Colonel John Henderson

1740 - 1811


Slave-owner in Jamaica, father of John Piercy Henderson (q.v.). Developer of Port Henderson, Jamaica as a spa and as a port for Spanish Town, and builder of Foswell, Auchterarder, Perthshire. Described in 1793 as 'late of Jamaica and then of Great Britain.'


Accounts Produce 1793, Jamaica Archives 1B/11/4/20 p. 58

Further Information

Eliza Piercy
John Piercy; Eliza Piercy
Plantation owner

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
1793 [EA] - 1810 [LA] → Owner
1815 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Previous owner
1793 [EA] - 1811 [EY] → Owner
1793 [EA] - 1809 [EY] → Owner
1807 [EA] - → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Oil on canvas, 29¼ x 24¼”. Exhibited: Royal Academy 1790 (number 210). John Opie R.A. was commissioned to paint Colonel Henderson's portrait by Stirling City Council to commemorate Colonel... 
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Physical (2)

Country house
Foswell Bank [Built] 
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Late 18thC house 'built for Henderson a retired planter probably to his own designs....An estate map of 1829 for the then owner. John Piercy Henderson shows plantation house colonnade verandahs at...
Urban Development
Port Henderson, St Catherine, Jamaica [Built] 
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'This port was named after the owner Colonel John Henderson of the militia who was responsible for its development. It became an important town/port for the English as the depth of the water allowed...

Relationships (1)

Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Foswell Bank, Auchterarder, Perthshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland