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                                              The Will of William Yeats Esq.
                                                                                                       [1754-1826]

                                                                              of Lymington, Southampton, Hampshire

                                                                            The brother of Mary Scard [nee Yeats],
                                                        who was the spouse of Thomas Scard [the younger] of Eling. 

          Descendants may wish to investigate the UK Poll Books and Electoral Registers 1538-1893,  Land Tax Records
                             Hampshire Record Office also holds several additional documents for the Yeats Family


                                     William Yeats was certified insane after an Inquest held on the 5th May, 1826

                                                                                     he died six months later



                    It is assumed that disregarding William's "unfortunate state of mind" the value of the Will dated 1820 
                                               in excess of £13,000 co-signed and later administered by his said Bankers was correct, 
                                                  although the Probate Assessment has not been found to date.
                                           William seems to have deteriorated rapidly after the death of his wife.
                                                       His sister Mary [later Scard] was an accomplished pianist
                              consistent perhaps with a childhood surrounded by at least a reasonable degree of affluence
                                                                                 Also see 'Notes' below
                                                                      
                                                             The Will of William Yeats Esq.
                                                                                                                                                              [1754-1826]
                                                                                                                                          of Lymington, Southampton, Hampshire
                                                                                            The brother of Mary Scard [nee Yeats], who was the spouse of Thomas Scard [the younger] of Eling. 
           
                                                                                                                              [with Codicil]
                                                                                                                                             Will Dated:       11th October 1820
                                                                                                                                             Codicil Dated:  26th December 1820
                                                                                                                                             Will Proved:      23rd November 1826
            This is the Last Will and Testament of me William Yeats of  Lymington in the County of Southampton Esquire made whilst I am of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding.  
            I give and bequeath unto my friends Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the younger of Lymington aforesaid [?] Capitol Sum of Ten Thousand pounds [?] for rent Navy 
            Bank Annuities now standing in my name in the books of the [?] and company of the Bank of England upon trust that they the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the
            younger and the survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such  survivor shall and do pay the Interest Dividends and proceeds of the same capital Stock as the same shall
            arise and [?] unto my dear wife Nanny Yeats and  her assigns for and during the term of her natural life.  And I bequeath after her decease upon further trust that  they the said Charles 
            St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the younger or the Survivor of them or the Executors or Administrators of such survivor shall and do pay assign and  transfer and I do hereby
            [?] and bequeath the sum of One thousand pounds capital Stock part of the said Capital sum of ten thousand pounds unto Mary Sout Spinster the daughter of Frances and Edward Sout, 
            her Executors and Administrators to and for her and their survivor and benefit in [?] she the said Mary Sout shall be living at the time of the decease of my said wife but  in case she the 
            said Mary Sout shall happen to die in the lifetime of my said Wife then upon further trust that they the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the younger and the 
            survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such Survivor shall from and after the decease of my said wife stand possessed of  the said sum of one thousand pounds Capital 
            Stock upon such and the same trusts as are herein after mentioned [?] and declared of and [?] the sum of Nine Thousand Pounds capital Stock residue of the said sum of ten thousand 
             pounds Capital Stock and upon further trust that they the said Charles St. Barbe ...... shall and do from and after the decease of my said wife stand possessed of One full Moiety or half 
             part of the said sum  of nine thousand pounds capital Stock residue of the said sum of one thousand  pounds Capital Stock interest for and I do hereby give and bequeath the same unto 
             all and every the child and children of my late sister Betty the late wife of James [?] of the Parish of Eling in the said County of Southampton, Merchant, their executors and administrators
             equally to be divided between them share and share alike.  And I do hereby will order and [?] that the legacies or  portions hereby  [?] and provided for the said children of my said late 
             sister Betty [?] respectively shall [???] in  such of the said children as shall have attained the age of twenty-one years in my lifetime immediately after my decease and in such of the said
             children as shall not have attained the age of twenty one years in my lifetime and when  they shall respectively attain that age and shall be paid [?] and transferred to them respectively in 
             manner  following, that is to say the legacy or portion, Legacies or portions of such  of tem as shall have attained the age of twenty one years in the lifetime of my  said wife to be paid 
             assigned and transferred to him or them respectively immediately after her decease.  And the legacy or portion, legacies or portions of such of them as shall not have attained the  age of 
             twenty one years in the lifetime of my said wife to be paid assigned and  transferred to them respectively as and when they shall respectively attain  that age. And my Will is and I do hereby
             further order and divert that in case anyone or more of the said children for whom legacies or portions are by this my Will given and provided  shall happen to die before such legacies or 
             portions respectively shall [?]  then the legacy or portion, legacies or portions of him or them so dying as  aforesaid shall from [/] and belong to the survivors and Survivor of them equally 
             to be divided between or amongst them, share and share alike and shall  [?] and payable at the same time and times respectively as are as before  directed [?] his or their original legacy 
             or portion, legacies or portions respectively.  And upon this further  trust that they the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the younger and the survivor of them and 
             the executors and administrators of such a survivor shall and do from and after the decease of my said wife and during the natural life of my sister Mary the wife of Thomas Scard of the
             Parish of Eling aforesaid Yeoman [?]  possessed of the dividends interest and proceed arising and to be produced from that remaining moiety or half part of the said capital sum of nine 
             thousand pounds Stock in trust for and I do hereby give and bequeath the same dividends interest and proceed unto my said sister Mary Scard and her assigns for [?]  during the term of 
             her natural life and for her own sole and separate use and  benefit and to the interest of the same may not be subject or liable to the [?]  debts forfeiture or engagements of her prior or 
             any future husband and to that and in order that more [?] to guard against the [?] or [?] of the said Thomas Scard [?] the same I hereby direct the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and 
             Charles St. Barbe the younger and the survivor of them and the Executors and Administrators of such survivor to pay the said last mentioned dividends, interest and proceed as the same
             shall from time to time arise and [?] unto the hand of John Tibe of  Eling aforesaid Miller for the use and benefit of the said Mary Scard if the said John Tibe shall not be living and my 
             said trustees shall not see any good cause to the contrary and in trust the said John Tribe shall be [?] or my said  trustees shall see good cause to the contrary then that they my said 
             trustees and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor shall pay the same last mentioned dividends, Interest and proceed unto the  proper hands of her 
             the said Mary Scard to and for her own sole and separate use and benefit. And I do hereby devise that the receipt of the said Mary Scard or the said John Tribe as the [?] may  shall 
             from time to time be good and sufficient discharge to my said trustees for the same last mentioned dividends interest and proceed. And [?] after the decease of the said Mary Scard upon 
             this further trust that they the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the younger and the survivor of them and the executors and administrators of such survivor shall 
             stand possessed of the said last mentioned moiety or half part  of the said sum of nine thousand pounds capital stock interest for and I do  hereby give and bequeath the same unto all and 
             every the child and children of the said Mary Scard lawfully begotten or to be begotten their executors and administrators equally to be divided between them share and share alike.    
             And I do hereby further Will order and devise that the legacies or portions hereby given and provided for the said sister Mary Scard respectively shall [?] interests in such child or 
            children respectively  as and whom as [?] or they shall attain the age or respective ages of twenty one years and shall be paid assigned and transferred to them respectively in  manner 
            following, that is to say, the legacies or portion, Legacies or Portions of such of them as shall have attained the age of twenty one years in the lifetime of the said Mary Scard to be paid 
            assigned and transferred to him her or them  respectively immediately after her decease and the legacy or portion, legacies or portions of such of them as shall not have attained the age 
            of twenty one years in the lifetime of the said Mary Scard to be paid assigned and transferred t them respectively as and when they shall attain that age.  And my Will further is and I do 
            hereby  further order and direct that in case anyone or more of the said children of the said Mary Scard for whom legacies or portions are by this my Will given or  provided shall happen 
            to die before such legacies or portions respectively shall become [?] then the legacy or portion or legacies or portions of [?] or  them so dying as aforesaid shall from time to time to arise 
            and [?] to the survivors and survivor of them equally to be divided between or amongst them share and share alike and shall become [?] and payable at the same time and times respectively 
            as are [??????]  his  her or their original legacy or portion or Portion, Legacies apportions respectively.   Also I give and bequeath unto the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles 
            St. Barbe the younger the further capital sum of three thousand pounds [???] Bank  Annuities now also standing in my name in the books of the [?] and Company of  the Bank of England 
            upon trust that they the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the younger and the survivor of them and the executors and administration of such  survivor shall and do 
            pay the interest dividends and proceed arising and to be produced from the same capital, stock as the same shall [?] unto my said wife Nanny Yeats and her assigns for and during the 
            term of her natural life and from and after her decease upon further trust that they the said Charles St. Barbe the elder and Charles St. Barbe the younger and the survivor ........ etc etc
 
                                                                                                                 In summary of the rest [3 pages];
   1.    Last legacy to wife Nanny Yeats £3,000 interest [def.] all her assets to his sister Mary Scard with provision of the interest for the maintenance and education of his sister Mary Scard's 
          children with a further provision for the children of his late sister Betty [?] [Betty seems to have had only daughters].         
   2.    Nephew - Thomas Scard – the Testator’s “Pew or Seat” No. 29 at the Parish Church at Lymington. Son of his sister Mary Scard.
   3.    Cousin - Mary Purkis of Eling – £50
   4.    Cousin - Hannah Est, the wife of William Est of Eling – £50
   5.    Brother-in-law - James [?] - [spouse of deceased sister Betty] - £50
   6.    Sister - Mary Scard – £50 - with same provisions for Mary's security against debtors of her late husband or future husband.
   7.    Friend - Charles St. Barbe [the elder] - £50 
   8.    Charles St. Barbe [the younger] - £50
   9.    Friend - John Oviatt the son of Mary Oviatt of Lymington aforesaid widow - £100
   10.  Any Servants living at the time of Testator's decease - one year's wages over and above that which they are then owed. 
   11.  Wife - Nanny Yeats -  All Residue: Estates, Lands, Tenements, Goods, Chattels etc. 
   
