James Whatman Bosanquet

1804 - 1877

Claimant or beneficiary


London banker, partner in Bosanquet Anderdon (q.v.), awarded compensation for the enslaved people on three estates on Nevis.

  1. Son of Samuel Bosanquet (q.v.) and Leititia Philippa Whatman, born 21/01/1804 [the ODNB gives 10/01/1804], baptised 11/02/1804 at Leyton Essex. Married (1) Merelina Tindal, daughter of Nicholas Conyngham Tindal, at St John Hampstead 16/05/1840 (2) Frances Georgiana Elizabeth Somerset 25/07/1854 at St Andrew Enfield (3) Emily Dorothy Best. Will of James Whatman Bosanquet late of Claysmore Enfield and Lombard Street who died 22/12/1877 at Claysmore proved 21/01/1878 by Bernard Tindal Bosanquet, effects under £35,000 resworn March 1879 under £30,000.

  2. James Whatman Bosanquet is in the ODNB as 'banker and biblical historian'. Westminster School 1814-1817, partner in his father's bank from 1822. 'A governor of the Bank of England' [in fact, a director, never the Governor] and chairman of income tax commission under Sir Robert Peel. Wrote for and financially supported the Society for Biblical Archaeology, and was termed the 'Maecenas of Assyriology'. Fellow of Royal Astronomical Society.

  3. James Whatman Bosanquet of 73 Lombard Street, London, had, with his partner James Hughes Anderdon, purchased between 15 and 30 shares inthe British American Land Company in 1835 (corresponding to two votes).


  1. England and Wales Christening Records 1530-1906; London England Marriages and Banns 1754-1921; National Probate Calendar 1878.

  2. ODNB online, Anita McConnell, 'Bosanquet, James Whatman (1804-1877), banker and biblical historian.'

  3. List of the proprietors of the British American Land Company: incorporated and established by Charter and Act of Parliament, 1834 (London, n.d.) p. 5 (via Archive.org) p. 5.

Further Information

(1) Merelina Tindal (2) Frances Georgiana Elizabeth Somerset (3) Emily Dorothy Best
With (2) James; Elizabeth; Bernard; Nicholas; Frederick; Juliana; Alfred; Georgiana. With (3) Harriet; Aylmer
Wealth at death
Westminster [1814-1817 ]
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (3)

£3,655 18s 5d
£2,018 0s 8d
Awardee (Assignee)
£297 11s 7d

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
notes →
Listed as partner at the time of Samuel Bosanquet's retirement in 1836...
Firm Investment
notes →
See biog...

Cultural (2)

Royal Astronomical Society...... 
Society of Biblical Archaeology...... 

Relationships (1)

Son → Father

Addresses (2)

73 Lombard Street, City of London, London, Middlesex, London, England
Claysmore, Clay Hill, Enfield, Middlesex, South-east England, England