Robert Irving's Last Will & Testament

10 November 1853

This is the last Will and Testament of me Robert Irving of Blackhill in the parish of Kirklinton in the County of Cumberland Yeoman I give and devise unto my wife Mary All that my freehold Estate situate at Blackhill aforesaid and all other my real Estate whatsoever To hold the same unto my said Wife for and during the term of her natural life I also give and bequeath unto my said Wife All my Stock and Crop husbandry utensils household furniture and Effects for and during her life she keeping up the Stock as near as may be to the same amount as at my decease And from and after the decease of my said Wife I give and devise my said Estate unto my Son Charles To hold the same unto my said Son Charles his heirs and assigns forever Subject nevertheless and charged and chargeable with the payment of the following Legacies which I hereby give and bequeath as follows To my son Robert the sum of fifty pounds To my Daughter Dinah the sum of fifty pounds To my Daughters Ann Mary Jane and Elizabeth the sum of Fifteen pounds each and to my Grandson George Son of my daughter Elizabeth the sum of five pounds And in case of the decease of any of my said Children in my lifetime or in the lifetime of my said Wife then I give and bequeath the legacy of the child or children so dying to his her or their issue in Equal Shares. And from and after the decease of my said Wife I give and bequeath all my household linen equally between my daughters Dinah and Elizabeth - I also give to my said Daughter Dinah the bedstead feather Bed and furniture belonging thereto which she now sleeps in and to my daughter Elizabeth the bedstead feather bed and furniture now used by myself and wife And subject to the said bequest for life to my Wife of my Stock and Crop husbandry utensils household furniture and Effects and to the said last mentioned bequests to my Daughters Dinah and Elizabeth I give and bequeath all my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever unto my said Son Charles subject to the payment of all my just debts funeral and testamentary Expenses And I appoint my said Wife Mary and my said Son Charles Executrix and Executor of this my last Will and Testament And I revoke all other wills by me at any time heretofore made In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this tenth day of November One thousand eight hundred and fifty three

Robert Irving

Signed by the Reverend George Bell Clerk Incumbent of Kirklinton as the last Will and testament of the said Testator Robert Irving in his presence and by his direction in the presence of us present at the same time who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses the Words "Subject to the said bequest for life to my Wife of" being first written on an erasure on the fourteenth and fifteenth lines from the bottom of the second page hereof

Thomas Bulman [….] Carlisle

Proved 24th June 1854 by the Oath of Charles Irving the Son one of the Executors A power to Mary Irving the widow and Executrix when she shall apply
Effects under 200

 

Notes

Both Dinah and Elizabeth had illegitimate sons, although George, born 1847, is the only one who is mentioned in the will. Dinah's son Robert, born in 1838, became a teacher of mathematics in Carlisle and married Margaret Barnfather, dying without issue in 1904.