George Savage Martin

1786 - 1849

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for eleven enslaved people on Antigua in his own name, and also the compensation for the enslaved people on a group of six awards on Antigua and Montserrat involving the Willock family in which he did not appear as claimant or counterclaimant, suggesting his role was administrative or as trustee. In addition he counterclaimed as executor of Samuel Martin (identified as his father) on the Nibbs estate in Antigua, and was awarded the residual compensation if any after a long list of prior claims was satisfied. Unsuccessful claimant for High Point estate in Antigua, also as executor of Samuel Martin. Resident on Antigua in the 1830s but attributed a London address in his will proven in 1849.

  1. In an extract of a despatch from governor W.M.G. Colebrooke to Lord Glenelg from Antigua 08/02/1838, Colebrooke reported that the Honorable George Savage Martin, Member of Council Antigua, had been elected as one of five members for Montserrat in the General Assembly of the Leeward Islands convened by Colebrooke.

  2. George Savage Martin married Anne Willock 1823 at St John, Antigua. He lived with his wife at ‘Mount Pleasant’ in the parish of St John, Antigua. George Savage Martin was buried in St Peter, Jersey, Chanel Islands, 02/05/1849 aged 55. The will of George Savage Martin of 45 Cambridge Terrace Hyde Park proved 14/09/1849. His executors were his wife Ann, his brother William of Antigua and Francis Shand of Liverpool.

  3. Documents for the contested claim for Nibbs estate identify his father as Samuel Martin (q.v.), who was also the father of John Halliday Martin (q.v.).

  4. John Halliday Martin was baptised in Marylebone, London in May 1782 at the age of 1 month, parents Samuel Martin Esqr and his wife Grace. Amongst others, Samuel Savage Martin was baptised in Marylebone to Samuel Martin Esqr and Grace in 1789. An unsourced genealogical site give Samuel Martin and Grace Savage marrying in Antigua in 1778; the same site gives his wife as Anne Willock but date-of-death as 1823.

  5. Anne Margaret, daughter of George Savage and Anne Martin of Antigua, was baptised in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, in 1827. Anne Margaret Martin, age 23, spinster, daughter of George Savage Martin, merchant, married Francis Hastings Baxter, age 31, in St Saviour, Jersey, in 1850.


T71/877 Antigua claim nos. 24, 359, 360, 365 and 1050; T71/888 Montserrat claim nos. 42, 71, 174 and 178.

  1. Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons, 16 January-11 August 1840 Vol. XXXIV.

  2. Mike Ball (2013) 'Samuel MARTIN Esq.', unpublished manuscript; PROB 11/2099. The will, dated July 1846, describes him as of the Island of Antigua 'now residing at Number Forty five Cambridge Terrace Hyde Park'. Burial record:, Jersey, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1940 [database online].

  3. T71/1622 Antigua no. 360: includes the arbitration by the Commission, dated 15/05/1837. The enslaved persons were subject to: (a) payment of an annuity of £400 per annum to Elizabeth Martin, a widow, by indenture of 16/11/1816 between (1) Samuel Martin (deceased) (2) John Halliday Martin (deceased, the son of Sam. Martin) and Elizabeth Martin, then the wife of John Halliday Martin (3) Robt. and Archibald Kelso; (b) a mortgage of £5000, of 1828, between Sam. Martin, George Savage Martin (the son of Sam. Martin) and Francis Thwaites, James Trecothick junior and J.H. Roper; (c) a mortgage of £3000, of 1829, of Anna Maria Wightwick. James Trecothick, of London; the Kelsos, of the county of Ayr, Scotland; and Wm. Martin were trustees for Elizabeth Martin as first priority (and Elizabeth Martin could force the sale of capital for arrears). Then the residue goes to James Trecothick etc., then to Anna Maria Wightwick, then to George Savage Martin as claimant.

  4., London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]. [accessed 15/03/2013].

  5., Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, 1813-1913 [database online];, Jersey, Church of England Marriages, 1754-1940 [database online].

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

Further Information

Ann Willock
Anne Margaret

Associated Claims (9)

£190 19s 8d
£1,842 17s 7d
£2,399 1s 4d
Unsuccessful claimant (Executor or executrix)
£2,063 10s 5d
Unsuccessful claimant
£1,246 18s 11d
£3,425 2s 2d
£1,079 18s 6d
£1,772 0s 3d
£2,426 2s 1d

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
1824 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Attorney
1824 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney

Relationships (2)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

45 Cambridge Terrace, Hyde Park, London, Middlesex, London, England