Drawing taken from 'Stondon Massey' published in 1900, written by Revd. Edward Henry Lisle Reeve
John Carre (d. 1570)
Text by Revd. E. H. L. Reeve (c. 1900)
John Carre, one of the earliest members of the Merchant
Adventurers Company, died in 1570. He
was married twice, because two ladies appear with him in the handsome brass to
his memory. His nephew was Henry Giles
of “Giles’ Charity” fame, still going strong in the village.
will is a very lengthy one, covering several pages of closely written folio.
The “goods, chattels, money owing to him, household stuff, plate, jewels, and
ready money” are to be divided into three equal parts, of which, one part he
bequeaths to his wife Agnes, the second part to his daughter, and the third
part “for the performance” of certain legacies.
These include £10 for sermons to be preached in the church of the parish
where he dies, viz., one each year for 20 years; £5 for a dinner to be made, at
the discretion of the executers, by the parson and churchwardens of the parish
of Stondon for “the inhabitants and honest householders by way of
gratification;” £5 to the “poore man’s boxe” of Stondon Parish; £15 in current
money to be distributed at the discretion of the executers “among the most
honest of the Stondon parishioners of the poorest sort,” half the amount on the
day of his burial and half within the next half year. further sum of £400 is
given to the “Mystery of Ironmongers” on condition that for the next 21 years
after his decease “two wardens of the said mystery or occupation, and two
others of the same fellowship shall provide a preacher learned in Divinitie
before the Feast of Pentecoste to ryde to Stondon in Essex, and at the same
feaste in the Parish Church there shall be a sermon”. For their expenses yearly
on this behalf £5 is specially given.