The Survey of London (1633): Honour of Citizens

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Honour of Citizens, and worthinesse of men.
Honour of Citizens, and worthinesse both of men
and women in the same.
THis Citie (saith Fitzste-
phen) is glorious in Man-
hood: furnished with muni-
tions, populous with inhabi-
tants; insomuch that in the troublesome time of King Stephen, it hath
shewed at a Muster 20000. armed Horse-
men, and threescore thousand Foot-men,
serviceable for the Warres. Moreover (saith
the Citizens of London, wheresoever
they become, are notable before all other Ci-
tizens, in civility of manners, attire, table,
and talke.
The mo-
dest Ma-
trons that have bin, & ought to be.
The Matrons of this Citie, are
the very modest Sabine Ladies of Italie.
The Londoners, sometime called Trino-
, repelled Caesar, who alwaies made
his passage by shedding blood: whereupon
Lucan sung: Territa quaesitis ostēdit terga Britannis.
The Citie of London hath bred some,
nesse of men, Citi-
zens of London.

which have subdued many Kingdomes, and
also the Romane Empire. It hath also
brought forth manyothers, whom Vertue
and Valour hath highly advanced, accor-
ding to Apollo in his Oracle to Brute,
Sub occasu Solis, &c
. In the time of
Christianity, it brought forth that Noble
Emperour Constantine,
Constatine the Em-
perour borne in London.
which gave the Ci-
tie of Rome, and all the Imperiall signes, to
God, Saint Peter, and Pope Silvester, chu-
sing rather to be called a Defender of the
, than an Emperour. And lest peace
might be violated, and their eyes troubled
by his presence, he retired from Rome, and
built the Citie of Constantinople. Lon-
also in late time hath brought forth fa-
mous Kings: Maude the Empresse, King
Henrie, sonne to Henry the second, and
Thomas the Archbishop, &c.
This Thomas, surnamed Becket, borne
in London,
A Sheriffs Clerke of London be-
came chancelor of England, and Arch-
bishop of Canturbury.
brought up in the Priory of
Marton, and a Student at Paris, be-
came the Sheriffes Clerke of London for
a time, then Parson of S. Mary-hill, he
had a Prebend at London, another at
Lincolne, studied the Law at Bononie,
&c. was made Chancellour of England,
and Archbishop of Canturbury, &c.
Vnto these might be added innumera-
ble persons of honour,
ble actions done by the wor-
thy citi-
zens of London.
wisedome and
vertue, borne in London: but of actions
done by worthy Citizens, I will onely
note a few, and so to other matters.
The Citizens of London,
Hospitall of S. James in the fields.
time out of
minde, founded an Hospitall at Saint
Iames in the fields, for leprous women
of their Citie.
In the yeere 1197. Walter Brune,
VValter Brune.
Citizen of London, and Rosia his wife,
founded the Hospitall of our Lady, cal-
led Domus Dei, or S. Mary Spittle, with-
out Bishopsgate in London, an house of
such reliefe to the needy, that there was
found standing at the surrender thereof,
ninescore beds, well furnished for re-
ceipt of poore people.
In the yeere 1216. the Londoners sen-
ding out a Navie, tooke 95. ships of Pi-
rates and Sea-robbers, besides innume-
rable others that they drowned, which
had robbed on the River of Thames.
In the yeere 1247.
Simon Fitzmary.
Simon Fitzmary,
one of the Sheriffes of London, founded
the Hospitall of S. Mary, called Beth-
, without Bishopsgate.
In the yeere 1283. Henry Wallis,
Henry VVallis,
Maior, builded the Tunne upon Corne-
, to bee a Prison for night-walkers,
and a Market-house called the Stocks,
both for fish and flesh, standing in the
middest of the Citie. Hee also buil-
ded divers Houses on the West and
North side of Pauls Church-yard, the
profits of all which buildings are to the
maintenance of London Bridge.
In the yeere 1332. William Elsing,
VVilliam Elsing,

Mercer of London, founded Elsing Spit-
tle, within Creplegate, for fustentati-
on of an hundred poore blinde men, and
became himselfe the first Prior of that
Sir Iohn Poultney, Draper,
Sir Iohn Poultney.
4. times
Maior, 1337. builded a faire Chappell
in Pauls Church, wherein he was buri-
ed. He founded a Colledge in the Parish
Church of S. Laurence, called Poultney.
Hee builded the Church called lit-
tle Alhallowes, in Thames streete:

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and the Carmelite Friers Church in
Coventry: he gave reliefe to prisoners
in Newgate and the Fleet, and ten shil-
lings the yeere to Saint Giles Hospitall
by Oldborne for ever, and other legacies
long to rehearse.
Iohn Stody Vintner,
Iohn Stody.
Maior, 1358.
gave to the Vintners all the Quadrant,
wherein the Vintners Hall now stan-
deth, with all the tenuments round a-
bout, from Stodies Lane, where is foun-
ded thirteene Almes-houses, for so ma-
ny poore people, &c.
Henry Picard,
Henry Picard.
Vintner, Maior, 1357.
In the yeere 1363. did in one day sum-
ptuously feast Edward the third, King of
England; Iohn, King of France; David,
King of Scots; the King of Cipres, then
all in England; Edward, Paince of Wales,
with many other Noblemen, and after
kept his Hall for all commers, that were
willing to play at dice and hazard; the
Lady Margaret his wife kept her cham-
ber to the same effect, &c.
Iohn Lofken Fishmonger,
Iob. Lofken.
foure times
Maior, 1367. builded an Hospitall cal-
led Magdalens, at Kingstone upon
Thames, gave thereunto 9. tenements,
10. shops, one Mill, 125 acres of Land,
10 acres of meddow, 120. acres of pa-
sture, &c. More, in Lond. he builded the
faire parish Church of Saint Michael in
crooked Lane, and was there buried.
Iohn Barnes,
Joh. Barnes.
Maior, 1371. gave a
Chest with three locks, & 1000. marks
therein, to be lent to yong men upon suf-
ficient pawne, and for the use thereof,
to say De profundis, or Pater noster, and
no more: he also was a great builder of
S. Thomas Apostles Parish Church, as
appeareth by his Armes there both in
stone and glasse.
In the yeere 1378. Iohn Filpot,
Ioh. Filpot.
time Maior, hired with his mony 1000.
Souldiers, and defended the Realme
from incursions of the enemy; so that in
small time his hired men tooke Iohn
, a Sea-rover, with all his ships,
which he before had taken from Scar-
, and fifteene Spanish ships, laden
with great riches.
In the yeere 1380. Thomas of Wood-
stocke, Thomas Percy, Hugh Calverley, Ro-
bert Knowles
, & others, being sent with
a great power to ayde the Duke of Bri-
, the said Iohn Filpot hired Ships
for them of his owne charges, and re-
leased the Armour, which the Souldi-
ers had pawned for their victuals, more
than a thousand in number.
This most Noble Citizen, (saith Thomas
Walsingham) that had travelled for the com-
modity of the whole Realme, more than
all other of his time, had often relieved the
King, by lending him great summes of
money, and otherwise. He deceased in
the yeere 1384. after that he had assu-
red lands to the Citie, for the reliefe of
thirteene poore people for ever
In the yeere 1381. William Walworth,
William Walworths valiancy.

then Maior, a most provident, valiant,
and learned Citizen, did by his arrest of
Wat Tylar, (a presumptuous Rebell, up-
on whom no man durst lay hands) deli-
ver the King and Kingdome from the
danger of most wicked Traitors, and
was for his service knighted in the field,
as before hath beene related.
Nicholas Brembar, Iohn Filpot, Robert
Laund, Nicholas Twiford
, and Adam Fran-
, Aldermen, were then for their ser-
vice likewise Knighted, and Sir Robert
, for assisting of the Maior was
made free of the City.
Sir Robert Knowles,
Ro. Knowles.
thus worthily en-
franchised a Citizen, founded a Col-
ledge with an Hospitall at Pountfract:
he also builded the great stone bridge
at Rochester, over the River of Medway.
Iohn Churchman Grocer,
Iohn Churchman.
one of the
Sheriffes, 1386. for the quiet of Mer-
chants, builded a certaine house upon
Wooll wharse, in Tower ward to serve
for Ternage, or weighing of wools, and
for the Customer, Comptrollers,
Clerkes, and other Officers to sit, &c.
Adam Bamme,
Adam Bamme.
Goldsmith, Maior,
1091, in a great dearth, procured corne
from divers parts beyond the Seas, to
be brought hither in such abundance,
as sufficed to serve the Citie, and the
Countries neere adjoyning: to the fur-
therance of which good worke, he took
out of the Orphants Chest in the Guild-
, 2000. Marks to buy the said corne,
and each Alderman laid out 20. pound
to the like purpose.
Tho. Knowles,
Thomas Knowles.
Grocer, Maior, 1400. with
his brethren the Aldermen, began to
new build the Guild-hall in London, and
in stead of an old little Cottage in
Alderman-bury street, made a faire

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and goodly house, more neere unto S.
Laurence Church in the Jurie. Hee re-
edified S. Anthonies Church, and gave
to the Grocers his house neere unto the
same, for reliefe of the poore for ever.
More, he caused water to be conveied
to the gates of Newgate and Ludgate, for
reliefe of the prisoners there.
Iohn Hinde,
Iohn Hinde.
Draper, Maior 1405. new-
ly builded his parish Church of Saint
Swithen by London stone, his monument
is defaced, save onely his Armes in the
glasse windows.
Thomas Falconer Mercer,
Thomas Falconer.
Maior, 1414
lent to King Henry the 5. towards main-
tenance of his warres in France, 10000.
markes upon Iewels: more, hee made
the posterne called Mooregate, caused
the ditches of the Citie to be cleansed,
and did many other things for good of
the same Citie.
William Sevenock Grocer,
VVilliam Sevenock.
Maior 1419.
founded in the Towne of Sevenock in
Kent, a free schoole for poore mens chil-
dren, and 13. Almes-houses: his Testa-
ment saith 20. poore men and women.
Richard Whittington Mercer,
Richard VVhitting-
3. times
Maior, in the yeere 1421. began the Li-
brary of Gray Friers in London, to the
charge of foure hundred l. his execu-
tors (with his goods) founded and buil-
ded Whittington Colledge, with Almes-
houses for 13. poore men, and Divinity
Lectures to be read there for ever. They
repaired Saint Bartholomews Hospitall
in Smithfield, they bare some charges to
the glazing and paving of the Guildhall,
they bare halfe the charges of building
the Library there, and they builded the
west gate of London, of old time called
Newgate, &c.
Iohn Carpenter,
Iohn Car-
Towne-Clerke of Lon-
, in the reigne of Henry the fifth,
caused (with great expences) to be cu-
riously painted upon boord, about the
North Cloister of Pauls, a monument
of death, leading all estates, with the
speeches of death,
Dance of death, cal-
led the dance of Pauls.
and answer of every
state. This Cloyster was pulled downe
1549. He also gave Tenements to the
Citie, for the finding and bringing up
of foure poore mens children, with
meat, drinke, apparell, learning at the
Schooles in the Vniversity, &c. untill
they might be preferred, and then other
in their places for ever.
Robert Chichley,
Ro. Chichley.
Grocer, Maior, 1422.
appointed by his Testament, that on his
birth-day, a competent dinner should be
ordained for two thousand foure hun-
dred poore men, housholders of this Ci-
tie, and every one to have two pence in
money. More, he gave one large plot
of ground, thereupon to build the new
parish Church of S. Stephen neere unto
Walbrooke, &c.
Iohn Rainwell Fishmonger,
Ioh. Rainwell.
1427. gave Tenements to discharge
certaine Wards of London of Fifteenes,
and other payments.
Iohn Welles Grocer,
Ioh. VVels.
Maior, 1433. a
great builder of the Chappell or Col-
ledge of the Guild-hall, and was there
buried: he caused fresh water to be con-
veyed from Teyborne, to the Standard in
West Cheap, for the service of the Citie.
William Eastfield Mercer,
VVilliam Eastfield.
1438. ap-
pointed his executors, of his goods, to
convey sweet water from Teyborne, and
to build a faire Conduit by Alderman-
Church, which they performed, as
also made a Standard in Fleetstreet, by
Shew-lane end: they also conveyed wa-
ter to Creplegate, &c.
Stephen Browne Grocer,
Stephen Browne.
Maior 1439.
sent into Prusia, causing corne to bee
brought from thence, whereby hee
brought downe the price of Wheat,
from three shillings the bushell, to lesse
than halfe that money: for corne was
then so scarce in England, that poore
people were enforced to make them
bread of Fearne roots.
Philip Malpas,
Philip Malpas.
one of the Sheriffes,
1440. gave by his Testament 125. l. to
reliefe of poore prisoners, and every
yeere for five yeeres, 400. shirts and
smocks, 40. paire of sheets, and 150.
gownes of Freeze to the poore. To 500
poore people in London, every one six
shillings eight pence: to poore maids
marriages, 100. markes: to high-waies,
an hundred markes: twenty markes the
yeere to a Graduate to preach, twen-
tie pounds unto Preachers at the
Spittle on the three Easter holy-daies,
Robert Large Mercer,
Robert Large.
Maior 1440.
gave to his parish Church of S. Olive in
Surrey 200. l. to S. Margarets in Loth-
25. l. to the poore twenty pounds:
to London bridge one hundred markes.

