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From: Edgar Iredale <>
Subject: Re: [CUL-COP] The high may at Ponsonby
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 08:37:08 +0000
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Thanks Heather. I think you are right it is "high way".
Does anybody know for sure why he put that restriction on his gift? What
was wrong with the poor below the high way?
On Sunday 07 Dec 2003 9:32 pm, Heather Figueroa wrote:
> 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"
> > Edgar