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Will of Lieutenant General Francis Langston. 1713.


In the name of God Amen 


I Lieutenant General Francis Langston do make ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, viz:


Imprimis, I desire and appoint that all my just debts which I shall owe at the time of my decease shall be duly paid and discharged by my executor hereinafter appointed 


Item, I give and devise unto my loving wife Deborah Langston, her heirs, executors, administrators and assigns one annuity of £14 per annum payable out of her Majesty's Exchequer at Westminster which I have purchased for the life of my niece Honora Colerby now the wife of Mr Jackson, and also one other yearly sum of six pounds to be payable unto my said wife, her executors, administrators or assigns out of all or any part of my personal estate during the life of the said Honora amounting together to £20 a year upon trust that my said wife, her executors, administrators or assigns shall pay the said the £20 a year yearly by four equal quarterly to such person and persons and to such use and uses as the said Honora Jackson shall by any writing under her hand direct and appoint notwithstanding her coverture to the intent and purpose that it may not be any ways liable or subject to the control or management or to any of the debts or encumbrances of her said husband but be applied towards her only support and maintenance. And therefore I will and declare that the receipt of her the said Honora or her direction in writing for the payment thereof whether she shall be sole or married and notwithstanding her marriage to her present or any other husband whom she may hereafter marry shall from time to time be a good and sufficient discharge for the same. 


Item, I give unto my said wife the sum of £1000 which is to be for her own proper use and at her free and absolute disposal 


Also I give unto my said wife all my plate, jewels, household goods and utensils of household, horses, coaches and other equipage and furniture which I shall be possessed of at the time of my decease 


Item, I give and devise unto my loving brother Brigadier John Langston my several messuages and tenements in or near Goswell Street which were mortgaged to me by Sir Charles Bickerstaff and his lady, and the inheritance whereof I have lately purchased from the Lady Bickerstaff, to hold the said messuages and tenements and premises with the appurtenances unto the said Brigadier John Langston for and during the term of his natural life, and from and after his decease I give and devise the said several messuages and tenements and premises unto my niece Thomasin Langston and her heirs and assigns for ever, to and for the only proper use and behoof of the said Thomasin Langston and for her heirs and assigns for ever


Item, I give and bequeath unto my said wife Deborah Langston and her assigns one annuity or yearly sum of £400 of lawful money of Great Britain and I order the same to be paid to my said wife and her assigns by equal half yearly payments without any deduction for taxes or charges whatsoever for and during the term of her natural life and that the first payment thereof shall begin and be made at the end of six months next after my decease 


And I do charge all my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever with and for the payment thereof to her accordingly and my will and mind is that the yearly sum of £70 which I have in annuities of payable at the Exchequer for the term of my said wife's life shall go and be accounted as part thereof


Item, I give and bequeath to my said niece Thomasin Langston the sum of £2000 of lawful money of Great Britain and I order the same to be paid her within six months next after my decease 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my cousin Elizabeth Chismond als Gennis £10 of lawful money of Great Britain per annum during her natural life, the same to be paid her by equal quarterly payments the first of the said payments to begin and be made within three months next after my decease 


Item, I give and bequeath unto my godson Langston Renouard son of Captain David Renouard the sum of £100 of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid him within six months after my decease 


Item, I give and bequeath unto the said Captain David Renouard £20 for mourning and a ring 


Item, I give unto my brother-in-law James Long, unto my brother-in-law Henry Long and my son-in-law John Castaing to each of them £20 for mourning and a ring 


Item, I give unto my servant Francis Glynn in case he shall be living with me at the time of my decease all my wearing clothes and apparel both linen and woollen and also the sum of £100 be paid him within six months after my decease 


Provided, and my will and mind is that, in case my personal estate shall fall short fully to pay and satisfy my debts funeral charges and the several legacies hereinbefore given and bequeathed not the said annuity and legacies so before given to my said wife for her own use shall be paid her without any deduction or abatement whatsoever and in such case I order the said Thomasin Langston and the several other legatees before named to abate and allow their several proportions thereof out of the respective legacies to them given as aforesaid anything herein contained to the contrary notwithstanding


Item, I give and bequeath all the rest and residue of my annuities mortgages and other personal estate whatsoever not otherwise disposed of unto the said John Castaing and James Long and the survivor of them his executors and administrators upon the several trusts and confidences and to the intents and purposes hereinafter (that is to say) 


That they the said John Castaing and James Long and the survivor of them and his executors or administrators do and shall as soon as conveniently may be turn the same into money and lay out the same in a purchase of an Estate of Inheritance, such Estate so to be purchased to be settled on my said brother Brigadier John Langston for the term of his natural life and after his decease to the only proper use of my said niece Thomasin Langston and her heirs and assigns for ever in like manner as my houses in Goswell Street are hereby devised to them respectively subject nevertheless unto and chargeable with the payment of the said legacies and annuity unto my said wife, and until such purchase can be made in trust to put the money arising by my said annuities mortgages and other my said personal estate out at interest or continue the money that shall be at interest at my death on the old securities and from time to time and at all times during the life of my said wife to permit and suffer her my said wife to receive and take out of the interest produce or increase thereof to her own use and benefit the said annuity or sum of £400 per annum during her life, and upon trust and to the intent and purpose that if it shall happen that any money which at the time of my decease shall be placed out or secured shall be paid in the same, shall be paid into the hands of the said John Castaing and James Long or the survivor of them his executors or administrators and as well such money as shall be placed out as aforesaid {inkblot} also such money {inkblot} to be paid in as aforesaid {inkblot} again placed {inkblot} to such purchase can be made by the said John Castaing and James Long or the survivor of them his executors or administrators and the securities for the same shall be taken in the {inkblot} of the said John Castaing and James Long or survivor of them his executors or administrators {inkblot} thereof to go to such person and persons as would be {inkblot} to the rents of the real estate if actually purchased successively subject and liable nevertheless to the payment of the said annuity of £400 unto my wife during her life as aforesaid 


And I do hereby make constitute and appoint my said brother Brigadier John Langston sole executor of this my will and I do hereby revoke and annul all other and former Wills by me made and declare these present writings to be my last Will and Testament 


And it is my desire that my body to be interred privately 


In witness whereof I the said Francis Langston the testator have to two parts of this my last Will set my hand and seal the fourth day of February Anno Domini 1713 and in the 12th year of the reign of our sovereign Lady Anne by the grace of God Queen of Great Britain


Francis Langston 


Signed sealed published and declared by the said Francis Langston the testator as his last Will and Testament on the day and date above written in the presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names in the presence of the said testator 


Richard Turner senior 


William ***** his servant


Probate in London 8th March 1714 by the honourable Brigadier John Langston executor








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