Coll Turner

???? - 1812


London West Indian merchant, originally connected with Houstoun & Co. and active in the Caribbean on their behalf, then partner with William Gammell and Alexander Innes until 1792 under Turner, Gammell & Co. and thereafter with Alexander Innes as Turner & Co., mortgagee of Kings Bay estate in Tobago, which he was assigned in 1810 in exchange for annuities to the sisters of John Orr (q.v.).

  1. The will of Coll Turner made 03/06/1810 with a codicil of 1812 and proved [in Tobago] 09/09/1812 was summarised by Vere Langford Oliver, who shows Turner leaving monetary legacies of £1500 currency, and his three estates Kings Bay, Friendsfield and Belvidere in trust to fund £50 p.a. to each of his sisters Janet and Margaret, with the residue to the children of the two women and of a third sister Ann who 'died many years ago.' Janet Mcfarlane nee Turner's son Walter McFarlane 'carpenter' of Luss Dunbartonshire and others on 21/03/1817 sold their interest in Coll Turner's property in St Vincent, Tobago and Antigua for £10,000 to Alex. Innes of London.


Douglas Hamilton’s ‘Scottish Trading in the Caribbean: The Rise and Fall of Houstoun & Co.’, in Ned C. Landsman (ed), Nation and Province in the First British Empire: Scotland and the Americas, 1600-1800 (Bucknell University Press, 2001), 94-126, at pp. 105-106 and p. 120; London Gazette 13435 03/07/1792 p. 508.

  1. Caribbeana Vol. III p. 295.

Further Information


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
1800 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

With Alexander Innes advanced £3000 secured on 50 'negroes' in 1800.

Mortgage Holder

Shown in 1804 as having held (with Alexander Innes) a mortgage of £10,863 11s 4d that by 1796 had been assigned to Alexander Houston & Co.

- 1810 [EY] → Mortgage Holder
1810 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1776 [EA] - 1776 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

LBS has tentatively inferred the estate mortgaged by Patrick Wilkie to Coll Turner and Robert Paul in 1776 to have been the same as, or to have developed into, Ratho Mill.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (2)

Name partner
Turner, Gammell & Co.
West India merchant?  
Name partner
Coll Turner & Co.
West India merchant  

Relationships (2)

Business partners
Business partners
Notes →
Coll Turner was the executor and residuary legatee of Fergus Paterson; from the will of the latter, Paterson was also a partner in Coll Turner & Co. of...