Mordaunt Wills

John Mordaunt, Middle Temple, 1559
I have found this, by far, to be the most difficult will to decipher from the pdf of the original transcription

In the name of god Amen. The first day of Aprill in the first yere of the rayne of our sovereign lady Elizabeth by the grace of god of Englande, Frannce and Irlande quene defender of the faith, I John Mordaunt of the Middle Temple in london gentleman hole of mynde and fite in memorye and in healthe of bodie thank be to god do ordeyn and make this my last will and Testament in maner and fourme following First I bequeth my soule to almightie god and my maker and Redeemer and my bodie to be buryed in ?? being all at the discretion of my executor Item I will and bequeth to my brother Edwarde all my bedding and apparell and all other my ?? book and all in suche ?? as they ?? in my chamber in the Middle Temple. I give also unto him all the ?? in my Chambers, the portall(?) and all And wheare I have a lease(?) by worde of my father of the manors(?) of Walton Devyle Walton Maudytt and Wellesbone and of all the landes and rentes(?) to the same manors or any of theym belonginge for the ?? whereof my father ?? bounden(?) in the form(?) of (space) to me my executors and admynystratours for terme of his lif And ?? also I have by lease the said manors for ?? yeares next after the death of my said father ?? the ?? indentures thereof devided in moyties more(?) playnly so the ?? Item I will my brother Robert shall take the proffitts thereof to the ??? of this my last Will untill James Mordaunt one of my oldest Brother's sonnes shall accomplish the Age of xxy years and then the same James and John Mordaunt the younger and other of my oldest brothers sonnes to have the leases and Revenues the rest(?) of the ?? to their only use. Item, I will my brother Robert Mordaunt shall paye my debts That is to saye to my father or to suche other as he shall appoynt y hundred ?? at such tyme as my sister Elizabeth dothe accomplish the age of xxy years for the payment whereof I do ?? ?? unto my father in an obligation of one hundred and fiftie poundes. Item to my said father xx? marks for the paiment whereof he hath a bill of my hande Item to Philipp Hannay(?) one of my old ??? twentie and two pounds for the payment whereof I stand bound to the said P Hannay(?) in an obligation of thirtie(?) pounds ?? all the debte I do owe in the wholle world. Item I give to ?? of my younger brother yerely untill the saide James Mordaunt doth accomplish the Age of xxi years old and to ?? of my sisters xpd.(?) yerely Item I give and bequethe to my sister Anne tenne pounds on and ?? the xxy yerely to be payed unto her at the feast of Saynt Michaell nexte after my death at ?? feast(?) I will my saide Brothers and Sisters ?? ?? to be first payed and so ?? at ?? of my ??. Item I give to ?? of of my ?? ?? to be payed to them in ?? following that is to any of theym at the feast of the byrthe of our lorde next after my death xx(?) and the residue at the same feast in the year next following All the residue of my goodes I give unto my said brother Robert Mordaunt whome I ordeyne and make my sole executor and master Banaster of Middle Temple the ?? of this my last will and testamente to whome I give for his labo ?? ?? In witnesse whereof to this my testment and last will I have subscribed my name and sette my seale the day and yere above wrytten By me
John Mordaunt
Proved: 1559

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Robert Mordaunt, Hempsted, 1559

In the name of god Amen, The fufteenth day of January in the yeare of our Lord God one Thousand fyve hundred sixtie nyne and in the Tenthfe yeare of our Soveraigne Ladye Queene Elizabeth I Robert Mordant of Hempsted ..th in the Countie of Essex Esquire doe make my last will and Testament in manner and forme following First I give and bequeath my soule to God allmightie and my body to be buried in the Channcell in Hempsted in the Southsyde by the high A.ltar that was Item I will that one stone of marble stone be bought price fower pounds I do give to Twentie two poore houshoulde in Hempsted twentie two shillings Item I doe give to the poore in every parrish where I have my landes to every parrish a six Shillings eight pence. Item I do give to every houshould servante as well man servant as well woman servante their quarters' wages over their dueties Item I doe give John Coote(?) three pounde six shillings and eight pence willing further John Mordant to be good to him. Item to haymen and to Bullock every of them Twenty shillings willing my heirs(?) to suffer them quietly to enioy their leases for they have deserved them. Item I doe give Barbara Dixon fower pounde To Elizabeth Haymen three poundes Item I doe give to Barbara Wilkin Twentie poundes To Barbara Crocheworth(?) Twentie markes Item I do give to Barbara my wife trusting Shee will be good to her daughter all my Sheepe that goeth upon the Jaine(?) Ground and the west Ground in Little Massingeh'm Item to her fyve horse with Carte(?) harnesse and one shedd(?) Carte The sayde fyve horse and ?? stable Item to her Twelve of my best mylche beaste on(?) ?? Item to her all such bedding lynnen brasse and pewter as appeareth in one Bill written by the hande of Mr Derricke Clarke Item I will for all the keeping(?) of my plate until that John th'older come to the age of twentie fower years and then the said John th'older to have it except one Salt and one Goblett and six of the best silver spoons and them I give to Barbara my wife except Shee of her good Will will give them to the sayd John th'older Item to the sayde John th'older all my Bookes to remayne as Heyrelooms Item I will my Sheepe pasture named the East pasture in little Massingeh'm and all my lande in the sayd Eastgrounde, which Eastgrounde extends from March Lane to Fainham(?) Gate Eastward and so to greate Massingeh'm and Somerwood with my lease of Harpley for the Terme of six yeares next after my decease with all the Sheepe That goeth of and so upon the said Eastgrounde and Harpley grounds for the Termes of six yeares to the performance of this my last will which is to paye my debts and legacies Item I doe give my Parsonage in Hempsted and all my lands in .anfield for the Terme of six years to the performance of this my Will with my lease of the late Hospitall landes for the said Terme of six years And after the sayd Terme of six years ended I doe give the East Sheepe pasture my lease of Harpley my lease of the Parsonage of Hempsted my lease of the late Hospitall landes my lease of the part of the Lordshipp of ould Sampford with all the Sheepe that goeth of the sayd East grounds and Harpley grounds after the ?? as they ?? nowe with all my lande in Panfielde as mayn nowe occupieth them I doe give after the sayde six yeares to John Mordant Phillipp's eldest sonne Item I do give to Robert Mordaunt of Westburie fortie markes To Harry Mordant Twentie pounde To Edmond Mordant Twentie markes Item I will all my Sheepe at Conham be sould to performances this my Will Item I will all my Cattle in Hempstead except Horse mares and Coltes be soulde to the performance of this my Will The Residue of my goods not before given nor bequeathed my money and Debte except I doe give to John Mordant the elder Phillipps eldest sonne And of this my last Will and Testament I doe make myne Executors Barbara my wife Robert Mordant of Westbury and Henry Mordant my sonne And my will performed and my Debts payed I do give the Overplus that shall come of the revenue of the Cattle with the overplus of the Leases during the said six yeares to the said Robert of Westbury Harry Mordant my sonne And to John Mordant Phillipps eldest sonne The money that I must have of ?? yf the land be not redeemed by John Mordant the older That money I do give to the said John Mordant By me
Robert Mordant
in the p'sence of William Harrison ?? John Lodington Clarke John Mordant John Loote(?) Robert Ratcliffe Henry Williamson John French.

Transcribed by me from a photocopy of the Will which is in the possession of Essex County Records


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Jane Mordaunt, Westbury, 1604

In the Name of God, Amen. The tenth day of January in the yeare of our Lorde god One thousand and six hundred and three ( that would be 1604 in the modern calender) And in the yeare of the Raigne of our Sovereigne Lorde James by the grace of god king of all England France and Ireland defender of the faith ?? the first And of Scotland the seven and thirtithe I Jane Mordaunt of Westbury in the County of Buckingham widow late wife of Robert Mordaunt Esquire deceased being in perfecte minde and good memorie, praised be almightie god, doe ordaine and make this my last will and testament in manner and forme following first I protest from my harte that renouncing all False schismes and heresies I doe firmely and without all doubt hould and believe the ?? faith and every parte and pointe thereof as our mother the holie Catholique church instructed by the promised spirite of thrueth hath taughte and declared And in that faith I most hopefully and joyfully surrender my soule into the mercifull handes of my almightie creator trusting assuredly by the infinite merrits of his deare Sonne Jesus Christ our only redemer and saviour and by his proud(?) bloud soe aboundauntly shed for me to be made a ?? of his everlasting kingdome my earthlie bodye I betake to the earth whereof it is made and to be buried, and to be buried in ?? buryall as my Executor and other my good friendes shall appoint Item I give to the churchwarden of Westbury towards the repair of Westbury church fortie shillinge Item I give to the poore to be distributed the daie of my buriall the Somme of fortie shillinges Item I give and bequeath unto my cozen Lestrange Mordaunte esquire the basin and ewer of silver ?? guilt that I ?? unto my cosen Emanuell Hamonde, And my will further is that the said Basin and ewer shall remain unto the heires of the said Lestrange Item I give unto my cosen Margaret Mordaunte wife of my cosen Lestrange one ringe that sometimes had A Deathes head uppon it, And my best gowne(?) and best ?? a ?? and a ?? Item I give unto Jane Mordaunte my god-daughter my hooped ringe of goulde I give unto Catherine ?yne my pomander and all my linnen. All the rest of my goods chattells and leases unbequeathed I give and bequeath unto Randall ?yne and Catherine ?yne sonne and daughter of my brother Dorfo(/) Tortilian ?yne to be equally devided betweene them after my Executors have paid my debtes legacies and funerall expense The saide legacies bequeathed unto the said Catherine ?yne to be delivered unto her at the daie of her marriage, if she shall marrie with the consent and good liking of her uncle Lestrange Mordaunte and his wife; And if the saide Catherine ?yne shall marrie her self contrarie to the consent and good liking of the said Lestrange Mordaunte and his wife; then my will is that the saide legacies unto her bequeathed shall be voide and shall fullie remaine unto her brother Randell ?yne, And my will is that the legacie before bequeathed unto Randall ?yne sahll be delivered unto him at the full age of twentie yeares, in the meane time the before ?? legacies bequeathed unto the said Randall ?yne and Catherine ?yne shall remaine in the custodie of my executors towardes their education and bringinge up, And my will That if the parsonage of hempsted shall happen to be recovered as part of my chattells then the said Randall ?yne and Catherine ?yne shall give unto every of their sisters twentie nobles in money Item I give my bay mare and foal furlinge(?) uppon her unto my cosen Robert Mordaunt and to his brother Henrie a ringe to the value of twentie shillinges And to his sister Anne Mordaunt a ringe to the like value; Item my will is that if the said Randall ?yne or Catherine ?yne shall depart of this world before their legacies shall be due unto them That then the bequeast of him or her dying sall remaine unto the survivor of them, And if it shall happen that the said Randall and Catherine ?yne to depart this world before their portions shall arrive unto them. Then my will is that their portions shall remain unto the children of my cosen Lestrange And to the othere children of my said brother Dorto, ?? to be equally devided amongst them, Item I doe ordaine ands make Executors of this my last will and testament my well beloved frendes John Niccolls gent and Robert Hopper of Walton Maundyte gent and to this my will ?/ as my truste is in them And I doe give and bequeath unto either of them or their paines taking xxtie (twenty?) mark a peece. In witnes whereof I hereunto sett my hand and seale the day and yeare abovesaide ?? hereunto John Niccolls Robrt. Hopper John Meade, Jacobi Watte ?? Eaton
Jane Mordaunt
Proved: 1604

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Susan Mordaunt, Thundersley, 1622

In the Name of God, Amen. I Susan Mordaunt the late wife of Henry Mordaunt of Thundersley in the County of Essex Esquire deceased being of perfect mynd and memory thanks be given to god almightie therefore not knowing the danger of sicknesse & sodaine death I do make this my last will and testament as following First I bequeath my soule to god my Creator and to Jesus Christ my redeemer through whose merritts I hope to be saved and to the holy ghost my fortifier(?) three persons and one everlasting god and my body I bequeath to the earth from whence it came there to be buried in Christian buriall. And as touching my temporall goods which he in his mercie hath here bestowed upon me I give them in this manner following Imprimis I give unto my eldest Sonn Henry Mordaunt forty shillings to buy him a ring havinng otherwise considered him in my lifetime Item I give unto Barbara Mordaunt his wyfe my Diamond ring ?? I left with her when I came from Thundersley Item I give unto my sonn Ferdinando Mordaunt Forty shillings to buy him a ring having also given him his portion by my lyf tyme Item I give unto my sonne in lawe Thomas Cole of Walden three Angells (An old English gold coin, formerly the Noble, having as its device the archangel Michael standing upon, and piercing the dragon. Its value was 1/3 of a pound) to buy him a ring. Item my will & meaning is that my Sonne Charles Mordaunt shall be sole Executor to this my last will and testament which I acknowledge to be my last revoking all formerly made And my will is that my son Charles Mordaunt shall have the benefit and quiete possession of whatsoever I have unbequeathed either goods chattels and other things whatsoever And that he may securely enjoy it I request and charge all the rest of my children that they go not about to overthrow this my last will and Testament by themselves or any others by their procurement or instigation or disturbe my Executor of what he should possess and enjoye by virtue of this my last will and Testament and if they shall any waye attempt to go about it they shall not onely loose theire legacies by this my last will given them but also what formerly by my life time I have given them and that shall come ?? to my Executor And thus having remembered my other Children by my life tyme I have now also at my death disposed of the remainder and I hope I have discharged the trust reposed in me by my welbeloved and late deceased husband Henry Mordaunt Desiring god almightie of his goodnes to blesse all my children and make them thorough his grave his faithfull servants(?). And in witnes that this is my last will and Testament thereby revoking all other wills and Testaments whatsoever I have put my hand an seale the 29th October Anno Domini 1622
Susan Mordaunt
Sealed and acknowledged in the presence of Andr. Woodes, William Clerke, John Brotherton
Proved: 1623

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George Mordaunt, Felmingham, 1627
Transcribed from "Virginia Gleanings in England. Abstracts of 17th and 18th Century English Wills and Administrations Relating to Virginia and Virginians" republished by Clearfield in 1998

George Mordant of Fellingham (sic), county Norfolk, gent. Will 31 December 1627: proved 2 November 1633. I bequeath my estate into the hands of my friends, my nephew Henrie Mordaunt, Esq., my brother Talbott Pepys Esq., my neighbour Raph Ward of Suffield, gent, and Thomas Utbert of How, gent., whom I make my executors. To Lestrange my eldest son my annuitie of £50, being payment of £500, out of the manor of Winslow in Hempsteed in Essex, I give the same £500 to him at 24, and if he die then to my three younger sons John, Henry and George beside their portions. To Mary my daughter my £50 annuitie and also £500 due to me out of a marsh of my brother Castles being in Thulton Norton and Ravingham at 21. To Robert Mordaunt my second son all my lands in Barton, Beeston Leemes, Beeston Kibballs, Smallborow, Neatshead, and Irested, as I purchased of Clement Poyd, now in occupation of Peter Burton. I give the said and tenement [sic] in Barton to Robert my son at 25, paying out thereof to Nicholas Benwell and Grace his wife till his age of 25, £3 a year to Nicholas and 40s a year to Grace his wife [erased]. If I dont surrender the copyhold lands I hold of the several manors then being molested by Strange his brother, then I will that Lestrange pay to Robert, if he be a hindrence or else not. To John Mordaunt my third son, £300 at 24. To Henry my fourth son all my adventure in Virginia, also £300 at 24. To George my fifth and youngest son £300 at 24. To Lestrange my eldest son two of my best beds, a chest of lynnen by the assignment of my sister Bedingfield, and all the plate as his grandmotther Riches gave him, also my wife's wedding ring. To Mary my daughter my great iron chest with her mother's clothes, with my sugar box that was her grandmother Pleyters which was given to my wife. To George the silver cup Mris. Utber his godmother gave him. To my brother Castle 40s. To my nephew Sir Robert 20s and to his son Charles 20s. To nephew Henry Mordant 40s a year and to his wife my neece a nagg. To my Ladie Reynolds 20s. and to every one of he childen 20s apiece. To my neece Cleere £3. To Mr. Alden of London 20s. To my sister Castle 20s and to my cousin Tallamage 10s and to my neece Frances his daughter 10s. To sister Bedingfield 40s. To godson Edmund Beningfield 20s. To brother Pepys if he be overseer or executor 40s yearly till son Lestrange be 24, and to his son Roger my grandson 20s. To Mr Raphe Ward my neighbour on like conditions 40s yearly as aforesaid. To Mr. Utber likewise 40s yearly on said conditions. To his son Thomas my godson 10s. To Mr. Henry Monting 20s. To George Pilkington my godson 10s. To my mayd servant Mary Hayward 10s yearly. To Edward Turner, Grace Benwell's nephew, 5s yearlie till Lestrange be 21. ([In margin,] "This legacie to Edward Turner I have paid 20s., and discharged upon my will at his departure 19 January 1628") To Robert Payne 10s yearlie till Lestrange be 21. To Mr. Startuy [?Starlin?] if I be there dwelling at my death 10s. To the repairing of the church of Fellingham 6s 8d. To the poor of North Walsham till eldest son be 24, 400 furres out of the close I have in Worsted parish of Mr Rant to be made at my cost. To cousin Thomas Bull of Worsted 10s. To Peter Burton my servant past and now my tenant a cloak and to my godson two weather hogges. To William Merton my servant 10 yearly till Lestrange be 24. To the poor of Barton 5s yearlie until son Robert be 24. I give John Moy his indenture, also 3s. I give Peter Burton his wife 10s that is my tenant at Barton. To the poor at Little Massingham 40s to make a pump at the pond head and to the poor of the parish yearly 5s till eldest son be 24. If I be buried in the chancell of my wife's sepulchre in Heyden, then to that parish 20s.
George Mordaunt
Witnesses: Thomas Bull, Robert Payne, William Starlin
Proved: 1633


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L'Estrange Mordaunt, London, 1639

I L'estrange Mordaunt of London, gent., doe make and ordeyne this my last will and testament in manner and forme following. First I commend my Soule into the hands of Almightie God desiring pardon for all my sinnes and manifold offences hoping to be saved through the meritts of Christ Jesus my onolie Saviour and redeemer humblie praying his precious blood may wash away all my transgressions whereby I may enjoy that happiness to bee ??? of his blessed kingdom which he purchased for mee that whensoever it shall please God to sound the Trumpett of Death I may be prepared with other of his children with the oyle in my Lamp to meete him at his coming either by the Daie of death or Judgmt. And for my temporal estate which God hath sent me here in this world I bequeath it into the hands of my loving brothers John Mordaunt and Henry Mordaunt whome I constitute and ordaine my onolie executors. First I will and bequeath unto my loving Brother Robert Mordaunt and my Sister Mary Sherwood(?) three score pounds to been paid them thirtie Pounds a peece equallie eight months after my death. Secondly I will and bequeath unto my loving brother John Mordaunt one hundred Pounds and twentie Pounds to my Godsonne John ( curiously the transcriber uses a 'modern' script for writing "John" the son and an 'old' script for writing "John" the father) the sonne of my brother John Mordaunt and the said twenty pounds to remaine in the hands of my Brother John Mordaunt untill he come to the age of Twentie and one years: and then to be paid to my Godsonne John Mordaunt with all such advantanges as maybee made thereof. Thirdly my debts being paid and legacies discharged I will that all the rest of my goods chattells Lands, tenements, hereditaments whatsoever shall be equally divided betweene my two other brothers Henry Mordaunt and George Mordaunt within twelve months after my Death. In witnes whereof I the said L'Estange Mordaunt have made this my last will and testament in writing this first daie of Aprill. On this day and yeare first above written
Lestrange Mordaunt
Sealed and delivered in perfect health and memory in the presence of Thomas Clarke, Thomas ???
Proved: 1639

