Source: TNA, PROB 11/127
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In the name of God amen The fiftenthe daye of June in the yeare of oure Lorde God one thowsand six hundred and fiftene and in the year of the of the Raigne of oure Sovereigne Lorde James by the grace of God of Englande Scotland Frannce & Ireland kinge defender of the faithe &c (that is to saye) of Englande Frannce & Ireland the thirtenthe and of Scotland the eighte and fortithe I Edmunde Pyke of Merton in the Parrishe of West Bedwyn in the Countye of Wiltes gent fyndinge myself diseased and langinshinge of sicknes and become ympotent in my leggs and daylie expectinge and desyringe a happie departure of my Soule from my Body and to be wth my Savior Jesus Christe in sure & perfect hope and confidence by his merrits and mercie of a ioyfull resurrection And beinge of good and perfect memorie and capacitie to distribute and dispose suche things as my mercifull God hathe comitted to my distribucon unto whome I yeilde all glorie and thankfulnes for his infinite benefitts doe make and ordayne this my last will and testament in mannr and fourme followinge Firste I commende my Soule to allmightie God the Father my Creator and Jesus Christe his only Sonne my Savioure and Redeemr and the Holy Ghoste my sanctifier one eternall and omnipotent God I havinge a certaine and sure hope by the merrits of my Savior Jesus Christe of a blessed and ioyfull resurreccon unto ioye & lyfe eternall And I desyre that my bodye maye be decently buried in Christian buriall accordinge to the discreacon of my executor Item I geve and bequeathe towardes the reparacons of the Cathedral churche of Sarum Three shillings fower pence And towardes the reparacons and mayntennce of the PARishe churche of west Bedwin Tenn shillings Item I will that my executor shall provide a convenient longe Cushion to lye and a fayre convenient Pulpitt clothe of silke to hange on the Pulpitt of the Parrishe churche of West Bedwyn before suche Preachers as will and doe preache God his divine worde in the sayd Pulpitt But provided (yf I procure and deliver the same) in my lyfe tyme my executor shall not be charged to provide suche Cushion and Pulpitt clothe Item I give towardes the relief of the poore people dwellinge wthin the Parrishe of West Bedwyn Forty shillings to be distributed amongste them accordinge to the discreacon of my execor And towardes the relief of the poore people dwellinge wthin the Towne of Shal- borne Tenn shillings And to and for the poore people of the PARishe of Titcombe Five shillings to be alsoe distributed amongste them accordinge to the discreacon of my executor Item I give and bequeathe to everie one of my Sonne Edmond Pyke his children (vizt) Edmonde John Ellinor Marye Elizabeth Katherine and Bridgett Twenty pounde to each of them as a token and remembrance of my love towardes everie one of them And either of the sayd Edmonde and John Pyke sonnes of my Sonne Edmonde Pyke to have the sayd some of Twenty pound or some profitte thereof accordinge to the discreacon of my executor whenas he shall and dothe attayne unto and accomplishe thage of Twenty and one yeares And everie of my sayd Sonne his daughters to have her sayd Some or porcon of Twenty pounds whenas shee shall and dothe attayne unto and accomplishe the age of eightene yeares or daye of her marriage wth the good and well lyking & consent & consent of hir Parents and accordinge to the discreacon of my executor or the proffitt and benefitt thereof Item I give to Thomas Pike my brother a peece of goulde called an Angell Item I give to James Herne my servant (yf he contynewe in my service untill my dePARture oute of this worlde) Twenty shill Item I give to everie one of my Servants (dwellinge in my Howse as a do- mestic all servnnts atthe tyme of my cease and hathe dwelte wth me three yeares and upwardes Three shillings and fower pence Item I give and bequeath to my wellbeloved daughter in lawe Elizabeth Pyke my Sonne his wief (as a shewe of my kynde acceptance of hir good behavior towardes me and of my thankfulnes towardes her for the same Five pound of the best goulde in my custodie I alsoe give and bequeathe to suche of the Inhabitants of Titcombe (as possesse errable Lande there) Tenn shillings Item to the Inhabitants of Wexcombe possessinge errable Lande there Thirtene shillings fower pence Item to the like Inhabitants of Merton possessinge errable Lande there other then of my Farme Tenn shillings And to the Inhabitants of Welton als Wilton possessinge errable Lande there Tenn shillings Everie of the sayd severall Sommes to be delivered unto one or two of the Inhabitants of everie of the sayd PARticuler Towneshippes or Hamletts to be by them appoynted to receive the same to and for thuse of the same Inhabitants before specified in everie the sayd PARticulaer Towneshippe or Hamlett in wch they dwell And everie of the sayd severall Somes of mony by the direction of the greater PARte of the Inhabitants of everie the sayd PARticuler Towneshippes or Hamletts to whome any of the sayd Somes is appointed as aforesayd wth the advice and consent of my executor shalbe devided & limitted to everie suche person a parte as hathe susteyned damage by the flighe of Pigeons of my Pigeonhowse as in satisfaccon thereof Or otherwise yf the Inhabitants of all or any the Towneships or Hamletts shall soe agree emongst themselves that the sayd Sommes of mony (to them in forme aforesayd bequethed) shalbe distributed to the Poore Then somuche of the sayd mony (as by suche agreemt shalbe yeilded to be distributed) shalbe distributed accordinglie And I doe hereby ordayne and make my lovinge Nephewe John Shuter gent overseer of this my last will and testament desyringe him not only to instructe and call uppon my executor but alsoe to advise him for the performance of this my last will & well educatinge in religious and vertuous educacon his children to be true xpians by the grace of the Holy Ghoste And as in token and remembrannce of my love towardes him the sayd John Shuter I give unto him Fourtye shillings The residue of all my Leases goodes chattells not only reall but also personall Fearmes Tenements Meadowes Leasues Pastures Debts unto me owed by Judgements and Specialties otherwise howsoevr Stocks and Stores and all Howse- hould stuffe and Implements of Howshould moveable and unmoveable not before herein given and bequeathed willed or devised I give bequeathe will and devize the same and everie PARte thereof to my sayde welbeloved Sonne Edmonde Pyke to make him the better able to trayne and bringe up his children (wch God hathe given unto him) int he true knowledge and feare of god in hope by his divine grace of good perseverance therein all the dayes of theire lives And for the better obteyninge thereof I praye allmightie god for the merritts of my Savioure Jesue Christe to blesse and directe them wth his Spiritt In wittnes whereof I the sayd Edmonde Pyke the Testator and eldest of that name have written this my last willa nd testament wth my owne hande and hereunto subscribed my name the daye and yeare firste above written By me the abovenamed Edmond Pyke theldest of that name the above sayd Testator Witnesses John Shuter Robert Hynnynge Thomas Pyke Quinto die [the final paragraph is in Latin and appear to grant probate on 5 January 1615] Quinto die mensis Januarii anno [...] millesimo sexcentmo decimo quinto [to] Edmundo Pyke filio
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