???? - 1797
John Townson of London, London merchant and MP, co-financed the development of the Belleaire estate of James Mackie (q.v.) in exchange for a half-interest in the estate. He had been a Director of the East India Co.
http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1754-1790/member/townson-john-1725-97; McGilvary, George Kirk (1990). 'East India patronage and the political management of Scotland 1720-1774', PhD thesis The Open University pp. 183, 376.
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:
1768 [EA] - 1797 [LA] → Joint owner
East India Co.
East India merchant
Director 1781-3, 1785-8, 1790-3,...
Milborne Port Somerset
1780 - 1787
Testator → Legatee
18 Charlotte Street, Bedford Square, London, Middlesex, London, England