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Will of Sir Thomas Fludd

of Bearsted, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury 1607 f.54
Transcribed by Bob Spicer
In the name of God Amen. The eighteenth day of February in the year of our Lord god one thousand six hundred and six. I Sir Thomas Fludd of Milgate in the parish of Bersted in the County of Kent Knight being whole of body and of perfect remembrance, thanks therefore be given to Almighty God do ordain and make this my Testament and last will in mind and form following. First I bequeathe my soul to Almighty God through whose mercy by the xxxxxx bitter passion and precious death of my saviour and redeemer Jesus Christ I hope only to be saved And my body to be buried in the parish Church of Bersted aforesaid or elsewhere as to my Executors shall seem meet. Item I do give and bequeath to the reparations of the parish Church of Bersted afore- said 20s. Item I do give and bequeath to the poor householders inha- biting within the said parish of Bersted 40s. Item I give and bequ- eath to the poor inhabiting within the parish of Thurnham 10s. Item I give to the poor inhabiting within the parishes of Loose and Broomfield 20s. Item I give to the poor inhabiting within the town and parish of Maidstone 20s. Item I give unto the poor inhabiting within the parishes of Boxley, Detling, Hollingbourne and Otham 40s. viz.: to each of the said parishes 10s. Item I give to the poor prisoners in the Castle of Maidstone 10s. All which several sums of money I will shall be paid within half a year next after my decease.

Item I do give and bequeath unto my sister Katherine Webb fortyfive pounds to buy her a charm which I will shall be paid unto her within one year next after my decease. Item I give and forgive unto my said brother Hugh Fludd the six and thirty pounds that he oweth me, as by a bill of his hand appeareth. Item I do give and bequeath unto my said brother Hugh Flood 40s for a rememb- erance to buy him a ring. Item I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Fludd my ring with a seal of my Arms therein, with my stamp of arms in silver.

Item I do give and bequeath unto each of my servants both men and women 20s besides their whole wages which shall be due unto them at the end of the quarter in which it shall please God that I shall decease. Item I give and bequeath unto John Gough my old servant 40s. Item I give and bequeath unto George ?Amys my late poor servant during his life 20s yearly. The same to be paid half yearly by my son Thomas Fludd at the Annunciation and Michelmas.

Item I give and bequeathe unto my son Thomas Fludd my leases in possession and reversion which I have of and in these several things following viz. The manor of xxxxxx a farm in Denton in the County of Sussex late let to James xxxxxx an other farm there late Richard Shelley and an other farm there late Washington which xxxxxx in Denton Jane Shelley widow hath for the term of her life, but as I am informed by my learned councel if she shall die before the expiration of my grant then the said grant shall stand good during the term therein to come after her decease. The lease of the wood tenement and land viz. of Earlwood in Petham of the three little groves in Boxley called ?Linchfield xxx- xxx and xxxxxx whereof one is now pasture and let to John Luddenforth of a tenement in Leeds in the tenure of Reynold Carter of my house in the Old Bailey London of certain land called Loose held by lease of xxxxxx Lambe of the flotage of Newendon and of a little piece of land there which Holman lately had in occupying of Hollingbourne mill. And of four little pieces of land and wood in Boxley above the hill near the ponds there.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son John Fludd my leases and farms of years which I have both in possession and reversion of and in the domain lands and wood of the manor of Warehorne which should be well worth four score ten pounds one year with an other considering the growth of the road thereon. And where I have lately layed out and disbursed for in and about the lease of the Court Lodge of Hollingbourne and for approach and other charges the sum of (Blank in will) . As by the reckonings thereof appeareth and yet am to disburse more about the xxxxxx of the houses and otherwise, And am for payment thereof to receive and take the rent issues and profit said lease for the space of four years from Michelmas last one thousand six hundred six. And in the mean time am to board my said son and his wife with their servants. Now I will and my mind is that my Executor shall for the first three years of the said four years receive and take the rent issues and profit of the said lease as I should have done toward the payment of my debts and legacies. And that then they shall deliver the said lease with the profit thereof for the said fourth year unto my said son John if he shall be living for his better stocking and occupying of the said farm. And if then he shall be dead, then to deliver the farm after the fourth year ended unto Mary his wife or the children between them begotten according to the true meaning he the said John Mary or other of their children putting in suffi- cient securitie to save harmless me with my son Thomas Fludd and John Noate gent that stand bounden to the Deane and Chapter for performance of the covenant in the said lease.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Robert Fludd my leases and forms of yeres as well in possession as in rever- sion which I have of and in certain lands in Stanford and Aldington and of the houses xxxxxx and xxxxxx in xxxxxx and of land in Worthing letten to Will- iam Lowe with also my leases and forms of yeres which I have as well in possession as in reversion of and in certain land in Boxley above the hill letten to my brother Webb. And also I give and bequeath to my said son Robert Fludd six hundred pounds of lawful money to be paid unto him within one year next after my decease by my Executors.

