Patrick Playfair

1765 - 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


Glasgow merchant, having traded in Antigua under the partnership of Playfair Crichton and Gilbert and subsequently purchased the Dalmarnock estate, where he continued as proprietor (leasing it to John Wilson and Co.) of the colliery previously owned by the Gray family. His son Patrick was a merchant in post-Emancipation British Guiana.

  1. Anthony Cooke shows: 'Playfair, Patrick (c. 1794 [sic]-1836), Glasgow merchant of Dalmarnock. G[lasgow] W[est] I[ndia] A[ssociation]. Father John Playfair, Perthshire farmer, wife Jane Playfair, daughter of Rev. Dr James Playfair Principal of St Andrews University. Matriculated St Andrews University 1808 [this must refer to Patrick Playfair the son]. Shares in Patrick Playfair and Co. GWIM. E[state] £16,150, [including] B[ank] £4998 (RBS, National Bank)...Insurance £2901, debts owed by father-in-law £4173, share of Gourock Pier £20.'


Memoir of John Gilbert (Liverpool,1835).

  1. Anthony Cooke, 'An elite revisited: Glasgow West India merchants, 1783-1877', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 32.2 2012 pp. 127-165, at pp. 162-163; Will SC 36/51/14/69 24/03/1837, Inventory SC 36/48/26/71, same date.

Further Information

Jean or Jane Playfair
James; Patrick; others
West India merchant

Associated Claims (1)

£2,159 14s 1d
Unsuccessful claimant (Judgement creditor)

Relationships (2)

Business partners
Business associates
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