18th century copy of a large legal document from 1641 providing "four poor men" with money and lodging in Carmarthen, Wales. Wales.
18th century copy of a large legal document from 1641 providing "four poor men" with money and lodging in Carmarthen, Wales
18th century copy of a large legal document from 1641 providing "four poor men" with money and lodging in Carmarthen, Wales
18th century copy of a large legal document from 1641 providing "four poor men" with money and lodging in Carmarthen, Wales

18th century copy of a large legal document from 1641 providing "four poor men" with money and lodging in Carmarthen, Wales

16.25 x 13.25 inches, 6 sheets with a largely blank 7th cover sheet, laid paper (watermark of a woman with a sceptre leaning against a wagon wheel, if that provides a key to dating this), a handwritten copy prepared by a John Kipling of the original document "remaining in the Chapel of the Rolls," from 1641, giving the terms of indenture by which Sir Rice Rudd of Aberglasney provided in his will that a "hospital house" or "alms house" be purchased in Carmarthen by his estate's executors and that "four poor men" chosen by the parish would be housed in the property and given five pounds a year to live on, and that the heirs to Rice Rudd would keep this arrangement going in perpetuity, with the understanding that each generation's executors of the original will would administer the estate accordingly. Rules were that the poor men could be ousted if they misbehaved or committed a crime and that they could only live there for 21 years. It is unclear from the terms whether they were expected to work at the hospital house or alms house. This copy gives some genealogy of the Rudd family, but still unclear to us when this copy was made. We're guessing late 18th century by the paper and the handwriting style. Modest wear and soil. Very Good. Item #H19199

Price: $100.00

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