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Will of Nicholas Blake, Merchant of Plymouth, Devon

Proved 9 April 1646

© Crown Copyright

PROB 11/195/556, Records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury

Transcribed by Bev Edmonds

In the name of GOD Amen this twentieth day of September
in the third yeare of the reighn of our Soverigne Lord Charles by the grace
of god Kinge of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland Defender of the faith &
A....? in one thousand six hundred twentie seven I Nicholas BLAKE of
Plymouth in the County of Devon Merchant beinge of perfect health and memory
praise and ...? be given to Almighty god for the same doe hereby make and
ordeyne this my last will and Testanemt in writinge in manner and forme
followinge ffirst and principally I..mitt? and Comend my soule into the
handes of Almighty god my maker and to his only begotten sonne Jesus Christ
my Saviour and redeemer hopinge and assurdly truthinge by his merritts death
and passion only to have pardon and for remission of all my sinnes, And my
body & ..itt [spiritt?] to the earth from whence it came to be buried in
Christian buriall at the discrection of my Executors hereinafter named. And
as .o[a]uchinge my worldy goods and estate which god of his infinate goodnes
hath bestowed on me I give and bequeath as followeth . ffirst I give and
bequeath unto Jane BLAKE my now wife the dwellinge house wherein I now dwell
lyinge within the Borough of Plymouth in streete there called Whymple street
with all the household goods in the same as it now standeth duringe hir
naturall life. Also, I give and bequeath unto the said Jane my wife the rent
of Oatdowne duringe hir naturall life with the reversion of the same if it
fall by her life tyme to lett and sett at her best profit and behoove ? at a
rent or fyne for the Lives or one and Twenty years in possession for as the
Rent be reversed as it is now sett for unto my heire hereafter nominated in
this my will, Also I give and bequeath unto Jane my wife all the profit
duringe her naturall life either for the rent reserved if it be leased or in
hand to grant thre Lives or one and Twentie yeares reservinge the old rent
unto my said house and in possession, Also I give and bequeath unto the said
Jane my wife [the said] the profits and benefitt of all these thre houses or
Tenements at Britton side within the Burrough aforesaid sometimes the Landes
of Perry for and duringe hir natural life, Also I give and bequeath unto the
said Jane my wife the rent of one close of Land called Stonehouse peeke
parke neare Stonehouse Mill poole now in the Tenure of John Nicholson with
power to sett and lett the same reversinge the yearly Rent that now itt
yeildeth if itt happen to fall duringe hir life for one two or thre Lyves or
for one and twenty yeares and that in possession. Item I give unto Judeth
Blake my oldest daughter the summe of Tenn pounds sterlinge. Item I give and
bequeath unto Robert Blake my third sonne the summe of ffifty pounds
sterlinge to be paid by my Executor hereafter named within two yeares after
my death by Twenty five pounds per Annum, Item I give and bequeath unto
Nicholas Blake my fourth sonne the summe of Tenn pounds sterlinge to be paid
by my Executor within one yeare after my decease, Item I give and bequeath
unto William Blake my fifth sonne begotten on the body of the said Jane my
now wife my foresaid dwellinge house lyinge in Plymouth aforesaid in the
said street called Whymple streete, And alsoe the aforesaid Tenement called
Oatsdowne with all and regular the appurtances thereunto belonginge now in
the possession of Phillip Andrew the elder of Plymouth aforesaid merchant
his Assignee or Assignes together with house or tenement there alsoe beinge
now in the possession of one Robert Ranche Shipwright which he holdeth in
lease fromme?, And alsoe the third parte of all that the foresaid Tenement
called Higher Towne with all and singular the Appurtences And likewise all
the aforesaid house or Tenement at Britton side aforesaid sometimes the
lands of the aforeasid Perry with all and singular the Appurtences thereunto
belonginge, And also all that the aforesaid shale of Land called Stonehouse
poole parke lyinge neare Stonehouse Mill poole, To have and to hold all and
singular the aforesaid bequeathed premissed with there and every of theire
Appurtences unto the aforesaid William Blake and to his heire and Assignes
forever to his and there only proper ..? and behoove? for evermore,
Reservinge the aforesaid perticualr estates bequeathed to my said wife in
manner as aforesaid. And I doe hereby make and ordeyne the aforesaid William
Blake my lawfull and whole Executor of this my last will and Testement. And
I doe nominate and appoint my truely and welle loved friendes Thomas ffinch
and Stephen Counter to be my Overseers in the execution of the same, And for
theire painse in that behalfe I give to each of them Ten shillinge, In
witness whereas I ...? hereunto sett my hand and seale in the presence of ..
James Predis? Richard Clapper Richard Jisdon.

Probatin Testamentum etc. granted 9 Aprili[u]s ? to Willm. Blake filij
Executor etc.
[9 April 1646]