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Last Will & Testament of 

William GALBREATH  -  1785

In the Name of God Amen, I William Galbreath of Wood Street London Scotch factor do make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say first I commend my soul to God who gave it and my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my executors hereinafter named and as to my temporal Estate and effects of what nature or kind so ever

I give devise and bequeath the same in manner following (that is to say) Item I give and bequeath unto my dear brother Thomas Galbreath and my good friend Thomas Willcocks of Broad Street London Haberdasher their executors administrators and assigns all my stock in trade book debts ready money household furniture and lease of my present messuage or tenement and premises situate in Wood Street aforesaid upon trust to sell and dispose of such part thereof as are saleable either by publick sale or private contract for the best price or prices that can or shall be had or gotten for the same and from and after such sale and my debts shall be collected in and received then upon trust to pay my funeral expenses and the charges of proving this my will and all the charges attending such sale and after payment thereof then upon trust to pay off my just creditors their several and respective debts but in case there shall not be sufficient to pay twenty shillings in the pound then I do hereby order my said trustees to divide the same between all my said creditors in equal shares and proportions so far as the same will extend without any priority or preference given to any one creditor and as to all the rest residue and remainder of my Estate and effects whatsoever and wheresoever and of what nature or kind soever after first paying all my just debts funeral expenses and the charges of proving this my will and other outgoings ....
I give devise and bequeath the same unto my said dear brother Thomas Galbreath to and for his own use and benefit

and I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my said brother Thomas Galbreath and my friend Thomas Willcocks joint executors of this my will hereby revoking and making void all former and other will and wills by me at any time heretofore made and do declare this to be and contain my last will and testament in witness whereof I the said William Galbreath the Testator have to this my will contained in one sheet of paper set my hand and seal this eighth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five
Signed W. Galbreath
Signed sealed published and declared by the said William Galbreath 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 subscribed our names as witness hereto, Thomas Walbrook, Wm. Burkitt, Rd. Johnson

This Will was proved at London the tenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty five before Worshipfull Andrew Coltree Ducarel Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipful Peter Calvert Doctor of Laws Master Keeper or Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the oaths of Thomas Galbreath the brother of the deceased and Thomas Willcocks the executors named in the said will to whom administration of all and singular the goods chattells and credits of the said deceased was granted they having first sworn duly to administer.


PCC will (Prerogative Court of Canterbury) 1785 GALBREATH, William, London Mar 131
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