Medieval & Tudor Kent Wills at Lambeth - Book 24 Page 471
NICHOLAS DE LOUEYN, Will 20 Sept 1375
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NICHOLAS DE LOUEYN, Knight, at Poppler 20 September in the year of our Lord 1375. My body to be buried in the parish church of Penshurst or in the church of the Abbey of Graces next the Tower of London according to the order of my executors. I wish that my sepultre be covered entirely with black woollen cloth and my helm on my said sepulture and my shield of my arms and my ‘espère de tostmay’and they be offered at the mass and remain to the church and after I am buried the said cloth shall be divided amongst the poor. I desire to have five tapers round my sepulture in honour of the Five Wounds of Our Lord Jesus Christ and 24 poor persons each with a torch in his hand and with a black woollen gown and each one of the 24 two scochons of my arms one before and the other behind, and the 24 torches to be divided amongst the poorest churches to serve at the Sacrament of the Mass.
I devise to the Abbot and Convent of Our Lady of Graces next the Tower of London 20 marcs. To each Order of mendicant friars in the counties of Kent, Sussex, London and Surrey 30 soulz to pray for my soul. To the poor prisoners of Newegate in London 10 marcs. I leave to our Lord the King all my Falcons, Tercelles, Laneresses et Lanerettes. To Margrete my wife and to Nicholas my son 3000 marcs of the debte which our Lord the King owes me. To Margrete my said wife all my ‘Garderob litez salez’ and other things which appertain to my said Garderob save two beds which I demise to Nicholas my son and 12 ‘esoueles et dusze saiserez dargent’ to the said Nicholas and Margery my daughter. I give to Margrete my said daughter to her marriage 500 marcs. I demise to John Lord of Beaumond a cup of silver, to Henry and Thomas de Beaumoid two beds and two silver cups. To my very reverend father in God the Bishop of Wynchestr a cup with cover of silver gilt made in form of a bell the which my wife gave me.
To my very honoured Lady de Mohoun a cup with cover of silver gilt. To Sir (Monsr) Aubray de Veer brother of my wife one of my horses and a cup with cover of silver gilt. The same to Mons. Edward Bercle and Mons. John Pekebrugg and to the said Sir John an annuity of £20 rent for the term of his life. To Mons. Renaud de Malyns my cousin a palfrey, a silver cup with my Arms and £20. To Monsr. Bernard Brokas my little horse Morell, one of my Coursers, a covered silver cup and £20. To Monsr. Edward de Seynt John a silver cup. To Monsr Robert Belknap a palfrey and £20. To Sir John de Londham and Sir Robert de Lincoln a silver cup each. To John Middleton of London 20 marcs. To Roger de Asshbournham a silver cup. To the parson of Penshurst a tankard of silver. To Sir Robert de Muskam of the chancery a tankard with cover of silver. I will and charge my executors that they arrange ‘achatent une liverson’ for John Plattyng suitable to his degree and clothing and boots and 40 soulz of silver each year for the term of his life. To Richard de Bristowe 5 marcs. Roger Stalkyngden 5 marcs. Symond Jaikyn 40s. To Thomelyn Missenden 5 marcs, Agnes Chalk 5 marcs, Margaret Olyuer 5 marcs, Isabell the mistress of my children 40s. To Syr Elys my priest 40s. To William Bassall my clerk 5 mrcs. To Bette ‘valet’ of Aubray de Veer 40s. To the Nurse 20s. To John de Wanborn 5 marcs and I wish the said John to have the rent I have given him for his life for the good service he has done for me.
To John de Lamberheirst ten marks and an annuity of 5 mrcs for his life. To John Ledes 40s. and the annuity I have given him for his life for the good service he has done me. To John de Bukhurst 5 marcs and I will he have the office I have given him for his life. To Thomas Gardyner 40s. and I charge my executors that they arrange ‘achatent un livereson’ for the said Thomas suitable to his degree each year for his life. To Thomas of the Stable 20s. To Margrete my said wife all the residue of my silver vessels and ‘juwell’ not bequeathed.
I leave to my said wife Margrete all the store living and dead on the manors in which she is enfeoffed. I leave 40 marcs to have masses sung and other alms deeds for the souls of Dame Kateryn de Seynt Johan and for Mons. Roger her son des quelles ie achatay leritage de Seynt Johan I desire that the feoffees of the manors of Ospryng, Zenesfelde in the County of Kent and the Manors of Chyuele, Ditton Camoys in the County of Cambridge and of all the other manors and lands tenements and rents given to my said wife remain in the hands of the said feoffees for the space of 15 years or so long until my heir male shall be of the full age of twenty one. I will that my executors and feoffees make sure to my clerk Sir Henry Derby an annuity of £10 of rent per ann. on condition and as it is written in the aforesaid writing and until he be promoted to a benefice of holy church suitable to his estate. I will that my executors and feoffees make sure to Nicholas Potyn an annuity of ten marcs of rent per ann. for his life. I wish all my executors and friends to know that I have made ‘gree’ to all the heirs of the heritage of Pulteney except one who is an infant under age to whom I charge my executors that they make a suitable ‘gre’.
I will that the advowson of the church of Esselyng in Kent ‘soit Chamige sy home puist en astun manier a mon’ very honoured Lord the Archbishop of Canterbury ‘euesquz’ the advowson of the church of Penshurst and the said churches of Penshurst and Esselyng be impropriated to make a College of a Chantry and a Master priest and six priests that is seven priests perpetually for ever in the parish church of Penshurst and the manor of Notfeld or the manor of Zenesfeld and the advowson of the church of Notfeld be impropriated for the said college to found and make the said chantry in the church of Penshurst to pray for me etc. The said chantry shall be made to the Most Mighty Holy Trinity and each year at the Feast of the Trinity the Master and College shall be bound to give to each poor person who comes and shall be at the high Mass in alms to pray for me ‘On pau dun maile et un demer’. I will that the said Master and College and their rents shall be charged to find for ever five poor men their food and drink and suitable raiment and houses to pray for me. And my executors shall make the said chantry in the manner aforesaid by good and sure counsel and in the best manner that they can by the law temporal and of holy church. Itm the debt that our Lord the King owes me amounts altogether to 6000 marcs as can be found in the books of record of the Receipt of our said Lord the King and by tallies that my said wife has in charge and Nicholas Potyn has also two tallies one of £100 and the other of 100 marcs. The debte that the Earl of Herford owes me amounts to £100 without other debts he owes me. Be it known that Margrete my wife has given and granted of her good and free will to me all the profits and issues of all the manors lands tenements rents and services of which she is enfeoffed for the space of three years after my death to aid to pay my debts and to perform this my will, on the peril of her soul and as she would answer before God the sovereign Judge to perform as she has promised.
I ordain and make my executors Margrete my said wife, Mons.Renaud de Malyns, Mons. Robert Belknappe, Mons. Bernard Brokas, Mons. John Pekkebrugg Knights, James de Pekham, and I leave to the said James a covered silver cup and £20, John de Middleton, Sir John de Londham, Sir Robert de Lincoln, Sir Henry Derby and Nicholas Potyn and I beseech that out of charity that my very honoured Lord the Bishop of Wynchestre will be surveyor of my said executors.
Item I will that Mawde my sister have for her life every year an annual rent of £10 charged on all my lands, rents, tenants, and services in Braban. To the very reverend Father in God my very dear and very honoured Lord Sir William de Wikham Bishop of Wynchestre and to Margerete my wife Mons. Aubray de Veer, Mons. Renaud de Malyns, Mons. Bernard Brokas, Mons. Robert Belknappe, Mons. John Pekkebrugg, Margrete my sister, Roger de Asshbournham, Richard Manfre, Sir William Harrewell parson of Penshurst, Sir Willm Tarrent, Sir Richard Suggeworth and to all other feoffees of my manors of Penshurst, Northpark, Zenesfeld, Ospryng, Chiueley, Ditton Camoys, Notfeld, Swafham Priour, ‘les Moleyns appelez Crasshmilles de cost le Tour de Londres’, Southall Bromhill and the manor of Milton in which the said Sir Richard Suggeworth was enfeoffed by William Seynance and of all my other manors, lands, rents, services, advowsons, reversions etc.
