Francis Workman of Barbados

???? - 1821


Of Barbados, mortgagee of enslaved people in Jamaica. He died between 1817 and 1821, and was probably the Francis Workman buried at St Mary Swansea 22/06/1821 aged 67.

  1. Will of Francis Workman of [No. 2] Montpellier Parade Cheltenham [made in 1814] proved 19/09/1821. He left legacies totalling £1000 to six of his children, with the comment - difficult to unpick - that it equated to the sums that had been owed to him by various people in Barbados that had been paid, and which he had then spent in improvements to his English estate called Mainstone Court, which he had since sold to John Wood. A codicil of 1817 showed him as of Swansea, and mentioned the death of his son James, with his wife Jane and four daughters (Katherine, Jane, Mary and Barbara) surviving him. Administration was granted to his daughter Katherine in 1825 and to Edward Cooke and Matthew Parker [who were the executors of his daughter Barbara] in 1878.

  2. Francis Workman's daughter Barbara (who had married Thomas Workman, presumably her cousin) died of 2 The Cloisters Gordon Square 09/08/1877 leaving £3000 (resworn from £800).

Sources, Glamorganshire, Wales, Anglican Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1570-1994 for Francis Workman Swansea St Mary Burials 1828-1913 [database online] which gives his abode as Cardiff.

  1. PROB 11/1648/169

  2. National Probate Calendar 1877. Her sister Mary Workman had died at the same address in 1867 leaving £800, National Probate Calendar 1867.

Further Information

Katherine, Mary, Ann, Barbara, William. James Walter or Walker

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
1788 [EA] - 1790 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Mainstone Court [Purchased] 
description →
Country house, improved by Francis Workman before 1814: it is not clear how extensive the work he undertook was. ...

Addresses (3)

Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales, Wales
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Of Swansea when he made a codicil to his will in 1817

2 Montpellier Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England
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Of No. 2 Montpellier Parade when he made his will in 1814.

Mainstone Court, Ledbury, Herefordshire, West Midlands, England
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Sold by Francis Workman c. 1811. His will mentions the £1000 he spent on improvements, and the sale to John Wood.