George Johnstone

1730 - 1787


Colonial governor, politician, naval officer, and MP with an entry in the ODNB. His identification as the Governor Johnstone who owned 825 acres of land in Grenada in 1780 is not supported by e.g. Emma Rothschild, but George Johnstone was commonly known as 'Governor Johnstone' for the last two decades of his life.

  1. The will of George Johnstone of Taplow Buckinghamshire was proved 12/06/1787. The will did not mention property in Grenada, instead dealing with provision for his son John Lowther Johnstone and three natural sons, and for a natural daughter, Sophia.


Fabel, Robin F. A. "Johnstone, George (1730–1787), naval officer, colonial governor, and politician." Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. 23 Sep. 2004; Accessed 26 Apr. 2020.; [accessed 19/05/2018]; Emma Rothschild, The Inner Lives of Empire (2011) shows no holding in Grenada for George Johnstone in her analysis of the linkages to slavery of the Johnstone family members.

  1. PROB 11/1154/103.

Further Information

Married but no further details
Oxford DNB Entry

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
1780 [EA] - → Owner

Given as 'Governor Johnstone'

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

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This is speculative on the part of LBS. No commercial affiliation beyond the East India Co. is shown for George Johnstone by either the History of Parliament or Emma Rothschild, Inner Lives of...

Political (1)

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Cockermouth Cumberland
1768 - 1774
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Appleby Westmoreland
1774 - 1780
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Lostwithiel Cornwall
1780 - 1784
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Ilchester Somerset
1786 - 1787

Relationships (3)


Addresses (1)

Taplow, Buckinghamshire, Central England, England