Robert Gouthorpe of Willingham, 1559
In the name of God, Amen, the 20th day of March in the year of our lord god 1559, I Robert Gouthorpe of Willingham, in the County of Cambridge, and the diocese of Ely, being good of mind, and of good rememberance, do this day make my last testement in manner and form following. First I bequeth my soul to almight God the father, and to his son Jesus Christ my grevious sick, to buried in the parish churchyard of Willingham aforesaid.
I bequeth to the most needsome of the church 3/- 4d. I bequeth to the poor people of Willingham 20/- over six years; that is to say, every Good Friday night, 3/- 4d, until the sum of 20/- be fully paid.
I bequeth my part of the farmland in ample and large manner, as my father brought, unto Robert Cory of Over, my brother in Law, upon condition that the said Robert shall well and honestly bring up my wife’s children: that is to say William Greave and Agnes Greave, until such time as the said two children shall be able on the land to honestly farm their lying.
I bequeth to my brother Simon, my bridle, cow and my like mares calf.
I bequeth to Thomas Gleseson, my brother in law, five bushels of Barley.
I bequeth to John Cory, the son of Robert Cory, my white hecksow? and two black ones.
I bequeth to William Wormsteede of Willingham, my little horned calf.
I bequeth to George Furdane, my neighbour, my red hecksow? and the calf. I bequeth to Gabriel Furdane, the son of the said George, a bushel of Wheat and a bushel of Barley.
I bequeth to George Payge, my Godson, a bushel of Barley.
I bequeth to John Greve, my son in law, a quarter of Barley, the foul of my brown mare, my wet field at Lodge Landing, west of the yard of George Furdane, a ......... ......., a pair of shoes, and a pewter platter.
I bequeth to Joan Greve, my daughter in law, a combe of Barley, my wifes red kettle, a pair of shoes, and a pewter plate.
I bequeth to Sybil Greve, a red pettycoat and a russet pettycoat.
I bequeth to Agnes Greve, a combe of Barley, a russett pettycoat, a pair of shoes and a pewter platter.
All the residue of my ggoods unbequethed, my little gold to be paid, my legacies fulfilled and charges paid, I give wholely unto my brother Robert Cory, whom I ordain and make my fithful executor, signed with him, and for his pains taken, in seeing this my last will and testement executed, I give him 20/- for his being witness to this my last will.
SIGNED: John S..... , John Adam, John Greve.
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