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- Reference: The National Archives PROB 11/37/274
- Description: Will of John Piry, Yeoman of Warminster, Wiltshire 1555
- Probate Date: 22 February 1555 (1554/5) written 1 August 1553, Codicil written [9th?] December 1554
- Draft Transcription by Helen Ford, from image on Ancestry.co.uk
- In the name of god Amen. Anno d’ni m V lij the first daye of August in the VIth yere of ye reign of our sovereign Lord Edward the Sixth by the grace of god of England France and Ireland King and here in earthe defendor off the faithe I John Piry of the town and parish of Warmister yoman in the Countie of Wylshere do make my testament and last will in manner and forme folowing being of hole and parfett remembrance .
- First I bequeath my soule to almightie god and my body to be buried in the church of Warmister
- Item I give and bequeath to the relyth of the poore foutie shillinngs.
- Item I bequeathe to the r’pa[ra]tions of the church of Warminster iiis iiijd (3s 4d)
- Item I give and bequeathe to William Piry my eldest sonne one hundreth and ten pounds of lawfull money of England
- Item I give and bequeath to Nicholas my seconde sonne one hundred and ten poundes of lawful money as aforesaid.
- item I give and bequeath to Henry my youngest sonne six score poundes of lawful money of England as aforesaid.And to every of them one goblet of silver and one silver salt and to every of them one dosen silver sponnes and to every of them one fetherbedd and one flockbedd and to any of them apparell for the same.
- Item I give and bequeathe to Willyam my sonne six_ Oxen? and a weyn and all maner of harnes belonging to the same .
- Item I give my right and title that I have in Over Brember in the countie of Hampshire after the death of Mr Anthony Harvy of the countie of Devon gentleman to William Pury the sonne of Roger Pury Marchant of Exeter.
- Item I give and bequeath to Edith [ Byell?] l five pounds of good and lawful money of England
- Item I give and bequeath to Alice Byell sister unto the said Edith five pounds of good and lawfull money as aforesaid
- Item my will is that the if it happen any of my sons as Willyam,Nicholas and Henry aforesaide to dye before th’ageof xxj yeres that they he or their parte to remayne to th’other of them for the one half and th’other half of his or their goodes and money as is above written to be bestowed to the marriage of some honest poure maydene as shalbe thought good by Phillip Cottynten and my brother John Saunders And ageyn my will is for the saffekeping of the goodes above written bequeathed to my sonnes aforesaid to be in t’handes of Elizabeth my wife untill they come unto the age of xxj yeres if she kepe herself wydowe. And if it happen her so to marrye that then thes goodes to be delyvered to th’hands [insertion: and s___] of Phillipp Cottington and John Sanders aforesaid untill these my sonnes come unto the age above written, And for th’assurance of this my will to be p’formyd those above named Phillip Cottington and John Sanders to be bounde to myne aforesaid sones to [dylvere?] these aforesaid money and goodes to them bequeathed at the age of xxj yeres.
- Item I will and my mynd is first th’above named Edith and Alice my maydens shall receive their bequests of Elizabeth my wife at the daye of their marriage.The rest of my goods not bequeathed I give and bequeath to Elizabeth my wife whom I make myne executrix. And to this witnesseth Phillip Cottington and John Sanders [with other more p’son ?]I make my overseers. By me Phillip Cottinton by me John Sanders
- Item the [ ixth?] daye of December Anno 1554 in th first & seconde yeres of our Soveraigne Lorde and Ladye Phillipp and Mary King and Quene of England France &ctr I the said John Pury do more will give and bequeath unto Willyam Pyry my eldest sonne whome I make myn heire all my lande set lying and being in the parysh of Chewstoke in the Countie of Somerset its meadows,pastures, arable landes, tenements, woods , waters and [hey___timents(hereditaments?)] with all and singuler th’appurt[en]ances w’th rents, fynes, heryotts, customs, [ ] revertions, [ ] w’th all things p’teynning unto the same that maybe [b ] or thought unto th’ said Willyam Pyry and his heires forever provided alwayse that if it happen said Wyllyam Pirey to dye w’thout heire male of his bodye lawfully begotten that then the remaynder thereof to go unto Nicholas Piry my sonne and to t’heyres of his bodie lawfully begotten, And if it happen the said Nicholas to dye w’thout heire male of his bodye lawfully begotten, that the remaynder thereof to go unto Henry Piry my sonne and to t’heyres of his bodye lawfully begotten,that then the remaynder thereof to goe unto t’heyres gen’all of th’aforesaid Willyam forever. The rest of my goods, moveable and unmoveable I give and bequeathe unto Elizabeth my wyef whome I make my executrix
- To this witnesseth Phillip Cottington and John Sannders with other whom I make my overseers by me Phillipp Cottington, by me John Sannders
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