Will of Edmund Estcourt of Burton Hill, Malmesbury (d. 1717)

In the Name of God Amen I Edmond Estcourt of Burton hill in the parish of Malmsbury in the county of Wilts gent being something indisposed in body but of sound mind and memory praised be God do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner following first and principally I give my Soul to God who gave it my body I commit to the Earth to be buryed in Christian burial at the discretion of my Executor hereafter named and as for my worldly Estate I dispose thereof as follows

Imprimis I give devise and bequeath one annunity or yearly Sume of eighteen pounds of lawfull money of great Britaine to be paid quarterly after my decease and to issue out of all that my messuage tenement or house situate in Burtonhill aforesaid where I now dwell and inhabit and my Stable Woodhouse and outhouses thereunto belonging and also out of my Close of pasture Orchard Garden ground and appurtenances whatsoever and I do charge the same and also all my Goods plate Jewels ready money and movables with payment thereof the said Annuity or yearly Sume to be paid quarterly as aforesaid to Dorothy White of Hankerton in the County of Wilts for Clothes provision and maintenance and for the benefit of Frances Still Spinster who is sister of the said Dorothy White and in her keeping and not capable of providing of it her self during the naturall life of the said Frances Still and no longer.

Item I give devise and bequeath unto Edmond Estcourt my near Relation and son of Thomas Estcourt of Savecomb in the County of Hertford gent and to his heirs all that my aforesaid messuage tenement or house wherein I now dwell and all my Stable Wood house out houses Orchard Garden Ground backsides Close of pasture and appurtenances whatsoever to my said messuage tenement or house belonging or appertaining to the only use and behoof of my said near relation and kinsman Edmund Estcourt his heirs and assigns forever but subject to the payment of the annuity or yearly Sume above mentioned in manner before limited and for as much as my kinsman Edmund Estcourt is in his minority and now something under the age of seventeen years therefore my will is and I do hereby order and appoint that the said Edmond Estcourt my kinsman shall within two months after my decease choose such person or persons as he shall think fit for his Guardians during his minority to act in the premises and prove this my will according to the rules of Law giving and granting to such Guardians to be elected and chosen as aforesaid my full power and authority to act as such by virtue of this my will as if they or one of them were here in particular named.

I give and bequeath unto my said kinsman Edmond Estcourt all my Goods Chattels movables and personal Estate of what nature or quallity soever but still subject to the payment of the annuity or yearly Sume aforesaid.

Item I give to the poor living within the Tything of Burton hill aforesaid five pounds and to the poor of the Town of Malmsbury I give five pounds and to the poor of the parish of Westport I give five pounds the said respective Legacies to the poor aforesaid I do will and appoint to be distributed and paid within three months after my decease by my Executor hereafter named out of my personall Estate notwithstanding any thing herein contained to the contrary

Item I nominate and appoint my said kinsman Edmond Estcourt Residuary Legatee and Sole and whole Executor of this my last Will and Testament subject to the Charges powers and limitations herein before expressed And I do revoke all former wills by me made and do declare this to be my last Will and Testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set myu hand and seal upon the seventeenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifteen Edm. Estcourt signed sealed published and declared in the presence of the witnesses hereunder named who subscribed their names in the presence of the said Edmond Estcourt the Testator    Francis Goodenough   Anthony Orwell   Alexander Hornof 

Probate granted 19 October 1717 Edmund Estcourt.