Copy of will of Founder of School, Edward Atkinson, 1709 (DDCL/525)
Extracted from the Registry of the Exchequer Court of York.
“In the Name of God amen I Edward Atkinson of Camblesforth in the County of York Gent being weak in body but of perfect mind and memory praised be almighty god for the same and knowing the certainty of death and the uncertainty of the time when Do make this my last will and Testament in manner and forme following (that is to say_ first I give my soul to god that gave it and my body to be buryed at the discretion of y trustee hereafter named and as for such wordly estate as it has pleased God to send me I thus dispose of
Item I give and devise unto the Overseers of the poore and Church Wardens of the towne of Camblesforth aforesaid and their successors for ever All that my Close of Arrabel meadow or pasture ground called the Herne lying and being within the Townshipp of Newland Together with all the rights members and appurtenances to the same belonging to hold the same unto the said Overseers and Churchwardens and their successors for ever In trust nevertheless and that the rent thereof may from time to time and at all times yearly and every year be applied to and for the use benefit and behoofe of a School Master or School Mistress for teaching the poor young Children of the said Towne of Camblesforth to read their English Tongue – until they be fitt to go to the free school of Drax And my will is and I do hereby appoint the said school master or school mistress to be elected and chosen by John Adams Esquire and the majore part of the inhabitants of the said Towne of Camblesforth
(followed by individual bequests, etc.)
Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the first day of May Anno Dni. One thousand seven hundred and nine.
Signed sealed published and declared to be the last will and Testament of the testator in the presence of us –
John Smith, Robert Ellison, Barbaray, Ridsdayle his marke
(all appear to have signed with their marks)
This will was proved at York 11th November 1721 by the Oath of John Stear the sole Executor therein named to whom Probate was granted he having been first sworn duly to administer
Joseph Buckle, Deputy Register.