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Towards the vaulting over the water-
course of Walbroke two hundred marks.
To poore Maids marriages, one hun-
dred markes: to poore House-holders,
one hundred pounds, &c.
Richard Rich Mercer,
Richard Rich.
one of the She-
riffes, 1442. founded Almes houses at
Hodsdon in Hertfordshire.
Simon Eyre Draper,
Simon Eyre.
Mayor, 1346.
builded the Leaden-hall, for a common
Garner of corne, to the use of this City,
and left five thousand markes to chari-
table uses.
Godfrey Bullein,
Godfrey Bullein.
Maior of London,
1458. by his Testament gave liberally
to the prisons, hospitals, and Lazer-hou-
ses; besides a thousand pound to poore
house-holders in London, and 200. l. to
poore householders in Norfolke.
Richard Rawson,
Richard Rawson.
one of the She-
riffes, 1477. gave by Testament large
Legacies to the Prisoners, Hospitals and
Lazer-houses. To other poore, to high
wayes, to the water-conduits, besides to
poore Maids marriages, 340. pounds,
and his executors to build a large house
in the Churchyard of S. Mary Spittle,
wherein the Maior and his brethren do
use to sit, and heare the Sermons in the
Easter holy-dayes.
Thomas Ilam,
Tho. Ilam.
one of the Sheriffes,
1480. newly builded the great Conduit
in Cheape, of his owne charges.
Edward Shaw Goldsmith,
Edw. Shaw.
Maior 1483
caused Creplegate of London to bee buil-
ded of his owne goods, &c.
Thomas Hill Grocer,
Tho. Hill.
Maior, 1485.
caused of his goods, the Conduit of
Grasse-street to be builded.
Hugh Clopton Mercer,
Hugh Clop-
during his life
a batchelour, Maior 1492. builded the
great stone arched Bridge at Stratford
upon Avon in Warwickshire, and did ma-
ny other things of great charity, as in
my Summary.
Robert Fabian,
Robert Fabian.
one of the Sheriffes,
1494. gathered out of divers good Au-
thors, aswell Latine as French, a large
Chronicle of England and of France,
which he published in English, to his
great charges, for the honor of this Ci-
tie, and common utility of the whole
Sir Iohn Percivall Merchant-Taylor,
Iohn Perci-

Maior, 1498. founded a Grammar-
schoole at Macklefield in Cheshire, where
he was borne, hee endowed the same
schoole with sufficient Lands, for the
finding of a Priest, master there, to
teach freely all children thither sent,
without exception.
The Lady Thomasine his wife,
Rich. Carew.
ded the like Freeschoole, together with
faire lodgings for the Schoolemasters,
Scholars, and other, and added twenty
pound of yeerely revennue for suppor-
ting the charges, at Saint Mary Wike in
Devonshire, where she was borne.
Stephen Gennings,
Stephen Gennings.
Maior 1509. founded a faire Grammar-
schoole at Vlfrimhampton in Stafford-
, left good lands, and also builded a
great part of his Parish Church, called
Saint Andrewes Vndershaft in London.
Henry Keble Grocer,
Hen. Keble.
Maior 1511. in
his life a great benefactor to the new
building of old Mary Church, and by
his Testament gave a thousand pounds
toward the finishing thereof. He gave to
highwaies two hundred pound; to poor
Maids marriages, one hundred markes.
To poore husbandmen in Oxford and
Warwickshires, one hundred and forty
Ploughshares, and one hundred and for-
ty Cultars of iron, and in London to se-
ven Almes-men, six pence the week for
Iohn Collet,
Ioh. Collet.
a Citizen of London by
birth, and by dignity Deane of Pauls,
Doctor of Divinity, etected and buil-
ded one Free-schoole in Pauls Church-
yard, 1512. for 3. hundred fifty three
poore mens children, to be taught free
in the same schoole, appointing a Ma-
ster, a submaster and a Chaplaine, with
sufficient stipends to endure for ever,
and committed the oversight there-
of to the Mercers in London, because
himselfe was sonne to Henry Collet, Mer-
cer, Maior of London, and endowed the
Mercers with Lands, to the yeerely va-
lue of 120. pound, or better.
Sir William Fitzwilliam the elder,
William Fitzwilliam
ing a Merchant-taylor, and servant som-
time to Cardinall Wolsey, was chosen
Alderman of Breadstreet Ward in Lon-
, in Anno 1506. Going afterward to
dwell at Milton in Northamptonshire, in
the fall of the Cardinall his former ma-
ster, he gave him kinde entertainement
there at his house in the Countrey.
For which deed being called before the

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King, and demanded how he durst en-
tertaine so great an enemy to the State?
His answer was, that hee had not con-
temptuously or wilfully done it; but on-
ly because he had beene his Master, and
(partly) the meanes of his greatest for-
A just and royall dis-
position in the King.
The King was so well pleased
with his answer, that saying, himselfe
had too few such servants, immediate-
ly he knighted him, and afterward made
him a Privie Counsellour.
This worthy Knight dying,
The libe-
rall and bountifull minde of this Fitz-William. His death.
gave an
hundred pounds to poore maids marri-
ages. His debts and debtors (over
whose names he had written, Amore Dei
he freely forgave. He gave to
the Vniversities forty pounds; to the
poore, thirty pounds; to mend the high
waies betwixt Chigwell and Copersall in
Essex, fifty pounds. To mend other high
waies, about Thorney and Sawtry Chap-
pell, and the Bridge, fifty pounds more.
And to the Merchant-Taylors his Bre-
thren, he gave his best standing Cup, as
a friendly remembrance of him for e-
Iohn Tate, Brewer,
Iohn Tate.
then a Mercer,
Maior, 1514. caused his Brewhouse,
called the Swanne, neere adjoyning to
the Hospitall of Saint Anthonie in Lon-
, to be taken downe, for the inlar-
ging of the said Church, then new buil-
ded, being a great part of his charge:
This was a goodly foundation, with
Almes houses, a Free Schoole, &c.
George Monnox Draper,
George Monnox.
Maior 1515.
re-edified the decayed Parish Church
of Waltamstow or Walthamstow in Essex,
he founded there a Free Schoole, and
Almes-houses for thirteene Almes-peo-
ple: He made also a cawsey of Timber
over the Marshes, from Walthamstow to
Locke-Bridge, &c.
Sir Iohn Milborne,
Iohn Mil-
Draper, Maior,
1522. builded Almes-houses, foureteen
in number, by the crossed Friers Church
in London, there to be placed foureteen
poore people, and left to the Drapers,
certaine Messuages, Tenements, and
Garden-plots, in the Parish of Saint O-
in Hartstreet, for performance of
stipends to the said Almes people, and
other uses. Looke more in Aldgate
Ward, where you shall be further satis-
Robert Thorne,
Robert Thorne.
Merchant-Taylor, de-
ceasing a Batchelour, in the yeere 1532.
gave by his Testament to charitable a-
ctions, more than foure thousand, foure
hundred and forty pounds, and legacies
to his poore kindred more, five thou-
sand, one hundred forty two pounds, be-
sides his debts forgiven, &c.
Sir Iohn Allen,
Sir Iohn Allen.
Mercer, Maior of Lon-
, and of counsell to King Henry the 8.
deceased 1544. buried at Saint Thomas
of Acres, in a faire Chappell by him
builded. He gave to the Citie of Lon-
a rich collar of gold, to be worne by
the Maior, which was first worne by
Sir William Laxton. He gave five hun-
dred Markes to be a stocke for Sea-cole,
his Lands purchased of the King, the
rent thereof to bee distributed to the
poore in the Wards of London for ever.
He gave besides to the Prisons, Ho-
spitals, Lazer houses, and all other poore
in the Citie, or two miles without, very
liberally, and over-long to be recited.
Sir William Laxton,
Sir William Laxton.
Grocer, Maior,
1545. founded a faire free Schoole at
Owndale in Northamptonshire, with six
Almes-houses for the poore.
Sir Iohn Gresham,
Sir Iohn Gresham.
Mercer, Maior 1548
founded a Free schoole at Holt, a Mar-
ket Towne in Norfolke: He gave to e-
very Ward in London tenne pounds, to
be distributed to the poore; and to 120.
poore men and women, every one of
them three yards of broad cloth, of 8.
or 9. shillings the yard, to be made in
Gownes ready to their backes. He gave
also to Maids marriages, and to the Ho-
spitals in London, aboue 200. pounds in
ready money.
Sir Rowland Hill,
Sir Rowland Hill.
Mercer, Maior,
1550. caused to be made divers caw-
seyes, both for horse and man: he made
foure Bridges, two of stone, containing
18. Arches in them both. He builded
one notable Free-schoole at Drayton in
Shropshire: he gave to Christs hospitall in
London, 500. pounds, &c.
Sir Andrew Iud Skinner,
Sir Andrew Iud.
Maior 1551.
erected one notable Free-scoole at Tun-
in Kent, and Almes-houses nigh
Saint Helens Church in London, and
left to the Skinners, Lands to the value
of threescore pounds, 3. shillings eight
pence the yeere, for the which they bee
bound to pay 20. l. to the Schoolmaster,
8. l. to the Vsher yeerely for ever,

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and foure shillings the week to the sixe
almes people, and twenty five shillings
foure pence the yeere in coales, for e-
Sir Thomas White,
The fa-
mous me-
mory of Sir Thomas White.
Lord Maior of this
honourable City in Anno 1554. and a
worthy Brother likewise of the Mer-
chant-Taylors Society, being a lover
of learning, & an earnest furtherer ther-
of, first purchased the Hall in Oxenford,
called Glocester Hall,
Glocester Hall in Oxenford.
for Schollers and
Students, to receive there the benefit
of learning. But his private thoughts
very often soliciting him, that he should
(in time) meet with a place, where two
Elmes grew, and that there his further
purpose should take effect. At length,
he found out the place, where (at his
owne cost and expences) hee founded
the famous Colledge, called Saint Iohn
The buil-
ding of S. Iohn Baptist Colledge in Oxen-
and where these two
Elmes (as I have heard) are yet standing
endowing it with such liberall gifts,
lands and revenues, as would require
too much time, here to be remembred
of set downe.
Beside his provision for learning in
this worthy place,
Other Schooles by him builded & maintai-
hee erected other
Schooles: as at Bristow, Reading, and a
Colledge at Higham Ferries. More, he
gave to the City of Bristow, the summe
of two thousand pounds to purchase
His great bounty to the City of Bristow.
amounting to the yeerely value of
an hundred and twenty pound: The
Maior and Citizens paying therefore
yeerely an hundred pounds. Eight hun-
dred pounds must bee lent to sixteene
poore Clothiers, fifty pounds each man,
for the space of ten yeeres, sufficient se-
curity being given by them for the same.
Afterward that eight hundred pounds,
was to passe to other sixteen poore clo-
thiers, according to the discretion of
them put in trust.
Provision of Corne for the poore.
Two hundred pounds
beside was reserved, for provision of
corne, and needefull occasions for the
poore, in the order and care of the Ma-
ior, Aldermen and Citizens, &c.
Then according to his will, which re-
maineth yet to be seen, out of this boun-
tifull gift to Bristow,
His order out of his gift to Bri-
these memorable
branches, and benevolences, were (by
himselfe) devised, and thus ordered, be-
ginning in the yeere 1577. and so thence
forward, they went on according to his
owne direction. Then on the Feast of
Saint Bartholmew was brought to the
Merchant-Taylors Hall,
An hun-
dred and 4. pounds brought to Merchant Taylors Hall al-
waies on Bartholo-
an hundred
and foure pounds, the hundred pound
to be lent (for ten yeeres space) to foure
poore young men in the City of Yorke,
Free-men and Inhabitants being Clo-
thiers: and the foure pound overplus, to
bee imployed about the charges and
paines, that no man (used in the busi-
nesse) might receive discontentment.
Then in 1578. the like sum was to bee
delivered thence to Canturbury: and
so thence forward, the same summes
(yeerely) to the Cities and Townes fol-
lowing orderly.
  • 1579 Reading.
    The order of the yeerely lending.
  • 1580 The Merchant-Taylors them-
  • 1581 Glocester.
  • 1582 Worcester.
  • 1583 Excester.
  • 1584 Salisbury.
  • 1585 West-Chester.
  • 1586 Norwich.
  • 1587 Southampton.
  • 1588 Lincolne.
  • 1589 Winchester.
  • 1590 Oxenford.
  • 1591 Hereford East.
  • 1592 Cambridge.
  • 1593 Shrewsbury.
  • 1594 Linne.
  • 1595 Bathe.
  • 1596 Derbie.
  • 1597 Ipswich.
  • 1598 Colchester.
  • 1599 New-Castle.
This sum of one hundred and foure
The hun-
dred and foure pounds is yeerely delivered at the Merchant Taylors Hall.
passing thus yeerly to the fore-
named places, is delivered still at the
Merchant-Taylors Hall, and to the
good intended uses of the giver; and
that there might be no breathing while
for so just a Stewards talent, but to have
it still kept in continuall employment
for the poore: the same order was ap-
pointed, to take beginning againe (as
before) at the City of Yorke, and so suc-
cessively (while the world endureth) to
the Townes before named,
Passing still in or-
der from place to place.
in the selfe-
same course as it had the Originall; with
great care and observance in them, to
whom it belongeth, that the dead may
not be abused, nor poore mens right in-

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But did he thus shut up his purse, and
say to himselfe; I have given sufficient?
His libe-
ral bounty to the Ci-
ty of Co-
, it being then in great di-
he did cast his pitying eye next on
the City of Coventry, distressed (at that
time) in great and grievous manner:
What his instant benevolence was, hee
tooke it to be but as an houres Sun-shine
after a whole day of storme and tem-
pest; although it might yeeld some
comfort, were the season never so short.
But to establish a certainty, that no dis-
may or doubt should ever after bee able
to remove (even as a worthy Pyramides
erected to perpetuity) he gave to the Ci-
ty of Coventry, 1400. pounds, therewith
to purchase lands, rising to the annuall
value of seventy pounds.
Twelve poore a-
ged Inhabitants of Coventry yeerely.
Twelve aged
poore inhabitants of that City, were to
have (in free Almes) 24. pounds, each
man 40. shillings yeerly, on the eleventh
day of March, or within six dayes after
Foure poore young men also were to
have 40. pounds lent them in free lone,
Foure poore yong men of the same City.

ten pound each man, and for nine yeers
space, upon sufficent security given.
And their turnes being thus served, then
foure other poore young men were to
have the like summes, and for like li-
mitation, and so from 9. yeeres to nine
yeeres for ever.
Afterward, it was ordered (in free
lone) to two poore men of the same Ci-
ty, and lastly, to one: in which nature
(according to the severall limitations)
it doth yet, and doubtlesse shall for ever
continue. Also the same summe was
appointed to one yong man in Northam-
for 9. yeeres in free lone,
next, to
one in the City of Leicester;
thirdly, to
one in Nottingham;
Nottingham VVarwicke.
fourthly, to one in
Warwicke; and for the like time. Then
returning againe to Coventry for one
yeere, it repasseth to the said Townes a-
gaine, each after other in like nature, for
ever. And lest his worthy intent should
faile in the continuance, he enlarged his
first gift to Coventry of 1400. l. to 2000.
and 60. pound to be employed as hath
been remembred: 40. l. being yeerely
paid out of it, to Saint Iohn Baptist Col-
ledge in Oxenford, and allowances also
by himselfe given in each place, that
bonds should bee made, without any
charge to the receiver.
Edward Hall Gentleman,
Edward Hall.
of Grayes
Inne a Citizen by birth and office, as
common Serjeant of Lond. & one of the
Iudges in the Sheriffes Court, he wrote
and published a famous and eloquent
Chronicle, intituled, The uniting of the
two noble Families, Lancaster and Yorke
Richard Hils Merchant-Taylor,
Richard Hils.
gave 500. pound towards the purchase
of an house, called, the Mannor of the
Rose, wherein the Merchant-Taylors
founded their free Schoole in London:
he also gave to the said Merchant-Tay-
lors one plot of ground, withcertainsmal
Cottages on the Tower hill, where he
builded faire Almes-houses for foure-
teene sole women.
About the same time,
W. Lambert.
William Lam-
Esquire, free of the worshipfull
Company of. Drapers, borne in Lon-
, a Iustice of the peace in Kent, foun-
ded a Colledge for the poore, which he
named of Queene Elizabeth in East
William Harper. Merchant-Taylor,
Sir VVilli-
am Harper.

