In the name of God Amen; the sixteenth day of January in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred forty five and in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles of England, Scotland, France and Ireland King the one and twentieth; I RICHARD WINCH Master of Arts and Fellow of Oriel College in Oxon being ^ in body but of sound and perfect memory do make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following; First I bequeath my soul to God and my body to be buried in a decent manner in the Chancel of St Mary’s in Oxon; and for my worldly goods I give and dispose as follows; Imprimis; I forgive my brother THORNE the sum of twenty pounds he owes me and to his son my Godson I give the sum of thirty pounds. ITEM; I give to the Church of St Mary’s in Reading ten pounds for a Chalice to the Communion Table. ITEM; I give the best of my books unto Oriel College, the rest unto my [servant] Francis Younge and also forty shillings in money. ITEM; I give unto John Blackman of St John’s my wearing apparel. ITEM; I give unto the wife of Dr Saunders our Provost my cabinet being at Mr Stimpsons. ITEM; whereas I am possessed of a mansion house wherein my brother GANDY lives I devise and give the said house with all other tenements and leases and chattels my debts being paid and my funeral discharged unto my brothers living at my decease to be equally distributed amongst them all share and share alike without trouble or lawsuit vizt. THOMAS WINCH, JOHN, JAMES and SIMON and to their heirs respectively and in case either of those die then his or their part to come and remain entire to the survivor or survivors of them. ITEM; I nominate and appoint my loving brother Thomas Winch my sole executor and I also constitute and appoint my loving friends Mr Bunburch and Richard Brownejohn Esquire overseers of this my last will and testament and for their pains and care I give to each of them five pounds. In witness whereof I have hereunto subscribed my hand the day and year above written – Richard Winch – published and subscribed by the said Richard Winch for and as his last will and testament in the presence of Thomas Bunburch, John Duncombe
Proved 6th January 1647/8 by Thomas Winch brother and executor
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