Colin MacLarty

1st Nov 1755 - 16th Oct 1834

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on Chestervale in Port Royal Jamaica, which was then collected by Charles Cunningham Scott, acting executor, after Colin McLarty's death in 1835.

  1. Will of Colin MacLarty Doctor of Medicine of Southend Argyllshire proved 08/12/1835. In 1819 'Dr Colin McLarty of Chestervale in the Island of Jamaica' (who was then residing in Sanda (later Macharioch) House, Kintyre, Scotland) bought the estate of Samuel Omey at Keil, Kintyre, Scotland and 'improved' it. In 1835 John Freeman McLarty (Colin MacLarty's son) and trustees inherited Keil, which was sold in 1865. 

  2. MacLarty arrived in Jamaica in mid-1787: his father was a Glasgow merchant ship's captain. After some years of marginal existence MacLarty established himself in a partnership in Kingston.

  3. Married Elizabeth Susanna Breon, only daughter and heiress of Edmund Breon of Chester Vale coffee estate, in Kingston 30/10/1794. They had five children baptised in Kingston:

    . Edmund Breon, born 28/11/1795 and baptised 28/11/1795

    . Mary Ann, born 10/02/1797 and baptised 09/03/1797

    . Jean Johnston, born 20/03/1798 and baptised 17/04/1798

    . Colin, born 16/07/1799 and baptised 27/08/1799

    . Susanna Christian, born 30/06/1800 and baptised 03/12/1800 (she died, unmarried, at 6 Grove Street, Edinburgh, October 1847).

  4. One more child was baptised in Greenock, Scotland (Alexander, 26/12/1801). Three more children were born and baptised in Campbeltown, Argyll, Scotland: Mary Ann Brown MacLarty 11/03/1803, Edmund Breon MacLarty 28/11/1803 and Margaret Elizabeth MacLarty 25/09/1807. The names of the first two of these children indicate that the two eldest who had also been baptised in Kingston in the 1790s had died young.

  5. August 7 [1817]. At Sanda house Lieut-Colonel James Fullarton C.B. Rifle brigade, son of the late Lewis Fullarton, Esq of Kilmichael [was married] to Jane Johnson, daughter of Colin MacLarty Esq M.D., of Chestervale Jamaica. Jean Johnston, wife of Lt.Col. Fullarton and daughter of Colin MacLarty of Kiell, died at Kiell House, 29/04/1833.

  6. Mary Anne Browne, daughter of the late Colin MacLarty, married Rev Donald Campbell of Southend, at Kiell, Argyllshire, 22/03/1836.

  7. MacLarty’s death was reported in the Perthshire Courier of 06/11/1834.


T71/864 Port Royal no. 4. James A. Delle, An Archaeology of Social Space: Analyzing Coffee Plantations in Jamaica’s Blue Mountains pp. 92-93 gives an account of Colin McLarty dividing the Chester Vale estate in 1800 into four parcels, one retained as Chester Vale; one forming Clydesdale; and two forming Newport Hill, later recombined into Clydesdale.

  1. PROB 11/1855; James Barbour, 'Keil through the ages', The Kintyre Antiquarian and Natural History Society Magazine, No. 23 Autumn 1988, through last accessed 20/8/2012.  

  2. Alan L Karras, Sojourners in the Sun: Scottish migrants in Jamaica and the Chesapeake, 1740-1800 (Ithaca, Cornell University Press, 1992) pp. 55-60. Karras says 'It is unclear how successful Colin MacLarty record of him has been found in the island's estate inventories, so it seems unlikely that he left property in the island when he died.' 

  3. Scots Magazine vol. 57 p. 132 (February 1795). 'Six sets of manuscript accounts, four for Edmund Breon; one for Thomas Cockburn, guardian of Miss Elizabeth Susanna Breon; and one for her husband Colin McLarty, MD.' [accessed 24/06/2016];, Jamaican parish registers, Kingston Baptisms 1793-1825, pp. 34, 48, 63, 81, 100; Caledonian Mercury, 20/10/1847.

  4. GROS OPR Births 564/3 20 594 Greenock Old or West; 507 40 245 Campbeltown; 507 40 256 Campbeltown; 507 40 310 Campbeltown.

  5. The Scots Magazine Vol. 80 (1817) p. 98; Caledonian Mercury, 02/04/1836.

  6. John Bull, 12/05/1833.

  7. Perthshire Courier 06/11/1834.

We are grateful to Paul Hitchings and Rebecca Green for their assistance with compiling this entry.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Colin M'Larty
Elizabeth Susanna Breon
Nine children

Will of Colin MacLarty [of Kilcomkiell and Chester Vale] Doctor of Medicine of Southend Argyllshire [made 12/05/1833] proved 08/12/1835.

He left his Scottish estate at Kilcomkeill and the Jamaica coffee estates at Chestervale [and the enslaved people on the latter] in trust to secure his wife Elizabeth Susanna Breon an annuity of £500 p.a., and then to his son John Freeman MacLarty with provision of £4000 each for his daughters. In a codicil of 1834 and the much altered state of West India property he left the £6000 he expected in slave compensation to his two daughters, with income from his Jamaica estate to build up his Campbelton estate until it could support £500 p.a., leaving Kilcomkeill free of obligation.

PROB 11/1855/195

Physician and planter

Associated Claims (1)

£4,400 14s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

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
30/10/1794 [SD] - 1835 [EY] → Owner

Acquired on his marriage to Elizabeth Susanna Breon

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

description →
Estate in Kintyre, bought by the returning Jamaica physical and slave-owner Colin MacLarty and 'improved', and inherited by his son John Freeman...

Relationships (3)

Son-in-law → Father-in-law
Husband → Wife
Other relatives
Notes →
William Shand's first wife Eliza Rankin was Colin MacLarty's niece (her mother was Colin's sister...

Addresses (2)

Kintyre, Argyll, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
Keil House, Southend, Kintyre, Argyll, Argyll and Bute, Scotland