William Holmes

1779 - 1851


Awarded the compensation with Charles Chester and Thomas Wallis for the enslaved people on Upper Diamond in St Vincent as trustees of Richard Worthington Roberts and Charlotte and Frank Howard, reversionaries on the death of Richard Worthington Roberts.  William Holmes of Grafton Street was a trustee for the wife of James Rymer, involved apparently unsuccessfully in a claim in Dominica.

  1. William Holmes of Grafton Street - probably but not certainly the same man as the William Holmes of the St Vincent claim - acted as agent for Demerara 1820-1833 and appears in the ODNB as 'politician'. He was MP for a series of six different boroughs between 1808 and 1841. This William Holmes was instrumental in securing the passage of a bill in 1818 permitting the movement of enslaved people to Demerara.




T71/892 St Vincent no. 511.

  1. J. A. Hamilton, ‘Holmes, William (1779–1851)’, rev. H. C. G. Matthew, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/13605, accessed 14 May 2014]; http://www.historyofparliamentonline.org/volume/1790-1820/member/holmes-william-1779-1851 [accessed 08/05/2017].



Further Information

Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (2)

£3,488 6s 3d
Other association
£368 11s 8d
Awardee (Trustee)

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