Please note: We have a programme of assistance for registered Kindred whose circumstances have been severely affected by coronavirus. Please contact the Kindred Team by email on if you would like to apply.

When Henry Smith died in 1628 his Will included a legacy to help members of his family (his “Kindred”) in financial need. Henry had no children of his own, so by Kindred he meant descendants of his sister Joan.

Today more than 3,000 Kindred are registered with us and 181 people received financial support in 2018.

We are able to offer a range of help and support. This includes access to a free confidential Helpline as well as financial assistance.

Financial assistance is mainly for those with low incomes and will depend on the circumstances and financial needs of the person or family applying. Requests for support are considered on a case-by-case basis by the Kindred Trustees, and any help provided is at their discretion. Kindred who wish to apply for financial assistance will be sent a detailed application form to complete and return. The form is important because it helps us to understand a person’s financial situation, as well as to properly assess what support they need.



To register as Kindred, individuals need to supply evidence showing they are a direct descendant of, or adopted by, one of the Kindred previously registered with us (within certain date restrictions). Please contact the Kindred Team for further information.


Contact the Kindred Team

To register, make an enquiry, or apply for assistance, please contact the Kindred Team by email on or phone us on 020 7264 4970 (option 4).