Mary Vidal

1769 - 1824


Resident slave-owner in Jamaica, apparently economically active with a store at Savannna La Mar, and having children by at least two relationships.

  1. Miss Mary Vidal, "of colour" was buried in St Catherine, 19/01/1824 age 55 years.

  2. Will of Mary Vidal gentlewoman of Westmoreland Jamaica proved 08/09/1824. She left £1000 to her daughter Ann Darling and her money in the 5% Navy Consols to her daughter Elizabeth Darling. She instructed that the stock of her store at Savanna La Mar be sold, with £100 to Helen Forrest then residing with her (to whom she also left her land and buildings and two 'negro slaves' named Sarah and Ann Christian) and the rest to be divided between her daughters. She left her house to David Finlayson senior for life. Her residuary heirs were her sons David and William Finlayson.

  3. Probate granted 08/09/1824 to David Finlayson the elder, the surviving executor, sworn under £10,000.


  1., Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  2. PROB 11/1690/89.

  3., Bank of England Wills Extracts 1717-1845.

We are grateful to Peter Selley for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Wealth at death

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
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner
1817 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (4)

Extra-marital relationships
Notes →
Mary Vidal recorded two children, named David and William Finlayson, and appointed David Finlayson senior as...
Other relatives
Notes →
Probably mother and son, possibly grandmother and...
Mother → Natural Son
Mother → Natural Son