Simon Taylor of Jamaica

1739 - 1813


Major resident slave-owner in Jamaica, dying there in 1813. Brother of Sir John Taylor bart. and uncle of Simon Richard Brissett Taylor and Anna Susanna Taylor (each of whom q.v.). His personalty at death of £806,337 would have placed him among the top 15 richest Britons dying in the first half of the 19th century.


Simon Taylor has been the subject of extensive work by Christer Petley, including 'Plantations and homes: the material culture of the early nineteenth century Jamaican elite', Slavery & Abolition vol. 35 issue 3 (September 2014) pp. 437-457 (his personalty is shown at p. 440); the Slavery and Revolution website which carries the Letters of Simon Taylor, [accessed 03/03/2017]; and Christer Petley, ‘Taylor, Simon (1739–1813)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, May 2013 [, accessed 7 March 2017]

Further Information


£500 currency and an annuity of £100 currency to his free coloured housekeeper.

£1000 currency to his housekeeper's daughter and £2000 currency to his housekeeper's granddaughter.

£10,000 sterling to his nieces Margaret Graham and Martha Harriet Spiers.

£3,000 sterling to his nephew Nicholas Graham.

£5,000 sterling to his niece Eliza Mayne.

All land and enslaved people in Jamaica to his nephew Sir Simon Brissett Taylor.

Source: Christer Petley, '"Legitimacy" and social boundaries: free people of colour and the social order in Jamaican slave society', Social History, 30:4, 481-498, p. 496.

Oxford DNB Entry

Associated Estates (6)

The dates listed below have different categories as denoted by the letters in the brackets following each date. Here is a key to explain those letter codes:

  • SD - Association Start Date
  • SY - Association Start Year
  • EA - Earliest Known Association
  • ED - Association End Date
  • EY - Association End Year
  • LA - Latest Known Association
1786 [EA] - 1790 [LA] → Trustee
1794 [EA] - 1795 [LA] → Mortgagee-in-Possession
1771 [EA] - 1811 [LA] → Owner

Simon Taylor's letters show he paid £100,000 for the Holland estate, which he bought from John Kennion (q.v., under John Kennion of Liverpool) in 1771 together with Moro Penn (reportedly part of the Hordley estate) with 400 'Negroes'.

1779 [EA] - 1780 [LA] → Owner
1781 [EA] - 1813 [LA] → Joint owner

Shown only in the name of Simon Taylor 1810 and 1811 but as jointly-owned before and after with his brother Sir John Taylor and then Sir John Taylor's heirs.

1817 [EA] - 1832 [LA] → Previous owner

Relationships (10)

Notes →
Robert Graham married Anne Taylor, sister of Simon...
Extra-marital relationships
Uncle → Nephew
Grandfather → Grand-daughter
Other relatives
Notes →
NB George Watson Taylor was married to Anna Susanna Taylor, niece of Simon...
Uncle → Niece
Father → Natural Daughter
Father → Natural Daughter
Son → Father