I am still hopeful that a couple named Will and Kate will come forward to claim their free Wills. It is a fantastic offer, but so far they elude me.
Just for fun, I have looked up the name Kate in a few old Wills. I found an interesting Will written in rhyme by Joseph Johnson Cassiday in 1910. Joseph was an American and obviously slightly eccentric. The Will goes;
“I, Joseph Johnson Cassiday,
Being sound of mind and memory,
Do hereby publish my intent,
This my will and testament.
That all my just debts first be paid,
Expense for burial and funeral made.
And all expenses made of late,
Out of my personal and real estate.
I do bequeath, devise and give,
As long as she, my wife, shall live.
Lot six in the original town of Lever,
To her assigns and heirs forever.
To my adopted daughter Marie,
I do devise and give in fee.
The southeast quarter of section seven
Township nine and range eleven.
To my two sons Josephus and Reach,
I do devise one dollar each.
The residue of my estate,
I do bequeath to Mary Kate,
And I hereby appoint her for,
My last will, executor.
This eighteenth day of May was done.
In the year of our Lord, Nineteen One.”
The Saddleworth Willwriter is impressed, but cannot offer the same service.
The Will belonging to Florence Nightingale is a long and rambling affair, and would have been a nightmare for her executors to sort out. However there is a mention of Kate;
“and to my maid (Ellen) Kate Tugby, if she shall be in my service at the time of my death, my parrot and the sum of two hundred and five pounds with my best thanks for her loving service”.
I am sure Kate Middleton’s Will is more traditional than either of these examples.
As for Wills belonging to the name of William, these are much more common.
William Shakespeare famously bequethed his ‘second best bed’ to his wife.
William E Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, died in 1239 and through his Will ordered that his daughter’s heart be transported in a silver cup to Tewksbury Abbey to be buried before the High Altar.
And finally, William Farrar, another American, left two Indian boys named Will and Jack to his friend.
A funny old world.
For more information about the Royal Wedding promotion, please visit: