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Christopher HARKER, of Hartley, parish of Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, yeoman -
Will dated 7 Feb 1736
- My sons William HARKER, Simond HARKER, Joseph HARKER, John HARKER, and James HARKER, each 1 shilling -
Rest & residue to wife Rachell HARKER & son Isaac HARKER and daughter Anne HARKER, whom I make joynt executors.
Christopher Harker, mark & seal. Witnesses: Leo: COLLIN, mark; Michael ROE, sworn. Proved 4 Nov 1741.



John HARKER of Kirkby Stephen Westmorland, carpenter -
Dated 2 March 1756. "Tuishon" of two daughters Anne HARKER and Mary HARKER to brothers William HARKER and James HARKER -
To said brothers William and James, in trust for said daughters, all personal estate etc to be divided equally at 21.
Brothers William and James to be joint executors; and brother Isaac HARKER to be overseer.
Signed and sealed, John Harker - Witnesses Miles MASON sworn, Michael ROE.
William Harker, & James Harker, both of Hartley, Westmorland, woolstaplers, John BOUSFIELD, same place, carpenter, & Miles MASON, Kirkby Stephen, skinner, all signed obligation re Tuition & Guardianship for Anne HARKER aged 12 years and Mary HARKER aged 8 years, children of John HARKER, late of Kirkby Stephen, carpenter. In presence of Geo MOUNSEY.
At Appleby 3 June 1756, William HARKER (therein described as 'yeoman') and James HARKER were granted Letters of tuition for Anne and Mary HARKER, daughters of late John HARKER, before Robert WARDALE, Surrogate.
An Inventory was made 27 Aug 1756 by Michael ROE, Miles MASON, Isaac HARKER and Edward COWPERTHWAITE. All signed. Total £69 5s 1d.



William HARKER of Hartley, parish of Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, yeoman -
Will dated 17 June 1766 -
Son John HARKER, £80; son Christopher £50; daughter Ann LAMB wife of John LAMB, £40; daughter Elizabeth MAYSON wife of John MAYSON, £40; brother Simon HARKER, 20 shillings a year during his life. Rest & residue to wife Jane HARKER - sole executrix.
William Harker -signed and sealed. Witnesses: William BREAKS, his mark X; Tho: BREAKS, sworn. Proved 22 July 1767.



Jane HARKER of Hartley, parish of Kirkby Stephen, Westmorland, widow of William HARKER, deceased -
Will dated 21 June 1769 -
- To Mary LAMB daughter of John LAMB, ten pounds - to Elizabeth DAWSON wife of William DAWSON of Hartley, ten pounds - to Jane LAMB daughter of John LAMB above-named ten pounds - to Mary MASON daughter of John MASON, Kirkby Stephen £20 - to Robert HARKER son of Christopher HARKER deceased, £5 - To Jane HARKER daughter of said Christopher HARKER, £5. Above legacies to be paid at 21 years. Rest & residue to my son John HARKER - sole executor.
Jane Harker - her mark & seal. Witnesses John RODGERSON, Thomas RUDD. Proved 13 May 1772.



Christopher HARKER, Enterbar, parish of Kirkby Stephen, yeoman, intestate - Letters of Administration, 20 Jan 1769 granted to Isabel HARKER, widow. Documents signed by "Iasbel" HARKER, John HARKER of Hartley, yeoman and Charles HASTWELL of Wharton Dykes, yeoman. An Inventory of the goods etc of Christopher HARKER, Enterbar, yeoman, deceased, made 17 Jan 1769, by John ROGERSON, Charles HASTWELL, Samuel ARCHBANK, & Edward COWPERTHWAITE.


31 May 1779, at Appleby, William HARKER, son of Christopher HARKER, late of Enterbar, Parish of Kirkby Stephen, yeoman, deceased a minor of the age of 17 or thereabouts, chose John HARKER, his uncle by the father's side to be his guardian - which John HARKER prayed Letters of Tuition of said minor to be granted etc. John Harker was sworn before George WILLIAMSON, Surrogate. The document was signed by John HARKER of Hartley, Westmorland, yeoman, and John ROGERSON of Whingill, Westmorland, yeoman, in presence of Hugh STANGER.


John HARKER of Hartley. Yeoman
Bur Kirkby Stephen 20 Feb 1803 aged 82 years
Will written 24 Jun 1802; proved 26 Feb 1803. [NB*** copy of will very difficult to read, smudged and blurred.]
To nephew Thomas LAMB fifty pounds, to nephew William LAMB one hundred pounds, nephew Rev. James LAMB fifty pounds, nephew John LAMB one hundred and sixty pounds, nephew Edward LAMB two hundred pounds , nephew Richard LAMB one hundred and ten pounds, niece Mary ARMSTRONG sixty pounds, niece Elizabeth DAWSON two hundred pounds, niece Jane BURTON eighty pounds, niece Mary BREEKS six hundred pounds, upon this express condition that she pay or cause to be paid to her Mother Elizabeth MAYSON ten pounds yearly during her natural life.
Also to the Church Wardens or Overseers of the Poor of the Township of Hartley in Office next after my decease, the sum of twenty pounds to be put to the use and the interest arising therefrom to be devised yearly by their successors in office at Christmas to the poorest inhabitants belonging to the said township.
To my nephew William HARKER the buffet standing in my kitchen, a clothes press and all my wearing apparel...all the grates ...a cheese press and best churn and the rest of my household furniture consisting of ... bedding carpets tables chairs and clocks and several other things.
I give to my four nieces Mary ARMSTRONG, Elizabeth DAWSON Jane BURTON and Mary BREEKS – divided equally amongst them share and share alike. I give and bequeath unto my niece Mary BREEKS wife of Richard BREEKS of Warcop all my ready money bills bonds deeds securities and all my moveable goods and chattels and the rest and residue of personal estate etc. Mary BREEKS sole exec. Witnesses, Thomas LONGSTAFF, Phillip RUDD.



William HARKER of Hartley in the parish of Kirkby Stephen yeoman
Will written 29 Jan 1832; proved 22 Jun 1832
Wife Agnes HARKER of Hartley the best milk cow and all the household furniture as long as she is my widow, and after that period I Will them to my unmarried daughters equally divided except such things as I shall hereafter name.
To my daughter Isabella the wife of Matthew BOUSFIELD of Soulby the sum of five pounds.
To my daughter Elizabeth HARKER of Hartley the sum of eighty pounds with interest from the day of my death.
To my daughter Margaret the wife of James BOUSEFIELD of Soulby the sum of one hundred and thirty pounds.
Also I give to my daughter Jane HARKER of Hartley the sum of three hundred pounds and interest from the day of my death.
Also to my daughter Agnes HARKER of Hartley the sum of three hundred pounds and interest from the day of my death.
Also to my son John Rudd HARKER of Hartley my freehold messuage tenements and hereditaments called Enterber situate standing lying and being within the township and parish of Kirkby Stephen with five acres of land from the Thorns before the Byer Door to the lane leading to Busk also a Close called Kiddleside or Stubbs Close in the township of Naitby and parish of Kirkby Stephen with their and every of their appurtenances unto my son John Rudd Harker and his heirs after him.
Also to my son Christopher HARKER of Hartley my freehold Close Byer and three Cattle Gates in Hartley Birkett situate standing and lying in the township of Hartley and every of the appurtenances ... and to his heirs forever. Also to my son Christopher HARKER, after my wife Agnes is no more my widow, all the articles hereafter mentioned - Grains oven boiler gates Stoves Bover closed press in middle room Chairs dining table and looking glass in parlour. All the rest and residue of my personal estates goods and chattels I give to my son Christopher aforesaid whom I nominate and appoint as my sole executor.
Also that part of the family which remains in the house at the time of my decease must have the provisions in the House to live on.
Wit.Robert HAMILTON, Elizabeth RUDD Philip RUDD.



