And as concernige the order and disposition of my lande, I doe declare my last Will and Testament of the same in mannere and forme as insueth (enaueth): - ffirst, I deuise and bequeath Margaret, my well beloued wief, all that my now dwell-inge-house, called Crosbye Place, in the parrishe of St. Ellens, within the Cittie of London. To haue and to holde to her for and dnringe so long tyme as she shall liue sole and unmaryed, for and in lewe and recompence of her dower she may hane of in or to any other my Lande and Tenemente in London. And imediately that she shall marie, I will and bequeath the same, my said dwellinge-howse, unto William Bond, my second sonne, for and dnringe his naturall life, payinge out of the same to my sonne Nicholas Bond xiijli. xiijs. iiijd. yearely duringe the naturall life of the said William Bond, at the feaste of the natiuitie of St. John Baptiste, and the birth of our Lord God, by equall porcons, or within xxtie dayes nexte, after euerie of the said feaste. And also payinge unto ray sonne Martyn Bond other xiijli. xiijs. iiijd. at the like feaste or dayes, and by like porcons duringe the naturall life of the said William Bond. And after the decease of the said William Bond, then I deuise the same, my said house, unto Nicholas Bond, for terme of his life, payinge to my said son Martyn Bond, twentie pounde by yeare, at the said feaste or dayes by equall porcons. And after his decease, I will and bequeath the same unto my said sonne Martyn, for terme of his naturall life. And after his decease, I will and bequeath the same unto Daniel! Bond, my sonne and heire apparante, and to the heires males of his bodye, lawfully be-gotton. And for defaulte of such yssue, I will and bequeath the same to my said sonne William Bond and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begot-ten. And for want of such yssue, I will and bequeath the same to my said sonne Nicholas, and to the heires males of his bodye, lawfully begotten. And for want of such yssue, I will and bequeath the same to my sonne Martyn, and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotten. And for want of such yssue, I will and bequeath the same to my nephewe William Bond, sonne of my brother George Bond, and to the heires males of his bodye lawfully begotton. And for want of such yssue, I will and deuise the same to the right heires of my said sonne Daniell Bond for euer. And I leaue to discende all my other Lande and Tene-mente in the said parrishe of St. Ellyns aforesaid, or elle (else) where within the Citie of London, to my said sonne Daniell Bond, accordinge to the lawes of this realme for a full third part excedinge and beinge more than a third parte. And further I will, charge, and louingely require my said children, that they nor any of them, doe not alter, infringe or chaunge, this my deuise of my lande to them made, but suffer the same to remain and be in forme as I have before by this my last will and Testament lymitted and appointed the same. In witness whereof I have subscribed this my will and Testament for and concerning my lande, the xxxth of maye 1576. The eighteenth year of our Sovereign Lady Elizabeth, Regine. By me William Bonde; Teste Willmo Bowreman, Thomas Gresham, William Whytmore, George Bond. By me John Howghe. By me Thomas Pottell. By me Blase Saunders. By me William Hagar.

* The names of vessels of which he was the owner.

*  The traces of the prejudice in favour of ancient religious custom is here apparent. This, no doubt, is a relic of the old masses for the repose of the soul, clothed in a new dress to suit the then modern innovations.

* Good living among the Alderman, does not appear by this to be at all of modern origin.

* This was, no doubt, Sir Thomas Gresham, the founder of the Royal Exchange. A very intimate connexion is apparent between the Ciolls, the Bonds, and the Greshams. Ciceley Cioll was the daughter of Sir John Gresham, the uncle of Sir Thomas, as observed in a former note ; and the names, both of Sir John and Sir Thomas, appear in several transactions between the parties. The connexion here mentioned, seems to have been preceded also by an equally intimate one between Sir Thomas More, and Wm. Rooper, or Roper, and Wm. Rastell, former possessors of Crosby Place. Roper was one of the sons-in-law, and Rastell, as previously intimated, was nearly related, if he was not the brother-in-law of Sir Thomas More. The well-known saying of Sir Thomas, " That if his head would win the King (Henry VIII.) a town in France, albeit he was a gracious prince, it would not remain long on his shoulders," was made to this Roper.

This Will was proved in the first year of the translation of Edmund Grindal, Archb. of Cantuar. who was confirmed in the see, February 15th, 1575.

Appendix No. IV. A Table Showing The Principal Possessars And Occupiers Of Crosby Place

A Table Showing The Principal Possessars And Occupiers Of Crosby Place, And The Periods During Which They Severally Held.

A.D.

N.D.

Sir John Crosby, Knt....

1406

to

1475

Leaseholder

Under Priory of St. Helen.

Executors of Sir John....

1475

to

1501

ditto

Ditto.

Bartholomew Reed and Wife ....

1501

to

1507

ditto

Ditto.

John Best, Alderman....

.....

to

....

ditto

Ditto.

Sir Thomas More, Knt., Under Treasurer and after-wards Lord High Chancellor of England .

....

to

1523

ditto

Ditto.

Antonio Bonvisi, Merchant of Lucca .

1523

to

1530

ditto

Ditto.

Ditto,ditto.....

1539

to

1542

ditto

Under King Henry VIII., who had se'red the Priory.

Ditto, ditto.......

1542

to

1549

Freeholder

By purchase of Sir Edw. Northe, as Treasurer to the

King

Sir Thos. Darcye, Knt., Lord Darcye of Chule .

1549

to

1553

ditto

By grant from King Edward VI„ to whom Bonvist's property had escheated.

Antonio Bonvisti....

May to June 1553

ditto

By grant from Lord Darcye, on accession of Queen

Mary

Peter Crowle....

1553

to

1560

ditto

By inheritance and will of Bonvist.

Genuajn Cyoll and Wife.....

1560

to

1566

ditto

By purchase.

......

1566

to

1576

ditto

Ditto.

of the Alderman

1576

to

1584

ditto

By inheritance.

layor in 594

1594

to

1609

ditto

By purchase.

Compton, afterwards

1609

to

1630

ditto

In right of his wife Elizabeth, daughter and heiress of Sir John Spencer.

.....

1630

to

1642

ditto

By heirship.

....

1642

to

1678

ditto

Ditto.

....

1678

to

1692

ditto

By purchase.

Freeman Family....

from

1692

ditto

Ditto.

Principal Intermediate Or Under Tenants

Richard, Duke of Glouceester, afterwards Richard III.

1483

to

...

Under Crosby's Executors.

Dowager, Countess of Pembroke

1609

1915

Under William. Earl of Northampton.

Sir James Langham, Knt. ...

-

to

1674

, Under the Earls of Northampton.

T. R, DRURY, PRINTER, JOHNSON'S COURT, FLEET STREET, LONDON.

Errata

Page 2, line 1, for infra, read inter.

Page 2, line 3, for domentum, read Conventum.

Page 31, line 22, for heraldic, read heraldric.

Page 34, line 4, for heraldic, read heraldric.

Page 34, note, for see note 2, read see note, page 32.

In Plate of Autographs, under that of Pembroke, for from Counterpart lease from Sir John Spencer, read from Counterpart lease from William, Earl of Northampton.