Pellegrin Treves

???? - 1817


Pellegrin Treeves [sic] purchased an annuity of £100 p.a. for his life and that of his wife Bathsheba from John Abel Ward in 1774 secured on Ward's Nevis property. He is described in several sources, including Alumni Cantabrigienses below, as a 'money-lender', a coded reference to his Jewishness.

  1. Will of Pellegrin Treves of St James Place ]made in 1800] proved 30/07/1817. He left only personal effects to his son of the same name, and his residuary estate to his wife Batsheba [sic]. In a codicil of 1816 he was living at Newmarket and he left his household effects there to Richard Carey in whose house he was living.

  2. For the son Pellegrin Treves: 'Adm. pens. at ST JOHN'S, Dec. 5, 1778. Of Middlesex. [S. of Pellegrin, money-lender, of London (formerly of Venice), a crony of the Prince Regent (and Bathsheba, dau. of Moses de Paiba, broker, and niece of Sampson Gideon, capitalist). B. 1762, in London.] Cadet, Bengal Army, 1780; Ensign, 1781; resigned, 1782 and returned to England, Aug. 1782. Appointed Writer in the Bengal Civil Service, through the influence of the Prince of Wales, 1784. Second Assistant to the Resident at Benares, 1787; 1st Assistant, 1791; Third Judge of the Court of Appeal and Circuit at Benares, 1795. In temporary retirement in England, 1802-6, having been involved in a scandal from the full consequences of which he was saved by the friendship of the Governor-General, the Marquess of Wellesley. Collector, 1807; Collector of Government Customs and town duties at Calcutta, 1811-18; Postmaster-General, 1820. Married, Sept. 7, 1785, in Calcutta, Miss Hetty Stokes (illegitimate dau. of Sir Robert Sloper, K. B.) Died Aug. 22, 1825, at Lucknow. (St John's Coll. Adm., IV. 523; V. Hodson, Officers of the Bengal Army; L. Wolf, The Treves Family in England; J. B. Whitmore.)'


London Gazette 19129 18 February 1834 p. 296.

  1. PROB 11/1594/491.

  2. Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database on-line].

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Relationships (1)

Husband → Wife

Addresses (1)

St James Place, London, Middlesex, London, England
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Of St James Place when he made his will in 1800