Portsoken Ward. St. Katharines. 7

Portsoken Ward. St. Katharines.

" Also for Sir Rychard Chomely Knyght, Syr Wyllyam Compton Knyght, Syr Wyllyam Skevyngton Knyght, Sir Johan Dygby Knyght, Syr Ryse ap Thomas Knyght, Syr Gryffyth Ryse Knyght, Syr Edward Belknape Knyght, Sir Johan of Aston Knyght, Master Johan Beamount of Collorton Esquyer; and for al their Ladys, Bretherne and Systerne of the same that be a lyve; and for the Sowliys of them that be ded: And for the Master and Wardens of the same gylde, and the Warden Collectour of the same. And for the more specyal grace, every man of your charyte sey a Pater nř. and an Ave."

" And God save the Kynge, the Master and Wardens, and al the Bretherne and Systern of the same."

To which I subjoin the Order and Manner of Admission, the Rules and Benefits of the foresaid Fraternity.

" Who so ever by the grace of God is dysposyd to entre into the blessyd fraternyte of the Gylde of our gloryous Savyour cryst Jhū, and of the blessyd Vyrgin and martyr Saynt BARBARA, foundyd in Saynt Kateryns church next the towre of London, and wyll have the Parden, Prevylege and Profet thereto graunted and ordenyd: must pay to the seyd fraternyte the Some of x.s. iiii.d. sterlynge, at hys first enterynge, if he will; or ellys by leaser within the space of vii Yeres; that is to say, at his first entering xii.d. and every quarter followyng iiii.d. tyll the seyd x.s. iiii be payd, in mony, plate, or any other honest Stufe. And at the first payment he or she that so enteryth in to the seyd fraternyte, whether they be weddyd or single , shal receyve a letter with the Seal of the Warden Collectour; which Warden Collectour shall receyve his name, and bring it to the auter of the gloryous Jhū and Seynt BARBARA in Seynt Kateryns Church before seyd; and thereto be Regestryde: and there shall be prayed for dayly be name. And when the last payment of the Some of x.s. iiii.d. is payd; then the seyd Brother or Syster shall receyve a Letter with the common Seal of the seyd fraternyte and place with the Masters Name and Wardens therein for the tyme beyng. Whereby he shal have a great commodyte and Suerty of lyvynge; that is to sey, that yf ever the seyd Brother or Syster fall in decay of worldely goods, as by sekenes or hurt by the warrys, or uppon the land, or see, or any other casualte or meanes fallen in poverte: Then yf he brynge the seyd Letter sealyd with the seyd common Seal, the Master and al the Company shal receve him favorably, and there he shal have every weke xiiii.d. house rome and beddinge, and a woman to wash his clothys, and to dresse his mete: and so to continue yere by yere, and weke by weke durynge his lyfe by the grace of Almighty Jhū and Seynt BARBARA. Gevyne the first day of Decembre the Yere of our Lord God M.CCCCC.XVIII. Sir Willyam Skeving- ton Knyght, then beying Master, and Wyllyam Uxley and Robert Fysher Wardens.]"

There lye buried in this Church the Countess of Huntington, Countess of the March in her time 1429; John Holland Duke of Excester, and Earl of Huntington, 1447. and his two Wives, in a fair Tomb on the North-side of the Choir under a stately Arch.

Monuments in St. Katharines.

Dame Margaret Dutchess of Exeter bequeathed her Body to be buried in the Chapel within the Chancel of the College of St. Katharines, beside the Tower of London: Whose Will was proved An. 1458.

J. S.

The said Duke of Excester's Monument here, is one of the ancientest remaining within, or about the City, excepting those in the Temple Church. And for the preserving of the Memory of this great Peer, there hath been hung up against a Pillar hard by, a Tablet expressing his Titles, his Offices, and who his Wives were; done by John Gybbon, Blewmantle. The Effigies of him, lying on the Right hand, and his two Wives on his Left, are engraven in Stone; each with their Hands together in a praying Posture. The Duke hath on his Right hand three Rings, one on his fore Finger, another on his fourth Finger, both worn under the second Joint, and a third on the middle Finger, worn under the first Joint. His first Wife's Hands are broken: On the Fingers of his second Wife appear likewise three Rings, (which it seems to have been the Fashion of the Nobility in those Times) the Ring on the fore- Finger, and that on the fourth, being on the first Joint, that on the middle Finger worn under the second: Coronets on all their Heads.]

J. Gybbon.

There be also in this Church buried Thomas Walsingham Esq; and Thomas Ballard Esq; by him, An. 1465. Thomas Flemming Kt. 1466, &c.

Against this north Wall in the Chancel are these Monuments more modern. For George Mountagu, Son of Henry Earl of Manchester, and Master of this Hospital. He repaired this Church: Buried July 23. 1681.

More Monuments and more modern, in this Church.

J. S.

Against the South Wall hangeth a Table for Margaret Garret Daughter of Robert Garret, senior Brother of this College, and Anne Mudd his Wife. A Virgin above those of her Age; comely, tall, agreeable, proportioned in her Limbs and Body, amiable in the Loveliness of her Face. All those exterior were exceeded by her internal excellent Parts, and the Sweetness of her Disposition; beloved and lamented by all.

Margaret Garret.

This Jewel (so her Name signifieth) died Novemb. 25. 1683. in the Morning, being 16 Years and 8 Months old; and was born March March 25. 1667.

Dear was she living, but being dead more dear,
The Grief of very many made this clear.
Thus we by Want more than by Having learn
The Worth of Things, in which we claim Concern.

Johann. Gibbon Collegii Heraldorum Socius, & Introductionis ad Latinam Blazoniam Author, ob eximium erga defunctam respectum, quam tanquam suam ipsius dilexit filiam, hoc tantillum Memoriale proponi voluit. Cujus Parentum Corpora in Ecclesia St. Mariæ Aldermary apud Londinenses reconduntur.

Joh. Gybbon fecit.

Which Inscription may also serve for the Monument of the said John Gibbon himself, a Member of this Hospital, a Pursevant named Blew Mantle, of a great Age, of good Learning in History and Heraldry; lately deceased.

William Cutting, a good Benefactor, March 4. 1599. ætat. 50.