Will of John Griggs 1588

"I give to Mary Griggs my daughter one redd cowe"

By David Miller

Photo:Page 1 of the original will. Other pages not copied.

Page 1 of the original will. Other pages not copied.

Photo:The Grant of Probate, which confirms the date of the Will.

The Grant of Probate, which confirms the date of the Will.

Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Will of John Griggs 1588' page
Photo: Illustrative image for the 'Will of John Griggs 1588' page

Commentary.

A Will made in 1588 ! The year of the Spanish Armada.  Had John Griggs heard of it? Perhaps he would see one of the beacons burning across the country.  His preoccupations were more domestic, however.  He had to decide how to divide his estate between his son William and his four daughters, two of whom were not married.

William, to judge by the Will, did not do too well out of the estate, but this is almost certainly because he had already taken over from his father all of the assets of the farm, and everything that was left after that was being divided between the daughters.

The list of items in the Will shows that John was quite well off - two houses as well as the one where John (or possibly William) lived, and a lot of personal belongings, from meslin in the barn (meslin is a mixture of wheat and rye, or barley) to "one cubbord that hath but one doare." 'Latyn' candlesticks, by the way, are made of a copper and zinc alloy. Not to be confused with 'Treen,' which is used for domestic items made of wood.

It is worth reading right through the Will to get the whole picture of what John's possessions were.

This page was added by David Miller on 26/01/2013.

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