Thomas Duncan

No Dates


A former planter in Grenada who returned to Edinburgh c. 1834, awarded the compensation as owner-in-fee of the Belvedere, Gouyave [?] and Maran estates on Grenada and also acting separately for Elizabeth Erskine Countess of Buchan (q.v.) for her awards elsewhere in Grenada.

  1. In 1841, Thomas Duncan was living at 78 Great King Street, Edinburgh, age 60, Merchant, with Janet age 40, Thomas age 35 (also a merchant), James age 10, Henry age 9, Jane age 7, Alexander age 4 and Isabella age 2 and 5 female servants.

  2. There is a watercolour of the Maran estate in the John Carter Brown Library in Providence, Rhode Island.


T71/880 Grenada claim nos. 562 (Crayfish), 600 (Belvedere) and 603 (Gouyave (?) and Maran).

Assistant Commissioners' Note (bound in to T71/880) says of Grenada no. 562: 'This claim [on the Crayfish estate] has been made under a power of attorney from the owner previous to her marriage tho' it also appears from an unauthenticated copy that a power has been granted by the Countess of Buchan and her trustees to Thomas Duncan who has left the country without registering such power or leaving any substitution but he has left the charge and direction of the property with the former Attorney of the Claimant, and of which he is now the Manager'.

T71/1592 pp 125-6 15/04/1835 letter to Thomas Duncan, 78 Great King Street, Edinburgh, trustee of Lady Buchan re defective power of attorney in Grenada, advising the filing of a counter claim.

  1. 1841 census online.

  2. JCB Archive of Early American Images: 'The buildings of Maran estate in the Island of Grenada. The property of Thomas Duncan Esqr. Novr. 1822', En822 M3, John Carter Brown Library. We are grateful to Sonia Baker for drawing our attention to this image.

Further Information


Associated Claims (3)

£3,035 19s 8d
Other association
£1,558 8s 4d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£7,038 13s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
1834 [EA] - → Owner
1823 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1817 [EA] - → Not known
1817 [EA] - → Attorney

Legacies Summary

Commercial (5)

Railway Investment
Direct Northern [184536]  
Railway Investment
Perth and Crieff Direct [1846425]  
Railway Investment
Edinburgh and Leith Atmospheric [1846148]  
Railway Investment
Edinburgh and Glasgow [183722]  
Railway Investment
Direct Northern (Lincoln to York) [184537]  

Relationships (1)

Legatee → Testator
Notes →
Thomas Duncan was a young man in 1803 when a man of the same name appeared in the will of John Hay as the legatee of two 'negro boys.' This is thus a tentative association...

Addresses (1)

78 Great King Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland