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Articles of agreement between Richard and Mary Bowater concerning division of lands of Andrew Murcott


Articles of agreement between Richard Bowater of Whitley, gent., youngest son of John Whitley, late of Whitley, esq., deceased, and Mary Bowater of Whitley, spinster, daughter of the said John Bowater, concerning the division of the lands of Andrew Murcott, gent., deceased, in Higham and Lindley, co. Leics., and Ashorne and Wardend. Whereas a case was heard before the Master of the Rolls on 14 February, 7 George II [1733/4], between Mary Murcott, spinster, pl. and Bridget Bowater, widow, and Edward Bowater, the said Richard Bowater and Mary Bowater, (then infants by the said Bridget Bowater their mother and guardian) defs., concerning the partition of the said estates, and whereas it was awarded that Robert Aglionby Staney, esq., Richard Hill, William White and William Burtonwood, gentlemen, should be appointed commissioners to divide the said estates equally between the plaintiff and the defendants, and whereas the said commissioners did allot to the said Richard Bowater and Mary Bowater as their moiety the capital messuage with appurtenances in Ashorne, with the several closes belonging thereto called Hopp Yard and Gogg Yard, adjoining the homestead, Breedons Close in the tenure of William Baylies, containing a cottage in the tenure of John Heritage and a parcel of land called Pinnox Lane, Calves Close, Bridge Meadow next to Gogg Yard containing 3 acres 2 roods and 15 perches, Nether Crannell, (part of a close lately called Great Crannell but now divided in two), Little Crannell, Morrell Acres, and Hither White Heath and Middle White Heath (parts of a close lately called White Heath now divided into three parts); also a lane called Great Lane, and the land adjoining Oakely Wood, both formerly part of White Heath, and also Crannell Slade adjoining the closes called Crannells containing 13 acres 3 roods and 7 perches; all which premises were late in the tenure of Anne Lee, widow, and now of William Baylies, being part of Ashorne Farm and containing 161 acres and 11 perches, with free fishing in the brook running on the south side of the said farm; also a messuage with its appurtenances in Higham and Lindley, co. Leics., with a parcel of land adjoining called the Home Close, another close called Shephards Close, with the upper part of the meadow adjoining on the east side containing 5 acres 3 roods and 16 perches, the eastward part of a close called Hither Furzy Field, containing 9 acres 3 roods and 34 perches, Further Furzy Field adjoining the last on the north side and adjoining a close called Furzy Field on the west, Little Close adjoining the said Furzy Field on the east and Barkers Wood on the west, with 11 acres and 3 roods of the said Barkers Wood adjoining Little Close, and Yellow Close; which premises were late in the tenure of John Barker and now of --- Capener, containing 82 acres 3 roods and 24 perches, heretofore called Woodfield and part of the estate of the said Andrew Murcott; it is now agreed that a partition between the said Richard and Mary shall be made of the above lands before 25 March next ensuing by William Butler of the Hundred Oakes in Kenelworth, gent., and William Shakespeare of Knowle Hall, gent. Signed: Richard Bowater. Red seal applied. Witnesses: Christopher Wright, John Jordan.