Patrick Ballantine of Castlehill

???? - 1810


Ayrshire merchant, returning from Jamaica after inheriting Castle Hill or Castlelhill, where he built a new mansion house (since demolished) c. 1804. He appears to have been part of the re-orientation of the Ayr merchant community away from Virginia tobacco and towards sugar. He was party to a realignment of estates and enslaved people between Edward Chambers and William Miles c. 1789. There is an increasing amount evidence to suggest that this might in fact have been the same man as 'Peter Ballantine' (q.v.). For example, Kenneth Morgan gives a date of death of 04/06/1810 for Peter Ballantine, the former partner of David Dick, while Patrick Ballantine's will was registered in Scotland 14/06/1810 and proved in London 04/07/1810.

  1. Will of Patrick Ballantine of Castlehill [made in 1801] proved 04/07/1810. The will made his brother John Ballantine of Ayr banker his heir and executor, and left annuities of £100 p.a. to his [the testator's] wife and £200 p.a. to each of his two sisters.


The Hunterian describes him as 'an established banker and merchant', [accessed 09/03/2017]; [accessed 09/03/2017]; 'Will of Edward Chambers' [accessed 09/03/2017] gives a reference to the Tharp Papers ref. R55/7/122/Q/16 in describing the transactions whereby Patrick Ballantine bought a group of estates [and enslaved people] at auction c. December 1788 and onsold them to William Miles in May 1789.

  1. PROB 11/1513/46; Kenneth Morgan (2016) Merchant networks, the guarantee system and the British slave trade to Jamaica in the 1790s, Slavery & Abolition, 37:2, 334-352, at p. 345.

Further Information


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
1795 [EA] - 1804 [LA] → Receiver

Given as both Ballantine and Ballantyne

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)

Founding Partner
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The Kilmarnock Banking Company was a small provincial bank, established in 1802. Its partners consisted of James Fairlie of Bellfield; Mungo Fairlie of Holmes; Patrick Ballantine of Castlehill, Ayr;...

Physical (1)

Country house
Castlehill [Built] 
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New mansions house at Castlehill Ayr built by Patrick Ballantine c. 104. Demolished in the 1960s. The site is now a public...

Relationships (1)

Business partners
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Partners in the Kilmarnock Banking Company with...

Addresses (1)

Castlehill, Ayrshire, Southern Scotland, Scotland