Oxford native Lady Elizabeth Holford was born around 1650. She inherited wealth from her first husband and died without an heir. This 70-page copy of her will demonstrates the extent of her philanthropy. She bequeathed large sums of money to several Oxford colleges—including Christ Church, Pembroke and Worcester Colleges, and Hart Hall—along with Charterhouse School. There are also lesser legacies made to various London charity schools.
Holford, Lady Elizabeth, Copy of Lady Holford’s will and codicils, 1717, Lisa Unger Baskin Collection, Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Duke University. Accessed March 04, 2021, https://exhibits.library.duke.edu/exhibits/show/baskin/item/4021