Christopher HARKER of Hartley yeoman
Bur Kirkby Stephen 26 Dec 1826 aged 66 yrs
Will written 8 Jul 1826; proved 22 Jun 1827.
Nephew James BOUSEFIELD of Soulby yeoman, one hundred pounds, nephew Joseph HEWETSON of London one hundred and forty six pounds five shillings, my nephew Henry HEWETSON of London, merchant, the sum of eighty eight pounds fifteen shillings, Niece Mary HEWETSON of Kirkby Stephen the sum of one hundred and forty six pounds five shillings, my niece Agnes HEWETSON of Kirkby Stephen the sum of hundred and forty six pounds five shillings, niece Ann HUTTON of Hartley the sum of hundred and sixty nine pounds seven shillings and six pence five shillings, together with the bed bedstead and hangings being in the room wherein I sleep also the weatherglass. Also one half of the bed cloths and one half of the remainder of my household furniture and one milk cow and calf.
Also I give to my housekeeper Mary HUTCHINSON the sum of ten pounds a year during her natural life to be paid to her half yearly. Also all the coals& firewood lying within a place called Peat Boaks - .......also the use of the house rent free for life the ..plus items of furniture mentioned.
To my Sister Ann HEWETSON of Kirkby Stephen the sum of twenty three pounds five shillings and sixpence together with remainder of my household furniture
Remainder of estate and effects to nephew Matthew BOUSEFIELD of Soulby also appointed sole executor.
Wit John HUTTON Thos.SANDERSON



David HARRISON the elder of Rydal county of Westmorland, yeoman. -
Will dated 19-January-1673
Sole Executor: my son David HARRISON
Supervisors and witnesses: Thomas BENSON, William WALKER and William BAXTER, yeoman
To my grandchild Elizabeth MACKERETH daughter of Miles MACKERETH four pounds.
To my three grand children, children of George KIRKBY each of them twenty shillings.
To my three grand children, children of Robert HARRISON each of them twenty shillings.
To Isabel HARRISON and Elizabeth HARRISON daughters of my son David HARRISON thirty shillings
To my son William twenty shillings.To my son in law George KIRKBY eight pounds.To my son in law Robert HARRISON ????? pounds.
To my daughter Dorothy Kirby and my daughter Agnes HARRISON nine stone of wool.
To my daughter in law Agnes HARRISON wife of my son David seven stone of wool.
To Isabel ROBINSON servant of my son David five shillings.
To John DAWSON servant to my son David half a crown
To the poor of Rydal and Loughrigg forty shillings.
To my daughter Dorothy KIRKBY a feather bed and ?????
I give to my three grandchildren David, Matthew and William HARRISON sons of David HARRISON six and thirty sheep.
To everyone to whom I am godfather one shilling.
The rest of my good I give to my son David.
To my supervisors two shillings and six pence.



David HARRISON of Rydal.
Will dated 20-October-1679
Sole Executrix: my wife Agnes
Witnesses: Thomas BENSON, Robert HARRISON, John BRAITHWAITE
To my wife Agnes my lands or tenement beyond the beck commonly called Grigge Tenement of the annual rent of six pence during her life.
To my wife Agnes my messuage or tenement at Rosset in Great Langdale of the annual rent of two shillings.
To my son David HARRISON the afore named and bequeathed Grigge Tenement after the decease of my wife and all other tenements or farm holds of the lands and inheritance of Daniel Fleming Esq. Or others (my wife’s widow right for her reserve).
To my son David twenty sheep. To my daughter Isabel fifty pounds. To my daughter Elizabeth forty pounds.To every one whose God father I am, one shilling.
All the rest of my goods moveable and immoveable I give to my wife Agnes she paying my funeral expenses, debts and bequeaths.
To my bother in law George KIRKBY and Robert HARRISON two shillings and six pence each desiring them to by supervisors of my will and see that my last will and testament is performed..
Inventory of the goods and chattels of David HARRISON of Rydal, deceased......
By: Thomas BENSON, George KIRKBY, Robert HARRISON and Anthony ATKINSON. Dated: 30 October 1679.
Total £290.12.0



John HARRISON, Senr., Kirkby Stephen, proved 1742


Agnes HARRISON, Kirkby Stephen, proved 1729


Henry HASTWELL, Waiteby, Kirkby Stephen, proved 1734


Charles HASTWELL of Wharton dykes, dated 1753
In the name of god almighty I Charles Hastwell the elder of Wharton dykes in the parish of Kirkby Stephen and county of Westmorland yeoman being mindful of my mortality do make and ordain this my last will and testament in anner and form following (that is to say) First and principally I commend my soul into the hands of Almighty God trusting through the merits and intercession of my beloved lord and saviour Jesus Christ to obtain pardon of my sins and eternal life and my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my Executors hereafter named and as touching the disposition of all my temporal estate it hath please almighty god to bless me with I give and dispose there of as follows, first of all I will that all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid and discharged Also I give and bequeath to my loving son Charles Hastwell the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to be paid to him by my son and heir John Hastwell out of my right estate. Also I give and bequeath to my loving daughter Isabel Hastwell the sum of three pounds a year during her natural life to be paid to her by two equal payments at Martinmas and Whitsuntide the first of which payment to whom due to commence at the first of those feasts which shall next happen after my decease. All the rest and residue of my personal estate goods and chattels whatsoever I give and bequeath to my said loving sons John Hastwell and Charles Hastwell whom I do hereby make and appoint joint executors of this my last will and testament and I hereby revoke disanull and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made either by word of mouth or in writing in witness whereof I the said Charles Hastwell have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal the twenty second day of march in the reign of our sovereign lord king George the second and in the year of our lord god one thousand seven hundred and fifty three Charles Hastwell Signed sealed published and declared by the testator Charles Hastwell as his last will and testament in the presence of whose names are subscribed Proved Jun 29th 1755


Richard HASTWELL, Upmanhowe, Brough, 1776
In the name of god amen I Richard Hastwell of Upmanhowe in the parish of Brough and county of Westmorland yeoman being of a perfect disposing mind and memory praised be god for it but considering the many changes and uncertainties of this mortal life, and being desirous to settle my worldly affairs do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say first I commend my soul into the hands of almighty god hoping for forgiveness of all my sins although the merits and mediations of my blessed saviour Jesus Christ my body I commit to the earth to be decently buried at the discretion of my executor hereafter mentioned Imprimis I will that my debts and funeral expenses be payed and discharged. Item I give unto my brother William Hastwell twenty pounds Item I give unto my nephew John Hastwell twenty pounds Item I give unto my sister Mary Eubank twenty pounds Item I give unto my sister Isabel Brunskill twenty pounds Item I give to my brother Robert Hastwell five shillings item I give unto y sister Dotte Hastwell the interest of thirty pounds during her natural life to be payed to her yearly and at her death to be equally like divided to the above mentioned to share and share alike excepting my brother Robert that he is to have no share of the thirty pounds all the rest and residue of my personable estate of my goods and chattels of what kind so ever i give and bequeath unto my brother William Hastwell and do make him my full and sole executor of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke disannull and make void all former wills and testaments by me heretofore made in witness whereof I Richard Hastwell above first mentioned have hereunto sett my hand and seal this 22nd day of July and in the year of our lord 1776 and in his presence of us Richard Hastwell Isabel Morland and John Morland sworn Exd July 11th 1777


Hugh HAWKRIGG of Landend, Grasmere -
Will dated: 20-January-1739
Sole Executrix: daughter Agnes HIRD
Witnesses: Edward John WATSON, George ASHBURNER, William GREEN
Mentions daughter Barbara ASHBURNER, daughter Jennet BROCKBANK, daughter Mary BROWNE, granddaughter Eleanor ROBINSON
Will proved 14-October-1741 by the executrix.



