James Gordon

1758 - 18th Feb 1822

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary


  1. Son of James Brebner Gordon (d. 1807, Chief Justice of Antigua) and Anne Lavington, and father of James Adam Gordon (q.v.). Committed suicide at Hill Street Berkeley Square 18/02/1822. Educated Winchester (other sources say Harrow) and St John's Cambridge. Practising barrister of New Court Inner Temple. 'Succeeded to the estates of his uncle [in fact, his great-uncle] James Gordon in Hertfordshire, Aberdeenshire and the West Indies.' Lived at Hill Street and Moor Place, Much Hadham Herts. Married Harriot Whitbread, daughter of Samuel Whitbread I, the brewer and MP, in 1789. MP Stockbridge (1785-90); Truro (1790-96); Clitheroe (1808-12). Left £100,000.


  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009) reference 1822/21, sourced to History of Parliament.

Further Information

Harriot Whitbread
James Adam Gordon
Wealth at death
Winchester or Harrow
St Johns College, Cambridge
Legal Education
Lincolns Inn [1780- ]

Associated Estates (3)

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
1807 [EA] - 1822 [LA] → Owner

Shown as owner in the Slave Registers1817-1822, but under his father's will in fact tenant-for-life.

- 1822 [EY] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1821 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

'Pro-government' / West India interest 
election →
Stockbridge Hampshire
1785 - 1790
election →
Truro Cornwall
1790 - 1796
election →
Clitheroe Lancashire
1808 - 1812

Relationships (9)

Son → Father
Son → Mother
Husband → Wife
Marriage Details →
30th Nov -0001 1789
Father → Son
Great-nephew → Great-uncle
Testator → Trustee
Notes →
Rev. George Caldwell was 'nephew by marriage' of James Gordon, having married James Gordon's niece Harriet Abdy....
Uncle → Nephew
Brother → Sister

Addresses (2)

Hill Street, Berkeley Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
Moor Place, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England