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WILL OF COLIN CAMPBELL, 1752,
[PRO London, PROB 11/793]
[See Descendants of John Campbell]
I Colin Campbell1 heretofore of the Island of Jamaica in America but now residing in the parish of St. George Hanover Square Middlesex Esquire...
Whereas before my intermarriage with my beloved wife Margaret Campbell which was celebrated in the Island of Jamaica did by a certain settlement...appoint unto my wife an annuity of £500 current money of Jamaica to be paid to my wife in case the marriage should take effect and she should me survive after my decease during her natural life...in full lieu and barr of all dower or thirds...which settlement was duly recorded in the Secretary's Office of the island...
Now I do hereby direct that in lieu of my marriage settlement my wife shall after my decease have and receive and be at liberty in the first place to retain for her own use out of the produce of all my estates in Jamaica during the term of her natural life or until the death of my honoured mother Mrs Elizabeth Campbell...it not being my intention to make any other alteration with respect to the marriage settlement than by raising and encreasing the amount thereof to £500 money of Great Britain...
Whereas my mother Elizabeth Campbell2 is in possession of and entitled to receive a considerable sum of money yearly out of my estates in Jamaica during the term of her natural life I hereby direct that after [her] decease in case my wife should survive her I hereby bequeath to her one entire annuity of £1,000 current money to be paid to her in the first place out of the produce of my estates during the term of her natural life in full barr and satisfaction of all claims of dower or thirds out of my estates real and personal in Jamaica as well as in this Kingdom
I further give unto my dear wife Margaret Campbell all my jewells plate books and pictures my coach and chariot and all my Mathematical and other instruments...
As my wife may after my decease choose to live in Jamaica I give her full power so long time as she shall continue my widow but no longer to live and reside upon any of my plantations and at any of the dwelling houses as will be most agreeable and convenient to her...
She shall choose with liberty to raise poultry hogs sheep and goats and to plant corn in my mountains for the use of house and family...
I likewise give my wife the use and enjoyment of any of my Negroes at her own choice and election except Drivers Headsmen and Boylers such choice to be made within eighteen months of my death...
I give unto my son Colin Campbell and [his] heirs all my full and entire moiety or one half of the Estate called Orange Bay3 situate in the parish of Hanover in Jamaica together with the Dwelling house and Out offices Water Milk and Cattle-mill Boyling house Curing house Still house Store house and Crane at the sea side Negro houses Negroes Cattle Mules Coppers Mill work and all Utensils Implements Stock and Appurtenances
I give unto my son Colin Campbell and [his] heirs all my full and entire moiety or one half of the Estate called Fish River4 situate in the parish of Hanover in Jamaica together with the Dwelling house and Out Offices Water Milk and Cattle-mill Boyling house Curing house Still house Negro houses Negroes Cattle Mules Coppers Mill work and all Utensils Implements Stock and Appurtenances...
I further give unto my son Colin Campbell all that run of land containing three hundred acres more or less which my father gave me situate and interjacent between Orange Bay Plantation and Fish River Plantation...5
I further give unto my son Colin Campbell all that other run of land which I purchased of the heirs of Hugh King containing by estimation seven hundred acres more or less being contiguous with and adjoining to the aforesaid three hundred acres and the two plantations called Orange Bay and Fish River...6
The several estates so given to be and remain subject to such jointures or other charges...in and by this will
And whereas my son John Campbell will on my death become entitled to all my other plantations7 and estates by virtue of the residuary device in this my will...
[Proviso 1: should either John or Colin die without issue and before reaching the age of majority, the survivor is to inherit the other's share]
[Proviso 2: his wife is pregnant  and should the child be a son, than that son to inherit the share of either deceased elder brothers]
[Proviso 3: if no son survives to the age of 21 and without issue then the following is to apply]
I give and devise all my plantations estates and parcels of land which I have given unto my sons amongst my daughters and the heirs of their bodies...to be equally divided as tenants in common
If my daughters shall afterwards intermarry...the husbands shall immediately and at all times assume and constantly use the surname of Campbell and no other surname and also use utmost endeavours to procure an Act of Parliament for the calling of them Campbell and no other surname...
In default of complyance by such husband or husbands then each and every of my daughters whose husband shall make default herein shall forfeit all her right and title to any part of my estate save only their respective legacies or portions of £4,000 each hereinafter given...
I give unto my daughter Elizabeth Campbell the sum of £4,000 [Sterling] and to my daughter Margaret Jane Campbell the like sum and in case my wife be with child and the same shall be a son the I give unto such son £4,000 [Sterling]...in case a daughter then I bequeath unto such daughter £3,000 [Sterling]...the said portions paid to my daughters when they shall attain the age of twenty one or be marryed...
[Proviso: should any daughter die unmarried before the age of twenty one, her share to equally divided between the survivors. If only one survives, the legacy is limited to £6,000 with the residue to sink into the estate]
In case they marry with the consent and approbation of my executrix and executors and their guardians a further £3,000 to be payable on the day of marriage to but cloaths or otherwise to be disposed of at their discretion...