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Frances Mordaunt, Tyringham, 1651

In the Name of God, Amen.
I Frances Mordaunt of Tyringham in the Countie of Bucks being at this time something infirme in bodie but of good and perfect memorie (blessed be God) therefore and by these presents make my last will and testament in manner following And First I bequeath my soule unto the hands of allmightie God my onelie Lord and blessed Saviour hopeing by his death and passion enjoy the ?? ioyes of Heaven Item I give to my deare and loving Father James Mordaunt Esqr. one hundred poundes, which I desire my uncle Will Tyringham Esq. to give unto him (my deare Father) And to my deare uncle Will Tyringham Esq. I doe give all the rest of my money whatever is due to mee, desiring him also to performe what is hereafter expressed in writeing Next I do give unto my deare Aunt Maid Margaret Mordaunt my Ruby Ring and ?? ?? And to my deare Aunt Maid Elizabeth Tyringham my Pearle Necklace and to my dear uncle Mr Lew. Mordaunt a ?? Ring And to my uncle Sir Richard Napier a ?? ??, and to my cozen Mrs Ann Dason five poundes, and to my Cozen Mrs Elizabeth Dason my silver ?? And to my goddaughter Maid Dorothy Shubnall(?) three poundes and to my godson John Broton ten shillings And to my goddaughter Elizabeth ?yder twentie shillings, And to my mayd Jane Thornton thirtie shillings over and above her wages And for my ?? good friend Mrs Eli. James tenn pounnd, And to Tom Frier fortie shillings And for my wearing apparrell I desire my Aunt Mrs Eli. Tyringham maie have the disposeing of it And lastly I desire my deare uncle Will Tyringham Esq whome I make my sole executor of this my last will and testament to see mee decently buried As witnes whereof I sett my hand and seale the twentie fourth of October 1651
Francis Mordaunt
Sealed and delivered in the presence of S. Tyringham Elizabeth ??
Proved: 1651

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Deborah Mordaunt, Over Caldecot, 1653

In the name of God, Amen
This five and twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand six hundred fifty three I Deborah Mordaunt of Over Caldecott inn the parish of Northill in the County of Bedford, Widdowe, being of perfect Remembrance I (?) praise God but weake in Body doe make this my last Will and Testament in form following First I commit(?) my Soule and Body into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping to inherit life everlasting through the merits of my Redeemer Jesus Christ And for my worldly Estate I doe here(?) dispose of it. I give to my brother Lewis Mordaunt the younger, Gent. or his assigns after my decease to be paid unto him twelve pounds of lawful englishe money demanding the same I give to Elizabeth Latham daughter of my sister Elizabeth Latham fifty pounds of lawful englishe money and to Frances(?) Latham daughter of my said sister Elizabeth twenty pounds of lawful englishe money and to ??? Latham sonne of my said sister Elizabeth fifty shillings of lawful english money to be paid to them upon their severall(?) ???? next after my decease. I give to my sister ??? Simpson five pounds of lawful englishe money to be paid within six months next after my decease if shee be then living. I give to George Simpson sonnee of my sister ??? Simpson fifty shillings of lawful englishe money to be paid within six months next after my decease if hee be then living. I give to Anne Olynthe(?) daughter of my sister ??? ??? pounds of lawful english money to be paid within twelve months next after my decease if shee thew said Anne be then living. I give to John Simpson five pounds of lawful english money (being sonne of my sister ???) to be payed him within six months next after my decease if he bee then living. I give to Elizabeth Simpson, daughter of the said ??? five pounds of lawful english money to be paid within ?? months next after my decease if shee the said Elizabeth shall be then living. I give to William Simpson , sonne of the said ??? five pounds of lawful english money to be paid within ?? months next after my decease if hee shall be then living. I give to my sister Anne More(?) five pounds of lawful english money to be paid within twelve months after my decease if shee be then living. I give to my sister Anne More her children twenty shillings a piece of lawful english money to be payed within two years after my Decease for many of them then as shall be living, I give to my brother George ??? ??? shillings of lawful english money to be paid upon Demand ext after my decease. I give to the said George Mordaunts children namely George, Anne, Lewis, Mary and Charles twenty shillings a peece of of lawful english money to be payed within six months next after my Decease. All the rest of my Goods, Chattles whatsoever unbequeasted I give to my sister Elizabeth Latham whome I make sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament giving her ?? charge(?) that shee and shall be careful(?) and diligent and allow unto my Father in Lawe Lewis Mordaunt the older, Esq. during his naturall life all things that shall be needful and necessary for his bodily livelihood(?) and maintenance whatsoever. And likewise that she pay all Debt which I the said Deborah Mordaunt doe owe to any person whatsoever or which my late husband Mr John Mordaunt did owe and that she pay all the Legacies aforesaid and my burial Expenses. Dated thee day and yeare first above written, I the said Deborah Mordaunt doe likewise give unto George Mordaunt my brother in law five pounds to be paid him upon Demand next after my decease. I give to my sister Margaret Rodding five pounds of lawful money to be paid upon Demand next after my decease.
Sealed and ??? in the presence of us as the last Will and Testament of the said Deborah Mordaunt Walter Chappell, Henry Finch
Proved 1653

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Lewis Mordaunt, Belvoir, 1658

In the name of God Amen.
The thirteenth day of Maie One thousand six hundred and fifty and eight, I Lewis Mordaunt of Belvoir in the County of Lincoln, gentl., being weake in body but yett in good and pfect memory praysed be to God for it, doe make and ordeyne this my last will and testament utterly revoking and …… all other former wills and bequests heretofore made by me at any tyme. Item, I commend my soule into the hands of allmighty God my maker, Saviour and redeemer. Secondlie I commend my body to the earth from whereof it was made to be buried in the chancell of Oundle in the County of North’ton according to the …. and consent of George Mordaunt of Caldecott within the parish of Northill in the County of Bedford, gent, and my very loveing Nephew whom I constitute, nominate and appoint to be my true and lawful Executor of this my last will and testament. Item all my debts & funeral charges and expenses being paid by myne Executor, I give and bequeath unto my Nephew, Lewis Mordaunt, gentl., brother unto my nephew George Mordaunt aforementioned the some of three score pounds of lawfull English money to be paid to him the said Lewis when and as soone as he shall atteyne and accomplish the full age of Fowerteen yeares together with the whole profitte and interest of the said three score pounds yearely and every yeare from the day of my death unto the day of his completing the aforesaid full age of Fowerteen yeares. Item I give and bequeath unto my very loveing sister Margarett Readering(?) the now wife of George Readering(?) of Harrow on the hill in the County of Middx., gent.,, the full some of Twenty pounds of lawful English money to be paid to her by myne Executor within six months next after my decease but if it shall happen that she my aforesaid sister shall depart this life before such tyme as aforesaid that then my will is and I doe bequeath all that the aforesaid Twenty pounds to be equally divided and paid to my two Nieces, Mary Mordaunt and Anne Mordaunt the two sisters of my Nephew George Mordaunt my Executor at the tyme aforesaid. Item I give and bequeath to the poore people of Caldecott in the parish of Northill aforesaid the some of Twenty pounds six shillings of Current money and to be paid them within six months next after my decease by myne Executor. Item, all and every my moneye, plate, moveable goods Chattells bonds, bible writeings which are not herein mentioned and disposed of my debts and funerall charges being paid, I give & bequeath wholy to my said Executor forever, In witnes whereof I have sett my hand and Seale to this my last will and testament the day & year first above written
Lewis Mordaunt
This being witnessed Thomas ??, John Lewis, the marke of Ann Greeen
Proved in June 1658

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Margaret Mordaunt, Henwick Hall, 1658
Another difficult Will to read, this one because of its faintness

In the name of God Amen.
The Twentie Second Day of August in the Yeare One Thousand six hundred Fifty Eight I Margarett Mordaunt of Henwick Hall in the Countie of Bedford being sicke in bodie but of good and perfect memorie thanks be to Almighty God and calling to remembrance the ?? ?? of this Transistorie and that all ?? must yoold unto death when it shall please God to call Doe make constitute ordaine and declare this my last will and testament in manner and form following revoking and annulling by these presents all and everie Testament and Testments will and wills heretofore by me made and declared either by word or by writing and this is to be taken onlie for my last will and testament and none other And first being penitent and sorrie from the bottom of my hart for my sinns past most humblie desiring forgiveness for the same I give and committ my Soule unto Almightie God my Saviour and redeemer in whome and by the meritts of Jesus Christ I trust and beleave and assuredly hope for salvation and to have full remission and forgivenes of all my sinns and that my Soule with my bodie att the Generall day of resurrection shall rise again with joy and through the meritts of Christ death and passion possesse and inheritt the Kingdome of Heaven prepared for his Elect and chosen and my bodie to be decently buried in such place as it shall please my Executors hereafter named to appoynte And now for the sorting of my Temporall Estate and such Lands Chattells and ?? ?? hath pleased God far above my ?? to bestowe upon mee I doe order give and dispose the same in manner and forme following that is to say First I will that all those debts and duties as I owe in right and conscience to anie manner of person or persons whatsoever shall be well and trulie ?? and paid or ordained to be paid within convenient tyme after my decease by my Executors heeafter named Item I give and bequeath to my two deare sisters Elizabeth and Anne Mordaunt and to their heires and assignes for ever all that I have in Lands Goods and Chattells and ?? whatsoever that I die possest of or that in anie wise in right Conscience and Justice belong unto mee in whose hands ?? they are to be found nor doubting that those friends of worth whome I have anie waie entrusted with the same will justlie and faythfullie render upp the same unto my said Sisters wherebye They may obtaine theire ?? and be further enabled to paie all my debts and such legacies as I have disposed of by word of mouth and acquainted onlie my well beloved and most trusted Servant Master Daniel Tower(?) whome I have instructed and desired ?? for my deare Sisters everie and all theire ?? to acquint and inform them on all things which I have imparted to him most freindly and favourable ?? of my ?? Executors hereafter named to ?? them putt in full possession and I ?? ?? in whose handssoever is to be found and I doe commend unto my said deare Sisters Elizabeth and Anne Mordaunt the true and right ?? payment of my debts ans such legacies as I have desired my deare Freinds Daniell Tower to informe them of my will they should performe and ?? ?? They will faithfullie performe them nor otherwaies than of ?? who would doe for them if it should please God I should survive them for ?? They and I are all of one minde and will and therefore being confident(?) that I ?/ in them and They in mee I doe give to them and theire heires and assignes or give all whatsoever and doe moreover commend unto them theire nephew and mine John Mordaunt ?? him wholie to theire deare care as held now in mine that according to my ?? ?? may and I know they will see him provided for in such sort as they ?? ?? and see best for both present and future good and that all my ?? and loving servants may be ?? According to theire severall deserts and as I have acquainted and made known to Master Daniell Tower in everie particular and what he delivers unto them as my will I hereby theise presents confirme ratifie and will as the principall part of this my last will and Testament and doe constitute and make by theise presents my Two deare Sisters solie and joyntlie Executrixes of this my last will and Testament and in theire behalfe and till they come over and arrive here and after alsoe for theire aide and assistance I doe make ordaine and appoynte in theire place and for them my noble Cozen Sir Charles Hampton of Northampton in the said Countie of Northampton and my worthie Freinde Master George Orabar(?) the Younger of ?? in the Countie of Bedford and my trustie freind Master Daniell Tower my true and lawfull Executors In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and yeare above written
M. Mordaunt
sealed and signed in the presence or theise undernamed witnesses Henry Goodlady John Mordaunt the marke of Matthew Atkinson M Kempe
Proved in June 1666

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John Mordaunt, Medbourne, 1676

In the name of God, Amen
The sixth and twentieth day of July in the year of Our Lord one thousand six hundred seventy and six, I John Mordaunt of Medbourne in the County of Leic., Esq. being of perfect mynd and memorie, Blessed be God, doe make and ordaine this my last Will and Testamt. in manner and forme following. First I comitt my Soul into the hands of Almighty God, my Creator, and my body I comitt to the Earth from whence it came to be orderly and decently buried, Trusting and believing that through the merits of Jesus Christ my only Lord and Saviour I shall have a joyful Resurrection and be eternally saved; And as for the temporal estate whereoff God hath been pleased to bless mee I dispose of the same as followeth First I give and bequeath to my dear wife Barbara Mordant (sic) whome I make sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament All and singular my Goods, Cattle Chattles, and psonall Estate whatsoever shee observing and paying the severall conditions, gifts, bequests and legacies hereinafter mentioned; first I give and bequeath unto my Aunt St. George a Guirny(?) to buy her a mourning Ring(?). Item I give and bequeath unto my Mother in Law, Mrs Barbara Ludlow five pounds to buy her Cloath for a mourning Garmnt, Item I give and bequeath the summe of five pounds amongst those servants which I shall have at the time of my death to be distributed at the discretion of my said Executrix. I doe alsoe appoint that Elizabeth Bryan who is now in my house ….maintayned by mee shall be so maintayned and provided for during her life at the joynt charges of my said executrix and my sonn Henry Mordaunt who is my Heire at Law, And if hee dyes at the charges of him who shall be the next Heire. And that my said Executrix may be the better encouraged to see my children well educated and provided for I give and bequeath to her and her Heires forever (over and above her jointure already settled by Deed the Five Acres(?) of Meadow I lately purchased of Henry Nevill Esq And I doe appoint her to be Gardian over my said sonn Henry untill hee come to Eighteen years of age: In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale the day and yeare above written;
John Mordaunt
Signed sealed and published in the presence of Wm. Ireland, John Johnson; the mark of Grace Horne.
Proved:1681

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Charles Mordaunt, gentleman - Middle Temple, 1681

In the Name of God Amen I Charles
Mordaunt of the Middle Temple, London Gentleman being of sound and perfect mind and memory blessed be God but weake and sickly in body doe make this my last Will and Testament in writeing in manner and forme following First I bequeath my soule into the hands of my Creator from whom I first received it and my body I leave to the discretion of my Executors herein after named to be buried in such decent and Christian manner as they shall think meete according to my quality my worldly estate I devise as followeth Item I give and devise unto my brother John Mordaunt the summe of One Thousand and Three hundred pounds of lawfull english money to be paid unto him by my Executors herein after named within one yeare next after the end or expiraton of his Apprenticeship and in the meantime until the same shall become payable I devise Forty pounds p annum part of the Incombe or Interest thereof to be disposed of yearly at the best advantage for the use of my said brother John Mordaunt and to be paid him at the time before appointed Item I give and bequeath unto my brother Henry Mordaunt the summe of twenty shillings and to my sister ??? the like summe of Twenty shillings Item I give and devise my several Trunks and Boxes of Linnen to my said brother John Mordaunt hee giving one moiety thereof in three parts to bee divided to my said brother Henry of the value thereof in mony I give and devise unto Sir John Mordaunt of Walton in the County of Warwick Knight and Barront. the summe of One hundred pounds and unto Edward Hobart of Grayes Inn in the County of Middx. Gennt I devise the summe of One hundred pounds and I give unto Samuel Turner of Monolin in the County of Sussex Gent Tenne pounds to buy him mourning Item I give and devise unto Joseph Fletcher of Hendon in the county of Middx Teenne pounds And I doe hereby nominate and ordeine the said Sir John Mordaunt and Edward Hobart Executors of this my last Will and Testament desireing them to see the same duly performed and I give to my Executors Tenne pounds to buy them mourning And I doe hereby revoke all former Wills and doe declare and publish this for my last Will In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seale this second day of December Anno Dni. One Thousand Six hundred and eighty one
Charles Mordaunt
Signed Sealed published and declared as my last Will and Testament in the presence of Dan Sneaton, Phil. Milner William Banyard William Eades
Proved:1682

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John Mordaunt, Hampton Wick, 1687

In the Name of God Amen
I John Mordaunt of Hampton Wick in the county of Middlesex Gent. I so make my last Will and Testament in manner and form following. Imprimis I bequeath my Soul into the hands of Almighty God assuredly trusting to be Saved and inherit everlasting life through his mercies in my dear Redeemer Jesus Christ. And my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named. Item, I do hereby make, constitute and appoint my dear and loving wife Anne Mordaunt full sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of October Anno Domini One Thousand six Hundred and Eighty Seven Anno ??????
Jn Mordaunt
Signed sealed published and declared(?) as the last Will and Testament of the said John Mordaunt after the introduction of the words (Ann Mordaunt) between the seventh and eighth line in the presence of ??? Derbyshire, ??? Fellows, Anne Cooper(?)

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Lewis Mordaunt, Skinner, 1688

In the name of God Amen I Lewis Mordaunt Citizen & Skinner of London being sick & weake in body (but praised be God) of sound & pfect minde & memory doe make & publish & declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following First I commit my soule into the hands of Allmighty God & my Body to the Earth to be decently buried by my Executord hereafter mentioned ?? I give will & bequeath unto my sister Mary Ryder of Elbow Lane London spinster & to my kinsman Lewis Mordaunt of London Bridge Haberdasher of Hatts All ?? my goods chattells rights ?? and Estate whatsoever for the payments and satisfaction of all ?? ?? & sumes of money Debt & ?? whatsoever as I now am or at the time of my Death shall be indebted to ?? the sd Mary Ryder & Lewis Mordaunt & after the payment and satisfaction thereof to the aforesaid Mary Ryder & Lewis Mordaunt the rest of my estate to be Disposed for & ?? payment & Satisfaction of such other Debts & Sumes of money as I doe or shall doe unto any other person or persons together with my funeral charges And I do make ordain & constitute my said sister Mary Ryder and my said kinsman Lewis Mordaunt of London Bridge Haberdasher of Hatts Executors off this my last will and testament And I doe revoke & make void all former wills & testaments by me made And doe appoint this only for my last will and testament In wittness whosoever I have hereunto sett my hand & seale the three & twentieth day of November in the fourth year of the raigne of King James the second over England ?? ?? In 1688
Lewis Mordaunt
Signed sealed published & declared by the sd Lewis Mordaunt the ?? for my last will and testament in the presence of (after the ?? ?? ??) sign Hester Naden(?) Barbarry Booth

Proved: 1688

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Robert Mordaunt, Skinner, 1691

