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primis to Agnes stevenson vijs--to hir my wyffes best read Kirtle mj-I gyve unto Edward Stevnson my father in law my best hoise, a whit russett cote, a read russett cloke, a white leur dublett my best shert vjë g1_-I gyve unto my moy' my wyffe froke a read peticote, a smoke v-I gyve unto edward archbald 6$ 84—1 gyve vnto Ric' Archbald a cote of plaite, a steale cap wth a covering and a sword vj”. viij-I gyve vnto John stevnson v m’ks and all my quarrell gear a blake skyn, ij dosen knyffe stones & iiijor dosen Robestones xviije ija—to edward archbald iij roo skins ij –1 gyve more to ye said John stevens a tawnye Jackett a blake fushen dublett ijs — I gyve vnto Agnes stevnson my wyffes sist' a peticot small whit iiij viijd—I gyve vnto Elizabethe Taylor a worsett Kirtle & Kircheve, a rayle vs-I gyve to peter lightons wyff a russett peticote-to Isabell bell a blake Kirtle ij* viija_-to Symond Clerks wyff a Kircheve and a raile ije vjų—to Edward Johnsons sone a russett cote & a harden shert vjd-Jerrie watsons wiff a peticote of whyte russett-I gyve to Isabell bell iij yeards & a half white russett, and all ye rest of the white russett to ye poore wedoes so farr

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I gyve vnto Ric' Archbald xs more I gyve vnto him my purse dagger & belt 164 more vnto Agnes stevenson a creusado vjø inje-to Isabell bell a pistolate 55 iija—to Ric Rand a frenche crowne—to Edwarde heworthe xxsto wlm browell x®—to nich' heworthe x'-umfrey heworthe

S’m of his legaces xj' vjø vja. His Debts. In p’mis for worke at ye quarrell vå-to Rob’rt shep’son of wermothe iiijs So his debts ixs_Expencs maid by James Cole. In p’mis to the potticarie for triacle and certen other things iij' x</for Draff to ye swyne xiija—for strawe & candles inja_for sope and coles xvjo-paid to peter lighton & John Browne for dressing ye quarrell ije-paid to ye hird for going to myddleton in Northumberland viija—paid for the bering of John & his wyffe for the Churche and for making ther grave vs. iiij"_to the p’ste & the clerke for the buriall knoling & rynging ye bells iij®—for frankincense Jeunp" & brom for smokin the howse xija —for clensing the howse & for meat & drinke to hym & hir in the tyme of seiknes & to two sr'unts a child & ij dressers of ye howse xlija whereof ye dresser & clensers had. Item delt to ye poore at ye first tyme 88 8d. At another tyme delt to the poore in bread & money xiije mija. Paid to Ralf henrie & Jenett myddleton for keping hym in his raige of sicknesse inija ijdPaid to the p’son making the will & writing it ou’ thrise vjø viijd: For hird hyer & Clerke hier viijd—for workin of iiij peic of wollen clothe vjs—to wlm mylnes for fetching John heworthe frends xi-to Edward stobbs for worke xiijd-paid to

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george m'tyne inje-peid for the grasse of two kye inje-paid to John sleighe for howse rent xxxiij$ 4paid for quarrell rent v-paid for a p'ir of shoes xija—paid to wlm brewell for bord waigs for Jenet heworthe for xviij weaks xx—for makin the inventarie ... Ramat' vet Ixiijl x vd. Some paid & laid furth by James Cole... Oiher chairgs to be deducted. ffor probac'on of the will—for ingrossing it in p'chement-for the mortuarie xs—for the obligacions—to ye somonder fees-for ye chairgs of ye witness' of ye will and sureties... So remaynethe to Jenett heworth ye doughter of John heworthe

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CCLXXII. WILLIAM CROOKE.

