John Erskine

1728 - 1786


Owner of Lima and Dun-Pen in St James, Jamaica. Married 29/03/1770 to Elizabeth, daughter of James Irving the elder. Four children baptised in St James, Jamaica: John James (1771-1791), Elizabeth Motte (1772-1792) and Alexander (1775-1855) and David (1778-1797).

Unsourced webpage gives his year of birth as 1728, son of Alexander Erskine (1672-), a merchant in Montrose, Scotland.

  1. Administration of the will of John Erskine of St James Cornwall [Jamaica], which had been proved in Jamaica in 1786, was granted to Alexander Erskine the surviving son and residuary legatee in London in 1801. Under the will the Lima estate (and the enslaved people] had been entailed: Alexander Erskine succeeded to it after the death of his brother John without issue.


Sir Aemilius Irving (ed.), James Irving of Ironshore and his descendants 1713-1918, ed. L. Homfray Irving (Toronto, Canada, College Press Limited, 1918) pp. 8-10. [accessed 13/10/2015].

  1. PROB 11/1358/288.

Further Information

Elizabeth Irving
John James (1771-1791), Elizabeth Motte (1772-1792), Alexander (1775-1855), David (1778-1797)

Associated Estates (2)

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
1774 [EA] - 1786 [EY] → Owner
1787 [EA] - 1803 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (6)

Father → Son
Son-in-law → Father-in-law