Sarah Siddons

Codicil to the will of Sarah Siddons (1755-1831), the popular tragic actress painted by Thomas Gainsborough, 8 August 1831 (PROB 1/83)


This is a codicil [legal instrument made to modify an earlier will] to the last will and Testament of me Sarah Siddons Whereas by my said will bearing date the eighteenth day of May in year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen. I have appointed my late dear Brother John Philip Kemble and my Nephew Horace Twiss Executors thereof AND WHEREAS my said will I have given the residue of my estate and effects unto the said John Philip Kemble and Horace Twiss upon certain trusts in the said will particularly mentioned. AND WHEREAS since the date and execution of my said will my said dear and lamented Brother John Phillip Kemble hath departed this life. NOW I do hereby appoint my Friend, William Meyrick of Red Lion Square in the County of Middlesex, esquire Executors of my said Will jointly with the said Horace Twiss and I do hereby give unto the said William Meyrick and Horace Twiss the said residue of my Estate and Effects UPON the same Trusts as are declared therefore in my said will AND I give my Inkstand made of the Mulberry Tree planted by the immortal Shakespear- and also the Gloves which were worn by him———————————————————————————————————————————

And which were bequeathed to me by the late Mrs Garrick unto my son George and to be disposed of between them in such manner as they shall mutually agree. I GIVE all the money in which may be in my House etc. at my Bankers at the time of my decease unto my said daughter Cecilia for her own use. And I do hereby confirm my said will in all other respects. In Witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the Eight day of April in the Year of our lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty four.

Sarah Siddons [with seal]

Signed Sealed Published and declared to be said Sarah Siddons the Testatrix [female who makes a will] as a codicil to her last Will and Testament in the presence of us

John Cox Red Lion Square

Edward Lovell his clerk

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