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About Geoffrey Proctor, of Bordley, Auditor
At the opening of the sixteenth century, the Procters were a vigorous race in Craven. At various houses in the township of Bordley, in the parish of Burnsall and at Winterburn, Friarshead and Cowpercote, in the parish of Gargrave, were established substantial families of the name, all tenants of Monastic Houses. It was a common practice of these establishments to lease the more remote portions of their landed property for terms of years at fixed rentals. By renewal of leases such properties were often held by successive generations of one family, a continuity of possession which conferred a measure of territorial importance.
Of such a family, Geoffrey Procter of Bordley, a tenant of the Abbey of Fountains, was the representative. He died in the second half of 1523 or early in the following year, and his long and very interesting will proves him to have possessed a very considerable estate both in lands and goods. In a deed of the twenty-sixth year of Henry VIII (Calton Deeds, 56), he is described as 'Geoffrey Procter auditor deceased', and from a petition to the monarch last mentioned ("Yorks. Record Series XIV, p152 - Star Chamber Proceedings), it appears that he was 'auditor' to Henry, Earl of Northumberland, a position which was perhaps analogous to that of the agent of to-day.
By his will dated 'at Nether Bordley in Craven the tend daye of Jany' in the sixteenth year of Henry VIII -1524 (Printed in Test. Ebor, V, 182. Surtees Soc. Vol 79), Geoffrey directs that in case he shall die within twenty miles of his parish church of Rilston, he shall be there buried with his wife. He proceeds to charge his lands in Litton, Owlcoottes, Hawkeswike and Scothorp in Craven,
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