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(3rd S. I., 15 Mar 1862) p. 216:
"Pettigrew Family (3rd S. i. 125.)—It is droll enough that any question should arise as to the genealogy of a family whose name itself (according to Mr. Mark Antony Lower) is but the original of our word pedigree! The testator, Robert Petigrew, shown by Ina to have been located in Somersetshire, was, in all probability, a descendant of the Cornish family of Petticru, of which there is a petticru of two or three descents in the Harl. MS. No. 4031, fo. 786. I have some recollection of having copied this a few years since, and sent it to Mr. Pettigrew, Ph.D., F.R.S., whose descendants will, however, probably be content to date their pedigree from him. S.T."
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Notes and queries (3rd S. I., 15 Feb 1862), p. 125:
'Should the following curious will (which is transcribed from an authentic MS.) meet the eye of the talent archaeologist and antiquary, T. J. Pettigrew, Esq., he will probably be interested in finding that one of his name was a dweller, in Somersetshire, upwards of 300 years ago. Whether the testator was an ancestor of the present learned gentleman I cannot say.
" Testa'tu Roberti Petigrew de North Cadbery: — In dei nomine, Amen; the yere of our Lord, 1541, the xxxth day of Maye, I Robert Petigrew, hole of mynd and mem'ry, make my testament and last will, yn forme and man'r followyng: — Fyrst, I bequeth my sowle to Almighty God, and my body to be buryd yn the churchyard of North Cadbery. It'm, I bequeth to Seynt Andrew's iiijd. It'm, to the brotheres of ow'r lady, xijd. It'm, I bequeth to my sonne Richard a cow, a calff, the second best brasse pann, ij platters, ij yearyd dysshys of pewter, an akar of wheat, an akar of dregge, and an akar of medow. Item, to my daughter Alys, dwellyng at Glastonbery, a cowe. Item, to my sonne Thomas, my old oxe. The residew of my goods, not bequethed, I geve to Mawde my wyffe, whom I make my hole executrix. And I do make John Harvy my ov'seer, and he to have for his paynes accordyng to conscyens. Thes beyng wytnys: S'r Water Vesy, Curat, John Robyns, and Richard Brownyng.
" Sum Inventa - - £vij xvt vd."
It should be observed that North Cadbury, of which parish Dr. Ralph Cudworth, the learned divine, and author of the Intellectual System, was once rector, is about five miles from Wincanton and eleven from Shepton Mallet, Somerset. Ina.'