William Breakenridge

1783 - 1818

Claimant or beneficiary


Owner of enslaved persons in Port Royal, Jamaica, left legacies in his will to his sisters Isabella Breakenridge and Mary Breakenridge and to his daughter Eliza Ann Cordiner (all q.v.).

  1. Baptised in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland, 10/02/1783, parents were John Breakenridge (died in 1800 age 49, a provision merchant) and Mary Breakenridge née Langwill (died in 1796 age 39). Brother of Isabella, Ann, Mary and Thomas Breakenridge (all q.v.). Deceased by 1834. Left legacies of £142 17s each to Isabella and Mary. Coffee planter, possibly married to Dorothy Hall, "a free Mustee"; certainly he had a daughter by her in 1816. His daughter Eliza Ann was residuary legatee to one-third of his estate. Assumed to be resident in Jamaica as Eliza Ann was born there in 1816, and his memorial inscription in Old Kilkerran Cemetary, Argyll, states he died in Jamaica in 1818 aged 35 years.


T71/864 Port Royal claim no. 71.

  1. General Register Office for Scotland OPR Births 1783 502 020 065 Fr 712. See separate entries for Isabella and Mary Breakenridge and Eliza Ann Cordiner. Occupation and wife's name taken from the death certificate of his daughter Eliza Ann Cordiner: General Register Office for Scotland Deaths 1900 644/13 0157 Tradeston. Photograph of gravestone in Old Kilkerran Cemetary available from http://www.ralstongenealogy.com/kilkerranoldgraves.php [accessed 12/06/2012].

Further Information

Dorothy Hall
Eliza Ann (1818-)

Associated Claims (1)

£571 3s 10d
Beneficiary deceased

Associated Estates (5)

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
1817 [EA] - 1818 [EY] → Joint owner
1820 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Previous owner
1803 [EA] - → Overseer
1807 [EA] - → Attorney
1826 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Other

Relationships (11)

Father → Natural Daughter
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Uncle → Nephew
Brother → Sister
Brother → Sister
Brother → Sister
Uncle → Niece
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (1)

Campbeltown, Argyll, Argyll and Bute, Scotland