Samuel Martin MP

1st Sep 1714 - 20th Nov 1788


First son of Samuel Martin of Antigua (q.v.) and his first wife, Frances, daughter of John Yeamans, attorney-general of Antigua. Half-brother of Henry Martin (q.v.), William Byam Martin and Josiah Martin, governor of North Carolina, 1771-75. Educated at Westminster school, Trinity college Cambridge and the Inner Temple. Called to the bar in 1736 and a bencher in 1766.

Martin was deputy agent for Antigua 1742-4, agent for Monserrat 1742-9 and for Nevis 1744-50. He was secretary to the chancellor of the Exchequer April 1754-November 1755, secretary of the Treasury November 1756-April 1757 and again April 1758-April 1763. Treasurer to the Princess of Wales October 1757-8 February 1772. In 1772 granted a pension for life of £1,200 per annum.

Under his will he left his unnamed plantation on Antigua (Green Castle) to his brother Henry.


Lewis Namier, 'Martin, Samuel (1714-1788), of Abingdon Buildings' in History of Parliament online; will of Samuel Martin of Saint James Westminster proved 25/11/1788, PROB 11/1172/152.

Further Information

Trinity College, Cambridge
Legal Education
Inner Temple [Called to the bar 1736; a bencher, 1766. ]

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
1777 [SY] - 1788 [EY] → Tenant-for-life

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

West India interest 
election →
Camelford Cornwall
1747 - 1768
election →
Hastings Sussex
1768 - 1774

Relationships (2)

Son → Father