Sir Simon Clarke 6th Bart.

???? - 1770


Biography

Eldest son of Philip Clarke, inherited the baronetcy from his cousin Sir Simon Clarke 5th Bart. in 1736.

Transported to Jamaica having been convicted of highway robbery c. 1730.

Thistlewood noted on the death of his son Sir Simon Clarke 7th bart. in 1777 that he [the 7th bart.] was said to be worth upwards of half a million pounds.

His will hasn't been located but his son Sir Simon Clarke 7th Bart. left £2000 each to Simon Fleming Begg, John Begg and Mary Begg on condition that they relinquish any claim on Warwick Castle and Johann de Bolas estates by virtue of the will of their late grandfather the 6th Bart.

Sir Simon Clarke was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 9 acres of land in St Catherine, 2030 acres in St Mary, 36 acres in St Dorothy and 519 acres in St John, total 2594 acres.

Sir Simon Clarke of Hanover, baronet. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1778. Slave-ownership at probate: 171 of whom 99 were listed as male and 72 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £269591.6 Jamaican currency of which £12874 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £244659.81 currency debts and £104.24 currency plate.

Sources

John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Peerage and Baronetage of the British Empire (6th ed., London, Henry Colburn, 1839) p. 211.

TNA SP 36/22/174 Folio 174. Mr. Wace to - Enclosing the case of Sir Simon Clarke, a prisoner in Winchester Gaol, convicted of highway robbery. The case enclosed.

Trevor Burnard, Mastery, Tyranny, and Desire: Thomas Thistlewood and His Slaves in the Anglo-Jamaican World (North Carolina, 2004) p. 63.

PROB 11/1103/168 Will of Sir Simon Clarke of Hanover in the County of Cornwall, Island of Jamaica.

'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.

Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.


Further Information

Absentee?
Transatlantic
Spouse
Mary Bonny
Children
Simon, George, Kingsmill, Woodchurch, Arabella, Anne
Wealth at death
£269
Occupation
Planter

Relationships (4)

Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law
Grandfather → Grandson
Grandfather → Grandson
Father → Son