Will of Thomas Compere

Written 30 June 1715, probated 14 February 1716

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24 March 2006

In the Name of God Amen
I Thomas Compere Citizen and Apothecary of London being at
present in perfect health and of a sound mind and memory Blessed
be God for the same Do make and ordain this my last Will and
Testament in manner and form following (that is to say) First I wish
that my body may be decently buried in the Church Yard of the
parish where I shall happen to dye and that the expense of my
funeral may not exceed the sum of Twenty Pounds I desire that
all my just Debts which I shall owe at the time of my Decease be
as soon as conveniently may be paid of and discharged And
Whereas for some other person or persons in Trust for me amov-
areseised [?] in Fee Simple of and in all those pieces or parcels of Land
Meadow or pasture around called or known by the names of the
broad Meadow and the white Hills with the appurtenances
now or late in the tenure or occupation of Edward Carvey his
under Tenants or Assigns at and under the Yearly Rent of One
and fifty Pound which said pieces or parcels of Land Meadow
or pasture Ground are lying and being in the Towns Villages
Hambletts or Parishes of Sudby Winchcombe alias Winchehombe
Langley Greef and Gretton some or one of them in the County
of Gloucester Now I do hereby give and devise the said pieces
or parcels of Land Meadow or pasture Ground with their and
every of their appurtenances unto my Nephew Thomas Compere
Son of my Brother Anthony Compere and the Heirs male of his
Body lawfully begotten or to be begotten And for Default of such
Issue unto my Nephew Anthony Compere another the Sons
of my said Brother Anthony Compere and the Heirs Male of
his Body lawfully to be begotten And for Default of such Issue
unto my Nephew Robert Compere another of the sons of my said
Brother Anthony Compere and the Heirs male of his Body Lawfully
to be begotten And for default of such Issue I give and devise the
same unto my said Nephew Thomas Compere his Heirs and Assigns
for ever And whereas I am intituled [entitled?] to several sums of money
owed upon Mortgage made to me by Richard Hayward Gent. of
a certain MessuageNote 1 Lands and HereditamentsNote 2 in Barton in the
parish of Temple Guyting in the County of Gloucester Now I do
hereby give and devise the said Mortgaged Premises and all sum
and Sums of Money which shall be owed unto me thereupon
respectively at the time of my Decease unto my Nephew Anthony
Compere son of my said Brother Anthony Compere his Executors
Administrators and Assigns he paying out of the same the sum
of Five Pounds per Annum unto my Cousin Mrs. Elizabeth Gillifield
of Broadway in the County of Worcester by half yearly payments
during her Life And Whereas I am Intituled to a Messuage or
Tenement and farm with the appurtenances Situate lying and
being in Dinston in the said Parish of Temple Guyting formerly
held by John Stevens Now I hereby give and devise the same
unto my Nephew George Compere son of my said Brother
William Compere and his Executors and Administrators for and
during all the residue and remainder of my Terme and Estate therein
I give and devise unto my Brother William Compere all that my
Plantation and Stock and all my Estate of what nature or kind
so ever in the Island of Jamaica in America with its app'tences
To hold unto the said William Compere and his Assigns for and
during the Term of his natural Life and from and after the Decease
of my said Brother William Compere I give and devise all and
singular the said Premises in Jamaica unto George Townsend
the younger of Lincolns Inn Esquire and my said Nephew Thomas
Compere and their Heirs Executors and Administrators respectively
In Trust forever theirs to sell and dispose of the same and to dispose
of the moneys arising by such sale unto and amongst all and every
the children of my said Brother William Compere and of my
Brother George Compere which shall be living at the time of my
decease to be equally divided between them Share and Share alike
And Whereas there is now due and owing to me upon one or more
Mortgage or Mortgages Security or Securities made to me by
William Gardiner Esquire of all that Manner Farm or Grange
called Guyton Grainge alias Mariesdean and Saunders Land
with the appurtenances and divers other Lands and Hereditamts.
in the parish of Guyting Power in the said County of Gloucester
the principal sum of Two Thousand Five Hundred Pounds besides
an arrear of Interest Now I do hereby give and devise the said
Manner Grange and Premises and all my Estate and Interest
therein and all principal money and Interest owed and which shall be
owed to me thereupon at the time of my Decease unto the said George
Townsend and Thomas Compere the younger their Heirs
Executors and Administrators respectively upon Trust nevertheless and
to the Intent and purpose that they or the Survivor of them or
the Heirs Executors or Administrators of such Survivor do call in and
receive the said Principal and Interesst money or sell and dispose of the
said Manner Grainge and premises last mentioned and dispose of the
said principal and Interest Money or the money arising by such sale
as followeth (that is to say) To the President Treasurer and Governours
of Saint Bartholomews Hospital for the benefit of the poor Incurables
of that Hospital the sum of Three Hundred Pounds To the Trustees
of the Charity Schoole in the parish of St. Clements Danes in the
County of Middlesex for the benefit of the poor Children educated
and to be educated in that Schoole the sum of Two Hundred Pounds
I desire that the sum of Five Hundred Pounds of the moneys to be
raised as aforesaid may be paid and applyed by my said Trustees
