Lachlan Cuming

???? - 1836


Lachlan Cuming, owner of Chateau Margo in Demerara and purchaser in 1798 of the Blackhills estate near Elgin in Scotland.

  1. In the summary of the will of Lachlan Cuming made by David Alston, among many specific provisions Cuming made bequests to Jean Anne Brown residing at Elgin (in a codicil redescribed as Anne Brown now in Demerary and in a later codicil back in Elgin), the daughter of Margo Cuming of Demerara [and probably the grand-daughter of Lachlan Cuming]; and he mandated that his 'negro servant Welcome' should be excluded from the Blackhills estate after Cuming's death and his passage to Demerara paid but only if he agreed to leave immediately via Greenock. The 1826 registration, made by Charles Bean, for the Chateau Margo estate, included an enslaved man named Welcome aged 34 'domestic' born in Africa.

  2. Died, on Saturday the 5th inst., at her residence, Rue de la Montagne, Brussels, Margareta Clara, wife of Lachlan Cumming, Esq, of Black Hills, near Elgin, N.B., and of Chateau Margo, in the colony of Demerara, in the 61st year of her age.


  1. SC 26/38/3 Lachlan Cuming will 1830 with codicils up to 1836, David Alston, Slaves and Highlanders accessed 14/05/2014; T71/415 p. 742.

  2. Aberdeen Journal 23 December 1829, transcribed by Lisa Booth, [accessed 11/10/2018]. .

Associated Estates (3)

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
1817 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner

David Alston shows Lachlan Cuming acceding to ownership of Chateau Margo through his 1794 marriage to Margaretha Clara Heyliger.

1808 [EA] - 1809 [LA] → Other

In 1808-1809, the Perth cotton estate was put up for sale on behalf of Lachlen [sic] Cumming and Thomas Cumming as representatives of the estate of James Cumming deceased.

1798 [EA] - 1798 [LA] → Owner

Owner in 1798 of Craig Mill, which later became part of the John Cove and Craig Miln estate.

Addresses (1)

Black Hills, Elgin, Moray, North-east Scotland, Scotland