Crawford Davison

1760 - 27th Jul 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Boyle's Directory of 1835 shows Crawford Davison, 67 Great Portland Street and Pierrepo[i]nt Lodge, Surrey, and C. Davison & Co., West India merchants, 33 New Broad Street.

  2. Crawford Davison, merchant, who was a partner in the firm Simpson and Davison of Threadneedle Street in 1790. This Crawford Davison was a partner with his nephew John Simpson (d. 1803), the MP for Mitchell, 1799-1802.

  3. Crawford Davison bought Pierrepont Lodge from his father-in-law the MP Ralph Winstanley Wood after Wood encountered financial difficulties c. 1817. He also bought the nearby Highfield House where Wood lived for the rest of his life.

  4. Davison, a bachelor, married Mary Wood, a spinster and a minor, 14/03/1796. The marriage bond is countersigned by her father Ralph Winstanley Wood. They had 6 children baptised in St Peter Le Poer, London: Mary Margaret (1796-), Elizabeth (1799-), Eleanor (1801-), Jane (1804-), Thomas (1806-) and Crawford (1808-), and another child baptised at St Luke's in Finsbury, Middlesex: Elizabeth Hartley Frances (1811-).

  5. Davison funded the building of the north aisle to Frensham Parish Church in 1827.

  6. Crawford Davison died 20/07/1836 age 76. Will of Crawford Davison, Merchant of Pierrepoint near Farnham, Surrey, proved 09/09/1836.

  7. Probably the Crawford Davison, son of Thomas Davison, who was baptised in Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, 14/05/1761. (His uncle John Simpson, with whom he was in business in the 1790s, was probably the son of John Simpson of Eyemouth, Berwick, see 2, above.)

  8. Crawford Davison signed for the compensation for Trinidad claim no. 1876, possibly intercepting the compensation.

  9. Monumental inscription of his daughter Eleanor in Fresham Parish Church, Surrey, reads: "SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF FREDERIC COBB M.D., F.R.C.P. BORN 1 FEBRUARY 1796, DIED 2 SEPTEMBER 1883 AND OF HIS WIFE ELEANOR, DAUGHTER OF THE LATE CRAWFORD DAVISON ESQ. OF PIERREPONT BORN 18 OCTOBER 1801, DIED 11 JANUARY 1875".


  1. Boyle's Directory and Court Guide (1835).

  2. Terry W. Lipscombe, ed. The Letters of Pierce Butler, 1790-1794: Nation Building and Enterprise in the New American Republic (Colombia, South Carolina, University of South Carolina Press, 2007) p. 38. [accessed 02/11/2012].

  3. and [both accessed 02/11/2012].

  4., London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921 [database online].

  5. [accessed 02/11/2012].

  6. Times 30/07/1836 p. 7; PROB 11/1866/347.

  7. batch no. I02272-5.

  8. NDO4/12 Trinidad claim no. 1896.

  9. [accessed 02/11/2012].

Further Information

Mary (c. 1779-1828)
Mary Margaret (1796-), Elizabeth (1799-), Eleanor (1801-), Jane (1804-), Thomas (1806-), Crawford (1808-), Elizabeth Hartley Frances (1811-)
West India merchant and commission agent

Associated Claims (10)

£2,734 7S 3D
£2,159 12S 10D
£1,525 14S 8D
Unsuccessful claimant (Mortgagee)
£2,518 15S 7D
Unsuccessful claimant
£1,354 12S 0D
Beneficiary deceased
£3,839 12S 7D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,574 9S 8D
£1,874 5S 2D
£2,415 12S 5D
Beneficiary deceased
£2,112 13S 6D

Legacies Summary

Commercial (7)

Senior partner
Davison, Simpson & Davison
West India merchant  
notes →
1. Resignation as director of London Dock...
Phoenix Fire Office
Other partner
Davison & Wright
London Dock Company
West India merchant  
notes →
1. Resignation as director of London Dock...

Cultural (1)


Physical (3)

St Mary's Church 
Country house
Pierrepont Lodge 
St Mary's (north aisle) [Built] 

Addresses (2)

67 Great Portland Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
Pierrepont Lodge, Farnham, Surrey, South-east England, England