Wills of other people

This page is in development. It will include information about the wills of some people in William’s circle and references in their wills to William by name, as well as transcripts of a few of the shorter wills.

The National Archives holds copies of [most of] these wills [1858]: they can be located by the PROB references given below. These wills can also be viewed online at Ancestry.

Before the Married Women’s Property Acts of 1870 and 1882, it was unusual for married women to leave a will.

Members of William’s household

  • Anne Bush: will made 21 May 1835; proved 10 July 1839. PROB 11/1913/104 Copy of will below.
  • George Woods: will made 4 November 1847; proved 6 May 1848. PROB 11/2075/320 Copy of will below.


William’s aunts and uncles

These aunts died before their husband and probably did not leave a will: Frances, Lucy.

  • Anne: will made 7 August 1787; proved 28 May 1789. PROB 11/1179/317.
    • Anne’s husband Thomas Lock: will made 14 June 1782; proved 1 May 1787 / 26 January 1792. PROB 11/1213/266.
  • Charlotte: will made 20 April 1818; proved 27 May 1826. PROB 11_1712_433. William mentioned by name – see below.
    • Charlotte’s husband Alexander Wedderburn, earl of Rosslyn: will made 20/28 November 1801; proved 24 January 1805. PROB 11/1419/236. [Ancestry: search Alexander Wedderburn Earl]
  • Elizabeth died 1803:
    • Elizabeth’s husband William Honywood: will made 18 February 1764; proved 27 October 1764. PROB 11/902/466.
  • Frances died 1828 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Frances’s husband John Wrottesley, baron Wrottesley: will made 1 March 1776; proved 15 June 1787. PROB 11/1155/20.
  • Lucy died 1786 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Lucy’s husband John Cotes: will made 21 May 1811; proved 4 December 1821. PROB 11/1650/325. [Ancestry: search John Cotes of Woodrote]
  • Mary Courtenay: will made 22 November 1783; proved 16 February 1784. PROB 11/1113/258. Copy of will below.
  • Richard Clack: will made 3 September 1776; proved 10 January 1780. PROB 11/1060/80. Copy of will below.
    • Richard’s widow Martha
  • Sarah died 1802:
    • Sarah’s husband Charles Palmer
  • Thomas Clack: will made 30 January 1802; proved 16 January 1810. PROB 11/1507/197.
    • Thomas’s wife Bridget Diana died 1799 in her husband’s lifetime.

William’s cousins

  • sir Charles Harcourt Palmer: will made 24 September 1835; proved 19 March 1838. PROB 11/1892/484.
  • Charles Lock: will made 2 December 1795; proved 8 September 1800. PROB 11/1347/131.
  • Charlotte Bridget Clack: will made 2 January 1830; proved 4 March 1835. PROB 11/1844/4. Copy of will below.
  • Edward Honywood: will made 27 November 1812; proved 10 October 1815. PROB 11/1573/326. Copy of will below.
  • Henry Wrottesley: will made 25 July 1822; proved 7 February 1831. PROB 11/1782/182. William mentioned by name – see below.
  • sir John Honywood: will made 25 May 1797; proved 13 May 1806. PROB 11/1443/144.
  • John Locke: will made 12 September 1825; proved 21 April 1837. PROB 11/1876/411.
  • John, lord Wrottesley: will made 30 June 1835; proved 8 June 1841. PROB 11/1948/80. [Ancestry: John Wrottesley]
  • Lucy Elizabeth Cotes: will made 21 March 1834; proved 27 February 1835. PROB 11/1842/237. Copy of will below.
  • Thomas Locke died 1846:
  • William Honywood: will made 6 January 1813; proved 20 April 1818. PROB 11/1603/275.
  • William Thomas Locke: will made 31 August 1816; proved 27 February 1818. PROB 11/1601/411.

William’s nephews and nieces

  • sir John Courtenay Honywood: will made 31 December 1822; proved 21 December 1832. PROB 11/1809/115. Thomas Smith of Lincolns Inn a trustee.
  • William Annesley: will made 26 June 1830; proved 8 April 1831. PROB 11/1783/380.

William’s parents and grandparents

  • William Courtenay, 1st viscount Courtenay. Will made 9 January 1748; proved 26 June 1762. PROB 11/877/397. [Ancestry: The Right Honorable William Lord]
    • His wife Frances died 1761 in her husband’s lifetime.
  • William Courtenay, 2nd viscount Courtenay. Will made 21 April 1764; proved 31 December 1788. PROB 11/1172/297. Marginal note dated 9 June 1834 on last page of probate copy mentions his widowed daughter Frances, now styled lady Frances Honywood du Genevray after her marriage to Louis Léon comte du Genevray.
    • His wife Frances died 1782 in her husband’s lifetime.

