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Will of William Bickley, dyer of London, 1635

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This is a transcription of the original will of William Bickley presented for probate at the Court of the Diocese of London. [1]

The will was written on 10 September 1634 (probably by a professional scrivener) and probate was granted on 31 July 1635.

Persons named:

  • Lady Ridgely deceased: Elizabeth Ridgely or Rudgeley was born Elizabeth Bickley and was William's paternal aunt. She died in 1630 at Over in Cambridgeshire. No mention is made of this bequest of £100 in her PCC will.
  • Francis Bickely: William's paternal uncle, later Sir Francis Bickley Bt.
  • Jane Bickley: William's mother
  • Katherine Lee, widow
  • William's sisters
    • Margaret
    • Thomasin
    • Elizabeth
    • Emye (probably Amy, the name of William's paternal grandmother)
    • Jane
  • Gilbert Cliter also spelled Cleter in the probate statement, William's brother in law.

Spelling, punctuation and line breaks are as per the original will.
Capital F is rendered as F rather than ff.
Abbreviations are expanded in [square brackets].
Paragraph breaks and bold text for names are my own for ease of reading.

In the name of God Amen, the Tenth daie of September in ye
yeare of our Lord God one thowsand Six hundred thirtie and foure, And in the Tenth yeare
of the raigne of our Soveraigne Lord King Charles of England &c I William
Bickely of London, Dyer, being at this present sick and weake in bodie, but of good
and p[er]fect minde and memorie praised be god therefore , doe make, and ordaine
this my laste Will, and Testament in manner, and forme following (that
is to saie) first and principally I Comitt and Comend my soule into the
mercifull hands of allmightie god that gave it; And my bodie to the
earth from whence it came; And as touching the Disposition of such
worldly substance as god hath end[o]wed mee withall I give, and bequeathe
the same, as followeth, Imprimis' whereas my late Ante the Lady
Ridgeley deceased did in and by her laste Will give, and bequeath unto
me the said William the some of One hundred pounds w[hi]ch is, and
remaineth in the hands of my uncle Francis Bickley of London
Drap[er], I give and bequeath the same as followeth; First I give and
bequeath unto my loveing mother Jane Bickley Thirtie pounds
thereof, Alsoe I give and bequeath unto Mris.Katherine Lee
widdowe dwelling in Minshing lane London, [2] Five pounds; the rest
and residue of the said some of One hundred pounds
being Threescore, and five pounds, I give and bequeathe to
and amongst my sisters (that is to saie) Margarett
Thomasin, Elizabeth, Emye, and Jane, equally to be
devided to and amongst them parte and parte like;
Executor of this my Will, I name and appointe my loveing
brother in lawe Gilbert Cliter Citizen and Clothworker
of London, hopeing that he will be Carefull to see this my
Will p[er]formed, as my trust is in him; In witnes
that this is my laste Will, and Testament I have hereunto
sett my hand and Seale, the daie and Yeare first
above written

X ye ma[r]ke of the saied William Bickley

Sealed and delivered on the presence of Jo: Hutton Scr [3]

J T ye ma[r]ke of John Thorne

Probate [in Latin in the left hand margin] on the ultimo (last) day of July 1635 to Gilbert Cleter executor


  1. Will of William Bickeley 1635: London Metropolitan Archives and Guildhall Library Manuscripts Section, Clerkenwell, London, England; Reference Number: Ms 9172/43; Will Number: 110 Ancestry Sharing image accessed 14 September 2021
  2. probably Mincing Lane
  3. Scr - probably scrivener

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