Theodore is a 10 x great uncle of mine (this is a transcription of a photocopy of a will proved in the Archdeaconry Court of Canterbury, ref. PRC 17/60/133 – the register copy of Theodore's will; for a register copy it is unusually difficult to read. I will look for PRC16/167 B/3 – the original will, though now I have got used to old handwriting I have managed to decipher pretty well all of the register copy)

In the name of God Amen I Theodore Beacon Doctor in Phisicke of the parishe of [St Mary] Magdalen in the Citye of Canterburye knowing that its ordeyned for all men once to dye and nothinge more uncertayne then the hower of death expectinge howerlye the tyme of my dissolacon wherein I shalbe traslated owt of this vale of miserye to raigne with my most happye Saviour, in his most glorious kingdome beinge in good heath of bodye, and like disposition of mynd Christe Jesus be thanked for yt, I doe ordeyne my laste will and testament in manner and forme followeinge, Firste I bequeath my soule into the hands of my most mercifull Father wth a full assurance of the salvation thereof by his mercye and Christs onlye merritts alsoe I doe bequeath my bodye unto the earth from whence it came assuringe my selfe that at the laste daye I shalbe clothed agayne wth my fleshe; that I shall see god wth these eyes, and that I shall both in bodye, and sowle, possesse that heavenlye joyes wch god the Father through Christe Christe hath prepared for all them that love him, In hope of wch happines, and glorye, I will this my bodye to be Decentlye buryed in the bodye of Christe his Church in Can: :terburye, Now concerninge these temp[or]all blessings wherewth god hath inritched me farrabove my deserts as I found them in ?? [looks like a couple of words hidden by crease in paper] willinglye leawe them to them I love, and leawe in this [some words hidden by crease in paper] First I bequeath unto my eldest daughter Elizabeth Beacon two hundred and fyftye pounds of Currant Englishe money to be payd her within one yeare after my decease and in the meane tyme to have the profytt arysinge thereof for her mayntennance, Item I give unto Sibbell Beacon my youngest daughter two hundred and fyftye pounds of like Curant Englishe money to be paid her wthin one whole yeare after my decease in the meane tyme that she  shall have the profytts thereof arysinge for her mayntenn[an]ce Item I give unto these my two daughters the residue of all my household stuffe, and plate to be equally devided betwixt them by my executor Item I give unto my brother Basill Beacon twentye [sheet 2] shillings to  make him a Ringe with our arms engraved uppon yt[1Item I give unto St Johns College in Cambridge a Colledge pott[2] weiyoinge sixteene ounces of silver uppon the one set there so I will have my armes engraven wth these words followeing Theodorus Beaconus in medicinis doctor quondam socius hujis Collegii, dedit quod debet quod potuit non quod voluit; Item I give unto one hundreth religious poore of the Cittye of Canterburye one hundreth shillings to be Distributed by my executor and of this my laste will and testament I ordayne my sonne Anthony Beacon my sole Executor chardginge him as will answere it at the dreadfull daye of judg: =ment that these things maye be faythfullye p[er]formed, and my debts truelye payd and my bodye to be decentlye buryed accordinge to my Degree Theo: Beacon Sealed published and deliv[er]ed In the presence of us George Yonge[3] Edward Knight.
Probatum fuit … primo die mensis Aprilis Anno Dni 1620 … [all in Latin]
[1] Note to be added re the Becon arms [2Note to be added re the silver pot [3] Witness 'George Yonge' was presumably the George Young who was not only the husband of Theodore's niece, Rachel Becon, but also a fellow doctor in Canterbury.


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