Item I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife the Lady Barbara Fludd all the plate whatsoever that she bought with her also her jewels as well those that I gave her as also those that she bought with her. And likewise all the household stuff cattle and other things whatsoever that were hers and bought with her. And where my said wife hath delivered unto me certain land obligatory amounting to one thousand pounds, whereof I have received nine hundred pounds. And the rest are to be received of Robert Car Clerk viz. one hundred pounds. Item I give and bequeath unto her my said wife the said hundred pounds with all the bond and writing concerning the form with also so much money as shall make the form up the full sum of five hound- red pounds, the which I will either shall be paid unto her within one year next after my decease by my Executors, be that a reasonable yearly allowance be therefore made unto her during her life or otherwise such as she and my executors can agree upon. Item I give and bequeath unto my said wife during her life the use and occupation of my bowls, basin and ewer of silver, my lesser gilt set with the cover and tower of my silver bowls with my Arms upon, two of them to be the two small high bowls that she now Seth to drink of, which after her death will be returned to my son Thomas to be used among the rest. I also give and bequeath unto her my aside wife the one half of all such Lynne as she caused to be made since I was married unto her. The same to be indifferent- lie set out by her and my Executors.

Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Gilborne for a rememberance 40/-. And I do give unto every one of the children of my saide daughter 20/- to buy for every one of them a spoon for a rememberance. And I give also to my daughters Katherine Lunsford and Sara Bufkin for a rememberance two of my gilt bowls to either of them one. And to every of their children 20/-. Item I give and bequeath unto Jane Fludd my brothers daughter 40/- to be paid unto her within half a year next after my decease.

