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Will of Thomas Lincolne of Watton, 1647

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This is a transcription of the register copy of the will of Thomas Lincolne of Watton, Norfolk, butcher. It was written on 26 December 1646 but does not seem to have been formally published as Thomas' last will, as it was certified by a Notary Public on the 19 May 1647 with "the said testator Thomas Lincolne beinge then very sicke & weake in body".
The will was proved at the Archdeaconry Court of Norwich sitting at Norwich on 14 June 1647. [1]

The testator was the brother and executor of Henry Lincolne whose will was proved in 1640.

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 was legible.

Persons mentioned:

  • Jane my beloved wife
  • Bridgett my daughter the wife of John Atmere
  • John Atmere husband of Bridgett Lincolne
  • Jane my daughter the wife of Matthew Atmere
  • Matthew Atmere Husband of Jane Lincolne
  • Thomas Lincolne my grandchild the sonne of John Lincolne my sonne deceased under the age of 24 years
  • John Lincolne testator's son, deceased
  • Geo: Lawes witness in 1646
  • Geo; Hobart witness in 1646
  • Anne Lawe witness in 1646
  • Simon Salter witness in 1647
  • Nathaniell Cooper witness in 1647
  • Wm Clements notary publique 1647

In the Name of God Amen
The six & twentieth day of December in

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the twoe & twentieth yeare of the Raigne
of our most gracious Soverainge lord Charles
by the grace of god of England Scotland
France & Ireland kinge defender of the
faith &c Anno d[omi]ni 1646 I Thomas
Lincolne of Watton in the County of
Norff butcher beinge in health of bodye
& p[er]fecte remembrance praised be Almighty
god doe make & ordaine this my last will &
testament in manner & forme followinge
utterly disannullinge & settinge void All
other wills by me formerly made vizt [2]
First I bequeath my soule into the hands
of Almighty god my heavenly father
verely hopeinge of Salvac[i]on through the
merritts of JESUS CHRIST my onely
Saviour And my body to be buried in
Christian buriall where & when it shall
please God And for my Worldy goodes
with which it hath pleased God to indowe
mee in this life I dispose of them as
followeth vizt I give & bequeath All
my houses lands & tenements Meadowes
& pastures withall & singular there

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App[u]rtenances lyeing & beinge in Watton
aforesaid & in Carbrooke to Jane my
beloved wife To have & to hold the whole
terme of her Naturall life she maynteyninge
& keepinge all the houses thereupon built
in sufficient rep[ar]ac[i]ons And doeing nor
sufferinge noe shropp nor waste upon the
said pr[e]misses And after my said wifes
decease I give & bequeath all the said
pr[e]misses unto my two daughters vizt to
Bridgett my daughter the wife of John
Atmere and Jane my daughter the wife
of Matthew Atmere & to there heires
for ever Upon Condic[i]on followinge vizt
That they my daughters aforesaid doe pay
or cause to be payde unto Thomas Lincolne
my grandchild the sonne of John Lincolne
my Sonne deceased The whole some of
Forty poundes of lawfull money of England
to be aid to him or his Assignes on the
porch of the p[ar]ishe Church of Watton when
he shall attaine to the full age of fower &
twenty yeares But if it shall happin that

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default be made in payment of the said
some of forty poundes to be paid to the said
Thomas Lincolne as aforesaid That then
my will & minde is that the said Thomas
or his Assignes into All & singular the pr[e]misses
aforesaid shall enter & the same to have hold
& Inioy untill he or his Assignes be fully
satisfied & paid the said some of Forty pounds
withall such charges in the law as he or his
Assignes shall dispend in reconninge of the
same But if the said Thomas shall happen
to depart this life before he shall attayne to
the age of fower & twenty yeares as aforesaid
That then my minde is that this legacye of
fortie poundes shall not be paid,

And all my
Goodes Cattells & Chattells what soever I
give & bequeath to Jane my wife aforesaid
whome I ordaine & make sole executrix of
this my last will & testament And she to
take my Debts & pay my debts & decently to
bring my body to the Earth when it shall
please god to call me In witnes whereof
I have sett my hand & seale to these pr[e]sents
the day & yeare first above written Sign[ed]
Thomas Lincoln testatoris

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pronounced & declared to be his last will
& testament In the presence of Geo: Lawes
Geo; Hobart Anne Lawe

Published afterwards the xix th day of
May 1647 In the presence of us Simon
Salter, Nathaniell Cooper & Wm Clements
notary publique The said testator Thomas
Lincolne beinge then very sicke & weake in
body but of good & p[er]fecte minde & memory

Probate [abstracted from the Latin] granted at Norwich on 14 day of June AD 1647 to Jane Lincolne widow, relict of Thomas Lincolne the testator, and the executrix named in the will.


  1. Will of Thomas Lincolne of Watton, 1647 Archdeaconry Court of Norwich (ANW), ANW, will register, 1646-1647, fo. 231, no. 117. Norfolk Record Office, Norwich, Norfolk, England. Family Search: Regd. copy wills, v. 49 1646-1647 Images on Family Search image 262 onwards Accessed 30 January 2022
  2. abbreviation of the Latin videlicet = namely

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