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Will of William Mosyer of London, 1614

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This is a transcript of the will of William Mosyer, citizen and cook of London, dated 4 March 1613/4.[1] Transcribed by I. Speed. Paragraph breaks have been added to improve readability.


In the name of God Amen The Fourth Day of March Anno Dm 1613 And in the yeares of the Raigne of our soveraigne Lord James by the Grace of God of England Fraunce and Ireland King Defender of the faith &c the Eleaventh And of Scotland the seaven and Fortieth, I William Mosyer Citizen and Cooke of London being sick and weake in body but of good and pfect remembraunce the lords name be therefore praysed Doe make and ordeyne this my present Testament and last Will in writinge in manner and forme following That is to say

First I commend my soule into the handes of Allmightie God Creator of me and of the whole world And unto Jesus Christ my Redeemer and unto the holy Ghost the sanctifier of me of all the elect people of God trustinge and assuredly beleevinge that by the merritts passion and pretious blood shedding of Jesus Christ my syns are cleerely remitted and pdoned and the mercy and love of God so fully purchased and purposed for me, As that after the Dissolution of these my sinfull Dayes my soule shall enioye eternall blessednes in the kingdome of heaven, My body I Committ to the earth whereof it is a member wishing that the same be buried in Christian buryall at the Discecion of myne Executrix hereafter named,

And as touching such worldly substance as it hath pleased God to make me Steward of in this life I Doe dispose of the same as followeth (vizt) First my will and my [...] all such Debts as U shall owe at the tyme of my decease shalbe first duly paid and [Discharged?] by myne Executrix hereafter named together wth my funerall expences, My debts being paid and my funerall expences beinge discharged I Doe give and bequeath as followeth (vizt)

First whereas I at this present tyme Doe stand seised of an estate in Fee simple of and in [A?] house or Tenement at the Vicarage gate in Estgreenwch in the Countie of Kent wth thappurtenances And of and in six Acres of Marsh land lyinge in twoe pcells in Eastgreenewch aforesaid And of and in one Acree of land lying next to Mr Lamberts landes in Eastgreenewch aforsaid And of and in one half Acree lying at the upper end of Broadfeild in Eastgreenewch aforesaid wch said house and landes are all in the tenure of Mr Pigeon gent or of his Assignee or Assignees The wch said said house and Seaven Acres and a half of land I Doe wholy give and bequeath unto my sonne George Mosyer and to his heires and assignes for ever,

Item I Doe give and bequeath unto my Daughter Anne R[umn?]ey Twentie shillings to be paid unto her wthin Convenient tyme after my Decease,

Item I Doe give and bequeath unto Symon R[umn?]ey her sonne Twentie shillings to be paid to him at his full age of one and Twentie yeares,

Item I Doe give and bequeath unto Susan R[om?]ey Daughter of the said Anne Fortie shillings to be paid to her At her day of marriage or age of one and Twentie yeares wch shall first happen,

Item I Doe give and bequeath unto the Company of Cooks of the Cities of London The somme of Fortie shillings to be paid to them at their commynge to my Funerall yf they shall come to the same and not otherwise,

Item I give will and Devise unto my welbeloved wyfe Dorothy Mosyer All that my lands and hereditaments wth thappurtennces sictuate lying and being at Blackbrooke or or Called or knowne by the name of Blackbrooke in the Countie of Kent which I late;y purchased and bought to me my heires and assignes for ever of one William Erlich : To have and to hold the said unto the said Dorothy Mosyer her heires and assignes for ever uppon the Condicon That if my moveable goods and Chattells will not extend to satisfy my DebtsThat then my said wife Dorothy Mosyer shall wth asmuch expedicon and wthin as [convenient tyme as may be after my Decease make sale to best advantage of all and every the same lands and hereditaments wth thappurtennces, And wth the money thereof proceedinge and rem[ai]ninge To pay and discharge all and every such Debt and Debts as I shall Duly owe either by lawe or Conscience at the tyme of my Death,

The residue of all and singular my goods Chattells Debts and Creditts not before given or bequeathed I Doe wholly give and bequeath unto my said lovinge weife Dorothy Mosyer whome I Doe make the sole Executrix of this my will

And I Doe hereby renounce all former wills heretofore by me made or Devised : In witnes whereof I the said William Mosyer have hereunto putt my hand seale the daye and yeres above written,

Item I give and Devise unto my said wife Dorothy Mosyer one bay Nagg towards towards the payment of my Debts ./ The marke of the said Wm Mosyer. This p'nt testament conteyning two sheets and one half sheets of paper was subscribed sealed and Delivered as the absol[ute] deede of him the abovenamed William Mosyer and by him Declared to be his last will and Testament the Day and yeares above remembered In the presence of James Goodyer S[?] London John Mosyer Timothie Mosyer ./


Probatum fuit hmod Testamentum suprascriptum apud London coram venerabili viro Bartholomeo Jesop legum Doctore Surrogato venerabilio viri Domini Johannis Benet militis legum etiam Doctoris Curie prerogative Cantuariensis Magri Custodis sive Comissarij legitime constituti Undecimo die mesis Aprilis Anno Domini millesimo sexcentesimo Decimo quarto Juramento Dorothie Mosyer Relicte et Executricio in eodem Testamento nominat Cui comissa fuit Administraco bonorum Juriam et Creditorum dicti defuncti De bene et fedeliter Administrando &c and sancta Dei Evangelia Jurat exo /.


  1. The National Archives (UK). Reference: PROB 11/123/346, Description: Will of William Mosyer, Cooke of London, Date: 11 April 1614.

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