Will of Thomas Davy of Shipton, 1505/6

Herts RO 2AR129

[Latin] In dei nomine amen iiijto die mensis Januarii anno domini mo quingen’mo quinto Ego Thomas Davy de Shipton parochianus de Wynslowe compos mentis & sane memorie condo testamentum meum in hunc modum In primis lego animam meam deo patri omnipotenti beate Marie & omnibus sanctis eius corpusque meum sepeliend’ in cimiterio ecclesie de Wynslow predict’  Item lego sancto Laurencio unum modium ordii cuilibet altari in ecclesia predicta unum modium ordii.  Item lumini beate Marie in ecclesia predicta ex parte australi unum modium brasii  Item lego pulpito[?] noui solarij magni Crucifixi decem solid’.  Item torticis xvj d  Item lego campanis xvj d  Residuum vero omnium bonorum meorum supra non legat’ do & lego Johanne uxori mee & Willelmo Tomlyn ac ipsos ordino facio & constituo meos veros Executores ad dispo’ pro anima mea sive pro salute eiusdem prout eis melius videbitur expedire & Henricum Illyng supervisorem huius mei testamenti constituo Test’ Georgio Browne curato Roberto Rayner ac multis aliis dat’ die & anno supradict’

[translation] In the name of God amen.  On 4 January in the year of the Lord 1505 I Thomas Davy of Shipton, parishioner of Wynslowe, sound of mind and of healthy memory, make my will in this way.  First I bequeath my soul to God the father almighty, the Blessed Mary and all his saints, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of the church of Wynslow aforesaid.  Item I bequeath to St Laurence one bushel of barley (and) to each altar in the aforesaid church one bushel of barley.  Item to the light of the Blessed Mary in the aforesaid church on the southern side one bushel of malt.  Item to the pulpit of the new upper storey[?] of the great crucifix ten shillings.  Item to the torches xvj d.  Item I bequeath to the bells xvj d.  The residue indeed of all my goods not bequeathed above I give and bequeath to Joan my wife and to William Tomlyn, and I ordain, make and appoint them my true executors, to dispose for my soul or for the salvation of the same as shall seem best and most expedient to them.  And I appoint Henry Illyng supervisor of this my will.  Witnesses: George Browne curate, Robert Rayner and many others.  Given on the day and year stated above.

[Probate granted to the executor 10 Jan 1505/6]


According to the court rolls for 1517, John Davy's widow was by then married to Richard Snow. John and Joan had a daughter Agnes. Their son Nicholas was born in 1502 and died in 1513, when his heir was his sister Elizabeth wife of William Green.

Copyright 21 August, 2015