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Will of Anthony Bigot of Reading, Berkshire, proved 24 Oct 1809

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Transcript of the will of Anthony Bigot, Dancing Master of Reading, Berkshire, made on 10 June 1809. Proved on 24 October 1809 by the Prerogative Court of Canterbury. Registered copy held by The National Archives in PROB 11/1504. Images of this document can be downloaded for a fee from DocumentsOnline.


This is the last Will and Testament of me Anthony Bigot of Reading in the County of Berks Dancing Master First I desire that all my just Debts and Funeral and Testamentary Expenses may be fully paid and satisfied I give and bequeath unto Richard Westbrook of Reading aforesaid Banker William Cowdry of the Strand London Brush Manufacturer and Charles Lovegrove of Reading aforesaid Esquire according to the nature of the said Estates all that my Messuage or Tenement Buildings Gardens and hererit[ament]s to the same belonging situate lying and being in Castle Street in the parish of Saint Mary in Reading aforesaid and now on Lease to Mr Joseph Rutter and also all those my Ten Messuages or Tenements with the yard and heredit[ament]s to the same belonging situate and being in Chapel Yard near the said Messuage or Tenement now in the occupation of Labourers and also two Gardens near thereto adjoining in the occupation of Mrs? Dupont and Mr Ducouch? all which said last mentioned Messuages Gardens and heredit[ament]s are also lying and being in the said parish of Saint Mary in Reading aforesaid to hold the said several messuages or Tenements Gardens heredit[ament]s and premises unto the said Richard Westbrook William Cowdry and Charles Lovegrove their heirs Executors and adm[inistrat]ors upon trust that they the said Richard Westbrook William Cowdry and Charles Lovegrove or the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Executors or adm[inistrat]ors of such Survivor do and shall so soon as conveniently may be after my decease sell and dispose of all my said Messuages or Tenements and heredit[ament]s either by public Auction or private Sale as they my said Trustees or the Survivors or Survivor of them shall in their or his discretion think proper for the most Money that can be reasonably had or gotten for the same and for the Money arising from the sale of the said several Messuages heredit[ament]s and premises together with the Rents in the mean time arising to pay and divide equally between or amongst my Two Children Anthony Bigot and Ann Bigot their Executors Adm[inistrat]ors or assigns in equal shares and proportions provided always and my will is and I do hereby direct and declare that the Receipt or Receipts of my said Trustees or the Survivor of them or the Executors or Adm[inistrat]ors of such Survivor shall be good and effectual discharge and discharges for so much of the purchase Monies for the said Estates or either of them as shall be therein expressed to be paid and that the purchaser or purchasers of the said Estates or either of them shall not be responsible for same or any part thereof nor for the misapplication or nonapplication of the same or any part thereof I Give and bequeath unto the said Richard Westbrook William Cowdry and Charles Lovegrove out of the Share of my Estate and Effects by this my Will intended to be given and bequeathed to my Daughter Ann Bigot the Sum of fifteen hundred pounds Sterling upon Trust that they or the Survivor of them or the Executors or adm[inistrat]ors of such Survivor do and shall so soon as conveniently may be after my decease place out and invest the same at interest in the the Government Funds or on some other good and sufficient Security and pay and apply the Interest dividends and product thereof unto my Daughter Ann Bigot and her assigns from time to time as the same shall become due and payable for and during the term of her natural life and I do direct that the same may be paid unto her own hands and that her receipt alone shall be a good and sufficient discharge to my said Trustees for the same and that the same or any part thereof shall not be subject or liable to the Debts or control of any husband my said daughter shall happen to Marry and from and after her decease then in trust to pay and divide the said Sum of Fifteen hundred pounds and Interest due thereupon unto and amongst all and every the child and children if any of my said Daughter Ann Bigot who shall be living at the time of her decease in equal shares and proportions and in case there shall be any such Child or Children of my said daughter Ann Bigot and all or any or either of them shall happen to Marry and die in the life time of my said Daughter or under the age of twenty one years having Issue or who shall survive her then my will is that the Share or Shares of such Child or Children so dying and having any Issue of and in all or any part of the said Sum of Fifteen hundred pounds as the case may be shall be considered as vested Interests in such Child and Children of the said Ann Bigot and be transmissible to their and each of their child and children respectively and my said Trustees and the Survivor of them and the Executors and Adm[inistrat]ors of such Survivor shall stand and be possessed of such share or shares In Trust for such Child and Children accordingly until they shall severally attain the age of twenty one years and as and when they shall respectively attain that age In Trust to pay and transfer such Share unto and amongst all and every such Child and Children respectively share and share alike but in case the said Ann Bigot shall have no such Child or Children or having such all of them shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years without having been married then In Trust to pay and transfer the said principal Sum of Fifteen hundred pounds unto such person or persons and in such manner as my said Daughter Ann Bigot by any Deed or Writing under her hand and seal duly executed and credibly attested or by her last Will and Testament notwithstanding her Coverture executed and attested as aforesaid shall limit Direct and appoint give or devise the same and for want of such Limitation Direction or appointment Gift or devise or being such and the same shall not extend to the whole of the said Sum of Fifteen hundred pounds then as to the whole of the said Sum or so much thereof whereof no such limitation or direction shall be made In Trust to pay the same unto my said Son Anthony Bigot his Executors or Adm[inistrat]ors I Give and bequeath unto my son Oliver Bigot my Miniature which my wife has in her possession and also my French Watch I Give and bequeath unto my Wife Katharine Bigot One Guinea Also I Give and bequeath unto my said wife Katharine Bigot Twenty pounds to buy Mourning and Clothes for my said Son Oliver I Give unto bequeath unto my Brother Francis Bigot of Boulogne Surmer in France the Sum of Two hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain to be paid him as soon as conveniently may be after my decease out of my residuary personal Estate and I do desire that my said Brother will pay one half part thereof unto my Mother Mrs Bigot of Boulogne aforesaid if she be living at the time of my decease and if she shall be then dead to pay such half part to my Brother Joseph if he shall be then living I give and bequeath unto my said Son Anthony all my wearing apparel and Linen of every kind and also all my Violins and Sticks for his own use and benefit and I desire he will Give such one of them as he may think proper to my said Son Oliver I give and bequeath unto my said Son Anthony and my said daughter Ann all my plate Rings Watches and Jewels of every kind equally between them also I give and bequeath unto the said Richard Westbrook William Cowdry and Charles Lovegrove all the rest and residue of my personal Estate Money in the Funds household Goods Linen China Debts Sum and Sums of Money ready Money Estate and Effects What soever and where soever and of what nature or kind soever upon Trust that they my said Trustees and the Survivor of them or the Executors or Adm[inistrat]ors of such Survivor do and shall collect and get in and receive all and every the debt and debts Sum and Sums of Money which may be due and owing at the time of my decease and after deducting and retaining to each of themselves the sum of Ten Guineas as a mark of my esteem to pay transfer distribute and divide all my said residuary personal Estate Monies and Effects into and between my said Son Anthony and my said Daughter Ann Bigot their Executors Adm[inistrat]ors and assigns share and share alike the share of my said Daughter Ann Bigot being subject to the raising the said Fifteen hundreed pounds upon three trusts aforesaid and it is my will and I do hereby order and direct that it shall be lawful for my Trustees and their Representatives to deduct and retain to themselves respectively out of my residuary personal Estate all such Costs charges and expenses as they or either of them shall pay lay out expend or be put unto by or by reason or means of any matter cause or thing whatsoever in any case relating to this my will or the Trusts hereby reposed in them and that neither of them shall be answerable for or liable to make good any deficiency or loss which may happen by means of placing forth the said Trust Monies at Interest or by the fluctuation or any of the public Funds but only for such Sums of Money as shall actually come to and be revised by them nor shall the one of them be responsible for the Acts Receipts Neglects or defaults of the other of them but each for his own Acts Receipts Neglects and defaults only and I do hereby nominate and appoint my said Son Anthony and my said Daughter Ann Bigot and also the said Richard Westbrook and my Friend John Biggs of Reading aforesaid Gentleman Executrix and Executors of this my Will and hereby revoking all former wills by me made do publish and declare these six sheets of paper to be and contain my last Will and Testament In witness whereof I the said Anthony Bigot the Testator have to the five first Sheets of the said Six sheets set my hand and to this the last of them my hand and seal the tenth day of June One thousand eight hundred and nine - Anthony Bigot Signed Sealed published and declared by the above named Anthony Bigot the Testator 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 - William Melton? of Reading Taylor - John Woodman? Joseph Whatley? I? to Mr Biggs Attorney Reading


