Robert Welbank = Sarah
- born: 17th Jan 1778, St Botolphs, Bishopgate
- married: Sarah about 1800-1805;
- occupation: Captain of East Indiaman
- resided: The Priory, Tandridge, Surrey
- Child 1: (no children mentioned in will)
- Child 2:
- died: 1857 (aged 79)
- Will: Yes
St Botolph's, Bishopgate. - 4th Feb 1778 - Cert. 180
Robert Welbank, 18 Days Old, son, of William and Jemima
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 ??? 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.
If Sarah's two nephews are Hawkins, then either Sarah must be a Hawkins or else her sister
must have married a Hawkins. The former case would be the third occurrence of a Welbank
Robert Welbank, born on 17/2/1778 would be 33 by the time of the 1811 Voyage. This is a
similar age of Captaincy to other Captains in the lists.
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
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
- Cuffnels Charter Document
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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.
- Captain Welbank and the Camellias
Captain 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.
- In addition to the above description of the varieties here figured, which are only ten
in number and the Sesanqua, it may not be improper here to make a few remarks on this
beautiful shrub, which is become so universal a favourite. The author was fearful that more
plates might be thought to increase its ex- pense beyond the necessary limits, although he
possesses most beautiful drawings, by the same inimitable artist, of many other fine
varieties. The author begs to acknowledge, in this place, his obligations to Mrs. Palmer, of
Bromley, who has very politely suffered drawings to be taken from several new varieties, and
who has also contributed such information respecting them as came within her knowledge, in a
letter, dated November, 1820. Alluding to the varieties drawn by Mrs. Pope, for the author,
The foregoing interesting account will naturally raise high expectations of very
extensive varieties imported from China, and what may we not antici- pate when our native
seedlings come into notice? We may reasonably expect the varieties will be as numerous as
our present collection of Roses. In a letter from my friend Mr. Edward Buckingham, on the
subject of the seedling Camellias, which Chandler and Buckingham, Nurserymen, Vauxhall, have
raised, dated December, 1820, he says,
- "In the first place I must mention the Double Blush Camellia Sesanqua. This
beautiful shrub was imported by Captain Rawes (Mrs. Palmer's brother) in 1816, and
bloomed here first in 1818, when the flower was the size of your drawing; it flowered
again in 1819, when, from the plant being unhealthy, the flowers were small, as
represented in the Bot. Mag. 2o8o. The original plant died immediately after flowering
in 1819; but we have a very fine graft from it now full of flowering buds, and we expect
it will be in a month or two the most beautiful sight in the flower way that can be
seen: it appears a very fine flower. Secondly, the new White Camellia Japonica, called,
by the Horticultural Society, Welbankiana, after Captain Welbank, who,
as well as Captain Rawes, imported a plant in 1816, and both plants bloomed in 1819.
Captain Welbank's at Mr. Turner's, Rook's Nest Park, Surrey, and
Captain Rawes's (as you know) here. Thirdly, the Pink Waratah Camellia Japonica was
imported by Captain Rawes in 1816, and flowered here in 1820: this plant and the Double
Sesanqua have never flowered anywhere in England except here."
- "Captain Rawes brought home a new collection this year, and from the leaves we
expect some new varieties. The Hexangularia, so much talked of, and of which so many
drawings have been sent from China, is amongst them, and bloomed finely during the
voyage. Another, called by the Chinese Various-Flowered, bloomed on the voyage, and the
flowers were some of them white, some pink, and some blush; it has buds on it now which
begin to show colour. There are two others which Captain Rawes brought from the singu-
larity of the leaves, which is striking; he had some plants of the Double White Camellia
Sesanqua, which he says were beautiful; but the voyage killed them."
- "Our seedling Waratah Camellias are now about five or six inches high; we have
about a hundred of them; but none scarcely look like the mother plant, nor like any
other except the Striped, to which many have a faint resemblance. A seedling Pompone, or
Kew Blush, has very handsome distinct foliage and veins on the leaves, as prominent as
on the White."
Additionally the following list of plants also contains references to Captain Welbank:
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA, Single Red,introduced by Lord Petre, in 1739.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno alba, Double White, brought to England by Captain Connor,
in 1792, for the garden of the late J. Slater, Esq.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno alba minor, introduced by Mr. James Lee, in 1816.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno striata, Double Striped, brought to England by Captain
Connor, in 1792, for the garden of the late J. Slater, Esq.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore plena rubra, Double Red, introduced by R. Preston, Esq. in 1794,
at Woodford, in Essex.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore plena rubra var., commonly called Greville's Double Red
Camellia, introduced by the Honourable Charles Greville, in 1801.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore semi-duplex, Semi Double, introduced by the Honourable Charles
Greville, in 1808.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno virginis rubra, Maiden's Blush Camel- lia, introduced by
Sir Abraham Hume, in 1806.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno incarnata, Double Pink, or Middle- mist's Camellia,
introduced by Mr. Middlemist, about the year 1810.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno bicolor, Pompone Camellia, introduced into Kew Gardens in
- CAMELLIA SASANQUA flore simplice, Lady Banks's Camellia, introduced by Captain
Welbank, in 1811.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore alba simplice, Single White, introduced by Mr. Rolleston, in
1813; or by a Lady who gave it him.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno anemoniflora, or Waratah Camellia, introduced into Kew
Gardens in 1812.
- CAMELLIA JAP0NICA flore pleno anemoniflora alba, or White Waratah, introduced into Kew
Gardens in 1812.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno atrorubens, or Dark Red Camellia, introduced by Messrs.
Loddiges and Sons, about 1816.
- CAMELLIA JAPONICA flore pleno coccinea, Large Scarlet. I have only Mr. Palmer's
authority for this variety.
- CAMELLIA flore plena paeoniaeflora, Paeony-Flowered Camellia, introduced into Kew
Gardens about 1812.
- CAMELLIA SASANQUA flore pleno, or Double Blush Sasanqua, imported by Captain Rawes, in
- CAMELLIA OLEIFERA, Oil-bearing Single Camellia, introduced by the Horticultural Society,
- CAMELLIA WELBANKIANA, or White Paeony-Flowered Camellia, introduced by Captain Rawes and
Captain Welbank, in 1816.
- CAMELLIA, Semi-Double Waratah, introduced by Captain Rawes, for Mrs Palmer, in 1816.
- CAMELLIA, Double Pink Waratah, introduced by Captain Rawes for Mrs Palmer, in 1816.
- CAMELLIA HEXANGULARE, imported by Captain Rawes, in 1816 and 1820, flowered on board the
Warren Hastings, East Indiaman.
- CAMELLIA, Fringed Petaled, at Messrs. Colville's.
- CAMELLIA diversaflora pleno, Various Flowered, imported by Captain Rawes, in 1820; blows
white, red, and blush, at the same time.
- Varieties not yet flowered at Mr. Palmer's, imported by Captain Rawes.
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