William Hendrie

1776 - 1843

Claimant or beneficiary


London-based slave-owner, awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on Carnbee estate in Tobago as owner-in-fee and claiming unsuccessfully for the compensation for the Grafton estate, also in Tobago, which was paid to John Gordon of Newton (q.v.) who in his will referred to his dispute with William Hendrie.

  1. Notice pursuant to decree in Gaine v Lachlan to creditors of Wm Hendrie late of 7 Crescent place Burton Crescent Middx Gentleman (who died on or about 01/01/1843); William Hendrie of 7 Crescent Place St Pancras buried at Kensal Green All Souls 09/01/1843 aged 66.

  2. Will of William Hendrie of St Pancras Middlesex proved 23/01/1843. The will makes very specific bequests of his books, many scientific, and objects to his nephews, including Andrew Hendrie Gaine planter in Tobago. He left his Carnbee estate and his shares in companies in Britain (the North Midland, Darlington and Newcastle railways, the Coventry and Grand Junction canals, Equitable Gas Company, British Plate Company, Lisburne Lead Mines and Wheal Virgin Copper) for the benefit of his sister Elizabeth Gaine. His executors were George Lachlan shipbroker and his sister: the Chancery suit of Gaine v Lachlan was presumably between these parties. In the will of Elizabeth Gaine, widow of St Marylebone Middlesex, proved 29/03/1851, she left property in India and Tobago to be divided asymmetrically between her five children, privileging her unmarried daughter Caroline Frances over her two married daughters and two sons for the India property and giving half of the Tobago property to Caroline Frances and a second daughter Elizabeth Jennings in testimony of their lively affection towards their mother, and the other half to her remaining three children.

  3. It is not clear that the notice of the Dissolution of partnership of W M'Adam and W. Hendrie, Ely Place, Holborn, merchants in 1807 refers to the awardee. The two partners were described as 'Oil and colourmen and merchants', with partnerships under William Hendrie & Co at the Maze, Southwark and under William M'Adam & Co. at No. 20 Ely Place Holborn.


  1. London Gazette, Issue 20481, 20/06/1845, p. 20; Ancestry.com, London, England, Deaths and Burials 1813-1980 [database online].

  2. PROB 11/1973/262; PROB 11/2129/14.

  3. Times 5/10/1807 p 2; London Gazette Issue 16073, 03/10/1807, p. 1325.

Further Information


Associated Claims (2)

£1,773 19s 10d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,234 7s 3d
Unsuccessful claimant

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
1834 [SY] - 1834 [EY] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Firm Investment
McAdam & Hendrie
General overseas merchant?  

Addresses (1)

7 Crescent Place, London, Middlesex, London, England