William Dickinson II

1st Nov 1771 - 19th Jan 1837

Claimant or beneficiary


William Dickinson II (1771-1837), MP for Ilchester 1796-1802, Lostwithiel 1802-6, Somerset 1806-31. Son of William Dickinson I (q.v., MP, 1745-1806) and Philippa daughter of Stephen Fuller of Jamaica. Awarded compensation with Ezekiel and Jeremiah Harman for St Elizabeth claim nos. 5, 368 and 395.

  1. Captain Francis Dickinson (1632-1704) was granted 6000 acres in Jamaica by Charles II as a reward for his actions of 1655 when Jamaica was taken from the Spaniards. His estates were inherited by his son Caleb (1670-1728) who married Sarah Vickris of Chew Magna; the couple had three sons, Ezekiel (1711-1788, grandfather of Jeremiah and Ezekiel Harman), Caleb (1716-1783, grandfather of William Dickinson II) and Vickris (1718-1797, grandfather of Frances Dickinson q.v.). The Dickinson family papers are kept at the Somerset Record Office and include records of the management of the family's Jamaican estates.

  2. The Dickinsons were a Quaker family, but William Dickinson was not.

  3. William Dickinson was christened at St. Marylebone Church on 21 November 1771, and buried in Naples.

  4. William Dickinson II was an 'agricultural improver' at Kingweston, an estate purchased by his grandfather Caleb Dickinson. He also remodelled c. 1824 Kingweston House, the house built by his father in the 1780s.



  1. Walter Minchinton, Jamaica Plantation Records from the Dickinson Papers 1675-1849 in Somerset Record Office and Wiltshire & Swindon Record Office: Introduction to the microfilm collection (East Ardsley, Wakefield, Microform Academic Publishers Limited, 1978), available at http://www.microform.co.uk/guides/R96977.pdf [accessed 11/03/2013]. Somerset Record Office, DD/DN.

  2. Email from Sandra Adams dated 11/03/2013. See separate entries for Jeremiah and Ezekiel Harman for their Quaker baptisms.

  3. "England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JWZP-QG6 : accessed 30 July 2015), Will Dickinson, 21 Nov 1771; citing , reference ; FHL microfilm 580,904, 580,905; Somerset - Kingweston, All Saints Church, Floor Slab in Chancel, also on brass plate. - Somerset Memorial Inscriptions: Transcribed by Somerset and Dorset Family History Society on Findmypast.co.uk.

  4. Mary Siraut, 'The Dickinsons: Agricultural Improvers?', an attachment to http://www.victoriacountyhistory.ac.uk/explore/items/kingweston-house [accessed 29/12/2015].

We are grateful to Sandra Adams for her assistance in compiling this entry.

We are also grateful to David Collins for his assistance in compiling this entry.

Further Information

Sophia nee Smith

Associated Claims (5)

£3,013 0s 1d
£2,554 5s 2d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)
£3,369 14s 3d
£5,596 0s 8d
£818 18s 4d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (6)

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] - 1839 [LA] → Joint owner
1809 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1834 [EA] - → Executor
1834 [EA] - → Executor
1809 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Public Utility
Flatholm Light House 
description →
Light house in the Bristol Channel, the lease of which was acquired by Caleb Dickinson c. 1740s; a moiety was inherited by his grandson William Dickinson II during whose tenure Trinity House rebuilt...

Political (1)

Whig/Independent / West India interest 
election →
Lostwithiel Cornwall
1802 - 1806
election →
Somerset Somerset
1806 - 1831

Relationships (6)

Other relatives
Notes →
Other relatives
Notes →
Other relatives
Notes →
Son → Father
Grandson → Grandfather
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (2)

Naples, Italy
Kingweston House, Kingweston, Somerset, South-west England, England