John More

The will is transcribed in Latin within a volume of the Lincoln Records Society (right) and translated below.  The original translation was done for William Maurice Wright, probably by Canon Foster, editor of the LRS volume, or one of his acolytes.



Lincoln Consistory Court Wills 1520-31, folio 220

The testament of John More

3 August 1530

I John More the younger of Woldenewton, of sound mind and clear in memory, make my testament 

in this fashion. 

First I give and leave my soul to Almighty God, blessed Mary and and all the Saints, and my body 

to be buried in the church of All Saints of Woldenewton straighte [directe] before the crucifix. 

To the high altar of the same church, my best horse. For the reparation of the nave of the church 

in the benches [scabellis] xiijs iiijd 13 shillings and 4 pence. For one priest lawfully ordained to 

celebrate two trentals xxs twenty shillings. To the fabric of the cathedral church of Lincoln xxd 

twenty pence. 

To the orders fo friars of Grymesby, viz to the convent of each house xxd twenty pencd. 

To the blessed Mary of Walsingham viijd 8 pence

To the church of Swynhope xijd twelve pence, to the church of Thurganby viijd eight pence, to 

each church of Randall iiijd four pence, to the church of Ashby xijd twelve pence, to the church 

of Howerby iiijd four pence, to the church of Beesby iiijd four pence, to each of the churches of 

Bynbroke vjd six pence.

I leave to Cristiane More, my sister, one cow. To the aforesaid Cristiane [folio 220d] four quarters 

of barley.

I leave to William More my brother all my pans and five quarters of barley.

I leave to Robert More five quarters of barley.

I leave to Richard More five quarters of barley. 

I leave to Thomas More the elder five quarters of barley. 

I leave to Thomas More the younger five quarters of barley. 

I leave to William More my brother twenty sheep.

I leave to John More, my nephew one cow. 

I leave to James Dowell, my servant two sheep. 

I leave to Brian Dickynson two sheep. 

I leave to John Johnson one sheep. 

I bequeath one trental to be celebrated at Scala Celi in the church of St Botolph of Boston

To everyone present at my burial one penny

Residue to Thomas Gudhand and Richard Kente, whom I make my executors to be disposed for the 

health of my soul.

Witnessed Anthony Hennege, rector

William Wryght

John Webster

with others

Proved at Grymesby before Master John Pryn 11th

Lord 1530.
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