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Mystery word in 1778 will
« on: Wednesday 24 March 21 20:06 GMT (UK) »
I'm having trouble with a single word in a PCC will of 1778. It appears in the attached image after 'Maintenance' and the following line startup and Education'/ It refers to a bequest for child/children to assist in their upbringing. The word 'breeding' has been suggested, but I don't see a double e there although I do think it ends  ...ding. Any ideas please?

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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #1 on: Wednesday 24 March 21 20:12 GMT (UK) »
I read it as 'gooding up'.

'maintenance gooding up and education'
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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #2 on: Wednesday 24 March 21 21:11 GMT (UK) »
I wondered whether it could be bo(a)rding??? Wouldn't be very logical, though.

I know maintenance makes (a lot!) more sense, but my tired eyes can only see Quaintenance;D
Time for bed, methinks.
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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #3 on: Wednesday 24 March 21 21:21 GMT (UK) »
I'm having trouble with a single word in a PCC will of 1778.

You may realise this already, but bear in mind PCC Wills are copied into a Register, sometimes made from another copy copied from the original Will bundle with the original signatures.

The Registry dealing with the original Will, usually has the original Will bundle which should confirm (the Wills often copied quickly into the York Will Registers often have spelling differences and even unintelligible words, compared to the original Will bundle).

The word Maintenance will possibly have a fancy formed capital letter M in the original, see the word Niece and the name Betty which has the same Q shape to B in Betty.

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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 24 March 21 23:02 GMT (UK) »
..... but the logical/sensible reading might be ‘growing up’

maintenance growing up and education
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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 24 March 21 23:25 GMT (UK) »
The standard phrase in this context is ... maintenance bringing up and education.

I can't say exactly what's written, but it looks like a copying error, and the general meaning is surely clear.

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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 25 March 21 03:54 GMT (UK) »
Who is the testator, please?

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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 25 March 21 08:11 GMT (UK) »
I wondered about “bonding up” , ie bonding the child as an apprentice, which would make sense then when included with the next word, education.
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Re: Mystery word in 1778 will
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 25 March 21 09:46 GMT (UK) »
Hi

Word after maintenance I read as housing up.

If the will is on line details would assist or a clip from another part of the Will, in order to
Compare writing.

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