Will – William Blackett – 9 Mar 1680

Document Type: Will
Date: 9 Mar 1680
Correspondent: William Blackett
Archive Source: DUL DPRI Wills
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Sir Wm. Blackett Bart. by his Will directs all his Debts to be pd. out of his Real & personal Estate and gives to the Mayor of Newcastle & his Succors In Trust for the poor of the sevl. Parishes of St. Nicholas, All Saints, St. John's & S.Andrews in Newcastle & Gateshead & Hartinpoole in Coun Durham for each of them £2. a year for ever to be Issuing out of his Messes & houses in Newcastle devised to his Son Wm. And gives to Dame Margt. His wife a Messe & Mill called Houthericks in Coun Northumberland & the Lands therewith used for her life Remr. to his Daur Eliza. Davison in fee and gives his sd. Wife £100 a year for life out of his real & personal Estate and Reciting that he was Seized in fee of the Manor Villages Towns & Hamlets called Melkeridge & Woodhall & the Lands thereto belonging in the parish of Haltswestle in Coun Northumberland As also all Mines &c within ye Manor & precincts of Fallowfield & Acombe in Coun Northumberland Unto Edwd. Blackett his son & heir apparent for life sans [waste] with Trustees to support contingencies & Remr. to ye first & other sons of sd. Edwd. in tail male Remr. to Michl. Blackett Testor's 2nd son in like manner Remr. to Wm. Blackett Testor's 3rd son in like manner Remr. as to a moiety of the same premes to all & every of the Daurs & Daurs of his sd. 3 sons & the heirs of their sevl. Bodies Remr. thereof to his own right heirs As to the other Moiety to his Daurs Eliza. Davison Isabel Bridges & Christian Midford and their sevl. heirs as Tents. in common.  

As to the moiety of the Manor of Winlinton (in Coun Durham) in the parish of Ryton and all his Lands coalmines &c within the sd. Manor (charged with 1666 ..13.. [h] payable at the several Deaths of Thomas Henry & John Selby) He devises the same to Henry Kirkhouse & Cuthbert Snow their Exors &c for 99 years Upon Trust out of the first clear Rents thereof  to pay his sd. wife £300 yearly in such manner as is appointed by a writing dated 17th Jan 28: Car 2d. [Int] sd. Testor 1st part Davison & Blakiston 2d. part [&] Cock & Hudson 3d. part which is made for securing ye same & this Device is for confirmation thereof only, and upon further Trust to pay to his sd. Son Michael £400 a year for his life, And upon further Trust to pay the Residue of the profit thereof to his said Son William his Exors &c and after the Death of his said wife and son Michael & payment of ye sd. Several sums & all arrears thereof then the said 99 years term to cease and after the ceasing or determination thereof then he devises a fourth part of the sd. Manor of Winlinton & the moiety of all his Lands and Coalmines &c thereon To the use of his sd. Son Michael for life with Trustees to support contingencies Remr. to Michael's first and other sons in tail male Remr. to said Edwd. Blackett in like mannor Remr. to sd. William Blackett in like maner, Remr. as to an 8th part of the Manor and a 4th part of the Lands & Coalmines &c to the Use of all & every the Daur & Daurs of his sd. 3. Sons and the heirs of their several Bodies Remr. To his the Testors right heirs, As to the other 8th part and 4th part &c To the Use of Testor's sd. 3 Daurs Davison Bridges & Midford and their heirs as Tenants in common.  And as to the other fourth part of the Manor and moiety of the Lands Coalmines &c in Winlinton after determination of sd. 99 years term he devises the same to his sd. son  Willm. for life sans waste with Trustees to Support Contingencies, Remr. to William's first and other sons in tail Male Remr. To sd. Edward then to Michael then to the Daurs of his said 3. Sons and his own right heirs and to his own 3 Daurs in like manner [ut] supra.

