11 May 1588 Will of Giles Chester of Bristol (proved 1 July 1588)

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

Source: TNA, PROB 11/72

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In the name of god amen The eleaventh Daye of
Maye Anno Dni A thowsand Five hundred eighty eighte And in the thirtith yeare of the Reigne of
our Soveraigne Ladye Elizabeth by the grace of god Quene of England Frannce and Ireland
Defender of the faithe etc  I Giles Chester sonne of Dominick Chester Late of the Citye
of Bristoll merchannt Deceased being sick of bodye but yet of perfect minde and memorye Lawde and
praise be unto Almighty god Doe make and Declare this my present Last will and testament in manner and
forme following that is to saye First and principally I commend my Sowle unto Almighty god my maker
And to his Sonne Jesus Christ my onely Savyour and Redemer trusting assuredly without any Doubte or
mistrust that for his sake and throughe the meritts of his precious Deathe and passion I shall have forgivenes
of all my sinnes and after this Lyfe reigne with him eternally in the Kingdome of heaven Item I Will that
my bodye be buryed in christian buriall in suche convenient place as god shall appointe for me at the Discreacon
of my executor hereunder named Item I will that all such Debts and Dutyes as I owe to any person or
persons be well and truly paide by my executor hereunder named Whereas my Uncle Mr Thomas
Chester Late of the Cittye of Bristoll Alderman Deceased by his Last will and testament Did give
and bequeathe unto me the said Giles the some of forty pounds of Lawfull money of England the whiche
resteth as yet unpaide I will that my Welbeloved Master John Warter Citizen and mrchanttaylor of

London shall take and receive the some of forty pounds and after the receipte thereof I will that my said
Master John Warter shall have use occupye Deteyne and kepe the said some of Forty pounds in his owne
hands and to his owne proper use and behoofe for and During the full terme and time of seaven yeares to
be accompted from the time of the receipte thereof without paying any manner of charge or Dutye
for the same And after the said seaven yeares be fully expired Then I give and bequeathe owte
of the said forty pounds unto my sister Alice Chester the some of tenne pounds And to my cosen James
Chester thelder sernnte with Mr Alderman Starkye other tenne pounds And also to Margery
Warter Jane Warter and Anne Warter Daughters to my saide Mr John Warter other tenne pounds that
is to saye To every of them three pounds six shillings and eighte pence the peece All whiche Legaceis
I will to be paide within one yeare next after that my saide Mr shall have fully used the saide forty
pounds for the saide space of seaven yeares Item I Doe make ordayne and appointe my saide Maste John
Warter my full and sole executor of this my present Last will and testament Desyring them to see
the same accomplished according to my true meaning In Wittnesse whereof hereunto I have sett
my hand and seale yeaven the Daye and yeare first above written Per me Giles Chester Sealed
subscribed and Declared in the presence of us Oliver Cheere and of me John Starye servannt unto
David Lewes Scr

Probatum fuit [this paragraph continues in latin to grant probate at London
on 1 July 1588]
primo Die mensis Julii Anno Dno Millimo quingetesimo Octogesimo Octavo
[to] Johis Marter executoris

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