- The National Archives, Reference: PROB 11/139/586
- Description: Will of Sir Richard Hawkins of Slapton, Devon
- Date: 13 June 1622
- transcribed by Helen M Ford fromimage on ancestry.co.uk, April 2019
- In the name of God Amen : the sixteenth day of Aprill (1622 in the twentieth yeare of the raigne of a’e sovraigne Lord James by the grace of god Kinge of England France & Ireland defender of the faith and of Scotalnd the fyve and fiftith
- I Sir Richard Hawkins of Slapton in the County of Devon Knight benig sicke & weake in body but of p’fect mynde & memory blessed be god therefore, doe hereby make ordayne & declare this to be my last will & testament in manner & fourme followinge.
- First & principally I commend my soule unto Almighty God my maker Redemer & Sanctifier hoping & beleving assuredly that through the only merrits death & resurrection of Jesus Christ I shall obtayne full& free remission & pardon of all my sinne & be made p’taker of eternall life & hapiness in the Kingdon of heaven w’th gods elect for ever And I comitt my body to the earth fromwhence it came, And after my bodye buried my will & minde is that all such debts as I shall owe to any p’son or p’sons at the tyme of my decease be first well and trulie satisfied, And touching the ordering & disposing of all such lands, grounds tenem’ts goods & chattells as it hath pleased almightie god to blesse me w’th in this life I give & bequeath the same in manner & fourme followichg.
- Item I give and bequeath unto 'Judith my well beloved wife (for during the terme of her naturall life All that my mannor & Lordshipp of Poole in the p’ish of Slapton in the County of Devon w’thall Mills Landes grounds messuages cottages tenem’ts & hereditam’ts w’th their & everry of their appurtennces to the said mannor or Lordshippe of Poole now belonging or any wise appurteyning to the said Mannor or Lordshippe of Poole unto Judith my wife (for and during the tearme of her naturall life) all other my landes tenem’ts cottages & hereditam’ts w’th th’appe’tennces situate lyeinge & benige un or about Plymouth in the County of Devon Nevertheless and uppon this condit’on followenige that she shall yearly duringe so longe tyme as my sonne John Hawkins shall remaine & dwell with his said mother allowe and paie unto my said sonne twentie pounds p’ annum of lawful money of England And if it shall happen that he shall be hereafter bee minded to lyve from her and to betake himself to some other place of Aboade or otherwise to travail or to betake himself to lyve either at the Inns of Court or at the University of Oxford or Cambridge then to paie unto my said sonne John & his assignes during such time as hee shall live from her as aforesaid, the yearlie some of forty pounds of lawfull money of England at fower if the most usuall feasts or tearmes in the yeare by even & equall porc’ons
- Item I give & bequeath ymmediatlie from & after the decease (ink blot,of?) my said wife Judith,All the said Mannnors houses or Lordshippe called Poole w’thall Mills lands, grounds messuages cottages tenem’ts & hereditam’ w’th their & every of theire appurtennces in the p’ish of Slapton And all other my said Lands teneam’ts cottages & hereditaments lyinge & benig in or about Plymouth in the County of Devon aforesaid w’th the reverc’on * reverc’ons thereof unto my said sone John Hawkings and to his heires for ever together w’th all & singular my goods chattells utensill & household stuff whatsoever provided always that my said wife may have & enioy use occupie & possesse the same goodes & chatells during hir life w’thout any interupt’on or lett of my said sone John or of any others by his pr[ ]m’t
- item I give and bequeath to my sonne Richard Hawkins and to his heires for ever All that messuage or tenement w’th th’app’tennce called Pryvill situate lyenige & benig in Alverstoke in the County of South’t w’thall lands & grounds thereunto now belonging or in any wise appteyninge
- Item I give & bequeath to Margarett Hawkins my daughter (over and above a hundred pounds legacie given her by her grandmother and a jewell of twenty pound value the some of one hundred pounds of lawfull mony of England
- Item I give & bequeath to my daughter Jane Hawkins one hundred & twenty pounds and to my youngest daughter Mary the like soie of one hundred & twenty pounds All w’ch said three severall bequests or somes of money by me given to my said three daughters as aforesaid I will shalbe paid them at sixteene yeares of age or daye of marrriage w’ch shall first happen and to be received & had out of my [ ] or [retaynm’t?] due to me from the Kings [ ] for my last servies and imploym’t do by me at Argeire And if any of my said daughters shall happen to decease or dep’te this transitorie lyfe before they shall happen to come or attayne to their said severall ages of sicteene yeares or daye of marriage as aforesaid then I wiil that the parte & porc’on of them so dyeing or deceasing as aforesaide shall remayne & come unto the others surviving [ ] p’te & p’te like by even & equall porc’ons as aforeseaid & I doe equally give to amongest my said daughters the some of one hundrede & fiftie pounds due to mee by Sir Henry Thynne knight to be paid them when & so soone as my executrix hereafter named shall happen to recover and receave the same And I make & ordayne the said Judith my loving wife sole & only executrix of this my last will and testament And I renounce & revoke all former wills by me formerly made. In witness whereof I the said Sr Richard Hawkins have hereunto sett my hand & seale the said Sixtenth day of Aprill 1622 In the twentith year of the raigen of said soveraigne Lord Jing James over England France & Ireland
- Richard Hawkins, signed dealed & delyvered in the p’sence of us Tho Button Jo Gifford Jolias Shute and Robert Holyland per____
Probate granted to Judith, relict, 13th day of June 1622