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Will of John Scattergood, Merchant of Madras, India. 1719.


In the Name of God, Amen

I, John Scattergood of Madras, Merchant, being well in health of body and of good and perfect mind and memory considering the frailty and uncertainty of our lives in this world, do hereby make and constitute ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament revoking and annulling all manner of former Wills and Testaments whatsoever by word of mouth or writing.


And first I recommend my soul to God that made it beseeching him to accept thereof by pardoning all those manifest sins it has been guilty of which is only to be obtained through the intervention and by the merits of my dear Saviour Jesus Christ.


My body I desire my Executors to inter and dispose of with such dignity as the time and place will admit.


As to the settling of my worldly estate and concerns and all such goods, debts and chattels as it has pleased God to bless me with I do hereby oblige the same first to pay all debts made or contracted with all person or persons whatsoever either here or any other place.


And I do hereby desire and empower appoint and ordain Mr Edward Fenwicke, Elijah Trenchfield and John Trenchfield my Brothers to be my lawful executors.


And after all my accounts are made up the nett produce of my estate I leave as undermentioned viz:


I leave and bequeath to my honoured Mother Elizabeth Trenchfield, my two sisters Elizabeth Fenwicke and Anne Trenchfield the sum of £50 Sterling money to each of them to buy them mourning.


And to my three executors £100 Sterling each to buy them Rings.


To the Reverend George Lewis the sum of £50 Sterling.


Item: I leave and bequeath to my Uncle Roger Scattergood to be paid him annually during his life the sum of £40 Sterling, and my house that is in Grey Friars in Newgate Street after Mr Thomas Pains decease (to whom I have given it during his life) the said house I give to my Uncle Roger Scattergood for his Life.


Item: to my two Aunts, Katherine Farmerie and Elizabeth Scattergood I leave and bequeath to each of them the sum of £25 Sterling to be paid them annually during the term of their Lives.


Item: I leave and bequeath to my wife Arabella Scattergood to be paid to her annually during her life the sum of £150 Sterling, and the sum of £50 Sterling more to be paid to her annually during her widowhood as long as she remains a widow.


Item: I leave and bequeath to my servant called Hurrules (a Dwarf) the sum of £10 Sterling per annum during the term of his life.


Item: I leave and bequeath the sum of £300 Sterling to be given to such poor persons as my three executors shall judge proper.


Item: to my eldest daughter Elizabeth I give the bond of Mr James Wendeys for £500 or one thousand Pagodas to be paid me at her marriage or when she came to the age of 15 or 16 years (she having had a Consideration for the same).


Item: I leave to my second daughter Carolina all the money that Mr Elijah Trenchfield employed for her or that goes under her name.


The rest of my estate I leave to my six daughters viz: Elizabeth, Carolina, Arabella, Frances, Maria and Katherine to be equally divided amongst them, and all the annuities that I have above given as they drop. And in case of the death of either of my children before they come to age or marriage, the share of the dead child or children shall be equally divided and come to the survivors. And in case of the death of all my children before age or marriage their shares shall come to my half brothers Elija and John Trenchfield and my half sisters Elizabeth Fenwicke and Anne Trenchfield to be equally divided amongst them and their heirs.


And I do hereby declare that what shall be done by my executors in selling my goods, discharging my debts, remitting my money shall be esteemed to be good and free from all lawsuits and questions believing them to be persons of integrity and honour.


Witness my hand and seal this 29th day of December, 1719.



J Scattergood


Witnessed:


Thomas Harris

William Colebrook

Charles Bissell


Proved: 27th June 1723 London







Last updated 23 December 2011