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Francis Kidner was a son of Richard Kidner and Mary Lyng of Thurloxton in Somerset. He was baptised at West Monkton on 26th December 1772. Being a third son with limited prospects of inheriting any land at home he went east to London, and he married Catherine Waters at St Pancras on 12th May 1807. He became a reasonably prosperous merchant, to the extent at any rate that he could describe himself as ' Gentleman' in his will of 1836. Francis and Catherine had one son, also named Francis, baptised at St Mary Magdalen, Bermondsey, on 27th December 1815.

In the name of God, Amen, I Francis Kidner of the parish of Laleham in the county of Middlesex, Gentleman, being sick and weak in body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God calling into mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed for all and each to die I do make and bequeath this my last will and testament that say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul into the hand of almighty God that gave it and my body to the earth to be buried at the discretion of my executors nothing doubting but of the certain resurrection I shall receive the father again by the mighty power of God and as touching my worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this life I give and bequeath them in the following manner and form.

First I give to Catherine my wife all the interest of the following sums of money to be enjoyed by her as long as she remains a widow viz. of five hundred pounds secured by an adjustment by way of mortgage on 6331.19.1 Bank 3 per cent annuities standing in the name of the Accountant [ ] in General to the credit of the [course/cause? ] of Monkhouse and Hodgkinson during the life of Jane Monkhouse or the two sixth parts of Robert Spencer Monkhouse and Henry Rowe Monkhouse after her decease the interest payable by our order from the Court of Chancery five hundred pounds secured by a mortgage on Mr. Joseph [?Pacey] and the interest of one thousand pounds to be raised out of the remainder of my property also all household goods chattels and moveable effects and in event that she should marry again or at her decease I bequeath all the above to my son ffrancis Kidner whom together with his mother I constitute make and ordain my joint Executor and Executrix to this my last will and testament.

Also I give to my well-beloved son ffrancis Kidner the remainder of my property together with all debts and interest in or arising from my stocks or property that I am possessed of I also authorise my executor & executrix at any time they may think fit and proper to demand the payment of any of the above funds and place them at their discretion and a decent Christian burial I do hereby utterly revoke and dis...all and every other former testaments wills legacies bequests and ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last will and testament.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 27th day of February in the year of Lord 1836 Francis Kidner Signed sealed and published and declared by the said ffrancis Kidner as his last will and testament in the presence of us who in his and in the presence of each other have hereto set our names
Thomas Merrick

Mary Merrick
Alfred Merrick

Proved at London on the 4th August 1836 &c. &c.

The family of Francis Kidner (.pdf)




Henry Rowe Monkhouse, son of Robert Monkhouse and Jane Spencer, was baptised on 1st October 1809 at Tynemouth in Northumberland.

Hodgkinson I cannot trace.

Appendix 114 - Will of Francis Kidner, of Laleham