For the better ordering and ascertaining of the allowance to be made by my executors for the maintenance and education of my children during their respective minorities I authorise the yearly sums following...
For my sons John and Colin until they attain their respective ages of sixteen years any sum not exceeding £100 [Sterling] each...until their respective ages of eighteen years...not exceeding £200 [Sterling] each in order to the fitting out and supporting them at the University of Oxford during that period of time...after their respective ages of eighteen I recommend it to my executors to send them to Geneva as a proper place to compleat their education under the care of a discreet tutor or governor...any sum not exceeding £400 [Sterling] per annum...
In case my sons after making a proper stay at Geneva shall proceed on their travells into foreign parts...£600 [Sterling] per annum untill they shall become entitled to their respective estates...
In case my executors find the Debts and Incumbrances upon my estates then I leave it entirely to [their] discretion to moderate and reduce such allowances as they see fit...
With respect to the education of my daughters and after born son in case any such there be...I desire they may be allowed until the age of fifteen any sum not exceeding £100 [Sterling] for each...until seventeen any sum not exceeding £150...untill nineteen years or marriage of my daughters any sum not exceeding £200...untill twenty one years or marriage any sum not exceeding £250...
All which Annuities Legacies Portions Provisions and Debts I do hereby charge upon all my Real and Personal estate...
I direct that the profits from all my plantations and estates in this Kingdom and Jamaica be in the first place applyed and disposed of by my executors until John Campbell shall attain the age of twenty one in keeping down of the jointures chargeable thereon...the surplus to be invested in Government Funds or Securities in order to raise a Fund in order to pay for the several portions given to my daughters and after born son if any there shall be...
I recommend in a particular manner to my executors sometime before John Campbell shall attain the age of twenty one to Settle and Fix and Adjust in the most equitable manner they can the proportions to be born by my sons respectively of the yearly allowances then subsisting...in order to prevent any dispute between my sons...
I appoint my wife Margaret Campbell and my loving Brother in Law Thomas Foster8 to be Executrix and Executor and guardians to my children...None of my plantations or any part thereof to be Leased to any person upon any Terms whatsoever and I allow them for their trouble and care the sum of £5 per centum for Commission upon the produce of all my Estates...in case they shall not be content herewith then I appoint my nearest Relation resident in Jamaica at the time of my decease to be one of the executors if he accepts of this condition...
In case Margaret Campbell my wife shall intermarry then she shall no longer intermeddle in the execution of my will save only as guardian of my children...
I appoint John Campbell my eldest son to be one of the executors after he shall attain the age of twenty one years and also to be guardian to his younger brother and sisters during their minorities
Signed 16th September 17489
Witnesses: John Gordon, John Elling, Jonathan Phipps
[Margaret Campbell appeared to prove the will on 16th April 175210, her brother Thomas Foster appeared one week later on 23rd April]
1Son of Hon. John Campbell of Black River [d.1740] a Privy Councillor of the Island. [See Descendants of John Campbell]
2Elizabeth was Colin's step-mother. His own mother, Katherine Clayborn, had died in 1715. Colin erected a memorial to her in Jamaica: HERE LIES KATHERINE, WIFE TO JOHN CAMPBELL, AND DAUGHTER TO COLONEL CLAYBORN, AND JOINT HEIRESS WITH HER SISTER. SHE DIED 1715 AGED 34 YEARS. THIS TOMB THEIR ELDEST SON COLIN HAS CAUSED TO BE ERECTED AS HIS FILIAL DUTY AND AFFECTION, DECEMBER 25th 1740. [Archer, ' Monumental Inscriptions of the West Indies']
3The other half of Orange Bay plantation belonged to John Campbell (inherited from his father, James d.1744)
4The other half of Fish River plantation belonged to Peter Campbell II (inherited form his father, Peter, d.1739)
5All the lands in the vicinity of Orange Bay that were owned by Colin's father are shown on a 1729 patent map in the National Library of Jamaica [Hanover 146]
6Possibly the location of Campbleton
7In 1754, 'A List of Landowners in the Island of Jamaica,' [CO 142/31] "Colin Campbell, deceased" is listed as having the following: Hanover 3513 acres, Westmoreland 60 acres, St. Elizabeth 7720 acres
8In 1754 Thomas Foster owned 6,572 acres in St. Elizabeth
9Journals of the Board of Trade and Plantations: January 1742 - December 1749: Copy of an Order of Council, dated the 30th of July, 1748, approving a representation of this Board, proposing Charles Dawes, Esquire, to be one of the Council of Jamaica, in the room of Colin Campbell, Esquire, who has been several years absent from that Island
10 Thomas Thistlewood diary, 4th February 1752: "Heard that Colin Campbell Esq. near Black River died a week or ten day ago. He was sometimes called 'Counsellor Campbell' but more often 'Little Colin' to distinguish him from another of the same name who lives towards the west end and is usually called 'Long Colin Campbell'"
WILL OF HON. JOHN CAMPBELL,
New Hope, 1802, [PRO London, PROB 11/1379]
[See Descendants of Colin Campbell]
This is the last will and testament of me the Honorable John Campbell of New Hope in the Island of Jamaica now residing in Conduit Street in the parish of St. George Hanover Square London
I direct that all my just debts and the expenses of proving this will shall be fully paid out of my pens and estates except such parts as hereinafter bequeathed to my dear wife Helen Campbell
I give and devise my plantation called Kendall1 in the parish of Hanover Jamaica unto the use of my brother James Campbell now residing in the island his heirs and assigns forever.
