Joseph Brooks Yates

21st Jan 1780 - 12th Dec 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of the Unitarian minister John Yates (1755-1826) and Elizabeth Bostock (née Ashton, 1749-1819), and brother of John Ashton Yates (q.v.), Richard Vaughan Yates (1785-1856), James Yates (1789-1871) and Pemberton Heywood Yates. 

According to the ODNB entry (which is silent on his extensive slave-owning):

'....he joined the firm of a West Indies merchant, in which he became a partner, remaining with it until shortly before he died.  He was one of the leading reformers of Liverpool, and in the years after 1815 was a prominent figure in local campaigns and petitions in favour of civil liberties, adherence to constitutional rights and democratic reform. He was also a liberal supporter of the city's literary and scientific institutions....He also contributed to several local journals on antiquarian subjects, and wrote a small number of pamphlets, but none of his writings has had any lasting value.'


ODNB, C. W. Sutton, rev. Alan G. Crosby, 'Yates, Joseph Brooks (1780-1855) merchant and antiquary'; R.K. Webb, 'Yates, John (1755-1826) Unitarian Minister'; Alexander Gordon, rev. R. K. Webb 'Yates, James (1789-1871) Unitarian Minister'.

C. W. Sutton, ‘Yates, Joseph Brooks (1780–1855)’, rev. Alan G. Crosby Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004) [, accessed 12 /08/2012]; R. K. Webb, ‘Yates, John (1755–1826)’, ibid. [, accessed 12/08/2012]; Alexander Gordon, ‘Yates, James (1789–1871)’, rev. R. K. Webb, ibid. [, accessed 12/08/2012].

Further Information

Margaret Taylor
Elizabeth (1814-), Margaret (1816-), Anna Maria (1817-), Sarah (1819-), Emma (1821-), Harriet (1824-)
Eton [?-c. 1796 ]
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (18)

£1,846 8S 0D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£1,093 0S 1D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£1,195 15S 11D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£2,549 13S 1D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,289 4S 7D
Awardee (Judgement creditor)
£1,046 1S 4D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£308 19S 3D
£3,301 14S 0D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£707 19S 7D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£644 2S 5D
Awardee (Trustee)
£585 19S 8D
Awardee (Trustee)
£4,713 14S 9D
Awardee (Trustee)
£2,948 9S 1D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£2,912 11S 6D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£4,346 4S 1D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£3,695 11S 2D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£3,018 16S 11D
Awardee (Assignee)
£7,029 16S 1D
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Other partner
James France
West India merchant  
notes →
1. 1801 JBY, although just out of his apprenticeship, took a quarter share in the firm founded by James France, with Thomas Fletcher, john Henry Matthews and Thomas France (ne Hayhurst)....

Cultural (7)

Council Member
Chetham Society...... 
Founder member and President
Liverpool Literary and Philosophical Society...... 
notes →
Co-founder with Thomas Stewart Traill [ODNB, 'Yates, Joseph...
Liverpool Royal Institution...... 
Founder member
Philological Society...... 
Royal Geographical Society...... 
Society of Antiquaries...... 
Founder member
Southern and Toxteth Hospital...... 

Relationships (1)