Edward Morant MP

1730 - 1791


MP for Hindon (1761-1768), Lymington (1774-1780) and Yarmouth I.o.W. (1780-1787). Son of John Morant I of Jamaica (d. 1734), and father of John Morant II and Edward Gregory Morant Gale (each of whom q.v.). Born in Jamaica, came to Britain 1759, bought Brockenhurst and two contiguous estates 1770-1771. The income from his estates in Jamaica reportedly averaged £20,000 p.a. 1733-1791.

  1. Edward, son of John and Mary Morant, baptised in Clarendon, Jamaica, 10/12/1730.

  2. Will of Edward Morant of Brockenhurst [made in 1777] proved 11/08/1791. In the will he left his wife £1000 and an annuity of £300 p.a., and £500 p.a. to his son Edward Gregory Morant over and above his entitlement under his [Edward Gregory Morant's] parents' marriage settlement, with the proviso that if Edward Morant's eldest son John came into possession of the estate of William Gale of Jamaica, then Edward Gregory Morant's annuity would increase by further £200 p.a. He left his own real estate in Jamaica and Britain in entail to his son John Morant and his heirs with remainder to Edward Gregory Morant. In a codicil of 1783 he left a further annuity of £500 p.a. to his son Edward Gregory Morant secured on the Mount Hindmost estate in Clarendon 'now in possession of Ann McGilchrist widow,' and in a further codicil of 1784 he left all his revisionary interest in the Mount Hindmost estate to Edward Gregory Morant, and an annuity of £50 p.a. and a lump sum of £100 at 21 (due in or around 1791) to a boy named James Price in Jamaica. In 1790 he made a further amendment, specifying that the annuity of £500 p.a to his son Edward Gregory Morant for life under his will should only last until 1796, when his son would inherit the York estate, which had not been bequeathed to him when Edward Morant made his original will.


http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1754-1790/member/morant-edward-1730-91 [accessed 05/08/2016].

  1. PROB 11/1208/89.

Further Information

(1) Eleanor Dawkins nee Yeamans (2) Mary Whitehorne
With (1) John; With (2) Edward Gregory
Oxford (St Mary's) [1746/7 ]

Associated Estates (5)

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
1761 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Owner
1761 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Owner
1761 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Owner
1783 [EA] - → Other

Edward Morant was left the reversionary interest in Mt Hindmost under the will of Daniel McGilchrist subject to he life-interest of the latter's widow Ann. Morant in turn left the revisionary interest to his own son Edward Gregory Morant later Morant Gale.

1761 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Brockenhurst Park [Purchased] 
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Country estate at Brockenhurst in the New Forest, purchased by Edward Morant 1770-1771 and extensively landscaped by him. The house was remodelled by John Morant IV (1825-1899) as a French chateau to...

Political (1)

West India interest 
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Hindon Wiltshire
1761 - 1768
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Lymington Hampshire
1774 - 1780
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Yarmouth Hampshire (Isle of Wight)
1780 - 1787

Relationships (10)

Legatee → Testator
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Daniel McGilchrist left Edward Morant the Mt Hindmost estate subject to the life-interest of his widow Ann McGilchrist later Sheridan...
Father → Son
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Grandfather → Grandson
Deceased Husband → Widow
Grandson → Grandfather
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Brockenhurst House, Mill Lane, Brockenhurst, Hampshire, Wessex, England