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Guide to the Copy of the Lady Holfords Will and Codicills 1717..., circa 1720

Summary

Lady Elizabeth Holford was born Elizabeth Lewis around 1650. She first married a merchant called Harbin, whose wealth she inherited. Her second husband was a poor baronet, Sir William Holford, who died before her. Lady Holford died on 3 November 1720, without an heir. Collection comprises a handwritten manuscript copy (70 pages; incomplete, the text ends mid-sentence) of Lady Holford's will and codicils, created around 1720, following her death. In the will, large sums of money are bequeathed to several Oxford colleges, including Christ Church, Pembroke and Worcester Colleges, and Hart Hall, along with Charterhouse School. There are also lesser legacies made to various London charity schools, along with other amounts left to individuals.

Collection Details

Collection Number
RL.11531
Title
Copy of the Lady Holfords will and codicills 1717...
Extent
1.0 Linear Feet, 1 item
Repository
David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library
Language
Materials in English

Collection Overview

Collection comprises a handwritten manuscript copy (70 pages; incomplete, the text ends mid-sentence) of Lady Holford's will and codicils, created around 1720, following her death. In the will, large sums of money are bequeathed to several Oxford colleges, including Christ Church, Pembroke and Worcester Colleges, and Hart Hall, along with Charterhouse School. There are also lesser legacies made to various London charity schools, along with other amounts left to individuals.

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How to Cite

Copy of the Lady Holfords Will and Codicills 1717..., David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University.

Contents of the Collection

Will and codicils
Volume 1
 

Historical Note

Lady Elizabeth Holford was born Elizabeth Lewis around 1650. She first married a merchant called Harbin, whose wealth she inherited, with whom she had a son who died while very young. Her second husband was a poor baronet, Sir William Holford, who died before her. Holford's son never acknowledged his step-mother, and also died young. Lady Holford died on 3 November 1720, without an heir.


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Provenance

The Copy of the Lady Holfords Will and Codicills 1717... was received by the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library as a purchase in 2015.

Processing Information

Processed by Alice Poffinberger, October 2017

Accessions described in this collection guide: 2015-0050-LUBMSS255