Walter Maynard

1776 - 1845

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on New River as owner-in-fee, a group of 40 enslaved people at St Pauls Charlestown and a further group of seven enslaved people elsewhere on Nevis.

  1. In 1841 he had been living at Uley aged 65 with wife Ann aged 62 and daughter also Ann aged 35, all born Scotland Ireland or Foreign Parts, plus what appears to be Judith Scarborough aged 70 and a female servant, Catherine M. Windy [sp?].  In 1851 Ann aged 74 Landed Proprietor and Ann aged 48 were living in Orford Suffolk, both born West Indies.

  2. Will of Walter Maynard of Uley Gloucestershire [made in 1839] proved 13/2/1845. He left his New River estate, and also Simmonds and Viaine [?] estates in St George Gingerland on Nevis, to his wife Ann and sons Rev. John Maynard and Walter Maynard and daughter Ann in trust for his wife's life, paying £200 p.a. to Rev. John Maynard during her life with the remainder of the income to her, and after her death the estate passing to Rev. John Maynard. He left the Gingerland estates to his three children as tenants in common, but in case his brother purchased the estates under an agreement in place between them, the purchase money was to go to the three children instead. He left $10,000, part of the money owed to him on mortgages in New York in North America to his daughter Ann Maynard.

  3. The website of the International Slavery Museum in Liverpool carries a brief history of the New River estate from 1724 and relates it to the Maynard family of Suffolk in the early 19th century, citing inter alia the 1804 will of Walter Maynard (q.v.), which refers to the plan to have his son, also Walter, repurchase New River.

  4. Walter Maynard served as President of the island but remained a controversial character. In 1822 he reportedly shot and killed his neighbour and brother-in-law to be John Huggins (owner of Eden Browne estate) in a duel. A full account of the duel can be found at the link listed below.

  5. Anne Maynard the daughter late of Orford left £4000 resworn at £5000 at her death in 1877, when her will was proved by her brother Rev. John Maynard: he in turn left £7000 on his death later the same year.


T71/882 Nevis nos. 89, 98 and 225.

  1. PROB 11/2012; 1841 census online in which Judith Scarborough is indexed as 'Judith Engborough.'

  2. PROB 11/2012/317

  3. 'Documentary evidence on the New River estate' accessed 23/8/2012. The site refers also the Maynard family papers (Suffolk Record Office HA178). The will of Walter Maynard of Nevis (the father) was proved 12/7/1804 PROB 11/1411.

  4. David Small and Christine Eickelmann, 'A Nevis ‘Legend’ Revisited: the Huggins-Maynard Duel of 1822':; Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol. 12 (1822), p. 522. Available through Googlebooks:

  5. National Probate Calendar 1877.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Hon. Walter Maynard
Ann Scarb[o]rough
Ann; John

Associated Claims (3)

£633 16s 10d
£132 8s 8d
£1,954 4s 3d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
1834 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Other
1831 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (5)

Son → Father
Father → Son
Grandson → Grandfather

Addresses (1)

Uley, Dursley, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England