Archive:PCC, John Whitney, 1597
Prerogative Court of Canterbury
Liber Cobham, Folio 46; new reference PROB 11/89
Will of John Whitney, of Clifford, Herefordshire and London, England, dated 21 May 1597, proved 25 May 1597.
Transcription: From Melville, Henry, The Ancestry of John Whitney (New York, NY: DeVinne Press, 1896), pp. 202-204.
THE WILL OF JOHN WHITNEY, OF ST. SEPULCHRE, LONDON, GENTLEMAN. Dated 21 May 1597. P.C.C. 46 Cobham
In the name of God amen The one and twentieth day of May in the nine and thirtieth yeere of the raigne of or Sowaigne Lady Elizabeth by the grace of God Queene of England Fraunce and Ireland Defender of the faith &c I John Whitney of London, gentleman, being sick in body but of good and pfect minde and memory (laude and praise be geven to Almightie god therefore), Doe make and declare this my last will and testament in manner and fourme following that is to Say
First and principally I commend my Soule and Spirite into the hands of Almighty god my heavenly father, assuredly trusting through the death and passion of his deere sonne or lorde and Savyoure Christ Jesus, to obtaine remission of all my sinnes & offences. And my wretched body I committ to the earth in hope of a joyful resurrection the same to be buryed in decent manner according to the discretion of Myne Executor and over Seer heerafter named.
And as touching the distribucion of such mortal goods as god hath blessed and endued me wth all I geue and bestowe the same in manner and fourme following that is to say first and principally I will that all such debtes as I shall owe to any pson or psons at the tyme of my decease shalbe duly and truly paide and satisfied wthin convenient tyme after my decease.
Item I geue & bequeath to the most Reverend father in god John by the puydence of God Archbishop of Canterbury my very good lorde and mre my ring of gould set wth a turquoys in tokenn of my good will towards his grace.
Item I geue and bequeath unto my Nephewe Eustace Whitney of Clifford in the County of Hereford Esquier forty poundes of lawfull mony of England and my case of pistoles with a touch box of latten a horne flaske and a moulde for pellet.
Item I geue and bequeath to my Cosen James Whitney sonne of the saide Eustace, the some of forty poundes of lawfull mony of England and my chaine of goulde waying nine ounces lacking three pence waight and contayning by estymacon three hundred fourescore and seaventeene linkes of french Crowne goulde.
Item I geue and bequeath to the said James Whitney to and for the only and prop use and behoofe of the same James & of his executors and assignes all that my lease intereste terme of yeeres and demaunde wth at the tyme of my decease I shall maie might or ought to have to of and in the Rectorie and tieths of Clifford in the said County of Hereford wth thappurtenaunces and every or any parte thereof.
Item I geue and bequeath to my loving freende Henry Maylord my fetherbedd, boulster, pillowes, Twoo Spanish blanckette, and twoo Cadowes.
Item I geue and bequeath to Elizabeth Dicke my Chest, And to Joane Newman my cupbourde, And to Richard Wrighte fourtie Shillings in monny.
Item I make & ordaine the saide James Whitney the sole and only Executor of this my last will and testament To whome I geue and bequeath the resydue of my goods not herein bequeathed after my debtes paide mu funeralls discharges and this my last will and testament pfourmed And over soer of this my last will and testament I make & ordaine my loving freend Richard Watkins of london Staconer to whome for his paines in this behalf to be takenn I geue and bequeath the some of fiue poundes.
And to my Cosen Thomas Whitney of Clifforde I geue and bequeath the some of thirty shillings to buy him a Cloke.
In witnes whereof hereunto I haue Set my hand and seale yeaven the day and yeere first above written.
A Codicill. Item I geue and bequeath to Mris Ellen King, in recompence os such somes of mony and duties as I owe unto her, the some of twenty and one poundes.
Sealed and delivered in the pce of Willm Maylerd Chritofer Stafell.
Proved at London 25 May 1597 by James Whitney the sole Exr