Ascanius William Senior
Profile & Legacies Summary
???? - 1789
William Askanius Senior or W.A. Senior appears as an early purchaser of land on Dominica, being shown as the original purchaser of St Andrew Lot no. 113 (170 acres) and with Robert George Bruce of Lot no. 114 (no acreage given); by 1777 he was also 'present possessor' with Robert George Bruce of St David Lots nos. 26 & 33 (a total of 438 acres) and of a further leased tract under St David Lands on Lease Lot no. 3.
- The will of Ascanius William Senior of St Marylebone was proved in London in 10/11/1789. Ascanius William Senior was an East India Co. man and returned nabob, and his will is silent on property in Dominica: it concerns largely the transmission of his estate at Bray in Berkshire and his provision for his three daughters. However, genealogical sites suggest that Ascanius William Senior and his brother Thomas Nassau Senior (q.v., also given as Nassau Thomas Senior) were 'estate-owners' in Barbados, Dominica and Trinidad/Tobago, although the latter is disputed online. The identification of Ascanius William Senior as the investor in Dominica is confirmed by a letter in the National Library of Wales Journal and by several items of correspondence between 1771 and 1778 in the Nassau Senior Papers.
St Marylebone, London, Middlesex, London, England