William Vaughan

1752 - 1850

Claimant or beneficiary


London merchant and prime mover in the development of wet docks in London in the 1790s, culminating in the building of the West India and London Docks. He has an entry in the ODNB as 'promoter of the London docks' which is silent on his connections with slavery.

  1. Son of Samuel Vaughan, the Unitarian London merchant and absentee owner. Brother of Benjamin Vaughan (1751-1835), briefly MP for Calne (1796) and radical self-imposed exile to America from 1797, and of Samuel Vaughan junior, proprietor of Flamstead and Vaughansfield in St James (each of whom q.v.).

  2. Will of William Vaughan merchant of Fenchurch Street proved 17/06/1850.


E. I. Carlyle, ‘Vaughan, William (1752–1850)’, rev. Anita McConnell, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Sept 2013 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/28155, accessed 28 Oct 2015]

  1. David Beck Ryden, West Indian Slavery and British Abolition 1783-1807 (Cambridge, Cambridge University Press, 2009), p. 64.

  2. PROB 11/2115.

Further Information

Warrington Academy
Politician and merchant
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (5)

£4,870 2s 7d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£836 5s 0d
Awardee (Assignee)
£3,236 2s 1d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Assignee)
£2,054 17s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£405 2s 10d

Associated Estates (4)

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
1823 [EA] - → Joint owner
1802 [SY] - 1839 [LA] → Trustee and Executor
1829 [EA] - 1837 [LA] → Owner
1802 [SY] - 1829 [LA] → Trustee and Executor

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Firm Investment
S.Vaughan & Sons
North American merchant  

Physical (1)

West India Dock and London Dock [Built] 
description →
The two rival docks schemes grew out of William Vaughan's campaigning in the 1790s for wet docks in London. ...

Relationships (8)

Uncle → Nephew
Son → Father
Executor → Testator
Trustee → Testator