Will of William Lowndes, 1654 (proved 1657)

National Archives PROB 11/265/438

In the name of god Amen the
eight and twentieth day of May in the yeare of our Lord God one thousand
six hundred Fiftie four, I William Lownes of Winslowe in the Countie of
Bucks yeoman, being sick in bodie but in perfect memorie, thanks and praise
I give unto Almightie God doe make and ordaine this my last will and testament
in manner and forme following; First I bequeath my soule unto Almighty
God my maker and Creator And to Jesus Christ my Saviour and Redeemer,
by whose merits onely I hope to be saved; And my bodie to the earth.
Concerning my worldy estate as followeth Item I give unto my sonne
Robert Lowndes All the moveable goods which are mine at or in the
house called the Angell in Winslowe except one table and frame
standing in the Chamber over the kitchen, and one little cupboard standing
at the end of the great Cupboard in the hall; Item I give unto my sonne
Wendover Lowndes All my working tools in the shopp, and all
the plough Timber in the chamber over the shopp And all the iron in the
Study, Item I give unto Daniell Elsden the sonne of Daniell Elsden
the somme of ten pounds of Current English money when he
cometh to the age of one and twentie years, if he shall so longe
live, Item all other my goods cattles and chattells quick and dead of
what kind or sort soever they be I give and bequeath unto my lovinge
wife Frances Lowndes whome I doe make my full and sole Executrix
of this my last will and Testament; In witnesse hereof I have hereunto
set my hand and seal the day and yeare above written, William Lowndes
his marke, in the presence of Nicholas Brinsall Jane Udwyn her marke

This will was proved at London before
the Judges for probate of wills and granting Administracons lawfully
authorised the eighteenth day of June in the yeare of our Lord God
One thousand six hundred Fiftie and seaven by the oath of Frances
Lowndes the Relict of the said deceased and sole executrix, named in
the said will, To whome Administracon of all and singular the said
deceaseds goods, chattels and debts was granted and committed. She
being first sworn by virtue of a Commission issued forth in that behalf
well and truely to administer the same.


William Lownds was buried at Winslow on 6 June 1654. He was baptised 5 Jan 1585/6, son of Robert Lowndes. On 27 Oct 1612 he married Frances, daughter of Henry Wendover, d. 1627. The children mentioned in the will are:

They also had 6 daughters, 4 of whom are mentioned in property arrangements made by Frances at the 1654 manor court:

Frances the widow married Ralph Phipps on 27 March 1658. She was buried 2 Sep 1659.

See Winslow Hall for more about the family; this William was the grandfather of the builder of the Hall. He is recorded as High Constable of Cottesloe Hundred in the Ship Money return of 1637 (National Archives, E179/244/2).

Copyright 15 August, 2018