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In the name of god amen The tenth daye of Januarye in the yere of or lord god one tho- wsand five hundred seaventye foure And in the seavententh yere of the raigne of our sovraigne ladie Eliza beth by the grace of god Queene of England Frannce and Ireland Defend of the faith &c I Willm Carr of the citye of Bristoll marchannt beinge whole in minde and perfect remembrannce thanckes be unto all- mightie god Doo ordeine and make this my present testament conteyninge my last will in mannr and forme followinge First and above all thinges I commende my soule unto allmightye god my maker to Jesus christ my only saviour and redemr And to the holy ghost my comforter And I doo assuredly and stedfast- lye repose and putt my whole trust and affiance of cleare remission of all my sinnes and eternall salvacon only in the merites passion and blodshedinge of my said saviour Jesus Christ yf I die in Bristoll I will that my bodie be buried in the parishe churche of Sainte Walburge in Bristoll by my late wife there buried and then allmightye god to be praised and his word preched I doo require myne executors as they will answer before god at the daye of Judgement to see all my detts iustly and truly paide And of the residew of my goodes and cattells I doo by this my will bequeath and dispose as followeth Imprimis yf in my life tyme I doo not purchase unto the mayor and comonaltye of Bristoll lands and tenements of the cleare yerely value of tenne poundes to them and theire Successors for the reliefe of the poore wythin the said citye accordinge to the condicon of an obligacon of twoo hundred and fiftie poundes wherein I stand bounde to the Camberlaine of Bristoll Then I will that myne Executors wthin one whole yere next after my Decease shall by good conveyannce in the lawe procure and cause to be made unto the said maior and comonalty and to theire Successors forevr a good perfect and absolut estate in fee of and in landes and tenements of the cleare yerely value of tenne poundes above all chardges and reprises to be bestowed and imployed to and for the reliefe of the poore in mannr and forme followinge And my will is that in suche deede of bargaine and sale as shall or maye be made unto the said maior and comonaltye of suche landes and tenements of suche cleare yerely value of tenne poundes such use and uses be expressed and mentio- ned in the same as in this my last will is contayned to wch use and uses the same Deede of bargaine and sale and all other conveyances to be made of and concerninge suche landes and tenements of suche cleare yerly value of tenne poundes shalbe and to non other use entent or purpose that is to saye that they the said maior and comonaltye of the said citye for the tyme beinge shall yerely bestowe and paye or cause to be paid the rents and profitts risinge and growinge owt or of such landes and tenements of suche cleare yerely value of tenne poundes towardes the genrall reliefe of the poore people of the said citye in suche order as is nowe used wthin the said citye of Bristoll so longe as the said good order shalbe observed kept and contayned wythin the said citie and the precincte therof And if the said good order for anie cause herafter shall happen to be disolved then my will is that the maior and comonaltye of the said citie for the tyme beinge shall yerely for evr disburse and paye owt the yerely rents and profitts of suche landes and tenements and everye percell therof in mannr and forme followinge That is to saye to the poore people in the Almes howse upon Saint James Backe twentye one shillinges and foure pence and to the poore people in the Almes howse in lewins meade twentye syx shillinges eight pence And to the poore people in the Almes howse of the three kinges of Cullen thirtye twoo shillinges And to the poore people in Saint Johns Alms howse fortye shillinges And to the poore personnes of newgate wch lyve upon the bagge there foure poundes to be paide unto them and evrye of them on xpmas Eve Easter eve midsomer eve and michaelmas eve for evr by even porcons And if the said maior and comonaltye and theire Successors shall at anie tyme herafter make default of true dispoicon and payment of the said yerely rents and profitts for the reliefe of the poore accordinge to the true entent and meaninge of this my last will Then I will that all person and persons and bodyes politique and evrye of them wch shall then stand seased of suche landes and tenements so to be purchased as is aforsaid shall then and from thence- forth stand and be seased therof and of evrye part therof t othe onlye use and behoofe of the right heires of me the said William Carre for evr Itm I geve and bequeth unto Anne Carre my wiefe all and all mannr goodes and Chattells reals and personals monee plate