In the Name of God Amen
I Robert Mordaunt Citizen and Skinner of London being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praised bee God for the same Doe make and Declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following vizt. Imprimis that all my Just Debts and funerall charges shall be paid and discharged And I will that my Executor hereinafter named shall lay out on my funerall one hundred pounds. Item, I give and bequeath unto my Cosen Gilbert Ward all my household stuff both linnen and woolen plate pewter brass and iron in and about my now dwelling House in the Little Minories I give him also my Lease of my said dwelling House which I hold which I hold from the Lady Grandison(?) her paying the rent and performing the Covenants in my Lease I give to my Cosen Edward Calthorpe ten pounds. I give to Mrs Frances Skennwood(?) of Elsome in Norfolke fifty pounnds. I give to my Cosen John Wheatley one hundred pounds I give to my Goddaughter Barbarah Mordaunt ten pounds To my two Goddaughters Depates(?) three pounds apeece To my two God daughters Enderbyes(?) three pounds apeece To my Godsonne Hayden six pounds To Mr Edward ?? six pounds To Mr Robert Gale six pounds To the poore of the parish of the Little Minories twelve pounds to be distributed at a Vestry to such of the poore of the said parish as the Churchwardens and my Executor shall think most fitt And I will that my Executor shall at such Vestry lay out twenty shillings on a Collation for the said Vestry men on the day of such distribution I give to my now Mayd servant Mary Kent five pounds All which Legacyes I will shall be paid by my Executor as soone as money can bee conveniently raydes out of my Estate I give to the Company of Skinners London two silver Tankards both together of the value of twenty and seven pounds which I will shall be presented to the said Company and have engraved thereon the Companyes Armes and on the handles thereof R.M. to be Delivered to them at their Court of Assistants Item I give unto my Cosen Elizabeth Sherwood two hundred pounds to bee paid unto her at her day of marryage And my Will is that my Cozen John Wheatley as soone as money is raysed shall place it forth at Interest for her maintenance or keepe it in his owne hands until her Marryage allowing her Interest for the same at five pounds ten shillings per Centum per Annum And in case shee shall happen to die before she attaines her said Marryage then I doe give Eighty pounds thereof to my Cosen Gilbert Ward and Ninety pounds thereof to my Cosen John Wheatley and the other thirty pounds I will shall bee laid out for her funerall charges. Item I give and bequeath unto my Cosen John Wheatley his Executors Administrators and Assigns. All that my Messuages or Tenements with the Appurtenancees and all my estate title Interest and terme of years therein called the sign of the Crowne situate in Cornhill London which I hold from the Company of Skinners London and now or late in the possession of Samuel Shute of his Assigns Hee paying the rent and performing the Covenants in my Lease whereby I hold the same Item I give unto my Cosen Mary the daughter of Gilbert Ward two hundred pounds to bee paid unto her by my said Cosen John Wheatley at her age of one and twenty years or day of marriage which shall first happen out of the Messuage hereby to him given And Interest in the meanetime at the rate of five pounds per Centum per Annum for and towards her maintenance And in case the said Mary Ward shall happen to die before she attaines her said age or marriage then I doe give and bequeath the said Legacy of two hundred pounds as followeth vizt. one hundred pounds thereof unto the said Gilbert Ward her father and the other one hundred pounds therof to my said Cosen John Wheatley Item I will that my Cosen Gilbert Ward shall receive the rents and profits of my three houses in St Mary ?? London holden by two severall Leases from the Company of Skinners London dated the fifteenth day of December 1683 ?? soe long time as hee shall live of the termes of years as shall bee to come therein at the time of my decease hee paying the rents and performing the Covenants in my said Leases. And after his decease I give my said two Leases unto his Daughter Mary Ward shee paying the rents and performing the Covenants in my said Leases on the Lessees part to be performed All the rest residue and remainder of my money goods chattells and Estate Leases Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments whatsoever my debts Legacies and funerall charges being first paid and satisfyed I give and bequeath as followeth vizt. one moiety or half parte thereof unto my said Cosen Gilbert Ward and the other moiety of half parte thereof unto my Cosen John Wheatley And my express will and meaning is that the said Messuages or Tenements Legacyes and summes of money before mentioned to bee hereby given and bequested unto my said Cosen Gilbertt Ward and Mary his Daughter are given and bequeathed to them in mannner aforesaid in the place and ?? of all pretentions and demands which my said Cosens Gilbert and Mary Ward or either of them their or either of their Heirs Executors or Administrators shall or may claime or pretend to have of to or upon all or any parte of the Messauges Lands Tenements or Estate whatsoever whereof or wherein I shall bee seised or possessed at the time of my decease And are upon and under this Condition that if my said Cosens Gilbert and Mary Ward shall not upon request to them made for that purpose release all such right and title as they or either of them shall have or claime to have of in or to my said Messuages Lands Tenements and Estate whatsoever and doe all further Art or Arts for Confirming thereof unto the person of persons I have or shall give and devise the same or if my said Cosens Gilbert and Mary Ward or either of them their or either of their Heirs Executors or Administrators or any other person or persons on their either or any of their behalfes or Accounts or under their title of Interest shall in any sort or in any manner whatsoever or howsoever ?? challenge or demand any estate of title either in Law or Equity to or upon all or any parte of my said Messuages Lands Tenements and estate whatsoever other than what is hereby to them given or shall Interrupt or molest the title or possession of such person or persons to whom I have by this Will or shall otherwise dispose of the said premisses that then and in such case I doe hereby repeale and make void all and every the bequests of the Messuages or Tenements Legacyes and summes of money before by mee by this my Will disposed of to the said Gilbert and Mary Ward or either of them And I do Hereby nominate and appoint my Cosen Edward Calthorpe Overseere of this my Will desiring him to be ayding and assisting to my Executor with his best advice in the due execution of this my Will And I do make and ordaine my said Cosen John Wheatley full and sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I do hereby revoke and make void all former Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made In Witness thereof I the said Robert Mordaunt have to every sheete of this my last Will and Testament being contained in foure sheets of paper set my hand and to the top and last sheet thereof my seale this two and twentieth day of June One Thousand Six Hundred Ninety and One,
Robert Mordaunt
Signed, Sealed, Published, and Declared, by the said Robert Mordaunt to bee his last Will and Testament In the presence of Edward ??, Timothy Delaet, Phillip Rogissar, Henry Collins, Mary Kent, Daniell Starland
Proved: 1691

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Cole Mordaunt, 1708

As to the Estate in Wales left by the William Mordaunt Esq. to me Cole Mordaunt his eldest son and heir apparent I give and bequeath in like manner as the said deliverent to annext(?) That is to say of the value to be sold for provided my brother will attopt(?) of our Third. Otherwise it shall be in the discretion of Sir John Mordaunt Baronet in Warwickshire. 40 pounds of the said estate and 40 pounds out of the said Chattell to my sister Anne. The rest I give to my sister Katherine And all the rest of my Linnen Sheets, Table cloths, Raptious(?) Towells and plate and the Gold Watch. I…itute and appoint this to be my last Will and Testament
Cole Mordaunt
Proved 1708

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George Mordaunt, Northill, 1718

I George Mordaunt off Over Caldicott in the parish of Northill in the county of Bedford … being of perfect health and understanding praise be God do make this to be my last Will and Testament in manner following resigning my soul to Almighty God and my body … to the Earth to be decently buries at the Discretion of my Executor and for my worldly estate I dispose as follows … I give and confirm unto Margaret my wife all such lands and tenements as are now in the occupation of John …. as she is joynture in to hold to her for her life and after her decease then the same and also all other my lands, Tenements and hereditaments whatsoever as I shall …. or have any right unto I give to my Brother John Mordaunt for his life and after his Decease to the heirs of his body lawfully to be begotten and for want of such heirs then to my cousin John Mordaunt of London, vintner son of my Uncle Lewis Mordaunt deceased and to his heir forever. I give to my Daughter, Mary Mordaunt, all my jewels and gold watch at the age of twenty one years or Day of Marriage which shall first happen and the use of them till then I give to my said wife she giving bond to my executor for the safe delivery of them according to this my will and if my said daughter shall dye before her said marriage or one and twenty years of age then I give all my said jewels and gold watch to my brother John and his Executors. I give to my sister Britain five shillings and whereas as I owe money to my father John Mordaunt upon two Bonds and dated 19th day of December 1716 and the other dated 14th day of Sept.1717 and …the household goods that are in my dwelling house belong to my said father the having an inventory dated 16th September 1717 which is signed under my own hand for his taking and carrying them away therefore make him my said father sole executor of this my last Will and Testament that he may first pay himself all that shall be due to him upon the said bonds and all such goods again as are mentioned in the said inventory and after all other my debts funeral charges and legacies are paid then what shall be left of my personal estate I give to my said Brother John and his executors …whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the fourth day of July Anno Domini 1718
George Mordaunt
signed, sealed published and declared by the said George Mordaunt and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of we who in his presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto Joseph King, William …. Sarah Smith
Proved 1721

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Margaret Mordaunt, Beeston, 1720

In the name of God, Amen
I Margaret Mordaunt of Beeston in the county of Bedford being sick in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in the first place I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God hoping through the merits of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ to have full pardon and remission of my sins, My body to be buried in the parish church of ….. in the said county of Bedford near my late dear father as possible in which I order my Executor hereafter named to Expend the sum of forty pounds but not more exclusive of the money hereinafter given for mourning. And as to such worldly goods as it hath pleased God to bless me withal I give devise and bequeath the same as followeth. Whereas by Indenture bearing date the 19th Day of September in the year of our Lord 1616 made between me and my late husband George Mordaunt Gent of the one part and Charles … and James Lyle of the other part all my messuages, Lands, Tenements and hereditaments situated lying and being in the several towns, hamlets parishes fiefs precincts and Territories of Beeston aforesaid and …. And Northill or any pf them or elsewhere in the County of Bedford were vested in the said Charles …. And James Lyle and their assigns for ever to the several purposes therein mentioned and particularly in trust for the sole use and benefit of Mary my daughter by my said husband George Mordaunt and myself and such other children by my late husband And whereas I had no other child my said late husband George Mordaunt but my said daughter Mary and whereas by the said indenture it is provided that in case my said daughter Mary should depart this life without issue of her body lawfully begotten and that I should have no other issue by my said late husband George Mordaunt that after the decease of my said late husband and after my decease the said Charles Higgs and James Lyle and the survivor of them and the heirs of such survivors shall convey all and singular the lands and premises before mentioned unto such person or persons and for such estate and estates as I by my last Will and Testament in writing should at any time or times direct and appoint whether sole or married attested by two or more credible witnesses and for want of such direction and appointment then to William Allston my nephew and son of my sister Elizabeth Alston by William Alston her late husband Now(?) I the said Margaret Mordaunt do hereby ratify and confirm all and singular the lands and premises in the said verified Indenture mentioned unto my said daughter Mary and her heirs forever and do hereby direct and appoint them the said Charles Higgs and James Lyle and the survivor of them and the heirs of such survivors to … and assure the same to my said daughter Mary and her heirs forever And my Will and mind further is that my Executor and Guardian to my said daughter Nary hereinafter named so and shall out of thee rents issues and profits of my said lands and tenements lay out and expend yearly and every year in the maintenance and education of my said daughter Mary who is my only child the sum of three score pounds until my said daughter Mary shall attain her age of fourteen years and after her attainment of the age of fourteen years lay out and expend yearly and every year in the maintenance and education of my said daughter Mary the sum of four score pounds until she attain her age of one and twenty years. And my Will and Mind is that at my said daughter Mary’s attainment of her said age twenty and one years the inheritance of the said lands and tenements be conveyed to my said daughter Mary and not before And my Will and Mind further is that my said daughter ‘s Guardian hereinafter named shall and may pay out of the rents and profits of my said lands and tenements yearly and every year until my said daughter shall attain her said age one and twenty years the sum of ten pounds to such person or persons as hw his executors or administrators shall think fit for thee managing and … the rents of the said lands and premises and other lands of forty five pounds per annum(?) at Over Caldicot in the said county of Bedford settled on her by her said late father. But in case my daughter Mary shall happen to depart this life without leaving issue of her body or in case she leave issue and all such issue dye under the age of one and twenty years without issue Then my will and mind is and I hereby give and bequeath all my said lands and tenements and hereditaments unto my said nephew William Alston of my said sister Elizabeth Alston by her late husband William Alston and the heirs and assigns off my said nephew William Alston for ever. But in case the said yearly sum of ten pounds hereby ordered to be paid for the management and …. the before mentioned rents during my said daughter’s minority shall not be allowed by such person or persons as shall or may be entitled to the personal estate of my said daughter Mary Then and in such a case I do hereby direct and appoint the said Charles Higgs and James Lyle and the survivor of them and the heirs of such survivor out of the first rents and profits of my said lands and premises that shall be received after my said daughters daughter’s decease to pay unto my said daughter’s guardian hereinafter mentioned his executors or administrators the sum of ten pounds for every year that my said daughter shall live after my decease and not be of the age of one and twenty years and I do hereby charge the said lands and tenements with the payment thereof before the devise to my said nephew William Alston take effect. Then I give and devise to my friend Mrs George Wakemouth(?) the sum of ten pounds and to Elizabeth Potter my late servant maid the sum of ten pounds and to my … sister Elizabeth Alston and her present husband …. John Alston the sum of to buy them and my said nephew William mourning clothes and to my brother in law Charles Higgs and his Wife twenty pound to buy them mourning. Then all the rest and residue of my personal estate after my debts paid and funeral and legacies discharges I give to the said Charles Higgs, his executors and administrators upon trust to put the same out at interest upon the best security that can be had and pay the same with interest and proceeds thereof to my said daughter Mary after her age of one and twenty but in case the same or any part thereof shall happen to be lost the same to be the loss of the said Mary unless by the wilful default of the said Charles Higgs or his executors . But in case my said daughter Mary shall part this life before she attain her said age of one and twenty years I give and devise the said residue of my personal estate with the interest and improvement thereof unto the said Charles Higgs his executors and administrators then all the rest and residue of my lands and tenements and hereditaments whatsoever in the Kingdom of great Britain I give to my said daughter Mary and her heirs forever and I hereby make the said Charles Higgs sole executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made and do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament and do hereby appoint the said Charles Higgs guardian to my said daughter Mary in testimony whereof I have to each sheet of this my last Will and Testament contained in two sheets of paper set my hand and seal this twenty third day of February Anno Domini 1720
Margaret Mordaunt

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Butler Mordaunt, 1716

In the Name of God, Amen
The twentieth day of August in the year of Our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Sixteen I Butler Mordaunt being of sound disposing of mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament . First I recommend my Soul into the hands of God who gave it my body I commit to the Earth to receive decent burial and as for all such worldly goods and Estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with and which at the time of my decease I shall be possessed of or which of right belongs to me my debts and Funeral charges First being paid and Satisfied I give devise bequeath and dispose of the same in manner and form Following that is to say Item I give all my Estate whether real(?) or personal of what nature kind or quality the same may be I give devise and bequeath to Elizabeth Mordaunt my dearly beloved Wife whom I make sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament and do hereby revoke all former Wills and do declare this and none other to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written
Butler Mordaunt
Signed Sealed published and declared by the Testator to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us Witnesses who have hereunto subscribed our names in the Testators presence Priscilla Davy, Priscilla Hastings, Peter ???
Proved 1721

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Sir John Mordaunt, Baronet, 1714

