Amanuensis Monday~Last Will and Testament of James Imlah

Monday, July 11, 2011

Amanuensis Monday – An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts. Not only do the documents contain genealogical information, the words breathe life into kin – some we never met – others we see a time in their life before we knew them. A fuller explanation can be found here.

 Testament of James Imlay 1842

At Aberdeen the first day of November in the year one thousand eight hundred and forty two in presence of Andrew Munay Esquire Advocate Commissary of the Commissariat of Aberdeen compeared John Dugurd Milne advocate in Aberdeen as Procurator and gave in the testament under written executed by the after designed now deceased James Imlay and craved that the same might(along with an inventory of the personal estate of the said deceased) be insert and registered in the Commissary Court books of Aberdeen in terms of the acts

of Parliament 44 Geo III Cap 98 and 48 Geo III Cap 149 which request the Commissary foresaid finding reasonable ordained the same to be done accordingly and of which testament the tenor follows I James Imlay residing at Woodhead of the Cairness Lonmay considering the propriety of setting my affairs do appoint Mr. John Dugurd Milne  advocate in Aberdeen and John Imlay my brother to be my executors with the usual powers and they shall first pay all my accounts doctors bills and deathbed and funeral expenses and secondly I leave and bequeath the following legacies: To Helen Imlay fifty pounds (the said Helen Imlay  being my sister) to my sister Elizabeth Imlay 10 pounds to my father John Imlay five pounds to my brother John Imlay five pounds to my brother Peter five pounds to my brother Alexander five pounds. To my brother John’s son one pound to brother  Peter’s son one pound to my sister Elizabeth’s daughter Elizabeth Paterson


one pound to Cecilia Esson housekeeper at Woodhead one pound my body clothes to be equally divided between my three brothers except a Coat and trousers to James Milne who waits on the Cattle at Woodhead My watch at present at the watchmakers to be given to my sister Helen and the residue of my estate to be taken charge of by my said brother John for my fathers behalf. My father to receive the interest of it during his lifetime and at his death it to fall to my said brother John and this I declare my last Will and Testament in Witness there of these presents written by John Dugurd Milne Jun. Written in Aberdeen are subscribed by me at Woodhead this twelfth day of April one thousand eight hundred and forty two before witnesses James Mackie farm servant at Woodhead and the said John Dugurd Milne Junior at the special desire of the said James Imlay he being unable from weakness to sign his name he having first touched

my pen I the Rev Alexander Boyd Min of Crimond in the absence of the minister of Lonmay sign for him (signed) Alex Boyd   John D Milne Jun Witness James Mackie Witness extracted on these four pages be me Commissary Clerk of Aberdeenshire


* Comments: James Imlah was the son of my 4X Great Grandparents, John Imlah and Helen Reid and older brother of my 3X great grandfather Peter Imlah. He was born the 26th of December in 1808 in Blackhillock and died on the 15th of April 1842, he is buried in Methlick Kirkyard. James never married and his cause of death I have not been able to find mention of it on any records. You will note in the Will the last name is "Imlay" this misspelling is common and  often the case when some else was writing the name. 











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