James Graham Clarke

1792 - 1857

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on three estates, Bamboo, Thatchfield and Schawfield in Jamaica with Joseph Lamb as trustees and executors of James Graham Clarke's father John Graham Clarke, and party to the chancery suit of Woodcock v Clarke into which was paid the compensation for the enslaved people for the Lapland estate in St James Jamaica.

  1. Son of John Graham Clarke, Newcastle-upon-Tyne industrialist and shipowner who had inherited Jamaica estates from uncle Jacob Graham (who had gone to Jamaica as a young man in 1746) in 1816, and Arabella Altham; and brother of John Altham Graham Clarke (q.v); and brother-in-law of Edward Barrett Moulton Barrett.

  2. James Graham Clarke son of John Graham Clarke of Newcastle Northumberland arm., matriculated University College Oxford 25/02/1809 aged 17; Middle Temple 1813. In 1841 James G. Clarke aged 49 Ind[ependent] and Arabella Clarke aged 30 Ind[ependent] were shown at Frocester, Gloucestershire, although not apparently at the Manor House, the seat of their brother John Altham Graham Clarke.

  3. James Graham Clarke wrote from Newcastle to Sam Barrett in Jamaica in 1838. Charlton describes him as 'a glorified chief clerk' in the 'Newcastle counting house', places him at the Benwell Lodge on the Benwell estate in the 1830s and shows him as dying in France in 1857.


T71/872 Hanover 41 (Bamboo); T71/857 St Ann no. 481 (Thatchfield Pen); T71/874 Trelawny no. 423 (Schawfield). T71/873 no. 10 St James (Lapland).

  1. John Charlton, Hidden Chains. The Slavery Business and North East England 1600-1865 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne Bridge Publishing, 2008), pp. 119-124, 140-146.

  2. Ancestry.com, Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online].

  3. R.A. Barrett, The Barretts of Jamaica: the family of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Winfield, Kansas, Armstrong Browning Library of Baylor University; The Browning Society; Wedgestone Press, 2000) p. 102; John Charlton, Hidden Chains. The Slavery Business and North East England 1600-1865 (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne Bridge Publishing, 2008), pp. 140-145.

Further Information

Oxford (University) [1809 ]

Associated Claims (4)

£4,968 12s 3d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£2,233 5s 0d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£1,798 3s 8d
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases
£3,888 2s 9d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

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
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Other

The attorney of James Graham Clarke as a judgment creditor of Patrick Smith, deceased was registered as having sold 37 enslaved people to Aboukir in 1823.

1819 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Other
1834 [EA] - → Trustee and Executor

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Uncle → Niece
Business associates
Notes →
John Whittingham was 'factor and lawyer' to James Graham...

Addresses (2)

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, Northern England, England
Frocester Estate, Frocester, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England