Archives of William Davenport (1725-1797)



William Davenport (1725-1797) was an important Liverpool merchant and shipowner involved in the Transatlantic slave trade, as well as trading in beads, ivory, sugar, coffee and tobacco. During his career, Davenport invested in about 160 slaving voyages in about 70 vessels. Details of several of these voyages can be found in the account books, wages books and correspondence in this collection. For further details see the attached catalogue or contact The Archives Centre for a copy of the catalogue.