Women who wrote wills

Karen Flanagan

Eleanor Horton's will 1626
Eleanor Horton's will 1626

Women may not have had many powers in past centuries and only a small proportion made wills but a study of the ones in Campden who did dictate how their possessions would be given away gives us some interesting insights into relationships.

Eleanor Horton decreed in 1626, “my will is concerning my daughter Anne, that if ever she do marry with Henry Izod the son of John Izod the elder, or with any other person whatsoever, whom Mr Robert Lilly of Campden and my cousin Robert Hiron of Westington, shall dislike and not think fit, to whom only I commit her, that then she shall have only £40 to be paid unto her within one year next after my death.”

Sadly we can find no trace of Anne’s marriage so we don’t know whether she had her full inheritance or not.

See the attached study of ‘Women who wrote wills’.


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