William Rous – Will

William Rous (will dated 8/10/1718)

In the name of God Amen.  I William Rous Citizen and Apothecary of London out of a serious consideration of the uncertainty of the time of my decease do make this my last Will and Testament in manner following (that is to say) first and principally I commend my immortal soul into the hands and protection of Almighty God hoping and assuredly believing through the alone meritts death and passion of my blessed Saviour Jesus Christ to obtain free pardon and forgiveness of all my sins and to inherit everlasting life and as to my body I comitt to the earth to be decently buried as herein after is mentioned And as  touching the disposal of such Worldly Estate as it pleased Almighty God to bestow upon me I dispose of the same in manner following(that is to say) Imprimis my will and mind is that all and every my just debts and funeral expenses be fully paid and satisfyed as soon as may be after my decease. Item I give devise and bequeath unto my Son in Law Robert Pead and Hester Pead his Wife one Moiety or half part of my personal Estate the whole into two equall parts to be divided according to the Custom of the City of London. Item I give devise and bequeath the other Moiety or half part of my personal Estate unto my three Grandsons John Wynch Robert Wynch and William Wynch to be equally divided between them share and share alike But if my said Grandson John Wynch do not relinquish and release all his right and Title to my said real estate as claiming under his father John Wynch deceased or otherwise that then I give and bequeath the shares of my said personal and real estate (hereinbefore devised unto him) unto my Grandsons Robert Wynch and William Wynch  to be equally divided between them share and share alike. Item my will and desire is that my body be interred near the Vault belonging to the family of Sir John Frederick [1] under the Monument of Sir Nathaniel Herne deceased on the South side of the Parish Church of St Olave Old Jury London and I do order and allow the sum of fifty pounds or less for to pay and defray my funeral charges; And I do hereby nominate and appoint my Grandchildren Hester Wynch John Wynch and Robert Wynch Executrix and Executors of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking and making void all other Will or Wills by me at any time heretofore made published or declared and hereby declaring these presents to be my only last Will and testament; In Witness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand and seal this eighth day of October in the fifth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the Faith & Anno Dom 1718. Wm Rous – Signed sealed published declared and delivered by the said William Rous as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us and by us subscribed as Witnesses thereto in the presence of the said Testator – Thos Reddell Peter Hays Mary Rous Mary Tramillion

Probate 27/1/1719

Probatum – in Latin

…London dicesimo Septimo die Mensis January anno domini millesimo septuigentesimo decimo nono [27/1/1719] in the presence of Hester Wynch and Robert Wynch

The inventory from the will is shown here:
The will was contested by Hester Pead (née Rous, formerly Wynch) against her grandsons John Wynch & Robert Wynch:

[1] It seems Sir John Frederick 1st bt. Married (1637) Mary Rous, the daughter of Thomas Rous of St Olave Jewry


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