Item I give and bequeath unto my son Thomas Fludd as well my leases interest and terms of years which I have at this present of in and to the farm called Hooke in the Isle of Sheppy which I hold of his Majesty but xxxxxx of the Earl Montgomery under and for the yearly rent of fourscore seven pounds 3s 4d by letters of patent under the great seal of England these dated the 31st day of July in the 31st year of the late Sovereigns reign and the other bearing date the 28th of July in the fortieth year of her said reign. As also with such leases interest and terms of years which I hereafter shall fortune to obtain of the said farms or any part thereof by xxxxxx of the said terms now in being and obteyning of now for any longer term whatsoever provided always and my will and mind is that if my said son Thomas shall fortune to decease before me that then Katherine his wife being living shall after my decease have and take the issues and profit of the said leases and terms of years of Hook farm for the better maintenance and bringing up of her children during the time of her widowhood but if she die or be married then I will that mine executors or two of them at the least by consent of the residue of them then living shall receive the issues and profit of the said leases and there- out shall yearly allow and pay twentie pounds more or less at their dis- cretion to any of the children of the said Thomas and Katherine for and towards their bringing up and maintenance And to be accountable for the residue of the issues and profit thereof to Leven Bufkin Esquire and other myne Executors and Overseers or to as many of them as then shall be living for and to the use of all the children male and female of the said Thomas and Katherine (the eldest issue male only excepted) for their advancement And I will and my mind is that the Execution and remainder of my said leases and terms of years after such time as the said children male and fe- male (the eldest male issue excepted) shall be sufficiently provided for and advanced by the discretion of my said executors and overseers or as many of them as shall then be living shall come and be to the said eldest issue male for the better provision and maintenence of his housekeeping provided nevertheless and my will and mind is that if the said Thomas my son and Katherine should have no more children but one between the lawfully begotten and that my said son and his wife being dead that then my Executors and Overseers or as many of them as shall be living shall receive the issues and profit of the said farms and shall throughout allow reasonable maintenence to the said one child by their discretion and shall imploy the residue of the profit thereof toward the performance of this my last will and testament and payment of my debts and legacies or if they should have more children and not above four that then my said Executors and Overseers shall allow unto every of them convenient maintenance by their discretion. And shall apply the rest as aforesaid. And I desire and pray my said wellbeloved daughter in law with the advise of my said executors and over- seers if the said leases shall fortune to come to her and mine executor for such time as the same shall be in their handling as aforesaid that they will be careful according to the trust reposed in her and them that the said leases be in time convenient surrendered and now taken to the uses before mentioned if the same in any good sort may be done, and that they shall have due allowance of such fine and charge as they shall bestow and pay in and about the obtainings thereof. Item I give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas Fludd for the better performance of this my last will and testament all the residue of my household stuff and implements of Milgate whatsoever (my plate only excepted) Item I will and my mind is that mine executors or as many of them as shall be living shall (if need for require) as I hope not sell my leases both in possession and reversion which I have of Walslade of Great Cowbock and of Barndon. And they shall likewise sell all my stock of cows and cattel whatsoever in all place with the residue of my plate with which though no doubt needless I set down for the better and more sure pay- ment of my debts and legacies and performance of this my testament and last will. Item I give and bequeath unto my said sonnes John Fludd and