William MacBean Esq.

???? - 1780


Shown as the owner of Roaring River until his death on 10/01/1780, when the estate passed to the mortgagee-in-possession.

  1. Will of William MacBean of Ball Court Cornhill [bound to Jamaica] proved 23/03/1780. The will was made in 1771, when his residuary heir was his 'dear little darling and son Billy', the son of his 'dear friend and favourite Joanna Cope, widow of William Cope deceased' and then aged 3 years five months.

  2. William Mcbean of Britain, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1781. Slave-ownership at probate: 215 of whom 114 were listed as male and 101 as female. 78 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £18454.38 Jamaican currency of which £12160 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £22.91 currency cash, £3372.46 currency debts and £20 currency plate.


  1. PROB 11/1063/154. The will is indexed to 'William MacBean of Cornhill Durham' on The National Archives catalogue.

  2. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

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
- 10/01/1780 [ED] → Owner
1781 [EA] - 1786 [LA] → Previous owner

Addresses (1)

Ball Court, Cornhill, London, Middlesex, London, England

Inventories (1)