Robert Hawthorn

18th Mar 1791 - 4th Mar 1869

Claimant or beneficiary


Partner in Hawthorn & Shedden (q.v.) with his brother-in-law William George Shedden (q.v.), and probably earlier a partner with Patrick Ogilvie in Hawthorn and Ogilvie. LBS has concluded, based in part on the will of Alexander Hawthorn and in part on the will of William Paterson of Ayr (q.v., in which Robert Hawthorn, son of Alexander Hawthorn, and his wife Agatha were minor beneficiaries) that this man was son of Alexander Hawthorn (q.v.).

  1. Born Falmouth Jamaica, reportedly son of John [sic] Hawthorn and grandson of John Hawthorn of Oulton Co. Wigton.  Died Gower Street 04/03/1869.  Married Agatha Wells Bridger Shedden 02/11/1824. Son William of 5 Lime St Square was his executor. 

  2. Will of Robert Hawthorn late of Gower Street and of Lime St Square who died 04/03/1869 at Gower Street proved by William Hawthorn of 5 Lime St Square merchant the son. Effects under £40,000 resworn at the Stamp Office July 1869 under £30,000.

  3. In 1861 Robert Hawthorn, West India merchant aged 70 born Falmouth Jamaica was living at 34 Gower Street with wife Agatha W. B., and one son and 5 daughters aged 17-34, all born in London. In 1841 the family was already at 34 Gower Street.  

  4. Death of Colonel George Shedden Hawthorn 09/08/1907: executors = Frances Augusta Hawthorn and George Shedden. 

  5. Dormant Chancery account in Hawthorn v Shedden 1855 H, 168, the account of the legacy to the London Ragged Training School of Industry and Dormitory Duty. 

  6. 1811 Jamaica Almanac St Anns shows 'Hawthorn, John Outon' with 70 enslaved: also shows 'Robert Hawthorn, Unity Valley etc.' with 119 enslaved; similar entries 1816-1821 (the latter also includes entries for Hawthorn & Anderson and Anderson and Hawthorn): by the 1825 Almanac Outon is shown owned by the Strachan family (who in 1824 are shown as owning  a consistent number of enslaved but with no estate name given).

  7. Sarah, daughter of John Hawthorn Esq., of Glenluce in the county of Wigton and late of the island of Jamaica, who married the Rev. John Ferdinando Collins 30/9/1836, was presumably related to the Robert Hawthorn of this entry as well as to the Rev. Robert Hawthorn (q.v.), probably as first cousin of the latter.

  8. Deed between 1. Philip Haughton James of Sidmouth, esquire 2. David Lyon of Grosvenor Square, Middlesex, esquire 3. Robert Hawthorn of Lime Street Square, City of London for a mortgage of £8686 1s 9d at 4% per annum on Haughton Hall Estate and Burnt Ground, parish of Hanover in Jamaica.


Sarah Harrison (ed.), A Jamaica Master in Chancery: The Letterbooks of Herbert Jarret James 1821-1840 fn. 33, [accessed 02/12/2019].

  1. England and Wales Visitation, Volume 11, 'Shedden of Spring Hill Isle of Wight and of Paulsers Pury Park Co. Northampton' available at [accessed 22/12/2010]. As noted, the parentage of Robert Hawthorn given there (with John Hawthorn as his father) is disputed by LBS.

  2. England & Wales National Probate Calendar (index of Wills and Administrations) 1861-1941 1869.

  3. 1861 census online 

  4. London Gazette, Issue 28063, 27/09/1907, p. 6522.  

  5. London Gazette, Supplement to Issue 28809, 03/03/1914, p. 1921. 

  6. [accessed 22/12/2010].

  7. John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain Vol. 4 'Collins, of Betterton', p. 616.

  8. Email from Peter Selley 21/12/2020 sourced to Devon Heritage Ventre, 2792Z/F/5.

We are grateful to Peter Selley for his assistance with this entry.

Further Information

Agatha Wells Bridger Shedden
William; Roscoe; at least 5 daughters
West India merchant

Associated Claims (4)

£1,256 17s 10d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£2,004 6s 1d
£638 10s 0d
£390 12s 4d

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
1834 [EA] - → Not known
1827 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Joint owner
1811 [EA] - 01/11/1820 [ED] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (4)

Firm Investment
Hawthorn & Watson
West India merchant  
Name partner
Hawthorn & Shedden
West India merchant  
notes →
1. Director of Globe Insurance Company, seeking re-election 1839...
Hawthorn and Ogilvie
West India merchant  
notes →
Inferred by...

Relationships (7)

Trustee → Testator
Other relatives
Notes →
Robert Hawthorn, born Falmouth, Jamaica is alleged in the Visitation of England to have been the son of John Hawthorn. 'John Hawthorne' is more likely to have been his...
Other relatives
Notes →
Probably first cousins once removed, despite their birth within a year of each other. Robert Hawthorn the London merchant appears to have been the first cousin of Rev. Robert Hawthorn's father Robert...
Business partners
Son → Father
Executor → Testator
Business partners

Addresses (1)

34 Gower Street, Bloomsbury, London, Middlesex, London, England