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Worthy Acts of Citizens.

To mention a few more of this most noble Knight's Legacies. He gave to King Henry the VIIIth, his great Ship, with all her Tackles, &c. and his Collar of the Garter, with his best George beset with Diamonds. He gave to Sir Thomas Wriothesley, Kt. chief Secretary of State, the best of his gilt Cups.

Gives that King his great Ship.

J. S.

To Mabel, Daughter of Sir Anthony Brown, his Brother, for her Advancement in Marraige, 100l. per Annum, going out of his Manors of Coudray, &c.

To the Poor within Four Miles of his Manor of Guilford, 100l.

He bequeathed his Body to be buried in the Church of Midhurst in Sussex, if he died within an Hundred Miles of it: And willed his Executor should build a New Chapel, joining to the said Parish Church; and a Tomb to be erected therein, for himself, and Mabel his Wife.

He died Anno 1542. His Will was proved on the 16th of February that Year.

When he died, he had all these Places and Honours. He was Knight of the Order of the Garter, Lord Keeper of the King's Privy Seal, and Chancellor of the Dutchy of Lancaster.]

John Tate, Brewer, then a Mercer, Maior 1514, caused his Brewhouse, called the Swan, near adjoining to the Hospital of St. Anthony in London, to be taken down, for the enlarging of the said Church then new builded, being a great Part of his Charge. This was a goodly Foundation, with Almshouses, a Free School, &c.

John Tate.

George Monox, Draper, Maior 1515, re-edified the decayed Parish Church of Walthamstow in Essex. He founded there a Free School, and Almshouses for Thirteen Alms-People. He made also a Causey of Timber over the Marshes, from Walthamstow to Lock Bridge, upon the River Ley.

George Monox.

Sir John Milborn, Draper, Maior, 1522, builded Almshouses, Fourteen in Number, by the Crossed Friars Church in London, there to be placed Fourteen Poor People; and left to the Drapers certain Messuages, Tenements and Garden Plots, in the Parish of St. Olave in Hartstreet, for Performance of Stipends to the said Alms People, and other Uses.

John Milborn.

Look more in Aldgate Ward, where you shall be further satisfied.

Robert Thorn, Merchant Taylor; deceasing a Batchelor in the Year 1532, gave by his Testament to charitable Actions, more than Four Thousand, Four Hundred, and Forty Pounds; and Legacies to his poor Kindred, more, Five Thousand, One Hundred Forty two Pounds; besides his Debts forgiven, &c.

Robert Thorn.

Sir John Allen, Mercer, Maior of London, and of Council to King Henry the Eighth, deceased 1544; buried at St. Thomas of Acres, in a fair Chapel by him builded. He gave to the City of London a Rich Collar of Gold, to be worn by the Maior; which was first worn by Sir William Laxton. He gave Five Hundred Marks, to be a Stock for Sea Coal; his Lands purchased to the King, the Rent thereof to be distributed to the Poor in the Wards of London for ever.

Sir John Allen.

He gave besides to the Prisons, Hospitals, Lazarhouses, and all other Poor in the City, or two Miles without, very liberally, and over long to be recited.

Sir William Laxton, Grocer, Maior, 1545, founded a fair Free School at Oundle in Northamptonshire, with Six Almshouses for the Poor.

Sir W. Laxton.

Sir John Gresham, Mercer, Maior 1548, founded a Free School at Holt, a Market Town in Nor- folk. He gave to every Ward in London Ten Pounds, to be distributed to the Poor: And to an Hundred and twenty Poor Men and Women, every one of them Three Yards of broad Cloth, of Eight or Nine Shillings the Yard; to be made in Gowns, ready to their Backs. He gave also to Maids Marriages, and to the Hospitals in London, above Two Hundred Pounds in ready Money.

Sir John Gresham.

Sir Rowland Hill, Mercer, Maior 1550, caused to be made divers Causeys, both for Horse and Man. He made Four Bridges, Two of Stone, containing Eighteen Arches in them both. He builded one notable Free School at Drayton, in Shropshire. He gave to Christ's Hospital, in London, Five Hundred Pounds, &c.

Sir Rowland Hill.

Sir Andrew Jud, Skinner, Maior 1551, erected one notable Free School at Tunbridge, in Kent; and Almshouses nigh St. Helen's Church in London: And left to the Skinners Lands to the Value of Threescore Pounds, Three Shillings, Eight Pence the Year: For the which they be bound to pay 20l. to the Schoolmaster, 8l. to the Usher, yearly for ever; and Four Shillings the Week to the Six Alms People; and Twenty five Shillings Four Pence the Year in Coals, for ever.

Sir Andrew Jud.

Sir Thomas White, Lord Maior of this Honourable City, Anno 1554, and a worthy Brother likewise of the Merchant Taylors Society, being a Lover of Learning, and an earnest Furtherer thereof, first purchased the Hall in Oxenford, called Gloucester Hall, for Scholars and Students, to receive there the Benefit of Learning. But his private Thoughts very often solliciting him, that he should (in Time) meet with a Place where Two Elms grew; and that there his further Purpose should take effect; at length he found out the Place; where (at his own Cost and Expences) he founded the famous College, called St. John Baptist College; and where these Two Elms (as I have heard) are yet standing; endowing it with such Liberal Gifts, Lands and Revenues, as would require too much Time here to be remembred, or set down.

The famous Memory of Sir T. White.

A. M.

Glocester Hall in Oxenford.

The Building of S. John Baptist College in Oxenford.

Beside his Provision for Learning in this worthy Place, he erected other Schools; as at Bristol, Reading, and a College at High Ferries. More, He gave to the City of Bristol the Sum of Two Thousand Pounds, to purchase Lands, amounting to the yearly Value of an Hundred and twenty Pound: The Maior and Citizens paying therefore yearly an Hundred Pounds. Eight Hundred Pounds must be lent to Sixteen Poor Clothiers, Fifty Pounds each Man, for the Space of Ten Years; sufficient Security being given by them for the same. Afterward, that Eight Hundred Pounds was to pass to other Sixteen Poor Clothiers, according to the Discretion of them put in Trust. Two Hundred Pounds beside was reserved, for Provision of Corn, and needful Occasions for the Poor, in the Order and Care of the Maior, Aldermen and Citizens, &c.

Other Schools by him builded and maintained.

His great Bounty to the City of Bristol.

Provision of Corn for the Poor.

Then, according to his Will, (which remaineth yet to be seen) out of this bountiful Gift to Bristol, these memorable Branches and Benevolences were (by himself) devised, and thus ordered; beginning in the Year 1577, and so thence forward, they went on according to his own Discretion.

His Order out of his Gift to Bristol.

Then, on the Feast of St. Bartholomew, was brought to the Merchant Taylors Hall, an Hundred and four Pounds; the Hundred Pound to be lent (for Ten Years Space) to Four Poor young Men in the City of York, Freemen and Inhabitants, being Clothiers. And the Four Pound Overplus, to be employed about the

An Hundred and four Pounds brought to Merchant Taylors Hall always on Bartholomew Day.