Robert Lang

???? - 1828


West India merchant, who died c. 1828 (his will was proved 29/04/1828), and husband of Maria Lang (q.v.). Charles Porcher Lang (q.v.) (who was Maria Lang's co-executor and co-devisee-in-trust) was their son.

  1. Robert Lang was a partner with George Baillie, Nathaniel Snell, John Turing and Lord Reay in George Baillie and Co. Charles Porcher Lang was a partner in Chauncy Lucas and Lang by 1830, while Robert Lang had been a partner earlier in the firm, then called Lang, Turing. Robert Lang was also a director of Imperial Life at his death.

  2. Maria Francklin, daughter of Gilbert Francklin [sic] Esqr was baptised 21/06/1777 in St Marylebone. She married Robert Lang Esqr of Finsbury Square 08/10/1795 in St Marylebone while still a minor, with the consent of her father Gilbert Francklyn. A Maria Lang of 9 Sussex Square Paddington aged 69 [i.e., born c. 1777] was buried at All Souls Kensal Green 26/12/1846. Will of Maria Lang widow of No. 7 Hyde Park Gardens Middlesex was proved 22/01/1847.

  3. Robert Lang appears as one of the founder members of the Roxburghe Club with dates of membership of 1812-1828.

  4. Will of Robert Lang of Portland Place Middlesex proved 19/04/1828. In the willl he rehearsed that trustees under his marriage settlement of 1795 held various sums now amounting to £21,486 5s 9d 3% consolidated bank annuities and a one-fifth share in £10,000 Jamaican as reversion in expectancy on the decease of Mrs Catherine Francklyn. He also delineated gifts of £2000-2500 he had made to his daughters on their marriages, and the £1000 he had spent on educating his son Arthur and equipping him for India. He left his one-fourth share in Canefields, his one-sixth share in Columbia and his one-sixth share in the Golden Fleece estate in Demerara and Essequebo in trust to his wife Maria, his son Charles Porcher Lang and to Charles Alfred Francklyn, to secure an annuity of £500 p.a. to his wife with the rest of the produce to be shared among his children. He left additional legacies to his daughters to bring each up to £5000.


T71/887 British Guiana claim nos. 2316 (Canefields), 2334 (Columbia) and 2340 (Golden Fleece); PROB 11/1739.

  1. London Gazette, Issue 15254, 03/05/1800, p. 436 (notice of dissolution of George Baillie and Co. 30/04/1800); London Gazette, Issue 18458, 04/04/1828, p. 662 (notice of election of new director at Imperial Life to replace Robert Lang deceased).

  2., London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online];, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online];, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]; PROB 11/2048.

  3. accessed 09/05/2013.

  4. PROB 11/1739/230.

Further Information

Maria Francklyn
John Charles; Emma; Charles Porcher; Caroline; Arthur; Ellen Augusta; Robert Cooper; Henrietta; Frederick Henry; Edward Wollaston; Louisa; Mary Ottley
West India merchant

Associated Claims (1)

£1,696 0s 6d
Other association

Associated Estates (8)

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 [LA] → Joint owner

In his will proved in 1828 Robert Lang left a 1/4th share in Canefields

1794 [EA] - 1802 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
- 1828 [LA] → Joint owner

Under his will proved in 1828 Robert Lang left a 1/6th share in the Columbia Estate.

- 1804 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1808 [EA] - 1808 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
- 1828 [LA] → Joint owner

In his will proved in 1828 Robert Lang left a 1/6th share in Golden Fleece

1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1797 [EA] - 1797 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Imperial Life
George Baillie & Co.
West India merchant  
Name partner
Chauncy, Lang
West India merchant  

Cultural (3)

Library - books
Two volume first edition of The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser (1596) purportedly annotated by Shakespeare... 
Library - mss.
Guiron le Courtois Illuminated MS... 
notes →
The BM catalogue describes Robert Lang of Moor Park as 'friend of Walter Scott.'...
Founder member
Roxburghe Club...... 
notes →

Relationships (9)

Business partners
Deceased Husband → Widow
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Father → Son
Brother → Sister
Notes →
Both Robert Lang and Dinah Lang were shown as baptised at Allhallows, although one was given as Tottenham and the other as London Wall, in 1765 and 1768 respectively as children of John and Jane...
Son → Father
Business partners
Business partners
Executor → Testator
Notes →
Also probably...

Addresses (1)

Portland Place, London, Middlesex, London, England