9th November 1627 3rd year of King Charles etc.
In the name of God Amen; I GEORGE BARNARDISTON of Everton in the county of Bedford gentleman being at this present in perfect good health and memory praised be God therefore do here deliver ordain and make this my last will and testament this ninth day of November 1627 in the third year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King Charles of England Scotland France and Ireland in form and manner following: First I will give my soul to Almighty God that gave it trusting and assuredly believing that through the merits of Christ Jesus my only Lord and Saviour what became man and suffered for our sins it shall be saved; for my body I will to be converted to the earth its first mother from whence it came there to rest until the general day of the Lord from whence I hope and constantly believe it shall rise again and with the number of the dark with the same eyes shall behold the Lord our God joyfully for evermore. As for my temporal estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me with all I will and bequeath in form and manner following: FIRST I do will give and bequeath unto my daughter CICELY BARNARDISTON the sum of two hundred pounds of current English money to be paid at the age of eighteen years or at her day of marriage which shall happen soonest; in the meantime to be put forth by my executors for the best use for and towards her maintenance and education. ITEM; I do will give and bequeath unto JOHN BARNARDISTON my second son the like sum of two hundred pounds to be paid unto him or his assigns at the age of one and twenty years; in the meantime to be put forth by my executors for and towards his maintenance and education to the best use. ITEM; I do likewise will give and bequeath unto THOMAS BARNARDISTON my youngest son the sum of two hundred pounds of like lawful English money to be paid unto the said Thomas Barnardiston or assigns at the age of one and twenty years; in the meantime to be put forth by my executors for and towards his maintenance and education. And if it shall happen that MARGERY BARNARDISTON my dear wife shall be with child at the time of my death and she go forth her time and that do will I do will give and bequeath unto it (if a son by the name of Jonathan Barnardiston, if a daughter by the name of Mary whom I desire the witnesses so to name) one hundred pounds to be paid unto him if a son at the age of one and twenty years if a daughter at sixteen or day of marriage which shall come soonest; in the meantime to be put out by my executors for me towards his or her maintenance and education. And if it shall happen that any of my children to whom the legacies aforesaid are bequeathed shall depart this natural life before the time or times of payment limited that then I will that the legacy or legacies of him her or them so dying shall be divided amongst the survivors HUMPHRY BARNARDISTON my eldest son coming in for an equal proportion of the division amongst them. ITEM; I do also hereby absolutely will give and bequeath unto my well-beloved and ever respected good brother Mr THOMAS SCOTT all that my messuage or farm house situate in Stanford in the Parish of Southiell now in the occupation of Nicholas Hase or his assigns with the houses edifices buildings orchards stables the close adjoining together with all and singular the arable lands as well copy as free, lees meadows, grounds, commons profits and commodities whatsoever thereunto appertaining or belonging; and also two and twenty acres and a wood of arable land and two acres of meadow in the tenure of Thomas Carter of Thorncroft in the parish of Northiell lying and being within the fields and meadows of Northiell, Beeston, Thorncroft and Hatch with all and singular the commons profits and commodities thereunto belonging or appertaining; and also six acres of meadow lying in Broomemeade one apiece together now in my own tenure with all and singular the appurtenances thereunto belonging to have and to hold all and singular the premises with their and every of their appurtenances unto the said Thomas Scott and his heirs for ever according to the uses intents and purposes hereafter specified and limited that is to sell and dispose of every part and parcel thereof at his or their will and discretion; and the moneys thereof arising to employ and dispose to the payment of my debts and raising of the legacies to my children before bequeathed and to no other use intent nor purpose. ITEM; I do also will give and bequeath unto my said beloved brother Mr Thomas Scott three pounds to make him a ring with this seal on it two harts knit together standing on death’s head with this poesy [nee morte seinclimur]. ITEM; I do will give and bequeath unto my ever-beloved sister Mrs ELIZABETH BARNARDISTON three pounds to make her a ring with this seal on it a snake tearing a hart asunder with this poesy [fidis amicitiaque praemium]. ITEM; all the rest of my goods unbequeathed my debts and legacies being discharged I do will and bequeath unto Margery Barnardiston my dear wife and Humphry Barnardiston my eldest son. ITEM; I do make constitute and ordain executors of this my last will and testament my dear wife Margery Barnardiston and my well-beloved brother Mr Thomas Scott desiring also the right worshipful and my ever respected good kinsman ONSLOWE WINCH Esquire and Richard Taylor Esquire to take the pains to be overseers of this my will and with their best advices to help and assist them in the settling of my estate upon whom I do will that my executors shall bestow two rings of forty shillings apiece in remembrance with this seal a death’s head crowned; the poesy [in morte triumpho] In witness that this is my last will I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written – George Barnardiston – sealed and subscribed in the presence of us Humphry Wynch Maria Wynch Thomas Carter
Proved 27th June 1628 by Margery relict and executrix reserving administration for Thomas Scott.
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