Thomas Bayley Howell

1767 - 1815


Absentee slave-owner, son of John Howell (q.v.). Lawyer, married in 1790 Lucy Ann, the daughter of Robert Long (1729-), through whom he also became a joint owner of Longville estate in Clarendon, Jamaica. He has an entry in the ODNB that says he was born in Jamaica but makes no reference to his slave-owning. In 1798 he mortgaged his share in Longville for £5000 to Protheroes & Claxton.

  1. When in 1808 William Cobbett projected a new edition of the State Trials, he secured Howell as editor. Howell carried the work from the first volume (1809) to the twenty-first (1814), taking over from Cobbett as proprietor in 1811. The remaining twelve volumes were edited by his son, Thomas Jones Howell. Together they succeeded in arranging and co-ordinating the untidy mass of information left by previous editors, thus providing a collection of all the important criminal and constitutional cases with a bearing on public law. Howell was made a fellow of the Royal Society in 1804 and was also a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries. He died at Prinknash Park, on 13 April 1815.


John Burke, A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland enjoying territorial possessions or high official rank, but uninvested with heritable honours (4 vols., London, Henry Colburn, 1835-1838), vol. 2 pp. 166-167, Long of Hampton Lodge.

  1. Goodwin, Gordon. "Howell, Thomas Bayly (1767–1815), legal writer." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 11 Apr. 2018.

Further Information

Lucy Ann Long
Oxford (Christchurch) [1784-1787 ]
Legal Education
Lincoln's Inn [1782 ]
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Estates (4)

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
1817 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Previous owner
1803 [EA] - 1815 [LA] → Owner

Shown as 'property of' Thomas B .Howell, but the estate was left to him for life by his father and then to pass to his son Thomas Jones Howell.

1798 [EA] - → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Previous owner

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Addresses (1)

Prinknash Park, Cranham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England