Richard James Lawrence

1745 - 1830


Listed as owner of Fairfield estate in Jamaica in 1828; the compensation was awarded to his sons Charles, James and Frederick Augustus Lawrence (all q.v.).

  1. Richard James Lawrence, born 24/10/1745, son of James Lawrence of Fairfield (1709-1756) and Mary daughter of Col. Richard James of The Cove, Hanover. Married Mary, 4th daughter of Thomas Hall of Kirkpatrick and Worcester, Jamaica (d. 1815). Mary Lawrence Stevenson, awarded compensation for half of the enslaved people on Fairfield, was the daughter of his sister Mary and Col. John Robert James of Endeavour, Jamaica. Eton and Oxford (St Mary's Hall).

  2. Richard James Lawrence Esquire of Crawford Street buried 13/11/1830 St Marylebone aged 85. The will of Richard James Lawrence residing at Felbridge Surrey proved 22/11/1830 is very simple, leaving to his five sons James, George, Charles, Henry and Frederick his Fairfield estate 'with the negroes and stock thereon' equally to be divided between them, and all his residuary estate to be divided similarly among them, share and share alike.


Jamaica Almanac (1828).

T71/873 St James claim no. 52 (Fairfield Estate).

  1., London, England, Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]., Oxford University Alumni, 1500-1886 [database online]. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) vol. 6 p. 123.

  2. PROB 11/1778/111.

Further Information

George, Charles, Henry, James, Frederick Augustus

PROB 11/1778/111 - precis.

Richard James Lawrence residing at Felbridge, Surrey.

To my five sons James Lawrence, George Lawrence, Charles Lawrence, Henry Lawrence and Frederick Augustus Lawrence my plantation called Fairfield in St James, Jamaica and all my other real and personal property in Jamaica or Great Britain to be equally divided between them as tenants in common. My sons to be executors.

Signed 27/02/1800.

Oath of Thomas Smith of Russell Square, Middlesex, stating he was a witness to the will of Richard James Lawrence, formerly of Fulbridge in Surrey and late of Crawford Street, Portman Square, Middlesex.

Proved in London 22/11/1830 by James Lawrence the son.

Oxford (St Mary's Hall) [1762 ]

Associated Claims (1)

£3,499 15s 4d
Previous owner (not making a claim)

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
1788 [EA] - 1830 [EY] → Owner
1769 [EA] - 1774 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (10)

Son → Father
Uncle → Niece
Father → Son
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Father → Son
Husband → Wife
Brother → Sister
Other relatives
Notes →
Cousins, according to the will of Mrs Catherine...

Addresses (2)

Felbridge, Surrey, South-east England, England
Crawford Street, Portman Square, London, Middlesex, London, England