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Wills from 1580 onwards [Ongoing Project]

Wills Translated by B Westcott All wills published by permission of Durham University Library Archives and Special Collections. [Refs where given are theirs}

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Will of Thomas Vepounde, 1582

In the name of God, Ame[n], the Sixt day of Fabruarie, the yeere of oure Lord God 1582, I, Thomas Vepounde, of the p[ar]ishe of Aldston[e], beinge of wholle mynde and in good memorye, praysed be God, make and ordeyne this my p[re]sent testame[n]t co[n]teyninge therein my last will[e] and testame[n]t in ma[n]ner and fourme that folowethe. First I bequeathe and reco[m]mend my soulle to almightye God, and my bodye to be buryed in the Queere besyde my fayther. Also I geve to Agnes Teasdall a hawked qwye and fower old sheepe. Also I geve to Thomas Vepounde of Aylle 33s 4d of the mony that the sayd Thomas is indebted to me. Also I geve to my servant John Robinson an old sheepe. Also I geve to Robertt Bowma[n] and his wiffe two yowes. Also I geve to Anthony Walton a sheepe. Also I geve to my sonne Will[ia]m Vepounde the tytle and lease of my Tenneme[n]t and a horse and a scagge, and all[e] my furnyture, to serve the Queene, the Lord, and the co[m]moditye of my house. Also of this my p[re]sent will[e] and testame[n]t I make and ordeyne my executores my wiffe Sibbell[e] Vepounde, my sonne Will[ia]m Vepounde, and my fower doughters Agnes, Janett, Mary and Elizabethe. Also I make sup[er]visors Alexander Vepound, Tho[ma]s Vepounde and Robert Lee. Witnes Alexander Vepounde, Rob[er]tt Lee, Xpofer Dickenson, Tho[ma]s Veponde, P[er]cyvell Vepound, Will[ia]m Teastall[e], clarke, with others.


Inventory of Goods of Thomas Vepounde, 1583 The Inventorye of all[e] the goodes and cattell[e] of Thomas Vepounde of the Foreshealld of the parishe of Aldston, late deceased, prysed by fower honest me[n], viz, John Teasdeall, Tho[ma]s Stephenson, Xpofer Dickenson and Rob[er]tt Lee, the 25th day of Aprill A[nn]o d[omi]ni 1583. £ s d Inp[ri]mis 13th kyen and a bulle 9 6 8 Ite[m] two Stirkes 13 4 Ite[m] fyve calves 20 Ite[m] fower horses 3 6 8 Ite[m] 80 old sheepe 12 Ite[m] 20 sheepe hogges 53 4 Ite[m] i[m]pleme[n]tes of the house 20 S[u]m[m]a 30 Debttes whiche were owing to him at his deceasse Inp[ri]mis Tho[ma]s Vepound of Nest 8 10 Ite[m] Thos Vepound of Aylle 33 4 Ite[m] the sayd Tho[ma]s Vepounde 2 4 Ite[m] Rob[er]tt Tee 10 Ite[m] Xpofer Kempe of Penreth 12 Ite[m] Wm Walton of Penrethe 6 8 Ite[m] Roland Wilkenson of Penreth 3 8 Ite[m] Georg Walton of Nenthall 21 Ite[m] Raynold Whitfeild 3 4 Ite[m] uxo[r] Jo[hannis] [the wife of John] Whitfeild 2 8 Ite[m] P[er]cyvell Bowma[n] and Wm. Chemmerson } of Wardall the some of } 3 2 to be payd in syx yeeres by equall[e] portions } Ite[m] Edward Musgrave gent 3 4 Ite[m] Rauffe Whitfeild esquyer and } 54 John Whitfeild gent } Ite[m] Xpofer Dickenson of Annott 10 S[um]ma 19 14 4 Inventory of Goods of Thomas Vepounde, 1583 Debttes that he ought [owed] to other me[n] £ s d Inp[ri]mis to Wm. Bee a fudder [fother] of leade, the p[ri]ce 8 Ite[m] to Rychard [?]Waffe a fudder of leade the p[ri]ce 8 Ite[m] to Gilbert Robson 4 Ite[m] to Henry Nixon th’elder 46 8 Ite[m] to Henry Nixon yonger 24 Ite[m] to Henry Teasdall 17 5 Ite[m] to Tho[ma]s Hucheson 20 S[um]ma 21 12 1 S[um]ma de claro [clear sum] 28 2

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Will of Percy Vepont, 1607 Ref 1607/V2/1 August … 1607 A note of The last will or testament of Percy Vepont disceased which he made the 19 of Julie last anno do[min]i 1607 In ye p[re]sence of these wittnesses whose named are herunto subscribed disposinge his goodes as followeth nu[n]cupativelie by word of mouth as Followeth. First he willed th[a]t he might be honestlie brought forthe and th[a]t the money w[hi]ch he had in his chest, viz 3s, 5s w[hi]ch was owinge to him by Rychard Sparrow, one Cowe w[hi]ch he had at Hilton, and 27s w[hi]ch was owinge to him by 20 men of Richard Walton of Wellgill in Alstonmore, should be all bestowed upon the poore of the p[ar]ishe of Monckwear’th, his funerall expenses charges and duties deduckted out of it and discarged. It[em] his will was th[a]t Raphe Lumley or Mychaell Lumley his sonne should have the Cow if it pleased the[m] for 26s 8d, and if they did refuse hir at that price, the[n] the cow to be sold to whome as will give most for hir. It[em] the foresaid 27s shall w[hi]ch was owing him by 20 me[n] of Alstonmore for sheepe, he willed th[a]t Gabriell Marley should demand the same and receve it whe[n] the daies of payment comes. Item he gave a dublet to his brother, A pare of Breches to Mychaell Watton, and the rest of his app[ar]ell he gave to the Poore woma[n] that kept him. Also his will was that the debt thinge w[hi]ch his brother might he should rest in his owne handes, and therefore he would dispose no p[ar]te of it to any other. Witnesses hereof Robert Berley [sworn] his m[ar]k Rychard Sparrow [sworn] his m[ar]k [?]Grame Taler [?]Grame [ie Graham?] Taler his m[ar]k

Probate of Will of Percy Vepont Ad[ministraci]o bonorum etc dat[a] Richard[o] Vepont f[rat]ri d[i]c[t]i def[uncti] iur[ato] etc de p[er]implend[o] ult[imam] volu[n]t[atem] p[re]d[ictam] etc Oblig[atu]r de solvend[o] distribuend[o] bona etc s[e]c[un]d[um] arbitr[acionem] dis[creti] Judicis (solutis debitis et legat[is] etc) [Administration of the goods etc was given to Richard Vepont, the brother of the said deceased, he having been sworn etc to perform the last will aforesaid etc. He is bound to pay distribute the goods etc according to the arbitration of the distinguished judge (the debts and legacies having been paid etc).]

