William Heskin 1643
This will has been stored folded down the middle and parts of the will have disintegrated along the central fold, hence the larger than usual number of words replaced by [illeg]. The will also contains a number of debtors and creditors which have not been included in the transcription below.
In the name of God amen the sixth and twentieth day of December anno dni 1643 and in the year of the reign of our most gracious sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of god King of England Scotland France and Ireland defender of the faith etc. I. William Heskin of Coppull in the county of Lancaster butcher being somewhat sick in body but of good and sound memory I give God thanks for the same believing that death is certain to all flesh and the time thereof most uncertain do ordaine and [illeg] last will and testament in manner and form following and first and principally I give and bequeath my soule to the hands of almighty God my maker and saviour trusting by the merits of his blessed death and passion to be [illeg] hie elect, to reign with him in his glorious kingdom and for of my worldly goods after my debts legacies and funeral expenses being first deducted forth of my whole goods I will and devise that my goods shall be divided [illeg] several parts the first part whereof I give and bequeath unto Margaret my dear and loving wife and the second and last part I reserve to myself which part unto me [illeg] I give unto Margaret my wife item I give unto [illeg] Taylor my grandchild two dozen of silver buttons and xx s of lawful English money for. Item I also give and bequeath unto Margaret Taylor my grandchild x s of like lawful English money. Item I give and bequeath unto Heskin Fell son of Thomas Fell my godson xx s of lawful English money. Item I give unto Jane Taylor my daughter xx s sterling. Item I give unto John Haydock son of Roger Haydock of Coppull aforesaid one silver spoon. Item I give unto Ann Vause my stepdaughter one covering for a bed. Item I give and bequeath unto James Woodward of Standish buttonmaker my cloak. Item I give unto William Williamson some time my servant one green paire of breetches. Item I give unto Roger Sclater of Coppull my old graye breetches and a paire of knit stockings. Item I give unto old William Chamberlain of Standish my feather doublet and graye jerkin now upon it. Item I give to [illeg] Margaret my wife my red petticoats. Item I give unto Robert Chamberlain of Standish clogger my old horsman cloak. Item I give unto Ann Foster my servant mayde two shillings of money. And I desire Margaret my loving wife to be sole executrix of this my last will and testament as my trust is in her above all others. And I also intreat John [illeg] the elder of Standish mercer and Roger Haydock of Coppull aforesaid yeoman my loving friends to be supervisors of this my last will and testament hoping they will see the same truly executed. In witness hereof I have here unto put my hand and seal the day and year first above written
Sealed signed and delivered in the presence of us
A list of debts owed by William Heskin and debts due to him follows this section.