Robert Bright

???? - 1869

Claimant or beneficiary


Bristol merchant, partner in Gibbs and Bright with George Gibbs (q.v.). One of the co-awardees of the compensation for the enslaved people on an estate in Barbados, probably named Applewhaites. Robert Bright was the son of one of the executors of Robert Bush, and by succession to his father was probably involved in the claim through a Chancery suit with John Cobham's estate. In addition, Gibbs & Bright claimed apparently unsuccessfully on several other awards in Barbados and Jamaica as creditor.

  1. Youngest son of Richard Bright (q.v.). Joined George Gibbs & Son of Bristol 1814, in 1816 went to Anthony Gibbs' offices in Spain. In 1818 the Bristol firm was restyled as Gibbs, Bright & Co., of Liverpool and Bristol. Robert Bright became managing partner of the firm after George Gibbs' retirement in 1839: the firm purchased the SS Great Britain in 1850. The firm was absorbed into Anthony Gibbs in 1881.

  2. Robert Bright was a shareholder in the Great Western Cotton Works, Barton Hill, Bristol from 1837 and deputy chairman of the Great Western Railway from 1834 (with 259 shares). He left £80,000 in 1869.

  3. It is possible that this is the same Robert Bright who subscribed to the Eyre Defence Fund in 1866.


T71/898 Barbados claim nos. 3130 and 3752; T71/860 Manchester claim no. 272.

  1. Elizabeth Neill, Fragile fortunes: the origins of a great British merchant family (Wellington, Somerset, Rylands, 2008), pp. 350-2, 378-82.

  2. Bristol Radical History group: [accessed 09/12/2012]; National Probate Calendar 1869.

  3. The Eyre Defence and Aid Fund (London, 1866), p. 30.

Further Information

Wealth at death

Associated Claims (7)

£1,137 19S 4D
£7,247 6S 0D
£5,348 1S 11D
Unsuccessful claimant
£1,242 16S 10D
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases
£613 7S 9D
£1,526 12S 0D
Unsuccessful claimant
£5,928 15S 9D
Unsuccessful claimant

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Gibbs, Bright & Co.
West India merchant  
Firm Investment

Relationships (1)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England