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Will of Vincent Perronet

of Shoreham, Kent


Source: Prerogative Court of Canterbury Prob11/1130
Submitted by Ros Dunning
In the Name of God Amen I Vincent Perronet Vicar of Shoreham in the County of Kent being through Godís goodness both in health of Body and of sound mind do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) first I humbly recommend my Soul into the Hands of my blessed Redeemer and as to my body (trusting it will through the merits of Christ be entitled to a Glorious Resurrection) I commit it in the mean while to the ground to be decently Interred in the same Grave with my dear and affectionate Wife and as to my Worldly Estate and Effects I dispose thereof as follows (that is to say)

I Give unto my Son Edward Perronet the Sum of ten Guineas for mourning and the like Sum of ten Guineas to his Wife for mourning
I give to my Daughter Elizabeth Briggs the like Sum of ten Guineas for mourning And to each of her Seven Children the Sum of three Guineas for Mourning

I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Damaris Perronet All my Household Goods and Furniture Plate Linnen China Pictures Books Manuscripts and other Effects and things in and about my House in Shoreham

And subject to the Payment of the aforesaid Legacies and my just Debts and ffuneral Expences I give devise and bequeath All that my Leasehold Manor of Westgate and All demesin Lands Meadows Pastures and Feedings thereunto belonging and all other the Premises which I hold by Lease from his Grace the Archbishop of Canterbury And All the rest and residue of my Real and Personal Estate whatsoever and wheresoever which I now am or hereafter shall or may become Possessed of or Interested in by Any Right or by Any Ways or by any ways or means whatsoever unto and to the use of my said Daughter Damaris Perronet my Grandson John Hobart Briggs and my Granddaughter Elizabeth Briggs their Heirs Executors Admors and Assigns for and during All such Term or Terms Estate or other Right or Interest which I now have or shall or may have or be intitled to therein respectively Upon the Trusts and for the Interests and Purposes following (that is to say)

Upon Trust that they my said Trustees and the Survivors and Survivor of them and his Heirs Executors Administrators and Assigns of such Survivor shall and do when and as soon as they shall in their own discretion think fit and Proper sell and dispose of my said Leasehold and other residuary Estate either together or Parcels to the best advantage and shall and do lay out and invest the money arising and to be produced from such Sale or Sales in their his or her own name or names in or upon the Public Stocks or Funds or Government or other Real Securities at Interest And shall and do alter change and vary such stocks Funds or securities for any other stocks funds or securities of the like nature when And as often as Occasion shall require during the existance of the Trusts of this my Will

and that in the meantime and until my said Leasehold Estate shall be thought fit to be sold as aforesaid it shall and may be lawful to and for my said Trustees or Trustee for the time being to raise by and out of the Rents Issues and Profits thereof or by Mortgage thereof or of any Part thereof or by such other ways or means as they shall in their his or her discretion deem proper such Sum or Sums of Money as shall be requisite and necessary for the satisfaction and discharge of the Rent or Rents reservedly And the Fines and Fees attending the renewal of the said Lease and all other charges and expences incidental or relating thereto and shall and do pay apply and dispose of the same accordingly

And I do hereby declare that they my said Trustees and Trustee for the time being shall stand possessed of and Interested in the money to arise from the Sale of my said Leasehold Estate and all other the residuum of my said Real and Personal Estates and the Stocks Funds or Securities in or upon which such money or any part thereof shall or may be invested and of and in the clear Rents Profits and Annual Produce of my said residuary Estates until the same shall be thought fit to be sold as aforesaid upon the Trusts and for the Intents and Purposes following (that is to say)

Upon Trust and by and out of the Interest and Dividends Rents Issues and Annual Produce of the said Trust Monies Estates and Premises to Pay unto my said Son Edward Perronet and his Assigns for and during the Term of his natural life (but subject to the Provisos hereinafter contained for determining the same) One Annuity or clear yearly sum of fifty Pounds of lawful money of Great Britain by equal half Yearly Payments the first Payment thereof to begin and be made at the end of six Calendar Months next after my death

and subject to the Payment of the said Annuity they my said Trustees and Trustee for the time being shall stand Possessed of and interested in all the said Trust Monies Estates and Premises Upon the Trusts following (that is to say)

as to One full third Part thereof In Trust for and for the benefit of my said Daughter Damaris Perronet her Exors Admors and Assigns
and to the said two other third Parts thereof (in Case my said daughter shall happen to die in my life time) In Trust for and for the benefit of such of my Grandsons John Hobart Briggs and William Bromfield Briggs and of my Grand daughters Elizabeth Briggs Philothea Perronet Thompson Sophia Gardener Briggs Charity Briggs and Irene Briggs the Seven Children of my said Daughter Elizabeth Briggs as shall be living at my death and who now hath or shall then have attained and shall afterwards live to attain the Age of twenty one Years in equal parts shares and Proportions share and share alike

And I do declare that the Interest Dividends Rents Issues and Annual Produce of the Share of each of my said Grandchildren who shall at my death be under the Age of twenty one Years shall during his or her minority be paid to my said Daughter Elizabeth Briggs or retained by my said Granddaughter Elizabeth Briggs and applied to and for the use and benefit of such child
Provided always and I do declare that in case my said Granddaughter Philothea Perronet Thompson shall die in my lifetime the Share or Interest which she would have been intitled to (in case She had survived me) shall notwithstanding go and belong to her Exors or Admors

Provided also and I do hereby further declare that in case my said Son Edward Perronet shall happen to survive his Sister (my said Daughter Damaris Perronet) And shall thereupon become seised of or in any way intitled to all or any Part of the estate She my said Daughter Damaris Perronet now enjoys situate at Wandsworth in the County of Surry that then and from and after the death of my said Daughter And his becoming thereupon so seised or intitled as aforesaid the said Annuity or Yearly sum of fifty Pounds shall cease and be no longer Paid

Provided likewise and I do hereby further declare that if any one shall attempt by Law or otherwise defeat or set aside Any thing by this my Will given devised ordered or directed (which God forbid) that such Person shall thereupon immediately forfeit and lose All Right Title or Claim to any Gift devise bequest benefit or advantage to which he she or they might otherwise have or be intitled to under this my Will any thing herein contained to the contrary thereof in any wise notwithstanding

and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Daughter Damaris Perronet my said Grandson John Hobart Perronet and my said Granddaughter Elizabeth Briggs Executors of this my last Will and Testament and do declare they or any of them shall not be answerable or accountable for any Loss or damage which may happen to any Part thereof or in the Placing out or investing the same upon such Securities as aforesaid or otherwise in the management or execution of the Trusts of this my Will so as the same shall happen without their respective Wilful neglect or default And for their and every of them to deduct and retain by and out of the said trust Premises all such costs Charges and Expences as they or any of them shall sustain pay expend or by Put unto in or about the Execution of the Trusts of this my Will or in any wise relating thereto

And Lastly I do hereby revoke and make void all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said Vincent Perronet have to this my last Will and Testament contained in three Sheets of Paper to the two first sheets thereof set my hand and to this third and Last Sheet thereof set my hand and Seal the twenty second day of February in the Year of Our Lord One thousand Seven hundred and Eighty two Vin: Perronet
(Attestation Clause)
Thos Hogsflesh John ffloyd Jas Houson

(Codicil following death of Damaris Perronet terminating Annuity to Edward Perronet dated 23 January 1783)

Proved with a Codicil 27 May 1785


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