Sir Thomas Charles Bunbury 6th Bart.

1740 - 1821


Biography

Whig MP for Suffolk 1761-1784, 1790-1812, and landowner in Cheshire and Suffolk. 'His passion was for the turf rather than for politics', and he was co-founder of the Oaks as well as the Derby. He was reportedly a reformer and an abolitionist in the debates over the slave-trade: nevertheless, he was also a slave-owner in Grenada. He was the object of Gillray's cartoon 'Symptoms of deep thinking' in 1800 (now in the National Portrait Gallery), and has an entry in the ODNB as 'horse racing administrator and politician.'

  1. Will of Thomas Charles Bunbury of Great Barton Suffolk [made 27/06/1808] proved 09/06/1821. In the will he left his property including estates in Grenada lately purchased of Lauchlin Macleane in trust for his brother Henry William Bunbury [who has an entry in the ODNB as 'artist and caricaturist'] for life and then to his [the testator's] nephew Henry Edward Bunbury. [In the event, his brother Henry William Bunbury predeceased him, and his nephew Henry Edward Bunbury, who also has an entry in the ODNB as 'army officer' succeeded him as 7th baronet].

  2. In 1769, Lauchlin Macleane, John Stuart, Sir Thomas Charles Bunbury, Clotworthy Upton and George Ridge, who owned shares in the La Tante, Saint Cloud (Saint Cloux), Le Grand Bras, Chantilly, Saint Maur and two other plantations in Grenada, and Balamonly [sic] and 11 other estates on Dominica issued a power of attorney to the London merchants Simond and Hankey.


Sources

John Randall, ‘Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/39788, accessed 19 Dec 2015] (the entry is silent on his slave-ownership); http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1754-1790/member/bunbury-thomas-charles-1740-1821 (this entry notes his concern about Grenada 1779-1783, and that on 27/02/1782: 'he admitted he spoke as owner of property on the island'; http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1790-1820/member/bunbury-sir-thomas-charles-1740-1821; http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/portrait/mw62417/Sir-Thomas-Charles-Bunbury-6th-Bt-Symptoms-of-deep-thinking-sinking-from-thought-to-thought-a-vast-profund?LinkID=mp18935&role=sit&rNo=1 [all accessed 19/12/2015].

  1. PROB 11/1644/198; John Randall, ‘Bunbury, Sir (Thomas) Charles, sixth baronet (1740–1821)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2006 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/39788, accessed 19 Dec 2015]; John Sweetman, ‘Bunbury, Sir Henry Edward, seventh baronet (1778–1860)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2005 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/3936, accessed 19 Dec 2015]. In turn Sir Henry Edward Bunbury was succeeded by his sons, the 'naturalist and diarist' Sir Charles James Fox Bunbury 8th bart. (Janet Browne, ‘Bunbury, Sir Charles James Fox, eighth baronet (1809–1886)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2011 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/38298, accessed 19 Dec 2015]) and Sir Edward Herbert Bunbury 9th bart., 'classical author and scholar' Richard J. A. Talbert, ‘Bunbury, Sir Edward Herbert, ninth baronet (1811–1895)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Oct 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/45514, accessed 19 Dec 2015].

  2. The Beinecke Lesser Antilles Collection at Hamilton College, M196.


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
(1) Lady Sarah Lennox (2) Margaret Cocksedge
Oxford DNB Entry

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
1769 [EA] - 1769 [LA] → Joint owner

In 1769 Sir Thomas Charles Bunbury as one of a group of owners of estates on Grenada and Dominica issued a power of attorney to Simond & Hankey of London.

1769 [EA] - 1769 [LA] → Joint owner

In 1769, Lauchlin Macleane, John Stuart, Sir Thomas Charles Bunbury, Clotworthy Upton and George Ridge, who owned shares in the La Tante, Saint Cloud (Saint Cloux), Le Grand Bras, Chantilly, Saint Maur and two other plantations in Grenada and Balamonly [sic] and 11 other estates on Dominica issued a power of attorney to the London merchants Simond and Hankey. It is not clear whether this referred to Lower Latante, Upper Latante or to both.


Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Secretary
Jockey Club...... 
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Bunbury was a co-founder of the Oaks (1779) and Derby (1780)...

Political (1)

MP
 
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Suffolk Suffolk
1761 - 1784
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Suffolk Suffolk
1790 - 1812

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