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Elizabeth Viscountess Tracy

Prerogative Court of Canterbury will made: 30th January 1687/8
Probate Date: 14th January 1689
Proved by Charles Leigh, brother of the testator
National Archive Catalogue reference: PROB 11/394 Image Reference 562

The original document is in the custody of the National Archives. Additionally the National Archives hold a sentence relating to this will, which is written in Latin dated 16th February 1689 and reference PROB 11/397

See also: Second Will


In the name of God Amen I Elizabeth Vicountesse Tracy being under the apprehention of Approaching death which showes my understanding perfect (praised be God for it) doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testament in manner and forme following First I thankefully surrender my Soule to my Creator Redeemer and Sanctifier who together make up the blessed and Glorious Trinity after this I leave my body to be decently buried by my deare Lord at Todington in Glocestershire without Pompe and with as little Ceremonie as may be Then I give and bequeath to my owne Surviving sister the Lady Isham my little Gold Cup and Ten pounds to buy her morning as likewise Ten pounds a peece to each of my sisters in law that shalbe liveing at my decease I also give to my Foure Godchildren and my Nephew Thomas Leigh gent[leman] Twenty pounds apeece To my daughter Mrs. Every I give all my Trunkes Chests and Boxes with all therein contained Except my Bookes which I give unto my Grandsonn John Tracy Fifty broad peeces (there being one Hundred of them together in a drawer) but the other Fifty I bequeath to my Grandaughter Elizabeth Tracy Further I give unto my Daughter Every my Necklace of Pearle to her and her daughter forever (if she has any) otherwise after her decease my Grandaughter Elizabeth Tracy before mentioned is by my Will to have it) Moreover I give unto my said daughter the Third part of my plate or the worth of it in money the other two parts I would have divided equally betweene my sonn the present Lord Tracy and my Grandson John Tracy before named and now my desire is that the Goods I have left in Hailes house should not be removed from thence but kept there for the use and furniture of the said house only there is a suite of Tapistry hangings (not yet hung up) which I leave to my son Tracy to dispose of as he pleaseth I give unto my kind friend Mris. Pemberton five Pounds in money and my Two asses now at Leighton To my woman More I give Pounds beside her wages togeather with my Clothes and to her brother (my Page) I give Five pounds also towards seting him apprentice Likewise I appoynt my Executors hereafter named to bestowe on the Minister of Leighton Todington and Hayles each a Mourning Gowne and when my debts and Legacies and Funerall Expences are discharged the remainder of my money I give and bequeath to such Charitable uses as my son the Lord Tracy and my brother Charles Leigh Esq[uire] shall thinke best whom I joyntly make Executors to this my last Will and Testament and in token of my thankfulnes to my Brother I leave him Twenty Guineas there being forty together in one Bagg) In witnes whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seale this Thirtieth day of January in the Third yeare of our Soveraigne Lord King James the Second Annoq[ue] Domini 1687/8. I likewise give unto my Neice Jane Leigh my Lord my Fathers Picture in a Shagreene Case also I give to my sonn in Law Henry Every Esq[uire] and to my Two daughters in law Tenn pounds a peece for mourning moreover I give my daughter Every all the Pictures of my Relations which are in Hayles Parlour E. Tracy Published and declared as my act and deede in the presence of us Joshua Pulford Robert Downes Unton Moore

Now whereas I have given to my Grandson John Tracy as is within or above expressed (my Bookes the Third part of my Plate and fifty broad peices of Gold) my Will is not that any of them shalbe delivered to him till he arrives to the age of Eighteene yeares compleate from his Nativity The Foure Godchildren within named are the Lord Leigh's daughter Mary S[i]r W: Egerton's daughter Elizabeth my Nephew John Bromley and my Neice Anne Maine

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