The Will of William Wooding of Bosbury, 1512/13

Summary:  Transcription of the the Will of William Wooding of Bosbury dated 13th January 1512 (1513 New Style) listing as the main beneficiaries his children Richard and Alice and his servant, William Roper. The probate copy of the will is held at The National Archives, Kew reference PROB 11/17.

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    In the name of God the thirteenth day of the month of January in the year of our Lord God, one thousand five hundred and twelve and in the fourth year of the reign of King Henry, I, William Wooding, of the parish of Bosbury in the diocese of Hereford, being in my good and whole mind and only sick of body, make and ordain and declare this my present testament and last will in form following. First and principally I give and bequeath my soul unto Almighty God and and to our blessed Lady Saint Mary and to all the saints of heaven and my body to be buried in the churchyard of Bosbury aforesaid. Also I bequeath to the mother Church of Hereford four pence.

Item: I bequeath to the high altar of Bosbury aforesaid four pence. Item: I give and bequeath to the same church of Bosbury, two tapers of wax, one of the same to burn before our Lady at the church door and the other taper to burn before Saint Erasmus in the same church. Item: the same two tapers to be maintained and kept for [by] one whole year next following after my decease. Item: I bequeath unto William Roper my servant one calf upon this condition that the said William do abide and continue with mine executor underwritten. Item: I bequeath to Alice my daughter a bullock. Item: I will that Richard Hope, John Farley, Thomas Turner and Master James Bromwich whom I infeoffe trust in all my free lands and tenements that they make or cause to be made a sufficient jointure to my wife for term of her life and after her decease, the same lands and tenements with the appertenances remain to Richard Wooding, my son, and Elyn [Ellen] his wife and to the heirs of their two bodies between them lawfully begotten and for default of such issue, the remainder thereof to the right heirs of me the said William Wooding.

The residue of all my goods, cattels and debts whatsoever they be above not bequeathed after my debts paid, my funeral expenses well and honestly done, I give and bequeath wholly unto the said Richard Wooding, my son, and Richard Hope they therewith free will as their own proper goods forevermore, the which Richard Wooding and Richard Hope I make and ordain mine executors of this my present testament and last will and I make and ordain the said Master Bromwich supervisor of this my present testament and last will.

These witnesses Thomas Turner, John Farley, Nicholas Turner and others.

Probate date: 1st. March 15-- [missing last two figures]

Transcribed by Barry Sharples, 2013

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