Kean Osborn

???? - 4th Sep 1820


Slave-owenr in Jamaica, whose family members were later resident in Paris.

  1. Memorial inscription in Clarendon, Jamaica: "To the memory of the Hon. Kean Osborn of Caswell Hill in the parish of Vere and of Montpelier, Saint-Thomas-in-the-East, late Speaker of the House of Assembly in this Island, who departed this life on the 4th September, 1820, at Mont-sur-Vaudray, in France, on his way to Italy for the health of the wretched survivor, Elizabeth Osborn."

  2. Kean Osborn married Elizabeth Alpress, daughter of Samuel Alpress and his wife Margaret Eleanor nee Aikenhead, in Spanish Town, 1780.

  3. The will of Kean Osborn [formerly of the Island of Jamaica but now] of Upper Harley Street was proved 22/09/1821. He had recently executed an indenture with Thomas Fletcher and Joseph Brooks Yates of Liverpool, under which he charged two annuities of £1600 p.a. to his daughter Elizabeth, from which £300 p.a. was payable to his daughter-in-law Theodosia; £500 p.a. to the benefit of his grandson George, who was to have £250 p.a. as maintenance until 18, then £400 p.a. until 21, when he would receive the residual accumulated sum with interest; and £400 p.a. in a similar structure for his grand-daughters Margaret Eleanor Osborn and Arabella Catherine Osborn. He also raised a lump sum of £16,000 on which the interest went to daughters including another daughter Frances Elizabeth Osborn. He secured the legacies on his sugar estate of Caswell Hill and Woods Pen [?] in Vere and Richmond Park (a coffee estate in Clarendon). His trustees and executors included his wife Elizabeth, William Mitchell jun. of Lime Street and John Pusey Edwards of Jamaica and Southampton, as well as Fletcher and Yates.


  1. Frank Cundall, Historic Jamaica: with fifty-two illustrations (Institute of Jamaica, London, 1915) p. 390.

  2. Anne M. Powers, 'Wills, silver candlesticks and green handled knives', [accessed 04/11/2013].

  3. PROB 11/1642/411.

Further Information

Elizabeth Alpress
Elizabeth; Kean; Frances Eliza

Associated Claims (2)

£1,846 8s 0d
Previous owner (not making a claim)
£7,029 16s 1d
Beneficiary deceased

Associated Estates (9)

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
1809 [EA] - 04/09/1820 [ED] → Owner
1821 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner
1810 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner
1821 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner
1815 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
- 04/09/1820 [ED] → Trustee
1803 [EA] - 1820 [EY] → Owner
1820 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (8)

Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Deceased Husband → Widow
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grand-daughter
Grandfather → Grand-daughter
Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law
Father → Natural Son

Addresses (1)

Upper Harley Street, London, Middlesex, London, England