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Will of Richard Kinnesman, Esquire, of Broughton. 1666

In the name of God Amen. 

I Richard Kinnesman of Broughton, Esquire, being in very good bodily health and in perfect memory thanks be to God do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following:

I bequeath my soul unto Almighty God my maker and my body to be buried wheresoever it pleases God to take my life. 

For my goods within my dwelling house I give half to my loving wife, Ann Kinnesman and the other half to my son Harold Kinnesman to be equally divided. 

Also I give to him all my land and houses in Broughton, Pitchley and Walgrave. 

Also I give to him my lease that I do hold of University College in Oxford lying in the County of Montgomery. 

Also I give to my daughter Anne Kinnesman [Note 3] a thousand pounds with those lands that I have taken in her name and of mine and after have in her living. And my son to make up of the thousand pounds out of my other debts and chattels and goods. 

Also I give to the poor of Broughton 40 shillings, to the poor of Pitchley 10 shillings, and to the poor of Walgrave 10 shillings. 

And the residue of my estate I give to my said son and make him my sole executor of this my last Will and Testament. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this St Michael's day 1665. [Note 1]

Richard Kinnesman 

Signed and sealed in the presence of 

Edmund Bacon 

Henry Bacon

George Chybnale 

Probate in London the 18th day of July Anno Domini 1666 by Harold Kinnesman the executor. 


1. St Michael’s day is the 29th September

2. Richard's second son Richard is know to have died in 1660, but the absence of his other three sons, Charles, Francis and Owen, from this will implies that they also had died prior to 1666.

3. Anne married on 1 March 1665/66 to Thomas Andrew, in between the writing of this will and it's execution.

Last updated 20 April 2014