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The Will of

Robert BIDWELL (?-1620) Rector of East Hoathly


The following will has be transcribed by Barbara Sanders, from ESRO ref A28 p. 98 (folio).


In the name of God Amen.  The eleventh day of December in the year of our Lord God one thousand six hundred and twentieth.   I Robert Bidwell of East Hoathly in the county of Sussex being feeble and weak in body but of good and perfect remembrance (I praise God therefore) do make and declare this my present testament and last will in number and form following.  First and above all things I commend my soul unto Almighty God my Maker and my Body to the Earth to be buried in Christian burial then I give and bequeath unto the poor people of East Hoathly ten shillings of lawful English money to be paid and distributed amongst them by the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named . . . one whole year next after my decease.   Item I give and bequeath unto my sons Laurence and Robert and to my daughters Elizabeth Mary and Ann twenty pounds apiece of lawful English money to be paid unto every one of them out of my Stock and Goods . . .  at 21 or if they marry before . . . if any die, to be apportioned . . .   . . . Elizabeth my loving wife shall have the custody education and bringing up of all my said children until they shall accomplish their . . .  age of one and twenty years or be married.  The residue of all my moveable goods and chattels not formerly given or bequeathed my debts and legacies being paid and my funeral expenses being disbursed I give and bequeath unto my said wife Elizabeth for and toward the maintenance of household and the maintenance and bringing up of my said children whom I do make and appoint sole Executrix of this my present testament and last will.  And I do make and nominate my wellbeloved brother William Bidwell of Furnivals Inn gent and my loving friend Gregory Markwick(?) gent to be my trusty and faithful overseers (?) of this present Testament and Last Will to be performed according to my true meaning.  And I give to every one of them fifteen shillings four pence of lawful English money over and beside those (?) expenses borne . . . or any of them shall have occasion to travel about the performance of this my will.  In witness of this my present testament and last will . . . in the presence of John Mittell (Mitchell?) and Magnus Byne writer (?)  (Robert Bidwell)

[Rest in Latin but seems to confirm probate in London by Elizabeth Bidwell]


Useful Deductions:  Written on 11th December 1620.  This was shortly before his death as he was buried 15th Dec 1620.  He recognised his body as “feeble and weak”, but his cause of death is not known.  His age is not known but he was probably quite young (maybe about 40? ) as his children’s ages are:

Date of Baptism at at East Hoathly Age at his death

Elizabeth 20.10.1611 9

Laurence 15.8.1613 7

Mary 24.3.1616 4

Robert 29.3.1618 2

Ann 21.11.1619 1

His wife’s name is Elizabeth (Bentley?).  He refers to his brother William Bidwell of Furnival’s Inn (London Inn of Court, no longer exists, site in Holborn where the huge red-brick Prudential Building now stands).  Who is friend Gregory Markwick gent?


Might Gregory Markwick have been the grandson of Gregory Markwick who died in 1592?



This page was reviewed on 9 April 2012