Honourable Acts of Citizens. 265

Honourable Acts of Citizens.

About the Year 1570, Margaret Dan, Widow to Dan, late one of the Sheriffs of London, gave by her last Testament more than 200l. to Charitable Acts.

Margaret Dan.

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And about the Year 1577, Dame Mary Ramsey, Wife to Sir Thomas Ramsey, being seized of Lands in Fee Simple of her Inheritance, to the yearly Value of 243l.; by his Consent, gave the same to Christ's Hospital, towards the Relief of the Poor Children there; as otherwise in my Summary and Abridgment I have express'd; and as appeareth by Monuments erected in Christ's Hospital. Which Gift she afterwards, in her Widowhood, confirmed, and greatly augmented. A Particular of the Charities of these Two last, shall be expressed more largely afterwards.

Dame Mary Ramsey.

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Ambrose Nicholas, Salter, Maior, 1576, founded Twelve Almshouses in Monkswell Street, near unto Cripplegate; wherein he placed Twelve Poor People, having each of them 7d. the Week, and once every Year Five Sacks of Coals, and one Quarter of a Hundred Faggots; all of his Gift for ever.

Ambrose Nicholas.

William Lambe, Esq; (sometime a Gentleman of the Chapel to K. Henry the Eighth, and in great Favour with him) was also a Free Brother of the Worshipful Company of Clothworkers, and a kind, loving Citizen to the City of London.

W. Lambe, Citizen and Clothworker of London.

He builded a Conduit at Oldborn Cross, to his Charge of Fifteen Hundred Pound: And did many other charitable Acts; as in my Summary. Viz.

Out of his Love to Learning and Scholars, in the Town of Sutton Valens in Kent, where he was born, at his own proper Cost and Charges, he erected a Free Grammar School, for the Education and Instruction of Youth, in the Fear of God, good Manners, Knowledge and Understanding: Allowing yearly to the Master Twenty Pounds, and Ten Pounds yearly to the Usher, from Time to Time, as either Place shall be supplied by Succession, and for their yearly Stipends or perpetual Pensions.

A free Grammar School at Sutton Valens in Kent.

In the same Town of Sutton also, for the Relief of poor People, he caused to be builded Six Almshouses; having an Orchard and Gardens, and the Sum of Ten Pounds yearly paid them.

Almshouses at Sutton for the Poor.

At Maidstone likewise, in Kent, he hath given Ten Pounds yearly to the Free School for ever; with this special Caution, That needy Mens Children may be preferred only to the enjoying of this Benefit.

Free School at Maidstone.

The Gentleman foreseeing, in his Lifetime, the Decay of sundry Trades and Occupations, to the utter undoing of very many, especially poor Clothiers, whose Impoverishing deserved greatly to be pitied; freely gave to the poor Clothiers in Suffolk, in Bridgnorth, and in Ludlow in Shropshire, 300l. to be paid by even Portions: To each several Town of the said Counties, One Hundred Pounds apiece, for their Supportation and Maintenance at their Work or Occupation.

His Relief to poor Clothiers in divers Places.

And as his Charity extended it self thus liberally abroad in the Country, so did the City of London likewise taste thereof not sparingly. For near unto Holborn he founded a fair Conduit, and a Standard with a Cock at Holborn Bridge, to convey thence the Waste. These were begun the Six and twentieth Day of March, 1577, and the Water carried along in Pipes of Lead, more than Two Thousand Yards, all at his own Cost and Charges, amounting to the Sum of Fifteen Hundred Pounds; and the Work fully finished the Four and twentieth of August, in the same Year.

His building of the Conduit near to Oldborn, and the Standard at Oldborn Bridge.

Moreover, he gave to poor Women, such as were willing to take pains, 120 Pails, therewith to carry and serve Water.

Poor Women benefited by the Conduit.

Being a Member (as I have already said) of the Clothworkers Company, and to shew that he was not unmindful of them, he gave them his Dwelling House in London, with other Lands and Tenements, to the Value of Thirty Pound yearly; besides Four Pounds more also yearly; by them to be thus bestowed: To wit, For the Hiring of a Minister, to read Divine Service thrice every Week; as, Sunday, Wednesday and Friday, throughout the Year, in the Chapel or Church belonging to his House, called by the Name of St. James in the Wall, by Cripplegate; and for Four Sermons there to be preached, a competent Allowance for each. And also out of the Thirty Pounds yearly, it is provided, That a Deduction be made by the said Clothworkers, for apparelling of Twelve Men, and as many Women; in Form as followeth.

His Gift to the worshipful Company of Clothworkers.

Allowance for four yearly Sermons.

To every of the Twelve Men a Frize Gown, one Lockram Shirt, and a good strong Pair of Winter Shoes.

Every poor Man and poor Woman, a Shirt, a Smock and a Gown, and a Pair of Shoes, &c.

To the Twelve Women likewise, a Frize Gown, a Lockram Smock, and a good Pair of Winter Shoes; all ready made for their wearing.

Always remembred, that they be Persons both poor and honest, to whom this Charitable Deed is to be extended. And this is yearly done on the First of October.

To the Parish Church of St. Giles without Cripplegate, he gave Fifteen Pound to the Bells and Chime; intending a further Liberality thereto, if they had taken due Time.

St. Giles without Cripplegate.

To the worshipful Company of the Stationers, he gave a Legacy of 6l. 13s. 14d. for perpetual Relief of the Poor, in the Parish Church of St. Faith, under Paul's. Namely, To Twelve poor People, Twelve Pence in Money, and Twelve Pence in Bread, every Friday throughout the Year.

His Gift to the Company of Stationers.

To Christ's Hospital in London, toward the bringing up of poor Mens Children, he hath given 6l. yearly for ever: And an Hundred Pounds in ready Money together, therewith to purchase Lands, that their Relief (by the Revenues of the same) may be perpetual.

His Gift to Christ's Hospital.

To St. Thomas's Spital, or Hospital, in Southwark, towards the Succour of the Sick and Diseased, he gave 4l. yearly for ever.

His Gift to St. Thomas's Hospital.

An Hundred Pounds he intended to the Hospital called the Savoy: But by reason that such Agreements could not be made as he thought convenient, his Contribution that way (much against his Mind) went not forward.

His Intent to the Savoy.

For the Relief of poor Prisoners in the two Compters, Newgate, Ludgate, the Marshalsea, the King's Bench, and the White Lion, he dealt very bountifully and discreetly; giving unto the two Compters Six Pound apiece; and to be paid unto them by Twenty Shillings each Month. To the other Prisons forementioned, six Mattresses apiece: The whole Number being two Dozen and an half.

His Relief for poor Prisoners.

He was not unmindful of poor Maids Marriages; but gave Twenty Pounds to be equally divided among Forty, by equal Portions of Ten Shillings apiece. Yet with this Proviso, that those poor Maids to be married, should be of good Name and Fame.

Marriage Money for poor Maids.

His Love and Bounty to his Servants, as also the Hundred and Eight Frize Gowns ready made, which he bequeathed at his Funeral to poor Men and Women, with dispersing the Remnant of all his Goods after his Burial, where Need and Reason required, I am contented to pass over; referring what else is further to be said of him, till I come to speak of the Place where he lieth buried.

His Love and Liberality to his Servants.

Sir Thomas Offley, Merchant Taylor, Maior, deceased 1580; appointed by his Testatment the

Sir T. Offley bequeathed much to the Poor.