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Suttons hospitall: with the names of sixteen mannors, many thousand acres of land, meadow, pasture, and woods; with the rents and hereditaments thereunto belonging: the governours therof, and number of schollers and others that are maintained therewith. As also, the last will and testament of Thomas Sutton Esquire, founder of the said hospitall: with the perticular summes by him bequeathed, for repairing the high-wayes of severall parts of this kingdom for ever, and what he gave to the poor of severall parishes, and other charitable uses amounting to above 20000. pounds. Wherein, many thousands at this day are intressed; and the knowledge and example hereof very usefull for all sorts of people. The copie hereof was taken out of the Prerogative Court; and is printed by the originall, according to order.
Sutton, Thomas, 1532-1611.
Wing S6214; Thomason E344_7; ESTC R200955
relieved As also for a School-Master and Usher to teach the children to reade and write and instruct them in their Latine and Greek Grammar for a Divine likewise to preach the Word of God unto them all and for one Master to govern all those people belonging to that House And to that end and purpose he had upon earnest Petition procured himself ability by vertue of an Act of Parl. begun and holden by Prorogation therof at Westmin in the County of Middlesex the 9. day of February in the 7. year of His Majesties Reign over England c. and there continued to the 24. day of July then next following To erect ond build in the said Town of Hallingbury Bouchers such an House for an Hospital as is immediately before remembred and that the said House should be called The Hospitall of K. James founded in Hallingbury in the County of Essex at the humble Petition and at the onely cost and charges of Thomas Sutton Esq And that the Archbishop of Canterbury that then was and other Reverend Prelates of this Realm and their Successors in their severall Seas the Right Honourable Thomas Lord Ellesmâre Lord Chancellour of England and such as should succeed after him to be L. Chancellors or L. Keepers of the Great Seal of England the Lord Treasurer that then was and those that should succeed in that Office with divers other select persons both of the Clergie and Laity in such manner as you shall find them set down in the said Volume of Reports whereunto I refer you were by the said Act of Parl. elected nominated and appointed the first and present Governours of the Lands Possessions Revenues and Goods of the said Hospitall But afterwards upon more mature deliberation finding this great Mansion of the Charter-House far more convenient for his purpose then that of Hallingbury could be he was an earnest Sutor to my Lord of Suffolk to buy that house of him acquainting his Lordship with the change of his mind concerning Hallingbury and his great affection to make the Charter-House his Hospitall To this Petition of his it is not to be doubted but that my Lord gave the more ready and willing way because the chief end thereof was the glory of God and the reliefe and comfort of a great number of poore people Long the matter was not debated between them but the price being concluded the Bargain and Sale was assured The Summe disbursed for this purchase came to thirteen thousand pounds which was paid down in hand before the conveyance was sealed Having thus assured the state of this great House to him and his Heires he makes humble suit to his Majesty to grant him licence to erect and establish his intended Hospitall and Grammar-School and other his godly and charitable uses in the said late dissolved Charter-House as in a more commodious place then that of Hallingbury Hereunto the King readily yeeâded being graciously affected to so charitable a work The better therefore to encourage and enable this Heroicall Gentleman to prosecute this good mind to the full perfection it pleased his Majesty out of his most Royal disposition to grant his Letters Patents unto him thereby authorizing him to the uses last mentioned as in his Letters Patents more fully appeareth Now therefore with alacrity this businesse goes forward The Reverend Father in God George Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Lord Elsmore Lord Chancellour of England Robert Earl of Salâsbury Lord high Treasurer of England Iohn the Elect Bishop of London Lanceâot now Bishop of Ely Sir Edwaâd Cook Knight chief Justice of the Common-Pleas Sir Thomas Foster Knight one of his Majesties Justices of the Common-Pleas Sir Henry Hâbart Knight and Baronet Atturney Generalâ Iohn Overal now Dean of the Cathedrall Church of Saint Paul in London George Mountain Dean of the Collegiat Church of Westminster Henry Thursby Esq one of the Masters of the Chancery Ieffery Nightingale Esq