John Wiles

1778 - 1842

Claimant or beneficiary


John Wiles, co-owner of Bryan's Hill in Port Royal, Jamaica, with his brother Henry (q.v.). Born in Lincolnshire in 1778, his father was the head gardener at the nearby Holywell estate. Followed Henry and his eldest brother James (q.v.) to Jamaica in 1797 at the age of 19 where he worked firstly as an overseer and then purchased his own estate and became a coffee planter.

  1. Will of John Wiles of [Mount Teviot plantation] St David Surrey [Jamaica] proved 28/04/1843. In the will he provided monetary legacies for his daughters and left Mount Teviot to his three sons. In the will he mentioned that Mount Teviot was governed by an agreement with his brother Henry dated 1823, suggesting it might be the estate appearing in the Slave Registers and compensation records as Bryan's Hill, which was co-owned by John and Henry Wiles from 1823.


Kenneth E. Ingram, Manuscript Sources for the History of the West Indies (Mona, Jamaica, University of the West Indies Press, 2000) p. 486; Biography of James Wiles by Chris J. Wiles published by the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria, available at [accessed 02/03/2013]; the Jamaica correspondence of the Wiles family 1809-1852 is kept at Cambridge University Library.

  1. PROB 11/1978/329.

We are grateful to Peter Holttum for his assistance in compiling this entry.

Further Information


Associated Claims (1)

£2,109 10s 9d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (6)

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
1824 [EA] - 1837 [LA] → Joint owner
1829 [EA] - → Attorney
1823 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Attorney
1827 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Not known
1821 [EA] - 1823 [LA] → Other
1823 [EA] - → Attorney

Relationships (2)


Addresses (1)

Stamford, Lincolnshire, East Midlands, England