Leonard appears on the indenture of his son Thomas' apprentice ship. Leonard is described as "of the Poultry, Rasormaker"
Durham Record Office,
Ref No. D/HH 2/2/348
25 – 26 March 1703
(1) Richard Coates of London, yeoman
(2) John Kipling of St. Ann, Middlesex, gentleman; and Leonard Laidman
, citizen of London, barber surgeon
Mortgage by lease and release of property as in D/HH2/2/347, to raise £350
(Parchment, 2 membranes)
The records of St. Bartholomew's priory [and] St. Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield: volume 2
By E.A. Webb, 1921, pp 213-231Of recent years the small houses, which in the seventeenth century replaced the larger ones, have been in their turn giving way to the building of large warehouses, so that at the present time not only Nos. 34 to 37 Little Britain and No. 94 Bartholomew Close and the remains of No. 95, but also Nos. 92 and 93 in the Close, have all been incorporated in one large warehouse, now in the occupation of W. C. Beetles & Co., Ltd., skirt manufacturers. Previous, however, to these modern changes, in 1739 Rector Bateman granted a forty years' lease of the six houses at a rent of £29 a year to one Leonard Laidman, citizen and Barber Surgeon;
PCC Will dated 16 Jan 1741/2:In the name of God Amen.
I Leonard Laidman Citizen and Barber Surgeon of London being in good health of Body and of Sound and perfect mind and memory praised be Almighty God for the same but considering the certainty of Death and uncertainty of the time thereof do therefore make and declare my last Will and Testament in manner and form Following (that is to say) First and Principally I commend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God my Creator hoping and assuredly believing in and through the Merits death and passion of my only Saviour and Redeemer Jesus Christ to obtain full pardon and free remission of all my sins and to inherit eternall life my Body I commit to the earth in hopes of a joyfull Resurrection to be decently buryed at the discretion of my Executrix herein after named and as touching such temporall Estate as God of his infinite mercy hath been pleased to bless me with I Give Devise bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth vizt Imprimis I do order and direct and Appoint that all Such just Debts as I shall owe at the time of my decease together with my funerall charges and Legacys Shall be fully paid and Satisfied and then the rest residue and remainder of my Goods & Chattels Ready money Plate Jewells Rings Household Goods or in money due to me from the Government or in any of the Publick Stocks or funds or in any Leases or in any Arreares of Rent due on them or in any Debts due to me by or upon Statute Judgment Mortgage Bond Bill Book especially or Account or in any other thing whatsoever or wheresoever I appoint and Order shall according to the Antient and laudable Custom of the City of London (whereof I am a member to be divided into three Equall parts or portions One full and equall third part whereof will by the of the said City belong to my most dear and loving Wife Mary Laidman together with her Widows Chamber and Paraphernalia all which I hereby ratify and confirm to her One Other third part thereof will belong to my Son John Laidman and the remaining third part thereof called the Testamentary or Legatary part being in my own power to dispose of I Give and bequeath to my loving Wife Mary Laidman during the Term of her naturall life and after her decease to my Son John Laidman for his own proper use and his Children John Leonard and Mary Laidman Item I Give to my Grandaughter Mary Laidman One hundred pounds of lawfull Money of Engand to be ^paid^ her when she Shall Attain to the Age of One and Twenty or Sooner upon the day of Marriage my Will is further that all the Estates I hold by Lease either in this parish of Saint Bartholomew the great or in any other parish I Give to my son John Laidman for himself to hold to the expiration of them after the decease of my Wife Mary Laidman and I do hereby make name and appoint my said Wife Mary Laidman Sole Executrix of this my last Will and Testament And lastly I do hereby revoke countermand and make void all former Wills requestd and Legatisd by me at any time heretofore made bequeathed or given and do make and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Witness whereof I the Said Leonard Laidman the Testator have to this my last Will and Testament set my hand and seal this sixteenth day of January Anno Domine [sic]1741: And in the fifteenth year of the Reign of our Lord George the Second by the Grace of God ^King^ of Great Britain France and Ireland
Leonard Laidman Signed Sealed Published declared and delivered by the said Leonard Laidman the Testator for and as his last Will and Testamant in the presence of us who subscribed our names in his presence Ann Wyatt John Wyatt Mary Tracy.
[note: Mary Tracy is a legatee in the Will of Mary Laidman née Buck, where she is mentioned as “my Maid Servant”]
This Will was proved at London before the Worshipfull Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws Surrogate of the Right Worshipfull John Bettesworth Doctor of Laws Master Keeper of Commissary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted the Tenth day of March in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred and forty two by the Oath of Mary Laidman Widow the Relict of the deceased and Sole Executrix named in the said Will To whom Administration was granted of all and Singular the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first sworn duly to Administer the same.
[On] the twenty second day of
[J]anuary in the Year of Our Lord
755 Admõn (with the Will
[illegible word]) of the Goods Chattels and
Credits of Leonard Laidman late
of the Parish of St. Bartholomew
the Great, London decsd. left
[unadministered] by Mary Laidman
Widow the Relict of the said
decsd. sole Extrix. and residuary
Legatee for life named in the said
Will now also decsd. was
granted to Mary Winboult
formerly Laidman (Wife of John
Winboult) the Grandaughter of
the said decsd. and one of the
residuary Legatees substituted
in the aid Will having been
first sworn duly to adster.
Baptism28 Jan 1668, London, LND, City of
Bapt MemoSt Giles Cripplegate
Burial23 Feb 1752, Smithfield, LND
Burial MemoSt Bartholomew the Great
FatherMatthew BUCK , 12379
MotherStephania EVANS , 12380
PRO C 11/1618/23 Russell v Laidman is litigation initiated by Augustine Russell, carpenter a neighbour of Mary Laidman, herself a widow in 1747. Russell complains that the Laidmans rent a piece of land called Parkow Yard, on the east side of Bartholomew Close. Russell asked the widow Laidman for a right of way, which she granted but verbally, and it was never put into writing, Russell maintaining that he had ‘confidence’ in Mary.
Russell improved the ground and built on it. Then he asked for a lease, but Mary refused on the advice of a friend.
Mary replies to Russell’s complaint that she never intended to allow him to do more than move his timber. But he started to build, and when she asked his builders to desist, they ‘cursed and abused’ her.
PCC will of 24 Feb 1749, proved 20 Feb 1752: The National Archives, ref. Prob 11/792
In the Name of God Amen
I Mary Laidman of the Parish of Saint Bartholomew the Great London Widow being of sound mind do make this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following First I recommend my Soul into the hands of Almighty God and my Body to be decently buried by my Executor herein after named who I desire to pay all my just debts Lecacies and Funeral expenses And it is my Will and express desire that two parts in three of all the Leasehold Estates and other Personal Effects which I shall be in Possession of at the time of my decease either in this or any other Parish stand divided Share and Share alike between my three grandchildren Mary Winbolt (late Mary Laidman) the Wife of John Winbolt of Threadneedle Street Coffeeman John Laidman and Leonard Laidman pursuant to the Will of my late Husband after the Sum of One Hundred pounds shall be advanced and paid out of the said two parts in three of the said Leasehold Estate and Effects to the said Mary Winbolt (late Mary Laidman) as in my late said Husband's Will is directed Item I give twenty pounds to the said Leonard Laidman to put him out Apprentice in case he is not put out in my lifetime Item I give Edmund Wood of Ware in the County of Hertford twenty pounds Item I give to my Maid Servant Mary Tracy [note: Mary Tracy witnessed Leonard Laidman’s Will in 1741] ten pounds over and above all Wages that shall be due to her at the time of my death Item I give to Thomas Seagood of Gracechurch Street Plaisterer ten pounds in consideration of his Care and trouble which he may have in the Execution of this my Will And all the rest and residue of my Estate and Effects not herein before disposed of I give to the said Thomas Seagood but upon this special Trust and Confidence (that is to say) that he the said Thomas Seagood shall pay over the same and every part and parcel thereof unto my said Granddaughter Mary Winbolt for her Sole and separate use and without the Controul or intermeddling of her said Husband and that the Receipt or Recepits of the said Mary Winbolt solely without her Husband shall be a good and sufficient discharge or discharges to the said Thomas Seagood for the same and every part and parcel the rest notwithstanding her [?Coverture] And I do hereby Constitute and appoint the said Thomas Seagood Sole Executor of this my last Will and Testamt. hereby revoking all former Will or Wills by me at any time or times heretofore made In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this twenty fourth day of February One thousand seven hundred and forty nine - Mary Laidman - Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Mary Laidman as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of Us who in her presence and at her request and in the presence of each other have Subscribed our names as Witnesses hereto - Elizabth. Collens - Thurston Blackman -
On the twentieth day of February in the Year of Our Lord One thousand seven hundred and fifty two administration (with the Will annexed) of the Goods Chattels and Credits of Mary Laidman late of the Parish of St. Bartholomew the Great but in the Parish of St. Marrtin Ludgate London Widow deceased was granted to Mary Winboult (Wife of John Winboult) the residuary Legatee named in the said Will (for that Thomas Seagood the Sole Executor and residuary Legatee in Trust named in the said Will hath renounced as well the Execution thereof as Letters of Administration (with the said Will annexed) of the Goods Chattels and Credits of the said deceased being first Sworn duly to administer./.
Marriage23 Feb 1692, London, LND, City of
Marr MemoSt James, Dukes Place
Leonard LEIDMAN married Mary BUCK 23 Feb 1692 at St.James, Dukes Place, [City of] London
The date of this marriage fits with the approx dates I have for them and also, in particular, the IGI bap of their daur Mary (K1903) on 6 Jul 1694 at St Dunstan's Stepney. This would mean that Mary (K1903) was very probably their eldest child and probably John was born ca 1694.
ChildrenMary , 3357, K1903 (bp. 1694-)
John , 3366, K1902 (bp. 1704-1744)