I give and bequeath all my household goods pictures, china, plate, jewells, horses and carriages to my dear wife Helen Campbell
I give and bequeath all my Plantations or Sugar works Messuages, Buildings, Mills, Lands, Tenements and Real Estate in the Island of Jamaica or elsewhere to the use of my brother James Campbell and Anthony Morris Storrer of Purly in the county of Berks. Esquire and Peter Campbell the younger of Baker Street Portman Square in the county of Middlesex [executors]...in Trust for my children John Graham Campbell, Tomlin Campbell, Archibald Campbell, James Campbell and Anna Maria Campbell in equal share as Tenants in Common...for and towards their respective Maintenance Education and Benefit during their Minorities
I declare that if all my said sons shall die under the age of twenty one and my said daughter shall die under that age without having married all my Plantations...shall be in Trust for my Nephew Peter Campbell the younger2...
I declare that it shall be lawful for James Campbell, Anthony Morris Storrer and Peter Campbell, by mortgage or sale of any part of the said premises...to raise and levy Money for the purpose of paying such part of my Debts as my personal estate shall be insufficient to discharge and also any Mortgage or other Incumbrance affecting my any part of my Real Estate and to apply the Money so raised in satisfying such Debts Mortgages and Incumbrances...
And whereas part of the said Plantations, Hereditaments and Premises3 is in the possession of William Beckford Esquire and a suit is at this time pleading in the Court of Chancery of Jamaica...I am in expectation of having a reasonable sum in such suit to be due to me from William Beckford and to have the possession of the said Estate delivered to me...I direct that in case the suit be determined in the lifetime of my wife Helen Campbell then my [executors] do by mortgage or sale raise so much Money as will be sufficient to purchase a clear annuity of £700 [Sterling] upon the life of my wife...in addition to the provision which was settled upon her at the time of our Marriage...in lieu barr and full satisfaction of any Dower rights or thirds...
And in case the said suit shall be determined in the lifetime of my natural son John Prior Campbell of Kelvedon Hall in the county of Essex I further direct that my [executors] purchase a clear annuity of £300 [Sterling] on the life of my natural son...
And in case the said suit shall be determined in the lifetime of my servant Thomas Weaver I further direct that my [executors] purchase a clear annuity of £50 [Sterling]...
I direct that as soon as the suit shall be determined my [executors] raise the sum of £3,000 [Sterling] and pay the same to my Mother Mary Campbell of Kelvedon Hall...
And in case the said suit shall be determined in the lifetime of my sister Henrietta Campbell I further direct that my [executors] raise the sum of £1,000 and pay the same unto my sister...
And in case the said suit shall be determined in the lifetime of my sister Lady Margaret Hay I further direct that my [executors] raise the sum of £1,000 and pay the same to my sister...
I give and bequeath all my ready Money, securities for Money, Goods, Chattels, Personal estate and effects not otherwise disposed of to [executors] to be invested or placed at Interest in the Stocks, Funds and Securities in Trust for my sons and daughter... for and towards Maintenance and Education until their respective ages of twenty one years...
[Proviso: all shares of any child dying before the age of 21 to be divided amongst the survivors]
I declare that it shall be lawful for my [executors] to agree and ____ with any person who after my death shall be debtors or accountants to or who shall appear or pretend to be creditors or claimants upon my estate
I appoint my wife Helen Campbell, James Campbell, Anthony Morris Storrer and Peter Campbell the younger Executrix and Executor of this my will and I give to [them] all such Real Estates as are now vested in me by way of Mortgage in order to enable them with the greatest ease and convenience recover, receive and get in the Money served by such Mortgage for the purpose of this my will...
