I’ve referred so often in recent posts to the will of William Forrest of Badsey, Worcestershire, that I thought it might be a good idea to transcribe it in full. William was the brother of my 9 x great grandfather, Thomas Forrest, Citizen and haberdasher of London, who died in 1678. His will, together with that of his niece, my 8 x great grandmother Alice Byne, is my main source for the connection with the Boulton family, which I’ve been exploring in the last few posts. I should take this opportunity to correct a minor error that I’ve made in previous references to William Forrest’s will. I’ve been giving its date as 1700, when in fact it was signed and sealed in 1698; 1700 was the date of William’s death.

Section from Google Maps, showing Badsey in relation to other places mentioned in William Forrest's will

Section from Google Maps, showing Badsey in relation to other places mentioned in William Forrest’s will

As usual, I’ll share my transcription of the will first, and discuss its implications in another post.

In the Name of God Amen I William Forrest of Badsey in the County of Worcester yeom. doe make this my last Will and Testament for the settling my worldly Estate Impris I give and bequeath the Legacies following vizt To my Cozen Ann Fort daughter of Margery Fort deceased five pounds To Richard and Ann sonne and daughter of Richard Haines of Charleton and Jane his wife five pounds apeece To William Grace and Hester children of Mr Thomas Saunders of Moore twenty shillings apeece To my Sister Alice Boulton five pounds To my Cozen Elizabeth Markland twenty shillings to buy her a ring To my Cozen Alice Bolton daughter of Peter Bolton twenty shillings To the four younger children of my Cozen Alice Bine vizt Alice Mary Magnus and Thomas Bine ten pounds apeice Item All the rest and residue of my goods chattels and personal Estate I give and bequeath to my said Cozin Alice Bine and to her Sonne John Bine both I make Executors of this my last Will and Testament And my Will is that the severall Legacies above given shall be paid to such of the Legatees as shall be at age at my decease within twelve Moneths next after my decease and the rest at the full age of the rest of the said Legatees respectively Item I give and bequeath to my said cozen Alice Bine All my Lands Messuages Tenements and Hereditaments in Badsey and in the parish of Badsey aforesaid for and dureing the terme of her natural life charged and chargeable with such of the said Legacies as my chattels and personal Estate will not to extend to pay And after the decease of my said cozen Alice Bine I give and bequeath unto the said John Bine her Sonne All and Singular my said Messuages Lands tenements and hereditaments To have and to hold to him and his heires to his and their owne use and behoofe for ever charged and lyable nevertheless to the said Legacies above herein bequeathed Item I desire Mr Charles Nixon Clark and Mr Edward Walker to be overseers of this my Will and assistant  in their advice to my Executors In witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale this three and twentieth day of June In the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred and Ninety and eight William Forrest Signed sealed and published by the Testator in the presence of us who at the said Testators request and in his presence writt our names Edward Walker Signis (?) Ann Horton Rich. Horton John Bulleine