Frances N. Macnamara

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Claimant or beneficiary


Mrs. Frances Norton Macnamara awarded (as Frances N. Macnamara) the compensation for the enslaved people on the Fragrante [?] estate in Trinidad. She appears as Frances Norton Macnamara in the index of Slave Registers for the Virgin Islands in 1818 and Trinidad for 1822 and 1825; in the latter, a number of the enslaved people registered in Trinidad had been born in Tortola.

  1. Geo Cummins of Port of Spain (as son-in-law) registered 38 slaves for Mrs Frances Norton Macnamara 'being her property and in her possession' in 1832.

  2. "F.McNamara of Trinidad but residing in London conveyed Belle Air to trustees, subject to a mortgage from Ruckers and rent charge of £300 pa to Darca [sic] McNamara his wife, to son W.B.Macnamara of Sloan Terrace" [n.d.?].

  3. The will of Darcus McNamara widow of St Pancras Middlesex was proved 21/01/1831. The will identifies her as widow of Francis McNamara late of Escurial estate in Trinidad and now residing at 28 Church Street St Pancras. She left monetary legacies to nieces and nephews, and alludes to the settlement of the annuity secured to her on Belle Air, but makes no reference to either a son W.B. Macnamara or (presumably) a daughter-in-law Frances N. Macnamara or McNamara, or to the Fragrante estate.


T71/893-894 Trinidad No. 1187; Slave Registers 1818 Virgin Islands, 1822 and 1825 Trinidad (personal). No probate or will for her has yet been found. Neither of the 'Mrs Macnamaras' in Boyle's 1836, at 75 Wimpole Street or of 1 Nottingham Place and Llangoed Castle, appears connected, Directory of London (Boyle’s Court & Fashionable Guide), 1836: their wills are at PROB 11/1858/95 (Mary MacNamara widow of Llangoed Castle) and PROB 11/1841/316 (Maria commonly called 'Countess' Macnamara of St Marylebone respectively. However, one legatee of Mary MacNamara was Margaret Norton Purcell, suggesting a possible link between Mary Macnamara and Frances Norton Macnamara as well as a certain link between Margaret Norton Purcell and the Chancery suit of Purcell v Macnamara in Virgin Islands claim no. 11.

  1. T71/518 p. 3244.

  2. Vere Langford Oliver, Caribbeana being miscellaneous papers relating to the history, genealogy, topography, and antiquities of the British West Indies (6 vols., London, Mitchell, Hughes and Clarke, 1910-1919), Vol II pp. 287-8.

  3. PROB 11/1780/302.

Further Information

Married but no further details

Associated Claims (1)

£1,687 17s 7d

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
1818 [EA] - 1818 [LA] → Owner

Relationships (1)

Mother-in-law → Son-in-law