Maior, 1562. sounded a a free Schoole
in the Towne of Bedford where he was
borne and also buried.
Sir Thomas Gresham Mercer,
Sir Thomas Gresham.
builded the Royall Exchange in London,
and by his Testament left his dwelling
house in Bishopsgate street, to be a place
for readings; allowing large stipends to
the Readers, and certaine Almes-houses
for the poore.
William Patten Gentleman,
VV. Patten.
a Citizen
by birth, and customer of London out-
ward, Iustice of Peace in Middlesex, the
Parish Church of Stokenwenton being
ruinous, he repaired or rather new buil-
Sir Thomas Rowe Knight,
Sir Thomas Rowe his worthy liberality.
Lord Maior
of the City of London, in 1568. a wor-
thy brother also of the Merchant-Tay-
lors Company, beside his charitable cost
and charges, in building the new Church
yard in Bethlem, containing neere one
Acre of ground, and inclosed with a
wall of bricke, and a Sermon to be prea-
ched every Whit-Sunday in the morning,
in presence of the Lord Maior and Al-
dermen; as also giving one hundred
pounds, to be lent to eight poore men:
gave to the merchant-Taylors, lands, or
Ten poore men to be maintai-
ned for ever.
out of them to be given 40.
pounds yeerely, to maintaine ten poore
men for ever, such as were not brethren
of his owne society, but chosen out of

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five severall Companies,
viz. Clothwor-
kers, Armorers, Carpenters, Tylars
, and
As considering, that by over
toyling labour,
fall, bruises
and such like inconveniences,
they were
soonest like to become impotent, and
unable to help or maintaine themselves.
Therefore, to each of these ten men, he
freely gave the summe of foure pounds,
quarterly to bee paid them at the Mer-
chant-Taylors Hall, during their lives.
And then to succeed to other men in the
same Companies, according to due con-
sideration of just cause, and most neces-
Ambrose Nicholas Salter,
Ambrose Nicholas.
Maior 1576.
founded 12. Almes-houses in Monks-
street, neere unto Creplegate, where-
in he placed 12. poore people, having
each of them 7. d. the weeke, and once
every yeere, 5. sackes of coles, and one
quarter of a hundred Faggots, all of his
gift for ever.
William Lambe Esquire, sometime a
Gentleman of the Chappell to King
Henry the eighth,
VVilliam Lambe Ci-
tizen and Clothwor-
ker of Lon-
and in great favour
with him: was also a free Brother of
the worshipfull Company of Clothwor-
kers, and a kind loving Citizen to the
City of London. Out of his love to Lear-
ning and Schollers, in the Town of Sut-
ton Valens
in Kent, where hee was borne,
at his owne proper cost and charges he
erected a free Grammar-Schoole,
A free Grammar Schoole at Sutton Va-
in Kent.
the education & instruction of youth, in
the feare of God, good manners, know-
ledge, and understanding, allowing
yeerely to the Master twenty pounds,
and ten pouuds yeerely to the Vsher,
from time to time, as either place shall
be supplied by succession, and for their
yeerely stipends or perpetuall pensions.
In the same Towne of Sutton also,
Almes-houses at Sutton for the poore.
the reliefe of poore people, he caused to
bee builded sixe Almes-houses, having
an Orchard and Gardens, and the sum
of ten pounds yeerely payed them.
At Maidstone likewise in Kent,
Free Schoole at Maidstone.
hath given ten pounds yeerely to the
free Schoole for ever: with this speciall
caution, that needy mens children may
bee preferred onely, to the enjoying of
this benefit.
The Gentleman foresecing,
His reliefe to poore Clothiers in divers places.
in his
life time, the decay of sundry Trades
and Occupations, to the utter undoing
of very many, especially poore Clothi-
ers, whose impoverishing deserved
greatly to be pittied, freely gave to the
poore Clothiers in Suffolke, in Bridge-
and in Ludlow in Shropshire, 300.
pounds to be paid by even portions: to
each severall Towne of the said Coun-
ties, one hundred pounds apeece, for
their supportation and maintenance, at
their worke or occupation.
And as his charity extended it selfe
thus liberally abroad in the Countrey,
His buil-
ding of the Conduit neere to Oldborn, and the Standard at Oldborn bridge.

so did the Citie of London likewise taste
thereof not sparingly. For neere unto
Holborne hee founded a faire Conduit,
and a standard with a Cocke at Holborne
, to convey thence the waste.
These were begun the six and twentieth
day of March, 1577. and the water car-
ried along in pipes of Lead, more than
two thousand yards, all at his owne cost
and charges, amounting to the summe
of fifteene hundred pounds, and the
worke fully finished the foure and twen¦tieth
of August in the same yeere.
Poore wo-
men bene-
fited by the Con-
he gave to poore women,
such as were willing to take paines, 120
Pailes, therwith to carry & serve water.
Being a member (as I have already
said) of the Cloth-workers Company,
His gift to the wor-
shipfull Company of Cloth-

and to shew that he was not unmindfull
of them, hee gave them his dwelling
house in London, with other Lands and
Tenements to the value of thirty pound
yeerely, besides, 4. pounds more also
yeerely, by them to be thus bestowed;
to wit, for the hyring of a Minister to
read divine Service, thrice every weeke,
as Sunday, Wednesday and Friday,
throughout the yeere, in the Chappell
or Church belonging to his house, cal-
led by the name of Saint Iames in the
Allowance for foure yeerely Sermons.
by Creplegate; and for foure Ser-
mons there to be preached, a competent
allowance for each. And also out of the
thirty pounds yeerely,
Every pooreman and poore woman, a shirt, a smock and a gowne, and a payre of shooes, &c.
it is provided,
that a deduction be made by the said
Clothworkers, for apparelling of twelve
men, and as many women, in forme as
followeth: To every of the twelve men
a Freeze gowne, one Lockeram shirt,
and a good strong paire of Winter
shooes. To the twelve women likewise,
a Freeze gowne, a Lockeram smocke,
and a good paire of Winter shooes, all
ready made for their wearing. Alwaies

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remembred, that they be persons both
poore and honest, to whom this chari-
table deed is to be extended; and this
is yeerely done on the first of October.
To the Parish Church of Saint Giles
without Creplegate,
S Giles without Creplegate.
hee gave fifteene
pound to the Bels and Chime, inten-
ding a further liberality thereto, if they
had taken due time.
To the worshipfull Company of the
Stationers he gave a legacie of sixe l.
13. s. 4. d. for perpetuall reliefe of the
His gift to the Com-
pany of Stationers.
in the Parish Church of Saint
Faiths under Pauls: namely, to twelve
poore people, twelve pence in money,
and twelve pence in bread, every Friday
throughout the yeere.
To Christs Hospitall in London,
His gift to Christs Hospitall.
the bringing up of poore mens children
he hath given 6. l. yeerely for ever: and
an hundred pounds in ready money to-
gether, therewith to purchase Lands,
that their reliefe (by the revennues of
the same) may be perpetuall.
To Saint Thomas Spittle or Hospital
in Southwarke,
His gift to S. Thomas Hospitall.
towards the succour of
the sicke and diseased, he gave foure l.
yeerely for ever.
An hundred pounds he intended to
the Hospitall called the Savoy,
His intent to the Sa-
but by
reason that such agreements could not
be made as he thought convenient, his
contribution that way, (much against
his minde) went not forward.
For the reliefe of poore prisoners in the
two Compters,
His reliefe for poore prisoners.
Newgate, Ludgate, the
Marshalseas, the Kings-Bench, and the
White Lion, he dealt very bountifully
and discreetly; giving unto the two
Compters six pound apeece, and to bee
paid unto them by twenty shillings each
moneth. To the other Prisons fore-men-
tioned, six mattresses apeece, the whole
number being two dozen and an halfe.
He was not unmindful of poore maids
Marriage money for poore maids.
but gave twenty pounds to
be equally divided among forty, by e-
quall portions of tenne shillings apiece.
Yet with this proviso, that those poore
maids to be married, should be of good
name and fame.
His love and bounty to his servants,
His love and libe-
rality to his ser-
also the hundred and eight Freeze
gownes ready made, which he bequea-
thed at his Funerall to poore men and
women, with dispersing the remnant of
all his goods after his buriall, where
need and reason required, I am conten-
ted to passe over, referring what else is
further to be said of him, till I come to
speake of the place where he lyeth bu-
Sir T. Offley,
Sir Thomas Offley be-
queathed much to the poore.
Merchant-Taylor, Mai-
or, deceased 1580. appointed by his
Testament, the one halfe of all his
goods, and two hundred pounds dedu-
cted out of the other halfe, given to his
sonne Henry, to be given and bestowed
in deeds of charity, by his executors, ac-
cording to his confidence and trust in
Barnard Randulph,
Bernard Randolph, Common Serjeant of London, his liberall bounty.
Common Serjeant
of London, 1583. This man (in his life
time) somewhat before his death, gave
and delivered with his owne hand, to
the Company of Fishmongers in Lon-
, the summe of nine hundred pounds;
of good and lawfull money of England,
to be imployed towards the conducting
of Thames water, cesterning the same in
For con-
veying of Thames water.
and cassteling it with stone, in the
Parishes of Saint Mary Magdalen, and
Saint Nicholas Cold-Abbey, neere unto
old Fishstreet, seven hundred pounds.
The other two hundred pounds, to pay
for ever yeerely, the sum of ten pounds:
to wit, towards the maintenance of a
poore Scholler,
For a poor Scholar.
in the Vniuersitie of Ox-
, yeerely, foure pounds. Towards
mending the high-waies in the Parish
of Tisehurst,
For men-
ding high wayes.
in the County of Sussex
where the said Barnard was borne, every
yeere foure pounds.
For the poore in divers parishes.
And to the poore
people of the Parishes of Saint Nicholas
in Breadstreet, and St. Mary Mag-
neere to old Fishstreet, forty shil-
lings; to wit, twenty shillings to either
Parish for ever.
More he willed and bequeathed by
his last will and testament, to be bestow-
ed in land or annuities, for reliefe of the
poore, inhabiting in the Wards of
Queen Hith, and Castle Baynard in the
City of London, and in the forenamed
Parish of Tisehurst, in the County of
Sussex, the summe of 1000 pounds.
Master Thomas Ridge,
Master Tho. Ridge.
Grocer, gave
1163. l. 6. s. 8. d. to godly and chari-
table uses in forme following.
To the Company of Grocers,
Benefit of yong be-
for the
benefit of Young-men, free of the same
Society, and to be lent unto them for a

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certaine time one hundred pound.
To the Hospitals in and about Lon-
, 100. l.
For the releefe of poore Preachers,
Love to Religion. Care of poore tradesmen
400. l.
For the helpe of poore and decayed
Trasedmen, in and about London, 300. l.
To a Lecture in Grasse-Church in Lon-
, 100. l.
To his men and maid servants, 63. l.
In gownes for poore men, 100. l.
Master Iohn Haydon Mercer,
Master Iohn Haydon his boun-
tifull cha-
man, and one of the Sheriffes of London, deceasing in the time of his Shrievalty
1583. gave these christian and liberall
gifts following.
An hundred gownes, which cost 100. l. given to an hundred poore men,
To the poore in gownes.
every man 12. d. in mony beside.
For the benefit of young beginners in
the world he gave,
Benefit of young be-
to his owne Com-
pany of the Mercers, 600. l. to bee lent
to young men, after the allowance of 3. l. 6. s. 8. d. in the hundred pound.
And the 20. pound yeerely arising by
that money, yeerely to be given to the
To the same Company also he gave
400. l. more, to bee likewise lent out,
according to the former rate: and the
benefit ensuing thereby; of 3. l. 6. s. 8.
d. yeerely,
Love to Religion.
allowed towards the main-
taining of a Lecture at Saint Michaels
Church by Pater noster row, called St.
Michaels in the Querne.
He gave to Christs Hospitall 500. l.
Hee gave to the eleven chiefe wor-
shipfull Companies,
Care for young be-
ginners and the poore.
beside his owne,
the summe of 1100. l. to bee lent out
(for time) to young beginners, at 3. l.
6. s. 8. d. in the hundred pound, and
the benefit of 20. pound arising thereby
yeerely, to goe to the Hospitals, and
sixteene pound besides to the poore
To seve-
rall Cities for the be-
nefit of young be-
ginners and the poore pri-
He gave to the City of Excester one
hundred pound.
To the City of Bristow one hundred
To the City of Glocester, one hundred
This money is intended to be lent to
poore young beginners in trading, at
the rate of benefit (by the money) of 3. l. 6. s. 8. d. in the 100. l. And that
benefit should go to the reliefe of poore
prisoners, and other poore people.
He gave to the Towne of Wardbury,
in the County of Glocester, 6. l. 13. s.
4. d.
He gave to his Company of the Mer-
brance of his Company and of his servants.

to make them a Cup, 40. l.
He gave to his servants among them
all, 240. l.
What remained out of this moity, as
an over-plus, he gave to the before re-
membred Companies, viz. 50. pound
to each of them and to the uses fore-na-
Master Richard Walter Girdler,
Richard Walter.
pound to the foure Hospitals of London.
And 500. pound towards building and
maintaining a Free-Schoole at Thiryden
in Northampton shire.
William Norton, Stationer, sometime
Treasurer of Christs Hospitall,
VVilliam Norton his benevo-
gave the
summe of 6. l. 13. s. 4. d. yeerely to
his Company to be lent to young men,
free of the same Society: And 6. l. 13.
s. 4. d. yeerely for ever, he gave also un-
to Christs Hospitall.
Thomas Iennings,
Thomas Iennings his love to the poore.
Fishmonger, to 7.
Parishes in London, gave 4. l. 13, s. 2.
d. yeerely.
To Christs Hospitall he gave 40. s.
To the Towne of Braughin in Hart-
shire, where he was borne, he gave
6. l. 13. s. 4. d.
Master Peter Blundell,
Peter Blun-
his most libe-
rall chari-
Clothier of
London, a man very godly and christian-
ly disposed all his life time, dying in
Anno 1599. gave by his last will and te-
stament, these bountifull gifts follow-
He gave to Christs Hospitall in Lon-
To Hos-
pitals in and about London.
500. l.
To S. Bartholomews Hospitall 250. l.
To S. Thomas Hospitall 250. l.
To Bridewell Hospitall yeerely 8. l.
To the Church of Tiverton, in which
Towne he was borne, 50. l.
Towards mending the High-waies
there, 100. l.
To the twelve chiefe Companies in
For the reliefe of poore pri-
to each of them 150. l. toward
the releeving of poore prisoners, and o-
ther charitable uses, the whole summe
amounting to 1800. l.
Towards the helpe of poore Maides
marriages in the Towne of Tiverton,
To poore maides marriages
400. l.

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He gave to the City of Excester,
To helpe poore Ar-
bee lent there to poore Artificers nine
hundred pound.
He gave toward the building of a free
Grammar-Schoole in Tiverton,
To a free Schoole and Offi-
cers there-
to belon-
More afterward laid out by his exe-
cutors 1000. pound.
To the Schoole-master yeerely, fifty
To the Vsher yeerly, 13. l. 6. s. 8. d.
To the Clerke yeerely, 40. s.
To place foure boyes Apprentises in
husbandry yeerely 20. pound.
For Ap-
For the maintenance of six Schollers
His love to Lear-
ning and Schollers.
three in Oxenford, and the o-
ther three in Cambridge, 2000. l.
Robert Comin,
Robert Chil-
a wor-
thy ser-
vant to so good a Master.
alias Chilcot, servant
sometime to the said Peter Blundell, imi-
tated the worthy steps of his Master, so
farre as power permitted him leave, gi-
ving as insueth.
He gave to Christs Hospitall in Lon-
, 100. l.
To poore prisoners,
Reliefe of poore pri-
whose debts did
not amount above five pound, 100. l.
Towards the building of an ordinary
His love to lear-
ning and the poore.
that children might bee
made apt and ready for his Masters free
Grammar-Schoole in Tiverton, where
he himselfe also was borne, 400. l.
Towards the maintaining of the said
lesser schoole,
To the Schoole and the attending Officers.
and for reliefe of certaine
poore people yeerely, 90. l.
To the Schoole-master yeerely 20.
To the Clerke yeerely 3. l.
For reparations yeerely 4. s.
For 15. poore mens Gownes,
For the poore.
each of them 2. s. in money yeerly 16.
l. 10. s.
To 15. poore Artificers 15. pound.
To as many poore people weekely,
Repairining the Church.
6. d. to each.
Towards repayring the Church 19. l.
10. s.
To mend the High-waies there ten
To other uses foure pound.
Iohn Holmes Draper,
Iohn Holms.
gave to the Pa-
rish of Saint Sepulchres, in Anno 1588.
his dwelling house in the same Parish,
yeelding yeerely, 32. pound.
Thomas Atkinson Baker,
Thomas Atkinson.
gave also to
the same Parish, 10. l. yeerely.
Master Thomas Cure, Sadler, and
Squire Sadler to Queene Elizabeth,
Thomas Cure his hospitall in South-
his sonne also was after him, did build
an Hospitall in Southwarke, having some
helpe afforded him by the Parish of St.
Saviour: but the main and chiefe charge
was his owne proper cost. The house
was for 18. poore people each of them
having two Chambers, and allowance
of 4. pound ten shillings to each person
yeerely. The building of the Hospitall
cost above three hundred pounds.
Master George Bishop, Stationer, gave
6. pound yeerly to his Company:
George Bi-
his memora-
ble cha-
hath allowed ten pound yeerely for ever
towards maintaining Preachers at Pauls
Crosse. Hee gave likewise sixe pound
yeerly to Christs Hospitall.
Master Richard Culverwell,
Richard Culverwell.
gave to the Hospitall of Bridewell, two
hundred pound.
Master William Whitmore,
William VVhitmore
sher, gave also to the same hospitall,
200. pound.
Master Iohn Norton,
Iohn Nor-
full of the poore, and of his Company.
Stationer, gave
to his owne Company the summe of
one thousand pound to purchase lands
amounting to the value of fifty pound
yeerly, and some part to be lent to poore
yong men.
He gave also one hundred and fifty
pounds to the Parish of S. Faiths under
Pauls, to purchase seven pounds tenne
shillings yeerely for ever, to be given to
the poore.
Master Henry Fisher, Fishmonger,
gave to his Company nine pound yeer-
Henry Fisher his love to learning.
to maintaine a Scholar in the Col-
ledge of Brazen-nose in Oxenford, with
the allowance of nine pound and two
shillings yeerely for two Sermons.
Master Thomas Aldersey,
Thomas Aldersey his love to religi-
on and the poore.
out of an Appropriation which he had
at Bunbery in Cheshire, gave the allow-
ance of two hundred Markes yeerely,
one hundred Markes whereof was for
the maintenance of a Preacher.
He gave to the Minister 20. pound.
He gave to a Schoole, thirty pound.
He gave to the poore, ten pound.
Master Robert Offley,
Robert Offley his liberall charity.
to the Maior and communalty of Che-
gave sixe hundred pound to be lent
there to young Traders.
For reliefe of the poore, and men in
prisons, besides other charitable uses
two hundred pound.

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More, he gave two hundred pounds,
to pay tenne pounds yeerely to the
poore of the Company.
Reliefe for two poore scholars yeerely.
he gave two hundred pounds,
that tenne pounds might be yeerely gi-
ven to either of the Vniversities, toward
the maintaining of two Scholars there,
one in each.
Hee gave to Bethlem, one hundred
He gave to the other Hospitals, to pri-
sons, and to the poore, one hundred and
threescore pounds.
Master Thomas Fisher,
Tho. Fisher his love to lear-
ning, and respect of the poore.
Skinner, gave
forty five pounds yeerely, out of which,
twenty pounds was to be yeerely allow-
ed, for a Free-schoole at Standon in the
County of Hertford.
To buy paper, bookes, pennes and
inke, yeerely for the Scholars, 5. poends.
To Christs Hospitall yeerely, tenne
For the redemption of Prisoners in
either of the Compters and Ludgate, ly-
ing there for three pounds debt, twenty
Master Florence Caldwell,
Florence Caldwell his charity
sher, to divers poore Parishes in London
gave twenty pounds yeerely.
Divers wel-disposed Citizens of Lon-
The love of divers Citizens to lear-
desirous (as yet) not to be named,
being born in or neere to Ashborn in the
Peake, in the Country of Derby, combi-
ning their loving benevolence together,
have builded there a faire School-house,
with convenient lodgings for a Master
and Vsher, and liberall maintenance
yeerely allowed thereto.
Master Robert Rogers,
The Chri-
stian and charitable works of Robert Ro-
and a Batchelour, like a most liberall
and bountifull benefactor, gave these
gifts following:
To the Prisons in and about London,
twelve pounds.
To the poore of two severall Townes
in the west Countrey, thirteene pounds
sixe shillings eight pence.
To the poore of the Towne of Poole,
where he was borne, tenne pounds.
For the building of Almes-houses
there, three hundred thirty three l.
For the reliefe of poore prisoners,
A speciall note of a godly di-

such as were neither Atheists nor Pa-
pists, and might be delivered, each man
at the summe of twenty Nobles, an hun-
dred and fifty pounds.
For the benefit of poore Preachers,
Care of Religion.
allowing to each man tenne pounds,
an hundred pounds.
For the comfort of poore decayed
Artificers, being charged with wife and
children, and of knowne honest reputa-
tion, one hundred pounds.
He gave to the Company of Mer-
chant Adventurers,
His care for poore decayed brethren.
for the reliefe of
poore decayed people, and toward the
support of yong Free-men, foure hun-
dred pounds.
He gave to Christs Hospitall, to pur-
chase Lands for the reliefe of the house,
five hundred pounds.
For the erection of certaine Almes-houses
in and about London,
His pro-
vident care for the poore in divers places and Pa-
and also for
the maintenance of twelve poore peo-
ple, six hundred pounds.
To the Parish wherein he dwelt, 10. l.
That two dozen of bread may every
Sunday (through the yeere) for ever be
given to the poore, an hundred pounds.
He gave to Christs-Church Parish, fif-
teene pounds.
For reliefe of the poore in sundry Pa-
rishes without the wals, as Newgate, Cre-
plegate, Bishopsgate
, and the Parish of S.
George in Southwarke; unto every one of
them he gave twenty sixe pounds, thir-
teene shillings, fourepence.
Moreover, he gave to S. Georges Pa-
rish in Southwarke, Saint Sepulchres, S.
Olaves beyond the Bridge, Saint Giles
without Creplegate, and S. Leonard in
Shorditch, to buy coales for the poore in
each Paris, thirty pounds apeece.
He gave beside to either Parish of S.
Buttolph, without Aldgate and Bishops-
, twenty pounds.
For the maintaining of foure Scholars,
His love and libe-
rality to Learning.
two in Oxenford, and two in Cambridge,
Students in Divinity, 400, l. Of which
the Company of Leather-sellers have
great respect, and not onely see it dili-
gently performed; but also have added
their bounty thereto.
Master Iohn Fuller,
Iohn Fuller his Almes-houses and charity.
Esquire, and one
of the Judges in the Sheriffes Court in
London, by his last will and testament,
bearing date the 10. of Iune, 1592. ap-
pointed his wife, her heires and assignes,
to erect certaine Almes-houses in the
Parish of Stoken-heath, for twelve poore
aged single men, being aged fifty yeeres
or upwards.

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He appointed also the like Almes-houses
to be builded in the Parish of S.
Leonard in Shorditch,
For poore aged wid-
for twelve poore
Widdow women of the like age, and
shee to endow them with the yeerely
maintenance of one hundred pounds;
namely, to each fifty pounds by the
yeere for ever. And that mony to be de-
ducted out of his Lands in Lincolnshire,
assuring over the same to certaine Feof-
fees in trust, by a Deed of Feoffement.
Feoffees put in trust to see his will perfor-
hee gave his Messuages,
Land, and Tenements, lying and being
in the severall Parishes of S. Bennet, and
S. Peter by Pauls wharfe, to Feoffees in
trust, yeerely for ever, to disburse all the
issues and profits of the said Lands and
Tenements, to the relieving and dis-
charging of poore prisoners, in the Hole
or Two-penny wards,
Care for the reliefe and dis-
charge of poore prisoners.
in either of the
Compters in London, by equall porti-
ons to each Compter. Provided, that
the debt doe not exceed the summe of
twenty shillings eight pence, for every
prisoner at any time to be set free.
Master Edward Elmer,
Edward Elmer.
Grocer, gave
to both the Compters in London, an hun-
dred pounds, partly to bee laid out in
Faggots for the Prisoners in cold wea-
ther; and for two load of straw yeerely
to Bethlem.
Master William Nelson,
William Nelson his love to learning.
Grocer, to-
wards the maintaining of twelve poore
Scholars in Oxenford and Cambridge,
gave foure hundred pounds, to be paid
yeerely to each place twenty pounds;
and thirty three shillings foure pence
to each man. And to the Prisons, 33. l.
Master Rafe Newbery,
Rafe New-
Stationer, gave
a stocke of Bookes, and priviledges of
Printing, to bee sold for the benefit of
Christs Hospitall and Bridewell.
Master Robert Row, Haberdasher, for
the furtherance of poore Scholars in
both the Vniversities,
Robert Row a savourer of lear-
gave 20. l. yeere-
ly, and the remainder of his goods that
were not bequeathed.
Master Edmond Stile,
Edmond Stile his charity.
Grocer, and
Sheriffe of London, gave to be distribu-
ted among the said Hospitals in London,
the summe of threescoure pounds.
Iohn Stockley,
Iohn Stock-
his cha-
rity and love to learning.
Merchant-taylor, gave
to Christs Hospitall, and the other Ho-
spitals beside, towards the education
of poore children in the feare of God,
the summe of forty pounds.
He gave besides to the Vniversities,
forty pounds more, towards the main-
tenance of foure poore Scholars, to bee
disposed by the Master and Wardens of
the Merchant-taylors, with consent of
his Executors and Overseers; desiring
that S. Iohn Baptists Colledge in Oxen-
should have the prerogative of the
gift, if such be there to be found, as are
capable of the same.
Gaius Newman,
Gaius New-
his charity.
Goldsmith, gave to
Christs Hospitall, five pounds: to Saint
Bartholomews Hospitall, six pounds, thir-
teene shillings, foure pence: and to the
hospitall of Bridewell, three pounds.
Iohn Newman,
Iohn New-
his charity.
Grocer, gave to Christs
Hospitall; three pounds: to Saint Bar-
hospitall, six pounds: and to
Saint Thomas in Southwarke, and Bride-
hospitall, forty shillings to each
Richard May,
Richard May his love-tokē to London, and chari-
ty to the poore.
Merchant-taylor, gave
(by his last will and testament) to the
Chamber of London, the summe of three
hundred pounds, toward the new buil-
ding of old, ruined and decayed Blackwell
Hall, in London: It being a Market
place for the selling of woollen clothes,
on such usuall market-dayes as are ther-
unto assigned. Vpon the receipt of this
gift, the said Hall was taken downe, a
new foundation laid; and within the
space of tenne moneths following, the
worke was finished, with the full charge
of 2500. pounds.
He gave besides to Christs Hospitall,
the summe of ninety pounds.
Peter Chapman,
Peter Chap-
his charity, & love to learning.
Ironmonger, gave to
the eight Prisons in and about London,
the summe of threescore pounds.
He gave also to two poore Scholars
of Oxenford, studying Divinity, 5. l. to
each yeerely.
To poore Scholars in Cambridge also,
following the same study, hee gave the
like summe of money.
To the poore of the Towne of Coke-
in Barkeshire, where it appeared he
was borne, he gave the summe of five
pounds yeerely.
Iohn Carre,
Iohn Carre his care for lear-
ning, and the poore.
Ironmonger, gave a gift
of twenty pounds yeerely, for the
space of one and twenty yeeres. Five
pounds thereof was to goe to a Preacher
at Standon in Essex.
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was ordered to passe in this manner of
The first yeere, it was for the bene-
fit of certaine poore Parishes in London,
thereto appointed.
The second yeere it was for the helpe
of two poore Scholars, one in Oxenford,
and the other in Cambridge.
The third yeere it was appointed for
reliefe of the poore in Standon. And so
(according to this course) to continue
for time and place, during the space of
one and twenty yeeres.
Henry Cowche,
Henry Cowche his charity.
or Croutch, Merchant-Taylor,
gave unto Christs Hospitall the
benefit of his house, known by the name
of the Crowne without Aldgate, having
divers yeeres as then to come in the
Lease, and yeelding yeerely the summe
of fifteene pounds. Five pound is yeere-
ly appointed to be paid to the poore of
the Parish, and tenne shillings to a
Preacher. The rest remaineth to the
Hospitall, and after the Leases expira-
tion, it is judged to yeeld above an hun-
dred markes yeerely.
David Smith,
David Smith his care of the poore.
Embroiderer, at his
owne charge did build certaine Almes-
houses, upon the hill called S. Peters hill,
neere unto old Fishstreet, allowing suf-
ficient maintenance to them.
He gave also five and twenty pounds
yeerely to the Company of Ironmon-
gers, appointing it to be distributed a-
mong the poor, in the Wards of Queen
, and Castle Baynard.
Iohn Scot,
Iohn Scot his charity to the poore.
Salter, gave to his Compa-
nie the summe of twenty pounds yeere-
ly, because they should allow to the six
poore Almes-men of the Company,
each man twelve pence weekely. The
rest is to be divided among other poore,
and thirty shillings to bee bestowed in
Coles yeerely for the poore.
William Stoder,
William Stoder his charity.
Grocer, gave to Christs
, for reliefe of the poore chil-
dren there, fifty pounds yeerely.
William Mascall,
William Mascall his charity.
Brewer, gave to the
same hospitall, and to the same intent,
nine pounds yeerely.
Stephen Skidmore,
Stephen Skidmore his love & charity to the poore.
Vintner, gave a gift
of forty foure pounds yeerely, and or-
dered in this manner:
To seventeene poore Parishes in Lon-
, appointed by nomination, seven-
teene pounds.
To the poore of the Parish of S. Ste-
in Colemanstreet, twelve pence week-
ly in bread.
To the poore of Corke in Ireland,
(where it seemeth he was borne) being
twelve in number, to each poore body
forty shillings.
Richard Iacob,
Richard Iacob his charity to hospitals & prisons.
Vintner, gave a gift of
sixteene pounds for ever, that it should
be distributed to Christs Hospitall, Saint
Bartholomews, Bridewell, and Saint Tho-
in Southwark, forty shillings to each
house yeerely: and the other eight
pounds to be given to certaine appoin-
ted poore Parishes in London.
He gave moreover (for so long time
as two hundred yeeres should last) the
summe of twenty eight pounds yeerely.
A time of honest & large con-

