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Thomas de Port-St. John, Gent., of Toddington, Bedfordshire

Thomas de Port-St. John, Gent., of Toddington, Bedfordshire

Male Abt 1550 - 1614  (~ 64 years)  Submit Photo / DocumentSubmit Photo / Document    Has 181 ancestors and 6 descendants in this family tree.


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  • Relationshipwith Mathias St. John
    Born abt. 1550  Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • About 1550; He is likely 3rd son, where his eldest brother John?s birth is Cal 14 Apr 1544 [1]
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1598  Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Title: Covenant in connection with assignment25 Reference: DE/AS/4623 Description: Thomas St John and Francis St John esquires, to Thomas Andrewes (Andrewes having leased to Oliver Luke, and John Luke of Annables, Herts) 1/3rd part of the manor of Hoo in Pertenhall Date: 20 Dec 1596 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives Language: English 
    Residence 1601  Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Title: Copy recovery Reference: DE/AS/4879 Description: John Luke and Thomas Chicheley v Thomas St John. Moriety of manor of Hoo Date: Nov 1601 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives Language: English 
    Residence 28 Dec 1601  Colletts, Keysoe, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 5
    Title: Bargain and Sale Reference: DE/AS/4633 Description: Thomas St John of Colletts, Keysoe, Beds and Francis St John of Stanford Berye, Beds, esquire, and William Payne, of Podyngton, Beds gent. Close called Foxeholes (55a); and Mollyhill Close (4a); Armorial seals Date: 28 Dec 1601 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives
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    Language: English

    Title: Feoffment Reference: DE/AS/4635 Description: Thomas St John of Colletts, Keysoe, Beds, esq and Francis St John of Stanford, Beds, esq to William Payne of Adington, Beds. 
    Residence 1558-1603  Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    55a in Pertenhall [? Foxeholes] and Molly Hill etc Date: 28 Dec 1601 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives Language: English

    Reference: E 115/360/12329 Description: Certificate of residence showing Thomas St. John (or the variant surname: John) to be liable for taxation in Bedfordshire. (Details of which pouch this certificate was removed from are now lost.) 
    Died 2 Dec 1614  Toddington, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Residence 1 Jul 1617  Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8, 9
    Reference: A63/VIII/130 Description: Foundation Deed. 1. Sir Thomas Conningesby of Hampton Court, Knt. 2. Symon Savory of Bodenham, clerke and Charles Addams of Bodenham, gent. By statute 1597 all persons seized of an estate in Fee simple shall have the power by deed enrolled in Chancery to erect and establish one or more hospitals for the relief of maymed or impotent people, hospitals so founded shall be incorporated and have perpetual successions for ever. Now "Sir Thomas Coningesby to the honour of God, the author of every good and perfect guift in thankfullness to him for his Defence and protection as well as in forreigne travells by sea and land As alsoe for his preservation against malice and practise at home In submission unto his Chastisements upon the person of the said Sir Thomas Coningesby that have Disabled his body in this world and inabled his mynd and thoughts to the expectation of the ......of his heyrs which he hath by his worthy and vertuous wife Phillippa the daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam and being seized in fee of howses landes and tenements followinge parcell of a comaundry that was the inheritance of those knights of St. John of Jerusalem and formerly employed as parte of sustentacioun th Christian valour and couradge".
    Now Constitutes All that Quadrangle or square building of Stone consistinge of twelve dwellings A chappell and hall and two other rooms intended as a pantry and buttery and one great room over them, the soil on which it stands and the court inclosed within it, bounded on the west by the high street without Widemarshe gate in the suburbs of the city of Hereford and on all other sides by lands of Sir Thomas Coningesby sometimes the possessions of the Prior of St. Johns of Jerusalem..to be a hospital for ever. And he "doth erecte and call the name in "Latten" by the name of Coningesbiense. Contubernium Emeritorium in Suburbis Civitat' Hereff" and in English Coninsbies Company of ould servitors in the suburbs of the City of Hereford". There shall be in the hospital a chaplain and eleven poor old servitors that have been soldiers, mariners or serving men, the chaplain to be a graduate in the University of Oxford and a preacher well read and well spoken, and above all, of honest and discrete conversation, six of the servitors to be old soldiers of 5 years service at least in the wars, wanting better means, if they be thought fit by those who are appointed electors, in the counties of Hereford, Worcs., or Salop., in default of six places filled by old soldiers. The vacancies to be made good by mariners; the other five to be old serving men of seven years in one family and destitute of better maintainance, one of the servitors, a soldier, to be the chief called In "Latten" Decurio Coningesbiensis Contubernii --- and in English the Corporall of Coningesbies Company, the Chaplain to be assistant to the said head. All tobe elected as laid down. Each to have a lodging with three chambers, two upper rooms and one lower room, to live there for their lives behaving themselves, according to the rules and ordinances as under the hand and seal of Sir Thomas Coningesby, the corporal to reside in the lodging adjoining the hall, the chaplain in that adjoining the chapel, and the rest in order according to their antiquity. He appoints Symon Savery clerk, to be the first and present Chaplain, and the eleven persons following - Charles Addams,gent., Thomas St. John, John Oliver, Thomas Rea, Henry Evans, Richard Hawarth, James Dower, Francis Maudelyn, Walter Roade, Robert Cardue and William Hodges, to be the first old servitors, Charles Addams to be first or chief, continuing so during his good behaviour, named in Latyn "Decurio ...." and in English Corporall, the chaplain to be assisted by him. He incorporates the Company on the names before given in Latin and English to have a perpetual succession, capable in law of aquiring and conveying lands, etc. to the value enabled by the statute to let such lands as they be possessed of, to plead in law etc. as fully as any like corporation, and to have a Common Seal containing the impression of a Cony in a bunch of Feathers in a Coronett with the Motto Soies Soldathoes Heliathores he Hablathores." The seal is to be kept in a chest locked with two locks and keys, the chaplain to have the custody of one key, the corporal of the other. Sir Thomas Conyngesby endows the Hospital with All those twelve lodgings, chapel, hall, buttery, pantry and room over them, and the quadrangle within the buildings and all the site of the hospital and all that ground lying between the wall stretching from the quadrangle to that part of the ancient monastery which now is standing and in which Sir Thomas Conningesbie sometimes resides, and from thence to the Tanne Brooke and from thence to certain gardens on the west part, and from thence to the corner of the chapel, this said plot of ground to be used planted and manned for a Common Garden to the hospital. He gives to the hospital - All those new buildings on the west side and upon the other side of Widemarshe street opposite the hospital, containing a brewhouse, a bakehouse, a lodging for a brewer and a baker and certain other rooms and stables making up a square building with the yard within the same, and land extending in width ten foott on either side of the buildings, and in length from the new buildings in Widemarshe Street westwards to the Portefielde. He covenants with Symon Savery and Charles Addams that he will within three years endow the hospital with further lands and hereditaments in fee simple or with hereditary provision sufficient to pay all portions. He ordains that when the chaplain, corporal, or any of the company die or be removed, Sir Thomas Coningesby or his heirs continuing in ownership of Hampton Court, shall, within six months shall make choice to fill the vacancy from others born in the counties of Hereford, Salop and Worcester or being of the Coningesby name or bearingg Coningesby arms or otherwise qualified by ordinances. In default of heirs to Sir Thomas ("which God if it please him in his mercy defend"), then the choice is to be made by the Lord or owner of Hampton Court. If such choice is not done, then it is to be made by the King,s Justices of Assize at the next Assizes for the county held after the end of the said six months. When the place of the corporal be void, if there be any old soldier capable and eligible, being a Coningesby in name, of what County soever he be, he shall be preferred before any other; if none of that name, then some other capable by the ordinances and being a gentleman born in the county of Hereford, Salop or Worcester shall be chosen, and shall style and write himself and shall be called Corporal Coningesby and by no other surname. And the Corporal and Company, in all their letters to and of Sir Thos. Coningesby, or his heirs, or the owners of Hampton Court, being their founders as is hereby set down shall, style him their Comaunder and Comaunders of the Hospital under pain expressed in the constitution, and that for the memory of those worthie governers that formerly