Lowbridge Bright

1741 - 1818


Bristol West India merchant, partner with his cousin Richard Bright (q.v.). Left £100,000 within province on his death [probate granted 1818].

  1. Will of Lowbridge Bright of Bristol proved 06/10/1818. In the will he carved out his interests in Jamaica, including mortgages he held there with his cousin Richard Bright, and left them in trust to Richard Bright to support legacies of £5000 each to his nephews John Lowbridge Baker (on condition John Lowbridge Baker received his Certificate of Conformity in his - Baker's - bankruptcy proceedings), Bladen Baker and Robert Baker, with remainder from these assets to Robert Bright, son of Lowbridge Bright's cousin Richard Bright. He stressed the difficulty of realising these mortgages and provided that if there was a shortfall in funding the legacies of £5000 each, it shoud be borne by the nephews not by the rest of his estate.

  2. In 1775, Lowbridge Bright was party to deeds of lease and release dated 29 and 30/08/1775 whereby he, Evan Baillie and Richard Bright secured £3000 advanced by Evan Baillie on behalf of the three partners to Duncan Campbell of St Vincent on an estate of 105 acres named in the deed as Michels together with a list of named enslaved people attached to the estate.


  1. PROB 11/1609/59.

  2. Deed Book 1770-1776, British Library, EAP688/1/1/25, https://eap.bl.uk/archive-file/EAP688-1-1-25 pp. 282-290.

The extensive archives of the Bright family are held at the University of Melbourne Archives, see http://theconversation.com/a-fortune-built-on-slavery-the-bright-family-papers-and-their-journey-from-uk-to-melbourne-58423 [accessed 24/01/2019].

We are grateful to CJ Coventry for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Wealth at death

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
1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Previous owner
1815 [EA] - 1818 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (5)

Name partner
Bright, Millward and Duncomb
West India merchant  
notes →
Merchants in Kingston...
Name partner
Lowbridge and Richard Bright
West India merchant  
Committee Member
Thames & Severn Canal Co.
Canal Company  
notes →
Lowbridge Bright was shown as 'late partner' in 1818 when the company, trading as the White Rock Copper Co., 'gave up the lease to land for coalmining.'...
Name partner
Bright, Baillie and Bright
West India merchant  

Relationships (3)

Business partners
Business partners
Notes →
The will of Lowbridge Bright shows him as co-owner of assets with Richard Bright and the Slave Registers show them as partners. The men were also...
Business partners

Addresses (1)

Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England