Of which portion of money, sixteene
pounds was appointed for poore Priso-
ners, that lay imprisoned in any of the
eight Prisons in and about London yeer-
ly; to each Prison forty shillings: as the
Gatehouse, the Fleet, both the Compters
of the Poultry and Woodstreet, Ludgate,
the Marshallsea, the Kings Bench, and the
White Lion.
What remained of the over plus of
the money, was to be distributed to the
poore of divers appointed Parishes.
Iohn Russell,
Iohn Russell his chari-
table deeds.
Draper, gave the summe
of fourescore pounds yeerely for ever:
out of which these summes following
should be deducted, and the rest remain
to be employed by the Company of
He gave thirteene pounds nine shil-
lings yeerely to thirteene poore people.
For reliefe of the poore,
His espe-
ciall re-
spect of the poore.
to be bestow-
ed in bread yeerely, two and fifty shil-
To be bestowed in Coales yeerely for
the poore, three pounds.
For the maintaining of Preachers
yeerely at Pauls Crosse,
His love to religiō and lear-
tenne pounds.
Toward the maintaining of two Scho-
lars, one in Oxenford and the other in
Cambridge, the sum of thirteene pounds
six shillings eight pence.
For maintaining a Scholemaster at
Burton in Staffordshire, thirteen pounds,
sixe shillings, eight pence.
Rob. Gale his love to lear-
ning, and respect of the poore.
To the Visher, five pounds.
And to the Visitors, thirty shillings.
Robert Gale, Vintner, out of his Lands
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of one hundred and forty pounds yeere-
ly, to be imployed in manner following,
after the decease of Dorothy his wife.
To six of the poorer sort of Scholars
in Corpus Christi Colledge, in the Vni-
versity of Oxenford, usually commorant
and residing in the said Colledge, and
yeerely to be chosen on the Feast day of
Saint Thomas the Apostle, by George La-
, his heires or assignes, under his or
their hand and seale: To each Scholar
he gave three pounds, six shillings eight
pence yeerely for ever, to be paid by the
said Lacocke, his heires or assignes for
ever, out of his Lands in Claipoole, in
the County of Lincolne, and Brassington,
in the County of Derby.
To the poore Towne of Chippenham,
in Wiltshire, he gave twenty pounds.
To the Preacher there, 20. shillings.
To the Bailiffe and Burgesses, as a
friendly remembrance, yeerely twenty
To Christs Hospitall in London, twen-
ty pounds.
To the Company of Vintners, twen-
ty pounds.
To the poore in Lincolne, 20. pounds.
To a Preacher there yeerely, ten shil-
To the Maior and Chamberlaine,
twenty shillings.
To the Minister of S. Markes Church
there, ten shillings.
Iohn Quarles,
Iohn Quarles his charity.
Draper, gave yeerely
to be bestowed in bread, for reliefe of
the poore, six pounds.
William Dummer,
William Dummer his charity.
Draper, gave to the
poore the summe of 13. pounds, 18.
shillings, 4. pence yeerely for ever.
William Parker,
W. Parker his charity
a Brother also of the
same Society, gave towards the main-
taining of a Lecture yeerely at Saint
Antlins, six pounds.
Owen Clun, another Brother also of
the same Society,
Owen Clun his charity
gave to the poore of
the said Company yeerely for ever, the
summe of twenty five pounds.
Iames Stoddard,
Iames Stoddard his loue to Learning.
Grocer, for the main-
taining of two poore Scholars, the one
in the Colledge of Brazen-nose in Oxen-
, and the other to be of Queenes Col-
in Cambridge, gave 10. l. yeerely to
be paid for ever, out of his Tenement
called the Swan with two neckes, in the
Parish of S. Laurence old Jury.
Iohn Skeete,
Iohn Skeete his respect of the poore, and his love to learning.
Draper, for reliefe and
maintenance of the poore, in the Hospi-
tals in and about London, gave the sum
of three hundred pounds.
Moreover, hee gave to foure poore
Scholars studying Divinity in the Vni-
versity of Oxford, and which are not a-
ble to proceed in their degrees, five
pounds to each Scholar, to be paid at
the next Act or Commencement.
The like liberality he gave to the o-
ther Vniversity of Cambridge, for so ma-
ny Scholars, five pound to each, and at
the same time.
Roger Owfield,
Roger Ow-
, his love to learning.
Fishmonger, gave the
summe of one hundred pounds towards
the maintenance of poore Scholars, that
studied. Divinity in the Vniversities of
Oxenford and Cambridge, or else where.
And his desire was, that some of them
might be of the Towne of Ashborne, if
any such could there be found fit for it.
Otherwise he appointed the money to
be imployed in Scholarships, in Sidney
or Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge. Be-
side, hee gave to Christs Hospitall one
hundred pounds.
Iohn Berriman,
Iohn Berry-
his re-
spect of the poore.
of Bishops Tawton, in
the County of Devonshire, Clothier, and
said to be a free Draper of London, gave
to Christs Hospitall, an hundred pounds:
to Saint Bartholomews, five pounds: to
Saint Thomas, six pounds: to Bridewell,
forty shillings: and to Bethlem fifty
Iohn Ireland,
Iohn Ireland his charity
Salter, gave to Christs
, foure pounds: to Saint Bar-
, foure pounds: to Saint Tho-
and Bridewell, twenty shillings to
each house.
Thomas Thorney,
Thomas Thorney his charity.
Barber Chirurgion,
gave to Christs Hospitall, five pounds, and
to Bridewell, five pounds.
Francis Evington,
Francis E-
his charity & love to learning.
gave to Christs Hospitall, tenne pounds,
and to Saint Bartholomews Hospitall,
tenne pounds.
Hee gave also to poore Scholars in
both the Vniversities, sixe pounds to
each Scholar.
Henry Butler, Draper, gave to Saint
Thomas Hospitall,
Henry But-
his cha-
tenne pounds: to
Christs Hospitall, five pounds: and to S.
Bartholomews and Bridewell, five pounds
to each house.
Peter Hall,
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Hospitall, tenne pounds: to Saint Bar-
, three pounds: and the like to
Saint Thomas.
Roger Ienkins,
Roger Ien-
his love to Learning.
Barber Chirurgion, to
the poore Scholars in Christs Hospitall,
gave five pounds, to buy them Bookes
at the discretion of the Treasurer.
George Chamberlaine,
George Chāberlaine his charity
gave to Christs Hospitall, tenne pounds;
to Saint Thomas, five pounds: to Saint
Bartholomews, five pounds: and to Bride-
, tenne pounds.
Thomas Church,
Tho. Church his charity
Draper, gave to
Christs Hospitall, tenne pounds: to Bride-
, tenne pounds: to Saint Bartholo-
five pounds; and to Saint Thomas,
five pounds.
Andrew Banning Grocer, gave for e-
Andrew Banning his love to learning.
120. pounds to the Company of
Grocers, therewith to purchase lands of
five pounds value yeerely, for the reliefe
of some poore Scholar in the Vniversity
of Cambridge.
Randall Manning,
Randall Manning His love to Lear-
Skinner, gave to-
ward the reliefe of foure poore Scholars
yeerely, forty shillings to each Scholar,
being of Christs and Emanuel Colledges
in Cambridge, and this gift to continue
the space of thirty yeeres. Katharine,
wife to the said Randall Manning, gave
also the summe of one hundred pounds,
that her husbands will might the more
effectually be kept and performed.
Hugh Cappe,
Hugh Cappe his liberall charity.
Plaisterer, gave for re-
liefe of the poore children in Christs Ho-
spitall, the summe of 100. pounds. He
gave also to the two Hospitals of Saint
Bartholomews and S. Thomas in South-
, tenne pounds to each house.
Lewes Randall,
Lewes Ran-
his charity.
Pewterer, gave unto
Christs Hospitall, fifty pounds: and to S.
Thomas Hospitall, twenty shillings.
Henry van Hilton,
A strāgers charity.
Merchant Stran-
ger, and a free Denison of London, gave
unto Christs Hospitall, thirty pounds.
Humfrey Fox,
Hufrey Fox his charity.
Draper, gave to the
poore childrens succour in Christs Hospi-
, the summe of fifty pounds.
William Parker,
William Parker his bountifull charity.
Merchant-taylor, gave
to Christs Hospitall, to purchase lands for
maintenance of the poore children, five
hundred pounds.
He gave also to the Treasurer of Bride-
, to set forty Boyes on worke, which
should bee taken up begging in the
streets, and there bound Apprentices
for 7. yeeres, to learne severall Trades;
for each boy should five pound be paid
to the Treasurer, untill the summe of
two hundred pound should fully be run
Of this man expect more when I
come to speake of the new building of
George Palin,
George Pa-
his boū-
tifull cha-
Merchant, and free of
the Girdlers Society, by his last Will
and Testament,
Those Almes-
houses are builded neere to Creplaegate.
to good and charitable
uses gave these gifts following:
First, he gave nine hundred pounds
towards the erection or building of cer-
taine Almes-houses, in or about the Ci-
tie of London, wherein six poore people
should have the yeerely allowance of
six pounds, thirteene shillings and foure
pence to each person.
More, he gave towards the having a
sweet Chime in Bow Church in London,
one hundred pounds.
He gave to Saint Iohn Baptist,
His care & love to Learning.
and Bra-
Colledges in Oxenford, towards
the maintaining of foure Scholars there
yeerely, three hundred pounds, to each
Colledge, and to each Scholar, foure
pounds yeerely.
To the six severall Prisons in and a-
bout London,
His care for priso-
ners, and the poore.
he gave threescore pounds.
He gave unto Christs Hospitall to pur-
chase Lands after the rate of twenty
pounds yeerely, for benefit of the poore
children there, the summe of three hun-
dred pounds.
His zeale to lear-
in further expression of
his zeale and love to learning, and for
the like uses as we have before declared,
he gave to Trinity and Saint Iohns Col-
ledge in Cambridge, the summe of six
hundred pounds.
To the Hospitall of Saint Thomas in
Southwarke, he gave fifty pounds.
Towards the bearing of such Scho-
lars charges,
The fruits of a Chri-
stian faith
as should come (from time
to time) to preach at Pauls Crosse, hee
gave the summe of 200. pounds.
He gave 132. pounds to be distribu-
ted to certaine Parishes in London, to
some tenne pounds, to others twenty
He gave to the Towne of Wrenbury
in Cheshire,
His care of poore people in the coūtry
200. l. to purchase Lands,
after the rate of twenty markes by the
yeere, for reliefe of the poore there.
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there, the summe of thirty pounds.
He gave for forty poore Gownes, for-
ty pounds.
Laurence Campe,
Laurence Campe his love to learning.
Draper, gave forty
pounds towards the maintenance of
poore Schollers in Cambridge, at the dis-
cretion of Robert Meakin, Preacher of
S. Iohns Church in Walbrooke.
Robert Dove, Citizen and Merchant-Taylor
of London,
The wor-
thy chari-
table gifts of Master Robert Dove
gave (in his life time,
and long before he dyed) to the Master,
Wardens, and Assistants of that wor-
shipfull Company, the summe of two
thousand, nine hundred, fifty eight l..
tenne shillings, to be yeerely imployed
in these good uses following:
This cha-
rity extē-
deth only to poore brethren of the same com-
for the mantaining of thirteen
poore Almes-men, in gownes of good
cloth, well lined, with a silver Dove up-
on each mans left sleeve. And six other
poore men, termed Reversioners, to suc-
ceed in the roomes of the deceased
Gowne-men, they wearing Cloakes of
good cloth in the meane time, with a
silver Dove also upon each mans left
arme: the yeerely allowance to per-
forme this is one hundred and seven
He gave to the Schoolemaster eight
He gave also to the poore of Saint
Buttolphs without Aldgate, in which Pa-
rish he dwelt and dyed, twenty pounds,
nine shillings.
To Saint Iohn Baptists Colledge in
Oxenford he gave 100. pounds.
His love to lear-
To the prisoners in the two Coun-
ters of London, and to the Prisons of Lud-
and Newgate, hee gave twenty
He gave to Christs Hospitall in Lon-
, to purchase Lands, after the rate of
tenne pounds yeerely, and for one to in-
struct the boyes in singing, two hundred
and forty pounds.
He gave to the Parish of S. Sepulchers
the summe of fifty pounds,
A notable and moste Christian care for poor con-
demned persons, and their going to their death.
that after
the severall Sessions in London, when
the Prisoners remaine in the Gaole, as
condemned men to death, expecting
execution on the morrow following,
the Clerke of the Church should come
in the night time, and likewise early in
the morning, to the window of the pri-
son where they lye, and there ringing
certaine toules with a hand-bell, ap-
pointed for the purpose, he doth after-
ward (in most Christian manner) put
them in minde of their present conditi-
on, and ensuing execution, desiring
them to be prepared therefore as they
ought to bee. When they are in the
Carts, and brought before the wall of
the Church, there hee standeth ready
with the same Bell, and after certaine
toules, rehearseth an appointed Prayer,
desiring all the people there present to
pray for them. The Beadle also of Mer-
chant-taylors Hall hath an honest al-
lowed stipend, to see that this be duely
What else remaineth concerning this
man, expect when I come to speake of
the Hall.
Randulph Woolley,
Randulph Wolley his love to learning, and care for the poore.
gave to the Governours of Christs Ho-
spitall, therewith to pay yeerely for e-
ver, five pounds, to the Reader of Oare
Chappell, in the Parish of Mucklestone,
in the County of Stafford, by fifty shil-
lings at each halfe yeere. For which he
is to teach freely the children of the in-
habitants of Aston, in the fore-named
Parish of Mucklestone.
He gave more to the said Hospitall
one hundred pounds, for the allowing
of fifty shillings yeerely every Easter
day, that the poore children may then
eat roast meat.
He gave moreover to the said Go-
vernours one hundred pounds, there-
with to pay yeerely unto the poore of
the Parish of Muckle stone five pounds.
He gave also to Saint Bartholomews
Hospitall, three pounds.
Henry Walcot,
Henry Wal-
, his cha-
Grocer, gave to Saint
Bartholomews Hospitall twenty pounds:
to Christs Hospitall, five pounds: to S.
Thomas in Southwarke, five pounds: to
Bridewell, three pounds sixe shillings,
eight pence: and to Bethlem, three
pounds, six shilling eight pence.
Henry Woolaston,
Henry VVoolaston his chari-
Draper, gave to S.
Thomas Hospitall, forty pounds: and to
the foure Beadles, Coats of good new
Also he gave to every Governour, go-
ing to his buriall, and staying there the
Sermon time, halfe a crowne to each
man, to dine together afterward.
Iohn Vernon,
Iohn Vernō his cha-
Merchant-Taylor, gave
to Christs Hospitall, forty pounds: to S.

