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Will of Phillip Mayowe 1590

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The Will of Phillip Mayowe of East Lowe, Cornwall - 7 August 1590.

In the name of god Amen. The seaventh day of
August one thousand fyve hundred nynety, And in the two and thirtith yeare of the raigne
of our most gratious and soveraigne Ladie Elizabeth by the grace of God Quene of England
Ffrance and Ireland defender of the faith, [?] I Phillipp Mayowe of Eastloowe in the
countie of Cornewall marchante havinge perfect remembraunce thankes be to God whoe
is th only health of the lyvinge and the everlastinge life of those which die in him by fayth
do by his permission make this my present testament declaringe therein my last will to be and
stand for ever and none other. Ffirst accordinge to the dutie of ech Christian I commend my soule
to God. and my bodie to the earth. And concerninge the guift and disposition of all and singular
my goods cattells and chattells whatsoever I give and dispose them in mannor and forme as
followeth. That is to saye I give towarde the reparacons of Loowe bridge twenty shillings
currante money of England and towarde the releefe of the poore people in Eastlowe other twentie
shillinge of life [like?] good money Also I devise bequeath and appointe to John Mayowe the sonne of
John Mayowe my sonne deceased tenne pounde currant money of England. To Alice Mayowe
his sister fyve poundes of life [like?] good money these somes to be paid to them when and as they
be marryed or severally accomplish and be of th age of twentie yeares and not before
provided allwayes and neverthelesse my will entente mynd and meaninge is that if both or
any one of my saide sonnes children beforenamed fortune to die before marryage or not beinge
of the age of twenty yeares then the sommes of money devised or bequeathed to him her or
them soe dienge shall be equally rateable and apportionable paid and devised to and amonge
Johane Mayowe and Elizabeth Mayowe the daughters of my said [^^decesed?^^] sonne John Mayowe
or to such one of them as shall be then lyvinge Also I give and bequeath to Anne Mayowe
twenty shillings Johane Mayowe twenty shillings and Elizabeth Mayowe other twenty shills
Also I give and bequeath to Stephen Meddopp the yonger twentie shillings. The residue
of all my goodes cattells chattells and debts whatsoever my debts legacies and funeralls
first deducted paied and satisfied according to th entente of this my will I wholly give devise
bequeath and appointe to Phillipp Mayowe And I ordaine name and appointe him to bee
the sole exectutor of this my present testament to dispose thereof as by his discretion shalbe
thought expediente. And becase I am desireouse that this my exent[?] testament and every gift
or legacie therein given may be sorted and effected accordinge to my true entente and meaninge
I doe by theis presente appointe and name John Rasheleygh of Ffoye gentleman and Stephen
Meddopp th elder Rector of St Martens to be the overseers of of this my said will and testamente
And to them I recommende my whole trust and whatsoever authoritie in course of lawe to see the
same effectually performed and accordinge to my trewe entente and meaninge And doe by these
presente give and bequeath to every of them ffowerty shillings currant money of England in
regarde of theire paines and travell to be taken in this behalfe. And for the further trothe[?]
hereof I have to this my testamente indented which remaineth in my chest under my custody
put to my hand and seale given at Eastloowe abovesaid the day and yeare above written by me
Phillipp Mayowe. Sealed and subscribed by the within named Phillipp Mayowe th eld in [presence?]
of us[?] Thomas Jenanet, Thoma Cedre[?] William Web, the signe of Jane Cornettie[or Cornellis?] Widdowe.

(transcribed by Alison Palmer)[1]

(Note: The names of beneficiaries have been highlighted in bold text here for ease of reading. The bottom signatures are likely Thomas Deranet, Thomas Ordre, William Webb, and Jane Cornellis as transcribed by Samways)


The following translation of the probatum in latin was taken from Cornwall-OPC (transcribed by Richard Samways):[2]

"The aforesaid will was proved in London before the Venerable Master William Lewin, Doctor of Laws, appointed to exercise the office of Master, Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, on the third day of the month of November in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred and ninety, on the oath of Thomas Willett, notary public, proctor for Phillip Mayowe, son and executor named in this will, to whom was granted the administration of the goods, rights and credits of the said deceased, having been sworn on the Holy Gospels well and faithfully to administer."


  1. England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858 [database on-line]. Ancestry.com. Phillipi Mayowe; Residence: Eastloowe, Cornwall, England; Probate Date: 3 Nov 1590; Death Year: Abt 1590 (accessed 5 Aug 2021); citing The National Archives; Kew, Surrey, England; Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, Series PROB 11; Class: PROB 11; Piece: 76
  2. Source: CRO; Rref No.: WM/410; Title: Will, Phillip Mayowe, merchant, of East Looe; Date Proved: 7 Aug 1590 via https://www.cornwall-opc-database.org/home/ - Details; Transcription (accessed 9 Aug 2021)

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