Robert Fludd all my household stuff in my house in the Old Bailey London my books excepted towards the furnishings of their houses now beginning the same to be equally divided between them. Item I will further and my mind is that myne executors or as many of them as shall be living shall have and receive the rent issues and profit of my leases which I have of the Parsonage of Kingston uppon Thames. And shall thereof yearly pay unto Sir John Kingston knight or Matthew Bradbury esquire their heirs Executors or administrators or any of them to the use of my said wellbeloved wife the Lady Barbara Fludd during the term of twentie years if she the said Lady Barbara does so longer live One annuity or yearly rent of two hundred and forty pounds of lawful money of England, the sum to be half yearly paid at the feast of the Annunciation of our Ladie and Saint Michael the Archangel or within forty days next ensuing either of the said feasts at or in the mansion house of me the said Sir Thomas Fludd of Milgate aforesaid by even and equal portions according as I have assigned the said annuities to the said Sir John Kingston and Matthew Bradbury to the use aforesaid as by an indenture thereof made bearing date the nineteenth of May in the second year of the reign of our sovereign Lord King James more plainly appeareth, And out of the residue of the rent to me reserveth of the said parsonage I will that they my said Executors shall duly answer his Majesties rent according to my letters patent thereof. Item I will and my mind further is that my said Executors shall likewise receive all such debts as are owing to me before not bequeathed for the performance of this my testament and last will and payment of my debts and legacies. And that they account therefore with also for the residue of the rent and profit of the said Parsonage of Kingston with other then proceeding unto my son Thomas and to my overseers, They allow- ing unto them such charge as they shall susteyne and for such pains as they shall take in and about the execution of this my testament and last will. Item I do give unto Marie the daughter of my son Edward Fludd deceased 20s to but her a spoon for a rememberance. Item I do give and bequeath unto my said son Robert Fludd and his assigns for the augmentation of his portion one annuity or yearly rent of twelve pounds 3s 4d by year which I have by sufficient con- veyance for and during the natural life of Paul Porter for which I do xxxxxx quarterly fiftyeight shillings six pence all fees being deducted by the hand of one of the xxxxxx of the receipt of his Majesties Exchequer. And my will and mind is that if the Annuities and portions by me given and hereafter to be given unto my children for their maintenance shall seem unto my Executors and Overseers or to the most part of them as shall be living to be too little that then my said Executors and Overseers shall increase the sum at their discretion to so many of my said children as shall appear unto them to be well given of the which I will that they shall have due allowance upon the said account. Item my will and mind nevertheless is that if my said son John Fludd will pay unto my said son Thomas Fludd for the lease of Hollingbourne with that seventysix pounds 12s 6d of lawful money as it cost me. Then I will that my said son Thomas shall sufficiently convey the sum unto him being a thing very fit to go with the lease of the Court Lodge. And nevertheless I will and my mind is that if my said son Thomas Fludd shall enter into bond unto mine Executors and Overseers or to so many of them as shall be living with sufficient sureties with him in a convenient sum of money to fulfill and pay off my debts and to perform fulfill and pay all the payments gifts legacies and bequests contained in this my testament and last will according to the true intent and meaning of the same. And also such increase of my children's portions as mine Executors and Overseers by their discretion shall assign. That then I give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas my said leases both in possession and occupation of Walslade, Great Cowbock Barndon and the occupation of the said Parsonage of Kingston upon Thames (my said former dues and grants to my wife excepted) with all my stock of corn and cattel in all places. And all the debts whatsoever due unto me before not bequeathed. And the residue of all my plate.

