Will of Lancelot Wyatt, gentleman, 1820 (proved 1832)

National Archives PROB 11/1804/406

This is the last Will and Testament of me Lancelot Wyatt of Winslow in the County of Bucks Gentleman First I give and devise unto my dear Wife Rebecca Wyatt and my Niece Frances Wyatt Daughter of my brother Joseph Wyatt  All and every my Messuages Cottages Closes Lands Tenements Hereditaments and Real Estate whatsoever situate lying and being in Winslow aforesaid or elsewhere with the respective rights members and appurtenances thereto belonging or in anywise appertaining  To hold the same and every part thereof unto and to the use of my said Wife and Niece Rebecca Wyatt and Frances Wyatt their heirs and assigns for ever as Tenants in common and not as joint Tenants  Also I give and bequeath unto my said Wife and Niece Rebecca Wyatt and Frances Wyatt all and singular my household goods and furniture linen plate china ready money and securities for money goods chattels rights credits and all other my personal Estate and Effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever  To hold the same and every part thereof unto my said Wife and Niece Rebecca Wyatt and Frances Wyatt their Executors Administrators and Assigns absolutely equally to be devided between them share and share alike Subject nevertheless to the payment of all such debts as I may justly owe at the time of my decease my funeral expences and the costs and charges of proving this my Will And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said Wife and Niece Rebecca Wyatt and Frances Wyatt joint Executrixes of this my last Will and Testament do hereby annul and make void all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament  In Witness whereof I the said Lancelot Wyatt the Testator have hereunto set my hand and seal this first day of May in the Year of Our Lord Christ One thousand eight hundred and twenty   

Lan(celot) Wyatt

Signed sealed published and declared by the same the said Lancelot Wyatt the Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in his presence at his request and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses thereof
J(oh)n Cowley   Cha(rle)s Willis  Elizabeth Willis

Proved at London 3rd August 1832 before the Judge by the Oaths of Rebecca Wyatt Widow the Relict and Frances Wyatt Spinster the Niece the Executors to whom Adm(inistrati)on was granted having been first Sworn by Commission duly to Administer.


Lancelot Wyatt was baptised at Banbury on 13 Nov 1753, son of William and Frances. It is possible that he was descended from the Wyatts of Shipton. In 1776 he was articled for 5 years to Richard Wyatt of Banbury. He was living in Winslow by 6 Dec 1794, and a bachelor, when he married Catherine Baxter, spinster, at St Sepulchre, London. On 28 April 1803 as a widower, he married at St Laurence Jewry, London, Rebecca Howe of that parish, widow, nee Dudley. The minister who married them was Robert Lowndes. 

He described himself as attorney at law. One of his main functions was Clerk to the Turnpike Trustees. He also acted for the Enclosure Commissioners at Granborough and Whaddon, was treasurer of the Winslow Association for the Prosecution of Thieves, agent for the County Fire Office, and on the Committee of North Bucks Auxiliary Bible Society.

Lancelot Wyatt lived in Horn Street, at a house which was later subsumed into The Cottage (no.5). He bought it in 1798, and mortgaged at least half of it to Charles and Frederic Willis, who gained possession and sold it in 1848. In 1827 there was a theft from the farmyard which belonged to Lancelot Wyatt and George Maydon. His widow Rebecca died in 1847 aged 81, and his niece Frances died in 1840.