Person Male Born 19/8/1746 Died 21/5/1809
Merchant. Born in Dumfries. He grew up on his family's sugar plantation in Jamaica, and moved to London in 1779. He headed a group of powerful businessmen, who planned and built the West India Docks, which were to have a monopoly on the import into London of West Indian produce such as sugar, rum and coffee. At the time of his death in Hampstead, he owned over 500 slaves.