James William Johnston

29th Aug 1792 - 21st Nov 1873

Claimant or beneficiary

Biography

James William Johnston, influential lawyer in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and leader of the Conservative party there. Co-awardee of compensation for Mount Salus estate with his brothers-in-law William Bruce Almon and Mather Byles Almon and his brother Lewis Johnston, probably as executor of his brother John Johnston (all q.v.).

  1. Born in Jamaica, 29/08/1792, the son of William Martin Johnston and his wife Elizabeth née Lichtestein. Educated in Scotland 1802-1808. He returned to Nova Scotia on the death of his father. Admitted to the Nova Scotia bar in 1813. Married Amelia Elizabeth Almon in 1821. Founding director of the Bank of Nova Scotia in 1832. Prominent Conservative politican. Died in Cheltenham, Engalnd, 21/11/1873.

Sources

T71/865 St Andrew claim no. 494 (Mount Salus).

  1. D.A. Sutherland, Entry for James William Johnston, Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online, http://www.biographi.ca/009004-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=5067 [accessed 07/07/2012]. W. Arthur Calnek, A Brief Memoir of the late Honorable James William Johnston, First Judge in Equity of Nova Scotia (St John's, Newfoundland, Geo. A. Knodell, 1884).

Further Information

Absentee?
British/Irish
Spouse
Amelia Almon
Occupation
Lawyer and politician
Religion
Baptist

Associated Claims (1)

£514 15S 7D
Awardee

Legacies Summary

Imperial (4)

Member of the legislative council
Canada: Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island 
Member of Assembly
Canada: Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island 
Premier
Canada: Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island 
Premier
Canada: Nova Scotia including Cape Breton Island 

Relationships (4)

Brother-in-laws
Brother-in-laws
Brothers
Brothers

Addresses (3)

Nova Scotia, Canada
Scotland
Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, South-west England, England