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Crest of Sir Thomas Storey

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by Brad Storey


whose interest not only in the Cathedral of Chichester but in the city and its antiquities is well known. The reverend gentleman, by right of his prebend, is the present Master of the Prebendal School so thoroughly re-established by Dr. Story.

John Story, B.C.L., Advocate of Doctors' Commons, Principal of Broadgates College (afterwards Pembroke College), and a Student of Hinksey Hall, Oxford, born 1504, son of Nicholas and Joan Story, of Liddesdale, was probably a brother of Nicholas Storye, mentioned in the "Border Papers," Vol. I., p. 349, who complains of the great injustice done to his cattle by the crossers on Fastings Eve, 1590; and not unlikely a nephew of the Bishop of Chichester. Of him more hereafter.


The will of the bishop is a lengthy one, and attached thereto is a codicil quite as lengthy. The will was made on the 8th December, 1502, and proved on the 27th March in the following year, in the Prerogative Court at Canterbury. The testator commences his Will thus:-

"In Nomine Patrie et Filii et Spirit. Sancta, Amen, Octimo die mensis Decembris Anno Dni myllimo quingetesimo secundo. Ego, Edwardus p'missione divina Domina Cicestræ Epus, indignus testamentii m'cu ondino et constituo in modus subscriptum. Imprimis sume tumulati et Beate Marie Virgini anima mea comendo et lego corpus meum sepeliendum in ecclesia mea Cath. Cicestr. prope summum altare ibidem ex parte boreali ejusdem altaris sub tumba per me ibidem noviter facta. Lego et valo predicta obitue mei expendent et deliberent de mei p'prijs bonus et manet executores meores mea expenso funalim meorim et pro liberatura famulores meores ac pro elemosina panpbz ad tunc et ibm distribuendo et mrc. Item volo ac modie tenenati meo p. elemosiner et alijt ad tunc necessaribus expensis expenditibz et deliberent, &c."

The foregoing is to this effect:- In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, I, Edward, by divine permission Lord Bishop of Chichester, an unworthy servant, do ordain and constitute this my last will in manner and form as hereunder written. In the first place I give, commend and commit my soul to the keeping of the Blessed Virgin Mary and my body to be committed to the sepulchre near to the high altar of the same on the north side thereof, the tomb thereunder being last made for me the aforesaid.

The testator next declares that after his death and funeral his executors shall go through his affairs, pay his funeral and testamentary expenses, and afterwards acquit and give liberty to all his servants then living and having lived up to the time of his, testator's decease in his employ and on his charity, the same to be settled with