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John Gostwick (1445-1512)

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Date: 1445 to 1512
Location: Willington, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
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John Gostwick, of Willington

born abt 1445, Willington, Bedfordshire, England
married widow Elizabeth Myton abt 1462, likely in Willington, Bedfordshire, England
died abt 1512, Willington, Bedfordshire, England

Son of Robert Gostwick, of Willington, and Unknown wife.

Marriage & Children

abt 1462, marriage, Willington, Bedfordshire, England

John Gostwick to widow Elizabeth Myton

4 children are known to this union:

  1. Robert Gostwick, b. 1464
  2. Sir John Gostwick, b. 1466
  3. Thomas Gostwick, b. 1468
  4. William Gostwick, b. 1480

1473, Chancery Court, Cople, Bedfordshire, England[1]

Plaintiffs: Isabel, widow of Thomas Maryon. Defendants: William Bole and John Gostwyk, feoffees to the use of the said Isabel. Subject: Messuage called Horwodys in Couple (Cople). Bedfordshire.

10-Sep-1483, Willington, Bedfordshire, England[2]

Parties: (i) Thomas Myton senior, clerk (ii) William Leventhorpe of Marston [Moretaine], John Gostwyck of Willington, Thomas Myton junior and Thomas Odyll of Marston [Moretaine] Operative part: Grant by (i) to (ii) of (a) and (b) Property: (a) one messuage with adjacent croft called Wardys containing 2 acres of land, lying between the messuage and the croft of the lord on either side and with headlands abutting the street of Willington and le Brokemed. (b) 6 acres of land and one acre of meadow in the fields and meadows of Cople and Willington - 1 acre lying on le Brokefeld of Cople next the land lately of John Lawenseleyn on one side and the land of John Hawys on the other extending to the road called Berforwey as far as Smallwey - 1 ½ acres lying in the same furlong between the land of Thomas Hattley to the south and the land of Robert Spencer to the north, with headlands abutting Bereforwey and forera of Chicksands Priory - ½ acre lying in Brokefeld of Willington above the furlong called Sandehyl

20-Jan-1497, Grant, Cardington, Bedfordshire, England[3]

Grant : Wm. Fox to John Vynter, John Gostwyke, Robt. Gostwyke clerk, & Wm. Hyllis. A messuage with 1 1/2 ac. adjg. in the croft next the ten. and land late of John Man (alius Prentes) and the land of the sd. John Vynter, abtg. N. on the king's hway. To be held of the chief lords of the fee by the usual services. Wtns. Thos. Bulle, Hen. Craunfeld, John Wyght, Smyth (sic), John Cowper jr., Thos. Warner. Given at Cardington aforesaid (sic). 20 Jan. 1497

7-Apr-1500, Grant, Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, England[4]


i) John Gostwyk [deleted and the name “Edmund Hale” substituted]* son [and heir of?] Robert Gostwyk of Willington, now deceased
ii) Thomas Dey, William Dey, John Bylcokke
Messuage in Houghton :N. messuage late of John Puntere :S. messuage [of prior of Chicksand] [supplied from no.217 (RO5/102] :E. abutting against the close of said prior
which Robert father of i) [John Gostwyk] late had together with Richard Hulle, and which descended to i) by hereditary right after the death of his father who had survived the said Richard Hulle, by right of survivorship (ius accrescendi) paying i) 7 marks, viz: 10[s] on feast of St.Edward [18 March] next and 10s on the same feast following and so on from year to year until [7?] marks be fully paid
Witnesses: ...Conquest, gentleman John Odeward Richard Bilcocke [endorsed: Grant from Hale or rather Gostwyck] Endorsement: : no.149 at Chap[elend] *[the name John Gostwyck remains unaltered further on in the text]

abt 1512, Willington, Bedfordshire, England

John Gostwick died abt 1512

Research Notes

It's not hard to imagine that many children died during two successive plagues in just 9yrs. Statistically: 15% (1471) then 25% (1479) gives odds of 55% chance of dying that decade of Black Death. [2 * 15% + (1 * 25%) = 55%]

To Do

  • Did this John Gostwyk own Cotton End? If not, how did son William acquire it?


28-Jan-1457, King Henry VII ascends the throne, and would reign 24yrs. 1471, Plague, An outbreak [of the Black Death] in 1471 took as much as 10–15% of the population. 1479, The Black Death struck it's worst between 1479-1480. The death toll is estimated at 20% of the population 22-Apr-1509, King Henry the VIII ascends the throne. 1509, Bad plague year. a ‘great plague’ that afflicted various parts of England [4:160]


  1. "United Kingdom National Archives Online" [database on-line]. Discovery.Nationalarchives.gov.uk: C 1/47/151 Entry for John Gostwyk, Chancery Court, 1473 (accessed [23-Aug-2021]); citing National Archives: Kew, NA Ref: C 1/47/151
  2. "Bedfordshire Archive Catalog Service (BEDCAT)" [database on-line]. bedsarchivescat.Bedford.gov: R6/62/5/1. Entry for John Gostwyck, 10 Sep 1483, Grant (accessed [25-Aug-2021]); ref: R6/62/5/1
  3. "Bedfordshire Archive Catalog Service (BEDCAT)" [database on-line]. bedsarchivescat.Bedford.gov: W183. Entry for John Gostwyke, 20 Jan 1497, Grant (accessed [25-Aug-2021]); ref: W183
  4. "Bedfordshire Archive Catalog Service (BEDCAT)" [database on-line]. bedsarchivescat.Bedford.gov: RO5/101. Entry for William Gostwicke, 7 Apr 1500, Grant (accessed [25-Aug-2021]); ref: RO5/101

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