Bon Accord

Estate Details

Associated People (4)

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
1773 [SY] - 1773 [EY] → Joint owner

Originally bought by Charles Simpson (Sandy Bay division (St Patrick parish) Lots nos. 9 and 10 on 12/05/1766 and Lot no. 13 19/03/1767) and William Gardiner (Sandy Bay division (St Patrick parish) Lots nos. 11 and 12 on 19/03/1767). By 1773, the owners of five lots were shown as A. Symson and W. Robertson. The owner in 1832 was shown as 'Rep of G & J Petrie'; the 'Present Possessors' c. 1866 were 'Heirs of Hunt: the estate was still in cultivation in 1862.

1834 [SY] - 1834 [EY] → Owner
1799 [SY] - → Owner

According to Douglas Hamilton, William Johnstone Pulteney owned the Bon Accord estate in Tobago from 1799. Sir Christopher Bethell-Codrington, shown as the owner of Bon Accord in the compensation records, was shown for the Westerhall estate in Grenada as the surviving administrator of William Johnstone Pulteney, and this might in fact have been his role for Bon Accord also.

1773 [SY] - 1773 [EY] → Joint owner

Associated Claims (1)

£3,581 14S 6D


The original purchasers of Sandy Bay (St Patrick parish) Lots no. 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 were Charles Simpson as to Lots nos. 9, 10 and 12 (12/05/1766) and William Gardiner as to Lots no . 11 & 12 (19/03/1767), which together became the Bon Accord estate; in 1773 W. Robertson was shown as the Present Proprietor (with A Symson). In 1832 the owners were shown as Rep. G & J Petrie, and 'Present Possessors c. 1866 were 'heirs of Hunt'. The estate was still in cultivation in 1866.

  1. In 1792, what appears to have been the transaction by which Symson and Robertson purchased the lots from William Gardiner (for £2520 less £114 15s due to the Crown) gave rise to the case of Mason v. Gardiner, in which the son of the London agents for Symson and Robertson attempted to release the security of the bonds his father and his father's partner John Graham had issued to William Gardiner to secure the instalments of the purchase.

  2. In 1830, the estate was put for sale pursuant to a decree in Chancery, in the cause of Codrington v Walker; it was then described as near seven thousand acres with 220 enslaved people.


'Tables showing the Lots in each Parish, numbered as originally granted - the original Grantee - the name of the Lot, or lots, if one has been acquired, and the present Possessor where there is one' and 'A Table, showing the Estates in cultivation in 1832, and their Owners, in 1832, copied from the list appended to Byres' map of that date, with those in cultivation in 1862', Henry Iles Woodcock, A History of Tobago (Ayr: Smith and Grant, 1867; new impression London: Frank Cass and Company Limited, 1971); John Fowler, A summary account of the present flourishing state of the respectable colony of Tobago in the British West Indies illustrated with a map of the island and a plan of its settlement, agreeably to the sales by his Majesty’s Commissioners (London: A Grant, 1774) pp. 58-59, 60-61.

  1. William Brown, Reports of cases argued and determined in the High Court of Chancery during the time of Lord Chancellor Thurlow 1778-1794 5th ed. (1820) Vol. IV p. 437.

  2. London Gazette 18708 20/07/1830 p. 1515.

Estate Information (6)

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[Number of enslaved people] 148(Tot) 66(F) 82(M)  
[Name] Bon Accord and Strewen Hall  
[Size] 495  
[Crop] Cotton  

In 1790 Bon Accord and Strewen Hall were put up for sale at Port Louis in Tobago by the Master in Chancery there.

London Gazette 13233 31 August 1790 p. 553.
[Name] Bon Accord  
[Size] 532  

In an indenture reported by Vere Langford Oliver [Caribbeana Vol. III pp. 294-5] John Inglis sold Bon Accord of 532 acres, then in the occupation of Gilbert and John Petrie, for 5s to Sir William Pulteney; another indenture was to be made the next day, 'Lease for a year not signed.'

[Name] Bon Accord  

Under the will of George Mitchell 'planter' of Tobago proved 08/02/1819, Mitchell bequeathed £10 p.a. for life to a mulatto woman named Dandee [possibly Dundee] 'a slave on Bonaccord' for the support of herself and her son named George my reputed child.

PROB 11/1613/162
[Number of enslaved people] 253(Tot) 124(F) 129(M)  
[Name] Bon Accord  

The return was made by Thomas Laidlaw, Manager 29/01/1819. Many of the individual names are ruled through in pencil, but no change has been made to the total for 1819.

T71/462 81-90
[Number of enslaved people] 221(Tot) 119(F) 102(M)  
[Name] Bon Accord  

William Maynard Alleyne, manager

T71/474 8
[Number of enslaved people] 209(Tot) 109(F) 100(M)  
[Name] Bon Accord  

Benjamin Price manager

T71/481 8