Sir David Wedderburn 1st Bart.

3rd Mar 1775 - 7th Apr 1858


MP, partner in Wedderburn, Webster (q.v.) and slave-owner. Son and heir of John Wedderburn of Ballindean (q.v.) and his first wife Margaret Ogilvy. He was educated at the University of St Andrew's, before entering the firm Wedderburn, Webster & Co. as a junior partner in 1796.

David Wedderburn married Margaret Brown (2nd daughter of George Brown of Ellistoun, co. Roxburgh, H.M. Commissioners of Excise for Scotland). The couple had 2 sons, both of whom died young. Upon David Wedderburn's death his title passed to his younger half-brother Sir John Wedderburn.


See [accessed 09/05/2014], according to which: 'For the last 30 years of his life he was involved in a complex lawsuit which, together with the abolition of slavery, eventually ruined the family business.'

We are grateful to Roberta Wedge for her assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Margaret Brown
Merchant and plantation owner

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
1803 [SY] - → Joint owner

Heir to father, John Wedderburn of Balindean's estate (including all lands in Jamaica) 1803. Blackheath jointly purchased by John Wedderburn of Balindean and his brother James Wedderburn Colvile c. 1802. Upon his death in 1808, James Wedderburn Colvile left his share to his eldest son, Andrew Colvile. Throughout the first decades of the C19th the property was managed by the firm of Wedderburn and Co. in which Andrew Covile and David Wedderburn were partners, along with their cousin John Wedderburn of Spring Garden.

1815 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Owner
1798 [EA] - 1807 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession

The partnership of David Webster, John Wedderburn and David Wedderburn were the mortgagees-in-possession from at least 1798 and successor partnerships until at least 1807.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Wedderburn, Webster
West India merchant  

Political (1)

election →
Perth Burghs Fife / Forfar / Perth
1805 - 1818

Relationships (14)

Business partners
Brother → Sister
Son → Father
Business partners
First Cousins
Other relatives
Business partners
Executor → Testator
Nephew → Uncle
Executor → Testator
Trustee → Testator
Executor → Testator

Addresses (1)

Inveresk Lodge, Musselburgh, East Lothian, Central Scotland, Scotland