Richard Sutton Esq Iohn Law Gentleman Thomas Brown Gentleman and Master of the Hospital of King Iames founded in Charter-house within the County of Middlesex at the humble Petition and only costs and charges of Thomas Sutton Esq are elected nominated and ordained by the Kings most excellent Majesty in his Letters Pattents granted as aforesaid the first Governours of the Lands Possessions Revenues and Goods of the said Hospitall of King Iames founded in Charterhouse And further power is given to the said Governours as you may find more at large in the said Letters Patents Hereupon divers Lands by him formerly purchased are made and past over to this Hospital for maintenance of the poor people there to be relieved Preparations is made for fit Lodgings and other necessaries and all things go onwards with as convenient speed as may be to the wished end Now for the Readers better information and content it will not be amisse to set down what Lands they were and in what Counties which were made over and annexed by Mr. Sutton to the said Hospitall Thus therfore they are named as they follow in order viz. All those his Mannors and Lordships of Southminster Nââ¦on little Hallingbury alias Hallingbury Bouchers and Much Stanbridge in the county of Essex with all their and every of their Rights Members and Appurtenances whatsoever Also all those his Mannors and Lordships of Bastingthorp alias Buslingthorp and Dunnesby in the County of Lincoln with their and every of their rights members and Appurtenances whatsoever Also those his Mannors of Santhorp alias Saltrop alias Haltrap Chilton and Blackegrove in the County of VVilts with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances whatsoever and also all those his Lands and Pasture Grounds called Blackegrove containing by estimation two hundred Acres of Pasture with the Appurtenances in Blackegrove and VVroughton in the said County of VVilts and also all that his Mannor of Missenden otherwise calâed the Mannor of Missunden in the Parishes of VVroughton Lydiârde and Tregose in the County of VVilts with all his rights members and appurtenances And all that his Mannor of Elcombe and Parke called Elcombe Parke with the appurtenances in the said County of VVilts Also all that his Mannor of VVatlescote alias VViglescete with the appurtenances in the said County of VVilts And also all that his Mannor of VVoscote alias VVescâte with the Appurtenances in the said County of Wilts and also all those his Lands and Pastures containing by estimation 100 Acres of Land and 60 Acres of Pasture with the Appurtenances in Wiglescote Wroughton in the said County of VVilts and all that his Mannor of Vffcote with the Appurtenances in the said County of VVilts and also all those his two Messuages and 1000. Acres of Land 2000. Acres of Pasture 300 acres of Meadowes and 300 Acres of Wood with the Appurtenances in Brodehinton in the said County of VVilts And also all those the Mannors and Lordships of Campes alias Campes Castle otherwise called Castle Campes with the Appurtenances scituate lying being and
Baxter if he be living at my death 3000 l. of lawfull mony of England if not then I give the same summe to his child or children to be equally devided amongst them Item I give unto Francis Baxter if he be living at my death 500. markes of lawfull mony of England if not I give the same sum to his child oâ children to be equally devided amongst them Item I give unto each of my Servingmen to whom I give wages with my Cooke that shall be alive at my decease 13 l. six shillings and eight pence over and above their wages then due Item I give to so many of my maidservants as I have in my house at the time of my decease 5 markes a peece over and above their wages Item I give unto the children of Reinold Tâmps my late servant if any of them be alive at my death 10 l. to be distributed amongst them Item I give to the fishermen of the Towne of Oastend in the Low-Countries 100 l. of English money to be given distributed amongst the poorest fishermen of that Towne or for want of a competent number of them to call in some other of that Towne to have a share of the said 100 l. by the descretion of the Governours of that Towne and his assistance and the Person and Minister there for the time being the same to be paid within one yeare after my decease Item I give towards the mending of the High-waies between Islington and Newington in the County of Middlesex Twenty six l. thirteene shillings and 4 pence of lawfull money of England to be imployed and bestowed by the good oversight of mine Executor or Executors the Constable of Newington and the Church-wardens there for the time being the same High-wayes to be amended made and holpen within one yeare after my decease Item I give towards the amending of the highwayes betweene