MRP: Robert Cranmer will
Robert Cranmer will
PROB 11/320 Mico 47-91 Will of Robert Cranmore of Mitcham, Surrey 12 April 1666
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Abstract & context
Robert Cranmer was a London merchant and SVJS subscriber. His mother, Ann Cranmer, outlived him.
He corresponded once with Sir George Oxenden in a letter dated March 27th, 1663, and probably knew Oxenden relatively well, having himself been in the East Indies until circa 1647.
He made his will on Februrary 11th, 1665/66, when "weake in body." The will was proved two months later on April 12th, 1666.
In his will XXXX
See Ann Cranmer will (Mother of Robert Cranmer)
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In the name of God Amen I Robert Cranmer of Mitcham in the County of Surrey esquire being weake in body but in perfect memory doe make and appoint this my last will and testament in manner and forme following revoking all former wills by mee made whatsoever
IMPRIMIS I bequeath my Soule into the hands of my heavenly father who gave it mee trusting only in the meritte of my Saviour Jesus Christ in full assurance that when I shall lay downe this earthly body it shall be raised a spirituall body and soe live with the lord forever my body I bequeath to the earth to bee buried under the Communion table in the Chancell of the parish church of Mitcham at the discretion of my executors hereafter mentioned I shall direct
as to my temporall estate both reall and personall which god in his mercy hath given mee I give and bequeath the same as is hereafter expressed
FFIRST I give devise and bequeath unto my eldest sonne Robert Cranmore my mansion house wherein I nowe live att Mitcham in the County of Surrey withall the outhouses gardens orchards and appurtenances thereunto belonging together with all the lands which I purchased of Mr Ralph Grettle [VAGUELY RIGHT] and also my farme called Fennand (CSG possibly “Spaniard”) Farme with all the land & buildings and appurtenances thereunto belonging Also my mills called Grannary mills with all the lands I purchased with them as also my tithe-hay belonging to the towne of Mitcham and to the heires of his body lawfully begotten forever and if hee die without issue then to my Sonne John and the heires of of his body lawfully to bee begotten forever and for in like manner to my third fourth fifth sixth and seventh sonnes and to their heires Successively
ITEM I give unto my said eldest sonne Robert Cranmore my stocke in the east India Company being five thousand two hundred and fifty pounds and also my shares and interests in the Shippes hereafter mentioned vizt in tthat all my the coast frigatt the lady frigatt the resignation the eagle the east India merchant and the William and John and all other my personall estate upon the condicions hereunder expressed and not otherwise vizt that all my just and true debts bee paide and funerall expenses discharged and alsoe that the
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allowance out of my saide estate for the yearly educating and brining up of my my sixe younger sonnes untill they respectively attaine theire respective ages of twenty one yeares and noe longer and that hee pay unto my mother Mrs Anne Cranmore twenty pounds per annum during her life besides the benefitt of my house at xxx xxx for which shee now enioyes and fifty pounds to bee paid her within one yeare after my decease as also that he pay unto my sister Dorothy Cranmore three hundred pounds which I give her as a legacy and to my sister Anne Carwen (or Garwer or Carwer) fourty pounds and to her sonne Robert Carwen [?] twenty pounds to find him an apprentice and to the five Gittings five pounds apeace
ITEM I give and desire my six younger sonnes and their assignes forever all my rents issued and proffitts of all my lands tenaments and hereditaments whatsoever in the County of Surrey unbequeathed to hee by my executors hereafter named to bee by them from time to time yearely employed to theuse and benefitt of my saide six sonnes and I hereby give full power and authority to my saide executors to sell the same for my saide children best advantage whereof my sonne Robert shall shall have the first refusall if my saide executors shall have occasion to sell the same for my saide younger Sonnes advantage and the mony for the sale of the same or any part thereof shall be employed and equally divided amongst my saide younger Sonnes the survivour or survivours of them
and for the better performance of this my Will I doe hereby constitute and appoint my saide eldest Sonne Robert Cranmore and my very goode freinde and neighbour Henry Hampson of Mitcham in the County of Surrey esquire my full and sole executors of this my last wil and testament and I will that the saide Henry Hampson in regard of my saide Sonne Roberts present minority execute my will in all things according to my true intent and meaning and hee allows all manner of costs and charges expended and laide out by him from time to time with the Consideracion for his losse of time in the managing of my saide estate for all my saide children and I will that his accompts upon his oath given into the court where my will shall be proved shall bee accepted of by my saide children without any farther trouble
And I doo likewise constitute and appoint Sir William Greene of Mitcham aforesaid Baronett and Mr Joseph White of the same place gent overseers of this my last will and testament and I doe give to each of them mourning and five pounds apeice to buy them rings to weare in remembrance of mee
IN WITNESS whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale this eleventh day of ffebruary dom one thousand sixe hundred Sixty five nupta (?)
Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of no Ed: Riggs Jo: Simpson the marke of ffrances hubber xxxx
PROBATUM [10 lines of Latin]
...Henry Hampson...Roberto Cranmore filio...
People and Places
Mother: my mother (sic) Mrs Anne Cranmore;
Wife: No mention of a living or deceased wife. Wife was probably Mary Cranmer, and died in 1665
Sisters: my sister Dorothy Cranmore; my sister Anne Carwen [?];
Brother in Law:
Sister in Law:
Mother in Law:
Father in Law:
Sons: my eldest sonne Robert Cranmore (sic); my Sonne John; my my sixe younger sonnes; (7 sons in total)
Nephews: her sonne Robert Darwen [?] ((Could be Garwen or Carwen, or Garwer or Carwer) , sister of Robert Cranmore)
Others: Mr Ralph Exettle [VAGUELY RIGHT]; the five Gittings
Executor: my saide eldest Sonne Robert Cranmore and my very goode freinde (sic) and neighbour Henry [?] Hampson of Mitcham in the County of Surrey esquire my full and sole executors
Overseers: Sir William Greene of Mitcham aforesaid Baronett and Mr Joseph White of the same place xxx overeseers
Witnesses: Ed; Riggs Jo: Simpson the marke of ffrances hubbery [?] xxxx
Investments: my stocke in the east India Company being five thousand two hundred and fifty pounds; lso my shares and interests in the Shippes hereafter mentioned vizt in tthat all my the coast frigatt (sic) the lady frigatt the resignation (sic) the eagle the east India merchant and the William and John:
Places: of Mitcham in the County of Surrey; my mansion house wherein I nowe live att Mitcham in the County of Surrey; my farme called Fenand [VAGUELY RIGHT] Farme; my mills called Granmay [VAGUELY RIGHT] mills with all the lands I purchased with them; my tithe-xxx belonging to the towne of Mitcham; all my lands tenaments and hereditaments whatsoever in the County of Surrey unbequeathed;
Events: weake in body but in perfect memory; to bee buried under the Communion table in the Chancell of the parish church of Mitcham;
Dated: February 11th 1665
Proved: April 12th 1666
English East India Company
"[June 27, 1649] Mr. Knipe presents an answer to some heads of the bill exhibited in Chancery against him, and Mr. Acton is desired to report concerning the same at the next courr. Knipe, being questioned, states that some if the musk he sent home belongs to Thomas Adler, some to Robert Cranmer, and the rest to himself."
"[February 1, 1658] The Court also promises to consider the petition of Thomas Carver, living at Surat, for employment, he being nominated by Messrs. Temms, Noell and Cranmore"
"Certain Committees are desired to settle with Sir Thomas Bludworth and Mr. Cranmer, owners of the Merchant Adventure" (source: A Court of Committees, January 3, 1662 [Court Book, vol. xxiv, p. 444], p. 171 CCM 60-63
"Indigo in the custody of George Papillion, belonging to Thomas Winter and Robert Cranmer, to be delivered to the former on certain conditions" (source: A Court of Committees, March 13, 1663 [Ibid., p. 595), quoted p. 300 CCM 60-63)
[1662 17 Mar] "Richard Budd to Robert Cranmer, 900/."
[1662 17 Mar] Robert Cranmer to Samuel Sambrooke, 800/."
[1662 4 June]"Robert Cranmer to Richard Hiller, 400/."
The ship the Merchant Adventure
"[November 18, 1656] On the petition of Nathaniel Temes, Martin Noell, Thomas Winter, Robert Cranmor and other merchants of London, it is ordered that letters of marque against the enemies of this Commonwealth be issued under the seal of the Admiralty Court to the ships King Ferdinand, Christopher Oxenden commander. East India Merchant, Anthony Newport commander, and Merchant Adventure, Captain Robert Tindal commander, each of about 300 tons burden, freighted by the petitioners and ready to sail to the Indies, security being first given as is usual ; and that a warrant be issued to the Judges of the Admiralty on that behalf."
