William Fitzhugh

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Awarded the compensation for Richmond Vale on St Vincent. His identification is tentative at present, but probably the nephew of Thomas Fitzhugh of Portland Place (q.v.).

  1. William Fitzhugh of St Vincent mortgaged to Richard Neave and John Willett of London a plantation on St Vincent 10/08/1773. This William Fitzhugh was a former East India merchant who purchased Richmond Vale in 1765. The estate then appears to have passed to Thomas Fitzhugh, whose will proved in 1800 left his real estate including property on St Vincent to his son, also Thomas Fitzhugh: one of the executors of Thomas Fitzhugh's will was John Purling, his brother-in-law and reportedly a creditor on Richmond Vale.

  2. In 1841 a William Fitzhugh born foreign parts aged 83 was living at Bannisters Lodge Millbrook Southampton with Charlotte Fitzhugh aged 73 and Emily aged 39 born in Hampshire. The will of William Fitzhugh of Southampton Hampshire [identified as of Bannisters Lodge in the will and referring to the lease on 18 Orchard Street, which Boyle's 1835 shows as this William Fitzhugh's London address] made in 1820 and proved 08/04/1842 makes no mention of St Vincent property, but does address Thomas Lawrence's famous portrait of Mrs Siddons, which William Fitzhugh left to his wife Charlotte, saying that it had been purchased with her money and 'ought to belong to her without bequest.' This William Fitzhugh was the East India MP for Tiverton 1806-1820, the son of Valentine Fitzhugh and the nephew of Thomas Fitzhugh (d. 1800).

  3. William Anthony Fitzhugh was the son of the above William Fitzhugh of Bannisters Lodge: 'Adm. pens. at TRINITY, Apr. 27, 1814. From Christ Church, Oxford, whence he had matric. May 8, 1811, age 17. S. of William [of Southampton. B. there May 16, 1795]. School, Winchester. Matric. Easter, 1814; B.A. 1818; M.A. 1822. R. of Street (or Streat), Sussex, 1821-81. R. of Belshford, Lincs., 1826-81. Preb. of Wells, 1828. Preb. of Chichester, 1860-81. Lived at Hurstpierpoint. Married, Aug. 15, 1820, Mary Anne, dau. of Thomas Lane, at Chevening, Kent. Died Mar. 17, 1881, at Street. [A painter of his father's names was an honorary exhibitor at the Royal Academy, his ‘Entrance to the harbour of Macao, China’ appearing in the 1799 exhibition.] (Al. Oxon.; G. B. Routledge; Foster, Index Eccles.; Clergy List; Crockford; Scott, MSS.; The Guardian, Mar. 23, 1881.).' William Anthony Fitzhugh left effects of £78,323 16s 1d at death.


T71/892 St Vincent claim no. 602; there are records of the estate 1790-1892 at TNA CO 441/8/7.

  1. Kenneth E Ingram, Manuscript sources for the history of the West Indies: with special reference to Jamaica in the National Library of Jamaica and supplementary sources in the West Indies, North America, and United Kingdom and elsewhere (Mona, Jamaica, University of the West Indies Press, 2000) 0226 St Vincent, p. 40; will of Thomas Fitzhugh of St Marylebone proved 11/01/1800, PROB 11/1335/107.

  2. PROB 11/1960; 1841 census online.

  3. Ancestry.com, Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1881.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Wm. Fitzhugh

Associated Claims (1)

£3,133 3s 9d

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
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

The famous portrait of Mrs Siddons by Thomas Lawrence (1804), now at the Tate, was presented to the National Gallery in 1843 by Mrs C. Fitzhugh. This was Charlotte Fitzhugh, the wife of William... 

Relationships (2)

Other relatives
Notes →
Both men owned Richmond Vale on St Vincent, but their family descent has not yet been definitively...
Nephew → Uncle
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Tentatively identification...

Addresses (1)

Bannisters Lodge, Milbrook, Southampton, Hampshire, Wessex, England