William Lynam 1634 – 1697

In the name of God Amen I William Linam of Shottle Park in the county of Derby, Husbandman being sick and weak of body but of sound and disposing memory do make and constitute this my last will and testament in a manner and form following ****** principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the mercy death and passion of my saviour Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter named and touching the disposition of all such temporal estate as it hath pleased almighty god to bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth and first I will that my debts and funeral charges be paid and discharged.
Item: I give to Elizabeth Melloz my eldest daughter one shilling.
Item: I give Mary Lineam my youngest daughter ten pounds to be paid to her when she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty year and if it shall happen that she be disposed to go to service or live by herself that then she shall have ten shillings yearly paid her until her said portion often pounds shall become due.
Item: I give to John Lineam my second son twenty pounds to be paid unto him the said John Lineam one moiety or half part thereof within the space or time of two years next and immediately after my decease, the other moiety at half part at the full term of three years next after my decease.
Item: My will and mind is that Elizabeth Lineam my loving wife be well and sufficiently maintained by my executor hereafter named with meat and drink and apparel washing and lodging during the term of her natural life. And if it shall happen that shall not accord nor agree to live together that the said Elizabeth my wife shall have for liberty to live by herself in a building standing and being on my farm, where I now hold by indenture of lease from the most Duke of Devonshire, called by name of the new building or new house and have three pounds per annum of good and lawful money of England paid her by executor hereafter named during the term of her natural life, and like wife shall have one bed which standeth in the parlour in my dwelling house and all the furniture to it belonging.
Lastly all the rest and residue of my personal estate. Goods cattells and chattells and all my pewter brass household goods, instruments of husbandry and ready money. Debts due to me and all other goods whatsoever belonging or being part of my personal estate I give and bequeath unto William Lineam my eldest son whom I will constitute and appoint to be full and sole executor of this my last will and testament, and I do hereby revoke dissannul and make void all other wills and testaments by me heretofore made.
In witness whereof I the said William Lineam to this my last will and testament have set my hand and seal this twenty-fourth day of April in the ninth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King William the third. Anno Domini 1697.
Sealed and signed William Linam X his mark
in the presence of
Will Toplis X mark
Robert Toplis X mark
Edward Boulton X mark


A true and perfect Inventory of the goods and chattles of William Linam of Shottle Park in the county of Derby, Husbandman.
Dated taken by us who are users are ? published 4th October 1697

Impris: his apparel
£5 0s 0d
for provision of rents £10.0s 0d
for beasts, horses and sheep £26.0s 0d
for hay and corn £25 0s 0d
for a swine 10s 0d
for manure £1 5s 0d
for besforks & furniture & other belongings £3 0s 0d
for ? most wares, table & ware cupboard £1 0s 0d
for 2 maynors & other wooden ware 10s 0d
for ? and chaffs 10s 0d
for ? cart and other husbandry wares £2 0s 0d
for things overseen & forgotten 3s 4d
Total £75 5s 4d
subscribed by William Toplis, John Slater, Joseph Statham