Will of Thomas Colman, 1449 (proved 1451)

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(Latin) Vicesimo die mensis Octobris anno domini millesimo CCCCmo xlixo Ego Thomas Colman de Wynselow sane mentis & memorie languens in extremis condo testamentum meum in hunc modum In primis lego animam meam deo beate Marie & omnibus sanctis eius corpusque meum ad sepeliendum in cimiterio ecclesie sancti Laurencii de Wynselowe predict' Item lego cuilibet altari ecclesie predicte ij d Item lumini sancte crucis ij d Item lego vicario ad orandum pro anima mea vj d Item lego fraternitati de Buk' xij d Residuum vero omnium bonorum meorum superius non legatorum do & lego Alicie uxori mee ipsamque Aliciam Robertum Myller & Thomam Godwot ordino ac facio executores meos ut ordinant [sic] & disponant pro salute anime mee meliori modo quo sciverint deo placere

probat' &c xo die maii anno domini millesimo CCCCmo ljo & comiss' fuit &c executoribus &c in forma iur' iurat'

(translation) 20 October 1449 I Thomas Colman of Winslow of sound mind and memory, lying on my deathbed, make my will in this way. First I bequeath my soul to God, the Blessed Mary and all his saints, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of the church of St Laurence of Winslow aforesaid. Item I bequeath to each altar of the aforesaid church 2d. Item to the light of the holy cross 2d. Item I bequeath to the vicar to pray for my soul 6d. Item I bequeath to the fraternity of Buckingham 12d. The residue indeed of all my goods not bequeathed above I give and bequeath to Alice my wife. And I appoint and make my executors Alice herself, Robert Myller and Thomas Godwot, to arrange and dispose for the salvation of my soul in the best way which they know will please God.

Probate 10 May 1451, and administration was entrusted to the executors who took the oath in due form.


Thomas Colman's death is not recorded in the Court Books, but in 1453 Alice Colman sold her cottage (next to the messuage of Thomas Godwote) to William Waryn, who was to provide her with "food and drink suitable for her status" (WMCB p.666). There was later a dispute about this because Alice was said to have been married at the time to John Palmer who was "outside the lordship in remote parts" (p.691, 1456).



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