Viewing Event Record: Christopher Beeston's widow proves his will


The registry copy of Christopher Beeston's will encompasses drafts from 4 and 7 October 1638. Beeston leaves the residue of his estate to his widow, who proved the will on 3 December 1638. The part of the will dated 4 October notes that he owns four of the six shares in 'the company for the King's and Queen's service at the Cockpit in Drury Lane.' He leaves two of the shares to the company, and two to his widow, on the condition that in exchange she 'find for the said company a sufficient and good stock of apparel fitting for their use,' and that she allow his son, William Hutchinson £20 per annum. On 7 October he revises this last clause; in lieu of the £20, he stipulates that his widow allow Hutchinson one-half share of the two shares in the company.

Date Event Recorded

From: 4 October 1638 To: 7 October 1638 (Source of claim: original)

Date Event Happened

From: 3 December 1638 (Source of claim: transcription)




Beeston's Boys

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Event Type

  • bequest
  • company business
  • playhouse context