Will of Richard Robyns, 1479/80

Herts RO 2AR36

[translated from Latin]

In, etc. 12 Dec 1479 I Richard Robyns of Wynselowe sound of mind make my will in this way. First I bequeath my soul to God etc., and my body to be buried in the graveyard of the church of Wynselowe. Item I bequeath to the high altar 12d, and to the other lights in the aforesaid church 4d. Item to the light of the Holy Cross 1 lb of wax. Item to the repair of the torches 12d. Item to the maintenance of the bells 12d. Item to the mother church of St Albans 4d. The residue etc. I give & bequeath to my executors, and I ordain, make and appoint Walter Palmer & John Wylde my executors to dispose etc. Given etc.

Probate 20 Jan of the above year & they were dismissed from office, saving the right etc.


Richard Robyn married Ellen / Helen, widow of John Couper, in 1429. They lived next to the Church-Stile in Winslow (i.e. between the Market Square and the church), and in 1458 made a retirement agreement to hand over most of their house to John and Isabella Claver, keeping two chambers. If the Richard Robyns who made his will is the same man he must have been well into his seventies at least.

Copyright 9 November, 2014