WILL OF SIR HENRIE LINDLEY OF MIDDLEHAM CASTLE PROVED DEC 1609 

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In the name of God Amen the seventh of November anno domini 1608. I Henrie Lindley Knight of Middleham castle being sicke in bodie but of sound and perfect rememberance do make this my last will and testement in maner and form following. First I give and bequeath my soule into the hands of God my maker and redemer trusting assuredlie to be saved by the meriths and mercies of Christ and my bodie to be buried in the church or chancel of Middleham. For the due ordering of my goods First I give and bequeath unto Jerima (Jemima) my wife and ladie parks and possessions of Middleham and the castle of Middleham with all my goods moveable and unmoveable and all the leases and possessions thereunto belonging of what kind so ever during her natural life witnesses hereof Sir Charles Wren Knight, Henrie Paget. Memorandum that the said seventh day of November 1609 (thus) about one quarter of an houre after the making of the will above written the said Sir Henrie Linley being of perfect memorie did give and bequeath unto his nephew Edward (inserted afterwards) Hoppie threescore pounds by yeare to be paid yearlie to him out of Wodfoffe in the countie  of (thus) Kent during all the term of his lease thereof which request was then in the lifetime of the saide Sir Henrie Linley being put in writing witnesses hereof Henrie Paget, John Starkey.

Memorandum also that the same day aforesaid aboute eleven of the clocke the said Sir Henrie Linley being of perfect memorie did give and bequeath to his servant John Starkey the same of one hundred pounds to be paid out the leases of Kent which bequest was also then put in writing. Witnesses thereof Thomas Houldsworth, John Hartley, Richard Tailor and Lawrence Fishenden.

Memorandum also that the same day aforesaid a little after the bequest made to John Starkey as is above written the said Sir Henrie Linley being of perfect memorie did give unto John Coxe his servant the lodge in the West parke at Middleham and eight gates winter and somer in the West parke for and during his naturall life and did give him the cowes which bequest was also put in writing. Witnesses thereof Thomas Houldsworth, John Hartley, Richard Tailor.

Memorandum also that the same day aboute one of the clocke in the after noone the said Sir Henrie Linley being of perfect memorie did give unto  William George, Lawrence Fishenden and Thomas Denison his servants to everie one of them forty pounds and to Thomas Todd twenty pounds which legasies he willed to be paid by his ladie and wife and the same bequest was then also written in his life tyme. Witnesses thereof William Blacketh and Thomas Houldsworth.

Memorandum also that the same day a little after the promises that the said Sir Henrie Linley being of perfect memorie did give to his sister Mrs Stubbes the same of fifty pounds. Witnesses thereof Thomas  Houldsworth.William Blacketh and Ellen Center and others.

Memorandum also that the same day the said Sir Henrie Linley being of perfect memorie did give to everie one of his women servants five pounds apiece. Witnesses thereof Thomas  Houldsworth and Edward Happy.

 On the 23rd of December 1609 administration was granted to his widow and relic Jeronima Lindley.

 His widow was buried in Middleham in 1611 as Jeronoma (lady) Linley.

 Please note that any spellings in the above Will are as they appeared in the Will.

 

 

 

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