Colonel John Gerard

1765 - 17th Apr 1824


John Gerard of Rochsoles, Lt Col in East India Company, m. 1810 to Dorothea-Montagu, dau. of Rev. Archibald Alison. Owner of Bellevue estate in St Vincent; compensation was awarded to his trustees. The path to ownership is not yet known: the family appears to be East Indian rather than West Indian in orientation.

  1. Memorial inscription for John Gerard in Duddingston Kirkyard, Edinburgh: John Gerard of Rochsoles, Lanarkshire, Lt. Col. H.E.I.C.S., Adj. Gen. Bengal Army during Lord Lakes campaigns at Seringapatam, 1799, Delhi, Agra, & Laswaree 1804. Died Edinburgh, 17.4.1824 – 59yrs. Erected by Archibald Gerard, Feb 1840. Alexander Gerard of Rochsoles, Lt. H.M. 70th Regiment, Elder son of Lt. Col. John G., drowned in the Nile, 12.9.1837 –27yrs. Elizabeth Margaret Alison, 15.7.1812, dau. of Rev. Archibald Alison. Alured Gerard, 6.9.1817 – 2yrs, son of Lt. Col. John G.; Dorothea Montagu Alison, died Lausane, Switzerland, 28.11.1819 – 32yrs, sp. to Lt. Col. John G.


Scots Magazine and Edinburgh Literary Miscellany Vol. 72 p. 317 (1810). He appears to have been the uncle of Alexander (1792-1839), James Gilbert (1793-1835) and Patrick Gerard (1794-1848), who are all in the ODNB as Indian explorers or geographers and were three of five sons of Gilbert Gerard (1760-1815) a Church of Scotland, minister and grandsons of Alexander Gerard (1728-1795) a theologian, both of whom are also in the ODNB.

Monumental Inscriptions in Duddingston Kirk Yard no. 97, [accessed 26/05/2015].

We are grateful to Morag Fyfe for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Dorothea Montagu Alison
Alexander (1810-1837); Archibald (1812-); Alured (1815-1817)

Associated Claims (1)

£4,081 18s 10d
Previous owner (not making a claim)

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
- 1817 [EY] → Owner
1827 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Previous owner

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

East India Company
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Lt Col in East India...

Relationships (2)


Addresses (2)

Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland
Rochsoles, Airdrie, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland