John Kelly of Greencastle and Newtown

???? - 1814


Brother of James Kelly (q.v.) and nephew of John Kelly of St Thomas-in-the-East (q.v.). John Kelly of Green Castle Jamaica bought in 1802 the property of Mark Browne of the Newtown branch of the Brownes of Moyne family, and the Kelly family held it for 3 generations.

  1. Will of John Kelly of Green Castle in the parish of St Thomas in the East in the Island of Jamaica [made in 1812] proved 14/05/1814. In his will, John Kelly left £4000 in trust, to be laid out on land 'and that only' in Ireland, Scotland or the Counties of York or Middlesex, for the benefit of his natural child Mary Kelly by Sarah Edwards Innis [or Innes] a free woman of colour of St Thomas-in-the-East. He appointed as guardians to Mary Kelly Hugh O'Connor of Dublin, his cousin Thomas Reddington of Galway and his brother James Kelly of Gower Street. He left £1400 currency to Sarah Edwards Innes and £1000 sterling each to his niece and nephew Mary Taaffe and Christopher Kelly Taaffe, the children of his sister Mary widow of Patrick Taaffe of Roscommon. His residuary heir was his brother James Kelly.


  1. PROB 11/1556/205

Further Information


Associated Estates (2)

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
1810 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Joint owner
1810 [EA] - 1812 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Firm Investment
West India Dock Co.
Dock Company  

Physical (1)

Country house
Newtown House [Built] 
description →
'Newtown House was built in the early nineteenth century to an earlier structure by another Kelly family of returning attorneys who had acquired the northern Jamaican plantations of Crescent and...

Relationships (3)

Extra-marital relationships
Notes →
The couple had a daughter, Mary Kelly, for whom John Kelly provided £4000 in his...
Nephew → Uncle
Notes →
John Kelly of Greencastle also inherited one half of John Kelly of St Thomas-in-the-East's estate in...

Addresses (1)

Newtown House, Abbeyknockmoy, Co. Galway, Ireland