James Elmslie

???? - 12th Apr 1865

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded a one-fifth share each of the compensation for Serge Island in St Thomas-in-the-East in Jamaica: the remainder of the compensation went to William Elmslie, Henry Simpson Elmslie and Eliza Elmslie and her co-executors Wm Forbes Stewart (q.v. under 'William Forbes-Stuart') and E.F. Green. In addition, four men including William Elmslie were awarded the compensation for Gray's Inn Castle, almost certainly as trustees for the marriage settlement of James Elmslie and Caroline Ann Foster.

  1. Son of John Elmslie and brother of two of his co-awardees and brother-in-law of the third (Eliza Elmslie). 'John Elmslie who is said to have come from Aberdeen, and who lived for years at 21 Berners Street, London and who owned land at Oldmeldrum, was at one time a merchant in the West Indies. He was left a valuable estate in Jamaica by his uncle John Gray, F.R.S., Lord Rector of Marischal College, Aberdeen 1764-69. John Elmslie, who married his cousin, Jane Wallace, at Dumfries, September 16, 1776, had twenty-one children, and he died at 21 Berners Street in 1824 [sic]. One of his daughters, Jane, married in March 8 1806, George Gordon of the Croughly family. His grandson, William Elmslie of Lloyd's, had a daughter who married in 1873 the late Dr Barnardo, the well-known philanthropist...I am indebted for this information to Mr Augustus Elmslie, London J.M.B.'. The will of John Elmslie of Berners Street Middlesex proved 02/11/1822 confirms James as one of his five sons (he also had nine daughters at the time of drawing up his will) and recites the marriage settlement on Caroline Ann Foster of an annuity of £400 secured on Grays Inn.

  2. James Elmslie was shown as living at 18 Upper Gower Street in 1835. Will of James Elmslie formerly of Gloucester Place Hyde Park Gardens but late of 74 Lansdowne Place Brighton who died 12/04/1865 proved 11/08/1865, effects under £1000.

  3. Edmund Wallace Elmslie, son of James Elmslie and Caroline Ann Foster, became an architect, responsible for the Great Malvern Railway Station (c. 1862) and the associated Imperial Hotel (c. 1861).


T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East Nos. 468A-D.

  1. Scottish Notes & Queries 2nd series Vol. VII July 1905 to June 1906 ed. John Bulloch (Aberdeen: the Rosemount Press, 1906): p. 100. Ancestry.com, London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online] shows John Elmslie of Berners Street aged 83 buried at Lewisham St Mary August 31 1822; the will of John Elmslie of Berners Street was proved 02/11/1822, PROB 11/1663/75.

  2. Boyle's Driectory, 1835; National Probate Calendar 1865.

  3. http://123-mcc.com/other_history_elmslie.htm [accessed 12/01/2016].

Further Information

Caroline Ann Foster
At least 4 sons including James Augustus; Augustus Frederick; John Foster; Edmund Wallace
Wealth at death

Associated Claims (2)

£4,323 1s 10d
£4,853 6s 0d

Associated Estates (2)

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
1822 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1822 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (9)

Son → Father
Father → Son
Brother-in-law → Sister-in-law
Father → Son

Addresses (2)

18 Upper Gower Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
Endsleigh Street, London, Middlesex, London, England
Notes →

James and Caroline Elmslie were shown at Endsleigh Street in the 1841 census with their children including Augustus, then aged '15'.