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Copyright © Alison U. Ring, June, 2003.

The Will of James Shorte
of Rydlington (Ridlington)
1456

In the name of god Amen

The xvth. Daye of August in the yere of our Lord god xv hundrede fifty and syx James Short of Ridlinghton in the county of Norff. widowe being of hole mynde and of parfyhte remembrance lauded be god doe ordayn and make this my testmaente and last wyll in manor and fourme folowinge. Firste I bequethe my sowle unto Almightie god to our blessed Lady and to all the glorious company of heaven and my body to be buryred in the churchyarde of Riddlinghton aforsaide. Item I give to the Highe Aultor there for my tythes negligently forgotton and unparid xiij d and to the reparaton of the churche of Ridlinghton viij pence. Item I bequethe to the poore mennes boxe theare ij d. Item I bequethe to John Tucker my Sonn(e) in Lawe iiii s and to Xopofer (Christopher) Tucker and to Agnes Tucker to eche of them ii s. Item I bequethe to Andrewe Goodkroppe my nevewe (nephew) ij s. Item I bequethe to Margaret Goodkroppe my nese (niece) xii d. Item I bequethe to Margaret Wulfe my daughter iiii s. Item to Clemente Frost my nevewe (nephew) xii d. Item I bequethe to Thomas Wulfe my godson ii s and to John Wulfye his brother xii d. Item I bequethe to Dorothe Goodkroppe my daughter xxi s and to Agnes Drake my god daughter vj d. Item to Willm. Smythe my godson viii d and to Margaret Puryuet? my goddaughter viii d Item to Agnes Barland viii d and to Cicely Linstedy iiij d also I bequethe to xpfer (Christopher) Shorte one heckforthe1 of iii yeres of age when he comethe to the age of xx yeres. Item I bequethe to everyon(e) of my godchildren not before named iiii d apece. The resedue of my goodes corne cattell and moveables and househoulde stuff not before bequethed I give unto Robt. Goodkroppe and James Goodkroppe my Sonnes whome I ordayn and make myn(e) executors theye to receyve my dettes and paye my dettes and to performe this my testamente and laste will and to bringe me honestly to them the wyttnesses of this my testament and last wyll. Sir.(?) Robte. Lindley Nicholas Short wt (with?) others (M d?)2 delyvered to Robte. Lyndley parson there vs iiii d for the reparaton of the churche. Item I bequethe to Dorothe Goodkroppe one cowe color browne. Item one coverlet of carpet woork and my beste kortell. [kirtell?] Item I give to Alyce Skynner my beste gowne and on(e) coffer wtall (withal) my Livvyng wytness Wyllm Wolfe Wyllm Baly.

Probated: 03 October, 1556

1. Heckforthe = another word for 'heifer.'

2. M d = possibly abbreviation for 'mentioned.'

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