Alexander Gillespie

???? - 1846

Claimant or beneficiary


Alexander Gillespie of Sunnyside, Lanark. Awarded compensation with John Deacon (q.v.) as the two surviving trustees of John Inglis (q.v.).

  1. Alexander Gillespie was one of three trustees for John Inglis who died in 1822 or 1823, the senior partner in Inglis Ellice of Mark Lane. This John Inglis is not to be confused with John Inglis of East India House (whose will is PROB 11/1661).

  2. John Inglis' will (dated 28/08/1822, PROB 11/1660) appears to make no mention of Deacon, Campbell or Gillespie, identified as trustees for John Inglis in the Slave Compensation Records. It is a trust will but the executors and trustees are identical, viz. Inglis's two sons John Bellingham and James, and two sons-in-law. Administration was granted to Robert Ellice in July 1834.

  3. 27th October 1817: "At the Manse of Lanark, Alexander Gillespie, Esq. of Sunnyside, to Miss Jane Menzies, eldest daughter of the Rev. W. Menzies, Minister of Lanark." They had at least 8 daughters and 3 sons - all baptised in Lanark between 1819 and 1840. "[Deaths] Dec. 28 [1839] At Sunnyside, Lanark, the wife of Alexander Gillespie, senior, late of America-Square." Give that Alexander Gillespie jun. was active in Montreal in 1827, the ann marrying in October 1817 must have been Alexander Gillespie jun. rather than his father.

  4. The will and inventory of Alexander Gillespie of Sunnyside, Lanark, were lodged at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, dated 05/06/1846.


T71/860 Manchester claim no. 441 (Farenough); T71/852 St Catherine claim no. 671; T71/854 St John claim no. 206 (Mount Pleasant); T71/855 St Thomas-in-the-East claim no. 41 (Mount Pleasant); T71/884 St Lucia claim no. 754 (Saphir). This latter claim ties Alexander Gillespie of the awards to Alexander Gillespie of Sunnyside.

  1. TNA T71/860 Manchester No. 441 for the status of the trustees. The East India Company called a meeting in August 1822 to elect a director in room of the other John Inglis Esq., deceased [London Gazette, Issue 17847, 27/08/1822, p. 1414].

  2. PROB 11/1660 proved 28/08/1822.

  3. Edinburgh Magazine and Literary Miscellany, Vol. 80 p. 398. batch nos. C11648-8 and C11648-9. Gentleman's Magazine, Vol. 168 p. 222.

  4. General Register Office for Scotland, SC70/1/67 and SC70/4/2.

Further Information

Jane Menzies
Alexander (1819-), William (1822-), Grizel (1824-), Mary Catherine (1826-), Elizabeth Agnes (1827-), Helen (1829-), Jessy Ann (1831-), Emma (1832-), Octavia (1834-), Thomas John (1836-)

Associated Claims (5)

£1,884 11s 1d
Awardee (Trustee)
£53 4s 5d
Awardee (Trustee)
£2,015 16s 11d
Awardee (Trustee)
£3,483 5s 1d
Awardee (Trustee)
£2,095 10s 4d
Unsuccessful claimant (Trustee)

Associated Estates (4)

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] → Trustee
1822 [SY] - 1834 [LA] → Trustee
1823 [EA] - 1834 [LA] → Trustee
1834 [EA] - → Trustee

Legacies Summary

Commercial (1)


Relationships (1)

Trustee → Beneficiary of Trust

Addresses (2)

America Square, London, Middlesex, London, England
Sunnyside Lodge, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Central Scotland, Scotland