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In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Kidner of Luton in the County of Bedford Clerk Doe make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following. First of all I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God hopeing to be saved by the meritts of Jesus Christ my Saviour And my body to be decently buried. And for and concerning my worldly Estate wherewith it hath pleased God in in much mercy to blesse me with. I give bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth.
I give and bequeath all my lands in the parish of fflitton and Barton in the County of Bedford which I bought of Mr Nicholas Crowch to Grace my beloved wife for the term of her natural life and from and after her decease I give and bequeath the same to John Rotherham of Luton in the said County of Bedford Esquire Ralph Skinner of Clifton in the said County of Bedford gent and John Barnewell of Hitchin in the County of Bedford gent and their heirs upon Trust and Confidence in the said John Rotherham Ralph Skinner and John Barnewell that they and the survivors and survivor of them and the heirs and Assigns of the survivor of them shall and will pay cause to be paid the yearly rents and proffitts above all Charges of my said Lands to the School master and Schoolmasters of the free school att Hitchin aforesaid founded by Mr Mattock S'or as the said John Rotheram Ralph Skinner and John Barnewell or any two of them and the Survivor and Survivors of them and the heirs and assigns of the survivor of them May after the death of the present Schoolmaster then elect and Choose such Schoolmaster and Schoolmasters. And for so long time as such Schoolmaster and Schoolmasters S'oe to be Chosen shall teach Schoolchildren and shall well and diligently Teach tenn poore Children to be chosen by the said John Rotherham Ralph Skinner amd John Barnewell and the Survivor and survivors of them and the heires and assigns of the survivor of them.
Alsoe I give and bequeath my two Gownes and my Cloak to Mr John Paterick sonne of Mr William Paterick of Hitchin aforesaid.
The Rest and Residue of all my worldly Estate goods and Chattells Reall and personall I give and bequeath to the above named John Rotherham my beloved ffriend for ever whom I make ordain constitute and appoint sole Executor of this my last will and Testament Revoaking all former wills by me made.
In Witnes whereof I the said Thomas Kidner have hereunto sett my hand and seale The five and Twentieth day of ffebruary in the Twentieth yeare of the Reign of our Soveraigne Lord Charles the Second by the grace of god of England Scotland ffrance and Ireland King defender of the ffaith Anno Dm 1667. Thos Kidner. Signed and published to be the last will and testament of the said Thomas Kidner in the presence of Herbert John ffitzherbert John ffreeman and the mark of Elizabeth Hill
The will was proved in London on 6th June 1679.
Appendix 109 - Will of Thomas Kidner of Luton
Made on the 26th February 1667/68 and proved on the 6th June 1679