In the name of God Amen. The 15th day of August 1612, and in the year of our Sovereign Lord King James the second and of Scotland the forty-sixth, I RICHARD LANGCASTELL, Citizen and Goldsmith of London being weak in body but yet (I thanks God) of good and perfect memory, do make and declare this my present last will and testament in manner and form following, that is to say, First and principally I commend my soul to Almighty God my Creator and Maker and to Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer by the merits of whose most precious death and passion only I trust and assuredly believe to receive full and free pardon and remission of all my sins and to be made partaker of the kingdom of heaven with the elect children of God; my body I commend to the earth from whence it came to be buried in decent sort by the discretion of my Executor hereafter named. ITEM; whereas an and by a certain pair of indentures bearing date the thirteenth day of August 1606 made between me the said Richard Langcastell on the one part and one Robert Hall of London Iremonger on the other part amongst diverse other covenant and grant for me my executors and administrators to and with the said Robert Hall nhis executors and administrators, that ANNE CORNEWALL (then of London, widow, and now wife of me the said Richard Langcastell) if she should survive and overlive me the said Richard Langcastell should be at her choice whether she would have the third of the estate of me the said Richard according to the custom of the City of London or five hundred pounds for the same. I the said Richard Langcastell in performance of the said covenant and for the love and affection which I bear to the said Anne now my wife and upon the condition hereunder mentioned do give and bequeath to the said Anne (in lieu and recompense of and for all such third part and portion as she may have claim or demand of in or to the goods chattels or debts of me the said Richard Lancastell by or according to the custom of the City of London or otherwise the sum of five hundred pounds to be paid to her within six months next after my decease upon condition that the said Anne do within the said space of six months seal and deliver to my executor hereafter named such a sufficient and lawful deed of release of all such right title claim and interest as she the said Anne shall may or ought to have or claim to have of in or to the goods chattels and debts of me the said Richard Langcastell and every or any part thereof by any ways or means whatsoever as by my executor or his assigns or his or their Counsel learned in the law and at his and their costs and charges in the law shall be reasonably devised and required, provided always and my will and meaning is that if the said Anne my wife shall not within the said space of six months next after my decease seal and deliver to my said executor such a sufficient and lawful deed of release as aforesaid according to the true meaning of this my will then as none and nowt as then this my present gift and device of the said sum of five hundred pounds shall be utterly void and of none effect anything abovesaid to the contrary notwithstanding. And whereas I have already advanced three of my daughters vizt. Merry, Anne and Sara, I will give and dispose one equal third part of all my goods chattels and debts to and amongst the rest of my children unadvanced according to the custom of the City of London, and the other third part I return to myself therewith to perform such gifts, legacies and bequests as hereafter in this my will shall be contained. ITEM; I give to the Right Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths whereof I am free ten pounds to make them a dinner on the day of my burial; the residue of all and singular my goods, chattels, rights, credits and debts after my debts paid my funeral expenses discharged and the legacies in this my present last will contained fully satisfied I give devise and bequeath to my loving son STEVEN LANGCASTELL whom I make the sole and only executor of this my will praying him to be careful in the due execution thereof; and for bis better assistance therein I make and ordain my trusty and loving friends and [countrymen] John Green, Salter and George Harper, gent the overseers of this my said will, praying them to aid and assist my said executor the best they can; and I give to each of them for their pains a ring of gold worth twelve shillings. ITEM; I give to my sister HANBURY and my sister WARTER 20s apiece to make each of them a ring. In witness whereof to this my present last will and testament containing three sheets of paper I have set my hand and seal the day and year first above written – Richard Langcastell – sealed and delivered the day and the date hereof by the said Richard Langcastell and pronounced as his last will and testament in the presence of us, John Greene Scr., the mark of Anne Warter, witness and Anne Juxon servant to the said scr.
Proved 25th August 1612 by Stephen Langcastell, natural son and Executor
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