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Anthony Goddard and the Defences of Plymouth

Devon & Cornwall Notes & Queries 9:2, (1916) pp. 52-53.


W.U. Reynell-Upham

Prepared by Michael Steer

The 1599 will of Anthony Goddard, Merchant of Plymouth, shows him to have been a public spirited citizen. The Note presents the will in full. It is possible for a small fee, to obtain an authorised copy from the National Archives. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. The copy of this rare book is held in the Library of Arthur William Bryant Messenger, and is available from the Internet Archive.

Note 48. Anthony Goddard and the Defences of Plymouth. - The will of Anthony Goddard of  “Plimmouthe," in the county of Devon, merchant, dated 28 Dec, 1599, and proved 10 Oct., 1600, P.C.C. (60 Wallop) shows him to have been one of those public spirited citizens of whom his town and county have produced so many eminent examples. "Item. - I give and bequeathe unto the Toune of Plimouthe one Demye Culveringe of yron wayeinge Twenty Six hundred and a halfe, one long carrage titt for her, One Ladell, one Spunge and fiftye demy Culveringe Shott upon this condicon that the same shall be sett by the Lyme Kills nere the olde castell of Plimouthe with a coveringe over the same continuallye to remaine for the keepinge thereof drye to be by the toune maintained. "Testator further bequeathed to his children Humphry, William, James, Avice, Agnes and Elizabeth  £250 each at 21, and; £250 in trust for his daughter Mary, wife of Abm. Adams, and a similar sum for his daughter Christian, wife of Samuel Carpenter. Residue to eldest son Anthony and daughter Philipp, wife of Jerome Verneworthie. Overseers "my especial and trustye frendes Mr. Thomas Payne, Thomas Uppam, John Martin and Peter Silvester." [Under certain conditions] ;£500 to remain in the hands of the Maior and Comiiialtie of the burroughe aforesaid ; ;£20 towards the mainetenance of a Preacher within the said toun and the use of the residue to be bestowed in erectinge the lowest Roofe of the Guildhall there of Plimouthe in equal heighte with the roofe of the saide Guildhall and for the making of a Shambles in a streate called the old Toune within the l)orough aforesaide and also for and towards the maintenance of the Castles within the said toune. Provyded alwaies that the said Twentie Powndes by me geven towards the maintenance of a Preacher shalbe and remain as aforesaid  as my fre guifte forever over and besydes such yearely stipend as nowe is or shalbe geven by the Maior and Cominaltye. Item. - To Thomas Uppam preacher of Plimouthe Tenne Pounds. (This was Thos. Upham, M.A., Fellow of Exeter Coll., Oxford, Vicar of Plymouth 1603). Item - To Thomas Payne five puundes. Item. - To John Martin five poundes. Item. - To Peter Silvester ffive poundes. Item - To John Luxton my Attorney ffive poundes. Item -To John Heale my Attorney ffive poundes.Item. – To josua Smafet Phisicon ten poundes. Item. - To Walter Glubbe £3. 6s. 8d. Item. John Antill of Plimouthe gent. £10. Wit., Leonard Pomery, Tho. Sherwill. Codicill spoken 22 Feb., 1599, provides for losses to be equally borne by legatees if Shipping miscarry. Wit., Thomas Uppam, Preacher, Thomas Payne, Peter Silvester, John Martin. 

W. U. Reynell-Upham.