Hon. James Stewart

???? - 25th Mar 1824


Owner of Islington estate and Coves Pen in St Mary, Jamaica.

'The Hon. James Stewart OB 1828 [sic] Aet 66., a reputed descendant of a Stewart of Appin, married a lady named Law, by whom he had issue: two sons Robert, the younger, and James Law Stewart (viv. In 1869 aet. 86 [sic]) who married Anna Williamina [sic] Brissett by whom he had 1. James of Shaw Park late lieut., in the Army who married Dorcas [Northcott].. 2. Alexander; and three daughters viz Emma [sic], married 1st H. Spooner and 2nd Col. Eyre; Margaret Ann, married Revd. T. Niblet; Josephine, married R. Ewell.'

  1. Stewart, Hon. James, died in Islington Pen, St Andrews, Jamaica, 25.3.1824.

  2. Will of James Stewart of St Andrew Jamaica proved 30/04/1825.


PROB 11/1698.

Archer, Monumental Inscriptions of Parish of the British West Indies, Jamaica St James Montego Bay Church and Churchyard, p. 352. James Law Stewart's death registration in 1869 shows him as aged 82. There is also confusion about the children: the daughters listed appear to be the children of James Law Stewart. Certainly, Elmina Stewart was the daughter of James Law Stewart and married Henry Spooner and Col. Eyre; Margaret Anne Stewart was the daughter of James Law Stewart and married Rev. Edward Niblet; Roberta married Rev. Elwell; Josephine married (1) George Robbins (2) Rev. Alfred Clementson, [Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) Vol. III 'Stewart of Trelawny Jamaica', pp. 272-3, which notes inaccuracies in Lawrence-Archer].

  1. David Dobson, Scots in the West Indies, 1707–1857 (1998) p. 133.

  2. PROB 11/1698/330.

Further Information

(1) Sarah Knott (2) Ann Mary Colburn nee Law
with (1) Sarah Anne; with (2) Robert, James Law, Mary Ann

PROB 11/1698 - precis.

James Stewart of the parish of St Andrew and island aforesaid.

To my sister Joan Stewart an annuity of £100 sterling for life.

To Elizabeth Mary John Stewart and James Garnett my grandchildren £1,000 sterling each at age 21.

To my daughter Mary Ann Simpson £5,000 Jamaican currency.

To my granddaughter Ann Crosbie an annuity of £150 sterling for life.

To Thomas James Robert Dora and Mary Headlam, the children of my daughter-in-law £500 sterling each at age 21.

I amnumise my faithful servant William Gale and give him £10 Jamaican currency pa for life.

To Mrs Soelen Watson £100 sterling.

One moity of the rents and profits of my estate called Islington and Coves Pen in St Mary to be divided equally amongst all my grandchildren, the offspring of my dear son James Law Stewart and Wilhelmina his wife under the directions of my executors.

The other moity of the rents and profits of my said estate and pen I give to my beloved son Robert Stewart.

20 guineas each for mourning to the following people: my friend John Garnett and my daughter Sarah Anne his wife; Thomas Headlam and his wife; my friend James Simpson and his wife; I. S. Stewart and Robert Stewart and their wives; my brother-in-law James Spence.

Executors to be James Simpson, William Lambie, John Ede, my sons James Law Stewart and Robert Stewart.

Signed October 1823.

Sworn in Jamaica 08/04/1824.

Proved in London 30/04/1825.

Associated Estates (3)

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
- 25/03/1824 [ED] → Owner
1811 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (4)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Father → Son
Father → Son
Grandfather → Grand-daughter
Notes →
Inferred by LBS. Elizabeth Garnett was probably the daughter of John Garnett and Sarah Anne Garnett nee Stewart, the daughter of Hon. James Stewart. The latter's will identified John Garnett as the...