Court of Husting Wills

In the third edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘ on pages 202 and 206 we document the 14th century wills of two medieval Anstey brothers Richard and Robert (members of the Edmonton sub-branch descendent from John (I)). They can also be found online here, but this source only contains snippets of the wills, not their entire transcripts.

As such, we suppose that today the original complete wills lie stored somewhere, presumably in some vault where other valuable historic documents are kept. As to precisely where that might be, and more importantly how we can gain access to the original wills, which are sure to contain much more information than we currently know, we have no idea.

No doubt some clever clogs ‘Anstey’ who has studied Medieval History at a higher level institution such as a university probably knows though…

If you are said ‘clever clogs’, or know of one (apparently Ansteys have more than their fair share of ‘clever clogs’ 😀 ), we would be very happy to hear from you at in order to discuss how we could proceed in this matter.

Any success in this regard will be reported in the fourth edition of ‘ANSTEY: Our True Surname Origin and Shared Medieval Ancestry‘, research for which is well under way, with full credit given to anybody involved.


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