Captain Thomas Cowan

24th Dec 1770 - 1836

Claimant or beneficiary


Claimed unsuccessfully for the compensation for Cedar Valley in St Andrew Jamaica, the money for which was paid to the London mortgagees Bond and Pearse.

  1. Will of Thomas Cowan Captain in the Royal Navy of Edinburgh, Mid Lothian [made in 1835], proved 22/02/1836. In the will he left his Cedar Valley estate and the services of the apprentices on it, together with land leased from Lady Carhampton, to his sister Mrs Cecilia Bastone of Minehead in Somerset subject to £200 to his sister Jane Dyett widow of Exeter. He instructed that the coffee crop be sold and the proceeds set against the mortgage of Messrs Bond & Pearse. Despite the mortgage, he left annuities totalling £300 p.a. to female relatives.

  2. Cecilia Cowan was born 17/01/1777 and baptised in St James, Westminster, 30/01/1777, daughter of Thomas and Isabella Cowan. She married Francis Bastone in Somerset in 1806. One of her daughters was also named Isabella. Presumably Thomas Cowan had the same parents, so he is probably the Thomas Cowan born 24/12/1770 and baptised 17/01/1771 In Marylebone.


T71/865 St Andrew no. 336, which identifies Thomas Cowan as 'Great Britain'; T71/1592 Commissioners of Compensation to Malcolm Cowan of Edinburgh, 8/6/1835, sending copy of the claim and return of Capt Thomas Cowan of Cedar Valley.

  1. PROB 11/1857/243.

  2., London, England, Births and Baptisms, 1813-1906 [database online];, England Births and Christenings, 1538-1975 [database online.

Further Information

Sailor (Royal Navy)

Associated Claims (1)

£3,855 11s 6d
Unsuccessful claimant

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
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - → Other

Previous owner of some of these enslaved people.

Relationships (1)

Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (1)

Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland