This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... issue by her. LordMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1908 edition. Excerpt: ... issue by her. Lord Dacre says it is doubtful if he had any by Margaret, although one pedigree gives two daughters, Elizabeth and Frydswid,1 both said to have died unmarried.
John Barrett died on October 24th, 1526, and his inquisition was held on October 21st in the following year- this shows that he died possessed of rather less than 1,400 acres of land round Belhus- small properties in Hornchurch and Havering atte Bower, and about 600 acres in Sutton, near Rochford. Lord Dacre remarks that this inquisition was carelessly taken, and contains several inaccuracies. From Johns will we learn that he had a house in St. Vedasts Lane, London, and that his brother-in-law, Lewes Harpsfield, had been the cause of his losing considerable sums of money for which he appears to have become security.
The directions the will contains as to his funeral are interesting, and so are his bequests of furniture and jewellery, for which reason I have given some of them in full. This will is dated October 14th, 1526, and was proved on February 23rd following. In it he describes himself as John Barrett Esquire Register.2 He orders his body, if he dies in London, to be buried by the bodies of his well-beloved wives Phillipa and Margaret, and if he dies in Essex, by the body of his wife Elizabeth.
He also gives somewhat minute directions as to the way in which his funeral is to be conducted. He says: --I will charge myne executors that my body be buryed wtout any pomp of the worlde oonley wt xij torches, and no mo, except iiij or vj hand torches to be borne by my servants, beinge my household servants, and to have their Lyvery, or my tenants about my corpse at the tyme of my buringe-3 wherof after the same my buringe don, I bequeath two of the sayde torches to...