Bryan Edwards

1796 - 1876

Claimant or beneficiary


Claimed unsuccessfully for the compensation for Dove Hall in St Thomas-in-the-Vale in Jamaica, which was awarded to the London merchants Davidson and Barkly as mortgagees. Dove Hall had been owned by Bryan Edwards (d. 1800), the MP and historian of Jamaica. The Bryan Edwards who owned it in the 1830s is almost certainly the nephew of Bryan Edwards the historian, son of Zachary Bayly Edwards, and probably the same man as the (later Sir) Bryan Edwards, Chief Justice of Jamaica.

  1. The will of Sir Bryan Edwards Knight late of Eltham Pen, St Catherine Jamaica, who died 06/12/1876 was proved 24/04/1877, effects under £40,000.

  2. Bryan Edwards (d. 1800) had sold Westbury Manor (including Chalcot) to his younger brother Zachary Bayly Edwards (also d. 1800), who passed it to his son, another Bryan Edwards. In the 1840s, Chalcot House is known to have been sold by Sir Bryan Edwards to the Phipps family.

  3. Zachary Bayly Edwards, Adm. Fell.-Com. (age 17) at ST JOHN'S, Feb. 15, 1772. [Youngest] s. of Bryan, deceased, and Elizabeth Bayly, late of Westbury, Wilts. [B. there.] School, private. Adm. at Lincoln's Inn, Nov. 4, 1771. Called to the Bar, Nov. 12, 1776. Of Chalcot House, Wilts. Had property in St Andrew's, Jamaica. Married Catherine, dau. of Rowland Otto-Baijer, Esq., of Antigua. Died Aug. 29, 1800, at Cheltenham. Buried there Sept. 2. (St John's Coll. Adm., IV. 236; G. Mag., 1800, II. 904; Gloucs. Notes and Queries, I. 297; Oliver, History of Antigua, I. 235.)


  1. National Probate Calendar 1877

  2. A History of the County of Wiltshire: Vol. 8 - Warminster, Westbury and Whorwellsdwn Hundreds (British History Online) shows the manor of Westbury passing from Bryan Edwards (d. 1800) to his younger brother Zachary Bayly Edwards; Wiltshire and Swindon Archive Catalogue Ref 540/208 shows correspondence about the purchase of Chalcot House from Sir Bryan Edwards, Chief Justice of Jamaica.

  3., Cambridge University Alumni, 1261-1900 [database online]

Further Information


Associated Claims (1)

£3,442 15S 2D
Unsuccessful claimant (Owner-in-fee)

Relationships (2)

Son → Father
Nephew → Uncle

Addresses (1)

Chalcot House, Westbury, Wiltshire, South-east England , England