And I do make and ordain my dear friend Sir John Leveson knight Sir Nicholas Gilborne knight Leven Bufkin Esquire Richard Sutton Esquire and my said son Thomas Fludd to be mine executors of this my Testament and last will. And I do also make and ordaine my dear friend William Bufkin Esquire and John Webb grant to be Overseers of the same my Testament and last will hartely desiring them for their parts not only to see this my Testa- ment and last will executed and performed according to the true meaning of the same, but allso for as much as the chiefest of the living and portions which I have given to my children do consist and rise upon leases to counsell and advising of my said children carefully and duly to for the rent upon the said leases received paid and answered. And I do give unto every one of my said Executors and Overseers for a spoon fork or rememberance of my good will 40/- to buy them rings withall besides such charge as they shall be at. And I do further give unto the said Richard Sutton for and toward the extraordinary pains and travel that he is to take in and about the execution of this my last will and testament one of my best geldings to be indifferently appointed and chosen by the residue of my said Executors then living. Item I give unto my said son Robert Fludd my Velvet cloak that Sir Henry Cutte by his last will and Testament did give me

This is the last will of me the said Sir Thomas Fludd knight made the day and year first first before written touching all my land testament and hereditaments in the Counties of Kent and Salop. First for and toward the accomplishing of the covenant and agreement contained in one pair of indentures bearing date the eight and twentieth day of November in the six and thirtieth year of the reign of our late Sovereign Lady Elizabeth had and made between me the said Sir Thomas Fludd knight of these parts and Sir Michael Sandes of Throwley in the County of Kent knight by the name of Michael Sandes Esquire of the other part. I do give and bequeath unto my daughter in law Jane late wife of my son Edward Fludd deceased and now the wife of Sir Tho- mas Mays knight during her natural life my house in Bersted called Otterash with all the barns and other buildings about the same toge- ther with the orchard garden and yards and the piece of meadow or arable land behind the said house all which I lately purchased of Henry Brockhill esquire deceased and are worth per annum Ten pounds for so I did let them, my fulling mill called Buscombe mill. And all other with the same letten to Henry Gudger for the yearly rent of thirty seven pounds ten shillings, my land in Halden now letten to John Lambert for five pounds yearly my land called Combe in Leeds aforesaid adjoining to Leeds part letten to William Houting for five pounds 2s 6d yearly, the house and lands in Leeds aforesaid which I lately purchased of Edward Reynolds now letten to Richard Aston for the yearly rent of twenty five pounds ten shillings, the new workhouse there with the storehouse yard and other appurtenances letten to William Lambert and Richard Aston for the yearly rent of twelve pounds, the piece of land there called Holly Broad land now letten to Walter Fourde for the yearly rent of thirty 3s 4d the tenement at Stritton Streate with the land therewith now letten to John Kennard for the yearly rent of three pounds. And the two pieces of land in Appledore now letten to William Jarvis for the yearly rent of 10/- All which are the yearly value of one hundred pounds and above. Item where in consideration of the marriage between my said son Edward Fludd and my said daughter in law Jane I have granted out of all my land and tenements two annuities of two hundred pounds yearly both either of them one hundred pounds per annum, And stand bound by obligation in two thousand pounds within four years next after the Solemnisation of the said marriage which four years xxxxxx by now agreements were prolonged and is yet in being to assume land of the clear yearly value of one hundred pounds in discharge of one of the said Annuities. And also to assume before my death by will or otherwise other land and tenements with a convenient house of the clear yearly value of one hundred pounds in discharge of the other of the said annui- ties, the later whereof I have now as before fully performed.

Now therefore and in consideration of payment and performance of the other Annuity and of the Annuities which hereafter I shall give unto my child- ren and for the better and surer satisfaction of my debts and legacies I do give unto my said son Thomas Fludd and his heirs forever my mansion house at Milgate with all the barns stables brewhouse and other the buil- dings about the same, together with the orchard gardens yards closes and pond adjoining or near thereunto with all and singular the lands tenements and hereditaments following viz. my piece of meadow or arable land behind the said barns. The walnut field the hop gar- den Masons field the xxxxxx grounds and Brickhouse field all together containing by estimation thirtytwo acres, all my land lying towards Bersted church (except xxxxxx late Ropers which I have already amoungst other things conveyed unto the said Thomas containing by estimation thirtyeight acres) all my lands called mill lands and Spytalmead containing by estimation thirty five acres, my lands and woods called Lougham and North Atwood containing in meadow pasture and woods by estimation fortysix acres, my lands called Rayes containing by estimation in meadow and pasture sixteen acres, my piece of land called Leeds containing by estimation eight acres, my lands lately purchased of Edward Reynolds and Henrie Wilmot called common lands in Leeds aforesaid the tenements and lands that William Lamb hath in occupation for the yearly rent of one and twenty pounds 12s 6d The tenement at Caring and lands therewith occupied now in the occupation of John Aston. And an other Tenement and lands there now in the occupation of James Rigbay my land in Tenterton called little Dawsborne in the tenure of Phillip Little, my three pieces of woodland in Rucking and Bilsington called the xxxxxx and Boxley wood my lands meadows arable and pasture in Hollingbourne called the further Hurst our little close adjoining to Spitalmeade purchased of Mason my land in Boxley now in the tenure or occupation of Jas Webb gent for the yearly rent of eight pounds. And our annuities passed in the name of him the said Thomas issuing out of the lands of Robert Lamb gent which I bought of one David Furminger of ten pounds yearly.

And I heartily desire and pray my said wife that she will be loving and kind unto my children they will be behaving themselves towards her. And I require and charge my said children to use all good duty and love towards her. And I will that she and my said son Thomas may keep house together to the end that they may be a comfort the one to the other. And if my said wife shall like for to do then I will and my mind is that she shall have a convenient part of my house at Milgate and other easement about the same for her and her servants to her and live in to that assigned her by my Executors or two of them as long as she shall please there to continue.

