John Seyntleger - Will 12 December
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JOHN SEYNTLEGER, esquire. 12
December 1441. To be buried in the church of Vlcumbe (Ulcombe) in
the chapel of St. Thomas the martyr. To the high altar 20s. To the fabric (fabrice)
of the church of Vlcumbe in places needing it 66s. 8d. I leave for 1000 masses
to be celebrated within a month after my death for each mass 4d. I leave for six
poor men of my tenants each week from the day of my death to the end of seven
years, each week 4d.
I leave to Philip Aiolmer
40s. and two cows, to Margery wife of John Boycote 40s. and one cow. To William
of the kitchen 13s. 4d.
I leave for two cows to sustain the lights of St. Christofer in the church of
I leave to Margery my wife all the contents (apparatum) of my Great Chambers at
Vlcumbe with three of the best pair of sheets one ‘bed schete’ and four ‘pylewes’,
my best covered bowl (crater) of silver, 12 silver spoons, and one silver salt
covered, a plain silver bowl with cover.
To Ralph my son all the contents of my chamber called ‘Stanechambr’ with two
pairs of sheets, one ‘hedschete’ and two ‘pylewes’, a silver gilt bowl
with cover, a silver salt covered, a silver pot, 12 silver spoons, and a ‘pouderbox’
silver and gilt, after the death of Margery my wife.
To Thomas my son a white bed one linen cloth with one white ‘quilte’, a
feather bed, a pair of ‘Blanketts’, with two pairs of sheets, a ‘hedschete’
and two ‘pilwes’, and a silver bowl plain with cover.
I leave the residue of the utensils in my house amongst my sons.
To Thomas Cook 20s, William Caleys 13s. 4d., John Chiwolle 20s, William Potynden
20s and a cow, John William 20s, Henry Coll 13s. 4d, and William Gryseley 6s.
8d. per an. for his life.
To Richard my son two silver basins with two silver ewers.
I will that the three hundred marcs assigned to Florence, Margaret and Alice my
daughters in my will if they die before marriage shall be given: to the church
of Holyngborne (Hollingbourne) 10 marcs, the church of Vlcombe 10 marcs, the church of Plukle
66s. 8d, to a priest to celebrate in the church of Vlcombe in the chapel of St.
Thomas for 4 years, 40 marcs.
To the muddy way between Kyngesnothis wode and the manor house of Vlcombe in
places most needing it 10 marcs. To the fabric of the church of Lenham 40s. To
the muddy way between Lenhamesforstall and the town of Lenham 40s. To the
Prioress and Canonesses of Chepeye 10 marcs. To the Minister and Brethren of the
Holy Trinity of Modynden 10 mrcs, and what remains of the 300 marcs between my
Residue to Margery my wife.
Executors: John Horne, esquire and Lawrence Meller. I leave to Ralph my son when
21 six silver bowls with one cover "de six mensibus annod" (?).
Last will of all my lands and tenements 12 December 20 Henry VI. I will that my
feoffees enfeoff Ralph my son when he comes to the full age of 21 or is married
in the manor of Vlcombe with the advowson of the church of the same manor and
all lands and tenements in Vlcombe with nine acres of meadow in Hedecrone and
all the tenement with appurts: called Mapilherste in the parish of Frythyngden
or Stapylherst and a tenement called Storeye in the parish of Lenham and Bocton
Malherbe to him and his heirs males. And for default to James my son and for
default to Bartholomew my son and for default to remain to Margery my wife for
her life and after her death to my right heirs. I will they also enfoeff Ralph
my son when 21 of and in a tenement called Ridden in the parishes of Lenham and
I will they enfeoff Thomas my son when 21 or is married in the reversion of all
lands and tenements called Rotynge in the parish of Plukle after the death of
Margery my wife and in a tenement
called Parys in the parish of Litle Charte. If he die without heirs males to
remain to [in order] Ralph, then Hames, then Bartholomew and in default to my
right heirs. Also I will they enfeoff the said Thomas when 21 in all my lands
and tenements in the City of London.
I will my feoffees enfeoff James my son when 21 or at marriage of and in the
reversion of the Manor of Silham with appurts. in Regnham, after the death of
Margery my wife. If he die without heirs males then [in order] to Ralph, Thomas,
Bartholomew and for default to remain to Florence, Margaret and Alice my
daughters and their heirs, and for default to remain to John Horne esquire his
heirs and assigns.
I will they enfeoff Bartholomew my son when 21 or at marriage of and in the
manors of Eylnothynighton and Eylnothyng-tonesdowne with appurts. and in one
tenement called Pendecourte with appurto: in Holingborne and in all other lands
and tenements in Holyngbourne to him and his heirs males. And for default [in
order] to Ralph, Thomas, and James, and in default to my right heirs.
I will that my feoffes dower the said Margery my wife of and in all lands of
which she according to the Law of England is dowered, and that the said feoffees
take all the profits in to their hands until a sum of 300 marcs is received for
Florence, Margaret and Alice my daughters to receive when 16 years of age for
their marriages: of the lands re. in Frytynden and Staphyherst 10 marcs, of the
manor of Silhame 66s 8d, of lands etc. in the City of London 10 mrcs, until the
said 300 mrcs is fully levied and the residue of outgoings for the sustentation
and governance of my sons and daughters in an honest manner until they are
If they all die before they come to full age then I wish the lands re. in London
the tenement called Rydden in the parish of Lenham and Bocton Malherbe and
certain lands etc. by me the said John Seyntleger purchased, to be sold and the
money distributed for my soul, Thomas Seyntleger my uncle, my parents, friends
and all faithful departed.
No probate act is entered.
Note. There is a portion of a brass to him and his wife Margery who was daughter
and heir of James Douet in Ulcombe church now mural in the North Aisle. The
inscription is lost but the Society of Antiquaries has a rubbing of a portion
which gives the date as 1442.