In the name of God Amen. I OLIVER MARKLAND of the Parish of Little Saint Bartholomew near West Smithfield London, Gentleman, being at this present in reasonable health of body and competent mind and memory, blessed be Almighty God, yet considering the frailty and uncertainty of human life especially of old age to which through the patience and goodness of God I have attained do make and ordain this my last will and testament. First and principally commending my soul to Almighty God my Creator hoping through his mercy and the merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer that I shall have pardon of all my sins and be saved; my body I commit to the earth to be buried in decent and Christian like manner in the parish church of Saint Bartholomew aforesaid; and of that worldly estate that God has been pleased to bestow upon me I dispose as follows: INPRIMIS; I give and bequeath to my Nephew JAMES BROWNE five pounds and I forgive and remit unto him all the debts that he now does or shall owe unto me at the time of my decease. ITEM; I give and bequeath unto my Niece JANE BROWN forty shillings the year to be paid unto her during her natural life quarterly by four equal portions. ITEM; I give and bequeath to the daughter of my late Cousin OLIVER BROWNE deceased ten pounds to be paid unto her at her age of one and twenty years if she shall so long live. ITEM; I give to every one of the children of my Nephew WILLIAM BROWNE (except the eldest son) ten pounds apiece to be paid unto them respectively at their several ages of one and twenty years if they shall so long live. ITEM; I give to the poor of Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital London fifty pounds to be paid at or before the end of one year next after my decease. ITEM; I give to the Company of Innholders London twenty pounds to buy them plate for their hall or otherwise to be disposed as the Master Wardens and Assistants shall think fit. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my Sister GRACE CROSSE four pounds the year during her life to be paid unto her quarterly by equal portions. ITEM; I give and bequeath to JANE MARKLAND my Brother ROBERT MARKLAND’s Daughter fifty pounds to be paid unto her at the end of one year next after the death of JUDITH my now Wife if she the said Jane shall be then living and if she shall be then deceased then the said fifty pounds to be and to remain to the child or children of her body which shall be then alive. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my nephew ROBERT MARKLAND one hundred pounds to be paid to him at the end of eighteen months next after my said wife’s decease if he shall be then living and also I forgive and discharge unto him the two hundred pounds which he had of me at his setting up his trade. ITEM; I give and bequeath to my nephew EDWARD MARKLAND son of my said brother Robert Markland the like sum of one hundred pounds to be paid unto him at the end of one year next after the death of the said Judith my wife if he the said Edward paid to the said Robert his father the eight pounds per annum during his life which I am to pay unto him according to an agreement made between us; and also I give and bequeath to him the said Robert my brother the sum of eight pounds more over and above the said former sum of eight pounds the year during his natural life to be paid unto him quarterly by equal portions by my executor hereunder named. ITEM; I give and bequeath to the corporation of the town of Wigan in the County of Lancaster and their successors for ever all those my lands called Angerston Marsh in Furnesse Fells in the parish of Broughton in the said County of Lancaster for the use of the poor in Wigan aforesaid for the time being for [ ] the yearly rent thereof to be from time to time for ever disposed of to and for the use of the said poor as shall in manner as the Mayor and twelve or more of the aldermen and burgesses of the same town for the time being think fit and the old rents at least for the said land not to be lessened but always preserved for the use and benefit of the same poor. ITEM; I give devise and bequeath my lands and tenements with the appurtenances called East Wentsgate al. Eastwood in or near Waswick in the said County of Lancaster to my said nephew Robert Markland and his heirs for ever ITEM; I give devise and bequeath unto the eldest son of my said nephew William Browne and to the heirs of his said eldest son for ever all those my messuage or tenement with the appurtenances in the wink in Wigan aforesaid which did formerly belonged to his grandfather but my executor to have the annual rents and profits thereof until the said eldest son shall attain to the age of one and twenty years. ITEM; I give devise bequeath and confirm my two tenements with their appurtenances in Standish in Wigan aforesaid to my said niece Jane Markland and her heirs for ever. ITEM; I give devise and confirm all my leases terms of years estates and interests to all and every other my lands and tenements in Wigan aforesaid not by me disposed of to my said nephew Edward Markland his heirs and executors he paying his father the eight pounds per annum for his life as aforesaid. ITEM; I give and bequeath to the said Judith my wife twenty pounds for mourning and to William Gofton and Judith Gofton, children of Robert Gofton deceased five pounds apiece for mourning. ITEM; I give to my neighbour Henry Travers three pounds legacy or token of my love towards them; and all the rest and residue of all and every my lands tenements and hereditaments leases houses messuages goods chattels plate household stuff debts moneys and estates wheresoever as well real as personal whereof at the time of my death I shall be seized or possessed or whereof any other person or persons is and or shall be seized or possessed to my use or in trust for me I give will devise and bequeath to my nephew WILLIAM MARKLAND of London, Innholder his heirs executors and assigns for ever and I do make and ordain him the said William Markland full and sole executor of this my last will and Testament revoking all former Wills and Testaments by me at any time heretofore made and declaring willing and ordaining that this my present will and Testament shall not be revoked or made void by any words or will nuncupative but only by writing under the hand and seal of me the said Oliver in the presence of two or more credible witnesses and my will and desire is that all such persons as I have trusted in the purchase of any of my lands tenements or hereditament’s hereby devised to my said nephew William Markland shall at the reasonable request and costs and charges of him the said William Markland grant convey or surrender the same to him the said William Markland his heirs or assigns. In witness whereof I the said Oliver Markland have hereunto set my hand and seal the nine and twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty-eight – Oliver Markland – signed sealed and published on the day of the date in the presence of John Halton of Putney, William Kingman of Holborn, Henry Travers Scriven in Smithfield, John Budd, John Newland his servants.
Proved 20th September 1658 by William Markland, nephew and sole and only executor.
Marginal note in Latin: 2 November 1663 seems to suggest William Markland has died by this date.
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