Netlam Tory

1784 - 16th Feb 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


A merchant in Liverpool, partner in Tory, Holt (q.v.) who apparently moved to Britain from Kingston Jamaica in the early 1830s and settled in Liverpool.

  1. Probably the son of Netlam Tory merchant of Wimborne Minster Dorset, active in the Newfoundland fisheries, whose will was proved 05/06/1790 (PROB 11/1193). The extent of the Tory involvement in Newfoundland has not been fully examined. On 02/08/1786, Netlam Tory of Sops Arm White Bay, Newfoundland, "states that for twenty four years he has carried on a fishery without any problem but this year he was stopped by French vessels. Mr. Tory describes what happened and states that the French had no right to stop them as they were not in French territory. He asks his excellence if he has the right to fish in White Bay."

  2. A Netlam Tory's store in Kingston appears in an illustration of Harbour Street looking eastwards by James Hakewill in 1825. Netlam Tory signed the Kingston slave register himself in 1832.  

  3. In 1841, Netlam Tory aged 55 was living in Netherfield[s] Road, Walton-on-the-Hill, West Derby with wife Eliza aged 45. His will was proved 20/03/1855. There is a gravestone for both Netlam Tory (showing his death 16/02/1855 aged 71, 'for many years' a resident of Jamaica) and his wife Eliza (who died 1885 in her 92nd year) in the graveyard of St George's Everton. At her death Eliza Tory of Richmond Park near Liverpool, who died 27/01/1885 and whose will was proved 05/05/1885 by her nephew Frederick Maskew, librarian of Cape Town, left £71,023 2s (resworn July 1885 £71157 19s 6d).

  4. Will of Netlam Tory formerly of Kingston but now of Liverpool proved 20/03/1855. He left £15,000 to his wife Eliza, and several monetary legacies to individuals in Kingston, as well as providing for his son George Tory, afflicted with mental disorder, who had been the partner of James Marke Wood in Wood and Tory merchants of Liverpool until 1837.

  5. Martha Amelia Tory, daughter of Charlotte Morris "a free quadroon" by Netlam Tory, baptised in Kingston, 19/03/1808 aged about three weeks. Edward Tory, same parents, baptised in Kingston 12/07/1809. Jane Tory, same parents, born 1810 and baptised in Kingston 17/03/1811. George Tory, same parents, baptised Kingston 02/12/1812 (he may be the son George Tory mentioned in the will of Netlam Tory, see 4., above).


T71/857 St Ann claim no. 308 (Relief and Healthy Hill); T71/861 Kingston claim nos. 359, 379, 380 and 790; T71/862 Kingston claim no. 1775 and 1776; T71/863 Kingston claim no. 2291; T71/859 Clarendon claim no. 444 (Breadnut Bottom); T71/852 St Catherine claim no. 536 (Pumpkin Ground).

  1. PROB 11/1193. The Colonial Secretary's Letterbook, GN 2/1/A [Box no. 3] transcribed at [accessed 09/10/2012].

  2. [accessed 14/03/2011]; Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834 [database on-line], 1832 Kingston.

  3. 1841 census online; PROB 11/2209; Lost Liverpool (which identifies her as Eliza Maskew and puts the marrige date at 1838: an Eliza Maskew does appear in FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online] for West Derby Q3 1838 and Eliza Tory's nephew and executor was named Maskew) [accessed 14/03/2011]. This is confirmed by the Lancashire Online Parish Clerk Project, which shows the marriage of Netlam Tory widower (son of Netlam Tory merchant) and Eliza Maskew 14/08/1838 at St Georges Everton [accessed 14/03/2011]; National Probate Calendar 1885.

  4. PROB 11/2209/184. The will is indexed by TNA under 'Nellam [sic] Tory'; London Gazette, 19483, 11/04/1837 p. 960.

  5., Jamaica, Church of England Parish Register Transcripts [online database with images].

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

Further Information

(2) Eliza Maskew
[Illeg., with Charlotte Morris] Martha Amelia (1808-), Edward (1809-), Jane (1810-), George (1812-)

Associated Claims (10)

£559 8s 0d
£555 15s 7d
£30 19s 1d
£201 4s 11d
£42 4s 7d
£297 3s 5d
£219 13s 0d
£303 10s 2d
£2,062 19s 9d
Awardee (Trustee)
£760 9s 5d

Associated Estates (6)

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
1834 [EA] - → Joint owner
1821 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Executor
1834 [EA] - → Trustee
1823 [EA] - → Not known
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Executor
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (6)

Railway Investment
South-Eastern [1846476]  
Railway Investment
Railway Investment
Diss and Colechester Junction [184538]  
Railway Investment
Eastern Counties (March and Lincoln Extension) [1846130]  
Railway Investment
Norfolk Extension [1846387]  
Senior partner
Tory, Holt, and Company
West India merchant  

Imperial (1)

Canada: Newfoundland 
notes →
Unknown connection [possibly son?] of Netlam Tory, merchant of Wimbourne in Dorset, who was active in the Newfoundland fisheries in the...

Relationships (3)

Executor → Testator
Business associates
Notes →
The men were co-awardees and Netlam Tory was executor of Thomas McWhinney's will, but to date no formal partnership has been identified for them....
Extra-marital relationships

Addresses (1)

16 Netherfield road (north), Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England