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Will of Isabell Cowper 1542

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This is a transcription of the original will of Isabel Cowper of Hingham. It was written on 24 August 1542[1]

The image quality was fair and the handwriting very legible.
Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as per the original document.
Crossings through have been included struck out
Paragraph breaks at change of bequest, and bold text are my own for ease of reading.
Where present, the obsolete letter Thorn has been rendered as th, and ff has been rendered as F
Abbreviations and breviographs have been expanded in [square brackets]

Persons mentioned:

  • Isabell Cowper of Hengham
  • Thomas Woodcocke of Hengham
  • Raffe Moore, parrish priest of Hengham, witness
  • Agnes Baker, witness
  • Margaret Raben, wiff of John Raben, witness
  • John Raben


In the name of god Amen the
24th daye of the monthe of August in
the year of our Lorde god 1542
and in the 34th yere of the Reign
of our soveraiyne Lorde King Henry the
eight Isabell Cowper of Hengh[a]m in the
coun[tie] of Norff[olk] and in the Diocies of
Norwiche widowe of goode mynde and [per]fect
remember[a]nce not withstanding syck in body
make her testament and last will nuncupative
in man[ner] and forme folowyng. First she bequeathed
her soule to god almightie our Lady Saynt
Mary and to all the holy company of Heven
and her body to be buried in the church yard
of Hengham aforsayde

Also she willed to have
a priest to syng for her soule her frends
soules the space of half a yere The
residue of her goodes She gave and bequeathed
unto the disposc[i]on of Thomas Woodcocke of
Hengham aforesayde whom she named her
soole executor to dispose suche thinges

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She hadde for the health of her soule & these
living wytnessed Raffe Moore parrish
priest of Hengham Agnes Baker and
Margaret Raben the wiff of John Raben


  1. Will of Isabell Cowper 1542, Episcopal Consistory Court, Archdeaconry of Norwich Regd. copy wills vol. 43-44 1526-1546, Norwich Record Office; digital images, FamilySearch, FHL Digital Collection, DGS 8076293, image 623 of 807] Accessed 18 February 2022

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