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Estate of Mining Engineer, a Titanic Victim, Now Appraised
Col. John Weir, the mining engineer, who lost his life in the Titanic disaster, left a net estate of $26,876, part of which consisted of stocks and bonds he had with him on the Titanic. His estate, according to the appraisal filed yesterday is made up as follows: Bank accounts $60; notes, $5,906; stocks and bonds, $39,087.

The estate was divided among his wife, Hattie M. Weir, and his four children, Robin D. Weir, Harold M. Weir, Beatrice M. Stewart-Seton and Mary Norton Weir. Mrs. Weir receives one-third of the estate and the children each one-sixth.

After Harold M. Weir had been appointed administrator of his father's estate, Robin D. Weir, an Australian, appeared and claimed the estate, alleging that he was the son and only legitimate heir of Col. Weir. Robin D. Weir said that he was Col. Weir's son by a marriage his father had contracted in Europe many years ago. He also attacked the validity of Col. Weir's second marriage.

The appraisal report shows that the matter has been compromised and that it has been agreed that Robin D. Weir is an heir to the estate, although not the only heir.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2004) WEIR HEIRS' DISPUTE ENDED (New York Times, Wednesday 29th April 1914, ref: #3639, published 1 September 2004, generated 2nd August 2021 02:58:03 PM); URL :