The Last Will and Testament of Humphrey de Bohun, 1361



(1309 – 1361)

Source: Testamenta Vetusta

Published in 1826

Transcribed by Nicholas Harris Esq

We, Humphrey de Bohun, Earl of Hereford and Essex, and Lord of Brecknock, on the Sunday* following St. Denis, in October 136l, make our testament. We will that our body be buried among the poor brothers, Augustine Friars, in the choir of their Church in London, before the high altar, without any pomp, and that no great men be invited to our funeral, which shall only be attended by one Bishop and by common people. We will that our executors pay to Friar William de Monkland, our Confessor; Friar William Wilhale, Master of Divinity; and Friar GeofFery de Berdefeld ccc marks ; to the Order of Friars aforesaid a black vestment, marked with the arms of England ; to our Chapel within our Castle of Plessy; to Friar John de Teye; to our dear nephew Humphrey de Bohun s a nouche of gold surrounded with large pearls, with a ruby between four pearls, three diamonds, and a pair of gold paternosters of fifty pieces, with ornaments, together with a cross of gold, in which is a piece of the true cross of our Lord ; to Elizabeth, our niece, of Northampton’, a bed with the arms of England; to our niece Dame Catherine D’Engayne” xhli. “pur sa chambre”; to our sister. Countess of Ormond^; to our brother Mons”” Hugh de Courtenay, Earl of Devonshire«, a large sapphire stone of a fine blue colour; to our sister, Countess of Devonshire, a bed, &c. and a bason, in which we are accustomed to wash our head, and which belonged to Madame my mother 5; to the Abbey of Walden; to Sir Nichol de Neuton ; to Sir Thomas de Walmesford ; to Sir Stephen atte Roche; to Sir William Agoldeshalf; to Walter Blount and Marianne his wife ; to Lettice de Massendon; Helen Smyth; to Thomasin Belle xl marks for her marriage, or more if she be well married; to John de Chertesey xl marks, if he be aiding to our executors; to Robert Nobet and Catherine his wife; to Simon Peiche; to William Nobet; to John Maundeville; to J’ne de Sandhurst; to Friar William Belle; to John Atteford; to Thomas Docking; to John atte Roche; to John Bonallet’; to William de la garderobe xl//. and a robe with a mantle for his fee; to Henry Skynnere; to John Middleton; to Richard Mal-don ; to Piers Peyn ; to William Hurle; to Watkin Potter; to Walter de la Chambre ; to Raunde de la Chambre ; to Henry de la Chaumbre; to John Rolf; to John Luminour; to Joh’n rouge Potager; to William de Barton “hasti-ler”; to John Ussher; to William Gamage; to John Ralph ” venour”; a un garson pur le ferourxx^.; to John Ravenestone xls. and an old robe, that is to say, a coat and sur-coat; to Robert de Legh’es; to Salkyn Wystok; to Be-noyt de la Quisine i mark; a Whitenod i marc; to Gibbe Parkere; to Perimant; to Roger Hergest; pur laveurye i garson xx s.; a vi charetters, chescun de eux V marcs, cest assavoir a ceux q’ suiet lungement demurrez ovesq’ nous : et a les autres meynes solom leur demeure p’ avisament de nos executours ; to Mestre Thomas de Fe-rour; a Davy q’est Barber et Ewer’xLs.; a un garson feurer i marc. We bequeath to the executors of Sir Stephen de Greveshende, late Bishop of London ‘, xx marks, •which we owed him. We appoint Friar William, Abbe of Walden; Friar William Monkeland our Confessor, Sir Ni-chol de Neuton, and Sir Thomas de Walmesford, and Sir Stephen atte Roche, our Clerks, our executors. We will also that a chaplain of good condition be sent to Jerusalem principally for my Lady my mother, my Lord my father, and for us ; and that the chaplain be charged to say masses by the way at all times that he can conveniently for the souls; and that a good and loyal man be sent to Canterbury, and to offer there XLS. silver for us; and another such man to Pomfret to offer at the tomb of Thomas, late Earl of Lancaster xls. We will that our executors take c Z. and buy a piece of land, and therewith enfeoff John de Mortimer and the children of his body, &c. In witness of this our will we here put our seal in our Castle of Plessy, the year and day aforesaid. And whereas we intended to found a chantry in honour of God and Saint Anne, to pray for us, and which was interrupted by the death of our dear brother of Northampton  we will, if the said chauntry be not finished in our life-time, that our executors buy as much land as the value of the manor of Dunmawe, and found it in the Priory of Scoule or elsewhere, if they think it more advisable*. Proved before Simon^ Archbishop of Canterbury 13 kal.’» November 1361, at the New Temple, London.


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