Location: Winchester, England
This is a draft transcription of the will which is found at https://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/details/r/D963828 (accessed November 25 2020) Please feel free to add or amend.
THIS IS THE LAST WILL and testament of me Robert Horne Bysshoppe of Winchester made and declared the Fifth day of Maye Anno 1579
IN NOMINE PATRIS ET FILLI ET SPIRITUS SANCTI AMEN (In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit Amen) I Robert Horne Bishoppe of Winchester sicke in body but in perfect (?) memory make and ordeine my last will and testament in manner and forme following.
First I commend booth my soule and body into the hands of myne onely saviour and redemer Jesus Christ through whose death and passion I am fully persuaded and doe beleve my synnes to be forgiven and that my soule imediately after the departure from my body shall be with him in his joyous paradise there to remain until my body shall arise out of the earth at the last day and then my soule and body to be united together again and to so to be with Christ in his glorious kingdome for ever more, In the mean while my body to be buried in my cathedrall church before the pulpite where yt now standeth in semely sort without any pompe or blazing ceremonyes in the earth to rest and slepe in hope until the day of the generall resurrection.
I will and bequeath to the same my cathedral church at Wainton (?) all my historicall books Greke and Lattyn, Spiritual (?) and profane to be layd out and used in the library belonging to the same church.
Item I bequeath to the poore hospital of St Cross nigh Wainton thirtie poundes
Item I bequeath to Magdalen hospital nigh Wainton twentie poundes
Item I give unto to Richard Wingfield my servant five poundes
Item I will that each of the residue of my househould sevants shall have a whole year's wages as they were wont to have in my lieftime paid them at or imediately after my buriall.
I give and bequeath to the poore of the Citie or towne of D.(?). fortie poundes.
Item I give and bequeath to Panole Dayrell (?) my nephew my best bason and ewer of silver … guilte
Item I give and bequeath to George Dayrell my nephewe the other bason and ewer guilte of silver
Item I give and bequeath my third bason and ewer all white without guilt of silver to the child of my daughter Rebcca Heyman goeth with all whether it be a man childe or woman child.
Item I give and bequeath to Richard Ac(Pen)worth (?) my nephew my humanitie books Greeke and Latyn.
Item I give to every one of my mayde servants fortie shillings.
I give to David Riche my servant out and above his five poundes wages five poundes to make yt … all with that before given foure poundes
Item I give to William Neate outand above his wages forty shillings amounting with that before given to foure poundes
Item I give to Ambrose Long my servant over and above his wages, fortie shillings amounting all to foure poundes
Item I give to Thomas Parker my servant over and above his wages eight Poundes amounting in all with that before given to ten poundes
The residue of all my goodes and cattels unbequeathed, my funerall expenses debts and legacies first satisfied contented and paid, I give unto my foure daughters Anne Dairell, Mary Hales, Margery Daivell and Rebecca Heyman equally among them to be divided
Item I make ordeine constitut and appointe M F Watson Deane of Winchester Dorfor (?) Ebden and John Dairell and John Hales my sonnes in lawe my executors of this my laste will and testament
And I give unto every of the said M Watson deane and M Dorfor Ebdon one posteyne (?)
And I do hartely request and pray Sir Henry Wallopp Knight Sir Richard Norton Knight and Sir William More Knight to be Overseers of this my last will and testament giving their assistance to myne executors
And I give unto every of them out of my best horse whether they be in stable or pasture and every of them to make their … in order as they behave before named Robert Mainton (?)
Witnesses at the declar... of the will and testament Afaforesaid Robert Mathe... Symond Trippe Hoplyn Williams Nicholas Fuller,