Thomas Duckworth Headlam

1807 - 2nd Oct 1885

Claimant or beneficiary


Legatee of £500 under the will of the Hon. James Stewart and awardee in two awards in St Mary, Jamaica with his brother Rev. James Garnett Headlam, and the Rev. John Twells and Philip Twells (all of whom q.v.) who were possibly trustees for similar awards to the Headlams' sisters, Eliza and Dora. The Headlam children were the children of Hon. James Stewart's step-daughter Dorothy Brooming Headlam nee Colburn, the child of Ann Mary nee Law by her first marriage to Thomas Headlam.

  1. The 1830 Chancery suit of Stewart v Garnett between the owner of Islington, Robert Stewart, and Elizabeth Garnett and others, implies a family connection between Thomas Duckworth Headlam and the estate. The will of the Hon. James Stewart left £500 each to 'the children of my daughter-in-law' Thomas, James, Robert, Dora and Eliza Headlam.  Elsewhere in the summary of the case the 'daughter-in-law' is identified as Dorothy Headlam and two  of the children as James Garnett Headlam and Thomas Duckworth Headlam.  

  2. Described as 'underwriter of Liverpool' at the time of his son's birth in 1847. All his children were baptised in Liverpool between 1841 and 1849., although his marriage to Laetitia Simpson took place at Marylebone 19/11/1840.

  3. Dissolution of partnership between Thomas Duckworth Headlam and Richard Rawson as insurance brokers 30/01/1847. Dissolution of partnership between Thomas Duckworth Headlam and Charles Langton as insurance underwriters and brokers at Liverpool under Headlam and Langton 30/12/1854.

  4. His son Stewart Duckworth Headlam was a radical cleric and Fabian; his daughter Constance married the Rev. Sir Algernon Coote.


T71/856 St Mary Nos. 135 (Islington estate) and 136 (possibly Cove's Pen).

  1. Reports of Cases decided in Chancery 1832 Volume 3 p. 402, 1830 Stewart v Garnett. The case implies that Dorothy Headlam was the widow of one of the Hon. James Stewart's sons. The parents of Thomas Duckworth Headlam are shown as Thomas and Dorothy Blooming [sic] Headlam in, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online] and, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]. Dorothy Brooming, the widow of Thomas Headlam of Aigburth Liverpool died at Marlow Buckinghamshire Jan 4 1836 [Gentleman's Magazine 1836 Vol. 5 p. 331]. At the baptism of her son Robert Neadlam [sic] at St Michael Aigburth on 05/11/1815 she was descibed as 'formerly Colburne', [accessed 22/06/2011].

  2. [accessed 22/06/2011];, Liverpool, Lancashire, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online]; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online].

  3. London Gazette, Issue 20697, 02/02/1847, p. 390; London Gazette, Issue 21648, 05/01/1855, p. 62.

  4. and [both accessed 22/06/2011].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
T. Duckworth Headlam
Laetitia Simpson
Dora Laetitia (1843-), Stewart Duckworth (1847-), Mary Ellen (1841-), Constance (1845-), Alfred (1849-)

Personal estate £32,813 10s at probate 20/11/1885, resworn May 1886

Wealth at death
£38,573 11S 4D

Associated Claims (2)

£3,723 15s 5d
£483 16s 11d

Relationships (1)