Antrim Wills: Blair, James May 8, 1812

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File contributed by:
Rosalind Dunning


Source: National Archives Kew
Written: May 8, 1812
Recorded: June 27, 2020

Extracted from the Registry of his Majestys Court of
Prerogative in Ireland In the Name of God Amen I James Blair
of Merville in the Parish of Carmoney in  the County of
Antrim in the Kingdom of Ireland being of sound and
disposing  mind do make this my last Will and Testament
(hereby revoking all former Wills by me made) as follows viz
I resign my soul into the hands of Almighty God in humble
hope of the forgiveness of my sins through the mediation of
his son Jesus Christ I hereby give and bequeath to my dear
Bror Lambert Blair of Courtland in Devonshire in the Kingdom
of Great Britain all my property and effects of every kind
lying in the Colonies of Surinam Demerary and Berbier in
South America together with my House and Tenements in the
Town of Newry and the House & Tenements at Warrenpoint my
Houses and Lands at Merville where I now reside in Trust for
the following purposes and I hereby appoint my said Brother
Lambert Blair and my nephew John McCannon of the Colony of
Berbier my sole Exors for to put in execution this my last
Will and Testament as follows I give and bequeath to my dear
wife Dorothea Shaw Blair my said House and Demesne in
Merville aforesaid together with household furniture Plate
Carriages Horses  Cows Wines Books & every other article
that may be belonging to me in the House at the time of my
decease and I also bequeath to my said dear wife an annuity
of Six hundred Pounds british sterling per annum during her
life to commence from the time of my death and to be paid
her in half yearly instalments by my aforesaid Brother
Lambert Blair or his executors & assigns and I do hereby
again appoint by this my last will and testament my said
Brother Lambert Blair and my said nephew John McCannon
executors of this my last Will and Testament  written with
my own hand & sealed with my seal This 8th day of May in the
year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twelve say
May 8 1812 I hereby leave and bequeath to my mother in law
Mrs White the sum of Three hundred Pounds and to each of her
two Daurs Miss Ogilvie and Mrs Graham a like sum Jas Blair
(Attestation Clause) At Belfast the day and year above
written John D Cosgrave _ Campbell Graham  -_ John Suds I
desire that my before mentioned executors Lambert Blair and
John McCannon esqs may see the following duly executed after
my decease viz I leave to my Black Servant Richard Lothian
15 pounds (say fifteen pounds per annum) to be paid him half
yearly during his life by my said Exors and I also bequeath
the sum of one hundred pounds sterling to the Poor House of
Belfast and one hundred pounds to the Poor of Newry dated
this 24 day of October 1812 I desire my Gold Watch that I
have in my Pocket to be given to James Blair Shaw of Weagh
should he survive me and my Seal to my dear wife Jas Blair

22 June 1821 Administration with Will annexed to Dorothea
Shaw Blair widow the Executors having survived the deceased
but died without taking upon themselves Execution of the
Will PCC Prob11/1644