Jesse Foot

1744 - 1826


Foot has an entry in the ODNB which says: 'Foot spent the years 1766–9 on Nevis in the West Indies, where he presumably practised on a plantation, as he later boasted of being responsible for the ‘care of 2,000 negroes annually...Foot had published A Defence of the Planters in the West Indies in 1792; his assertion that one of the benefits enjoyed by slaves in the Caribbean was that they ‘live in a climate where the sun always shines’ (p. 32) indicates the level of argument in this pamphlet.' His nephew, also Jesse Foot (1780-1850) practiced medicine for many years in Clarendon Jamaica, and registered 6 enslaved people as owner in 1817. To date the older Jesse Foot has not been identified as owning enslaved people in his own right.


Michael Bevan, ‘Foot, Jesse (1744–1826)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 [, accessed 13 April 2017]

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Legacies Summary

Historical (1)

A defence of the Planters in the West... 1792 

Relationships (1)

Executor → Testator
Notes →
Jesse Foot was sole executor of the will of Arthur Murphy and inherited Arthur Murphy's personalty and proceeds of the sale of his...

Addresses (1)

Dean Street, London, Middlesex, London, England