I appoint Helen Campbell, James Campbell, Anthony Morris Storrer and Peter Campbell the younger as Guardians of my children
Signed, John Campbell, 19th February 1799
Witnesses, Robert Sanderson Atty. Neil Caldwell, clerk to Mr Sanderson, John Keley servant to Mrs Campbell
Proved in London 16th August 1802, administration granted to Helen Campbell, widow
Marginal note of 30th May 1810
...administration, of the will and of the goods and chattels of the late John Campbell of the New Hope in Jamaica decd. afterward by Helen Campbell widow since deceased the relict and one of the executors named in the said will, was granted to John Graham Campbell Esquire4 the son and one of the legatees having been first sworn duly to administer James Campbell and Anthony Morris Storrer
1In 1811 Kendall was in the hands of David Shakespeare. See Descendants of John Campbell
2Peter Campbell III of Fish River, Hanover and Kilmory in Argyll
3By 1814 John Graham Campbell was in possession of Auchindown, Albany, Bluefields, Bog, New Hope and Retrieve, estates, all in the parish of Westmoreland
4In 1828, a long-standing wrangle (originating in 1768) came to Chancery in London. The plaintiff was John Graham Campbell, the respondent Esrkine Douglass Sandford, heir to William Graham of Jamaica. The causes were unpaid legacies on the one part and unpaid debts on the other.
WILL OF PETER CAMPBELL II,
Kilmory & Jamaica,1818, [PRO London, PROB 11/1601]
[See Descendants of Peter Campbell
The last will and testament of Peter Campbell now residing at Abinger Hall in the county of Surrey
Firstly I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved daughters Deborah Campbell, Louise Henrietta Scarlett1 and Elizabeth Campbell the sum of £3,000 each to be paid them twelve months after my decease with the Interest to the payment of which I subject all my property both real and Personal in Great Britain or the Island of Jamaica in Trust for my executors and Trustees and for the sole and separate use of my daughters and over which their respective husbands shall have no control whatever
Secondly it is my express desire that the legacies of £2,000 left them by their Grandmother Mrs Briscoe's2 will be paid them with the legal interest due thereon agreeable to the tenor of the said will...
Thirdly it is my wish that...as soon after my decease as my executors and Trustees find it convenient a proper spot of ground in the parish of St. Mary be purchased for depositing the remains of my beloved son Colin Woodstock Campbell and those of my Granddaughter Mary Ann Campbell3 in a vault for that purpose and for my own...
Fourthly it is my wish...that the consignment of the produce of my estates of Scotland, Fish River and Petersville4 in Jamaica may be continued to the house of Milligan Robertson and Milligan in Fenchurch Street London until my debt to them is liquidated or as long as my Trustrees and Executors think it advisable
Fifthly it is my will if my dearly beloved son and Residuary Legatee before the sundry devises by this will due shall be able to purchase such good and sufficient security as be approved by the devisees I give and bequeath to him all my estates both Real and Personal excepting such sums as I may by a Codicil specifically devise either in Great Britain or the Island of Jamaica
Sixthly it is my will that my grandson Robert Campbell Scarlett, my grandson James Scarlett and Peter Scarlett5 be paid out of the produce of my estates £2,000 each clear of all deductions on their arriving at the age of twenty one
Lastly I do appoint my dearly beloved son my son-in-law James Scarlett Esq. of Abinger Hall my friend Dr. Robert Scarlett6 now in Switzerland and my Agent in Jamaica Philip Anglin Scarlett7 Trustees and Executors of this my last will
Peter Campbell 20th January 1817
Witnesses John Taylor Lamb, curate of Abinger in Surrey, John Curtis surgeon Dorking Surrey, George King yeoman Abinger
To my truly beloved Friend Miss Maria Turner of Clapton Middlesex I bequeath £500 clear of any deduction as a very inadequate mark of my sincere affection for her
To the Revd. Richard Moseley Atkinson of Aesbury in Oxfordshire I leave £500 as a token of my esteem and gratitude for his long friendly attention and services to me and my family
To Mrs Deborah Campbell8 of Green Island in the parish of Hanover I bequeath an annuity of £30 which at her decease I desire may be applied by my executors to the support of her children
To William Campbell the son of a woman of colour called Maria in the parish of St Elizabeth I leave the sum of £300 to assist him in his profession to be paid him in a way my Trustees and Executors may deem most for his advantage without any deduction
To my trusty faithful servant of colour Jacob Campbell now living with me I leave an annuity of £25 for his own and his wife Sarah's life and all my wearing apparel and linen
I desire an annuity of £25 be continued to be paid to Mrs Anna Pound
To each of my servants that shall have lived as such twelve months prior to my decease I leave ten pounds without any deduction whatever on account of stamps or other expence
To my Granddaughters Mary & Louise Scarlett I give £2,000 each on their arriving at the age of twenty one or day of marriage
To my dearly beloved daughter Deborah I bequeath for her life all plate and household linen and the furniture I may die possessed of except the large E____ now at my bankers Messrs Martin, Stone & Martin to be disposed of as she may think fit as I am convinced her late aunt Mrs Yorke9 from who I received it would have done as a mark of her love and gratitude for her dutiful and affectionate attention particularly in her last illness I give to my daughter Elizabeth
My books I give as they are to my son and daughters to be divided between them as they may elect
To my daughter Deborah I leave my Gold repeating watch which was given to me by my son
To my daughter Mrs Scarlett I leave my breast picture containing her mother's hair
To my daughter Elizabeth I leave my Gold studs containing her brother John's10 and Colin's hair
To my son and residuary Legatee I leave all the use of my trinkets to be disposed of as he may think proper
To his dearly beloved children Eliza and Caroline Campbell11 I leave £100 each to purchase a ring or any other appendage as a memorial of my affection
Witnessed 20th January 1817
Witnesses John Taylor Lamb, curate of Abinger in Surrey, John Curtis surgeon Dorking Surrey, George King yeoman Abinger
Proved at London with a Codicil 26th February 1818
1The wife of James Scarlett of Abinger Hall. See the Scarlett family.
