Thomas Daniell

???? - 1806


Attorney-General of Dominica and slave-owner there, and reportedly owner of The Villa on Antigua. Married first Anne Lindsey and secondly Anne Drosier (1773?-1836), with whom he had a son, Edward Thomas Daniell (1804-1842), who was a clergyman and amateur artist.

  1. Will of Thomas Daniell of Snettisham Norfolk [made in 1805] proved 16/11/1808. He began the will with a homily about the ingratitude of his son Earle in the context of his [the testator's] purchase of estates from William Lindsay or Lindsey (q.v.). He left his estate called Paradise in Dominica (which he said he had purchased from ___ Lee Esq.) to his wife for life with the recommendation that she sold it and used the money to repay a mortgage on the [Roc? Lot?] estate left to her by her uncle. He left a further unnamed estate on Dominica [probably the River] to his son Earle subject to an annuity of £300 p.a. to his [the testator's] widow and £2000 to 'my son' Edward; he also left 100 'negroes' to his wife and then to Edward Thomas [son], and £2000 to John Holmes jun. of Belfast. John Blackburn was one of the executors. The will is silent on The Villa. According to a tablet to his memory in Snettisham church, Thomas Daniell was 53 when he died, though according to the parish register he was 73.

  2. Thomas Daniell's son Edward Thomas Daniell (1804-1842), the inheritor as remainder man of 100 'negroes' under his father's will, has an entry in the ODNB which makes no reference to Edward Thomas Daniell's slave-owning, or to that of his family, though it identifies Thomas Daniell as Attorney-General of Dominica.


Vere Langford Oliver, History of Antigua 'Daniel Family', Vol. I pp. 188-189.

  1. PROB 11/1488/113; F.R. Beecheno, E. T. Daniell: A Memoir (privately printed, 1889), p. 5.

  2. Smail, Richard. 2004 "Daniell, Edward Thomas (1804–1842), artist and traveller." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 2 Jul. 2019.

We are grateful to Dr Giorgia Bottinelli of the Norfolk Museums Service for her help compiling this entry.

Further Information

(1) Anne Lindsey (2) Anne Drosier
With (1) Earle Lindsey; Anne Lindsey; with (2) Edward Thomas

Associated Estates (1)

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- 1806 [EY] → Not known

Thomas Daniell was associated by Vere Langford Oliver with The Villa, which was later owned by his son Earle Lindsey Daniell, but Thomas Daniell's will is silent on the estate, identifying only Paradise and another unnamed estate, both on Dominica. The will however does say that he [Thomas Daniell] had purchased the estates of the late John Lindsay [sic] from his son.

Relationships (3)

Father → Son
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
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Ann Lindsey's will is conspicuously silent on Thomas Daniell, who had married her daughter Anne (who predeceased...

Addresses (1)

Snettisham, Norfolk, East Anglia, England