These wills are from a variety of sources – some from the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, and others from county record offices. Most of the wills have been transcribed to include all the names mentioned, but not necessarily all of the details of what each person received, so please see the originals for complete details.
Towneshend, Roger esqr, late of East Raynham, Norfolk
- Recently purchased the manor of Wellingham from Edmond Bell esq. And yet nonetheless did cause the said Edmond Bell, Henry Osborne and Christopher Osborne gent to convey it to my brother-in-law Mr Edward Stanhopp, Doctor at Law. After my death, executors to take the rends and profits of the said manor.
- Son John under 22
- Cousin Robert Whitney gent and Robert Hawell are seised of one moiety of Chastleton Manor alias Castleton in Oxfordshire: the moiety to be sold
- Capital messuage called Ludgraves in Hadley, Middlesex
- Leases of manors of Hitcham, Byrcham Newton and Sydisteine alias Systeine in Norfolk
- Wife Jane: lease of capital messuage in Newington, Middlesex, and sheep, stock etc in Raynham, Hillington (and other places named). All plate, jewels etc
- Lands and grounds held of the demise of Philip, Earl of Arundel
- Son Robert
- Niece Ann Godsave £200 when 21
- Brothers John Stanhopp and Dr Stanhopp
- Friend Mr John Huggen
Executors: Francis Windam, one of her Majesty’s Justices of the Common Pleas; brother-in-law and cousins Michael Stanhopp, Edward Coke and Miles Corbett
Witnesses: Thomas Smith, Thomas Mynors, Richard Dyes, John Owles
Probate 12 Feb 1590/1
Transcriber’s notes: when Margaret Coke married Robert Barker, the marriage licence said that she was of the family of Roger Townsend of London. The testator would appear to be that man, as Roger mentions his nephew Edward Coke in his will, and Margaret was the sister of Sir Edward Coke.