Robert Clerk of Pell River

???? - 1750


Owner of Pell River in Hanover, Jamaica. Alive in 1741 and probably in 1749. Deceased by January 1751.

  1. His brother Dugald Clerk of Braleckan wrote in 1741 that Robert "happens to have a small Plantation in that Island and that he is a widower these many years past, has no Children Living and Don't understand that he inclines to marry being advanced in years." Dugald's son John Clerk of Braleckan had inherited Pell River by 02/01/1751. The estate had passed to John Clerk's nephew Dugald Malcolm by 1757.

  2. Possible identification as Robert Clarke of Hanover, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1748. Slave-ownership at probate: 110 of whom 55 were listed as male and 55 as female. 25 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £7870.38 Jamaican currency of which £5346 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £0 currency cash, £121.56 currency debts and £0 currency plate.

  3. The will of Robert Clarke was proved in Jamaica in 1747.


Matthew Kilburn, ‘Malcolm family of Poltalloch (per. 1750–1857)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, Sept 2016 [, accessed 17/07/2018].

  1. Transcribed letters,

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

  3. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919) vol. 2 p. 118.

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
1741 [EA] - → Owner

Relationships (1)

Uncle → Nephew

Inventories (1)