NameWilliam LAIDMAN, 2839, M1026
Birth13 Dec 1757
Baptism13 Jan 1758, Morpeth, NBL Age: <1
Bapt MemoSt Mary the Virgin
Death10 Aug 1805, Morpeth, NBL Age: 47
Burial13 Aug 1805, Morpeth, NBL
Burial MemoSt Mary the Virgin: William Laidman of Morpeth Attorney at Law, Son of Francis Laidman surgeon, & his wife Mary late Forster. 48
A bibliographical index lists: Laidman, William (Male). Address: Newcastle, Date 1776. Occupation: attorney, legal profession (a). Subscribed to The Poetical Works of William Hilton (Vol. 2), 1776, HILTON, William. Newcastle. [the inscription reads: Mr Wm Laidman, Attorney, Newcastle]
William was a beneficiary of his uncle the Revd. William Laidman’s Will, but he assigned his inheritance to one John Gray, during the time that his aunt, the Revd. William’s widow Mary, was enjoying the usufruct. Upon Mary’ death in 1788 therefore, James Gray, (the son of John, who had by then died) made his claim. We have much of the correspondence concerning this matter:
Know all Men by these presents That We Margaret Gray of Morpeth in the County of Northumberland Widow and Administratrix with the Will annexed of John Gray late of the same place Yeoman deceased and James Gray of The Town and County of Newcastle upon Tyne Currier and Leather Cutter Son of the said John Gray deceased are held and firmly bound unto Middleton Teasdale of Newbrough in the County of Northumberland Gentleman and John Bell of Hexham in the said County Deputy Bailiff there (Trustees nominated and appointed in and by the last Will and Testament of William Laidman Master of Arts Vicar of Warden in the said County deceased) in the sum of Five hundred pounds of good and lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid to the said Middleton Teasdale and John Bell or their certain attorney Executors Administrators or Assigns for the true payment whereof We bind ourselves and each of us our and each and every of our Heirs, Executors and Administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our seals Dated this Seventeenth Day of February in the thirty Sixth Year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France and Ireland King, Defender of the Faith and so forth And in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Ninety six.
Whereas The abovenamed William Laidman deceased in and by his last Will and Testament by him duly executed bearing Date the Twenty seventh Day of November which was in the Year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty one Did (amongst other Things therein contained) give and bequeath unto the above named Middleton Teasdale and John Bell the sum of one thousand pounds of lawfull Money of Great Britain upon the Trusts following, that is to say, That They should place the same out at Interest upon good Security either real or personal with the Approbation and consent of his dear Wife Mary Laidman and who should pay and dispose of the Interest thereof yearly and from Time to Time as the same should become due and be received to his said Wife Mary Laidman for the Term of her natural Life or otherwise permit her to receive the same herself during the Term aforesaid And from and after her Decease should pay unto his nephew Walter Laidman Son of his Brother Francis Laidman the sum of one Hundred pounds (part of the said Sum of one thousand pounds) at the End of Six Callendar Months then next after with Interest as therein mentioned if then he should have attained his Age of Twenty one Years And upon Trust after the Death of his the Testator's said Wife to pay and divide the Sum of Nine hundred pounds (Residue of the said sum of One thousand pounds) to and amongst all and every the Child and Children of the said Testator's said Brother Francis Laidman begotten or to be begotten (other than his daughter Julia Laidman who was already sufficiently and amply provided for) if more than one Share and Share alike such shares to belong to and be an Interest vested in them respectively upon their respective Marriages or their attaining their respective ages of Twenty one Years first happening but to be payable and paid as follows, that is to say, when the same should so vest if after the Death of the Testator's dear Wife Mary Laidman But in case any of [page 2] them had obtained or should obtain a vested Interest in her Life Time Then not to be payable or paid 'till the End of Six Callendar Months after her Death with Interest for the same in the meantime at the Rate his Trustees should receive for such respective shares with a proviso that in case any of the Children of the said Francis Laidman should happen to die before they should obtain such vested Interest Then the Share or Shares of him her or them so dying should go and belong to the Survivors or Survivor of such Child or Children (other than the said Julia Laidman equally to be divided at such Time or Times and subject to such and the like Chance and Condition of Accruer respectively as the original Share or Shares of such Child or Children should belong to and vest in him her or them respectively
And Whereas the said William Laidman sometime afterwards departed this Life without altering or revoking his said will And Whereas the said Francis Laidman at the Death of his said Brother William Laidman had six Children namely John Laidman, William Laidman, Christopher Laidman, Charles Laidman, Walter Laidman and the said Julia Laidman and no other Children And each of them the said John Laidman, William Laidman, the Nephew, Christopher Laidman, Charles Laidman and Walter Laidman became intitled to the Sum of one hundred and Eighty pounds being one fifth part or share of the said Sum of Nine hundred pounds Subject to such Benefit of Survivorship as is before mentioned And Whereas the said William Laidman the Nephew attained the Age of Twenty one years and by Indenture bearing Date the thirtieth Day of May which was in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and Eighty seven and made or expressed to be made between the said William Laidman the Nephew as therein described of the one part and John Gray of Morpeth Yeoman since deceased of the other part, the said William Laidman the Nephew in Consideration of the Sum of Ninety Eight pounds to him paid by the said John Gray did bargain, sell, assign, transfer and set over All his the said William Laidman the Nephew's Estate, right, Title, Interest, Claim, Benefit and Advantage which he then had or which after the Death of his aunt the said Mary Laidman he could, should or might have been intitled to and in the said Legacy and Bequest so given and bequeathed in Trust for the Benefit for the Benefit [sic] of the Children of the said Francis Laidman To Have hold receive take and enjoy all such Sum and sums of Money as he the said William Laidman the Nephew after the Death of the said Mary Laidman could should or might be intitled to and to have take and receive by Virtue and in pursuance of the last Will and Testament of the said William Laidman late Vicar of Warden deceased to the said John Gray his Executors Administrators and Assigns to his and their own proper Use and Benefit in as full and ample a Manner as he the said William Laidman the Nephew could have held ^ received taken ^ and enjoyed the same if the said Indenture had not been made and executed with full power and Authority for the said John Gray his Executors, Administrators and Assigns to ask, demand, sue for, recover and receive of the said Trustees all such Sum and Sums of Money and all Interest due or to become due thereon and to execute give and deliver Releases or other Discharges for the same And Whereas the said John Gray hath since departed this Life but before his Death made and duly executed his last Will and Testament and Administration with his said Will annexed hath been duly granted and committed to the beforebounden Margaret Gray his Widow by the proper Ordinary And Whereas the said Walter Laidman departed this life in his minority, to wit, in or about the nineteenth Year of his Age leaving his said Brothers the said John Laidman, William Laidman, the Nephew, and Charles Laidman him surviving And They the said John Laidman, Margaret Gray Administratrix with the said Will annexed of the said John Gray (the Assignee of the said William Laidman the Nephew) and Charles Laidman are become intitled to the Sum of one hundred and Eighty pounds (the share of the said Walter Laidman of and in the said Sum of Nine hundred pounds) ^ in equal shares and proportions amounting to the sum of Sixty pounds a piece ^ And whereas the said Mary Laidman formerly the wife and late [page 3] Widow of the said William Laidman deceased departed this Life in or about the Month of April last past Whereupon the beforebounden Margaret Gray as Administratrix with the said Will annexed of her said late Husband John Gray, deceased (assignee of the said William Laidman the Nephew) is become intitled to the several Sums of one hundred and Eighty pounds and Sixty pounds making together the Sum of Two hundred and Forty pounds which said Sum of Two hundred and Forty pounds she hath this Day had and received from the said Middleton Teasdale and John Bell (Trustees as aforesaid) or the one of them Now the Condition of the beforewritten Obligation is such That if the beforebounden Margaret Gray and James Gray or either of them their or either or any of their Heirs, Executors or Administrators shall and do at all Times hereafter well and sufficiently save harmless and keep indempnified and secure and discharge the said Middleton Teasdale and John Bell their Executors Administrators Goods and Estate and the personal of the said William Laidman deceased of, from and against all and all Manner of Claims and Demands which he the said William Laidman the Nephew or any other person or persons whomsoever claiming under him can or may have claim challenge or demand of in or to the said several Sums of one hundred and Eighty pounds and Sixty pounds or either of them or any Interest due on them or either of them and of from and against all Actions, Suits, Bills, Costs, charges, Troubles and Damages whatsoever that shall or may be commenced sued or prosecuted or awarded against them or either or any of them for or by Reason of any Legacy or Bequest or other Interest which he the said William Laidman the Nephew his Executors Administrators or Assigns may in any wise have or claim or be intitled to under the Will of the said William Laidman Vicar of Warden deceased Then the beforewritten obligation to be void and of none Effect or otherwise to be and remain in full Force Power and Vertue-
Sealed and delivered (being first )
duly stampt and the interlineation ) Margt. Gray
^of the Words "[?] taken" and+^ at the )
Foot or Bottom of the second page first )
made) in the Presence of -- -- -- ) James Gray
We also have correspondence between James Gray and John Bell, one of the executors of the Revd. William Laidman’s Will, in which he attempts to make good his claim on the inhertiance that William (‘the nephew’) assigned to him:
The Bearer John Gray waits upon you in order to give you notice of the assignment of a Legacy in the Will of the late Revd. Mr. W. Laidman from Mr. Wm. Laidman his nephew to the said John Gray which assignment is dated 30th. May 1787. Gray will produce to you the assignment itself and pray be so good as to inform him whether you have had notice of any other assignment from the said Wm. Laidman, I am
Yr. Hble Servant
Thursday 16th. July 1789
Mr. Bell Ncastle Sept 6th 1795
I will esteem it a particular favor if you can inform when the Legacies of the late Mr. Laidman (Vested in you in Trust, under his Will), are to be settled, and if you have heard any thing from the attorney Laidman [William M1026] at Morpeth relative to the Business. I think you told me, when at Hexham that Notice had been given for paying in the Money, at the End of six Months, from the death of Mrs. Laidman – but I do not exactly recolect when she Died, Please to mention if it will be necessary for me to be at Hexham___ I Am Sir
Your Hbl Servt.
Newcastle 24 Jary 1796
Agreeable to your request I have taken Counsel's opinion respecting Walter Laidman's 100th which is that it being a vested Legacy in him independent of any other, the Father consequently is intitled to it. He likewise agrees in opinion with you, that there is no accruing Interest vested in [?me] since he made the Assignt. - as to his setting up a claim, is no more than I expected, [?we] want to demand nothing more than what we are intitled to from the assigt. – if matters are likely to get [?], will wait upon you when you [?].
I am Sir
your very HblServ'
Newcastle 28 Jary 1796
[?Yor] I was duly favord with – I had previous to my last writing you, got a Counsels verble opinion, but have since got the Case stated which is now in the hands of a Counsel, and only wait for his opinion which you shall see and the Case, together with a Copy of my Fathers Will
The Trust for us, refusing to act after my Fathers death, my Mother Adminst. to the Will which I suppose intitles her to the Mony – If occation requires her signing, youl please to let me know, with the nature of the receipt
I am Sir
your most obdt HblSer'
Newcastle 1st Feby 1796
Inclosed is the Case opinion of Mr. Williamson which will enable you to judge what receipt will be necessary as I mean to abide by the Counsels opinion, will have no objection to indemnify the Trust, in what manner they shall most approve of – will expect to hear from you by return of Post
Am Sir yr. Respectfully
Newcastle June 12th 1797
Dear Sir /
Yours I recd. this Morng. covering Bankers Notes Value Eighteen Pounds, due from the Effects of Laidman to my Mother, Mrs Margt. Gray, for which I thank you I remain
Yr most obdt Servt.
Mr Jn Bell
Will you have the goodness today if you have been able to make a further dividend to the Laidmans of Morpeth, or likely soon to do – I think you told me this was some outstanding Money you expected to get which would afford something more to the Legatees any Information on this subject (at your leisure) will very much oblige Sir
Your Most Obt Servt.
Ncastle 12 April 1804
I was from Home when your favor came to hand or should have replyd sooner
Relative to the Laidman family Mrs Dorothy Laidman widow of the late Mr Laidman is living as also Charles Laidman both at present at Morpeth. they are the only surviving part of the family – Mrs Gray (my Mother) is yet living at Bolden County Durham.
I am Sir
Yr very Respecty
Newcastle 16 Jany 1808
We have your favor with Cheque £9.2- which shall be handed to our Mother Mrs. Margt Gray of Bolden – Respectfully [?]
yr Obt. Servt
Jas [?And M] Gray
Newcastle 27 Feby 1808
Index to the Newcastle Courant 1801-1820, p. 313: 17 August 1805 Died on Saturday last at Woodhorn, near Morpeth, Mr Wm Laidman, attorney, age 48.
See notes on her presumed son William.
ChildrenWilliam , 484, N1047 (ca1780-1845)