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From: David Hoye <>
Subject: [SFK-UK] Old measurements
Date: Tue, 16 Mar 2010 16:22:56 -0700 (PDT)
I thank all who have replied.
Many have asked for the term Arik to be put into context.
Firstly, may I say that I have transcribed many Wills from this period but do not consider myself an expert.
The capital 'A' may also be seen and compared with that in the common words, Appurtenances. Age.
Small 'r' may be seen in mother and church etc.
Small 'i' is ubiquitous.
Small 'k' is similar, in this case, to 'b' but has the little arm and leg extending to the right.
Therefore I have no doubt that the lawyer wrote Arik.
The definition that best fits is Janet's scottish one, Ark!
Such a chest-full of barley could well be a local 'standard of measurement', in this case, in Nottinghamshire. Barley was a staple used for bread and beer.
Note the two units used, arik and the common quarter [of a bushell]
As may be seen, the prime purpose of this Will was to ensure a safe passage for the soul. This was typical for those pestilential times.
The testator was a wealthy peasant who could call upon local gentry to witness and supervise his Will.
His children were all under 16 years of age so we may assume he was aged about 45 at death - a good age for the times.
His burial and commemorative service would have been a grand one with an orchestra and choral Mass.
Here then is a list of bequests in the Will of Richard Hoye of Doddington, Notts, 1526.
For my mortnais ....thise and custom(abv).
To the mother church of Lincoln 2 pence, and to the hie altar, one Arik barley.
To the church of Doddington, 8 pence.
To the hie altare, one Arik barley.
To the orches(tra) [musicans], one Arik barley
To a Masse of Stala eh, 6 pence.
I will that my Wife shall cause halt [to be held] a trentall to be said for my Soule.
I will it master John .... and Elinor my Wife shall sell all hereditments, landes, pasture and heoffend And they Apppurtenances that I have in the ... and feldes of Walthorne and devyse to every one of my childer ther porcon As sone [soon] as the anie to 16th yere of Age.
To Elinor Hoye, 3 shillings and 4 pence
To the church of Walthorne, 8 pence.
To the church of z Barton, 8 pence.
To every one of my childer as sone as the anie to 16th yere of Age, 2 quarters of barley.
Executrix; Elinor Hoye.
Supervisor; Maister John Cotte.
Witnesses; Renof B Steven, Willm Hull z, Henry Dowesse, ...., institute master [Guild master], John Gil z