William Knight Dehany

1791 - 1844

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of George Dehany (d. 1807) and great-grandson of David Dehany, Bristol merchant and planter, brother of Elizabeth Whitehorn Dehany (q.v.) and brother-in-law of George Henry Cussans Scott (q.v.) (for whom he acted as trustee in an award for Flamstead in Port Royal) and 'proprietor' of the Barbican, Point and Paradise estates in Hanover Jamaica, which had belonged to his father's cousin Mary Salter Dehany (q.v.). 

  1. Married Elizabeth Favell Scott (daughter of late Vice-Admiral M.H.Scott) 17/12/1825 at St Marylebone, when William Knight Dehany was described as 'of the City of Edinburgh'.  Elizabeth Favell Dehany d. Belgrave Sq., London 30/10/1838.

  2. Acted as executor and trustee with Matthew Scott (q.v.) of Miss [Jemima] Cussans in an award for 1/4 of the compensation for enslaved people on Amity Hall in St Thomas-in-the-East. Jemima Cussans was baptised at St Marylebone 14/05/1775 the daughter of 'John [Cussans] and Euphine MacQueen': her will ('spinster of Hill Street')  was proven 03/11/1828. 

  3. W.K. Dehany was living at 6 Devonshire Place in 1835.


T71/864 Port Royal claim no. 22 for Flamstead; T71/872 Hanover Nos. 90, 95 & 96 for his own estates; Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol. 3, pp. 289-291.

  1. Ancestry.com, London, England, Marriages and Banns, 1754-1921 [database online]; Gentleman's Magazine No. 667 1838. Caribbeana has some uncertainty as to whether Elizabeth Favell Scott was the daughter or widow of Matthew Henry Scott but (1) Matthew Henry Scott was a witness at the 1825 marriage and (2) Elizabeth Favell Scott is described as 'spinster' in the parish records. Elizabeth Favell Dehany (née Scott) is not to be confused with her aunt Elizabeth Favell Scott (née Pinnock) (q.v., under 'Elizabeth Scott'), the widow of John Scott (q.v.). 

  2. T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East No. 105; Yale University Library, Guide to the Caribbean Collection p. 8, http://drs.library.yale.edu:8083/fedora/get/mssa:ms.1780/PDF [accessed 21/07/2011]; Ancestry.com, London, England, Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 [database online]; PROB 11/1747. 

  3. Boyle's Directory, 1835.

Further Information

Elizabeth Favell Scott
Elizabeth Wilhelmina

PROB11/2007. Will of William Knight Dehany Her Majesty's Solicitor of Excise of Belgrave Square, proved 21/12/1844. In the will he left his Jamaica estates in trust for his daughter Elizabeth Wilhelmina Dehany.

Associated Claims (5)

£3,614 1s 3d
£8,085 3s 9d
£2,006 15s 3d
£851 0s 8d
Awardee (Trustee)
£3,831 12s 9d
Awardee (Executor or executrix)

Associated Estates (3)

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
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (7)

Brother → Sister
Other relatives
Notes →
Mary Salter Dehany was the cousin of William Knight Dehany's father...
Son → Mother
Great-nephew → Great-uncle
Nephew → Aunt
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William Knight Dehany was the son of George Dehany, the brother of Eizabeth Pinnock nee...
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (1)

6 Devonshire Place, London, Middlesex, London, England