Robert Holford

???? - 1838

Claimant or beneficiary


Apparently unsuccessful counterclaimant for the compensation for the Grove estate on Nevis, and for a second smaller claim, the latter of which identified him as assignee of Manning & Anderdon. In the first claim he was given as of Niton, Isle of Wight, and in the second as of Niton and Lincolns Inn Fields. The History of Parliament entry for his brother George Peter Holford MP for various constituencies shows that both Holford brothers practised as barristers, at least for a period.

  1. Will of Robert Holford of Lincoln Inn Fields proved 31/08/1838. The will [which is almost illegible] as short and left his property to his nephew Robert Stayner Holford of Westonbirt (1808-1892). MP for East Gloucestershire (1854-1872), wealthy landowner, gardening and landscaping enthusiast, and art collector. In turn he left over £400,000 and was the builder of Westonbirt House and founded the Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire. He also built Dorchester House, London.

  2. An obituary in the Gentleman's Magazine is wholly unforthcoming on the nature of his professional activities, and treats him as a gentleman rentier.


  1. PROB 11/1899/302; Charles Sebag-Montefiore, ‘Holford, Robert Stayner (1808–1892)’, rev. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 16 June 2017]. The entry says that Robert Stayner Holford inherited £1 million from his uncle Robert Holford in 1838.

  2. Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 164 (Oct. 1838) pp. 444-445.

Further Information


Associated Claims (2)

£2,606 8s 4d
Unsuccessful claimant
£134 8s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant (Assignee)

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Public Utility
St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton, Isle of Wight [Built] 
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Lighthouse built c. 1838 on land given by Robert Holford at Niton Isle of...
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Gentleman's Magazine Oct. 1838 p....

Addresses (1)

Niton, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Wessex, England