2Peter Campbell's mother, Deborah [Woodstock] married Wastel Briscoe after the death of her first husband, Peter Campbell I of Fish River, Hanover
3Daughter of Peter Campbell II's son, Peter III
4Formerly Cumberland Valley plantation in Westmoreland parish bequeathed to Peter II by Wastel Briscoe
5The sons of James and Louise Henrietta Scarlett.
6Robert Scarlett of Ducketts Spring, St. James' parish was also named as an executor of Dugald Campbell of Salt Spring, Hanover [d.1817]
7Philip Anglin Scarlett of Cambridge estate, St. James' parish
8The Hanover parish census of 1823 lists a Deborah Campbell living at Fish River. Her name also appears in the Almanac of Jamaica as a property owner in Hanover
9 Peter Campbell's sister, Elizabeth Woodstock Campbell, married John Yorke in 1769
10John Yorke Campbell
11Their mother was Elizabeth Woollery, daughter of Robert Dunston Woollery of Westmoreland parish, who married Peter Campbell III in 1790, later divorced.
WILL OF PETER CAMPBELL III,
Kilmory & Jamaica,1819, [PRO London, PROB 11/1658]
[See Descendants of Peter Campbell]
Peter Campbell of Kilmory in Argyllshire and also of Upper Montague Street Portman Square...
I give and bequeath to my dearly beloved wife Catherine Margaret Campbell the sum of £500 Sterling
I also bequeath to my wife all my estate and interest in the Messuage or Tenement I now occupy being No 27 Upper Montague Street in the parish of Saint Mary le bone...fixtures, furniture, linen, china, glass, household goods and liquors...and in case during my life I should dispose of the said leasehold house I give to my wife in lieu the sum of £1,500...also...my carriage and carriage horses and all the plate which I now have except such pieces of family plate...
I further bequeath to my wife an annuity of £500 [Sterling] payable out of my plantations and estates called Fish River and Petersville in the several parishes of Hanover and Westmoreland in the Island of Jamaica...the several gifts to my wife to be in lieu barr and full satisfaction of all dower or thirds...
To my daughter Elizabeth Woollery Campbell my massive silver castors having my coat of arms thereon which were given to me by my father on coming to England in 1794
To my daughter Caroline Barclay Campbell an oak box together with about six dozen knives and forks with silver prongs and handles...
I also give to my daughters equally to be divided between them my Library of books...also to each of my daughters the sum of £20,000 Sterling to be paid respectively as and when they attain the age of twenty one years or be married with the consent of their guardians...if either of them shall die under that age and unmarried the legacies shall sink into the general of my estates...the legacies shall bear interest at 5 per cent...applied to the maintenance and education of my daughters during their respective minorities...
To my dear and affectionate sister Deborah Campbell an annuity of £250 as a trifling remuneration for her attention to my daughters at a time when they stood much in need of it...a like annuity of £250 to my sister Elizabeth Campbell with the same feelings of gratitude and affection...I charge both the annuities to my estates Fish River and Petersville...
To my sister Louise Henrietta Scarlett a diamond ring of the value of 100 Guineas...with brotherly affection my father having bequeathed to my nephews and nieces [her] sons and daughters a legacy of £2,000 each...
To each of my nephews and nieces 20 Guineas to purchase some trifling memorial of me...also to my nephew Peter Campbell Scarlett my Gold watch with the chain and seals...
To Elizabeth Lois Woollery the unhappy mother of my daughters now residing in Paris 500 Guineas as a proof joie in peace with her forgiving her all the misery she has occasioned me...
To Margaret Jennings third daughter of my cousin Mary Jennings now residing in Paris £500 Sterling when she shall attain the age of twenty one years or be married...
To John Campbell born...November 1808 and Peter Campbell born March 1813 both now at school in Pollicourt near Falkirk in Scotland...being my reputed sons by Lilly McGregor £4,000 Sterling each when they shall attain the age of twenty one...
To my natural son Peter Metcalfe now residing at Kirby in Yorkshire born June 1805 the annual sum of £20.10s. until he attain the age of twenty one...then the sum of £500...
To each of my natural children Colin Peacock and Mary Peacock no residing in Four____ near Bedale in the county of York an annuity of £25...
To my late father's faithful man of colour Jacob Campbell and his wife Sarah and to the survivor of them an annuity of £25 Sterling in addition to the annuity of £25 given by my father...
To my housekeeper Mrs Mary Flower an annuity of £52.10s.
