Graham Wills

William Graham (Will 1721, probate 1725)


William Graham

In the Name of God Amen this twentieth day of October in the year of our Lord God one thousand seven hundred and twenty one, I William Graham in the Parish of Scaleby and County of Cumberland, yeoman, being weak of Body but in perfect mind and memory thanks be Given unto God, therefore Calling into mind the Mortality of my Body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, Do make and ordain this my last Will and Testament that is to say principally , and first of all, I give and commend my Soul into the Hands of God that gave it, and for my Body I commend it to the Earth to be buried in a Christian and decent manner at the discretion of my Executors, nothing doubting but at the General Resurrection I shall receive the same again by the mighty power of God, And as touching such Worldly Estate wherewith it has pleased God to bless me in this life, I give devise and dispose of the same in the following manner and form.

Imprimis. I give my Messuage and Tenement in Scaleby town to my dearly beloved wife Jane during her natural Life in lieu of her (?) out of my Estates and every part thereof, and I give her also all my Household Goods, All my Debts, Rights, Credits and Personal Estate whatsoever, She paying all my such Debts & Legacys whereof the payment is not here otherwise provided for and I constitute her sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament

Item. After the decease of my said Wife I give the aforesaid Messuage and Tenement to my Son George and the heirs of his Body lawfully to be begotten, and for want of such Issue to my Son William and the Heirs of his Body lawfully to be begotten, and for want of such Issue to my son Richard and the heirs of his Body lawfully to be begotten, and for want of such Issue to my son David and the heirs of his Body lawfully to be begotten, and for want of such Issue to my own Right heirs for ever.

But my Will is that the said Messuages and Tenements shall stand Charged during my Wife's Life with the yearly Interest of the whole Debt which I owe to John Sewell until the principal be paid, and that after her decease it stand charged and chargeable in the hands of my several Sons (?) named and their sons (?) Heirs of their Bodys to be begotten with the said whole principal Debt, the interest thereof till the principal be paid in Discharge or to indemnify the rest of my Land now Mortgaged for the same

Item. I give my half Messuage and Tenement at Brightonflatt and all my Lands lying on the East side of Middle Dykes two days work of Meadow in Scaleby Wood and half a days work of Meadow lying in the Parliament or (?) Dykes to my Son William and the heirs of his Body lawfully to be begotten and for Default of such Issue to my Son George and the Heirs of his Body lawfully to be Begotten and for want of such Issue to my Son Richard and the Heirs of his Body lawfully to be begotten and for want of such Issue to my Son David and the Heirs of his Body to be lawfully begotten and for want of such Issue to my own Right Heirs for ever. But my Will is that the said Lands at Brightonflatt and on the East Side of the Middle Dyke and the Meadow in the Wood and Dykes in whosoever Hands they shall come by virtue of this (?) shall stand charged with the payment of twenty pounds within one month after my decease to my Daughter Margaret, and I do hereby revoke all former and other Wills by me at any time heretofore made. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this Day and Year first above written. Will. Graham

Signed Sealed and Published by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in our presence who at his Request and in his sight and presence have subscribed our Names hereunto as Witnesses.

William Graham jurat

James Graham jurat

John Graham jurat

Richard Graham (Will 1778).


Richard Graham

I Richard Graham of Brighting-flatt in the Parish of Scaleby and County of Cumberland yeoman do make publish ordain and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following that is to say---

I Give and Devise unto my Eldest Son George Graham his Heirs and Assigns All that my Freehold Messuage Lands and Tenement Situate Standing and being in the Town and Township and Townfields of Scaleby. TO HOLD the same with the rights Members and Appurtenances thereunto belonging unto my Son George Graham his Heirs and Assigns for ever.

I also give and devise unto my younger Son William Graham his Heirs and Assigns for ever all that my Messuage Lands and Tenement Situate Standing and being at the Brighting-flatt in the said Parish of Scaleby TO HOLD the same with rights Members and Appurtenances thereunto belonging unto my said Son William Graham his Heirs and Assigns forever. I likewise give and devise unto my said Son William Graham his Heirs and Assigns for ever one Meadow Field in the said Parish of Scaleby called or known by the name of Half-dark.

