John Proctor Anderdon

1760 - 30th Nov 1846

Claimant or beneficiary


Originally (possibly after a period in Bristol) a London merchant, partner in Manning & Anderdon (q.v.) from 1794, retiring in 1816 and thereafter a rentier, connoisseur and collector: father of James Hughes Anderdon (q.v.) and John Lavicount Anderdon (q.v.). His first wife, Anne, was the daughter of Thomas Oliver (q.v.) and sister of Penelope Cave (q.v.).

  1. Although the website for the Mount Somerset Hotel (the former Henlade House) at one stage identified John Proctor Anderdon as nephew and heir of Robert Proctor Anderdon of Henlade, it appears from the will of Robert Proctor Anderdon that his heir was another nephew, Charles Proctor Anderdon, who according to more recent research rebuilt Henlade between 1812 and 1815. John Proctor Anderdon was identified on the same hotel site as an officer serving with Duke of Wellington and commander of City of London militia at Waterloo: this has not been verified from other sources. John Proctor Anderdon's grandson John Edmund Anderdon did inherit Henlade House and was living there with his father, John Lavicount Anderdon, at the time of the 1871 census.

  2. The identification of John Proctor Anderdon as the nephew [rather than as the heir] of Robert Proctor Anderdon, however, is confirmed by Vere Langford Oliver, whose family tree shows John Proctor Anderdon as son of Ferdinando Anderdon and Mary Hobart.

  3. Died in Ramsgate, Kent.

  4. Will of John Proctor Anderdon of Farley Hall Berkshire proved 03/02/1847. Under the will he left the moiety of the lands in Ireland at Broghill that he was entitled to will under the settlement on his first marriage of 1886 [sic, but clearly 1786] to his son James, subject to legacies of £2000 each to his other children Oliver, John and Lucy Claxton. With feelings of 'deep mortification' he excluded his unfortunate son Freeman Anderdon, whom he had given £5000 on his setting out in life, from any further part in his property. He left £15,000 in trust for the benefit of his wife for life, and £6000 for the benefit of his daughter Lucy Claxton. He said his pictures must be sold after his death, and that if the proceeds sufficiently exceeded £10,000, the surplus should be applied to offset a debt of £1200 due to him from his son James, but not the £3200 secured on James' house in Grosvenor Street [he revoked the provision about the promissory note for £1200 in a codicil and instead made James a co-residuary legatee]. He had three children with his present wife and left the £20,000 under his marriage settlement with her in the proportions £5000 to their daughter Emma, £10,000 to their son Hobart and £5000 to their son William. In a codicil of 1846 he changed his co-resdiuary legatees adding his sons James and John to his grand-daughters, and omitting his grandson William Harry.


T71/877 Antigua claim no. 17 (Seaforths).

  1. [accessed 06/08/2012]; [Nick Kingsley], Landed families of Britain and Ireland, [accessed 07/03/2016].

  2. Vere Langford Oliver, History of Antigua Vol.II pp.234-235.

  3. Royal Society record of Anderdon.

  4. PROB 11/2049/326.

We are grateful to Ruth Hecht for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

(1) Anne Oliver (2) Mary Hannah Casamajor
With (1) John Lavicount (1792-1874), James Hughes (1790-1879), Freeman (1794-), Lucy; with (2) Emma, Hobart, William

Associated Claims (1)

£2,491 16s 1d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
1809 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Shown with William Manning as mortgage holder over 50 'negroes' in succession to Coll Turner and Alexander Innes, who had originally advanced £3000. Manning & Anderdon were owed £5938 4s 6d.

1813 [EA] - 1816 [LA] → Joint owner

Prior to 1816, the Anderdon partner in Mannings & Anderdon appears to have been John Proctor Anderson; thereafter it was his son John Lavicount Anderdon. The two might have overlapped in 1816.

1809 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Joint owner
1801 [EA] - 1810 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Manning & Anderdon
West India merchant  
Firm Investment
Canada Company
North American merchant  

Cultural (5)

Carita, by Andrea del Sarto, now in National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, purchased by John Proctor Anderdon in... 
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The painting can be seen here: Andrea del Sarto:...
On 15/05/1847, Christie & Manson sold the 'celebrated and very important collection of Italian, Spanish, French, Flemish, and Dutch pictures, of John Proctor Anderdon.' Anderdon had expected them... 
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Four Angels by Bartolomé Esteban Murillo (Spanish, 1617–1682). Oil on canvas: 18 1/4 x 24 1/8 inches (46.4 x 61.3 cm). Part of the collection of Italian, Spanish, French, Flemish,... 
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The Triumph of David by the Studio of Giovanni Francesco Barbieri called Guercino. Oil on canvas 137cm x 180.5cm. Part of the collection of Italian, Spanish, French, Flemish, and Dutch... 
Royal Society...... 
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For the full record of Anderdon's membership of the Royal Society see Royal...

Physical (2)

Country house
Farley Hall 
Country house
Beech House [Built] 
description →
'The residence of John Proctor Anderdon, Esq., formerly an eminent West India merchant'.  'The situation is upon the south-western verge of the New Forest [probably Bransgrove, now Bransgore, ]. 'A...
notes →
Remodelled 1816 according to James Norris Brewer Introduction to the original delineations, topographical, historical and descriptive intituled The Beauties of England and Wales (1818) p....

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
28 June 1820 -

Relationships (11)

Father → Son
Father → Son
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Business partners
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (3)

Beech House, Bransgrove, Hampshire, Wessex, England
Farley Hall, Berkshire, Central England, England
New Street, Spring Gardens, London, Middlesex, London, England