In the name of God Amen I Nicholas Moleyns of
sound mind the day before the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed
Mary Anno Domini 1429 (i.e. 1st February) make my will in manner
First I give my soul to the said Blessed Virgin Mary and all the
saints my body to be buried in the cemetery of the Blessed Mary
of Montacute in the County of Somerset.
Item I give to the vicar of Christís Church of
Twynham ( i.e. Christchurch Priory) 2/- for my tithes owed and to
the poor here 6d. Item I give to the vicar of Fordyngbrigge 2/-
for my tithes owed and to the poor here 6d.
Item I give to the vicar of Southpederton (i.e.
South Petherton) 2/- for my tithes owed and to the poor here 6d.Item
I give to the vicar of Kyngesbury ( ?Kingsbury Episcopi) for my
tithes owed 2/- and to the poor here 6d.
Item I give all my moveable goods and chattels
at Jayellesmelle and Gaywellesbrygge (thereís a Yea Bridge at South
Petherton) to Joan my wife.
Item I will my feoff of 10 marks of my lands and
tenements in Sandhull to be made over to Matilda my daughter at
Item I will that of the £40 which William ?Shorte
of Seburgh (Seaborough) owes me for the marriage of Joan my daughter
the said William delivers thereof to John ?Roucle and John Pavell
20 marks which I owe for divers lands and tenements in the County
of Southampton with appurtenances lateley bought from the same and
20 marks to be for the marriage portion of the aforesaid Matilda
and 20 marks to my executors.
Item I will that my feoff on my lands and tenements
at Jayellsmell and Southpederton pays 40 marks to my executors of
which 40 marks I will that my said executors deliver to William
Edith Robert and Thomas my children 40/- apiece.
I will also that my executors appoint a priest to celebrate masses
for 2 years for the soul of me the said Nicholas and for the souls
of my family giving to the said priest from the same 40 marks 8
I will that my aforesaid feoff is legally settled on my aforesaid
4 children and lands and tenements in Northpederton (North Petherton)
and Sokelonnde Crosse ( ?? ) and Lynge ( Lyng) for the whole term
of their lives. And after the decease of every of them the same
lands and tenements with appurtenances to remain with the heirs
of me the said Nicholas in perpetuity.
I will that the aforesaid feoff of all my lands and tenements which
were by me enfeoffed is legally settled on settled on Joan my aforesaid
wife and also the aforesaid lands in Northpederton Crosse and Lynge.
I will that after my wishes have been carried out with my lands
and tenements in Sandhull Jayelleswell and Southpederton it is implicit
that the aforesaid feoff by me enfeoffed with the same lands and
tenements and appurtenances is to be bestowed upon John Moleyns
my son and heir in perpetuity. The residue of my goods not above
bequeathed I give to William Moleyns William ?Lane vicar of Kyngesbury
and Joan my wife for the good of my soul and for my benefit to better
see things expedited.
And in order to see that this will is well and faithfully performed
I make and constitute the above mentioned William and John my executors.
Probate was applied for at the Court of Master John Lyndfeld Commissioner
the last day of April the year above written to William Moleyns
executor ( completed 28th June next following.)