1723: Last Will and testament of Esther Van Homrigh

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Vanessa

In the name of God, Amen. I Esther Van-homrigh, one of the daughters of Bartholomew Vanhomrigh, late of the City of Dublin, Esq., deceased, being of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this my last will and testament, in manner and form following, that is to say: —

First, I recommend my soul into the hands of Almighty God, and my body I commit to the earth, to be buried at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named. In the next place, I give and devise all my worldly substance, whether in lands, tenements, hereditaments or trusts, and all my real and personal estate, of what nature or kind soever, unto the Reverend Doctor George Berkly, one of the fellows of Trinity College, Dublin, and Robert Marshall of Clonmell, Esq., their heirs, executors and administrators, chargeable nevertheless with, and subject and liable to the payment of all such debts of my own contracting, as I shall owe at the time of my death, as also unto the payment of the several legacies hereinafter bequeathed, or which shall hereafter be bequeathed by any codicil to be attached to this my last will and testament:

Item, I give and bequeath to Erasmus Lewis of London, Esq., the sum of twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath to Francis Annesly of the city of London, Esq., twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath to John Hooks, Esq., of Gaunts in Dorsetshire, twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give unto the Right Reverend Father in God, William King, Lord Archbishop of Dublin, twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath unto the Right Reverend Father in God, Theop. Bolton, Lord Archbishop of Clonfert, twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath unto Robert Lindsey, of the city of Dublin, Esq., twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath unto Edmund Shuldam of the City of Dublin, Esq., twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath unto William Lingin of the castle of Dublin, Esq., twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath unto the Rev Mr John Antrobus, my cousin, the like sum of money, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath unto Bryan Robinson, doctor of physic in the city of Dublin, fifteen pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath unto Mr Edward Cloker of the city of Dublin, fifteen pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath to Mr William Marshall of the city of Dublin, fifteen pounds sterling, to buy a ring:

Item, I give and bequeath to John Finey, son of George Finey of Kildrought in the county of Kildare, and godson to my sister, the sum of twenty-five pounds sterling, to be paid him when he shall attain the age of twenty-one years: Also I give and bequeath to his mother, Mrs. Mary Finey, the sum of ten pounds sterling, to buy mourning; and to Mrs. Ann Wakefield, her sister, of the parish of St Andrews in the city of Dublin, the like sum, to buy mourning:

Item, I give and bequeath unto Ann Kindon, who is now my servant, the sum of twenty-five pounds sterling, to buy mourning; and to her daughter, Ann Clinkskells, the like sum of money, to buy mourning:

Item, I give and bequeath unto every servant that shall live with me at the time of my death half a year’s wages; and to the poor of the parish, where I shall happen to die, five pounds sterling: And I do hereby make, constitute and appoint the said Dr. George Berkly, and Robert Marshall, Esq., of Clonmel, sole executors of this my last will and testament: And I do hereby revoke and make void all former and other wills and testaments by me in any wise heretofore made, either in word or writing, and declare this to be my last will and testament. In witness whereof I, the said Esther Vanhomrigh. have hereunto set my hand and seal, this first day of May, in the year of our Lord 1723.

E. Vanhomrigh. (Seal)

Signed, published and declared by the said Esther Vanhomrigh. for and as her last will and testament, in presence of us, who attest the same by subscribing our names in the presence of her the said testatrix.

Jas. Doyle. Ed. Thrush. Darby Gafny.

The last will and testament of Esther Van-homrigh, late deceased (having, and so forth), was proved in common form of law, and probat granted by the most Reverend Father in God Thomas, and so forth, to the Reverend George Berkely and Robert Marshall, the executors, they being first sworn personally. Dated the 6th of June, 1723.

A true copy, which I attest,

John Hawkins, Dep. Reg. 1

This document is reprinted from Scott’s edition of Swift’s Works, vol. xix, p. 454.

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