Item I give unto my son John Fludd my land in Frittenden in the occupation of Peter Waller for the yearly rent of nine pounds 12s 6d. To have and to hold to him my said son John and to his heirs forever. Item I give unto my son Robert Fludd during his natural life one annuity or yearly rent of thirty pounds of lawful money, which annuity or yearly rent I will have issue and be half yearly paid viz. at the Annunciation and Michelmas or within thirty days next after either of the said feasts out of all such land tenement and hereditament on the said County of Kent as before I have given unto my said son Thomas Fludd. And for default of payment of the said Annuity or any part thereof I will that it shall be lawful for my said son Robert or his assigns in all and every part and parcel of the said land tenement and hereditament to xxxxxx xxxxxx. And my will and mind is that if my self, before it shall please god to call me out of this transitory life, do not assign land and tenement in discharge of the said other Annuity of one hundred pounds per annum that then my son Thomas Fludd shall assume the same, And that in such sort as to my Executors living shall seem fit and expedient. And that in the mean time he shall answer and pay the said Annuity according as I stand charged to do. And whereas I have given unto Jane my daughter in law late wife of my son Edward Fludd deceased during her natural life my house in Bersted called Otterash with the barns and all other buildings about the same together with the orchard garden and piece of meadow or arable land behind the said house. All of which I lately purchased of Henry Bockhill Esquire, my Fulling mill called Bascombe Mill and all the land with the same letten to Henry Gudger my land called Combe in Leeds aforesaid adjoining to Leeds Park now letten to William Howtinge the house and lands in Leeds aforesaid which I lately purchased of Edward Reynolds letten to Richard Acton, the new workhouse with the appurtenance the land called holybroad land, the tene- ment and land in Stritton Street and the two parcels of land in Apple- dore. Item I do give and bequeath the reversion and xxxxxx of all the said land tenements and hereditaments and my part and parcel thereof after the decease of my said daughter in law for the better performance of this my Testament and last will unto my said son Thomas Fludd and to his heirs and assigns for ever upon condition nevertheless that he or they shall pay or cause to be paid unto Marie the daughter of my said son Edward Fludd deceased and of the said Jane the sum of five hundred pounds of lawful money of England at the days and times and in such manner and form as is limited and appointed in and by the said indentures bearing date the said eight and twentieth day of November in the six and thirtieth year of her Majesties late Reign made my self of the one part, and the fair Sir Michael Sands knight by the name of Michael Sands Esquire of the other part.

Item further for the better performance of this my last will and Testament and payment of my debts and legacies I do give unto my said son Thomas Fludd and to his heirs and assigns for ever my two tenements and all my land in the parish of St Martin in the County of Salop. Nevertheless my will and mind is that if my brother Hugh Fludd or his son shall pay un- to the said Thomas my son his heirs or assigns for the said tenements and land forty pounds of lawful money of England within one year next after my decease. And other forty pounds of like money that time twelve months over and besides fifty pounds which he hath already paid unto me And also due before the assurance of the said tenements and land made to him put in sufficient sureties to pay to the said Thomas Fludd his execu- tors administrators or assigns one hundred pounds of current English money for part of the debt of one hundred forty one pounds which my said brother Hugh oweth unto me in six years then next following after the rate of twenty pounds yearly the rest I forgive him. Then he my said son Thomas shall convey and assure the said tenements and lands unto my said brother Hugh his heirs and assigns for ever. All my other lands tenements and here- ditaments whatsoever in the County of Kent or elsewhere within the Realm of England before this my Testament and last will not devised nor bequeathed I do give and bequeath unto my said son Thomas Fludd his heirs and assigns for ever. Thomas Fludd. The last will and Testament of Sir Thomas Fludd knight signed and sealed containing six sheets and more with the interlyning in the fifth sheet in the xxxxxx where thereof and the xxxxxx in the fourth and fifth leaves thereof by him published the six and twentieth day of April One thousand six hundred and seven in the presence of Sir William Lambe Robert Wilmott, William Franklin, Henry Coulter, John Butcher


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