William’s sisters and brothers-in-law

A minor in England could not leave a valid will. Amelia, Eleanor and Isabella were still ‘minors’ (under the age of 21) when they died, while five more of the sisters died before their husband and probably did not leave a will: Anne, Elizabeth, Harriet, Louisa, Lucy.

  • Anne died 1835 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Anne’s husband George Annesley, earl of Mountnorris: will made 24 March 1841; proved 29 August 1844. PROB 11/2003/356. [Ancestry: Right Honble Earl of George]
    • Anne’s partner John Bellenden Ker died 1842:
  • Caroline died 1851.
    • Caroline’s husband Charles Morland: will made 21 April 1815; proved 28 July 1828. PROB 11/1743/353. (Trustees & executors: brother William Alexander Morland of Court Lodge & William Courtenay of Lincolns Inn; witnessed by Alex. Hoskins Lincolns Inn & Edwd Harrison his Clerk) (Caroline’s niece Caroline Courtenay married a solicitor named Edward Harrison)
  • Charlotte: will made 9 January 1844; proved 4 January 1845. PROB 11/2010/273. Copy of will below.
    • Charlotte’s husband Thomas Giffard: will made 5 June 1795; proved: 21 January 1824. PROB 11/1680/295.
  • Elizabeth died 1815 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Elizabeth’s husband lord Charles Henry Somerset: will made 25 June 1830; proved: 16 June 1831. PROB 11/1787/74.
  • Frances:
    • Frances’s 1st husband sir John Honywood: will made 25 May 1797; proved 13 May 1806. PROB 11/1443/144.
    • Frances’s 2nd husband Louis Léon comte du Genevray:
  • Harriet died 1836 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Harriet’s husband George Thynne, lord Carteret: will made 24 July 1837; proved 12 April 1838. PROB 11/1893/237.
  • Louisa died 1823 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Louisa’s husband lord Robert Henry Somerset: will made 28 November 1840; proved: 24 September 1842. PROB 11/1968/325. (Codicil of 28 December 1830 witnessed by James Barry, Surgeon to the Forces.)
  • Lucy died 1821 in her husband’s lifetime.
    • Lucy’s husband John Vaughan, earl of Lisburne: will made 11 January 1827; proved: 12 July 1831. PROB 11/1788/26. [Ancestry: John Earl]
  • Matilda died 1848.
    • Matilda’s husband John Locke: will made 12 September 1825; proved 21 April 1837. PROB 11/1876/411.
  • Sophia died 1845.
    • Sophia’s husband Nathaniel Foy died 1817:

William’s name

William is mentioned by name in some of these wills:

  • his aunt Charlotte dowager countess of Rosslyn [William is not mentioned in her husband’s will]: ‘Mrs Hunt will be paid by Lord Courtenay who has promised it on the event of my not doing so‘ in codicil dated Blackheath 17 September 1823
  • his cousin and lawyer Henry Wrottesley: ‘And Whereas my Clerk James Sansom has at different times written several confidential letters relating to and concerning the affairs of my friend and Cousin Viscount Courtenay for which my said Clerk James Sansom has received no remuneration And Whereas it is probable that the monies arising from the sale conversion and getting in of my personal estate will not be sufficient to defray my debts funeral and testamentary expenses and therefore I am unable to make any provision for my said Clerk by this my Will Now therefore I do hereby recommend my said Clerk James Sansom unto the kindness and generosity of my friend and relation the said Viscount Courtenay whom I have faithfully honestly and conscientiously served
  • his cousin and brother-in-law John Locke: ‘should my sons succeed to the Church preferment now held by my Brother [Thomas Locke] and which their Uncle Lord Courtney has promised to give them on my Brothers Death my Will is that such Son or Sons in proportion to the value of the said preferment they may be respectively Incumbents of shall during his or their Incumbency from his or their share or shares hereinbefore settled on him or them allow and pay to his or their Brother not having any part of said Church preferment the yearly sum of fifty pounds sterling and also to his or their Sisters until their respective marriages or being married and becoming Widows during their Widowhood the yearly sum of one hundred and fifty pounds to be divided equally between them’

Note: wills made 1811 (John Cotes) or 1835 (Anne Bush, John baron Wrottesley, Charles Harcourt Palmer).


  • Anne Bush
  • Charlotte Bridget Clack
  • Charlotte Giffard
  • Edward Honywood
  • George Woods
  • Lucy Elizabeth Cotes
  • Mary Courtenay
  • Richard Clack
  • William Annesley

Anne Bush (housekeeper at Powderham Castle)

In the year of our Lord May 21 1835

I Anne Bush of the Parish of Powderham do give and bequeath at my decease to my Granddaughter Ann Elizabeth Williams the sum of two hundred pounds the rest of my Property I give to my Daughter Ann Williams and at her death to be equally divided between her four daughters

[No witnesses]

Adm’on granted at London 10 July 1839

Charlotte Bridget Clack (a daughter of William’s uncle Thomas)

Chudleigh Jan’ry 2’d 1830

I Charlotte Bridget Clack of Chudleigh in the County of Devon does this day give to her single sisters Elizabeth Clack and Mary Ann Clack of Chudleigh Devon all my property in the Funds or elsewhere during their lifetime and for their use after all my debts are paid and funeral expenses as above my money in the long annuities must be transferd and should  the money to be receivd at my death not be enough to settle all demands to take part of this money to settle my accounts what is left of the money from the long annuities to be then placed out for the benefit of my two sisters as herein mentioned As Witness my hand this day of Jan’ry 2’d 1830 As Witness my Act & Deed. Charlotte Bridget Clack

Witnessed by Francis Newcombe Day Surgeon Chudleigh, Gilbert Burrington Jun’r Chudleigh

Adm’on granted at London 4 March 1835

Charlotte Giffard (one of William’s sisters)

This is my last Will I appoint my son Thomas William Giffard Esquire sole Legatee of all my property and Executor of this my Will

Chillington 9 Jan’y 1844

Charlotte Giffard

Witnessed by Sophia Foy, George Holyoake

Proved at London 4 January 1845

Edward Honywood (a son of William’s aunt Elizabeth)

This is the last Will and Testament of me Edward Honywood Clerk Doctor of Laws Rector of Honiton in the County of Devon 1st I desire to be buried in the Parish Church of Honiton in the same Vault wherein is deposited the remains of my first wife Sophia I desire also that my Funeral may be conducted with as little expense as possible and that if I die at my Parsonage House which I hope it will please God so to ordain I may be carried to my Grave by my own Labourers & Workmen who may be employed at the time of my decease Six in number each of the said workmen or labourers to be paid for their trouble one pound each that Six pall bearers of my own parish be requested to attend that one Man Servant & two Female Servants who may be living in my house at the time I die may have discreet Mourning according to the direction of my Second wife whom I leave sole Executrix to this my last will and Testament desiring her to call to her aid, Christopher Flood Esquire of Bramble Hill or in the case of his decease Phillip Mules Esquire of Littleton Cottage both living in the Parish of Honiton to perform these my last requests I leave to my wife every thing I may die possessed of in Goods Chattels Estates or Monies or whatever hereafter may be left or devised to me on the following conditions 1st that my wife does to the best of her Endeavors pay my Just and lawful Debts 2d That if she marries again all & every thing I may have mentioned will be null and void I leave to my Youngest Daughter Annabella Christian Honywood only Child of my before mentioned wife after the Death or Second marriage of my said Wife the whole of my said Goods Chattels Estate and Effects but if my said Youngest Daughter shall die before her age of twenty one Years then I leave the same to my three Children by my said former wife in equal shares and Appoint & nominate the said Christopher Flood to be Guardian of my said Youngest Child and of her Estate and Effects until her age of twenty one Years and I confide that my brother William and his Eldest Son will do every Act of Kindness and give any assistance they can to my wife and to all my Children and I hereby revoke all former wills by me made and confirm to be my last In Testimony whereof I have hereunto subscribed my name this twenty Seventh day of November in the Year of our Lord one thousand Eight hundred and twelve Ed. Honywood

Witnessed by J. Robinson M.D., H Colesworthy Surgeon

Proved at London 10 October 1815

George Woods (William’s ‘faithful Servant’ and his steward in France)

This is the last Will and Testament of me George Woods of North Holwill in the Parish of Kenton in the County of Devon Gentleman I give devise and bequeath all my leasehold Messuages lands tenements and hereditaments Monies Goods Chattels Effects and Property of every description as well in France as in England to my Son George Henry Woods his executors administrators and assigns for his own absolute use and benefit And I do hereby appoint said Son George Henry Woods sole Executor of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the said George Woods the Testator have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of November in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty seven

Witnessed by William Melhuish, George Smith Junior

Proved at London 6 May 1848

Lucy Elizabeth Cotes (eldest daughter of William’s aunt Lucy)

