JP and DL for Merionethshire; High Sheriff of Merionethshire, 1611 and 1624, and of Caernarvonshire, 1637. He maintained Huw Machno (c.1585-1637) as a bard at Parc.
Eldest son and heir apparent, sole Executor of his father's Will (1605)
The Will of William Lewis Anwill of Parke, Merionethshire, written 19 Dec 1641, proved 30 Jun 1642.
(paragraphed for easier reading)
In the Name of God Amen the Nyneteenth Day of December Anno Domini one thousand six hundred forty and one I William Lewis Anwill of Parke in the County of Merioneth Esqr. beinge sicke in bodie but of perfect memorie (laud and praise be to the Almightie) doe make this my Last will and Testament in writing in manner and forme followinge
First I commend my soule unto thalmightie God and my bodie to bee interred in the parish Church of Llanvrothen.
Alsoe I doe give and bequeath unto my sonne Evan Anwill the some of Five hundred Pounds of currant money of England.
And to my sonnes Moris Anwill and Richard Anwill I give and bequeath One hundred pounds a peece to be paid them by my Executors hereafter named.
And alsoe I doe give and bequeath unto everie one of my two daughters Joane and Lowrie (if they be unmarried at the time of my Decease) Eight hundreth pounds a peece of lawfull money of England to be paid them by my Executors hereafter named Provided that they the said Joane and Lowrie and either of them followe the advise and Counsell of Elizabeth my wife their Mother & of my sonne and heire Robert Anwill their brother, but if one of my said two daughters or either of them doe of their owne-head marrie without the adwise & consents of the said Elizabeth my wife and the said Robert Anwill in their severall marriages, Then my will is and I give and bequeath to such or both of my said two daughters as shall soe marrie without the consent of the said Elizabeth and Robert Anwill twoe hundred pounds a peece onelie and noe more.
Alsoe I doe give and bequeath toe everie one of my six daughters Mabell, Elizabeth, Anne, Gwen, Jane and Lowrie ten pounds a peece to buy silver plate which plate my will is That my Executors hereafter named doe buy for them (that is to saie) a salt setler and two silver bowles or Cuppe to everie of my said daughters...
I will that my name and the name of such of my Daughters as shall severallie enjoy the some of Ten Pounds worth of plate given unto her be stamped.
Alsoe I give and bequeath Tenn Pounds worth of plate to Katherine Anwill my graundechild (my sonne Lewis Anwill's daughter) where ever my will is that my name and her name bee stamped.
Alsoe I give and bequeath to my daughter Elizabeth the wife of John Evans five pounds of lawfull money of England to buy her some plate.
Item. I give & bequeath unto Rowland Owen my servant one Milch Cowe and a Calfe.
Alsoe I give and bequeath towards the reparacions of the Cathedrall Church of Bangor twenty shillings. Alsoe I give and bequeath towards the reparacions of the Church of Llanvrothen twenty shillings, towards the reparacions of the Church of Dolgelley twenty shillings, towards the reparacions of the Church of Malloyd? tenn shillings, and towards the reparacions of the Church of Kemes in the County of Mountgomery twenty shillings. Alsoe my will is that my Executors hereafter named shall distribute amongst the poore of the Parrish of Llanvrothen Tenn Pounds att their discretion.
And whereas I am bound to Discharge my Lands of Twelve hundred Pounds (being the porcion of Katherine Anwill my sonne Lewis Anwill's daughter) if shee shalbee married My will is that those twelve hundred pounds bee paid out of the money I have in Mortgage upon Lands, and out of the debts due unto mee.
And I doe nominate and appointe to be the Executors of this my last will and testament My said sonne and heire Robert Anwill, and my wife Elizabeth his mother, unto whome I give all the rest of my goods cattells and chattells whatsoever not before in this my last will and testament given or bequeathed....
And I doe hereby utterly renounce revoke and make void all other former wills whatsoever by mee att anie tyme heretofore made.
Moreover I give unto everie one of the children of my daughters Mabell Anwill and Gwen Anwill sixe heads of beaste of the kinde of Meate two years old....
Alsoe I give and bequeath unto my sonnes in lawe William Wynn Esqr and David Lloyd gent to either of them a gould ringe of five pounds pure.
In witness whereof I have to this my last will and testament putt my hand and seale the daie and yeare first above written.
W: Lewis Anwill
Sealed and subscribed in the sight and presence of Wm. Wynne, William Prichard ap William, Grufith ap Wm. Prichard, Rowland Owen, Robert John Grufith, Grufith ap Howell, John William William, Mathewe Row Lloyd 2