|"In the name of God Amen. The 14th day of the month of January, the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and twenty six (New Style 1527. Ed.), I John Clyfton, parson of Barwick in Elmet in the diocese of York, being of whole mind and memory, make and ordain this my last will in this manner following: First I bequeath my soul to God Almighty and my body, if I die in London, to be buried in the Black Friars of London to which place I give and bequeath 20s.
Item: I will there shall be given to the prisoners of Newgate 10s. To the prisoners of Ludgate 5s. To the poorest prisoners of the two Compters in either house 3s.4d. And to the poorest prisoners in the Marshalsea and in the King's Bench in either house 5s.
Item: I will that 40s. shall be distributed among poor people after the discretion of my executors.
Item: I give and bequeath unto William Newbolde, keeper of my book, to the extent he shall be true and diligent betwixt my master and me and mine executors in my reckoning and account 3.6.8d.
Item: I give and bequeath to Sir Oliver Rudde, my two long gowns, the best save my new gown and my short gown, my black chamlet coat - the fur taken out - and the tawny chamlet jacket lined with black cotton.
Item: I give and bequeath to Anthony, my servant, 3 and to either of my other servants 40s.
Item: I give and bequeath to Edmonde Dolman 6s.8d.
Item: I will there shall be distributed to the most poorest people of the said parish of Barwick-in-Elmet 40s.
Item: I will that there shall be distributed to the most poorest people of the parish of Uldale
Item: I give and bequeath to Rauf Nevell 40s
Item: I give and bequeath to every of the children being alive of Robert Rede and Willam Rede, late of Newcastle upon Tyne, 6s.8d.
Item: I give and bequeath to Sir Thomas Arthure , chantry priest of Saint Cuthbert in Saint Nicholas church of the said town of Newcastle, 20s., praying and charging him that my house in Baillygate in the said town of Newcastle that sometime was Sir Thomas Benton's, mine uncle, sometime chantry priest of St Cuthbert, be delivered with all the appurtenances thereof, unto the right and next heir of my said uncle to have to the same heir and his heirs and assigns for ever.
I give and bequeath to master Myles Spencer, doctor of both laws, my biggest Turkes set in a ring of gold and my small emerode set in a ring of gold. The which master Myles Spencer; master Thomas Clark, my Lord of Bath's brother; John Ranwyke (Rauwyke), citizen and brewer of London, and Henry Bell, citizen and merchant tailor of London, I make, ordain and constitute mine executors. And I give and bequeath unto every of my said executors for their pains to be taken on that behalf 40s. The residue of all my goods and chattels, moveable and unmoveable, my debts paid, my said legacies performed, I wholly give and bequeath to my said executors, they to distribute them after their discretions as they shall think most best to the pleasure of God and the health of my soul.
In witness thereof I have subscribed this my present last will with my own hand this day and year above written. Those bearing witness of the same, the said master Myles Spencer, John Ranwyk, Henry Bell, Sir Olyver Rudde, and Willaim Newbolde thereto called and specially required.
Item: I bequeath by me the said John Clyfton, more towards the mending and reparation of Tollington Lane in the county of Middlesex 40s.