Compton Verney: early deeds: Agreement, being a pre-nuptial settlement (in English)
Agreement, being a pre-nuptial settlement (in English), made, by the mediation of Henry Guernyngham and Thomas Boughton between Richard Verney, esq. and William Feldyng, esq., concerning the marriage of Edmund, son of Richard Verney and Alianore his wife and Elizabeth, daughter of William Feldyng, which is to take place before the feast of St Nicholas (6 December), the costs of such wedding to be borne equally by Richard and William.
Richard Verney undertakes to settle his estates to the yearly value of 8 marks, upon feoffees (named as Thomas Littelton, sergeant at law, John Broun, John Bellers, Everard Diggeby, John Temse, John Seggesmond, clerks, Thomas Boughton, Henry Boteler, Thomas Moston, Richard Wode, Thomas Acton, Richard Prudham, John Justice, clerk and William Braytoft) in trust for the use of Richard Verney for his life, with dower of 4 marks annually to Alianore in the manor house and certain small closes adjoining in Compton, she to live there 'yf she lyke', together with annual rent of 26 marks payable to her for life from Compton and 40 marks from Kingston.
Remainder to said Edmund and Elizabeth and their heirs.
Feoffees to make sure estate of all the manor and lands of Compton to Edmund and Elizabeth and their heirs within twelve days of the death of Alianore.
Vermey also undertakes that the feoffees, within twelve days of the marriage of Edmund and Elizabeth, shall settle an annual rent of 20 marks on Edmund and Elizabeth.
Feldyng undertakes to pay, in consideration of the marriage, £200 to Richard Verney, by specified installments.
If Elizabeth die without lawful issue by Edmund, Verney and feoffees will repay £60 to Feldyng by 20 mark annual installments. After the marriage Edmund and Elizabeth are to live with, and be maintained by William Feldyng until Edmund is 21, he receiving the jointure of 20 marks until then.
If Elizabeth survive Edmund and remarry, her jointure is reduced to income from lands valued £40.
Verney and Feldyng have entered into mutual bonds in penal sums of £500 for the performing of this agreement.
All deeds and evidences to be kept in a locked chest, of which Verney and Feldyng each have a key, and chest to be lodged in Abbey of Kenilworth until Edmund inherits.
Any dispute hereafter to be settled by Guernyngham and Boughton within a month of being informed.
Dated 'in the feste of the advincle of Seynt petur' 35 Henry VI