Sir James Fergusson 4th Bart.

1765 - 1838

Claimant or beneficiary


Awarded the compensation with Sir David Hunter Blair for the enslaved people on Rozelle estate in Jamaica as owners-in-fee.

  1. Sir James Fergusson [as 'Ferguson'] and Sir David Hunter Blair (q.v.) are clearly identified as 'owners-in-fee' of the Rozelle estate in St Thomas-in-the-East in the compensation records, and the estate appears against the names of Sir A. Fergusson and Sir D. H. Blair in the Jamaica Almanacs in 1811 and then as Fergusson and Blair therafter, but there is no obvious path to ownership. The Rozelle estate was one of three belonging to Robert Hamilton of Bourtreehill (died c. 1777) who named his Ayrshire estate after the Jamaica property on the building of Rozelle House by Robert Adam in 1760. However, Sir James Fergusson inherited from his uncle Sir Adam Fergusson and Sir James Fergusson's son Sir Charles Dalrymple-Fergusson of Kilkerran (1800-1849) 5th bart. is described as a 'colonial proprietor' in his ODNB entry (in the context of a brief discussion of his protectionist politics and condemnation of Peel's free trade policy as 'injurious to the colonies'). The 6th bart. is also in the ODNB as 'politician and colonial governor.'


T71/867 St Thomas-in-the-East claim no. 510; Jamaica Almanac (1811 et seq.).

  1. Sir A. Fergusson must have been Sir Adam Fergusson, Sir James Fergusson's uncle, from whom Sir James inherited in 1813;,en,SCH1/objectId,SIG49211Svs,curr,GBP,season,at1,selectedEntry,home/home.html [accessed 15/05/2011]; ODNB online, G.B. Smith, rev. Roger T. Stearn, 'Fergusson, Sir Charles Dalrymple- of Kilkerran [formerly Charles Fergusson of Kilkerran], fifth baronet (1800-1849), landowner.'

Further Information

Name in compensation records
Sir James Ferguson
(1) Jean Dalrymple (2) Henrietta Duncan
With (1): 1 son (Charles) and 2 daughters. With (2): 8 sons and 6 daughters

Associated Claims (1)

£3,591 8S 8D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)

Addresses (1)

Kilkerran, Campbeltown, Argyll, Argyll and Bute, Scotland