"K: Malew Feb 7th 94/5: Tho: Bridson deceased about the 7th. of Febr. last intestate, whereof the Court having Intelligence has decreed his three children viz John, Willm & Elizabeth sole & joynt Admrs of all his goods moveable and unmoveable whatsoever: Tho next of Kin on the father's side supvisrs & a legacy to the wife on sight of the Inventory. Jo & Jane Bridson 2 of the Supvsrs are sworn in court in form of law & the rest to be sworn next crt. The tuition of the Children with the goods are in the mother's hands, who has given Pledges Jo: Quaile & Tho: Quayll.
Decretum est & solvit 2s.
An Inventory of the goods of Thos: Bridson viewed & priced by John Farghar
and John Bridson as followeth:
In p[ri]mis: dj: 3 cows, 3 bullocks & a calfe 03:13: 00
It dj:, horse, 2 mares 7 2 fillies 35s 05 pounds = 08 shillings= 00 pence;
It: a quarter [sterr] 2s6d It: dj: small wooden xxxx [parnell?] seeve, carres, harrows & husbandry gears dj: potts pans, kettles, & other small household goods 30s 01 = 10 = 00;
It:dj: powder 8s dj: candlesticks 10d dj: spitt & tongs 2d --- 00 = 09 = 00;
It:dj: 18lb betwixt hemp & tow 2s:3d laxon yarn 1s --- 00 = 03 = 03;
It:dj: tables, fram, forme. & chairs 2s.6d dj:dales 16d--- 00 = 03 = 10;
It:dj: axe 3d dj: wool & woolen yarn 1s. --- 00 = 01 = 03;
It:dj: blanketts 8s:6d: dj; peece of cloth 2s --- 00 = 10 = 06;
It:dj: caddons(?) & more blankets 4s:4d ---00 = 04 = 04;
It: his made clothes 12s It his stockins sholes & hatt 3s. ---00 = 15 = 00;
It:dj: sheets 7 other linin 6s dj:xxx & 2 xxx 8s 6d ------00 = 14 = 06;
It:dj: chests & trunck 4s. dj: old (bedsted?) 2s ---00 = 06 = 00;
It:dj: brewing pan 40s ---00 = 02 = 00;
It: the [deceased's] part of mortgage land---02 = 00 = 00;
It:dj: sheep 23s 3d dj; swine 3s ---- 01 = 06 = 03;
Now for the [deceased's] part of the corn and ha--- 01 = 13 = 08;
[TOTAL] 17 = 06 = 07. XXXX deducted out of the inventory by the wife xxxxx (end of page torn) 1 = 8 = 2.
Febrs 1st 1695/6: Wm Harrison enters agt the Admst of Tho: Bridson for 17 shills due debt, and craves the law. Itm He enters for 7.6d more for Robt. Shimmins maintenance for 13 weeks & 3 days according to an agreemt made betwixt the Claimer & the above Tho: Bridson.
Nov 1st. 1701: Jo & Eliz: Bridson, two of the Admrs being dead, thir mother
has expended at the = 01 pounds = 18 shillings = 00 pence;
besides, for instructing John in his Trade = 01 = 10 = 00,
Wch is to be deducted out of the afforesd Inventory.
More as pd. to the above - JWoods, Reg.. Wm Harrison =4s = 6d.
May 1st.1704: More paid for instructing Wm in his trade = 03 = 00 = 00.
It. For the Father's Decree, & Jon's & Eliz: = 00 = 03 = 06 ;
Itm. for his cloathing and shoes = 00 = 18 = 07.
Nov 2 1708 Paid Wm Bridson by Edwd Quay his Stepfather = 6 = 13 = 09.
Augt. 9. 1709 Recd. more from Edwd Quay = 01 = 10 = 01.
17 = 6 = 07 (sic?!).
Eod. die. Wm Bridson the only surviving Adm came & acknowledged to be fully satisfied all that fell due to him by the Decease of his father Thomas Bridson & acquits his mother, his Exts of Adms of all & every part of the said effects for ever. J. Woods. R E."
transcribed by Michael Bridson, 2002, MM: EW 25/215
M Bridson is of opinion that Thomas b1648 c/o John Bridson + Caterine Shimmin; m Margaret Fargher 1682 & lived at Cross Fourways until his unexpected (& early) death aged 46. The only surviving child was William who was the likely marriage partner of Orristal heiress Anne Bridson. The widow married Edward Quay.