Philip Protheroe the elder

???? - 1803


Bristol merchant, partner in Protheroes & Claxton with his son Edward Protheroe senior and Robert Claxton (each of whom q.v.).

  1. Philip Protheroe 'was a Bristol West India merchant and shipowner, in partnership with one Robert Claxton. In 1794 he became a founding partner in the Bristol City Bank (Ireland, Protheroe & Co.). By the time of his death, 30 Aug. 1803, he had acquired landed property in Gloucestershire, as well as in his ancestral counties of Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire, and in his will made cash bequests in excess of £112,000. Edward Protheroe [senior’s] share was £20,000, plus real estate in the vicinity of Bristol and a small property at Westbury-on-Trym. The Welsh property was divided between his younger brothers Sir Henry (knighted 16 Mar. 1803), Philip and Lewis (a minor), who in addition received sums of £3,000 [by a codicil] , £25,000 and £10,000 respectively.'

  2. Will of Philip Protheroe of Bristol [and of Over in the parish of Almondsbury Gloucestershire] proved 16/09/1803. Under the will, in addition to the legacies summarised above, he left £10,000 and an annuity of £500 p.a. to his wife Mary in addition to the provisions of their marriage settlement, which he confirmed. He placed £22,000 in trust to pay the income to his daughter Elizabeth Barker the wife of William Barker for life and then to her children; and a further £22,000 for the benefit of his daughter Sarah Vaughan for life and then to her children. his residuary legatees were his sons Edward and Philip as tenants-in-common.


  1. David R. Fisher, History of Parliament entry for Philip Protheroe's son Edward Protheroe [senior] MP for Bristol 1812-1820, [accessed 15/09/2016].

  2. PROB 11/1399/104.

Further Information

Married but no further details
Sarah; Elizabeth; Philip; Edward; Sir Henry; Lewis

Associated Estates (3)

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
1798 [SY] - → Mortgage Holder
1804 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1802 [EA] - 1803 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Protheroe and Claxton were mortgagees of 100 enslaved people on Stoakes Hall from Eliphalet Fitch; their mortgage appears to have been paid off by Alexander Donaldson sometime between 1802-1803.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Senior Partner
Philip & George Protheroe
West India merchant  
Co-founder and partner

Relationships (4)

Father → Son
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England