John Nesbitt I

1745 - 1817


London merchant and banker, and MP successively for Winchelsea, Gatton and Bodmin. Second son of Cosby Nesbitt of Lismore, co. Cavan, MP, and his wife Anne, daughter of John Enery of Barnboy, co. Cavan. Commissioner for Hackney Coaches, 1814-1817. Executor and residuary heir of his uncle Arnold Nesbitt (q.v.), who left him a reversionary interest in the Mount Nesbitt estate in Grenada, the direct heir to which was Arnold Nesbitt's natural son Colebrooke Nesbitt, and interests in 'slave-property' in Jamaica, all subject to large-scale indebtedness (see the entry for Arnold Nesbitt for details of the latter's will). The firm of John Nesbitt, Edward Stewart and John Nesbitt the younger of Aldermanbury failed in 1802.

  1. The will of John Nesbitt of Bolton Street [made in 1809] proved 21/06/1817 is short and made his brother Thomas Nesbitt his heir after minor legacies. It was attested by John Nesbitt of Tokenhouse Yard (q.v. under John Nesbitt II), to whom administration was awarded in 1836 after the death of Thomas Nesbitt.


T71/880 Grenada claim no. 608 (Mount Nesbitt); Janet H. Stevenson, ‘Nesbitt family (per. c.1717–c.1900)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [, accessed 18 Dec 2015]; London Gazette 15544 25/12 1802 p. 1382; 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. 4 pp. 332-333; [accessed 04/05/2017].

  1. PROB 11/1593/357

Further Information


Associated Claims (1)

£3,201 2s 4d
Other association

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
1810 [EA] - 1810 [LA] → Joint owner
1787 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Assignee

In 1787 Nesbitts & Stewart were assigned the island of Mustique held in fee simple by Alexander Campbell, and guaranteed 150 hogsheads of muscavado sugar p.a. to secure and service their debt of £9116 8s 2d from Alexander Campbell.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner

Cultural (1)

'The Blue Boy', the Thomas Gainsborough painting now in the Huntington Library, owned by John Nesbitt (i) between 1796 and 1802. ... 
notes →
Janet H. Stevenson, ‘Nesbitt family (per. c.1717–c.1900)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008...

Political (1)

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Winchelsea Sussex
1780 - 1790
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Gatton Surrey
1790 - 1796
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Bodmin Cornwall
1796 - 1802

Relationships (3)

Uncle → Nephew
Nephew → Uncle
Business partners

Addresses (1)

London, Middlesex, London, England