1) These are variants of ‘quick’, usually in the sense of living as opposed to dead, and they occurred regularly in the north and north midlands, at least as far south as Lincolnshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

1455 I will ... all my other gudes whike and dede ... to my doghter, Kirkby Fleetham. In 1505, Thomas Mighley of Leeds wrote I gyf … my best whik good in the name of my mortuarie, and in 1699, a Marsden farmer listed his goods and chatills, booth whick and deaid. In this context it is worth noting that cattle and chattels share the same etymology

that is the Latin word ‘capitalis’.

spellings whik
dates 1455 1505 1699

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