NameCatherine LAIDMAN, 3434, M1981
Baptism29 Dec 1752, Shap, WES
Death1836, Shap, WES
Burial19 May 1836, Shap, WES
Baptism, Shapp, 1752:
Katherine D r to Webster Laidman Dec 29
Note: The name "Laidman" was written initially as "Ladman" and then an "i" inserted using a caret between the "a" and the "d".
"LAIDMAN Catherine druggist Shap" in the "Principal Inhabitants of Cumberland and Westmorland 1829".
“Shap. Shopkeepers & Traders. Laidman Catherine, grocer & druggist” in Pigot & Co’s National Commercial Directory for 1828-9, Part 2, p. 854
Burials in the Parish of Shap in the County of Westmorland in the year 1836:
Catherine Laidman Shap May 19th (age) 84
Index to Bank of England Wills:
LAIDMAN, Catherine, spinster of Shap, Westmoreland. 1836 vol. 48 Reg. No. 9980
PCC Calendar of Wills
1836 LAIDMAN, Catherine Westmorld. Aug 498:
This is the last Will and Testament
of me Catherine Laidman of Shap in the County of Westmorland Spinster I give and devise or permit to bestow unto my ˆsecondˆ Cousin William Hackforth of [Hainford?] in the County of Lincoln Printer All my Customary Dwellinghouses and hereto situate in the manor of Shap in the said County of Westmorland To hold to him his heirs and assigns acording to the [?] of the said Manor I give to the said William Hackforth my Antique Corner Cupboard formerly belonging to his Uncle George Hackforth and my double chest of drawers I give to my relation John William Hackforth late of [Oundle?] my folio [?] and give all the rest of my household furniture plate linen and china and also my wearing Apparel I give and bequeath the same unto Margaret Edgar now residing with me I give and bequeath unto the said William Hackforth and to my friend William Whitwell of Kendal in Westmorland hereabout the sum of Six hundred pounds (part of the sum of Twelve hundred pounds secured on the Lancaster Canal Navigation Upon Trust either to permit the same to remain on the present security or call in and reinvest the amount upon real or Government security as they in their discretion shall think proper and to pay the yearly interest thereof to or permit the same to be received by the said William Hackforth for and during the term of his natural life and on his death I give the said sum of Six hundred pounds to the children of the said William Hackforth to be equally divided amongst share and share alike and if any of them shall die before his or her share shall be payable having Child or Children I give the share of him or her so dying unto his or her Child or Children in equal shares I give and bequeath the remaining Six hundred pounds secured on the said Canal as follows to John William Hackforth Richards of Colt Street Limehouse London Baker the sum of One hundred and twenty pounds To his Brother James Richards of London the sum of One hundred pounds to their Sister Mary Ann Long of the Albion Road Camberwell the sum of One hundred and twenty pounds To another Sister Elizabeth Susannah Barnett of Hartford the sum of One hundred and twenty pounds To my relation Elizabeth Bulmer the younger of South Blythe in the County of Northumberland the sum of Sixty pounds To John William the Son of the said William Hackforth the sum of Forty pounds and to my relation Frances the wife of Francis [Anniel?] the sum of Forty pounds I give to the said Frances [Auriel?] the further sum of One hundred pounds sterl in the three per cent Consols and to her sister the said Margaret Edgar the sum of One hundred pounds sterl in the same Funds All [?] said legacies & [?] to be paid at the end of [their?] months next after my decease I give and bequeath unto the said William Hackforth and William Whitwell the sum of Five hundred pounds [?] (being the remainder of what I have invested in the said three per cent Consols) Upon Trust that they or the survivor of them shall and so soon as conveniently may be after my decease reinvest the same upon real or government security or permit the amount to remain upon the present security as they in their discretion shall think proper and pass the interest dividends and annual proceeds arising thereupon as the same shall be received from the time of my death unto my second Cousin Barbara Edgar of Sunderland in the county of Durham for and during the rest of her natural life and on her death I give the said sum of five hundred pounds sterl. to the children of of the said Barbara Edgar to be equally divided them share and share alike and if any of them or all shall die before his or her share shall be payable I give the share of him or her so dying unto his or her Child or Children in equal shares if more than one and if but one the whole to such one Child I appoint the said William Hackforth and William Whitwell joint Executors and Trustees of this my Will And I will and declare that my said executors shall not be answerable for more monies than shall come to their respective hands nor shall one of them be answerable for the other of them but [?] only for his own acts deeds receipts and wilful defaults and Lastly I revoke all former Wills by me at any time heretofore made and declare this only to be my last Will and Testament In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this twenty sixth day of March One thousand eight hundred and thirty six.
Catherine Laidman Signed Sealed Published and declared by the said Catherine Laidman the Testatrix as and for her last Will and Testament in the presence of us who in her presence at her request and in the presence of each other have subscribed our names as Witnesses. James Lancaster Thomas Smith Jos. Atkinson
A. Shap April 12. 1836
It is my wish after [?] what money may remain your hands to be given to Margaret Edgar for all her kind attention to me [------?] tomorrow to know what is remaining in your hands [---------?] I still remain very poorly I [otherwise?] send with her the Tea Caddy Yours obliged
In the Goods of Catherine Laidman Spinster deceased
On the first day of June One thousand Eight hunderd and thirty six
On which day Appeared Personally Walter Parker of Shap in the County of Westmorland Farmer and Richard Castley of Shap aforesaid Carpenter and made Oath that they [?] and were well acquainted with Catherine Laidman late of Shap aforesaid Spinster deceased for several years before and down to the time of her death and having often seen her write and subscribe her name whereupon they have acquired a knowledge of her manner and character of handwriting and subscription and having now viewed and perused the paper writing hereunto annexed marked and purporting to be and contain a Codicil to the Last Will and Testament of the said deceased the said Codicil beginning thus “Shap April 12. 1836” ending thus “Yours obliged” and thus subscribed “Catherine Laidman” Those [appearing?] say that they [?] and in their consciences believe the name Catherine Laidman inscribed to the said Codicil to have been written and subscribed by and with the proper hand of the said Catherine Laidman deceased ======Walter Parker Richard Castley====== Some say the said Walter Parker and Richard Castley were [duly?] sworn to the Truth of this affidavit ˆ[?]ˆ Before me John Hudson M. A. Surrogate.
Proved at London with a Codicil 29th August 1836 before the [?] William Hackforth and William Whitwell the Executors to whom admon was granted the said William Hackforth having been first sworn and the said William Whitwell having already made and subscribed a solemn and sincere [confirmation?] or [affirmation?] according to act of parliament by [?] duly to administer.
[Note: Richard Castley appears in the 1841 census return: HO107/1162/26 folio 19 page 4
Richard Castley, 47, Joiner, Y
Ann Castley, 47, Y
John Castley, 19, Joiner, Y
Jane Castley, 11, Y
Joseph Castley, 5, Y
This family is undoubtedly related to John Castley (ID 19781) whose daughters Hannah and Jane both married Laidmans. Richard Castley’s involvement with Catherine Laidman’s estate strongly suggests a connection between the Kirkby Stephen/1 group and the Appleby/1 group. The IGI lists only one Richard Castley, bap. 22 Feb 1795 in Shap, whose parents are Elias Castley and Sarah Scott: otherwise he would fit in nicely as a son of John Castley and Margaret Hodgson, who married in Shap in 1794].
No Laidmans occur in the entry for Shap in Slaters Royal National Commercial Directory & Topography, 1848.