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George Moffatt

1806 - 1878

This person is the subject of ongoing research. We have started by researching their relationship to the enslavement of people.

Biographical notes

Tea broker and politician.

Slavery connections

George Moffatt held shares in the Llynvi Coal and Iron Company (of which he became chairman). By 1867 he was the largest shareholder, the second largest, with 32% of the shares, being Philip Charles Cavan: ‘… by 1867, having bought some shares from William Mitcalfe, [Cavan] owned 32% of restructured Llynvi Coal & Iron Co. (2nd largest shareholder behind George Moffatt)’. (UCL Department of History, ‘Philip Charles Cavan’, in UCL Department of History (ed.), Legacies of British Slave-ownership [online], London 2020, <> accessed 2 August 2021.)

Moffatt’s eldest daughter, Alice Lucy, married Alphonzo Elkin Cumberbatch (1847–1929), who had been born in Bridgetown, Barbados, and was the second son of John Belgrave Cumberbatch, whose father, John Edward Cumberbatch was the son of a multi-racial enslaved person, Elizabeth, once the property of Lawrence Trent Cumberbatch (John Martin, A History of Landford in Wiltshire [online], January 2019, <> accessed 2 August 2021, 27.)

Abolition connections

No known connections with abolition.

National Gallery painting connections

Donor: presented in 1853: NG233 (now at Tate, N00233); on loan to National Portrait Gallery (NPG 697).


T. Bean, 'Moffatt, George', in C. Matthew et al. (eds), Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford 1992-,
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History of Parliament Trust (ed.), The History of Parliament: British Political, Social & Local History, London 1964-,
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J. Turner et al. (eds), Grove Art Online, Oxford 1998-,
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UCL Department of History (ed.), Legacies of British Slave-ownership, London 2020,
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