James Colquhoun Grant

???? - 18th Jul 1822


Owner of Brighton estate in Westmoreland, Jamaica and attorney on several estates in western Jamaica. Died on the voyage from Jamaica to Greenock, 18/07/1822. Had a long-term partner Ann Wilson, a free woman of colour, and seven reputed children by her, the only beneficiaries of his will. Owned a house in Banffshire, Scotland, which he bequeathed for the use of Ann Wilson in her lifetime and afterwards to his daughters. Asks for the children to return to Britain and for their legacies (and the principal for the annuity for Ann Wilson) to be invested in Britain not Jamaica.

Five "quadroon" children were baptised in Westmoreland 18/12/1813 were presumably the children of James Colquhoun Grant and Ann Wilson: Mary age 8, John age 5 1/2, Lachlan age 4 1/2, Elizabeth age 3 and Ann age 8 months. Only one of his children has so far been identified in Britain - his second son Lachlan who died in Glasgow in 1856.

Ann Wilson born 1787, "relict of James Colquhoun Grant", died in Glasgow 21/08/1845.


PROB 11/1662/208; Blackwood's Magazine, Vol. 12 p. 519 (October 1822).

Familysearch.org, Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880 [database online].

David Dobson, Scots in the West Indies vol. 1. Glasgow Herald Marriage Notice 08/12/1826

See also separate entry for Lachlan Grant.

Further Information

[with Ann Wilson] John, Lachlan, Alexander, David, James Jackson, Mary, Elizabeth

PROB 11/1662/208 - precis.

James Colquhoun Grant of the parish of Hanover Esquire.

Payment of just debts and funeral expenses.

To my housekeeper Mrs Ann Wilson a free woman of colour now residing with me £150 sterling yearly for the term of her natural life. For the payment of the said annuity I make liable all my estate real and personal whatoever and wheresoever.

To the sons of Mrs Ann Wilson, £100 sterling to be payable immediately after my decease, also all my liquors, all provisions, horses, mules, carriages, all my wearing apparel for the use of her children reputed by me.

To each of my five reputed sons by Ann Wilson named John Grant, Lachlan Grant, Alexander Grant, David Grant and James Jackson Grant £1500 sterling at age 21, the interest in the meantime applied to their mantenance and education and it is my desire that as they arrive at a proper age they may be sent to some service and credible profession by which they may be entitled to form a subsistence.

To each of my two reputed daughters by Ann Wilson named Mary Grant and Elizabeth Grant £750 sterling at age 18 or at marriage with the consent of two of their guardians hereinafter named of whom Miss Elizabeth J. Allen be one of the two, the interest in the meantime applied to their maintenance and education.

If any sons die before 21 or daughters before 18 without issue then the legacy be equally divided between the survivors.

These bequests and the principal sum from which the annuity for Ann Wilson is to arise be placed out on the very best and safest British Security but on no account in Jamaica.

To my reputed son John Grant by Ann Wilson my gold watch, chain and seals.

To my executors all the houshold furniture, china, linen etc in my house and freehold in the village of New Keith in the County of Banff, N[orth] B[ritain] in trust for Ann Wilson to possess and enjoy during the term of her natural life but not to be subject to any debts she may contract and form and immediately after her decease then in trust for the use and behoof of my reputed daughters Mary Grant and Elizabeth Grant and their heirs and assigns forever.

To my beloved nephew Mr James Grant of the parish of Westmoreland my horse named Will and my gold snuff box.

All the rest, residue and remainder to be divided between my five reputed sons and two reputed daughters in the proportions of four sixth parts amongst the sons and two sizth parts between the daughters.

My friends James Jackson McLachlan now or likely residing in Edinburgh Esqr., Dr David Mason in the parish of Westmoreland, my nephew Mr James Grant executors and guardians of my reputed children. Also Miss Elizabeth J. Allen now or likely residing at Garbraid near Glasgow a guardian of my aforesaid two reputed daughters.

No person may have access to my books or papers but in the presence and with the consent of my nephew Mr James Grant.

It is my desire that in the event of my departing this life before I can put my intention of leaving the Island in execution that my housekeeper Mrs Ann Wilson do go home in the Jamaica Capt. Alexander for Greenock with the children and remain in Britain and to be addressed by my nephew Mr James Grant to the care of my worthy friend James Jackson McLachlan one of my executors and I hereby corgiere[?] him by the friendship which has so long subsisted betwixt us to pay every attention to her and her children and afford them his protection. I desire that the expense of their passage may be paid out of my general estate and that they may have the [?] accomodation of the stock and provisions of every description for [?] stores which I had provided for myself.

Signed 30/05/1822. Witnesses Wm Brebner, John Grant, D. Grant, Archd. Alexander Master of Ship Jamaica. Thomas Andrew Mate of Ship Jamaica.

Proved at London 15/10/1822 by the oaths of James Jackson McLachlan Esquire and David Mason, two of the executors.

Planter and attorney

Associated Estates (20)

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
1792 [EA] - → Not known

Filed Accounts Produce.

1817 [EA] - → Attorney
1820 [EA] - → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 18/07/1822 [ED] → Owner
1817 [EA] - → Attorney
1792 [EA] - → Not known

Filed Accounts Produce.

1817 [EA] - → Attorney
1817 [EA] - → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1817 [EA] - → Receiver
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney
1820 [EA] - → Attorney
1817 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Attorney

Relationships (3)

Uncle → Nephew
Father → Natural Son
Extra-marital relationships

Addresses (1)

Keith, Moray, North-east Scotland, Scotland
Notes →

It's not clear when Grant bought his house in New Keith but he bequeathed it in trust to his partner Ann Wilson and his daughters in 1822.