The Last Will and Testament of James Finlay 1783 - 28 SEPT. 1875
R.G. 6.2 Series 1 Reel #5 Probate Court Register of Wills 1870 - 1920 Liber 9 Folio 86
In the name of God . Amen. I James Finlay late of the Royal Artillery being weak in body but sound in mind and collected and calling to mind the brevity and uncertainly of human life do hereby make and execute this my last will and testament.
In the first place I commence my soul to almighty god and my body to it's kindred earth resting my faith upon the merits and righteousness of my blessed redeemer for a glorious immortabilty beyond the grave.
Secondly I bequeath to my son William all my landed property with buildings (the shop excepted) and every other advantage to the same belonging.
To my daughter Mary Ann I bequeath the little shop and ten pounds and a cow to Amelia and Sarah I bequeath a cow and five pounds each when they are married which conditions my son William is bound to fulfill as he is able and also my three daughters Mary Ann, Amelia and Sarah is to have the two small rooms back end of the house upstairs and on the lower floor for their own use while they remain single with a due proportion of the furniture.
My beloved wife Ann is to be mistress of the house and to have her sustenance from William her son during her natural life; to my son James I bequeath five shillings; to Elizabeth Poole and Ann Lane I bequeath one shilling sterling each.
Sign James Finlay
I also appoint messers Edward Poole and Charles Stewart Executors of this my last will and testament. Signed and sealed this first day of October 1863 in presence of
Sign James Gordon
This will was proved on the 17th February 1876, on the oath of James Gordon a subsendry witness before (illegible name) ____ Aitken was filed and registered on the 29th February 1876.
Judge of Probate