Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy cases were always reported in the London Gazette.  Since few records survive of the details of each case, this is the best place to find all Gwinnett bankrupts.  In chronological order, the following entries were made in the newspaper.
 William Gwinnett, grocer of Bristol
The first known bankrupt was William Gwinnett.  His Gazette entries read:
 
Whereas a Commission of Bankrupt is awarded against William Gwinnett, late of the City of Bristol, grocer, and he being declared a bankrupt; is hereby required to surrender himself to the Commissioners on the 5th, 16th and 30th of August next, at Ten in the forenoon, at Foster’s Coffee-House in Corn-Street, Bristol; at the first of which sittings the Creditors are to come prepared to prove their debts, pay Contribution-Money and chuse assignees.
London Gazette Issue 6394 dated 31st July 1725
 
Whereas William Gwinnett, late of the City of Bristol, hath surrendered himself (pursuant to Notice) and been twice examined; This is to give Notice that he will attend the Commissioners on 16th instant, at Three in the afternoon, at Foster’s Coffee House in Bristol, to finish his examination; when and where the Creditors are to come prepared to prove their Debts, pay Contribution-Money and assent to or dissent from the allowance of his Certificate. 
London Gazette Issue 6398 dated 10th August 1725
 
The Commissioners in a Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued forth against William Gwinnett, late of the City of Bristol, grocer, intend to meet on the 30th instant at Corbett’s Coffee-House in Corn Street, Bristol, in order to make a dividend of the said Bankrupt’s Estate: when and where the Creditors who have not yet already proved their Debts, and paid their Contribution-Money, are to come prepared to do the same, or they will be excluded the Benefit of the said Dividend.
London Gazette Issue 6563 dated 11th March 1726
 
The Commissioners in a renewed Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued forth against William Gwinnett, late of the City of Bristol, grocer, intend to meet on the 1st of May next, at Four in the Afternoon, at Foster’s Coffee-House in Corn Street, Bristol, in order to make a final dividend of the said Bankrupt’s Estate: when and where the Creditors who have not yet already proved their Debts, are to come prepared to do the same, or they will be excluded the Benefit of the said Dividend.
London Gazette Issue 7895 dated 22nd March 1740
Thomas Gwinnett, victualler, of Barnwood, Gloucestershire 
 Whereas a Commission of Bankruptcy is awarded and issued forth against Thomas Gwinnett, of Barnwood, in the County of Gloucester, Victualler, Dealer and Chapman, and he being declared a Bankrupt, is hereby required to surrender himself to the Commissioners in the said Commission named, or the major Part of them, on the 17th and 18th Days of this instant January, and on the 12th Day of February then next following, at Eleven c’Clock in the Forenoon on each of the said Days, at the Dwelling-House of Richard Hall, Innholder, commonly called or known by the Name or Sign of the Ram, situate in the Southgate-Street in the City of Gloucester, and make full Discovery and Disclosure of his Estate and Effects; when and where the Creditors are to come prepared to prove their Debts, at the second sitting to chuse assignees; and at the last sitting the said Bankrupt is required to finish his examination, and the Creditors are to assent to or dissent from the Allowance of his Certificate.  All persons indebted to the said Bankrupt, or that have any of his effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but to whom the Commissioners shall appoint, but give Notice to Messrs. Lane and Jepson, in Glocester.
Gloucester Journal, dated 10 January 1780
Under a heading of ‘Bankruptcy Enlarged:  Thomas Gwinnett, now or late of Barnwood, Gloucestershire, victualler, to surrender April 1, at ten, at the Ram Inn, in Southgate-Street, in the city of Gloucester.
The General Evening Post (London) dated 15th February 1780
 
The Commissioners in a Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued forth against Thomas Gwinnett, of Barnwood in the County of Gloucester, Victualler, Dealer and Chapman, intend to meet on the 30th day of October instant, at Eleven in the Forenoon, at the New Inn in the City of Gloucester, to make a Final Dividend of the said Bankrupt’s Estate and Effects: when and where the Creditors who have not yet already proved their Debts, are desired to come prepared to prove the same, or they will be excluded the Benefit of the said Dividend. And all claims not then proved will be disallowed.
London Gazette, Issue 1214, dated 3rd October 1780
 
 
Under a heading of ‘Dividends to be made’: Thomas Gwinnett, of Barnwood, Gloucestershire, victualler; Oct. 30, at eleven, at the New Inn, in the city of Gloucester.  Final Dividend.
The General Evening Post (London) dated 10th October 1780
 
Charles Gwinnett, Dealer and Chapman, late of the City of Gloucester
Whereas a Commission of Bankrupt is awarded and issued forth against Charles Gwinnett, late of the City of Gloucester, Dealer and Chapman, and he being declared a Bankrupt, is hereby required to surrender himself to the Commissioners in the said Commission named, or the major Part of them, on the 10th and 22nd Days of March instant, and on the 18th April next, at Ten c’Clock in the Forenoon on each Day, at the Bell Inn in Southgate-Street in the City of Gloucester; and make a full Discovery and Disclosure of his Estate and Effects; when and where the Creditors are to come prepared to prove their Debts; and at the second sitting to chuse Assignees; and at the last sitting the said Bankrupt is required to finish his examination, and the Creditors are to assent to or dissent from the Allowance of his Certificate.  All persons indebted to the said Bankrupt, or that have any of his Effects, are not to pay or deliver the same but to whom the Commissioners shall appoint, but give Notice to Mr Griffith, Attorney, in Gloucester.

London Gazette Issue 12731 dated 4th March 1786

The Creditors who have proved their Debts under a Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued against Charles Gwinnett, late of the City of Gloucester, Dealer and Chapman, are desired to meet the Assignees of his Estate and Effects on Tuesday 18th April next, at Twelve at Noon, at the Bell Inn, Southgate-Street, Gloucester, in order to assent to or dissent from the said Assignees commencing, prosecuting or defending any Suit or Suits at Law or in Equity concerning the said Bankrupt’s Estate or Effects; and also to the compounding, submitting to Arbitration or otherwise agreeing any Matter or Thing relating thereto; and on other special affairs.

London Gazette Issue 12737 dated 25 March 1786

Whereas the acting Commissioners in the Commission of Bankrupt awarded and issued forth against Charles Gwinnett, late of the City of Gloucester, Dealer and Chapman, have certified to the Right Honourable Edward Lord Thurlow, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain, that the said Charles Gwinnett hath in all things conformed himself according to the Directions of the several Acts of Parliament made concerning Bankrupt; This is to give notice, that, by virtue of an Act passed in the Fifth Year of His late Majesty’s Reign, his Certificate will be allowed and confirmed as the said Act directs, unless Cause be shewn to the contrary on or before the 6th Day of March next.
London Gazette, Issue 12829 dated 10 February 1787
John Prise Gwinnett, Esq.
The Creditors of John Prise Gwinnett, Esq., late a Captain in the Land Service of the Honourable East India Company, in Bengal, and who died there in or about the year 1777, are hereby requested to send an Account of their Demands; with the Dates and Particulars of the Securities, if any they hold for the same, to Mess. Bolton and Maltby, of the Old Jewry, London, Solicitors for the Administrator of the said John Prise Gwinnett.
London Gazette, dated 25th November 1786