John Frederick Pinney

1st Mar 1773 - 1845

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of John Pretor Pinney (1740-1818) and brother of Charles Pinney (q.v.), and originally a partner in Pinney and Ames, from which he appears to have retired in 1819, thereafter living as a rentier and serving as Sheriff of Somerset in 1823. Awarded compensation as both owner and mortgagee of a number of estates in Nevis, St Kitts and St Vincent. His son William Pinney (1806-1898) was MP for Lyme Regis (1832-1842 and 1852-1865) and East Somerset (1847-1852) and left £98864 10s 1d.

  1. Will of John Frederick Pinney of Somerton Erle Somerset [and of Berkeley Square] proved 22/10/1845. He left his wife Frances an annuity of £2000 p.a. (falling to £1400 p.a. if she married again) and the use of his Berkeley Square mansion house for life, after which it passed to his son William. He had settled £10,000 on his daughter Frances on her marriage to John James Smith and left her a further £4000; he said he had settled £4000 to his daughter Anna Maria, from a settlement of £23,000 of which the rest went to his son William, and then left her a further £11,000. William was the residuary heir. His children left cultural legacies in and around Somerton.


  1. PROB 11/2025.

Further Information

Frances Dickinson
Frances, William, Anna Maria

Associated Claims (7)

£2,968 16s 10d
£2,451 10s 9d
£211 8s 3d
£151 11s 6d
£2,566 2s 6d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£2,185 1s 7d
£2,239 0s 5d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (3)

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
1824 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1822 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Pinney and Ames
West India merchant  

Cultural (2)

Monteclefe Church of England School
Monteclefe Church of England School...... 
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Monteclefe National School, now known as Monteclefe Church of England Junior School, was built in 1851 by Miss Anna Maria Pinney, daughter of J. F. Pinney of Somerton Erleigh. It was enlarged in 1888...
West Street National Infants School, Somerton
West Street National Infants School, Somerton...... 
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West Street National Infants' School was built in 1870 by Col. William Pinney of Somerton Erleigh. (fn. 672) In 1873 the vestry was required by the government to provide a school for infants in the...

Relationships (5)

Business partners
Notes →
Son → Father
Brother → Sister
Grandson → Grandfather
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John Frederick Pinney was also one Weekes' trustees...

Addresses (3)

7 Great George Street, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
Berkeley Square, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
Somerton Erle, Somerton, Somerset, South-west England, England