1583 William Leveson


In the name of God Amen: the 6th day of April [1578] in the year of our Lord one thousand five hundred three score eighteenth, I William LEVESON clerk canon residentiary and treasurer of the Cathedral Church of Hereford being sick in body but of perfect remembrance (thanked be God) do make this my testament and last will in form following, first I bequeath my soul to Almighty God and my body to be buried in the said Cathedral Church if I happen to die within the City of Hereford and if I happen to die out of the said City then to be buried in Christian burial by the discretion of my executors or friends then present.  ITEM; I give and bequeath to the reparations of the said Cathedral Church six shillings eight pence and bequeath, also I do ordain constitute and make the Right Worshipful Mr John Watkins Dean of the Cathedral Church of Hereford, John Elyott and James Yaydon to be my executors.  ITEM; I will that my executors by their discretions shall (after my debts paid and funeral expenses paid) consider and recompense my servants over and besides their wages.  ITEM; I do revoke all other former wills heretofore by me made.  Also I will that my executors shall recompense all such persons as by law reason or conscience can demand any debt or duties of me. Witnesses hereunto Edward Cooper, John George, Allen Edwards, Charles Boothe, William Challys, Richard Boothe, Edward Pye, Robert Rendall, James Abadam, Arthur Crescent

A codicil to be annexed to the testament of William Leveson clerk twenty fourth April in twentieth year.  ITEM; I William Leveson treasurer of the Cathedral Church of Hereford, I do give and bequeath all those my lands tenements meadows leasows woods, partners Commons with their appurtenances set lying and being in Llannanno in the County of Radnorshire together with all those my purchased lands set and being in Clewng within the County of Hereford unto James Heynes and his heirs for ever. Also I give unto Thomas Cook alias Brooke my servant six pounds thirteen shillings four pence over and above my debts due to him. I give also unto Edward Glase my servant forty shillings over and above his wage. Witness hereunto Thomas Morgan, Walter Baskervile

Proved 13th April 1583