To my faithful and devoted servant Graham Campbell now in service in Kilmory in Argyle an annuity of £42...
To each of my servants living with me at the time of my death 10 Guineas in addition to any other wages which may be due...
I devise unto Neil Malcolm1 of Hanover Square in the county of Middlesex and George Ricketts of the Inner Temple London Barrister at Law and my nephew Robert Campbell Scarlett of King's Bench Walk London, Barrister their heirs and assigns all that part of Land or Settlement formerly a coffee estate called Maybole in the parish of St. Elizabeth Jamaica containing 450 acres or thereabouts and also that part of land at Orange River adjoining Chesterfield Estate in the said parish...upon Trust to and for the ends intents and purposes hereinafter expressed...that is to say...after my decease...sell and dispose of the said lands either together separately or in parcels by public sale or by private contract...for Bonds Bills of Exchange or otherwise...
I give unto Neil Malcolm George Ricketts and Robert Campbell Scarlett all my ready Money and securities for Money and all the residue of my personal Estate...not specifically bequeathed...upon Trust that my Trustees shall out of my personal estate pay and discharge all my just debts and the several legacies bequeathed by this my will...the residue if any...in public stocks or funds of Great Britain...
[The remaining four pages deal with powers to be granted to the Trustees for administration of the estate 'during the term of one thousand years' in order to meet all the financial bequests - including sales or mortgages. Provisos for the succession of the Estates are laid down - in the first place to the eldest surviving son of his present wife, if any should be born, then to his daughters Elizabeth and Caroline Campbell, then Peter Campbell Scarlett, the son of his sister Henrietta Scarlett, then her daughters. If Peter Campbell Scarlett is to inherit he is to adopt and assume the surname Campbell in addition to Scarlett, by Act of Parliament if necessary. A similar clause appears in the will of Colin Campbell  eldest surviving son of Col. John Campbell of Black River]
Lastly I appoint Neil Malcolm, George Ricketts and Robert Campbell Scarlett2 executors of this my will and Guardians of my daughters
Signed Peter Campbell 8th April 1819
Witnesses: William le Blanc New Bridge Street, George Simon Cook and George Grant clerks to Mr le Blanc
Codicil 8th April 1819
It is my intention that any sum or sums of money I may have due on heritable bond in Scotland shall be payable out of my Estates in Scotland and not out of my personal estate or out of my Estates in England or Jamaica
Codicil 8th April 1819
I do hereby nominate and appoint Archibald Campbell of Culloden Estate in the parish of Westmoreland Island of Jamaica to be an executor of my will.
On 10th June 1822 administration with the will was granted to Colin Robertson3 a Creditor...Neil Malcolm George Ricketts... having first renounced the probate and execution...and Archibald Campbell did in no wise appear...and Elizabeth Woollery Campbell and Caroline Barclay Campbell...having also renounced the letters of administration for the said will...as by Acts of Court appear.
1Neil Malcolm II of Poltalloch, Argyll, son of Neil Malcolm, at this time owned the following estates in Hanover parish , Jamaica: Blenheim, Knockalva, Pell River, New Paradise, Retirement, Retrieve
2In 1828 Robert Campbell Scarlett represented John Graham Campbell, eldest son of John Campbell New Hope in a Chancery case in London - dispute over various debts and legacies that had its origins in the 1760s.
3Peter Campbell's father, Peter II of Fish River, Hanover had consigned the produce of his Jamaican estates to Milligan, Robertson & Milligan of Fenchurch Street London (he had previously consigned to Duncan Campbell of London, his cousin, but was only relieved of his debt to Duncan , £3,022, by his step-father Wastel Briscoe in 1787)
WILL OF WASTEL BRISCOE,
[PRO London, PROB11/1282]
[See Descendants of Briscoe
Descendants of Woodstock
Descendants of Peter Campbell]
I Wastel Briscoe1 of Wimpole Street Cavendish Square Esquire do make this my last Will and Testament
Whereas my dear wife Deborah Briscoe will at my decease by virtue of the last will and testament of her late brother Barnard Andreis Woodstock2 [8th October 1753] became intitled to the rents and profits of all the sugar works, houses, lands tenements, pens and slaves that Barnard Andreis Woodstock possessed in the Island of Jamaica or elsewhere (except his lands at Orange River containing six hundred acres adjoining to the estate of his late friend James Cunningham) during her natural life subject to the annuity of Two Hundred and Twenty Guineas to his late sister Wynter...
and after the decease of the Survivor of me and my said wife the said estates are by the said will devised unto his two nephews Peter Campbell and Edward Hampton Wynter for their respective lives...
and whereas Barnard Andreis Woodstock at the time of his death was greatly indebted...I did pay and discharge the several debts3...more than all [his] estate was sufficient to pay...I do hereby give and bequeath all such sums of money as shall at my death be due to me unto my said wife for her own use and benefit
But in case my wife shall not be living at the time of my death then I bequeath the same unto Peter Campbell late of the Island of Jamaica Esquire son of my wife by Peter Campbell Esquire4 deceased her former husband...
But in case he shall be then dead I bequeath the same unto such of the sons of Peter Campbell (son of my wife) as shall be his eldest or only son at the time of my death...
And whereas Peter Campbell Son of my wife has not charged any commission on account of his being my agent and attorney for the management of my estates in Jamaica and other matters necessary for the conducting my estates there for my benefit I do acquit Peter Campbell from any such demands that my executors or administrators may make on him on account of my having paid for the Education Maintenance Cloathing and other Expenses of several of his children...
And whereas there is an account current existing between Peter Campbell5 as my agent and me...a Balance of £,400 Jamaica Currency or upwards due to me I do likewise acquit Peter Campbell from the payment of such balance in my favour...
And whereas on or about 30th August 1787 I paid on behalf of the same Peter Campbell to Duncan Campbell6 Merchant in London the sum of £3,062..10s Sterling being the amount of Principal and Interest due by Bond to Duncan Campbell...as a Security for which Peter Campbell has sent me his Bond bearing Interest at four pounds per centum per annum I do hereby bequeath the same Bond and Interest to Peter Campbell...to be cancelled
And I bequeath my dwelling house on the West side of Wimpole Street where I now live together with the outhouses belonging and the goods furniture and implements to my wife during the term of her natural life and immediately after her decease I bequeath the said Premises and household goods to my Nephew Wastel Briscoe son of my late Brother Musgrave Briscoe
I also bequeath the Linen Woollens China Wine Rum Liquor Provisions my Coach Chariot Harness and Horses and my Sedan Chair unto my wife absolutely for her own use...I also bequeath all my Jewels Watches Rings and the Jewels Watches Rings and Trinkets which are used by my wife for her sole use and benefit...
But in case she should be dead at the time of my decease I bequeath the same unto my executors upon Trust to dispose of the same and to pay and devise the money arising unto and amongst Mary Ann Campbell, Deborah Campbell, Louise Henrietta Scarlett Wife of James Scarlett Esquire heretofore Louise Henrietta Campbell Spinster and Elizabeth Campbell Grand Daughters of my wife share and share alike
I also give my wife the use of my plate for her life (except my Gold snuff box which I give to my nephew Wastel Briscoe) and after the death of my wife such plate to sink in to the Residue of my Personal Estate for the benefit of my legatees
I also bequeath unto my wife for her own use absolutely...all such India Bonds Monies in the Funds or other Securities as shall be bought for her by Messrs. Castell Powell Sumner & Company Bankers
In case she shall survive me and make no Disposition thereof in her lifetime or by will then I bequeath the same unto Mary Ann Campbell, Deborah Campbell Louise Henrietta Scarlett John Yorke Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell Grandchildren of my wife share and share alike
Also I give to my wife for her own use six or seven chairs the bottoms of which are of her or her servants work and likewise all my books...and I bequeath unto my said wife Deborah the sum of Three Thousand Pounds
And whereas I did on the 5th October 1792 in the counting house of Messrs. Castell Powell Sumner & Company Bankers of Lombard Street give unto the said Deborah Campbell, Louise Henrietta Scarlett then Louise Henrietta Campbell Spinster and to their Brother Colin Campbell since deceased the sum of £2,000 each my free gift to their own proper use and benefit
And whereas I did on 22nd August 1794 give unto Peter Campbell Son of my wife the sum of £2,000 in Trust for his Daughter Mary Ann Campbell I do hereby bequeath unto John Yorke Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell Grandchildren of my wife the sum of £4,000 to be equally divided between them...payable to John Yorke Campbell upon his attaining the age of twenty one years and the share of Elizabeth Campbell payable upon her attaining the age of twenty one years or being married
In case John Yorke Campbell at any time after my decease during his Minority have opportunity of purchasing Rank or Promotion in the Army...then I direct my executors to pay so much as shall be necessary in purchasing such Rank or Promotion
I bequeath unto my three Nieces the Daughters of my late Brother the Reverend William Briscoe the sum of £1,200 equally to be divided...Unto my Nephew Edward Lyne Briscoe £200 Unto my Nieces Ann and Dorothy Daughters of my late Brother James Briscoe the sum of £600 to be equally divided...and I bequeath unto the two children of my Niece Catherine deceased by Edward Owen her husband also lately deceased the sum of £300 to be equally divided...and unto my Niece Mary Horton Price the sum of £300...and I give unto the children of my late Niece Mary Cliff deceased the sum of £1,000 to be equally divided...to be paid to them at their respective ages of twenty one
And I give unto my Niece Dorothy Graham the sum of £500...Unto my Nephew the Reverend James Briscoe £200...Unto my Niece Dorothy Morland £400...Unto EW Yorke Daughter of my wife7 £100...Unto Thomas Yorke Esquire one of my Executors £100...Unto William Wells G_______ my Butler £140...Unto William Clarke my footman £200...Unto Henry Jones footman to my wife £80...Unto Margaret Cox my Old Cook an annuity of £10 during her life
I hereby direct that after the payment of all my debts...and the several money and specific Legacies given to my wife Deborah Briscoe and her five Grandchildren the said Mary Ann Campbell, Deborah Campbell, Louise Henrietta Scarlett, John Yorke Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell and all the legacies to my servants shall be fully paid
I also direct that any deficiency of my personal estate in England shall not affect the acquittances herein before made to Peter Campbell Son of my wife...and I also direct that such deficiency shall in no wise affect any of my property in Jamaica Real or Personal...