In the name of god Amen This 18th of Julye anno 1571 I Will’m Crwke seke of bodye but in p'ffect mynde & memorye dothe mayke this my laste Will and Testament in maner and forme folowing That is to saye I ffyrst bequieth my soull to almyghtye god and my bodye to be buryed in the churche yarde of Wolsingham secondarely 1 gyue & betake to the poore folke at this tyme xx® and other xxs to be dystributyd lykewyse to the pore people this tyme twolmvnthe by my executors as god shall send my debts to be payd to there hands. It’m I geue To fowertene of my systers cheldren everye one of them a pease vjø viija It’m I geue & betake to other iiijor of will’m grenwell cheldren amongst them xl. It'm I gyue to margaret kyrklaye one yowe and a lame. It'm I gyue to John crukes cheldren thelder vj youes & ther lames being in will’m tomsons kepeng. It'm I gyue to thomas croukes chyld a youe & a lame It'm I gyue to Robert tomson one yowe & a lame being of these that is in his fathers hand. It'm Ï gyue and bequieth to John grenwell one angell of gold. It'm I gyue to John cruke two yowes & ij lambes. It'm I gyue & betaike to every chyld that I helpte to geue Chrystendome a peace vj“. It'm I geue to george wheatlayes wyske vjø viijd It'm I to the reste of will’m kyrklayes children vjø viija. It'm I gyue to Robert brom'll of wynstone vjø vinja It’m 1 gyue for a remembranc to ther dowghters of Rowlland brom’ell being wth his last wyffe a peace iij*inja It'm I gyue to my s’uant nell mvrton one gymer hogg shepe. It'm I gyue to will’m wheatley one gymer hogge shepe. It'm I gyue to ye mendyng of ye stepill of wolsingham church injo inja It'm I gyue to the mendyng of the walke my)l bryges xxd. It'm I geue to will’m grynwell one sygnet of syluer. It'm I gyue to my brother John cruke one ryng of syluer. It'm I gyue to my wyffe one ryng of syluer. It’m I gyue to my brothers wyffe one rynge of syluer. It’m I gyve to my curett sy? James manerd iij iiijd. It'm a remembranc y' I haue tayken of Rowland garstell of branspeth two kye gattes in ye armet fylde for v yeres begyneng at michelmes next coming It'm morover I gyue & bequieth to Janet Cruke my wyffe ye one halffe of all my goods clere moveable & vnmoveable the other halffe of all my goods moveable and vnmoveable I gyue & bequieth to my brother John cruke and to Will'm grynwell of newcastell my debts & funerall expenss deduct & discharged maken them two Jointley & ffully executors of this my last will & testament last of all I make John hwcheson & chrystofor whitfeld sup'visors of this my will & testament trusting that they will see it fullylled accordinglye & I gyue to eyther of them for ther paynes a pes x thes being witness John grayng lanclott harryson John cruke thelder & thomas cruke. *

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CCLXXUI. GEORGE BLAIXTON, OF FAERNTON HALL.' In the Name of God Amen. The xiij Daye of December Ano D'ni 1571 I George Blaixston of ffaernton haull wthin The Counttye of Durisme waike in bodye and yett wholl in mynde thankes be gyven to God, do willinglye and wth a ffree hartt rendar and gyve againe into the hands of God my spirite and Sow]l wch he of his goodness hadd gyven vnto me trusting to ke savyd by ye p'cious bloude sheaddinge onlye of his dearelye belouyed Sonne Christ Jesu orr onlye Saviour And to be saved into his glorye wi Angells and blessed saintts my bodye I gyve vnto the Earthe wherof yt caime nothinge dowtinge but accordding to our faithe at the generall resurrection I shall receyve it againe an Incorruptible bodye stronghe and p’fectt in all things for the comfourthe of my soull and tyll that daye my bodye to be buryed in the earthe wher it shall pleasse my ffrynds. ffirst I gyve and bequest to John Blaixston my youngest brother to be taiken fourthe of ffaer'ton haull and Silksworthe Sex pounds thirtein shillings fower pence Item I gyve and bequeath to my Brother Raulff Blaixstoa his heares and assignes for Ever after the death of my mouther the full two partts of all my landes in Stobbeleay—Item I gyve and bequest to my brother Raulffe Blaixston his heares and assignes one Leasse of the third partt of my Lands in Stobbeleay aforesaide for the terme of

| See his Pedigree, SURTEES, I., 246. He was buried at Bishopwearmouth three days after the date of liis will. At this period the bodies of people, even of consequence, were seldom suffered to remain uninterred more than a day or

