Bonamy Dobree

1794 - 21st Nov 1863

Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Bonamy Dobree, son of Samuel and Elizabeth (née Hankey) Dobree, baptised St John Hackney 07/01/1795, died 25/11/1863 (effects under £70,000). Married Caroline Locke.

  2. 1861 census Bonamy Dobree widower aged 66 Merchant and foreign banker 1 Broad Sanctuary Westminster with daughter widow Caroline L. Morris; 1851 census Bonamy Dobree widower aged 56 resident Southwark 'Treasurer ' [of Guy's Hospital?] , merchant and foreign banker, with son Bonamy Dobree junior, aged 32 also merchant and foreign banker (1819-1907).

  3. It was the elder Bonamy Dobree who served as Governor of the Bank of England 1859-1861.

  4. The ODNB shows Bonamy Dobree (1891-1974), literary scholar, grandson of Bonamy Dobree (1794-1863) and youngest child and only son of Bonamy Dobree and his wife Violet Chase.  This is erroneous: the literary scholar was the son of Bonamy Dobree (1863-1891), himself the grandson of Bonamy Dobree the Governor of the Bank of England. Bonamy Dobree jr (1819-1907), the son of the Governor of the Bank of England and father of Bonamy Dobree (1863-1891), had married Emma Mary Snell Chauncy, the daughter of Nathaniel Snell Chauncy.

  5. Chancery suit in matter of estate of Samuel Brandford Cox (died July 1838, q.v.), late of British Guiana and afterwards of Cheltenham, Nicholas and Henry Cox v Bonamy Dobree, Charles Hooper and Maria Catherine, his wife.


T71/886 British Guiana claim nos. 1810A&B. T71/887 British Guiana claim no. 2440.

  1., London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials 1538-1812 [database online]; National Probate Calendar 1861-1941, formerly of 2 New Court Old Broad Street but late of Tokenhouse-yard, executor = Bonamy Dobree the son of Tokenhouse-yard; [accessed 07/08/2012].

  2. 1851 and 1861 censuses; National Probate Calendar will of Bonamy Dobree the younger of 47 Egerton Gardens and of Island of Guernsey died 30/08/1891, personal estate £277 8s 5d, will proved by Harry Hankey Dobree merchant and banker, brother; Bonamy Dobree of 4 Queens Gate Place and of 6 Tokenhouse yard died 13/03/1907 , probate to Harry Hankey Dobree effects £16600 9s 5d; FreeUKGen, England and Wales Free BMD Database, Deaths, 1837-1983 [database online], Jan-Feb-Mar 1907, Kensington, Greater London.

  3. John Jacob, Annals of some of the British Norman isles...Vol.1 p. 261.

  4. ODNB online;

  5. London Gazette, Issue 21898, 04/07/1856, p. 2362.

Further Information

Caroline Locke
Bonamy Dobree

Associated Claims (2)

£699 18s 0d
£237 16s 2d

Legacies Summary

Commercial (4)

Railway Investment
Great Western (Ireland) (Dublin to Mullingar and Athlone) [184577]  
Name partner
Bonamy Dobree and Co.
General overseas merchant  
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1. Resigned as Director of London Assurance...
London Assurance
General overseas merchant  
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1. Resigned as Director of London Assurance...
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Member of Court of Directors 1835-38, 1839-41, 1842-45, 1846-48, 1849-51, 1852-54, 1855-6, Deputy Governor 1857-59, Governor...

Relationships (1)


Addresses (1)

6 Tokenhouse Yard, London, Middlesex, London, England