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In the name of
The thirteenth day of March 1637 and in the thirteenth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord Charles by the grace of God King of England Scotland France and Ireland Defender of the Faith *** I Giles Francklyn of Wroughton in the County of Wiltshire now residing in the parish of St Mildred in the Poultry in London being at this pass sick and ill in body but thanks be to God of good and perfect mind and memory, calling to mind the frailty and uncertainty of this life, do therefore make and declare this my last will and testament in manner following, viz:
First and principally I commit and recommend my soul unto the hands of Almighty God my maker and creator steadfastly trusting and assuredly believing that through his mercy and the death and ***** of Jesus Christ my only Saviour and Redeemer I have and shall have full and free remission and forgiveness of all my sins and after this life ended be made ***** of the kingdom of heaven with the Host in Christ.
And my body I commit to the earth to be buried in Christian burial at the discretion of my executrix hereunder named or in her absence at the discretion of my brother-in-law Francis Lodge and his wife and the rest of my sisters in London.
And touching such temporal goods and chattels as God of his goodness hath given me I dispose thereof as followeth, viz:
I do give and bequeath unto my loving mother Martha Francklyn Twenty shillings to make her a ring.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto my loving brother Richard Francklyn the like sum of twenty shillings for a ring.
Item, I do give unto my brother-in-law Francis Lodge aforenamed the like sum of twenty shillings for a ring.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto my three sisters living in London viz: Katherine Lodge, Anne Akehurst and Dorathie Vazie five pounds apiece of lawful money of England. And I give to each of my said sisters twenty shillings apiece more to buy them rings.
Item, I do give and bequeath unto my youngest sister Grace Francklyn the sum of Ten pounds of like money and twenty shillings to make her a ring.
Item, I do give ten shillings [to be] equally divided between amongst my said Brother Lodges servants in respect of trouble I have caused to them through my sickness.
Item, I do give unto Thomas *** of Wroughton aforesaid my best cloth suit and to my mother’s servant *** *** my best stuffed shirt.
And to Thomas Greere, my mother’s shepherd ***.
And I do hereby ordain and make my said mother Martha Francklyn my sole Executrix of this my will desiring her to perform the same accordingly and the rest and residue of my goods or money undisposed I do give unto my said loving mother to her own use.
In witness whereof [I] have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal dated the day and year above written
Signed, sealed and delivered by the said Giles Francklyn and by him pronounced published and declared to be his last will and testament the day and year above written.
In the presence of
Barth. Bigmore Snr
Proved at Sarum the 15th day of April 1639