Moses Benson

???? - 1806


Liverpool slave-trader, in Jamaica in the 1770s then returning to Liverpool. In his will he left his substantial estate to his four 'reputed' children, including Ralph Benson (1773-1845), later MP for Stafford 1812-1818 and 1826-1830, who was born in Jamaica. To date no slave-ownership on estates in Jamaica has been traced for Moses Benson.


PROB 11/1451/254; [accessed 08/05/2017], which describes Moses Benson as 'a well to do West India merchant of Lancashire yeoman stock'; Stephanie Barczewski, Country Houses and the British Empire, 1700-1930 p. 33 describes Moses Benson 'the slave trader and Jamaican plantation owner', and says that he left an estate - presumably personalty - of £265,000, and an income of £70,000 p.a. to his eldest son Ralph Benson.

Further Information


Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Firm Investment
Lancaster Canal
Canal Company  
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Moses Benson left 230 shares in the Lancaster Canal in his will proved in...

Physical (1)

Country house
Lutwyche Hall [Purchased] 
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Estate and house purchased in 1807 by the trustees of Moses Benson and held in the Benson family for more than a century, during which the house was remodelled with a Jacobean-style front by S....

Addresses (1)

Duke Street, Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England