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From: "Noel Clark" <>
Subject: RE: Another will question
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2003 20:54:35 +1100
Hello there Glenys,
My very first question to this List, years ago, was concerned with this
The word you want is "hereditaments". It means "any property that can be
inherited; any thing, corporeal or incorporeal, that in the absence of a
Will descended to the heir at common law."
"Corporeal" means "tangible", so hereditaments could be both material
things (for example, a farm, a pot, a kettle, etc.) and non-material
things (for example, a right-of-way).
Can't help with the second mystery word without a little more of the
Will to set the sentence in context. If you get an answer to this one, I
would also like to know what it is for future reference.
Most Wills conformed to one of a small number of "standard patterns", so
it helps to have as much as possible to work with. Very often it is
possible to read even the most excruciating handwriting once you know
the particular pattern being used.
From: Glenys Petry [mailto:]
Sent: Sunday, 26 January 2003 22:07
Subject: Another will question
Thanks Bev for reply to my earlier question.
In one of my wills are a couple of words, I cannot make sense of despite
very good efforts.
The sentences read "all that my freehold messuage or tenements
b---sitaments and premises"
I cannot make out the underlined word. Later on it says "the said
messuage b---dicts and premises"
The word could start with an "h" and/or could start "here" or "bere" and
could be an abbreviation of the first word above.
Also "may sell and dispose of by public auction or private cou----- all
Any suggestions welcomed.