The last will and testament of Edward Byne of Burwash

Graves in Burwash churchyard

Graves in Burwash churchyard

In the last post I wrote about my 11 x great grandfather Edward Byne of Burwash, Sussex, who was buried there on 4th January 1613/4. Two years earlier, on 11th December 1611, Edward had made his will, a copy of which I’ve now obtained and managed to transcribe. I’m reproducing my transcription in this post, and in the next post I’ll reflect on what we learn from the will about Edward and his family.

In the name of God Amen the eleventh daye of December in the yeare of our Lord God one Thousand Six Hundred and Eleven and in the nynthe yeare of the Raigne of our Soveraigne Lord James by the grace of God of England Fraunce and Ireland Kinge defender of the faythe and of Scotland the five and fortieth I Edward Byne of the parrishe of Burwashe in the County of Sussex yeoman being in good health and of good and perfect memory I prayse God therefore doe make ordayne and dispose this my present Testament and last will in writinge in manner and forme following First and principally I Commend my Soule into the hands of Allmighty God my maker and redeemer and my Body to the earth when yt shall please him, Item I give to the poore people of the parrishe of Burwashe Tenn Shillings of lawfull money of England To bee payd and distributed amongst the poorest of them by my Executrix hereafter named upon the daye of my burial or within halfe a yeare next after my decease at her discretion Item I give and bequeath unto Symon Byne my brother Tenn shillings of lawfull English money To bee payd unto him within one whole yeare next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne John my best Cubbard standing in the hall the iron plates standing in the hall Chimny and in the kitchen Chymny the furnase in the backhouse my best ioyned Chest standing in the middle Chamber the ioyned bedsteddle in the same Chamber one featherbed one bowlster two pillows two pillowcotes one Covering one blankett fower payres of sheetes of indifferente sorte two pewter platters one pewter dishe a latten Candlesticke the longe table in the hall with the frame, whereon yt lyeth and my best longe forme Item I give and bequeath to my sonne William one bedsteddle or Twenty shillings of money one featherbed one bowlster twoo pillows two pillowcotes one Covering one blanket fower payres of sheetes of indifferent sorte two pewter platters one pewter dishe Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Edward my ioyned bedsteddle standing in my house at Chatfeild with all the other moveable goods of mine there one featherbed one bowlster two pillows two pillowcotes one Coveringe one blanket fower payres of sheetes two pewter platters one pewter dishe Item I give and bequeath unto my sonne Stephen one ioyned bedsteddle or Twenty shillings of money one featherbed one bowlster two pillows two pillowcotes one coveringe one blanket fower payres of sheetes of indifferent sorte twoo pewter platters one pewter dishe Item I give and bequeath unto Magnus Byne my sonne Twenty pounds of lawfull Englishe money To bee payd unto him within one whole yeare next after my decease Item I give and bequeath unto John Byne sonne of the sayd Magnus five pounds of lawfull Englishe money and I give unto Agnes Byne daughter of the sayd Magnus Byne the like some of five pounds To bee payd unto them and putt fourth for them by my Executrix within one halfe yeare next after my decease for and to the use of benefit and advantage of them And whereas my sonne Edward Byne standeth bounde unto mee in one obligacion of the some of Two hundred pounds with condicion there underwritten for the full payment of one hundred pounds of currante Englishe money out of thys aforesaid some of one hundred pounds I give and bequeath unto my sonne William fifty pounds of currante Englishe money To bee payd unto him by my sonne Edward within one whole yeare next after my decease All with goods and household stuffe so by mee before given and bequeathed unto my severall sonnes aforesaid my will and true meaning ys that Agnes my wife shall have enioye and use during her naturall life and after her decease to come and remayne unto them according as the same ys beforegiven Item I give and bequeath to my sonne William fyfty pounds of currante Englishe money To bee payd him by myne Executrix within one whole yeare next after my decease Item I give and bequeathe unto Edward Byne my godsonne Three shillings foure pence of lawfull Englishe money Item I give to Edward Cruttoll my godsonne three shillings foure pence And I give unto Thomas Byne my godsonne Twoo shillings six pence And also I give unto Edward Morphen my godsonne Twoo shillings six pence And I give unto Thomas Byne my godsonne two shillings six pence To be payd within one whole yeare next after my decease All the residue of all my moveable goods and Chattles not formerly given or bequeathed I give unto Agnes my wife the debts and legacyes being first payd and dischardged whom I make my sole Executrix of this my last will and Testament Also I also further nominate ordeyne and appoynt my Couzen John Byne of Burwashe Towne and my Brother Symon Byne to bee my trusty supervisors and Overseers of this my last will and Testament to see the same performed according to my true intent and meaning And I give unto them three shillings foure pence a peece and to have all their Chardges and Expenses payd and borne when they shall travel and take paynes to see my will performed The marke of Edward Byne John Byne David Foster.

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