William Burge

1787 - 1849

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Matriculated Wadham College Oxford, 29 March 1803 (aged 16); BA, 1806. MA 1830; DCL 13 June 1834.

Lawyer. Burge admitted to the Inner Temple 11 February 1803; called to the bar 20 May 1808; bench date: 20 January 1835.

Treasurer of the Inner Temple November 1844-December 1845.

Father was John Burge, esquire, of Castle Cary, Somerset.

Joined Colonial Service and became Attorney General for Jamaica, 1819(?)-1831 and subsequently Agent for Jamaica.

As Attorney General, Burge was instrumental in the arrest and exile of Louis Celeste Lecesne and John Escoffery in 1823 under the Alien Act.

Louis Celeste Lecesne (c1798 – 22 November 1847) an anti-slavery activist from the Caribbean, on a committee to improve the rights of free men of colour. Arrested twice, and transported for life from Jamaica with John Escoffery, his brother-in-law.

Described by Holt as 'Jamaica's British lobbyist who had earned the contempt of the abolitionists during the preceding decade with his strong defense of slavery and of the [Jamaica] Assembly's prerogatives.' (Holt, p. 445 n.18) although the Assembly had divided over whether to grant Burge a gift of silver plate: (see Holt, p.222)

Author various works in law and on Jamaica: see Historical Legacies.

Sources

Ancestry.com. Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online].

Burge's membership of the Inner Temple [accessed 14/08/2012].

Thomas C. Holt, The Problem of Freedom. Race, labor and politics in Jamaica and Britain, 1832-1938 (Baltimore & London, Johns Hopkins University Press, 1992).


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Helen Grace Murray Ludford (b. Somerset, 1791, d. Marylebone, London, Sept. 1839)
University
Wadham College, Oxford [1803-1806 ]
Legal Education
Inner Temple [1803-1808 ]
Occupation
Lawyer
Religion
Church of England

Associated Claims (1)

£97 7S 11D
Awardee

Legacies Summary

Historical (10)

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A Letter to the Right Honorable Sir George Murray ... relative to the Deportation of Lecesne and Escoffery from... 1829 
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Burge was Jamaican Attorney General and pressed for expulsion of Lecesne and Escoffery, a decision subsequently overturned in the British courts. pp. Xii +...
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The Speeches of Mr. Barrett and of Mr. Burge at a general meeting of Planters ... and others, interested in the West India Colonies ...... 1833 
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Barrett a Member of the House of Assembly,...
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Commentaries on Colonial and Foreign Laws generally, and on their conflict with each other, and with the law of... 1838 
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A Reply to the Letter by the Marquis of Sligo to the Marquis of Normanby, relative to the Present State of Jamaica,... 1839 
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Jamaica. The speech of W. Burge ... at the Bar of the House of Commons, against the Bill intituled, β€œAn Act to make Temporary Provision for the Government of Jamaica.” Monday, 22nd April,... 1839 
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Charles Theophilus Metcalfe, The Speech of ... Sir C. T. M. ... On opening the Jamaica Legislature, on the 27th of October, 1840, and the Addresses of ... The Council and ... The Assembly in answer... 1840 
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Observations on the Supreme Appellate Jurisdiction of Great Britain as it is now exercised by the Courts of the Queen in Council and the House of... 1841 
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The temple church : an account of its restoration and... 1843 
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On the Choral Service of the Anglo-Catholic... 1844 
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Preface signed W. B., i.e. William Burge. Pp. vii +...
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Commentaries on the law of... 1849 
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Full title: Commentaries on the law of suretyship, and the rights and obligations of the parties thereto and herein of obligations in solido, under the laws of England, Scotland, and other...

Political (1)

MP
Conservative 
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Eye Suffolk
1831 - 1852
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Parliamentary reform - Bill for England - Committee - Seventh day
House of Commons 21/07/1831
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Colonial representation
House of Commons 16/08/1831
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Sugar Refining Bill
House of Commons 12/09/1831
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Negro slavery [Abolition of slavery: debate on Buxton's motion]
House of Commons 15/04/1831

Addresses (1)

Marylebone, London, Middlesex, London, England