ruled a Military Society in that place". The corporal is to have a lodging of two upper rooms and one lower next the hall, the chaplain the same next the chapel, the other servitors to have a dwelling of three rooms appointed to them at the discretion of corporal and chaplain. The corporal, chaplain and other old servitors are to have out of the issues, rents etc. of lands allotted to that maintainance hereafter, to be given yearly - vis:- to each, every week, two loaves of bread made of good wheaten flour weighing 4 lbs, to be delivered weekly in the Common Hall, one on Monday morning and the other on Thursday morning, 2 full ale quarts of beer every day - one quart at eleven o'clock, and the other at 6 o'clock at night, the beer to be made of barley malt at the rate of three bushels to the hogshead from All Saints until Easter, and from Easter to All Saints at the rate fo two bushels to the hogshead and everyone to have delivered to him within 7 days after Michaelmas, two cheeses of the best Shropshire cheese or as good as the best now is accounted, each cheese to be of 40 lbs. weight, and also three gallons of "good and holesome butter". This provision of cheese and butter is to be made yearly at Kingsland fair or some other fair fit for the purpose. And each is to have delivered to him before the Feast of St. Michael, for fuel and firing, one hundred faggotts, a piece of a yard in length and thirty inches about in compass. Sir Thomas Coningesby also covenants that there shall be kept upon ground not far from the hospital, a stock of kine whereby such of the said hospital as shall buy milk for their diet shall have two quarts for a penny in summer and three pints for a penny in winter, so as no one of them buy above a quart in one day. Yearly, upon the festival days of Christmas, Candlemas, Easter, Whitsuntide, and All Saints and every Sunday throughout the year the corporal, chaplain and company shall have a dinner and supper in the Common hall out of the common stock - viz at dinner a piece of beef roasted, and at supper, mutton and broth in a competent manner with bread and beer over and above their weekly allowance. And a fire in the hall upon these days from All Saints until the first of Lent. And the Corporal and Chaplain shall have for their further and fuller maintainance ¾d. weekly in money, and every other old servitor 2/6d weekly in money to be made weekly upon Monday morning in the Common Hall after prayers. "And touching the Apparrell - everyone at his first admittance to have a fustin suit of a Ginger colour of a soldier like fashion seemly laced, a hat with a border of white and red sypers, a soldier like jerkyn with half sleeves, and square skirts down half the thigh, with a Moncado or Spanish cap, a soldier like sword with a belt to wear as he goeth abroad, a cloak of red cloth lyned with baize of red and reaching to the knee, and a seemly gown likewise of red cloth reaching to the ankle lined likewise with red baize, the gown to be worn in the hospital and the city of Hereford, and the cloak to be worn in further walks and journeys. And yearly upon the Feast of Pentacost there shall be the like suit of fustain on the same fashion, and every second year on the same feast a like hat and jerkyn, and every third year on All Saints Day the like gown and cloak to be for ever on the same fashion. When they shall go to the cathedral or any other public place in Hereford they shall go together in company, the chaplain with his bible in the forefront, and the rest by two and two, the corporal and servitors wearing their swords, gowns and other apparel. None shall be elected soldiers to the Company but of good name and honest behaviour having served three years not against the Crown of England, the Marriners to be of three years employment never touched with note of Piracy: the serving men to be such as have been of good name and honest behaviour and have served in one house or family for 7 years. If any of the company haunt taverns or alehouses and "be a common drunkard, quareller, babler, or live incontinentlie", or if any prove to beg or cosen or comit any other notorious crime (not capital) and be justly detected by two witnesses before the Mayor or any J.P. (the offence being committed within his jurisdiction) then, for a first offence, the offender shall be publicly, in the Common Hall, admonished by the Chaplain and Corporal, for the second deprived of his maintainance of diet for one month, the same to be equally divided among the rest of the Company, and for the third offence shall be expelled, if not by Sir Thomas Coningesby etc. within 6 months, then by the Justices of Assize. The Chaplain and the Corporal are to have receipt of all the rents and of all corn and provision given for maintainance, and to pay themselves and make the other allowance. Overplus of money or provision is to form a common stock. A storehouse is to be provided in the new buildings mentioned. If they keep back to their own use money in stock to value of 5/-, or convert any provision for their own use of that value, the offender is to lose his place, the offence being proved by three witnesses. The Corporal and Chaplain shall once a year accompt before Sir Thomas Coningesby, his heirs, or the owners of Hampton Court and clear arrears under pain of losing their places, the accounts to be entered in a register Book to be kept in the chest. Sir Thos. Coningesby reserves to himself full power to remove any of the Governor (Corporall) Chaplain and Company and place others in their stead "without restraynte of the qualities or capabilities of such persons, to enable theire Election, Reserving the same to the Mocion of Gods grace in his hart During his life", and to make other ordinances. The law's ordinances and constituents to be entered in a Register, that they may be fairly transcribed in a parchment and be placed in a table or book to remain in some eminent place of the hall that all members of the Company may have access to the same. Signature Thos. Coningesbye. Seal. armorial faint impression. Witnesses: FitzW Conyngesbye: John Hill Edw Pytt Thos. Bradshaw James Bowker J. Easton. Endorsed as to Enrollment - 21 July, 1617. 15 Jan. 1668. Memorandum that the deed was produced and shewn to Edward Pitt a witness sworn on behalf of the Chaplain, Corporal and Servitors, in court, by virtue of a Commission out of the High Court of Chancery before Henry Milbourne and Thos. Carpenter, commissioners. Date: 1 July 1617 Held by: Herefordshire Archive Service, not available at The National Archives Language: English Reference: TS 20/98/1431 Description: Of prisoners in the custody of several Messengers (named): John Hickson, Samuel Proctor, Peter Pattinson, Thomas Newby, Dr. -- Burton, Benjamin Bowker, -- Malaga and William Vanderstack (2 spies), Thomas Mayotts, Thomas St. John, Samuel Maddock, John Collens, Thomas Roy and his wife, Lewis O'brien, Rev. John Grant, Alexander and James Grant, -- Vogler, -- Rattray and -- Lander, -- Hastie, -- Goldie and -- Hay Note: See also T.S.20/27/2 Date: undated Held by: The National Archives, Kew Legal status: Public Record 
    Record Status 16 Dec 2014 
    Record Complete  
    Age ~ 64 years 
    Siblings 10 siblings 
    Notes 
    • His daughter Ann de Port-St. John b. 1602 Bletso, Bedford, England; married Sir Charles Howard, Knight 3 Feb 1621 London, England; and had three children, the youngest and only surviving, Thomas Howard all baptized in Cople, Bedford, England. She died 11 Mar 1636 Cople, Bedford, England.

