John Bryan

???? - 1775


Slave-owner in Jamaica dying c. 1775. Co-owner with William Bryan (q.v.) of a group of estates.

  1. John Bryan of Clarendon, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1775. Slave-ownership at probate: 741 of whom 344 were listed as male and 397 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £97867.08 Jamaican currency of which £44203.39 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £3866.43 currency cash, £39124.2 currency debts and £0 currency plate. Trevor Burnard shows him as leaving Total Physical Wealth of £41,959 sterling (including enslaved people; excluding realty and financial assets and liabilities) in 1774, making him the second largest Jamaican wealth-holder with an inventory taken in that year.

  2. John Bryan, a minor, was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 360 acres of land in Clarendon.


  1. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784; Trevor Burnard, Planters, merchants and slaves p. 19.

  2. 'A List of landholders in the Island of Jamaica together with the number of acres each person possessed taken from the quit rent books in the year 1754', TNA CO 142/31 transcribed at

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
1776 [EA] - 1778 [LA] → Previous owner
1776 [EA] - 1784 [LA] → Previous owner

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Business associates
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William Bryan was the adminstrator of John...

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