Alexander Willock

???? - 1801


Biography

London merchant, connected to two awards in Antigua, three in Montserrat and one in Tobago, in all of which Frank Gore Willock (probably his nephew) was claimant, although the capacity of Alexander Willock is not yet clear in all cases. In some he had been the executor and trustee of Michael White of St Vincent.

  1. He frequently appears in the records as Alexander Willcock. For example, the Cumbria Records Office has a watercolour of Great Courland from the Orange Valley estate in Tobago 'belonging to Alexander Willcock and William Crosier.' Again, Sandy Bay (St Patrick parish) Lots nos. 3 and 5, which became Orange Valley, are shown as 'Willcock and Crosier' in Fowler. Pending examination of the will, there is little doubt that this was the same man.

  2. The will of Alexander Willock of the Island of Antigua but now merchant of the City of London, proved 31/07/1802, is 40 pages long. ,

  3. The firm of Alexander and Francis Willock appears to have originated in Liverpool but was of Broad Street in the City of London when it failed in 1793. If the association with Liverpool is correct, then Alexander Willock was a slave-trader. William Willock and Alexander Willock, whose partnership as William Willock and Co. was dissolved in 1783 had over a dozen slave voyages between them: William's were concentrated in the mid 1750s and Alexander's (three to Antigua and one to Grenada) between 1787 and 1791 (with one outlier in 1771, presumably a different man).

Sources

  1. Cumbria Records Office, D. Ing, 'Robinson and Crosier (later Inglis) families of Green Lane (Dalston) and Catherine Court (London)', http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/a2a/records.aspx?cat=023-ding&cid=3-45#3-45 [accessed 05/12/2013]; John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774), pp. 58-59.

  2. PROB 11/1378/277.

  3. London Gazette 13172 02/02/1790 p. 76 for Alexander and Francis Willock in Liverpool in 1790; London Gazette 13514 26/03/1793 p. 256 for the bankruptcy (which alludes to the property of Alexander Willock in the West Indies). There were still suits in Chancery in the 1810s and 1820s (Francis Willock v Sir William Curtis, London Gazette 16731 18/05/1813 p. 975; four related suits in Barnes v Willock London Gazette 17906 22/05/1823 p. 460); London Gazette 12475 13/09/1783 p. 3; www.slavevoyages.org.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Rebecca

Associated Claims (6)

£1,842 17S 7D
Beneficiary deceased
£1,246 18S 11D
Beneficiary deceased
£3,425 2S 2D
Other association
£1,772 0S 3D
Other association
£1,079 18S 6D
Beneficiary deceased
£952 1S 6D
Beneficiary deceased

Relationships (1)

Business partners