Sir James Johnstone Bart.

1726 - 1794


MP for Dumfries Burghs 1784-1790 and Weymouth and Melcombe Regis 1791-1794, brother and heir of Alexander Johnstone and brother of William Johnstone Pulteney (both of whom q.v.). Another brother, John Johnstone, MP for Dysart Burghs 1774-1780, was an East Indian nabob.

  1. The will of Sir James Johnstone of Grenada West Indies was proved 21/03/1796. In the will he bequeathed his estates in Scotland and the West Indies to his brother William [Johnstone] Pulteney: the West Indies estates had come to Sir James Johnstone originally under the will of another brother, Alexander Johnstone, whose will had been dated 23/05/1775, according to Sir James Johnstone's own will. Sir James Johnstone was buried at Westminster Abbey 19/09/1794: his brothers William and Alexander were also buried there.

Sources [accessed 27/11/2014]. The entry makes no mention of his slave-ownership but says he 'supported the abolition of the slave-trade' and notes that his frequent interventions in the session of summer 1784 included 'West Indian trade' among other issues.

  1. PROB 11/1272/224; Middlesex, England, Extracted Parish Records [database online]; [accessed 26/11/2014].

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Legacies Summary

Political (1)

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Dumfries Burghs Dumfries / Kirkcudbright
1784 - 1790
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Weymouth and Melcombe Regis Dorset
1791 - 1794

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