St. Oswald's Church, Leathley

Photograph by kind permission of the copyright owner, Melanie Towler.



In the name of God amen, the 28th January in the year  of our Lord God 1585 and also in the eight and twenty years of our Sovereign  Elizabeth by the grace  of God of England, France and Ireland Queen, defender of the faith, I John Lindley of Castley  in the County of York Yeoman, being sick in body, but in hole mind and in good memory praised be to God, do make and ordayn this my present testament conteynyge there in my last Will in manor and forme that followethe. First and principally  I give and bequeath my soul to Almighty God and Jesus Christ my only saviour and Redeemer and this my mortal body to be buried within the Church of Leathley. Item, I do give and bequeath to Janet my wife the best cow that I have. Item, I do give and bequeath to every godson I have, two pence. All the rest of my goods not bequeathed nor given I do give them to my children, my debts being played, legacies and funeral expenses discharged, that is to say Christopher Lindley, Percival Lindley, Janet Steade Margaret Chelray and Elizabeth Parker and also I do make and ordain these my children my full and hole executors of this my last Will and testament and I do desyer my wellbeloved friends John Lindley Leathley and Frank Arthrington of Castley  gentleman to be supervisors of the same. In Witness hereof John Lindley gent, Edward Walker, Lenard Powell and John Robinson with others Xopher Lindley, William Chelray


Proved18th February 1585



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