William Collier

???? - 1763


Slave-owner of Barbados, also holding enslaved people on Jamaica.

  1. Will of William Collier of St Andrew Barbados [made in 1762 and sworn in Barbados in 1763] proved in London 01/04/1776. In the will, Collier left a piece of land called Willoughbys or Skeet with 15 acres and a list of named enslaved people (Robin, Dyer, Scipio, Pompey, Lisbon and Alleck, males; Hesketh and little Edmund, boys; and Peggy, Tomsia, Sarah, Bellah, Hannah, Molly and Katy, females) to his wife Mary, his Aunt Mary Keith and his brothers Abel Collier and James Keith Collier and his sisters Barbara Jane Frances and Susan Collier in common for life. He instructed his executors in Jamaica to sell the estate known as Ochos Rios in St Ann to which he held the reversion in fee on the death of his wife: one of his executors, John Williams, later appeared as owner; he also left an [unnamed] sugar estate in St Andrew Barbados which his father had died possessed of, with the proceeds to be remitted to John Serocold for the benefit of his wife Mary and then to [William Collier's] daughter Jane at 21, until when she would have an annuity of £60 p.a rising to £120 p.a..


  1. PROB 11/1018/111

Further Information

West Indian

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
- 1762 [LA] → Tenant-in-tail or Remainderman

In his will made in 1762 but not proved in London until 1776, William Collier instructed his executors in Jamaica Charles Price, John Williams and Alexander Harvie to sell Ochos Rios in which he held a reversionary interest in on the death of his wife.