Samuel Hopporton

- c.1851
Gosport, Hampshire (3)
324 Lawnmarket
At his marriage he was a gentleman's servant. By 1804 he had a grocer's shop in the Lawnmarket. He briefly went into business with William Glen at premises in Elder Street, first as the Edinburgh Chemical Company in with another partner, James Williamson (dissolved March 1818) and then as wine-merchant's (dissolved 1819) (7, 5). He then returned to his previous role as Merchant or grocer on the Lawnmarket until 1829, from 1826-9 running the Regalia Order Office, where tourists could purchase tickets to visit the Regalia in the Castle, recently rediscovered by Walter Scott:
At No.2 Bank Street, is the office for the disposal of tickets of admission to the exhibition of the Regalia of Scotland; and if, in visiting the Castle, it be the stranger's wish to behold these interesting relics, it will be necessary to take the preliminary measure of purchasing an order. (4)
In 1830 he is listed as 'late merchant' and in 1834 moved to 6 West Preston Street. By 1841 he was listed as a coal merchant in the census, and by 1844 was 'tea dealer and coal merchant'. His last entry is in 1851, 'Hopporton, Sam, tea dealer coal agent, 6 west Preston Street.
Between 1801 and 1821 he signed the visitors' book for Bamborough Castle. (6)
Chapel connection
1799 (baptism)
Married on
6 November 1798
Margaret Wood
Anne Pringle (1799)

Samuel Hopporton's lead farthing (8)


  1. Registers of Charlotte Chapel (NAS CH12/3)
  2. Edinburgh Post Office Directory
  3. 1841 Census, Scottish Family History Centre
  4. Robert Chambers, Walks in Edinburgh (William Hunter, Edinburgh, 1825), p.44
  5. Edinburgh Gazette 7 January 1820 p.10
  6. Visitor Book for Bamborough Castle, 1801-1821, Northumberland Archives NRO 00452/J/20
  7. London Gazette 7 April 1818 p.621
  8. Catalogue: An Auction of British Trade Tokens, Tickets and Passes, Numismatic Books, 11 April 2012

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