John Rock Grosett [Grossett]

30th Apr 1784 - 22nd Sep 1866

Claimant or beneficiary


John Rock Grosett, MP for Chippenham (1820-1826), a tenant of Lacock Abbey, Wilts. and then in Jamaica from the 1830s onwards, returning to Britain and dying here in the 1860s, party to the Chancery suit of John Eldad Waters v John Rock Grosett, into which the compensation for the enslaved people Chepstow Pen and Spring Garden estate in St George and Petersfield in St Thomas-in-the-East (all of which he owned) was paid.

Note: his surname is usually spelled Grosett rather than Grossett. (The latter given in the Parliamentary Papers.)

  1. Letters of Administration of the estates of John Rock Grosett, formerly of St George Jamaica and then of the City of Lisbon but lately of Chew Magna who died 22/07/1866 left unadministered by Francis Rock Spencer Grosett the son sole executor and residuary legatee awarded 14/07/1868 to Countess de Maricort, effects under £4000.

  2. John Rock Grossett is buried in the churchyard of the Parish Church of St. Andrew, Chew Magna, Bristol. He died September 22nd 1866 'in the eighty third year of his age'. He is buried along with his son Frederick Rock Spencer Grossett who died February 17th 1868 aged 48 years.

  3. In 1861 John R Grosett aged 76 fund-holder and son Frederick aged 41, also fund-holder, were living at Chew Magna.


T71/869 St George nos. 56 and 66; St Thomas-in-the-East no 563.

  1. National Probate Calendar 1868.

  2. Email from Melinda Good 16/01/2015.

  3. 1861 census online.

We are grateful to Melinda Good for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John Rock Grossett
(1) Mary Spencer Shirley (cousin, 1810) 1784-1820; (2) Christina Maria de Kantzow (second cousin)
With (1): John Schaw (1811-1833), Mary Henrietta (1812-1833), Hannah Theresa (1813-1833), Edward Walter (1814-1838), Schaw Archibald Bowyer (1816-1852), Albert Henry (1817-1838), Frederick Rock Spencer (1819-1868). With (2): Charles Walpole (1827-1852)
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (3)

£1,704 0s 6d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£8,429 18s 1d
£6,009 3s 2d

Associated Estates (7)

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
1820 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - → Joint owner
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Joint owner
1826 [EA] - 1827 [LA] → Owner
1815 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Joint owner
1820 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

Remarks on West Indian... 1824 
notes →
Discusses, among other things, Haitian revolt and rebellions in Barbados (1816), Jamaica and Demerara (1823). 2nd edn.,...

Imperial (1)

Member of Assembly St George's

Political (1)

Tory - 'Peelite' / West India interest 
election →
Chippenham Wiltshire
1820 - 1826

Relationships (1)

Son → Father

Addresses (2)

Chew Magna, Somerset, South-west England, England
Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire, South-west England, England
Notes →

Tenant in the 1820s