Will of John Machon, 1495/6

Herts RO 2AR82

In the name of God Amen, A.D. 1495, 22 February, I John Machon, sound of mind and of healthy memory, make my will in this way. First I bequeath my soul to almighty God, the Blessed Mary and all the saints, and my body to be buried in the churchyard of the parish church of St Laurence of Wynslowe. Item for tithes forgotten 4d. I bequeath also to the high altar 2 candlesticks to stand on the aforesaid altar and to be carried processionally to the altars <and to the altar?> of the lord's mother in the church I bequeath 4d. Item I bequeath 2 phials for washing [2as lavator' fiolas] to the individual altars too. I bequeath to the aforesaid church one bushel of barley. Item to the torches 4d, and also to the bells 4d. Item I bequeath to the aforesaid church a small book bound with a chain [libellu' cu' cathena vinct']. Item I bequeath to John my son a white horse. Item I bequeath to Agnes my daughter a heifer and a house situated in the northern street with a toft and garden after the death of Alice my wife. Furthermore if the aforesaid Agnes should happen to die without legitimate heirs, I want the house to be sold with the toft and garden for the benefit of the church. Item I bequeath another heifer to Joan my younger daughter. The residue indeed of my goods not bequeathed I give and bequeath to my wife Alice, and I appoint her my principal executrix. Witnesses: John Ham(er)ton curate, Richard Wylows, Roger Hangewyn and various others.

[Probate granted 19 March]


John Machon jr was put in tithing in 1493, indicating that he was born c.1479 (Court Rolls, f.4). John senior was described as baker in the Court Rolls of 1495.