Biography and Notes
He was trained in his father's West Indian business in Bristol from 12 years old, partner in it with him 1802 to April 1818 and thereafter head of it till he died in 1863. His partner in Bristol from April 1818 was Robert Bright, and the style of their firm there was Gibbs Son & Bright 1818-39, Gibbs Brighton & Co. from 1839 to 1881 when it was absorbed by Antony Gibbs & Sons of London together with its Liverpool Branch (founded 1805) and its Australian Branch (founded 1853). For history of all these firms and their partners see 'Antony & Dorothea Gibbs' by J. A. Gibbs. He was Warden for 1804, Master for 1820, of the Society of Merchant Venturers of Bristol. With Robert Brighton he was on the Bristol Committee which (1832-5) in conjunction with a London Come. promoted the Great Western Railway Company of which company R. Brighton was an original director and vice-chairman 1835-43. He was Patron of the living of Hutton, Somerset, and in his will nominated for it his nephew Rev. Geo. Henry Gibbs. He resided in Stapleton, nr. Bristol, 1802-13; in Redland 1813-20; at Knole Park in Almondsbury, Glos., 1820-8 and, from 1828 till he died, at Belmont in Wraxall, Somerset, a house which he at first leased, but in 1832 bought from the Rev. George Turner Seymour together with a portion of the estate in which it lay. Seymour built Tyntesfield on his remaining (larger) portion and was his own architect. George's diary 1825-60 in 6 vols, and 1 vol. of 1848 in possession of Lord Aldenham. For note of portraits of him see 'Antony & Dorothea Gibbs' by J. A. Gibbs.