Estate Details

Associated People (10)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1802 [EA] - 1808 [LA] → Owner
1808 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1808 [EA] - 1808 [LA] → Executor

Executor to Francis Shorey Bayley. This is probably the correct George Thorpe but it is not certain.

1808 [EA] - 1808 [LA] → Executor

It is possible that this is the correct Henry Taitt: but see the biographical notes on him.

1808 [EA] - 1824 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Attorney
1826 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Executor
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Previous owner
1829 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Attorney

Associated Claims (1)

£5,241 5S 11D


The first reference in Hughes-Queree to the plantation known as Rowley’s was in 1652. By 1778, the plantation appears to have been owned by John Stewart.


Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.

Estate Information (11)

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[Size] 314  

The Executors of Henry Stewart, deceased, practitioner of physics, late of St. Joseph and a beneficiary under the will of John Stewart, deceased, sold 'Rowley's' plantation to Francis Shorey Bayley of St. James (Manager of Springhall plantation of Sir Philip Gibbes), for £19,000. Hughes-Queree give the number of enslaved as 19 but this is clearly a mistake.

Barbados Department of Archives. Hughes-Queree Index of Plantations.
[Number of enslaved people] 160(Tot) 87(F) 73(M)  
[Size] 313  

Inventory of Francis Shorey Bayley. Executors: George Thorpe and Henry Taitt. Dated: 20 July 1808.
Total enslaved: Men: 31, Women: 50, Boys: 42, Girls: 37.
Inventory also included: Horses: 8, Cattle: 37.
[Value of enslaved: not given] Total estate value: £29,347 10 0d.

Acreage includes 263 acres @ £60 per acre and 50 acres @ £20 per acre.

Barbados Department of Archives. Inventories

It is probable that Sir Francis Souper Bayley inherited the estate from his father, Francis Shorey Bayley, but further evidence is needed. See the biographical notes on William Henry Ricketts Bayley.

[Number of enslaved people] 243(Tot) 134(F) 109(M)  
[Name] Malverne  

Return of George Thorpe, Attorney, the property of Francis S. Bayley. [No reference is made to 'the estate of' or that Bayley was deceased.]

T71/521 718-25
[Number of enslaved people] 259(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  

Return of George Thorpe, Attorney, the property of Francis S. Bayley. [The name was spelled Bailey in the Register.] The 1820 Registers did not include a previous total but there were 230 enslaved recorded + 29 births and 19 deaths. The 1823 Register records 259 as the previous total - which corresponds.

T71/525 812-18
[Number of enslaved people] 265(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  

Return of John Wood junior, Attorney, the property of Francis S. Bailey [Bayley]. Previously 259 enslaved. Note that the return was made in St John rather than in St Joseph.

T71/530 190-91

The Malvern estate in Barbados appears to have come to William Henry Ricketts Bayley under the will of Sir Francis Souper Bayley (1789-1824), whose will was proved 17 May 1825.

[Number of enslaved people] 243(Tot)  
[Name] None given  

Return of John Wood jun., Executor, the property of the Estate of Francis S. Baley [sic], deceased. Previously 265 enslaved.

T71/537 84-86
[Number of enslaved people] 233(Tot)  
[Name] [No name given]  

Return of Josiah Heath, Attorney, the property of William Henry Ricketts Bayley. No previous return. 223 of the enslaved became Bayley's property as a result of 'Devised by the will of the late Sir Francis S. Bayley, decd.'

T71/543 208-14
[Number of enslaved people] 225(Tot)  

Return of Josiah Heath, Attorney, the property of William Henry Ricketts Bayley. NB in the Register the name is given as William H. Baley but this must be the Rev. William Henry Ricketts Bayley.

T71/550 237-8
[Name] Malvern  
[Size] 315  

Listed in St Joseph, property of Austin.

Barbados 1913 list from the Hughes-Quere indexes transcribed at