William Weare

1750 - 24th Dec 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


According to Rubinstein, William Weare left £100,000 on his death in 1837; 'presumably a merchant in Bristol', son of William Weare d. 15 Jan. 1785; 'presumably the brother of John Fisher Weare'.

  1. Will of William Weare of Bristol proved 12/01/1837.

  2. According to Port Cities Bristol, the estate had belonged to a William Lawrence, who owed £7000 to Robert Claxton and Son. He paid the debt by granting the estate to the Claxtons until he could pay the money. Claxton passed estate to William Weare of Abbots Leigh, Bristol, to pay off £10,000 loan which he owed to Weare. It was then inherited from Weare by George Weare Braikenridge [q.v.], his cousin, in 1836. G. W. Braikenridge had been the mortgagee of the estate in 1818.


William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009) references 1837/6 and 1816/4.

  1. PROB 11/1871.

  2. http://discoveringbristol.org.uk/browse/slavery/category/manuscripts-books-ephemera/P1470/ for the title deeds held by G. W. Braikenridge (in the Jefferies collection – Bristol MSS Miscellaneous).

Further Information

Wealth at death

Associated Claims (1)

£522 11S 2D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

General Investment

Relationships (1)

First Cousins

Addresses (1)

Abbots Leigh, Somerset, South-west England, England