Stephen Peter Rigaud

1774 - 1839


Oxford mathematician and astronomer, interested in the claims of his brother-in-law Joseph William Jordan in Barbados: Rigaud signed at the National Debt Office for the compensation for the enslaved people on three estates in Barbados.

  1. Rigaud's father-in-law was Gibbes W[alker] Jordan, 'a barrister' according to the ODNB but in also a slave-owner in Barbados. Rigaud's wife, Christian Walker, died in 1827. Their son, Stephen Jordan Rigaud, was bishop of Antigua and is himself in the ODNB. Gibbes Walker Jordan had left Christian Walker Rigaud £2000, apparently over and above an unspecified amount under her marriage settlement, in his will provide in 1823.

  2. The papers of Stephen Peter Rigaud are in the Bodleian.


NB letter to Commissioners from 'J. Duckworth' [this must in fact have been Samuel Duckworth, a barrister who was himself one of the non-salaried Commissioners] received 31/12/1835: 'will you have the goodness to enable me to answer the accompanying question from the Professor of astronomy at Oxford' re claim for an estate of Joseph Jordan in Barbadoes: 'I know there are no counterclaims but you do not proceed upon the counterclaims in Barbadoes till March, is that all I can say to Rigaud?

  1. ODNB online, Roger Hutchins, 'Rigaud, Stephen Peter (1774-1839), astronomer'; C. A. Harris, ‘Rigaud, Stephen Jordan (1816–1859)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 [, accessed 28 Sept 2013].


Further Information

Christian Walker Jordan
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (3)

£6,497 14s 5d
Other association
£2,837 3s 4d
Other association
£5,427 14s 1d
Other association

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Portrait of Stephen Peter Rigaud and Mary Anne Rigaud as children by their uncle John Francis Rigaud, now in the Ashmolean. 'This portrait, exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1778, shows the children... 
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Relationships (2)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (1)

Oxford, Oxfordshire, Central England, England