Thomson Hankey

1773 - 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of John Hankey (died before 19/12/1792) and Elizabeth Thomson, and grandson of Sir Thomas Hankey and his wife Sarah Barnard. Partner in Thomson Hankey & Company (q.v.), father of Thomson Hankey junior (q.v.), uncle of John Alexander Hankey (q.v.) and cousin (and father-in-law) of Thomas Hankey (q.v.).

  1. Baptised 04/03/1773 St Dunstan in the East. Married 1801 Martha Harrison, daughter of Benjamin Harrison.  

  2. Death of Thomson Hankey registered Q4 1855 Steyning Sussex; buried Kensal Green All Souls 01/11/1855.

  3. Baptised 04/03/1773 St Dunstans-in-the-East London. Died Brighton 26/10/1855, left £140,000. West India merchant in the City of London. Described as 'plantation owner and West Indies merchant' in the ODNB entry for his son Thomson Hankey junior '7 Mincing Lane, [Hove] Brighton and formerly of 7 Portland place' (Probate Calendar). Two of his sons, Thomson [1893/58] and George [1894/55] also appear in Rubinstein's lists of the rich.


  1., London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538-1812 [database online]; William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (MS) reference 1855/7; John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours (4 vols., London, Henry Colburn, 1835-1838), vol. 4, pp. 117-118, Hankey, of Fetcham.

  2. FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online];, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online].

  3. Rubinstein op. cit. reference 1855/7.

Further Information

Martha Harrison
Thomson (1806-), Albinea (1808-), Isabella (1809-), Emma (1811-), Charles (1811-), George (1815-), Caroline (1817-)

Left £140,000 'within province'.

Wealth at death
West India merchant

Associated Claims (11)

£4,499 16s 1d
£356 1s 3d
£8,736 8s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£6,212 0s 3d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£4,195 6s 10d
£275 4s 4d
£5,552 10s 4d
£5,844 18s 8d
£6,543 5s 11d
£2,863 19s 8d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,631 12s 10d
Awardee (Mortgagee-in-possession)

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
1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Joint owner
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

The compensation records show that Thomson Hankey senior, Thomson Hankey jun. and John A. Hankey had secured an Ejectment in 1832, having previously been mortgagees.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Firm Investment
Thompson Hankey & Co.
West India merchant  
Railway Investment
Sunderland, Durham and Auckland Union [1845187]  
Railway Investment
Great Southern and Western (Extensions to Limerick and Cork) [184576]  

Cultural (1)

The Thomson Hankey Charity
The Thomson Hankey Charity...... 

Relationships (5)

Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew
First Cousins
Notes →
Thomson Hankey was father-in-law to Thomas as well as his...
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Father-in-law → Son-in-law

Addresses (1)

10 Brunswick Square, Brighton, Sussex, South-east England, England