John Petrie

1742 - 5th Feb 1826


John Petrie, erstwhile East India Co. official, MP, government contractor, loan-contractor and partner in Petrie, Campbell of 24 Throckmorton Street. Petrie, Campbell had been mortgagee of Pembroke estate in Tobago from c. 1798, and the assignees of the mortgage pursued the compensation in the 1830s. The firm was also active in St Vincent. John Petrie was the brother of Gilbert Petrie (q.v.).

  1. The History of Parliament entry for John Petrie specifies his partnership in Petrie, Campbell and notes that the dowry of his second wife (Elizabeth, daughter of George Vesey of Lucan co. Dublin) was secured on four estates in Tobago. It does not pick up his partnership in the Flax Mill Co. cited by the London Gazette in connection with the surrender of his assets to his creditors. Petrie paid £110,000 for the borough of Gatton with 2 seats in 1796, and sold it in 1800. The cession of Tobago to France in 1783 and - especially - its restoration to France in 1802 are cited as disruptive to Petrie's finances in the History of Parliament.


Emma Rothschild, The inner life of Empires: an 18th century history p. 160.

  1. History of Parliament Online P.A Symonds, 'Petrie, John (?1742-1826) of 6 Portland Place Middlesex'. The interest in the Pembroke estate held by John Petrie late of Kempton Middlesex was subject to an offer that his assignees in bankruptcy submitted to his creditors in 1815. Petrie and his co-partner John Ward of Hanworth had previously been declared bankrupt in 1804, when their firm was identified as the Flax Mill Company at Hounslow. London Gazette 17077 07/11/1815 p. 2231; London Gazette 15677 21/02/1804 p. 246.

Further Information

(1) Ann Keble (2) Elizabeth Vesey
With (1) 1 son, 3 daughters; with (2) 4 daughters
Wealth at death
Civil servant (East India Company), then politician

Associated Claims (1)

£1,940 6s 1d
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
1802 [EA] - 1812 [LA] → Not known

John Petrie and Dugald Campbell assigned Ottley Hall to Edward Austen in 1802 to secure his loan to them of £5035; the capacity in which Petrie and Campbell acted is not clear but they were possibly assignees themselves or mortgagees in possession. In 1812 Petrie, Campbell and Robertson conveyed the estate William Hepburn for £500 upfront and a mortgage of some £4900: Hepburn assigned the estate in trust as security for his mortgage to John Browne of Lothbury.

1798 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Petrie, Campbell
West India & East India merchant  

Political (1)

election →
Gatton Surrey
1796 - 1800

Relationships (3)

Business partners
Business partners

Addresses (1)

6 Portland Place, London, Middlesex, London, England