William Paterson of Ayr

???? - 1832


A returned attorney-at-law of Kingston Jamaica whose fortune was subject to legal contestation in the case of William Orr pursuer versus William Paterson & Paterson's Trustees defenders, heard 31/01/1834. 'The late William Paterson died at Ayr in June 1832, leaving a large fortune, consisting largely of personal funds. Having for many years practised as an attorney at Jamaica...' His will had provided that £50,000 be laid out for estates [in Britain] for each of his nephew William Orr and his natural son William Paterson [in the event the residual estate was £80,000]. In his will, William Paterson [heretofore of the City of Kingston Jamaica], attorney at law, of Ayr Ayrshire proved 12/09/1832, said that he would dispose of his Jamaica property by a separate instrument, which to date has not been found by LBS. He left to the Baillies and Ministers of Kilmarnock a perpetual annuity of £180 p.a., one half for the indigent poor of the town and one half to promote 'rivalry and emulation' among the scholars at the various educational institutions of Kilmarnock.


The Scottish Jurist: Containing Reports of Cases Decided in the ..., Volume 6 (1834); the will with ten codicils of William Paterson attorney of Ayr, PROB 11/1805/405.

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Monkwood [Purchased] 
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Estate in Ayrshire bought for William Paterson of Ayr's natural son also named William Paterson under the former's will. The son appears to have broken the entail in the...

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Ayr, Ayrshire, Southern Scotland, Scotland