William Esdaile

1758 - 1837

Claimant or beneficiary


London banker, awarded the compensation for the Hazelymph estate in St James as mortgagees-in-possession, and almost certainly the same man as the trustee of Samuel Vaughan for Flamstead also in St James. Father of Edward Jeffries Esdaile (q.v.)

  1. The late William Esdaile's collection of marbles, and pictures (including an Infant Christ by Leonardo da Vinci) etc were auctioned by Christie in March 1838.

  2. In 1838 there was a suit over Sir James Esdaile & Co, especially Rees Goring Thomas's capital. The partners were William Esdaile, Pascoe St Leger Grenfell, Thomas Scott, James Esdaile Hammett and John Athol Hammett. William Esdaile was the only 'monied partner'. Willam Esdaile transferred £20,000 to the name of Rees Goring Thomas for him to commence business with. Scott was described as 'considered more as a clerk than as a partner.' The bank collapsed in 1837 and William Esdaile died in October 1837.

  3. Will of William Esdaile banker of Clapham Common Surrey proved 15/10/1837.

  4. Esdaile has an entry in the ODNB as 'banker and print collector'.


  1. Times 15/03/1838 p. 8

  2. Times 07/08/1838 p. 7

  3. PROB 11/1885/119

  4. Alsager Vian, rev. Holger Hoock, 'William Esdaile (1758-1837), banker and print collector', Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004), online edn, May 2008,

Further Information

Elizabeth Jeffries
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (1)

£4,121 19s 0d
Awardee (Mortgagee-in-possession)

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
1802 [SY] - 1837 [EY] → Trustee and Executor
1802 [SY] - 1829 [LA] → Trustee and Executor

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)


Cultural (1)

Prints, Drawings & Paintings
Print, three-quarter length portrait of William Esdaile, seated and holding a print. Engraving by Robert Graves after George Sharples,... 
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Relationships (4)

Father → Son
Business partners
Executor → Testator
Trustee → Testator

Addresses (1)

Clapham Common, London, Surrey, London, England