Samuel Long of St Kitts

???? - 9th Feb 1823


  1. Samuel was married to Mary Margaret Polina, daughter of John Rand (b. 6 February 1745) of Dominica.

  2. Samuel Long Esq. of Basseterre, St. Kitts died on 9 February 1823.

  3. Long's will was proved in the Court of Chancery on 15 May 1830. In the will he instructed an estate he had lately bought of Charles Pinney on Nevis called Governors be sold, without regard to the value of West India estates some years before. He left monetary legacies of some £2000 to friends and family payable after his mother and sisters had received £1500 from his estate. He gave his wife the right of disposal over their two portraits by 'Sir William Beachey.'

  4. The case of Rand v. MacMahon, which was heard on 16 March and 26 May 1842, involved Long's will: "A will was proved in the West Indies, and a duly authenticated copy of it was sent to this country, accompanied by an affidavit, made by one of the attesting witnesses when the will was proved, showing that the will has been executed and attested pursuant to the Statute of Frauds; and that copy was admitted to probate in this country, and was produced in the Court of Chancery, with the affidavit annexed to it. The Vice-Chancellor, however, refused to establish the will, without full proof of its due execution and attestation."

  5. In November of 1842 creditors of Samuel Long were told to prove their debts at the High Court of Chancery by 24 December 1842. This was advertised 'pursuant to a decree of the High Court of Chancery, made in two several causes Rand against McMahon and Rand against Hiscox.'


  1. Florence Osgood Rand (1898) A genealogy of the Rand family in the United States, New York: Republic Press, pg. 59.

  2. The Gentleman's Magazine, Volume 93, Part 2, vol. 134, pg. 478.

  3. Will of Samuel Long of Island of Saint Christopher, West Indies, PROB 11/1771/222, The National Archives.

  4. The English Reports, vol. 59; Vice-Chancellor’s Court 4, Edinburgh: William Green and Sons, pp 1244 - 1245; also see Company, William S. Hein (2013) The Law Review and Quarterly Journal of British and Foreign Jurisprudence, 1845 (Vol. 1), pp. 502-3. London: Forgotten Books. (Original work published 1845)

  5. The London Gazette, No. 20161, 15 November 1842, pg. 3184.

Further Information

Mary-Margaret-Polina nee Rand
A will but no further details

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
1822 [EA] - 1822 [LA] → Owner
1825 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Portraits of Samuel Long and his wife, by Sir William Beechey. In his will of 1823, Samuel Long of St Kitts left his wife the power of disposal over their portraits by 'Sir William Beachey', which... 

Relationships (1)

Testator → Trustee