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The last Will and Testament of
William Biggs
written 4th June 1817
proved 28th June 1820

This is the Last Will and Testament of me William Biggs of Desborough in the County of Northampton Gentleman, of sound mind memory and understanding as follows

I Give and devise unto my Brother John Biggs of Portenall in the County of Bedford all my Messuages, Cottages, Closes, Lands, and tenemts, with their and every of their rights members and appurts situate, standing, lying, or being in the Parish or Lordship of Cosby in the County of Leicester or elsewhere in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland which premises, or part thereof, are now in the tenure or occupation of William Horton Butcher or his undertenants to hold all my said Messuages, Cottages, Closes, Lands, and Tenements as aforesaid unto my said Brother John Biggs his heirs and assigns for ever and in case of his decease in my life time, then and in each case

I Give and devise all my aforesaid real Estates whatsoever and wheresoever unto his son James Biggs his heirs and Assigns for ever subject nevertheless as herein after mentioned that is to say subject as to my aforesaid Estates to and with the payment of the sum of Fifteen pounds a year to my sister Ann Dudley[?] of Cosby aforesaid for and during the term of her natural Life payable by two equal half yearly payments in each and every year the first payment to commence and be made six Months next after my decease

I Give and bequeath unto Mary West of Marston Ten pounds

I Give and bequeath unto my four Nieces namely Mary Johnson, Mary Biggs, Mary ffowler, and Elizabeth Rutorne [?] the sum of twenty pounds apiece to be paid at the expiration of six calendar Months next after my decease

and as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever in the said United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland after payment of my just debts funerary and testamentary Expences I Give and bequeath the same and each part thereof unto my said Brother John Biggs for his own sole use benefit and disposal and in case of his decease before he shall become intitled thereto then and in that case I Give and bequeath the said Personal Estate so bequeathed to him my said Brother John unto his two sons James and John share and share alike at their respective ages of twenty one Years provided and my will is that in case my said Personal Estates should prove insufficient to pay the aforesaid Legacies and my just debts in such case I subject and charge my real Estates with as much as may be sufficient to pay and satisfy such legacies and my said just debts as aforesaid

I nominate Constitute and appoint my said Brother John Biggs sole Executor of this my said last Will and testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made In Witness whereof I have to this my said last Will and testament contained in two sheets of paper to the first sheet set my hand and to this second and last my hand and seal this fourth day of June one thousand eight hundred and seventeen Wm. Biggs SS, signed sealed published and declared by the said testator William Biggs as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses Penelope Wilson |-| John Atkins |-| Edw Bates

Proved at London 28th June 1820 before the Judge by the oath of John Biggs the Brother and sole Executor to whom admon was granted having been first sworn (by Commission) duly to administer.


The original will has no punctuation or separate paragraphs. As this makes it hard to read, particularly online, I have inserted some punctuation and tried to break the text into separate clauses.

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