from the Will of Thomas Lindley of Lindley near Otley Volume 3 Folio
584 August 14th 1439
In the name
of God amen in the 11th day of July AD 1439 and the 17th year of the
reign of Henry IV. I Thomas Lyndley of Lyndley near Otley in the
county of York gentlemen in good memory thanks be to the Almighty
make and ordain my last will and testament in manner and form
following. First and I commend my soul to almighty God believing in
my redemption and my body to be buried in the church of Otley. I
give to the high altar of the said Church 6s. 8d.
I give to
Percival my son and heir various inscribed pieces, namely two
silver pieces with a cover to them each; two similar pieces in plain
silver without covers; two myrrh containers of silver and gilded;
two silver salts with covers, a silver powder box and my 12 best
silver spoons; also my armour which is kept beneath the new tower at
Hexham with a borespear thereto belonging.
I give to
my three children namely John, Alice and Margarete £120 -
that is to say £40 each when they marry or come of age - if one
dies his or her share to be divided between the others.
I give to
Robert Lyndley my brother 10 marks.
I give to
William Cowdray 20 shillings, Robert Heafe 20 shillings and John
Heap 13 shillings and four pounds.
desire that John Brig chaplain celebrate Mass for the benefit of my
soul, and those of my ancestors and my friends in the Chapel of
Harrogate for three years receiving for his salary £12 in silver;
and that William Wilson Chapel sing to the Blessed Virgin Mary in
the parish church of Otley, having in addition to hear his stipend
of my goods and chattels, my legacy is having been paid, I leave to
Katherine my wife. Executors
- my wife Katherine and Robert Newall perpetual curate of the parish
William Duffield; John unknown; Thomas Beck with and Hugo Pakenham.
On August 14
1439 the executors named in the will were sworn in. Source:
Surtees Society Volume 30 ‘Testamenta Eboracensia’ publ. 1855.
† The head of an ancient and very respectable Yorkshire
family, of the history of which there is but little known. He
appears to have held some patent office at Hexharn. under the
Archbishop of York. A branch of his family was at this time settled
at Scutterskelf in Cleveland, in right of an heiress of the family
of Gower, who had married into the family. Some notices of them
will be given hereafter.
‡ Percival Lindley of Lindley, Esq., by his will, dated
August 13, 1495, desires to be buried in the churchyard of Otley, at
the east end of the choir. To Thomas Lindley, his son and heir, he
leaves all the plate which his father had bequeathed to him. To his
three daughters he leaves 20s. each. To his sons, John,
Richard, and Percival, 26s. 8d. each. The residue he
leaves to Isabel his wife, William Lindley his son, and William
Lindley of Leathley. [Prob. 28 May, 1499.]