The Honourable Elizabeth Jermy, nee Richardson


The final will of The Honourable Elizabeth Jermy was written on 20 June 1751. She died on 1 August 1751, and her will was proved on 2 August 1751. Perhaps it is reading too much into the opening paragraphs of her will, but there is no reference to her health, only to her sound and disposing memory. The will essentially provides a precis of the terms of the Tripartite Indenture of 3 February 1737 and the Indenture in five parts of 7 February 1737, and how it affects her estate. It also states that some unhappy differences had arisen between the said William Jermy and me the said Elizabeth his wife and that we had agreed to live separate from each other and that the said William was willing to make fair and reasonable provision for my support and maintenance during our separation.

The Indentures of 1737 promised her rents of £200 per annum from her Richardson estates (paid quarterly on feast days), £300 from the sale of certain messuage farm and lands, plus the use of all her jewels watch plate china linen and goods (the jewellery being itemised), and the right to dispose of these as she saw fit.

The will further states whereas I now live separate from my said husband and have done so ever since the date of the said Indenture and whereas there is a considerable arrear of rent due to me I have received the above mentioned sum of £300 and have have the jewels watch plate china linen and goods. She entreats her husband to pay all the arrears of rent, plus any and all monies also due to her.

Elizabeth appoints as her sole executrix my dear and worthy friend Venesandra Maria Elizabeth England, widow and relict of the Rev. George England Rector of Hamworth and Wolterton and bequeaths all her monies and possessions to her. She also requests that she is buried close to her brother William Lord Richardson Baron of Cramond in the parish church of East Walton.

It is interesting that Elizabeth states in her will that she and William have been separated since the date of the said Indenture, that is February 1737, meaning that they only lived together for approximately eighteen months after their marriage on 23 August 1735. There is some evidence that they actually split up in July 1739, but it is clear that the marriage did not last long.

Conveyance from Elizabeth Jermy to Venesandra England

On the same day as her will was written (20th June 1751), Elizabeth Jermy also signed another document written to convey the sum of £8 000 to her friend and executrix Venesandra Maria Elizabeth England. It restates all the facts and clauses of the Indenture in Five Parts of 7 February 1737, particularly highlighting the fact that she was due the rents from various properties after her marriage, and that these were in arrears. She also quotes the circumstances in which she can convey the money owing to her to others, and specifically states that the document has been created to ensure that her purpose may not in any manner be defeated. (She was evidently aware of the voracious appetite Isaac Preston had for the Jermy estates!) The document was witnessed by John Lacom and E. B. Delaporte.

Venesandra Maria Elizabeth Delaporte

Venesandra Maria Elizabeth Delaporte, the sole beneficiary of Elizabeth's will, was the daughter of a Norwich goldsmith of Huguenot origin. She married the Rev. George England in 1731. He was the eldest son of Major Rev. George England and Alice Jermy, the aunt of William Jermy of Bayfield. George junior died in 1740, and Venesandra subsequently married John Lacom, a London goldsmith, in 1751. There were no children from either marriage.

The only daughter of Major Rev. George England and Alice Jermy (and thus sister to Rev. George junior) was Anne England, who married John Mallison in 1736. It is their son George England Mallison who was in fact nearest in blood to William Jermy of Bayfield at the time of his death in 1752.

It is clear that William Jermy, and subsequently the Prestons, were very tardy in paying the monies due to Venesandra England (later Lacom) from The Honourable Elizabeth Jermy's bequests, because John Lacom instituted a numer of cases in Chancery to recover them. John Mallison also claimed against the Jermy (Preston) estates once it became clear that his son George England Mallison was in fact the heir of William Jermy of Bayfield!