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Will of Richard Hakluyt (the elder) (September 13, 1587)

In this document, dated September 13, 1587, Richard Hakluyt (the elder) provides his last will and testament.

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In the name of God, Amen. I Richard Hackluyt of Eyton in the Countie of Hereford, being hole of bodie and sounde of mynde, yet consideringe the mortall state of man and the pestilent fevers soe commonly raigneinge, make this my last will and testament in maner [following]

First I bequeathe my sowle redeemed by the mearitts and passions & death of Jesus Christ [the Saviour of the] Worlde, to the same Christe that is deyd, buried, risen and ascended, and that shall be the Judge of all Nations under heaven. My body I bequeath to the earthe till the general resurrection [when] bodie and sowle shall joyne to everlastinge salvacion.

My funeralls without pompe discharged, and my debtes duely paid, my Plate corne [cattle, howsehold] stuff with all my goods and chattels whatsoever, I bequeath according to a schedule of [bequests] hereafter to this my last will to be annexed.

My lands that bee in my disposicion to bequeathe, late leased to Edmund Burrop, and to Thomas Goold [son] of Thomas Gold, commonly called Burrops fearme, lying in Eyton, and in the fyelds of the same [parish] of Luston in the County of Hereford, I bequeathe & give to Olyver Hackluyt of Christ Church Oxford, my uncles sonne, and to the heyres males of his bodie lawfully begotten, and for lacke of such yssue I give and bequeath the same to Edmond Hackeluytt his brother and to the heires males of his body lawfully begotten, and for lacke of such yssue to Wynifride my sister, wife to Roger Bruton of Hal—in the County of Saloppe, esquire, and to her heirs, to dispose at her will and pleasure to any of my name that shall possesse the rest of my lands in Eyton, if any shalbe founde thriftie, or otherwise to bestow them at her good will & pleasure. The rest of my lands unbequeathed lyinge in quilletts and [any] heerefter that shall be purchases, I bequeathe to Olyver Hackluyt, Edmond Hackluyt and to Richard Hackeluyt and to Wynifreid Bruton and to the heyres males of their bodies in manner and forme as is lymytted in the guyfte of Burropps fearme.

In witnes whereof I have sette my hande and seale this xiijth of September 1587 and ordeigne [and] make sole executor of this my laste will and testament Olyver Hackeluyt of Christ Church Oxeford aforesaid.

The schedule that I appointe to bee annexed to my last will and testament.

First I bequeathe to Barbera Evissham my youngeste sister the somme of v li in money.

Then, to my eldest and beste beloved Sister, Wyniefried Bruton, if she chaunce to olverlyve her husband, my goblet of sylver remayneing at my sister Elnor Conisbies.

Item, to Enor Conesbie my sister one dozen of silver spones

Item, to Thomas Conesbie, her sonne, one other dozen of silver spones

Item, I also gyve and bequeathe to Barbara my said syster my smaller saltesellar of silver

Item, to Olyver Hackeluyt of Christ Church in Oxford my greater saltsellar of sylver

Item, I bequeath to Richard Fenmor such waiges as I owe him with fortie shillinges in money over and besides

Item, I give to Ellnor Burrope my servant also other fortie shillinges with all her waiges due at my death, with a course paier of sheetes, a corse peyer of blancketts, a canvas and one of the coverlets made by Benettes wife of Leompster.

[Proved, March 4th, 1591]