Edward Austin

20th Aug 1779 - 25th Jun 1825

Claimant or beneficiary


"Edward Austin, Thomas Austin’s eleventh child, was known as ‘The Black Prince’. He was the owner of plantation La Belle Alliance in Essequibo, co-owner with his half brother William Austin (1759-1819) of Lowlands in East Coast Demerara, one-time owner of Plantation Prospect, also in East Coast, Demerara and Plantation Tarsis, and he also owned the extensive property in Georgetown which later became Government House. He must have been the wealthiest of his generation of Austins and was described by a contemporary as a ‘handsome man and always well dressed.’"

Edward married (1) Anna Maria Skeete 31/07/1801 (she died less than a year later) and (2) Mary Pauline Piercy (the sister of his brother William's wife Mehetabel (both q.v., Mary Pauline died less than 4 months after her marriage). After living as a widower for 9 years he then married Maria Miller, sister of the Rev. Miller, a clerk in Holy Orders who was Rector of Holy Trinity Church, Essequibo.


Website summary of Roger B. Austin and Timothy J. Smellie, An Old Colonial Family (privately printed, 2002) available at http://dspace.dial.pipex.com/town/walk/rcr51/ThomasAustin/ [accessed 03/04/2013].

Further Information

(1) Anna Maria Skeete (2) Mary Pauline Piercy (3) Maria Miller
With (1) Anna Maria (1802-1836)

Associated Claims (1)

£20,511 19s 7d
Beneficiary deceased

Associated Estates (3)

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
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Executor
1817 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (5)

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