Sir Robert Heron 2nd Bart.

27th Nov 1765 - 29th May 1854

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation with a large group of others, including the Trevelyan family, for the enslaved people on the Beausejour, Tempe, Simon[d], Requin and Sagesse estates on Grenada.  He was the executor (with Sir William Edward Rouse Boughton, q.v.) of Susanna, Lady St John nee Simond (q.v.), whose daughter, who married Sir Henry Halford (q.v.) of Wistow Hall, inherited a legacy secured on the estates.  

  1. Born at Newark, the son of Thomas Heron of Chilham Castle, Kent, recorder of Newark and Anne, daughter of Sir Edward Wilmot, bt, MD, Heron was educated by the Rev. John Skynner at Easton, near Stamford, at the same time as Charles Chaplin (1759-1816): for the Chaplin family see Henry Chaplin. Succeeded to the baronetcy on the death of his uncle Sir Richard Heron, in 1805. On the death of another uncle, the Revd Robert Heron of Grantham, 1813, he succeeded to considerable property, which was augmented by the his aunt's death shortly afterwards. 'A quirky, quixotic politician, Heron embodied the spirit of the independent country gentleman.' [Oxford DNB] He built up a substantial collection of curious and exotic animals - his menagerie - which Macaulay alluded to: see notes on Heron's political activities in Political legacies. Heron's Notes moves seamlessly between observations on proceedings in the House of Commons or foreign policy (organised chronologically) and personal details - such as when he had a cold - or the various animals he has just acquired.

  2. Sir Robert Heron appears in the Papers of Halford of Wistow in connection with the family estates in Grenada and in a dispute over a bond due from the estate of the late Lady St John to Lady Halford, both in the section containing the correspondence of Sir Henry Halford and his son.


 T71/880 Grenada nos. 435 (Beausejour), 445 (Tempe), 760, 771 (Simon[d]), 857 (Requin) and 860 (Sagesse). Sir Robert Heron and Sir William Boughton were identified as appointed by the Court of Chancery to succeed Mr Townshend, Lady St John's executor, in a letter from 'Mr Hankey' to Lady Halford in 1826, 'Copy letter from [Lady Halford], Curzon Street to [a lawyer]', 26/11/1826, Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland, Record Office DG24/1051/7.

  1. Sir Robert Heron Bart., Notes [mainly on public affairs] (2nd edn., Grantham, 1851); Oxford DNB, W. P. Courtney, ‘Heron, Sir Robert, second baronet (1765–1854)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew. There are archives in the Lincolnshire Archives, Lincoln.

  2. Papers of Halford of Wistow accessed 13/08/2012; Leicestershire, Leicester and Rutland Record Office, Halford MSS [DG24/791-DG24/1091]

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sir Robert Heron Bart.
Amelia, daughter of Sir Horatio Mann (m. 9 January 1792) [Amelia died 1847]
Privately by Rev. John Skynner, Easton, nr. Stamford, Lincs. [?-1773 ]
St John's College, Cambridge [1783 ]
Legal Education
Lincoln's Inn [1775 ]
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (6)

£4,499 16s 1d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£356 1s 3d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£4,195 6s 10d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£5,552 10s 4d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£5,844 18s 8d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£6,543 5s 11d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

Notes [mainly on public... 1851 

Political (1)

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Great Grimsby Lincolnshire
1812 - 1818
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Peterborough Northamptonshire
1819 - 1847

Relationships (1)

Executor → Testator

Addresses (1)

Stubton Hall, Grantham (near), Lincolnshire, East Midlands, England