Some interesting reading - not to mention spelling !!
"In the name of the eternalle God Amen the xvth daye of October in the xxixth yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Ladye Elizabethe by the grace of god Englande ffraunce and Irelaynde Queene defendoure of the Faythe etc. wittnessethe that I John Egson of Langhamn in the Countye of Rutlande husbandman Being in Bodye sicke and weake but in mynde whole and sounde and of perfecte Remembraunce Thanks be gyven to the almightye doe make this to be my last will and Testamente in this forme and Order.
First I Comende my soule into the handes of thalmightye god who gave it and to my savioure his sonne Christe whoe hath redeemed yt and my bodye to the earthe frome whence it came and to be buried in the Churche yarde of Langhame.
I gyve and bequeathe to the cathedral church of Peterborough ij d
I gyve and bequeathe to the repayre of the churche of Langham vj d
I gyve and bequeathe to Marye Edgson my daughter one heffer of iij yeares oulde and xxs in monye to be delyvered her at the age of xxj yeares and also Alyce, Agnes, and Elyzabeth my daughters I gyve the lyke porcyones and to be delyvered at there severall ages of xxj years.
I gyve to Thomas Edgson and to William Edgson my sonnes xl s apeece to be delyvered at there Ages of xxj yeares and yf yt shall [happen that] anye of them do departe this worlde before they Cum to their Ages of xxj yeares then I will and my will ys that he or shee that dyest there peece shall remayne to the supervisores.
The residue of all my goodes not gyven and bequeathed I gyve to Elizabethe my wyfe and to Nicholas my sonne whome I make full and sole executrix of this my last will and Testamente and she to pay all my debtes and legacyes whatsover I owe or hathe gyven in this my last will and Testamente.
And for the better peforming of this my last will I committe my whole truste unto William Edgson and to my brother in law Nicholas Daye whome I make ordayne and apoyntt to be supvisours of this my last will and Testamente and they to have for their paynes xij d apeece.
And further I will that the two shall end all matters and contraversye Betwyxte my wyfe and my sonns yf anye shall hereatfer Ryse or growe in and aboute this my last will and Testamente and that there be noe wronge offered Betwyxte my wyfe and my sonns withoute sute in Law.
In witness whereof.........
William Edgson about sayde
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