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Will of Thomas Ashe of Batcombe, Somerset, 1558

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Date: 1558 to 1558
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This is a transcript of the will of Thomas Ashe, clothmaker, of Batcombe, Somerset, England. His will was dated 12 September 1558 and proved in the Prerogative Court of Canterbury on 29 October 1558. Source: The National Archives (UK), PROB 11/41/215.

The transcript retains the original spelling, capitalisation and punctuation. Paragraph breaks and headings have been added to improve readability.


In the name of god amen the xith daye of Septemb[er] in the year of our lorde god a thousannde five hundred fiftie and eight and in the vth and vj yeres of the Reigne of our dradde Soveraine lorde and ladye Philipp and Mary by the grace of god king and Quene of Inglande Spayne Frannce Both Sicilies hurulsalem and Ireland defendours of the faithe Archedukes of Austoria Dukes of Millayn Burgpndy and Brabannte Counties of haspurge Flanders and Tirroll

I Thomas Ashe of Batcomb In the Countie of Somersett cloathe maker seeke and weake of bodie and nev’thelesse thankes be to allmighti god hole of mynde and in good and parfite remembrannce Doo make and ordayne this my present testament contayning my last will in manner & fourme following – that is to say.

First and principallie I bequeath my soule unto allmighti god. And my bodie to be buried in the Churche of Batcombe Item I bequeath unto Sainte Andrewes churche of Welles xijd Item I bequeath unto the hiegh crosst light of Batcombe xijd Item I bequeath to the churche of Batcomb xxs. Item I bequeathe to the torche light of Batcombe xijd.

Item I bequeath unto John Ashe my sonne xij penny hew cloathes. Item I bequeathe unto my daughter Joane one hundred mrcs in monye Item I bequeathe unto Christian thelder my daughter one hundred mrcs in money Item I beqth unto my daughter Christian the younger one hundred mrcs in money.

Item I bequeath unto Annes Bysy vjl xiijs iiijd Item I bequeathe unto Philipp Bysy my sonne in lawe and his wife vjl xiijs iiijd. Item I bequeath unto their twoo Sonnes that is to say John thelder and John the younger vjl xiijs iiild eqallie distributed.

Item I bequeathe unto Agnes Hayes xxs. Item I bequeath unto Joanne Hayes xxs. Item I bequeathe unto John Haies xxs. Item I bequeath unto Thomas Newman xxs. Item I beqth unto Water Hayes xxs. Item I bequeath to John Carpinter xxs. Item I bequeathe unto John Baker xxs. Item I bequeath unto Water Figgur xxs. Item I bequeath unto Elizabeth Gifford vjs viijd. Item I beqth unto John Morgan xxs. It I bequeth unto ev’ye of my godchildren xijd.

Overseers John Ashe my sonne and Philipp Bisse.

Also I give and bequeath unto Thomas my sonne my lande lying in Batcomb In the Countie of Somersett. And also my land in Mapowder in the Countie of Dorst

The Residue of all my goods and Cattall moveable and unmoveable not yet bequeathed in this my last will and testament my Funeralles and obsequyes Doon and my dettis paide I Doo comitte unto thands and custodye of John Bisse of Stoke Saincte Michaell and John Dyar of Wyncanton gentleman whom I doo by this my last will and testament constitute governours unto Thomas my son untill the tyme the saide Thomas my sonne shall come to and be of thage of xxj yeres.

And furthermor’ I doo comitte unto thands and custodie of the said governors all such my bargaynes as after my decease shall also come to thands of Tho[m]as my sonne. They to receave and take all thissues and profittes as shall growe of the same untill the said Thomas my sonne shall come and be of the full age of xxj yeres.

And when my said Sonne shall come of the full age of xxj yeres Thenne my will and intent is that the said governors shall deliv’ over all suche goods and Cattall as shall come into their hands togither with thissues and proffittes of all such bargaynes as they the said governors have receyved wch said Thomas my sonne I Doo by this my present last will and testament ordaine and constitute my hole executor he then to dispoase for my soule helth as he shall seame best.

Item my will and my intent is, that if my Sonne Thomas Dye before he come to the foresaid age of xxj yeres That then the said governours doo redeliv’ all suche goods issues and profittes unto all my children then beinge alive by eqall pouconnes divided.

Being witness to thies wourds before rehersed being my last will John Tollar Curate. Richard Miller and Philipp Biss


Vicesimonono Die mensis Octobris Anno Domini Millum quingenum Vviij Emanat. Comissio Johann Bisse Suprusori[?] in testamento dcd defuncti ad adminstrand bona iura et credita, minori etate Thome Ashe iunior filij ac executor &c duran[?] de bene &c Ac de pleno et fideli inventario &c Necnon de pleno et vero compoto redd[endo]. &c. iurat.

[Translation: Twenty ninth day month October the year of our lord 1558 John Bisse [?] the will of the deceased commissioned to administer the goods, rights and credits [during?] the minority of Thomas Ashe the younger, son and executor etc [?] properly etc And a full and faithful inventory etc As well as rendering a full and true account etc sworn.]

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