Page 1
In the Name of God Amen

I Sr. John Mordaunt of Walton in the County of Warwick, Baron, Doe make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) Imprimis I doe hereby
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Ratifie and confirm the Settlement or Indenture of six parts made before my Marriage with Dame Penelope Mordaunt my now Wife And Whereas in and by the said Indenture or Settlement of six parts which bears the date the thirteenth day of June in the sixth year of the Reign of our late Sovereign Lord King William the Third over England of and in the year of our Lord One thousand and six hundred ninety and five made or mentioned to be made between myself of the first part Robert Walpoole of Houghton next Harpeley in the County of Norfolk Esquire Thomas Dodd of the City of Chester, Gentleman, of the second part Thomas Warburton of Winnington in the County Palatine of Chester, Esquire, and Reignold (sic) Calthorpe of Chetham in the County of Southampton, Esquire, of the third part, Cerill Warburton of Waddon in the County of Surrey, Esquire, and Willam Cobb of Adderbury in the County of Oxon., Esquire, of the fourth part, Thomas Cholmondesly of Sale Royall in the said County of Chester, Esquire, and Martinn Folfes of Grayes Inne in the County of Middlesex, Esq. of the Fifth part and my said now Wife Dame Penelope Mordaunt by the name of Penelope Warburton, daughter of Sir George Warburton late of Arley in the said County Palatine of Chester, Baronet deceased and Sister of the said Thomas and Cerill Warburton of the sixth part there is amongst diverse other things therein contained a certain provisoe to the effect following (viz.) that in case I should have a son of the Body of the said Penelope Warburton my then intended Wife begotten or that the said Penelope Warburton at the time off my decease should be ensient (pregnant - OED) with a Son by me begotten which should afterwards be born alive and one or more younger Child or Children on her body begotten whether Son or Daughter or that the said Penelope at the time of my Decease should be ensient or with Child with one or more Younger or other Child or Children by me begotten which should be afterwards born alive That then and in such case it should and might be lawful to and for me the said Sr. John Mordaunt by any Deed of Writing under my hand and seale Testified by two or more reliable Witnessses or by my last Will and Testament in Writing to be so testified as aforesaid to charge all and singular the Mannors (word erased) Lordships and premisses before in the Indenture mentioned to be thereby granted and conveyed every or any part thereof with such Sums of money for the portions of such younger or other Child and Children as thereinafter are mentioned (that is to say) In case there shall be but one such younger or other Child and no more than with the Sum of Three Thousand pounds of good English money for the portion of such younger or other Child and in case there shall be two or more such Younger of other Children then with the sum of four Thousand pounds of like money for the portion of all such Younger and other Children to be paid to her and them at such times and in such parts, shares and proportions as I the said Sr. John Mordaunt in and by such Deed or Deeds, Writing or Wishings or Will should for that purpose limit and appoint and in default thereof In case there should be more younger or other Children than one equally amongst them share and share alike and also that it should and might be lawfull to and for me the said Sr. John Mordaunt by such Deed or Deeds, Writing or Will as aforesaid to charge the said Mannors and premisses with such yearly Sum and
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Sums of money for the maintenance and education of such Younger and other Child and Children untill their respective portion or portions should grow due as thereinafter is mentioned (that is to say ) in case there should be but one such Younger or other Child and noe more then with any Sum of money not exceeding sixty pounds a year for his or her maintenance and education And in case there should be two or more such Younger of other Children then with any Sum not exceeding One hundred pounds a year for the maintenance and Education of all such Younger and other Children to be paid to her and them in such proportions and such times and places and in such manner as I the said Sr.John Mordaunt in such Deed or Deeds, Writing or Will should appoint and in default thereof if there shall be more younger of other Children than one equally amongst them share and share alike and that it should and might be also lawfull to and for me the said Sr. John Mordaunt by such Deed, Deeds, Writing or Will as aforesaid to limitt and appoint any term or terms of years that I the said Sr. John Mordaunt shall think fitt of and in the said Mannors, Farms, Lands and premisses or any part or parts thereof to any person or persons In Trust for the raising and paying the said portions and yearly maintenance to and for such younger and other Child or Children as aforesaid mentioned soe as and always provided that the said Sum and Sums of money to be charged and raised for the portions and maintenances of such Younger or other Child or Children as aforesaidd or the term and terms of years to be limitted and appointed for the raising thereof do not in any manner effect charge fake place or rommoure upon the said Mannors andd premises in teh County of Warwick untill after the Decease of the said Dame Penelope my said Wife anything before the said Indenture of six parts contained to the contrary Notwithstanding as by the same Indenture of six parts more fully and at large may appear And whereas afterwards the said Marriage Between me and the said Penelope Warburton took effect And I now have Issue living by the said Penelope my said Wife two sons and two daughters (viz.) Charles Mordaunt my eldest Son and John Mordaunt my Younger Son and Penelope my eldest daughter now the Wife of Joseph Herne, Esq, and Katherine Mordaunt my Youngest daughter And whereas in pusuance of the said provisoe or power and of a Decree made in the High Court of Chancery hearing the sixteenth day of November last past in a Cause wherein I the said Sr. John Mordaunt was plaintiff and the said Charles Mordaunt and John Mordaunt my said Sons Infants were Defendants I the said Sr. John Mordaunt by Indenture bearing date the fourth day of December last past made or mentioned to be made betweeen me the said Sr. John Mordaunt of the one part and Richard Minshall of the Inner Temple, London, Esq. and William Peere Williams of Grayes Inn in the County of Middlesex Esq. surviving Executors in Trust of the last Will and Testament of Sir George Hutchins (With thanks to a correspondent, Jennifer, for deciphering the name for me), Knight Sergeant at Law, Deceased of the other part have Mortgaged the Mannors, Messuages, Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments with their rights members and appurtenages in the County of Norfolk uto the said Richard Minshall and William Peere Williams their Executors Administrators and Assigns for the term of One Thousand years for securing the fine payment of the Sum of Two Thousand One hundred pounds principall money and interest in such manner
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and at such days and times as the same Indenture of Mortgage is for that purpose mentioned and expressed Two Thousand pounds of which said sum of Two Thousand One hundred pounds was soe raised and paid by me the said Sr. John Mordaunt to the said Joseph Herne for and as part of the portion of fortune of the said Penelope Herne my said Daughter upon her Marriage with the said Joseph Herne And Whereas by another Indenture of Settlement of six parts bearing date the fifteenth day of October last past made before the marriage of my said Daughter Penelope with the said Joseph Herne I have covenanted with the said Joseph Herne That is case one of the Children of me the said Sr. John Mordaunt other than my said Daughter Penelope should happen to die before his or her age of one and Twenty years or day of Marriage Then and in such case the heirs Executors or Administratorsof me the said Sr. John Mordaunt shall well and truly pay or cause to be paid unto the said Joseph Herne his Executors Administrators or Assigns the Sum of One Thousand pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain within such time or with or without Interest as the same shall happen to become payable according to the contingencies following (viz) if any one of the Children of me the said Sr. John Mordaunt should dye under the said age of One and twenty years and unmarried in my lifetime then and in such case the said Sum of One Thousand pounds should be paid within six Calender Months next after the death of me the said Sr. John Mordaunt without Interest And in case no one of the said Children of me the said Sr. John Mordaunt shall dye in my lifetime under the said age of one and twenty years and unmarried and one and the same Children shall happen to die under the same age and unmarried after the death of me the said Sr. John Mordaunt then and in such case the said Sum of One thousannd pounds should be paid within Twelve Calender months next after the death of such Child soe dying with interest thereof to be computed from the time of his or her death till such payment after the rate of three pounds per Centum per Annnum Now I the said Sr. John Mordaunt in pursuance of the said rerifed(?) provisoe and the power and authority thereby to use given and reserved and by virtue of all and every power and powers enablinng me hereunto doe hereby charge all the said Mannors or Lordships Capitall Messuages and other Messuages, Farms, Lands, Tenements ans all and singular other the hereditaments situated lyinng and being in the said Countys of Warwick and Norfolke or in either of them and every part and parcell of them with the raising and payment of thee further Sum of Two Thousand pounds part of the saidd Sum of Four thousand pounds in the said Indenture of Martgages also hereinbefore mentioned and also I doe hereby charge all the said Mañors or Lordships and premisses with the raising and payment of such yearly maintenances to my younger Children To such Child or Children person and persons use and uses intents and purposes and in such manner and form parts and proportions and at such time and places as hereinafter are and is expressed limitted declared and appointed for that purpose subject nevertheless to the Rentcharge of Five hundred pounds per Annum during the life of my said Wife, Dame Penelope Mordaunt settled on her for her Joynture and the Remedys for the same after my decease on the said Mannors and premisses in the County of Warwick and of the terme of
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Ninety Nine years created in and raised in and by my said Marriage Settlement and of the said Mortgage or Terme of one Thousand years hereinbefore mentioned made by the said Deed bearing date the fourth day of December last past and for the better impowering and enabling my Trustees hereinafter for that purpose named to rasie and pay the said further Sum of two Thousand pounds part of the said Sum or four thousand pounds in the said provisoe mentioned and maintenances aforesaid and in further pursuance of the said power reserved and given to me the said Sr. John Mordaunt in and by the said provisoe contained in my said Marriage Settlement and by virtuee of all and every power and powers enabling me hereunto I the said Sr. John Mordaunt doee hereby limitt and appoint give and devise All my Mannors Capitall Messuages and other Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditamts. with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances whatsoever and wheresoever they be within the said Counties of Warwick and Norfolk and of either of them and such estate and interest That I now have or hereafter shall or may have in the same or any of them and every or any part or parcell thereof and of every of them by virtue or means of my said Indenture of Marriage Settlement of six parts or the power therein contained herein before mentioned subject and lyable as aforesaid unto the Honourable Roger North of Rougham in the County of Norfolk Esqr. Sr. Nicholas Lestrange of Hunstanton in the said County of Norfolk Baronet and Hugh Clopton of Stratford upon Avon in the County of Warwick Esqr. their Executors Administrators Assignss (that is to say) the said Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances in the said County of Norfolk for the term of Eleven hundred years from and immediately after my decease and the said Mannnors Messuages Lands Tenements and Hereditaments with their rights members and appurtenances in the said County of Warwick unto the said Roger North Sr. Nicholas Lestrange andd Hugh Clopton their Executors Administrators and Assigns for the Terme of Eleven hundred years from and immediately after mine and my said wifes Dame Penelope Mordaunts decease In Trust nevertheless as to both the said Terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years and to the intent and purposes that they the said Roger North Sr. Nicholas Lestrange and Hugh Clopton and the Survivors and Survivor or them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor shall by and out of the rents Issues and profits of the said Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premises with their rights members and appurtencances and every of them and every part and parcell thereof or by the Mortgage or Mortgages of by Sale or Sales of the said Mannors Lordships and premisses and several Terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years or either of them or any part of parts thereof or either of them raise all such Sum and Sums of money Legacys portions and maintenances and pay the same to such Child or Children person and persons use and uses intents and purposes and in such parts and proportions and at such times and places manner and forme and under such provisoes and Conditions as are and is hereinafter expressed limitted directed and appointed for that purpose And Whereas in and
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and by the said Indenture of six parts made before my Marriage with the said Dame Penelope my said Wife the said severall Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premises in the said County of Warwick subject to the said Rentcharge of Five hundred pounds per Annum during the life of the said Dame Penelope and the remedys for the same (in case she shall happen to survive me me) and the said mannors and all the other premises in the said Countys of Norfolk and Warwick subject and lyable to the severall termes for years provisoes and powers therein mentioned are limitted after my Decease to the first and every other Son of my Body lawfully begotten on the Body of the said Dame Penelope Mordaunt my said Wife and the Heirs male of their Bodys respectively and in default of such Issue to my own right heirs Now in case of failure of failure of Issue male of my Body as aforesaid I give and devise the said Mannors Lordships Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances and every of them and every part and parcell thereof in the said severall Countys of Warwick and Norfolk so subject and lyable as aforesaid and subject and lyable to the said severall terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years unto Hamond Lestrange Son and Heir Apparent of the said Sr Nicholas Lestrange Job Hanmer of Lincolns Inn in the County of Middx. Esqr. and Robert Harvey Son and Heir Apparent of Robert Harvey of ??? in the said County of Warwick Esqr. their Executors Administrators and Assigns To have and To hold the said Mannors Lordships Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their rights members and appurtenances in the said County of Norfolke soe subject and lyable as aforesaid unto the said Hamond Lestrange Job Hanmer and Robert Harvey the Younger their Executors Administrators and Assigns from and immediately after my decease for the term of Twelve hundred years And To have and To hold the said Mannors Lordships Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments premises with their rights members and appurtenances in the said County of Warwick so subject and lyable as aforesaid unto the said Hamond Lestrange Job Hammer and Robert Harvey Junior their Executors Administrators and Assigns from and immediately after mine and my said Wifes Dame Penelope Mordaunts decease for the terme of Twelve hundred years In Trust neverthelessas to both the said Terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years and to the intent and purpose that they the said Hamond Lestrange Job Hanmer and Robert Harvey Junior their Executors Administrators and such Survivor shall by and out of the Rents Issues and profits of the said Mannors Lordships Messuages Lordships Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their rights members and appurtenances and every of them and every part and parcell of them or by Mortgage or Mortgages or by Sale or Sales of the said Mannors Lordships and premisses and severall Terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years or either of them or any part or parts thereof raise all such Sum and Sums of money and Legacies and pay the same to such person or persons and at such times places manner and form and to such uses intents and purposes as are and is hereinafter given directed expressed limitted and appointed for that purpose and from and after the end expiration surrender or other determination of the said severall estates term and terms for years aforesd.
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In case of failure of Issue Male of my Body lawfully begotten or to be begotten then I give and devise the said Manors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their rights members and appurtenance and every part and parcell thereof in the said severall Countys of Warwick and Norfolke so subject and lyable as aforesaid To the use and behoofe (use, benefit, advantage O.E.D.) of my Kinsman John Lewis Mordaunt for and during the terme of his Naturall life and from and immediately after the end and determination of that estate then To the use and behoofe of Hugh Brown of Bridgetown near Stratford in the said County of Warwick Esqr. and William Colemer Esqr. Son and Heir apparent of William Colemer of Warwick in the County of Warwick Esqr. and their Heirs and Assigns for and during the naturall life of the said John Lewis Mordaunt Upon trust only to support and preserve the Contingent uses and estates therof hereinafter devised mentioned and limitted from being defeated and destroyed and to make Entrys as there shall be Occasion but nevertheless to permit and suffer the said John Lewis Mordaunt to receive and take the rents Issues and profits of the said Mannors and all the other premises to his own use and from and after the death of the said John Lewis Mordaunt then To the use and behoofe of the first Son of the Body of the said John Lewis Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten and of the Heirs Males of the Body of such first Son lawfully issuing and for default of such Issue Then To the use and behoofe of the second Son of the Body of the said John Lewis Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten and of the Heirs Males of the Body of such second Son lawfully issuing and for default of such Issue Then To the use and behoofe of the Third Son of the Body of the said John Lewis Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten and of the Heirs Males of the Body of such Third Son lawfully issuing and for default of such Issue Then To the use and behoofe of the Fourth Fifth Sith Seventh Eighth Ninth Tenth and all and every other Son and Sons of the Body of him the said John Lewis Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten severally and successively one after another as they and every of them shall be in Seniority of age and priority of Birth and the several and respective Heirs males of their severall and respective Bodys lawfully issuing the Elder of such Son and Sons and the Heirs Male of his Body being always preferred and to take before the Younger of the said Sons and the Heirs Male of his Body .....( here there is a line and a half blank in the transcript)..... and for default of such Issue then I give and devise the same Mannors and all other the premisses to the use and behoofe of Thomas Mordaunt Son and Heir of William Mordaunt heretofore of Scovistowen in the County of Pembroke and afterwards of Thorne in the County of Devon Esqr. deceased for and during the terme of his naturall life and from and after the determination of that estate then I give and devise the same Mannors and premisses To the use and behoofe of the said Hugh Brown and William Colmer Junior and their heirs for and during the life of him the said Thomas Mordaunt Upon Trust only to support and preserve the contingent uses estates and remainders hereinafter given and devised from being defeated and destroyed and to make Entrys as there shall be Occasion but Nevertheless to permitt and suffer the said Thomas Mordaunt to receive and take to his own use the rents Issues and profits of the said Mannors and all

