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
£4,631 12s 10d
Awardee (Mortgagee-in-possession)

Associated Estates (1)

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] - 1820 [LA] → Owner

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