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LADY AND HER RELATIVES.

CURIOUS WILL.

PROVISION FOR PETS

When the terms of Lady Meux's, will were published, much curiosity was manifested as to Why she had left so little to members of her husband's family. Probate of the will has now been granted, and the reason is made plain. Lady Meux's reference to ihe matter is in the following;- term's":—

"In reference to the sums given to my husband's family, I desire to record the fact that the provision made for them is not large, by reason of the omission 0 on their part, and on the part of members of their respective families, to properly receive me, as the wife of my late husband, and as such,, as a member of his family, and by reason of their omission to show a proper sense of gratitude for the benefits conferred upon them by me "during my lifetime." The bequest of £3000 Lord George Cholmondeley, son of the Marquis of Cholmondeley, is "on condition that he marries* a lady in society." The bequest to Lord Marcus Beresford, of the Glasgow Stud Farm, and the paddock, now leased by him, 'is "on wisning- to sell' the property, he shall' condition that in the event .of ' his first, offer it to the owner of lhe Theobalds Estate as agricultural land."'

■ The bequest to Waltham. Cross, of the Imperial Unionist Club land ;buildinys therewith, is upon v the conditions "that "it shall be called and known as the Imperial Unionist .Club and be used only for the purpose of spreading- Tariff Reform of the inhabitants of Waltham Cross, and for use iby them for ever as a club, but not for Radicals on any pretence whatever^ that the whole of the malt liquors consumed by the club shall, so long as Meux's Brewery Co., Ltd, and the said club shall exist, be purchased from the said brewery company." ; Her bequests to servants include : fioOO to -Robert Pulling, head gardener at Theobalds Park; £400 to Frank Scull, head gardener at Daunt sey ; £300 to Ralph Gibbons, her head keeper ; 15s per week for life to her former butler, Pierre Cabin; 10s ; per week for life to each male domestic servant of twenty-five years' service* whose wages do not exceed £80 per annum ; £25 to Grace, one of her chauffeur, Carpenter, if. he be still in her service ; £25 to each female domestic servant of ten years' service; £15 to each domestic servant of. four years' service; six months Avages to each male or femaie domestic servant of twelve months' service. She also bequeathed five shillings per week in respect of each of herpet dogs, to provide for their being fed and properly cared for for life. • She directed that all carriagre horses an 3 dogs unfit for use, or of no value, r -are to be shot or, kept as pensioners. AU ; brood mares past use for stud are to be shot, and no mares are to be disposed of. The horse-breeding establishment at Theobalds Park is to be kept up until Volodyovski, the Derby winner of 01, ceased to be , of service, when he is to- be destroyed. -

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LADY AND HER RELATIVES. CURIOUS WILL., Grey River Argus, 23 March 1911

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LADY AND HER RELATIVES. CURIOUS WILL. Grey River Argus, 23 March 1911

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