Authorised form of nameBosanquet; Samuel (1768 - 1843); banker
Other forms of surnameBosanquet III
Dates1768 - 1843
Date of birth1768
Date of death1843
OccupationBanker; plantation and slave owner
Research fieldLiterature
Partner in the bank Bosanquet Anderdon & Co; retired from the bank 1836; Sheriff, Monmouthshire (1815)
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election06/06/1793
Age at election24
RelationshipsParents: Samuel Bosanquet II, director of the Bank of England
Married: Laetitia Philippa Whatman
Children: incl. James Whatman Bosanquet; Samuel Richard Bosanquet
Additional relatives: great-uncle Benjamin Bosanquet (FRS 1747)
General contextThe Bosanquet family were of Huguenot origin. The family fled to England from Lunel, Montpellier, France, in 1685 following the revocation of the edict of Nantes. Bosanquet was blind until the age of 18. His sight improved until he was middle-aged when he went blind again in one eye and continued to wear a scarf over it. He was one of the leading members of the committee for the London School for the Indigent Blind, founded in 1799.
The partners in the Bosanquet, Anderdon & Co bank owned multiple plantations in Nevis [Saint Kitts and Nevis] in the Caribbean, which used enslaved people for labour. Following the Slavery Abolition Act 1833, Bosanquet was awarded over £5,000 compensation for 358 enslaved people on three estates on Nevis.
Bulloch's Roll; UCL LBS; Archives Hub; DWB
'Samuel Bosanquet III', on Legacies of British Slave-ownership database [; last accessed 16/12/2022]
Description of 'Dingestow Court estate, Records of the Bosanquet family, 1592, 1736-1959. Gwent Archives' on the Archives Hub website, [accessed 16/12/2022]
The London Gazette, 14 February 1815, Issue 16984 p.257
'Bosanquet Family', in Dictionary of Welsh Biography [; last accessed 18/5/2021]
'Blind Employment Factory', on Grace's Guide to British Industrial History [; last accessed 16/12/2022]
Royal Society codeNA3668
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
EC/1793/07Bosanquet, Samuel: certificate of election to the Royal Society
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