Will of William Jenkyns, 1500

Herts RO 2AR98

[translation from Latin]  In the name of God amen.  On 7 Sep 1500 I William Jenkyns of Wynslow, sound of mind, make my will in this way. First I give and bequeath my soul to God the almighty father & the blessed Virgin Mary & all the saints, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of St Laurence of Wynslow. Item I bequeath to the monastery of St Albans iiij d. Item I bequeath to the high altar xij d. Item to the four altars xvj d. Item I bequeath to the torches iiij d. Item I bequeath to the light of the crucifix x d. Item I bequeath to the bells xvj d. The residue indeed of all my goods I give and bequeath to John Grene the painter and I appoint the same John my executor. With these witnesses: Richard Willows, William Redslow(), William Eeleman[?] and many others.

[Probate granted 21 Sep 1500 to the executor]


The testator is probably the William Jankyn junior who inherited a cottage and 10 acres from his father William senior in 1459 (WMCB p.699).

painter: pictori is clearly written and confirmed by a reference to "John Grene Paynter" in the court rolls.

Redslow: there is an abbreviation mark after the name. This surname and the next one are otherwise unattested at Winslow and may be transcription errors.