William Burke

1780 - 3rd May 1850

Claimant or beneficiary


William Burke was awarded compensation in right of his wife Eliza, heiress-at-law of Louis Felix Langaine. Assumed, though not proven to be the William Burke who owned Providence Estate in St David, Grenada, from at least 1817 to 1834.

  1. Tentatively identified as the William Burke who was living at Windsor Crescent, Trinity Road, St Helier, Jersey, in the census of 1841, age 60, of independent means, born England. Living with him were his wife Eliza age 50 and two female servant, Fanny Burnett and Hortense Watson, both age 20.

  2. William Burke, gentleman, age 70, died 03/05/1850 and buried in St Helier 10/05/1850, "decay of nature".

  3. The identification is suggested by William Burke's will in which he describes himself as "now of Richmond Villa, Clarendon Road in the parish of St Helier Island of Jersey but late of Cariton Green Ravenglass Cumberland and Island of Grenada West Indies Esquire." The bequests in the will suggest his property was of more value than that inherited in Grenada from his wife.

  4. Eliza died 17/07/1865 formerly of Jersey but late of Lion Terrace Maida Vale at Carleton Hall near Ravenglass Cumberland leaving £8,000 in personalty.

  5. Carleton House near Ravenglass was the family home of Edward Atkinson Burrow, the husband of William Burke's step-daughter Elizabeth Sarah Rawlins. Elizabeth Sarah Burrow reportedly left money in her will in 1867 to Henry Edward Manning, Archbishop of Westminster and later Cardinal Manning.


T71/880 Grenada 428 (Town St George).

  1. 1841 census online.

  2. Ancestry.com, Jersey, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1940 [database online].

  3. PROB 11/2114/156.

  4. National Probate Calendar 1865.

  5. J.R. E. Borron, 'The Burroughs of Carleton Hall', https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/archiveDS/archiveDownload?t=arch-2055-1/dissemination/pdf/Article_Level_Pdf/tcwaas/002/1969/vol69/tcwaas_002_1969_vol69_0011.pdf [accessed 13/04/2017].

We are grateful to Stephen Lewis for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information


PROB 11/2114/156 - precis.

William Burke now of Richmond Villa, Clarendon Road, St Helier, Jersey, late of Cariton Green, Ravenglass, Cumberland, and Island of Grenada, West Indies Esquire.

To Alexander Bain of Grenada Esquire in trust for the sole use and benefit of Mrs Mary Catherine Campbell (wife of Donald Campbell, planter, Grenada) £1,500 sterling, the interest to be paid to her yearly until the trustee shall dispose of any part or the whole of the said sum for the purchase of some secure landed or other real property, for the sole use of Mary Catherine Campbell and her heirs and assigns forever.

To my executors so much of my funds of any kind as will purchase an annuity of £15 sterling for the life of Charlotte Hortense Watson.

To my dear sister Cecilia Kerr, late of Grenada and now of St Helier, an annuity of £50 per annum for life. In case my sister should survive my wife Eliza Burke then instead an annuity of £100 per annum for life for her.

£20 each to my trustee and executors.

All rest and residue to my beloved wife Eliza Burke after payment of just debts, funeral and testamentary expenses, and the aforesaid legacies. In the event of my surviving my dear wife then all rest and residue to such person or persons as, if my said dear wife survived me, should inherit the same at her death.

My wife Eliza Burke and Mr Charles [surname unclear] of 6 Waverley Terrace, St Saviours, Jersey to be executors jointly with Alexander Bain Esquire, all of whom I particularly request their kind and firm protection towards my ever beloved wife when and where she may neet it.

Signed Jersey 16/02/1850.

Proved at London 20/06/1850 by Eliza Burke, widow, the relict.

Associated Claims (2)

£725 17s 10d
£3,524 10s 2d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (1)

Husband → Wife

Addresses (3)

Carlton Green, Ravenglass, Cumbria, North-west England, England
Notes →

"late of" - but no dates

Richmond Villa, Clarendon Road, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands
Windsor Cresent, Trinity Road, St Helier, Jersey, Channel Islands