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Bartholomews Hospitall, fifty pounds: to
Bridewell and S. Thomas, five pounds to
each house.
Edward Harvist,
Edward Harvist his charity.
Brewer, gave unto
Christs Hospitall, the summe of one hun-
dred pounds: and fifty pounds, to bee
equally divided betweene the two Ho-
spitals of S. Bartholomews and S. Thomas
in Southwarke.
Iohn Brown,
Iohn Brown his chari-
Wool-winder, and Mag-
his wife, gave certaine lands ly-
ing in Barking in Essex, amounting then
to 5. l. 6. s. 8. d. yeerely. And this gift
they gave unto Christs Hospitall for
Iohn Porter,
Iohn Porter his chari-
of Porters Key, Fish-
monger, gave unto Christs Hospitall,
twenty pound.
Lewis Randall,
Lewis Ran-
his charity.
Pewterer, but a Brewer
by his profession, of his owne free cost
and charge, paved (with faire free Stone)
the East Ile of Christs Hospital Cloyster,
and renewed all the Armories of former
liberall Benefactors to that house, wher-
of himselfe was one of the Governours.
Hee gave beside 50. pound to the
His love to the children.
that the poore children there
maintained, might eate roste-meat, at
dinner, on every Saint Mathias day, if
it fall out of Lent. But if it fall in Lent,
then they are to eat good and well made
Furmenty, both at dinner and supper.
Iohn Whithall,
Iohn VVhithall his chari-
Skinner, gave to the
Childrens reliefe in Christs Hospitall,
40. pound.
William Iones,
VVilliam Iones his bountifull charity.
Merchant, and free of
the worshipfull Company of Haberda-
shers, in his life time did many charita-
ble deeds, and by his Will and Testa-
ment ordained many more, putting his
owne Society in trust to see them per-
formed, as shall briefly be declared.
His Chri-
stian care for Reli-
gion in his coun-
many yeeres before he dyed, he
allowed 50. pound yeerely to a Prea-
cher at Monmouth, there to instruct the
people in Gods true Religion. After-
ward hee grew to settle a certaine sti-
pend there, amounting to the summe of
100. Markes yeerely, to maintaine a
good Preacher there. Providing also,
that a convenient house should be built
for him, with all necessary matters be-
longing to it, that hee might (with the
more comfort) dwell there among them.
His care for the mainte-
nance of Learning.
Also, for the instruction of youth in
Learning and Religion, he ordained to
have a faire Free-Schoole there built at
his owne charge, and a faire house also
to be erected for the chiefe Master. Al-
lowing him yeerly (for ever) 60. pound,
and 30. pound also yeerly to the Visher.
His pro-
vidence for the poore and needy people in Monmouth.
being Christianly mindfull
of the poore and needy people in those
parts, he tooke order for the building of
an Hospitall in the same Towne, ordai-
ning it for twenty poore people: giving
to every one of them a good Gowne
yeerely, and 2. shillings 6. pence apeece
weekely. And because himselfe (being
farre absent) could bee no Surveyor of
these workes, hee committed the care
thereof to the loving Brethren of his
Company, paying to them (in his life
time) the summe of 8000. pound. And
left them by his will, 1000. pound
more, for the full finishing of so good a
Still his Piety and Christian Charity walk hand in hand together.
he appointed to the said Com-
pany of Haberdashers, the summe of
5000. pound by them to be disbursed,
for the maintenance of a good Preacher
at Newland in Glocester shire, and of cer-
taine poore people in the same Parish.
His care for poore decayed brethren of the Company.
Hee gave to the same Society,
one thousand foure hundred and forty
pounds, to allow unto nine poore men,
being free Brethren of the same Com-
pany, eight pounds apeece yeerely for
His main-
taining of a Preacher in the Ci-
ty of Lon-
for ever.
he left (by his will) 600.
pound in money, and a faire house in the
City of London, to the disposition of the
Company, to bestow the yeerely pro-
fits, for the yeerely maintenance of a
godly Preacher in this City for ever,
which Preacher from time to time is to
benominated by the Company. As alrea-
dy they have thereto appointed Master
Iohn Downham, Batchelor in Divinity,
and a very learned Preacher.
His love to poore Preachers.
hee gave the summe of 1000.
pound to bee faithfully distributed a-
mong poore Preachers here in England.
To be distributed among the severall
Hospitals in London,
His chari-
ty to Hospi-
tals and poore people be-
yond the Seas.
he gave the summe
of 500. pound.
To the poore in Stoad hee gave 200.
To the poore of Hamborough, he gave
50. pound.
Beside, to such poore English men as
lived in Hamborough, he gave 50 pound.

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He gave likewise a good summe of
money (by way of gratitude and thank-
fulnesse) to his owne Company,
His love to his own Company
as a
token of his love, for their care and
paines-taking, in the managing of so se-
rious a businesse.
The Hospitall at Monmouth was
built (by the Company) in his life time,
What care and dili-
gence the worthy Company have taken in the exe-
cution of his will, according to the times and severall appointed places.

and the poore people placed in it.
Since his death, the house for the
Preacher there, the Free-schoole, and
the house for the Schoolmaster, all these
are (by this time) neere hand finished.
An house also for the Preacher at
Newland, and the Hospitall for tenne
poore people there, is already (by them)
begun, and in very good forwardnesse.
His intended care for a Preacher in
London, is already performed, and the
same continued in a Lecture, at S. Bar-
Church, neere to the Ex-
change, every Thursday in the after-
Whatsoever else remaineth, concer-
ning the trust reposed in them, they wil
(with all speed) both truely and faith-
fully effect.
Here I could enter into a further rela-
Divers men yet living, have been and still are most bountifull benefa-
ctors to the poore, and many other reli-
gious uses
concerning some men yet living,
whose liberall bounty and most Chri-
stian charity, doth deserve no meane
commendation, and is very little infe-
riour to many of them already named.
But because they account it honour e-
nough to them, that divers poore peo-
ple (in private) should rather sufficient-
ly finde it, than the world (in publike)
know it, I am content to spare their no-
mination, as knowing very well, that
they who have beene so liberall in their
life time, have (no doubt) set downe ex-
traordinary determinations, which nei-
ther death, nor any deceiving Execu-
tors, can or shall frustrate and disap-
Let me commend that truly-religious
The testi-
mony of a good and godly con-
science in-
who perceiving the heavy want of
divers honest house-holders, laboriously
endevouring (night and day) to main-
taine their charge; but that the worlds
extremity frowned too fiercely upon
them. I know the man, and oftentimes
in teares hath he said to mee; Here is
true poverty indeed, too modestly silent
in speaking their mighty need and mi-
sery, and therefore justly deserving pit-
tie. To two, three, foure, and many
times more of these, hath he beene, and
is, a liberall Benefactor (weekely) with
his owne hands: yet not in his owne
name, or as comming from himselfe,
(he being so meanely disguised at such
times of his comming to them, and so
sudden also in departing from them,
that they were not able to distinguish
him;) but alledging, that the reliefe
was sent them from some, who under-
stood their neede (almost) as well as
themselves, and willed them to bee
thankfull onely to God for it.
Oh that London had a Park neer adjoi-
ning to it, stored with many such choise
Deere; as doubtlesse it hath, though
not easily knowne. For some build
Almes-houses, Free-Schooles, Caw-
seyes and Bridges in very needfull pla-
ces: yea, and repaire old ruined Chur-
ches, releeving Hospitals also in very
bountifull manner, and are weekly Be-
nefactors to Prisons: yet performed by
such agents faithfully, that the true be-
stowers are not noted, though vehe-
mently suspected; and the glory they
shunne here, will (for ever) shine on
them else-where. But God stirre up the
mindes of many more, to imitate them
in this tonguelesse liberality.
Master William Masham,
William Masham his love to Learning.
Grocer, and
Alderman of London, gave (beside his
liberall charity to the Hospitall) toward
the maintenance of poore Scholars, at
both the Vniversities, twenty pounds.
Master Henry Prannel,
Henry Prannel his charity.
Vintner, and
Alderman of London, gave among the
said Hospitals the summe of 50. pounds
Master William Elkin,
William El-
his bountifull charity.
Mercer, and Al-
derman of London, in the yeere 1593.
gave to Christs Hospitall in London, and
for certaine charitable uses, the summe
of 800. pounds.
He gave also to the Prisons in and a-
bout London, threescore pounds.
Beside, he gave to Emanuel Colledge
in Cambridge, five pounds, and to both
the Vniversities together, threescore
Master Richard Gurney,
Richard Gurney his charity.
Slater and Al-
derman of London, gave to be distribu-
ted among the severall Hospitals in and
about London, threescore pound. And to

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the Vniversities yeerely five pound.
Master Hugh Offley,
Hugh Offley his love to learning and care for the poor.
Leather seller and
Alderman of London, gave for the main-
taining of Scholars in both the Vniver-
sities, 77. pound.
He gave to Christs Hospitall in Lon-
, the like summe of 77. pound.
Beside, hee gave to the prisoners in
and about London, 20. pound, and 35.
shillings yeerly to continue for certaine
Master Robert Brooke,
Robert Brook his chari-
Grocer and Al-
derman of London, gave to be distribu¦ted
among the Hospitals in London, the
summe of sixe and thirty pound.
Master Benedict Barnham,
Benedict Barnham, his chari-
Draper and
Alderman of London, gave to be distri-
buted among the severall Prisons in
London, fifty pounds.
Master Robert Taylor,
Robert Tay-
his charity.
and Alderman of London, gave in distri-
bution to the Hospitals in London, the
summe of one hundred pound.
Master Paul Banning,
Paul Ban-
his charity.
Grocer, and
sometime an Alderman of London, gave
unto Christs Hospitall the sum of one
hundred pounds.
Sir Richard Goddard,
Sir Richard Goddard.
Draper and Al-
derman of London, gave to the Hospitall
of Bridewell, two hundred pound.
Master William Walthall,
VVilliam VValthall his chari-
table be-
Mercer and
Alderman of London, gave to the Ho-
spitals of London, two hundred pounds.
More, he gave to poore Scholars in
Cambridge, nine pound yeerely.
To the Prisons beside, in and about
London, he gave one hundred thirty five
Beside his former gifts, hee gave ten
pound yeerely to Christs Hospitall.
To his Company of the Mercers he
gave five hundred pounds to be lent to
young men that begin the world.
Care for young be-
Sir Robert Hampson,
Sir Robert Hampson, his chari-
lor, and Alderman of London, gave to
the charitable reliefe of poore prisoners,
one hundred and fifty pounds in ready
money, and the reversion of two Tene-
ments beside.
Sir Henry Anderson,
Henry An-
, his love to learning.
Grocer and Al-
derman of London, and Richard Anderson
his sonne, gave to the Colledge of Bra-
in Oxenford, for the reliefe of
poore Scholars there, one hundred and
thirteen pounds.
Sir William Glover
VVilliam Glover his charity.
Dyer and Alder-
man of London, gave also to the Hospi-
tals, in and about London, the summe of
two hundred pounds,
Sir William Rumney,
VVillia, Rumney his charity.
Haberdasher, and
Alderman of London, gave also to be di-
stributed among the same Hospitals, the
summe of threescore and five pounds.
Sir Roger Iones,
Roger Jones his chari-
Dyer and Alderman
of London, gave likewise to the said Ho-
spitals, two and twenty pounds.
Master Richard Faringdon,
Richard Faringdon his chari-
ker, and Alderman of London, gave also
to be distributed among the same Ho-
spitals, the summe of threescore and six
pound thirteene shillings foure pence.
Nicholas Stile,
Nicholas Stile, his charity, and care for poore Sea-men.
Grocer, and Alder-
man of London, gave unto Christs Ho-
spitall five pound, to St. Bartholomews,
10. pound, and to St, Thomas Hospitall
three pound.
Moreover, he gave to poore maimed
Sea-faring souldiers, in S. Bartholomews
Hospitall ten pound, if no house were
erected in or about London, for the har-
bour and reliefe of such maimed Souldi-
diers and Saylors.
Master Ieffrey Elwes,
Ieffrey Edwes his charity.
lor, and Alderman of London, gave un-
to Christs Hospitall the summe of one
hundred pounds. And to the Hospitall
of St. Bartholomew, and St. Thomas in
Southwarke ten pounds to each house.
Master Cuthbert Martin,
Cuthbert Martin his charity.
and Alderman of London, gave unto
Christs Hospitall, the summe of twenty
Sir Iames Deane,
Iames Dean his chari-
Draper, gave to be
distributed among the severall Hospi-
tals in and about London, the summe of
one hundred and thirty pounds. And to
the Prisoners threescore and ten pounds.
Master George Smithes,
George Smithes his charity.
Goldsmith, and
Alderman of London, gave to Christs
Hospitall, ten pounds. And to Bridewell
ten pounds.
Sir William Bowyer,
VVilliam Bowyer, his charity.
Grocer, Alder-
man and Lord Maior of London, in the
yeere 1543. gave to the severall Prisons
in and about London, the summe of two
hundred pounds.
Sir Iohn Lion, Grocer, Alderman, and
Lord Maior of Lond,
Sir Iohn Lion his charity.
in the yeere 1554.
gave to Christs Hospitall. St. Bartholo-
, S. Thomas in Southwark, and Bride-
, one hundred pounds.

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Sir Richard Champion,
Sir Richard Champion his chari-
ty for re-
liefe of the poore.
Drapet, Alder-
man and Lord Maior of London, in the
yeere, 1565. gave the summe of nine-
teene pound and foureteene shillings
yeerely, to a Christian and charitable
worke, formerly begun by Sir Iohn Mil-
, Draper, Alderman and Lord
Maior of London likewise, and with the
like yeerely allowance of nineteene
pounds and fourteene shillings towards
the maintenance of 13. poore Almes-houses
at Tower-hill, and neere to the
dwelling of the Lord Lumley.
Sir Christopher Draper,
Sir Christo-
pher Draper
his chari-
Alderman and Lord Maior of London,
in the yeere 1566. gave to the Prisons
in and about London, and Bethlem with-
all, threescore and eight pounds.
Sir Lionel Ducket,
Sir Lionel Ducket his charity.
Mercer, Alderman
and Lord Maior of London, in the yeere
1572. gave to be distributed among the
Hospitals in London, the summe of one
hundred pounds.
Sir Thomas Ramsey,
Sir Thomas Ramsey his charity.
Grocer, Alder-
man and Lord Maior of London, in the
yeere 1577. gave also in distribution a-
mong the said Hospitals threescore
Sir Wolstane Dixie,
Sir VVol-
stane Dixie
his chari-
table be-
Skinner, Maior,
1586. gave as followeth.
He founded a Free-schoole at Bosworth
and endowed it with twenty pound
To Christs Hospitall in London hee
gave yeerely for ever two and forty
For a Lecture in St. Michaels Bassings
Hall, yeerely, ten pounds.
To the poore of Newgate, twenty
His boun-
ty to Pri-
sons in di-
vers pla-
To the two Compters, and to Lud-
and Bethlem, to each of them tenne
To the foure Prisons in Southwarke,
twenty pounds, thirteene shillings, and
foure pence.
To the poore of Bassings Hall, tenne
To Emanuel Colledge in Cambridge,
Out of his love to learning.

to buy lands for the maintenance or two
Fellowes, and two Scholars, sixe hun-
dred pounds.
To the building of the Colledge, fifty
To bee lent unto poore Merchants,
To poore Merchants.

five hundred pounds.
To the Hospitals of Saint Bartholo-
To Hospi-
tals and poore maids marria-
ges, &c.
and Saint Thomas, fifty pounds to
To the the poore of Bridewell, twenty
To poore Maids marriages, one hun-
dred pounds.
To poore Strangers of the Dutch and
French Church, fifty pounds.
Towards the building of the Pesthouse,
To the Pesthouse.
two hundred pounds.
Sir Iohn Hart,
Sir Iohn Hart his care of Learning, and re-
spect of the poore.
Grocer, Alderman and
Lord Maior London, in the yeere 1589.
erected and founded a Free-schoole in
Yorkeshire, with the allowance of thir-
ty pound yeerely to a Master and an
Sir Iohn Allot,
Sir Iohn Allot his charity.
Fishmonger, Alder-
man and Lord Maior of London, gave
likewise in distribution among the said
Hospitals, threescore and sixe pound
thirteene shillings.
Sir William Webbe,
Sir William VVebbe his charity.
Salter, Alderman
and Lord Maior of London, in the yeere
1591. gave likewise to be distributed
among the said Hospitals, fourescore
Sir Stephen Slanie,
Sir Stephen Slanie, his charity.
Skinner, Alder-
man and Lord Maior of London, in the
yeere 1595. beside his bountifull chari-
ty to the severall Hospitals, gave to bee
bestowed among the severall Prisons,
the summe of one hundred pounds.
Master Thomas Skinner,
Thomas Skinner his charity.
ker, Alderman and Lord Maior of Lon-
, in the yeere 1596. gave to the seve-
rall Hospitals in and about London one
hundred and twenty pound to be equal-
ly divided among them.
Sir Robert Lee,
Sir Robert Lee his charity.
Alderman and Lord Maior of London,
1602. gave also in distribution among
the said Hospitals, two and forty pound.
Sir Iohn Wattes,
Sir Iohn VVats, his charity.
Clothworker, Al-
derman and Lord Maior of London, in
the yeere 1606. gave unto Christs Ho-
spitall the summe of ten pound, and to
Saint Thomas hospitall in Southwarke,
twenty pounds.
Sir Henry Rowe,
Sir Henry Rowe his charity.
Mercer, Alderman
and Lord Maior of London, 1607. gave
likewise to bee distributed among the
same hospitals, the summe of one hun-
dred pounds.
Sir Humfrey Weld,
Sir Humfrey VVeld his charity.
Grocer, and Lord
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gave to be distributed among the seve-
rall hospitals, the summe of one hun-
dred pounds.
Sir Thomas Cambell,
Sir Thomas Cambell his charity.
Alderman and Lord Maior of London,
in the yeere 1609. gave to Christs Ho-
spitall the summe of twenty pounds.
And to the two Hospitals of S. Bartholo-
, and Saint Thomas, five pound to
each house.
Sir Iames Pemberton,
Sir Iames Pemberton his love to learning and to the poore.
Goldsmith, and
lately Lord Maior of London, in the yeere
1611. in his life time founded a Free-schoole
at Heskin in the Parish of Ek-
, in Lamcashire, endowing it with
fifty pounds yeerely.
Hee gave also to Christs Hospitall,
five hundred pounds.
Hee gave to his Company of Gold-
smiths, two hundred pounds.
To divers Prisons hee gave one hun-
dred pounds.
And to sundry poore Parishes hee
gave charitably, leaving it to his Execu-
tors discretion.
Sir Iohn Swinnerton,
Sir Iohn Swinnerton his chari-
lor, Alderman and Lord Maior of Lon-
, in the yeere 1612. gave unto Christs
Hospitall the summe of one hundred
pound. And to the other three hospi-
tals, of Saint Bartholomews, Saint Tho-
, and Bridewell, tenne pound to each
Sir Henry Rowe,
Sir Henry Rowe his love to learning.
Mercer, Alderman
and Lord Maior of London, beside his
former bounty to the hospitals, gave to
the two Vniversities, Oxenford and Cam-
, forty pound to poore scholars
that study Divinity: and when they
shall proceed Masters of Arts, to each
scholar forty shillings.
Sir Thomas Hunt,
Sir Thomas Hunt his charity.
Skinner, gave to
be divided among the poore of Christ
Church, Saint Bartholomews, Saint Tho-
in Southwarke, and Bridewell, one
hundred pounds.
Sir William Rumney,
William Rumney his love to learning.
and Alderman of London, beside his for-
mer liberality to the hospitals, gave to
40. poore scholars in Cambridge, the sum
of twenty pounds.
Sir William Stone,
William Stone his charity.
gave to the severall Prisons in London,
the summe of fifty pounds.
Master Ieffrey Elwes,
Ieffrey Elwes his love to learning.
lor, and Alderman of London, over and
beside his bountifull charity to the Ho-
spitals in London, gave to the Chance-
lor, Master and scholars of the Vniver-
sity of Oxenford, to the use of the body
and corporation of the said Vniversity,
and to Saint Iohn Baptist Colledge, the
summe of three hundred pounds.
Thus much for famous Citizens have
I noted, concerning their charitable
actions, for the most part done by them
in their life time. The residue left in
trust to their Executors, I have knowne
some of them hardly (or never) perfor-
med. Wherefore I wish men to make
their owne hands their Executors, and
their eyes their Overseers, not forget-
ting the old Proverbe,
Women be forgetfull,
Children be unkinde,
Executors bee covetous,
and take what they finde.
If any body aske where
the deads goods became,
They answer;
So God mee helpe and holydome,
hee dyed a poore man.
And now of some women, Citizens
wives, deserving memory, for example
to posterity, shall be noted.
Dame Agnes Foster widdow,
Agnes Fo-
time wife to Sir Stephen Foster, Fish-
monger, Maior, 1455. having enlarged
the Prison of Ludgate, in 1463. shee
procured in a common Councell of this
City, certaine Articles to be established
for the ease, comfort and reliefe of poor
Prisoners there, as in the Chapter of
Gates I have set downe.
Avice Gibson,
Avice Gib-
ded a Chappell, a Free-schoole, and Almes houses at Radcliffe.
wife unto Nicholas Gib-
, Grocer, one of the Sheriffes, 1539.
by licence of her husband, founded a
Free-schoole at Radcliffe neere unto
London, appointing to the same for the
instruction of threescore poore mens
children, a Schoole-master and Vsher
with fifty pound. Shee also builded
Almes-houses for foureteene poore and
aged persons, each of them to receive
quarterly sixe shillings eight pence the
peece for ever. The government of
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she left in confidence to the Coopers in
This vertuous Gentlewoman, was
afterward joyned in marriage with Sir
Anthony Knevet,
Cursed is hee that removeth his neigh-
bours marke, have I read.
Knight, and so called
the Lady Knevet. A faire painted Table
of her picture was placed in the Chap-
pell, which she had built there, but of
late removed thence, by the like reason,
as the Grocers Armes (fixed on the
outer wall of the Schoole-house, are
pulled downe, and the Coopers set in
Margaret Danne,
Margaret Danne.
Widdow to Willi-
am Danne
, Ironmonger, one of the She-
riffes of London, 1570. gave by her te-
stament to the Ironmongers two thou-
sand pounds, to be lent to young men of
that Company, paying after the rate of
5. pounds the yeere for every hundred,
which hundred pounds so arising yeerly
was to be imployed on charitable acti-
ons, as shee then appointed; but not
performed in more than thirty yeeres
The Lady Baineham, sometime an
Aldermans Widdow of this City,
The Lady Baineham her chari-
to the poore of the Drapers Company,
ten pounds yeerely for ever.
The Lady Forman gave to be distri-
buted among the severall hospitals forty
The Lady Forman her charity.
The Lady Barne,
The Lady Barne her charity.
Wife to Sir George
, Haberdasher, and Lord Maior of
London, gave also to the said hospitals,
fourescore pounds.
The Lady Anne Saunders,
The Lady Saunders her chari-
also an Aldermans wife of London, gave
unto the reliefe of the said Hospitals,
the summe of one hundred and twenty
The Lady Anne Hunt,
The Lady Hunt her charity.
Wife to Sir
Thomas Hunt, Skinner, gave in like
manner for reliefe of the several Ho-
pitals in London, the summe of one hun-
dred and fourescore pounds.
The Lady Frances Ierningham,
The Lady Ierningham her chari-
dow, out of her Christian and charita-
ble disposition to the said Hospitals,
gave liberally the summe of three hun-
dred and forty pounds.
The Lady Frances,
The Coun-
tesse of Sussex her charity.
sometime Coun-
tesse of Sussex, but a great friend and
well-willer to the City of London, and
knowne to be a very godly and religious
Lady, gave to the said Hospitals the
summe of one hundred pounds.
The Lady Katharine Constable,
The Lady Constable her chari-
said to be bred and brought up in this
Honourable Citie, declared her love
thereto at her death, and gave unto the
Hospitals the summe of two hundred
The Lady Webbe, sometime Wife
to Sir William Webbe,
The Lady VVeb her charity.
Ironmonger, Al-
derman and Lord Maior of London,
gave to be distributed among the seve-
rall Hospitals, the summe of three hun-
dred pounds.
The Lady Gresham, wife sometime
to Sir Thomas Gresham,
The Lady Gresham her chari-
Mercer, and A-
gent beyond the Seas to Queene Eli-
of famous memory, gave also to
the Hospitals, fourescore and tenne
The Lady Mary Ramsey,
The Chri-
stian and bountifull charity of the Lady Ramsey.
wife to Sir
Thomas Ramsey, Grocer, Alderman and
Lord Maior of London, about the yeere
one thousand, five hundred, seventy se-
ven, being seized of Lands in Fee-sim-
ple of her owne inheritance, amounting
to the yeerely value of two hundred
forty three pounds; by consent of her
said husband, gave the same to Christs
Hospitall in London, towards the reliefe
of the poore children there, and other
charitable uses, as shall bee decla-
To the Master and Vsher of the
Schoole belonging to Christs-Church,
she gave yeerely twenty pounds.
To the Schoolemaster of Hawsted,
Her love to lear-
the yeere for ever, shee gave twenty
To tenne poore Widdowes, beside
apparell and houses, yeerely twenty
To two poore people,
Her care of the poore.
a man and a
woman by her appointed, during their
lives she gave unto each of them yeere-
ly, two pounds thirteene shillings and
foure pence.
To two Fellowes of Peter-house, in the
Vniversity of Cambridge, and towards
the reliefe of foure Schollers yeerly for-
ty pounds.
To St. Bartholemews Hospitall, tenne
To Newgate, Ludgate, and both the
Her cha-
rity to the poore pri-
each of them, ten pounds.
After the expiration of certaine Lea-
ses, there is to come unto Christs Ho-

