Samuel Poole

1791 - 1869

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Samuel Poole of Wavertree (q.v.).

  1. Samuel Poole, who was born in Liverpool c. 1791, by 1851 was a widower and annuitant aged 60 living in St Augustin parish, Bristol, with five daughters aged 17-29, all born in Jamaica. The daughters were as follows: Esther (1822), Eleanor (1824), Lucy (1830), Rose A. (1832), Anna M. (1834). Also present in the household in 1851 was Anna Chiswell (1831, b. in St George, Somerset) who was the House servant.

  2. Poole was the grandfather of Sir Edward Maunde Thompson (1840-1929), the son of Eliza or Elizabeth Hayhurst Poole (described as a daughter of Samuel Poole, of Ludlow Estate, Clarendon) and Edward Thompson of Clarendon. Sir Edward Maunde Thompson was a major figure in the development of the British Musuem being made Principal Librarian in 1888 (and ‘Director of the Museum’ in 1898), and was a founding fellow of the British Academy, of which he was President 1907-1909.

  3. Poole was also connected Mary Ann Thompson, owner of Dublin Castle and Mount Patience estates in St Mary, Jamaica, who died c. 1833. Thompson's estates were registered to Poole in the almanac of 1840.

  4. The will of Samuel Poole formerly of Cotham Bristol but late of 17 West buildings Worthing was proved 11/12/1869, effects under £4000 by son James Henry Poole merchant of Liverpool and daughter Esther Poole.


  1. 1851 census.

  2. Michael Borrie, ‘Thompson, Sir Edward Maunde (1840–1929)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004); online edn, Sept 2010 [, accessed 10/08/2012].

  3. T71/856 St Mary claim no. 77; Jamaica Almanac (1840).

  4. National Probate Calendar 1869.

Further Information

Esther, Eleanor, Lucy, Rose A., Anna M.; + Eliza?
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£4,223 14s 1d
£651 10s 9d

Associated Estates (4)

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
1828 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1823 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

France, Fletcher & Co.
West India merchant  

Relationships (3)

Son → Father
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Business partners

Addresses (1)

3 College Green, St Augustine the Less, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England