Inventory of Goods of Percival Vepont, 1607 Ref 1607/1/2/2 An Inventorie of all the goodes and Chattells of Percivell Vepont, late of the parish of Mounckwermouth deceased, praised and valewed by 4or honest men the 26th daie of August 1607, vidzt Richard Teasdaill, George Richeson, Thomas Hutcheson and Richard Lee, as followeth. £ s d In p[ri]mis 5 kyen [kine, cows] and two Calves 5 5 It[em] 30 olde sheepe 4 13 It[em] 15 lambes 25 Su[m]ma Bonorum [sum of the goods] 11 4 [should be; 11 3 ] Debtes owinge to the deceased Inp[ri]mis Richard Teasdall for one Cowe 20 It[em] Thomas Richeson for 5 youes [ewes] 14 2 It[em] George Walton of Nenthall 13 It[em] Anthonie Walton of Nenthall 18 8 It[em] Richard Walton of Welgill 27 Su[m]ma debitorum [sum of the debts] 4 12 10 Su[m]ma totalis Bonorum et Debitorum 15 16 10 [sum total of the goods and the debts] Signu[m] Rob[er]ti Vepont [the mark of Robert Vepont] More goodes and debtes bestowed att the testators Funerall It[e]m one Cowe price 22 It[e]m in his purse 3 paid It[e]m owinge by Richard Sparrow 5 Some 30

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Will of Thomas Vepond, 1635 Ref 1635/V3/1 In the name of God, Amen, the eight day of Aprill in the yeare of our Lord God 1635. I, Thomas Vepond, of the Chaplerie of Garigill, beinge sicke in bodye but whole and p[er]fect in Remembraunce, doe make and ordayne this my Testament, conteyninge therin my last will, in manner and forme followinge. First I Co[m]mend my soule into the handes of Almightie God my maker, and my bodye to be buried in the Church of Garrigill (my mortuarye and funerall expences beinge first paid for the same). It[e]m I give and bequeath my messuage, Tenement or farmhold[e], lyinge and beinge at a place called the Skides within Aldstonmore and countye of Cu[m]berland, with all p[ro]fittes and co[m]modities therunto belonging, Togither with all houses and implementes therin, and my whole estate, tytle, interest and tearme of yeares w[hi]ch I have therein, unto my sonne and heire Thomas Vepound, as of right it ought, when he comes to the age of one and twentie yeares, then to enter into the possession of the said Tenement. And if the said Thomas Vepond happen to dye without issue or Ch[ild] of his bodye lawfullie begotten or to be begotten, that then the said Tenement shall discend and come, as of right it ought, unto my Daughter Anne Vepond, she payinge unto hir younger sister Jaine Vepond the whole and just so[m]me of threescore poundes at hir entringe unto the said Tenement called the Skides. And if it happen the said Anne Vepond to dye without issue, then the said Tenement to discend and come, as right it ought, unto the said Jaine Vepond, and to the heires of hir bodye lawfullie begotten or to be begotten, And in default of such issue, then that the said Tenement, with my whole Tytle and interest therin, shall come unto my elder brother Mathewe Vepond, his heires and assigmes for ever, And that my said sonne Thomas Vepond shall pay unto his younger sister Jaine Vepond the whole and just some of thirtie poundes of currant English money at two St Andrewes dayes next after hir entrye unto the said Tenement, And that my mother in lawe hir thirde of the said Tenement shalbe letten three yeres when she dyeth, to helpe to pay my debtes and to mend hir porc[i]on, And that my said two daughters shall have the insight equallie betweene them, except one kittle to my elder daughter Anne. It[e]m I give unto myne uncle Thomas Vepound my … … [obscured by crease] [Item I give] unto my brother Mathewe Vepound my best … [Item I] give unto Thomas Vepound younger an Ewe. The rest of all my goodes, moveable and unmoveable, my debtes and funerall expences being discharged and paid, I give and bequeath unto the said Anne Vepond my elder daughter, whom I make my whole Executrix of this my last will. And I give the tuition and goverment of my said Children, untill they come to lawfull yeares, unto their grandmother Jaine Lee. And I make sup[er]visors of this my last will Gilbert Walton, John Hutcheson, Thomas Vepond and Reignald Walton, whom I putt in trust for my Children. And whosoever shall have the keepinge of the … [obscured by crease] shall make the houses and dykes in good rep[ar]ac[i]ons, and the water to be kept in right … [torn] nead requires, as the said 4 sup[er]visors shall thinke fittinge. Witnesses heareof Gilbert Walton, John Hutcheson [sworn], Thomas Vepond and Reignald Walton . d[i]c[t]a Jana Lee iur[ata] quoad tuic[ionem] et ad[ministration]em secundo maii 1635 [The said Jane Lee was sworn, as far as concerns tuition and administration, on the second of May 1635.]

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Will of Richard Vepond, 1638 In the name of God, Amen, I, Richard Vepond, of Nenthall in Aldston more w[i]thin the countie of Cumberland and dyocesse of Durham, yeoman, beinge sicke in bodie, but of good and perfect memorye (praysed be God) doe make this my Last will and testament in manner followinge. First I bequeath my soule unto Almightie God, and my bodie to be buried in Aldston church yeard, in a place I have nominated to my frendes. Of my worldlie goodes I thus dispose. Imprimis I give to my brother Mathew Vepond two kyne, one quy, tenne Ewes and tenne gymmers, to be delivered to him at Michaellmas after my death. Item I give to my said brother my best cloake and my best sute of Apparrell, also I give him Thirtie shillinges w[hi]ch he is owinge me. Item I give to Mathew Vepond my said brothers sonne one quy stirke. Item I give to my said brothers two daughters Elizabeth and Mary, eyther of them one Ewe and a Lambe. More I give to the said Mary, one of my brothers daughters Last named, two other sheepe. Item I give to my brother John Mathew Vepond one Cowe and tenne sheepe hogges. Item I give to Will[ia]m Vepond, sonne of Raph Vepond of Foreshild, one Ewe and a Lamb. Item I give to Jane Walton, daughter of Gilbert Walton of Galligill, one Ewe and a Lambe. Item I give to the free scoole at Aldston fortie shillinges. Item I give to my daughter Margrett Harrison, widowe, now dwellinge w[i]th me, one Cowe and tenne sheepe. Item I give to my Nephew Henry Harrison, dwellinge also w[i]th me, two kyne and tenne sheepe, one chist and one bed of Cloathes. Item I give to James Harrison my nephew one Cowe. Item I give to Sibell Harrison, now dwellinge w[i]th me, tenne sheepe, half my pewter dublers, one brasse pott, and one Cowe, and one bed of cloathes. Item I give to my servant Hugh Wallas two hogges. Item I give to my servant Agnes Walton one quy stirke, one Ewe and a Lambe. Item I give to Margrett my ould servant, who married ould Thom Vepond of Skides, amonge her and her fower younger children, Tenne sheepe. Item I give to her eldest sonne Richard Vepond, my godsonne, fower sheepe. All the rest of my goodes and Chattells, moveable and unmoveable, my dettes and funerall chardges beinge defrayed, I give and bequeath to Richard Harrison, now dwellinge w[i]th me, whom I make my full and sole executo[ur], And revoakinge and disannullinge all former wills, doe make this my last Will and Testament, to w[hi]ch I have sett my hand and seale the nyneteenth day of May in the yeare of our Lord God 1638. Richard Vepond his m[ar]ke and seale In the presence of Georgius Troutbeck Ro: Rossett vic[arius] de Aldston Henry Harison his m[ar]ke


