James Octavius Lee Harvey (born Lee)

1780 - 1848

Claimant or beneficiary


Col. James Octavius Lee Harvey, awarded the compensation for the Lower Conference estate in Grenada with his wife Margaret Harvey (q.v.) as owners-in-fee. He was the subject of a portrait by Henry Raeburn, now in the Louvre; his life-dates of c.1780-1848 are taken from descriptions of this painting.

  1. Col. James Octavius Lee married Margaret Harvey, daughter of John Harvey of Castle Semple, in 1816, whereupon Lee changed his name by the addition of Harvey.

  2. Will of Lieutenant Colonel James Harvey of Lochwinnoch Renfrewshire proved 04/06/1849 (although it is indexed as such, the document, which shows him 'residing at Castlesemple' is a joint deed with his wife Margaret Harvey of Castlesemple conveying estates at Mouswald Dumfriesshire to their eldest son John Rae Lee Harvey and his heirs with remainder to their second son James Octavius Lee Harvey and then to their daughter Catharine).

  3. James Octavius Lee Harvey was painted by Henry Raeburn; the image is © RMN, Musée du Louvre / Herve Lewandowski.


T71/880 Grenada claim nos. 781 (Upper Conference Estate) and 782 (Lower Conference Estate); http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/portrait-major-james-lee-Harvey.

  1. 'A History of the Semple Estate', available at http://www.clydemuirshiel.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/History-of-Castle-Semple-Estate.pdf [accessed 14/08/2012].

  2. PROB 11/2094/333.

  3. http://www.louvre.fr/en/oeuvre-notices/portrait-major-james-lee-harvey [accessed 27/03/2015].

Further Information

Name in compensation records
James Harvey
Margaret Harvey

Associated Claims (2)

£3,990 13s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,472 5s 8d

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
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Henry Raeburn's portrait of Major James Lee Harvey is now in the Louvre.... 
notes →

Relationships (3)

Husband → Wife
Son-in-law → Father-in-law