William Shand of Liverpool

13th May 1784 - 1848

Claimant or beneficiary


Partner in C., W. & F. Shand (q.v.) of Liverpool.

  1. Born 13/05/1784 and baptised 05/04/1786 in Edinburgh, son of Francis Shand and his wife Janet Wilson. His father was a merchant baillie in Edinburgh. Followed his elder brothers Charles and Francis into the West India merchant firm Rodie and Shands in Liverpool. He was christened on 23 Dec 1847 at Wooton Chapelry, Lancashire, aged 63, the year before he died.

  2. Shand's slave-ownership in Antigua was through the family merchant firm. In British Guiana he appears to have been in partnership with Alexander Simpson, with whom he jointly owned plantations Montrose and Ogle. Comparison of the signatures at TNA supports the view that it is the same man. In 1837 William Shand of Liverpool was identified as the devisee in trust and executor of Alexander Simpson deceased. 

  3. 1841 census shows William Shand merchant aged 57 (born Scotland) living at Childwall, Wavertree, West Derby Lancs., with wife Mary 50 and children Samuel 24, Janette 20, William 22 'broker', Thomas 14 and Alexander 27 'merchant.'  The 1851 census shows William W[alcott] Shand (his son, aged 22 in 1841 census, aged 31 in 1851 census) living with wife Elizabeth and Henry Ashton his father-in-law at Much Woolton.

  4. Two deaths were recorded for two separate William Shands in Liverpool in 1848 and 1851. The first of these appears to have been for the man of this entry: an advertisement issued in connection with the Chancery suit of Warner v Shand (calling those with charges on the estate of William Shand merchant, late of Liverpool and also of the Island of Antigua 'who died on or about March 1848', to come forward) was lodged 23/12/1854. The will and probbate of William Shand of Liverpool was made in 1850.


T71/877 Antigua claim nos. 3 (Willock's Spyes), 9 (Christian's Valley & Biffins), 22 (Harts & Royals), 36 (Cedar Valley), 52 (Collen's Estate), 303, 321 (Crabb's Estate), 351 (Belle Vue), 354 (Fitch's Creek) and 835; T71/885 British Guiana claim nos. 553 (Pln Montrose), 542 (Bel Air and Blygezigt) and 547 (Pln Ogle). For an extensive family tree of the Shands see '2012JulyCrocker' by Astral14 on Ancestry.co.uk, https://www.ancestry.co.uk/family-tree/person/tree/44813967/person/6262123639/facts [accessed 20/10/2018].

  1. GROS OPR Births 685/1 370 327 Edinburgh.

  2. London Gazette, Issue 19562, 24/11/1837, p. 3099. 

  3. 1841 and 1851 censuses online.

  4. London Gazette 21644 p. 4236. Will and probate of William Shand of Liverpool, 1850, Lancashire Archives, Preston.

We are grateful to Mandy Francis and Terry Sancroft Baker for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Mary Isobel Singer
Alexander, Samuel, William, Janette, Thomas
West India merchant

Associated Claims (16)

£1,563 4s 8d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,038 2s 0d
£2,539 7s 6d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£3,674 13s 1d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£2,135 6s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£118 19s 10d
£2,746 7s 2d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£2,386 2s 4d
Awardee (Assignee)
£1,450 7s 7d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£2,123 1s 9d
Awardee (Judgement creditor)
£4,128 14s 6d
£1,084 19s 8d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£1,740 3s 11d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£10,213 16s 9d
£13,075 11s 8d
£14,154 6s 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
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
- 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - → Joint owner
1821 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Trustee

Rhodie [sic] & Shands were shown as trustees in the Registration for the estate in 1817. The nature of the underlying trust is not yet known.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Railway Investment
Liverpool, Warrington, Manchester and Stockport Direct [1846276]  
Name partner
Charles, William and Francis Shand
West India merchant  
Name partner
Rodie and Shands
West India merchant  

Physical (1)

Country house
Springwood [Built] 
description →
Neo-classical mansion house...
notes →
'Springwood was begun by William Shand, plantation owner, but completed by the ship-owner Sir Thomas Brocklebank',  Richard Pollard, Nikolaus Pevsner, Joseph Sharples, 'The buildings of...

Relationships (5)

Notes →
Also business...
Uncle → Nephew
Notes →
The two men were also partners [T71/1219 Antiua nos. 3, 9, 22 etc.: power of attorney produced by William Shand from his nephew and partner Francis Shand]...
Business partners
Business partners

Addresses (1)

Childwall, Wavertree, West Derby, Lancashire, North-west England, England
Notes →

At this address in the 1841 census