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other the premisses and from and immediately after the decease of the said Thomas Mordaunt then I give and devise the same Mannors and premisses To the use and behoofe of the first Son of the Body of him the said Thomas Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten and of the Heirs Males of the Body of such first Son lawfully Issuing and for default of such Issue then to the second third fourth fifth sixth and seventh and all and every other Son and Sons of the Body of him the said Thomas Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten severally and successively one after another as they and every of them shall be in priority of Birth and Seniority of age and the several and respective Heirs Males of the Body of each and every such Son and Sons lawfully issuing the Elder of such Son and Sons and the Heirs Male of his Body lawfully issuing being always to take and be preferred before the Younger of such Sons and the Heirs Male of his Body lawfully issuing and for default of such Issue then I give and devise the said Mannors and all other the premisses To the use and behoofe of Boteler Mordaunt another of the Sons of the said William Mordaunt deceased for and during the terme of his life of him the said Boteler Mordaunt and from and after the determination of that Estate Then to the use and behoofe of the said Hugh Brown and William Colemer Junior and their heirs for and during the life of him the said Boteler Mordaunt Upon Trust only to support and preserve the contingent uses estates and Remainders hereinafter given and devised from being defeated and destroyed and to make Entrys as there shall be occasion But nevertheless to permitt and suffer the said Boteler Mordaunt to receive and take to his own use the Rents Issues and profits of the same Mannors and premisses and from and after the decease of the said Boteler Mordaunt Then To the use and behoofe of the first Son of the Body of the said Boteler Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten and of the Heirs Males of the Body of such first Son lawfully issuing and for default of such Issue Then to the second third fourth fifth sixth and seventh and all and every other the Son and Sons of the Body of him the said Boteler Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten severally and successively one after another as they and every of them shall be in priority of Birth and Seniority of age and of the several and respective Heirs Males of the Body of each and every such Son and Sons lawfully issuing the Elder of such Son and Sons and the heirs Male of his Body lawfully Issuing being always to take and be preferred before the Younger of such Sons and the Heirs Male of his Body lawfully issuing And for default of such Issue then I give and devise the said Mannors and all other the premisses To the use and behoofe of Osmond Mordaunt another of the Sons of the said William Mordaunt deceased for and during the Terme of his naturall life and from and after the determination of that Estate Then to the use and behoofe of the said Hugh Brown and William Colemer Junior and their heirs for and during the life of him the said Osmond Mordaunt Upon Trust only to support and preserve the Contingent uses and Remainders hereinafter given and devised from being defeated and destroyed and to make Entrys as there shall be occasion but nevertheless to permitt and suffer the said Osmond Mordaunt to receive and take to his own use the rents issues and profits of the same Mannors and all other the premisses and from and after his decease Then I give and devise the the same Mannors and premisses To the first Son of the Body of him the said Osmond Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten and of the Heirs Males of the Body of such first Son lawfully issuing and for default of such Issue Then to the second third fourth fifth
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sixth and seventh and all and every other Son and Sons of the Body of him the said Osmond Mordaunt lawfully begotten or to be begotten severally and successively one after another as they and every of them shall be in priority of Birth and Seniority of age and of the several and respective Heirs Males of each and every such Son and Sons lawfully issuing the Elder of such Son and Sons and the heirs Male of his Body lawfully issuing being always preferred and to take before the Younger of them and the Heirs Male of his Body lawfully issuing and for default of such Issue then I give and devise the said Mannors and all other the premisses To the use and behoofe of Henry Mordaunt Son and Heir of Lestrange Mordaunt late of Congham in the County of Norfolke Esqr. deceased and the Heirs Male of his boddy lawfully begotten and for default of such Issue to my own right Heirs for eever provided always that it shall and may be lawfull to and for any person or persons who shall be Tenants of the Freehold in possession in estate or Trust by virtue of the limitaions before mentioned to Demise or Lease the premisses or any part thereof for any time or term of years not exceeding the term of One and Twenty years in possession and not in Reversion reserving thereupon the Antient Rent or the best Rent which may reasonably be procured for the same without any Fine and the said Rent and Rents so reserved after the Deceases of the said Tenant or Tenants of the Freehold shall be paid and payable to the severall persons in remainder accordinng to the limitations aforesaid provided also that it shall and may be lawfull to and for such Tenant and Tenants of the Freehold as aforesaid Excepting(?) only the said Trustees to support conting(?) out remainders to make a Jointure of any part of the premises unto any Woman which he or they shall hereafter marry the said Joynture not exceeding one third part of the whole whereof he or they have or ought to have the Freehold And in Case it shall soe happen that any of them the said John Lewis Mordaunt Thomas Mordaunt Boteler Mordaunt and Osmond Mordaunt shall dye leaving one or more Child or Children ensient in Deutre(?) samere(?) Then To the intent that the Settlemennt of my Estate as aforesaid may in no part be disturbed or disappointed thereby It is my Will and meaning that in every such Casehappening as aforesaid they the said Hugh Brown and William Colemer Junior and their heirs shall hold the premises limitted in Succession as aforesaid from the respective deaths of the persons in that behalfe above named and every of them during as aforesaid untill the Birth of such Child or Children respectively In Trust nevertheless for the next Successor and if such Child or Children prove a Son or Sons Then it is my Will that such afterborne Son or Sons and the Heirs Male of his or their Body and Bodys respectively and every of them shall have and take all and singular the said premisses by me settled as aforesaid in lilikee Succeession Order and priority of age and Birth as if he or she had been borne in the lifetime of his and their respective father And in case there shall be no such Ensients as aforesaid or in default of such afterborn Son or Sons and of the heirs Male of his and their Body and Bodys respectively as aforesaid then it iss my Will that the severall limitations remainders and estates of and in the said settle Mannors and premisses before limitted shall stand and take place in such order manner and forme as hereinbefore in that behalfe are and is limitted and expressed And as to or touching and concerning
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the said severall terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years and the moneys thereby and by this my Will intended to be raised by the said Roger North Nicholas Lestrange and Hugh Clopton and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor I doe hereby Will limit and appoinnt that my said Trustees of the said severall terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor shall raise the Sum of Two Thousand pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain as they may or can by virtue of my said Indenture of Settlement of six parts and the said Terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years and this my said Will and the powers thereby and hereby to them given and pay the same and every part thereof unto my Daughter Katherine Mordaunt and my Youngest Son John Mordaunt (that is to say) the Sum of One thousand pounds part thereof unto my said Daughter Katherine Mordaunt and the Sum of One thousand pounds more residue of the said sum of Two Thousand pounds unto my said Youngest Son John Mordaunt and both the said Legacies of One thousand pounds and One thousand pounds to be paid to them my said Children Katherine Mordaunt and John Mordaunt at their respective ages of One and twenty years or respective days of Marriage which shall first happen And I doe hereby also further Will give and appoint that until the said severall Legacies of One Thousand pounds and One Thousand pounds shall become due and payable to them my said Daughter Katherine Mordaunt and my said Son John Mordaunt as aforesaid That my said Daughter Katherine Mordaunt and my said Son John Mordaunt shall have and receive of and be paid by my said Trustees of the said severall terms of Eleven hundred years andd Eleven hundred years and of the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor by the means and virtue of the said Trust for and towards their maintenances and education the yearly sum of One hundred pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain that is to say my said Daughter Katherine Mordaunt shall have receive and be paid thereout for and towards her maintenance and education the Sum of Fifty pounds and my said Son John Mordaunt the like Sum of Fifty pounds per Annum which said Annual Sums or maintenances or educations as aforesaid shall be paid to each of them respectively at the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Michael the Archangel in every year by even and equal portions free from all manner of Taxes charges and assessments whatsoever by Authority of Parliament or otherwise howsoever the first payment thereof to begin and be made at such of the said Feasts as shall first and next happen after my decease And if it shall happen that my oldest Son Charles Mordaunt or my Younger Son John Mordaunt or my Daughter Katherine Mordaunrt shall dye before the age of One and Twenty years or day of Marriage whereby the said sum of One Thousand pounds by me Covenanted and agreed to be paid to the said Joseph Herne and his Executors Administrators and Assigns as aforesaid shall become due and payable Then and in such case if my said eldest Son Charles Mordaunt shall so happen to dye first then the Legacy or Sum of One Thousand pounds by me to him my
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said Son John Mordaunt given as devised and appointed as aforesaid shall cease and be paid in such case I doe hereby revoke and make void the same and then and in such case of my said son Charles Mordaunt dying first as aforesaid I doe hereby Will Devise direct limitt and appoint the said Sum of One thousand pounds given to my Son John Mordaunt as aforesaid to my said Daughter Penelope Herne in full payment and satisfaction of that part of her portion and fortune by me covenanted and agreeed as aforesaid with the said Joseph Herne his Executors Administrators and Assigns to be paid upon the Contingency of the death of any of my said Children Charles Mordaunt John Mordaunt or Katherine Mordaunt before his or her age of One and twenty years or day of Marriage first happening as aforesaid so as and always provided (and not otherwise) that he the said Joseph Herne Executors Administrats. or Assigns doe and shall fully and absolutely release and discharge my said Covenant touching the payment of the said Sum of One Thousand pounds upon the Contingencys of the deaths of any of my said Children Charles Mordaunt John Mordaunt or Katherine Mordaunt as aforesaid and in case it shall happen that my said Son John Mordaunt or my Daughter Katherine Mordaunt sall dye (my said Son Charles Mordaunt being living) before his or her Legacy or portion shall become due and payable as aforesaid then the Legacy or Sum of One Thousand pounds of him or her so first dying as aforesaid I doe hereby Will devise direct limitt and appoint to my said Daughter Penelope Herne in full payment and satisfaction of that part of her portion or fortune by me covenanted and agreed as aforesaid with the said Joseph Herne his Executors Administrators and Assigns to be paid upon the contingencys of the death of any of my said Children Charles Mordaunt John Mordaunt or Katherine Mordaunt before his or her age of One and Twenty years or day of Marriage first happening as aforesaid so as and always provided as aforesaid (and not otherwise) that the said Joseph Herne his Executors Administrators or Assigns doe and shall fully and absolutely Release and discharge my said Covenant touchinng the payment of the said Sum of One thousand pounds upon the Contingencys of the death of any of my said Children Charles Mordaunt John Mordaunt or Katherine Mordaunt as aforesaid And it is my Will and mind and I doe hereby declare that the sum of One Thousand pounds only and noe more shall be paid as aforesaid by means of the said Devisee or Devises to my said Daughter Penelope Herne And that such interest if any shall be due for the same by means of the said Covenant shall be paid out of my personall estate But if and in case the said Joseph Herne Executors Administrators or Assigns shall refuse to release and discharge my said Covenant as aforesaid Then I doe hereby revoke the said Legacy Gift or appointment to the said Penelope Herne touching the said Sum of One Thousand pounds as aforesaid And then and in such case I doe give devise limitt and appoint the said Sum of Onee thousand pounds to the Survivor of them my said Children the said John Mordaunt and Katherine Mordaunt and if it shall happen tha tmy said Son John Mordaunt or my said Daughter Katherine Mordaunt shall die before his or her age of One and Twenty years or day of Marriage respectively then and in such case
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the yearly maintenance of Fifty pounds given to him and her as aforesaid soe dying shall go to and be paid by my Trustees and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such survivor of the said terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years in manner as aforesaid unto the Survivor of them the said John Mordaunt and Katherine Mordaunt untill his or her portion shall become due and payable as aforesaid and after payment and satisfaction of the said Legacys portions maintenances Sum and Sums of money aforeesaid and fully answering the said Trusts of the said Terms of Eleven hundred years and Eleven hundred years then to wait upon and attend the Freehold and Inheritance of the said Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premises with their rights members annd appurtenances according to the purport true intent and meaning of the said Indenture of Settlement of six parts made before my Marriage with the said Dame Penelope Mordaunt my now Wife to be assigned or transferred as shall be thought fit and convenient and to or for noe other Trust intent or purpose whatsoever And as to for touching and concerning the said several termes of twelve hundred years and twelve hundred years so by me given and devised as aforesaid to the said Hamond Lestrange Job Hanmer and Robert Harvey Junior and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor of and in the said Mannors and premises in the said Countys of Warwick and Norfolk And the moneys thereby and by this will intended to be raised by my said Trustees of the said several termes of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years (In case I die without Issue Male of my Body) the same are given and devised by me as aforesaid upon the Trustsand to the intents and purposes that they my said Trustees the said Hamond Lestrange Job Hanmer and Robert Harvey Junior and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor shall and doe by all every or any the ways and means aforeesaid raise snswer and pay the Legacys and Sums of money following (vizt.) in case of failure of Issue Male of my Body lawfully begotten as aforesaid I give and bequeath unto my daughter Katherine Mordaunt (over and above the said Legacy of Sum of One thousand pounds and one thousand pounds as the case shall happen and maintenance to her by me given as aforesaid and over and above what she can or may claim or be intitled unto in case of failure of Issue Male of my Body by means of the Setttlement made before my Marriage herein before mentioned the further Sum of Two Thousand pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain which said Legacy or Sum of Two Thousand shall be paid to my said daughter Katherine Mordaunt by my said Trustees and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor of the said severall Termes of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years after age of Eighteen years or day of Marriage first happening Item (in case of failure of Issue Male of my Body lawfully begotten as aforesaid) I doe hereby give and devise unto John Cobb Doctor of Divinity and Warden of New Colledge in the University of Oxford the said Hugh Clopton Henry Coleman Doctor of Divinity and Rector of Harpeley(?) in the said County off Norfolk and Humphrey Whyle of Wellesbourne in the said County of Warwick Clerke and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the heirs and Assigns of such Survivor the sum of One thousand pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain to be John Mordaunt or my said Daughter Katherine Mordaunt shall die before his or her age of One and Twenty years or day of Marriage respectively then and in such case
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to be paid unto the said John Cobb Hugh Clopton Henry Coleman and Humphrey Whyle and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the heirs and Assigns of such Survivor after all and every my Debts money Legacys and Funerall Expenses are answered and paid upon the Trusts and to the intents and purposes following (that is to say) upon Trust that they the said John Cobb Hugh Clopton Henry Coleman and Humphrey Whyle and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the heirs and Assigns of such Survivor doe and shall improve the same Sum of One Thousand pounds and every part thereof by lending the same out at interest of otherwise lawfully disposing and employing the same and every or any part thereof untill a fitting purchase or purchases can or may be found for the same and every part thereof and then to lay out the said Sum of one Thousand pounds in the purchase of Fee Simple lands or rents of Inheritance and not in houses within that part of Great Britain called England and upon the said purchase and purchases or soe soon afterwards as conveniently may be done to convey and settle the same and the whole Fee Simple and inheritance thereof or to take such Conveyance or Conveyances thereof unto or to the use of seven fit persons to be nominated by the said John Cobb Hugh Clopton Henry Coleman and Humphrey Whyle and the Survivors and Survivor of them shall or may be some or one at his or their own Election (that is to say) four persons of the County of Warwick and three persons of the County of Norfolke and their heirs always provided that the said John Cobb altho' not of the County of Warwick or Norfolke be one of the said seven if living at his Election as aforesaid. To the use of them and their heirs uon the following Trusts (vizt.) upon Trust to employ all the yearly rents and profits of the same Estate of Estates soe purchased upon and for the binding out to Apprenticeship in Husbandry or other honest Trades and employments in every year eight poor Fatherless and Motherless Children whereof five to be chosen by the said Trustees for the time being or the Major part of them out of the County of Warwick and three out of the County of Norfolk that were born and at that time resident within the said Countys respectively and in default of such Children of the said Countys of Warwick and Norfolk then for the binding as aforesaid as many more as will make up what shall be deficient under the qualifications as aforesaid that are not Fatherless or Motherless to the number of eight annually of any poor Children of the said Countys of Warwick and Norfolke as aforeasid at the discretions of the said persons for the time being so to be instructed or the major part of them And it is my Will and meaning that the profits and proceed of every sum and Sums of money which shall be raised for and towards the said Sum of One thousand pounds and placed out at interest untill the said Sum of One thousand pounds shall be fully raised shall goe towards the making use and raising of the said Sum of One thousand pounds and also that untill the said Sum of One thousand pounds shall be fully raised by means as before directed I doe hereby give and bequeath Will and appoint In case of failure of Issue Male of my Body as aforesaid that the yearly Sum of fifty pounds shall be from time raised by my said Trustees of the said Terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years and by the Survivors or Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor by virtue and means of the said terme and
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terms of twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years and shall be employed and laid out by the said John Cobb Hugh Clopton Henry Coleman and Humphrey Whyle and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Heirs and Assigns of such Survivor in like manner to and for the binding out of eight such Chidren so to be chosen as aforesaid by my said Trustees and the Survivor and Survivors of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor or in default of eight such poor children then to be supplyed with any other poor Children according to their Judgement and discretion as before is directed and mentioned provided always and I doe hereby will ans apppoint that in the Settlement to be made of the the said Charity Lands there be a power inserted enabling the said intended Trustees thereof when and as often as by death they shall be reduced to the number of three that the said three that the said three Trustees shall add so many more new Trustees as shall fill and make up the number of them to be seven as at first and soe from time to time as there shall be occasion forever provided also and I doe hereby Will and appoint that for and during such time as there shall rest and remain any charge upon my said Warwickshire and Norfolke estates by virtue of means of any of the trusts in that behalfe hereinbefore mentioned the said Hamond Lestrange Job Hamner and Robert Harvey Junior and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators Assigns of such Survivor shall and doe pay and allow out of the rents issues and profits of the said Mannors and premises in the said Countys of Warwick and Norfolke by virtue and means of the said severall terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years one Annuity or yearly Sume of Fifty unto such person for the time being who shall be seized or or intitled unto the immediate freehold in Remainder expectant upon the Surrender or other determination of the said severall terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years upon failure of Issue Malee of my Body by half yearly payments at the Feasts of St. Michael the Archangel and the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary by even and equal portions for his support and maintenance untill the Trust of the said Terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years shall be fully determined and answered the first payment thereof to begin and be made upon such of the said Feasts as shall first and next happen after my decease without Issue Male of my Body as aforesaidand after the payment of my Debts and Funerall charges any thing hereinbefore contained or mentioned to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding Item, (in case of failure of Issue Male of my Body lawfully begotten as aforesaid) I doe hereby charge my said Manners Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their and every of their rights and appurtenances in the several Countys of Warwick and Norfolke aforesaid and the said severall terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years with the payment of such debts as I shall justly owe at the time of my decease And my Will and mind is and I doe hereby also direct and appoint that my said Trustees of the severall Terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years aforesaid and every of them respectively shall be allowed and defalfe(?) in his and their own hands in the first place all and every his and their full charges disbursements and expenses that he they every or any of them shall any ways be at lay out expend bear pay or be put unto in the Execution of the Trusts in him or them respectively reposed aforesaid or anything relating thereunto and that they or any of them shall not be

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charged or chargeable with or be answerable for the Acts of the other or for the Receipts or disbursements of the other but for what shall come to his or their own respective and particular hands and for his and their own respective and particular Arts(?) receipts and disbursements only and from and after the answering and paying the severall Sum and Sums of money aforesaid by me given devised and Willed limitted and appointed to be raised and paid by the said Hamond Lestrange Job Hanmer and Robert Harvey Junior and the Survivors and Survivor of them and the Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor then In trust that the said severall terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years shall waite on and attend the Freehold and Inheritance of the said severall Manners Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their and every of their rights and appurtenances by me in this my Will before given devised limitted or appointed (In case of failure of Issue Male my Body as aforesaid) or otherwise to be assigned or transferred as shall be thought fit and convenient and to and for no use Trust intent or purpose whatsoever Item in Case I happen to die leaving Issue Male of my Body I give and devise unto my said Dear Wife Dame Penelope Mordaunt her plate and Jewells and also all the rest residue and remainderof my personall estate whatsoever she paying such of my just debts and defraying my Funerall Expenses that are not hereinbefore and in this my Will otherwise provided for to be paid But if I leave no Male Issue of my Body at the time of my decease then the same Debts as aforesaid to remain and to be as a charge upon my reall estate and the terms of Twelve hundred years and Twelve hundred years as aforesaid and I doe hereby desire and leave it as an Injunction upon and direction to my Executors hereinafter named that I may be buried privately where they in their discretion shall think fitt and with as little expense as decency will allow and the time and place when and where it shall please God that I shall depart this life will admitt And I doe hereby Will and declare that (in case of failure of Issue Male of my Body lawfully begotten as aforesaid) if any of the persons to whom I have have given or limitted any estate for life in taile or remainder upon such Contingencyes aforesaid as shall not comply with this my Will according to my true intent and meaning herein expressed and contained but shall give or occasion any suits trouble or disturbance in Law or in Equity concerning the same such person or persons so occasioning the same whether he or they be Tenants for life in Taile or remainder shall forfeit and loose his and their respective and particular estate estates and interest of and in the said Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their and every of their rights members and appurtenances to him or them by this my Will respectively given and devisedd or limitted as aforesaid to the next inremainder and soe successively till it shall come in order and course to him that shall comply with this my Will and in case they shall all refuse to comply or give or occasion trouble or disturbance as aforesaid the limitations to them for life in Tayle or remainder by reason thereof shall be said to all intents and purposes whatsoever anything hereinbefore contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstaning And Whereas there is contained in the said Indenture of Settlements of six parts made before my said Marriage with the said Dame Penelope a provisoe or Agreement to the effect following vizt. That in case I the said Sir John Mordaunt should have
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elder Son on the Body of the said Dame Penelope Warburton (my now Wife) which should be living at the time of my death and no Younger or other Child or Children on her body also begotten or that the said Penelope at the time of my decease should not be ensient with any such Younger or other Child or Children which should afterwards be born alive that then it should or might be lawful for me the said Sir John Mordaunt by any Deed or Writing Deeds or Writings under my hand and seale testified by two or more credible Witnesses or by my last Will and Testament in Writing to be so attested to charge the said Mannors and premisses in the said County of Norfolke every or any part thereof either by granting or leaseing the same for any term or terms of years or otherwise as to me should seem meet with or for the raising and paying any Sum or Sums of money not exceeding in the whole the Sum of One Thousand pounds in good English money to and for such person and persons and for such use and uses and in such manner and form as in such Deeds or Deeds Writing or Writings or last Will should be for that purpose appointed now in case I shall leave only an Elder Son behind me that shall be living at the time of my death by me begotten on the Body of the said Dame Penelope Mordaunt my now wife And noe younger of other Child or Chidren on her body also begotten that she shall not be ensient with any such Child or Children which shall afterwards be born alive Then and in such case I doe hereby charge the said Mannors and premisses in the said County of Norfolke with the Sum of One Thousand pounds of lawfull money of Great Britain which said sum of One Thousand pounds as the same can be raised shall be applied to and upon the Trusts intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned concerning the same and for the better raising the said Sum of One thousand pounds pursuant to the said Charge (In case I happen to leave only an elder Son behind me that shall be living at the time of my death by me begotten on the body of the said Dame penelope Mordaunt my now wife and noe younger or other Child or Children on her body also begotten or that she shall not be ensient with any such Child or Children which shall afterwards beborn alive I doe also inpursuance of the said provisoe and the power and authority thereby to me given hereby give grant and devise unto Thomas Lestrange Esq. Second Son of the said Sir Nicholas Lestrange and Marmaduke Allington of Linrolus(?) Inn in the County of Middlesex Esq. their Executors Administrators and Assigns all and singular the said Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their rights members and appurtenances in the said County of Norfolke subject and lyable to the said Terme of One Thousand years hereinbefore mentioned for and during and unto the full end and terme of Thirteen hundred years from and immediately after my decease Upon Trust and to the intent and purpose that the said Thomas Lestrange and Marmaduke Allington their Executors Administrators and Assigns doe and shall by and out of the rents issues and profits of the said Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses with their rights members and appurtenances in the said County of Norfolke and by Mortgage and Mortgages or by Sale or Sales thereof or of any part thereof or the said Terme of Thirteen hundred years raise the said Sum of One Thousand pounds for and towards the payment of my just debts and Funerall charges and expenses and after the payment of my just debts and Funerall charges and expenses if there shall remaine any Surplus of the said Sum of One Thousand pounds soe to be raised as aforesaid in case I shall not give and
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dispose of such Surplus by any Codicil to be annexed to this my Will then such surplus shall be for the benefit I doe hereby give and devise the same unto the said Dame Penelope Mordaunt my said wife her Executors Administrators and Assigns and after the raising and paying the said Sum of One thousand pounds by the means aforesaid In Trust that the said term of Thirteen hundred years shall wait upon and attend the Freehold and Inheritance of the said Mannors Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premisses limitted and expressed in my said Marriage Settlement of six parts or otherwise to be assigned or transferred as shall be thought fitt and to and for no other Trust Intent or purpose whatsoever Item I doe hereby give and devise unto my said brother Cerill Warburton the Sum of Thirty Guineas in Gold to the value of Thirty two pounds and five shillings of lawfull money of Great britain And I doe hereby give and devise the Guardianship Education and care of my Children Charles Mordaunt John Mordaunt and Katherine Mordaunt during their Minority unto my Executors hereinafter named And Lastly I doe hereby make ordaine constitute and appoint my said Loving Wife Dame Penelope Mordaunt and my said Brother Cerill Warburton Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby reviking making null and void all former and other Will and Wills by me at any time heretofore made and I doe hereby declare this to be my last Will contained in seven Skins and a half of parchment and sett my seale hereunto the Eighteenth day of March in the first year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the Grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith ?? Anno Domini One thousand seven hundred and fourteen
J. Mordaunt
Signed Sealed published and declared by the said Sr. John Mordaunt as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto we also the sunscribing our names in his presence ?? Downes Jn. Hand John Curson
Proved 1722

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John Lewis Mordaunt, Holborn, 1719/20

In the name of God, Amen
I John Lewis Mordaunt of the parish of St. Andrews of Holbourne, Gent., being weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner and form following Viz; first and principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Allmighty God hoping thro' the meritts of my Saviour Jesus Christ to have pardon of all my sins and Inheritance of Everlasting life and my body commit to the Earth to be decently and privately buried as becomes a Gentleman by my Executor hereafter named and all such Estate, Real and personall as it hath pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I give and dispose as Followeth Imprimis I will that my just debts and funerall Expenses be thereout first paid and discharged. Item I give to my Cozen Anne Mordaunt five pounds of Good and lawfull money of England to be paid her Annually during the term of her naturall life. Item, I give to my Cozen Katherine Mordaunt five pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be paid her Annually during the Term of her Naturall life. Item, I give to my Cozen Elizabeth Swain, Widow, five pounds of good and lawfull money of England to be paid her Annually during the Term of her naturall life. Item, I give to my Landlady Anne Browne all my wearing apparell and five Guineas in money. Item, I give to her two daughters Betty and Sarah and to her Son William each one Guinea and all the rest and Residue of my Estate, goods and Chattells whatsoever I give, devise and bequeath to my Cozon Charles Mordaunt Son of Sir John Mordaunt Bart. which said Charles Mordaunt I also Nominate and appoint full and sole Executor of this my last will and Testament and I do hereby Revoke disannull and make Void all former and other Wills and Testaments by me heretofore made in Witness whereof I the said John Lewis Mordaunt have hereunto set my hand and seal this 19th of February in the year of our Lord 1719-20
J. Mordaunt
Sealed published and declared by the said John Lewis Mordaunt in the presence of us who as Witnesses hereunto have in his presence subscribed our names Anne Browne, Eliz Browne, Sarah Brown
Proved: 1724

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Sir John Mordaunt, Islington, 1723

In the name of God Amen
I Sir John Mordaunt of the parish of St Mary Islington in the County of Middlesex Knight Bannoret being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make this my Last Will and Testament as followeth that is to say I give unto my wife Dame Elizabeth Mordaunt all the ornaments of her person consisting in Jewells Watches Rings wearing apparrell and other things that have been worn by her and also all the household goods as beds bedding Linnen Woollen Chests of Drawers Tables Chairs and other furniture of household and household goods whatsoever that shall be in my dwelling house in Islington aforesaid at the time of my death I give unto my said Wife Threescore pounds to buy mourning for herself and such of her family as she shall think fit and I give the like sum of threescore pounds unto my Son John Mordaunt Esq to buy mourning for himself his Wife and Daughter and such others of his family as he shall think fit Item I give and bequeath all my Messuages Tenements buildings and Erections in the parish of St James Clarkenwell in the said County of Middlesex and elsewhere with their appurtenances and all my terme and termes of years and time therein and also all my Goods Chattells ready money and personall Estate whatsoever and wheresoever (other than the Ornaments and things given to my Wife as aforesaid and the said Legacies for mourning) unto my said Wife and Son their Executors and Administrators equally to be divided between them share and share alike subject nevertheless to the payment of my Debts and Funerall Expenses and I will and declaree that what is hereby given to my said Son John shall be in full Satisfaction of all Claimes and Demands that he may have out of my Estate by virtue of any Note or Bond or otherwise for any Debt and lastly I hereby constitute and appoint my said Wife and Son joynt Executors of this my last Will and Testament and do revoke all former Wills being made and in Witness that this is my last Will and Testment Written upon one sheet of paper I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this tenth day of September in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred twenty and three and the tenth year of his Majesty George by the Grace of God King of Great Britain J. Mordaunt
Signed sealed and published and declared by Sr. John Mordaunt the Testator as and to be his last Will and Testament in the presence of us. Bob. Southam Eliz. Southam Grace Ridout
Proved: 1723)

