John Piercy Henderson

1804 - 1861

Claimant or beneficiary


Active in Jamaica in the late 1820s and early 1830s, and subsequently apparently an industrialist in Falkirk and Glasgow.

  1. Son of the retired planter who built Foswell, Auchterarder in the late 18thC., Col. John Henderson (1740-1811, q.v.) of Foswell Bank, who married Miss Eliza Piercy eldest daughter of J. Piercy esq., deceased, on 13 May 180[2]3 at Bath. Baptism of John Piercey [sic] Henderson [born 20/09/1804] son of John and Elizabeth Henderson at St George Hanover Square 05/11/1804. John Piercy Henderson was the owner of Foswell Bank in 1829.  Eliza Piercy Henderson of Foswell Bank married her cousin [Bishop] William Piercy Austin in 1831.

  2. John Piercy Henderson of Foswell Bank married Eliza Anne Sinclair Lockhart 1825.

  3. John Piercy Henderson registered his own slaves in 1829.

  4. Two of John Piercy Henderson and Eliza Anne's children, Mary Amelia Lockhart Henderson and John Piercy Henderson, both recorded as white, were baptised St Catherine Anglican 14/10/1829 and 17/04/1831 respectively: the parents' residence was given as Spanish Town.  

  5. A John Piercy Henderson, Manufacturing Chemist, was awarded patent for 'improvements in stopcocks and valves' in 1859, with involvement in partnership with the chemical firm of Frederick Robert Hughes and Company (q.v.) c. 1850. Anthony Cooke shows John Piercey Henderson (died 1861) of Summerford, near Falkirk, owner of Falkirk Chemical Works. Wife Eliza Ann Lockhart. Founding Member of Alex Fletcher & Co., Glasgow flax spinners. E[estate] £8441 [including] insurance £1185 and stock in trade and book debts from Falkirk Chemical Co. £6405.

  6. Goshen and Port Henderson are shown as owned by John Henderson in 1811 (Bushy Park and Goshen), heirs of John Henderson 1818-1826, John P. Henderson from 1829 onwards.


  1. [accessed 23/12/2010]; The Scots Magazine, or, General Repository of literature, history etc. Vol 64 1803 p. 446;, London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]; Descendants of Thomas Austin of Barbados pafno3 [accessed 27/12/2010].

  2. Lockharts, [accessed 23/12/2010].

  3., Slave Registers of former British Colonial Dependencies, 1812-1834 [database on-line], 1829, St Catherine.

  4. Data from Anglican Parish Registers, Civil Registration, and Dissenter Marriages E-K [accessed 23/12/2010].

  5. London Gazette, Issue 22322, 04/11/1859, p. 3969; Anthony Cooke, 'An elite revisited: Glasgow West India merchants, 1783-1877', Journal of Scottish Historical Studies 32.2 2012 pp. 127-165, at p. 161; SC 67/36/44/345 13/02/1866.

  6. Jamaica Almanacs [accessed 23/12/2010].

Further Information

Eliza Ann Lockhart
Maria Amelia Lockhart, John Piercy

Associated Claims (2)

£1,640 6s 10d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,343 2s 8d
Awardee (Trustee)

Associated Estates (2)

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
1826 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Owner
1826 [EA] - 1833 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)


Relationships (2)

Son → Father
Other relatives
Notes →
Eliza Ann Lockhart, the wife of John Piercy Henderson, was the grand-daughter of James Lockhart of Castle Hill and his wife Mary Amelia Nisbet, who was the daughter of Walter...

Addresses (2)

Foswell Bank, Auchterarder, Perthshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland
Summerford House, Stirlingshire, Central Scotland, Scotland