Nathaniel Smith MP

1730 - 1794


East Indiaman captain, director and then Chairman of the East India Co., and MP for Pontefract and then Rochester. He was party to a mortgage deed of 1776/7 with Charles Payne Sharpe to secure his lending of £6000 on 'slave-property' in St Vincent, and another of the same date to the Friths of St Vincent for £4000.

  1. 'Assignment by Hester Smith (Nathaniel's widow), Nathaniel Dance of Mortimer Street, St Marylebone, Middlesex, George Dance of Upper Gower Street, Bedford Square, Middlesex, and Christopher Norris of Lincoln's Inn, Middlesex, trustees and executors of Nathaniel Smith (d.1794), to John Trevanion of slaves, stock and a plantation in the West Indies. Includes list of slaves' names. Recites a lease and release of 1776 whereby Charles Payne Sharpe and Paulina, his wife, of St Vincent, West Indies, conveyed plantations, slaves and stock as security for a loan of 6000 made to them by Nathaniel Smith' [this latter refers to the estate inferred by LBS to have been known as Sharpe's].

  2. Will of Nathaniel Smith of Bloomsbury Square proved 24/05/1794. He left £15,000 in trust for his wife for life, with £5000 then going to his son George Smith and the remaining £10,000 sinking back into his personal estate on her death or marriage, and £300 p.a. to his daughter Hester Smith.

Sources [accessed 07/08/2019]; Caribbeana Vol. I p. 23.

  1. Surrey History Centre, Woking 4376/1/3 01/12/1798.

  2. PROB 11/1246/64.

Further Information

West Indian
Hester Dance

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
1776 [EA] - 1776 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

East India Co.
East India merchant  
notes →
Director between 1774-1794, Chairman 1783-4, 1784-5,...

Political (1)

election →
Pontefract Yorkshire
election →
Rochester Kent
1784 - 1790
election →
Rochester Kent
1792 - 1794

Relationships (2)

Deceased Husband → Widow
Mortgagee → Mortgagor

Addresses (2)

Ashtead, Surrey, South-east England, England
Bloomsbury Square, London, Middlesex, London, England