1559 the will of  RICHARD BANDY of Potsgrove Beds

This was proved at Woburn on the 4th day of March in the year of our Lord 1559, before Sir John Smythe, substitute of Master Richard Barbor, Archdeacon of Bedford.

In the name of God, Amen.  The 26th day of February in the year of our Lord God 1570[? will was proven in 1559 - so this is probably 1559].

I, Richard Bandy, of Potsgrove within the county of Bedford, being sick in body but whole and perfect of remembrance, do make my last will and testament in manner and form following.

First I bequeath my soul to almighty God, and my body to be buried within the churchyard of Potsgrove aforesaid. And as touching the distribution of my temporal goods, I bequeath to the mother church of Lincoln 2d.

Item I bequeath for tithes and oblations negligently withheld 4d.

Item to the town of Potsgrove 3s 4d.

Item to my brother Edward junior one bullock of one year old.

Item to every godchild 4d.

Item to my brother Edward senior my grey jacket.

Item to John my brother my wedding jacket.

Item I give to Alice my wife my house and my land for the term of her life, and after her decease to my heirs.

And if my wife have a woman child, it shall have £3 6s 8d, and to Isabel my daughter £3 6s 8d.

And if my wife be not with a daughter, then Isabel my daughter shall have £6 13s 4d, and the other of my children one bullock worth 10s, which bullock, with other legacies, shall be delivered when they come to lawful age.

Item the residue of my goods unbequeathed I give to Alice my well-beloved wife, to pay my debts and legacies and other ordinary charges. And also I do ordain the aforesaid Alice, and Robert Balden, to be mine executors, and I give the same Robert for his pains 12d.

I make Richard Saunders overseer of this my last will and testament.

Witnesses William Godfrey, Robert Hover, Thomas Colman, with others.

translation provided by Brooke Westcott  westcott@ukonline.co.uk