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Transcript: Will of Margaret Anne Patton
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Title: Transcript: Will of Margaret Anne Patton
Identifier: 2005.1.126.3
Donor: Geoffrey and Kathleen Sayers
Item Date: 1970-1975
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: Transcript of the Will of Margaret Anne Patton and Registration of Deed dated January 2, 1879 in the Books of the Lords of Council and Session. The will leaves her house and all furnishings at 8 Rose Terrace to Margaret Patton nee Harris, sister-in-law and cousin, and Matilda Lindsay nee Harris, cousin for their lifetimes. The estate of Glenalmond in Perthshire is left to Col. Thomas Marshall Harris of the Royal Artillery and his heirs, whom failing to his cousin Arthur Harris. etc. The estate of Cairnies in Perthshire is left to Major Henry William Harris and his heirs, whom failing to Arthur Harris with the condition that if Thomas Marshal Harris and Mrs. Margaret Bethune or Patton , or Malcom Patton be allowed to possess the estate for life only during their joint survivance. Other bequests to the Harrises include: 2,000 pounds each to Bessie, Lucy, and Annie, daughters of James Beveridge Harris. 2,000 pounds to Arthur Harris. A clause at the end protects the inheritance of women from the debts of their husbands. Handwritten at the top right in black ink are the numbers "85", which is scribbled out, and "80". Reverse is letterhead of Geoffrey Sayers.

This will was for Margaret Anne Patton who was sister of James Murray Patton and Thomas Patton and inherited the Glenalmond estate from them. She was also sister-in-law to Margaret Harris; the sister of Captain James Harris of Benares. The brothers inherited 2/3rds of the Glenalmond Estate in Perthshire, Scotland in 1831. During Jamesí ownership, a group of Highland whiskey bootleggers were caught by a force of excisemen and cavalry on Glenalmond lands that was immortalized in a ballad (1837).

These transcripts were created by Kathleen Sayers, wife of Geoffrey Sayers, whose interest in family history led her to transcribe original papers, letters, newspaper clippings, transcripts and research notes relating to Geoffrey's lineage. Geoffrey was the great grandson of James Beveridge Harris and Elizabeth Molony Harris.
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