Will of Geoffrey Lowndes of Swanbourne, 1580

Centre for Bucks Studies, D/A/Wf/9/45

In the name of god Amen. The thirde daye of September in ye yere of our Lorde 1580 I Geffrey Lowndes of Swanborne in ye countye of Bucks beynge of whole mynde & in good & p(er)fecte rembraunce Laude & prayse be unto Allmightye god, make & ordayne this my p(re)sent testamente concerninge herein my last will in manner & forme followinge. That is to saye first I commende my soule unto Almightye god my maker & redeemer And my bodye to be buryed in ye chaunsell of Swanborne aforesayd. Item I geve to ye chirch of Bathe ij d Item I geve to Collinton Havey ij d Item I geve & bequethe to Robarte Lowndes my sonne tenne poundes & geve & forgyve him all (tha)t he oweth me Item I geve to Joane Deverell & her husbande two kyne & fyve pounde to be payd upon ye feaste day of ye Assention of our Lorde nexte comynge by ye handes of Thomas Lewes or his assignes of Shipton Item I gyve to Alice my daughter xl s to be payd upon ye feaste daye of Saincte Jhon Baptiste next comynge by ye handes of Hughe Powell or Henrie Palladye Item I geve to my brother Roger xl s to be payd upon ye feast daye of Sainct Jhon Baptiste next comynge by the handes of Hughe Powell or Henrie Palladye Item I geve to Henrie Brooke xx s Item I geve to Jhon ye sonne of Augustyne Deverell v s Item I geve to Constance ye Daughter of Raphe Carter x s Item I geve to Joane ye daughter of Robarte Lowndes ij s vj d Ite(m) I geve to Joane ye daughter of Thomas Lowndes ij s vj d Item I geve towardes ye rep(a)rac(i)on of ye church of Swanborne iij s iiij d Item I geve to Robarte Shadoe a blacke gowne Item I geve to Thomas Norton a blacke gowne. Item I geve to Jhon Yarlye a frice coate, yf they will goe with me to the church at ye daye of my buryall. Ite(m) I geve to Robarte my sonne my blacke doblet Item I geve to Jhon Streame vj d Item I geve to Jhon Brear vj d Item I geve to Alice Stanbye vj d Item I geve Alice Webbe vj d All ye rest of my goodes not bequethed moveables & unmoveables my debtes payd, my legaces p(er)formed & I honestly layd in ye earth I geve & bequeath to Joane my wyfe whome I make my sole executrix.

[no signature or witnesses recorded]

[Probate granted on 28th day of October 1580 before William Smith, Doctor of Laws and Official of the Archdeaconry of Buck' to the executrix named in the will]          

Will of Joan Lowndes of Swanbourne, widow, 1582

Centre for Bucks Studies, D/A/Wf/9/212

In the name of god Amen the ixth daye of Aprill in the yeare of our Lord 1582 I Johan Lowndes of Swanburne in the Countye of Bucks wyddowe being of whoalle mynd & in good and perfect reme(m)braunce, Lawde and praise be unto Almyghtye god, make and ordaine this my present testament concernyng herein my last will in manner and fourme following, that ys to say, first I comend my soulle unto almyghty god my maker and redemer, and my bodye to be buryed in the church yard of Swanburne aforsayd First I gyve to Collinto Haven ij d I gyve to the churche of Bath ij d I geve to the churche of Swanbourne ij s I gyve to Robart my sonne iiij li x s to be paid to b within ij monthes after my buryall It(em) I gyve to Augustyne Deverel iiij li x s to be within ij monthes next after my buryall It(em) I gyve to Raphe Carter iiij li x s to be paid within ij monthes after my buryall It(e)m all my bedding brasse and pewter I gyve to my four chyldren to be equallye devyded amongest them It(e)m I gyve to my cussen Kynsey a payre of sheetes It(em) I gyve to Johan King my god daughter xij d It(e)m I geve to Jhon the sonne of Augustyne Deverell xx s It(e)m I geve to Constance the doughter of Raphe Carter xx s It(e)m I gyve to Johan the doughter of Robart Lownds xx s. It(em) I geve to Johan the doughter of Thomas Lownds xx s. It(e)m to Raphe Carters chylden x s. It(e)m to Rachard Lownds v s all the rest of my goodes unbequeathed moveables and unmoveables my debtes paid my legacies performed, and I honestlie laid in the earth I geve and bequeath to Thomas my sonne whome I mak my onelye executor.

