Summary of will of Sir Richard Lewkenor, died 1616, "Chief Justice of Chester and of His Majestie's Council established in the Principalitie and Marches of Wales."
To poor people of: Westdene: 40 shillings; Stroughton: 20 shillings; Singleton: 20 shillings; Eastdene: 20 shillings; Tangmer "where I was borne": 26 shillings 8 pence; Citie of Chichester: 5 pounds, St.Bartholomew; Chichester: 20 shillings.All in Sussex.
To wife, Dame Margaret (mention made of her brother Richard Atkyns): 1. Lands leased from Bradshaw Drenoe(?), gent., Chichester; 2. 30 pounds p.a. rent from Dallingridge, Sussex; 3. chains of gold and pearl; 4. coach with furniture, horses and gueldings; 5. her fine saddle with coverings ...; 6. 1/2 of all residue of goods and chattels ... in the County of Salop, other than books and desks; 7. new tester bed embroidered with Sir Richard's arms toremain with Margaret; 8. lease of house and garden in Weststreet, Chichester; 9. lease of houses in Ludlow; 10.messuages, landes, tenements in Lordship of Clun, Salop.
Sir Richard's eldest son, Richard, pre-deceased him.The following are children of the younger Richard: 1.Eldest son, Richard, is named as heir apparent to Sir Richard, and executor.The coat of arms work, tapestry and cushions with the arms of the Lewkenors are to go undivided to this 3rd Richard; remainder of goods to go to Richard. 2. Thomas: yearly rent of 20 pounds from manor of Stroughton; 3. George: yearly rent of 20 pounds from West Dean for 40 years; 4. Christopher: yearly rent of 20 pounds from Stroughton; 5. John: rent charge of 20 markes from Dallingridge; 6. Anthony: 20 pounds to be paid at 21 years.Sir Richard states that he has already left him his water mill in Bosham, "according to the custom of Bosham" (youngest son?); 7. 2nd daughter, Elizabeth: 1,000 markes for adornment and maintenance.
To brother, George Lewkenor, Doctor of Law: 1.released from rents owed for house, etc. in Chichester; 2. best gown. Mention made of cousin, Francis Neville.
To nephew: Sir Lewis Lewkenor: best guelding. To Richard Hussey, "that marryed with my neice Bridgett, daughter of my elder brother, Thomas Lewkenor, Esq., deceased: 1. debts forgiven; 2. Richard Hussey the younger to be maintained.
Tools and implements for lead mining, obtained from Francis Langley, deceased, to be returned to his widow, Jane, on request.Receipt to be obtained.
Wife's grandchild: Charles Howe: 5 pounds. 3 other of wife's grandchildren: Mary Ermiter, Margaret Thorpe and Theophila Hyngen: 5 markes each. Son in law, Mr.Thomas Henes, and other of wife's grandchildren left to Margaret's remembrance.
Overseers: Timothie Hussey of Middleton, Esq., nephew: Richard Ermiter of Chichester, allesman(?): Francis Thorpe of Downton, gent; servant: Edmund Bullock and Symon Wixe.
Will published in presence of John Smyth, William Taylor, John Piers, George Baxter, cler and Richard Middleton, cler.