Henry Wildman

1733 - 1816


London merchant and slave-owner, father of Frances Wildman (q.v.). Henry Wildman had married Frances Walker in 1772 at Gestingthorpe, Essex. In 1791 they settled at a small estate, bought by Henry Wildman, at Leyton in Essex, called The Knotts. He had been an exporter to Jamaica in the 1770s, in a partnership known as Wildman and Smith. In Kent's 1794 Directory he is listed at 6 Fen Court, Fenchurch Street as a merchant, but he was later also a shipowner in the Jamaica trade and as late as 1813 can be found in correspondence with Boulton and Watt over at least one steam engine order for Jamaica. He was an investor in the West India Docks. His wife Frances died in February 1811, and Henry Wildman himself at Leyton in January 1816. Henry Wildman was also among the 79 original subscribers to New Lloyd's in 1771.

  1. Henry Wildman's will makes over his main assets to his elder son Thomas, but there are specific legacies of £15,000 capital and his interest in £600 of government stock (held by a partnership, Chapman, Wildman and Hayes), to Frances, and £20,000 to his younger son James, with a codicil adding to James's legacy a named plantation, or an interest in it, copied near-illegibly by the PCC which could possibly be Pindar's Valley, in Clarendon, (not owned by Wildman, according to the Almanacs, but its listed owners the Iredells, brought an action against the Mitchells during James's bankruptcy). These sums are made chargeable on Henry's plantations in St Mary's, which implied the ownership of Esher was to be effectively shared. It would seem that James continued his father's business at the same address in Fen Court.


F. Martin, History of Lloyd's and of Marine Insurance in Britain p. 149.

  1. Will of Henry Wildman, PROB 11/1576/433 of 1816.

Further Information

Frances Walker
Frances (1773-), Thomas (1783-), James (1785-)
Merchant and shipowner

Associated Estates (2)

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
1802 [EA] - 1816 [EY] → Owner
1787 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Not known

Shown against one of the attorneys of Henry Wildman.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Founder Subscriber
Lloyd's of London
notes →
One of the 79 founder-subscribers to New Lloyd's in...
Firm Investment
West India Dock Co.
Dock Company  

Relationships (7)

Father → Daughter
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

The Knotts, Leyton, Essex, South-east England, England