This will was located after a search through the PCC will calendars and is indexed under both Waugh and Vaugh. My copy included the will for a fellow called Simon Hrling. He was also a mariner by trade and I thought it prudent to follow him up as a likely lead. Simon's will followed the exact same pattern and was written eight months after Peter Vaugh's. Simon served abord HMS Pearl and though I was able to see the original muster list for HMS Pearl from 1739 through to 1745, there was no mention of a Peter Vaugh, Waugh or anything like that. I know no more about this Peter other than what is mentioned below.......
Transcript of the will of Peter Vaugh (Waugh)
17 Feb 1742 ref PROB 11 724 page 112 & back section 60
I Peter Vaugh of the parish of St George in the county of Middlesex mariner being in bodily health and of sound and disposing mind and memory and considering the perils and dangers of the seas and other uncertainties of this transitory life do for avoiding controversies after my decease make publish and declare this my last Will and testament in manner following (that is to say) first I recommend my soul to God that gave it and my body I commit to the earth or sea as it shall please God to order and as far and concerning all my worldly estate I give bequeath and dispose thereof as followeth (that is to say) First I will that all such just debts that I shall owe at the time of my decease be first paid and discharged and as to all such wages summ and summs of money lands tenements goods chattels and estates whatsoever as shall be anyways due owing or belonging unto me at the time of my decease I do give devise and bequeath the same unto my trusty and well beloved friends David Moore of the said parish of St George in the said county mariner and Jane his wife and I do nominate and appoint the said David and Jane executors of this my last will and testament hereby Revoking all former and other wills and testaments and deed of gift by me at anytime heretofore made and I do ordain and certifye these presents to stand and be for and as my only last will and testament in witness whereof to this my said will have sett my hand and seal the eighth day of September anno domini one thousand and seven hundred and forty and in the fourteenth year of the reign of his majesty Kink George the second by the grace of God over Great Britain Peter Vaugh signed sealed published and declared in the presence of ----------- Hammond Jn Laverick clerk to W----- eor Attorney at law at the Hermitage -/- etc.
This will was proved at London before the Worshipful Robert Chapman Doctor of Laws surrogate of the right worshipful John Butterworth doctor of laws master keeper Commitseary of the Prerogative Court of Canterbury lawfully constituted this seventeenth day of February In the year of our lord one thousand seven hundred and forty two by the oath of Jane Moore widow the surviving executrix to whom administration was granted being first sworn duly to administer of all and singular the goods chattels and credits of the said deceased.
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