Thomas Tarleton

1753 - 1820


Liverpool slave-trader and slave-owner on Grenada, where he inherited the Mount Pleasant estate from his father John Tarleton IV. Father of Rev. John Edward Tarleton (q.v.), brother and one-time partner of John Tarleton (q.v), and brother also of Banastre Tarleton and Clayton Tarleton. Thomas Tarleton & Co. were also show as the owners of La Resource in Demerara in 1798.

  1. In the case of Hornby and others v Tarlton [sic] and others at the Lancaster Assizes in 1819, a charge of fraudulent conveyance against John Tarleton was upheld. The account of the case shows that Thomas Tarleton had been paid £68,000 on his withdrawal from the slave-trading and West India mercantile partnership with John Tarleton and Daniel Backhouse [at a date not given].

  2. Thomas Tarleton left personalty of £7000 on his death in 1820.


  1. The Times 13/09/1819 p. 3, [accessed 12/06/2016].

  2. David Pope, 'The wealth and social aspirations of Liverpool's slave merchants of the second half of the Eighteenth century', in Liverpool and Transatlantic Slavery, ed. David Richardson, Suzanne Schwarz and Anthony Tibbles (Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2007), ch. 7 pp. 180, Appendix 1, p. 214, p. 221.

We are grateful for the help of Sean Creighton with this entry.

Further Information

John Edward; Thomas

Associated Claims (1)

£6,526 2s 0d
Previous owner (not making a claim)

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
1798 [EA] - 1798 [LA] → Joint owner
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner
1776 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Tarleton & Backhouse

Relationships (4)

Business partners
Father → Son
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England