Samuel Baker

1794 - 10th May 1862

Claimant or beneficiary


Partner in Baker & Philpotts (q.v.)

  1. Witness at the 1832 Select Committee on the Extinction of Slavery where he describes himself as a merchant in London and whose interest in 'West Indian property' is in receiving consignments from Jamaica.

  2. Significant actor in the development of Gloucester, notably the Gloucester Docks (where Baker's Quay remains)

  3. Father of Sir Samuel White Baker (1821–1893), traveller and explorer in Africa; committee member of the Eyre Defence Fund 1866

  4. Samuel Baker is shown in the 1861 census living at Thorngrove House, Grimley (Worcs.) aged 67 born Bristol 'Esq., Magistrate of counties of Gloucester and Worcester', with his wife Eliza M. [?] aged 45 born Gloucester. Thorngrove is a Grade II* listed late 18C country house.

  5. Samuel Baker died 10/05/1862 late of Thornygrove [sic] in the county of Worcester and of the City of Gloucester, will proven 28/06/1862 by John Garland Baker.


  1. Parliamentary Papers 1831-32 (721) Report from Select Committee on the Extinction of Slavery, pp. 485-98 (qq. 7,320-7,597). (p. 490 for his self-description.)

  2. Hugh Conway-Jones 'How Gloucester benefited from slavery' [accessed 30/01/2011].

  3. Thomas Paul Ofcansky, ‘Baker, Sir Samuel White (1821–1893)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004); online edn, Jan 2008 [, accessed 12/08/2012]; The Eyre Defence and Aid Fund (London, Pelican Printing Company, 1866), p. 4.

  4. 1861 census online; [accessed 31/01/2011].

  5. National Probate Calendar 1862.

Further Information

Eliza M.
Sir Samuel White Baker (1821-1893), John Garland, Valentine (1827-1887), James, Mary, Ellen, Anna Eliza

Will proven 28/6/1862, personal estate under £30,000

Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£4,282 15s 2d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£3,708 4s 4d
Awardee (Judgement creditor)

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
1834 [EA] - → Judgement creditor
1839 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Baker and Phillpotts were awarded the compensation as mortgagee in the compensation process. LBS has not established when the mortgage was first made.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (5)

Railway Investment
Gloucester and Dean Forest [184570]  
Railway Investment
Gloucester and Dean Forest [1846195]  
Railway Investment
Grand Connection; or Worcester and Wolverhampton [183730]  
Name partner
Baker Phillpotts
West India merchant  
Railway Investment
Worcester, Hereford, Ross and Glouster [1846547]  

Physical (2)

Public building
Bakers Quay [Built] 
Country house
Lypiatt Park [Purchased] 

Addresses (3)

London, Middlesex, London, England
Lyppiatt Park, Stroud, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
Thorngrove House, Grimley, Worcestershire, West Midlands, England