Benjamin HEWETSON, Green, Ravenstonedale, 1775
I Benjamin HEWETSON of Green in Ravenstonedale being in good health, but sensable of the uncertainty of life, have therefore put this my last will and Testament into writing for the future peace and tranquility of my relations after my decease. First I comit my Soul unto God who gave it, hoping thee the Merits also Intersession of my Glorified Redemer, to be received into his immediate presence in Glory, and my body to be Bury'd in a decent manner in Hopes of the promised Ressurection to Eternal Life.
First I give unto my Brother Robert all my Grounds called Holmes, as great Holme and little Holme lying down to his land, and a Close called Stouphill with a House standing thereon, with a land at the South end there of with the rents belonging these unto as one shilling and tenpence three farthings Ouldrent, and one shilling and twopence halfpenny new he and his Heirs is to have these lands and tythe free.
Likewise I give to my Brother John and his heirs all my Estate called Green with the several Closes gardens Garths Trees and Houses standing thereon and all peatmoss which is belonging there unto and some Closes called Gills, with garths and a House standing thereon, and some closes called Banks with a House standing thereon , with the several rents belonging to them, and they are to have them tythe free, but they are to enter upon none of them but the Banks my wife is to have all the rest, that I give to brother John, as long as she remains my Widdow, and she is to have the little holme which I give to Brother Robert as long as she remains my widdow, but if I shou'd have any Child or Childer , my Brothers is to be only tenants in trust for them.
Likewise, I give unto my Sister Martha BURTONs Childer namely James, Isabel, Martha and Annice all my Estate of free land in Dent called Hougill-house, equally amongst them, if I have no child, but if I shou'd have any Childer My Childer is to have it.
Likewise I give unto my relation Henery HEWETSON all the Estates which I had by Deed from John PERKIN, lying at Town, with all the Houses, and all that is belonging there unto, if I shoud not part with them in my life time, my Wife is to have no Widdow right, of these Estates at town, being only Tenant in trust for the Protestant Dessenters in Ravenstonedale.
Likewise I give unto my Wife for her Widdow right, all the lands namely all the Closes, pastures, garths Gardens called Green and all the Houses standing thereon and the Closes, pasture, and Garths called Gills with a House standing thereon and little Holme lying between great holme and Roberts Lane and she to have them only as long as she remains my Widdow, also I give to my Wife fifty pounds and three milk cows and a horse and all the house furniture that she brought to the Green or that was her mothers and any rent that is unpaid for hir Estate in Swaledale, all these I give to be hir owne properly, and all the rest of the House furniture, they are to stay in the house, and she to have the use of them as long as she lives in the House and remains my Widoow, except two fedder beds, and two beds of Close which I give to Bella BURTON one, and to Matte BURTON one, likewise I give unto my Wife some linning webs and all my wearing apperall to dispose of, or keep some things as she pleases and if she be living, I would have hir take care of my funerall, and Bury me in a plain decent manner in Hopes of the promised Ressurection to Eternal Life.
Likewise I give unto Sister Ann SHAW ten pounds and unto hir Daughter Isabel HEWETSON ten pounds, and to hir Daughter Ann BECK ten pounds and to my niece Elenor RENISON I give ten pounds, and to my Sister Isable FAWCETT ten pounds, and to my niece Isabel BURTON I give a hundred pounds and to my niece Martha BURTON I give a hundred pounds, and to my niece Annice BURTON, thirty pounds, and to my nephew James BURTON I give fifty pounds. Also I give unto sister Ruths childer namely to John SCARBROUGH I give fifty pounds, to Thomas SCARBROUGH twenty pounds, and to Mathew SCARBROUGH my nephew I give twenty pounds, and to Robert SCARBROUGH twenty pounds, to Margaret SCARBROUGH twenty pounds, to Ruth SCARBROUGH thirty pounds, to Sarah SCARBROUGH thirty pounds, likewise five pounds, which Sister Sarah gave and twenty pounds, which I give, I would have my Brothers Robert, and John, Robert HUNTER and Henery HEWETSON to take care of it, that the intrest of five pounds to be given for a Sermon on Christmas day, and the intrest of twenty pounds which I give, be given for a sermon being preached at the Meeting house in Ravenstonedale some time in May. Likewise I give two Vols. Of Charnock's two Annotations, and my share of Dr Bates works with two more which John SHAW joins with me at, I give unto Brother Robert and brother John, but Flavel I give to them and Bella Matte and my wife to exchange every Quarter, all the rest of my Books which my Wife did not bring my Wife may give them amongst my nephews and nieces as she thinks, except she has a minde to keep sum here, likewise I give to my Brothers Robert and John all the rest of my Cattell as Beasts sheep or Horses, and husbandry gear after my Wife has kept what as she will want they paying to my Neice Ruth SCARBROUGH three pounds a year as long as she liveth, Brother Robert to pay her it, as long as my Wife remains my Widdow, and Brother John to pay it after and I would have Brother Robert and John to give each of there own childer ten pounds a piece if they please, but what ever was left to any of my relations, I have either pay'd them it, or I have left them it now in what as I have given them, also I give to Brother Robert a silver pinte, and to my neice Ann beck the Longest Looking glass but if I shou'd have a child or childer none of these legacys are to be given to any but what as I have in my hand, which was left to Sister Martha's childer and to three of the youngest of Sister Ruths all the rest is paid, but if I should have Childer and they died, then all to go as I have orderd, and if there be any more money to spare after these legacies are paid it is to be given equaly Amongst my Brothers and Sisters Childer, and all the House furniture after my Wife has done with them, but these that I give my Wife, I give to my neices Isabel and Martha Burton, all but some things that I have or shall name, and by this Will I make my Wife, Robert HUNTER, Arthur BOUSFIELD and Cousin John HEWETSON Executors in trust for the uses above mentioned and to each of them I give five pounds apiece for there trouble.
Benjamin Hewetson
Sealed published and declared as my Last will this 13th of Feby 1775 in the presence of
Richd FOTERGILL, Richard HEWETSON, Wm FOTHERGILL, John SHAW.



Isabel HEWETSON, Green, p. Ravenstonedale, 1762
In the name of God Amen. I Isabel Hewetson, now of Green in the Parish of Ravenstonedale, being weak and infirm in Body, But of sound and perfect mind and memory do constitute this my last Will and Testament and desire it may be received by all as such.
Imp: I most humbly bequeath my soul to God my maker beseeching his most Gracious acceptance of it thro' the all sufficient merits and mediation of my most compassionate Redeemer Jesus Christ. Allso my Body to the Earth from whence it was taken in full assurance of its resurection of the last day. As for my Burial, I desire it may be decently done at the disscretion of Benjamin Hewetson.
First I give unto my son Robert Ten pounds, and unto my Son John Ten Pounds and unto my Daughter Sarah Ten Pounds and unto my Daughter Ann Ten Pounds and unto my Daughter Isabel Ten Pounds and unto my Daughter Mary Five Pounds and to my Daughter Ruth Ten Pounds and unto my Daughter Martha I give Twenty shillings these legases to my Sons and Daughters I order to be paid within a twelfmonth.
Likewise I order to give my son Roberts Childern namely to Isabel Five Pounds, and to Ann, Sarah, Mary, John, Tomas, Margaret, Ruth, Betty to each of them two Pounds, and to my son Johns children to Isabel Five pounds and to the rest namely John James Robert and Sibel Two Pounds a piece and to Isabel and Ann SHAW seven Pounds betwixt them, and to Isabel SCARBROUGH Five Pounds and to the rest namely Thomas, Margaret, John, Mathew, Robert, Ruth and Sarah to Each of them Forty Shillings to Stephen FAWCETT Two Pounds to Elenor five shillings these legacies to my grandchildren I order to be paid at Twenty one years end. Like wise I order Daughter Marthas Childrn namely Isabel Matte Anice James and John to each Two pounds and then to pay Daughter Marthas Children There legases I leave it unto the judgment and discreation of Benjamin HEWETSON And by this my last Will and Testament I do make my son Benjamin my whole Executor of All my Personal Estateall my Money bills and Bonds he paying these Legases and my Funeral Expences and by this my last will I do make voide all other. In witness here of I set my hand and Seal
Isabel Hewetson her mark
Witnesses: William SHAW sworn, John HEWETSON sworn,
Henry Hewetson by R Mounsey 21st ? 1762>



John HEWETSON, the elder, Lockholme foot, p. Ravenstonedale, yeoman, 1721 - In the Name of God Amen I John HEWETSON the Elder of Lockholme foot in the Parish of Ravenstondale and County of Westmorland yeoman being but weak of body but of sound and perfect mind and memory praise be given to almighty God for the same Do make & ordain this my Last Will and Testament in manner and form following: first I commend my soul to God hopeing through the meritts of my redeemer Jesus Christ to have full and free pardon of all my sins and eternal life And my body I committ to the grounds to be decently buried at the Discretion costs and Charges of my joynt Executors hereafter named. And ? touching the dyposition of all such termporall Estate as it hath pleased Almighty God bestow upon me I give and dispose thereof as followeth viz:
? I give and bequeath to my Grandson John HEWETSON the son of my son John HEWETSON my fire house messuage & Tenements which I had by purchase from Thomas SHAW situate in Kirkby Stevin with all and singular the Appurtinances thereunto belonging to him his Heires and Assigns for ever. Item I give to Elizabeth the wife of Henry KNEWSTUBB and to Thomas KNEWSTUBB two shilling six pence.
Item. I give and bequeath to my son Richard HEWETSON my six pasture cattel gates laying in Nateby Intack in the Parish of Kirkby Stevin with all their appurtinances to him his Heires and Assigns for ever and I do also give to my grandson Richard HEWETSON the sum of twenty pounds.
Item I give to every on of the children of Richard HUNTER my son in Law the sum of one pound.
Item. I give to my daughter Anne the wife of Humphery DAWISON the sum of ten pounds and the sum of five shillings at every years end to be paide her by my joynt Executors from the Day of my death during her natural life:
Item. I give to my son in law Humphery DAWISON & to every one of his childer in the sum of one pound apiece.
Item. I give to Henry KNEWSTUBB two shillings six pence.
Item. I give to my son in Law Richard HUNTER the sum of one pound.
??? Item. I give to my daughter Anne DAWISON ? and my ? chist.
The rest and residue of my goods and Chattels, bills, bonds, mortgages or lawfull debts due to me I give and bequeath to my two sons John HEWETSON and Richard HEWETSON joyntly and equally whom I nominate and appoynt Joynt Executors they joyntly paying all my legacies herein mentioned my just debts and funerall expences.
And I do hereby revoke ?anull & make voide all former wills and to his my last will & Testament do sett my hand and seal the sixth day of June Anno Dom 1721.
Signed sealed and acknowledged by the presence of us vis:
Richard HUNTER Mark, John HEWETSON, mark and seal, Henry KNEWSTUBB.



John HEWETSON, senior of Lockholm foot, p. Ravenstonedale, 1806 -
In the name of God Amen I John Hewetson senior of Lockholm foot in Parish of Ravenstondale and County of Wesmorland, being in health, and of perfect mind and memory Do make this my last will and Testament as follows.
First I give my soul to God who gave it beseaching his most gracious acceptance thro' the merits of my most gracious redeemer the Lord Jesus Christ. Also I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken in ful assurunce of its ressurecton from thence at the last day, my burial. I would have it done in a decent manner at the disscretion of my wife and my son Benjamin.
Also my will is that my Son Robert, my Heir at Law, Have all my Houses and Lands, Messuages and Tenements, at Lockholmfoot and Thornthwait, with the Customary Old rent of £0=7=10 New rent £0=3=9. Also two fields called Newlands Closes with the customary Old rent of £0=0=10 due to the Lord of the Manor. To have and to hold the above said Estates, Messuages, Tythes of all kinds, Common rights, Peatmoss and Turbery, with all prieviledges, and appurtanances whatsoever thereunto belonging with all Fixtures in my abovesaid Dwellinghouse; I give my said Son Robert his heirs and assigns forever. Also I give my Son Robert my Silver Tankard. Also my Will is that my said Son Robert pay my Wife Eleven pounds yearly and every year, one half six months after my decease the other half twelve months after my decease so long as she continues my Widdow and nonlonger. In stead of her Thirds and Widdowright out of the above said Estates. Also I give devise and Bequeath to my Son Benjamin all my real Estates, Messuages and Tenements called Green with the Customary Old rent of £0=2=6 and New rent £0=2=6 due to the Lord of the Manor, Also two parcels of land called Gills and Banks with the Customary old rent of £0=6=0 and new rent £2=6.2/4 TO have and to hold the above said Estates Messuages, Tythes of all kinds, Common rights, Peatmoss and Turbery, with all previledges, and appurtanances whatsoever thereunto belonging, with all Fixtures in my above said Dwelling house; I give my said son Benjamin his heirs and assigns for ever. Also my Will is that my said Son Benjamin pay my Wife five pounds yearly and every year, the one half six months after my decease the other half twelve months after my decease. In stead of her Thirds and Widdowrights, So long as she continues my widdow and no longer. Also my will is If my wife consent and agree to take the Said mentioned yearly payments, In lieu of her thirds and Widdow rights Then my will is that my wife have Thrity pounds, Ten pounds thereof two months after my decease and Twenty pounds thereof twelve months after my decease. Also my wife is to have a good Widdow bed, and a good sett of Teaware with all the Furniture I got with her during her widdowhood and no longer. My will is that my Son Benjamin have my Silver pint after my wifes decease. Also I give my Daughter Sibel thirty pounds and my looking glass in my parlour loft, if living, if not then her Children to have the said thirty pounds equally amongst them without the Looking glass. Also I give to my wife and Son Benjamin fifty pounds for the use of my son William according to their discretion. Also I give to my Sons Robert and Benjamin forty pounds for the use and benefitt of my grandsons William and James MORLAND.According to their disscretion and the Intrest of the said forty pounds to be laid out for them or a part of the whole, as occasion may require, And if one of them die before they arrive to the age of Twenty one years the survivor to have the remainder of the forty pounds.
Also I give to my Daughter Ann thirty pounds if living, If not to her Children share and share alike as they seperatly arrive to the age of sixten years.
Also I give to my Grandson John HEWETSON of London twenty pounds in addition to what I gave him in my life time. Also my will is that the above mentioned disscretionary Legacies, pay Intrest at the rate of fourpounds and ten shillings per Cent. And my will is after the abovesaid Legacies, Bequests, Donations, just debts, and funeral expences are pay'd My son Benjamin have the whole remainder of my personal Estate, be it more or less which I give my Son Benjamin HEWETSON whether it consist in Money Clothes Beasts or sheep Household furniture, or whatever it may consist of.
And lastly I nominate and appoint my wife and my kinsman Fawcett HUNTER and John CHAMBERLAINE of Greenside Executors in trust for the uses above mentioned in this my last will and Testament in Witness hereunto I have sett my hand and seal this 13 day of March 1806 -
John Hewetson
Sign'd, seal'd, publish'd and declared for his last will and testament in the presence of us who subscribe our names as wittness in the Testators presence and at his request.
Wittness: Stephen DENT, Isaac HANDLEY, Wm DAWSON, Thos ROBINSON.



William HIRD of Grasmere -
Will dated: 13-December-1652
Sole Executrix: Elizabeth my wife
Witnesses and supervisors: James DAWSON, John HIRD
All dues & duties be paid,I give to my son William HIRD my tenement of Bankhouse How of the yearly rent of iiijs but that he shall not enter to it till he be 30 years of age, but the profit of it to go towards the bringing up of my younger children; he paying out of it to his two brothers viij£ at the said age of 30 years
I give to each of my same sons one Ewe
I give to either of my two daughters one Ewe
All the rest of my goods moveable & imoveable I give to Elizabeth my wife whom I make sole Executrix
Supervisors of this my will I make James DAWSON & John HIRD



Robert HIRD Townhead Grasmere -
Will dated: 31-March-1667
Witnesses: John HAWKRIGG, Matthew HUNTER
The last Will & Testament of Robert HIRD as it was expressed by himself to John HAWKRIGG & Matthew HUNTER -
Imprimis to my son John HIRD all my parcel of a tenement with all its rights of his Majesty lands called the Marquis fee of the annual rent of one Shilling six? lying & being at Townhead in Grasmere he paying unto his brother Edward HIRD the sum of three pounds when he come to the age of 25 years.
I give to my son Robert HIRD my parcel of Tenement At Mossefield of ye yearly rent of 2s 4d of his Majesty land called the Marquis fee to him & his heirs for ever he paying to his brother Edward HIRD the sum of five pounds when he attains the age of 21 years.
Bond :April 1668 Dorothy HIRD in Grasmere John HAWKRIGG & William HIRD both of Grasmere .
The Condition of this obligation is such that the above-bounded Dorothy HIRD do well and truly execute perform fulfil and keep the last Will & Testament of Robt. HIRD late of Grasmere he late husband deceased etc. And shall well & honestly educate, and bring up with meat, drink, lodgings, apparel, and other necessaries, according to their callings John, Robert & Edward HIRD the natural Children of the said Robt. HIRD.
The True Inventory of all the goods & Chattells of Robert HIRD of Grasmere deceased prized by Robert WATSON John HAWKRIGG Senior Robert HIRD John HAWKRIGG junior the 26 th day of September Anno Dom 1667
£ s d Imprimis his Apparel 01-02 06
Item bedding 00-05-00
Item books 00-02-00
Item one Heffer 00-09-00
Item Sheep young & old 02-00-09
Item Wool 00-08-04
Item one little table & Chists 00-03-04
Item hay & corn 01-01-04
Item one bill of Debt 03-10-00
Item money owing unto him more 02-10-00
Item money owing unto him by John BENSON 00-02-06
Item owing unto him by Bernard BENSON 00-05-00
Item owing unto him by his Father John HIRD 03-06-08
-------------- the Sum total 19-06-05
Item money he did owe at ye day of his death as followeth
£ s d Its owing unto Richard ALLASON 02-16-03
Item to Henry HIRD 02-06-08
Item to John GREEN 01-14-00
Item to Robert GREEN 00-07-00
Item to Thomas GREEN 00-04-00
Item to Thomas RICHARDSON 00-10-06
Item to Robert HARRISON 00-16-00
Item to Francis BENSON 00-04-06
Item to John DAWSON 00-07-00
Item to Christopher NICHOLSON 00-01-00
Item to Robert WATSON 00-01-00
Item to Edward HIRD 04-00-00
Item to William HIRD 04-00-00
Item to John HIRD 04-00-00
Item in Funeral Expenses 01-10-00
Item owing to Edward HIRD 02-10-00
£ s d The Sum total 25-11-03



Henry HIRD of Greenhead Grasmere
Will dated: 30-March-1670
Sole Executrix: Margaret HIRD his wife
Witnesses: Edward OTLEY, Henry HIRD
The Last Will & Testament of Henry HIRD of Greenhead in Grasmere deceased as he did declare in words in the presence of Edward OTLEY, John OTLEY, Henry HIRD
Imprimis to each one of his Children Two Shillings
To his son Henry 2:6
to his son Edward 2:6
to his son William 2:6
to his daughter Margaret 2:6
to his daughter Annas 2:6
He gave unto his grandchild Robert HIRD one lamb of ye best or ye price of a lamb
All the rest of his goods he gave unto Margaret HIRD his Wife she paying all his debts & legacies & Funeral Expenses
Bond: Margaret HIRD Henry HIRD John OTLEY.
The true Inventory of all ye goods & Chattells of Henry HIRD of Greenhead in Grasmere deceased prised by John DAWSON Edward OTLEY John OTLEY & Robert HIRD ye 4th day of April Ano Domi 1670............



Bond for William HIRD of Bankhousehow, Grasmere -
Bondsmen: Margaret HIRD, widow of Bankhousehow in Grasmere, John HARRISON and John WALKER
Inventory : A true and perfect Inventory indented & made of all the Goods Chattels & Credits moveable & immovable of William HIRD of Bankousehow in Grasmere in the Parish of Grasmere & County of Westmorland, Yeoman, deceased, prised the fifteenth day of August 1713 by Thomas GREEN, Robert HIRD and Henry JACKSON Appraisers
£ s d Imprimis His purse and apparel 01 02 00
Item Bedstocks & Bedding 00 02 00
Item Brass & Pewter wooden & earthen vessels 00 06 06
Item A Table, Chests, Forms & Stools 00 10 00
Item Iron Geer, Poaks & sacks, cards & a Wheel 00 04 00
Item Hay & Corn growing upon the Ground 01 02 06
Item A Swine, an hen & household provision 00 09 00
Item Beasts 04 10 00
Item Money owing to him without specialty 00 13 04
--------------- In all 08 19 04
---------------- The Debitory: £ s d
Imprimis Money he did owe without Specialty 00 11 041/2
Item Funeral Expenses 01 00 00
Item Money he did owe for payment whereof he Mortgaged his Land 40 00 00
Item Money which he did owe to his Son William 03 01 00
------------------- In all 44 13 001/2
------------------- Thomas GREEN Mark, Robert HIRD, Henry JACKSON , Appraisers.



William HIRD of Town Head, Grasmere, Westmorland -
Will dated: 24-January-1715
Sole executrix: my wife Allis
Witnesses: John DAWSON, Robert HERD, Benj. GRAVE
Supervisors: my uncle Arthur Jackson of Ambleside; my uncle John ALLASON of Wythburn; and Thomas RICHARDSON of Gillfoot
All debts and duties that I owe at my decease to be paid by my executors.
To my daughter Elizabeth one shilling to be paid to her at the age of 21 years and I give to her my cupboard and table and frame in the fire house.
I give to my father Robert HIRD five shillings to be paid to him at the end of one whole year after my death.
I give to Allis HERD, my wife all the rest of my good and chattels, paying and discharging funeral expenses, debts and legacies
To my supervisors one shilling a piece in token of my love to them Inventory of William HIRD late of Townhead in Grasmere, Westmorland.
Dated: 13-February-1715
Appraisers: John DAWSON, Arthur JACKSON, Benjamin GRAVE and Thomas RICHARDSON
Total assets: 61.07.02
Debitory: 50.19.00 (includes 2.10.00 funeral expenses)
Bond re: William HIRD late of Townhead in Grasmere
Bound person: Alice HIRD



Robert HIRD of Gillside, Grasmere, Westmorland, Yeoman -
Will dated: 10-February-1737
Sole Executrix: Mary my dear and loving wife
Witnesses: Benjamin BENSON, John DOCKRAY, John KELLET
To my three sons John, William and Thomas twenty pounds apiece.
To my two daughters Anne and Agnes twenty pounds apiece.
Above legacies to be paid out of my customary estate at Gillside by my son and heir Robert HIRD when he shall attain the age of twenty one years, if the viduity of my wife Mary shall be then expired, if not then when the said viduity shall be expired.
If Robert my son shall come sooner to the said estate by any agreement between him and Mary my wife, then the said legacies shall be due and payable at that time.
If my son Robert refuses to pay the said legacies then I give to Michael KNOTT and William GREEN both of Grasmere my neighbours all my new dwelling house and the Low End of the Barn (that is to say) two lengths of timber thereof, one Close called Brow, one Close called Lowfield, and one Close Far Close And all my Meadow in the Hale, with their appurtenances which named three Closes formerly belonged to Bankhousehow all which premises are parcel of the Lands called the Marquess Fee and of the yearly rent of of two shillings and sixpence. In trust to be sold as timely after such refusal as possible they can, and out of the Money arising by such sale to pay the sum of one hundred pounds equally amongst such of my above named younger children as shall then be living, and the remainder (if any) to my son Robert HIRD. The necessary expense of my trustees being first allowed and deducted.
All the residue of my goods, credits and personal estate whatsoever I give to Mary my dear and loving wife, she paying forth from the same my just debts and funeral expenses.
Proved 18 May 1747 by Mary HIRD widow Executrix.
A true and perfect inventory indented and made of the Goods and Chattels of Robert HIRD of Gill-side in Grasmere, and County Westmorland Yeoman, deceased, as they were appraised on the thirteenth Day of May, in the Year of our Lord God one Thousand seven hundred and forty six by Gawin MACKERETH Thomas WATTSON George ASHBURNER and John DAWSON
£ s d Imprimis Purse and apparel 2. 5 0
Bedding & Bedstocks 4.10 6
Tables Linen 0.16 0
Chests & Arks 0.10 6
Wooden Vessel 0.16 0
Brass & Pewter 0.18 0
Iron Potts & Pans 0.16 0
Tables Chairs and Forms 0. 9 0
Clock 2. 2 0
Sacks Wheels and Cards 0. 8 6
Husbandry Gear 1. 6 6
Household provision 1.15 0
Horses and Furniture 5. 5 0
Beasts 20. 5 0
Sheep 30. 0 0
Debts owing to the deceased 10. 0 0
Total 82.17 0
Debts owing by the deceased 70. 0 0
Funeral Expences 5. 0 0
Total 75. 0 0
Clear Tot 7. 0 0
All the Appraisers signed.



Henry HIRD of Netherhartsop, Patterdale, Westmorland, yeoman-
Will dated: 8-June-1745
Executors : my wife Mary HIRD and my brother John HIRD
All my just debts, especially a debt of seventy six pounds to my brother John to be paid out of my personal estate by my executors.
To my daughter Mary one hundred pounds to be paid out of my freehold lands in Netherhartsop by my son and heir John HIRD within six months after he shall attain the age of twenty one years.
I charge my said freehold land with the yearly payment of five pounds to my wife Mary HIRD in lieu of her widow right in the land if she may be pleased to accept it.
I charge my said free hold land with the yearly payment of three pounds for the maintenance and better support of my daughter Mary until she shall attain the age of twenty one years if she lives so long.
I give to my son John the cupboard standing in the said house and an Ark standing in the barn.
I give to my son John 200 sheep out of my present stock that is: 4 score ewes; 40 thruntors, 40 twinters, and 40 hoggs to be kept and maintained on my freehold lands in Nether Hartsop.
All the rest of my money, goods, chattels whatsoever I give to my loving wife Mary HIRD and my loving brother John HIRD equally between them, and I nominate them as joint guardians of my children and joint executors.
Proved Mar. 4, 1745



William HIRD of High Close, Loughrigg parish of Grasmere, Westmorland, husbandman -
Will dated: 4-October-1747
Executors: my wife Elizabeth HIRD my sons John, William and Henry and my daughters Jane and Isabel
Witnesses: Samuel HIRD, John SAWREY
I give unto Elizabeth HIRD my Dear and Loving Wife One half of All my Household goods.
I Give unto John HIRD my Son my Best Coat.
I Give unto William HIRD my Son my Cloaths Chest.
I Give unto Henry HIRD my Son My Clock and Case
I Give unto Jane my Daughter the Wife of William DANSON one stone of Fleece Wool
I Give unto Isabel my Daughter one Little Chest standing in the Parlour
And All the Rest and residue of my Goods Credits and Chattells I Give unto the said Elizabeth my Wife and unto the said John William and Henry my Sons and unto Jane and Isabel my Daughters Equally among them.
My Executors to pay all my just Debts and Funeral Expences.
8th.Feb 1747 Elizabeth HIRD John HIRD William HIRD Henry HIRD and Isabel HIRD five of the Executors in this Will named were Sworn well and truely to execute the same and so forth Power being reserved for Jane the Wife of William DANSON another Executor in this Will named before me, John HARRISON Surrogate
Bond: Eighth day of February 1747 Elizabeth HIRD Widow William HIRD and Henry HIRD Husbandmen and Isabel HIRD Spinster all of Loughrigg in the Parish of Grasmere in the County of Westmorland and John HIRD of Brathey in the Parish of Hawkshead in the County of Lancaster Husbandman. Bound in Ninety Pounds.
Elizabeh William and Isabel made their marks, Henry and John signed.
Inventory on the next page.
A true and perfect inventory indented and taken the fourteenth Day of October in the Year of our Lord one Thousand seven hudred and forty seven of all the Goods Chattels Credits and personal estate of William HIRD late of Loughrigg in the Parish of Grasmere and County of Westmorland deceased by Edward BENSON John MACKERETH William BARROW and Thomas ROBERTS
£ s d Purse and apparel 04 0 0
Bedding and Bedstocks 00 15 0
Brass and Pewter 00 5 0
Earthern Vessel 00 7 0
Iron Potts,Pans etc 00 5 0
Chests and Chairs 00 10 0
Clock and Case 02. 0 0
will torn 00 1 0
Wool Wheels and Cards 02 15 ? 0
Meal and Malt 01 1 0
Husbandry Gear 00 14 0
Horses and Furniture 05. 15 0
Hay and Corn 05 0 0
Beasts 18 0 0
Money owing the deceased 03 15 2
£ 44 -19 - 2
Debitory 29 - 0 - 0
Clear Total 15 -19 - 2
Apraisors, Edward BENSON, John MACKERETH, William BARROW, Thomas ROBERTS. All signed.



Will of John Hird of Tarn foot, Loughrigg, Westmorland, Bachelor (Lindsay Weaver)
Will made 14 October 1765
Inventory taken 5 November 1765 totals £16 – 6s, debts £15 – 17s – 10d
Will proved 16 January 1766
Legatees:
Cousin – George MAKERETH of Underhow, Grasmere
Parents – Samuel & Mary HIRD
Sister – Jane, “now wife of Isaac BROCKBANK” – “All my household goods on condition that his parents could have the use of them while they lived”
Sister – “Mary now wife of John GASKETH”
Nephew – Robert BROCKBANK – “my fowling gun”
John’s land holdings in Grasmere, Loughrigg and Hawkshead were to be sold and the money raised used to maintain John’s parents for the rest of their lives. If any money remained after their decease it was to be equally divided between his two sisters Jane and Mary.
Executors:
George MAKERETH of Underhow, Grasmere, “ my cousin”
Christopher ROBERTS of Ellers, Loughrigg , “my neighbour” – “ten shillings a piece in token of my love for them”
The Inventory was taken by
Isaac GASGARTH of the How,
William BARROW of the Oaks,
John MAKERETH of the How, and
William HIRD of the High Close, all in Loughrigg.



Henry HIRD of The Oaks in Loughrigg, Parish of Grasmere, Westmorland, Yeoman -
Will dated 4-August 1771
Executors in trust: Christopher ROBERTS, John BROCKBANK, John HIRD, and George MACKERETH
Witnesses: John DIXON, Henry TYSON, Thomas BRAITHWAITE
My body to be decently buried at the discretion of my dear and loving wife Mary
To my cousin Christopher ROBERTS of Ellers in Loughrigg; my brother John HIRD of Fell Foot Little Langdale; my neighbour John BROCKBANK of Birkhow, Little Langdale; my cousin George MACKERETH of Underhow in Grasmere all my freehold houses, closes, dales and parcels of ground situated at Hallgarth and elsewhere in Tilberthwaite in the parish of Ulverstone in Lancashire of the yearly rent of two pence.
Also, I give to Christopher ROBERTS, John HIRD, John BROCKBANK and George MACKERETH all my credits, goods, and chattels, utensils and furniture whatsoever.
In trust to sell both my real and personal estate as timely after my decease conveniently possible for the following purposes:
Firstly to pay my just debts.
Secondly to perform Edward TYSON my brother in law last will and testament in every article from such money arising from the sale of my estate.
Thirdly, if any money remain to my wife Mary HIRD and my children.
Fourthly, if any money remain after the death of my wife Mary HIRD and support and maintenance of my children, said money to be divided equally among my children one year after the death of Mary HIRD, my wife.
It is my will and mind that my trustees pay my mother Elizabeth HIRD sixteen shillings yearly during her natural life, and at her death to pay one pound and one shilling to her decent funeral.
My trustees to pay all my funeral expenses and the probate of this my will and to be allowed their necessary charges and expenses from my estate and I give to them one shilling and one pound in token of my love to them.
Inventory taken twelfth of August 1771
Total assets: £162.2.6
Funeral expenses: £7.15.5
Money owing by the deceased £207.00.0
Total owing 214.15.5
In debt: £52.12.11
Appraisers: John DAWSON and George ASHBURNER



Edward HIRD (of Ambleside) -
Will dated: 16 March 1828
Sole Executor: my first born son Henry HIRD
Witnesses: James BENSON, Jane BENSON, Jas BENSON, jr
I give to my son Isaac HIRD thirty pounds. I give to my son James thirty pounds. I give to my son Edward thirty pounds.
One year after my wife’s decease my goods and chattels to be sold and the money to be equally paid to my four children.
Executor to pay my just debts, legacies and funeral expenses and if my wife Ellinor HIRD should not live until my son Edward attains the age of twenty one, then the above legacies shall not be paid until he does attain that age.
All my messuages, lands, tenements and hereditaments to my son Henry and charged with the payment of the above legacies.



John HIRD of High Close, parish of Grasmere, Westmorland, Farmer -
Will dated: 9-April-1861
Executors: Jeremiah COWARD and John HIRD
Just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses to be paid by executors.
All real and personal estate to Jeremiah COWARD, the younger of Skelwith Bridge, parish of Hawkshead, Lancashire and my brother Joseph HIRD of High Close upon trust to:
Permit my wife the use and enjoyment of my household furniture, plate, linen, china, glass, liquors, fuel and housekeeping for the term of her chaste viduity. After her death or second marriage, then the same to my daughter Ann.
The rest and remainder of my real and personal estate to convert to money and invest in the names of the trustees and to pay the annual income from the trust to my wife during her chaste viduity. If my wife should re-marry then to pay her ten pounds annually only during the remainder of her life.
Subject to the above payments to my wife the capital and income from the trust to be for my three daughters namely Agnes the wife of William SALKELD, Mary the wife of the said Jeremiah COWARD, and Ann HIRD.
Proved at Carlisle the 19 June 1868 by the oaths of Jeremiah COWARD, the younger and Joseph HIRD brother of the testator, executives named in the will.
The testator John HIRD was formerly of High Close but late of Langdale both in the parish of Grasmere, Westmorland, farmer and died on the seventh day of February 1868 at Langdale.



Edward HIRD of Ambleside, Westmorland retired Watchmaker and Jeweller -
Will dated: 1 March 1895
Executors: my son William John HIRD and my son in law Richard Potter HUNTER
Witnesses: George GATEY, Solicitor Ambleside; James THOMPSON, his clerk
My cottages and other property situated at Ellerigg, Ambleside to my daughter Margaret together with half of my cottages situated at Chapel Hill known as Kelsick Cottages giving her a free choice of either taking the East block or West block and I also give to her my late Wife's Jewellery and my Chiming Clock.
To my Grandson John Edward HUNTER my Gold Watch and Chain with its appendages.
All the rest of my property Real and personal to my Trustees upon Trust to allow my three children Margaret, Henry and William John to divide and apportion my Scientific Instruments, Books Tools and Household Furniture and Effects equally amongst them if they can agree upon such division. Failing such agreement the same shall form part of the residue of my Estate and be sold accordingly.
All the residue of my Real and personal estate my Trustees to sell the same and to divide the proceeds equally amongst my children Margaret, Henry and William John. My sons Henry and William John shall not take part in any such division until they have brought into hotchpot and accounted for all Loans made by me to them together with any arrears of interest thereon. In ascertaining the amount of such Loans I direct that the whole amount advanced by me to my Son Henry shall be charged against him but he shall be credited with any amounts which may be received by me or my Executors as Dividend upon any claim I may have made against his Estate
I direct that before the remaining half of my Chapel Hill property be sold my Trustees shall offer it to my Children in order of Seniority at a valuation to be made by some competent disinterested person appointed by my Trustees.
I empower my trustees at anytime before the final division takes place to advance to my Son Henry out of and on account of his share under this my Will such Sum or Sums as they may think fit not exceeding in the whole one half of the amount of his expectant share.
On the 26th day of May 1897 Probate of this was granted at Carlisle to William John HIRD, one of the executors.



William John HIRD Ambleside, Westmorland, Jeweller. -
Will dated: 27-Jan-1903
Executors and trustees: my wife Elizabeth Jane and my brother in law Wilfred STALKER
Witnesses: Alfred RICHARDSON, joiner, Ambleside; William SPROAT, joiner, Ambleside
All property both real and personal to my wife Elizabeth Jane absolutely.
Probate of the will of William John HIRD, Ambleside, Westmorland, jeweller, who died 7-Feb-1903 at Ambleside.
On the 20th day of March 1903 Probate of this will was granted at Carlisle to Elizabeth Jane HIRD of Ambleside, widow of deceased and Wilfred STALKER, Ambleside, cabinet maker, the executors.
Gross value of estate: £2391.10.0
Net value of personal estate: £632.0.3



Elizabeth Jane HIRD Walton Mount, Ambleside Westmorland, widow.
Will dated: 26-June-1937
Executors and trustees: my son John Stalker HIRD and my daughter Elizabeth Jane MANDALL
Witnesses: Arthur BASTIDE, solicitor, Brighouse; G. Neville BASTIDE, his clerk
My two mahogany chests forming a tallboy, the old oak chest and long cased mahogany clock and my two long cased regular clocks in mahogany and oak respectively to my son John Stalker HIRD
My freehold dwelling number 2 Compston Cottages in Compston Road, Ambleside to my two daughters Margaret Muriel HIRD and Doris Gertrude HIRD in equal shares as joint tenants.
The remainder of my household furniture, furnishings, chattels, personal jewellery and effects, but not the stock in trade in my business of watchmaker and jeweller also to my said two daughters.
All the rest of my real and personal property to my trustees with the power to call in and convert to money as they see fit and to divide the proceeds thereof into six equal shares and pay one share to each of my five children: Elizabeth Jane MANDALL, Beatrice MONKHOUSE, Margaret Muriel HIRD, Doris Gertrude HIRD and John Stalker HIRD and one share equally between the children of my deceased daughter Winifred Mary STEVENS.
Probate of the will of Elizabeth Jane HIRD of Walton Mount, Ambleside, Westmorland, widow, died 26-January-1945 at Ambleside:
On the 27th day of June 1945 Probate of this will was granted at Wakefield to John Stalker HIRD of Oakroyd Bradford Road Brighouse county of York, barrister, son and Elizabeth Jane MANDALL of Cintra Reigate Hill Reigate, county of Surrey (wife of John Albert MANDALL) daughter of the deceased the executors named in the will.
Gross value of estate: £500.10.0
Net value of personal estate: £34.17.0



Doris Gertrude HIRD Walton Mount, Ambleside and of the YWCA of Irving Cottage Ambleside. -
Will dated: 27-November-1955
Executrixes: my two surviving sisters: Mrs Beatrice MONKHOUSE of Hungersheath, Arnside, and Miss Margaret Muriel HIRD of Walton Mount, Ambleside, Westmorland
All personal estate and possessions to my executrixes that they should carry out my wishes in respect of personal gifts of which the following are special ones:
To Allan Derryck MONKHOUSE the old gold watch with watch chain which was my brother Reginald’s
To Margaret MONKHOUSE my circular pearl and emerald brooch.
To Kathleen STEVENS my diamond clusters ring.
To my three nephews in Canada some small personal items as my two sisters think suitable
To John A. MANDALL my chrystal and gold seal
To Allan MONKHOUSE of Hungersheath my gold pen and pencil
To Dr. MYLECHREST of Freshfield Ambleside my diamond and enamel ring.
To Miss Laura WOODS of the YWCA Irving Cottage Ambleside, my black piano and piano stool at present standing in the Wardens Room at said YWCA Hostel and my amethyst and pearl brooch.
To Emily ARMSTRONG nee KEEN of Fairview Ambleside my pearl and ruby ring.
Probate of the will of Doris Gertrude HIRD of Walton Mount, Ambleside, Westmorland, spinster, died 3-December-1955 at Ambleside.
On the 13th day of March 1956 Probate of this will was granted at Carlisle to Beatrice MONKHOUSE of Hungersheath, wife of Allan MONKHOUSE and Margaret Muriel HIRD of Walton Mount, spinster the sisters of the deceased and the executrixes named in the will.
Gross value of estate: £1349.2.1
Net value of personal estate: £1289.1.6



Margaret Muriel HIRD of Walton Mount, Ambleside in the County of Westmorland, spinster. -
Will dated 12-December 1963
Executor and Trustee: Martins Bank Limited
Witnesses: Edith MITCHELL, 11 Loughrigg Avenue, Ambleside, Gertrude MITCHELL, 11 Loughrigg Avenue, Ambleside
To my niece Mrs. Kathleen LEVERTON of Ocean Falls, BC, Canada and my great nieces Miss Adele STEVENS of Victoria, BC, Canada and Mrs. Winifred BULL of Victoria, BC, Canada all my jewellery including watches and articles of personal adornment.
To the Armitt Library, Ambleside all my books
To the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses of Kendal my Wordsworth Shaving bowl purchased by my grandfather at Rydal Mount about 1850 to be exhibited in the Corporation’s Museum
To the Women’s Voluntary Services all my wearing apparel.
To the vicar and church wardens of Saint Mary’s Church Ambleside £200 and I request that they shall keep the graves of my parents William John HIRD and Elizabeth HIRD, my brothers John Stalker HIRD and Edward Reginald Stalker HIRD and my sister Doris Gertrud HIRD and myself in good condition.
To the Official Custodian of Charities £3,000 which legacy and investments shall be known as “The HIRD Trust Fund” to pay the income arising therefrom as hereinafter defined.
- to apply the income towards the physical, mental or moral education of any one or more children of parents residing in the Parish of Ambleside
- the following to administer the HIRD trust Fund
- Incumbent of Saint Mary’s Church Ambleside
- Priest in charge of the Roman Catholic Church at Ambleside
- minister of the Methodist Church Ambleside
The residuary estate to be divided between my nieces and nephews Wilfred STEVENS, Arnold STEVENS and Philip STEVENS all of Victoria, BC and the said Kathleen LEVERTON the children of my late sister Winifred STEVENS and Derek MONKHOUSE of Chandlers Ford the son of my sister Beatrice MONKHOUSE.
My body to be interred in Ambleside Church Yard next to the grave of my sister Doris Gertrude HIRD.



