William Davidson

1808 - 1894


Biography

London merchant, partner in Davidsons and Barkly, son of Henry Davidson (1771-1827) and brother and partner of Henry Davidson (1802-1886), and a major recipient of slave compensation.

  1. In 1851 Wm Davidson aged 40 West India merchant born Middlesex was living at Bloomfield House, Plumstead, Kent with wife Louisa aged 32 born Fetcham Surrey and children Edith, Francis and Ida, all born Middlesex. In 1861 the family was at the same address. In 1871 they were visiting Louisa's brother at Fetcham Park Manor. In 1881 the family was again at Bloomfield House, William described as 'Former director Royal Exchange Insurance' , and their son F. Robert a clerk in the Imperial Insurance Office. Will of William Davidson of the Guesons, Welwyn City Hertfordshire who died 12/5/1894 proved by Barnard Henry Davidson, effects £4653 11s.

  2. There is potential confusion arising from the existence of William Davidson (nee Barkly), strangely a woman, the mother of Hugh Barkly Davidson. In 1871, William Davidson 'W' was living at 2 Gordon Place Kensington aged 71 'dividends', born Scotland with son Hugh B. Davidson and a cook. In 1861, at the same address, are recorded 'Williamina [the 'ina' added] Davidson, aged 61 'Independant Lady' born Scotland, with daughter Isabella Napleton 38, son Hugh B Davidson merchant's clerk aged 27, daughter Elizabeth 20 and daughter Ann 29. Robert Davidson Esquire had married William [sic] Barkly 20/06/1820 at St Mary Islington, when the witnesses included Aeneas Barkly. The will of William Davidson late of 2 Gordon Place Campden Hill Kensington widow [sic] who died 18/09/1878 proved 29/10/1878 by Hugh Barkly Davidson the son and Charles Elliott Farquharson, effects under £3000 resworn September 1880 under £2000.

Sources

T71/877 Antigua claim no. 333 (Cochrane's, Old North Sound).

  1. 1851, 1861, 1871 and 1881 censuses online. 

  2. 1861 and 1871 census online; Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns 1754-1921 [database online]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online] shows the baptism of Hugh Barkly Davidson to Robert and William Davidson 12/08/1833 at St Mary Islington; National Probate Calendar 1878.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Louisa Eleanor Barnard Hankey
Children
Duncan; Barnard; Edith; Frederick; Ida; Lilian; Sir Arthur
Occupation
West India merchant

Associated Claims (9)

£2,087 18S 6D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£16,592 4S 6D
Awardee
£8,878 0S 0D
Awardee
£4,680 8S 7D
Other association
£586 5S 11D
Awardee
£3,142 18S 1D
Awardee
£3,442 15S 2D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£6,944 11S 4D
Awardee
£6,544 4S 1D
Awardee

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Davidsons Barkly & Co.
West India merchant  
 

Relationships (2)

Brothers
Brothers

Addresses (2)

Bloomfield House, Plumstead, Kent, London, England
The Guesons, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England