Sir John Gibbons 2nd Bart.

1717 - 9th Jul 1776


Slave-owner on Barbados, MP for Stockbridge (1754-1761) and for Wallingford (1761-1768). The son of Sir William Gibbons, 1st Bt. and Frances Hall. He married Martha Kenrick, daughter of Reverend Dr. Scawen Kenrick. Succeeded to the title of 2nd Baronet Gibbons, of Stanwell Place, Middlesex, Britain, May 1760 on the death of his father. Children of John Gibbons and Martha Kenrick included: Emily Gibbons; Sir William Gibbons, 3rd Bt. (1751-26 November 1814); Scawen Kenrick Gibbons (18 Aug 1755-1801); Robert Gibbons (1756-1805); and Reverend John Gibbons (described in the will of Sir John Gibbons as his second son, ?-1 May 1843). 1745-at least 1768, member of the Barbados Assembly. Appears to have ‘retained an active interest in island affairs when settled in England’.

  1. Will of Sir John Gibbons of Stanwell Middx [made in 1772] proved 22/02/1777. He left his wife £100 p.a. from the Mullins estate until their children were all 21 or (if daughters) married. He left to his three daughters Fanny Elizabeth, Hannah and Martha enough money to make up to a total of £5000 sterling each the £3000 Barbados currency left to each of them in the will of their grandfather Sir William Gibbons bart. He left £4000 to his youngest son George Gibbons at 21, and a further £2000 to him that was charged on Mullins. Sir William Gibbons had also left £100 p.a. to each of his [Sir John's] children until 21, which Sir John confirmed. Sir John Gibbons had settled his English property under entail on his son William on the latter's marriage to Rebecca Watson in 1771, with reversion to his second son John and in turn to his [the testator's] younger sons. In the will he rehearsed an indenture of 1771 - the marriage settlement of his son William - whereby he had pledged an estate called Bishops to raise an annuity of £400 p.a. to William Buller and Joseph Pickering as trustees, which he shifted to the Morgan Lewis and Coopers Hill estates. It also identified the Haymans and Mullins estates as his. He left Hayman's, charged with £200 p.a. to his wife, to his son Scawen Kenrick, subject to the latter assigning £10,000 [left to Scawen Kenrick Gibbons under the will of Sir William Gibbons] to his [Scawen Kenrick's] brother Robert. He charged a further £100 p.a to his wife on Coopers Hill and Morgan Lewis, and £100 p.a charged on Mullins.


The Peerage: Sir John Gibbons 2nd Bt.; History of Parliament online: entry by Mary M. Drummond.

  1. PROB 11/1028/260

Further Information

Martha Kenrick

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
1760 [EA] - 1777 [LA] → Owner
- 1776 [EY] → Owner
1760 [EA] - 1777 [LA] → Owner
1760 [EA] - 1777 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Stanwell House 
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Country house purchased in 1754 by Sir John Gibbons, who extended the estate through...
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In the possession of the Gibbons family from 1754-1933....

Political (1)

West India interest 
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Stockbridge Hampshire
1754 - 1761
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Wallingford Berkshire
1761 - 1768

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Father → Son
Father → Son
Father → Son
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Stanwell Place, Stanwell, Middlesex, South-east England, England
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Purchased by John Gibbons in 1754.