Richard Worthington Roberts

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Claimant or beneficiary


Trustees for Richard Worthington Roberts and for Charlotte Howard (née Bolton) and Frank Howard, the latter two being reversionaries on Roberts' death, were awarded the compensation for enslaved people on Upper Diamond in St Vincent. The ownership appears to have flowed from Richard Worthington Roberts' deceased wife Sophia Mary nee Bolton. No records of Richard Worthington Roberts' career beyond the period of compensation, or of his death, have yet been traced, beyond the description of him as 'now residing at Woolwich...Surgeon General and Inspector to the Royal Artillery' in his wife's will of 1832.

  1. Son of Rev. John Roberts, Archdeacon of Merioneth. Richard Worthington Roberts married Sophia Mary Bolton at St Martin-in-the-Fields Westminster 02/12/1815. He was described as assistant surgeon general ordnance-department, and she as eldest daughter of the late Sir George Bolton of Chepstow Co. Monmouth.

  2. Will of Sophia Mary Roberts formerly Bolton wife of Woolwich Kent proved 25/9/1832. In the will she describes her husband as 'now residing at Woolwich...Surgeon General and Inspector to the Royal Artillery', and elaborately sets out the background to the ownership of Upper Diamond between her mother Dame Catharine Bolton, herself and her husband, and her sister Charlotte Augusta, then the wife of Thomas Wallis.

  3. Sir George Bolton as the 'owner' of Dido, 'a female negro belonging to Sir George Bolton' who was buried at Tidenham Gloucestershire 24/11/1805, is the subject of a brief note, In search of Dido, which reveals nothing about Dido but contains details of Sir George Bolton's ownership of the Upper Diamond estate.


T71/892 St Vincent no. 511.

  1. Cyngor Gwynedd Council, Rhagorol Online Catalogue XD2/7544 [n.d.], which identifies him as surgeon of Woolwich;, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; Gentleman's Magazine Vol. 118 [previously LXXXV] Part II (July-December 1815) p. 630.

  2. PROB 11/1805.

  3. In search of Dido, (2007)

Further Information

Sophia Mary Bolton

Associated Claims (2)

£996 3s 4d
Unsuccessful claimant
£368 11s 8d

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
- 1834 [LA] → Other

Richard Worthington Robert's wife Sophai Mary nee Bolton was co-heiress of the Diamond estate under the will of her grandfather John Lawley.

Relationships (3)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Notes →
Bolton died before his daughter Sophia Mary married Richard Worthington...
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law

Addresses (1)

Woolwich, Kent, London, England