Alexander Cuthbert

1741?-1713?
of Old Burlington Street in the County of Middlesex
Possibly also of Chandos St, Cavendish Square, Middlesex

Portrait of Alexander Cuthbert 1741?-1813?
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Born: around 1741 and alive after 1793, possibly died 30 Sept 1813.
Son of:  ? Alexander's mother was Anna who later married Alexander Littlejohn.  Anna was alive in 1788 and possibly died 1798.  We do not yet know who Alexander's father was but he may have been related to John Cuthbert.
Brother of:
1. Arthur Cuthbert (1734?-1788) who married Sarah Cuthbert (1744-1777).
2. Peter Cuthbert (died before 1787) who married Martha and had a son named Arthur Cuthbert and a daughter Margaret Cuthbert.
3. Mary Gray, who had a son Arthur Gray.
Alexander married:
1. Possibly a lady called Margaret who is recorded at Madras as having had a son Edward Alexander Cuthbert, 19 Nov 1776, but she then died 28 Dec 1776?
2. Mary Turing, 29 June in 1778, in Madras (British Library N/2/1 f.394).  
3. Also possibly Agnes Tomkins daughter of a London doctor, Francis Tomkins (who died around 1794) and Agnes Tomkins. 
Alexander's children were:
1. Robert Cuthbert. (3rd son)
2. Possibly an Arthur Cuthber.
3. Edward Alexander Cuthbert, born in Madras and baptised 19 November 1776  (British Library N/2/1 f.377) born to Alexander Cuthbert and Margaret.
4. George Robert Cuthbert, born in Madras and baptised 14 October 1779  (British Library N/2/1 f.401) born to Alexander Cuthbert and Mary.
5. Mary Ann Cuthbert, born in Madras and baptised 14 October 1779  (British Library N/2/1 f.407) born to Alexander Cuthbert and Mary.
5. Possibly others.

Alexander Cuthbert: An Overview

We know about Alexander Cuthbert from the following sources:
1. His letter to his brother's daughter Amelia.
2. A mention in his brother's will in the Public Record Office at Kew (Will of Arthur Cuthbert).
3. His portrait (National Museum of Finland collection).
4. A will of an Alexander Cuthbert who died 30 Sept 1813 and left everything to his wife Agnes (copy in the National Record Office at Kew).
5. The book 'Vestiges of old Madras, 1640-1800: traced from the East India' Volume 3, pages 77, 78, 79, 110, 234, 249, 269, by Henry Davison Love, 1913.
6. The book Nabobs of Madras, by Henry Dodwell, published 1926 and 1986.

 

Vestiges of Old Madras,Vol3, Page 110.
Alexander Cuthbert is listed as a member of a jury of 12 who sat at the inquest into the death of Lord Pigot assembled at Madras, May, 1777.  Alexander Cuthbert, who was presumably a brother of Arthur Cuthbert, married Miss Mary Turing in 1778.
Vestiges of Old Madras,Vol 3, Page 269.
Alexander Cuthbert is noted in Madras, as Agent Victualler to the Fleet.  He is also noted as 'Master Attendant' having succeeded George Taswell in 1781.  Alexander Cuthbert was later replaced by John Thomson in 1783.

In the will of Lewis Cuthbert (written in 1793), Alexander Cuthbert is noted as a banker of Berners St, London.  Lewis appoints Alexander as an executor.

Alexander Cuthbert's will is written (presumably as a debtor) from the Kings Bench Prison at Southwark. He had married Agnes a daughter of Francis Tomkins (Tomkyns) the surgeon who died in 1794 naming Alexander as co-executor with Francis's widow (also called Agnes).  In 1801 the rest of Tomkins's children take Cuthbert to court with issues over the will: there are two sets of papers in the PRO C107/219 and  C13/10/17 in which they basically accuse him of squandering part of their inheritance on speculative share dealings etc.  Despite dying shortly after he wrote his will he may in fact have got out in time to die at home if his death notice is to be trusted in The European Magazine and London Review? 1813 (page 179) which states that he died at his home in Cavendish Square.  There is no further mention of his three sons that he refers to in his will. Maybe they were from a previous marriage?

There is a note of an Alexander Cuthbert of Notthingham Place in the county of Middlesex losing in a court case to claim money from the creditors of his highness the Nabob Wallajah of Arcot and of the Carnatic in the East Indies.  This case seems to have taken place over the years 1803-1811.

Alexander is mentioned as having had adultery with someone's wife, in the book Nabobs of Madras  By Henry Dodwell 1986.

 

 

 

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