ID: MARG_141

TitleWill of Margaret Bulloke of Great Wigborough 1528 ERO D/ABW 3/12
AbstractWill of Margaret Bulloke [Bullock] of Great Wigborough 27 April 1528 transcribed from Essex Record Office document D/ABW 3/12


Her late husband, John, is buried on the South side of St Stephens Churchyard and she wishes to be buried with him. In this pre-Reformation will, Margaret requests masses to be sung for her soul by the Grey Friars of Colchester. Her sons are John and Younger and John the Elder (both her executors) William and a married daughter Johan Deyer. Son-in-law, Robert Dyer. No properties or land are mentioned but she leaves the family brand and earmark plus a large amount of livestock to William. We have the wills of all three sons.

Transcription by Elaine Barker November 2020

1.In the name of God Amen the xxvijth day of Apryle the yere of oure Lord ml vc xxviijth [1528] and the yere of the reigne of kynge henry the viijth the xxth
2.I [torn] margaret Bulloke of moch wigborough in the Diocy of london beyng hoole of mynde and of good remembr[au]nce lawde be to god, make ordeigne and dispose
3.[torn] this my last will and testament in man[er] and forme folowyng/ First and p[ri]ncypally I com[m]ytt \bequeth/ and recom[m]end my sowle to Almyghty god my creato[ur]
4.[torn] and savioure to his moost hoolyest and blyssed mother Seynt Mary virgen and to all hooly company of hevyn and my body to be buryed in the South side of the
5.[torn] churchyard of moch wigborough aforseid ner unto the place ther wher as John Bulloke my late husbond (whose sowle Jhesu assoyle [clear or excuse] lieth buryed / It[e]m I
6.bequeth to the high Aulter of the p[ar]isshe Church of moch wigborough aforseid for my tithes and oblac[i]ons neglygently forgotten or w[ith]holden xxd
7.It[e]m I bequeth towardes the rep[ar]ac[i]ons of the forseid p[ar]issh Church x sh It[e]m I bequeth to the Grey Frers of Colchest[er] x sh. And they for the same assone [essoine - excuse]
8.they shall have notyce and knoweledge of my disseasse to synge a trentall of masses for my sowle and all xp[i]an [an abbreviation for Christian] sowles / It[e]m I bequeth toward[es] the Amendyng
9.of high ways ther wher moost nede shalbe x sh It[e]m I gyve and bequeth to william Bulloke my son thre score wedders of too yer[es] age & upward
10.thre score Ewys of like age and tenne good and sufficient kyne the p[ri]ce of ev[er]y of them tenne shillyng[es] And I will that the said william my son shalbe at his will to take the seid kyne or fyve pound of good and lawfull money of England Also I gyve and bequeth to the seid william my son my Shepes brand and
12.the ere marke [Note 1] Also I gyve and bequeth to my god dought[er] margaret Deyer x sh It[e]m I gyve and bequeth to my god Dought[er] margaret whiter
13.vj sh viij d It[e]m I gyve and bequeth to my son in lawe Robart Deyer and to my dought[er] Johan his wiff xxti sh The residywe of all my good[es]
14.and moveablys nat bequethed my dett[es] and bequest[es] payd my fun[er]all[es] done and my body honestly brought to the erth and this my will in ev[er]y thynge fulfilled
15.I holy gyve and bequeth to my son John Bulloke the Elder to have & to hold to hym for ev[er]more to doo w[ith] all his free will Trustyng that he will have sowle recom[m]ended unto god in devoote prayer and to doo for me as he wold I shuld doo for hym in case like And of this my testament and last will I ordeyne
17.and make the seid John Bulloke the eld[er] and John Bulloke the yonger my executo[ur]s to the intent that they like kynd chylder shall see & cause this my testament
18.and last will to be executed and fulfilled accordyng to the tenour and effecte of the same And I bequeth to the seid John Bulloke the yong[er] my son for his diligence
19.and labour abowte this my last will vj sh viij d In Wittnes wherof to this my p[re]sent testament and last will I have putto my Seale the day and [torn] yere above wrytten Thes wittnesses beyng p[re]sent

Note 1 Ear mark - an early reference to marking the ears of livestock to identify the owner. The earliest reference I can find is in an Edmund Spenser poem written c 1578 Prosopopoeia Or Mother Hubberds Tale.

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Abstract of Bullock Wills
Bullock family of Great Wigborough

Published27 April 1528
SourceMersea Museum