The Testament Dative and Inventory of Duncan Robertson in Knock of Strathgarry, 1750

Duncan Robertson The Testament Dative and Inventory of the goods, gear, debts and sums of money which pertained and was resting to umquhile (deceased) Duncan Robertson in Knock of Strathgarry (at) the time of his decease which was in Spring 1750, truely made and given up by Margaret McDonald, his relict and executrix nominate by him, conform to his Latter Will and Testament of the date underwritten and whereof the tenor is subjoined:

Imprimis (Firstly), there is given up, pertaining and belonging to the said defunct (at) the time foresaid, his whole household furniture valued in cumulo to thirteen pounds six shillings eight pennies.
Item, two lues (luigs - young cows) at twenty four pounds.
Item, a cow at twelve pounds.
Item, the crop which was partly sown before and partly sown after his death, consisting of six bolls (of) oats sowing and one boll, one firlot bere (barley) reckoned at the third corn (3x yield) and at five pounds per boll, is ninety pounds and the bere to three bolls three firlots to eighteen pounds fifteen shillings. All Scots money.

Summa Inventory

Follows the debts resting (owing) to the defunct:

Imprimis, there is given up, resting to the said defunct, the time foresaid of his decease, the sum of two hundred pounds Scots, by James Stewart of Urrard by his accepted bill to the defunct.
Item. Thirteen pounds six shillings eight pennies, money foresaid, by Donald McLachlan in Shierglas, per bill.
Item. The like sum of thirteen pounds six shillings eight pennies, money foresaid by Robert McLachlan in Pitdornie, per bill.
Item. The like sum of thirteen pounds six shillings eight pennies, money as written by John Stewart in Tombea, per bill.
Item. The annual rents (interest) on the said respective bills since Martinmass 1748.

Summa said Debts

Follows the Latter Will and Testament (of) the defunct:

I, Duncan Robertson in Knock of Strathgarry, being perfect in memory and judgement, though infirm in body, am willing to my worldy affairs to the end that being thereby eased and disburdened of the concerns of this life, I may more devoutly wait God's pleasure, do therefore make my Latter Will and Testament as follows:
In the first place I resign my soul to God, expecting to be saved through the merits of Christ, and will my body after death to be decently interred.
Item. I appoint Margaret McDonald, my spouse, to be my sole executrix and universal intrommiltor with anywhere effects, corns, cattle, outsight and insight plenishing, cash, debts and sum of money due to me by bond, bill or any way else whatsoever, and all of these that shall happen to pertain or belong to me at the time of my decease, with power to my said executrix to give up (an) Inventory thereof, and if needs be, to confirm this my Latter Will and to do everything else that any executor in the case might do, she, my said executrix being burdened, as I hereby burden her with the following legacies:
I legate to Donald Robertson in Easter Strathgarry, my brother's son, the sum of three hundred merks, due to me by James Stewart of Urrard, his accepted bill payable to the said Donald Robertson (on) second term of Whitsunday or Martinmass after the decease of my executrix, which of the terms shall first happen.
Item. I legate to the children of the deceased Duncan McDonald, ground officer to Lude, the sum of ten pounds Scots, payable the first term of Martinmass after my decease.
Item. I legate and bequeath to William McGregor in Knock of Strathgarry, the sum of twenty pounds Scots, payable the second term of Martinmass after my decease, this no ways secluding from any legacy he might or may have right to through the decease of the said Margaret McDonald, my spouse.
Item. I legate to the said William McGregor a pot presently belonging to me, and appoint the same to be delivered to him immediately after the decease of my said spouse, and I appoint the several legacies to be to the several persons to whom they are legated in full of all .... draught deeds and portion .... and in full of all claims they might have upon my effects through my decease as well as if each of them were here particularly specified. And I appoint this to be my Latter Will and Testament, hereby revoking all former wills made by me, and for the more security, I consent to the registration hereof in the books of council and session or others competent there to remain for conservation and thereto I conclude.
My pr... in witness thereof I have subscribed these presents written by Alexander Stewart, minister of Blair Athole, at Knocj of Strathgarry the fifth day of April 1749 years before these witnesses: Malcolm Stewart and Robert Stewart in Shierglas, witnesses also to the marginal note sic subscribilur at the desire of the above Duncan Robertson, declaring he cannot write, and touching the pen, I Alexander Stewart, minister of Blair, subscribe for him. (followed by the signature of the three witnesses).

This testament was confirmed at Dunkeld, the twenty seventh day of December 1750 years by James Bisset, Commissary, and Alexander McDonald in Cnappaig in Ground of Clune became cautioner for the executor, and she bound for his relief.


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