William Peatt Litt

1769 - 1840

Claimant or beneficiary


Former slave-trader and London merchant (Timperon, Litt and Harrison, and William Peatt Litt and Steele, both of which q.v.) who appears to have moved to Jamaica in the 1820s and then returned to Britain, dying in London in 1840. His attornies claimed unsuccessfully for the compensation for the enslaved people on Stanhope in Clarendon. He appears to have part-owned Spring Vale in St James and Green Park in Trelawny in the late 1820s and early 1830s, the compensation for which was paid to his former partner William Harrison (q.v.).

  1. William Peatt Litt was shown at 50 Berkeley Square in 1818 and 1820 and as the occupier at 42 Kensington Square in 1838. Death of William Peatt Litt registered Q3 (June) 1840 at Kensington. He was buried 17/6/1840 at St Mary Abbotts Kensington aged 71.

  2.  Commisson of Bankruptcy versus William Peatt Litt, John Joseph Harrison and William Harrison [21/06/1831], the latter's certificate to be allowed and confirmed 09/09/1831.

  3. William Peatt Litt and Richard Steele were parties to a draft mortgage deed of 1816 over the estates of Walter Minto (Water Valley, Dry Valley and Jock's Lodge). According to the deed, Litt & Steele had advanced £29,613 6s 10d to John Willis to repay the indebtedness to Willis of Robert Minto, Walter Minto's father. It is not clear that the document was ever executed.


T71/915 p. 202 Clarendon no. 134. St James no. 393A-C; Trelawny no. 539A-C. www.slavevoyages.org accessed 13/8/2012 shows William Peatt Litt or William Litt participating in 22 voyages from Liverpool and 4 from London between 1798 and 1808.

  1. UK Poll Books and Electoral Registers 1538-1893 St George Hanover Square 1818, Westminster 1820, Ossulston (St Mary Abbotts) 1838; England and Wales Free BMDDeath Index 1837-1915; London England Deaths and Burials 1813-1980.

  2. London Gazette 19846 14/4/1840 p. 982; 18838 19/8/1831 p. 1699.

  3. Caribbeana Vol. II p. 365.

Further Information

Slave-trader then West India merchant

Associated Claims (1)

£912 12s 7d
Beneficiary unsuccessful

Associated Estates (6)

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
1829 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Joint owner
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Joint owner
1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1826 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (5)

Senior partner
William Peatt Litt & Steele
West India merchant  
Name partner
Timperon & Dobinson
West India merchant  
notes →
From at least...
Rock Reversionary and Loan Society
Financial services - credit  

Relationships (4)

Business partners
Notes →
Litt was also the residuary heir of John Hart in...
Other relatives
Notes →
Isaac Westmorland (1787-1856) was the son of William Peatt Litt's first cousin Isaac Westmorland (1755-1824)...
Nephew → Uncle
First Cousins

Addresses (2)

42 Kensington Square, Kensington, London, Middlesex, London, England
50 Berkeley Square, London, Middlesex, London, England