Peter Beckford of Stepleton

1739 - 1811


MP for Morpeth 1768-1774, son of Julines Beckford, father of Horace William Beckford, 3rd baron Pitt-Rivers.

  1. Will of Peter Beckford of Stepleton [sic] Dorset [made in 1810] proved 28/03/1811. Under the will he left his estates and enslaved people in Jamaica and elsewhere in the West Indies (his trustees included his cousin the Earl of Effingham), to pay a number of annuities and legacies, including: to his daughter Harriet, wife of Henry Seymour Esq. an annuity of £200 p.a. over and above her entitlement under his marriage settlement, 'which I beg her to accept'; and £60 p.a. to Signora Rosa Buggiani of Florence. Subject to these charges, he left his estates to his son Horace William Beckford for life.


  1. PROB 11/1520/427

Further Information

Hon. Louisa Pitt

Associated Estates (5)

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
1766 [EA] - 1769 [LA] → Owner
1766 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Owner
1766 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Owner
1740 [EA] - → Previous owner
1766 [EA] - 1769 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Muzio Clementi...... 
notes →
Muzio Clementi, brought to Britain as a young prodigy by Peter Beckford, on whose Dorset estate Clementi lived for seven years. Paul Griffiths, Penguin Companion to Classical Music...

Political (1)

West India interest 
election →
Morpeth Northumberland
1768 - 1774

Relationships (4)

Grandson → Grandfather
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Son → Father

Addresses (1)

Stepelton House, Iwerne Stepleton, Dorset, Wessex, England