frock) and roket (rochet); whilst in a metrical vocabulary of the fourteenth century, and in a 'Nominale' of the fifteenth century, it is a synonym for taberde. See also note supra, p. 140.
10 3 See note supra, p. 91.
11 1 Daughter and heiress of John Cornwall of Willesden. She afterwards married Thomas Charlton of Oldfold (Cass's 'South Mimms,' London and Middlesex Archæol. Soc., pp. 80-81).
12 2 Monken Hadley.
13 1 In 1364-5, and again in 1373, having previously served as Sheriff in 1349. A member of the Fraternity of Skinners. An abstract of his will is printed in the Appendix to the Ninth Report of the Hist. MSS. Com. (p. 48 a), from the archives of S. Paul's Cathedral.
14 2 At one time Chancellor of S. Paul's. From his having contributed largely to the cost of erecting the chapel here mentioned, and increased the number of chantry priests, it came to be known as Holmes College, the statutes of which are preserved among the archives of S. Paul's, as also is a deed of gift in 1448 to the altar of S. James and S. Laurence in the chapel commonly called "Holme Chapell" (Hist. MSS. Com. Appendix to Ninth Report, p. 55 b). The college was suppressed in the reign of Edward VI.
15 1 Common Pleas Roll CIX., where the claim is recorded as having been made within a year and a day after probate of the testament, according to the custom of the City, and was to the following effect, viz., that Adam de Bury stood seised of certain tenements in the parish of S. Stephen upon Walbrook in tail, upon which there was a charge of certain rents. These rents the said Adam had redeemed, but nevertheless bequeathed the same, although they had become extinct; the aforesaid claimants, therefore, asked to hold the said tenements by right of inheritance free of the above charge, and that the will of the testator should not in this respect have effect.
16 2 Seething Lane.
17 3 Co. Kent.
18 1 A dark red colour.
19 2 Striped cloth.
20 3 Red medley; medley being a cloth made of mixed materials.