Isaac Gulliver was a well know figure in the Wimborne ( and wider ) area during the eighteenth century. This was at a time when the wars with Napolean had caused a rise in the price of wheat and alcoholic drinks -
The poor of the time were on very low wages and the idea of being able to make as much in a night as might have been earned in a week was probably too much for many smugglers -
a living themselves.
Isaac was born in 1745, and having a father who was also a smuggler he clearly learnt what was necessary and by his late teens he was already in league with another smuggler Robert Trotman -
the smugglers horses were stolen
and Gulliver escaped.
As Gulliver became more wealthy he pursued
less risky business ventures and speculated in property and became a lender for mortgages.
He effectively traded being a smuggler
for being a banker.
By 1822 Gulliver owned land at Bourne Farm, Canford, but in that same year on Friday, 13th of September he died and was interred in Wimborne Minster.
His estate details then showed that he leased
and around 400 acres near Bournemouth and
also that he property in Hampshire, Somerset
His house is marked with a blue plaque and is on the West Side of West Borough -