Peter Beverley
of Rillington, co. York, gent., d. 15961601.

At Easter term, 26 Elizabeth I [1584], William Beverley, gent., and Peter Beverley, gent., were plaintiffs in a fine (Christopher Wandesford, esq., and Elizabeth his wife, deforciants) for 3 messuages and 6 cottages with lands in East Heslerton and free warren in Hallow Carr and in the park in the same [York FF, 7 (1889), 20]. Since East Heslerton is very close to Rillington, this was almost certainly Peter Beverley of Rillington. For the possible identity of William Beverley, see below under relatives.

On 28 February 1589, Peter Beverley received a lease for 21 years from Michaelmas last (on his surrender of a lease of the premises by patent 21 March 20 Eliz [1578] to Arthur Dakyns [CPR Eliz. I, 7: 523 (#3599)], and on an undertaking by the said Peter to restore the ruined chancel of the parish church) of the rectory of Rillington, co. York, and lands and titles thereto belonging (once belonging to the monstery of Byland), with reservations, including lands in Rillington that used to belong to the vicar there, and the advowson of the vicarage, for a yearly rent of 18 11s. [CPR 31 Eliz. I, List and Index Society 300 (2004): 26 (#150)]

The will of Peter Beverley of Rillington, co. York, gentleman, dated 16 April 1596, and proved 14 October 1601, and transcribed in full below, mentioned, among others, his eldest son Arthur Beverley, his second son Hillary Beverley, his "cozen" Richard Gates, his daughter Elizabeth Beverley, his son Deveroux Beverley, and his kinsman George Anlabye [PCY 28: 492, FHL film #99,490].

Date of birth: Unknown.
Place of birth: Unknown.

Date of death: between 16 April 1596 and 14 October 1601.
Place of burial: Rillington.
The will of Peter Beverley, transcribed below, was dated 16 April 1596 and proved 14 October 1601, and stated that his body was to be buried in the chancel of Rillington near his late wife.

Father: Unknown.
Mother: Unknown.
See below under relatives for possible clues to the origin of Peter Beverley.

Spouse:
m. Wintringham, 3 November 1576, Mary _____, bur. Rillington, bef. 16 April 1596.
[Wintringham PR, which leaves the maiden name of Mary blank] The surname, which appears as Bev'ley in the parish registers, is clearly meant to abbreviate Beverley, but appeared incorrectly in the published transcripts of the Wintringham registers as "Berley" [Wintringham PR; Wintringham PR transcripts, Yorkshire Parish Register Society 71: 25]. The will of Peter Beverley, dated 16 April 1596, states that he was to be buried in the chancel of the parish church of Rillington near his late wife.

Children:
Peter Beverley's four children were named in his will, dated 16 April 1596. They were all under 21 at the time.

Arthur Beverley, b. say 1580, bur. Rillington, 11 April 1656;
m. bef. 18 July 1602, _____.

Hillary Beverley, of Crambe, living 9 January 1621/2;
m. (lic. 1608). Ann Wilson.
[Paver ML, YAJ 11: 238] On 10 July 1621, Hillary Beverley of Crambe, yeoman, was presented to the Quarter Sessions at Helmesley for extortion [Quarter Session Records, North Riding Record Society 3 (1885): 117]. At Malton on 9 January 1621/2, Hillary Beverley of Crambe, gent., was presented for assault [ibid., 128].

Elizabeth Beverley,
m. 5 November 1601, _____ Smith.
The marriage is given by the diary of Lady Margaret Hoby (daughter of Arthur Dakins, see below), for 2-3 November 1601, which reveal that a Mr. Smith was to be married to Elizabeth Beverley on the following Monday [2 Nov. 1601: "... and was veseted by Mr. Smiths sonne, that should marie my Cosine Elzabeth Beuerly"; 3 Nov. 1601: "After priuatt prairs I bed young smith farwell, who was to be maried the Munday following" Moody (1998), 169].

Devereux Beverley, prob. d. 16378, vicar of Eastham, co. Chester.
Devereux Beverley entered Cambridge University in 1605, getting his B.A. in 1608-9, and his M.A. from King's College in 1612 [Alumni Cantibrigienses 1: 146]. He became vicar of Eastham, co. Chester in 1615 ["Hic incipit Dever<e>ux Beverley vicar' de Eastham", an entry at the beginning of 1615, Eastham PR]. Unfortunately, the Eastham registers are missing the burials from 1618 to 1654, and there are no bishop's transcripts for 1637, the most likely year of Deveroux Beverley's death [Eastham BT]. Devreux Beverley signs the parish registers as vicar in 1636 and the same hand does the entries through 3 December 1637. William Seddon begins as vicar on 2 February 1637[/8] [Eastham PR].

