The Last Will and Testament of Elizabeth de Bohun, 1356


Countess of Northampton

Nee; Badlesmere

(1316 – 1356)

Source: Testamenta Vetusta

Published in 1826

Transcribed by Nicholas Harris Esq

I, Elizabeth de Bohun, Countess of Northampton’, on the last day of May 1356, with the leave of my husband, do make this my will. My body to be buried in the quire of the Church of the Friars Preachers, London; to that Church c marks sterling, and also the cross made of the very wood of our Saviour’s Cross, which I was wont to carry about me, and wherein is contained one of the thorns of his crown; also, I bequeath to the said Church two fair altar cloths of one suit, two of cloth of gold, one chalice, one missal, one graile% and one silver bell, likewise thirty-one ells of linen cloth for making of albes % one pulpiiary, one portfory, and an holy water pot of silver; to the Friars Preachers at Oxford one hundred marks, two v/hole vestments, with two whole copes thereto appertaining, two cloths of gold of one suit and one chalice ; to the Friars Preachers of Cambridge fifty pounds; to those of Chelmsford twenty pounds; to those of Exeter twenty pounds ; also I will that one hundred and fifty marks be distributed to several other convents of Friars Preachers, in such manner as Friar David de Stirington shall think best, for my soul’s health; to the Grey Friars in London five marks; to the Carmelites five marks; and to the Augustines five marks; to the Church of Rochford one pair of vestments which I used on holidays in my own Chapel; to the Earl of Hereford my lord a tablet of gold with the form of a crucifix thereon; to Humphrey % my son, a cup of silver gilt with two basons and one ewer of silver; to Elizabeth, my daughter’, a bed of red worsted embroidered; to my sister, the Countess of Oxford % a black horse and a nonche ; to my sister Roos ^ a set of beads of gold and jet, with a firmaile; to Agnes Devereux*; John Avenell; Richard Waldegrave.


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