Charles Blair

1776 - 1854


Trustees (Vere Fane and the 2nd Viscount St Vincent, both of whom q.v.) of Charles Blair were awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on East Prospect estate in St Thomas-in-the-East Jamaica. The trusteeship arose under the will of Charles Blair (1743-1802) of Down House Dorset, the father of Charles Blair (1776-1854), the subject of this entry.

  1. Charles Blair (1776-1854) was the great-grandfather of George Orwell: his son the Rev. Thomas Richard Arthur Blair (1803-1867) was the father of Richard Walmesley Blair (1857-1939), Orwell's father. The ODNB entry for Orwell says: 'Richard Blair's great[sic]-grandfather Charles Blair (1743-1820 [sic]), a Scot, had been a rich man, a plantation and slave-owner in Jamaica who had married into the English aristocracy; the money had run out by Richard Blair's time.'

  2. In 1851 Charles Blair, widower aged 74 late Captain 4th Dragoon Guards, born Whitchurch Dorset was living with a single servant at 15 Pulteney Street Bath. Baptism records confirm that Charles, the son of Charles and Lady Mary Blair, was baptised 01/01/1777 at Winterborne Whitechurch Dorset.


T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East no. 291.

  1. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography ( online, Bernard Crick, 'Blair, Eric Arthur [pseud. George Orwell] (1903-1950), political writer and essayist'. The death-date given by Crick for the first Charles Blair is erroneous: the will of Charles Blair of Down House Dorset was proved 27/07/1802 PROB 11/1377/276.

  2. 1851 census online; England and Wales Christening Records 1530-1906; Dorset, England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538-1812.

Further Information

Thomas Richard Arthur, 4 others

Will of Charles Blair of Cattestock [i.e. Cattistock] Dorset proved 27/10/1854, PROB 11/2198

Associated Claims (2)

£4,442 13S 1D
£2,639 15S 6D
Other association

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
1802 [SY] - 1854 [EY] → Trust beneficiary
1802 [SY] - 1854 [EY] → Trust beneficiary

Relationships (1)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

15 Pulteney Street, Bath, Somerset, South-west England, England