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THE PERSONAL ESTATE
At Aberdeen the Fourth day of April in the year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Seventy-six In presence of John Guthrie Smith, Esquire, Advocate, Commissary of the County of Aberdeen. Compeared George Grant, Advocate in Aberdeen, as Procurator, and gave in the Inventory of the Personal Estate of the after designed now William Watson and oath thereon under written, and craved that the same might be insert and registered in the Commissary Court Books of Aberdeenshire, in terms of the Act of Parliament passed in the forty-eighth year of the reign of his Majesty George the Third, chapter one hundred and forty-nine, entitled "An Act for repealing the Stamp Duties on " Deeds, Law Proceedings, and other written or printed " Instruments, and the Duties on Legacies, and succession "to Personal Estate upon Intestacies, now payable in " Great Britain: and for granting new duties in lieu "thereof,: and subsequent Acts: which request the Commissary foresaid found reasonable, and ordained the same to be done accordingly, and of which Inventory ( the principal being written on paper stamped according to law)
the Tenor follows, namely:-
Inventory of the personal Estate wheresoever situated of William Watson, farmer, Middle Ironside, Parish of New Deer, who died there on the 10th December 1875. Scotland .
1. Cash in house at the deceased's death £ 13.
2. The deceased's house furniture, wearing, wearing apparel, farming implements, cattle, horses born and fodder, on the farm of Middle Ironside
aforeside conform to Inventory and valuation thereof taken by Andrew Lorge, Licensed auctioneer and appraiser at Peeld Egg New Deer dated the 24th December 1875. £482.66
Amount of Personal Estate £495.66
(signed) Hellen Watson -John Joiner ~
Follows tenor of Executors oath namely; at New Deer the thirty first day of March Eighteen hundred and seventy six; In presence of John Joiner Esquire one of her Majestys Justices of the peace for the county of Aberdeen compeared Mrs. Hellen Center or Watson residing at Middle Ironside Parish of New Deer Executors dative qua Relict of the deceased William Watson, farmer at Middle Ironside aforesaid, who being solemnly sworn and interrogated deprones that the said deceased William Watson died at Middle Ironside afore said on or about the Tenth day of December Eighteen hundred and Seventy five, and the deponent has entered upon the possession and management of his personal and moveable estate as Executive dative qua Relict of the said deceased. That the deponent does not know of any Testamentary settlement or writing relative to the disposal of the deceased's personal Estate or effects or any part thereof. That the foregoing Inventory signed by the deponent and the said John Joiner Esquire Justice of the Peace aforesaid as relative hereto is a full complete inventory of the Personal estate and effects of the said deceased William Watson wheresoever situated and belonging or due to him beneficially at the time of his death in so far as the same has come to the Deponent’s knowledge. That the deponent does not know of any money or property belonging to the deceased liable to the duty imposed by the Acts 23 Vict. C. 15 and 23 and 24 Vict C. 80. That the value at this date of the said personal estate and effects situated in the United Kingdom on which no proceeds have accrued is above Four Hundred and fifty pounds and and Six hundred pounds sterling. All which is truth as the deponent shall answer to God. ( Signed) Hellen Watson- John Joiner J.P_ Extracted on these five pages by me Commissary Clerk Of Aberdeenshire.
4th April 1876
The Personal Estate
Amount £ 495.66
** Note: William Watson 3rd Great Grandfather.