Adam Cliff

1781 - 1851

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. 1841 census shows Adam Cliff age 60 merchant living at Richmond House, Walton-on-the-Hill, West Derby; 1851 Q1 registration of death of Adam Cliff W. Derby.

  2. Edward Adam Cliff died King William's Town Cape Colony South Africa 13/12/1874. Administration granted to Ellen Emilia Cliff spinster; effects £8100. (Edward Adam Cliff was born 01/10/1819 to Adam Cliff and Ellen Cliff and baptised the following year in Liverpool.)

  3. 'William Cliff was the son of shipping merchant Adam Cliff, who established Thompson and Cliff in Liverpool 1831. William was born in Lime Street, where Adam and his family lived, and when Adam died in 1851 his son took over the family business. He went on to become one of the most successful merchants and benefactors in 19th century Liverpool, funding the Home for Aged Mariners in Liscard and three homes for homeless children. It is believed that William had Claremont built for himself, his wife Marion and nine of their children who - at the time of the 1871 census - were aged between 6 months and 26 years. Wiliam died at Claremont in 1891...' House subsequently lived in by Carla Lane late 1960s, converted into apartments c. 2005.


T71/857 St Ann claim nos. 513 (Mount Carmel) and 514 (Mount Carmel); T71/874 Trelawney claim nos. 38, 40 (Lancaster), 41 (Lancaster) and 543 Trelawney (Tillstone Estate); T71/873 St James claim no. 611.

  1. 1841 census online. Children are from, England & Wales Christening Records, 1530-1906 [database online], except Mary who appears in the 1841 census. FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online].

  2. National Probate Calendar 1894., Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online].

  3. 'Claremont has reflected the changing face of the city for nearly 200 years', Liverpool Echo 06/07/2005: [accessed 05/11/2010].

Further Information

Frances, Ann, Ellen, Eliza, Amelia, Margaret, Mary, Charlotte, Henry (1808-), Edward Adam Cliff (1819-1874), William (1812-)

Associated Claims (7)

£1,881 19S 7D
£238 7S 9D
£118 0S 0D
£4,973 4S 1D
£4,378 13S 6D
£1,002 15S 9D
£8,741 7S 8D

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Adam Cliff
West India merchant  

Imperial (1)

Cape of Good Hope 
notes →
Hi son Edward Adam Cliff died King William's Town Cape Colony South Africa 13/12/1874....

Relationships (1)

Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Richmond House, Walton-on-the-Hill, West Derby, Lancashire, North-west England, England