Henry Pearse

1802 - 1866

Claimant or beneficiary


London merchant, partner in Bond & Pearse (q.v.). Pearse went bankrupt in 1854. Clearly related to Brice Pearse (q.v.), probably the son Henry whose marriage settlement with Mary Thornton was referred to in the will of Brice Pearse.

  1. At the time of his bankruptcy he was identified as of Digswell, Welwyn Herts, where the family was living in 1851.  In 1861 he was living at 4 Upper Hyde Park St in Paddington aged 59, Fundholder,  born Woodford, with his wife Mary aged 50 (born Harley Street) and his daughters Julia 19 and Alice 16 and , and his sons Cosmo B[rice] 12 [later Cosmo Brice-Thompson] and Ernest 11, the latter two born Digswell. Probably the Henry Pearse of 32 Queens Gate Terrace who died 14/06/1866 and whose will was proved by his widow Mary 14/11/1866, effects under £2000.


  1. 1851 and 1861 census online; National Probate Calendar 1866.

Further Information

Mary Louisa, Julia, Alice, Cosmo, Ernest
Wealth at death
West India merchant

Associated Claims (4)

£5,794 18s 7d
Unsuccessful claimant
£3,855 11s 6d
£3,831 12s 9d
£586 10s 10d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Bond & Pearse
West India merchant  

Physical (1)

Country house
Digswell House [Purchased] 
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Built c. 1805.  Occupied by Henry Pearse c. 1850.  Home of the Digswell Arts Trust 1957-early 1980s.  Now...

Relationships (2)

Son → Father
Business partners

Addresses (2)

4 Upper Hyde Park Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
Digswell, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England