Mary Ballard Beckford Johnstone (née Beckford)

???? - 1823


Mary Ballard Beckford Johnstone, nee Beckford, owner of the Whitehall estate in Jamaica, daughter of Ballard Beckford II, widow of James Johnstone the elder (q.v.) and mother of James Johnstone and Robert Ballard Johnstone (both of whom q.v.). Her daughter Mary Beckford Johnstone married Charles Bevan in 1808. Her husband died in London in 1815: no will was proved for him but the suit of Johnston v Johnston of 1817 set out the background to the dispute over his draft will of 1793.

  1. Will of Mary Ballard Beckford Johnston [sic] widow of Upper Wimpole Street St Marylebone proved 18/04/1823. In her will she left her Whitehall estate to her son James Johnston, £7000 to her daughter Mary Beckford Bevan and £12000 to her son Robert Ballard Johnston, £4000 to the children of her late son William Clarke Johnston, £5000 each to her daughters Frances Elizabeth Mitchell and Jane Helena Johnston.


  1. PROB 11/1669/274.

Further Information

Maiden Name
James Johnstone
James; Mary Beckford; Robert Ballard; William Clarke; Frances Elizabeth; Jane Helena

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
1775 [EA] - 1823 [EY] → Owner

Owner in her own right 1775 but the estate subsequently appears to have formed part of her marriage settlement with James Johnston the elder

Relationships (6)

Daughter → Father
Grand-daughter → Grandfather
Mother → Son
Mother → Son
Widow → Deceased Husband
Mother-in-law → Son-in-law

Addresses (1)

Upper Wimpole Street, London, Middlesex, London, England