Sir John Gordon 5th Bart.

4th Oct 1780 - 8th Jan 1843

Claimant or beneficiary


Sir John Gordon 5th bart of Earlston, son of James Gordon of Jamaica and Christiana Scarlett, awarded the compensation for enslaved people on Carlton in St James Jamaica as owner and as executor of his sister. Through his wife Juliana James nee Gallimore he was also joint-owner of Greenfield estate in Trelawny.

  1. Inherited title Earlston from his uncle Sir John Gordon 4th bart., and title of Carleton on death in 1816 of John Gordon 8th of Carleton.

  2. Married Mary Irving in Edinburgh 1825 [as his second wife].

  3. 'Sir John Gordon, Baronet [S. 1706], of "Earlston" in St. Anne's parish, Montego Bay, Jamaica [1811], and afterwards of Earlston, co. Kirkcudbright, ( d ) nephew and h. male, being 1st s. and h. of James Gordon, of Jamaica, by Christiana, da. of James Scarlett, of that island, which James Gordon (who d. 1794) was 9th and yst. s. of the 3d Baronet. He was b. 4 Oct. 1780; suc. to the Baronetcy, 17 Oct. 1795; was in the 1st Reg. of Foot, and was living in Jamaica in 1811, but having, by the death, in 1816, of his very distant cousin, John Gordon, of Carleton in Scotland, suc. to that estate, he returned to that Kingdom. He m. firstly, 17 April 1811, at Water Valley, Jamaica, Juliana, da. of Jervis Gallimore, of Greenvale. She d. s.p., 13 Feb. 1824, at Senwick, co. Kirkcudbright. He m. secondly, 22 April 1825, in Edinburgh, Mary, only da. of William Irving, of Gribton, co. Dumfries. He d. 8 Jan. 1843, at Earlston, aged 62. His widow d. 8 March 1869, at Carlisle.'

  4. In his will, proved in 1845, he mentioned that he had arranged to sell his coffee estate, Golden River in St Thomas-in-the-Vale, to Francis Gordan and John Gordon "my reputed natural sons and having given liberal allowance to them for payment by instalments without interest within fourteen years, I consider them thereby and with their own industry sufficiently provided."


T71/873 St James nos. 429 and 430; Jamaica Royal Gazette, Sat, 9 Aug 1817, Extra Ps, page 19 – Died – In Whitehaven on the 11th May last, Mrs Brown, the wife of Jonathan Brown, Esq of Falmouth, and sister of Sir John Gordon, Bart.

  1. [accessed 07/08/2012].

  2. Jamaica Royal Gazette, Sat, 2 July 1825, Ps, page 23 – Married – At Edinburgh, in Scotland on the 21st April last, Sir John Gordon, Bart of Earlston, and of Carlton estate in the parish of St James, to Mary, the only daughter of William Irving, Esq.

  3. Cokayne, George Edward, Complete Baronetage (1904) Vol. IV p. 440.

  4. SC16/41/13, Kirkcudbright Sheriff Court wills.

We are grateful to Mary Mill for her help with this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sir John Gordon Bart.
(1) Juliana Gallimore (d. 1824); (2) Mary Irving
With (2) 3 sons and 5 daughters

Associated Claims (3)

£3,316 5s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£473 5s 8d
£1,967 9s 0d
Unsuccessful claimant (consensual) (Mortgagee)

Associated Estates (5)

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] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgage Holder
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Joint owner

Shown as joint-owner in right of wife [his first wife Juliana James nee Scarlett] 1817-1823, then as joint-owner in his own right 1826.

1817 [EA] - 1824 [EY] → Joint owner

Relationships (6)

Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Notes →
Sir John Gordon married Jervis or Jarvis Gallimore's daughter Juliana in 1811, many years after Jarvis Gallimore's...
Brother → Sister
Father → Natural Son
Father → Natural Son

Addresses (1)

Earlston House, Borgue, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, Southern Scotland, Scotland