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Will of Leonard Gillman of Caston, Norfolk. 1634

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This is a transcription of the original will of Leonard Gillman a yeoman of Caston, Norfolk. It was written on 9 September 1634 and proved at the Archdeaconry of Norwich Court sitting at Watton on 3 February 1634/5. [1]

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.
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.
Persistent spelling of there and their as ther (transcribed as ther)

Persons mentioned:

  • John Gillman my sonn
  • Robert Gillman my sonn
  • Robert George tenant of premises in Caston belonging to Testator
  • Edward Gillman my nephew
  • Lawrence Gillman my sonn
  • Elizabeth my wife exexutrix of will
  • Rose Turner my Aunte
  • John Canham witness
  • Bartholomew Audis witness
  • John Hooke witness

In the name of God Amen
the ninth day of September in the yeare of
the reigne of our Sovereigne Lord Charles by
the grace of god of England Scotland France
& Ireland Kinge Defender of the faith &c the
tenth Anno Dom[ini] 1634 I Leonard Gillman of
Caston in the county of Norffs yeoman although
weake of body yet of p[er]fect mind & memory praysed
be allmighty god therefore doe make & declare
this my last will & testament in manner & forme
Following First I doe committ my soule into the
handes of Almighty God my maker & Creator &
to Jesus Christ my saviour & redeemer throught
whose death & passion I hope to be saved and
my body I comitt to the earth from whence itt
was taken to be buried in christian buriall att
the descression of my Executix hereafter named

[page 2]
Item I give and bequeath unto & towards the rep[ar]a
tions of the p[ar]ish Church of Caston the sume of
tenn shillings to be paid within thre mounthes
next after my decease

Item I give and bequeath
unto John Gillman & Robert Gillman my sonns
one messuage or tenem[en]t wherin one Robert
George now dwelleth with all the housses & bildings
together with the hemplands & yards thereunto
belonging situate lieing & being in Caston afore

Item I give and bequeath unto John Gilman
& Robert Gillman my sonns one close called birds
close one midow called bridge als brigg meadow
therunto next adioyning & one meadow called the
round meadow therunto neare adoiyning & also
one other meadow called the longe meadow ther
unto allsoe neer adioyning lying in Caston aforesaid
after the decease of Edward Gillman my nephew
& if itt shall happen that the said Edward Gillman
shall dep[ar]t this his naturall life before my said sonn
John or Robert shall attayne & be of the age of one
& twenty yeares then my will & meaning is that
Elizabeth my wife shall have hold & inioye [2] the
said messuage & pr[e]misses last resited to her &
her assignes untill my said sonn John or Robert
shall attayne & be of the age of one & twenty yeares
she keeping the same in all needful & nessesary
rep[ar]ation And then I give and bequeath the said
lands meadows & Tenements last resited unto
my said sonns John & Robert & ther heyres for

Item I give & bequeath unto Lawrence
Gillman my sonn one meadow lying in Caston

[page 3] called & knowne by the name of hard meadowe
after the decease of one Edward Gillman my
nephew upon these conditions & not otherwise
vids that the said Lawrence Gillman shall pay
or cause to be payd unto his two brothersbretheren John
Gillman & Robert Gillman the sume of tenn
pounds to every of them to be payd within sixe
mounthes next after the decaese of Edward
Gillman my nephew but if itt shall happen
that the said Lawrence shall not pay the said
sume of twenty pounds unto John & Robert as
aforesaid then my will & mind is that they
my sonns John & Robert shall have the saide
meadow called the Hard meadow to them & ther heyers forever
and if it shall happen that all my said sonns
shall depart ther naturall lifes afore that
they shall attayne unto ther said lands then
my will and mind is that Elizabeth my wife shall
have all ther said lands which I have former
ly given them to hir & her heyers for ever

Item I give & bequeath all my goods & cattells
housse hold stuffe & Implements of household
stuffe unto Elizabeth my wife & I doe appoynte
her sole Executrix of this my last will and
testament And lastly I give & bequeath unto
Rose Turner my Aunte the sume of tenn shillings
to be payd within thre mounthes next after my
decease In Witnes wherof I have hereunto
sette my hand & seale the day & yeare first a
bove written Leonard Gillman sealed published
p[ro]nounced declared & delivered in the pr[e]sent of us
John Canham Bartholomew Audis John Hooke
John Hook mark

Probate [abstracted from the Latin] granted at Watton the third day of February 1634 English style, to the Executrix named in this Testament.


  1. Will of Leonard Gillman of Caston 1634
    ANW, will register, Gray, fo. 364, no. 335 Item 1634
    Part of Archdeaconry of Norwich Probate Records: Will
    Family Search Film # 008472747 images 407 onwards Accessed 5 February 2022
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