Steuart Spencer Davis

1805 - 1896


Steuart (also given as Stuart and sometimes as Stewart) Spencer Davis, son of Benjamin Brown Davis (q.v) and Frances Davis nee Darnell. Born Newcastle-on-Tyne 1805.

  1. Will of Steuart Spencer Davis of Bournemouth died 15/09/1896 proved 07/11/1896 effects £74,571 6s 7d. In 1891 he had been living at Spencer House Holdenhurst Hampshire aged 86 'living on own means', with four daughters aged between 35 and 45, all born St Kitts. In 1871, when he was living at Reigate, he had been shown as 'West India proprietor.' Steuart Spencer Davis' grandson and namesake Sir Steuart Spencer Davis (d. 1950) was Treasurer of Palestine and then Governor of St Helena 1932-1938.

  2. 'The will of Mr. Steuart Spencer Davis, formerly of St. Kitts, who died at Bournemouth last September, has recently been proved, the gross amount being [£]78 300 [sic]. Mr. Davis was a splendid representative of the planter of bygone days, and lived in the enjoyment of comparatively good health to the ripe old age of 91. The name is still well known in the island of St. Kitts, where his descendants are large estate-holders and employers of labour. During the many years he resided at Bournemouth he made many friends, by whom he was much respected and held in high esteem.'


  1. National Probate Calendar 1896; 1871 and 1891 censuses online.

  2. The Colonies and India 21/11/1896 p. 15.

Further Information

Married but no further details
At least 4 daughters
Wealth at death
£74,571 6S 7D

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
1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Other

Steuart Spencer Davis registered the enslaved people on the Belmont estate in 1831 and 1834. Although the capacity under which he registered is not listed, his father Benjamin Brown Davis had been lessee from the Noel family.

1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Other

Steuart Spencer Davis made the returns in 1831 and 1834 which showed his mother and brother as administratrix and administrator and then as joint owners.

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

St Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha 
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Steuart Spencer Davis' grandson and namesake Sir Steuart Spencer Davis was Governor of St Helena 1932-38....

Relationships (3)

Son → Father
Son → Mother

Addresses (2)

Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Northumberland, Northern England, England
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Born at Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Bournemouth, Dorset, Wessex, England