English naval officer and politician

A robust political speaker from one of Bristol’s slaving families.

Royal Navy lieutenant later Captain

After naval service held the position of Quay Warden (Harbour Master) at Bristol.

1830 In the Bristol election for members of parliament, Claxton, the outspoken chairman of James Baillie’s committee, offered to fight a pistol duel with John Hare, the agent of the young Edward Protheroe who was running on an anti-slavery ticket. The Protheroe and Claxton familes were related and their names live on in the old Caribbean plantation islands of St. Kitts and Nevis.

Became Managing Director of the Great Western Steamship Co (sometimes described as Hon. Secretary).


Wrote the sections of The Life of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, Civil Engineer on steam engineering..

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