John Paterson of Jamaica

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Attorney and then apparently owner of Aeolus Valley in St David: representatives of his legatees claimed the compensation for the enslaved people on the estate in the 1830s, although he appears to have died in the early 1780s. This was possibly the same man as the John Paterson acting as agent for Houstoun & Co. in the south-east of Jamaica (St Thomas-in-the-East and St David) in the late 1770s.

John Paterson of St David, Esquire. Estate probated in Jamaica in 1783. Slave-ownership at probate: 166 of whom 88 were listed as male and 78 as female. 0 were listed as boys, girls or children. Total value of estate at probate: £11498.91 Jamaican currency of which £6905 currency was the value of enslaved people. Estate valuation included £134.91 currency cash, £1204 currency debts and £20 currency plate.


Douglas Hamilton, 'Scottish Trading in the Caribbean', in Ned Landesman (ed.), Nation and Province in the First British Empire: Scotland and the Americas 1600-1800 (2001) p. 101.

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

Associated Claims (1)

£4,996 10s 1d
Previous owner (not making a claim)

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
1762 [EA] - 1769 [LA] → Attorney

Apparently subsequently owner according to compensation counterclaims in the 1830s on behalf of his legatees.

Relationships (1)

Testator → Legatee
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The Aeolus estate 'passed' to William Paterson sometime before...

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