John Lake

1779 - 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on 4 estates in Trinidad under six awards. A West India merchant of 41 Lombard Street but apparently also having lived in Trinidad (see below).

  1. In 1851 John Lake aged 70 retired West India merchant born Suffolk was living at Upper Tulse Hill with wife Ann born Kent and son William aged 49 West India merchant born Norfolk and two daughters-in-law (one born Trinidad). In 1841 he had also been at Upper Tulse Hill with Ann and sons George 31 and Leonard 23.

  2. Will of John Lake of the Island of Trinidad proved 11/1/1856. He still held the Buenos Aires and Picton estates on his death, and willed them in trust to his three surviving sons, to a daughter-in-law Susan Lake and William Pipe, a clerk in his counting house. John Lake of Tulse Hill House Upper Tulse Hill was buried aged 76 at South Metropolitan Cemetery (now known as West Norwood Cemetery) 22/12/1855. In 1860 there was an advertisement arising from the Chancery case of Lake versus Lake for the creditors of John Lake formerly of the Island of Trinidad and late of Tulse Hill sugar planter who died December 1855.  

  3. John Lake's son William merchant of 10 Benet's Place and Port of Spain Trinidad died December 1859 leaving £3000.


 T71/894 Trinidad nos. 414, 1780 (Buenos Ayres [sic]), 1879 (Picton), 1894 (Williamsville) 1992 and 2000 (Beausejour). Trinidad nos. 1780 and 1879 give 'John Lake of London' and the counterclaim for Trinidad no. 2000 shows John Lake of 41 Lombard Street.

  1. 1841 and 1851 censuses online.

  2. PROB 11/2225;, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online], which gives the place of burial as Norwood Cemetery; London Gazette 22449 20/11/1860 p. 4385.

  3. National Probate Calendar 1860.

Further Information

George, Leonard, William, Robert

Associated Claims (6)

£3,822 12s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,107 14s 3d
£1,667 15s 6d
Awardee (Assignee)
£1,659 18s 8d
Awardee (Assignee)
£64 0s 1d
£1,720 19s 2d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Firm Investment
John Lake
West India merchant  

Addresses (2)

41 Lombard Street, City of London, Middlesex, London, England
Upper Tulse Hill, Lambeth, Surrey, London, England