Alderman Richard Beckford

1712 - 1756


Biography

Slave-owner in Jamaica. Brother of Alderman William Beckford (q.v.). MP for Bristol 1754-1756.

  1. b. 1712, 3rd s. of Peter Beckford, and bro. of William. educ. Westminster, July 1721, aged 9; Balliol, Oxf. 15 Jan. 1728, aged 15; Univ. Coll. Oxf., B.A. 1731; M. Temple 1730, called 1736. unm.

  2. Richard Beckford was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 588 acres of land in St Catherine, 6995 acres in Westmoreland and 1658 acres in St Elizabeth, total 9241 acres.

  3. Will of Richard Beckford, late Alderman of the City of London, proved 04/03/1756. He left £5000 to each of his brothers William, Julines and Francis, and £5000 to his nephew Peter, the son of Julines. He left smaller monetary legacies including to his sister the Countess of Effingham and Thomas Beckford of Ashford, and £4000 to the daughter of Jenny Scott (described as the widow of George Scott of Jamaica, and to whom he left an annuity of £120 p.a.). He left to Elizabeth Hay of Jamaica 'whom I have esteem and do esteem in all respects as my wife' an annuity of £500 p.a. He left Roaring River to his natural son with Elizabeth Hay 'William commonly called William Beckford', and instructed his trustees to continue the lease of Shrewsbury from his brother Julines at a rent of £2000 p.a. He had he said purchased Hertford plantation from his brother Julines although no title had passed.

Sources

  1. http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1754-1790/member/beckford-richard-1712-56

  2. 'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.

  3. PROB 11/821/63


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish

Associated Estates (8)

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
1740 [EA] - → Attorney

Tentative association, may be a different Richard Beckford.

1756 [EA] - 1767 [LA] → Previous owner
1756 [EA] - 1767 [LA] → Previous owner
1758 [EA] - 1765 [LA] → Previous owner
- 1756 [LA] → Lessee

Richard Beckford said in his will [proved in 1756] that he had leased Shrewsbury from his brother Julines for 15 years at £2000 p.a. and instructed his trustees to continue the arrangement

1756 [EA] - 1761 [LA] → Other

Richard Beckford said in his will [proved in 1756] that he had leased Shrewsbury from his brother Julines for 15 years at £2000 p.a. and instructed his trustees to continue the arrangement

1756 [EA] - 1765 [LA] → Previous owner
1756 [EA] - 1765 [LA] → Previous owner

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

MP
 
election →
Bristol Somerset
1754 - 1756

Relationships (4)

Father → Natural Son
Brothers
Brothers
Brothers