John Blackburn

1756 - 1840

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

Son of Peter Blackburn, merchant of Glasgow and Helen née Crosse. In turn, John Blackburn's son was also called Peter and was the MP for Stirling in 1855.

  1. Made his fortune in Jamaica, returned by 1810; subsequently a Glasgow merchant. Rebuilt Killearn 1811. Left £107,109.

  2. Gave evidence to House of Commons Committee on the Commercial State of the West Indies 22/04/1807. This suggests he went to Jamaica 1772 and left in 1805.

  3. Times in 1876 noted that Sir Colin Blackburn was created Baron Blackburn of Killearn, in the county of Stirling, Scotland, the second son of the late Mr John Blackburn of Killearn, who died in 1840. DNB entry for Sir Colin Blackburn, which identifies John Blackburn as 'a Jamaican proprietor'.

 

 

Sources

  1. William D. Rubinstein, Who were the rich? A biographical dictionary of British wealth-holders Volume Two 1840-1859 (London, Social Affairs Unit, 2012) reference 1840/39.

  2. Email communication with sources from Mary Mill to Nick Draper 28/04/2010.

  3. Times 10/10/1876 p.7; Gareth H. Jones, ‘Blackburn, Colin, Baron Blackburn of Killearn (1813–1896)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2004) [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/2510, accessed 12/08/2012].

 

 


Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Rebecca Leslie Gillies
Children
Peter Blackburn MP (1812-70), Sir Colin Blackburn (1813-96), Hugh Blackburn (1823-1909)
Will

John Blackburn's inventory is in the Edinburgh Sheriff Court papers (SC 70/1/59/635, 24 August 1840). His estate of £107,109 included debts owed by Scottish aristocrats of £30,171 (the late Robert Dundas of Blair £410 , the Duke of Hamilton £2,558, Hon Dudley Stewart Erskine McDonald £10,752, Archibald

McDonald £6,451 and Lord McDonald £10,000), £2,546 owed by the Kilmarnock Road trustees, Glasgow and Gairnkirk Railway Co £3,070, Glasgow Water Co £1,206, Glasgow Gas Co £2,160, Paisley Gas Co £7,776, book debts due by Bank of Scotland

£46,595, stock in Bank of Scotland £3,943, Glasgow Ship Bank £232, British Linen Co at Balfron £244, debts by New Shotts Iron Co £138, shares in Edinburgh Academy £50, shares in Glasgow Tontine £1,000, household furniture in Edinburgh £1,492, farm stock at Killearn £117. [email to LBS from Anthony Cooke, author of The Rise and Fall of the Scottish Cotton Industry 1778-1914 (MUP, 2010),  31/1/2011]

Wealth at death
£107,109
Religion
Church of Scotland
Rubinstein
1840/39

Associated Claims (3)

£148 16S 4D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£1,286 10S 6D
Awardee (Owner-in-fee)
£10,530 19S 8.5D
Awardee

Legacies Summary

Physical (1)

Country house
Killearn 

Relationships (2)

Father → Son
Uncle → Nephew

Addresses (2)

Killearn, Stirlingshire, Central Scotland, Scotland
8 Queen Street, Edinburgh, Midlothian (Edinburgh), Central Scotland, Scotland