Relatives, exact relationships to Peter Beverley unknown:
The following individuals appear to have been relatives either of Peter Beverley or his wife, and it has been hoped that these individuals would be a lead to further research. However, so far no details have surfaced on the exact nature of the relationship of these individuals to Peter Beverley.

William Beverley, gent., fl. 1584 (1561-93?);
[m. Jane ____?]
As noted above, at Easter term, 26 Elizabeth I [1584], William Beverley, gent., and Peter Beverley, gent., were joint plaintiffs in a fine for lands in East Heslerton [York FF, 7 (1889), 20]. Since East Heslerton is very close to Rillington, there can be little doubt that the latter was the same person as Peter Beverley of Rillington, and that William Beverley was a relative. William Beverley is difficult to identify, as there was more than one William Beverley who was a party to Yorkshire fines during that time. He may have been the William Beverley who with his wife Jane was a party to several Yorkshire fines in the period 1561-93 [York FF, 2 (1887): 248, 294-5, 301; 5 (1888): 22, 179; 7 (1889): 28, 200].

Arthur Dakins, of Hackness, co. York, gent., d. 13 July 1592, aged 76;
m. Thomasine Guy,
daughter of Thomas and Alice (Carew) Guy.
[Monumental inscription of Arthur Dakins: "Here lieth ... Arthure Dakins esquire who after he had attayned unto the aged of 76 years died the 13 day of July 1592 he left behinde him by Thomazin his wife the daugh: of Thomas Guy esquire & Alice his wife sister unto Sir Wimund Carewe of Anthony in the countie of Cornwal Knight one only daughter & heyre named Margaret ..." Danby v. Sydenham, 75] The will of Arthur Dakins of Hackness, dated 1 May 31 Elizabeth I, and proved 30 January 1595, mentioned, among others, his wife Thomasine, and his daughter Margaret, wife of Walter Deveroux, Esq., leaving his right in the manors of Linton and Thirkelby after the death of his wife to his daughter Margaret and her heirs, and in default of such heirs to Humphrey Dakins of Chelmerton, co. Derby and his heirs male, and in default of such heirs to his nephew Richard Gates and his heirs male, and in default of such heirs to his nephew William Brewerton and his heirs male, and in default of such heirs to Arthure Beverley son of Peter Beverley and his heirs male [PCY 26: 227, FHL film #49,487]. In addition to the evidence of relationship to Arthur Beverley given by this entailment, the dairy of Lady Margaret Hoby (daughter of Arthur Dakins) mentions Elizabeth Beverley as a cousin [Moody (1998), 169].

George Anlaby, of Thorpe Bassett, co., York;
m. Elizabeth Brewerton/Brereton,
daughter of Edward and Margaret (Dakins) Brewerton.
Called a "kinseman" in the will of Peter Beverley, George Anlaby was married to a niece of Arthur Dakins. This is proven by a chancery suit from the 1660's, Danby v. Sydenham ["... which Ann was the daughter of George Anlabye and Elizabeth, his wife, which Elizabeth was the daughter of Edward Brewerton and Margarett, his wife, which Margarett was sister to the said Arthure Dakins, late father of the said dame Margaret Hobye, ..." Danby v. Sydenham, 89]. The will of George Anlabie of Thorbassett, dated 10 May 1613, was proved 22 January 1613[/4] [PCY 32: 653]. No Beverleys are mentioned.

Richard Gates, of Rillington, gent., fl. 4 March 1585/6;
m. Wintringham, 6 January 1581[/2], Ann Dugleby.
Called a "cozen" in the will of Peter Beverley, Richard Gates appears as a nephew of Arthur Dakins in the above entailment. On 4 March 1585/6, Richard Gates of Rillington, gent., and his wife Anne gave a bond to Ralph Hungait of Northdalton, gent., which was witnessed by Peter Beverley [HUMAD, DDLA/19/60]. [marriage: Wintringham PR]


Will of Peter Beverley of Rillington, dated 16 April 1596, proved 14 October 1601.

