All thanks for this translation to Michael & Christine Trivett and of course Janet Pickford who is a relation of Christine.
Another very important piece of our family history made known to us all. I have had a number of persons over a long period of ten years with good intent offered and tried to solve the translation but did not succeed.
As far as I know there is no other family in the world today that has traced their line as far back to pre Hastings 1040. We were one of only eleven families that had a surname at that time.
THE TRANSLATION OF THE WILL OF ELIZABETH TRIVETT FROM THE ORIGINAL LATIN
BY JANET PICKFORD IN JULY 2004
She would like to point out she is a Classical Latin Teacher and not of the Norman Latin of the 15th cent.
WILL of ELIZABETH TRIVET
In the name of God, Amen. I, Elizabeth Trivet, on the 28th day of the month of July, in the year of our Lord 1421, being of sound mind, draw up my will as follows. Firstly I bequeath my soul to Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the Saints, and my body to be buried in the Church of Christ at Canterbury, should my death take place in the county of Kent. I likewise bequeath to the same Church one vestment of red velvet, with a tunic and dalmatic and cope of the same, white and other fine vestments in addition to the above. I likewise bequeath to the Augustinian Friars of Canterbury one copper cross with a crucifix and a gilded image of Blessed Mary and Saint John. I likewise bequeath to the Lady of Swynford one book of prayers and devotions which I had as a gift from the same Lady. I likewise bequeath to Alice Compton my fine quality book of the Morning Hours of Blessed Mary and other devotions. The rest of all my goods I bequeath to my executors to do with them and dispose of them for the good of my soul in accordance with my wishes which I have already made known to them or shall afterwards make known to them, as shall seem to most expedient for the salvation of my soul and the salvation of their own souls, and as they shall wish to answer for in the last judgment before the Supreme Judge. Of this will I appoint, make and constitute Nicholas Wymbysch, Clerk, John Grey and William Brokeman my executors.
28 July 1421
(See folio 442)
This is the will and bequest of Elizabeth who was the wife of THOMAS TRIVET, Knight.
Firstly she willed and bequeathed to the pre-eminent Church of Christ at Canterbury a couch of green (cerico) with curtains and altar hangings, likewise a vestment of velvet, to wit for priest, deacon and sub-deacon, with cope in the same manner, likewise one chalice, one gilded kissing cup of silver and two silver jugs with other items up to the sum of 100 marks; likewise to the Augustinian friars of the same city£40; likewise to the Preaching friars 20 shillings; likewise to the minor friars 20 shillings; likewise to the Prior of St. Gregory 10 marks; likewise to the Prior of Folkestone 5 marks; likewise to the two houses of Hospitality 10 shillings; likewise to the Carthusian house of Hull 10 marks; likewise to the house of Horkesley 5 marks; likewise every child baptized through the forementioned Elizabeth 6 shillings and 8 pence; likewise to Master Nicholas Wymbysch, clerk, one silver basin with a silver laver; likewise half a dozen silver dishes; likewise to the foresaid Nicholas £20; likewise to Edward Lymbesey two silver basins with two sliver lavers and two silver jars; likewise to the aforesaid Edward 100 marks: likewise to John Sevance 100 marks; likewise to the aforesaid John Sevance a couch of green (cerico), devorated with eagles and with hangings green tapestry; likewise to William Brokeman 100 marks; likewise to John of Chambir 100 marks; likewise to John Seyn Nicholas 10 marks; likewise to noble ladies all the garments belonging to the person of the aforesaid Elizabeth to distribute amoung them; likewise to the same ladies from her table linen and bed linen, to wit,
To each of them two equal lengths of linen with a sheet and a towel; likewise to Alice Compton a couch of motley velvet with a coverlet and hangings of tapestry; likewise to Margerie Brokeman a couch of red (cerico) covered with a bedspread in the same way hangings of red worsted ; likewise to the wife of John Walter 5 marks; likewise to Godfrey Botyller 20 marks; likewise to John Cook 10 pounds; likewise to William Hachard 5 marks; likewise to John London 40 shillings; likewise to Laurence Welde 5 marks; likewise to Peter Tylly 20 Shillings; like wise to Joseph Cooper 100 shillings; likewise to Roger Templer 40 shillings; likewise to John Baker 40 shillings; likewise to Jacob Weston 5 marks; likewise to Maius Pynchebele 40 shillings; likewise to Thomas de Botery 13 shillings and 8 pence; likewise to John Goodefelewe 5 marks; likewise to John Nurrys 40 shillings.
In accordance with current practice (or With agreement of those present) we Henry, by divine permission Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate of all England and legate of the Apostolic See make it known to all that on the 17th day of December in the year of our Lord 1433 in our manor at Lambeth there was proved in our presence the will of Lady Elizabeth recently deceased, the widow of Thomas Trivet, together with the codicil