First let me thank everyone in helping me with the newspaper recording of Alexander
Another (one of a number found) newspaper accounting reads;
“Equity Exchequer, Jane Elizabeth Firth, Plaintiff,
Francis Hassard, Rupert John Mackintosh and Elizabeth Bolton Mackintosh, his wife,
Alexander Jason Hassard, Anne Frances Hassard, Elizabeth Sophia Marshall Hassard, Arabella
Jane Hassard, Minors, by the said Rupert John Mackintosh, their Guardian and next friend,
William Deey, James Bell, James Tyrrell, Margaret Johnston and Frances Johnston.
Defendants. PURSUANT to the Decree in this Cause, bearing date the 28th day of May,
1849. I hereby require all Creditors and Legatees of Alexander Hassard, late of Rockfield,
in the County of Cavan, Esq., deceased, the Testator in the Pleadings named, and also all
Persons having Charges and Incumberances affecting the real and freehold Estate of the
said Alexander Hassard, to come in before me, at my Chambers on the Iuns’quay, in the City
of Dublin, on or before the 1st day of November next, and proceed to prove their
respective demands, otherwise they will be precluded from the benefit of said Decree ..
Dated this 15th day of September, 1849.”
I am in agreement that they are asking for creditors to come forward and Jane Firth may be
looking for a share of the estate.
Would Alexander, Anne. Elizabeth, Arabella be minors, under the guardianship of Rupert and
his wife Elizabeth.
Guessing Jane Elizabeth Firth and Elizabeth Bolton Mackintosh were Hassards, but I haven’t
found their marriages.
What is meant by “and next friend, William … Defendants.”? - are they creditors?
Is there a way to find out what happened in the end?
A next friend is a legal term for someone who is acting, in the case of a plaintiff or a
defendant, for someone who is a minor. This person is usually a parent or relation.
Margaret in Oz
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