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Will of John Ryse or Ryce of Carbrooke, 1551

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This is a transcription of the register copy of the will of John Ryse (spelled Ryce in the will) of "Carbroke" (Carbrooke), Norfolk.
The will was written on 10 October 1551 and proved at the Archdeaconry Court of Norwich sitting at Watton, Norfolk on 26 November 1551. [1]

Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as per the original document.
Paragraph breaks at change of bequest, and bold text are my own for ease of reading.
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] The image quality was good, and the handwriting also good for the time. Many non-standard spellings and arcane words used.

Persons mentioned in order of appearance:

  • Rose my wyef
  • Anne my doughter
  • Laurens my sonne
  • John my eldest sonne the testator appeared to have two sons named John
  • youngest John my sonne
  • Anne my dowghter
  • Hewghe my sonne
  • Johan my dowghter
  • Alice my dowghter
  • Richard my sonne residuary legatee and executor of will
  • Thomas Ryce my brother other executor of will
  • Robert Downinge witness
  • John Yves witness
  • Robert Payon witness

In the name of God Amen the
x day of Octobre in the yere of our
Lord god mt CCCCC Lj I John Ryce
of Carbroke beinge and of good and hole
mynde laude be to god make thys my
testament and Last wyll in man[ner]
and forme folowynge Fyrst

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I bequethe my sowle to almyghtye god my body
to be buryed in the churche yard of Carbroke
a forsayd

Item I geve to the poore mens boxe
of the seyd p[ar]ishe xxd Item I bequethe to the
hyghe alter for my tythes noclygently [2] forgotten
and not payd xijd

Item I wyll that Rose my
wyef shall have my tenement called Dycalles
to her and to her heyres and assignes and
I wyll that There shalbe sett upe a suffycyent
dwelllinge howse wythe a Chymnye and a Cha[m]bre
at the ende wythe a saller [3] at the cost and
charge of my executors

It[e]m I geve to
Rose my wyef ij nette [4] the one a blake [5] and
the other a Redd dowed farrowe and
some mele [6] and wynter wete tyll the
howse be fenished It[e]m I wyll that her land
shalbe tylled yerlye as yt shalbe mete for
the grayne that shalbe sowen as Longe as
she kepe hyr a wedowe at the Coste and
Charge of my executor It[e]m I geve to
Rose my wyef all my brasse savynge the
best cawdern It[e]m I geve Rose my
wyef all my pewter upon condyc[i]on that

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she shall geve Anne my doughter ij platters
of pewter

It[e]m I bequethe to Laurens
my sonne the youngest blake dowed bulocke

It[e]m I bequethe to John my eldest sonne
the eldest blake dowed bulocke

It[e]m I
beqethe to youngest John my sonne a
Redd bulocke

It[e]m I beqethe to Anne
my dowghter a blond dowed bulocke

It[e]m I bequethe to Hewghe my sonne
xls to be payd after my purthes be
dyscharged xiijs iiijd yerly tyll the sayd
som[me] of xls be payd

It[e]m I bequethe
to eldest John my sonne v marks of
good and Lawfull mony of England

I bequethe to Lawrens my sonne v ma[r]ke[s]

It[e]m I bequethe to youngest John my sonne
v marke to be payd after my purthes to
yche of them xiijsiiijd yerly tyll they
be payd and yf it Channce any of
them to dep[ar]te the worlde before they
be payd that thenn I wyll th[a]t the mony
shalbe p[ar]ted amonge the Resydue th[a]t
lyve and yf it chance that they

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dep[ar]te the world bothe sonne and dowghters
that then I wyll that Rose my Wyef shall
have xls of the monye

It[e]m I bequethe to
Johan my dowghter xls and a bulocke

I bequethe to Alice my dowghter xls

It[e]m I
bequethe to Ann my dowghter xls to be
payd to eyther of them x yerly tyll they
be payed after my purthes be dyscharged

I bequethe to Rose my wyef ij bushells
of wheate a combe of Rye a seme of

It[e]m I bequethe to Lawrens my
sonne a gray mare colte of a yere olde
and the vantage

It[e]m I wyll that Rychard
my sonne shall have my howse and lande
not bequethed to the p[er]formance of thys
my wyll the Resydue of all my goods note
bequethed I put in the good dysposyc[i]on
of my executors whome I ordey[ne] Richard
my sonne and Thomas Ryce my brother
and I geve to the seyd Thomas for his labor vjs viijd

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It[e]m I wyll that Rose my wyef shall have
halfe the hempe that growe thys yere

I wyll that Rose my wyef shall have hyr
dwellinge tyll hyr howse be fynyshed and
the hempland the space of ij yeres

I bequethe to Rose my wyef my bedd th[a]t
I lye on and all that therto be longynge

It[e]m I wyll that Rose my wyef shall have
th[at] yere that hyr lande ys sowen wythe
wynter corne she shall have vj bushells
of barlye and when the Land ys sowen
wyth Barlye she shalhave a combe of
Rye as Longe as she kepe hyr a wydowe
These wytnes Robert Downinge John
Yves Robert Payon

Probate [abstracted from the Latin] in the reign of Edward VI .... 26 November AD 1551... at Watton... administration to Richard the executor named in the Testament


  1. Will of John Ryce (Ryse) of Carbroke (Carbrooke) 1551 Archdeaconry Court of Norwich, will register, Woodcocke 1551-1553, folio 81. Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Images on FamilySearch film 173279 Accessed 25 January 2022
  2. negligently
  3. Cellar ?
  4. nette = neat = cattle
  5. black
  6. meal

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