William Fraser Tytler

1777 - 1853

Claimant or beneficiary


William Fraser Tytler was awarded compensation for three enslaved people on Airy Castle in Jamaica 'having married the only child of George Grant deceased.' Son of Alexander Fraser Tytler, Lord Woodhouselee, the Scottish historian and lawyer.

  1. William Fraser Tytler married Margaret Cussens Grant at Edinburgh 07/03/1801.

  2. In 1823, John Alves and Charles Scott as attorneys for William Frazer [sic] Tytler and his wife Margaret Cussens [sic] conveyed 51 'Negro slaves and their future issue' to Priscilla Franks (q.v.) for £5,415.

  3. Succeeded his father Alexander as Professor of History at the University of Edinburgh (1800-1821).


  1. Ancestry.com, Scotland, Select Marriages, 1561-1910 [database online].

  2. London Metropolitan Archives Acc/0775/924 Conveyance 11/08/1853.

  3. Roger L. Emerson, Academic Patronage in the Scottish Enlightnenment: Glasgow, Edinburgh and St Andrews, pp. 258, 259; http://archive.stjohns-edinburgh.org.uk/TytlerWilliam.html [accessed 12/11/2017].

Further Information

Margaret Cussans or Cussens Grant

Associated Claims (1)

£35 5s 6d

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
1823 [SY] - 1823 [EY] → Seller

William Fraser Tytler and his wife Margaret Cussans sold 51 enslaved people to Priscilla Franks, probably from Airy Castle.

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
1810 -

Relationships (2)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Husband → Wife

Addresses (1)

Balnain, Highlands & Islands, Scotland