Louis Bazalgette

???? - 1830


Louis Bazalgette made his fortune as tailor to the Prince of Wales in the 1780s and 1790s and then branched out into money-lending and invested in the West India and East India trades. Louis left personalty of £250,000 at his death. Louis's estate was the subject of protracted legal wrangling after his death in 1830 as Evelyn Bazalgette (as executor) attempted to recover the outstanding debts owed to his father. Evelyn Bazalgette claimed compensation as a creditor of the estate of Anthony Gilbert Storer (q.v.) in the case of Storer v. Bazalgette.


For the life of Louis Bazalgette and more information on his sons see Charles Bazalgette, Prinny's Taylor, the tale of Louis Bazalgette (1750-1830) (publication forthcoming); W.D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical directory of British wealth-holders Vol. 1 1809-1839 (2009) pp. 323-324, reference 1830/27; for details of legal disputes over Louis Bazalgette's estate, see, for example, Bazalgette v. Bazalgette, The Standard, Mon Aug. 5, 1833; for details of the claim of Bazalgette see, for example, 'Law Report', Times 11/03/1846 p. 7. In the ODNB entry for Joseph William Bazalgette, there is no mention of the slave-related activity of his grandfather Louis, who is characterised as gaining prominence as the tailor of George, the Prince of Wales; Smith, Denis. 2016 "Bazalgette, Sir Joseph William (1819–1891), civil engineer." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 13 May. 2019. https://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-1787.

Further Information

Married but no further details

Associated Estates (1)

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:

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  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1829 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Not known

In possession of Louis Bazalgette's attorney, almost certainly as a result of a mortgage held by Bazalgette, whose son Evelyn was awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on the estate as mortgagee-in-possession.

Relationships (1)

Father → Son