Anne Speer née Ledlie, wife of Robert Speer the younger

... biographical sketch pending ...


  • 1754-02-26: The will of Anne's husband, Robert Spear of Stewartstown, Gent., was proved. The major provisions in Mr. Speer's last will and testament [1], dated the 18th August 1753, included:
    • by virtue of a lease held from His Grace the Lord Primate, he was entitled to the townlands of Sorne otherwise Sournely and Listreagh [Lislea], in the parish of Donaghendry,  and Ballyleck and Clontery otherwise Clottery [also known as Cratley], in the parish of Ballyclog;
    • he devised this lease to his son, Soloman, subject to:
    • an annual rent charge of £20 payable to his wife, Anne Spear née Ledlie during her natural life—the sum to decrease to £10 if their son, Soloman, should die before attaining the age of twenty-one years, or should he marry—or the sum of £200 payable to Anne, at her election;
    • Robert's several tenements and parks in and near Stewartstown to devolve to his son, Soloman, reserving the kitchen, cellar, rooms streetward, and the half of the back house, to his wife, Anne;
    • if his wife is with child at his decease, £200 payable to said child, and if son Soloman should die before attaining the age of twenty-one years or should he marry, then the fortune of Soloman to such child, with the same covenants described above—in addition to other provisions;
    • on the 7th January 1754, Robert Spear appended a codicil in which he confirmed the provisions in his last will and testament, the major provisions of which are recited above—except that instead of his dwelling house in Stewartstown, his wife, Anne, should have and enjoy, during her widowhood, his dwelling house in Cratley townland, in the parish of Donaghenry, with twenty acres Scotch measure, with a half acre of turf bog—and that on the death or marriage of his wife, these properties to pass to his son, Soloman, and failing him, to pass in the manner described in his will.  [1]
  • 1756-01-22: Memorial no. 185-413-123667 – an indented deed of mortgage executed by William Ledlie of the first part, Anne Speer orse Ledlie (Administratrix of the late Robert Speer) of the second part, and William McSparran of Moneymore, co. Derry, of the third part—whereby for the consideration of £400, Mr. Ledlie transferred the townlands of Ballyleck, Cratley, Lislea, and Sorne to Mr. McSparran, thereby discharging the mortgage taken out on those lands by the late Robert Speer. [2]
    ☛ Related deed: Memorial no. no. 156-416-106420, dated 18 Jan 1753.
  • ... more calendar entries are pending ...


Sources and notes:


Public Record Office of Northern Ireland, Belfast. Copy will of Robert Speer [Spear] of Stewartstown, proved 26 Feb 1754. PRONI ref. D2315/2/3. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, 2015-08-16.


Registry of Deeds, Ireland. Memorial no. 185-413-123667: Ledlie & Speer to McSparran (dated 22 Jan 1756; reg'rd 21 Feb 1756). Copy per FHL film no. 461379. Transcribed by Alison Kilpatrick, and submitted to, 2016-10-02.

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