   Will Dated: 11th October 1820    William Yeats [signed] 

   Executors:   Charles St. Barbe[the elder] gent 
                        Charles St. Barbe [the younger] [Esquire]
                        Further information see:  A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain etc. (online)
   Witnesses:   John King  Attorney Lymington,  
                         William Dixon Clerk  to Mr. King, 
                         Edward Hicks Clerk to Mr. St.  Barbe Banker Lymington Hampshire
   
   Codicil:    I the above named William Yeats do make this my Codicil to my above written Will and do desire that the same may be considered and taken as part thereof whereas since the making 
                        and publishing of my said above written Will I have purchased the capital messuage or dwelling house and premises hereinafter mentioned of  Charles Morrissy Roberts Esquire. I do
                        hereby give devise and bequeath all that my capital messuage or dwelling house  wherein I now live and reside together with the coach house, stable yards, gardens and appurtenances 
                        hereunto belonging and which I lately purchased of  the said Charles Morrissy Roberts unto my wife  Nanny Yeats to hold the same unto  the said Nanny Yeats her heirs executors 
                        administrators and assigns for ever or  for and during all my Estate Terms and Interest therein or in any part thereof  and I do hereby ratify and confirm my said will in all respects  
                        whatsoever.  In witness whereof I have to this my Codicil to my last Will and Testament subscribed my name and of my seal this twenty sixth day of December one thousand eight 
                        hundred and twenty. 
 Witnesses:   John King  Solicitor Lymington, 
                       Lucy King wife of Mr. King, 
                       William Searle Junior Clerk to  Mr. King. 
Proved:      London  23rd November 1826 – administration given to Charles St. Barbe "formerly the younger"  Esquire, the sole surviving Executor of the Will of the Testator sworn to Administer.
                        PCC WILLS - Documents Online Wills
 NOTES: 
                      Testator:           -  William Yeats was  buried at Lymington on the 3rd November 1826 at the recorded age of seventy-two.[HBI] 
                                                     He was certified insane at an Inquest on the 5th May 1826, six months before his death.                                                    
                                                     The details of the Inquest were published in the Salisbury and Winchester Journal on the 8th May 1826 Can be viewed online 
                                                     courtesy of Richard Heaton's Newspaper Transcripts; 
                                                     See Full Transcription at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~dutillieul/ZOtherPapers/S&WJMay81826.html

                                                     Excerpts:   "Lymington, May 5. -
                                                                          (Commission of Lunacy) - On Monday a jury, summoned from the most respectable inhabitants of this town,
                                                                          held an inquest at the Angel Hotel ............... to enquire into the state of mind of William Yeats, Esq. an old 
                                                                          and respectable inhabitant of this place...... after which the Commissioners and Jurors adjourned to Mr. Yeat's 
                                                                          house, in order to have an interview with him..................The Jury without any hesitation found a verdict of 
                                                                          Lunacy against the unfortunate gentleman accordingly." 

                                                    Although William's wife had died a month before the Inquest, yet William Yeats, still deluded, formed a Codicil to include 
                                                    his wife in November 1826.  

                         Widow              -  Nanny Yeats - pre-deceased the testator by seven months.
                                                                         Nanny Yeats was buried 11th April 1826 at Lymington at the recorded age of sixty-three.[HBI]  
                       Co-Executor    -  Charles St. Barbe -  Banker of Lymington and friend - predeceased the testator by ten months.  
                                                                         Charles St. Barbe [the elder] was buried at Lymington 25th January 1826 at the recorded age of 76yrs.
Break-down  Value of Estate:    -  £13,000 Securities [Stock] +  Estates, Lands, Tenements, Goods, Chattels.  
                                                                  Upon the death of  wife Nanny Yeats the Estate fell to two main beneficiaries namely; 
                                                                  Testator's Sister - Mary Scard wife of Thomas Scard [deceased] 
                                                                                                - moiety of interest of £9,000 + £3.000 after the death of her mother with provision for the maintenance and education of her children. 
                                                                  The children of Testator's deceased Sister, Betty [?] - moiety of interest of £9,000
                                                                   Mary Sout - spinster daughter of Frances and Edward Sout - interest of £1,000
                                                                   Plus Several minor beneficiaries including servants and executors.  

                                                                It is assumed that disregarding his "unfortunate state of mind" the value of the Will dated 1820 co-signed by his Bankers was correct, 
                                                                                                                           although the Probate Assessment has not been found to date.
                                                                                                                      William seems to have deteriorated rapidly after the death of his wife.