Ashdân and VValden in the County of Essex called Walden Laine one hundered pounds of lawfull mony of England And towards the amending of the highwayes betweene great Lynton in the County of Cambridge and the said Towne of Walden threescore six pounds 13. s. and 4. d. of lawfull money of England And I also give towards the amending of Horseth-Lane 60. l. of lawfull money of England All these works next before recited I will shall be overseen and guided by the two head Constables thereunto next adjoyning the Treasurer of Walden and the Persons of Ashden Hodstock and Horsheath and the Constables of the same Parishes for the time being And the same severall summes to be imployed the said high-waies so to be amended so farre as the same summes will extend within on yeare after my decease Also I give towards the amending of the Bridges and the ordinary high-wayes between Southminster and Malden in the said County of Essex the summe of 100 l. of lawfull money of England and the same worke to be overseene and guided by the two head Constables thereunto next adjoyning and the Persons or Vicars of South-Minster and Malden for the time being and the same money to be so employed and the high-wayes so amended within one yeer next after my decease Item I give to Mr. Robert Dudley Alderman of Newcastle upon Tyne or to his children or to so many of his children as shall be living at the time of my decease 30. l. of lawfull money of England which he oweth me And I will and do earnestly charge mine Executor or Executors to deliver into the Treasury or Chamber of the City of London 1000. pounds in currant money of England with such care and fore-sight to be had that such Bonds or Assurances be taken of the Lord Major and Aldermen of the same City that for the time shall be by learned Councel in the Law as the same may be safe and for ever goe and be converted to these uses following that is to say That the said 1000. l. be yeerly lent and put forth to ten young Marchant-men not having any great stocks of their own being young-men and of honest life and conversation and towardly in their Trades that is to every one of them 100. l. for a year without paying any thing for the same And these ten young Merchants to be chosen and appointed by the Lord Major and Aldermen of the said City that for the time shall be and the Dean of the Cathedrall Church of St. Paul in London for the time being Provided as before that none have or continue the said 100. l. so appointed above one yeare Item I will and give to the children of Iustinian Crome Draper somtimes dwelling in the City of Lincoln or to his childrens children if any of them shall be living at my decease 20. l. of lawfull money of England to be equally divided amongst them I give also to the wife and children or child of Martin Watherââ¦e Dutchman sometime dwelling at the sign of the White-Bear in Buttolph Lane London if any of them be living at the time of my death 10. l. to be equally divided amongst them Item I give to the next Kinsman or Kinswoman of Henry Vavering Dutchman Smith sometimes dwelling in Barwick 3. l. 6. s. 8 d. Item I give and bequeath unto Sir Francis Popham Kt. as well in respect and good will which I bear unto his wife being the daughter of my late deceased dear wife the sum of 2000 Marks of lawfull money of England upon condition neverthelesse and so that the said Sir Franâis Popham add the said Lady Anne his wife give a sufficient discharge and a generall release to mine Executor or Executors as well for that sum as also for the receipt of all the rest of her part of portion of the Plate Money and Houshold-stuffe already paid and deâivered to them or to their use as appeareth by severall Bills or Notes subscribed with mine own hand which I do think to be the very true half and better halfe of the said Plate Money and Houshold-stuffe part whereof was delivered by one Iohn Frishborn my late Servant to Sir Iohn Popham ânight late Lord chief Justice of England at his late house in Chancery-Lane the rest of the Houshold-stuff as Chaires Stooles Bedsteeds Kitchin-stuffe Tables and such like was delivered by the said Fishborn to Sir Iohn Pophams Servants at Newington 1000 pounds in money paid in this sort viz. To Sir Iohn Popham by his Servant Straker upon the said Sir Iohns Bill before marriage 300. l. which Bill after the marriage I returned to the said Sir Iohn Popham 700. l. were paid to the said Sir Iohn Popham upon the marriage by one Mr. Anthony Law late dwelling in Pater-noster-Row London the better moity of the Plate due to Sir Francis Popham received by one Master Clarke sometimes towards the said Sir Iohn and now a Councellor at Law of the Middle Temple as I guesse Item I give to my welbeloved Friend Amy Popham 200. l. to be paid to her at the day of her
