Page images
[ocr errors]

Item, I give, will, bequeath, and devise, unto my daughter Susanna Hall, for better enabling of her to perform this my will, and towards the performance thereof, all that capital messuage or tenement, with the appurtenances, in Stratford, aforefaid, called The New Place, wherein I now dwell, and two messuages or tenements, with the appurtenances, situate, lying and being in Henley-street, within the borough of Stratford aforesaid; and all my barns, ftables, orchards, gardens, lands, tenements, and hereditaments whatsoever, situate, lying and being, or to be had, received, perceived, or taken, within the towns, hamlets, villages, fields, and grounds of Stratford-upon-Avon, Old Stratford, Bishopton, and Welcombe,' or in any of them, in the faid county of Warwick; and also


received, perceived, ] Instead of these words, we have hitherto had in all the printed copies of this will, reserved, preserved. MALONE.

7old Stratford, Bishopton and Welcombe, ] The lands of Old Stratford, Bishopton, and Welcombe, here devised, were in Shakspeare's time a continuation of one large field, all in the parish of Stratford. Bishopton is two miles from Stratford, and Welcombe one. For Bishopton, Mr. Theobald erroneously printed Busaxton, and the errour has been continued in all fubfequent editions. The word in Shakspeare's original will is fpelt Bufhopton, the vulgar pronunciation of Bishopton.

I searched the Indexes in the Rolls chapel from the year 1589 to 1616, with the hope of finding an enrolment of the purchase-deed of thc cftate here devised by our poet, and of afcertaining its extent and value; but it was not enrolled during that period, nor could I find any inquisition taken after his death, by which its value might have been ascertained. I suppose it was conveyed by the former owner to Shakspeare, not by bargain and fale, but by a deed of feeffment, which it was not necessary to enroll. MALONE.

[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors]


my he foi me fai an ter wil my ma ing ΟΥ fiel Str: of 1



hith prese

7. Old in S the

1 fordi rone nued origi Bish

I! 1589 purc! afcer ring his d I sup

not b

it wa

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]



[ocr errors]
« PreviousContinue »