Richard Beckford

1712 - 24th Jan 1756


Biography

  1. Third son of Peter Beckford, educated Westminster from 1721 (age 9) and Balliol, Oxford from 1728 (age 15), admitted to the Middle Temple 1730; called to the bar 1736. Died unmarried. "One of the biggest planters in Jamaica, and was there at the time of the general election of 1754." MP for Bristol, 1754-1756. Died at Lyons 24/01/1756.

  2. Richard Beckford of Westmoreland, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1756. Slave-ownership at probate: 910 of whom 473 were listed as male and 437 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £83286.61 Jamaican currency of which £36442.25 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £350 currency cash, £35660.71 currency debts and £1200 currency plate.

Sources

  1. History of Parliament online, http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1754-1790/member/beckford-richard-1712-56 [accessed 14/06/2017].

  2. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.


Further Information

Absentee?
Transatlantic
Spouse
died unmarried
School
Westminster [1721 ]
University
Oxford (Balliol) [1728 ]
Legal Education
Middle Temple [1730 ]

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
1740 [EA] - → Attorney
1740 [EA] - → Attorney

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

MP
 
election →
Bristol Somerset
1754 - 1756

Relationships (6)

Son → Father
Uncle → Nephew
Brothers
Brothers
Brothers
Son → Mother