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Will of Richard Wrightson of Beverley, Yorkshire

Quarter Master, Cromwell's Regiment of Horse 

Will proved at London 18th May 1657

Written in Scotland 30th August 1656

if a word is in (brackets) this is what was thought, else ..... could not read.

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       To all Christian people to whom these (presente), shall come Greetenge. I Richard Wrightson, Quarter Master to Captaine John Gladman is (his highnes) the Lord Protector Regiment of Horse ; (being) (sicke) in body but of good and perfect memorie [thanks be to God for the same] (Soe) this (thirtieth) day of August and in th(is)(e) year of our Lord one thousand six hundreth fifftie and sixe, (make) and (ordained) this my last will and testament In (manner) and for (me/we) (followinge) (Inprimis) I doe give and bequeath to Captain John Gladman. (Tenn) pounds of lawfull money of England, Also I doe give and bequeath to (Be......) (somme) to Liuetenant Richard Gilbert (Tenn) pounds of lawfull money of England. Then I doe give and bequeath to Nathaniell (Bronskead/Bronshead) one of the Corporall's in Captaine Gladman's Troope of (five) pounds of lawfull money of England. Then I doe bequeath to (Henrie) (Bella) a Souldier of the said Troope pounds of Lawfull money of England.

Then I doe give and bequeath  to Nathaniell  ????,a Souldier in the said Troope ffortie shillings of Lawfull money of England. 

Then I doe give and bequeath to John Smith(son/sen) a Souldier in the said Troope Twentie shillings of Lawfull money of England.

Then I doe give and bequeath to every one of those men that shall (or) (have) (sitten opp) with me a night or more (dureinge) this my (sickenes) Tenn pounds a man of Lawfull money of England.

Then I doe give and bequeath to John Towes of Peterburgh ffortie shillings of Lawfull money of England.

Then I doe give and bequeath to my kinsmen William (Sifsifson) [now a Souldier in Scotland] Tenn pounds of Lawfull money of England.

Then I doe give and bequeath to my cousin William Ffisher of  ....nder, Brough, Tenn pounds of Lawfull money of England.

Then I doe give and bequeath to Mr. William Inn of Beverley in the County of Yorke Tenn pounds of Lawfull money of England.

Then to James (Boro)man of Beverley aforesaid ffortie shillings of lawfull money of England

(then whereas) there is oweinge to mee by my brother William Wrightson of Beverley aforesaid the summe of ffour... and Tenn pounds (uppon) bond. And Twentie pounds which he received of Mr (??o?ke/Clarke) of Yorke I doe give and bequeath one Moiete of the said summe of one hundreth and Tenn pounds to my said brother William Wrightson And the other (moiety/money) of the said summe of one hundreth and Tenn pounds. I doe give and bequeath to Edward summe to Robert (Bailie) of Beverley aforesaid which (Moite) soe bequeath they to the said Edward; my Will (is) shall be continued in the hands of my brother William Wrightson his Executors or Asigned Till the said Edward shall accomplish the age of one and Twentie years and to be employed by my brother for the best advantage of him the said Edward.

Also I doe give and bequeath to Margarett Anne and Marie daughters to William Wrightson aforesaid to each of them ffive pounds of lawfull money of England. I also give and bequeath to the aforesaid Margarett Anne and Marie daughters to my brother William Wrightson aforesaid theire heires asigns all my rights Estates Tythes for me of years (payments) demand whatsoever which I have of these (two) .... (somme) of meadowe or pasture yeoman with the (appurtenances/appartments) commonly (called) Mally (Scarpham) lyeinge ........ (Grodaff Bulte) within the ...... of Beverley aforesaid. And alsoe all my right Estate title (terms) of years claime or demand whatsoever, which I have of (one/and) in that (Messuage) or ......... Orchards and barkeside there onto belonginge with all maner of appurtenances situate lying and beinge on the northside of (Prestaine) streete in Beverley commonly called  ffleming (gate) and nowe or late in the Tenure or occupation of my brother William Wrightson. Anne (Sifsifson) (Widowe) and of two other persons or theire assignes.

Then I doe give and bequeath to my sister Anne (Sifsifson) ffive and ffiftie pounds of lawfull money of England

Then I doe give and bequeath to Barbarie daughter to Anne (Sifsifson) ffive and ffiftie pounds of lawfull money of England

Then I doe give and bequeath to Elizabeth daughter to the aforesaid Anne (Sifsifson) ffive and ffiftie pounds of lawfull money of England

Then I doe give and bequeath to Elizabeth my Sister the wife of John Botham aforesaid ffive and ffiftie pounds of lawfull money of England

Also I doe give and bequeath to John Botham aforesaid  ffive and ffiftie pounds of lawfull money of England

And my will is that if eyther the said John Botham or Robert Botham shall dye before they come to (yeares) capeable to receive the legacies bequeathed by this my my will to them, and to give discharged to myne Executor. Then I doe give and bequeath that part or portion bequeathed to him that shall soe dye to the survivor of the said John or the said Robert. And if they both dye before the (legacies) bequeathed to them shall be paid by my Executor. Then I doe give and bequeath both the (legacies) bequeathed them to my kinsman George (Sifsifson) [who is nowe with me in Scotland] and his two sisters Barbarie and Elizabeth to be divided by .... and equall parte or portions amongst them.

Then I doe give and bequeath to my kinsman George (Sifsifson) aforesaid one hundreth and twentie pounds of lawfull money of England

Then I doe give and bequeath to my kinsman George (Sifsifson) aforesaid my (blacke) (Goldinge) which I bought of William (?nig/King)

Then I doe give and bequeath to Leiftenant Richard Gilbert my other  (blacke) (Gold ringe)

Then I doe give and bequeath to the said Leiftenant Richard Gilbert one saddle and one case of small (pistolls)

Then I doe give and bequeath to my kinsman George (Sifsifson) aforesaid all my (weareing) (apparrell) whatsoever A saddle and one case of (pistolls)

And I doe make (constitute) and ordaine Leiutenant Richard Gilbert aforesaid sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. And I doe give power to my said Executor to allowe himself all (necessarie) charged and expenses whatsoever out of my Estate.

All the rest of my goods and (*hattells) and if (posed) of my debte and legacies paid and funerall expenses discharged I doe give and bequeath to my brother William Wrightson in (testomonie) where of I have here onto (set) my hand and (seale/tale) the day and (geare) about written Richard Wrightson

Witnessess Richard ( Buirke), Thomas (Russell), Robert Chiles, his marke.

John Gladman [top] (thanks to Stanley James WATTS for the info on John Gladman)

Within Cromwell's double regiment There is shown a Capt  John Gladman who took over as Cpt Lt of the Cols troop in 1645 from Cpt Berry. when the Regiment was incorporated into the New Model Army. I believe this is your Captain Glad as all circumstances fit and there is no listing of  Glad. Gladman went on into 'The General's Regiment. This General now being Fairfax. Gladman commanded the General's own troop as his Cpt Lt. 1647, along with Berry and Lawrence he was actively lobbying for petitions to support the Army's opposition to the Parliament.Gladman took over the troop of Lawrence in 1648 after the latter was killed at Colchester. In 1658 he was sacked from his command directly by Cromwell due to his support of the 'old cause' led by Major Packer. However he was reinstated and returned with the rank of Major He supported Lambert's revolt in 1660 In 1664 he was arrested again to try and raise 400 men in Staffordshire for the rising in the North and again in 1683 he was arrested again for the same sort of thing but was found this time to be innocent.