Butler Thompson Claxton

1786 - 18th Mar 1842


Bristol merchant, son and partner of Robert Claxton (q.v.). A commission of bankruptcy against him issued 11/12/1812 as surviving partner of Robert Claxton in Robert Claxton & Sons was superseded in January 1813.

  1. Son of Robert Claxton of Bristol and his wife Rachel nee Mardenbrough.

  2. Butler Thompson Claxton was one of the original joint owners of the 289 ton Lucy Anne which was built in Bristol in 1819. Other owners included Thomas Skryme Protheroe, John Harris, Thomas Protheroe and Thomas Wadley, merchants, Bristol; John Lavicourt [sic] Anderdon, merchant, and Adolphus Pugh Johnson, insurance broker, London. On 23 Aug. 1820, B. T. Claxton sold three-eighths to Charles Franks, banker, London. "The much-registered Lucy Anne was originally a WestIndiaman, but later made more varied voyages including a period as an American packet. .. She drops from the register between 1852 -1854."

  3. His will states that he is of Nice, Sardinia. In it he refers to the suspension of payments by his mercantile house: his main asset was a £2000 policy with London Assurance from which he left monetary legacies to his family.

We are grateful to Charles Matthews for his assistance in compiling this entry.


London Gazette 16698 26/01/1813 p. 215.

  1. Claxton Family of St. Kitts and Nevis, http://www.tc.umn.edu/~terre011/claxton.html (sourced 14/07/2015)

  2. Grahame E. Farr ed. (1950) Records of Bristol Ships, 1800 – 1838 (vessels over 150 tons); Printed for the Bristol Record Society, pp. 80 - 82

  3. 11 October 1842, TNA PROB 11/1969/83.

Further Information

Lucy Anderdon

11 October 1842 PROB 11/1969/83

Associated Estates (6)

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
1825 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Owner
1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Joint owner
1825 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Owner
1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Joint owner

Prospect was registered in 1825 on behalf of the heirs of B. Jeffery and of 'B.T. Claxton', very probably but not certainly Butler Thompson Claxton,

1828 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Robert Claxton & Son
West India merchant  
Miles, Claxton & Co.
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Retired in...

Cultural (1)

Portrait of Butler Thompson Claxton by William Beechey. In the will of Butler Thompson Claxton proved in 1843 he left 'my portrait by Beechey' to one of his daughters. He was presumably the Mr... 
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Relationships (7)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Son → Father
Son → Mother
First Cousins

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England