Donald Malcolm

???? - 1812


Half-brother of Neill Malcolm 11th of Poltalloch (q.v.) and father of a son also named Neill Malcolm. Joint owner of Whitehall and Barracks estate in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, with [Alexander] McIntosh.

  1. Will of Donald Malcolm of [parish of Hanover presently residing at] Margaret Street Cavendish Square proved 20/07/1812. Under the will he confirmed his settlement of £350 p.a. on his wife [given as late Robona or Rebecca Elizabeth Ladoux] and £20,000 currency to his son with his wife Neill at 25: if Neill died without heirs, the money was to be divided between other relatives, including Donald Malcolm's nephew Neill Malcolm of Hanover Square [12th of Poltalloch]. After provision of smaller annuities to several people in Jamaica, including his reputed daughters Mary Malcolm, Marie McIsaac and Mary McCullum, and the freeing of an enslaved woman named Mary Malcolm, he left in trust his estates of Alexandria and Montpellier and his half-share in Whitehall and Barracks and the enslaved people upon them [his trustees were his nephew Neill Malcolm [12th of Poltalloch] and Charles Nicholas Pallmer] for his trustees to cultivate for 10 years, to support the annuity to his wife and an annuity to his son Neill not to exceed £150 p.a until 21 and then £200 p.a until 25. After 10 years he made a series of monetary legacies to be paid: the estates themselves were to pass to his nephew Neill Malcolm [12th of Poltalloch], who was also his residuary legatee. Given the priority in the bequest of real estate and enslaved people given to Neill Malcolm of Poltalloch over Neill Malcolm the son of Donald Malcolm, it appears possible that Robona or Rebecca Elizabeth Ladoux, the wife of Donald Malcolm and mother of Neill Malcolm, was a free woman of colour; alternatively, the fact that Neill Malcolm was born before his parents' marriage might have precluded him from the main line of inheritance.


  1. PROB 11/1535/283. A fuller precis of the will appears at [accessed 14/08/2021].

Further Information

Robona or Robena Elizabeth Ladoux

Associated Estates (12)

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
1802 [EA] - 1803 [LA] → Trustee
1810 [EA] - 1812 [LA] → Owner
1815 [EA] - 1828 [LA] → Previous owner
1789 [EA] - 1790 [LA] → Owner
1802 [EA] - 1807 [LA] → Attorney

Donald [sometime given as D. Malcolm] and George Malcolm were shown as attornies of Flint River 1802-1807. Although in 1810-1811 the enslaved people were registered to them, the estate appears to have belonged to the Gardiner family before and after these dates.

1810 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Not known
1786 [EA] - 1788 [LA] → Executor

'Donald Malcolm executor of William Gilchrist as mortgagee-in-possession'. It is ambiguous whether Malcolm or Gilchrist was the original mortgagee of the estate: elsewhere Donald Malcolm is shown as mortgagee of William Gilchrist.

1810 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Owner
1815 [EA] - 1817 [LA] → Previous owner

The Jamaica Almanac shows Mount Pelier in the name of Donald Malcolm 1815 and 1817: he had died in 1812.

1785 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Mortgagee and acting executor of William Gilchrist

1811 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Joint owner
1817 [EA] - 1829 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (6)

Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew
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Addresses (1)

Margaret Street, Cavendish Square, London, Middlesex, London, England