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This is the last will & Testament of me Henry Richmond of the town & county of Newcastle upon Tyne In the first place I order & direct that all my just Debts & also the Expenses of my Funeral (which I desire may as private as possible) shall be paid by my Executors. And I give & bequeath unto my Dear wife the sum of Fifty pounds to be paid to her within one month after my Death and, I also give & bequeath unto my said Wife all my Household furniture & all my plate & Linen Books & Pictures to be at her own free & absolute disposal and, subject to the payment of all my just Debts & the said Legacy to my Dear wife & my funeral expenses, I give & bequeath all my ready money & all & every the sum & sums of money due & owing to me upon my security or Securities whatsoever unto my said wife & William Wilson of Newcastle upon Tyne aforesaid Esquire Barrister at Law Edward Mosley of Newcastle upon Tyne aforesaid Esquire & one of the Aldermen & one of the Aldermen of the said Town & the Reverend Nathaniel Ellison clerk Minister of the parochial Chapelry of Saint Andrew’s in the aforesaid Town of Newcastle upon Tyne their Executors & administrators upon trust & in confidence that they & the Survivors & Survivor of them & the Executors & administrators of such Survivor do & shall from time to time during the natural Life of my said Dear wife permit my said Wife or her assigns to receive one full moiety or half part of all the yearly Interest & Annual produce thereof as the same shall arise & become due to & for her own use and benefit and as to for & concerning the principal of the said moiety (the Interest whereof I have given to my said wife during her Life as aforesaid) from & immediately after the decease of my said Wife and also as to the other Moiety or full half part of all the said money so bequeathed to my said Trustees as aforesaid from & immediately after my death I will & direct that my said Trustees & the Survivors & Survivor of them & the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor shall stand & be possessed of & interested in the same & every part thereof In Trust & to & for the use & benefit of all & every the children which I now have by my said wife or which I shall hereafter have by her or with which she shall happen to be <ensient> at the time of my death equally to be divided amongst the said children share & share alike The share & shares of the said children to belong to & be an Interest vested in such of the said children as are or shall be a son or sons at their respective ages of twenty one years & such of the said children as shall be a Daughter or Daughters at her & their respective ages of twenty one years or days of marriage which shall first happen And also upon further Trust that the said Trustees in the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor do & shall during the Life of my said Wife pay to her the Interest & Annual produce of the said Share & Shares of my said children to be by her applied for the maintenance & education of the said children & until their said Share or Share shall become payable respectively And in case my said Wife shall happen to die before all my said Children shall have become intituted [entitled] to a vested interest in their said respective shares then upon Trust that they the said Trustees or the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor do & shall after the decease of my said Wife pay & apply the yearly interest & annual produce of the share & shares of my said children respectively or so much thereof as the Trustees or Trustee for time being shall think fit for their maintenance & Education & until their said share or shares shall become vested interests respectively Provided always that in case any of my Sons shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years or any of my Daughters shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years & unmarried then the share & shares as well original as accrued of such child or children so dying shall from time to time accrue & belong unto & vest in the Survivors or Survivor or others or other of my Children & be equally divided between or amongst them if more than one & be a vested interest at such times & in such manner as is herein before directed concerning his her & their original share & shares Provided also & I do will order & direct that my said Trustees or the Survivors or Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor shall have power I do hereby give to them full power & authority to apply according to their own discretion any part of the principal money of the share of any of my Sons for & towards putting or placing out my Sons respectively to any Trade or Business or otherwise or towards their preferment in the World before the age of twenty one years and my further will is that if all my children who are or shall be sons shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years & all my children who shall be Daughters shall happen to die under the age of twenty one years & unmarried Then my said Trustees or the Survivors or Survivors of them or the Executors or Administrators of such Survivor shall permit my said wife to receive the yearly interest & annual produce of both Moieties of the said trust money to & for her own use & benefit during her Life and at her death my said Trustees shall stand & be possessed of all the said trust money & the stocks Funds & Securities in & upon which the same shall be invested or laid out upon the Trusts & to & for the intents and purposes following, that is to say, as to one full fourth part thereof in Trust for such person or persons as my said Dear Wife shall by her last Will & Testament in Writing to be by her signed & published in the presence of & attested by two or more credible witnesses direct or appoint and as to one other fourth part thereof in Trust for my Brother John Richmond his Executors Administrators & Assigns And as to one other fourth part thereof in Trust for my Sister Lowthian her Executors administrators & assigns and as to the remaining fourth part thereof for my Nephew George Headlam & my Neice Ann Headlam to be equally divided between them their Executors administrators & assigns and if my Dear wife shall not make a Disposition by will as aforesaid of the said fourth part which she hath power to dispose of as aforesaid Then I will that the same shall go to & be equally divided amongst my Brother & Sister & my said Nephew & Neice, as representative of their Mother my Sister Headlam deceased , & amongst their respective Executors administrators & assigns as Tenants in common And in order that my said Trustees may be enabled to call in & receive the money due to me upon Mortgages I give to them & their Heirs Executors & administrators all the messuages Lands tenements & hereditaments conveyed to me by way of Mortgage And I will that my said wife & Trustees & the survivors & survivor of them & the Executors & administrators of such survivor shall & may from time to time call in all the principal trust money & place out the same upon the public Funds or other Government or real security at interest & also from time to time call in the principal money so to be placed out & place out the same again at interest on new or other funds or securities of the like nature and that none of them shall be answerable or accountable for any money to be received by virtue of or under the Trusts aforesaid otherwise than each person for what she or he actually receive and that none of them shall be answerable for the Acts Receipts Neglects or Defaults of the other of them nor any of them for any involuntary Loss or damage and that they may respectively retain & reimburse themselves out of the money which shall come to their hands all such costs charges damages & Expenses as they respectively shall or may sustain or be put unto in or about the Execution of this my Will or any of the Trusts aforesaid and I make my said Dear wife Sole Guardian of all my Children which I have or may have And in token of my Esteem for the said William Wilson Edward Mosley & Nathaniel Ellison I desire their acceptance Each of a Ring and thereby revoke all former wills and make my said Dear wife & the aforesaid other Trustees Executors of this my Will which I have written all with my Left Hand being reduced thereto by a stroke of the Palsy In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand & seal the twentieth day of June in the year of our Lord One thousand seven hundred and seventy five. Hen[ry] Richmond Signed Sealed published & declared by the Testator Henry Richmond in the presence of us who in his presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto Cuth[bert] Peart Ann Taylor J Bell
Will DPRI/1/1776/R12. Date of probate 1776. An obituary appeared in the Newcastle Courant on 15 June which read : Died. Saturday, aged 55, Mr Henry Richmond, many years principal agent to Sir Walter Blackett, Bart. who discharged his trust with great fidelity and industry, and was much and deservedly esteemed as a worthy honest man. On Tuesday his corpse was interred in St. Andrews in a genteel manner.