Tuition Bond re Richard Harreson, 1638 Ref OPRI/3/1638/B16A [Written sideways] Upon the tuition of Richard Harreson … Vepond [May all men know, by these presents, That Margaret Harreson of the parish of Alston in the county of Cumberland and diocese of Durham, widow, Ralph Vepond and Henry Harreson of the aforesaid parish and county, yeomen, Are held and firmly bounden unto the reverend father and Lord in Christ, Thomas, by divine providence Lord Bishop of Durham, and the worshipful Thomas Burwell, Master of Arts, Official Principal of the said reverend father, In the sum of four hundred pounds of good and lawful money of England, to be paid to the same reverend father and his before-said official, or their certain attorneys in this regard, or their heirs or successors. To which payment indeed, well and faithfully to be made, we oblige ourselves jointly, and each of us by himself for the whole, and our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals. Given on the 25th day of the month of April in the year of our Lord 1638. the mark of Margaret Harreson Raiph Vepond the mark of Henry Harreson Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Robert Newhouse

Obligation re Tution of Richard Harreson, 1638 The Condicion of this Obligac[i]on is such; That if the within bounden Margaret Harreson, widowe, Doe well and [truly] content, satisfye and pay, or cause to be well and truely contented, satisfied and paied, unto Richard Harreson her sonne, all such porc[i]ons and all other rights, dutyes and demaunds whatsoev[er], as were or shall be due unto him by the death, will and Inventory of Richard Vepond, late of Nent hall of the dioces of Durha[m], deceased (sole ex[ecu]tor named in the said will) or otherwise in good and lawfull English money when he shall accomplish th’age of 21 yeeres, be maried, or otherwise lawfully demaund the same, Ministring unto him in the meane time meate, drinke, cloth and all other necessaries fitt and convenient for such a man’s children to have, dureing his minority, and thereof make a true and just accompt when she shall be thereto lawfully called, And if need require, enter into new bond with more sufficient su[er]ties For p[er]formance of the p[re]misses, And lastly save, defend and harmeles keepe the within named Rev[er]end father [and] his said officiall, there ex[ecu]tors and [administrators, and all o]there officers, ministers [and successors] by vertue of the premisses, Then this obligacion to be void, or else of full force.


Administration Bond re Richard Vepont, 1640 [May all men know, by these presents, That we, William Ridley of Nent Hall in the county of Cumberland, yeoman, Robert Taylor of Rareton in the county of Durham, gentleman, John Ridley of the City and county of Durham, Whitesmith. Are held and firmly bounden unto the reverend father and lord in Christ, Thomas, by divine permission providence Lord Bishop of ... , Archbishop of Canterbury, Primate and Metropolitan of all England, Are held and firmly bounden unto the reverend father and Lord in Christ, Thomas, by divine providence Lord Bishop of Durham, and the worshipful Thomas Burwell, Master of Arts, Official Principal of the said reverend father, In the sum of two hundred pounds of good and lawful money of England, to be paid to the same reverend father and his before-said official, or their certain attorneys in this regard, or their executors, administrators or successors. To which payment indeed, well and faithfully to be made, we oblige ourselves jointly, and each of us by himself for the whole, and our heirs, executors and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with our seals. Given on the 11th day of the month of July in the year of our Lord 1640. William Ridley Robert Tayler the mark of John Ridley Signed, sealed and delivered in the presence of Jane Moore


Obligation re Administration of estate of Richard Vipond, 1640 The Condic[i]on of this obligac[i]on is such; That if Margaret Harreson al[ia]s Ridley, wife of the w[i]thin bounden William Ridley, doe well and truely execute and p[er]forme the last will and testament of Richard Vepont, late of Nent Hall deceased, and pay the said deceasedes debtes and legacies as lawe shall bind her; If alsoe the Inventary ex[hibi]ted be true, and containe the said deceasedes goodes duely apprysed, and thereof make a true and just accompt when she shalbe therto lawfully called; And if need require enter into better bond for p[er]formance of the p[re]misses, And save and keepe harmeles the w[i]thin named R[evere]nd father and his said officiall, and all other their officers and successors, by reason of the p[re]misses, Then this obligac[i]on to be void, or else of full force and effect.

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Will of Thomas Vypont, 1666/7

Durham University Library ref 1672/V4/1

In the name of God, Amen,

The Fowerteenth day of January Anno Dom[ini] 1666, And in the Eighteenth yeere of the Reigne of our Sov[er]eigne Lord Charles the Second, by the grace of God, of England, Scotland, France and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith etc,

I, Thomas Vypont, of Alston more in the County of Cumberland, Taylor, being Sick and weake in Body, but of sound and perfect mind and memory, praysed be God therefore, and calling to mind the uncertainty of this Transitory life, doe make and declare my Last will and Testament in manner and forme following, That is to say,

First I will That all such debts as I shall truely owe att the time of my decease shalbe paid according to equity and good Conscience,

And after my debts and Funeralls paid and discharged, The residue of all and singuler my Goods, Chattells, Debts and Estate whatsoever to mee belonging and apperteyning I give and bequeath as followeth, That is to say,

First I give, will, devise and bequeath unto Frances my deare and loving wife All that my Indenture of Lease whereby I hold and enjoy A Certen Messuage or Tenem[en]t and p[re]misses, with the Appurten[au]nces, with Certen Meadowe and pasture Grounds called or knowne by the name of Nast in the same Lease menc[i]o[n]ed, scituate, lying and being in Alston more aforesaid in the Parish of Garagell in the said County of Cumberland, and now in the tenure and occupac[i]on of William Walton or his Assignes.

And all the said Messuage or Tenem[en]t and p[re]misses, with the Appurten[au]nces, Meadowe and Pasture Ground, and ev[er]y p[ar]te and p[ar]cell thereof, And also all my estate, Right, title, interest and terme of yeeres of, in, and to the same,

To have and to hold the said Messuage or Tenem[en]t, Meadowe and Pasture Ground, and all and Singuler other the p[re]misses, with the Appurten[au]nces, and ev[er]y p[ar]te and p[ar]cell thereof, Together with the same Indenture of Lease, unto the said Frances my wife, her Executo[ur]s, Admi[ni]str[atour]s and Assignes, for and during all the rest and residue yett to come and unexpired of the terme of yeeres in the same Lease Graunted or Lymitted,

Upon Trust and to the intent and purpose That shee, the said Frances my wife, her Exec[utour]s, Admi[ni]strato[ur]s or Assignes, shall and doe (with all Convenient speed) after my decease make sale and dispose of the same Indenture of Lease, And the said Messuage or Tenem[en]t, Meadowe and Pasture Ground, and all other the p[re]misses, with the Appurten[au]nces thereto belonging, and ev[er]y p[ar]te and p[ar]cell thereof, and all her Estate, right, title and interest of, in and terme of yeeres of, in, and to the same p[re]misses or any part or parcell thereof, to such Chapman or Chapmen as shall be for the best Advantage,

And all such su[m]me and su[m]mes of money as shalbe had and received for the same I give and bequeath as followeth, That is to say,

I give and bequeath unto the said Frances my wife the su[m]me of Twenty pounds thereof,

And the rest, residue and remainder I give unto my Three sonnes, Percivall Vypont, John Vypont and Robert Vypont, the same to be disposed of at interest by the said Frances my wife to such p[er]son or p[er]sons as to her shall seeme meete,

And the benefitt, profitt, proceed and increase thereof thereby Accrewing, my will and mind is, shalbe and remayne to and for the use, benefitt and maynteynance of my said Three sonnes, Percivall, John and Robert, during their mynority,


Will of Thomas Vypont, 1666/7 cont’d

Durham University Library ref 1672/V4/1

And the Principall to be divided betweene them, part and part like, when and soe soone as they shall attaine their sev[er]all Ages of One and Twenty yeeres.

