Edward Garthwaite

???? - 1781


Absentee slave-owner in Jamaica, owner of Delacre or Delacree Pen until c. 1773, and of Blackheath in St Andrew (which was registered with Cherry Garden in 1742 and appears alongside it again in 1753 but has not otherwise been separately traced) at the time he made his will in 1780. He was from a Lincolnshire family: he apparently came into possession of the Jamaica estates and the enslaved people attached to them through his marriage to Elizabeth, daughter of John Douce of Clarendon.

  1. Edward Garthwaite was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 506 acres of land in St Andrew.

  2. Under the original will of Edward Garthwaite of Shackleford near Godalming, proved 06/11/1781, he left in trust Hall Place at Shackleford, his estate at Bolton upon Swale in Yorkshire, his property in Lime Street City of London and his Blackheath estate purchased of Thomas Pinnock [?] in Liguinea [sic] in St Andrews Jamaica now let to Major Gray (of 160 acres), plus 300 acres in the Liguinea [sic] mountains, to be sold for the support of his son John Douce Garthwaite and the latter's children. On the 14th May 1869 administration of the personal estate and effects of Edward Garthwaite late of Shackelford near Godalming Surrey who died 22/10/1781 at Argyle Street Regent Street London was granted to Virginia Le Souef, daughter of Sophia Le Souef, grand-daughter and residuary legatee under the will, effects £450.

  3. The son and heir, John Douce Garthwaite Adm. Fell.-Com. (age 18) at TRINITY, Mar. 1, 1760. S. [and h.] of Edward, of Shackleford, Surrey [and Elizabeth, dau. of John Douce, of Clarendon, Jamaica]. B. Nov. 23, 1741. School, Greenstead, Essex (Mr Harris). Matric. Lent, 1760. Of Shackleford, Surrey; which he sold. Lord of the manors of Burneyre and Tregayre, Cornwall. Lived at Chichester. Married Fanny, dau. of William Hancock, M.D., of The Close, Salisbury. For many years a prisoner of war at Valenciennes, France. Died there Feb. 4, 1814. (Lincs. Pedigrees; G. Mag., 1814, I. 408.) John Douce Garthwaite's will was contested (he had made two, the second of which was discounted): his daughter Elizabeth (d. 1810) married John Allnutt, the Clapham wine merchant whose family was painted several times by Sir Thomas Lawrence, while his son, also John Douce Garthwaite, married Susanna[h] Allnutt in 1797, the sister of John Allnutt.


  1. 'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples2/1754lead.htm.

  2. PROB 11/1083/294

  3. Ancestry.com, Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online]

Further Information

Elizabeth Douce
John Douce;

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
1753 [EA] - → Owner

Possibly the same estate as Delacree Pen.

1740 [EA] - 1773 [LA] → Owner
1740 [EA] - 1773 [LA] → Owner
1740 [EA] - 1742 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Portrait of Mrs John Allnutt [Elizabeth Douce Garthwaite], by Thomas Lawrence (1798, with addition of a child c. 1803). One of several portaits of John Allnutt's family by Lawrence, at least two... 
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KENNETH GARLICK The Volume of the Walpole Society Vol. 39, A catalogue of the paintings, drawings and pastels of Sir Thomas Lawrence (1962-1964), pp. 3-5, 7, 9-11, 13-336. p. 17 'ALLNUTT, Mrs John...

Physical (1)

Country house
Hall Place, Shackleford, Surrey [Built] 
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18th century house built by Edward Garthwaite after he bought the Hall Place estate c.1743 and demolished the extant house. In turn, Garthwaite's house - reportedly sold by him in 1781 but possibly...

Relationships (1)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (1)

Hall Place, Shackleford, Godalming, Surrey, South-east England, England