Chains of Gold and all my Jewels of what kind soever they be shall be sold by mine Executors and Supervisors hereafter named towards the better and speedier payment of my Legacies and performance of this my last Will and Testament And my will and meaning is that all the Legacies by me in this my Testament and laââ¦ Will given and bequeathed and for the payment of much whereof there is no certaine time set downe shall be paid within two years next after my decease at the furthest Also I give for and towards the building of mine intended Hospitall Chappell and School-house the sum of 5000. l. if I doe not live to see it performed in my life time And I desire in the Name of God my Feoffes and my Executor or Executors within two yeers after my decease or sooner if they may conveniently if it please not God I live to see and cause the same my determination to be performed and accomplished to see and cause the same to be performed and accomplished Also I give the residue of the years which I shall have at the time of my decease in one Close called the Withies lying within the Town and Fields of Cottingham in the County of York to the Major and Aldermen of Beverley or to the Governour of the same Towne and his Assistants for the time being to this end and purpose that they shall distrubute or cause to be distributed the yearly profit arising of the same over and above the yearly Rent payable to the Kings Majesty amongst the poorest people dwelling within the said Towne of Beverley Also I give to the Major and Aldermen of the City of Lincoln for the time being all such profits and revenewes as shall arise and grow of the Parsonage of Glentham within the County of Lincoln and all the residue of the years that shall remain after my decease to this intent that they shall distribute and bestow or cause to be distributed and bestowed the same amongst twenty of the poorest people that shall then be dwelling in the said City with the consent and privity of the Dean of the Cathedrall Church of Lincoln or the Recorder of the same for the time being they the said Major Aldermen Deane and Recorder fore-seeing that the Parsonage be letten for their most benefit Item I give unto the Treasury or Store-house of mine intended Hospitall to begin their stock with and to defend the rights of the house 1000. l. of lawfull English money And I give to every one of my Feoffes whom I have put in trust about my intended Hospitall to whom I have not given any thing in this my last Will the Sum of 26. l. 30. s. 4. d. of lawfull money of England Item I give to Amy Popham if it please God she live to keep house three Fetherbeds and so many paire of Holland sheets with the Boulsters to them and so many Hangings of Tapistry as will furnish her a Bed-Chamber The rest of my Houshold-stuffe I will shall be sold by mine Executors for the speedier payment of my Legacies and performance of this my last Will. Item I give to the widow Tassell of Balsham the summe of 5 l. of lawfull money of England and to Thomas Lawrence the Elder of the same Towne 5 l. of like lawfull money of England Item I give and bequeath unto the brother of Percivall Graung my late servant deceased the sum of 20 l. of lawfull mony of England And of this my last will and Testament I make and ordaine Richard Sutton of London Esquire and Iohn Law one of the Procurators of the Arches of London my Executors charging them as they will answer at the last day of Judgement that they or one of them in the absence of the other endeavor themselves with all earnestnesse and diligence to see this my will performed according to my true meaning and charitable intent And I make Overseers of this my last will and Testament the Reverend Father in GOD George Abbot Arch Bishop of Canterbury unto whome I give and bequeath the sum of â0 markes of lawfull money of England or a peece of plate of that value at his election and choice And also Launcelot Androes Almonizer to the Kings Majesty my other Supervisor and Overseer of this my last Will and Testament unto whom I give and bequeath the Sum of 30. l. of like lawfull money of England or a piece of Plate of that value at his election and choice Item my will and full intent and meaning is that if any person or persons whatsoever to whom I have in and by this my last Will and Testament given and bequeathed any Legacy or sum or Sums of money shal any wayes gainsay impugne contradict or impeach this my last Will and Testament that then all and every one so impugning contradicting impeaching or gainsaying this my last Will and Testament and every of their children and kin folkes to whom I have in and by this my last Will and Testament given and bequeathed any Legacy or Sum or Sums of money shal have no part nor portion of any such guilt Legacy or bequest but shal utterly lose the same and be