In the name of God Amen the seaventh daye of August in the yeare of our Lord God one thowsand five hundreth ninety and fowre and in the yeare of the reigne of our soveraigne Ladye Elizabeth by the grace of God Queene of England Fraunce and Ireland defender of the faithe etc the six and thirteth.
I Willm Lewys of the Goytrey in the County of Monmothe and dioces of Landaffe Esquyer sicke and feeble in bodye but of sounde and perfecte remembraunce (God be thanked) doe make and ordayne my present Testament conteyning herein my last will in manner and forme following
Viz: First and principally I commend my sowle to God Almightie my maker and redemer and my bodye to be buryed in the parrishe churche or chauncell of Goytrey aforesaid.
Item I give and bequeathe towards the reparacon of the Cathedrall Churche of Landaffe three? shillings.
And to the parson of Goytrey for my forgotten tything twelve pence.
And to the Vycar of Mamhilad for my forgotten tything twelve pence.
And to the poore mens boxe of the Goytrey aforesaid twenty shillings.
And towards the reedefynig of Lonelews? Bridge twenty shillings.
And to the poore mens boxe of Mamhilad five shillings.
Item: I give and bequeathe to David Lewes my sonne the lease of the Rectorye tythes lands oblacons fruites rightes proffitts and commodityes of Lanover Mamhilad and Trevethin within the deoces of Landaffe the xvth daye of Maye in the sixt yeare of the Queenes Maiestie that nowe is whiche shall commence after the xpiracon of one olde lease graunted to Thomas Jones gent deceased for the terme of fowre score yeares then to come together with the righte title interest and terme of yeares whiche I the saide testator have in and into the saide lease and the comodityes therein conteyned and specified whiche lease was graunted by the Deane Archdeacon and Chapter of Landaffe.
Item: I doe give devise and bequeathe to Richard Lewes my sonne all my landes and tentes whatsoever whiche I the saide testator have purchased of David Williams of Lanteiloe Bertholewe scituate lying and being within the saide parrishe of Lanteiloe by meares and markes of olde tyme use to have and to holde the same landes and tenements with all and singular thappurtenances to the saide Richard Lewes to the use and behoofe of the saide Richard Lewes and the heires of his bodye lawfully begotten for ever.
And for wante of suche yssue to the use and behoofe of David Lewes my sonne and the lawfull heires of his body for ever.
And for wante of suche yssue to the use and behoofe of Marye and Katherine my daughter’s theires of theire twoe bodyes lawfully begotten for ever.
And for wante of such yssue to the use of the right and next heires of me the saide testator.
Item: I give and bequeathe to my saide sonne Richard Lewes all my lease lands whiche I lately purchased of Lewes John ap Jenkin of Lantiloe Bartholewe aforesaide and nowe in the tenure of Thomas John Rice.
Item: I give devise and bequeathe to the saide Richard Lewes my sonne all the fefte? parte of the freeholde and inheritaunce of the saide lease lands whiche I also purchased of the saide Lewes John ap Jenkin to have and to holde the same fefte parte of the saide lease lands with all and singular the appurtenances to the saide Richard Lewes to the use and behoofe of the saide Richard Lewes and the heires of his bodye lawfully begotten for ever. And for want of suche yssue to the use and behoofe of David Lewes my sonne and the lawfull heires of his bodye for ever. And for wante of suche yssue to the use and behoofe of Marye and Katherine my daughter and to the heires of theire twoe daughter’s bodyes lawfully begotten for ever. And for want of suche yssue to the righte use of the righte and next heires of me the saide testator. Item I give and bequeathe to the saide Richard Lewes my sonne one lease with the residue of the yeares and terme yet to come of and in one howse and other messuages with thappurtenances nowe in the tenure and occupacon of David ap Rees Coger scituate lying and being within the Towne of Bergavenny in the County of Monmothe and was late had and boughte of Richard John Llauelen late deceased.
Item: I give and bequeathe to my saide sonne Richard Lewes my lease and the residue of the yeares in the same yet unexpired of and in one meadowe scituate and lying in Llanwenarthe in the County of Monmothe nowe in the tenure of Phillipp Jenkin ap Evan whiche I had and boughte of the widowe of Phillipp Thomas ap John of Llanwenarthe aforesaide.
Item I give and bequeathe to the saide Richard Lewes my sonne the lease of the Rectory of Lanteiloe Bartholwe within the deoces of Landaffe whiche is holden of the Deane Archdeacon and Chapter of Landaffe together with all the proffitts and comodityes in the same saide lease comprised and conteyned and the wholle terme of years in the same yet to come and nowe unexpired. Item I give and bequeathe to Marye and Katherine my twoe daughters foure hundreth and forty pounds of lawfull money of England to be equally devided betwene them bothe? whiche saide fower hundreth and forty pounds one Thomas Skidmore of Kent Churche in the County of Hereforde Esquire standeth bounde as well by awarde and arbitrament as also by bonde to paye at dayes place and times expressed in the saide awarde as by the same it is to be seene more manifestly.
Item: I give and bequeathe to Marye Harbert the daughter of John Herbert Esquire one of the Maisters of her Maiesties requests the some of tenne pounds. The residue of all my goods and chattells as well reall as personall not herein before given willed or bequeathed I doe give and bequeathe to Elizabeth Lewes my wyfe whome I doe constitute and ordayne by this my present Testament my sole executrix to accomplyshe and performe the same accordingly. In wittnesse whereof I have hereunto sett my hande and seale the daye moneth and yeare first above written. And this my last will conteynes three sheetes of paper in all.
Read sealed and delivered in the presence of:
John Gwillim, Parson of Llandewyskyred
Charles Jones, Clerke the writer hereof
John Proger senr
(Latin) Proved in London before the Ven John Amye, Doctor of Law, Surrogate &c &c 14 August 1594 by Elizabeth Lewys relict of the deceased & executrix &c &c
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