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Will of Harold Kynnesman of Broughton. 1691

In the name of God Amen 

I Harold Kynnesman of Broughton in the County of Northampton, Esquire, do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following hereby revoking and making void all former and other wills whatsoever 

First of all I do most humbly commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping for the Salvation thereof through the merits of Jesus Christ my Redeemer 

And for my worldly estate I do devise give and dispose of the same in manner following: 

Imprimis; I do give and bequeath unto my loving daughter Mary Walker my diamond necklace that was her Grandmothers 

And to my granddaughter Katherine Walker my silver sugar box. 

Item; I do give and bequeath unto my son Harold the sum of one thousand pounds and my mind and will is that all my ready money and debts due upon bonds or mortgages or otherwise shall be applied towards the payment of the said sum of one thousand pounds. 

Item; I do devise unto my loving brother Thomas Andrew Esquire and to my loving kinsman Francis Kynnesman, Gentleman, and to my loving friend Thomas Ward, Minister of Wold, all those my Closes or inclosed grounds with their appurtenances lying in Pitchley and Walgrave in the said County of Northampton, commonly called or known by the names of Spring Closes, Dulvers Close, Gibb Closes and Walgrave Close, to have and to hold the same to them, their executors, administrators and assigns for and during the term of one hundred years upon this especial trust and confidence nevertheless in them the said Thomas Andrew, Francis Kynnesman and Thomas Ward reposed that they shall and may by sale, leasing or demising the said Closes or any part thereof or by and out of the rents, issues and profits or by all or any of the said ways as they shall think fit raise and levy such sum or sums of money as my said ready money and debts shall fall short and as shall be necessary to make up the said sum of one thousand pounds so given to my son Harold as aforesaid and also all such further sum and sums of money as shall be needful and sufficient to pay and discharge all such expenses whatsoever as my said Trustees shall bear in and about the exercise and performance of the said trust so reposed in them as aforesaid. 

Item; I do give unto the poor of Broughton aforesaid the sum of five pounds to be distributed at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. 

Item; I do give and bequeath unto my eldest son Richard all the rest and residue of my goods, Chattels and personal estate whatsoever that shall be and remain over and above and after my debts, legacies and funeral and all charges and expenses whatsoever that my Executors hereafter named shall bear in and about the execution of this my will are and shall be first paid and discharged. 

And I do hereby ordain, constitute and make the said Thomas Andrew, Francis Kynnesman and Thomas Ward Executors of this my last Will 

And I do also appoint, constitute and make the said Thomas Andrew, Francis Kynnesman and Thomas Ward guardians to my said sons Richard and Harold. 

Item; my mind and will is that my said ready monies shall be placed and put out at interest at the discretion of my Executors and according as they shall have opportunity 

And my mind and will further is that in case my said Executors shall put out at interest all or any of my said monies and that the same or any part thereof shall happen to miscarry and be lost my said Executors shall not by any means be chargeable therewith or liable thereunto neither shall any loss thereby be to my son Harold but that his Thousand pounds shall be made up out of the Closes so charged therewith as aforesaid it being my full intent and meaning that the full sum of one thousand pounds shall be made good to my son Harold when he shall attain his age of One and Twenty years and interest thereof in the meantime at the rate of four per cent and no more 

Lastly for my funerals and interment and the manner thereof I refer the same wholly to the discretion of my said Executors. 

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this eighth day of April Anno Domini One thousand six hundred ninety and one. 

Harr: Kynnesman 

Signed sealed published and declared to be his last Will in the presence of us who in the presence of the testator have set our hands 

Richard Walker 

John Clendon 

Roger Fowler 

Proved in London the 3rd day of May 1692 by Thomas Andrew, Francis Kynnesman and Thomas Ward

Last updated 29 April 2014