Andrew Arcedeckne of Jamaica

1691 - 17th Aug 1763


Lawyer, trained at Grays Inn. Renounced his Catholicism. Established Golden Grove in St Thomas-in-the-East in 1734. Attorney General of Jamaica in 1734. Father of Chaloner Archedeckne (q.v.). Member of Assembly for St Catherine, 1718, '19. '21. '22. '26. '27. '28. '31. '32. '35. '45. '49. '52. '54. '55. '56. "Mr. Arcedeckne was a native of Ireland, and for many years a Barrister at law. He married a daughter of Francis Love Beckford Esqre. of Basing Park..." [This latter appears to refer in fact to his grandson, Andrew Arcedeckne (q.v.)] Online genealogical sources show Elizabeth Kersey (q.v.) as the wife of Andrew Arcedeckne of Jamaica but her will leaves room for doubt about this.

  1. Andrew Archedeckne was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 203 acres of land in St Catherine, 2664 acres in St David, 2977 acres in St Thomas-in-the-East, 2778 acres in St Mary, 3718 acres in St James and 371 acres in Westmoreland, total 12711 acres.

  2. Andrew Arcedeckne of St Catherine, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1765. Slave-ownership at probate: 622 of whom 296 were listed as male and 326 as female. 154 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £42659.43 Jamaican currency of which £30713.5 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £1200 currency cash, £0 currency debts and £207.84 currency plate.

Sources [accessed 06/05/2015]; W. A. Fuertado, Official and Other Personages of Jamaica from 1655 to 1790 Compiled from Various Sources (1896), transcribed at

  1. A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at

  2. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

Further Information

Chaloner; with Elizabeth Kersey, Ann (?-1823)
Lawyer and planter

Associated Estates (1)

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
1834 [SY] - 17/08/1763 [ED] → Owner

Relationships (5)

Father → Son
Grandfather → Grandson
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Notes →
Cowell had married Ann, daughter of Elizabeth Kersey (q.v.) and given in many sources as the daughter also of Andrew Arcedeckne of...
Father → Daughter
Notes →
Possibly step-father and...
Other relatives
Notes →
Shown as husband and wife in many sources but Elizabeth Kersey's will was proved in her own name (as a...

Inventories (1)