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Archaeologia Cantiana -  Vol. 1  1858   page 8

The Inventory of Juliana De Leyborne, Countess of Huntingdon
from the Surrenden Collection  By L. B. L.

                         " In the name of God. Amen.
   "On Saturday, the 30th day of October, in the year of our Lord, 1367, I, Juliana de Leyborne, Countess of Huntyngdon, make my testament after this manner :
   " Of sound mind. First, I bequeath my soul to God, and the blessed Virgin, and all His Saints; and my body to be buried in the Church of the Monastery of St. Augustine of Kent, in the new Chapel,1 on the south side of the Church. Item, I leave all my goods and chattels, moveable and immoveable, to the disposal of Sir Alexander Wayte, Canon of Wyngham, Sir John Amublee, Rector of the Church of Harrietsham, and John de Middleton, appointing the same executors of this my testament, that they may dispose, for my soul, in rewards of my servants, and other works of charity, as to them may seem most expedient.
   " Item, I appoint the Lord Thomas, the Abbot of the Monastery of the aforesaid Church of St. Augustine's, supervisor of this my testament.
   " Done the day and year as above.
   " In witness whereof, to this my testament my seal is appended." 2

   Thus closes the scene on all this pomp and affluence; verily piety and charity had here their perfect work. With this noble lady passed away the baronial and illustrious name of De Leyborne. The palace at Preston soon degenerated into a mere monastic farm-house (a fate which is soon after shared by her old baronial castle of Leyborne), and not a trace now remains of the grandeur which, as our inventory evidences, must once have there existed.
                                                                                 L. B. L.
   This chapel was of her own foundation.
    The above will of Juliana de Leyborne is transcribed from the registry of Langham (p. 115. a.), at Lambeth Palace. Probate was granted on the 18th November, 1367.

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