In dei nomine amen the xvjth daie of Aprill in the yeare of our lord god /1596/ I Peter Beuerley of Rillington in the Countie of Yorke gent., sicke in bodye but in good and perfecte remembrance thanks be god doe make this my laste will and testament in manner and forme followinge First I give and bequeath my soule to Allmightie god my Creator at whose hands I am in full hope of remission of all my sinnes and of eternall life by the onelie merits and mediacion of Jesus Christe To whome with the holie ghost iij distincte persons and one true and everlastinge god be all honor and thankesgivinge for ever./ And I will my body to be buried within the Chancell of the parish Churche of Rillington aforesaid neare to the place my late moste lovinge wief lyeth alreadie buried, And for the things of this lief wherewithall yt hath pleased Allmightie god to endowe me I doe give and bequeath and devise as followeth ) First I give and bequeath to myne eldeste sonne Arthure Beuerley in liewe and full satisfaction aswell all his filiall Childesparte and porcion of all my goods Chattells & debts as allso of the death parte and every other demand whatsoever any waie to him to beg dewe forthe of my goods and Chattells the Mancion houses of the Rectory of Rillington aforesaid together with all and singuler the houses edifices and buildings gardens orchards yards and backsides thereunto belonginge together with all and all manner of Tiethes of Corne haye wooll and lambe and all other profitts and comodities whatsoever yearelie arysinge growinge and renderinge within the towne and territories of Rillington aforesaid together with her Majesty’s lies patents for all suche tearme of yeares therein to come and unexpired as I shall not otherwise give and devise hereafter by this my laste will The said Arthure yealdinge and payinge to her highness her heires and successors the whole yearlie Rente reserved by the said lies patents duringe suche tyme as he the said Arthure shall enioye the premisses by vertewe of this my last will and testament Item I give and bequeath to my second sonne Hillarie Beuerlay in lew and full satisfaction aswell of all his filiall or Childs parte and porcion of all my goods Chattells and debts as also of the death parte and executorshippe and everie other demand whatsoever any way to him to be dewe forthe of my goods and Chattells, All that the moietie or one halfe of all the tythes or Corne and haye wooll and lambe and all other thappurtenances yearlie arysinge growinge and renewinge within the Towne and Territories of Skamston parcell of the said Rectory of Rillington for and duringe all such terme of yeares to come and unexpired in the said lies patents as I shall not otherwise give and devise hereafter by this my laste will discharged of and from payment of any rente for the said Moietie of the said Tithes duringe the said Hillary Beuerley his enioyinge thereof by this my Laste will / Item my will & meaninge is and with and uppon this Condicion I doe give and bequeath to my said sonne Arthure the Tythes aforesaid with theire appurtenances in Rillington together with the said lies patents That he the said Arthure shall procure the said lies patents to be renewed of in and to all the said Rectorie of Rillington with all possible care and Convenient expedicion And that at all tymes and from tyme to tyme whensoever the said lies patents shalbe renewed the same shalbe as well to the use of the said Hillary my second sonne his executors and assignes for all that the moietie of the said Tithes Skamston and to the use of my Cozen Richard Gates his executors and assignes for all the other moietie of the tithes of Corne and hay wooll and Lambe and all other thappurtenances in Skimstone aforesaid parcell of the said Rectorie both of them the said Moieties to be discharged of and from payment of any of the yearlie Rente to be reserved by any the said lies patents, as to the use of him the said Arthure his executors and assignes for all the resedewe of the said Tithes and premisses in Rillington parcell of the <said> Rectory / Eyther of them the said Richard Gates and my sonne Hillarie Beuerley and either of theire executors and assignes yealdinge to him my said sonne Arthure his executor assignes for ever towards the renewinge of the lies patents as ofte as the same shall soe be renewed such parte and porcion of money from tyme to tyme and in such and the same sorte, as is already sett downe and agreed uppon in the behalfe betwixte my said Cosen Richard Gates and me Streightly chargeinge bothe of them my said sonnes even as eyther of them will answere it before Almighty god the searcher of all harts That they deale uprightly one towards another for the performacion of theire severall benifitts intended etch parte by the trew meaninge of this my laste will And in case my said sonne Hillary Beverley shalbe desirous to sell his estate in and to the said Moity of the Tythes in Skamston parcell of the said Rectorie Then my will and meaninge is that my said sonne Arthure Beverley shall buye the same before any other payinge for it as another shalbe willling and bona fideto die And for the better accomplishment of my meaninge to eyther of them my said sonnes touchinge ther said <severall> preferments in the said Rectorie my will is that they shall eyther of them become bound to the other in C marks a peece as soone as they both shall come to there full age for eyther there performance to other of such things as are intended to be performed by eyther of them there execut[ors] or assignes by this my laste will. Item I give and bequeath to my said sonne Hillary Beuerley all my estate interest and tearme of yeares yet to come and unexpired in and to all that certaine lands here in Rillington laite in thoccupacion of John Hodgshon granted amongste