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This is the last Will and Testament
of me Catherine Scattergood of Abingdon Street, Westminster in the County of Middlesex, spinster, made this 24th day of March in the year of our Lord 1783.
As to all my estate and effects whatsoever I dispose thereof as follows (that is to say)
I give and bequeath the sum of £400 which I have let at interest on the security of the Turnpike Tolls at or near Lincoln, and also the sum of £400 South Sea Stock and the sum of £1450 Bank three pounds percent consolidated annuities and likewise all the moneys in the public stocks or funds which shall belong to me at the time of my decease whether standing in my own name or in the name or names of any other person or persons in trust for me unto Pemiston Peveney of **** place in the County of Berkshire, Esq, and George Griffin of Lincolns Inn in the County of Middlesex, gentleman, their executors and administrators:
in trust for Dorothea Francis Kingsman, Louisa Catherine Kingsman and Emily Kingsman daughters of my nephew William Long Kingsman to be equally divided between them share and share alike as and when they shall severally attain their respective ages of 21 years or day of marriage which shall first happen and I will and direct that the interest dividends and annual produce thereof shall in the meantime during the life of their said father be laid out and accumulated for their respective benefit.
And in case any one or more of them shall happen to die before her or their share or shares therein shall vest and become transferable as aforesaid then I will and direct the share or share of her or them so dying as well in the principal as of the interest shall go shall rest in and be paid assigned and transferred to her or them as and when her or their original share or shares in the said trust moneys stocks funds and securities shall become payable and assignable or transferable by virtue of this my will
and in case the said Dorothea Francis Kingsman, Louisa Catherine Kyngesman and Emily Kingsman shall all of them happen to die before either all of them shall attain her said age of 21 years or be married then I will and direct that the said Pemiston Pevensey and George Griffin and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor shall from thenceforth stand and be possessed of and interested in as well the principal as the interest and dividends which shall have accumulated as aforesaid:
in trust for Henry Kingsman, son of my said nephew William Long Kingsman as and when he shall attain his age of 21 years.
And in case he shall also happen to die before he shall attain his age of 21 years then I will and direct that as well the principal of the said trust moneys stocks funds and securities as the interest and dividends thereof which shall have accumulated as aforesaid shall from thenceforth sink into and become part of the residue of my personal estate.
Provided always and my mind and will is and I do hereby expressly direct and declare that it shall and may be lawful to and for the said Pemiston Pevensey and George Griffin and the survivor of them and the executors or administrators of such survivor from time to time with the approbation of my said nephew William Long Kingsman during his life testified by writing signed with his hand and after his decease then of the proper authority of my trustees for the time being to sell and dispose of the said Turnpike securities and of the said stocks and funds or any part or parts thereof and invest or place out the money to arise by such sale or sales again on Parliamentary or real securities or in the public stocks or funds at interest and from time to time to alter and transpose such funds and securities as occasion shall be or require.
And that such **** or other stocks funds or securities and the money invested or placed out therein or thereupon and the increase dividends and annual produce of thereof shall be and remain vested in my said trustees for the time being upon such and the same trusts as are hereinbefore declared and expressed of and concerning the said trust money and the present funds and securities
and my further will is that my said trustees or either of them, their or either of their executors or administrators, shall not be charged or chargeable with or accountable for any more of the aforesaid trust moneys than they shall respectively actually receive or shall come to their respective hands by virtue of this my will nor with or for any loss which shall happen of the same or any part thereof so as such loss happen without their wilful default, nor either of them for the other of them or for the acts deeds receipts or disbursements of the other of them but each of them only for his own acts and deeds receipts and disbursements
and also that it shall and may be lawful to and for my said trustees and each of them, their and each of their executors and administrators in the first place by and out of any money which shall come to their or either of their hands by virtue of the trusts hereby intended to be in them reposed to retain and reimburse him and themselves respectively all such loss costs charges and expenses as they or either of them shall respectively sustain expend or be put unto for or by reason of the trusts hereby in them reposed or the execution thereof or any other thing in any wise relating thereto.
And as to all the rest and residue of my personal estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind so ever the same may be at the time of my decease, which shall remain after payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I give and bequeath the same and all my right and interest therein unto my said nephew William Long Kingsman to and for his own absolute use and benefit.
And I nominate and I nominate constitute and appoint my said nephew William Long Kingsman sole executor of this my last Will and Testament.
And lastly I revoke and declare void all former and other Wills or testamentary dispositions by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament.
In witness whereof I the said Catherine Scattergood the testatrix have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and affixed my seal the day and year first above written
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Catherine Scattergood the testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses attesting the said execution thereof.
Mary Grace Beecher
This will was proved at London the 24th day of January in the year of our Lord 1784 before the worshipful George Harris, Dr of Laws, by William Long Kingsman