Chaloner Arcedeckne

1743 - 20th Sep 1809


Inherited Golden Grove and Bachelor's Pen estates in St Thomas-in-the-East, Jamaica from his father Andrew Arcedeckne in 1763. Absentee proprietor. MP for Wallingford 1780-1784 and Westbury 1784-1786. Married Catherine, daughter and co-heiress of John Leigh of North Court House, Isle of Wight. Almost certainly the same man as the 'Charles Arcedeckne' who was among the signatories of the 1783 address to George III by the planters of the West India islands residing in Great Britain and the merchants trading to those islands.

"The Arcedecknes were Roman Catholics, and Andrew Arcedeckne was the first to conform. From him Chaloner Archedeckne inherited large estates in Jamaica. Robinson notes against Wallingford in his survey of 1780 an opposition by 'Mr. Archdeacon, a Jamaica planter, supported by Lord Abingdon'; he was returned after a contest. Following Abingdon (who was his contemporary at Oxford) Arcedeckne adhered to the Opposition, voting with them in each of the six divisions for which lists are available, 12 Dec. 1781-15 Mar. 1782. He similarly followed Abingdon in adhering to Shelburne, and voted for his peace preliminaries, 18 Feb. 1783; supported Pitt on parliamentary reform, 7 May 1783; voted against Fox's East India bill; and was classed as a follower of Pitt in all the lists of 1784. In 1784, he was returned unopposed for Abingdon's borough of Westbury; there is nothing to show why he resigned his seat in January 1786. No speech by him in the House is recorded."

Of Harley Street, Cavendish Square, and Glevering Hall, Suffolk when he wrote his will in 1808. The will states that Golden Grove is entailed and instructs his trustees to use rents and profits to purchase more enslaved people in order to lease them to the estate.


Sir Lewis Namier, 'Arcedeckne, Chaloner', in Namier and John Brooke, The House of Commons 1754-1790 (London, 1964) Vol. 1 p. 24; also at History of Parliament online.. London Gazette 12422 11/03/1783 p. 2.

Nick Kingsley: Landed families: Arcedeckne of Glevering Hall

PROB 11/1508/203.

Further Information

Catherine Leigh
Frances Catherine (1778-1815), Andrew (1780-1849), Mary Louisa (1783-1816), Chaloner (1785-1812), Walter (1796-1865)
Politician and landowner

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
1786 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Owner
17/08/1763 [SD] - 20/09/1809 [ED] → Tenant-for-life

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Glevering Hall [Built] 
description →
Country house, built for Chaloner Arecdeckne to designs by John White [attributed dates vary, but c. 1794]. Modified for Andrew Arcedckne (q.v.) by Decimus Burton 1834-1835....
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British Listed Buildings suggests it was built for Andrew Arcedeckne c.1794, but this cannot be either Andrew Arcedeckne (d. 1763) or Andrew Arcedeckne (b. 1780). Other sources, including Wilson and...

Political (1)

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Wallingford Berkshire
1780 - 1784

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Father → Son
Brother → Sister
Other relatives
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Either step-mother and stepson or mother and...

Addresses (3)

Cockfield Hall, Yoxford, Suffolk, East Anglia, England
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Leased for 21 years by Chaloner Arcedeckne in 1772.

Glevering Hall, Hacheston, Suffolk, East Anglia, England
Harley Street, London, Middlesex, London, England