George Henry Ames

1786 - 20th Jul 1873

Claimant or beneficiary


Bristol merchant, partner in Baillie, Ames and Baillie (q.v.). Son of Levi Ames and brother of John, the drysalter and banker, and of Lionel Lyde, the Bristol banker.

  1. Baptised Bristol 07/12/1786. George Henry Ames late of Cote House near Bristol Gloucestershire died 20/07/1873 at Cote House, will proved by George Acland Ames of the Union Club Trafalgar Square; Charles Herbert Ames of Remmenham Place Berks.; Edward Levi Ames of Clevelands in parish of Axmouth Devon, the sons, three of the executors. Effects under £90,000.

  2. Levi Ames (bap. 1739, d. 1820) and his father Jeremiah Ames (1706-1776) are in the ODNB as 'bankers and merchants.' The entry is silent on Jeremiah Ames' recorded slave voyages.


T71/887 British Guiana claim no. 2289 (Hampton Court).

William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009) reference 1821/13 Ames, Levi, who left £120,000, 'chiefly as a banker'; William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1868/4 Ames, John, drysalter and banker, who left £500,000; William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (MS), reference 1851/21 Lyde, Lionel (ne Ames), who also left £500,000.

  1., England & Wales, Christening Records, 1530-1906 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1873.

  2. Iain S. Black, ‘Ames, Jeremiah (1706–1776)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [, accessed 3 June 2014]; the Trans-atlantic Slave-trade Database shows three voyages for Jeremiah Ames in syndicates with Corsley Rogers and others in the 1750s, and two further voyages for syndicates including Corsley Rogers and a partner identified only as 'Ames' in 1748 and 1750.

Further Information

Anna Acland (3 Aug 1826 Clifton)
George Acland, Charles Herbert, Edward Levi

Associated Claims (14)

£23,024 6S 5D
£9,256 18S 4D
£89 8S 11D
£4,210 16S 8D
Awardee (Assignee)
£2,759 1S 0D
Awardee (Assignee)
£4,030 4S 3D
£2,043 19S 6D
£147 4S 10D
£2,526 6S 3D
£162 8S 11D
£4,385 6S 2D
£1,367 8S 2D
£93 16S 1D
£6,042 8S 3D

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Baillie, Ames & Baillie
West India merchant  
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,...

Cultural (1)

Founder member?
Camden Society...... 

Relationships (1)

Business partners

Addresses (2)

Clifton, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
Cote House, Westbury-upon-Trym, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England