Lieutenant General William James D'Urban

1803 - 5th Dec 1873

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Son of Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849, Governor of Antigua in 1819, Lt-Governor of Demerara-Essequibo in 1824, the first Governor of British Guiana and Governor of Cape Colony 1834-1838), and husband of Mary Elizabeth Stewart D'Urban née Mitchell (q.v.).

  1. Will of William James D'Urban, late of Newport in the parish Topsham, county of Devon, Lt-General in Her Majesty's Army and Colonel of the 107th Regiment of Foot who died at Newport 05/12/1873 was granted at Exeter 21/01/1874 to Mary Elizabeth Stewart D'Urban of Newport, widow the Relict, effects under £300.

  2. His son, the botanist William Stewart Mitchell D’Urban, who later became the first Curator of the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, married Gertrude, daughter of Henry Porter (q.v.) in Kenn, Devon, in 1867.


  1. National Probate Calendar 1874.

  2., Devon Marriages [database online]; see d'Urban's entry in the 'Global Plants' database, [accessed 04/11/2019].

We are grateful to Peter Wingfield-Digby for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Mary Elizabeth Stewart Mitchell
Emily Harriet Anna (1834-1869), William Stewart Mitchell (1836-1934)

Associated Claims (1)

£3,013 12s 7d
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Legacies Summary

Imperial (2)

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His father Sir Benjamin D'Urban (1777-1849) was Governor of Antigua 1819-1824, Governor of Demerara-Essequibo 1824-1831, Governor of British Buiana 1831-1833 and Governor of Cape Colony...
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His father-in-law Samuel Mitchell (1750-1805) was Governor of Grenada during Fedon's rebellion in...

Relationships (2)

Husband → Wife
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (1)

Newport House, Topsham, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England