James Palmer

???? - 1806


  1. Will of James Palmer of Hotwells near Bristol [made 1799] proved 15/08/1806. In the will he left: an annuity of £30 p.a. to his cousin Elizabeth Vaughan; £500 to his friend Elizabeth White; £300 each to Ralph Mountague and his son Ralph Montague jun.; £200 each to his friends Anthony Palmer Collings, Rebecca James Mountague and Mary Delany Mountague; and £4000 in trust to pay his two 'reputed mulatto sons' Samuel and James Palmer now apprenticed to Peter Fry of Bristol £500 each on completion of their apprenticeships and a further £1000 each at 25, and £1000 to his 'reputed mulatto daughter' Eleanor Palmer now in the island of Jamaica; and an annuity of £20 p.a. and his freedom to 'my negro man Charles Bernard.' His residuary legatee and executor was his brother John Palmer (q.v.).

  2. Samuel and James Palmer, both baptised at St.James on 10/04/1781, and Eleanor Palmer, baptised there on 29/07/1785, may be the mulatto children named in his will (their parentage is not recorded in the St.James register).

  3. Son of John Palmer and his first wife (who had died by 1767). Along with his brother John Palmer the younger he inherited Rose Hall and Palmyra on the death of his father in 1797. The death of "James Palmer, esq, of Bristol, many years a resident on the island of Jamaica" was reported in the Bath Chronicle of 17/06/1806. His brother John Palmer the younger died childless in 1818; Rose Hall and Palmyra were inherited by a distant cousin John Rose Palmer.


  1. PROB 11/1448/92.

  2. Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

  3. Frederick J. DuQuesnay, 'Rose Hall Great House', http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples/fred03.htm; Bath Chronicle, 17/06/1806.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information


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
1795 [EA] - 1796 [LA] → Joint owner
1797 [SY] - 1806 [EY] → Joint owner

Relationships (4)

Testator → Legatee
Son → Father
Executor → Testator

Addresses (1)

Hotwells, Bristol, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England