TEST.CP.1817/6
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Reference:TEST.CP.1817/6
Repository:Borthwick Institute GB 193


Court:Exchequer
Case:Testamentary (validity of will : particulary codicil)
Details:8 Pieces; Has deposition; No libel; No sentence
Outcome:
Date: 1817 — 1817


People & Places
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Participant:James  Varley [Varley]
Role:testator
Details:male; Gentleman, deceased
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Bramley : township
Stanningley (Stanningley) : undefined




Participant:Elizabeth  Marshall [Marshall]
Alternate name:Elizabeth  Hudson [Hudson]
Role:plaintiff
Details:female; Now wife of John Marshall; legatee named in the last will and testament of James Varley, deceased, late of Stanningley
Notes:testament of James Varley, deceased



Participant:Mary  Hudson [Hudson]
Role:plaintiff
Details:female; Spinster; legatee named in the last will and testament of James Varley, deceased, late of Stanningley



Participant:Joshua  Wilkinson [Wilkinson]
Role:defendant
Details:male; Executor named in the last will and testament of of James Varley, deceased, late of Stanningley



Participant:Timothy  Wood [Wood]
Role:defendant
Details:male; Executor named in the last will and testament of James Varley, deceased, late of Stanningley



Participant:Charles  Wood [Wood]
Role:witness
Details:male; 56
Employment:Miller
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Kirkstall (Kirkstale) : undefined



Participant:Joseph  Wilkinson [Wilkinson]
Role:witness
Details:male; 59
Employment:Grocer
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Stanningley  (Stanningley) : undefined



Participant:John  Vicars [Vickers]
Role:witness
Details:male; 41
Employment:Butcher and publican
Location:Leeds (YorkshireWestRiding)
Place(s):Stanningley  (Stanningley) : undefined



Abstract

Wilkinson and Wood exhibited and attempted to prove the validity of a codicil to the will of Varley. They brought witnesses to support their claim. Marshall and Hudson argued that the codicil should be declared invalid on the grounds of Varley’s incapacity at the time of execution. They particularly alleged that his mind had become ‘enfeebled’ and that he had lost his memory and understanding.

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