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yeerely the summe of one hun-
dred and twenty pounds.
To three severall Parishes in London,
To pari-
shes in London.

namely, Saint Andrews Vndershaft, Saint
Peters the poore, and Saint Mary Wol-
in Lumbardstreet, tenne pounds to
Towards the maintenance of sixe
poore Scholars in Cambridge, twenty
Towards the reliefe of tenne poore
maimed Souldiers,
Care for poore maimed Souldiers.
beside cassoks, caps,
hose and shooes yeerely, the summe of
twenty pounds.
For two Sermons yeerely, forty shil-
She gave to the poore of Christschurch
Parish yeerely for ever, the summe of
fifty shillings.
To the poore of the Company of
Drapers in London, she gave ten pounds
All these gifts already rehearsed, are
to continue for every yeerely.
Moreover, to each of these five Com-
Her care for poore beginners in the world.
of Grocers, Drapers, Gold-
smiths, Haberdashers, and Merchant-Tailors,
shee gave the summe of one
thousand two hundred pounds, to bee
lent to young Trades-men for foure
Shee gave to the Maior and Com-
munalty of Bristow, a thousand pounds,
to be imployed toward the new hospi-
tall there, and other charitable uses, by
the consent of her Executors.
To certaine Parishes in the Coun-
Her cha-
rity to di-
vers Pa-
rishes in the coun-
as Berden, Newport, Clavering,
Langley, Rickling, Quenden, Stocking,
, and Walden, she gave the sum
of one hundred pounds, to buy forty
Gownes of Freeze for women, and sixty
Coats for men, the remainder and over-
plus to goe to the poore.
She gave to poore maids marriages,
forty pounds.
Moreover, shee gave the summe of
five hundred pounds, towards the relea-
sing of such prisoners, as lye for the debt
of forty shillings, in any of the prisons
in London and Southwarke.
She gave beside, the summe of three
thousand pounds, to other good and
godly uses.
The Lady Elizabeth Billingsley,
The Lady Billingsley her love to learning.
to Sir Henry Billingsley, Haberdasher,
Alderman and Lord Maior of London,
gave to her said husband, the summe of
4000. pounds, therewith to purchase
lands in convenient time, and willed,
that the residue of the profits of the said
lands, should be bestowed upon a Scho-
larship and a Fellowship, in the Vniver-
sity of Cambridge, in Saint Iohns Col-
ledge, or any other Colledge there at
his discretion.
The Lady Anne Iones, sometime wife
to Sir Roger Iones,
The Lady Iones her love to learning.
Dier, and Alderman
of London, gave towards the encourage-
ment of poore Scholars in the Vniversi-
ties, 29. pounds, at the discretion of her
The Lady Spencer,
The Lady Spencer her charity.
sometime wife to
Sir Iohn Spencer, Clothworker, Alder-
man and Lord Maior of London, gave to
be distributed among the Hospitals, the
summe of threescore and ten pounds.
The Lady Anne Glover,
The Lady Glover her charity.
wife to Sir William Glover, Dier, Alder-
man of London, gave to reliefe of the
Hospitals, the summe of fourescore
The Lady Barbara Stone,
The Lady Stone her charity.
wife to Sir William Stone, Clothworker,
gave to the reliefe of Christs Hospitall,
one hundred pounds.
Mistris Elizabeth Walter,
Mistris Walter her love to learning.
wife to Richard Walter, Girdler, gave 2.
Fellowships to Emanuel Colledge in
More, for the reliefe of poore Prea-
chers, such as want livings, she gave the
summe of three hundred pounds.
Mistris Alice Barnham,
Mistris Barnham her love to lear-
mother to M.
Benedict Barnham, Draper and Alder-
man of London, gave to both Vniversi-
ties, 20. pound.
Mistris Elizabeth Scot,
Mistris Scot, her love to learning.
wife to Iohn Scot, Salter, gave to the re-
liefe of poore Scholars in the Vniversi-
ties, forty pounds.
Mistris Katharine Garway gave also
to the same benefit of poore Scholars,
Mistris Garway her love to learning.

twenty pounds.
Mistris Cicely Hawes,
Mistris Hawes her love to learning.
gave to poore
Scholars in the Vniversities, twenty
Mistris Alice Hill,
Mistris Hill her chari-
Widdow, gave
for the reliefe of poore prisoners, in the
severall Prisons in and about London, one
hundred pounds.
Mistris Elizabeth Packingten,
Mistris Packingten her chari-

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gave to Christs Hospitall,
Mistris Packington her chari-
score pounds.
Mistris Elizabeth Smith,
Mistris Smith her charity.
gave to be distributed among the Ho-
spitals, fourescore pounds.
Mistris Elizabeth Flicton,
Mistris Electon her charity.
wife to Robert Electon, Grocer, gave un-
to Christs Hospitall, the summe of 66.
Mistris margery Simcotes,
Mistris Simcotes her chari-
wife to George Simcotes, Grocer, gave
unto Christs Hospitall, for reliefe of
the poore Children, one hundred
Mistris Margaret Search,
Mistris Search her charity.
gave unto Christs Hospitall, twenty
Mistris Iane Allington,
Mistris Allington her chari-
gave unto Christs Hospitall, twenty
Mistris Iane Baker,
Mistris Baker her charity.
widdow gave to
the reliefe of poore maids marriages, an
hundred pounds.
Mistris Sambach,
Mistris Sambach her chari-
widdow, gave to
the poore of the parish of Saint Brides
in Fleetstreet, the summe of twenty five
pounds yeerely.
Mistris Venables,
Mistris Ve-
her charity.
widdow, in her love
to Christian Religion, gave for the help
of poore Preachers, the summe of five
thousand pounds.
Mistris Clarke,
Mistris Clarke her love to Learning.
widdow, late wife of
Roger Clarke, Salter, and Alderman of
London, in the Parish of Saint Margaret
, gave for the maintenance of
poore Scholars, and other charitable
uses beside, the summe of one thousand
foure hundred pounds.
Mistris Ioane Doxie,
Mistris Doxie her charity.
Widdow, of
Saint Bennet Grasse-Church in London,
gave unto Christs Hospitall 5. pounds.
She gave to poore Maids marriages,
twenty pounds.
She gave to the Company of Armo-
rers, for reliefe of foure poore wid-
dowes, for ever yeerely, five pounds to
each widdow, desiring to have it called
The poore Widdowes Mite.
She gave also towards the mainte-
nance of the Lecture in Grasse-Church,
fifty shillings yeerely.
Mistris Bakhouse,
Mistris Bakhouse her love to learning.
widdow, gave to
the worshipfull Company of Haber-
dashers, the summe of forty pounds
yeerely, towards the maintaining of 8.
poore Scholars in the Vniversities; al-
lowing to each Scholar yeerely five
Mistris Katharine Woodward,
Mistris Woodward her chari-
gave two hundred pounds to the Com-
pany of Ironmongers, to be lent out to
yong men for their helpe.
She gave two hundred pounds more,
to be distributed unto poore Scholars,
the Hospitals, poore Prisoners, poore
Parishes, poore Householders, poore
Maids marriages: and three pounds
thereof for three Sermons yeerely.
Mistris Iane Baker,
Mistris Ba-
her love to learning.
widdow, over and
besides her former gift, for the helpe of
poore Maids marriages, gave to three
poore Scholars in Cambridge, and as ma-
ny in Oxenford, the summe of twenty
foure pounds, that when they shall se-
verally take degree of Batchelours of
Arts, they are to receive foure pounds
each man.
Mistris Sibilla Iacob,
Mistris Ia-
her charity.
widdow unto
Richard Iacob, Vintener, gave unto
Christs Hospitall, three pounds, and to
Saint Thomas, three pounds.
Mistris Margery Philips,
Mistris Philips her charity.
gave unto Christs Hospital five pounds,
and to Saint Thomas, five pounds.
Mistris Anna Whitmore,
Mistris Whitmore her liberal charity.
wife to Master William Whitmore, Ha-
berdasher, out of her most bountifull
charity, gave unto Christs Hospital the
summe of foure hundred pounds.
More, she gave to Saint Thomas Ho-
spitall, twenty pounds.
To Saint Bartholomews Hospitall,
threescore pounds.
She gave also to the Hospitall of
Bridewell, to set the poore on worke, an
hundred pounds.
Mistris Margaret Awdley of Hackney,
Mistris Awdley her charity.

Widdow, gave unto Christs Hospitall,
one hundred pounds.
She gave to Saint Bartholomews, fifty
And to Saint Thomas Hospitall, fifty
Mistris Alice Elkin,
The wor-
thy chari-
ty of Mi-
stris Alice Owen.
widdow to Ma-
ster William Elkin, Mercer and Alder-
man of London, was afterward married
to the learned Lawyer, Master Thomas
, one of the learned Judges of the
Land. This Mistris Alice Owen, caused
(in her life time) an Hospitall to bee
builded at Istington, for tenne poore
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and Gardens to them adjoyning. Many
other good workes were by her perfor-
med, and in her life time: and accor-
ding as shee franckly and freely gave
them, so will I set them downe in order,
as followeth.
The ma-
nifest te-
stimony of her af-
fection to learning.
she gave to the Library in the
Vniversitie of Oxenford, the summe of
two hundred pounds.
She gave also to the Library in the
Vniversity of Cambridge the summe of
twenty pounds.
For the foundation of one Fellow-
ship, as also one Scholarship, in Ema-
Colledge in the Vniversity of Cam-
, shee gave a summe of money,
the certaine value thereof is not as yet
come to my hands.
She gave unto Christs Hospitall in
Her care of the poore.
to the end that twelve pence a
peece weekely might be given to cer-
taine poore people of Islington, three-
score pounds.
Towards the beautifying of the Cloi-
sters of Christs Hospitall, shee gave the
summe of sixty six pounds, thirteene
shillings, foure pence.
Shee gave, towards the maintai-
ning of a Schoole-house at Edmunton,
twenty pounds.
For a great Bell,
A token of her love to the Coun-
to be rung and used
in the Parish of Condover in Shrop-
, shee gave the summe of fiftie
Item, The building of the Almes-
houses at Islington, and purchasing of
the Land laid to them, did cost her the
sum of one thousand, foure hundred and
fifteene pounds.
Close to the said Almes-houses,
Her pro-
vidence for the poore in her almes-houses.
builded a Schoolehouse and a Chappel
of ease, that the poore might not goe
over-far to Church, the charges where-
of did cost her the summe of three hun-
dred, sixty one pounds.
Yeerely also shee gave good summes
of money,
All these things were done in her life time.
to poore Preachers unbene-
ficed, as also to the Prisons in and about
London, all these being done in her life
By her last Will and Testament,
Gifts ap-
pointed by her will.
hath provided, that 22. pounds yeerely
shall be purchased, for the maintenance
of the Schoole at Islington.
She hath bequeathed to poore Prea-
chers the summe of 35. pounds.
She hath given to the Parish of Bash-
, (wherein sometime she dwelt)
to increase the stocke of the poore there,
twenty pounds.
She hath given to the Prisons, eight
To the Company of Brewers in Lon-
, to whose trust and care shee hath
committed the government and over-
sight of the forenamed Almes-houses
and Schoole-house at Islington; as a
gratefull remembrance of her love, and
that their paines should not goe altoge-
ther unregarded, she hath given in plate
and money, one hundred pounds.
And here let mee tell you, that the
charity of this vertuous and religious
A worthy example, and well deserving imitation.
deserveth the more to bee re-
membred, and commended also to po-
sterity; because she made her owne eyes
the witnesses, to all or the greater part
of the severall summes, first mentioned
and given in her life time.
And yet at the time of her death,
of children and childrens children, she
had no lesse than two and twenty: A
motive very able to hinder charity, espe-
cially in a worldly and covetous minde.
Neverthelesse, looking on all the
parts disposed to her children, and the
other dividents beside, she selected out
so bountifull a portion for those poore
members of Christ, that (even to the
worlds end) may successively remember
her good done to them, and justly
terme her their liberall and mercifull
One thing (above the rest) I may not
forget; because in deliverances from a-
ny dangers, wee owe a more speciall
duty and gratitude to God.
This worthy woman being borne at
A great danger she esca-
ped in her childhood.
in the time of her childhood,
she hapned there to escape a great dan-
ger, by meanes of an Arrow shot at
randome in the field, where shee was
then sporting among other children,
the Arrow missing all the other, pierced
quite thorow the hat on her head, and
(God be praised for it) did not touch
her with any other harme:
The reasō of ere-
cting her Almes-houses.
in the Towne of her birth, and where
shee escaped such an expected perill,
shee made choice to expresse her thank-
fulnesse to GOD, upon the Altar of her

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charitable Almes-houses and Schoole.
Thus much for the worthinesse of
Citizens (both men and women) in
this Citie,
Iohn Lid-
, in praise of Londoners of his time.
touching whom, Iohn Lid-
, a Monke of Bury, in the reigne of
King Henry the sixth, made (amongst
other) these Verses following:
Of seven things I praise this Citie:
Of true meaning and faithfull observance,
Of righteousnesse, truth and equity;
Of stablenesse aye kept in Legiance,
And for of vertue thou hast suffisance:
In this lond here, and other londs all,
The Kings Chamber of Custom men thee call.

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