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Will of Beatrix Lacy, widow of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. 1703.

In the name of God Amen

I Beatrix Lacy of Cheshunt in the County of Hertford widow of John Lacy late of the same, Esquire, being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following

And first I bequeath my soul to the infinite mercy of God through Jesus Christ, and my body I desire that it may be buried in Covent Garden churchyard as near to my son and my husband Staley’s relations as conveniently can be. The manner and ordering of my funeral I leave to discretion of my executors whom I shall hereafter name but I earnestly request and enjoin them not to exceed the sum of £20 for charges and expenses about the same.

And for what worldly estate it hath pleased God to give me either in possession or right title or claim I give and dispose thereof as follows:

Imprimis, I will that my funeral charges and also all my own proper debts which I have contracted since the death of my late husband Lacy and which shall be due and owing at my death be honestly paid.

And next, I will and desire as in reason and good conscience I am bound that the just debts of my former husband Richard Staley be paid and after they are discharged then I desire that the debts of my said late husband John Lacy be paid.

And after these are duly paid and satisfied I give and bequeath unto my dear brothers Richard Long, James Long and Henry Long each of them £50 and also to my dear sisters Mary Rushton, Elizabeth Holmes, Sarah Langston and Deborah Longstone likewise of the sum of £50 to each of them.

Item, I give to my nephew Richard Miller and to my niece Elizabeth Holmes each of them the sum of £50 and to my niece Honour Colderway I give the sum of £100 and to my nephews Edmund and John Holmes £10 to each and to my nephews John and William Franklyn the like sum of £10 to each.

Item, I also give and devise unto my said dear brother Richard Long and to his heirs and assigns for ever all that and those my lands, tenements and hereditaments and particularly all the right title pretence trust equity estate and interest and demand whatsoever which I now have or may or might anyways have claim in or to all that the estate of Dame Theodosia Prettyman deceased and devised unto me by the last will and Testament of her the said Dame Theodosia Prettyman in as large and ample a manner as the same was devised unto my said late husband John Lacy of Cheshunt aforesaid Esquire and me the said Beatrix Lacy by the said Dame Theodosia Prettyman subject nevertheless to such condition and conditions legacies and bequests as in the said Dame Theodosia Prettyman's last Will is particularly expressed and also subject liable to make good and perform all the condition and conditions bequests and legacies mentioned or to be mentioned in this my last Will and Testament in case my personal estate shall not amount to and be sufficient to pay and discharge the same.

Item, I give to my said dear brother James Long of the parish of St Paul Covent Garden, vintner, and to my cousin Henry Hargrave of Bernards Inn, Gentleman, whom I do also nominate constitute and appoint my executors of this my last Will and Testament the sum of £50 to each of them as an acknowledgement of their pains and care in the execution of this my last Will and Testament.

Item, in case and provided the aforesaid estate bequeathed and devised unto me by the said Dame Theodosia Prettyman be obtained and recovered by my said executors I do then give and bequeath unto them the said James Long my brother and Henry Hargrave my said executors as a reward for their further pains and care in this particular the sum of £50 per annum to each of them for his life to commence from the time of the recovery and possession of the said estate.

Item, I do further order will and require that all charges and expenses and disbursements whatsoever touching and concerning the execution and performance of this my last Will shall be duly allowed and paid to my said executors and that they may and shall detain and pay the same to themselves.

And I do earnestly bequeath my said executors to use their utmost endeavours to recover and get in as speedily as may be all my personal estate and especially the debts owing them by Sir Patrick Trane and the assignments from Sir Jeremy Snow that so all these debts and legacies I have here mentioned and appointed may be the sooner paid and discharged according to my true intent and desire.

And I do also request my said executors as soon as conveniently may be after my death freely to give up and deliver to the creditors of my late father-in-law John Staley or to the trustees for them all bonds bills books writings and papers whatsoever of or any way concerning or relating to his estate.

And I doubt not but my said executors will also use an honest conscience in the discharge of this confidence I repose in them as to all the particulars of this my will.

Lastly all the rest and residue of my estate whether real or personal of what kind or nature soever after all and every of the above expressed debts and legacies and bequests shall be paid and discharged, I give and bequeath the same to my said dear brother Richard Long.

And also I do hear revoke and disannul and make void all former Wills and Testaments whatsoever by me heretofore made.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal to this my last Will and Testament this four and 20th day of November 1692 and in the fourth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord and Lady William and Mary King and Queen of England.

Beatrix Lacy.

Signed sealed published and declared by the said Beatrix Lacy to be her last Will and Testament in the presence of us whose names are hereunto written and who subscribed our names in the presence of the said Beatrix Lacy.

William Hart

John Disher

James Taylor

Memorandum that the will within written was signed sealed published and declared by the within named of Beatrix Lacy as her last Will and Testament after the words (same said dear James Long of the parish of St Paul Covent Garden, vintner, James Long my brother) were interlined in the said Will and some words struck out of the same in the presence of the said Beatrix Lacy, William Hart, John Disher, James Taylor

Probate in London the 26th October 1703 by Henry Hargrave and James Long.

Last updated 7 July 2012