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In the name of God Amen
This is the last Will and Testament of me Arthur Kynnesman of Bury St Edmunds in the County of Suffolk, clerk (that is to say)
First, I commend my soul to Almighty God begging forgiveness of my sins through the merits of my blessed Redeemer and my body I desire may be buried by that of my dear wife at Burnham in the said County of Suffolk in as Private a manner as is convenient well **** in a leaden coffin.
Also I give devise and bequeath unto the Rev Christopher Hatton Walker of Harborough in the County of Leicester, clerk, all and every my leases lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever freehold and copyhold and leasehold situate lying and being in the Isle of Ely and County of Cambridge with their and every of their appurtenances to hold the same unto and to the use of the said Christopher Hatton Walker his heirs executors and admons and assigns for ever according to the several and respective ***** and **** thereof.
Also I give devise and bequeath all and every my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments whatsoever situate lying and being in the County of Northampton, with their and every of their appurtenances now under the use of the Rev Nathaniel Mapletoft of Broughton in the said County of Northampton, clerk, his heirs and assigns for ever. Also I give and bequeath £1000 part of the £2000 East India annuities now residing in my name in the books of the said company unto Ann Phyllis Burdett, spinster, who now lives with me.
And I give and bequeath £500 other part of the said East India annuities unto the Rev Arthur Willis one of the nephews of my like dear wife and the remaining £500 of the said East India Company annuities I give and bequeath unto the three daughters of the Rev Francis Brown, one other of the nephews of my said late wife equally to be divided between them.
Also I give to the said Ann Phyllis Burdett the further sum of £400 to be paid to her within six months next after my decease.
Also I give to the said Ann Phyllis Burdett my gold watch and all my China and linnen of every sort.
Also I give to my dear friend Peter Sainthill of Wandsworth in the County of Surrey, Esquire, the sum of £1000 to be paid him within six months next after my decease and to his granddaughter Miss Frances Sainthill, the sum of £1000 to be paid to her said grandfather at the same time for her use and benefit. And my will is that the said grandfather’s receipt shall be a sufficient discharge for the same.
Also I give to Edward Capell , Esquire, the time Restorer of Shakespeare Sir Thomas Hammers edition of that book together with the gold chain of my watch and the sum of 20 Guineas.
Also I give to Esther the wife of the Rev George Shildon the sum of £100.
Also I give to the governors of the charity for the relief of the widows and orphans of such clergymen as at the time of their deaths were or shall be possessed of some ecclesiastical benefices or securities within the Archdeaconry of Suffolk or Sudbury or elsewhere in the said County of Suffolk, the sum of £50 to be by them applied and disposed of for the trust of the said charity.
Also I give to the Rev Mr Frederick Roller the sum of £100.
Also I give to Mr Neville Ward the sum of £200 and to his daughter Mrs Lucas the sum of £50 and my will is that in case either of them shall happen to die during my life, that then both the said sums of £200 and £50 shall go and be paid to the survivor of them.
Also I give to Miss Rose daughter of the Rev Mr Zacharias Rose of Wheyshead in the said County of Suffolk, clerk, the sum of £50 and to Miss Wynne daughter of the Rev Mr Thomas Wynne of Crowling in the said County of Suffolk, clerk, the sum of £30.
Also I give to Mrs Chambers wife of Mr John Chambers of Bury St Edmunds aforesaid, grocer, the sum of £30, to her sister Miss Margarett Willis the sum of £40, and to her sister Mrs Sainthill the sum of £30.
Also I give to Mrs Mary Cake and Mrs Ann Racy both of Bury St Edmunds aforesaid cousins to the Rev Mr John Barker of Croston in the said County of Suffolk, clerk, to my kind friend the Rev Mr Thomas Lord of Great Quellnetham in the said County, clerk, and John Scotchmer of Bury St Edmunds aforesaid, Esquire, the sum of 20 Guineas each.