The rest and residue of all and singuler my Goods, Chattells, Debts and Estate whatsoev[er] to mee belonging and apperteyning, after my Debts and Funeralls paid and Legacies discharged, I give and bequeath unto the said Frances my wife, the sole Executrix of this my Last will and Testament.

In witnes whereof I, the said Thomas Vypont, the Testator, have hereunto sett my hand and Seale.

Given the day and yeere first above written.

                                                                                    The marke of the said

                                                                                    Thomas T V Vypont

Signed, Sealed, Published and declared by the said Thomas Vypont the day and yeere first above written for and as his Last will and Testam[en]t, Conteyning Two sheetes of paper, in the p[re]sence of us whose names are under-written.

Will. Thornton

Nicho. Teesdell

Joseph Clerke serv[ant] to Hen. Clerke, Scr[iptor].

Deposition of John Flinte, 1672

Durham University Library ref 1672/V4/3

The depositions of John Flinte of Newcastle upon Tine, Hardwaireman, aged thirtie yeares or thereabouts, taken upon oath the seaventeenth day of February 1672.

Inp[rimis] this depon[en]t saith that he hath seene the will of Thomas Vypont, now to him shewed att the time of this examination, bearing date the Fourteenth day of January w[hi]ch was in Anno D[omi]ni 1666, in the hand[es] and custodie of one Nicholas Teesdell, late of London, Tailer deceased, and he told this depon[en]t that he, the said Nicholas Teesdell, was a witnesse to the same will,

And he, this depon[en]t, did acquainte Frances Vypont, the Widdow and Relict of the said Thomas Vypont, as that her said husband had made his will in writinge, and left it in the custodie of the said Nicholas Teesdell,

And she, the said Frances, dis p[re]vaile w[i]th this depon[en]t to write to the said Nicholas Teesdell to send the said Will downe to Newcastle to this depon[en]t, w[hi]ch he, the said Nicholas, did accordingly doe send by the post,

And he further saith that the will now showed unto him is the same will w[hi]ch he soe received from the said Nicholas Teesdell.

                                                                                    John Flint

Taken and sworne the day and yeare abovesaid before me,

                                                                                    T. Naylor

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Will of Richard Vipond, 1674

Durham University Library ref 1674/V5/1

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December the 10th 1674

In the name of God, Amen,

I, Richard Vipond, of Fewsteeds, within the parish of Garrigill and county of Cu[m]berla[n]d, yeom[an], beinge sicke in bodye, but in good and p[er]fect memorye, praised be God, doe make this my last will and Testam[en]t in manner and forme following.

First I bequeath my soule into the hands of allmighty God my maker and redeemer, and my body to be buryed w[i]thin the Chappellrye of Garrigill,

And as for those temporall and earthlie Blesseings wherew[i]th God hath endued me, I give and dispose of them in manner and forme followeinge.

Inpr[imis] I give unto my eldest sonne Richard Vipond my Tenem[en]t called Fewsteeds, to enter upon it Twentie yeeres after the dayte thereof, a[nd] to pay unto his sister Elizabeth ten pounds in money when he entereth.

Ite[m] I give unto my younger sonne Reginald Vipond all the land th[a]t I have att Nintlees and to enter upon it 21 yeeres after the dayte hereof.

Ite[m] my will is that my Brother William shall have the land att Nintlees untell my sonne Reginald doe enter.

It[em] my will is th[a]t my sonne Reginald shall pay unto his sister Elizabeth the su[m]me of ten pounds when he entereth upon the land called Nintlees.

Item my will is th[a]t my Brother Will[ia]m shall pay out of the land of Nintlees the summe of fourtie shillings, to be payed yeerelye unto my executors dureinge the space a[nd] teerme of 12 yeeres next ensueinge the dayte hereof,

And all the rest of my goods and Cattelles, both moveable and I[m]moveable, I doe frelie give them unto my wife Mary Vipond, whom I doe make my sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testam[en]t, revokeinge all oth[er] willes.

In wittnesse whereof I have setto my hand and seale this 10th day of December Annoq[ue] Dom[ini] 1674.

                                                                                    Richard Vipond his m[ar]ke and seale

Signed, sealed and deliv[er]ed

in the p[re]sence of us, viz’t:

Christopher Rydley his m[ar]ke jurat[us] [ie sworn for probate purposes]

Christop[he]r Jackson his m[ar]ke

Richard Teasdell

  
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Will of Henry Vipond, 1678
Ref 1682/V1/2 In the name of God, Aprill 27 Anno dom[ini] :1678: I, Henry Vipond, of Luns close in the Parish of Knarsdale and County of Northumber[land], Yeoman, being sick of body but of good and perfect Memory, praised be Almighty God, doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in Manner and form following, viz, First I give and bequeath [my] soul to Almyghty God my heavenly father and to Jesus Christ my Mercifull Redeemer, hopeing through his Meritorious death and passion to receive free pardon and forgiveness of all my sinns, and as for my body, to be buryed in the Parish Church or Church Yard of Knarsdale at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter Nominated. In p[ri]mis I give to three ewes to Robert Elwood. Item I give three ews to Robert Bleamice. Item I give two ews to Thomas Rumley. Item I give one ewe to Thomas Stephenson. Item I give one ewe to John Thompson. Item I give one ewe lamb to Elizabeth Thompson. Item I give one hog to Thomas Bell. Item I give one Heffer to John Dixon. Item I give one ewe Lamb to Elizabeth Walton. Item I give My boots and a lamb to Francis Bell. Item I give to Ann Bell one lamb. Item I give to my two godsons viz Henry Dixon and Henry Liddell two shillings apiece. Item I give to Margaret Rumley one calfe. Item I give all the rest of my goods, Moveable and immoveable, to my wife ElizabethVipond. Item It likewise give is my will th[a]t my wife discharge all my debts, legacyes andfunerall expences. Item I give all my moneyes to [my] wife Elizabeth Vipond, whom I appoint soleExecutrix of this my last will and Testament, revoking and disannulling all my other wills and Testaments. In witnesse whereoff I have hereunto set my hand and seall the day and yeare above written. Henry Vipond his marke and seall Witnesses to this will and Testament Frances Bell his mark Georg Dixon his mark                                                                                   

Inventory of Goods of Henry Vipond, 1682 Ref 1682/V1/1 The Inventory of Henry Vipond of Luns Close, late deceased, by the prizers hereafter nominated, viz, William Parker, Cuthbert Walton, Georg Bell, Georg Dixon. Inprimis the Beasts, viz, cows, Heffers, and calves, five pounds ten shillings. Sheep to five pounds. Horse and apparell 3 pounds. Hay ten shillings. Insight or houshold goods twenty shillings, and four pounds in Money. And the funerall expences and debt of the deceased 30 shillings, this being deducted from whole there will remain seaventeen pounds ten shillings. Witnesse to this Account Thomas Walton, Clerk.      

