Will of John Booth of Barton

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  • Reference
      GB 133 EGR1/8/1/1
  • Former Reference
      GB 133 bundle 177/Y.
  • Dates of Creation
      25 Aug 1422
  • Physical Description
      Deed poll.

Scope and Content

The will of John of the Bothe of Barton [co. Lancs].

Booth's body is to be buried in St Catherine's Chapel in the parish church of Eccles [co. Lancs].

Booth leaves 10 marks to the prior and convent at Whalley [co. Lancs] for all trespasses etc., and 50s to the prior and convent at Warrington to pray for him. £80 is to be set aside by the executors for a priest, to be paid £4 per annum, to sing and pray for the souls of Booth and his wife in Eccles church. Sir Hugh of Bromborough is to be given 7 marks a year to sing for Booth and his wife. Sir Richard Ewode vicar of Eccles church, Sir Richard of Middleton [co. Lancs] and Sir John of Smethurst [co. Lancs] are each to have 1 mark to pray for Booth and his wife.

Booth makes bequests to Sir John Buron (the best covered piece of silver), Henry Bothe his brother (10 marks), Robin [i.e. Robert (d 1460)] his son (the best piece of covered silver "save one and two salt sellars of silver and the bragot horne"), Sir William his son (3 pieces of silver, with the dozen spoons he has at London), Lawrence his son by Alison Solier (10 marks to be paid at intervals for his sustenance), Alison Solier (15s for her marriage), and Elizabeth daughter of his son Robin (10 marks for her marriage). John of Mellor sen is to have 3 cattle and the little horse that he rides upon and 20s, and there are divers small bequests of money and cattle to named persons. He bequeaths a black velvet vestment with "orfray" [embroidered decoration] with all the "gear belonging to the aforesaid vestment", namely a great book and a chalice, to Eccles church; another black velvet vestment with orfray of cloth of gold, a little mass book written by Sir John Faukes, and a chalice to Thomas his son; a blue silk vestment to his son Robin. All his servants are forgiven their debts owing to Booth at his death. The residue is bequeathed to his sons Richard of the Both and Roger of the Both.

Robert of the Bothe, Richard of the Bothe and Roger of the Bothe, his sons, are appointed as executors, Sir John Buron and Sir William of the Bothe as overseers.

Endorsed with note of probate by the Dean of Manchester at Barton, 5 September 1422.