Julines Beckford

???? - 1764


MP for Salisbury 1754-1764. Brother of Alderman William Beckford (q.v.) and father of Peter Beckford of Stepleton (q.v.). Julines Beckford bought the Stepleton Iwerne estate in Dorset in 1745 and remodelled the house and landscaped the grounds.

  1. Attended Westminster School: "BECKFORD, JULINES, brother of William Beckford (adm. Jan. 1718/9, qv); b.; adm. (aged 7) Jun 1725; in school list 1731; landowner in Jamaica; purchased Iwerne Stepleton estate, Dorset, 1745; High Sheriff, Dorset 1749; MP Salisbury from 1754; m. 17 Jan 1739 Elizabeth, dau. of Solomon Ashley MP, merchant, London and Ashby St. Ledgers, Northants.; d. 27 Nov 1764."

  2. Julines Beckford was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 5007 acres of land in Hanover and 3190 acres of land in Westmoreland, total 8197 acres.

  3. Julines Beckford of Hanover, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1765. Slave-ownership at probate: 662 of whom 305 were listed as male and 357 as female. 204 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £34327.88 Jamaican currency of which £23990 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £1947.18 currency debts and £1292.84 currency plate.


  1. The Record of Old Westminsters (1928), with improvements © Hugh Edmund Pagan MA FSA, available via the online catalogue for Westminster School's Archive & Collections, x [accessed 05/01/2020].

  2. 'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.

  3. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

We are grateful to Hugh Pagan, Bethany Duck and Elizabeth Wells for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Elizabeth Ashley
Westminster School
Politician and landowner

Associated Estates (6)

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
1740 [EA] - → Not known
1765 [EA] - → Previous owner
- 1765 [LA] → Previous owner
1740 [EA] - → Not known
- 1765 [LA] → Previous owner
1765 [EA] - 1765 [LA] → Previous owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Stepleton House [Purchased] 
description →
Stepleton House, country house in Dorset purchased in 1745 and remodelled by Julines Beckford, who landscaped the grounds and formed a pleasure ground....

Political (1)

West India interest 
election →
Salisbury Wiltshire
1754 - 1764

Relationships (5)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Son → Father
Father → Son
Son → Mother

Addresses (1)

Stepelton House, Iwerne Stepleton, Dorset, Wessex, England

Inventories (1)