Misc. Papers: Penmynydd Almshouse

Scope and Content

MISC. PAPERS received of the Rev. Dr. Lloyd, dean of Bangor, belonging to the Penmynydd almshouse. The file contains:

1. Reasons given by the foeffees of the Almshouse to advance the estate of Lewis Rogers to a higher value than what it appeared to be by Lewis Owen's accounts.

2. CASE concerning the estates of Lewis Rogers, one of the executors of which was Lewis Owen, and of Lewis Owen.

3. COPY JUDGEMENT of the court of Chancery dated 1633 of a case between Henry Jones of Bodsilyn plaintiff, and Hugh Williams, defendant.

The case concerns firstly a complaint by Jones that Williams, as the executor in Wales of the will of Lewis Owen should have paid him the residue of Owen's estate in Wales as bequeathed him in Owen's will. Williams argued that the money wouldn't be paid until all the legacies had been paid, and since one of these was a sum of £60 to be paid to Owen's nieces after the death of his sister Jane, he couldn't comply with Jones's demands.

This case is complicated by the fact that Lewis Owen was assigned the executorship of the will of Lewis Rogers for which he took out a bond, and Williams, as Owen's executor, was bound to see that the bond was honoured. Disputes over the wills of Rogers and Owen were already the subject of another case in which Williams and others were the plaintiffs and Jones and others were the defendants. It was agreed to hear the two cases together.

In his will Rogers had left £1000 for the building of an almshouse at Penmynydd for 10 poor men. Owen, as Roger's executor, had built the almshouse and arranged for its maintenance out of the profits of the rectory at Eglwys Rhose which he owned. For this purpose he conveyed the rectory to feeofees who were also to pay 20s. p.a. to each almsman, 40s. to a collector, 20s. to judges of the N. Wales circuit to buy gloves and £7 to the curate of Eglwysrhos to preach sermons. Williams claimed that the rectory was only worth £40 p.a. and that the terms of Owen's will should be made good out of the rest of the estate. Both parties claimed that the other had received money which should have been allocated to the upkeep of the almshouse.

After sifting all the allegations and counter claims the court decided to accept Jones's offer of enjoying the rectory for himself on condition he secure £63 for the upkeep of the almshouse and it was suggested that the foeffees submit an annual account of the almshouse to the Justices who could ensure that the terms of Roger's will were carried out. It was decided that the outstanding legacy to Owen's nieces should be paid forthwith and the residue of the estate and any unpaid debts paid over to Jones.

Other matters concerning money already received from outstanding debts and the question of damages for non-payment of Jones's legacy were settled amicably. The file is dated 1782.

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