Whereas I lately purchased of Phillips Glover Esquire certain freehold farm lands and Real Estate in the County of Lincoln together with a small Copyhold Estate containing nine acres or thereabouts by Indentures of Lease and Release on or about 25th March 1790 and conveyed unto the use of my heirs and assigns forever...I do hereby devise all the same to the only use of my Nephew Wastel Briscoe subject to the payment of the yearly sum of £300 to my wife Deborah Briscoe during her life in lieu of her right of Dower or Third and also subject to and chargeable with the payment of £2,500 which I bequeath unto Mary Ann Campbell, Deborah Campbell, Louise Henrietta Scarlett, John Yorke Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell Grandchildren of my wife to be equally divided amongst them over and above all other legacies
I hereby give and devise all that Plantation and the Sugar Works known by the name of Cumberland Valley (part of which was heretofore called Great Valley Plantation) in the parish of Westmoreland in the Island of Jamaica and also my pen lands grazing lands and all other Real Estate whatsoever in Jamaica and also all my right or claim to that part of Cumberland Valley on account of my having paid to Elizabeth Woodstock Campbell8 now the wife of John Yorke Esquire the sum of Three Thousand Pounds Jamaica Currency so much having been settled on her on that estate at the time of my marriage with my wife Deborah...unto and to the use of my wife Deborah her heirs and assigns for ever
But in case my wife Deborah shall not be living at the time of my decease then I devise the same to the use of Peter Campbell Esquire Son of my wife by Peter Campbell Esquire deceased her former husband his heirs and assigns for ever
But in case he shall be then dead I devise the same unto Peter Campbell Grandson of my wife his heirs and assigns for ever to his own and their own absolute use and benefit...in case the said Premises in Jamaica shall come to Peter Campbell Grandson of my wife at the time of my decease then I charge Cumberland Valley Estate with the payment of £500 Sterling to each of them Mary Ann Campbell, Deborah Campbell, Louise Henrietta Scarlett, John Yorke Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell...
I bequeath unto William Wells G____ my Butler over and above the legacy before given the sum of £60 by me given unto him upon his Bond and all interest for the same...to be cancelled
I bequeath all my ready money securities for money stocks in the public funds and all the rest and residue of my Personal Estate...unto my Nephew Sir John Briscoe [Baronet] as Residuary Legatee and I do appoint my wife Deborah Briscoe, Thomas Yorke Esquire of Halton Place near Skipton Yorkshire my Nephew Sir John Briscoe and my Nephew Wastel Briscoe Executors of this my Will.
Signed 25th March 1795
Samuel Castell, Walter Powell Junior and Edmund Cha____
[A codicil on 22nd June 1796 revoked the £2,000 bequeathed to each of John Yorke Campbell and Elizabeth Campbell, the same amounts being made over as free gifts on the day. Will proved in London 6th December 1796]
1Wastel Briscoe, son of John Brisco of Crofton, left Cumbria, England for Jamaica and had money from his father. [His father's will notes a Bond of 1738]
By 1754 he owned: in St. Elizabeth, 297 acres; in Westmoreland 2,941. [CO 142/31]
He was a Member of the Assembly for Hanover 1752-1758 [Feurtado 'Personages in Jamaica']
2At his death he owned 7,676 acres in St. Elizabeth in partnership with John Hodges [CO142/31]
he was a Member of the Assembly for St. Elizabeth in 1751 [Almanac of Jamaica]
3In the Jamaica Courant for July 1754 there is a notice of Wastel Briscoe being the executor for will of Woodstock
4Peter Campbell of Fish River, Hanover
5In Peter Campbell's absence, cousin John Campbell Orange Bay (Hanover) looked after Cumberland Valley [Letter from John Campbell at Cumberland Valley to London, 5 April 1796]
6Duncan Campbell, in a letter to his cousin, John Saltspring on 22 April 1782 had stated concerns about Peter Campbell's growing debt.
7 Initials only are given
8 Presumably the above, E.W. Yorke, a sister of Peter Campbell, Deborah Briscoe's son
An advertisement in the Cornwall Chronicle 1787 for "Rock Pleasant" near Martha Brae, refers to Peter Campbell, and may be connected with the unnamed pen in the will of Wastel Briscoe.
[See Maps of Cumberland Valley for location of some of the properties named here.]
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