Sir James Maxwell Wallace

1785 - 3rd Feb 1867

Claimant or beneficiary


Soldier, son of the West India merchant John Wallace (of Cessnock and then of Kelly) and brother of the MP Robert Wallace (q.v.), and owner of half of the Biscany estate in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, with Hugh Ritchie Wallace (q.v.).

  1. Will of Sir James Maxwell Wallace of Ainderby Hall proved 02/03/1867 by oath of Dame Grace Wallace of Ainderby Hall, widow and sole executrix. Effects under £2000, resworn at the Stamp Office October 1867 under £3000. Dame Grace Wallace (née Stein, and the widow of Sir Alexander Don at the time of her marriage to Sir James Maxwell Wallace) was a writer and translator, and is in the ODNB. The pair married 02/04/1836: Sir James Maxwell Wallace's first wife Eliza Maria Hodges, daughter of Parry Hodges, had died in 1834. Sir James Maxwell was stepfather and guardian of the bankrupt baronet Sir William Don.

  2. Sir James Maxwell Wallace had succeeded to a half-share in the Biscany estate on his father's death in 1805. His father John Wallace had reportedly purchased the estate in 1762; half, presumably the other half that belonged to Hugh Ritchie Wallace in the 1830s, was reportedly 'succeeded to' by Hugh Wallace, John Wallace's brother, who died in 1774.


T71/870 St Elizabeth claim no. 399A.

  1. National Probate Calendar 1867; Charles Rogers, The Book of Wallace Vol. I (1889) pp. 110-112 (which gives the date of James Maxwell Wallace's second marriage as March 1830); Sydney Morning Herald 05/06/1857 p. 1; ODNB, Antonella Braida 'Wallace [nee Stein], Grace Jane, Lady Wallace (1804-1878), translator.'

  2. Charles Rogers, The Book of Wallace ( Edinburgh, Printed for the Grampian club, 1839), Vol. I pp. 112-113.

Further Information

(1) Eliza Maria Hodges (2) Grace Don (nee Stein)

Resworn from £2000 at probate.

Wealth at death

Associated Claims (1)

£4,363 4s 8d

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
04/01/1805 [SD] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Relationships (4)

Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle
First Cousins

Addresses (1)

Ainderby Hall, Ainderby Steeple, Yorkshire, Yorkshire, England