Honourable Acts of Women. 279

Honourable Acts of Women.

The Lady Elizabeth Billingsley, Wife to Sir Henry Billingsley, Haberdasher, Alderman and L. Maior of London, gave to her said Husband the Sum of 4000l. therewith to purchase Lands in convenient Time; and willed, That the Residue of the Profits of the said Lands should be bestowed upon a Scholarship and a Fellowship in the University of Cambridge, in St. John's College, or any other College there, at his Discretion.

The Lady Billingsley her Love to Learning.

The Lady Anne Jones, sometime Wife to Sir Roger Jones, Dyer, and Alderman of London, gave towards the Encouragement of poor Scholars in the Universities, 29l. at the Discretion of her Executors.

The Lady Jones her Love to Learning.

The Lady Spencer, sometime Wife to Sir John Spencer, Clothworker, Alderman and Lord Maior of London, gave to be distributed among the Hospitals, the Sum of 70l.

The Lady Spencer her Charity.

The Lady Anne Glover, sometime Wife to Sir W. Glover, Dyer, Alderman of London, gave to Relief of the Hospitals the Sum of 80l.

The Lady Glover her Charity.

The Lady Barbara Stone, sometime Wife to Sir W. Stone, Clothworker, gave to the Relief of Christ's Hospital, 100l.

The Lady Stone her Charity.

Mrs. Elizabeth Walter, sometime Wife to Richard Walter, Girdler, gave Two Fellowships to Emanuel College in Cambridge.

Mrs. Walter her Love to Learning.

More, for the Relief of poor Preachers, such as want Livings, she gave the Sum of 300l.

Mrs. Alice Barnham, Mother to Mr. Benedict Barnham, Draper, and Alderman of London, gave to both Universities, 20l.

Mrs. Barnham her Love to Learning.

Mrs. Elizabeth Scot, sometime Wife to John Scot, Salter, gave to the Relief of poor Scholars in the Universities, 40l.

Mrs. Scot her Love to Learning.

Mrs. Katharine Garway, gave also to the same Benefit of poor Scholars, 20l.

Mrs. Garway her Love to Learning.

Mrs. Cicely Hawes, gave to poor Scholars in the Universities, 20l.

Mrs. Hawes her Love to Learning.

Mrs. Alice Hill, Widow, gave for the Relief of poor Prisoners, in the several Prisons in and about London, 100l.

Mrs. Hill her Charity.

Mrs. Elizabeth Packington, Widow, gave to Christ's Hospital, 60l.

Mrs. Packington her Charity.

Mrs. Elizabeth Smith, Widow, gave to be distributed among the Hospitals, 80l.

Mrs. Smith her Charity.

Mrs. Elizabeth Flecton, sometime Wife to Robert Flecton, Grocer, gave unto Christ's Hospital the Sum of 66l.

Mrs. Flecton her Charity.

Mrs. Margery Simcotes, sometime Wife to George Simcotes, Grocer, gave unto Christ's Hospital, for Relief of the poor Children, 100l.

Mrs Simecotes her Charity.

Mrs. Margaret Search, Widow, gave unto Christ's Hospital, 20l.

Mrs Search her Charity.

Mrs. Jane Allington, Widow, gave unto Christ's Hospital, 20l.

Mrs. Allington her Charity.

Mrs. Jane Baker, Widow, gave to the Relief of poor Maids Marriages, 100l.

Mrs. Baker her Charity.

Mrs. Sambach, Widow, gave to the Poor of the Parish of St. Bride's in Fleetstreet, the Sum of 25l. yearly.

Mrs. Sambach her Charity.

Mrs. Venables, Widow, in her Love to Christian Religion, gave for the Help of poor Preachers, the Sum of 5000l.

Mrs. Venables her Charity.

Mrs. Clark, Widow, late Wife of Roger Clark, Salter, and Alderman of London, in the Parish of St. Margaret Moses, gave for the Maintenance of poor Scholars, and other charitable Uses beside, the Sum of 1400l.

Mrs. Clark her Love to Learning.

Mrs. Joan Doxie, Widow, of St. Benet Grass-Church in London, gave unto Christ's Hospital, 5l.

Mrs. Doxie her Charity.

She gave to poor Maids Marriages, 20l.

She gave to the Company of Armourers, for Relief of Four poor Widows, for ever, yearly, 5l. to each Widow; desiring to have it called, The Poor Widow's Mite.

She gave also towards the Maintenance of the Lecture in Grass-Church, 50s. yearly.

Mrs. Backhouse, Widow, gave to the worshipful Company of Haberdashers the Sum of 40l. yearly, towards the maintaining of Eight poor Scholars in the Universities; allowing to each Scholar yearly, 5l.

Mrs Backhouse her Love to Learning.

Mrs. Katharine Woodward, Widow, gave 200l. to the Company of Ironmongers, to be lent out to young Men for their Help.

Mrs. Woodward her Chrity.

She gave 200l. more, to be distributed unto poor Scholars, the Hospitals, poor Prisoners, poor Parishes, poor Housholders, poor Maids Marriages: And Three Pounds thereof, for three Sermons yearly.

Mrs. Jane Baker, Widow, over and besides her former Gift for the Help of poor Maids Marriages, gave to Three poor Scholars in Cambridge, and as many in Oxenford, the Sum of 24l. that when they shall severally take Degree of Batchelors of Arts, they are to receive 4l. each Man.

Mrs. Baker her Love to Learning.

Mrs. Sibilla Jacob, Widow unto Richard Jacob, Vintner, gave unto Christ's Hospital, 3l. and to St. Thomas's, 3l.

Mrs. Jacob her Charity.

Mrs. Margery Philips, Widow, gave unto Christ's Hospital, 5l. and to St. Thomas's, 5l.

Mrs. Philips her Charity.

Mrs. Anne Whitmore, sometime Wife to Mr. W. Whitmore, Haberdasher, out of her most bountiful Charity, gave unto Christ's Hospital the Sum of 400l.

Mrs. Whitmore her liberal Charity.

More, she gave to St. Thomas's Hospital, 20l.

To St. Bartholomew's Hospital, 60l.

She gave also to the Hospital of Bridewell, to set the Poor on Work, 100l.

Mrs. Margaret Awdley, of Hackney, Widow, gave unto Christ's Hospital, 100l.

Mrs. Awdley her Charity.

She gave to St. Bartholomew's, 50l.

And to St. Thomas's Hospital, 50l.

[And to the Free School at Hackney, 20l. yearly; with many other Gifts to that Parish.]

Mrs. Alice Elkin, Widow to Mr. W. Elkin, Mercer and Alderman of London, was afterward married to the Learned Lawyer, Mr. Thomas Owen, one of the Learned Judges of the Land. This Mrs. Alice Owen caused (in her Lifetime) an Hospital to be builded at Islington, for Ten poor Women, with very convenient Rooms, and Gardens to them adjoining.

The worthy Charity of Mrs. Alice Owen.

Many other good Works were by her performed; and in her Lifetime: And according as she frankly and freely gave them, fo will I set them down in Order, as followeth.

First,