And he devises all his Manors Messes Lands Tenemts and Mills in Duxfield Healy & Coalpitts in coun Northumberland and all his Leadmines &c within the precincts of East and West Allendale or Allenton within the Regality of Hexham in Coun Northumberland with all Lands & priviledges thereto belonging And all his Houses and Lands in Pilgrim Street in Newcastle called Grayfryers with the Lands and Appurts therewith used or thereunto belonging And his Messe at ye Bridge end in Newcastle with the appurts And all other his Messes Houses &c in a Street called the Close in Newcastle (Except his coach house & Stable) and all the Lands & Tenemts lately purchased of Thos. Smith called Killhope & Wellhope in Wearedale in Coun Durham and the Messe called Woodcroft hall and the sevl. Lands & Heredits thereto belonging or reputed parcel thereof  in Wearedale in Coun Durham To Robt Pease & Benja. Davison & their Exors &c for 1000 years Sans waste Upon Trust out of the profitts of the sd. Leadmines to pay his Debts Legacies and Funeral Expences and then the term to cease, And after determination thereof he devises the Messes Lands & premises to his sd. Son  Willm. for life sans waste with Trustees to support contingencies Remr. to William's first and other Sons in tail Male Remr. to said Edward then to Michael in like manner Remr. As to a moiety thereof to the Daurs of his sd. 3 Sons in tail then to his own right heirs, the other moiety to his own sd. 3 Daurs in fee [ut] supra – And he gives his Stables for Coach horses & Coach house in the Close in Newcastle to sd. wife for life Remr. To son Wm. For life with Remr. over in such manner as the sd. other Lands in Newcastle are limitted, An he devises his Stable for Sadle horses in the Close afsd. to his Son Wm. for life with Remr. over in like manner – and declares that all the [pemes] shall remain to the Uses and purposes afsd. notwithstanding anything to the contrary contd. in an Indre 3 partite dated the 2d. Sepr. 30th Carl 2d. Int. sd. Testor & his wife Tim: Davison & Eliz. his wife 1st. part John Blakiston and Henry Kirkhouse 2d. part and Robt. Pease & Benja. Davison 3d. part – and he Devises his Leadmines in Aston moor holden by Lease from Sr. Francis Radcliffe, The Leadmines in Wearedale holden by Lease from the Bishop of Durham, His 3d. part of the Collieries in Newburn, Whorleton, Newbiggin and Brunton, during the residue of the several terms therein to his Son Wm. his Exors &c In Trust to pay Testor's Debts and Legacies and to William's proper Use, And he gives the 12th part of the Collieries within the Manor of Ryton and Kyo and Kyefield to his said Son William and his heirs during the 3 lives for wch they are holden Upon the same Trusts as the Leases for years last mentioned.

And as to all his Household Stuff plate Jewells &c (Except &c) and all his Goods Leases Debts Mortgages &c and other his personal Estate of what kind soever and all his Mortgages in fee he devises the same to his said Son William his heirs Exors &c In Trust in the first place to purchase Lands of Inheritance in the Counties of Northumberland, Durham or Yorkshire of the clear yearly value of £500 a year ultra reprize to be settled to the Use of his sd. Son Edward for life sans waste with Trustees to support contingencies Remr. to Edward's first and other Sons in tail Male Remr. to sd. Michael then to sd. Wm. In like manner Remr. in moieties to his sons Daurs in tail then to his own right heirs and to his own sd. 3 Daurs in fee ut Supra And till such Lands purchased Wm. was to pay £500 a year to the persons who would be intitled to the profits of the Lands purchased – Then he gives sevl. consible Legacies particularly to his Daurs Davison and Midford to each of them £60 a year during their respive husbands lives and £100 a year to each for 10. years after Testor's death but his own Son in Law Midford owing him £3150 on Securities  he charges the sd. Annuities & Legacies for the benefit  of sd. Midford & his wife & their Children on the sd. Securities only – And he gives £20 a year to his sd. Testors Brother in Law Matthew Kirkby for life  - And he again particularly charges Duxfield, Healy, Coalpitts, Woodcroft hall Killhope and Wellhope & the Houses in Newcastle and all thereto belonging, All the Lands  & Leadmines in east and West Allendale Aston Moor and Weardale or any other place or places whatsoever settled as afsd. with the payment of his Debts & Legacies & makes his sd. Son Wm. Sole Executor

There are 5. Witnesses to the will but not said to be duly Executed

Proved at Durham 22d. July 1680.

9th Mar. 1679 – A Codicil of the same date annexed whereby he bequeaths a few small personal Legacies.

Will and Codicil witnessed by Robt Shaftoe, Meth Jeffrayson, Abrah Drake, James Hargrave Thos Hutchinson John Cooke

This will appears to have been proved in Chancery in a Cause Wm. Blackett [and] Ralph Brandling, And in the Exchequer in a Cause Humphrey Wharton [and] Wm. Blackett
The probate copy of the will of William Blackett (1620-80) is to be found at DPR/I/1/1680/B16 and awaits transcription. What appears to be the original will has recently (Jan 2016) been found amongst the many boxes of miscellaneous Allendale Estate papers at Northumberland Archives: NRO 2762 Box C74. The abstract given below, which conveniently extracts the provisions into a more concise summary, is taken from the Trevelyan/Wallington papers now at Northumberland Archives: NRO ZWN A/ 1/ 315, and entitled on the verso ‘Abstract Copy of Sr Wm Blackett the Grandfather's Will dated 9 Mar 1679’. This possibly dates the abstract to the time of legal work surrounding the estate of the third William Blackett, who died in 1728. Houthericks mill is probably Hatherwickes or Haddricks Mill on the border between Gosforth and Jesmond parishes.

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