Hume, James Deacon, 1774-1842

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Hume, James Deacon, 1774-1842

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HUME, JAMES DEACON, younger son of James Hume, Secretary of the Customs, and Elizabeth Capps; nephew of Nathaniel Hume (qv); b. 28 Apr 1774; adm. 13 Jan 1783; was victorious in a “mill’ with Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn, Bart. (adm. 1784, qv), “who, though the bigger boy of the two, was not so good a gladiator” (Badham, Life of J. D. Hume, 1859, 9); left 1791; Indoor clerk, Custom House 1791; rose to position Controller of the Customs; drafted Consolidated Customs Acts which received royal assent Jul 1825; Joint Secretary, Board of Trade 15 Jul 1829 – 4 Jan 1840; one of founders of Political Economy Club; a founder and Deputy Chairman, Atlas Assurance Company; a convinced Free Trader; author, Thoughts on the Corn Laws, 1815, and other works; m. 4 Jun 1799 Frances Elizabeth, widow of Charles Ashwell, Grenada, West Indies, and dau. of Edward Whitehouse, Customs House, Gentleman Usher Quarterly Waiter to George III; d. 12 Jan 1842. DNB.


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Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on La Fortune estate in Grenada, as owner-in-fee having originally been a trustee.

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Hume, Nathaniel, ca. 1732-1804 (ca. 1732-1804)

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Hume, Nathaniel, ca. 1732-1804

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Hume, James Deacon, 1774-1842

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International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families - ISAAR(CPF) 2nd edition



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Prepared for import into AtoM by Westminster School Archive staff, 2019-2020
Revised by Bethany Duck, Archive Assistant, September 2020




Supplementary information drawn from UCL's Legacies of British Slave-ownership database. Entry URL:

Users should note that the information recorded here that is not to be found in the first two volumes of the Record of Old Westminsters and its first Supplement has been assembled from various published and manuscript sources by Hugh Edmund Pagan MA FSA, and all new resulting text is his copyright, © 2014.

The Record of Old Westminsters: A biographical list of all those who are known to have been educated at Westminster School from the earliest times to 1927, Volumes 1 & 2, compiled by G. F. Russell Barker and Alan H. Stenning, London, 1928.

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