Rev. Thomas Malthus

1766 - 1834


The famous political economist. Malthus was entwined in the financial networks based on Oxford estate in St Mary Jamaica on behalf of the family of his brother Sydenham (1754-1821), who had married the widow of William Leigh Symes (q.v.), the previous owner.

  1. S.G. Checkland says of John Gladstone's brother-in-law Colin Robertson in the context of his bankruptcy in 1825-1826 that '[a]mong Colin's obligations was an annuity of £400 on Oxford estate in favour of Rev. T. R. Malthus', implying that Malthus was the beneficiary. Malthus was in fact trustee and executor of his brother. The background to Malthus' involvement on behalf of his brother's family is shown more clearly in other secondary sources.


J. M. Pullen, ‘Malthus, (Thomas) Robert (1766–1834)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2008 [, accessed 5 Oct 2017]

  1. S.G. Checkland, The Gladstones: a family biography 1761-1854 p. 197; e.g. Alison Bashford, Joyce E. Chaplin, The New Worlds of Thomas Robert Malthus: Rereading 'The Principle of Population' (2016) pp. 184-187, 193, which also shows Malthus distancing himself from George Hibbert's association of him with anti-abolitionist thought and sentiment in 1807.

Further Information

Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Estates (1)

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  • ED - Association End Date
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  • LA - Latest Known Association
1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Other

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Prints, Drawings & Paintings
Print, three-quarter-length portrait of Thomas Malthus, mezzotint by John Linnell after his own painting,... 
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