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James Morley (1742 - 1798)

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James Morley
Born in Bombay, Maharashtra, Indiamap
Husband of — married about [location unknown]
Husband of — married in Surat or Bombay, Indiamap
Husband of — married in St Marys, Whitechapel, London, Englandmap
Husband of — married in Parish of Westminster, Middlesex, Londonmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Bath, Englandmap
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Date: SEP 1742
Place: Bombay, Maharashtra, India[1]


Date: 23 SEP 1742
Place: Bombay, Maharashtra, India[2]


Place: Family Vault, Winchester Cathedral, England


Place: Kempshott Park, Hampshire, England


Date: 1759
Place: Bombay


Place: Bombay Council


Type: Travels
Date: 1784
Place: Bombay to England
Type: Travels
Date: BET 1790 AND 1791
Place: England to Bombay, India
Type: Travels
Date: 1794
Place: China to England
Type: Travels
Date: APR 1794
Place: Bombay to Goa - on board "Maria"
Type: Travels
Date: JUN 1794
Place: Bombay to China - on board "Taunton Castle"


Note: #NI4684


Husband: James Morley
Wife: Sarah Richardson
Child: Henry Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Sarah Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Louisa Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: James Alexander Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Ann Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Maria Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Date: 13 JUL 1775
Place: Surat or Bombay, India[3]
Husband: James Morley
Wife: Dorothea Jarvis
Child: Maria Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Charles Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Harriette Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Date: 11 MAR 1789
Place: Parish of Westminster, Middlesex, London[4]
Husband: John Morley
Wife: Susannah Parcel
Child: John William Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Sancta or Janeta Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Catherine Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: William Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: Martha Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Child: James Morley
Relationship to Father: Natural
Relationship to Mother: Natural
Date: 6 SEP 1735
Place: Bombay, India[5][6]


  • WikiTree profile Morley-183 created through the import of Elice Tree.GED on Aug 19, 2011 by Elice Green. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Elice and others.
  • Source: S02369 Title: East India Co Registers Repository: Call Number: Media: Book
  • Source: S02393 Title: Boyd's Marriage Index Repository: Call Number: Media: Book
  • Source: S02414 Title: European Christians in India between 1698-1947 Repository: Call Number: Media: Book


