To perpetuate the memory of
a Merchant of London,
to whose genius, perseverance and guardian care
the surrounding great work principally owes
it's design, accomplishment and regulation.
The Directors and Proprietors,
deprived by his death
on the 21st May, 1809
on the continuance of his invaluable services,
by their unanimous vote
have caused this statue to be erected.
Robert Milligan (1746 – 21 May 1809) was a prominent English merchant and ship-owner, and was the driving force behind the construction of the West India Docks in London.Having grown up on his wealthy family's sugar plantations in Jamaica, Milligan left Jamaica in 1779 to establish himself in London, living in Hampstead for a period.