Willett, Ralph, 1719-1795

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Willett, Ralph, 1719-1795

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WILLETT, RALPH, elder son of Henry Willett, St. Kitts, West Indies, and Elizabeth, elder dau. of Col. John Stanley, Nevis, West Indies; b. 8 Aug 1719; adm. (aged 13) Jan 1732/3; left 1734; Oriel Coll. Oxford, matr. 23 Jun 1736, aged 17; adm. Lincoln’s Inn 4 Jan 1738/9; inherited large West Indian estates on death of his father in 1749; of Merly, Dorset; High Sheriff, Dorset 1760; FSA 5 Dec 1763; FRS 21 Jun 1764; a collector of early printed books, specimens of block printing, prints, pictures and botanical drawings; author of three papers in Archaeologia; m. 1st, 9 Dec 1779 (IGI) Annabella Robinson; m. 2nd, 15 May 1786 Charlotte, widow of Samuel Strutt, Assistant Clerk, House of Lords, and dau. of --- Locke, Clerkenwell; d. 13 Jan 1795. DNB.


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Slave-owner in St Kitts. Will provides evidence for existence of enslaved people on his estate(s).

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GB 2014

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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: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/lbs/person/view/2146639903

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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