Dr Hinton Spalding

???? - 1853

Claimant or beneficiary


Resident slave-owner in Jamaica, whose family in the later 19th century came to Britain. The Spalding family had lived in Perthshire, Scotland, for several hundred years before 1745, and dispersed to Germany, Sweden, Jamaica, Georgia, Liverpool and elsewhere. The castle of Ashintully was the clan centre in Perthshire.

  1. Hinton Spalding was the son of Robert Spalding (d.1792) and Sarah Groves Spalding (neƩ Browne). Hinton Spalding's mother (b. 04/10/1758 at St Andrew's, Jamaica) was a daughter of James Browne and Elizabeth Burnside. Sarah's sister, Dorothy Frances Browne (baptised 1760 in St Andrew's, Jamaica) went on to marry Dugald Campbell of Cross Hill and Waterhouse (q.v.). After Robert Spalding's death, Sarah Groves Spalding married James Rattray, probably in Jamaica, in 1794. They had three daughters born in St Andrew, Jamaica, between 1795 and 1800. One of their daughters, Isabella Rattray, married Dr Alexander McLarty or McLaverty, who was a brother of Dr Collin MacLarty of Jamaica and also practised in Jamaica.

  2. Hinton Spalding was baptised in St. Andrew's Jamaica on 19 February 1790. The couple lived in both Jamaica and Edinburgh. They had three sons and at least two daughters.

  3. Friday, April 05, 1811 Hinton Spalding, Esq., of New Grange, Jamaica, M.D. married at Greenock, to Jane, eldest daughter of Mr. John Rankin, Merchant in Greenock. Jane's sister Eliza (1792-1826) married William Shand in Jamaica which would account for Hinton and Jane naming their son William Shand.

  4. 'Hinton Spalding MD born 1790 an MD in Kingston Jamaica died in Bremen Germany on 2 June 1853.'

  5. Hinton Spalding's grandson and namesake Hinton Spalding (1846-1900) was a merchant and entrepreneur who founded the Perim Coal Co. in what is now Yemen in 1881.

We are grateful to Rebecca Green for her assistance in compiling this entry.


'The Spaldings of Ashintully, Perthshire, Scotland' - http://bcn.boulder.co.us/~neal/spalding/; The papers of William Shand, 1816-1835, are held at the University of Aberdeen, Special Collections (MS3652) and include some letters by his brother-in-law Dr Hinton Spalding.

  1. "Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880," index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/VHDC-HKY : accessed 19 January 2015). "Jamaica Church of England Parish Register Transcripts, 1664-1880," vol. I, index and images, FamilySearch: Marriage of James Brown and Elizabeth Burnside; Baptism of Sarah Groves Browne; Baptism of Dorothy Frances Browne; Marriage of Sarah Groves Browne and Robert Spalding; Marriage of Dorothy Frances Browne and Dugald Campbell; Marriage of Sarah Groves Spalding with James Rattray (accessed 15 September 2023).

  2. Robert Spalding in entry for Hinton Spalding, 19 Feb 1790, Christening; citing p. 113, St Andrew, Jamaica, Registrar General's Department, Spanish Town; FHL microfilm 1,291,698.

  3. http://www.jamaicanfamilysearch.com/Members/epapers01.htm.

  4. David Dobson Scots in the West Indies, 1707-1857, Volume 2 p. 103. NB the birth-date given does not reconcile with the immediately preceding entry for Hinton Spalding graduating MD of Edinburgh 1802 [sic]. The Edinburgh MD degree appears in fact to have been awarded in 1807, The Literary Panorama, and National Register, Volume 3 1808 p. 195.

  5. Kenneth J. Panton, Historical Dictionary of the British Empire p. 406; R. J. Gavin Aden Under British Rule, 1839-1967 p. 180.

Further Information

Jane Rankin (1788-1861)
Robert; Hinton; William Shand, Eliza Jane, Helen, Charles Anthony; Colin Alexander

Lodged in Kingston, Jamaica in 1854.



Associated Claims (12)

£3,499 3s 7d
Awardee (Receiver)
£398 17s 11d
£236 1s 4d
£180 14s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,545 10s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£992 1s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£2,087 17s 10d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£124 13s 6d
£55 14s 7d
£1,656 5s 9d
Awardee (Receiver)
£2,943 5s 8d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,978 4s 11d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Associated Estates (13)

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
1823 [EA] - → Other

Sold enslaved people from St Andrew to this estate between 1820 and 1823.

1832 [EA] - → Attorney
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner
1834 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1834 [EA] - → Receiver
1839 [EA] - → Not known
1809 [EA] - 1820 [LA] → Owner
1823 [EA] - → Other

Previous owner of some of these enslaved people

1834 [EA] - 1839 [LA] → Owner
1832 [EA] - → Not known
1823 [EA] - → Agent
1832 [EA] - → Agent

Legacies Summary

Imperial (1)

Founding member
notes →
Hinton Spalding (d. 1900), the grandson of Dr Hinton Spalding of Jamaica and himself born in Jamaica c. 1846, founded the Perim Coal Co. to establish a coaling station on Perim in the Red Sea c....
sources →
Kenneth J. Panton, Historical Dictionary of the British Empire p....

Relationships (3)

Other relatives
Notes →
William Shand's first wife Eliza Rankin was the sister of Hinton Spalding's wife Jane...
Father → Son
Son → Father
Notes →
The Robert Spalding who was attorney on Mavis Bank in 1788 has been Inferred by LBS to have been the Robert Spalding d. 1792 who was the father of Hinton...