Dr Alexander Johnston

1739 - 1786


Slave-owner in St Ann Jamaica, where he owned Murphy's Penn (for which his son James Johnston claimed the compensation). Dr Alexander Johnston died c. 1786. He has been the subject of work by Alan Karras.

The estate of Alexander Johnston owned 100 enslaved people and 350 stock in St Ann, Jamaica, in 1792.


Microfilm of papers of the Johnston Family (drawn from the Powel Family Papers held by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania) are in the University of Aberdeen Special Collections (GB0231), MS 3527; Alan Karras, University of Pennsylvania, 'The World of Alexander Johnston: The Creolization of Ambition, 1762 - 1787', The Historical Journal 30, I (1987), pp. 53-76.

'A List of slaves and stock in the parish of St Ann taken the 28th March 1792 pursuant to order of the Honourable House of Assembly... transcribed from papers presented to the British Museum by Charles E. Long ref. Add. 12435' transcribed at http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/mstann1792.htm.

Further Information


Associated Estates (1)

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
1787 [EA] - 1801 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Father → Son