Will of Peter Lowndes, 1711

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In the Name of God. Amen. I Peter Lowndes of Winslow in the County of Bucks yeom(an) being indisposed in Body but of Sound and perfect Mind and Memory all possible praise be given to Almighty God for the same and considering the Certainty of Death and the uncertain time thereof do make and ordaine this my last will and testament in manner and forme following (that is to say) first and principally I commend my Soul into the Hands of Almighty God hopeing
through the Merritts Death and passion of my only Saviour and redeemer Jesus Christ to attaine everlasting life and as for my wordly Estate wherewith it pleased Almighty God to Bestowe upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth Imprimis I give will devise and bequeath unto my Dear and Loveing Wife Dorothy All and every my Household Goods and Implements of Household (Except Standards) to do and dispose thereof as she shall think fitt  Item I give and bequeath unto my loveing Son Robert Lowndes and unto Elizabeth his wife the sume of five pounds apeice Item I give and bequeath unto my Son William Lowndes the sume of fifty pounds to be paid within twelve months after my decease  Item I give and bequeath unto the Children of my Daughter Elizabeth Walsh the sume of Five shillings apeice  Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Dinah the sume of fifty pounds to be paid within twelve Months after my decease  Item I give and bequeath {and bequeath} unto the said Dinah Lowndes the further sume of ten pounds to be paid within one Month after my decease all which Legacyes to be paid out of the residue of my personall Estate  Item I give and bequeath unto my kind and loving Son Peter Lowndes all the rest and residue of my personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever (payeing my Debts Legacys and funerall Expenses) whome I make Sole Executor of this my last will and Testament And I do hereby revoake all former wills by me heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last {and} will and Testament In Witnesse whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and seal this nineteenth Day of October and in the year of our Lord 1711

(signed) Peter Lowndes

Signed sealed published and declared in the
presence of us who have hereunto subscribed
our names in the p(re)sence of the Testator
John Shelton
John Seaton
Jon Hills 

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Peter Lowndes was buried at Winslow on 4 Nov 1711. He also made a deathbed surrender, recorded at the April 1712 manor court, requiring his son Peter to make some further payments. He was bap. 30 July 1631, son of Robert Lowndes, who married Alice Spooner on 29 July 1627. Peter was therefore the cousin of Robert Lowndes, the father of William Lowndes who built Winslow Hall, and seems to have acted as William's agent in Winslow. Peter married Dorothy Brown on 15 Feb 1666/7. The children mentioned in his will are:

Robert was mentioned by his second cousin William in a letter of 27 Aug 1703: "The Customs Commissioners have, of their own motion, presented Robert Lowndes (who is related to me and has proved himself a good officer by divers years' experience in a mean office) as tidesurveyor at Harwich." He was probably the man hired as a messenger at the Treasury on a salary of £20 in September 1695. He was replaced as tide surveyor in August 1714 by his brother William after his death.

Copyright 11 April, 2018