Mark Synnot[1]

Male 1777 - 1838  (60 years)


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  • Name Mark Synnot 
    Born 20 Dec 1777  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Gender Male 
    Will 6 Dec 1837  [5, 6
    Died 7 Jun 1838  Clapham, Surrey, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 7, 8
    Address:
    Grove House 
    Probate 26 Jun 1838  London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    _UID 10A10A72DA5341CC82650D86AC686B87E748 
    Person ID I8267  Treefive
    Last Modified 12 Jul 2017 

    Father Mark Synnot, Esq.,   b. 1740,   d. Mar 1789  (Age 49 years) 
    Mother Susanna Nugent,   d. 29 Mar 1778 
    Married 28 Feb 1777  [1, 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11
    Family ID F2663  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Wilson,   d. 14 Feb 1841 
    Married Jun 1807  [1, 3, 4
    Children 
     1. John Synnot,   d. 27 Feb 1839, Madeira, Portugal Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Susanna Synnot,   b. Abt 1811,   d. 11 Mar 1842  (Age ~ 31 years)
     3. Maria Synnot,   b. Abt 1815, Monasteroris, County Offaly, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 Dec 1893, Dublin, County Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)
     4. Anne Jane Synnot,   b. Abt 1816, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Nov 1898, Ballymoyer, County Armagh, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
     5. Richard Synnot,   d. 17 Feb 1841
     6. Charlotte Augusta Synnot,   b. Abt 1825,   d. 16 Nov 1853, Tenerife, Canary Islands Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 28 years)
    Last Modified 3 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F2665  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 


    • P. Hore Synnott Pedigree (1913), page 12:
      'Mark of Monasteroris House = Mary dau of Robert Wilson of Monasteroris, Kings Co.
      Only son , b. 20 Dec 1777. md. June 1807. d. 7 June 1838.

      Mark was an only child. He was of Drumcondragh co. Meath/Monasterois House, King’s County and also of Grove House, Clapham, Surrey. He is noted in Burke's The General Armory of England, Scotland, Wales; Comprising A Registry of Armorial Bearings From the Earliest To the Present Time (1884) as being of Monasterois.

      Mark signed his will on Dec 1837. He died on 7 Jun 1838 at Grove House, Clapham after an illness of 3 days. His will was proved on 26 Jun 1838.

      One of the copies has been transcribed. It appears to be a good copy of the original, apart from the omission of one word, which changes the meaning of one phrase. The handwriting is unfamiliar in form, the text is verbose, repetitive, extraordinarily detailed and the drafter used many redundant words and phrases which are unnecessary and the omission of which would not detract from clarity or legal certainty.

      Mark’s trustee William Thomas Barlow was a Proctor of the Courts of Prerogative, so clearly had a legal background. He may have drafted Mark’s will. What is not clear is whether Mark insisted on the detail in the will, or whether he acted on advice of his friend William Thomas. If the former, Mark attempted to use the will to micro-manage the lives of his family members to an extraordinary degree, although this may not have been uncommon in the 1830s. If the latter, William Thomas, possibly with good intentions, produced a document which is almost unintelligible to a person without a legal background, and any event requiring reference to the will would have required legal advice. William Thomas was assured a job for life in managing Mark’s estate.

      Summary of the will dated 6 Dec 1837 of Mark Synnot of Clapham Common, Surrey, England

      There are 2 key aspects of the will - primogeniture (with modifications) and exhaustive detail on how the estate was to be managed by or for the beneficiaries. Only descendants of legitimate birth were to benefit under the will.
      The following are broad indicators of the directions in Mark’s will - he held a variety of interests in land, and set out detailed provisions on how his beneficiaries and his trustee could, or were obliged to, act in respect of them.

      Mark’s estates in County Westmeath: an annuity of £800 to Mark’s wife Mary.

      In County Meath, County Wexford, County Dublin and the county of the City of Dublin: to John for life, then his male heirs, then Richard, Richard’s male heirs, John’s daughters, Richard’s daughters, and failing all of these to Mark’s right heirs. While in possession of the lands, John could charge against the lands £400 per annum, and make a single charge of £4000 for his younger children. Richard, when in possession, could charge £200 and £4000 respectively.

