Robert Dennistoun

1770 - 1815


Partner in George & Robert Dennistoun & Co. of Glasgow until his death c. 1815. One of the prime movers behind the formation of the Glasgow West India Association in 1807. Robert Dennistoun's widow Anne Penelope Dennistoun (q.v.) was part of a family group claiming compensation in Trinidad. G & R Dennistoun & Co. is also known to have been mortgagees-in-possession of Wingfield and Belle Vue estates on St Kitts in 1825, and the firm was shown as 'proprietors' of Harriss' and Geagans in St John Capesterre St Kitts, and of an estate in Christ Church Nichola Town called Rosehill, which has not yet been traced elsewhere, in the key to William McMahon's 1828 map.

  1. Anthony Cooke shows Robert Dennistoun leaving an estate worth £48,294 including £16,834 interest in 'Robert Dennistoun & Co.', £15,020 in Dalnottar [sic] Iron Co., £2,490 in New Lanark Co., £5,163 in Robert Humphreys & Co. (cotton spinners) and £2,065 in Newark Sugar Refining Co. His probate inventory also included £837 in 'Paradise Estate' per P. Anderson.


London Gazette 17247 3/5/1817 p. 1067

  1. Anthony Cooke, 'An elite revisited: Glasgow West India merchants, 1783-1877', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 32.2 2012 pp. 127-165, at p. 158; SC 36/48/10/537 24/02/1816.

Further Information

Anne Penelope Dennistoun (née Campbell)
James Robert Dennistoun

Associated Estates (6)

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
1825 [EA] - 01/05/1827 [ED] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1813 [EA] - 1813 [LA] → Owner
1819 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner
1822 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner
1828 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Not known

G & R Dennistoun were shown as proprietors of Harriss [sic] and Geagans in the key William McMahon's 1828 map of St Kitts. This is not supported by the Slave Registers, but the estate was in Chancery in 1828 and Dennistouns were thus possibly creditors..

1825 [EA] - 1825 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

George and Robert Dennistoun & Co., owners

Legacies Summary

Commercial (3)

Name Partner
George & Robert Dennistoun & Co.
West India merchant  
notes →
Assets bought in 1800 for £9,250 by Dennistouns, McNairs and...

Relationships (7)

Business partners
Business partners
Deceased Husband → Widow
Testator → Trustee
Father → Son
Business partners

Addresses (1)

Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland