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Knight of Barrells


Printed Act of Parliament, 48 George III cap. 117, being an act for vesting certain estates in cos. Warwick, Middlesex and Montgomery, late of the Rt. Hon. Robert earl of Catherlough deceased, in trustees, in trust to be sold; and for investing the money arising from the sale thereof in the purchase of other estates, to be settled to the subsisting uses of the will of the said Robert earl of Catherlough, and for other purposes. Recites the will of Robert earl of Catherlough dated 11 February 1772, whereby after charging his estates in various counties with the payment of an annuity of £400 to Jane Davies (since deceased) for her life, to be reduced to £100 in case of her marriage, and after charging his Edstone estate with the payment of an annuity of £300 to Henry Ralegh Knight, his second son by Jane Davies, for his life, he devised all his estates to trustees to the use of Robert Knight, his first son by Jane Davies, and his sons in tail male, with remainder to the use of Henry Ralegh Knight and his sons, and thereafter to the use of testator's daughters by Jane Davies, Jane Davies otherwise Knight and Henrietta Matilda Knight and their sons successively. The Act recites also a codicil to the said will dated 24 February 1772 regarding the purchase of an estate from Newsam Peers esq., and that testator died on 30 March 1772, leaving the said Robert Knight, Henry Ralegh Knight, Jane Knight and Henrietta Knight as his only surviving children, of whom Robert Knight was the first tenant in tail, and recites the marriage settlement dated 9 June 1791 of Robert Knight and the Hon. Frances Dormer spinster, one of the daughters of Charles, Lord Dormer, and that the marriage took place on 12 June 1791, and that they had issue one son, Henry Knight, who had since died an infant without issue, and two daughters then living, Frances Elizabeth Knight and Georgiana Knight, while Jane Knight had married first Benjamin Bond Hopkins, and secondly Charles Fuller, and Henrietta Matilda Knight had married, and was then the widow of Michael Impey. The Act refers to the fact that several of the estates subject to the will of Robert earl of Catherlough in the county of Warwick lay detached from the family mansion of Barrels, and some in the counties of Middlesex and Montgomery at a very considerable distance, whereon it was proposed, and enacted, that these estates (specified in schedule 1) should be vested in George Wingfield Sparrow esq. and William Wingfield esq. as trustees for sale, the monies arising to be paid into the Bank of England in the name of the Accountant General of the High Court of Chancery, and afterwards laid out in the purchase of estates more conveniently placed. After the sale of the manor of Edstone, Henry Ralegh Knight's annuity of £300 was to be charged on other properties (specified in schedule 2). Among other powers, including power to appoint new trustees, it was provided (section X) that in case the tenant for life and the first tenant in tail for the time being should signify in writing their desire that no more sales be made, then the trusts for sale under the Act should cease. Schedule 1. Estates in Studley, Chadshunt and Edstone, co. Warwick, and in cos. Middlesex and Montgomery. Schedule 2. Estates comprising the manor of Oldborough [Oldberrow] co. Worcs. and the manor of Barrels, co. Warwick, the latter including: Barrels farm in Ullenhall Wootton Wawen Crowleys farm in Ullenhall Wootton Wawen Heath farm in Ullenhall Wootton Wawen The Catherlough Arms in Ullenhall Street and a small house late the Catherlough Arms Hill farm, Mount Pleasant, in Wootton Wawen The Park farm in Beaudesert The Park, the Bell inn and lands in Henley