Robertson Gladstone

15th Nov 1805 - 23rd Sep 1875

Claimant or beneficiary


Liverpool West India merchant, son (and beneficiary of in vivo gifts from) John Gladstone (q.v.) and brother of the future Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone, and Mayor of Liverpool 1842-44. Sent to Demerara in 1829. Counterclaimed successfully as one of the mortgagees on Met-en-Meerzorg in British Guiana.

  1. 'West Indies merchant and sugar importer in Liverpool, plantation owner in the West Indies and Mauritius. Also a partner in Heywood's Bank, Liverpool, and Deputy Chairman of the Grand Junction Railway. "Merchant" (1851, 1861, and 1871 Censuses). An elder brother of the Prime Minister. The Return of Owners of Land of 1872 states that he owned 142 acres worth £2478 p.a. Some of this is probably urban property in Liverpool, which he is known to have owned.' Left £120,000 at his death.

  2. Described as 'preparing his own house in Abercromby Square' in 1829; listed in Abercromby Square as a voter in 1835.


  1. Rubinstein 1875/52.

  2. S. G. Checkland, The Gladstones: a family biography 1764-1851 (Cambridge, 1971) p. 222; The Poll for the election of Members of Parliament for the Borough of Liverpool, taken between Lord Viscount Sandon, William Ewart, Esq., Major-General Sir Howard Douglas, Bart. and James Morris, Esq. at the polling booths, on Tuesday, the 6th, and Wednesday, the 7th January, 1835... (Liverpool, 1835) p. 35.

We are grateful to Joe Kelly for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Mary Ellen Jones
John (1838-1852), Mary Ellen (1840-1895), Arthur Robertson (1841-1896), Hugh Jones (1843-1874), Robertson (1844-1893), Walter Longueville (1846-1919), Anna Maria Heywood (1848-1901), Richard Francis (1849-1909)
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (1)

£21,011 2s 7d
Awardee (Mortgagee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (10)

Railway Investment
Shrewsbury, Oswestry and Chester Junction [1845173]  
Railway Investment
West Yorkshire [1845199]  
Railway Investment
Trent Valley [1845190]  
Railway Investment
Derby and Crewe Junction [184699]  
Senior partner
Gladstone, Grant & Wilson
General overseas merchant  
Railway Investment
Edinburgh and Northern (No. 2) [184559]  
Railway Investment
York and Carlisle [1846549]  
Railway Investment
Shrewsbury and Birmingham [1845171]  
Name partner
Gladstone, Hay, Wyllie & Company
East India merchant  
Railway Investment
Birmingham and Oxford Junction [184629]  

Physical (1)

Country house
Court Hey [Built] 

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
First Cousins

Addresses (2)

Abercromby Square, Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England
Court Hey, Liverpool, Lancashire, North-west England, England