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An abbreviated Will of James William Freshfield Esq
built Mynthurst

The will of James William Freshfield MP FRS FRGS FGS, of Devonshire Place, Portland Place, and Mynthurst was proved in London on 29th ult.  the executors appointed being his daughter, Miss Liza Freshfield; his two sons, Charles Kaye and Henry Ray Freshfield, and Arthur Kekewich Esq (the husband of the testator's eldest granddaughter).  The personality was sworn under 120,000.  The testator, who died at the age of 49, was called to the Bar at Grays Inn in 1842, was formally solicitor to the Bank of England, was Major of the Honorary Artillery Company, which rank he retained by Royal permission; was MP for Penrhyn and Falmouth, 1830-2, 1835-41, and 1852-7, and for Boston 1851-2.  The will bears date 1860.  He was devised to his grandson, William Dawes Freshfield, eldest son of his deceased son, James William Freshfield, all his freehold estates set forth in his will, leaving to his two sons and executors all his other freehold property.  To his two daughters he leaves an annuity of 1,440, and out of it 130 is to be given to each for pin money.  The residue of his property is to be divided into five parts, between his two sons, daughters, and the widow and children of his deceased son.  The testator had presented to him two silver waiters (one by the Globe Insurance Company, and the other by the Hon. Artillery Company) these are to be held by his daughters for life, and then to pass to his grandson, William Dawes Freshfield, as heirlooms.

 

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