Butler Edmund Thornton

1796 - 1848

Claimant or beneficiary


Joint residuary legatee and thereby beneficiary of the compensation awarded to his mother Jane Thornton nee Butler (q.v.) for the Good Hope plantation in British Guiana. The enslaved people on Good Hope had been registered in 1832 in the names of Butler Edmund Thornton and William Thomas Thornton.

  1. Butler Edmund Thornton and William Thomas Thornton were the sons of Edmund Thornton, co-owner of Good Hope with Simon Fraser. Both Thornton sons were educated at Rugby, admitted aged 13 and 11 respectively in 1811.

  2. In 1833 Butler Edmund Thornton left the partnerships of Bruce, Thornton & Co. in London and Lewis Hamilton & Co. in Liverpool: the partners signed the dissolution document in Santa Cruz Tenerife.

  3. Will of Butler Edmund Thornton of Berkeley Square proved 20/12/1848. The will had been written in 1828 and still referred to 'negro slaves' on the Good Hope plantation in Demerara. A codicil dated 2/8/1836 written at Boulogne sur Mer bequeathed £72,000 to 'Madame Danouhry [?] born Burger [?] an annuitant residing at Boulogne sur Mer' for her sole use.


T71/885 British Guiana nos. 560A&B and 560C&D.

  1. The Rugby Register, from the year 1675 to the present time p. 112

  2. London Gazette 19063 02/07/1833 p. 1280.

  3. PROB 11/2085/219.

Further Information

Augusta Hall
Butler Nicholas;
Rugby [1811 ]
Oxford (Brasenose); Cambridge (Jesus) [1816; 1817 ]
Wine merchant

Associated Claims (2)

£13,574 3s 9d
£7,287 1s 10d

Associated Estates (1)

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
1832 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (3)

Son → Mother
Son → Father

Addresses (2)

Berkeley Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
Whittington Hall, Whittington, Lancashire, North-west England, England