Catherine Hansbie’s will is one of several wills of Tickhill
people available in the Documents Online section of the National
Archives website. The will is the most detailed of those written
by occupants of Tickhill
Castle (House) and gives us some useful information about Catherine Hansbie’s
possessions and relationships. Written in February 1714, two
years before her death, the will explains that Catherine was the
widow of Ralph Hansbie (Hansby), her second husband.
Catherine was a wealthy woman by the standards of the time,
leaving monetary bequests amounting to £287 10s. (today’s
equivalent being over £37,000) in sums ranging from £1 to £50.
She also left £5 to each of her servants, without giving their
total number, except to mention five maid servants later in her
will. In common with many wealthy people in this area, Catherine
Hansbie also remembered the poor. She left £20 in the care of
two people ‘to be disposed of as they shall think fit’ for the
benefit of the poor. Her other main possession was a lease on a
London house. Among her smaller possessions were silver plate
and jewellery. The jewellery was listed in specific bequests and
included a pair of diamond pendants, a pearl necklace, a diamond
cross, a locket, a gold watch, a gold ring set round with
stones, a wedding ring given her by her first husband, and
another gold ring. She left her clothes, as well as any silks,
linens and woollens, to be shared alike amongst her five maid
servants. The only furniture she mentioned, but not in any
detail, was that in the room ‘up two pair of stairs in my house
at Tickhill’ where her brother (in-law) Michael Hansbie lived.
He was given the furniture.
than a brother, Catherine named a sister, nephews, nieces and
cousins. She paid particular attention to two people. The first
was a little youth, called Stoakham Margrave, she entrusted to
Gervase Clifton, leaving £50 for the boy’s care and ‘putting out
to a calling’. She also bequeathed £20 to her cousin Francis
Gill, with a request to take Catherine Addison, her apprentice,
and to provide for her during the remaining time of her
is a copy of the original, made for probate purposes as part of
the records of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. For the full
will, reference PROB 11/551, see website: <http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/documentsonline>.
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website which gives the equivalent values of money in the past