John Simpson of Fair Lawn Kent

???? - 1847

Claimant or beneficiary


John Simpson of Fair Lawn Kent, son and heir of John Simpson of Bounty Hall (d. 1785) and Elizabeth Simpson of Portland Place (q.v.), and one of the beneficiaries of the will of Thomas Pepper Thompson (q.v.). It is clear that John Simpson's Jamaica estates had been overwhelmed by debt by the 1820s, with debts to Thomas Pepper Thompson, Adam Cliff and the Hartleys of Whitehaven.

  1. Will of John Simpson formerly of Fair Lawn Kent but now residing at Calais France [made in 1843] proved 07/12/1847. He had, he said been entitled under the will of [his sister] Elizabeth Dunn to the sum of £4341 18s 7d, which he instructed be held for the benefit of his four children given as John Simpson, Thomas Thompson Simpson, Eleanor Lawrence the wife of Henery [sic] Bradley and Amelia Louisa Simpson. He left his three estates of Vale Royal, Lancaster and Maria Bueno in Trelawny, Mount Carmel 'a cattle penn' in St Ann and Tilstone in trust to John Kenyon and his [the testator's] son-in-law James Langdon Reynolds Skinner of London, subject to the provisions of an indenture of 30/04/1841 between him [the testator] and Adam Cliff, Thomas and John Hartley and others providing for the payment of amounts owed to them by John Simpson the testator, for the benefit as to 1/4 each of his sons John and Thomas, and 2/4 between his two daughters Eleanor Lawrence Bradley and Amelia Louisa Simpson, and his [the testator's] natural son John Thomas Simpson of Farndon in Cheshire and James Langdon Skinner, identified as the widower of his [the testators'] late natural daughter Hannah. In a codicil also of 1843 he excluded Amelia Louisa from the inheritance her share of Elizabeth Dunn's legacy should she [Amelia] marry or cohabit with 'one Charles Antonio Dezille].


  1. PROB 11/2066/463.

Further Information

Name in compensation records
John Simpson
John, Thomas, Eleanor, Amelia; two natural children, John Thomas andHannah

Associated Claims (1)

£2,422 17s 4d
Claimants in List E or Chancery cases

Associated Estates (8)

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
1785 [EA] - 1789 [LA] → Heir
1794 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Owner

Shown as owner from 1794, though paying his mother dower from the estate.

1785 [EA] - 1786 [LA] → Heir
1826 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Other

Owned a group of 43 or 42 enslaved people on this estate.

- 1847 [EY] → Owner
1785 [EA] - 1789 [LA] → Heir
1794 [EA] - 1847 [LA] → Owner
- 1847 [LA] → Owner

Legacies Summary

Political (1)

Local Government
office →
High Sheriff
1806 - 1807

Relationships (8)

Son → Mother
Son → Father
Brother → Sister
Uncle → Nephew
Brother → Sister
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (1)

Fair Lawn, Sevenoaks, Kent, South-east England, England