William Unwin Sims

1797 - 1839

Claimant or beneficiary


Nephew of Jacob Sims (q.v.), with whom he was awarded the compensation for two estates in Portland Jamaica as mortgagee. Son of William Sims Sun Tavern Fields ropemaker merchant of George Yard Lombard Street whose will was proved 13/06/1826.

  1. The death of William Unwin Sims was recorded Q4 1839 at St George Hanover Square. No will has yet been found for him.

  2. William Unwin Sims served as Chairman of the Great Western Railway Company 1837-1839, committing suicide in 1839.   


PROB 11/1713/251.

  1. None of the most likely later wills [William Sims (1) of Forest Gate 01/11/1848; (2) of 46 Albany St, Regents Park 29/08/1848; (3) of Kensington 26/09/1845, PROB 11/2083; PROB 11/2080; PROB 11/2024 respectively] appear to be connected with the awardee's family.

  2. The Great Western Archive, 'Great Western Chairmen', http://www.greatwestern.org.uk/m_in_gwr_chairmen.htm [accessed 15/06/2014].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
William U. Sims

Associated Claims (2)

£529 13s 3d
Awardee (Mortgagee)
£6,779 7s 3d
Awardee (Mortgagee)

Associated Estates (4)

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
1817 [EA] - → Joint owner
1831 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Not known
1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Bank of England
notes →
Member of Court of Directors...

Relationships (1)

Nephew → Uncle