12 January 1550 Will of William Pykes of Bristol, Gloucestershire, mercer (proved 23 February 1550)

The original will can be obtained online from The National Archives.

Source: TNA, PROB 11/34

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In the name of god Amen The xii th daye of Januarie in the yere of or
Lord god a Thousande fyve hundreth and fiftie And in the fourthe yere of the reign of our
Soveraigne lorde kinge Edwarde the Sixte by the grace of god kinge of Englande Frannce
and Irelande defender of the faithe and of the churche of Englande and also of Irelande in earthe
Supreme hedd I William Pykes of the Citie of Bristowe mercer being PERfytt of mynd
and of good remembrannce for the whiche I render most humble and obedient thanks to Almightie
god the father I do make and ordeyne this my veary Last will and testament in manner & forme
folowing First and principally I bequeathe my soule to our Almightie and everlyving god the
father of heaven most mekely desiring hym to receyve me unto his celestyall everlastinge mrcie
for his onely sonnes sake Jhesus Christ our Savior whome I with my harte faithe and soule do
confesse to be the veary true and onely meritor for as many as shalbe saved And that no good
works that I have don nor yet that other can do for me can save me but only the most holsom
passion and glorious Resurreccion of my Savior Jhus Christ who sitteth at the right
hande of god the father alwayes making intercession for us all repentant Synners And I
belyve that he shall come in the last daye wt all honor power and glorie wt his holie saintes &
Angells to be oure Judge This is my veary true hope and faith in the whiche I moost humble
desire our hevenly father and his onely sonne our savior and the holy goost our comforts
three PERsones and one god to contynne me in to the end of my dePARting from this vale of my se???
Amen And my desire ys that my bodye be honestly buried wtin my prshe churche
comonly called saint Thomas Churche in bristowe And that at the tyme of my buryall I
will that my executors shall provide some well lernyd man to declare the most pure syncere
and lively worde of god to the edifying of the Cristen Congregacon And as for the talent
that god hath lent me of temporall goodes my will is that yt be distributed in maner and
forme as hereafter dothe folowe First I give and bequeathe to my gentle and loving wife
Maude Pykes one Thousande markes of good and lawfull money of Englande to be
well and truly contentyd and paid unto her by my Executors wtin eight monethes next and
ymmediathe after my decease and that therebe no farder delaye for the frme payment of th??
samme thousande marks unto my said wyf in PARte or in all after the end of the eight monethes
upon the payme of fyve hundreth marks more to be paide unto her by my said Executors And



that my said wyfe by vertue of this my testament shall receover the same five hundred markes
of my Executors over and above the said Thowsande markes yf they do not well and truly
content and paye unto her the same Thowsande markes wtin the tyme before expressed 
Item I give and bequeathe to my said wyfe all my plate full and whole Item I give and
bequeathe to my said wyfe all her Apparell and all her Jewells And all my houshold stuff
full and whole Item I give and bequeathe to my said wyfe two Gownes of skarlett
my two gownes of vyolet ingrayne Item I will that my saide wife shalhave & enjoie
all the hyer PARte of the house wherein I do nowe dwell whiche I bought of Anthony Norton
gentleman And also all the hier PARte of my other howse next adioyning to the same wch
I holde by lease of Mr Rodney with the garden therunto adioyning and also my other
garden lying by saint Thomas Churche for the terme of her naturall lyfe upon condicion
that she do contynnally dwell in the same hier parts of the same two houses that is to saye
as moche as is above the shopps Sellers and warrehouses belonging to the same?? whiche
Shopps Sellers and warehouses I will that John Pikes my elder sonne and John Pikes
my seconde sonne shall have holde and enjoie joyntlye and as farr forthe as thother during
the space of one hole yere next after my decease And also I will that my said two sonnes
John Pikes thelder and John Pykes the yonger shall in lyke maner during the terme of one
yere next after my decease have holde and enjoie Joyntly and as farr forthe as thother my
Shopp of my corner Tente in the highe strete and also my wurk house in turkes strete
that I holde of Mr David Harrys And after thende of the said yere my will is that all
the said Shopps belonging to my said house that I bought of the said Anthony Norton and also
all the rest of the same howse with all and singler his Appuren??s shall wholy remayne &
by ths my present testament I do give and bequeathe to the said John Pikes my eldest sonne
and to his heyres and assign forever And in like manr after the said yere expired my will
is that all the said Shopps Sellers and warehouses belonging to the said howse that I
holde by lease of the same Mr Rodney and also the rest of the same house with all & singler
his appurten??s and the said garden therunto belonging and also the said garden lying by
saint Thomas Church wt th appurten??s and all suche right title interest and terme of yeres
that I havenowe to come of and in the same shall whole remayne and by these presents
I give and bequeathe to the said John Pikes my eldest sonne and to his executors and
assignes Saving and re??ed to my said wyfe suche state and interest as I have before
given unto her in the hier PARte of the said two howses And yf it shall happen my said
wyfe to dwell in any other house so that she have not her contynuall dwelling in my said
houses to her appoynted that then my will is that the same hier PARte of the said two
houses shall ymmediatly remayne to the said John Pykes my eldest sonne and his heires
and assignes and that it shalbe lawfull to hym his heyres and assignes in that case to
enter into the hier PARtes of the said houses and every of them and the same to have holde and
enjoie forevr And also after thende of one whole yere next after my decease my will is that
the said corner house and shopp that I have in the highe strete and also my said wurke 
house in Turkes strete and all my title state and terme of yeres that I have now to come
of and in the same shall remayne and by these presents I do fully give and bequeate to the
saide John Pykes my seconde sonne Also I give and bequeathe unto the Sixe children of my
daughter Cecely Willson that she had by John Hillacre her first husbonde and by Roger
Wigmore her secande husbande that ys to saye polidorus hillacre william hillacre
Johane hillacre and Elenr hillacre and to wylliam Wigmore and mary wigmore
??me hundred pounds of lawfull money of Englande to be equally devyded among them
and to be paide unto them at their daye of mariage or at their Age of xxi yeres yf they be not
maried before they shall come to the same Age And yf any of them happen to dye before
they shall come to thage of xxi yeres or be maried That then I will that the PARte and
prcon of hym or her so dying shalbe equally devyded amonge them that shall happen
to overlyed And my will ys that the same hundred pounds be devyded by myne Executors
to my sonne in lawe M?les Willson within one yere next after my decase And that he
at the tyme of the receipte therof shalbe bounden wt two sufficient s??erties to my saide
Executors by obligacon to paye the said legacies to the said Children at suche tymes as
I have before appoynted Item I give and bequeathe to Water Pikes my sonne oon
hundred pounds of lawfull money of Englande to be paide unto hym by my Executors
within one yere next after my decease Item I give and bequeath to my sister Johane
Tenne pounds Item I give and bequeathe to her three Children that ys to seye



Amy Johane and Richard Tenne poundes to evry of them And I will that the tenne pounds
that I have geven to my saide syster shalbe paide unto her by my said Executors wtin one
monethe next after my decease And that the legacies to her three Children shalbe paide
them wtin one yere next after my decease Item I give unto Johane Bysse my daughters
Daughter Twentie marks of money to be paide unto her at her daye of mariage Item I
gyve and bequeathe to my cosyn Johane pre?y fourtie shillings Item I give and bequethe
to olde John Hackett my night gowne and agr??e in money to be paid unto hym evry weke
during his lyf by myne Executors Item I give and bequeathe Fiftie pounds of mony
to be bestowed by myne Executors upon the mending of the highwayes abowte Brystowe
whereof I will that xx? be bestowed upon the highe wey betwene bedmester and the
farder ende of the Cansey called the longe Cansey beyonde stoke And other xx? to be
bestowed upon the highewey betwene Lafforde yate and the fote of the hill called doghill
which is the highewey from bristowe towarde london And fyve poundes to be bestowed
upon the highewey betwene bristowe and keynesham And thothe five poundes to be
bestowed upon the shppe in the shambles of Brystowe called the bochers shppe Item
I give and bequeathe for the compforte and relief of poor people in bristowe Twentie
poundes of money wherof I will that ??? xii s iii d be distributed the daye of my burying
And other ??? xiii s iii d to be distributed before thende of sixe monethes then next folowing
And thother ???? xiii s iii d to be distributed by thended of xii moneths next after my decease
And at evry tyme of this distribucion I will that there be geven oute of the same sommes to
the xii poore men and xii poore women of the Almes house called saint Thomas Almes
House in the longe Rowe xxiii s Item I give to my Curate of my PARish churche x s Item I
give and bequeathe towarde the charges of feching whome of the water to saint Thomas pipe
in bristowe Twentie pounds of money to be paide by myne Executors upon condicon that
the same be done before thende of two yeres next after my decease Item I will that myne
Executors before thende of one yere next after my decease shall purchase in fee symple soo
moche good Lande as shall amount to the there yerely value of ??? xii s iii d And that the
same yerely rent thereof shalbe paide by the Chamberlen of Bristow for the tyme being to the
poore people of the said Almes house called saint Thomas Almres house in the longe Rowe
in bristowe in maner and forme folowing that is to saye xxxii s iii d every quarter at the iii??
principall feasts of the yere wtin the said ???? most comonly used And ths my present gyft
to have a contynuance for evr while the worlde shall endure Item all the rest of myne
Apparell not before bequeathed i do give and bequeathe to my three sonnes that ys to say
John Pykes thelder John Pikes the yonger and to Water Pykes And for that they shall
Lovingly and quyetly PARte the same amonge them my will ys that John Pykes my eldest
sonne shall chuse first and John Pykes my seconde sonne to chuse next And the said Water
Pykes to chuse next after them and this to chuse from gowne to gowne and from garment
to garment untill all my Apparell be devyded Item I give and bequeathe to my neighbor
?ighell kettall and to margaret his wyfe five??? nobles of money whiche I will shalbe
remayne in the handes of my wyfe and she to dispose the same upon them bothe as to her
shalbe thought moste convenient and necessarie All the rest of my goodes & Catells
not geven nor bequeathed by me before in this my present Testament I do fully and
whole give and bequeathe to my said two sonnes John Pikes thelder and John pykes ??
younger whome I do make and ordeyne my full Executors of this my present testament
and Last will And they to receave all debts due or to be due unto me And to paye as well
all the legacies before by me geven in this my said testament as also all other detts that 
I do owe Also I do make and ordeyne my very loving and trustie freinds Mr David
Harrys and Water Pykes my overseers overseers of this my testament And I do give to evry of
them for their paynes hereing to be taken a gowne and xx s in money In witnes whereof
to this my said testament and Last will I have put my seale These PERsons under written
being witnesses therunto yoven the daye and yere above wrytin by me Richard Dankyns
witnes Edmunded Rogers Robert Burgyn witnesses

Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in latin and appears to grant admon 
to William Pirkens on 23 February 1550
"xxiii die mensis February Anno dni millimo quingentesimo guinquage???"]




[the various instances of "PAR" and "PER" in the above transcript are actually a
shorthand symbol that I believe stands for the sounds "par" and "per"]




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