This is the last Will and Testament of me Edward Holmes of Reeth in the County of York yeoman made whilst I am of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding in the first place I order and direct all any just debt my funeral and testamentary charge to be fully paid. I give and bequeath to my wife Dorothy All my Household goods and furniture bed and bedding dairy and kitchen utensils for her own use absolutely. I give unto Leonard Spensley Mason of Hallgate in the County of York Farmer and my Nephew Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them his heir executors administrators or assigns All that copyhold estate hereditaments and appurtenances situate at West Stonesdale in the Manor of Healaugh together with all those two cottages or dwelling houses with their appurtenances situate at Reeth in the said Manor to hold the same unto and to the use of the said Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns for the intents and purposes hereinafter mentioned that is to say Upon trust to pay and apply the rents interest or annual produce thereof to my wife Dorothy for her own proper use and benefit as long as she shall continue my widow that is to say until her death or marriage. And further I also give to Leonard Spensley Mason and Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them or the executors administrator or assigns of such survivor the sum of five hundred pounds Upon Trust that they or he do and shall lay our and invest the said sum of two hundred pounds in their or his names or name upon Government or real security in England with power to alter and vary the same as to them or him shall seem reasonable. And shall pay and apply the interest or annual produce of the said Two hundred pounds to my wife Dorothy as far as they sall deem necessary for her comfortable maintenance as long as she shal continue my widow And upon the decease or marriage of my said wife then I do declare that the said Leonard Spensley and Joseph Robert Cleminson or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall with all convenient speed sell and dispose of all my said Copyhold Estate situate at West Stonesdale and also all those two Copyhold messuages or dwellinghouses and convert the same into ready money either by Public Auction or private contract. And I do declare that the receipt or receipts of my said trustees or the survivor of them his heirs executors administrators or assigns shall at all times be ...................

 

................................And that they shall not be answerable or accountable for amy involuntary losses happening to the said trust Estate nor for the costs or conduct of each other. And hereby ................. and ....................... void all other wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I the said Testator Edward Holmes have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty second day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty nine.
Edward Holmes
Signed sealed published and declared by the said Testator Edward Holmes as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other at one and the same time have hereunto set our names as Witnesses
Bartholomew Blenkiron
Thomas Allen
Proved at Richmond 11 Sept 1851? by the Executors therein named.