Rowland Edward Williams II

1784 - 1852

Claimant or beneficiary


Absentee owner living in Surrey, son of Rowland Edward Williams (1748-1826), and awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on two estates on Antigua as owner-in-fee and one as a trustee.

  1. Rowland Edward Williams II was Rowland Edward Louis Charles Williams, the son of Rowland Edward Williams I (1748-28/11/1826). His sister married 'Henry Cooper' [in fact Willam Henry Cooper] who 'became head of the Stock Exchange.' The will of Rowland Edward Williams of Thames Ditton was proved 16/12/1826 and the will of Rowland Edward Louis Charles Williams of Thames Ditton was proved 22/11/1852.

  2. 'Newlands' Thames Ditton: Deeds 1799-1895 show transmission of Newlands: (1) Edward Williams formerly of Antigua and late of Thames Ditton, will dated 10 April 1782 (2) Rowland Edward Williams I will 19 May 1819 and codicil 4 Nov. 1826 (3) William Henry Cooper of South Villa Regents Park, residuary devisee and legatee of Rowland Edward Williams and executor with George Grote of will of Rowland Edward Williams I, conveying 17/12/1829 to (4) Rowland Edward Louis Charles Williams by way of a voluntary gift in view of his 'regard and affection' for him (5) mortgage by Rowland Edward Williams late of Weston Green now of Clarges St to Harriet Cooper of Pains Hill Cobham, widow 28/03/1843 (6) lease by Harriet Cooper to John Hastings for 21 years 30/06/1851 (7) surrender of lease by John Hastings to Mary Anne Went of Esher (8) mortgage by Mary Anne Went as mortgagor to Samuel Archibald Went of Newlands and Mary Anne Went, mortgagees 30/10/1883 (9) counterpart lease of Newlands ('formerly called Weston Green House') by Brandford Thomas Went and Samuel Archibald Went to George Heinrich Johannes Hartmann of Albury near Chilworth Plan[sic].


T71/877 Antigua claim nos. 1047 (Claremont), 115 (St Clare's Estate) and 11A (Monteros).

  1. Vere Langford Oliver, The History of the island of Antigua ... from the first settlement in 1635 to the present time (3 vols., London, Mitchell and Hughes, 1894-99) Vol. 1, pp. 231, 235-236. The brother-in-law of the Rowland Edward Louis Charles Williams of the awards is almost certainly William Henry Cooper of Pains Hill, William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (MS) reference 1840/9; PROB 11/1719.

  2. 'Newlands' Thames Ditton: Deeds 1799-1895 [, accessed 06/08/2012].

We are grateful to Di Stiff for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Rowland Edward Williams
Clara Susanna Ross
Rowland Edward Louis Henry (1828-1867)

Associated Claims (3)

£2,565 1s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,004 6s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£926 1s 11d
Awardee (Assignee)

Associated Estates (2)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1828 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (3)

Son → Father
Grandson → Grandfather
Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (1)

Newlands, Weston Grove, Thames Ditton, Surrey, South-east England, England