Richard Davis

1809 - 13th Nov 1877

Claimant or beneficiary


London merchant, partner in Boddington & Davis (q.v.) with Samuel Boddington and Thomas Boddington (both of whom q.v.), and a major awardee of compensation in several colonies.  

  1. Thomas Boddington and Richard Davis were still active in 1853, when the two were fined after their ship, the Samuel Boddington, arrived at Georgetown British Guiana on 04/03/1853 from Amoy in China with 352 adult immigrants and 30 crew, 40 people over the legal limit.

  2. The will with a codicil of Richard Davis late of St Helens Place Bishopgate Street who died 13/11/1877 at Roselle Tunbridge Wells proved 31/12/1877 by Margaret Davis the widow of Heathlands Bournemouth, effects under £35,000.  The death of Richard Davis at Tunbridge Wells aged 68 was registered Q4 1877.

  3. In 1871, Richard Davis aged 62 West India merchant, underwriter and landowner born Fenchurch St. Middlesex was living at 1 Aberdeen Terrace Lewisham with wife Margaret aged 55 and daughter Sarah aged 23 born 'St Helens', son Robert 21 born Camberwell, daughter Harriet 19 born Camberwell and Marion 13 born Blackheath. In 1861 Richard Davis West India merchant 52 and Margaret were living with their family at St Mary Magdalen Hastings.   

  4. Charles Leicester Davis, son of Richard and Margaret Davis, became a planter in Ceylon (Sri Lanka), being described after his death 09/01/1917 as late of New House Farm, Walton-on-the-Naze...and of Blinkbonnie Estate Dickoya in the Island of Ceylon.


T71/877 Antigua claim nos. 35 (Mackinnon's Estate), 75 (Hope estate) and 95 (Bendals).

  1. Correspondence upon the subject of emigration from China (Parliamentary Papers 1855), p. 48.

  2. National Probate Calendar 1877; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online].

  3. 1861 and 1871 census online (children from the former).

  4. London Gazette, Issue 30120, 08/06/1917, p. 30120.

Further Information

George; Sarah Ann; Robert Thomas; Harriet; Marion; Chas Leicester
Wealth at death
West India merchant

Associated Claims (10)

£1,751 6s 7d
£3,942 2s 1d
£2,854 16s 6d
£2,299 11s 7d
£474 16s 11d
£2,037 19s 8d
£2,910 12s 6d
£4,968 10s 3d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual)
£8,110 0s 7d
£6,367 7s 8d

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
1827 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
- 1834 [EY] → Mortgage Holder

Awarded the compensation with Samuel Boddington for the enslaved people on North and South Union as mortgagees for an amount given as £77,651 5s the compensation records

1832 [EA] - → Joint owner
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Judgement creditor

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Name partner
Boddington & Co.
West India merchant  

Imperial (1)

notes →
His son Charles Leicester Davis became a planter in Ceylon, being described after his death 09/01/1917 as late of New House Farm, Walton-on-the-Naze...and of Blinkbonnie Estate Dickoya in the Island...

Relationships (5)

Father → Son
Business partners
Business partners
Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
Richard Davis appears to have succeeded his uncle George Adams Davis as a partner with Samuel Boddington...
Business associates

Addresses (3)

1 Aberdeen Terrace, Lewisham, Kent, London, England
29 Eversfield Place, St Mary Magdalen, St Leonards, Sussex, South-east England, England
Roselle, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, South-east England, England