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The Duke of Westminster's Will. THE whole of the estate of Hugh Lupus Grosvenor, first Duke of Westminster, K.G., Lord Lieutenant of the County of Chester, who died on the 22nd of December last, aged 74 years, at St. Giles, Cran- bourne, has been entered at ^564,229 is, od., and the executrix and executors of his will, which bears date May 9, 1895, with codicils of the 17th Xovem- her, 1896, and 15th November, 1899, are his widow, Katherine Caroline, Duchess of Westminster, daughter of the second Lord Chesham, and Charles George, Viscount Cobham, and Henry Trelawny Boodle, of 53, Davies-street, solicitor. To the last- named the testator bequeathed a life annuity of 5oo, to Lord Cobham a legacy of £1,000. and to the Duchess £ 2,000, the furniture, pictures, and ornaments in the sitting rooms, bedrooms, and*; dressing rooms occupied by them at Eaton Hall and Grosvenor House, certain specified works of art at Eaton, two pairs of carriage horses, three hacks, two ponies,, several carriages, and such furniture as she may select to the value of £ 6,000. ⢠The Duke bequeathed to the trustees of the National Gallery his Calais Gate picture by Hogarth. He bequeathed to his son, Lord Arthur Hugh Grosvenor, the furniture and pictures at his Scottish lodges, and he bequeathed to Edward Chandos Leigh and John Archibald Shaw Stewart, ioo each to Mrs A. Waldrond, daughter of the Rev Montague Villiers £ 500, and to all of his servants of five years' service one year's wages. The Duke divides all of his advowsons and rights of presentation to the trustees of the re-settlement of the family estates, made on the 2nd of May, 1874, and he bequeathed the effects at Eaton Hall, Grosvenor House, and Halkyn Castle, to devolve as heirlooms with the settled estate. He had power of apportionment under the deed of, re-settlement of two sums of £ 200,000 and £ 300,000, and under the latter power he had apportioned £ 231,371. The will also states that he had expended of his money £ 200,000 on the settled estate. He settled in favour of his daughters, the Marchioness of Ormonde and Lady Chesham, on their respective marriages, £ 15,000 each, and on his sons, Lord Henry George Grosvenor and Lord Arthur Hugh Grosvenor, on their respective marriages, £ 30,000 each and he appointed as a charge on the Grosvenor Estate, south of Piccadilly and the Knightsbridge-road, such sums as, with the aid, if necessary, of his own residuary estate, will make up the portions of his sons Arthur and Henry to £ 50,000 each, of his son Gerald Richard to £ 50.000, of his daughter Lady Ormonde to £ 35,000, of his daughter Lady Chesham to £ 25,000, of the two sons of his second marriage to £ 50,000 each, and of the two daughters of his second marriage to £ 40,000 each. Having settled 'on the marriage of his daughter, Margaret Evelyn, with Prince Adolphus of Teck £ 75.°°° in her favour, the Duke made no further provision for her. A number of legacies are left to the servants on the estate, including an annuity of £ 100 to R. Chapman, the stud groom. The late Duke of Westminster often said that the reports which were current as to the amount of his income were greatly exaggerated, and when he said-after the passing of the Finance Act, 1894-- that the Grosvenor Estate would probably be assessed for duty at about 14 millions, he did not, of course, mean that his own life interest in the estate was of anything like that value. He appears to have had in fact at his own disposal not much more than £ 1,200,000. It is stated that the Duchess will take up her residence permanently at Halkyn Castle, Flintshire.

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