Edward Gregory Morant Gale Esq. born Morant

1773 - 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


Born Edward Gregory Morant, son of Edward Morant MP, inherited estates of William Gale (d. 1784) and Elizabeth Morant (d. 1759). Unsuccessful claimant on Mt Hindmost estate and St Jago and Paisley Pens in Clarendon, and Crawle in St Thomas-in-the-Vale for which the compensation went to John Morant (q.v.); and on York and [possibly] Gale's Valley in Trelawny, for both of which the compensation went to John and Henry Dawkins (each of whom q.v.): his estates appear to have been heavily mortgaged, and by the time he made his will in 1845 he owned only Mount Hindmost., which he had inherited under the will of Daniel McGilchrist (q.v.) after the death of the latter's widow, then Dame Ann Sheridan, in 1808.

  1. Married twice, the first time in 1798 to Elizabeth Townsend. Secondly to Emily Jane Gambier. Their daughter Louisa married William Skipwith, son of Sir Grey Skipwith, 1843. Son Edward John married Maria Henrietta, second daughter of Sir Simeon Stuart, 1845. Mary Morant Gale married Arthur William Forrest, 1855. Frederic Morant Gale married Emma, daughter of Thomas Matcham, 1862.

  2. Will of Edward Gregory Morant Gale of Upham near Bishops Waltham Hampshire [made in 29/10/1845] proved 06/09/1855. Under the will he left his estate called Mount Hindmost with the apprenticed labour [sic] thereof in trust for his wife Emily Jane of life, then in entail to his male sons and then to his son Frederick Morant and his [the testator's] four daughters, all subject to an annuity of £50 p.a. in trust for Mary Janverin widow. In a codicil of 1852 he revoked the entail and left the Mount Hindmost estate 2/3rd to his son Edward John and 1/3rd to his son Frederick.

  3. Edward John Morant Gale, 1st son Edward Gregory Morant Gale 'of Upton, near Banbury arm.' matriculated Christ Church 11 May 1837 aged 18. Edward John Morant Gale b. Upton Hans Whantrey Warks., b. 1819, 'Landed proprietor Jamaica' living No. 2 Sheffield Gardens Kensington 1861 census; Landowner 66 Dyke Road Brighton 1881 census with 2 daughters. Edward John Morant Gale of 33 Medina Villas Hove died 23/02/1894, leaving £6528 17s 2d.


T71/858 Clarendon Nos. 15 and 338; T71/855 St Thomas-in-the-Vale No. 297; T71/874 Trelawny Nos. 411 and 412. University of Exeter Digital Collections: Gale Morant Slave Trade papers MS44_04_e_01: letter 08/06/1810 to EMGale from Sam. Queneborough (apparently Gale's attorney for Mt Hindmost); docs [accounts, also on York plantation, 1791, 1811, 1845]. His trustees were Long, Drake and Long. R.B.Sheridan Introduction to the Gale-Morant papers 1731-1925 [http://www.microform.co.uk/guides/R97047.pdf].

  1. http://books.google.co.uk – ‘The Gentleman’s Magazine: and Historical Chronicle for the year 1798’, published 1798 – p. 535 – Marriages – 1798 – June 16 – At Bath, by special licence, Edward Morant Gale, esq. of Brockenhurst-house, Hants, to Miss Townsend, daughter of Gore T. [? Townshend] esq. of Honington-hall, co. Warwick, and niece of the Earl of Plymouth; Hampshire Advertiser, 9/9/1843; Hampshire Advertiser, 29/11/1845; British Marriage records, available through Familysearch.org.

  2. PROB 11/2219/82.

  3. Ancestry.com, Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online]; 1861 and 1881 censuses online; Hampshire Advertiser, 4/8/1855; National Probate Calendar 1894; Kentish Gazette, 1/1/1867.

We are grateful to William Norton for his help compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Edward Gregory Morant Gale
(1) Elizabeth Townsend; (2) Emily Jane Gambier (12/09/1816) St Marylebone (d. 1867)
With (2) Emily Jane (1818-), Edward John Morant (1819-1894), Mary Morant (1821-), Frederic Morant (1825-)
Landed proprietor

Associated Claims (4)

£3,330 12s 11d
Unsuccessful claimant
£759 17s 1d
Unsuccessful claimant
£1,127 18s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant
£4,668 16s 5d
Unsuccessful claimant

Associated Estates (5)

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] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1809 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1808 [EA] - 1852 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1796 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Tenant-for-life

Relationships (4)

Legatee → Testator
Notes →
Edward Gregory Morant was the nephew of Elizabeth Morant, the wife of William...
Son → Father
Son → Mother

Addresses (1)

Upton [Upham], Banbury, Oxfordshire, Central England, England