Document ReferenceNe D 5153
TitleCopy of the will of Rev. Benjamin Woodroffe; 19 Sep. 1763
Date19 September 1763
Extent8 ff
Content DescriptionTestator: Benjamin Woodroffe, prebendary of Winchester and rector of Upper Wallop and Chiddesden, Hampshire.

Leaves his farm called Dittons at Methwold, Norfolk to his niece, Mary Metham for life; observes that Mary was 'unhappily educated' by 'a father of the Popish religion' and so makes it a condition of the bequest that she should not return to Catholicism; after her decease, leaves the farm to Henry Wallop and his heirs, grandson of the late Earl of Portsmouth, subject to an annuity of £400 to Bennet Wallop; in default of such heirs leaves the farm to Bennet Wallop in tail male, afterwards to John, Earl of Portsmouth in tail male, afterwards to his [Woodroffe's] heirs at law; leaves other goods, including South Sea Stock and items of furniture and so on to named individuals; also leaves various financial legacies [specified]; sets out details of his burial wishes.
Termlegal business, wills, Rev. Benjamin Woodruffe
legal business, wills, legacies
legal business, wills, bequests
Conditiongenerally good

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CodePersonNameDates of existence
NA51905Woodruffe; Benjamin (fl 1763); Rev.; prebend of Winchester and rector of Upper Wallop and Chiddesden Hampshirefl 1763
NA51906Metham; Mary (fl 1763); Mrs; niece of Rev. Benjamin Woodruffefl 1763
NA51907Wallop; John (1742-1797); 2nd Earl of Portsmouth; succ. 17621742-1797
NA51908Wallop; Bennet (1745-1815); Mr; grandson of 1st Earl of Portsmouth; br. of 2nd Earl1745-1815
NA51914Wallop; Henry (-1794); Mr; 'esquire'; of Brandon Hall Suffolk and later Weeting Norfolk; held the office of Groom of the Bedchamber to King George III; grandson of 1st Earl of Portsmouth and brother of 2nd Earl of Portsmouth-1794
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