Joshua Bates

1788 - 1865

Claimant or beneficiary


Partner in Baring Brothers. Together with his co-partners, he was an unsuccessful claimant for the Spring Garden estate in British Guiana, but the Barings firm did however intercept the very material compensation to the executors of Wolfert Katz (q.v.) on several major estates in British Guiana.

  1. Born 10/10/1788 Weymouth Massachusetts, son of Col. Joshua Bates, a leading merchant of Boston. Originally himself a merchant and ship-owner in Boston, he became a partner in Baring Brothers after meeting John Baring in 1826 and was naturalized as a British subject in 1843. 'A major figure in Baring Brothers, especially in linking it to American investments, which proved enormously profitable.' Married Lucretia Sturgis 1813. Donated $50,000 to the Boston Public Library. Left £700,000. Bates' daughter Elizabeth married the Belgian Ambassador [Jean] Sylvain van de Weyer (1802-1874): in turn of the de Weyer's daughters Eleanor married Reginald Brett, Baron Esher (in the ODNB as 'courtier') and Victoria married Henry Brand Viscount Hampden, in the ODNB as colonial governor.


T71/887 British Guiana claim no. 2282 (Spring Garden).

  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? 1860- (Volumes 3 and 4, manuscripts in preparation), reference 1864/5 for Joshua Bates; 1874/114 for [Jean] Sylvain de Weyer.

Further Information

Lucretia Sturgis
1 daughter, 1 son
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (8)

£2,995 5s 5d
Beneficiary (Mortgagee)
£483 3s 3d
Beneficiary (Mortgagee)
£7,306 6s 7d
Beneficiary (Mortgagee)
£17,972 0s 4d
Beneficiary (Mortgagee)
£11,766 10s 1d
Beneficiary (Mortgagee)
£3,421 16s 4d
Unsuccessful claimant (Assignee)
£4,849 14s 7d
Beneficiary (Mortgagee)
£8,297 18s 6d
Beneficiary (Mortgagee)

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Manor Hall Asylum...... 
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Left $50,000 to Boston Public Library in his will (source:...

Relationships (3)

Business partners
Business partners
Business partners

Addresses (1)

Weymouth, Massachusetts, USA - United States of America