      *****She did not marry Richard Ferris and have a son named Jeffrey Ferris. *****
    • His son Oliver de Port-St. John born about 1596 Bedford, England may be the Oliver St. John that married Millicent (Parker) Worsley, Ramsden that held land in the Virginia colony. She may be the sister of John Parker of the Virginia company and William Parker, Vice Admiral; Mayor of Plymouth.
    • Ann Bourne first married Thomas Chicheley (1560-1592) and had the following children:
      1. Sir Thomas Chicheley b. 1578 d. 1616
      2. Mary Chicheley b. 1585 d. 1617 - in her will she names her siblings Oliver and Anne St. John.
      3. Devereaux Chicheley b. 1587
      4. Clement Chicheley b. 1559 d. 1559
      5. John Chicheley b. 1590
      6. Dorothy Chicheley b. 1592
      7. Elizabeth Chicheley b. 1592
    • Friends of Lydiard Tregoze gives Thomas and Ann only two children, Anne and Frances. I have added Frances and kept Oliver but I cannot confirm Frances at this time. 7 Feb 2015 S. St. John
    • TITLE DEEDS AND MANORIAL RECORDS

      OTHER COUNTIES

      Pertenhall, The Hoo, Beds

      FILE - Grant and feoffment - ref. DE/AS/4621 - date: 2 July 1587
      [from Scope and Content] Rt Hon John Lord St John of Bletsoe (1); Thomas St John and Francis St John (his brothers) (2); Nicholas Luke of Woodende, Beds, esquire.