Letters Commissional Richard Lloyd, Knight, Doctor of Law, Vicar General in spiritualities of the reverend father and lord in Christ, Nathaniel, by divine providence Lord Bishop of Durham, and his Official Principal, lawfully founded, Sends greetings in the Lord to our beloved in Christ, William Musgrave, clerk, Vicar of Benton in the diocese of Durham. By these presents we commit to you, (in whose faithfulness in this regard we greatly confide) our standing and authority, and full power in the Lord, To call before you, at any convenient and opportune day, hour and place, Elizabeth Coultherd alias Vepond, the wife of John Coultherd, and the widow lately left by, and the executrix of the will of, Henry Vepond, late of the parish of Knaresdale in the diocese of Durham, deceased, to charge the same Elizabeth, on her corporal oath, (God’s Holy Gospels being first touched and kissed by her), faithfully to execute and perform the will of the said deceased, and to pay the debts and legacies of the same deceased, (after the same will has been lawfully proved before you by the testimony of two or three of the witnesses in that regard, sworn on God’s aforesaid Holy Gospels), and indeed to exhibit to us a true, full and perfect inventory of the goods and chattels of the aforenamed deceased, and to render a faithful account thereof when conveniently called to do so; And moreover to receive and accept the obligatory caution from the said John Coultherd, with sufficient sureties for the premises, and for the security of us and ours, Requiring that you duly certify all that you have done in the premises to us or our deputy, in the consistory within the galilee [western end] of the cathedral church of Durham on or before Friday the twenty fourth, that is to say, of the month of March next in the future, together with the aforesaid will, inventory and obligatory caution annexed to these presents. Given at Durham under the seal which we use in this regard on the first day of the month of February, in the year of our Lord, in the English style, 1681. Gab: Newhouse Registrar This your order was executed on the tenth day of July by me, William Musgrave.

Will of Robert Vipont, 1684


Durham University Library ref 1685/V3/1

University Library ref 1685/V3/1

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Memorand[u]m that upon the 18th day of December Anno D[omi]ni 1684 Rob[er]t Vipont, then of Dodbury in the Chappelry of Dodbury Garragill and Diocese of Durham, Yeoman, being indisposed to bodily health, but sound and perfect in mind and memory, and beinge desireous to setle and dispose the estate he then had, and did nuncupatively and by word of mouth declare himself in these words Followinge, or in words tending to the like effect, meaning or signification, vizt.

Imp[rimis] I give and bequeath my Tenement at Dodbury to my son Joseph Vipont, to enter upon and enjoy the one half thereof when he, the said Joseph, shall accomplish the age of Fower and twenty yeares, and the other half of the same immediately after his mother’s death.

It[e]m I do order, limmit and appoint that my said son Joseph shall pay out of the said tenement, at his entry upon the first moytie or half thereof, the sum[me] of Five and twentie Poundes lawfull money of England, and that the said Five and twenty Poundes shall be equally shared and subdivided, amongst my other children, only my daughter Anne, I do order to have Five Poundes more then any of the rest.

It[em] I bequeath to Elizabeth my wife the moytie or one half of my said Tenem[en]t at Dodbury during her life natural, and also Fower kine, one horse and Ten Ewes; and do appoint that the residue of all my goodes and Chattells shall be dealt and distributed amongst my children Equally.

It[e]m I appoint my abovesaid son Joseph the sole and only Executor of this my last will.

The which wordes (or wordes tending to like effect) he, the said Rob[er]t Vipont, did animi testandi [in a mind of bequeathing], utter and declare, as and for his last will and Testament nuncupative, in the presence of Thomas Vipont, John Vipont, Mary Vipont.

This will was reduced into writing and subscribed the 23th day of December, Anno D[omi]ni suprascript[o] [in the year of our Lord abovewritten] 1684 by us

The mark of Thomas Vipont

The mark of John Vipont

The mark of Mary Vipon


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Will of John Vipont, 1684/5

Durham University Library ref 1685/V2/1

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Memorand[u]m that upon the Eighth day of January, Anno D[omi]ni: 1684: John Vipont, then of Roderup, in the Chappellery of Garragill and Diocesse of Durham, Yeoman, being indisposed to bodily health, but sound and Perfect in memory, and beinge desireous to settle and dispose the estate he then had, did nuncupatively, and by word of mouth, declare himself in these words Following, or in wordes tending to the like effect, meaning or signification, vizt.

Imp[rimis] I Constitute and appoint my son John Vipont the only Executor of this my last will.

It[e]m I give and bequeath to my said son John my Tenement in Roderup, to enter upon and enjoy the one half thereof when he shall attain the age of Fower and twenty yeares, and the other half of the same, i[m]mediately after the death of Jane my wife, To which said Jane my wife I give the other half of my said Tenement in Roderup dureing her life natural.

It[e]m I order and appoint That upon my said son his entry and enjoyment of and upon the former half of the said tenement at the age above mentioned, he shall satisfie and pay the sum of Twenty Poundes Currant money of England to Rachel, Grace, Abigal and Susanna my daughters, to be equally divided amongst them.

It[e]m I bequeath to my son John Vipont a Filly or young mare.

It[e]m my will further is That if my son John die before he attain the age of Fower and twenty yeares, Then the said Tenement shall be sold, and the money therefore gotten shall be equally distributed amongst Sara, Rachel, Grace, Abigal, Susanna and Elizabeth my daughters.

It[e]m I also will, That whereas I have a certain number of old wether sheep on the Fell, and certain summes of money, in sundry mens handes; The wethers shall be sold, and the su[m]mes of money taken in, and payment thence from to be made to Thomas Stephenson, to whome I have Promised a marriage Portion with Mary my daughter, and what from the said portion shall remain, shall go and redound to my daughter Sara.

It[e]m I give and bequeath to Jane my wife all my beastes or Cattell, horses, sheep and other goodes which I have not already disposed.

The which wordes (or wordes tending to the like effect) he, the said John Vipont, did animi Testandi [in a mind of bequeathing], utter and declare, as and for his last Will and Testament nuncupative, in the Presence of Thomas Vipont, Nicholas Vipont, and Thomas Bowman.

