Rev. James Galloway

1802 - 9th Oct 1874

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for Unity Hall in St James Jamaica as owner-in-fee. Although not identified as a clergyman in the slave compensation records, this is almost certainly the Rev. James Galloway, son of the James Galloway who owned Unity Hall and who died 28/08/1833 in Jamaica aged 75.

  1. Rev. James Galloway married Margaret Bridger Goodrich Shedden at St George's Bloomsbury 02/07/1827. In 1871, James Galloway Rector of Spaxton aged 69 born Trelawny Jamaica was living at Spaxton Somerset with his unmarried daughters Mary Sheddon [or Shedden] 42 (born St George Bloomsbury), Margaret 38, Louisa 32, Dora [?] 31, Millicent Octavia 28, all born Aldbury Herts.

  2. James Galloway MA Oxford (Exeter) ordained priest Wells 04/11/1826. James Galloway son of James of Island of Jamaica matriculated Exeter 12/03/1818 aged 16, BA 1821, MA 1824, rector of Spaxton Somerset 1846 until his death 09/10/1874.  Will of Reverend James Galloway late of Spaxton who died 09/10/1874 proved 16/11/1874 by William George Galloway, the son, one of the executors, effects under £5000.

  3. James Galloway, the owner of Unity Hall, was an JP in St James 1797-1802 and an assistant judge in Trelawny 1797-1817. He was Lieutenant Colonel of the Trelawny regiment of the militia from 1794 and Colonel 1796-1806. He met Lady Nugent in 1802. In 1810 he was Member of Assembly for St James (he resigned in 1814). He was a director of the Falmouth Water Co. 1801-1816. In his will he mentions his son the Rev. James Galloway of Hertford Great Britain, the residuary legatee. The tablet erected to his memory in Falmouth Church reads: 'Sacred to the memory of James Galloway sq., late of this parish, and of Unity Hall St James who died on the XXVIII day of August MDCCCXXXIII aged LXXV years, resident 56 years in Jamaica. He secured the esteem of society by the kindness and integrity of his private character while during the Maroon War and as a Magistrate and member of the Assembly he faithfully discharged his public duties.'  

  4. The Unity Hall estate was under the attorneyship of Isaac Jackson 1843.


T71/873 St James claim no. 558.

  1., London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; 1871 census online. Children are drawn from here and the 1861 census online.

  2. CCEd [database online] Person ID 41068, appointed stipendiary curate Aldbury 15/10/1829.

  3. Biographical Register of Saint Andrew's Society of the state of New York No. 390 (1796) James Galloway, pp. 233-234. The information is clearly drawn indirectly from the Jamaica Almanacs and explicitly from Monumental Inscriptions.

  4. B. W. Higman, Plantation Jamaica 1750-1850: capital and control in a colonial economy (Mona, Jamaica, University of West Indies Press, 2005) p. 159.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
James Galloway
Margaret Bridger Goodrich Shedden
Mary Shedden; Elizabeth; Margaret; Agatha Wells; Louisa; Dora; Miilicent Octavia; William George; Robert
Wealth at death
Oxford (Exeter) [1818-1821 ]
Church of England

Associated Claims (1)

£4,203 0s 2d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
28/08/1833 [SD] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (1)

Son → Father

Addresses (2)

Aldbury, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England
Notes →

Based on the places of birth of his children in the 1871 census.

The Rectory, Church Road, Spaxton, Somerset, South-west England, England