Copied from original will located at Lichfield Joint Records Office
Walter Spendlove formerly one of the captains of the guard and chamber of the late Queen Elizabeth 1st
In the name of god Amen the three and twentith day of August in the year of our Lord god ,one thousand six hundereth and seventeene,I Walter Spendlove als Alsopp of Highedge in the countie of Derbie Gent do make this my last Will and testam t in maner and forme followinge,first I give and remytt my Soule into the hands of almightie god my creator to Jesus christ his deare sonne my ???????? and only ????? and to the holy ghost my comforter,hopinge to be ????? only by the death and passion of my said ?????? Jesus Christ.And I do give my body to the earth from whence yt came and to be buryed at the discretion of my executrixe hereafter named.Itm I do give Will desire and bequeath all my freehold,land tente and hereditamente in Highedge aforesaid unto my sonne Walter Spendlove als Alsopp,and his heirs for ever,upon the condition,that he said Walter my sonne or his heirs shall pay or raise to be paid unto my daughter Elizabeth Spendlove als Alsopp,the some of two hundered pounds of lawfull money of England in manner and forme followinge,that is to saye on the first daie of St Michaell ---tharchangel wch shalbe in the yeare of our Lord god one thousand six hundered twenty and three,one hundered pounds,and on the feast daie of St Michael tharchangell wch shalbe in the yeare of our Lorg one thousand sixw hundered twenty and foure,one other hundered pounds at or in the South pourch of the pishe(parish) church of all St in the towne of Derby in the said county of Derbys.But if my said sonne Walter ,or his heirs shall not pay unto the said Elizabeth the said summe,of two hundered pounds in manner and forme aforesaid,then my will is that my bequest and desire of my said lands tente and hereditaments unto my said sonne Walter and his heirs shall be voyde.and then I do Will give desire and bequeath the same lands tente and hereditaments unto my said daughter Elizabeth and her heires for evr.Item I do give and bequeath Unto my brother John Spendlove 10 li .to be paid unto him in three yeares by ???? porcons next after my death,if he the said John shall behve hime selfe freindly and lovinge to my wife and children otherwise my will is that he shall have no benefitt by this my will.And I do make Joane my wife sole executrix of this my last will and testament,and I do revoke all former Wills by me heretofore made in wytnes whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seale the daie and yeare first above written..
Signed Walter Spendlove
Signed sealed and published in the prnc of Phillip Arany ,Mathew Bate junior,Thomas Walker (mark)