John Horsley Palmer

7th Jul 1779 - 7th Feb 1858

Claimant or beneficiary


Partner in Palmers, Mackillop (q.v.), son of William Palmer (1737-1821) of Nazeing Park) and Mary Horsley, and brother of George, William Jocelyn and Sir Ralph Palmer (all of whom q.v.): with his brothers he was awarded compensation as mortgagees-in-possession of Springs and Mount Aire in Grenada and with his brother George and Lestock Peach Wilson (q.v.) he was awarded compensation as mortgagee of the Upper Latante estate, again in Grenada.  

  1. Entry in the ODNB as 'merchant banker'. Director and later Governor (1830-33) of Bank of England, as was his son Edward Howley Palmer (1877-9). Intimately involved in the new charter of 1833 and in the crises of 1837 and 1839: opposed 1844 Bank Charter Act.  Member of the Political Economy Club 1829-46.

  2. Widower of Harlington House, Fulham, when he married Louisa Jane Cockrell 08/07/1841. Living at Hurlingham House in the census of 1841, age 61, with his children Elizabeth, Frances, Richard and Charles Belli, 4 male servants and 8 female servants. At the same address in 1851, age 71, with his wife Jane L, daughters Elizabeth G. and Frances C., son Richard S., daughter-in-law Emma, 2 male servants and 7 female servants. Of Hurlingham, Fulham, buried at All Souls, Kensal Green, 13/02/1858 age 78.


T71/880 Grenada Nos. 455 (Springs and Mount Aire) and 859 (Upper Latante).

  1. ODNB online, A.C. Howe, '(John) Horsley Palmer (1779-1858), merchant banker'.

  2., London, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1932 [database online]; 1841 and 1851 censuses online;, London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-2003[database online].

Further Information

(1) Elizabeth Belli (1810); Jane Louise Cockerell (1841)
With (1) 3 sons and 3 daughters, including Edward Howley Palmer (1811-1901)

Probate 13 March 1858, CGPLA Eng & Wales [ODNB]

Wealth at death
Merchant and banker
Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Claims (2)

£2,992 19s 9d
Awardee (Mortgagee-in-possession)
£3,495 5s 2d
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
1834 [EA] - → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - → Trustee
1834 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Name partner
Palmer, McKillop, Dent & Co.
East India merchant  
Railway Investment
London and Brighton (Stephenson's) [183748]  
Bank of England

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (2)

11 King's Arms Yard, City of London, Middlesex, London, England
Hurlingham House, Fulham, London, Middlesex, London, England