      FILE - Covenant in connection with assignment - ref. DE/AS/4623 - date: 20 Dec 1596
      [from Scope and Content] Thomas St John and Francis St John esquires, to Thomas Andrewes (Andrewes having leased to Oliver Luke, and John Luke of Annables, Herts)

      FILE - Copy recovery - ref. DE/AS/4879 - date: Nov 1601
      [from Scope and Content] John Luke and Thomas Chicheley v Thomas St John.

      The Hoo, Foxholes, Molly Hill, etc, Beds

      FILE - Bargain and Sale - ref. DE/AS/4633 - date: 28 Dec 1601
      [from Scope and Content] Thomas St John of Colletts, Keysoe, Beds and Francis St John of Stanford Berye, Beds, esquire, and William Payne, of Podyngton, Beds gent.

      FILE - Feoffment - ref. DE/AS/4635 - date: 28 Dec 1601
      [from Scope and Content] Thomas St John of Colletts, Keysoe, Beds, esq and Francis St John of Stanford, Beds, esq to William Payne of Adington, Beds.
    Oldest Known Ancestors
    Paternal Line: Unknown Progenitor de Port
    Maternal Line: Agnes Fisher b. 1522
    Person ID I10493  St. John Origin and Ancestry DNA Database
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2015 

    Father Ancestors Oliver de Port-St. John,   b. 19 Oct 1516, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 May 1582, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years)
    ▸ Other Partners: Elizabeth Chamber  
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Agnes Fisher,   b. 1522, Elstow, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Aug 1572, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 8 Feb 1543  Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F3728  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Wife Ancestors Ann Bourne,   b. abt. 1560,   d. aft. 1617, Cople, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Other Partners:  Sir Thomas Chicheley, of Wimpole  

