Herefordshire Record Office Ref. 43/3/47
In the name of God, Amen. the 5th day of February in the year of our Lord God 1592 and in the 35th year of the reign of our sovereign lady Elizabeth, by the grace of God Queen of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith etc., I John Watts of Ledbury in the county and diocese of Hereford, being sick in body and of good and perfect remembrance and memory, thanks be to God therefore, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following: That is to say First I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God my maker, saviour and redeemer, by the merits of whose glorious death and passion I trust to be saved , and my body to be buried in Christian burial in such decent place and comely order, as shall seem most convenient to my executor. Item I give and bequeath to the poor people of Ledbury, to be bestowed where my executor shall see most need, 10s. Item I give to the cathedral church of Hereford 4d. Item I give to my brother Thomas Watts 3s 4d. Item I give to my brother Richard Watts one bullock in his keeping. Item I give to my brother Richard Watts foresaid the sum of 16s of lawful money of England, which one Richard Mayot of Preston doth owe unto me. Item I give to my cousin Edward Watts, son of the said Richard, 20s of lawful money of England, which Thomas Hurlam doth owe unto me. Item I give unto my said brother Richard Watts the sum of 19s of lawful English money, which Richard Weaver my brother in law doth owe to me. Item I give to my cousin Jane Watts 40s, which John Northen [and] Jane his wife do owe unto me. Item (upon condition that Joan Watts, sister of the said Jane [be] ruled and ordered by her father and mother and her uncle Hugh Watts, touching her marriage) I give and bequeath to the said Joan my cow, now in the keeping of Richard Mayot aforesaid. Otherwise, if the said Joan will not be ruled by her friends before named concerning her marriage, as aforesaid, I will that the said cow shall remain to my said brother Richard Watts to use as he will. Item I give all my brass and pewter, now in the custody of my sister Jane Northen, to be equally divided between the said Jane Watts and Joan Watts, my cousins. Item I give to prove my will and to discharge [my] funeral expenses and to pay my legacies [to] the poor aforesaid, 20s, which Thomas Serche doth owe unto me. And that which shall remain of the said sum of 20s last above named, after my will shall be proved and the poor paid and my funeral expenses performed, I give to Hugh Watts, my brother, whom I make my sole executor.
Witnesses hereunto: Robert Davies, Henry Collis and Richard Watts
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