James Dennistoun of Dennistoun

???? - 1834


Partner in the Glasgow West India firm of Dennistoun Buchanan and William Duff & Co. of New Providence with among other James Buchanan (q.v.). Nine enslaved people in the Bahamas were registered for William Duff & Co. in the names of the 12 partners in 1822. His son James Dennistoun of Dennistoun (1803-1855) has an entry in the ODNB as 'antiquary and art collector': items from his collection include the Ghislieri book of hours in the British Library (Yates Thompson MS 29).

NB this is a different man from James Dennistoun of Golfhill (1758-1835), a partner in Buchanan, Steven and Co.


Bahamas Slave Register 1822 Vol. 1 no. 1. London Gazette 19279 15/05/1835 p. 954 identifies the late partner in Dennistoun Buchanan as James Dennistoun of Dennistoun; Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry (4th ed. 1862) Vol. I 'Dennistoun of Dennistoun' pp. 361-362 shows James Dennistoun of Colgrain (the father of James Dennistoun of Dennistoun) dying in 1816 and James Dennistoun of Colgrain (the grandfather) dying in 1796. It appears that the latter was the founder of Dennistoun Buchanan with his son-in-law Andrew Buchanan; G. C. Boase, ‘Dennistoun, James, of Dennistoun (1803–1855)’, rev. Christopher Lloyd, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/7505, accessed 31 March 2016].

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