This Will was proved at London the twenty fourth day of October in the year of our Lord One thousand eight hundred and nine before the Worshipful Augustus Gostling? Doctor of Laws and Surrogate of the Right honorable Sir John Nichol Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury Lawfully constituted by the oath of Richard Westbrook Esquire one of the Executors named in the said Will to whom Adm[inistrat]or was granted of all and singular the goods Chattels and credits of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased having been first sworn duly to administer power reserved of making the like Grant to Anthony Bigot the Son of the deceased and Ann Bigot Spinster the daughter of the said deceased Minors on their attaining the age of 21 years and to John Biggs the other Executor named in the said Will when he shall apply the same.

On the 20 of November 1860 Letters of Admon (with the Will annexed) of the personal Estate and Effects of Anthony Bigot late of Reading in the County of Berks Dancing Master who died 20th June 1809 at Reading aforesaid left unadministered by Richard Westbrook Esqurie deceased whilst living one of the Executors and one of the Residuary Legatees in Trust named in the Will were granted to George William Macdougall Bigot the Administrator of the personal Estate and Effects of Anthony Bigot deceased whilst living the son one other of the Executors and one of the Residuary Legatees he having been ?? named in the Will The said Richard Westbrook having died Intestate the said Anthony Bigot and John Biggs one other of the Executors having survived the said deceased without having proved the said Will and Ann Cowdry Widow heretofore Bigot Spinster the daughter the other Executor and Residuary Legatee named in the said Will having on the 13th of September 1860 renounced the Probate and Execution thereof and also the Letters of Adm[inistrati[on (with the same annexed) of the personal Estate and Effects of the said deceased and William Cowdry and Charles Lovegrove the other Residuary Legatees in Trust named in the said Will being respectively dec[ease]d