Richard Edward Cardin

22nd Jun 1805 - 23rd Nov 1871

Claimant or beneficiary


Resident on St Kitts, awarded compensation for the enslaved people on White Flag as mortgagee. Richard Edward Cardin's father was Richard Cardin, manager of the Romney estates, accused by Betto Douglas in the early 1820s of denying her sons' right to manumission, of expecting her to pay too high a rent for her services and of excessive punishment. Betto Douglas testified that she appealed to Richard Edward Cardin ("Master Richard"): "I tell him to speak to his father, and tell him how hard the times were - and he promised to do so. I told him his father had told me that he had directions to manumit me, and I'd thank him to speak to him."

  1. Will of Richard Cardin of St Kitts of the parish of St Thomas Middle Island proved 05/09/1850. In it he identified one of his sons as Richard Edward Cardin, whom he recommended succeed him in the attorneyships he [the testator] had held from Earl Romney and R & T Neave.

  2. Richard Edward Cardin married Margaret Bianca Bunn at St James, Westminster, in 1837. They were in St Kitts for the births of their two eldest children Margaret Emma c. 1839 and Louisa c. 1841 and at Molesworth Place, Kentish Town for the baptism of their son John Somerville Lockington Cardin in 1845 and at 8 Molesworth Place for the baptism of George Washington Bunn Cardin in 1847. In 1851 he was living at 8 Molesworth Place, Kentish Town, age 45, "Retired West India Planter", born "Coast of Africa", with his wife Margaret B age 30 and five children aged between 12 and 1 years. Richard Edward Cardin lived at 13 Warner Road, near Camberwell New Road, in 1860. In 1861 the family was at 20 Addington Square, Camberwell, with Richard Edward a "Sponge and India Rubber Merchant", again with his wife Margaret B. and with six children aged between 18 and 1 years. In 1871 he was in the household of his son-in-law Henry R. Saxton at Robinhood Lane, Epsom, Surrey. The death of Richard Edward Cardin was registered Q4 1871 at Camberwell, Surrey. Late of Bushey Hill Camberwell, he left effects of £200.


Anti-slavery Reporter June 1827 pp. 1-7.

  1. PROB 11/2119/105.

  2., England, Select Marriages, 1538–1973 [database online];, London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online]; 1851, 1861 and 1871 censuses online; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1871.

Life dates and further information from Margaret McPhillips, email 01/06/2018, sourced to Romney papers, Archives, British Library, Parliamentary Papers, St. Kitts Archives, family records.

We are grateful to Margaret McPhillips for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Margaret Bianca Bunn

Associated Claims (1)

£818 3s 0d

Associated Estates (4)

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
1825 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Manager

T 71/256; T 71/258

1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Attorney
1831 [EA] - 1831 [LA] → Attorney
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Awarded the compensation as mortgagee

Relationships (5)

Son → Father

Addresses (3)

13 Warner Road, Camberwell, London, Surrey, London, England
20 Addington Square, Camberwell, London, Surrey, London, England
8 Molesworth Place, Kentish Town, London, Middlesex, London, England