Property in Counties Down and Cork: Last Will and Testament of Francis Rawdon Chesney (will)

NMM:2003.7.A.3.009

Copy of probate of the last will and testament of Francis Rawdon Chesney, with written schedule of various property interests. Having made provision for liabilities, to his daughter Jane Chesney (wife of Nicholas O'Donnell), he bequeaths his properties in the townlands of Ballagh, Ballinran, in County Down; to his wife, Louisa Chesney, who 'will have...

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Copy of probate of the last will and testament of Francis Rawdon Chesney, with written schedule of various property interests. Having made provision for liabilities, to his daughter Jane Chesney (wife of Nicholas O'Donnell), he bequeaths his properties in the townlands of Ballagh, Ballinran, in County Down; to his wife, Louisa Chesney, who 'will have her own fortune of £8171.1.11.' with 'furniture, plate, linen, books, houses, cattle, carriages and farming implements of various kinds' and use of Ballyvea dwelling house and farm (during her life) plus two military pensions; to the heirs of half brother William Chesney (Mississippi), the sum of £300; to Ellen Roney, the sum of £150; to adopted daughter (Narrien Crafer) of Professor Narrien of Royal Military College, the sum of £100; to 'Mrs. Browne Clapton once Catherine Dobson or her heirs the sum of £1000 st[erlin]g and likewise a similar sum of £1000 st[erlin]g to Catherine Sergison once Catherine Colgrave' with remainder of capital (from section 4 of schedule: also 5 and 6) being divided among his children: two parts for daughter Everilda, and one each for sons, Francis Edward Chesney, Edward Shuldham Chesney and Alexander George Chesney; codicil added (24 January 1872) which stipulates payment to Mrs. Browne Clapton and Catherine Sergison 'shall not be paid until three years shall have fully elapsed after my death decease'; it is further added in codicil that property bequeathed to eldest son Francis Edward Chesney 'is to be held strictly in trust ƒso that my said son shall only receive the interest during his life'. William Benn Jones, Oliver McCausland and James Fletcher are appointed trustees of will (or in the event of these or one of these not being available), Edmund Shuldham, Thomas Crafer and Albert Laudeman; his wife, Louisa Chesney is appointed executrix. Also mentions Frasor.