      In County Wexford, County Louth: to Richard for life, then his male heirs, then John, then John’s male heirs, then Richard’s daughters, then John’s daughters, failing all of these to Mark’s right heirs. While in possession of the lands, Richard could charge against the lands £200 per annum, and make a single charge of £2000 for his younger children. Richard, when in possession, could charge the same amounts.

      Until Richard turned 21, the trustee William Thomas Barlow was to hold Richard’s income in trust for him, and was to pay Richard £200 per annum for his maintenance, support and education.

      There were specific bequests of £500 to Mary from Mark’s person estate and $10,000 to each of their 4 daughters, Susanna, Maria, Anne Jane and Charlotte Augusta. If Mark’s personal estate was insufficient for the daughters’ bequests, the trustee was to raise the money by mortgage or sale of lands. As Charlotte was under 21, there were special and very detailed provisions for her, including if she married without consent before reaching the age of 21.

      Mark made provision for replacing the trustee if it became necessary to do so, with the right to appoint the new trustee or trustees falling to Mary, after her death to John and after his death to Mark’s daughters. Richard is not included.

      Household effects and Mark’s dwelling house went to Mary for life, with power for her to dispose of the dwelling to her children. There were further specific bequests:
      Mark’s cousin Marcus Synnot of Ballymoyer: £500
      Captain Walter Synnot, Marcus’ brother: £400
      Robert and Jane Synnot, children of Captain Walter: £100 upon reaching the age with 21, with interest at 4% from the date of Mark’s death
      Lady Synnot, widow of Sir Walter: £100
      Richard Walter Synnot, son of Sir Walter: £100.

      The remainder of Mark’s estate went to Richard and John equally, with Richard to take it all if John died before the age of 21.

      Mark made one further bequest: ‘To my friend and trustee William Thomas Barton Esquire the sum of five hundred pounds in consideration of the trouble he will have in the execution of the trusts of this my Will’. Barlow was also to receive £50 per annum while he managed the income from the lands devised to Richard i.e. until Richard turned 21.

      Mark Synnot was clearly a man of considerable means, who attempted to use his will to protect his estate and to direct and control the lives of his descendants. Ironically, most of the will was of little consequence, as his sons both died within a few years of Mark, and his eldest daughter Susanna soon after, leaving his 3 youngest daughters as co-heirs.

  • Sources 
    1. [S4823] BOK Synnott Pedigree (Philip H. Hore, unpublished, 1913), page 12.

    2. [S4476] BOK137 A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Part 2, BOK137., page 1473.

    3. [S4502] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Ireland (Burke, 1912), page 679-681 (Hart-Synnot).

    4. [S4504] BOK Burke - Burke's Irish Family Records (1976), pages 1089-1092 (Hart-Synnot).

    5. [S5184] findmypast Ireland Diocesan and Prerogative Wills & Administrations indexes 1595-1858 Transcription, 1838 Synnot, Mark.

    6. [S4542] Ancestry.com England & Wales, Prerogative Court of Canterbury Wills, 1384-1858, pages 146-152: will dated 8 Feb 1838, probate granted 26 Jun 1838.

    7. [S4501] BOK Burke - A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland Vol. 2 (Burke, 1894), page 1971, 1972 (Synnot).

    8. [S5499] DTH800 Death Synnot, Mark, DTH800., Death notice; 15 June 1838.

    9. [S3987] Ancestry.com Dublin, Ireland, Probate Record and Marriage Licence Index, 1270-1858, 1777 Marriage Licence: Mark Synnot and Susanna Nugent.

    10. [S4717] MAR Marriage Index, Early Irish Marriage Index, Sinnott; Mark; May; 1777; Nugent; Miss; DUb; NEWS; Walker's Hibernian Magazine; Roz McC.

    11. [S4719] MAR444 Marriage Sinnott, Mark and Nughet, Miss, MAR444., page 332, marriage 1777.