George Lawrence

29th May 1775 - 27th Feb 1861

Claimant or beneficiary


George Lawrence of Cowesfield House, Wiltshire, son of Richard James Lawrence and  brother of Charles Lawrence (q.v.) of Mos[s]ley Hall Liverpool and uncle of George Hall Lawrence (q.v.).

  1. Born Dover St 29/05/1775, son of Richard James Lawrence and Mary Hall, married Sarah Brissett, daughter of Dr Patrick Spence. Member for St James, Jamaica 1809, 19/05/1841 sold Weston Favell (formerly called St James's) to Lawrence Hislop of St James for £6,540, died 1861.

  2. In 1816 George Lawrence and Sarah Brissett Lawrence sold their one-seventh (reversionary?) interest in Belvidere estate in Hanover and the right to a £200 legacy under the wills of Thomas Reid the younger (d. 1798) and his wife Elizabeth (d. 1804), to George Reid the younger of London for £800. In 1817 they sold an unspecified group of enslaved people on Fairfield estate to Richard James Lawrence.

  3. Will with codicil of George Lawrence late of Cowesfield House Wiltshire who died 27/02/1861 at 4 Cavendish Square proved 21/03/1861 by widow Sarah Brissett Lawrence, effects under £35,000 resworn July 1861 below £30,000.  Cowesfield passed to George Lawrence's great-nephew, William Frederic Lawrence MP for Liverpool Abercromby 1885-1906, the son of the Rev. Charles Washington Lawrence (1805-1861) and grandson of Charles Lawrence of Mossley Hall.  




  1. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. VI, p. 128.

  2. Ibid. p. 128. T71/207 pp. 216-219.

  3. National Probate Calendar 1861; Edward Walford, The County Families...(1919) available at [accessed 18/07/2011].

Further Information

Sarah Brissett Spence

Effects given as below £35,000 at probate (21/3/1861), resworn July 1861 below £30,000,

Wealth at death
Eton [1782-1791 ]

Associated Claims (1)

£5,076 16s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (3)

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] - → Other
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - → Joint owner

Relationships (10)

Legatee → Testator
Notes →
George Lawrence was the major beneficiary of the will of Mrs Catherine Francklyn, who identified him as the second son of her cousin Richard James...
Uncle → Nephew
Son → Father
Grandson → Grandfather
First Cousins
Husband → Wife
Executor → Testator

Addresses (1)

Cowesfield House, Whiteparish, Wiltshire, South-west England, England