Tully Higgins

1774 - 11th Sep 1832

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary


Planter in British Guiana whose widow Charlotte Higgins (q.v.) and other executors collected the compensation for enslaved people on the Blenheim estate.

  1. Born c. 1774. Married Charlotte Bulkeley 10/05/1814 at St Marylebone. 5 children baptised at St Marylebone between 1815 and 1825.  Died 11/09/1832. Left £140,000. Buried at St Marylebone 15/09/1832 aged 58.

  2. The will of Tully Higgins of Saint Marylebone was proved 08/10/1832. He bequeathed (in addition to £300 each to his executors and some small legacies to Catholic charities in Ireland) £40,000 in stock to each of his widow and his daughter Louisa (revised by codicil to £30,000 each); his Blenheim estate in Demerara was left to his son Bulkeley Higgins, who d. 11/07/1834 aged 19, so Blenheim and residual estate went to Louisa, and formed part of her marriage settlement on her wedding to Percy Barrington, 8th Viscount of Ardglass, in 1845. 

  3. Tully Higgins died 11/09/1832 at [8] Bryanston Square. 'Nothing could be traced about his fortune in any source.' Married Charlotte, surname unknown. Louisa Higgins, the youngest daughter (c. 1825-1884) of Tully and Charlotte Higgins (but apparently heir to the Blenheim estate after the death of Bulkeley in 1834), married in 1845 Percy 8th Viscount Barrington.  

The 9th Viscount Barrington, Walter Bulkeley Barrington (1848-1933) carried the name of his uncle and his maternal grand-mother.


T71/887 British Guiana No. 2397.

  1. Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online].

  2. PROB 11/1806/334. A summary of the will consulted previously at www.stepneyrobarts.co.uk/7212.htm [accessed 13/04/2010] is no longer available.

  3. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume One 1809-1839 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2009) reference 1832/20, p. 360.

Further Information

Bulkeley; Matthew; Alicia; Charlotte; Louisa
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (1)

£16,799 19s 0d
Other association

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
1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Nathaniel Winter & Co.
West India merchant  

Relationships (4)

Deceased Husband → Widow
Business partners
Business partners

Addresses (1)

8 Bryanston Square, London, Middlesex, London, England