Note NI4684[Elice's Tree-dad.FTW]
Possible entry in Baileys London Directory 1790 James Morley of Covent Garden London occupation Glassware house.
Winchester Cathedral Memorial Tablet
In a vault near this monument are deposited the remains of Anne Morley wife of James Morley Esq. who departed this life at Kempshott in this county on 24th December 1787 aged 33 years.
Also the remains of Samuel their son who died the 22nd of the same month being the day after his birth.
An exemplary attitude to every moral duty with the most benevolent disposition and engaging demeanor eminently distinguished and adorned her character.
And also the remains of the above named James Morley Esq who died the 22nd February 1798 aged 55 years. During the period of 38 years in the service of the Hon. the English East India Company he distinguished himself by zealously promoting the interest of his employers and by the strictest attention to his own honor. He also possessed many of the most noble qualities that adorn private life.
And also Harriette Poulter daughter of James Morley Esq and the wife of the Rev Brownlow Poulter Rector of Buriton.
And also Dorothea relict of James Morley Esq.
Charles son of James Morley Esq is buried in the cemetery near this city. He was for 37 years of the Hon. East India Company's service for 17 Accountant General of India.
The tablet in the floor nearby records
James Morley died 22nd February 1798 aged 55 years at Bath
Dorothea Morley died November 1 1850 aged 83 years
Harriett Poulter died November 16 1845 aged 52 years
Brownlow Poulter died March 30 1829 aged 10 years.
Possible EIO references List of Civilians Bombay (East India Office Library Ref o/6 /34 no 285)
Morley James - 1759 Writer, 1768 Junior Merchant, 1771 Senior Merchant, 1776 Fifth in Council at Surat, 1792 Marine Storekeeper, Bombay, 1794 Warehouse keeper, Bombay.
(Ref o/6/2 page 169)
James Morley Arrived Bombay Oct 1759 and appointed an assistant in the Secretaries office - cons 4th Oct 1759 Folio 546 Dec 1760 ordered to assist in Presidents office - Cons. 16th Dec 1760 Folio 956 Dec 1765 appointed Resident at Baghdad - Cons. 28th Dec 1765 Folio 743 Nov 1766 Residency withdrawn ordered to Bushvies - Cons. 11 Nov 1766 Folio 667 Jan 1768 appointed Resident at Bushvies - Cons. 15th Jan 1768 Folio 89 Feb 1769 in consequence of Revolution in County Govt he withdrew the settlement for which he was censured by the Board - Cons. 21 March 1769 Folio 400 Feb 1770 appointed to Bussora Factory - returned from thence in October following due to ill health - Cons 7 Feb 1770 Folio 115, 12th Nov Folio 570 Being resolved to establish a Factory at Gombroome appointed to the charge of it but the design soon laid aside he was allowed 1,000 rupees in consideration of the loss he should sustain in making preparations for going there - Cons. 28 Dec 1770 Folio 718, Cons. 18th Feb 1771 Folio 113, Mar 5th Folio 135. Aug 1771 appointed Assistant Treasurer - Cons 22 Aug 1771 Folio 868, 1303 Oct following directed to proceed to Broach and to conduct the Nabob to the Presidency Cons. 10 Oct Folio 1002 Feb 1772 appointed President at Broach- Cons. 18 Feb 1772 Folio 167 Oct Following it being determined to send a force against the Nabob he was appointed Judge Advocate and Paymaster to Detachment - 22 Oct Folio 905 On the Capture of the place he was in conjunction with Mr Cheap appointed to take charge of the plunder of booty taken . - 27 Nov Folio 971 Appointed Resident under order of Chief of Council at Surat - 29 Nov Folio 977 Conduct of Morley & Cheap as Agents for securing the Plunder of Booty much appreciated - 18 Dec 1772 Folio 1040. Owing to bad conduct of the Surat Council the affairs at Broach falling into confusion the Board resolved in March 1773 that it should be a chiefship independent of Surat and appointed Mr William Shaw Chief and Mr James Morley 2nd - Cons 23 Mar 1773 folio 212 Apr 1774 removed to Surat - Cons. 26 Apr 1774 folio 327 Dec 1776 censured for opposing appointment of Mr Dorrien to provisional charge of the Latty at Surat and observed that this conduct therein appeared highly officious and betrayed a tendency to cavil disputes or trifles. Cons 31 Dec 1776 Folio 1050 Oct 1780 appointed Resident at Anjengo - Cons. 4 Oct 1780 Folio 399 Apr 1781 Board expressed satisfaction at his conduct - Cons 4 Apr 1781 Fol 194 Dec following resigned residency due to ill health 26 Dec 1781 Fol 704 Apr 1783 succeeded to a seat in Council and appointed provisional Military Storekeeper - Cons. 9 Apr 1783 Folio 247 and 254 June following appointed General Storekeepers and a member of the Committee of Accounts provisionally - June 11 Folio 409 and 493 December appointed Military Storekeeper - 12 December Folio 966 November 1784 permitted to resign service on account of private affairs- 23 November 1784 folio 1765 and the Board recommended him to the Court for leave to return without prejudice to his Rank and spoke in high terms of his merit and service Letter 25 Nov par 203 Apr 1790 permitted to return to his rank - letter 21 Apr 1790 December following appointed Marine Storekeeper and in Feb 1795 provisional Warehouse keeper. He held the office of Marine Storekeeper until April 1793.
Cons. Dec 1790 Folio 734. The appointment of Warehouse Keeper he still continues to hold. Folio 580.
Victoria County Histories - Hampshire Volume IV page 180 Kempshott manor - in Winslade parish - belonged to Aldret in the reign of Edward the Confessor formed part of the possessions of Hugh de Port in 1086 being held of him by Walter. The overlordship continued for a considerable period until 1349. Owned by various families over the years until 1787 when James Morley an East India Merchant purchased it from Philip Dehany of Farleigh Wallop (co Hants). Philip Dehany had purchased it in approximately 1770 and pulled down the old manor house and building in its stead a large brick mansion. James Morley's wife died in 1787 and was buried in Winchester Cathedral. The next year James Morley sold the manor to J.C. Crook of Stratton. Mr Henry Gourlay JP occupied it in 1911.
Ref 45 Feet of Fines Hants, Trin 27 Geo III. source Glenda Bennett
Provided by Mr Robin Walsh, Research Librarian Macquarie University Library via email dated 16/5/2006 -
James Morley owned several vessels in Bombay, including the Sarah and the Maria - in the latter he travelled to Goa in April 1794 with Lachlan and Jane Macquarie (nee Jarvis).
Morley left Bombay for China in June 1794 on board the HEIC ship Taunton Castle, under the command of Captain Edward Studd (1758-), and thereafter returned direct to Britain (in the following year without ever returning to Bombay again. He settled into his country estate at Kempshott Park in Hampshire, as well as maintaining a house in London.
Died: 22 February 1798, in Bath, England [aged 55]; buried in the family vault at Winchester. He bequeathed £41,000 to his seven (7) surviving children in 1798.
Provided by Mr Robin Walsh, Research Librarian Macquarie University Library via email dated 16/5/2006 -
James Morley's Will also appears to indicate the existence of two, possibly three, illegitimate or "natural sons" named James, Henry and Samuel. They were born before his first marriage to Sarah Richardson and during the interim before his second marriage to Dorothea Jarvis.
Currently, unconfirmed research indicates that two of the children, James and Henry, were result of the union of James Morley with a woman named Marian [surname unknown] in India. James was born in Surat and christened in Bombay on 26 January 1771; while Henry was christened on 11 December 1774 in Bombay [or born in Surat on 3 March 1775].
The third child, Samuel, was born on 21 December 1787 at Kempshott, Hampshire, to a woman referred to only as Anne [surname unknown]. The child supposedly died one day later but this is contradicted by the 1795 Codicil to Morley's Will where Samuel is specifically named.
"I have laid out and expounded for each of my two natural Sons named Samuel and Henry a larger Sum of money than I therein bequeathed to them respectively [?] I do hereby revoke and annul the Legacies which I bequeathed in my said Will and Testament to my said natural Sons named Samuel and Henry. I do hereby [***] this to be a codicil to my said Will and Testament and direct that it shall be taken as part thereof and in all other respects I hereby confirm my said Will and Testament In Witness whereof I have written this codicil with my own hand and hereunto set my hand and seal on board the Ship Taunton Castle commanded by Captain Edward Studd this twenty eighth day of May in the year of our Lord one Thousand seven hundred and ninety five [signed] James Morley (LS)
James Morley Will Prob 11/1304 ff.64a-64b.
The manor of KEMPSHOTT (Campessete, xi cent.; Campeshet, Kempeschete, xiii cent.; Kembeshete, xiv cent.; Kempshote, xv cent.), which had belonged to Aldret in the reign of Edward the Confessor, formed part of the possessions of Hugh de Port in 1086, being held of him by Walter. (fn. 24) The overlordship continued with the Ports and their successors (fn. 25) for a considerable period, Kempshott occurring in lists of the St. John knights' fees as late as 1349. (fn. 26) In 1498 the overlord was returned as Sir John Paulet, lord of Basing, (fn. 27) the descendant and one of the representatives of Isabel sister and eventually sole heir of Edmund de St. John, but later, viz. in 1555, Kempshott was said to be held of the heirs of Peter Coudray as of their manor of Herriard. (fn. 28) This latter statement can be explained by the fact that Kempshott like Herriard was held of the St. Johns by Reginald Fitz Peter in the middle of the 13th century, (fn. 29) and by Matthew Fitz Herbert in the reign of Edward III. (fn. 30)
