Rev. William Smoult Temple

1788 - 25th Mar 1859

Claimant or beneficiary


Rev. William Smoult Temple, co-executor (and originally co-trustee) with Thomas Wilkinson of Robert Henry McDonald (died 31/07/1831) of City of Durham, who was a mortgagee of the Claremont estate in Trelawny, Jamaica.

  1. Rev. William Smoult Temple matriculated Trinity Cambridge in Lent 1808, Vicar of Dalton-le-Dale Durham 1822-1831, Vicar of Aycliffe 1831-1835, Rector of Dinsdale 1835-1859, who died 25/03/1859 at Leamington aged 71. A William Smoult Temple was Sheriff of Newcastle in 1810, and was presumably the father of the Rev. William Smoult Temple, although no details on parentage are given in the Cambridge University Alumni entry or in the Clergy of the Church of England Database.


T71/874 Trelawny claim no. 171 (Clermont Estate).

T71/1608 letter to the Commissioners from B. Broughton of 2 Alie Place, Alie Street, London dated 22/02/1836 setting out the background to the counterclaim, identifying Robert Henry McDonald as of Old Elvet City of Durham, who had lent £4000 against Claremont and on his death 31/07/1831 had left all his property on trust to Wilkinson and Temple: the persons interested were Robert Henry MacDonald's nephews , James Henry Dixon, Robert William Dixon and Edward Dixon, the latter of whom had died in 1834. Broughton was acting for the only child of Edward Dixon.

The papers of the solicitors Mawson, Freeman and Curry ('Mawson's papers') in the Durham University Special Collections (GB-0033-MAW) include 19/04/1836 (3/33e(iii)) the Release by James Henry Dixon and Robert William Dixon of Thomas Wilkinson and Rev. William Smoult Temple from liability after receipt of sums due to them from the estate of Robert Henry McDonald and 20/01/1832 (3/35a) a release of Wilkinson and the Rev. Smoult as trustee(s) of the estate of Robert Henry McDonald [accessed 05/10/2011].

  1., Cambridge University Alumni 1261-1900 [database online]; Eneas Mackenzie A descriptive and historic account of the town and county of Newcastle-upon-Tyne (2 Vols., Newcastle upon Tyne: Mackenzie and Dent, 1827), Vol. 1, p. 618; CCEd [database online], person ID 130752, which shows him additionally as ordained Deacon in 1814, as Rector of Meldon in 1820 and a minor canon of Durham Cathedral in 1821.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
William Smoult Temple
Cambridge (Trinity) [1808 ]
Church of England

Associated Claims (1)

£2,384 0s 4d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Addresses (3)

Aycliffe, Durham, Northern England, England
Dinsdale, Durham, North-east England, England
Leamington Spa, Warwickshire, West Midlands, England