Thomas Maitland

???? - 1797

Claimant or beneficiary


Absentee owner, dying c. 1797 in Hampshire. David Albemarle Bertie Dewar, the surviving trustee of the marriage settlement of the late Thos. Maitland and Jane his wife (nee Mathew), counterclaimed apparently unsuccessfully for a series of awards on St Kitts. Maitland had settled £12,000 secured on mortgages over estates on St Kitts on his marriage to Jane Mathew. Jane's sister Anne, was the first wife of the Rev. James Austen, brother of the novelist Jane Austen. Maitland's mother-in-law was the daughter of Peregrine Bertie, the second Duke of Ancaster and Kesteven.

  1. Will of Thomas Maitland of Lymington Hampshire proved 20/01/1798. He left two separate annuities of £100 p.a. to his wife, and his estate in trust for his children. He said he had recently bought an estate at Lyndhurst which he left to his wife for life and then in trust for his three daughters. In a codicil of 1797 he appointed James Stephen formerly of the island of St Kitts as an additional executor and trustee and left him £150. Thomas Maitland 'of Lyndhurst' was the father of the soldier Sir Peregrine Maitland (1777-1854), who has entries in both the ODNB and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.


St Kitts no. 623, 625, 626, 627, 628 and 629. Fully sourced genealogical account of the Austen family at [accessed 21/11/2016].

  1. PROB 11/1301/96; ODNB online John Benyon, 'Maitland, Sir Peregrine (1777-1854), army officer and colonial governor'; Dictionary of Canadian Biographyonline 1851-1860 Vol VIII, Hartwell Bowsfield, 'Maitland, Sir Peregrine, army officer and colonial administrator.'

We are grateful to Ronald Dunning for his assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Jane Mathew

Associated Claims (2)

£880 6s 4d
Beneficiary unsuccessful
£20 9s 9d
Beneficiary unsuccessful

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
- 1776 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

In his will proved in 1798, Thomas Maitland rehearsed his marriage settlement of 1776, under which he had placed in trust £12,000 of the £16,500 owed to him and secured by mortgages over property in St Kitts. A trustee of this settlement pursued the compensation for enslaved people on Verchild in the 1830s.

Relationships (5)

Notes →
The two men married sisters, the daughters of Edward Mathew (q.v.) and Lady Jane...
Son → Father
Notes →
This is speculative: Richard Maitland had a son Thomas, residuary legatee in his will, and both men were closely connected with the Mathew family....
Testator → Trustee
Son-in-law → Father-in-law

Addresses (1)

Lymington, Hampshire, Wessex, England