arrowcase: Henry Baker, Thomas Pursot  c. Collecta Rawlyn    p-link   Results Format: Summary Full

case detail
typeTestamentary
date12 Dec. 1493
competitor suit
sourceLondon Metropolitan Archives, MS DL/C/A/001/MS09065: 173v-175r
remarks: The identity of the parties in this case is unclear: the dispute is between Henry Baker, Thomas Pursot, and William Rawlyn, whom the witnesses claim were named by the deceased, John Rawlyn of Ulting, as his executors, and the widow, Collecta Rawlyn, and John SentJeste (the scribe) and a certain Carr of Chelmsford, who apparently claimed another will in which Collecta Rawlyn and Carr were named as executors.
depositions
1493-12-05: Richard Hunt, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies to having heard from those present and involved that John Rawlyn made his testament and named William Rawlyn, Henry Baker, Thomas Pursote, and Carr from Chelmsford as his executors, but that at William Rawlyn`s insistence, John Rawlyn removed Carr as one of the executors. He heard later the reading of the will by the scribe in which only William Rawlyn, Baker, and Pursote were named as executors.

1493-12-05: John Tailour, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he was present at the making of John Rawlyn`s testament; John named William Rawlyn, Henry Baker, Thomas Pursote, and Carr from Chelmsford as his executors, but had Carr removed after William expressed his disapproval. Also, testifies that John also bequeathed to his wife, Collecta Rawlyns, many of his possessions.

1493-12-05: William Stokbrig, Witness for Plaintiff
Agrees with previous witness, John Tailour, because he was present when the events he described happened; testifies that Collecta Rawlyn and the scribe Sentjeste urged him with a promise of payment to offer testimony that John Rawlyn had written up an alternative will making Collecta and Carr his executors, though he denies the existence of another will. Also indicates that Lord Dynham attempted to arbitrate the dispute as Rawlyn and the executors were his servants; he testified that when Sentjeste was examined by Lord Dehman, he recognized the testament shown to him, and asserted that it was in fact the actual testament of the deceased.

1493-12-05: Robert Pursot, Witness for Plaintiff
Testifies that he heard from John SentJest that John Rawlyn, in his testament, bequeathed money to the church of Hatfield and the fraternity of the Holy Trinity, and named William Rawlyn, Henry Baker, Thomas Pursot, and Carr as his executors, though Carr`s name was later removed from the testament.