The Will of Richard Honeysett,
Mariner of HMS 'Lion'
Will dated - 19th August 1799
Probate granted - 18th September 1802
In the Name of God Amen I Richard Honeysett Mariner belonging to his Majesty's Ship Lion Number on Marine List 63 and now at the Naval Hospital at Port Malish being in Bodily Health and of sound and disposing Mind and Memory and considering the uncertainty of …………… this life do for avoiding Controversies after my decease make publish and declare this my last Will and Testament in manner following that is to say
First I recommend my Soul to God that gave it and my Body I commit to the Earth or Sea as it shall please God to Order
And as for and concerning all my Worldly Estate I give bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth that is to say All Wages Sum and Sums of Money Prize Money Lands Tenements Goods Chattels and Estate whatsoever as shall be any ways due owing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease I do give devise and bequeath the same unto Thomas Humphries Victualler residing at Romford in the County of Essex
and I do hereby nominate and appoint the said Thomas Humphries Executor of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former and other Wills Testaments and Deeds of Gifts by me at any point heretofore made And I do ordain and certify these prescripts to stand and be for and as my only last Will and Testament In Witness whereof to this my said Will I have set my Hand and Seal this twelfth day of August in the Year of Our Lord 1799 and in the thirty ninth Year of the Reign of King George the Third over Great Britain
Signed sealed published and declared in the presence of
W G Brett Clerk
This Will was proved at London the sixteenth day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Eight Hundred and Two before the Right Honourable Sir William Wynne Knight Doctor of Laws Master Keeper & Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted by the Oath of Thomas Humphries the sole Executor named in the said Will to whom administration was granted of all and singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the deceased having been first sworn by Examination duly to administer
The National Archives - Reference PROB 11/1380 p282
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Note: HMS Lion, a 64-gun ship of the line, was at about that time involved in the siege of Valetta, Malta, which had been invaded by the French.