Sir Ralph Palmer

11th Apr 1783 - 25th Jan 1838

Claimant or beneficiary


Sir Ralph Palmer, Chief Justice of Madras, brother of George, John Horsley and William Jocelyn Palmer (all of whom q.v.), son of William Palmer and Mary Horsley, who with his brothers received compensation as mortgagees-in-possession of Springs and Mount Aire in Grenada. This appears to be a family matter, not related to the mercantile firm of Palmers, Mackillop (q.v.).

  1. Sir Ralph Palmer was Chief Justice of Madras (1825-1835). First called to the bar 1808. Married Margaret Eliza Fearon in Madras 1829. She was the daughter of a Colonel in the EIC Army. The couple had a son Frederick Palmer, born Madras 1830 and a daughter Georgina Palmer born Madras 1831. Death of Ralph Palmer registered Q2 1838; will of Sir Ralph Palmer of Farnham Surrey proved 22/03/1838.


T71/880 Grenada No. 455.

  1. Roundell Palmer, Earl of Selborne, Memorials Part 1 Family and Personal 1766-1865 4 vols. (London: Macmillan & Co., 1896); The Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 100 Part 1 (March 1830) p. 266 (The Suffolk and Essex Free Press 1893-1899, transcribed by the Foxearth and District Local History Society, [accessed 30/10/2011], gives his wife's name as Pearson); FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online] (it is not clear why his death was registered later than his probate); PROB 11/1892.

Families in British India Society database

We are grateful to Peter Schofield for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Ralph Palmer
Margaret Eliza Fearon
Col. Frederick Palmer (?-1897), Georgina Palmer
A will but no further details

Associated Claims (1)

£2,992 19s 9d
Awardee (Mortgagee-in-possession)

Associated Estates (2)

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] - → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

East India Company
notes →
Chief Justice...

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (2)

Farnham, Surrey, South-east England, England
Madras, India