William Whittaker or Whitaker of Bromley Kent

???? - 1759


Absentee slave-owner on Barbados. Probably the consignee of William Holder (q.v.) named in the latter's will.

  1. Will of William Whittaker or Whitaker of Bromley [made 23/04/1759] proved 21/01/1760. In the will he disposed of English property (including his lease of a dry dock at Chepstow) in trust to his son William and his heirs, failing whom to his daughters, and left the White River estate 'and all the stock of negroes, cattle, utensils and things' in St Philip, and the Henley estate in St John, again with the enslaved people on it, in a separate trust but with the same beneficiaries, with consent to sell Henley but not White River. The estate was subject to his legacies of an annuity of £300 p.a. to his wife Loretta Maria and £2000 each to his daughters, who appear to be five but were conceivably three (they appear as 'Ann Mary Loretta Maria and Sarah').


  1. PROB 11/852/360

Further Information

Loretta Maria

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
- 1760 [EY] → Owner
- 1760 [EY] → Owner

The path to ownership for William Whittaker is not yet clear. The estate had belonged to three generations of MP for Cambridgeshire, the self-made founder and slave-owner John Bromley I (1652-1707), John Bromley II (1682-1718) and Henry Bromley, Lord Montfort (1705-1755), who killed himself after squandering his fortune.

Relationships (1)

Consignee → Consignor
Notes →
Inferred by LBS. William Whitaker of London was nominated by William Holder as his consignee in his will made in...

Addresses (1)

Bromley, Kent, South-east England, England