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15-07-2009, 2:31 PM
I have a Mary Wosnam as a witness to a will in June 1695. Can anyone tell me were there any rules in those days as to who was permitted to witness a will, could it be anyone who did it have to be a professional person or someone of status or could your servant do it? What are the rules if any?
15-07-2009, 2:40 PM
To the best of my knowledge the situation then was as it is now.
Wills today of course are often witnessed by 'servants', eg solicitor's clerks ;)
15-07-2009, 7:39 PM
Thanks Peter, just one more thing, would Mary have had to have known the deceased for any particular length of time?
15-07-2009, 7:59 PM
No. All a witness has to do, if it ever becomes necessary, is to verify the authenticity of the signature.
15-07-2009, 8:42 PM
Ok thanks Peter that's a big help with my understanding of will witnessing. Now i just need to find out who Mary was and how long she had lived in the area!!! Needle haystack comes to mind lol
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