James Kelly

1775 - 1849

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for Green Castle in St Thomas-in-the-East Jamaica, and almost certainly also for Crescent Park in St Ann Jamaica.

  1. John Kelly of Newtown and of Green Castle Jamaica and James Kelly of Newtown were brothers, sons of James Kelly of Cork and Mary French of Co. Mayo., Ireland. John died unmarried. James married Mary Frances, daughter of Augustine Fallon, and had 3 sons and 5 daughters. Will of James Kelly of Newtown Galway proved 11/10/1849. In the will he left to his son John the moiety of Jamaican estates left to him James Kelly by his [the testator's] brother John Kelly, as well as £3000, on condition that his son John accepted the estates as satisfaction of his [the son John's] demand for the slave compensation paid on the moiety of the Jamaican estates left to James Kelly by his uncle, also John Kelly, for life with remainder to his heirs.

  2. Will of John Kelly of Green Castle in the parish of St Thomas in the East in the Island of Jamaica proved 14/05/1814, PROB 11/1556. John Kelly of Green Castle Jamaica bought in 1802 the property of Mark Browne of the Newtown branch of the Brownes of Moyne family, and the Kelly family held it for 3 generations.



T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East no. 217 (Green Castle); T71/ 857 St Ann no. 105 (Crescent Park).

In the Jamaica Almanac for 1812, Crescent Park is shown against John and James Kelly; by 1816 (and until 1838), it's shown against James only.

In the 1812 Jamaica Almanac, Green Castle in St Thomas-in-the-East is shown against John Kelly; by 1816 (and until 1838), it's shown against James Kelly, suggesting by its similar pattern of ownership that the James Kelly of Green Castle is the same man as the James Kelly of Crescent Park in St Ann.

  1. John Burke, A genealogical and heraldic history of the landed gentry of Great Britain and Ireland (3 vols., London, Henry Colburn, 1863), vol. 2, p. 804; PROB 11/2101.

  2. Landed Estates Database, http://www.landedestates.ie/LandedEstates/jsp/family~show.jsp?id=1092 [accessed 10/04/2012].


Further Information

Mary Frances Fallon
John; Charles; Joseph; Mary-Theresa; Ellen-Mary; Anne-Mary; Sabina Mary; Matilda-Mary

Associated Claims (2)

£2,054 11s 9d
£4,086 14s 6d

Associated Estates (3)

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
1815 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1809 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Joint owner
1815 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (2)

Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
James Kelly also inherited one half of John Kelly of St Thomas-in-the-East's estate in...

Addresses (1)

Newtown House, Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway, Ireland