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William Ludlam (c1717–1788) - Family

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Letter to consider petitioning Parliament against slavery
William Ludlam's letter "To the clergy of the Archdeaconry of Leicester, assembled to consider the propriety of petitioning Parliament on the subject of the Slave Trade"

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From: Some account of the Reverend Thomas Robinson, M.A.: late vicar of St. Mary's, Leicester, Edward Thomas Vaughan, 1816. pp134-7.

At the end of the eighteenth century there was an attempt to set up a free colony in Sierra Leone, for, amongst others, former slaves displaced by the war in America. William Ludlam in mentioned in a 1791 Act of Parliament, though he had died by that time.

A TABLE OF THE Publick and Private Statutes CONTAINING The TITLES of the ACTS of the thirty first Year of the Reign of GEORGE III p164 :
C 55 Anno tricefimo primo Georgii III AD 1791

An Act for establishing a Company for carrying on Trade between the Kingdom of Great Britain and the Coasts Harbours and Countries of Africa and for enabling the said Company to hold by Grant from his Majesty his Heirs and Successors and from the Native Princes of Africa a certain District of Land commonly called The Peninsula of Sierra Leone now vested in his Majesty or belonging to the said Princes for the better enabling the said Company to carry on the said Trade

Granville Sharpe Esquire, Samuel Wnitbread Esquire, Henry Thornton Esquire, Robert Hunter and Philip Sansom, Merchants of London; Sir George Young Knight, William Wilberforce Esquire, William Lushington Esquire, Richard Clark Esquire Alderman of London, Paul le Mesurier Esquire Alderman London, William Morland Esquire, John Maitland Esquire, Joseph Hardcastle William Ludlam ...


Ludlam had the keys to the organ in St Martin's church. It had been built by John Snetzler and completed in 1774.


William Ludlam's brother, Thomas Ludlam (1727-1811) was Confrater of Wigston's Hospital from 1755-1811. He was Rector at Foston, Leicestershire from 1791-1811.

William Ludlam married Frances Dowley on 13 March 1773 at St. Martin's Leicester. (England Marriages 1538-1973)

William Ludlam's son, Thomas Ludlam (c1776-1810):

Close up of tablet in St Mary de Castro, Leicester
A tablet on the south wall of St Mary de Castro, Leicester commemorating Thomas Ludlam.
Location of tablet commemorating William Ludlam's son in St Mary de Castro, Leicester.
Site of the tablet commemorating Thomas Ludlam.

He died in Africa in 1810, at the age of 34. He had been Governor of Sierra Leone. The memorial was commissioned by "his widowed mother".

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Top right, above the door.


Schama, Simon, Rough Crossings, BBC Books, 2005. pp... Has an account of Thomas Ludlam's time in Sierra Leone.

England Marriages 1538-1973 - transcriptions at Findmypast

Gardiner, William, Music and Friends: Or, Pleasant Recollections of a Dilettante, Volume 1, London, Longmans, Orme, Brown, and Longman, 1838.

The Organs of Leicester Cathedral


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