John Ayscough

???? - 1763


John Ayscough of St Catherine died in 1763. His estate was valued for probate at £21,915 Jamaican currency and included 321 enslaved people. John Ayscough owned 3935 acres of land in Jamaica in 1754 including 287 acres in St Catherine. He was Member of Assembly for St Catherine in 1757 and 1761.

  1. John Ayscough was listed in the Jamaican Quit Rent books for 1754 as the owner of 287 acres of land in St Catherine, 640 acres in St Andrew, 1610 acres in St Thomas-in-the-East and 1398 acres in St John, total 3935 acres.

  2. Administration of the will of John Ayscough of St Catherine made in 1747 was granted 22/02/1768 to Grace Harrison Michel, formerly Ayscough, the niece and daughter of Thomas Ayscough, deceased, and Dorothy Brown, his sister.

  3. John Ayscough of St Catherine, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1764. Slave-ownership at probate: 321 of whom 129 were listed as male and 192 as female. 104 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £21915.64 Jamaican currency of which £15159 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £66.31 currency cash, £1623 currency debts and £131.3 currency plate.


  1. 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

  2. PROB 11/935/377.

  3. Trevor Burnard, Database of Jamaican inventories, 1674-1784.

Further Information


PROB 11/935/377 - precis.

John Ayscough of the psirsh of St Catherine, Jamaica.

To my nephew John Brown, son of my sister Dorothy Brown by John Brown of the City of London, £50 Jamaica currency per annum to age 16, then £100 per annum for life, payable out of the profits and produce of my estates in Jamaica.

To my dearly beloved wife Frances Ayscough, one moity of all my real and personal estate for life, in bar of any settlement upon her by me heretobefore made and in lieu of dower.

All rest and residue to my loving brother Thomas Ayscough of St John, Jamaica, Esquire.

My brother Thomas Ayscough to be my sole executor.

Signed 01/02/1747.

Sworn in Jamaica 22/02/1768, John Ayscough described as a widower. Administration granted to Grace Harrison Michel (wife of David Robert Mitched Esquire) the niece of the said deceased, to administer for Thomas Ayscough died in the lifetime of the testator and Dorothy Brown, widow, the natural and lawful sister of and only next of kin of the said deceased.

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
1740 [EA] - 1752 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (2)

Uncle → Niece

Inventories (1)