Robert Farquhar

1755 - 29th Jan 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


London absentee slave-owner in Antigua, dying in 1836 aged 80.

  1. Son of Elizabeth Harvey (daughter of John Harvey of Midmar 1691-1767, and sister of Alexander, John and Robert Harvey, who went out to Grenada and Antigua in the mid 18thC) and Baillie Alexander Farquhar. Robert Harvey (1732-1791), who had bought out the contingent interest in the estates of which he (Robert Harvey) was tenant-for-life, bequeathed his property to his nephews, the half-brothers John Rae Harvey and Robert Farquhar. John Harvey (ne Rae) in turn left his share of the Grenada estates to Robert Farquhar in 1821.

  2. Robert Farquhar's daughter Eliza Mary [whose own will was proved 08/03/1851] married 16/09/1819 Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart 6th bart. (1788-1836) (q.v.).

  3. Will of Robert Farquhar of [Portland Place] St Marylebone Middx proved 23/03/1836. In the will he ratified the disposition in 1833 of his estates in Renfrewshire in Scotland and left 'all my plantations' in Antigua and his moiety of the estates lately purchased of the assignees of Daniel Henry Rucker in Grenada to be sold by his trustees for the benefit of his daughter and heir, Dame Eliza Mary Shaw-Stewart. The description of his West Indian estates in his will does not appear to reconcile fully with his awards in the compensation process, where he was compensated for three estates on Grenada as owner-in-fee and one on Antigua, but the will of John Harvey (ne Rae) discloses that he [John Harvey ne Rae] had owned his share of the estates with Daniel Henry Rucker. One of Robert Farquhar's trustees was William Robert Keith Douglas (q.v.).


T71/877 Antigua claim no. 284 (Cades Bay); T71/880 Grenada claim nos. 695 (Chambord), 696 ('Plain') and 697 (Mornesendue (sp?));, London, England, Deaths and Burials,1813-1980 [database online]. Robert Farquhar 'formerly of Cades Bay but now of Portland Place London' erected a stone to his brother Alexander Farquhar 'of this island' [Antigua] who died in October 1792 in the 31st year of his age [photograph image kindly provided by Florence Bell].

  1. [Alexander Dingwall Fordyce], 'Family record of the name of Dingwall Fordyce in Aberdeenshire: including relatives of both names separately and connections', (Fergus, Ontario Canada 1888), No. 69 Harvey, of Kinmundy etc., pp. XC-CV [accessed 11/10/2010]; will of John Harvey of Castle Semple, Renfrewshire, proved 14/02/1821, PROB 11/1639/244. 

  2. [accessed 09/08/2012].

  3. PROB 11/1859/61.

 We are grateful for the help of Florence Bell with this entry.

Further Information

Jane nee Tweedie formerly Kerr
Eliza Mary Farquhar

Associated Claims (4)

£5,498 14s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,000 19s 4d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£3,761 17s 6d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,671 16s 4d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (4)

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] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1791 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1821 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (9)

Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Uncle → Niece
Uncle → Niece
Testator → Trustee
Step-father → Step-daughter
Notes →
Robert Farquhar married Jane nee Tweedie, the mother of Jane...
Nephew → Uncle
Nephew → Uncle
First Cousins

Addresses (2)

Newark, Port Glasgow, Renfrewshire, Central Scotland, Scotland
13 Portland Place, London, Middlesex, London, England