I Nicholas de Loueyn send greeting. Know ye and each of you and all people that are and shall be that my will is such that the said Manor of Notfeld or otherwise the manor of Zenesfelde and the advowson of the church of the same manor of Notfelde and the advowson of the church of Esselyng may be impropriated to make a Chauntry in the parish church of Penshurst in the manner as I have ordained in my testament. I will that my very dear and my good companion my wife for the term of her life the said manors of Penshurst, Northpark and the manor of Poppler after the decease of Mergrete my sister and the reversion of the manor of Bristowe after the decease of Richard de Bristowe besides the manors in which she is enfeoffed for the very great good and affection I have found in her. I will that the reversion of the Mills of Crasshmillez be given after the decease of Margrete my sister to the Abbot and Convent of our Lady of Graces next the Tower of London, finding three priests to sing each day perpetually three masses for me of which one shall be of Requiem. I will that John Pekkebrugg, my brother, have for his life an annual rent of £20 on my manors as I have ordained in my testament and I pray and charge him in Charity to be a good and loyal friend and brother to Margrete my wife and Nicholas my son and my children in all business concerning my Will and in all other things. I will that Sir Henry Derby my servant have each year an annual rent of £6 on my manors or one of them as in my testament (until he has a benefice he to be loyal friend etc.). I will that Nicholas Potyn have for his life an annual rent of 100s. (to be loyal to Margaret, Nicholas etc.).
I will that John Lamberhurst have for the term of his life an annual rent of 5 marcs. I will that the feoffees in the manors of Ospryng Zenesfeld, Notfeld, Ditton Camoys, Cheveley and their appertenances 15 years etc or until my heir male be of the full age of 21 years perform the said College as in my will of the profits and issues of the said manors (above named) and I will and charge the said feoffees, as they will answer before God, that if I die without heir male that then they make an Abbey or Priory or House of Charterhouse or of Priests at Penshurst to sing for me perpetually as my said manors land etc can well bear and otherwise to be sold and part impropriated for my soul and the soules of Margret my wife and Margrete my wife’s father and mother and my parents and the soul of William de Pulteney and all I am bound to pray for. I will that Thomas de Beaumond have for the term of his life an annual rent of 20 marcs. My will is that if I died without heir male and my executors and feoffees sell my said heritage or part to make the said Chaunterie that then my said very dear and very honoured Lord the Bishop of Wynchestre have the Manor of Barton with all the appertenances in the County of Oxenford paying for the said manor to my executors less than the true value of £100 finding a priest to sing for me for a year after my death. I will in the same manner that Renaud de Malyne my cousin have the manor of Haunton or the manor of Osspryng paying to my executors less than the true value of £100 and finding a priest to sing for me for a year. In the same manner Bernard Brokas to have the manor of Cheueley paying (as before). I will that John Pekkebrugg my brother have the reversion of the manor of Swaffham after the decease of Margrete my sister if I die without heir male. I will that Aubray de Veer have the manor of Ditton paying to my executors less than the true value of £100 and finding a priest for a year. In the same manner William Strete to have the manor of Notfeld (as before) paying less than the true value of 100 marcs.
Proved 25 November 1375 (folio 88b) in the manor of the Bishop of Winchester, Southwark, in the presence of the said Reverend Father the will of the noble man Sir Nicholas Loueyn Knight deceased and administration granted to the noble man Sir John Pekkbrugg Knight, Sir Henry Derby chaplain and Nicholas Potyn executors.
Probate also granted of a clause "he gave to Sir William de Cosyngton Knight £20 and all his armour which he the said deceased used for his own body and a horse ‘dosy’ colour". (86a Sudbury).
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