MODERNISED ABSTRACT OF THE WILL OF WILLIAM GYES OF THE PARISH OF
ST. CLEMENT DANES WITHOUT THE BARS OF THE NEW TEMPLE IN LONDON,
Co. MIDDLESEX, AND CLAXTON, Co. LEICESTER, GENTLEMAN,
DATED 7th AUGUST, 1558
I bequeath my soule to my Heavenly Father, Maker, Saviour and Redeemer, and
my copral body to be buried in the church of St. Clement Danes aforesaid.
To my wife Christian, all my lands and tenements in the parishes of St.
Clement's aforesaid, Stronde, Maryborn and Harrow-on-the-Hill, with its
hamlets of Kenton, Hatchend, Pinner, Welde and Alperton; and in Oxey alias
Oxey Waldrond, commonly called Thomas at Hatcher, in Watford, co. Hertford,
being all freehold lands, reserving to myself the 3 several houses next
adjoining the east part of my captial messuage or inn called the Aungell alias
the Aungell on the Hopein the said parish of St. Clement's, in the occupations
of John Bryghte, butcher, Madder Wesebocke the Frenchman, and william Wrighte,
hosier,- for her life, with the remainder to Michael Gyes, my Eldest son, and
to Erasmus Gyes, my second son, in equal moieties in bail. Each to be heir of
the other, if either die without heir of his body. Remainder if they both so
die, to John Leche, wife of Robert Leche, citizen and leather-seller of
London, and to Agnes fawkes, yeoman, my sisters.
To my said sister Joan, the three above excepted houses, she paying a rent of
40s. to my wife during her life, and afterwards 20s. apiece to my said two
sons. To remain, after my said sister's death, to her two sons Raffe and John
Leache jointly for 21 years, if they so long live; if they die before its
expiry, the residue of the said term to remain to their sister Katherine
Leache, aways charged with the rent abovesaid. The premises to remain
thereafter to my two sons in tail male.
To my said sister Agnes, the messuage wherein my uncle George Mower of
Claxton aforesaid, yeoman, dwells, for her life, with remainder to Hugh
Fawkes, one of her sons, in tail male.
To the high alter of St. Clement Danes, for tithes forgotten, 5s.
To the said Robert Leache, all my apparel, viz: my black gown faced with
budge, my (?) new gown faced with genettes, my black "morenyng" coat, 2 pair
of hose, 2 doublets of black satin and one of tawney satin, and my study gown
furred with foynes.
My wife shall give to every one of her children begotten by Richard Yeomans
deceased £6 13s. 4d. besides the legacies bequeathed them by their father.
To my brother John Fawkes, my mare and her foal going in Hyde Park.
My sister Joan shall the lease of her house wherein she dwells delivered to
her immediately after my decease.
To my said two sons, £20 apiece at 24.
To the poor of St. Clement's, 20s.
I make my wife and said two sons my executors ; and Master Robert Catlyn,
sergeant at law, and my brother in law Master William Gent, my overseers.
Per me Will'm Gyes. *
Witnesses: Roger Smyth, Richard Buckleden, Walter Goldrey.
Proved 10 Sept. 1558 by the proctor of Christian Gyes, with power reserved
* In or about 1547, this William Gye, or Gyes, in conjunction with John
Beaumont, obtained lands from King Edward VI. formerly belonging to the
dissolved College of the Newarke, in Leicester. He acted as Commissioner in
Leicestershire for the lands of dissolved Monasteries.-(Nichol's "History of
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