Isabella Pallmer Massy-Dawson

18th Jan 1812 - 19th Jan 1860

Claimant or beneficiary


Daughter of James Hewitt Massy Dawson and Eliza Jane Dennis, wife of Richard Duckworth Dunn, co-owner of Prospect Pen and Pembroke Hall estates in St Mary, Jamaica, which she inherited from her mother.

  1. Born on 18/01/1812 and baptised on 23/06/1815 in St Marylebone, Middlesex. Daughter of James Hewitt Massy Dawson and Eliza Jane Dennis. Married Richard Duckworth Dunn, a Captain in the 2nd Dragoon Guards, 02/08/1838. Died 19/01/1860 in Kingston, Surrey.

  2. Living with her aunt Maria Frances Pallmer (q.v.), her husband and three of her children in Portsmouth Road, Kingston, Surrey, in the census of 1851. From the 1851 and 1861 censuses, the births of her children given as Manchester, Lancashire (1839), Edinburgh, Scotland (1841), Kandy, Ceylon (1844) and Kingston, Surrey (1848).

  3. She inherited Prospect Estate from her mother Eliza Jane Dennis, who had in turn inherited from her father when aged 13. Co-claimant with her siblings Capt James Massy Dawson (q.v.), Rev. John Massy Dawson (q.v.), Louisa Massy Dawson (q.v.), Charles Nicholas Pallmer Massy Dawson (q.v.), Francis Dennis Massey[sic] Dawson (q.v.) and Robert Bolton Massy Dawson (q.v.), her brother-in-law Robert Mont[agu] Poore (q.v.) and her aunt Maria Francis Pallmer (q.v.).


T71/856 St Mary Nos. 336 and 387.

  1., London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online]; Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, p. 2639; [accessed 30/08/2011].

  2. 1851 census online; 1861 census online.

  3. See for a summary of the inheritance of Prospect Estate [accessed 30/08/2011].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Isabella P. Massy Dawson
Richard Duckworth Dunn
Frances Templar (1839-), Mary Charlotte (1841-), Charles S.A. (1843-), Isabella Adelaide (1848-)

Associated Claims (2)

£3,601 8s 1d
£4,922 5s 6d

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

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Living in Kandy, Ceylon, for the birth of one of her children in...

Relationships (12)

Grand-daughter → Grandfather
Grand-daughter → Grandmother
Daughter → Mother
Daughter → Father
Sister → Brother
Sister → Brother
Sister → Brother
Niece → Aunt
Niece → Uncle
Sister-in-law → Brother-in-law

Addresses (4)

Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Ceylon [Sri Lanka]
Manchester, Lancashire, North-west England, England
Portsmouth Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey, South-east England, England