Will of
Rev. Neville 
Maskelyne
(
Rose
) 1732 - 1811, 25th Oct 1810

Will of Reverend Neville or Nevil Maskelyne, Doctor in Divinity and
Astronomer Royal of Greenwich , Kent 13 March 1811 PROB 11/1520

proved 13 Mar 1811

The will of the Reverend NEVIL MASKELYNE, Doctor of Divinity (proved
13 March 1811 (11/1520). In the Name of God Amen, I Neville Maskelyne
of Greenwich, in the County of Kent Dr. in Divinity & Astronomer
Royal, being in indifferent Health but thanks be to God of sound and
disposing mind, memory & understanding, & considering the uncertainty
of life do make, publish & declare this my last Will and Testament in
manner following, that is to say -

I desire that my body may be decently & privately buried at the
discretion of my Extrix. hereinafter named. I also direct that all my
Just Debts, my Funeral Expences & the costs & charges of proving this
is my will shall be in the first place duly paid and satisfied.

I give & devise unto my dear Wife Sophia Maskelyne & her assigns all
my Estate, Lands & Heredits situate in the Parish of Purton in the
County of Wilts., called or known by the name of the Down Estate (now
in the Tenure or occupation of Mr Richard Parker, his undertenants or
assigns now or late under lease to him, with all & every the rights,
members & appurts to the said heredits respectively belonging or in
any wise appertaining, to hold the same unto my dear Wife Sophia
Maskelyne & her assigns for & during the term of her natural life
without impeachment of Waste in lieu bar & full satisfaction of all
dower & thirds, or title to dower or thirds which she may have in
respect of my Real Estate.

& from & after the decease of my said Wife, I give & devise all my
lands & heredits. & Real Estate hereby devised to her for her life as
aforesaid, to my dear Daughter Margaret Maskelyne, her heirs & assigns
for ever,

& as to all other my freehold messuages, lands, heredits and Estate
not hereinbefore devised to my said Wife for her life, I give & devise
the same from immediately after my decease to my said dear Daur.
Margaret Maskelyne her heirs and assigns for ever, but charged &
chargeable with the payment of such annuities or yearly sums as
hereinafter mentioned, that is to say -

One annuity or clear yearly sum of thirty pounds which I give & devise
to Mrs Ann Maskelyne of Newbury in the County of Berks, Widow for and
during her life, which said annuity I have for several years past been
in the habit of paying her.

And another annuity or clear yearly sum of thirty pounds which I give
and devise to her Daughter Miss Ann Maskelyne of Newbury aforesaid,
for and during her life.

The same several annuities or yearly sums to be respectively paid &
payable by four quarterly payments on the twenty fifth Day of March,
the twenty fourth day of June, the twenty ninth day of September & the
twenty fifth day of December in every year by even & equal payments.
The first payment thereof respectively to begin & be made on such of
the said quarterly days as shall next happen after my decease. I do
hereby expressly charge my said freehold Estate hereby devised to my
said Daughter as last aforesaid with the payment thereof accordingly &
I do hereby will and direct that if the said two several annuities of
thirty pounds each or either of them or any part thereof respectively
shall be in arrears & unpaid by the space of thirty days next after
and of the said quarterly days whereon the same respectively shall
become payable then & in every such case & from time to time when & as
often as the same shall happen it shall & may be lawful for each or
either of them, the said Ann Maskelyne the mother & Ann Maskelyne the
Daur. whose annuity shall be in arrears & unpaid, to enter into & upon
all or any of the Herdits hereby charged with the payment thereof & to
distrain for the same and to sell and dispose of the distress and
distresses which shall then & there be taken according to law, as in
the case of distresses taken for rent reserved by lease or Common
demise & to receive & take the rents, issues & profits of the said
Heredits so charged or any part or parts thereof until the said
several annuities & each of them & all arrears thereof respectively, &
all Costs, Charges and Expences to be occasioned by the taking,
selling and disposing of such distress & distresses or by making any
such outry or outries or otherwise by reason of the non-payment of the
said sevl. annuities or either of them shall be fully paid &
satisfied.

I further will and direct that my Executrix do & shall pay or raise to
be paid to Mrs Jane Sacheverell of 67 High Street, St Mary le bone in
the County of Middx., Wife of William Sacheverell late of Oxford
Street (?). for & during her life an annuity or clear yearly sum of
fifty two pounds ten shillings, by four quarterly payments on the
twenty fifth day of March, the twenty fourth day of June, the twenty
ninth day of September & the twenty fifth day of December in every
year by even & equal portions. The first payment thereof respectively
to begin & be made on such of the said quarterly days as shall next
happen after my decease. The same annuity to be for the same, sole &
separate use & benefit of the said Jane Sacheverell independently of
her present or any future husband,and not to be subject or liable to
his debts, control, forfeiture, disposal or Engagements & I direct &
declare that the receipts of the said Jane Sacheverell made by her
hand alone for the said Annuity hereby directed to be paid to her as
aforesaid shall notwithstanding her (?). be from time to time good and
sufficient discharges for the same, or for so much thereof as in such
receipts respectively shall be expressed or acknowledged to be
received & in order to the due payment of the said last mentioned
annuity.

