Elizabeth Jane Lambie

1821 - 4th Feb 1885

Claimant or beneficiary


A minor at the time of Emancipation, Elizabeth Jane Lambie inherited land and enslaved persons in St Thomas-in-the-East, Jamaica from her father William Lambie (q.v.), an attorney and slave-owner who died in 1832. Her guardians were Henry Lord Garrigues and Patrick Charles Crichton (both q.v.).

  1. Born in 1821 in Jamaica, daughter of attorney and slave-owner William Lambie and his wife Elizabeth Dundas née Crichton. Her mother was the daughter of Patrick Crichton of Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, and she died in childbirth in Jamaica 20/12/1821 at the age of 23, just one year after her marriage. Under the will of her father William Lambie, made in 1826 and for which Administration was granted in 1849 to Lambie's second wife Elizabeth Ann Lambie, Elizabeth Jane Lambie was residuary legatee after a £400 p.a. annuity to her stepmother.

  2. By 1841 she was living at 1 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, age 15, occupation “Ind.[ependent]”, with Jane Lambie, age 80, Sarah M. Crichton, age 40 and 2 female servants. Jane Lambie was the sister of her grandmother Margaret Crichton née Lambie who died in 1848 age 82. Sarah Margaret Crichton was Elizabeth Jane Lambie’s aunt, described in a contemporary account by her brother Sir Archibald Crichton in 1860 as “living in the highest respectability in Edinburgh acting as a second mother to her orphan niece Elizabeth Jane Lambie.” This account also gives details of the life of Sir Alexander Crichton (q.v.), who was the brother of Elizabeth Jane’s grandfather Patrick.

  3. In 1851 she was at 4 South Nelson Street, Edinburgh with her aunt S.M. Crichton, age 54 and 1 female servant. By 1861 she had moved to South Queensferry, West Lothian, again with Sarah Margaret Crichton, occupation “Income from Dividends Edinburgh”. In 1881 she was at Newhalls in South Queensferry with 2 female servants.

  4. Elizabeth Jane Lambie, “Stockholder”, unmarried, died at 1 Kew Terrace, Edinburgh. Age 63 on 04/02/1885. Her father’s occupation was given on her death certificate as Sugar Planter and the informant was her cousin Edward O. Crichton. She was buried in Greyfriars Covenanter’s Prison Cemetery in Edinburgh. She left an estate of £11,410 15s 7d.


T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East claim nos. 198 (Friendship) and 199.

  1. Parents and year of birth from death certificate: General Register Office for Scotland Deaths 1885 685/1 145. Marriage of parents and grandfather’s name: Blackwood’s Magazine, Vol. 8, p. 351 (1820). Death of mother: Edinburgh Annual Register, Vol. 14, p. 373 (1821). Memorial inscriptions of mother and grandfather at Greyfriar’s Covenanter’s Prison Cemetery in Edinburgh: http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/gravedetails.php?available=yes&fullname=Margaret%20Lambie&grave=175553&personid=373238&db=175553 [accessed 03/09/2012]. Death of father: T71/1200 counterclaim of Elizabeth Anne Lambie.

  2. 1841 census online. Memorial inscription of Jane Lambie: http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/gravedetails.php?available=yes&fullname=Margaret%20Lambie&grave=175553&personid=373238&db=175553 [accessed 03/09/2012]. An account of the genealogy of the Crichtons of Edinburgh by Patrick Crichton (c. 1755-1825) and updated in 1851 by his son Sir Archibald William Crichton (1791-1865) is transcribed at http://www.clan-crichton.com/Crichton_1819_bw_intro.pdf [accessed 03/09/2012, quote from p. 45].

  3. 1851, 1861 and 1881 censuses online.

  4. General Register Office for Scotland Deaths 1885 685/1 145. Probate for Elizabeth Jane Lambie: General Register Office for Scotland SC70/1/239. Memorial inscription of Elizabeth Jane Lambie: http://www.gravestonephotos.com/public/gravedetails.php?available=yes&fullname=Elizabeth%20Jane%20Lambie&grave=175555&personid=373242&db=175555 [accessed 03/09/2012].

Further Information

Wealth at death
£11 15S 7D

Associated Claims (2)

£3,136 0s 0d
Beneficiary (Legatee)
£339 11s 9d
Beneficiary (Legatee)

Relationships (2)

Niece → Uncle
Daughter → Father

Addresses (5)

1 Gayfield Square, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
1 Kew Terrace, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
4 South Nelson Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Newhalls, South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Central Scotland, Scotland
South Side, South Queensferry, Linlithgowshire (West Lothian), Central Scotland, Scotland