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Will of Eleanor Cook

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Date: 26 Jun 1569 [unknown]
Location: Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, Englandmap
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Will of Eleanor Cook, (1569, June 26).[1]

Elloner Cook of Newcastle, widow, late wife of Christofer Cooke of Newcastle, merchant, etc. To be buried in the church of Alhollowes as near unto my husband as may be.

Selby of Whitehouse
(Vis. of Durham, 1575 - 1666).

I give to my trusty friend, William Selbey, of Newcastle, merchant,[2] for the use of my daughter, Elizabeth Bewick,[3] 201. ; and if she over-live her husband or die before him, the said sum to be divided amongst her five children,

  1. Christofer,[3]
  2. Robert,[3]
  3. Elleonr,[3]
  4. Agnes,[3]
  5. and Gillian Bewicke,[3]

also I give to each of them more towards their preferment in marriage, 40s.

I give and bequeath he to my very trusty friends, Richard Hodshon of Newcastle, alderman and merchant, and to Isabell, his wife, 201. for the use of my daughter, Margerie Dickinson, wife to William Dickinson, if she outlive her husband, and if she die before him to be divided among her children. And I give them more for their preferment in marriage, 10s. a piece.

I give to my trusty friends, Richard Hodshon and William Selby of Newcastle, merchant,[2] for the use of my daughter, Agnes Brigham, wife to Humfrey Brigham, 201. if she over-live her husband, and if she die before him to be divided among her children; to each of them 40s, a piece.

I give unto my said two friends for the use of my daughter, Jellyan Girdler, wife unto William Girdler, 101. if she over-live her husband, and if she die before him the said sum to be divided among her children ; 40s. a piece to each of them.

To Christopher Cooke, my son, 301. out of my keyles, and a lyghtner.

To my son, John Cooke, 101. in money.

To Christopher Elmer, merchant, 601. and my best keyle and my best lightner.

To Elizabeth Langton, five marks.

To my kelemen, 30s.

To Oswald Jackson, five marks. To his daughter, Marion Jackson, 20s.

To Isabell, wife of Richard Hodshon, four old ryalls.

To Mistris Scryvener, one olde ryall.

To Mistris Selby, wife to William Selbe, one old riall.[2]

To Clement Ogle[4] and his wife, an old angell each.

To Mrs. Roxbey, now wife to Lawrance Rokesbye, one old angell.

To Elizabeth Goundrie, one old angell.

To Mawde Wilkinson of Winlinton, 58.

To my sister, Hilton,[5] 10s.

To my son-in-law, Humfraye Brigham, a goblet of sylver.

To William Girdler, a plain piece of silver.

To William Dixkinson, halfe a dossen silver spownes.

To Androw Bewick, halfe a dossen of sylver spownes.

To my daughters,

  • Elizabeth Bewick,[3]
  • Margere Dixkinson,
  • Anne [sic] Brigham
  • and Gillian Gyrdler,

one chist of lining napperie, to be divided amongst them.

To my daughter, Elizabeth Bewick,[3] one brasen morter and one pestell, one gown lined with unwattered chamlet and a kyrttell of the same, belonging to the same gown, and my next best belt and a pair of silver crooks belonging to the same, for life, then to Ellon, her daughter.

To my daughter, Anne Brigham, my best gown and kyrttell and my best belt.

To Margere Dykkinson, my worsted gown and kyrtell.

To William Cookson's wife, one old angell.

To Mr. Richard Hodshon, four old ryalls, and to Mr. Selbe,[2] one old riall.

To the poor colyers of Winlington, 31. among them.

To John Hedley, 5s.

To the poor householders within the town of Newcastle, 40s.

To Mr. John Killinghall, an old angell, and the same to his wife.

To William Cocks of Newcastle, an old angell.

To Christofer Elmer, one pair of fine linen sheets, etc.

To my brother's son, Thomas Elmer, 101.

I will that my foresaid 2 friends shall sell the house in which I dwell within one year after my death for the use of my daughters and I make them my executors.



  • William Selbe,[2]
  • William Brown, clerk,[6]
  • John Horne.


Whereas it hath pleased Almighty God to call unto his mercy before my death my son, John Cook, therefore I will that such legacy as is given unto my said son, John Cooke, shall be given to John Cooke, his bastard son, which he had by Isabell Robson, and I also give to him all such profits as he shall receive by the administration of the goods and cattals of my said son John, save only the lease of the Sowthefeld which I give to my son, Christofor Cooke.

And whereas it hath pleased Almighty God to call my daughter, Jellyan Gyrdler, to his mercy, I will that all such legacy as is given to her in my said will, be distributed equally among her 3 daughters.

I give to Sir William Browne, clerk,[6] one old angell.

I give to John Horne, servant to Mr. Richard Hodshon, one old angell besides the reward of my trusty friends for writing of my said will.

I give to my two madens now being my servants, 20s. a piece.

I give unto Richard Brakenby, 10s.

I give to my daughter, Elizabeth Bewick,[3] one milk cow.

I give to Elioner Dixkynson, daughter to William Dixkinson, one demey belt that I bought last which cost 16s.


  • William Browne,[6]
  • William Selbe,[2]
  • John Horne.

  1. Hodgson, J.C. (1906). "Will of Eleanor Cook," in Wills and Inventories from the Registry at Durham, III, p. 46 - 47. Surtees. Google Books.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Space: Selby pedigrees
    Hasler, P.W. (1981). "Selby, William I (c.1527-1613), of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumb.," in The History of Parliament: the House of Commons 1558-1603. HOP. Web.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 Space: Bewick pedigrees
  4. 4.0 4.1 Space: Ogle
    see Clement Ogle of South Dissington, Northumb., Ogle-1191
  5. Space: Hilton pedigrees
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Space: Brown Name Study

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