Peter Brown Family History

Will of Matthew Brown 1557


Name Place Date
Date Proved Ref. Main People Identified Fam Grp
Transcript or Copy: readability
Matthew Brown Betchworth, Dorking, Sy 04/12/1553 07/09/1557 PCC Prob 11/39/370 Father: Sir George Brown (deceased)
Sons: Henry (deceased) & his wife Katherine (deceased and daughter of William Shelley), Richard (executor), Edward (deceased), George, Walter, Owen
Daughter: Agnes
Grandsons: Thomas Browne (son of Henry) (executor), Philip Brown (son of Edward)
Others: John Oaryll (overseer)
BrT1413 Transcript

The following is a transcription of the will made by Adrian Channing:

In the name of god Amne the iiij ^th^ day of the month of December / in the year of our lord god a thousand fyve hundred liij in the first yere of the Reyn' lady ^sovreign?^ mary by the grace of / god Queen of England ffrance and Irland defender of the faith vc(?) I Mathew Browne of west bechworth / w'tin the p'ys of dorking in the Countie of Surrey Knight being of whole mynde and in good and p'f'' / remembrance laude and prayse be unto almightie god I forsake and renowse all my foym' and last wills / and make and ordayn and declare this my prsent testament conteyning my last will in man' and forme / following ffist I bequest and comende my soule unto almightie god my maker and redem' And my body / to be burial in the Church of Dorking near unt' the place where ffrydyswyde my late wyf lyeth buryall or else / where it shall please god that my body shall dep't
Item I bequueth toward the reaniton(?) of the same Church/of dorking x^s^
Item I will and my mynde and intent' is that all such debtes and denfics(?) as I owe of right / or of consident(?) to any person or persons be well and truly contented and paid by myn executors hereafter / in this my present will and testament named or ells ordyned and so to be paid wythout any delay or / contridiction
Item I gyve and bequeth to Agnes my daughter toward her maryage thre hundecth markes w'ch / I will to be remyted and levyed of the rents revenues and p'fitts of the manner of kingesnoth and mylton / wythin the countye of kent And that the yssues rememns(?) and profitts of the said man's of kyngsnothe and / mylton afowsaid be ymployed to no other use untill the said som of three hundeth marks be paid to my / said Daughter
Item I will that my said executors at the tyme of my dep'ting distributed and gyven in / almes to certen poor people as they shall think good by their discretions tenne pounds
Item I gyve and / bequeth to Thomas Browne sonne and heyre of Henry Browne my late sonne and heire apparant deceassed / whos soule Jhus pardon all my ymplements of household w'ch I have in west betchworth that is to saye / hanginge bedsedills(?) formes tabells coverds brewyng vessells polts of yron panns of yron and yridspytts(?) / of yron pewter vessell lattred can'sticks tables valts stolis elpesce(?) etreting(?) cheynes all fether bedds all / covletts all boulsters all pillowes all blanketts all payers of lynnyn shetts all cornterwynts all / payer of complete harnes all bilts (or bitts) for the warrys all besers of beddes all cuysshens and all man' of lyanyng(?) / and instuf(?) whatsoev' yt be, my chayne of gold and all my plate of sylve and gilte spones of silver / and baser and ewer of silv'
Item I will that my said executers paye unto my s'ants (servants) ymedeatly after / my deceasse all such wage as I owe theym for their service(?) And I will to any of my s'ants being in my / s'vyce at the day of my deceasse or dep'ting my lyf from this transytory world any one of theym one quartes / wages
The residue of all my goods and catalls not willed before written nor(?) hereafter in this my p'sent / will and my last testament I gyve and bequeth to the said Thomas Browne and Richard Browne my / sonne whom I ordeyn and make my executors and they to pay my debtes and ffuneralls charge and to p'forme / this my last will and testament Item in my most hartie wyse
I desyre John Oaryll esquire to be my / ov'seer and hym I make to be my sole ov'seer of this my last will and I gyve hym for his cormpell(?) / and labor therof xl^s^ ffor the dispositon of my landes first