    ▸ Other Partners: Sir Thomas Chicheley, of Wimpole 
    Married 10 Dec 1594  Cople, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Children 
     1. Oliver de Port-St. John,   b. abt. 1596, Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [Birth]
     2. Frances de Port-St. John,   b. abt. 1600,   d. bef. 1616  (Age ~ 16 years)  [Birth]
    +3. Ann de Port-St. John,   b. 1602, Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Mar 1636, Cople, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years)  [Birth]
    Sir Charles Howard, Knight, m. 3 Feb 1620
    Last Modified 7 Feb 2015 
    Family ID F754  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - abt. 1550 - Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 10 Dec 1594 - Cople, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Oliver de Port-St. John - abt. 1596 - Bedford, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Title: Covenant in connection with assignment25 Reference: DE/AS/4623 Description: Thomas St John and Francis St John esquires, to Thomas Andrewes (Andrewes having leased to Oliver Luke, and John Luke of Annables, Herts) 1/3rd part of the manor of Hoo in Pertenhall Date: 20 Dec 1596 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives Language: English - 1598 - Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Title: Copy recovery Reference: DE/AS/4879 Description: John Luke and Thomas Chicheley v Thomas St John. Moriety of manor of Hoo Date: Nov 1601 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives Language: English - 1601 - Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Title: Bargain and Sale Reference: DE/AS/4633 Description: Thomas St John of Colletts, Keysoe, Beds and Francis St John of Stanford Berye, Beds, esquire, and William Payne, of Podyngton, Beds gent. Close called Foxeholes (55a); and Mollyhill Close (4a); Armorial seals Date: 28 Dec 1601 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives ************************************************** Language: English Title: Feoffment Reference: DE/AS/4635 Description: Thomas St John of Colletts, Keysoe, Beds, esq and Francis St John of Stanford, Beds, esq to William Payne of Adington, Beds. - 28 Dec 1601 - Colletts, Keysoe, Bedford, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChild - Ann de Port-St. John - 1602 - Bletsoe, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 55a in Pertenhall [? Foxeholes] and Molly Hill etc Date: 28 Dec 1601 Held by: Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies, not available at The National Archives Language: English Reference: E 115/360/12329 Description: Certificate of residence showing Thomas St. John (or the variant surname: John) to be liable for taxation in Bedfordshire. (Details of which pouch this certificate was removed from are now lost.) - 1558-1603 - Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 2 Dec 1614 - Toddington, Bedfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - Reference: A63/VIII/130 Description: Foundation Deed. 1. Sir Thomas Conningesby of Hampton Court, Knt. 2. Symon Savory of Bodenham, clerke and Charles Addams of Bodenham, gent. By statute 1597 all persons seized of an estate in Fee simple shall have the power by deed enrolled in Chancery to erect and establish one or more hospitals for the relief of maymed or impotent people, hospitals so founded shall be incorporated and have perpetual successions for ever. Now "Sir Thomas Coningesby to the honour of God, the author of every good and perfect guift in thankfullness to him for his Defence and protection as well as in forreigne travells by sea and land As alsoe for his preservation against malice and practise at home In submission unto his Chastisements upon the person of the said Sir Thomas Coningesby that have Disabled his body in this world and inabled his mynd and thoughts to the expectation of the ......of his heyrs which he hath by his worthy and vertuous wife Phillippa the daughter of Sir William Fitzwilliam and being seized in fee of howses landes and tenements followinge parcell of a comaundry that was the inheritance of those knights of St. John of Jerusalem and formerly employed as parte of sustentacioun th Christian valour and couradge". Now Constitutes All that Quadrangle or square building of Stone consistinge of twelve dwellings A chappell and hall and two other rooms intended as a pantry and buttery and one great room over them, the soil on which it stands and the court inclosed within it, bounded on the west by the high street without Widemarshe gate in the suburbs of the city of Hereford and on all other sides by lands of Sir Thomas Coningesby sometimes the possessions of the Prior of St. Johns of Jerusalem..to be a hospital for ever. And he "doth erecte and call the name in "Latten" by the name of Coningesbiense. Contubernium Emeritorium in Suburbis Civitat' Hereff" and in English Coninsbies Company of ould servitors in the suburbs of the City of Hereford". There shall be in the hospital a chaplain and eleven poor old servitors that have been soldiers, mariners or serving men, the chaplain to be a graduate in the University of Oxford and a preacher well read and well spoken, and above all, of honest and discrete conversation, six of the servitors to be old soldiers of 5 years service at least in the wars, wanting better means, if they be thought fit by those who are appointed electors, in the counties of Hereford, Worcs., or Salop., in default of six places filled by old soldiers. The vacancies to be made good by mariners; the other five to be old serving men of seven years in one family and destitute of better maintainance, one of the servitors, a soldier, to be the chief called In "Latten" Decurio Coningesbiensis Contubernii --- and in English the Corporall of Coningesbies