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Edward Mort Grocer of Saint Botolph without Bishopsgate City of London Oct 19, 1685

I Edward Mort Citizen and Grocer of the parish of St Buttolph without Bishopsgate London being of sound and perfect memory yet not knowing how long my pilgramage may continue here on earth do therefore appoint this my last will and testament in manner and form following. First as to my personnall effects my debts being first paid out halfe I give unto my loving wife Catherine and the other halfe I give to my two children Richard and Anne equally to be divided betwixt them. Also that legacie my mother left out of the Lady Meddow now in the possession of Thomas Mourcroft I give our halfe to my wife and daughter the other halfe to my son Richard as to that which my father purchased in trust for the children of Thomas Southworth of Samsbury in the County of Lancaster being part of Mellor the writings of which I left at my brother Henry Marsden Esqs chamber in Grays Inn about thirty years since when I came to ask for them but told me they were at his house at Gisburne Hall in Yorkshire and promised several times to send them but failed which otherwise might have been borrowed long since I shall leave the disposing of it to the discretion of my Executors hereafter named. And as for all such effects might be the interest claim or demand which I ever had now have or that my heirs or assigns ought to have for in and to all that Capital Messuage called Ordeford now Tildesly Hall with all Lands Rents Tenements and Hereditaments belonging and in all or any messuage lands tenemts or hereditaments called Lazz-hagg? With the rents thereto belonging or of in or to any other messuage lands rents tenements or hereditaments situate lying and being in the county of Lancaster at any time heretofore in the tenure holding possession or on of Sir Thomas Tildesley my deceased Grandfather and in the right of Anne Tildesley his Lady and my deceased Grandmother. My will and mind is that my wife have her thirds out of it and my two children Richard and Anne and equall proportion of the other two parts but to Anne during her life only. Lastly I do hereby make bould to constitute ordain and appoint my trusty and well beloved friends John Smith Esq at the hand in hand in Cheapside and ? Thomas Sixman Mercer at the three kings in three kings court in Innbardsfort? and ? Henry Lodworth? in Loggden Court? and Major Robert Doughty and my wife Catherine my only Executors to oath of whom I give fifty pounds out of my personnall estate to be paid within two years after the recovery thereof the ? of the suite being deducted. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hands and seal the twenty second of April one thousand six hundred eighty five in the first year of the rayne of our most Sovereigne Lord James the Second. E Mort sealed signed and delivered in the presence of Will Jackson John Ward Anne Moody

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