A search of the internet will show other examples of the word, and
some variations. For example a 'Gossop' could be a god-father, but as
John was about 65 at the time of his will, I think 'his'
gossope would be in a reciprocal sense, i.e. referring to
a god-son. We can be sure that there was
between our John, and William his 'gossope'.
This image shows the remains of an old corn-mill on the course of
Woodkirk Beck at Hey Beck Lane. Could this
the mill in the Will ? The masonry certainly seems old enough.
we should be glad
of Mr Atkinson's attention to this old mill.
Edward Parsons, historian
wrote in 1834:
" - - our mathematician was the miller at the mills of Ardsley
(West) - -
- - first established in the reign of Edward the Second
(1307 - 1327) if not before it."
One of the supervisors of the will, Robert
a gentleman, is believed to have been the same person
to this link Visitation
of Yorkshire 1665 - 1666 p.246
. And for reference only, the family tree therein
also shows that Greenewood's son, Lieutenant of Horse in the
of King Charles I, i.e. Ferdinando
was 'slayne' in
the English Civil War at the Battle of Newark.
Ferdinando's brother Charles is also in
and described as Cornet (standard bearer) to Captaine
The webmaster knows that a senior Royalist officer, William
Gascoigne of nearby Thorpe-on the-Hill, Leeds died at the Battle of
Moor, nr York.
I think that this Gascoigne was, in happier times, an
and instrument maker, and an associate of Crabtree
Horrocks (Southport) who in 1639 predicted and observed for
a transit of the planet Venus
across the Sun. [My source, a booklet, 'Three North
Astronomers' by (Professor) Allan Chapman.]
The Greenewood family tree mentioned above at 
describes his coat of arms which is
very similar in outline to that of our John Field.
In brief :
/ chevron 'argent' / 3 garbs 'argent'
- Field with the
'armillary sphere crest'
/ chevron 'ermine' / 3 saltires 'argent' (saltire = St.Andrew's cross)
- Greenewood with 'A
leopard sejant' crest (sitting upright)