William Paterson of St David Jamaica and Marylebone

???? - 1803


Owner of Aeolus Valley and West Hope in St David, Jamaica, of Devonshire Place when he made his will in 1794 and dying in London in 1803. The Aeolus Valley estate was in receivership at the time of compensation.

  1. Administration of the will of William Paterson formerly of St David in Jamaica but late of Devonshire Place in Marylebone, Esquire [made in 1794] was granted 16/07/1803 to his widow Harriett. The will recapitulates an Indenture dated 14/05/1791 between 'myself of one part and David Milligan and Robert Milligan both of the City of London merchants of the other part,' recording that 'my late wife was dead leaving issue by me namely Marian and Mary both then infants and that I about to marry again had agreed to make such provision for them, devising Oolas Valley and West Hope plantations to David and Robert Milligan for the term of 200 years commencing with my death to raise £5,000 each for my daughters age age 21 or marriage. By his marriage settlement dated 19/05/1791 with Harriett Vardon, eldest daughter of Thomas Vardon Esquire [Thomas Vardon was a partner in the Crowley Millington ironworks firm]. Harriett to get an annuity of £600 pa after my death in bar of dower. In case of no male issue of the marriage she to receive the futher yearly sum of £400 pa; in case of male issue then she to receive the lump sum of £2,000. All my personal estate to David Milligan, Robert Milligan, Simon Taylor of Jamaica and George Grant of Jamaica upon trust to pay the legacies and annuities thereinafter given. £5,000 to each of my children with Harriett my wife hereinafter to be born and £5,000 for my daughter Harriett by my present wife at age 21 or marriage. £30 sterling annuity to my sister Anne and the same to my sister Betsy in case she shall become a widow. In a codicil of 1803 he left his leasehold house in Devonshire Place to trustees and instructed them to sell it off with his effects for the benefit of his five children, Harriett, Sophia, Caroline, William Thomas and Charles John Paterson, and changed his trustees to Robert Milligan, William Mair and William Masterman of London, with John Maclean and Alexander Ritchie of Jamaica.

  2. Of his children, William Thomas Paterson (q.v.) appeared in Jamaica as attorney and then receiver of the Aeolus Valley estate in 1829-32; Charles John became a clergyman in England and died in 1837; Caroline married Rev. Harvey Marriott and died at Weymouth in 1883 leaving £317 0s 7d; and Louisa Henrietta Paterson died 27/10/1886 formerly of Campbell Villa Redland but late of Dunrowan Elton Road Clifton Bristol leaving £3020 10s 8d.


Burial of Willm Paterson Esq. 16/03/1803, Ancestry.com, London, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812 for William Paterson Westminster St Marylebone 1786-1812 [database online]. In 1806 a group of landholdings in St David belonging to the estate of William Paterson totalling 768 acres 'considered fit for the Cultivation of Coffee and Provisions' were offered for sale by Alexander Ritchie and Patrick Grant and John Maclean: the sale did not appear to include any enslaved people and appears independent of the Aeoluls Valley estate, which was retained, Excerpts from Royal Gazette Jamaica 1806, http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Samples/gazet01.htm [accessed 02/09/2019].

  1. PROB 11/1396/174.

  2. Charles John Paterson in Ancestry.com, Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900: 'Adm. pens. (age 18) at CAIUS, Apr. 13, 1818. S. of William, of London. B. there [Mar. 11, 1800]. School, Putney. Matric. Michs. 1818; B.A. 1822. Ord. deacon (Chester) Apr. 11, 1824; priest (Chichester) Aug. 24, 1824. V. of W. Hoathly, Sussex, 1827-37. Married, Nov. 10, 1836, Cordelia, dau. of Edward Cranston, of E. Grinstead. Died Jan. 22, 1837, at W. Hoathly. (Venn, II. 171; G. Mag., 1837, I. 439.)'; National Probate Calendar 1883 and 1886.

Further Information

[name unkown] [2] Harriett Vardon
With (1) Marian, Mary; with (2) Harriett, Sophia, Caroline, William Thomas and Charles John

Associated Estates (4)

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 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Previous owner
1787 [EA] - 1801 [LA] → Owner
1787 [EA] - 1800 [LA] → Owner
1804 [EA] - 1804 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (5)

Legatee → Testator
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The Aeolus estate 'passed' to William Paterson sometime before...
Testator → Trustee
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William Paterson devised the Aeolus Valley estate to David and Robert Milligan for a term of 200 years to raise £10,000 in total for his two daughters from his first marriage. It appears that the...
Testator → Trustee
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William Paterson devised the Aeolus Valley estate to David and Robert Milligan for a term of 200 years to raise £10,000 in total for his two daughters from his first marriage. It appears that the...
Other relatives
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George Tarbutt's sister Elizabeth was married to Thomas Vardon the younger, whose sister Harriett was married to William...
Father → Son

Addresses (1)

Devonshire Place, London, Middlesex, London, England
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At Devonshire Place from at least 1794, when he made his will; described as of Devonshire Place when administration was granted to his widow in 1803.