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English Wills - a general question

English Wills - a general question

Posted: 28 Sep 2012 5:55PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 28 Sep 2012 8:19PM GMT
A couple of times in English wills around 1800 I have come acrosss people who have left family members "one shilling" when other relatives have been left hundreds of pounds or at least a guinea.

Qustion: is a bequest of one shilling likely to be a snub or form of insult?

Thanks

Re: English Wills - a general question

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 6:19AM GMT
Classification: Query
1800 one shilling was a lot of money!!! and poss then as now you'd leave the bulk normally to one or two people

Re: English Wills - a general question

Posted: 29 Sep 2012 1:28PM GMT
Classification: Will
Repat,
There's an old expression "cut off with a shilling".

If you did not mention in your will a person at all then it might be contested that said person had been accidently missed out. By mentioning them and giving them a shilling it made it quite sure what yuour intention was.

Quite often such persons had already been given large sums of money, or the family business, or farm, or property, so they may not have been disliked or disadvantaged.

Bryan

Re: English Wills - a general question

Posted: 3 Oct 2012 11:11PM GMT
Classification: Query
Google "cut off with a shilling" - quite interesting.
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