Captain Robert Welbank

Male 1778 - 1857  (78 years)


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  • Name Robert Welbank 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 17 Jan 1778  St Botolph's, Bishopgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 4 Feb 1778  St Botolph's, Bishopgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Baptism record:
      St Botolph's, Bishopgate. - 4th Feb 1778 - Cert. 180
      Robert Welbank, 18 Days Old, son, of William and Jemima

    Gender Male 
    Note 4 Feb 1778  St Botolph's, Bishopgate Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Robert Welbank, 18 Days Old, son, of William and Jemima 
    Occupation 1793 
    Robert Welbank was only fifteen when he joined the Company in 1793 as captain's servant and he must have had exceptionally good commercial connections asw he was appointed captain of HEICS Cuffnells in 1806, only thirteen years later.
    from: Gifts from the Gardens of China By Jane Kilpatrick

     
    Note 1811 
    Captain Robert Welbank imported varieties of Camellia into England from China as
    the Commander of an East India Company ship. The following 'Curtis
    Monograph' about the Japanese Rose (or Camellia) contains references to
    Captain Welbank and Captain Rawes
    The essential info contained below is that Captain Welbank brought back Camellias from China in 1811 and 1816. The name of the Warren Hastings, East Indiaman is associated with Rawes and/or Welbank.

    [The Origin of Plants by Maggie Campbell Culver (2014) says that Captain Welbank had a good reputation for transporting plants, and 90 of 100 plants survived the voyage on the Cuffnells in 1816. A white Camellia was named "Welbankiana" in his honour and the original plant is still alive at Chiswick House, while the original wisteria plant is still alive at Kew.] 
    Note 13 Jun 1812  Madras, India Find all individuals with events at this location 
    GILBERT LAIRD

    Has the pleasure to inform his Friends and the Public, that he has purchased the well-chosen Investment of Captain Welbank, of the Honourable Company's ship Cuffnells, and which will be exposed for sale at his Shop under the Exchange, as soon as loaded.
    English claret, from Paxton, Bell and other houses.
    Port wine, from Gledstanes and Beachcroft.
    Hock and champaign
    Bottled ale, porter and cyder.
    Ale in butts and hogsheads, from Hedgson.
    Hams, pine, berkley, and gloster cheeses.
    Europe butter in firkins.
    Neats tongues, red herrings, in wickered jars, and salted salmon.
    Oilman's stores, a general assortment.
    Confectionary, from Hoffman, a general assortment.
    Grocery, a general assortment.
    Essence of spruce.
    Sadlery, from Simpson, a general assortment.
    Perfumery, from Smyth and Nephew.
    Cloth, of various colours, from Viguere and Randall.
    Welsh Flannel
    Boots and Shoes, from Laidlow
    Straw Bonnets, an elegant assortment
    Garden Seeds, from Swinden
    Glass-Ware, from Nash.
    Hosiery and Cutlery.
    Hats and Gloves, from Bicknell
    Paints in Kegs, of various colours
    Blank Books and Stationary
    Best Mogul Cards
    Ephemeries, from Heather
    Nests of Morocco Trunks
    Blankets and Boat Cloaks
    Gold and Silver Thread, from Bodley and Etty
    Ironmongery, a general assortment
    Beer and Wine Corks, and a variety of other articles

    Madras, June 13, 1812 
    Occupation 1814  Book Find all individuals with events at this location 
    248. INSTRUCTION BOOK & CHARTER PARTY FOR EAST INDIAMAN "CUFFNELLS" given to
    Capt. Robert Welbank by the ship's owners, on sailing to the East Indies.
    16 pg printed booklet of 67 instructions to the captain. Marbled wrappers.
    Quarto. London: 1814. Part of paper spine lacking; covers lightly soiled;
    vertical fold along center; else, very good condition. Particularly
    interesting, as the standard demands are supplemented by several amusing
    ms. instructions on the last 2 blank leaves regarding purchase of drugs in
    India. Plus 27-pg. Charter Party, folded in half, laid in. $600.00.  
    Occupation 28 Aug 1814  Portsmouth Find all individuals with events at this location 
    East India Company Register

    EAST-INDIA SHIPS FOR THE SEASON 1814-15, ABROAD, WITH THEIR MANAGING
    OWNERS, COMMANDERS, PRINCIPAL OFFICERS, TIME OF SAILING, &c.;

    When and from Whence sailed: Portsmouth, 28th Aug. 1814
    Ship: Cuffnells
    Voyage: 8
    Charter Tonnage: 1200
    Managing Owner: Francis P. Martin, Esq.
    Commander: Robert Welbank
    First Officer: Richard Roger
    Second Officer: John Vincent
    Third Officer: George Roberts
    Fourth Officer: James Drayner
    Surgeon: Edmund Paul
    Purser: William Kershaw
    Consignment: Bengal, Madras & China

     
    Note 4 May 1816  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Captain Robert brings back first specimen of Wisteria sinensis to the country. 
    Residence 1817  Tandridge, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Retired in 1816 and moved to Oxted Priory in Tandridge. 
    Residence 1851  The Priory, Tandridge, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    sister Harriet Sampson is also living there in 1851. 
    Note 1825-1857 
    elder brother of Trinity House, corresponded with Michael Faraday about possible uses for his discoveries for lighthouses. Travelled the coast making notes which are held at the National Archives. 
    Died 1857  Aged 79 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Note 10 Jul 1857  The Priory, Tandridge, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Summary of the Will of Robert Welbank of the Priory, Parish of Tandridge in the County of Surrey.

    proved 10th July 1857 Executors: Sarah Welbank (wife), Edward Hawkins the younger and Major Rohde Hawkins, (nephews of wife)
    mentions sister Jemima; living at 2 Prospect Row, Ramsgate, Kent; she is left the house;
    and nephew George Welbank
    owns property in Ravensworth, nr. Richmond, Yorks.
    leaves much property and estates, after wife's death, to Charles Hampden Turner of Rook's Nest, Surrey; and to Eliza Turner, daughter of Charles Turner.

    Robert's two nephews are Hawkins!

     
    Occupation Captain of East Indiaman  
    Person ID I474  Welbank1
    Last Modified 2 Sep 2021 

    Father William Welbank,   b. 28 Aug 1741, Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Oct 1791, [Will] Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 50 years) 
    Mother Jemima Jones,   b. Abt 1754, of Stratford le Bow, Middx. Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Aug 1840 , Ramsgate, Kent, England - Age 86 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Married 20 Apr 1776  St. Botolph Without Bishopsgate, London, Middlesex, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • parish record book, 1776 no 178
    Family ID F159  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Rohde 
    Children 
     1. Robert Welbank,   b. 18--
    Last Modified 5 Feb 2012 
    Family ID F181  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart