Richard Jackson Esquire (1722-1787)

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1776 Will of Richard JACKSON

In the name of God, amen. I Richard Jackson, of Fork-hill Lodge, in the county of Armagh Esq. being of sound and disposing mind, memory, and understanding, do make and publish this, my last will and testament, hereby revoking all former and other wills by me heretofore made. I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife[2], to be by her will disposed of as she shall think proper, all my estate in the county of Cavan[3], subject to the sum of 20,000£. sterling, out of which sum of 20,000£. sterling, good and lawful money of Great Britain, I order my debts and legacies to be paid, and the remainder, if any, of the said, sum of 20,000£. I leave to my executors upon trust.

I give and devise to my sister, Susannah Barton[4], widow, and her daughter[5] after her decease, all that remains my property in the city of Dublin[6], not subject to any debt at the time of my decease, and to their heirs for ever.

I give and devise to the Most Rev. the Lord Primate of all Ireland[7], the Right Rev. the Lords Bishops of Down, Connor, and Dromore[8], the rectors of the parishes of Fork-hill[9], Killevy[10], Loughguilly[11], Creggan[12], and Dundalk[13] and their successors, all my estate of Fork-hill upon trust and as trustees, for the uses herein after named, viz. : 1st. that, upon my decease, the interest of the 20,000£ charged upon my Cavan estates shall be regularly paid out of my Armagh estate, during the life of my ever dear wife; the remainder to be divided, after my wife has taken as much as she thinks proper for her ample accommodation, both of houses, demesnes, and rent, into two equal parts; I mean the rents to be equally divided, one half to be enjoyed by my sister and her daughter, and after their decease to the propagating the gospel; the other half to be expended in clothing and educating as many, as the fund will allow children of the church of Ireland, and in giving, at the age of twenty-five years, to each five pounds and a loom, and a small holding in preference to other tenants who may offer. I would wish that such tenants should not get leases for lives, that they may not be debauched by the thirst or power of gold.

I appoint my wife, sister, niece, the Rev. Thomas Woolsey[14], Jackson Wray[15], jun. Esq. Thomas Reed[16], of Dundalk Esq. and Daniel M'Dougall[17], executors of this my last will and testament; my will is, that after my wife's sister's and her daughter's decease, that half of Forkhill estate shall be employed in propagating the religion of our blessed Saviour, particularly In the east by adding to the number of Danish and other protestant missionaries, as my said trustees, or any three of them, a bishop being one, shall think proper.

I give to the infirmary of Dundalk 100£ and I give to the rector of Fork-hill, for the time being, three guineas yearly, to be by him, or my executors, in his name, paid to said infirmary annually; the like sum of three guineas annually, to Armagh infirmary, I leave to him or my executors, to be paid in his name, or in the name of the curate, if the rector should reside elsewhere, as my intention is, that the resident clergyman should be a governor of each hospital, for the good of my poor fellow creatures, who are destroyed by the advice of quack doctors.

I leave to Jackson Wray, jun. Esq, 100£.; the like to Daniel M'Dougall, my faithful steward; a year's wages to each of my servants; ten pounds yearly to Richard Gracey[18], and ten pounds more to Thomas[19], his father, for his maintenance.

I give to Mrs. Ana Boyd[20], of Wexford, 200£. and after her decease to her nephew[21], my godson. I desire my executors may, with the advice of my trustees, apply the remainder of the 20,000£. towards the defraying the expense of any suits at law, that may be commenced on account of this will, without sale of my manor of Fork-hill, and in making a decent provision for honest old decayed tradesmen or farmers, I leave 100£ to buy looms to be given to the poorest of my tenants in my two manors, whose sons have served an apprenticeship of three years; and I leave 100 great coats to 100 of the oldest of them at the time of my decease. In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and seal, this 20th day of July, 1776.

RICHARD JACKSON.

Signed, sealed, published, and declared by the testator, as, and for and testament, in the presence of us, who in his presence, and the presence of each other, have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses hereto*,

SAMUEL BUTLER[22],

THOMAS BUNBURY[23],

JOHN MCMULLEN[24].