Will - 1751 (Douglas)

In the name of God amen, I Elizabeth Higgins als Peel, wife of Phillip Higgins of Douglas being asick and weak in body but of sound mind and perfect memory do make this my last will and testament in manner and form following:

Iprimis I commit my soul to the mercy of God Jesus Christ and my body to Christian burial

Item I leave to my son Philip a gold ring and to my two daughters Mary and Jane Higgins all my wearing apparel equally between them and to each of them a gold ring

Item To my dear and loving husband Philip Higgins I leave and bequeath my half of the house where we now dwell with all the rest of my effects moveable and immoveable of what kind or nature soever committing to him the tuition and guardianship of our children

Item And I do lastly constitute, nominate and appoint him the said Philip Higgins the sole executor of this my last will and testament

As witness my hand this 29th day of January 1747/8

Elizabeth Higgins

Witnesses to this will are Anthony Whiteside, John Duffield, Philip Moore

At a Consistory

The reverend Mr Philip Moore and Mr Anthony Whiteside two of the subscribing witnesses to the above will have deposed that the same was duly executed by Elizabeth Higgins whereupon her husband Mr Philip Higgins is sworn executor in form of law and he has also the tuition of the children and their goods committed to him pursuant to the will and has given pledges for the payment of debts and legacy namely Thomas Higgins and Anthony Callister

Robert Radcliffe

Probatum est

Solvit 12d


  1. Elizabeth was the first wife of Philip Higgin jnr, the son of Jane Mc ylroy & Philip Higgin
  2. They were married 30th April 1741
  3. They had three children Mary 26th January 1742/3, Philip 4th March 1743/4, Jane 25th February 1746/7, although only Mary survived to adulthood
  4. Elizabeth was buried 30th March 1750
  5. Her husband, Philip jnr, married three times: Elizabeth Peel 1741 (d1750), Mary Hault 1751 (d1761) widow Sarah Merydew als Scott 1761 (d1795)
  6. Philip Higgin snr made a gift of two cottages in 1737 to his son, Phil jnr, soon after Jane, the mother of Philip jnr, died. Their rent was respectively 2s 7½d, and 20½d, for cottage allotments #48 & #52. (TBF might be NSS May 1743 #43)
  7. He was also lucky enough to be left cottages by Mariot Smith and Margaret Kelly in the 1750s
  8. Philip jnr was a hairdresser and wig maker

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