What do some abbreviations in old wills mean?

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1. Particularly Leg. as in

Westray, Hardy:  Leg. Patience Westray.

2.  and the letter "R"  as in D. February 1, 1650, R. May 5, 1650.  

I've been assuming D = Died.  Would R=Read, as in "Will was Read"????
in Genealogy Help by Kathryn Morse G2G6 Mach 3 (34.7k points)

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According to genproxy.co.uk the leg could mean legatee.

They don’t have R, but I surmise it is recorded,  or registered.
by Marion Poole G2G Astronaut (1.2m points)
selected by Juliet Wills
Thank you, Marion!
What does (sic) mean?
Does that not usually mean the previous word (or whatever) was in error, but is reproduced as it was originally - I have always thought it should be explained below somewhere when this happens - but it is usually not as I guess it should be obvious - usually it is a spelling thing - maybe that is why I want an explanation as I am a poor speller - but to me some times the error is not at all obvious
Sometimes it’s the spelling of the word ie phanatic instead of fanatic, or can be because the meaning of the word now is different to what it was at that time.
Good to know, thank you for your responses.
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Leg. would mean Legatee the person who has been left items in a will.  The "D" date usually indicates the date the will was written and the "R" is the date the will was recorded in court records.
by Carol Wilder G2G6 Mach 5 (51.4k points)

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