Wills

Sir William Reginald Verdon-Smith, of Bristol, Chairman of the Bristol Aeroplane Company and of the British Aircraft Corporation (BAC), Pro-Chancellor of Bristol University 1965 to 1986, left estate valued at pounds 733,660 net. He left pounds 2,000 each to St Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol, and the Merchant Venturers Charitable Fund; pounds l,000 to St Peter's Hospice, Knowle; pounds 500 each to the Royal Cruising Club, the Rock Project, Lawrence Weston, the Grateful Society, the University of Bristol Botanic Garden, and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust; pounds 250 each to the Ancient Society of St Stephen's Ringers and the Dolphin Society.

Sir Edwin Porter Arrowsmith, of London SW6, a former Governor of the Falkland Islands and chairman of the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, left estate valued at pounds 250,948 net. He left pounds 1,000 to the Royal Commonwealth Society for the Blind, and pounds 500 to the Flyfishers Club.

Miss Vivienne Gower Mylne, of Oxford, left estate valued at pounds 231,942 net. After leaving pounds 32,500 in personal bequests, she left her home and books not otherwise bequeathed to Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford; her collection of books printed before 1850 to Oxford University, for the Library of the Taylor Institute; all her Chinese effects to Durham University, for the Oriental Museum, all royalties from any of her books or tape recordings to the University of Kent, Canterbury, towards the purchase of books relating to the study of French literature; pounds 300 to the Sponsorship Department of the Save the Children Fund, for the benefit of Nellie Dadabhey Tangri; and the residue to Oxfam.

Commander Andrew Nigel Baird, of Hambledon, Hampshire, the Royal Navy Weapons Engineer, and a former British slalom skiing champion, left estate valued at pounds 180,138 net.

Mr William Robert Brudenell Foster, of King's Lynn, Norfolk, former High Sheriff of Norfolk, left estate valued at pounds 747,749 net.

The Hon Mrs Ana Ines Astor, of London SW7, left estate valued at pounds 1,292,405 net.

Mrs Doreen Mary Eccleston, of Holne next the Sea, Norfolk, left estate valued at pounds 1,149,958 net.

Mr Reginald Neale Pocock Hatherell, of Bath, Avon, left estate valued at pounds 1,198,056 net.

Mr James Hugh Seaman, of London W13, left estate valued at pounds 1,195,792 net.

Mr Thomas Harrison Charlton, of Durham, left estate valued at pounds l,338,677 net.

Mr Moses Charles Lloyd, of Southport, Merseyside, left estate valued at pounds 3,298,840 net.

Miss Hilda Mary Beswick, of Horwich, Greater Manchester, left estate valued at pounds 934,107 net. After personal bequests of pounds 5,750, she left pounds 500 to St George's United Reform Church, Bolton; and the residue equally between the Abbeyfield (Bolton) Society, Birenshaw Hall School, Imperial Cancer Research Fund, National Society for Cancer Relief and Bolton Hospice Appeal.

Mr Graham Reginald Newman, of London N6, left estate valued at pounds 1,215,246 net. He left pounds 100,000 to the Worshipful Company of Shipwrights, and the Royal School for Deaf Children, Margate; and pounds 50,000 each to the Baltic Exchange Charitable Society, RNLI, and the Friends of St Mark's Hospital, London, for the benefit of Familial Polyposis patients or their families.

Miss May Gertrude Davidson, of Hoylake, Merseyside, left estate valued at pounds 312,165 net. She left her entire estate equally between Ness Gardens, Wirral, Hoylake Cottage Hospital and the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Mrs Deborah Mary Bennett, of Helston, Cornwall, left estate valued at pounds 626,732 net. She left pounds 100,000 to the Deborah Bennett Childrens' Trust.

Miss Sylvia Whitfeld Hingley, of Worthy, Hampshire, left estate valued at pounds 715,008 net. After a number of personal bequests, she left pounds 1,000 each to the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Naturalists Trust, the RSPB, the Kensington Day Centre, London, and the Woodland Trust, and the residue equally between the Arthritis and Rheumatism Council and World Wildlife Fund.

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