Charles Rose Ellis, Lord Seaford

19th Dec 1771 - 1st Jul 1845

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Charles Rose Ellis, Lord Seaford, awarded the compensation for several estates in Jamaica as owner-in-fee.  

  1. Ellis was the descendent of Colonel John Ellis who had settled in Jamaica in 1665 and established the family fortune, the grandson of George Ellis, Chief Justice of Jamaica and the son of John Ellis and Elizabeth, daughter of John Pallmer, Chief Justice of Jamaica. He married the Hon. Elizabeth Catherine Caroline Hervey, daughter of John Hervey, Lord Hervey, eldest son of Frederick Hervey, 4th Earl of Bristol, in 1798. She died in January 1803, aged 22. The same year their four-year-old son Charles succeeded his great-grandfather Lord Bristol as sixth Baron Howard de Walden. 1826: raised to the peerage as Baron Seaford, of Seaford in the County of Sussex. Ellis was a friend of Lord and Lady Holland. He was foster brother of Elizabeth Vassall, with whom he had been brought up in Jamaica, and who was to become Lady Holland in 1797. Ellis active in the West India Committee and in Parliament as the leading spokesman for the West India interest. Permanent chair of the West India Committee in early C19th. Spoke against abolition. Friend of George Canning: used control of seat at Seaford to support Canning; received a peerage for this in 1826.

  2. Inherited 'a large West Indian property worth £20,000 p.a. on his father's death' in 1782. 'He supported moral improvement of West Indian slaves, and certain other reforms, but he was never an abolitionist.' Bought Claremont estate in Surrey c. 1798, sold it 1815 and purchased Woodend near Chichester, where he died 01/07/1845.

  3. His son, Charles Augustus Ellis, sixth Baron Howard de Walden and second Baron Seaford (1799–1868), married Lady Lucy Joan Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck (d. 29 July 1899), fourth daughter of William Henry Cavendish-Scott-Bentinck, fourth duke of Portland, the brother Lord William Henry Cavendish Bentinck (1774-1839) (q.v.).

  4. Charles Augustus Ellis continued the business in Jamaica with one estate in the north of the island, and a share in an estate in the south. His evidence refers to the Montpelier, Shettlewood and Caymanas estates.


  1. R. G. Thorne (ed.), The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (5 vols., London, Secker & Warburg for the History of Parliament Trust, 1986), vol. 3; Thomas C. Holt, The problem of freedom: race, labor, and politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (Baltimore, The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992), pp. 83-5 (which also discusses Seaford's correspondence with Lord Holland); Alexandra Franklin, Enterprise and advantage: The West India interest in Britain, 1774-1840 (University of Pennsylvania, Unpub. PhD, 1992), p. 81.

  2. ODNB online, H.M. Stephens, rev. H.C. G. Matthew, 'Ellis, Charles Rose, first Baron Seaford (1771-1845), politician'. H. M. Stephens, ‘Ellis, Charles Rose, first Baron Seaford (1771–1845)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn.

  3. H. M. Stephens, ‘Ellis, Charles Augustus, sixth Baron Howard de Walden and second Baron Seaford (1799–1868)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn.

  4. Evidence to the Select Committee on Sugar and Coffee Planting, 3rd Report, 3rd Report. PP1847-48 (167) XXIII Pt. I, pp. 1-31.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Charles Rose, Lord Seaford
(1) Hon. Elizabeth Catherine Caroline Hervey (2) Anne Louisa Emily Masterman (nee Berkeley)
Charles, 6th Baron Howard de Walden
Wealth at death
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (5)

£2,836 15S 0D
£1,362 16S 1D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,740 13S 8D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,696 13S 10D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£6,490 2S 1D

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Charles Rose Ellis (1771–1845), 1st Baron Seaford of Seaford, MP by Thomas Lawrence. Date painted: 1829/1830. Oil on canvas, 127 x 101.5 cm. Collection: National Trust. Accession number: 851750 ... 
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Political (1)

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Heytesbury Wiltshire
1793 - 1796
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Seaford Sussex
1796 - 1806
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East Grinstead Sussex
1807 - 1812
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Seaford Sussex
1812 - 1826

Relationships (2)

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In effect, Holland and Seaford were brothers-in-law: Seaford had been brought up with Elizabeth Vassall, whose second marriage in 1797 was to the 3rd Lord...

Addresses (1)

Woodend, Chichester, Sussex, South-east England, England