Thomas Nash Kemble

1791 - 20th Apr 1833


Son of Thomas Kemble (1760-23/08/1821) sugar broker of Gobions Park and Mincing Lane and Arabella Mary Waugh, and in turn himself of More Hall, Gobions and Mincing Lane.

  1. 1791-20 April 1833, left £120,000 in personalty, 'More Hall, Gobions [Gubbins] parish, North Mimms [Mymms], Hertfordshire and [10] Mincing Lane, City of London [probate calendar]. Also of Ruthwell Hall Essex [GM 1833 Vol I p. 380]. Father Thomas Kemble, mother Arabella Mary Waugh (d. 1820). Education unknown.  Married 1814 Virginia (d. 1870) daughter of Horatio Clagett merchant of America Square, City of London [Rubinstein, Who were the rich? Vol. I 1816/5, left £180,000]. Presumably Anglican. High Sheriff of Hertfordshire 1825. 'He presumably was head of the firm, if at all, only after his father's death'. The firm at 10 Mincing Lane was known as Thomas Kemble & Son between at least 1810 and 1836, although the only entries for him in the London Gazette appear to be connected with his role as Sheriff of Hertfordshire.

  2. Thomas Nash Kemble appears in the compensation records as having owned Cold Harbour (Portland 13) and as mortgagee-in-possession of Hope (Portland 177). For Hall Green (St Andrew 246) and Roaring River (St Ann 331), the claims show only 'Thomas Kemble' as mortgagee, and show two men - Henry and Edward Bedwell Kemble - who are known to have been executors of Thomas Kemble, Thomas Nash Kemble's father, who died in 1821. In the case of Fontabelle (St Mary 288) Thomas [Nash?] Kemble's representative (John Mais) appears to have bought the estate as trustee of the suitors in a Chancery case of Brown v Kemble. Thomas Nash Kemble himself is shown as having purchased 131 enslaved from Rebecca Mein and her husband ahead of the Slave Registration of 1823 for Portland. George Trower, T.W. Clagett and Edward Bedwell Kemble were the executors of Thomas Nash Kemble and attorneys to John Mais (his administrator) for receipt of the compensation for Old Harbour. 

  3. Thomas Kemble of Runwell Hall Essex was among the 3 nominations for Sheriff in 1871 and served in 1872 p. 300 PP.


  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009), p. 374 1833/16 Kemble, Thomas Nash.

  2. T71/915 p. 137 for Portland 13; T71/868 for Portland 178; T71/865 for St Andrew 246; T71/857 for St Ann 331; T71/856 for St Mary 268, and T71/1606 for a letter to the Commissioners of Slave Compensation from Edward Bedwell Kemble and George Williams; T71/153 pp. 89-91 for the 1823 purchase of enslaved people.

  3. London Gazette, Issue 23796, 14/11/1871, p. 4655; London Gazette, Issue 23825, 06/02/1872, p. 403.

Further Information

Virginia Clagett
Thomas (1815-), Horatio (1816-), William (1817-), John (?)

Associated Claims (4)

£2,420 14s 11d
Beneficiary deceased
£1,654 13s 5d
Beneficiary deceased (Mortgagee-in-possession)
£3,086 18s 3d
Other association
£4,086 11s 5d
Other association

Associated Estates (3)

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
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner

Note that in 1829 he is given as mortgagee rather than owner.

1834 [EA] - → Previous owner
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Gobions [Purchased] 
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For a history of the Gobions estate see Peter Kingsford's article: <a...

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Testator → Executor
Notes →
Testator → Executor
First Cousins

Addresses (1)

Gobions, North Mimms, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England