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Will of Colin Campbell  [of New Hope] 1761, [Jamaica, RGD LOS 32/177]


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I Colin Campbell of the parish of Westmoreland…doe make this my last will and testament…

I give to my dear and loving wife Mary Campbell twelve Negroes such as she shall chuse…during her natural life, one half of my household furniture, plate, gold watch & chain, chaise, two chaise horses, riding horses, sadle and furniture with two riding mules such as she shall chuse…

It is my will that my two sons Tomlin[1] and James[2] Campbell are not to be allowed to return to this island till they arrive at the age of twenty four years at least under the forfeiture of his fortune hereafter mentioned unless it be with the approbation of my executors and their guardians…

I give and bequeath to each of my two sons Tomlin and James Campbell £4,000 current money of this island to be paid at their respective ages of 21 years…and in case of the death of both it is my will that £5,000 of their fortune devolve on Sarah, Mary[3], Henrietta,[4] Elizabeth[5] & Margaret[6] Campbells their sisters…

It is my will that the said £4,000 bequeathed as above to each of my two sons shall be put out at interest on good security and the yearly interest to be duly collected every year and put to interest for the use of my two sons’ use but only when my executors have got such sums from the produce of my estates real and personal or as it can allow of yearly and when they are of proper age and as each of their capacities allows of to be bred to such professions as my executors shall judge fittest for their geniuses

I give an bequeath to my daughters Sarah, Mary, Henrietta Elizabeth & Margaret Campbells £1,500 currency each at their respective ages of twenty one years or day of marriage…and in case of the death of all my said daughters before they attain the age of twenty one it is my will that their fortunes devolve on their two brothers Tomlin and James…

In case of the death of my two sons and five daughters it is my will that it reverts to my eldest son John Campbell.

I give and bequeath to my sisters Henrietta, Janet and Mary in Scotland, North Britain, the sum of £100 Sterling each in a year after all my lawful debts are discharged.

I give and bequeath to my loving father-in-law Doctor William Graham[7] my gold watch, silver mounted pistols and one of my best riding horses

I give and bequeath to my cousin Robert Campbell nephew of the late Sheriff Clerk of Argyleshire £100 Sterling to be paid in one year after my death.

I give and bequeath to my loving brother Capt. John Campbell[8] a case of my silver mounted pistols, my gold watch and seal left me by my uncle Col. John Campbell,[9] my silver mounted gun, best riding horse and furniture.

I give to my nephew Alexander McLachlan[10] £50, all my wearing apparel & body linnen.

It is my will that whatever such sums may appear due by accompt or otherwise from my nephew Dugald McLachlan[11] are not to be demanded till in good circumstances.

I give to my mother-in-law Sarah Graham £50 to buy mournings

I give to my father-in-law Doctor William Graham £50 to buy mournings

I give to my brother Capt. John Campbell £50 to buy mournings

I give to my nephew John Campbell[12] £50 to buy mournings

I give to my cousin John Campbell Salt Spring[13] £50 to buy mournings and to each of my relations as my executors shall think fitt

I give to my Godson Charles Graves £100 to buy him two Negro girls

I give devise and bequeath to my loving son John Campbell[14] [and heirs] all the rest and remainder of my estate real and personal here and elsewhere not already devised

In case of [his] death to Tomlin [then] to James…and in case of their deaths it is my will that my five daughters be paid £1,000 currency each as an addition to their fortune already mentioned…

In case of all my sons’ death without lawful issue it is my will that my loving wife shall have the use of one half of the produce of my estate in full lieu of dower during her natural life, the other half I give and bequeath equally between my brother John Campbell and my nephew John Campbell my brother James’ son and to their heirs male, and after the death of my wife I give and bequeath the other half to my said brother and nephew…

Failing lawful male issue of their bodies I give and bequeath my estate to my nephew Peter Campbell, son to my brother Peter and heirs male…

It is my will that my waiting man Cako be well used and kept to bring in runaways or such easy offices as my executors shall judge proper and that he shall be allowed a third of white man’s allowances as by the law of the island directed.

It is my will and desire that my son John Campbell be brought up to the law either as a barrister or attorney[15] if his genius will permit or to some other profession…at the direction of my executors and guardians

And it is my will that in case my executors are obliged to go off this island through sickness or other worldly affairs that they shall appoint such in their place as they shall judge proper…

I make my loving wife executrix during her widowhood and no longer, joint with my son John, my brother Capt. John Campbell, Doctor William Graham, nephew John Campbell of Orange Bay & cousin John Campbell of Salt Spring executors


Colin Campbell, 27 August 1759

Witnesses, Charles McArthur, John Elling, Archibald Campbell[16]


Proved before Alexander Crawford [magistrate] 26 February 1761


[Colin Campbell was buried at New Hope in June 1760]




[1] Tomlin Campbell baptised in Westmoreland 26 December 1743, died before 1801;  named after his mother, Mary Tomlin

[2] James Campbell baptised in Westmoreland 23 January 1746. From about 1772 he lived at Kendal in Hanover parish and died about 1809

[3] Mary Campbell baptised in Westmoreland 20 August 1750. She married Peter Campbell II of Fish River where she was buried in 1778

[4] Henrietta Campbell baptised in Westmoreland 20 March 1753

[5] Elizabeth Campbell baptised in Westmoreland 17 September 1754. In 1769 she married, in Westmoreland, Colin Campbell of Hanover parish, her cousin Colin of Campbelton, the only son of Capt. John Campbell

[6] Margaret Campbell baptised in Westmoreland 17 September 1757. Widowed as Lady Margaret Hay by 1800, she died at Boulogne-sur-mer in 1837

[7] Colin Campbell had first married in Jamaica Mary Tomlin, an orphan, in 1739. Mary Graham was his second wife and appears to have been the mother of his daughters. Dr. William Graham owned land on the North side of Jamaica and in Westmoreland

[8] Capt. John Campbell had retired from the sea and lived at Orange Bay in Hanover where he was buried in 1766

[9] Colonel John Campbell of Black River, d.1740, named these items in his will

[10] Alexander McLachlan, son of Colin Campbell’s sister Elizabeth and Lachlan McLachlan of Fassfern. Alexander lived on the North side of Jamaica where he owned a stock pen, Rock Pleasant, and leased a sugar plantation, Cheshire. He died in London in 1783

[11] Dugald McLachlan, a doctor, brother of Alexander. In a letter of 1757 to his cousin James Campbell of Kaims, Colin Campbell mentions the problems that Dugald McLachlan was having in collecting debts owed to him. Dugald retired to Berkshire, England, where he died in 1795

[12] John Campbell of Orange Bay, only son of James of Orange Bay [d.1744] Colin’s brother

[13] John Campbell, only son of Dugald Campbell of Salt Spring [d.1744]

[14] John Campbell baptised in Westmoreland 13 May 1742.

[15] John Campbell was sent to a school at Enfield, Middlesex (Mr. Kinross) and graduated (B.A) from Trinity College Cambridge in 1763. In 1784 he was appointed a judge of the Supreme Court and to the Privy Council of Jamaica. He died in London in 1801

[16] Assumed to be Archibald Campbell the younger of Knockbuy who had recently arrived in Jamaica and married there Ann Browne. He established a stock pen, Minard, in St. Ann’s parish on the North side of the island

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