Sir Cornelius Cuyler

1740 - 1819


British soldier, from an American Loyalist family, who served in the West Indies as Quarter Master from c. 1782 and Commander-in-Chief from 1792. In 1792 Cuyler had lent £6250 to Walter Nisbet (q.v.) secured by mortgage on the latter's estates and enslaved people on Nevis. He was made a baronet in 1814.

  1. Will of Cornelius Cuyler of St John Lodge, Herts, General in HM's Forces proved 06/07/1819. He entailed his estate of St John Lodge to his son Charles with remainder to his second son Augustus, and ordered his land in New York state to be sold. The long will makes no apparent mention of the mortgage he had held on 'slave-property' on Nevis.


The 1792 mortgage was possibly to refinance the loans made to Nisbet by Sir Culling Smith (q.v.). The Cornelius Cuyler soldier of Montreal whose will was made in 1805 with administration granted 10/12/1807 to the attorney of Cuyler's father Abraham Cuyler (an American Loyalist and Mayor of Albany), PROB 11/1471/133, was the nephew of Sir Cornelius Cuyler of this entry.

  1. PROB 11/7406/11. The will does not appear in TNA's online index of PCC wills.

Further Information


Associated Estates (3)

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
1792 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1792 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder
1792 [EA] - → Mortgage Holder

Relationships (1)

Mortgagee → Mortgagor

Addresses (1)

St John Lodge, Welwyn, Hertfordshire, South-east England, England