John Gloster Garraway

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Claimant or beneficiary


  1. Son of John Garraway, a merchant in Grenada who died in London in 1812. His mother was 'free mulatto' Frances Hay, who lived with his father in Grenada for 40 years.

  2. His father "left the majority of his extensive estate to his two "blood [sic - beloved]" sons in Grenada: John Gloster Garraway, who married Ann Thomas [daughter of Dorothy Thomas], and Robert Garraway, who did not marry Dorothea Christina Thomas ...Ten years after his father's will was proved, John Gloster Garraway was ruined and his brother was dead. In 1824 all the property of the Garraway brothers was sold for debt. Anticipating a forced sale of their assets, John Gloster and Robert Garraway had manumitted several of their long-serving slaves. By 1825 John Gloster Garraway had managed to retain only one or two slaves of his once vast slave property.' Joseph, the son of John Gloster Garraway and Ann Thomas, trained as a lawyer in Scotland and returned to Grenada where he became a stipendary magistrate in 1836 and later judge of the Assistant Court of Appeal. Ann Garraway inherited one-sixth of the estate of her mother Dorothy Thomas with the condition that is was not subject to any debts of her husband.

  3. John Gloster Garraway was Master of the Court of Chancery in Grenada and had chambers in George Town in 1844.


  1. The will of John Garraway, PROB 11/1537/407.

  2. Enterprising women: gender, race and power in the revolutionary Atlantic pp. 144-145, 207 n.50.

  3. London Gazette, Issue 20304 p. 115.

We are grateful to Jim Brennan for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Ann Thomas
Joseph, Ann

Associated Claims (2)

£192 13s 0d
£27 10s 5d

Associated Estates (1)

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
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (3)

Son → Father
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law