Henry Robertson Sandbach

1807 - 10th Jun 1895

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of Samuel Sandbach (1769-1851) (q.v.), and his wife Eliza, daughter of Rev Dr Henry Robertson of Kiltearn. Awarded compensation in British Guiana as partner in Sandbach Tinne.

  1. Married (1) Margaret Roscoe 04/05/1832 (2) Elizabeth Charlotte Williams, daughter of Martin Williams (1782-1856, son of Martin Williams and Elizabeth Barrett Waite) of Old Hope Westmoreland Jamaica and Bryngwyn Q4 1855. In 1841 census living aged 30 at Aigburth with Margaret aged 25. Shown as of Hafodunos Denbighshire on his death 10/06/1895 when he left £10,515 15s 10d.

  2. Henry Robertson Sandbach's first wife, Margaret Roscoe, is in the ODNB as poet and novelist. She was a member of a prominent Unitarian family in Liverpool and the grand-daughter of the historian and anti-slave trade MP William Roscoe (1753-1831).

  3. Built Hafodunos in Denbighshire c. 1864. The ODNB entry for the sculptor John Gibson notes the importance of the patronage of Henry Robertson Sandbach and his wife Margaret Roscoe in Gibson's career. The family sold the house in the early 1930s but continue to farm part of the estate. The family includes the former Conservative MP Antoinette Sandbach.


T71/885 British Guiana claim nos. 546 (Plantation Industry), 640 (Prospect), 641 (Little Diamond), 654 (Vriesland), 668 (Javer Beusdeune (?) and Regt Door Zee (?)), 680 (La Grange), 693 (La Jalousie & Fellowship), 694, 701 (Edinburgh), 702 (Leonora), 709 (De Hinderen and Boodes Rust) and 712 (Truxen de Vrienden(?)); T71/886 British Guiana claim nos. 1296 and 1305. For more on Hafodunos Hall, see https://historypoints.org/index.php?page=hafodunos-hall-llangernyw [accessed 08/09/2020].

  1. Ancestry.com, England and Wales, Marriages and Banns, 1538-1940 [database online] [database online]; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Marriages, 1837-1983 [database online] shows a marriage for Henry Robertson Sandbach Q4 1855; National Probate Calendar 1895. A brief history of the family is given in the Powys County Archives Office index GB 0223/M/SAND http://www.archiveswales.org.uk/anw/get_collection.php?inst_id=40&coll_id=1200&expand= [accessed 27/02/2011]. Children's names and Martin Williams life dates from R.A. Barrett, The Barretts of Jamaica: the family of Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Winfield, Kansas, Armstrong Browning Library of Baylor University; The Browning Society; Wedgestone Press, 2000) pp. 177-8.

  2. ODNB online, Virginia H. Blain, i'Sandbach [nee Roscoe], Margaret (1812-1852), poet and novelist'.

  3. http://www.whgt.org.uk/documents/bulletin/bulletin42.pdf [accessed 27/02/2011]; Martin Greenwood, ‘Gibson, John (1790–1866)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/10625, accessed 17 Oct 2014]. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/local-news/art-mirrors-life-new-north-2696736 [accessed 30/03/2017].

We are grateful to James Brennan for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

(1) Margaret Roscoe (1833); (2) Elizabeth Charlotte Williams
With (2) Samuel; Henry Martin; Arthur Edmund; Margaret Elizabeth; Sophy Katharine
  1. Will of Henry Robertson Sandbachof Hafodunos Denbighshire who died 10/6/1895 proved 26/11/1895 by Samuel Sandbach Lieutentant-colonel, effects £10515 15s 10d
Wealth at death
£10,515 15S 10D

Associated Claims (16)

£391 8s 2d
£1,411 13s 11d
£63 0s 1d
Not a claimant (Assignee)
£13,634 11s 4d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£1,904 16s 1d
£5,683 2s 1d
£12,375 9s 3d
£13,267 4s 8d
£4,121 7s 10d
£2,419 1s 9d
£20,752 14s 3d
£232 1s 7d
Not a claimant (Assignee)
£14,231 0s 7d
£15,482 14s 8d
£13,011 2s 9d
£8,552 4s 11d

Associated Estates (1)

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
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Sandbach Tinne
West India merchant  

Physical (1)

Country house
Hafodunos [Built] 
notes →
Built by Henry Robertson Sandbach on the estate bought by his father Samuel Sandbach (1769-1851) in 1830 (Powys County Archives Office GB0223/M/D/SAND) or c. 1833 (Habakkuk). The family sold the...

Relationships (6)

Son → Father
First Cousins
Notes →
Their mothers were...
First Cousins
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Their mothers were...
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (1)

Hafodunos Hall, Denbighshire, Wales