Testament of Richard Broket 1454 - The Broket Archive

Testament of Richard Broket, Citizen and Fuller of London
d 1454

Richard most likely lived and worked in London c 1400-54. His testament, written 29 Aug 1454, proved 6 Sep 1454 is transcribed below from a microfilm in London Guildhall Library.1 Probate was only 4 days after making his testament, when Richard was lying in extremis.2

1. In the name of God Amen the twenty-ninth day of August the year of the Lord one thousand four hundred fifty-four  And the year of the reign of King Henry the sixth
2. the thirty-second I Richard Broket Citizen and Fuller of London being of sound mind and good memory
3. make and dispose my present testament in this wise following  Firstly I bequeath and recommend my soul to
4. God Almighty my Creator and Saviour and to the Blessed Virgin Mary his glorious mother and to all the saints
5. and my body to be buried in the churchyard of the parish church of St. Martin Outwych London  Item I bequeath to William
6. Broket my son my entire bed in which I now lie languishing in death with one latten pot, a pot
7. and a pan of brass and 1 red belt fitted out with silver belonging to my late wife Item I bequeath to my sister Agnes
8. the wife of Willim Dabbes one red kirtle (gown) and 1 green huke (hooded cloak) belonging to the same my late wife Item I bequeath to Edmund Dabbe
9. my apprentice one staff/candlestick and 1 brass pot and pan and 1 painted? hallyng? wishing also that the same Edmund the term
10. final of his future [lit. being about to come] apprenticeship will finish with Simon Pudney citizen and fuller of London Item I bequeath to Hugh Broket my uncle
11. one pan for frying 1 grate 1 pewter pot for wine 7 pewter plates And I bequeath to the Brotherhood
12. or company of the art of fullers of london my large brass pot. The rest however of my goods all and singular and
13. debts wherever existing after my debts have been fully paid and the completion of my burial and my present testament I give and
14. bequeath entirely to my executors named below to thereafter do, dispose and distribute for my soul as they shall hope best to
15. please God and perform for the salvation of my soul Of this, however, my said testament I make ordain and constitute the said Simon
16. Pudney and Thomas Holme citizen and skinner of London my executors to all and singular [the things] contained in this my present Testament
17. justly and faithfully they may execute In witness of which thing I put my seal to this present testament dated London
18. the day and year stated above. Probate of the present testament has and is made by us H.S. p. Doctor of Laws etc on the 2nd day
19. of the month of September the year of the Lord one thousand 400 54  And [administration] was committed for the executors named above.

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[1] ms M2/6e, f 27r.

[2] For the original Latin contact the Archivist of this website.