as followeth (that is to say) One Hundred Pounds thereof for the
benefit of the poor of the parish of Temple Guyting aforesaid
One Hundred Pounds more thereof for the benefit of the poor of
the parish of Guiting Power aforesaid One Hundred and Fifty
Pounds thereof for the benefit of the poor of the Parish of
Winchcombe in the County of Gloucester and One Hundred and
Fifty Pounds residue ot the said Five Hundred Pounds for the
benefit of the poor of the parish of Stow on the Wold in the
said County of Gloucester It is my desire and intention that none
of my said Legacies hereby devised by me for the benefit of the
poor of the said respective parishes shall be disposed of in aid of
the poors Rates of the said respective parishes But that the said
respective Sums be laid out by my said Trustees the approbation
of my said Brother Anthony and his sons or such of them as shall
be then living and the Ministers Church Wardens and overseers
of the poor of the said respective Parishes either in a purchase of
Lands or at Interest upon Securities And that the Rents of the
Lands soe to be purchased or the Interest of the money so to be
placed out be disposed of in placing poor Children of the said
respective Parishes to be apprenticies or in materials for setting
poor people of the said Parishes to work or in bread to be given
in the said respective parish churches upon the Lords Day to such
poor persons of the said respective Parishes as shall be of the
Communion of the Church of England Established by Law and
constantly attend at Divine Service or to such other purposes for
the Encouragement of Piety and industry as my said Trustees or the
Survivor of them and his Executors and Administrators and my said
Brother Anthony and his Sons and the said Ministers
Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of the said respective
Parishes shall agree upon but in nowise to any purpose that may
encourage Laziness or Idleness And my Will and desire is that my
said Trustees and the Survivor of them and his Executors and
Administrators do out of the same pay unto my Nephew John
Compere son of my Brother William Compere the sum of
Five Pounds and unto my Nephew Robert Compere son of my
said Brother Anthony Compere and unto my Nieces Ann and
Elizabeth Daughters of my Brother Anthony the sum of one
Hundred Pounds apiece all the rest and residue of the said
principal Money and Interest due upon the said Last mentioned
manner Lands and premises or which shall arise by sale
thereof as aforesaid I give unto my said Nephew Thomas Compere
son of my said Brother Anthony Compere To and for his own use
and benefit it is my desire that my said Trustees do out of the said
respective Premises to them devised as aforesaid in the first place
reimburse themselves all such Costs Damages Loss and Expenses
they or either of them shall sustain or be putt unto for or by reason
of the Trust hereby in them reposed or any thing relating thereunto
and neither or them shall be answerable for the other of them
nor for the Acts Receipts or Disbursements of the other of them but
each for himself and his own Acts only Nor for any more Money
than shall actually come to their respective hands by virtue of the
Trusts hereby in them reposed nor for any Loss that shall happen in
the Execution of the said Trust without the respective wilfull
Default or Defaults I release unto my Nephew John Compere
son of my said Brother William all Debts and sums of money
which he shall owe me at my Decease I give unto my said
Nephew Thomas Compere my Share being one MoietyNote 3 of the
Goods in the Shopp where I now live belonging to my Trade or a
Faculty of an Apothecary but it is my Desire that he will pay
unto his Brother John Compere the sum of Thirty Pounds in
Leiu [lieu?] if the said Moiety which I once intended him of my Shopp
and Trade I remitt unto my Kinsman Leonard Compere all sum
and Sums of money which he shall owe me at the time of my
Decease I give unto my said Nephew Thomas Compere all sum
and sums of money owed and owing to me at my Decease upon
the Books of our Trade of an Apothecary or upon my own Books
of that Trade All the rest and residue of my Goods Chattles and
personal Estate not hereby otherwise disposed of after payment
of my Debts and Legacies not charged on particular parts of my
Estate and of my Funeral Expenses I give to my said Nephew
Thomas Compere And I do hereby constitute and appoint him
the said Thomas Compere Executor of this my last Will and
Testament I give unto my Brother Anthony Compere and unto
my friend George Townsend the Elder of Lincolns Inn Esquire
the sum of Tenn Guineas apiece and unto my Trustee George
Townsend the younger Five Guineas I revoke all former Wills
by me at any time made In Witness whereof I the said Thomas
compere have to this my Last Will and Testament contained in
Six Sheets of Paper sett my hand and Seal to each Sheet thereof
this Thirtieth day of June in the year of our Lord One Thousand
Seven Hundred and Fifteen. Tho Compere./. Signed Sealed
published and Declared by the Testator Thomas Compere in
the presence of us who have subscribed our names hereunto as
Witnesses in his presence - Robert Fitter, Aune Townsend,
Landon Jones.

I give the sum of Tenn Pounds out of the Twenty
Pounds appointed for my funeral Expenses to the
Poor of the parish where I shall happen to dye. Thos.
Compere.

Probatum... The probation clause is in Latin. The date is 14 February 1716.

    Notes
  1. Messuage: Obsolete synonym for real estate property.
  2. Hereditament: Anything that can be inherited, usually used with real estate property.
  3. Moiety: Obscure term meaning either half or a part of.
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