I John Plowman of Tollerporcorum in the County of Dorset Clerk being of sound and disposing mind memory and understanding do this twenty seventh day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty four make and publish this my last will and testament in the manner and form following. That is to say whereas by my settlement with my first wife the sum of one thousand pounds was settled to the use of my marriage with my said first wife and on my death will belong to John Warren Plowman my son by her but part of the one thousand pounds being in the Consolidated Bank Annuities did not on the selling out thereof produce the original money it lost and there has been on the fall of the funds a loss of part of that money and part of the said settled money being in the hands of James Sealy and George Sealy at the time of the execution of the said settlement and they having since failed and paid a small dividend only, part of that money has been also lost ?????? I am willing and desirous that the ????? one thousand pounds be made up out of my estate to my said son John Warren Plowman on his paying thereout to my sister Mary Gardiner after my decease during her natural life one annuity or yearly payment of seven pounds . Now I do hereby give to my said son John Warren Plowman towards making up the said one thousand pounds the one hundred and thirty five pounds which I have at interest on the rolls of the Maiden Newton Turnpike the fifty pounds William Addicott of Brinsford owes me on bond of and the sum of twenty pounds due to me from John Bryant of Dulverton also on bond and the remainder of the said one thousand pounds to be made up by my trustees hereinafter named out of my estate as hereinafter directed on my said son paying or settling thereout to their satisfaction the said annuity of seven pounds a year to the said Mary Gardiner for her life and I give and bequeath unto my good friends Gregory Syndercombe of Symondsbury in the County of Dorset Doctor of Laws, Roger Coker of Moreton in the said county of Dorset Clerk, Joseph Burk of Western Compton in the said County of Dorset, Gentleman and John Shitler the younger of Moreton aforesaid Gentleman their heirs executors and administrators all and singular my leasehold and other estates tenements and premises of what nature or kind soever and all and singular my goods and chattels monies credits and cash said personal estate upon several trusts hereafter mentioned and declared that is to say my sole trust that they in the first place pay thereout all my just debts and funeral expenses and in the next place pay thereout to my son John Warren Plowman the sum of eight hundred and five pounds in order with the monies due from the Maiden Newton Turnpike and from William Addicott and John Bryant also bequeathed to make up to my said son the said settled one thousand pounds but the said payment to be on condition that he settled to my said trustees satisfaction the payment of the said seven pounds a year to the said Mary Gardiner during her life and whereas by my said marriage settlement the said settled one thousand pounds so on my said son John’s dying under age to be at my disposal. Now in case my said son John Warren Plowman shall die before he attained his age of twenty one years I do in that case on his death give bequeath and direct the said one thousand pounds to be paid and divided unto and equally between my other children Thomas Henry George and Mary share and share alike and to be paid to them at their respective ages of twenty one years and in case either of them shall die under age are then to be paid to the survivors or survivor of them but the said Mary’s share to be paid to her at her age of twenty one years or day of marriage which shall first happen and upon this further trust that the said Gregory Syndercombe Roger Coker Joseph Burk and John Shitler and the survivors and survivor of them and his executors and administrators do and shall as soon after my decease as may be sell and dispose of all my leasehold estate lands and premises for all my interest and terms therein and get in all my debts and credits and sell and dispose of all my other chattels and effects save such of my household goods and plate as my wife shall want for her own use which I hereby give her liberty to do and after turning the whole into money and paying hereout my debts and funeral expenses and the said eight hundred and five pounds to my son John Warren Plowman and my said trustees costs and charges in the trusts of this my will upon trust to share the clear remainder out at interest either on Government of Land Security and the said out at interest during so long time(?) as my wife Elizabeth Plowman shall remain my widow and from time to time pay the interest and produce thereof to my said wife during her widowhood she maintaining bringing up and educating therewith and thereout my said four children Thomas Henry George and Mary and after the death or marriage of my said wife which ever shall first happen upon trust to call in the principal money and pay and divide the same unto and equally betwixt my said four children Thomas Henry George and Mary share and share alike but in case either of them shall die under the age of twenty one years then to be paid and divided unto and amongst the survivors and survivor of them share and share alike and I hereby give devise and dispose of the custody tuition and guardianship of said children John Warren Plowman Thomas Henry George and Mary during their respective minorities and until my said sons shall attain the their age or ages of twenty one years and my said daughter her age of twenty one years or day of marriage unto the said Gregory Syndercombe Roger Coker Joseph Burk and John Shitler and the survivors and survivor of them and so direct the said Gregory Syndercombe Roger Coker Joseph Burk and John Shitler and the survivors and survivor of them to take into their custody to the use of my said children the management of their personal estate and the rents and profits of their real estate and I hereby declare that the that the seven pounds a year above directed to be paid by my son John to the said Mary Gardiner is by me intended to be in part of the fourteen pounds a year I now pay her and I hereby direct my said Trustees out of the interest of my monies to pay her the other seven pounds a year for her life but I direct both seven pounds a year be paid unto her own separate hands and not into the hands of her husband who shall not intermeddle herewith and her receipt alone shall be the only discharge for it also I give and bequeath to my said son John my gold watch seal and silver(?) buttons and my globe and such of my books as the said Gregory Syndercombe and Roger Coker shall think proper to reserve for him condition that my son John or his Guardians for him do in consideration thereof pay yearly to Mrs Catherine Bateson during her natural like one pound and one shilling on the twenty ninth day of September yearly in each year and I give to my son Thomas my silver watch and I hereby direct that my said trustees shall not be accountable for or be obliged to make good any monies that shall be lost by reason of any insufficient security or securities unless such loss shall happen by or through their wilful default or acts and that one of them shall not be answerable for the ??? payments acts or defaults of the other of them but are of them with his own receipts payments acts and defaults only and that they shall and lawfully may retain and deduct out of any monies that shall come to their hands by virtue of this my will all such expenses as they shall sustain by reason of their trust of this my will and hereby revoke all former wills In witness whereof I have hereunto hand and seal the day and year first above written John Plowman
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named testator John Plowman as and for his last will and testament the same being contained in two sheets of paper to each of which he hath Set his hand and to this last affixed his seal in the presence of us who have in his presence subscribed our names as witnesses John Russell Jnr B Russell.