Jewells howshold stuffe and impleme- nts of howshold wch I nowe have or at my tyme hertofore of right ought to have by reason of the entremariage betwene me and the said Anne fully and woholy in suche order mannr and forme to bee unto my said wiefe and at her disposition as the same were or might have bene unto her at anye tyme before I maried her and that she shall and maye quietly and peacibly have and retayne the same to her owne use wythowt entermedlynge therwith or ly?eryt therof to be had or made by myne executors Itm I geve unto my said wiefe twoo hundreth poundes Itm I geve and grannt unto my said wiefe one Annuitye or yerely rent of twenty poundes to be Issuinge and goinge owt of all my landes and tenements in woodspringe in the name of her Joynter to have occupie and to perceave to to her and to her assignes for and duringe the terme of her naturall lyfe And yerely payable unto her and to her assignes duringe her liefe at the feastes of xpmas Easter midsomer and michaelmas by even porcions And yf the said yerely rent of twenty poundes be behinde and unpaide in parte or in all at anie of the said dayes of payment in or at wch the same shalbe due and payable that the it shalbe lawfull to and for the said Anne Carre my wiefe into my howse and demesnes of woodspringe aforsaid to enter and distraine And the distres there so taken to drive leade and carye awaye and wyth her or them to detayne untill she or they be fully satisfied and payde of the said yerely rent of twentye poundes and of the araregies therof if anie be Itm I geve and bequeth unto my said wiefe the howse garden and orchard wyth the Appurtenncs wherin I nowe dwell and of wch I now have the occupacon scituate and beinge in Baldwin streat within the said Cities of Bristoll To and to hold unto her duringe her widowhoode wythowt payinge anie rent therfore Itm I doo geve and bequeath unto my said wiefe the one halfe of all my howsold stuffe beinge in the said howse in this my will not bequethed And also one hundred owncs of plate perrell gilt and fiftie ownces of gylt plate Itm I doo geve and bequeth unto my sonne John Carre my howse garden and orchard with the Appurtenncs wherin I nowe dwell and wch be nowe in my proper occupacon and possession scituate and beinge in Baldwin streat wthin the said citie of Bristoll to have and to holde to him and to his heires for evr savinge unto my said wiefe her widowes estate therin as is before devised Itm I Devise and bequeth unto my said sonne John Carre all that messuage and tenements wyth the Appurtenncs nowe in the tenure or occupacon of walter Standfast scituat and beinge in Baldwin streate To have and to hold to him and to his heires forevr Itm I geve and Devise unto my said sonne John Carre and to his heires for evr all that messuage and tenement wyth the Appurtenncs and all and singuler landes and tenements therunto belonginge called beardes land lyinge and beinge in the PARishe of congresbury in the countye of Somrsette Itm I geve and bequeth unto my said sonne John carre the one halfe of all my howshold stuffe beinge in my said now dwellinge howse in this my will not bequethed unto anie other Itm I geve unto my said sonne John Carre one hundred ouncs of plate guylt Itm wheras I wyth Thomas Aldworth marchannt Doo stande bounde unto the Quenes matie for and ?? the said John Carre in one obligacon of eight hundred poundes bearinge date the twentith daye of August in the fift- enth yere of the raigne of our said sovraigne ladye the Queenes matie that nowe is for and concerninge certaine portingale goodes delivred unto the said John Carre in respect of certaine goodes of the said John Carres stayde in portingale if the said John Carre his executors and Administrators doo at all tymes herafter accuite discharge or otherwise sufficiently save and kepe harmeles as well my heires exec- utors Administrators and assignes and evrie of them as the said Thomas Aldworth his heires exec- utors Administrators and evrye of them of for and concerninge the said obligacon and the penaltie therin contayned And also yf the said John Carre his heires executors and Administrators shall at all times herafter permitt and suffer my executors quietly to execute theire office of executorship towching this my ??? last will and testament wythowt molestacon vexacon or sutt of lawe or otherwise for anie matter or cause whatsovr other then for suche legacies and bequests as by this my said last will are unto him geve devised or bequethed Then I doo clearly remitte and release unto my said sonne John Carre all mannr of detts and dueties wch he oweth unto me either for monies or wares lent or sold unto him or disbursed for him or for or by reason of anie accompte or accompts ????????? betwene hus but if the said John Carre his executors and Administrat- ors or some of them shall not at all tymes herafter accuite discharge or sufficiently save harmeles my heires executors Administrators and assignes and evrye of them and the said Thomas Aldworth his heires execut and Administrators and evrye of them for and concerninge the said obligacions or if the said John Carre his executors or Administrators shall at anie tyme herafter molest vex or interruptt my said executors by sute of lawe or otherwise for anies accomptes or reckeninges or for anie other matter or cause other then for suche legacies and bequestes as by this my said last will are bequethed and geven unto him Then I will that this my release be voide and of non effect And further I will and require my executors that then and from thenceforth the recovr and receave of him all such detts and sommes of money as shall appeare by my booke or otherwise to be due unto me by him the said John Carre and the same so receaved to imploye and bestowe to suche good and charitable uses as they shall thincke most convenient Itm I will that my said sonne John Carre at and upon the receate of the legacies herin to him bequethed shall seale and delivr unto my executors a good and sufficient accquitance and release as well of such legacies as of all other detts due unto him before the date and delivrie of suche releas It whereas in my life time I have executed an estate in taile to my sonne Edward Carre of and in the scite and demesnes of woodspringe in the countie of Som?? where also I have assigned ovr unto him a leas in revrcon for the terme of twentye and one yers of and in the personage of worle and kewstoke wyth the Appurtenncs in the said countye of Somrs where also I ha ve lawfully assigned ovr unto him the said Edward Carre all my right title and interest to come of and in one close of pasture wyth the Appurtenncs call Collam in the said countye of Somrs I doo more ovr geve and bequeth unto my said sonne Edward Carre all my stocke and store of oxen kyne shepe & all other cattell wch I have goinge or pasturinge in or upon the demesnes of woodspringe aforsaid or anie parte therof or in world or in kewstoke geldinges and mares excepted I geve and bequeth unto him the said Edward Carre all and all manner necessary implements and furniture of husbandrye wch I have in woodspringe aforsaid Itm I geve and bequeth unto him the said Edward Carre all my howshold stuffe and implements of howshold in my said howse at woodspringe aforsaid savinge suche as by this my will is geven and bequethed unto Alice younge and Anne younge daughters of willm younge Itm I geve unto the said Edward all suche corne as shalbe growinge upon anie my landes in woodspringe worle and kewstoke and of right pertayninge unto me at the time of my decease Itm I doo geve unto my said sonne Edward Carre one hundred ounces of plate perrell guylt and my countinge chest standinge on a frame in my bedde chamber afore streate Itm I geve and bequeth unto william younge my sonne in law and to my daughter Anne his wiefe and to the heires of the said Anne for evr one messuage and tenement wyth a garden and orchard grounde therto belonginge with the Appurtenncs as the same is nowe in the occupacon of henry wyat and not otherwise to extend anie further Itm I devise and bequeth unto mary Ashe daughter of John Ashe of my daughter margaret deceased bego- tten and to the heires of the bodye of the said mary lawfully begotten one messuage and tenement wth the Appurtenncs in Baldwin streate aforsaid nowe in the occupacon of Nicholas hickes marchannt and all and all mannr wainscotte glasse draperye beddstedes and all other like implements of howshold wch I have therin And for default of such issue to remaine to Anne Ashe one other of the daughters of the said John Ashe and to her heires for evr Itm wheras by Indenture bearinge date the eight daye of August in the thirtenth yere of the raigne of the Queenes maiestie that nowe is I did convey and assigne ovr unto my frendes in trust william younge Richard Cole and John Ashe all that my leas and terme of yeres wch I then had of and in all those landes and tenements comonly called and knowne by the name of the twelve farmes of weeke Sainte Lawrence in the county of Somrs to the only use of my last will and testament I doo nowe by this my last will devise and dispose the whole profitts of the same for and duringe the said interest and terme of yeres in mannr and form follow- inge that is to say Imprimis I will that my executors shall levy and receave the rents and profitts of the same beinge the yerely rent of three score poundes for the space of twoo yeres next and imediatly ensuinge after my decease And the same rent for the said twoo yeres well and truly to paye unto my said sonne John Carre at thend of evrie of the said twoo yeres threescore poundes to the only use of the said John Carre Further I will and devise that the said yerely rent of threescore poundes for and duringe the terme of tenne yeres next and imediatly followinge after the expiracon of the said twoo yeres shalbe receaved and levied by my executors to the only use and behoofe and for and towardes the agreement satesfaction or payment of twoo thowsand poundes herafter pay- able unto Richard Owen for the mannors of Congresbury and lawrence weeke And that when sovr it shall happen herafter that that parson ??? at tyme of the decease of Ladye mary Allen or after havinge the imediat inheritannce of the said mannors of Congresbury and Lawrenceweeke either shall make agreement wyty the said Richard Owen his executors or assignes in dischardge of the said some of twoo thowsand poundes or otherwise to make payment and satisfaction of the same somme Then my will is that myne executors shall forthwyth upon request render up satisfie and paye unto suche parson whosoevr havinge the imediat inheritannce of the said mannors of Congresburye and lawrence weeke as shall make suche agreement and satisfaction of the said somme of twoo thowsand poundes All suche yerely rents as before that tyme since the expiracion of the said twoo yeres they have receaved and in the ende of evrie yere after suche satisfaction made duringe the residew of the said tenne yeres to make like payment of the said yerely rent untill the somme of six hundred poundes be paide owt towardes the satisfaction of the said somme of twoo thowsand poundes Itm I geve and bequeth to william younges children by my daughter Anne for and duringe the space of twelve yeares next and imediately followinge the ex- piracon of the said tenne yeres owte of the said yerely rent of threescore poundes the somme of twentye poundes yerely to be equally devidid amongest them wch amounteth in the whole twelve yeres to the somme of twoo hundreth and fortye poundes Itm I geve and bequeth to mary Ashe and Anne Ashe the daughters of John Ashe by my daughter margaret for and by the space of the said twelve yeres owte of the said rent of three score poundes the somme of twelve poundes yerely equally to be devidid betwene them amountinge in the whole duringe the said twelve yeres to one hundred forty foure poundes Itm I geve and devise to my sonne Richard Cole and Alice his wiefe for the space of the said twelve yeres owte of the said rent of threescore poundes the somme of eightene poundes yerely amountinge in the whole duringe the said twelve yeres to twoo hundred and sixtene poundes Itm I will that all the residewe of the said yerely rent of threescore poundes beinge yerely tenne poundes and duringe the said twelve yeres wch ammounteth to one hundred and twentye poundes And also all the rents and profitts herafter due and payable for the said twelve farmes for and duringe all the residewe of the yeres to come next after the expiracon of the said twelve yeres I will and devise that my executors shall well and truly satisfie and paye unto such parson or parsons as havinge the imediat inheritannce of and in the said ma- nnors of Congresburye and lawrence weeke shall make satisfaction or agreement of or for the said somme of twoo thowsand poundes the same to be well and truly paide in the ende of evrie yere in wch my said executors shall or maye levye and receave the same Itm I geve and bequeth unto my sone in lawe william younge and my daughter Anne his wiefe one hundred ounces of guilt plate Itm I geve to Alice younge and Anne younge my said daughter Annes children to eche of them fiftie ounces of plate parcell guylt Itm more I geve to the said Alice and Anne my said Daughters childr to eche of them of the howshold stuffe wch I have in woodspringe one fetherbed of the best furnished wyth a bolster a paire of blancketts a redde covrlet twoo paire of sheetes one paire of pillowbeares And if Edward Carre will have the said beddinge to remaine at woodspringe then he shall pay unto my said sonne william younge for and and to the use of the said children Alice and Anne the somme of thirtene poundes six shillinges eight pence for the same within a yere after my decease Itm I geve and bequeth unto my sonne in lawe John Ashe one hundred ounces of guylt plate Itm I geve and bequeth unto Mary Ashe and Anne Ashe daughters of the said John Ashe by my daughter Margaret deceased to eche of them fiftie ouncs of plate parcell guylt and of my howshold stuffe in Bristoll to eche of them one fetherbedde one bolster one pillowe one paire of blancketts one covrled twoo pillowbeares twoo paire of sheetes more twoo table clothes twoo dozen of napkins and twoo towells all the same to be of the best ??perye in the howse savinge diaper and Damaske worke more to eche of the said chil dren one crocke of brasse one panne one broche six ioyned stooles six Arras Cushins Also I geve unto eche of them for servants begginge a plaine beddested a flocke bedde a bolster twoo paire of course sheetes and a covrled Itm I geve and bequeth unto my sonne in lawe Richard Cole and my Daughter Alice his wiefe three hundred ouncs of plate that is twoo hundred ouncs of guylt plate and one hundred ouncs of parcell gilt Itm I geve to the makinge or reparinge of high wayes within fift- ene miles of Bristoll five and twentie poundes Itm I geve to poor maidens marriages in Bristoll six and twentie poundes thirtene shillinges and foure pence And my will is that no one maide have to her marr iage above fortie shillinges but under at the discretion of myne executors Itm I geve to every poore m?? and poore woman in everie Almes howse within Bristoll twelve pence to the somme of tenne poundes Itm I geve for the clothinge of the poore where neade is within Bristoll at the discretion of myne executors three score poundes Itm I geve unto evrye of my maide servantns wch be dwellinge wyth me at the hower of my death besides theire wages truly paid unto them forty shillinges Itm I geve unto Edward Baro- we my servannt my lease in revercon for one and twentye yeres wch I have of and in a messuage and tenement with the Appurtenncs and of the landes belonginge to the same lyinge and beinge in Partshead in the county of Somrs nowe in the tenure or occupacon of Thomas Chapell Itm I geve unto William Olin ??? my lease in revercon for one and twentye yeres wch I have of and in one close of pasture with the Appurtenncs called carells hamme conteyninge by estimacon eight acres with the sea wall and three acres withowt the sewall lyinge and beinge in Partshead aforsaid and nowe in the occupacon of John Stevens or John Cottrell Itm I geve to the poore presoners of newgate wch lyve by the bagge twentie poundes to be bestowed on them weekely in breade at the discretion of myne executors Itm I geve to my frend Robert dowe twentie markes wch is for his children Itm I geve to my cosen william Bithsea five pounde and a good gowne Itm I geve to Edmonde Cook my servannt my leas in revrcon for one and twentie yeres wch I have of and in one messuage and tenement with the Appurtenncs and of and in certaine landes therunto belonginge lyinge in beinge in Oarswell in the parish of Portbury in the said countie of Somrs and nowe in the occ- upacon of william Parker als lockyere or his Assignes Itm I geve to my frendes Thomas kelke Thomas Aldeworth Thomas Rowland and Thomas simons marchannts to eche of them twenty shillinges for a ringe Itm I geve to John Blande and Elizabeth Blande to eche of them five pounde Itm I geve to the marriage of Thomas Haynes daughter of Bristoll nowe dwelling wyth william James wife widowe in Saint James parishe tenne pounde Itm I geve unto my frend Jacob ???? three poundes six shillinges eight pence and one of my gownes all myne Apparell I will to be geven unto my children and frendes at hte discretion of myne executors And for the true and iuste execution and performance of this my last will and testament I doo ordeine and make my welbeloved frendes Richard Cole and John Ashe myne executors and I geve to eche of them for ther paines twentie poundes to see the same in all p??ts faithfully performed and done as they will answer before god and as they wold that anie man shold doo for them in tyme to come The rest of all my goodes and chattels not beque- thed I doo geve for and towards the payment of the said sonn of twoo thowsand pounde the same to be paide by said executors to that person or persons wch shall make agremet or satisfaction of the same unto the said Richard Owen or to his Assignes Itm I will by this my pnte testa- ment that all other former testaments before this time by me made shalbe utterly voide and of non effect and this to be my very true and last will and testament And I doo praye my welbeloved frendes willm younge Thomas Aldworth Thomas Rowland and Thomas Simons to be my ovrseers of this my last will and counsellors unto my executors in the same And my will is that if anie ambiguitie or dowt doo arise in or concerninge anie clause bearinge or article of this my said last will that my ovrseers or the most part of them shall open and explane the same accordinge to the meaninge herin mentioned In wittnes wherof I have herunto put my hand and seale the tenth daye of January a thowsand five hundred seventie and foure william Carr Firmed and sealed in presence of Thomas Aldworth Thomas Rowland for wittnesss of the delivrie By me Thma Rowland by me Thoms Aldworth Probatum fuit ... [this paragraph continues in Latin to grant probate on 16 May 1575] Decimo sexto die mensis Maii Anno dni millmo Quingentesimo septuagesimo quinto [to] Richd Cole executoris
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