James Grierson

???? - 1832


Slave-owner of Jamaica, dying in Scotland in 1832, having apparently sold out of his interests in Jamaica. His uncle, John Macourtie or Mccourtie (q.v.), had given him the option (which he exercised) to buy the Mavis Bank coffee estate from Macourtie's trustees, who held it under the will for Grierson's brother John.

  1. At Nunwood, on the 10th instant [July 1832], James Grierson, of Nunwood, formerly of Kell’s Castle, in the island of Jamaica, Esq.

  2. Will of James Grierson of [Nunwood] Terregles Stewartry of Kircudbright proved 12/12/1832. He left the estate named Nunwood in trust [subject to an annuity to Mary Smith alias Mackenzie, the widow of a previous owner], to secure annuities of £10 p.a. each to his sisters Mary, Betty, Francis [sic] and Ann, and after monetary legacies of 10 or 20 guineas to a series of family and friends he made his sisters his residuary legatees. The will is silent on property in Jamaica.


  1. Dumfries & Galloway Courier Birth, Marriage and Death Notices,Transcribed by Diana Henry and Robert Wells http://www.rjw-data.info/DGC%20PDF%20files/1832.pdf [accessed 19/10/2018].

  2. PROB 11/1809/49.

Further Information


Associated Estates (4)

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
1801 [EA] - 1801 [LA] → Overseer
1810 [EA] - 1815 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Other

Seller of enslaved people to this estate c. 1823.

Relationships (1)

Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (1)

Nunwood, Terregles, Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbrightshire, Southern Scotland, Scotland