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fower skoore and six yeares to begin Immedyatlye after the death of my mouther yealdinge and painge therfore yearlye vnto my brother Robartt Blaixston or his assignes fower marks by yeare duringe that tearme Item I gyve and bequest to John Blaixston my brother and ales Blaixston my sister my full childes portion of all ye goodes That shall fall to me after by Executurshipe from my father or any other wayes in portion of my fathers goodes vpon the devision therof. Item 1 gyve and bequest to the maides of Skutterskelfe for their paines taken wth me everye one a shillinge. And to elsabethe Hutchinson for keaping of me xija. Item I gyve and bequest to my loving brother in law Symound Fulthropp certain monye that he dothe owe me as dothe apeare by a byll maide betwixt him and me remaining in my brother Räulff hands so that he descharge me of one Dublett wch he boughtt me. Item I Gyve and bequest to my syster Joan his wyffe one yonge whye. Item I gyve and bequest unto Aunt in Roungton one kow Also I gyv to my nurss at Hutton Rudbye two shillings in monye. Also I gyve & bequest vnto Ales Shipperdson all such thinges as at anye tyme she haith reeayvyd of me besytching God to send his good fortune Item I gyve and bequest unto my loving vnkill Raulfe Blaixston wyf of Sylksworthe two weather hoggs wch I should have hadd inconsyderation of one litle closs at the bacsvde of his howss their. Item I gyve and bequest to my Brother Raulff Blaixton all my rightt entrish title and term of yeares wch I have by my fathers graunt in ffaernton haull & Sylkswoorthe accordynge to my fathers grauntt to me And that is to pay fourth of the same to the reest of the childring for the Amendementt of their portions fower scoore pounds wth lyke claim as my father gave vnto me that is that this be done according to the true meaning bothe of my fathers will and myne at the seightt of these who shalbe sup’visours of bothe ou, willes as they will answear before God to the contrayre of the meaninge therof The reest of all my goods not bequested my Debtts Legasyes and funerall exspences dyscharged I gyve and bequest To my Brother Rauff Blaixston whom I make my full executor of this my

last will and Testament and for the more sewertye in the p'fourmance hearof I shall desyer most hartelye M George Lawson Mr Thomas Whyetheade MRobartt Lyslaye my Vnkill Raulfe Blaixston and my Vnkill Thomas Sorthwaitts to be sup’visours of this my Last Will and testament besytching them for the love of God to see yt trulye p'fourmed accordynge to the true meaning hereof These being Wytnesses Thomas Sympson Rvchard Faerwether Will’m Wrightt Thomas Sortwhaiti wth other as Raff Blaxton

An InviTORIE of all ye goods & cattles of George Blaixston of ffaertoon haull laite deceasyed praisyd by thre honest men Adam Blaxston Robartt Ayre and Robart Wilson maide the xv daye of Marche Anno D'ni 1571

Imp’mis fower oxen pryce vi xiij iiij". One Mayer xxvjø. viija. xxvj sawing bourdes xxs. The said George childs portion of his fathers goods x'. Summa tota xviij'. DEBTTS wch he owyth Imp’imis to Henrye Doufolde x. To M'gerye blaixston Wido xxs. To Thomas Gibson xj”. To Amr Blaixston vije. To Will'm Davey ijo. vjų. To Raulfe Nicholson iije. xja. To Raulf Blaixston xs. To John Wilyamson vja. Summa tota iij' iiij. xjd. Rayffe Blaxton.

CCLXXIV.

MR. JOHN WILKENSON, [OF NEWCASTLE,

MERCHANT.]' The Inventorye of all MJohn Wilkensones goodes at the howre off his deathe and praysed by iilja honest men John hudson M'chaunt John gybson Alexander lawson M'chaunts and antonye Sympson gowldsmythe the 4 of Maij A° 1571.

Imprimis--IN THE HALLE-on yron chymney wth ye furnyto" xx°-on almerye at xx°-on Table of waynskott xviije –on cownter at xiij inj—on lytle cownter at v-ij Jackes ij sallettes of yron xiij inja-on dresser of waynskott ije—one pulk iijo iiija_iij chayres iij» — iij fformes iiijs –iij boflett stoles iiijs vj quyshins of tapstrye xxv'—vj old quyshins of tapstry vjs-vj greane quyshins ijs —-ij Long carpett clothes ijije — ij short carpett clothes js inja -j saye carpett clothe vjø viiją—the hyngars in ye hall x—on the almerye head j basing & ever ijs vja_on great charger ijs vjd ij new doblers iijs iiija—j litle chyst for suger jo—j payre of waynskott tables js iij; bowe & ij sheff of arrowes iij. iiijd - jij billes & ij halbertes iij' iiij. Som’a is ix' iiijIn y* BOTTRYE, x latting basins xs-xiiij candelsticks xiiijs—j laten chawffyndyshe je iüjd—j morter & on pesiell ijs viij* -vj latting Laverres iijoj pottell pott, j quart & j pynt pott ijs inja—j tynn laver vjd—ij pottell potts ij quart pottes ij pynte potts & gyle pott vj viij-—on candle chyst js inija-ij mogges iiija--ij crwses & j tynn salt joinijų– ij lyn bord clothes inj® -—j pressent napkyn of lynn viiji-iij barden hand towelles & iij lyn hand towelies ja viij-j long lyn towell ij*—j bord clothe & on dossen napkins ijo inj". Som’a is ij' sixs ija?

| Another opulent Newcastle Merchant, whose stock in trade is detailed with great minuteness. The deceased was Sheriff' of Newcastle in 1555-and Mayor in 1561.

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