Also I give to the Rev Mr Lathbury senior and Mr John Scotchmer the sum of £10 each, which said legacies (the payment of whereof is not hereby otherwise priorted) I will shall be paid to my said legatees appropriately within 12 months next after my decease.
Also I give to the two daughters of Mr Elmes Forster each of them 20 Guineas to be paid to the said father within 12 months next after my decease for their respective uses and I will the receipt of their said father shall be sufficient discharges for the same.
Also I give to Honour Harvey wife of John Harvey of Bury St Edmunds aforesaid bricklayer the sum of £10 To my servant Edward Barton the sum of £20 and to my servant George Bowers the sum of five pounds.
And I so likewise give unto them my said servants and to all my other servants that shall be living with me at the time of my death one years wages over and above what shall be then due to them.
Also I give to the Rev Dr Mills, the Rev Dr Knowles, the Rev Mr Crush, the Rev Mr Wolleston, the Rev Mr Garnham and the Rev Mr Sharp five Guineas each to buy them rings in remembrance of me.
Also I do hereby make and appoint the Rev Robert Caple of Shenton in the said County of Suffolk, clerk, the Rev John Warren of Little Saxham in the said County of Suffolk, clerk, and William Robards of Bury St Edmunds aforesaid, merchant, joint executors of this my last will and Testament and do give to the said John Warren and William Robards the sum of £200 each for their care and trouble in the execution of the trusts hereby reposed in them.
Also I give and bequeath unto or in trust for the several and respective persons whose names shall be mentioned and expressed in any Codicil or codicils to be by me made to this my will or in any other writing or writings subscribed by me and attested by one or more credible witness or witnesses the several and respective legacies sums of money things and bequests which in hand by such Codicil or codicils or writing or writings shall be mentioned and expressed to be by me given and bequeathed which Codicil or codicils writing or writings, I will and devise shall be deemed and taken to be as and for part of this my last Will and Testament.
And I do hereby give devise and bequeath all and every my messuages lands tenements and hereditaments freehold and copyhold situate lying and being in Bury St Edmunds aforesaid with their and every of their appurtenances unto and to the use of the said Robert Caple, John Warren and William Robards their heirs and assigns for ever upon special trust and confidence nevertheless and to the intent that they my said trustees, their heirs or assigns shall and do with all convenient speed after my decease make sale and dispose of the said premises and pay and apply the moneys arising by sale thereof in the aid of my personal estate towards satisfaction and discharge of the several legacies sum and sums of money and bequests by me given and bequeathed or hereafter to be given or bequeathed.
And as to all the rest and residue of the moneys arising from the sale of the said premises with the rents and profits thereof to such sale made and all the residue and overplus of my personal estate and effects of every nature and sort afterwards subject to the payment of the said legacies my just debts and funeral charges, probate of this my last Will and Testament and charges pertinent to the execution thereof, I give and bequeath the same unto the said Robert Caple for his own use and benefit and my will is that the receipt of my said trustees and executors or their heirs for the purchase moneys of the said premises so discharged or sold shall be good and effectual discharges for the same and that the purchaser or purchasors of the said premises shall not be answerable for any misapplication thereof. And I do hereby revoke all former Wills by me made.
In witness whereof I the said Arthur Kynnesman have to this my last Will and Testament contained in four sheets of paper set my hand and seal (to wit) to the three first sheets thereof my hand and to the last sheet thereof my hand and seal the first day of May in the year of our Lord 1770
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Arthur Kynnesman as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request have subscribed our names as witnesses hereto
This will was proved at London the 18th day of August in the year of our Lord 1770 before the right worshipful George Hay Doctor of Laws master surveyor or commissary of the prerogative court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of the Rev Robert Caple, clerk, the Rev John Warren, clerk, and William Robards, the executors named in the said will to whom administration was given of all and singular the goods chattels and codicils of the deceased they having been first sworn by commission duly to administer.