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Will of William Long, of St Mary le Bone, Middlesex. 1755.

In the name of God amen 

I William Long of the parish of St Mary le Bone in the County of Middlesex Esq being in good bodily health and of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding praise be to God for the same do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) 

principally I resign my soul to Almighty God my creator trusting in full confidence that through the merits of my dear Redeemer Jesus Christ I shall attain full remission of my sins and inherit everlasting life, and my body I commit to the Earth to be decently buried in the churchyard of the parish of St Paul Covent Garden in my family vault there and desire that the present cover thereof may be taken off and a marble one put in its room and that such inscription may be made thereon as my executor after mentioned shall think proper and that the Masons work about the same may be done by Mr Walter Lee, Mason, or some of his family. 

And as to such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God in his goodness to bless me I give devise and bequeath the same as follows: 

First, I Will and direct that all my just debts and funeral expenses be first paid and satisfied. 

Item, I give to Mr William Coates of Ripley in the County of York (who has for a Long time received by rents in Yorkshire) the sum of £20 to be paid to him in six months next after my decease. 

Item, I give and bequeath to William Carrington now living with me (son of Richard Carrington, Backmaker) the sum of £10 a year payable quarterly until such time as the said William Carrington shall be of a fit age to be placed out an apprentice to a surgeon or some other genteel calling or trade to be paid by my executor for and towards his maintenance and education. And when he shall be of a fit age to be put out an apprentice I Will that my said executor shall disperse the sum of £50 for the putting him out an apprentice and during the whole time of his apprenticeship shall pay to him the said William Carrington the sum of seven pounds and ten shillings a year quarterly toward the finding him in apparel. And when he shall attain the age of twenty and one years I Will that my said executor shall pay to him the said William Carrington the sum of £150 to set him up. 

Item, I give and bequeath to my housekeeper Ann Hymen in consideration of her faithful services for and during the term of her natural life one annuity or clear yearly sum of £30 of lawful money of Great Britain payable quarterly by even and equal quarterly payments issuing out of and chargeable on the Brewhouse and grounds in Oxford Street, Market Street, Castle Street and Winsley Street in the said parish of St Mary le Bone demised to me by lease from the trustees of the late Earl and present Countess of Oxford and which said premises are now in lease from me to Francis Thredgold, Richard Thornton and ( ) Riley and do direct that the said annuity shall be paid on the four most usual feast days in the year, that is to say, at Lady day, Midsummer, Michaelmass and Christmas, and that the first payment shall be made on the first of the said feasts which shall happen next after my decease. 

Item, I give to the said Ann Hymen the sum of £10 for mourning and the Red Bed she worked and all the furniture of the room up two pair of stairs where it stands together with all my apparel both of linnen and woollen and also all my table linnen and sheets. 

Item, I give and it devise to my loving brother Robert Long Esq all my freehold Messuages, lands and estates in the County of Middlesex and York, to hold to him his heirs and assigns for ever. 

I also give and bequeath to my said brother all my leasehold estates in the County of Middlesex, to hold to him his executors administrators and assigns for and during the remainder of the terms of years to come in the respective leases thereof, the Brewhouse and grounds devised as aforesaid by the trustees of the late Earl and present Countess of Oxford to be subject as aforesaid to the payment of the aforesaid annuity of £30 a year. 

All the rest and residue and remainder of my goods chattels and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever (not hereinbefore disposed of) I give and bequeath to my said brother Robert Long whom I constitute and appoint sole executor of this my last Will and Testament, and I do hereby revoke and make void all former Wills and codicils of Wills by me at any time heretofore made. 

In witness whereof I the said William Long have hereunto set my hand and seal the third day of April in the year of our Lord 1750. 

William Long 

Signed sealed published and declared as and for the last Will and Testament of the above named William Long in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the presence of each other have set our names as witnesses. 

George Allen 

Daniel Murrills, servant to Mr John Osgood 

John Osgood, No. 15 Furnivalls Inn 

This Will was proved at London the 25th day of November in the year of our Lord 1755 before the worshipful George Harris, Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the right honourable Sir George Lee, Knight also Doctor of Laws, Master keeper of the commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury, lawfully constituted by the oath of Robert Long the brother of the deceased and sole executor named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased having been first sworn duly to administer.

Last updated 25 June 2012