Company, the Chaplain to be assistant to the said head. All tobe elected as laid down. Each to have a lodging with three chambers, two upper rooms and one lower room, to live there for their lives behaving themselves, according to the rules and ordinances as under the hand and seal of Sir Thomas Coningesby, the corporal to reside in the lodging adjoining the hall, the chaplain in that adjoining the chapel, and the rest in order according to their antiquity. He appoints Symon Savery clerk, to be the first and present Chaplain, and the eleven persons following - Charles Addams,gent., Thomas St. John, John Oliver, Thomas Rea, Henry Evans, Richard Hawarth, James Dower, Francis Maudelyn, Walter Roade, Robert Cardue and William Hodges, to be the first old servitors, Charles Addams to be first or chief, continuing so during his good behaviour, named in Latyn "Decurio ...." and in English Corporall, the chaplain to be assisted by him. He incorporates the Company on the names before given in Latin and English to have a perpetual succession, capable in law of aquiring and conveying lands, etc. to the value enabled by the statute to let such lands as they be possessed of, to plead in law etc. as fully as any like corporation, and to have a Common Seal containing the impression of a Cony in a bunch of Feathers in a Coronett with the Motto Soies Soldathoes Heliathores he Hablathores." The seal is to be kept in a chest locked with two locks and keys, the chaplain to have the custody of one key, the corporal of the other. Sir Thomas Conyngesby endows the Hospital with All those twelve lodgings, chapel, hall, buttery, pantry and room over them, and the quadrangle within the buildings and all the site of the hospital and all that ground lying between the wall stretching from the quadrangle to that part of the ancient monastery which now is standing and in which Sir Thomas Conningesbie sometimes resides, and from thence to the Tanne Brooke and from thence to certain gardens on the west part, and from thence to the corner of the chapel, this said plot of ground to be used planted and manned for a Common Garden to the hospital. He gives to the hospital - All those new buildings on the west side and upon the other side of Widemarshe street opposite the hospital, containing a brewhouse, a bakehouse, a lodging for a brewer and a baker and certain other rooms and stables making up a square building with the yard within the same, and land extending in width ten foott on either side of the buildings, and in length from the new buildings in Widemarshe Street westwards to the Portefielde. He covenants with Symon Savery and Charles Addams that he will within three years endow the hospital with further lands and hereditaments in fee simple or with hereditary provision sufficient to pay all portions. He ordains that when the chaplain, corporal, or any of the company die or be removed, Sir Thomas Coningesby or his heirs continuing in ownership of Hampton Court, shall, within six months shall make choice to fill the vacancy from others born in the counties of Hereford, Salop and Worcester or being of the Coningesby name or bearingg Coningesby arms or otherwise qualified by ordinances. In default of heirs to Sir Thomas ("which God if it please him in his mercy defend"), then the choice is to be made by the Lord or owner of Hampton Court. If such choice is not done, then it is to be made by the King,s Justices of Assize at the next Assizes for the county held after the end of the said six months. When the place of the corporal be void, if there be any old soldier capable and eligible, being a Coningesby in name, of what County soever he be, he shall be preferred before any other; if none of that name, then some other capable by the ordinances and being a gentleman born in the county of Hereford, Salop or Worcester shall be chosen, and shall style and write himself and shall be called Corporal Coningesby and by no other surname. And the Corporal and Company, in all their letters to and of Sir Thos. Coningesby, or his heirs, or the owners of Hampton Court, being their founders as is hereby set down shall, style him their Comaunder and Comaunders of the Hospital under pain expressed in the constitution, and that for the memory of those worthie governers that formerly ruled a Military Society in that place". The corporal is to have a lodging of two upper rooms and one lower next the hall, the chaplain the same next the chapel, the other servitors to have a dwelling of three rooms appointed to them at the discretion of corporal and chaplain. The corporal, chaplain and other old servitors are to have out of the issues, rents etc. of lands allotted to that maintainance hereafter, to be given yearly - vis:- to each, every week, two loaves of bread made of good wheaten flour weighing 4 lbs, to be delivered weekly in the Common Hall, one on Monday morning and the other on Thursday morning, 2 full ale quarts of beer every day - one quart at eleven o'clock, and the other at 6 o'clock at night, the beer to be made of barley malt at the rate of three bushels to the hogshead from All Saints until Easter, and from Easter to All Saints at the rate fo two bushels to the hogshead and everyone to have delivered to him within 7 days after Michaelmas, two cheeses of the best Shropshire cheese or as good as the best now is accounted, each cheese to be of 40 lbs. weight, and also three gallons of "good and holesome butter". This provision of cheese and butter is to be made yearly at Kingsland fair or some other fair fit for the purpose. And each is to have delivered to him before the Feast of St. Michael, for fuel and firing, one hundred faggotts, a piece of a yard in length and thirty inches about in compass. Sir Thomas Coningesby also covenants that there shall be kept upon ground not far from the hospital, a stock of kine whereby such of the said hospital as shall buy milk for their diet shall have two quarts for a penny in summer and three pints for a penny in winter, so as no one of them buy above a quart in one day. Yearly, upon the festival days of Christmas, Candlemas, Easter, Whitsuntide, and All Saints and every Sunday throughout the year the corporal, chaplain and company shall have a dinner and supper in the Common hall out of the common stock - viz at dinner a piece of beef roasted, and at supper, mutton and broth in a competent manner with bread and beer over and above their weekly allowance. And a fire in the hall upon these days from All Saints until the first of Lent. And the Corporal and Chaplain shall have for their further and fuller maintainance ¾d. weekly in money, and every other old servitor 2/6d weekly in money to be made weekly upon Monday morning in the Common Hall after prayers. "And touching the Apparrell - everyone at his first admittance to have a fustin suit of a Ginger colour of a soldier like fashion seemly laced, a hat with a border of white and red sypers, a soldier like jerkyn with half sleeves, and square skirts down half the thigh, with a Moncado or Spanish cap, a soldier like sword with a belt to wear as he goeth abroad, a cloak of red cloth lyned with baize of red and reaching to the knee, and a seemly gown likewise of red cloth reaching to the ankle lined likewise with red baize, the gown to be worn in the hospital and the city of Hereford, and the cloak to be worn in further walks and journeys. And yearly upon the Feast of Pentacost there shall be the like suit of fustain on the same fashion, and every second year on the same feast a like hat and jerkyn, and every third year on All Saints Day the like gown and cloak to be for ever on the same fashion. When they shall go to the cathedral or any other public place in Hereford they shall go together in company, the chaplain with his bible in the forefront, and the rest by two and two, the corporal and servitors wearing their swords, gowns and other apparel. None shall be elected soldiers to the Company but of good name and honest behaviour having served three years not against the Crown of England, the Marriners to be of three years employment never touched with note of Piracy: the serving men to be such as have been of good name and honest behaviour and have served in one house or family for 7 years. If any of the company haunt taverns or alehouses and "be a common drunkard, quareller, babler, or live incontinentlie", or if any prove to beg or cosen or comit any other notorious crime (not capital) and be justly detected by two witnesses before the Mayor or any J.P. (the offence being committed within his jurisdiction) then, for a first offence, the offender shall be publicly, in the Common Hall, admonished by the Chaplain and Corporal, for the second deprived of his maintainance of diet for one month, the same to be equally divided among the rest of the Company, and for the third offence shall be expelled, if not by Sir Thomas Coningesby etc. within 6 months, then by the Justices of Assize. The Chaplain and the Corporal are to have receipt of all the rents and of all corn and provision given for maintainance, and to pay themselves and make the other allowance. Overplus of money or provision is to form a common stock. A storehouse is to be provided in the new buildings mentioned. If they keep back to their own use money in stock to value of 5/-, or convert any provision for their own use of that value, the offender is to lose his place, the offence being proved by three witnesses. The Corporal and Chaplain shall once a year accompt before Sir Thomas Coningesby, his heirs, or the owners of Hampton Court and clear arrears under pain of losing their places, the accounts to be entered in a register Book to be kept in the chest. Sir Thos. Coningesby reserves to himself full power to remove any of the Governor (Corporall) Chaplain and Company and place others in their stead "without restraynte of the qualities or capabilities of such persons, to enable theire Election, Reserving the same to the Mocion of Gods grace in his hart During his life", and to make other ordinances. The law's ordinances and constituents to be entered in a Register, that they may be fairly transcribed in a parchment and be placed in a table or book to remain in some eminent place of the hall that all members of the Company may have access to the same. Signature Thos. Coningesbye. Seal. armorial faint impression. Witnesses: FitzW Conyngesbye: John Hill Edw Pytt Thos. Bradshaw James Bowker J. Easton. Endorsed as to Enrollment - 21 July, 1617. 15 Jan. 1668. Memorandum that the deed was produced and shewn to Edward Pitt a witness sworn on behalf of the Chaplain, Corporal and Servitors, in court, by virtue of a Commission out of the High Court of Chancery before Henry Milbourne and Thos. Carpenter, commissioners. Date: 1 July 1617 Held by: Herefordshire Archive Service, not available at The National Archives Language: English Reference: TS 20/98/1431 Description: Of prisoners in the custody of several Messengers (named): John Hickson, Samuel Proctor, Peter Pattinson, Thomas Newby, Dr. -- Burton, Benjamin Bowker, -- Malaga and William Vanderstack (2 spies), Thomas Mayotts, Thomas St. John, Samuel Maddock, John Collens, Thomas Roy and his wife, Lewis O'brien, Rev. John Grant, Alexander and James Grant, -- Vogler, -- Rattray and -- Lander, -- Hastie, -- Goldie and -- Hay Note: See also T.S.20/27/2 Date: undated Held by: The National Archives, Kew Legal status: Public Record - 1 Jul 1617 - Manor of Hoo in Pertenhall, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location Link to Google Earth
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