I direct my Executrix from & out of my personal Estate to invest or
suffer to remain invested (?). money in the public funds as shall be
sufficient to secure the payment of the said last mentioned annuity
with & out of the dividends & yearly proceeds thereof, which dividends
& yearly proceeds I direct to be applied accordingly & I direct that
the fund which shall have been appropriated for securing the payment
of the said last mentioned Anny. shall after the decease of the said
Jane Sacheverell be considered as part of the residue of my personal
Estate & be applied and disposed of accordingly in manner hereinafter
mentioned & in the mean time & until an adequate fund shall be
appriated (?) & in set apart for answering & paying the said last
mentioned annuity, I direct that the same shall be recoverable upon my
general personal Estate.

I give & bequeath to my said dear Wife all my plate, Jewels, medals,
Clocks, Watches, mathematical instruments, linen, wearing apparel and
household furniture which I shall be possessed of at the time of my
decease, together with all my books and manuscripts, and I direct that
my said dear Wife shall have the use of my Ebony Cabinet during her
life, & from & after her decease I give & bequeath the same to my said
Daur. Margaret Maskelyne.

I give & bequeath to my Sister Margaret, Dowager Lady Clive the Sum of
one hundred pounds.

I give and bequeath to my two Great nieces Charlotte Robinson &
Harriet Robinson Grand Daurs. of my sd. Sister the Sum of fifty pounds
each.

I give & bequeath to my two Great Nieces Frances Margaretta Walpole &
Charlotte Walpole Grand Daurs. of my said Sister the Sum of fifty
pounds each.

I give and bequeath to Mr Joseph Toomer of Newbury aforesaid,
Ironmonger, the sum of three hundred pounds in three per cent
Consoilidated lawf Anno. and I direct the same to be transferred to
him within the space of Six Calendar months next after my decease,
with the interest to grow due, the soon after my death and before such
transfer.

I give and bequeath to the Revd. Samuel Viner, Plumian Professor of
Astronomy & experimental philosophy in the University of Cambridge,
the Sum of fifty pounds.

I give & bequeath to Dr. Charles Hutton now or late Professor of
Mathematics in Royal Academy at Woolwich in the County of Kent, the
Sum of twenty pounds.

I give and bequeath to my Cousin Richard Baxter (?) of Foxley near
Malmesbury in the County of Wilts, the sum of Twenty Pounds.

I give and bequeath to the Treasurer or Treasurers for the time being
of a Society who now call themselves the Governors of the British
Lying Inn Hospital for married Women, in Brownlow Street, Longacre in
the County of Middx., the Sum of twenty pounds to be applied towards
carrying on the Charitable designs of the said society.

& it is my desire that the several legacies in money and stock
hereinbefore bequeathed may be respectively paid and transferred to
the several persons to whom the same are so bequeathed without any
deduction for the legacy duties payable on account thereof
respectively& that all such Legacy duties shall be paid & discharged
by my Extrix. out of my personal Estate

And as to all the rest, residue & remainder of my monies, stocks,
funds & securities for money, Goods, Chattels, personal Estate &
Effects whatsoever not hereby otherwise disposed of & which shall
remain after payment of all my Just debts & Funeral and Testamentory
Expences, I give & Bequeath the same in manner following, that is to
say one moiety or equal half part thereof the whole into two equal
parts to be divided to my said dear Wife Sophia Maskelyne, her Exors.
& Admors and the remaining moiety of half part thereof to my said Dau.
Margaret Maskelyne her Heirs & Admors.

& I do hereby nominate, constitute & appoint my said dear Wife sole
Extrix. of this my last Will and Testament & lastly hereby revoking
all former & other Wills by me at any time heretofore made & I declare
this only to be & contain my last Will & Testament. In Witness whereof
I the said Nevil Maskelyne have to each of the four preceeding sheets
of this my Will contained in five sheets of paper set my hand, & to
this fifth and last sheet thereof my hand and seal the twenty fifth
day of October in the Year of our Lord 1810. Nevil Maskelyne Signed,
sealed, published and declared by the above named Nevil Maskelyne the
Testator as & for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us
who at his request & in his presence & in the presence of each other
have herteunto subscribed our names as Witnesses, John Bridges -
Solicitor, Red Lion Square, Richd. Edgar Sanders, Thos. Madden, Clerks
to Messrs B & J Bridges.

Proved at London 13th March 1811 before the Worshipful John Danbury
Doctor of Laws & Surrogate by the oath of Sophia Maskelyne, Widow, the
relict & sole Extrix. being sworn to admin.

The will is annotated as follows -
On the 17th day of Dec. 1821 Admon (with the Will annexed) of the
Goods, Chattels, and Credits of The Reverend Nevil Maskelyne late of
Greenwich in the County of Kent, Doctor in Divinity decd. left & made
to Sophia Maskelyne, Widow, dec'd. whilst living the Relict and Extrix
named in the said Will, was granted to Margaret Storey (Wife of
Anthony Norvin Reaves Storey Esqre.) the Daughter and one of the
residuary Legatees named in the said Will having been first sworn by
Comsn. duly to admor. the said Extx dying Intestate.