Sir Henry William Martin 2nd Bart.

20th Dec 1768 - 3rd Feb 1842

Claimant or beneficiary


Sir Henry William Martin of Lockynge, 2nd bart., son of Sir Henry Martin 1st bart., brother of Sir Thomas Byam Martin and brother-in-law of John Pollexfen Bastard, became heir to estates in Antigua following the death of his elder brother Samuel Henry Martin in 1782, these estates having been passed down from his grandfather Samuel Martin (1694/5-1776).

  1. Author of A counter-appeal to "An Appeal" from William Wilberforce... (1823), a defence of the planters. His journal of his travels in the Caribbean in the 1830s is at the British Library.

  2. Purchased manor of Wantage from John Bunn in 1825: bequeathed it to his son Sir Henry Martin who died without issue; the remainder to daughter Catherine Elizabeth May née Martin who sold the manor in 1868 to trustees on behalf of the Wantage Town Commissioners.

  3. Parents Sir Henry Martin of Lockynge (1733-1794) (MP for Southampton 1830, Comptroller of the Navy 1790-94) and Elizabeth Ann Gillman née Parker of Kilbrook, co. Cork.

  4. His grandfather Samuel Martin (1694/5-1776) was a planter in Antigua: "Martin might be regarded as Antigua's leading and most progressive planter in the 1730s." His brother was Admiral Sir Thomas Byam Martin, Comptroller of the Navy 1816-31 and MP for Plymouth 1818-32. His brother-in-law (husband of his sister Judith Anne Martin) was John Pollexfen Bastard (MP for Truro 1783-4 and Devon 1784-1816).

  5. Married Catherine Powell 23/06/1792, Tottenham All Hallows.

  6. Died 02/03/1842: "On Thursday night, the 3d inst., in Upper Harley-street, Sir Henry William Martin, Bart., aged 73." His obituary in the Annual Register reads, "FEBRUARY. 3. In Upper Harley-street, aged 63, Sir Henry William Martin, the second Bart. of Lockynge, co. Berks. (1791). He was born Dec. 20, 1768, the second but eldest surviving son of Sir Henry Martin, the first Baronet, Comptroller of the Navy, by Elizabeth, daughter of Harding Parker, of Kilbrook, co. Cork, esq., and widow of St. Leger Howard Gillman, of Gillmanville, co. Cork, esq. His youngest brother is Admiral Sir Thomas Byam Martin, G.C.B. and K.S., also sometimes Comptroller of the Navy. He succeeded to the Baronetcy on the death of his father, Aug. 1, 1794. He married June 23, 1792, Catharine, daughter of Thomas Powell, of the Chesants, near Tottenham, co. Middlesex, esq., and had issue."

  7. His son Sir Henry Martin 3rd bart. left effects of £35,000 at death in 1863.


T71/877 Antigua claim no. 19 (Green Castle).

  1. See Historical legacies for full details.

  2. William Page and P.H. Ditchfield (eds.) Victoria County History: History of Berkshire (1924) Vol. 4 pp.319-332.

  3. See their memorial inscription, and that of Samuel Henry Martin, in the Antiquary (1873) Vol. 3, p. 211.

  4. John Martin, ‘Martin, Samuel (1694/5–1776)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [, [accessed 07/09/2011]]; J. K. Laughton, ‘Martin, Sir Thomas Byam (1773–1854)’, rev. Andrew Lambert, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, [accessed 07/09/2011]; Alastair W. Massie, ‘Bastard, John Pollexfen (1756–1816)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2009 [ [accessed 07/09/2011].

  5., London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online].

  6. Times 05/02/1842 p. 7; Annual Register (1842) p. 248.

  7. National Probate Calendar 1863.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sir Henry William Martin Bart.
Catharine Powell
Henry (1793-1794), Henry (1801-1863), Catherine Elizabeth (1808-1873)

Associated Claims (3)

£4,454 2s 6d
£2,571 17s 9d
Unsuccessful claimant (Judgement creditor)
£2,854 16s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant (Judgement creditor)

Associated Estates (1)

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  • SY - Association Start Year
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  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Historical (2)

A counter appeal, in answer to "An appeal" by William... 1823 
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The full title: A counter appeal, in answer to "An appeal" by William Wilberforce: designed to prove that the emancipation of the Negroes in the West Indies, by a legislative enactment without...
Travel Journal of Sir W. H.... 1837 
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Unpub. Mss journal; copy at British...

Relationships (4)

Grandson → Grandfather
Son → Father

Addresses (2)

51 Harley Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
Lockinge Park, Wantage, Berkshire, Central England, England