Will and inventory – Nicholas Armstrong – 12 May 1708

Document Type: Will and inventory
Date: 12 May 1708
Correspondent: Nicholas Armstrong
Archive Source: DUL DPRI Wills
  • Transcription
  • Notes
  • Comments (0)
  • Change font
    If columns/tables do not appear straight, change font
In the name of God Amen; I Nicholas Armstrong of Williamstone in the parish of Knarsdale & County of Northumberland yeoman, being sick in body but of good & perfect remembrance praised be God for the same.  and calling to mind the uncertainty of this life and being desirous to settle my earthly concerns do make & ordaine this my last will & Testament in maner & forme following; first & principally I commit my soul into the hands of God my Creat[o]r hoping assuredly through Christ Jesus my Redeemer to obtaine full and free remission of all my sins, and my body to the earth of w[hi]ch it was made to be buryed att the discretion of my Executrix hereafter named  And as for those Temporall goods w[hic]h the Lord hath been pleased to bestow upon me I bequeath them as followeth; first I give unto my son John my whole Messuage & Tenement & freehold estate situate att Williamstone to enter upon one half of the same as soon as he attaine the age of Twenty one years if his Grandfather & Grandmother be then dead, otherwise att the death of the survivor of them, and to enter upon the other halfe att & upon the death of his mother is case he hath completed the age of twenty one years.  Item I give unto my son William the summe of Twenty pounds.  Item I give unto my three daughters Elizabeth Mary and Frances to every one of them the summe of ten pounds, All w[hi]ch Legacys my will is that they be payed by my son John as soon as he shall enter upon one hafe of my estate And if any of my younger children dy before the Legacy hereby bequeathed fall due that then such Legacys shall descend upon & be equally divided amongst my surviving Children.  And my will further is that the shaw wood & other woods standing & growing upon my said estate be sould for the payment of my debts & funeral expences and if the said wood shall fall short in discharging my debt, that my son John shall discharge the said debts when he enters upon the first halfe of my estate, and that the said wood shall be sould att the discretion of my two brothers Nicholas Walton and John Teasdell both of Bagill in Alston moore & my Cousen Henry Wallis of Whitley in the parish of Kirkhaugh, Item I give unto my wife Deborah the one halfe of my said estate to have and enjoy the same during the tearme of her natural life and the other halfe after the death of my father and Mother till such times as it fall due to my son John as abovesaid and I do make my said wife full and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament

Revoking and disannulling all other wills by me Att any Times heretofore made, In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and Seale this third day of November; Anno Do[min]i 1707

Nicholis Armstrong

Sined sealed & delivered In the presence of

Richard Walliss			Elizabeth Lee her mark  X		Henry Wallis

1708 Test[amentum} et Inven[tarium] Nicho: Armestrong  nup[er] de Williamston infra paroc[hi]a de Knaresdaile def[unc]ti

A true and perfect Inventory of the Goods & Chattles of Nicholas Armstrong of Williamstone in the County of Northumberland deceas’d Apprized & Inventory’d this 26th day of November 1707.  By us whose names are underwritten

                                                           £  s  d

Imprimis His Horse & Apparel                              05 00 00

Item  6 Cows                                              09 10 00

Item  2 Steers                                            03 00 00

Item  2 Heiffers                                          02 10 00

Item  1 Calf                                              00 10 00

Item  1 Old Mare 1 Colt                                   02 10 00

Item  70 Old Sheep at 2s. per sheep                       07 00 00

Item  28 Young Sheep at 1s. 6d.                           02 02 00

Item  1 Cupboard, 1 Chest of Draw[e]rs, 1 Chest           03 00 00

Item  1 Table, 3 Bedsteads, 2 Forms                       01 05 00

Item  Bedding & Table=Linnen                              05 00 00

Item  2 Wheels                                            00 05 00

Item  Brass Pewter & Iron                                 04 00 00

Item  3 Chairs & Husbandry Implements                     01 10 00

      Total                                               47 02 00

Debts owing to the Deceas’d

By Cuthbert Moor                                          00 11 00

By Timothy Teasdale                                       00 15 00

By Francis Bell                                           00 10 00

Other Small Debts amounting to                            00 10 00

                                                          02 06 00

Debts owing by the Deceas’d

To Tho: Pearson                                           40 00 00

To John: Keelyside                                        10 00 00

To Edw. Little                                            10 00 00

To John: Armstrong                                        13 03 00

To John: Brown                                            02 10 00

To Dr. Musgrave                                           01 12 06

To Eliza: Crozier                                         07 00 00

To Eliza: Lee                                             01 05 00

Funeral Charges                                           03 00 00

Other Small Debts amounting to                            01 00 00

    Tot.                                                  89 10 06


George Wallas [Mark] G		Richard Wallace		Henry Wallasse		John Teasdall

Phil: Areskine Rector de Knarsdale
DPR/I/1/1708/W2/1-2 Will & inventory;  will bond, penal sum £200, 13 October 1708 DPR/I/3/1708/B160/1-2. Armstrong was the husband of Deborah Fetherstonhaugh, daughter of Elizabeth Lee of Blagill

Leave a comment

We welcome further information or corrections on topics and incidents mentioned in individual letters. It might take a while before your comments are checked for adding to public view within the website. We cannot undertake further research in response to questions.

Your email is never published nor shared. Required fields are marked *


General Discussion
Suggested correction or addition


  Return to search results or refine/create new search
The Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project aimed to celebrate and discover the heritage of the Dukesfield Arches & lead carriers' routes between Blaydon and the lead mines of Allendale and Weardale. A two year community project, it was led by the Friends of the North Pennines in partnership with Hexhamshire and Slaley Parish Councils and the active support of Allendale Estates. It was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the generous support of other sponsors. Friends of the North Pennines: Charity No:1137467