Fw: The Goldsmids and Admiral Lord Nelson #unitedkingdom


Jill Whitehead
 

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From: Jill Whitehead
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Subject: The Goldsmids and Admiral Lord Nelson


Does anyone know anything about the Goldsmid family and their connections
with Admiral Lord Nelson? "A History of Lord Nelson's Merton Place" talks
about how Horatio Nelson left Merton Place to Emma, Lady Hamilton when he
died at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. She used her estate as collatoral
for loans between 1806 and 1808 (she was somewhat profligate in her
spending). In 1808 it became necessary to sell Merton Place and her "City
friends" came to the rescue including Abraham Goldsmid, when they took over
the estate on trust to sell and redeem six annuities Emma had taken out. In
1809, Abraham, who was her neighbour, and his brother Asher Goldsmid
purchased the entire estate for nearly £13,000 (a princely sum in those
days, worth millions today). However, in 1810, fearing ruin Abraham shot
himself in the grounds of his country house, Morden Lodge, and Merton Place
was once more put up for sale. Part of the property stayed within the
Goldsmid family for 40 years mainly because no-one would buy it. Asher was
still the owner of the mansion when he died in 1822. The Wimbledon tithe
map showed that Abraham's son Aaron still owned much of the estate in 1848.
Eventually the land was sold on in smaller job lots and became in the 1860s
firstly terraced housing for the workers and then then later a council
housing estate.Evidently the Goldsmids were a wealthy family with their
roots in finance before their connections with Nelson and Lady Hamilton
virtually bankrupted them. I wondered if there was other information about
them?

Jill Whitehead


MBernet@...
 

In a message dated 9/15/2003 2:43:12 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
jill.whitehead@blueyonder.co.uk writes:

<< Does anyone know anything about the Goldsmid family and their connections
with Admiral Lord Nelson? "A History of Lord Nelson's Merton Place" talks
about how Horatio Nelson left Merton Place to Emma, Lady Hamilton when he
died at the battle of Trafalgar in 1805. >>

You will find an extensive discription of the Goldsmid family and its
financial ties in the Encyclopedia Judaica, under the entry "GOLDSMID (Eng. fam.)."

The financial and social dealings with Nelson, or Lady Hamilton, are probably
irrelevant to Jewish genealogy. There's no suggestion in EJ that Nelson
fathered a Jewish child or that the Goldsmid fathered a child of Lady Hamilton.

Michael Bernet, New York