I also give and bequeath unto my Daughter Mary wife of Nathan James the sum of Ten Pounds of Lawfull British Money

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Jane, wife of George Nicholson, the Sum of Twenty Pounds of Like Lawfull Money.

I also give and bequeath to my daughter Margret Graham the sum of one Hundred Pounds of like lawfull Money

All which said Legacies I order and direct shall be paid and discharged Twelve Callender Months next after my decease. And in case my personal Estate which shall come into the Hands of my two sons George and William as Executors shall fall short to pay and discharge the aforesaid Legacies to the full then and in such case I hereby Charge and make Chargeable all the aforesaid Messuages Lands and Tenements hereditaments and Premises Given and Devised to my said two sons George and William with the payment of such Deficiency share and share alike.

I also give and bequeath unto my loving wife Elioner Graham and my said daughter Margret all my Household Goods and Furniture of what kind or nature soever now standing and being in my Dwelling House at Brighting-flatt aforesaid.

All the rest residue and remainder of my Goods Chattles Cattle and personal Estate whatsoever or in whose Credit or Custody whomsoever whatsoever is mine my Debts and Legacies and Funeral Expenses being first fully paid and discharged, I Give and bequeath the same unto my said two sons George and William share and share alike who I hereby make name ordain constitute and appoint Joint Executors and Residuary legatees to this my last Will and Testament

And this I own to be my last Will and Testament and no other whatsoever by me made either in Words or Writing. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and Seal the twenty fourth day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy eight

Sealed published and declared by the said Testator as his last Will and Testament in the presence of us who have in his presence and at his request and in the presence of one of another inscribed our names hereto as Witnesses. Richard Graham

Thomas Simpson

John Moffit

Wm Taylor


George Graham


In the Name of God Amen. I George Graham of Scaleby in the Parish of Scaleby and County of Cumberland, yeoman, being sick in Body but of sound mind, memory and understanding, praised be God for the same, do make and publish my last Will and Testament in manner following, that is to say - I give and devise all that my Messuages or Dwelling Houses, Lands, Tenements, Heritaments belonging thereto situate at Scaleby aforesaid unto my Sister Margaret Graham during the term of her natural life, and afterwards I give and devise the same unto my Brother William Graham, his Heirs and Assigns for ever. Also I give and bequeath unto my Sister Jane Nicholson the sum of twenty pounds to be paid twelfth months after my decease. And I do hereby nominate constitute and appoint my Brother William Graham, and my Sister Margaret Graham joint Executor and Executrix of this my last Will and Testament, revoking and making void all and every other will and wills at any time by me made. I declare this to be my last Will and Testament. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this seventeenth day of June, one thousand eight hundred and two. The Mark and Seal of George Graham. Signed, sealed, declared and published by the above named George Graham the Testator as, and for his last Will in the presence of us, who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as Witnesses. Rob Longriggsun(?), Tho. Bell, Mary Bell

probate 31st July 1802


William Graham



William Graham

This is the last Will and Testament of one William Graham of Scaleby Hall in the Parish of Scaleby, in the County of Cumberland, yeoman. I give and devise unto my son William Graham all my freehold estates with the appertenances situate in the Parish of Scaleby aforesaid to hold to him his heirs and assigns for ever but subject to the life estate of Ann my Wife, also Subject to the legacy or sum of one hundred pounds which I give to my daughter Ann Graham, and also Subject and Chargeable with the annuity or yearly sum of Fifteen Pounds to my son George Graham during the term of his natural Life, payable half yearly, the first half yearly payment to commence at the end of six months after my Decease. And as to all my personal estate I give the same to my said wife and I nominate and appoint her and my said son William Graham joint Executor and Executrix of this my Will hereby revoking all former and other Will or Wills by me made and I declare this to be my last Will and Testament

