Lewis Celeste Lecesne

1798 - 22nd Nov 1847

Claimant or beneficiary


Lewis or Louis Celeste Lecesne was the free man of colour expelled with John Escoffery from Jamaica to St Domingo in 1824, then finding their way to Britain where the case was taken up by Stephen Lushington and became subject of a libel suit arising from John Murray's publication of George W. Bridges writings about the case. His birth (whether in St Domingo c. 1796 or in Jamaica in 1798) was an object of contention at the time of his expulsion. He was later a merchant of Fenchurch Street.

  1. Baptism of his son Stephen Lushington Macaulay Lecesne 25/06/1834 St Matthew Bethnal Green.

  2. Commisson of bankruptcy against Lewis Celeste Lecesne of 11 Fenchurch Street 30/10/1843.

  3. He is recorded as owning slaves in Kingston up to the 1820 slave registers, and is probably the Lewis Lecesne receiving compensation for two enslaved in March 1836 (Kingston No. 2392).


  1. Ancestry.com, London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online].

  2. London Gazette, Issue 20274, 31/10/1843, p. 3531.

  3. Ancestry.com. Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834 [database on-line].

Further Information

Ann Rose
Stephen Lushington Macaulay Lecesne (1834-)

Associated Claims (2)

£124 18S 3D
£260 13S 11D
Awardee (Trustee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

General Investment
Firm Investment
Lewis Celeste Lecesne
West India merchant  

Addresses (1)

11 Fenchurch Street, City of London, Middlesex, London, England