Dame Frances Stapleton (née Russell)

???? - 1746


Slave-owner in St Kitts and Nevis, predeceased by her two sons Sir William Stapleton 4th bart. and James Russell Stapleton. Her second husband was Walter Hamilton (q.v.), Governor of the Leewards, although she appears to have kept her name [and title] from her first marriage.

  1. Will of Dame Frances Stapleton [made in 1743] proved 26/03/1746. She left her property English and Caribbean in trust to pay off any balance remaining of the £11,000 she had settled on her deceased son Sir William Stapleton on his marriage, and passed the English property to her grandson Sir Thomas Stapleton. She instructed £8000 to be raised on her St Kitts estates to pay £3000 to the younger children of her dead son Sir William Stapleton and £5000 to the children of her dead son James Russell Stapleton, and the estates and enslaved people themselves to pass to all her grandchildren. She left her house at Cheltenham to Catherine Stapleton, daughter of James Russell Stapleton.


  1. PROB 11/746/86.

Further Information

Maiden Name
(1) Sir William Stapleton 3rd bart (2) Walter Hamilton
William (4th bart.); James Russell

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
- 1701 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Town house
Cheltenham Great House [Built] 
description →
Townhouse in Cheltenham built c.1741 by Dame Frances Stapleton and left by her to her grand-daughter Catherine...

Relationships (6)

Grandmother → Grand-daughter
Mother → Son
Widow → Deceased Husband
Grandmother → Grandson
Grandmother → Grand-daughter
Wife → Second Husband

Addresses (1)

Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England