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Rev. George Mordaunt, 5th son of John, Viscount Avalon, 1727

In the name of God Amen
being of sound Judgement and memory though afflicted with Sickness I make this my last will and Testament committing my soul to the hand of my Creator and my body to the grave in the most private and least expensive way possible in manner and form following whereas before my Intermarriage with Elizabeth Doyly my dear deceased wife I made a settlement upon her and her Children amounting to the sum of one thousand pounds my Will is that the said Settlement be fully executed according to the true import and meaning thereof leaving the Education of my two Children by the said Elizabeth Mordaunt formerly Doyly Sophia Elizabeth and Anna Maria Mordaunt to my present dear wife Elizabeth Mordaunt formerly Collier to whom for her constant good temper Care of me and uniform behaviour blameless in all points I have obligations beyond expressing allowing the Interest of the said Thousand pounds to my said dear Wife for the Education of the said Sophia Elizabeth and Anna Maria Mordaunt till such time and such Sume become payable to them or their respective future husbands their Executors or Assigns and this without account but because I am sensible that I may leave her young and in such indifferent Circumstances that it may be for the advantage of herself and Children to remarry then it is my Will the Education of the said Sophia Elizabeth and Anna Maria Mordaunt fall to the persons who are Trustees in the above named Settlement or their ?? representatives with the above allowance in Case the said Trustees or their Representatives or one of them desire her to continue their Education on the above named Terms and my said Wife thinks proper to accept the same which she will oblige me in doing and they in desireing I reposeing an entire Confidence in her And whereas by a settlement before my Intermarriage with the said Elizabeth Collier I made ample Settlement upon the Children of my deceased wife and my present wife and her Children which are absolutely impossible to perform by Mr Alexander Smalo(?) Failing in his Contract I devise and give all the residue of my Estate both real and personall (the above mentioned thousand pounds first deducted) to my present wife during her natural life for her maintenance and the Education of her Children by me born or to be born and after her decease to the Children equally to be divided between them and the Survivors of them at her decease ordering and impowering my said present wife to sell as soon as conveniently may be my Cottage, Farm Situate and lying in Little Paxton and Souther(?) in Count. Huntington and my dwelling house in Little Paxton aforesaid Gardeners' Outhouses and all the Lands belonging thereto which are Freehold or supposed to be so reserving the money ariseing from the said Sale to the uses above mentioned all my just Debts first discharged and of this my last will and Testament I constitute and appoint my said present wife Elizabeth Mordaunt formerly Collier sole Executrix In witness whereof I have to each page of these presents set my hand and seal this Seventeenth day of September one thousand seven hundred and twenty six
G. Mordaunt
Signed Sealed and delivered in the presence of (the amendmt. in page the second line the 12. line the 14 and in page the 3rd line the first line the second line the 13. being first made) Hannah Collier Susannah Birch Tho. Birch
Proved: 1728

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John Mordaunt, Stanstead Abbot, 1728

I John Mordaunt of Stansted Abbot in Hertfordshire, Gentl. Make this my last Will. I give five pounds to the poor whereof one third part thereof is for the poor of Stansted aforesaid and all the Rest is for the poor of the parish of Northill in Bedfordshire to be paid in one Month after my death. I give to my brother Charles Mordaunt and his two Daughters, my sister King, my sister Lyle and to every one of her Sons and Daughters and also to the Son and Daughter of my deceased Brother Lewis Mordaunt a Guinea apiece to every one of them and to be paid in two months after my death. I forgive my Brother in Law Francis Lyle the ten Guineas which he owes me. I give to my sister Lyle all my ?? Linnen being Sheets, Pillow??, Table Linnen and Towells. I give to my Godson George Lyle two suits of cloaths my cloath riding Coat and Buck Skin Breeches and two of my best Wiggs. I give to my Son, John Mordaunt all such Lands as I purchased as lye between his entailed Lands for to make his Lands one(?) pieces but all other my purchased Lands whatsoever I give unto my daughter Elizabeth, Wife of Robert Audley Britain, Clerke, and her Heirs. I give to my said son John Mordaunt all my household Goods as I have at Over Caldecot and I also give him all my Law Books, Writings and papers about the Law, all the Rest of my Books my silver Tankards Escriptoir and Writing Desk. I give to my Grand Daughter Mary Mordaunt my large silvere Cup and the Cover to it at her age of one and twenty years. All the Rest of my personal Estate I give to my said daughter Elizabeth, Wife of the said Robert Audley Britain and so make her sole Executrix and I revoak all other Wills by me formerly made. Given under my hand and Seal this ninth day of May anno Dmi 1728
Jn Mordaunt
Signed Sealed and published in the presence of William Poole, William Keep, Jonas Trayhearne

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John Mordaunt, Over Caldicot, 1732

The last Will and Testament
of me, John Mordaunt of Over Caldicot in the parish of Northill in the County of Bedford, Gentl. Made this twenty day of May Anno Dni 1732 … I give devise and bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth Mordaunt, the wife of Robert Audley Brittains of Stanstead Abbotts in the county of Hertford, Clerk, all my lands condiments and hereditaments whatever and whereforever(?) unto my said Elizabeth during the term of her natural life (subject nevertheless to the conditions hereinafter mentioned) and from and after her decease I give the same to my nephew Robert Audley Brittain, son of the said Robert Audley Brittains and Elizabeth his wife and to his heirs and assigns for ever upon this condition nevertheless and my mind(?) and will is that my said sister Elizabeth or my said nephew Robert Audley Brittain or whoever else shall be ….or interested in the hereditaments and premises so by me devised and bequeathed in manner as aforesaid …within six months after my decease by mortgage of all or any of the said premises raise the money to pay the several and respective legacies as hereinafter is mentioned that is to say: To my uncle Charles Mordaunt One hundred pounds to be paid to him twelve Months next after my decease. To my Cousin John Mordaunt Son of my uncle Lewis Mordaunt deceased Two hundred pounds to be paid to him Twelve Months next after my decease. To my cousin Phanny(?) Mordaunt Daughter of my uncle Charles Mordaunt two hundred pounds to he paid to her twelve months next after my decease. To my Aunt Lyles(?) of Hitchin in the county of Hertford Widow one hundred pounds and to each of her children one hundred pounds apiece to be paid to them respectively twelve Months next after my decease. To my Neice Mary Mordaunt Twenty Pounds to buy her mourning. To John ?itchborne Son of Edward ?itchborne late of this ham in the said County of Bedford …the sum of Fifty pounds to be paid to him Twelve Months next after my decease and to the poor people of Over Caldicot aforesaid and Nether Caldicot in the said parish of Northill the Sum of ten pounds to be paid to them within one Month next after my decease. Lastly I make constitute and appoint my said sister Elizabeth sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament, revoking all former Wills by me heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seale the day and year first above, written
John Mordaunt
the Testator …. For his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereunto ……Jonas Traylearne, John Morrell
Proved 1738

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John Mordaunt, Westminster, 1736

I John Mordaunt of the parish of St Ann Westm. in the county of Middlesex Esquire doe make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say I bequeath unto my wife Jane Mordaunt the sum of one hundred pounds for mourning I also give unto my son-in-law, John Furbar(?) and to my daughter Diana his wife the sum of one hundred pounds to put themselves and their family into mourning I also give unto my said son-in-law, John Furbar the sume of two hundred pounds to be laid out in placeing out my Grandson Mordaunt Furbar to such Business or Employment as he shall seem most inclined to approve of. I also give unto my said Wife the use of all my plates and household goods during her life all the rest of my goods and chattals and rights and proditts(?) and also all my parts shares right and Interests which I have of and in the playhouse in Drury Lane I give and … unto my Son in Law John Furbar in Trust Nevertheless to and for the only use, befnefit and behoof of my said Wife for and during the Term of her natural Life and that he shall receive the Interest, produce and profits thereof and to pay and apply the same to my said Wife or as she shall direct and appoint. And my will and desire is and I hereby direct that my executor hereinafter named shall out of the Interest and produce of my money in the Stocks(?) and other personal Estate renew the Lease of the said part and share in the said playhouse to my said daughter Dianna for the Term of her natural Life and after the death of my said Daughter I give and devise the said part and share in the said playhouse and also my goods chattals and Estate whatsoever (except my plate and household goods which my Will and desire is that the said John Furbar and Dianna his wife shall have the use of during their lives and the Life of the Longest Liver of them) unto my said Grandson Mordaunt Furbar if he shall outlive my said wife and daughter and attain the age of six and Twenty years but after the several deaths of my said Wife and Daughter if my said Grandson shall be then living the interest and produce of my whole Estate shall be rece'd(?) and applied by my said Executor to and for the use and benefit of my said Grandson or in case my said wife only shall happen to dye before my said Grandson that then the interest and produce of my said Estate except the part and share in the said playhouse shall be rece'd(?) and applied by my said Executor for the use and benefit of my said Grandson as aforesaid but such convenient part thereof as he shall think reasonable and necessary shall be laid out for and in the maintenance and Education of my said Grandson and if he shall happen to dye before he attains to the age if one and Twenty years then I give and devise all my Estate and effects whatsoever unto my said Daughter Diana Furbar and I hereby make the said John Furbar Executor of this my last Will and Testament and do nominate and appoint him Trustee to my said Grandson untill he shall attain to the age of six and Twenty years and do authorise and impower my said Executor after the death of my said wife or in her Lifetime with her consent to sell out and dispose of all any part of my stock in the South Sea Company or elsewhere and to share out the money arising by sale thereof on other good securityes provided the same be done for the greater benefit and advantage of my said Wife or Grandson and I desire my body may be privately and devoutly buried at the discretion of my said Executor and that my funeral charges be paid and allowed out of my personal Estate. In witness whereof I have to this last Will and Testament contained din two sheets of paper sett my hand and seal this eighteenth day of May in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and Thirty six
John Mordaunt
Signed sealed published and declared by the Testator John Mordaunt for and as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses hereunto: ………
Proved: 1736

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L'Estrange Mordaunt, Rochester, 1749

In the name of God, Amen
I L'estrange Mordaunt of the parish of St Margaret next the City of Rochester in the County of Kent, Gentleman, being in Health of Body and of sound Mind, Memory and Understanding do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following First I Give and Bequeath unto my son Charles Mordaunt all and every my Freehold and Leasehold Messuages Lands Tenements Hereditaments and premises whatsoever with the Appurtenances to them severally belonging situate and being in the parishes of Saint Margaret aforesaid and Stockbury in the said County of Kent or elsewhere within the Kingdom of Great Britain to have and to hold unto my said son Charles Mordaunt his Heirs, Executors, Administrators and assigns forever Item I Give and Bequeath unto my said son Charles Mordaunt the Sum of fifty pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid him within six months next after my decease I also give unto my said son all my wearing apparel and my large Silver Salver Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Elizabeth Mordaunt the Gold Watch and Chain that was my late Wife's. Item I give to my Daughter Sarah Mordaunt my Gold Watch and Mourning Diamond Ring Item from all that my Annnuity or Sum of fifty pounds a year payable out of his Majestys ?/ or ?? of the Exchequor that shall be to come of the Residue(?) of the Term of ninety nine years at the time of my decease and also all and every the Rest and Residue of my Ready Money Securities for Money or due and payable to me in any of the Publick Funds Rings Towells Debts Credits Linnen Woolen Bedds Bedding Goods Chattels and personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever not herein before otherwise disposed of after my Debts Legacies Funeral Expenses and Charges of proving this my Will and Testament are fully paid and satisfied I Give and Bequeath unto my said daughters Elizabeth Mordaunt and Sarah Mordaunt equally to be divided between them share and share alike and to their respective Executors, Administrators and Assigns equally as aforesaid and I do hereby name my said Son Charles Mordaunt and my Daughters Elizabeth and Sarah Mordaunt Executor and Executrixes of this my Will and I do hereby revoke all former Wills and declare this to be and contain as and for my only last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the tenth Day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and forty nine.
Lestrange Mordaunt
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Lestrange Mordaunt in the presence of us who in his sight and presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our Names as Witnesses hereto Clem Johnson Jn Smith Tho Johnson
I Lestrange Mordaunt of the Parish of Saint Margaret next the City of Rochester in the County of Kent Gentleman do make and publish this my Codecill to my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say I Give and Bequeath unto my said two daughters Elizabeth Mordaunt and Sarah Mordaunt to have Leave, Liberty and Licence to inhabit remain continue and make use of my now dwelling House and premises thereto belonging in Saint Margaret aforesaid for and during the Term of ??? Months next after my decease without paying any consideration whatsoever for the same. And it is my Desire that this present Codecil be annexed to and made a part of my last Will annd Testament to all intents and purposes. Witness my hand and Seal this twelth Day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty.
L'estrang. Mordaunt
Signed sealed and published by the said L'estrange Mordaunt as a Codecill to be annexed to his will in the preseence of Susanna Marsh, Thos Johnson
Proved: 1751

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John Mordaunt, vintner, 1758

In the name of God, Amen
I John Mordaunt, Citizen and Vintner of London upon the Old Establishment being of sound and disposing Mind, Memory and Understanding, praise be Almighty God for the same do upon the serious Thoughts of Death make this my last Will and Testament in Manner and Form following ( that is to say) I give devise and bequeath all that undivided third part (the whole into three equal parts to be divided) of all my Estate and Effects whatsoever or wheresoever which I am or shall be entitled unto by virtue or on account of my being a Freeman of the City of London upon the Old Establishment and all other my Estates and Effects both real(?) and personal whatsoever or wheresoever or of what Nature or Kind soever the same be or consist of from and after the payment of my just Debts and Funeral Expenses subject thereto unto my loving wife Sarah Mordaunt her Executors, Administrators and Assigns whom I do hereby make and ordain sole Executrix of this my Will revoking and making void all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made in Witness thereof I the said John Mordaunt the Testator have to this my Will set my Hand and Seal this fifth Day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty eight
John Mordaunt
Signed sealed published and declared by the said John Mordaunt the Testator in presence of us who have subscribed our Names as Witnesses thereto at his Request and in his Presence and in the Presence of each other Hannah Sheffield, Alexr. Barclay
Proved: 1762

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Charles Mordaunt, Southwark, 1766

In the name of God, Amen I Charles Mordaunt of the parish of St. George the Martyr, Southwark, in the County of Surrey, Gentleman, being in perfect mind memory and understanding, thanks be to Almighty God for the same and calling to remembrance the uncertainty of this life Do make, Constitute, Ordain and Declare this my last my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First, being heartily Sorry for my Sins past most humbly Desiring forgivenesss of the same I commit my Soul to Almighty God Trusting to be Saved through the merits of Jesus Christ and my Body I Desire may be Buried in the vault belonging to the family of the Mordaunts in parish Church of St. Margaret's Rochester. And as to the settling of the Temporal Estate it has please God to bestow upon me my Debts and funeral Expenses being thereof first fully paid and satisfied I do Order, Give and Dispose to my Daughter Anne Bromley Mordaunt my Gold Watch and Direct the same to be delivered to her immediately after my Decease for her own use forever. And as to all and singular my Freehold and Copyhold Messuages, Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments with their and every of their Appur'es (appurtenances?)whatsoever and wheresoever I Give Devise and bequeath the same to Edward Dynce(?) of Rochester in the County of Kent, surgeaon, and John Harrison of tthe same place, Carpenter(?) or the Survivor of them and the Executors and Adm'ors of such Survivor In Trust nevertheless to and for the several Uses, Intents and purposes hereinafter Willed, ?? and Declared of and concerninng the same that is to say they my said Trustees shall ?? and take all and Singular the ?? of sums and profits thereof from mine to mine of the same shall Grow Due or become payable and thereout to pay and apply so much thereof as they Shall see necessary for the Maintenance and Education of my said Daughter Anne Bromley Mordaunt till such time She Shall attain to her age of Twenty one years. And in case the ?/ and profits of my said Estates shall amount to more than they shall think necessary for the maintenance and Education of my said Daughter then and in such case I Desire that such Overplus may from mine be placed out at Interest by my said Trustees on such Security as they Shall think proper for the Benefit of my said Daughter and be paid to her at her Age of Twenty one years. And in case my said Daughter Shall live to attain the said Age of Twenty one years Then I Give, Devise and bequeath All my said Freehold and Copyhold Messuages, Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments and all other my Estate whatsoever and wheresoever to my said Daughter Anne Bromley Mordaunt and to the Heirs of her Body lawfully begotten and to their Heirs for evere. But in Case of the Death of my said Daughter without Issue as aforesaid Tthen I Give, Devise and bequeath All my Freehold and Copyhold Messuages, Lands, Tenements and Hereditaments, all other my Estates whatsoever and wheresoever to be Sold by my said Trustees for the best price that can be Got for the same and the money arising by such Sale to go to and be equally divided between my two nephews Charles Hougham and George Hougham Sons of my sister Sarah Hougham, Widow, and Sarah Phillips and Charles Phillips Son and Daughter of my sister Elizabeth Phillips, Widow, and their heirs forever share and share alike and to and for no other use, Intent or purpose whatsoever. And my mind and Will further is that my Trustees Shall and may reimburse themselves out of my said Estates all such Costs, charges and Expenses as they may be due(?) unto unto by reason or means of the Trusts hereby imposed in them and that they Shall not be accountable for the Acts, payments and receipts of the other of them butt for their own Acts, payments and receipts only And Shall and may at time or times hereafter ????? the said Trust ??? or any part of themfor any Term or number of years not exceeding any further or other(?) Term than my said Daughter Shall attain the said Age of Twenty one years or Do any other Act for the benefit of my said Estates as in their Discretion Shall appear necessary. And Lastly I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Edward Dynce(?) and the said John Harrison Trustees and Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made And I do Declare this to be my Last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and Seal this Second Day of October in the Sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord, George the Third, by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith And in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Sixty Six
Chs Mordaunt
Signed, Sealed, Published and Declared by the Testator the said Charles Mordaunt as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence and at his request and in the presence of each other have Subscribed our names as Witnesses, Wm Howard, Wm Allen, Wm Balfour.
Proved: February 1768

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John Stiles Mordaunt, 1770

In the name of God, Amen
I John Stiles Mordaunt of the East India House London do hereby declare this to be my Last will and Testament. Imprimis I Give and bequeath unto William Nash Esq., Aldn., and Mr Joseph Malpas of Wood Street sixteen hundred pounds consolidated three per cent Bank Annuities in trust for the Purpose following, viz. the whole Principal and Interest to be equally divided amongst my Children John, Sarah, George, Jenny, William, Ewer and Sophia Mordaunt and to the Survivor or Survivors of them share and share alike as they respectively attain their ages of twenty one years and in case any of the said Children should die before the age of twenty one the Survivors or Survivor of them to have it all equally divided amongst them. The Rest and Residue of my Effects whatsoever and wheresoever I desire may be equally divided share and share alike to and amongst my beforementioned Children within six months after my decease and I do hereby appoint Mr Simon Holbrook to be my sole Executor of this my Will in Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal this 14th day of February one thousand seven Hundred and seventy
J S Mordaunt
Signed, sealed published and declared to be my last Will and in the presence of us whose names are underwritten G Bawdripp, Mr Boulderson, S. Fowler
Proved: September 1790

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Patrick Mordaunt, The Ship Inn, Shadwell, 1798

In the name of God Amen
I Patrick Mordaunt of Spring Street in the parish of saint paul shadwell in the county of Middlesex Victualler being of sound and disposing mind and memory do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say first I desire that all my just debts Funeral expenses and the expenses of proving this my Will be duly paid and satisfied - Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Trustees and Executors hereinafter named All my ready monies outstanding Debts my Dwelling house known by the name of the Ship Publick house in Spring Street aforesaid All my other houses and Tenements adjoing and contiguous to my said Dwelling house All my Stock in Trade Household Furniture Goods Chattels my share or shares in Ships together with all other my Estate and Effects of whatsoever nature and kind so ever and wheresoever which I am or shall be possessed or entitled unto at the time of my decease UPON TRUST and to and for the intention and purposes following that is to say - It is my Will and I do hereby direct that immediately after my decease my said Trustees and Executors do possess themselves of my said Estate Money and Effects and then to calculate or divide the same unto three equal parts or shares one third part thereof to be given to my dear Wife Margaret Mordaunt And the other two third parts thereof to be equally divided Amongst my Children Charlotte Mordaunt Maria Mordaunt and George Mordaunt and the survivor or survivors of them share and share alike upon their attaining their Respective ages of Twenty One years or their respective day of Marriage - Item It is my Will that all the goods Chatttels Household Furniture and Linen given by me to my daughter Theresa Bourne formerly Theresa Mordaunt wife of John Bourne and now in their House and possession situate in Shakespeare Walk in the parish aforesaid shall be and remain the property of the said John Bourne and Theresa his wife And I hereby nominate and appoint my dear Wife Margaret Mordaunt Martin Mordaunt of Prussia Island in the parish of Saint George in the county of Middlesex Undertaker Robert Terry of the Buck Lane in the parish of Saintt George in the said County of Middlesees Victualler and George Gibson of Ratcliff Highway in parishvand County afaoresaid Broker and Auctioneer Trustees andd Executors of this my Will hereby Revoking and making void all other Will or Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament Inn Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the tweth first day of Ocober in the year of our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and ninety eight
the mark of Patk. Mordaunt
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Patrick Mordaunt the Testator as and for his last Will and teestament who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have sunsrcribed our names as Witness hereto
Thos Morphy Catherine Terry
Proved: 1815

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Frances Mordaunt, Dartmouth, 1798-99

In the name of God, Amen
I Frances Mordaunt of Dartmouth in the County of Devon, Spinster, being of sound and perfect mind memory and understanding do make this as and for my last Will and Testament. Imprimis, I will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses shall in the first place be paid and discharged. Item I give and bequeath unto Mary Barbara Galloway my niece of Lisbon my Diamond Ear Rings to be given to her daughter after her death. Item, I give and bequeath unto Mrs. Puito my niece of Lisbon my Gold Watch. Item I give and bequeath unto my niece Mathilda now Boarding in a Convent at ?? Lisbon my Silver Coffee Pot and stand, half a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons and half a dozen of Silver Table Spoons. Item I give and bequeath unto my niece Juliana Mordaunt of Lisbon my Silver Tea Pot, half a dozen of Silver Tea Spoons and half a dozen of Silver Table Spoons. Item I give and bequeath unto my four nieces above mentioned all my needlework to be divided amongst them. Item I give and bequeath unto Charles Timings* now living with Mr. Donoghue of Totnes two Silver Table Spoons and two Guineas. I give also to the said Charles Timings and his successors that shall do duty as a priest in Dartmouth All the things belonging to the Chapel in my house. Item I give and bequeath unto M. Verrier* (a French Clergyman now living with me) two Silver Table Spoons and two Guineas. Item I give and bequeath unto Mary ??? Daughter of Mr Peter ??? one Guinea. Item I give and bequeath unto Edmund ??? ??? of Dartmouth two Guineas to buy a Ring. Item I give and bequeath unto my servant Catherine Life for ever and to dispose of as she pleases and may think proper four hundred pounds stock invested in the three per Cent Consuls and standing in my name in the Books of the Governors and Company of the Bank of England. Item I give and bequeath unto the same Catherine Life all the furniture of my best parlour, the panthion (?) Stove in my Sitting Room also the Bed ??? in which I lie, two pair of good sheets, two table cloths and also two Silver Table Spoons marked with the letters ?.M. and also all my wearing apparel. Item I give and bequeath unto my nephew Mr Osmond Mordaunt (now living in Teneriffe) all the rest, residue and remaider of my goods and chattels, household furniture, Money at Interest, personal and Testamentary Estates whatsoever subject to the payment of the said Legacies and all my just debts and funeral expenses (and I do nominate and appoint the same above mentioned Mr Edmond ??? ??? of Dartmouth and my servant Catherine Life joint Executors of this my Will which I desire them to execute as soon as possible after my decease.) Item I will and direct that I remain in my dwelling house Eight days after my death before I am interred and that I may then be buried in a devout private manner and I doo hereby utterly disallow, revoke and disannull(?) all and every other former Testaments, Wills, Legacies, Bequests and Executors by me in any ways before manner willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this fourteenth day of March one thousand seven hundred and ninety eight
Frances Mordaunt
Signed, Sealed , published and declared by the said Testatrix Frances Mordaunt as and for his (sic!!) last Will and Testament in the presence of us Richd. Honey, John Olding Allanson
Proved: April 1799

* Charles Timings had studied at the English seminary in Valladolid, Spain (established in 1589 for the training of Catholic priests for the English and Welsh Mission) and since March 1782 had visited the dispersed faithful in Dartmouth, Kingston, Totnes and the wide region of the South Hams. He died in 1832 aged about 75 and was buried in Tor Mohan churchyard.
* Pierre Charles Verrier was a French priest who worked in Dartmouth 1798 - 1805 when he moved to Teignmouth. He returned to Normandy at the Bourbon restoration and was the parish priest at Furville.

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Jenny Mordaunt, Leadenhall Street, 1804

The last Will & Testament of me, Jenny Mordaunt now of Leadenhall Street London made as follows: I give to my sister Sarah Terry, widow, and to my brothers William and Ewer Mordaunt the sum of twenty pounds apiece. I give to my niece, Sarah Mordaunt the daughter of my said brother William Mordaunt the sum of twenty pounds. I give to my nephew Charles Mordaunt the son of the said brother Ewer Mordaunt the like sum of twenty pounds. Also I give my friend Jenny Hall(?) of Tower …, spinster, five guineas for a ring . All the residue of my property as well as what I am or may be entitled unto under the Will of Henry Terry deceased or otherwise be the same of what of what nature or kind soever(?) and which I have power to dispose or subject to the payment of my debt, funeral and Testamentary expenses I give to my brother George Mordaunt for his own absolute use and benefit if he shall be living at my decease but in case of his death in my lifetime I give all such the residue of my property equally between George Mordaunt, Dorothy Mordaunt and Henry Mordaunt, the sons and daughter of my said brother George Mordaunt by his first wife if all living at my decease and in case of the death of any one of them in my lifetime the said residue of my property to go to and be equally between the two survivors ands also if it happens that two of them dies in my life time I give the whole of the said residue to whom of them the said George Mordaunt the son and Dorothy Mordaunt and Henry Mordaunt as may be living at my decease. I appoint my said brother George Mordaunt, George Mordaunt his son and John Mordaunt of HacKney, surgeon, Executors of this my will which I declare to be my last and hereby revoke all former wills. In witness whereof I the said Jenny Mordaunt have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty fourth day of October one thousand eight hundred and four,
Jenny Mordaunt
Signed sealed and published by the said Jenny Mordaunt as and for her last Will and testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of …other have subscribed our names as witnesses to the ….. George Sheherd Jn Hogarth
Proved: 1809

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Elizabeth Mordaunt, Hackney, 1806

Whereas by Indenture Tripart(?) bearing date on or about the ninth day of October last made between John Mordaunt of Hackney in the County of Middlesex, Surgeon, (now my husband) of the first part and Elizabeth Mordaunt then Elizabeth Griffin, spinster, daughter of William Griffin of Duke Street, Spitalfields, in the said County of Middlesex ?? of the second part and the said William Griffin, Robert Burnall(?) of Dalston(?) near Hackney aforesaid ?? & George Mordaunt of Leadenhall Street in the City of London Esquire of the third part after writing(?) a Marriage then agreed upon & intended between the said John Mordaunt and myself & which has since been duly had and that Two thousand pounds three pounds per Cent Consolidated Bank Annnuities which I the said Elizabeth was entitled to then standing the (?) of the said William Griffin, Robert Burnall(?) & George Mordaunt It is by the said Indenture (amongst other things) mentioned in case there should not be any Child of Children of our then intended Marriage or being such that they should all happpen to die before any of their said portions parts or shares should become vested Then that they the said William Griffin, Robert Burnall(?) and George Mordaunt or the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Exrs., Admrs. or assigns of such Survivor should pay, assign or transfer the said two thousand ponds three pounds per Cent Consolidated Bank Annuities & all Interest, dividends, Savings & Increase thereof unto such person or persons & in such parts, shares & proportions manner & form as I the said Elizabeth Mordaunt then Elizabeth Griffin notwithstanding my coverture(?) by any Deed or Deeds or by my last Will and Testament or any Codicil thereto or any writing purporting to be in in the Nature of a Will or Codicil To be signed & published by me in the presence of and attested as in therin mentioned which I was thereby notwithstanding my then intended Coverture impowered to make (should direct or appoint or bequeath the same Now I the said Elizabeth Mordaunt by Virtue of & in pursuance of the power or authority given to me in & by the said Indenture & of all other power and authorities me in any wise enabling so (in case there shall not be any Child of Children of me by the said John Mordaunt my Husband or being such they shall all happen to die before any of their portions, parts or shares shall ?? ?? direct & appoint that they the said William Griffin, Robert Burnall(?) & George Mordaunt or the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Exrs., Admrs. or assigns of such Survivor shall & do pay assign or transfer the said two thousand pounds three pounds per cent Consoldated Bank Annuities & all Interest, Dividends, Savings & Increase thereof unto my dear Husband the said John Mordaunt to whom I hereby give bequeath the same for his own use benefit and I appoint my said Husband John Mordaunt sole Executor of this my Will which I hereby declare to be my last Will and Testament, signed & published by me this seventeenth Day of January one thousand eight hundred & six
Elizabeth Mordaunt
Signed & published by the said Elizabeth Mordaunt as for her last Will & Testament in the presence of us who in the her presence at her request & in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses attesting the same Jn Hogarth, Joseph Rogers, Staple ??
Proved: 1816

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Ewer Mordaunt, 1807

In the name of God Amen
I Ewer Mordaunt of the East India House London being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do declare this to be my last Will and Testament that is to say after my decease I desire that my body be devoutly interred and after all my just Debts and Funeral Expenses are paid I will and bequeath unto my dearly beloved brother George Mordaunt the whole of my property whatsoever and wheresoever for the benefit of my poor Children Viz. Ewer Mordaunt, Charles Mordaunt, John Mordaunt and George Mordaunt at Interest and so much of the principal as shall be found necessary to be appropriate towards the Education and bringing up my said Children the Remainder of that proncipal to be divided between my poor children Ewer Mordaunt, Charles Mordaunt, John Mordaunt andd George Mordaunt equally sharee and aree alike as they shall attain the age of twenty one years and in case one or more of them dies before they attain the age of twenty one years their share or shares to go to the survivor or survivors ann I do nominate and appoint my dearly beloved Brother George Mordaunt to be sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventh day of March 1807
Ewer Mordaunt
Witness hereto Jenny Mordaunt
Proved: 8th March 1808

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Charles Henry Mordaunt, 5th Earl of Peterborough, 1813


This is the last Will and Testament of me, Charles Henry Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth I give and bequeath all my personal estate and effects of whatsoever denomination unto Edmund Antrobus and Coutts Trotter of the Strand in the county of Middx Bankers and (space) of (space) their executors survivors(?) and assigns In trust to committ the whole of such personal estate and effects into money to pay firstly my funeral and testamentary expenses and my debts except mortgage debts secondly the legacies given by this my Will and which I shall give by any codicil or codicils thereto and thirdly such debts as I shall owe upon mortgage at the time of my decease and all interest thereon And in trust to lay out the ultimate surplus of any such money in the purchase of ?? manors, messuages, lands tenements or hereditaments in England of an estate of inheritance in fee simple in possession
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and to settle and assure the same to such of the uses upon and for such of the trusts intents and purposes and under and subject to such of the powers and provisoes hereinafter limited declared and expressed of and concerning my real estate as shall be for the time being subsisting or capable of taking effect And as to all my manors messuages lands tenements or hereditaments and real estate whatsoever situated in the county of Wilts or elsewhere I give and devise the same unto the said Edmund Antrobus Coutts Trottter and (space) their heirs and assigns to the uses following that is to say To the use and intent that Joseph Bouhier Smith Esq now residing with me in my house or his assigns may during his life receive thereout a yearly rent charge of five hundred pounds and after the decease of the said Joseph Bouhier Smith to the use and intent that Constantia Smith now residing in my house or her assigns may during her life receive thereout a yearly rent charge of two hundred and fifty pounds such yearly rent charges respectively to be without any deduction whatsoever (except in respect of the property tax) and to be respectively paid by four equal quarterly payments in every year And to this further use and intent that if either of the said yearly rent charges shall be in arrears for twenty one days next after any of the days herein before appointed for payment thereof respectively then and in every such case it shall be lawful for the said Joseph Bouhier Smith or his assigns or the said Constantia Smith or her assigns as the case my happen to be to enter and distrain upon the said devised premises or any part thereof and to dispose of the distress or distresses then and there found according to law in the same manner as in the cases of distresses taken by landlords for rents reserved upon leases for years to the intent that thereby all arrears of such the said yearly rent charges as shall for the time being be in arrears and all individual expenses may be paid and satisfied and to this further use and intent that if either of the two yearly rent charges or any part thereof respectively shall be in arrear for forty days next after any of the days hereinbefore appointed for the payment of the said yearly rent charges respectively then and in every such case Although there shall not have been any demand made thereof or of the arrears thereof it shall be lawful for the said Joseph Bouhier Smith or his assigns or the said Constantia Smith or her assigns as the case may happen to be to enter(?) upon and to hold the said devised premises or any part thereof and to receive the rents issues and profits thereof or of any part thereof until thereby all arrears of such of the said to receive the rents issues and profits thereof or of any part thereof until thereby all arrears of such of the said yearly rent charges as shall for the time being be in arrear and all incidental expenses shall be paid and satisfied and such possession when taken to be without imnpeachment of waste And subject as aforesaid to the use of the said Edmund Antrobus Coutts Trotter and (space) their heirs and assigns during the life of Jane Harriot Bisset oldest daughter of Maurice George Bisset of (space) in the Isle of Wight In trust to preserve the contingent remainders hereinafter limited and upon the other trusts hereinafter expressed And from and after the decease of the said Jane Harriot Bisset to the use of the first second third fourth and every other Son of the said Jane Harriot Bissetlawfully to be begotten successively one after another according to seniority and of the heirs male of the respective bodies of such sons respectively lawfully issuing every olderr of such sons and the heirs male of his body being to take before the younger of the same sons and the heirs male of their respective bodies and in default of such issue to the use of the first second third fourth and every other Son of the said Jane Harriot Bisset lawfully to be begotten successively one after another according to seniority and of the heirs of the respective bodies of such sons respectively lawfully issuing every older of such sons and the heirs of his body being to take before the younger of the same sons and the heirs of their respective bodies And in default of teh same sons and the heirs of their respective bodies And in default of such issue to the use of my own right heirs And I do hereby delare that the same Edmund Antrobus Coutts Trotter and (space) their heirs and assigns
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shall during the life of the said Jane Harriot Bisset stand seized of the said devised premises upon the trusts following that is to say In trust to receive the rents issues and profits thereof and thereout to pay the aforesaid yearly rent charges and to keep down the interest of my mortgages and such of them as shall not be paid out of my personal estate by virtue of the direction hereinbefore in that behalf contained And in trust from time to time to place out and invest the surplus of such rents issues and profits in the names of them the said trustees or in the names or name of the trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will in or upon same or one of the parliamentary Stocks or ?? funds of Great Britain or upon Government or real security in England at interest and from time to time to place out and invest the dividends interest or annual proceeds of such stocks funds and securities in such names or name as aforesaid in or upon any stocks funds or securities of a similar nature and so ?? ?? in the way of Accumulation and In trust from time to time to apply such accumulations in or towards satisfaction of my aforesaid mortgage debts or of such of them as shall not be paid out of my personal estate and my will is that my said trustees and my trustees or trustee for the time being shall stand possessed of the said Accumulations after making such payment thereout as aforesaid upon and for such trusts intents and purposes as are hereinbefore expressed concerning the ultimate surplus of the money which shall be the product of my personal Estate provided always and I do hereby declare my will to be that the said mortgage debts shall have been paid off the Accumulations hereinbefore directed to be made of the aforesaid rents issues and profits shall not continue during the existence of any person or persons who would be(?) for the time being tenant or tenants intail(?) of the said devised premises if the said Jane Harriot Bisset were dead but during during such existance the surplus of the said rents issues and profits after paying thereout the aforesaid yearly rent charges and after payment of the said mortgage debts shall go and belong to such tenant of tenants intail(?) in the same manner as if the said Jane Harriot Bisset were dead provided also And I do hereby empower the said Edmund Antrobus Coutts Trotter and (space) and the survivors and survivor of them and the heirs assigns of such survivor at the time of times during the life of the said Jane Harriot Bisset to demise(?) or lease the said devised premises or any part of parts thereof for any term or terms of years not exceeding twenty one years in possession at the best and most improved yearly rent or rents without taking any first premium or foregift(?) for the making of any such lease And I empower my said trustees and such trustees or trustee for the time being to fell and cut down such timber and other trees upon my estates as they shall thinnk ought to be felled and cut down and to sell and dispose of such timber and other trees and my Will is that the produce directed touching the ultimate surplus of the money which shall be the product of my personal estate And I declare my Will to be that if the said Edmund Antrobus Coutts Trotter and (space) or any or ?? of them or any trustees or trustee for the time being of this my Will shall die or desire to be discharged from or decline or become incapable to act in the execution of the trusts herein expressed then and in every such case it shall be lawful for the trustees or trustee for the time being or the ?? or advisors of the last surviving or continuing trustee by any writing or writings under their his of her hands and seals or hand and seal to appoint any person or persons to be a trustee or trustees in lieu of the trustee or trustees so dying or desiring to be discharged or declining or becoming incapable to act as aforesaid and thereupon all the estates monies stocks funds and securities which shall be vested in the trustees or trustee for the time being shall be converted paid and assigned in such manner as to vest the same in the surviving or continuing trusteees or trustee jointly with such new or other trustees or trustee or in such new or other trustee only as the case may happen to be upon such of the trusts herein expressed concerning the same as shall be then

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capable of taking effect and I do hereby declare that such new trustees shall have the same powers as are hereby given to the trustees appointed by this my Will And I declare that each of the trustees hereby appointed and of such new trustees as aforesaid shall be answerable for his own respective acts deeds receipts neglects and defaults only notwithstanding his joining in receipts for the sake of conformity and that the said trustees respectively shall not be answerable for any banker broker or otther person in whose hands any of the said trust monies shall be deposited for safe custody or for any other loss or damage in the execution of the said trusts except such as shall occur in consequence of their own wilful defaults respectively and I do hereby authorise my said trustees for the time being respectively out of the monies which shall come to their respective hands by virtue of this my Will to reimburse themselves respectively and to allow to their respective cotrustees all expenses to be incurred by them respectively in the execution of the trusts herein expressed or otherwise in relation thereto And I declare of this my will for any money which shall be payable to such trustees or trustee by virtue hereof shall exonerate the person or persons paying the same from all responsibility with regard to the application thereof I give and bequeath the following legacies viz. To all my servants who shall be living with me at the time of my death one years wages I appoint the said Edmund Antrobus Coutts Trotter and (space) Executors of this my Will And I revoke all other wills and testamentary dispositions whatsoever and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament in witness thereof I the said Charles Henry Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth have to this my last will and Testament contained in seven sheets of paper set my hand and seal in manner following that is to say to the first six sheets thereof and my hand and to this seventh and last sheet thereof my hand and seal this fifteenth day of August in the year of our Lord One thousand and eight hundred and twelve
Peterborough
signed sealed published and declared by the above Testator Charles Henry Earl of Peterborough and Monmouth as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of use at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses the interluication(?) appearing in the seconnd list of the third sheet between the words "Harriot" and the words "In Trust" and also of the obliteration of the word "July" in the date of this Will and the interliucation of the wordd "August" in the Head(?) thereof being severally first made - Rd Robinns of Malmesbury Wilts Attorny of Law - Jn. T. Handy Clerm to Mr Robins - Chas H. J. Handy- Clerk to Mr Robins.
Dautsey June 4th 1814
I desire the Executors of my last Will and Testament to pay to Miss C. Smith now residing in my house here the sum of two thousand pounds and one thousand to the Rev. C.(?) Illingworth of ?? as soon as possible after my death
Peterborough
Proved: 1814

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Mordaunt Wills

Osmond Mordaunt, Tenerife, 1813

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In the Name of God, Amen.