Co Co Farringdon Within, 1662, 1667-9 Ald Portsoken, 12 Jan 1663/4-23 Jun 1664, disch, F £420 (1) 1st Prec, Christ Church, 1640/1, 1663, Bull and Mouth Street, Aldersgate, 1677, Mitcham, Surr, 1691 (2) MT, appr, 1627, to William Rice of Newgate Market, M, 1664 (3) d Mar 1690/1 (4) Will PCC 54 Vere pr, 28 Mar 1690/1 f Thomas Hampson, HAB, of London, mar Sarah, da of Thomas Dudson of - Berks, and St George, Southwark, and Alice Ironmonger (5) Merchant, EIC stock (6) Landlord of Quakers' meeting house, Aldersgate Street, 1668 (7) Bro-in-law of Edward DUDSON (8)
(1) Beaven, I, p 184 (2) MT, Appr Bindings, XII, f 112, MT, 1663, f 14, Directory, 1677, will (3) Beaven, II, p 96 MT, Appr Bindings, IX, f 324 (4) Will (5) MT, Appr Bindings, IX, f 324, LVP, 1664, p 57 (6) Will, Directory, 1677 (7) Mills & Oliver Surveys, II, p 90 (8) Will of Edward DUDSON"
Sale of a mansion house in London by Sir Julius Caesar to Robert Cranmer
"[DATE?] Sells to Robert Cranmer of London the 'Mansion house' hertofore inhabited by Sir Julius Caesar, now by Sir Robert Titchbourne, Sir Robert, who early in life was a linen draper in London, became an alderman of the ward of Farringdon Within, and was Lord Mayor of London from 1656-7. He rose to the rank of Colonel in the yellow regiment of the London Trained Bands..."
- It is not clear that this is the Robert Cranmer of the above transcribed will
Possible primary sources
C 5/600/78 Cranmer v. Hooker: Surrey 1668
PROB 11/184 Coventry 117–173 Will of Samuel Cranmer, Alderman of Saint Gabriel Fenchurch, City of London 04 November 1640
PROB 11/320 Mico 47-91 Will of Robert Cranmore of Mitcham, Surrey 12 April 1666
PROB 11/337 Duke 102-158 Will of Sir William Greene of Mitcham, Surrey 07 December 1671
PROB 11/342 Will of Ann Cranmer, Widow of Mitcham, Surrey 05 September 1673
PROB 11/404 Vere 48–92 Will of Henry Hampson, Merchant of London 28 March 1691
- Quite possibly also matched with Henr Hamson, Bull and Mouth Street, London (ML, 1677)
PROB 11/617 Farrant 197 – 250 Will of Anne Cranmer, Widow of Mitcham, Surrey 02 October 1727
- Presumably of a wife of a son or grandson of Robert Cranmer:
PROB 11/442 Pyne 267–314 Will of Sir William Cranmer of London 28 September 1697
- A SON WHO MADE GOOD ? NO WILLIAM IS MENTIONED BUT ONLY TWO OF THE SEVEN SONNES ARE NAMED IN WILL:
- Robert Waters (1877) states in a footnote "1672-3, Jan. 21. Henry Minchard, of St. Margaret, New Fish-street, London, Scrivener, widower, about 35, and Dorothy Cranmer, of Mitcham, Surrey, spinster, about 29, and at her own disposal. To marry at St. Sepulchre's, London, or St. Martin's-in-the-Fields." citing Marriage Licences from the Vicar-General's Registry, p. 65, in Robert Edmond Chester Waters, Genealogical memoirs of the kindred families of Thomas Cranmer, Archbishop of Canterbury, and Thomas Wood, Bishop of Lichfield (London, 1877), p. 57
- Henry Hampson is possibly 'Henr Hamson, Bull and Mouth Street, London' (Little London Directory, 1677 (XXXX, XXXX), no pagination); possibly also PROB 11/404 Vere 48–92 Will of Henry Hampson, Merchant of London 28 March 1691
- Sir William Greene (b. ?, d. ca. 1671). (PROB 11/337 Duke 102-158 Will of Sir William Greene of Mitcham, Surrey 07 December 1671)
- 'A court of committes, June 27, 1649' (Court Book, vol. xx, p. 364, in Ethel Bruce Sainsbury (ed.), A calendar of court minutes of the East India Company, 1655-1659 (Oxford, 1912, pp. 330-331
- 'A Court of Committees for the New General Stock, February 1, 1658 (Court Book, vol. xxiv, p. 68), in CCM 1655-59, pp. 223-224
- CCM 60-63, p. 373
- 'Proceedings of the Council of State, November 18, 1656' in Public Record Office, S.P. Dom.: Interregnum, I. 77, p. 505), quoted in CCM 55-59, p. 134
- Surrey archaeological collections, vols 67-70 (XXXX, 1970), p. 89