Margaret Harvey

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Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation for the enslaved people on Lower and Upper Conference estates in Grenada with her husband James [Octavius Lee] Harvey (q.v.) as owners-in-fee: in fact, they were tenants-for-life under the will of her father John Harvey ne Rae of Castle Semple.

  1. Eldest daughter of John Rae Harvey of Castle Semple (d. 1820, who had inherited estates in Grenada from his uncle Robert Harvey (1732-1791)) She married in 1816 Colonel James Octavius Lee of the 92nd Gordon Highlanders, upon which Col. Lee changed his name to Harvey. Her sister Elizabeth became Countess of Buchan (q.v., under Elizabeth Erskine, countess of Buchan). Her father John Rae Harvey and Robert Farquhar (q.v.) were half-brothers.

  2. The 'will' of Margaret Harvey 'wife of Lochwinnoch Renfrewshire' was proved 04/06/1849 (although it is indexed as a will, the document, which shows her 'of Castlesemple', is a joint deed with her husband James Octavius Lee Harvey 'residing at Castlesemple' conveying estates at Mouswald Dumfriesshire to their eldest son John Rae Lee Harvey and his heirs with remainder to their second son James Octavius Lee Harvey and then to their daughter Catharine).


T71/880 Grenada nos. 781 and 782, which identifies the couple as of Scotland.

  1. Rev. Robert D. Mackenzie, 'Kilbarchan: a parish history', Paisley: Alexander Gardner n.d. , pp. 239-41; Alexander Dingwall Fordy[ce], 'Family record of the name of Dingwall Fordyce in Aberdeenshire: including relatives of both names separately and connections', (Fergus, Ontario Canada 1888), No. 69 Harvey, of Kinmundy etc. Pp. XC-CV.

  2. PROB 11/2094/333

Further Information

Col. James Octavius Lee
John Rae, James Octavius, Henry, Catherine, Margaret

Associated Claims (2)

£3,990 13s 0d
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£4,472 5s 8d

Associated Estates (2)

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] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Joint owner

Legacies Summary

Cultural (1)

Henry Raeburn's portrait of Margaret Lee Harvey and her child was reportedly sold at auction in... 
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Relationships (5)

Niece → Uncle
Wife → Husband
Daughter → Father
Sister → Brother

Addresses (1)

Castle Semple, Renfrewshire, Central Scotland, Scotland