Robert Bowen

1797 - 4th Jun 1874

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Colonel in the Coldstream Guards and owner of the Retreat estate. He was also a trustee of the wedding settlement of Col. Farquharson and Miss Nasmyth, where he appears as Col. Robert Bowen of the Coldstream Guards (given apparently erroneously as Joseph Robert Bowen in the Parliamentary Papers).

NB it is in principle conceivable that the awardee Robert Bowen is the father or uncle of the Robert Bowen above, but the Jamaica Almanacs show 'Robert Bowen' from 1811 to 1826, Robert and Richard L. Bowen 1828, Richard L. Bowen in 1829, Richard L. Bowen deceased in 1831 and 1832, and Robert Bowen in 1833, indicating a change of generation. The Robert Bowen who appears under Thomas Nasmyth's will as the guardian of Robert Nasmyth in 1817 (see Mary Sarah Nasmyth's entry) must be the father of Colonel Bowen, who then inherited responsibilities towards the family.

  1. Will of Robert Bowen formerly of the Retreat estate and Dunluce Pen Montego Bay Jamaica but late of Valetta Island of Malta who died at Valetta 04/06/1874 proved 19/09/1874 by Robert Bowen the nephew Deputy Surgeon-General in the Army, effects £1500. A memorial in Ta'braxia Churchyard identifies him as aged 77 retired Lt-Colonel late of the Coldstream Guards, born in Jamaica.

Sources

T71/873 St James claim no. 554 for the Retreat; T71/856 St Mary claim no. 144A for the trusteeship.

  1. National Probate Calendar 1874; Malta Family History http://website.lineone.net/~stephaniebidmead/tabraxia.htm [accessed 18/05/2011].

Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Wealth at death
£1,500
Occupation
Soldier

Associated Claims (2)

£1,803 15S 7D
Awardee
£4,273 6S 2D
Awardee

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

Other
Malta 
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Died in Malta in 1874 although no more is known about his activities...

Addresses (1)

Valetta, Malta