I Osmond Mordaunt late of Lisbon but now resident in Port Orotavo in this island of Teneriffe being in good health and sound mind and well knowing the uncertainty of life I make this my last Will and Testament in the manner following that is to say recommending my soul entirely to the mercy of Almighty God I desire that my body may interred devoutly but without any unnecessary pomp at the discretion of my Executors hereafter mentioned. I give to the poor of Port Orotavo five hundred currant dollars to be distributed among the most necessitous in the proportion as my Executor shall deem proper. I desire that five hundred currant dollars may be applied for Masses for the rest of my
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soul to be said as soon after my decease as possible should I die at Tenerife. I direct that such of my Executors as shall at that time be resident in this island do consult with the beneficiands for the time being of Port Orotavo regarding the application of this bequest but if it please God to spare my life until after I leave this island I desire that the said sum of five hundred current dollars or a sum of equivalent value may be applied for Masses for the rest of my soul to be said as soon as possible after my decease in the country wherein I may happen after a long experience during the time we have been commited in Business having the fullest confidence in the ?? and friendship of my associates Archibald Lythe Esquire of London and James Sittle(?) Esquire was resident at Port Oratavo I hereby name them jointly with my Nephew David Galloway now of Cork(?) my Executors and my will is that when and so often as any of them the said Executors hereby appointed shall die or refuse or neglect to act or be desirous to be discharged from or become incapable of acting in the Execution of the trusts hereafter mentioned it shall and may be lawful for the surviving Trustee or other Trustees for the purposes herein mentioned to nominate and appoint any person or persons to be a Trustee or Trustees instead of such Trustee or Trustees so dying or refusing or neglecting to act or being desirous to be discharged as aforesaid and every such new Trustee or Trustees his heir or their heirs Executors advisors and assigns shall have and be invested with every power and authority hereby delegated to the Trustees herein named or their ?? or in conjunction with with such former Trustee or Trustees as the case shall be provided also that my said Trustees respectively for the time being shall be charged and chargeable only with such monies as they respectively shall actually have incurred and that one of them shall not be answerable or accountable for the other or for the act ?? ?? ?? or default of the other them wither(?) shall they my said Trustees for the time being be answerable or accountable for any unfortunate loss or damage that my happen of or to the said Trust Estates monies or stock and premises or any part thereof Except the same shall happen by or through his ?? or their wilful default respectively and also that my said Trustees for the time being and each of their heirs and each of their Executors, advisors and assigns shall and may by and out of the moneys that may ?? to their respective ?? by virtue of the ?? hereinafter ?? ?? and reimburse himself or themselves respectively and allow to his or their Co Trustee or Co Trustees all such costs charges and expenses they or any of them shall or may respectivelysustain expend ddisburse or be put unto in or about the execution of the trust hereby in them reposed or anywize relating thereto and provided also that if at the time of my decease(?) there be any ?? matters appertaining for my present or late partnership with the aforesaid Archibald and James Sitter Esquires my will is that such accounts as they or other of them shall furnish shall be admitted without any opposition from my heirs neither shall they my said partners be obliged to furnish any other document on proof than their signature to such accounts Justice not allowing me
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to put my Sister Matilda Mordaunt on a footing with my other Sisters I hereby forgive her the many injuries and troubles she has for many years occasioned me doth(?) therefore bequeath to my Executors two thousand and four hundred pounds sterling lawful currency of Great Britain In Trust to be by them Invested(?) in such Government Stock as they may judge best the ?? arising from the same to be paid to my said sister Matilda during the time of her natural life or to such person or persons as she shall by Note in writing but not by anticipation appoint to receive the same after the ?? of my said Sister Matilda dying I give this stock to my Niece ?? Galloway for her sole use and benefit but should my said Niece not survive my said sister Matilda I then give this Stock to my dear sister Mary Barbara Galloway for her sole use and benefit and should she not be living at the time of the decease of my sister Matilda then I desire my Executors will divide this bequest in equal shares among such children of my sister Mary Barbara Galloway as shall then be living. I give to my Executors the sum of fifteen thousand pounds sterling lawful currency of Great Britain … to be by them invested in the funds in such Government stock as they may … best for the purpose here mentioned that is to say that the … dividends arising from this stock after deducting all charges … shall be divided into three equal shares out of shares to be paid to my brother William Mordaunt another share to my sister Mary Annie Puerto de Carvalho and the other share to my sister Julianna Mordaunt to the term of their natural lives or to be paid to such person or persons as they or either of them shall appoint to … their respective proportions by note in writing but not in anticipation in …. Of the survivor of my Brother or either of them my said sisters Marry Annie and Julianna my will is that the two survivors shall divide the whole of the dividends arising from this stock in equal amounts during the term of their natural lives and the last survivor to enjoy the whole of the dividends during the term of his or her natural life in case my brother William att the time of his decease shall leave any legitimate sons and … this sum of fifteen thousand pounds sterling may be divided in equal shares among such children born in lawful wedlock of my saidf brother as shall be living at the time of the ….of the Survivor of my Sisters Mary Anne and Julianna to be paid to them as they … of age and in default of lawful sons of my said brother William I leave and bequeath the wholeof this sum of fifteen thousand pounds sterling to my dear sister Mary Barbara Galloway for her sole use and benefit and in case she shall not be living I desire this sum may be divided in equal shares among such children of my sister Mary Barbara Galloway as shall then be living my niece Christina Galloway to share in equal proportions with her Brothers and …. I possess a house in Lisbon which formerly belonged to my dear brother and which by my father had been mortgaged to my aunt Frances Mordaunt as security of an annuity of twenty thousand pounds sterling and for …… pounds sterling at interest of five per cent per annum which annuity I duly paid as well as the Interest on the said four hundred pounds sterling for several years after thee decease of my father and my said Aunt having by her last Will bequeathed the said sum of four hundred pounds to her … having laid out a considerable sum in repairing and improving the said house and having appropriated to myself … part of the rent ..; the year one thousand seven hundred and ninety seven I consider this house indebted to me in more than its value but should any doubt arise among either my Brother of Sisters regarding any right they may … to a share of the same I …… I allot to each of them may be ………..I therefore give this house situated in the Ruas de …. In Lisbon to Mary Anne and Julianna Mordaunt jointly and in equal shares to enjoy the same during the term of their natural lives the survivor to enjoy the whole a….. after the decease of my Sisters Mary Anne and Julianna I give the said house to my brother William for his sole use and benefit but should my said Brother not survive my said Sisters Mary Anne and Julianna and leave any legitimate sons my will is that the eldest of his legitimate sons shall ……. Of theat aforesaid house and in default of …..the eldest of the daughters of my said brother I give this house to my nephew John Galloway for his sole use andbeenefit and in his default to the Eldest of his Brothrs that may survive … in case it shall please the Almighty to call me from this world before I leave this Island I leave my gold watch, …. Books and wearing apparel to my nephew John Galloway and I desire my dear Friend James …Esq. will accept of my … as a small Token of my high reardI give to my Executors Archibald Little(?) Esquire James Little Esquire and my nepher David Galloway of Cork(?) to … two hundred pounds sterling as a small recompense for the trouble they will … in the discharge of ……. To them and whereas I am indebted to Mrs Elizabeth ….. of London in the …. Hundred pounds sterling on bond I desire my Executors will as soon as possible after my decease discharge this bond with the interest thereon but after discharging the several legacies aforementioned I leave and bequeath the residue of which … property…. Stock, Goods and Chattels I may be(?) possessed to my dearest sister Mary Barbara Galloway who …… and my will is that in her default her children shall succeed to all the rights that my said sister would be entitled to …….the whole to be divided in equal shares among such of her children as shall be living at the time….. In witness thereof I Osmond Mordaunt have of my hand and seal Port Orotavo this 27th day of February one thousand eight hundred and thirteen?
Osmond Mordaunt
Signed, sealed, published and declared by the above …. Osmond Mordaunt as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses …. In the presence of the said Testator and in the presence of each other ………………..
Proved: 21st January 1814

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Mordaunt Wills

George Mordaunt, Harrow, 1824

The last Will and Testament
of me George Mordaunt, Formerly of Leadenhall Street London but now of Harrow in the County of Middlesex made as follows. I first after payment of my just debts and funeral expenses the whole of my property of every description in possession expectancy or ?? to be devided between my son George and my daughter Dorothy born of my first marriage and my dear wife Mary and the children I now have or may have by her viz. to my son George @ his heirs one fifth part to my daughter Dorothy @ her heirs one fifth part to my dear wife and the children I now have or may have by her three fifth parts and it is my Will and desire that the property so bequeathed to my dear wife @ her children shall be invested in the Government Funds in the names of the Trustees and Executors hereafter appointed the interest whereof I give to my dear wife Mary for her sole and separate use and dependant of any husband she may happen to marry and her receipt alone to be good discharge for all such interest but the same is hereby given for the maintenance and education of all my children ?? as well as for herself and upon the decease of my Wife I give such remaining part of the said property bequeathed to her equally among all our children as may live to attain the age of twenty and one years and be living at the time of the decease of my said wife at which period and not before the same shall be deemed vested interests and further in case of the death of my said wife before all or any of my children which I now have or may have by her shall have attained the age of twenty and one years then it is my will and desire that the interest of the said property shall from such her decease be paid and applied for the maintenance and education of all such children or so many of them as may then be under that age until the principal is paid or transferred to them respectively and I declare that notwithstanding the death of any child or children under that age of twenty and one years all payment for his or her maintenance and education shalll be deemed good and I do appoint my dear wife mary and my sons George and Frederick Trustees and Executors of this my Will and direct that they shall not be answereable or accountable out for the acts of the other but each for their own acts deeds and defaults only andd my will is that in cae of thee deah of all or any of my said trustees before the trusts of this my will are fully performed and executed the surviving trusteees @ also the trustees for the time being shall from time to time within one month after the death of any one of thee presennt or future trustee or rustees by writing under their hands nominate @ appoint one or more trustee or trustees in the stead of the trustee or trustees then dead in order that there may be always three Trustees kept up and so often as the said now trusteee or trustees shall be so appointed all the said trust property in which the same shall be invested or ?? shall be forthwith conveyed assigned and transferred as to vest the same in such surviving trustees and such noe trustees or trustees only but upom trust and to and for the several uses and intents and purposes herein expredssed and declare of such of them as shall be then existing or capable of taking effect and in such manner as shall be necessary and that every such now trustee or trusteees shall or may in all things act in the management carrying on and executing the trusts aforesaid every or any of themm asfully as if be or they had been originally in and by this my Will appointed a trustee or trustees and I declare that the receipts of my saidtrustees and executors and of such now trustee or trustees as may be appointeda s aforesaid and the survivors and survivor of thyem their heirs executors and advisors shall be good discharges to all persons for all or any such sum or sums of money or other matters or thing to be to by them or any of them paid or received under or by virtue of this my Will in relation thereof and that the person or persons paying the same shall notr be obliged to see to the application thereof or any part thereof or bee answerable or accountable for any misapplication loss or non application of the same or any part thereof I revoke all former Wills and declare this to be my last Will and Testament In whereof I the said George Mordaunt have to this my Will set my hand the 8th day of October one thousand eight hundred @ twenty four
G Mordaunt

Codecil Whereas the late William Coward of Brixton (ie. George's father-in-law) left by his Will the sum of £500 to be invested in the public funds in the names of John King Farlow(?) @ Richard Wyllys Coward as trustees for the benefit of his daughter Mary Mordaunt (ie. George's wife) the interest thereof to be paid to the said Mary Mordaunt during her life @ at her decease the principal to be given in equal portion to her son William Henry and her daughter Susannah Sophia (ie. two of the children of George and Mary) now it is my will and desire that if in the future division of my property among my children each share shall exceed the sum of £250 then the said William Henry and Susannah Sophia shall become partakers thereof deducting the said £250 each but otherwise they shall only possess the benefit of the Legacy bequested as aforesaid as I consider the Will of the said William Coward to be an act of great injustice to his daughter in every respect @ of undue partiality to the said William Henry and Susannah Sophia
G Mordaunt
South Lambeth 31st May 1820
Proved: 1835

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Widow Limbrey
In the name of God Amen
I, Julian Limbrey of Little Dartmouth within the parish of Townstall in the County of Devon the Widow of Henry Limbrey late of Little Dartmouth aforesaid Esquire being of sound perfect and disposing Mind Memory and Understanding tho sick and weak of Body fully intending to make a complete and entire disposition as well of my Freehold and Chattel Real Estate as of my Goods Chattels Effects and personal Estate whatsoever I make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament In the first place however deeming myself obliged to return I do return my humble and hearty thanks to Almighty God for all his Mercies unto me vouchsafed Moreover I most earnestly entreat my merciful God to forgive and pardon whatsoever in this Life I have done amiss and this I beg through the Merits and for the sake of my blessed Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ to whom the Father and Holy Ghost be Honour and Glory for ever and evermore. As to my Body

I direct that it shall be buried in the parish Church of Townstall aforesaid in the Grave of my beloved and Affectionate Mother and that my Funeral shall be as decent as may be conducted under the direction sole management and at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter named and hereby appointed... (she then writes about the inscription on her tombstone)...... All that my Manor called Street otherwise trove by and those Messuages and tenements Fields Closes pieces of parcels of Land Hereditaments and Premises called and knowed distinguished or distinguishable by the Name of Street Estate situate lying and being in the parish of Blackawton in the said County so subject charged or chargeable as to Street Estate as is hereinafter mentioned I do give devise limit direct and appoint unto the Reverend John Frederick Toll Clerk for and during the Term of four score and nineteen years if and in case he the said John Frederick Toll shall so long happenn to live and from and immediately after the decease of the said John Frederick Toll in Case Jane his wife shall be then living or in Case the said John Frederick Toll should not happen to be living at the time of my decease Then and in either of these cases I do give devise limit direct and appoint the same Manor and Estate so subject and charged or chargeable as the Estate as is hereinafter mentioned contained and set forth unto Thomas Cole Mordaunt of Little Dartrmouth aforesaid Gentleman his Executors and Administrators for and during the term of fourscore and nineteen years. If and in case and on condition that the said Jane shall so happen to live Upon Trust that he the said Thomas Cole Mordaunt his Executors and Administrators shall and will permit and suffer the said Jane to have hold use occupy possess and enjoy the said Manor and also the said Estate so subject and charged and chargeable as aforesaid and the Rents Issues and Profits of them and each of the ?? and every part and parts of them and of them and each of the them to receive perceive(?) take and apply to for her own sole proper and distinct Use and benefit hereby declaring it to be my will I do will that such rents Issues and profits shall except as herein after is mentioned be by the said Jane alone whether sole or when married and as well notwithstanding her Coverture(?) when married as sole so and in such manner or to or for such her Use or Benefit as aforesaid and in no other manner or or to or for the Use and Benefit of or by any other person or persons whomsoever

?? ?? ?? or applied and in particular I do will and direct that if and in case the Uses of the Term herein before last limitted shall come into possession and the said Jane be again married that then the said Rents Issues and Profits shall be had received taken enjoyed disposed of applied and appointed by the said Jane as they from time to time shall accrue or become due and payable to and for such her(?) own sole proper and distinct Use and Benefit or to or for the Use or Benefit of any other person or persons whomsoever separate and apart from and exclusive of her Husband for the time being and that the same Rents Issues and Profits or thee Estate hereby devised In Trust for the said Jane shall not be subject to the intermeddling or disposal of liable to or charged or chargeable with the Debts ?? Covenants or Engagements of her present or any future or other Husband And to that end and for these special purposes I do hereby direct and declare that the Receipt or Receipts which by the said Jane whether Covert of sole and as well when Covert or married and notwithstanding her coverture as when sole shall unto the Tenannt or several and respective Tenants(for the time being) of the said Manor and Estate or unto any other Person or Personss whomsoever on Account of the said Rents Issues and Profits be given and each of then respectively be good valid sufficient and effectual discharge and discharges or the same Rents Issues and Profits or so many and such or such parts of them as in and by such Receipt and Receipts and each of them respectively shall be acknowledged or mentioned to be or to have been received And moreover I do hereby will direct and declare that the said Thomas Cole Mordaunt his Executors or Administrators shall on request made by the said Jane by some Deed or Instrument in the Law and for that purpose good and sufficient give unto the said Jane all and every such Power and Powers Authority and Authorities as shall be necessary requisite to enable and empower the said Jane to receive the said Rents Issues and Profits and to levy the same by Distress and Sale as though and in such manner as if the Estate hereby the devised unto the said Thomas Cole Mordaunt his Ex'ors and Adm'ors was absolutely devised unto the said Jane and she from time to time should be and continue sole and unmarried And I do further Will and moreover direct that the Estate hereby unto the said Thomas Cole Mordaunt his Executors and Adm'ors devised shall subject to the Conditions of the same devise be deemed and accounted a vested Estate to the end that the Executors and Administrators of the said Thomas Cole Mordaunt may in case

of the decease of the said Thomas Cole Mordaunt before the commencement of the said Term or at any ?? thenafter be and become Tenants of the said Manor and hold the same on trust for the said Jane as aforesaid and I do hereby declare it to be my Will and ?? that the said Thomas Cole Mordaunt his Executors and Administrators shall and may by Entry on and Enjoyment of the said Manor and Estate or either of them ???????? or any part of them or either of themm or any part of them or eeither of them pay and satisfy or retain unto or for himself and themselves all and every such Sum and Sums of Money Payments Costs ?? Charges Damages and Expences whatsoever as he or they any or either of them shall or may pay make bear suffer incur and sustain by reason or ?? of the Trusts hereby created and in him and on him and them vested and reposed and as well after the determination as during the continuance or subsistance of the Estate and Term hereby unto him and them devise so as he or they could not during the continuance of subsistance of the said Estate and Term have conveniently ??? or been otherwise satisfied such Sum and Sums of Money Payments Costs Losses Charges Damages and Expences and from and immediately after the decease of them the said John Frederic and Jane his Wife and the Survivor of them or in Case they or either of them shall not be living at the time of my decease and the Son of the said John Frederic Coll by the said jane his Wife shall be living at the time Coll n by reason