Martin Williams

1782 - 1856

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded part of the compensation for the Spring estate in St James after counter-claiming with others against Richard Barrett the trustee of Samuel Barrett as annuitant and trustee under indentures of 1812. Trustees, probably of Martin Williams's marriage settlement, also claimed unsuccessfully for the Old Hope estate in Westmoreland Jamaica, while Martin Williams contested apparently without success a further claim against the Barretts on Retreat Pen in St Ann.  

  1. Martin Williams (1782-1856) was the son of Martin Williams of Old Hope Westmoreland (1723-1786) and Elizabeth Barrett Waite (1754-1834), and half-brother of Samuel Barrett (1788-1824). He married Mary Maddocks in 1811 and had 4 daughters, including Mary who in 1839 married Henry Cornwall Legh, heir to the High Legh estate of Knutsford Cheshire, from 'one of the oldest and best families in the county, & possessed of an estate of £10,000 per ann.' according to Martin Williams. Another daughter, Elizabeth Charlotte, married Henry Robertson Sandbach (q.v.) in 1855.   

  2. In 1841 and 1851 Martin Williams was living at Bryngwyn, Llanfechan, in 1851 aged 65 Landed Proprietor and Magistrate born Jamaica with wife Mary aged 60, 3 daughters and 3 Legh grand-daughters, a governess and 7 servants.

  3. Will of Martin Williams of Bryngwyn Montgomeryshire [now in London, about to embark to Jamaica] [made in 1828] proved 16/02/1856. The will is very simple, leaving his entire property to his wife Mary for her disposal, commenting that 'in the present circumstances of my affairs this mode of bequeathing my real and personal estates will contribute most to the happiness and comfort of my dearly beloved wife and our dear daughters.'


T71/873 St James no. 651; T71/871 Westmoreland no. 219 (Old Hope).

  1. 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) pp. 147-48, 177.

  2. 1841 and 1851 censuses online.

  3. PROB 11/2228/97.

Further Information

Mary Maddocks
4 daughters

Associated Claims (3)

£4,718 10s 0d
Unsuccessful claimant
£4,213 13s 11d
£1,572 3s 9d

Associated Estates (4)

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
1809 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Owner
1807 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1809 [EA] - 1830 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - → Attorney

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Bryngwyn Hall, Powys, Wales [Purchased] 
description →
The house was built for the Mostyn Owen family to designs by Robert Mylne in 1773-74 and was extended in 1813 by Thomas Jones for Martin Williams....

Relationships (8)

Nephew → Uncle
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Son → Father
Son → Mother
Brother → Sister
Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (1)

Bryngwyn, Llanfechan, Montgomeryshire, Mid-Wales, Wales