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Will of John Aishe of Bristol, 1579

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This is a transcript of the will of John Aishe (also Ashe, Ayshe), merchant, of Bristol, England. His will was dated 9 October 1578 (20 Elizabeth) and proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 29 May 1579. Source: The National Archives (UK), PROB 11/61/277.

The transcript retains the original spelling, capitalisation and punctuation. Paragraph breaks and headings have been added to improve readability.

Will

In the name of God Amen The ninthe daye of October in the Twentieth yeare of the Reigne of oure most gracious sou’ergne Ladye Elizabeth Quene of Englande &c I John Aishe of the Citie of Bristowe marchaunt doe ordaine and make my last will and testament in man’ and forme folloowinge

Firste I bequeath and comitt my soule to Almightie god hopinge by thoulye mearitts and passion of Christe Jesus to be saved / And my bodie I leave to be comitted to the earthe in the pishe Churche of Swarboroues in decent man’ wth out vaine pompe or ceremonie as to the discreation of myne Executor shall seme good /

Item I give and bequeath to my eldest Daughter Marye Aishe the some of one hundred markes in money the same to be paide at the daye of her marriage And yf the saide Marye doe happen to dye and decease before here tyme of mariage: Then I will and appointe that the same Some of money shall equally be and remaine to such oth’ of my Daughters as then shalbe livinge, and to be to them paide as oth’ theire Legacies given by this my will shoulde or ought to be /

Item I geve and bequeath unto Anne Aishe my seconde Daughter, her execut and assignes, All my state, title, interest, and terme of yeares that I have yetto come and unexpired of and into one messuage or tene beinge in Smalestreete in the saide Cittie of Bristowe and all my wainscot and Drapie glasse and bedsteed ther and iron and the greate Cheste in the hall and all table board /

And also I give and bequeathe unto the same Anne my daughter the some of one hundred markes in money: To be paid at the Daye of her marriage, or her age of Twentie one yeares, wch firste happen And the wch her legacie to be committed to the cutodie of Richard Cole my ov’seer / And if the saide Anne happen to die before her age of Twentie and one yeares or her time of marriage: Then I will that the yeares and effects that then shalbe to come of the said Tenement in Smalestreet and the saide some of money to her given shall equally be and remaine to suche other of my daughters as then shalbe livinge And the money to be paide as other theire legacies shoulde be

Item I give and bequeath to Elizabeth Aishe my Thirde Daughter A Cheste in the forestreate Chamber in Smalestreet and also the Sume of one hundred markes in money to be her paide at her age of twentie one yeares ior her time of marriage wch first shall happen And if the saide Elizabeth happen to die before her age of Twentie one yeares or her time of marriage: Then I will that the same somme of money shall remaine and be to the saide Anne Aishe my daughter yf she be then livinge and if not than to Marie Aishe my said Daughter yf she be then livinge yf not then to such other as to my Executor shall seme good /

And whereas Ales my wief is nowe wth Childe if god sende her to be deliv’ed of A Daughter Then I geve and bequeath to that Daughter the some of one hundred m’kes to be paide at her age of Twentie one yeares or daie of marriage wch first shall happen : And if such daughter shall happen to dye before her age of Twentie one yeares or her time of marriage Then the said some so to her given to remaine and be to the executor of this my Last will and Testament

Item all the rest of my goods and Chattells Reall and psonall aswell that wch I have wth out the Realme of Englande as that wch I have wth in this Realme not by this my Last will and Testament before given and bequeathed I doe by this my saide will geve and bequeath unto the said Alis my wief upon this condicon that the saide Alice my wief wth in Fower monethes next after my decease shall dischardge and make voide all obligacons Recognizannces Statutes and other writinges obligatons whatsoev’ wherein or whereby I my self only as also my self wth oth’s doe stande boundeneyth to the Chamber of the Citie of Bristowe or to anie oth’ pson or psonnes whatsoev’ and upon like Condicon I ordaine and make the saide Alis my wief the sole executrix of this my Last will and Testament

And yf the saide Alice my wief wth in the time aforsaide Doe not make voide and dischardge the saide all bondes and writinges obligatone aforenamed according to the trewe intent of this my saide will or if the saide Ales my wief do refuse to take uppon her to be executrix of this my saide will or doe dye before she have dischardges the saide writings obligatione: Then I ordaine and make my welbeloved broth’ Thomas Aishe my sole executor of this my Last will and Testament, and doe geve and bequeath to the saide Thomas Aishe my brother all such goods and Chattells Reall and psonall as by this my Last will and Testament were before limited and appointed or bequeathed to the said Alice my wief /

And Finally of this my Last will and Testament I ordaine and appointe ov’seers for the better pformannce thereof my brother in Law Richarde Cole and Thomas Aldmth And also so longe as my said wife doe pforme the intent of my saide will my mynde is that my said broth’ shalbe also an ov’seer of the same

I[n] witness hereof I have subscribed my name and setto my Seale The Daye and yeare above written / Item I geve and bequeath to the poore people in Bristowe Five poundes to be distributed as to the discreation of my ov’seers shalbe thought good By me John Aishe / Item witnesses to this will Tho: Aishe Thomas Alworthe Richarde Cole Edmonde Smithe Symon Aldworthe ./

Probate

Probatum fuit hmod Testamentum Apud London Coram magro Willmo Drurye legum Doctore Curie Prerogative Cantuarien Comissario Vicesimo nono die Maij Anno Dm Millimo Quingentesimo Septuagesimo nono Iuramento Thome Aishe Executoris in hmod testo nomt / Cui Comissa fuit Admi’straco &c De bene &c / Ad Sca Dei Evangelia Iurat ./

[Translation: This will was proved at London before Master William Drurye, doctor of laws, Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on the 29th day of May in the year of the lord 1579 on the oath of Thomas Aishe executor named in the will / to whom administration was granted etc well etc / sworn on the holy gospels.]





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