John Higgin

1754 - 1826


London merchant, partner in first in Bolt & Higgin and then in Higgin & Whiteley with his son-in-law George Whiteley (q.v.).

  1. One of the executors of Thomas Bainbridge junior (d. 1826). Probably the Higgin referred to as the owner (with Grace Bolt and G. Bainbridge) as owner of 14 enslaved people in St Ann, Jamaica, in 1792 (Grace Bolt had a relationship with Thomas Bainbridge junior).

  2. Buried at St John Hackney 24/06/1826 aged 72. Will of John Higgin merchant of [London Field in the parish of] Hackney [and of London Street City of London] Middlesex [made 14/01/1825] proved 29/07/1826. He left his wife Mary his freehold house at London Field and all his household effects; 4 £500 shares in the Imperial Fire and Life Insurance Office; the dividends from his 60 shares of £50 in the Atlas; and an annuity of £800 p.a. secured on his estates in Jamaica. He further charged a sum of £16,000 on theses estates, the interest on half of which was to be paid to his daughter Mary for life and then the principal to her children, and the interest on the other half was to be paid to his daughter Sarah Graham, wife of Joseph Graham. The estate themselves he left subject to these charges to his sons Isaac and Thomas Winder Higgin. He left a further £2000 to his grandchildren Jane and George Whiteley, the children of his late daughter Jane Whiteley and her husband George Whiteley. He instructed that the business of Higgin & Whiteley be continued for seven years after his death, with profits shared equally between his sons Isaac and Thomas Winder Higgin and George Whiteley, and he provided for arbitration if any dispute arose over the several vessels in which he asserted ownership as his private property rather than as the property of the partnership of Higgin & Whiteley.


  1. PROB 11/1717/327; 'A List of slaves and stock in the parish of St Ann taken the 28th March 1792 pursuant to order of the Honourable House of Assembly... transcribed from papers presented to the British Museum by Charles E. Long ref. Add. 12435' transcribed at

  2., London, England, Church of England Deaths and Burials, 1813-1980 [database online]; PROB 11/1714/455.

Further Information

Isaac; Thomas Winder; Mary; Sarah; Jane
A will but no further details

Associated Estates (8)

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
1817 [EA] - 04/08/1826 [ED] → Owner
1816 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner
1827 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner
- 1826 [EY] → Assignee
1783 [EA] - 1787 [LA] → Executor

One of three executors of Thomas Bainbridge senior

1807 [EA] - 1826 [LA] → Owner
1830 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner
1788 [EA] - 1788 [LA] → Not known

Bolt & Higgin appear to have been London consignees for the estate.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (4)

Name partner
Higgin Whiteley
West India merchant  
Firm Investment
Atlas Insurance Co.
notes →
Held 60 shares of £50 each at the time of making his will [proved 1826] in 1825 ...
Firm Investment
Imperial Fire
notes →
Held 4 £500 shares in 'Imperial Fire and Life' at the time of making his will [proved 1826] in...
Name partner
Bolt & Higgin
West India merchant  

Relationships (7)

Executor → Testator
Business partners
Husband → Wife
Father → Son
Father-in-law → Daughter-in-law
Father-in-law → Son-in-law
Notes →
Also business partners in Higgin &...
Executor → Testator

Addresses (3)

Hackney, London, Middlesex, London, England
18 London Street, City of London, Middlesex, London, England
London Fields, Hackney, London, Middlesex, London, England