Source: TNA, PROB 11/43
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In the name of god Amen The xxi th daye of the monnthe of January yn the yere of our Lorde god a thousande five hundrethe fiftie and nyne I John Pykes theld of the pishe of alhollows yn the Cittie of Bristoll white sopmaker beinge sicke yn boddie but hole of mynde and of good and parfect remembrance Laude and prais be to allmightie god doe make this my present Testamente and laste will yn manner and forme followinge First I commend my Soule ynto the hands of almightie god my heavenly father by his Sonne Jesus Christ my Savior and redemer And my boddie to be buried yn my parrishe Churche aforsaide where hit shall please my Executor to appointe Item i give and bequeath to the poorest Allmeshouses yn the Cittie of Brystolle x??l of Lawfull monney of Englande to be distributed amongest amongest them yn such sorte and mannor as my saide Executors and the ovrseers of this my laste will and Testament shall thinke meete and conveniente and partely by myne appointemente that ys to saye to my poore christen brothren and Sistern of the Almes house yn the longerowe beinge xxiii yn ???? ?s apece to be given to them withyn ii howers after my buriall the rest of the said x??l to be given to the poorest of the Almes houses accordinge to the discression of my ovrseers Item I give and bequeath to my moste naturall and lovinge mother Maude Pykes my spice gilt dishe and the best gold Ringe that I have and she to choose hit amongest all my ringes And further I give unto her of my fyne halff puke cloth so moche meas??? as she w?ll demande to make her a Cassocke Item I give to my mother yn lawe as moche of the same half puke clothe as will ??ue to make her a Cassocke and a prettie Cuppwith a Couer both PER?ell gilte unto the which she alwaies hath had a mynde unto Item I give unto my Syster Chris??y a Cassocke Clothe of the same half fyne puke cloth Item I give to my brother John Pykes wyef of the bridge a Cassocke clothe of the saide half fine puke cloth Item I give and bequeath to Alice Pykes my wief A Cassocke clothe of the saide half fyne puke cloth The residue of the saide half fyne pece of puke cloth which containeth x? yeardes yn the hole I give with all my harte to my lovinge frende John Carre and I desire my said wyef to goe as night with others not marynge theire garments as there may be so moche Leste as will make hym a Caape Item I give and bequeath to my brother Walter Pykes wyef A Cassocke ??othe p???? x? the yarde Item I give to my brother John Pykes and to my brother Waulter Pykes and to my brother John Care and to my brother John Rowlande iii? yardes a pece to make evry one of them a gowne at the pce of x??? the yarde And yf they will will weare clothe of a higher price then I will that hit be at theire owne charges Item I give to my Syster yn lawe John Rowlandes wyef a Cassocke clothe of the same price Item I give to Marie Wigmore and to Hellen Hellikaer and to Anne Byss? as moche clothe as will make to evry of them a Cassocke at such price as my saide Executor shall thinke convenient Item I give and bequeath to Willm Helliker and to Willm Wigmore and to John Pykes as moche clothe as will make evry of them a Cote at suche price as shall seeme good to myne executor Item I give to my s???te Willm Yate a cote clothe of the same price Item I give & bequeath to my brother John Pykes my best Scarlet gowne Item I give to my brother Walter Pykes my puke gowne faced with foynes and edged with velvet Item I give to John Rowlande my best puke gowne faced with damaske and my ridinge Cote of ratts coller garded with velvet Item I give & bequeath ^ Item I give and bequeath to Thomas Cutt ^ to my brother John Care my ii other Cotes garded with velvet and ii paire of my best hosen Lyned with ?ar??et best cote of unwatred chamblet and ii yardes of fyne marble cloth that coste me x?? the yarde Item I give more to the garded wit velvet & stitched saide Thomas Cutte ii other paire of hosen even the next best of my hosen my fryse cote with silke pointed at the syde and my best cloth cappe or the next best which Lyketh hym moste Item I give and bequeath my other fryse Cotte to the lame boye at Mychaell hill to be made meet for hym at the coste and charge of myne executor a paire of Newe hose and shoes And all the reste of my coorse apparrell as clockes Cotes dubletts hose and ?howes I will yt they be dystributed amongest the poorest people at the dyscression of the said overseers of this my laste will and testamente Item I give to mysteres Peppwall half a yarde of ?ram??ed velvet Item I give to mysteres Willms a Crust adowe of golde Item I give to mr Thomas Chester for a token of love A crust adowe and my best nightecapp of velvete Item I give to Domin// nyke Chester a Creives ado?? and my best silke g????e Item I give to my brother yn law John byss? my best clocke w???ed with velvet And all the rest of my goodds and Cattalls move// able and unmoveable not before given nor bequeathed and namely the leace and yeres of my garden my legace debts and funerall PERformed and discharged I give and bequeathe to Alice my wyef whome I make constitute and ordaine sole executrix of this my last will & testament des???inge and requestinge my lovinge brothers Joyn Byss? and John Care that theye wilbe Supervisors and ovrseers of this my saide Testamente and laste will And for theire paines therin taken I give and bequeathe to every of them xx? These beinge wytnesses John Care John Cooper and John Knyghte with others In the name of god amen I John Pyke the Eldr John Knighte ?? me Johannen Care witnes by ??? John CooPER Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in latin and appears to grant admon to "Alicie Relce et executrice" on 22 August 1560 "vicesimo secundo die mensis Augusta Anno domini millimo quingentesimo sexagesimo"] [the three instance of "PER" in the above transcript are actually a shorthand symbol that I believe stands for the sound "per"]
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