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From: "Heather Figueroa" <>
Subject: Re: [CUL-COP] The high may at Ponsonby
Date: Sun, 7 Dec 2003 16:32:50 -0500
Are you sure it was 'high may'??? In the 1600's, the letters 'h' and
'w' were quite odd....as was the 'g'. In fact, they are all quite
different than we see now, grin.
I have quite a few old Wills and I know that often they gave money to
the poor. Could it be 'high way'?? Just as a guess. Or if you have it
scanned, we could take a look at it.
> I have just been reading the will of Gabriell Iredell of Scar Green at
> Ponsonby and the following phrase occurs. Can anyone tell me what it
> means? What was the "high may"? The will was dated 11th Nov 1653.
> "Item I give to the poore of Ponsonby above the high may six shillings
> eight pence"
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