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Liz from Lancs
13-10-11, 16:17
Obtaining a will brings more work with it! Have you ever seen someone continuing a legal matter after they are dead?

My gt gt grandfather, Robert Bryant, retired innkeeper, appointed Samuel Arthur Brain, Brewer, as his executor and trustee along with his solicitor and directs them to 'prosecute the appeal I have presented to the House of Lords in an Action brought by me against Wm Hancock & Co Ltd and do all acts and things therein which in their absolute discretion they may consider necessary at the expense of my estate.'

My research so far:

Robert had retired by 1881 census, giving his occupation as 'nothing'. No longer in a public house.

Hancock Brewery appears to have been founded in 1884 and Brain's beers in 1882. Samuel Arthur Brain, Robert's executor, was the founder of Brain’s Beers in Wales:

‘…founded in 1882 by Samuel Arthur Brain and his uncle Joseph Benjamin Brain, when, due to the owners' debts, they acquired the Old Brewery in Cardiff from Thomas Brothers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hancocks_Brewery#Hancocks_brand

Hancock Brewery was founded by William Hancock (father of Frank, Froude and William Hancock).

Current website: William Hancock's & Co Ltd The Brewery,
Crawshay StCardiffCF1 1TR.
Brewing started at this site in 1884.

The Parliamentary Archives have a Judicial section and you can go in person, which is not an option for me. Do you think I could write and ask if any information can be found about this Action?

http://www.parliament.uk/business/publications/parliamentary-archives/archives-overview-holdings/archives-overview-official/

keldon
13-10-11, 16:27
Have you access to the Times archive? There may be something on there. See this Google Books search. 2nd one down.
"My Lords: By lease dated the 16th Oct. 1874, the late Robert Bryant, who was plaintiff in the action, and is now represented by the ... On the 21st March 1890 Biggs assigned the premises to the respondents, William Hancock and Co. ..."
http://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Robert+Bryant&btnG=Search+Books&tbm=bks&tbo=1#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&tbo=1&tbm=bks&source=hp&q=%22Robert+Bryant%22+Wm+Hancock+%26+Co&pbx=1&oq=%22Robert+Bryant%22+Wm+Hancock+%26+Co&aq=f&aqi=&aql=1&gs_sm=e&gs_upl=19908l22884l0l23761l4l4l0l0l0l1l2065l2977l0 .1.6-1.9-1l3l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&fp=813e37ee30004210&biw=1280&bih=858

Edit: Found something on the Times. PM me your email address.

Liz from Lancs
13-10-11, 16:33
Ooooh keldon...I haven't subs to Times Archives but that is interesting.

Liz from Lancs
13-10-11, 16:37
keldon, I can't even get up what you did by clicking on link and then the 2nd entry and searching. The sols were:

Charles Conway Perkins of 3 Clare Gdns, Cardiff

Can you copy the full entry for me?

keldon
13-10-11, 16:40
keldon, I can't even get up what you did by clicking on link and then the 2nd entry and searching. The sols were:

Charles Conway Perkins of 3 Clare Gdns, Cardiff

Can you copy the full entry for me?

No, its only a snippet view, that's all there is.
Anyway, I've read the Times law report and it explains everything for you. Just PM me.

Elaine ..Spain
13-10-11, 18:32
Ooooh keldon...I haven't subs to Times Archives but that is interesting.
Liz, do you live in Lancashire - if so you can get free access to the Times Archives in the comfort of your own home via your library card pin number - as well as the 17th/18th/19th century newspaper collections.
http://www.lancashire.gov.uk/onrl/categories.asp?category=News and Current Affairs

- and if you don't have a library card you can join here
http://www3.lancashire.gov.uk/corporate/atoz/a_to_z/service.asp?u_id=938&tab=1

Liz from Lancs
13-10-11, 19:07
Thank you Elaine...yes I have a library card pin number...this is ringing bells now. Will try it. Phil has sent me the whole article in the Times which covers the appeal hearing after Robert Bryant's death. It wasn't upheld.