William Earle the younger

7th Feb 1787 - 26th Sep 1864

Claimant or beneficiary


William Earle, Liverpool merchant and son of the slave-trader Thomas Earle (1757-1822) and brother of Hardman Earle (q.v.), awarded with his partners William Earle (his uncle) and Thomas Leathom (both of whom q.v.) the compensation as owners of Utile and Paisible in British Guiana, and with Thomas Leathom as trustees of the will of James Cadett for Waterloo estate in Trinidad.

  1. Born 07/02/1787, son of Thomas Earle (1757-1822, left £70,000) and Mary, daughter of Thomas Earle (apparently a relative). (Thomas Earle (1757-1822) of Liverpool and Spekelands was Mayor of Liverpool 1787-8 and left £70,000.) Partner in family firm of T & W Earle & Co., founded in the 17thC: 'it dealt in iron, wine, oil etc., and had sugar plantations in British Guiana.'  Married in 1829 to Anne (c. 1788-1855), daughter of Joseph Bradish of Kilkenny (dsp). Mayor of Liverpool 1836-7. JP, DL Lancashire. 'He was sometimes known as William Earle junior to distinguish him from an older relative. He came from a long-established Liverpool mercantile family.' In 1851 his address was 34 Oxford Street Liverpool. Left £200,000.  

  2. The firm of T & W Earle was shown at 55 Hanover Street in 1827 and 54 Hanover Street in 1841.


T71/885 British Guiana No. 447 (Utile and Paisible); T71/894 Trinidad No. 1642 (Waterloo).

  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1864/23.

  2. Gore's Directory 1827 and 1841.

Further Information

Anne Bradish
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£10,197 4S 2D
£5,604 18S 10D
Awardee (Trustee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Railway Investment
Cheltenham, Oxford, and London and Birmingham Union; or Charlton Kings and Marsworth [183732]  
Other partner
T & W Earle & Co.
General overseas merchant  

Political (2)

Local Government
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1836 - 1837

Addresses (1)

Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England