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he married fecondly our poet's grand-daughter, Mrs. Eliza-
beth Nash, on the 5th of June 1649, at Billesley in Warwick-
fhire, about three miles from Stratford-upon-Avon.
of Shakspeare's manuscripts emained in his grand-daughter's
custody at the time of her second marriage, (and some let-
ters at least she surely must have had,) they probably were
then removed' to the house of her new husband at Abing-

Sir Hugh Clopton, who was born two years after her death, mentioned to Mr. Macklin, in the year 1742, an old tradition that she had carried away with her from Stratford many of her grandfather's papers. On the death of Sir John Barnard they must have fallen into the hands of Mr. Edward Bagley, Lady Barnard's executor; and if any defcendant of that gentleman be now living, in his custody they probably remain. MALONE.

- but died likewise without issue. ] Confiding in a pedigree transmitted by Mr. Whalley some years ago to Mr. Steevens, I once supposed that Mr. Rowe was inaccurate in saying that our poet's grand-daughter died without issue. But he was certainly right; and this lady was undoubtedly the last lineal descendant of Shakspeare. There is no entry, as I have already observed, in the Register of Stratford, of any issue of hers' by Mr. Nash; nor does he in his will mention any child, devising the greater part of his property between his wife and his kinsman, Edward Nash. That Lady Barnard had no issue by her second husband, is proved by the Register of Abington, in which there is no entry of the baptism of any child of that marriage, though there are regular entries of the time when the several children of Sir John Barnard by his first wife were baptized. Lady Barnard died at Abington, and was buried there on the 17th of February 1669-70; but her husband did not shew his respect for her memory by a monument, or even an infcription of any kind.' He seems not to have been sensible of the honourable alliance he - had made. Shakspeare's grand-daughter would not, at this day, go to her grave without a memorial. By her last will, which I subjoin, she directs her trustee to sell her estate of Newa Place, &c. to the best bidder, and to offer it first to her cousin Mr. Edward Nash. How the then came to have any property in New-Place, which her first husband had devised to this very Edward Nala, does not appear; but I sup


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pose that after the death of Mr. Thomas Nash fhe exchanged the patrimonial lands which he bequeathed to her, with Edward Nash and his son, and took New-Place, &c. instead of them.

Sir Barnard died at Abington, and was buried there, on March the 5th, 1673-4. On his tomb-stone, in the chancel of the church is the following inscription :

Hic jacent exuviæ generosissimi viri Johannis Barnard, militis : patre, avo, abavo, tritavo, aliisque progenitoribus per ducentos į amplius annos hujus oppidi de Abingdon dominis, insignis : qui fato cefsit undeo Septuageflimo ætatis suæ anno, quinto nonas Martii, annoque a partu B. Virginis, MDCLXXIII.

Sir John Barnard having made no will, administration of his effects was granted on the 7th of November 1674, to Henry Gilbert of Locko in the county of Derby, who had married his daughter Elizabeth by his first wife, and to his two other furviving daughters; Mary Higgs, widow of Thomas Higgs of Colesborne, Esq. and Eleanor Cotton the wife of Samuel Cotton, Esq. All Sir John Barnard's other children except the three above-mentioned died without issue. I know not whether any descendant of these be now living: but if that should be the case, among their papers may pofsibly be found some fragment or other relative to Shakspeare; for by his grand-daughter's order, the administrators of her husband were entitled to keep poffeffion of her house, &c. in Stratford, for six months after his death.

The following is a copy of the will of this last defcendant of our poet, extracted from the Registry of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury:

In the name of God, Amen. I Dame Elizabeth Barnard, wife of Sir John Barnard of Abington in the County of Northampton, knight, being in perfect memory, (blessed be God!) and mindful of mortality, do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following. Whereas by my certain deed or writing under my

hand and feal, dated on or about the eighteenth day of April 1653, according to a power therein mentioned, I the faid Elizabeth have limited and disposed of all that my messuage with the appurtenances in Stratford-upon-Avon, in the county of Warwick, called the New-Place, and all that four-yard land and

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half in Stratford-Welcombe and Bishopton in the county of Warwick, (after the decease of the said Sir John Barnard, and me the said Elizabeth, ) unto Henry Smith of Stratford aforesaid, Gent. and Job Dighton of the Middle-Temple, London, Esq. fince deceased, and their heirs; upon truft that they, and the survivor, and the heirs of such survivor, should bargain and sell the fame for the best value they can get, and the money thereby to be raised to be employed and disposed of to such person or persons, and in such manner as I the said Elizabeth' should by any writing or note under my hand, truly teftified, declare and nominate; as thereby may more fully appear. Now my will is, and I do hereby signify and declare my mind and meaning to be, that the faid Henry Smith, my surviving trustee, or his heirs,' shall with all convenient speed after the decease of the said Sir John Barnard my husband, make sale of the inheritance of all and fingular the premises, and that my loving cousin Edward Nash, Esq. shall have the first offer or refusal thereof, according to niy promise formerly made to him: and the monies to be raised by such fale I do give, dispose of, and appoint the fame to be paid and distributed, as is herein after expressed; that is to say, to my brother Thomas Welles of Carleton, in the county of Bedford, Gent. the fum of fifty pounds, to be paid him within one year next after such sale: and if the said Thomas Welles shall happen to die before such time as his faid legacy shall become due to him, then


defire is, that

my kinsman Edward Bagley, citizen of London, shall have the fole benefit thereof.