I leave one hundred pounds to Lady Maria Cotes. I leave one hundred pounds to each of her sons and daughters. One  hundred pounds to Charlotte Gordon. One hundred pounds to the Honble Louisa Wrottesley. & one hundred pounds to their brother the Revd Charles Wrottesley & one hundred pounds to Lady Sophia Foy. I leave fifty pounds to Susannah Huse and thirty pounds to each of the under Servants who have been in my service at the time of my death & are still in it. I leave ten pounds to Philip Ward, ten pounds to Mary Lisburn Junior & thirty pounds to Anne Linford. I wish the shilling a week I allow Nanny Talbot should be continued during her life. I leave the remainder of my money & all other property I possess to my sister Charlotte Cotes & I appoint her my residuary Legatee. I appoint my brothers John Cotes Esqr & the Revd Charles Cotes my Executors. Brook Street. March 31. 1834. – Lucy Elizabeth Cotes

[No witnesses]

Proved at London 27 February 1835

Mary Courtenay (eldest sister of William’s father)

I Mary Courtenay of Orchard Street Portman Square London do declare this as my last Will and Testament I give to Mrs Catharine Tarrant the Sum of Fifteen hundred Pounds for her life and after her Death to my niece Lucy Elizabeth Cotes, also to Mrs Catharine Tarrant the Sum of five hundred Pounds to dispose of entirely as she Pleases also all my Wearing Apparel also the two Green Beds in my Bed Chamber and the furniture of the Green Drawing Room in my House in Orchard Street to my Sister Lucy Cotes five hundred Pounds to my Sister L’y Loughborough and to my sister Lady Wrottesley One hundred Pounds each To my niece Charlotte Wrottesley I leave my Harpsichord to Mrs Catharine Tarrant all the Kitchen Furniture and Plate and all the ready Money I may have by me after all my Debts are paid and I appoint John Cotes of Woodcote and Lucy Cotes his Wife as my Executors to this my Will I desire they will see that the Legacy’s I bequeath are paid particularly Mrs Tarrants who I desire may receive the five hundred I leave her within a Month after it becomes due  Mary Courtenay

Woodcote Nov’r 22’d 1783 In case of the Death of my Niece Lucy Elizabeth Cotes I leave the 15 hundred Pounds to any other Daughter of my Sister Lucy Cotes and if my Sister Lucy Cotes h  Mary Courtenay

[No witnesses]

Proved at London 16 February 1784

Richard Clack (eldest brother of William’s mother)

In the Name of God Amen I Richard Clack of the City of Hereford Clerk Do make my last Will and Testament as follows all my personal Estate of every Denomination I give and bequeath to my dear Wife Martha and appoint her sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto put my hand and seal this third day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy six – Rd Clack Esq

Witnessed by Thos Clarke, Js Cs Clarke

Proved at London 10 January 1780

William Annesley (a son of William’s sister Anne)

I give and bequeath All my personal Estate and Effects including any monies I am or shall be entitled to under the Settlement made on the Marriage of my Mother unto my Executors after named in trust for Francis Courtenay Caroline Courtenay Henrietta Courtenay and Emma Courtenay the Son and Daughters of my said Mother Anne Countess of Mountnorris in equal shares the share of Emma Courtenay to be held Upon Trust that my Executors shall pay the annual income thereof to her for her life and I authorise the Trustees or Trustee of such share to apply all or any part of the principal of the share for the benefit of the said Emma Courtenay at their or his sole discretion And I authorize my Executors or the Survivor to transfer the Share of Emma Courtenay to Trustees for  her of their or his nomination to be held on the same Trusts and with the same power & discretion as given to my Executors with a power of appointing new Trustees in the place of a dying or resigning Trustees and subject to the aforesaid Trusts for the said Emma Courtenay  her share or the unappropriated part thereof to be In trust for the said Francis Courtenay Caroline Courtenay and Henrietta Courtenay equally between them I appoint William Wingfield esquire of Bloomsbury Square and John Wrottesley Esquire of Lincolns Inn Executors of this my Will Signed published and delivered as my last Will and Testament this twenty sixth day of June One thousand eight huundred and thirty – William Annesley

Witnessed by Henry Gawler. 31 March 1831 Charles Henry Bellenden Ker swears affidavit that handwriting and signature in will are genuine.

Proved at London 8 April 1831


William Home Lizars: Reading the Will, 1811. https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:William_Home_Lizars_Reading_the_Will_(1811).jpg