James Gordon

1758 - 18th Feb 1822

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary

Biography

  1. Son of James Brebner Gordon (d. 1807, Chief Justice of Antigua) and Anne Lavington. Committed suicide at Hill Street Berkeley Square 18/02/1822. Educated Winchester (other sources say Harrow) and St John's Cambridge. Practising barrister of New Court Inner Temple. 'Succeeded to the estates of his uncle [in fact, his great-uncle] James Gordon in Hertfordshire, Aberdeenshire and the West Indies.' Lived at Hill Street and Moor Place, Much Hadham Herts. Married Harriet Whitbread, daughter of Samuel Whitbread MP 1789. MP Stockbridge (1785-90); Truro (1790-96); Clitheroe (1808-12). Left £100,000.

Father of James Adam Gordon (q.v.).

Sources

  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009) reference 1822/21, sourced to History of Parliament.

Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Harriet Whitbread
Children
James Adam Gordon
Wealth at death
£100,000
School
Winchester or Harrow
University
St Johns College, Cambridge
Legal Education
Lincolns Inn [1780- ]
Occupation
Lawyer
Religion
Anglican
Rubinstein
1822/21

Associated Estates (3)

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
1817 [EA] - 1822 [LA] → Owner
- 1822 [EY] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1821 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

MP
'Pro-government' / West India interest 
election →
Stockbridge Hampshire
1785 - 1790
election →
Truro Cornwall
1790 - 1796
election →
Clitheroe Lancashire
1808 - 1812

Relationships (8)

Son → Father
Son → Mother
Husband → Wife
Marriage Details →
30th Nov -0001 1789
Father → Son
Great-nephew → Great-uncle
Testator → Trustee
Notes →
Rev. George Caldwell was 'nephew by marriage' of James Gordon, having married James Gordon's niece Harriet Abdy....
Brother-in-laws
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (2)

Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
Moor Place, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England