This will was reduced into writing and subscribed the Thirteenth day of January Anno D[omi]ni suprascript[o] [in of our Lord abovewritten] 1684 by us

The mark of Thomas Vipont

Nicholas Vipont his m[ar]k

Thomas Bowman his m[ar]k

Inventory of John Vipont, 1685

Durham University Library ref 1685/V2/3

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Invent[arium] bonor[um] Joh[ann]is Vipont

[Inventory of the goods of John Vipont]

A true and perfect Inventory of the goods and Chattells of John Vipont, of Roderup in the Territory of Alston moor, Chapelry of Garragill, and County of Cumberland, dec[ease]d, Taken and apprized by us whose names are hereunto subscribed the 2th day of April, Anno D[omi]ni 1685.

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Imp[rimis] his horse and apparrell                                                         6        0        0

It[em] Three young Fillies                                                                     3      10        0

It[em] Thirteen Cowes                                                              23      16        8

It[em] Three stirkes                                                                              1      10        0

It[em] Twenty Ewes                                                                             6        0        0

It[em] Fouerty sheep-hoges                                                                10        0        0

It[em] Eightie six wether sheep                                                  24        0        0

It[em] Tables, Beddes, Cubbordes and other houshold stuff                          10        0        0

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                                                                             Tot[al]                   84      16        8

                                                                             George Walton

                                                                             The mark of George [?]Vickers

                                                                             Thomas Vipont

Nicholas Vipont

Will[ia]m Stobert, Vicar of Alston

Debts owing to the dec[ease]d

Sundry sum[me]s of money by several          }                                     £60

persons amounting in the whole to                }

Debtes owing by the dec[ease]d

Imp[rimis] To Thomas Stephenson                                                     40        0        0

It[em] to severall other persons                                                  05      10        0

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                                                                             Tot[al]                   45      10        0

Funerall Expenses                                                                     £3


Letters Commissional re John Vipont, 1685

Durham University Library ref 1685/V2/4

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Richardus Lloyd Miles Legu[m] D[o]c[t]or Re[veren]di in Χρ[ιστ]ο p[at]ris et D[omi]ni D[omi]ni Nathanaelis p[ro]viden[tia] di[vin]a Dunelm[ensis] Ep[iscop]i Vicarius in sp[irit]ualibus gen[er]alis et Offic[ia]lis princ[ipa]lis l[egi]time fulcitus

Dilecto nobis in Χρ[ιστ]ο Gulielmo Stobert Cl[er]ico Vicario de Alston dioc[esis] Dunelm[ensis] salutem in D[omi]no

Ad interessend[um] ac vice loco et no[m]i[n]e n[ost]ris Thoma[m] Stephenson ac testes ad Testam[en]tu[m] Joh[ann]is Viepont def[unc]ti Juram[en]tis inferius descript[is] onerand[um]

Cauc[i]o[n]emq[ue] p[rese]ntibus annex[am] per eund[em] Thoma[m] at fidejussores s[uo]s sufficien[ter] signand[am] ad sigilland[am] et ad usu[m] p[re]fati Re[veren]di p[at]ris n[ost]riq[ue] recipiend[um]

Vices et Auc[tori]tatem n[ost]ras ac plena[m] in D[omi]no co[m]mittimus potestatem per p[res]sentes

Volen[tes] Quat[en]us de o[mn]i eo quod in p[re]missis feceris Nos seu Dep[uta]tu[m] n[ost]r[u]m ad Locu[m] Cons[istorialem] Dunelm[ensis] in vel citra diem Veneris primu[m] vi[delice]t diem Mensis Maii p[ro]x[ime] futur[o] debite Certifices unacu[m] p[rese]ntibus

Dat[as] Dunelm[ensi] sub sigillo n[ost]ro (quo in hac parte utimur) decimo die Aprilis Anno D[omi]ni 1685

                                                                   Gab[riel] Newhouse

                                                                   Reg[ist]rarius

Juram[en]tu[m] Testibus ministrand[um]

Yo[ur] Oath is that the paper now read over to you containes the last Will and Testam[en]t of John Viepont dec[eas]ed & that he made noe other since soe farr as you know or beleive Soe helpe you God & the content[es] of that book

Juram[en]tu[m] p[re]fat[o] Tho[me] Stephenson ministrand[um]

Yo[ur] Oath is that you’l well & truely execute & performe ye last Will & Testam[en]t & Administer ye goods & chattelles of John Viepont dec[eas]ed (to the use & behoofe of John Viepont, sonne & Executor of ye Will of the s[ai]d dec[eas]ed, now in his minority) that you’l pay his debts & Legacies according to Lawe, exhibitt A full & perfect Inv[ento]ry of all ye s[ai]d goods & Chattells & pass A true & just Accompt when you shall be thereunto lawfully called Soe helpe you God etc

Ed Kirkby Surrog[ate]

Quæ in hac Co[m]missione requirantur, diligenter effecta fuerunt (sec[un]d[u]m ej[us] Tenorem) 25o die Aprilis Anno D[omi]ni 1685 Testamento Inven[ta]rio et Cautione obliga[tor]i p[rese]ntibus annexis

Per Guil[ielmu]m Stobert de Alston vic[arium

Letters Commissional re John Vipont, 1685

Durham University Library ref 1685/V2/4

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Richard Lloyd, knight, Doctor of Laws, Vicar General in Spiritualities, and Official Principal, lawfully founded, of the reverend father and lord in Christ, Nathaniel, by divine providence Lord Bishop of Durham,

Sends greetings in the Lord to our beloved in Christ, William Stobert, Clerk, Vicar of Alston in the diocese of Durham,

By these presents we commit [to you] our standing and authority, and full power in the Lord,

To involve yourself and in our standing, place and name to charge Thomas Stephenson, and the witnesses to the will of John Viepont deceased, with the oaths described below,

And to receive the caution annexed to these presents by the same Thomas and his surety-givers, to be sufficiently signed and sealed, to the use of our aforenamed reverend father

Wishing that all which you may do in the premises you duly certify to us or our deputy, together with these presents, at the Consistory of Durham, on or before Friday, that is to say, the first day of the month of May next in the future,

You, or he of you who shall execute these our Letters Commissional, shall send to us or our Commissary, or to any other Judge whomsoever, competent in this regard, any faithful announcement underwritten with his hand or your hands, together with these presents, and with the testament of the said deceased annexed, before the first day of the month of May next coming.

Given at Durham under our seal (which we use in this regard) on the tenth day of April, in the year of our Lord 1685.

                                                                             Gabriel Newhouse

                                                                             Registrar.

The oath to be administered to the witnesses

Your oath is that the paper now read over to you contains the last Will and Testament of John Viepont deceased, and that he made no other since, so far as you know or believe, so help you God and the contents of that book.

The oath to be administered to the aforenamed Thomas Stephenson

Your oath is that you will well and truly execute and perform the last Will & Testament, and administer the goods and chattels of John Viepont deceased (to the use and behoof of John Viepont, son and executor of the will of the said deceased, now in his minority), that you will pay his debts and legacies according to law, exhibit a full and perfect inventory of all the said goods and chattels, and pass a true and just account when you shall be thereunto lawfully called, so help you God etc.

Ed. Kirkby, Surrogate

Those things which were required in this Commission were diligently effected (according to its tenor) on the 25th day of April in the year of our Lord 1685, the will, inventory and obligatory caution being annexed to these presents,

By William Stobert, Vicar of Alston.


