Rev. Martin Madan

???? - 1790


Son of Col. Martin Madan, and slave-owner in St Kitts and Nevis. He was lessee of an estate from the Stapleton family on St Kitts but also tenant-for-life of an unnamed estate left to him by his father on which in his lifetime he added 'negroes and stock', either on Nevis or on St Kitts.

  1. Will of Rev. Martin Madan clerk of Epsom Surrey proved 12/05/1790. Under the will he left to his wife Jane his 'worldly estate and effects real and personal in Great Britain together with the lease or leases of the plantation in St Christophers in America which were made to me by Mrs Stapleton of Harrow on the Hill in the County of Middlesex and her daughters Anna and Frances together with all my negroes and stock which have been purchased by me since the death of my late father...' Mrs Stapleton was Elizabeth Stapleton whose will was proved in 1766: she was the widow of Miles Stapleton (1677-1730), the son of Sir William Stapleton 1st bart; and Anna Stapleton was the Anna Stapleton spinster of Twickenham whose will was proved 09/09/1795: in the will she left her unnamed estate in St Kitts to William Lake of Teddington and then to William Lake the younger: her request to be buried at the family vault at Harrow connects her securely with the Stapleton family in the will of Rev. Martin Madan.


  1. PROB 11/1192/81; PROB 11/1266/32.

Further Information

Jane Hale
Martin (d. 1809), William (d. 1769), Sarah, Anna, Maria

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
1757 [SY] - 1790 [EY] → Tenant-for-life

The will of Martin Madan of Nevis (d. 1703) shows that he had settled the estate called Russell's on his son Col. Martin Madan, then a minor. Col. Martin Madan died in 1756 [will proved 1757] bequeathing his estate in entail to his son, the Rev. Martin Madan. It is not yet clear how the Russell's estate in these two wills relates to Madden's/Russell's Rest in the compensation records: Russell's Rest is known to have been settled c. 1701 by Lady Stapleton (nee Frances Russell) on her younger son James Russell Stapleton, and half it, renamed Madan's, passed to Penelope Madan nee Russell. .

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Woodcote End House [Purchased] 
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Woodcut End House, country house at Epsom, occurred by Rev. Martin Madan from 1780 onwards. 'About 1790 the original house was extended into the garden with a semicircular bay, thus providing a room...

Relationships (2)

Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle