William Maxwell MP

1768 - 1833

Claimant or beneficiary


MP for Linlithgow Burghs 1807-12.  Son of William Maxwell of Carriden (d. 1771, q.v), which the younger Maxwell sold in 1814, and nephew of Patrick Maxwell of Grenada (q.v.). Erstwhile owner of Richards and Howard estates under Antigua Claim No. 397, for which his administrator claimed, as well as trust beneficiary of the Preference estate in Grenada, of which his uncle Patrick Maxwell of Grenada had been mortgagee-in-possession until the latter's death c. 1790.

  1. MP for Linlithgow Burghs 1807-1812.

  2. William Maxwell formerly of Carriden but more recently of Abercromby Place Edinburgh transferred Richmond and Howard's estate to Edward Ellice and William Holden 1816; he had sought permission from Parliament by petition to transfer 322 slaves to Demerara.



T71/267 pp. 86-87.

  1. R. G. Thorne (ed.), The House of Commons, 1790-1820 (5 vols., London, Secker & Warburg for the History of Parliament Trust, 1986) Vol. 4 pp. 574-5; entry acknowledges Maxwell's West India holdings, and characterises them as failing.

  2. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. I p. 64.

Further Information

Mary Charlotte Bouverie

Associated Claims (1)

£4,525 7s 8d
Beneficiary unsuccessful

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
1790 [SY] - 1829 [LA] → Trust beneficiary
1817 [EA] - 1833 [LA] → Owner

William Maxwell had transferred the estate to Edward Ellice and Wm Holden as assignees of the London merchants John Henderson and Archibald Neilson in 1816, and it appeared as the 'trust estate' of William Maxwell in 1817 and 1824.

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

election →
Linlithgow Burghs Lanark / Linlithgow / Peebles / Selkirk
1807 - 1812
parliamentary notes →

Relationships (2)

Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (2)

Abercromby Place, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Carriden House, Carriden, Linlithgow, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Central Scotland, Scotland