Will of Charles Hougham (1662-1720) transcribed
I Charles Hougham of the city of Canterbury esquire being very sick and weak in body but of sound and perfect mind and disposing memory do this twenty first day of December in the year of our Lord one Thousand Seven Hundred and Twenty make and ordain this my last will and Testament in manner following. Firstly I give and bequeath to my son Charles Hougham the sum of four Hundred pounds of lawful money of Great Britain. Then to my son Solomon Hougham the like sum of four Hundred Pounds.
Item. I give and bequeath unto my grandson Charles Hougham of Northgate the sum of two Hundred pounds of like money to be paid him when he shall attain to his full age of one and twenty years and my will is that the interest of the said two hundred pounds shall be yearly paid and apply as for and towards his education during his minority and I do hereby direct and appoint the said sums of four hundred pounds and four hundred pounds and two hundred pounds shall be paid out of my estate at Winsborough which is settled in trust to and for the uses of this my will and I do order and direct the said legacy herein given before to my son Charles shall be paid within six months next after my decease and the said legacy to my son Solomon at his age of one and twenty years and that he shall have the interest thereof yearly until he shall attain that age.
I do hereby make and appoint my son Henry and my good friend Mr Thomas Polhill of Farningham in the County of Kent executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby revoke all former wills by me made and do publish and declare this to be my last will and testament In witness whereof I the said Charles Hougham Testator have to this my last will and testament set my hand and seal this day above written. Signed sealed published and declared by the within named Charles Hougham the testator to be his last will and testament in the presence of us who in the said testators presence subscribe our names hereunto as witnesses and the word (Paid) was before interlined and the word second in the fourth line blotted out and the word (first) interlined - William Browning , William Fairbrother George Charlton.
[Transcribed by Robin Young - see original under Documents]