The History of the Family of

DRURY

In the Counties of Suffolk and Norfolk

From the Conquest

By Arthur Campling, London, 1937
 

CHAPTER V, part b
 

Drury of Hawstead, co. Suffolk



A writer in the "East Anglian Miscellany" described Hawstead Place as the site of the chief manor in Hawstead, which became amalgamated with that of Bokenhams in 1504, when Sir Will. De Clopton exchanged it with Sir Robert Drury for other manors in his possession, and thus the latter family became owners of nearly all the parish of Hawstead, adding still further to it in 1553 and 1610, the extra-parochial estate of Hardwick near Bury. Bokenhams Manor, re-named by the Drurys "The Place", is but a ruin of foundations within a little wood, and Hawstead Hall is equally a ruin. It is situated about half a mile due north of the church, and is marked on the ordnance map in Gothic letters, but on a plan of the Hawstead estate of the Drurys made for Lady Wray, when she inherited the property in the 17th century, it is plainly indicated by a house and called "Hausteede Mannor House", and this plan is illustrated in Gages "Thingoe Hundred". The east end of the old ruin stands on the edge of a plateau, and just eastward of it on the plateau is a moat, now mostly filled in, but clearly indicated on the ground, of the smaller size, that is, an outward measurement of 50 square yards. From the ruined house on the north side, the ground slopes rapidly, and as rapidly rises again and beyond it, marked on the plan, is the "Lytle Parke" of the Drurys. I have little doubt that within that small moated enclosure was the dwelling of Thomas Noel, whose daughter married one of the Eustace de Lisoris family, whose grandson, another Fitz Eustace, married Joan de Colville, who is said to have erected the monument against the north wall of the chancel of Hawstead Church to her husband; and I think a small house was erected outside the enclosure soon after it became Drury property, which was enlarged at the latter end of the same century. It was, when finished and even as a ruin still is, one long main block, and from a huge oak beam which juts out at the west end, was of considerable length, and consisted of three stories – that is, ground floor, upper floor, and attics. The building throughout was but the width of the rooms in it, except that in much more modern times an addition to the house extending the length of two apartments each one about 17 feet in length, was added on the north side, reaching to the height of the first story which overhangs, and denotes, I think, that it belongs to the early 16th century. A large chimney rises between the two chief rooms, each of which is about 17 feet square, and one can clearly discern the spaces of the open fireplaces. Externally on the south side is the skeleton of a small and narrow mullioned window, typical of the 16th century and then an early 16th century doorway blocked up; and in the second room a beam so large and so roughly constructed it cannot belong to so late a period as the east end of the house. There was a staircase arising from the middle of the house on the north side, that would be from the middle of the hall, and then another was added at a much later date near the east end, finishing off within the modern erection on the northern side. Of course the house consisted entirely of timber and plaster work, the razors or wattles which filled up the intervening spaces being in some parts quite in a good state even now. Thus far the "East Anglian Miscellany".

The plane trees at Hawstead grown from seeds sent by Sir Nicholas Bacon from Constantinople were the first to be planted in this country.

Sir William Drury was appointed Governor of the town of Bergen op Zoom in 1588 and much correspondence is extant in the muniments of the earl of Ancaster as to his actions in that capacity. Under date 30 May (1588) Anthony Gawdy at Bergon-op-Zoom writes to nephew Philip Gawdy at his lodging, Fleet St. by the "Hanging Sword" and announces safe passage to Flushing in two days, came next day to Bergen, which is full of captains and good soldiers in want of money and apparel. Sir William (Drury) hath a great commandment and well beloved.

The duel between Sir William Drury and Sir John Burgh is referred to in some letters as follows: 9 January 1589 (-90) Lord Willoughby to Sir Francis Walsingham:

"The ill newes of the unhappy incounter betwixt Sri William Drury and Sir Jhon Burgh, cannot but as it fell to sone, be reported sone inough, notwithstandinge the mischance being, as it is, not remediable."

And a letter from William (Lyllie) to Sir Francis Walsingham knight relates:

"…I stayed him (the bearer) three dayes to see thevent of the hurt of Sir William Drury whiche was donne in duells bytwen him and Sir Jean Bourons on Wensdaye last and so hurt uppon tharme that presently he lost his hande with the gangrene as the surgeones terme yt. And therefore cut out his arme but all that served not this xviiijth he dyed of the same. He prayed me to desyre your honer by my lettre to beseche the quene to be good to his wief and children, and for his eldest sonne to leave him to his wife or grandmother and this he craved most humble of her majestie."

Drury’s death took place 8 Jan. 1589/90 (old style). He had been Sheriff of Suffolk in 1583, and one of the respresentatives in Parliament for the county in 1585; but the career of this magnificent knight was stopped thus suddenly; for in 1589, with the command of a regiment of 1000 men, accompanying Lord Willoughby to France, in the expedition sent to aid Henry 4th, he unfortunately fell in the duel wit Sir John Borough. Queen Elizabeth on this occasion wrote to Lady Drury as follows:

"Be well ware, my Besse, you strive not with divine ordinances, nor grudge at irremdiable harmes leste you offend the highest Lorde, and no whitte amend your married hap. Heape not your harmes where helpe there is none, but since you may not that you would, wish that you can enjoye with comforte, a kinge for his power and a queen for her love, who leves not now to protect you when your case requires care and minds not to omitte whatever may be best for you and yours – your most loving careful Soveraigne."

Lady Drury replied:

"Most royall and my most deere souveraigne your sweete lines of Comforte receayved by your poorest, humblest, and most distressede servante, did efte soones reclayme her self from her former conceyved thoughts of beinge the person whome all sorrowes had taken lodginge in, and all comforts had taken wings to flye awaye from her, and began to despise to be overgoverned by suche dispayringe thoughts and fedd myselfe with the sight of the fruite of Gods great mercy shewed to mee in stirringe upp suche a princesse to regarde me with pittye. What can I saye to my sweete saviour for this his second redemption, which was of my boddye from the intollerable burthen of greefe, but as I sayd for the greatest & the first, which was the redemption of my soule from hell fire that his mercy shewed was unmeasurable, & his power infinite, I presente my harte at your Majesties feete, to poure for the my continuall prayers with all myne, that you maye be continued a monarke of happines above all other princes in this worlde & after be possessed of the unspeakable and endlesse blisse of the world to come – Your Majesties most humble subjecte & poor bondewooman. E.D."

"I have sent you this because of my promis to assur you as I saide, to kepe my wourd, I holde it religion, the outher promis I made you, is as a law inviolabel in my hart, yet will I kepe the show of a swourde, altho in secret it bee a wodden wepen, with this name I wil make good my wourd. E. Drury."

The will of Sir William Drury was as follows:

…my maanor of Whepsted…annuity out of the Mannor of Laushall…my Mansion House called drurie house in the parishe of St. Clements without the barres of the new temple in London…my Mannors of Hawstedd cum Buckinghams alias Talmagies…in Hawstedd…and Pickares in Reed…unto Robert Drury my sonne and heir apparent…(remainder) to Thomas Drury my brother …(remainder) to my cozen Henrie Drurie of Lawshall…(remainder) to heires male of the bodie of Sir William Drury, Knighte my grandfather…to the Ladie Elizabeth my wife…mannors… of Brockley Wifelds Chedburgh and Hanningfeilde in…Suffolk…my double guelding with the pillion…and two other good gueldings fit to serve for yemen to attend upon her…the mannor of Marlesforde…unto Frances Drury my daughter l 1000 to Elizabeth Drury…my daughter 1000 markes to Diana Drury…my daughter 1000 markes and to Susanna…my daughter 1000 markes…to my sonne Charles…barnes in Burie called Anmers barnes. To the Ladie Dorithie Stafford my mother in lawe my double quilte bason and ewer…to my sister Audry Drury…200 marks and one of the fairest suett of golde buttons with pearle…to William Mynne my nephew…one annuitie of 20 nobles…to the righte Honourable Roberte lord Riche my best suett of diamonde Buttons for a capp band…to Mr. Edward Cooke counseller one of my best amblinge gueldings…to Mr. Edward Cooke counseller one of my best amblinge gueldings…Executors my wife the Lady Elizabeth Drury, my cousin John Jermin esquire my ancient friend Anthony Gawdry esquire and George Parker my servant Supervisors lord Riche John Clenche and Edward Cooke."

Commission issued 4 June 1595 to Robert Drury son of the deceased to administer.

Sir William Drury married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir William Stafford of Chebsey, co. Stafford (she re-married Sir John Scott of Nettlestead, co. Kent, knight) and by her had Robert, his son and heir, Charles slain at Nieuport in Flanders 1600, and four daughters 1. Frances married firstly Sir Nicholas Clifford and secondly Sir William Wray of Glentworth, co. Linc bart, 2. Elizabeth wife of William Cecil, Earl of Exeter, K.G., 3. Susanna died unmarried 1607, and 4. Diana second wife of Edward Cecil, Viscount Wimbledon.

The Couness of Exeter, who died 26 Feb. 1654, left three daughters, coheirs to their father, viz., Elizabeth wife of Thomas Howard, 1st earl of Berkshire; Diana wife, first of Henry de Vere, 18th earl of Oxford, secondly of Thomas Bruce, 1st earl of Elgin and Anne wife of Henry Grey, 1st earl of Stamford.

From the eldest daughter descends the Rt. Hon. Charles, 10th earl of Suffolk and 12th earl of Berkshire, by whose permission is reproduced the portrait of Lady Exeter, by Marc Gheerardts, the younger, now at Charlton Park, Wilts.

Sir William Drury was followed at HAWSTEAD by SIR ROBERT DRURY, his eldest son and heir, who was born 30 January 1574-5 at Durham House within the precincts of Westminster and was therefore fifteen at the time of his father’s death. In 1591 Elizabeth sent Essex with a small army to help Henry IV against Philip and the League. Robert Drury went in Essex’s train and at the Siege of Rouen 8 October 1592 was knighted by Essex, being then in his sixteenth year. He was recommended 29 August 1596 for a company of foot. There is in the Cecil M.S.S. a prescriptory letter from him to his uncle George Parker written about 1599 in which one sees that although still young in years he had his position well in mind.

From Sir Robert Drury to George Parker:

"Uncle Parker, I perceive by your letters how you are crossed by the follies of Mynne and the boys and that by that degenerate rogue Tom Drury (his uncle) they are published and by his practises much trouble like to ensue unto you as also great disgrace to me, and because you are wise enough let the foot boys and Myn be forwarned of that rogue’s company as they will have my favour. I bade both Charles and they all that were towards me take heed of him and that filthy rogue Hasted. I marvel he was not arrested. You shall find at one time or other in his drunken alepors his tongue shall walk. You did very ill to spare him. It will rather hurt than otherwise; for if he had spoken upon his arrest any matter it would have received small credit, and you and I know many ways to discredit his testimony. Deliver this letter inclosed to mine uncle Stafford and follow his directions and either send the boy to me or keep him at home with you. Bid Mr. Brabon neither to let the rogue have a penny nor once to harbour him if he come that way nor Besse Barns nor any of my tenants or neighbours. I will do well with my rogue I have here, fear you not. I am crossed here contrary to my expectation and the promises made. My Lord bids me assure you he will give the Lord Woodhouse his protector a round blow at the last; he shewed me the letter the L. Chief Justice sent him. I perceive there hath been an old suing and plotting. Besides it appeareth her highness is very gracious to him and that only because she is persuaded the depositions are altered. It seemeth my Lord of Essex is possessed mightily so by some letters. Therefore desire mine uncle Stafford to write unto his Lordship that it is nothing but Tom Drury’s plots that he deviseth to beg and get money with. I doubt not but that it is wonderful as chargeable as you write. Let Mr. Brabon (his tutor) deliver you the ten pounds Tom Drury should have had and take Mahewes rents. I have written to Mr. Brabon it should be so, as also you shall have a further note of Sadler how you shall have a present supply; spare for no cost rather than matters should quail; see if you can get that rogue to come over by any persuasion, and if you can be assured thereof let him have all things that is reasonable in your judgement; otherwise not a penny. You must direct your letters to the post at Westchester and he will convey it to Dublin and there is one will bring it presently appointed for the purpose for all letters whatsoever. I have been so sickly since I came over and am not in tune with my hurt as yet but hope well of some better strength. My Lord hath some knowledge of her Highness command of some dislike her Highness hath of your proceedings, but I have showed him my uncle his letters and yours; he hath addressed his whole mind to my Lord Chief Justice, which will serve the turn and seeing it is but matters deposed of others speeches and not by the parties themselves, it will not much hurt us, my Lord Chief Justice thinks, and he will grant out us warrants, yet there hath been intolerable suit made by divers of great account. Deliver or send this letter to Sir Thomas Jarrett (Gerard) and desire him to remember his promise and bid him be careful, for there are crafty eyes upon him. Bid Mr. Danby fear no colours; as he hath had many checks, so he shall have many thanks and that not long to be performed, and let him be sure my Lord Chief Justice will be a buckler good enough for him, for all my Lord Cobham do what he can and let him be well dealt withal by you. I wonder the verdict is thus deferred. It is for some politic trick – Look well to it, but I think he is so well there that he is loath to go thence; for he will never be in the like company again. His diet and lodging are no ways offensive and he hath company for his humour. Deliver these letters to Mr. Lylley, Mr. Brabon, Covell and Gosnall. Let Burde look well to his charge. Let my wife have this letter, and if Mr. Sharpe be at the Court let me hear how matters stand. Desire mine uncle to be careful of me and see that Mr. Brabon deliver him fifty pounds. Let him persuade my grandmother not to be timorous and let her have this letter, and send speedily back how your cases stand. For my Lord Chief Justice shall do all my Lord’s will nor may appear in the case but underhand. At the last my Lord Cobham’s dealings shall be looked into; fear you not; my Lord Chief Justice, Sir Thomas Jarrett and Sir Edward Stafford who are firm also fear you not that; and though my grandmother may be timorous, yet dismay you not yourself, you know her humour, and the Queen knoweth the Lord’s humour against my Lord, and was made acquainted with Lord Cobham’s tricks sufficiently before his departure – and as for Mr. Secretary he will not so much as appear in it. My Lord and I know the drifts of them all. The world is full of crosses or otherwise it were no world. You shall find ere it be long they that now brave it most, will clap their tails between their legs. Doubt you not that my Lord Cobham’s privy tricks will appear daily more than more. You shall hear news of comfort. Let me hear by every convenient post or other messenger of all matters as also how Gyps Cobell and you agree.

"P.S. – Send frank away as soon as you can; but not Tom upon better advice; for I will not have the rogue Will and him meet, if you think you may keep him in safety."

In the same year 1 March 1599-1600 it is on record in the State Papers that:

"On Saturday Sir William Woodhouse with four hucksters laid wait for Sir Robert Drury coming from Tottenham to London wounded him in three or four places and left him for dead but he is likely to recover; his man defending him was slain…the match was very uneven five to two…"

In June 1600 it was reported ‘that Lord Gray received a hurt in the face (in the Low Countries) and had lost his life if Sir Robert Drewye had not rescued him’.

John Chamberlain wrote under date 1 July 1600 news of the great fight near Nieuport. Sir Francis Vere received three wounds and his horse was killed under him, but being mounted behind Sir Robert Drury he came off again…about 500 English were lost…Charles Drury brother to Sir Robert and 16 gentlemen of Sir Francis’ company…no commander of note that was not taken or slain…it has been the greatest battle of our times between two disciplined armies.

Drury, probably owing to his having been so much with Essex, was out of favour, and wrote to Sir Robert Cecil on New Years day 1600 protesting that never in his life there passed through his lips which might tend to a want of faith or respect to the sacred throne or person of the Queen. The previous 19th December Lord Chef Justice Popham had written to Cecil:

"Sir Robert sent me the key of his chest with this message if I would search for any papers I might peruse what was there which made me somewhat to think of it and that all things were already cleared there."

One William Letchfeild made Confession:

"First – that Sir Robert Drewry talking of the Earl of Essex with Monsr. Beron in Paris of the Earl’s being in prison or in keeping, Sir Robert spoke these words, how that and if so be he were in France, or that they had such a man in France as he was, he could not nor should not be used as he was and is. And how that Monsr. Beron should say that and if the Earl woulle that he had yet ten thousand men at his command if he would seed any means to give them entrance.

How that Sir Robert said that and if so be that our Majesty did not use men better than she did the Earl, or reward or deal better than she had done, that she would or should have fewer friends than she had or have.

How that Sir Robert spake that he hoped one day to come to the cutting of some of the best of their throats.

How that Sir Robert being in the Duke or Duchess of Guise’s chamber hearing the ladies of France speaking evil of the Queen, one Mr. Prentis coming upon some business to Sir Robert that he had set him about, and entering into the chamber where Sir Robert and these ladies were, Sir Robert seeing him coming made him go out, lest as he said, he should have heard those words, and so for to have written their speeches which they spake unto Sir Robert, into England, which, as he said, might have endangered him.

And that Thomas Letchfeild, my brother, heard and can testify some of these speeches abovesaid, and all these speeches were spoken by Sir Robert Drewry, being in Paris, betwixt Christmas was twelvemonth and our Ladyday following.

He saith that before his coming to be examined of the Lord Chief Justice, that Sir Robert being below came to the said examinate, and threatened him, swearing that he would have his ears and halsteeds and that my Lo. Chief Justice was informed of our villainies against him, and therefore for to be well advised of what I said and to be sure of proof, with divers other speeches. And after sent for this examinate to Drury House and told him how that my Lo. Chief Justice thought well of him, and said that now he had found him an honest man, and that he would deal well with him, with divers other speeches.

Sir Robert Drewry had a book which was in my keeping which is called a conference touching the succession to the Crown.

This is the true copy of William Lychefylde’s confession made upon his oath before me the 25 of February 1600. J. Popham."

A draft letter from (Sir Robert Cecil?) to Lord Chief Justice Popham, runs:

"Her Majesty having been informed by me what you have found upon your late examination of that Lichfield which was sent for out of Ireland, and how far he differs from the former confession of the other Leichfeild, it has pleased her out of her gracious disposition which is always slow to condemn without good proofs any man whosoever, to be contented that you set Sir Robert Drury free of all his bonds for his appearance; of which her pleasure you may take notice by the warrant of his hand who is, &c."

A letter from Paris 24 Oct. 1601 notes that Sir Robert Drury who often travels between England, the Low Countries and France…pretends for his covering a further journey to the Duke of Florence and for his return a spleen against Don Juan d’Aquila.

Sir Robert wrote to Cecil from Calais 4 Aug. 1601:

"We still hear that the Spanish troops are gone to Ireland. I want to be employed to do Her Majesty service in a place where I may witness to the world that you need not repeat your commendations. But if I am still left an unprofitable servant to my country then get Her Majesty’s leave for me to go further up into the country at my own cost to see action abroad and fit myself for service."

Drury wrote Cecil from the Grave 7 August 1602 complaining of the inertia of the English General which gives him a resolution with the end of this siege to leave this country and desires him to enquire of Her Majesty ‘how much some months spent in Italy or in France may make me of more ability to serve her than so much time at home’. And again

Sir Rob. Drury to Sec. Cecil:

"I had Her Majesty’s permission when taking leave of her, to go up the country to the baths for the benefit of my lame arm, but did not like to do so after the rendering up of Grave; having been detained here to recover a sickness taken in our fruitless Brabant journey. I must defer my hopes of the baths in Italy till spring. I am going thither in a few days to pass the winter, but shall obey your commands in any corner of the world. There is no news on the stage, but that of the Marshal de Biron; statesmen justify the King, but the multitude speak very ill of his proceedings; I do not presume to censure Prince’s actions. Hold me in the good opinions of my Prince and mistress."

21 Nov. 1602. Philip Gawdy writes his brother:

"Very great and brave shews at running at Tilt…Sir Robert Drury was wonderful gallant and was not heilde to be enfereour to the best runner that daye."

Sir Robert Drury has a warrant 14 May 1605 for remitting to him l 625 11s. 5-1/4d. the remainder of l 3288 12s 6-3/4d. due by his late father Sir William Drury, deceased as Receiver of Middlesex, London, Hertford and Essex. On the 22 June in the following year it was said that Drury had slain Sir Robert Killegrew in duel in Spain.

Toward the close of his life we find Drury writing (17 June 1612) to Sir Robert Cotton desiring him to conserve the writer in the good opinion of my Lord of Northampton – and again in February following. Another letter to the same of this matter is more explanatory, written from Newmarket:

"Sir I am thus bolde oppon your friendship to truble you in this occasion. All ye statesmen heere at Numarkett, Judge y there will be a parlament begune neare to Easter, I purposse to be of it, if all ye Burgeships be not forestalled. I was in ye laste a Knyght of ye sheere for Suffolk, but wold willingly leave it now for some yonger spiritt, which may be ambitious of it. I sente to ye Mayor of Thettford, as being lately become thayr neerest naygbor, I know thay will respect me. Thay answered me with much affection. But withall, howe thayr lone did ingadge them, to the commandments of my Lord of Northampton I pray you doe me ye curtesy to speke to my Lord to knowe his disposition in it. And if yt I be forced to seeke a Knyghtshipp of ye shere, yt he will doe me ye favor, to lett his tennents know his favor to me leaving it to thayr own disposition. As in the generall, I think it honest and honerable for every man to proseed no ootehrwyse. Sir If you remember, when you and I did meete, wayting on his Majesty dyning at Whytehall. It pleased you to promes me y you wold speake with my Lord of Northampton, in some particuler occasions conserning me. I have not mett with you sinse, to aske his Lordships answer in them, which with this former matter, I shall rescayne with many thanks to you, if it will please to take ye panes of wryting two or three tymes. You shall command me allways, in ye condition of. Your affectionate frend to doe you servise (Signed) R. Drury. Numarkett 14 february 1613."

The town house of the Drurys of Hawstead in the time of Elizabeth was Drury House in Drury Lane, built by Sir William Drury of Hawstead, and on the death of his son Sir Robert Drury passing into the possession of the Earls of Craven, and then called Craven House. It was in the parish of St. Clement Danes; William, first Earl of Craven died here in 1697. He is said to have been married to the Queen of Bohemia, daughter of James I and mother of Prince Rupert. In 1661 when she came to England after her nephew’s restoration she was lodged at Craven House for about six months.

It was a five storey house, with eleven small windows on each storey, intersected by Doric and Ionic pilasters. The entrance was through a pair of gates which led into a large coach yard, and at the back was a handsome garden. The house was taken down in 1809.

The Cockpit or Phoenix Theatre in Drury Lane was in the parish of St. Giles-in-the-Fields, and was pulled down 20 Mch. 1649.

The Olympic Theatre, Wych Street, Drury Lane, was built in 1805 by Philip Astley of Astley’s amphitheatre on the garden ground of old Craven House; and was burnt to the ground March 29, 1849 and rebuilt.

Drury Lane, before the Drurys built there was the "via de Aldwych".

Izaak Walton in his "Life of Dr. John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s", says:

"That the earnest persuasion of friends became at last to be so powerful as to cause the removal of himself and family to London where Sir Robert Drewry a gentleman of a very noble estate and a most liberal mind assigned him and his wife an useful apartment in his own large house in Drury lane and not only rent free but was also a cherisher of his slanders and such a friend as sympathized with him and his in all their joy and sorrows."

Dr. Donne accompanied Sir Robert Drury on a visit to Paris where he had a remarkable vision of his wife with a dead child in her arms this at the very time that Mrs. Donne had been confined in London of a dead infant.

Dr. Donne had composed two elegiac poems on the early death in 1610 of the heiress of Sir Robert Drury. Tradition says that she was destined to be the bride of Prince Henry, eldest son of James I, who not long survived her.

Dr. Donne who lived with Sir Robert Drury as chaplain at Drury House and who subsequently became Dean of St. Paul’s wrote "An anatomie of the world" and also "The Progresse of the Soul" on the occasion of the untimely death of Elizabeth Drury; of which Ben Jonson who considered Donne the first poet in the world said that he told Mr. Done (sic) "if it had been written of the Virgin Mary it had been something, to which he answered that he described the idea of a woman, and not as she was". The burden of the whole is an impassioned and exalted meditatio mortis. In the "Progresse of the Soul" occur the oft quoted lines:

"her pure and eloquent blood

Spoke in her cheekes, and so distinctly wrought

That one might almost say her body thought."

An oil painting of Elizabeth Drury by Van Somer is in the possession of F. S. E. Drury. The girl clothed in a rich dress is represented in a recumbent position, an attitude which is uncommon except in the case of nudes.

Sir Robert Drury could not have spent much of this time with his wife Anne, daughter of Sir Nicholas Bacon, knight, and baronet of Redgrave, co. Suffolk, what with his martial expeditions and his external perigrinations which the inscription on his monument in Hawstead Church records. He seems to have been a fairly common type of the Elizabethan rich young gentleman, a restless high-spirited adventurous man who further conformed to prevailing custom by writing letters in a distinctly euphuistic style. He died without issue surviving his only child Elizabeth having pre-deceased him 1610. The representation of the line of Drury of Hawstead devolved at his death 1615 on his kinsman Sr. Henry Drury of Hedgerley, co. Bucks, knight, his third cousin once removed.

Sir Robert Drury was a representative of his county in Parliament for many years. He had issue two daughters, Dorothy, who died in infancy and Elizabeth, immortalised by Dr. Donne. In 1610 Sir Robert Drury purchased from Thomas Stanton the hereditaments called Herdwick or Hardwick wood with the buildings thereon for l 1100. After the death of Elizabeth Drury, his only surviving child, he retired from his manor of Hawstead thither, and in 1613 obtained from the Archbishop of Canterbury licence that until a chapel should be built prayers might be said and sacraments administered in his said mansion of Hardwick. The chapel contemplated was never erected. Hardwick and Hawstead were sold to the Cullums in 1656.

Sir Robert Drury’s will was as follows:

"Havinge had occasions at sondry tymes to alter my will I have nowe chosen rather to make this shorte will then to be without any at all; therefore after that dutie that I owe unto God of the Cheyfe legacy of my soule unto him I doe appointe my poore unworthy Corps to belaid in Hawsted Chancell in A tombe with my wife upon which doe will that a hundred poundes should bee bestowed, with an effigie and memorall over it of my worthy father. Next I doe give unto my wyfe, besides her thirds due by lawe, and Hargattt wch I have conveyed to her for life, the manner with the lands that I have att ‘Snarshill in Norfolke for her life. Alsoe I doe will that in the partage of her thirds in Drury lane she should have the house I nowe dwell in allotted unto her. I doe give her for her life all my meadowes in Bury and tithes in Hencote farme. Alsoe all my plate Jewells and household stuffe and my Coaches and Coach horses and five hundred markes to her purse. Next I doe give unto my loveing kinsman Sir Henry Drury of Hudgley, and for want of heires males of his body to Sir Drew Drury of Riddlesworth and heirs males, all my houses, gardens, stables and tenements in Drury Lane in St. Clements parish without temple barre London. Alsoe unto the same Sir Henry Drury of Hudgley in Buckinghamshire, and for want of heirs males of his body to the foresaid Sir Drew Drury of Eiddlesworth in Norfolk, after the decease of my wife, the lands in Snarshall in Norfolk, and to the heires males of the sale Sir Drew Drury, if Wm. Roberte and Henry Drury, sones of Sir Henry Drury, should dye without yssue male; and the like for Drury house and those rentes in Drury lane. As for Hawstead house and all my landes in Suffolke I doe give it all unto Sir Henry Drury of Hudgley, until my sisters, and those challenging by their right, have given to Sir Henry Drury and to Sir Drew Drury assurance of Drury house and Snarshill and those landes in Norfolke, that their may be noe contention.

I will that Sir Henry Drury or his heire joyned wt my wife shall receave the profits of my landes in Suffolke for the raysinge of five thousand pound to be payed unto a noble person whoe I have bin justly bound that acknowledgment for many favoures and assistances in my necessity. To my honest tutor, Mr. Brabon, parson of Whepsteed, Twenty pounds by yeare, to be levyed out of my Mannor of Wheepsteed all the tyme of his life. I doe make my Executors my loveinge wife, Sir Henry Drury of Hudgley and my Tutor Mr. Brabon and my good honest friend Mr. Pamont of Cheuington, to whom a peece of plate of Twenty pounds for a legacy. And I wish the Almes house may be removed to Sparrowes tuft hard by the Church at Hawsteed. In testimony that this is my last will, which I hope nobody will be so unloving unto me as to endeavour to break it, I have sett to my hand and seale this 25th of Aprill 1614 to both sides of this paper, R. Drury. If it should please God to call that party before me to whom I have bequeathed the five thowsand pounde, I will that it should be devided equally betweene my sisters."

"A codicill or parte of the will of the right worthy Sir Robert Drury, Knight, made the second day of Aprill 1615. Whereas by my will bearing date the five and twenty of Aprill 1614 I did give unto a noble personage five thowsands poundes, my will is now to revoke that legacy, and I hereby doe give unto the same person onely the some of two thowsand and five hundred pounds. And I doe further give unto my most worthy lady and loveinge wife two thowsand pounds, to be raysed out of the revennewes of my said Mannors and lands. And alsoe I doe give unto my wife my Mannor or farm called Hencote ferme near unto Bury St. Edmunds for terme of her life, besides her Thirds and Dower. If any one of my sisters shall challenge any right in those landes which I have bequeathed unto my wife, then the said my wife shall enter into my Mannors of Hawsteed, Whepsteed, Brockley, Chedber and Reed until she shall have peaceable possession of those landes which I have given her. Alsoe I doe furder give by this Codicill to my beloved Tewtor, Mr. Brabon, one hundred poundes to buy him bookes with all. I doeth give unto my good friend Mr. Thomas Shorte, Phisition in Berry, the some of ffortye poundes. Also unto my wifes nephew Mr. Robert Bacon five powndes Anuytie out of my Mannor of Chedber. R. Drury." Proved 1615 by the oath of Lady Ann Drury the relict.

Near the altar of Hawstead Church is the mural monument of Sir Robert Drury and Anne his wife. A sarcophagus stands under a double arch, supported by side pillars with Corinthian capitals, and a bracket in the centre. On the bracket are the arms of DRURY: quarterly; 1 and 14 DRURY; 2. SAXHAM; 3. FRESEL; 4. CALTHORPE; 5. SOTEHILL; 6. PLOMPTON; 7. A fess between 6 lions rampant; 8. MURDAC; 9. BOYVILLE; 10. A fess between 3 horsehoes; 11. Three fusils in fess barry wavy; 12. FOLJAMBE; 13. POYNINGS. A shield on the right is carved with the arms of DRURY, impaling BACON; quarterly with Quaplod; an inescutcheon of Ulster. Over the sarcophagus is the following in gold letters:

"Roberti Drury,

Quo vix alter ejus ordinis majoribus ortus,

Cum nec ephoebos excesserat,

Nec vestem de parterna morte lugubrem exuerat,

Equit: aur: honore (nec id domi)

Sed obsidione Rhotomagensi anno 1591 insigniti, etc"

On two small panels in the basement:

"Dorothea, Roberti et Annai Drury filiola pulcherrima annis 4 nata mortua, hoc etiam tumulo tegitur.

She little, promis’d much,

Too soone untyed.

She only dreamt she livd,

And then she dyde."

"This tomb was executed by Nicholas Stone, for which he received L.140"

Against the south wall of the chancel, near the altar, is the monument of Elizabeth, daughter of Sir. Robert Drury, which Chitting describes in these words:

"A very fair tombe under ye south wall, wherein lies Mrs. Elizab. Drury, all in white, leaning on her elbow, withe her heir disheveled, cut in alabaster stone her whole body, having two greyhounds supporting ye body of her tomb, and underneath in ye middest on a scutcheon lozengie 13 coates quartered by Drury, all which in an arch, on ye top sitts aurora with her lap full of flowers and one hand strewing of the flowers upon the head of the corpes; over head the raies of the morning sune in gold very fayer; on each side of the arche a little nakd boy, the one having a crownet of gold, and the other a wrath of bayes upon his head; in middest another boy, blowing up of bubbles, standing upon a deathes head, and over his head another deathes head with two wings and a crownet of gold; and in the body or middle part of the stone an epitaph (attributed to Donne), finely written in gold upon jett."

The funeral certificate in the books of the College of Arms is:

"The right worshipful Sir Robert Drury of Hawstead, in the county of Suffolk, knight, married Anne, daughter of the worshipful Sir Nic. Bacon, of Redgrave in the county of Suffolk, knight and baronet, and had issue two daughters, Dorothy and Elizabeth, both which died young sans issue. The said Sir ROBERT departed this present life the second day of April, anno Domini 1615, and was interred in the chancel of the parish church of Hawstead aforesaid. His funeral was worshipfully solemnized by his aforesaid right worshipful ladie dame Anne Drury, Sir Henry Drury of Hewgeley, in com. Buckingham, knight, being chief mourner, being assisted by the right worshipful Sir. William Wray of Glentworth, in com. Lincoln, knight barronet, Sir Robert Drury of Rougham, in. com. Suff. Knight, Mr. Drwe Drury, Ar. And Mr. Robert Drury, Ar. The said funeral being ordered by Richmond Herald, deputy to Mr. Carencieux, king of arms, and Chester Herald, the first of July in the yeare abovesaid. Dru Drury. A. Drury. Ed. Bacon. Ro. Bacon. Butts Bacon. Bacquevil Bacon. Thomas Drury. Henry Felton. Phill. Colby."

Susanna Drury, the only unmarried sister of Sir Robert made her will in 1606 as follows:

"Memorandum that upon the nyne and twentithe daye of September 1606. Suzanna Drury of Glentworth in the countye of Lincolne, sister of Sir Robert Drurye, knighte, being sicke in bodye but of sound and perfect memorye, made and declared her laste will and testamente as followeth. I wolde, quothe she (dyrecting her speeche to Dame Frances Wraye wife of Sir Willyam Wraye, knighte) that ye and my sister Burgheley (Meaninge Dame Elizabeth wife of the righte honorable Sir Willyam Cecill knight Lo: Burgheley) be myne executors, but that can not bee, but your husbands must bee and therefore I make them myne executors. I bequeathe to my sister Diana Drurye flower hundred poundes wch. is to be received of Sir Edmond Withipole. And I bequeathe to my nephewes Mr. Christopher and Mr. Charles Wraye a hundred pounds wch. is in the hands of Mr. Wighteman, to be equallie devided betwixt them. And the tenne pounds for the interest thereof to be disposed thus: ffortye shillings to Wm. Marshall, fforty shillings to Thomas Pratte, and residewe to the rest of the men servantes of Sir Willyam Wraye at Glentworth and Ashebye.

I bestowe on my neece Frances Cliford fiftie poundes to be payd oute of the interest of flower hundred poundes due from Sir Edmonde Withipoll, and of ffortye poundes from Mr. Cockman. The remaynder of thirtye poundes to my neeces the Lo. Burghleis daughters, that is twenty nobles a pece to them, and the reste to be bestowed in rings for my Lo: and sister Burgheley. I bequeathe to the poore of Glentworth and Ashebye tenne pounds. I will that my vellett gowne, my vellet peticote and my taffata gowne be bestowed on mistris Francis Clifford, and my orringe damaske peticote on mistris Duncombe, my heare cullored peticote on mistris Risheworth, and my tawney grogranie peticote on Mrs. Richeworthe I bequeathe to mistris Risheworth, the maydes of the olde hall, Gartred and Susan, seven smocks and all the rest of my lynnen. John Sutton oweth me threescore pounds. I will have that to bestowe on my selfe for a monumente. O Lord! I have forgotten mistris Sadler (speakinge of the wife of Frances Sadler, servante unto Sir John Scotte) who hath more need than all of you. I pray you (speaking to her sisters) let her have somewhat of that which is left for to doo her good, for I knowe I have not geven all. Their beinge wytnesses: Willyam Marshall, Bridgett Richeworthe, Gartred Barracliff her marcke." Proved at London 14th Nov. 1606 by William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and Sir William Wray, the executors.

This lady, who was sister to the last Sir Robert Drury of Hawstead went a hunting whilst on a visit to Lady Wray at Glentworth in Lincolnshire. Being no horsewoman, they fastened her to the saddle with straps that she might not be dismounted. The animal became restive and ran away, galloping furiously across country. Her head dashed against the branches of a tree, and the injuries were fatal. She had time, it would seem, to make this will before she died. She was buried in Ashby Church hard by, where a splendid monument was erected to her memory. Her effigy reclines on a tomb supported by two greyhounds sejant collared. "Unhappy only in her death" says the Latin inscription, "she burst the portals on the feast day of St. Michael, 1606, and joined the choirs of the blessed, having numbered but two and twenty years."

The other sisters of Sir Robert Drury were his co-heirs, and Hawstead went to the eldest Frances, wife of Sir William Wray of Glentworth, co. Lincoln, bart, whose grandson Sir William Wray sold Hawstead to the Cullums in 1656.

Anne Drury widow of Sir Robert made her will 5 June 1621 as follows:

"5 June 1621. I Anne Drury of Hargoth alias Hardwick in the county of Suffolk widowe…my bodie to be layed in the Tombs at Hausted by my deere husband and daughter Dorothy…my Mannor of Malkins hall to my brother Nicholas Bacon…he to pay my cosin William Drury of Hedgelie in Buckinghamsheire…my eldest brother Sir Edmund…to my nephew Roberte Bacon my leases of Hencot and Bury…my neice Ann Gawdry…my neice Barniston, my sister Gawdry…my sister Waldegrave…to my lady Caesar my crosse of diamonds…to honorable Lord Burleigh l 110 which hee oweth mee for horses…my dear sister Cecill…to my sister Wray." Proved 10 June 1624.

Hardwick, which passed from St. Edmund’s Abbey at the dissolution went through several hands before Sir Robert Drury purchased it 19th April 1610, removing thence from Hawstead Place. At his decease an inventory was made at the latter house as follows:

HAWSTEAD PLACE. The true and perfect Inventorye of all and singular the goodes, Rightes, Creditts, and Chattalls of Sir Robert Drury, Knight, late while he lived of Hawstead in the county of Suffolk, deceased, seene valued, and prised the 16th day of April Ao. Dni. 1615, by Edward Bacon, John Osbourn, and William Lucas, Esquires, Thomas Godbold and Thomas Noun gents, and John ffrost yoman, as followeth, viz:

At Hawstead, in the Hall.

One longe table, twoe ould formes and twoe old plates to sett leight in, 5s.

In the parlour.

One longe drawinge table, three ould chairs, one skrene, one paire of andirons, and a picture, 28s. 4d.

In ye Greate Chamber.

One long drawing table and one ould livery Cubbard 16s.

Three ould Turke Carputts and two ould green cloth caspits L6 10s.

One greate Tustafeta Chayer, and twoe of a lesser sorte, 30s.

Three ould heave colour cloth chaiers 20s

Two ould chairs of heave color velvet, 26s.

One greate ould murray cloth chayer. 6s 8d.

Six fresh chairs of tuftmoradoe. 40s.

Four ould French lether chayers, 13s. 4d.

Four ould cloth purple stooles, 6s. 8d.

Two ould lether stooles, 2s.

Five ould covrs for chaiers, and one for one long cushion, 10s.

Five peres of new hangings, L28.

Six peres of ould hanginges, L7.

Four windowe curtaines and two Redd, 8s.

Certinae ould pictures (portraits) and two ould lanskirs (landscapes), 20s.

Six ould tapestry cushions, 8s. 4d.

Two ould window cushions with a fire panne, tonges and bellowes, 35s 6d.

Two paynted clothes with house. Sum. L58 Ir 6s. 5d.

In ye drawinge Chamber.

A posted of damaske furnished with the chaiers, stooles and quishions in the same Rome, L30.

One gilt couch bedstedd corded one sett her bedd, one wolle bed, one boulster, one blanckett, and one yellowe Rugge, 40s.

Five peres of ould hangeings, L6 13s. 4d.

Two little Cubbard Carpetts with a little ould foote carpitt, 40s.

Two ould chaires covered with damaske, and one ould lether stoole with their covers, 8s.

One ould livery Cubbard, and a little ould Table, 8s.

Three pictures, 6s.

One paire andirons, firepan, pair tonges, and bellows, 6s.

Three curting Rodds, and two ould Curtings for windows, 5s. Sum, L42, 8s. 4d.

In ye Iner Chamber.

One livery bedstead, corded and matted, one feather bed, one boulster, one pillowe, twoe blancketts and one Rugge, 20s.

In ye Southest Chamber.

One ould Crymsin taffeta bed, fur L8.

One pallitt fether bed, one matt, one boulster, and one Rugge, 33s. 4d.

One livy Covert with a carpet and a windowe Carpitt, 20s.

One ould great Chayer of crymsin cloth, 3s. 4d.

One paier of Andirons, a firepann, and tonges, 6s. 8d.

Three peres of ould hangeings and two windowe peres, L4.

One ould close stool, 20s. Sum, L15 4s. 4d.

In ye Redd Chamber.

One bedd of crymsen clothe layde with gold lace, furnished with chains in the same Rome L16. One pallet, fether bed, one wol bed, one boulster, one pillow, two blancketts, and one Rugge, 40s.

One little Cobtub with a Carpitt; a little Table with a damaske carpitt, layed with silver and gold lace, 53s. 4d.

Four peres of hangings, the one pere very ould, L12.

One paire Andirons, firepan, tonges and bellowes, 2s. 6d. Sum, L33 2s. 6d.

In ye Closet. Certaine glasses and Cheynay dishes, 5s. Sum 5s.

In ye Iner Chamer.

One livery bedsted corded and matted, one fether bedd, one boulster, one pillow, blanketts, and one Coverlett, 40s. Sum 40s.

In ye Grene Chamber.

One ould Bedd of grene velvuett, and cloth of gold finished, L6 8s. 4d.

One ould little Coberd, one ould carpit, one little table with a little ould carpitt, 6s 8d.

Three ould chaiers, two of morlais, and one of Tastafeta, 10s.

One lookinge glasse, 10s. one warminge panne

Andirons, tonges and fier pann, 8s.

Matt hanginges, 6s. One ould Curting and Rodd, 6d. Sum L8 8s. 6d.

In ye Inner Chamber

Two livery bedstead, and bedds furnished, L3. Sum L3.

In ye Kitching Chamber.

Eight peces of gilt hanginges, 30s.

7 ould lanskippes and 2 ould pictures, 20s.

1 faire picture, 10s.

One paire Andirons fire pan and bellowes, 3s. 4d.

One ould chaier, 12d. Sum L4 0s. 4d.

In ye next Chamber to it.

One livery bedstead furnished, 50s. Sum 50s.

In ye Nursery.

3 livery bedsteads corded and matted, 3 fether bedds, 2 boulsters, 1 pillowe, 4 blancketts, 2 coverlets, 1 fether bedstead and a lether stoole, L4. Sum L4.

In ye Waynescot Chamber.

1 little green cloth bedd, furnished with the chaires and stooles, L4.

2 ould chaiers, th’one of ould velvet; th’other of Tustafeta, a warming pan, tonges, fierpann and andirons, 16s. 4d. Sum L4 17s. 4d.

In ye Inner Chamber.

1 livery bedsted, corded and matted, 2 fether bedds, 1 boulster, two pillows, 2 blancketts, and one ould coverlett, 53s. 4d.

In ye little Dyninge Room.

1 little have-colored cloth Bedd furnished, 50s.

1 ould livery cubbard, 1 ould carpitt, 1 greate chaier covered with lether, and 1 of damaske, 2 lether stooles, 1 paier of Andirons, firepann, tonges and bellowes, 13s. 8d. Sum L3 6s. 8d.

In ye ffilwoad Chamber.

1 livery bedstead furnished, 50s. Sum 50s.

In ye Presse Chamber.

1 livery bedstead furnished, 30s. Sum 30s.

In an other little Chamber.

1 livery bedstead furnished, 30s. Sum 30s.

In ye Stafford Chamber.

One posted bedsted, one fether bedd, tuoe wolle bedds, one boulster, one kwilt, one pallit bedd, one wolle bed, one boulster, twoe blancketts, and one Rugge, L4.

A tester valiens and curtaynes for a clothe Bedd, intoyned up with a Chisuy coverlett, and 8 yards of braid clothe, L20.

One little table, one livery Cupbard, tuoe greate chaiers, four buffet stooles, one wicker chair, one bunnocke, tuoe longe cushions, one little chaire, one little cushon, one pair Andirons, one pair tonges, fire pann and bellowes, 30s. One Cabbanett, 2s. Sum L25 7s.

In ye little Chamber next it.

One little livery bedsted, corded and matted, two fether bedds, one boulster, one pillowe, tuoe blancketts, and three trunnckes, 20s. Sum 20s.

In ye next little Chamber.

One livery Bedsted, corded and matted, two fether bedds, one boulster, two blancketts, one coverlet and a Rugge, 50s. A pallet furnished, 50s. Sum L5.

In ye heigh Gallarey.

One longe presse and a Taylds borde, 15s. Sum 15s.

In ye Steward Chamber.

One livery Bedsted, corded and matted, one fether bedd, one boulster, one pillowe, twoe blancketts, one coverlett, with other lomber, 50s. Sum 50s.

In ye Chamber next.

One livery Bedstead, corded and matted, three flocke bedds, one strawe bedd, three flocke bolsters, tuoe coverlets, and four blancketts, 40s. Sum 40s.

In ye little Parlor.

One little fouldinge bedd, Saye furnished, with a Cubberd and haier and warming panne there, L3. Sum L3.

In ye Butlers Chamber.

One fether bedd, one boulster, one pillowe, tuoe blancketts, one coverlett of ? aving, one coverlet of tapistry, one oulde Truncke, one ould stolle, one ould chaier, one ould Staynecloth, foure shelves, and three peres of very oulde hangings, 40s. Sum 40s.

In ye Pantry and seller.

Certaine glassa, one table and kepe one presse for lyninge, three basketts, one case of knives, black jacks and juges, 16s. 8d. Sum 16s. 8d.

The Plate. In Plate, according to their wayte of divers sorts, L279.

In ye Napery Chamber.

One livery Bedd tester, coverlett, curtinges, and valiens, L5.

The household lynnen, L40.

One ould borded chest, fouer trunnckes, one ould stannard, two pair of fustion blancketts, two armours, with other lomber, L.4 11s. Sum L44 6s.

In ye Wardrape.

His Apparell of all sortes, with the lynnen for his owne wearing, 7 ould trunnckes and 6 ould Sadles, L73 10s.

One gold Ringe, and one Chaine of gold, L25.

In ye Napery.

A bedd, one Coverlett, tester Curtinges, and valiens, L5. Sum L5.

More in the Wardrape.

1 ould Tester for a Bedd, 20s.

6 ffrenche Pistols, 30s.

Fine Turkey Carpitt, 30s.

3 purple Carpitt fringes, 40s.

5 windowe cushions with ould case, 20s.

1 ould yellow silke Twilt, 10s.

1 windowe cushion covered with satten ymbreydred, 40s.

1 cushion of nedleworke, 10s.

6 ould cushions of duise sortes, 8s.

2 ould lether Coach Cushions, 5s.

1 ould Tester of greene and Saye, and 2 Curtinges, 3s. 4d.

1 Tester of blu Saye and curtinges, 10s.

3 ould blue Carpitts, 3s.

2 window curtinges, 2s.

1 Teke for a Bowlster, 2s. 6d.

4 Avine pillowes, 2s.

2 Rent Sersnet Curtinges, 2s.

20 peces of ould discolored gilt lether hanginges, 20s.

4 peces of ould course hanginges, L4.

4 little peces of hanginges, 20s.

5 skrene peces of hanginges, 20s.

1 dagonix Curting for a windowe and 2 little peces, 3s.

1 peces of hanginges, 20s.

1 complete Armor for his body, L3.

1 livery bedsted corded and matted, 2 fether beds, 2 bolsters, 1 blanckett, and 1 oulde tapestry coverlett, 40s.

1 Ould Kuche, 18d. Sum L25 7s. 3d.

In ye Seller.

1 bread binge; 1 ould chest, 4 ould plankes, 2 ould formes, 7 beere stooles, and 12 hoggesheads of Beere, L4 3s.

In ye Dayrey and Dayrey Chamber.

One chese presse, one saltinge borde, two Chaires with other vessels, three ould brasse panns, one milk Tubb, one livy bedsted, four shelves, one table and a forme, 47s. 6d. Sum 47s. 6d.

In ye Kitchinge

Cetaine Bacon with the brasse and other ymplements used in the Kitchinge. L4 15s. Sum L4 15s.

In the Larder.

Certaine pewter and other ymplements there, L3. Sum L3.

In ye lowe Gallery.

One silke tester very ould, a landskirt, three stills and a lymberk, 23s. 4d.

In ye Washe house and yarde.

One table, battelder, strickenige, and rowlinge pinne with Tubbes, freestonn, and other lomber, 30s. Sum 30s.

In ye Granery.

In Barley by estimacion, 50 com at 7s. the com, L17 5s. In dit 10 comb at 5s. the comb, 1s. In wheate, 3 comb at 10s. the comb. 30s. In Mixtlinge, 2 combes at 8s. the comb, 16s. Sum L22 6s.

In ye Bruinge Office.

Three beer fatts, a Cooler, 30 hogsheads, 2 boultinge hutches, a meal Troughe, and ould Table, and a Crabb press, L8 11s. 8d.

In ye Milehouse and Chamber.

One horse mill, and two pair of quernes with other lomber, L10.

In ye Stable and Stable Chamber and feildes.

Two Coches, and a chaier L40. Horses, Coltes, and mares of sundry sortes and ages, whereof six carte horses with the carte and furniture and one mule, being in number sixty, L283 10s. Hereford Bulls and Steers to the number of fifty five, L90. In wethers, 38 and 6 crones, L6 8s. 4d. In square stonne in the little court, 2s. 6. The seede of 27 acres of Otes, L5 13s. 4d. Barley Seede L12 19s. Twenty acres of Otes sowen, L5. Sum L463 18s. 2d. Certaine Bricke in a clumpe ill burnt, L5. Certaine Elmmye Tymber whereof much of it rotten, L4. An ould Clock with the weights, 10s. Sum L9 10s.

Debts, Rents, and Fynes.

The Lady rent due at the Ann of our Lady, 1615, L1160 10s. &d. Good debtes due to the deceased at the tyme of his deathe, L340. In desperate debts, L200 10s. In fines certived and due at the decease of the Testator, L10 9s. 8d. Underwoode sould in the Somer 1615, L153 11s. Mony receved and due for bricks at tyme of testators decease, L8 0s. 11d.

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