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Will of John Vipont, 1691

Durham University Library ref 1692/V4/2

In the Name of God, Amen,

The 26th day of June In The Third yeare of the Rigne of King William And Quene Mary Acording to the Computation of the Church of England,

I, John Vipont, of Dryburn In the parish of Garrigill and County of Cumberland, yeoman, being of perfect Memmory and Remmembr[an]s, praised be God, doe make And ordaine this my last will And Testement In Manner And forme folowing.

First I bequeth My soull Into the handes of Almighty God My maker, hoping that through the Meritorious death And passion of Jesus Christ my onely saviour And redemer Receiving fre pardon And forgivenes of all my sines,

And as for by body, to be buryed In Christeon buriall.

Item I Make unto My Son Thomas Vipond My whole Exexetrixor of My houses And Tenement Lying And being at Dryburn,

And that the said Thomas Vipont shall Enter at the age of Twenty one yeares if his grandfather And grandmother be deceased,

And that if they dye before Thomas Vipond Com to the age of Twenty one years, That then Joseph Vipont his younger brother that they shall equally enjoy the said bennifit of the halfe Tenement which his grandfather now enjoys until The said Thomas Vipont com to the age of Twenty one yeares,

And that Thomas Vipont shall enter on the other halfe after his Motheres decease,

And if that the son[ne] Thomas Vipond dye before he come to the age of Twenty one yeares that then Joseph Vipond his younger brother shall Enter upon the said Tenement at Dryburn upon the Conditiones that Thomas Vipont his elder brother was to Enter at.

Item I give unto My Son Joseph Vipont the sume of Twenty poundes, to be sett forward for him at My death,

And if the said Joseph Vipont die before he Com to the age of Twenty one yeares his Mother Mary Vipont And his eldester brother Thomas Vipont shall enjoy the said Twenty pound equally betwene them.

Item I give unto Nicholas Vipont his son Isaac Vepont The sum of one pound.

Item I give unto Thomas Teasdell his son Thomas Teasdell the sume of one pound.

Item I give unto John Vipontes daughter Rachell Vipont The sum of one pound.

Item I give unto Nicholas Lee his son John Lee the sume of one pound.

Item I give unto Arthur Emerson the younger the sume of one pound.

Item I give unto my son Thomas Vipont one stagg of one yeare old.

Item I give unto Mary <Vipont> My wife all My Monys And goodes And houshold stufe only one Cubhoord which I leave unto my son Thomas Vipont.

Item I give unto Mary Vipont My wife My Monys And goodes And houshold stuf all whatsoever belongeth unto me for ever,

And the houses And halfe Tenement which she now enjoyes at Dryburn during her Naturell Life only (the Cubhord And the table exexted, which I give to my exetor) upon Condition That she pay all My debtes, Leagaces And funerall expences.

For Tutores, To Look to my Two sones that they be not wronged, my Two bretheren Nicholas Vipont And Arthur Emerson.


Will of John Vipont, 1691 cont’d

Durham University Library ref 1692/V4/2

And If My Two sones Thomas Vipont And Joseph Vipont dye before they Com to the age of Twenty one yeare And Leave noe Issue, that then My brother Nicholas Vipont living at Rotherray shall enjoy the said Tenement of Dryburn, paying unto Nicholas Lee Living at Wonwood The sume of fifty poundes.

And this My Last Will And Testement.

In witnes whereof I sett My hand And seale The day And yeare above writen.

                                                                   John Vipont his mark

John Teasdall

Thomas Vipont his Mark

John Watson

Thomas Dawes

Arthur Emmerson m[ar]k

Inventory of Goods of John Vipont, 1692

Durham University Library ref 1692/V4/5

The Inventory of John Vipont prised the [?]15th day of August ’92 by them whose Names are under writen.

His hores And Aperall five pound

Seven kine And A Colte And A Colt fourten pound

Eighty old shep And six lambes Twenty pound

Hay six pound

Houshold stuf six pound

of Monney six And Twenty poundes

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                                                                   Sum            77      00      00

Debptes And Leageaces Thirty seven pound Ten shilings

John Teasdall

Thomas Vipont his Mark

John Vipond his Mark

Nicholas Vipond his Mark

Consented unto by Will[ia]m Stobert vicar of Alston

Will of Railph Vipond, 1691

Durham University Library ref 1692/V5/1

In the name of God, Amen,

December the Twenty fifth day In the Yeare of our Lord God 1691,

I, Railph Vipond, of Upper Eshgill in the p[ar]ish of Garrigill and County of Cumberland, Yeoman, Being sick and weake in body, but of a Sound and p[er]fect remembrare, praise be given to God for the same, and calling to minde the uncertaine esstate of this Transatory Life here on earth, and being desireous to settle things in order, doe make and declare this my last Will and Testam[e]nt, revokeing and disalloweing all other Wills by me formerly made in manner and forme afores as followeth, That is to say,

First I Committ my soull into the handes of God Allmighty, Steadfastely beliveing to receive full p[ar]don and remission of all my sinns and offences, and by the death and Suffering of Christ my Redeamer,

And my body to the earth from whence it was taken, and to be buried Att the discre[ci]on of my Executrix hereafter named in my p[ar]ish Church or Church Yard att Garrigill.

And as for those externall blessings which it hath pleassed God to bestow upon me, I give and bequeath them in manner and form as followeth, viz.

First I give and bequeath to my Eldest sonn Nicholas Vipond the full su[m]me of Twenty Five poundes, to be payed him when he compleateth the age of Twenty one Years.

Ite[m] I give to my daughter Elizabeth Vipond Twenty poundes, to be payed her when she compleateth the age of Twenty one Years.

Ite[m] I give to my daughter Mary Vipond Twenty poundes, to be payed her when she Attaines her age of Twenty one Years.

Item I give to my sonne Joseph Vipond the su[m]me of Twenty poundes, To be payed him when he compleateth the age of Twenty one Years.

And my will is, If it please God that any of my Three Chilldren happen to die before they Attaine their age of Twenty one Years, That the one halfe of their por[ci]on doe returne to my Eldest sonne Nicholas Vipond, and the rest to goe equally and dividually amonge my other Younger Children,

And if it happen that my Sonn Nicholas Vipond happen to die before he Accomplish the age of Twenty one Years, my will is that the one halfe of his portion doe returne to my Youngest sonn Joseph Dickinson Vipond, and the rest between my Two daughters equally.

Ite[m] I give to my wife Mary Vipond all my Goods, moveable and unmoveable, and doe make her wholl Executor of this my last will and Testam[e]nt, and my will is that she pay all my debts and Legacies and funerall expences.

And my will is that my Brother Nicholas Vipond and John Vipond and Christopher Walton doe looke that my Chilldren be no way hindered, and I doe Appointe them feofeis in trust for the use of my Children.

