Money and Annuities
left to Servants in the Wills of the Earls of Portarlington
The 3^{rd} Earl’s Will, 1889
In his will, the
3^{rd} Earl of Portarlington left generous annuities and sums of money
to many of his servants:
To his valet Godfrey Müller |
● he left all his wardrobe except
his sables, furs and robes as a Peer ₤50
per annum for the duration of his life ● and a sum of
₤200 free of duty |
To his “excellent agent and friend” Alexander Kirkpatrick |
● he left the
choice of any object on or in his
writing table in his study at |
To Mrs Bailey, wife of his late butler | ₤25 per annum during her life |
To his late house steward/butler, Edwin Bailey: | ● a sum of ₤100 |
To John Smith, his former coachman: | •₤20 per annum during his life |
To Anne Conway, his housemaid: | ● ₤20 per annum during her life |
To his head keeper, |
● ₤20 per annum, to commence whenever after the Earl’s death he should
resign or lose his job |
To Edward Ennis, his gardener and bailiff: | ● a sum of ₤100 free of duty |
Interestingly, in
a codicil to his will, the Earl had increased the lump sum given to his valet
from ₤100 to ₤200. Tax returns which survive for the years 1909-22
show that the annuities to
The 5^{th} Earl’s Will, 1900
The 5^{th}
Earl of Portarlington was also generous to his servants in his will. He left
the following sums, free of duty, to members of his staff, on condition that
each was still in his employment upon his death and not under notice to leave:
To his resident agent, Mr Bertie Fitzherbert | ● ₤100 |
To his butler, George Bennett | ● ₤50 |
To his keeper, John Dempster | ● ₤50 |
To his head gardener, William Begby | ● ₤50 |
To his head coachman, Robert Scott | ● ₤50 |
To his valet, William Penny | ● ₤50 |