Will of Mark Howcutt of Ascott, proved 1898
Mark Howcutt died on 24 November 1897 (death certificate).
This is the last Will and Testament of me Mark Howcutt of Ascott in the parish of Wing in the County of Buckingham Whipper-in.
I appoint John Jennings Gardener and Walter Osgood Head Groom both of Ascott aforesaid (hereinafter called my Trustees) to be the Executors and Trustees of this my Will.
I give to my son Mark Howcutt my Silver Presentation Cup, to my son Frederick Howcutt my presentation Hunting Whip and to my eldest daughter Maria Howcutt my pianoforte.
I devise and bequeath all my real estate (if any) and the residue of my personal estate unto my Trustees In trust to convert the same into money by sale or otherwise and to divide the proceeds (after paying my funeral and testimentary Expenses and debts) equally among such of my children who shall be living at the time of my decease and shall attain the age of twenty one years and the issue (if any) who shall be then living and shall attain the age of twenty one years of any of my children who may be then deceased such issue to take equally among them per stirpes the share or respective shares to which his her of their parent or ancestor or respective Parents or ancestors would have been entitled under the trusts aforesaid if he she or they were then living.
And I direct my Trustees to invest the expectant shares of my infant children or grandchildren with power to vary the investments thereof from time to time at discretion. And I empower my Trustees to raise any part not exceeding one moiety of the presumptive share of any infant child or grandchild of mine and to apply the same for his or her advancement or benefit as my Trustees shall think fit.
And I also empower my Trustees to postpone the sale and conversion of any part of my Estate for so long as they shall think fit and the income or unconverted property shall from the time of my death go in the same manner as the income of the proceeds thereof would have been applicable if the same had been converted.
In witness whereof I have set my hand to this my Will the Twentieth day of February One thousand eight hundred and ninety one.
[signed] Mark Howcutt
Signed by the abovenamed Mark Howcutt the Testator as and for his last Will in the presence of us both being present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses
[signed] Owen E Ager, Solicitor & Wm. Morris,
Clerks to Mr Henry Pettit Solicitor Leighton Buzzard
On 2 February 1898 probate of this will was granted at Northampton to John Jennings, gardener, and Walter Osgood, head-groom, the Executors.
Transcribed by Francis Howcutt from a photocopy of the office copy.