Item, I do give and appoint unto Judith Hathaway, one of the daughters of my kinsman Thomas Hathaway, late of Stratford aforefaid, the annual sum of five pounds of lawful money of England, to be paid unto her yearly and every year, from and after the decease of the survivor of the said Sir John Barnard and me the said Elizabeth, for and during the natural life of her the faid Judith, at the two most usual feasts or days of payment in the year videlicet, the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and Saint Michael the Archangel, by equal portions, the first payment thereof to begin at fuch of the said feasts as shall next happen, af


Jonson has made a sort of an essay towards it in his Discoveries, I will give it in his words:

ter the decease of the survivor of the said Sir John Barnard and me the said Elizabeth, if the said premites can be fo foon fold; or otherwise so soon as the same can be fold: and if the said Judith shall happen to marry, and shall be minded to release the faid annual sum of five pounds, and shall accordingly release and quit all her interest and right in and to the fame after it shall become due to her, then and in such case, I do give and appoint to her the sum of forty pounds in lieu thereof, to be paid unto her at the time of the executing of such release as aforesaid.

Item, I give and appoint unto Joan the wife of Edward Kent, and one other of the daughters of the said Thomas Hathaway, the sum of fifty pounds, to be likewise paid unto her within one year next after the decease of the survivor of the said Sir John Barnard and me the said Elizabeth, if the faid premises can be foon fold, or otherwise so foon as the fame can be fold; and if the said Joan shall happen to die before the said fifty pounds shall be paid to her, then I do give and appoint the same unto Edward Kent the younger, her son, to be paid unto him when he shall attain the age of one-and-twenty years.

Item, I do also give and appoint unto him the said Edward Kent, son of the faid Joan, the sum of thirty pounds, towards putting him out as an apprentice, and to be paid and disposed of to that use when he shall be fit for it.

Item, I do give or appoint and dispose of unto Rofe, Elizabeth, and Susanna, three other of the daughters of my faid kinsman Thomas Hathaway, the sum of forty pounds apiece, to be paid unto every of them at fuch time and in such

as the said fifty pounds before appointed to the said Joan Kent, their fifter, shall become payable.

Item, All the rest of the monies that shall be raised by such fale as aforesaid, I give and dispose of unto my said kinfman Edward Bagley, except five pounds only, which I give and appoint to my faid trustee Henry Smith for his pains; and if the said Edward Nash shall refuse the purchase of the faid messuage and four-yard land and a half with the appurtenances, then


will and desire is, that the said Henry Smith or his heirs shall fell the inheritance of the said premises and every part thereof unto the fai d Edward Bagley,



and that he shall purchase the fame; upon this condition, navertheless, that he the said Edward Bagley, his heirs, executors, or administrators, thall juftly and faithfully perform my will and true meaning, in making due payment of all the several sums of money or legacies before mentioned, in such manner as aforesaid. And I do hereby declare my will and meaning to be that the executors and administrators of

my faid husband Sir John Barnard shall have and enjoy the use and benefit of my faid house in Stratford, called the NewPlace, with the orchards, gardens, and all other the appurtenances thereto belonging, for and during the space of lix months next after the decease of him the said Sir John Barnard.

Item, I give and devise unto my kinsman Thomas Hart, the son of Thomas Hart, late of Stratford-upon-Avon aforesaid, all that my other mesfuage or inn situate in Stratford-uponAvon aforesaid, commonly called the Maidenhead, with the appurtenances, and the next house thareunto adjoining, with the barn belonging to the fame, now or late in the occupation of Michael Johnson or his afligns, with all and fingular the appurtenances; to hold to him the said Thomas Hart the fon, and the heirs of his body; and for default of such issue, I give and devise the same to George Hart, brother of the said Thomas Hart, and to the heirs of his body; and for default of such issue to the right heirs of me the said Elizabeth Barnard for ever.

Item, I do make, ordain and appoint my faid loving kinfman Edward Bagley fole executor of this my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former wills; defiring him to see a just performance hereof, according to my true intent and meaning. In witness whereof I the said Elizabeth Barnard have hereunto set my hand and feal, the nineand-twentieth day of January, Anno Domini, one thousand fix hundred and fixty-nine.

ELIZABETH BARNARD. Signed, sealed, published, and declared, to be the last will and testament of the said Elizabeth Barnard, in the presence of

John Howes, Rector de Abington.

Francis Wickes.
Probatum fuit teftamentum suprafcriptum apud ædes Exonienfes
Situat. in le Strand, in comitatu Middx. quarto die mensis
Martij, 1669, coram venerabili viro Domino Egidio Sweete,
milite do legum do&tore, surrogato, &c. juramento Edwardi
Bagley, unici executor. nominat, cui, &c. de bene, &c. jurat.


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