Robert Sutherland

1776 - 1828

Slave-owner and antecedent of claimant or beneficiary


Son of Lt Col. James Sutherland of Uppat and Elizabeth Baillie, brother of Katherine Mackenzie, uncle of Sir Alexander McKenzie (q.v.), Duncan Forbes Sutherland (q.v.), James and Robert Sutherland. Owner of Waterloo (St Vincent No. 450) and a moiety of Orange Hill (St Vincent No. 449) until his death in 1828.  

  1. Will of Robert Sutherland of the island of St Vincent and Millmount Rosshire [made 11/09/1824] proved 02/12/1828. Under the will he left an annuity of £400 p.a. to his mother Elizabeth Sutherland, and £200 p.a. each to his sisters Katherine Mackenzie and Mary Maxwell Sutherland commencing on their mother's death, £200 p.a. to his sister-in-law Jean Sutherland starting at his death, and £30 p.a. to each of his nephews George Mackay Sutherland and Evan Baillie Sutherland until he [sic] should obtain a Lieutenant's commission in the Service in which he is engaged, or leave the service or gain an interest in Robert Sutherland's West India estates. He released his nephew Duncan Forbes Sutherland from a debt of some £1200 he owed to Robert Sutherland. He left £6000 to his wife and sister from which [oddly] the income was to support his two reputed daughters Elizabeth and Mary Sutherland now at school in England, and he left £1000 each to his nephews and nieces. He left the Waterloo sugar estate and his moiety of the Orange Hill estate (which he had formerly contracted to sell to Thomas Patterson the owner of the other moiety, which contract Robert Sutherland said he now considered to be at an end) to the three eldest of his seven nephews, the sons of his late brother George Sackville Sutherland, as tenants in common, on the proviso that he himself had no legitimate children at death. The three eldest were nephews presumably the three appointed among his executors: James Sutherland, George Mackay Sutherland and Duncan Forbes Sutherland. Other executors were his brother-in-law Rodney Impey Murchison, Thomas Patterson, Mungo Nutter Campbell, John Hopton Forbes and John Gordon of Edinburgh WS.


He appears to have married his great-niece, thirty years his junior, the daughter or step-daughter of his niece Barbara Murray McGrigor, the other of Roderick Murchison (q.v).

  1. PROB 11/1749/290.

Further Information

Jenetta Catherine MacGregor
Reputed daughters Elizabeth and Mary

Associated Claims (1)

£7,856 11S 7D
Other association

Relationships (3)

Brother → Sister
Uncle → Nephew
Notes →
Sir Roderick Impey Murchison was described as his brother-in-law in the will of Robert Sutherland, of which Murchison was an executor...

Addresses (2)

Milnmount, Kilmuir Easter, Ross & Cromarty, Highlands & Islands, Scotland
Waterloo Estate, St Vincent