Mary Lynch then Molesworth (née Temple)

1665 - 1721


Born and baptised at Frankton, Warwickshire, in 1655. Daughter of Thomas Temple of Frankton and his wife Rebecca, daughter of Sir Francis Carew of Beddington, Surrey. Married Thomas Lynch (he died in 1684) and remarried, to Sir Hender Molesworth, in February 1688/9. Inherited Cow Park for life, on the death of her second husband.

There is some confusion about her first marriage as Caribbeana gives her first husband as Sir Thomas Lyttelton and she mentions her nephew Sir Thomas Lyttelton in her will.


Temple Prime, Some Account of the Temple Family (4th ed., 1899) pp. 35-36; Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) vol. 2 p. 100; will of Hender Molesworth, PROB 11/396/287.

Further Information

Maiden Name
[1] Thomas Lynch [2] Hender Molesworth

PROB 11/580/429 - precis.

Mary Molesworth of the parish of St James, Westminster, Middlesex, widow.

My body to be buried in the parish church of St James, Westminster as near my late husband as possibly can be.

To St Thomas Lyttleton Baronet £400 in trust that he thereout shall pay of cause to be paid all such debts as my neice Lady Carew Biddolph (wife of Sir Thoephilus Biddolph Bart) now owed to any person or persons; the remainder equally to my executors.

To Lady Carew Biddolph £60 per annum during the life of her husband, that her husband shall have no power thereof.

To my sister Rebecca Brownett, widow, £25 per annum for life.

To Anna Marie Amphlet £20 a year until age 21 or marriage, also £20 for mourning.

To my maid servant Mark Turke, £30 and the bedhangings and furniture in the room I now lie in and the little bed in the dressingroom with the looking glass and chest of drawers, chairs, bedding and cabinet in that room.

To Mrs Penelope Eustone, £4 a year for life.

To Mrs Susanna Thorogood 40 shillings a year for life.

To my niece Mrs Katherine Lyttelton £100.

To Mrs Carew Hilton £10 for mourning.

To my friend Mrs Bromley £50 to buy a ring.

To my friend Mrs Pitts £50.

To Mrs Elizabeth Pitts and Mrs Mary Pitts £10 each to buy rings.

To Mrs Jane Smith £5.

To Mary Wheatman £5.

To Elizabeth Leggate 1 guinea.

To Thomas Smith who now lives with me £500 at age 21, the interest thereof to be applied to his maintenance by my executors.

To the charity school of St Martin-in-the-Fields £50. The same to the charity school of St Ann's, Westminster.

To Sir Robert Cotton of Cumbermere my silver mason and ewer.

All the arrears of rent due to me in the island of Jamaica to my nephews Mr Thomas Barnard, Mr James and Mr Temple Laws, share and share alike.

All rest and residue to my nephew Sir Thomas Lyttleton Baronet and my niece Mary Plowden, share and share alike.

Sir Thomas Lyttleton and Mary Plowden to be executors.

Signed 06/07/1721.

Proved in London 11/07/1721.

Associated Estates (1)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1689 [SY] - 1721 [EY] → Tenant-for-life

Relationships (2)

Wife → Husband
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law

Addresses (2)

Frankton, Warwickshire, West Midlands, England
St James Westminster, London, Middlesex, London, England