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Will of Sampson Gilmyn of Shipdham 1558

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This is a transcription of the register copy of the will of Sampson Gilmyn of Shipdham. It was written on 27 January 1558/9 and proved at the Archdeaconry Court of Norfolk sitting at Hengham (Hingham) on 14 March 1558/9 by Thomas Walsingham acting on behalf of the executor Raff Gilmyn who was also near death. [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 (where present) 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.

Persons mentioned:

  • Raffe my sonne main beneficiary of will and executor
  • Elizabeth Scotte my goddawghter
  • David Vines supervisor of will
  • Wll[ia]m Len[er]son witness
  • Rob[er]t Bullocke witness
  • Stephen Porker witness
  • Rychard Rose witness
  • Thomas Walsingh[a]m witness. Acted as a procurator for Raffe Gilmyn at the Archdeaconry Court when he was too unwell to attend.
  • Thomas Orines wtiness

In the name of god Amen in the yere
of owr Lorde god mt ccccc lviij th the xxvii th
daye of Jannarye I Samson Gilmyn of
Shipdh[a]m beinge whole of mynde and in p[er]fect
rememberance thanks be unto god ordeyn[e] and
make this my testament and laste will as
hereafter followith That is to saye First I
bequeth my sowle unto god almightye to owr
Ladye Saynte Marye and to all the blessed
companye of heaven and my bodye to be
buryed in the churche yarde of Shipdh[a]m
aforesayed unto the which high alter I
gyve and bequeth viijd

Item I geve and

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bequeth to be Distributed amonge the pore people
in Shipdham at my buryall Daye at home at
ther howses three pownds in this man[ner] followinge
that is to saye to three score of the porest howsholds
xijd a howseholde

It[e]m I will have bestowed at
my buryall Daye in meate and drynke for my
neighburs xxs

It[e]m I will have bestowed at my
seventh daye amonge the pore people xxs in
bread and drynke as myne executore shall thincke

It[e]m I gyve unto Raffe my sonne and his
heirs all my howse and Lands Scituate lyeinge
and being in Shipdham and Karbroke as well free
and charter holde as also copye and Custamarye
holde and lease holde

It[e]m I gyve unto Elizabeth
Scotte my goddawghter xlL to be payed her at
the age of xxti yere

It[e]m I gyve unto ev[er]yone
of my other godchildren xijd

All the resydewe
of my goods and catalls not before bequethed
I gyve them unto Rafe my sonne whom I ordeyn[e]
and make my sole executore And I ordayne
Davyd Vines sup[er]vysore and I gyve the sayed
David Vines for his paynes xls These being
Wytnes Wll[ia]m Len[er]son Rob[er]t Bullocke Stephen
Porker Rychard Rose Thomas Walsingh[a]m and
Thomas Orines with others

Probate [in Latin] was made of this testament at Hengham sworn before John Barne, Master of Arts at the Commissary Court of the Archdeaconry of Norfolk on xiiij day of March AD 1558 Person appearing was Thomas Walssingham, procurator, for "the executor named in the will"

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