In 1256 it was returned that Hugh de Sifrewast had withdrawn his suit from the hundred court of Basingstoke for his land of Kempshott, (fn. 31) and it is probable that at this time he was demesne lord of the manor, holding it from Reginald Fitz Peter for half a knight's fee. Kempshott seems to have continued with the Sifrewasts for a considerable time, ultimately passing early in the 14th century to the family of Tichborne by the marriage of Margaret daughter and heir of Roger de Sifrewast with John de Tichborne. (fn. 32) It formed part of the Hampshire possessions of the Tichbornes (q.v. supra) until 1578, when it was sold by Benjamin Tichborne, halfbrother and eventually heir of Francis Tichborne, (fn. 33) who alienated Kempshott to Henry Pincke, a Hampshire yeoman, who had been living in the parish as early as 1571. (fn. 34) He died in 1611 and the manor then passed in accordance with a settlement of 1590 to his widow Elizabeth for life with remainder to Robert his eldest son by her in fee-tail. (fn. 35) Robert Pincke, D.D., who became warden of New College, Oxford, in 1617, was greatly esteemed by James I for his skill in argument. Charles I owed him a debt of gratitude for his loyal conduct during the Civil War in raising the University Militia and exhorting the backward citizens of Oxford to take up arms for their sovereign. Falling into the hands of the Roundheads, for a short time he suffered imprisonment for his devotion to his sovereign, but on 5 January 1643 was ordered to be released on bail. He died on 2 November 1647 and was buried in New College Chapel between the pulpit and the screen. (fn. 36) He never resided at Kempshott, but allowed his younger brother Walter to occupy the house, (fn. 37) and by will left the manor to Walter's eldest son Henry Pincke of North Waltham (co. Hants). (fn. 38) Henry Pincke died in 1672 and was buried at Winslade. (fn. 39) He was succeeded by his son Thomas Pincke, Mayor of Winchester 1689–90, who died in 1708, leaving as his heir his son the Rev. Henry Pincke, vicar of South Damerham (fn. 40) (co. Wilts). The latter resided at South Damerham until his death in 1723, when the manor passed to his son Henry, who died unmarried in 1770. (fn. 41) By will Henry left the estate to his niece Dorothy wife of John Lee of Woolley Firs, White Waltham (co. Berks.), and only child of his sister Dorothy by Thomas Hasker of Bramley (co. Hants) and afterwards of Arborfield (co. Berks.). (fn. 42) Philip Dehany of Farleigh Wallop (co. Hants) purchased Kempshott from Mr. and Mrs. Lee soon afterwards, (fn. 43) and pulled down the old manor-house, building a large brick mansion in its stead. (fn. 44) In 1787 he sold the estate to James Morley, an East India merchant, (fn. 45) whose wife died there the same year and was buried in Winchester Cathedral. (fn. 46) The next year Mr. Morley parted with the manor, selling it to J. C. Crook, of Stratton, in whose tenancy the Prince Regent made use of Kempshott as a hunting-box and in 1795 kept his honeymoon there. (fn. 47) In 1832 Edward Walter Blunt purchased the estate and quite transformed the appearance of the house by alterations of an Italian character. From Mr. Blunt Kempshott was purchased by the late Sir Nelson Rycroft, bart., (fn. 48) and is now the property of his son Sir Richard Nelson Rycroft, bart. It is at present occupied by Mr. Henry Gourlay, J.P.From: 'Parishes: Winslade with Kempshott', A History of the County of Hampshire: Volume 4 (1911), pp. 179-81. URL: Date accessed: 08 September 2007.
From - Mumbai Police - website
The first Deputy of Superintendent was Mr. James Fisher, who continued office until the date(1808) of Mr. Halliday's retirement when he was succeeded by Mr. James Morley.
Bombay, April 23rd, 1799.
" This day, Ismail Shaikh, Borah, was convicted of stealing
different articles of property of James Morley, Esq., part of
which was found in the prisoner's possession. Guilty. Death.
On May 9th he was executed, pursuant to the sentence."
He had been engaged in another robbery; but forty shillings
constituted a capital offence. Short shrift in those days was
given to the condemned.
Occasionally there were trials for libel. In June, 1833,
Mr. E. X. Murphy, editor of the Gazette, challenged Colonel
Vans Kennedy. The Colonel refused to accept the gage of
battle, whereupon the editor, in his paper, denounced him to
the public and the army as a slanderer and a coward. Murphy
was sentenced to pay Es. 500. The same year Captain Morley
sued E. C. Money and Dr. Wilson for some printed matter in
the Spectator, anent a tomb at Ahmednagar which had been
raised to a native mistress and converted into a Hindoo temple,
and obtained damages, Es. 350.
  1. Source: #S02369 Page: FHL Film 0523823
  2. Source: #S02414 Data: Text: N/3/1 Folio 250
  3. Source: #S02369 Page: FHL Film 0523833 Note: 13 July 1775 James Morley Esquire and Sarah Richardson spinster at Surat
  4. Source: #S02393 Data: Text: On file
  5. Source: #S02369 Page: FHL 0523823 Note: Marriage John Morley to Mrs Susannah Parcel
  6. Source: #S02414 Data: Text: Ecclesiastical Returns - Births, Deaths & Marriages - N/3/1 Folio 749

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