Words from wills and other probate records 1500-1800

S A Raymond (Federation of Family History, Societies, 2004),A5, 114pp, ISBN 1-86006-1818

This is a very useful glossary to explain the old words found in wills and inventories. Puzzling words are clearly explained such as:

  • andirons: a short horizontal bar, or a pair of moveable iron plates to contract the fire grate
  • jointure: property granted to a wife for life, taking effect on the death of her husband
  • set pot: an iron pot set in stone or brick above a grate and used for boiling clothes.

Jean Debney

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