James Bogle French

???? - 1792


Slave-owner on Grenada, signatory of 1783 address to George III from absentee owners and merchants. He has a single voyage (in 1774, from Gold Coast to Grenada) in the Trans-Atlantic Slave-Trade Database.

  1. Will of James Bogle French merchant of Swithen's Lane [made 30/08/1790] proved 23/10/1792. Under the will he left his property on Grenada to his son Nathaniel Bogle French and Robert Parkinson merchant of Foster Street 'now employed by me' in trust, with instructions to them to sell the property and use it to support his monetary legacies if French's personal estate in England were not adequate. Those legacies comprised: the interest on £4000 to his daughter Mary Smith wife of Robert Smith for life and then the principal to be divided among her children; similarly £4000 for the benefit of his daughter Elizabeth Jane Morris wife of William Morris and then her children; and again £4000 for the benefit of his daughter Rebecca Smith wife of John Smith. After several other monetary legacies of £100 or so to other family members, he made Nathaniel Bogle French his residuary heir. The will identifies Andrew Bogle as his brother and James Bogle as his nephew. On an illegible date after the death of Nathaniel Bogle French, administration of this will was granted to Augustine Bogle French.

  2. The mercantile firm of Nathaniel Bogle French [senior] and Augustine Bogle French failed in 1815. Nathaniel Bogle French jun. had left the partnership in 1811.

  3. Horatio Smith and James Smith, each in the ODNB as 'writer and humorist' were the sons of Robert and Mary Smith and grandsons of James Bogle French.


  1. PROB 11/1223/271.

  2. London Gazette 17053 19/08/1815 p. 1709; ibid, 16448 29/01/1811 p. 188.

  3. Robertson, F. (2009, May 21). Smith, Horatio [Horace] (1779–1849), writer and humorist. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. Retrieved 26 Aug. 2018, from http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-25815; Garnett, R. (2008, May 24). Smith, James (1775–1839), writer and humorist. Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. Ed. Retrieved 26 Aug. 2018, from http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/10.1093/ref:odnb/9780198614128.001.0001/odnb-9780198614128-e-25821.

Further Information

Nathaniel Bogle French

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
Mortgage Holder

An indenture made 23/07/1800 and entered 02/04/1801 shows the mortgage in 1766 of Madeys sugar estate, Levera 'tract and provision' and Belvidere (formerly St Lawrents) a coffee and sugar estate, by Michael Scott deceased and his wife Marthé Cornette Victoire De St. Cyr Scott of Wolfenbuttel in the Dutchy of Brunswick in Lower Saxony, and in 1769 of the Boulogne and Union estates, initially to Samuel Wordsworth of London. Michael Scott subsequently sold annuities to the Gore family and borrowed further, from James Bogle French, secured on the same estates.

1785 [EA] - → Buyer

According to the will of James Taylor proved in 1785 he had recently sold Palmiste to James Johnson and James Bogle French of London, a transaction he confirmed in his will.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

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Director at least 1774 to...
Name partner
Bogle French
West India merchant  

Relationships (5)

Other relatives
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Elizabeth Jackson married Nathaniel Bogle French jun., the grandson of James Bogle...
Grandfather → Grandson
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Relationship inferred from details of the will of James Bogle French (proved 1792) which showed John Smith and Rebecca Smith as the son-in-law and daughter of James Bogle French: the parents of James...
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Business associates

Addresses (1)

St Swtihins Lane, City of London, Middlesex, London, England