Rose Milles (née Gardiner)

1757 - 1835

Claimant or beneficiary


Rose Milles was the claimant for the enslaved people on the Georgia estate in St Thomas-in-the-East, for which she was shown as the owner from 1811 to 1833, but died before the award was made (in her name). The compensation was paid to her son-in-law Rowland Alston and grandson Rowland Gardiner Alston. She was the daughter and sole heir of Edward Gardiner of Pishiobury (q.v), under whose trust will she inherited both Pishiobury and an unnamed estate in Jamaica, together with the enslaved people upon it: Edward Gardiner in turn appears to have been the heir of his maternal uncle, a Kingston merchant called Edward Prattle under the latter's will dated 1735.

  1. Rose Gardiner of Sawbridge in Hertfordshire married Jeremiah Milles in Marylebone, 08/06/1780. Will of Rose Milles widow of Pishiobury Herts. proved 18/06/1835. She left her property to her two unmarried daughters Harriet and Sophia.


Will of Edward Gardiner of Pishobury [sic] Hertfordshire proved 26/02/1779; PROB 11/1050/270; "A href=""> accessed 21/01/2016 - the link between the Edward Gardiner of Edward Prattle's will and Edward Gardiner of Pishiobury is made by C 11/348/31 Gardiner v Harpur," [accessed 21/01/2016].

  1., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; PROB 11/1848/220.

Further Information

Maiden Name
Harriet, Sophia, Rose

Associated Claims (1)

£2,505 4s 11d
Deceased awardee

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
1779 [EA] - 1779 [LA] → Owner
1810 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Pendant portraits of Rose Gardiner and Jeremiah Milles by George Romney c. 1780-1783 to commemorate their marriage, now in the Huntington Library, and restored in 2010. The catalogue describes Rose... 
notes → [for Rose Gardiner Milles];...

Physical (2)

Pishiobury, Hertfordshire 
description →
Landscaping attributed by Pevsner to Capability Brown for 'Mr Mills' at Pishiobury Hertfordshire. The house had in fact belonged to Jeremiah Milles III's wife Rose Milles nee Gardiner, who inherited...
Country house
Pishiobury Park 
description →
Country house remodelled after fire by James Wyatt 1782-3 in Gothic Revival style for Jeremiah Milles, the husband of Rose Milles Gardiner, who had inherited the house from her father Edward...

Relationships (6)

Daughter → Father
Widow → Deceased Husband
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law
Grandmother → Grandson
Mother → Daughter
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law

Addresses (1)

Pishiobury, Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England