Charles Brooke

30th Jan 1760 - 22nd May 1833

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary


Partner with John Robley (q.v.), with whose heirs there was litigation over partnership shares. Brooke died in 1833 and his executors, including his sister Elizabeth Brooke (q.v.), were awarded a share of the compensation for three estates on St Vincent and one on Tobago: the heirs of John Robley were awarded the remainder.  MP for Chippenham 1802-1803 and 1812-1818 and for Ilchester 1803-1806.

  1. Will of Charles Brooke of Sambrook Court proved 01/10/1833. His executors were his partner Charles Webb of Balham, his sister Elizabeth Brooke of Chipping Norton, Henry James Brooke of Stockwell and William Robertson Webb of Sambrook Court. He left his estate equally to his three sisters Elizabeth, Maria and Isabella Frances Brooke, after monetary legacies of £3600 to the executors and three other individuals, and a year's wages to his servants. Isabella Frances Brooke (who had married a Thomas Brooke, presumably a cousin) died at Bath in 1847 and in her will referred to property she held in St Vincent and Tobago.

  2. His father was Henry Francis Brooke, merchant, of Bristol and Henbury Hill House, Glos.; his mother was Elizabeth, daughter of Charles Robertson, merchant, of London. Family background in Bristol mercantile world; subsequently Brooke's business interests included London Spanish wool trade, connecting with West of England clothiers. Also later engaged in business with his brother Henry in H. F. Brooke & Company, Spanish merchants and Brooke, Struth & Company, West India merchants.


T71/892 St Vincent Nos. 452, 559 and 577; T71/891 Tobago No. 64. The dispute between John Robley's heirs and Charles Brooke was heard on appeal as Robley v Brooke in 1833; Richard Bligh, New Reports of Cases Heard the House of Lords (1835) Vol. VII pp. 92 et seq.

  1. PROB 11/1822/79; will of Isabella Frances Brooke widow of Bailbrook Lodge near Bath proved 17/05/1847, PROB 11/2055/318.

  2. See R. G. Thorne (ed.), The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (5 vols., London, Secker & Warburg for the History of Parliament Trust, 1986), vol. 3 for some further details; [accessed 28/03/2015].

Further Information

m. 27 Dec. 1790, Elizabeth, da. Of Bonnick Lipyeatt of Ospringe Mount, Faversham, Kent

Associated Claims (4)

£7,751 11s 3d
Other association
£5,110 6s 7d
Other association
£3,120 1s 7d
Other association
£2,574 4s 5d
Other association

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
1804 [SY] - 1808 [EY] → Mortgage Holder
1808 [SY] - 1833 [LA] → Joint owner
1809 [EA] - 1833 [LA] → Joint owner
1804 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1804 [SY] - 1809 [EY] → Mortgage Holder
1809 [SY] - 1833 [EY] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (4)

Firm Investment
Robley & Brooke
West India merchant  
Firm Investment
Brooke Struth & Co.
West India merchant  
Name partner
Name partner
Brooke, Smith
West India merchant?  

Political (1)

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Chippenham Wiltshire
1802 - 1803
election →
Ilchester Somerset
1803 - 1806
election →
Chippenham Wiltshire
1812 - 1818

Relationships (3)

Brother → Sister
Business partners
Business associates

Addresses (1)

Sambrook Court, London, Middlesex, London, England