Last Will and Testament

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 Eng MS 1149
  • Dates of Creation
      late 17th century
  • Physical Description
      243 x 170 mm. 1 volume (i + 50 + i folios); Medium: vellum and paper. Binding: contemporary calf binding (stamped MDCLXII ), with gold tooling; rebacked.

Scope and Content

A contemporary copy, in codex form, of the will of Humphrey Chetham [16 December 1651], entitled The Will and Testament of Humphrey Cheetham, Esquire, on folios 1-45v; with a copy of the grant of probate, 21 March 1653/4, on folios 46-47 (Raines and Sutton, op. cit., pp. 228-61). The will is decorated with an elaborate opening initial and several gilded capitals. Folios 47v-50v are blank.

Acquisition Information

Donated to the John Rylands Library by Raymond Richards esq., MA, FSA, in April 1950.

Custodial History

Bookplates of Sir Francis Wood, Bart., and Raymond Richards (1906-1978) [antiquary].