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Across the centuries various members of the Muckleston family had either done charitable works while alive or left charitable donations in their wills a few we have found are as follows:-


1638 Richard Muckleston

In a will dated 1638, Richard Muckleston of Kily Owen bequeathed “fourty shillings” yearly to be dealt and distributed in bread amongst the poor each Good Friday. He also left ten shillings towards the repatriation of the cathedral church of St Davids and twenty shillings to the church of Kily Owen.


1639 Hugh Muckleston

In a will dated circa 1639 Hugh Muckleston left “thirty shillings” to be distributed to the poor of Oswestry each year.


1703 Benjamin Muckleston

In a will dated 1703, Benjamin Muckleston (1673-1704) Draper and Gentleman of Shrewsbury, left £40, the interest of which was used to buy coats for poor boys. Using average earning, £40 in 1703 is the equivalent of over £3,000 in 2009.


1766 Katherine Muckleston

In 1766 Katherine the widow of Richard Muckleston Gent and Grocer of Shrewsbury (who had died in 1757) left a bequest with conditions attached! £30 to the poor of St Chads parish in Shrewsbury provided that daughter Katherine Griffiths and friend Mrs Ellen Wingfield may have her gallery seat for life, otherwise only £10.


1830 Joseph Muckleston

Joseph Muckleston left £1000 to the Salop Infirmary and £500 to the Stafford Infirmary, and £50 to be distributed to the poor of the parish of Baschurch each Christmas day in his will which was proved in 1830.


1837 Frances Muckleston

His sister in law Frances died 7 years later and left £30 to be invested for the poor of Baschurch and £700 to be invested to pay for a clergyman to regularly visit and inspect the school set up by Joseph Muckleston at Bomere Heath.


1897 Rowland Muckleston

By will proved 1897 Rowland Muckleston, rector of Dinedor (Herefordshire.), who had been born in the Close, Lichfield, established a charity for its poor. Its endowment in 1902 was £2,850 stock, and £65 of its £71 income was then being distributed in pensions for five people. In 1919 its management was transferred to Lichfield Municipal Charities. The beneficial area remained unchanged until 1955, when the charity was merged with the Municipal Charities.

As well as the above Rowland left £2000 to the Hereford Diocesan Church Building Society, £2000 to Hereford County Infirmary, £3000 to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to be used in obtaining or enforcing the mitigation or abolition of vivisection. (in a codicil this bequest was withdrawn) and replaced with a bequest of £1000 to the Hereford eye and ear institution. £3000 to found the above charity in Lichfield. £2000 to Worcester college at Oxford University for pensions or assistance to servants of the college. £3000 to found a charity in Askham Bryan in Yorkshire (where his mother was born) to give to worthy labourers from the village to be set up in the name of his aunts Elizabeth Jane and Anne Preston. In a codicil he leaves £1000 to the rectors of Dinedor to enable them to sustain the Church of England school in the parish. £10,000 to the poor church of England clergy in the archdeconary of Herford. His total estate at the time he died was worth in excess of £68,000.

1951 Edith Muckleston

Edith Muckleston (nee Turvey) widow of George Frederick Muckleston in her will proved in 1951 left the proceeds from the sale of her two cottages to the Parochial Church Council for Tottenhoe to be used towards erecting a church building to be used as a Sunday school or for church social activities.

1991 Dorothy Amy Muckleston

Another widow Dorothy Amy Muckleston who died in 1991 left £1000 to the vicar and churchwardens of the parish of Cound (Shropshire) for the maintenance of the fabric of Cound Parish church, £500 to the National Trust of England and Wales, £500 to the Council for the Protection of Rural England, £1000 to Age Concern, £1000 to Dr Barnados, £500 to Abbeyfield Wrekin Society, £1000 to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, £1000 to the National Society for Cancer Relief, £1000 to Leukaemia Research Fund, £1000 to the Leonard Cheshire Home at Sandbach. Her husband John Corbett Muckleston had died in 1974 and they had no children. The remainder of her estate was left to her brother, sister in law and niece.