The Monumental Inscriptions for Winterborn Bassett show:-Mary died 3 May 1724, aged 81, widow and relict of Thomas Baskerville of Richardson, and in this parish and Lord of the Manor and daughter of Richard Jones of Hanham in the county of Gloucester, who live to a good old age.George, gent, of this place, her youngest son, erected this monument.

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Rabson Manor - or Richardston


Berwick Bassett Farm House

The will of Mary Baskerville

The name of God Amen. I Mary Baskerville (widow and relict of Thomas Baskerville, late of Richardston in the Parish of Winterbourne Bassett in the County of Wilts, Esq. Deceased) being (God be praised) of sound and perfect memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament in manner and form following, (that is to say) I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, hoping for the free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins through ye only merits and mediation of Jesus Christ my blessed Lord and saviour: And my body I comit to the earth, to be decently and handsomely buried in my said late husband’s grave in the Parish church of Winterbourne aforesaid.; for which purpose, my will and desire is that after my decease his coffin be taken up, and his grave be dug deeper, and bricked around, and a thick oaken plank laid in the bottom therof, and then his coffin to be laid in again, and mine to be laid thereon.

And also, that my son George Baskerville do cause to be cut or engraven on the bottom of his father’s tombstone the following inscription. (viz) Here also lyes in this grave the body of Mrs. Mary Baskerville, widow of Thomas Baskerville of Richardston Esq. And daughter of Richard Jones of of Hanham near Bristol in the County of Gloucester Esq. With my age and the time of my decease.

For bearing & defraying the expense and charge whearof  (as also of the rest of my funeral expenses) I have left the sum of one hundred pounds in the hands of my son John Baskerville of Salisbury, in the said county of Wilts, gent. Which said sum of one hundred pounds I hereby order my son John to pay (immediately after my decease) unto my executor hereafter named; to be by him expended and laid out in, upon and concerning my said funeral in manner following. (that is to say)

For my coffin (to be made of Irish Oak if possible) lin’d with white crape cover’d with black bays (with my name and the date of the year theron in a gilt plate) with gilt hooks and hinges; four locks and keys of two sorts, two of which keys I desire may be kept by my son George Baskerville’s wife and the other two by my son William Baskerville’s daughter Elizabeth.




For being buried in linen (as I desire to be)


To ye infirm and poor of ye parish


For a monument to beautify the church, to be set in the wall, between my mother Baskerville’s tomb and the pulpit, which I hereby order my executor to set up within 6 months after my decease.


For mourning for my four sons( Five pounds a piece)


For mourning for Prudence ye wife of my grandson Thomas Baskerville of Salisbury


For six lutestring scarfs, for ye pallbearers; (which I desire may be my four son’s wives, my daughter in law Potter, and Mrs. Foster of Cleeve Pepper)


For fifteen pair of Chamoy gloves at 3/6 a pair; for the six pall-bearers, my four sons, their wives and the minister.


For six pairs of Cordovan gloves for ye bearers, (which I also desire may be some of our neighbouring tenants and farmers)


For twelve crape hat bands 1—16---0 & for eight escutcheons 2---0---0


For thirty pair of black gloves at one shilling a pair to be disposed of as my executor shall think fit and convenient.


To the minister for preaching my funeral sermon


To the clerk for digging the grave, carrying away rubbish & c


For 40 pounds of bisket, put up in 1/2pound papers 2---0---0, and for 40 penny loaves and 20  6 penny loaves, twenty shillings (all to be made by Joseph Reeves)


For the pall of wine


For a rib of beef, 6 Neat’s tongues, 4 roasted fowles (all cold) bread and beer


For twenty gold mourning rings, at 12 shillings per ring; to be thus disposed of (viz) To my four sons, one a piece; to the said pall-bearers, one a piece: To ye minister one: To my son Richard Baskerville’s son Thomas, and daughters Meliora and Jane, one a piece: To my grandson Walter Baskerville’s son Francis, and daughters Elizabeth and Ann, one a piece

And to my * son George Baskerville’s son Francis Glanville & daughter Genevora, one a piece.


And my will and desire is, and I do hereby direct and order, that my * son George Baskerville’s wife, and the servant that shall then be living with me, shall (after my decease) lay me out: and also that I be interred by daylight.



 Item. I do give and bequeath unto my said four son’s wives, and to my grandson Thomas Baskerville of Salisbury, five pounds a piece to buy them mourning;  which said sum of five pounds are now, and shall (till my decease) remain in my said son George’s hands: unto whom I do give and bequeath my best clock, for the term of his natural life, and after his decease, my will is that his daughter Mary shall have it. I do also give him my chariot and harness: and also all the barns- floors that I have made or caused to be made in any of my barns: and likewise all other boards and wood which I shall die possessed of. And to his wife I give and bequeath my black PaduaSoy gown and petticoat; and a silver spoon, knife and fork; and also all the things that are mine in the parlour, and all the earthen things belonging to the desert and tea table

And to his daughter Genevora, I give and bequeath my silver snuff box. And unto his daughter Sarah (my God Daughters) I give and bequeath my sedan chair, sticks and harness: and also the mourning ring I had for my late son Francis Baskerville

Item. I do give and bequeath unto my grand-daughter Meliora (Daughter of my said son Richard Baskerville) my gold watch and hook.

Item. I do give and bequeath unto my said son William Baskerville’s wife my easy chair.

And to his daughter Mary, I give my great gold ring, with a tophaz stone in it and also my silk Camblet cloak and hood, laced with gold. And to his daughter Elizabeth I do give all the things that usually are upon ye mantelpiece in my chamber; and also those in the glass casket.

Item. I do give and bequeath unto my said grandson Thomas Baskerville of Salisbury, the silver box which his father brought me from beyond the sea; and also the mourning ring I had for his great-grandfather Jones. And unto Prudence, his said wife, I give and bequeath my wedding ring.

Item. I give and bequeath unto my said son William Baskerville my other clock, for the term of his life; and after his decease, my will is that his daughter Elizabeth shall have it. And to his daughter Ann, I do give and bequeath my gold ear-rings, and my box iron and clamps.


Item. I do give and bequeath unto my grand-daughter Mary Haggard the mourning ring I had in remembrance of her dear grandfather; and a trunk marked with an M and a B: And also my wearing apparel whether silk, linen or woolen,(not otherwise hereby disposed of)

Item. I do give and bequeath unto my present servant, Martha Jenkins, my ash coloured Lutestring gown and petticoat.


Item. I do give and bequeath unto my late servant, Frances Page, my Callamanca Gown and petticoat.


Item. I do give and bequeath unto the servant that shall be living with me at the time of my decease all ye suite of cloaths (both linen and woolen) which I commonly wear every day.

Item. I do give and bequeath the little mourning ring I had in remembrance of my brother Dove, unto my son George’s daughter Mary.


Item. I do give and bequeath unto George Baskerville (ye son of ye said Mary, my said son William Baskerville’s daughter) the sum of twenty pounds; ten pounds part thereof to put him apprentice to a barber and perriwig-Maker: and the other ten pounds, the remaining part thereof to be paid him by my executors when he shall attain the age of one and twenty years. And in case he shall happen to die before the said twenty pounds shall be so laid out or paid unto him, then my will is & I do order that my said son William Baskerville’s daughter Christian shall have the said twenty pounds, or what part thereof shall be so remaining unpaid at the time of his decease; provided that she does not marry without her father’s consent; for if she does then my will is that her said father shall have the same to his own proper use and behoof anything herein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding.


Item. My will is, and I do hereby order, that (after all my debts, legacies, funeral charges and expenses about ye same, shall be paid, discharged and satisfied) whatever rent shall be due to me at ye time of my decease and whatever other moneys may, or then shall be remaining in my executors hand, shall be equally divided between my said two sons William and George Baskerville and my said grandson, Thomas Baskerville of Salisbury aforesaid.

Item. I do give and bequeath unto my said two sons William & George Baskerville the pieces of gold which I usually wear about my neck (being eleven in number) to be equally divided between them

Item. I do give and bequeath unto my said son John Baskerville of Salisbury aforesaid, the sum of thirty shillings, to buy him a silver tobacco box; whom I do also nominate, appoint and order to be my trustee to see that this my will and testament be fulfilled and performed according to the true intent and meaning thereof


Lastly, I do nominate, constitute, appoint and ordain my said son George Baskerville to be the whole and sole executor of this my last will and testament; hereby revoking all former wills by me at any time heretofore made.

In witness whereof, I the above named Mary Baskerville have hereunto set my hand and seal; and published and declared this to be my last will and testament (being contained in four sheets of paper, written only on one side; unto each of which my own seal is affixed:) THIS ELEVENTH DAY OF January in the tenth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord King George. And in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and twenty three.


Signed sealed published and declared                                                             The Mark of Mary Baskerville

To be the last will and testament of the                                                                           X

Abovesaid first named Mary Baskerville

In the presence of us

Thomas Pocket

William Rodgers

John Brossier


Proved 10 mar 1724 John Talman Surrogate



Copyright M Caswell 2000ad

Copyright M Caswell 2000ad