Authorised form of nameAnderdon; John Proctor (c1761 - 1846); merchant
Datesc1761 - 1846
Place of deathRamsgate, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Europe
Date of death30 November 1846
Dates and placesBaptism:
15 October 1760
St Lawrence, Ramsgate, Kent, England, United Kingdom, Europe
OccupationMerchant; lawyer; collector; plantation and slave owner
Partner, Manning & Anderdon, the family mercantile firm (1794-1816); retired 1816; after retirement became an art collector and ammassed a significant collection which was sold by Christies in 1847 and 1851; Deputy Lieutenant, Hampshire (1820)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election23/05/1811
Age at election50
RelationshipsParents: Ferdinando Anderdon and Mary Hobart
Married: 1) Anne Oliver; 2) Mary Hannah Casamajor
Children: incl. John Lavicount Anderdon; William Manning Anderdon
Additional relatives: father-in-law Justinian Casamajor
General contextAside from his extensive art collection, Anderdon's library was also sold in 1847 and included manuscript letters by Anna Maria van Schurman and Contantijn Huygens. He was not particularly active in the Royal Society's work after his election.
The family mercantile company, Manning & Anderdon, owned sugar plantations in the Caribbean, which used enslaved people for labour. Following the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, Anderdon claimed compensation for enslaved people at his Seaforths estate in Antigua [Waladli or Wadadli]. In 1835, he was compensated for his claim for over £2,400 on 180 enslaved people.
Bulloch's Roll; UCL LBS; 'Landed Families of Britain and Ireland'
The Literary panorama, Volume 11, Issue 1812
'John Proctor Anderdon', Legacies of British Slave-ownership database, [accessed 23rd June 2020].
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA2626
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1811/08Anderdon, John Proctor: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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