Will of Richard Somerskales
In the name of God, Amen.
I, Richard Som[er]skales, of Bradley, sicke in bodie but of good and perfect memory, thankes be given unto God, do constitute, ordaine and make this my last will and testament in
manner and forme following.
First I Com[m]end my spiritt into the handes of the almightie, for that he being the Lord God of truth hath redeemer me,
And I will that my bodie be buried in the church yard of Kildwicke at the disposic[i]on and discretion of my brethren in Christ and loving neighbo[ur]es.
And as for those worldlie goodes w[hi]ch the Lord haith lent me (willing to bestowe them according to his holie will and pleasure) I will that all my debtes, w[hi]ch of right I owe unto any p[er]son, be paid out of the whole,
And after debtes paid and fun[er]all expences discharged, I will that the residue of my goodes be equallie devided into three equall p[ar]tes,
One equall p[ar]t whereof I will shalbe to Agnes my wife,
And the other two equall p[ar]tes unto Agnes Som[er]skales and Mary Som[er]skales my two daughters.
And I ordaine and make the said Agnes my wife sole executor of this my last will and testam[en]t.
Theis being witnesses John Dixon, John Som[er]skales, Thomas Scarbroughe and James Watkinson, w[i]th others.
Probate of Will of Richard Somerskales, 1600/1
On the seventeenth day of the month of February in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred, Master Topham, Dean of the Deanery of Craven, certified probate of this will by the witnesses named, they being sworn etc,
And administration of the goods of the same decease was committed to Agnes Somerskales, the relict of the said deceased, the sole executrix named in the same will, she being sworn etc,
Saving all right whatsoever.