Joseph HOGGARTH, Hutton Lane Cottage, Beathwaite Green, parish Heversham, Westmorland, yeoman.
Will dated 27 March 1885; codicil dated 13 July 1887.
He first appointed John PRICKETT the Younger and Henry PRICKETT both of Lane End Beathwaite Green Farmers as executors and then in their place Nicholas ADDISON of Beathwaite Green Labourer and “my son” Benjamin HOGGARTH as executors.
Will left in trust to pay “my wife” £13 per annum, and on her death between Benjamin HOGGARTH and Margaret Hoggarth ECCLES “the illegitimate daughter of my wife”
[Testator died 17 Oct 1887]



Margaret HUNTER of Nook Cottage Ambleside, Westmorland -
Will dated: 22 December 1906
Executor: my husband Richard Potter HUNTER
Trustees: upon my husband’s disease or remarriage my son John Edward HUNTER and my son Robert Handley HUNTER
Witnesses: TD JACKSON and WG THOMPSON both of 5 Lake Road, Ambleside
All my estate and effects real and personal to my husband Richard Potter HUNTER with the reservation hereinafter named.
According to schedule annexed I give to each of my children: Margaret Gillies HUNTER, John Edward HUNTER, Robert Handley HUNTER, Annie Catherine Mary HUNTER, Eleanor Ann Smith HUNTER, Richard Henry HUNTER and Mary Hird HUNTER.
My husband to have full management of my estate and have for his own personal use all rents derived from my real estate for his own personal use; but if he re-marry or upon his decease then my son John Edward and Robert Handley shall take the estate into their own hands.
Probate. 16 March 1925. Margaret HUNTER of The Nook (formerly known as Nook Cottage) Ambleside, Westmorland, widow, died 24 December 1924 at The Nook, Ambleside.
Administration of estate was granted at Carlisle to Robert Handley HUNTER of Highfield, Brampton, Cumberland, Bank Manager, son of the deceased one of the executors according to the tenor of the will. Power reserved to the other executor.
Gross value of estate: £1109.7.8. Net personal value: £1047.17.11



Richard Potter HUNTER of Nook Cottage Ambleside, Westmorland, Gentleman -
Will dated: 26 June 1923
Executors and trustees: my two daughters Annie Catherine Mary and Eleanor Ann Smith and my son Richard Henry
Witnesses: H. HANDLEY, Solicitor Ambleside and Frank ROTHERY his clerk
All household furniture, plate, plated articles, linen, china, books, prints, pictures and effects to my trustees upon trust that my wife Margaret shall have the use and enjoyment thereof during her life and upon the death of the survivor of myself and my wife to be divided amongst my seven children Margaret Gillies, John Edward, Robert Handley, Annie Catherine Mary, Eleanor Ann Smith, Richard Henry and Mary Hird.
My dwelling house know as Nook Cottage, Ambleside to my trustees to allow my wife to have the use and enjoyment of it during her life. After the death of my wife or last survivor of myself and my wife, my daughter Margaret Gillies to have use and enjoyment of the house and household furniture and effects rent free for a period of six months after the death of the survivor provided that she continue to keep house for myself and my wife. After such six month period the dwelling house to fall into the residuary estate.
The residuary real and personal estate to my trustees subject to the payment of funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and after the death of my wife to sell the same and divide the proceeds amongst my seven children providing that my children from eldest to youngest in turn are given an opportunity to purchase the house (Nook Cottage).
Probate. 21 September 1923.
Richard Potter HUNTER of Nook Cottage, Ambleside, Westmorland died 12 July 1923.
Administration of estate was granted Annie Catherine Mary THOMPSON of Lake Road Ambleside (wife of William Guy THOMPSON) and Eleanor Ann Smith MACKERETH of Millans Terrace Ambleside (wife of John Wallis MACKERETH) daughters and Richard Henry HUNTER of Millans Park, Ambleside, Civil Servant son of deceased the executors named in the will
Gross value of estate: £2769.9.10. Net personal value: £2286.18.11



John HUTCHINSON, Kirkby Stephen, maltster 1732
Administration and Inventory. - Anne, widow and relict, and Lancelott, father?, of Mallerstang, executors -
Biggest items in inventory:-
In book debts for Malt 120:00:0
In Malt 72:00:0
In promisary Notes 56:05:11
but nett inventory only 39:17:7



John HUTCHINSON, of Winton, 1733 -
Administration and Inventory - JH of Winton, but father Thomas of Hartley, yeoman, was administrator. Also present at the granting of administration were James HUTCHINSON yeoman of Hartley, and John COOPER of Winton.
Debts surmounting inventory of 02:16:0 despite inventory being 177:07:6; the debts are not given in detail. Biggest item in inventory is Malt sold and owing for 16:14:0.



Thomas HUTCHINSON, senior, Hartley, yeoman, 1723
Will dated 27 Mar 1721
...to my son James HUTCHINSON -
...to my two daughter Isabell and Agnes ... Joynt and sole executrixes
A William HUTCHINSON signed both the will and the inventory.



William HUTCHINSON jr of Hartley ... yeoman, 1716
...unto Christop- Toees[?] wife -
...my wife Ann HUTCHINSON
...unto Willm KNEWSTOP[?] son of Jno KNEWSTOP of Soulby - ...unto Mary KNEWSTOP Daughter of ... John KNEWSTOP - ...unto Margaret KNEWSTOP -
...unto my brother Thomas HUTCHINSON
...unto Margt WALKER
...wife Ann HUTCHINSON my only sole executrix



Wm HUTCHINSON, blacksmith, of Hartley, 1736
...son and heir James HUTCHINSON ...to my son Miles HUTCHINSON ...to my daughter Anne HUTCHINSON ...rest and residue ... to my loveing Son John HUTCHINSON and my loveing Daughter Elizabeth HUTCHINSON ... Joynt Executors


Thomas HUTCHINSON of Hartley, parish Kirby Stephen, yeoman
Will written 14 Jan 1743/44; proved 6 Jun 1744.
To my daughter in law Mary HUTCHINSON one bed and bedstead, with the bed cloathes as it now stands in her parlour -
To my Grandaughter Elizabeth HARKER a bed and cloathes.
All the rest and residue of my personal Estate and Chattles whatsoever to my Grandaughter Ann HUTCHINSON and my Grandaughter Elizabeth HUTCHINSON whom I hereby make and appoint joint executrixes of this my last will and Testament.
Witnesses: Richard NELSON, Michael ROE.



Anthony HUTCHINSON,Kirkby Stephen, brewer - 1802 -
Will dated 16 Feb 1802; proved 15 Mar 1802 -
Executors, son in law William BRADLEY, clogger, and Elizabeth HUTCHINSON my daughter, both of Kirkby Stephen.
Also mentions daughter Ann TEBAY wife of Reverend John TEBAY of Kirkby Stephen; and the children of William BRADLEY and Elizabeth HUTCHINSON.
Witnesses: Wm ATKINSON, Sarah WETHERELL, Wm RICHARDSON.






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