I will and myn intent and mynd is that / Thomas Browne sonne and heire of my late sonne Henry Browne my heir apparent esquirer deceassed / have hold and injoye all my man's lands tenerments rents rev'sions servyce(?) and hereditaments what / so ev' they be wythall and singular there appertenning Stitnat(?) lynig and being in the  counties of Kent / Sussex Surrey and the citie of London except and forprysed out of this my will and gifte the third / p'te of all such lands and tenements rents and sevice(?) as or holdyn of our said soverign lady the queens(?) / grace in cheapse (?) by buyghte (=burgage?) servyce(?) And also except and forprised(?) all such my man's lands tenitments rents / Servics and other my hereditaments whatsoev' they be in the said counties of Kent wherof Gavilkynd / tenure according to the custome of the said countie of Kent to have and to hold the said man's lands tent's / rents revisions servyce(?) and hereditament w'tall and singuler their appertening ^_____^ before excepted to the said / Thomas Browne and to his heyres mayles of his body lawfully begotten according and after the trenet(?) / meanyng and intent of the last will and testament of Sir George Browne knyght my father and in / fulfilling and p'formyng all covenanets grants and agrements made and contyned in a payer/of Indentyres betwene me the said Sr Mathew Browne knyght on the one p'te ("and" crossed out) and Sr 
Will'm Shelley / knyght deceassed on the other p'te concernying maye (=made) solernpinsed and hadd by my said sonne Henry Browne / deceassed and Katheryn his late wif also deceassed and daughter of the saied Sr Willi'm Shelley and to / the residue of my said landes (crossed out or underlined) man's lands and other the p'miss wyth their appurten'ts of the tenure / and nature of Gavylkynde in the countie of Kent aforesaid my very will and mynd is by this my / last will and testament that the said man's lands tenemnents and all other the p'misss last before / mensioned shalle by me the said Sir Mathew willed alloted gyven and declared in advoding of debate and / stryfs that might herafter come and grow amongst my children and the said Thomas Browne and / unto Philip Browne sonne of Edward Browne my late sonne And in avoding of the said debate // and styfes between the said p'ties
I gyve and bequeth to the and Richard Browne George Browne / Walter Browne and Olken (=?Owen) Browne my sonnes and Phillip Browne any of thym x^li^ by the yer(?)/of yearly rent and annuytie to have hold and yerely p'mynt(?) the yearly rent and ann(u)ytie of x^li^ by the yere / to any of the said Richarge George Wa(l)ter Olken and Philip Browne their executors and assynes during / there naturall lyffes and the longer lyfe of theym out of all the said man's lands tenements and other the / p'miss being the Gavylkynde lands in the said countie of Kent at the ffeastes of the annutiacon of our blessed / lady and saynt mary all thar channgell by evyn porcons and yf it happen the said yerly rent or annuytie / of tenne pounds by the yere ^be^ behynde unpaid to any of the said Richarde George Walter Olkyn (=Owen?) and Philipp / Browne their executors or assignes at eny of the said ffeasts above mentioned by the space of xx^t^ dayes and / laufully asked that then yt shalbe lawfull for the said Richarde George Walter Olken (=Owen?) and Philip Browne / and everry of theym sev'ally or joyntly their executors or assynes to enter and distrayn into the man's lands / Tenements and other the p'miss of Gavylkynd land and any p'te (=part) and p'cell therof and the distresses their so / takyn yt to lede dryve impark retayne and kepe unto such tyme the said yerely rent or annuytie of tenne / pounds by the yere be to any of the said Richard George Owen (no Walter?) and Philip Browne sonne of the said / Edward wyth the arrerayes of the somme, yf any be, be fully satisfied contented and paid and I gyve / will and allot by this my last will and testament
All my said man's lands te'nts rents ser(v)yce and / hereditaments whatsoev' they be being Gavylkynd lande to the said Thomes Browne his heirs and / assignes to have and to hold the said man's lands tenements and all other the p'misses called Gevylkynd / landes wyth all singuler their appurtaning to the said Thomas Browne his heirs and assignes for ev' /
In wytness hereof to this p'snt my last will and testament I the said Sr Mathew Browne here / suscribed my name and putto my seale the day and yere above said in the p'sents of Sir Mathewe / Browne


Adrian's annotations of the Will are: ( / = line end; // new page; my remarks in square brackets; ^text^ is either 
raised characters or a word inserted; "____" are words I cannot work out, and text followed by (?) are words I am not sure about or look wrong. There are quite a few contractions, and much use of the symbol "p" but with the tail crossed through which stands for per or par, thus p'f' in my transcription is short for perfect. The spelling is a bit weird at times, "said" is always given as what looks like "sared", but for ease of reading I have changed this 
throughout, sometimes "paid" is given a similar spelling. Richard is Richarga couple of times, and the name Olken would seem to be Owen. At one point, when listing his sons, Walter has been omitted. I assume these are errors copying the Will into probate.)