George Rainy

6th Jun 1790 - 9th Jun 1863

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Major recipient of compensation in British Guiana as partner in Sandbach Tinne (q.v.) and its predecessors, resident in British Guiana at the time of compensation and retiring in 1843.

  1. Born 06/06/1790 in Scotland, died 09/06/1863. Son of Rev. George Rainy (1734 - 1810) of Aberdeenshire and his wife Ann Robertson. First married Margaret Jessie Louisa Darroch, daughter of Lieut.Gen. Darroch of Gouroch. Margaret died in 1840. He secondly married in 1844 Margaret Elizabeth, daughter of the Rev. George Haygarth, who was the mother of his son George Haygarth Rainy. Elizabeth died in 1856. He then married Isabella Rudlin, widow of the Rev. George Hingston.

  2. 'In the 1861 census, he was at 9 Gloucester Terrace and described as 'fundholder': his wife's name is given as Isabella. Left £160,000 in personalty. Bought Raasay island 1846 for 35,000 guineas. 'Raasay, Inverness-shire and Portman Square [sic] Middlesex' (probate calendar). 'Little is known about his career apart from the fact that he was apparently a partner in Sandbach Tinne of Liverpool. He appears to have retired about 1845. His brother Harry Rainy has an entry in the ODNB as an "expert in forensic medicine."'

  3. Will of George Rainy formerly of Raasay in County of Inverness but late of Porchester Terrace who died 09/06/1863 proved 06/07/1863 by Harry Rainy brother, Charles Stuart Parker the nephew and Charles Stuart Parker the younger of University College Oxford the great-nephew, effects under £160,000. George Haygarth Rainy, who died 23/02/1872, in turn left under £100,000: he is described as son of George of St Pancras in his entry recording his matriculation at University College Oxford 18/04/1863 aged 18. Baptism of George Hazgarth [sic] Rainy son of George and Margaret Rainy at Regents Square Park United Reform Church Camden 25/05/1847.

  4. The mother of Charles Stewart Parker Tennent (1817-1864), the Scottish brewer, was Christian Rainy (d. 1863), probably the sister of George Rainy (Tennent's father was Hugh Tennent senior (1780-1864), 'originally a West Indies merchant (Midleton & Tennent) in Glasgow').

  5. Copies of his letters from Demerara 1828-1832 and Cheltenham (1839) are in the Sandbach Tinne and Co. collection at Senate House Library, University of London.

  6. His sister Ann married Robert Brown (q.v.).

  7. Described in J.C. Chevely’s journal as “slow-spoken, he had a sharp visage, high thin nose, and a cold quiet calculating grey eye.”

Sources

T71/885 British Guiana claim nos. 107, 515, 552 (Plantn Vreyheids (?) and Sheet Anchor), 640 (Prospect), 641 (Little Diamond), 654 (Vriesland), 668 (Javer Beusdeune (?) and Regt Door Zee (?)), 693 (La Jalousie & Fellowship), 694, 701 (Edinburgh), 702 (Leonora), 705 (William), 709 (De Hinderen and Boodes Rust), 712 (Truxen de Vrienden(?)), 804 (Perseverance) and 882; T71/886 British Guiana claim nos. 1037, 1106, 1155, 1272, 1296, 1305, 1393, 1718, 1855 and 1974; T71/887 British Guiana claim nos. 2032, 2138, 2257 and 2268 A&B (Zeelandia).

  1. http://histfam.familysearch.org/getperson.php?personID=I91294&tree=Fasti [sourced 16 April 2013]. Anonymous descendant of the Douglas family The genealogy of the families of Douglas of Mulderg and Robertson of Kindeace with their descendants (A. M. Ross. Dingwall,1895).

  2. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1863/49. The Probate Calendar indicates Porchester Square rather than Portman Square.

  3. National Probate Calendar 1863, 1872; Ancestry.com, Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Non-conformist Registers, 1694-1921 [database online].

  4. Rubinstein op. cit. reference 1864/61 for Charles Stewart Parker Tennent (who left £212,892).

  5. http://www.aim25.ac.uk/cgi-bin/vcdf/detail?coll_id=1362&inst_id=14&nv1=search&nv2= [accessed 17/07/2012].

  6. http://www.spanglefish.com/slavesandhighlanders/index.asp?pageid=245741 [accessed 17/07/2012].

  7. John Cheveley, Journal of John Cheveley [SOAS Library], CWM/LMS/West Indies & British Guiana/Journals/Box 1; Typescript copies of extracts from the journal of John C. Cheveley, clerk with John and William Pattinson Bros, Commission Merchants, Georgetown, British Guiana, 1821-25 [vol. 2, p. 124].

We are grateful to Jim Brennan for his assistance in compiling this entry.


Further Information

Absentee?
Transatlantic
Spouse
(1) Margaret Jessie Louisa Darroch (2) Margaret Elizabeth Haygarth (3) Isabella Rudlin
Children
George Haygarth
Wealth at death
£160,000
Rubinstein
1863/49

Associated Claims (30)

£425 11S 5D
Awardee
£915 14S 7D
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£130 9S 9D
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£65 4S 10D
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£101 11S 10D
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£391 8S 2D
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£1,411 13S 11D
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£35 9S 10D
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£636 19S 7D
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£36 15S 7D
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£63 0S 1D
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£68 8S 0D
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£98 9S 11D
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£238 1S 10D
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£15,243 14S 3D
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£210 19S 4D
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£1,904 16S 1D
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£5,683 2S 1D
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£12,375 9S 3D
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£4,121 7S 10D
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£2,419 1S 9D
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£20,752 14S 3D
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£12,615 1S 9D
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£382 4S 3D
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£65 4S 10D
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£14,638 18S 6D
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£14,231 0S 7D
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£15,482 14S 8D
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£13,011 2S 9D
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£8,552 4S 11D
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Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Railway Investment
Cheltenham, Oxford, and London and Birmingham Union; or Charlton Kings and Marsworth [183732]  
£2500 
Other partner
Sandbach Tinne
West India merchant  
 
Other partner
Sandbach Tinne
West India merchant  
 

Addresses (2)

Raasay Island, Inverness-shire, Highlands & Islands, Scotland
Porchester Square, London, Middlesex, London, England