Sir John Richardson of Bedford Square

???? - 1841


Judge of the Court of Common Pleas, with an entry in the ODNB as 'judge'. With his brothers Anthony B. Richardson (d. 1819) and Thomas Richardson (d. 1837), Sir John Richardson appeared as the owner of a group of people on Copt Hall estate, and possibly as the previous owners of that estate, on Dominica. Their father Anthony Richardson (q.v., 1738-1787) had been in partnership with Anthony Bacon.

  1. Will of Sir John Richardson of Bedford Square proved 29/03/1841. After minor legacies, including books to the value of £25 to his daughter, he left his residuary estate to his three sons. The will is silent property in the West Indies.


Frederick Teague Cansick, A Collection of Curious and Interesting Epitaphs, Copied from the Monuments of Distinguished... (Original work published 1872) (London: Forgotten Books, 2013) pp. 216-7; J. M. Rigg, ‘Richardson, Sir John (1771–1841)’, rev. Hugh Mooney, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2010 [, accessed 20 Oct 2017] - the entry describes Sir john Richardson's father as 'merchant of London'; Jacob M. Price, ‘Bacon, Anthony (bap. 1717, d. 1786)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 [, accessed 20 Oct 2017].

  1. PROB 11/1943/160; Inventory of sundry items of Sir John Richardson left at 42 Bedford Square [1841] and receipt from Richardson's executors to Henry Dover for payment for sale, Norfolk Record Office BRA 1118/16, 754 x 7.

Further Information

Catherine Susanna Palmer
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Estates (1)

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
1819 [EA] - 1819 [LA] → Other

Apparently a former joint-owner and certainly an owner and then mortgagee of a group of enslaved people moved from the Copt Hall estate in 1819.

Relationships (3)

Son → Father

Addresses (1)

42 Bedford Square, London, Middlesex, London, England