John Petrie

1742 - 5th Feb 1826


Biography

John Petrie, erstwhile East India Co. official, MP, government contractor, loan-contractor and partner in Petrie, Campbell of 24 Throckmorton Street. Petrie, Campbell had been mortgagee of Pembroke estate in Tobago from c. 1798, and the assignees of the mortgage pursued the compensation in the 1830s. John Petrie was the brother of Gilbert Petrie (q.v.).

  1. The History of Parliament entry for John Petrie specifies his partnership in Petrie, Campbell and notes that the dowry of his second wife (Elizabeth, daughter of George Vesey of Lucan co. Dublin) was secured on four estates in Tobago. It does not pick up his partnership in the Flax Mill Co. cited by the London Gazette in connection with the surrender of his assets to his creditors. Petrie paid £110,000 for the borough of Gatton with 2 seats in 1796, and sold it in 1800. The cession of Tobago to France in 1783 and - especially - its restoration to France in 1802 are cited as disruptive to Petrie's finances in the History of Parliament.

Sources

Emma Rothschild, The inner life of Empires: an 18th century history p. 160.

  1. History of Parliament Online P.A Symonds, 'Petrie, John (?1742-1826) of 6 Portland Place Middlesex'. The interest in the Pembroke estate held by John Petrie late of Kempton Middlesex was subject to an offer that his assignees in bankruptcy submitted to his creditors in 1815. Petrie and his co-partner John Ward of Hanworth had previously been declared bankrupt in 1804, when their firm was identified as the Flax Mill Company at Hounslow. London Gazette 17077 07/11/1815 p. 2231; London Gazette 15677 21/02/1804 p. 246.

Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
(1) Ann Keble (2) Elizabeth Vesey
Children
With (1) 1 son, 3 daughters; with (2) 4 daughters
Wealth at death
£1,500
Occupation
Civil servant (East India Company), then politician

Associated Claims (1)

£1,940 6S 1D
Other association

Relationships (1)

Brothers