Tobias Frere I of Shute Devon

???? - 1784


It appears that Tobias Frere of Shute was the son of Hon. John Frere I (whose will was proved in 1721), and was the brother of the Hon. John Frere II, and thus uncle of Henry, Applewhaite and Tobias Frere II.

  1. Will of Tobias Frere [late of the parish of Christ Church Barbados but now residing] at St Dennis in the town of Angers [made in 1778] proved 27/09/1784. He left his wife Charlotte his household effects and £6000 to be paid out of Searles and Tyrwhits. He left his brother-in-law Joseph Pickering of London his estates in Barbados specified as Searles, Tyrwhits, Whitakers, Miles, Downes, Balls, together with the enslaved people upon them. In the probate he was described as late of Shute Devon.

  2. In 1800, the estates late of Tobias Frere specified as Searle's, Tyrwhitt's, Whitaker's, Niles's, Dorns and other lands in Christ Church Barbados were put up for sale in one lot, 'with the several buildings, Negro, Mulatto slaves, cattle, horses...' as a result of Chancery proceedings in Yea v. Frere and Bowerbank v. Collasseau [sic].


This man appears in S.D. Smith Slavery, Family and Gentry Capitalism p. 215 as Tobias Frere junior. His estates were heavily indebted and were foreclosed by the Lascelles in 1787.

  1. PROB 11/1121/430.

  2. London Gazette 15316 2 December 1800 p. 1366.

Further Information


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
1801 [EA] - 1801 [LA] → Previous owner
- 1784 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (2)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Shute, Devon, Devon & Cornwall, England