Dr Andrew Clarke

???? - 1836


Formerly of Trinidad, where he arrived c. 1790 and which he left in 1818: his will made in 1835 showed him as of Belmont near Lifford Co. Donegal. He has yet to be associated by LBS with specific slave-property in Trinidad (beyond a role as guardian to a minor, John Clarke, tentatively associated with him), although in 1806 he identified himself as a 'proprietor' and biographies of his family refer to 'a large estate' there. He left monetary legacies of nearly £20,000. His son Lt-Col. Andrew Clarke (1793-1847) became Governor of Western Australia and his grandson was the Australian public servant and military engineer Sir Andrew Clarke (1824-1902). Another grandson Marcus Andrew Hislop Clarke (1846-1881) was an Australian journalist and novelist. All the latter three men have entries in the Australian Dictionary of Biography.

  1. Will of Andrew Clarke of Belmont near Lifford Co. Donegal [made in 1835] proved 10/06/1836. In the will he left £1300 in 3% consols in trust [his trustees were his son William Hislop Clarke and Thomas Leathom, a partner in Tho. & W. Earle of Liverpool], with the interest on £500 to be paid to Jane Whalley the wife of Robert Whalley of Clonleigh Co. Donegal for life and then to her children; the interest on a further £500 to be paid to Thomas Clarke of Port of Spain cabinet-maker for life and then the principal divided among his children: £200 at 21 to Lindsay Clarke brother of Thomas Clarke; and the other £100 to Ann Whalley daughter of Jane Whalley. He left the income from £3000 cools to his son Major Andrew Clarke of HM 46th Regiment, together with his Irish estate at Belmont; he left a further £500 stock to his grandson Andrew, son of Major Andrew Clarke. He left £3000 in trust [his son James Langton Clarke was one of the trustees of this trust] for his daughter Eliza Louisa Coghlan wife of Rev. Charles Torton Coghlan of Rathkeale Co. Limerick. He left £6000 each to his two sons James Langton Clarke and William Hislop Clarke, after explaining earlier i his will that he wanted to treat his sons equally [despite also saying that he had overlooked the cost of Andrew Clarke's commission on account of his being the eldest son.]


Sir Thomas Picton, Evidence taken at Port of Spain, Island of Trinidad, in the case of Luisa Calderon (London, 1806) p. 106; https://archive.org/stream/sirandrewclarke00cbgoog/sirandrewclarke00cbgoog_djvu.txt; http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/clarke-andrew-1901; http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/clarke-sir-andrew-3219; http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/clarke-marcus-andrew-hislop-3225.

  1. PROB 11/1862/416

Further Information


Associated Estates (1)

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
1813 [EA] - 1813 [LA] → Guardian

Andrew Clarke, Guardian and trustee of John Clarke. The association with Dr Andrew Clarke is tentative.

Addresses (1)

Belmont, Lifford, Co. Donegal, Ireland