John Farrer

???? - 1824


London merchant and with his partner John Roebuck (q.v.) mortgagee of enslaved people in Jamaica.

  1. Will of John Farrer of [Clapham Common] Battersea Surrey [made in 1823] proved 10/02/1824. In the will he left legacies to servants of £6-£20 each, including an annuity of £20 p.a. to one, and £100 each to six godchildren, including John Farrer Kensington. He left £1000 in trust with Edward Kensington (q.v.) for each of John Farrer Kensington; Mrs Edward Kensington; Mrs Kilburn (not further identified but included among those showing kindness to John Farrer and his wife especially when ill); and his niece Harriet Rogers. He instructed that the money he had in the hands of Messrs Roebuck be extracted in instalments of £3000 a year. His residuary legatee was his wife, to whom he left the leasehold house on Clapham Common. His executors were Benjamin Brown and Edward Kensington.

  2. In the will of Ann Farrer widow of Clapham proved 01/03/1831 she made numerous monetary legacies to family and friends totalling several thousand pounds and a number of charitable bequests to local schools and institutions. The will identified Benjamin and Robert Brown as her nephews; Benjamin Brown of Cheapside was an executor.


  1. PROB 11/1681/216

  2. PROB 11/1782/401.

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
- 1814 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1803 [EA] - 1803 [LA] → Mortgage Holder

Shown in 1803 as having had a mortgage over the land and 'part of the slaves' on Lowlayton with his partners John Roebuck and George Roebuck. The mortgage secured an amount appearing to be over £40,000, of which the primary means of repayment was a series of bills of exchange from Alexander Shaw of Kingston on Phyn Inglis of London.

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)


Relationships (3)

Business partners
Uncle → Nephew
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (1)

Clapham Common, London, Surrey, London, England