[no signature or witnesses recorded]

[Probate granted 20 June 1582 before William Smith, Doctor of Laws and Official of the Archdeaconry of Buck' to the executor named in the will]    

Notes

Geoffrey Lowndes was appointed Vicar of Swanbourne in 1564 and resigned in 1578 when Thomas Lowndes, apparently his son, took over. So far his relationship to the Lowndes family of Winslow is unclear; Thomas' brother Robert could be Robert Lowndes of Winslow who had a daughter named Joan but numerous other children too. Geoffrey was buried at Swanbourne on 17 Sep 1580. Joan's burial is not recorded.

Alice Lowndes married Ralph Carter (see below) at Swanbourne in 1573. Another daughter Joan must have married Augustine Deverell, and Thomas and Robert Lowndes are the others who make up "my four chyldren".


Will of Ralph Carter of Dunton, yeoman, 1604 (proved 1605)

Centre for Bucks Studies, D/A/Wf/16/166

In the name of god Amen the xxxth  daie of June in the yeare of our Lord 1604 I Ralphe Carter of Dunton in the Counte of Bucks yoman of good and perfect Reme(m)brance thankes be to almyghtie god knowing nothing more sure and certaine then Death and nothing more uncertaine then Lyffe ordaine and make this my last Will And testament in manner and Forme following : First I bequeath my soull to Almyghtie god trusting in hym to be one of those that shalbe saved by faith and by the merytes of his passion And my bodie to be buryed in the churchyard of Dunton aforsaid And as for my goodes and chattells I geve and bequeath in manner and fowrme following : First  I geve and bequeath to my sonne Thomas vj score pounds to be paid hym at the age of xxiiij yeares or at the end of hys prentishippe which cometh first And yf it happen that he Dep(ar)t this world before the age or tyme aforsaid then my will is that his porcyon shalbe equallie devyded betwixt my executors # I geve and bequeath to my Daughter Sara a hundreth poundes to be paid her in manner and forme following: that is to say fyftie pounds w(i)thin one twelmonth next after my Deceasse And fiftie pounds at the daie of her marriage And yf she happen to marrie w(i)thin the yeare then the former daies of payment to be voide; And to paie her fiftie pounds at the daie of her maryage And fiftie pounds that daie twelmonth after # I geve and bequeath to my dowghter Elsabeth iiij score poundes to be paid her fortie poundes wythin one yeare next after my deceasse And fortie pounds that daye twelmonth after # I geve and bequeath to my dowghter Marie iiij score pounds to be paid her fortie pownds wythin one yeare next after my deceasse And fortie pounds at that Daie twelmonth after And yf it fortune that anie of these my iij Dowghters happen to dep(ar)t this world before their porcyons are dewe unto them then my will is that her or their p(ar)t to be equallie devyded to my \executors/ wyffe And the  rest of my {Da} aforsaid Daughters then remayning # I geve and bequeath unto Barnet Collens his iiij children vj li xiij s iiij d to be paid them at the end of iij years next after my Deceasse # I geve to Thomas Dearman his ij children vj li xiij s iiij d to be equallie devyded betwene them And to be paid them at the end of iij years next after my Deceasse # I geve towards the amending of the of the pathwaie from Fullars howse to the church xx s. I geve to Jhon Hobbes of Hamden xiij s iiij d. And I geve to Rychard Hobbes xiij s iiij d # I geve to W(i)ll(ia)m Carpenter and his wyffe vj s. viij d. # I geve to my brother John Rayner a hecfar or els in lewe of a hecfar xxxiij s iiij d. I intreate my Lovyng freinds Mr Lowering of Dunton and my brother in lawe Mr Lownds of Swanburne to be overseers of this my last will and testament And I geve to eche of them for ther goodwill and paynes therin x s. all the rest of my goods not bequeathed moveaveables And unmoveables after my Dettes paid my Legacies p(er)formed and I orderlie Laid  in the Earth I geve and bequeath to Alice my welbeloved wyffe And to Edmond my sonn whom I make myne executors
Ralphe Carter [signature]
These being Wytnesses
Sabrastian Weayne[?]  [signature]
Jhon Cabwhothers[?] [signature]

Probate before Dr William Smith, commissary and official of the Archdeaconry of Buckingham, 14 December 1605.  Administration granted to the executors named in the will.

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