William Hibbert

1759 - 4th Aug 1844

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. William Hibbert (1759-1844) was the sixth son of Robert Hibbert (1717-1784) and Abigail Hibbert née Scholey. Born in Manchester, William went to Jamaica in the early 1780s with the intension of becoming a planter. His brothers Thomas (1744-1819) and Robert (1750-1835) were already working as partners in their uncle Thomas’ (1710-1780) slave factorage business in Kingston. In 1782 William won £20,000 when his number was drawn in the Benefit Lottery following this he returned to England.

  2. William married Elizabeth Greenhalgh of Horwich, she was the sister in law of his brother Samuel Hibbert (1752-1786). She and her sister Mary were co-heiresses to their father’s estate at Horwich. William and Elizabeth had eight children, shortly after the birth of their son Charles, Elizabeth died in 1800. The couple’s daughters Margaret and Letitia married their first cousins once removed, Nathaniel and Robert Philips of Heath House, in 1810 and 1825 respectively.

  3. In 1797 William purchased a country estate in Cheshire - Hare Hills - from Sir J. F. Leicester. A year earlier his brother Robert (1750-1835) had bought an estate close by at Birtles Hall. Hare Hills gardens are now part of the National Trust. Hare Hills house remains in private ownership (although not by the Hibberts) and is an English Heritage Grade II listed building.

  4. William was a partner in the firm Geo, Rob. & Wm. Hibbert which first appeared in Kent’s Directory in 1804. The partnership involved his brother George Hibbert M.P. (1757-1837) and cousin Robert Hibbert (1769-1849) founder of the Hibbert Trust. The West India merchant house was involved with the shipping, insurance and distribution of colonial commodities (particularly sugar). They owned their own ships and were also involved with finance and credit. William’s son William Tetlow Hibbert (1792-1881) was also an important member of the family firm.

  5. From 1810 William lived at Crescent Grove just off the Southside, Clapham Common. William was very attached to Clapham; despite investing in Hare Hills he died at his home in Crescent Grove and was buried at St. Paul’s Churchyard, Clapham. William left upwards of £100,000 in personalty. In his will of 1844 he stipulated that his two daughters Sarah and Mary Anne were granted use of the house. In memory of their father the sisters erected an almshouse on Wandsworth Road. The house remains today and visible on the building is an inscription which reads; ‘These houses for eight aged women were erected by Sarah Hibbert and Mary Ann Hibbert in grateful remembrance of their father William Hibbert Esq. long an inhabitant of Clapham anno domini 1859.’ The almshouse continues to be administered by the Hibbert Almshouse Charity.


  1. The Publications of the Harleian Society, Vol.37 (1894). http://archive.org/stream/publicationsofha37harluoft#page/272/mode/2up/search/hibbert . Felix Farley's Bristol Journal (Bristol, England), Saturday, December 21, 1782; Issue 1782.

  2. John Burke, A genealogical and heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland, enjoying territorial possession or high official rank; but uninvested with heritable honours, Vol.2 (London, Henry Colborn, 1835), p.592.

  3. J. H. Hansall, The History of the County Palatine of Cheshire (Cheshire: 1823), p.519. http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hare-hill/ [accessed 07/02/2013]. http://www.britishlistedbuildings.co.uk/en-58340-hare-hill-over-alderley- [accessed 07/02/2013].

  4. London Trade Directories, Institute of Historical Research, Senate House.

  5. William’s house at Crescent Grove is depicted by J. C. Nattes (1812), Lambeth Archives and Library. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (MS) reference 1844/10. https://www.cafonline.org/system/charity-profile.aspx?friendlyUrl=HIBBERT-ALMSHOUSE-CHARITY/CCRegNo214672 [accessed 09/02/2013].

Further Information

Elizabeth Greenhalgh
Margaret (1785-), Elizabeth (1787-), Sarah (1788-), Mary Anne (1790-), William Tetlow (1792-), Letitia (1797-), James Pilkington (1799-1804), Charles Richard (1800-1847)
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (13)

£3,523 11s 9d
£1,698 9s 4d
£1,388 8s 0d
£6,244 4s 5d
£6,252 12s 0d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£3,135 18s 2d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£4,225 2s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant (Mortgagee)
£6,338 5s 10d
£1,307 13s 1d
£6,472 12s 7d
£5,541 1s 11d
£3,220 10s 10d
£2,997 13s 11d

Associated Estates (6)

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] - → Mortgage Holder
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

Legacies Summary

Physical (3)

Hare Hill Gardens 
notes →
The gardens were created after the death of William Hibbert. The Georgian mansion was sold in 1978 to help finance the running of the gardens....
Urban Development
Hibbert Almshouses [Built] 
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The plaque above the central door records ‘These houses for eight aged women were erected by Sarah Hibbert and Mary Anne Hibbert in grateful remembrance of their father, William...
Country house
Hare Hill [Built] 
description →
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Previously owned by the National Trust but sold to private owners in 1978 to help finance the running of Hare Hill gardens, which are still owned by the National...

Relationships (9)

First Cousins
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew
Other relatives
Notes →
First cousins once removed. William's father Robert (1717-1784) and Thomas junior's grandfather John (1732-1769) were...
Other relatives
Notes →
First cousins once removed. William's father Robert (1717-1784) and John Hubert Washington's grandfather John (1732-1769) were...
Father → Son

Addresses (3)

1 Billiter Court, City of London, Middlesex, London, England
Crescent Grove, Clapham Common, London, Surrey, London, England
Hare Hill, Cheshire, North-west England, England