The Will of William Howcot of Poplar, 1713




William Howcot of Poplar was buried on 18 December 1713 (St Dunstan Stepney parish register).




In the Name of God Amen I William Howcot of Popler in the County of Middsx. Yeoman Being weak of body but of sound and perfect minde and minde and memory praise be therefor given to Allmighty God do make and ordaine this my present Last Will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) First and Principally I Commend my soule into the hands of Almighty God hopeing through the merrits death and passion of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to Inherit Everlasting Life and my body I Comit to the Earth to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executrix hereinafter named and touching the disposeing of all such temporal Estate as it hath or shall please Allmighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth (that is to say) First I Will that all my debts and funerall Charges shall be paid and discharged Item I give and bequeath unto Robert Guy the sume of twenty shillings and to his brother John Guy the sume of ten shillings All the Rest and Residue of my Ready money Lands tenements goods Chattels and Estate whatsoever which I shall dye possessed of or anywise Interested in or have or may have any Right or title to by anyways or means whatsoever I doe give devise and bequeath unto my wife Sarah Howcott and my Sonn James Howcott and their heirs for Ever to be Equally divid between two share and share a Like And I doe hereby nominate and Appointe Mrs Jane Guy of Popler aforesaid my full and sole Executrix and I doe hereby Revoke disanull and make void all former Wills and deeds of gift by me at any time heretofore made or given and do ordaine these presents to stand and be for and as my only Last Will and Testament being Contained in twoo sheets of paper In witness whereof I have here unto sett my hand and seale this tenth day of December in the twelfth year of the Reigne of our Soveraigne Lady Queen Ann of great Britaine France and Ireland etc. Anno Dni. 1713.


Signed, Sealed, published and declared [the mark of William Howcot] in the presence of [the mark of William Smith], Rachell Lynes, Henry Read notary publick in Limehouse.


Further details


On 15 February 1713/14, probate was granted by John Andrew, surrogate, to Jane Guy the executrix.  It was noted that the testator was of the parish of Stepney and had died on 15 December 1713.


Transcribed by Francis Howcutt from scanned images of the original.