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Will of Katherine Speed of Poulton Cheshire 1603

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This is a transcript of the will of Katherine Speed, of Poulton, Cheshire, dated 23 February 1602/3.[1]Her will was proved at Chester in 1606.[2]


In the name of god Amen the xxiijth Day of February in the yeare of o’ Lord god 1602 and in the yeare [of] the Raigne of o’ So’vainge Ladie Eliz[abeth] &c the xlvth : I Katherin Speed of Pulton in the Countie of Chester widdow beinge of a whole mind and in good and pfect memorie : Laud and prayse be to Almightie god doe make and ordeyne this my last will and Testam’ in manner and forme follo[wing]

That is to say First and principally I Comend my soule to almightie god my maker […] Redeemer, and my body to be buryed in the Chauncell of the pish Church of Pulford by my husba[nd] for and towards the reparer of wch said pish Church I give and bequeath iijs iiijd […]

It[e] I w[ill?] that all such Debts wch I owe of right to any pson or psons to be kindly and iustlye Contented and paid by my Executors herafter named.

It[e]m I give unto Henry Speed my brother in Lawe one payre of blacke breeches and one blacke dublett wch were my husbands, besides those wch my said husband gave unto him by his last will,

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto my Sonne Richard Speed all my right estate Title and terme of yeares of in and to all that my Tenemt in Pulton wherin I now Dwell wth all and singular thappurtnncs as yt was bequethed and left unto me by my husbandes last will and the same to be in full Dischardge of all […] Arrerages of xls wch was bequethed unto him by my brother David Jones to be yearly paid until him out of the Queenes mats landes in Alington, and my will is that my said sonne Richard Speed shall keepe by said brother in Law Henry Speed wth meat Drinke and lodging for the space and terme of sixe yeares next ensuinge (if the said Henry Speed so longe shall [live?]

It[e]m I doe give unto my said Sonne Richard Speed : the inheritance of all and singular my lands and Tements lyinge in Allington Gresford or els where wthin the County of Denbigh as formly yt was left and bequeathed by my Brother David Jones together wth all my estate and Title of all those landes wch I hould by lease from her matie wthin the Countie of Denbigh by paying all such Chardges as are now laid and to be laid out for the surrend[er] and paying of A new lease from her highness,

It[e]m I bequeath unto my sonne Richard [Speed?] one standing bedsted standing in the plor. One longe table standing in the howse tog[ether?] wth the benches formes and waynscote and all the Carts and Plowes wthin the Implements belonging to husbandy

It[e]m I give and bequeath Nicholas Speed my Second sonne xxli in money to be bestowed for his best benifitt at the Discreciono of my Executors hearafter named and also on fether bedd and one boulster where one I doe lye now, my best white Cov’lett and one paire Reading sheetes,

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto Katherin Speed my daughter xxxli in money to be bestowed uppon her […] her pfermt in marriage if shee doe marry wth the Consent of her Two brothers Richard Speed and David Speed, and also I give and bequeath unto her one Covlett one payre of flaxen sheets iiijo’ payre of Reading sheets, one boulster two pillowes two pillowbeeres, one beerd cloth one towell one dozen of napkins that is to say half a dozen of flaxen and half a dozen of Reading

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto Jane my daughter xs in money only in full satisfaction [of] all her Childs pte.

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto Nicholas Speed my said second son […] dublett […] payre of breeches and one hatt wch ever of his fathers best Clothes and the lesser blacke Trunck to keepe his Clothes in.

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto my sonne David Speed my gilt […]

It[e]m I give unto my sonnes Richard Speed and David Speed and to my daughters Doraity[?] and Margarett ech one of them A silver spoone,

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto the Poore people of the pish of Pulford iijs iiijd

It[e]m I give and bequeath unto the poore people of the pish of Gresford iijs iiijd

It[e]m to every one of my god Children xijd

It[e]m all the rest and residue of my goods Cattells and Chattells moveables and unmoveables not bequeathed I doe give unto my three Children Nicholas Speed Kath[erin] and Jane to be bestowed uppon them at the willes and discretions of my said Executors [… illegible…] them xs in money.

It[e]m my will is and it is my full mind that my debts and fun’rall expences shalbe dischardged out of my whole goods by my executors herafter nom[ina]ted

And […] my psent Testam I doe make and ordeyne Richard Speed and David Speed my sonnes to be my Executors, and John Manlye my sonne in Lawe ov’seer of this my will to be truly prformed and all form’ willes I doe altogether renounce and dis[…] by this my p’sent last will and Testmnt In wittnes wherof I have herunto put my hand and seale, the daie and yeare above written ./
Kath[erin?] X Speed


  1. Cheshire Wills And Probate (FindMyPast.com : accessed 29 Jun 2021) database entry for Katherine Speed, widow, residence Poulton, probate year 1606.
  2. J P Earwakter, An Index to the Wills and Inventories Now Preserved in the Court of Probate, at Chester. From A.D. 1545 to 1620, 1879, page 181 (Google Books : accessed 29 Jun 2021)

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