Alexander Erskine

1775 - 17th Nov 1855

Claimant or beneficiary


Son of John Erskine of Lima and Dun-Pen (d. 1786) and Elizabeth Irving (1747-1808), daughter of James Irving the Elder of Ironshore. 

  1. 'Formerly of Bath and then of Bryanston Square Middlesex (Probate Calendar)'. He also had properties at Balthill, Forfarshire; Longhave, Aberdeenshire; and Lima Jamaica (BLG 1914). He had nine daughters but no surviving son. He was a relative of Augustus Kennedy-Erskine of Dun House Montrose who in 1883 owned 3533 acres worth £4108 p.a., chiefly in Forfarshire. Married first 1798 Elizabeth daughter of Robert Jackson of Hampton, Jamaica (his cousin) (four daughters, one son predeceased); secondly in 1810 to Elizabeth [sic] (d. 1870) daughter of Joseph Brissett of Hanover, Jamaica (five daughters). Planter of Lima estate in Jamaica. University of Glasgow (matriculated 1791). 'It is not clear how long he spent in Jamaica after his youth or if he had any other sources of income.' Left £180,000 'within province'.   


Sir Aemilius Irving (ed.), James Irving of Ironshore and his descendants 1713-1918, ed. L. Homfray Irving (Toronto, Canada, College Press Limited, 1918), pp. 8-9, from which children's names and death-dates are also drawn. 

  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 MS, reference 1855/36.

Further Information

(1) Elizabeth Motte Jackson (2) Eliza Tharp Brissett
With (1): Elizabeth Motte (?-1829), Mary Anne (?-1883), Euphelia (?-1829), Louisa (?-1821), Julia (?-1821). With (2): Alexander (?-1846), Elmina (?-1838), Georgina, Josephine (?-1870), Selina (?-1913), Caroline, Julia Amelia
Wealth at death
Glasgow [1791- ]

Associated Claims (2)

£5,096 12s 7d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£13 0s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (1)

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
1804 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (12)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Notes →
Alexander Erskine married as his second wife Joseph Brissett's daughter Eliza Tharp Brissett....
Son-in-law → Mother-in-law
Notes →
Alexander Erskine married as his second wife Eliza Tharp Brissett, given as her daughter in Ann Brissett's will proved in 1831, but probably in fact her step-daughter. ...
Son → Father
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
First Cousins
Grandson → Grandfather
Nephew → Uncle
Nephew → Uncle
Nephew → Uncle
Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (2)

Balhall, Forfarshire, North-east Scotland, Scotland
29 Bryanston Square, London, Middlesex, London, England