Anthony Richardson

???? - 1787


London merchant and slave-owner on Grenada and Dominica, partner from 1761 with his cousin and guardian Anthony Bacon and with Gilbert Francklyn (q.v.). Richardson and Francklyn were early purchasers of land and enslaved people in Tobago after 1763. Father of Sir John Richardson (q.v.), Anthony B[acon] Richardson (q.v.) and Thomas Richardson.

  1. In Tobago Anthony Richardson, was shown as the original purchaser of Courland Bay division (St David) Lots nos. 12-14, for which by c. 1774 G. Francklyn was shown as Present Proprietor and of which Lots no. 12 and 14 became Franklyns while Lot no. 13 formed part of Les Coteaux. In Dominica Anthony Richardson appeared as a 'second wave' purchaser, 'present proprietor' with Thomas and Christopher Court of St George Lot No. 25 (100 acres) and St Peter Lots Nos. 18-20 (280 acres).

  2. Will of Anthony Richardson of [Powis Place] St George the Martyr proved 15/10/1787. In the will he instructed his executors and trustees to sell his property, including enslaved people, in Grenada and Dominica with the income for his wife Hannah for life and then to divide the proceeds equally among his six children.


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. 'Tables showing the Lots in each Parish, numbered as originally granted - the original Grantee - the name of the Lot, or lots, if one has been acquired, and the present Possessor where there is one' and 'A Table, showing the Estates in cultivation in 1832, and their Owners, in 1832, copied from the list appended to Byres' map of that date, with those in cultivation in 1862', Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971); John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774), pp. 32-33; 36-7; John Byres References to the Plan of the Island of Dominica, as surveyed from the year 1765 to 1773 (1777) pp. 8 and 28.

  2. PROB 11/1158/90.

Further Information

Married but no further details
John; Anthony B.; Thomas; 3 others

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
1780 [EA] - → Joint owner

Relationships (6)

Business partners
Notes →
Bacon was also Richardson's cousin and...
Father → Son
Business partners
Father → Son
Business partners
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Co-owners of slave-property in Grenada. The two men were probably...
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Powis Place, London, Middlesex, London, England