Henry David Blyth

???? - 9th Dec 1864

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Son of Thomas Blyth (d. 1839), and partner in H.D. and James Blyth and Greene, later Blyth, Greene, Jourdain & Co. Ltd., a major Indian Ocean and Far Eastern trading house and shipowner. His partners were his brother James Blyth and Benjamin Buck Greene (both of whom q.v.). James Blyth was in Mauritius 1830-38, establishing the basis of the firm's future success, and reportedly made £25,000 in intermediating between the London money markets and Mauritian resident planters, who were awarded government loan stock (rather than Treasury cheques) in the compensation process. Henry David Blyth in London was a major intermediary in the collection (from the Bank of England) and sale of these compensation awards to Mauritius slave-owners.

  2. The firm began to withdraw from the Mauritius trade and to turn to the Brazilian sugar trade after 1846 and the passing of Sugar Duties Act. See James Blyth's lengthy evidence to the SC for discussion of this and the fortunes of his firms.

  3. Henry David Blyth left £400,000 in personalty in 1864.


  1. Augustus Muir, Blyth, Greene, Jourdain & Company Limited 1810-1960 (London: Newman Neame, 1961).

  2. House of Commons Select Committee on Sugar and Coffee Planting, 1st Report, PP1847-48 (123) XXIII Pt. I, pp. 251-282.

  3. National Probate Calendar 1865.

Further Information

Wealth at death
Merchant and commission agent

Associated Claims (4)

£344 9s 11d
Awardee (Trustee)
£202 7s 5d
Awardee (Trustee)
£276 0s 1d
Awardee (Trustee)
£366 2s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Blyth and Greene
East India merchant  

Relationships (2)

Notes →
Brothers and Business...
Business partners

Addresses (3)

Gloucester Place, Portman Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
Hamilton Place, Piccadilly, London, Middlesex, London, England
Philpot Lane, City of London, Middlesex, London, England