Sir William Lewis George Thomas 4th Bart.

1777 - 1850

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded part of the compensation for the Hyde estate in St Thomas-in-the-Vale in Jamaica by virtue of his wife's legacy from her father Richard Welch, and claimed unsuccessfully in his own right for enslaved people in North Sound and Five Islands, Antigua.

  1. Son of Sir George Thomas 3rd bart., and great grandson of Sir George Thomas 1st bart., of Yapton, governor of the Leeward Islands. Sir William Lewis George Thomas's father had succeeded to the title but been disinherited in favour of his (the 3rd bart.'s) cousin Inigo Freeman (q.v.), to whom Yapton passed. Sir William Lewis George Thomas succeeded his father 1815, and married Eliza, daughter of Richard Welch (3 daughters, 3 sons, the eldest of whom George died at Trincomalee in 1820). Dale Park, the family's estate in Sussex, was sold c. 1824.

  2. According to Rubinstein, Edward William Leyborne Popham (né Leyborne) (1764-1843), the son of William Leyborne Leyborne (né Taylor) Governor of Grenada and of St Vincent and Tobago in 1772 and Anne Popham, daughter of Edward Popham MP for Wiltshire 1747-61 (whose son Francis, Anne's brother, left estates to his nephew Edward William Leyborne), married secondly Mary 'daughter of Sir William Thomas 2nd bart., of Yapton Place', Sir William Lewis George Thomas's aunt.

  3. Sir William Lewis George Thomas's great grandfather, the 1st baronet, has an entry in the ODNB as 'planter and colonial governor.'


T71/855 St Thomas-in-the-Vale nos. 294 and 335. T71/877 Antigua claim no. 355 (North Sound, St George) and 1044 (Five Islands, St John). The latter identifies him as of Co. Dorset; his death was registered at Dorset Co. Weymouth Q3 1850 (FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online]).

  1. William Courthope (ed.), Debrett's Baronetage of England ([7th ed.], London, J. G. & F. Rivington, 1835) p. 187.

  2. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (MS) reference 1843/8.

  3. Benjamin H. Newcomb, ‘Thomas, Sir George, baronet (c.1695–1774)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 30 Jan 2014]

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sir William Lewis George Thomas bart.
Eliza Welch
Sophia, George, Elizabeth, Helena, William, Montagu

Associated Claims (3)

£3,589 15s 1d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual)
£4,303 3s 1d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Owner-in-fee)
£2,660 0s 11d

Associated Estates (5)

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
- 1850 [EY] → Owner
1850 [SY] - 1856 [EY] → Previous owner

Sold by the trustees of Sir William George Lewis Thomas's estate in 1856, after his death in 1850.

1809 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
- 1850 [LA] → Owner
1850 [SY] - 1856 [EY] → Previous owner

Sold by the trustees of Sir William George Lewis Thomas's estate in 1856, after his death in 1850.

Relationships (11)

Notes →
Their wives were...
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Husband → Wife
Son → Father
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Notes →
Her husband and his wife were...
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Grandson → Grandfather
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law

Addresses (1)

Weymouth, Dorset, Wessex, England