Allan Bell

???? - 15th Dec 1853


Married to Jane Rutherford, daughter of John Rutherford of Sue River and his wife Jane, whom he married in St George, Jamaica, 15/08/1817. One daughter, Jane Laurie Bell, baptised in Crossmichael, Kirkudbright, Scotland, 1832 when the parents were 'of Hillowton'. Described as 'of Hillowtown, Galloway' in the will of his mother-in-law Jane Rutherford in 1834. Living at Hollolton[?] House, Crossmichael, in the census of 1841, age 55, 'Independent', born in Scotland, with Jane age 40, not born in Scotland, Jane age 9, born in Kircudbrightshire, a male servant, a governess and three female servants. At the same address in 1851, age 68, 'Proprietor of Land and J.P. (farming 200 acres emp. 10 lab.)', born Ayrshire, Jane age 52 born in England, Jane L. age 19, and servants.

Jane was at Hillowton Mansion House in 1861, a widow, with 2 male and 3 female servants. She was at Hillowton House, age 72, 'Landowner' in 1871 with her son John, age 51, 'Landowner', born Jamaica, daughter-in-law Jane W., age 34, grandsons Allan R., Francis, Stuart and James McK. and servants. She was still at Hillowton in 1881, age 82, 'Annuitant', born London, with her son John, married, age 61, a farmer of 235 acres, born Jamaica, grand-daughter Jane, age 44, born Edinburgh and 4 female servants.

Jane died at Hillowton 10/12/1884, her parents' names given as John Rutherford (Jamaican planter) and Jane Rutherford (M.S. McGuffog).

Inventory of the personal estate of Allan Bell Esquire of Hillowton who died testate 15/12/1853:

Cash in the house £40

Sum due to the deceased by the British Linen Company on an account current £31 15s 4d

Sum due to the deceased by the National Bank of Scotland on an account current £49 10s 7d

Debt due by Theodor Black in Longwood of Dunlop £180

Rents due at Martinmas 1853 by tenants £292 14s 8d

Stock, crop and implements of husbandry at Hollowton Farm £667 17s 2d

Small debts under ten shillings £20

Debt due by John Cleland late in New Dairy of Dunlop now at Gatehouse of Laureston £650

Total £1740 7s 9d.


GROS OPR Births 863/20 34. batch no. I03817-2.

1841-1881 censuses online.

GROS Deaths 1884 863/28 28.

SC16/41/19 Kirkudbright Sheriff Court.

We are grateful to Jim Brennan and Alison Brown for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Jane Rutherford
John, Jane Laurie
Wealth at death
£1,740 7S 9D

Associated Estates (4)

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
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner
1820 [EA] - → Other

Purchaser of enslaved people under Veni Exponas.

1823 [EA] - → Other

Previous owner of enslaved people sold to this estate

1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney

Relationships (2)

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

Addresses (1)

Hillowton House, Ernespie Road, Castle Douglas, Galloway, Southern Scotland, Scotland