other things to my good friend Peter Mease by her highness lies patens conveyed unto me by his assignement, which I doe likewise give and bequeath to him my said sonne Hillary Item I give and bequeath to my said sonne Hillary Beuerley the some of Twentie pounds to be paid him by myne executors at suche tyme as he shall accomplishe thaige of xxj yeares in money or such penyworthes as I shall leave of my said goods Item I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth Beuerley in lieu and full satisfaction aswell of hir whole Childs porcion or parte of all my goods Chattells and debts / as of hir death parte thereof The some of ann hundreth pounds to be paid unto her in money or such pennyworths as I shall have of my said goods by myne executors at suche tyme as she shall accomplishe the age of xxj yeares or be married. / Item I give and bequeath unto my youngeste sonne Deueroux Beuerley in full satisfaction aswell of his filiall porcion of all my goods Chattells and debts, as of his death parte or any other demand thereof the some of one hundreth pounds, to be paid him by myne executors in money or such pennyworthe as I sahll leave of my said goods, at such tyme as he the said Deuerouxe shall accomplishe the full age of xxj yeares. / And in case any of my said Children shall fortune to departe this present life duringe theire mynorities - - Then my will is that the porcions bequeathed to any suche by this my testament shalbe equallie divided amongste the reste of my children that shall survive. Item I give and bequeath to eyther of my said Children Elizabeth and Deueroux Beuerley dureinge theire severall mynorities the some of Sixe pounds thirtene shillings and foure pence yearely to be paid therine towards theire severall maytenanc by myne executors forthe of the tythes and profitts within the towne of Rillington hereby before bequeathed Item my will is that all my debts shalbe satisfied as the same shall growe dewe forthe of the profitts of the stocke which I shall leave of my goods and forthe of the profitts of the said Tieths within the towne of Rillington aforesaid duringe the mynorities of myne executors And for the better accomplyshment and performance of my true meaninge touchinge the payment of my said debts and satisfaction of thanuities by me bequeathed to my said Children I will that my supervisors shall stand seazed of the said Tithes in Rillington and all my said goods duringe the mynoritie of myne executors and untill such tyme as he shall secure the reste of my Children for the severall benefitts porcions and legacies bequeathed them by this my laste will / he my said executors contynewinge the use and oversight of the said Tithes and goods in the meane tyme soe longe as she he shall satisfie my said debts and legacies dewlie and directlie of ij of my said supervisors at the leaste and without any further trouble and vexacion of any my said supervisors and without any impeachment of my said stocke of goods in defaulte of him my said Executors and not otherwise And I doe earnestlie beseche and in full confidence of the approved friendshippes contynewed betwixte me and my moste deare freinds Mr. Peter Mease and Mr. Francis Askughe / And my moste lovinge kinseman Mr. George Anlabie and Mr. George Smyth of Cottyngham I ordayne them the said Peter Mease Francis Askoughe George Anlabye and George Smythe supervisors of this my laste will and testament And in assured hope of the contynewance of theire kindenesse forever towards my selfe even in these my poore Children I will the tuicion of them in this sorte viz. of my daughter Elizabeth to him the said Peter Mease of my second sonne Hillary to the said Francis Askough, of my sonne Arthur to the said George Anlabye and of my youngeste sonne Deuereux Beuerley to the said George Smythe to etche of <which> my said supervisors I give onelie for a remembrance one owld Ryall Prayinge them to sustagne the supervisorshippes and tuicions aforesaid as myne assured truste is they will And that they that <or> some of them will from tyme to tyme directe and admonishe my executors for the better orderinge and tenderinge the greate Chardge laid uppon him by this will towards my creditors and younge Children And in confidence of my said sonne Arthure Beuerley his confirmytie of his courses and procedings after the good Counsells and instructions of my said supervisors / And with condicion that he shall of his parte performe this my said will my debts paid legacies and funerals discharged I give and bequeath the reste of all my goods to him my said sonne Arthure and make him sole executor of this my laste will and testament. Signed and seiled the daie and yeare firste above written John Dowssun, Robart Ashton, George Audley wittnesses. Proved 14 October 1601 by Arthur, son of the deceased. [PCY 28: 492, FHL film #99,490]


Reference abbreviations

CPR = Calendar of Patent Rolls.

Danby v. Sydenham = (author not named), "Danby v. Sydenham: A Restoration Chancery Suit", Yorkshire Archaeological Journal 17 (1903): 72-93.

Eastham BT = Bishops' Transcripts of Eastham, co. Chester, FHL film #1,655,667.

Eastham PR = Parish registers of Eastham, co. Chester, FHL film #2,106,555.

HUMAD = Hull University Manuscripts and Archives Database, <http://www.hull.ac.uk/arc/>.

Moody (1998) = Joanna Moody, ed., The Private Life of an Elizabethan Lady. The Diary of Lady Margaret Hoby 1599-1605 (Sutton pub., 1998).

Paver ML, YAJ = Paver's Marriage Licences from the Yorkshire Archaelogocal Journal.

PCY = Prerogative and Exchecquer Courts of the Archbishop of York.

Wintringham PR = Parish registers of Wintringham, co. York, FHL film #1,068,420.

York FF = Yorkshire Feet of Fines, YAS Record Series 2 (1887), 5 (1888), 7 (1889), 8 (1889).


Compiled by Stewart Baldwin

First uploaded 13 May 2011.