Walter Irwin's Last Will & Testament

15 March 1699

The fifteenth day of the first month commonly called March anno domini 1699. In Dei nomine Amen. I Walter Irwin of Blackhill in the parish of Kirklinton in the County of Cumberland who am sick in body but whole in mind and of good and perfect remembrance praised be God for the saime do make and [….] this my last will and testament in manner and form following viz.

I give and bequeath unto my son William four pounds of lawful money of England I give unto my son John Eight pounds of the like lawful money of England I give unto Rachell Blackburn my Grandchild four pounds and if she happen to die to her brother Joseph I give to my daughter Ann twenty shillings, and to her daughter Katherine four pounds and if she die to her brother Jonathan I give to my Grandchild Ann, daughter to my daughter Rosamond twenty shillings. I give to my son George one Shilling and to my son Thomas one Shilling

And for all the rest of my goods and Chattels moveable and immoveable debts bills bonds money or otherwise to me belonging I give and bequeath to my wife Ann and do make my said wife sole executrix of this my Last will and testament My debts Legacies and funeral expenses discharged In witness whereof I have hereunto my name set my mark ye day and year first above mentioned

Walter Urwen his mark


George Urwen his mark
Thomas Urwen
Jannott Murray his mark
Christopher Story


It is thought that Thomas inherited Blackhill and George Hallfoot, an arrangement which would have been made prior to Walter making his will, and which would explain why these two sons received a nominal one shilling each.

The dating convention used in this document implies that Walter Irwin was a Quaker.