Sir John Dalling

1731 - 1798


Governor of Jamaica (1777-1781) and Commander-in-Chief of Madras (1784-1786).

  1. Sir John Dalling 1st bart., was son of Ann or Catherine Windham of Earsham and John Dalling, the son of the apothecary in Bungay. He has an entry in the ODNB as 'army officer and colonial governor.' Sir John Dalling married as his first wife Elizabeth Pinnock, daughter of Philip and Grace Pinnock of Jamaica.

  2. Sir John Dalling was acting governor of Jamaica 1772-74 and governor 1777-81. He acquired Donnington Castle. Sir William Windham Dalling inherited Earsham in 1810 [having inherited Donnington Castle earlier]. '[T]he sugar estate brought Dalling an average income of between £5,000 and £6,000 a year in the 1820s and 1830s', but was reportedly loss-making after 1840. Earsham passed to Sir William Windham Dalling's nephew, John Meade.


  1. [accessed 09/01/2012], gives Catherine: other sources (eg Debretts (1840) and the ODNB, give Anne); Jonathan Spain, ‘Dalling, Sir John, first baronet (c.1731–1798)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, Jan 2008 [, accessed 23 Jan 2014]..

  2. [accessed 09/01/2012].

Further Information

(1) Elizabeth Pinnock (2) Louisa Lawford
With (2) William Windham
Oxford DNB Entry

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
1782 [EA] - 1798 [EY] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

V & A: Prints, Drawings & Paintings
Simpson (engraver), A Plan of the Town St Jago de la Vega, in the Island of Jamaica, engraving; London, 1786. Printed and published by W. Hinton, No.5, Sweetings Alley, Royal Exchange,... 
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Relationships (1)

Father → Son