In Wittnesse whereof I have hereunto put my hande and Seale the day and year above written A[n]noq[ue] Domini 169[?5]

                                                                             Railph Vipond his marke and seale

Read, published, signed and sealed in the Audience of

George E[m]merson his marke

Christopher Walton

Nicholas Vipond

John Walton


Inventory of Goods of Railph Vipond, 1691

Durham University Library ref 1692/V5/2

A true and perfect Inventory of the goodes and chattells late of Ralph Vipont of Over Eshgill, deceased, taken and apprized by Nicholas Walton, Thomas Brown, Christofer Walton and Will[ia]m Walton, Decemb[er] 30th An[no] Dom[ini] 1691.

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Impr[imi]s 11 kine, a Bull                                                          22        0        0

It[em] his horse and apparrell                                                                5        0        0

It[em] two heifers                                                                        3        0        0

It[em] all his hay                                                                         7        0        0

It[em] 20 Ewes and a ram                                                                     4      10        0

It[em] Twelve wether sheep                                                                  3        0        0

It[em] 32 sheep hogges                                                               5        5        0

It[em] one Cubbord, a presser and two chestes                                     2      10        0

It[em] 3 bedsteades and Bedding                                                          3      10        0

It[em] Brasse and Pewter                                                            2        0        0

It[em] one Table, 3 Chairs and all other implementes

and houshold-stuff whatsoever                                          3        0        0

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                                                                             Tot[al]         60      15        0

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Debtes owing to the dec[ease]d                      7      17        1

Debtes owing by him                                             90      10        9

Funeral expenses                                            4        0        0

More indebted by the

dec[ease]d to Christo[pher] Walton              10        0        0

Nicholas Walton

Christopher Walton

Tho[mas] Browne

William Walton


Letters Commissional re Railph Vipond, 1691

Durham University Library ref 1692/V5/3

Johannes Brookbank Legu[m] D[o]c[t]or Re[veren]di in Xp[ist]o p[at]ris et D[omi]ni D[omi]ni Nathanaelis providen[tia] di[vin]a Dunelm[ensis] Ep[iscop]i Vicarius in sp[irit]ualibus gen[er]alis et Offic[ia]lis princ[ipa]lis l[egi]time fulcitus

Dilecto Nobis in Xp[ist]o Will[iel]mo Stobert Cl[er]ico Vicario de Alston dioc[esis] Dunelm[ensis] Salutem in D[omi]no

Ad interessend[um] ac rite loco et no[m]i[n]e nostris Testes ad Testamentu[m] Radulphi Vipont nup[er] de Esh Gill infra Cap[ell]ina[m] de Garragill dioc[ese] p[re]d[icto] et Maria[m] Vipont vid[uam] et Exec[ut]ricem Testamenti d[i]c[t]i def[unc]ti Juramentis inferius descript[is] onerand[um]

Cauc[i]o[n]esq[ue] p[rese]ntibus annex[is] p[er] Fidejussor[es] sufficien[tes] cu[m] d[i]c[t]a Maria Signand[as] et Sigilland[as] et ad usu[m] d[i]c[t]i Re[veren]di p[at]ris n[ost]riq[ue] recipiend[um]

Vices et Auc[torita]tem n[ost]ras ac plena[m] in d[omi]no com[m]ittimus potestatem p[er] p[rese]ntes

Requiren[des] quat[en]us de o[mn]i eo quod in p[re]missis feceris Nos seu dep[uta]tu[m] n[ost]r[u]m ad Locu[m] Cons[istorialem] Dunelm[ensi] in vel citra diem veneris vi[delicet] vicesimu[m] S[e]c[un]du[m] diem Mensis Aprilis instan[tis] debite Certifices unacu[m] Testamento Inv[enta]rio et Cauc[i]o[n]ib[us] obligator[ibus] p[re]d[ictis] p[re]sentibus annex[is]

Dat[as] Dunelm[ensi] sub Sigillo n[ost]ro (quo in hac parte utimur) decimo tertio die mensis Aprilis Anno D[omi]ni 1692

                                                                   Gab[riel] Newhouse

                                                                   Reg[ist]rarius

Jo: Milner Surrog[ato]

Juram[en]tu[m] testibus p[re]d[ictis] ministrand[um]

Yo[ur] Oath is that this paper conteines the last Will and Testam[en]t of Ralph Vipont dec[eas]ed, and that he made noe other since, soe farr as you know or believe, Soe helpe you God etc

Juram[en]tu[m] Exec[ut]rici ministrand[um]

Yo[ur] Oath is th[a]t you’l well and truely execute and performe the last Will and Testam[en]t of Ralph Vipont yo[ur] husband dec[eas]ed, pay his debt[es] and Legacies according to Lawe, exhibit A full Inv[ento]ry of all his good[es] and Chattell[es], and pass an Account justly when thereunto lawfully called, That you’l vertuously educate and bring upp yo[ur] Children and well and truely Adm[iniste]r their portions and pay them what shall be due unto them when you shall be thereunto lawfully called, Soe help you God etc

                             Execut[æ] fuerunt l[itte]ræ ip[s]æ co[m]missionales suprascriptæ

                             s[e]c[un]du[m] tenorem earundem per Gulielm[um] Stobert

                             de Alston Vica[rius]


Letters Commissional re Railph Vipond, 1691

Durham University Library ref 1692/V5/3

John Brookbank, Doctor of Laws, Vicar General in Spiritualities and Official Principal, lawfully founded, of the reverend father and lord in Christ, Nathaniel, by divine providence, Lord Bishop of Durham,

Sends greetings in the Lord to our beloved in Christ, William Stobert, Clerk, Vicar of Alston in the diocese of Durham.

By these presents we commit [to you] our standing and authority, and full power in the Lord,

To be present, and correctly, in our place and name, to charge the witnesses to the will of Ralph Vipont, late of Esh Gill within the Chapelry of Garragill in the diocese aforesaid, and Mary Vipont, the widow and the executrix of the will of the said deceased, with the oaths described below,

And to receive the cautions annexed to these presents, to be signed and sealed by sufficient surety-givers, along with the said Mary, and to the use of our said reverend father;

Requiring that everything which you may do in this matter, you duly certify us or our deputy, in the Consistory at Durham, on or before Friday, that is to say, the twenty second day of the present month of April, together with the will and inventory, and the aforesaid obligatory cautions annexed to these presents.

Given at Durham under our Seal (which we use in this regard) on the thirteenth day of the month of April in the year of our Lord 1692.

                                                                   Gabriel Newhouse,

                                                                   Registrar.

Jo: Milner, Surrogate.

The oath to be administered to the witnesses aforesaid

Your oath is that this paper contains the last will and testament of Ralph Vipont deceased, and that he made no other since, so far as you know or believe, so help you God etc.

The oath to be administered to the executrix

Your oath is that you will well and truly execute and perform the last will and testament of Ralph Vipont, your husband deceased, pay his debts and legacies according to law, exhibit a full inventory of all his goods and chattels, and pass an account justly when thereunto lawfully called;

That you will virtuously educate and bring up your children, and well and truly administer their portions, and pay them what shall be due unto them when you shall be thereunto lawfully called, so help you God etc.

These abovewritten Letters Commissional were executed according

to the tenor of the same by William Stobert, Vicarof Alston.

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