The papers below relate to the disputed will of Henry Booth, 1st Earl of Warrington. After the death of Henry Booth, a will granting annuities of £200 to his younger sons and portions of £5000 apiece to his two daughters was discovered at Dunham Massey. George Booth, 2nd Earl of Warrington, was accused of attempting to conceal the will's existence. He disputed the will's validity, citing the peculiar circumstances of its discovery and its irresponsible generosity (the estate being heavily mortgaged already). George Booth's sister Lady Elizabeth Booth and his uncle Cecil Booth brought actions against him and, when the will was found to be good in law, George Booth was forced to enact it provisions. The will was proved at Chester on 2 July 1698 (see EGR1/8/8/6 above).
Wrapper endorsed: "This Parcel relates to my Fathers Will, proper to be kept safe" (in the hand of George Booth).