Other wills and administrations: Extract from will of Christian, Countess Dowager of Devonshire, 1675

This extract is from the will of Christian, Countess Dowager of Devonshire (1595 -1675).

‘The first parcell in the said inventorie being one great diamond=chaine conteyning eighteene great table diamonds and seaventie four fasset=diamonds in all nynety two:./ The second parcell being one fair diamond=locket the middle stone being a thick table stone weighing seaven carats set about with foure fair table=stones, and four fasset diamonds of a bigger sort and twentie more of a lesser sort: The third parcell being another diamond=locket with a faire table-stone in the middle weighing seaven carats set-about with four table=diamonds and foure bigger fasset=diamonds and twenty lesser diamonds all which besides the middle stone were bought of Mr Gumbleton anno one thousand six hundred fiftie five:/
Although the Countess lived until 1675, the will dates the purchase of jewels as being in 1655. In the 1650s, the Countess spent most of her time at her House in Roehampton, Surrey, but did spend some time in London as she had a town house there and, although being a staunch and risky Royalist, she did have connections to Cromwell’s court.


Transcribed by Danielle Thompson

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