Will of Mary Lowndes Selby, 1785 (proved 1786)

National Archives, PROB 11/1144/202

As a married woman, Mary couldn't make a will, but the terms of her own inheritance allowed her to bequeath her property by an indenture.

This Indenture made the twenty eighth day of December in the year of Our Lord Christ One thousand seven hundred and eighty five and in the twenty sixth year of the Reign of Our Sovereign Lord George the third ... between Mary Lowndes Selby wife of William Lowndes Selby of Winslow in the County of Bucks Esquire one of the daughters and the sole Executrix and residuary Legatee named in the last Will and Testament of Thomas Goosetrey late of Sherrard Street in the Parish of Saint James within the Liberty of Westminster in the County of Middlesex Esquire deceased of the one Part and George Bogg of Doctors Commons London Gentleman and George Burley of Sherrard Street aforesaid Gentleman of the other Part ...

Thomas Goostrey by his will dated 8 Nov 1782 bequeathed the residue of his personal estate to his daughter Mary Lowndes Selby (then Mary Lowndes) for her own separate use "to make some Provision for her numerous Family", and appointed her sole Executrix. He died 27 Sep last, and Mary proved the will. Now she assigns to Bogg and Burley all her inheritance under her father's will for purposes to be expressed by her in writing, and meanwhile to pay the interest and dividends into her hands. After her decease:

Signed by Mary Lowndes Selby in the presence of J Tookey, J Tasker

On the twentieth day of July in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty six Adm(inistrati)on with the Will or Testamentary disposition annexed of all and Singular the Goods Chattles and Credits of Mary Lowndes Selby (Wife of William Lowndes Selby) formerly of Winslow in the County of Bucks but late of the Parish of Saint James Westminster in the County of Middlesex deceased was granted to John Beardsworth and George Burley the Trustees duly named and appointed in and by a certain Indenture and an Endorsement thereon for the Purpose of carrying into execution this Will or Testamentary disposition ...


Mary Goostrey married William Lowndes, the heir of Winslow Hall, in 1766, and they moved into the Hall. According to her father's will she had a marriage portion of £10,000. They had 9 children. William began to use the surname Selby in 1782.

Thomas Goostrey of Missenden Abbey and London in his will of 1785 (National Archives, PROB 11/1134/211) left his law books to his son-in-law William Lowndes "for the service of such of his children as he shall think proper". He left to his daughter Mary "the diamond Ring with the Picture of my said late wife ... not doubting of her taking care that it shall be preserved in her Family in perpetual Memory of her dear Mother to whom we are so much indebted".


Copyright 17 October, 2017