utterly barred thereof as if no such Legacy Gift or Bequest had been given unto him her or them by this my last Will and Testament any thing before in these presents mentioned or contained to the contrary in any wise notwithstanding Item I give and bequeath to Richard Sutton one of my Executors before named the Sum of 100. l. and to Mistris Law over and besides the Legacy before to her given I give the sum of 40. l. to make her a Gown withall Item I give to Mr. Hutton the Vicar of Littlebury 20. l. To the town of Camps Castle where I dwell to be distributed amongst the Poore of the same Parish ten pounds Also to the Poore of the Town of Elcombe to be equally distributed amongst them the Sum of 10. l. Item I give and bequeath those my Mannors of Littlebury and Hadstock in the County of Essex to the right Honourable the L. Thomas Howard Earl of Suffolke and to his Heires for ever and upon condition that he do well and truly pay or cause to be made to my Executors before-named or to the Survivor of them the Sum of 10000. l. of lawfull money of England within one year next after my decease And if he shall refuse to pay the said Sum of 10000. l. for the said Mannors then I give and bequeath the said Mannors of Littlebury and Hadstock to my said Executors and to their Heires for ever And then I will and devise that the said Mannors of Littlebury and Hadstock shall be sold by my said Executors or the Survivor of them to the uttermost price and value that they may be sold for and the money coming of the sale thereof together with as much more as shall make up the same Sum the full Sum of 20000. l. I will shall be employed and bestowed by my said Executors or the Survivor of them with the advise of my Supervisors afore-named in some good works and charitable uses for mine intended Hospital and for poore people or otherwise as they in their wisdoms and discretions shall think fit Item I give to Mr. Flud Parson of Newington the Sum of 13. l. 6. s. 8. d. And to the wife of Benjamin King of Southminster 6. l. 13. s 4. d. Item I give to Thomas Averel if it shall be found that he hath dealt faithfully and plainly with me in my businesse the sum of 10. l. Item I give unto the wife of Mr. Ingry of Littlebury 3. l. 6. s. 8. d. Item I give unto Sir Henry Hubberd Kt. the Kings Majesties Atturney General a piece of Plate of the value of 10. l. And to Mr. Lock-smith his Clark the Sum of 10. l. Item I give to the poor of the Parish of Hackney 10. l. Item I give to Bridget Law the Sum of 10. l. And to the Lady Altham daughter to Mr. Auditor Suttân the sum of 20. l. Item I give to Sir Edw. Philips Master of the Rolls a piece of Plate of the value of 20. l. And to Sir James Altham one of the Barons of the Exchequer one piece of Plate of the value of Twenty pounds Item I give to my late wives kinsman Guy Godolphin the sum of 10. l. Item I give to the right honourable my very good Lord the Earle of Suffolk the Sum of 400. All the rest of my goods Chattels and Debts not before given and disposed I give and bequeath to my intended Hospital to be employed and bestowed on and about the same according to the discretion of the Feoffes of my said Hospitall or the greater part of them In witnesse hereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the 28 day of Novemb. above written Thomas Sutton Memorandum that the same Testator did acknowledge this his Will written and contained in these 19. leaves to be his last Will and Testament and that his Hand and Seal set thereunto is his own Hand and Seal and that he had heard it read and was acquainted with the Contents of it the said 28. of Novemb. above-written in presence of Us John Law Leonard Houghton Alexandeâ Longworth Thomas Hall The mark of Richard Pearce The mark of Tho. Johnson Primo Decembris 1611. idem recognitum per testatorem coram Jo. Crook Quarto Decemb. 1611. recognit to be the Testators last will Before me Hen. Thoresby A Codiâill to be annexed to the last Will and Testament of Tho. Sutton Esq made and declared the day whereon he dyed being the 12. of Decemb. 1611. Item he gave and bequeathed to Mr. Judge Crooke one of the Judges of the Kings Bench at VVestmin the Sum of 10. l. And to Mr. Henry Thoresby one of the Masters of the Court of Chancery the like sum of ten l. And to Mrs. Sutton of London Widow the sum of 3. l. 6. s. 8. d. to make her a Ring Also he gave to Mr. Hutton Clark and Vicar of Littlebury the advousion or next presentation to the Parsonage of Dunsby in the county of Lincoln Also he did then publish and declare before Mr. Flud Parson of Stoke-Newington in the County of Middlesex Robert Petit Alexander Longworth John Parsons and Thomas Johnson his Cook that he had made his Will and thereof had made and ordained Richard Sutton of London Esquire and John Law his Executors FINIS