In Witness whereof I have to this my Will set my hand and seal this twelfth day of April, in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight, the X Mark and Seal of William Graham

Signed, Sealed, Published and declared by the said Testator as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, who at his request, in his presence and in their presence, and in the presence of each other, have subscribed our names as Witnesses

Rd. Law, Margt Law, Tho. Hayton

Effects under 200 proved by William Graham, one of the Executors, 7 January, 1832

William Graham



This is the last Will and Testament of me William Graham of Brightonflatt in the Parish of Scaleby in the County of Cumberland, Yeoman. I give devise and bequeath all my real and personal estate, whatsoever and wheresoever, unto my nephew James Graham his heirs, executors, administrators and assigns, according to the respective natures thereof absolutely forever. I appoint my said nephew Executor of this my will, and hereby revoking all former Wills by me made, Declare this only to be my last Will and Testament. In witness wherof I have hereunto set my hand this twenty second day of February one thousand eight hundred and sixty eight -----William Graham ----- Signed published and declared by the Testator, William Graham, as and for his last Will and Testament in the presence of us, present at the same time, who, at his request, in his presence, and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses, attesting the same -----Jos. Bendle ----Solicitor ------Carlisle -----John Turnbull -----Nether Welton ---------

Proved at Carlisle the fourth day of August 1874 by the oath of James Graham, Nephew of the Testator, the sole Executor named in the Will to whom administration was granted ------

The Testator William Graham was late of Brightenflatt in the Parish of Scaleby in the County of Cumberland Yeoman and died on the twenty second day of June 1874 at Brightenflatt aforesaid --

--Under 200 --

--Joseph Bendle --Solicitor --Carlisle --

James Graham 1894 (died 1899, probate, 1904)



James Graham

This is the last Will and Testament

of me
James Graham of Brightonflat in the Parish of Scaleby in the County of Cumberland Yeoman. I appoint my sons Walter and George Trustees and Executors of this my Will. I give devise and bequeath my Estate situate at and called the Brightonflat in the said parish of Scaleby my household furniture my farming stock crops and husbandry and dairy utensils and all my real and personal Estate and effects if any to my said sons Walter and George Upon and for the several trusts ends intents and purposes hereinafter expressed and declared of and concerning the same respectively that is to say As To my said estate at Brightonflatt aforesaid Upon Trust for my wife for and during the term of her natural life for her own use and benefit And from and after her decease upon trust for my said two sons Walter and George (my eldest son having been otherwise provided for by me) their heirs and assigns for ever as tenants in common subject nevertheless and charged with the payment of the leagacy or sum of Two hundred pounds to my son Richard and the like legacy or sum of Two hundred pounds to my daughter Ellen such legacies to be paid respectively six calendar months after the decease of my siad Wife As to my household furniture and other household effects Upon trust for my said wife absolutely And as to my farm stock crops and husbandry and dairy utensils and the residue of my Personal Estate if any Upon trust for my said Sons Walter and George absolutely in equal moieties. I direct that my just debts and funeral and testamentary expenses shall be paid by my said sons Walter and George. I revoke all former Wills by me made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of October one thousand eight hundred and ninety four.

James Graham

Signed by the said Testator James Graham, as and for his last Will and Testament on the presence of us both present together who at his request in his presence and in the presence of each other have hereunto subscribed our names as Witnesses.

Jos. Bendle, Solicitor, Carlisle

William H. Corrie, Clerk with Messrs Bendle & Son, Solicitors, Carlisle

James Graham of Brighton Flatt in the Parish of Scaleby, in the County of Cumberland, yeoman ---died on the eighth day of February 1899 at Brighton Flat aforesaid.

6th May 1904 Probate of Will of Mr. James Graham deceased

Walter Graham 1929



Walter Graham

This is the last Will and Testament of me Walter Graham of Wall Farm, Plumpton in the County of Cumberland, farmer, made this 16th day of April in the year of our Lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Nine. I hereby revoke all Wills made by me at any time heretofore. 1st. I appoint my wife Annie Graham and my son William Graham (hereinafter called "my trustees") Executors and Trustees hereof to be my Executor and direct that all my debts and funeral expenses shall be paid as soon as conveniently may be after my decease. I give and bequeath unto ----

2. I give all my furniture and effects of household use or ornament to my said wife absolutely ---

3. Subject as aforesaid I give my Property to my Trustees upon trust to sell and call in the same with power to postpone such sale and calling in indefinitely without being responsible for loss. And I direct that the income of the unsold part thereof for the time being shall be applied in the same manner as if it were income of investments of the proceeds of sale and calling in thereof.

4. My trustees shall out of the proceeds of such sale and calling in of my ready money pay my funeral and testamentary Expenses and Debts ---

5. My Trustees shall invest the residue of the said moneys (which with the investments thereof are hereinafter called the trust fund) in their names or upon any investments for the time being authorised by law for the Investment of trust funds ---

6. My trustees shall pay the income of the trust fund to my wife during her life ---

7. After the death of my Wife my Trustees shall stand possessed of the trust fund. In trust for all or any of my children or child who being male attain the age of twenty-one years or being female attain that age or marry if more than one in equal shares ---

In witness wherof I have signed my name hereto in the presence of the two subscribing Witnesses, ---

Walter Graham

Signed by Walter Graham the Testator as his last Will in the presence of us present at the same time who in his presence and in the presence of each other have subscibed our name as witnesses.---

Daniel Robert Richardson, "Monk's House".

James Graham Savage, Manor House.

On the 12 July 1929
Probate of this Will
was granted Carlisle

William Graham. 1935



William Graham of Cargo

THIS IS THE LAST WILL AND TESTAMENT of me WILLIAM GRAHAM of Cargo Farm in the Parish of Stanwix in the County of Cumberland Farmer

1. I APPOINT my son James Graham and my brother Richard Graham to be Executors of this my Will.

2. I DEVISE (free of duty) my farm at Cargo aforesaid at present in my own occupation and also the Cottage and Garden with close of land adjoining known as Spa Garden to my son James Graham charged nevertheless with the payment thereout of the legacy of Five hundred pounds to each of my daughters Ada Jane Macdonald and Mary Hope Tinning to whom I give and bequeath the same accordingly

3. I DEVISE (free of duty) my other farm at Cargo aforesaid now in the occupation of Mr. Watson to my said daughter Mary Hope Tinning absolutely

4. SUBJECT to the payment of my funeral and testamentary expenses and debts and also to the Estate Duty payable in respect of my two famrs at Cargo aforesaid herinbefore devised to my son James Graham and my daughter Mary Hope Tinning respectively I GIVE DEVISE AND BEQUEATH all the real and personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever belonging to me and not hereby otherwise disposed of unto my said son James and my daughters Ada Jane Macdonald and Mary Hope Tinning in equal shares

I REVOKE all wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this to be my last Will and Testament.

IN WITNESS wherof I have hereto set my hand this seventh day of January One thousand nine hundred and thirtyfive.

SIGNED by the said William Graham the )

Testator as and for his last Will in )

the joint presence of himself and us )

who in such joint presence have here- )

unto subscribed our names as witnesses)

the words "free of duty" interlined )

above having been inserted )

J.A. Morton

W.G. Boyd,

Law Clerk with Messrs. Mounsey, Bowman & Morton.

William Graham Deceased



By his will the late William Graham who died on 24th December, 1952 appointed his son James Graham and his son-in-law Robert Tinning to be his executors and they proved the said will on 9th March, 1953.

By his Will testator made the following specific devices of his real estate

(a)To the said James Graham and his wife Sarah Jane Graham for their joint lives and the life of the survivor with remainder to William Hope Graham absolutely Cargo Farm and Spa Gardens Cargo.

(b)To Mary Hope Tinning absolutely Cargo East Farm, Cargo.

(c)To William Hope Graham Middle Farm farmhouse and buildings and two fields known as Daudleford and Underwoods Cargo (Daudleford was in fact sold by the deceased during his life time).