Thomas Kington the younger

1796 - 1857

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Thomas Kington (1771-1827) and Charlotte Miles (daughter of William Miles and sister of Philip John Miles). Partner with his uncle Philip John Miles.

  1. 1851 census living at Park Place Weston-super-Mare aged 55, West India merchant born Clifton Gloucs., with son Philip, daughter Caroline and sister Susanna (fundholder aged 49). By 1861 Susanna Ann Kington aged 58 fundholder is at 2 Rodney Place Clifton with her niece Caroline May (she died 09/12/1879 previously of Charlton house Wraxall afterwards of Manilla House Clifton but lately of 2 Rodney Place Clifton, leaving £90,000, her executors were two of her Kington-Oliphant nephews).

  2. 1831 Thomas Kington Deputy Lieutenant 04/02/1831.

  3. After emancipation refocused the activities of Miles, Kington & Co in Melbourne, Australia, and subsequently at Lyttelton, New Zealand, where the firm played an important role in developing New Zealand's colonial trade. Upon Kington's death the firm changed its name to Miles & Co.

  4. Wills of Thomas Kington of Charlton House Somerset were proved (a) 15/10/1827 and (b) 13/04/1857. The first was Thomas Kington senior (q.v.); the second this man, the awardee. In his will of 1857, Thomas Kington specified his share in Miles & Kington as 4/16ths, and made provision for his sons Philip Oliphant and William Miles Nairne to take on his shares when they entered the partnership.


  1. 1851 and 1861 censuses online; National Probate Calendar 1880.

  2. London Gazette, Issue 25/02/1831, p. 364.

  3. See various reports in the Lyttelton Times available through Papers Past:; Lyttelton Times, Volume XII, Issue 730, 5 November 1859, p. 1.

  4. PROB 11/1731/283 and 11/2250/111.

We are grateful to Elisabeth Frankish for her help compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Thomas Kingston
Margaret Oliphant
Thomas Laurence Kington-Oliphant, Philip Oliphant Kington-Balir-Oliphant, Caroline, James, William Miles Nairne

Associated Claims (11)

£2,848 7S 3D
£3,678 14S 7D
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Mortgagee)
£4,180 7S 6D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£1,346 1S 7D
£2,781 5S 8D
£4,011 18S 9D
£1,765 18S 10D
£2,240 12S 4D
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£2,159 16S 7D
£6,622 18S 7D
£4,650 6S 0D

Associated Estates (6)

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
1832 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

Thomas Kington the younger would have been a relatively young man in 1817: although he is known to have been a partner with his uncle Philip John Miles, it is not clear whether his father Thomas Kington senior had also had mercantile involvement in the West Indies.

1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

Legacies Summary

Commercial (4)

Thomas Kington's father was senior partner
Robert Bayly & Co.
White lead manufacturers  
Firm Investment
notes →
28/02/1837: "Deed of Partnership - (1) Joseph Bell Clarke of Manchester, cotton manufacturer, William Edward Acraman, Alfred John Acraman, Philip William Skynner Miles, Thomas Kington, Peter Maze,...
Name partner
Miles and Kington
West India merchant  
Other partner

Imperial (2)

Australia: Victoria 
notes →
Partner in Kington, Miles & Co colonial...
New Zealand 
notes →
Partner in Kington, Miles & Co colonial...

Relationships (3)

First Cousins
Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (1)

Charlton House, Somerset, South-west England, England